Negin Owliaei

Negin Owliaei

Negin Owliaei is a co-editor and researcher at IPS's Inequality.org. Before joining IPS, she worked as a journalist and digital producer at Al Jazeera Media Network, where she covered social movements and the internet for the award-winning program The Stream.

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Black Americans are dying from Covid-19 at three times the rate of white Americans and face higher rates of unemployment. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Black Immigrant Domestic Workers Share Notes on the Storm
Leydis Muñoz’s hands constantly smell of bleach these days. Muñoz, an Afro-Latina domestic worker living in New York City, has been cleaning constantly for fear of contracting Covid-19. Her employer let her go as a nanny last year to avoid paying maternity leave. Now, thanks to fear of the virus,...
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Every level of the U.S. government has shown, time and again, that the default setting is to leave the vulnerable behind. But Americans themselves are challenging that approach. (Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Reopening the Economy Is a Death Sentence for Workers
Every morning for the last two months, I’ve checked the news in my home state of Florida with growing concern. First came the photos of unemployed people lining up to file for benefits in person, denied access to an overburdened system. Then came the news that only a tiny percentage of unemployment...
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As other countries have shown with far more grace, the alternative isn’t shutting down forever — it’s investing in testing and social safety nets. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
'Reopening' Means Workers Will Die
Every morning for the last two months, I’ve checked the news in my home state of Florida with growing concern. First came the photos of unemployed people lining up to file for benefits in person, denied access to an overburdened system. Then came the news that only a tiny percentage of unemployment...
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Ensuring access to water as a human right is crucial, especially given the number of localities across the United States grappling with privatized water during a public health emergency. (Photo: uusc4all/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Detroit Organizers Long Demanding Water Justice
Wash your hands. The earliest, most frequent directive around coronavirus has been issued by public health experts including the World Health Organization to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . But what does that mean for people without access to water? A pandemic exposes all of our...
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Sanctions starve our people of food, medicine, and safety while public figures threaten us with more violence.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Americans Need to Hear More from Iranians. Here’s Where to Start.
Following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would seek new sanctions, but not immediate military escalation, against Iran, most people in the United States likely breathed a sigh of relief. For Iranians and Iranian Americans like myself, that relief was accompanied by a reminder of just...
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Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It’s poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time for a Billionaire Ban
Bill Gates wants you to know he pays taxes. “I’ve paid more than $10 billion in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” Gates told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. “But when you say I should pay $100 billion, OK, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.” Supposedly Gate...
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Supporters rally for universal health care in Chicago. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, September 26, 2019
No One Should Have to Bargain for Health Care
Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government...
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The worst tragedy is that companies get to make millions attacking indigenous people and burning down vital ecosystems. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, September 20, 2019
Who’s Burning the Amazon?
While the world watches in horror as fires rage in the Amazon, activists are naming culprits. “Put out the flames, we name your names—politicians, corporate vultures, you’re the ones we blame,” demonstrators chanted as they marched from the White House to the Brazilian Consulate on September 5. The...
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Amazon Watch, a California-based organization that works in concert with indigenous and environmental groups, issued a report earlier this year documenting the dozens of companies that stand to make money as Bolsonaro strips regulations in Brazil. (Photo: Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Activists Follow the Money Fueling Amazon Fires
While the world watches in horror as fires rage on in the Amazon, activists are shining a light on the big businesses destroying what’s popularly known as the “lungs of the Earth.” On September 5, people around the globe stood in solidarity with the rainforest’s indigenous communities by partaking...
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Most of these localities also have poverty rates far higher than the U.S. average. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, August 16, 2019
Red States Cut Worker Pay by $1.5 Billion
Last month, the House voted to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. If the Senate passes the bill, it would be the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade — far too long for residents of the 21 states that don’t have their own higher minimum wage. Here’s another...
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