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A Long Way from Harlan County

by Jay Nordlinger

One man’s reflections on labor unions in our time

In May, the Oslo Freedom Forum takes place. It is the premier human-rights conference, held in the Norwegian capital. This year, it was canceled, or postponed. The reason: a hotel-workers strike. Conference organizers could not find a way around it. Hundreds of people from all over the world were set to fly to Oslo. But, at the eleventh hour, they were called off.

They had something important to do. Many of them are former political prisoners or otherwise victims of gross persecution. They were going to give their testimonies to an international audience, including the press. But the hotel workers, in a sense, decided that the conference would not take place. So it didn’t.

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