2018-11-27: News Headlines

MBJSD (2018-11-27). Will the New House Democrats Take on the War Lobby? indybay.org How can we expect the new Democratic House of Representatives to stand up to the war lobby if they choose leaders who voted for the disastrous Iraq war, fail to lead on critical current issues of war, peace and record military spending, and are still in the pay of military-industrial interests?>

Louis Proyect (2018-11-27). The Dark Side of the New Deal: FDR and the Japanese-Americans. counterpunch.org Since the 1930s was an era in which fascism took root and eventually precipitated a World War, it is natural to see FDR as the quintessential anti-fascist who would serve as a template for the kind of Democrat we need to replace Trump in the next election. Whether it is Bernie Sanders or some other candidate eager to invoke the New Deal legacy, how could anybody resist his or her appeal? With immigrant children herded into concentration camps, don't we need a new anti-fascist government before it is too late?

San Francisco Protest (2018-11-27). It's Thanksgiving and 14 Million Yemenis Face Famine While Congress Feasts. indybay.org On November 20th, while Congress members were headed home ready to enjoy bountiful holiday meals, San Francisco activists reminded Nancy Pelosi that Yemenis face starvation due to the Saudi-led/US backed war on that country.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-27). Without New Leadership, the New House Majority Will Fail (Again). truthout.org As the nascent House Democratic majority of the 116th United States Congress prepares for its role as Last Bulwark Against Trumpian Annihilation, the question of who should be the next speaker of the House has been looming large. Nancy Pelosi, who has served in Congress for 31 years and held the post from 2006 until the 63-seat wipeout in 2010, has been the clear frontrunner since the election. | Nancy Pelosi throws more weight than any other House Democrat. She is a fundraising powerhouse who has been in the building longer than the water fountain in the Rotunda. Her political skills are legendary; thanks to her…

Norman Solomon (2018-11-27). Democratic Party "Leadership" Is Upside Down. zcomm.org No matter how intense the top-down pressure gets from Speaker Pelosi, we should insist from the bottom up that members of Congress stand their ground for progressive principles…

Jon Queally (2018-11-27). Bernie Sanders lays out bold 10-point plan for Democrats. zcomm.org Democrats must show the American people that they will aggressively stand up and fight for the working families of this country…

Eds. (2018-11-27). Radical black feminism and the simultaneity of oppression. mronline.org As the word intersectionality falls from the lips of Hillary Clinton and increasingly is normalized and sanitized, we should be clear about its radical moorings. | Source

wsws (2018-11-27). Unions promote corporate Democrats to succeed Rahm Emanuel. wsws.org The Chicago Teachers Union sponsored the first major event of the city's mayoral election campaign, hosting five right-wing Democratic Party candidates, one of them an open opponent of public education.

Shared by Jared (2018-11-27). Thing's You Don't Hear After a Democratic Wave. truthout.org "Is it time for Republicans to move to the left?"

Ryan Grim (2018-11-26). Who's the Mystery Man Behind the Latest Pelosi Putsch? It's Mark Penn. theintercept.com A small group of billionaire-backed Democrats, part of the so-called Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress, has launched a last-ditch effort that threatens to derail Rep. Nancy Pelosi's election as House speaker. | They've framed their challenge to Pelosi, a California Democrat, in terms of good government and high-minded bipartisanship. Yet the force behind their campaign is one of the most toxic and notorious partisan warriors the Democratic Party has produced in the past three decades: political and corporate consultant Mark Penn. | The Problem Solvers Caucus is made up of 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans; nine of…

Greg Kaufmann (2018-11-26). The New Democratic House Needs an Anti-Poverty Agenda. thenation.com The New Democratic House Needs an Anti-Poverty Agenda…

Jack Metzgar (2018-11-26). Class prejudice: It was workers who delivered the election for Democrats. peoplesworld.org Two days after the mid-term elections, The Washington Post published an analysis under the headline "These wealthy neighborhoods delivered Democrats the House majority." That headline is false in several different ways, but it is being repeated among a large group of the punditry because it fits into a class narrative that sees affluent, college-educated white people who live …

Eric A. Gordon (2018-11-26). The second draft of history: California produces big for Democrats in midterms. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—By now it's a common expression, considered an established piece of standard folk wisdom, but credit truthfully belongs to former Washington Post president and publisher Philip L. Graham for first describing journalism as "the first rough draft of history." In our reporting on the results of the recent midterm elections in California, People's World …

Middle East Eye (2018-11-26). Republicans Split With Donald Trump Over Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Republican politicians in the United States have split with Donald Trump over Jamal Khashoggi's killing, publicly questioning and raising concerns about the US president's continued embrace of Saudi Arabia in light of the gruesome murder. Last week, in a meandering written statement, Trump vowed to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia, saying both Saudi King …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-26). Bill McKibben: New Report Reconfirms Climate Change is Shrinking Inhabitable Parts of the Planet. democracynow.org On the heels of yet another alarming climate change report—this time released by a White House that openly denies global warming—we speak with 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben and public health scholar Kristie Ebi about President Trump's environmental policies, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and what it will take to fight the growing threat of climate change.

stuart_m (2018-11-25). Ecuador's ex-VP Jorge Glas fights for justice amid right-wing push. greenleft.org.au November 12 was the 23rd day of the hunger strike led by Jorge Glas, the former vice-president of Ecuador. His health condition deteriorated significantly after his transfer to the Latacunga maximum security prison. | After enduring deplorable conditions, he was rushed into Carlos Andrade Marín hospital in Quito on November 7, but was transferred back to Latacunga afterwards. He vowed to continue his hunger strike against the continued persecution of him, ex-president Rafael Co…

Fight Back (2018-11-24). A socialist look at the Florida 2018 midterm results: Part 2. fightbacknews.org This is part two of a two-part series. View part one here. | The specter of socialism in South Florida | It's notable that Gillum saw narrower margins of victory in the three largest counties in South Florida, which typically go big for Democrats. He won, but he needed to win bigger to overcome DeSantis' mega-margins in rural Florida. Some have pointed out that DeSantis' better-than-expected performance in Miami-Dade and Broward came from his Cuban-American, Spanish-speaking running mate, Representative Jeanette Nun…

Melissa del Bosque (2018-11-24). In South Texas, Border Residents Struggle to Cope With the Latest Military Surge. theintercept.com The blue and white chopper dipped low over the old white farmhouse and the muddy green river. Seventy-three-year-old Reynaldo Anzaldua, sporting a tan Vietnam vet baseball cap, squinted up at the chopper blotting out the blue sky. "Border Patrol, ver…" he said, the whir of the rotor blades drowning out his words. Anzaldua waited a bit, watching the chopper move upriver. "Verdad?" he said finally to his cousin, Fred Cavazos, who had rolled his wheelchair over to the edge of the cattle pen so he could feed his Longhorns. Cavazos nodded. "They've got three kinds of helicopters down here," he said, knowingly. "That…

Fight Back (2018-11-23). A socialist look at the Florida 2018 midterm results. fightbacknews.org This is part one of a two-part series. See part two here. | With the recounts complete, the 2018 Florida midterm elections have ended. For all the sound and fury over uncounted ballots, the final results changed very little in the weeks since election night. Democrats lost in Florida, and the narrow margins only make the sting worse. The GOP and the reactionary big business interests they represent still control the governor's mansion and the state legislature. But while little changed, this is hardly a return…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-21). Sunrise Movement Holds Green New Deal Day of Action. therealnews.com On Tuesday, young climate justice activists with the Sunrise Movement held a day of action around the U.S. to demand a Green New Deal—a plan to decarbonize the economy in ten years. Sunrise members gathered in New York, Oakland, DC, and dozens of other cities. In San Francisco, some members confronted House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, asking her to back the proposal. | We are here gathering outside the Brooklyn office of @RepJerryNadler to ask him to sign onto @Ocasio2018

Fred_F (2018-11-21). Hundreds of teachers walk off for refugees. greenleft.org.au Teachers, education support staff and even some principals walked off government and private schools across Victoria and assembled at the State Library on November 20, in support of refugees currently being detained on Manus Island and Nauru. A similar protest was held in Brisbane that same day. | More than 30 refugee support organisations, including Teachers for Refugees, which organised the protest, had set November 20, Universal Children's Day, as the deadline for the federal government to evacuate refugee children and their families from offshore detention centres to Australia. | The Walk Off for Refuge…

David Dayen (2018-11-21). House Progressives Are Facing an Unexpected Problem in the Quest for Committee Power. theintercept.com After a wildly successful election for House Democrats, progressives in Congress did something relatively novel: They tried to wield power. | Last week, the heads of the Congressional Progressive Caucus won a major concession from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, but it's now an open question whether they'll have the foot soldiers to complete the mission. | The particular play the CPC is making will have a dual end result, if successful. First, it will build progressive power within the Ho…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-21). Trump's Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure Expression of Decades-Old "U.S. Values" and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies. theintercept.com U.S. elites who have armed and funded the world's worst monsters pretend to be offended by Trump's support for the Saudis.

aclu (2018-11-21). Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Anti-Immigrant Military Enlistment Policy. aclu.org Last year, the Pentagon implemented a background investigation process that effectively banned green card holders from serving in the military. | Despite attacking family members of fallen war heroes, criticizing Sen. John McCain for being captured in war, and recently deploying troops…

kathy_f (2018-11-19). Gig economy workers have rights — whether companies like it or not. greenleft.org.au As recently as last year, the gig economy's "independent contractor" business model seemed like an unstoppable force. It started with Uber, but soon spread to food delivery and before long was entering new sectors, such as freight, logistics and healthcare. | The model reached hero status in the business community. It was the neoliberal panacea, a cure for all their ills. | Sham gig economy contracting provided the perfect business solution to all those pesky costs, such as minimum wage, superannuation and workers' compensation. | The model soared across the economy like a state-of-the-art fighter jet, out manoeu…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2018. democracynow.org NorCal Wildfires Death Toll Soars to 77 as Trump Tours Devastation, Trump Claims Finland Prevents Fires by "Raking and Cleaning" Forests, Florida Democrats Concede Senate & Gubernatorial Races After Recounts, Abrams Ends Her Georgia Governor Bid, Vows to Fight Voter Suppression, Orange County Flips to Democrats After Cisneros Wins House Race, CIA Says Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Murder, Yemen: Houthi Rebels Call for Ceasefire, Turkey: Government Arrests 14 in Crackdown on Academics and Activists, Trump to Nominate Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler as Permanent Leader, Trump Attacks Admiral McRaven, Who Led Osama…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-19). Hatewatch Headlines 11/19/2018. splcenter.org House Democrats are already in extremists' sights; White nationalism spreads among Orthodox Jews; Neo-Nazi brothers hid in plain sight; and more.

Jake Jacobs (2018-11-19). New York's Insurgent Lawmakers Speak Out against School Privatization and a Flawed Testing System. progressive.org On education issues, newly-elected progressive Democrats are setting a new tone.

stuart_m (2018-11-19). Building walls: fear and securitisation in the European Union. greenleft.org.au On November 9 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, marking what many hoped would be a new era of cooperation and openness across borders. Thirty years later, the opposite seems to have happened. | Edifices of fear, both real and imaginary, are being constructed everywhere fuelling a rise in xenophobia and creating a far more dangerous walled world for refugees fleeing for safety, writes European Alternatives. | …

stuart_m (2018-11-19). Mining conflicts multiply, as critics gather in Johannesburg. greenleft.org.au The World Social Forum's " Thematic Forum on Mining and Extractivism" convened from November 12-15 here in Johannesburg, just after the Southern Africa People's Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. | In between, at the site of the notorious massacre of striking mine workers in 2012 on the platinum belt to the west, a new was launched — Business as Usual after Marikana. I…

stuart_m (2018-11-19). Mining conflicts multiply, as critics gather in Johannesburg. greenleft.org.au The World Social Forum's " Thematic Forum on Mining and Extractivism" convened from November 12-15 here in Johannesburg, just after the Southern Africa People's Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. | In between, at the site of the notorious massacre of striking mine workers in 2012 on the platinum belt to the west, a new was launched — Business as Usual after Marikana. I…

stuart_m (2018-11-16). Crucial super pamphlet for unionists. greenleft.org.au Don't Forget Super
| By Brian Boyd
| Published by the Victorian Electrical Trades Union, 2018 | Ever wondered where your superannuation scheme came from and what it is meant to do? | I always thought it was a lump sum payment so I could buy a caravan and go around Australia before going on the age pension, and many have tried to do just that. But today anyone will tell you the age pension is not enough to live on, and working until your 67 is just not possible for most people, especially if you work in the construction industry. | Don't Forget Super is a timely book and has a clear agenda. It puts out the…

Fred_F (2018-11-16). Protesters call for choice, not special laws for foetuses. greenleft.org.au Chanting "Not the church, not the state, women will decide our fate", supporters of women's right to choose gathered outside NSW parliament on November 15 to oppose conservative MLC Fred Nile's third attempt to introduce a foetal personhood bill in the Legislative Assembly. | While Nile's bill was introduced, it was not voted on. He intends to bring it back on November 22, the final sitting week of the current parliament. | Nile wants the NSW Crimes Act changed so that if someone causes harm or destruction to a foetus they would be charged with grievous bodily harm to the foetus. Under the Crimes Act, they can be…

pip.hinman (2018-11-16). How Christianity screwed Antiquity. greenleft.org.au The Darkening Age
| By Catherine Nixey
| Pan Macmillan, 2018
| 352 pp, $32.99 | Do you remember the horror in 2015 when ISIS seized the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, killed archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad who had protected its monuments and attacked the 12-metre-high statue of Athena? | It wasn't the first time that statue was attacked by religious fanatics. As Catherine Nixey records, in the 4th Century, Christian zealots attacked Palmyra and pulled the statue down. It lay in ruins until Muslim experts put it back together. | The fundamentalists were formed from Christian monks living in the desert…

stuart_m (2018-11-16). Barcelona remembers the International Brigades. greenleft.org.au On the northern outskirts of Barcelona, on La Rambla de Carmel, stands one of the most visually striking and symbolic monuments to the volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade of the International Brigades. | "David and Goliath", designed by US sculptor Roy Shifrin and first unveiled in 1988, was the most prominent gathering point for the 80th anniversary of the departure of the International Brigades — anti-fascists who had come from around the world to fight against Francisco Franco's forces — from Barcelona on October 28. | Organised by the Association of the Friends of the International Brigades…

pip.hinman (2018-11-16). Meet the Victorian Socialists candidates. greenleft.org.au Victorian Socialists are running candidates across every Legislative Council region in Victoria and in more than a dozen Legislative Assembly seats. Below are the lead Victorian Socialists candidates for the upper house regions. To see the full list of candidates visit victoriansocialists.org.au | Northern Metropolitan Region: | Stephen Jolly | Stephen led the fight against the Jeff Kennett government in 1992, with the defence and occupation of Richmond Secondary School, rallying community resistance against the attacks. He also led an equal pay campaign, compelling inner-city cafes and restaurants to com…

pip.hinman (2018-11-16). The hell that was British India. greenleft.org.au An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876
| Benjamin Kingsbury
| Hurst, 2018
| 256 pp, $45 | In the early hours of October 31, 1876, there was a terrible convergence of storm, tide and full moon in the Bay of Bengal. Its immediate effect was to send a giant wave, 12 metres high, over the low lying islands and coastal areas. | At least 215,000 people drowned. | It was followed by famine as shocked communities tried to scrounge what food they could. Then at least a further 100,000 died in a cholera epidemic. | It still ranks as the worst natural disaster of all recorded history. Except, as New Ze…

stuart_m (2018-11-16). Out-of-control system burns California. greenleft.org.au A combination of real estate capitalism and climate change has unleashed murderous fires in California, writes Phil Hearse. | Things are getting serious. On November 15, at least are 56 were confirmed dead with hundreds missing. Thousands of homes and businesses have burned down. Two major fires, in the north and south of the state, were still not under control. | The scenes could be the aftermath of a US or Russian bombing raid in the Middle East — bodies littered on the ground, people burned to death in their cars, families devastated with grief at the loss of homes and loved ones. | United States Preside…

stuart_m (2018-11-16). Producing a troublemaker's diary. greenleft.org.au Melbourne-based researcher Iain McIntyre is the author of a number of books including a recent anthology entitled On The Fly! Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879-1941. Rachel Evans spoke to him about the 2019 How To Make Trouble and Influence People Diary he has produced as a fundraiser for the Rainforest Information Centre and Community Radio 3CR. | *** | You've been involved in books and various projects documenting the history of radical movements, the latest of which is the 2019 diary. What inspires you to do this work?: | On a personal level, I find history fascinating and entertaining and I have a stron…

stuart_m (2018-11-16). At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights. greenleft.org.au In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from anywhere else in the European Union (EU), where austerity policies still reign and the racist and xenophobic right is rising, writes Dick Nichols from Lisbon. | Over the past three years in Portugal, the minority Socialist Party (PS) government has been supported from outside by the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP) and the Ecologist Party-The Greens (PEV). | During that time wages and welfare payments have risen, privatisations have stopped, unemployment has halved to 6.3%, casual…

pip.hinman (2018-11-15). 'SBS: Don't screen Eurovision 2019 in Israel'. greenleft.org.au Protesters gathered outside the SBS offices in Artarmon on November 15 to urge the national multicultural broadcaster not to screen Eurovision 2019, which will be held in Israel. | They handed out leaflets to SBS staff that read: "We love SBS and we love Eurovision, but is a song contest worth more than human rights? Are advertising dollars worth more than international law? | "We can't celebrate Eurovision in Israel while the Israeli government enforces apartheid and ongoing human rights abuses against Palestinians. | "Just like the campaign that ended apartheid in South Africa, your international solidarity is…

Ruth Conniff (2018-11-15). The Blue Wave Keeps Rolling On. progressive.org By leaning into racism and voter suppression, the Republicans are trading their future for a few hard-fought, short-term victories. And despite that, across the country organized citizens delivered a rebuke to the politics of Donald Trump.

Fred_F (2018-11-15). Why students are striking for climate action on November 30. greenleft.org.au This November 30, I, along with hundreds — possibly thousands — of high school students will be participating in a student strike for climate action. | Initiated by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), the School Strike 4 Climate has gained momentum in recent weeks, with nearly thirty events being organised in capital cities and regional areas around Australia. | We are currently facing an unprecedented climate emergency. With 2018 (once again) being the hottest year on record, we face the prospect of an uncertain and dangerous future. | Climate change is "threatening water security", accord…

Fred_F (2018-11-15). 'The biggest socialist election campaign of our generation'. greenleft.org.au Victorian Socialists lead candidate for the Northern Metropolitan Region Stephen Jolly is rushing off to a Yarra council meeting after a long day at a pre-polling booth. It's the beginning of two weeks of pre-polling before state election day — November 24. | Pre-polling is increasingly popular with voters keen to get the deed done. But, it's difficult for small parties without the resources to fund volunteers to take days off work. | Nevertheless, the Victorian Socialists' campaign over the past 10 months has built up a very impressive network of members and supporters to staff booths. | "Ours has been an…

Fred_F (2018-11-15). Acland Stage 3 mine expansion stumbles at latest legal hurdle. greenleft.org.au The Queensland Land and Environment Court handed down a decision on New Hope's New Acland Coal (NAC) mine expansion on November 7. Proponents say it gives them the green light while opponents say the two-day hearing recommended it be rejected. | The Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) and Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) say the decision effectively recommends Stage 3 of the mine be rejected unless much stronger noise limits are imposed on the p…

pip.hinman (2018-11-15). Victorian Socialists pledge to live on a worker's wage. greenleft.org.au "I will only accept an average worker's wage." This is the promise of all Victorian Socialists' candidates contesting the November 24 state election. | This has long been the pledge of genuine socialist candidates, but this time it means even more because of the prospect that candidates Steve Jolly and Tim Gooden could each win a seat. | No other party — not even the Greens — makes this promise. Yet, it is a profound principle for socialists. | Why? In short, because it is a critical part of building a genuine peoples' power movement for change. | Most people have some level of disdain, if not outrigh…

pip.hinman (2018-11-15). People, perception and planning. greenleft.org.au A member of the audience at a recent public meeting in Merewether cheekily referred to Newcastle as being run by the Property Council, not the city council. | Others are starting to make similar observations. | Plans to move Newcastle City Council offices into a brand new tower in Newcastle West, the rezoning of Newcastle's former transport corridor, the demolition of the historic Hunter Street landmark The Store and so many other changes has left many people wondering about where Newcastle and the region are headed. | It seems that planners directing change think that community engagement involves listening just…

Fred_F (2018-11-15). Federal government's water gift to Adani exposed. greenleft.org.au Queensland is suffering through a severe drought. Despite this, federal environment minister Melissa Price decided in September not to apply the "water trigger" assessment on Adani's proposal to extract river water for up to 60 years, expand a dam and build a pipeline to transport the water to its mine. | This was despite federal environment law dictating that coalmines that are likely to have a significant impact on water resources must undergo a full environmental assessment. | On November 7, the Environmental Defen…

Fred_F (2018-11-15). Wallarah 2 coalmine goes to court. greenleft.org.au Residents from New South Wales' Central Coast gathered in the Sydney Domain on November 12 to mark the start of a 4-day Land and Environment Court hearing into the future of the proposed Wallarah 2 coalmine. | Environmental Defenders Office NSW is appearing on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) in the case against NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts. EDO NSW argues that legal errors were made in the Planning Assessment Committee's January approval of the Wallarah 2 long wall coalmine, west of Wyong on the Central Coast. | Wyong Coal, trading as Wyong Areas Joint Coal Venture, and Kores Australia a…

pip.hinman (2018-11-15). Centrelink's privatised call centres a disaster, survey finds. greenleft.org.au The disaster caused by the federal government's policy of privatising Centrelink call centres work has been underlined by the results of a survey of Department of Human Services (DHS) staff. | The government has outsourced 2750 call centre jobs to private companies since 2017. | The survey of 1300 DHS employees showed 85% of staff believe private call centre staff do not get the training they need; 87% said clients wait longer because private staff cannot resolve their issues; and 85% reported fixing issues caused by private call centre employees. | According to the survey released by the Community and Public Sec…

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