2018-11-29: News Headlines

Eds. (2018-11-29). Green paradoxes: How climate change policy preserves climate change causes. mronline.org Why are societies failing to effectively respond to climate change? Why is it that "environmental degradation increases amid the growth of environmental attention and concern," as Alexander Stoner and Andony Melathopoulos put it? | Source

Andrew Stewart (2018-11-29). Sorry Democrats, the Green Party Came Up With the Green New Deal! counterpunch.org This week progressives nationwide are talking about a Green New Deal and, while mainstream media is saying that insurgent Democrats came up with this, we beg to differ! We applaud the efforts of Democrats for finally adopting what the Global Greens began to work on in in 2006 while noting that the delay of 12 years More

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2018-11-29). Where Are the Politics in Michelle Obama's New Memoir? thenation.com Where Are the Politics in Michelle Obama's New Memoir?

INA (2018-11-29). Bottle Cap Jackets And Chocolate Wrapper Dresses: Palestinian Fashion Goes Green. imemc.org by Tessa Fox Rather than having their creations in the pages of high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue, some Palestinian designers are incorporating these very pages into their designs. Palestinian runways are now being graced with multi-coloured dresses of recycled material including discarded plastic, rolled up pages from sophisticated fashion …

Eds. (2018-11-29). An Excerpt from Green Earth. mronline.org Kim Stanley Robinson describes himself as "a patriot of the genre" of science fiction, writing at the intersection of science and politics for over three decades. His work is striking for its warmth and realism. | Source

Lee Hall (2018-11-29). Green Corridors, Mental Maps: A Call for the End of Deer Control. counterpunch.org Ecologists have long "speculated" that ungulates—hooved animals including deer, sheep, and bison—learn from their families and peers. That they learn strikes me, an avid walker-through-the-woods, as obvious. Why wouldn't they trust others in their communities, and adopt the elders' patterns of movement? But science requires verification. And in a recent study of rams and moose, More

Charles McKelvey (2018-11-29). The Principles of Socialism. counterpunch.org With the emergence on the U.S. political scene of self-proclaimed socialists like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, and with membership in the Democratic Socialists of America skyrocketing, socialism appears to be making a comeback in the United States. Inasmuch as I was active in the Democratic Socialists of America in the 1980s, and I have lived in Cuba since 2011, I find this to be very good news. However, I am concerned that the word socialism perhaps is being bantered about without a very thorough understanding of its meaning or it history.

Margaret Kimberley (2018-11-29). The Democrats Win and Black People Lose. globalresearch.ca If the Democrats were a true political party Nancy Pelosi's failures would have taken her out of the running for any leadership position. | "We must say no to the false dichotomy of Trumpian fascism or the pretend Democratic Party …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). Headlines for November 29, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Votes to Advance Resolution to End War in Yemen, White House Blocks CIA Director From Briefing Senate on Khashoggi Murder, Senate Blocks Vote to Protect Special Counsel Mueller's Probe, Trump: A Pardon for Ex-Campaign Chair Manafort is "Not Off The Table", Tension Escalates Between Russia & Ukraine, Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Worked to Suppress Black Votes, House Dems Nominate Rep. Pelosi for House Speaker, Afghanistan: U.S. Airstrikes Kill at Least 30 Civilians, U.N. Report: Malnutrition On the Rise Worldwide, Public Outrage After Right-Wing Sinclair Airs Anti-Immigrant Piece, Senate Delays Vote…

ZeroHedge (2018-11-29). Greenwald Rips Politico "Theory" That Guardian's Assange-Manafort Story Was Planted By Russia. mintpressnews.com After The Guardian attempted to shovel what appears to be a wholly fabricated story down our throats that Trump campaign manager met with Julian Assange at the London Embassy — Politico allowed an ex-CIA agent to use their platform to come up with a ham-handed cover story ever; Russia tricked The Guardian into publishing the Manafort-Assange propaganda. | To that end, The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald (formerly of The Guardian) ripped Politico an entirely new oriface in a six-part Twitter dress down. | Greenwald also penned a

Melissa Ryan (2018-11-29). Violence from the Far-Right is Growing. Why Aren't We Doing More to Stop it? progressive.org Newly elected House Democrats promise to crack down on "domestic terrorism."

Norman Solomon (2018-11-29). Democratic Party "Leadership" is Upside Down. counterpunch.org When Democrats take control of the House in early January, they'll have two kinds of leadership — one from the top of the party's power pyramid, the other from its base. With formal control, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer can brandish huge carrots and sticks to keep Democratic lawmakers in line. With grassroots support, a More

wsws (2018-11-29). Democrats nominate Pelosi as House speaker, reelect top aides. wsws.org The Democratic caucus retained its three top leaders, 78-year-old Nancy Pelosi, 79-year-old Steny Hoyer and 78-year-old James Clyburn.

wsws (2018-11-29). Green Book and At Eternity's Gate: Overcoming racism and painter Vincent van Gogh's final years. wsws.org Set in 1962, Green Book is a heartfelt film about the relationship between a famed black pianist and his white, working class chauffeur. In At Eternity's Gate, artist Julian Schnabel treats the last period in the life of legendary Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

Jake Johnson (2018-11-29). In Historic Vote, Senate Advances Resolution To End US Complicity In Saudi War On Yemen. iranian.com In a historic vote that could "mark the beginning of the end of American complicity" in Saudi Arabia's mass atrocities in Yemen, the Senate on Wednesday voted to advance Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Yemen War Powers resolution by an overwhelming margin of 63-37. "Today's victory is a testament to the power of grassroots activism across […]

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Territorians say 'No' to fracking. greenleft.org.au The Northern Territory Labor government was swept into power in 2016 promising a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. | However, with the lifting of the moratorium in April, the NT government is now moving to open up 51% of the Territory to the risky and highly controversial practice. | Oil and gas fracking threatens underground water due to its toxic mix of injected chemicals and high potential for spills and leaks. The NT depends on groundwater for its drinking water and agricultural production. | In response to the threat of fracking, First Nations communities are speaking out. | Protest…

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Banking system needs revolution, not just reform. greenleft.org.au "CBA: We put profit ahead of people", was the headline emblazoned on the front page of the November 20 Sydney Morning Herald. | The paper was reporting on the first day of the final round of hearings of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, in which the CEOs of the Big Four banks were being grilled about the banking scandals that have outraged the Australian community over the past year. | "Commonwealth Bank chief executive Matt Comyn has admitted to a broken culture at the bank that saw it repeatedly prioritise profits over the interests of customers…

pip.hinman (2018-11-29). Two visions, one planet. greenleft.org.au As young people threw themselves into the Student Strike 4 Climate Action and made an impassioned plea to preserve life on Earth, one of Australia's most polluting industries was working behind the scenes to have the federal government hide the truth of its carbon emissions. | The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has been lobbying to have emissions from liquefied natural gas plants kept out of the public realm and treated as a commercial secret. | These two approaches symbolise counterposed visions for humanity. | The petroleum industry has spruiked gas as a "transition fuel" th…

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Privatisation leaves Northern Beaches Hospital in critical situation. greenleft.org.au The NSW Coalition government's privatisation of the Northern Beaches Hospital on the city's upper North Shore has created a crisis situation with the cancellation of elective surgery and doctors threatening to strike over staff shortages and a lack of vital medical supplies. | The failure to provide adequate facilities and resources since its opening in November has created a shortage in syringes, IV lines, medical swabs, saline bags, needles, wash cloths and alcohol rub and maternity pads. | The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation NSW has expressed its "grave concerns" about the situation t…

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Retail and fast food workers get organised. greenleft.org.au The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) was formed in late 2016 as a response to growing dissatisfaction among retail workers with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). The Labor right-controlled SDA is notorious for negotiating enterprise bargaining agreements (EBAs) that contain below award wages and eroding the rights and conditions of workers. | Green Left Weekly's Joel McAlear and Rachel Evans interviewed Coles worker and RAFFWU representative Danielle Hynes about her experiences in the sector and involvement with this dynamic, new union. | *** | Is retail an important indus…

pip.hinman (2018-11-29). Residents step up the pressure on Labor over Adani. greenleft.org.au Inaction on global warming is heating not only the planet, but also the mood of residents who visited Labor MPs offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. | Sydney residents concerned about climate change and the Adani coal mine in Queensland visited ALP deputy leader Tanya Plibersek on November 20 where, after queuing patiently, finally spoke to her office staff to ask them to pass a message on that the Labor Party must pledge to halt the proposed Adani coal mine. | If it goes ahead, the Adani Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin will be the largest in Australia. Burning the coal will add huge amounts of carbon…

Mat Ward (2018-11-29). 10 of the best political albums you'll hear this year. greenleft.org.au Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. This column is taking a break and will return at the end of January. | …

Fred_F (2018-11-29). Capitalism's abuse of animals degrades us all. greenleft.org.au Humans experience the brutality of capitalism in wars, harsh working conditions and widespread poverty caused by a class-based society. Every minute a child dies a preventable death. | Capitalism has also been waging a war on animals. | The examples are many: | * the butchering of dolphins at Taiji, Japan, where every day between September and March wild dolphins are herded into a cove, where the "prettiest" are captured for marine parks and the rest are brutally hacked to death and sold as pet food; | * the yearly killing of an estimated 100 million sharks for their fins. The finned sharks are often thrown back…

Fred_F (2018-11-29). NSW paves way for new stolen generation. greenleft.org.au Another stolen generation looks certain to be created in New South Wales after the state Coalition government passed an adoption law that makes it easier for foster parents to adopt a child who they have had under care for less than two years. | The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill, which was passed on November 22, grants the Children's Court the power to decide whether a child should be restored to their family or that the child be adopted by…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-28). It Is Possible Paul Manafort Visited Julian Assange. zcomm.org If True, There Should Be Ample Video and Other Evidence Showing This…

Janine Jackson (2018-11-28). 'Republicans Just Don't Want All the Votes to Count' – CounterSpin interview with Ari Berman on 2018 voter suppression. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Ari Berman about 2018 voter suppression for the November 16, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Joan Walsh (2018-11-28). How Nancy Pelosi Won Over Progressive Insurgents in Her Fight to Run the House. thenation.com How Nancy Pelosi Won Over Progressive Insurgents in Her Fight to Run the House…

Staff (2018-11-28). We Need to Triple Cuts to Stand a Chance Against Climate Change. truthdig.com The gap between the world's greenhouse gas emissions and countries' planned reductions is growing, and only multiplying climate cuts can reduce global warming enough.

John Bachtell (2018-11-28). Trumpism loses a battle, but not the war. peoplesworld.org The following article is based on remarks delivered by the author at a meeting of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA in Chicago on November 17, 2018. The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was a huge victory for the American people, our multi-racial working-class, and the electoral alliance of Democrats and energized …

Naomi Klein (2018-11-28). The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal. zcomm.org It is a network of extraordinary groups and individuals who have held fast to their climate focus and commitments even when no media wanted to cover the crisis and no major political party wanted to do anything more than perform concern…

pip.hinman (2018-11-28). Students tell MPs: 'The dinosaurs in parliament house need to open their eyes'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of primary and secondary students went on strike and protested at Parliament House on November 28 calling for serious action on climate change. The action was the first in a national round of student strikes and protests happening across the country on November 30. | Solomon Vassarotti Brann, a student North Ainslie Primary School told the crowd: "If the government says it's committed to climate change, I want to know why it's still supporting coal mines like Adani which increase our greenhouse gas emissions. I want climate action." | Nia and Lolo Cornthwaite and Aisla Hardie from Chapman Primary School…

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?

Steve Phillips (2018-11-27). What to Say to White People. thenation.com What to Say to White People…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-11-27). Sanders, allies try again to end U.S. backing for Saudi war in Yemen. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy, and Mike Lee are going to try, once again, to yank U.S. backing for the Saudis' horrifying war in Yemen. And this time, armed with public polls against the conflict and increasing outrage—from conservatives as well as progressives—against the Saudi regime, the independent senator from Vermont, the Democrat from Connecticut, and …

Michelle Chen (2018-11-27). Appalachia Already Has a Plan to Get Past Coal. thenation.com Appalachia Already Has a Plan to Get Past Coal…

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

RT (2018-11-27). John Podesta styling himself as a climate change expert in Guardian article. rt.com John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign whose private emails were infamously published by WikiLeaks, seems to have pivoted into a new arena: Climate change punditry.

John Nichols (2018-11-27). Bernie Sanders Wants the Senate to End 'Unauthorized and Unconstitutional' US Aid to the Saudi Assault on Yemen. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Wants the Senate to End 'Unauthorized and Unconstitutional' US Aid to the Saudi Assault on Yemen…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-27). It Is Possible Paul Manafort Visited Julian Assange. If True, There Should Be Ample Video and Other Evidence Showing This. theintercept.com The reasons to treat The Guardian's blockbuster, viral story with great skepticism are as numerous as they are obvious.

Naomi Klein (2018-11-27). The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal. theintercept.com The "Green New Deal" is not a piecemeal approach that trains a water gun on a blazing fire, but a comprehensive plan to transform society for the better.

Alex Emmons (2018-11-27). Democratic Opposition to the Yemen War Gains Momentum Ahead of Key Senate Vote. theintercept.com The Senate will vote on a resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Yemen war. A number of Democrats who previously opposed the measure have come around.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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