2018-12-02: News Headlines

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-02). How Climate Change Helped Create the Migrant Caravan. truthout.org The "caravan" of hopeful immigrants from Central America that was tear gassed by the US government on November 25 continues to be shamelessly exploited as political fodder. Trump depicts the immigrants as a security threat to the US, while Democrats like Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compare the Central American immigrants to Jews fleeing Germany because of the threat of physical violence and death in their own country. But both these narratives overlook one of the main contributors of the migrant caravan. | The Southern border has seen a

Bernie Sanders (2018-12-02). Change always comes from the bottom. zcomm.org Full Bernie Sanders Speech on Economic Justice, Healthcare, Opposing Trump & Ending the War in Yemen…

Dahn Shaulis (2018-12-02). Department of Justice Gives Green Light to Laureate Education to Continue Corruption. indybay.org The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to close its corruption case against Laureate International Universities. This action will embolden Laureate as it continues to profit from colleges in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and other countries with questionable human rights records.

Akela Lacy (2018-12-02). In Democrats' First Bill, There's a Quiet Push to Make Public Campaign Finance a Reality. theintercept.com The first bill Democrats plan to move in January when they take control of the House will mark a major step forward on a longstanding progressive goal — public financing of congressional campaigns. | The provision is a largely overlooked part of a sweeping anti-corruption bill Democrats plan to start the year with, and will bestow with the symbolic designation of HR1. The program, based on Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes' " Government By the People Act of 2017," would offer subsidies for individuals who want to make small contribution…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-12-02). Watch: Addiction, Depression, and the Opioid Epidemic: What Are They Telling Us? A Discussion With Johann Hari. theintercept.com Disturbing trends in these areas reveal crucial signals — warning signs — that explain many of the most consequential political changes.

George Monbiot (2018-12-01). Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption. zcomm.org Livestock for meat and dairy products worldwide is responsible for almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest source of emissions after the fossil fuels industry…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-12-01). Attention, Marketplace Shoppers: Don't Delay On 2019 Enrollment. truthout.org Don't procrastinate. Most consumers who buy their own insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace face a Dec. 15 deadline. Advocates are reminding these customers that if they miss the deadline, they may not have a plan that starts in January 2019. | Despite repeated efforts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it remains the law of the land, and subsidies that help bring down premiums and reduce cost sharing are still available to help people afford plans sold on the marketplaces, also called exchanges. Those plans still must provide comprehensive benefits and limit out-of-pocket costs for…

wsws (2018-12-01). Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange. wsws.org This week's moves by Mueller highlight the reactionary character of the Democratic Party's opposition to the right-wing Trump administration.

wsws (2018-12-01). Casualties of the social counterrevolution in America. wsws.org The "mortality crisis" is the product of policies of social counterrevolution carried out by both the Democrats and Republicans in collaboration with the trade unions.

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Vivienne Westwood: Punk to the bone. greenleft.org.au Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
| Directed by Lorna Tucker
| In cinemas | In the 1970s, punks astounded Britain with their T-shirts worn inside out and torn clothes with safety pins. | Vivienne Westwood was the person responsible for most of that look. Not only did she tear clothing apart, she lived a similar life. | Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a raw, unpredictable and unapologetic documentary about the punk icon and fashion designer. | Watching it was a whirlwind. At times I was smiling, others I felt frustration. | I found it trying at times how little information the film actually shared. It was…

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Eight new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus offers up eight new books as recommended reading for ecosocialists. Inclusion does not imply agreement with a book's contents. | ***
1. The Biofuels Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet
| By Okbazghi Yohannes
| Monthly Review Press, 2018 | Eliminating fossil fuels is essential, but biofuels have far more to do with sating profit-hungry corporations than saving the Earth. Combining meticulous scientific narrative with devastating economic analy…

stuart_m (2018-12-01). 'Economics for the Many' offer a radical, democratic vision for a Corbyn gov't. greenleft.org.au Edited by John McDonnell
| Verso, 2018 | This book is a valuable collection of 16 short essays on the crisis facing modern Britain, coming up with progressive solutions which a Jeremy Corbyn-led government could usher in. | It is edited by and has an introduction by Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a long-time socialist and close collaborator of Corbyn's. He says: "We are seeking nothing less than to build a society that is radically fairer, more democratic and more sustainable, in which the wealth of society is shared by all." | The first piece, by Antonia Jennings who teaches at the London School…

stuart_m (2018-12-01). A true people's artist. greenleft.org.au Rock & Roll Harbour
| Exhibition by The Shop Gallery
| 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
| Thurs January 3 — Wed Jan 9 | Peter Gow is the people's artist. | His ouvre is driven by his down-to-earth, inner-city environment such as boathouses and the heritage-listed Sydney Harbour Bridge in various attitudes, all of which feature prominently in this exhibition. | Gow is a qualified electrician and builder as well, very handy for making the frames in his spare time that embrace his art. | His deep, rich, contrasting colours leap from his palette onto the canvas. His short brush strokes create a palindrom…

stuart_m (2018-12-01). Eye-opening look at the dark side of the 'aid industry'. greenleft.org.au Disaster Capitalism
| Written by Antony Loewenstein
| Directed by Thor Neureiter
www.disastercapitalismfilm.com | Disaster Capitalism is a groundbreaking documentary film about Bougainville, Haiti and Afghanistan, revealing the dark underbelly of the global aid and investment industry. The film offers important insights into a secret multi-billion dollar world by investigating how aid money is actually spent — or misspent. | Prominent journalist and author Antony Loewenstein joins award-winning filmmaker Thor Neureiter on a four-year journey…

RT (2018-12-01). White Dems dumb down speeches for racial minorities, Yale study shows. rt.com A linguistic study of speeches by US presidential candidates found that white Democrats tend to use less complex words when speaking to racial minority groups, while Republicans don't. Undergrad students showed the same tendency.

Reed Richardson (2018-11-30). Not So Black & White: NYT Touts Rural Voters, Buries Racism in Mississippi Election Analysis. fair.org The New York Times ( 11/24/18) warns that Democrats speaking "boldly" risk turning off approximately one-seventh of the electorate. | Stop me if you've heard this one before: During a high-profile election, a major newspaper decides to stubbornly focus its coverage on an increasingly narrow sliver of white voters, while minimizing the racism that colors the electorate and the eventual Republican victor's campaign. | If this sounds like a repeat of the mainstream press's response to Trump's 2016 campaign, well, it is. B…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-11-30). Convert Military to Green Production, or Perish — Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (13/13). therealnews.com A massive reduction in ICBM's and transforming the economy away from the military-industrial complex are prerequisites for our survival — says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Corporate Europe Observatory (2018-11-30). A Dangerous Distraction: Seven Myths Industry Uses to Sell "Renewable Gas" globalresearch.ca The gas industry is currently hyping so-called 'renewable gas' and its low-carbon potential. But the industry hype does not live up to reality: this newfound enthusiasm for renewable gas is really an attempt to paint the gas industry green. The …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Medicare for All: As Healthcare Costs Soar, Momentum Grows to Guarantee Healthcare for All Americans. democracynow.org As Democrats prepare to take control of the House, pressure is growing on the Democratic leadership to embrace Medicare for All. Nearly 50 newly Democratic members of Congress campaigned for Medicare for All. In the last year, 123 incumbent House Democrats also co-sponsored Medicare for All legislation, double the number who supported a Medicare for All bill in the previous legislative session. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical, insurance and hospital companies are paying close attention. As the Intercept's Lee Fang reports, over the summer the groups formed a partnership to fight the growing support for expanding Medica…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-11-30). Sanders: Senate Rebuked Yemen War After Americans Learned of the Saudi's Brutality. therealnews.com Dr. Cornel West and Senator Bernie Sanders launched the Sanders Institute Gathering by highlighting progressive fights against corporate power and for a more just society

amnesty (2018-11-30). Urgent: human rights under threat in India. amnesty.org Activists are being harassed, independent media houses have been raided, and organisations like Amnesty India and Greenpeace India are being targeted by Indian authorities because of their work. We need to speak out now.: | This October, the Indian authorities raided both Amnesty India and Greenpeace India's offices – and froze their bank accounts. | This has effectively stopped our vital human rights work there: work to end to violence against women, human rights education in schools and colleges, and ensuring human rights for everyone in India. | Sign the petition and tell the Indian Prime Minister to s…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-11-30). Pro-Charter School Democrats, Embattled in the Trump Era, Score a Win With Hakeem Jeffries. theintercept.com The newly elected House Democratic Caucus chair, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, has been supported by a pro-charter school charter PAC for more than a decade.

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-30). CNN Submits to Right-Wing Outrage Mob, Fires Marc Lamont Hill Due to His "Offensive" Defense of Palestinians at the U.N. theintercept.com Those who demand that adults be shielded from "offensive" and "traumatic" viewpoints are as craven and toxic as they are authoritarian.

stuart_m (2018-11-30). France shaken by ambiguous 'yellow jackets'. greenleft.org.au In recent weeks, a new protest movement called the "yellow jackets" took to the streets of France. They are protesting the rise of petrol prices, issued by President Emmanuel Macron in order to cut CO2 emissions. | The yellow jackets movement, seemingly spontaneously born on the internet, immediately spread on a national scale. It brought hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Paris on November 24. The protesters are worried because rising petrol prices will directly affect their everyday life. | However, in stating their apolitical stance, the yellow jackets are quite ambiguous. Firstly, they have ref…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). WA Labor opens the gate to fracking. greenleft.org.au The Western Australian Labor government announced it is opening up 5.2 million hectares — an area roughly the size of 75% of Tasmania — to potential fracking operations on November 27. | The decision follows advice from an inquiry carried out by the WA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that said fracking in the Kimberley, Mid-West and Gascoyne regions would not pose a serious threat to people, agriculture or the environment. | Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a dangerous process that involves fracturing rock with pressurised liquid to mine unconventional gas. | Prior to last year's state ele…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Chile hit by protests against police killing of Mapuche activist. greenleft.org.au Much of central Santiago de Chile has been brought to a standstill by protests against the police killing of 24-year-old indigenous Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca on November 14. Catrillanca joins Matiás Catrileo, Jaime Mendoza Collio, Alex Lemún, José Huenante and Rodrigo Melinaeo, all young Mapuche men who have been killed by Chilean police or disappeared while in police custody in recent years. | Protesters in Santiago trashed police vehicles and set fire to barricades constructed out of O-bikes, forcing the closure of main streets and three of the city's underground Metro stations. In Araucanía, where th…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). An exceptional result for the Victorian Socialists. greenleft.org.au For a party only launched in May, Victorian Socialists achieved some exceptional results in the November 24 state elections. | In the Northern Metropolitan Region it won more than 4% of the votes and came fourth out of 19 parties in terms of first preference votes, behind only Labor, the Liberals and the Greens. | While the population in this inner Melbourne seat might be familiar with socialist and left ideas, the result represented something more as the campaign was able to engage a new range of activists. | In Western Victoria Region, having only decided in September to run, Victorian Socialists won 0.75% of t…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). Campaigners turn up the heat as Adani says mine ready to go. greenleft.org.au Indian mining giant Adani has announced that it is ready to self-fund a scaled-down coalmine and rail project in Queensland's Galilee Basin. The company said that construction on the mine would begin next year. | The November 29 announcement came in the midst of a "fortnight of heat" over November 19-December 1, in which Stop Adani activists hope to turn up the heat on local MPs before they returned to Canberra for the final sitting days of parliament. | Particular emphasis was placed on targeting Labor MPs in the lead up to the party's national conference in Adelaide in December, with activists protesting on Nov…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). In France, police launch attack on 'cost of living' protesters. greenleft.org.au French police attacked demonstrators with tear gas and water cannons on November 24 as hundreds of thousands demanded President Emmanuel Macron resign over the rising cost of living. | The "yellow jacket" protests, named for the yellow high-vis jackets French motorists are obliged to have in their cars in case of breakdown, were sparked by rises in fuel duty that the government says is aimed at encouraging people to switch to electric cars. | Demonstrators built barricades in the streets and some ripped up paving stones and starting fires. | The government said the protests were a vehicle for the far right. But w…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). New maps of land destruction show why people flee Central America. greenleft.org.au A new map developed at the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States. | UC geography professor Tomasz Stepinski has turned high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency into one of the most detailed looks so far at how people are reshaping the planet. | Stepinski said: "Right now there are caravans of people walking to the United States. Many of them are coming from Guatemala." | News agencies such as The Guardian have called some of the Central American migrants "climate-change refugees" since many…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Chile: New state terror as police kill Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca. greenleft.org.au The recent death of 24-year-old Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca, who was gunned down in a police raid, has sparked wide condemnation and protests throughout Chile, writes Rodrigo Acuña. | On November 14, a newly created special "anti-terrorist" unit of the Chilean police known as Comando Jungla entered the Mapuche traditional community of…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Wave of red as West Bengal farmers march for rights. greenleft.org.au Organised under the banners of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agricultural Workers' Union (AIAWU) of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), thousands of farmers began marching from Singur towards Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, on November 27. | The march culminated in front of Governor Raj Bhavan's house the next day to demand cultivable lands be returned to the farmers. | In 2006, the creation of a car plant in Singur made the lands uncultivable. The plant was later…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Letter from the US: Midterms offer distorted picture of political state of play. greenleft.org.au Looking at elections in the United States, deeper trends in the population can be difficult to discern as the choices are between two capitalist parties that are both staunch defenders of capitalist rule and US imperialism. | There are no mass workers' parties of any stripe. If there were, we may be in a better position to understand the relation of class forces. | This is not to say there are no differences between the two parties. There clearly are. At present, President Donald Trump has the backing of Republican politicians, with a few exceptions. Democratic politicians are generally opposed to Trump's authori…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). US condemned for tear-gassing refugees, children. greenleft.org.au Legal experts and human rights advocates have denounced the tear gassing of children and other asylum seekers by US forces at the Mexico border on November 25. | "The migrants at our southern border include mothers and small children exercising their legal, human right to seek asylum," declared the ACLU in a tweet on November 26. It told the US Customs and Border Protection agency: "Tear gassing children is out…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). Socialists make gains in regional Victoria. greenleft.org.au Twelve months ago socialists from several different groups and backgrounds came together to see if they could get the first socialist elected to an Australian parliament in more 70 years. | At the time of writing, it looks like this project, Victorian Socialists, has been thwarted in its attempt to win a seat at the November 24 state elections by an undemocratic Legislative Council group ticketing process and the unprincipled preference deals that the system encourages. | Victorian Socialists candidate Steve Jolly came fourth in the Northern Metropolitan Region, with more than 4% of the vote. Under a fairer syste…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). Labor's promise to deliver in Victoria may well be elusive. greenleft.org.au While the final results of Victoria's November 24 state elections are yet to be announced, Labor looks set to go from 47 to 52 seats in the state's Legislative Assembly, after receiving a primary vote of 43%. | It also appears Labor will have 19 seats in the new Legislative Council, up from 14 seats, though it may pay a heavy price for preferencing some racist and anti-worker micro parties ahead of the Greens. | The Coalition received a combined primary vote of 36%, representing a 6.2% swing against it, with the Liberals predicted to go from 14 to 9 seats. The Liberals lost all its marginal seats in the south-eas…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Israel escalating the demolition of Palestine. greenleft.org.au When it comes to the infrastructure of genocide, you could illustrate it using almost any photo of a school, house, shop or village in the West Bank. You could bookmark a Google maps page of a particular West Bank town — then look again in three or six months time and note the destruction wrought. | This is one way of keeping track of the demolitions of Palestinian homes and Israel's attempts to impose an "Israeli only" identity on the landscape. | There has been a redoubling of Israeli efforts to evict Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and deny remaining Palestinian residents the right to a livelihoo…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Is Latin America still the US's 'backyard'? greenleft.org.au In 2008, the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations published a report titled US-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. Timed to influence the foreign policy agenda of the next US administration, the report asserted: "the era of the US as the dominant influence in Latin America is over." | Then, at the Summit of the Americas the next year, then-president Barack Obama promised Latin American leaders a "new era" of "equal partnership" and "mutual respect". | Goodbye Monroe Doctrine?: | Four years later, Obama's second…

stuart_m (2018-11-30). Italian gov't stuck between economic and security measures. greenleft.org.au The Italian government is facing a very delicate situation, with its two major measures in the process of being ratified by the parliament, writes Daniele Fulvi. | Both the far-right League and the populist 5 Star Movement (M5S) that make up the coalition government know their credibility depends on the approval of economic measures that will provide for the citizenship income (the key point of M5S's agenda) and the security decree (strongly advocated by the League's leader Matteo Salvini). | However, while the security decree should be ratified by the Parliament without too much trouble, the economic manoeuvre i…

Robert Greenwald (2018-11-29). In Memory of Jim Gilliam: Warrior, Brainiac, Friend. thenation.com In Memory of Jim Gilliam: Warrior, Brainiac, Friend…

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."

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

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…

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?

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 Fang (2018-11-29). Billionaire Republican Donors Helped Elect Rising Centrist Democrats. theintercept.com Just three years ago, hedge fund manager Louis Bacon was writing a $19,600 check to a committee called "Boehner for Speaker." | Now, the billionaire GOP donor has pivoted to influence the future of the Democratic Party. Records show Bacon is one of several deep-pocketed donors that have shifted to financing recent Democratic campaigns. Though national media attention has focused largely on newly elected democratic socialists and progressive members, the House Democratic caucus has also swelled with pro-business moderates, such as the Blue Do…

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. | …

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). 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). 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…

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