2018-12-04: News Headlines

Colin Todhunter (2018-12-04). Agrarian Crisis: Father of Green Revolution in India Rejects GM Crops as Farmers Demand Justice in Delhi. counterpunch.org Genetically modified (GM) cotton in India is a failure. India should reject GM mustard. And like the Green Revolution, GM agriculture poses risks and is unsustainable. Regulatory bodies are dogged by incompetency and conflicts of interest. GM crops should therefore be banned. You may have heard much of this before. But what is different this More

Bernie Sanders (2018-12-04). On Climate Change. zcomm.org The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years…

Norman Solomon (2018-12-04). What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020. zcomm.org The only way to overcome such corporatism is for social movements to fight more resolutely and effectively for progressive change, including in the Democratic Party…

Whitney Webb (2018-12-04). Why Bernie's Yemen Bill Won't Actually End US Role in War. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Last week, many celebrated the advancement of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 54, which had been introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), as a sign that the U.S. Congress was finally willing to act to reduce the U.S.' culpability for the situation in Yemen, currently the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The bill, which will be voted on by …

kathy_f (2018-12-04). Sorry To Bother You offers rich lessons in seeking radical social change. greenleft.org.au Sorry to Bother You
| Written & directed by Boots Riley
| In cinemas now | This review includes mild spoilers. | As an Australian living abroad, incidents of Australians being racist and/or misogynistisic that attract attention from international media outlets are frequently forwarded to me in anticipation of a seething refrain. | My response is typically motivated by a mix of rage and embarrassment, as well as a deep concern for how racial capitalism has been almost completely normalised. I am deeply concerned by the fact that not only is our social and political climate ill-equipped to address racism, i…

wsws (2018-12-04). In wake of GM closure announcement, UAW and Democrats stoke nationalism. wsws.org The spreading of nationalist poison by the unions is aimed at sabotaging and diverting a united fight by workers against the threat of plant closings.

The Nation (2018-12-03). LIVE: Solving Our Climate Crisis, a National Town Hall. thenation.com pm | today for a town-hall event featuring Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Shailene Woodley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and more! | The post LIVE: Solving Our Climate Crisis, a National Town Hall…

Ilana Novick (2018-12-03). For Middle- and Working-Class Americans, Running for Congress Is Nearly Unaffordable. truthdig.com The candidate pool in the 2018 midterm elections was more diverse, female and full of first-time candidates than ever. Democrats nominated 180 women, 60 more than the previous record of 120, according to data from Rutgers University Center for American Women in Politics, Politico reports. They also nominated 133 people of color and 158 first-time candidates. But while Congress may look a little more like America in January, amid the celebrations of all these firsts is a harsher truth: Many of the midterm candidate…

Robert Reich (2018-12-03). Robert Reich: Should Trump Fear Being Subpoenaed? (Video). truthdig.com Once Democrats take control of the House, you'll be hearing a lot about subpoenas and whether the president can be slapped with one.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-12-03). Ohio's Republicans Are Gambling on the Supreme Court to Restrict Abortion Access. truthout.org Ohio's extremely conservative legislature is on a tear: Within days of the election, the House pushed though an anti-abortion bill so onerous that it would effectively ban abortion. | And the state didn't stop there. Legislators scheduled hearings on another bill that would criminalize abortion, potentially threatening patients and providers with the death penalty. | Here's where things get extra bizarre: Ohio's new legislature sits in January, but these aren't your a…

Jesse Meisenhelter (2018-12-03). Want the Youth Vote in 2020? Champion the Green New Deal Now. thenation.com This is just the beginning—a generation of climate voters is ready to engage with every part of the democratic process to confront this crisis. | The post Want the Youth Vote in 2020? Champion the Green New Deal Now.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-03). Bernie Sanders: End U.S. Arms Sales to Saudis and Support for its Yemen War. therealnews.com Sen. Sanders joins Paul Jay to discuss his Senate resolution to end US support for the Saudi war in Yemen

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Headlines for December 3, 2018. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94, Mexico: AMLO Sworn In as President, Vows to Create New National Guard, China and U.S. Agree to Temporary Trade Truce, Trump Plans to Cancel NAFTA, Pushes for New USMCA Deal, France: Hundreds of Thousands Continue to Protest Fuel Hikes, Khashoggi WhatsApp Messages May Have Been Intercepted by Saudis, Leaders Urge Decisive Action as COP24 Kicks Off in Poland, Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Man in His Own Apartment Indicted for Murder, Wisconsin GOP Tries to Force Through Bills Limiting Power of Elected Democrats, Three Women Accuse deGrasse Tyson…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-12-03). Addiction, Depression, and the Opioid Epidemic. zcomm.org What Are They Telling Us?

Jud Lounsbury (2018-12-03). Wisconsin's GOP Scheme to Keep Scott Walker as Zombie Governor. progressive.org Republicans are using their gerrymandered control of the state to push through a slew of power-grabbing bills before the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general can take office.

Whitney Webb (2018-12-03). Loophole in Bernie Sanders' Yemen Bill Actually Allows Continued US Involvement in Yemen. mintpressnews.com While SJR 54 claims to be aimed at achieving "the removal of United State Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress," it contains a major loophole that will allow the majority of U.S. troops in Yemen — if not all — to stay.

aclu (2018-12-03). There's No Real Difference Between Border Walls and Border Fences. aclu.org Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, are playing word games when it comes to funding Trump's border wall. | Sometime between now and Dec. 7, when the current appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security will expire, Congress needs to provide the agency with another's year's funds. A single word has become a sticking point for the politicians who will vote on that funding: "wall," as in President Trump's border wall. | Trump and his Republican allies are demanding billions of dollars for walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats, wanting to be seen as opposing Trump, say that they won't vote for bor…

Jeremy Brecher (2018-12-03). Climate Jobs for All. counterpunch.org Building Block for the Green New Deal It was an iconic moment: Young people occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office demanding a Green New Deal to put millions of people to work making a climate-safe economy — when suddenly newly-elected Congressional representative and overnight media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins them with a resolutionin hand to establish a More

John Nichols (2018-12-03). Scott Walker's Sore-Loser Scheme. thenation.com Scott Walker's Sore-Loser Scheme…

kathy_f (2018-12-03). 'Power of the Documentary' highlighted in Sydney. greenleft.org.au "The issues raised in this film are vitally important: it is a history of the involvement of journalism and the mainstream media in not merely reporting on, but collaborating with, the making of wars," John Pilger, radical filmmaker, journalist and author, told the audience at a showing of his 2010 film The War You Don't See. | The film was part of the Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence film festival, curated by Pilger and showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney between November 28 and December 9. | The War You Don't See starts by exposing the official reporting on World War I, W…

kathy_f (2018-12-03). NSW law will 'lead to a new stolen generation'. greenleft.org.au Another stolen generation appears certain to be created in NSW, after the Coalition government passed a new adoption law making it easier for a child to be adopted by a foster family without parental consent. | The new adoption law, Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill, passed on November 22 despite fierce opposition, imposes a two-year limit on fostering a child. The Children's Court now has the power to decide whether a birth parent should be rei…

Naomi Klein (2018-12-03). Video: Naomi Klein Interviews Bernie Sanders on Climate Change. theintercept.com The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time — including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight. In this hopeful moment, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the few politicians who has consistently focused on this issue — Sen. Bernie…

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.

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 be bestowed with the symbolic designation of HR1. The program, based on Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes's " Government By the People Act of 2017," would offer subsidies for individuals who want to make small contributions…

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). '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). 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). 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…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-30). Full Bernie Sanders Speech on Economic Justice, Healthcare, Opposing Trump & Ending the War in Yemen. democracynow.org Hundreds of international progressive leaders have traveled to Burlington, Vermont, for a gathering hosted by The Sanders Institute. Last night, former presidential candidate and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked the event off with a keynote speech on healthcare, raising the minimum wage and his bipartisan resolution to end military support for the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. He was introduced by Harvard professor Cornel West.

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

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). 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). 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…

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…

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…

pip.hinman (2018-11-30). Labor's promise to deliver in Victoria may well be illusive. 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). 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). 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). 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…

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