2018-12-06: News Headlines

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). As Voter Fraud Scandal in North Carolina Deepens, Democrats Push Voting Rights Bill. therealnews.com Tar Heel Democrats are voting to expand voter rights, while Republicans push voter IDs to hold on to power. We speak to NC state representative Graig Meyer

peter_b (2018-12-07). Jury fails to agree on verdict in trial of Kurdish journalist. greenleft.org.au NSW Supreme Court judge Lucy McCallum discharged the jury on December 6 after it failed to agree on a verdict in the trial of Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan on "foreign fighter" charges under Australia's draconian "anti-terrorism" laws. | Lelikan denied this charge, insisting he was not a combatant but a journalist reporting on the Kurdish liberation struggle. | A hearing on February 15, 2019 will be told if the prosecution intends to ask for a re-trial. Lelikan remains free on bail, with relaxed conditions. | The case had been going on for nine weeks, four of which have been taken up with the jury's deliberati…

STAFF (2018-12-06). Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Tops Golden Globe Nominations. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival "A Star Is Born," the interracial road-trip drama "Green Book" and the period romp "The Favourite." | "Vice" topped all contenders in the nominations that were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best picture, comedy and best actor nominations for Christ…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-06). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! globalresearch.ca The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. | "If human rights are to have any incredibility, any "universal" applicability, any value, they …

STAFF (2018-12-06). Evers to Appeal to Walker to Veto Wisconsin GOP Power Play. truthdig.com Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will urge outgoing Gov. Scott Walker to reject legislation that would weaken the new administration's powers.

Dave Lindorff (2018-12-06). Demand an End to the Taxation of Social Security Benefits. counterpunch.org Social Security, the retirement program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democrats in Congress in 1936 as a cornerstone of the New Deal programs that were put in place to help Americans struggling with the Great Depression, has been under attack by Republicans ever since it began. In the early 1980s, they finally More

Kate Aronoff (2018-12-06). What a Green New Deal Could Look Like for the Next Generation. zcomm.org With the right investment, new jobs won't be hard to come by…

David Swanson (2018-12-06). Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal. zcomm.org Wars and the preparations for more wars consume a huge amount of oil.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2018. democracynow.org Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rise to Record High in 2018, WHO Says Meeting Paris Climate Goal Would Save Millions of Lives, Quebec Youth Sue Canada, Citing Gross Negligence on Climate Change, Barclays Customers Demand Divestment from Tar Sands Pipelines, George H.W. Bush Remembered at Washington National Cathedral, Canada Arrests Huawei Executive for Extradition to U.S., Trump Praises Chinese Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Wisconsin Republicans Complete Legislative Power Grab, Michigan Republicans Move to Limit Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders, NYT: Paul Manafort Discussed Deal to Seize Julian Assange, Sa…

Bernie Sanders (2018-12-06). 'We Are Facing a National and Planetary Crisis'. progressive.org An excerpt from a new book by Bernie Sanders.

Bill Lueders (2018-12-06). Wisconsin Republicans Spurn the Will of the People. zcomm.org Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a Republican-controlled senate approved bills to restrict early voting and curb the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general. The state assembly was expected to follow suit…

Shared by Cherise (2018-12-06). Why Is GOP Silent Over Real Election Fraud in North Carolina? truthout.org The Republican Party and President Donald Trump have spent a lot of time issuing hysterical, racist, and evidence-free warnings about the prevalence of "voter fraud" in the US as a pretext to roll back voting rights, but the GOP has been conspicuously silent after what has been described as a clear case of election fraud was discovered in North Carolina's 9th congressional district (NC-09), where a Republican candidate edged out his Democratic opponent by just over 900 votes.

Olivia Rosane (2018-12-06). Greenland melting is "off the charts" peoplesworld.org Greenland ice sheet was published in Nature Wednesday, and the results are clear: the ice sheet is now melting at rates unseen within at least the last 350 years. | "Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet has gone into overdrive. As a result, Greenland melt is adding to sea level more than any time during the last three and a half centuries, if not thousands of years," lead study author and Rowan University School of Earth & Environment glaciologist Luke Trusel said in a STAFF (2018-12-06). Sanders and DNC Level Playing Field for 2020 Presidential Debates. truthdig.com The Democratic Party's best-known outsider, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, appears to be on the verge of notching yet another inside-track score that doubtless will come in handy when he runs for president in 2020. | One of the biggest complaints by Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign was the way that the Democratic National Committee collaborated with Hillary Clinton's campaign to schedule its televised debates. In a nutshell, Sanders was cut out of that process, as WikiLeaks documented in its release of stolen campaign emails. The Clinton campaign outlined the schedule it wanted—and got. The debates were to…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-06). Will Green Growth Save Puerto Rico? therealnews.com The people of Puerto Rico are facing severe austerity measures; a new study, Austerity Versus Green Growth for Puerto Rico, presents a way out of the debt spiral says Professor Robert Pollin

STAFF (2018-12-06). GOP Mum After Election Fraud Exposed in North Carolina. truthdig.com The Republican Party and President Donald Trump have spent a lot of time issuing hysterical, racist, and evidence-free warnings about the prevalence of "voter fraud" in the U.S. as a pretext to roll back voting rights, but the GOP has been conspicuously silent after what has been described as a clear case of election fraud was discovered in North Carolina's 9th congressional district (NC-09), where a Republican candidate edged out his Democratic opponent by just over 900 vote…

Jack Heyman (2018-12-06). The Tragic Death of Byron Jacobs, Hero of the EGT Longshore Struggle. counterpunch.org Police attack ILWU pickets in Longview, Washington, 7 September 2011, as they block grain train to scab EGT facility. Byron Jacobs (in green cap) was thrown to the ground and arrested, along with 18 other unionists. Despite federal injunciton, the next day 800 union supporters seized the terminal. (Photo: Dawn Des Brisay/Flickr) Byron Jacobs, More

Tony Christini (2018-12-06). Who Will Run to Bernie's Left? counterpunch.org Who will it be? This is the one candidate missing from the 2020 Democratic Party primary for the Presidency of the United States. Dozens of candidates are said to be considering running or are already running for the 2020 Democratic primary, but none to the left of Bernie Sanders, who must be considered the prohibitive More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-06). Bernie Sanders: Concentrated Wealth is Concentrated Power. therealnews.com Sen. Sanders joins Paul Jay who asks if breaking up the big banks is enough to weaken the power of Wall St.

Norman Solomon (2018-12-06). What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020. counterpunch.org Twenty-five years ago — when I wrote a book titled "False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era" — I didn't expect that the Democratic Party would still be mired in Clintonism two and a half decades later. But such approaches to politics continue to haunt the party and the country. The last two Democratic More

Carl Pope (2018-12-06). "Yellow vest" protesters in Paris and Green New Dealers at home. zcomm.org Enemies, or future comrades?>

Miranda Spencer (2018-12-06). Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems. fair.org USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…

Robert L. Borosage (2018-12-06). The Best Strategy for the House Dems? Fight for Major Reforms. thenation.com The Best Strategy for the House Dems? Fight for Major Reforms.

Eoin Higgins (2018-12-06). Antonio Delgado Backed a Green New Deal on the Campaign Trail, but Hasn't Since the Election. theintercept.com The Green New Deal has gained traction in the Democratic caucus in the weeks since last month's Democratic wave election.

Akela Lacy (2018-12-06). Pennsylvania Republicans, Thwarted in Court, Are Trying to Deny Seating the Democratic Winner of an Election. theintercept.com Republicans in Pennsylvania went to court during the midterm campaign to try to get Democratic candidate Lindsey Williams kicked off the ballot over alleged residency deficiencies. A judge threw their challenge out, and Williams went on to upset her opponent, flipping a seat tucked inside Conor Lamb's congressional district. | Now Senate Republicans, who still control the upper chamber despite losing five seats and the popular vote statewide, are trying to use the same residency argument to refuse seating the winner…

H. Claire Brown (2018-12-06). Buried in Wisconsin Republicans' Lame-Duck Legislation: Drug Testing Requirements for Food Stamp Applicants. theintercept.com On Wednesday morning, after a closed-door meeting that lasted much of the night, both houses of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state legislature passed a comprehensive set of measures limiting the incoming Democratic administration's power. The consequences of the many provisions are still coming into focus. Buried under controversial moves to curtail early voting and strip authority from Gov.-elect Tony Evers is a sweeping codification of welfare restrictions that Republicans across the country have long sought. | The new legislation enshrines in state law outgoing Gov. Scott Walker's controversial policy of…

WSWS (2018-12-06). Democrats, union tops seek to isolate Chicago charter teachers' strike. wsws.org Hours after staging a photo op at a Tuesday teachers' rally, Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced her education platform.

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). The fightback against Adani and Aurizon steps up. greenleft.org.au Adani CEO Lucas Dow's November 29 declaration that work on a scaled-down coalmine in Queensland's Galilee Basin would begin before Christmas was met with one of the most powerful nationwide protests against it so far as primary and high school students walking out of class the next day for the Student Strike 4 Climate Action. | A reported 20,000 students, many of them with their parents and grandparents in tow, took to the streets with a powerful message to Adani and policymakers: ignore us at your peril. | This was followed by a sit-in at Parliament House in Canberra on December 5. | Another round of #StopA…

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

AlexBainbridge (2018-12-06). Ferry workers take strike action. greenleft.org.au Ferry workers went on strike on December 6 in a bid to secure a fair wage and job security which, until now, their employer Transdev has refused to guarantee in enterprise negotiations. | Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Queensland branch secretary Bob Carnegie told the hundreds of people gathered at the picket line that it was "a wonderful thing" to see ferry workers "standing up to a large transnational company that has been treating them like crap for a number of years". | Transdev has a record of offering pay rises on paper, but then reneging in practice. For example, one year workers won a travel allowance…

RT (2018-12-06). School principal 'steals' Christmas with ban on Santa, candy canes, red & green colors. rt.com A principal of an elementary school in Nebraska has gone full-on Grinch, imposing a blanket ban on anything remotely related to Christmas for the sake of "inclusivity." Snowflakes, however, were allowed.

The Green Arcade (2018-12-06). Great Cooks, Great Cook Books and an Introduction by Rebecca Solnit. indybay.org 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Loft | 1687 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94103…

David Swanson (2018-12-05). Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal. counterpunch.org While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what it is spending to create the epidemic through the U.S.-Saudi More

Dominique Paul Noth (2018-12-05). Wisconsin Republicans cementing their reversal of election results. peoplesworld.org A century ago, Wisconsin was famous for progressive thought. Now the state makes national headlines for its horror stories — Making a Murderer, Slender Man stabbings, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, the state GOP. The last spent painful hours Dec. 4 and 5 joining the horror parade by refusing to accept the results of the Nov. …

Bill Lueders (2018-12-05). Wisconsin Republicans Spurn the Will of the People. progressive.org Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a Republican-controlled senate approved bills to restrict early voting and curb the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.

Consortiumnews (2018-12-05). Trump's Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook. consortiumnews.com With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out. There's little chance now in "taking on the intelligence community," says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to… Read more →

Kate Aronoff (2018-12-05). With a Green New Deal, Here's What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation. theintercept.com It's the spring of 2043, and Gina is graduating college with the rest of her class. She had a relatively stable childhood. Her parents availed themselves of some of the year of paid family leave they were entitled to, and after that she was dropped off at a free child care program. | Pre-K and K-12 were also free, of course, but so was her time at college, which she began after a year of public service, during which she spent six months restoring wetlands and another six volunteering at a day care much like the one she had gone to. | Now that she's graduated, it's time to think about what to do with her life. Wit…

Kate Aronoff (2018-12-05). Unhinged GDP Growth Could Actually Destroy the Economy, Economists Find. theintercept.com For decades, scientists have warned of the pending crisis for the planet and humanity in the event of runaway climate change. But a new paper from prominent economists frames the situation in language that people might actually understand: Not addressing climate change, they conclude, will lead inevitably to "worldwide economic collapse." | Researchers also have a warning for renewable energy evangelists and techno-optimists, concluding that it is a fantasy to believe that the economy can grow at a torrid pace — as measured by GDP — while simultaneously reducing or eliminating greenhouse gas. | That's…

pip.hinman (2018-12-05). Community calls for a halt to Santos gas 'exploration' in Narrabri. greenleft.org.au The North West Alliance again called on the NSW Coalition government to stop Santos from stealthily proceeding with its yet-to-be approved Narrabri Gas Project expansion on December 4. Santos is laying kilometres of new pipeline to its Wilga Park power station in north-west NSW, allowing it to access gas from exploration wells, royalty free. | Alliance spokesperson Peter Small said: "This exploration has continued to be an open-ended invitation to conduct production under the guise of exploration." | The North West Alliance includes First Nations people, farmers and people from nearby towns who oppose Santos'..

Ruth Conniff (2018-12-04). Wisconsin Republicans Make Unprecedented Power Grab. The People Push Back. progressive.org Citizens jammed the halls and chanted outside locked hearing-room doors, while Republican legislators rushed through a series of bills designed to take power away from the incoming governor.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2018. democracynow.org Wisconsin: Protesters Take to the Capitol to Oppose GOP Power Grab, North Carolina Investigating Election Fraud in Congressional Race, Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe, CIA Director Haspel to Brief Top Senators on Khashoggi Murder, Spain: Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains in Regional Elections, France: Fuel Tax Hikes Suspended Amid Growing Unrest, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC, Mexico's AMLO Creates Truth Commission over 2014 Student Disappearance, Philippines: Indicted Rappler Editor Posts Bail, Vows to Keep Reporting, Reports: U.S Admiral in Middle East Died by Suicide, Texas: Calls Grow to…

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…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-03). Interview: Bernie Sanders on Ending Yemen War, Medicare for All, Green New Deal & the Stop BEZOS Act. democracynow.org Hundreds of international progressive leaders gathered in Burlington, Vermont, last weekend for an event hosted by The Sanders Institute. While there, Amy Goodman sat down with independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss his efforts to pass a Green New Deal, raise the minimum wage and protect Social Security. He also spoke about last week's historic Senate vote to advance a resolution he co-sponsored to end military support for the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen.

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

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. 21*, 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 b…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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