2018-12-08: News Headlines

Jeff Johnson (2018-12-08). Oil Companies Spent Millions to Defeat Green New Deal. zcomm.org Given the existential nature of the climate crisis and the urgency before us, I will continue to speak out and organize on climate justice issues. To do anything less would be inexcusable…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-08). Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Record High in 2018. therealnews.com From COP24 in Poland, Greenpeace USA's Naomi Ages says that carbon emissions are set to rise by 2.7% in 2018 due to more coal use in Asia, and that to combat this trend nations need to do more than what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accord

Winona La Duke (2018-12-08). Call for Indigenous-Led "Green New Deal" zcomm.org Interview on the indigenous-led fight against destructive oil pipelines and the revolutionary potential of the Green New Deal…

Melanie (2018-12-08). Pressure Nancy Pelosi to create a Green new deal. indybay.org The last day of Congress is Dec. 13th, which means we have just a few days to push the agenda on climate change and build support for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. | There will be opportunities for civil disobedience…

Sunrise Movement Bay Area (2018-12-08). Rep. Pelosi: Support a Green New Deal! indybay.org Civic Center/UN Plaza, San Francisco | Meet at UN Plaza on Market St, between Hyde/8th St. and Charles J Brenham/7th St. | Gather on the northside of Market St, just outside of the Civic Center BART station | We will march two blocks to Pelosi's office building later that morning…

The Green Arcade (2018-12-08). 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…

Kate Aronoff (2018-12-08). Shell Oil Executive Boasts That His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement. theintercept.com Shell oil helped write the Paris climate agreement, according to a top Royal Dutch Shell executive. | They're also the world's ninth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. | The executive, Shell's Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone, made his comments at the international climate change conference COP 24 on Friday. Hone was candid about just how much of a hand his company — through their involvement with the Internation…

WSWS (2018-12-08). Mueller lauds former Trump lawyer Cohen for providing "useful and relevant" information. wsws.org The central concern of the Democrats is to force Trump to assume an even more belligerent and aggressive posture toward Moscow.

stuart_m (2018-12-08). How George HW Bush's 1989 invasion of Panama set the stage for US wars to come. greenleft.org.au The death of George H.W. Bush has dominated the U.S. news for days, but little attention has been paid to the defining event of Bush's first year in office: the invasion of Panama. On December 19, 1989, Bush Sr. sent tens of thousands of troops into Panama, ostensibly to execute an arrest warrant against its leader, Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. General Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and on the CIA payroll. | In a nationally televised address, Bush claimed the invasion was needed to defend democracy in Panama. During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped w…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-12-07). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights! counterpunch.org "…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." These are the words in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated 70 years ago on December 10, 1948. They were More

Democracy Now! (2018-12-07). Winona LaDuke Calls for Indigenous-Led "Green New Deal" as She Fights Minnesota Pipeline Expansion. democracynow.org While world leaders converge in Poland for the U.N. climate change summit, we look at the indigenous-led fight against destructive oil pipelines and the revolutionary potential of the Green New Deal with Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe environmental leader and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-07). Lame Duck Republican Legislature Tries to Strip Democrats' Power in Wisconsin. therealnews.com Since Democrats won all statewide races in Wisconsin, the Republican strategy is to illegally erase their loss by disempowering the offices that the Democrats won. The Nation's John Nichols discusses the situation

Democracy Now! (2018-12-07). Progressive International: Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders Launch New Global Mvt Against Far Right. democracynow.org The far right is rising in Europe, most recently in Spain, where the anti-immigrant, anti-abortion Vox party won multiple seats in a regional parliamentary election in Andalusia on Sunday. It was the first successful election for the far right in Spain since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s after the death of fascist military dictator Francisco Franco. We speak with economist and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who is launching a movement with Senator Bernie Sanders and others to fight right-wing forces around the globe.

Robert Fisk (2018-12-07). Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org Can I be the only one — apart from his own sycophants — to find the sight of America's finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? "Crazy". "Dangerous". A "wrecking ball". A "smoking saw". These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was More

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

Rob Urie (2018-12-07). Degrowth: Toward a Green Revolution. counterpunch.org The Americanism that people will never voluntarily give up the consumption that is killing the planet represents the triumph of a long con. The problem that consumed (apologies) economists in the early twentieth century was how to get people to want the stuff that capitalism produces. Past the point of meeting basic needs, people really More

WSWS (2018-12-07). The German Christian Democrats elect a new leader. wsws.org The three candidates will compete to see who can shift the Chancellor's previous policy furthest to the right.

kathy_f (2018-12-07). Australia should de-list PKK as a terrorist organisation. greenleft.org.au The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on November 22 that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was wrongly on the EU's list of terrorist organisations between 2014 and 2017. | The PKK is widely supported by Kurdish people as a legitimate liberation movement but has also been listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, Britain and Australia. | Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton re-listed the PKK as a terrorist organisation in June. This decision was based on inputs from ASIO and the Australian Government Solicitor. The PKK was initially listed in 2006 following a visit to Australia by the then…

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 February 15 hearing 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 deliberation. | Phi…

Middle East Monitor (2018-12-07). Iran Agrees To OPEC Oil Cut. iranian.com Iran gave OPEC the green light today to reduce oil output by around 0.8 million barrels per day from 2019 after finding a compromise with rival Saudi Arabia over a possible exemption from the cuts, an OPEC source said. Tehran has emerged as a key sticking point for a deal but sources said the difficulties were […]

RT (2018-12-07). Bargain Bill, half-price Hillary: Clintons flogging discounted speaking tour tickets. rt.com Bill and Hillary Clinton are apparently struggling to sell tickets for their stadium speaking tour across North America… and have resorted to flogging them for half-price on Groupon.

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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

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…

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.

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…

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'..

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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