2019-02-10: News Headlines

Ellen Brown (2019-02-10). Killing the Public Banking Revolution in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. | According to MMT, …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-10). Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time. indybay.org As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-10). Senate Democrats, Republicans Have Ex-Fracking Lobbyists Running Senate Energy Committee. therealnews.com The Senate Energy Committee leadership on both sides of the aisle is staffed up by former fracking industry lobbyists who worked as colleagues at same group

RT (2019-02-10). 'Brilliant!' Trump applauds Democrats' Green dream to 'eliminate all planes, cars, cows & military'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has mocked the so-called Green New Deal initiative spearheaded by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), seeking to 'revolutionize' the US economy by any means necessary.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-02-09). Bezos Protests Invasion of Privacy While Building Surveillance State. zcomm.org Perhaps being a victim of privacy invasion will help Jeff Bezos realize the evils of what his company is enabling…

STAFF (2019-02-09). How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders. truthdig.com It's a cheap shot at politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Kate Aronoff (2019-02-09). Sweeping "Green New Deal" zcomm.org After months of anticipation, Democratic New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey introduced a resolution for the Green New Deal…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-09). Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm. truthout.org Lawrence, MA — Not long ago, a presidential bid announcement by Elizabeth Warren would've been the biggest event of the year for many progressives. When she entered the national political scene more than a decade ago, her aggressive (if wonkish) critique of Wall Street greed resonated with liberals and rankled Republicans. Warren made financial regulations sound almost fun; she has PowerPoint presentations with more than a million views on YouTube. Soon groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee began to describe the left flank of the D…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-09). A Green New Deal Is the First Step Toward an Eco-Revolution. truthout.org A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist magazine Monthly Review. He has written widely on capitalism, Marxism and ecological crises. In this interview, Foster discusses why a Green New Deal is just an entry point to an ecological revolution, and why any economic-social system that hopes to address the climate crisis must transcend capitalism. The interview that follows has been lightly edited for clarity and length. | Vaios Triantafyllou: Do you believe that combating the climate crisis is feasible within a globalized capitalist economy? The…

RT (2019-02-09). Elizabeth Warren officially launches her 2020 presidential bid. rt.com The fight to be the Democrats' candidate in 2020 is heating up, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially launching her campaign, days after apologizing afresh for having previously claimed Native American heritage.

Aída Chávez (2019-02-09). New York Democrats Could Eliminate Ocasio-Cortez's District After 2020. theintercept.com Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is prepared for the possibility that Democrats in New York could redraw her district after the 2020 election, she told The Intercept in an interview. | Following the 2020 census, every state will draw new district boundaries to reflect changes in the population, the political implications of which will stretch for at least the next decade. In 2014, New York approved a constitutional amendment establishing a nonpartisan redistricting commission, which is set to take over the redistricting process starting in 2020. The 10-member commission, meant to be independent from the legislature,…

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Ocasio-Cortez & Markey Unveil Sweeping "Green New Deal" to Radically Shift U.S. Off Fossil Fuels. democracynow.org After months of anticipation, Democratic New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey introduced a resolution for the Green New Deal Thursday, presenting a sweeping plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, make major investments in public transit and federal jobs, fully transition the U.S. electricity off fossil fuels and codify indigenous peoples' rights to prior consent and approval for decisions that affect them. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to mock the proposal on Wednesday, referring to it as a "green dream, or whatever they call i…

unitedEditor (2019-02-08). U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction? uwidata.com It's the biggest showdown of Donald Trump's presidency yet. The Democratic Party leadership are clashing swords with Trump's administration over the controversial border wall. The struggle has already resulted in the longest and most devastating government shutdown in U.S. history. Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. […]

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-08). Workers, AFL-CIO, Democrats open legislative push for $15 minimum wage. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Terrence Wise needs a raise. So did his Mom. She never got enough of a raise to lift her and her family out of poverty. Wise wants Congress to do that for himself, his current fiancée, and his three daughters. So Wise, 39, who works at two fast-food jobs in Kansas City, Mo., came to …

Heather Smith (2019-02-08). The Green New Deal Is Out. Now What? commondreams.org Ocasio-Cortez and Markey Announce the Green New Deal. (Photo: Bill Clark/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenn Orphan (2019-02-08). Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe. counterpunch.org "With "capitalism in danger of falling apart" (a rare, cryptically honest quote from Al Gore), and years of stagnant global economic growth now in a free fall, the Greta campaign must be understood for what it is. An elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with protecting the natural world, and everything to do with More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Headlines for February 8, 2019. democracynow.org Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Green New Deal: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Sen. Markey Introduce Landmark Resolution, U.S. Spy Agencies: Saudi Crown Prince Said He Would Go After Khashoggi "With a Bullet", Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of "Extortion and Blackmail", Report: U.S.-Based Plane Caught Bringing Arms into Venezuela, U.S. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams Rules Out Negotiations with Maduro, Senate Judiciary Committee Narrowly Backs William Barr to Become Attorney General, Acting AG Matthew Whitaker to Testify on Capitol Hill, Arizona Prisoner Dies Weeks After Warning "I Am…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Gaza rallies for Venezuela to oppose US coup. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza on January 29 to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. | Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. | The relationship between Ve…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-08). The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Janet Redman says the Green New Deal proposal from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey is a step towards unprecedented climate action, but that it must mandate a phase-out of oil, gas, and coal

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Five new books for ecosocialists — February edition. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new releases for an ecosocialist bookshelf. Inclusion doesn't necessarily imply agreement with a book's contents. | *** | End Of The Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest and Strangest Animals
| Written by Ross DE MacPhee & illustrated by Peter Schouten
| WW Norton, 2019 | Until a few thousand years ago, gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and 2000-pound crocodiles lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. Many scientists blame human overhunting…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-08). Democrats Echo Israel's Far-Right by Refusing to Even Use the Word "Occupation" theintercept.com Israel's military rules over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in territories it seized by force in 1967. Why can't Democrats call that what it is?

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Kurdish activist: 'I'm on hunger strike for freedom'. greenleft.org.au Leyla Guven, a member of Turkey's parliament for the left-wing, Kurdish-led People's Democratic party (HDP), launched an indefinite hunger strike on November 7 from Amed Prison, where she was held jailed by Turkey's regime. Her demand is for an end to the isolation of jailed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. | Jailed by Turkey since 1999, Ocalan is the recognised leader of the Kurdish liberation movement. Since 2011, his lawyers have been unable to met with him. | Guven's hunger strike, which entered its 81st day on February 6, has sparked protests by Kurdish communities and their supporters…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). European parliamentarians condemn EU support for US coup. greenleft.org.au Below is a February 4 letter signed by 39 members of the European Parliament. It comes from three different political groups in the European Parliament and condemns EU support for the attempted coup in Venezuela. | *** | Letter in defence of a political dialogue in Venezuela, guaranteeing that Latin America and the Caribbean remains a zone of peace. | We, the undersigned MEPs, condemn any expression of support provided to the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, as portrayed by the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as "Interim President" of the country. This self-proclamation finds no background in the Constitution…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'. greenleft.org.au British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

RT (2019-02-08). 'Don't want to get into that': Democrats' #MeToo double standard on Kavanaugh and Fairfax. rt.com Whether the Democrats went too hard in their pursuit of Brett Kavanaugh for alleged sexual assault, or have been too soft on fellow party member Justin Fairfax, it all amounts to the same thing — hypocrisy is an unbecoming look.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-08). Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Is a Product of Youth Uprising. truthout.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) led the rollout of the first resolution laying the foundation for the Green New Deal. It is one of several unprecedented efforts demanding that the government take aggressive action in the face of climate change. | Though ideas for a Green New Deal have been kicking around for over a decade, Ocasio-Cortez catalyzed the framework after making it a cornerstone of her campaign. Defying skepticism that she would be a…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Letter from the US: Teachers strike blow against school privatisation. greenleft.org.au After six days of strikes and mass mobilisations in the streets, Los Angeles teachers, joined on the picket lines and demonstrations by parents and students, won an important victory, Barry Sheppard writes from San Francisco, as they held the line against further privatisation of the public schools. | A front-page New York Times story on January 29 was headlined "Strike Throws Cold Water on a City's Embrace of Charter Schools". The article began: "Carrying protest signs, thousands of teachers and their allies converged last month on the shimmering contemporary art museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Clad…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). The virtue in Vice. greenleft.org.au Vice
| Written and directed by Adam McKay
| Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
| In cinemas now | Vice is a worthily acerbic assault on the life and times of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, writes Alan Frank. | Given the all-too-frequent off-the-wall activities of the current haystack-haired White House occupant, writer-director Adam McKay deserves praise for lifting the spirits somewhat with this cruelly satirical portrait of former US vice-president Dick Cheney. | Despite its unpalatable subject matter, it's both witty and hugely entertaining as an all-too-credible portrait of th…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-02-08). Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else. theintercept.com The National Enquirer has engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world's richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim. | On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer's parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between t…

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Adani ramps up propaganda war, intimidation of activists. greenleft.org.au Adani has once again missed its own deadline for starting construction at its Carmichael coalmine in the Galilee Basin, but the coalmining giant is ramping up its propaganda war and intimidation of activists. | Adani is continuing to run advertisements and opinion pieces in newspapers, along with paying for huge billboards in Brisbane, all talking up the supposed jobs that the proposed mine will create. | But while Adani has announced that heavy construction equipment will be moved to the area and that it is engaging contractors, it will not be able to start construction unless it gets approval for its environmen…

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). The big charity heist. greenleft.org.au Against Charity
| By Daniel Raventos & Julie Wark
| AK Press, 2018
| 294 pages, $16.95 | One often hears that we should "give to charity". Is this a good idea? Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark wrote their view in Against Charity. Admittedly, the title is a give-away. | Charities aren't new, but in modern capitalist societies, many states have legislated to regulate charities. In this way, "the crumbs from the rich man's table can safely be given to the poor". | This, Raventos and Wark say, benefits the rich more than the poor. The "rich man … prides himself on his generosity, gets tax deductions, give…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). The UN climate conference: where ambition goes to die. greenleft.org.au This is an eyewitness account of the UN Climate Conference COP24, held in Katowice, Poland, in December last year from the perspective of one of the 30,000 participants. All attempts will be taken to avoid acronyms of climate terms, or at least explain them, and I will outline the 'insider information' that I got from my first COP. | As a political advisor in the European Parliament, I am used to working on EU-level climate and energy legislation, but now I found myself with an access badge to a global conference on the even messier stage of climate politics, the international level. A cup of tea with a curious f…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-08). WATCH: While Trump 'Sadly and Pathetically' Denies Climate Crisis, Sanders 'Proud' to Co-Sponsor Green New Deal. commondreams.org "This is a very big deal," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says about the official Green New Deal proposal—of which he is a "proud" original co-sponsor—in a new video shared to his social media profiles on Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-07). Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down. democracynow.org A reckoning about racism and sexual assault has left Virginia's government in disarray, with the state's top three elected officials—all Democrats—facing political crises that threaten to upend their careers and the state's leadership. The controversy that has enveloped Virginia since Governor Ralph Northam admitted last week to wearing blackface took a shocking turn Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface at a college party. Just days prior, Herring—who is second in line for Virginia's governorship—had called for Governor Northam to resign. The fir…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-07). Headlines for February 7, 2019. democracynow.org Professor Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov., Virginia AG Mark Herring Says He Wore Blackface at 1980 College Party, NASA and NOAA Data Show 2018 Was Among Hottest Years on Record, House Democrats Hold Hearing on Bill to Expand Gun Background Checks, House Advances Bill to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Taliban Says U.S. Has Agreed to Halve Its Afghanistan Troop Presence, Honduran Prosecutors: Energy Executive Masterminded Berta Cáceres Murder, New Mexico Governor Withdraws National Guard from U.S.-Mexico Border, Pentagon Deploys 3,750 Additional Troops to U.S.-Mexico Borde…

Karen J. Greenberg (2019-02-07). How Did the Constitution Become America's Authoritative Text? thenation.com How Did the Constitution Become America's Authoritative Text?

Sean McElwee, John Ray (2019-02-07). Young People Really, Really Want a Green New Deal. thenation.com Young People Really, Really Want a Green New Deal…

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Nationalise the big banks under community control. greenleft.org.au In the banking royal commission's final report, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne made 76 recommendations for reforms to the sector, but stopped short of calling for charges to be laid against bank executives and board members, or any radical shake-up of the industry. | This has led some, such as financial commentator Michael Pascoe writing in the February 5 New Daily, to proclaim: "And the winner is … the big banks!" His words were promptly reinforced by the fact that bank shares skyrocketed the day after the report was released. | Among other things, the report recommends: strengthening the powers of regulators; par…

Fred_F (2019-02-07). Student climate strike: 'It's our future'. greenleft.org.au After the successful School Strike 4 Climate Action last November 30, where more than 15,000 students walked out of school, organisers have called another strike for March 15 as part of a Global Day of Action — and they are asking others to join in. | Richard Lane and Maureen Murphy spoke to Year 9 student Lilly Murphy, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate Action, about the climate strike movement. | *** | How did you get involved with the Student Strike 4 Climate Action? | A few of my school friends knew about it due to social media. There were also a few signs around school. | One of them…

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). ParentsNext program discriminates against sole parents. greenleft.org.au ParentsNext is a new Department of Human Services (DHS) program that was rolled out nationally last July for about 75,000 sole parents who are receiving Parenting Payment. | The program is compulsory for all single parents whose youngest child has turned five, unless they are living in a regional town with no employment opportunities. | When the youngest child turns six, the parent — overwhelmingly mothers — will remain on Parenting Payment but will be required to begin a Job Plan, which includes looking for work, working part-time, studying or doing an approved activity. After the child turns eight,…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-07). Climate Justice Advocates Testify At House Committee Hearing. therealnews.com In their first hearing since Democrats claimed Congress, the House Natural Resources Committee heard from climate advocates. We sat down with one witness, Climate Justice Alliance's Elizabeth Yeampierre

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Key policy tests looming for NSW Labor MPs. greenleft.org.au The inability of the Liberal Party to find candidates for Hunter seats for the March New South Wales state election suggests that even its party faithful recognise that Gladys Berejiklian's Coalition government is headed for electoral defeat and, probably, a total wipe-out in the Hunter. | Key government decisions have been a disaster for this region. For example, with the buses privatised, getting around is now more difficult; selling the Port has limited our economic potential; and $100 million has been siphoned from Hunter Water. | Whatever the election result, the Coalition will still in effect win if a victo…

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders. greenleft.org.au In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life for the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majorit…

RT (2019-02-07). Call the meme police: BuzzFeed wants to ban tweets that offend Democrats. rt.com 2019 hasn't started well for BuzzFeed, After false articles and staff layoffs, the clickbait-merchant-turned-liberal-news-outlet has now taken to trying to ban memes that offend America's Democratic party. |

Kate Aronoff (2019-02-07). The Green New Deal Takes Its First Congressional Baby Step, as Pelosi Mocks "Green Dream or Whatever" theintercept.com The resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, sets a framework for legislation to be hashed out over two years.

Fred_F (2019-02-07). NSW water crisis: dead fish brought to water minister's office. greenleft.org.au A bucket of dead fish was emptied outside NSW minister for regional water Niall Blair's office on February 7 as part of a protest to demand swift action on the water crisis affecting regional communities. The protest was organised by Fighting In Resistance Equally (FIRE). | Millions of fish have died in the Darling River system, Lake Menindee, Lake Keepit and Murrumbidgee River in the past month as a result of government mismanagement and corporate greed. | Gamilaraay man Raymond Weatherall, who is spearheading the "Water for Walgett" campaign, said that the group was taking action "because we know the lack of cl…

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Hickey family demands parliamentary inquiry into TJ's death 15 years ago. greenleft.org.au On February 14, the family and supporters of TJ Hickey will meet at the park they have named after the young Kamilaroi man, 15 years after he was murdered by the NSW police. | On that tragic day in 2004, TJ was riding his bike in Redfern, unaware of what was going to happen next. Constable Michael Hollingsworth started to pursue him. At the corner of Phillip and George streets, the police car was so close that in the cul de sac between the two towers it rammed the bike. TJ was thrown off the bike and on to the spiked fence…

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