2019-02-11: Social Media Postees

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Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is publicly accusing the owner of the National Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail," weeks after the paper revealed details about his extramarital affair. Bezos had recently hired a private investigator to determine how the tabloid newspaper obtained private text messages between him and his lover, and whether the paper's actions were politically motivated. The National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, Inc., responded to Bezos's investigation by threatening to publish revealing photos of Bezos if he did not agree to publicly state that the Enquirer's coverage was not politically m…
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Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-11
Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…
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Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
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Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
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"This Is Just the Beginning": Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro's Brazil
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
On Friday, an operation by Brazilian military police in Rio de Janeiro left at least 13 people dead after a shootout in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Police say they were there to investigate suspected drug traffickers but encountered gunfire when they entered the area. Last month, Rio's new governor, Wilson Witzel, said that city security forces were authorized to shoot to kill suspects. He also said Rio should have its own Guantánamo Bay to house criminals, whom he labeled "terrorists." Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has vowed to intensify the war on drugs. While running for president, Bolsonaro sa…
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A Green New Deal is the first step toward an eco-revolution
Vaios Triantafyllou | mronline.org | 2019-02-11
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. | Source…
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Reactionaries Call the Green New Deal 'Radical,' Like That's a Bad Thing
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Reactionaries Call the Green New Deal 'Radical,' Like That's a Bad Thing…
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Leading Progressive Organizations Back Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey's Green New Deal Resolution; Plan to Assemble Unprecedented Coalition
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
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Democratic Party Insiders Create Group To Promote Israel to Progressives
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-11
Some Democratic heavy hitters have formed a new pro-Israel organization focused on progressive Democrats. The new group, " Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI)," is the latest in a long line of groups working for Israel in the United States. | New York Jewish Week reports that the group was formed "to counter the drift — if not dive — away from support…
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Negotiations Hit Snag as Shutdown Deadline Approaches
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-11
WASHINGTON — As the White House refused to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again, negotiators clashed over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise Congress can accept. | With a Friday deadline approaching, the two sides remained separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump's promised border wall. But rising to the fore on Sunday was a related dispute over curbing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration p…
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How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change in Venezuela?
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-11
The US and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the UN Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The US is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | Transcr…
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Ilhan Omar's Criticism of Israeli Lobby and AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMA…
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Global Poll Reveals Surging Fear of Climate Crisis and US Power Under Trump
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
While a rapidly rising number of people across the globe are worried about the climate crisis—prompting warnings from scientists, demands for robust action, and sweeping legislative proposals such as the Green New Deal—there are also mounting concerns about the United States in the era of President Donald Trump, according to new polling from the Pew Research Center. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Oppose the Democrats' #MeToo witch-hunt against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-11
Once again, unsubstantiated and dubious sexual allegations are being used in a #MeToo operation driven by a right-wing political agenda.
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Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-11
Republican Senator Marco Rubio pushes a pro-Israel agenda, while new and younger Democrats question US support for the right-wing government in Israel, says Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein | The post Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar Draws Ire for 'Accurately Describing How the Israel Lobby Works'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-11
A progressive Jewish group was among the many who defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) late Sunday after conservatives and centrist Democrats attacked her for simply acknowledging that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, gives millions of dollars to pro-Israel causes each year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Senate Democrats, Republicans Have Ex-Fracking Lobbyists Running Senate Energy Committee
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-10
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 | The post Senate Democrats, Republicans Have Ex-Fracking Lobbyists Running Senate Energy Committee appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Trump says Democrats seek new shutdown as distraction from scandals, as border talks stall
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-10
As US border security talks apparently reach another stalemate with a new government shutdown looming on the horizon, President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the development by saying they need a distraction. | …
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Sen. Chris Murphy to Doubters: Green New Deal 'Absolutely Realistic' and the Kind of Plan Needed to Avert Climate Disaster
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-10
"Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're gonna get close to meeting the mark." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Brilliant!' Trump applauds Democrats' Green dream to 'eliminate all planes, cars, cows & military'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-10
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. | …
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Australia Court Rules it is the 'Wrong Time' for Coal
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-10
A coal mine near Gunnedah, Australia, September 11, 2012. | © AP Photo/Rob Griffith | An Australia court has rejected an appeal to grant permission to develop a new coal mine because it will contribute to global warming, the latest in a series of court rulings grounded in concerns over climate change. | It is the "wrong time" for coal, the Environmental and Land Court of New South Wales concluded, "because the GHG [Greenhouse Gas] emissi…
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New York Democrats Could Eliminate Ocasio-Cortez's District After 2020
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-02-09
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,…
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What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela?
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-09
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…
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Elizabeth Warren officially launches her 2020 presidential bid
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-09
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. | …
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Ocasio-Cortez & Markey Unveil Sweeping "Green New Deal" to Radically Shift U.S. Off Fossil Fuels
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-08
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…
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Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"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…
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U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-08
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. […] | The post U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction? appeared first on United World International.
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The UN climate conference: where ambition goes to die
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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European parliamentarians condemn EU support for US coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/european-parliamentarians-condemn-eu-support-us-coup

Adani ramps up propaganda war, intimidation of activists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
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…
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Letter from the US: Teachers strike blow against school privatisation
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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Democrats Echo Israel's Far-Right by Refusing to Even Use the Word "Occupation"
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
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? | The post Democrats Echo Israel's Far-Right by Refusing to Even Use the Word "Occupation" appeared first on The Intercept.
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The virtue in Vice
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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Five new books for ecosocialists — February edition
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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The big charity heist
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
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Kurdish activist: 'I'm on hunger strike for freedom'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/kurdish-activist-im-hunger-strike-freedom

The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-08
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 | The post The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Gaza rallies for Venezuela to oppose US coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/gaza-rallies-venezuela-oppose-us-coup

Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/reject-shameful-media-campaign-regime-change-venezuela

Young People Really, Really Want a Green New Deal
Sean McElwee, John Ray | thenation.com | 2019-02-07
Young People Really, Really Want a Green New Deal…
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Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
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…
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Support grows to free Hakeem Al-Araibi
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
The campaign to stop the refoulment of refugee Hakeem al-Araibi from Thailand to Bahrain is growing, with many football authorities taking a stand. | Sports stars, trade unionists, the Bahraini community, human rights organisations and politicians gathered in Melbourne and Sydney on February 1 to demand that Araibi be freed from a Thai prison. | Meanwhile, the Bahraini government has formally lodged a request to extradite Araibi from Thailand to Bahrain to face trumped up charges. If this happens, his life will be in danger. | Araibi is a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national foo…
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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal is Here
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-07
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced their long-awaited resolution to create a Green New Deal on Thursday. They will hold a press conference at 12: 30 ET. | The 14-page resolution has 60 House and nine Senate co-sponsors, including all leading Democratic Party contenders for president, according to The Guardian. | It calls for the U.S. to decarbonize all sectors of the ec…
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Banks too important to leave in hands of greedy capitalists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
After Commissioner Kenneth Hayne released the banking royal commission's interim report in September, many of the headlines and takeaway quotes focused on its claim that banks "put profits before people". | "Why did it happen?" the report asked. "Too often the answer seems to be greed — the pursuit of short term profit at the expense of basic standards of honesty. How else is charging continuing advice fees to the dead to be explained?… | "Much if not all of the conduct identified in th…
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Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-state-vs-catalonia-putting-political-trial-trial

NDIS is also making life harder for disability workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
I am employed as a disability support worker by a council and, since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), I will soon lose my job. This is my story. | I am in transition to becoming "self-employed" with an ABN (Australian Business Number), which makes me a small business, and enables me to sign individual contracts with each client. | The other alternative was to become an employee of a private company that has contracts with NDIS clients. | From these two bad choices, I decided to go with the former. | We have been told that NDIS will be much better for hundreds of thousands of Au…
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ParentsNext program discriminates against sole parents
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
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,…
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Nationalise the big banks under community control
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
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…
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