2019-04-04: Social Media Postees

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Republicans Have Put Our Country on a Path of Warp-Speed Decline—And They Want You to Think It's Worth Cheering For
Thom Hartmann | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
E.J. Waddell, 63, smokes a celebratory cigar after the inauguration of Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on the National Mall January 20, 2017 in Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people attended to celebrate and protest. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Repeal & Give-Us-A-Minute! (Video)
Mark Fiore | truthdig.com | 2019-04-04
Once again, Republicans are caught without an alternative to their nemesis, Obamacare. After the Trump administration supported a legal fight to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump began to wage a campaign to make Republicans the "party of health care." Trump assured the nation that Republicans were sooooo close to the most incredible, …
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Rep. Tim Ryan Is Latest Democrat to Seek White House
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-04
The Ohio congressman, who previously tried to replace Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, promises to appeal to the country's working class.
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Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance — Wendell Potter
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
Trump's "great healthcare plan" and opposition to Medicare for All's "socialism" and Pelosi's defense of the ACA and opposition to single-payer are both aimed at garnering support from the private insurance industry…
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Democrats Formally Demand Trump's Tax Returns
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-04
Under significant pressure from progressive advocacy groups, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal on Wednesday formally requested President Donald Trump's tax returns — setting the stage for what many expect to be a lengthy legal battle. | Tax March, a progressive organization that for months has urged Neal to request the president's returns immediately, applauded the House Ways and Means chairman for acting. | "We commend Chairman Neal for finally taking the necessary action…
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Advocates use Pay Equity Day to lobby Senate for equality
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
WASHINGTON–Advocates of equal pay for equal work used Pay Equity Day, April 2, to lobby the Senate to make pay equality for male and female workers a reality. And while they have unanimous support of the Senate's 45 Democrats and both independents, they face one big obstacle there: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent. Led by …
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Lawmakers to push worker safety bills, but timetable uncertain
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
WASHINGTON–The majority Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee will push two key pro-worker safety bills this year, but the exact timetable is uncertain. In an informal conversation after the first congressional briefing in years on worker health and safety, a top committee aide on the issue said he expects the legislation will hit …
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Lee Camp Weighs in on Mueller Report, Self-Defeating Media, and "Dingle Sticks"
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
"I'm not saying that Trump isn't corrupt, but by creating this laughable and baseless conclusion about Russian collusion, that has now been completely and utterly refuted, the Democrats, the faux resistance and our media have caused deep harm" — Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight…
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Environmental Groups Call for Strict Regulation of Greenhouse Gases as Hazardous Air Pollutants
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
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Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes… Even in Winter
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
Global warming is starting to hit hard like there's no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement! The most sensitive areas to global …
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When it comes to beauty, rich white men have no idea
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies, writes Tamara Pearson. | If US President Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He would not see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am. Instead, he would see measurements. | That does not bother me at all, because Trump and people in similar positions of power are not qualified to even talk about beauty. | For two decades, Trump owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Contestants confirmed that he would enter Miss Teen U…
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Post-Russiagate Dems pin hopes on Trump tax returns, stubbornly avoid real issues as 2020 looms
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Congressional Democrats have another lengthy probe locked and loaded, targeting US President Donald Trump right in the wallet, now that he's emerged from two years of Russiagate investigation with nary a scratch. | …
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Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment. | Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake. | *** | At an organic soil management class that I taught in Shepparton, Victoria, I asked each of the dozen participants why they were int…
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More Americans believe in 'Clinton collusion' after Mueller probe flop — poll
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
After the Russiagate probe failed to find evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia, a new poll shows that Americans now suspect that Hillary Clinton was the one who might have colluded with foreign operatives. | …
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Manly Fast Ferries workers strike again
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Crew members on the Manly Fast Ferries service between Circular Quay and Manly Harbour went on strike on April 3 for the second time as part of their ongoing campaign for improved wages and conditions. | The workers are demanding a 38-hour work week, annual and sick leave, permanency of employment and proper pay loadings for casual work. | The Fast Ferries company, owned by the corporatised motorists' organisation NRMA, is the only privatised section of Sydney's ferry fleet. It also has the lowest wages and conditions on the harbour, and a fully casualised workforce. | The Maritime Union of Australia (M…
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House Democrats to sue Trump over border wall emergency
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Determined to stop President Donald Trump's efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, House Democrats voted to challenge his national emergency declaration in court. | …
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Ecuador: Correismo resurges in regional elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
"They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds". The old Mexican proverb never sounded more true than in the early hours of the morning of March 25 across Ecuador. | The local and regional elections that took place the previous day were meant to put a definitive end to the political phenomenon of the Citizens Revolution and bury, once and for all, the legacy of former left-wing president Rafael Correa. | Correa's 10 years in power from 2007 to 2017 has been named "the victorious decade" for its achievements in reducing poverty, inequality and bringing back political and economic stability. | New poli…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecuador-correismo-resurges-regional-elections

The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.
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Visionary Study Shows How 30 Percent of World's Ocean Could Be Made Sanctuaries by 2030
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
As world governments meet at United Nations to create a historic Global Oceans Treaty aimed at strictly regulating activities which have damaged marine life, the climate action group Greenpeace joined on Thursday showed how world leaders can protect more than 30 percent of the world's oceans in the next decade. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
The First Amendment to the Constitution serves as something of a gauge for our national priorities. Embedded in there is the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." | But what if the government itself is aggrieved? No government agency feels more under siege lately than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and in North Carolina, it's helping the government do something about that. | Over the course of four days in February, federal immigration officials arrested more than 220 u…
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Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.
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Progressives Fight Back Against Centrist Democrats' Ploy to 'Water Down' $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
"Being in Congress means leading, and we need to lead on minimum wage," said Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Jayapal Breaks Silence on DCCC Policy Protecting Incumbents From Progressive Challengers
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
One of the top progressive Democrats in Congress fought back publicly for the first time Thursday over efforts by the party's Congressional Campaign Committee to undercut primary challengers to incumbents."It is not playing games for the Democratic party to be inclusive of all its members' perspectives," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A ship adrift: Cuba after the 'Pink Tide'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
In the early years of…
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Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…
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DSA Democrat Rashida Tlaib opposes fight against GM plant shutdowns
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-04
Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib spoke at a panel discussion Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, touting the Green New Deal while rejecting any fight to defend the jobs of GM workers facing layoff.
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'Gravelanche': Anti-war ex-Senator with teen campaign managers is making a splash in 2020 race
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
A new unlikely sensation entering the 2020 Democratic primaries could become a headache for the political establishment — and it isn't the 77-year old independent senator from Vermont. | …
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RTBU demand reinstatement of sacked union delegate
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Train operator and Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) delegate Robert Car was sacked by the privately-owned Metro Train Sydney (MTS) company on March 27. | In response, the RTBU, together with members from the Maritime Union of Australia, the Electrical Trades Union, the United Services Union, and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, rallied outside MTS headquarters in Rouse Hill to demand Car's reinstatement on April 3. | Below is Car's address to the rally. | *** | I was the union delegate for RTBU until last Wednesday, when I was sacked for no reason. | I was fighting for a mass determin…
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Major protest called for 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
Milwaukee, WI — An April 4 press conference, to take place at Milwaukee's City Hall, will announce a major protest at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. | "The Coalition to March on the DNC is excited to announce a rally and march on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, Monday, July 13 at 12 p.m. within sight and sound of the arena," said Chris Antimo Perez, spokesperson for the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention. "All eyes will be on Milwaukee as the DNC takes place at the Fiserv Forum from July 13-16th, 2020. We call on all progressive, left, democratic a…
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Pelosi on new NAFTA: "No enforcement, no treaty"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
WASHINGTON–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has dealt a big blow to GOP President Donald Trump's hopes of quickly pushing his "new NAFTA" through Congress. In an April 2 interview with Politico, Pelosi identified the same huge problem with the "new NAFTA," formally called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, that organized labor has: Weak labor laws, low pay …
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LTR Mueller Probe Observation and Nation
Thomas A. Prentice | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Democrats, the Mass Media Industrial Complex and the Deep State Pentagon Intelligence Surveillance Industrial Apparatus seem to have missed these two memos in ninth grade world history from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Niccolo Machiavelli. In September, 1843, Ralph Waldo Emerson said to Oliver Wendell Holmes: "I read your piece on Plato. Holmes, when you strike …
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The Green New Deal Means Power to the People
Denise Fairchild | progressive.org | 2019-04-03
The transition to renewable energy envisioned in the Green New Deal holds the potential for a radical decentralization of power, not the top-down control Mitch McConnell claims.
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Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes … Even in Winter
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Global warming is starting to hit hard like there's no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement!
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Why All the Uproar Over the Green New Deal?
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Same ol' same ol' battle: The more things change, the more they stay the same On August 21, 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported that "…many scientists say deep emissions cuts are necessary … to prevent … dangerous consequences of global warming," and also reported that, "Getting from here to there would require a massive economic shift." There's likely been…
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Economic analysis & imperialism today
Tony Norfield | mronline.org | 2019-04-03
An introduction and slideshow of Tony Norfield's presentation at the Rethinking Economics conference in Greenwich University, London, on the topic of 'Economic Analysis & Imperialism Today'. | Source…
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How the Media Launders Fossil Fuel Industry Propaganda Through Branded Content
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-04-03
There it was in black and white ≠– or black, white, and a palette of gentle greens and blues. With a headline predicting that natural gas "will thrive in the age of renewables," the article made the case that there are limitations on solar and wind power and that — as a subhead spelled out in aquamarine type — natural gas "is part of the solution." Why was the Washington Post weighing in on the need for continued production of this fossil fuel in the face of cli…
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Perth's Victoria Park Hotel is hosting a new staging of Orwell's relevant morality tale
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-03
Animal Farm | Play adaption by Nelson Bond, based on the novel by George Orwell | Directed & produced by Sarah Christiner. | Life on Hold Productions. | Victoria Park Hotel, Perth | Until April 12 | http: //www.whatson.com.au/animalfarm | Adapted from George Orwell's 1945 allegorical fable, and directed by Sarah Christiner who directed last year's adaptation of A Clock Work Orange for Life on Hold Productions, Animal Farm tells the story of a barnyard of farm animals, who after overthrowing their tyrannical human masters, seek to create…
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Hot air? Trump claims turbine NOISE causes cancer in latest anti-green energy remark
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
During an 80-minute speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) US President Donald Trump made the rather outlandish claim that the noise created by wind turbines causes cancer. Twitter was not impressed. | …
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"This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…
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Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4–'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-02
As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more ?…
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"The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.
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Scandal-Plagued Baltimore Mayor Takes Leave of Absence
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
By Brandon Soderberg. | Mayor Catherine Pugh, who has been enduring weeks of scandal surrounding the sales of "Healthy Holly" and a series of related–janky, equally bizarre, generally unreadable and rather memeable–children's books for hundreds of thousands of dollars is officially taking a leave of absence due to sickness. | The leave of absence begins tomorrow. City Council president Jack Young will be the acting mayor and City Council vice president Sharon Green Middleton will be acting City Council president. | Article XI,…
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Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-01
Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more ?…
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Middle America: The Democrats' Dilemma
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-01
Can Democrats win with an economic justice platform?
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The HS2 railway could be putting drinking water at risk, but a court delay just worked in its favour
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-04-01
The Stop HS2 campaigner Sarah Green was due in court on Monday 1 April. Although she faced charges of aggravated trespass, she believed the … | Read more The HS2 railway could be putting drinking water at risk, but a court delay just worked in its favour | By John Shafthauer…
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Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power?
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-01
Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes analyses why Maduro remains in power after recently visiting Venezuela.
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Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
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These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All?
Jonathan Cohn | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.
millennialpolitics.co/democrats-bluest-districts-medicare-for-all/

Western Sahara: Decolonisation requires a just and lasting solution
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco is an outstanding case of African colonialism which needs a just solution. | The Moroccan military invaded the territory on October 31, 1975, despite a clear ruling issued by the International Court of Justice a few days earlier, on October 16. | On November 6, Morocco organised what it called a "Green March" to officially invade the North of Western Sahara, moving 350,000 Moroccan settlers to the territory in complicity with Spain, the colonial power in the territory since 1884. | The United Nations S…
greenleft.org.au/content/western-sahara-decolonisation-requires-just-and-lasting-solution

Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.
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