2019-04-08: News Headlines

Michael Nigro (2019-04-08). The Democratic Party Offers a Glimpse of a Better Future (Photo Essay). truthdig.com

John Nichols (2019-04-08). Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College. thenation.com Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College…

Jesse Jackson (2019-04-08). Trump's Big Lie About Health Care. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's madcap presidency is now seeking to strip 20 million Americans of their health care coverage. He has instructed the Justice Department to join the lawsuit seeking to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. He then proclaimed that Republicans would offer a far better alternative, tweeting they'll become the "Party of Great Health Care." More

STAFF (2019-04-08). Bernie Sanders Has a Simple Message for Fox News Viewers. truthdig.com Distinguishing between Fox News' massive audience and its extremist on-air personalities, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he agreed to attend a town hall hosted by the right-wing network because he wants to make the case to Trump voters that the president lied when he promised healthcare for all, no cuts to Medicare or Medicaid, and a tax bill that benefits the working class. | "When I…

Ryan Cooper (2019-04-08). The Democratic Party Is Not Going Nuts. It's Coming to Its Senses. commondreams.org A President Bernie Sanders would probably be the furthest-left president in history, surpassing Franklin Roosevelt by a bit. (Photo: Illustrated | Scott Eisen/Getty Images, eugenesergeev/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions Against Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-04-08). Millionaire Pelosi Repeats Insurance Co Lies on Medicare for All. indybay.org The outrage of robot voting in San Francisco for the Democratic incumbent when it is not possible for a Republican to win is brought home with the re-election of 79 year old millionaire Democrat Rep Nancy Pelosi, who again repeats the insurance company lies about Medicare for All, HR 1384.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-08). Sanders Says He Agreed to Fox News Town Hall to Send Simple Message to Trump Voters: 'He Lied to You'. commondreams.org "Working people need to know the truth, and that is that Donald Trump betrayed them, lied to them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-08). 'Another Horrific Attack': US-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen School, Killing Mostly Children. commondreams.org "President Trump, I urge you to sign the resolution Congress passed last week ending U.S. support for this conflict. Yemen needs humanitarian aid, not more bombs," tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-08). Daraka Larimore-Hall holds fundraiser in San Rafael. indybay.org Candidate for Chair of California Democratic Party impresses progressive Democrats in Marin.

WSWS (2019-04-08). University of Illinois at Chicago grad student union pushes sellout contract. wsws.org Teaching assistants should reject the deal being pushed by the Graduate Employees Organization and its parent unions and spearhead a fight against the Democrats' austerity measures.

WSWS (2019-04-08). Obama, Pelosi push Democrats further to the right. wsws.org Obama, who headed a thoroughly right-wing imperialist government, and House speaker Pelosi, who is married to a multi-millionaire real estate developer, have been working together in a joint effort to curb the activities of the "lefts" in the House Democratic caucus.

RT (2019-04-07). Mueller's probe is over, but bogeyman Russia will come in handy for 2020 presidential hopefuls. rt.com There was no collusion but, for the crowded field of candidates hoping to be nominated by Democrats as their runner for 2020, Russia is still a good target to blame or to threaten with. Will using such rhetoric actually help them?

Kate Aronoff (2019-04-07). Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People? theintercept.com For as long as climate change has been a part of America's national consciousness, it's been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, "Mad Max"-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells's recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring up hundreds of pages of images' worth of an "Uninhabitable Earth" to make the case that the conversation has not been dire enough. | In describing the nature of the problem, drastic terms are of course necessary. Annihilation looms, and the chaos it threatens to bring about — stronger storms, more fearsome floods, unbea…

susan_p (2019-04-06). Turkey: the wondrous tale of democratic resilience. greenleft.org.au An American historian, Hayden White, once made fame by claiming that historical accounts were essentially like novels, each with their own plot and structure. Whatever we think about White's post-modern move, histories of early 21st-century Turkey are sure to read like thrillers with many ups and downs. | Turkey's local elections on March 31 added a new page to this dramatic tale. Reuters correspondent Humerya Pamuk spoke for many when she called the polls "nothing short of historic". | Against expectations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in five of the six bigges…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-06). Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular 2020 Candidate Among Hispanic Voters, New Polling Finds. theintercept.com Thirty-three percent of Hispanic voters polled by Morning Consult support Sanders for president. He's followed by Joe Biden, with 24 percent of support.

RT (2019-04-06). AOC accused of using 'verbal blackface' during speech to black audience. rt.com Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being accused of faking a southern accent during a speech to a black audience, a transgression that makes her very much like… Hillary Clinton, according to detractors.

Lisa Hymas (2019-04-05). Green New Deal pushing climate change into mainstream media. peoplesworld.org Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It's been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall — it's about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of …

Steve Phillips (2019-04-05). Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo. thenation.com Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism. greenleft.org.au The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). The Brexit rollercoaster. greenleft.org.au Two very different demonstrations within less than a week of each other neatly illustrated just how polarised British politics is. | On March 23, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets calling for a second referendum or "people's vote" on Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU). | They argue that the electorate has a better idea now of the deal it might be getting and what the consequences are for the economy and people's rights to live, work and travel freely in any of the 27 member states. | This crowd was socially liberal and mostly leftish-leaning. The People's Vote campaign leadership…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan. greenleft.org.au British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won. greenleft.org.au After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…

Alex Kane (2019-04-05). A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company. theintercept.com A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…

Ryan Grim (2019-04-05). The Reluctance of Bernie Sanders to Release His Damn Tax Returns Is Part of a Bigger Issue. theintercept.com By failing to release his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so any minute now, Bernie Sanders is being the stubborn curmudgeon he's always been.

susan_p (2019-04-05). Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts. greenleft.org.au Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…

STAFF (2019-04-04). Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance — Wendell Potter. therealnews.com 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…

Geraldine Perry (2019-04-04). Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal! dissidentvoice.org Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious ties to UN Agenda 21. Those who claim that Agenda 21 amounts to little more …

Robert Hunziker (2019-04-04). Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes… Even in Winter. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). We need a budget for the 99%. greenleft.org.au The Coalition's budget has ensured that its neoliberal agenda remains in intact. It has deepened cuts to social spending while given tax breaks to high income earners and greedy corporations. | Meanwhile, the cost of living for ordinary people is rising, real wages are falling and those on social security benefits remain below the poverty line. | Despite a growing national campaign to raise the rate of Newstart, the Coalition has refused to budge. It is under no pressure to act, largely due to Labor's unwillingness to commit to raise Newstart. | The most we can expect from a potential Labor government is a "root…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action. greenleft.org.au 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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Ecuador: Correismo resurges in regional elections. greenleft.org.au "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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). A ship adrift: Cuba after the 'Pink Tide'. greenleft.org.au In the early years of…

Akela Lacy (2019-04-04). Former DCCC Chair Distances From Controversial New Policy: "Different Leaders Have Different Approaches" theintercept.com Former DCCC chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján suggested that the new policy to blacklist vendors that work with primary challengers could undermine party unity.

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty. greenleft.org.au How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists. greenleft.org.au Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Major parties fail #ClimateElection test. greenleft.org.au Treasurer Josh Frydenberg only mentioned the word "climate" twice in his election budget speech, and almost as an afterthought. | The lack of priority given to the urgent problem of climate change was revealed by the spare change that the Coalition government allocated for climate change measures in the budget: $3.5 billion, most of which will not even be spent in the next four years. | This compares to hundreds of billions allocated to polluting infrastructure, corporate tax cuts and governm…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). RTBU demand reinstatement of sacked union delegate. greenleft.org.au 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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). When it comes to beauty, rich white men have no idea. greenleft.org.au 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. | 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 USA changing rooms while…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Manly Fast Ferries workers strike again. greenleft.org.au 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…

Akela Lacy (2019-04-04). ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs. theintercept.com 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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority. greenleft.org.au 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…

Thomas A. Prentice (2019-04-03). LTR Mueller Probe Observation and Nation. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Denise Fairchild (2019-04-03). The Green New Deal Means Power to the People. progressive.org 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.

Sharon Lerner (2019-04-03). How the Media Launders Fossil Fuel Industry Propaganda Through Branded Content. theintercept.com 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…

stuart_m (2019-04-03). Perth's Victoria Park Hotel is hosting a new staging of Orwell's relevant morality tale. greenleft.org.au 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…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-03). Socialists Leave Rahm Emanuel Legacy in Tatters in Chicago Elections. theintercept.com On Tuesday night, Chicago voters elected at least three socialists to City Council, crumbling the neoliberal Democratic machine of outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Three members of the Democratic Socialists of America won their runoff races, joining two others who won outright last month — adding up to the highest number of socialists City Council has seen in more than a century. | Jeanette Taylor, a community organizer known for leading a monthlong hunger strike in 2015 to…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives. democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid. democracynow.org 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…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-01). Middle America: The Democrats' Dilemma. progressive.org Can Democrats win with an economic justice platform?

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