2019-04-17: Social Media Postees

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Washington's Biggest Fairy Tale: "Truth Will Out"
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-17
The arrest of Julian Assange has produced rapturous cheering from the American political elite. Hillary Clinton declared that Assange "must answer for what he has done." Unfortunately, Assange's arrest will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of conniving politicians and bureaucrats from paying no price for deceiving the American public.
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Nancy Pelosi Denies Accusations that Ilhan Omar is Anti-Semitic
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-17
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for politicizing the 9/11 terror attacks in an attempt to harm the image of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Progressives, Democrats Slam Trump over 'Disgusting' Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11 | Pelosi jumped to Omar's defense during a CNN interview this week, saying that the Minnesota congresswoman is not anti-semitic. | "I don't think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I woul…
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The Toxic Lure of "Guns and Butter"
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-17
The current political brawl over next year's budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex…
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Hawai'i in Trouble
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-17
I first visited Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in the early 1980s. The islands retained some of the glorious beauty of their pre-American life. I remember the mountains in Oahu. They are not tall. They are smooth, green, with deep ridges. It's like the Hawaiian goddess Pele drew her fingers over a soft matter at the…
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Petition Demanding 2020 Democrats Hold Climate Debate Reaches 30,000 Signatures in Just 48 Hours
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-17
"It's no longer sufficient to have a single token environmental question that 2020 candidates get to brush off with a soundbite." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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SF Green Film Festival Presents: "Understanding the Stories Within the Apparel Industry"
San Francisco Green Film Festival | indybay.org | 2019-04-17
Koret Auditorium at San Francisco Public Library: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, 94102…
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Did The House's New Climate Committee Snub the Sunrise Movement?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-16
The first House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing featured youth climate activists–but not the ones with the Sunrise Movement who demand a Green New Deal…
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Assange 'must answer for what he has done', says Hillary Clinton — who backed devastating wars abroad
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-16
Hillary Clinton recently told an audience in New York that Julian Assange "must answer for what he has done". The problem is that, while … | Read more Assange 'must answer for what he has done', says Hillary Clinton — who backed devastating wars abroad | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
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Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday. | RELATED: | The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History | The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public" and to honor "individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted" for such actions. Thus recognizing Assange's work through WikiLeaks. | The prize i…
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Democrats Raise $75 Million So Far, Signaling a Drawn-Out Fight
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead. | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field by raising $18 million and California Sen. Kamala Harris came in second with $12 million. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke came in third with $9.3 million, followed by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who capitalized on a flurry of publicity to raise $7 million. | The rest of the field of more than a dozen candidates raised $…
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Sanders Takes the Campaign Against the Center for American Progress to Eleven
Thomas Neuburger | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
Bernie Sanders is not backing down this time. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Vision is Incoherent and Dangerous
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
While Sanders positions himself as an anti-war candidate, so too did Trump. Sanders even echoes the Trump talking points: China and Russia are our enemies; Maduro won his presidency through election fraud; and Iran is a sponsor of terror.
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Maybe Rich Liberals Don't Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can't Win, But Because They're Rich
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-04-16
by Adam Johnson For the New York Times ( 4/16/19), "mainstream Democrats" are found "from canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington." | Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? | The New York Times ( 4/16/19)…
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US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-16
US Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi met with three former Labour MPs on 14 April. Two of them helped found The Independent Group after … | Read more US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
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Pelosi Says Democrats Must "Hold the Center," Snubs AOC Wing of Party
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the left wing of her Democratic Party on Sunday, saying the number of outspoken progressives in Congress is "like five people." | Speaking to CBS's "60 Minutes," the California Democrat said the group aligned with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to learn to toe the party's center line. | "Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates," said correspondent Lesley Stahl. "And you yourself said that…
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Vanishing green shoots and the possibility of another crisis
C.P. Chandrasekhar | mronline.org | 2019-04-16
Governments and central banks that were upbeat about global economic recovery are turning pessimistic. A coordinated fiscal stimulus across nations is the need of hour. | Source…
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Why Won't New York State Take Bold Action on Climate Change?
Sean McElwee | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Why Won't New York State Take Bold Action on Climate Change?
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Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full…
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Thawing Permafrost Emitting Higher Levels of Potent Greenhouse Gas Than Previously Thought: Study
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
As the Arctic enters an "unprecedented" state of warming, a new study shows that emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from thawing permafrost in the planet's northernmost region may be 12 times higher than previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie Sanders stuns establishment with Fox News town hall success
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-16
US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News for an hour-long town hall special on Monday night — and much to the shock and surprise of Fox and other media, the democratic socialist not only survived, but thrived. | …
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As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly 'Growing Increasingly Nervous'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
"Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don't understand this by now will never get it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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House Democrats Ramp Up Probe of Trump's Finances With Deutsche Bank Subpoena
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
The only major bank that President Donald Trump has been able to count on for financial backing was among those that were issued subpoenas Monday, as House Democrats ramp up their probe of the president's finances. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Great Example' of Local Organizing as Maine AFL-CIO Signs Onto #GreenNewDeal
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
Maine's Green New Deal legislation is the first to be backed by labor unions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Walking tour brings radical Sydney to life
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-16
Key sites of radical struggle in Sydney's history were included in a "Radical Sydney Walking Tour" conducted by historians Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving, and sponsored by Green Left Weekly, on April 13. | Some 60 people enjoyed an afternoon of revelations about the often forgotten progressive history of this city. Cahill and Irving are labour historians at Wollongong University and are co-editors of the highly informative book Radical Sydney. | Starting at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, the tour traversed…
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Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-15
Neera Tanden, a long-time ally of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has joined other establishment insiders in celebrating the arrest of transparency … | Read more Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
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Bernie Barnstorms the Midwest
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-15
"I can understand why people voted for Trump based on what he said. For too long the political establishment did not listen to the needs of working families."
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How Bernie Sanders' Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated
Jon Walker | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-15
Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to blowback following his defense of the filibuster. He called for the return of the "talking filibuster" and suggested his administration would rely on the vice president to ensure his agenda passed under budget reconciliation. | But a "talking filibuster" would not end obstructions and allow more policymaking. Effectively, it would allow more senators to hold the floor for hours, possibly even while they piss themselves or come close to their le…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/15/how-bernie-sa…

Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Michael Arria | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-15
A group of Democrats plans to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The b…
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"Stunning and Revealing" — DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-15
As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges…
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Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to "Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-15
President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?"
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Who Are Venezuela's Colectivos?
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-15
Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes recently visited Venezuela, and offers his account on the famed "colectivos" who are so demonized by the mainstream press.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14430

Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-15
Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds…
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'She is out of control!': Trump takes fresh aim at Ilhan Omar after 9/11 furor
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his heated criticism of Democrat Ilhan Omar, accusing the congresswoman of anti-Semitism and claiming "she is out of control." | …
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Kent State Gun Girl turned InfoWars reporter kicks up storm after getting booted from Bernie event
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
Infowars' Kaitlin Bennett, best known as the Kent State Gun Girl for flaunting an AR-10 rifle at her graduation, has been kicked out of a Bernie Sanders campaign event, which appears to have been members-only. | …
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Episode Two of "Animal Matters": How the Cause Went From the Leftist Fringe to the Trans-Ideological Mainstream
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-15
The cause of animal rights is about far more than just the treatment of animals. It is central to our most pressing global challenges and debates.
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Pick old man Biden, talk trans rights, make Ilhan Omar the star: 5 ways Dems can lose 2020 to Trump
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
The Democratic Party appears to be ignoring the warning signs along a road that could see Donald Trump celebrate a mathematically unlikely victory next November. | …
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'Bad faith smears': Sanders lashes out at liberal think tank over personal attacks & corporate cash
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-14
Senator Bernie Sanders has written a scathing letter to the board of the Center for American Progress accusing it of being a "destructive" force in the "critical mission to defeat Donald Trump." | …
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John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…
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Solidarity protest against new death penalty law in Brunei
AlexBainbridge | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
More than 100 LGBTI activists and supporters attended a rally on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park Hotel which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The rally is the first of many actions to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers called on people to boycott the hotel to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condemnation from across the globe and sparked the grassroots call to boycott the Sultan's hotels. | Speak…
greenleft.org.au/content/solidarity-protest-against-new-death-penalty-law-brunei

These House Democrats Pledged Not to Take Corporate Cash — but They're Using a Loophole to Do It Anyway
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-04-13
The Democrats are using a technical loophole in the Federal Election Commission's designations for PACs to take corporate cash.
theintercept.com/2019/04/13/democrats-co…

When labor won in Jacksonville: Lessons for a strategic alliance in the South
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-12
Jacksonville, FL – Dixie money rules in Jacksonville, Florida, but it shouldn't. | Backed by developers and big business, Republicans won big in last month's city elections. Democrats declined to field a candidate for mayor, left seven city council seats uncontested and offered no concrete platform for the struggling working class majority. It's no surprise that less than 25% of registered voters turned out. | The dismal election results have sparked important conversations about politics and strategy. Jacksonville has seen an explosion of activism and people's movements in the last five years, but this has not t…
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Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and…
greenleft.org.au/content/hastily-written-tech-laws-threaten-online-privacy-and-security

Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-rights-activists-take-aim-liberals-corangamite

The HDP and the Turkish elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a historic defeat in Turkey's local elections that even they could not spin as a victory. | Following the AKP's loss of the three biggest economic centres of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, Erdoƒüan's balcony speech sounded defeated and defensive. | How did this happen? What role was, and will be played by the country's main leftist coalition party, the People's Democratic Party (HDP)? | The opposition and the government: | As in previous elections, the AKP-MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) coalition government u…
greenleft.org.au/content/hdp-and-turkish-elections

Climate strike in the belly of the beast
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
In early March, we saw the raw power of fossil fuel capitalism on full display in Perth. | The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released a policy requiring big offshore oil and gas operators to provide 100% carbon offsets for all their emissions. | The contribution of the gas industry to Australia's greenhouse gas problem cannot be overstated. While pollution from coal is decreasing, half of Australia's rise in carbon dioxide emissions last year came from just one source — Chevron's Gorgon project in the Pilbara. | With so much attention on the terrible Adani coalmine it is ea…
greenleft.org.au/content/climate-strike-belly-beast

Lessons from the Red Flag Riots
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
One hundred years after the Red flag Riots, it is timely to look at the polarisation after World War I, in which far-right aggression was incited by governments and "respectable" political forces. | In 1918-19, an anti-Communist, far-right mob attacked a pro-Bolshevik community of emigre Russians in Brisbane. | The Red Flag Riots, as they became known, took place in a period in which anti-war sentiment was strong enough to defeat Prime Minister Billy Hughes' conscription referenda, and the impact of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 was pronounced. | However, left-wing radicalisation in Australia at the end…
greenleft.org.au/content/lessons-red-flag-riots

Algeria: Bouteflika resigns, parliament appoints interim president
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Algeria's Senate leader Abdelkader Bensalah has been appointed interim president following a decision by the National People's Congress on April 9 to declare the presidential post vacant. | Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned on April 2 after months of protests. | The decision to appoint Bensalah as interim president was supported by the majority National Liberation Front (FLN), which has governed the country since 1962, and its ally, the National Democratic Regroupment (RND). | MPs…
greenleft.org.au/content/algeria-bouteflika-resigns-parliament-appoints-interim-president

An invigorating visit to the Palestine Underground
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Palestine Underground | Directed by Jessica Kelly | 2018 | The documentary Palestine Underground follows a group of artists who are challenging divisions between Palestinians living in the West Bank and those in Israel through the dance floor. | Hip hop, techno, trap and traditional music nurture new and known cultural impulses among Palestinians on either side of Israel's West Bank wall, ushering in a new era of resistance. |…
greenleft.org.au/content/invigorating-visit-palestine-underground

Change the Rules
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Thousands of unionists rallied around Australia on April 10 in the latest round of Change the Rules protests. | The largest rally was in Melbourne, where more than a 100,000 workers walked off the job and took to the streets for several hours. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, who have faced threats from the Australian Building and Construction Commission for taking action, took part in the march. | Speakers celebrated the recent victory for Chemist Warehouse workers as an example that strike action wins. | Held just days after the budget, unions used the rallies to push th…
greenleft.org.au/content/change-rules

Indian elections: the challenges of unseating a racist
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Elections in India will take place from April 11 to May 23. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Kavita Krishnan, a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML) about their campaign to challenge Narendra Modi's far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | In which seats is the CPI-ML fielding candidates? Are there opportunities for the left to coordinate efforts to defeat the BJP? | The CPI-ML is contesting 22 seats [across 10 states]: 4 in Bihar; 3 each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab; 2 each in West Bengal, Jharkand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu…
greenleft.org.au/content/indian-elections-challenges-unseating-racist

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