2019-05-17: Social Media Postees

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'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated. | …
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Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War?
Danny Sjursen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a 2020 presidential candidate, speaks during a news conference with fellow Democrats at the U.S. Capitol October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Springtime for Biden and Democrats
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Summertime is coming; the "debate" season is near. It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway. What a dreary prospect! Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe…
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Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.
theintercept.com/2019/05/17/iran-war-con…

'I don't believe it's too extreme:' Republicans hope to pass near-total abortion ban in Virginia
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
Lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.
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Food delivery workers take protest to Uber
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
"Uber Eats, wage cheats!" and "Deliveroo, deliver right!" were among the chants that rang out at a rally in front of the Uber offices on May 14. Uber Eats delivery riders and drivers were protesting the millions of dollars in unpaid wages and other entitlements from Uber and other multinational food delivery companies. | Most riders are defined by the companies as "independent contractors", which means they miss out on normal employee entitlements, such as award wages, superannuation and workers' compensation. | The rally was organised by the Delivery Riders Alliance and the Transport Workers Union (TWU). To…
greenleft.org.au/content/food-delivery-workers-take-protest-uber

Rocky Hill decision rocks mining lobby
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
The ruling by the NSW Land and Environment Court on February 8 to reject the Rocky Hill coalmine outside Gloucester is being felt beyond its local community and will have implications for human rights as well as climate change policy. | According to Lock the Gate Alliance: "Mining company KEPCO's new submission to the Independent Planning Commission on its proposed Bylong Valley coal project is recognition the Rocky Hill judgement changed the way the IPC should consider new coalmines in New South Wales." | KEP…
greenleft.org.au/content/rocky-hill-decision-rocks-mining-lobby

Far right winning the social media war
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
A decade ago the left believed that it could use social media to outflank the established mass media. But it is the far right that now dominates social media. | Two recent events have focused attention on extreme right social media. The shooter in the Christchurch massacre was an addict of white supremacist message boards on platforms like Reddit and 4Chan. Like the alt-right platform Gab, these noticeboards are filled with overt racism, homophobia, misogyny and Hitler worship. | A very different sort of hard-right social media fuels Vox, the Spanish neo-fascist party that won 13% of the vote in the April general…
greenleft.org.au/content/far-right-winning-social-media-war

United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-resisting-trump-attacks-migrants

Guaido requests US military cooperation to oust Maduro
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
Self-declared "Venezuelan Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the United States Armed Forces to discuss cooperation in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. | During a gathering of supporters in the upper-middle class Caracas district of Las Mercedes on May 11, Guaido announced that he instructed his representative in the US, Carlos Vecchio, to establish a "direct relationship" with the US Southern Command (SouthCom), which controls all US overt and covert military operations in Latin America and the Caribbea…
greenleft.org.au/content/guaido-requests-us-military-cooperation-oust-maduro

New Lawsuit Challenges Energy-Intensive 'Disaster for Climate, Wildlife, and Colorado River Basin'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
The proposed massive oil shale project would drain more than 3 billion gallons of water per year from the Green River | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Working people demand their fair share
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
I will happily take any opportunity to wave a red flag in public. My chance to do so this year was on May 1, the International Workers' Day. | In Newcastle, the Hunter Workers May Day community and union rally was held on May 1 instead of, as has been recent custom, on the closest Sunday. It was part of a renewed campaign by unions that saw more than 100,000 workers march through Melbourne on April 10 to demand a pay rise. | Is such action by unions just an attempt to stir up class conflict — the politics of envy — as conservative politicians would have us believe? | Or is class warfare alive and…
greenleft.org.au/content/working-people-demand-their-fair-share

Tamil genocide remembered, deportation opposed
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
More than 100 people attended a rally called by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 15. The rally combined a commemoration of the genocidal massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka 10 years ago with opposition to the imminent deportation of a Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka following the rejection of their appeal to the High Court. | In May 2009 tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died when the Sri Lankan army and air force bombarded them during the final weeks of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and ea…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamil-genocide-remembered-deportation-opposed

Time to Follow the Green New Leaders
Julie Weder, Avi Lewis | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Youth in Ottawa take part in the Friday Climate Strike on May 3, 2019. (Photo: Julie Weder, Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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NAPLAN treats students like machines
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
A small but determined group of teachers, parents and students gathered in the rain on May 3 on the steps of the Victorian Parliament to demonstrate their opposition to the NAPLAN tests. | The speak out was organised by the Melbourne Educators for Social and Environmental Justice, a rank-and-file group within the Australian Education Union (AEU). | The NAPLAN tests are standardised tests, meaning that students right across Australia answer the same questions from a common bank of questions. They are supposed to indicate whether students are behind, above or equal to their peers. It treats students as cogs in a ma…
greenleft.org.au/content/naplan-treats-students-machines

Report: Trump Fracking Leases Top 1 Gigaton of Potential Climate Pollution in Lower 48
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
TUCSON, Ariz., May 15, 2019 — A new Center for Biological Diversity report shows that the Trump administration is dramatically ramping up oil and gas leases, offering nearly 5 million acres of public lands in the lower 48 states ‚Äï most of it in Wyoming and Utah. Those leases, offered as scientists warn that fossil fuels should be rapidly phased out, contain 1 gigaton of potential greenhouse gas pollution.
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The Political Power of the Green New Deal
Zoà´ Carpenter | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
Climate activists are pushing Democratic candidates to give voters "something worth voting for."
thenation.com/article/sunrise-movement-g…

Philippines: Election 'one of the dirtiest in decades'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
The May 13 Philippines midterm election has been marred by accusations ranging from a lack of transparency, to electoral fraud, vote rigging and vote buying. | Lengthy delays in results being released were blamed on "technical glitches" by authorities. Opposition candidates and parties have refused to accept the results and are calling for the Philippines electoral commission (COMELEC) to be replaced by an independent body. | Nationwide protests have been called for May 17. | Responding to the results, Partido Lakas Ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM) Senate candidate, Jose Pedrosa, wrote: "Consider thes…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-election-dirtiest-decades

5/16/19: Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.
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Spain: Radical councils face challenge in local elections
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
In the May 2015 Spanish local government elections, citizens from 6 out of 17 state capitals elected radical council tickets with more progressive policies than the mainstream Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), winner of the recent general election. | These tickets won control of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza (among Spain's largest cities) and took control of Navarra's capital, Iruñea/Pamplona and Galicia's capital, Santiago de Compostela. | Additional gains for the radical tickets were the provincial capitals Cádiz (Andalusia) and A Coruña (Galicia) and the important industrial and working-class…
greenleft.org.au/content/spain-radical-councils-face-challenge-local-elections

2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid!
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
U.S. ships are involved in provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises in the South China Sea and other ships gather ominously in the Mediterranean Sea while National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo along with convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams conspire to save the people of Venezuela with another illegal "regime change"
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/2020-electio…

Citing Harm to Public Education, Bernie Sanders Calls for Ban on For-Profit Charter Schools
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
"Charter schools are led by unaccountable, private bodies, and their growth has drained funding from the public school system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Elizabeth Warren Was Smart to Tell FOX to Go to Hell
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Disclaimer: CounterPunch is not endorsing or supporting Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or any candidate. This is purely analysis. Elizabeth Warren's decision to turn down an invitation from FOX News to appear on a town hall event has become something of a controversy on the left. It seems odd but there seem to be a not…
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Why Shouldn't the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
Last month, 2020 U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stirred controversy at a CNN town hall after answering a loaded question about whether his position on extending voting rights to incarcerated felons barred any exceptions such as the Boston Marathon bomber currently on death row. It was impossible for Sanders to respond honestly without being entrapped …
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Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Book)
Bernie Sanders | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
NationofChange BookClub Pick In 2016, Senator Sanders, the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress, took on the entire Democratic Party establishment. The pundits had dismissed his campaign from the start, but by the end, it was clear just how wrong they were. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the …
nationofchange.org/2019/05/16/our-revolu…

Sanders Launches Petition Urging Lawmakers to Block Military Action Against Iran Without Congressional Approval
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
As heightened tension between Washington and Tehran continues to provoke warnings of potential war, Sen. Bernie Sanders released a petition as part of his presidential campaign Thursday calling on federal lawmakers to "pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without congressional approval." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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History Repeats Itself as Corporations Join Big Green to Craft Market-Based Climate Plan
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-16
A decade ago, corporations teamed up with environmental groups to create the US Climate Action Partnership. Now they've formed the CEO Climate Dialogue, which again will push market-based solutions to the climate crisis.
therealnews.com/columns/history-repeats-…

Protesters say 'Dutton out, refugees in'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Refugee rights activists rallied outside home affairs minister Peter Dutton's electorate office in Queensland on May 11. They are hoping Dutton will lose his seat at the federal election on May 18. | Regardless of who wins the election, the Refugee Action Coalition is organising another protest on July 19 — six years after the Rudd Labor government announced that, from that point on, all refugees who arrived by boat would be sent to offshore detention. | Mark Gillespie, spokesperson for RAC, said that the movement needs to continue to press its demands for refugee rights no matter which party forms governme…
greenleft.org.au/content/protesters-say-dutton-out-refugees-

The crazy $5.2 trillion fossil fuel subsidy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
On May 11, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had risen above 415 parts per million (ppm). The safe level is 350 ppm. | This is the first time since humans have existed that there has been this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and it is well beyond the safe limit. | As 350.org (the name of this climate activist network tells you how bad things are) warns it…
greenleft.org.au/content/crazy-52-trillion-fossil-fuel-subsidy

Does Baltimore Need a Green New Deal?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-16
The Sunrise Movement's Baltimore hub held a town hall on how a federal Green New Deal could help Baltimore–especially Baltimore's most vulnerable residents…
therealnews.com/stories/does-baltimore-n…

Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
WASHINGTON–After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…
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On guardianship of the biosphere
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
"Guardianship: the position of protecting or defending something." | Eating meat is increasingly condemned as an unethical choice that murders sentient beings. But we need to understand that more animals die in plant food production than in abattoirs. | Those deaths in industrially-farmed fields and grain silos are terribly cruel and painful: minced alive by farm machinery or poisoned by the millions around silos. The insect apocalypse from pesticide use in industrial agriculture is creating a wave of extinctions of the birds and smaller species that eat insects. | Is the taking of one life any different to the t…
greenleft.org.au/content/guardianship-biosphere

Hands join against seismic testing
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Hundreds of people gathered on northern Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter beaches to protest the resumption of seismic testing in early May. | Oil and gas company Asset Energy wants to blast its way across 1600 square kilometres of offshore seabed. Its Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 covers 4500 square kilometres of the coast north of Sydney harbour. | The exploration involves firing soundwaves to assess the ocean floor geology. The resulting sonic booms will potentially affect the navigation of dolphins and whales and impact on marine ecosystems. | If the testing is positive offshore oil rigs will dot a large sec…
greenleft.org.au/content/hands-join-against-seismic-testing

Refugees seek safe haven in the 'beautiful game'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Refugees are using football as a way to build communities of resistance. | "For me it makes no difference where I play as long as it makes me happy." These are words from Mahdi, a 19-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, living in Germany. | Mahdi plays for German football team FC Lampedusa St Pauli in Hamburg, a team made solely out of refugees and migrants. The team name stems from refugees who came to Hamburg via Lampedusa a few years ago. About 380 refugees stayed in the St Pauli church at that time and some of them reached out to coaches to find opportunities to play football. | That is how FC Lampedusa St Paul…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugees-seek-safe-haven-%E2%80%98beautiful-game%E2%80%99

Yes! Major parties have a mandate for climate action
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Whichever major party claims government on May 18, neither can legitimately claim to have a mandate for its dangerously inadequate carbon emission reduction policies. | Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed throughout the election campaign that the Liberal-National Coalition "is taking real action on climate change", telling the ABC's Hack on May 13 that, if his government is returned, Australia will meet "our Kyoto 2020 targets". | Kyoto Protocol: | It's odd he referred to Kyoto and not Paris, but…
greenleft.org.au/content/yes-major-parties-have-mandate-climate-action

The Caster Semenya decision is cruel nonsense
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
The highest decision-making body in the world of athletics has rendered a judgment that can only be described as both cruel and unusual. | On May 1, the Court for Arbitration in Sports (CAS) ruled that South Africa's two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 800-metre race, Caster Semenya, has an "unfair advantage" every time she takes the track due to her naturally elevated levels of testosterone. If Semenya wants to compete in the future, they have concluded, she will have to artificially suppress these hormones in her body. | This is sick and disturbed, the equivalent of making Joel Embiid play basketball on his k…
greenleft.org.au/content/caster-semenya-decision-cruel-nonsense

A hopeful look at a climate future
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-15
2040 | Documentary by Damon Gameau | In cinemas | Damon Gameau is an environmentalist who wants to go beyond the dire facts of the impending climate catastrophe. In 2040, he convincingly demonstrates that we already have the technology to not only stop carbon emissions, we have the ability to draw carbon out of the atmosphere to make the world safe again. | The film's structure involves Gameau globe-trotting to observe cutting edge developments and then cutting back and forth between today and the year 2040 to see how the world would look if those techniques were utilised. | The film certainly sparks hope…
greenleft.org.au/content/hopeful-look-climate-future

Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadian-gree…

The Progressive Roots of Trump's Trade War Politics
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-14
The President's get-tough stance on China resonates with working people's frustrations about trade "deals" that leave ordinary Americans scrambling. Democrats ignore that at their peril.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-progressi…

Is three weeks of early voting a bad thing?
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-14
With Election Day in sight, there was a palpable sense of relief at an inner west Sydney early voting booth where I had volunteered over the past few weeks. It feels like a long campaign. | The impact of the first ever three-week pre-poll has been a regularly occurring conversation. One view is that it is bad for "democracy", and having the national population vote on the same day brings with it an equalising effect. Another view is that early voters may not take into account the latest policy announcement or budget statement — or even candidate disendorsement, of which there have been quite a few. | It is…
greenleft.org.au/content/three-weeks-early-voting-bad-thing

AOC & Bernie Join Sunrise Movement in DC Town Hall
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
At the town hall, the Sunrise Movement launched the next phase of their Green New Deal campaign: making three demands of Democratic presidential contenders…
therealnews.com/stories/aoc-bernie-join-…

Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
On Monday night, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement's " Road to a Green New Deal" tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change. On July 30, the scheduled date for the second Democratic presidential debate, Sunrise hopes to bring tens of thousands of young people to Detroit to present all the Democratic contenders with three demands: | Sign the no fossil fuel money pledge. | Commit to makin…
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/sunrise-move…

"I'm an Uber driver and I'm not scared;" Rideshare workers call international one day strike
Hersch Rothmel | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-14
In Massachusetts, the newly formed Boston Independent Drivers Guild mobilized 40 rideshare drivers, unionists and community supporters to picket in front of the Uber Greenlight office in Saugus.
liberationnews.org/im-an-uber-driver-and…

Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…
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The MMT Debate With Dean Baker & Randall Wray
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-13
We continue our series of discussions about Modern Money Theory and funding the Green New Deal with host Paul Jay…
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New play examines climate change and mistreatment of refugees
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-12
Water | Written by Jane Bodie | Directed by Emily McLean | Starring Emily Rose Brennan, Glenda Linscott, Richard Maganga, Amy Mathews & Igor Sas | Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth | Until May 26 | This ensemble piece ranges over a series of time zones, travelling from the near future to the early 20th century, mostly in Australia but also the Ellis Island immigration centre, New York. Its main segment is a deceptively simple, kitchen-sink style, family drama in which home truths are exposed and conventional dishonesties unravelled. | But the subject matter uncovered is the impending climate…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-play-examines-climate-change-and-mistreatment-refugees

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-crisis-view-communes

Workers rally around the world for May Day
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…
greenleft.org.au/content/workers-rally-around-world-may-day

Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.
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