Monthly Archives: February 2019

2019-02-28: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-02-28). One, two, … many Green New Deals: an ecosocialist roundtable. mronline.org This is an essay in six voices, from long-time activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change. | Source

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-02-28). Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal. thenation.com Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…

William Walter Kay (2019-02-28). The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP. globalresearch.ca Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Liberate housing from the unfree market. greenleft.org.au As the housing affordability crisis in Australia grinds on, it is worth remembering that this debacle is no accident: it is the inevitable and intended outcome of decades of Coalition and Labor government policy, at both the state and federal level. | A quick review of the facts reveals how governments in this country have abandoned any notion that access to affordable and dignified housing is a basic human right that should be guaranteed. | Public housing makes up 44% of France's total stock; in Denmark it is 20%. In Australia it is a pitiful 4%. | To compound the problem we have some of the weakest protections…

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Hospitality workers organise against wage theft. greenleft.org.au Hospo Voice members and supporters marched on the New Orleans-inspired Collingwood bar Le Bon Ton on February 25 to protest the theft of some $20,000 in wages. | The protest was the latest in a string of headline-grabbing actions organised by the young hospitality union — a project of United Voice — which is working to combat the epidemic of wage theft and employer abuse in the hospitality sector. | Le Bon Ton, operating out of the historic Glasshouse Hotel, is owned by The Balleau Group and headed by Will and Mick Balleau. | Hospo Voice analysed the payslips and rosters of four workers at Le Bon Ton…

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Volunteer internships, wage theft and political hypocrisy. greenleft.org.au According to Muffin Break general manager Natalie Brennan, "entitled Millennials" are not prepared to work without pay to gain experience. | Her comments rightly sparked a backlash from trade unions and on social media, where the company was subject to ridicule. | Unfortunately, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to employers trying to rip off young workers. | For example, within the space of less than a month, the Victorian Greens advertised for no less than four "volunteer" or unpaid "internship" positions: one for the Victorian Greens state office and three for the offices of various Victorian…

Middle East Eye (2019-02-28). Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who works as a senior White House adviser, met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, an administration news release said. The White House issued a statement a day after the meeting took place and said that US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US …

susan_p (2019-02-28). Brexit: Britain's populist surge. greenleft.org.au In a June 2016 referendum, British voters chose, by 17.5 million (51.9%) to just over 16 million (48.1%), to leave the European Union (EU). | Since then British politics has been dominated by the subject as politicians and voters come to terms with what is actually involved. It has even led to splits in the Conservative and Labour Parties with threats of more to come. What is it all about? | Until March 29 citizens of any of the EU's 28 member states are free to live, work or travel in any other member state. This means that the nearly quarter of a million British nationals, many of them retirees, living in Spain…

WSWS (2019-02-28). Michael Cohen hearing: A criminal administration, a reactionary opposition. wsws.org While Republicans abased themselves as stooges for Trump, Democrats avoided any challenge to the authoritarian policies of the Trump White House in favor of scandal-mongering.

WSWS Repost (2019-02-28). Unions, Democrats rush to end strike. indybay.org The OEA and CTA are preparing to sell out the Oakland teachers strike. | To prevent this betrayal, teachers must form rank-and-file strike committees to take the conduct of the strike and negotiations out of the hands of the unions.

susan_p (2019-02-28). Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism. greenleft.org.au It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'

susan_p (2019-02-28). Mexico: President expands controversial preventive detention laws. greenleft.org.au Mexico's new left-wing government has tripled the list of crimes that carry automatic pre-trial detention, in what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says is a crackdown on corruption. Human rights groups, however, have warned the move may end up funnelling more innocent people into Mexico's already strained penal system. | On February 19, the Chamber of Deputies, approved an expansion of the constitution's controversial Article 19, which allows for the automatic "preventive detention" of individuals accused of crimes such as homicide, human trafficking, rape and any violent offence committed with a fir…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-27). With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. mintpressnews.com Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

STAFF (2019-02-27). House OKs Democrats' Bill Blocking Trump Emergency on Wall. truthdig.com Following the House vote Tuesday, Senate Republicans were preparing to push back on the bill, with the president ready to veto it.

Joshua Holland (2019-02-27). Why Democrats Should Ignore the Chatter About Moving 'Too Far Left' and Go Big. thenation.com Why Democrats Should Ignore the Chatter About Moving 'Too Far Left' and Go Big…

Saurav Sarkar (2019-02-27). A Green New Deal for American Labor? commondreams.org Solar energy installation provides good, union jobs for electrical workers. (Photo: Clean Energy Economy for the Region, CC BY 2.0.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Climate: Melbourne Chemists Convert Carbon Dioxide into Coal. telesurenglish.net Nanoparticles may be the answer to the world's greenhouse gas dilemma, a team scientists working at Australia's RMIT University in Melbourne announced Wednesday. | RELATED: | Climate Change Causing 'Vicious C02 Circle': New Report | Chemists Dorna Esrafilzadeh and Torben Daeneke have developed an affordable and quick-acting solution to convert Carbon Dioxide (CO&sb…

RT (2019-02-27). Senate Republicans block vote on bill to stop funding war in Yemen, citing poison pill. rt.com Senate Republicans have dodged another effort to end US support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, ruling that an unrelated amendment added to the bill in the House allows majority leader Mitch McConnell to block the vote.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-27). History Made in Chicago as Lightfoot and Preckwinkle, Two Black Female Progressives, Advance to Mayoral Runoff. commondreams.org Chicago is set to see its first black female mayor after a historic election on Tuesday prompted a runoff between Democrats Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, both self-styled progressives who emerged as the top candidates in a crowded field that included Bill Daley, a longtime politico with an infamous last name. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-02-27). India bombs Pakistan, Islamabad vows military retaliation. wsws.org Washington gave the green light for Tuesday's attack, although it could trigger tit-for-tat retaliatory action that quickly cascades into all-out war.

stuart_m (2019-02-27). Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster. greenleft.org.au American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
| Jeffrey Toobin
| Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…

stuart_m (2019-02-27). Six new books for an ecosocialist bookshelf. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism's editor Ian Angus looks at six new books that expose environmentalism's false friends, analyse the idea of "environment", explain renewable energy, trace the history of oceans, expose Monsanto's Round-Up, and examine British science denial. Inclusion in this list does not indicate agreement with a book's contents by the author. | *** | What It Will Take: Rejecting Dead-Ends & False Friends in the Fight for the Earth
| By Carol Dansereau
| CreateSpace, 2016 | To win the environmental fight, we must understand what we're up against…

Andrew Stewart (2019-02-27). Getting Sanders Backwards. counterpunch.org Reading the recent piece by Norman Solomon, I was struck by how deeply mistaken his closing paragraph was: The only real hope for the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign is that a grassroots uprising will become powerful enough to overcome the massive obstacles. It's a huge cooperative task, but success is possible. I live in Rhode More

Mat Ward (2019-02-27). 10 new political albums from all over the world. greenleft.org.au Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. | the-specials-encore-album-cover-artwork.jpg: | 1. THE SPECIALS – ENCORE: | On February 1, British ska legends The Specials released their new album, noting that politics had hardly changed…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics? therealnews.com In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendents of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Lukman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Soloman, hosted by Paul Jay…

Lee Fang (2019-02-27). Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats. theintercept.com Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-27). Vowing to Fight 'Until We Win,' Advocates Plan Nationwide Mobilization to Pass Medicare for All. commondreams.org With Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and more than 100 other House Democrats standing behind sweeping new Medicare for All legislation, advocates on Wednesday immediately mobilized to pressure lawmakers to pass the bill. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

AlexBainbridge (2019-02-27). Ferry workers win dispute. greenleft.org.au After 18 months of enterprise negotiations and strike action in December and February, Brisbane ferry workers have won significant improvements in pay and conditions. A new agreement was accepted in principle at a union mass meeting on February 27. | The management of the public ferry service has been in the hands of private company TransDev. For years, the company has used aggressive tactics against the workers to drive down wages and conditions. | This agreement resulted in significant pay increases over three years in a context where the company had used "grey areas" in previous contracts to cut workers'..

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-27). The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump's "Emergency" truthout.org Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to reallocate money for a border wall that Congress has refused to fund, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that "a Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well." She suggested that a future Democratic president could enact gun control initiatives by calling a national emergency over gun violence. Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, have floated similar id…

stuart_m (2019-02-27). Our vanishing cultural resources. greenleft.org.au Within 100 years, many of our cities will become uninhabitable, submerged under oceans or deadly hot. Food will be more difficult to grow. Storms will become more violent. The gentle planet we've known will be no more. | That's hard to wrap one's brain around. Some turn to faith, others despair. | I turned to anthropology, and found that the prevailing thinking on humans' knack for survival has changed since my intro class. Scientists are no longer as impressed with individual human cleverness. Many animals, from macaws to chimpanzees to otters, are adept at innovative problem-solving. | Instead, a growing school…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-27). Flat Broke, Black Voters Want More Than Just Another Black President. truthout.org Sen. Cory Booker's announcement on February 1 that he is entering the 2020 presidential race brings the number of African-American Democrats seeking their party's nomination to two, making the crowded primary field the "most diverse in history," according to The New York Times. | But while The New York Times, cable news and other liberal pundit…

James Risen (2019-02-27). The Leaks That Trump's Justice Department Prosecutes Are Mostly About Trump, His Cronies, and Russia. theintercept.com President Donald Trump during an executive order signing in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2019, in Washington, D.C. | , who may soon release a report on his findings. | Yet Trump's constant pressure has clearly had an impact in a way that few have recognized. Two of Trump's most frequent public complaints — that the Russia investigation is a hoax ginned up by Democrats and the so-called deep state, and that leakers are feeding the "fake news" media negative stories about him — have clearly se…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-27). 'Wouldn't Have Happened Without Our Movement': Climate Leaders Celebrate as McConnell Delays Cynical Green New Deal Vote. commondreams.org "This wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the young Kentuckians who took an enormous risk to confront Oil Money Mitch both in Kentucky and D.C." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

James Graham (2019-02-26). The Return of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend – Media present GOP left-bashing as good-faith advice. fair.org by James Graham and Adam Johnson Republican pollster Ed Goeas (The Hill, 12/3/18) says he has "warned many of my Democratic friends that they are facing something in the Democratic Party much like what we faced with the Tea Party," which resulted in the biggest midterm gains for any party since 1948. | It's a trope that dates back more than a decade, but the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandri…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-26). House OKs bill overturning Trump's "national emergency" peoplesworld.org

John Nichols (2019-02-26). Bernie Sanders Is Making a National Issue of This Strike. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Making a National Issue of This Strike…

NationAction (2019-02-26). Take Action Now: Join the Green New Deal Campaign. thenation.com Take Action Now: Join the Green New Deal Campaign…

Peter-Christian Aigner, Michael Brenes (2019-02-26). Shrinking the Military-Industrial Complex by Putting It to Work at Home. thenation.com Shrinking the Military-Industrial Complex by Putting It to Work at Home…

Aaron Ross Coleman (2019-02-26). This Film Tells the Real Story of the Green Book. thenation.com This Film Tells the Real Story of the Green Book…

Robert L. Borosage (2019-02-26). Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020. thenation.com Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020…

RT (2019-02-26). Sanders says DNC bias in favor of Clinton open secret now, hopes to be treated fairly in 2020. rt.com Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-26). AOC, Sanders, and Warren Are the Real Centrists Because They Speak for Most Americans. theintercept.com The views of Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives are much closer to the vast majority of ordinary Americans than Joe Biden or Michael Bloomberg.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-26). Protestors Storm Mitch McConnell's Office Demanding a Green New Deal. therealnews.com 250 youth with the Sunrise movement confronted the Senate Majority Leader about his decision to fast-track a Senate vote on the Green New Deal resolution…

Eoin Higgins (2019-02-25). Democrats Across the Country Are Getting Hounded by Voters for Shying Away From the Green New Deal. theintercept.com California Sen. Dianne Feinstein may feel like she was treated unfairly by young activists who have hammered her for not backing the Green New Deal resolution, but she has plenty of company. In upstate New York, Utah, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, voters who feel a much greater sense of urgency than their elected officials have been reacting furiously to politicians who say that the attempt to turn the fossil fuel-based economy around in the next 12 years simply isn't realistic. | Rep. Antonio Delgado, the freshman from New York's 19th District, was pressed repeatedly by constituents over his half-hearted support f…

Eds. (2019-02-23). War with China? mronline.org Perhaps the greatest victim of this ongoing conflict will be planet Earth itself and all the creatures, humans included, who inhabit it. As the world's top two emitters of climate-altering greenhouse gases, the U.S. and China must work together to halt global warming or all of us are doomed to a hellish future. | Source

pip.hinman (2019-02-23). Hakeem al-Araibi's release celebrated in Pascoe Vale. greenleft.org.au I had the privilege of attending the Pascoe Vale Football Club's February 22 celebration of Hakeem Al-Araibi's homecoming after he spent about two and a half months in a Thai jail for no crime other than being a refugee and human rights advocate. | It was a moving event and gave a glimpse of the incredible diversity of people who had worked for Araibi's release, starting with the Bahraini community who alerted many to his arrest when they organised a 7-day protest in front of the Thai consulate in Melbou…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America. democracynow.org The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…

susan_p (2019-02-22). Philippines: Break the culture of silence, violence and impunity. greenleft.org.au The following statement on the February 13 arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was issued by the Filipino human rights movement, iDefend. | iDefend condemns the arrest of Maria Ressa by the National Bureau of Investigation on February 13 on charges of cyber-libel. | Ressa's arrest is the latest demonstration of how government critics are silenced in a manner which mirrors a familiar style of the late Marcos dictatorship. | For two years, Senator Leila de Lima remains incarcerated on unproven drug charges; former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was removed from her post in a Quo Waranto proc…

susan_p (2019-02-22). Philippines: News editor arrest requires labour movement unity. greenleft.org.au Maria Ressa was arrested on February 13 over a string of alleged "cyber libel" and tax evasion cases. As head of the news website Rappler.com, her prosecution is a further step in undermining press freedom in the country. | According to Rappler, the Philippines ranks the fifth worst country in unsolved media killings. While Duterte has created a taskforce, it has so far failed to hold anyone accountable for violence against journalists. | Ressa was named a Time Magazine "Person of the Year" in 2018, along with murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and others, for their job of "taking great risks in pursuit of…

susan_p (2019-02-22). US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela. greenleft.org.au During an interview with the Real News Network, US actor and activist Danny Glover criticised the US over its actions against Venezuela. | Glover accused the US of having "taken the billions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the Venezuelan people, [and] placed sanctions on…

2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

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One, two, … many Green New Deals: an ecosocialist roundtable
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-28
This is an essay in six voices, from long-time activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/28/one-two-many-gre…

Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…
thenation.com/article/green-new-deal-pod…

The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …
globalresearch.ca/pence-pompeo-bolton-ab…

Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'…
greenleft.org.au/content/italy-government-institutionalises-hatred-and-racism

Mexico: President expands controversial preventive detention laws
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
Mexico's new left-wing government has tripled the list of crimes that carry automatic pre-trial detention, in what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says is a crackdown on corruption. Human rights groups, however, have warned the move may end up funnelling more innocent people into Mexico's already strained penal system. | On February 19, the Chamber of Deputies, approved an expansion of the constitution's controversial Article 19, which allows for the automatic "preventive detention" of individuals accused of crimes such as homicide, human trafficking, rape and any violent offence committed with a fir…
greenleft.org.au/content/mexico-president-expands-controversial-preventive-detention-laws

Michael Cohen hearing: A criminal administration, a reactionary opposition
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
While Republicans abased themselves as stooges for Trump, Democrats avoided any challenge to the authoritarian policies of the Trump White House in favor of scandal-mongering.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/28/cohe…

Unions, Democrats rush to end strike
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
The OEA and CTA are preparing to sell out the Oakland teachers strike. | To prevent this betrayal, teachers must form rank-and-file strike committees to take the conduct of the strike and negotiations out of the hands of the unions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/25/1882147…

Hospitality workers organise against wage theft
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
Hospo Voice members and supporters marched on the New Orleans-inspired Collingwood bar Le Bon Ton on February 25 to protest the theft of some $20,000 in wages. | The protest was the latest in a string of headline-grabbing actions organised by the young hospitality union — a project of United Voice — which is working to combat the epidemic of wage theft and employer abuse in the hospitality sector. | Le Bon Ton, operating out of the historic Glasshouse Hotel, is owned by The Balleau Group and headed by Will and Mick Balleau. | Hospo Voice analysed the payslips and rosters of four workers at Le Bon Ton…
greenleft.org.au/content/hospitality-workers-organise-against-wage-theft

Brexit: Britain's populist surge
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
In a June 2016 referendum, British voters chose, by 17.5 million (51.9%) to just over 16 million (48.1%), to leave the European Union (EU). | Since then British politics has been dominated by the subject as politicians and voters come to terms with what is actually involved. It has even led to splits in the Conservative and Labour Parties with threats of more to come. What is it all about? | Until March 29 citizens of any of the EU's 28 member states are free to live, work or travel in any other member state. This means that the nearly quarter of a million British nationals, many of them retirees, living in Spain…
greenleft.org.au/content/brexit-britains-populist-surge

Liberate housing from the unfree market
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
As the housing affordability crisis in Australia grinds on, it is worth remembering that this debacle is no accident: it is the inevitable and intended outcome of decades of Coalition and Labor government policy, at both the state and federal level. | A quick review of the facts reveals how governments in this country have abandoned any notion that access to affordable and dignified housing is a basic human right that should be guaranteed. | Public housing makes up 44% of France's total stock; in Denmark it is 20%. In Australia it is a pitiful 4%. | To compound the problem we have some of the weakest protections…
greenleft.org.au/content/liberate-housing-unfree-market

Volunteer internships, wage theft and political hypocrisy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
According to Muffin Break general manager Natalie Brennan, "entitled Millennials" are not prepared to work without pay to gain experience. | Her comments rightly sparked a backlash from trade unions and on social media, where the company was subject to ridicule. | Unfortunately, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to employers trying to rip off young workers. | For example, within the space of less than a month, the Victorian Greens advertised for no less than four "volunteer" or unpaid "internship" positions: one for the Victorian Greens state office and three for the offices of various Victorian…
greenleft.org.au/content/volunteer-internships-wage-theft-and-political-hypocrisy

Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(MEE) — US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who works as a senior White House adviser, met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, an administration news release said. The White House issued a statement a day after the meeting took place and said that US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US …

Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel

With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Israel is now pushing for the U.S. to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan for fear of losing it completely, even though such recognition could result in an all-out war between Israel and Syria, as well as with Syrian allies such as Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.
mintpressnews.com/new-bill-recognizing-i…

House OKs Democrats' Bill Blocking Trump Emergency on Wall
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
Following the House vote Tuesday, Senate Republicans were preparing to push back on the bill, with the president ready to veto it.
truthdig.com/articles/house-oks-democrat…

A Green New Deal for American Labor?
Saurav Sarkar | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
Solar energy installation provides good, union jobs for electrical workers. (Photo: Clean Energy Economy for the Region, CC BY 2.0.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/27/green-…

Climate: Melbourne Chemists Convert Carbon Dioxide into Coal
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
Nanoparticles may be the answer to the world's greenhouse gas dilemma, a team scientists working at Australia's RMIT University in Melbourne announced Wednesday. | RELATED: | Climate Change Causing 'Vicious C02 Circle': New Report | Chemists Dorna Esrafilzadeh and Torben Daeneke have developed an affordable and quick-acting solution to convert Carbon Dioxide (CO&sb…
telesurenglish.net/news/Climate-Melbourn…

Why Democrats Should Ignore the Chatter About Moving 'Too Far Left' and Go Big
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2019-02-27
Why Democrats Should Ignore the Chatter About Moving 'Too Far Left' and Go Big…
thenation.com/article/democrats-partisan…

The Leaks That Trump's Justice Department Prosecutes Are Mostly About Trump, His Cronies, and Russia
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump during an executive order signing in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2019, in Washington, D.C. | , who may soon release a report on his findings. | Yet Trump's constant pressure has clearly had an impact in a way that few have recognized. Two of Trump's most frequent public complaints — that the Russia investigation is a hoax ginned up by Democrats and the so-called deep state, and that leakers are feeding the "fake news" media negative stories about him — have clearly se…
theintercept.com/2019/02/27/trump-russia…

Six new books for an ecosocialist bookshelf
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
Climate and Capitalism's editor Ian Angus looks at six new books that expose environmentalism's false friends, analyse the idea of "environment", explain renewable energy, trace the history of oceans, expose Monsanto's Round-Up, and examine British science denial. Inclusion in this list does not indicate agreement with a book's contents by the author. | *** | What It Will Take: Rejecting Dead-Ends & False Friends in the Fight for the Earth | By Carol Dansereau | CreateSpace, 2016 | To win the environmental fight, we must understand what we're up against…
greenleft.org.au/content/six-new-books-ecosocialist-bookshelf

Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendents of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Lukman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Soloman, hosted by Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/sanders-and-syst…

Our vanishing cultural resources
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
Within 100 years, many of our cities will become uninhabitable, submerged under oceans or deadly hot. Food will be more difficult to grow. Storms will become more violent. The gentle planet we've known will be no more. | That's hard to wrap one's brain around. Some turn to faith, others despair. | I turned to anthropology, and found that the prevailing thinking on humans' knack for survival has changed since my intro class. Scientists are no longer as impressed with individual human cleverness. Many animals, from macaws to chimpanzees to otters, are adept at innovative problem-solving. | Instead, a growing school…
greenleft.org.au/content/our-vanishing-cultural-resources

Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst | Jeffrey Toobin | Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…
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History Made in Chicago as Lightfoot and Preckwinkle, Two Black Female Progressives, Advance to Mayoral Runoff
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
Chicago is set to see its first black female mayor after a historic election on Tuesday prompted a runoff between Democrats Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, both self-styled progressives who emerged as the top candidates in a crowded field that included Bill Daley, a longtime politico with an infamous last name. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.
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Getting Sanders Backwards
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Reading the recent piece by Norman Solomon, I was struck by how deeply mistaken his closing paragraph was: The only real hope for the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign is that a grassroots uprising will become powerful enough to overcome the massive obstacles. It's a huge cooperative task, but success is possible. I live in Rhode…
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'Wouldn't Have Happened Without Our Movement': Climate Leaders Celebrate as McConnell Delays Cynical Green New Deal Vote
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
"This wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the young Kentuckians who took an enormous risk to confront Oil Money Mitch both in Kentucky and D.C." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Vowing to Fight 'Until We Win,' Advocates Plan Nationwide Mobilization to Pass Medicare for All
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
With Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and more than 100 other House Democrats standing behind sweeping new Medicare for All legislation, advocates on Wednesday immediately mobilized to pressure lawmakers to pass the bill. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Ferry workers win dispute
AlexBainbridge | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
After 18 months of enterprise negotiations and strike action in December and February, Brisbane ferry workers have won significant improvements in pay and conditions. A new agreement was accepted in principle at a union mass meeting on February 27. | The management of the public ferry service has been in the hands of private company TransDev. For years, the company has used aggressive tactics against the workers to drive down wages and conditions. | This agreement resulted in significant pay increases over three years in a context where the company had used "grey areas" in previous contracts to cut workers'..
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Senate Republicans block vote on bill to stop funding war in Yemen, citing poison pill
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
Senate Republicans have dodged another effort to end US support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, ruling that an unrelated amendment added to the bill in the House allows majority leader Mitch McConnell to block the vote. | …
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10 new political albums from all over the world
Mat Ward | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
Here are the best new albums that related to this month's politics. (There are actually far more than 10 – count them). What albums would you suggest? Comment on Twitter, Facebook, or email. | the-specials-encore-album-cover-artwork.jpg: | 1. THE SPECIALS – ENCORE: | On February 1, British ska legends The Specials released their new album, noting that politics had hardly changed…
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India bombs Pakistan, Islamabad vows military retaliation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-27
Washington gave the green light for Tuesday's attack, although it could trigger tit-for-tat retaliatory action that quickly cascades into all-out war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/27/inpk…

Flat Broke, Black Voters Want More Than Just Another Black President
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Sen. Cory Booker's announcement on February 1 that he is entering the 2020 presidential race brings the number of African-American Democrats seeking their party's nomination to two, making the crowded primary field the "most diverse in history," according to The New York Times. | But while The New York Times, cable news and other liberal pundit…
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The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump's "Emergency"
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to reallocate money for a border wall that Congress has refused to fund, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that "a Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well." She suggested that a future Democratic president could enact gun control initiatives by calling a national emergency over gun violence. Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, have floated similar id…
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The Return of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend – Media present GOP left-bashing as good-faith advice
James Graham | fair.org | 2019-02-26
by James Graham and Adam Johnson Republican pollster Ed Goeas (The Hill, 12/3/18) says he has "warned many of my Democratic friends that they are facing something in the Democratic Party much like what we faced with the Tea Party," which resulted in the biggest midterm gains for any party since 1948. | It's a trope that dates back more than a decade, but the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandri…
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Bernie Sanders Is Making a National Issue of This Strike
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
Bernie Sanders Is Making a National Issue of This Strike…
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Shrinking the Military-Industrial Complex by Putting It to Work at Home
Peter-Christian Aigner, Michael Brenes | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
Shrinking the Military-Industrial Complex by Putting It to Work at Home…
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Take Action Now: Join the Green New Deal Campaign
NationAction | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
Take Action Now: Join the Green New Deal Campaign…
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This Film Tells the Real Story of the Green Book
Aaron Ross Coleman | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
This Film Tells the Real Story of the Green Book…
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Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020…
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Protestors Storm Mitch McConnell's Office Demanding a Green New Deal
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
250 youth with the Sunrise movement confronted the Senate Majority Leader about his decision to fast-track a Senate vote on the Green New Deal resolution…
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Sanders says DNC bias in favor of Clinton open secret now, hopes to be treated fairly in 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around. | …
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Democrats Across the Country Are Getting Hounded by Voters for Shying Away From the Green New Deal
Eoin Higgins | theintercept.com | 2019-02-25
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein may feel like she was treated unfairly by young activists who have hammered her for not backing the Green New Deal resolution, but she has plenty of company. In upstate New York, Utah, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, voters who feel a much greater sense of urgency than their elected officials have been reacting furiously to politicians who say that the attempt to turn the fossil fuel-based economy around in the next 12 years simply isn't realistic. | Rep. Antonio Delgado, the freshman from New York's 19th District, was pressed repeatedly by constituents over his half-hearted support f…
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War with China?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-23
Perhaps the greatest victim of this ongoing conflict will be planet Earth itself and all the creatures, humans included, who inhabit it. As the world's top two emitters of climate-altering greenhouse gases, the U.S. and China must work together to halt global warming or all of us are doomed to a hellish future. | Source…
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Hakeem al-Araibi's release celebrated in Pascoe Vale
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-23
I had the privilege of attending the Pascoe Vale Football Club's February 22 celebration of Hakeem Al-Araibi's homecoming after he spent about two and a half months in a Thai jail for no crime other than being a refugee and human rights advocate. | It was a moving event and gave a glimpse of the incredible diversity of people who had worked for Araibi's release, starting with the Bahraini community who alerted many to his arrest when they organised a 7-day protest in front of the Thai consulate in Melbou…
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"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/22/the_green…

School strikers won't be bullied
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
The following statement was released by School Strike 4 Climate on February 20 in response to statements made by the federal and NSW education ministers and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack, as well as a front page article in the Daily Telegraph, attacking students for exercising their right to strike from school to demand urgent climate action. | *** | School students striking for climate action won't be bullied by conservative media and politicians telling us not to strike from school on March 15 as part of the Global #ClimateStrike. | School…
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Why Bernie Sanders Should Promise to Serve Only One Term as President
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-22
A one-term pledge could stave off critics who say Bernie Sanders is too old — and allow him to focus on passing bold policies without worry of re-election.
theintercept.com/2019/02/22/bernie-sande…

Early elections a bid to stifle Catalonia
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain's minority Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government, announced on February 15 that the country would vote on April 28. | This election comes 15 months short of a full term and only nine months after the previous People's Party (PP) government of Mariano Rajoy fell to a PSOE censure motion, supported by the rest of the all-Spanish left and by nearly all nationalist forces, left and right. | Once in government, Sánchez, with only 84 PSOE seats in the 350-seat Congress, had to negotiate support for legislation bill by bill. Nonetheless, he had been saying that his gove…
greenleft.org.au/content/early-elections-bid-stifle-catalonia

Philippines: News editor arrest requires labour movement unity
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Maria Ressa was arrested on February 13 over a string of alleged "cyber libel" and tax evasion cases. As head of the news website Rappler.com, her prosecution is a further step in undermining press freedom in the country. | According to Rappler, the Philippines ranks the fifth worst country in unsolved media killings. While Duterte has created a taskforce, it has so far failed to hold anyone accountable for violence against journalists. | Ressa was named a Time Magazine "Person of the Year" in 2018, along with murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and others, for their job of "taking great risks in pursuit of…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-news-editor-arrest-requires-labour-movement-unity

US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
During an interview with the Real News Network, US actor and activist Danny Glover criticised the US over its actions against Venezuela. | Glover accused the US of having "taken the billions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the Venezuelan people, [and] placed sanctions on…
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