Daily Archives: 2019-03-13

2019-03-13: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-03-13). It's the Green New Deal or Else. truthdig.com I suppose we all owe UCLA economist and Hoover Institution senior fellow Lee Ohanian a debt of gratitude for telling us how it is. The "free market" propagandist recently took to the pages of The Hill, a Washington, D.C., journal for political insiders, to explain that the holy laws of economics dictate that humanity must consent to its own extermination. In a piece titled "The Green New Deal is a Pipe Dream," Ohanian drowned climate activists' overheated dreams of ecological salvat…

Ted Rall (2019-03-13). 8 Ways to Fix America's Messed-Up Presidential Elections. counterpunch.org In 2016 there were 17 major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, so many they had to have two sets of debates—and the guy who won was the first of all. Seven pundit-viable candidates have declared for 2020 on the Democratic side, more probably on the way, yet many Democrats say they're not excited by More

commondreams (2019-03-13). Democratic Socialists of America Members Express Overwhelming Support for a Bernie Sanders Endorsement. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-13). VIPS: Mueller's Forensics-Free Findings. consortiumnews.com The final Mueller report should be graded "incomplete," says VIPS, whose forensic work proves the speciousness of the story that DNC emails published by WikiLeaks came from Russian hacking. March 13, 2019 MEMORANDUM FOR: The Attorney General FROM: Veteran… Read more →

commondreams (2019-03-13). Progressive Democrats of America Endorse Bernie Sanders for President. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Samantha M., age 12, and Angelica Perkins, age 17 (2019-03-13). Our Green New Deal. zcomm.org We fight for the Green New Deal because we are in charge of our future, and know exactly what it means. It lies in our hands, only ours. It is our future…

Michaela Haas (2019-03-13). The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet. commondreams.org Regenerative farming practices—such as composting, incorporating animal grazing, diversifying crops—prioritize soil health. Fertile soil stores more carbon. This sequestration solution is not just for agriculture. A recent study found that better management of forests, grasslands, and soils in the United States could absorb as much as 21 percent of the country's annual greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Guido Lois) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Arshad Khan (2019-03-13). I Love the Green New Deal But … counterpunch.org Ever since our first ancestor lit a fire, humans have been pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Add to that the first herder because ruminants are another large emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG). Some people want to declare a national emergency and ban fossil fuels within ten years. How? I am for it and all ready More

STAFF (2019-03-13). Russia Mocks U.S. Collusion Probe Ahead of Mueller Report. truthdig.com MOSCOW — U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to release his report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the Kremlin has been rehearsing its response for months. | The narrative, shared by President Vladimir Putin, his top lieutenants and state television, is strikingly similar to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of the investigation as a "witch hunt: " They say the whole process is about the Democrats' stubborn refusal to admit that they lost the election. | "They don't want to acknowledge his victory and do everything to delegitimize the president," Putin said…

Al Neal (2019-03-13). Brexit strike out: U.K. Parliament rejects Theresa May's deal—again. peoplesworld.org People's World correspondent Al Neal is reporting from Europe during Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, due to take place March 29. His earlier coverage of Brexit is available here. LONDON— The air was hot and stale inside the House of Commons. At 7: 15 p.m., every cushioned green bench was packed tight with Members …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Noam Chomsky (2019-03-12). Chomsky & Nader. zcomm.org Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…

Michael Berkowitz (2019-03-12). 'Fight On': Anti-socialist hysteria motivates conservative propaganda flick. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump has a movie he'd like you to see. It's called Fight On and is about the specter haunting America…socialism. Although too late for the Academy Awards, the right-wing Republicans unveiled this film hoping it will be a big winner for them in the coming national elections. Fight On was the centerpiece of the …

Tom Tomorrow (2019-03-12). The Green New Compromise. thenation.com The Green New Compromise…

Frances Moore Lapp√© (2019-03-12). The Green New Deal Is Not a Choice. commondreams.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as she and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveil the Green New Deal resolution. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-03-12). NSW elections: why principled preferences matter. greenleft.org.au The l atest Newspoll for the NSW elections on March 23 has Labor and the Coalition neck and neck. A Liberal or Labor minority government dependent on cross-bench support is considered to be likely by the pundits. On top of that, with a plethora of right-wing micro parties contesting in the upper house, only the tightest preferences between more progressive candidates will stop the right gaining more ground in the upper house. | A minority Coalition or Labor government would be forced to negotiate with Greens, Shooters or independents to…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-12). House Republicans Use "Lesbian Radical Feminist" to Advance Anti-Trans Rhetoric. truthout.org A baffling sentence opened the Thursday testimony of Julia Beck, an anti-trans conservative speaking at the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. | "I am a lesbian radical feminist," said Beck, who was removed from the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission Committe…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-12). Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows Wants to Eliminate Super PACs. theintercept.com Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, wants to end Super PACs. | Meadows voted against House Democrats' sweeping ethics and reform bill, which passed the chamber Friday morning on a party-line vote. But there were parts of it he agreed with, the North Carolina Republican told The Intercept. | One thing he supported, Meadows said, was the effort to reform election finance. He said that he'd tried, and failed, to add an amendment that would have eliminated Super PACs, or political action committees. However, H.R.1, a…

WSWS (2019-03-12). Aiming to quash strikes, US teacher union launches campaign to prop up Democrats. wsws.org Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers' unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-12). Nancy Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she opposed the impeachment of President Trump. This comes shortly before Mueller's investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is expected to wrap up. "I'm not for impeachment," Pelosi told…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-12). Green New Deal Tour Aims to Make 2020 a National Referendum on Visionary Energy and Economic Transformation. commondreams.org The millennial activists leading the Sunrise Movement are expanding the scope of their planned nationwide tour promoting their fight for a sustainable future for young Americans, transforming the multi-state tour into an initiative to ensure that climate action and the Green New Deal is a major focus of the 2020 election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-12). Impeachment 'not worth it', says Pelosi, as she positions Dems for post-Mueller Trump slump. rt.com US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't interested in impeaching President Donald Trump, because he's not worth dividing the country over, she told the Washington Post — while also describing how her party revolves around him.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-12). WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Grills Wells Fargo CEO Over Profiting From 'Caging of Children' and Pipeline Disasters. commondreams.org Two weeks after quickly gathering from Michael Cohen much of the information House Democrats needed to potentially subpoena President Donald Trump's tax returns, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) again subjected a witness to harsh questioning—this time demanding to know Wells Fargo's reasoning behind a number of dubious investments. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-12). Trump's simple trick to getting budget past Democrats? Label everything 'confronting Russia'. rt.com US President Donald Trump may have found a way to get Democrats in the House to approve all of the State Department funding in his proposed $4.7 trillion budget for 2020: by labeling all sorts of things as "countering Russia."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom. democracynow.org Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower, had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

Daniel Bessner, Udi Greenberg (2019-03-11). Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil. thenation.com Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil…

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Rally opposes Christmas Island plan. greenleft.org.au About 80 people attended a rally called by the Refugee Action Collective on March 2 to protest against the Australian government's plan to reopen the detention centre on Christmas Island and send refugees from Manus Island and Nauru there. | The rally heard Shamindan Kanapadhi, a Tamil refugee on Manus, speak by phone about the conditions there, including inadequate medical care. He said "all of us on Manus are mentally sick," because of the inhumane and humiliating treatment to which they are subject. | Rally co-chair Tara Josem read a message from David Price, the CEO of Christmas Island shire, who said th…

Jake Johnson (2019-03-11). Billboard Targets Kyrsten Sinema as Dem Senator Standing Against Net Neutrality. theantimedia.com (CD) — When Senate Democrats unveiled legislation to fully restore net neutrality last week, every member of the party's caucus signed on to the bill—except one. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the lone Democratic holdout, is now the target of a grassroots campaign by internet advocacy group Fight for the Future, which is crowdfunding a billboard that accuses her of "siding with …

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Workers on Sydney's privatised ferries strike. greenleft.org.au Workers on the Sydney Harbour ferries that have been privatised went on strike for two hours on March 6. The strike involved workers on the NRMA-owned My Fast Ferry and Fantasea Cruising. | While the company brought in non-union skippers, all Fast Ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay were stopped by the strike and picket. | Last year the NRMA posted more than $97.1 million in profits, yet almost all their ferry workers are casual and they are not being paid award wages. They are not guaranteed shifts and have to come to work on short notice. Union-active workers have been left off rosters, union organi…

RT (2019-03-11). 'Zero chance' of slave reparations happening, despite current debate on the subject — analysts to RT. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has said he won't rule out reparations to descendents of slaves, setting him apart from frontrunner Bernie Sanders — but is such a policy a real possibility or an empty promise? |

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Is this the beginning of the end of coal? greenleft.org.au The synergy of China appearing to restrict the import of Australian coal with the world's largest coal exporter and commodity trader Glencore capping production to current levels has been heralded by many as a victory for the movement for action on climate change. While significant, these decisions could owe as much to the operation of market forces and geopolitics as to a desire to comply with the Paris climate accords. | Industry experts had noted for some time that major ports in China appeared to be delaying customs clearances for Australian coking coal used in steel-making. However, when an official at China…

stuart_m (2019-03-11). How big money took control of English football. greenleft.org.au The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport|
| Joshua Robinson & Jonathan Clegg
| John Murray Publishing, 2019
| 338 pages | If football is a simple game (get the ball, pass the ball), then the football business is even simpler (buy the best players, bank the profits). | As sports journalists Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg note in The Club, for Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga and the English Premier League (EPL), there is a near perfect correlation between a football club's total player wages bill on day one of a season and their club's ladder posit…

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Dungay family 'want the truth' on death in custody. greenleft.org.au "The family just want the truth to come out," Leetona Dungay told supporters and the media outside the New Coroners Court on March 4. Dungay is the mother of Aboriginal man David Dungay Jnr, who died in Long Bay Jail as a result of assault by prison guards in 2015. | Members of the Dungay family and supporters had gathered at the entrance to the court to express solidarity with Leetona in her quest for justice from the NSW legal system at the coroner's inquiry beginning that day. | "Me and my family have endured so much grief over my son's death," she said. "But we will not stop until we achieve justice…

Malaika Jabali (2019-03-10). Hillary Clinton Is Still Deeply Confused About What Happened in Wisconsin. Here's Why That Matters. theintercept.com Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the Bloody Sunday commemorative service at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on March 3, 2019. | Last Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Hillary Clinton opened a speech at the Brown Chapel AME church with a Bible verse. "This is the day the Lord has made," she began. "Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And then let's get to wo…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-10). NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda. theintercept.com Independent journalists skeptical of government claims proved these lies weeks ago, but the propagandistic U.S. media ignored them.

RT (2019-03-10). 'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism. rt.com Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-09). Africa's Sovereignty Over Food. consortiumnews.com Local food and seed systems must be rebuilt for Africans, write Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis. By Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis African Centre for Biodiversity in Johnnesburg Inter Press Service Africa is facing dire times…. Read more →

stuart_m (2019-03-09). FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't. greenleft.org.au When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…

stuart_m (2019-03-09). US women footballers go to court for pay equality. greenleft.org.au United States football (soccer) players filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit on International Women's Day on March 8 seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts. | The action comes just three months before the women's national team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. | The class-action lawsuit was filed today in a Los Angeles federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the US Football Federation. | The players allege they have been subject to ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination". This includes une…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Headlines for March 8, 2019. democracynow.org Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47-Month Term, House Condemns Anti-Semitism and Bigotry Amid Debate over Ilhan Omar, Venezuelan President Maduro Blames U.S. Sabotage for Massive Blackout, Israel Bans Coalition of Arab Parties from April Election, France: Archbishop of Lyon Sentenced for Child Sexual Abuse Cover-Up, Greenland's Melt Is Accelerated by Rainfall, Even During Winter, Chelsea Manning Jailed for Contempt After Refusing to Testify on WikiLeaks, Sacramento, CA: Protests Continue over Killing of Stephon Clark, Florida: Ex-Cop Guilty in Shooting Death of Black Motorist, Boulder, CO: C…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Socialist Alliance candidate: 'Help us build a new society'. greenleft.org.au Lead Socialist Alliance candidate for the Legislative Council in the NSW election Rachel Evans gave this speech to a Justice Action election forum on February 25. | *** | Australia was once the "Lucky Country". Now it has become the "Lucky-If-You-Are-Rich Country". | Banks and big corporations are ripping us off. Their profits are soaring while wages are falling. The richest 1% now own more wealth than the bottom 70% combined. | Poverty has risen and has been criminalised. More people are being imprisoned, often for minor crimes committed while on remand and awaiting trial. | Prisons are being privatised and ther…

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). IWD in Geelong. greenleft.org.au The Geelong Women Unionists Network (GWUN) kicked off the week of International Women's day (IWD) celebrations at Geelong Trades Hall on March 1, with a breakfast and speak out. | About 50 women, children and men attended the breakfast. They included Geelong Trades Hall Council members, union members and officials, members of Socialist Alliance, the Labor Party and Animal Justice Party, local MPs and local law firms. | Speakers included Central Arrernte woman Belinda Foley; Julie Kun, CEO of Women's Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE); Kirrileigh Everette of Members Equity Bank; Linda Cusworth of Combined Re…

susan_p (2019-03-08). Ireland: Women's unpaid labour a key site of struggle for the trade union movement. greenleft.org.au The overwhelming vote for repeal of the Eighth Amendment represents a cathartic, watershed moment for Irish society. But the result should not be seen as Ireland's coming of age, as its entry into the modern world, or as a gift conferred on us by the establishment parties with the blessing of the liberal commentariat. | Instead it has to be understood as the product of sustained and determined struggle by thousands of predominantly working-class women over the past 35 years, with the support of allies in the progressive trade union movement, in communities and on the political left. | Their job seemingly done, th…

susan_p (2019-03-08). The Hanoi summit — Trump-style. greenleft.org.au Thousands of journalists from around the world gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam over February 27-28 to cover another historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, which followed their first summit in Singapore in June last year. | Expectations for the meeting were high, and hope for a further step towards peace was great, but ultimately, no deal was made. The Vietnamese government hosted a historic summit, but there was no Hanoi Declaration to signal a permanent peace in the Korean peninsula. | Who broke the deal?: | Trump did. Why? No one knows what was in Tr…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats. therealnews.com 16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). ALCOA workers reject enterprise agreement for third time. greenleft.org.au About 1600 members of the Australian Worker's Union (AWU) employed at various ALCOA Aluminium refineries and bauxite mines throughout Western Australia again sent a strong message to the American multinational to negotiate a fairer Enterprise Bargaining Agreement after the company's EBA was voted down on March 2. | ALCOA's latest EBA offer angered members — 61% of whom voted no — with its plan to weaken union structures on their worksites, change job descriptions to the detriment of workers and water down the company's accident/sickness policy. | This is the third time since last September that an inf…

2019-03-13: Social Media Postees

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It's the Green New Deal or Else
Paul Street | truthdig.com | 2019-03-13
I suppose we all owe UCLA economist and Hoover Institution senior fellow Lee Ohanian a debt of gratitude for telling us how it is. The "free market" propagandist recently took to the pages of The Hill, a Washington, D.C., journal for political insiders, to explain that the holy laws of economics dictate that humanity must consent to its own extermination. In a piece titled "The Green New Deal is a Pipe Dream," Ohanian drowned climate activists' overheated dreams of ecological salvat…
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8 Ways to Fix America's Messed-Up Presidential Elections
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
In 2016 there were 17 major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, so many they had to have two sets of debates–and the guy who won was the first of all. Seven pundit-viable candidates have declared for 2020 on the Democratic side, more probably on the way, yet many Democrats say they're not excited by…
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Democratic Socialists of America Members Express Overwhelming Support for a Bernie Sanders Endorsement
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-13
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VIPS: Mueller's Forensics-Free Findings
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-13
The final Mueller report should be graded "incomplete," says VIPS, whose forensic work proves the speciousness of the story that DNC emails published by WikiLeaks came from Russian hacking. March 13, 2019 MEMORANDUM FOR: The Attorney General FROM: Veteran… Read more ?…
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Progressive Democrats of America Endorse Bernie Sanders for President
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-13
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I Love the Green New Deal But
Arshad Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
Ever since our first ancestor lit a fire, humans have been pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Add to that the first herder because ruminants are another large emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG). Some people want to declare a national emergency and ban fossil fuels within ten years. How? I am for it and all ready…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/13/i-love-the-g…

Our Green New Deal
Samantha M., age 12, and Angelica Perkins, age 17 | zcomm.org | 2019-03-13
We fight for the Green New Deal because we are in charge of our future, and know exactly what it means. It lies in our hands, only ours. It is our future…
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The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet
Michaela Haas | commondreams.org | 2019-03-13
Regenerative farming practices—such as composting, incorporating animal grazing, diversifying crops—prioritize soil health. Fertile soil stores more carbon. This sequestration solution is not just for agriculture. A recent study found that better management of forests, grasslands, and soils in the United States could absorb as much as 21 percent of the country's annual greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Guido Lois) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Russia Mocks U.S. Collusion Probe Ahead of Mueller Report
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-13
MOSCOW — U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to release his report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the Kremlin has been rehearsing its response for months. | The narrative, shared by President Vladimir Putin, his top lieutenants and state television, is strikingly similar to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of the investigation as a "witch hunt: " They say the whole process is about the Democrats' stubborn refusal to admit that they lost the election. | "They don't want to acknowledge his victory and do everything to delegitimize the president," Putin said…
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Brexit strike out: U.K. Parliament rejects Theresa May's deal–again
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-13
People's World correspondent Al Neal is reporting from Europe during Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, due to take place March 29. His earlier coverage of Brexit is available here. LONDON– The air was hot and stale inside the House of Commons. At 7: 15 p.m., every cushioned green bench was packed tight with Members …
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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Stands Up for Press Freedom, Gets Jailed by US Gov't
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
President Donald Trump's 2010 statement that the WikiLeaks' staff should be executed and Hillary Clinton's suggestion to drone Assange, are reflective of a deeply disturbing trend to terrorize the press.
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Chomsky & Nader
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…
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'Fight On': Anti-socialist hysteria motivates conservative propaganda flick
Michael Berkowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
Donald Trump has a movie he'd like you to see. It's called Fight On and is about the specter haunting America…socialism. Although too late for the Academy Awards, the right-wing Republicans unveiled this film hoping it will be a big winner for them in the coming national elections. Fight On was the centerpiece of the …
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The Green New Compromise
Tom Tomorrow | thenation.com | 2019-03-12
The Green New Compromise…
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The Green New Deal Is Not a Choice
Frances Moore Lappé | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as she and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveil the Green New Deal resolution. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Aiming to quash strikes, US teacher union launches campaign to prop up Democrats
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-12
Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers' unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/12/aimi…

Green New Deal Tour Aims to Make 2020 a National Referendum on Visionary Energy and Economic Transformation
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
The millennial activists leading the Sunrise Movement are expanding the scope of their planned nationwide tour promoting their fight for a sustainable future for young Americans, transforming the multi-state tour into an initiative to ensure that climate action and the Green New Deal is a major focus of the 2020 election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Impeachment 'not worth it', says Pelosi, as she positions Dems for post-Mueller Trump slump
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't interested in impeaching President Donald Trump, because he's not worth dividing the country over, she told the Washington Post — while also describing how her party revolves around him. | …
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WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Grills Wells Fargo CEO Over Profiting From 'Caging of Children' and Pipeline Disasters
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Two weeks after quickly gathering from Michael Cohen much of the information House Democrats needed to potentially subpoena President Donald Trump's tax returns, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) again subjected a witness to harsh questioning—this time demanding to know Wells Fargo's reasoning behind a number of dubious investments. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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House Republicans Use "Lesbian Radical Feminist" to Advance Anti-Trans Rhetoric
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
A baffling sentence opened the Thursday testimony of Julia Beck, an anti-trans conservative speaking at the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. | "I am a lesbian radical feminist," said Beck, who was removed from the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission Committe…
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Nancy Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-12
(CJ Opinion) — In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she opposed the impeachment of President Trump. This comes shortly before Mueller's investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is expected to wrap up. "I'm not for impeachment," Pelosi told…

Nancy Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit

Trump's simple trick to getting budget past Democrats? Label everything 'confronting Russia'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
US President Donald Trump may have found a way to get Democrats in the House to approve all of the State Department funding in his proposed $4.7 trillion budget for 2020: by labeling all sorts of things as "countering Russia." | …
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NSW elections: why principled preferences matter
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-12
The l atest Newspoll for the NSW elections on March 23 has Labor and the Coalition neck and neck. A Liberal or Labor minority government dependent on cross-bench support is considered to be likely by the pundits. On top of that, with a plethora of right-wing micro parties contesting in the upper house, only the tightest preferences between more progressive candidates will stop the right gaining more ground in the upper house. | A minority Coalition or Labor government would be forced to negotiate with Greens, Shooters or independents to…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-elections-why-principled-preferences-matter

Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows Wants to Eliminate Super PACs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-03-12
Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, wants to end Super PACs. | Meadows voted against House Democrats' sweeping ethics and reform bill, which passed the chamber Friday morning on a party-line vote. But there were parts of it he agreed with, the North Carolina Republican told The Intercept. | One thing he supported, Meadows said, was the effort to reform election finance. He said that he'd tried, and failed, to add an amendment that would have eliminated Super PACs, or political action committees. However, H.R.1, a…
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Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower, had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/glenn_gre…

Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists–seven of whom are U.S. citizens–along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…
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Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/greenwald…

Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil
Daniel Bessner, Udi Greenberg | thenation.com | 2019-03-11
Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil…
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'Zero chance' of slave reparations happening, despite current debate on the subject — analysts to RT
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-11
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has said he won't rule out reparations to descendents of slaves, setting him apart from frontrunner Bernie Sanders — but is such a policy a real possibility or an empty promise? | …
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Dungay family 'want the truth' on death in custody
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-11
"The family just want the truth to come out," Leetona Dungay told supporters and the media outside the New Coroners Court on March 4. Dungay is the mother of Aboriginal man David Dungay Jnr, who died in Long Bay Jail as a result of assault by prison guards in 2015. | Members of the Dungay family and supporters had gathered at the entrance to the court to express solidarity with Leetona in her quest for justice from the NSW legal system at the coroner's inquiry beginning that day. | "Me and my family have endured so much grief over my son's death," she said. "But we will not stop until we achieve justice…
greenleft.org.au/content/dungay-family-want-truth-death-custody

Rally opposes Christmas Island plan
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-11
About 80 people attended a rally called by the Refugee Action Collective on March 2 to protest against the Australian government's plan to reopen the detention centre on Christmas Island and send refugees from Manus Island and Nauru there. | The rally heard Shamindan Kanapadhi, a Tamil refugee on Manus, speak by phone about the conditions there, including inadequate medical care. He said "all of us on Manus are mentally sick," because of the inhumane and humiliating treatment to which they are subject. | Rally co-chair Tara Josem read a message from David Price, the CEO of Christmas Island shire, who said th…
greenleft.org.au/content/rally-opposes-christmas-island-plan

How big money took control of English football
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-11
The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport| | Joshua Robinson & Jonathan Clegg | John Murray Publishing, 2019 | 338 pages | If football is a simple game (get the ball, pass the ball), then the football business is even simpler (buy the best players, bank the profits). | As sports journalists Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg note in The Club, for Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga and the English Premier League (EPL), there is a near perfect correlation between a football club's total player wages bill on day one of a season and their club's ladder posit…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-big-money-took-control-english-football

Billboard Targets Kyrsten Sinema as Dem Senator Standing Against Net Neutrality
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-11
(CD) — When Senate Democrats unveiled legislation to fully restore net neutrality last week, every member of the party's caucus signed on to the bill–except one. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the lone Democratic holdout, is now the target of a grassroots campaign by internet advocacy group Fight for the Future, which is crowdfunding a billboard that accuses her of "siding with …

Billboard Targets Kyrsten Sinema as Dem Senator Standing Against Net Neutrality

Workers on Sydney's privatised ferries strike
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-11
Workers on the Sydney Harbour ferries that have been privatised went on strike for two hours on March 6. The strike involved workers on the NRMA-owned My Fast Ferry and Fantasea Cruising. | While the company brought in non-union skippers, all Fast Ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay were stopped by the strike and picket. | Last year the NRMA posted more than $97.1 million in profits, yet almost all their ferry workers are casual and they are not being paid award wages. They are not guaranteed shifts and have to come to work on short notice. Union-active workers have been left off rosters, union organi…
greenleft.org.au/content/workers-sydneys-privatised-ferries-strike

Is this the beginning of the end of coal?
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-11
The synergy of China appearing to restrict the import of Australian coal with the world's largest coal exporter and commodity trader Glencore capping production to current levels has been heralded by many as a victory for the movement for action on climate change. While significant, these decisions could owe as much to the operation of market forces and geopolitics as to a desire to comply with the Paris climate accords. | Industry experts had noted for some time that major ports in China appeared to be delaying customs clearances for Australian coking coal used in steel-making. However, when an official at China…
greenleft.org.au/content/beginning-end-coal

'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-10
Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats. | …
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Hillary Clinton Is Still Deeply Confused About What Happened in Wisconsin. Here's Why That Matters
Malaika Jabali | theintercept.com | 2019-03-10
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the Bloody Sunday commemorative service at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on March 3, 2019. | Last Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Hillary Clinton opened a speech at the Brown Chapel AME church with a Bible verse. "This is the day the Lord has made," she began. "Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And then let's get to wo…
theintercept.com/2019/03/10/hillary-clin…

NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-10
Independent journalists skeptical of government claims proved these lies weeks ago, but the propagandistic U.S. media ignored them.
theintercept.com/2019/03/10/nyts-expose-…

Africa's Sovereignty Over Food
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-09
Local food and seed systems must be rebuilt for Africans, write Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis. By Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis African Centre for Biodiversity in Johnnesburg Inter Press Service Africa is facing dire times…. Read more ?…
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FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-09
When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…
greenleft.org.au/content/fifa-can-afford-close-pay-gap-%E2%80%93-won%E2%80%99t

US women footballers go to court for pay equality
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-09
United States football (soccer) players filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit on International Women's Day on March 8 seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts. | The action comes just three months before the women's national team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. | The class-action lawsuit was filed today in a Los Angeles federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the US Football Federation. | The players allege they have been subject to ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination". This includes une…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-women-footballers-go-court-pay-equality

It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/its_time_t…

Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/ilhan_omar…

United States: The rise of democratic socialism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) activist Isaac Silver following the announcement by United States Senator, Bernie Sanders that he will contest the 2020 US Presidential race. | 1. How has Sanders' announcement been received among radicals and left activists you work with? | The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has generated huge excitement in the United States. In the first week following the announcement of his presidential campaign, over one million supporters signed up as volunteers in every part of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people contributed smal…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-rise-democratic-socialism

Ecuador: 10,000 public servants sacked in three days
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Nearly ten thousand Ecuadorean government employees were fired between February 27 and March 1, according to local media reports. | This came after President Lenin Moreno signed a deal worth US$4.2 billion on February 20 with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | According to an IMF statement, agreement was reached on policy measures the government of Ecuador must implement to apply for the loan. | The IMF would then process the loans in the context of what it calls an Extended Fund Facility, set up "to assist m…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecuador-10000-public-servants-sacked-three-days

ALCOA workers reject enterprise agreement for third time
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
About 1600 members of the Australian Worker's Union (AWU) employed at various ALCOA Aluminium refineries and bauxite mines throughout Western Australia again sent a strong message to the American multinational to negotiate a fairer Enterprise Bargaining Agreement after the company's EBA was voted down on March 2. | ALCOA's latest EBA offer angered members — 61% of whom voted no — with its plan to weaken union structures on their worksites, change job descriptions to the detriment of workers and water down the company's accident/sickness policy. | This is the third time since last September that an inf…
greenleft.org.au/content/alcoa-workers-reject-enterprise-agreement-third-time

IWD in Geelong
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
The Geelong Women Unionists Network (GWUN) kicked off the week of International Women's day (IWD) celebrations at Geelong Trades Hall on March 1, with a breakfast and speak out. | About 50 women, children and men attended the breakfast. They included Geelong Trades Hall Council members, union members and officials, members of Socialist Alliance, the Labor Party and Animal Justice Party, local MPs and local law firms. | Speakers included Central Arrernte woman Belinda Foley; Julie Kun, CEO of Women's Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE); Kirrileigh Everette of Members Equity Bank; Linda Cusworth of Combined Re…
greenleft.org.au/content/iwd-geelong

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-08
16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…
therealnews.com/stories/end-venezuela-sa…

End of the road for Moreno?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
The Presidential Palace in Quito was surrounded by protesters chanting " °Fuera, corruptos, fuera!" (Out, the corrupt, out!) and "No a la venta del país" (No to the sale of the country!) in response to recent revelations of an alleged offshore tax haven belonging to President Lenin Moreno, along with a trail of bribes for government favours. The protests on February 20 were supported by ex-president Rafael Correa, who called his former vice-president "corrupt" and urged him to resign. | These comments were echoed by other political leaders of the Movement of the Citizens' Revolution [MRC], such as former fore…
greenleft.org.au/content/end-road-moreno

Socialist Alliance candidate: 'Help us build a new society'
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Lead Socialist Alliance candidate for the Legislative Council in the NSW election Rachel Evans gave this speech to a Justice Action election forum on February 25. | *** | Australia was once the "Lucky Country". Now it has become the "Lucky-If-You-Are-Rich Country". | Banks and big corporations are ripping us off. Their profits are soaring while wages are falling. The richest 1% now own more wealth than the bottom 70% combined. | Poverty has risen and has been criminalised. More people are being imprisoned, often for minor crimes committed while on remand and awaiting trial. | Prisons are being privatised and ther…
greenleft.org.au/content/socialist-alliance-candidate-%E2%80%98help-us-build-new-society%E2%80%99