Daily Archives: 2019-05-04

2019-05-04: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-04). EPA 'in bed' with Monsanto? Regulator ignores risks, affirms 'safety' of Roundup & Dow pesticide. rt.com The US Environmental Protection Agency has insisted Monsanto's controversial glyphosate weedkiller Roundup is safe, despite court verdicts ruling it a carcinogen and studies backing them up. Is Monsanto pulling its strings?

WSWS (2019-05-04). Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade. wsws.org In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.

Norman Solomon (2019-05-04). Why So Many Journalists Are Clueless About the Bernie 2020 Campaign. indybay.org Scribes for corporate capitalism find grassroots activism inscrutable…

Fight Back (2019-05-03). Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented. fightbacknews.org Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…

People's World (2019-05-03). Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace. peoplesworld.org Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

barry_h (2019-05-03). German Film Festival offers up Bretch, socialist dissidents and more. greenleft.org.au This year's German Film Festival, taking place across Australia in May and June, promises some stellar events. | A must-see is Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film (Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigrosschenfilm) about Bertolt Brecht's 1930s struggle to make a movie based on his successful stage play. The story of the murderous Mack the Knife and the London underworld weaves in with German capitalism and Brecht's insistent revolutionary politics. | This is matched by the 1931 version of The 3 Penny Opera! This "original cinematic interpretation " promi…

CounterSpin (2019-05-03). Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal, Basav Sen on Beyond the Paris Accord. fair.org Media…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'. greenleft.org.au Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…

Osama Al Sharif (2019-05-03). Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the …

susan_p (2019-05-03). Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum. greenleft.org.au The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…

James Wright (2019-05-03). Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour. thecanary.co Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). ACTU must heed lesson of past elections. greenleft.org.au Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). The Miami Showband massacre: A cover-up in plain sight. greenleft.org.au The Miami Showband Massacre
| Directed by Stuart Sender
| Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist
| Screening on Netflix now: | It's a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband. | For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different. | Here on this global media entertainment platform, amid rom-coms and action movies, is a film de…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings. greenleft.org.au On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-03). We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth. mronline.org n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source

barry_h (2019-05-03). Film looks at sexuality and repression in Guatemala. greenleft.org.au Tremors (Temblores)
| Directed by Jayro Bustamante
| Starring María Telón Soc, Juan Pablo Olyslager & Pedro Javier Silva Lira
| Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | Some of the most interesting movies in this year's Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature. | The story is of a comfortably wealthy middle-aged man, respectably married and part of an extended, conservative family, who finds himself in love with another man. | The claustrophobic social relations are matched by the thick humidity pervading Guatemala City that you can almos…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

barry_h (2019-05-03). Film looks at psychological crisis when Mexican capitalists hit the rocks. greenleft.org.au The Good Girls (Las niñas bien)
| Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella
| Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti
| Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for. | In the 1970s, the Mexican economy boomed by relying on easy access to US dollar loans. A dollar loan was like winnig the lottery — effectively a coded expression for easy wealth. For Mexican capit…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report, Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt, Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India, Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López, Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C., EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba, Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War, Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States, Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report, Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined,…

Andrew Levine (2019-05-03). Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours. counterpunch.org Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes More

Jake Johnson (2019-05-03). Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela—and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

Connie Huynh (2019-05-03). #PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll. nationofchange.org We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…

Staff (2019-05-03). You Can't Tax the Rich Without the IRS. truthdig.com This article was co-published with The New York Times. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to tax "ultramillionaires," as she calls them. Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to expand the estate tax. Rep. Alexandr…

Norman Solomon (2019-05-03). Why so many journalists are clueless about the Bernie 2020 Campaign. nationofchange.org The elite-oriented atmosphere of media aversion to Sanders is in sync with media disregard for the power of community-based activism that could result in a Sanders presidency.

Staff (2019-05-03). I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me. truthout.org I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…

Staff (2019-05-03). Biden Supporters Launch $60 Million Dark Money Group. truthout.org A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…

Ted Rall (2019-05-03). The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic More

Steve Howell (2019-05-03). Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign. thenation.com Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-03). Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections. thecanary.co The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…

Rob Urie (2019-05-03). Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion. counterpunch.org America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats More

Ralph Nader (2019-05-03). Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-03). UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections. commondreams.org Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-02). Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar. therealnews.com Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Australia needs a dental plan. greenleft.org.au Opposition leader Bill Shorten's pledge to subsidise dental care for pensioners and Senior's Health Care Card holders if elected to government should be welcomed. But it is only a first step toward the kind of universal public dental care we need. | Labor's plan will cover aged pensioners and eligible retirees for up to $1000 in dental care costs every two years. Shorten described it as part of a "vision of universal access to dental care." | He said Labor's scheme — essentially an extension of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme introduced by the Julia Gillard Labor government in 2014 — wo…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy. greenleft.org.au The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Labor's great gas con. greenleft.org.au Labor leader Bill Shorten's promise on April 23 to help boost gas companies' bottom lines if elected to the top job is as much about currying political favor with corporate mates as it is perpetuating the fiction that more gas will reduce energy prices. | Shorten is also guilty of perpetuating the dangerous myth — debunked now for years — that gas is "clean" energy. | Labor owes the gas companies big time. Market Fo…

Nathan Goldman (2019-05-02). How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs. thenation.com How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Sex workers in Queensland campaign for full decriminalisation. greenleft.org.au Sex workers in Queensland are campaigning to decriminalise sex work 30 years after this was recommended by the Fitzgerald Inquiry into state police corruption. | Janelle Fawkes from the #DecrimQLD campaign told Green Left Weekly that for the past two decades Queensland has effectively had a licensing model, whereby it is not illegal to set up a brothel but there are significant and costly hurdles. As a result, only 20 legal brothels exist in the state. | This legal framework disadvantages erotic massage parlours that do not want to operate illegally but are prevented from getting licences under current law. It is…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Water for the Rivers Corroboree launched. greenleft.org.au "The river is the blood of the Earth", Muruwari and Budjiti man and artist Bruce Shillingsworth declared at the "Yaama Ngunna Baaka — Welcome to Our River" Mosman Art Gallery exhibition on April 28. | Shillingsworth also used the occasion, which included works by his daughters and granddaughter, to launch the Water for Rivers Campaign Corroboree Expedition project. | "We want our rivers back", Shillingsworth said. "The recent drought in western New South Wales has exposed the deep corruption of water management in this country. | "The big irrigators are taking our water. Our people are forced to drink bore…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers. greenleft.org.au Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Socialist candidate: 'We need renewables not gas'. greenleft.org.au Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate Joel McAlear, who grew up in a working-class family in the Illawarra, said the new gas hub slated for Port Kembla is a step in the wrong direction. | "How can anyone seriously argue that it makes sense to build an import terminal to bring in liquified gas — a fossil fuel — from overseas and re-gasify it here?", McAlear asked. | The $250 million gas import terminal is being promoted as the solution to the state's gas needs and a jobs provider for the region. | But McAlear believes it is "no solution for employment nor for our future energy needs. | "It ignores th…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start. greenleft.org.au The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…

John McEvoy (2019-05-02). US progressives offer ray of hope and resistance as military threats against Venezuela intensify. thecanary.co After another failed coup attempt in Venezuela, W…

Nathan Tankus (2019-05-02). Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)—A Response to Henwood. mronline.org Neither a Job Guarantee nor a Green New Deal will be won without brave, strong social movements. When it comes to building these movements, we joyfully follow the leadership of more capable community organizers and politicians. | Source

Reese Erlich (2019-05-02). Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Bernie—a Foreign Policy Faceoff. progressive.org Biden backed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and saw the expansion of U.S. militarism in the Mideast during his vice presidency, while Sanders has opposed all recent U.S. wars of aggression.

Miko Peled (2019-05-02). What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians. mintpressnews.com There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

ACLU (2019-05-01). Finding Common Ground on Repealing the Death Penalty. aclu.org How ending capital punishment transcends the political divide. | What do Michael Bloomberg and Oliver North have in common? How about Michelle Malkin and Kim Kardashian West, or Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders? They may not share much turf when it comes to their political or social views, but they do all agree on one point that may surprise you. | They all oppose the death penalty. | Support for repealing the death penalty is diverse, it is growing, and it is bipartisan in nature. The brokenness of the death penalty system, long documented in local headlines and the cases they highlight, has hit a turning point with…

2019-05-04: Social Media Postees

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EPA 'in bed' with Monsanto? Regulator ignores risks, affirms 'safety' of Roundup & Dow pesticide
rt.com | 2019-05-04
The US Environmental Protection Agency has insisted Monsanto's controversial glyphosate weedkiller Roundup is safe, despite court verdicts ruling it a carcinogen and studies backing them up. Is Monsanto pulling its strings? | …
rt.com/usa/458336-epa-greenlights-monsan…

Why So Many Journalists Are Clueless About the Bernie 2020 Campaign
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-05-04
Scribes for corporate capitalism find grassroots activism inscrutable…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/02/1882310…

Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade
wsws.org | 2019-05-04
In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/04/sand…

Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-03
Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/3/wisconsin…

We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/03/we-thought-it-wa…

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-behind-easter-sunday-bombings

Film looks at psychological crisis when Mexican capitalists hit the rocks
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) | Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella | Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti | Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for. | In the 1970s, the Mexican economy boomed by relying on easy access to US dollar loans. A dollar loan was like winnig the lottery — effectively a coded expression for easy wealth. For Mexican capit…
greenleft.org.au/content/film-looks-psychological-crisis-when-mexican-capitalists-hit-rocks

High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…
greenleft.org.au/content/high-school-student-i-am-climate-warrior-and-you-should-be-too

German Film Festival offers up Bretch, socialist dissidents and more
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
This year's German Film Festival, taking place across Australia in May and June, promises some stellar events. | A must-see is Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film (Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigrosschenfilm) about Bertolt Brecht's 1930s struggle to make a movie based on his successful stage play. The story of the murderous Mack the Knife and the London underworld weaves in with German capitalism and Brecht's insistent revolutionary politics. | This is matched by the 1931 version of The 3 Penny Opera! This "original cinematic interpretation " promi…
greenleft.org.au/content/german-film-festival-offers-bretch-socialist-dissidents-and-

US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-killed-more-40000-venezuela

Film looks at sexuality and repression in Guatemala
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Tremors (Temblores) | Directed by Jayro Bustamante | Starring María Telón Soc, Juan Pablo Olyslager & Pedro Javier Silva Lira | Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | Some of the most interesting movies in this year's Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature. | The story is of a comfortably wealthy middle-aged man, respectably married and part of an extended, conservative family, who finds himself in love with another man. | The claustrophobic social relations are matched by the thick humidity pervading Guatemala City that you can almos…
greenleft.org.au/content/film-looks-sexuality-and-repression-guatemala

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal, Basav Sen on Beyond the Paris Accord
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-05-03
Media…
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Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …
peoplesworld.org/article/jewish-and-arab…

Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine
Osama Al Sharif | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the | …
globalresearch.ca/jordan-trumps-peace-pl…

The Miami Showband massacre: A cover-up in plain sight
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The Miami Showband Massacre | Directed by Stuart Sender | Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist | Screening on Netflix now: | It's a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband. | For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different. | Here on this global media entertainment platform, amid rom-coms and action movies, is a film de…
greenleft.org.au/content/miami-showband-massacre-cover-plain-sight

Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/green-party-gains-more-seats-than-ever-before-in-local-elections/

Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/03/proof-that-local-election-results-mean-nothing-for-the-fate-of-labour/

ACTU must heed lesson of past elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…
greenleft.org.au/content/actu-must-heed-lesson-past-elections

Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-economist-hyperinflation-powerful-imperialist-weapon

Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/environmenta…

Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…
greenleft.org.au/content/kanaky-independence-forces-set-their-sights-2020-referendum

Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes…
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You Can't Tax the Rich Without the IRS
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
This article was co-published with The New York Times. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to tax "ultramillionaires," as she calls them. Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to expand the estate tax. Rep. Alexandr…
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Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela–and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela

#PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll
Connie Huynh | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/03/peopleswav…

Why so many journalists are clueless about the Bernie 2020 Campaign
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
The elite-oriented atmosphere of media aversion to Sanders is in sync with media disregard for the power of community-based activism that could result in a Sanders presidency.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/03/why-so-man…

Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign
Steve Howell | thenation.com | 2019-05-03
Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…
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Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/trump-vs-con…

Biden Supporters Launch $60 Million Dark Money Group
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…
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I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…
truthout.org/articles/im-somali-a-us-res…

UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-secret-c…

Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-02
Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…
therealnews.com/stories/black-women-rall…

How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs
Nathan Goldman | thenation.com | 2019-05-02
How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs…
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Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)–A Response to Henwood
Nathan Tankus | mronline.org | 2019-05-02
Neither a Job Guarantee nor a Green New Deal will be won without brave, strong social movements. When it comes to building these movements, we joyfully follow the leadership of more capable community organizers and politicians. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/02/modern-monetary-…

Water for the Rivers Corroboree launched
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
"The river is the blood of the Earth", Muruwari and Budjiti man and artist Bruce Shillingsworth declared at the "Yaama Ngunna Baaka — Welcome to Our River" Mosman Art Gallery exhibition on April 28. | Shillingsworth also used the occasion, which included works by his daughters and granddaughter, to launch the Water for Rivers Campaign Corroboree Expedition project. | "We want our rivers back", Shillingsworth said. "The recent drought in western New South Wales has exposed the deep corruption of water management in this country. | "The big irrigators are taking our water. Our people are forced to drink bore…
greenleft.org.au/content/water-rivers-corroboree-launched

Sex workers in Queensland campaign for full decriminalisation
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Sex workers in Queensland are campaigning to decriminalise sex work 30 years after this was recommended by the Fitzgerald Inquiry into state police corruption. | Janelle Fawkes from the #DecrimQLD campaign told Green Left Weekly that for the past two decades Queensland has effectively had a licensing model, whereby it is not illegal to set up a brothel but there are significant and costly hurdles. As a result, only 20 legal brothels exist in the state. | This legal framework disadvantages erotic massage parlours that do not want to operate illegally but are prevented from getting licences under current law. It is…
greenleft.org.au/content/sex-workers-queensland-campaign-full-decriminalisation

Australia needs a dental plan
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Opposition leader Bill Shorten's pledge to subsidise dental care for pensioners and Senior's Health Care Card holders if elected to government should be welcomed. But it is only a first step toward the kind of universal public dental care we need. | Labor's plan will cover aged pensioners and eligible retirees for up to $1000 in dental care costs every two years. Shorten described it as part of a "vision of universal access to dental care." | He said Labor's scheme — essentially an extension of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme introduced by the Julia Gillard Labor government in 2014 — wo…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-needs-dental-plan

Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…
greenleft.org.au/content/nothing-election-sort-weird-crazy

Socialist candidate: 'We need renewables not gas'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate Joel McAlear, who grew up in a working-class family in the Illawarra, said the new gas hub slated for Port Kembla is a step in the wrong direction. | "How can anyone seriously argue that it makes sense to build an import terminal to bring in liquified gas — a fossil fuel — from overseas and re-gasify it here?", McAlear asked. | The $250 million gas import terminal is being promoted as the solution to the state's gas needs and a jobs provider for the region. | But McAlear believes it is "no solution for employment nor for our future energy needs. | "It ignores th…
greenleft.org.au/content/socialist-candidate-we-need-renewables-not-gas

Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…
greenleft.org.au/content/victorian-socialists-stopping-adani-just-start

Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…
greenleft.org.au/content/union-independence-labor-key-change-rules-workers

Labor's great gas con
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Labor leader Bill Shorten's promise on April 23 to help boost gas companies' bottom lines if elected to the top job is as much about currying political favor with corporate mates as it is perpetuating the fiction that more gas will reduce energy prices. | Shorten is also guilty of perpetuating the dangerous myth — debunked now for years — that gas is "clean" energy. | Labor owes the gas companies big time. Market Fo…
greenleft.org.au/content/labors-great-gas-con

What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."
mintpressnews.com/what-strikes-bernie-sa…

Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Bernie–a Foreign Policy Faceoff
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-05-02
Biden backed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and saw the expansion of U.S. militarism in the Mideast during his vice presidency, while Sanders has opposed all recent U.S. wars of aggression.
progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-corre…

Establishment Media and the Green New Deal: New Wine in Old Bottles
Miranda C. Spencer | fair.org | 2019-05-01
by Miranda C. Spencer | Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) and veteran Sen. Ed Markey on February 7 introduced HR 109, a sweeping mission statement for aggressively tackling climate change by jump-starting an equitable socio-economic transition. While the resolution was a radical departure from politics as usual, most corporate media filtered coverage of the "Green New Deal" (GND) through the lens of conventional expectations. | FAIR took a close look at day-one coverage of the Green New Deal (both breaking news st…
fair.org/home/establishment-media-and-th…

Finding Common Ground on Repealing the Death Penalty
aclu.org | 2019-05-01
How ending capital punishment transcends the political divide. | What do Michael Bloomberg and Oliver North have in common? How about Michelle Malkin and Kim Kardashian West, or Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders? They may not share much turf when it comes to their political or social views, but they do all agree on one point that may surprise you. | They all oppose the death penalty. | Support for repealing the death penalty is diverse, it is growing, and it is bipartisan in nature. The brokenness of the death penalty system, long documented in local headlines and the cases they highlight, has hit a turning point with…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/finding…

Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth?
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-30
As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?
theintercept.com/2019/04/30/episode-thre…