Daily Archives: 2019-05-14

2019-05-14: News Headlines

Patrick Walker (2019-05-14). Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral warriors for the Green New Deal. nationofchange.org We need a populist GND — championed by a principled populist like Sanders — to sweep today's criminally insane Republicans (whom Biden likes so much) into the dustbin of history.

WSWS (2019-05-14). Republicans launch "anti-Semitism" smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib. wsws.org The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-14). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-05-14). How to Move Toward Impeachment, Now. commondreams.org Trump has been attacking Democrats, and vulnerable populations, and the Constitution, for months now. It is time for the Democrats to fight back. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-14). "Middle-of-the-Road" Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won't Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally. commondreams.org Vowing not to allow centrist and conservative politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties hamstring the push for a Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a rebuke on Monday to longtime members of Congress and presidential candidates who claim incremental measures will solve the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Green Party (2019-05-14). What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

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

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

The Green Arcade (2019-05-14). He's Back! Filth Elder John Waters Presents His New Book Mr. Know-It-All. indybay.org McRoskey Mattress Loft | 1687 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

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

Karen J. Greenberg (2019-05-14). Washington's Reliance on Redactions Threatens Our Democracy. thenation.com Washington's Reliance on Redactions Threatens Our Democracy…

commondreams (2019-05-14). AOC, Sanders Rally Audience at Sunrise Movement's Green New Deal Event to Close Month-Long National Tour. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Molly Crabapple (2019-05-14). AOC on the Green New Deal. thenation.com AOC on the Green New Deal…

WSWS (2019-05-13). The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US. wsws.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a "constitutional crisis" but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump's authoritarian actions.

Akela Lacy (2019-05-13). Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat. theintercept.com Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…

Richard M. Lerner (2019-05-13). Are the Democrats Channeling Neville Chamberlain…or George Santayana? counterpunch.org Accommodating a pathological narcissist does not lead to peace in our time. Ignoring the lies, hateful speech, and antidemocratic actions of an amoral psychopath will not preserve a republic. Such acts enable fascism to flourish. These statements are not opinions about what will occur if the Democrats in the House of Representatives of 2019 fail More

Staff (2019-05-13). The MMT Debate With Dean Baker & Randall Wray. therealnews.com We continue our series of discussions about Modern Money Theory and funding the Green New Deal with host Paul Jay…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Brazil Court Gives Green Light in President's Son Graft Probe. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian court will allow investigators to examine the banking records of President Jair Bolsonaro's senator son and his former driver in a money-laundering investigation, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | The office of Senator Flavio Bolsonaro confirmed that a court in a sealed ruling would allow police to examine the banking records of the lawmaker, along with those of his wife.

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack. telesurenglish.net Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…

Staff (2019-05-12). Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting. therealnews.com Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…

barry_h (2019-05-12). New play examines climate change and mistreatment of refugees. greenleft.org.au Water
| Written by Jane Bodie
| Directed by Emily McLean
| Starring Emily Rose Brennan, Glenda Linscott, Richard Maganga, Amy Mathews & Igor Sas
| Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth
| Until May 26 | This ensemble piece ranges over a series of time zones, travelling from the near future to the early 20th century, mostly in Australia but also the Ellis Island immigration centre, New York. Its main segment is a deceptively simple, kitchen-sink style, family drama in which home truths are exposed and conventional dishonesties unravelled. | But the subject matter uncovered is the impending climate…

RT (2019-05-12). 'Green' Beto O'Rourke joins the swamp, hires fossil fuel and private prisons lobbyist. rt.com Beto O'Rourke's hiring of a former oil industry lobbyist is a puzzling move for a Democrat who touts his green credentials. But such contradictions are par for the course in the Washington DC swamp. |

Lee Fang (2019-05-11). Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort. theintercept.com At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…

RT (2019-05-11). 'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO). rt.com HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it."

Paul Haeder (2019-05-11). Kilowatt and Gallons Per Wash-load Illiterate Americans. dissidentvoice.org No Water. No Life. No Blue. No Green. — Sylvia Earle In the tradition of many of my posts, I end up looking at the local through a sometimes fine and other times coarse lens to extrapolate what this country, and most First World We Are the Only Ones Who Matter countries, is facing way …

ACLU (2019-05-10). House Funding Bill Shows How Far We've Come in the Fight for Reproductive Freedom—And How Far We Have to Go. aclu.org A key bill makes important strides for reproductive health, and shows why we need presidential candidates to show leadership on abortion coverage. | This week the House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations bill, the annual bill that funds federal health and education programs. It makes important strides forward on reproductive health and rights–and it also shines a light on the need for presidential leadership on abortion coverage…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens, preferences and radical social change. greenleft.org.au This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…

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

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'. greenleft.org.au Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Boycott Brunei movement to continue despite Sultan's retreat. greenleft.org.au The Boycott Brunei in Australia group have said the campaign against Brunei's death-by-stoning penalty for "crimes" such as homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy will continue despite Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's May 6 statement that he had reconsidered the April 3 order. | The activists welcomed the Sultan's comments, but noted that the Syrariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) was only suspended, not cancelled, saying life for those who breached government diktats remained grim. | "We welcome the Sultan's statement that the death penalty has been shelved," said Boycott Brunei in Australia spokesperson Peter Hackn…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians. greenleft.org.au The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped. greenleft.org.au About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…

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

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Sudan: 'The army's duty is to protect its people, not to govern'. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Sam Wainwright spoke with Sabrine Ali, Samah Suria, Nidal Saeed and Nagi Kodi, all Sudanese youth living in Perth, about the powerful movement in Sudan. | What did this movement learn from previous waves of protest in Sudanese history? | Sabrine Ali: Without having a proper foundation of how to run a revolution, it is going to collapse. The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) has basically organised the revolution, the protests and … that has helped a lot with it having the proper foundation. | Why was the protest movement successful this time compared to the past? | Nagi Kodi: This time…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

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

John Nichols (2019-05-10). AOC and Bernie Put Postal Banking Back on the Agenda. thenation.com AOC and Bernie Put Postal Banking Back on the Agenda…

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

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). 'Free Clarrie O'Shea': When unions broke the rules to change them. greenleft.org.au Fifty years ago, an industrial penal powers dispute provoked the biggest strike wave in Australia's post-war history. | On May 15, 1969, Clarrie O'Shea, Victorian secretary Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association (ATMOEA), was jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed under the anti-union penal powers of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. | Over the next week, more than 1 million workers went on strike to demand freedom for O'Shea and the repeal of the penal powers. | Tribune, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia at the time, reported on May 21, 1969: "The long struggle…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now. greenleft.org.au A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-09). 'How Does the US Compensate the World for the Damage It Has Done?' – CounterSpin interview with Basav Sen on beyond the Paris Accord. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Basav Sen about going beyond the Paris Climate Accord for the May 3, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Peter Greene (2019-05-09). Charter Schools Have a Big Problem, and Rebranding Won't Help. progressive.org Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven't appeared. More people are understanding that what we're really talking about is the privatization of our public school system.

David Dayen (2019-05-09). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Team Up on Bank Legislation. theintercept.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will announce her first major bill today, in partnership with Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It's something Sanders has proposed for many years: a 15 percent interest rate cap on all consumer loans, which would reduce what many Americans pay on their credit cards and effectively eliminate the payday loan industry. | The bill is called the Loan Shark Prevention Act, and it's only two pages long. It includes language that would prevent lenders from adding fees to "evade" the interest rate cap and sets penalties for violators, including a forfeiture of all interest o…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-08). 'Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer' – CounterSpin interview with Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal. fair.org "It's the best framework that we, in labor, have seen in a very long time for advancing workers' rights. It sets a federal jobs guarantee for people who want to go to work fighting the climate crisis, and it also provides for what they call living wages, or family-supporting wages, in that jobs guarantee."

stuart_m (2019-05-08). Fans stay away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv. greenleft.org.au An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organisers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication thejournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On April 30, t…

pip.hinman (2019-05-08). Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike since April 21. | There has been little news about Palfreeman because the Bulgarian prison authorities have gone to great lengths to cut off any communication he had with the outside world. | While Palfreeman is no newcomer to protest, including in prison, the lack of information about his condition is worrying. His family have been able to get updates through his lawyer Kalin Angelov, who has received sporadic phone calls from Palfreeman. Angelov says the hunger strike is serious a…

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

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'

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…

2019-05-14: Social Media Postees

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Republicans launch "anti-Semitism" smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/tlai…

No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/10/1882337…

Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral warriors for the Green New Deal
Patrick Walker | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-14
We need a populist GND — championed by a principled populist like Sanders — to sweep today's criminally insane Republicans (whom Biden likes so much) into the dustbin of history.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/14/announcing…

"Middle-of-the-Road" Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won't Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Vowing not to allow centrist and conservative politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties hamstring the push for a Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a rebuke on Monday to longtime members of Congress and presidential candidates who claim incremental measures will solve the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/middle-…

How to Move Toward Impeachment, Now
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Trump has been attacking Democrats, and vulnerable populations, and the Constitution, for months now. It is time for the Democrats to fight back. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/how-mo…

What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts?
Green Party | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/11/1882338…

Washington's Reliance on Redactions Threatens Our Democracy
Karen J. Greenberg | thenation.com | 2019-05-14
Washington's Reliance on Redactions Threatens Our Democracy…
thenation.com/article/tom-dispatch-muell…

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

He's Back! Filth Elder John Waters Presents His New Book Mr. Know-It-All
The Green Arcade | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
McRoskey Mattress Loft | 1687 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/12/1882340…

AOC on the Green New Deal
Molly Crabapple | thenation.com | 2019-05-14
AOC on the Green New Deal…
thenation.com/article/aoc-on-the-green-n…

AOC, Sanders Rally Audience at Sunrise Movement's Green New Deal Event to Close Month-Long National Tour
commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/14/aoc…

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

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

The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a "constitutional crisis" but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump's authoritarian actions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/pers…

Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/wilmot-colli…

Are the Democrats Channeling Neville Chamberlain…or George Santayana?
Richard M. Lerner | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
Accommodating a pathological narcissist does not lead to peace in our time. Ignoring the lies, hateful speech, and antidemocratic actions of an amoral psychopath will not preserve a republic. Such acts enable fascism to flourish. These statements are not opinions about what will occur if the Democrats in the House of Representatives of 2019 fail…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/13/are-the-demo…

Brazil Court Gives Green Light in President's Son Graft Probe
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
A Brazilian court will allow investigators to examine the banking records of President Jair Bolsonaro's senator son and his former driver in a money-laundering investigation, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | The office of Senator Flavio Bolsonaro confirmed that a court in a sealed ruling would allow police to examine the banking records of the lawmaker, along with those of his wife.
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Court-Giv…

The MMT Debate With Dean Baker & Randall Wray
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-13
We continue our series of discussions about Modern Money Theory and funding the Green New Deal with host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/the-mmt-debate-w…

Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ilhan-Omar-Berni…

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…
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New play examines climate change and mistreatment of refugees
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-12
Water | Written by Jane Bodie | Directed by Emily McLean | Starring Emily Rose Brennan, Glenda Linscott, Richard Maganga, Amy Mathews & Igor Sas | Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth | Until May 26 | This ensemble piece ranges over a series of time zones, travelling from the near future to the early 20th century, mostly in Australia but also the Ellis Island immigration centre, New York. Its main segment is a deceptively simple, kitchen-sink style, family drama in which home truths are exposed and conventional dishonesties unravelled. | But the subject matter uncovered is the impending climate…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-play-examines-climate-change-and-mistreatment-refugees

'Green' Beto O'Rourke joins the swamp, hires fossil fuel and private prisons lobbyist
rt.com | 2019-05-12
Beto O'Rourke's hiring of a former oil industry lobbyist is a puzzling move for a Democrat who touts his green credentials. But such contradictions are par for the course in the Washington DC swamp. | …
rt.com/usa/459164-beto-orourke-oil-lobby…

Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/health-care-…

'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-11
HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it." | …
rt.com/usa/459081-bill-maher-targets-dem…

Kilowatt and Gallons Per Wash-load Illiterate Americans
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-11
No Water. No Life. No Blue. No Green. — Sylvia Earle In the tradition of many of my posts, I end up looking at the local through a sometimes fine and other times coarse lens to extrapolate what this country, and most First World We Are the Only Ones Who Matter countries, is facing way …
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Wayne Wharton: 'All power to the workers, Treaty now!'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system. | Wharton told Green Left Weekly: "The systems that we've had for the last 230 years is broken, they're useless." | These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a "feudal system of punishment" instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by "top-end-of-town corruption". | Wharton believes the government should reflect the diversity…
greenleft.org.au/content/wayne-wharton-all-power-workers-treaty-now

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

Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…
greenleft.org.au/content/nakba-2019-eurovision-fails-hide-suffering-palestinians

Greens, preferences and radical social change
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-preferences-and-radical-social-change

Sudan: 'The army's duty is to protect its people, not to govern'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Green Left Weekly's Sam Wainwright spoke with Sabrine Ali, Samah Suria, Nidal Saeed and Nagi Kodi, all Sudanese youth living in Perth, about the powerful movement in Sudan. | What did this movement learn from previous waves of protest in Sudanese history? | Sabrine Ali: Without having a proper foundation of how to run a revolution, it is going to collapse. The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) has basically organised the revolution, the protests and … that has helped a lot with it having the proper foundation. | Why was the protest movement successful this time compared to the past? | Nagi Kodi: This time…
greenleft.org.au/content/sudan-army-duty-protect-people-not-govern

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

Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-candidate-system-stacked-work-two-major-parties

Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-bombings-pretext-intensified-repression

Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…
greenleft.org.au/content/anti-csg-activists-say-santos-must-be-stopped

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

Boycott Brunei movement to continue despite Sultan's retreat
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The Boycott Brunei in Australia group have said the campaign against Brunei's death-by-stoning penalty for "crimes" such as homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy will continue despite Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's May 6 statement that he had reconsidered the April 3 order. | The activists welcomed the Sultan's comments, but noted that the Syrariah Penal Code Order (SPCO) was only suspended, not cancelled, saying life for those who breached government diktats remained grim. | "We welcome the Sultan's statement that the death penalty has been shelved," said Boycott Brunei in Australia spokesperson Peter Hackn…
greenleft.org.au/content/boycott-brunei-movement-continue-despite-sultans-retreat

AOC and Bernie Put Postal Banking Back on the Agenda
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-10
AOC and Bernie Put Postal Banking Back on the Agenda…
thenation.com/article/aoc-bernie-sanders…

Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.
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Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-ratchets-anti-immigrant-campaign

Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…
greenleft.org.au/content/rivers-crisis-demand-real-water-solutions-now

'Free Clarrie O'Shea': When unions broke the rules to change them
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
Fifty years ago, an industrial penal powers dispute provoked the biggest strike wave in Australia's post-war history. | On May 15, 1969, Clarrie O'Shea, Victorian secretary Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association (ATMOEA), was jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed under the anti-union penal powers of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. | Over the next week, more than 1 million workers went on strike to demand freedom for O'Shea and the repeal of the penal powers. | Tribune, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia at the time, reported on May 21, 1969: "The long struggle…
greenleft.org.au/content/free-clarrie-oshea-when-unions-broke-rules-change-them

Charter Schools Have a Big Problem, and Rebranding Won't Help
Peter Greene | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven't appeared. More people are understanding that what we're really talking about is the privatization of our public school system.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Team Up on Bank Legislation
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will announce her first major bill today, in partnership with Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It's something Sanders has proposed for many years: a 15 percent interest rate cap on all consumer loans, which would reduce what many Americans pay on their credit cards and effectively eliminate the payday loan industry. | The bill is called the Loan Shark Prevention Act, and it's only two pages long. It includes language that would prevent lenders from adding fees to "evade" the interest rate cap and sets penalties for violators, including a forfeiture of all interest o…
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/alexandria-o…

Fans stay away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organisers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication thejournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On April 30, t…
greenleft.org.au/content/fans-stay-away-eurovision-tel-aviv

Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike since April 21. | There has been little news about Palfreeman because the Bulgarian prison authorities have gone to great lengths to cut off any communication he had with the outside world. | While Palfreeman is no newcomer to protest, including in prison, the lack of information about his condition is worrying. His family have been able to get updates through his lawyer Kalin Angelov, who has received sporadic phone calls from Palfreeman. Angelov says the hunger strike is serious a…
greenleft.org.au/content/support-needed-prison-reform-activist-jock-palfreeman-hunger-strike

'Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer' – CounterSpin interview with Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-08
"It's the best framework that we, in labor, have seen in a very long time for advancing workers' rights. It sets a federal jobs guarantee for people who want to go to work fighting the climate crisis, and it also provides for what they call living wages, or family-supporting wages, in that jobs guarantee."
fair.org/home/climate-change-is-the-real…

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

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

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