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2019-02-22: News Headlines

Tim Shorrock (2019-02-22). Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks? thenation.com Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-22). Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used More

David Rosen (2019-02-22). Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats? counterpunch.org It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion. More

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

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2019-02-22). Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg. counterpunch.org Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and More

John Feffer (2019-02-22). Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal. zcomm.org Critics dismiss it as a dream. But that's precisely what it is. It's visionary…

David Goodner (2019-02-22). The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal. commondreams.org In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Wiener (2019-02-22). Naomi Klein: The Green New Deal Is Changing the Calculus of the Possible. thenation.com Naomi Klein: The Green New Deal Is Changing the Calculus of the Possible…

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

John Feffer (2019-02-22). Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say, More

Rob Seimetz (2019-02-22). Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change. counterpunch.org I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions More

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-22). Egypt executes nine for top official's assassination. peoplesdispatch.org Egypt executed nine men on February 20, after they were convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat. This brings the total number of executions in Egypt to 15 in the last three weeks. | The nine men, mostly young, were among a group of 28 who were sentenced to death in 2017 for alleged involvement in the car bomb explosion that struck the prosecutor's vehicle convoy in Central Cairo in June 2015. Their executions, by hanging, were carried out in a Cairo prison despite last minute appeals by international human rights groups for a stay on th…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-22). The Candidate Rides Again: The Bernie Sanders Re-Run. globalresearch.ca He could not stay away, and few could blame him. Such political tendencies are nerves, conditions, diseases: eventually, we have to succumb to them. Bernie Sanders has announced his intention to run for the White House in 2020. It was …

susan_p (2019-02-22). Bernie Sanders aims to build a strong grassroots campaign. greenleft.org.au Nine hours after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed on February 20 he would challenge Donald Trump for the US Presidency the campaign had raised US$6 million from 225,000 contributors. | He is going to need that kind of financial support, because running against Trump and the "billionaire class", as Sanders puts it, is a tall order for any challenger, but particularly one which bases its support among the working class, the poor and dispossessed. | "That is why we've set a goal of 1 million people saying that they're ready to do what it takes to win this election," he said. | Talking to CBS on February 20,…

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

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-22). Why Bernie Sanders Should Promise to Serve Only One Term as President. theintercept.com A one-term pledge could stave off critics who say Bernie Sanders is too old — and allow him to focus on passing bold policies without worry of re-election.

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Could WestConnex be Berejiklian's downfall? greenleft.org.au An ever growing number of Sydneysiders are now aware that WestConnex will not solve Sydney's traffic problems — instead it will only worsen the chaos. | Many also see that its $16.8 billion budget has been seriously underestimated: it is more like the $45 billion that SGS Economics, the private contractor engaged by the City of Sydney indicated. This figure includes the additional work needed to connect the tollway with local road networks, costs that were deliberately excluded to downplay the project spend. | Then there's the huge bill that the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government and joint venture contractor…

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

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Venezuelans ready to resist US aggression, meeting told. greenleft.org.au La Trobe University Latin American studies lecturer Ralph Newmark told a meeting of 80 people on February 20 that the English-speaking media misrepresents the causes of the crisis in Venezuela. | The meeting was organised by the newly-formed Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. | Newmark said the crisis is being caused by external pressure from the United States and internally by the Venezuelan middle and upper class who oppose the government's pro-poor measures. | The US and Australian governments' recognition of the National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the country's unelected interim president would be equivale…

susan_p (2019-02-22). Maduro accuses Trump of wanting 'white supremacy' in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his US counterpart Donald Trump of wanting to impose "white supremacy" on the country following his "Nazi-like speech" in Miami on February 18. | Maduro warned that Washington is leading a coup attempt against the democratically elected Bolivarian government to take control of its vast oil reserves. He said Trump's rhetoric about humanitarian aid is just a show. | Trump insists that Maduro is blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela and the US has started to send supplies to Colombia. | However, the last time neoconservative veteran and now US Venezuelan envoy…

Fred_F (2019-02-22). Affordable housing should be a priority. greenleft.org.au As housing unaffordability becomes an increasingly critical social issue in Australia, it is perverse to find that most MPs own two or more homes. | It is surreal to see some politicians' real estate portfolios. And while this doesn't tell you everything about their class interest, it does reveal how Australia is increasingly becoming a two-tiered society when it comes to having access to an affordable roof over one's head. | The official statistics all point in a direction that no advanced capitalist country could possibly be proud of. | Homelessness rose across Australia by 14% between 2011-16. Median mort…

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). 'Don't mess with the West'. greenleft.org.au "We're mad as hell and we're not taking it anymore!" Mary Court, secretary of the Penrith Valley Combined Unions (PVCU) and No M4 Toll, told the Don't Mess With the West rally on February 16. | "Western Sydney will rise up; we're not a dumping ground for Sydney's problems", Court said. "The 'toll tax' on the M4 Motorway is an assault … We are being forced to pay this M4 toll until 2060, increasing at a rate much higher than inflation, to pay for the Coalition state government's cost blow-outs elsewhere. | "Sydney will be the highest road-tolled city in the world. Meanwhile, inequality in our country is rising a…

RT (2019-02-22). Democrats howl after Bernie Sanders refuses to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader. rt.com Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has refused to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's 'interim president,' calling instead for new elections. His comments have enraged Democratic lawmakers who are pushing for regime change.

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Homelessness spikes as NSW government attacks public housing. greenleft.org.au Ben, a friend of ours, lives in public housing in Glebe. His house has been flooded three times in the past two years. His roof needs repairs and he has been told by a bureaucrat that the $27,000 cost to fix the problem is "too much". | Despite two rounds of mediation in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) — which resulted in the tribunal issuing a notice of order by consent of both parties and an instruction to the government to conduct major repairs — his house remains in the same sorry state. | The roof is still ridden with holes, the carpet with mould, and the corridor and bedroom do…

susan_p (2019-02-22). US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion. greenleft.org.au Venezuelan Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez said on February 18 that direct losses to the nation's economy from US financial sanctions are estimated to be US$38 billion. | The figure corresponds only to the effects on the production of goods and services, as well as on the oil trade, he said in an interview with the Venezuelan News Agency. | Of this total, $23 billion corresponds to the impact on GDP. $15 billion is related to the siege against Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, in the US, which was seized at the end of January. | The greatest amount of production losses coi…

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Making sustainable transport a reality. greenleft.org.au It is increasingly clear that we need more public transport to reduce air-polluting travel and provide much-needed sustainable jobs. | But state governments are captive to the road industry. The result is poor planning, expanding and expensive road tolls and more carbon pollution. | The following is the Socialist Alliance's Sustainable Transport policy — an example of what an alternative transport plan could look like. | *** | Providing transport without creating greenhouse gas emissions…

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

Fred_F (2019-02-22). School strikers won't be bullied. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by School Strike 4 Climate on February 20 in response to statements made by the federal and NSW education ministers and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack, as well as a front page article in the Daily Telegraph, attacking students for exercising their right to strike from school to demand urgent climate action. | *** | School students striking for climate action won't be bullied by conservative media and politicians telling us not to strike from school on March 15 as part of the Global #ClimateStrike. | School…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-21). Why the Green New Deal Includes a Jobs Guarantee. therealnews.com Pavlina Tcherneva, one of the economists behind the idea, explains how it can fight the climate crisis and promote economic stability for American…

George Zornick (2019-02-21). Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…

STAFF (2019-02-21). Smollett Reactions Epitomize Polarized State of U.S. Politics. truthdig.com Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. | The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America. | With Smollett now accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, the case seemed to inflame political tensions even more while creating potentially damaging consequences for genuine hate crime victims in the future. | "The danger is that…

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred. greenleft.org.au Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, Rivas breached her conditional bail an…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda. commondreams.org As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots movement Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to keep attention focused on state legislatures as well as national politics, as progressives are confronted with some of the most damaging items on Trump's agenda in their communities across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-02-21). Newcastle socialists announce election team. greenleft.org.au The Socialist Alliance will be running three Hunter-based candidates in the March 23 NSW state elections. | TAFE worker, sociologist and librarian Steve O'Brien, who has also worked extensively in international development, is standing for the seat of Newcastle. | Dr Sam Ashby, a senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Mayfield-based community activist, along with Nicole McGregor, a disability sector worker and anti-coal seam gas campaigner, are part of the Socialist Alliance's Legislative Council ticket. | O'Brien said: "While socialists are totally opposed to the NSW Coalition government, history also shows…

RT (2019-02-21). 'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists. rt.com Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-21). Who Is Refusing to Back the Green New Deal? Follow the Fossil Fuel Money. commondreams.org "The Green New Deal is our generation's last and best hope at avoiding climate catastrophe in our lifetimes. Any politician with a conscience will stand up to the fossil fuel lobby and co-sponsor this resolution." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-02-21). Victorian Socialists hold inaugural conference. greenleft.org.au Following its successful November state election campaign, the Victorian Socialists held its inaugural conference on February 16, attended by more than 230 members. | Victorian Socialists — an alliance involving the Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative and other activists and organisations — was formed earlier last year. Its first major campaign was aimed at gaining a spot in the Northern Metropolitan legislative council region with Yarra socialist councillor Steve Jolly. And while it came fourth, preference deals meant that Jolly was ultimately not elected. | The party also ran candidates in a n…

RT (2019-02-21). 5 stages of Russiagate grief: Dems and the media prepare for 'life without Mueller'. rt.com As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid 'Russiagate' report, Democrats and their supporters in the media have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions, not all of them pretty. |

RT (2019-02-21). 'Liar' Trump and 'Crazy' Bernie Sanders already in fundraising battle for 2020. rt.com The 2020 race to be US president heated up this week with the entrance of Senator Bernie Sanders, who raked in $6 million in donations in 24 hours, prompting a war of words and a fundraising battle with Donald Trump.

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Profiteering from misery. greenleft.org.au The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the federal Coalition government awarded a $423 million security and cleaning contract for three Manus Island refugee detention centres to Paladin Group, a company that, at the time, was registered to a Kangaroo Island beach shack. | Incredibly, the minister for cruelty and home affairs Peter Dutton claims he knew nothing about it. However, we now know the home affairs department secretary authorised a "closed tender" fo…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race. democracynow.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…

Naomi Klein (2019-02-20). The battle lines have been drawn on the Green New Deal. mronline.org "I REALLY DON'T like their policies of taking away your car, taking away your airplane flights, of 'let's hop a train to California,' or 'you're not allowed to own cows anymore!'" — President Donald Trump | Source

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-20). Bernie and the Black Vote. therealnews.com Jacqueline Luqman and Prof. Lester Spence discuss how Sanders might distinguish himself and contend with Black candidates such as Corey Booker and Kamala Harris…

RT (2019-02-20). Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign…and former Clinton staffer blames Russia. rt.com A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign. |

susan_p (2019-02-20). Trump's 'national emergency' power grab. greenleft.org.au President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" to stop what he calls an "invasion" of drugs, sex traffickers, murderers and other criminals at the border with Mexico by building a wall between both countries. | Trump says he will use the national emergency to allocate more than US$8 billion to begin to build his wall, which Congress has explicitly denied him. This is a direct challenge to the constitutional power of Congress to say how federal funds it authorises are spent, the "power of the purse". | It is part of his drive to further his personal power — to move toward an increasingly authoritaria…

susan_p (2019-02-20). West Papua: The genocide in Nduga continues. greenleft.org.au The word genocide is simple enough to understand, whether in Nazi Germany, Rwanda, Bosnia, Pol Pot's Cambodia or in West Papua. | The stories and intent are the same, a policy to annihilate the people considered the enemy of those in authority. Describing the horrifying methods used in these countries to eliminate people by state-sponsored activity is mind-boggling. | The genocidal activities of the colonial government of Indonesia against the people of West Papua is benign to the level of subjugation and will take time to achieve maximum effect but will produce the same result, the obliteration of the Papuan peo…

RT (2019-02-20). Roseanne Barr calls AOC 'bug-eyed Farrakhan loving b***h' in expletive laden YouTube rant (VIDEO). rt.com Scandal-prone former sitcom star Roseanne Barr let loose against leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'green new deal' with a torrent of obscenities that would impress Gordon Ramsay. |

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks President Maduro at Miami Rally, Calls on Military to Defect, President Maduro Fires Back at Trump Attacks on Socialism, Daily Beast: U.S. Considering Extending TPS to Venezuelans, Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid, Sen. Warren to Unveil Universal Child Care Plan, West Virginia Teachers Launch Strike, 16 States Sue over Trump's Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Mexican Migrant Dies While in Border Patrol Custody, Transgender Salvadoran Woman Killed After Deportation from U.S., Syria: Bomb Attacks Kill 15 in Idlib, UAE Buys $1.6 Billion in Arms from Raytheon, Yemen: Warring Parties Ag…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-19). Bernie Sanders Is Running for President and He Wants 1 Million Campaign Volunteers. theintercept.com Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent whose 2016 campaign for the presidency helped shift the Democratic Party to the left on issues like "Medicare for All" and free college tuition, announced on Tuesday that he is running for president again. The self-described democratic socialist immediately set an ambitious target for his supporters, calling on them "to be part of an unprecedented grassroots campaign of 1 million active volunteers, in every state in our country."I'm…

Fred_F (2019-02-19). Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…

2019-02-22: Social Media Postees

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Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?
thenation.com/article/north-korea-democr…

Donald Trump's National Emergency Is The Exact Same As Barack Obama's National Emergency
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency is being framed as an unprecedented step towards authoritarianism, a unique proclamation against Latinas and Latinos, and even a sign that we should have elected racist hawk Hillary Clinton. Happy President's Day to Ms. Clinton, by the way. In the age of Trump, words tend to be used…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/donald-trump…

Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's been nearly two centuries since Pres. James Monroe used the State of Union address of December 2, 1823, to issue what became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." In his declaration, he asserted: "The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers." Trump, like most presidents before him, seeks to fulfill Monroe's assertion.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/will-venezue…

Imagined Communities and Omitting Carbon Emissions: Shifting the Discussion On Climate Change
Rob Seimetz | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
I think we need to omit talking about carbon emissions when discussing climate change. This is what I see the mainstream media limit the discussion to. It's why the Democratic Green New Deal is all the rage these days. This new deal focuses on two items: carbon emissions and jobs which is what mainstream climate change discussions…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/imagined-com…

Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2019-02-22
Critics dismiss it as a dream. But that's precisely what it is. It's visionary…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/answering-the-atta…

Naomi Klein: The Green New Deal Is Changing the Calculus of the Possible
Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-02-22
Naomi Klein: The Green New Deal Is Changing the Calculus of the Possible…
thenation.com/article/naomi-klein-green-…

New Film Details Plight of Black Travelers Under Jim Crow
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie Green Book, which has renewed interest in the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book. So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created arou…
truthout.org/video/how-african-americans…

Biomass is Not "Green": an Interview With Josh Schlossberg
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Josh Schlossberg is an investigative journalist, horror author and former environmental organizer who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Biomass Monitor, a subscription-supported publication that bills itself as "the nation's leading publication investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels." In early September 2018, I was visiting Colorado and…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/biomass-is-n…

The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal
David Goodner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-22
In 2016, The Sanders campaign and its popular slogans of "political revolution" against the "oligarchy" and the "billionaire class" moved the goalposts of what is politically possible to the left by several football fields. (Image: via thebluedeal.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/22/case-s…

Answering Attacks on the Green New Deal
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
It's become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the "loony left." These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable "moderate" position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The president is certainly an idiot, they say,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/answering-at…

"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/22/the_green…

Egypt executes nine for top official's assassination
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
Egypt executed nine men on February 20, after they were convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat. This brings the total number of executions in Egypt to 15 in the last three weeks. | The nine men, mostly young, were among a group of 28 who were sentenced to death in 2017 for alleged involvement in the car bomb explosion that struck the prosecutor's vehicle convoy in Central Cairo in June 2015. Their executions, by hanging, were carried out in a Cairo prison despite last minute appeals by international human rights groups for a stay on th…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/22/egypt-exe…

The Candidate Rides Again: The Bernie Sanders Re-Run
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
He could not stay away, and few could blame him. Such political tendencies are nerves, conditions, diseases: eventually, we have to succumb to them. Bernie Sanders has announced his intention to run for the White House in 2020. It was …
globalresearch.ca/candidate-rides-bernie…

US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Venezuelan Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez said on February 18 that direct losses to the nation's economy from US financial sanctions are estimated to be US$38 billion. | The figure corresponds only to the effects on the production of goods and services, as well as on the oil trade, he said in an interview with the Venezuelan News Agency. | Of this total, $23 billion corresponds to the impact on GDP. $15 billion is related to the siege against Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, in the US, which was seized at the end of January. | The greatest amount of production losses coi…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-cost-venezuela-us38-billion

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

School strikers won't be bullied
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
The following statement was released by School Strike 4 Climate on February 20 in response to statements made by the federal and NSW education ministers and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack, as well as a front page article in the Daily Telegraph, attacking students for exercising their right to strike from school to demand urgent climate action. | *** | School students striking for climate action won't be bullied by conservative media and politicians telling us not to strike from school on March 15 as part of the Global #ClimateStrike. | School…
greenleft.org.au/content/school-strikers-wont-be-bullied

'Don't mess with the West'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
"We're mad as hell and we're not taking it anymore!" Mary Court, secretary of the Penrith Valley Combined Unions (PVCU) and No M4 Toll, told the Don't Mess With the West rally on February 16. | "Western Sydney will rise up; we're not a dumping ground for Sydney's problems", Court said. "The 'toll tax' on the M4 Motorway is an assault … We are being forced to pay this M4 toll until 2060, increasing at a rate much higher than inflation, to pay for the Coalition state government's cost blow-outs elsewhere. | "Sydney will be the highest road-tolled city in the world. Meanwhile, inequality in our country is rising a…
greenleft.org.au/content/dont-mess-west

Making sustainable transport a reality
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
It is increasingly clear that we need more public transport to reduce air-polluting travel and provide much-needed sustainable jobs. | But state governments are captive to the road industry. The result is poor planning, expanding and expensive road tolls and more carbon pollution. | The following is the Socialist Alliance's Sustainable Transport policy — an example of what an alternative transport plan could look like. | *** | Providing transport without creating greenhouse gas emissions…
greenleft.org.au/content/making-sustainable-transport-reality

Bernie Sanders aims to build a strong grassroots campaign
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Nine hours after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed on February 20 he would challenge Donald Trump for the US Presidency the campaign had raised US$6 million from 225,000 contributors. | He is going to need that kind of financial support, because running against Trump and the "billionaire class", as Sanders puts it, is a tall order for any challenger, but particularly one which bases its support among the working class, the poor and dispossessed. | "That is why we've set a goal of 1 million people saying that they're ready to do what it takes to win this election," he said. | Talking to CBS on February 20,…
greenleft.org.au/content/bernie-sanders-aims-build-strong-grassroots-campaign

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

Venezuelans ready to resist US aggression, meeting told
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
La Trobe University Latin American studies lecturer Ralph Newmark told a meeting of 80 people on February 20 that the English-speaking media misrepresents the causes of the crisis in Venezuela. | The meeting was organised by the newly-formed Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. | Newmark said the crisis is being caused by external pressure from the United States and internally by the Venezuelan middle and upper class who oppose the government's pro-poor measures. | The US and Australian governments' recognition of the National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the country's unelected interim president would be equivale…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuelans-ready-resist-us-aggression-meeting-told

Maduro accuses Trump of wanting 'white supremacy' in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his US counterpart Donald Trump of wanting to impose "white supremacy" on the country following his "Nazi-like speech" in Miami on February 18. | Maduro warned that Washington is leading a coup attempt against the democratically elected Bolivarian government to take control of its vast oil reserves. He said Trump's rhetoric about humanitarian aid is just a show. | Trump insists that Maduro is blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela and the US has started to send supplies to Colombia. | However, the last time neoconservative veteran and now US Venezuelan envoy…
greenleft.org.au/content/maduro-accuses-trump-wanting-%E2%80%98white-supremacy%E2%80%99-venezuela

Democrats howl after Bernie Sanders refuses to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-22
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has refused to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's 'interim president,' calling instead for new elections. His comments have enraged Democratic lawmakers who are pushing for regime change. | …
rt.com/usa/452141-sanders-venezuela-guai…

Affordable housing should be a priority
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
As housing unaffordability becomes an increasingly critical social issue in Australia, it is perverse to find that most MPs own two or more homes. | It is surreal to see some politicians' real estate portfolios. And while this doesn't tell you everything about their class interest, it does reveal how Australia is increasingly becoming a two-tiered society when it comes to having access to an affordable roof over one's head. | The official statistics all point in a direction that no advanced capitalist country could possibly be proud of. | Homelessness rose across Australia by 14% between 2011-16. Median mort…
greenleft.org.au/content/affordable-housing-should-be-priority

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

Homelessness spikes as NSW government attacks public housing
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Ben, a friend of ours, lives in public housing in Glebe. His house has been flooded three times in the past two years. His roof needs repairs and he has been told by a bureaucrat that the $27,000 cost to fix the problem is "too much". | Despite two rounds of mediation in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) — which resulted in the tribunal issuing a notice of order by consent of both parties and an instruction to the government to conduct major repairs — his house remains in the same sorry state. | The roof is still ridden with holes, the carpet with mould, and the corridor and bedroom do…
greenleft.org.au/content/homelessness-spikes-nsw-government-attacks-public-housing

Could WestConnex be Berejiklian's downfall?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
An ever growing number of Sydneysiders are now aware that WestConnex will not solve Sydney's traffic problems — instead it will only worsen the chaos. | Many also see that its $16.8 billion budget has been seriously underestimated: it is more like the $45 billion that SGS Economics, the private contractor engaged by the City of Sydney indicated. This figure includes the additional work needed to connect the tollway with local road networks, costs that were deliberately excluded to downplay the project spend. | Then there's the huge bill that the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government and joint venture contractor…
greenleft.org.au/content/could-westconnex-be-berejiklians-downfall

Why Bernie Sanders Should Promise to Serve Only One Term as President
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-22
A one-term pledge could stave off critics who say Bernie Sanders is too old — and allow him to focus on passing bold policies without worry of re-election.
theintercept.com/2019/02/22/bernie-sande…

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats
George Zornick | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…
thenation.com/article/warren-democrats-o…

Why the Green New Deal Includes a Jobs Guarantee
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-21
Pavlina Tcherneva, one of the economists behind the idea, explains how it can fight the climate crisis and promote economic stability for American…
therealnews.com/stories/why-the-green-ne…

Smollett Reactions Epitomize Polarized State of U.S. Politics
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-21
Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. | The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America. | With Smollett now accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, the case seemed to inflame political tensions even more while creating potentially damaging consequences for genuine hate crime victims in the future. | "The danger is that…
truthdig.com/articles/smollett-reactions…

'Liar' Trump and 'Crazy' Bernie Sanders already in fundraising battle for 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
The 2020 race to be US president heated up this week with the entrance of Senator Bernie Sanders, who raked in $6 million in donations in 24 hours, prompting a war of words and a fundraising battle with Donald Trump. | …
rt.com/usa/452115-sanders-trump-fundrais…

Who Is Refusing to Back the Green New Deal? Follow the Fossil Fuel Money
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
"The Green New Deal is our generation's last and best hope at avoiding climate catastrophe in our lifetimes. Any politician with a conscience will stand up to the fossil fuel lobby and co-sponsor this resolution." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/21/who-ref…

Newcastle socialists announce election team
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
The Socialist Alliance will be running three Hunter-based candidates in the March 23 NSW state elections. | TAFE worker, sociologist and librarian Steve O'Brien, who has also worked extensively in international development, is standing for the seat of Newcastle. | Dr Sam Ashby, a senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Mayfield-based community activist, along with Nicole McGregor, a disability sector worker and anti-coal seam gas campaigner, are part of the Socialist Alliance's Legislative Council ticket. | O'Brien said: "While socialists are totally opposed to the NSW Coalition government, history also shows…
greenleft.org.au/content/newcastle-socialists-announce-election-team

Profiteering from misery
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the federal Coalition government awarded a $423 million security and cleaning contract for three Manus Island refugee detention centres to Paladin Group, a company that, at the time, was registered to a Kangaroo Island beach shack. | Incredibly, the minister for cruelty and home affairs Peter Dutton claims he knew nothing about it. However, we now know the home affairs department secretary authorised a "closed tender" fo…
greenleft.org.au/content/profiteering-misery

'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures. | …
rt.com/usa/452033-coast-guard-officer-te…

Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, Rivas breached her conditional bail an…
greenleft.org.au/content/ex-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-extradition-case-deferred

To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots movement Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to keep attention focused on state legislatures as well as national politics, as progressives are confronted with some of the most damaging items on Trump's agenda in their communities across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/21/counter…

Victorian Socialists hold inaugural conference
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
Following its successful November state election campaign, the Victorian Socialists held its inaugural conference on February 16, attended by more than 230 members. | Victorian Socialists — an alliance involving the Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative and other activists and organisations — was formed earlier last year. Its first major campaign was aimed at gaining a spot in the Northern Metropolitan legislative council region with Yarra socialist councillor Steve Jolly. And while it came fourth, preference deals meant that Jolly was ultimately not elected. | The party also ran candidates in a n…
greenleft.org.au/content/victorian-socialists-hold-inaugural-conference

5 stages of Russiagate grief: Dems and the media prepare for 'life without Mueller'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid 'Russiagate' report, Democrats and their supporters in the media have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions, not all of them pretty. | …
rt.com/usa/452110-cnn-life-after-mueller…

Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/20/trump_adm…

The battle lines have been drawn on the Green New Deal
Naomi Klein | mronline.org | 2019-02-20
"I REALLY DON'T like their policies of taking away your car, taking away your airplane flights, of 'let's hop a train to California,' or 'you're not allowed to own cows anymore!'" — President Donald Trump | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/20/the-battle-lines…

Bernie and the Black Vote
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-20
Jacqueline Luqman and Prof. Lester Spence discuss how Sanders might distinguish himself and contend with Black candidates such as Corey Booker and Kamala Harris…
therealnews.com/stories/bernie-and-the-b…

Bernie Sanders raises $6mn on first day of campaign…and former Clinton staffer blames Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign. | …
rt.com/usa/452021-bernie-sanders-fundrai…

Roseanne Barr calls AOC 'bug-eyed Farrakhan loving b***h' in expletive laden YouTube rant (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
Scandal-prone former sitcom star Roseanne Barr let loose against leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'green new deal' with a torrent of obscenities that would impress Gordon Ramsay. | …
rt.com/usa/452005-roseanne-barr-aoc-yout…

Trump's 'national emergency' power grab
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-20
President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" to stop what he calls an "invasion" of drugs, sex traffickers, murderers and other criminals at the border with Mexico by building a wall between both countries. | Trump says he will use the national emergency to allocate more than US$8 billion to begin to build his wall, which Congress has explicitly denied him. This is a direct challenge to the constitutional power of Congress to say how federal funds it authorises are spent, the "power of the purse". | It is part of his drive to further his personal power — to move toward an increasingly authoritaria…
greenleft.org.au/content/trump%E2%80%99s-national-emergency-power-grab

West Papua: The genocide in Nduga continues
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-20
The word genocide is simple enough to understand, whether in Nazi Germany, Rwanda, Bosnia, Pol Pot's Cambodia or in West Papua. | The stories and intent are the same, a policy to annihilate the people considered the enemy of those in authority. Describing the horrifying methods used in these countries to eliminate people by state-sponsored activity is mind-boggling. | The genocidal activities of the colonial government of Indonesia against the people of West Papua is benign to the level of subjugation and will take time to achieve maximum effect but will produce the same result, the obliteration of the Papuan peo…
greenleft.org.au/content/west-papua-nduga-revisited

Big Corn and Big Oil Are Warring Over Trump's Nomination of Andrew Wheeler
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-19
Want a preview of the battle for the Green New Deal? Look no further than the K Street fight over Andrew Wheeler and the Renewable Fuel Standard.
theintercept.com/2019/02/19/andrew-wheel…

Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-19
The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…
greenleft.org.au/content/former-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-arrested-sydney

Ireland: Brexit and DUP's opposition to rights put unity referendum firmly on the agenda
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-19
While the political establishment in Ireland is determined to downplay the need for an Irish unity referendum, it is plainly obvious that the appetite for such a poll is growing by the day. Besides the obvious major constitutional shift that Brexit will cause, the demand for a referendum is being fuelled by the clear lack of social progress in the North, as well as Britain's arrogant disinterest in a region it insists on keeping control of. | In this debate, people talk a lot about identity, but the supposed straightjackets of unionism and nationalism are becoming less relevant. Yes, we have seen more polarised e…
greenleft.org.au/content/ireland-brexit-and-dup%E2%80%99s-opposition-rights-put-unity-referendum-firmly-agenda