2019-03-19: News Headlines

Dean Baker (2019-03-19). Trillion Dollar Wall Street Bailouts, Bernie Sanders, and the Washington Post. commondreams.org Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during a hearing on Capitol Hill, January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeremy Brecher (2019-03-19). The Green New Deal: A Strategy for a More Equal United States. commondreams.org Workers look out at wind turbines at the Alpha Ventus offshore windpark on April 28, 2010 in the North Sea approximately 70km north of the German coast. Alpha Ventus, which is a pilot project between energy producers E.On, Vattenfall and EWE, officially began operation the day before and will deliver 60 Megawatts of power from its 12 turbines. It is also Germany's first offshore windpark. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-19). OECD Survey Shows People Want More Tax on Rich, Better Welfare. telesurenglish.net A strong majority of people in wealthy countries want to tax the rich more and there is broad support for building up the welfare state in most countries, a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed Tuesday. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70% Tax on Super-Rich to Pay for Green New Deal | In all o…

Ellen Brown (2019-03-19). The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal. truthdig.com As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated to obscure academic tomes and bureaucratic meetings behind closed doors, has suddenly taken center stage. | The 14-page proposal f…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-19). PATRICK LAWRENCE: Why the Dust Won't Settle After Mueller's Report. consortiumnews.com It won't be "full and thorough" and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year… Read more →

RT (2019-03-19). 2 US probes scrutinizing how Boeing 737 MAX got green light with 'flawed' flight system — report. rt.com Days after media reported that the troubled Boeing 737 MAX 8's certification lacked proper oversight and analysis, two US departments are looking into how the new jet was allowed to fly with a suspect flight control device.

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-03-18). Neither Debs Nor Brandeis, Or Why It Is a Mistake Now to Exaggerate Differences on the Left. commondreams.org Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (C), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (L), Vice Chair of the Conference Elizabeth Warren (2-L) and Chair of Outreach Bernie Sanders (R) talk following a press conference. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dean Baker (2019-03-18). On Paying for a Green New Deal with Modern Monetary Theory. commondreams.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the crowd and kicks off the Women's March in New York City on Jan. 19, 2019. Her proposal for a Green New Deal could work, but it will require carbon pricing, smart investment, and higher taxes. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Charles Komanoff, Jeff Blum (2019-03-18). Congestion Pricing Is New York's Green New Deal. thenation.com Congestion Pricing Is New York's Green New Deal…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-18). Video: As Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Prepares to Meet Donald Trump, His Family's Close Ties to Notorious Paramilitary Gangs Draw Scrutiny and Outrage. theintercept.com One of the largest and most important countries in the world is now in the hands of a family closely linked to mafiosos, death squads, and murder.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel. therealnews.com Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles," as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-18). 'Political Reptilian Brains': Cuomo Blasts Democrats and the Left. commondreams.org In a far-ranging interview Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized fellow Democrats and what he called an anti-business mentality in his state that he believes was part of a political miscalculation which cost the state an Amazon facility in New York City. It's the reptilian response: Amazon's coming, 'ooooh, they're a big corporation, we're against corporations, let's go out' grab a sign.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

barry_h (2019-03-17). A deceptively gentle story of class and betrayal. greenleft.org.au Un Amor Impossible (An Impossible Love)
| Directed by Catherine Corsini
| Starring Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth, Estelle Lescure, Ambre Hasaj & Sasha Alessandri-Torrès Garcia
| Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This film is based on the controversial novel by Christine Angot, one of France's angriest public intellectuals. The story is plainly autobiographical and leaves no painful fact unrevealed. | Beginning in the 1950s, it covers the 50-year long, difficult love relationship between a…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-17). Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever. therealnews.com Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

barry_h (2019-03-17). Unfunny disabilities-friendly comedy . greenleft.org.au Tout le Monde Debout (Rolling to You)
| Directed by Franck Dubosc
| Starring Franck Dubosc, Alexandra Lamy, Elsa Zylberstein
| Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | Remember Pretty Woman back in 1990 where rich guy Richard Gere raced off fallen-woman sex worker Julia Roberts? | Remember how repulsive that was? Well here's a French variation where a sleezy misogynist rich guy falls for a woman in a wheelchair. He fakes being disabled so he can get her into bed. | Can you see the comic possibilities here? Ac…

RT (2019-03-17). Illinois votes to teach 'LGBT history' to schoolchildren, Republicans furious. rt.com The Illinois House of representatives has voted to require the teaching of 'LGBT history' to elementary school students in the state. Republican opponents have called the measure "indoctrination." |

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-17). "No War for Oil" as Thousands March Against US Intervention in Venezuela. therealnews.com As part of an international day against US intervention in Venezuela, a mobilization in Washington, DC with speakers Daniel Ellsberg and Jill Stein emphasized that Trump is only interested in Venezuela's resources, not in its human rights…

Jim Naureckas (2019-03-16). NPR's Source on Mosque Murders Can't Recall People Ever Being Murdered in a Mosque Before. fair.org NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19) turned for commentary on the Christchurch massacre to a source who couldn't remember people ever being murdered in a mosque before. (cc photo of Jonathan Greenblatt by JD Lasica) | On NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19), Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, was interviewed by host David Greene about the mass murder of 4…

barry_h (2019-03-16). Kurdish women fighters brought to life on the big screen. greenleft.org.au Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun)
| Written & directed by Eva Husson
| Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad
| Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This is a war film unlike any other that you will see, written and directed by a woman, focusing on a squad of the Kurdish autonomous women's protection units (YPJ). The systematic female enslavement and mass rape by ISIS are its subject matter. | Co-starring Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and France's Emmanuelle Berc…

Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-15). Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-03-15). Lee Camp Hits Hard on MSNBC's Rick Tyler's Cheap Shots at Sanders and Socialism. mintpressnews.com If you want to be anything other than a center-right news station that happens to tell marginally more facts than your coked-out alternative, then don't have Rick Tyler, the person tasked with making Ted Cruz appear human, tell us why Bernie Sanders isn't a tenable solution.

ACLU (2019-03-15). ICE's 'Bait and Switch' Policies Tear Apart Families for Following the Rules. aclu.org Wanrong Lin went to his green card marriage interview and proved he was married to a U.S. citizen. ICE deported him anyway. | On Nov. 20, 2018, Wanrong Lin was stranded at an airport in Shanghai, China, almost 7,000 miles away from his wife, kids, and home in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He found himself wandering China — with no money, no cell phone, and no goodbyes exchanged — after Immigration and Customs Enforcement illegally arrested and deported him when he and his wife showed up for his "marriage interview." Alone back at home for weeks, Lin's wife, Hui Fang Dong, tended to their three children…

John Nichols (2019-03-15). Let the 16-Year-Olds Who Are Marching for the Planet Vote to Save It. thenation.com Let the 16-Year-Olds Who Are Marching for the Planet Vote to Save It…

Robert L. Borosage (2019-03-15). Democrats Must Expose Trump's Betrayal of Working People. thenation.com Democrats Must Expose Trump's Betrayal of Working People…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). More Indonesian troops sent to West Papua. greenleft.org.au According to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), an additional 650 Indonesian commandos were deployed along with an extra 2000 troops on March 12 to the Central Highlands of West Papua to fight the West Papua National Liberation Army. | The Indonesian government has been blocking all emergency food, water and medicines supplied by local churches and NGOs to the central highland districts of Nduga, Kenyam, Yigi, Mbua, and Mapunduma for the past three months. | The ULMWP said the 650 additional commandos have been deployed to "hunt and kill West Papuan freedom fighters" and "eliminate the indepen…

kathy_f (2019-03-15). Corruption is killing our rivers. greenleft.org.au The ABC 4 Corners program "Pumped", which screened on July 24, 2017, showed that far from saving the river system, the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has created a financial windfall for a select few. | Political corruption and fraud have been a part of the process from the beginning, ensuring that big irrigators, who are also National Party donors, have been the major beneficiaries of the extra environmental water being returned to the river. Water speculation has been encouraged. Environmental water purchases have ended up as simply a…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Australia pays Indonesia to detain refugees. greenleft.org.au Refugee Action Collective organised a forum on refugees in Indonesia on March 4. | Mozhgan Moaref, a co-founder of the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Information Centre in Jakarta, spoke by video link. She said some of the refugees are living in detention, others are in "community housing" provided by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), while yet others are homeless and living on the street. | Those living in community housing are subject to a curfew and some have protested about bad treatment, extortion and torture. Homeless refugees have held protests demanding housing. Some have even asked to be p…

kathy_f (2019-03-15). Labor's reproductive health pledge a win for activism. greenleft.org.au On International Women's Day, March 8, 57 countries signed on to a United Nations' statement calling for universal sexual and reproductive healthcare, including access to safe abortions, and comprehensive sexuality education. | Australia was not one of the signatories. | Two days before, federal Labor announced its national reproductive and sexual health strategy. If elected in May, it has committed to improve public hospital access to abortion services; support general practitioners to provide medical abortion; fund an abortion referral line and a public hospital reproductive health hub (including abortion servi…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Malaysian socialists warn of rise of racism. greenleft.org.au The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) contested the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Zakaria Hanafi defeated Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to PSM's campaign media coordinator Nalini Elumalai about the campaign and result. | What is PSM's assessment of this result and its wider implication for Malaysian politics? | PSM accepts the fact that we have lost. Though painful, the outcome reflects the state of the country's political situation, where voters are still not ready to accept third force r…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-15). A Foreign Policy Platform for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. therealnews.com What would a progressive foreign policy platform look like? Democrats, unlike Republicans, have no coherent perspective on foreign policy. Summary of an event convoked by Rep. Ro Khanna to "Chart a Progressive Foreign Policy for the Trump Era and Beyond"

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Low wages: 'A deliberate design feature'. greenleft.org.au In an interview with Sky News on March 8, finance minister Matthias Cormann said, "The whole reason why it is important to have flexibility in the labour market … is … to ensure that wages can adjust in the context of economic conditions, is to avoid massive spikes in unemployment … That is a deliberate design feature of our economic architecture." | As has been frequently pointed out, wages in Australia have been virtually stagnant for years, even in the face of surging profits. | The fact has been criticise…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela: Behind the US aid convoy. greenleft.org.au One month after declaring himself the "legitimate president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó attempted to provoke a crisis on February 23 by forcing United States' humanitarian aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border. | One of the aid trucks was burned and the Venezuelan government was condemned around the world. | On March 9, the New York Times published a story that questioned this claim. The headline read "Footage contradicts US claim that Maduro burned aid convoy". The footage confirmed that the truck was lit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by an anti-government supporter. | What really did happen on the Venezue…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). IWD split over transgender inclusion. greenleft.org.au The split in the grassroots women's liberation movement was on display when two rallies to mark International Women's Day (IWD) were held on March 9. Each attracted around 100 people. | The first was held at Emma Miller Place, the site of last year's rally. It was organised by the collective that had organised the 2018 rally and was reported by Green Left Weekly here. It attracted 300 people despite rainy weather and controversially featured transphobic statements and signs and a performer known for her public host…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack. greenleft.org.au An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Yemen: US and UK arms killed, injured civilians in Saudi-led attack. greenleft.org.au As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has documented the role that the United States and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. | A group of organisations, including Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemen-based human rights organisation, released the damning report on March 6. It claimed that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians an…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). Residents protest seizure of Buruwan Park for WestConnex. greenleft.org.au Residents gathered in leafy Buruwan Park in Annandale on March 4 to protest the park's destruction by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) as part of the controversial $17 billion WestConnex tollway network. | Speakers condemned the planned destruction of the park and its historic fig trees, and reveal the disastrous air pollution and community destruction effects of WestConnex. | NSW Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker detailed the current state of the campaign against WestConnex to the audience. He explained that Stages 1 and 2 of the WestConnex project are well under way. | Stage 3A, which involves a huge tunn…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). 'Our feminism is anti-racist and internationalist'. greenleft.org.au Elections in Berlin in September 2016 returned a coalition government made up of the Social Democratic Party, the socialist Left Party and the Green Party. Early this year, the city declared International Women's Day (IWD) a public holiday. | Internationally, the call for a women's strike on IWD has been gathering momentum. In Berlin on March 8, an alliance of feminist organisations organised a Women's Fighting Day rally and march with the theme "celebrating, striking, keep on fighting". About 20,000 people attended. | Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Socialist Alliance and the Left Party who is currently living in…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-14). Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Yemen War, But Republican Tricks Send Resolution Back to the House Yet Again. theintercept.com "We're going to help end a war which has caused unbelievable horror to one of the poorest countries on earth," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's sponsor.

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). Chelsea Manning jailed again and not a squeak from the Democrats. greenleft.org.au Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier who blew the whistle on US war crimes, and spent four years in an army stockade from 2013 as a result, is back in prison again. | This time it is because she refuses to join a bipartisan campaign against Wikileaks that seeks to bring its founder Julian Assange from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to the US to put him on trial and send him to prison. | In 2010, Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of documents about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She first tried to get mainstream media to publish them, to no avail, before turning to Wikileaks, which did p…

kathy_f (2019-03-14). NSW Not 4 Sale. greenleft.org.au Is anything really going to change in NSW on March 23? | Let's assume Glad the Impaler [NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian] gets up and we are subjected to another four years of the Coalition's neo-conservative brutality. | Everything that hasn't already been sold is then put up for sale, forgoing any pretence of morality or acting in the public good. Public assets segue into private property. | The entire state becomes a private entity, run purely for profit — even the prisons. | The public service is further eviscerated with the few remaining public assets given over to the multinational corporates and the sc…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). WestConnex ground slippage another headache for Berejiklian. greenleft.org.au Satellite imaging analysis released for the first time on March 13 shows much greater ground settlement and potential property damage from WestConnex tunnelling than predicted by the NSW Coalition government and the environmental impacts statements for the project. | The data from tech start-up Otus Intelligence Group shows tunnelling for the controversial toll road has damaged homes and land up to 300 metres away from construction sites. Previously the government claimed the zone of influence was only 50 metres. | Of particular concern is the land beneath the gas tanks at Sydney Airport's international terminal,…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-14). Trump's Militarized Budget Slashes Medicare, Medicaid, and Clean Energy. therealnews.com Preparing for war with largest peacetime military budget paid for with devastating cuts to the poor, ending environmental regulation, destroying retirement and healthcare. Do divided Democrats have an answer? Lindsay Koshgarian of IPS analyzes the proposal…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). Who ordered the murder of Marielle Franco? greenleft.org.au On March 14, 2018 in the centre of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, two gunmen in a car murdered Municipal Chamber Councilor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. Unlike most of the city's political leaders, Marielle came from Rio's favelas. And many of the favelas' millions of marginalised and mostly black residents saw her as their champion. | The arrest of two individuals on March 12 alleged to be the gunmen who assassinated Franco and her driver nearly one year ago is being heralded as progress by human rights campaigners, even as they warn this should be seen as the beginning of accountability and ju…

ACLU (2019-03-13). Press Freedom Groups Urge Court to Uphold Core First Amendment Protection in DNC-Russia Lawsuit. aclu.org The First Amendment protects Wikileaks from being sued over the release of the DNC's hacked emails. | In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee was hacked, and thousands of its emails and other private documents were stolen. Those documents were eventually released to the public through a website run by "Guccifer 2.0" (an online persona allegedly maintained by the Russian government) and through WikiLeaks. Early last year, the DNC sued those it believes are responsible for the hack, including the Trump campaign and Russian officials. | The DNC also sued WikiLeaks and Juli…

Brendan Joel Kelley (2019-03-13). Sovereign Citizen Calls for Action on Bogus 'Indictment'. splcenter.org It was to have been a historic roundup of enemies of the extreme right, ending with Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Senator Harry Reid and a slew of other politicians, jurists and law enforcement officers in the custody of those who would have them tried by "common law grand juries" for their perceived crimes.

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

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

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

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

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

2019-03-19: Social Media Postees

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Trillion Dollar Wall Street Bailouts, Bernie Sanders, and the Washington Post
Dean Baker | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during a hearing on Capitol Hill, January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/19/trilli…

The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal
Ellen Brown | truthdig.com | 2019-03-19
As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated to obscure academic tomes and bureaucratic meetings behind closed doors, has suddenly taken center stage. | The 14-page proposal f…
truthdig.com/articles/the-secret-to-fund…

The Green New Deal: A Strategy for a More Equal United States
Jeremy Brecher | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
Workers look out at wind turbines at the Alpha Ventus offshore windpark on April 28, 2010 in the North Sea approximately 70km north of the German coast. Alpha Ventus, which is a pilot project between energy producers E.On, Vattenfall and EWE, officially began operation the day before and will deliver 60 Megawatts of power from its 12 turbines. It is also Germany's first offshore windpark. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/19/green-…

OECD Survey Shows People Want More Tax on Rich, Better Welfare
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
A strong majority of people in wealthy countries want to tax the rich more and there is broad support for building up the welfare state in most countries, a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed Tuesday. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70% Tax on Super-Rich to Pay for Green New Deal | In all o…
telesurenglish.net/news/OECD-Survey-Show…

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Why the Dust Won't Settle After Mueller's Report
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-19
It won't be "full and thorough" and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year… Read more ?…
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2 US probes scrutinizing how Boeing 737 MAX got green light with 'flawed' flight system — report
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-19
Days after media reported that the troubled Boeing 737 MAX 8's certification lacked proper oversight and analysis, two US departments are looking into how the new jet was allowed to fly with a suspect flight control device. | …
rt.com/usa/454225-boeing-max-certificati…

Neither Debs Nor Brandeis, Or Why It Is a Mistake Now to Exaggerate Differences on the Left
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-03-18
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (C), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (L), Vice Chair of the Conference Elizabeth Warren (2-L) and Chair of Outreach Bernie Sanders (R) talk following a press conference. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/18/neithe…

Congestion Pricing Is New York's Green New Deal
Charles Komanoff, Jeff Blum | thenation.com | 2019-03-18
Congestion Pricing Is New York's Green New Deal…
thenation.com/article/congestion-pricing…

On Paying for a Green New Deal with Modern Monetary Theory
Dean Baker | commondreams.org | 2019-03-18
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses the crowd and kicks off the Women's March in New York City on Jan. 19, 2019. Her proposal for a Green New Deal could work, but it will require carbon pricing, smart investment, and higher taxes. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Video: As Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Prepares to Meet Donald Trump, His Family's Close Ties to Notorious Paramilitary Gangs Draw Scrutiny and Outrage
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-18
One of the largest and most important countries in the world is now in the hands of a family closely linked to mafiosos, death squads, and murder.
theintercept.com/2019/03/18/jair-bolsona…

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-18
Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles," as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/the-attack-on-il…

'Political Reptilian Brains': Cuomo Blasts Democrats and the Left
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-18
In a far-ranging interview Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized fellow Democrats and what he called an anti-business mentality in his state that he believes was part of a political miscalculation which cost the state an Amazon facility in New York City. It's the reptilian response: Amazon's coming, 'ooooh, they're a big corporation, we're against corporations, let's go out' grab a sign.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/18/politic…

Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-17
Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-gop-st…

Unfunny disabilities-friendly comedy
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-17
Tout le Monde Debout (Rolling to You) | Directed by Franck Dubosc | Starring Franck Dubosc, Alexandra Lamy, Elsa Zylberstein | Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | Remember Pretty Woman back in 1990 where rich guy Richard Gere raced off fallen-woman sex worker Julia Roberts? | Remember how repulsive that was? Well here's a French variation where a sleezy misogynist rich guy falls for a woman in a wheelchair. He fakes being disabled so he can get her into bed. | Can you see the comic possibilities here? Ac…
greenleft.org.au/content/unfunny-disabilities-friendly-comedy

"No War for Oil" as Thousands March Against US Intervention in Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-17
As part of an international day against US intervention in Venezuela, a mobilization in Washington, DC with speakers Daniel Ellsberg and Jill Stein emphasized that Trump is only interested in Venezuela's resources, not in its human rights…
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Illinois votes to teach 'LGBT history' to schoolchildren, Republicans furious
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-17
The Illinois House of representatives has voted to require the teaching of 'LGBT history' to elementary school students in the state. Republican opponents have called the measure "indoctrination." | …
rt.com/usa/454073-illinois-lgbt-gay-hist…

A deceptively gentle story of class and betrayal
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-17
Un Amor Impossible (An Impossible Love) | Directed by Catherine Corsini | Starring Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth, Estelle Lescure, Ambre Hasaj & Sasha Alessandri-Torrès Garcia | Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This film is based on the controversial novel by Christine Angot, one of France's angriest public intellectuals. The story is plainly autobiographical and leaves no painful fact unrevealed. | Beginning in the 1950s, it covers the 50-year long, difficult love relationship between a…
greenleft.org.au/content/deceptively-gentle-story-class-and-betrayal

NPR's Source on Mosque Murders Can't Recall People Ever Being Murdered in a Mosque Before
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2019-03-16
NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19) turned for commentary on the Christchurch massacre to a source who couldn't remember people ever being murdered in a mosque before. (cc photo of Jonathan Greenblatt by JD Lasica) | On NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19), Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, was interviewed by host David Greene about the mass murder of 4…
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Kurdish women fighters brought to life on the big screen
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-16
Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun) | Written & directed by Eva Husson | Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad | Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This is a war film unlike any other that you will see, written and directed by a woman, focusing on a squad of the Kurdish autonomous women's protection units (YPJ). The systematic female enslavement and mass rape by ISIS are its subject matter. | Co-starring Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and France's Emmanuelle Berc…
greenleft.org.au/content/kurdish-women-fighters-brought-life-big-screen

Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14390

Lee Camp Hits Hard on MSNBC's Rick Tyler's Cheap Shots at Sanders and Socialism
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
If you want to be anything other than a center-right news station that happens to tell marginally more facts than your coked-out alternative, then don't have Rick Tyler, the person tasked with making Ted Cruz appear human, tell us why Bernie Sanders isn't a tenable solution.
mintpressnews.com/lee-camp-hits-hard-on-…

ICE's 'Bait and Switch' Policies Tear Apart Families for Following the Rules
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-15
Wanrong Lin went to his green card marriage interview and proved he was married to a U.S. citizen. ICE deported him anyway. | On Nov. 20, 2018, Wanrong Lin was stranded at an airport in Shanghai, China, almost 7,000 miles away from his wife, kids, and home in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He found himself wandering China — with no money, no cell phone, and no goodbyes exchanged — after Immigration and Customs Enforcement illegally arrested and deported him when he and his wife showed up for his "marriage interview." Alone back at home for weeks, Lin's wife, Hui Fang Dong, tended to their three children…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/deportat…

Let the 16-Year-Olds Who Are Marching for the Planet Vote to Save It
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-03-15
Let the 16-Year-Olds Who Are Marching for the Planet Vote to Save It…
thenation.com/article/voting-age-16-clim…

Democrats Must Expose Trump's Betrayal of Working People
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-03-15
Democrats Must Expose Trump's Betrayal of Working People…
thenation.com/article/democrats-must-exp…

Yemen: US and UK arms killed, injured civilians in Saudi-led attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has documented the role that the United States and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. | A group of organisations, including Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemen-based human rights organisation, released the damning report on March 6. It claimed that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians an…
greenleft.org.au/content/yemen-us-and-uk-arms-killed-injured-civilians-saudi-led-attack

Labor's reproductive health pledge a win for activism
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
On International Women's Day, March 8, 57 countries signed on to a United Nations' statement calling for universal sexual and reproductive healthcare, including access to safe abortions, and comprehensive sexuality education. | Australia was not one of the signatories. | Two days before, federal Labor announced its national reproductive and sexual health strategy. If elected in May, it has committed to improve public hospital access to abortion services; support general practitioners to provide medical abortion; fund an abortion referral line and a public hospital reproductive health hub (including abortion servi…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor%E2%80%99s-reproductive-health-pledge-win-activism

Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela%E2%80%99s-power-grid-disabled-cyber-attack

More Indonesian troops sent to West Papua
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
According to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), an additional 650 Indonesian commandos were deployed along with an extra 2000 troops on March 12 to the Central Highlands of West Papua to fight the West Papua National Liberation Army. | The Indonesian government has been blocking all emergency food, water and medicines supplied by local churches and NGOs to the central highland districts of Nduga, Kenyam, Yigi, Mbua, and Mapunduma for the past three months. | The ULMWP said the 650 additional commandos have been deployed to "hunt and kill West Papuan freedom fighters" and "eliminate the indepen…
greenleft.org.au/content/more-indonesian-troops-sent-west-papua

Venezuela: Behind the US aid convoy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
One month after declaring himself the "legitimate president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó attempted to provoke a crisis on February 23 by forcing United States' humanitarian aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border. | One of the aid trucks was burned and the Venezuelan government was condemned around the world. | On March 9, the New York Times published a story that questioned this claim. The headline read "Footage contradicts US claim that Maduro burned aid convoy". The footage confirmed that the truck was lit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by an anti-government supporter. | What really did happen on the Venezue…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-behind-us-aid-convoy

Low wages: 'A deliberate design feature'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
In an interview with Sky News on March 8, finance minister Matthias Cormann said, "The whole reason why it is important to have flexibility in the labour market … is … to ensure that wages can adjust in the context of economic conditions, is to avoid massive spikes in unemployment … That is a deliberate design feature of our economic architecture." | As has been frequently pointed out, wages in Australia have been virtually stagnant for years, even in the face of surging profits. | The fact has been criticise…
greenleft.org.au/content/low-wages–deliberate-design-feature

IWD split over transgender inclusion
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
The split in the grassroots women's liberation movement was on display when two rallies to mark International Women's Day (IWD) were held on March 9. Each attracted around 100 people. | The first was held at Emma Miller Place, the site of last year's rally. It was organised by the collective that had organised the 2018 rally and was reported by Green Left Weekly here. It attracted 300 people despite rainy weather and controversially featured transphobic statements and signs and a performer known for her public host…
greenleft.org.au/content/iwd-split-over-transgender-inclusion

Malaysian socialists warn of rise of racism
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) contested the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Zakaria Hanafi defeated Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to PSM's campaign media coordinator Nalini Elumalai about the campaign and result. | What is PSM's assessment of this result and its wider implication for Malaysian politics? | PSM accepts the fact that we have lost. Though painful, the outcome reflects the state of the country's political situation, where voters are still not ready to accept third force r…
greenleft.org.au/content/malaysian-socialists-warn-rise-racism

Australia pays Indonesia to detain refugees
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
Refugee Action Collective organised a forum on refugees in Indonesia on March 4. | Mozhgan Moaref, a co-founder of the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Information Centre in Jakarta, spoke by video link. She said some of the refugees are living in detention, others are in "community housing" provided by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), while yet others are homeless and living on the street. | Those living in community housing are subject to a curfew and some have protested about bad treatment, extortion and torture. Homeless refugees have held protests demanding housing. Some have even asked to be p…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-pays-indonesia-detain-refugees

Corruption is killing our rivers
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
The ABC 4 Corners program "Pumped", which screened on July 24, 2017, showed that far from saving the river system, the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has created a financial windfall for a select few. | Political corruption and fraud have been a part of the process from the beginning, ensuring that big irrigators, who are also National Party donors, have been the major beneficiaries of the extra environmental water being returned to the river. Water speculation has been encouraged. Environmental water purchases have ended up as simply a…
greenleft.org.au/content/corruption-killing-our-rivers

A Foreign Policy Platform for the Congressional Progressive Caucus
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-15
What would a progressive foreign policy platform look like? Democrats, unlike Republicans, have no coherent perspective on foreign policy. Summary of an event convoked by Rep. Ro Khanna to "Chart a Progressive Foreign Policy for the Trump Era and Beyond"
therealnews.com/stories/a-foreign-policy…

Impeaching Trump: Pelosi Says It's "Not Worth It," But Progressive Democrats Push Ahead
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-14
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizatio…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/14/impeachin…

'Our feminism is anti-racist and internationalist'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
Elections in Berlin in September 2016 returned a coalition government made up of the Social Democratic Party, the socialist Left Party and the Green Party. Early this year, the city declared International Women's Day (IWD) a public holiday. | Internationally, the call for a women's strike on IWD has been gathering momentum. In Berlin on March 8, an alliance of feminist organisations organised a Women's Fighting Day rally and march with the theme "celebrating, striking, keep on fighting". About 20,000 people attended. | Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Socialist Alliance and the Left Party who is currently living in…
greenleft.org.au/content/our-feminism-anti-racist-and-internationalist

Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Yemen War, But Republican Tricks Send Resolution Back to the House Yet Again
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-03-14
"We're going to help end a war which has caused unbelievable horror to one of the poorest countries on earth," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's sponsor.
theintercept.com/2019/03/13/senate-votes…

Residents protest seizure of Buruwan Park for WestConnex
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
Residents gathered in leafy Buruwan Park in Annandale on March 4 to protest the park's destruction by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) as part of the controversial $17 billion WestConnex tollway network. | Speakers condemned the planned destruction of the park and its historic fig trees, and reveal the disastrous air pollution and community destruction effects of WestConnex. | NSW Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker detailed the current state of the campaign against WestConnex to the audience. He explained that Stages 1 and 2 of the WestConnex project are well under way. | Stage 3A, which involves a huge tunn…
greenleft.org.au/content/residents-protest-seizure-buruwan-park-westconnex

WestConnex ground slippage another headache for Berejiklian
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
Satellite imaging analysis released for the first time on March 13 shows much greater ground settlement and potential property damage from WestConnex tunnelling than predicted by the NSW Coalition government and the environmental impacts statements for the project. | The data from tech start-up Otus Intelligence Group shows tunnelling for the controversial toll road has damaged homes and land up to 300 metres away from construction sites. Previously the government claimed the zone of influence was only 50 metres. | Of particular concern is the land beneath the gas tanks at Sydney Airport's international terminal,…
greenleft.org.au/content/westconnex-ground-slippage-another-headache-berejiklian

NSW Not 4 Sale
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
Is anything really going to change in NSW on March 23? | Let's assume Glad the Impaler [NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian] gets up and we are subjected to another four years of the Coalition's neo-conservative brutality. | Everything that hasn't already been sold is then put up for sale, forgoing any pretence of morality or acting in the public good. Public assets segue into private property. | The entire state becomes a private entity, run purely for profit — even the prisons. | The public service is further eviscerated with the few remaining public assets given over to the multinational corporates and the sc…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-not-4-sale

Chelsea Manning jailed again and not a squeak from the Democrats
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier who blew the whistle on US war crimes, and spent four years in an army stockade from 2013 as a result, is back in prison again. | This time it is because she refuses to join a bipartisan campaign against Wikileaks that seeks to bring its founder Julian Assange from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to the US to put him on trial and send him to prison. | In 2010, Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of documents about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She first tried to get mainstream media to publish them, to no avail, before turning to Wikileaks, which did p…
greenleft.org.au/content/chelsea-manning-jailed-again-and-not-squeak-democrats

Trump's Militarized Budget Slashes Medicare, Medicaid, and Clean Energy
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-14
Preparing for war with largest peacetime military budget paid for with devastating cuts to the poor, ending environmental regulation, destroying retirement and healthcare. Do divided Democrats have an answer? Lindsay Koshgarian of IPS analyzes the proposal…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-militariz…

Who ordered the murder of Marielle Franco?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
On March 14, 2018 in the centre of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, two gunmen in a car murdered Municipal Chamber Councilor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. Unlike most of the city's political leaders, Marielle came from Rio's favelas. And many of the favelas' millions of marginalised and mostly black residents saw her as their champion. | The arrest of two individuals on March 12 alleged to be the gunmen who assassinated Franco and her driver nearly one year ago is being heralded as progress by human rights campaigners, even as they warn this should be seen as the beginning of accountability and ju…
greenleft.org.au/content/who-ordered-murder-marielle-franco

Press Freedom Groups Urge Court to Uphold Core First Amendment Protection in DNC-Russia Lawsuit
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-13
The First Amendment protects Wikileaks from being sued over the release of the DNC's hacked emails. | In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee was hacked, and thousands of its emails and other private documents were stolen. Those documents were eventually released to the public through a website run by "Guccifer 2.0" (an online persona allegedly maintained by the Russian government) and through WikiLeaks. Early last year, the DNC sued those it believes are responsible for the hack, including the Trump campaign and Russian officials. | The DNC also sued WikiLeaks and Juli…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/freedom-press/…

Sovereign Citizen Calls for Action on Bogus 'Indictment'
Brendan Joel Kelley | splcenter.org | 2019-03-13
It was to have been a historic roundup of enemies of the extreme right, ending with Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Senator Harry Reid and a slew of other politicians, jurists and law enforcement officers in the custody of those who would have them tried by "common law grand juries" for their perceived crimes.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/14/sover…

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

Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows Wants to Eliminate Super PACs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-03-12
Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, wants to end Super PACs. | Meadows voted against House Democrats' sweeping ethics and reform bill, which passed the chamber Friday morning on a party-line vote. But there were parts of it he agreed with, the North Carolina Republican told The Intercept. | One thing he supported, Meadows said, was the effort to reform election finance. He said that he'd tried, and failed, to add an amendment that would have eliminated Super PACs, or political action committees. However, H.R.1, a…
theintercept.com/2019/03/12/hr1-bill-sup…

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

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