Daily News Digest January 18, 2019

Daily News Digest January 18, 2019

Daily News Digest Archives

Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace”

During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program:  1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel.

Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1%Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1%Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico.

Quote of the Day:

The freshman congresswoman said Wednesday the shutdown was not really about Trump’s demands for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border or “the well-being of everyday Americans.” Instead, she said, it was “about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms.” ”It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want. It is not normal for public servants to run away and hide from the public that they serve,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people.” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez torches Trump for shutdown in first House floor speech

Images of the Day:

The U.S. government shutdown amounts to blackmail in Trump’s attempt to fund the border wall.

Signe Wilkinson: Pennsylvania Cyber Charters

Videos of the Day:

Happening Now: Teachers union representatives are holding a news conference on the third day of the ongoing teachers strike. The latest
The Empire Files: Trump is Expanding the US Empire In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations. From the biggest military budget in history, to removing its restrictions to “bomb the hell out…

U.S.:

Trump pushes racist wall, but Democrats push racist cruelty too By Barry Sheppard When Donald Trump first announced he was running in the Republican primaries for the 2016 election, he signaled that his campaign would rely heavily on anti-Mexican racism, racism against all non-whites, anti-immigrant xenophobia and Islamophobia. Part of this was his oft-repeated pledge to “build a wall” between the US and Mexico to keep out immigrants from Central America and Mexico. He slandered these migrants as rapists, murderers, thieves, drug dealers, sex traffickers and more.

Trump’s Tariffs Are Siphoning $35 Billion From Consumers And Corporations By Chuck Jones

President Trump likes to say that China and other countries are pouring money into the U.S. with the tariffs he has imposed. However, the countries that are sending goods to us aren’t paying the tariffs . The companies that import goods are paying them , which means U.S. companies need to raise prices (therefore a tax on consumers), lower their margins and have less profit (which also lowers the amount of taxes they pay to the government) or even go out of business. Shock Poll Reveals Surprising Result Between Ocasio-Cortez And Trump In 2020  A new Rasmussen poll found that President Trump and “insurgent” Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) would be neck and neck in a hypothetical 2020 presidential matchup. by Tyler Durden  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the 2020 presidential race was between Trump and Ocasio-Cortez, 43% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for Trump, while 40% would vote for Ocasio-Cortez. A sizable 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This is essentially a tie, given the margin of error for this survey is +/- three percentage points. Not surprisingly, 69% of Democrats would rather vote for Ocasio-Cortez, while 75% of Republicans would cast a ballot to reelect Trump. Trump is the favorite among voters not affiliated with either political party by a 46% to 35% margin. Among all voters, 34% have a favorable opinion of Ocasio-Cortez. Forty percent (40%) have an unfavorable impression of the New York lawmaker. These figures include 16% who have a Very Favorable opinion of her and 26% who view her very unfavorably. Twenty-six (26%) don’t know enough about Ocasio-Cortez to offer an opinion of her. 

Born Disposable: Trump’s War on Youth  By Henry A. Giroux We live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. In an age of growing fascism, those in power no longer view children as the promise of a future but as a threat to the present.In particular, poor Black and Brown children are being treated as what Teju Cole calls “unmournable bodies.” Rather than being educated, many are being imprisoned; rather than living in communities that are safe and clean, many are relegated to cities where the water is poisoned and the police function as an occupying army. 

William Barr Is a Danger to Civil RightsBy Mike Ludwig   When William Barr served as attorney general in the early 1990s, the war on drugs and the public panic it generated was reaching a fever pitch. In the years that followed, intensifying law enforcement and mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes caused prison populations to explode, devastating communities of color and making the United States the most incarcerated country on the planet. Now, president Trump has nominated Barr to serve as attorney general again.

 Congress Considers Bill to Defend Freedom of People With DisabilitiesBy Jen Deerinwater  On January 15, disability justice activists celebrated the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act (DIA). This monumental piece of legislation is an important step forward for the full civil rights of those with disabilities. Let’s Expose Congress Members for the Warhawks They AreBy Maj. Danny Sjursen  As the nation continued to reel from President Trump’s shock decision last month to remove all U.S. troops from Syria, news came Wednesday that an unknown number of U.S. soldiers were among at least 15 killed in a bombing in northern Syria. Amid such continued violence, one would think the president’s withdrawal would have ever more urgency. And yet, just about everyone in Washington has attacked his decision to pull out.

Just Another Brick in the Wall of Lies By John G. RussellIt’s time to bring back the original Nightline. For those of you too young to remember, Nightlinewas born almost 40 years ago during the “Iranian Hostage Crisis.” Each nightly broadcast began with the words “The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage”

Environment:

Around the World Sperm Count Are Down…Is The End In Sight For The Human Race?Massive Male Sperm Count 50% Drop Seen World Wide According to a recent analysis of 185 separate academic studies, sperm counts around the world have been declining steadily over the last four decades. Today’s counts are now roughly half of what they were in the early 1970s.  Between 1973 and 2011, sperm counts reportedly dropped 59.3% percent “with no evidence of a ‘leveling off’ in recent years” investigators wrote. The declines imply that a growing number of men have sperm counts below the thresholds for reduced fertility or infertility—supporting other observations that developed countries are seeing fertility rates drop.  

Andrew Wheeler: Trump’s EPA pick says climate change ‘not the greatest crisis’The former coal lobbyist took over the EPA when his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned after months of controversy By Emily Holden  A former coal lobbyist Donald Trump has nominated to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday touted rolling back pollution standards and declined to identify climate change as a crisis requiring unprecedented action from the US.

As Planet Heats Further, Even Davos Elite Warns Humanity Is ‘Sleepwalking Into Catastrophe’ By  Jessica Corbett “Sleepwalking? Nah,” remarked Naomi Klein, decrying the “Davos Class” policies of global deregulation, privatization, unending consumption, and growth-worship. “Pretty sure your eyes were wide open.”

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant By Stan Cox   The Green New Deal would emulate its predecessor’s use of public investment and hiring, improvement of wages, and socioeconomic safety nets to accelerate economic growth and reduce unemployment. That part of the vision should be pretty straightforward. But in asking whether success in reaching those economic goals could also help head off ecological catastrophe, we first need to take into account how the original New Deal worked, both as a civilian project and as it morphed into the war effort of the 1940s.

Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Civil Rights/Black Liberation:

The Other America Speechby Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stanford University April 14, 1967: My introduction to King’s, The Other America, for the San Francisco BayView: The Jan. 15 birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated this year as America’s only ‘Black holiday’ Monday, Jan. 21. On this day, the ruling class and their mass media always feature his 1963 ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, as if he never evolved beyond that point. During his lifetime, as a leader of the civil rights movement, King was constantly hounded by the government with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. Since his death, an effort has been made to convert him into a harmless icon – to canonize him. Below is one of his last speeches, given over 40 years ago and one year before his assassination, at Stanford University in April 1967 and titled the ‘The Other America.’ Here he speaks not of a dream but of the nightmarish economic condition of Black people. When he talks about ‘work-starved men searching for jobs that do not exist’ and living on a ‘lonely island of poverty surrounded by an ocean of material prosperity,’ the speech remains timely in today’s world. Black Agenda Report:

A Tale of Self-Serving Black Journalists and the Corporate Duopoly.By Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor Diversity insulates the bosses from criticism by large elements of the oppressed classes, while posing little or no threat to capital and the rule of rich white men. “NABJ should forever be cursed and shunned as the most narrowly self-serving and cowardly manifestation of Black collaborationist politics imaginable — a house of shame.” The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has joined the NAACP in criticizing CBS News’ initial, 12-person lineup of digital journalists assigned to cover the 2020 elections, which includes five women, three Asian Americans, at least one Hispanic, but no Blacks. “CBS News’ decision to not include Black reporters on their 2020 Election news team further proves the voting power and voices of Black America continue to be undervalued,” said the NAACP. “As the voting bloc that will most certainly determine the direction of this country in the upcoming election,” said the press release, “it is vital any and all media outlets have a diverse newsroom, including individuals of color in decision making positions to speak to and address the issues and concerns directly impacting the Black community. Representation matters and the media needs our coverage on the issues to drive the discussion.”

Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives ByMargaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnist California Senator Kamala Harris shows all the signs of announcing her candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. She is giving speeches in the right states, interviewing with the right talking heads, and recently published the obligatory memoir. She has been on the Democratic funder’scasting couch for nearly two years. Only the official announcement is missing. But Harris is highly problematic for black voters, perhaps more so than any other candidate. She served as the district attorney of San Francisco and later as attorney general of California. In both roles she did everything in her power to support the mass incarceration system and all of its foundations. That is what prosecutors do after all, but most of them don’t try to run for president and ask for black people’s votes. Evoking Muckrakers: Hannah Giorgis’s Devastating Critique of Senator Kamala Harris By Teodrose Fikre  Kamala Harris’s memoir reads nothing like her actual record of locking up the poor and giving impunity to the rich. “Harris has a double standard when it comes to dispensing justice—an iron fist for the proletariat and velvet gloves for the affluent.” In the age of news as you want it and agitprop supplanting journalism, it is getting harder and harder to find analysis that tells it like it is without bias. That is why I was captivated by Hannah Giorgis’s article about Kamala Harris that I read last night. It was a compelling piece of journalism, one that compared Harris’s rhetoric with her actual record during her tenure as a US District Attorney and California’s Attorney General.

The Democratic Party Obsession with Capitalism and Militarism Will Grow Worse by 2020  By  Danny Haiphong, BAR contributor The Democratic Party is a political trap designed to capture the most progressive constituency in the United States: Black America.
“The Congressional Black Caucus has sided with the forces of imperialism when it comes to war, surveillance, and the police.”For a movement, especially a Black left movement that has yet to emerge in this period, the critical task is to develop mass consciousness of the fact that U.S. imperialism is incapable of providing concessions to the poor and oppressed.

Corporate and Banking Interests Profit from Desecration of Black Maryland Graveyard  By Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BAR editor and columnist Truth rises from the graves of Black ancestors in a wealthy Maryland county. “Moses cemetery was desecrated to make room for a parking lot.” In the grand scheme of things it didn’t even register a blip. Four people arrested in an obscure auditorium in a place whose name has a certain regal air to it — Kensington. But this wasn’t somewhere in England. No, it was in Maryland, well south of the Mason-Dixon Line, in a county with the disgraceful heritage of kidnapping, enslavement, lynching, Black breeding farms, covenants to keep Blacks and Jews sequestered and ethnic cleansing high on the list of priorities that have informed every county official since before the Emancipation Proclamation and their systematic erasure of that history both physically and from public consciousness.  Another Look At Martin Luther King Jr.    By Norman Richmond aka Jalali  Dr King was a radical, a democratic socialist who saw economic transformation and social justice as inseparable. “King never claimed to be a Marxist but had read some Marx and was fiercely anti-capitalist.” “I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic…”Martin Luther King Jr., in a letter to his future wife Coretta Scott on July 18, 1953.  While it could be argued that El-Hajj El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) aka Omowale was “Blacker” than Dr. King,” a case can be made that King put two and two together before our Black Shining Prince. Comrade George Jackson implied this in a letter from Soledad prison to Angela Davis on June 4, 1970. Jackson wrote, “It’s no coincidence that Malcolm X and M.L. King died when they did. Malcolm X had just put it together (two and two). I seriously believe King knew all along but was holding out and presenting the truth in such a way that it would affect the most people situationally without getting them damaged by gunfire.”  John Bolton Says He Wants to Protect Africa from “Predatory” Chinese Behavior, But What About Washington’s?  By Netfa Freeman  Chinese investment may come with strings attached, but Africa deserves an alternative to U.S.-led neoliberalism and militarization.“Bolton cares little about predation — he just doesn’t want other predators to compete with.” John Bolton’s recent unveiling of the Trump Administration’s “Prosper Africa” plan did what is typical of such U.S. foreign policy announcements. It performed the balancing act of admitting motives to protect vague “U.S. interests” while dishonestly claiming benevolent intentions for the other country, region, or continent concerned. In this case the continent is Africa. Uniting for a Green New Deal  By   Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers A real Green New Deal requires pushing issues Democrats don’t want to discuss, such as nationalization of industries, more democracy, and cuts to the military. “We need a broad Green New Deal that changes the system so there is greater public ownership and democratization of the economy.” Support is growing in the United States for a Green New Deal. Though there are competing visions for what that looks like, essentially, a Green New Deal includes a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, a jobs program and a stronger social safety net. We need a Green New Deal for many reasons, most obviously the climate crisis and growing economic insecurity. Each new climate report describes the severe consequences of climate change with increasing alarm and the window of opportunity for action is closing. At the same time, wealth inequality is also growing. Paul Bucheit writes that more than half of the population in the United States is suffering from poverty.

How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media By Whitney Webb     As Newsguard’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the US. “Newsguard’s plan is a threat to any news site that regularly publishes information that rubs any of Newsguard’s investors, partners or advisors the wrong way.” Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond.

Labor:

The LA teachers’ strike has cost $69M. Now both sides are negotiating againBy Holly Yan, CNN(CNN)After three days of an apparent game of “chicken,” the Los Angeles teachers union and the school district are back at the negotiating table. Talks resumed Thursday for the first time since more than 30,000 educators walked off the job this week to demand smaller class sizes, more school staffing and higher teacher salaries. “We are having an impact,” said Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the United Teachers Los Angeles union. “That impact is being felt across the city. And we’ve just got to keep it up.”

Economy:

World:

Venezuela’s Maduro Raises Wages, Promises a ‘Shake Up’ in Annual Address  Other announcements include expanding housing programs, extra funding for agriculture and “pragmatic” foreign investment in the oil industry.  By Paul DobsonPresident Nicolas Maduro made a series of announcements during his Annual AddressMonday, including adjustments to various economic policies as thegovernment looks to slow hyperinflation and turn around a five year recession.  Measures included a quadrupling of the minimum wage, as well as extra funding for agriculture and transport. He also set various targets for his 2019-2025 mandate, including raising oil output to 5 million barrels per day and building 5 million social houses.

Never mind the elections in Venezuela, Imperial Ruler ‘The Donald’ declare that he is going to recognize the ‘leader’ that he chooses — not whom Venezuelan people chose.!:   Venezuela: Trump Considers ‘Recognizing’ Opposition Leader as President, Government Denounces ‘Coup Attempt’The move would be a significant escalation of the political crisis that has exploded with Maduro’s second term.By Ricardo Vaz  The Trump administration is considering recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s “legitimate president,” according to a CNN report on Tuesday. CNN’s report cited three unnamed sources and also raised the possibility of renewed sanctions being imposed in the near future, including on Venezuela’s oil sector.

Hungary: workers and students fight together against OrbánBy Felicia Pál and Emanuel TomaselliThe Hungarian working class is awakening and radical students are paving the way for nationwide protests. Since mid-December, a protest movement has been rolling across the country against the extension of working hours. Prime Minister Victor Orbán is under pressure for the first time.

Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

SomDAMPoet On Arne Duncan’s Education Ideas   ByDiane Ravitch

Our blog poet was recently inspired to write about Arne Duncan’s truly terrible ideas about education.

Worst ideas all the way down

Duncan’s worst idea

Is resting on another

And what is very clear

Is that one had a mother

“Duncan’s Views on Testing”

(The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

We’re only for the Good tests,

And really hate the Bad

And certainly, the Ugly tests

Were always just a fad

“America ruins on Duncan” …

 

 

Daily News Digest January 15, 2019


Daily News Digest January 15, 2019

Daily News Digest Archives

Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace”

During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program:  1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel.

Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1%Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1%Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico.

Quote of the Day:

Rosa Parks Quote

Image of the Day:

Globalizatiom

“Lazy”

Videos of the Day:

Huge rally in solidarity with dock workers of Port Qasim in Karachi on 10th Jan 2019 

Michael Hudson: The History of Neoliberal Economics

 U.S.:

Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020? We have a second chance. Let’s not blow it. By Frank Bruni  But how much heed will we in the media pay to this stupidity? Will we sprint to Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker or Mike Bloomberg for a reaction to what Trump just called one of them and then rush back to him for his response to that response? Or will we note Trump’s latest nonsense only briefly and pivot to matters more consequential? That’s a specific question but also an overarching one — about the degree to which we’ll let him set the terms of the 2020 presidential campaign, about our appetite for antics versus substance, and about whether we’ll repeat the mistakes that we made in 2016 and continued to make during the first stages of his presidency. There were plenty

Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administrationBy Greg Miller President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told CNN that she has proof the Obama administration was funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda. By Baxter Dmitry Hawaii Rep. Gabbard went to Syria on a secret fact-finding mission to wade through the lies and propaganda and find out what is really happening on the ground.  Immediately on her return CNN booked her for an “exclusive” interview – and Gabbard told them exactly what they didn’t want to hear: she has proof the Obama administration was funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Explaining to Jake Tapper that she met people from all walks of life in Aleppo and Damascus, Gabbard said that Syrians “expressed happiness and joy at seeing an American walking their streets.” But they also wanted to know “why is it that the United States, its allies and other countries, are providing support, are providing arms, to terrorist groups like Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, who are on the ground there, raping, kidnapping, torturing, and killing the Syrian people?Obama Funding Al-Queda

 The Opioid Crisis, Made in the USA Writer Chris McGreal and host Robert Scheer zero in on the book American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, in this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence.” Scheer and McGreal, the book’s author and a correspondent for The Guardian and other news outlets, discuss how the opioid addiction crisis is largely an American epidemic. As McGreal notes, “Eighty-five percent of the world’s prescription painkillers are consumed in the United States, which is five percent of the world’s population.”

Environment:

U.S. Shows Flagrant Disregard for Science Once Again By Abrahm Lustgarten  The signals are blaring: Dramatic changes to our climate are well upon us. These changes — we know thanks to a steady drumbeat of alarming official reports over the past 12 months — could cripple the U.S. economy, threaten to make vast stretches of our coastlines uninhabitable, make basic food supplies scarce and push millions of the planet’s poorest people into cities and across borders as they flee environmental perils.

Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Civil Rights/Black Liberation:

Labor:Agitating dock workers get five months’ salaries On the 109th day of their sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club and following a protest rally they had staged a day earlier, the 1,751 dock workers of Port Qasim Authority were paid their long overdue salaries on Friday. It was a sigh of relief for the workers, who were paid five months’ salaries, from July 18 to November 18, through two cheques of a total amount of Rs20.547 million after a meeting between representatives of Huaneng Fuyun Port and Shipping (HFPS), which handles berths three and four at Port Qasim, and representatives of the workers, social workers, human rights activists and trade unionists.

Economy:

World:

“Free Trade” Is Today’s Imperialism by the 1 Percent Building alternatives to free trade must become an essential component of a more progressive US foreign policy.   By Geoff Gilbert The conventional wisdom says that if you oppose free trade, you must support protectionism or economic nationalism. This is misleading. There is no such thing as “free” trade. People create all of the ystems that govern our political economy. hese systems inevitably favor certain human activities over others, and we can design them to act any way that we want. The important question is: For whom are trade policies “free”? Put another way: Who do trade policies favor?

Yellow vests: protesters fight for ideological ownership In France and Britain, gilets jaunes have mutated into symbols of anger against anything from austerity to Islam By Ben Quinn and Jon Henley The numbers involved – in France hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets – are the most visible difference between the two countries. In Britain, yellow vest protests have ranged from involving a few dozen – including those who blocked Westminster bridge in December – through to the thousands in London on Saturday who joined an anti-austerity protest addressed by figures including the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, and which included French jaunes. Tom Griffiths, an organiser of the People’s Assembly event, said it was not too late for the left to be the dominant force in Britain’s yellow vest movement. He insisted that thousands who rallied in Trafalgar Square – while welcoming both remain and Brexit supporters – vastly outnumbered the hundred who rallied outside St James’s Park tube station under a pro-Brexit banner.

The Ottomans were once humiliated by Yemeni rebels – today, the Houthis have done the same to Saudi Arabia  If the Ottomans had to reform their army, what is to be done with the Saudi military? Mohammad bin Salman thinks he can reform his kingdom’s economy. But his soldiers may have to reform themselves By Robert Fisk I rarely have reason to thank Turkish ambassadors. They tend to hold a different view of the 1915 Armenian holocaust, in which a million and a half Armenian Christians were deliberately murdered in a planned genocide by the Ottoman Turkish regime. “Hardship and suffering”, they agree, was the Armenians’ lot. But genocide? Never. Well, that’s not the view of genocide scholars – including Israeli historians – nor of that bravest of Turkish academics, Taner Akcam, who has prowled thorough the Ottoman archives to find the proof. The Armenians did suffer, alas, a genocide.

Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

The Right to be Lazy By Paul Lafargue  At once a masterpiece of critical theory and rip-roaring radical humor, this is one of the most spirited attacks on the notion of the “work ethic” ever to be published. Featuring a revised edition of the original English translation by Charles Hope Kerr, this collection also includes four of Paul Lafargue’s lesser-known critiques (including the “Catechism for Investors”), as well as a biographical sketch by longtime Wobbly organizer Fred Thompson and a new introduction. Released in collaboration with Kerr Company to celebrate their 125th anniversary year. (To Read the Full Text Go Here)

Genetic Engineering – Danger Along the Food Chain? Yucca nuke fight not over

Genetic Engineering – Danger Along the Food Chain? Yucca nuke fight not over

Thanks to the nuclear industry’s lobbying, the Senate gave President Bush the green light last month to proceed with plans for a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Under the plan, some 77,000 tons of nuclear waste would be trucked to Yucca Mountain through communities all over the country.

The Yucca Mountain ProjectYucca Mountain, which is sacred to Native Americans, sits on an aquifer potentially important to the growing Las Vegas population. And the area is subject to earthquakes. Nevertheless, industry advertisements insist the waste will be safely contained for the next 10,000 years-more or less.

Most Democrats, along with Republicans, sided with the nuclear industry on the vote. But the plan still faces a long fight in the courts and by environmental forces.

In the July 1999 issue of Socialist Action, I wrote an article titled “Butterflies are Free,” which is reprinted in the pamphlet, “Whither Humanity” (available from Socialist Action Books, $2.50). Recent evidence has served to bolster the conclusions of that article about the dangers of genetically engineered plants.

In the 1999 article, I reported that, according to the journal Nature, the pollen from genetically engineered corn containing a toxin gene called Bt had killed 44 percent of the monarch butterfly caterpillars who fed on milkweed leaves dusted with it. Caterpillars fed with conventional pollen all survived.

Since nearly 25 percent of the U.S. corn crop now contains this gene and the Corn Belt states of the Midwest are where half of the monarch butterflies are produced each year, there is a distinct possibility that the number of monarchs will drastically decline.

Due to the unexpected results of the monarch butterfly study, scientists are beginning to question the potential environmental effects of scores of other genetically engineered crops being introduced into the agricultural fields.

In the earlier article, I raised the question: Why weren’t such studies done before introducing genetically engineered corn, soy, cotton, and other crops over millions of acres of farm land?

When it became public knowledge that Bt was killing butterflies, it may have seen harmless to human beings. Unfortunately, as untested genetically engineered products move up the food chain, they become more and more concentrated in the bodies of the animals that eat the animals that eat the corn.

The “body counts” from the untested Bt has now moved from butterflies to pigs. An article from Organic Consumers (www.organicconsumers.org/ toxic/riddleonhogs.cfm) titled “Bt Corn Causes Breeding Problem in Pigs Bt Corn Linked to Hog Breeding Problems,” submitted by Jim Riddle for its April 29, 2002, edition, states: “The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman contained an alarming story on sow breeding problems related to the feeding of genetically engineered Bt corn.”

According to the article,” Riddle writes:

Shelby County, Iowa, farmer Jerry Rosman was alarmed when farrowing rates in his sow herd plummeted nearly 80 percent. Rosman, who has nearly 30 years of farrowing experience, checked and double-checked all of the usual suspect causes. He tested for diseases, verified his artificial insemination methods were being properly implemented, and poured over his nutritional program. But he found nothing out of the ordinary. Eventually, Rosman became aware of four other producers within a 15-mile radius of his farm whose herds had nearly identical pseudopregnancies. The herds had different management styles, different breeding methods and different swine genetics. A common denominator, Rosman says, is that all of the operations fed their herds the same Bt corn hybrids. Laboratory tests revealed their corn contained high levels of Fusarium mold. Rosman says researchers typed the Fusarium down to four strains, and two of them (Fusarium subglutinans and Fusarium moniliforme) were consistent in all of the producers’ samples. One of the producers subsequently switched back to regular non-Bt corn, and pseudopregnancy is no longer a problem within that herd. Rosman believes the problem manifested itself on his farm because he planted 100 percent of the same brand of genetically engineered Bt seed corn and fed 100 percent of that corn to his livestock. According to the article, Rosman isn’t sure whether or not he’ll be planting any corn on his land this year. An agronomist has told him that a regular rotation of corn and soybeans might not get rid of whatever gene has contaminated his corn ground.

    The “$1 million question” is what happens to humans who eat Bt corn or pork, beef, and other animals fed Bt corn? Since we are also mammals, can one really believe that it is not a danger to humans? Since humans take longer to mature, reproductive hazards could appear themselves in our children when they become adults.

    The deaths of butterflies should have been a forewarning, like the death of canaries are a warning to miners in a mine shaft. Any sane society would immediately take precautionary action.

    And yet, the government has taken no action to protect human lives-just precautions to protect chemical companies’ profits-allowing Monsanto, Dupont, and other corporations to knowingly poison the population and threaten humanity’s future.

Socialist Action /August 2002

Daily News Digest July 12, 2017

Daily News Digest Archives 

During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program:  1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel. 

Daily News Digest July 12, 2017

Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The  Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico! 

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Franz Fanon Quotes of the Day:

“I am black; I am in total fusion with the world, in sympathetic affinity with the earth, losing my id in the heart of the cosmos — and the white man, however intelligent he may be, is incapable of understanding Louis Armstrong or songs from the Congo. I am black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.” ― Frantz FanonBlack Skin, White Masks

“The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.” 
― 
Frantz Fanon 

Videos of the Day:

Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ In the second part of Chris Hedges’ conversation with Noam Chomsky regarding his latest book “Requiem for the American Dream,” the renowned intellectual explains how the banking, fossil fuel and tech sectors all profit immensely from taxpayers’ dollars.

UN Adopts Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban over US-Led Opposition The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the first ever global treaty to ban the possession of nuclear weapons — but all nine nuclear powers stand in the way. We speak to Rick Wayman of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility, who were both involved in the global campaign to push the treaty through

A Brief History of the KKK with Gerald Horne As the KKK rallies in Charlottesville, VA, author and historian Gerald Horne charts its history from Reconstruction to the rise of Donald Trump

U.S.: 

A Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty – Rx for Survival Nuclear weapons have threatened humanity for 72 years, ultimately becoming the greatest eminent threat to our survival. This past Friday, July 7, nuclear weapons at long last joined the ranks of other weapons of mass destruction including biologic and chemical weapons, landmines and cluster munitions in being banned and declared illegal under international treaty law. by Robert Koehler

Why We’re Kayaking to the Pentagon, and Why You Should Join Us One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, to be held September 22-24 at American Univeristy, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C., on September 16th. By David Swanson  The Airline Industry’s Collusion With the Feds Businesses being in cahoots with the government is nothing new, and it’s certainly not rare; many huge companies (as well as the people that run them) use tax loopholes, prison labor, and a myriad of other nefarious tools that aid their interests and harm the taxpayers. Airline companies, such as American Airlines and United Airlines are often the most egregious perpetrators of this sort of corruption. by Ezra Kronfeld

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

 Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 10, 2017 

U.S. War Crimes Against “Muslims of Color”: The illegal U.S. presence in Syria is a “Nuremburg crime against peace,” said Dr. Francis Boyle, the renowned professor of international law at the University of Illinois, at Champaign. “It was Obama that started” the aggression against Syria,” said Boyle. “Trump’s just exacerbating it. This is really a clash of civilizations between diehard white Judea-Christian neo-con Zionists against Muslims of color, to destroy them and steal their oil and gas.”
Black Is Back Coalition to Gather in Chicago: “We cannot support any imperialist agenda that’s coming from America,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The coalition is gearing up for a national conference in Chicago, August 12 and 13, under the theme: “The Ballot and the Bullet: War and Peace in the Era of Donald Trump.” “Donald Trump is symptomatic of a severe crisis of the whole social system of capitalism, that’s born of slavery and colonialism and world domination,” said Yeshitela.
Mumia Remembers Franz Fanon: In an essay for Prison Radio, Mumia Abu Jamal, who was a radio journalist before he was imprisoned in the death of a Philadelphia policeman, noted that Wretch of the Earth author Franz Fanon was also a “revolutionary journalist.” Fanon’s reporting for the Algerian revolutionary press from 1957 to 1960, and his 1964 collection Towards the African Revolution “condemns Arab and African collaborators and dissects how French forces used torture to intimidate the Algerian resistance,” said the nation’s best known political prisoner.
A Challenge to Rwandan Dictatorship:  Diane Rwigara, the 35 year-old daughter of a businessman believed to have been assassinated by Paul Kagame’s Rwandan regime, has delivered a “shock to the system,” according to David Himbara, himself an exile from Kagame’s terror. Speaking to Toronto radio host Phil Taylor, Himbara said Ms. Rwigara’s campaign for the presidency is already a kind of people’s victory. “Regardless of the outcome of the election, Diane Rwigara has already won,” said HImbara. “She has given people courage.”
New York’s Pacifica Station Resists Empire (State Building): An impressive roster of elected officials is urging the owners of the Empire State Building to back off their threat to evict Pacifica radio station WBAI-FM from the tower it has broadcast from since 1965. The building’s owners claim WBAI owes them over $2 million in back rent. Station interim director Bill Crosier says the non-profit corporation, which also owns stations in Texas and California, has been paying $12,000 a month for the last three years, which they believe is a fair market rate. Crosier appreciates the letters of support from elected officials. “We’ve been standing up for the rights of people who don’t have political influence for a long time.”
Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.

Environment:

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Economy:  Court House Doors Will Reopen for Millions of U.S. Consumers Yesterday, Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that was created in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, did what few Americans thought he would dare to do: he stood up to threats of being fired; threats of backlash from Wall Street titans; threats of having his agency’s budget gutted; and Congressional threats of being put on a leash by a commission appointed by the President. Despite all of these threats and more, Cordray issued the final rule that allows consumers who have been defrauded in financial transactions involving credit cards and bank accounts to have access to file a group action (known legally as a “class action”) using the nation’s courts. By Pam Martens and Russ Martens

World:

Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Are Exposed As Iraqi forces celebrate their victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in Mosul, a damning new report by Amnesty International sheds light on the killing of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition which “may constitute war crimes”—and demands that the coalition acknowledges the loss of civilian life and takes steps to lessen non-military casualties. By Julia Conley Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Nation “Too Broke” for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35 There always another $27 billion or lying around, it seems, when Lockheed Martin needs more money for expensive weapons system by Jon Queally

 

Daily News Digest March 23, 2017

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During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program:  1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel.

Daily News Digest March 23, 2017

Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!

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The New Meals on WheelsNone of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use Quote of the Day:

In his new book, Gore Vidal makes a scathing attack upon the bipartisan domestic and foreign policies of the US government. The introduction to this book sets its theme, that the bombings of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 and the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City on September 11, were used, respectively, to justify the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1996 and the current “war on terrorism”. Vidal explains that these bombings were in response to the more than 200 acts of war and (ongoing) worldwide military incursions by the US government since 1945, and the concurrent erosion of the Bill of Rights. Vidal refers to Newton’s theory “that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Without condoning the attacks, Vidal explains that the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma, by Timothy McVeigh, was a response to the ongoing attacks on the Bill of Rights, and that the WTC attack, allegedly organized by Osama bin Laden, was a response to US government foreign policy/terrorism. Vidal also explains that wars are declared on nations and not on an indefinable term like “terrorism”. (As an afterthought, Vidal points out that the insurance companies do not have liabilities for an “act of war”, and so the declaration of “war on terrorism” may protect insurance companies from liabilities resulting from acts of terrorism.) — Roland Sheppard Book Review (2002), Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

Videos of the Day:

President Trump quoted a report saying Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is unsigned because NFL owners don’t want a nasty tweet from Trump. Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem last year to protest police treatment of minorities.

Massive Cuts to EPA Threaten Communities Already Suffering From Pollution, Climate Change NAACP’s Jacqui Patteron says existing protections we weren’t sufficiently providing safeguards for communities that have been affected by recent water crises, which demonstrates the need for stronger regulations rather than rolling them back

US has Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation Glen Ford says that even if the US does prove that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, the actions don’t match the scale of America’s interference in elections across the world

 Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education In the third installment of TRNN’s investigation into the decline of public education another whistle blower teacher says Baltimore’s focus on charter schools is threatening the viability of public education  by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

U.S.:

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace Reality and the U.S.-Made Famine in Yemen by Kathy Kelly

Meals on Wheels Is Just the Beginning: Economist Mark Price on Trump’s Proposed Cuts Not all of Trump’s budget cuts will get people’s attention like Meals on Wheels, but they will have vicious and ongoing effects, says labor economist Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center. One example is the 20 percent cut to the Labor Department, which enforces laws related to minimum wage and food and workplace safety. By Sarah Jaffe US Ditches Human Rights Hearing in ‘Unprecedented Show of Disrespect’ ACLU had planned to drill officials on immigration, DAPL, and Muslim ban, but representatives from various departments never showed by Nadia Prupis Black Liberation/ Civil Rights: Freedom Rider: Hillary Returns How long should one stay in rehab after losing to Donald Trump? In Hillary Clinton’s case, forever. Clinton’s recent “coming back out” party in Scranton, Pennsylvania, shows that “there will be no deviation from the failed strategies which put Trump in the White House.” With nothing else to offer (except war and more war) she’s still running against Trump. “If Trump didn’t exist the Democratic Party would have had to invent him.” by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley  Why Syria Still Matters in the Age of Trump Much of the U.S. “left” is confused or on the wrong side of Washington’s war against national sovereignty and self-determination in Syria. Publications like The Intercept attempt to conflate Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Donald Trump, “thus delegitimizing Assad in the eyes of the majority of the U.S. population.” The tactic is closely related to anti-Russian McCarthyism — designed to distract from the bankruptcy of Democratic policies. by Danny Haiphong  The Bethesda African Cemetery: Protests Trigger Government Response African descendants have forced a delay in further eradication of ancestral burial grounds in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC. “The African graves were totally eradicated and the memory of the African River Road community erased.” The demand is straightforward: “The land holding the remains of African ancestors must be preserved as a sacred space and a museum built to educate, honor and commemorate the ‘lost’ River Road African Community.” by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo  Capitalism: Unregulated Disaster… The Gospel of the Invisible Hand instructs us that regulations are evil because they impede the holy quest for extreme profits which underpins the capitalist American Way of Life. by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner  The Crimes of Israeli Apartheid A new UN report argues that Israel is a ‘racial regime’ because its institutions are premised on maintaining a Jewish nation by techniques of suppression and expulsion.” That’s apartheid by definition, a crime against humanity. What exists is one state, “with Israel having exercised its dominion in the entire land west of the Jordan River, but a one-state with an apartheid system, with Israeli Jews in a dominant position over the Palestinians.” by Vijay Prashad  The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart  The author, a comrade of Lynne Stewart for well over half a century, celebrates her passion as “a movement fighter, a champion of all that is beautiful in the human soul.” Stewart put her life in service to the people. “Would it be that we all had that courage and expressed it collectively in the kind of mass struggles that are capable of bringing this damn racist, sexist, imperialist system down forever.” By Jeff MacklerRwanda: The Absolutist Truth of Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch acts as an arm of U.S. foreign policy. This phony “rights” organization backs the deportation and prosecution of Rwandan dissidents like Joseph Nkusi, who dared to maintain that Hutus were also massacred in the Rwanda bloodbath. Under a minority Tutsi dictatorship, “even using the description ‘Rwandan Genocide’ is a crime; authorities enforce a law passed in 2008 making ‘genocide against the Tutsi’ the only legal description.” by Ann Garrison  The Empire’s Fifth Column in Africa: Morocco Morocco’s newfound interest in Africa is linked to NATO’s attack on Africa and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi. NATO’s destruction of Libya completely humiliated the African Union. It tore the heart out of an alternative African future, and left Africa seriously exposed once again to the Western imperial virus: a virus contemporary Morocco carries. “Morocco’s body may be in Africa but its mind is in the North Atlantic and the Persian Gulf.” by Aidan O’Brien  Environment:

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Economy:

US Imperialism funded by the conquered An indepth interview by the Local Organon on US economic history, running through the key components discussed in Super Imperialism through to J is for Junk Economics. The push to recognize unearned income continues! And money. What is a free market? By Michael HudsonWorld:

Canada: NDP Leadership Race Buries Mulcair Legacy  Almost a year and a half after the Federal NDP’s disappointing election result, the party leadership race has begun in earnest. Four candidates have declared so far: Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron, and Peter Julian. What is notable is that at the March 12th leadership debate none of the candidates defended the Mulcair legacy of moving the party to the right, and all appeared to be turning towards the left to some degree or another. This represents an interesting dynamic and is reflective of broader class polarization and radicalization in society. By Alex Grant

Apartheid in Israel—It’s a Fact That Pretty Much the World Agrees on, Except the U.S.A significant judgment from the UN has important ramifications for the international community. By Vijay Prashad

So Much for the Russian Threat: Putin Slashes Defense Spending While Trump Plans Massive Buildup Despite Western paranoia, Russia’s defense budget is about one-tenth of America’s — with huge cutbacks ahead. By Danielle Ryan

Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Capitalism: a history of horror without end – Part One The barrage of propaganda against Lenin and the Bolsheviks has begun. This year, the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, we will see learned critics working to turn public opinion against the Bolsheviks and what they stood for, in an attempt to bury the truth about what the revolution was really about. The same critics conveniently put to one side the long history of brutal suppression of workers’ revolutions carried out by the class they themselves serve. By Fred Weston

Daily News Digest June 22, 2016

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UNICEF laments child refugee crisis in EuropeImageoftheDatThe Logic of ProfilingImageoftheDay Quote of the Day: 

“Oh,” he replied. “Okay, I’ll get a rifle.” He returned to his SUV, and pulled out, to my astonishment, an AR-4, a military-style assault rifle, which he then used to shoot the deer with a clean shot between the eyes. When I asked him about having that weapon available in his patrol vehicle, he replied matter-of-factly that all police in almost all departments in the country have them readily available. — What About the Cops? Let’s Ban Assault Weapons for Police, Too

Videos of the Day:

An Attack on Democracy Itself: UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Pays Tribute to Murdered MP Jo Cox

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 20, 2016  (Audio)

U.S.

Shock Report: Big Beef is Hiring Hitmen to Murder Activists — 185 Murders Last Year Alone By Claire Bernish

Bernie’s Capitulation and Hillary’s Syrian War to Come: Citing various ongoing mass movements, he declared, “And that’s what this campaign has been about over this past year. That’s what the political revolution is all about.” Subtext: It’s all about bringing you kids into the Democratic Party—in order to change it. by Gary LeuppBernie'sCapitulation The Hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky — As he votes for the lessor evil — he proclaims: America Has a Democracy — Only for the 1 Percent “At the top — a fraction of 1 percent—policies are essentially made,” By Alexandra RosenmannChomskyWhat About the Cops? Let’s Ban Assault Weapons for Police, Too by Dave Lindorff DaveLindorffEnvironment:

 Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Fukushima 3/11 Breeds Cynicism by Robert HunzikerFukushima Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

 Disenfranchisement Laws, Race and the U.S. Presidential Election: 5.8 million Americans cannot vote because of felony conviction. One out of every thirteen African Americans has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws.  by Julian Vigo

 Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 20, 2016BarRadioPOP Blasts Cuomo’s Blacklist of BDS Campaign as “Outright Reactionary”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order establishing a blacklist of companies and institutions that honor the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel is “blatantly unconstitutional,” “smacks of McCarthyism,” and “outright reactionary,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark, New Jersey-based Peoples Organization for Progress. Israeli apartheid “is not just a matter of military repression,” said Hamm. “It’s the denial of rights and equality before the law for Palestinians.” POP endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, and Hamm is a Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Protesters to March and “Fart” Against Hillary in Philly

Cheri Honkala, of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, plans to stage “the world’s largest fart-in” to protest Hillary Clinton’s triumphal speech to the party in Philadelphia, this summer. Honkala said her group will consume large amounts of beans to prepare for the occasion. Philadelphia is eager to accommodate Democrat-sponsored marches during the convention, but has not agreed to permit Honkala’s group to march. “The city is trying to maneuver to have all of Broad Street shut down, just to keep our march from happening” at 3pm on July 25.

Hillary’s Haiti Crimes Might Come Back to Haunt Her

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was responsible for installing Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly’s corrupt and unpopular government in Haiti – a fact that should be embarrassing to her campaign. According to Nikolas Barry-Shaw, a voting rights associate at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Clinton’s handlers want Haiti “to stay out of the spotlight and allow Hillary Clinton’s record in Haiti to go unexamined. The reason there is an election crisis in Haiti,” said Barry-Shaw, “is a direct result of Clinton’s interventions in previous elections that put Martelly in place” in 2011.

U.S. Behaves Like Mafia in Haiti

The U.S. State Department pressured Haitians to accept the results of last year’s rigged elections that would have continued U.S.-backed factions in power. However, massive protests forced the scheduling of new elections for this October. “Basically, what you’re seeing is nothing less than if Al Capone was occupying Haiti, and he had goon squads trying to enforce the rule of the Mafia” over the country, said Pierre Labossiere, of the Haiti Action Committee. “This is how the Haitian people see the so-called ‘international community’ – the U.S., France, Canada, the European Union, and the OAS.”

Postal Service Could Put Payday Lenders Out of Business

Proposed new federal rules would make it somewhat harder for poor people to get payday loans at usurious interest rates. However, the exploitative lenders could be put out of business altogether if the U.S. Postal Service was allowed to provide alternative financial services to the poor “at a fraction of the interest,” said Matt Stannard, policy director of Commonomics USA. “They already have the infrastructure to do that, they have huge economies of scale,” and other countries have successfully provided such services, he said. Instead, bipartisan forces in Washington seem intent on putting the Postal Service out of business. Read more

Labor:

Thousands of Minnesota nurses enter 3rd day of strike, employer insists all is fine (VIDEO) Nearly 5,000 unionized nurses from five hospitals around Minneapolis have been on strike since Sunday, protesting changes to their health care plans. The not-for-profit employer says patients are receiving the same care as usual.NursesEconomy:

WallStreetOnParadeNeel Kashkari: The Shadow Over Janet Yellen’s Head as She Testifies to Congress By Pam Martens and Russ Martens Martens

World:

Children Pay the Highest Price for the Refugee Crisis: The world is witness to a rapid increase in the number of people forced to flee from wars, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is estimated that approximately half of the 19.5 million registered refugees at a global level are children and youth. They are the most vulnerable victims of these conflicts. by Cesar Chelala

Brexit, the EU and the Future of Britain: the Main Enemy Resides Here, Not in Brussels by John Wight

 Britain: The EU referendum and xenophobia – How to fight the Right: As the hour of judgement draws nearer, the campaigns on both sides of the EU referendum have become increasingly dominated by one issue: immigration. by Adam Booth BritainIs Another ‘Oaxaca Commune’ in the Works?: Ten years ago, hundreds of thousands of local residents joined marches and barricades when the police tried to evict the plantón. By: Eric Larson  OaxacoBerta Cáceres Was at Top of Honduras Military’s Kill List: Whistleblower U.S.-trained special forces in Honduras are ordered to systematically “eliminate” environment and land defenders, whistleblower says by Nika KnightHondorusTurkish journalists rally behind pro-Kurdish paper after arrests: The prominent Turkish journalist Can Dündar has become the symbolic co-editor of a pro-Kurdish daily newspaper after two journalists and an academic were arrested on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”. By Constanze LetschTurkeyHealth, Education, and Welfare:

Georgia school district hiring 450 teachers, no education degree requiredGeorgiaSchool

 

 

Daily News Digest June 16, 2016

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Che GueveraImageoftheDay0Child Poverty RateChildPoverty Quotes of the Day:

Recent years have seen a rise in both private prisons and the use of prison labor by private, for-profit corporations. This has created perverse incentives to imprison people and exploit them for cheap labor — often at 50 cents an hour or less. Corporations such as Microsoft, Target, Revlon, and Boeing have all made products with prison labor. With over a third of home appliances and 30 percent of speakers and headphones made using prison labor, it’s likely most American households own inmate-made products. — The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

There is something profoundly wrong when we have a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages and we have the highest childhood poverty rate of nearly any developed country on earth. Income and Wealth Inequality

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members. — Pearl S. Buck

Video of the Day:

Eritrea in US Crosshairs

U.S.

Orlando Shooters Boss — G4S: The Chaos Company: G4S is based near London and is traded on the stock exchange there. Though it remains generally unknown to the public, it has operations in 120 countries and more than 620,000 employees. In recent years it has become the third-largest private employer in the world, after Walmart and the Taiwanese manufacturing conglomerate Foxconn. The fact that such a huge private entity is a security company is a symptom of our times. Most G4S employees are lowly guards, but a growing number are military specialists dispatched by the company into what are delicately known as “complex environments” to take on jobs that national armies lack the skill or the will to do. by William LangewiescheG4SGuccifer 2.0? Lone Hacker Takes Credit for DNC Cyber Attack, Publishes Docs: ‘Hacktivists, possibly state-sponsored, now demonstrating intent—and capability—to influence elections,” says Edward Snowden by Nika Knight

Gruccifer2.0U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Like Regime Change in Eritrea, “Africa’s Cuba”: The U.S. is moving towards war against Eritrea, a fiercely independent African nation of only six million people. Washington has deployed its UN “human rights” proxies to justify another “humanitarian” military intervention, remarkably like the UN-sanctioned aggression against Libya, in 2011. The UN panel charges Eritrea with “enslaving” and murdering its own people — a pack of imperial lies. Obama is set to add another war to his bloody legacy. by BAR executive editor Glen FordGlenFord

Environment:

Meanwhile, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reports that the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – the leading force behind recent climate change – has reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in recorded history. Levels that high have only been reached during the Pliocene era. According to Dr. Erika Podest, a leading carbon and water cycle research scientist, “This milestone is a wake-up call that our actions in response to climate change need to match the persistent rise in CO2. Climate change is a threat to life on Earth and we can no longer afford to be spectators.” — Deleting the Real Story Behind the Great Canada Fire

Deleting the Real Story Behind the Great Canada Fire by Paul Street PaulStreetRecord CO2 levels signal sizzling summers: As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches a historic high point that could continue for a lifetime,summer emperatures are also heading towards record levels. by Tim RadfordTimRadfordEPA Proposal Allows Radiation Exposure in Drinking Water Equivalent to 250 Chest X-Rays a YearEPAWater

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

The Spread of Radiation Internal Contamination thru Fresh Produce in Japan: radiation exposure internally is much more harmful than external exposure : at least 100 times more harmful.FoodRadiationJapan urged to give true picture of Fukushima nuclear leak: China has again urged the Japanese government to give an honest explanation of the Fukushima nuclear leak incident and its impact on the environment as soon as possible.ChinaFukushimaBlack Liberation/Civil Rights:

Stanford White Athlete Sentencing ‘Justice’ and Florida Black Sentencing ‘Justice”: Judge Gives Man 60 Years In Prison For Driving With Suspended License by Counter Current News Editorial TeamJustice? The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All: The American prison system is a massive — if invisible — part of our economy and social fabric. By Lauren KaraffaLauren KaraffaSchool Ignored White Bullies Putting Rope Around a Black Girl’s Neck and Dragging Her: A Texas family has filed a lawsuit against officials at the Live Oak Classical School in Waco, accusing them of allowing three white boys to put a rope around the neck of a 12-year-old black girl and drag her around.  By Nathan Wellman

A photograph of the injuries sustained by the 12-year-old girl. (Photo: Levi McCathern):ChildNeck

Labor:

Economy:

Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little because much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time. — Income and Wealth Inequality

Deepening Recession Second Quarter 2016 Industrial Production Continued to sink, Quarter to Quarter and Year to YearShadow

WallStreetOnParadeWhy Brexit Is Such a Threat to the New World Order By Pam Martens and Russ MartensMatens World:

. . . Jo (Cox) was universally liked at Westminster, not just by her Labour colleagues, but across parliament. In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why she died. But for now all our thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their Mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for. We send them our deepest condolences. We have lost a much loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace. But they have lost a wife and a mother, and our hearts go out to them. . . .  — Jeremy Corbyn

‘Horrendous’: Labour Party MP Jo Cox Gunned Down in the UK: Details remain incomplete and unconfirmed, but some witness accounts suggest violence may have been politically motivated by Jon QueallyLaborParty

 

Under the Guise of the ‘War on Terrorism’: Hollende Plans to Fully Apply The Iron Heal! (Obama has the power to do the same thing!):

‘Socialist’ Hollande threatens to ban demos as French anti-labor law protests grow: President Francois Hollande has proposed to ban demonstrations in France, according to his presidential spokesman, who said that at a time when the country is plagued by terrorism, the conditions are not in place to protect “personal or public property.” FranceHealth, Education, and Welfare:

Grow Food, Not Lawns: I never knew who lived in the house that was the one holdout in a sea of high maintenance living carpet. But I sure did admire the homeowner that dared to be different, and planted their entire front yard in potatoes every yearGroqFood

 

Daily News Digest June 16, 2016

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“In the Land of the ‘Free’”ImageoftheDat

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NBA Hall of Famer, Rick Barry, stated that the call by refs and the consequent suspension of Draymond Green was ‘Bullshit’ —The reason for fouls being called and fouls not being called: The Sports Industrial complex makes more money if the series goes the full 7 games. Nothing more needs to be said. — Roland Sheppard

Varoufakis is timid in taking such demands to their full revolutionary potential, instead choosing to hide in the shadows of reformism. He is paralysed by a deadly combination of fear and pessimism, choosing the path of “pragmatism” in order to defeat the main threat that he sees for Europe: the rise of the far right. But what Varoufakis fails to also see is that the greatest boost for the far right comes from the very timidity of Left leaders such as himself, whose “pragmatic” attempts to try and reform European capitalism mean they cannot offer a genuine solution to the problems facing society. When such “progressives” fail and the Left is defeated by its leadership’s lack of confidence in the power of the working class, is it any wonder that demagogues and far-right populists gain a certain echo in society? With his pessimism and “pragmatism”, therefore, Varoufakis ends up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, sowing the seeds of our own demise, and bringing into being the very future he is trying to stop. — Varoufakis’ “Modest Proposal”: Pragmatism or Utopianism?

Videos of the Day:

4 out of 5 Prisoners Would Have to be Released to Reduce U.S. Incarceration to 1972 Levels (Audio)

Police clash with demonstrators in Paris amid fresh labour  reform protests

Nina Simone: Why (The King of Love Is Dead)

U.S.

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers by Phyllis BennisBeforeOrlando

Orlando Shooters Father Worked For The CIA by Sean Adl-Tabatabai  Shooters FatherBFP Book Review: “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism’ by Trevor Aaronson”: How the FBI creates and facilitates phony terrorist plots so that the bureau can then claim victory in the war on terror. By Mark MondalekTerrorFactory

Environment:

The 1% Favor Immediate Profits over Climate — Despite Threat to Humanity!:  World’s Banks Driving Climate Chaos with Hundreds of Billions in Extreme Energy Financing Wall Street continues to back the most polluting fossil fuel industries “at the expense of some of the most vulnerable communities on the planet,” states new report by Lauren McCauley  WorldBanksReport Finds Big Ag’s Global Land Grab Expanding to New Frontiers While ‘food security-driven land grabbing’ has subsided in recent years, ‘plain old profit-driven agribusiness expansion is now the dominant agenda’ by Deirdre Fulton BigAg

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Fukushima radiation blamed for spike in U.S. sailor deaths; 400 veterans suffering serious, debilitating illnesses: The death and sickness toll for U.S. sailors who were aboard an American aircraft carrier sent to assist the Japanese government in the hours and days following the http://www.fukushima.news/ is growing, with scores more continuing to come forward by: J. D. Heyes USSReagan

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:BAR

4 out of 5 Prisoners Would Have to be Released to Reduce U.S. Incarceration to 1972 Levels: The U.S. prison system is the true measure of how America regards its Blacks citizens. In a country that is till two-thirds white and only one-sixth Black, African Americans make up majorities of the prison population in 12 states. To bring U.S. incarceration rates down to 1972 levels, fully 80 percent of the 2.3 million current prison inmates – a total of 1,850,000 men and women – would have to be let go. A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford  BarGlenFordFreedom Rider: September 9th Prison Strike: Prison inmates around the country have organized to resist the world’s largest and most profitable system of human bondage. Mass Black incarceration marks the U.S. as a racist police state. “When we stand up to these authorities,” say the prisoners, “they come down on us, and the only protection we have is solidarity from the outside.” All decent men and women must answer the call to action from the belly of the gulag in September. by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyBarMargaretAmerica: The Land of Terrorists and Massacres:  The massacre in Orlando was not the largest mass killing in U.S. history, and the United States has been responsible for the massacre of millions around the planet. We should all be mindful of “the nexus between US foreign policy adventures that plunder and violate countries in search of natural resources and US domestic racist actions.” U.S. crimes against humanity stretch from My Lai to Ferguson. by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-AdebayoBar MarshaMuhammad Ali and Dylann Roof: Contested Meanings and Contested Lies: In the space of a week, Muhammad Ali was eulogized by “the rapist and petty opportunist politician” Bill Clinton, and the U.S. government announced it would pursue the death penalty for the Charleston shooter. Nothing in America is innocent. The first event represents the rulers’ attempt to “Americanize” Black icons. The second cynically seeks to undermine opposition to the death penalty among Blacks, the group most opposed to capital punishment. by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu BarakaBarAjamu Keep Muhammed Ali’s Legacy Away from Beyonce and Kanye West: Airheaded commentators compare Beyonce’s media products and Kanye West’s off-hand quips to Muhammad Ali’s heroic political struggle and genuine sacrifice in the Sixties. That’s nonsense. “Beyonce can dress up in Black Panther dress and subsequently fail to use her platform to educate others about the Black Panther Party precisely because she is selling a product, not building a movement. The same goes for Kanye West and all corporate artists.” by Danny HaiphongBeyoncePrisons are for Burning: On Abolition and Dystopia: When people claim they have a plan to abolish prisons, make sure they are not hawking some techno-analytic, biometric, genetic mapping, computer-based or electronic ankle bracelet alternative designed to ensnare us all. Rather than abolishing incarceration, they would democratize it. When it comes to phony prison “abolition” schemes, “the president and his opposition all sound an awful lot like Angela Davis.” by Neal ShirleyBarNeil Hillary Clinton: Something Wicked This Way Comes: Lesser evils” are still evil – and, who says Hillary Clinton is the “lesser” in a contest with Donald Trump? “If you wish to vote for someone evil who adores war and destroying human life, by way of wars of aggression, then Hillary Clinton is your candidate.” Trump’s evil is also manifest in his nostalgia for Jim Crow and his crude and contemptible xenophobia. by Solomon ComissiongBarSolomonGreen Party Seeks 2016 Ballot Access in all 50 States, an Interview with Rick Lass: The two major parties maintain their duopoly, not just on the strength of corporate money, but by making it so hard for independent parties to get on the ballot. The author spoke to New Mexico activist and Stein campaign staffer Rick Lass about efforts to get the Green Party on the ballot in all 50 states. He reminded her that it also “takes an inspiring candidate with an organization to raise the funds and attract the volunteers needed to get on the ballot.” by Ann Garrison BarAnn

Labor:

Economy:

WallStreetOnParade“The Business of America Isn’t Business Anymore.” It’s Tricked Up Financial Engineering. By Pam Martens and Russ MartensMartens

World:

Varoufakis’ “Modest Proposal”: Pragmatism or Utopianism? by Thomas Soudhttp://www.marxist.com/images/stories/economy/yannis_varoufakis-CC-BY-NC-ND-2-dot-0_Brookings_Institute.jpg 

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Daily News Digest June 15, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 15, 2016:  “We’re on the Eve of Distruction”

Images of the Day:

Constant Rise of CO2 and Global WarmingImageoftheDatThe Results of Less Evilism — More Evil!ImageoftheDat@

Quote of the Day:

From then through the 1960s the ‘founding fathers’ that I admire were the founders and organizers of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) ‘sit ins’, Malcolm X the Black Power Movement, and the Anti-Vietnam War movement. From that time on there has been a constant bi-partisan attack upon the labor movement and the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Read my essays The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights Movement and The Fall of the Trade Union Movement. Both of these declines were orchestrated by the betrayals by the leadership of these movements — not to extend the gains of the movements for a better standard of living and improve our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — but to subordinate these past victories, to the election of lesser evil Democrats. — My Forefathers and The 1%’s Forefathers

Videos of the Day:

Capitalism Will Collapse Because Elites ‘Allow Poor to Rot,’ Tariq Ali Tells Chris Hedges (Video)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Retirement Plans (HBO)

EWG Explains: Chemicals and Cancer

The Socialist Alternative to the European Union

U.S.

Orlando shooting: Shares in G4S fall 8% after gunman confirmed as a former employee of the company: Omar Mateen, the man identified as the shooter in the attack, worked with private security group G4S Secure Solutions as an officer in Florida. By Zlata RodionovaOrlandoshootingStop G4S: G4S is a huge British security company that provides equipment and services to Israeli prisons at which political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture. By helping Israel to run 5 prisons and “interrogation centres”, G4S is participating in Israel’s use of torture and mass incarceration of more than 6,000 Palestinians as a way to discourage Palestinians from resisting its apartheid policies. G4S also has contracts with the Israeli government to provide equipment and services to checkpoints that make up the Apartheid wall, crossings that enforce the siege of Gaza and Israeli policy stations. G4S guards operate at various Israeli military bases.STOPG4SWe must not let the Orlando nightclub terror further strangle our civil liberties As we mourn the shooting victims, it’s imperative that we remember the response can be more dangerous than the attack By Chelsea E ManningChelseaManningThe ‘Greater Evils’ Unite: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Call for Bombing ISIS After Orlando Shooting That ISIS Didn’t Direct By Zaid JilaniDonaldandHilary U.S. Military Industrial Complex Preparing for World War III: NATO War Games Near Russia ‘Pushing Humanity Towards World War III’: NATO has begun its Anaconda-16 war game, calling for the largest assembly of foreign forces in Poland since World War II. By SputnikNATOJapan Joins Major US-India Naval Exercise on Beijing’s Doorstep: Large-scale naval war games will take place in the East China Sea along China’s western border in the latest provocative act by the US government to contain China. By Sputnik

Environment:

This Might Get the World to Finally Pay Attention to Climate Change: Six British warships stationed in the Persian Gulf are breaking down because the water is too hot. This week, members of the British Navy testified to the UK’s Defence Committee that their Type 45 destroyers keep losing power because of high ocean temperatures. When the ships’ turbines get overheated, they can’t generate as much energy, resulting in electrical failures. ByAlissa WalkerBritishWarshipsThe Capitalist System in Hell Bent for Humanity’s Destruction:  Report: Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set to Pass 400ppm —Permanently Carbon emissions and extreme weather events poised to push CO2 levels past symbolic threshold for good, new study finds By Nadia Prupis   Hellbent

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 13, 2016BarRadioFBI Widens Sting Operations Against Dissidents

The FBI appears to have widened its web of sting operations to entrap American dissidents in so-called “terrorist plots,” said Sue Udry, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Udry cited a study that analyzed about 400 alleged terror plots prosecuted by the FBI between 2003 and 2010, only four of which “did not have a component of FBI entrapment of the people who were eventually convicted.” Most were against poor, unsophisticated Muslim Americans. In more recent years, said Udry, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department have used “these entrapment stings against environmental and peace activists” and have been “monitoring and infiltrating Black Lives Matter, the Occupy Movement” and “groups that are fighting fracking.” The Committee is demanding Congress launch an investigation to find out “what other groups the FBI has been focused on.”

Black Is Back Coalition to Help Develop an Agenda for Self-Determination

Black America in recent decades has put forward “no basic political demand” of its own, but instead hopes and prays “that the Democratic Party will treat us well and the Republican Party will not treat us badly,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. On August 13 and 14 the Coalition will hold a conference on a national Black political agenda for self-determination, in Philadelphia. In the Sixties, said Yeshitela, “the drive was for self-determination, and that’s been a missing element in the political discussion up until now.”

Broad Clemency Needed to Reverse Mass Incarceration

The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based prison reform organization, is calling for a broader, categorical approach to presidential clemency, like President Gerald Ford’s 1974 amnesty for war resisters. However, even comprehensive clemencies would not alter U.S. status as the world’s premier incarceration state, said executive director Marc Mauer. “We need to have more rational sentencing policies, we need more diversion from prison, and we need more public health approaches” to social problems,” said Mauer. “If we really want to address mass incarceration, it’s going to take much more on the front end than just rectifying some of these problems five or ten years after the initial sentence has taken place.”

Death Squads and Corporate Greed Prey on Black Colombians

Afro-Colombians and indigenous groups have been blocking roads in protest of violations of their land rights by multinational corporations and intimidation by paramilitary death squads. “You have a particular kind of predatory capitalism” in Colombia and other parts of Latin America, “where you have a relationship between corporations and the government, and paramilitary forces that do the bidding of these corporations in terms of cleaning people from land and terrorizing and murdering local organizers,” said Ajamu Baraka, a member of the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network. “In Colombia, paramilitarism has been taken to an art form.” Baraka is a BAR editor and columnist and a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. ListenRead more about Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 13, 2016

Labor:

Economy:

Neoliberalism: Oversold?: Instead of delivering  growth, some neoliberal policies have increased inequality, in turn jeopardizing durable expansion By Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide FurceriNeoLiberalism

World:

Health, Education, and Welfare:

We’re on the Eve of Distruction:

One Big List of All the Cancer-Causing Chemicals Inside Us More than 400 known or likely carcinogens are lurking in people’s bodies. By Will GreenbergCancerCausingChemicls

 

Daily News Digest June 14, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 14, 2016

Images of the Day:

The United States has a 400 Hundred Year History of GenocideImageoftheDayThe United States Has a History of MassacresImageoftheDay2

Quotes of the Day:

Climate scientists recognize this 400 ppm mark as a symbolic milestone, illustrating the rapid increase of human-caused CO2 emissions over the past century. Numerous other climate data, gleaned from ice cores, ocean sediment, and other sources show that this is the highest CO2 concentration in the air in all of modern human history, possibly as far back as 15 million years ago.  — Carbon Dioxide Passes 400 PPM Milestone, NOAA Finds

The Alexander Hamilton Mythology:

Alexander Hamilton was a brilliant young lawyer of West Indian birth who had served as a Colonel on Washington’s staff during the revolution. From his early childhood he had manifested a mental precocity that revolved around two main axes: a splendid capacity for financial analysis and a strong belief in the rule of the rich, aristocratic and “well-born.” Entering Washington’s cabinet as the first Secretary of the Treasury, he demonstrated his abilities and developed his conceptions in the famous “Hamiltonian system” to such good effect that he was soon the idolized leader of the mercantile elements. — Harry Frankel,  How the Constitution Was Written

This is the case with Alexander Hamilton whose life has been scrubbed with a kind of historical Ajax until it sparkles. His reputation has been shored up as an abolitionist and someone who was opposed to slavery. Not true. Alexander Hamilton married into the Schuylers, a slaveholding family, and participated in the bartering of slaves. One of “Hamilton’s” actors, Renee Elise Goldsberry (“The Color Purple”), who visited the Schuyler home, said the Schuyler sisters, “were the Kardashians” of 1780 — superstars, but with dignity and grace.”[1] Maybe they were able to maintain “dignity and grace” because they had 27 slaves serve them. Black women whose labor assignments left them little time to preen. Is this actor disregarding, callously, that the sisters thrived on the labor of enslaved women? No, she probably attended the same schools that I attended. A curriculum that endowed slave traders and Indian exterminators with the status of deities. — Ishmael Reed, “Hamilton: the Musical:” Black Actors Dress Up like Slave Traders…and It’s Not Halloween

Hamilton’s position on slavery is more complex than his biographers’ suggest. Hamilton was not an advocate of slavery, but when the issue of slavery came into conflict with his personal ambitions, his belief in property rights, or his belief of what would promote America’s interests, Hamilton chose those goals over opposing slavery. In the instances where Hamilton supported granting freedom to blacks, his primary motive was based more on practical concerns rather than an ideological view of slavery as immoral. Hamilton’s decisions show that his desire for the abolition of slavery was not his priority. One of Alexander Hamilton’s main goals in life was to rise to a higher position in society. His humble birth meant that he would not only have to work hard but that he would have to befriend the right people — the wealthy and influential. During the eighteenth century, a large number of upper-class Americans held slaves. When Hamilton had to make a choice between his social ambitions and his desire to free slaves, he opted to follow his ambitions. — Somewhere in Between: Alexander Hamilton and Slavery

 Videos of the Day:

‘State of Surveillance’ with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith (Full Pisode)

The social media scams just keep coming — The latest player: Snapchat

U.S.

Obama leading the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse — US Imperialism Spreading War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. Copyright Steve Bell 2009/All Rights ReservedObamaHorsemenObama Signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Written By Monsanto-Sponsored Senator Buried 78 pages within the bill exists a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the Missouri-based Monsanto Company from litigation.

Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Prospects for Survival  By Noam ChomskyNoamChomskyThe Politics of Triangulation: Surrender or Resist?: Triangulation is the two-party system’s master strategy for perpetuating its power.  Both Democrats and Republican are already minority parties. As they continue to lose popular support they confront an increasingly challenging problem:  how to win elections without representing the interests of the majority of Americans.  by Richard Moser  TrianglationBernie Sanders’ Orchestrated Demise by Jeff MacklerMackler The Revolution Betrayed: Why Sandernistas Have a Right to be Angry by Dan Arel

 Environment:

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone: Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.  By Arthur NeslenCO2Level

 

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

 Nuclear ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Is a Real Threat to New York, But the Feds Don’t Seem to Care An aging nuclear power plant suffers a spate of mishaps, but the NRC claims it’s all good. By Cliff WeathersNewYorkTickingBomA Derailed Oil Train Opens the Path for Living Democracy by Patrick Hiller  DerailedTrain

 Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Labor:

Economy:

World:

Germany: Thousands Surround US Air Base to Protest the Use of Drones Over 5,000 Germans formed a 5.5-mile human chain to surround the base by Common Dreams staffGermanyBritish troops enter Syria and Libya to ensure that war outlives ISIS: Ostensibly there to fight ISIS, the real goal is to prevent the Syrian and Libyan armies defeating ISIS by themselves. By Dan Glazebrook BritishTroopsThe French Stand Up: “We’ve had enough” is the phrase on everyone’s lips as – against all expectations – the wave of strikes, blockades, disruptions and mass demonstrations begun on May 17th continues to develop throughout France. ndeed, in the past couple of days, two new strategic groups of workers have joined the protest. Technicians at France’s nuclear power plants are now cutting back on production of electricity, and the railroad workers have massively joined the street protests while cutting back on trains. Meanwhile, there are long lines at the gas pumps as petroleum workers continue to blockade France’s major oil refineries. By Richard GreemanFrenchStandUp

Health, Education, and Welfare:

Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children New research is first to establish the link and builds on other evidence that children are particularly vulnerable to even low levels of pollution By Damian CarringtonAir Pollution

 

Daily News Digest June 13, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 13, 2016

Images of the Day:

News Item: After Frustrating Primary, Millions of Ballots in California Remain Uncounted: With votes not be counted, it reminded of this Thomas Nast’s Boss Tweed cartoon: Thomas Nast shows Tweed’s source of power: control of the ballot box. “As long as I count the Votes, what are you going to do about it?” BossTweedTwo Americas — Subsidies for the Poor and Subsidies for the Rich

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Quotes of the Day:

No need for a jury? The Stanford Rape Trial Judge, Aaron Persky gave Brock Turner a misdemeanor sentence for a felony crime, overruling the jury, totally and ignoring the fact that Brock Turner was convicted of the felony of sexual assault with a foreign object by the jury. — Roland Sheppard

Democracy Diminished (pdf), released by the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), looks at disenfranchisement around the country since the Supreme Court effectively blocked Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act—which requires certain jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination against voters to submit proposed voting changes to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or a federal court in Washington, D.C. for pre-clearance—in its 2013 ruling on Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder. — After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights, An Explosion of Democratic Suppression

No one in America should have their property taken from them by law enforcement officials without first being convicted of a crime.  And yet, Tony Jalali stood to lose his entire commercial building in Anaheim, California even though he was never charged with any wrongdoing. . . . Not only is medical marijuana legal in California, but state law prohibits the forfeiture of homes and buildings like Jalali’s unless the property owner is convicted of a felony crime.  In other words, state and local officials could not forfeit Jalali’s building under state law since he was never even accused of a crime.  But the city of Anaheim teamed up with the federal government to do an end-run around California law, allowing the city to benefit from a forfeiture they could not achieve under state law.  Using a federal forfeiture program known as “equitable sharing,” if the federal government was successful in taking the property it could have kept 20% of the proceeds of the building—worth about $1.5 million— while the remainder could have gone to Anaheim law enforcement officials. The equitable sharing program is a powerful incentive used by the federal government to enlist local law enforcement officials to cooperate in federal forfeiture prosecutions. — California Civil Forfeiture

In Bernanke’s book, he concedes that the potential buyers of Lehman had concluded that it was wildly inflating the value of its assets and capital by tens of billions of dollars. That’s why no firm would step up to the plate to buy it. How had the Fed’s own examiners missed this? How could Bernanke have read Parkinson’s email about Lehman’s tri-party borrowing or looked at its derivative obligations and even contemplated that $12 billion in a capital injection was a realistic assessment of what it would take to keep Lehman alive. — A Critical and Ignored 2008 Email by Ben Bernanke on the Lehman Collapse

Videos of the Day:

Robert Scheer and Anthony Davis Discuss Football and Brain Trauma (Podcast)

Economic Update: Local Groups, Social Change: This episode discusses the new book Coming of Age in the Other America, new research revealing the superiority of worker co-ops over capitalist enterprises, the negative results of profit-driven enterprises and “America” replacing Budweiser. We also interview Betsy Avila, a digital organizer working with local groups for social change. (Podcast)

U.S.

Social Democrtes and Communists ‘Fooled’ Again!:

But where did all of that money go? Most of it went to those duplicitous consultants. Bernie raised money quickly, but his campaign had a high “bern” rate and there’s precious little left to show for squandering all those millions. Imagine the havoc Black Lives Matter could unleash with only half of that warchest. Sanders has built a “yuuge” following. It’s yet to be determined whether these youthful hordes can be mobilized into a real movement. The movement is certainly going nowhere as long as Sanders loyalists remain locked inside the entropic hothouse of the Democratic Party, where their hero has led and left them, awaiting a couple of planks in the platform drafted in disappearing ink. The most energetic political movement in the country right now is the combative Chicano-led masses stalking Trump and his racist retinue from venue-to-venue. If only there existed a similar movement haunting Hillary’s every step. Real political revolutions (as opposed to rhetorical ones) begin after the futility of the ballot box has been proven. Sustainable movements are driven by issues not personalities. And sometimes you have to bust your idols for kindling to get things ignited. — Paul Street

It’s Still the Same Old ‘Lessor Evilers’  Story USImagePied Piper Bernie Sanders Leading the March to Stop Trump and Vote for Evil Hilary! PidedPiper The End of the Bern’s Revolution: Bernie Just Promised Obama To Unite With Hillary To Defeat “Bigot” Trump

Under the Rule Lessor Evil Obama: Deeper and Deeper into War: Obama Authorizes More Military Force in Afghanistan ’15 years later, lives lost, billions spent…’ by Nika Knight, staff writerAfghanistanAfter SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights, An Explosion of Democratic Suppression: Millions of minority voters remain ‘vulnerable to voter suppression schemes in towns, counties, and states across the country,’ NAACP analysis shows by Nadia Prupis SCOTUSUN Head Admits He Caved to Threats in Removing Saudi Coalition From Blacklist: ‘If the Saudi-led Coalition wants to be removed from the list, it should stop killing and maiming children and bombing schools and hospitals in Yemen—the violations for which it was listed.’ By Andrea GermanosUNHeadA Debasing Spectacle: Behind and Beyond the Latest Quadrennial Carnival by Paul Street

Why the Obama Administration Is Favoring al-Qaeda’s Main Syrian Ally By Gareth PorterAl-QaedaSyriaUSA & “Black Lives Matter”: Feds Join Whitewash of Police Murders By Barry Sheppard

Philadelphia water department faces class action lawsuit over water testing: City is under increasing pressure to change test methods that scientists said may underestimate the amount of lead found in water after a Guardian investigation By Jessica GlenzaPhiladelphia

Environment:

‘We’ve never seen anything like this’: Arctic sea ice hit a stunning new low in May By Chris MooneySeaIce

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

The unsung villain in Brock Turner’s lenient sentence — probation officers: The officials strongly influence sentencing decisions, like the one in the Stanford sexual assault case, without accountability to the defendant or the public By Chandra BozelkoStanford

Labor:

 French Labour Law: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Movement by Jérôme Métellus

. . .This is why positive and offensive demands should be incorporated into the platform of the movement – for example on wages or working time – capable of bringing new layers of workers into action. In this respect, “new rights with a labour code for the 21st century” is a formulation that is far too vague without any real concrete content. This cannot convince anyone to enter the struggle. After years of counter reforms and austerity, employees are willing to fight: this is clearly shown by the current movement. But against opponents as determined as Valls, Hollande and Gattaz, the movement needs a leadership that is determined to fight until the end, with an offensive strategy that corresponds to the real balance of power and the actual dynamic of the struggle. If the leadership is lacking at the top of the trade unions, workers and trade unionists who are active on the ground should take things into their own hands. The general assemblies of the workers must be linked at the local, regional and national levels through elected and recallable delegates in order to give the movement a democratic structure able to fully express the militancy of the workers, develop the movement and go on the offensive. The demonstration of June 14th in Paris could be the opportune moment to organize a meeting of delegates from general assemblies of active areas all over the country. There is no time to lose!

FrenchLabor

Economy:

. . . Index of Industrial Production (May 2016). The Federal Reserve Board will release its estimate of Industrial Production activity for May 2016 on Wednesday, June 15th, with coverage in Commentary No. 813 of that date. Headline reporting likely will continue on the downside, both month-to-month and year-to-year, with continuing revisions to the last six months of data. The outlook for second-quarter 2016 likely will turn from the current, bloated, small annualized growth rate, to a solid quarterly contraction, which would be the third-consecutive quarterly decline, the fifth decline in the last six quarters. That would be accompanied by a deepening pattern of year-to-year annual decline by quarter, the third such consecutive circumstance; one that never has been seen outside of a formal recession in the 97-year history of the production series. Wherever consensus indications settle for relative monthly activity in May, expectations have been disappointed fairly consistently on the downside in the last year or so of activity. Accordingly, headline reporting and monthly revisions remain good bets to offer negative surprises versus consensus forecasts. . . .  — John Williams. Shadow Government Satatistics

WallStreetOnParadeA Critical and Ignored 2008 Email by Ben Bernanke on the Lehman Collapse By Pam Martens and Russ Martens Martens

Regulation of Financial Industry is History if Trade In Services Agreement Passes by Pete Dolack RegulationFincial

World:

Apartheid, Human Rights and BDS by Robert Fantina ApartheidUS had extensive contact with Ayatollah Khomeini before Iran revolution: Documents seen by BBC suggest Carter administration paved way for Khomeini to return to Iran by holding the army back from launching a military coup By Saeed Kamali Dehghan and David SmithKhomeini

Health, Education, and Welfare:

How do we separate the truth from the lies when reporting war crimes? Each false atrocity bleeds into the body of evidence of other, real crimes, contaminating the truth for decades to come By Robert Fisk RobertFisk

 

Daily News Digest June 10, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 10, 2016

Images of the Day:

Cartoon: “Just A Little Bit Rapey” From Clay Jones on his political cartoon “A Little Bit Rapey,” how Brock Turner became known as the Stanford rapist, and how the rich are above the lawImageoftheDayDo You Really Believe?ImageoftheDay2

Quotes of the Day:

The revolts by Trump’s white nationalists in the Republican Party and Bernie Sanders’ leftish, ‘social democratic’ legions among the Democrats, are rebellions against the corporate consensus. — Glen Ford, Sanders’ Moment of Truth

We’ll be kicking off the campaign to educate more of Georgia about how and why parents should exercise their right to refuse the destructive testing of our children. We’ll learn how and why one in five new York parents are refusing these tests, and how parents and teachers in Chicago, Seattle and other places are resisting “test-and-punish,” Common Core, and privatization. We’ll examine the bipartisan bid to turn Georgia’s public schools into New Orleans or Detroit’s — publicly funded but privately run by unaccountable cronies of both parties bent on profit and privatization instead of education. If you’re in or near Atlanta that night, do join us. — Bruce Dixon, We Won’t Be New Orleans or Detroit: Stopping the Bipartisan Drive To Privatize Education in Georgia

Videos of the Day:

Operation Northwoods — The fine print You’ve heard about it, but have you read it? — The ultimate guide to false flag terror

NATO Exercises Encircling Russia — U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario: As U.S. destroyers and warships enter the Black Sea for the first time since the Cold War, NATO’s ten-day military exercises encircling Russia threatens peace in Europe says Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at University of Kent

U.S.

Virginia student arrested, suspended after being accused of stealing milk at lunch — even though it’s free: A Graham Park Middle school student was cuffed and suspended after being accused of stealing a 65-cent carton of milk during lunch — even though Ryan Turk is on the free lunch program.  VirginiaStanford historian examines the politics of sexual violence Through a study of the changing definitions of rape, Stanford professor Estelle Freedman finds that political power and social privilege create complex perceptions of sexual violence. By Justin TackettStanfordHistorianWhy America needs a national rape monument for its countless victims: The country has been shocked by the Stanford rape case, but there is one rape every 107 seconds. All those victims and survivors need to be honored too By Rebecca SolnitRapeMonumentBreaking Out of the Duopoly: Ballot Access and Third Parties by Terry ConnollyDuopolyBritish firm aims to open immigration detention center near US-Mexico border: Billion-dollar company Serco has lobbied the US for more than a year in a push for detention contracts, sparking criticism from immigrant rights groups By Oliver Laughland and Renée FeltzDetentionCenter

Environment:

Water Activists, Your White Privilege Is Showing By Abre’ ConnerWhiteActivistsSurveying Damage on World Oceans Day, Experts Say Worst is Yet to Come ‘We cannot continue to treat our seas as an out-of-sight, out-of-mind dumping ground.’ By Deirdre FultonSurveyingDamagepng False Promises, Smears And Golden Rice — Is This The Solution For Disease, Poverty And Malnutrition?: The pro-GMO lobby often relies on fraud, regulatory delinquency, opaque practices, smear campaigns, dirty tricks, slick PR and the debasement of science. While choosing to sideline the root causes of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and regional food insecurity (and effective solutions), it promotes a techno quick-fix based on profitable proprietary technology. By Colin TodhunterFalsePromisesArctic Ice Dwindles to Record Low By Tim RadfordArticIce

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Anti-Fracking Momentum Grows with Another People’s Victory in California Measure E passed with an overwhelming 71 percent, making Butte County the fourth in the state to ban fracking by Lauren McCauleyLauren McCauley

 Black Liberation/Civil Rights: BARSanders’ Moment of Truth: The moment of truth has come for the Sanders campaign. He must act according to the logic of the “movement” that he claims to lead, or bow to the logic of the duopoly political system. “If Sanders folds before Philadelphia — as early as this week, if the White House has its way — then history will treat him as a saboteur of the ‘movement’ that he claimed to lead.” by BAR executive editor Glen FordGlenFord

We Won’t Be New Orleans or Detroit: Stopping the Bipartisan Drive To Privatize Education in Georgia: They did it in New Orleans thanks to Katrina —  closed over a hundred public schools and fired thousands to create the nation’s first and highly profitable all-charter school district, an educational failure but a neoliberal social engineering masterpiece. They did it to Detroit without a hurricane. Is Georgia next, and your city or state after that? by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon BruceDixonFacebook Outreach Tool Ignores Black Lives Matter By Travis MannonFacebook

Labor:

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With a $55,000 debt, you learn to appreciate the little things: I haven’t had a vacation in years. Instead I’ve had to find happiness in a sunny afternoon on a lake, or all of us snuggling on a couch to watch a movie By Stephanie Land Debt

WallStreetOnParadeIs Frexit Next? Why Do So Many Europeans Dislike the EU? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens Martens

World:

Communism and the Iraqi Revolution – part one: The roots of the revolutionary history of the Iraqi people which is far from the barbarism — which it is often labelled with by the bourgeois media today. by Benjamin CurryIraq

Cheers, mate: Australia to give the US Treasury billions through company tax cuts We should be considering alternative mechanisms that ensure governments get their share of corporate profits, writes economist By Dean Baker. DeanBaker Ireland Continues to Remember 1916 and Continues to Betray It (With Some Canadian Help) by Aidan O’Brien

Health, Education, and Welfare:

Why Hillary Clinton and Obamacare Will Not Solve the Health Care Crisis By Michael CorcoranHealthCare

 

 

Daily News Digest June 9, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 9, 2016

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‘In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls!’ — Lennie BruceLenny Bruce ‘Equal Justice Under the Law’ImageoftheDay0Capitalist InvadersImageoftheDay Quote of the Day:

Adding insult to injury, Turner’s father wrote a letter to the judge claiming that his son hasn’t been the same since the trial — that the young man who once enjoyed cooking steaks doesn’t have the same appetite that he once did. That his life shouldn’t be forever altered by “20 minutes of action”. I wonder how long a sexual assault would have to last before Turner’s father would think it serious enough to warrant punishment. All of this happened the same week that a study was released showing that half of college athletes surveyed — half — reported coercing a partner into sex. The case in Stanford is not an anomaly: it is one part of a rape epidemic. — To Brock Turner’s victim: know this – we are with you 

Videos of the Day:

Sick sailors meet with Japan’s former prime minister

John Pilger on the Threat of World War Three (Going Underground)

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Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights By Jack HealeyAmericanExceptionalism Obama Calls on Black Caucus to Help Him Undermine Black Workers: The book “Game Change” revealed that President Obama despises most members of the Congressional Black Caucus representatives of his most loyal base), but when lacking votes, the president never fails to come calling on them for support.  by YvetteNewBlackCaucus America’s Rape Culture: Football, Art Briles and Baylor University by Lawrence WareRapeCulture

Environment:

 Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Energy News:

 07:47 AM EST on June 8th, 2016 | Spike in number of US sailors dying after Fukushima radiation exposure — Now over 400 veterans suffering serious illnesses — Former Japan Prime Minister breaks down crying, “This can’t be ignored any longer… The number of sick people is increasing and their symptoms are worsening” (VIDEOS)

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

BARFreedom Rider: World War III  by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret KimberleyBarMargaret

President Obama has spent seven years bullying his way towards Armageddon. Russia is now preparing for war and, “contrary to popular misconception there is no ‘missile shield’ that can protect the West should Russia decide to defend itself with nuclear weapons.” Obama is intent on creating “the same risks with China, another nuclear power.” But the U.S. can’t get regime change in China or Russia, “so what will the masters of disaster do next?”

Political Prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney Fears for His Life A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

BarGlenFordThe Black political class is constantly congratulating itself on ancient voting rights victories in the South, yet Rev. Edward Pinkney is serving his second stretch in prison for fighting against Black disenfranchisement in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Pinkney was convicted twice by all-white juries on the flimsiest evidence, and now believes his life is in danger behind bars. Audio

What Does it Mean to be an American Liberal Today? by Danny Haiphong

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Liberalism is “an ideology rooted in a nation founded upon imperial conquest and rabid capitalist exploitation.” Its main proponent in is the Democratic Party, which “has become the engine of US imperial rule.” Hillary Clinton is a twin of Barack Obama. “While Obama intensified imperial war, austerity, and domestic repression, liberal supporters sat on the sidelines and watched.” Liberals wage fake wars on Republicans and real wars on the world.

What’ll It be Folks: Xenophobia or Genocide? by Aidan O’BrienBarAidan

So-called “progressives” fear Donald Trump’s nationalism more than they loath Hillary Clinton’s imperialism, which murders millions.  If Trump fragmented America, disrupting the West’s plans for World War III, that “would be an unequivocally good thing.” However, most U.S. “progressives” don’t really care about America’s victims, only about themselves. “Clinton’s imperialism will not disturb their slumber.”

 Stop Criminalizing Sex Workers by Deon HaywoodBarDion

The fight against mass incarceration of the poor must extend to decriminalization of sex workers. “Just as drug use is a public health issue, sex work is born of the overwhelming poverty and income inequality.” Anti-trafficking campaigns expose sex workers to yet more violence and poverty. “A felony is a sure-fire way to get locked out of the economy permanently.”

 What Remains Hidden in Rwanda: The Role of Tutsi Civilians in Killing Hutus by Judi ReverBarJudi

When Paul Kagame’s Tutsi forces invaded Rwanda in the early 1990s, they spawned two genocides. First came the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Hutus, later followed by massacres of Tutsi. Only half the story has been told. Tutsi civilians’ duties included “identifying prominent Hutus that would later be executed, locating and putting Hutus in dungeons, delivering Hutus over to RPF intelligence agents and digging mass graves to bury victims.”

Muhammad Ali and the Hypocrites that Pretend They Respected His Political Views by Solomon Comissiong

BarSolomonThese days, everybody claims to love Muhammad Ali – yet another proof that the United States is the ultimate revisionist nation, reshaping the past to fit its national pretenses in the present. Ali stood up to U.S. apartheid and the racist, imperialist war against Vietnam. “They called him a traitor then; yet now pretend as though they respected his political stances as courageous.”

When Malcolm X Met Cassius Clay by Thomas C. Mountain

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Two of the greatest Black icons of the 20th century crossed paths – and the world would “never be the same again.” Malcolm X “enlightened Cassius Clay and brought about his rebirth as Muhammed Ali” — driving white America to new depths of insanity.

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World:

Caving to Saudis, UN Takes Coalition Off Blacklist in ‘Shocking Flip-Flop’ ‘It is unprecedented for the UN to bow to pressure to alter its own published report on children in armed conflict’ by Nadia PrupisSaudis The US Arming of Vietnam and the Crumbling Asian Security  The politics of the ruling class time and time again affirms the famous saying of Marx: “First as tragedy, then as farce.” Here, the ex-Stalinist, now state-capitalist government of Vietnam has asserted its place in both the old tragedy and the new farce with respect to American imperialism.  by Parson Young

Health, Education, and Welfare:

American Wasteland: the Most Urgent Challenge for America is Its Poorly Hidden Mental Health Crisis by James LuchteAmericanWasteland

 

Daily News Digest June 8, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 8, 2016

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The White House and Pentagon boast that the targeted killing program is precise and that numbers of civilian deaths are minimal. However, documents detailing a special operations campaign in northeastern Afghanistan, Operation Haymaker, show that between January 2012 and February 2013, U.S. special operations airstrikes killed more than two hundred people. Of those, only thirty-five were the intended targets. During one four-and-a-half-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. In Yemen and Somalia, where the United States has far more limited intelligence capabilities to confirm the people killed are the intended targets, the equivalent ratios may well be much worse. “Anyone caught in the vicinity is guilty by association,” the source said. “[When] a drone strike kills more than one person, there is no guarantee that those persons deserved their fate. . . . So it’s a phenomenal gamble.” — The Disturbing Truth Behind U.S. Drone Assassinations That the Government Tried to Keep Secret 

A research team from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York estimates 875,000 deaths in the United States in year 2000 could be attributed to social factors related to poverty and income inequality. According to U.S. government statistics, 2.45 million Americans died in the same year. When compared to the Columbia research team’s finding, social deprivation could account for some 36% of the total deaths in 2000. — Neoliberalism lowers life expectancy 

The victim said Mr. Turner had admitted drinking, but still had not acknowledged any fault in the attack, insisting the episode had been consensual. She said the court privileged his well-being over her own, and in the end declined to punish him severely because the authorities considered the disruption to his studies and athletic career at a prestigious university when determining his sentence. She wrote: The probation officer weighed the fact that he has surrendered a hard-earned swimming scholarship. How fast Brock swims does not lessen the severity of what happened to me, and should not lessen the severity of his punishment. If a first-time offender from an underprivileged background was accused of three felonies and displayed no accountability for his actions other than drinking, what would his sentence be? The fact that Brock was an athlete at a private university should not be seen as an entitlement to leniency, but as an opportunity to send a message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class.Light Sentence for Brock Turner in Stanford Rape Case Draws Outrage 

U.S.

Stanford Rape: What Would the Sentenced Have Been If Brock Turner was Black or Hispanic?:

Rape Culture On The College Campus — Are we going to continue to allow our society to be uneducated on the topics of sexual assault and rape? By  Mackenzie Stenos RapeCulture

The Brock Turner Rape Case: A Complete Injustice: Unless you have been living under a rock – or at the very least, haven’t checked Facebook or Twitter lately – then you’ve heard about the troubling legal case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner. Turner, who recently turned 20 years old, was convicted of three felonies on March 30th of this year: assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object. By Ascher Robbins

Judge Who Coddled Stanford Rapist Brock Turner Once Ran as Tough on Rape: Years before the California judge let preppy Stanford rapist Brock Turner off with a lighter-than-light sentence, he bragged about prosecuting sex crimes.Stanford

Neoliberalism lowers life expectancy: Economist Michael Hudson says neoliberal policy will pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate, just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States, and now Greece in search of a better lifeMichaelHudson

Enormous, ‘Seriously Destabilizing’ NATO War Games Begin in Poland: The United States is providing around 14,000 troops for the exercise, more than any other participating nation by Deirdre FultonNATOThe Disturbing Truth Behind U.S. Drone Assassinations That the Government Tried to Keep Secret: During one four-and-a-half-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. By Jeremy ScahillJeremyScahill

Environment:

Paving Way for Glyphosate Recall, EU Punts on Relicensing Weed Killer: If no decision is made by June 30, products containing glyphosate like Monsanto’s Roundup will have to be pulled from European shelves. By Deirdre FultonRoundup

Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Fukushima: Worse Than a Disaster by Robert HunzikerRobertHunziker

Luck Rides The Rails: Another Near Miss with an “Insane” Bakken Oil Bomb Train By Justin MikulkaJustinMikulka

Black Liberation/Civil Rights: 

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 6, 2016BarRadio

McKinney: Duopoly is Imploding, But What Comes Next?

The 2016 election is going to be “written about and studied for a very long time,” said six-term former Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 presidential candidate. “Black voters don’t have any stake at all in the continuation of either the Democratic or Republican Parties, as presently constituted,” said McKinney, who last year earned her doctorate in Leadership and Change. “The implosion of the duopoly is of great political import to the Black community,” she said. “The problem is, however, that we have to be organized in order to have an imprint on the outcome.”

2016 “Most Consequential” Election in a Century

“The two-party duopoly is at an end,” said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the Dubosian scholar and Black Radical Organizing Committee activist who helped put together a national conference on the Black Radical Tradition, in Philadelphia, in January. Monteiro believes that 2016 will go down as “the most consequential election, certainly, in 100 years.” Monteiro noted that Donald Trump told Bloomberg News he would turn the Republican Party into a workers party. “This is huge, said Monteiro. “He has broken every Republican orthodoxy.” Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, “is challenging the elite and the power brokers and the moneybags within the Democratic Party, but he has not gone as far as Trump to challenge American hegemony and American empire.”

Free Rev. Edward Pinkney, Political Prisoner

“The system is rigged and corrupt,” said Rev. Edward Pinkney, the Benton Harbor, Michigan, community activist serving 30 months to 10 years on bogus election tampering charges that he believes stem from his defiance of the Whirlpool Corporations domination of the mostly Black town. “We must stand and demand the government serve the interests of the people, and not the corporations,” said Pinkney, who fears he will be assassinated at the Marquette Branch Prison in the upper peninsula of Michigan. “The attack on democracy in Benton Harbor and around the country shows that the corporate power structure is determined to crush anyone that stands in its way,” he said.

Schools Annually Eject Huge Numbers of Black Girls

Education Week magazine called on experts to explore why Black girls are expelled or suspended from public school six times as often as white girls. It’s “misguided” to think that “low income kids and kids of color need to be heavily disciplined and heavily surveiled,” said Adrienne Dixson, professor of Critical Race Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Schools should recognize that these behaviors aren’t just because kids want to be bad, but that they are responding to an environment that doesn’t help them feel free.”

Horne: U.S. Subversion has Venezuela on the Ropes

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is clearly in trouble, said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston. “With government offices being shut down three days out of the week; with electricity blackouts; with shortages of consumer goods, including toilet paper, this is obviously a reflection of that fact that, number one, the elite of Venezuela have turned against the Maduro regime” and, secondly, the United States is backing the effort to bring down the socialist government. Listen to Black Agenda Radio

Labor: 

Economy:

Economist Richard Wolff on the Changing Tides of Capitalism and Socialism: “Capitalism, with its inherent injustices, is speeding into a stone wall.” By Creston Davis RichardWolff

World:

The Bolivarian revolution at the crossroads and the tasks of the Marxists by Corriente Marxista InternacionalSyriaSyrian Government Troops Enter Islamic State-Held al-Raqqa Province, Racing Against U.S. Allies By Juan ColeVenezuela

Health, Education, and Welfare: 

Noam Chomsky: Our Universities Are Basically Just Churning Out Obedient Employees: How does education impact the perceptions of the political process in the US? By Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson

 

 

 

Daily News Digest June 7, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 7, 2016

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Collapse of Industrial Civilization — Finding the Truth behind the American HologramImageoftheDayHealthcare and HealthCare for ProfitImageoftheDay2A Trip to  the Grocery StoreImageoftheDay3Quotes of the Day:

As anti-nuclear activists celebrate victory in the closing of the aging Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Station in Plymouth in 2019, a larger and potentially more important battle has begun to take shape over what to do with the spent nuclear material that now sits at Pilgrim and other nuclear facilities around the country. During the past few decades, the absence of a cohesive national approach to the issue has forced many power plants, including Pilgrim, to stockpile spent fuel rods and other radioactive materials on site, creating a situation as dangerous as it is foolish. Pilgrim and other nuclear power stations in the U.S. have become de facto nuclear waste dumps. — Fuel for fear: Spent nuclear materials need permanent home

You would think the financial industry would be too embarrassed to object to the idea that advisers should act in their clients’ best interests when giving advice and selling investments for retirement accounts. But last week industry groups filed two federal lawsuits against new rules that say just that. A best-interest standard, also known as a fiduciary duty, would end the common industry practice of steering clients into high-priced strategies and products, even when comparable lower-cost options are available. Such steering generates an estimated $17 billion a year in excessive fees and inflated commissions, a bundle the industry is desperate to preserve. — Investor Protections in the Cross Hairs

Videos of the Day:

Remembering Muhammad Ali: “Shoot them for what?”

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Student Debt (HBO)

Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein on Israel and the Solidarity Movement

U.S.

“Just Take Me to Jail”: Remembering Muhammad Ali’s Refusal to Fight in Vietnam By Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now!ALiTwo Detroits: Fantasy Island and the Streets by Shea Howell

6 Questions Judges Will Consider in Monsanto Trial for Crimes Against Human Health and the Environment — Until now for the most part, Monsanto has been able to poison with impunity. By Katherine Paul Monsant6???Environment:

The Right to Clean WaterWaterOn World Environment Day, Profiting from Death, Devastation and Destruction is the Norm By Colin TodhunterWorldEnvironDayThe Science: “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from [current levels] to at most 350 ppm.”TheScience

Europe’s floods come as no surprise by Alex KirbyEuropeFloodOngoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Company Apologizes for Oil Train Disaster It Acknowledges Was Inevitable “We’re playing Russian roulette. I think the industry is perfectly willing to put a gun to our heads and risk our lives for the sake of making money. It is abundantly clear this enterprise is unsafe, unsustainable and they don’t know how to manage it.” By Jon QueallyOilTrainDisaster Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

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Economy:

Shadow Government StatistictsShadowWorld:

The great train robbery The European Council intended to simplify Europe’s railways, but privatised networks have neglected safety, community and environment in pursuit of profit. by Julian Mischi and Valérie Solano

Africa’s Pinochet: The case Hissène Habré and the role of US Imperialism By Ben MorkenAfricaHealth, Education, and Welfare:

John Oliver Bought Nearly $15 Million in Medical Debt to Prove a Point in an Incredible Way (Video)JohnOlivber The Families That Can’t Afford Summer by Kj Dell’Antonia

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Daily News Digest June 6, 2016

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As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!

End Wall Street’s Wars! Occupy Wall Street!Occupy Wall Street Identified The Enemy — The 1% That Own and Control The Wealth! Unlike The Trade Union Misleaders, Nor The Misleaders Of The Oppressed Who Strive To Be In ‘Partnership’ With The 1% . As They Also Strive To Hold Up The ‘Fig Leaf’To Cover Up The Naked Rule Of The 1%!

Images of the Day:

Pesticide Treadmill

ImageoftheDatKhalil Bendib: Bipartisan ClosetsImageoftheDay2Quotes of the Day:

The pesticide treadmill: Over time, pest populations evolve resistance to pesticides, requiring farmers to use higher doses or to develop new pesticides. — Pesticide Treadmill

Over the past 40 years, the US economy has boomed. But what does that mean for the “American dream”? While the top 1% has had enormous gains, average US households aren’t any better off today. In fact, they’re falling further behind. We crunched numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, adjusting them for inflation, and found that during the past 40 years, middle-income households have seen their income decrease 13 percent, and the number that really matters — discretionary income — has decreased even more, by almost 30 percent. This was true for all households, not just married households. — Despite Economic Growth, Middle-Income Americans Have Less Than They Did 40 Years Ago

Back in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a startling announcement, shaking up the battle over fracking in one of the nation’s highest-profile cases where drillers were suspected to have caused water contamination. Water testing results were in for homeowners along Carter Road in Dimock, PA, where for years, homeowners reported their water had turned brown, became flammable, or started clogging their well with “black greasy feeling sediment” after Cabot Oil and Gas began drilling in the area. The EPA seemed to conclude the water wasn’t so bad after all. . . . Now, a newly published report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), puts EPA’s testing results into an entirely new light. — New Federal Report Shows Dimock, Pa. Water Unsafe:

The unemployment rate dropped because people unable to find jobs ceased looking and are no longer counted as being in the labor force. If you are unemployed but not considered part of the labor force, you are not included when unemployment is measured. The BLS says that in May there were 1.7 million Americans who “wanted and were available for work,” but “were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.” —Employment Lies

Illicit financial behavior has been decriminalized in the United States  for all practical purposes. Despite the revelations of massive misconduct by banks and other financial services businesses, criminal investigations are rare, indictments exceptional and guilty judgments extraordinary. Michael Brenner, Crime or Punishment: Why Wall Street Elites Don’t Do Time

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Shadow Government Statics Unemployment Rate is 23% Shadow

Figures Don’t Lie, But ‘Liars Can Figure’ Dept.: Employment Lies By Paul Craig Roberts

Hard Time: The U.S. Is the Only Country That Routinely Sentences Children to Life in Prison Without Parole By Lisa ArmstrongNigeria next in line to invade! Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate A probable human carcinogen is found in far too many foods. By Katherine Paul HardTimeNigeria next in line to invade!NexttoInvade?Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate A probable human carcinogen is found in far too many foods. By Katherine PaulMonsantoEnvironment:

These Four People Were Sued for $30 Million for Trying to Stop a Toxic Landfill ‘The Constitution prevents companies from using lawsuits to silence their critics,’ says ACLU by Deirdre Fulton ToxicLandFill

‘Overwhelming’ Evidence Shows Path is Clear: It’s Time to Ditch Industrial Agriculture for Good New report looks at why, given negative outputs, a massive shift to agroecological approaches hasn’t yet taken hold by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

'Overwhelming'We’ve been lied to about the safety of our water. It’s time to rise up: The Guardian has exposed the unreliability of water tests across the country. This goes far beyond Flint, and it’s time for all of us to demand answers By Erin BrockovichErinBrockovichSudden appearance of  diameter crater dubbed ‘the Gateway to the Underworld’ in Siberia is a warning to our warming planet — Such slumps have been ‘increasing in extent and intensity’ in the frozen north, scientists say — For as the permafrost melts, the world’s biggest “megaslump” is expanding rapidly. Already about a kilometre long and 90m deep, it is widening by up to 20m a year, making walking near its precipitous edges a dangerous pursuit.  By Ian JohnstonSiberiaCraterOngoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

‘Bomb Train’ Hits Oregon Community as Feared Derailment Comes to Pass “Maybe this is why we don’t like moving oil via trains through the gorge…” by Jon QueallyNew Federal Report Shows Dimock, Pa. Water Unsafe: A newly published report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), puts EPA’s testing results into an entirely new light. By Sharon KellyBlack Liberation/Civil Rights:BombTrainLabor:

During Labor Protests, French Airlines Asks European Union for Scab: Airlines call for EU-wide air traffic control to stop French strike disruption: Ryanair, easyJet and IAG will push EU to let controllers from neighboring countries manage French skies during strikes By Gwyn TophamFrenchAirlinesFrench police clash with protesters over labor reforms (Photo Essay) By Quinn KelleyFrenchStrikesFrenchStrikes2Economy:

Despite Economic Growth, Middle-Income Americans Have Less Than They Did 40 Years Ago By Mark Paul and Emily Stephens DispiteIncomeWorld:

WWI – Part Fourteen: The Middle East and the Sykes-Picot treaty – A poisonous legacy: The frontiers of the Arab world today are the product of a secret plan drawn in pencil on a map of the Levant in May 1916 in a deal struck between British and French imperialism at the height of the First World War. Worked out one hundred years ago, the Sykes-Picot agreement is now synonymous with imperial deceit, cynicism and treachery. by Alan WoodsAlanWoodsBelgium: spontaneous strikes shake the government: Belgium, the country where compromise and moderation seemed for a long time to be part of the genetic make-up of society, is experiencing a level of social confrontation rarely seen before. by Erik DemeesterBelgiumOf course Germany refused to deny the Armenian genocide Notably Angela Merkel – who still prays that Erdogan will keep back the refugees from the EU – chose to stay absent from the vote By Robert Fisk RobertFiskHealth, Education, and Welfare:

 Failing the Test: Charter Schools’ Winners and Losers Capital & Main documents how charter schools leave many students behind, including special needs kids. By Capital and Main Staff / Capital and MainCharterSchools

 

Book Review: ‘Why the U.S. Government Assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.’

Book Review: ‘Why the U.S. Government Assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.’ Review by Roger Hollander of the book by Roland Sheppard, just published by ReMarx Publishing

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The question of who ordered the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. is a vital one, and thousands of pages have been written on the issue. Those who dismiss the notion that the United States government would engage in assassination — by characterizing those who believe this as “conspiracy nuts” — willfully ignore the 1975 Church Committee Report that exposed covert, illegal government activities and the many CIA-orchestrated assassinations and coups d’etat from Africa to Latin America.

The CIA’s experience with overseas assassinations has given it more than enough expertise to conduct domestic assassinations, with the added advantage of having control over investigating agencies at the local, state and national levels.

Deciding criminal guilt is largely based on proving means, motive and opportunity. When it comes to political assassination, the key question is motive.

Powerful government institutions possess, or can easily obtain, the means and the opportunity to conduct an assassination and divert attention to “a lone gunman” or a patsy like Lee Harvey Oswald. The mainstream media conveniently forget this fact as they rush to legitimize wacky theories that take the heat off the CIA, FBI, NSA and police.
In “Why the U.S. Government Assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Roland Sheppard exposes the U.S. government’s motive for assassinating Malcolm X in New York’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965, and Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. The fact that Sheppard is one of the few remaining eye witnesses to the assassination of Malcolm X adds a note of immediacy and authenticity to his analysis.

Sheppard describes the unusual absence of security on the day of Malcolm X’s assassination, and he recounts his personal observations of what happened in the crucial moments. He tells of a second suspect apprehended that day by the New York Police, a man whose existence later disappeared from the official version of events.

However, when Sheppard was interrogated at the Harlem Police Station, he saw this man walking freely into one of the offices. Sheppard recognized him as the assassin.

In 1999, the King family launched a civil suit to expose the facts surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The conclusion: “After considering all the evidence, a Memphis jury ruled that someone other than James Earl Ray had been the shooter … that the City of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and federal government agencies were all involved in the assassination.”

Motive

The heart of Sheppard’s work is his analysis of the motive for these two government assassinations.

There is nothing more threatening to the U.S. corporate elite, the government, the military and the mass media than the prospect of revolution. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were developing beyond their original Black liberation philosophies. They were emerging as powerful advocates and organizers for revolutionary change in the American economic and political system.

In his final years, Malcolm X expanded the fight against racism to include the fight against poverty and war. In 1962, he supported striking hospital workers in New York City. And he was the first mass leader in the United States to publically oppose America’s war against Vietnam.

In his speech at the Oxford Union in 1964, Malcolm X gives Shakespeare a revolutionary twist. He begins with the famous question:

Whether it was nobler in the mind of man to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take up arms against a sea of troubles and, by opposing, end them.

His answer:

And I go for that. If you take up arms you’ll end it, but if you sit around and wait for the one who’s in power to make up his mind that he should end it, you’ll be waiting a long time.

There is nothing more threatening to the U.S. corporate elite, the government, the military and the mass media than the prospect of revolution. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were developing beyond their original Black liberation philosophies. They were emerging as powerful advocates and organizers for revolutionary change in the American economic and political system.

The U.S. government also feared Malcolm X’s growing international stature and the political connections he was making in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Sheppard reminds us that Malcolm X met with Che Guevara and the Cuban delegation to the United Nations in New York, in December of 1964. He was invited by Ahmed Ben Bella, the leader of the Algerian revolution, to participate along with Che and other independence movement leaders at a conference in Bandung beginning March 3, 1965.

He had also arranged for the issue of human rights violations against Afro-Americans to be considered on March 12, 1965, by the International Court of Justice at the Hague. His assassination put an end to all of this. Ben Bella had been assassinated just four months later.

Fighting Words

Martin Luther King Jr. was also beginning to challenge a political system that profits from racism. Sheppard cites King’s speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Convention in August 1967:
“Why are there 40 million poor people in America? … (W)hen you begin to ask that question, you are raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth … (Y)ou begin to question the capitalist economy.”

King pointed out that the Northern liberals, who had given moral and financial support to end Jim Crow laws in the South, would not support the effort to eliminate economic segregation. As Sheppard states: “Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated to subvert the Poor People’s Campaign. King was building a mass movement against poverty, and those who profit from poverty were determined to stop him.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was also beginning to challenge a political system that profits from racism.

King’s opposition to the U.S. war against Vietnam sent shivers down the back of the military-industrial complex. In his historic sermon at the Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 1967, sometimes referred to as the greatest MLK speech you never heard of, King exclaimed:

Money that should have been spent on Johnson’s War on Poverty was being lost in Vietnam’s killing fields … A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death …We are taking the Black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8,000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools.
King called for a coalition of labor, anti-racist, anti-poverty and anti-war activists; and a united movement poses the greatest threat to the status quo.\

King called for a coalition of labor, anti-racist, anti-poverty and anti-war activists; and a united movement poses the greatest threat to the status quo.
Marxists?

In his book on Malcolm X, George Breitman states, “Malcolm was not yet a Marxist.” A reviewer of Breitman’s work added, “Not yet! But it was only a matter of time.”

Malcolm X wrote:

It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it’s more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody’s blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, then capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It’s only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.

Martin Luther King Jr. may not have been as far along the road of rejecting capitalism for socialism. Nevertheless, I believe that this was also a matter of time. In a 1966 speech to his staff, King explained: “(S)omething is wrong … with capitalism … There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

The U.S. government was determined that neither of these fighters should be allowed to have that time. However, before moving to assassinate them, it tried to “neutralize” them.

Sheppard describes the activities of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s program to infiltrate, disrupt and destroy the Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-Vietnam War movement and any other threat to the status quo.
FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover called King “the most dangerous Negro” and tried to blackmail him into silence. To discredit Malcolm X, the FBI paid an informer inside the Nation of Islam. When these efforts failed, assassination was the final option.

The U.S. government assassinated Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. because they rightly came to understand and challenge the capitalist economic system, its social impact – war, poverty, injustice, environmental disaster – and its reliance on racism to divide and conquer.

Sheppard concludes with an appeal to action; we must learn the truth about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. so we can carry their vision forward and conclude the struggle they so bravely began.

Roland Sheppard describes himself as a retired business representative of Painters Local 4 in San Francisco, a lifelong social activist and socialist. Prior to being elected as a union official in 1994, he worked for 31 years as a house painter. Roland Sheppard’s Daily News is accessible at https://rolandsheppard.com/.

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As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!

Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under the banner headline: “There Is No Peace”:TheOnlyVictorsThe Only Victors In War: The War Profiteers! Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under the banner headline: “There Is No Peace”: ThereisNo PeaceIncome inequality is not a concern of Wall Street’s money addicts: End Wall Street’s Wars! Occupy Wall Street!

!5PiggiesOccupy Wall Street Identified The Enemy — The 1% That Own and Control The Wealth! Unlike The Trade Union Misleaders, Nor The Misleaders Of The Oppressed Who Strive To Be In ‘Partnership’ With The 1% . As They Also Strive To Hold Up The ‘Fig Leaf’To Cover Up The Naked Rule Of The 1%!

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The U.S. claim that it is waging a global “war on terror” is the biggest lie of the 21st century, a mega-fiction on the same historical scale of evil as Hitler’s claim that he was defending Germany from an assault by world Jewry, or that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a Christianizing mission. In reality, the U.S. is the birth mother and chief nurturer of the global jihadist network – a truth recognized by most of the world’s people, including the 82 percent of Syrians that believe “the U.S. created the Islamic State.” (Even 62 percent of Syrians in Islamic State-controlled regions believe this to be true.) Only “exceptionalism”-addled Americans and colonial-minded Europeans give Washington’s insane cover story the slightest credibility. However, it is dangerous in the extreme for any country to state the fact clearly: that it is the United States that has inflicted Islamic jihadist terror on the world. Once the charade has been abandoned; once there is no longer the international pretense that Washington is not the Mother Of All Terror, what kind of dialogue is possible with the crazed and desperate perpetrator? What do you do with a superpower criminal, once you have accused him of such unspeakable evil? — Glen Ford, There is No U.S. War Against ISIS; Instead, Obama is Protecting His “Assets”

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Passing Ban, Scottish Parliament Declares: ‘No Ifs, No Buts, No Fracking’ Non-binding fracking ban signals ‘growing consensus that stopping climate change means we have to say no to new fossil fuels like fracked gas.’ By Deirdre FultonFrackingBan Why There Could Be More Blasts Like 2015 ExxonMobil Torrance Oil Refinery Explosion, Putting Millions At Risk By Larry BuhlTorranceOilRefineryFukushima: ‘Dancing in the Dark’: Fukushima Nuclear Plant Operator Says 600 Tons of Melted Fuel Is Missing By Denisse Moreno FukushimaEnergy News:

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LateBAR There is No U.S. War Against ISIS; Instead, Obama is Protecting His “Assets” : Washington has no substitute for the jihadists, who have been a tool of U.S. policy since the last days of President Jimmy Carter’s administration by BAR executive editor Glen Ford GlenFordLabor:

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This new wave of the revolution in the African continent comes at a time of global crisis of capitalism and the beginning of the revolutionary stirring of the masses of working people and the youth in the advanced capitalist countries. The weak, rotten, and dependent “national” bourgeoisie in the African continent has proven to be completely unable to develop any of these countries on a progressive basis. The lesson to be learnt is clear: only with the abolition of capitalism, led by the young working class which has developed in recent decades, and linking up with the revolutionary movement in advanced capitalist countries can any perspective for the future be offered. Armed with the ideas of revolutionary Marxism and the legacy of Amílcar Cabral, Thomas Sankara, and other revolutionaries, it is time to hoist the flag of the African revolution once again and to struggle until victory. A luta continua! — Amílcar Cabral and the African Revolution – Part Two

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