Daily News Digest April 18, 2016

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Daily News Digest April 18, 2016

Images of the Day:

The 1% Pay No Taxes — They Have Representation!ImageoftheDayFeel the Burn!

ImageoftheDay2Quotes of the Day:

Yet another standoff between clean drinking water and mining profits has taken shape in Colombia, where two corporations insist their right to pollute trumps human health and the environment. As is customary in these cases, it is clean water that is the underdog here. Two million people are dependent on water from a high-altitude wetlands, which is also a refuge for endangered species, that a Canadian mining company, Eco Oro Minerals Corporation, wants to use for a gold mine. The wetlands, the Santurbán páramo in the Andes, has been declared off-limits for mining by Colombia’s highest court due to the area’s environmental sensitivity. Eco Oro is suing the Colombian government because of this under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The dispute will likely be heard by a secret tribunal that is an arm of the World Bank, even though the World Bank has provided investment capital for Eco Oro to develop the mine. . . . — There’s no place for clean water under ‘free trade’

A 2016 study also shows that in England the young have lower basic skills than their counterparts in Europe. Monsanto’s secret studies revealed that glyphosate caused cataract as well as cancers. The incidence of cataract surgery in England increased tenfold between 1968 and 2004. Few can avoid the pollution of water, soil and air by genotoxic and teratogenic herbicides, insecticides and other industrial chemicals. Governments  and Regulators only measure a small fraction of them. Human health depends on biodiversity. Food depends on natural pollinators. The devastating effects of these silent killers on us and our environment do not distinguish between farmers or city dwellers, the wealthy or the poor, between media moguls, editors or their reporters, Monsanto or Syngenta Executives, Prime Ministers or Presidents. Humans and the environment are being silently poisoned by thousands of untested and unmonitored chemicals. — The British   Medical Journal is unaware of the links between  Cancer Research  UK and the  Pesticides  Industry

Videos the Day:

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – Tax the Churches (HBO) “There are 300,000 religious congregations in this country that pay no taxes,” Maher explained. “And they own $600 billion in property.”

Black Is Back Conference: 2016 Elections and The Struggle for Self-determination Videos:

BIBC-1-Chairman Yeshitela: Electoral Politics

BIBC-3 Margaret Kimberley: Sanders and Black Self Determination

BIBC-2- Glen Ford: Elections Analysis


The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave: The history of the United States is over two hundred years of blood, exploitation and oppression. The November election will cause nothing to change.by Robert Fantina

$1,400,000,000,000: Oxfam Exposes the Great Offshore Tax Scam of US Companies: “We can’t go on with a situation where the rich and powerful are not paying their fair share of tax, leaving the rest of us to foot the bill.” By Andrea GermanosAndrea GermanosEnvironment:

The Case Against Glyphosate By Colin Todhunter

Colin TodhunterThere’s no place for clean water under ‘free trade’NoPlaceCleanWater Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Energy News:

05:31 PM EST on April 14th, 2016 | “Nuclear reactor fears after huge earthquake strikes Japan” — Plant operator “is further looking into any possible damage” — Quake measured “at highest possible level” on Japan’s intensity scale — Prime Minister: “We intend to do the utmost to grasp situation” — Official: “Extent of damage still unclear” (VIDEOS)

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Crime & Public Shaming by David RosenDavidRosen Labor:

In Synchronized Strikes Around the World, Workers #Fightfor15: Minimum-wage workers in over 300 cities and more than 40 countries are striking for a living wage by Nika Knight#Fightfor15 Economy:

The world economy — System says slow: The IMF sees political danger in the economic doldrumsIMFWorld:

Mexico: Explosive struggle of Polytechnic students: A new protest movement has started, in an explosive manner, at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City. On April 14th, three demonstrations were held totaling about fifteen thousand students and workers. by Ricardo MarquezMexicoThe “Night Stands Up” movement – a nightmare for the “one percent”by Suzanne MichelNightNetherlands: Referendum rejects EU-Ukraine treaty by Zowi Milanovi

Netherlands Marxist Students take part in Paris demonstrations by Marxist Student FederationMarxistStudents Syrian Elections Prove Again That Washington And Its Presstitutes Lie Through Their Teeth By Dr. Paul Craig RobertsPaulCraigRoberts Health, Education and Welfare:

UC Davis Spent $175,000 in an Attempt to Scrub This Story from the Internet:  Documents reveal university contracted with firm to “clean up” the school’s online reputation after November 2011 pepper-spraying of students by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

UCDavisReport: UC Davis focused on web image after pepper spraying: Public Records Act request show some payments were made in hopes of eliminating negative search results for the school and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, . . . who became chancellor in 2009, the university has substantially increased its strategic communications budget from $2.93 million the year the embattled chancellor took over to $5.47 million in 2015.  Katehi has more recently been under fire for joining the boards of a textbook publisher and a for-profit university.


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