Daily News Digest March 3, 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 3, 2017

Image of the Day:

Khalil Bendib: Trump’s bluster brings dark clouds. Quote of the Day: 

. . . You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t live in a constitutional republic if you allow the government to act like a police state.  You can’t claim to value freedom if you allow the government to operate like a dictatorship.  You can’t expect to have your rights respected if you allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and an utter disregard for the rule of law.  If you’re inclined to advance this double standard because you believe you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, beware: there’s always a boomerang effect.  Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you. Nothing is ever as simple as the government claims it is.  The war on drugs turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with SWAT teams and militarized police. The war on terror turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention. The war on immigration will be yet another war on the American people, waged with roving government agents demanding “papers, please.” . . . — “Your Papers Please:” Are We Being Set Up for a National ID System?

Videos of the Day:

Ralph Nader on Trump’s Speech to Congress Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump’s attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster

Trump’s Big Lie: Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for Unemployment and Low Wages Economist Robert Pollin tells Paul Jay undocumented immigrants help create more jobs than they take and Trump’s infrastructure plan and military spending is unsustainable when combined with tax cuts

Trump Creates ‘Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement’ Erika Andiola says data shows undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than U.S. citizens, but Trump’s propaganda office “VOICE” is meant to create a climate of irrational fear


Trump Wants You to Think All the Immigrants He’ll Deport Are Criminals. They’re Not. President Trump ofnTuesday night blamed undocumented immigrants for violent, criminal behavior — also accusing them of hurting the economy, stealing jobs from struggling families, costing the government billions of dollars, and generally creating “an environment of lawless chaos.” By Zaid JilaniTrump’s Military Industrial Complex “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget.” —President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017 Humming along the road of American empire to its state of noisy exception, US President Donald J. Trump has promised more money and fuel for a military industrial complex he considers starved and depleted. (As it is, the entire complex remains unbecomingly bloated and far from accountable.) Before the National Governor’s Association on Monday, he suggested that US military spending increase by some 10 per cent, amounting to some $54 billion. by Binoy Kampmark

Crony Capitalism at Work? Trump Adviser Carl Icahn Strong-Arms Ethanol Lobby to Save His Company Millions By David DayenBreaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think Back in Congress following February recess’s raucous town meetings, Republicans are shuddering. Instead of nearly empty auditoriums, where legislators’ staff often outnumber voters in attendance, meetings were packed with citizens determined to block the “take away” agenda of the Trump Republicans. by Ralph Nader

Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:

Time For A Movement For Free Tuition at HBCUs and Public Colleges and Universities Instead of worrying about where Kellyanne Conway’s feet are, or blasting Betsy DeVos’s ignorance on HBCUs we should insist that black college presidents start or join a movement for free tuition at HBCUs and public colleges and universities. Millions of college grads of all colors carry unpayable debt and are frustrated by lack of opportunities. This demand earned Bernie Sanders millions of votes. It’s a mass movement in waiting A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon Keith Ellison: Sheep-dogging Through Trumpland The Russian Conspiracy theorists have not yet toppled Donald Trump, but they have neutered much of the Sandernista wing of the Democratic Party. Keith Ellison lost the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee to another warmonger, and quickly joined in ganging up on Russians. “The DNC contest scenario was politically identical to last year’s presidential primary race, with Keith Ellison taking up the role of Bernie Sanders’ sheepdog.” by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Make America Great Again  Unlike the president, our poet is firmly grounded in the history as well as the here and now of America. Here is his prescription for what it will take to really make America great again. by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner  

Mass Incarceration in the Cornfields: Shattered Families and Racial Profiling in Small-Town America This story is the second in a new Truthout series, Severed Ties: The Human Toll of Prisons. This series will dive deeply into the impact of incarceration on families, loved ones and communities, demonstrating how the United States’ incarceration of more than 2 million people also harms many millions more — including 2.7 million children. By James Kilgore Labor: 

Healthcare Workers Proclaim ‘Sanctuary Union’, Push for Medicare for All in California by Cal Winslow Environment: 

Flint Residents Now Have to Pay for Water They Still Can’t Drink State government ends program that helped residents of Flint, Michigan with their water bills after widespread lead poisoning was revealed by Nika Knight 

Study Shows Massive Global Permafrost Melt Underway While Trump Mentions Climate Not Once Research shows immense expanses of permafrost rapidly disintegrating and releasing huge carbon stores in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, and Siberia by Nika Knight Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:



The Struggle Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Has Linked Indigenous Communities Across the World By Jeff Abbott The permanent winter of Tory Britain  Under the former coalition government and now the Tories, a swathe of brutal cuts and closures has been sweeping the country. And this blight is set to continue. “To eliminate the deficit”, states the Financial Times, the mouthpiece of big business, “Mr Hammond [the Tory Chancellor] will need to extend austerity well into the next decade.” By Rob Sewell

Theresa May wants British people to feel ‘pride’ in the Balfour Declaration. What exactly is there to be proud of? Balfour initiated a policy of British support for Israel which continues to this very day, to the detriment of the occupied Palestinians of the West Bank and the five million Palestinian refugees living largely in warrens of poverty around the Middle East, including Israeli-besieged Gaza. Surely we should apologise By Robert Fisk In Colombia Foreign-Owned Coal Mine Expands, Defenseless People Suffer and Die by W. T. Whitney Spanish Dockers Strike: The Popular Party destroys the rights of dockworkers to benefit big business On March 6, Spanish dockers will go on strike against a decree of the PP government which destroys the very foundations of social rights conquered with organisation and struggle, and contained in agreements and laws, such as Convention 137 of the International Labour Organisation Labour, ratified by Spain in 1973, to guarantee the regularity of employment and minimum salaries of this group of workers. By Jesús Díaz de Durana Health, Science, Education, and Welfare: