Daily News Digest November 14, 2019

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Since World War I, ‘the war to end all wars’, there have been perpetual wars for perpetual peace, this Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace” Could Still Be Published Today!

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

Always Remember That Obamba Supported the Wall Street Bailout and Remember That President Obama, With a Majority Democrat Legislature, Started the United States Capitalist Austerity Program  — The Race to the Botom or the Pauperization of the 99%!

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.    Socialism Means True Democracy — The 99% Will Rule! — Not the Few!

Images of the Day:

Bendib: RIP, NATO

Quotes of the Day:

I see education like an escalator running alongside you throughout life, that you can get on and off whenever you want,” he will say. “I’d rather give a break to the worker who wants to learn, than a tax break to the billionaire who wants for nothing. — Jeremy Corbyn, Labour To Promise Access To Life-Long Learning To All Adults

It certainly appears to be so. However, Trump’s record as president has included a series of impeachable offences, many far worse than trying to get Zelensky to interfere in a US election.  One example is Trump’s war on asylum seekers at the Mexican border. This has included separation of children from their parents, imprisoning children in small cages, torture and horrible conditions, leading to death in many cases.  Why did Pelosi resist impeaching Trump for such criminal acts? Why has she seized on the attempt to pressure a foreign country to get dirt on Biden?  Leftist author and activist Chris Hedges told Democracy Now! the reason is that Biden is the preferred presidential candidate of the Democratic establishment. As House leader, Pelosi wants to pre-empt any possible attack on Biden that could emerge from Ukraine. I agree with Hedges. Moreover, the impeachment process puts Biden front and centre in the public eye. This draws attention away from other Democratic candidates, especially Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and their reforms, such as national health insurance, which the establishment opposes. In recent Democratic voter polls, combined preferences for Sanders and Warren are more than for Biden, who is dropping a bit, but still the front-runner. —  Barry Sheppard. Trump Impeachment Inquiry Reveals Deep Ruling Class Divisions

Videos Of the Day:

Trump: The Most Corrupt President in US History

Bloomberg Could Buy the White House to Kill a Wealth Tax

Baltimore to Reckon With A Shitty Sewage Situation


The United States is not a Democracy (A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly)! Only the 1%, through their ownership of the Republicrats and who profit from war and the war budget, vote for War and the war budget — A policy, which Gore Vidal called a  Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. — The 99% Should Decide On War — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From War!  Under a Democracy, The 99% would have the right to vote on the policy of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace! The United States takes from the poor and gives to the Rich.

‘Enormous Victory’: US Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Electronic Devices Unconstitutional “The court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.”By Jessica Corbett Causing ‘Profound’ Trauma, Trump Administration Detained Recording-Breaking 70,000 Children in 2019“Does the U.S. provide mental health services for separated families who ask to be deported in order to reunite?”  Byy Eoin Higgins


Due to  Capitalism’s Drive Towards Environment Genocide, The Slogan From The Manifesto Of The Communist Party, “Workers Of The World, Unite. You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Chains! And a World to Win”   We should edit it, to read, Workers Of The World, Unite, You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Chains! And the World and Survival of Humanity to Gain! — Roland Sheppard

Indonesia plans to relocate 10 million people from the sinking city of Jakarta Indonesia will re-locate 10 million people from its capital city of Jakarta to the sparsely populated eastern edge of Borneo island. Jakarta is one of the fastest sinking cities of Earth, which experts say that one third of the city will be submerged by 2050. President Joko Widodo announced that it was “urgent that relocation plans commence”, although the capital would not physically begin to be relocated until 2024.Jakarta is sinking by 17cm a year, faster than anywhere else in the world, because of rising sea levels caused by climate change. By Victoria BellCivil Rights/Black Liberation:

Freedom Rider: Hybrid Warfare in Bolivia and Beyond The violent coup in Bolivia, like all of Washington’s regime-change and dirty tricks operations, has been aided and abetted by corporate media’s masters of euphemism. “The government’s lies must be many and they must be promoted constantly.” It was recently revealed that a Twitter executive  is also a British army reservist whose unit specializes in “information warfare” and “non-lethal” ways of conducting war. That is the very definition of hybrid war. By Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnistRwanda Exports 2,163 kg of Gold, UAE Imports 12,539 kg of It The final 2019 UN Group of Experts Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirms that Congo’s eastern neighbor Rwanda remains a haven for smuggling Congolese minerals. “Earlier UN reports said that during the Second Congo War of 1998 to 2003, President Paul Kagame’s government created a ‘Congo Desk’ to organize the illegal exploitation of Congo’s natural resources. “ The mining industry is particularly difficult to regulate because both raw ore and refined products can cross borders almost as easily as cash. How much ore is delivered to a refinery, where’s it from, how was it mined, and where does it go, for what price, once refined? Who lays claim to the wealth generated along the way?By Ann Garrison , BAR contributorObama Condemns “Call Out Culture” Despite Being Its Biggest Beneficiary Obama’s cynical analysis of youth activism was yet another dog whistle to the wealthiest and most conservative sections of white America. “Obama was really taking aim at the increasingly left posture of millennials.” Hillary Clinton is not the only servant for the lords of capital in the Democratic Party that won’t go away. Former president Barack Obama has raked in millions from speaking deals with Wall Street  and one of the highest grossing book deals  in U.S. history. Obama also erected his own foundation in 2014  from which to gentrify Chicago and cement his thoroughly reactionary imperial legacy. The Obama legacy was on full display at the foundation’s annual summit held in Chicago this October. During the event, Obama provided plenty of savory soundbites for his wealthy friends and donors to drool over.By  Danny Haiphong , BAR contributorWhat the Chilean People’s Enemies in the US are Planning Elites in Chile take their cues from places like the University of Chicago, where the author witnessed technocrats plotting to save the ruling order from popular uprising. “Chile is the canary in the coal mine.” Yesterday, I got last minute notice of a talk on the Chilean protests at (of all places) the University of Chicago. I didn’t know exactly what to expect but what I encountered was far more sinister than I could have imagined: a room full of technocrats — and soon to be 21st century Chicago Boys — dissecting the protests in Chile. I almost got security called on me, the lady next to me complained about my manner of talking (“gesticulating” with my arms lol), and I was called a violent machista for interrupting a white Chilean lawyer who was saying some right wing bullshit. But I stuck it out to get a full report on what the enemy is thinking right now. Some takeaways:  By G1 of Rebel Diaz

Policing Lumumba’s Jackson: Surveillance and Credible Messengers in the Most Radical City Mayor Lumumba’s unabashed support of police demonstrates that his administration lacks the political courage and will to chart a new course. “The more Lumumba proclaims radicalism, the more he flirts with social control and suppression of fundamental human rights.” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, once a critic of the institution of policing, has done an about-face in his first two years as mayor of the City of Jackson. From allowing killer cops to go unpunished to offering no affirmative resistance to the federal law and order initiative Project Empowering Jackson Eliminating Crime Together  (EJECT), Mayor Lumumba continues to give unmitigated fealty and resources to the police state in Jackson despite the fact that law enforcement has been embroiled in controversy throughout his tenure. Instead of dealing with the issues of crime and violence in a straight forward and honest manner, the mayor continues to speak out of both sides of his mouth. Lumumba’s tendency to doublespeak about crime and violence were on full display during his State of the City Address delivered on October 24, 2019.  By Adofo Minka Coup in Bolivia Rejected Worldwide The coup is driven by the Bolivian oligarchy, fully supported by the US government, which has long been eager to remove Morales and his movement from power. “The US embassy in La Paz has articulated the fact that it has two plans – Plan A, the coup; Plan B, assassination of Morales.” Political parties, politicians, leaders of people’s movements and academics have sharply condemned the civic-military coup carried out yesterday against the government of Bolivian president Evo Morales. Morales and his vice-president Álvaro García Linera, as well as ministers and other members of his government, were cornered into resigning after the right-wing opposition scaled up acts of violence and intimidation against them and supporters of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) and their family members. by Zoe PCJack O’Dell – A Life in Struggle (August 11, 1923 – October 31, 2019) Odell’s effectiveness and fidelity to principle is affirmed by the ferocity of Hoover’s redbaiting smears.  “O’Dell emphasized the essential role of progressive coalitions fighting for a robust democracy against corporate power.” Jack’s quietly effective teaching, his strategic acumen, his theoretical insight, his unbending internationalism and his generosity of intellect and spirit inspired and enriched the struggles of many for a better world and will remain a pillar for those who continue those struggles.  By James Campbell and Mark SolomonOn Death and Dying as a Black Studies Professor at Portland State University In celebration of Black Study’s 50th year in existence at Portland State, we also get to watch its death. “The stress of daily racism gets into our bodies and overworks us, causing breakdowns.”“[W]e will destabilize that which hegemony has rendered coherent or fixed; reassemble that which appears to be disparate, scattered, or otherwise idiosyncratic; foreground that which is latent and therefore powerful in its apparent absence; and analyze that which is apparently self-evident, which hegemony casts as commonsensical and natural, but which we shall read as gestures of power that deploy violence to normalize and discipline.”– Costa Vargas, 2008 (267) By Ethan JohnsonMcCarthyism Redoux The National Lawyers Guild, born in resistance to political witch-hunts, seems to have neutered itself in the face of the new wave of manufactured hysteria. “The Guild has ‘a sort of hip neoliberal mindset: anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Syria etc.’” I recently returned from a delegation to Russia, and now smell McCarthyism more clearly.The delegation was organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives , an invaluable 32-year old citizen diplomacy organization, but CCI said it would not to print the article I wrote about the delegation because it needed to say something critical of the Soviet period, not just praise.  The article is titled Russian Pride and US Exceptionalism.   A political decision was made that, in order to have access to some highly placed people, CCI needs to be “balanced” about the Soviet period and acknowledge the gulags.  That could be a good strategic decision, but I was surprised.  [Two weeks later, after the article was published widely with a very positive response, CCI did publish it.] By Riva EnteenLabor:


Fed’s Neel Kashkari Weighs In On Interest Rates, The Economy, And Donald Trump (Video)

This Fed President Thinks Wall Street Banks Should Stop Whining for the Fed to Bail Them Out and Plan for their Own LiquidityLater this afternoon, Neel Kashkari, the outspoken President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will deliver the keynote address at a conference on “Wisconsin and the National Economy” at the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. Tomorrow, he’ll be taking questions at a Town Hall in the University of Wisconsin’s Student Union on the La Crosse campus.Given Kashkari’s recent remarks on his lack of sympathy for the whining New York bankers who are demanding a liquidity bailout from the Fed – and on their own terms – we’ll be watching closely to see what he has to say today and tomorrow.By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


Health, Education, and Welfare:

The government of the United States can pass laws in a few days to spend tens of trillions of dollars for war and the bailout of Wall Street and the bankers. Yet, those who ‘govern’, pass universal healthcare for themselves, but they cannot spend even one trillion dollars for universal health for those who are ‘governed’! This is what is considered, by the powers the to be,  a democracy and part of the democratic way. — Roland Sheppard, Let The People Vote on Healthcare