Daily News Digest November 2, 2016

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Daily News Digest November 2, 2016

Images of the Day:

Bendib: The Winner, by KOimageofthedayBendib: Pipelineimageoftheday1 Quote of the Day: 

. . .In 1968, having won landmark civil rights legislation, King strenuously urged racial justice advocates to shift from a civil rights to a human rights paradigm. A human rights approach, he believed, would offer far greater hope than the civil rights model had provided for those determined to create a thriving, multiracial democracy free from racial hierarchy. It would offer a positive vision of what we can strive for-a society in which people of all races are treated with dignity and have the right to food, shelter, health care, education, and security.“We must see the great distinction between a reform movement and a revolutionary movement,” he said. “We are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society. The Poor People’s Movement seemed poised to unite poor people of all colors in a bold challenge to the prevailing economic and political system. . . . — Michelle Alexander, Think Outside the Bars Why real justice means fewer prisons.

 Videos of the Day:

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of IF Stone

General Wesley Clark: The US will attack 7 countries in 5 years 

UN Peace Council: The US media is lying to the American people. The war in Syria is not a civil war, it’s a proxy invasion by the United States


The Drones are Coming Home to Roost: North Dakota becomes first US state to legalise use of armed drones by police – Natives Newsdrones Dakota Access pipeline protests: UN group investigates human rights abuses Native American protesters have reported excessive force, unlawful arrests and mistreatment in jail where activists describe being held in cages A United Nations group is investigating allegations of human rights abuses by North Dakota law enforcement against Native American protesters, with indigenous leaders testifying about “acts of war” they observed during mass arrests at an oil pipeline protest. By Sam Levin in Cannon Ball, North DakotadakotaunprisonIraqi Army Discovers US-Made Missiles in ISIS’s Military Base in Mosulisisusmissels Environment:

Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

1 Dead, Several Injured in Colonial Pipeline Explosion Less than two months after the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama, spilled 336,000 gallons of gasoline, the same pipeline exploded, killing one and injuring at least five. The pipeline is shut once again, threatening gasoline supplies in the East and sending prices soaring. By Dan Zukowskialabamaoilspill North Dakota Had 292 Oil Spills in 2 Years – Officials Only Disclosed 1 to The Public Almost 300 oil pipeline spills occurred in North Dakota in less than two years, and the public were not alerted about any of them.dakotaoilspills Anonymous donor pays $2.5 million to release everyone arrested at the Dakota Access Pipeline Family members of Caddo Nation chairwoman Tamara Francis-Fourkiller said an anonymous donor paid $2.5 million late Saturday afternoon to release everyone arrested on Thursday at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.anonymousedonorExposed: Husband of FERC Official Responsible for Reviewing New Spectra Energy Pipelines Consults For Spectra on Related Project Phil Suter, the spouse of Maggie Suter, a high-ranking official at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) who led the review for two gas pipeline projects by Spectra Energy, is a paid consultant for Spectra on a related pipeline project. Experts on ethics in government regulatory bodies told DeSmog this case raises serious red flags, amounting to what appears to be a conflict of interest. By Itai Vardiitai The Best Election That Money Can Buy: How Much Are Fossil Fuel Interests Spending to Sway Your Vote for Congress? By Mike Gaworeckimikegaworecki Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:

Black Agenda Report for Week of Oct 31, 2016


The Missing Black Movement Ingredient: Self-Determination:

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will hold a National Black Political Convention on Self-Determination, November 5 and 6, in Washington, DC. “If you go through history, the fundamental thing that we’ve confronted is the loss of our self-determination as a people,” said Black Is Back chairman Omali Yeshitela. The Coalition has put forward a 19-point position on the need to put self-determination at the center of Black struggles. The 19 points “give us the beginning of some kind of a plan,” said Yeshitela. “It says, specifically, here is our view on self-determination and the subject of reparations, Black women, the question of police invasion and brutality in our community,” and many other issues.

The “Moment of Truth” for the Empire:

“We are entering a new moment in American history,” said Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the Duboisian scholar and Black Radical Organizing Committee activist. “It is a moment of truth for the ruling class, for the ruling elite. What do they do when they are trumped at home — forgive the pun — and trumped internationally?” he asked. “Do they back off of empire, do they readjust, do they become peaceful, or do they up the stakes and attempt to resolve all problems with war abroad and oppression at home?” Dr. Monteiro is one of the planners of a Revolutionary Science for Radical Times conference, in Philadelphia, December 9 and 10.

Hard Times in Venezuela:

Despite what the corporate media are telling you, Venezuelans are not starving and the Socialist Party government will not be toppled any time soon. However, the rightwing opposition “is smelling blood” due to an economic crisis that “has made it very difficult for people to get access to imported goods, and many goods are very expensive,” said political science professor George Caccariello-Maher, of Drexel University, author of We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution. Corruption, smuggling and money speculation are serious problems, said Caccariello-Maher. However, the strength of the Left lies in the nation’s grassroots organizations and communes. “It would be very difficult for an opposition government to come in and attempt to throw them off their land” or return property to the private sector, he said.

Happy Birthday, Rev. Pinkney!

Benton Harbor, Michigan, human rights leader Rev. Edward Pinkney, currently serving a 2 ½ to 10 year sentence on election tampering charges, turned 68 years old this month. Marcina Cole, a courtroom observer at Pinkney’s trial, teamed up with David Sole, of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice, to throw a birthday party for Pinkney, in absentia, in Detroit. “He’s definitely in support of other inmates, doing ministry work, and looking forward to being out very soon,” said Cole. She reported that Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka visited the political prisoner on October 19. “This was historical,” said Cole. “They know how powerful Rev. Pinkney is” — and that he has allies on the outside.



Inequality as Policy by Dean Baker deanbaker

wallstreetonparadeIf You Remove Trade Secrets from Goldman Sachs You’re Prosecuted; If You Remove Top Secret Files from the Government, You’re Good to Go  In July 2009, just two days after Goldman Sachs told the FBI that Sergey Aleynikov, a computer programmer at the firm, had removed source code containing trade secrets, Aleynikov was arrested by the FBI. Aleynikov was then prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department and spent 51 months in prison before the Second Circuit Appeals Court threw out the case against him. The Appellate judges found the case against Aleynikov so unfounded that it ordered him released from jail immediately at oral arguments. By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


A Marxist student is shot dead in Balochistan Yesterday, Monday 31 October, in Turbat in Balochistan, the home of comrade Zareef Rind was attacked by unknown gunmen. His 18 year old younger brother Hasil Rind Baloch – an activist of the Baloch Student Organization (BSO) – was killed by a bullet shot in the head. However, it seems clear that the actual target of this attack was Zareef Rind who was at home and not very far from his brother when he was killed, although usually he is based in Karachi. Since his younger brother resembles him very much, the assailants may have hit the wrong target. by In Defence of MarxismmarxiststudentUK Govt Says Taxpayers Will Foot Excess Bill for Waste Storage at New Nuke Plant, Docs Reveal Even ahead of new reporting by Observer critics had warned Hinkley C ‘would saddle Britons with eye-watering costs for decades’ by Andrea Germanos ukHealth, Science, Education, and Welfare:

New Yorker Magazine: Karl Marx, Yesterday and Today The nineteenth-century philosopher’s ideas may help us to understand the economic and political inequality of our time. By Louis Menandnewyorker