Daily News Digest December 22, 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 The 1% Who Profit From Austerity!

Daily News Digest December 22, 2016

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Secret Mexican Government Report on Missing Students Shows Official Cover-up The Unreleased Attorney General’s report about the investigation of 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa implicates the investigators, says journalist Anabel Hernandez

 Greg Palast on Why Clinton Didn’t Push for Michigan Recount – Part 2 of 2 Greg Palast tells Paul Jay that there are 75,000 uncounted Clinton votes, but she won’t push for a recount because the elite will defend the fake monstrosity called the US electoral system even when their personal interests are at stake

IMF Board Response to Lagarde Conviction Reaffirms Institutional Indifference to Corruption Former financial regulator Bill Black says the case reveals how power and money protect the elite


Officer Involved 2016 Police officers in the United States have killed more than 1,000 people so far this year. The number is staggering. Who were these people? What were their lives like? How did the future look through their eyes? Some of the names are familiar: Korryn Gaines. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Others perhaps less so: Jessica Williams, Tyre King, Deborah Danner. The list goes on. Last year, when the Guardian and the Washington Post published their databases on police killings, I made a simple project cataloging the locations of all these sites of violence. Teju Cole called it “Officer Involved” and wrote a short introduction for the piece.

Washington’s America-First Commandos in Africa A U.S. Special Operations Command Africa planning document obtained by TomDispatch shows that military support to “partner nations” in Africa is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals. By Nick Turse / TomDispatchIn Sentencing Radical Pacifists, Judge Miles Lord Assailed “Worship of the Bomb” Federal District Judge Miles Lord, who died Dec. 10 at age 97, could have given me 10 years once. Instead, the famously outspoken judge, who was well known for protecting ordinary people from corporate crime and pollution, used the anti-nuclear case a group of us argued before him to deliver a remarkably scornful condemnation of nuclear weapons and of the corruption that protects them. by John Laforge Environment:

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Go to DC to Fight for Black Self-Determination – Not for Clinton and the CIA Black folks who should be shouting defiance to racists from both parties will instead hurl insults at Vladimir Putin and join hands with the CIA and war profiteers next month, in Washington. However, there will be another presence in DC. The Black is Back Coalition “will declare to the world its intention to fight for Black self-determination in every aspect of life, ‘despite the rise of Donald Trump and his version of white nationalism.’” A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford Freedom Rider: Syria, Russia and American Desperation Legions of people will protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Democratic rank and file “are anxious about racism, immigration, Islamophobia, judicial appointees and voter suppression,” but their leaders have a different agenda. War Democrats and Republicans care only about maintaining imperialism — through lies and repression. The bipartisan War Party is desperate to continue its regime change policies and foil improved relations with Russia. by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley US Imperialism is at a Dead End, But Why? Imperialism is stuck in a rut, and can’t get out. “Every time the imperialist system attempts to expand economically, the sheer impoverishment of the exploited classes ensures that such maneuvers will lead to a loss in the overall rate of profit.” War used to be the answer, but no more: “US imperialism’s expansion of the war apparatus no longer brings economic tranquility. Rather, war is just another agent of chaos and crisis.” by Danny Haiphong Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post When the national political “newspaper of record” is owned by a business partner of the CIA, every word on its pages should be suspect. Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is in financial bed with a cloak and dagger agency that tells lies for living, yet the public is expected to believe his newspaper. Bezos’ technicians at Amazon are building information “clouds” for the CIA — while his reporters discharge clouds of disinformation at the Post. by Norman Solomon U.S. Corporate Media: Liar, Liar, with Pants on Fire Among the multiplying fables and fake news eagerly disseminated by U.S. corporate media is the claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the alleged hacking of U.S. Democrats. Sources within U.S. intelligence agencies are cited. Why anyone would believe anything out of a U.S. spook’s mouth is a mystery. The major U.S. media are so heavily infiltrated with spies, they are totally discredited, too. by Ron West Haitians Say “No” to the Imperialists and Their “Banana Man” Five years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton imposed a criminal right-wing regime on the militarily occupied people of Haiti. Now the U.S. and its allies have rigged yet another Haitian presidential election. “The CIA and US government have been busy creating new gangsters, terrorists and drug dealers in Haiti, as they’ve done in Jamaica, Syria, Venezuela and Libya to serve U.S. goals and interests.” by Èzili DantòSundiata Acoli – “They are Determined to Bury Him Alive” He will turn 80 in January, but a New Jersey parole board wants to keep Sundiati Acoli in prison another 15 years. Just two years ago, a panel of judges ordered the parole board to “expeditiously set conditions” for the release of the former Black Panther, arrested with Assata Shakur in the death of a New Jersey state policeman in 1973. He has been eligible for parole for almost a quarter century. by Michael Z. MuhammadWhat Should Reparations for Slavery Entail? In the light of the former British Prime Minister’s dismissal of reparations, activists must push the debate further by detailing what reparations should entail. Fundamental to a reparations program must be the fact that we transform the system of capitalism which slavery gave birth to. We must initiate a “trans-Atlantic dialogue on reparations, as well as creating progressive governments and leadership to push for a reparations program.” by Ama Biney



How Did a Nation Crippled by Wall Street Billionaires End Up With Them Running the Country? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens World:

Berlin attack — reaping the whirlwind  On Monday, a truck ploughing through a crowded Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin highlighted once again the mess that has been created in the Middle East by imperialist meddling. Twelve victims are believed to have been killed while 49 have been injured. The perpetrator of this crime had hijacked the truck from a Polish driver whom he subsequently killed. After the attack, he fled the scene and is still unaccounted for. Angela Merkel – Photo: FNDEThis new attack – in the long list of such attacks now – has highlighted once again the mess that has been created in the Middle East by the various imperialist interventions in the region, from the Iraq war to the bombing of Syria – and before that with the invasion of Afghanistan. by Hamid Alizadeh and Fred Weston Who Profits from Turkey’s ‘Sarajevo Moment’? Let’s cut to the chase: Ankara 2016 is not Sarajevo 1914. This is not a prelude to WWIII. Whoever plotted the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov — a cool, calm, collected old-school diplomat — risks a mighty blowback. by Pepe Escobar EU’s Top Court Delivers “Major Blow” to Mass Surveillance “Today’s judgment is a major blow against mass surveillance and an important day for privacy” by Nika Knight Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

Drug Firms Invade West Virginia Part 1: Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses The trail of painkillers leads to West Virginia’s southern coalfields, to places like Kermit, population 392. There, out-of-state drug companies shipped nearly 9 million highly addictive — and potentially lethal — hydrocodone pills over two years to a single pharmacy in the Mingo County town. Rural and poor, Mingo County has the fourth-highest prescription opioid death rate of any county in the United States. By Eric Eyre

Drug Firms Invade West Virginia Part 2: ‘Suspicious’ drug order rules never enforced by state Tucked in the West Virginia Code of State Rules, you’ll find a three-sentence regulation designed to keep in check the flow of prescription pills into the state.  But the rule, which has the force and effect of state law, wasn’t on the pharmacy board’s radar when the pain pills were pouring into Southern West Virginia. And the drug companies, for years, ignored it.  By Eric Eyre