Daily News Digest July 19, 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. 

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  Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico!

Daily News Digest July 19, 2017

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New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss a front page NYT article that blames ‘Iranian expansionism’ for sectarian war in Iraq and the region; says the U.S. invaded Iraq to establish democracy

New York Times Beats War Drums Against Iran Vijay Prashad and Trita Parsi join Paul Jay to discuss the New York Times article, ‘Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over”

NATO-Russia Tensions Rise, Arms Makers Benefit For the first time, the U.S. has deployed advanced Patriot missiles as part of military exercises in the Baltic region, escalating tensions with Russia and helping boost military industry stock prices to record highs

Nurses, Protesters Tell Corrupt Democrats Single-Payer Healthcare Can’t Wait National Nurses United Director Roseann Demoro tells corporate Democrats that nurses won’t back down on single payer healthcare fight; activists and protesters take over DNC ‘Resistance Summer’ event in Los Angeles, California to demand single payer healthcare.


USA Terrorism Drone Bombing and Giver of to Arms the Terrorist: Amnesty International Confirms US Gave ISIS $1 Billion of Weapons in 2016 US Army gave arms and equipment to Islamic State under Obama By Jay Greenberg  Life in the 1%’s NFL — Johnny Manziel: The NFL Owners’ see a ‘Good Boy’ In Colin Kaepernick, NFL owners see a threat. In Johnny Manziel, they see themselves. By Dave Zirin How I Learned Courts are Off-Limits to the 99 Percent I’m suing the Los Angeles Times. I’m the plaintiff. I’m the one who was wronged. The Times should be defending themselves from my accusations that they fired and libeled me as a favor to a police chief. But this is America. Deep-pocketed defendants like the Times — owned by a corporation with the weird name Tronc and a market capitalization in excess of $400 million — are taking advantage of America’s collapsing court system to turn justice on its head. In worn-out Trump-era America, the corruption and confusion that used to be associated with the developing world has been normalized. by Ted Rall

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 17, 2017

* Chicago to Host Black Is Back Coalition:

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations holds its national conference in Chicago, August 12 and 13, under the theme, “The Ballot and the Bullet: Elections, War and Peace in the Donald Trump Era.” Kamm Howard, of the Black Is Back steering committee, is active in NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. “One of the ways we’re pushing reparations is a Black Is Back-led push to have a reparations referendum put on the Chicago ballot in March of 2018,” said Howard.

* Seeking Reparations by Dropping Slave Claims

In 2006, a federal court ruled that the descendants of Black slaves in the U.S. have no “standing” to sue for reparations. However, Dr. Jahi Issa and Reggie Mabry say they have devised a new legal strategy to overcome the courts’ objections. “Slavery in the United States was immoral, but it was legal,” said Mabry. What was not legal, however, was the importation of Africans as forced labor after the outlawing of the international slave trade in 1808. Issa and Mabry claim “the bulk” of U.S. Blacks are descended from these post-1808 victims of “human trafficking” — as distinct from slavery — and can make a successful case for redress in court.

* Missouri Prisoners Push Suit for Hep C Treatment

Citing Mumia Abu Jamal’s successful legal battle against Pennsylvania prison officials, a court has granted Missouri prisoners the right to pursue a class action suit to force the state to treat them for Hepatitis C. In an essay for Prison Radio, Abu Jamal noted that Pennsylvania continues, in practice, to delay treatment for Hep C until prisoners “are at death’s door.” However, the legal precedents have been set, and “we are winning,” he said.

* Precious Minerals + Rogue President = Mass Death in Congo

Two million people have been displaced from their homes by violence in the Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 80 mass graves have recently been discovered. Not coincidentally, huge deposits of coltan and other precious minerals have been found in the region, said Kambale Musavuli, of Friends of Congo. The killings are widely blamed on soldiers of President Joseph Kabila, who refuses to step down despite having used up his two terms in office. “This is the same area where King Leopold II of Belgium caused the death of millions of Congolese, a hundred years ago,” said Musavuli.

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China Now Leads in Renewables Donald Trump’s 1 June announcement of US withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement coincided with the 19th bilateral EU-China summit in Brussels, giving China’s prime minister, Li Keqiang, an opportunity to reaffirm China’s intention to implement the accord. The success of COP21 (the UN Climate Change Conference) owed much to China’s role in the negotiations. by Guillaume Pitron

Endangered Species Don’t Need an Ark – They Need a Living Planet! by Derrick Jensen

Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

Tepco backpedals after disaster reconstruction chief knocks plan to dump tritiated water into sea Tokyo Electric backed off its tritium-dumping decision Friday after disaster reconstruction minister Masayoshi Yoshino said it would cause problems for struggling fishermen trying to recover in Fukushima Prefecture. As Pruitt Guts Water Rules, EPA Will Allow Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf of Mexico By Mike Ludwig


 A 21st-Century Form of Indentured Servitude Has Already Penetrated Deep into the American Heartland Corporations want to make sure that laborers never again have the power to tell big business how to treat them. By Thom Hartmann

The Fall of the Trade Union Movement (2010 Update) Elections: The Default of The Trade Union Movementv (Since the PATCO Strike  When The Trade Union Bureaucracy Formed a Partnership With the Boss in the 1980s) By RolandSheppard Economy:


Militarising Civilian Life: Australia, Policing and Terrorism It is far from unusual in recent times: a spate of terrorist activity, followed by police seemingly agog, then the call for cavalry, usually in the form of military forces to guard vital installations and furnish the public with a reassuring presence.  Unfortunately, such moves tend to take place long after the horse has bolted, an ineffectual measure in terms of combating terrorism but pernicious in terms of dealing with distinctions policing. by Binoy Kampmark

Britannia, No Longer rules the waves!: Britain: a humbled and humiliated imperialist power Nigh on ten years from the initial announcement of the building of two aircraft carriers, the first behemoth, HMS Queen Elizabeth, inched towards the sea under the Forth Bridge on its way to its first sea trials by Scott Shaw Venezuela: July 16 Opposition “consultation” countered by a Chavista show of strength Venezuela’s reactionary opposition had put all their weight behind a “consultation” which was supposed to show that an overwhelming majority of Venezuelans not only reject Maduro’s proposed Constituent Assembly, but also want the Army to intervene and the formation of a “national unity government”. Their mobilisation on the day was sizeable, but fell far short of their own expectations. The real news was the massive turnout, on the same day, for the official dry run of the Constituent Assembly elections, which was a show of strength for Chavismo By Jorge MartinHealth, Science, Education, and Welfare:

State Street Bentley University Business Ethics and Corporate Crime Universities in the United States don’t teach corporate crime. Instead, they teach business ethics. One reason —corporations increasingly are funding the ethics programs. And the corporations want to keep the focus positive (business ethics), not negative (corporate crime). Take the case of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts. by Russell MokhiberAmerican healthcare is at a crossroads. It’s time to talk universal healthcare The Republican party encourages us to be smart healthcare shoppers. But it’s becoming clear that the best deal, in fact, is a universal healthcare system By Farzon A Nahvi As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. By Stacy Cowley  and Jessica Silver-Greenberg