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 1% Who Profit From Austerity!
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What follows is some information about the health effects of emissions from burning piles of used (scrap) tires. I am also including some information about the problem of groundwater contamination that results from burning piles of scrap tires, and potential solutions to the problem of scrap tires. Recently, the U.S. EPA published the following study: U.S. EPA (October 1997) “Air Emissions from Scrap Tire Combustion.” (The study is also available in Spanish: “Emisiones al Aire de la Combustion de Llantas Usadas”). The study shows that emissions from the burning of tires are a serious threat to human health. Specifically, emissions from burning tires are highly mutagenic (more mutagenic than emissions from the burning of all other bulk materials that researchers have tested). Emissions from burning tires contains significant amounts of the following known human carcinogens: benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and benz[a]pyrene. What follows are quotes from the study: Health impacts of open burning of used (scrap) tires and potential solutions
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El Salvador Passes Historic Ban on Metal Mining The Central American country is the first country in the world to establish a blanket ban on metal mining, protecting the environment following a 12-year political struggle
The Price of Resistance — To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed. By Chris Hedges Opposition to US Strikes in Syria Grows As the US Tomahawk missiles were raining on Syria, the entire Middle East was shaken to its core. Here, even the name itself – Syria – triggers extremely complex and often contradictory sets of emotions. To some, Syria is synonymous with pride and a determined struggle against Western imperialism, while others see it as an uncomfortable reminder of how low their own rulers and societies have managed to sink, serving foreign interests and various neo-colonialist designs. by
Naked Capitalist State: Trump White House Taking ‘Marching Orders’ from Hundreds of CEOs: Report ‘One of every five of the corporate executives who met with the Trump administration within the first 100 days represented the banking or financial sector’ by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Mother of All Hypocrisies: Trump Cares for Some Syrian Babies Not Others by Robert Fisk
Let’s Stop Calling North Korea ‘Crazy’ and Understand Their Motives The world knows little about the palace politics in North Korea, the world’s most opaque country. Yet it seems like Kim is acting intelligently. By Isaac Stone Fish Black Liberation/Civil Rights
Black leftists, including former Black Panthers, can serve the people either as Democrats or independent of the corporate parties. “I did both,” said New York State Assemblyman Charles Barron, speaking at an electoral politics school organized by the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Barron won local and statewide office as a Democrat, but ran for governor on the Freedom Party ticket. He is most proud of thwarting gentrification in his district, citing a Daily News article that showed “East New York, Brooklyn, is the only Black community in the city that has experienced a 13.2 percent increase in the Black population” because of affordable housing generated by Barron’s office.
Referendums Could Bypass Black Misleadership Class: Strategic use of voter initiatives and referendums can help bypass the “illegitimate” Black political class that serves rich white masters, said Kamm Howard, of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA). Howard spoke at the electoral school held by the Black is Back Coalition, of which he is a board member. “You’re taking a vote directly to the people, allowing us to craft our own laws,” he said. Howard argued that skillful use of voter initiatives and referendums is a good way to push for reparations, Black community control of police, and other issues on the Black is Back Coalition’s 19-point National Black Political Agenda for Self-Determination.
U.S. Political Prisoners Face De Facto Life Sentences Without Parole: Anne Lamb, a Jericho Movement co-chair in New York City, is gearing up for the Millions for Prisoner Human Rights March, August 19, in Washington; demonstrations in support of Mumia Abu Jamal, in Philadelphia, on April 24; and the decades-long effort to free former Black Liberation Army member Jalil Muntaqim, formerly known as Anthony Bottoms, who has spent the last 46 years behind bars in New York. “They want to impose life without parole on all our political prisoners,” said Lamb. “Jalil is a prime example of how afraid they are of the ideas of our political prisoners. He’s been behind the walls for a long time, but he has not changed his mind about what he thinks could be a better world.”