Daily News Digest April 20, 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.

Daily News Digest April 20, 2017

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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The USA, according to Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, he who ordered the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, Iraq, is about to take a major step towards direct intervention in support of the Saudi Arabia war on the Yemeni people. According to Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of CounterPunch, this war has already seen 90,000 Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, or one every 12 minutes, 123 a day for two years now. With direct US military involvement it will only get worse for the USA has been limiting its involvement to fueling, arming and target selection for the Saudi military. The UN and the international media claim only 12,000 or so deaths in Yemen but this just doesn’t add up. If there have been 90,000 airstrikes that means that only one Yemeni is killed for every 8 strikes? They must take us for idiots, or more likely, just to ignorant and brainwashed to know better. — US Moves Toward Major Intervention in Yemen

Just before the 2000 Presidential Election, in September 2000, George Bush’s think tank, The Project for the New American Century, put into writing a document titled Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Forces and Resources For a New Century. In that document they called for war upon Iraq, a US military presence in the middle east, and the construction of military bases throughout Asia and the world to enforce, what they termed, as a ‘strategic goal’, the preservation Pax Americana — the ‘new world order’ that was proclaimed after the first Gulf War. There has been no objection or opposition, from the Democratic Party, to this ‘strategic goal’ for this century, even though the document stated, two years prior to 9/11: A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies. Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor. — Roland Sheppard,  Pax Americana and The Failure of ‘Lesser Evilism’

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Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (1/2) On latest episode of The Real Baltimore we host an expert panel on “the most preventable public health threat” facing the city

UK Elections Called Before Full Impact of Austerity Kicks In


EXCLUSIVE: JULIAN ASSANGE STRIKES BACK AT CIA DIRECTOR AND TALKS TRUMP, RUSSIA, AND HILLARY CLINTON  Wikileaks Founder, Julian Assage, is hitting back at Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo following a speech last week in which Pompeo accused WikiLeaks of being a “hostile nonstate intelligence agency” operating outside of the protections of the First Amendment. “We can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us. To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for,” Pompeo declared, adding an ominous assertion: “It ends now.  Speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living since June 2012, Assange said Pompeo appeared to be issuing a threat. “So how does he propose to conduct this ending? He didn’t say. But the CIA is only in the business of collecting information, kidnapping people, and assassinating people. So, it’s quite a menacing statement that he does need to clarify,” said Assange. By Jeremy Scahill Black Liberation/Civil Rights

South Africa: Zuma – and Capitalism – Have Got to Go An epic battle is being joined in South Africa. Genuine socialists are arrayed against President Jacob Zuma and his neoliberals and Black capitalists in the ruling ANC, while white capital and its allies “want to make ‘corruption’ the issue – not social transformation.” The question isn’t whether or not Zuma has to go, but what kind of society to build after he’s gone. A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford Freedom Rider: Obama and Clinton Brought Slavery to Libya According to international observers, “African migrants are being openly bought and sold in Libya” – yet another consequence of “R2P,” the pernicious doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect.” No one is protecting Black Africans from the bestial forces let loose by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Libya in 2011. “America’s first black president is responsible for slavery taking place in a once prosperous African country.” by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley Which Side Are You On? The Western Left’s Obsession with Empire The left has always been small in the U.S., but now much of it cannot be called “left” at all. Jacobin throws its weight behind the jihadists waging holy war in Syria on behalf of US imperialism and its junior partners” – a reflection of “the infantile state of the anti-war left in the US.” Imperialism has a twisted, phony left face. “Rather than defend Syria’s self-determination, many in the West have bought into the imperialist narrative.”  by Danny Haiphong          MIT Professor Says Top U.S. Officials Fabricated Intelligence to Justify Attacking Syria A top scientist in weaponry and the physics of explosions at the nation’s foremost institution of technology says the chemical event that the U.S. used as a pretext to attack Syria could not have happened the way the White House says it did. MIT Professor Emeritus Theodore Postol says the bogus U.S. reports indicate “a willingness to use intelligence claims that are false to make political points and political arguments.” by Ann Garrison

Caribbean Reparations Movement Must Put Capitalism on Trial The English-speaking Caribbean is seeking reparations for slavery from the colonial powers. But why stop there? “If we are going to throw the book at capitalism for chattel slavery, we are morally and politically obligated to do the same for the wage slavery of capitalism under which the Caribbean working-class is currently being exploited.” Reparations should be used to build people power in the region, ultimately to overthrow capitalism.  by Ajamu NangwayaJustice Deferred: The 15 Year Anniversary of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission Verdict With the backing of the U.S., Ethiopia has “continued to militarily occupy large swathes of Eritrean territory and sustain a policy of unremitting aggression and hostility toward Eritrea.” Washington promotes turmoil, imposing unjust sanctions on Eritrea — sometimes called the “Cuba of Africa” – to punish the country for “its principled adherence to the border ruling and for Eritrea’s opposition to misguided US policies in the Horn of Africa.” by Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion Environment:

Organic Farming: Why Small-Scale Farming Is Our Best Hope for Restoring Rural America There is nothing inevitable about the demise of rural America. By Sarah van GelderThe Environment and Cuba: Cuba: “The Road Not Taken” By Roland Sheppard

Organic Farm in Cuba: http://blog.albertsorganics.cohttps://rolandsheppard.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/TheRoad-1.jpgm/?p=934Ongoing Big

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Alan Woods: The murder of Mashal Khan — A statement of the IMT  The imperialist hypocrites and the western “liberal” media that are always quick to denounce real or imaginary crimes in Syria remain silent about the crimes committed on a daily basis by their allies and stooges in Pakistan. Crimes like the murder of Mashal Khan do not even merit a small footnote in the press in “democratic” Britain or the USA. Liberdade e Luta: the development of a revolutionary mood in Brazil  “Freedom is the goal, and struggle is the method”, says Lucy Dias, a university student and revolutionary activist from the organisation Liberdade e Luta (Freedom and Struggle), “but there can’t be real freedom under capitalism”. We’re sitting, along with 1500 other young socialists and political activists, in a vast warehouse in the old port district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Defiant slogans decorate the walls and the building is awash with militant singing and lively drum beats. This is an international camp for young people who want to fight for their future, organised by Juntos!, a broad youth organisation. Here, there’s no doubt that spirit of freedom and struggle is universal. By Ben Gliniecki S Moves Toward Major Intervention in Yemen by Thomas MountainIsrael Celebrates 50 Years as Occupier Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” — or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. by Jonathan Cook Health, Science, Education, and Welfare: