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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 1% Who Profit From Austerity!
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The institutions and ideas U.S. elites used to project “full spectrum dominance” onto the global stage have eventually become part of the political order in the U.S. The “full spectrum” includes us. It is empire — most of all — that dooms democracy and constitutional republics. As corporations have an insatiable drive for profit, empires have an insatiable drive for power. And that makes imperial actors hostile to the limits on authority, checks and balances, separation of powers and basic rights that the U.S. republic at least aspired to. As the institutions of representative democracy become weaker and weaker — devoted only to serving the corporate power and global empire — the need for social control of the people becomes greater and greater. — Empire Abroad, Empire At Home
Videos of the Day:
Trump Team Turns On Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says Trump is trying to “normalize” his presidency by doing what US intelligence services want.
U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects – How Will Tehran Respond? In part one of our interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat, analyzes the Trump administration’s “review” of the Iran nuclear agreement despite acknowledging that Tehran is fulfilling its obligations.
Empire Abroad, Empire At Home Americans are taught to revel in our power and supremacy. Over 650 major military bases span the whole world. We wage endless wars. American corporations are the most powerful economic organizations in history. The fusion of economic and military power makes our empire unlike any the world has ever seen. We may be “#1” but it is to this great empire that we have lost our souls and our democracy with it. by Richard Moser
The U.S., Not Russia, Arms Jihadists Worldwide The U.S. Secretary of Defense claims Russia is giving weapons to the Taliban, in Afghanistan. “Mad Dog” Mattis must also have mad cow disease of the brain. “If there is one major power in the world that has consistently fought against Islamic jihadists, in Afghanistan and everywhere else, it is Russia.” (Audio)Freedom Rider: Do Americans Have No Shame? Putting aside the lack of any proof of Russian interference in U.S. elections, Americans have some nerve complaining about outside meddling when they have violated the sovereign rights of much of the planet. Americans owe the world heartfelt acts of contrition. “There ought to be a march of apology from Americans to people in Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and yes in Russia too.” by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley Purity Over Principle: The Left’s State of Purgatory It is difficult to speak of a “left” in the U.S., given the inability of people who call themselves leftists “to lend critical support to oppressed nations under siege” – the sacred duty of any genuine Left. Instead, pseudo-leftists join in dehumanizing the victims of U.S. aggression. “The lack of spontaneous anger surrounding US warfare is a product of the nation’s imperialist and white supremacist foundations.” by Danny HaiphongThe Democrats Delivered One Thing in the Past 100 Days: Disappointment The nation’s best known Black public intellectual says it’s past time to dump the Democrats and build a real opposition to Trump. A new party is needed. “If a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship,” says Dr. Cornel West, “maybe our decaying democracy has a chance.” by Cornel WestThe Massacre of Hutu Refugees in Rwanda: An Interview with Rene Mugenzi Thanks to lies told by U.S. presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, much of the world believes only Tutsis died in the Rwandan genocide. No one has been prosecuted for “the systematic massacre of hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus between November 1994 and May 1995.” Instead, the West lavishes praise, weapons and money on the mass executioner, Rwandan President Paul Kagame. by Ann GarrisonMajor Challenges of New Orleans Charter Schools Exposed at NAACP Hearing Former Obama education chief Arne Duncan declared that Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to New Orleans schools, which switched to a nearly all-charter system. But, Black students, parents and teachers told an entirely different story to an NAACP hearing. Charterization has “created a set of schools that are highly stratified by race, class and educational advantage.” by Bill Quigley A New Agenda in Jackson, Mississippi Chokwe Antar Lumumba wants to finish the work his father began as mayor of Mississippi’s capital city. “No longer should we just buy someone’s agenda, listen to how they are going to do all these great things for us, only to find ourselves disappointed in the end result,” says Lumumba, a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Lumumba and Cooperation Jackson believe that community-based initiatives “will change the order of the world.” by Sarah JaffeAfrica’s War Lord Queen; The Bloodstained Career of Liberia’s Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson If all you know about Liberian President Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is what you read in the U.S. corporate media, you probably think she is a Nobel Prize-winning reformer. In fact, Sirleaf is a U.S. imperial puppet whose hands are steeped in blood, the “right hand woman“ of deposed warlord Charles Taylor, and a servant of multinational banks. by Thomas C. Mountain From Colonialism to Trumpism: Remembering Aimé Césaire Americans and Europeans speak of the drift towards fascism, as if the empires they have built on the tombs of the non-white peoples were not the incubators of Hitlers — and incarcerationist Clintons, bombing Obamas and Trumps. “They tolerated Nazism before it was inflicted on them, they absolved it, shut their eyes to it, legitimized it, because, until then, it had been applied only to non-European peoples.” by Abraham RamirezI Feel Blessed to Have Encountered Darcus Howe Darcus Howe, the Trinidad-born nephew of C.L.R. James, touched many lives. A member of the British Black Panthers and an organizer of street protests in London, Howe became a noted broadcaster and writer. The author first met Howe in New York in that crucial year, 1968. by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali Environment:
CO2 over 410 for the first time in human history As Trump stops climate action and Trudeau promotes tar sands, atmospheric carbon dioxide reaches highest levels in millions of years. by Lauren McCauleyThe Looting Machine Called Capitalism I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity. By. Paul Craig Roberts Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:
Unemployment Rate Hides the Historically Low Employment Rate Doug Henwood explains how employment relative to total population reveals a better image of employment than the unemployment rate. Using this measure, employment is nowhere near where it was before the Great Recession. (Video)
Pakistan: Students vow to carry forward the struggle of Mashal Khan On 22nd April, the Progressive Youth Alliance held its Lahore city-wide convention at Al Hamra Hall, dedicating the event to Mashal Khan. More than a hundred students from various universities across Lahore participated in the convention, and delegates from other cities’ universities were also present to address the convention. A new executive body was also elected. The atmosphere was one of anger, directed at the killing of Mashal Khan, a 23 year old journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, who was lynched after he was falsely accused of blasphemy. By Progressive Youth AllianceHealth, Science, Education, and Welfare:
It’s Impossible to Support Single-Payer and Defend Obamacare “And tens of millions of people remain without health insurance,” (Dr. Margaret) Flowers said. “The ACA can’t change that because it will never be affordable to everyone. That’s why we need to end this failed healthcare experiment and embrace the proven solution, National Improved Medicare for All as embodied in HR 676.” Related: The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party By Dave Culver