Daily News Digest June 12, 2018

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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 June 12, 2018 

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! 

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Collective Amnesia Syndrome They say an elephant never forgets. The GOP sure does, however. By Khalil Bendib  Quotes of the Day: 

Corbyn received 41 per cent of the vote, against May’s 44 per cent. Given the UK’s inherently flawed, first-past-the-post electoral system, he won some 50 fewer seats than the Conservatives, but that was still a big improvement on Labour’s share of seats in the last election, under Ed Miliband. There is now a hung parliament, and to survive May will need to depend on the votes of a small group of Northern Irish Ulster unionists, creating a deeply unstable government. But how did Corbyn do in terms of the Labour vote compared to his recent predecessors? He won many more votes than Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown and Neil Kinnock, who were among those that, sometimes noisily, opposed his leadership of the party. They lost their elections. But what about Corbyn’s share of the vote compared to Tony Blair, his most high-profile critic, whose many allies in the parliamentary Labour party sought relentlessly to subvert Corbyn’s leadership over the past two years and tried to bring him down, including by staging a leadership challenge last year. Here are the figures for Blair’s three wins. He got a 36 per cent share of the vote in 2005 — much less than Corbyn. He received a 41 per cent of the vote – about the same as Corbyn — in 2001. And Blair’s landslide victory in 1997 was secured on 43 per cent of the vote, just two percentage points ahead of Corbyn last night. — The Facts Proving Corbyn’s Election Triumph 

After this election Britain finds itself in uncharted waters. Difficult Brexit negotiations are immanent. British political life has been polarised between Left and Right in a way not seen since the Second World War. This is what is alarming the strategists of Capital. The two main parties, Labour and Conservative now account for more than 80% of the vote, a phenomenon not seen for decades. The Tories are ever more inclined to the right, and Labour under Corbyn is veering to the Left. This political polarisation is a reflection of a growing polarisation between the classes in British society. The “Middle Ground” represented by the Lib Dems is being squeezed out of existence by this polarisation. We are in a period of deep political, economic and social instability. Even if they manage to patch up a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, a minority Tory government will not be long lasting. It will certainly not last its full term. Pressures will be exerted from outside Parliament, with one movement after another taking to the streets against the government. The Tories will be completely discredited. Sooner rather than later new elections will be on the order of the day. The political crisis is a reflection of the capitalist crisis that began in 2008 and is still continuing. This will create sharp and sudden changes in the situation, which will open up new opportunities for Labour and the Left. The whole political climate has radically changed. Capitalism offers no solution to the problems of working people and will increasingly pose the urgent need to change society. In the coming period the support for the ideas of genuine socialism and Marxism will grow by leaps and bounds. An exciting new chapter opens up before us. — British elections: Defeat for Tory establishment, Corbyn vindicated, Radical policies back at centre, May must be forced to resign! 

It’s not just the Washington crackpot himself. Take General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who is beginning to earn his sobriquet in his grasp of contemporary history, as well as the obscene comments which earned him his nickname during the illegal 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Emerging from his meeting with the Saudis, whose Wahhabi faith arguably inspires the horrific Isis cult, the US defence secretary told American journalists that “everywhere you look, if there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran”. Incredibly, no American reporter took Mattis up on this gobbledygook – which is odd, because we all thought Isis was the problem. Isn’t Mattis aware that his men are helping the Iraqi army and pro-Iranian Shia militia destroy Isis in Mosul? Isn’t he aware that Isis – not Iran – have threatened to destroy the entire Western world? Does he not realise that Iran is the sworn enemy of Isis? Nope? Well, there’s the “Mad Dog” for you. Iran is Shia Muslim; Isis is Sunni Muslim; Saudi Arabia is Sunni Muslim. Ring any bells? — The truth about US involvement in Syria is far more complicated than Donald Trump wants you to think 

Videos of the Day: 

Hung Parliament a Stunning Victory for Corbyn’s Labour Party in UK Elections Election produces a breakthrough for left socialist Jeremy Corbyn, something only weeks ago was considered impossible — with Thomas Barlow and Kam Sandhu of Real Media and Aaron Bastani of Novara Media

How Far Will US & Saudis Go to Remake the Middle East? Junaid Ahmad of the Center for Global Dialogue says the U.S.-backed Gulf campaign against Qatar is part of a broader strategy to crush the remnants of the Arab Spring and spark a confrontation with Iran 

Democracy Now!: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Rides Leftist Tide in U.K. Election in Rebuke of Austerity & Conservatives 


The truth about US involvement in Syria is far more complicated than Donald Trump wants you to think In April, I entered Deir Hafer. Isis had just fled for their lives, leaving their infamous black flags, crucifixion posts, arms factories and black-painted Islamic courtrooms still intact. And yet Washington still maintains that the Syrians don’t fight Isis By Robert Fisk  Trump ‘may not have known’ US has 11,000 troops in Qatar when he bashed country on Twitter: Donald Trump “may not have known” that Qatar is home to the biggest U.S. military base in the Middle East when he praised Gulf nations for severing diplomatic relations with the nation, MSNBC reports. By Elizabeth Preza Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Since the 1970s, the US has seen a 700-percent increase in the number of people imprisoned, a result of the growth in “tough on crime” and “war on drugs” policies, as well as a concerted effort to control and minimize the power of social movements and other forms of resistance from within communities of color, says David Naguib Pellow, a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who’s writing a book on prisons and environmental justice. The rate at which we lock people up today is some five times higher than most countries, even though the crime rate in the US is comparable to that of other stable, industrialized nations. Holding large groups of people in closed facilities brings with it a host of associated civil and human rights problems — problems that have been well documented. But until recently, not much thought or research had been expended on the connections between mass incarceration and environmental issues, that is, problems that arise when prisons are sited on or near toxic sites, as well as when prisons themselves becomes sources of toxic contamination. — America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration As a special investigation by Truthout and Earth Island Journal shows, the toxic impact of prisons extends far beyond any individual prison, or any specific region in the United States. Though some prisons provide particularly egregious examples, mass incarceration in the US impacts the health of prisoners, prison-adjacent communities and local ecosystems from coast to coast. By Candice BerndZoe Loftus-Farren, and Maureen Nandini Mitra The NFL’s War Against Colin Kaepernick Leading media members are carrying on a disinformation campaign against the greatest political lightning rod in sports. The truth is ugly as sin: . . .The NFL is denying Colin Kaepernick employment not because he isn’t “good enough” but because he is being shut out for the crime of using his platform to protest the killing of black kids by police. This makes the league’s right-wing billionaire owners’ silk boxers bunch up. By Dave Zirin


United Nations Recognizes Cuba’s Work in Favor of the Environment  The resident coordinator of the United Nations in Cuba, Myrta Kaulard recognized on Monday in Sancti Spiritus, the country’s advances in confronting and adapting to environmental changes. During celebrations at the main activity for World Environment Day held in the province of Sancti Spiritus, Kaulard pointed out that Cuba had a broad participation in the preparation and negotiations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, valuable tools for the future work of the international community. By Tamaño letra

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Window Dressing: Exxon Reluctantly Crosses the Climate Threshold The day before President Trump made his decision to pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate accord, ExxonMobil reluctantly crossed a climate threshold.A majority of shareholders, over 62 percent, voted in favor of America’s biggest oil company releasing detailed analyses of the risks that climate change poses to its business. by Dick Russell Labor: 

Earn minimum wage in the US? You can afford to live in exactly 12 counties Study finds one-bedroom rentals are affordable in a dozen mostly rural counties in the west, and two-bedrooms are entirely out of reach for low-income worker Economy:


The Economist: The Labour Party now belongs to Jeremy Corbyn The Blair era truly ended on June 8 . When Theresa May called the general election eight weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn was widely regarded as the weakest leader the Labour Party had fielded since Michael Foot in 1983 or perhaps even since George Lansbury in 1935. Today he is the comeback grandpa: a potential kingmaker in Parliament and the undisputed leader of the Labour Party. There is a small chance that Mr Corbyn will be able to form a coalition government. As we went to press the Tories looked as if they could fall just short of an overall majority. By convention, the incumbent party has the first chance to form a government. Yet the largest of the minority parties, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats, would be far more likely to make a deal with Labour than with the Tories. Even if the Tories are able to form a government, Mr Corbyn will be the powerful leader of a powerful opposition: he will be able to put a prime minister who has at best a small majority under constant pressure.

A 20 point increase in turnout amongst the 18 to 24 years old is what did it: #JezWeCan British elections: Defeat for Tory establishment, Corbyn vindicated, Radical policies back at centre, May must be forced to resign! Following the shock of Brexit, Britain has suffered another political earthquake. Theresa May is facing oblivion. A snap election has turned into a Tory disaster. The expected Tory landslide, which was supposed to usher in decades of Conservative rule, turned out to be a myth. Instead, we have seen the government’s majority wiped out by a resurgent Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. By Socialist Appeal Editorial BoardAfter Election Setback, Theresa May Clings to Power in U.K. Thanks to Ulster Extremists By Robert Mackey Route of Coup Against Venezuela Begins at ExxonMobil By: William SerafinoHealth, Science, Education, and Welfare: