Daily News Digest September 25, 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 Those  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 September 25, 2017

Images of the Day:

Bendib: Kill the Bill

Quote of the Day:

China joined the nuclear club when it tested a bomb on October 16, 1964.  From the very beginning of his Presidency, John F. Kennedy sought ways, including possible military action, to stop China from getting the bomb. Kennedy turned first to diplomacy.  So has Trump.  Trump has tried to get China to rein in Kim Jong-un.  Trump has had only limited success in enlisting Beijing in the US/UN regime of crippling economic sanctions directed against Pyongyang.[1] Where Trump has turned to China, Kennedy turned to Russia.  Kennedy believed that a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviets would marshal world opinion against China and cause Beijing to abandon its nuclear project. Kennedy thought he had good reason to believe Khrushchev would cooperate with the US in bringing pressure on the Chinese.  First, the Soviets had themselves proposed a test-ban in 1955.  In 1958, the Soviets initiated an informal testing moratorium which the US and UK had joined.[2] Then there was Khrushchev’s increasing alarm at Mao’s cavalier attitude toward nuclear war.  In a 1957 speech, Mao said:  “China has a population of 600 million; even if half of them are killed, there are still 300 million people left.”[3]  John Lewis Gaddis may be correct when he observes that: “Chinese records suggest that most of this was Maoist bravado.”[4]  (Compare Kim Jong-un’s bravado today.)  Mao also said that he wanted to avoid war, but that China should never be afraid to fight (Gaddis, 251).  In 1959, Moscow ended its technical assistance to Beijing’s nuclear program.  The impetus was Mao’s risking war in the Taiwan Straits against the Chinese Nationalists, a war which the USSR feared they might be sucked into. The late 50s and early 60s were the years of the burgeoning Sino-Soviet split when Beijing challenged Moscow for leadership of the world Communist movement.  The Chinese Communists had descended to schoolyard taunts, calling the Soviets “revisionists” and “imperialists” and (worst of all) “imperialist revisionists.”  Kennedy thought that the US could exploit this growing rivalry to get the Soviets to work with the US. Nevertheless, at their first meeting in Vienna in June 1961, Khrushchev proved cool to Kennedy’s proposal of a nuclear test ban treaty.  Khrushchev defended the Chinese, lashing out at Kennedy over US non-recognition of the PRC. — When China Got the Bomb

Videos of the Day

Wall Street Got a Bailout, Why Not Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico was in dire economic straits before Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit, and ongoing US-imposed restrictions will make recovery impossible, says labor leader Hector Figueroa

Profits vs. Puerto Rican Lives: Trump Admin Blocks Aid from Reaching Devastated Island


Patriots and Protesters Should Take a Knee for the Constitution “Seems like in the past 15 years or so the idea of patriotism has changed some. More polarized, more tied to political or ideological views. I’ve never seen patriotism or the flag connected to either; I see the flag more as the symbol of a nation that allows the freedom to express those ideas. That alone deserves my respect.”— Macy Moore, U.S. Marine by John W. Whitehead

Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Tribes Reject Yellowstone Park Names Honoring War Criminal and White Supremacist On Saturday, September 16, under blustery skies and a new dusting of snow on Yellowstone’s peaks, representatives of eight Tribes demanded name changes for features in the Park, Mount Doane and Hayden Valley, that had been named for war criminal Lieutenant Gustavus Cheney Doane and white supremacist Ferdinand Hayden. Tribal leaders gave a signed statement to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) officials near the Roosevelt Arch, a famous symbol of the Park — built for President Teddy Roosevelt’s grand entrance in 1903, but still a major entrance for visitors today. The submission of the statement to YNP officials followed a ceremony involving drumming, singing, and prayer. by Louisa Willcox The ‘War on Drugs’ Keeps Supplying Slave for the Prison Industrai Vomplex: More Arrests for Marijuana Than for Violent Crime Last Year The mass arrests are at odds with public opinion that supports ending the drug war. By Phillip Smith US-backed Dictator Paul Kagame Risks Another Violent Implosion by Tightening his Grip on Rwanda “Kagame claims to be a champion of gender equality but the only two women who have ever tried to stand against him electorally are behind bars.” Since seizing power in Rwanda in 1994, dictator and US military partner Paul Kagame has ruled the tiny East African nation with an iron fist that includes a complex nationwide network of spies and surveillance technology. By Ann Garrison , BAR contributor Freedom Rider: Killing Kaepernick’s Movement “We must say with a loud voice that we join with Colin Kaepernick in the fight against police brutality.” “A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!”Colin Kaepernick By Margaret Kimberley 

Black America: The Wealth-less Community “There is no indication that Black America will ever recover so long as racism and capitalism dictate social relations in the US.” Under the regime of global capitalism, the most important indicator of economic prosperity is wealth. Wealth is capital. It is the means by which one advances their economic status through the ownership of the tools of production and exchange. By Danny Haiphong, BAR contributor White America Prefers “Good Blacks”: On Morgan Freeman, Colin Kaepernick, and Trump “The militantly and viciously white president and his fellow white nationalist Amerikaner football fans want the players to be ‘good Blacks,’ the types who just obediently damage themselves while dutifully serving the white majority and their direct white masters.” By Paul Street Trump’s SOB and the One Percent “NFL owners dared not go against players, who were outraged at Trump’s placing the SOB label upon them on behalf of the one percenters.” “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired!” These were words of our U.S. president reported throughout the social media. Colin Kaepernick and those that were joining or planning to join him were targeted. By Ken Morgan

Islam, Politics and Black Music “You had enslaved Africans who tried to keep their Islamic faith under wraps.” Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora have been attracted to Islam. It was estimated in 2002 that Muslims constitute 48% of the population of Africa, according to Wikipedia. Speaking at a conference in 1990, entitled: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle, By Norman Richmond aka Jalali 

In Venezuela, the Military Stands with the People “Chávez created this philosophy, which is anti-imperialist and also humanist.” Attendees to the Second Anti-imperialist Forum in Defense of the Motherland, held in Caracas, were able to see an unusual sight for Latin America. As they entered the Teresa Carreño Theater they were received by hundreds of militaries of the three forces, wearing their uniforms. By Carlos Aznárez Black Agenda Radio, Week of September 25, 2017

Black Movement in a Rut?: Black Is Back Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela worries that a disturbing “new norm” is setting into the cycle of police atrocities and Black community response. Speaking in St. Louis, where a judge found a white cop guilty of murdering a Black man, Yeshitela said: “To simply be out demonstrating and not having objectives that challenge the existing relationship between our people and the system — that’s a dead end street.”
Black Caucus Backs Trump’s War Budget: Democrats detest everything about Donald Trump — except his war policies, said Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential nominee and spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace. A majority of the Congressional Black Caucus supported Donald Trump’s gargantuan war budget, which will inevitably result in drastic cuts in social programs. The Obama war-making legacy has “resulted in Black people having a less critical stance” on U.S. wars, said Baraka.
Trump AND America are White Supremacist: BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley said it’s “silly” to debate whether Donald Trump is a white supremacist, or not. “Yes, Trump is racist,” said Kimberley, “but 60 million people voted for him.” Racism pays political dividends in the U.S. “We should spend our time talking about obvious evidence of white supremacy in the entire system,” she said.
Johnny Reb’s Revenge:Takiyah Thompson and other defendants await trial on felony charges, in Durham, North Carolina, for tearing down the statue of a Confederate soldier. The 22 year-old student and Workers World party activist had this to say about the county sheriff that arrested the protesters: “Policing is a white supremacist institution.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.


How Many More ‘500-Year Storms’ Will People Endure Before They Start Abandoning Coastal Cities? For homeowners in flood zones, one big question looms: Rebuild or retreat? By Reynard Loki


The Lyon Silk Workers’ uprisings of 1831 and 1834 Engels described the Canut revolt of the Lyon workers in 1831 as “the first working-class rising” of the early period of capitalist development. In fact, it was the first time in history that the working class had taken power in a major city. Here Steve Brown, basing himself on Robert J Bezucha’s book The Lyon uprising of 1834, describes those momentous events. By Steve Brown



During This World Wide Crisis of Capitalism and the Refusal of the CDU/CSU and their failure to Propose, in Germany the Socialist Alternative to Capitalism/Merkel — No Alternative Was Raised, Leaving a Void that was Filled, by an extreme right-wing party that has been elected to the Bundestag: Elections in Germany: another political earthquake A polititical earthquake is the best way we can describe the federal elections that took place in Germany on Sunday, September 24. For the first time ever in post-war history an extreme right-wing party has been elected to the Bundestag (federal parliament). At the same time the parties that formed the “Grand Coalition” lead by Chancellor Angela Merkel since 2003 have suffered historic defeats. Hans-GerdOefinger Puerto Rican Debt Holders Respond to Catastrophic Hurricane by Offering Puerto Rico More Debt By David DayenFYI: Barry Sheppard: Screwed by vulture funds, Puerto Rico is the Washington’s ‘Greece’

Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

The 5 Common Makeup items That are Poisoning Your Body (89% of Women Use #3)

1. Parabens and Other Preservatives

2. Petroleum-Based Ingredients

3. Formaldehyde

4. Synthetic Fragrances

5. Triclosan