Daily News Digest November 15, 2017

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Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace”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  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 November 15, 2017

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Hillary and the media are still holaring ‘foul’, But they know that the content of the email disclosures are the True: These Wikileaks Emails Prove Just What A Monster Hillary Clinton Is  Quote of the Day:

Four Banking Committee Democrats — Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mark Warner, D-Va. — negotiated the bill with committee chair Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, after ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, broke off talks on a compromise bill with Crapo just last month. Warner’s Virginia colleague Tim Kaine, last year’s vice presidential nominee, signed on as an original co-sponsor of the bill, along with Joe Manchin D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Gary Peters D-Mich., and Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with Democrats. The Democratic support would give the legislation enough support to break a filibuster, if all Republicans signed on. — A Week After Virginia Election Sweep, Democrats Join Republicans for More Bank Deregulation

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Saudi Arabia Threatens Famine, Genocide in Yemen To achieve its goals and defeat the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia is pushing Yemen into what the UN warns could be the worst famine in decades. We speak to scholar Asher Orkaby of Harvard University


Marching Togther For the 1%!: A Week After Virginia Election Sweep, Democrats Join Republicans for More Bank Deregulation Bipartisanship, long left for dead in Washington, has struck again. And Wall Street looks to be the winner.In the wake of the Equifax scandal, Congress has been under pressure to act. But the price of modest reforms in Washington is often much larger giveaways elsewhere, and that pattern holds true in the agreement announced Monday between nine Senate Democrats and the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee.  By David Dayen These Wikileaks Emails Prove Just What A Monster Hillary Clinton Is  It’s what everyone in the Trump campaign talks about around the pyres of burning books. When you look closely, Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails show just what kind of person she is: a nasty woman who doesn’t know how to print things. Her heartless thirst for evil and darkness knows no bounds. Just look at some of these real emails released by Wikileaks. By Andy McDonald

“His Bone Turned to Sand”: Murad Shteiwi Describes IDF Shootings at Nonviolent Protests in Kufr Qaddum Murad Shteiwi does not flinch as he watches a video of his son moments after an Israeli soldier shot him two years ago. The short clip shows Khalid Shteiwi who was 11 years old at the time. He is on the ground, trying to move away from the Israeli army as they continue to fire near him, but he cannot, because he has been shot in the leg. He slams his arms on the ground, as though the pain and fear are too much too handle. He is desperate to get away from the soldiers By Richard Hardigan


‘Giant Leap Backwards’ as Global Carbon Emissions in 2017 Soaring to All-Time High “The urgency for reducing emissions means they should really be already decreasing now.” Emissions must begin a steep decline after 2020 in order to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. (Photo: Walter/Flickr/cc) Warning of a “giant leap backwards for humankind,” the Global Carbon Project said in a report (pdf) released Monday that carbon emissions are expected to hit a record high in 2017, following three years of stable CO2 levels. By Julia ConleyOngoing Big Energy Crisis

State Leaders Diss Trump Coal Revival as US Pushes ‘Cleaner’ Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks From the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared he wasn’t worried about Donald Trump — not his threats to withdraw from the Paris agreement or his plan to bring back coal.“Imagine bringing back coal,” laughed the former California governor. “In a time when coal is plummeting in the United States and all over the world … It’s like bringing back Blockbuster or something.” By Ashley Braun

The Nuclearization of Space The website nuclear-news is this month has declared: “Nuclear Power and Space Exploration—theme for November 17.” And, indeed, a desire of nuclear power zealots for decades is, now in 2017 with the Trump administration, poised for possible major implementation. As nuclear-news says: “Coinciding with the severe downturn in the nuclear industry is the rush for enthusiasm for space exploration—and the goal of ‘putting a man on Mars.’ The nuclear industry must be pleased” now with the focus on nuclear-powered rockets to Mars. By   Karl GrossmanCivil Rights/ Black Liberation:

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 13, 2017On this week’s Black Agenda Radio: Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses the new report Billionaire Bonanza which details how the 3 richest individuals in the US own about as much as much as the bottom 50%. Eritha Akiile Cainion, local candidate in St. Petersburg FL updates the concept of reparations for a new era at the Black Is Back convention at Howard University. Dr. Josiah Rector details how the privatization of Detroit’s water, like very other privatization is grand and simple theft. Mumia Abu Jamal weighs in on the revelations of persistent sexual abuse by powerful men. And Dr. Marsha Coleman Abedayo, also at Black Is Back in DC asks for solidarity.

Plutocrats Swallow U.S. Whole According to a report by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, of the Institute for Policy Studies, three billionaires — Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett — own more wealth than the bottom half of the total U.S. population. “We’re really moving into a hyper-inequality phase, an advanced sort of plutocracy, wealth-creating-wealth dynamic,” said Collins. The report is titled “Billionaire Bonanza 2017.” By Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Howard University Hosts Black Is Back Conference The Black Is Back Coalition held is annual march on the White House, followed by a national conference at Howard University. Among the speakers was Eritha Akile Cainion, a 20 year old activist with the African People’s Socialist Party who ran a spirited campaign for the St. Petersburg, Florida city council on the slogan, “Unity Through Reparations.” Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo, of the No Fear Coalition, asked the conference’s help in demanding reparations for the destruction of a Black cemetery in Bethesda, Maryland. By Nellie Bailey and Glen FordGrand Theft Water in Detroit The same corporations that forced Detroit into bankruptcy in 2013 are attempting to steal the city’s water supply, said Josiah Rector, professor of history at Northland College. Dr. Rector presented a history of Detroit’s water system at the Museum of African American History. We need to “reverse the theft of water, air, land and democracy itself,” he said. By Nellie Bailey and Glen FordLabor:

Fear over healthcare locks Americans in jobs – and throttles creativity What could and should make America great is the freedom to follow one’s dreams — not stay trapped in a cubicle, paralysed by fear By Jonathan R GoodmanImmigrant Day Laborers Confront a Perfect Storm of Exploitation in Hurricane Harvey Cleanup Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston area, and inestimable tons of moldy debris have to be mucked out as the city rebuilds. Much of the work is being done by undocumented immigrants, who make up half of the Texas construction workforce, according to some estimates. But even as their labor is in high demand, many are silently enduring abuse as they fear deportation. By Renée Feltz


Why We Need to Confront the “Billionaires’ Paradise” The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two recent reports — the UBS/PwC report on the “new Gilded Age” of the international billionaire class, and the “Paradise Papers”  released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reveal ways corporations and the ultra-wealthy avoid taxes. In doing so, they offer a glimpse into this darkness. By Richard Eskow

China’s Overture to Wall Street For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese overture to the titans of global finance, currently ensconced in Wall Street and London. Given the big banks’ position at the apex of of the Western power structure, the move is highly strategic and bears close watching. by Thomas Hon Wing PolinWorld:

Mexican edition of Trotsky’s Stalin launched at the Leon Trotsky House Museum  Stalin was the last book Leon Trotsky was writing when his murderer, Frank Jackson (AKA Ramón Mercader) took his life. On 11 November, the new, complete Mexican edition of the book was presented in front of a packed auditorium and an overspill room, at the Leon Trotsky House Museum. In an extraordinary meeting, the last, unfinished masterpiece by the legendary revolutionary and martyr of the working-class (available in English at WellRed Books) was received with great anticipation by the old militants, and with great enthusiasm by the assembled youth. By La Izquierda Socialista

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The State and Permanent Revolution Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky role as political revolutionaries has long been celebrated. Yet their status as intellectual revolutionaries has been obscured through the decades by distance from their revolt and the patterns of political thought they upended, through anti-Marxist and intra-Marxist disputes, and Western academics who have long slighted their writings as inferior to the political events in which they were involved. Lenin’s The State and Revolution and Trotsky’s Results and Prospects were direct assaults on the evolutionary, static Marxism of the Second International and lay the basis for a new conception of revolutionary socialism, Marxism, and the historic tasks of the proletariat. By Peter Lavenia

Corporations Are Undermining Public Education, One State at a Time As the economy grows ever more unequal, corporations seek to lower expectations of what Americans are entitled to—starting with public schools. By Jennifer Berkshire