2019-01-17: News Headlines

Patrick Walker (2019-01-17). Referendum 2020: A Green New Deal vs. Racist, Classist Climate Genocide. counterpunch.org Introduction: "Nuking" the Dem Leadership's Anti-Climate Obstinacy Perverse as it may seem, I as a climate justice activist am extremely glad the corrupt corporate, militarist Democratic Party leadership has repeatedly expressed its contempt for the Sunrise Movement's much-needed, potentially game-changing call for a Green New Deal. Three recent, egregious instances of that contempt are 1) Chuck Schumer's criminally insane promotion of Trump-supporting More

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-17). Trump's Flailing will get More Desperate and More Dangerous. counterpunch.org Since the striking victories of Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018, President Donald Trump has been flailing more and more wildly. He's setting new records for the length of the government shutdown, watched his defense secretary resign after suddenly announcing the withdrawal of troops from Syria, forced his attorney general to resign, found More

aljazeera (2019-01-17). US Republicans reject suggestion that State of Union be postponed. aljazeera.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said a government weakened by the shutdown cannot provide security for the event.

Jeff Abbott (2019-01-17). U.S. Republicans Are Fueling an Assault on Anti-Corruption Efforts in Guatemala. progressive.org A president who won office on an anti-corruption platform, is moving to end a United Nations agreement that supports investigations into corruption. The Guatemalan president has sought, and found, support within the U.S. Republican Party…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). DR Congo: UN Raises Ethnic Violence Death Toll to 890. telesurenglish.net The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) said Wednesday that violence from ethnic groups have caused hundreds of deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). | RELATED: | Southern Africa Bloc Urges DR Congo Election Vote Recount | "At least 890 people were killed between Dec. 16 and 18 in four villages in Yumbi territory, Mai-Ndombe province… in what appears to have been clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities," UNCHR said in a statement whic…

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Nigeria's era of big spending for election is disappearing. aljazeera.com Some say this is good news for democracy, but bad news for business.

Andrew Stewart (2019-01-17). The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party: Part Three. counterpunch.org This is the third of a three part series regarding the Green New Deal. I will argue in the course of this series the method by which the Green Party should articulate a Green New Deal proposal that is radically different and distinct from that proposed by the Democratic Party, even its Progressive Caucus. Green More

RT (2019-01-17). Texas man made over $500,000 running fake PACs for Bernie, Clinton & Trump in 2016. rt.com A politically-promiscuous Texas entrepreneur has been accused of running fake campaign accounts and websites for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump during the 2016 election and pocketing the cash.

WSWS (2019-01-17). Analysis of Congo election data points to "huge fraud" in vote tally. wsws.org An extensive set of data leaked to the Financial Times has revealed a clear case of massive electoral fraud.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Ukraine: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms. hrw.org | | Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin. | © 2016 Private | (Kyiv) — Attacks on activists and government critics proliferated in Ukraine during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. | The Ukrainian government did little to prevent or punish the attacks or to stem rising violence against minority communities, including Roma and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Mauritania: Repressive Laws Restrict Peaceful Speech. hrw.org | | People wait to cast their vote on September 1, 2018 outside a polling station in Nouakchott for the country's legislative, regional and local elections. | © 2018 Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj/AFP/Getty Images | (Geneva) — Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and politica…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Lebanon: Rights Bills Stalled in Parliament‚Ä®. hrw.org | | An election official shows a ballot with colors of political parties participating in the parliamentary election shortly after the polling stations closed in Beirut, Lebanon on May 6, 2018. | © 2018 Bilal Hussein/AP Photo | (Beirut) — Lebanon made legislative progress on the waste management crisis and the status of the disappeared in 2018, but parliament failed to follow through on legislation in other key areas, including women's…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-16). AG Nominee Barr Set Up "HIV Concentration Camp," Supported President's Unilateral War Powers. mintpressnews.com Democrats are hammering Barr over an unsolicited memo he wrote to the president that slammed the Mueller probe as "fatally misconceived," while paying far less attention to far more troubling pieces of information about his past.

Jerry White (2019-01-16). As Support Grows to Extend Los Angeles Teacher Strike, Unions Colluding with Democrats to End Walkout. globalresearch.ca Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers and their supporters manned picket lines and marched downtown yesterday on the second day of the strike by 33,000 educators in America's second largest school district. The walkout has generated widespread public support …

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-01-16). LA Teachers Are Mad About Charter School Growth. zcomm.org Why Won't Democrats Acknowledge That?>

Global Research News (2019-01-16). Selected Articles: US War Agenda, Undemocratic Media, Worker's Rights. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as a research tool for future generations? Bringing you 24/7 updates from all …

teleSUR (2019-01-16). Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Wins No-Confidence Vote By a Hair. telesurenglish.net The required 151 lawmakers showed their support for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a confidence vote Wednesday avoiding the struggle of a snap election. | RELATED: | Greek PM Appeals to Parliament for Confidence, Says 'Listen to Your Conscience' | "With the power of the Greek people, we build a Greece of progress, towards a Greece of conservation. This Greece deserves us," the Prime Minister wrote on his personal Twitter page. | Tsipras called the confidenc…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-01-16). New governor's "California for All" budget centered on education and health. peoplesworld.org Just three days after he was inaugurated, California's new Governor Gavin Newsom on Jan. 10 sent his first proposed "California for All" budget to the state legislature for its consideration, launching discussions and negotiations leading to a mid-June deadline for the legislature to approve the final 2019-2020 budget. Following the November 2018 elections, both legislative …

David S. Foglesong (2019-01-16). Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia. thenation.com Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia…

RT (2019-01-16). 'When did the Democratic party become neocons?'— Tucker Carlson. rt.com After the mainstream media and establishment Democrats piled on President Trump for even considering pulling the US out of NATO, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked when the doves became cheerleaders for war. |

RT (2019-01-16). Phrasing! Ocasio-Cortez says she wants to 'run train' on progressive agenda. rt.com Boasting how she already defeated the Republicans after less than a week in office, newly minted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) used a phrase for group sex to describe the Democrats' plans until 2020.

WSWS (2019-01-16). As support grows to extend Los Angeles teacher strike, unions colluding with Democrats to end walkout. wsws.org With Oakland teachers planning sickouts to join the fight, the United Teachers Los Angeles is working behind the scenes with the Democratic mayor and governor to prepare a sellout of the strike.

Robert Mackey (2019-01-16). British Democracy Nears Meltdown as Parliament Deadlocks Over Brexit. theintercept.com To say that the United Kingdom's system of democratic governance is showing signs of strain, the day after Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal to exit the European Union was rejected by Parliament in an unprecedented landslide, would be a considerable understatement. | That's because the massive vote against May's compromise Brexit plan — by a coalition of members of Parliament who want a more radical break from the EU and those who want to remain closer to, or even inside, the trading bloc — reveals that something far closer to a systemic meltdown is already in progress. | The core of the prob…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-16). Brexit Vote: Will the EU Throw UK PM Theresa May a Lifeline? therealnews.com In spite of the deep splits among the Tories, Prof. John Weeks says that a Brexit agreement will be made when the EU bails out Theresa May in the lead-up to the EU parliamentary elections

pip.hinman (2019-01-16). Lidia Thorpe: 'Sovereignty has never been ceded'. greenleft.org.au Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe is a life-long Indigenous activist who, among other things, helped lead the successful campaign to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland. She also recently served as a Victorian Greens MLA representing the state seat of Northcote. | In the lead up to Invasion Day, Thorpe spoke with 3CR's Green Left Radio presenter Jacob Andrewartha. Below is an abridged version of the interview. | With Invasion Day once again approaching, what are some of the key issues affecting Aboriginal people today? | We have never ceded sovereignty of our land, that's the biggest issue right now and h…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Brazil shows how capitalism stamps out democracy. greenleft.org.au Brazil is going through a profound political crisis, probably more serious than the military coup in 1964 that ushered in 25 years of authoritarian rule, writes Sue Bradford. | After his election as president in October, the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro began selecting his ministers. His most important decision — and one that will probably change the destiny of Brazil for many decades — was to choose Paulo Guedes, an advocate of extreme free-market economics, as a super-minister, responsible for a hugely-expanded finance ministry. | As Bryan Pitts, from Indiana University, has pointed out, Guedes is per…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-16). Will Michigan Governor End State Funding for Anti-Choice Clinics? truthout.org A watchdog group on Monday called on Michigan's new Democratic governor to take action to investigate and terminate a contract with an anti-choice organization accused by the group of misallocating state funds and prioritizing taxpayer money for pay hikes for top executives. | Real Alternatives, a network for so-called crisis pregnancy centers has reaped millions of taxpayer funds from Republican-controlled legislatures and GOP governors. The…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-16). Born Disposable: Trump's War on Youth. truthout.org We live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. In an age of growing fascism, those in power no longer view children as the promise of a future but as a threat to the present. | In particular, poor Black and Brown children are being treated as what Teju Cole calls " unmournable bodies." Rather than being educated, many are being imprisoned; rather than living in communities that are safe and clean, many are relegated to cities where the…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-16). Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2). therealnews.com Canadian author Yves Engler discusses the New Democratic leadership's support for war, militarism and Israel

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-16). Will Coming Israeli Elections Change Anything? (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com David Sheen divided Israel political parties into their positions on segregation, integration, domination and elimination. He joins us to debate Real News Correspondent Shir Hever on what it really means.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-16). Will Coming Israeli Elections Change Anything? (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com David Sheen divided Israel political parties into their positions on segregation, integration, domination and elimination. He joins us to debate Real News Correspondent Shir Hever on what it really means

Kevin Gosztola (2019-01-16). Tulsi Gabbard's Presidential Campaign to Challenge US Military-Industrial Complex. theantimedia.com (SP) — Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii announced she will launch a presidential campaign for 2020. Her campaign is likely to distinguish itself from other Democratic campaigns by making wars and broader United States foreign policy a major issue. Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii state legislature in 2002. She joined the Hawaii Army National Guard …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-16). 'Where's Mitch?': Ocasio-Cortez and Fellow Democrats Search High and Low to Demand McConnell Hold Vote to End Shutdown. commondreams.org The House Democrats called on the Senate Majority Leader to "end this manufactured crisis and allow our devoted federal workers to get back to work for the American people" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-16). 'Change Is Coming!' Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End 'Starvation Wages,' Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers. commondreams.org Denouncing the current federal minimum wage as a "starvation wage" which never should have been permitted to be stagnant for the past decade, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was joined Wednesday by several congressional Democrats in introducing legislation to raise the wage over the next five years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-16). Applause as AOC, Porter, Pressley, and Tlaib Head to House Financial Services Committee. commondreams.org Following outrage last week after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) shut out progressives from some of the chamber's most powerful committees, news that freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are headed to the Financial Services Committee was met with applause. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Janine Jackson (2019-01-15). 'DC Has Been Consistently Out of Touch With the Reality of the Borderlands' – CounterSpin interview with Debbie Weingarten on the already existing border wall. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Debbie Weingarten about the already existing border wall for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Alison Weir (2019-01-15). Texas Congressman With Ties to Controversial Donor Introduces $38 Billion Israel Aid Bill. mintpressnews.com Michael McCaul, the bill's author, has a long record of supporting Israel and has received $90,000 from pro-Israel political action committees that give to both Republicans and Democrats.

splcenter (2019-01-15). SPLC statement on U.S. Rep. Steve King. splcenter.org If Republicans think they deserve applause for condemning Congressman Steve King's racism, they're sorely mistaken.

Rachel Johnson (2019-01-15). NAACP Statement on CBS Election 2020 News Team. naacp.org Contact: Malik Russell/mrussell@naacpnet.org BALTIMORE (January 15, 2019) — The nation's leading civil rights organization issued the following statement: "CBS News' decision to not include Black reporters on their 2020 Election news team further proves the voting power and voices of Black America continue to be undervalued. As the voting bloc which will most certainly heavily determine […]

RT (2019-01-15). 'Only a wall will work': Trump calls for border security as new migrant caravan departs Honduras. rt.com Hundreds of migrants have set off for the US from Honduras, the latest 'caravan' to try and enter the country. With focus once again on his planned border wall, President Trump has accused Democrats of "playing political games." |

RT (2019-01-15). Dem Coalition head under fire after claim Sen. Graham 'blackmailed' by Trump over 'SEXUAL KINK'. rt.com A Democratic super PAC head is facing an online backlash after saying that Sen. Lindsey Graham is being "blackmailed" by Russians over something related to a "serious sexual kink."

kathy_f (2019-01-15). Trump pushes racist wall, but Democrats push racist cruelty too. greenleft.org.au When Donald Trump first announced he was running in the Republican primaries for the 2016 election, he signaled that his campaign would rely heavily on anti-Mexican racism, racism against all non-whites, anti-immigrant xenophobia and Islamophobia. | Part of this was his oft-repeated pledge to "build a wall" between the US and Mexico to keep out immigrants from Central America and Mexico. He slandered these migrants as rapists, murderers, thieves, drug dealers, sex traffickers and more. | That a person with such open racism was even able to be a candidate for the most powerful post in Washington is testimony to ho…

C.J. Atkins (2019-01-15). Wall Street Democrats want you to hate Bernie Sanders. peoplesworld.org Bernie Sanders has a sexism problem. Bernie Sanders doesn't get black voters. Bernie Sanders is becoming unlikable. Bernie Sanders is too old. Bernie Sanders is too white. The television talk circuit, newspaper op-ed pages, and Twitter are all filled these days with analysts eagerly making the case that Democratic voters shouldn't give the independent senator …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-15). Who's Afraid of AOC? therealnews.com Norman Solomon and Jaqueline Luqman join host Paul Jay to discuss whether the call from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to primary establishment Democrats weakens the party

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-15). Congo's First Election in 49 Years: Has Democracy Won, Or Was It A Quiet Coup? therealnews.com Congolese Catholic Church and 70,000 observers said reformer Fayulu won, but the DRC government declared Tshisekedi the winner

amnesty (2019-01-15). Cote d'Ivoire: Acquittal of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé a crushing disappointment to victims of post-election violence. amnesty.org Following today's International Criminal Court (ICC) decision to acquit Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry Amnesty International's West and Central Africa Director said: | "The acquittal of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé will be seen as a crushing disappointment to victims of post-election violence in Cote d'Ivoire. However, the judges found that the Office of the Prosecutor had not presented evidence needed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. The Chamber ordered both accused to be immediately released. |

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-01-15). LA Teachers Are Mad About Charter School Growth. Why Won't Democrats Acknowledge That? theintercept.com In the first major strike since the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow to public-sector unions last June, more than 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers took to the rainy streets Monday to launch the LA teachers union's first labor stoppage in 30 years. It's the seventh major teacher protest over the last year, but unlike their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, the Los Angeles teachers are not striking against austere Republican state legislatures. Rather, they are striking against the policies of their Democratic-controlled school district, city, and state, and are framing their efforts as…

David Dayen (2019-01-15). Why Won't Mitch McConnell Just End Trump's Shutdown? He's Up for Re-Election in 2020. theintercept.com Mitch McConnell could easily round up the support needed to reopen the government. But doing so might cost him in 2020. So here we all sit.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-14). Puerto Rico: The Perfect Storm. therealnews.com Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan says Hurricane Maria did not ask Puerto Ricans " if we were Republicans or Democrats….3,000 people died because one man who had the power to do something about it, did not"

fernando_santamaria (2019-01-12). More about the connection "seats"/"votes", this time at the Spanish Congress… zcomm.org Something about the connection among "seats" and "votes" at the Spanish Congress. Scroll to "results" and look at the distribution of seats, in relation to the votes at the Spanish general election held in 2015: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Spanish_gener… Unless the data in the English Wikipedia are wrong, which rarely happens, the results are even more frightening: x Read more…

2019-01-17: Social Media Postees

Nigeria's era of big spending for election is disappearing
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Some say this is good news for democracy, but bad news for business.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/nigerias-era-…

U.S. Republicans Are Fueling an Assault on Anti-Corruption Efforts in Guatemala
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-01-17
A president who won office on an anti-corruption platform, is moving to end a United Nations agreement that supports investigations into corruption. The Guatemalan president has sought, and found, support within the U.S. Republican Party…
progressive.org/dispatches/republicans-f…

DR Congo: UN Raises Ethnic Violence Death Toll to 890
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) said Wednesday that violence from ethnic groups have caused hundreds of deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). | RELATED: | Southern Africa Bloc Urges DR Congo Election Vote Recount | "At least 890 people were killed between Dec. 16 and 18 in four villages in Yumbi territory, Mai-Ndombe province… in what appears to have been clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities," UNCHR said in a statement whic…
telesurenglish.net/news/DR-Congo-UN-Rais…

US Republicans reject suggestion that State of Union be postponed
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said a government weakened by the shutdown cannot provide security for the event.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/republicans-r…

Trump's Flailing will get More Desperate and More Dangerous
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Since the striking victories of Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018, President Donald Trump has been flailing more and more wildly. He's setting new records for the length of the government shutdown, watched his defense secretary resign after suddenly announcing the withdrawal of troops from Syria, forced his attorney general to resign, found…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/trumps-flail…

Referendum 2020: A Green New Deal vs. Racist, Classist Climate Genocide
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Introduction: "Nuking" the Dem Leadership's Anti-Climate Obstinacy Perverse as it may seem, I as a climate justice activist am extremely glad the corrupt corporate, militarist Democratic Party leadership has repeatedly expressed its contempt for the Sunrise Movement's much-needed, potentially game-changing call for a Green New Deal. Three recent, egregious instances of that contempt are 1) Chuck Schumer's criminally insane promotion of Trump-supporting…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/referendum-2…

The Green New Deal Must be Centered on African American and Indigenous Workers to Differentiate Itself From the Democratic Party: Part Three
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
This is the third of a three part series regarding the Green New Deal. I will argue in the course of this series the method by which the Green Party should articulate a Green New Deal proposal that is radically different and distinct from that proposed by the Democratic Party, even its Progressive Caucus. Green…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/the-green-ne…

Texas man made over $500,000 running fake PACs for Bernie, Clinton & Trump in 2016
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-17
A politically-promiscuous Texas entrepreneur has been accused of running fake campaign accounts and websites for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump during the 2016 election and pocketing the cash. | …
rt.com/usa/448997-fake-bernie-trump-pacs…

Analysis of Congo election data points to "huge fraud" in vote tally
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
An extensive set of data leaked to the Financial Times has revealed a clear case of massive electoral fraud.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/17/cong…

Ukraine: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin. | © 2016 Private | (Kyiv) — Attacks on activists and government critics proliferated in Ukraine during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. | The Ukrainian government did little to prevent or punish the attacks or to stem rising violence against minority communities, including Roma and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/ukraine-human-ri…

Mauritania: Repressive Laws Restrict Peaceful Speech
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
People wait to cast their vote on September 1, 2018 outside a polling station in Nouakchott for the country's legislative, regional and local elections. | © 2018 Ahmed Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadj/AFP/Getty Images | (Geneva) — Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and politica…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/mauritania-repre…

Lebanon: Rights Bills Stalled in Parliament‚Ä®
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
An election official shows a ballot with colors of political parties participating in the parliamentary election shortly after the polling stations closed in Beirut, Lebanon on May 6, 2018. | © 2018 Bilal Hussein/AP Photo | (Beirut) — Lebanon made legislative progress on the waste management crisis and the status of the disappeared in 2018, but parliament failed to follow through on legislation in other key areas, including women's…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/lebanon-rights-b…

New governor's "California for All" budget centered on education and health
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-16
Just three days after he was inaugurated, California's new Governor Gavin Newsom on Jan. 10 sent his first proposed "California for All" budget to the state legislature for its consideration, launching discussions and negotiations leading to a mid-June deadline for the legislature to approve the final 2019-2020 budget. Following the November 2018 elections, both legislative …
peoplesworld.org/article/new-governors-c…

As Support Grows to Extend Los Angeles Teacher Strike, Unions Colluding with Democrats to End Walkout
Jerry White | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers and their supporters manned picket lines and marched downtown yesterday on the second day of the strike by 33,000 educators in America's second largest school district. The walkout has generated widespread public support … | The post As Support Grows to Extend Los Angeles Teacher Strike, Unions Colluding with Democrats to End Walkout appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/as-support-grows-to-ex…

Selected Articles: US War Agenda, Undemocratic Media, Worker's Rights
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-16
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as a research tool for future generations? Bringing you 24/7 updates from all … | The post Selected Articles: US War Agenda, Undemocratic Media, Worker's Rights appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-w…

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Wins No-Confidence Vote By a Hair
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-16
The required 151 lawmakers showed their support for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a confidence vote Wednesday avoiding the struggle of a snap election. | RELATED: | Greek PM Appeals to Parliament for Confidence, Says 'Listen to Your Conscience' | "With the power of the Greek people, we build a Greece of progress, towards a Greece of conservation. This Greece deserves us," the Prime Minister wrote on his personal Twitter page. | Tsipras called the confidenc…
telesurenglish.net/news/Greek-Prime-Mini…

'US Administrations Have Been Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least the Early 2000s' – CounterSpin interview with Alexander Main on Maduro's reelection
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-01-16
Janine Jackson interviewed Alexander Main about the Nicolás Maduro re-election for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/us-administrations-have-be…

Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia
David S. Foglesong | thenation.com | 2019-01-16
Here's How Democratic Presidential Contenders Should (Not) Talk About Russia…
thenation.com/article/heres-how-democrat…

LA Teachers Are Mad About Charter School Growth
Rachel M. Cohen | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
Why Won't Democrats Acknowledge That?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/la-teachers-are-ma…

AG Nominee Barr Set Up "HIV Concentration Camp," Supported President's Unilateral War Powers
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
Democrats are hammering Barr over an unsolicited memo he wrote to the president that slammed the Mueller probe as "fatally misconceived," while paying far less attention to far more troubling pieces of information about his past. | The post AG Nominee Barr Set Up "HIV Concentration Camp," Supported President's Unilateral War Powers appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/william-barr-nominee/2…

Phrasing! Ocasio-Cortez says she wants to 'run train' on progressive agenda
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-16
Boasting how she already defeated the Republicans after less than a week in office, newly minted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) used a phrase for group sex to describe the Democrats' plans until 2020. | …
rt.com/usa/448989-ocasio-cortez-run-trai…

'When did the Democratic party become neocons?'– Tucker Carlson
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-16
After the mainstream media and establishment Democrats piled on President Trump for even considering pulling the US out of NATO, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked when the doves became cheerleaders for war. | …
rt.com/usa/448979-tucker-carlson-gabbard…

As support grows to extend Los Angeles teacher strike, unions colluding with Democrats to end walkout
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-16
With Oakland teachers planning sickouts to join the fight, the United Teachers Los Angeles is working behind the scenes with the Democratic mayor and governor to prepare a sellout of the strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/16/losa…

British Democracy Nears Meltdown as Parliament Deadlocks Over Brexit
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-01-16
To say that the United Kingdom's system of democratic governance is showing signs of strain, the day after Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal to exit the European Union was rejected by Parliament in an unprecedented landslide, would be a considerable understatement. | That's because the massive vote against May's compromise Brexit plan — by a coalition of members of Parliament who want a more radical break from the EU and those who want to remain closer to, or even inside, the trading bloc — reveals that something far closer to a systemic meltdown is already in progress. | The core of the prob…
theintercept.com/2019/01/16/british-demo…

Brexit Vote: Will the EU Throw UK PM Theresa May a Lifeline?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-16
In spite of the deep splits among the Tories, Prof. John Weeks says that a Brexit agreement will be made when the EU bails out Theresa May in the lead-up to the EU parliamentary elections | The post Brexit Vote: Will the EU Throw UK PM Theresa May a Lifeline? appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/brexit-vote-will…

Lidia Thorpe: 'Sovereignty has never been ceded'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe is a life-long Indigenous activist who, among other things, helped lead the successful campaign to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland. She also recently served as a Victorian Greens MLA representing the state seat of Northcote. | In the lead up to Invasion Day, Thorpe spoke with 3CR's Green Left Radio presenter Jacob Andrewartha. Below is an abridged version of the interview. | With Invasion Day once again approaching, what are some of the key issues affecting Aboriginal people today? | We have never ceded sovereignty of our land, that's the biggest issue right now and h…
greenleft.org.au/content/lidia-thorpe-sovereignty-has-never-been-ceded

Brazil shows how capitalism stamps out democracy
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Brazil is going through a profound political crisis, probably more serious than the military coup in 1964 that ushered in 25 years of authoritarian rule, writes Sue Bradford. | After his election as president in October, the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro began selecting his ministers. His most important decision — and one that will probably change the destiny of Brazil for many decades — was to choose Paulo Guedes, an advocate of extreme free-market economics, as a super-minister, responsible for a hugely-expanded finance ministry. | As Bryan Pitts, from Indiana University, has pointed out, Guedes is per…
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Born Disposable: Trump's War on Youth
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-16
We live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. In an age of growing fascism, those in power no longer view children as the promise of a future but as a threat to the present. | In particular, poor Black and Brown children are being treated as what Teju Cole calls " unmournable bodies." Rather than being educated, many are being imprisoned; rather than living in communities that are safe and clean, many are relegated to cities where the…
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Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-16
Canadian author Yves Engler discusses the New Democratic leadership's support for war, militarism and Israel | The post Is Canada's 'Left' Marching To The Beat of America's Imperial Drum? (1/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Will Michigan Governor End State Funding for Anti-Choice Clinics?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-01-16
A watchdog group on Monday called on Michigan's new Democratic governor to take action to investigate and terminate a contract with an anti-choice organization accused by the group of misallocating state funds and prioritizing taxpayer money for pay hikes for top executives. | Real Alternatives, a network for so-called crisis pregnancy centers has reaped millions of taxpayer funds from Republican-controlled legislatures and GOP governors. The…
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Will Coming Israeli Elections Change Anything? (Pt 2/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-16
David Sheen divided Israel political parties into their positions on segregation, integration, domination and elimination. He joins us to debate Real News Correspondent Shir Hever on what it really means | The post Will Coming Israeli Elections Change Anything? (Pt 2/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Will Coming Israeli Elections Change Anything? (Pt 1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-16
David Sheen divided Israel political parties into their positions on segregation, integration, domination and elimination. He joins us to debate Real News Correspondent Shir Hever on what it really means. | The post Will Coming Israeli Elections Change Anything? (Pt 1/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Tulsi Gabbard's Presidential Campaign to Challenge US Military-Industrial Complex
Kevin Gosztola | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(SP) — Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii announced she will launch a presidential campaign for 2020. Her campaign is likely to distinguish itself from other Democratic campaigns by making wars and broader United States foreign policy a major issue. Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii state legislature in 2002. She joined the Hawaii Army National Guard …

Tulsi Gabbard’s Presidential Campaign to Challenge US Military-Industrial Complex

Applause as AOC, Porter, Pressley, and Tlaib Head to House Financial Services Committee
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
Following outrage last week after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) shut out progressives from some of the chamber's most powerful committees, news that freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are headed to the Financial Services Committee was met with applause. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Change Is Coming!' Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End 'Starvation Wages,' Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
Denouncing the current federal minimum wage as a "starvation wage" which never should have been permitted to be stagnant for the past decade, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was joined Wednesday by several congressional Democrats in introducing legislation to raise the wage over the next five years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Where's Mitch?': Ocasio-Cortez and Fellow Democrats Search High and Low to Demand McConnell Hold Vote to End Shutdown
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-16
The House Democrats called on the Senate Majority Leader to "end this manufactured crisis and allow our devoted federal workers to get back to work for the American people" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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SPLC statement on U.S. Rep. Steve King
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-15
If Republicans think they deserve applause for condemning Congressman Steve King's racism, they're sorely mistaken.
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NAACP Statement on CBS Election 2020 News Team
Rachel Johnson | naacp.org | 2019-01-15
Contact: Malik Russell/mrussell@naacpnet.org BALTIMORE (January 15, 2019) — The nation's leading civil rights organization issued the following statement: "CBS News' decision to not include Black reporters on their 2020 Election news team further proves the voting power and voices of Black America continue to be undervalued. As the voting bloc which will most certainly heavily determine […] | The post NAACP Statement on CBS Election 2020 News Team appeared first on NAACP.
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Texas Congressman With Ties to Controversial Donor Introduces $38 Billion Israel Aid Bill
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-15
Michael McCaul, the bill's author, has a long record of supporting Israel and has received $90,000 from pro-Israel political action committees that give to both Republicans and Democrats. | The post Texas Congressman With Ties to Controversial Donor Introduces $38 Billion Israel Aid Bill appeared first on MintPress News.
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'Only a wall will work': Trump calls for border security as new migrant caravan departs Honduras
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-15
Hundreds of migrants have set off for the US from Honduras, the latest 'caravan' to try and enter the country. With focus once again on his planned border wall, President Trump has accused Democrats of "playing political games." | …
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Dem Coalition head under fire after claim Sen. Graham 'blackmailed' by Trump over 'SEXUAL KINK'
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-15
A Democratic super PAC head is facing an online backlash after saying that Sen. Lindsey Graham is being "blackmailed" by Russians over something related to a "serious sexual kink." | …
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Trump pushes racist wall, but Democrats push racist cruelty too
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-15
When Donald Trump first announced he was running in the Republican primaries for the 2016 election, he signaled that his campaign would rely heavily on anti-Mexican racism, racism against all non-whites, anti-immigrant xenophobia and Islamophobia. | Part of this was his oft-repeated pledge to "build a wall" between the US and Mexico to keep out immigrants from Central America and Mexico. He slandered these migrants as rapists, murderers, thieves, drug dealers, sex traffickers and more. | That a person with such open racism was even able to be a candidate for the most powerful post in Washington is testimony to ho…
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Wall Street Democrats want you to hate Bernie Sanders
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-15
Bernie Sanders has a sexism problem. Bernie Sanders doesn't get black voters. Bernie Sanders is becoming unlikable. Bernie Sanders is too old. Bernie Sanders is too white. The television talk circuit, newspaper op-ed pages, and Twitter are all filled these days with analysts eagerly making the case that Democratic voters shouldn't give the independent senator …
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Who's Afraid of AOC?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-15
Norman Solomon and Jaqueline Luqman join host Paul Jay to discuss whether the call from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to primary establishment Democrats weakens the party | The post Who's Afraid of AOC? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Congo's First Election in 49 Years: Has Democracy Won, Or Was It A Quiet Coup?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-15
Congolese Catholic Church and 70,000 observers said reformer Fayulu won, but the DRC government declared Tshisekedi the winner | The post Congo's First Election in 49 Years: Has Democracy Won, Or Was It A Quiet Coup? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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LA Teachers Are Mad About Charter School Growth. Why Won't Democrats Acknowledge That?
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
In the first major strike since the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow to public-sector unions last June, more than 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers took to the rainy streets Monday to launch the LA teachers union's first labor stoppage in 30 years. It's the seventh major teacher protest over the last year, but unlike their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, the Los Angeles teachers are not striking against austere Republican state legislatures. Rather, they are striking against the policies of their Democratic-controlled school district, city, and state, and are framing their efforts as…
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Why Won't Mitch McConnell Just End Trump's Shutdown? He's Up for Re-Election in 2020
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
Mitch McConnell could easily round up the support needed to reopen the government. But doing so might cost him in 2020. So here we all sit. | The post Why Won't Mitch McConnell Just End Trump's Shutdown? He's Up for Re-Election in 2020 appeared first on The Intercept.
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Puerto Rico: The Perfect Storm
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-14
Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan says Hurricane Maria did not ask Puerto Ricans " if we were Republicans or Democrats….3,000 people died because one man who had the power to do something about it, did not" | The post Puerto Rico: The Perfect Storm appeared first on The Real News Network.
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More about the connection "seats"/"votes", this time at the Spanish Congress
fernando_santamaria | zcomm.org | 2019-01-12
Something about the connection among "seats" and "votes" at the Spanish Congress. Scroll to "results" and look at the distribution of seats, in relation to the votes at the Spanish general election held in 2015: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Spanish_gener… Unless the data in the English Wikipedia are wrong, which rarely happens, the results are even more frightening: x Read…
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William Barr's Unsolicited Memo to Trump About Obstruction of Justice
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-11
Barr's critique of the Mueller investigation raises serious questions about his views of presidential power. Senators should demand answers. | Last month, news broke that in June 2018, President Trump's current nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, sent an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Justice Department critiquing special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation into Russian election interference. | Barr, who previously served as attorney general under Preside…
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