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Hong Kong In The Crosshairs Of Global Power And Ideological Struggles

12 hours 40 min ago
Hong Kong is one of the most extreme examples of big finance, neoliberal capitalism in the world. As a result, many people in Hong Kong are suffering from great economic insecurity in a city with 93 billionaires, second-most of any city. Hong Kong is suffering the effects of being colonized by Britain for more than 150 years after the Opium Wars. The British put in place a capitalist economic system and Hong Kong had no history of self-rule. When Britain left, it negotiated an agreement that prevents China from changing Hong Kong's political and economic systems for 50 years by making Hong Kong a Special Administrative Region (SAR). China cannot solve the suffering of the people of Hong Kong. This 'One Country, Two Systems' approach means the extreme capitalism of Hong Kong exists alongside, but separate from, China's socialized system.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Monroeism Is The Other Side Of Jim Crow, The Side Facing South

14 hours 56 min ago
This Forum of São Paulo of Washington DC marks a significant step forward in building North-South solidarity on behalf of economic and social justice throughout the hemisphere and respect for the sovereign equality of nations. The Forum comes on the heels of the defense of the Venezuelan Embassy by the Embassy Protection Collective. It takes place amid growing nationwide direct action by the NeverAgainIsNow movement and allies to shut down the concentration camps and restore dignified treatment of Central American refugees...
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Wyatt Detention Captain Resigns After Driving Truck Into Protesters

15 hours 12 min ago
Captain Thomas Woodworth has resigned from his position at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility -- after driving his pick-up truck into protesters outside the facility this week.  A vigil at the Wyatt Detention Center turned into a chaotic scene when a pickup truck came close to hitting protesters. That sparked a conflict between protestors and guards and Central Falls Police. Pepper spray was deployed -- there are reports of multiple injuries.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

US-Trained Honduran Police Get Midieval

Sun, 2019-08-18 23:32
Tegucigalpa, Honduras -  “It’s sad how the United States is supporting this corrupt government,” Honduran political prisoner Edwin Espinal told MintPress News immediately after his release from prison, where he had spent 19 months. Edwin’s case — and the medieval violence to which U.S.-trained police in Honduras tried to subject me — perfectly illustrate the often lethal repression that has fueled the migrant crisis. After hours of police hurling stones and tear gas at student protesters last week, young children gathered the aluminum scraps from the ground to sell, underscoring that the poverty brought on by U.S.-backed neoliberal measures has gone hand-in-hand with police violence in fueling the human-rights catastrophe at the heart of the central American exodus.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Burlington Declares Climate Emergency, Orders Resident To Cut Down Naturalized Garden

Sun, 2019-08-18 23:19
"By declaring a climate emergency, Burlington City Council is recognizing the magnitude of the challenge we face in combatting climate change," Nisan said in a press release. "But it is only one step. Through the declaration, we have requested a comprehensive climate action plan by the end of the year and that plan is where we will begin to make real, practical change for Burlington." According to local environmentalist Vince Fiorito, "Given the context of the city declaring a climate change emergency, noisy, smelly, green house gas emitting lawn mowers and leaf blowers should be discouraged." But a Burlington resident and her family are finding that the city is not living up to its promises. The resident in question has cultivated a naturalized garden area in their front yard to encourage genetic diversity, support native species, and create a supportive habitat for a variety of insects and local wildlife.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

History Often Proceeds By Jumps And Zigzags

Sun, 2019-08-18 23:13
Above image: Chittaprosad, Quit Kashmir, 1946. As one door sharply bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina. That is the nature of our struggles. In 1859, Friedrich Engels wrote, ‘History often proceeds by jumps and zig-zags’. To imagine history as a linear line that moves in a progressive direction is bewilderingly incorrect. It is romantic […]
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Toledo Passed A “Lake Erie Bill of Rights” To Protect Its Water

Sun, 2019-08-18 23:04
For three days in 2014, the people of Toledo, Ohio, couldn’t drink the water. A massive blue-green algae bloom producing a toxin known as microcystin was poisoning Lake Erie, the city's primary source of drinking water. Algae blooms are increasingly common in Lake Erie, caused in large part by runoff from industrial factory farms and warming waters. Things have become so bad that there are now algae “forecasts” predicting how large the algae bloom will be each year. Large-scale toxic blooms are once again afflicting the lake, in summer 2019. In the face of this growing crisis, and seeing little help coming from their state or federal representatives, residents of Toledo determined that they needed to take steps themselves.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

U.S. States: We Weren’t Hacked By Russians In 2016

Sun, 2019-08-18 22:49
A “bombshell” Senate Intelligence Committee report released in July repeated the familiar claim that Russia targeted the electoral websites of at least 21 states—but statements from the states themselves effectively undermine that narrative. It turns out the reality is dramatically different from the headlines. The states’ own summary responses contained in the report show that, with one exception, they found either no effort to penetrate any of their election-related sites or merely found scanning and probing associated with an IP address that the FBI had warned about ahead of the 2016 election. Hardly a slam dunk. Federal authorities, including Independent Counsel Robert Mueller, later claimed that the Russians used that IP address to hack into the Illinois state election systems and access some 200,000 voter records, though Mueller provided no additional evidence for that in his report.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

How The U.S. Created The Central American Immigration Crisis

Sun, 2019-08-18 22:42
It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the sole support for his mother and siblings in Guatemala. On February 26, 2015, two undercover police officers shot him six times in the back, although they would claim he’d been running toward them with an upraised butcher knife. For two years, members of my little Episcopal church joined other neighbors in a weekly evening vigil outside the Mission police station, demanding that the district attorney bring charges against the men who killed Amílcar. When the medical examiner’s office continued to drag its feet on releasing its report, we helped arrange for a private autopsy, which revealed what witnesses had already reported
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

The Red Summer Of 1919, Explained

Sun, 2019-08-18 22:31
Some of America’s most notorious racist riots happened 100 years ago this summer. Confronting a national epidemic of white mob violence, 1919 was a time when black people in the United States defended themselves, fought back, and demanded full citizenship through thousands of acts of courage, small and large, individual and collective. But pull a standard U.S. history textbook off the shelf and you’re unlikely to find more than a paragraph on the 1919 riots. What you do find downplays both racism and black resistance while distorting facts in a dangerous “both sides” framing. These textbooks render students stupid about white supremacy and bereft of examples from those who defied it. At this moment of revived racist backlash, all of us need to learn the lessons of 1919.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

What Would A City-Level Green New Deal Look Like? Seattle’s About To Find Out

Sat, 2019-08-17 20:14
City leaders launched Seattle on the path to a Green New Deal this week, passing a resolution that starts laying out an ambitious plan for how the city can cut its greenhouse gas emissions in ways that protect the climate and improve the lives of its residents. It's a nonbinding resolution, and like the national Green New Deal manifesto that's being promoted by Democrats in Congress, presidential hopefuls and the young activists in the Sunrise Movement, it's still mostly aspirational.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Decolonization Displaces Neoliberalism In Bolivia

Sat, 2019-08-17 20:08
In the central interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia is the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. A corporate entity, Coastal GasLink (CGL), abetted by colonial-government structures, is preparing to lay a pipeline in this territory. The Dinï ze’ and Ts’akë ze’ (hereditary chiefs) did not grant consent for this; in fact, the proposal from CGL was unanimously rejected. On 22 July, the Gidimt’en (Wolf and Bear) Clan of the Wet’suwet’en filed a lawsuit against CGL in the BC Supreme Court connected to the enforcement on 7 January...
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

The Acorn: An Organic Radical Bulletin

Sat, 2019-08-17 20:02
Above Photo: From Winteroak.org.uk 1.  Basque rebels prepare hot reception for G7 leaders The welcome awaiting Macron, Trump and the other G7 world leaders in Biarritz later this month promises to be not so much warm as hot. The Basques already have a proud tradition of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggle. But from August 24 to 26 […]
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Gaza Fights For Freedom

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:54
This debut feature film by journalist Abby Martin began while reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a “propagandist.” So Abby connected with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockade. This collaboration shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Regenerating The Human Story

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:46
Above Photo: From Esperanzaproject.com Mexico’s Vía Orgánica restores soil, water, biodiversity – and the lives of its farmers, as well Editor’s note: One of my most inspiring assignments so far this year brought together two important movements for the healing of the Earth: the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the Americas, and Vía Orgánica, the host organization. […]
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

American Medical Association Leaves Coalition Fighting ‘Medicare For All’

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:20
The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s main group for doctors, announced Thursday that it is leaving a coalition fighting "Medicare for All," a blow to the industry’s efforts to push back on the progressive proposal. The AMA said it is leaving the industry group called the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, which has been running ads against Medicare for All and public option proposals from the leading Democratic candidates for president.  However, the doctors group’s CEO, Dr. James Madara, said in a statement that the AMA still opposes Medicare for All.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Cuts To Animal Protections Aren’t Surprising To Anyone Who Knows David Bernhardt

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:14
Who would want to make it harder for vulnerable species to survive on an increasingly imperiled planet? That would be David Bernhardt, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. Today, Bernhardt dramatically weakened the rules that implement the Endangered Species Act. He is attempting to weaken the popular environmental law that serves as the last safety net for animals and plants facing extinction. These rollbacks are a gift to industry, removing legal barriers that protect endangered species and their habitats from harmful fossil fuel extraction operations.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

From Iran To Mass Shootings On The Mainland, The U.S. Empire Is In A State Of Decay

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:08
Iran has been subject to crippling U.S. sanctions and military provocations in recent weeks. The most recent U.S. escalation began in mid-July when the U.K., through its territory of Gibraltar, seized an Iranian oil tanker accused of violating E.U.-imposed sanctions against Syria. Iran has since taken three “foreign” tankers into custody and placed 17 Iranians accused of spying for the CIA under arrest. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the 2020 election buzz has been temporarily drowned out by the deaths of over thirty people in three mass shootings.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Women Lead Struggle To Preserve Indian Democracy In Face Of Rising Hindu Nationalism

Sat, 2019-08-17 18:46
After the Indian government’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, people across India answered a nationwide call for protests issued by left-wing parties on Aug. 7. Article 370 had provided the state with considerable autonomy and was one of the conditions for its accession to the Indian union in 1947. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Act Now for Harmony and Democracy, or ANHAD, livestreamed the protests from New Delhi.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

EPA Refuses To Allow Warning Labels For Glyphosate

Sat, 2019-08-17 18:29
The Environmental Protection Agency is protecting Monsanto by refusing to approve warning labels for products that contain glyphosate. Although the Internation Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled glyphosate – the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup – as a “probable carcinogen”, the EPA is adamant the research has failed to prove a significant public risk to human health. The EPA’s decision is in response to a court order obtained by Monsanto against the state of California.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy