2019-11-13: Social Media Postees

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Citing Medicare for All, National Nurses United endorses Sanders — again
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-13
OAKLAND, Calif. (PAI)–National Nurses United, the activist and progressive nurses' union that was the first to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 Democratic presidential run, will formally do so again, for the 2020 campaign, on Nov. 15. The union executive board voted for Sanders after inviting five Democratic presidential hopefuls for interviews, polling its 150,000-plus members, …

Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-13
The extremely rich Americans who are now frantically trying to figure out how to intervene in the Democratic presidential campaign make me wonder how different they are from the animated character who loved frolicking in money and kissing dollar bills while counting them. If Uncle Scrooge existed as a billionaire in human form today, it's easy to picture…

Code Pink founder raided by DC police on dubious Venezuelan embassy 'assault' charges (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Police have tried to detain Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin without a warrant on belated and mysterious charges of 'assaulting' a Democratic congresswoman during this summer's siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. | Benjamin was accused of assaulting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) — months after the alleged incident — when over a dozen officers surrounded her home on Wednesday in Washington, DC. | In footage she posted to Facebook, Benjamin strenuously denies the accusations, explaining that she was the one assaulted — pushed and pulled by right-wing Venezuelans ("b…

Why This Impeachment Skeptic Changed His Mind
Alan Hirsch | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
Chairman Adam Schiff (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (2nd R), Republican of California, during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, with witnesses Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/impeachment_skep

Time for a Billionaire Ban
Negin Owliaei | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It's poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donny_0.jpeg

Montana's Radioactive Waste Legacy
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-13
One label Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock won't have to worry about being stuck with is "environmentalist." His outdated support for coal in the face of a global warming crisis and his "leadership" on the massive and ongoing deforestation of public lands under the phony rubric of the Bush-era "Healthy Forests Initiative" are bad enough.

Podemos agrees to back Spanish social-democratic government
wsws.org | 2019-11-13
Podemos is aware that the PSOE is organizing violent repression in Catalonia that strengthens the fascistic Vox party, and supports the PSOE on this basis.

The Bolivian Coup Comes Down to One Precious Mineral
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-13
Bolivia's President Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before he left office, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car. | Over the past 13 years, Morales has tried to bui…

Under Pressure From Left, New Jersey Democrats Back Off Vote to Gut Minimum Wage Law
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-11-13
After passing a $15 minimum wage, Democrats are pushing a bill that would suspend scheduled wage increases based on changes in unemployment or retail sales.

Arizona: Second trial begins of pro-immigrant "No More Deaths" volunteer
wsws.org | 2019-11-13
The main accusation against Warren is that he provided two undocumented migrants with food, water and a place to sleep over three days.

Public impeachment hearings to escalate political warfare in Washington
wsws.org | 2019-11-13
The bitter conflict within the state is between two right-wing factions of the ruling class that have been battling one another over foreign policy questions since Trump's nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

Pyongyang warns of retaliation against S. Korea-US military drills
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Pyongyang threatened on Wednesday to retaliate if the United States goes ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korea, ramping up pressure on Washington to change course as a year-end North Korean deadline for U.S. flexibility approaches. | North Korea's statement came even though Washington said last week that the joint aerial exercise planned for next month would be reduced in scope from previous drills, Reuters reports. | "It is self-defense rights" to retaliate against any move which threatens the country's sovereignty and security, according to a statement from North Korea's State Affairs Commiss…

Governments Abroad Are Shaping Our Foreign Policy in Broad Daylight
Ben Freeman, Ryan Summers | thenation.com | 2019-11-13
Governments Abroad Are Shaping Our Foreign Policy in Broad Daylight…

Like Dr. Frankenstein, Republicans Now Face the Monster They Created
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-11-13
Like Dr. Frankenstein, Republicans Now Face the Monster They Created…

Impeachment Hearing Republicans Confirm There Is No Defense for Donald Trump
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-11-13
Impeachment Hearing Republicans Confirm There Is No Defense for Donald Trump…

Sanders Has Denounced Coup, But Biden, Warren, and Buttigieg So Far Silent on Overthrow of Bolivia's Morales
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
"Why is Bernie Sanders the only one who has spoken out? Don't the other candidates have a position about a destabilizing, right-wing takeover of a neighboring country? We need to hear from them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_0.jpg

Progressive Groups Release Draft Articles of Impeachment to Capture 'Smorgasbord' of Trump Abuses
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
"Trump's offenses related to Ukraine are not an aberration—they are the latest examples of him subverting our democracy to advance his own interests." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeachment-for-the-people.jpg

'Absolutely Devastating' Testimony by Bill Taylor Recounts Direct Role Trump Took in Pressing Ukraine for Biden Probe
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
"Ambassador Taylor's testimony leaves no doubt that President Trump was using official acts to pressure Ukraine for interference on our elections," said Rep. Ted Lieu. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bill_taylor.jpg

Ex-Tory minister warns voting Conservative will lead to 'disastrous' no-deal Brexit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-13
A former Tory cabinet minister has warned a Conservative majority at the general election will result in a "disastrous" no-deal Brexit.David Gauke, the former justice secretary, suggested Tory supporters opposed to no-deal should consider "lending" their votes to the Liberal Democrats on 12 December.Gauke, who had the Tory whip withdrawn by Boris Johnson after rebelling over Brexit, confirmed he would now be standing as an independent in South West Hertfordshire — the seat he has held sine 2005.(PA Graphics)He said he feared if Johnson was returned with an overall majority it would lead to Britain leaving th…

Democracy on Trial: Bill Moyers on Impeachment Inquiry & Why PBS Should Air Hearings in Primetime
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-13
Televised impeachment hearings begin today in the inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals. Two witnesses are testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Both officials have privately told congressional investigators that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Donald Trump is just the fourth U.S. presi…

A Coup? A Debate on the Political Crisis in Bolivia That Led to Evo Morales's Resignation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-13
In Bolivia, right-wing Senator Jeanine àÅñez declared herself president Tuesday night despite a lack of quorum in Congress, amid a deepening political crisis in the country. Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, left the country Monday after being granted asylum in Mexico. Morales announced his resignation Sunday shortly after the Bolivian military took to the airwaves to call for his departure. His Movement Toward Socialism party is refusing to recognize àÅñez as president, calling her claim illegal and decrying Evo Morales's resignation over the weekend as a military coup. Last month, M…

Bill Moyers on Impeachment: All Presidents Lie, But Trump Has Created a Culture of Lying
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-13
We continue our conversation with legendary journalist Bill Moyers, who covered impeachment proceedings against Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The first televised impeachment hearings into President Trump begin today. Moyers says the current administration and the media have created a "culture of lying" that goes beyond what other presidents have done. "All presidents lie. It's a defense they use. But not all presidents lie systemically," Moyers says.

Trump's Crime Against Humanity
ADRIAN KUZMINSKI | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-12
There is a different and better case to be made for the impeachment of President Trump than what we have seen so far. The current charges against Trump raised by the Democrats–collusion with foreign governments to subvert American elections, obstruction of justice, emoluments, tax evasion, etc.–are serious enough, if proven. But there's a far worse…

Germany's pyrrhic victory over the Berlin Wall
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-12
Victor Grossman is the author of A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee. He defected from the U.S. Army in 1952 to escape the Cold War repression of the Red Scare. He lived in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) from then until the country went out of existence in 1990. He continues to live in …

Explainer: No, House Democrats Aren't Violating Trump's Rights
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-12
"If the facts are your side," famed attorney and former law professor Alan Dershowitz instructed his students, "pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table." As Republican attacks on the…

Fidel, Three Years Later
Susan Babbitt | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-12
Fidel Castro, dead three years this month, resisted US power in a way that could be learned from. I don't mean the Revolution. It began earlier. Castro insisted on that. Thus, the old flag and anthem were retained. The country was not renamed. It was respect for history: of dead ends.

Leaked Audio Recordings Implicate Cruz, Menendez And Rubio In Bolivia Coup & Veteran's Day Reality
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-12
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/11/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Everything So Far Has Failed: Why Exxon Mobil Is Being Taken to Court Over Climate Change
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-11-12
A New York trial marks the first in a wave of court cases seeking to hold the fossil fuel industry to account for the climate emergency.

James Corbett Interview — ISIS Was Created, Armed And Funded By US/Israel & It's An Open Secret
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-12
The US government armed Osama Bin Laden; it armed Saddam Hussain with chemical weapons to be used against Iran in 1980; it armed the very groups that later became ISIS. Yet we are sold an entirely different yarn by the US government and its lap dog MSM. Today I have invited James Corbett on the …

Trump's Syrian See-Saw: From Pullout to Pillage
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-12
To withdraw, or not to withdraw? That is the question Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, has answered both ways. | First came the withdrawal. It was real, and had a significant effect. Trump ordered the removal of US troops from Kurdish areas, putting an end to the prospect of an independent Kurdish statelet, split off from Syria. Such a partition was always implausible, given the general balance of forces in the region and the specific refusal of NATO-member Turkey to accept any such thing. (Turkey had already invaded Syria in 2016, and the Obama-Biden administration ordered the Kurds to accept it.) It was…

Hedge Fund-Backed GOP Group Is Digging Up Dirt on Elizabeth Warren, Documents Show
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-11-12
In October, documents surfaced that appeared to contradict a key story told by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail. In her telling, Warren's "dream job" as a public school teacher ended in 1971 when the school principal noticed she was "visibly pregnant," a form of employment discrimination that was legal and common during that era. On October 7, a conservative website presented archived documents that appeared to challenge that narrative, including the minutes of a meeting in which the school board had voted to extend Warren's tenure and another in which the board notes that Warren herself resigned from…

Wait, what? Campus newspaper apologizes for DOING JOURNALISM, calls protest coverage 'retraumatizing and invasive'
rt.com | 2019-11-12
A US college newspaper has apologized for photographing and talking to protesters who picketed a speech by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The paper claims that standard journalistic practice hurt their feelings. | Sessions was invited to Northwestern University last week by the College Republicans. Northwestern being an American campus, protesters turned out to heckle Sessions, in particular for his role in implementing President Donald Trump's administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies last year. | The social justice crowd booing a Republican is nothing new, but the college newspaper, the…

Marco Rubio blames 'Putin's disinformation' for coverage of Bolivia coup that he doesn't like
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Eager to find some way to implicate Russia in Bolivia's political crisis and control of the US narrative, Republican senator Marco Rubio branded any skeptical coverage of events as an example of how "Putin uses disinformation." | Rubio, an early and avid supporter of protests that ousted former Bolivian President Evo Morales this week, tweeted that those wishing to understand Russian disinformation should "study current coverage" of Bolivia. | In Rubio's world, Russia has created "fake news" on Bolivia and is spreading it via a "vast network of outlets" and "social media actors" before it is "echoed in mainstr…

Another leading House Republican decides to retire
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Representative Peter King's decision not to run for re-election exemplifies the growing crisis of the Republican Party.

Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt Women
Marie O'Reilly | progressive.org | 2019-11-12
"Maximum pressure" sanctions have failed to change policies in Pyongyang, and have had grave human costs.

Vowing to End Cash Bail & Reform Justice System, Chesa Boudin Wins San Francisco DA Race
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-12
In a stunning victory, public defender Chesa Boudin has been declared the winner of a hotly contested district attorney's race in San Francisco. Boudin ran on a platform to end cash bail and dismantle the war on drugs, and was endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. His win sends a pointed message to the Democratic establishment, which had mobilized in full force against his campaign. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris all endorsed Boudin's opponent, Suzy Loftus. Boudin is the child of Weather Underground…

The Edge of Democracy: Lula Is Freed in Brazil in Victory for Movement to Resist Bolsonaro
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-12
In Brazil, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was freed from prison Friday after 580 days behind bars. Lula's surprise release came after the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled to end the mandatory imprisonment of people convicted of crimes who are appealing their cases. He was serving a 12-year sentence over a disputed corruption and money laundering conviction handed down by conservative Judge Sérgio Moro, an ally of current far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and has long maintained his innocence. Lula has vowed to challenge Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. At the time of his imprisonment in April…

"Seattle Is Not For Sale": Voters Rebuke Amazon, Re-electing Socialist Kshama Sawant
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-12
In Seattle, Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has been re-elected in a race that pitted her against Amazon — Seattle's largest private employer and one of the most powerful companies in the world. Overall, Amazon poured $1.5 million into Seattle's City Council election and backed Sawant's opponent, Egan Orion, with nearly half a million dollars. Kshama Sawant is Seattle's first Socialist politician elected in nearly a century. She has successfully pushed a number of progressive policies, including making Seattle the first major American city to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Kshama Sawant joins…

Tulsi Gabbard lawyer demanding retraction from Hillary Clinton over 'defamatory' Russian asset smear
rt.com | 2019-11-11
A lawyer for presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is demanding that Hillary Clinton retract her "defamatory" comments alleging that the anti-war Democrat is a Russian asset and Moscow's "favorite" for the 2020 election. | In a letter to Clinton seen by the Hill, Gabbard's legal counsel said Clinton "knew it was false" when she accused the Hawaii congresswoman of being a Russian asset. "Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately," Gabbard's lawyer wrote in the letter, demanding a verbal response from Clinton. | This fabricated story is so facially improbable that it is actionabl…

Mitch McConnell Faces Threat From Populist Challenger Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate Race
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-11
Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a new 2020 threat, as Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Monday. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is already being challenged by Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who ran and lost a winnable race for a Lexington-area House seat in 2018. | In the Democratic primary, Booker, who backs progressive policies like a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a living wage, plans to run as a contrast to McGrath, who is running more to the center or the center-right. | In a 2018 run for Congress, her opponent, Rep. Andy Barr, made devastat…

Mainstream news makes Democrats mad as hell, but they keep coming back for more – poll
rt.com | 2019-11-11
Every day, Democrats are driven to madness by the news they watch, read and listen to. Even their beloved CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times make them hopping mad, a new poll has found. | 'Trump derangement syndrome' is a phrase coined by the president's supporters to describe the rage that the mere mention of Donald Trump's name evokes in liberals. However, in the age of Trump, a new poll has found that the news really is driving Democrats batty with rage. | Seventy percent of Democrats or those who lean Democratic told Axios that they read or hear something in the news that makes them angry once a day or…

Turkey's Syria 'Ethnic Cleansing' In US Memo, US Can Shoot 'Any Syrian' Over Oil & A Bolivia Coup
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-11
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/6/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Government Doesn't Want Trump or His Immigration Policies Mentioned in Retrial of Border Aid Worker Scott Warren
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-11-11
A new poll shows that most Americans oppose criminalizing aid, a reality U.S. attorneys hope to keep out of the Arizona courtroom where Warren is on trial.

University of Virginia excoriated for ditching Veterans Day 21-gun salute 'because gun violence'
rt.com | 2019-11-11
The University of Virginia has been forced to reconsider its removal of the 21-gun salute from its Veterans Day ceremony after massive backlash from locals, veterans, and even the students the decision was supposed to 'protect.' | UVA ditched the salute, citing concerns it would panic students associating the sound with "gun violence." Faced with a towering backlash, however, university president Jim Ryan has pledged to reconsider the move – for next year. | The decade-old tradition was dropped after what Ryan insists was careful consideration by the university Air Force ROTC commander and the Provost's Office…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Environmental Justice, Shutting Down Pipelines, Capitalism & Billionaires
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-11
Six 2020 presidential candidates — Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, and Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney and Joe Sestak — participated in the first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on November 8. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and former EPA official Mustafa Santiago Ali co-moderated the event, which took place at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. We air highlights of Warren speaking about the climate crisis, public health, shutting down pipelines, capitalism, the order of primary states and…

Hong Kong police encouraged to unleash violence against protesters
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2019-11-11
China-Hong Kong relations Pip HinmanIssue 1245 Hong Kong 2019 Hong Kong pro-democracy movementNovember 11, 2019Hong Kong police unleashed a new wave of violence against protesters on November 11, killing one and injuring others. Green…

"This Is a Military Coup": Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls for His Ouster
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-11
Bolivia is in a state of political crisis after longtime President Evo Morales resigned Sunday following what he described as a military coup. Weeks of protests have taken place since a disputed election last month. Morales announced his resignation in a televised address Sunday, shortly after the Bolivian military took to the airwaves to call for his resignation. Bolivia's vice president also resigned Sunday, as did the head of the Bolivian Senate and the lower house. Opposition leader Jeanine àÅñez, who is the second vice president of the Bolivian Senate, is claiming she will assume the presidency today.

'Arrogance of billionaires': Bernie Sanders slams Michael Bloomberg's potential run without campaigning in key states
rt.com | 2019-11-10
Bernie Sanders says the "arrogance of billionaires" is driving Michael Bloomberg to join the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who often target the ultra-rich, but yet have no clear leader to take on Donald Trump. | The Vermont senator certainly did not mince his words as he lambasted his rival for jumping into the race and skipping key states for campaigning. | "You see, when you're worth $50 billion, I guess you don't have to have town meetings, you don't have to talk to ordinary people. What you do is you take out, I guess a couple of billion dollars, and you buy the state of California," Sa…

#Bernieblackout: The media isn't even hiding its anti-Bernie bias anymore
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-11-10
From blackouts to cheap visual editing to outright hostility, the corporate media is pulling no punches in its effort to undermine Bernie Sanders and his egalitarian message. | Source…

Astra Taylor Talks Crushing Debt, the 2020 Race, and Why We Don't Live in a Democracy
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2019-11-10
Filmmaker and organizer Astra Taylor makes the case for economic disobedience in an extended conversation with Jeremy Scahill on Intercepted.

Towards a working-class environmentalism for South Africa
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-11-10
It's going take a fully democratic anti-capitalist movement to fight climate change. The case of South Africa shows how long we have to go. | Source…

The Middle East and the Rest of the World Are United in Struggle
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-10
From Iraq to Chile and beyond, protesters are raising their voices in search of employment, democracy and dignity.

The Middle East and the Rest of the World Are United in Struggle

GOP wants Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe, Schiff seeks to shield them
rt.com | 2019-11-09
House Republicans are on the offensive demanding Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower to testify for the impeachment inquiry. The idea did not sit well with Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat who leads the process. | Representative David Nunes (R-Ca) has revealed a list of witnesses the Republicans would like to see giving their testimonies at the upcoming public hearing on the impeachment inquiry against Trump. It includes includes among others Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president and one of the Democratic frontrunners at the upcoming presidential elections, Joe Biden, as well as…

Possible False Flag In Iraq, US Votes Against Anti-Nazi Res. & Pompeo's Iran Nuclear Lies Debunked
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-09
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/6/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Hundreds Stand Tall in Solidarity with the People of Latin America at Havana Conference
Alicia Jrapko | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-08
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (Photo by Bill Hackwell) From November 1-3 more than 1,350 delegates from 86 countries representing 789 organizations, came to Havana to participate in the Anti-imperialist Conference of Solidarity, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism. Delegates traveled from all continents, particularly from Latin …

A Facebook Ban on Political Ads Would Be a Major Blow to the Left. Just Look at AOC's Campaign
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-08
AOC fueled her rise, and the rise of a movement, by deftly combining on-the-ground organizing with sophisticated targeting on Facebook.

Warren, Booker & Steyer to Take Part in First-Ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-08
We broadcast live from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where tonight the first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice will be held. Six presidential candidates — Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney and Joe Sestak — are participating. The forum is hosted by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and leaders from frontline communities. South Carolina is a crucial state for the 2020 presidential race and one of the first that will have a Democratic primary, following New Hampshire and caucuses in Iowa and Nevada. The re…

Remembering the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre When Police Shot Dead Three Unarmed Black Students
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-08
The 1968 Orangeburg massacre is one of the most violent and least remembered events of the civil rights movement. A crowd of students gathered on the campus of South Carolina State University to protest segregation at Orangeburg's only bowling alley. After days of escalating tensions, students started a bonfire and held a vigil on the campus to protest. Dozens of police arrived on the scene, and state troopers fired live ammunition into the crowd. When the shooting stopped, three students were dead and 28 wounded. Although the tragedy predated the Kent State shootings and Jackson State killings and it was the fir…

"We Can't Afford to Wait for the DNC": Why Black Lawmakers Organized an Environmental Justice Forum
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-08
The first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice takes place tonight in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where six presidential candidates will take to the stage at South Carolina State University. African-American communities and people of color on the frontlines in South Carolina have been fighting for justice in the face of extreme environmental racism for years. We host a roundtable with local leaders and environmental justice advocates to talk about the significance of the event, the issues their communities face and the 2020 candidates' platforms on environmental justice. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, president o…

'This Is a Huge Opportunity to Create an Energy System Rooted in Climate Justice' – CounterSpin interview with Johanna Bozuwa on public utilities
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-11-07
Janine Jackson interviewed the Democracy Collaborative's Johanna Bozuwa about public utilities for the November 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Speaking at a K Street Lobby Powerhouse, Joe Biden Renewed His Medicare for All Feud With Elizabeth Warren
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-11-07
On Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden held a fundraiser at Sidley Austin, a notorious and influential K Street law firm.

Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two former Twitter employees with helping Saudi Arabia spy on thousands of the kingdom's critics. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo are accused of giving the Saudi government detailed information about users, including telephone numbers and email addresses linked to the accounts, as well as internet protocol addresses that could be used to identify a user's location. The charges are being filed just over a year after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. A new report by Human Rights Watch fin…

"The Pollinators": New Film Shows How Decline of Bee Colonies Could Mean Collapse of Food Chain
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
A documentary film "The Pollinators" tells the story of the world's yellow-black jacketed honey bees, whose existence may determine the future of human survival. The insects pollinate nearly all the fruits, vegetables and nuts we consume, and some experts estimate one out of every three bites of food we eat depends on the work of honey bees. However, the future of the insects is now in peril with widespread reports of bee colony collapses. In the last decade and a half, beekeepers have reported staggering declines in their bee populations due to pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. Scientists warn climate c…

Algerian Protesters Are Still in the Streets, Months After Pushing Out Longtime President Bouteflika
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
In Algeria, protests against corruption, the jailing of opposition leaders and the army's powerful role in national politics have entered their ninth month. Tens of thousands filled the streets of the capital Algiers last Friday to mark the 65th anniversary of the war of independence from France and to demand a "new revolution" rather than an upcoming election they say will be rigged. Over 100 student protesters were arrested last night as the Algerian government intensified its crackdown on demonstrators ahead of the upcoming polls. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced the country will hold a presiden…

Dems Win Big on Election Day, Flipping Virginia Legislature & Ousting Trump-Backed Kentucky Gov
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-06
Results are coming in after Tuesday's elections, with major wins for Democrats in several crucial states. In Virginia, the party gained control of both legislative houses for the first time in 25 years. In Kentucky, Democratic challenger state Attorney General Andy Beshear has ousted Trump-backed Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in a tightly contested run for governor. In Mississippi, Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves defeated Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood in the governor's race. | Several local candidates across the country made history. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, Paige Cognetti was elected…

Is Texas About to Execute an Innocent Man? Rodney Reed's Family Demands Retrial Amid New Evidence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-06
The state of Texas is facing growing calls to halt the upcoming execution of Rodney Reed, an African-American man who has spent over 20 years on death row for a rape and murder he says he did not commit. A group of 26 Texas lawmakers — including both Democrats and Republicans — have written a letter this week to Governor Greg Abbott to stop the execution planned for November 20. More than 1.4 million people have signed an online petition to save Reed's life. Supporters include celebrities Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Meek Mill. Reed was sentenced to die after being convicted of the 1996 murder of…

Media Conceal Chile's State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-11-05
Chilean protester beaten by government forces (Twitter, 10/21/19) | Chile's anti-neoliberal rebellion is entering its third week, and the brutal crackdown continues. Hard-right President Sebastian Piñera and his generals have effectively decreed the country's oligarch-dominated democracy out of existence by sending soldiers into the streets to kill, maim and torture their own people. | And, for the most part, the Western corporate media blackout persists unabated. | October 25's historic 1.2 million–person march in Santiago–the…

Investigations Unearth Systemic Corruption in K-12 School Leadership–and Students and Teachers Lose Out
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2019-11-05
Much of the blame lies with an education reform movement that has exhorted schools to operate more like businesses and mimic corporate hiring processes.

The Leisure Agenda Will Give Americans Less Work and More Free Time
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-11-05
Read the Paper | People's Policy Project, in collaboration with the newly-formed Gravel Institute, has released its latest major paper: "The Leisure Agenda." Ryan Cooper authored the paper. Jon White designed the paper. | The paper begins by documenting how overworked Americans are relative to people in similarly-developed countries. The average American worker puts in 269 more market work hours each year than…

"Release My Mother": A Yale Student Fights to Halt Deportation of His Mother with Stage IV Cancer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Tania Romero, an undocumented mother from Honduras and survivor of stage IV cancer, is fighting to remain in the United States with her four children. Two months ago, Romero was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, interrupting her life-saving medical treatments. In mid-August, Romero was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and arrested for not having a driver's license. Tania Romero's attorney requested a stay of deportation on humanitarian grounds because of her fragile health, but it was denied in September. Her son, Cristian…

Colorado Has One of the Highest Voter Turnouts in the Country. Here's How They Did It
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
As local elections take place nationwide, voters in Colorado are enjoying greater access to the ballot than ever as the state's vote-by-mail system allows residents to bypass long lines at polling places. The state also has voting measures which include automatic voter registration with driver's license services, an extension of the vote to parolees, and allowance for some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections. Colorado is considered an example for states needing to expand voter access at a time when Republican legislatures and statehouses across the country are attempting to suppress the vote. We speak with…

NYC Voters to Decide Today to Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting in Municipal Elections
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Voters across the U.S. head to the polls today for statewide elections that will be seen as a measure of Donald Trump's influence in the Republican Party as he faces an impeachment inquiry. In New York City, a major ballot measure could change the way voters select their candidates in future elections. New Yorkers will decide whether to move from electing candidates by a plurality of votes to ranked-choice voting, a system in which voters rank their favorite candidates in order and the person with the most top-ranked votes wins. Proponents of the initiative say it will help underrepresented voters and candidates…

"White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-03
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/2/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Warren's Medicare Head Tax Would Be About $9,500
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-11-03
On Friday, I wrote a piece arguing that Elizabeth Warren's use of an employer head tax was not a good way to fund Medicare for All and that instead the more conventional choices of income and payroll taxes would be better. The reason they are better is because income and payroll taxes are based on how much income you receive while a head tax charges the same dollar amount for every worker regardless of their income, making it much more onerous on the lower and middle classes. | This point holds…

Baghdadi Deception Exposed, Israel Bombs Gaza After Phantom Rocket & US Violates Own Syria Sanctions
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-02
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/1/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Warren's Perpetual Medicare Head Tax Is Unworkable and Bad
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-11-01
Elizabeth Warren released her Medicare for All financing plan today. The main purpose of the proposal appears to be to find a plan that you can message as "not increasing middle class taxes," which is of course a nonsensical goal insofar, as Warren herself has said, what matters is middle class health care costs, not whether you categorize those costs as premiums, taxes, or out-of-pocket expenses. | Nonetheless, bowing to the stupid media discourse on this, Warren put forward a financing pro…

Foreign Correspondent: Boris, Brexit, and the British Elections
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-11-01
Brexit presents a serious conundrum for left and progressive forces. Liberals and social democrats suddenly find themselves in bed with Britain's largest capitalist corporations.

The Baghdadi "DNA Test" Was Done BEFORE The Raid By The SDF Using His Underwear
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-30
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/29/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Distracting With Baghdadi Psyop, US Sends "Withdrawn" Troops Back Into Syria, Along With MANY More
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-29
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/25/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Weekend Read: If your vote didn't matter, they wouldn't fight so hard to block it
splcenter.org | 2019-10-25
At the intersection of race and politics in the United States lies voter suppression — the array of laws and election practices intended to make it harder for people of color to vote.

Trump To Send Possibly Thousands Of Troops & Tanks To "Secure Syria's Oil" & Iraq Goes To UN Over US
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-25
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/24/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Trump Says US War With Iran May Be Soon, Putin/Erdogan Syria Deal & Iraq Says No US Troops Allowed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-23
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/22/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-22
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Donald Best Interview — The Systematic Eradication Of Independent Media & Independent Thought
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-19
Joining me today is investigator and former police officer Donald Best, who I recently mentioned in my interview with Aaron Maté, as they are working on a special that will expose corruption at the highest levels of the judicial system. Today, we are going to be discussing freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and …

Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-18
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-17
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Peter Santenello Interview — The Truth About Iran & Its Sharp Contrast With The MSM Narrative
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-16
Joining me today is a guest that I have been greatly looking forward to speaking with, an individual that continually takes on some of the most contentious topics in one of the most politically chaotic times in living memory, braves the unavoidable criticism that will always follow, and as I see it, seeks out the …