2019-11-06: Social Media Postees

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Neoliberalism's Children Rise Up to Demand Justice in Chile and the World
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
If Chenoweth is right and the million Chileans in the street have breached the tipping point for successful non-violent popular democracy, Chile may be leading the way to a global political and economic revolution. (Photo: RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1179494756.jpg

Far Left? Not in This Democratic Party
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-06
America has lots of leftists. Forty percent of voters say that they would prefer to live in a socialist country than a capitalist one. Yet America has zero leftists running for president. Think about that the next time someone tells you that we live in the greatest country on earth, or for that matter, that…

How Warren's 'Medicare for All' Plan Hurts the Cause
Ilana Novick | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
The Massachusetts senator is adamant that her plan would not impose any taxes on the middle class. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warren_donors_0.jpeg

'Ban things I don't like': Elizabeth Warren slams Twitter's new ban on political ads after urging Facebook to censor opponents
rt.com | 2019-11-06
Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren can't seem to make up her mind on the correct course for big tech, first attacking Facebook's ad policies as too lax, then Twitter's as too strict. Perhaps they should make her CEO. | Senator Warren (D-Massachusetts), who has vowed to break up tech giants she deems too large or powerful, took to Twitter on Tuesday to denounce the platform's upcoming policy change banning all political ads, arguing the new rule helps the spread of misinformation about climate change. | "Twitter's new ad policy will allow fossil fuel companies to buy ads defending themselves and spreading…

The Medicare for All Debate Is Long Overdue
Jesse Jackson | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, shown campaigning in Iowa, has released a plan for Medicare for All. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warren_16.jpeg

The Hillary Clinton Resentment Machine
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-06
Only a sadomasochist would consider it a genuine prospect. A failed presidential candidate, the louse in the locks of the Democratic Party, keen to make yet another vain tilt at the White House. But in the rogues' gallery of the defective and disturbed, Hillary Clinton can count herself as pre-eminent, a historical creature who should…

Democrats Flip Virginia Legislature and Oust Trump-Backed Kentucky Governor
Staff | truthout.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'…

NYC Scores Win for Democracy by Approving Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measure
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-06
Voting rights advocates celebrated a " huge win for democracy" Tuesday after New Yorkers approved a ballot measure that would establish ranked-choice voting in the nation's most populous city. | With 90% reporting as of Wednesday morning, New York City's Ballot Question 1 won approval from 73.5% of voters. | NYC's ranked-choice voting (RCV) measure was supported by a number of advocacy groups, politicians, and even The New…

Impeachment is not enough
Editor | workers.org | 2019-11-06
There are so many reasons to get Donald Trump out of the White House that it is not surprising at all that a movement has begun in the House of Representatives to impeach him. At this point, it is a wholly partisan effort, with almost all the Democrats for impeachment . . . | Continue reading Impeachment is not enough at Workers.org

Virginia Democrats Control State Government for First Time in Decades
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-06
Varshini Prakash, executive director of The Sunrise Movement, says the elections make clear that "the Green New Deal is a winning issue."

People taking the mick out of Jo Swinson's battle bus is just beautiful
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-11-06
It's officially an election now that the first battle bus has been revealed. Unfortunately for Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats, though, the big reveal got off to a bad start; because people soon took to social media to take the piss. Fortunately for the rest of us, it provided some much-needed comic relief at the expense of the party that just can't seem to stop misleading voters about marginal constituencies or fabricating quotes. | It's a failed band!: | The bus, e…

Trump and GOP sustain major losses in elections this week
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-11-06
In Kentucky and Virginia last night, the Republican Party sustained major losses. The defeat in Kentucky came on the heels of a last-minute Trump rally in the state during which the president literally begged an adoring crowd not to let the state's GOP governor, Matt Bevin, go down to defeat. In Virginia, meanwhile, Democrats gained …

When Is a Whistleblower, Not a Whistleblower? From Russiagate to Ukrainegate
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-06
For those readers who care more about Donald Trump, Obama's legacy or the Republican/Democrat parties rather than the Rule of Law and what remains of the US Constitution, the following scenario should be a Giant Wake up Call. | As the …

How Misguided Financial Policy Strengthens the Right-Wing
Jule Gourin | indybay.org | 2019-11-06
Capitalism has shown how democratic processes can be easily evaded. The Chicago boys carried out their radical reform program that was known as shock therapy. This included dismantling social state structures, opening the market to foreign investors and shattering unions.The Pinochet military regime kept the population in a constant state of shock.

Chile and Bolivia Reports Expose Western Media's Rank Hypocrisy
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-11-06
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 largest since the end of the dictatorship–has forced some outlets to begin to acknowledge state violence. But corporate journalists cont…

The GOP's Fearmongering Over Abortion Flopped in Kentucky and Virginia
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
On Tuesday night in Kentucky and Virginia, abortion was a losing issue for Republicans. | Republicans in both states went all in on the issue of abortion to save their candidates, believing that painting their Democratic opponents as proponents of "infanticide" would be enough to win. Democrats claimed victories anyway in the Kentucky gubernatorial race and in Virginia, where they now control the state House and Senate for the first time in over two decades. | In Kentucky, where just one abortion clinic remains, Attorney General Andy Beshear ousted Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, despite anti-abortion groups massivel…

Democrats make gains in off-year elections
wsws.org | 2019-11-06
In the biggest single contest, for governor of Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear unseated incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, despite a last-minute appearance by President Trump.

Britain's Democracy — Being Corrupted to the Point of Worthlessness
Graham Vanbergen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-06
Yet more scandals are engulfing the Tories. Apart from new cases being brought to the crown prosecution Service and two other unresolved cases involving the police and Electoral Commission, we have now heard of another incendiary political cover-up involving a …

FRSO condemns wave of repression against trade unionists, progressive activists in Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-06
Freedom Road Socialist Organization stands in opposition to the wave of political repression that is being unleashed in the Philippines. The U.S.-backed regime of President Duterte has carried out a series of raids on homes and offices, jailing more than 60 participants in the progressive and national democratic movement. | According to reports, among those arrested in the raids were 40 members of the militant labor movement Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)/May First Movement. Leaders of the KMU have toured the U.S. in the past, speaking of their struggle for justice and a better way of life. They need our solidarity now.

Is Texas About to Execute an Innocent Man?
Staff | truthout.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…

Mrs. Ada Mills Young and Colonel Charles Young – National Veterans Small Business Week
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-11-06
California State Capitol Park | Pioneer Camellia Grove | 12th and Lst. | Sacramento, California…

Republicans, Not Russians, Threaten Our Elections
Robert P. Alvarez | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
Communities are taking things into their own hands, advocating for and winning automatic voter registration and same-day registration, upending proposed voter roll purges, and requesting absentee ballots.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vote_8.jpeg

Gordon Sondland Remembers Quid Pro Quo While GOP Spin Machine Forgets
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-11-06
The first transcripts from the House of Representatives' closed-door impeachment probe were released on Tuesday. As CNN's Chris Cillizza put it, that was "the day when it became damn near impossible for any serious Republican lawmaker to de…

The Democratic Wins in Virginia Are What Happens When You Have a Smart Ground Game–and Fair Elections
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-11-06
The Democratic Wins in Virginia Are What Happens When You Have a Smart Ground Game–and Fair Elections…

Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Polls
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-11-06
Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Polls…

Democrats Are Becoming the Party of Permanent War
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-11-06
This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | "People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. … All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." | ~Hermann Goering, Nazi field marshal and Hitler henchman | Somehow I'm always a "traitor." At least according to my critics. It's a rather odd thing, however. See, I've been penning antiwar screeds for ove…

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…

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…

Time to 'Break Facebook Up,' Sanders Says After Leaked Docs Show Social Media Giant 'Treated User Data as a Bargaining Chip'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
After NBC News on Wednesday published a trove of leaked documents that show how Facebook "treated user data as a bargaining chip with external app developers," White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that it is time "to break Facebook up." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-962130594_0_0.png

Biden Accuses Warren of 'Elitism' While Wooing Rich Donors at Big-Money Fundraiser
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
"Biden attacking the grassroots-funded daughter of a janitor as an 'elitist' while attending a high-dollar fancy fundraiser full of very rich people is… a sign of desperation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_warren.jpg

Applauding Senator's Commitment to Putting 'Power in the Hands of the People,' Rep. Pressley Endorses Warren
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
Applauding Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign to bring "big, structural change" to Washington and communities across the country, Rep. Ayanna Pressley on Wednesday announced she is endorsing Warren in the 2020 Democratic primary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1052055524.png

Despite Low Approval Rating and Impeachment Inquiry, Poll Shows Majority of Voters Believe Trump Could Win in 2020
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
Despite President Donald Trump's low approval ratings and a successful election for Democratic lawmakers across the country, a new poll finds that most Americans are far from convinced that the president will be defeated in 2020. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11801239171.jpg

Amazon's Major Money Dump in Seattle's City Council Election Seen as 'Dangerous and Ominous Development'
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
"It's supposed to be a democratic process and it's not a democratic process when Amazon can contribute that much to basically a small election." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kshama_sawant_seattle_ap_img.jpg

As 'Working Class Revolt' Topples Kentucky's Trump-Backed Governor, a Warning to McConnell: 'You're Next'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
"Kentucky Democrats did not win by launching esoteric attacks on Bevin. They did it by staying lightning focused on the way that Bevin had hurt working class families." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/teachers_kentucky.jpg

'Huge Win for Democracy': Nationwide Celebrations as NYC Residents Approve Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measure
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
Voting rights advocates celebrated a "huge win for democracy" Tuesday after New Yorkers approved a ballot measure that would establish ranked-choice voting in the nation's most populous city. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/public_advocate_twitter.jpg

'This Is the Roadmap': Running on Green New Deal, Virginia Democrats Take Full Control of State Government for First Time in Decades
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-06
"Tonight showed that running on the Green New Deal is a key part of how Democrats can win elections." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/virginia.png

Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Withdraw Troops From Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-05
The idea of the bill is to remove any troops in Syria that do not have Congressional approval to be there, which is all of them.

Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Withdraw Troops From Syria

Secret Gerrymandering Files Can Now Be Made Public, Court Rules
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-11-05
Eight years ago, when Thomas Hofeller addressed state legislators from across the country in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., he cautioned elected officials working on redistricting to "make sure your computer is in a private location" and warned them not to "walk away from it and leave your work exposed." | "Remember," one slide from his presentation reads, "A journey to legal HELL starts with but a single misstatement OR a stupid email!" | Hofeller, a veteran Republi…

Chicago teachers denounce union's sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim "victory"
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
Despite the official celebration, the CTU's tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

#Bernieblackout: The Media Isn't Even Hiding Its Anti-Bernie Bias Anymore
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-05
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.

Media Conceal Chile's State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-11-05
by Lucas Koerner 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 Sa…

Elizabeth Warren unveils her "Medicare for All" electoral gimmick
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
The ruling elite will resist to the end any infringement, however minimal, on its ability to accumulate wealth at the expense of the working class.

Tallahassee public housing tenants face displacement due to redevelopment
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-05
Tallahassee, FL – November 5 marked the due date for 2019 applications to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. This year the city of Tallahassee has submitted two applications along with $1.3 million to secure funding for the redevelopment of Orange Avenue Apartments, currently the largest public housing community in Tallahassee, a 200-unit complex is on Tallahassee's Southside. | The redevelopment effort is being led in part by Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta non-profit founded by billionaire investors Warren Buffett and Julian Robertson, along with the wealthy Atlanta real estate developer Tom Cousins…

'Do your job and print his name:' Rand Paul urges media to OUT whistleblower, says they worked for Biden
rt.com | 2019-11-05
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) fired up crowds at President Donald Trump's rally in Kentucky, alleging that the Ukrainegate whistleblower's name has been an open secret. He called on the media to finally make it public. | Paul, who has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 2011, was invited on stage by President Trump during an election-eve rally in Lexington on Monday, in a bid to drum up support for Republican Governor Matt Bevin. | üö®WOWüö® @RandPaul on The Whistleblower: | "I say tonight to the media: D…

Diplomat suddenly 'remembers' personally delivering Ukrainian 'quid pro quo' AFTER reading Trump impeachment testimonies
rt.com | 2019-11-05
The US ambassador to the EU has suddenly remembered he did notify Kiev that military aid was contingent on launching a corruption probe into the gas company that employed Hunter Biden, his memory jogged by impeachment testimonies. | Ambassador Gordon Sondland said he did, after all, tell an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that US military aid to the country depended on Zelensky publicly pledging to open a corruption investigation into Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company which had hired Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's son onto its board of directors. Sondland recalled this i…

US Envoy to EU Confirms Ukraine Quid Pro Quo in New Testimony
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-05
United States Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, admitted Monday in a revised version of his earlier testimony that in fact, he told a Ukrainian official the U.S. would withhold aid unless they pursued investigations against Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden demanded by President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | US: Televised Impeachment Hearings Can Damage Both Parties | "Resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corrupt…

Washington Democrats Recruited Colorado's John Hickenlooper for Senate Nomination Despite Looming Ethics Investigation
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-11-05
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission is expected to release an investigative report this week into allegations that John Hickenlooper, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020, violated state law by receiving free private jet rides and other gifts from corporations when he served as governor. While Hickenlooper has denied any wrongdoing, and last year the Denver Post editorial board said the complaint consisted of "politically motivated lies," there are fears that the investigation stands to damage Hickenlooper's chances in Colorado. | The ethics complaint, which was filed last year by former Republican stat…

Raab dismisses 'Kremlin mole' fears as MPs demand release of Russia report
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-05
Dominic Raab denied 10 Downing Street is in the grip of a "Kremlin mole", as MPs demanded a report into alleged Russian interference of the UK democratic process be published.The foreign secretary was pressed on why the government is seeking to "delay" publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report ahead of the general election, with Downing Street indicating it would not be cleared for release before Parliament is dissolved on Wednesday.Questions were also raised by Labour about the level of access Boris Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings has to intelligence information, which prompte…

Brazilians Protest Against Bolsonaro Across the Country
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-05
Brazil's student organizations, social movements, unions, and progressive parties on Tuesday held protests across the country with the motto, "For justice, democracy and rights. For Marielle, enough of Bolsonaro!" | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Democracy', Lula Replies to Bolsonaro's Son | "Let the Latin American winds reach Brazil. Everyone to the streets…

"Dark Money" Is Now Coursing Through the Veins of Britain's Democracy
Graham Vanbergen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-05
It was only a couple of months ago that the UK elections watchdog, the Electoral Commission, fined the Scottish Unionist Association Trust (SUAT) for repeated failures to declare more than £200,000 in donations to the Scottish Conservatives. The outrage …

Stephen Lewis and the NDP's liberal Imperialism
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-05
If the New Democratic Party wants to be part of the solution and not a barrier to creating a better foreign policy it needs to start telling the truth. Stephen Lewis is a liberal imperialist who largely ignores Canada's contribution to African subjugation. Just before the election Svend Robinson for Burnaby North-Seymour published an endorsement …

Data regulator warns parties that election campaigns are being monitored
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-11-05
Political parties have been warned that the data regulator will be watching over their general election campaigning activity to ensure it stays within the law. | The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has written to 13 main parties explaining that complying with personal data protection and electronic marketing laws is essential to trust and confidence in the democratic system. | "People expect their personal information to be used in line with the law, and, where that doesn't happen in digital campaigning, there's a danger that public trust and confidence in the broader democracy process is damaged," inform…

Corbyn, coups and the British state
Chris Nineham | thecanary.co | 2019-11-05
It's regarded as bad manners to discuss the British state. Parliament is in full view as the 'seat of democracy', the royal family is publicly celebrated as the official face of the nation, although its considerable powers and influence on politics are mainly passed over in silence. But the civil service, which employs nearly 400,000 people in actually managing society, including its finances, is rarely talked about. | Secrecy: | The parts of the state concerned with force are even more opaque. Police guidelines, priorities and strategy are decided in secret, largely by the police themselves. What public…

Is collusion still a thing? Washington Post publishing 'illustrated Mueller report' book
rt.com | 2019-11-05
Haven't got enough 'Russiagate' already? Need the ideal Christmas gift for the unsatisfied Democrat in your life? Well how about a copy of the Mueller report, soon available in graphic novel form! | Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year probe found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed the investigation itself. Though Trump declared "case closed," the mainstream media that banked on Mueller so heavily isn't quite ready to let it go yet. | Case in point: 'The Mueller Report Illustrated,' a graphic no…

Akwasi Afrifa: An Appraisal of Ghana's One Time Military Ruler
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2019-11-05
Akwasi Afrifa, military officer and political leader of Ghana, is a man whose legacy still polarises his countrymen to this day. Should he be remembered as a principled believer in democratic values who helped rescue Ghana from a "dictator" …

Washington Post and New York Times incite racist campaign against Chinese-Americans
wsws.org | 2019-11-05
The newspapers most closely associated with the Democratic Party and the US intelligence agencies are inciting racially-motivated suspicions of Americans of Chinese ancestry.

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 'Bernie Sanders Slate' Is on Today's Ballot
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-11-05
The 'Bernie Sanders Slate' Is on Today's Ballot…

Dems think Bernie better on MOST policy issues, but will vote for Biden in hopes he dethrones Trump — poll
rt.com | 2019-11-05
Bernie Sanders's progressive agenda has struck a chord with Democrats who now think he is the best on healthcare and climate, and on par with Joe Biden on economy and immigration. However, Biden remains their preferred candidate. | While the independent Vermont senator is trailing Biden in the polls, his take on key US policies is shared by more constituents than that of the former vice president, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted between November 1-4 has revealed. | Asked about what candidate they think is the best on environment, 24 percent of prospective Democratic voters went for Sanders against 17 percen…

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…

"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…

Bill McKibben on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord, California Fires, Climate Refugees & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
The Trump administration notified the United Nations Monday that it would withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris climate agreement, starting a year-long process to leave the international pact to fight the climate crisis. The United States — the world's largest historic greenhouse gas emitter — will become the only country outside the accord. Trump's announcement of the withdrawal came on the first day possible under the agreement's rules. From Middlebury, Vermont, we speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. "The decision of the United States to be the only country on Earth … unwilling to…

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…

GOP Voter Suppression Campaign Continues in Georgia
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-11-04
The GOP barely won the Georgia statehouse despite their campaign of suppressing 1.4 million votes. Jacqueline Luqman talks to Anoa Changa about how a new round of voter registration purges is a continuation of the same campaign.

Now Is The Time To Win National Improved Medicare For All
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-04
National improved Medicare for all is making tremendous progress during the 2020 election cycle. Democratic presidential candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who advocate for it, are achieving record numbers of contributions and performing strongly in the polls. Candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, who opposes Medicare for all, and Senator Kamala Harris, …

House Intelligence Committee releases first transcripts in Trump impeachment probe (READ THEM HERE)
rt.com | 2019-11-04
Formerly secret interviews with former US Ambassadors Marie Yovanovitch and State Department adviser Michael McKinley have been made public by the House, as part of the Democrats' impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. | House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) released the transcripts of the interviews on Monday, under the rules of House Resolution 660. Adopted by the House last week, over the objections of all the Republicans and two Democrats, the resolution retroactively authorized the impeachment probe three committees had been conducting, and put Schiff in charge of it. | Also…

Ebola emergency chief decries new attacks on frontline staff, after DR Congo worker death
United Nations | un.org | 2019-11-04
Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a UN health agency top official said on Monday, after a frontline Ebola epidemic community worker was reportedly stabbed to death at his home in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Two Surging Candidates Could Make Philadelphia Far More Progressive. Democrats Are Going to War to Stop Them. [UPDATED]
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-11-04
The Democratic Party is less than enthusiastic about two rising third-party campaigns, echoing national tensions between progressives and the establishment.

Trump's Impeachment Lures Democrats Into a Cold War Mentality
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-11-04
Trump's Impeachment Lures Democrats Into a Cold War Mentality…

Pushed Out, Attacked & Criminalized: San Francisco's Unhoused People Speak Out Amid Housing Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Amid skyrocketing housing prices and rising inequality, the number of unhoused people across California is booming. Homelessness in San Francisco has spiked at least 30% since 2017. In Oakland, it's grown by nearly 50%. As more people have been forced onto the streets, encampments have popped up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and in other city centers. But while advocates push for more affordable housing solutions, instead city governments have been cracking down on unhoused people with increasingly punitive measures that criminalize homelessness. In a special report, Democracy Now! traveled to San Francisco to…

Remembering the Greensboro Massacre of 1979, When KKK & Nazis Killed 5 People in Broad Daylight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Hundreds gathered this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro massacre, when 40 Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina, killing five anti-racist activists in a span of 88 seconds. Those killed were members of the Communist Workers' Party. Ten other activists were injured. No one was convicted in the massacre, but a jury did find the Greensboro police liable for cooperating with the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death. Local pastors in Greensboro are now calling on the City Council to issue an apology for the events that led to the 1…

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Illegal Loggers in Amazon Kill Indigenous Leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
An indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers on Saturday. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro last year. Guajajara was killed when he and another forest protector were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers inside the Araribóia reservation in the northeastern state of Maranhà£o. We speak with Joà£o Coimbra Sousa, a field coordinator and legal adviser for Amazon Watch, in Sà£o Luís in the northeastern state of Maranhà&pou…

Joe Biden Campaign Pointing Reporters to Larry Summers for Comment on Elizabeth Warren's Health Care Plan
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-03
Summers is a valuable surrogate for Biden because he is treated as an elder dispensing wisdom, rather than a spurned rival out to settle scores.

Sean O'Brien addresses TDU Convention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-03
Chicago, IL — Frontrunning candidate for the next general president of the Teamsters, Sean O'Brien, addressed the convention of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), November 2. O'Brien, who currently leads Local 25, spoke about the future of the Teamsters. The election will take place in 2021.

"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 …

Proposed Withdrawal of US Troops in Syria
Ron Forthofer | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-02
President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the corporate-controlled media, have, based on US imperial interests, vehemently challenged the withdrawal proposal. These folks also based their opposition to withdrawal on their supposed …

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 …

How an Occupy ICE Activist and DACA Recipient Was Deported for Tweeting
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-11-02
Sergio Salazar awoke around 8 a.m. on a strip of grass outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Antonio. It had been a heady summer for the 18-year-old. President Donald Trump, as part of his ongoing border crackdown, had separated thousands of migrant children from their parents. Viewing the policy as the latest in a string of assaults on immigrant communities, Salazar and his friends organized an occupation outside the ICE office in the midsummer heat. | In the weeks that followed, Occupy ICE SATX was visited by both TV crews and a raiding party of masked neo-Nazis, who stormed through the t…

Ady Barkan: Elizabeth Warren's Plan Is a Massive Win for the Medicare for All Movement
Ady Barkan | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to students and staff at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 21, 2019. | Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP | The movement for single-payer health care has taken some big strides forward in recent years. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., put the issue at the center of the Democratic Party's debate with his run for president in 2016. In partnership with the nurses union and other champions, he then got 19 senators to co-sponsor his bill in 2017. After Democrats took back the House of Representatives, we demanded and got hearings in multiple powerful committees on the fantastic b…

Bernie Sanders Says Denying Aid Because of Hamas Is "Part of an Effort to Dehumanize Palestinians"
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
No other candidate in the U.S. presidential race comes close to Sanders in terms of his willingness to condition aid to Israel.

Labor, Ever So Gingerly, Tiptoes Into the Insurgency
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
Ever since 26-year-old Jessica Cisneros announced that she would be challenging Rep. Henry Cuellar in the primary for Texas's 28th District with the support of Justice Democrats, the primary unfolded about as well as Cisneros could have expected. The Cuellar campaign dismissed her as an out-of-touch leftist with few roots in her community. Cisneros plowed ahead, swore off corporate PAC and lobbyist money, and began putting together her volunteer operation. The national press, perpetually on the hunt…

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.

Five Indigenous Leaders Massacred in Colombia; New Wave of Violence Feared as 2,500 Troops Deployed
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
The massacre of five Indigenous leaders in Colombia has shocked the country. The killings took place in the southwestern region of Cauca. Among the victims was Cristina Bautista, the leader of the semi-autonomous Indigenous reservation of Nasa Tacueyó. Four of the community's unarmed guards were also killed, while six others were wounded. A group of U.N. experts have denounced the massacre and demanded the Colombian government to take urgent measures in cooperation with Indigenous authorities to investigate the murders. Police have made no arrests and no suspects have been named in the massacre. Since the signing…

"This Is a Win for Our City": Chicago Teachers Celebrate End of Historic Strike After 11 Days
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
Teachers in Chicago are heading back to school Friday, marking the end of a historic 11-day strike that had shut down the country's third-largest school district. After weeks of tense negotiations, the city agreed to reduce class sizes, increase salaries by 16% over the next five years and bring on hundreds more social workers, nurses and librarians. The union demanded that teachers be able to make up the full eleven days of school before agreeing to return to work and eventually settled with the city on five days. Earlier this week, 7,500 public school workers with the Service Employees International Union, who…

"It Was Necessary": Gambian Beauty Queen Returns Home to Testify About Rape By Former Dictator
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
In Gambia, a former beauty queen who says the president raped her when she was 18 years old has testified before a public truth and reconciliation commission that is investigating the atrocities of former president Yahya Jammeh. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow has become a leading voice against the former president, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2017. Two other women have also come forward to accuse the former president of rape and sexual assault. Survivors of the regime have also testified during the hearings, which have been live streamed across the country…

Chicago Teachers and UAW Members Show That Labor Movement Is Back After "Decades of Concessions"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
The end of the Chicago teachers' strike comes amid a wave of labor movements, including the longest United Auto Workers strike in almost 50 years. We speak with labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about the historical importance of unions, the rise of worker participation in strike actions and the significance of the Labour Party's organizing in the United Kingdom. Jaffe says workers "are fighting back in the face of decades and decades of concessions, decades and decades of give-backs," and "understanding that unionizing is a way that they have power on the job." She is the author of _Necessary Trouble: Americans in Re…

FBI and San Francisco Police Have Been Lying About Scope of Joint Counterterrorism Investigations, Document Suggests
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-11-01
San Francisco police officers working on an FBI counterterrorism task force were routinely given low-level assignments that would invite violations of local San Francisco law and policy, according to an internal FBI legal analysis obtained by The Intercept. | The FBI's San Francisco office has long assured the public that its relationship to the city's police officers could be trusted, especially when it came to officers assigned to the bureau's secretive counterterrorism teams. In January, for example, John F. Bennett, the special…

PG&E Blackouts Spur Calls for Public Ownership
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-31
PG&E cut power to millions throughout California this month as fires blaze across the state. The move has prompted many to call to municipalize the company. Democracy Collaborative researcher Johanna Bozuwa explains.

Chile and Her History of Western Interference
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-31
Chile is experiencing the largest and most serious political crisis and public unrest throughout Santiago and the country's major cities since the return to 'democracy' in 1990. A week long of fire, tear-gas and police brutality left at least 20 people dead, thousands arrested and injured. More than 1.2 million people protested on Friday 25 …

New Study: 300 Million Face Severe Risk of Climate-Fueled Coastal Flooding by 2050
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
As a shocking new report finds that many coastal cities will be flooded by rising sea levels by 2050, Chile's President Sebastián Piñera announced Wednesday that the U.N. Climate Summit in Santiago has been canceled. Anti-inequality protests have entered their third week in the country with protesters calling for the Piñera government to resign. The U.N. said it is now looking for an alternative venue for the annual climate meetings. Meanwhile, a dire new report has warned 300 million people are at risk from rising sea levels, with the most vulnerable populations concentrated in the Global South. According to the…

Ro Khanna Condemns GOP For Attacking Civil Servants to Shield Trump As House Votes on Impeachment
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
The House of Representatives is holding a historic vote today to formalize the impeachment process against President Trump. The probe centers on whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. As the House votes today, lawmakers are continuing to question key Trump administration behind closed doors, including the top Russia official on the National Security Council, Tim Morrison. On Wednesday, House Democrats also requeste…

As California Burns Again, Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for PG&E to Become Publicly Owned Utility
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
Extreme winds of up to 60 miles per hour caused new fires to erupt across southern California Wednesday, prompting tens of thousands to evacuate. The blazes are just the latest in a spate of climate change-fueled fires threatening the state. In Northern California, firefighters have finally beat back the Sonoma County Kincade Fire that had forced nearly 200,000 people to flee their homes over the weekend. Nearly all evacuees in the region have now been allowed to return to their homes and the utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday it would begin restoring power to the 365,000 customers who were plung…

As Rich Hire Private Firefighters, Housekeepers Go to Work in Fire Zone & Prisoners Fight CA Blazes
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
As climate-fueled fires rage across California, we look at how the blazes are disproportionately affecting some of the state's most vulnerable communities. As a growing number of wealthy homeowners hire private firefighters to protect their properties for up to $3,000 per day, domestic workers and gardeners who tend to some of the most opulent homes in Los Angeles attended work despite the Getty Fire evacuation order earlier this week. Many of their employers failed to even tell them not to come in. Meanwhile, of the more than 4,000 firefighters currently working across the state, at least 700 are California pris…

Headlines for October 31, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-31
Tens of Thousands Evacuate as New Blazes Erupt in Fire-Ravaged California, Chile Calls Off U.N. Climate Talks Amid Massive Protests Against Inequality, Protesters Confront JPMorgan Chase CEO Over Fossil Fuel Investments, Youth Climate Activists Stage Sit-In at House Speaker Pelosi's Office, Keystone Pipeline Breach Spills Oil in North Dakota, House Readies Vote to Formalize Impeachment Process, Top Immigration Official Grilled Over Move to Deport Critically Ill Immigrants, "Not Qualified" Rating from Bar Association Draws Tears from Judicial Nominee, India to Split Jammu and Kashmir Into Two Territories Controlle…

US House passes sanctions bill against Turkey
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-31
Turkey's war on RojavaIssue 1243 United States sanctions against TurkeyNovember 1, 2019The United States House of Representatives approved a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey over its military operation in Northern and Eastern Syria on October 30. | The bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled house with 403 votes…

Haitians commemorate liberator Dessalines with huge mobilisations
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-31
democracyIssue 1243 Haiti national liberation fuel crisisNovember 1, 2019Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Haiti on October 17 to commemorate the national revolutionary and liberator Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to demand the resignation of United States-…

Turkish attacks continue during 'ceasefire' in Northern Syria
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-31
Turkey's war on Rojava Susan PriceIssue 1243 Rojava Syrian Democratic Forces YPG/YPJNovember 1, 2019Despite the agreement reached between Russia and Turkey on October 22 in the Russian city…

At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-30
Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.

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 …

Chesa Boudin, Son of 1960s Radicals, Runs for San Francisco DA on Criminal Justice Reform Platform
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-30
Chesa Boudin is running for San Francisco district attorney as the latest candidate in a wave of decarceral prosecutors running for office across the United States. Bernie Sanders and other leading progressives have endorsed Boudin, who is a public defender and the child of Weather Underground activists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. His parents were imprisoned when Boudin was a toddler. These experiences have given him a first-hand view of "how broken our criminal justice system is," he says. "My earliest memories are going through steel gates and metal detectors just to see my parents, just to give them a hug.