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Don't pretend like you don't know why people still love Jeremy Corbyn | The Independent

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 28, 2016 10:22 AM
"It’s the “centrists” who scaremonger about the “hard left”, but the truth is that the Corbynites are genuinely scared of the centrists – they’re scared of their power, their influence, their establishment backgrounds and the idea that they might crush their democratically elected leader and bring back the status quo forever. It’s not fair and it’s not right to dismiss their fears after the actions of the PLP in the last few months."

Full speech: John McDonnell at Labour conference

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 27, 2016 01:24 PM
"We’ll introduce legislation to ban companies taking on excessive debt to pay out dividends to shareholders. And we’ll rewrite the Takeover Code to make sure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to pay workers and pensioners. ... We’ll reintroduce sectoral collective bargaining across the economy, ending the race to the bottom on wages. And let me give you this commitment: in the first hundred days of our Labour government, we’ll repeal the Trade Union Act. ... And we’ll introduce a “Right to Own”, giving workers first refusal on a proposal for worker ownership when their company faces a change of ownership or closure. So the next Labour government will promote a renaissance in co-operative and worker ownership. The new regional development banks will be tasked with supplying the capital a new generation of business owners will need to succeed."

Colombia government, FARC rebels sign peace treaty, ending 50-year conflict that left 220,000 dead |

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 27, 2016 11:12 AM
"Across the country Colombians marked the occasion with a host of activities, from peace concerts by top-name artists to a street party in the capital, Bogota, where the signing ceremony was to be broadcast live on a giant screen. It was also celebrated by hundreds of guerrillas gathered in a remote region of southern Colombia where last week top commanders ratified the accord in what they said would be their last conference as a guerrilla army."

Gulf may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead: U.S. officials | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 26, 2016 08:10 PM
"One U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss American policy, said Washington has kept large numbers of such man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, out of Syria by uniting Western and Arab allies behind channeling training and infantry weapons to moderate opposition groups while it pursued talks with Moscow. But frustration with Washington has intensified, raising the possibility that Gulf allies or Turkey will no longer continue to follow the U.S. lead or will turn a blind eye to wealthy individuals looking to supply MANPADS to opposition groups. "The Saudis have always thought that the way to get the Russians to back off is what worked in Afghanistan 30 years ago – negating their air power by giving MANPADS to the mujahideen," said a second U.S. official."

John McDonnell announces £10 an hour living wage plan | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 26, 2016 08:02 PM
"McDonnell’s speech won a standing ovation from delegates at the Labour conference, as he concluded with the rallying cry: “That’s our vision to rebuild and transform Britain. In this party you no longer have to whisper it: it’s called socialism.” The most striking new policy in his speech to the party’s annual conference in Liverpool was the proposal for a national living wage with the amount set by a review body “at the level needed for a decent life”."

A ferocious assault on Aleppo suggests the U.S. may be wrong on Syria | The Washington Post

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 26, 2016 10:28 AM
"A U.S. strike against a Syrian army position in the east of the country last Saturday exposed the deficit of trust between the two parties to the deal, with the Pentagon insisting it was a mistake but Russia accusing the United States of collaborating with the Islamic State. ... Days before the truce took hold, the assortment of Iraqi militias, Hezbollah fighters, government militias and Syrian army troops finally completed the encirclement of rebel-held Aleppo, after months of fighting and hundreds of casualties that included several senior Iranian officers fighting alongside regime forces."

Selling Toronto Hydro is a terrible idea | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Sep 26, 2016 09:57 AM
The Toronto mayor and his ideological allies have been trying to turn people against public ownership of Toronto Hydro by pointing to specific outages and "decaying" infrastructure. This is an act right out of the provincial Liberal's play book – pointing to the need for infrastructure investment has been the go-to response for the Wynne government while selling Hydro One.
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