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Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

Declaration of the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba on the Issue of Migration

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 01, 2015 03:54 PM
"The US government, which deprived Cuba of half its doctors in the early years of the Revolution, established in 2006, during the presidency of George W. Bush, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole ... It has the perverse objective of promoting the abandonment of Cuban medical professionals of their missions in other countries [by] actively facilitating their migration using its embassies to encourage them to do so. Also, the facilities offered by various countries, especially private clinics, to Cuban health personnel led to the establishment of [a] qualified labor force [facilitating] the selection and financing of the exit of our professionals"

We can save atheism from the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 01, 2015 12:38 PM
"For [Marx], intellectual disproofs of God were trivial; what mattered was building a world that didn’t give rise to mystification of any kind. That is, if you investigate the material basis of religious belief, you immediately confront a phenomenon that operates on many different levels. In particular circumstances and particular settings a faith may function as a guide to morality, or an aesthetic, or a social network, or a collection of cultural practices, or a political identity, or a historical tradition, or some combination of any or all of those things. You don’t have to be a believer to see that religion genuinely offers something to its adherents (often when nothing else is available) and that what it provides is neither inconsequential nor silly."

The Trump Phenomenon

by JBB — last modified Nov 30, 2015 06:32 PM
by Victor Wallis | MR Zine | Trump represents the existing dominant agenda in all its chauvinistic and militarist dimensions. Any critique of him on Clinton's part is weakened by her identification with two decades of policies that have fed the popular discontent. To challenge Trump, one must be ready to call into question the right of such a phenomenon -- a billionaire "self"-financed candidate -- to exist.

The Prism: Privacy in an age of publicity | New Yorker

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Nov 30, 2015 03:04 PM
"An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a revolutionary who’d been thrown in jail in Genoa, imprisoned in Savona, sentenced to death in absentia, and arrested in Paris, was plotting the unification of the kingdoms of Italy and the founding of an Italian republic. "

Corporate tax cuts have contributed to slower economic growth

by JA Cox — last modified Nov 30, 2015 12:32 PM
"Corporate income tax (CIT) cuts have not only failed to lead to faster growth, there is evidence to suggest that CIT rate reductions contributed to slower growth, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).The study, by Unifor economist and CCPA research associate Jordan Brennan, examines the relationship between the Canadian CIT regime and various dimensions of growth and finds there is no empirical or statistically significant relationship between corporate tax cuts and growth.“Corporate income tax cuts could go down as one of the great Canadian public policy blunders of recent times,” says Brennan. “The problem is the facts stubbornly refuse to support the notion that corporate tax cuts accelerate growth."

Cameron’s cunning plan for bombing Isis in Syria | FT.com

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Nov 29, 2015 10:05 AM
Robert Shrimsley of The Financial Times outlines what the bombing will accomplish in Syria. What I find amazing is that the only political leader in England that is opposed to the bombing is Jeremy Corbyn, but the liberal papers just cannot bring themselves to champion his position. The membership of the Labour Party is opposed to bombing Syria. Backbench Conservatives are opposed. Scotland is opposed. It is as close to a united broad opposition as you can get, but these media organizations will not back the obvious and rational position because their pay masters want to see explosions.

Firefighters Lift Corbyn by Re-joining Labour | Morning Star

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Nov 29, 2015 09:37 AM
"Fire Brigades Union throws weight behind Corbyn with historic vote to reaffiliate to Labour. Jeremy Corbyn welcomed firefighters back to Labour last night, saying their vote to reaffiliate marked a “milestone in the building of our new politics and our labour movement.”The union “overwhelmingly” endorsed a proposal from the executive committee to restore its historic link with the party, which it broke in 2004 after a bitter strike against Tony Blair’s government."
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