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Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia

by JBB — last modified Mar 22, 2019 08:12 AM
by Vijay Prashad | Asia Times | Neither China nor Russia is willing to see the United States overthrow the government in Venezuela. Both have commercial interests in the country. Both also seek to deepen a more diversified global order, with the United States no longer seen as a viable policeman. The test for their commitment to multipolarity will be in how China and Russia hold the line on the United States’ attempt to squeeze Iran and Venezuela.

American Workers Should Want to Transfer Technology to China

by JBB — last modified Mar 22, 2019 08:09 AM
by Moshe Adler | CounterPunch | China does not have enough of the technology that modern production requires in order to provide its workers employment in Chinese-owned corporations. Without a legal way to obtain technology China must rely on foreign corporations to employ its workers, and to entice them, it keeps its wages low. If the latest technologies were made available at affordable prices anywhere in the world, governments of technologically backward countries could let the wages of their workers rise, and US wages would then rise with them. The system of unrestricted technology protection should be replace by a system that makes the latest technologies available at affordable prices anywhere in the world. This will close the technological gap, and this is precisely the outcome that American workers want.

MTCU announcement won’t make campuses safer unless Student Choice Initiative is repealed | CFS Ontario

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 20, 2019 07:55 AM
“For decades, student organizations, like the Canadian Federation of Students, have been at the forefront of combating sexual violence on campus,” said Sami Pritchard, National Executive Representative of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. “The creation of the Student Voices and Sexual Violence Survey was largely informed by the Premier’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women, which this government cancelled. For Minister Fullerton to make this announcement without any mention of the students and members of the Roundtable who made today possible is disappointing.”

Belgium’s Hottest Winter | Jos D’Haese

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Mar 17, 2019 09:19 AM
"Even in the face of political disdain, these unexpected demonstrations show that young people are willing to stand up for their future. And decisively, they are also combining the call for social and climate justice. Emerging also in other European countries, the schoolkids’ protests point to the possibility of a different kind of society."

Aussie politician lashes out at Muslims after Christchurch shootings: 'They are the perpetrators' | New Zealand Herald

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2019 05:22 PM
"Senator Anning went on to say that while Muslims may have been victims of attacks, he claimed they were also perpetrators. and blamed deaths on "the entire religion of Islam". "It is the religious equivalent of fascism," he said. He ended with a passage from the bible and said those who followed a violent religion that called on them to murder "cannot be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind"."
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