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Berlin imposes travel ban, arms freeze over Khashoggi killing | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 19, 2018 05:16 PM
"Defense industry experts said the main impact of Germany halting exports would be on the sale of patrol boats built by privately-held Luerrsen, jeopardizing 300 jobs at a shipyard in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and four Cobra counter-battery radar systems to be built by a consortium that includes France’s Thales, Airbus and Lockheed Martin of the United States. It remained unclear how the freeze would impact multinational programs such as the Eurofighter, built by a consortium of firms in Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain."

Coming From Inside the House | Jacobin

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 19, 2018 10:54 AM
"Regardless of the specific demands, which in this case are necessarily constrained by the rules of the House, Ocasio-Cortez’s willingness to stand with protestors from a little known group inside the head of her own caucus’s office before she is even sworn in indicates that she is prepared not only to buck protocol and take on high-ranking national Democrats, but to use her office as a center of organizing for progressive causes."

Watch Out, Walmart | Jacobin

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 19, 2018 10:47 AM
"Cosponsored by California representative Ro Khanna, the bill would prevent Walmart and other large companies from buying back stock unless they pay all employees at least $15 an hour, allow them to earn up to seven days paid sick leave, and cap CEO pay at 150 times median worker compensation."

Spain’s New-Old Monster | Jacobin

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 19, 2018 10:34 AM
"On September 7, the far-right party Vox filled Spain’s Vistalegre arena with ten thousand nostalgists for Franco’s regime, neofascists, Catholic extremists, and reactionaries of all kinds. In organizing such a spectacle, Vox had good reason to choose this particular venue — that is, the same arena in which Podemos has held its own congresses. The far-right party staged its rally here in order to display its own strength."

Israel’s Genocidal Arms Customers

by JBB — last modified Nov 18, 2018 03:52 PM
Richard Silverstein | Jacobin | Israel isn’t just maintaining a brutal military occupation. It’s also supplying weapons to genocidal regimes around the world.

Cornered: Trump Gets Thumped on Cuba at the UN

by JBB — last modified Nov 18, 2018 03:40 PM
By Ike Nahem | Znet | On November 1, 2018, for the twenty-seventh straight year, the full United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted by a near-unanimous 189-2 for “the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” The Israeli government, as usual, voted automatically with the US without saying a word on the floor. There were no abstentions, but Moldova and the Ukraine chose not to vote at all.

Bernie Sanders targets Walmart and takes aim at low wages and CEO pay | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 18, 2018 11:10 AM
"The legislation would prevent large companies from “buying back” stock – when a company buys its shares back from the market, often enabling it to distribute more cash to shareholders – unless they committed to the $15-an-hour minimum and allowed employees seven days paid sick leave. ... Another crucial part of the legislation would be that buybacks would be prohibited unless a company ensured that CEO compensation was not more than 150 times the median pay of all employees."
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