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Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba | Democracy Now!

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 12, 2018 07:29 PM
"As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, we take a look back at Washington’s record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered in more than 80 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. And that doesn’t count U.S.-backed coups and invasions. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.”"

After Putin Cites Jews, Democrats Implore Trump to Extradite Russians | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 12, 2018 07:19 PM
"Nachman Shai, an Israeli legislator, called the Russian leader’s remarks a classic example of anti-Semitism. “His comments show that nothing has changed in viewing the Jews as responsible for all the world’s evil,” he wrote on Twitter. ... However, Mr. Putin’s comment may well have been lost in translation. Speaking in Russian to the NBC presenter Megyn Kelly, Mr. Putin spoke of “Russkie,” a term denoting ethnic Russians in opposition to other nationalities living in the country. Many Russian Jews have long self-identified as separate from ethnic Russians — a source of confusion among Americans who may miss the nuance."

Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump’s Plan to Impose Steel & Aluminum Tariffs | Democracy Now

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 06, 2018 02:51 PM
"So, what Trump’s policy does is a travesty of protectionism. It merely squeezes. And the pretense of all of this is that if he gives more money to the steel and aluminum companies, they’ll invest more and hire more labor. But they’re not going to do that at all. Not a single new steel factory is going to be built. Not a single new aluminum factory, because aluminum is made out of electricity, and America is a high-cost electricity country, compared to Iceland, where Alcan produces much of its aluminum, in Canada. So, what you’re doing is enabling the steel and the aluminum companies to use their increased profits for share buybacks and to pay dividends, but they’re not going to build new factories. There is not going to be any trickle down. So, Trump has made a travesty out of protectionist doctrine, as well."

Victory in sight for Democrats defying Warren on bank bill | Politico

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 05, 2018 08:57 PM
"Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are poised to pass a bill this week that would relax key banking regulations, steamrolling opposition from outspoken liberals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren who have built their careers calling for tougher oversight of Wall Street. ... While Warren will likely be unsuccessful in stopping the package, she is again trying to activate her base to fight it. On Friday, she sent an email to supporters in which she attacked “Republicans AND Democrats" for supporting the bill. She warned that “the bank lobbyists are getting ready to pop champagne and light their cigars.” Warren is expected to offer amendments that could force her colleagues to take tough positions as they stick together to defend the bill and avoid fracturing the political coalition underpinning it."

John McDonnell interview: is Britain ready for a socialist chancellor? | Financial Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 04, 2018 10:13 PM
"After becoming an MP in 1997, McDonnell busied himself in various ways: chairing meetings of the anti-Heathrow expansion group, setting up an umbrella group of leftwing unions and leading a campaign against the construction industry, which had been blacklisting workers for their political views and union activities, leading to a £75m settlement. No one doubts his work ethic. Dave Smith, head of the Blacklist Support Group, says he would often encounter McDonnell at a picket at 6.30am: “When no one else was prepared to talk to us he was there . . . representing working people fighting for justice.” ... McDonnell insists that companies are “looking to [Labour] for security” in an uncertain world. His policies span the radical to the mainstream, including the nationalisation of some utilities, higher taxes to fund a more generous welfare state, billions of borrowing for infrastructure and the relocation of most of the Bank of England to Birmingham. He is interested in alternative models of ownership and in copying the Scandinavian model of enhanced profit-sharing for employees. “Are those ideas inspired by Marx? They’re inspired by socialists and, of course, Marx is one of those thinkers, alongside RH Tawney, GDH Cole, William Morris,” he says."

Academic workers reject York University's ''final offer'' - CUPE 3903 to commence strike action Monday

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 04, 2018 08:49 AM
"Teaching assistants, graduate assistants and part-time faculty at York University, members of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903), will commence strike action Monday morning, after overwhelmingly rejecting their employer's final offer. At a special membership meeting, members of all three CUPE 3903 units in bargaining with York University voted against sending York's 'final offer' to a ratification vote. That means barring any efforts to resolve the dispute over the weekend, strike action will commence at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning."

West Virginia teachers strike to go on over elusive pay deal | Reuters

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 04, 2018 08:42 AM
"West Virginia teachers said their strike would go on at least through Monday, as state lawmakers unraveled the governor’s promise of a raise in a late Saturday night legislative session, union officials said. More than 277,000 students have been out of school since Feb. 22, as teachers and other school employees pushed for higher pay, protesting that their wages are among the lowest in the United States. "

Thunder Bay newspaper apologizes for 'inconsiderate' headline on story about egg attacks on 2 men | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 03, 2018 12:01 PM
""It almost would make somebody laugh, and it would overlook the serious nature of the racism and violence that our people are being faced with in Thunder Bay," ... Barbara Kentner, a 34-year-old Indigenous woman, was also struck with a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car in January 2017. She died about six months later; the case of the man accused of killing her is still before the courts."
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