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New evidence of Africa’s systematic looting

by JBB — last modified Feb 04, 2018 01:37 PM
By Patrick Bond | Znet | A brand new World Bank report, The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018, offers evidence of how much poorer Africa is becoming thanks to rampant minerals, oil and gas extraction. Yet Bank policies and practices remain oriented to enforcing foreign loan repayments and transnational corporate (TNC) profit repatriation, thus maintaining the looting.

Trump’s South Korea ambassador pick opposed attacking the North. So Trump dumped him | Vox

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 31, 2018 03:43 PM
"Cha is a leading North Korea expert. A longtime scholar-practitioner, he served in the George W. Bush administration from 2004 to 2007 as the National Security Council’s director for Asian affairs and is currently a professor at Georgetown University. He’s also on the hawkish end of the North Korea expert spectrum. He’s endorsed taking aggressive steps to protect against the North’s nuclear program, like setting up a naval cordon around North Korea to intercept any nuclear material it tries to sell to terrorists or other rogue regimes. A North Korea hawk who’s both deeply experienced and widely respected seems like a perfect pick for the Trump administration, so it’s telling that Cha’s nomination was apparently derailed because he was too dovish for the Trump team."

North Korea hits back at U.S., calls Trump administration 'racist' | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 31, 2018 03:37 PM
"North Korea’s paper said that genuine freedoms of the press and of expression did not exist in the United States and that crackdowns against the media had intensified in the past year. More people have joined the ranks of the unemployed and the homeless, it said. The United States is one of few countries that have failed to offer paid maternity leave, and many sick citizens cannot afford to pay their medical fees, it added."

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First | The Intercept

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 31, 2018 02:06 PM
"In district after district, the national party is throwing its weight behind candidates who are out of step with the national mood. ... It’s happening despite a very real shift going on inside the party’s establishment, as it increasingly recognizes the value of small-dollar donors and grassroots networks. ... The time between now and July, by which most states will have held primaries, will be among the most important six months for the future of the Democratic Party, as the contests will decide what kind of party heads into the midterms in November 2018. The outcome will also shape the Democratic strategy for 2020, which in turn will shape the party’s agenda when and if it does reclaim power."

Lorde: Israeli fans sue activists over tour cancellation | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jan 31, 2018 12:44 PM
"Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said claim was the first to show a direct link between the call for a boycott and the “harm” caused. “These girls [the teenagers] are ideologists. They are going into the army next year, and they feel very shamed and hurt by the allegations that the New Zealand activists blamed Israel for,” she said."
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