What Are We Working For? The Economic System is a Labyrinthine Trap
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
"One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work." — John Berger, "Vincent Van Gogh," Portraits | Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work … | The post What Are We Working For? The Economic System is a Labyrinthine Trap appeared first on Global Research.
Oaked Fires in Serbia. "For the Slavs, the Tree Remains all Central and Bearing"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
They set out early in the morning, men with axes, boys in tow and, for some, the odd girl champing at the bit. The woods are some way from Bujanovac, but these columns of individuals resembled statues who have moved … | The post Oaked Fires in Serbia. "For the Slavs, the Tree Remains all Central and Bearing" appeared first on Global Research.
Selected Articles: US Aggression, Ukraine Crisis
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? Do you think this resource should be maintained and preserved as an independent media and research tool. Bringing you 24/7 updates from all … | The post Selected Articles: US Aggression, Ukraine Crisis appeared first on Global Research.
CBC Scrutiny of Jewish National Fund (JNF). Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the Canadian media's scrutiny of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) — Canada. On Friday, the CBC's Evan Dyer published a thorough article exposing how the JNF-Canada is in contravention … | The post CBC Scrutiny of Jewish National Fund (JNF). Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East appeared first on Global Research.
Israel Seeks $250 Billion Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The Jewish state gives chutzpah new meaning. It seeks $250 billion from seven Arab states and Iran in connection to its theft of historic Palestine — one of history's great crimes. | It took 78% in 1948, the Palestinian Nakba, the … | The post Israel Seeks $250 Billion Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine appeared first on Global Research.
Crisis in Ukraine: Religious Schism and War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The signing of the Tomos or note of Autocephaly for the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine is not a church but a political act which may have catastrophic consequences for Ukraine. | So said the head of the Russian Federation … | The post Crisis in Ukraine: Religious Schism and War appeared first on Global Research.
A Foreign Affair: Trump's Dominican Republic Deal
Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Donald Trump is pursuing what appears to be a new business deal in the Dominican Republic despite pledging no new foreign deals — a deal which may be in violation of the U.S. Constitution | *** | Almost two years after Donald | … | The post A Foreign Affair: Trump's Dominican Republic Deal appeared first on Global Research.
2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Pivot to Asia: China is threatened by the US military in the South and East China Sea. War with China is currently on the drawing board of the Pentagon as outlined in a Rand Report commissioned by the US Army | The post 2019, The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington's Military Design in the Asia-Pacific appeared first on Global Research.
Trump Escalates Confrontation over Federal Shutdown
Patrick Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
With the partial shutdown of the federal government in its third week, and 800,000 workers facing the prospect of a payless payday Friday, President Trump has stepped up his campaign to spread fear and whip up bigotry against immigrants and … | The post Trump Escalates Confrontation over Federal Shutdown appeared first on Global Research.
Italia e Ue votano per i missili Usa in Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Presso il Palazzo di Vetro delle Nazioni Unite, a New York, c'è una scultura metallica intitolata ´il Bene sconfigge il Male ª, raffigurante San Giorgio che trafigge un drago con la sua lancia. Fu donata dall'Urss nel 1990 per celebrare il … | The post Italia e Ue votano per i missili Usa in Europa appeared first on Global Research.
LA Teachers' Strike: Dispatch #1
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
Absent a dramatic change in the Los Angeles Unified School District's bargaining position, over 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike on Thursday, January 10. With nearly half a million students at over 1,000 schools, LAUSD is America's second largest school district. LAUSD and United Teachers of Los Angeles have been negotiating since April, 2017 and…
Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise. Social Inequality and Cuba's Dual Currency System. The Creation of a Well-Off Middle Class
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
January the 1st 2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Back in December 1958 the city of Santa Clara fell to the combined forces of Che Guevara, Cienfuegos, and Revolutionary Directorate (RD) rebels led by Comandantes Rolando Cubela, … | The post Cuba: Trump Turns the Vise. Social Inequality and Cuba's Dual Currency System. The Creation of a Well-Off Middle Class app…
350.org Responds to Research Showing Sharp Rise in Carbon Emissions in the United States
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
The Doctrine of Odious Debt. Break the Taboo on Odious Debts and Their Repudiation
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
This English version of the interview originally published in French by the independent online journal Le Vent Se Lève (LVSL) has been fully revised and complemented by Eric Toussaint. The original French version is available here. | Éric Toussaint has … | The post The Doctrine of Odious Debt. Break the Taboo on Odious Debts and Their Repudiation appeare…
Forgotten France rises up
Serge Halimi | zcomm.org | 2019-01-08
France's yellow vests, coming together in informally organized groups, took just one month to challenge policies on taxation, education, transport and environment, and make the Macron government back down…
German student admits to data hack that hit Angela Merkel
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Suspect says he leaked private data on politicians and others because he was 'annoyed' by some of their statements.
Los Angeles Teachers Prepare for Strike
Jerry White | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
More than 33,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are set to strike Thursday in what would be the largest walkout by educators in the US since last year's statewide strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona. Like … | The post Los Angeles Teachers Prepare for Strike appeared first on Global Research.
Who Would Believe It? Annals of the New Left Era
Paul Buhle | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
You Say You Want a Revolution: SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance. Edited by John F. Levin and Earl Silbar. San Francisco: 1741 Press, 2019. 364pp, $18.95. Of the various factions that sundered the Students for a Democratic Society at its most promising moment, 1969, when it had perhaps a hundred thousand…
Nicaragua: The Other Revolution Betrayed
Nathan Legrand | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The violent repression against demonstrators protesting brutal neoliberal policies, which resulted in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is just one of the reasons why different leftist social movements have condemned the Nicaraguan regime | … | The post Nicaragua: The Other Revolution Betrayed appeared first on Global Research.
A Itália e a Unià£o Europeia votam a favor dos mísseis USA na Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
No Palácio de Vidro das Naàßàµes Unidas, em Nova York, há uma escultura de metal intitulada "O Bem Derrota o Mal", representando Sà£o Jorge que trespassa um dragà£o com a sua lanàßa. Foi doada pela URSS, em 1990, para celebrar … | The post A Itália e a Unià£o Europeia votam a favor dos mísseis USA na Europa appeared first on Global Research.
Drug Ads Surge as U.S. Medical Marketing Hits $30 Billion
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-08
Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. | The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, devices, lab tests and even hospitals. | The researchers estimated that medical marketing reached $30 billion in 2016, up from $18 billion in 1997. Spending on consumer-focused ads climbed fastest. But marketing to doctors and other health professionals still grabbed the bigg…
Trump Against the Pentagon? Possible Shifting of White House Alliances
Caleb Maupin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
The line from James Mattis that seemed to stand out the most was "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is … | The post Trump Against the Pentagon? Possible Shifting of White House Alliances appeared first on Global Research.
LA Teachers' Strike: Dispatch #1
Glenn Sacks | zcomm.org | 2019-01-08
Absent a dramatic change in the Los Angeles Unified School District's bargaining position, over 30,000 Los Angeles teachers will strike on Thursday, January 10…
The Latest US Job Report Is Another Fiction
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
There were not 312,000 new jobs created in December. | Nevermind. Where does the Bureau of Labor Statistics tell us the jobs are. | Health care and social assistance together with leisure and hospitality account for 36% of the new jobs, with … | The post The Latest US Job Report Is Another Fiction appeared first on Global Research.
Illegal Logging in Peru
David Hill | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-08
Stand at a certain point along the dusty highway on the northern outskirts of Puerto Maldonado, a town in the Peruvian Amazon, and you'll see trucks transporting huge quantities of wood regularly pulling up and stopping. | Sometimes there … | The post Illegal Logging in Peru appeared first on Global Research.
My Child Has to Show Her Entire School That She's Failing With a 'Scarlet Badge'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-08
A mother of an Arizona high school student responds to the school's policy of publicly shaming students who are struggling academically. | When my daughter Jordan began her junior year at Mingus High School in Cottonwood, Arizona, she immediately felt stigmatized. On her first day of school, the school's administration forced Jordan to wear a bright red identification badge. Everyone on campus knows what this "scarlet badge" means. Upperclassmen at Mingus wear grey colored badges, but any junior or senior student with missing credits are given a red badge, and it doesn't signify courage. | Publicly shaming my chi…
Oakland 2019 Teachers Contract Fight, The OEA, CTA, Charters & Privatization
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-01-08
An educational panel was held on January 5, 2019 about the likely strike of Oakland teachers and the OEA. Panelists included Keith Brown, President of the Oakland Education Association (OEA); Michael Shane, Teacher (OEA. member), and member of Classroom Struggle; Bob Mandel, active in 1996 strike, later elected to exec-board of the OEA; Jack Gerson, OEA executive board and bargaining team member from 2007 to 2011. Video of the event: https://youtu.be/BHYee0-el4A…
'Scary': Warming of Oceans Is Equivalent to 1.5 Atomic Bombs Every Second Over Past 150 Years
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-08
Carbon emissions are affecting life in all of Earth's ecosystems—contributing to drought, flooding, and the melting of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But a new study by researchers at Oxford University details how the planet's oceans are by far the climate crisis's biggest victim, with implications for the global population. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/28078237476_73b68e2a55_k_0.jpg…
On eve of strike, union drops LA teachers' demands against school privatization
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-08
The United Teachers Los Angeles has signaled that it is preparing to betray this critical battle over the privatization of public education.
Familias de Boyle Heights presentan demanda legal contra la mega KIPP escuela Charter, piden apoyo para la huelga de maestros de UTLA
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-07
Los Angeles, CA – Los residentes del vecindario de Boyle Heights, acompañados por familias de estudiantes de escuelas públicas locales, anunciaron, en una conferencia de prensa el 5 de enero y piquete, la presentación de una demanda en el Tribunal Superior contra la ciudad de Los àÅngeles y la escuela "charter" KIPP Promesa para detener el mega proyecto. KIPP Promesa quiere construir una gran escuela "charter" en el antiguo Hospital Lincoln en Boyle Heights. | El 4 de enero, los abogados de Defensores del Medio Ambiente presentaron una demanda en el Tribunal Superior de Los àÅngeles contra la ciudad…
AFRICOM Complicity in Gabon Coup Attempt? Trump Orders Deployment of 80 Military Personnel to Gabon
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
Trump's deployment of 80 military personnel to Gabon last week on the basis of preparing for a response to "violent protests" in the nearby Democratic Republic of the Congo might have been a ruse designed to cover up America's complicity … | The post AFRICOM Complicity in Gabon Coup Attempt? Trump Orders Deployment of 80 Military Personnel to Gabon appeared first on Global Research.
A Labor Strike at a Charter School?
Michelle Chen | thenation.com | 2019-01-07
A Labor Strike at a Charter School?
Movies in 2018: Capitalist art cannibalizing itself
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-07
Jacksonville, FL – In 2018, I saw fewer movies in theaters than any time since age 3 or 4. It wasn't just because the high price of tickets and snacks practically requires taking out a small loan. There's a real lack of original storytelling in American films — especially horror and science fiction — and I've gotten tired of countless remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, sequels to prequels, and so on. | It wasn't all bad. 2018 gave us some solid films worth watching, and I'll highlight a few of my favorites, admittedly, mostly sci-fi and horror, below. But in general, Hollywood continues to cannibali…
Boyle Heights families file lawsuit against mega KIPP Charter School, urge support for UTLA teachers strike
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-07
Los Angeles, CA — Residents of the Boyle Heights neighborhood, joined by families of students of local public schools, announced, at a January 5 press conference and picket, the filing of a lawsuit in Superior Court against the city of Los Angeles and KIPP Promesa charter school to stop the mega project. KIPP Promesa wants to build a large charter school at the former Lincoln Hospital in Boyle Heights. | On January 4, attorneys with Advocates for the Environment filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the city for failing to conduct an Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and asking to halt pr…
The Return of the Strike
Steven Greenhouse | zcomm.org | 2019-01-07
This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?
Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal "On Hold". Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-07
Iraqi media said the Pentagon has 14 military bases in the country — along with a reported 18 in Syria. The US is highly unlikely to abandon them, especially ones considered most strategically important. | The post Bolton Threatens Syria: US Troop Withdrawal "On Hold". Permanent US Military Base on Syria-Iraqi border appeared first on Global Research.
Austin Beutner–Wall Street's Superintendent of Education in Los Angeles
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-07
Beutner is renowned as a financier who has had a lucrative career extracting huge profits by privatizing public assets and slashing the wages and benefits of workers.
Los Angeles teachers prepare for strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-07
More than 33,000 teachers in the nation's second largest school district are set to strike Thursday in a battle that pits educators against the Democratic Party establishment.
China's Xinjiang Tour Should Have Fooled No One
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-07
Officials unveil a new political education camp in Bayingolin, Xinjiang. | © Yuli County, Xinjiang | China's authorities recently escorted diplomats from a dozen countries and a handful of foreign journalists on a highly controlled visit to Xinjiang, the northwestern region where an estimated one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily and indefinitely detaine…
Make 2019 the year of action on climate change
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-07
Australia is sweltering through another summer heatwave, with disastrous consequences for many vulnerable people. Walgett, in north-west NSW, ran out of water and catastrophic fires are threatening communities in Victoria and Tasmania. | As we make a plan for a new year of activism, we can take some heart from the growing student movement for real climate action. They are responding to the science and showing an awareness of the scale of the pending climate catastrophe. They know what needs to be done and are demonstrating that leadership comes from those who act. | Students 4 Climate Action have already agreed t…
Teacher who fed puppy to snapping turtle found not guilty of animal cruelty
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-06
Jurors in Idaho have found a science teacher not guilty of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle as students looked on. The incident sparked huge public outcry and spawned a petition to have the teacher fired. | …
Is 2019 the Year Maryland Finally Fully Funds its Public Schools?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-04
The state is headed towards a major showdown between the Republican Governor, Democratic leadership of the legislature, and education advocates over the future of the state's public schools | The post Is 2019 the Year Maryland Finally Fully Funds its Public Schools? appeared first on The Real News Network.
As Brazil's Bolsonaro Takes Office, Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Threat of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-02
Far-right former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as president of Brazil on New Year's Day. His election marks the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. We speak with Fernando Haddad, former Brazilian presidential candidate on the Workers' Party ticket who lost in a runoff to Jair Bolsonaro. Haddad is the former mayor of Sà£o Paulo and served as education minister under former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-31
Days after a federal judge in California temporarily halted Trump's asylum ban, we revisit our conversation with world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky about U.S. foreign policy in Central America. He joins us in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches at the University of Arizona. Chomsky is also institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for 50 years. We ask him about the Central American caravan and national security adviser John Bolton declaring Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a "troika of tyranny" and a "triangle of terror" earl…
The STATUTES of the UDNG: on the search of political excellence
fernando_santamaria | zcomm.org | 2018-12-25
In April 2001 I was mandatorily retired by the Department of Education of the Galician Administration, (then leaded by General Franco's former minister, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Fraga?wprov=sfti1), due to "serious mental issues." Some time later, on June 14th, 2006, I legalized and registered in the Political Parties Registry of the Spanish Ministry of Interior a Read…
Push for profit: Births, babies and the bottom dollar
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-13
Reliable research into safe and healthy childbirth is being ignored by maternal hospitals in Australia. | Women are not told of the adverse effects of current interventions and practices in childbirth, or that not a single long-term study exists of the almost 50 childbirth drugs currently being used. | The majority of birthing mothers are drugged in some way and one in three women describes their birthing experience as "deeply horrifying". | Viable alternatives, such as homebirth or birth centres, are systematically defunded, demonised by the media and discredited by the medical establishment. | If mothers an…
Oppose nuclear weapons? Stop backing the companies that produce them
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-11
Research published by Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland in September revealed the extent of Scotland's investments in nuclear weapons companies, including shares worth nearly £300 million held by the Scottish local government pension funds. | This week, new analysis by The Ferret showed that the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (SPPS) holds shares worth £2 million in fossil fuels, arms and tobacco companies. This includes £175,495 in Rolls Royce, one of four key contractors involved in Britain's Trident nuclear…
Climate movement attracts new generation of activists
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-10
The latter part of 2018 will be remembered for the re-emergence of climate action on the national agenda. | Independent Kerryn Phelps' win in the Wentworth byelection promising "meaningful environmental action" and Labor's subsequent adoption of a 50% renewable energy policy by 2030 has come in the midst of researcher Rebecca Huntley's findings that "climate and environmental concerns" have increasingly become "a test of leadership" for voters. | These centrist platforms, however, have been rightly superseded by the newest base of the climate movement: high school students. | Tired of the "dinosaurs in parliament…