Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools
Jeff Bryant | commondreams.org | 2019-06-02
Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Charles Edward Miller, Flickr cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/milwaukee_public_school_teachers_and_supporters_picket_outside_milwaukee_public_schools_adminstration_building_milwaukee_wisconsin_4-24-18_1130_26864819927_0.jpg…
While Combating Trump, We Must Set Our Sights on Total Liberation
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
"Marcuse believed in 'a universe where the sensuous, the playful, and the beautiful become the form of society itself'," says cartoonist Nick Thorkelson, who illustrated the new graphic biography Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia. How did philosopher Herbert Marcuse develop this belief, and what can it teach us as the U.S. flounders in political crisis? In this interview, Thorkelson discusses the work of Herbert Marcuse, his relationship to the radical movements of the 1960s and how his philosophy remains pertinent in the era of Trump. | Samantha Borek: For many people, especially younger radicals like my…
Forum & Discussion: The Fight for Public Education
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
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8-10 Million Iranians Died over Great Famine Caused by British Empire (1917-1919), Documents Reveal
Sadegh Abbasi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
This article was originally published in November 2015. | The document in the American Archives, reporting the widespread famine and spread of epidemic disease in Iran, estimates the number of the deceased due to the famine to be about 8-10 million….
Italy's Assault Ship for the New Crusaders
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
On 25 May 2019, Head of State Sergio Mattarella, Minister for Defence Elisabetta Trenta, Minister for Economic Development Luigi Di Maio, and the highest military authorities, were all present for the launching of the ship Trieste, built …
Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas
Sonali Kolhatkar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
The phenomenon of climate change invokes images of black smoke billowing out of smokestacks, emissions from exhaust pipes on an endless highway of bumper-to-bumper traffic, or the insect-like cranes of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drilling operations dotting the landscape. We …
Desperate MH17 "Intelligence" Spin. Ukraine Secret Service Contends that "Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane". "But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
According to Ukraine's Secret Service, the alleged design of the pro-Russian rebels was to shoot down a Russian passenger plane, with a view to blaming the Ukrainian government and justifying a Russian invasion.
Rising Tensions, US Strike Group to the Gulf. Iran Once Again Passes IAEA Nuclear Inspections
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its quarterly report that Iran has stayed within the main restrictions of its nuclear deal at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran remain high. | The report on Friday found that …
Benjamin Netanyahu: The Fugitive Crime Minister
Yossi Gurvitz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
In a move considered surreal even two days ago, the Israeli Knesset — elected on April 9th — dissolved itself last night (Wednesday). Some new Members of Knesset didn't even get to get to give their maiden speech. | The vote …
Selected Articles: America's Policy of "Creative Chaos"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
Cuba's New Blockade
Adrian Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
On 2 May 2019, the Trump administration implemented Title III of the 1996 Helms Burton Act. In doing so, it unleashed the most severe economic sanctions against Cuba since the blockade was first introduced by President Kennedy in 1962. | Title …
Do We Face a Global Food Disaster?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
No, this is not at all an endorsement of the apocalyptic scenarios of AOC or that famous young Swedish climate expert, Greta. It is, however, a look at unusual weather disasters in several key growing regions from the USA to …
Is Saudi Arabia Joining Trump's Political Game?
Azaz Zaman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
In quest of seeking the support of the Arab Muslim leaders for an international stance against Iran, Saudi Arabia is hosting three consecutive summits at the holy city of Mecca after Iran's alleged attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations. Saudi …
O navio de assalto dos novos cruzados
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
Na presenàßa do Chefe de Estado, Sergio Mattarella, da Ministra da Defesa, Elisabetta Trenta, do Ministro do Desenvolvimento Económico, Luigi di Maio e das mais altas autoridades militares, o navio Trieste, construído pela Fincantieri, foi lanàßado ao mar, em 25 …
Charter School Promoters Criticize and Complain About Charter Schools While Pushing For More Charter Schools
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-01
The narrow aim of maximizing profit as fast as possible compels owners of capital to say and do whatever they have to to get richer, no matter how irrational and contradictory, and no matter the cost to society and the environment. Such an aim is irresponsible and outdated, and needs to be replaced by a …
New Haven teachers speak on conditions
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
Teachers across the New Haven School District spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the strike and the difficult conditions they face as educators.
Democrat Tony Thurmond fails to shut down New Haven teachers strike in California
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
After facilitating the betrayal of the Oakland and Los Angeles teachers strikes, Thurmond has been brought in by the New Haven Teachers Association to end their strike.
American educators demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received many statements from educators in support of Assange and Manning.
University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day strike
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
Graduate students must take this struggle out of the hands of the American Federation of Teachers-backed Graduate Students United union and form rank-and-file committees.
Brazilian Students Stage New Mass Protests Against Bolsonaro's Education Reform
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-01
As President Jair Bolsonaro's approval ratings plummet, students make a massive show of force, opposing his plans to drastically cut education budgets. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…
Man who endorsed 'Trump University' endorses Boris Johnson
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-06-01
Boris Johnson enjoys the support of some interesting characters. He's recently won the backing of the man who promoted 'Trump University' — an establishment that was to education what Donald Trump is to presidenting.
Political Upheaval in the United Kingdom
Dr. David Halpin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Here in these beautiful isles there are many good people. Those not affected by class or university 'education' say 'We should have been out of the EU within a few weeks of the vote. The EU is a racket. We …
The History of Black Women Championing Demands for Reparations
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-01
The American media has paid increasing attention to the legacies of slavery. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture features a huge exhibition on the history of slavery. Many US universities are studying their links with slavery and the slave trade. In several cases, schools decided to provide symbolic reparations by renaming buildings and/or creating memorials and monuments to honor enslaved men and women. | But these measures do not seem to suffice: several activists and ordinary citizens are calling for financial reparations. Students of Georgetown University recently voted to pay a…
'Beyond Barbaric': Internal Government Report Reveals Migrants Forced to Stand on Toilets for Breathing Space at Overcrowded US Detention Center
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
"This is insane. Not only can they not move, they can't breathe, they can't eat, they can't do anything like this. Children have died and will continue to die if this is not stopped now." | *** | A federal immigrant detention …
Julian Assange and the Unrelenting State
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation …
Spectators, Shoppers and Voters… NOT Citizens!
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
I begin my column with the profound words from the great anti empire documentarian Paul Edwards, at the end of his fine new piece Idiocracy: | "The naive cry out for answers to our absurd paralysis, but there are none. …
Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Another crude and sad chapter, yet more evidence of a system's vengeance against its challengers. Julian Assange, like they dying Roman emperor Vespasian, may be transforming into a god of sorts, but the suffering of his mortal physical is …
Nature's Dangerous Decline: Animal and Plant Species Extinction Rates 'Accelerating'
IPBES | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on …
A million extinctions eclipsed by one royal grandbaby
Janine Jackson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-01
As many as 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to the scientists and researchers behind a new UN report. The assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive review to date of the damage humans are causing to biodiversity. The group's chair, Robert Watson, says: The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rap…
"Manufacturing Dissent": The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The People's Movement has been Hijacked…
Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Has Dismantled the West's Official Narrative About Malaysian Airlines MH17
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad surprised observers when he unexpectedly spoke out against the MH-17 cover-up and dismantled the West's official narrative blaming Russia for this tragedy. The nonagenarian leader raised questions that no non-Russian had hitherto dared to publicly …
The Policy of Creative Chaos: America's Project for a "Middle-East Holocaust"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The Project for a New Middle East is a Project for a New Holocaust. It is happening now. The policy of "Creative Chaos" underpins the holocaust. Empire willfully destroys the sovereignty and territorial integrity of prey nations such as Libya, …
UN Condemns the Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Julian Assange. "Coordinated" by UK, US, Sweden and Ecuador
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The UN Torture Expert, Nils Melzer, has strongly condemned the psychological torture inflicted upon WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by a coalition of countries led by the United States and United Kingdom. | The WikiLeaks publisher has spent over 7 weeks …
US State Department's "Updated Maps" Show Golan Heights as Part of Israeli
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The US State Department has changed its maps to show the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory, spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed on Thursday, after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had received one of the updated versions. | "I know | …
"Fort Trump": Permanent US Military Base in Poland
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Polish authorities appear to have become obsessed with establishing the "Fort Trump" permanent military base in Poland, but the US does appear to be in no hurry to make any such deployment. | Moreover, periodically there are reports that Washington has …
Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone's Talking About It
Caitlin Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that "Assange's health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him." | This jarring revelation has been reported by a small …
Society Is in Decay
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-31
Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and …
WWII Lessons for the Climate Emergency
Judith Deutsch | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
"The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition….The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions . . ." Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene The New Deal and World War II are reminders of…
Society Is In Decay — When the Worst is First and the Best is Last
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and…
The fight against the racist Ramsay Centre continues
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Eighty people gathered at Sydney University on May 23 for a forum "Ramsay and the new academic racism", to hear speakers condemn the Ramsay Centre's proposed Western Civilisation degree. | Chaired by Robert Boncardo (lecturer at Sydney University's School of Languages and Cultures), the speakers included Layla Mkhayber (undergraduate student, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Dr Nesrine Basheer (Arabic Language and Cultures) and Jeff Sparrow (Guardian Australia columnist and author) | The Ramsay Centre is a right-wing think tank, established by the wealthy philanthropist Paul Ramsay. It is chaired by former…
Greta Thunberg: 'Act as if your life depended on it, because it does'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Hundreds of thousands of students and environmentalists took to the streets around the world as part of the Global Strike for Future climate actions on May 24. Elections for the European Parliament took place two days later, on May 26 and resulted in Greens (along with the far right) gaining votes. | In Copenhagen, Denmark, 40,000 people took part in the People's Climate March on May 25. Swedish student and environmentalist Greta Thunberg addressed the rally. An abridged transcript of Thunberg's speech follows. | * * * | It is absolutely crazy that things have gone so far that children feel like they must sacrifi…
Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation
Texas Tribune | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(TT) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz committed on Thursday to partner up with his political opposite, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to move legislation that would ban members of Congress from becoming corporate lobbyists after they leave public life. The coming together played out over Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted Thursday afternoon a statistic from Public Citizen, an …
Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation
A Million Extinctions Eclipsed by One Royal Grandbaby
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-31
As many as 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to the scientists and researchers behind a new UN report. The assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive …
Twisted Melodies: The Life and Times of Donny Hathaway at the Apollo
Deardra Shuler | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-31
Photo Credit: Richard Anderson | The Apollo Theater graciously asked me to come and review a play they are featuring entitled "Twisted Melodies" about the life of Donny Hathaway. | Hathaway was a musical genius plagued by mental illness in the form of paranoid schizophrenia. His diagnosis was severe and medicine only served to exacerbate the illness. In fact it retarded him, taking him on a journey of frenzied highs and devastating lows. | The causes of schizophrenia are complicated and still being researched. There is some thought that heredity may play a role. Research does show that genetics may deem who is mo…
Is the Galilee Basin coal 'bonanza' a damp squib?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
True to her word, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on May 31 that another approval had been given to the controversial Adani coal mine in the Galillee Basin. But while more approvals still have to be gained and other coal miners are getting out, it is not yet clear that Adani will succeed. | On the last day in May, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved mining giant Adani's management plan for the endangered black-throated finch. This is one of many outstanding approvals necessary before the Adani Carmichael mine can legally go ahead. It comes on the back of a huge campaign by…
Garland, TX community confronts school board over trafficked teachers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-30
Garland, TX – On May 28 members of the community, together with some of the affected teachers, confronted the Garland school board about the board's failure to act to help teachers who had been trafficked from the Philippines to work in the Garland school district. | Three teachers and several community supporters addressed the school board, while dozens of other supporters sat in the room wearing t-shirts and buttons in support of the teachers' cause. After the last speaker, the supporters began chanting "When teachers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!" and were escorted from the b…
Victorious Grassroots Caucus Faces Challenge From Longtime Incumbent in Teachers Union Election
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-30
In Baltimore, longtime teachers union incumbents have demanded a re-election after a grassroots slate's surprise victory. Now the American Federation of Teachers may decide the outcome.
Support Greta's call for a global climate strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-30
The inspiring, global student-led climate strike protests on May 24, initiated by high school students, took place in an incredible 1594 cities and towns across more than 118 countries. | It shows the global student strike movement is growing, out-mobilising strike actions just two months before and joining up with other climate networks such as Extinction Rebellion. | The #FridaysfortheFuture protests, started by Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, were also organised in several cities in Australia on May 24, the largest of which was called by Extinction Rebellion in Melbourne. Thousands of students and other…
University cancels 'reporting on far right' class by disgraced fact-checker due to lack of interest
rt.com | 2019-05-30
New York University has canceled an undergraduate journalism class entitled 'Reporting on the Far Right' after only two students signed up. The controversial lecturer quit her fact-checking job last year for false reporting. | …
A major win for transgender rights: UN health agency drops 'gender identity disorder', as official diagnosis
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-30
"To reflect critical advances in science and medicine", the World Health Organization, WHO, has removed so-called "gender identity disorder" from its official manual of diagnoses, which is being hailed as a major win for transgender rights.