Stop EU from hijacking Africa’s clean energy future

by Mohamed Adow

Pambazuka News | May 18, 2017

The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) was one of the greatest achievements to emerge from the COP 21 climate summit in Paris in 2015 and, as an African and climate activist, my proudest moment. It made headlines around the world. Attracting pledges totalling $10 billion of public support from the G7, EU, Netherlands and Sweden, the scheme has ushered an exciting dawn of African leadership on climate change to see the continent harness it’s huge clean energy potential.

However, that vision is now in tatters after attempts by the EC to control and divert Africa’s renewable energy initiative to its own ends. It is imposing itself on the AREI Board and the initiative’s Independent Delivery Unit (IDU) and, together with France, forced through undue approval of a host of 19 energy projects, bypassing the AREI’s transparent procedures. Read More »

Authoritarianism in Venezuela? A Reply to Gabriel Hetland

by LUCAS KOERNER

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | May 19, 2017

Venezuelan opposition protesters burn a National Bolivarian Police motorcycle at an anti-government barricade in the affluent ea

Venezuelan opposition protesters burn a National Bolivarian Police motorcycle at an anti-government barricade in the affluent eastern Caracas municipality of Chacao. (AVN)

Venezuela is once again dominating international headlines as violent opposition protests bent on toppling the elected Maduro government enter their seventh week. The demonstrations have claimed to date at least 54 lives since April 4, surpassing the previous wave of violent anti-government protests in 2014, known as “the Exit”. However, this time around, the unrest coincides with a severe economic downturn and a transformed geopolitical landscape defined by the return of the right in Brazil and Argentina as well as an even more bellicose regime in Washington.

Meanwhile, the international outcry at this latest violent effort to oust the Chavista government has been far more muffled than the last time.

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‘Out Temer, Elections Now!’: New Round of Protests Hit Brazil

teleSUR | May 21, 2017

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil’s President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Just when Brazil’s political crisis can’t seem to get any worse, Michel Temer is caught red-handed on tape giving his blessings to bribes paid to judges, prosecutors, a police task force member and a powerful witness in government corruption investigations, Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of representatives.

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Dreams Of Rebels Past Offer Us Hope As We Approach June 8

by Trish Lavelle

Morning Star | May 20, 2017

WHEN we started planning for Levellers’ Day 2017 back in October, little did we know that we would be holding it in the middle of a general election campaign the likes of which we have not experienced for many decades.

A campaign in which voters are being presented with real radical alternatives.

It is therefore timely that this year we will gather today in Burford with a theme of “movement building.”Read More »

US and Turkey: The Balkanization of the Middle East

by James Petras

Dissident Voice | May 15, 2017

For the past 20 years Washington has aggressively pursued the age-old imperial strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia and East Africa. Frustrated at its inability to control national policy of various independent nation-states, Washington used direct and indirect military force to destroy the central governments in the targeted nations and create patchworks of tribal-ethno-mini-states amenable to imperial rule. Tens of millions of people have been uprooted and millions have died because of this imperial policy.Read More »

Anything Wrong With Eco-Socialism?

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MR Online | May 18, 2017

Climate Change

This month’s Monthly Review features an article by Paul Burkett entitled: “Global Warming: An Eco-Revolutionary Tipping Point?” While discussing three books: Ian Angus’s Facing the Anthropocene, Andreas Malm’s Fossil Capital and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, he succinctly summarizes a key Eco-Socialist position.

“To deny that the climate crisis is hardwired into capitalism, and that we need a new system to deal with it, is just as misleading and dangerous as to deny the existence of human-induced global warming.” In other words, green capitalism is not a solution. Human-induced global warming is a scientifically demonstrable, existential threat that can’t be successfully addressed within any capitalist framework.Read More »

Ballad of People

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Countercurrents.org | May 17, 2017

naxalbari

In the base of Himalayas, one day,
Where splendid tea gardens lay,
Migrant labourers, workers and peasantry
Repulsed landlords in the village of Naxalbari

The Mundas and Santhals united
Mass protests ensued
Women and children killed
In police firing in Naxalbari

But the struggle did not die
Despite rulers’ outcry
From Shingur to Niamgiri
Continued the legacy of Naxalbari

From a small village revolt
Capitalists felt the fury of thunderbolt
Pronounced the biggest threat to internal  security
The ideology inspired by Naxalbari

Fifty springs have passed
Number of people martyred
But, till democratic equality is not attained
Future torch – bearer is NaxalbariRead More »

Thirty Countries Push for Implementation of Paris Agreement

by Han Chen and Jake Schmidt

Natural Resources Defence Council | May 16, 2017

Countries at the Belt and Road Summit that Reaffirmed Commitment to Fully Implement the Paris Agreement

At the recent Belt and Road Summit hosted by China, thirty countries reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement and called on all countries to implement their commitments under the Agreement. At a time when the White House is attempting to backslide from the global effort to combat climate change, this statement demonstrates once again that a Trump effort to evade climate action would make the United States a global outcast.Read More »

Standoff in Venezuela

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | May 12, 2017

Venezuela has been rocked in recent weeks by almost daily protests and counter-protests, as right-wing opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro seek to bring down his government.
While the media portrays these events as a popular rebellion against an authoritarian government, supporters of the pro-poor Bolivarian revolution initiated by former president Hugo Chavez say the country is witnessing an escalation in what is an ongoing counter-revolutionary campaign seeking to restore Venezuela’s traditional elites in power and reverse the gains made by the poor majority under Chavez and Maduro.
Federico Fuentes interviewed Steve Ellner, a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and a retired professor at Venezuela’s Universidad de Oriente, to get his views on recent events.

When it comes to the current turmoil in Venezuela, the media have been unanimous in their version of events: the Maduro regime is on its last legs due to the overwhelming opposition it faces from the people, including among the poorest sectors that previously supported the government, and therefore its only recourse for survival is violent repression. How accurate is this media narrative?

It’s hardly a far-gone conclusion.

There is no better indication of the deceptiveness of the mainstream media’s narrative than the spatial nature of the anti-government protests in early 2014 known as the “guarimba” and again this year.Read More »

AFL-CIO Report: Santander bank exec looted Puerto Rico’s infrastructure fund

by CAROLYN BOBB

People’s World | May 16, 2017

AFL-CIO Report: Santander bank exec looted Puerto Rico’s infrastructure fund

A key question all Puerto Ricans must ask – should banks like Santander be held accountable for their role in Puerto Rico’s debt crisis? | hedgeclippers.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid rallies by community members in Puerto Rico and Boston outside Santander banks, the AFL-CIO released a new report detailing how former Santander executive Carlos M. Garcia diverted a $1 billion fund dedicated to essential water and sewer projects into a series of financial transactions that ultimately pushed the Government Development Bank (GDB) into insolvency.

According to the report, while Garcia looted the infrastructure fund to support the issuance of billions in GDB notes and sales tax-backed bonds (known by Spanish acronym COFINA), his former employer, Santander, made millions as an underwriter.Read More »