US intel report on Russian hacking: Be skeptical, says Glenn Greenwald

A Journal of People report

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said Sunday that the recently released intelligence report on Russian hacking contained no “convincing evidence,” and urged journalists to be skeptical of US intelligence claims.
It was reported in a CNN report. CNN carried the report with the following heading: “Glenn Greenwald urges press to be skeptical of intel report”. The January 8, 2017 datelined CNN report is by Alexandra King.
The report said:
“CNN’s Brian Stelter asked him to lay out his case, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter made reference to “critical lessons” the press should learn from the past when it comes to trusting government information.”Read More »

Revelatory Eyewitness Account Of Post-1917 Russia

By Alan Lloyd

Morning Star | 09 January, 2017

Lenin’s Moscow by Alfred Rosmer (Haymarket Books, £16.99)

WRITTEN by French revolutionary syndicalist Alfred Rosmer, this is a fascinating first-hand account of the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution.

Rosmer became a communist after the success of the Bolsheviks and was on the executive of the Communist International and the political bureau of the French Communist Party.

He spent much of the years from 1920 to 1924 in Soviet Russia, where he helped found and develop the Red International of Labour Unions.

Invited by Lenin, Rosmer’s journey to Russia was a feat of endurance which, due to the upheavals, chaos and poverty resulting from the war, took six weeks.Read More »

South Africa: Zuma Acknowledges ANC Mistakes

Morning Star | 09 January, 2017

SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma admitted at yesterday’s African National Congress 105th anniversary celebration that the ruling party has made mistakes.

He insisted that the ANC was determined to root out the corruption destroying the country’s democracy.

“When leaders and members of the ANC are corrupt and steal, they are betraying the values of the ANC, the people and our country. We will not allow this,” the president declared.

He added that supporters had told the ANC that leaders come across as too busy fighting one another and do not pay sufficient attention to the people’s needs.Read More »

Urban Agriculture and the Production of Plenty for the Many

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Ethic Reviews Being Rushed for Trump’s Rich, Racist Cabinet

telesur | 09 January, 2017

Days before their confirmation hearings begin, many of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees remain unvetted by the Office of Government Ethics, leaving many possible conflicts of interest potentially unexplored.

For four days beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10, eight of Trump’s picks will face various senate committee hearings. Wednesday, Jan. 11, will be the fullest, with six major confirmation hearings scheduled. Trump also rescheduled a press conference for that day, and a ‘vote-o-rama’ has also been organized – where Senators vote endlessly on various amendments “with no apparent end,” according to Politico.Read More »

Bolivia’s 1st Autonomous Indigenous Govt To Take Local Office

telesur | 08 January, 2017

About 50 local Guarani state officials, national authorities and international representatives celebrated the first Autonomous Indigenous Government in Bolivia Sunday, which is about take power in the province of Charagua, in the eastern region of Santa Cruz.

“Today, autonomy has been officially consolidated,” said senior captain of North Charanga Ronald Andres Garaica during the ceremony.

“We are burying a traditional, discriminatory, excluding system where only a few families held political and economic power,” he added.Read More »

The Zapatistas Are Building The World We Ask For

by Ann Deslandes

telesur | 31 December, 2016Zapatista women arrive at an information session.

Zapatista women arrive at an information session. | Photo: Ann Deslandes

“If we had spent those 23 years exchanging gunshots,” says Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in an evening address to the many gathered for “The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity” encounter currently taking place in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, “would we have been able to build this?”

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Global real wage growth has decelerated, finds ILO

A Journal of People report

How are the global wage trends? How to raise the levels of pay for the millions of working poor around the world? How to ensure fair distribution? How to reduce excessive salary of a few? How to take away income inequalities? These are few of the questions the working people face constantly while they struggle for survival.

Payment of extremely high wages to a few individuals leads to a “pyramid” of highly unequally distributed wages. There are instances, where at the very top end of the curve, the top 0.1 per cent of individuals is paid €211 per hour while the enterprises in which they work pay on average €45 per hour. Some workers earn wages far below the average wages of the enterprises in which they work.Read More »

Absolute commitment

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Granma | 04 January, 2017

Jorge Quevedo Ocampo

HOLGUÍN.– Contingents of Cuban youth are re-editing the Caravan of Liberty’s route across Cuba from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, along the path Fidel and rebel troops took following the January 1, 1959, triumph of the Revolution. The group of 58 young revolutionaries covering the stretch within this province had received the traditional flag being carried across the country, earlier in the morning, from the Granma contingent, in the town of Cacocum.

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