Sanders Launches #OurFirstStand to Protect Healthcare From Trump Future

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Common Dreams | 10 January, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made healthcare a central tenet of his 2016 presidential campaign. (Photo: Scott P/flickr/cc)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to require wider congressional approval for any cuts to government healthcare services and Social Security.

Amendment 19 would require a three-fifths majority in the Senate to approve cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, a rule which Sanders says would help “prevent the Senate from breaking [President-elect] Donald Trump’s promise that ‘there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.'”

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Alleged Russian hacking of the US election: “We all remember the WMD fiasco”

A Journal of People report

About 15 years after the fabricated Saddam’s WMD story, the US mainstream press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment. This is all about the alleged Russian hacking of US presidential election.
Matt Taibi writes in Rolling Stone:
“This dramatic story puts the news media in a jackpot. Absent independent verification, reporters will have to rely upon the secret assessments of intelligence agencies to cover the story at all.
“Many reporters I know are quietly freaking out about having to go through that again. We all remember the WMD fiasco.
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For-profit private prison business is getting boost in the US

A Journal of People report

Immigration prosecutions now outnumber those for drug offenses in the US. Illegal immigration and deport millions has given the private-prison industry its biggest boost in years.
A January 10, 2017 datelined Bloomberg report said:
“In the hardscrabble desert hamlet of Milan, New Mexico, incarceration is the biggest game in town.
“Not far from Interstate 40, among fragrant sage and creosote bushes, stands a sprawling outpost of CoreCivic Inc., one of America’s biggest for-profit prison companies. The 1,200-bed facility, formerly a lockup for car thieves and drug dealers, is being transformed into a detention center for immigrants fleeing Mexico and Central America. It will be opening just as Donald Trump becomes president.
“Immigrants are a growth business for Milan and the U.S. prison-industrial complex. Trump’s pledge to clamp down on illegal immigration and deport millions has given the private-prison industry its biggest boost in years. Since the Republican was elected, CoreCivic stock has jumped 78 percent. Rival private-prison company Geo Group Inc., is up 53 percent.Read More »

Flint Residents Barred From Closed-Door Water Quality Meeting

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Common Dreams | 10 January, 2017

"My eyes are still burning. I can't breathe when I get out of the shower...we're still melting here," Flint resident Tony Palladeno said. (Photo: Flint Rising/ Facebook)
“My eyes are still burning. I can’t breathe when I get out of the shower…we’re still melting here,” Flint resident Tony Palladeno said. (Photo: Flint Rising/ Facebook)

Residents of Flint, Michigan who traveled to Chicago were barred from attending a private meeting Tuesday between Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials, who advocates say are rushing to declare the city’s water supply safe.

Outrage over the closed-door meeting prompted protests in Flint and Chicago, where residents held signs outside the Water Quality Summit asking for their detailed water quality report.

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8 Years and a 1000 Broken Promises: Obama and Guantanamo

telesur | 11 January, 2017

Detainees on arrival to Camp X-Ray, the holding facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The day was Jan. 22, 2009. Forty-eight hours had passed since the 44th President of the United States was sworn in. Barack Hussein Obama II, riding on the coattails of his presidential campaign, hurried to sign an executive order promising to end the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba within a year.

“This is me following through,” Obama declared from the White House.

The presidential campaign of the lawyer-turned-politician was replete with pledges about “hope” and “change” — and it seemed the charismatic leader would follow through on them. After all, his presidency began on the heels of his deeply unpopular predecessor, who was responsible for opening Guantanamo in the first place. It seemed that the days of waterboarding, anal sodomy and other torture tactics ordained by former President George W. Bush at the site would soon cease, thanks to Obama.Read More »

Brazil Youth Minister Wanted More Deadly Prison Riots

telesur | 11 January, 2017

Relatives attend the funeral of one of the inmates who died during a prison riot, at the cemetery of Taruma in Manaus.

Relatives attend the funeral of one of the inmates who died during a prison riot, at the cemetery of Taruma in Manaus. | Photo: Reuters

Brazil’s government faces one of its most difficult political moments of its short time in office following the death of close to 100 prisoners in a week and after one of its ministers welcomed the deaths, saying the country needed more deadly riots to control the country’s prison overpopulation.

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Commemorating Fidel: Few Scattered Thoughts on Future Socialism

by Anindya Sen

Frontier | 05 January, 2017

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz passed away at the age of 90 on November 25, 2016 in Santiago de Cuba. The world has lost one of the rare breed of incorrigibly optimistic leader, who pursued a dream of not only changing the world for the better but also has live through it. For last six decades, Cuba and Castro were almost interchangeable words to the world. His death most certainly has created a void in his own country, but perhaps more so in the socialist camp. Even after fall of Berlin wall, he didn’t give up the spirit of socialist internationalism and had always been the spearhead in all the struggles waged against imperialism in any and all corner of the globe in his lifetime.

However, voids are never left voids; it is filled almost by law of nature. But in order to fill them the posterity must be appreciative of the legacy of leaders like Castro. The lessons of his struggles, both political and personal, the creative motif that made him walk on thorny road life-long must be understood in proper perspective. They are perhaps the only silver-linings in the narcissistic, self-centered and self-destructive life around us, bequeathed by capitalism.

For more reasons than one Cuba, Che and Fidel are more in acquaintance among the people in India and particularly the eastern part of the country. Che is remembered and will be remembered for any foreseeable future as a leader of the youth, as an emblem of revolutionary romanticism, an ultimate protagonist of freedom and fearlessness, a hero who embraced all the earthly odds for fighting for justice and human dignity with effortless ease. The imagery built around his personality will continue to inspire many hapless, many frustrated lot back into the optimism of life. We will see many more generations of youth sporting t-shirts and caps with Che emblem.Read More »

Early childhood care and the “Educate Your Child” program

Granma | 11 January, 2017

The Educate Your Child program is one of the flagship programs of the Ministry of Education. Photo: Miguel Febles Hernández

On January 16, Cuba’s “Educate Your Child” program will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Sancti Spíritus has been chosen to host the central event to mark the occasion, which will take place on January 13 in the city of Trinidad.

According to María de los Ángeles Gallo Sánchez, director of Preschool Education at the Ministry of Education, the program aims to assist families in ensuring the integral development of their children at home, and create wider links with the community.

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Solidarity with Cuba in 2017 and beyond


Granma | 10 January, 2017

Kenia Serrano Puig, President of ICAP noted that over 25,000 visited Cuba as part of solidarity brigades in 2016. Photo: Juvenal Balán

A year of intense work is how Kenia Serrano Puig, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) described 2016, while speaking to the national press in Havana in honor of the institution’s 56th anniversary, and the lead up to the anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, on January 1.

Also a deputy to the National Assembly, Kenia highlighted the multiple expressions of gratitude sent from around the world, praising Fidel Castro’s contribution to the struggle for just causes, and noted that actions in solidarity with Cuba undertaken at the end of the year were dedicated to the 90th birthday of the Comandante en Jefe, who founded ICAP and promoted efforts to help other Third World nations.Read More »

Book fair in February


Granma | 06 January, 2017

Photo: Yander Zamora

This coming February 9, the 26th International Book Fair of Havana will be inaugurated at the city’s San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, with more than 700 new editions and four million copies on hand. The celebration of reading will continue in Havana through the 19th, and across the island through April 16, with events in all provinces.

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