October Revolution in Russia: A Timeline Begins

With the following timeline Journal of People begins a series of timelines, reports, articles and other presentations on the occasion of the hundred years of the Great Proletarian Revolution in Russia in 1917.

 

January 1
Russian troops defend Riga against a German offensive on the Northern front.
On the Romanian front, known as the Central Front, troops retreat after a defeat.
The Caucasian front, known as the Southern Front, is relatively quiet.
Morale in the army is extremely low. The vast majority of soldiers do not believe in the goals of annexing more territory for Russia.
In 1916, 1.5 million soldiers deserted the czarist Russian army. Read More »

Eight Rich Men and Half of the World Population

A Journal of People report

Eight rich men own the same wealth as half the world’s population – more than 3 billion – possess, said an Oxfam report.
The international NGO Monday mentioned the wealth ratio in terms of 8 persons: half of the world population as a level of inequality which “threatens to pull our societies apart”. This has been said ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) opening in Davos.
A new report by Oxfam warns of growing and dangerous concentration of wealth.
Oxfam said:
The wealth of the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people is the equivalent to the combined net worth of six American businessmen, one from Spain and another from Mexico.Read More »

2 richest businessmen hold same wealth as 11 million Canadians: finds Oxfam report

A Journal of People report

The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, finds Oxfam’s newly released report.
The Oxfam report An Economy for the 99% said:
The wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians.
“This is not a report about the rich and the poor. It’s about the super-rich and the rest of us,” said Lauren Ravon, the director of policy and campaigns at Oxfam Canada.
Oxfam made its calculations about global wealth distribution based on the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Data book, and calculated the wealth of the world’s richest people using the annual billionaires list from Forbes Magazine, which was last published in March 2016.Read More »

Bourgeois Democracy Faces Threat From Within: Perceive Davos-Elites

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Countercurrents.org | 14 January, 2017

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Bourgeois democracy is facing threat from within. It’s the perception of the world elites.

The elites are going to gather in Davos, a snow covered village in Switzerland, in their annual moot – the World Economic Forum (WEF); and their annual flagship report – The Global Risks Report 2017 (GSR) – prepared on the basis of perception of hundreds of leading figures related to world economy, presents their assessment of the prevailing world condition. The report is a reflection of the risks, threats, trends the elites perceive.Read More »

Peace & War

A Frontier Editorial | Vol. 49, No.27, Jan 8 – 14, 2017

Nuclear disarmament campaigners have reasons to hail the First Committee of the UN General Assembly for adopting the landmark resolution on October 27, 2016 seeking complete ban on nuclear weapons. 123 member states of the UN voted in favour of the resolution, 38 voted against and 16 abstained. Four out of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the US, Russia, Britain and France—voted against the resolution while China abstained as did India and Pakistan. Tragically, Japan—the first victim of atom bomb—voted against the resolution, though the people of Japan these days are very much against nuclear energy, particularly after the Fukushima disaster, not to speak of nuclear weapons. Quite expectedly the survivors of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki greeted the UN resolution hoping that for the coming generations the world will be a better place for human beings. Both Israel and South Korea are store houses of American nuclear weapons but they abstained in voting. Those who opposed the resolution are in reality big merchants of death, they have big stakes in war industry. They need nuclear blackmailing, not a peaceful nuclear weapons free world, to keep their industry running.Read More »

Venezuelan Citizens, Armed Forces Join in Show of Strength

telesur | 16 January, 2017

PSUV Vice President, Diosdado Cabello, leads march through Caracas.

PSUV Vice President, Diosdado Cabello, leads march through Caracas. | Photo: teleSUR

After Barack Obama renewed the decree branding Venezuela a “national security threat” the day prior, Venezuela answered the outgoing U.S. president with a rally to “Defend the Homeland” on Saturday in a march that attracted the socialist faithful.

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Venezuela Foils ‘Right-Wing Coup Plot’, Arrests More Opposition Politicians

by RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM

Venezuelanalysis.com | 13 January, 2017

Interior minister Nestor Reverol announced the latest arrests Thursday. (@NestorReverol)

Interior minister Nestor Reverol announced the latest arrests Thursday. (@NestorReverol)

Venezuelan authorities arrested Thursday two opposition politicians and a general after allegedly plotting to destabilise the country.

Those arrested include the municipal councillors Jorge Luis Gonzalez Villasmil from Zulia state and Romer Angel Rubio Flores from Bolivar, along with the former general Raul Baduel. Both the councillors are from the right-wing party, Primero Justicia.

“A destabilising terrorist plan against our homeland by members of the extreme right-wing has been unveiled,” Interior Minister Nestor Reverol told state media.

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Science and economy, hand in hand

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Granma | 11 January, 2017

Patient receiving a Hepatitis B vaccination Photo: Ismael Francisco

Cuban science, an indisputable product of the Revolution and Fidel’s visionary thinking, today faces the challenge of more swiftly linking to the production of goods and services, based on obtaining high-tech and innovative results and always closing the research-manufacturing-marketing cycle.

This makes this sector, alongside innovation, an essential part of the project of the prosperous and sustainable socialist society that we hope to build. As Dr. Agustín Lage Dávila pointed out in an article published in Granma last October, the recovery of scientific activity and investment in such a vital sector, inevitably damaged by the Special Period and the blockade, is not a luxury, but a necessity. Development is impossible without inserting science in every sector of the economy, the director of the Center of Molecular Immunology emphasized.Read More »

EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams | 13 January, 2017

The same day EPA released assessments that show neonics’ harm to bees, it failed to mandate restrictions on their use, conservations groups said. (Photo: Keith McDuffee/flickr/cc)

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators.

One was its “Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.” It states that the “policy is not a regulation or an order and, therefore, does not legally compel changes to pesticide product registrations.”

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