Sanders Skewers Perry for Whitewashing Climate Crisis

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Common Dreams | 19 January, 2017

While the former Texas governor had a few chuckles, Sanders made clear that the climate crisis is no laughing matter. (Screenshot: CSPAN)
While the former Texas governor had a few chuckles, Sanders made clear that the climate crisis is no laughing matter. (Screenshot: CSPAN)

During his confirmation hearing on Thursday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry was able to laugh off having once called for abolishing the Department of Energy, which he is now poised to lead, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) refused to let him get away “sounding like a hung over frat boy,” as one observer put it, when speaking about the crisis of climate change.

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Women’s March Against Trump Turns Into Global Day of Action

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 19 January, 2017

Shepard Fairey’s “Defend Dignity” protest art, designed for the Women’s March and other inaugural weekend actions. (Image: Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant)

The Women’s March on Washington on January 21 has gone global, with over 600 “sister marches” planned in 57 countries that same day, as an international display of opposition to the far-right populism embodied by President-elect Donald Trump.

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Amid Protests, Trump Repeats Vow to ´Make America Great Again’

telesur | 20 January, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump at the Inauguration Ceremony

U.S. President Donald Trump at the Inauguration Ceremony | Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump, a former real estate mogul and reality television star, was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Amongst a litany of rhetorical promises to help American workers through protectionism and improve foreign relations to put “America first,” Trump reinforced his combative populism and claimed that the country’s forgotten “will never be ignored again.”

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Corporate Colonialism

Frontier comment

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.25, Dec 25 – 31, 2016

Old Colonialism is ‘gone’. No, it has just reappeared with vengeance, under the banner of corporate culture. It’s still the banner of a company. But it is a ‘multi-national’ company. It’s corporate colonialism now. The way British Colonialism is plundering Africa through their multi-nationals will soon make this ‘dark contiment’ even darker. In the forties and fifties it was somewhat easy to launch national liberation against white rule and exploitation. But the case is totally different today. Black rulers have made it difficult to raise the slogan of ‘national liberation’. It’s now the question of how to raise the same slogan against corporate power. Strangely, political forces on the left look totally directionless. Nor have they managed to formulate any concrete agenda to fight corporate menace so far. Living without corporates should be the only way out. No, all are trying to adjust with corporates and live with them. Read More »

Canada’s highest-paid CEOs make 193 times the average wage: finds study

A Journal of People report

Canada’s top-paid 100 CEOs make an average of $9.5 million a year, finds a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
The CCPA said:
The country’s 100 highest paid CEOs will have earned $48,636 by lunchtime on their first working day of the year – about what the average Canadian earns in a year.
The amount of money that the top-paid Canadian CEOs make works out to 193 times the average Canadian’s wage of $49,510.
“These extraordinarily high levels of compensation push people toward making decisions that will deliver a short-term benefit in a time period in which they’re able to take advantage of it, rather than making decisions that are in the long-term benefit of the corporation,” said economist Hugh Mackenzie, author of the study report.Read More »