Day: August 14, 2019
Is it a prelude to color revolution in Hong Kong?
The following article was published in Countercurrents.org on August 13, 2019 under the title “Hong Kong airport resumes operations with over 200 flights still cancelled amidst violence”
The Hong Kong International Airport resumed operations on Tuesday, a day after all flights were cancelled due to violent acts by protesters.
Media reports said:
Despite resumption of activities of the HK international airport, still over 200 flights in and out of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have been cancelled on Tuesday.
Venezuelans Prepared to Defend their Bolivarian Revolution
by Farooque Chowdhury
Dissident Voice | August 13, 2019
People in Venezuela shall defend the Bolivarian Revolution. To defend the land, the people are prepared for battle. This is the promise by the people in the land the revolution is moving forward with its transforming process.
Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, said: Venezuela is “prepared for battle” if the US imposes quarantine. “We are all prepared for battle if anyone tries to impose a quarantine or blockade on Venezuela.”Read More »
Why Marx matters: capitalism and the Metabolic Rift
by Brian Champ
Socialist.ca | August 10, 2019
CO2 was identified as a prime driver of global warming in the 1950s and has been the subject of many international meetings over the past 30 years. Despite increasing calls to reduce carbon emissions, they continue to rise faster and faster.
This is part of a planetary crisis that includes; a high species extinction rate; chemical pollution of land, water and skies; ocean acidification; freshwater consumption; nitrogen and phosphorus pollution; and more. With such existential crises looming, why are governments and economic leaders not acting to stop the destruction of the life support systems of the earth? Read More »
The Mexican debt crisis and the World Bank
CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt) | July 22, 2019
In 2019, the World Bank (WB) and the IMF will be 75 years old. These two international financial institutions (IFI), founded in 1944, are dominated by the USA and a few allied major powers who work to generalize policies that run counter the interests of the world’s populations.
The WB and the IMF have systematically made loans to States as a means of influencing their policies. Foreign indebtedness has been and continues to be used as an instrument for subordinating the borrowers. Since their creation, the IMF and the WB have violated international pacts on human rights and have no qualms about supporting dictatorships.Read More »
Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown
teleSUR | August 13, 2019
Researchers, professors and students protest against measures that seek to privatize education.
Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered his ministry’s National Public Security Force (FSNP) to be stationed at the Ministries Square in Brasilia to crack down on student protests scheduled for Tuesday.
Macri defeated in primary elections in Argentina
by Tanya Wadhwa
People’s Dispatch | August 12, 2019
The primary elections, also known as the primary, open, simultaneous and mandatory (PASO), were held in Argentina on August 11. Alberto Fernández of the Frente de Todos -a coalition of the center-left parties- emerged as the winner of the election with 47.22% of the votes, defeating the current right-wing president Mauricio Macri with a margin of 15%. Macri of the Juntos por el Cambio (formerly known as Cambiemos) secured the second place with 32.36% of the votes.Read More »
U.S: Workers, allies lay groundwork for labor law reform fight
by Mark Gruenberg
People’s World | August 13, 2019
WASHINGTON – Workers and their allies are laying the groundwork for a long, costly and probably bloody – well, not literally – battle to achieve true labor law reform in the U.S.
Their vehicle is the PRO Act, the comprehensive labor law reform legislation which pro-worker lawmakers, acting in concert with the AFL-CIO Legislative Affairs Department and unions’ legislative directors, put together and introduced earlier this year.
‘A is for Activist’ introduces toddlers to people and ideas on the left
by Eric A. Gordon
People’s World | August 12, 2019
Imagine my surprise when I opened a 5.5-inch square children’s board book at the home of my niece and her husband and my grandnieces Naomi, 2, and Valerie, 1 week old, and found myself (along with at least one cat) on virtually every page! Activist—Environmentalist—Grassroots—LGBTQ—Radical—Unionist—and all the way down the alphabet to Z for Zapatista. (I guess I don’t personally qualify for that one, except in spirit.)Read More »