US Donates Almost USD$1M to Pro-Venezuelan Opposition Think-Tank

by Rachael Boothroyd Rojas

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | December 13, 2017

In 2013, the Atlantic Council presented an “international distinguished leadership award” to then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. (Atlantic Council)
In 2013, the Atlantic Council presented an “international distinguished leadership award” to then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. (Atlantic Council)

Bogota, December 13 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – A small bureau at the US State Department donated almost $USD1 million dollars to the Atlantic Council think-tank in September to work with the Venezuelan opposition.

The USD$900,000 in taxpayers’ money was donated to the organisation as part of the US State Department’s “Peace Process Support Network” programme in order to “promote non-violent conflict resolution” in the South American country. Venezuela is currently suffering from an acute economic crisis and political impasse between the national leftist government and the opposition, though a third phase of official dialogue between the two began at the beginning of December.

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FACE OF AN ECONOMY: Poverty in Alabama, US

A Journal of People report

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A neighborhood with rundown homes on March 6, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Poverty in Alabama, US, is shocking. To the mainstream-believers, it seems strange also. But it is a fact from the capitalist state, one of the richest countries in the world.

A report in The Independent, US, said: The US state of Alabama has some of the worst conditions of poverty in the developed world, according to a visiting United Nations official.

The “UN shocked by level of poverty in Alabama: ‘We haven’t seen this in the first world’” headlined report by Andrew Buncombe from Birmingham, Alabama said:Read More »

U.S: Tell The FCC Not To End Net Neutrality!

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RobertReich.org | December 11, 2017

 

"It would give corporate executives free reign to slow down and censor news or websites that don’t match their political agenda" (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc)

“It would give corporate executives free reign to slow down and censor news or websites that don’t match their political agenda.” (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc)

The FCC is voting Thursday on whether to repeal the “Net Neutrality” rule adopted in 2015.

Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.

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70 U.S. Mayors Embrace Solar And Call For Strong Policies

Environment America| December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – 70 U.S. mayors, representing cities from sea to shining sea, are calling for solar energy to power their communities. A statement released today by Environment America includes mayors from cities ranging from South Miami, Fla., to Traverse City, Mich., who agree on the need to tap into clean energy from the sun.

“There is no downside to solar energy,” said Naples, Fla., Mayor Bill Barnett. “It’s a win-win for all involved.”Read More »

US: GOP’s tax plan is igniting a movement for a moral economy

by SARAH ANDERSON

People’s World | December 08, 2017

GOP’s tax plan is igniting a movement for a moral economy

Rev. William Barber II, with the “Poor People’s Campaign,” speaks to the group after they prayed inside of the Capitol Rotunda in protest of the GOP tax overhaul, Dec. 4, in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin / AP

If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018.

The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards. Why? Because Republican lawmakers are determined to prevent ordinary workers from pocketing a $25 or $50 gift card without reporting it as taxable income.Read More »

Why Making American Corporations More Competitive Doesn’t Help Most Americans

by ROBERT B. REICH

Robert Reich | December 07, 2017

Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says.

Our competitive edge? Who’s us?

Most American corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts – have no particular allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders. Read More »

US: Livestock Antibiotic Sales Finally Start Declining After Years on Rise

Decrease Follows Progress in the Chicken Industry, But Little Improvement Seen for Beef and Pork.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) | December 07, 2017

WASHINGTON – For the first time in many years, sales of antibiotics important to human medicine for use in the livestock industry have dropped — down 14 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to new data released today by the FDA.

This news follows a series of food industry commitments to reduce antibiotic use in chicken production in recent years. NRDC estimates that approximately 50 percent of the chicken industry has now made some level of commitment to curb unnecessary antibiotics used in their production.

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Let Us Be Rid Of US Hegemony

A  Morning Star Editorial | December 04, 2017

GATHERING to debate, celebrate, criticise, fundraise for and show solidarity with progressive movements across the world has long been a feature of labour movement life in Britain.

But, as several speakers noted from the platform at the weekend’s fantastic Latin America Conference 2017, it’s a newer experience as we salute the achievements of international socialism to feel it may be within reach in our country as well.

To have in Britain “a government that will fight to uphold the principles of solidarity and justice around the world,” as Unite’s Andrew Murray put it on Saturday, would mean a serious upset to the US-led global order.Read More »

The first ten years of U.S. economic attacks on Cuba

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The newspaper Revolución announces the cancellation of Cuba’s U.S. sugar quota and negotiations underway with the USSR. Photo: Archive

The rulers of the United States have a long history of experience in this arena. During WWI, in 1917, the first legal document on economic war was approved by Congress, the Trading with the Enemy Act, which outlined a renovated strategy of financial maneuvers: the creating of difficulties for adversaries in access to banking services and credit; the freezing of funds; prohibitions on sales and purchases, including those involving the acquisition of products produced with U.S. components or raw materials in third countries; as well as coercive measures against ships and crews involved in trade with the sanctioned country, among other tactics.Read More »

This week in history: Americans United for Separation of Church and State founded

People’s World | November 20, 2017

This week in history: Americans United for Separation of Church and State founded

Stonewall protest in New York City, February 4, 2017 / Jeffrey Bary

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was established 70 years ago by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders. Its Manifesto was issued on November 20, 1947, which is considered the official founding date. President Harry S Truman was in the White House, and the Cold War and anti-Communist blacklist were revving up.Read More »