US and Turkey: The Balkanization of the Middle East

by James Petras

Dissident Voice | May 15, 2017

For the past 20 years Washington has aggressively pursued the age-old imperial strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia and East Africa. Frustrated at its inability to control national policy of various independent nation-states, Washington used direct and indirect military force to destroy the central governments in the targeted nations and create patchworks of tribal-ethno-mini-states amenable to imperial rule. Tens of millions of people have been uprooted and millions have died because of this imperial policy.Read More »

Thirty Countries Push for Implementation of Paris Agreement

by Han Chen and Jake Schmidt

Natural Resources Defence Council | May 16, 2017

Countries at the Belt and Road Summit that Reaffirmed Commitment to Fully Implement the Paris Agreement

At the recent Belt and Road Summit hosted by China, thirty countries reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement and called on all countries to implement their commitments under the Agreement. At a time when the White House is attempting to backslide from the global effort to combat climate change, this statement demonstrates once again that a Trump effort to evade climate action would make the United States a global outcast.Read More »

US: House passes bill that forces workers to work without pay

by MARK GRUENBERG

People’s World | May 11, 2017

House passes bill that forces workers to work without pay

HR 1180 legalizes a practice that employers like Walmart have been sanctioned for in the past. AP

WASHINGTON – By a 229-197 party-line vote, the House has approved a bill, HR 1180, that will give employers the power to decide whether or not they will pay for overtime work.

The Working Families Flexibility Act “is not good for working families at all. It changes our nearly 80-year system of overtime that discourages employers from overworking us,” Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers said in his blog.

Under the bill’s provisions, employers could force workers to accept compensation time rather than pay them for work done in excess of 40 hours.Read More »

Venezuela Government Accuses U.S. of Bankrolling Right-Wing Violence

 TelesurMay 11, 2017

A Venezuelan opposition protester wears a U.S. flag bandanna around his face.

A Venezuelan opposition protester wears a U.S. flag bandanna around his face. | Photo: Reuters

The Venezuelan government accused Washington Thursday of financially propping up violent opposition groups in the South American country, slamming U.S. officials for promoting an “unprecedented and systematic attempt” to intervene in Caracas’ affairs.

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Road to Trump’s Climate Change Hell Paved by Obama and Clinton

Gerald Horne, Robert Pollin and Paul Jay discuss the debate within the Trump White House on whether to leave the Paris climate accords or just undermine them; and how this relates to the fight within the Democratic Party

The Real News Network | May 08, 2017

Road to Trump's Climate Change Hell Paved by Obama and Clinton

PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Baltimore.

According to the New York Times, there’s a big debate going on within the Trump White House. A debate is on one side, led by Steve Bannon and his allies, pull out of the Paris Climate Accords altogether. And on the other side of this debate is, “Let’s not pull out, but let’s make sure we actually don’t do very much.” In other words, “Can we stay within the Paris Accords?” this side argues, and that includes Secretary of State Tillerson, we are told.

This side says, “Well, we can stay in it, but we actually don’t have to do very much. In fact we can lower our pledge, and we will still be within the legality of the agreement.” Which is all kind of odd anyway, because the agreement’s non-binding. But one side argues, let’s keep the positioning looking not as bad, and the other side says let’s be honest and just get the heck out of it.Read More »

Swath of States Experiencing Hottest Year to Date

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Climate Central | May 8th, 2017

For a swath of states from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record through April. For the Lower 48 as a whole, the year is the second warmest in records going back to 1895.

State temperature ranks for January through April 2017. Red states were record warm for the year to date.  Credit: NOAA

Several states in the mid-Atlantic had their hottest April on record and a few Southeastern states were near-record warm, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday.Read More »

Trump Advisor and Venezuela’s Pro-US Opposition Leader Meet

teleSUR | May 06, 2017

U.S. Army officer and White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster (left) met with Venezuelan National Assembly President Julio Borges (right).

U.S. Army officer and White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster (left) met with Venezuelan National Assembly President Julio Borges (right). | Photo: Reuters/teleSUR

Washington continues to ramp up its “regime change” measures versus the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster met with the head of the South American country’s opposition-led National Assembly, Julio Borges. The two decided that the ongoing political crisis, which has been exacerbated by a U.S.-led economic war against the socialist nation, should be brought to a quick and peaceful conclusion, the White House said.

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What’s driving abnormal profit margins? Monopoly

Corporate Profits

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MR Online | May 02, 2017

GMO‘s Jeremy Grantham is worried about the perseverance of abnormally high corporate profit margins in the US. The phenomenon is amongst other things upsetting the standard notion that profits are mean reverting to historic averages. But as the following chart from GMO’s latest quarterly letter shows this just isn’t happening:

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The Promises and Limitations of Radical Local Politics

Workers at Whirlpool

An Interview with Steve Early and Mike Parker

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MR Online | May 03, 2017

Steve Early (hereinafter SE) has worked as a labor journalist, lawyer, organizer, or union representative since 1972. For 27 years, Early was a Boston-based national staff member of the Communications Workers of America. He has published many books and articles about labor-related issues. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Progressive, and many other newspapers and magazines. His most recent book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of An American City (Beacon Press), describes the building of a what is very likely the most successful progressive political organization, The Richmond Progressive Alliance, in the United States, in Richmond, California, a blue collar city long dominated by Chevron Corp.

Mike Parker (hereinafter MP) is a leader of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. He was its candidate for Mayor in 2014, dropping out for another candidate as part of a coalition to defeat Chevron’s multi-million dollar attempt to take the city council. He then became the campaign coordinator for the successful Team Richmond campaign. Before moving to Richmond, Mike worked in the auto industry in Detroit as an electrician and trainer in new technology. He is on the Labor Notes Policy Committee and has coauthored (with Martha Gruelle) Democracy is Power, and (with Jane Slaughter) Working Smart: A Union Guide to Participation Programs and Reengineering, both published by Labor Notes.

This interview was conducted by Michael D. Yates (hereinafter MY) by email.

MY: Steve, after a long and admirable career in the labor movement, you moved from the east coast to Richmond, California. Why Richmond?

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Blacklisted: The Fight for Freedom of Expression on Campus

 John Bellamy Foster

by Morgan Krakow

Ethos | April 17, 2017

From floor to ceiling, John Bellamy Foster’s walls are lined with books. The sociology professor’s library of society, philosophy, and environment reading is extensive, passed down and collected over decades. Foster has taught at the University of Oregon since 1985, and until recently, has maintained a fairly private life. However, in December 2016, his name was added to a list of perceived radical professors by the national conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA, which has a University of Oregon chapter.Read More »