2018-11-20: News Headlines

Geoff Dutton (2018-11-20). Why High Technology's Double-Edged Sword is So Hard to Swallow. counterpunch.org "If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble…We are going to continue to support the DOD and I think we should." ~ Amazon founder and DoD contractor Jeff Bezos at the WIRED25 summit The world's wealthiest individual went on to More

Robert Fantina (2018-11-20). How US Foreign Policy Creates Shithole Countries. mintpressnews.com A new collection of essays, edited by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, clearly shows that it is the U.S. that is largely responsible for the poverty and suffering in these very nations.

Dean Baker (2018-11-19). Will Progressives Ever Think About How We Structure Markets, Instead of Accepting them as Given? counterpunch.org The right would like us to believe that the inequality we see in the United States, and increasingly in other countries, is a natural outcome of market processes. Unfortunately, many on the left seem to largely share this view, with the proviso that they would like the government to alter market outcomes, either with tax More

Rev. William Alberts (2018-11-20). America Fiddles While California Burns. counterpunch.org President Trump ordered 5,600 American troops to the Mexican border to stop around 3,500 poverty- and violence- fleeing Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the worst wildfires in California's history were destroying homes, killing people and displacing thousands more. To motivate his base to vote in the midterm elections, Trump whipped

Gabriel Thompson (2018-11-17). As Toxic Smoke Blankets California, Who Has the Ability to Escape? thenation.com As Toxic Smoke Blankets California, Who Has the Ability to Escape?

stuart_m (2018-11-16). At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights. greenleft.org.au In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from anywhere else in the European Union (EU), where austerity policies still reign and the racist and xenophobic right is rising, writes Dick Nichols from Lisbon. | Over the past three years in Portugal, the minority Socialist Party (PS) government has been supported from outside by the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP) and the Ecologist Party-The Greens (PEV). | During that time wages and welfare payments have risen, privatisations have stopped, unemployment has halved to 6.3%, casual…

Kỳ-Nam Kwon Miller (2018-11-08). The Dems Have Taken Back the House, Now Here's What They Should Do. progressive.org 400 billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom 64% of Americans. Let's do something about that.

Joe Emersberger (2018-10-24). Will The IMF Censure Itself Over Its Wild Unemployment Estimates for Venezuela? zcomm.org The IMF says unemployment in Venezuela is at about 30% It claims it was 27% in 2017and that it will average 33% in this year. How wild are these claims? A group of anti-government academics whose surveys are often cited in the international press estimated unemployment to be 9% in 2017. Torino Capital's chief economist, Read more…

2018-11-20: Social Media Postees

Why High Technology's Double-Edged Sword is So Hard to Swallow
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
"If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble…We are going to continue to support the DOD and I think we should." ~ Amazon founder and DoD contractor Jeff Bezos at the WIRED25 summit The world's wealthiest individual went on to…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/20/why-high-tec…

America Fiddles While California Burns
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
President Trump ordered 5,600 American troops to the Mexican border to stop around 3,500 poverty- and violence- fleeing Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the worst wildfires in California's history were destroying homes, killing people and displacing thousands more. To motivate his base to vote in the midterm elections, Trump whipped…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/20/america-fidd…

How US Foreign Policy Creates Shithole Countries
Robert Fantina | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-20
A new collection of essays, edited by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, clearly shows that it is the U.S. that is largely responsible for the poverty and suffering in these very nations. | The post How US Foreign Policy Creates Shithole Countries appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/how-us-foreign-policy-…

Will Progressives Ever Think About How We Structure Markets, Instead of Accepting them as Given?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-19
The right would like us to believe that the inequality we see in the United States, and increasingly in other countries, is a natural outcome of market processes. Unfortunately, many on the left seem to largely share this view, with the proviso that they would like the government to alter market outcomes, either with tax…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/19/will-progres…

As Toxic Smoke Blankets California, Who Has the Ability to Escape?
Gabriel Thompson | thenation.com | 2018-11-17
As Toxic Smoke Blankets California, Who Has the Ability to Escape?
thenation.com/article/california-wildfir…

At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-16
In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from anywhere else in the European Union (EU), where austerity policies still reign and the racist and xenophobic right is rising, writes Dick Nichols from Lisbon. | Over the past three years in Portugal, the minority Socialist Party (PS) government has been supported from outside by the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP) and the Ecologist Party-The Greens (PEV). | During that time wages and welfare payments have risen, privatisations have stopped, unemployment has halved to 6.3%, casual…
greenleft.org.au/content/its-convention-portugals-left-bloc-gears-year-crucial-fights

The Dems Have Taken Back the House, Now Here's What They Should Do
Kỳ-Nam Kwon Miller | progressive.org | 2018-11-08
400 billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom 64% of Americans. Let's do something about that.
progressive.org/op-eds/dems-taken-back-t…

Will The IMF Censure Itself Over Its Wild Unemployment Estimates for Venezuela?
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2018-10-24
The IMF says unemployment in Venezuela is at about 30% It claims it was 27% in 2017and that it will average 33% in this year. How wild are these claims? A group of anti-government academics whose surveys are often cited in the international press estimated unemployment to be 9% in 2017. Torino Capital's chief economist, Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/will-the-imf-censure-it…