2019-10-06: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-10-06). Iraqi Government Teeters as Protest Death Toll Rises to 100, With 4,000 Wounded. commondreams.org Iraqi protesters during clashes amid a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on October 5, 2019. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/iraq_protests.jpg

RT (2019-10-05). Exile poor Americans next? Trump scorched over entry ban for migrants who can't afford health insurance. rt.com The White House has issued a proclamation demanding that migrants prove they can afford to pay for healthcare in the United States before they are allowed to enter the country, kicking off fierce debate among netizens. | Issued late on Friday, the new directive says immigrants must prove their ability to purchase health insurance within 30 days of entering the country, arguing the uninsured are passing on costs to US taxpayers and over-burdening the healthcare system. | An alien will financially burden the United States healthcare system unless the alien will be covered by approved health insurance… within 3…

Dean Baker (2019-10-05). Job growth remains slow in September, but unemployment rate falls to 3.5 percent. nationofchange.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 136,000 jobs in September, after adding 168,000 in August. The 157,000 average for the last three months is considerably slower than the 179,000 average for the last year, but this slowing is expected in a tight labor market. | The September job growth led to a 0.2 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate to 3.5 percent, a fifty-year low. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) rose 0.1 percentage point to 61.0 percent, a new high for the recovery that is 0.6 percentage points above the year-ago level. | The EPOPs for both prime-age (ages 2…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-10-05). Women of colour lead the fight against Amazon's 'poverty wages' and poor working conditions. thecanary.co On 3 October, over 50 night-shift workers walked out of an Amazon delivery station in Minnesota USA. The protest, predominantly led by East African women, demanded "respect" as well as better pay and conditions. | And while this protest lasted just two and a half hours, Amazon had to cancel their truck deliveries that night. I…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-04). In 2012 they sparked a movement; Chicago teachers may strike again. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—Poverty wages for teachers' aides, elementary school classrooms with 35 kids or more, no librarians in nine of every ten majority-minority schools, and no progress at the bargaining table. Put all this together and it's no wonder that delegates representing the Chicago Teachers Union, AFT Local 1, voted unanimously on Oct. 2 to call a …

Eve Ottenberg (2019-10-04). The Lies of Capitalism. counterpunch.org Neoliberals love to quote the World Bank's rosy statistics about capitalism lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. Unfortunately, those statistics are skewed and manipulated to the point of outright prevarication, as Seth Donnelly demonstrates in his new book, "The Lie of Global Prosperity." He quotes a breathless World Bank press release, "soon 90 percent More

Eds. (2019-10-04). Victims left behind in U.S. Agent Orange cleanup efforts. mronline.org Vietnamese victims have yet to receive compensation—and many live in desperate poverty. | Source

teleSUR (2019-10-04). Argentina: 'The Dead Don't Pay' Fernandez Ally Tells IMF. telesurenglish.net At an international event held in Washington DC On Friday Sergio Massa, a key ally of presidential front-runner Alberto Fernandez, warned that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should give Argentina time to revive economic growth to be able to pay off its debts. | RELATED: | Argentina's Poverty Hits 36% Amid Macri's Neoliberalism | "The re…

Staff (2019-10-04). Job Growth Remains Slow in September. truthout.org | | The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 136,000 jobs in September, after adding 168,000 in August. The 157,000 average for the last three months is considerably slower than the 179,000 average for the last year, but this slowing is expected in a tight labor market. | The September job growth led to a 0.2 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate to 3.5 percent, a fifty-year low. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) rose 0.1 percentage point to 61.0 percent, a new high for the recovery that is…

teleSUR, jg-EF (2019-10-04). U.S. Unemployment Falls Despite Trade Tensions. telesurenglish.net The United States unemployment rate fell to almost 3.5 percent in September, suggesting that its current economy could avoid a recession for now, despite trade tensions that are affecting the manufacturing industry and consumer fears. | RELATED: | Ex-Trump Officials Face Questioning Amid Impeachment Probe | However, the Labor's Department monthly employme…

Staff (2019-10-03). The Census Fails to Count 100 Million People as Living in Poverty. therealnews.com IPS Fellow Karen Dolan, who works with the Poor People's Campaign, brings the reality of the depth of poverty in our country to light with her new study.

Fight Back (2019-10-03). Young Lords remember martyrs and march for the future. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – A standing room only crowd filled the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church on September 29 to commemorate Reverend Bruce Johnson and Eugenia Johnson. The reverend and his wife Eugenia were remembered for supporting the Young Lords and their role in the struggle against poverty, war and oppression. They were savagely murdered in their own home 50 years ago, stabbed to death, during a U.S. government campaign of repression known as COINTELPRO or the Counterintelligence Program. | Ministers of the United Methodist Church, the Bishop of Chicago's Episcopal Church and leaders from the Presbyterian McCo…

Middle East Eye (2019-10-02). Iraq Protests: At Least 9 Dead After Police Open Fire on Crowds, Embassies Sealed Off. theantimedia.com At least nine killed as Iraqis take to streets again to protest corruption, unemployment and removal of popular military leader.

Janine Jackson (2019-09-30). 'Maybe It's Time We Broaden What We Mean by "Poor"' – CounterSpin interview with Shailly Gupta Barnes on defining and ending poverty. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed the Kairos Center's Shailly Gupta Barnes about defining and ending poverty for the September 27, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

CounterSpin (2019-09-27). Shailly Gupta Barnes, Frances Fox Piven on Defining and Ending Poverty. fair.org Media…

Eugene Puryear (2019-09-16). 50,000 autoworkers stand up to GM's greed in landmark strike. liberationnews.org One of the United States' wealthiest companies, in a profit-soaked industry, is still doing everything possible to reduce the living standards of their workers as their executives and major shareholders live high-off the hog. If workers win at GM it will be a blow against the power of corporations to exploit and oppress however they see fit.

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