Canada's identity crisis: Wokeness clashes with WWI remembrance in Don Cherry scandal
rt.com | 2019-11-12
Calling out immigrants who do not wear a poppy in memory of WWI veterans got legendary Canadian sportscaster Don Cherry fired and further polarized the nation struggling to reconcile "woke" values with its history and tradition. | Red poppy badges are a must-have accessory around Remembrance Day — November 11 — across the British Commonwealth, symbolizing the armistice that ended the First World War. When Cherry — the octogenarian sports commentator and former hockey coach — called out immigrants who refused to wear the badge, however, he was fired from Sportsnet and accused of being xenoph…
Social inequality in Early Bronze Age Europe
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Genetic and archaeological data indicate that social stratification in Europe during the third and second millennium BC was more complex than previously thought, and may indicate the origins of later, slave-based ancient societies.
Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism!
wsws.org | 2019-11-12
Pani Wijesiriwardena is standing on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka on a revolutionary socialist and internationalist program, against imperialist war, social inequality and authoritarian rule.
SPLC Response to Union Petition
splcenter.org | 2019-11-12
On November 7, 2019, the Southern Poverty Law Center received a notice from the National Labor Relations Board that the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild seeks to represent certain employees through the formation of a union.
Qatar: Education as a Weapon
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-09
There seems to be no limit to Qataris tossing around their wealth. This tiny kingdom with 2.6 million inhabitants is full of ridiculously lavish gold-plated palaces, most of them built with terrible taste. It is overflowing with Lamborghini racing cars and Rolls Royce limousines, and now, even with ludicrously wasteful air-conditioned sidewalks (cold air blows …
Bank Report Reveals Where Ruling Class Lives
Gary Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-08
While clearly not intended as a tool for the subversion of capitalism, the 2019 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report provides a fascinating glimpse at the inequality that the neoliberal era has produced, who has benefitted and those who have been left behind. According to the tenth edition of the report, recently released, "The bottom half …
What's Joker's Joke?
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-07
Cause how many times can you wake up in this comic book and plant flowers? — Rodriguez, "Cause" It's not funny, that's for sure. When I went to see Joker, the new Todd Philips' film, there were five other people in the theater in the liberal, up-scale tourist town populated by wealthy second-home owners, exiles …
Multi-Millionaire Nancy Pelosi warns "Fellow Leftists": Medicare for All is a Very Bad Idea
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-06
Pelosi's objections to progressive legislation like a wealth tax or Medicare for All are based not on pragmatic concerns about losing votes (quite the opposite appears to be true) but have more to do with her position as one of America's richest people.
Media Backs Billionaire President as Chileans Protest Privatization
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-04
Chile's right-wing President Sebastian Piñera recently declared war. He wasn't referring to a foreign government, but to his own people. He even ordered tanks and the military to the streets. | An estimated 20 protesters have been killed and over 500 injured. | Since October 14th, millions of Chileans have taken to the streets, rocking what is normally one of Latin America's most stable countries. | Chileans are in an uproar over rising taxes on public transportation, growing income inequality, and a broken pension system. | Many are demanding Piñera's resignation, even after he has tried to appease the protes…
Pushed Out, Attacked & Criminalized: San Francisco's Unhoused People Speak Out Amid Housing Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Amid skyrocketing housing prices and rising inequality, the number of unhoused people across California is booming. Homelessness in San Francisco has spiked at least 30% since 2017. In Oakland, it's grown by nearly 50%. As more people have been forced onto the streets, encampments have popped up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and in other city centers. But while advocates push for more affordable housing solutions, instead city governments have been cracking down on unhoused people with increasingly punitive measures that criminalize homelessness. In a special report, Democracy Now! traveled to San Francisco to…
The Urban Institute Report Did Not Score Medicare for All
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-10-16
The Urban Institute and The Commonwealth Fund put out a report today that provided cost estimates for 8 different health care reforms. One of those eight reforms, which is called "Single Payer Enhanced," describes a comprehensive, no-cost-sharing, national health plan similar to Medicare for All (M4A). However, the Urban plan uses hospital reimbursement rates that are 15 percent higher than the rates in the M4A legislation, meaning that its cost estimates are much…