'Evo, I hope your exile is short': Roger Waters sends message of support to Bolivia's Morales (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Bolivian President Evo Morales was "ripped away from his people by greed," former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters said in a message of support to the exiled leader, ousted in a coup and forced to seek asylum in Mexico. | "Evo Morales, if you see this, more power to you. I hope your exile is short, your people need you. They need a leader like you," Waters said in the video posted online, adding that the socialist leader had done a "great job" as the country's first indigenous leader. | "You've pulled so many of your people out of poverty and gave them a sense of dignity," the rock 'n' roll legend said. | Y…
FAO: Hunger Rises in Latin America, Affects 42.5 Million People
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-13
Hunger in Latin America increased in 2018 and affected 42.5 million people, 6.5 percent of the region's population, where food insecurity also spread and where obesity continues to be a critical problem, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned this Tuesday. | RELATED: | Rural Colombia and Central America Facing Hunger and Poverty | The 42.5 million Latin Americans who suffered from hunger in 2018 signified an increase of 4.5 million over the 38 milli…
Under Pressure From Left, New Jersey Democrats Back Off Vote to Gut Minimum Wage Law
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-11-13
After passing a $15 minimum wage, Democrats are pushing a bill that would suspend scheduled wage increases based on changes in unemployment or retail sales.
Russia to cut dollar share in National Wealth Fund in favor of yuan & other currencies
rt.com | 2019-11-13
Russia wants to reduce the US dollar share in its National Wealth Fund, as it looks to invest in the Chinese yuan and other foreign currencies, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev has announced. | "I can say with certainty that the share of the US dollar will be smaller," the official told reporters on Wednesday. "Different currencies are being considered, all the reserve ones… including the yuan." | While the deputy minister did not elaborate on the exact amount of the dollar cut, he said that the National Wealth Fund's currency structure will be similar to that of the Russian central bank's reserves.
Time for a Billionaire Ban
Negin Owliaei | commondreams.org | 2019-11-13
Their enormous wealth offers them an outlandishly oversized role in our democracy. It's poisoning both our politics and our media. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donny_0.jpeg …
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 …
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.
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…