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Who paid for the leave vote? Brexit should be halted until we know

Wed, 28/06/2017 - 07:28

By George Monbiot for The Guardian There are huge questions about funding, involving the DUP and others. A public inquiry is needed Should the EU referendum result be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would mean defying a democratic decision – even if it was informed by lies. Democracy is not […]

George Monbiot

The Supreme Court Partially Unblocks Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 22:55

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali The Supreme Court Monday (June 25) allowed parts of President Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall. The apex Court ruled that despite rulings in two different federal courts – that the ban should be put on hold while […]

Countercurrents

U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Military-Heavy Trump Budget

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 12:56

By David Swanson The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing the military-heavy Trump budget proposal, urging Congress to move funding out of the military and into human and environmental needs rather than the reverse. The three resolutions are numbers 59 and 60 found on this page http://legacy.usmayors.org/resolutions/85th_Conference/proposedcommittee.asp?committee=Metro Economies and number […]

David Swanson

‘Another world is possible’: Corbyn headlines Glastonbury stage with message of unity

Sun, 25/06/2017 - 13:08

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used his spot on the Glastonbury festival’s main Pyramid Stage to hit out at “elites” that doubted his party’s election campaign, and reminded supporters of their power to affect change in the UK. Fresh from an election in which Labour unexpectedly gained seats, Corbyn addressed thousands of festival goers at Worthy […]

RT

Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us

Sun, 25/06/2017 - 01:13

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan President Donald Trump’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, edges closer to reality, as the Senate releases its secretly written version of the House’s American Health Care Act—the very bill that Trump first championed, then recently reportedly called “mean.” The Republican majority in the Senate is […]

Democracy Now!

You’ll Never Guess What Losing Democrats All Have in Common

Fri, 23/06/2017 - 16:27

By David Swanson It was curious to observe how much of Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign to rebuild the Labour Party was about foreign policy. Wars, he said, make us less safe, not more. Agreeing with him were: the obvious facts of the matter, voters in opinion polls, and apparently voters in their votes. Also largely […]

David Swanson

Asia-Pacific: Farming Rice and Fish Together to Reduce Poverty

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 23:00

Rice is a major food commodity and staple food for many, and adding fish to flooded rice paddies has been a farming tradition practiced in a number of Asian countries for many centuries—even for more than 1000 years in some Chinese areas, the United Nations reports. With the adoption of innovative technologies and a wider […]

Inter Press Service

We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 22:46

By David Korten Four days after President Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the Global Footprint Network (GFN) reported that Earth Overshoot Day 2017 will fall on August 2. Most Americans likely have no idea what that means. The basic point is quite simple: From January 1 to August 2, the world’s 7.5 […]

Countercurrents

Nobody Wants Trump in Office More Than Democrats

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 21:37

By David Swanson Ordinary people who identify themselves as Democrats have a variety of mostly noble intentions and desires. Elected Democrats in Washington, D.C., are another matter entirely. When voters gave them majorities in Congress in 2006, telling exit pollsters that the top reason was to end the war on Iraq, Rahm Emanuel openly told […]

David Swanson

Macron: absolute majority in France with 60% abstention

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 07:50

The second round of the French legislative elections seemed like a given. Everything indicated that Emmanuel Macron, the new president would obtain the backing of an overwhelming majority in parliament. 361 deputies out of 577 gives him a very large majority, although less than predicted. This consolidates the neoliberal and reformist dimension of the leader […]

Mariano Quiroga

The US and its Climate Change Problem.

Fri, 16/06/2017 - 22:52

By David Andersson A week ago, US President Donald Trump announced his unsurprising decision to remove the US  from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Most of the media ascribed the decision to Trump’s misunderstanding of the issue. Very few members of the press were ready to engage in a real discussion on future strategies […]

David Andersson

Don’t Blame the Left for Violence in America

Fri, 16/06/2017 - 22:12

Republicans–and quite a few Democrats–are trying to exploit the mass shooting in Alexandria to demonize left-wing expressions of discontent toward the system. By Danny Katch TWO CONTRADICTORY messages emerged following Wednesday’s mass shooting in Alexandria, Virginia: One, the left and right need to come together in the spirit of bipartisanship. And two, this is all […]

Pressenza New York

With Grenfell Tower, we’ve seen what ‘ripping up red tape’ really looks like

Fri, 16/06/2017 - 06:35

by George Monbiot for The Guardian Too often safety has been sacrificed to an agenda of deregulation backed by lobbyists: it’s time to put the public interest above corner-cutting and greed For years successive governments have built what they call a bonfire of regulations. They have argued that “red tape” impedes our freedom and damages productivity. […]

George Monbiot

UK doctor denounces Health Secretary, accuses him of incompetence

Thu, 15/06/2017 - 09:17

In the recent UK general election, the Minister for Health, Jeremy Hunt, was opposed in his constituency by a doctor standing for the National Health Action Party.  Dr Louise Irvine, sadly lost the vote by a over 20,000 votes yet did herself receive 12,000 votes in her campaign. In his acceptance speech, Hunt accused Irvine of […]

Pressenza Budapest

Corbyn Teaches To Embrace Change We Need

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 23:26

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The shocking election result in the United Kingdom – the Conservatives losing their majority and the creation of a hung Parliament; and Jeremy Corbyn being more successful than any recent Labor candidate – cutting a 20 point Theresa May lead down to a near tie – gives hope to […]

Countercurrents

The election’s biggest losers? Not the Tories but the media, who missed the story

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 17:24

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Trapped in their hall of mirrors the broadcasters and press wrote off Jeremy Corbyn. They have to change and reflect the world they report on. The election was a crushing defeat – but not for either of the major parties. The faction that now retreats in utter disarray wasn’t […]

George Monbiot

Dear Young People Who Laugh at Climate Deniers

Mon, 12/06/2017 - 00:12

By David Swanson Laughter is a wonderful thing. It’s hard to get too much of it. But there may be something even more valuable — something that you may be better able to grasp than some of your elders. When you’re able to see a failure in others, it can be an opportunity to spot […]

David Swanson

James Comey’s Testimony

Sun, 11/06/2017 - 23:26

By Dr Binoy Kampmark “A man hears what he wants to hear And disregards the rest.” Simon and Garfunkel, “The Boxer” (1970) No one could say that Donald Trump has not made politics interesting.  In so doing, he may well have distorted it, mangling its practice with ingredients of corrupting alt-reality. That same process has […]

Countercurrents

The Centrality of the Meek of the World: Reflections on a Speech by Former President Lula

Sun, 11/06/2017 - 23:18

By Leonardo Boff This reflection is motivated by the speech of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the closing of the opening ceremonies of the 6th National Gathering of Brazil’s Worker’s Party, PT,(from the Portuguese, Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) on June 1, 2017, in Brazilia. I make this reflection as an observer interested […]

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Sanders: Corbyn surge in UK shows world rising up against austerity, inequality

Sun, 11/06/2017 - 08:44

“People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%,” Sanders said by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams Responding to the results of the U.K. election, which commentators have already deemed a “political upset” for the ages and a stunning backfire for Prime Minister […]

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