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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 […]

Pressenza New York

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 […]

Pressenza London

It Would Be a Shame Not to Ask Comey These Questions About the FBI While He’s Under Oath

Sat, 10/06/2017 - 18:00

The punditocracy breathlessly focuses on the appearance of fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, declaring that not since Watergate has there been such must-watch testimony. The expectation, never explicitly declared but always hinted at, is that Comey will start a long, hot summer of damaging revelations that will lead […]

Amy Goodman

UK elections: Mrs May’s new embarrassing bedfellows

Sat, 10/06/2017 - 12:05

Having lost her majority the UK Prime Minister went out to clutch at some straws in order to attain “stability”. Who did she find? The DUP, the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. So, who are the DUP? openDemocracy The Democratic Unionist Party is the anti-abortion pro Brexit party of climate change deniers who don’t […]

Silvia Swinden

The Corbyn and team Revolution Part 2: UK hung Parliament

Fri, 09/06/2017 - 08:22

In spite of the Media onslaught, in spite of the back stabbing from his own Party, in spite of the crazy electoral system, Jeremy Corbyn continues going from strength to strength. He may not have won the election but he has started a process that shows to people there is no need to lose all […]

Silvia Swinden

UK: The Labour Party has regained its principles and offers hope to millions

Wed, 07/06/2017 - 18:25

By Graham Peebles 7 June 2017 for openDemocracy Vitality and the language of optimism wash through every section of the Labour Party manifesto. The policies articulated offer real hope and stand out as a chance for renewal and social justice. After 20-plus years of being lost in the muddy centre ground of British politics, the Labour […]

Pressenza London

Exceptionalist Trump America Exits From Paris Agreement & Launches Neoliberal War on Terra

Wed, 07/06/2017 - 00:13

By Dr Gideon Polya An exceptionalist Trump America has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Change Agreement and thereby launched a neoliberal War on the Planet (Terra). The US has 4.4% of the world’s population but contributes more to annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution than China (18.6% of world population). The Paris Agreement’s upper limit […]

Countercurrents

With bold ‘for the many’ platform, Corbyn rides Sanders-like wave in UK

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 19:12

In Wednesday night’s televised debate, Jeremy Corbyn accused his rivals of prioritizing the wealthiest over the vulnerable. by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s prospects are rising ahead of upcoming elections in the United Kingdom, as his insurgent campaign rides a wave of progressive populism similar to the one created […]

Pressenza London

Trump Uses London Attack as Excuse to Call for Muslim Travel Ban

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 14:24

President Trump launched a tweet storm this morning and over the weekend calling for the courts to allow him to impose his Muslim travel ban, which would prohibit all refugees and citizens of six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. On Saturday, Trump tweeted, “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need […]

Democracy Now!

Corbynize This Trumped Up World

Fri, 02/06/2017 - 21:03

By David Swanson Making Jeremy Corbyn the Prime Minister of the U.K. would do more for the world and everyone in it than either of the two available outcomes of any recent U.S. election could have done. Here in the U.S. I always protest that I am not against elections, I think we should have […]

David Swanson

What Corbyn’s debate victory tells us about bias in the British media

Thu, 01/06/2017 - 08:58

Des Freedman 30 May 2017 for openDemocracy What are the lessons to be learned from Corbyn’s performance on Monday night? [TV debate with all the leaders of the main Political Parties participating in the June 8th elections, except the Conservatives as Theresa May refused to appear and sent a member of her cabinet] Jeremy Corbyn […]

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