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02.12.2020 - 05:00 [ Krystal Ball / Twitter ]

Don’t worry they will still find plenty of money for endless wars, tax cuts for rich people, and socialism for Wall Street.

02.12.2020 - 04:46 [ CNN ]

Don’t expect a second stimulus check this year. Here’s what Congress is talking about instead

Congress returns to Washington this week focused on passing a broader spending bill by December 11 to avert a partial government shutdown, though it’s possible that some relief programs could be added to such a broader spending bill.

24.11.2020 - 20:25 [ Robert Reich, Berkeley prof, frmr Sec of Labor / Twitter ]

Jeff Bezos net worth in 2009: $6,800,000,000 Jeff Bezos net worth in 2020: $183,800,000,000 Federal minimum wage in 2009: $7.25 Federal minimum wage in 2020: $7.25 If this doesn’t convince you our economy is rigged, I don’t know what will.

22.11.2020 - 14:02 [ Progressive International / Twitter ]

Guatemala’s government slashed $25 million from healthcare and education — just days after Hurricane Eta battered its poorest communities. The people are rising up. PI member @MSICG : “We demand a Constituent Assembly. This dictatorship has failed us.”

22.11.2020 - 13:02 [ New York Times ]

Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.

The demonstrations in Guatemala City, which also included peaceful marches in the central plaza, rocked a nation still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes and obliterated critical infrastructure.

19.11.2020 - 18:20 [ NPR.org ]

12 Million To Lose Jobless Benefits The Day After Christmas Unless Congress Acts

The day after Christmas, millions of Americans will lose their jobless benefits, according to a new study. And that could spell financial ruin for many people, like 44-year-old Todd Anderson in the small town of Mackinaw City, Mich.

19.11.2020 - 17:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson vows to make UK the ‚foremost naval power in Europe‘ with £24bn MOD budget boost as No10 is forced to insist extra cash is not an attempt to impress Joe Biden and defence minister admits he ‚doesn’t know‘ where money is coming from

However, there are major question marks over how the additional spending will be paid for while Downing Street has also been forced to deny that the new money for the military is simply an attempt to impress US President-elect Joe Biden.

There is growing speculation that some of the money could come from the foreign aid budget, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak due to set out the Government’s one-year Spending Review next week.

19.11.2020 - 17:52 [ ITV.com ]

UK to set up ‚RAF Space Command capable of launching first rocket‘

The UK is setting up „RAF Space Command“, a wing of the Armed Forces which will be capable of launching Britain’s first rocket as early as 2022, the prime minister has announced.

Boris Johnson said a military investment of £16.5 billion will also fund the development of Artificial Intelligence and a National Cyber Force aimed at targeting terrorism, organised crime and hostile state activity.

29.10.2020 - 03:09 [ teleSUR ]

Uruguay: Workers Hold a Large Mobilization Against Budget Cuts

The meme reads, „Amid Uruguay’s COVID-19 crisis: two-thirds of the budget cut has to do with health, education, and housing. The new budget reduces salaries and benefits, creates new positions for colonels and generals, and gives tax privileges to large companies and rural owners.“

27.10.2020 - 06:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

FIFTY Northern Tory MPs mount a lockdown revolt: Boris faces a ‚red wall‘ rebellion and demands for an ‚exit map‘ – as eight million people are plunged into toughest coronavirus restrictions with addition of Nottingham and Warrington to Tier 3

A letter to Boris Johnson from the Northern Research Group – a newly-launched alliance of Tory MPs led by ex-Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry – outlines the group’s demands, which include a tailored economic recovery plan for the north.

Mr Berry says that the virus could widen the North-South divide and ’send the North into reverse‘. His group is now calling for Mr Johnson to ‚level-up the North‘ – something the PM claimed he would do following sweeping Conservative gains in the region in the General Election.

27.10.2020 - 06:46 [ Bloomberg ]

Boris Johnson Hit by Lockdown Revolt From More Than 50 Tories

The MPs reminded Johnson of his promises to “level up” disadvantaged parts of the country, which helped persuade voters in former industrial heartlands last December to back his Tories instead of the opposition Labour Party many had supported for decades.

25.10.2020 - 08:50 [ @TeamTrump / Twitter ]

Playing NOW at the Trump rally in #NorthCarolina

25.10.2020 - 08:48 [ Newsweek ]

Trump Thanks Sanders After Showing Rally Clip of Democrat Accusing Biden of Cutting Social Security

„Joe Biden spent his entire time in the Senate—long, long days, hours, nights—working to cut your Social Security,“ Trump said during Friday’s rally. „You don’t know about that. To cut your Medicare. People don’t know about that. He denies it. He denied it last night.“

Trump then introduced the video which featured footage from a March Democratic Presidential debate between Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

24.10.2020 - 11:39 [ Financial Times ]

From peak city to ghost town: the urban centres hit hardest by Covid-19

FT research shows London and New York have suffered the most from the pandemic, but more substantial change lies ahead

24.10.2020 - 11:38 [ Washington Post ]

We can’t let Main Street become a ghost town

(09.10.2020)

Darkened storefronts adorned with “Closed” and “For Lease” signs have become common sights in both urban and rural areas.

Maryland is no exception. From my hometown in Takoma Park to the bucolic charm of Chestertown, many businesses have shuttered or are hanging on for dear life.

23.10.2020 - 13:03 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Kolumbien: Trotz Corona wieder große landesweite Demonstrationen

Während des siebenmonatigen Lockdowns wurden 164 Dekrete erlassen, die eine Steuersenkung für Großunternehmen und gleichzeitig Kürzungen im Gesundheits- und Sozialsystem vorsehen.

23.10.2020 - 04:28 [ Krystal Ball, co-host Rising @hilltvlive / Twitter ]

Joe didn’t answer the q on stimulus. He could easily pressure democrats to take the $1.8 trillion deal on the table and get people help NOW.

#Debates2020

23.10.2020 - 03:52 [ Jordan / Twitter ]

25 minutes into #Debates2020 , not one mention by moderator or candidates that the $600/week unemployment that was keeping the desperately unemployed afloat expired 3 months ago… Neither candidate asked or reveals plan about additional stimulus to avoid economic depression.

23.10.2020 - 02:16 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders Pressed On Opposition To White House Stimulus Offer

Sen. Bernie Sanders gives his thoughts on the latest stimulus negotiations and shares his concerns with the proposal being floated by the Trump Administration.

23.10.2020 - 02:07 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders: Democrats will pass ‚massive stimulus bill‘ if party flips the Senate

“If the Democrats gain control of the Senate, the first order of business will be a massive stimulus bill to protect desperate working people throughout this country,” Sanders said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

The remarks come as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin press on in their negotiations on COVID-19 aid. Pelosi has stuck to her position that a stimulus package must total at least $2.2 trillion, while the administration has inched up to $1.8 trillion.

16.10.2020 - 10:55 [ New York Times ]

8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up

After an ambitious expansion of the safety net in the spring saved millions of people from poverty, the aid is now largely exhausted and poverty has returned to levels higher than before the coronavirus crisis, two new studies have found.

The number of poor people has grown by eight million since May, according to researchers at Columbia University, after falling by four million at the pandemic’s start as a result of a $2 trillion emergency package known as the Cares Act.

15.10.2020 - 05:20 [ RealTimBlack / Twitter ]

Nancy Pelosi slams Wolf for the high crime of asking the most basic question Americans want to know: Why not take the 1.8 Trillion Dollars? You’d think she’d be prepared to answer this fair and obvious question without damn near having an aneurysm on live tv. #StimulusNow

15.10.2020 - 05:16 [ CNN ]

Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculously over-the-top response to questions about the coronavirus stimulus

Asked if she had spoken to President Donald Trump about the possibility of a coronavirus stimulus deal, Pelosi said she doesn’t „speak to the President.“ Pressed on why not — given the suffering of people in desperate need of a stimulus deal to keep their business open or pay their bills — Pelosi responded this way: „What makes me amused if it weren’t so sad, is how you all think that you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table.“
Uh, OK.

11.10.2020 - 02:40 [ theGuardian.com ]

PM ‘betraying his red wall voters’ over lockdown cash

Burnham told the Observer that by offering to pay only two-thirds of the wages of people hit by new closures – as opposed to the 80% which applied nationally under the original furlough scheme – ministers would be punishing people in the north in a way that was completely unacceptable.

Burnham said the Conservatives were betraying the people in so-called “red wall” seats who they had persuaded to vote Tory at the general election last December with pledges to “level up” the country.

09.10.2020 - 20:25 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

Finance Minister Israel Katz sharply criticized the government’s renewed lockdown policy to try and regain some control of the #coronavirus pandemic, arguing that „indiscriminate closure would drive millions of Israelis to hunger and despair‘

09.10.2020 - 20:00 [ Gothamist.com ]

Zoned Coronavirus Shutdown Of Parts Of Brooklyn And Queens Is Now In Effect. Here’s What We Know

The maps were drafted in consultation with health experts including former city health commissioner and Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Tom Frieden, Dr. Noam Ross of EcoHealth Alliance, and Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota.

08.10.2020 - 18:00 [ El Pais ]

Madrid High Court strikes down Health Ministry’s coronavirus restrictions

There was confusion on Thursday as to the immediate effects of the ruling, although it was confirmed that fines cannot now be levied on citizens who flout the perimetral confinement of 10 cities in the region, including the Spanish capital. The court ruling does not, however, have an effect on the other restrictions imposed, such as capacity limits for bars and restaurants, and early closing times for all establishments, as well as a limit of six people for meetings both in public and private.

08.10.2020 - 13:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Professors ‚Glum and Glummer‘ Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance should be banned from Covid press briefings, says leading lawyer who warns the Government has been ‚captured‘ by scientists

(03.10.2020)

Last month, Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick – dubbed Glum and Glummer by critics – held their own press conference, warning the infection rate could rise to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October.

08.10.2020 - 13:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris’s Red Wall revolt: Northerners rage at ‚dictator‘ PM for using them as a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ as it emerges 10 MILLION people in COVID hotspots will be plunged into ‚Tier Three‘ lockdown on Monday with pubs and restaurants SHUT

Conservative MPs and local leaders in the North have been venting fury about the government’s stance, with former minister Jake Berry accusing the premier of being ‚London-centric‘ and enjoying his sweeping emergency powers ‚a little bit too much‘.

Politicians in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield raged at ‚diktats announced without notice‘ and said ministers were treating the North like a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ while the South gets off lightly.

05.10.2020 - 22:19 [ Madrid No Frills ]

Selective confinement reawakens Vallekas’ ancient spirit of resistance

In contrast, in non-restricted areas, people are free to travel to different neighbourhoods and continue their regular activities. The selective confinement has left many people feeling disappointed and confused. “In the end, it’s a little absurd […] every day, people in the neighbourhood have to leave their neighbourhoods and take public transport to go to do their work in other neighbourhoods that are not confined,” explains Miguel, a local to Vallekas.

05.10.2020 - 22:15 [ Alexis Lahorra / Twitter ]

Honoured to have written an article for @madridnofrills about what’s been going on in Vallekas and in Madrid, Spain, during these past few weeks.

#Madrid #Spain #Vallecas #Vallekas

05.10.2020 - 20:55 [ New York Times ]

Cuomo Won’t Approve Closing of Businesses in 9 Hard-Hit N.Y.C. Areas

Indeed, the governor also announced that the state would take over supervision of enforcement of mask and social-distancing rules in the hot spot clusters, presumably putting the State Police in charge of New York City Police Department officers.

05.10.2020 - 20:49 [ JTA.org ]

New York governor moves to close yeshivas – and possibly synagogues

That deadline is a day earlier than Mayor Bill de Blasio had set — and equally irrelevant for the hundreds of Jewish schools in the areas, most of which are closed right now because of the Sukkot holiday.

Cuomo also announced that he would take over efforts to enforce social distancing and mask mandates in New York City areas with rising cases, many of which are home to significant Orthodox populations.

05.10.2020 - 20:38 [ Jewish Deplorable / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Cuomo sides with de Blasio’s plan to shut down schools in primarily Jewish areas, threatens to ban religious gatherings

05.10.2020 - 16:06 [ NPR.org ]

NYC To Close Businesses In Parts Of Brooklyn And Queens As Virus Takes Hold Again

After initially leading the nation in positive coronavirus tests, New York City was able to get the virus under control earlier this year through strong messaging on the importance of social distancing and the widespread closures of businesses. But in recent weeks, city officials and residents had been watching the numbers tick back up, particularly in Orthodox Jewish areas.

05.10.2020 - 15:56 [ CBS News ]

New York City looking to close some areas seeing coronavirus surge

Over the past two weeks, the number of new cases of the virus has been rising in pockets of the city, predominantly in neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that are home to the city’s large Orthodox Jewish population.

05.10.2020 - 15:38 [ Spiked ]

The revolt against lockdown

Meanwhile, protests have raged again in Madrid, following the imposition of localised measures on particular districts that protesters say are punishing the poor. Comments made by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of the Madrid region, suggesting ‘the way of life of immigrants’ was partly to blame for the rises in cases, have also sparked a fierce backlash.

A manifesto signed by various neighbourhood groups denounces the new measures as racist and classist, arguing that they single out the ‘individual behaviours’ of poorer residents for scorn when in all neighbourhoods rules are being broken.

03.10.2020 - 18:46 [ medicalxpress.com ]

‚Hi, this is the army‘: In Spain, troops tackle track-and-trace

At the headquarters of Spain’s armed forces in central Madrid is a room with a sign on the door reading „Epidemiological surveillance department“.

Inside, a team of around a dozen people, headsets on, are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, each making between 70 and 80 daily calls to identify those who’ve been in touch with someone who’s tested positive for COVID.

„I’m a contact tracer for the region of Madrid, I got your number from someone who has tested positive. Firstly, where are you right now?“ says one, using a phrase that will be repeated throughout the day.

03.10.2020 - 18:39 [ ABC News ]

Madrid starts partial virus lockdown amid political dispute

Spain’s national government ordered two weeks of new restrictions that started at 10 p.m. Friday (2000 GMT) despite reluctance from regional officials.

The measures prohibit all nonessential trips in and out of the capital and nine of its suburbs — affecting around 4.8 million people.

27.09.2020 - 18:49 [ Elke lopez reccio / Twitter ]

VALLEKAS SERÁ LA TUMBA DEL FASCISMO!

27.09.2020 - 18:44 [ Arganzuela 27 / Twitter ]

¡Vallekas puerto en guerra! ¡Madrid siempre antifascista!

27.09.2020 - 18:40 [ @xthetrinchox / Twitter ]

Madrid… Spain. The ghetto! They close some poor neighborhoods like Vallecas

25.09.2020 - 15:05 [ BBC ]

Blair to tackle ‚menace‘ children

(31. August 2006)

And one think tank suggested it was almost „genetic determinism“ to suggest children could turn out to be troublemakers before they were born.

Mr Blair told BBC News his government had made „massive progress“ in tackling social exclusion but there was a group of people with multiple problems.

There had to be intervention „pre-birth even“, he said.

Families with drug and alcohol problems were being identified too late, said Mr Blair.

25.09.2020 - 15:01 [ HuffingtonPost.co.uk ]

London Faces Local Lockdown After Being Placed On Coronavirus Watchlist

“Ministers simply have to get a grip. It’s vital that testing capacity is increased immediately in London and focused in the areas it is needed most.

25.09.2020 - 14:50 [ Reuters ]

Madrid authorities extends partial lockdown in the region

The regional government of the Spanish capital Madrid extended a partial lockdown from Monday to 45 health areas of the region, affecting more than one million people,

25.09.2020 - 14:47 [ journalpioneer.com ]

Spanish government wants partial Madrid city lockdown, local authorities differ

The Madrid region authorities have ordered a lockdown in 45 areas, mainly the poorest ones, where the contagion rate is above 1000 cases per 100,000 people.

20.09.2020 - 21:04 [ BBC ]

Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns

The curbs on movement and gatherings start on Monday and affect 850,000 people, many in areas of lower income and with higher immigrant populations.

20.09.2020 - 17:43 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis

The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign.

The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the lockdown and the closure of the national economy, with devastating economic and social consequences. The Virus is held responsible for poverty and mass unemployment.

Confirmed by prominent scientists as well as by official public health bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health “emergency” under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to trigger a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring. Social engineering is being applied. Governments are pressured into extending the lockdown, despite its devastating economic and social consequences.

There is no scientific basis for implementing the closing down of the global economy as a means to resolving a public health crisis.

Both the media and the governments are involved in spreading disinformation.

19.09.2020 - 10:30 [ Colin Todhunter / Global Research ]

Neoliberal Death Knell for Indian Agriculture

The proposed legislation will enable transnational agri-food corporations like Cargill and Walmart and home-grown billionaire capitalists like Gautam Adani and his agribusiness conglomerate and Mukesh Ambini and his Reliance retail chain to decide on what is to be cultivated, how much of it is to be cultivated within India and how it is to be produced and processed. From seed to field to plate, the corporate take-over of the food and agriculture chain will be complete.

17.09.2020 - 19:47 [ teleSUR ]

Ecuador: Police Crack Down on Workers, Students, Doctors

Hundreds of citizens joined the demonstration to reject budget cuts and layoffs of workers prompted by the policies recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which are being implemented by the right-wing administration to access a US$6.5 billion loan.

15.09.2020 - 18:50 [ The Guardian ]

Big in Japan: UK announces first major post-Brexit trade deal

Bilateral trade is currently conducted under the EU-Japan deal that came into effect last year, but that agreement will no longer apply to Britain from December 31.

13.09.2020 - 13:42 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Businesses Say Without Compensation They Would Defy Coronavirus Lockdown

Tomer Mor, who leads a union of restaurant owners, said many of its members will open their eateries regardless of the government’s decision. “The government will face strong opposition and disobedience by caterers and self-employed people fighting for their lives,” he said.

A protest by restaurant owners against a government decision in July to shut down their businesses with immediate effect succeeded in changing that decision, eventually undoing it altogether.

04.09.2020 - 15:32 [ Kyung Lah, Rob Kuznia / CNN ]

Laid off and now evicted amid Covid-19, a Houston father contemplates homelessness in a pandemic

Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a temporary halt in residential evictions until the end of the year, starting Friday. When it goes into effect, it will delay mass evictions but not solve the rental crisis, said Emily Benfer, a housing expert and co-creator of a Covid-19 housing policy scorecard with Princeton University’s Eviction Lab.
„The CDC order provides crucial temporary relief for renters, but it doesn’t end the eviction crisis,“ says Benfer. „Congress must bolster it with significant rental assistance for its purpose to be realized,“ she said.

04.09.2020 - 15:20 [ New York Times ]

America at Hunger’s Edge

Beginning in May, Brenda Ann Kenneally set out across the country, from New York to California, to capture the routines of Americans who struggle to feed their families, piecing together various forms of food assistance, community support and ingenuity to make it from one month to the next.

25.08.2020 - 05:44 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Why do establishment Democrats want to make politics about personal lives, culture wars, personality contests — everything *except* politics? This is why. It’s rational for them to do it:

19.08.2020 - 02:14 [ Bloomberg ]

One-Third of America’s Record Unemployment Payout Hasn’t Arrived

The Treasury disbursed $146 billion in unemployment benefits in the three months through May, according to data published Monday — more than in the whole of 2009, when jobless rates peaked after the financial crisis.But even that historic figure falls short of a total bill that should have reached about $214 billion for the period, according to Bloomberg calculations based on weekly unemployment filings and the average size of those claims.

18.08.2020 - 16:43 [ @jvgraz / Twitter ]

We believe you Michelle. Remember when we thought it couldn’t get worse after Bush and your husband proved us all wrong?

18.08.2020 - 07:58 [ United Steelworkers ]

What A Day: Rev. Dr. William Barber II adresses the USW (FULL)

(August 11, 2014)

Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivers a down right, electrifying, knockout and empowering speech to the delegates of the 2014 United Steelworkers Constitutional Convention.

18.08.2020 - 07:53 [ Repairers of the Breach / Youtube ]

Extremists Stole the Playbook of the Civil and Union Rights Movements

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaking at the United Steelworkers union convention, August 13, 2014.

17.08.2020 - 18:38 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

The U.S. Constitution gave Congress the power to establish the USPS, and for the survival of our democracy and everyone who depends on USPS for everything from paychecks to lifesaving medicines, we must use our power to protect it. #SaveTheUSPS

11.08.2020 - 09:10 [ Reuters ]

U.S. nuclear arsenal to cost $1.2 trillion over next 30 years: CBO

(October 31, 2017)

The CBO study reviewed the Obama’s Administration’s plans for modernization of the nuclear arsenal.

09.08.2020 - 17:52 [ WBUR.org ]

What Big Wins For Progressives Say About The Future Of The Democratic Party

(06.08.2020)

While the Biden wing of the Democratic party bets on centrism, progressives keep scoring wins. We take a look at a party marching in two directions toward November.

09.08.2020 - 17:39 [ Washington Post ]

The Daily 202: Clay’s defeat reflects leftward lurch and generational change inside Democratic Party

(05.08.2020)

Joe Biden, first elected to the Senate in 1972, is in many ways a throwback to a bygone era. He has described himself as a transitional figure who can help build the next generation of Democrats. Biden may be the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, but Clay’s defeat underscores the deeper sea change underway in the party’s activist ranks and foreshadows some of the potential governing challenges facing the former vice president should he win in November.

05.08.2020 - 18:29 [ LA Times ]

Once homeless, now poised for the House: Protest leader ousts veteran Missouri congressman

Bush’s primary win essentially guarantees her a seat in Congress representing the heavily Democratic St. Louis area. Missouri’s 1st Congressional District has been represented by Clay or his father for a half-century. Bill Clay served 32 years before retiring in 2000. William Lacy Clay, 64, was elected that year.

Clay didn’t face a serious challenger until Bush.

05.08.2020 - 18:26 [ Mother Jones ]

Black Lives Matter Activist Cori Bush Defeats Corporate-Backed Democratic Congress Member

In a stunning upset, Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush has defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. Bush, a minister and registered nurse, has been heavily involved in protests against police violence since the 2014 Ferguson protests

05.08.2020 - 17:45 [ CBS News ]

Over 25 million Americans at risk of losing health care as coronavirus pandemic rages: „It’s been real hard for me“

„We’re seeing an unprecedented loss in jobs, and what’s going to come along with that, is unfortunately the loss of health insurance as well,“ Kaiser Executive Vice President Larry Levitt told CBS News‘ Michelle Miller.

30.07.2020 - 03:04 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Western liberals‘ Covid myopia is condemning the world’s poorest

Lockdown has polarised British society; widening the gulf between the haves and have-nots, in a culture war yielding familiar tropes and characters. “Just stay at home, it’s not hard,” says the lawyer to the electrician. “Don’t sunbathe in the park!” cries Pandora from her Notting Hill townhouse. There is some truth in the caricature. But few have noted how the Pandora effect is also playing out on a monstrous global scale, inflicting unimaginable suffering.

16.07.2020 - 16:34 [ i24news.tv ]

Social workers continue Jerusalem protest over work and conditions

Israel’s social workers – currently involved in indefinite strike action – have attempted to block Jerusalem’s Light Rail as they continue to protest work and conditions.

Scores, if not hundreds, gathered on and around the tracks in downtown Jerusalem, preventing trains in both directions from leaving their stations.

15.07.2020 - 14:18 [ theHill.com ]

Battle brewing on coronavirus relief oversight

The three independent oversight panels set up by Congress in the bipartisan CARES Act almost four months ago have all encountered serious obstacles — sometimes because of resistance from the White House, other times due to drafting oversights in the authorizing legislation.

As a result, lawmakers and the public may not have a full understanding of how coronavirus relief aid is being spent until after the election. In the meantime, Congress and the White House are moving toward another pandemic bill that’s expected to carry a price tag of at least $1 trillion.

11.07.2020 - 18:04 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Are Victims of Their Own Government

The list of protesters is endless – an action committee for the performance and culture industry, the restaurateurs association, the nightlife and bars association, the student union, bus drivers, people working in the tourism industry, social workers, the self-employed, the unemployed. Young and old, employees and self-employed, women and men – all are calling for help, but no one is answering.

05.07.2020 - 10:29 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Obama advises Kanye West on 2020 White House run

(Oct 10, 2015)

The president spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco, where the hip hop artist will later perform. Mr. Obama has a few political nuggets to pass on for West’s 2020 bid for the presidency.

01.07.2020 - 17:56 [ CNBC ]

Nearly half the U.S. population is without a job, showing how far the labor recovery has to go

The employment-population ratio — the number of employed people as a percentage of the U.S. adult population — plunged to 52.8% in May, meaning 47.2% of Americans are jobless.

As the coronavirus-induced shutdown tore through the labor market, the share of population employed dropped sharply from a recent high of 61.2% in January, farther away from a post-war record of 64.7% in 2000.

16.06.2020 - 05:48 [ theHill,com ]

Workers can’t be fired for being gay or transgender, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in a landmark decision that gay and transgender employees are protected by civil rights laws against employer discrimination.

A set of cases that came before the court had asked the justices to decide whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of „sex,“ applies to gay and transgender people.

01.06.2020 - 19:46 [ Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist on the national security state / Twitter ]

The Democratic Party elite — especially those in the „national security“ elite — must be called to account for continuing their long-running endeavor of distracting Americans from the realities of this country by repeating this pathetically lame #Russia conspiracy claim.

26.05.2020 - 11:49 [ teleSUR ]

Ecuador: Protests Against New Neoliberal Measures Amid Lockdown

Unions, students, teachers, workers, and social organizations took to the streets in Quito as others followed from home in several cities Monday with a pot-banging protest.

13.05.2020 - 21:28 [ teleSUR ]

El Salvador: White Cloths to Protest Hunger

Bukele’s administration delivered a $300 (USD) worth of coupons as part of economic government help. Ilopango and Tonacatepeque residents affirmed they did not receive it.

13.05.2020 - 21:16 [ teleSUR ]

Poverty Forces Chileans to Cook in ‚the Common Pot‘

Chile’s economic crisis unleashed by President Sebastian Piñera’s neoliberal policies and exacerbated by the pandemic revived images that had not been seen in Chile since the time of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990).

11.05.2020 - 00:18 [ Common Dreams ]

Farmers Are Destroying Mountains of Food. Here’s What To Do About It

Crises tend to expose pre-existing societal malfunctions, and the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a bleak view into our political and economic soul. This March and April, even as an astounding 30 million Americans plunged into unemployment and food bank needs soared, farmers across the US destroyed heartbreaking amounts of food to stem mounting financial losses.

In scenes reminiscent of the Great Depression, dairy farmers dumped lakes of fresh cow’s milk (3.7m gallons a day in early April, now about 1.5 million per day), hog and chicken farmers aborted piglets and euthanized hens by the thousands, and crop growers plowed acres of vegetables into the ground as the nation’s brittle and anarchic food supply chain began to snap and crumble.

10.05.2020 - 16:23 [ the Hill ]

States build contact tracing armies to crush coronavirus

State governments are building armies of contact tracers in a new phase of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a fundamental practice in public health that can at once wrestle the virus under control and put hundreds of thousands of newly jobless people back to work.

California is already conducting contact tracing in 22 counties, and it eventually plans to field a force of 10,000 state employees, who will be given basic training by University of California health experts.

06.05.2020 - 15:10 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Rallies against the Far-Right Gov’t Follow May Day Events Nationwide

Thousands of workers, unemployed, self-employed and small business owners took part in demonstrations throughout the country Saturday night, May 2, against the economic and social policy of the far-right government, while demanding support in the wake of the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday night, rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Eilat, Kiryat Shmone and Kufr Qassim, with demonstrators condemning as woefully inadequate the government’s limited economic support by means of unemployment stipends and grants.

06.05.2020 - 14:20 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: Will McConnell’s corporatist bailouts lose him re-election?

Krystal Ball discusses Mitch McConnell’s priority to confirm as many conservative judges as he can, as the Senator slows coronavirus relief funds to small businesses.

06.05.2020 - 13:35 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus ]

Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill to Cancel All Rent and Mortgage Payments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) unveiled the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, a bill to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would constitute a full payment forgiveness, with no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners and no negative impact on their credit rating or rental history. The legislation will establish a relief fund for landlords and mortgage holders to cover losses from the cancelled payments and create an optional fund to fully finance the purchase of private rental properties by non-profits, public housing authorities, cooperatives, community land trusts, and states or local governments—in order to increase the availability of affordable housing during this downturn.

06.05.2020 - 13:33 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

And I hear @IlhanMN has a bill to do just that! It’s an opportunity for Congress to help working people in an ambitious and meaningful way.

Revelatory, I know:

06.05.2020 - 13:30 [ Ayanna Pressley, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

It’s absolutely time to #CancelRent

06.05.2020 - 13:16 [ the Hill ]

Battle brewing over how to get more relief money to Americans

Reducing payroll taxes is an idea championed by conservatives with connections to the president. They argue that it could be a way to encourage people to work …

03.05.2020 - 10:02 [ CBS News ]

„I’m starving now“: World faces unprecedented hunger crisis amid coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has left the world facing an unprecedented hunger crisis. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation – double last year’s figures.

„In a worst-case scenario, we could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries,“ warned WFP director David Beasley. He said the world could face multiple famines „of biblical proportions within a few short months.“

02.05.2020 - 11:52 [ CBS News ]

Nearly 4 million homeowners are no longer paying their mortgages

Nearly 4 million people, or just over 7% of mortgage holders, have sought relief on their home loans as of April 30, according to housing data provider Black Knight. That’s up sharply from the beginning of March, when fewer than 150,000 mortgages were in forbearance.

The number is only expected to grow, with May payments due soon and with the nation’s unemployment rate expected to reach 15% to 20%.

01.05.2020 - 09:49 [ CBS News ]

30 million people have lost their jobs in just 6 weeks

Another 3.8 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week, bringing the total number of Americans who have sought jobless aid since March to at least 30 million. All told, the layoffs amount to the fastest loss of jobs on record.

29.04.2020 - 19:14 [ CherryMedia CCTV / Youtube ]

Comedian Vic DiBitetto goes on an epic rant over government checks and mortgage payments

(23.04.2020)

The four-and-a-half minute rant has received over 1,600,000 views on YouTube, 158,000 likes on Reddit,

29.04.2020 - 18:59 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Rep. @AOC : „Here’s the path to canceling rent — we’re going to lay it out right here. WATCH: @RepAOC lays out a method by which rent and mortgages can be suspended to help both renters and mom and pop landlords.

29.04.2020 - 18:58 [ MPRNews.org ]

3.4M homeowners skip payments; many are scared, say Congress needs to act

„They told me, yes, you can skip three months‘ payments,“ Gullo says. „But then they told me there was a balloon payment at the end of it.“ He was told that after three months, they’d have to come up with all the money for those skipped payments. So they’d suddenly owe four months of mortgage payments all at once — $14,000.

28.04.2020 - 17:41 [ Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives / Twitter ]

This morning I took part in a minute’s silence to remember those workers who have tragically died in the coronavirus pandemic. The nation will not forget you.

27.04.2020 - 00:26 [ i24NEWS ]

Gov’t should reopen Jerusalem market ‚immediately,‘ deputy mayor tells i24NEWS

„There are people there who have been at the market for 50, 60 years, since the beginning of the State, have no other way of making a living, their income is completely frozen.“

25.04.2020 - 03:22 [ teleSUR ]

Italy: COVID-19 Plunged One Million People Into Poverty

Coldiretti explained, adding that „the number of Italians who need food aid to survive reached 3.7 million people.“

24.04.2020 - 19:18 [ teleSUR ]

Peru: Poor People Undertake Exodus to Their Home Towns

Hundreds of Peruvians Friday continue to leave Lima city on foot towards their home towns after they ran out of resources during the quarantine.

24.04.2020 - 11:02 [ CSPAN / Twitter ]

@RepAOC @AOC : „It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill…you are not trying fix this bill for mom & pops. We have to fight to fund hospitals. Fighting to fund testing…It is unconscionable.“

Full video here: https://cs.pn/2XXiwi5

24.04.2020 - 10:55 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Congress just voted for the first time in a MONTH on a bill that doesn’t address the core issues facing working families. Then they adjourned again until further notice. “Someday” and “next time” doesn’t cut it. Struggling families need a timeline.

24.04.2020 - 10:54 [ Vanity Fair ]

“We Are Abdicating Our Responsibility”: Why AOC Is Not Following the Pelosi Line on the Emergency Relief Bill

As Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress spent the last two weeks engaged in fraught negotiations and partisan bickering over an interim emergency relief bill to address the ballooning coronavirus crisis, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez emerged as the loudest progressive critic of the legislation in Congress. While recognizing that Democrats managed to secure some wins in the nearly $500 billion legislation—which includes funding for hospitals, small businesses, and testing—Ocasio-Cortez has essentially dismissed it as a Band-Aid for a gunshot wound.

23.04.2020 - 20:16 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Food For London Now: Faith leaders back campaign to feed the vulnerable during coronavirus outbreak

The Bishop of London tells April Roach there has never been a greater need for people to come together to help feed hungry Londoners

23.04.2020 - 16:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Clashes predicted over trillion-euro Covid-19 aid as EU meets online

European Union leaders are expected to clash over the size and scope of a coronavirus recovery fund as they stand on the precipice of an economic slump unparalleled since the 1930’s Great Depression.

22.04.2020 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

What if People Rise Up Against Coronavirus Lockdowns? Israel Has a Plan

Another suggestion is setting up “community emergency squads,” groups of volunteers with basic emergency training, based on the format used in communities along the Gaza border. The same kinds of groups could operate in cities, where they would be assigned a building or a street, says the document.. The authors also propose that the military work on an awareness campaign to reduce public unrest.

18.04.2020 - 05:22 [ Al Jazeera ]

Malawi high court blocks coronavirus lockdown

A Malawi high court has temporarily barred the government from implementing a 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus following a petition by a human rights group.

17.04.2020 - 01:40 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

Video: Coronavirus: Economic and Social Collapse: Mass Unemployment, Bankruptcy, Poverty and Despair

October 18, Event 201. New York. Coronavirus nCoV-2019 Simulation and Emergency Preparedness Task Force, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health Security. Big Pharma-Big Money Simulation Exercise sponsored by WEF and Gates Foundation

12.04.2020 - 20:15 [ Rebecca Kavanagh, Criminal Defense Attorney / Twitter ]

Cell phone video shot yesterday on the 145th Street subway platform in Harlem shows a group of NYPD officers terrorizing a little boy for allegedly selling candy.

12.04.2020 - 20:11 [ theHill.com ]

Coronavirus could push half a billion people into poverty: report

The coronavirus could push close to 500 million people into poverty worldwide unless wealthier countries take “urgent action” to help developing nations, according to a report from Oxfam released Thursday.

The charity group estimated that as many as 434 million more people could end up living in extreme poverty as a result of the deadly pandemic, which has infected nearly 1.5 million people.

12.04.2020 - 12:19 [ Politico.com ]

2020 elections: Barack Obama wins the Democratic primary

In the end, the most influential politician of 2020 might be the one who has been the most silent.

With Bernie Sanders exiting the race and Joe Biden taking on the mantle of presumptive nominee, the man who hovered quietly over the race for more than a year, Barack Obama, will soon return to the political fray.

12.04.2020 - 00:15 [ Asharq Al-Awsat ]

Algeria Lockdown Sparks Clashes between Security Forces, Youths in Slums

“I cannot stay at home for a long time. I have five sisters, in addition to my parents. Pressure at home is terrible. In normal days, it was unbearable, so what about now!” Gili told Asharq Al-Awsat in a phone call. “Therefore, I ask the authorities to take into account the conditions of life in these apartments. They should think about us, who are unemployed and managing our informal trading in the markets to earn our living,” he added.

11.04.2020 - 22:47 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: India to extend nationwide lockdown, state minister says

The country’s 1.3 billion people are banned from leaving their homes, all non-essential businesses have been closed and almost all public gatherings are banned.

11.04.2020 - 22:37 [ Al Jazeera ]

India lockdown has highlighted inequalities

The lockdown has created a humanitarian crisis and driven the unemployment rate up from 6 to 23 percent.

08.04.2020 - 15:03 [ NPR.org ]

You’ve Got Less Mail: The Postal Service Is Suffering Amid The Coronavirus

„The Postal Service is insolvent,“ he says. „It needs debt forgiveness, not debt extension. And it needs an infusion of capital right now.“

The Postal Service’s finances have long been in sorry shape, in part because of a requirement that the agency pre-fund the future retirement benefits of its employees. The agency says it lost $8.8 billion last fiscal year.

04.04.2020 - 05:24 [ Today Online Singapore ]

Thousands of Central Americans detained for flaunting coronavirus rules

Central America is home to a large, poor population with no options to work from home, take paid sick leave or observe social distancing rules because they work in the informal economy and live in crowded conditions.

03.04.2020 - 21:43 [ Krystal Ball / Twitter ]

6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment this week alone. That means 10 million Americans in the last two weeks. I don’t even know what to say.

03.04.2020 - 04:45 [ Colin Todhunter / Global Research ]

Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

Professor Michel Chossudovsky has looked at who could ultimately benefit from current events and concludes that certain pharmaceutical companies could be (are already) major beneficiaries as they receive lavish funding to develop vaccines. He asks whether we can trust the main actors behind what could amount to a multibillion dollar global (compulsory) vaccination (surveillance) project.

28.03.2020 - 21:55 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

What Happens In the Wake of the COVID-19 Lockdown? Economic Destruction, Global Poverty, Bankruptcies, Mass Unemployment. Neoliberalism to the Rescue

What prevails is an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty which enables powerful financial interests to manipulate the stock market and consolidate their financial positions. This crisis has led to an unprecedented concentration of money wealth.

27.03.2020 - 18:21 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE: House debates $2 trillion coronavirus emergency relief bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) agreed to approve the measure with a voice vote Friday that would not require all 430 current members of the House to travel to the Capitol, given that two lawmakers have contracted the disease and others are self-quarantining due to exposure to confirmed carriers.The leadership also is taking meticulous steps to change the protocol for debate and voting to ensure the safety of lawmakers.

One lawmaker, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is threatening to stymie swift passage of the stimulus bill, potentially delaying a vote until the weekend.

27.03.2020 - 18:18 [ Sunrise Movement / Twitter ]

House Dems have their hands tied, they can either: 1)Vote yes for a corporate bailout that does little to help working people or 2) Vote no on the stimulus bill that’s the only plan on the table before Congress goes on recess for a month As @AOC said, these options are shameful

27.03.2020 - 18:05 [ courier-journal.com ]

Trump calls for ousting GOP congressman from party ahead of coronavirus relief vote

„Looks like a third rate grandstander named (Thomas Massie), a congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT state, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress,“ Trump tweeted early Friday.

Massie’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the congressman signaled he was moving forward despite bipartisan calls to forgo calling for a roll call vote.

27.03.2020 - 17:55 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

(8/11) This bill creates even more secrecy around a Federal Reserve that still refuses to be audited. It allows the Federal Reserve to make decisions about who gets what, how much money we’ll print. With no transparency.

27.03.2020 - 17:12 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Rep. @AOC : „What did the Senate majority fight for? One of the largest corporate bailouts with as few strings as possible in American history. Shameful!“

27.03.2020 - 11:54 [ Justin Amash, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Just ten years after the Tea Party movement, Republicans in Congress are defending a $500 billion corporate welfare fund for a select group of large companies.

27.03.2020 - 11:32 [ Patriotic Millionaires ]

A COVID-19 Economy: I’m Not Worried About the 1%. I’m Terrified for the Bottom 50%.

(16.03.2020)

I am worried about all of the people who are usually standing behind the counter asking me what vegetables I want with my tofu, and putting carrots or broccoli or whatever into my bowl. I am worried about the people who clean this restaurant, who prepare the food in the back, who deliver the food to staff here every day.

I am worried about the millions of Americans in millions of restaurants and bars and retail shops like this one living paycheck-to-paycheck, facing the potential of cut hours, full closures, no sick leave, no benefits, and no outside income to cushion them through this disaster whatsoever. That is the reality of over half our country.

If these people – millions and millions of us – are not working, are they going to be paying their cell phone bills? Their credit card bills? Are they going to be bringing their kids to music class? Are they going to be able to pay for even the most basic necessities like groceries or rent?

27.03.2020 - 08:19 [ p2a.co ]

Congress must remove the Mnuchin corporate slush fund and put the American people first.

On March 25th, The Senate voted to pass the 3rd coronavirus relief package based on the proposal from Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans that features, among other provisions, a nearly $500 billion slush fund that would be controlled by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Mnuchin, who is best known for making millions off running a notorious foreclosure mill, would be able to direct corporate bailouts with limited, after-the-fact oversight. This is absolutely unacceptable.

27.03.2020 - 08:11 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Looting of America by Big Corporations‘: Progressives Appalled as Senate Unanimously Passes Largest Bailout Bill in US History

By a vote of 96-0, the United States Senate Wednesday night passed an enormous coronavirus stimulus package that would provide some desperately needed economic relief to struggling workers and the unemployed while establishing a $4.5 trillion fund to bail out large corporations—with little to no enforceable restrictions.

Progressives didn’t mince words in response to the unanimous vote, which sends the largest bailout legislation in U.S. history to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, where it could pass as early as Friday before heading to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.

27.03.2020 - 07:07 [ Huffington Post ]

Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country – The Senate coronavirus bill is shocking.

Democrats control the House. They can pass any bill they like and dare Senate Republicans and the president to oppose a serious bill for a serious problem.

Or they can rubber-stamp the Senate bill and help Donald Trump foreclose on the next generation of American democracy.

11.03.2020 - 07:46 [ wiktionary.org ]

every man is the architect of his own fortune

Each person is the chief cause of their success or failure in life.

10.03.2020 - 18:21 [ Bernard E. Harcourt / Twitter ]

What is wrong with us??? “Officials in NYC said they would close public schools only as last resort, in part because about 114,000 students in school system are homeless and may have nowhere else to get hot meals, medical care or even a place to wash their dirty laundry” @nytimes

10.03.2020 - 09:17 [ Forbes ]

The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-Reported

(20.09.2011)

It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913. The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amended the Wall Street Reform law to audit the Fed, pushing the GAO to step in and take a look around.

10.03.2020 - 09:10 [ CNN Money ]

CNNMoney.com’s bailout tracker

Troubled ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM
Financial rescue plan aimed at restoring liquidity to the financial markets

(…)

Committed : $11 trillion (total)
Invested: $3 trillion (total)

09.03.2020 - 15:48 [ Working Families Party / Twitter ]

BREAKING: We’re endorsing @BernieSanders for president! WFP supporters nationwide are mobilizing to help Bernie win so we can defeat Trump and build an America that works for the many, not the few.

06.03.2020 - 21:04 [ New York Times ]

How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts

The combined result is a divergence in the life expectancy of white college graduates and non-graduates. Overall mortality for whites between the ages of 45 and 54 has held roughly steady in the last 25 years. But that average hides a big increase in death rates for non-graduates and a big decline for graduates.

06.03.2020 - 20:59 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats should be really, really afraid of a contested nominating convention

Contested Democratic conventions in the past led to catastrophe. In 1860, the Democratic convention broke up over the issue of slavery and in the end two Democratic candidates, one from the south, the other from the north, ran for president.

26.02.2020 - 21:31 [ BBC ]

Blair to tackle ‚menace‘ children

(31. August 2006)

And one think tank suggested it was almost „genetic determinism“ to suggest children could turn out to be troublemakers before they were born.

Mr Blair told BBC News his government had made „massive progress“ in tackling social exclusion but there was a group of people with multiple problems.

There had to be intervention „pre-birth even“, he said.

Families with drug and alcohol problems were being identified too late, said Mr Blair.

26.02.2020 - 20:45 [ CatholicNewsAgency.com ]

How assisted suicide discriminates against the poor and disabled

(28.02.2017)

However, groups like Compassion and Choices and Death with Dignity are pushing for these laws to be introduced in state legislatures. And if legalized, physician-assisted suicide could prove especially dangerous to vulnerable populations like the poor, the elderly, and the disabled whose health care costs are seen by some as burdensome.

26.02.2020 - 20:04 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m asking you to join this movement not just to support me. I’m asking you to join this movement to stand with those who can’t afford health insurance, with the 500,000 people who sleep on the streets, with the children who deserve to live on a healthy and habitable planet.

23.02.2020 - 15:32 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

For those upset about critique of establishment politics: There are D reps in SAFE blue seats who side w/ the NRA, are anti-LGBT+, and yet are protected because they advance the interests of big donors, Wall St, fossil fuels, etc. It’s not “wrong” to take that on and do better.

This isn’t about swing seats or pushing communities “too far left.”

It’s about accountability. Working families deserve so much better. And if we aren’t willing to admit where we can do better, then what is the point?

Our job is to serve the people, not the powerful.

22.02.2020 - 20:00 [ teleSUR ]

Brazilian Landless Rural Workers Mov.: Our Hope Is on Lula

Rosana Fernandes, head of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, acknowledged that former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the only one who „has the leadership“ to stand up to the current administration of Jair Bolsonaro.

19.02.2020 - 03:11 [ HW News English / Youtube ]

In Ahmedabad, Wall Goes Up To Hide Poor Slums From Donald Trump

Trump will visit India on February 24th and 25th. He will also visit Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad Municipal corporation is building a wall so that the slums along the road from where Donald Trump will be passing, can be hidden.

19.02.2020 - 02:55 [ The Japan Times ]

India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit

News reports said the wall was originally planned to be 6-7 feet (1.8-2.1 meters) high but was reduced to 4 feet (1.2 meters) after it received widespread publicity.

Senior government official Bijal Patel said the wall was built “for security reasons” and not to conceal the slum.

“Apart from security reasons, the wall is also part of a beautification and cleanliness drive,” she said.

14.02.2020 - 01:50 [ teleSUR ]

Colombian National Strike Committee Calls For New Protests

Protesters and organizations continue to strike against the policies implemented by Duque and the resurgence of violence in the country. On Nov. 21, as millions of Colombians, took to the streets to hold the biggest protest against Duque since he came to power in Aug. 2018.

12.02.2020 - 18:28 [ teleSUR ]

Airline Workers Confront Juan Guaido Over New Sanctions

In a video that circulated on social media networks, an employee of Conviasa claims to Guaidó, who asked Europe and the United States the endure of the sanctions against Venezuela. “Guaidó, you are a traitor to your country”, the worker express.

12.02.2020 - 18:03 [ teleSUR ]

Argentina: Massive Marches Against International Monetary Fund

In Buenos Aires, marches will move towards the Plaza de Mayo and the National Congress where the Economy Minister Martin Guzman will explain the current situation of Argentine indebtedness.

03.02.2020 - 15:51 [ ABC News ]

Bernie’s big gamble: Sanders hopes new voters surprise at Iowa caucuses: ANALYSIS

His philosophy is that boosting turnout in a significant and meaningful way comes not only by exciting existing Democrats, but organizing and rallying nonvoters into Democrats.

His mission and ability to do that has been central to his argument about why he is the best candidate for Democrats in a general election.

02.02.2020 - 12:34 [ masslive.com ]

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and other progressives propose platform to combat homelessness, expand affordable housing

(29.01.2020)

Progressive lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday, including U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts’s 7th District, declared housing a fundamental human right and called for a new wave of investments in combatting homelessness and expanding affordable housing.

02.02.2020 - 12:29 [ Curbed.com ]

AOC and Squad’s People’s Housing Platform: Tenant rights, tax credits, and more

(29.01.2020)

According a public poll commissioned commissioned by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) last fall, 85 percent of Americans believe that ensuring everyone has a safe, decent, affordable place to live should be a “top national priority,” and 8 in 10 people in America believe that Congress should “take major action” to make housing more affordable for low-income people.

02.02.2020 - 12:09 [ Spiked ]

The French government is at war with the people

Macron’s assault on living standards and liberty cannot be ignored any longer.

29.01.2020 - 11:45 [ Politico.com ]

Trumpworld torn over running against Bernie

Yet some of the president’s big-money backers say they aren’t interested in bankrolling an effort aimed at propping up Sanders. They worry his potential strength in a general election is being badly underestimated, much as Democrats wrongly discounted Trump four years ago.

20.01.2020 - 06:45 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

It’s time to end austerity for working families and put a little austerity on the billionaire class.

18.01.2020 - 12:20 [ Truthdig.com ]

What Separates Sanders From Warren (and Everybody Else)

In the Democratic primaries, only one candidate has deliberately chosen to use “working class” over “middle class.” Not surprisingly, that candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders.

12.01.2020 - 19:59 [ Poor People's Campaign ]

Poor People’s Campaign Calls on United Nations to Hold Trump/U.S. Accountable for War Crimes

The lives of people in the Middle East and around the globe hang in the balance. The lives of those we represent — among the 140 million poor and low wealth in the United States, 43% of the U.S. population — also hang in the balance as the world teeters on the precipice of a devastating war.

11.01.2020 - 17:17 [ CGT Télécoms Paris / Twitter ]

#Retraites #Retrait #greve11janvier On est 150 000 aujourd’hui dans Paris

11.01.2020 - 16:37 [ thelocal.fr ]

Why do rich people in France live much longer than the country’s poorest?

(08.02.2018)

11.01.2020 - 16:11 [ Le Média - Correspondants citoyens ‏/ Twitter ]

À #Rennes les #GilletsJaunes ouvrent le cortège de la #manifestation de la #greve11janvier contre la #reformedesretraites. Images de @JBourrieau pour @LeMediaTV

11.01.2020 - 15:58 [ @GNantais / Twitter ]

? Tous Ensemble à #Nantes avant d’arriver à la #Préfecture ?✊? #greve11janvier #GreveGenerale

11.01.2020 - 15:52 [ Ian56 ‏/ Twitter ]

Thousands of #GiletsJaunes and unions are marching to protest in #Toulouse. This will not be shown on mainstream TV. #greve11janvier #Acte61

11.01.2020 - 15:49 [ Jacobin agazine ]

“This Strike Is Uniting the Resistance Against Macron”

A government bid to cut back pensions has pitched France into its longest strike in decades. But as one railworker organizer tells Jacobin, the dispute is about more than retirement insurance — it’s about stopping Emmanuel Macron’s whole agenda.

11.01.2020 - 15:43 [ Cerveaux non disponibles ‏/ Twitter ]

1/ #ViolencesPolicieres : nous sombrons vite. Jeudi 9 janvier, un voile supplémentaire s’est levé sur la réalité de ce qu’est la Police. #manif9janvier #paris

Vidéo complète : https://www.facebook.com/cerveauxnondisponibles/videos/2585958411689021

07.01.2020 - 19:50 [ Anderson Cooper 360° / Twitter ]

Presidential candidate @BernieSanders hammers Joe Biden for his Iraq War, NAFTA votes. “I just don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump.”

01.01.2020 - 19:42 [ EHA News ‏/ Twitter ]

New general strike call in #France… ▪️The French General Confederation of Labour (CGT) called on workers to occupy all oil facilites and fuel depots in the country between January 7 and January 10 – Le Monde –

01.01.2020 - 19:38 [ Jean-Luc Mélenchon, @FranceInsoumise / Twitter ]

Ce ne sont pas des voeux mais une déclaration de guerre aux millions de Français qui refusent sa réforme. Tout le reste de son discours sonne faux et creux. Un extraterrestre a parlé. #VoeuxMacron2020

01.01.2020 - 19:34 [ ibtimes.com ]

French Unions Vow No Surrender In Month-long Strike

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, head of the France Unbowed (LFI) party, added on Twitter: „These are not (New Year) wishes but a declaration of war to the millions of French who refuse his reform.“

Already another day of mass protests is set for January 9, when teachers, dockers, hospital workers and other public sector employees are expected to join transport workers by striking for the day.

Energy workers have also called for a three-day blockade of the country’s oil refineries and fuel depots starting January 7, raising the spectre of petrol shortages.

28.12.2019 - 13:11 [ Vijay Prashad / Consortium News ]

‘We Are the Ones Who Will Awaken the Dawn’

Democracy has been shackled by capitalist power. If sovereignty were merely about numbers, then the workers and the peasants, the urban poor and the youth would be represented by people who put their interests first and would be able to command more of the fruit of their labour. Democracy promises that people would be able to control their destiny. Capitalism, on the other hand, is structured to allow the capitalists – the property owners – to have power over the economy and society. From the standpoint of capitalism, democracy’s full implications cannot be allowed. If democracy gets its way, then the means of producing wealth would be democratized; this would be an outrage against property, which is why democracy is narrowed.

28.12.2019 - 12:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

1 in 6 of our children lives in poverty. 500,000+ Americans are homeless. 87 million are uninsured or underinsured. Half live paycheck to paycheck. But the billionaire class is doing better every day. This is a rigged economy and we are going to change it.

22.12.2019 - 17:44 [ WSWS.org ]

The true legacy of US central banker Paul Volcker (1927–2019)

The specific mission undertaken by Volcker was to jack up interest rates and plunge the country into recession, creating mass unemployment as a means of breaking the social resistance of the working class.

A full accounting would reveal that his policies, imposed on behalf of the American ruling class, resulted in untold social misery and the premature death of millions of people, not only in the US but around the world, as he charted the path for ruling classes to follow everywhere.

17.12.2019 - 21:49 [ Politicshome.com ]

Tories now more popular with working class voters than middle class ones, reveals election poll

The Tories under Boris Johnson are now more popular with the working classes than the middle classes, according to a new poll.

17.12.2019 - 21:45 [ Paul Embery, Blue Labour / Twitter ]

‘If Labour is to ever win back the traditional working-class, it must stop treating them as though they were some kind of embarrassing elderly relative.’ My @UnHerd take on Labour’s implosion.

17.12.2019 - 21:41 [ BBC Newsnight ‏/ Twitter ]

“Labour may die. It’s lost its home, it’s lost its heartlands… what we need in terms of leadership is people who are prepared to recognise the scale of the defeat… Labour is in danger of becoming completely irrelevant to the conversation.” – Labour’s Lord Glasman

17.12.2019 - 16:35 [ Los Angeles Times ]

Column: Another year, another thousand deaths. L.A. homeless crisis hits a crossroads

And now homeless encampments are as abundant in L.A. as $10-million homes.

The only good thing I can see about skid rows popping up in every part of town, as they have in recent years, is that maybe the graphic, everyday evidence of our epic disaster will help drive a greater sense of urgency. After all, the public clamor for solutions is at a pitch, with a recent poll putting homelessness as a top concern for 95% of registered voters.

15.12.2019 - 10:42 [ Paul Embery, Blue Labour / Twitter ]

Seeing a lot of tweets from Labour activists saying, “We just need to fight harder next time.” No. Labour did not get smashed for want of effort by activists. It got smashed because it lost the trust of the working-class. Until this is admitted, we cannot move forward.

15.12.2019 - 10:21 [ John Mann / Telegraph.co.uk ]

The arrogance and detachment of Corbyn’s middle class fan club was a factor in every seat Labour lost

The arrogance and detachment of Corbyn’s middle class fan club was a factor in every seat that Labour lost. And they were so away with the fairies that in a Bassetlaw they predicted a 1200 Labour majority on the eve of the election.

It is 95 years since Bassetlaw last elected a Conservative…

15.12.2019 - 10:07 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson thanks voters for backing Tories in Tony Blair’s old constituency

“And I can imagine people’s pencil’s hovering over the ballot paper and wavering before coming down for us and the Conservatives, and I know that people may have been breaking the voting habits of generations to vote for us.

“And I want the people of the North East to know that we in the Conservative Party and I will repay your trust – and everything that we do, everything that I do as your Prime Minister, will be devoted to repaying that trust.

15.12.2019 - 10:03 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson announces plans for spending spree in north

Boris Johnson is considering a raid on a £80bn fund to fuel an infrastructure blitz in regions that helped deliver his election victory, it has emerged.

Speaking in Tony Blair’s former seat, Sedgefield, which voted in a Tory MP last week, Johnson said his party “will repay your trust” and that voters had “changed the Conservative party for the better”.

13.12.2019 - 20:39 [ Brendan Chilton Esq., Blue Labour / Twitter ]

I warned time & time again in interviews, articles & meetings- backing a 2ndREF would destroy Labour in the heartlands. I WAS RIGHT. The arithmetic said it would be a disaster.Yet those ‚in the know‘ ignored my warnings. Now we reep the rewards.

13.12.2019 - 20:38 [ Paul Embery , Blue Labour / Twitter ]

This was Polly Toynbee in the Guardian earlier this year, ridiculing the idea that the northern heartlands would abandon Labour. These chattering class metro-liberals were allowed to dictate Labour policy on Brexit and so much else. Look where it got us.

13.12.2019 - 06:55 [ Brendan Chilton Esq. @AshfordLabour / Twitter, ‏ ]

There is NO question concerning the Labour Party right now to which a middle class remain north London MP is the answer….The next Leader of the Party must come from outside London and understand what has happened tonight in order for us to rebuild.

10.12.2019 - 22:27 [ NPR ‏/ Twitter ]

A new U.N. report argues many of the street protests popping up around the globe are driven by a growing sense that societies are rigged to favor the powerful — and trap the masses in low-wage, dead-end lives.

06.12.2019 - 14:43 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

My family relied on food stamps (EBT) when my dad died at 48. I was a student. If this happened then, we might’ve just starved. Now, many people will. It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most.

06.12.2019 - 14:31 [ NBC News ]

Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change

The USDA rule change affects people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are childless and not disabled. Under current rules, this group is required to work at least 20 hours a week for more than three months over a 36-month period to qualify for food stamps, but states have been able to create waivers for areas that face high unemployment.

06.12.2019 - 14:18 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

5 million donations to our campaign. That would send an unmistakable message to the billionaire class that we’re going to win. We’re getting closer, but we’re not there yet. Chip in here to help us get there:

05.12.2019 - 16:13 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m proud we don’t have any billionaires supporting our campaign. The time for the 0.1% calling the shots in our economic and political life is over. We will tax their wealth to raise $4.35 trillion over 10 years, break up their power and give it back to the working class.

05.12.2019 - 05:53 [ New York Times ]

Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

Iraqis “do not want to be led around on a leash by the Iranians,” Representative Elissa Slotkin, Democrat of Michigan and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said in an interview. “But, unfortunately, due to the chaos and confusion in the Iraqi central government, Iran is paradoxically the best poised to take advantage of the grass-roots unrest.”

04.12.2019 - 04:36 [ rfi ]

France braces itself for chaos ahead of massive December strike

Even France’s parliament, the National Assembly will be disrupted. In a decision announced last week, the assembly will not sit Thursday, though will remain open for committee work.

The strike is expected to start at 10pm local time on Wednesday, 4 December, when SNCF rail workers and Paris’s RATP metro staff officially down tools.

03.12.2019 - 16:32 [ New York Times ]

114,000 Students in N.Y.C. Are Homeless. These Two Let Us Into Their Lives.

Sherine’s heartbreak reflects that of parents who cared for the 34,000 students sleeping in New York’s homeless shelters last year — enough children to fill a small city.

Sandy stands on her tiptoes and squints across the East River as the N train pulls onto the Manhattan Bridge. She watches the skyline until the train dips underground.

30.11.2019 - 20:02 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Walmart made $9.86 billion last year. Surely, they can afford to pay employees working over the long Thanksgiving weekend extra. America doesn’t suffer from scarcity — we suffer from greed.

29.11.2019 - 15:03 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚What Momentum Looks Like‘: Sanders Becomes Fastest Presidential Candidate in History to Reach 4 Million Individual Donations

(19.11.2019)

The fundraising milestone comes after Sanders received several major endorsements over the past week, including National Nurses United, United Teachers Los Angeles, and the California Young Democrats.

Sanders led all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in fundraising in the third quarter of 2019, raking in $25.3 million from an average donation of just $18. Teacher has been the most common profession of Sanders donors, while Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks have been the top employers of Sanders contributors.

29.11.2019 - 14:27 [ PressTV.com ]

Ayatollah Sistani warns of enemy plot seeking to create civil strife, bring back ‚era of dictatorship‘

„It is imperative on peaceful demonstrators that they separate their ranks from non-peaceful individuals and cooperate on shunning saboteurs – whoever they are – and not allow them to abuse peaceful protests to damage and attack the property of citizens,“ a representative of Ayatollah Sistani said as he delivered the top cleric’s sermon.

„The enemies and their levers, in order to achieve their malicious goals, plan to spread chaos and plunge the country into internal strife and then return it to dictatorship, so everyone must work together to take away this opportunity from them,“ he added.

29.11.2019 - 14:24 [ Haaretz ]

Iraqi Prime Minister Says He Will Resign After Shi’ite Cleric’s Leadership Challenge

Abdul Mahdi’s decision came in response to a call for a change of leadership on Friday by Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the statement said.

„In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government,“ said the statement, signed by Abdul Mahdi.