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20.06.2020

If We’re Going to Defund Militarized Police Departments, Why Not Add the Pentagon?

If We’re Going to Defund Militarized Police Departments, Why Not Add the Pentagon?

The U.S. military’s budget, like so many police department budgets, is bloated, and diverts our tax dollars into forces of domination and violence. Now is the time to question our spending priorities at the local and federal level. By Sonali Kolhatkar When Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced a resolutionrecently… »

20.06.2020

U.S. Trails World in Coronavirus Response and Almost Everything Else

U.S. Trails World in Coronavirus Response and Almost Everything Else

Data from around the world on how nations are handling Coronavirus makes clear that, as in most things (this claim is documented below), the United States is exceptionally awful. Among wealthy countries, only Sweden, which has chosen to intentionally allow the disease to spread, has done worse. A handful of countries… »

20.06.2020

Russia’s Participation in G7 Summit Sparks Debates

Russia’s Participation in G7 Summit Sparks Debates

By Kester Kenn Klomegah The rescheduling of the Group of Seven (G7) summit from late June to September and Russia’s participation alongside with Australia, India and South Korea has sparked discussions among both Russian officials and experts. The Kremlin reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump… »

18.06.2020

‘Unacceptable threat’ and ‘provocation’: European nations fume after US pulls out of talks on global digital tax

‘Unacceptable threat’ and ‘provocation’: European nations fume after US pulls out of talks on global digital tax

European nations have blasted Washington’s decision to pull out of talks on a major overhaul to the taxing of digital giants, which currently move profits into low-tax havens from the places where those profits are actually made. The plan to impose ‘digital taxes’ on companies like Google and Facebook has… »

18.06.2020

Poor People’s Campaign Action: Assembly and Moral March on Washington

Poor People’s Campaign Action:  Assembly and Moral March on Washington

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will demonstrate the power of poor people to be agents of change in not just one election, but at the very heart of this democracy.  In this time of significant danger and real possibility, a… »

16.06.2020

Time to ‘Reinvest in People’ and ‘Cut Weapons of War’: Barbara Lee Unveils Plan to Cut Up to $350 Billion From Pentagon

Time to ‘Reinvest in People’ and ‘Cut Weapons of War’: Barbara Lee Unveils Plan to Cut Up to $350 Billion From Pentagon

“Redundant nuclear weapons, off-books spending accounts, and endless wars in the Middle East don’t keep us safe.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer – Common Dreams Demanding that Congress “prioritize our safety and our future, not more war,” Rep. Barbara Lee on Monday unveiled a resolution proposing up to $350 billion… »

16.06.2020

Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election

Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election

Amid a worldwide uprising against police brutality and racism, we discuss the historic moment with legendary scholar and activist Angela Davis. She also responds to the destruction and removal of racist monuments in cities across the United States; President Trump’s upcoming rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, the site of a… »

15.06.2020

Experts Say $17.5 Billion Writedown by BP Prove Oil Giant Knows ‘Reserves of Oil and Gas Increasingly Worthless’

Experts Say $17.5 Billion Writedown by BP Prove Oil Giant Knows ‘Reserves of Oil and Gas Increasingly Worthless’

Experts Say $17.5 Billion Writedown by BP Prove Oil Giant Knows ‘Reserves of Oil and Gas Increasingly Worthless’ By Eoin Higgins, staff writer – Common Dreams Fossil fuel giant BP announced Monday it will write down nearly $18 billion in existing assets, a move that climate advocates say is more… »

12.06.2020

George Monbiot: From coronavirus to public luxury

George Monbiot: From coronavirus to public luxury

Brendan Montague The environmental campaigner and journalist argues we need to abandon capitalism as we recover from coronavirus and establish a new economy of private sufficiency and public luxury. The environmental journalist and campaigner George Monbiot has called for a complete transformation of the global economy away from capitalism towards… »

12.06.2020

Crisis Means Danger and Opportunity

Crisis Means Danger and Opportunity

Viewpoint by John Scales Avery* In written Chinese, the word “crisis” is represented by two characters. One of these, taken alone, means “danger”. The other, by itself, means “opportunity”. A crisis nearly always leads to great change. There is a danger that this will be a change for the worse. »

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