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 No.1683164

Yemen’s Houthi rebels seize cargo ship in Red Sea and call Israeli vessels ‘legitimate targets’
Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they have seized what they called an Israeli cargo ship in the Red Sea, and warned that all vessels linked to Israel “will become a legitimate target for armed forces”. Houthi forces would “continue to carry out military operations against the Israeli enemy until the aggression against Gaza stops and the ugly crimes … against our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and the West Bank stop”, said a spokesperson for the group, Yahya Saree, in a statement on X.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/20/yemen-houthi-rebels-seize-cargo-ship-galaxy-leader-red-sea-israel

Israel-Palestine war: Indonesian Hospital in Gaza besieged as reports of ceasefire denied
Israeli forces besieged the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza's Beit Lahia on Monday, as reports of an imminent ceasefire were vehemently denied by Israel. With the death toll since 7 October standing at more than 13,000 in Gaza - including at least 5,500 children - Israel has continued its assault on Palestinian health facilities across the besieged enclave. At least 12 people, including patients, have been killed in Israeli attacks on the Indonesian Hospital, which is still surrounded by Israeli tanks. Around 700 people are trapped inside, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-gaza-indonesian-hospital-besieged-ceasefire-denied

Israeli raids kill two Palestinians in West Bank: Red Crescent
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, a 45-year-old man was killed in Jenin, a stronghold of armed groups in the northern West Bank, and another person was killed in Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem further south. Contacted by AFP, the Israeli army did not immediately comment.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/11/israeli-raids-kill-two-palestinians-west-bank-red-crescent

Palestine Action blockades Israel drone factory in Leicester
PALESTINE supporters blockaded today an east Midlands factory that makes military drones for Israel. Activists from Palestine Action mounted the action at UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS) in Meridian East Business Park in Leicester. The factory is owned by Israeli-owned arms manufacturer Elbit Systems.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/palestine-action-blockades-israel-drone-factory

German security officials say they foiled an alleged far-right attack by an 18-year-old
An 18-year-old right-wing extremist was arrested in central Germany on suspicion that he was planning a “serious act of violence endangering the state,” security officials said Monday. The man, whose identity was nor given in line with German privacy rules, is accused of having an “established violent, antisemitic and right-wing extremist attitude,” investigators said.
https://apnews.com/article/germany-far-right-foiled-attack-ba8e37e7df896b47cbf40c72ba4b0b49

UP: Joint Platform of Trade Unions to Hold 3-Day ‘Mahapadav’ in Lucknow Against Govt Policies
The Joint Platform of central trade unions held a meeting in Lucknow to take stock of the preparations in various districts and sectors for the proposed three-day Mahapadav against "the anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies" of the Central government, a statement said. The call by the Joint Platform of Trade Unions was supported by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a joint platform of farmers' unions that spearheaded the protests against the Central farm laws. The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU, part of the Joint Platform of Trade Unions, also released a statement backing the call.
https://www.newsclick.in/joint-platform-trade-unions-hold-3-day-mahapadav-lucknow-against-govt-policies

MSF: ‘Hundreds of lives at risk as logistics ban in Sudan capital strangles supply
International medical relif organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said it may have to halt surgical operations at the Turkish hospital in southern Khartoum, noting that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who control much of the city, will not allow surgical supplies to be transported to hospitals in rapid support areas.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/msf-hundreds-of-lives-at-risk-as-logistics-ban-in-sudan-capital-strangles-supply

‘Out of control’ fires endanger wildlife in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands
The Pantanal wetlands in western Brazil – famed as a paradise of biodiversity – have enormous clouds of smoke billowing over them since the beginning of November as raging wildfires are reducing vast expanses to scorched earth. Known for its lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife, including jaguars, caimans, macaws and monkeys, the Pantanal is home to the world’s biggest tropical wetlands and, in normal times, a thriving eco-tourism industry.
https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2023/11/20/out-of-control-fires-endanger-wildlife-in-brazils-pantanal-wetlands
https://archive.is/OhKuo

War crimes tribunal indicts Colombia’s former army chief over extrajudicial executions
Colombia’s war crimes tribunal JEP indicted former army commander Jaime Lasprilla and four other generals for their alleged involvement in 200 homicides. The generals are part of a group of 35 former soldiers who are accused of assassinating civilians in order to present them as guerrillas killed in combat in the Huila province.
https://colombiareports.com/war-crimes-tribunal-indicts-colombias-former-army-chief-over-extrajudicial-executions/

Javier Milei: Argentina's far-right outsider wins presidential election
With almost all votes counted, Mr Milei had won close to 56% in the decisive run-off, ahead of his left-wing rival, Sergio Massa, with 44%. The radical newcomer's victory has been described as "a political earthquake". It has been welcomed by like-minded politicians such as US ex-President Donald Trump, who said Mr Milei would "Make Argentina Great Again". Brazil's former leader Jair Bolsonaro said that "hope would shine again in South America".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-67470549

 No.1683187

Carbon emissions of richest 1% equal to those of poorest 66%, Oxfam report finds
The world’s richest 1% of people are responsible for around the same percentage of global carbon emissions as the 5 billion people who represent the 66% poorest, according to a report published Monday by Oxfam. The charity’s analysis, conducted with the Stockholm Environment Institute, found both groups contributed to 16% of emissions in 2019. The wealthiest 10% were responsible for 50% of global emissions, it found, while the bottom 50% were responsible for just 8%.
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/11/20/richest-1percent-produce-same-carbon-emissions-as-poorest-66percent-report-.html

Appeals court says private citizens, civil rights groups can’t sue under Voting Rights Act
A federal appeals court issued a ruling Monday declaring that only the U.S. government, not private citizens and civil rights groups, can sue under the Voting Rights Act, a decision that would deal a major blow to the anti-discriminatory protections included in the landmark law. The ruling, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, said only the U.S. attorney general has the power to introduce legal challenges under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or language of minority groups.
https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4319132-court-says-private-citizens-civil-rights-groups-cant-sue-under-voting-rights-act/
https://archive.ph/kNU1R

Libraries, summer school, police and composting face cuts amid NYC budget crisis
Libraries announced that they would soon be forced to end Sunday services at every branch except one. Beginning in 2024, only the Kew Gardens library in Queens will have Sunday hours. In a move that could affect the mayor’s priority on public safety, the NYPD is set to freeze hiring and suspend the next five police academy classes, according to budget officials. The number of police officers is set to fall below 30,000 by 2025, the lowest headcount in decades.
https://gothamist.com/news/libraries-summer-school-police-and-composting-face-cuts-amid-nyc-budget-crisis

California Democrats say pro-Palestinian protesters who broke rules will be ‘held accountable’
Protesters demanding a cease-fire in Gaza overwhelmed security guards and poured into the convention center on Saturday evening, leading the party to cancel planned caucuses. Earlier in the day, demonstrators shouted over and cut short a forum for U.S. Senate candidates. Hicks did not elaborate on potential punishments. The party’s code of conduct says violators can be barred from attending events or stripped of their delegate status.
https://www.politico.com/news/2023/11/19/california-democratic-party-pro-palestinian-protesters-00127964
https://archive.ph/EeOjf

Biden's Key Climate Law Gives Big Oil a 'Massive Escape Hatch': Analysis
The report, said Oil Change International (OCI) as it released the new findings, proves that the Biden administration can't rely on the IRA to demonstrate its commitment to the emissions reduction that scientists agree is needed to mitigate the climate crisis. … "The model projects that despite the IRA's investment in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and batteries, the United States could still miss its Paris Agreement goal of reducing U.S. emissions by 50 to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030," reads the report, noting that as the world's largest historical emitter of fossil fuel emissions, the U.S. has a responsibility to "cut its emissions faster than the global average."
https://www.commondreams.org/news/ira-fossil-fuels

Democrats clash over conditioning aid to Israel
The U.S. provides $3.8 billion a year in aid to Israel and the Biden administration wants $14.3 billion more," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said in a statement Saturday. Israel's government "must understand that not one penny will be coming to Israel from the U.S. unless there is a fundamental change in their military and political positions," he added. Sanders' proposed demands on Israel include a "significant pause in military operations" in Gaza, no long-term "re-occupation or blockade" of Gaza, an end to settler violence in the West Bank and a commitment to "broad peace talks for a two-state solution in the wake of the war."
https://www.axios.com/2023/11/19/democrats-clash-over-conditioning-aid-to-israel

 No.1683199

Defeatism and antimilitarism
We present here our translation of the text “Defeatism and antimilitarism: Only possible class response to the war in Ukraine” written by “Centro di documentazione contro la guerra” originally published in June 2023 in Italian on their website. We consider this text to be one of the clearest expressions of the revolutionary defeatism in the current anti-war movement. We would like to especially underline several very strong points, that the comrades are developing in this text: The insistence on the necessity to organize practical actions on the “home front” of “our own” camp, like blocking the deliveries of the military material to the front. The insistence on an uncompromising stance opposing both sides of the inter-imperialist war in Ukraine and defending the third camp of revolutionary defeatism even against the pacifist calls of the social-democratic forces. The insistence on the fact that “War in Ukraine” is not just one of many wars, but has a central place in the forming global military confrontation between two opposing blocks. The recently unfolding war in the Middle East, centered on the relentless slaughter of the proletarians in “Gaza” seems to becoming the second such a place.
https://libcom.org/article/defeatism-and-antimilitarism

The “Human Shields” Defense of Bombing Gaza’s Civilians Is Morally Bankrupt
Progressive commentator Ana Kasparian recently appeared on the popular right-wing podcast PBD. The interview ranged over several subjects, but her most intense debate with the two hosts was about Israel’s assault on Gaza. Kasparian expressed horror at the civilian death toll, which she compared to historical atrocities like the Armenian genocide during and after World War I. In response, one of the hosts accused her of falling for a liberal “media narrative.” The Israeli military didn’t want to kill civilians, he told her. The problem is that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields.” In response, Kasparian asked him if he had any kids. When he said no, she switched examples: "OK, your mother. You talked about your mother. If an armed gunman grabbed your mother [and] had a gun to her head . . . and he is confronted by the authorities . . . they just decide, you know what? We’re not going to negotiate. We’re not going to do anything. We’re just going to shoot the hell out of both of them. And then they come to you and say, well, your mother, sorry, was a human shield. Would you accept that argument?" The host refused to engage with what he called a “random story” about his mother. But Kasparian’s point was clear. The problem with the “human shields” defense of Israel’s actions isn’t just that the factual premise is often dubious — although it is. It’s that even if that premise were completely correct, the use of the “human shields” dodge as a justification for bombing civilian targets would be absurd on its own terms.
https://jacobin.com/2023/11/human-shields-bombing-gaza-palestine-israel-defense-forces-morally-bankrupt

Time to ditch neoliberalism and invest in young people
AHEAD of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this Wednesday demands are coming from the Tory press for further tax cuts for the rich. The Telegraph leads the call for a cut in inheritance tax — benefiting just the top 5 per cent. Others are calling for cuts in income tax — again skewed to shore up support from richer Tory voters now deserting to Reform UK. Against this local councils have issued today desperate warnings that key services for vulnerable children are unsustainable. These are among the 4.2 million children currently living in poverty who have already been some of the main victims of Covid austerity and the inflationary crisis. However, such calls could equally be made for the NHS, for schools, for fire, ambulance and emergency services, for public-sector housing and for benefits. All these basic services have been scarred by two inflationary years of corporate profiteering which has also left the bottom 10 per cent of our population 7 per cent poorer — and the top 10 per cent 7 per cent richer. For a country already with the second-most unequal income distribution in Europe, calls for tax cuts reveal the crass insensitivity, as well as the political panic, of our rulers.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/time-ditch-neoliberalism-and-invest-young-people

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