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Are we facing limits to economic growth?
TO answer the question, it depends what you mean by “growth” — what kind of growth, who controls and benefits from it and what its longer term consequences might be for our Earth. Capitalism is clearly in crisis; stagnating and destroying the environment as it does so — but what about the broader prospects for the wellbeing of our planet and its peoples? Fifty years ago the “Club of Rome,” an “invisible college” of “notable scientists, economists, business executives, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the (mainly capitalist) world, declared that “growth” (of all types) was unsustainable — and funded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to produce a computer model to “prove” it. The Limits to Growth published in 1972 concluded that “if the present trends in world population, industrialisation, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next hundred years … the most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.” Two million copies of the book were sold worldwide, and it received wide media attention. For many people the computer printouts provided “scientific” confirmation of the worst environmentalist prophesies of imminent ecocatastrophe. Reactions from the right and left were mixed, varying from cocky optimism (that capitalism — or socialism — would “automatically” solve the problems) to despair. A team at Sussex University’s Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) under its director, the Marxist economist Chris Freeman, analysed the models in depth. Making the point that all computer output depends essentially on the quality of the input on the data and assumptions on which the computer model is based — they declared that “computer models cannot replace theory.”

Letter from an Antifa Militant in Rojava
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San Francisco Airport fast food workers win raises, better health care
It took a short strike, a peaceful sit-in which led to 41 arrests, and a viral video about workers who can’t afford the fast-food meals they serve their customers, but 1,000 San Francisco Airport food service workers won tentative agreement on a better contract featuring “significant” raises and employer-paid family health care.

Strike against national food distributor Sysco started in Syracuse. Now it’s spreading
A strike against national food distributor Sysco that started in Central New York last week seems to be gaining momentum elsewhere. More than 300 workers represented by Teamsters union Local 653 walked off the job at Sysco in Boston on Saturday. That was three days after more than 230 drivers and warehouse workers from Local 317 in Syracuse set up picket lines at the Sysco distribution center on Warners Road near the New York State Thruway in Van Buren.

LA restricts water flow to wasteful celebrity mansions: ‘No matter how rich, we’ll treat you the same’
Restrictors have already been placed on homes owned by multiple celebrities –including the comedian Kevin Hart, rapper The Game, and Kourtney Kardashian’s ex, Scott Disick, according to water district records reviewed by the Guardian. Other famous names could be next – addresses linked to Kim Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone and Madonna have all been included on lists of violators who were eligible for flow restrictors.

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Tunisian labour union warns of strikes as IMF talks loom
Tunisia's powerful UGTT labour union has no deal with the government on reforming subsidies and publicly owned companies and will lead street protests over any "painful" changes, it said on Monday, potentially complicating foreign bailout talks. The government is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a rescue package that could unlock further bilateral aid for Tunisia to help it avert a looming crisis in public finances.

Iranian Communists slam Ayatollah Khamenei's claim that protests are orchestrated by US
“The Islamic Republic has never passed up an opportunity to label [protesters] agents of Western imperialism,” Tudeh Party of Iran international secretary Navid Shomali told the Morning Star. “No, the movement which has yet to show any sign of abating despite brutal repression expresses popular revulsion against the theocratic dictatorship, the culmination of more than four decades of the Iranian people’s anger, disgust, and hatred at the ruling criminal regime.

Evidence emerges of Azerbaijani executions of Armenian captives
Video evidence has emerged of Azerbaijani soldiers executing several Armenian soldiers who had been taken captive. The video was released on Telegram channels on the morning of October 2. It depicted a group of Azerbaijani soldiers shooting a group of unarmed Armenian soldiers. One of the Azerbaijanis in the video is heard shouting “Stop! Don’t shoot!” but the shooting continued.
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The 1919 Elaine Massacre Was a Violent Response to Black Sharecropper Organizing
After the sun went down on Tuesday, September 30, 1919, black sharecroppers and their families descended upon the small church in Hoop Spur, outside of the eastern Arkansas town of Elaine, to attend the third-ever meeting of the local branch of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America (PFHUA). The excitement and hope in the packed building were palpable. Union leaders likely led the group in rallying songs like “The Favor,” set to the tune of “Maryland, My Maryland.” Throughout the region, sharecroppers generally received payment just once a year, at harvest time. After paying for housing and land rent, as well as purchasing food and supplies at the plantation commissary, most sharecroppers found themselves barely breaking even or, worse yet, still in debt. In previous years, cotton had only been selling for around 14 cents per pound. But in 1919, cotton was fetching over three times that amount, and landowners were raking in record profits. The time to act, the sharecroppers decided, was now. The PFHUA, formed a year earlier by a black man named Robert L. Hill, had established itself in three small communities across the county. Their aims were bold in the Jim Crow South: “We Battle For The Rights Of Our Race. In Union Is Strength. We Champion the Moral, Material, Political, and Intellectual Interests of Our Race.” Foremost on the union’s agenda was to break the chains of the tenant and landowner bond. Union members were encouraged to buy shares in a joint stock company, with the goal of one day buying their own land to farm. In nearby Ratio, five miles south of Elaine, members had enlisted a white lawyer named Ulysses S. Bratton to bring suit against their employer. Although still in its infancy, the union was immediately recognized as a threat by those in power. Collective worker action, black self-organization — these were anathema to the planter class that presided over the South’s plutocratic, white-supremacist order, which kept the masses divided, wages low, and labor brutalized. And the ruling class’s hysteria over organized black sharecroppers would soon trigger one of the worst episodes of racist, anti-labor violence in US history. too long. Click here to view the full text.


US Army misses recruiting goal; other services squeak by
The Army fell about 15,000 soldiers — or 25% — short of its recruitment goal this year, officials confirmed Friday, despite a frantic effort to make up the widely expected gap in a year when all the military services struggled in a tight jobs market to find young people willing and fit to enlist.

The US Navy said 'traces' of jet fuel were found in the water on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. A sailor says the problem was way worse.
The US Navy acknowledged recently that the water the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz uses to bathe and drink was contaminated by what it described as "traces" of jet fuel, but a sailor on the ship said the situation was worse than the service first let on.

California governor vetoes limits on solitary confinement
A bill known as the California Mandela Act, passed by the state legislature last month, would have limited the practice to no more than 15 consecutive days and banned its use for vulnerable people, such as pregnant women and those with physical and mental disabilities, among others.

Florida hospital without running water faces a sanitation crisis in the wake of Hurricane Ian
Hurricane Ian has created a burgeoning biohazard situation in at least one Florida hospital close to where the storm first made landfall. Staff members at the Health Park Medical Center in Fort Myers told NBC News that the facility's running water went out Wednesday and hasn't yet beePost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Thousands of car workers hit the street in protest in Germany over job cuts
About 2,000 members of the IG Metall and IG BCE unions protested in Hanover, where the supervisory board of vehicle parts manufacturer Continental was meeting on Thursday, against plans to close plants in Germany and slash up to 13,000 jobs, starting with 1,800 in Aachen.

Huge turnouts reported at UK cost of living strikes
Although UK Government limited to £2,500 (nearly $2,790) annual ceiling the energy companies will be able to charge their customers, protest organizers consider authorized increase will force millions of Britons to choose between heating or feeding themselves during coming winter. Protesters are also calling for a wage hike to cope with double-digit inflation, free meals at all school levels, better heating for the country’s houses, and higher taxes for high-income people.

Eurozone inflation hits record 10 percent
Eurozone inflation has hit a record high this month, reinforcing expectations for another big interest rate hike from the European Central Bank (ECB) in October. Price growth in the 19 countries sharing the euro accelerated to 10.0 percent in September from 9.1 percent a month earlier, data from Eurostat showed on Friday, beating expectations for a reading of 9.7 percent.

Russian forces withdraw from key Donbass city – military
Russian troops and Donbass forces have withdrawn from their defensive positions in the town of Krasny Liman, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement on SaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


It’s on the pickets and in the streets that the workers’ battles will be won
FROM the New Statesman stable of warmed-over Labour rightwingers comes the startling suggestion that the situation Liz Truss and her Chancellor find themselves in is analogous to that Jeremy Corbyn endured. Their staggering conceit is that the left-wing leadership elected by Labour’s vastly enlivened membership was in some sense the same as the Truss tendency in the Tory Party — an out-of-touch cadre of true believers unable to comprehend why they were failing to connect with the British people. There is a very superficial similarity here. Both Corbyn and Truss had support among their respective party memberships but did not enjoy the confidence of their parliamentary parties. There the similarity ends. Truss was elected from a small and declining pool of rather elderly reactionaries. Corbyn was elected by a stonking majority from a vastly expanded and increasing membership of progressive people and youth. Corbyn won the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945 and with an almost unprecedented total Labour vote. On current opinion polls the Tory Party under Truss is up to 33 points down. Current Tory Party policy is so unpopular that big business has commanded an audience in order to warn the two senior office-holders of state to do something double-quick about the crisis their policies has precipitated.

CP of Venezuela, III International Ideological Seminar: "The contemporary ideological struggle and the central vanguard role of the proletariat as revolutionary subjects in capitalism"
This third edition of the International Ideological Seminar has the purpose and orientation of producing contributions in the plane of the ideological struggle, especially in the examination of contemporary reactionary thought. This thought has, in a dangerous and effective way, been advancing, concentrating on the so-called de-colonial thought, whose origin is the Frankfurt School and contemporary Kautkism whose manifestations among sectors of the revolutionary proletariat present a diversity of theories in the ideological field that exert influence within the international workers' Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


Geico workers accuse company of aggressive tactics to deter union push
Workers at the office of about 2,500 employees in Amherst, New York, near Buffalo, say they have faced deteriorating working conditions in the past two years under the Geico CEO, Todd Combs. Combs is an investment manager and protege of billionaire Warren Buffett, whose firm Berkshire Hathaway owns Geico – known across the US for its ads featuring its English-accented gecko mascot.

Huge Arizona school voucher plan in effect after foes fail
All Arizona parents now can use state tax money to send their children to private or religious schools or pay homeschooling costs after an effort by public school advocates to block a massive expansion of the state’s private school voucher law failed to collect enough signatures to block it.

Dissenting union, Machinists District 19, negotiates new deal with railroads
With all unions now on board with either the mass pact Walsh worked out or with District 19’s pact, there will be a new 60-day “cooling-off” period through December 9. During that time, rail union members or boards will vote, railroads can’t lock workers out and workers can’t strike. That’s important for the economy. The big freight railroads carry 30%-40% of U.S. goods between production sites and/or cargo docks and final destinations. They transport everything from coal to cars to cattle feed to oil and are vital to the nation’s already creaky supply chain.

Delta pilots union raises stakes in labor contract negotiations
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Workers mobilize across France demanding rise in wages and more purchasing power
On Thursday, September 29, working class sections in France observed a national day of action demanding an increase in wages and purchasing power. The call for the mobilization was given by trade unions including the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), FSU, and Solidaires, and youth and student groups like the Young Communist Movement of France (MJCF), Union of Communist Students (UEC), and others. Workers and young people held marches in around 200 locations across France, including in Paris, Marseilles, Nantes, Le Havre, Lille, and Strasbourg.

Postal workers launch fresh strike against ‘Uberisation’ of Royal Mail
THOUSANDS of postal workers across the country began a 48-hour strike action today morning against the “Uberisation” of Royal Mail. About 115,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) gathered today to demand better pay and working conditions, and are set to be back today for more.

Number of people now homeless hits another dismal record: 10,805
The number of people who are homeless in the State and relying on emergency accommodation has increased to a record 10,805, including more than 3,000 children. Latest Department of Housing figures show there has been a 237-person increase in the number of people who were homeless last month. The number of people being counted as homeless has increased from a previous record high of 10,568 in July.
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Iraqi CP, Stop the repeated brutal attacks on Iraq by neighbouring states
The Iraqi Communist Party has denounced the repeated armed attacks on Iraqi cities and towns in the Kurdistan region by Turkey and Iran. Comrade Ali Sahib, member of the party’s Political Bureau, said in a statement he gave to the party’s daily newspaper “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path) that the repeated attacks are based on false pretexts, and constitute a flagrant violation of Iraq's sovereignty. He added that the Iranian attacks led to the martyrdom of citizens and the wounding of others, as well as terrorizing defenceless citizens, at a time when the Iraqi government is unable to take any action to stop these cowardly attacks. Thirteen people were killed and 58 wounded in the Iranian bombing of the Kurdistan region on Wednesday. The attack also affected a number of schools for children and also civilians, injuring children and women, and caused heavy losses. Sahib pointed out that "the continuation of the attacks on Iraqi territory aims to divert the attention of the public opinion from what is happening inside Iran, and constitutes an attempt to export its problems abroad."

Labour conference: Preparing to captain a sinking ship
With the pound and the Tories’ polling figures plummeting in tandem, there was a mood of optimism amongst the Labour leadership at this week’s annual conference in Liverpool. As incoming prime minister Liz Truss and her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, crash the UK economy into a ditch, the Labour Party feels increasingly confident that they will form the next government. Keir Starmer can gain little credit for this, however. If Labour wins the next election, it will be by default; the result of a collapse in the Tory vote, rather than any groundswell of support behind Labour. Conference 2021aIn truth, there is little enthusiasm amongst workers for the prospect of a Starmer government. Nor was there much attention paid to this year’s Labour conference by grassroots activists, who are instead focused on the upcoming wave of coordinated industrial action and protest, starting this Saturday. Starmer has consistently refused to bPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Six Republican-led states sue to halt Biden's bid to forgive student loans
Six Republican-led states on Thursday filed a challenge to the Biden administration's student loan cancellation program in federal court in Missouri on Thursday. In the lawsuit, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina asked the court for an immediate temporary restraining order pausing the program. Prompt relief is being sought because the Biden administration has indicated it will start cancelling loan balances as early as next week, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said in a statement.

Ebay executive given nearly five years for terrorizing couple reporting on firm
David Steiner, who along with his wife was the target of the harassment campaign, told the court that eBay’s former senior director of safety and security James Baugh and other eBay employees made their lives “a living hell”. He expressed fear that other companies would use it as a blueprint to go after journalists in the future.

Biden to oil industry: Don’t raise prices due to hurricane
President Joe Biden on Wednesday warned oil and gas companies against increasing prices for consumers as Hurricane Ian lashed Florida’s southwest coast. “Do not, let me repeat, do not use this as an excuse to raise gasoline prices or gouge the American people,” Biden said at the start of a conference on hunger in America and just hours before the hurricane made landfall as a massive Category 4 storm.

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Palestine: West Bank announces strike after Israeli raids
Palestinians have launched a general strike in the occupied West Bank cities of Jenin, Hebron and other towns in protest at the Israeli military raid on Jenin that left four Palestinians dead on Wednesday. Wafa news agency reported that on Thursday, dozens of shops in Jenin city and nearby villages had closed after a day of mourning, during which thousands of Palestinians buried the four victims. … Several schools and universities announced a day of mourning in Jenin and closed their doors on Thursday. On Wednesday, a day of mourning had been announced in Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and Bethlehem.

Prominent Franco-Palestinian lawyer goes on hunger strike
Franco-Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hamouri, who has been held by the Israeli authorities without charges for more than half a year, joined a mass hunger strike earlier this week. The name of Hamouri, who is both a Palestinian and French national, appeared on a list of 30 prisoners who recently announced their protest against the Israeli practice of administrative detention.

Iraq parliament legal advisor rules Sadrist MPs' resignations illegal
Two Sadrist leaders welcomed the news and told MEE that the movement’s return to parliament has become a necessity and inevitable reality, insisting there was no alternative to ending Iraq’s political crisis than this. The movement of influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr emerged from the elections in October last year as the largest party, winning 73 seats. Sadr then attempted to form a government with his Sunni and Kurdish allies that would have marginalised Iranian-backed Shia factions. too long. Click here to view the full text.


A History of the Armed Struggle of the ELN in Colombia
The National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group traces its origins back to 1964. A small group of Marxists inspired by the Cuban revolution founded it on July 4 of that year in La Fortuna, San Vicente de Chucurí municipality, in Colombia’s northeastern department of Santander. The ELN carried out its first armed action in January 1965, in the neighboring municipality of Simacota. Unlike the FARC, whose leadership started out peasant-based and close to Colombia’s Soviet-aligned Communist Party, the ELN was founded chiefly by radical students who had trained in post-revolutionary Cuba. The Castro government had brought 18 Colombian students to study there in 1963, where they received military training as the “José Antonio Galán Pro-Liberation Brigade.” That unit’s leader, Fabio Vásquez Castaño, directed the ELN’s formal founding a year later. Vásquez and the ELN’s other founders chose rural Santander department as their starting place in emulation of the Castro rebellion’s strategy in Cuba. This meant starting a small presence, or “foco,” in an ungoverned area (an analogue to Cuba’s Sierra Maestra mountains), then expanding militarily and politically until strong enough to topple the government.

The special crisis of British capitalism
“I think the UK is behaving a bit like an emerging market turning itself into a submerging market,” said Larry Summers, former US Treasury Secretary, this week. Summers was commenting on Tory chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget, which has caused a collapse of the pound on a worse scale than that seen in the early 1990s, after 9/11, or as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, Brexit, or COVID. A collapsing currency is a sign that the international capitalist class view the UK economy as weak and unstable, and its Tory helmsmen as unreliable and reckless. At a time when the whole world economy is weak and unstable, the UK economy is deemed an exceptionally bad case. Even the IMF has stuck its oar in, criticising the Tory government’s economic plans, and stating that Britain is now being “closely monitored”. As the BBC commentedPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Tensions rise in West Coast port labor battles, with unions and management trading accusations
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has been accused of using slowdown tactics that have reduced cargo handling, according to a report in trade publication JOC. The finger-pointing comes at a time when labor negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (which represents the terminals and ocean carriers) are about to enter a fourth month. Dockworkers have been working without a contract since July.

Unwilling or unable to evacuate, some Florida residents ride out Hurricane Ian
Some 2.5 million coastal residents and others in danger zones around Tampa, Ft. Myers and nearby communities were ordered or encouraged to evacuate ahead of the massive storm. But many did not, with some simply vowing to ride it out and others unable to leave for financial or other reasons.

Democrats Unveil Bill to Restrict Trading by Lawmakers, Presidents
A House proposal to restrict stock ownership and trading by members of Congress, the president and vice president, Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking government officials is mired in Democratic in-fighting, threatening supporters’ hopes for a pre-election victory. The bill’s sponsors planned to introduce the legislation on Wednesday, but multiple House officials familiar with Democrats’ discussions said any floor action on the bill almost certainly is shelved, at least for now. Lawmakers are scheduled to leave Washington this week until after the November election. too long. Click here to view the full text.


Iranian attacks on Southern Kurdistan result in deaths and injuries
For five days, Iran has been attacking areas in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) with drones and missiles. The wave of attacks is directed against bases of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran (PDK-I), the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) and Komala in the provinces of Hewlêr (Erbil) and Sulaymaniyah. According to initial information from the PDK-I, two of its members were killed in the district of Koyê near Hewlêr, and dozens more were injured. The massive bombardment caused panic among the population; people fleeing can be seen on social media videos.

Israeli forces kill four Palestinians and injure scores more in Jenin raid
Four Palestinians, including the brother of a man blamed for a deadly attack in Tel Aviv earlier this year, were killed on Wednesday during an Israeli raid in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry recorded four deaths during the raid in Jenin, including Abed Khazem, brother of Raad Khazem, named by Israel as the killer of three Israelis in a Tel Aviv shooting spree on 7 April. The ministry said 44 Palestinians had also been wounded by live fire during the raid.

Seven wounded in rocket attack on Iraq's Green Zone as parliament sits
The attack came before police fired tear gas and stun grenades to push back several hundred supporters of firebrand Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr who were seeking to reach the fortified area, an AFP correspondent said. … Rockets hit different parts of the Green Zone, home to Western embassies and government offices, as well as to the legislature, which has been the site protest camps this year. too long. Click here to view the full text.


Duran Kalkan: Either the world ends or capitalism stops
Duran Kalkan, from the PKK Executive Committee, wrote in a text published on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) website that "either the world ends or capitalism stops" and added that "one cannot expect capitalism to resolve its contradictions." Either the world ends or capitalism stops :When there were no European revolutions after the Russian Revolution, theories such as 'socialism in one country, communism in one country and periods of depression in between' were developed.' Rêber Apo [Abdullah Öcalan] refers to this phase as 'the cancerous period of capitalism'. In other words, capitalism means the consumption of nature, society and the individual. At that point, either the world will end, everything will be destroyed, or capitalism will stop. Just as the form of exploitation has been weakened by various thoughts, religions, mythology, science, philosophy and morality since Sumer, there will now be a revolutionary development that will stop and end capitalism. This is the revolution; this is the essence of socialism.”

In Italy we need the Communists!
The government that will be formed in the upcoming weeks will be in perfect continuity with the previous center-right, center-left and “tehnocratic” governments. It will manage the capitalist crisis which was aggravated by the pandemic and the outbreak of the imperialist conflict in Ukraine, guaranteeing the Euro-Atlantic loyalty and Italy's participation in NATO's plans. It will govern in the name of the interests of the big monopolies, loading the cost of the crisis – in terms of increasing the cost of living, repression, precariousness, decreasing actual wages and rights – on the shoulders of the working class and popular strata. The victory of the nationalist and conservative right does not leave us indifferent. We aren't indifferent to the shift to the right of the entire Italian political exis, where the center-right becomes rights while maintaining the same electoral basin but seeing the internal balance of power changed, the social democrats becoming liberals and those who try to launch radical choices from the “left” doesPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Police investigating viral video showing confrontation between Denton landlord, tenant
Denton police are investigating a video that went viral on social media Wednesday night of a Denton landlord with a gun telling his tenant “we’ll see what I do” when asked if he would shoot. The persons depicted in the video are a tenant and landlord, according to a statement the Denton Police Department released on Thursday. In the video, the landlord is shown holding a firearm and asks if the person recording knows what he is holding and said he wanted to make sure the tenant “knew it was here.” The video then cuts to the two standing on the stairs and the landlord saying he would protect himself.

Remote workers are increasingly surveilled, as manager paranoia surges
The uptick in monitoring happened as more workers went remote, and managers increasingly worried that they weren't working. "Productivity paranoia," is what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called it in an interview last week. The number of employers who use some kind of worker surveillance doubled since the pandemic, the vice president of HR research at Gartner tells the WSJ. Two-thirds of medium-to-large companies now do this, up from one-third, he says.

Kroger and union for Columbus-area workers resume contract negotiations
The two sides have been at odds since union members rejected the latest three-year contract offer from management and overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike notice earlier this month. Negotiators for the company and the union that represents about 8,000 local Kroger workers at 78 stores have urged members to approve the deal.
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Sudan: Tax increases and salary issues spark more strikes
The wave of strikes in Sudan continues in full force. Traders and Merchants went on strike in several states to protest exorbitant tax increases, a new strategy of the government to fill the national treasury. Other workers went on strike to demand fair salaries and unpaid financial dues amidst the economic crisis. … Electricity workers embarked on a renewed partial strike on Sunday, which was turned into a comprehensive strike yesterday, to protest the decision by the Ministry of Finance to retract the implementation of a new salary structure that had been previously approved.

Sudanese officials push for mass burial of corpses, but activists fear cover-up
SUDANESE medical officials have warned that more than 1,500 unidentified bodies piled up in several morgues could lead to an outbreak of disease, but there have been allegations that the government is covering up the causes of death. Among the deceased are believed to be pro-democracy protesters, who activists say were killed by government forces.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members ready to serve ANC with divorce papers
Delegates spent time drafting their divorce papers from the ANC, which they have accused of continuing to pursue a neoliberal economic trajectory. This comes a day after they humiliated the ANC’s national chairperson, Gwede Mantashe, refusing him to address them. Workers said they had enough of a tone-deaf governing party, which refused to implement in government what was agreed to within the tripartite alliance. They now want the SA Communist Party (SACP) to take on the ANC and contest the upcoming national elections in 2024.
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Fossil Fuel–Backed “Clean Power” Advocates Are Greenwashing Democrats’ Pipeline Deal
“A leading renewables trade group says that without permitting reform, roughly 100 gigawatts of clean energy expected to be deployed by 2030 is at risk of not being built,” a New York Times climate reporter tweeted Thursday, citing the American Clean Power Association’s memo pushing the legislation. The lobbying group’s estimate was also cited in a Financial Times article about the clean energy industry’s support for permitting reform, as well as referenced in other major media outlets. While the association does include clean energy companies, it is also one of many conduits for fossil fuel–reliant corporations to try to position themselves as part of a green future. In Congress, those conglomerates that own and rely on fossil fuels are spearheading the “all of the above” legislative strategy embodied by the Inflation Reduction Act and now adopted by the permitting deal, which would grant the president the power to designate twenty-five energy projects for quick federal approval. Both bills link clean and dirty power together as if they must grow in tandem, even as scientists warn that fossil fuel buildouts must end to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. The American Clean Power Association plays a key role in this “all of the above” strategy. It is the environmentally friendly brand that sells permitting legislation as a climate victory by touting its benefits for clean energy interests — without mentioning that the bill is first and foremost an oil and gas infrastructure bill that could benefit parts of their members’ business that rely on fossil fuel.

Thinking differently about the sex trade
THE next time you’re in a crowded place — a pub perhaps or a train coming home from work — you might want to imagine what it would be like to have to have some form of sexual intimacy with each man you can see. Oral sex? A hand job? “Penis in vagina” sex? What about anal? One man after another after another. Each one expecting, demanding even, that you act pleased to see him, thrilled at the sight of his genitals, at his smell, his standard of hygiene, his urgent penetration of your private cavitiesPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


'Huge Victory': Starbucks Agrees to Begin Contract Talks With 230+ Union Stores
Starbucks Workers United celebrated a "huge victory" Monday after the coffee giant committed to begin the bargaining process with nearly 240 unionized stores across the United States, progress that organizers attributed to relentless grassroots pressure from employees as the corporation dragged its feet.

1 shot, officer injured in Chicago police facility incident
One person was shot and a Chicago police officer was wounded Monday during an incident inside a police facility on the city’s West Side, officials said. Shots were fired shortly before noon at the building in Homan Square, police spokesman Tom Ahern told WGN-TV.

New ‘Striketober’ looms as US walkouts increase amid surge in union activity
Thousands of workers around the US are going on strike or threatening to do so heading into October, amid a recent surge of labor action activity in America and just one month before crucial midterm elections. Support for labor unions in the US has grown over the past year, as a surge in organizing has resulted in workers winning union elections at major corporations including Starbucks, Amazon, Apple, Chipotle, Trader Joe’s, Google, REI and Verizon.

80+ Democrats Urge Biden EPA to Accept Union Demands
More than 80 congressional Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to accept the proposals of its largest union—the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, which represents more than 7,500 EPA workers—amid ongoing contract negotiations.
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Cubans approve same-sex marriage in referendum
The code, which contains more than 400 articles, was approved by 66.9 per cent to 33.1 per cent, National Electoral Council president Alina Balseiro Gutierrez reported, though the returns from a few polling stations are still to be counted. The reforms had met unusually strong resistance from the growing evangelical Christian movement in Cuba despite an extensive government campaign in favour of the code, including thousands of informative meetings and extensive media coverage backing the measures.

Lula Calls for Fighting Abstention to Avoid a 'Trump Effect'
Lula recalled that Robert de Niro referred in derogatory terms to Donald Trump. In his reply to the harsh criticism, however, the Republican candidate reminded the artist that he would not have won if eight million Democratic voters had actually gone to the polls. But they didn't. For this reason, the Brazilian left-wing candidate asked all citizens, even those who would not vote for him and for the Workers' Party candidates, to attend the polling stations.

'I need my salary': anger as Lebanese banks reopen
Depositors scuffled and long lines formed at Lebanese banks Monday as they partially reopened after a week-long closure following a slew of heists by customers desperate to access their money. But most banks remained shut, welcoming only a handful of depositors on appointment, and there was anger from those seeking to withdraw frozen funds desperately needed to weather a crushing economic crisis.

Tunisians protest against high prices and food shortage
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Statement of the Central Committee of The Revolutionary Communist Youth League Bolshevik RKSM(b) on the eve of the possible outbreak of the Third World War
We urge all friendly communist youth leagues to get rid of illusions about the situation in Russia, it’s international role and it’s inner politics. The Russian ruling class only drapes itself in red fabric and memories about the Victory of the Soviet People over Nazism. The anti-communist propaganda in Russia gets stronger every day, monuments to Lenin are tacitly removed. The so called liberated territories of Ukraine are seeing how the ukrainian natonalist ideology is being replaced by the century-old Great-Russian chauvinism, monarchism and reactionary ideas of the “Russian world”. The social order in our country is resembling a somewhat twisted blend of Tsarism and the Pinochet regime of Chile. Communists in Russia who did not betray their ideals are forced to go further underground. The Russian Revolutionary Communist Youth League – RKSM(b) declares its true devotion to ideas of the social revolution and proletarian internationalism. Today, as we stand on the brink of the Third World War, one slogan stays relevant: Proletarians of all countries, unite!

Reformism Has Never Made Revolutions
When the exploited decide to entrust the destiny of their lives in their own hands, all those sectors whose existence depends on exploitation unite against them, applying various strategies to contain and defeat them. Thus, from right to left, all the parties that defend the fundamental categories of capitalist civilization are committed. In the ’60s and ’70s an immense international revolutionary wave was taking place, and in Chile a process that captured the attention of the whole world was taking shape. This process was not limited to the vicissitudes of the reformist alliance of the Popular Unity, with Allende at its head. On the contrary, it was emerging from a growing social movement that expressed itself heterogeneously in factory occupations, land and farm seizures, soup kitchens, cultural associations, and a wide range of coPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Amazon accused of singling out, harassing union organizers
If unable to mount a defense against charges from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the internet mega-corp will be forced to tear up its rules on what staff can and can't do in break rooms and other non-work areas on Amazon property. Rules such as, you guessed it, not putting up pro-union posters.

Rail Unions Say Deal Offers Gains on Scheduling; Some Workers Scoff
Mr. Lindsey said the time-off provision for routine medical appointments was unsatisfactory because workers often did not know 30 days in advance if they needed to see a doctor. He also said the union was typically able to undo any discipline that workers had received as a result of having taken time off for medical reasons, so the proposed terms would not have a major practical effect.(Dennis Pierce, the president of the locomotive engineers union, made a similar point in an interview last week.) Mr. Lindsey also said a shift to self-supporting pools would formalize the unpredictability in scheduling that had been exhausting workers amid staffing shortages over the past few years — the source of the frustration that had brought unions close to striking.

Vt. officials float plan to privatize state retirees’ health care
State employee retirees right now have Medicare through the federal government and supplemental health care plans through the Vermont State Employees Union. Those supplemental plans are similar to what current state employees have. But a new plan from the Scott administration would switch some 6,000 retired employees into a private Medicare Advantage plan. too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Mexico City police injured by explosion at protest
The protest was just one of a host of activities planned in advance of Monday’s 8th anniversary of the students’ disappearances. Protests that includes relatives of the disappeared students have usually remained peaceful. Thursday’s demonstration started that way too, with chants and speeches. Most of the protesters boarded buses and left before a small group that stayed behind clashed with police. Some masked protesters threw rocks and launched bottle rockets into police lines. Others spray painted areas around the building with demands for the missing students’ safe return.

Environment Ministry Warns PetroPerú About Oil Spill
The measures issued by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (Minam) include the "installation of mechanical barriers, the recovery of the hydrocarbon, the cleaning of the affected area and the management of solid waste derived from the emergencies." These measures come from the Environmental Evaluation and Oversight Agency (OEFA), attached to Minam in order to ensure the protection of the affected area, according to the ministry.

Activists raise red flag over Argentina’s green hydrogen project
The company aiming to build the project, Fortescue Future Industries, says it would create more than 15,000 direct jobs and put the province at the forefront of Argentina’s energy transition. But local activists say it could violate Indigenous land rights, harm the natural environment and endanger threatened condors.
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CP of Venezuela, PCV demands urgent approval of a wage indexation law in view of the deterioration of living conditions
The Communist Party of Venezuela made a call this Monday to the National Government, particularly to the National Assembly, for the urgent approval of a law for the indexation of salaries and pensions to the basic basket of goods and services. The declaration was given by the president of the PCV, Perfecto Abreu Nieves, during a press conference in which he explained that this is the best answer that can be given to "the high levels of inflation; to face the permanent devaluation of the Bolivar and the precarization of the living conditions of the people". "We call on the workers of the Public Administration and the private sector, also to the community movement to join our efforts and struggles to conquer this law", said the member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PCV. Abreu Nieves ratified the solidarity of the PCV with the organizations that mobilized last Thursday, September 15, to the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to demand a favorable response from the Judiciary on the appeal for the repeal of the National Budget Office (ONAPRE) instructions. "The TSJ has to establish the responsibilities of those who applied this instruction; the concrete fact is that thousands of workers of the Public Administration were aggrieved and their contractual rights were violated", he added. The leader also urged the workers of the National Public Administration to "strongly oppose the fractioned payment of the Christmas bonus". "It is more difficult to administer a fragmented Christmas bonus -precarious in itself because of the level of wages- to solve the enormous problems that each worker has at home", explained Abreu Nieves after urging the popular movement to "surround with solidarity these just struggles for the conquests achieved in difficult conditions and long struggles against the employers".

Ukrainian, Russian young communists give lesson on proletarian internationalism
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Workers speak out against constitutional amendment at Knoxville Teamsters Union
Four proposed amendments will be on the ballot during the upcoming election in November as people debate Constitutional Amendment #1. Voters will be asked to check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether the ‘right-to-work’ law should be added to Tennessee’s constitution. There was hardly an empty seat Thursday evening at the Teamsters Local Union 519 in Knoxville as many questioned making an addition to the state’s constitution.

Elijah McClain died due to sedative, police restraint: Autopsy
A Black man died after a police encounter in the US state of Colorado in 2019 because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained, according to an amended autopsy report publicly released on Friday.

Ex-Illinois cop charged in 2020 fatal shooting of Black man
A former suburban Chicago police officer who was fired after he shot into a car two years ago, killing a Black man and seriously wounding the man’s girlfriend, has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, authorities announced on Thursday.

Stoughton police officers had inappropriate relationships with young woman who was later found dead, officials say
Three former Stoughton Police Department officers and an officer with another department are accused of having inappropriate relationships with a teenager, who, years later, was found dead in her home. SanPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


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Colombia’s largest FARC dissident group declares unilateral ceasefire
The commander of the majority of Colombia’s dissident FARC guerrillas declared a unilateral ceasefire ahead of a possible multilateral ceasefire that includes the security forces. In a video published by guerrilla organization CCO, guerrilla commander “Ivan Mordisco” of the Southeastern Bloc announced on Friday that “all FARC guerrillas are ordered to avoid confrontations with the security forces as much as possible.”

U.S. tells Lula it plans to quickly recognize Brazil election winner, sources say
U.S. diplomats have assured Brazil's leading presidential candidate, leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, that they will swiftly recognize the winner of next month's election, two sources told Reuters, seeking to avert any attempt to contest a legitimate result or sow chaos after the vote.

South Africa Raises Policy Rate by 75 Basis Points
This means the current repurchase rate of 5.5 percent will now increase to 6.25 percent and the prime lending rate to 9.75 percent. The bank has raised the repurchase rate for the sixth successive time since November last year. Three members of the committee favored the announced increase while two members favored a 100 basis point hike.

CPI, Left outfits stage protest against price rise
The Communist Party of India (CPI) and other Left organisations took out a protest march against what they called anti-people policies of the Central government in Belagavi on Friday. The proPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Canadian Law Professors Are Speaking Out in Support of Palestinian Human Rights Defenders
On August 18, 2022, the Israeli military raided the offices of seven Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations in Ramallah. The groups reported that troops busted down doors without warning and seized property. This latest move follows Israel’s decision, in October 2021, to designate six of the seven groups as fronts for terrorism. No credible evidence for the charge has ever been produced. An independent investigation found no basis for concern. European donors have continued to fund the organizations’ important work. Yet remarkably, Israel has suffered no diplomatic, legal, or other consequences for its brazen lie. The failure of allies to call out the Israeli government and press for a reversal gave it a green light to take its repression to the next level. The office raids will likely be followed by increasingly violent and menacing action. With no defense and meek international support, a veteran human rights community now faces the likelihood of obliteration as the world stands by watching, doing nothing. On November 4, 2021, a group of Canadian law professors sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Attorney General David Lametti, and Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, urging them to take action to protect the targeted Palestinian human rights organizations. We asked the leaders to leverage Canada’s relationship with Israel and its professed commitment to democratic values to defend the work of the listed organizations. We pointed out that the human rights fact-finding, advocacy, and legal-aid work they do is rooted in the same values and commitments that Prime Minister Trudeau’s caucus claims to champion.

A Socialist Take on the Women’s March Convention
On the weekend of August 12, over 1,700 people converged on Houston, Texas, for the Women’s March Convention. Upon check-in at the almost $200 per night Hilton hotel, the convention displayed in the lobby beautifully painted “protest signs” that read “My Body, My Choice,” “El lugar de la mujer es en la resistencia (women’s place is in the resistance)” and “The whole damn system is wrong.” Images Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


BNSF sues deadly Amtrak crash victims, says they checked boxes in order to buy tickets
BNSF Railway filed a lawsuit this week against victims and surviving family members of the summer’s deadly Amtrak train derailment in Mendon, MO, saying Terms And Conditions of buying the ticket included language barring them from suing the railroad. … National Transportation Safety Board investigators had determined that the crossing where the crash occurred did not have safety mechanisms in place—including crossing arms, bells or lights. The train derailed after colliding with a dump truck at the crossing.

Uber and Lyft drivers net less than $7 an hour after California law passed, driver-led study finds
“The ride-hailing companies and DoorDash were throwing millions of dollars at it, but not at me,” said Dominique Smith, a driver for Uber and Lyft in the Bay Area, during a news conference Tuesday. “I definitely wasn’t a fan of Prop. 22 to begin with, and I’m definitely not a fan afterward.”

‘Dramatic’ rise in wildfire smoke triggers decline in US air quality for millions
Pockets of deeply unhealthy air have emerged mainly in the US west, the staging ground for wildfires of increasing intensity that have been fueled by years of fire suppression and global heating, priming forests to burn. Six of the seven largest wildfires in California’s recorded history have occurred since 2020.

Republicans block bill requiring dark money groups to reveal donors
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Residence of Swazi pro-democracy leader bombed by alleged state-sponsored hit-squad
In Swaziland’s eastern town of Siketi in the Lubombo region, an alleged state-sponsored hit-squad, bombed the residence of Mlungisi Makhanya, president of People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), after midnight at about 1 AM on September 20.

Sudan pensioners protest for improved pay
Demonstrators reportedly barricaded main roads in demand of a better pension pay arrangement, in accordance with the new salary structure and job grade. They called on the authorities to stop deductions to their pensions, and to launch an investigation into the misappropriation of the pension fund.

Over 500 animals killed by drought in northern Tanzania
At least 320 cattle and 250 goats have been killed by drought in Tanzania's northern region of Kilimanjaro between July and September, authorities said. David Laizer, chairperson of Mawala village in Moshi district, said the animals belonging to livestock keepers in the village were killed for lack of water and pasture caused by long dry spells.

Manila court rejects bid to declare rebels as terrorists
A Philippine court has dismissed a government petition to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed guerrilla wing as a terrorist organization in a decision that officials vowed to appeal but was welcomed by activists who have long rejected the labeling of rebels as terroPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction Is Essential Reading
W. E. B. Du Bois’s magnum opus, Black Reconstruction in America, 1860–1880, published in 1935, is one of the greatest scholarly studies of revolution and counterrevolution. It deserves a place on one’s bookshelf next to other modern classics, including Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution, C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins, Georges Lefebvre’s The Coming of the French Revolution, and Karl Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Scholars of revolutions, unfortunately, have not usually considered the US Civil War to be one of the great social revolutions of the modern era, akin to the French, Russian, and Chinese revolutions. Many readers, in fact, view Du Bois’s book much more narrowly, as a response to white-supremacist histories of the Reconstruction era (1865–1876) and, more particularly, a defense of the role of African-American politicians — and the black voters who elected them — in the Southern state governments of that time. Du Bois does present such a defense, but Black Reconstruction offers much, much more than this.

Hindutva-inspired fascists march on Leicester – A warning to the working class
Last Saturday, 17 September, far-right Hindu nationalists and fascists, masked and armed, marched through primarily working-class Muslim-majority areas of Leicester. By evening, these Hindutva-inspired extremists were congregating on Belgrave Road, shutting down half the golden mile, and facing-off against Muslims who had responded to their surprise march. Hundreds of police were brought in to divide the two groups, with a handful of arrests made subsequently. This march follows months of attacks in the city specifically targeting Muslims. On 22 May, a Muslim teenager was left hospitalised up by a gang of 30 Hindu-chauvinist thugs, equipped with poles and bats. The teenager was blocked in whilst walking to the park, asked what his name was, and if he was Muslim. He was lucky to escape with his life. These thugs were caught on CCTV. But the police proved to be impotent, and nobody was charged. Later, on Sunday 28 August, following an India-Pakistan cricket match, a mob of India fans chanted ‘Pakistan Murabad’. TPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Nearly 75% of Puerto Rico was still without power Wednesday in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. Meanwhile, aerial footage showed extreme flooding was still widespread.
The power outage situation in Puerto Rico remained dire for a fourth day on Wednesday due to the impacts from Hurricane Fiona, which moved away from the Turks and Caicos after pummeling the islands on Tuesday as a Category 3 storm. By Wednesday morning, Fiona was headed northward and had strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, packing 130-mph sustained winds.

Rising homelessness is tearing California cities apart
As the pandemic recedes, elected officials across deep-blue California are reacting to intense public pressure to erase the most visible signs of homelessness. Democratic leaders who once would have been loath to forcibly remove people from sidewalks, parks and alongside highways are increasingly imposing camping bans, often while framing the policies as compassionate.

Blackjewel still hasn’t paid many of its coalminers three years on
Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy and abruptly shut down its mines in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Wyoming, laying off miners without notice and leaving them without pay for the work they had completed the past two weeks. This prompted several miners to start a protest in Harlan county, Kentucky, blocking a train full of coal from one of Blackjewel’s mines from leaving until miners were paid what they were owed. Now, more than three years later, hundreds of miners and their families are still waiting for what they are owed. And, despite the passage of time, the wounds left by their treatment are fresh – as are the economic hardships they endure in parts of the country where workiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Spain fines courier firm Glovo €79 million for pretending workers are self-employed
COURIER firm Glovo has been fined €79 million (£69m) for violating a law-obliging app-based food delivery platforms to make its riders employees. Spain’s Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz said Glovo had continued to treat about 10,600 regular riders as self-employed in defiance of the 2021 law.

Athens Transport Strike Causes Traffic Gridlock
Public transport in the Greek capital of Athens ground to a standstill on Wednesday as unions called a 24-hour strike against a public sector reform bill seen as a precursor to privatisations. … Greek unions have announced a general strike on November 9 over the soaring cost of energy and key goods.

London faces all-out bus strikes next month as Arriva drivers walk out over plummeting pay
More than 2,000 workers will withdraw their labour from Tuesday October 4 until the dispute is resolved, Unite warned. The drivers are seeking a wage boost in line with the retail price index inflation rate, which is currently at an eye-watering 12.3 per cent.

Iran president says not seeking nuclear weapons, urges US guarantees
Iran's president told the United Nations on Wednesday that his country was not seeking an atomic weapon and demanded US guarantees it would abide by any revived nuclear deal. "The Islamic Republic of Iran is not seeking to build or obtain nuclear weapons and such weapons have no place in our doctrine," President Ebrahim Raisi tolPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


“Disinformation” Didn’t Bring Us Donald Trump
The current malaise about tech platforms and the effects they are having on democracy has come to be understood primarily as a question of disinformation. Government agencies, Silicon Valley NGOs, and research centers have been crucial in channeling collective disgust at unaccountable tech oligarchs into a single-minded preoccupation with (alleged) “truth.” From Russiagate to January 6 and COVID denialism — all these are deemed to stem from problems of “epistemic terrorism,” Facebook acting as a “hostile foreign power,” or Russia hacking our minds. Instead of instituting public-interest regulation and bringing out the antitrust blowtorch, a revolving door has been established between the national security state and platforms. Only the disinformation experts get to peek into the algorithmic black boxes that govern the internet. While the prospects for regulation have always been slim, we would do well to avoid reinforcing the dismal Cold War science of disinformation studies.

How Philippine Authorities Appear to be Scheming to Bar ICC Probe of Duterte-Era ‘Death Squads’
The new government of Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Sara Duterte is employing tricks and propaganda to entrench impunity and ward off the International Criminal Court’s long-delayed probe of crimes against humanity committed during former president Rodrigo Duterte’s reign of terror. The latest of these ploys is the government’s attempt, through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), to cripple efforts by ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan to resume his investigation into the murder of an estimated 12,000-30,000 civilians by death squads during Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.” On September 8, the OSG opposed Khan’s request before the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I claiming that the thousands of killings do not amount to crimes against humanity. This is but the latest tool in the government’s toolbox of labyrinthic maneuvers to delay and defeat the ICC’s investigation and prosecution of Duterte and his top officials for one of the gravest human rights violations in Asia. On September 15, 2021, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I granted the ICC Office of the ProsecutPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


U.S. antitrust regulators take another big loss
A federal judge yesterday ruled that UnitedHealth can proceed with its $13 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare, denying a U.S. Justice Department effort to block the deal. UnitedHealth first agreed to buy Change two weeks before Biden took office, and the DOJ sued this past February. The trial took place in August, with DOJ primarily arguing that the deal would give UHG access to competitively sensitive data from rival health insurers.

April trial set for man charged in synagogue massacre
The long-delayed capital murder trial of Robert Bowers in the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will begin in April, a federal judge has ruled. Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident who has pleaded not guilty, could be sentenced to death if convicted of the shootings. He faces more than 60 federal charges stemming from the Oct. 27, 2018, attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 worshippers in the deadliest attack on Jewish people in U.S. history.

More than 4 in 5 of U.S. pregnancy-related deaths are avoidable, CDC says
"The majority of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable, highlighting the need for quality improvement initiatives in states, hospitals, and communities that ensure all people who are pregnant or postpartum get the right care at the right time," said Wanda Barfield, director of the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

GOP Seizes on Biden's 'Pandemic Is Over' Remark to Demand Medicaid Cuts
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13 killed in attack on school in Myanmar
THIRTEEN people were killed after army helicopters attacked a school in the northern central Sagaing region of Myanmar on Friday. Seven of those killed were children attending their school set in a monastery complex. School administrator Mar Mar said: “They kept shooting into the compound from the air for an hour.

Noida: Union Demands Compensation for Victims in Boundary Wall Collapse Incident
Four construction workers were killed, while several others were left injured after a portion of a boundary wall of a housing society in Uttar Pradesh's Noida collapsed on Tuesday morning. The incident, which took place near Jalvayu Vihar in Noida Sector-21, has turned the spotlight yet again on lax safety regulations for workers at construction sites, a union leader said, who demanded compensation for the victims.

Unions launch legal challenge against Tories over bid to break strikes
UNIONS launched a legal challenge today against the Tory government’s “hostile and unpleasant” attack on the right to strike by legalising the use of agency workers to break industrial action. Eleven unions — co-ordinated by the TUC and represented by social justice law firm Thompsons Solicitors — warned the move would worsen industrial disputes and could endanger public safety.

EU Court Rules Against German Data Collection Law
A German law requiring telecoms companies to retain customer data is a breach of EU legislation, a European court ruled Tuesday, prompting the justice minister to vow an overhaul of the rules. Firms Telekom Deutschland and SpaceNet took action in the German courts challenginPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


MKP-TKP-ML: The Undying Torch of Our Courage Communist Leader İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA is Immortal!
Today, we commemorate the leader of our country's revolution, Comrade İbrahim Kaypakkaya, the creator of a tradition that has been deeply rooted in the soil. Today we commemorate our communist leader, a master student of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. İbrahim Kaypakkaya remains up-to-date due to his life of struggle and the theses he has advanced in the 49 years since he was tortured to death in Diyarbakır dungeons.

Luring Doctors from Poorer Countries is the UK’s Quiet Scandal
The looting of artistic and religious objects from Africa and Asia by British invaders in the 19th century causes much rancorous debate about whether the artefacts should be returned to the countries they were originally stolen from. But discussion is much more muted about equally acquisitive expeditions launched by Britain today that may ultimately cause more suffering than those imperialist ventures long ago. At issue is the policy of deliberately luring badly needed and expensively trained doctors and nurses from poor African and Asian countries to Britain. This happens because we train far too few doctors and nurses, offering only 7,500 medical school places when twice that number is needed. The shortage is made up by battening on the disintegrating health systems of poor and middle-income countries, mostly in Africa and Asia.

After UFCW-Uber revelation, gig workers ramp up fight for decent work
Ride-hailing platform Uber and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced a “historic national agreement” in January, which they billed as a step toward union representation for gig workers. But after an investigation found that both organizations pressured the government to weaken regulations and deny workers’ their legal rights, organizers are calliPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Kroger: Workers' union votes for strike authorization
The Kroger employees' union has voted to authorize to strike after members rejected a tentative deal with the company this week. A spokesperson for the Cincinnati-based grocery store chain told 10TV on Friday this was the third tentative agreement that was fully recommended for ratification by the union and company bargaining committees. The agreement was Kroger's "Last Best and Final offer."

'We Don't Owe Joe Manchin Anything!' Opposition to Dirty Side Deal Grows
Just as it was reported Friday that the White House has been pressuring lawmakers in Congress to back the inclusion of a fossil fuel permitting side deal in a must-pass funding package this month, Senator Ed Markey became the latest to voice his opposition to the controversial proposal opposed by climate campaigners.

Talks to restructure Puerto Rico power company debt fail
Mediation talks to restructure more than $9 billion in debt held by Puerto Rico’s power company failed, officials announced Saturday, raising concerns about the future of the bankrupt government agency. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said the impasse with bondholders means it would resume litigation against them in an attempt to restructure the debt, warning that any cost associated with debt repayment would be passed along to consumers.

U.S. appeals court rejects big tech's right regulate online speech
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Sudan strikes over unpaid wages and 2022 salaries continue
The junior doctors striking across Sudan extended their strike by another 72 hours on Wednesday due to the failure of the federal Ministry of Health to respond to their demands for the disbursement of eight months of unpaid salaries. The Junior Doctors Committee said in a statement on Wednesday that the third day of the strike achieved widespread participation across 32 hospitals in six states, as 28 hospitals recorded participation of 100 per cent, while the participation rates in the rest of the hospitals ranged between 90 to 40 per cent.

Sri Lanka: Glenugie Estate workers protest wage cuts and harsh conditions
On Monday, over 75 workers from Glenugie Estate, at Upcot in the Nuwara-Eliya district, protested wage cuts by the Maskeliya plantation company, amid the country’s escalating cost of living. The demonstration outside the estate’s office was called by the Glenugie Estate Workers Action Committee (GEWAC).

Sri Lanka's crisis pushes war-shattered Tamils to the brink
Today's economic crisis is a second blow for Soosaiyamutthu's northern coastal district of Mullaitivu after the mostly Tamil population was ravaged by the war's final offensive. Many residents work as daily labourers to get by, he said, but he cannot. … His family is among 6.2 million Sri Lankans estimated to be food insecure by a United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation, as food inflation hit 93.7% last month.

Footage appears to show desecration of female Armenian soldier
On Friday, the Armenian Ministry of Defence confirmed that the woman in question was killed during the clashePost too long. Click here to view the full text.


While Workers Suffered, Railroad CEOs Raked in $200 Million
As a major rail strike looms, rail executives have been reluctant to meet workers’ demands for better pay, benefits, and time off. At the same time, the CEOs of five of the largest railroad conglomerates have been paid more than $200 million in the last three years, and company shareholders have been boosted by nearly $200 billion in stock buybacks and dividends over the last dozen years. A sixth railroad giant is controlled by billionaire Warren Buffett, whose net worth jumped 50 percent during the pandemic to $100.1 billion. Buffett earlier this year bragged to shareholders about huge earnings even after accounting for worker pay. “Your railroad had record earnings of $6 billion in 2021,” he gushed in his annual letter. “Here, it should be noted, we are talking about the old-fashioned sort of earnings that we favor: a figure calculated after interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and all forms of compensation.”

Fascist profit through Ukraine war and with the genocidal war technique TB2 Bayraktar
An article by Matthias Monroy on the homepage highlighted the cooperation between the occupying Turkish state and Ukraine in relation to the Bayraktar TB2 drone. After the United States USA and Israel made a name for themselves with their own drone production and corresponding targeted killings with this weapon in violation of international law, the Turkish occupying state also began in 2014 to provide technical support from abroad (German companies are particularly emphasized here) of their own to produce drones and to murder Kurds with drone attacks that violate international law.

Leon Trotsky: Democracy, Pacifism and Imperialism
There have never been so many pacifists as at this moment, when people are slaying each other on all the great hiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


2 Chicago cops charged in shooting that wounded unarmed man
Two Chicago police officers face felony charges for allegedly shooting and seriously wounding an unarmed man during a July shootout on the city’s southwest side that also wounded a second man, authorities said Friday.

Klain presses progressives on permitting reforms
hite House Chief of Staff Ron Klain called Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.), the chair of Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday to urge her to support Manchin’s proposal to make it easier to get regulatory approval for energy transmission and pipeline projects, people familiar with the matter said.

Biden to sign order blocking Chinese investment in US tech
President Biden signed an executive order Thursday bolstering a regulatory committee’s powers to review and take action on foreign investment in the U.S. economy, including in the tech sector where officials are increasingly concerned about Chinese actors.

House Dem Demands Biden HHS Probe Hospital Behemoth for Bilking Medicare
The New Jersey Democrat on Thursday revealed letters he sent Tuesday to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra—requesting an investigation of the chain's emergency admissions practices, including its joint venture with EmCare—and HCA CEO Samuel Hazen, requesting responses to a series of questions by September 27. The letters contain similar language about accountability and allegations against HCA. Pascrell wrote to Becerra that "as HCA is the largest health system in America, transparency and oversight are essential to ensuring that hospitals,Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


1,000 flights cancelled across France as air traffic controllers walk out over pay and jobs
A THOUSAND flights were cancelled across France today as workers demanded pay rises keeping pace with inflation and a recruitment strategy for the industry. Air traffic controllers organised in the SNCTA union are not happy with Air France’s announcement of a 5 per cent pay rise plus €1,000 (£875) given the soaring cost of living.

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan report ‘heavy weapon’ use in border clash
The border guard said Kyrgyz forces were returning fire on Friday morning, as clashes took place along the length of the border, adding that Tajik forces were using tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and mortars. More than one-third of the 1,000km (600-mile) frontier remains disputed.

McDonald's faces worldwide reports of sexual harassment
For years, workers at McDonald's around the globe have complained of sexual harassment. As part of a push for corporate accountability, the fast-food chain's accusers were invited to speak at the European Parliament.

Iran woman's death after morals police arrest sparks protests
Videos posted on social media have shown cases of what appeared to be heavy-handed action by morality police units against women who had removed their hijab. Authorities launched probes into the death of Mahsa Amini following a demand by President Ebrahim Raisi, state media reported on Friday, as police said the 22-year-old was taken ill as she waited together with other detained women at a morality police station.
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Editorial The Caucasus conflict highlights an unstable new era of great power clashes
WAR has returned to the Caucasus with renewed fighting between the two former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Like the war between Russia and Ukraine, this conflict points to the volatility of the new era of great power rivalry. The terrible wars that engulfed formerly socialist Yugoslavia in the 1990s divided the citizens of a secular multinational country into Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks; Orthodox, Catholics, Muslims. In the Caucasus the break-up of the Soviet Union precipitated a similarly bloody conflict between Muslim-majority Azerbaijan and Orthodox Christian Armenia. An uneasy truce lasted from 1994 to 2020 when a six-week war saw Azerbaijan reclaim large swathes of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. Mutual dissatisfaction with the Russia-brokered ceasefire that ended that conflict has now ignited it again. Why war after decades of truce? The reality is that regional powers are responding to the decline of US global hegemony by pursuing their own ambitions. The collapse of the Soviet Union created nation states from what had previously been internal borders. The collapse of the Soviet Union created nation states from what had previously been internal borders.

Crime Claims of CNN’s New Police Expert Don’t Hold Up to Facts
In its latest move to the right, CNN recently hired former NYPD flack John Miller as its “chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst.” As Josmar Trujillo observed more than five years ago (, 6/21/17), Miller “has spun the revolving door between law enforcement and media like perhaps no one else,” moving back and forth between jobs at the NYPD, FBI, ABC and CBS. Just last year, while working for the NYPD, Miller falsely testified that there was “no evidence” the department had spied on Muslims in mosques—when, in fact, AP had won a Pulitzer in 2012 for uncovering how after 9/11 the NYPD “systematically spied on Muslim neighborhoods, listened in on sermons, infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents” (Popular Information, 9/7/22).
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Rail carriers celebrate labor deal as a win, but union workers want to see fine print
Celebration may be premature, as rank-and-file rail employees have indicated dissatisfaction with the terms of the agreement. “We still have to vote on it, but I can tell you I and a lot of others don’t like it,” a Kansas City-based freight conductor told the Star-Telegram. “We want our insurance left alone and we want the carrier to negotiate a reasonable attendance policy so we can have a better quality of life.”

The FTC promises to investigate gig companies over wage-fixing
In a 3-2 vote, Democratic FTC commissioners approved a new policy statement announcing that the agency would “use the full portfolio of laws it enforces to prevent unfair, deceptive, anticompetitive and otherwise unlawful practices affecting gig workers.” Specifically, the FTC said it would go after companies that misrepresent a worker’s potential earnings or wrongfully use artificial intelligence to evaluate worker productivity. The agency also plans to investigate the industry for evidence of wage-fixing between companies.

Progressives Slam 'Absolutely Unacceptable' Punt of Congressional Stock Trading Ban
Government ethics watchdogs reacted angrily Thursday after U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said a bill to ban members of Congress from trading stocks would be shelved until after November's midterm elections. … "I feel like we've made very large strides towards a consensus bill," he added. "But there are a whole lot of other bills and judicial nominations lined up for the balance of the few days we have left here."
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Nigeria pays compensation to police brutality victims
VICTIMS of Nigerian police brutality have been awarded about £607,000 in compensation by the National Human Rights Commission. It follows investigations into complaints by families of the victims who accused the police of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests, prolonged detentions and illegal seizures of properties.

More than 70 injured in Khartoum demos, young Sudanese ‘shaved’ again
At least 74 protesters were wounded during anti-junta Marches of the Millions in Khartoum organised by the resistance committees on Tuesday. A day earlier, government forces assaulted young people in the city and forcibly shaved their heads. An officer of the Rapid Support Forces convicted for killing a protester has been released.

Rally Supporting Assange Before Blinken's Arrival in Mexico
The 24F Life and Liberty Coalition called for a rally with cyclists before the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who will arrive in this country on Monday for a dialogue with officials from the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ( AMLO). "I want to thank Mexico for its hospitality and support for Julian Assange. Its support has been tremendous, particularly President Lopez Obrador," Assange's father said.

Mexico arrests general over 2014 disappearances of 43 students
Mexican authorities have arrested retired general Jose Rodriguez for his suspected involvement in the 2014 disappearance of 43 student teachers, a senior officPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


TrueAnon : Episode 244: Survival Of The Grimmest
Author Douglas Rushkoff joins us to talk through his enduring tech-poptism, Edge conferences with some of the worlds biggest villains, the failed potentials of the internet, and his new book “Survivial of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of Tech Billionaires.”

Erdogan fascism has no future
As Turkish attacks continued, Turkey launched large-scale attacks on guerrilla areas such as Zap and Metîna. They couldn't beat the guerrilla positions they've been attacking for months. Winter is coming. Time is not on their side. Erdogan's fascism is losing at home and abroad. The election is approaching. Erdogan needs a victory. Moreover, Erdogan wants to end the resistance of the Kurds on the 100th anniversary of the republic and become the second Atatürk. Those in power before Erdogan have not been able to defeat the PKK and the Kurds for the last forty years. He wants to be the one to defeat the Kurds. Erdogan has also increased his attacks in Syria. He was planning to become the caliph in the Middle East through his ally, the Muslim Brotherhood organization. He took advantage of the "Arab Spring" to do so. Governments were falling and the crisis was deepening. He intervened in the Syrian civil war under such circumstances. His priority was to avoid a political status for the Kurds. He thought that Assad would not be able to maintain his administration like Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak. When the Brotherhood was to come to power, Syria would come under the control of Erdogan's fascism. With this in mind, he pushed Syria into a bloody civil war.

Iraq: Sadr is down for now, but has Iran overplayed its hand?
Iran seems to have decided to openly oppose the Sadrists in its attempt to stop them from upsetting the political power balance among its many different allies in Iraq. The most serious blow came through an apparently concerted effort to tame the Sadrist movement back into the Shia fold by delegitimising its political figurehead, Muqtada al-Sadr.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


Pieper Lewis GoFundMe soars past $150,000 she must pay estate of accused rapist she killed
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into a fundraising site for a human trafficking victim convicted of killing the man she said repeatedly raped her. A GoFundMe fundraiser created to support 17-year-old Pieper Lewis had raised more than $240,000 from 5,500 donations as of Wednesday afternoon.

California accuses Amazon of stifling competition in new major lawsuit
California is suing Amazon, accusing the company of violating the state’s antitrust laws by stifling competition and engaging in practices that push sellers to maintain higher prices on products on other sites. The 84-page lawsuit filed on Wednesday in San Francisco superior court mirrors another complaint filed last year by the District of Columbia, which was dismissed by a district judge earlier this year and is now going through an appeals process.

Clear Creek County deputies shoot and kill man who asked for help after car crash
After getting stuck on a dirt road in Clear Creek County in June, Christian Glass called 911 for help. Instead, the 22-year-old was killed while locked inside his own car after a long, tense, confusing and chaotic confrontation played out between him and Clear Creek deputies and a handful of other agencies. Video footage was released by his family’s lawyers.

Newsom signs controversial social media bill into California law
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Civilian rescuers save refugees stranded in the Mediterranean for over a week
CIVILIAN rescuers reached a refugee boat in the central Mediterranean on Tuesday night that had been adrift for over a week since leaving Lebanon. The search-and-rescue organisation SOS Humanity announced yesterday morning that the crew of its ship, Humanity 1, had located the boat on Tuesday evening and brought everyone aboard.

Armenia says 105 troops killed in Azerbaijan border clashes
More than 100 Armenian soldiers have been killed in border clashes with Azerbaijan since Monday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said. Azerbaijan says 50 of its own troops have also been killed in the fighting, which both sides blame on the other. … Russia and the US have each called for peace between the two countries.

Seven soldiers killed in actions by YJA Star guerrillas
According to the Press Centre of the People's Defence Forces (HPG), seven soldiers of the Turkish army were killed during the ongoing invasion campaign in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq). The guerrillas also destroyed a surveillance camera system installed by the invading forces.

Turkey: New poll shows most believe crisis with Greece triggered by elections
In the survey, conducted by Metropoll between 13 and 17 August in 28 provinces among 1,717 citizens, 52 percent said the crisis with Greece was sparked by the elections, with only 26.2 percent not agreeing. The respondents added that, despite historic tensions, 64 percent of them didn't consider Greece an enemy nation.
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It seem it was something passed by Juan Guaidó but i don't know if it was taken off the books after the PSUV took back the National Assembly .
Either way the relationship of the Venezuelan gov and eln has always been a bit complicated. The west has tried to play off the farc and eln as venezuelan proxies but the truth is only factions that support the PSUV are helped. The Venezuelan army has been fighting against right wing paramilitary groups as well as with factions of the farc and eln on it's border for awhile now.


The Charge of the Blight Brigade
For many, the Queen’s death offers a pretext to express collective insecurity. Politically, the most interesting angle on this is the notion that the Queen came to symbolise the distinction between public service and private interests. Given the government we are saddled with, it is a political divide we should make the most of. Under a Truss government, private interests will be invited to gouge the economy. The rich will be cosseted. The rest will be thrown crumbs (or loans). As Britain lurches from one crisis to another the Truss administration will look more like a crop blight than a government. One glance across her Cabinet is all you need to know. Skip past the fact that 68 per cent of ministers are drawn from private, fee-paying education; a route closed off to 94 per cent of British children. More important is that all are devotees of the ultra-right economics (and politics) that lies behind today’s mess.

“Dark Brandon” Is a Symptom of Powerlessness
The White House’s director of digital strategy, Rob Flaherty, celebrated the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by tweeting an image of Joe Biden with glowing red eyes. It was a mild example of a “Dark Brandon” meme. Other versions show Biden with lightning coming out of his hands, Biden with lasers shooting out of his eyes, or Biden sitting on a throne made out of rifles. Many, including one tweeted by Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates, reference the president’s eagerness to put an end to “malarkey.” Some of these images are pretty funny, and they’ve been used by different people to do different things. Sometimes the memes are there to mock Republican attempts to portray the man Donald Trump called “Sleepy Joe” as some sort of terrifying would-be dictator. Sometimes “Dark Brandon” expresses frustration with the fecklessness of the Biden who actually exists. Sometimes it’s just absurdist humor with no deeper meaning. Lately, though, it seems to be doing something else. “Dark Brandon” lends a protective cover of irony and ambiguity to progressives so they can say something they desperately want to be true, but which they’d have a hard time saying with a straight face — that, despite all the evidence to the contPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


This part of California was once an agricultural powerhouse. Now, it’s ‘just a wasteland’
As drought endures for a third year with record-breaking temperatures and diminishing water supplies, more than half of California’s rice fields are estimated to be left barren without harvest — about 300,000 out of the 550,000 or so in reported acres, provisional data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. This year, rice is estimated to account for just 2% of total planted acres across the state.

Seattle Schools, educators reach tentative contract agreement to end strike
The agreement must still be approved by the membership; a vote to end the strike has been scheduled for Tuesday, and a vote to approve the agreement would likely happen later in the week. A school start date has not yet been announced.

Mass firings, wage cuts and open hostility: workers are still unionizing despite obstacles
Such events have become commonplace in the US amid a widespread unionization drive that has taken on some of the biggest names in corporate America, from Starbucks and Trader Joe’s to Amazon and Chipotle. As the drive has moved forward – amid signs of increased public support for unions – corporations have strongly opposed unionization and attempted to dissuade efforts by hiring expensive law firms and consultants while deploying a suite of other hardball tactics, from firings to branch closings.

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One Soldier Killed, Six Wounded in Attack by ELN Guerrillas in Eastern Colombia
Three other soldiers, a non-commissioned officer and an army geographic advisor were wounded and were taken to the hospital in Saravena. The ELN recently rejected the “total peace” plan proposed by the new Colombian government of Gustavo Petro, due to this agreement also including organized crime groups, thus depoliticizing the left-wing armed struggle of the ELN, and conflating it with drug traffickers and paramilitary groups.

Colombia’s oil company suspends fracking
Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol said Tuesday that it would suspend its fracking operations. The company made the surprise announcement after Congress began debating a bill to ban the controversial practice to extract oil or gas from the earth.

Chile: Experts To Accompany Process for a New Constitution
On Monday, a meeting of parties and benches at the beginning of the process for a new Constitution was held in a room of the National Congress with the presence of 40 political leaders from the left and right. The new Convention must have gender parity, as the previous assembly members were elected, and the body's final text to be drafted must be submitted to a referendum.

UAE: Journalists reportedly sacked en masse over article on cost of living crisis
The Emirati news website Al-Roeya has sacked dozens of editors and journalists after the publication of an article highlighting the economic impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on the cost of living for low-income residents of the UAE. Raseef22, a Lebanese news website thPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


NCP of the Netherlands, Statement NCPN/CJB on the terrible situation for refugees in Ter Apel
The NCPN and CJB condemn the terrible condition that 700 refugees for the application center in Ter Apel are currently facing. The Dutch government has turned Ter Apel into a new "Moria". This situation is the result of the policy of the imperialist EU and the Dutch government: on the one hand with the imperialist interventions and wars that create the refugee flows, on the other hand with the inhumane refugee and immigration policy. This policy doesn’t focus on the protection of human rights, but primarily on which refugees and migrants are economically useful for capital.

Acquittal for the comrades from Xixón/Gijón!
Lately it has become fashionable to talk about espionage, the “Kitchen operations” and the sewers of the state … These are dark mechanisms used by those who aspire to a share of power to play each other off against each other. However, for the working class that rejects power and relations of domination, it does not run through the sewers. The shit circulates in the street, in full view of everyone. The bourgeoisie has no need to hide when it comes to criminalising workers’ self-defence, as it manages everything it needs: workplaces, courts and police. In many media you can hear about the La Suiza case, most of them saying that six unionists have been sentenced and that justice has been done, that they have been sentenced to three and a half years for crimes of serious coercion and obstruction of justice, but what does this mean? Nothing really and, at the same time, whatever you want it to mean. They are condemning union action and the defence of a woman worker against the abuses of the bosses.

Trade union solidarity with journalist Pablo Gonzalez unjustly detained in Poland
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Congress may step in to avert national railway strike
Congress would act to avert a national railway strike, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday on Bloomberg Television. … Amtrak announced Monday that it will be halting trains on three long-distance routes starting Tuesday, per the Washington Post. There is a role for Congress if in fact they fail to reach an agreement,” Hoyer said on Bloomberg's "Balance of Power" show. “We can pass legislation if needed."

Largest private-sector nurses strike in U.S. history begins in Minnesota
Slated to last three days, the strike spotlights nationwide nursing shortages exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic that often result in patients not receiving adequate care. While tensions remain high between nurses and health-care administrators across the country, there is no indication that the work stoppages will spread to other states. Minnesota nurses charge that some units go without a lead nurse on duty and that nurses fresh out of school are delegated assignments typically held by more experienced nurses, across some 16 hospitals where strikes are expected.

Rejecting teacher resignations, Unit 5 tests how Illinois might respond to staffing shortage
Unit 5 has invoked a rarely used state statute that allows school districts to reject teacher resignations in certain circumstances. McLean County's largest district denied four resignations, submitted by special education teachers weeks before the first day of school. Two of the teachers agreed to stay for the 2022-2023 school year. But for two others who ignored the warning, Andrea Jefferson and Emily Andris, who left to teach elsewhere, their teaching licenses now are in jeopardy.
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From free crumpets to store discounts, UK grocers lure workers
With job vacancies in Britain close to a record high, retailers including Tesco Plc (TSCO.L) have begun offering better perks to workers, enticing them with free food and essentials during a cost-of-living crisis. Britain's labour market emerged from the pandemic with unemployment at its lowest levels since 1974 and record energy prices that have contributed to surging inflation. Vacancies in the three months to July fell for the first time since mid-2020 but stayed close to an all-time high at 1.3 million.

‘A recipe for privatisation’ — Executives of firms draining cash from NHS appointed to board
NHS have campaigners warned that the new management boards are “a recipe for privatisation” and are resisting the appointments. So-called local integrated care boards (ICBs) are replacing clinical commissioning groups, which decide how taxpayers’ money is spent in the NHS and on what. The boards are being introduced under the Tories’ Health & Care Act, which became law in April.

Met police suspends officer involved in fatal shooting of Chris Kaba
The Metropolitan police officer who fired the shot that killed 24-year-old Chris Kaba has been suspended from frontline dutiesthe Metropolitan police has confirmed in a statement. The unarmed man was shot dead by police in Streatham Hill, south London, last Monday night. Kaba was driving a vehicle which was stopped following the activation of an automatic number plate recognition camera, which indicated the car had been linked to a firearms offence in the previous days. too long. Click here to view the full text.


Salvador Allende: Last Words to the Nation
My friends, Surely this will be the last opportunity for me to address you. The Air Force has bombed the towers of Radio Portales and Radio Corporación. My words do not have bitterness but disappointment. May they be a moral punishment for those who have betrayed their oath: soldiers of Chile, titular commanders in chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself Commander of the Navy, and Mr. Mendoza, the despicable general who only yesterday pledged his fidelity and loyalty to the Government, and who also has appointed himself Chief of the Carabineros [national police]. Given these facts, the only thing left for me is to say to workers: I am not going to resign! Placed in a historic transition, I will pay for loyalty to the people with my life. And I say to them that I am certain that the seed which we have planted in the good conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled forever. They have strength and will be able to dominate us, but social processes can be arrested neither by crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history.

This article was written by our comrades from Wildcat in Germany. It looks at the current situation of overstretched global supply-chains. The focus is on container shipping and railroads, including interviews with dock workers in Germany, who have been on strike recently, and railroad workers in Germany and Austria. We suggest reading it in conjunction with this earlier text by Sergio Bologna. AngryWorkers have been interested in the developments of logistics as a world-wide network of workers’ struggles. Some of us work at Heathrow airport, where we organise a solidarity network and workers’ newsletter. On the website we have published various texts related to the struggles in logistics, from dock workers in Genoa, to striking Amazon workers, to reports from truck admin workers. The current strikes of railway workers and dock workers in the UK demonstrate that global logistics is not an overwhelmingly complex system created by an abstract subject (‘capital’), but an inverted and enforced expression of workers’ manual and intellectual cooperation.
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Running water returns in Mississippi capital – but it’s still undrinkable
Even though emergency efforts have restored running water, questions linger over whether a more lasting solution will materialize. Some of the city’s pipes are roughly a century old, and Jackson is also the target of ongoing lawsuits from residents who say its old lead pipes poisoned them and stunted their growth as children.

Railroads, Unions Work to Avoid Strike and New Supply-Chain Woes
Freight railroads and labor unions are working through the weekend to hammer out a new contract to avoid a strike that could snarl supply chains, disrupt agricultural deliveries and cost the US economy more than $2 billion a day, rail officials said.

South Dakota tribes buy land near Wounded Knee massacre site
The Oglala Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux said the purchase of the land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was an act of cooperation to ensure the area was preserved as a sacred site. More than 200 Native Americans — including children and elderly people — were killed at Wounded Knee in 1890. The bloodshed marked a seminal moment in the frontier battles the U.S. Army waged against tribes.

Anger builds following police murder of unarmed man at father’s funeral in West Virginia
Anger is building in the small town of Nutter Fort, West Virginia, a suburb of Clarksburg located in poverty-stricken Harrison County, following the police murder of 37-year-old Jason Owens on August 24. Owens was gunned down by US Marshals as he was serving as a pallbearer at the funeral Post too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Strong police deployment on 4th day of Chile student protests
Protesters came to the Plaza Baquedano sector, epicenter of the protests of the 2019 social outbreak, to make demands such as the improvement of study conditions or a new constituent assembly, after the triumph of the “rejection” in the constitutional plebiscite Sunday.“Education is revolution,” “For a new constituent process” or “Dignity” were some of the slogans displayed on posters and banners during the protest, called by the Revolutionary Secondary School Coordinator and other anti-capitalist student organizations.

Mexico’s Senate votes to hand over National Guard to army
When the National Guard was created under a Constitutional reform in 2019, it was placed under civilian control. But most of its training and recruitment has been done from within the army. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the guard must now be under military command, to prevent corruption. The lower house of Congress already approved the measure, and López Obrador is expected to sign it into law.

CONAIE Leader: No Major Progress Has Been Made in Ecuador Dialogues
Leonidas Iza, leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), specified to the press on Friday that "not much progress has been made on the oil and mining issues". … Iza made this assessment on the same day that the representatives of the Government of Ecuador and the leaders of the three indigenous groups participating in these talks signed an agreement on the issue of energy and natural resources.

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CP of Greece, Students: Get the police out of universities - We struggle for education and free studies!
On 8/9, a mass student rally took place in the centre of Athens, with the participation of students, professors, and university workers. Through their struggle, the students denounced the intensification of repression in higher education institutions, which is aimed at serving the operation of universities as enterprises, and asserted their rights to studies and life.

Most Dems Mum On Blocking Manchin’s Pipeline Deal
As vast swaths of the country are being battered by climate-intensified droughts and heatwaves, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind-Vt.) just threw a wrench into Democrats’ reported plans to fast track approval of oil and gas pipelines as part of an unrelated spending bill: On Thursday, he pledged to vote against the proposal, even if it is included in legislation required to avert a partial government shutdown. The open question now is whether enough other Democrats will use their power to block — rather than merely complain about — a pipeline deal that environmental groups say could detonate a climate bomb amid the intensifying ecological crisis. Soon after Sanders’ announcement, one Democrat — Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) — told The Lever that he would similarly vote no on a spending bill if it includes the pipeline measure. However, House progressives have not committed to providing a bloc of no votes in the lower chamber.

Turkey: Erdogan is boosting salaries and social services to win elections
With Turkey headed for elections in 10 months, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is already showing he won’t go down without a fight, despite the country’s economic woes. Annual inflation exceeded 80 percent in August, and the Turkish lira has continued to depreciate against the US dollar, losing 27 percent of its value this year. But suPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Amazon’s CEO Says Bid to Overturn Union Victory Will Be Protracted
Union officials urged Amazon to accept the results of the vote and begin negotiations on an employment contract, but the company said it planned to appeal. Speaking at the Code Conference in Los Angeles, Jassy indicated that the company would likely take its case beyond the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that conducts union elections.

Federal civil rights charges won't be filed against a Kansas police officer who killed teenage driver
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they will not pursue criminal civil rights charges against a Kansas police officer who fatally shot a teenager in 2018 during a wellness check. The Department of Justice's decision comes almost two years after an investigation was opened into the killing of John Albers, 17, whose death in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park reignited the national outcry over police use of excessive force.

'Huge Win' for Civil Liberties as Judge Blocks Arizona Law Limiting Filming of Police
The law—which was passed by Arizona's Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey in July—outlaws recording police at a distance of closer than eight feet if the officer verbally objects. It also empowers police officers to order people to stop filming them on private property, even if the property owner consents to the recording.

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Chile: Escondida Copper Mine Workers Announce Strike
The mining company BHP is being accused of anti-union practices and safety violations, so with the strike, the workers intend to "claim and resolve recurring violations of safety and labor laws." Without specifying a date for the start of the action, the workers agreed to initiate a 12-hour warning strike for each shift and a subsequent "definitive strike" in case their demands met deaf ears. The Workers' Union said in a statement, "as of this moment, our contingency plans are activated, both to prepare in a first action the shift stoppages and then the indefinite strike.

Bolivian coca farmers march on capital, burn disputed market
The growers, who marched five days from the Yungas region north of La Paz, broke through police lines and attacked with dynamite, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails. No one was seriously injured. … Esar Apaza, the indigenous leader of a group demanding the closure of the new coca market, blamed the government of President Luis Arce for allowing it to open.

European Taxi Drivers Stage 'Uber Files' Protest in Brussels
On Thursday, over 300 taxis from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland blocked the roads in Brussels, with drivers demanding clarity on the Uber scandal and pledging to defend their interests from what they perceive as unfair competition from the private passenger transport company in the sector.

German court to continue hearing farmer's climate case against Volkswagen
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CP of Greece, Question of the MEPs of the KKE to the European Commission: Organized distortion of history aiming to shield the exploitative system
The MEPs of the KKE denounced the destruction of monuments of the great Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples, which is taking place with the encouragement of the EU, by submitting a Question to the European Commission. They note that “After the dissolution of the USSR, a plan of destruction and vandalism of monuments commemorating the Great Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples is being implemented in several EU member states. These provocative actions have multiplied since the imperialist conflict in Ukraine. The anti-communist and anti-Soviet campaign is also encouraged by the President of the European Commission, with her recent unacceptable statement on the so-called ‘day of remembrance of victims of totalitarian regimes’ which the EU is attempting to establish. In this way, the EU is attempting to make an unhistorical equation between the monster of fascism and socialism and to unfoundedly identify today’s capitalist Russia with the Soviet Union.

Chileans Reject Proposed Constitution
While the margin of defeat in Sunday’s vote was surprising, the result did not fall from the sky — it was an expression of the rightward shift of the political situation in Chile opened up by Boric’s reformism and illusions in the new government colliding with reality. In the lead-up to the constitutional referendum, the Chilean Right waged a vicious misinformation campaign, falsely claiming, for example, that the new constitution would abolish all private and personal property, including the right to home ownership, and allow abortions up until nine months of pregnancy. Chile’s main business associations joined these calls for rejection, some disingenuously advocating for “rejecting [the constitution] in order to reform it” under the slogan “Rechazo con amor” (I reject with love). These efforts by the Chilean Right were bolstered by capitalists internaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Teamsters union launches new division for Amazon employees
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest U.S. labor unions, said on Tuesday it had launched a new division to focus on unionizing employees of Inc (AMZN.O). The e-commerce giant has for years discouraged attempts to organize, but in April this year, the worker-led Amazon Labor Union scored a win when employees at a Staten Island warehouse voted to join the organization.

No school for 2nd day as Seattle teachers strike
Red-shirted teachers and staff in Seattle Public Schools took to the picket lines instead of the classroom on what was supposed to be the first day of school Wednesday, striking for the first time since 2015 over issues that include pay and educational support for students who have struggled with years of pandemic learning.

Sea Level Rise to Gobble Up Hundreds of Thousands of US Homes, Buildings by 2050
The nonprofit research group Climate Central examined the sea level rise that's been projected by experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—which found earlier this year that sea levels in U.S. coastal areas could rise by about one foot by 2050—tidal boundary lines, and records regarding more than 50 million properties in coastal areas, finding that nearly 650,000 individual properties are most at risk of falling below tidal boundaries within the next three decades.

Pennsylvania community halts largest sewer privatisation deal in US history
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SQA strike action remains on after no breakthrough in talks
STAFF at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) launched industrial action against significant cuts to take-home pay today. The workers, who downed tools for 24 hours, will carry out further walkouts on Thursday and Friday next week and on six more days over the next month.

Protests erupt in Germany against soaring inflation and rising energy prices
Opposition groups in Germany have started widespread protests demanding that the government tackle the soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy prices. On Monday, September 5, Die Linke (The Left) organized a major demonstration in Leipzig which saw the participation of thousands of people, including activists from the Socialist-Democratic Student Association (SDS) and several other leftist and antifa groups.

PASOK, SYRIZA MPs leave wiretapping probe panel in protest, accuse ND of coverup
“New Democracy reached the point of not accepting any essential witness, not even the nephew of the prime minister, Grigoris Dimitriadis, who was dismissed by the prime minister himself as the political head of EYP, not even the wiretapped journalist Thanasis Koukakis, not even the witnesses proposed by the Communist Party for the wiretapping of its call center – persons whose testimonies are necessary to find the truth,” she said. “We will not be complicit.”

Egypt: Anger at closure of country's largest coke factory ahead of UN climate summit
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Pakistan: masses devastated by floods and rains while rulers continue to loot and plunder
Pakistan has been ravaged by floods and torrential rains, while the ruling class continues to loot and plunder the impoverished masses at this time of distress and disaster. According to reports, around one third of the country has been devastated by the floods and rains of the last three months, while 33 million people have been affected. Around 1,400 have died, and around 4,000 injuries have been reported according to official figures. According to the recent reports 482,030 people have been displaced while 372,823 buildings have been destroyed. These figures give only a limited picture. The real devastation is many times greater: state authorities are unable to ascertain accurate figures on account of their incompetence and corruption. According to some independent reports, around ten million people are suffering from acute hunger at the moment, having nothing to eat or drink. Many have not eaten for over a week and have had to walk long distances of up to a hundred kilometres barefooted to reach safety. The devastation began in mid-June when vast areas of Balochistan and parts of South Punjab were hit by hill torrents and rains. The ruling class, however, was busy with their infighting and power-grab politics, and as such the whole issue was ignored. The attention of the whole of the media, the politicians and the state institutions was on the activity of buying and selling MPs and similar such activities, in order to get their hands on power. Meanwhile, the plight of the flood-affected people wasn’t discussed at any level of government.

Creeping Corporate Medicine Is Undermining Canadian Health Care
Though vastly superior in both design and outcome to its American equivalent, Canada’s health care system has some obvious weaknesses. Originally established decades ago, it continues to have major gaps in coverage. Thanks to nationalized health insurance, a visit to a hospital or doctor’s office may cost nothing, but a prescription afterward must often be paid out of pocket. Dental, like pharmaceutical care, simPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Farmworkers group continues rallying for workers rights amid heat at capitol
The United Farm Workers (UFW) and its supporters aren’t backing down from asking for better workplace protections. Under scorching temperatures and only protected by some pop-up tents, the UFW and supporters of the movement are on day seven of their 24-hour vigil at the State Capitol. “We’re just asking for the bare minimum. Just give farm workers the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to have a union,” said Jessica Betancourt with United Farm Workers.

USDA Report Shows How Covid Relief Helped Slash Food Insecurity in 2021
The agency's annual report on food security showed that about 1 in 10 homes—or 13.5 million households—did not have enough food in 2021. Overall food insecurity remained the same from 2020 to 2021, and grew worse for women and older Americans living alone, but among families with children, there was a sharp drop in 2021.

Student-loan borrowers who combined their debt balances with a spouse are blocked from Biden's one-time debt relief
That's particularly prohibitive following President Joe Biden's recent announcement of up to $20,000 in student-loan forgiveness for federal borrowers making under $125,000 a year. Only borrowers with federally-held loans are eligible for the one-time broad relief. While borrowers with some privately-held federal loans — like those in the FFEL program — can consolidate their balance into direct student loans to access the debt cancellation, borrowers with spousal loans cannot separate their loans, and therefore, are blocked from Biden's loan forgiveness. too long. Click here to view the full text.

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LDA protests at govt repression
Ruhin Hossain Price said that police and other law enforcers were leading attacks on the leaders and activists of the opposition parties across the country to stop the voices of the opposition parties. Ruhin Hossain Prince said that the government was serving the purposes of the rich and looters and had failed to control the price hikes of essential commodities. Socialist Party of Bangladesh assistant general secretary Razequzzaman Ratan said that the Awami League government could not avoid the responsibility of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings that occurred during the AL regime.

CPI(M) to launch ‘helpline’ to reach out to West Bengal’s rural voters
According to party sources, the soon-to-be-launched helpline has been named ‘Najore Panchayat’ (panchayats on the watch), and is aimed at arresting “corruption” at the grassroots that, at times, remains undetected in the public domain.

French communist rules out supporting Macron’s initiative
Fabien Roussel, National Secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), on Wednesday ruled out participation in the National Refoundation Council, an initiative that President Emmanuel Macron will set up on Thursday to face the country's challenges. … He urges that the French people recover their full sovereignty, which in his opinion involves returning real powers to the National Assembly, the Senate, and the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, as well as respecting these institutions. too long. Click here to view the full text.


Liz Truss’s tenure beckons in a period of darkness
SO, the Liz Truss era dawns. Where is the Breughel or even the Bosch who could do justice to the scene? Ascending to the applause of a coterie of gnarled but wealthy reactionaries, she presides over the blasted landscape of a broken country — citizens huddling together for the only affordable warmth, trains immobilised en route to excrement-covered beaches, leaking pipes, empty shop shelves and overwhelmed hospitals. The guns of war would be thundering in the distance, in honour of the new warrior queen, who would be festooned Margaret Thatcher-style in her battle helmet. There would even be room for an aircraft carrier drifting listlessly just outside port, marooned by malfunction on a mission to intercept the destitute in their dinghies. You could also squeeze onto the canvas a coterie of fat cats rubbing their hands together in anticipation of their new leaders’ largesse, as well as perhaps Boris Johnson’s backside as he exits the scene. A corner should be left blank for the viewer to draw in their own preferred leader of the opposition — Mick Lynch? Andy Burnham? Ash Sarkar? Marcus Rashford? Our fourth Tory premier in the last six years of mounting crises advises that she will govern this tormented realm “as a conservative.” Well, yes, but — a David Cameron conservative imposing savage austerity, a Theresa May social conservative spreading a hostile environment, or a Boris Johnson conservative handing out millions to cronies while trashing public institutions? I fear Truss may be all of the above and more.

India: Twitter, Facebook and the appeasement of Hindu extremists
A whistleblower complaint by ex-Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko, revealed last week, includes alarming allegations that the Indian government forced the social media platform to hire government agents who had access to sensitive user data because of Twitter’s weak security structure. Twitter, which did not respond to Middle East Eye’s request for comment, has publicly rejected Zatko’s complaint as a "false narrative", but has yet to explicitly address the allegations about the hiring of Indian government agents. While Zatko’s allegations haPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


'Can't Be Allowed': Alarm as Mississippi Gov. Floats Privatization of Jackson Water System
"Privatization is on the table," the governor said. "Having a commission that oversees failed water systems as they have in many states is on the table. I'm open to ideas." The underfunded and understaffed O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant is now "pumping out cleaner water than we've seen for a very, very long time," said Reeves, citing local health officials. The governor expressed hope that the boil-water notice affecting more than 150,000 people since July 29 could be lifted within "days, not weeks or months."

Knoxville Starbucks employees hold Labor Day ‘sip-ins’ for workers’ rights
Across the country, Starbucks employees (or partners) have been holding what they call “sip-ins,” a modern-day version of sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement. Monday capped off a weekend of sit-ins hosted at three Starbucks locations in Knoxville. As Starbucks’ partners across the country continue their fight against what they call unfair treatment, and Knoxville employees, supporters and city leaders are joining in.

Majority of minor league baseball players vote to support union, paving way for MLBPA membership
More than 50% of minor league players have voted to support unionizing, paving the way for players to organize and join the Major League Baseball Players Association, the union announced Tuesday. In a letter sent to MLB on Tuesday morning, the union said it asked for voluntary recognition from the league, in which MLB would acknowledge that a majority of minor league players are seeking to unionize and formally accept the MLBPA as their bargaining representative.
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Workers, students in Indonesia protest fuel price hike
Hundreds of workers and students in Indonesia rallied on Tuesday demanding the government cancel fuel price hikes, a politically sensitive issue that has triggered past unrest. Members of trade unions, farmers, fishermen, temporary teachers and domestic workers protested in front of the parliament building in Jakarta and provincial governors’ offices against the fuel price increase of 30% that was announced by President Joko Widodo on Saturday.

Soldiers killed Ka Oris’ son, daughter-in-law ‘while in custody’
The son of former New People’s Army (NPA) spokesperson Jorge ‘Ka Oris’ Madlos and his daughter-in-law were killed after they “were abducted and placed under military custody.” This was the statement made by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) following military claims that Vincent Madlos and his wife Angie Polandres Salinas were killed during an encounter in Bukidnon Province on Saturday, September 3.

Political Parties Raise Objections After Meeting With Election Commission
The election commission drew massive flak after its earlier announcement in August that people who lived "ordinarily" in the region would be allowed to vote in the next assembly elections with or without acquiring domicile status. Prior to the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, the right to vote was reserved for permanent residents or state subjects only. Monday's meet was attended by representatives from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, BSP, Peoples ConPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Eugene V. Debs: In a Just Society, Every Day Would Be Labor Day
The first Monday in September has by statutory enactment and general consent been set apart as Labor Day in the United Sates; and its celebration this year will be more general than ever before. It is a day not only for rest and recreation, but for counsel and meditation. It affords an excellent opportunity to take a backward look, examine the present situation, take an inventory of resources and prepare for the greater work yet to be done before Labor Day can be celebrated by the hosts of freedom. Labor Day must be regarded not as a privilege to be thankful for, but as a right to be enjoyed. We never hear of Capital Day, not because Capital has no day, but because every day is Capital Day. The struggle in which we are now engaged will end only when every day is Labor Day.

The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse
They sat around the table and introduced themselves: five super-wealthy guys – yes, all men – from the upper echelon of the tech investing and hedge-fund world. At least two of them were billionaires. After a bit of small talk, I realised they had no interest in the speech I had prepared about the future of technology. They had come to ask questions. They started out innocuously and predictably enough. Bitcoin or ethereum? Virtual reality or augmented reality? Who will get quantum computing first, China or Google? Eventually, they edged into their real topic of concern: New Zealand or Alaska? Which region would be less affected by the coming climate crisis? It only got worse from there. Which was the greater threat: global warming or biological warfare? How long should one plan to be able to survive with no outside help? Should a shelter have its own air supply? What was the likelihood of groundwater contamination? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.
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‘We’re ready to strike’: UPS workers and Teamsters prepare for contract fight
In the new union contract, Becker and other workers have been pushing for better overtime protections, an elimination of a second tier of delivery drivers who are paid less and provided with less protections for doing the same work, better pay for part-time employees and heat protection. UPS workers and the Teamsters have signaled preparations to strike to win these demands in the next union contract.“We are ready to strike 100%. It’s obviously a weapon of last resort,” said Becker.

Bed Bath & Beyond CFO plunges to his death
Gustavo Arnal, 52, joined Bed Bath & Beyond in 2020. He previously worked as CFO for cosmetics brand Avon in London and had a 20-year stint with Procter & Gamble, according to his LinkedIn profile. On Friday at 12:30pm ET (16:30 GMT), police responded to a 911 call and found a 52-year-old man dead near the building. Police identified the man as Gustavo Arnal.

The lasting impact of "right to work" laws
For decades, the laws have been a way to depress union membership and divert resources away from bargaining, said Robin Clark-Bennett, director of the labor center at the University of Iowa College Of Law. "When wages are lowered for union workers, it also means that competing non-union employers are able to pay lower wages," she said. She pointed to research from the Economic Policy Institute that found wages in right-to-work states were 3.1% lower than non-right-to-work states after accounting for differences in the cost of living. Another study found that states with these laws see lower political participation than states without them, as well as reduced support for the Democratic Party specifically.
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Chileans vote against new constitution in setback for left President Boric
The new constitution had been drafted by a convention split equally between men and women, and would have replaced the country’s current constitution which dates from the days of the Pinochet dictatorship. It would have recognised Chile as a plurinational state like Bolivia, giving indigenous peoples a weightier constitutional status, as well as autonomous territories with distinct legal systems, and given respect for the environment and equality between the sexes constitutional force. Free healthcare and education and access to housing would have become rights.

CUTV reported to ILO serious violations of rights of association and collective bargaining in Venezuela
In a document addressed to the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) of the ILO, the central trade union, class, emphasized that the venezuelan government is in breach “of article 1, letter “a”, of the Convention 98 ILO, to violate the Freedom of Association, because run measures of pressure against the workers of the Public Administration, who are forced to join exclusively to the trade union organizations that belong to the Central Bolivarian Socialist Workers (TBCS), subordinate and aligned with postures clearly in favor of the employer”. too long. Click here to view the full text.


'Every weapons delivery is a licence to kill' - an interview with Egon Krenz: Ben Chacko speaks to East Germany's last leader about a world dividing again into armed camps
THE death of Mikhail Gorbachev this week brought discussion of the collapse of Soviet socialism back to the fore — especially as the neoliberal world order it ushered in is crumbling around us. Just a couple of days before the last leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s death I was sat with the last leader of East Germany’s ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED), Egon Krenz, a speaker at one of the multiple political talks and rallies that with music, food and drink make up the Unsere Zeit press festival. Krenz led the German Democratic Republic for a mere six weeks in late 1989 and, unlike Gorbachev, can take neither blame nor credit for the fall of the Berlin Wall: “It was too late for me to do anything.” But also unlike Gorbachev, he has remained a committed socialist and even something of an unlikely — he is 85 — poster boy for “Ostalgie,” as regret for the GDR is known in Germany. That was obvious as I waited to interview him, perched on a bench at the back of the tent as a long queue, ranging in age from teenagers sporting FDJ (Free German Youth, the old SED’s youth wing) branded T-shirts who wanted a photo complete with raised fists, to pensioners wanting to exchange a few words and people of all ages wanting the new edition of his autobiography — or even posters of him as a young man — signed. A woman from Dresden asked if he could speak at a local event; an aide quickly informed him that his diary was already full for the rest of the year. By the time we finally sat down together, with Germany’s resident Morning Star champion Keith Barlow interpreting, a 4 o’clock appointment had been pushed to 5.30. But he’s keen to talk to the Morning Star — like many visitors to our stall that day, remembering the newspaper from the days when it was used to teach English in eastern bloc schools. “I never intended to lead the GDR into ruin,” he sighs. “I believed in its future as a socialist country — unfortunately it was not possible.” Like many less prominent East Germans, who witnessed the fire-sale of their public assets in a privatising frenzy in the early 1990s and the takeover and destruction of most enterprises by West German and foreign capital — industrial production in the east dropped 73 per cent in just two years from 1989-91 — KrenzPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Eight Migrants Drown as Dozens Are Swept Down Rio Grande
Eight migrants drowned and 37 others were rescued as they tried to cross the raging waters of the Rio Grande to reach the United States, administration officials said on Friday. The migrants were among scores of people crossing the river near Eagle Pass, a town in southern Texas that has become a major entry point for migrants in the last year.

Thousands flee, several hurt as wildfire scorches California
Thousands of people remained under evacuation orders on Saturday after a wind-whipped wildfire raged through rural northern California, injuring people and torching an unknown number of homes. The fire that began Friday near a wood products plant quickly blew into a neighbourhood on the northern edge of Weed but then carried the flames away from the city of about 2,600 people.

Black Lives Matter grassroots chapters sue global foundation over funds
A coalition of Black Lives Matter chapters has filed a lawsuit against the BLM Global Network Foundation, a non-profit organization that grew out of the protest movement, accusing the foundation of defrauding the local activist groups. The complaint was filed on Thursday by BLM Grassroots, an entity made up of 26 BLM chapters in the US, UK and Canada. The local organizers allege that the foundation, which has been a clearinghouse for donations to support BLM over the years, has fundraised off the work of the chapters, but mismanaged the funds and had shut local chapters out of decision making.

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Germany: Police clash with protesters outside arms factory
Police used pepper spray and batons against protesters in the German city of Kassel in the early hours of Friday morning as anti-war demonstrators attempted to block the entrance to an arms factory. Officers said the protesters had begun to throw objects at them. At least one person was arrested. Activists for the Disarm Rheinmetall movement have been calling for protests across the country to try and stop the production and delivery of weapons, including for the war in Ukraine.

26 German right-wing extremists traveled to Ukraine – media
At least 26 known right-wing extremists from Germany have left for Ukraine since Russia launched its military offensive against the country in late February, RND media outlet has reported, citing government figures. According to an article published on Saturday, the number was revealed by the country’s interior ministry at the request of the Left party faction in the German parliament. Journalists claim to have seen the officials’ reply.

China’s Visa Alternative Cuts Off Russian Banks Over Sanctions – RBC
China’s UnionPay paymentsystem has stopped accepting cards issued by Russian banks under Western sanctions over fears of penalties, the RBC news website reported Friday, citing financial industry sources. … A number of major Russian banks subsequently announced plans to issue cards via UnionPay, which has only a small international presence.

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PSUV government's offensive against the Communist Party of Venezuela continues
In a statement, the Department of International Politics of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) stresses out:
This week, Vice President of the PSUV Diosdado Cabello once again lashed out against the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), but this time he went a little further, irresponsibly accusing our Party of receiving financing from one of the former PSUV ministers. The statements made by this high-ranking governing party leader seek to link the PCV with alleged acts of corruption committed by a former minister of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro’s administrations. They come as part of the plan aimed at forging a false flag that will serve to nationally and internationally justify the intervention and illegalization of the PCV, as well as the violation of the parliamentary immunity of our Deputy and Secretary General Oscar Figuera.

Hillary Clinton Is Wrong: Electing a Far-Right Woman Is Not a Step Forward for Women
Yesterday Hillary Clinton was in Venice, taking in the city’s film festival — and telling Italian media about the antidemocratic dangers around the world. Interviewed for the country’s leading daily, Il Corriere della Sera, she spoke of the “very powerful forces” who threaten democracy, from Russian cyberattacks to Donald Trump–style demagogy. With Italy due to hold its general election on September 25, the former secretary of state was also drawn to comment on this country’s politics. Currently, polls are led by Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia, part of a right-wing coalition widely expected to secure a majority of seats. With her own party backed by around one-quarter of voters, Meloni looks likely to become prime minister. Showing the success of recent efforts to mainstream Meloni’s image, Clinton commented: The election of the first woman prime minister in a country always represents a break with the past, and that is certainly a good thing. But then, as with any leader, woman or man, she must be judged by what she does. I never agreed with Margaret Thatcher, but I admired her determination. Clearly, then yoPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Amazon loses key step in its attempt to reverse its workers' historic union vote
Amazon appears to be losing its case to unravel the union victory that formed the company's first organized warehouse in the U.S. After workers in Staten Island, N.Y., voted to join the Amazon Labor Union this spring, the company appealed the result. A federal labor official presided over weeks of hearings on the case and is now recommending that Amazon's objections be rejected in their entirety and that the union should be certified.

Puerto Ricans demand cancellation of contract with LUMA Energy
On Wednesday, August 31, a large demonstration was organized in Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan, demanding cancellation of the contract with Canadian-American electricity transmission and distribution company, LUMA Energy. The Jornada Se Acabaron Las Promesas social movement, which organized the protest, also demanded the withdrawal of the island’s Financial Oversight Board, and the resignation of Governor Pedro Rafael Pierluisi.

Retired NYPD officer receives longest sentence yet for attack on Capitol
A retired New York police department officer has received a record-setting 10- year sentence for his involvement in the Capitol attack, during which he used a metal flagpole to assault one of the police officers trying to hold off a mob of Donald Trump supporters. Thomas Webster was sentenced on Thursday, and his prison time will represent the longest punishment so far for the roughly 250 people facing punishment for their role in the January 6 attack.

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Colombia to Give Properties Confiscated From Drug Groups to Farmers, Women
Colombia will give properties confiscated from drug trafficking groups and valued at some $4.9 billion to farmers, women's organizations, youth collectives and universities, leftist President Gustavo Petro said on Thursday. The Andean country has traditionally sought to sell confiscated properties and goods to fund victim reparations and last year launched a real estate agency tasked with managing some of the houses, farms and other properties.

Chilean Gov’t Rules Out Water Rationing Amid Ongoing Drought
"After analyzing all the information on temperatures, rainfall, river flows and available snow, among other factors, we are in a position to rule out water rationing for spring 2022 and summer 2023," Garcia said during a press conference. While more rain and snow has fallen this year compared to 2021, "we still cannot let our guard down," said Garcia.

Chevron applies for Venezuela license renewal, proposes wider business
Chevron Corp has asked the U.S. government to expand its license to operate in Venezuela after the oil major agreed with state-run PDVSA to revamp joint ventures in the sanctioned country, six people close to the matter said. Chevron's authorization request is the California-based company's latest attempt to have a greater say in its Venezuelan ventures, revive production and resume trading Venezuelan oil. U.S. sanctions in recent years have sharply cut the country's production and restricted operations, especially those with foreign partners.
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