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US is Behind Hong Kong Protests Says US Policymaker

The US continues to deny any involvement in ongoing unrest in China’s special administrative region of Hong Kong. However, even a casual look at US headlines or comments made by US politicians makes it clear the unrest not only suits US interests, but is spurred on almost exclusively by them. The paradoxical duality of nearly open support of the unrest and denial of that support has led to headlines like the South China Morning Post’s, “Mike Pompeo rebukes China’s ‘ludicrous’ claim US is behind Hong Kong protests.”

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley Is Building A Chinese-Style Social Credit System

Have you heard about China’s social credit system? It’s a technology-enabled, surveillance-based nationwide program designed to nudge citizens toward better behavior. The ultimate goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step,” according to the Chinese government. In place since 2014, the social credit system is a work in progress that could evolve by next year into a single, nationwide point system for all Chinese citizens, akin to a financial credit score.

Glasgow City Council Ditch Defence Industry In New Ethical Events Policy

The UDT conference, organised by Clarion Events, in June 2018 was initially agreed to by the previous Labour administration, but the SNP-led Council rejected calls from peace activists to cancel the arms fair, despite participants in the event being linked to the construction of the new generation of Trident nuclear missiles and Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. The Council removed the People Make Glasgow logo from the event before it took place and said it would be designing a new “ethical” policy on the hosting of future conferences, the details of which were contained in an email seen by CommonSpace from Council deputy leader David McDonald on 7 May to the Sink the Glasgow Arms Fair coalition, which had been enquiring about the progress of the new policy.

Looking Back At 1919: Immigration, Race, And Women’s Rights, Then And Now

The blend isn’t exact. Bigotry was expressed much more explicitly a century ago, not in code as it usually is now. Jim Crow laws in the South and other forms of racial segregation in the rest of the country were seen by most white Americans as the normal state of affairs. In the national debate on immigration, the most inflammatory rhetoric was largely aimed at immigrants from Asia, not Latin America or the Middle East; Slavs, southern Europeans, and Jews from Eastern Europe also faced widespread hostility.

What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty And Inequality Through Tax Policy

States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make critical investments in infrastructure, energy systems, and programs that create broader opportunity and shared prosperity. Concentrations of wealth are distorting our economy and undermining our democracy and civic health. State administrations and state legislatures can act to close the loopholes, put a brake on economic inequality and concentrations of wealth, and generate significant revenue.

35,000 Hit Streets Of Berlin To Demand Agricultural Revolution

"This protest shows that the desire for a different agricultural policy is now undeniable." Organizers said 35,000 people marched through the streets of the German capital on Saturday to say they're "fed up" with industrial agriculture and call for a transformation to a system that instead supports the welfare of the environment, animals, and rural farmers.

Former Fossil Fuels Lobbyist Replaces Zinke At Interior Department

In late September 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was slated to make a speech that would showcase his work on President Donald Trump's "energy dominance" policy. Instead, he used the occasion to deride his critics and engage testily with hecklers, putting a spotlight on the ethical lapses that would come to define his tenure as the nation's top public lands steward. But while Zinke was making headlines that distracted from Trump's fossil fuel-focused policy, his department was working busily to implement it under the leadership of his deputy, former energy industry lobbyist and agency veteran David Bernhardt.

John Bolton And U.S. Policy Towards Latin America

HAVANA – John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, made a brief stop on his way to the G-20 Summit in Argentina to meet with the elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro, accompanied by a retinue of generals, received him with a military salute at the door of his house and told Bolton everything he wanted to hear: the suspension of the summit on climate change scheduled to be held in Brazil next year; the transfer of the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem; the promise to limit the economic influence of China in his country; and, above all, his willingness to join the war against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Protest Breaks Out At COP24 Speech After US Announces No Change To Climate Policy

Protesters at the COP24 climate conference made sure US President Donald Trump's energy advisor knew they were not happy with the US' unwillingness to change its climate policy. Demonstrators erupted in song while Wells Griffith said the US will not be rejecting coal mining or fossil fuel use in the future during a speech in Katowice, Poland, where the conference is being held. “The reality is, countries will continue to use fossil fuels to ensure they meet basic power, transportation, and the industrial needs of their citizens. "The nuclear power industry will also continue to provide large amounts of emission-free baseload power.

Trump Reversing US Policy Allowing Israel’s Seizure Of Golan Heights

Hardly anyone noticed. The Trump administration quietly changed America’s long-held position on Syria’s strategic Golan Heights while attention was focused on the raucous political carnival in Washington. Though barely noticed, the policy change had enormous importance and will lead the United States into a lot of future Mideast misery. The Golan Heights is a volcanic plateau that abuts Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. The plateau rises abruptly from the plain of Galilee, providing dominance of the entire region. To the north, Mt Hermon rises to over 9,000 feet (2,814 meters); the plateau slopes down at its southern extremity. Golan provides the headwaters of the Jordan River and 15-20% of Israel’s water from its snow-capped north.

The Pentagon Hits Home, Climate Changing Dinner & How To Address Addiction

The Pentagon broadens its horizons to domestic surveillance and “insurrection” - the all seeing eye is focused on the home front. Next, if we wanna survive humanity's demise that our choices designed, we have to start making different choices – at the dinner table. Finally, Dr. Sheila Vakharia joins us to talk harm reduction, addiction and drug policy.

‘Troika Of Tyranny’: Trump White House Announces Tough New Policies Against Venezuela, Cuba And Nicaragua

The confrontational remarks from John Bolton come same day as United Nations calls on US to lift Cuban embargo. Donald Trump‘s White House has announced an aggressive new policy to confront the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, labelling the three nations the “troika of tyranny”. “Many of you in the audience today have personally suffered unspeakable horrors at the hands of the regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, only to survive, fight back, conquer, and overcome,” John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security advisor said during a speech in Miami, Florida. “The troika of tyranny in this hemisphere – Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua – has finally met its match,” he said.

Tech Firms Make Millions From Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda, Report Finds

Silicon Valley technology corporations including Amazon, Palantir and Microsoft make millions from US immigration enforcement, according to a new report. They provide tools that aid surveillance, detention and deportation of individuals targeted by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, according to a paper published Tuesday by a coalition of immigrant rights groups. The report outlined ways Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has expanded its reach, with infrastructure from tech companies that have faced growing internal and external pressure to cancel their contracts. “During this time of continued escalated abuse by Ice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

Dual War And Repression: Domestic And Foreign Policy On Black People

Parallel tracks of US government policy against the Black working class in the US and on the African continent expose much more than incidental similarity but a concerted fatal conspiracy. For the US, African people globally have no economic value short of being unwitting consumers whose labor-use has expired, and whose resistance to social injustice must be repressed at all costs. This conflict of interests reveals a natural contradiction between North American versus African or Black identities. African-American on many levels is an oxymoron. This month marks the 10th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command – AFRICOM, created on October 1, 2008. AFRICOM is the re-colonization of Africa by the U.S. and constitutes the new scramble for Africa equivalent to when...

Now More Than Ever, It Is Imperative That Local Elected Officials Step Up To Defend Our Communities.

For too long, communities across the country have lived with the reality of harmful policing practices and a punitive legal system that relies heavily on criminalization, rather than on crime prevention, restorative practices, and investment. The criminalization of marginalized communities is a cornerstone of our nation’s justice system—from the systemic divestment of social services from communities of color, to “War on Drugs” and “tough on crime” policies of the 1990s, to the proliferation of policing practices targeting minor infractions.[1] This reality is enduring. Indeed, under the Trump administration, communities now find themselves in an era of even more heightened attack.
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