2020-01-17: Social Media Postees

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California Bill Would Raise Taxes on Corporations With Large CEO-Worker Pay Gaps
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-17
A bill to raise taxes on corporations with large gaps between CEO and worker pay moved forward in the California state senate Wednesday after a hearing that drew sharp lines between labor and anti-poverty supporters and corporate and Wall Street opponents. | The California proposal is similar to legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress last November by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Barbara Lee and Rashida Tlaib, and 18 other House members. | Under the Ca…
truthout.org/articles/california-bill-would-raise-taxes-on-corporations-with-large-ceo-worker-pay-gaps/

The climate-migration-industrial complex
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-17
Thirty years ago there were fifteen border walls around the world. Now there are seventy walls and over one billion national and international migrants. International migrants alone may even double in the next forty years due to global warming. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/17/the-climate-migration-industrial-complex/

Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

At US Border, Inaccurate Mayan-Language Interpretation Can Lead to Deportation
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-17
As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.
truthout.org/video/at-us-border-inaccurate-mayan-language-interpretation-can-lead-to-deportation/

Migrant entries from Turkey to Europe on the rise, Frontex chief says
rt.com | 2020-01-17
The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the EU's border agency said on Friday. | More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter Europe without authorization in 2019, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said in Brussels. | "This was mainly due to the situation in Syria, but also instability in Afghanistan, and changing policies towards Afghan nationals by Iranian and Pakistani authorities," Leggeri said. He refused to…
rt.com/newsline/478534-migrants-turkey-europe-frontex/

Mexico's President Offers 4,000 Jobs in Attempt to Stop Caravan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Friday reported that his government will not grant transit visas to migrants from the caravan trying to reach the United States but that there are about 4.000 jobs available. | RELATED: | 'Mexico Won't Let the Caravan Pass' Guatemala's President Says | "Between 2,500 and 3,000 Honduran and Salvadora…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexicos-President-Offers-4000-Jobs-in-Attempt-to-Stop-Caravan-20200117-0003.html

Julian Assange's battle for justice
Vyshakh T | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
Julian Assange's extradition hearing is scheduled to begin on February 25. We bring you a timeline of the major developments in the case since his arrest in April 2019.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/julian-assanges-battle-for-justice/

Top Brazilian paper reveals Bolsonaro government's terror plot against Venezuela
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-17
Brazil's right-wing government attempted to attack Venezuela in a plot to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror operation has…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/17/brazil-paper-reveals-bolsonaro-terror-plot-venezuela/

Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us. Their Clash Underscores the Need for Grassroots Wisdom
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-01-17
Billionaires want Sanders and Warren to clash and burn…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/16/18829794.php

Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us. Their Clash Underscores the Need for Grassroots Wisdom
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
The dismal conflict that erupted this week between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren should never have happened. But now that it has, supporters must provide grassroots leadership to mitigate the dangerous mess. The argument that broke out between Warren and Sanders last weekend and escalated in recent days is already history that threatens to foreshadow…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/not-bernie-us-not-warren-us-their-clash-underscores-the-need-for-grassroots-wisdom/

Not Bernie, Us. Not Warren, Us. Their Clash Underscores the Need for Grassroots Wisdom
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
The dismal conflict that erupted this week between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren should never have happened. But now that it has, supporters must provide grassroots leadership to mitigate the dangerous mess. The argument that broke out between Warren and Sanders last weekend and escalated in recent days is already history that threatens to foreshadow…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/not-bernie-us-not-warren-us-their-clash-underscores-the-need-for-grassroots-wisdom/

Your arrow can pierce the sky, but ours has gone into orbit
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-17
On Wednesday, 15 January, China and the United States agreed to suspend their full-scale trade war. From February 2018, the United States placed tariffs on Chinese goods that entered the US market, and then China retaliated. This tit-for-tat game continued for almost two years, causing massive disruption in the global value chain. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/17/your-arrow-can-pierce-the-sky-but-ours-has-gone-into-orbit/

Not an Inch: Indian Students Stand Against the Far Right
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
With her head bandaged and her arm in a sling, university student Aishe Ghosh went before the cameras to say that the students of the university she attends in New Delhi would move "not an inch back." The students would continue to agitate to defend Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its union, and to fight…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/not-an-inch-iranian-students-stand-against-the-far-right/

Not an Inch: Indian Students Stand Against the Far Right
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
With her head bandaged and her arm in a sling, university student Aishe Ghosh went before the cameras to say that the students of the university she attends in New Delhi would move "not an inch back." The students would continue to agitate to defend Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its union, and to fight…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/not-an-inch-iranian-students-stand-against-the-far-right/

San Francisco Labor Council Resolution: "Support the rising anti-war and pro-peace movement"
| workers.org | 2020-01-17
The following resolution was adopted Jan. 13 by unanimous vote of the San Francisco Labor Council. Whereas, President Trump has placed the whole world on alert and brought the United States closer to war due to the irresponsible assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani; and Whereas, President Trump has threatened . . . | Continue reading San Francisco Labor Council Resolution: "Support the rising anti-war and pro-peace movement" at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/01/45591/

Greek offer to send peacekeeping troops to Libya could spark 'indirect' conflict between Ankara and Athens
rt.com | 2020-01-17
Greece's proposal to send forces to observe a fragile truce in Libya could lead to an indirect conflict between Ankara and Athens, analysts told RT, warning that the NATO allies could soon lock horns over the issue. | Nikos Dendias, the Greek foreign minister, announced that his government was willing to deploy forces to the war-torn North African nation in order to monitor the ceasefire between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). The offer was put forward after Dendias met with LNA leader General Khalifa Haftar, who has been fighting forces loyal to Tripol…
rt.com/news/478527-greece-indirect-conflict-turkey-libya/

Pompeo to join Libya conference in Berlin, Greece threatens to veto any solution after Tripoli-Ankara deal
rt.com | 2020-01-17
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will take part in this weekend's Libya peace conference in Germany and voice support for truce efforts, the State Department has said. | Pompeo will call for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the war-ravaged nation, and a resumption of the UN-backed peace process, AFP quoted a US official as saying on Thursday. | On Thursday, Commander of eastern Libyan forces Khalifa Haftar paid a surprise visit to Athens, which is angered that it was not invited to Berlin and is engaged in a dispute with Turkey over energy claims involving Libya. | PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis vowed on Thu…
rt.com/newsline/478475-pompeo-libya-haftar-greece/

The bombs of the last war and preparations for the next rattle Germany
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
BERLIN–"ALARM! Twelve thousand residents must immediately leave their homes! All hospital clinics must be evacuated! No exceptions! Hasten!" Not in burning Australia nor a besieged town in Syria or Afghanistan were those words heard, but rather on Jan. 12, 2020 in the otherwise peaceful if no longer prosperous Dortmund, in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Once again, unexploded …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-bombs-of-the-last-war-and-preparations-for-the-next-rattle-germany/

Trump Calls for New Iran Nuclear Deal that Renders the Country Defenseless
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
Last week, Trump called for a new Iran nuclear deal, claiming: | "(W)e must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place (sic)." | That's precisely the JCPOA's aim

Secular Traditions in Indian Music and Poetry
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-01-17
San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San Jose, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 523, 55, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 168, 181, 500, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, LRT…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/16/18829814.php

Dr. Stephen Zunes speaks on Trump's Mideast Policy
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2020-01-17
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/15/18829770.php

The Women's March Is Back and Ready to Defeat Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-17
The Women's March is back this year

Eighty-six Pakistani Islamists handed decades in prison for role in violent rallies over Christian woman's blasphemy acquittal
rt.com | 2020-01-17
A Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of a radical Islamist group to 55-year prison terms each for instigating violent protests against the acquittal of a Christian woman who had been accused of insulting Islam. | The decision was announced on Thursday by the court in Rawalpindi, a city near Islamabad. A leader of the radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, whose members were among the defendants, said that they would appeal the ruling. | The 86 were accused of damaging public property, assault and disrupting public order, as part of their unruly protest against the acquittal of Asia Bibi. The Christian woman wa…
rt.com/news/478493-asia-bibi-conviction-islamists-pakistan/

Government Supporters Gather in Tehran After Friday Prayers – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-17
Iranians are gathering for a rally to commemorate those killed in the fatal crash of a Ukrainian Boeing that was shot down by an Iranian missile earlier in January near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 176 people on board. Earlier that day, Iran had carried out a missile attack on US bases in Iraq.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/202001171078061129-government-supporters-protest-in-tehran-after-friday-prayers/

India's Kerala State is 'Fortress of Secularism', Will Not Implement Citizenship Law – Chief Vijayan
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-17
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has witnessed widespread protests in favour and against the controversial law enacted by the federal government in December to grant citizenship rights to persecuted minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, barring Muslims.
sputniknews.com/india/202001171078057105-indias-kerala-state-is-fortress-of-secularism-will-not-implement-citizenship-law-chief-vijayan/

Trump Prosecutors Make Move to Ensure that Embassy Protectors are Convicted
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
As the trial approaches, the lawyers for the Trump Administration's prosecution of the four Venezuelan Embassy Protectors who were arrested last May are asking the court to make sure the jury is kept ignorant about the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of the protectors. In a recently filed motion by government lawyers, state prosecutors…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/trump-prosecutors-make-move-to-ensure-that-embassy-protectors-are-convicted/

The ERA Just Got Ratified by Virginia, the Needed 38th State!
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Here's a big deal that's bound to become a lot bigger this year. Exactly 100 years after women finally won the vote with ratification of a 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the state legislature of Virginia on January 15 finally became the needed 38th state of the Union to ratify the proposed Equal Rights…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/the-era-just-got-ratified-by-virginia-the-needed-38th-state/

CNN is Trash
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Why has the hash tag #CNNisTrash been popular since this week's presidential primary debate? There was nothing new about the corporate, militarist, anti-progressive slant of the debate "moderation." What was new was the level of blatant bias so extreme that even viewers who knew nothing about the issues couldn't miss it, plus the amount of…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/cnn-is-trash/

CNN is Trash
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Why has the hash tag #CNNisTrash been popular since this week's presidential primary debate? There was nothing new about the corporate, militarist, anti-progressive slant of the debate "moderation." What was new was the level of blatant bias so extreme that even viewers who knew nothing about the issues couldn't miss it, plus the amount of…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/cnn-is-trash/

Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know about Israel's 'Firing Zones' in the West Bank
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel's so-called "firing zones" in the West Bank.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/sealed-off-and-forgotten-what-you-should-know-about-israels-firing-zones-in-the-west-bank/

America's Long History of Meddling in Russia
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Russia

How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump's True Motives in Iraq
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-17
The U.S. is adamant that its assassination of Qassem Soleimani and refusal to leave Iraq is about protecting Americans, but a little known Iraqi parliamentary session reveals how China increasingly strong ties to Baghdad may be shaping America's new Mideast strategy.
mintpressnews.com/hidden-parliamentary-session-revealed-trump-motives-iraq-china-oil/264155/

Trump's True Motives in Iraq: What You're Not Being Told
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-17
(MPN Op-Ed)

Sanctions harm reconstruction in Syria's Homs province
Karin Leukefeld | workers.org | 2020-01-17
Published in Junge Welt, Dec. 16. Translation by John Catalinotto. According to Gov. Talal Barasi, about half a million people fled from Homs province, the largest in Syria, during the war. Some 2.3 million people had lived in Homs before the war, Barasi explained in an interview with Junge Welt. . . . | Continue reading Sanctions harm reconstruction in Syria's Homs province at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/01/45594/

'We don't have political problems with India': Iran's Zarif urges Delhi to defy US sanctions & resume buying Iranian oil
rt.com | 2020-01-17
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on India to shirk Washington's "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign and continue sourcing its energy from the Islamic Republic, arguing it's in the country's best interest. | While on a four-day visit to India, Zarif insisted Iran could best meet New Delhi's oil needs, assuring that his country would keep politics out of its business dealings and remain a reliable partner. | "For India's economic growth you need more and more energy and energy security, which has been an area of concern," Zarif said at a meeting of the Federation of Indian Export Organi…
rt.com/news/478470-iran-india-oil-us-sanctions/

The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip
Ryan McMaken | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
When the US places financial sanctions on one country, it de facto sanctions many other countries as well

'Protecting TeleSUR Is Protecting the Peoples' Voice' Villegas
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
The New Television of the South (teleSUR) president Patricia Villegas Thursday warned about the difficulties of doing progressive journalism in Latin America and stressed that "protecting teleSUR is protecting the voice of the peoples of the world". | RELATED: | Desperate Juan Guaido Vows Again to Plunder teleSUR's Signal | At teleSUR "we have been accustomed all this time to resist amid adversities," Villegas said and recalled that "we are a very powerful voice … the vision of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Protecting-TeleSUR-Is-Protecting-the-Peoples-Voice-Villegas-20200117-0004.html

Colombia: Armed Incursion to Jamundi Leaves Five Civilians Dead
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Five young farmers were killed in the middle of a confrontation among illegal armed groups operating in the municipality of Jamundi, at the Cauca valley, in Colombia. | RELATED: | 17 Social Leaders Assassinated so Far This Year in Colombia | According to local media, the victims were traveling in three cars when members of those armed groups threw explosives into the vehicles destroying them. | On Thursday night, there was a clash among criminal organizations, one of which was ap…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Armed-Incursion-to-Jamundi-Leaves-Five-Civilians-Dead-20200117-0005.html

Assassination of Congolese independence leader and revolutionary Patrice Lumumba
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
On January 17, 1961, Congolese independence leader, Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by counter-revolutionary forces, backed by the US and Belgium. He was the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo). He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he led the Congolese National Movement (MNC) party from 1958 until his assassination.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/assassination-of-congolese-independence-leader-and-revolutionary-patrice-lumumba/

Canada's Media and Political Establishment Endorse Illegal Assassination of Iranian General Suleimani
Roger Jordan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
In the two weeks since Washington violated Iraq's sovereignty to assassinate Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) General Qassem Suleimani, major Canadian corporate media outlets and leading figures within the political establishment have voiced their support for such acts of state terrorism. …
globalresearch.ca/canada-media-political-establishment-endorse-illegal-assassination-iranian-general-suleimani/5700932

Learning From King's Last Campaign
Jessicah Pierre | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other conveners…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/learning-from-kings-last-campaign/

Learning From King's Last Campaign
Jessicah Pierre | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other conveners…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/learning-from-kings-last-campaign/

Canada's media and political establishment endorse illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
To the extent that criticisms have been made, they have revolved around the question of whether Suleimani's murder by drone strike was tactically wise.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/caso-j17.html

MLK's final campaign lives on: The war against racism and poverty
Jessicah Pierre | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the movement around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other …
peoplesworld.org/article/mlks-final-campaign-lives-on-the-war-against-racism-and-poverty/

Battle of the Ages to Stop Eurasian Integration
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-17
The Raging Twenties started with a bang with the targeted assassination of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | Yet a bigger bang awaits us throughout the decade: the myriad declinations of the New Great Game in Eurasia, which pits the US …
globalresearch.ca/battle-ages-stop-eurasian-integration/5700890

737 MAX crisis could cost Boeing $20 billion, Wall Street analyst says
rt.com | 2020-01-17
The US aerospace giant Boeing's costs are likely to rise substantially, analysts say, as airlines continue to push back MAX 737's from their schedules. The company's best-selling planes have now been grounded for 11 months. | The worldwide grounding saw airlines lose more than $1 billion in revenue, and Boeing more than $7 billion. The company, which took a $5.6 billion pretax charge in July to compensate airlines and other customers for the grounding, is to report full-year and fourth-quarter earnings on January 29. Some Wall Street analysts expect it to take additional charges related to the troubled airplan…
rt.com/business/478526-boeing-max-crisis-costs/

Trump administration to illegally divert an additional $7.2 billion to border wall construction
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
For the second year in a row, the Trump administration is diverting congressional appropriated funds in violation of the Constitution.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/bord-j17.html

Canada's Dark History vis-à -vis Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-17
To understand where you are, it is necessary to know where you have been. To understand current Canadian policy towards the 18th most populous country in the world, it is necessary to look at the history of Ottawa's relations with Iran. For the first 75 years after Confederation Canada's foreign policy was largely shaped by …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-dark-history-vis-a-vis-iran/

War Profiteering is Real
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. But there is one set of people who…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/war-profiteering-is-real/

Soviet army liberates Warsaw from Nazi forces
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
The operation was part of the Vistula–Oder Offensive, which was a successful Red Army operation on the Eastern Front in the European Theatre of World War II in January 1945.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/soviet-army-liberates-warsaw-from-nazi-forces/

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