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New home for China’s ancient treasures to display many more Palace Museum artefacts
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Cyril Ip
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023
Construction of the north campus of Beijing’s Palace Museum began in December.
Hong Kong’s ban on products containing CBD comes into effect next week, customs warns
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Zhao Ziwen
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023
Residents have been warned against buying products containing CBD from outside the city.
Hong Kong home prices fell 15.6 per cent in 2022, ending 13-year winning streak
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Lam Ka-sing
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023
Home prices in Hong Kong fell by the most in 24 years in 2022, but the housing market is likely to stabilise this year amid improving stock market and economic sentiment, according to analysts.
Bad Faith Liberalism and the Politics of False Equivalency
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Many liberals adhere to a false-equivalency discourse in which they endlessly suggest that violence, extremism, demagoguery, and cult-like behavior at work in American society are committed by both the right and the left, as if one balances off the other. This conveniently leaves the center and liberals as the only voices of reason and moderation, willing and eager to offer the only acceptable political position in dealing with far-right authoritarianism. More

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Nuclear Fusion Won’t Save the Climate, But It Might Blow Up the World
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

I awoke on December 13th to news about what could be the most significant scientific breakthrough since the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first Covid vaccine for emergency use two years ago. This time, however, the achievement had nothing to do with that ongoing public health crisis. Instead, as the New York Times and CNN alerted me that morning, at stake was a new technology that could potentially solve the worst dilemma humanity faces: climate change and the desperate overheating of our planet. Net-energy-gain fusion, a long-sought-after panacea for all that’s wrong with traditional nuclear-fission energy (read: accidents, radioactive waste), had finally been achieved at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. More

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The Florida Strong-Man
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Not content with limiting abortion, restricting the franchise for Black and brown people, ostracizing trans athletes, silencing discussion of gay issues in schools, criminalizing public protest, alienating the state’s biggest private employer (Disney), and kidnapping lawful asylum seekers in San Antonio and flying them to Martha’s Vineyard, DeSantis is targeting higher education. Last week, he blackmailed the heads of Florida’s 28 state and community colleges to ban any course of study “that compels belief in critical race theory or related concepts such as intersectionality.” More

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Roaming Charges: The Ugliest Thing in America
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Earlier this week, while driving across the Oregon outback, I switched on the radio hoping to pick up a recorded sermon by one of the great old-time evangelists of the 50s and 60s on a subject like demonic possession and communism that you often find lurking on the far end of the dial. But the only channel with a static-free signal was pumping out the Glenn Beck Show, who I hadn’t heard since he blew his Faustian deal with CNN. More

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Capitalism is Antithetical to Democracy
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Sensurround sound in a two-inch wall I was waiting for the communist call I dared to ask for sunshine, and I got World War III I’m looking over the wall, and they’re looking at me! – John Lydon, Sex Pistols, 1977 Most Americans would likely be surprised to know that, according to a respected international More

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The Ambiguities of Political Command: The Case of Ukraine
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London and the author of numerous books on war and history, including (of interest to Americans) Kennedy’s Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam (2002) and The Future of War: A History (2017). He began teaching at King’s in 1982 and retired in More

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Police Murder Forest Defender Near Atlanta’s Proposed “Cop City”
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

A forest defender, Manuel Teran, AKA “Tortuguita” or “Tort,” was shot and killed by police on Wednesday during a violent raid of the protest camp and community gathering space that has blocked the construction of an enormous police training facility known as “Cop City” on roughly 100 acres of public forest in southeast Atlanta. Vigils More

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Doomsday Clock Jitters and “How to Fix a Broken Planet”
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

In January of every year for the past 75 years the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publishes an updated setting of the Doomsday Clock. The clock is a metaphor for how close or far humanity is from the brink. Coincidentally, on the heels of the resetting of the world-famous clock this year, Julian Cribb, who More

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Far Right Supreme Court Ready to Gut Unions (Again), as Workers Die on the Job
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

One of the first dead giveaways for fascism is animosity toward trade unions. That’s not to say all anti-union businesspeople are fascist, but simply that that hatred is a first step on the primrose path to a polity of utterly oppressed wage slaves and strictly limited civil rights, a step that the current supreme court, More

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Kill Capitalism Before It Kills Us
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

“It seems to be easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and then of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism” Fredric Jameson, The Seeds of Time, 1994 What kind of culture is it which pushes distraction, in its ordinary selection even of news, to the point where there is hardly More

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Resisting War and Repression in Putin’s Russia
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Russian activists have called for international days of protest on January 19 through 24, 2023 against Putin’s imperialist war in Ukraine and political repression in Russia. Thousands of Russian progressives, socialists, anarchists, and feminists have been arrested, hundreds jailed with long sentences, and untold numbers are under surveillance for their opposition to the regime. Tempest More

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An Elegy from Hell: Pompeo Smear Khashoggi
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

“De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“Speak no ill of the dead”) we are told. Screw that, says Mike Pompeo. Pompeo, who served as CIA director and secretary of state under President Donald Trump, has excreted a new book: Never Give An Inch: Fighting for the America I Love. Pompeo may love America, but he does More

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An Elegy from Hell: Pompeo Smears Khashoggi
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

“De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“Speak no ill of the dead”) we are told. Screw that, says Mike Pompeo. Pompeo, who served as CIA director and secretary of state under President Donald Trump, has excreted a new book: Never Give An Inch: Fighting for the America I Love. Pompeo may love America, but he does More

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Inside Mexico’s Largest Detention Center: a Q&A with Belén Fernández
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

In 2012, former Customs and Border Protection official Alan Bersin proclaimed that “our southern border” is now with Guatemala. In her great new book, titled Inside Siglo XXI: Locked Up in Mexico’s Largest Detention Center, author and journalist Belén Fernández writes about this underdiscussed part of the U.S. border from the on-the-ground perspective of the Tapachula More

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No Winners in Nuclear War
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Joshua Frank’s Atomic Days is an urgent look at the dark side of the nuclear industry. Hanford Nuclear Reservation, once the United States’ largest plutonium production site, is now designated the most toxic place in America. We can’t afford inaction: an accident at Hanford could make Chernobyl pale. Joshua will be joined by peace activist More

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The Wolf Inside Us
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

“From the very start there is no innocence and no singleness. Every created thing, even the simplest, is already guilty, already multiple. It has been thrown into the muddy stream of being and may never more swim back again to its source. The way to innocence, to the uncreated and to God leads on, not More

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The Clearest Case Yet for Taxing Billionaires
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Sometimes the daily news about our billionaires just doesn’t make sense. Last year, for instance, ended with a torrent of news stories about how poorly the world’s billionaires fared in 2022. Bloomberg tagged the 12 months that had just gone past “a year to forget,” with almost $1.5 trillion “wiped from the fortunes of the richest 500 alone.” All global More

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Taking a Long, Hard Look at Police Killings
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Last year was the deadliest on record for police killings in the United States. According to a Washington Post database, law enforcement officers shot and killed 1,096 people in 2022. And that’s likely an understatement. According to Abdul Nasser Rad, a research director at Campaign Zero, the Post ​“only captures incidents where a police officer discharges their firearm and the More

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A Wall Street Sob Story
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

I don’t usually cover sob stories, but this one is so touching it might make you cry. Or throw up. It’s about some workers who toiled all last year in the caverns of New York City, only to find at year’s end that their pay was being cut by up to 50 percent. Actually, it’s More

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Why a Small City in Ukraine Is a Focal Point in the War
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Since the Ukrainian army’s counteroffensive started gaining momentum in September 2022, the Russian army has largely been on the defensive. Russian drone and missile strikes continue to target Ukraine’s major cities, but its military forces have retreated from attempts to take Kherson, Kharkiv, or any other major Ukrainian settlement. Strong defensive fortifications built by Russian More

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The U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment Proves in Ukraine That It Forgot the Lessons of Vietnam
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Friday, January 27th, marks 50 years since the signing of the Paris Peace Accords by representatives from the United States, North and South Vietnam effectively ending American participation in the Vietnamese civil conflict. What the Georgetown University international relations scholar Charles Kuphan calls an “isolationist impulse” made a “significant comeback in response to the Vietnam More

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The Ambiguity of Competition
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

In his introduction to István Mészáros’ Beyond Leviathan: Critique of the State, John Bellamy Foster discusses the idea that it is “impossible to go ‘beyond capital’  … without also going beyond the state.” In this view, the observed ascendency of capital is both a political and economic phenomenon, in which the state privileges capital and More

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A Proposal to End Police Militarism
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

(The militarization of the police, part 4) We have been looking at the meaning of having people in uniform patrolling city streets with military weaponry. It is not a joke. It has led us to describe three levels of social violence, each one linked to police desires for a soldier’s attitude toward the people. First, More

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Progressive Democrats Welcome a Primary Challenge to Biden
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

With President Biden’s approval ratings hovering at 40% and the US chasing endless war in Ukraine, Progressive Democrats of America’s foreign policy team, which I co-chair with Jim Carpenter of Milwaukee, welcomes a primary challenge from a peace candidate in the 2024 Presidential race. In fact, with Republicans hollering about Biden’s classified docs locked up More

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Why Union Workers Are a First Line of Defense to Protect Social Security
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Cliff Carlton was the 10th of 11 children and one of three still living at home when his father, a coal miner, died unexpectedly at 67. Only his dad’s Social Security benefits, along with vegetables from the family’s small farm in southwestern Virginia, kept the household afloat during the lean years that followed. That battle More

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The WEF, Greta, and We
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

At the end of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, its president, Børge Brende, concluded the meeting with this cautious but optimistic note: “In an uncertain and challenging time, one thing is clear. We can shape a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future, but the only way to do so is More

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CODEPINK OUTSIDE THE HOUSE: The Real Story Behind Camp Pelosi
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

HBO recently released Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary, “Pelosi In the House.” The film pieces together old video footage capturing pivotal moments from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s career. A part of the documentary features footage from CODEPINK’s 2007 “Camp Pelosi” Iraq War protests, which consisted of week-long peace encampments on the public sidewalk outside Pelosi’s San Francisco home More

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Paul Cezanne-an Artist for Our Time
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Recently I went to a major museum retrospective in London. I looked the first painting on display, and wondered, ‘how amazing that a hedge fund can lose tens of billions of dollars’. I had no idea how the swift disappearance of so much money was possible. Was my mind drifting when that thought about business More

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Who Will Speak Up for My Child the Drag Queen
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

What makes a good society? Is it a guaranteed right to pursue happiness, as our Declaration of Independence proclaimed? Perhaps, as Gandhi said, it’s providing the poorest and most vulnerable among us with the means to control their own lives. But what happens when it’s the pursuit of happiness that makes someone most vulnerable? Let More

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What Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just issued its 2023 Doomsday Clock statement, calling this “a time of unprecedented danger.” It has advanced the hands of the clock to 90 seconds to midnight, meaning that the world is closer to global catastrophe than ever before, mainly because the conflict in Ukraine has gravely increased More

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Risky Business: Japan Steps Out
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Background to a Changing Strategic Perspective  Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has just visited Washington, drawing attention to how Japan is remaking its national security policy. He’s winning applause from Washington and hearing anguish in Beijing. Here’s the background: Ever since the American occupation of Japan after World War II, that country’s national security has More

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Tech war: Japan, Netherlands said to join US in restricting China’s access to advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Bloomberg
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023
The joint effort is expected to create a powerful alliance that will undercut China’s ambitions to build its own advanced semiconductor manufacturing capabilities.
Slow Beethoven
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

A lifelong amateur violinist, Albert Einstein was an avid chamber musician. He would hardly have endeared himself to his fellow players if, when straying from the agreed-upon tempo or missing an entrance, he had tried to excuse these blunders with his oft-cited claim that “time is an illusion.” Yet an illusion it is. It can More

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The Border is a Ponzi Scheme
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

There is something happening at the border, and it’s fucked up. These are the only two things that the loudest of the yammering heads on either side of America’s partisan divide seem to agree on when it comes to immigration and they’re probably the only two things about this issue that either side actually gets More

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And Now They Want to Arm Our Children?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Days in January: 31. Number of mass shootings in the US as of January 24: 39. (I pray the number hasn’t gone up by the time you read this.) From cries of madness to tears of rage; from citizen fury to congressional prayers, we careen toward a future where a visit to a dance studio More

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Is a Winning Solution in Sight for Haiti?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

The problems that simmer beneath the surface in Haiti rarely make it into the news. Only a few events occasionally bubble to the surface, like the thousands of migrants who suddenly showed up at the U.S.-Mexico border in September 2021, followed by the kidnapping of a group of missionaries and their dramatic escape several months More

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Should You Seek “His Dark Materials”?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

His Dark Materials, Produced by Laurie Borg, 2019-2022, BBC/HBO. I first devoured Philip Pullman’s Young Adult fantasy trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, published in 1995-2000 by Scholastic) during high school, which ended up being the ideal age. The source texts for this television serial are deceptively simplistic in presentation More

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Criminalizing Emily: a Review
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

In “Emily the Criminal” streaming on Netflix now, the main character is a working-class female who labors in the food service industry. Bearing $70,000 in student debt for an unfinished art school degree, she puts her talent on hold and turns to crime that another criminal enterprise, the financialization of higher education, propels. One crime More

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What is the Debt Ceiling?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

The ability to solve complex problems is a sign of maturity, intelligence, and some would argue what separates humans from other species. Difficult questions can engage perception, knowledge, problem solving, judgment, language, and memory. A fair bit of money is deducted from your pay, withheld as income tax. The aggregate of all that tax money More

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Ukraine War: Negotiations Now
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

Those who fail to call for negotiations, fail to understand the dangerous predicament that faces the planet! At no time since the Cuban missile crisis has our world has been so close to disaster. As the war in Ukraine approaches its first anniversary, it is being increasingly transformed by the Biden administration and the “collective More

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The Center of the Ring: On Writing About Boxing
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Friday, January 27th, 2023

In writing, boxing is often used as a metaphor. It’s something that demonstrates heart, passion, intensity, and anger. It’s contradiction or revelation. It’s character and life. Boxing does make an excellent metaphor – within the ring, rigid constraints produce a violent struggle – but, all too often, treating boxing as a metaphor allows writers to More

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South Korea extends restrictions on China arrivals amid concerns over post-Lunar New Year holiday Covid-19 surge
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Associated Press
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Health authorities have extend the coronavirus measures on short-term travellers from China through the end of February.
House GOP’s Natural Resources Chair Has a New Chief of Staff: An Oil Lobbyist
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
A former fossil fuel lobbyist could have huge sway over the House’s energy policy priorities.
Oklahoma Republican’s Bill Would Fine Drag Performers $20K Over Shows for Kids
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
The proposal places "a target [on] drag performers," one LGBTQ advocate said.
As Unions Gain 273,000 Members, Media Opt for Gloomy Headlines
Source: FAIR: FAIRNESS & ACCURACY IN REPORTING
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

When numbers are a mixed bag, deciding whether to frame them positively, negatively or neutrally is a deliberate editorial decision.

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AOC Leads 76 Democrats in Urging Biden Officials to Reverse Title 42 Expansion
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
“This administration is making it effectively impossible to seek refuge at our border,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Indigenous Women and Femmes Are Winning Fights to Reclaim Land
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Not only must acres be transitioned back to Indigenous peoples' stewardship, it must happen in any way possible.
Kyrsten Sinema Challenger Ruben Gallego Breaks Fundraising Record With $1M Haul
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
The Gallego campaign says it got over 27,000 donations, breaking the previous 24-hour fundraising record in Arizona.
US targets Chinese firm for helping Russia’s Wagner group in Ukraine
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Agence France-Presse
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute Co is said to have provided satellite imagery to enable the mercenaries’ combat operations.
Victory, certified: NLRB rules in favor of Amazon Labor Union
Source: Liberation News
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
On January 11, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against Amazon’s attempt to overturn the historic union victory of the Amazon Labor Union at JFK8 in Staten Island in New York City.
PSL Editorial – Stop U.S. funding for Israel’s massacres
Source: Liberation News
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
It is an outrage that the politicians in Washington choose to prioritize funding this horrific repression over addressing any of the countless dire social problems working people are facing across the country.
Republicans Invite Sinema to Caucus With Them Instead of Democrats
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema switched her political affiliation from Democrat to independent in December.
GOP Tax Plan Slammed by Critics as Glimpse Into Party’s Economic Priorities
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
An estimate finds the poorest 20 percent of the U.S. would pay about 70 percent of their income in taxes under the plan.
Biden’s Proposed Renters Bill of Rights Is Insufficient, Housing Advocates Say
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Activists say it is full of weak commitments, while landlords retain the power to set prices and hoard housing stock.
Poll: Most Think Trump’s Actions on Classified Docs Were Illegal But Not Biden’s
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Just 37 percent of Americans think what Biden did was illegal, while 52 percent say Trump's actions were illegal.
Students Plan to Sue DeSantis for Rejecting AP African American Studies Course
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
"I thought here in this country, we believe in the free exchange of ideas, not the suppression of it," said one student.
The Death of a Forest Defender at “Stop Cop City”
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
"We need real wide-ranging solidarity,” says organizer Micah Herskind.
House GOP Is Passing Bills Based on Outright Lies About “Pro-Choice Violence”
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Abortion clinics are getting firebombed, but the GOP is pushing bills based on fabrications about “pro-choice violence.”
Russia’s war in Ukraine and growing concern over China help boost US arms transfers
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Minnie Chan
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Arms supplied to allies and partners rose by almost 50 per cent last year to reach almost US$52 billion, the Pentagon says.
Donald Trump seeks to step up White House campaign in third run for presidency
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Reuters
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
More than two months after the former president announced his intention to run again he is pitching up in key early-voting states where two allies are expected to join him but some other well-known Republicans are not ‘too excited’.
Semiconductors and EVs will buck against the slump in 2023 after funding halved for China’s tech start-ups last year
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Coco Feng
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Funding for Chinese tech start-ups fell 46 per cent last year to US$110 billion, but semiconductors and new energy saw biggest investment with continued momentum expected this year.
Russia launches wave of missiles at Ukraine
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Reuters
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Ukraine said that Russian forces had fired more than 30 missiles at targets across the country, in the latest wave of attacks that have put pressure on Ukraine’s air defence systems.
The U.S. Congress Twiddled Its Thumbs on Crypto while 10 Countries Banned It and 42 Others Placed Heavy Restrictions
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

On January 31 of last year, Oliver Sullivan reported at Lawyer Monthly that the growing list of countries “that wholly banned cryptocurrencies includes China, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Bangladesh and (as of this month) Kosovo. Forty-two others have passed restrictions to this effect, prohibiting crypto exchanges or limiting the ability of banks More

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Is Mining Money Behind the Arrest of Salvadoran Water Defenders?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

In 2009, Pacific Rim (a Canadian firm later bought by Australia-based OceanaGold) filed a lawsuit against the government of El Salvador, eventually demanding $250 million in compensation for the loss of profits they’d expected to make from their mining project there. For the cash-strapped country, that was the equivalent of 40 percent of the national public health budget. More

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Peru Sees Possible Transformative Change, and US Intervention  
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Critics of U.S. interference in Latin America and the Caribbean may soon realize, is such is not the case now, that Peru has a compelling claim on their attention. The massive popular resistance emerging now amid political crisis looks to be sustainable into the future. Meanwhile, a reactionary political class obstinately defends its privileges, and More

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Behind the Hate: Who is Andrew Tate
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Andrew Tate is a predatory capitalist who has a divine mission to save the world: if men will simply follow his lead and “man-up” they can escape The Matrix and become extremely wealthy at the same time. Tate himself is equally proud of how he rose from poverty to make his first million by “monetising girls”: that is by grooming young women to be part of his “pimp game”/ ”Cam Empire.” More

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Letter from London: I Got the News Today
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Peter Michalski was a popular editorial director of Springer Foreign News Service. He once told me in what always felt like blast-from-the-past offices on Fleet Street that the future of journalism was local. I had just returned from Frankfurt and the shocking assassination of Deutsche Bank head Alfred Herrhausen. Last week I was remembering Peter’s More

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Cop City is the Future They Want
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Over this past weekend I went to see the new Avatar movie. I had seen the first one and, although it had flaws, I saw the overall message as compelling. Fair warning, here is a small spoiler: Simply put, the plot is one where humans in the future, with the help of gargantuan and lethal More

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Idealism, Materialism, and The Two Sides of Marxism
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King Jr. “Stumbling is not falling.” —Malcolm X “In contrast to idealism, whose problem is how to explain temporal finite reality if our starting point is the eternal order of Ideas, materialism’s problem is how to explain the rise More

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Limitations on Weapons in East Germany
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Horrified at the continued string of shootings in the USA I am forced to reflect about the situation I knew in the long defunct (East) German Democratic Republic. My late brother-in-law was a passionate hunter, and hunting, unpleasant as it is to many, was considered necessary to limit excessive numbers of deer, to save young More

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Is the Reason Some Wealthy People Oppose Democracy Deeper Than We Think?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Why are America’s plutocrats funding efforts to weaken our democracy and replace it with plutocracy and oligarchy? Is it just about money? Or is there something much deeper that most Americans rarely even consider? An extraordinary investigative report from documented.net tells how morbidly rich families, their companies, and their personal foundations are funding efforts to More

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“Seditious Conspiracy”: Trying to Do Unto Government as Government Does Unto You
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

On January 23, a District of Columbia jury convicted three members of an organization styling itself the “Oath Keepers,” and a fourth associate of that group, of “seditious conspiracy” for their roles in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. There doesn’t seem to be much to quibble with on the verdict, pursuant to 18 US More

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Creating a Moral Conscience
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023

A recent talk with a friend gave me valuable insight into an important human phenomenon: how is a moral conscience created? A few years ago, I met Pierre, an abstract painter, and we developed a close friendship. As I learned about his complex upbringing, I wondered how he was able to overcome harrowing events in More

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Gold jewellery sales in Hong Kong poised to leap 30 per cent in Year of the Rabbit as weddings, mainland tourists return
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Enoch Yiu
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Gold jewellery sales in Hong Kong are likely to increase by more than 30 per cent in the Year of Rabbit, boosted by the return of weddings and other celebrations after the government scrapped social distancing measures, industry players said.
If You Won’t Sacrifice Workers to Fight Inflation, You’re Off the Op-Ed Page
Source: FAIR: FAIRNESS & ACCURACY IN REPORTING
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

The opinions sections of the Washington Post and New York Times have fallen short in exposing readers to progressive voices on inflation.

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McCarthy Says “It’s Not My Role” to Remove George Santos Despite Rampant Lies
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
McCarthy has refused to discipline Santos despite having numerous options to do so as speaker of the House.
Pope Francis Says Laws Punishing Gay People Are “Unjust”
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Several religious leaders and commentators celebrated the statement but said the pope should go further.
Cori Bush Calls for Investigation Into Police Killing of Activist Tortuguita
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Activists have questioned law enforcement’s narrative about the killing of the Atlanta climate justice activist.
George Santos Changes His Story About How He Got $625,000 in Campaign Funds
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Santos's campaign has pivoted, saying that previously reported personal loans weren't actually from personal funds.
Germany and US Agree to Send Tanks to Ukraine Despite Concern of War Escalation
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
A German lawmaker says the U.S. is pushing a proxy war and underestimating the threat of Putin’s nuclear Russia.
Twitter’s Collapse Is Bad News for Organizers – But Another Commons Is Possible
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Though some things may be lost if Twitter fades, the real “magic” behind the platform was never the app, but the people.
South Dakota Threatens Felony Charges for Pharmacists Prescribing Abortion Pills
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
All six states that share a border with South Dakota also restrict abortion access in varying degrees.
McCarthy Blocks Schiff, Swalwell From Serving on Intelligence Committee
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
The Speaker is "catering to the most extreme elements" of the GOP caucus, Schiff said in a statement.
11 Months Out to the 2024 Primaries, Trump Struggles to Stay Relevant
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Even Ivanka wants nothing to do with the Trump 2024 campaign.
Tribunal in Washington Calls on President Biden to End Prosecution of Julian Assange and to Defend Rights of Journalists and Whistleblowers
Source: Liberation News
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Held just two blocks from the White House, the Tribunal called on President Biden to end the prosecution of Julian Assange and to defend the rights of journalists and whistleblowers.
Administrative detention as a tool of oppression and domination
Source: Liberation News
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
For decades, the Israeli occupation authorities have systematically utilized administrative detention to indefinitely hold Palestinians without charge or fair trial based on “secret information.”
White Supremacist Nick Fuentes’s Twitter Was Reinstated — Then Banned Again
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Fuentes’s latest ban comes hours after he shared a post amplifying rapper Kanye West’s antisemitic statements.
National Guard Wants to Expand Its Training Site to Twice the Size of Chicago
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
The proposed expansion would allow for increased use and testing of new technologies, particularly electronic warfare.
People With HIV Are Still Being Criminalized in 25 States
Source: TruthOut
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
In some states, consensual sex for people with HIV can end in a prison sentence or being registered as a sex offender.
Iran slaps new sanctions on EU and UK in tit-for-tat move
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Agence France-Presse
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
The move comes two days after the Islamic republic received another round of sanctions over its crackdown on the protests following the death of Mahsa Amini.
Germany on track to avoid recession in 2023 despite energy crunch, government says
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Agence France-Presse
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Europe’s biggest economy is set to weather the fallout from Ukraine war better than expected and will eke out growth of 0.2 per cent this year.
Opening of borders with mainland China not a silver bullet for Hong Kong’s retail sector, say economists
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Laura Westbrook
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
More people are leaving city than arriving, according to official data from January 18 to Tuesday; 793,823 people departed while 455,853 entered.
European Space Agency says it has no plans to send astronauts to China’s Tiangong space station
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Ling Xin
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
The comments by the ESA’s director general are the first indication it is no longer interested in working with China on space exploration
Russia’s liquid gas revenue set to double thanks to Asian buyers, despite Ukraine invasion
Source: News - South China Morning Post
Reuters
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
Renewed deals with Asian purchasers could result in US$3.8 billion to US$4.5 billion in revenue for shareholders including state-run Gazprom, as Russia ramps up its military spending almost a year after it sent troops into Ukraine.
Swiss Miss: FBI as “Good Guys”?
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

On a Davos panel last week, Christopher Wray dramatically placed both hands on his chest and declared, “The good guys are constrained by the rule of law and international norms. The bad guys aren’t.” But that self-evident truth is tricky to reconcile with the history of FBI surveillance crime sprees. More

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The Pentagon’s Massive Intelligence Failure on China: Climate Change
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

At a time when California has just been battered in a singular fashion by punishing winds and massive rainstorms delivered by a moisture-laden “atmospheric river” flowing over large parts of the state while much of the rest of the country has suffered from severe, often lethal floods, tornadoes, or snowstorms, it should be self-evident that climate change constitutes a vital threat to our security. More

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Doltish Ways: Biden’s Documents Problem
Source: Counterpunch
Publish date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Through the course of his political life, the current US president has often been injudicious. He has stumbled, bungled and miscalculated.  His electoral victory was fortuitous, aided by a number of factors, not least the conduct of his opponent and the murderous gift of a global pandemic.  Along with his fellow Democrats, he has made the issue of Donald Trump a matter of pathology rather than politics. More

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