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News 10/17/20 News Anon 3.0 10/17/2020 (Sat) 20:53:59 No. 1010109
Bolivian government official threatens election observers ahead of Sunday's election BOLIVIAN immigration minister Marcel Rivas has been accused of inciting violence against journalists and international observers ahead of Sunday’s general election. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/bolivian-government-official-threatens-election-observers-ahead-sundays-election Bolivia: MAS Will Have Its Own Vote-Counting System According to the MAS Electoral Control Direction, the quick count will provide real-time reports structured by observers at the local, departmental, and national levels. The aim is to have the photographs of the electoral records to get reliable and trustworthy information instantly. https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-The-Leftist-MAS-Will-Have-Its-Own-Vote-Counting-System-20201017-0003.html Pakistan's united opposition protests against Imran Khan's rule The protest in Gujranwala on Friday was the first held by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition political parties that have united to oust Khan from power. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the PDM, said: “This is an illegal government. It’s been imposed upon us by the establishment. We reject this illegal rule.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/16/pakistans-united-opposition-protests-against-imran-khans-rule Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city’s mass transit systems. https://apnews.com/article/constitutions-media-social-media-prayuth-chan-ocha-bangkok-dd16909e7bb0800cdb98a0e39aa24cee Ex-prisoner Sadyr Japarov confirmed as Kyrgyzstan president Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist politician who until last week was serving an 11-year jail term on kidnapping charges, has been confirmed as president of Kyrgyzstan after his predecessor resigned following protests. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/16/kyrgyzstan-parliament-confirms-sadyr-japarov-new-president Colombia: Another Community Leader Murdered in Antioquia A group of armed man Saturday killed Colombia's social leader Jairo Pulgarin, who was a farmer and served as vice president of the Community Action Board of the Tesorito village, in Antioquia Department. https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Another-Community-Leader-Murdered-in-Colombia-20201017-0006.html China is practicing unleashing swarms of suicide drones packed with explosives from the backs of trucks A Chinese defense contractor recently test-launched a swarm of loitering munitions from a light tactical vehicle, and there's a video of the system in action.Loitering munitions, more commonly known as suicide drones, fill a capability gap between cruise missiles and traditional fixed-wing combat drones by lingering over the battlefield. https://www.businessinsider.com/china-test-launched-swarm-of-suicide-drones-from-a-truck-2020-10 Make the Duterte fascist regime bleed from a thousand cuts! Mount more tactical offensives nationwide! The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) commends the New People’s Army (NPA) for the series of successful tactical offensives across the country over the past two months. Various NPA units have mounted scores of ambushes, harassment and demolition operations and other tactical offensives against the regime’s fascist armed troops. https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/philippines/make-the-duterte-fascist-regime-bleed-from-a-thousand-cuts-mount-more-tactical-offensives-nationwide/ Iran reports two new cyberattacks An Iranian official said that hackers attacked two government institutions this week, but details are scant.The attacks took place on Monday and Tuesday, and some government bodies temporarily shut down their internet as a precaution, Reuters reported on Thursday. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/iran-cyber-attacks-state-government.html Far-right thugs harassing asylum-seekers whenever they leave MoD site in Kent where they are being held, campaigners tell the Star ASYLUM-SEEKERS held in a former army camp in Kent are being harassed and intimidated by far-right activists every time they leave the site, campaigners told the Morning Star today. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/far-right-thugs-harassing-asylum-seekers-whenever-they-leave-mod-site-in-kent-where-they-are-being-held-campaigners-tell-the-star Grenfell Tower landlord had 'secret' meeting on cost cutting, inquiry told The Grenfell Tower landlord held a secret meeting to cut refurbishment costs – including discussing the switch to cheaper cladding – despite being warned by lawyers that it would break procurement law and could void the main contract, the public inquiry into the disaster was told. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/15/grenfell-tower-landlord-had-secret-meeting-on-cost-cutting-inquiry-told Brazilian Senator Caught With Money in His Underwear During Investigation of Missing COVID Funding Brazilian senator Chico Rodrigues made a cheeky move when he allegedly decided to try hiding government funds. Police found 30,000 reales ($5,300) in cash in hidden in the Amazon state of Roraima's leader's underwear when searching for missing money intended for coronavirus relief. https://www.newsweek.com/brazilian-senator-caught-money-his-underwear-during-investigation-missing-covid-funding-1539575 https://archive.is/oi0GK Gaza children struggle with studies during COVID-19 lockdown Israel’s crippling 13-year blockade of Gaza has resulted in regular electricity shortages and internet disruption, compounding the education challenges.“Remote learning is exhausting as the mobile screen is too small, but there is no other option. The children don’t have books and they need to follow up their lessons or they will be uneducated,” said Walaa. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/16/gaza-children-struggle-with-studies-during-covid-19-lockdown https://archive.is/2siQw
Police Are Cutting Ties With Domestic Violence Programs That Support Black Lives Matter Since then, a majority of the 17 law enforcement agencies that work with Embrace have indicated that they will no longer partner with the domestic violence organization, including all law enforcement in Washburn County. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/domestic-violence-black-lives-matter-police_n_5f88c8a1c5b66ee9a5ee43d7?guccounter=1 https://archive.is/Ttfqy 21 alleged white supremacists charged in federal drug, firearm trafficking cases in Utah The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Utah identified three separate white supremacist gangs as part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force: Soldiers of Aryan Culture, Silent Aryan Warriors and Noble Elect Thugs. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/10/17/alleged-white-supremacists-utah-charged-drug-trafficking/3694031001/ https://archive.is/BkK0D 'She represents the past': a Senate hug symbolizes California's Dianne Feinstein fatigue The act and her remarks about the hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett – “This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in” – sparked calls among progressives for her retirement, and outcry that she had been in office for too long. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/17/dianne-feinstein-lindsey-graham-hug US deported Venezuelans through third country despite risk The Trump administration stealthily deported an unknown number of Venezuelans through a third country, possibly violating U.S. laws and undermining U.S. warnings about the socialist government’s human rights record, according to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-travel-air-travel-latin-america-colombia-2d3583f4df7d55e41522b1e23ea02a09 Trump to hold Wisconsin rally despite warning over public gatherings Cases are rising in Wisconsin, as they are across the American heartland. On Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the US passed 8m confirmed cases. The death toll is close to 220,000. Both figures are the highest in the world. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/17/trump-wisconsin-rally-election EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will allow utilities to store toxic waste from coal in open, unlined pits — a move that may defy a court order requiring the agency to close certain types of so-called coal ash ponds that may be leaking contaminants into water. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/521409-epa-may-violate-courts-with-new-rule-extending-life-of-unlined-coal https://archive.is/LbGrX Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies Thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections. https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-virus-outbreak-donald-trump-elections-b7c8ce08b2249acb23df90ac191f958b U.S. reports over 69,000 new COVID-19 cases – the most in a single day since July In Wisconsin, one in every four coronavirus tests are coming back positive. Residents are being asked to avoid gatherings – even political ones, Michael George reports for "CBS This Morning: Saturday." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-united-states-69000-new-cases-most-single-day-since-july/ 4 Democratic senators demand Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that Amazon spies on staff and undermines their right to unionize Senators Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kirsten Gillibrand have demanded that Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that his company spies on staff and undermines their right to unionize. https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-amazon-spying-union-sanders-warren-schatz-gillibrand-2020-10 8 million Americans slipped into poverty amid coronavirus pandemic, new study says The number of Americans living in poverty grew by 8 million since May, according to a Columbia University study, which found an increase in poverty rates after early coronavirus relief ended without more to follow. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/8-million-americans-slipped-poverty-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-new-study-n1243762
>>1010109 >Bolivia: MAS Will Have Its Own Vote-Counting System According to the MAS Electora Kek, obviously.
The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord This was not the first time Jackson and IX organizers had confronted the City Council. For years, Jackson, Chacón and other residents of five buildings in the city’s Corcoran neighborhood had been involved in a prolonged battle against their landlord, Stephen Frenz, and his business partner, Spiros Zorbalas. The tenants had mobilized for better conditions, resisted evictions and participated in a rent strike. They had banded together and pushed the City Council to revoke Frenz’s rental license. It eventually did, stripping his ability to collect rent. But Frenz still owned the apartments where Jackson and Chacón lived. He wanted everybody out so he could renovate and sell to the highest bidder. The tenants had another idea: They wanted Frenz to sell to them. ....A new kind of housing movement has been growing across America. In city after city, renters have begun to see themselves as a class, with shared interests and problems, and to organize together against evictions, profit-centered development and landlord disinvestment. When Covid-19 hit the United States, the country was already reeling from a severe housing crisis. Tenant organizers doubled their efforts. “People are more desperate because of the Covid outbreak,” says Lisa Owens, executive director of Boston’s City Life/Vida Urbana, a community organization that was founded in 1973. “But they are also way more organized.” The reason they are more organized has to do with the Great Recession. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/magazine/rental-housing-crisis-minneapolis.html https://archive.is/N9JDu The Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto of death This week, the White House officially embraced a policy of herd immunity in the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively declaring that the mass infection of the population is a positive good.This took the form of a public endorsement of the Great Barrington Declaration, a manifesto by the free market American Institute for Economic Research, which calls for the abandonment of all measures to contain the pandemic. The declaration was developed in close coordination with Trump adviser Scott Atlas.The eight-paragraph declaration cites no scientific data and does not seriously attempt to argue its case. It is, rather, a series of assertions constructed retroactively from the demand by US big business to abandon public health measures to contain the pandemic: “Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume.”The document makes no mention of any public health measures to contain the disease, from testing to contact tracing to quarantine for the sick. This is not an omission, it is deliberate. That is because, from the standpoint of the authors of the article, mass infection, with its ensuing mass death, is a benefit to be sought. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/16/pers-o16.html Socialism and direct democracy(Paul Cockshott) It is a commonplace enough observation that hithertoo existing socialisms suffered from a lack of democracy, but in the sense that the word democracy is commonly understood, the observation is misleading. For the assumption is that more democracy, as commonly understood, would have been a good thing.From the standpoint of liberal opinion there is nothing problematic about it. Liberals, quite rightly, saw that the adoption of western style democratic institutions would be the quickest way to get rid of socialism. Historical experience shows that they were dead right. As soon as multi-party elections were instated, pro-capitalist governments came to power.Faced with this there are various possible responses:From the Blairite left, the response was welcome an unalloyed triumph for democracy. Good riddance to all that nonsense about a planned economy. We had a historic breakthrough which allowed us in New Labour to become intensely relaxed about the filthy rich. A relic Communist left, insignificant in Europe, but obviously of much greater significance in East Asia, concluded that it was a big mistake to have ever allowed multi-candidate or multi-party elections in East Europe and the USSR. So socialism was to be preserved by the only way they knew: continued Communist Party monopoly. Trotskyist left and their sympathisers in the Labour party the responded that what the USSR had actually needed was a revival of Soviet Democracy not ‘bourgeois democracy’.A final response about which I shall leave you in suspense until I have addressed the others. https://paulcockshott.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/socialism-and-direct-democracy/
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>>1010109 >Far-right thugs harassing asylum-seekers whenever they leave MoD site in Kent where they are being held, campaigners tell the Star JFYI 'The Star' amd 'The Daily Star' are two different papers.
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