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Standing on Backs of Global Poor, Filthy Rich Getting Even Filthier

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["For every person with more than $30 million, there are over 4800 people living in extreme poverty... the alliance called on global leaders to reverse cuts to public spending, privatization, tax breaks for the wealthy, and the race to the bottom on human rights." *RON*]

By Nadia PrupisCommon Dreams, 24 June 2016

The wealth gap keeps growing as the world's richest get richer at the expense of the poor, according to a new study released this week by an alliance of major organizations.

The World Wealth Report from Oxfam, Greenpeace, and other groups found that while the total number of millionaires in the world jumped to 15.4 million—up by nearly 5 million since 2009—more than 702 million people remain in poverty around the globe.

"For every person with more than $30 million, there are over 4800 people living in extreme poverty," said Jenny Ricks of the Fight Inequality Alliance. "This gross inequality is a symptom of …

Jason Kenney's bizarre Brexit tweets perfect example of dog-whistle politics

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[As always, hoping gamely to stimulate and ride a global wave of xenophobic fear and hate. And to steer public attention away from the effects of the neoliberal agenda of structural inequality, which is the true cause of people's fear and hate. *RON*]
By David J. Climenhaga,, 26 June 2016

There was head scratching and puzzled disapproval on social media Thursday night at Jason Kenney's seemingly bizarre Twitter celebration of Britain's unanticipated "Brexit" vote, many unhappy returns of which are yet to be enumerated.

Responses from across the political spectrum ranged from perplexed to angry when the former Harper Government cabinet minister and rumoured candidate for the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party -- channeling Nigel Farage, Brexit advocate and leader of the crypto-fascist U.K. Independence Party -- tweeted"Congratulations to the British people on choosing hope over fear by em…

Supreme court strikes down strict Texas abortion law aimed at closing clinics

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[This goes to show how big an effect a change in one vote on SCOTUS can have. Major victory for reproductive rights activists paves way to overturn dozens of measures that curtail access to abortion providers across the country. *RON*]

Molly Redden, The Guardian, 27 June 2016

The US supreme court on Monday struck down one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country and potentially paved the way to overturn dozens of measures in other states that curtail access, in what might be the most significant legal victory for reproductive rights advocates since the right to abortion was established in 1973.

The 5-3 ruling will immediately prevent Texas from enforcing a law that would have closed all but nine abortion clinics. But in a coup for abortion rights supporters, the court also in effect barred lawmakers from passing health measures backed by dubious medical evidence as a way of forcing large numbers of abortion clinics to close.

Justice Ste…

Betraying Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israel Occupation

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["At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded." The Clintons are back in charge, and paying off their debts. "Appointees by Clinton and Wasserman Schulz resoundingly reject numerous proposals put forth by Sanders surrogates." *RON*]
Lauren McCauleyCommon Dreams, 25 June 2016

Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November's election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, "staying true" to their Corporate donors above all else.

During a 9-hour meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC's platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine…

David Cameron’s Austerity Bomb Finally Went Off

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[Austerity as the true cause of Brexit. "After years of failed economic policy, the British public was ready to lash out." See also: Austerity has no place in post-Brexit Britain ("Lead indicators are already consistent with a recession, Credit Suisse has said" and Now is the time to reject austerity. *RON*]

By Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy, 24 June 2016

Yes, I’m the guy who said the European Union would disintegrate, but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. And I didn’t imagine that we would have the ill-timed economic policies of David Cameron’s Conservative government to thank.

A big motivation for the vote to leave was the frustration of Britons with their economic situation. When people are in pain, they look for any way to fight back. For the more xenophobic among them, immigrants became the target. For others, it was the establishment, minus the toffish former mayor of London and a few grandees of proto-racist fr…

I want my country back

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[A powerful diatribe on the meaning of the Brexit vote. "This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world." *RON*]
By Laurie Penny, The New Statesman, 24 June 2016
This morning, I woke up in a country I do not recognise. David Cameron’s big gamble – the future of Britain against his personal political ambitions – has backfired so badly that we’ve blasted clean out of the EU. By the time I’d put the kettle on, the stock markets were in free fall, Scotland was debating a new independence referendum, Sinn Fein was making secession noises, and the prime minister had resigned.

There’s not enough tea in the entire nation to help us Keep Calm and Carry On today. Not on a day when prejudice, propaganda, naked xenophobia and callous fear-mongering have won out over the common sense we British like to pride ourselves on. Not on a day when we’re being congratulated by Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, and nobody else. Well…