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Brexit vote wiped $1.5tn off UK household wealth in 2016, says report

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[Oxfam criticises rising inequality as Credit Suisse finds about 400,000 Britons have lost their status as dollar millionaires. See also: Philip Hammond admits Brexit vote means £122bn extra borrowing. *RON*]
Phillip Inman, The Guardian, 23 November 2016
The UK saw $1.5tn (£1.2tn) wiped off its wealth during 2016 after the Brexit vote sent the pound tumbling and the stock market into reverse, according to a survey by Credit Suisse.

A fall in values at the top-end of the property market also contributed to about 400,000 Britons losing their status as dollar millionaires and one of the biggest drops in wealth among the major economies.

"Nothing Short of a Slaughter": 1 Million Syrians in Aleppo Under Siege with No Hospital, Food

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[Beyond words. One million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed. See also: East Aleppo’s last hospital destroyed by airstrikes. *RON*]
Neerman Shaikh, Bassam HaddadZaher Sahloul, Democracy Now!, 23 November 2016


As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update from a physician in touch with medical personnel in Aleppo. Dr. Zaher Sahloul is founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria and senior adviser and former president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He has visited Aleppo five times since the war began.


Ramming CETA Through Parliament Would Be A Loss For Democracy

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[This could be a done deal by Christmas: "...two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flew to Brussels in October to sign the deal, the committee declared that it would only take input from a list of witnesses that it selected, and would not hear from anyone else -- including the public." *RON*]
Jerry Dias, Huffington Post, 23 November 2016

The federal government is ramming ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) through Parliament in a process as undemocratic as the deal itself.

Justin Trudeau’s lofty rhetoric on First Nations a cheap simulation of justice

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[The consensus on Trudeau and Aboriginals is growing clear. An era of so-called reconciliation has disguised the continuation of Harper-era land and resource grabs. See also: From housing to health, Trudeau’s rhetoric on First Nations out of step with reality, critics say; Trudeau's Trumpishness bulldozes Indigenous rights; and Canada Fought to Include Indigenous Rights in the Paris Agreement, But Will Those Rights Be Protected Back Home? *RON*]
Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, 19 September 2016

By now, we all know the greatest priority of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is its relationship with Indigenous peoples. How could we miss the weekly reminders?

Dakota Access pipeline protester 'may lose her arm' after police standoff

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[You can see photos of her wounds on Google, but don't do so after a full meal. Sophia Wilansky, 21, was seriously injured after officers threw concussion grenades at demonstrators. *RON*]

Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian, 23 November 2016

A 21-year-old woman was severely injured and may lose her arm after being hit by a projectile when North Dakota law enforcement officers turned a water cannon on Dakota Access pipeline protesters and threw “less-than-lethal” weapons, according to the woman’s father.

Donald Trump's 'alt-right' supporters express dismay at disavowal

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[People had said perhaps president Trump wouldn't be as bad as candidate Trump, but his opinions are blowing in circles like the breezes. See also: Trump Abandons Promise to Lock Up Hillary Clinton, and Paris climate deal: Trump says he now has an 'open mind' about accord; Trump seems to have forgotten all about his Mexico wall in first 100 days plan; and What, Me Torture? Donald Trump’s Week of Wild WTF Reversals. *RON*]

Nicky Woolf, The Guardian, 23 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s disavowal of Richard Spencer and his far-right thinktank the National Policy Institute, a day after video of Spencer’s supporters giving the Nazi salute at an event in Washington DC surfaced, has dismayed some of his supporters on the “alt-right”.