Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hothouse Planet, Saudi Arabia, Missouri Voters Stop "Right-to-Work" & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List August 5 - 12

This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as must reads if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of August 5 - 12. It is generally in order of the date of the article's release.

1) Planet at risk of heading towards irreversible 'hothouse' conditions, new report says

Thomson Reuters 

The world is at risk of entering "hothouse" conditions with average temperatures 4-5 C higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists say in a new study.

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2) Temperature in Portuguese capital hits record 44 C as heatwave sears southern Europe

The Associated Press

Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked Portugal and neighbouring Spain.

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3) Lion Numbers in Dramatic Decline, Habitats Under Threat


Today, World Lion Day, comes amid the unforgiving hands of modernity. Habitat loss, prey base depletion, people killing lions in the name of defending livestock or protecting human life and the insidious canned lion and lion bone trade have dramatically decreased the species' population.

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4) Argentina's Senate Rejects Legalizing Abortion, Dashing Hopes Of Rights Advocates

Scott Neuman, NPR

The Senate in predominately Roman Catholic Argentina has rejected a law that would have legalized abortion, rebuffing a grass-roots abortion-rights movement.

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5) Brock Turner Has Lost His Appeal And Remains Guilty Of Sexual Assault

Claudia Koerner, BuzzFeed

The former Stanford University student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party in 2015 lost his appeal Wednesday.

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6) What are the responsibilities of pro-feminist men in the Michael Kimmel case?

Robert Jensen, Feminist Current

Prominent sociologist and pro-feminist, Michael Kimmel, has been accused of unethical conduct. What should the response of academics and activists who identify as pro-feminist or feminist be?

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7) Baffled Experts Say Trump Is Completely Clueless On California Fire Policies

Jim Dalrymple II, BuzzFeed

As wildfires continue to burn hundreds of thousands of acres across California, President Donald Trump has decided to weigh in, seemingly blaming the state's water policies for the disaster, in tweets that have perplexed experts who say those policies have nothing to do with the fires.

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8) Doctors are furious at Italy’s populist government for approving a dangerous anti-vax law

Tim Hume, Vice News

Doctors in Italy reacted with outrage Monday after the country’s new populist government approved its first piece of anti-vax legislation late last week.

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9) In post-election Italy, violent racist attacks becoming routine

Ylenia Gostoli, Al Jazeera 

Minorities including a one-year-old Roma child shot following far-right gains, but discrimination often unacknowledged.

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10) White cop who fatally shot unarmed Hispanic man five times will face manslaughter charges

Tess Owen, Vice News

A Pennsylvania police officer who shot an unarmed man five times in broad daylight outside an amusement park will face voluntary manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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11) Judge: App User Accused In Planning Charlottesville Rally Can't Keep Identity Hidden

Camila Domonoske, NPR

A federal judge in California has ruled that a confidential messaging app must release the identity of a user who is accused of helping plan violence at a white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va.

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12) Ed Sadlowski – Remembrance of a life even bigger than the man

Paul S. Kaczocha, People's World

I was barely 21 when I first met Ed Sadlowski. Al Samter, a U.S. Steel coke oven worker with a long history of struggle in the mill and the union, asked me if he could bring Ed over to talk to me about his campaign to run for director of District 31 of the Steelworkers. At that time, there were over a million steelworkers in the union.  The district which covered the Gary-Chicago area, District 31, was the largest.

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13) Leader of Alternative Program for Coca Crops Killed in Colombia


Alfredo Alonso Ruiz Higuita was shot dead Saturday in Aguas Lindas in the town of Taraza, province of Bajo Cauca in Antioquia, reported human rights organizations, alleging he would have been assassinated after he refused to pay bribes.

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14) Three More Colombian Social Leaders Murdered in 48 Hours


In just 48 hours, three more social leaders have been murdered in Colombia – including a 70-year-old youth education leader in Santander de Quilichao.

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15) Missouri Blocks Right-To-Work Law

Scott Neuman, NPR

Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

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16) How “right to work” went down on the ground in Missouri

Al Neal, People's World

Election Day, August 7, 4:30 a.m. Aside from the few city buses making their early morning stops, the streets were quiet. Daylight was still an hour away. Rainfall was expected most of the day. Across the city of St. Louis—and the entire state of Missouri—union and non-union households were stirring. Outside my third-floor window I saw bedroom lights flickering on and could almost smell the coffee brewing.

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17) Hamilton woman can't afford rent, stuck in lease after province scraps basic income

Laura Clementson · CBC News 

Her income doubled. She signed her first lease. She was a step closer to having her children live with her and getting her life on track.

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18) Chicago has no “shortage of values,” what it lacks are resources

Michelle Zacarias, People's World

At least 72 people were shot in Chicago, 13 fatally, after a particularly violent weekend. Thirty people were reportedly shot within just a three-hour time frame, and police are still searching for suspects involved in the multiple shootings. Fatalities included a 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy who was gunned down while riding his bike, as well as number of people attending a block party in Lawndale.

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19) This Alberta First Nation community is the only one left in the province with an unaddressed long-term boil-water advisory

Ameya Charnalia, The Star Edmonton

A patchwork of transmission lines and trucks ferry water to around 250 households in Kehewin Cree Nation.

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20) Video Shows A Nashville Police Officer Fatally Shooting A Man Who Was Running Away From Him

Tasneem Nashrulla, BuzzFeed

Tennessee authorities are investigating the fatal police shooting of Daniel Hambrick, a 25-year-old black man, who was seen running away when he was shot and killed by a Nashville police officer, according to surveillance video.

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21) Puerto Rico acknowledges Hurricane Maria likely killed hundreds

Al Jazeera 

Puerto Rican officials have quietly acknowledged that last year's devastating Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64 that was previously reported.

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22) Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane

ACLU, People's World

A federal court has blocked the deportation of immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality who brought a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.

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23) NFL Players Renew Anthem Protests As Preseason Starts

Scott Neuman. NPR

Several NFL players knelt, raised fists or simply refused to take the field during the playing of the national anthem as a controversial protest against police brutality dragged into the 2018 preseason.

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24) Militarism marches on: Congress defense budget bigger than Trump requested

Martin Hart-Landsberg, People's World

Republicans and Democrats like to claim that they are on opposite sides of important issues. Of course, depending on which way the wind blows, they sometimes change sides, like over support for free trade and federal deficits. Tragically, however, there is no division when it comes to militarism.

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25) Brock to vote on stripping ex-prof of title after racist tweets

Grant LaFleche, The St. Catharines Standard

Brock University is distancing itself from a retired political science professor whose social media accounts shared racist and derogatory messages aimed at Indigenous people this week.

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26) Saudi Arabia's human rights nightmare continues with bombing of school bus in Yemen

Alex Lockie, Business Insider

Saudi Arabia's spokesman for the Gulf Arab coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen had to defend the bombing of a school bus full of children.

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27) Time for Trudeau to call the Saudi bluff

Yves Engler

As every good poker player knows, sometimes the right move is to go all in.

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28) What the rich need now is hate, sweet hate

Humberto DaSilva, Rabble

In 2008 the Westworld economy crashed because for Wall Street moral hazard had become a board game. After blowing the biggest bubble ever enticing the guileless with mortgages they couldn't afford, stockbrokers sliced these loans into derivatives that sold like packaged bologna to guileless pension funds, RRSPs, mutual funds, and 401Ks. European banks bought this toilet paper because, though everyone knew it was a casino bet, if it kept going up, you made money. Then the bubble burst and the bailout began. After one little casino was allowed to symbolically collapse, the American usury houses got a trillion-dollar bailout as the last Bush left the building.

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29) Jeremy Corbyn for U.K. Prime Minister

Gideon Levy, Haaretz 

Jeremy Corbyn is a paragon of a leftist, one who has fought his whole life for the values he believes in. Israelis regard him as a sort of alien – the left here has never been led by an Israeli Corbyn, nor by anyone who can hold a candle to him.

Read the full article. 

30) John A. Macdonald statue removed from Victoria City Hall

CBC News

A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, has been removed from the front steps of Victoria City Hall.

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31) Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man's cancer

Sam Levin and Patrick Greenfield, The Guardian 

Monsanto suffered a major blow with a jury ruling that the company was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding him $289m in damages.

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32) Alberta A&W criticized after stopping customer from buying meal for Indigenous senior

Sarah Rieger · CBC News

An Alberta A&W came under heavy criticism on social media this week after a customer said he was told it was the restaurant's policy not to let him buy a meal for an elderly, disabled Indigenous woman.

Kathleen Harris · CBC News 

The Liberal government is moving soon on its plan to give federally-regulated workers paid time off to deal with the trauma and turmoil of domestic violence.

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