Sunday, November 10, 2019

Lula Freed, Chilean Protests, Bolivian Elections, Corbyn & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos November 3 - 10

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

This list covers the week of November 3 - 10.

Breaking: President Evo Morales Resigns Amid Right-wing Coup

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday after senior army chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country.

Breaking: Bolivian President Evo Morales Calls New Presidential Elections


Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that he was calling new presidential elections after a night of major unrest and violence across the country led by right-wing opposition in what the Bolivian government has denounced as an attempted coup.

1) Socialist Kshama Sawant declares victory in Seattle City Council race

Katherine Khashimova Long, Seattle Times

The District 3 race, which Sawant is almost certain to win, attracted national attention in recent weeks as business interests poured money into the contest, coming to signify for some a referendum on the influence of companies like Amazon over the Seattle City Council.

Hundreds of people marched through Sydney in a loud and colourful show of solidarity with Chilean protesters demanding the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera, on November 2. Up to 1.5 million Chileans mobilised to demand Pinera's resignation on October 25, in what was the largest protest in the nation's history. It came after weeks of protest triggered by a rise in subway fares. Video clip by Peter Boyle for Green Left Weekly.

2) Hundreds of Thousands Gather Against Conservative Govt in Chile


As Chile is starting the third week of demonstrations against the government of President Sebastian Pinera, hundreds of thousands gathered on Plaza Italia this Friday amid fierce police repression.

3) Chile: Court to Investigate Piñera for Crimes Against Humanity


Santiago's 7th Guarantee Court on Wednesday agreed to process a legal action filed by NGOs Popular Defense, Vergara Toledo Bros Defense Committee and Legal Cooperative, which requested that Chile's President Sebastian Piñera be investigated by his political responsibility for crimes that have taken place over the last weeks amid massive unrest in the country.

4) Conquistadors tumble as indigenous Chileans tear down statues

Laurence Blair, The Guardian 

As peaceful protesters and rioters alike have thronged the streets of the Chilean capital of Santiago to protest against inequality and state repression, a string of no less symbolic blows has also been struck 650km (400 miles) to the south.

5) Chile Prosecutor To Probe 14 Policemen for Alleged Torture


A Chilean prosecutor on Wednesday said he would seek court approval to investigate 14 police officers for allegedly torturing protesters during almost three weeks of intense unrest and rioting in the country.

6) Chile protests: Chileans demand new constitution amid unrest

Sandra Cuffe, Al Jazeera 

Although it has undergone reforms over the decades, Chile's constitution was written during the Pinochet dictatorship.

7) Chileans Reject Piñera's Measures to Criminalize Social Protest


Chile's President Sebastian Piñera on Thursday announced a package of bills whose purpose would be to halt protests through further criminalization of citizens who barricade streets and hide their faces during demonstrations.

8) Brazil: Thousands Await Lula Da Silva's Speech Outside Union


After having spent 580 days as a political prisoner in Curitiba, Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday arrived at the ABC Union of Workers of Metallurgical Industry, which is located at Sao Bernardo do Campo, the city where he began his political life as a worker leader.

9) Brazil: Journalist Glenn Greenwald Assaulted During Live Broadcast


The Intercept's co-founder Glenn Greenwald was assaulted during a live broadcast Thursday by far-right Brazilian journalist and pro-Bolsanaro supporter Augusto Nunes after a heated argument regarding baseless accusations against Greenwald’s family.

10) Bolivia: Audios Linking Civic, Ex-Military and US in Coup Plans


The Radio Education Network of Bolivia (Erbol) leaked 16 audios involving opposition leaders who are calling for a coup d'etat against the government of President Evo Morales, a political action which would have been coordinated from the U.S. embassy in the Andean country.

11) Bolivian Opposition Protesters Attack Socialist Mayor


A mob led by the right-wing opposition Wednesday set fire to the Vinto Town Hall and dragged socialist mayor Patricia Arce down the street, where they humiliated her physically and verbally.

12) US Applies More Than 8,000 “Sanctions” to 39 Countries, Affecting 1/3 of Humanity

 Orinoco Tribune

The imposition of arbitrary measures or “sanctions” by the United States against numerous countries around the world was denounced by the Venezuelan delegation present at the XVIII Summit of Non-Aligned Countries, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations Organization, Samuel Moncada, denounced the economic terrorism executed by US President Donald Trump, which affects a third of humanity with more than 8,000 measures in 39 countries.

13) UN Overwhelmingly Votes in Favor of Resolution Ending US Blockade Against Cuba


The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday overwhelming voted in favor of the resolution demanding the ending of the U.S. blockade against Cuba with 187 countries voting in favor, three against while two countries abstained.

14) Cuba lashes Trump, issues rallying cry to fight imperialism

Marc Frank, Reuters 

Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro, President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro signaled on Sunday punishing U.S. sanctions would only stiffen their resolve to stick together and support social change in the region.

15) 'People Are Rising up Against Neoliberalism': Maduro


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrated in his closing statement at the III Anti-Imperialist Congress against Neoliberalism held in Cuba Sunday, that people from across the region are rising against “savage capitalism” especially the neoliberal model pushed by the International Monetary Fund.

(Related: Canadian hypocrisy and double standards in South and Central America on full display)

16) Ecuador: Judge Orders Preventive Prison For Another Leftist Opposition Leader


An Ecuadorean judge ordered preventive prison for the former lawmaker and left-wing opposition leader, Virgilio Hernandez, Tuesday following the Attorney General’s Office accusation of alleged participation in acts of violence during the mass anti-government demonstrations in early October.

17) Colombia's Minister of Defense Resigns After Killings


Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero resigned his position on Wednesday, amid controversy over an Army bombing where eight minors were killed. The incident was hidden for months and presented as an operation in which FARC-EP dissidents died, who recently returned to arms.

18) Argentina: Fernandez Affirms Non-Interventionist Stance on Venezuela


Argentina’s President-elect Alberto Fernandez on Wednesday reiterated his position in favor of the non-intervention of the United States in Venezuela during a conversation with Mauricio Claver-Carone, Advisor to the U.S. President Donald Trump for Hemispheric Affairs.


Jordan Smith, The Intercept 

DEKE PIERCE WAS wearing civilian clothes as he took to the lectern in a narrow press room inside the Texas Capitol in Austin last month, but it was still obvious that he was a cop. He stood with his feet wide and his arms slightly away from his body, a stance molded by years in a uniform encumbered by heavy gear. He was there to make an extraordinary announcement: He and 12 other members of law enforcement with more than 250 years of combined experience had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a Texas death row prisoner named Rodney Reed, slated for execution on November 20.

20) Philippines: Stop Trade Union Repression! Unionizing is a Right! Free Our Unionists!

International Action Center 

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) on behalf of all its member federations and allied unions in the Philippine labor movement ask the international labor rights community and all human rights advocates to help us in our own efforts to denounce, resist, and fight against the Philippine government’s infamous scheme to outlaw progressive unionism and arrest unionists, workers, and their supporters.

21) Portugal’s Welfare State Is Still in Danger

David Broder, Jacobin

Victory for the Socialists in last month’s Portuguese election rewarded its successes in easing austerity. But for the Left, the fight isn’t over — especially as the European Union tightens the screws on the country’s public spending.

22) The Man Who Couldn’t Save East Germany


Egon Krenz told Jacobin about his time as East Germany’s last Communist leader.

23) What was it like to grow up under communism in the old cold war?

Zsuzsanna Clark, The Morning Star 

VIKTOR ORBAN, the current Hungarian Prime Minister, has described my generation — those whose fate was sealed by the “failure” of the famous 1956 uprising against the communist government as — “the lost generation.”

24) TI's hymen checks are horrific. So is the entire concept of virginity

Jill Filipovic, The Guardian 

The rapper’s revelation about his daughter should remind us of the misogyny inherent in valuing sexual inexperience.

25) Indigenous communities: ‘They used to shoot us. Now they kill us with their policies’

Coral Wynter, Green Left Weekly 

“We have to rely on bottled water to bathe our babies. There is no fresh water to drink,” explained local Aboriginal elder Brendan Adams. “The bore water is heavy and a dark colour. Our skin is dry, our hair is like straw.

26) Ardern says New Zealand on 'right side of history' as MPs pass zero-carbon bill

Eleanor Roy, The Guardian

Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords.

27) Jeffrey Epstein: ABC stopped report 'amid Palace threats'

BBC News

Leaked footage shows a US TV anchor complaining that editors "quashed" a story about paedophile Jeffrey Epstein due to pressure from the Royal Family.

28) Haiti Enters Eighth Consecutive Week of Anti-Government Protest


Haiti on Monday entered the eighth consecutive week of anti-government protests, with a curfew decreed yesterday by opposition sectors, who are asking people to stay home.

29) Iraqi Communists condemn repression, say “moment of real change” has arrived

Steve Sweeney, People's World 

Iraq’s Communist Party called for a new type of government and for the momentum of the current uprising to continue until its demands are realized as roads were blocked in Baghdad on Sunday.

30) Iraqi Forces Kill 10 Protesters in Baghdad and Basra


Iraqi security forces shot dead at least six anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Thursday and killed four others as they broke up a sit-in in the southern city of Basra, police and medical sources said.

31) People seek to build a new Iraq

Green Left Weekly

Huge protests have erupted on the streets of Iraq. Green Left Weekly’s Sam Wainwright spoke to Khalil Albawy. Albawy is a member of the Iraqi Communist Party and Secretary of the Iraqi and Australian Friendship Society in Western Australia.

32) Communists will work for election of left-led Labour government

The Morning Star

THE Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming general election.

33) The wheels are coming off the Tory election vehicle

The Morning Star

IN Jacob Rees-Mogg the Tories have a figure who effortlessly drives reasonable people to insurrectionary thoughts.

34) Windsor Halloween display opens generational wounds of racist violence

El Jones, Halifax Examiner 

African Nova Scotian community members in Windsor, Nova Scotia say they are facing harassment after speaking out about Halloween decorations displayed by a local family.

35) The Massacre That Spawned the Alt-Right

Shaun Assael and Peter Keating, Politico 

Forty years ago, a gang of Klansmen and Nazis murdered five communists in broad daylight. America has never been the same.

36) Remembering the Greensboro Massacre of 1979, When KKK & Nazis Killed 5 People in Broad Daylight

Democracy Now

Hundreds gathered this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro massacre, when 40 Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina, killing five anti-racist activists in a span of 88 seconds. Those killed were members of the Communist Workers’ Party. Ten other activists were injured. No one was convicted in the massacre, but a jury did find the Greensboro police liable for cooperating with the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death. Local pastors in Greensboro are now calling on the City Council to issue an apology for the events that led to the 1979 killing. We speak with Dr. Marty Nathan, the widow of Dr. Mike Nathan, who was killed in the 1979 Greensboro Massacre.

38) Outrage after leaked video shows Israeli officer shoot Palestinian in the back

Yumna Patel, Mondoweiss 

Palestinian social media erupted over the weekend as people expressed their outrage over a leaked video showing and Israeli border police officer shooting a Palestinian in the back as the man walked away from the officers, his hands raised in the air.

39) Pushed Out, Attacked & Criminalized: San Francisco’s Unhoused People Speak Out Amid Housing Crisis

Democracy Now

Amid skyrocketing housing prices and rising inequality, the number of unhoused people across California is booming. Homelessness in San Francisco has spiked at least 30% since 2017. In Oakland, it’s grown by nearly 50%. As more people have been forced onto the streets, encampments have popped up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and in other city centers. But while advocates push for more affordable housing solutions, instead city governments have been cracking down on unhoused people with increasingly punitive measures that criminalize homelessness. In a special report, Democracy Now! traveled to San Francisco to speak with unhoused people and their advocates about conditions there.

40) ETFO triggers countdown to potential strike saying it's 'tired of waiting' for government

Desmond Brown, CBC News

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced on Monday a countdown to strike action as its latest move in its labour dispute with the government of Premier Doug Ford.

41) Elizabeth May steps down as leader of Green Party

Maham Abedi, Global News

Elizabeth May has stepped down as the leader of the Green Party of Canada, effective immediately.

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