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Sunday, October 7, 2018
Kavanaugh Confirmed, Quebec Solidaire, Brazilian Election & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos September 30 - October 7
This list covers the week of September 30 - October 7.
It begins with a selection of articles related to the Kavanaugh confirmation.
1) Ford's attorney fires back at Trump: 'He is a profile in cowardice'
John Bowden, The Hill
An attorney representing Christine Blasey Ford fired back at President Trump on Tuesday after the president mocked Ford's testimony concerning her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
2) National Council of Churches calls for Kavanaugh's nomination to be withdrawn
Avery Anapol, The Hill
The nation's largest group of Christian churches on Wednesday called for the withdrawal of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court.
3) Yale roommate says Kavanaugh lied under oath about drinking and yearbook
Kate Sullivan, CNN
James Roche, one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's freshman year roommates at Yale, said Wednesday that Kavanaugh lied under oath about his drinking and about the meaning of his yearbook entries.
4) Kavanaugh's former classmates, 'drinking buddies' call on Senate to vote 'no' on confirmation
Justin Wise, The Hill
A group of former Yale University students who referred to themselves "drinking buddies" with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are calling for the Senate to vote against his confirmation.
5) ‘Unfathomable’: More than 2,400 law professors sign letter opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation
Susan Svrluga, The Washington Post
More than 2,400 law professors have signed on to a letter saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial restraint at a Senate hearing last week — behavior that would be disqualifying for any court nominee.
6) Accuser 'Silenced' and Witnesses Ignored, FBI's Kavanaugh Probe Denounced as 'Sham' and 'Charade'
Jon Queally, Common Dreams
With the report summarizing the FBI's less-than-a-week-long probe into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh now in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee, his accusers as well as witnesses to the events are speaking out forcefully Thursday morning to decry the entire process.
7) Mass Arrests as Thousands Descend on Senate Office Building Demanding Lawmakers Reject Kavanaugh
Julia Conley. Common Dreams
As the Senate moved one step closer to voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, thousands of men and women took over the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon, voicing solidarity with sexual assault survivors and demanding that lawmakers reject President Donald Trump's nominee.
8) Joe Manchin flounders as he tries to explain Kavanaugh support in the face of furious protesters
Luke Barnes, Think Progress
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the lone Democrat to defect and announce that he will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual assault, was drowned out by protesters in the Senate as he tried to explain his decision to the gathered media.
9) Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied His Way Onto the Supreme Court
John Nichols, The Nation
The House has a duty to do what the Senate has failed to do: investigate this shameful jurist and hold him to account.
10) Toronto is segregated by race and income. And the numbers are ugly
Sandro Contenta, The Toronto Star
In Toronto, the colour of money is mainly white.
11) Child poverty plagues every corner of Toronto, census data shows
Laurie Monsebraaten, The Toronto Star
Upwards of 125,000 Toronto children — more than one in four — are growing up in poverty, a problem that plagues pockets of every city ward, says a new report released Monday by Social Planning Toronto and a coalition of agencies serving vulnerable communities.
12) Real Madrid football club honours Palestine activist Ahed Tamimi
Palestinian activist, who spent eight months in Israeli prison, is welcomed at Bernabeu stadium by the football club.
13) Palestinians Mourn and Demand Justice After Israeli Snipers Murder Two Young Children in Gaza
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams
After Israeli snipers massacred seven Palestinians—including two young children—and injured over 500 during protests against Israel's brutal occupation on Friday, thousands of Gazans on Saturday attended funerals for those who were killed and demanded justice from the international community.
14) Canada capitulates to Trump on trade with renegotiated NAFTA
Duncan Cameron, Rabble
Pierre Trudeau called the original FTA with the U.S. "a monstrous swindle." The new deal is that, plus a set of unnecessary capitulations to shut up Donald Trump on trade. It won't.
15) With its new trade deal, Canada surrenders sovereignty to a bully
Neil Macdonald · CBC News
So first, Clause 32. It's long-winded and uses code language, but basically, it says that if Canada wants a trade deal with China, it has to notify the Americans about any negotiations, and tell them the substance of those negotiations, and submit the text of any deal, "including any annexes and side instruments" in advance, for American scrutiny, and then, like a puppy, await Washington's verdict.
16) Canadian steelworkers were 'sacrificed' to make new trade deal, union says
Dan Taekema, CBC News
The union representing Canadian steelworkers says they were "sacrificed" to make a new trilateral trade deal with Mexico.
17) Solidaires Score Important Breakthrough in Quebec Election
Richard Fidler, Socialist Project Bullet
The October 1 general election campaign in Quebec unfolded as two distinct contests. One was the competition between the Liberals and Coalition Avenir Québec for control of the government. The other was a battle between the Parti québécois and Québec solidaire for hegemony within the pro-sovereignty movement.
18) Quebec Solidaire makes big gains on and off island of Montreal
Quebec Solidaire's slow growth since its founding in 2007 has paid off.
19) Anti-racist activists take aim at incoming CAQ government
Francois Legault hasn’t even taken office as premier yet, but he’ll already find himself the subject of a protest on Sunday.
(Related: The rising of the hard right in Canada)
20) Left Parties Statement
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation have issued the following statement.
21) Detroit fast food workers to strike for union rights
Tom Perkins, Detroit Metro Times
Around 1,000 fast food workers in Detroit and Flint will strike on Oct. 2 to demand union rights.
22) Macedonia's failed referendum: a disaster for the EU and Nato
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, Counterfire
The failed referendum in the small Balkan state represents a major upset for the West.
23) Ford government prepares to drop the axe on labour reforms
City TV News
Premier Doug Ford says his government will be scrapping Bill 148, and that could impact Ontarians who are part-time workers.
24) Ontario Business Lobby Calls Additional Domestic Abuse Leave, Other Rules “Harmful to Business”, Begs Ford to Repeal It
Two of Ontario’s corporate business lobby groups are calling on Ford to repeal A Plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs (Bill 148).
25) Doug Ford’s Minimum Wage Halt Will Increase Kids’ Exhaustion, Anxiety: Teachers
Emma Paling, HuffPost
Daniel "killed himself" juggling two jobs at both the local school board and a shoe store this summer, trying to save as much money as possible before classes started in September. The 18-year-old feared that Doug Ford's election as premier meant the minimum wage would go down.
26) Protestors confront MPP Elliott over minimum wage rollback
Kim Champion, Newmarket Today
Protestors for a $15 an hour minimum wage today confronted Newmarket-Aurora MPP Christine Elliott in Aurora as she made her way into a local chambers of commerce event.
27) Ontario’s Education Minister Has Emerged From Hiding After Dodging Journalists for 41 Days
Ontario’s education minister had been AWOL since mid-August.
28) Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry
Leyland Cecco, The Guardian
When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced the Nobel prize for physics this week, anyone wanting to find out more about one of the three winners would have drawn a blank on Wikipedia.
29) The alpha males of physics
Leonid Schneider, For Better Science
Two sets of events for Women in STEM: the theoretical physicist Alessandro Strumia, soon likely ex-CERN affiliated, decried feminist conspiracies and the discrimination against males like himself, in a workshop talk on gender. Right after, the Nobel Prize for physics was finally after 55 years given to a woman. Thing is: one of the other recipients, Gerard Mourou, made it clear in a 2013 video what the roles of males and females in physics are.
30) Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist, champions in fight against rape in war, win Nobel Peace Prize
Crispin Kyalangalilwa, Ted Siefer and Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters
Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
31) 24-hour strike hits public transportation, health care, schools and daycare, retail
Finnish industrial workers join service, food, and power sector workers in a 24-hour strike on 3 October to protest a government bill that would make it easier for small firms to fire employees. Welfare sector union JHL also launched an indefinite overtime ban starting 1 October.
32) Toronto Election 2018: The colour-coded race for mayor
Azeezah Kanji, NOW Magazine
Instead of correcting for the deep social, economic and political disadvantages of racism and sexism, media compound them by ignoring racialized candidates.
Thanks to Desmond Cole for the support: “Walied Khogali Ali is the best candidate for the heart of Toronto because he is making sure that people in our communities don't get left behind."
33) Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father
New York Times
President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
34) Suppression of a Daily Newspaper
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the action of the BJP state government of Tripura in cancelling the registration of Daily Desharkatha, a progressive newspaper.
35) The Cruelty Is the Point
Adam Serwer, The Atlantic
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.
36) Trumpism as capitalism’s default option
Zoltan Zigedy, The Morning Star
Although he represents the growth of ‘anti-elite’ feeling in the masses, the US president is a ruling-class response to a ruling-class crisis.
37) Amazon's hourly workers lose monthly bonuses and stock awards as minimum wage increases
Eugene Kim, CNBC
Amazon's minimum-wage increase for its hourly workers comes with a trade-off: no more monthly bonuses and stock awards.
38) While Nestlé extracts millions of litres from their land, residents have no drinking water
Alexandra Shimo, The Guardian
Just 90 minutes from Toronto, residents of a First Nations community try to improve the water situation as the beverage company extracts from their land.
39) Fast food, pub and delivery workers strike across the country
Jack Hazeldine, Counterfire
The Fast Food Shutdown - #FFS410 - sees TGI Fridays, McDonalds and Wetherspoons workers strike in nine workplaces, joined by UberEats couriers in at least six cities.
40) Federal Judge Blocks Trump From Removing Immigrants From 4 Countries
Richard Gonzales, NPR
A federal court in California has blocked the Trump administration from terminating the Temporary Protected Status program that allows immigrants from four countries to live and work in the United States.
41) How Baltimore police routinely violated people's rights
An Al Jazeera investigation reveals information about a corrupt unit of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) that was allowed to continue operating in spite of grievious violations for at least a decade.
42) Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke found guilty of second-degree murder in Laquan McDonald killing
Ray Sanchez, CNN
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
43) Convicting Laquan McDonald’s Killer Isn’t Enough
Nate Marshall, BuzzFeed
I hope that we can have better visions for liberation than cages. I hope that the young people who will grow up where Emmett Till and Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd and I grew up will have their chances for libraries and for liberation. I hope that we can make a way forward with new institutions that don’t murder us as part of their “official conduct.”
44) Puerto Rico Governor Calls for ‘Elimination’ of Venezuelan Government, Offers to Host ‘Transition’ Logistics
Paul Dobson, Venezuela Analysis
Hypothetical post-Maduro planning has been discussed “at many levels”, Governor Rossello claimed. His comments follow Trump’s endorsement of a military coup d'état in Venezuela.
45) Miami will be underwater soon. Its drinking water could go first
Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg
One morning in June, Douglas Yoder climbed into a white government SUV on the edge of Miami and headed northwest, away from the glittering coastline and into the maze of water infrastructure that makes this city possible. He drove past drainage canals that sever backyards and industrial lots, ancient water-treatment plants peeking out from behind run-down bungalows, and immense rectangular pools tracing the outlines of limestone quarries. Finally, he reached a locked gate at the edge of the Everglades. Once through, he pointed out the row of 15 wells that make up the Northwest Wellfield, Miami-Dade County’s clean water source of last resort.
46) Syriza’s Repressive Turn
Stathis Kouvelakis and Costas Lapavitsas, Jacobin
Alexis Tsipras’s government promised to end austerity. Now it’s defending the banks against people evicted from their homes — and persecuting those who protest.
47) Saudi Women Who Fought for the Right to Drive Are Disappearing and Going Into Exile
Sarah Aziza, The Intercept
If, in the meantime, the government continues its crackdowns on all dissent, it may find itself rebuffed by the same Western audiences it hopes to entice. “Going after civil society in such an aggressive way, MBS is shooting himself in the foot,” said Aldosari. “Maybe, when he was just arresting clerics, the Western world didn’t care. But arresting women, elderly people, respected academics, all of them nonviolent — this is a direct contradiction of his rhetoric of modernization and openness. And he can’t stop everyone who wants to criticize him. The world doesn’t work that way anymore. Even if he throws all the activists in jail, they started a work that will continue. It cannot be stopped.”
48) Women Are Retreating From Public Life In Iraq After Several High-Profile Murders
Nishita Jha, BuzzFeed
A week after the murder of Tara Fares, former Miss Baghdad and Iraq’s sixth most-followed person on social media, Shimaa Qasim posted a tearful video on Instagram.
49) How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president
Eliane Brum, The Guardian
Jair Bolsonaro is the monstrous product of the country’s silence about the crimes committed by its former dictatorship.
50) I JUST VISITED LULA, THE WORLD’S MOST PROMINENT POLITICAL PRISONER. A “SOFT COUP” IN BRAZIL’S ELECTION WILL HAVE GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES.
Noam Chomsky, The Intercept
PRISONS ARE REMINISCENT of Tolstoy’s famous observation about unhappy families: Each “is unhappy in its own way,” though there are some common features — for prisons, the grim and stifling recognition that someone else has total authority over your life.
51) Brazil: Indigenous Parliamentary Front Unites Against Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right candidate leading Brazil's presidential polls since the electoral tribunal banned Lula from running in the elections, has vowed to end Indigenous reservations, claiming they are too large for such a small fraction of the population.
52) Brazil: Lula Rallies Support for Haddad Ahead of Presidential Vote
As the Brazil presidential election enters its final stage ahead of the first round of voting Sunday, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has released a video rallying support behind stand-in Worker's Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad.
53) Democracy Vs. Fascism: Polls Open in Brazil Elections
Brazilians went to vote Sunday in a polarized presidential race that could result in the election of a far-right former Army captain, whose praise of past dictatorships enrages critics but whose promise of a brutal crackdown on crime and corruption has electrified his supporters.
See also: Kavanaugh Confirmation, Ontario Austerity, Gaza & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos September 23 - 30