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Venezuela Considers Food Distribution Takeover | Stratfor

by Faiz Ahmed last modified May 04, 2015 06:07 PM
The government of Venezuela would do well to nationalize the distribution arm of the country's largest private-sector food producer, Empresas Polar. The company has been at odds with the United Socialist Party of Venezuela since 2008 when the government began a crackdown on food production companies found to be hoarding products as a way to inflate food prices. Government scrutiny has had the effect of publicizing the company's political stances and the population has become quite aware of what the terms of the dispute are. That Venezuelans have been able to withstand food shortages for as many years as they have is testament to their resolve in maintaining a government that is responsive to their interests.
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We need racial justice and economic justice. We can’t breathe if we can’t eat | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified May 04, 2015 04:22 PM
"In 2013, the poverty rate among white Americans was 9.6%; among black Americans the number jumped to a whopping 27.2%. The wealth of white American households in 2010 was eight times the median wealth of black households; by 2013 it had risen to 13 times greater."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/30/racial-justice-economic-justice-baltimore-we-cannot-breathe-if-we-cannot-eat

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What's Left This Week? Have a read of Volume 10

by Graham H. Cox last modified May 04, 2015 03:44 PM
The Americas' section of the Public Services International met this past week in Mexico City. Hundreds of union delegates representing the entire continental region – from Canada to Chile – discussed a wide range of issues including free trade, attacks on union rights, climate change, retirement security, tax justice and corruption.

The link address is: http://citizenspress.org/whatsleft/posts/whats-left-2015-05-03-volume-10

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May Day: workers of the world unite and take over – their factories | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified May 01, 2015 09:47 AM
"Countless factories shut their gates. But some workers at perhaps as many as 500 sites across the continent – a majority in Spain, but also in France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey – have refused to accept the corporate kiss of death."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/01/may-day-workers-of-the-world-unite-and-take-over-their-factories

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Canada’s Austerity Consensus

by JBB last modified May 01, 2015 09:17 AM
Since the 1990s, austerity has carried the day in Canada. | by Michal Rozworski | Jacobin

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/canada-austerity-stephen-harper-conservatives/

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Honor the Vietnamese, Not Those Who Killed Them

by JBB last modified May 01, 2015 09:15 AM
by Michael D. Yates | Monthly Review

The link address is: http://monthlyreview.org/2015/05/01/honor-the-vietnamese-not-those-who-killed-them/

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Cambie Corp. Goes to Court The Legal Assault on Universal Health Care

by JA Cox last modified Apr 29, 2015 06:47 PM
"This report examines recent attempts by private sector advocates to challenge the right to universal public health care in the courts, with a focus on the current Charter challenge before the B.C. Supreme Court, led by Brian Day's Cambie Surgeries Corporation, where plaintiffs are asking the Court to legalize extra-billing, user fees and private insurance. It reviews the evidence on the impact of for-profit providers and payers on wait times and looks at the potential consequences a successfulcould have on Canada's most valued and cherished public program."

The link address is: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/cambie-corp-goes-court

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Why Baltimore Rebelled

by JBB last modified Apr 28, 2015 08:54 PM
by Shawn Gude | Jacobin | The most salient thing in Baltimore isn’t the damage caused by protestors, but the grinding poverty and neglect wrought by capital.

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/baltimore-freddie-gray-unrest-protests/

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The Future of Solidarity: Toward a New Social Ethic

by JBB last modified Apr 25, 2015 11:29 AM
by Edward Martin and Mateo Pimentel | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/24/the-future-of-solidarity/

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China’s Offering a World Bank Alternative — and U.S. Allies Are Signing Up

by JBB last modified Apr 25, 2015 11:23 AM
Beijing is only too happy to offer an alternative to Western-dominated international finance. What's more surprising is that leading Western economies are signing up. | By Walden Bello | FPIF (via Znet)

The link address is: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/chinas-offering-a-world-bank-alternative-and-u-s-allies-are-signing-up/

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