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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist, beat 16-year state Sen. Martin Dilan for the 18th District Democratic nomination. BROOKLYN, N.Y. ― Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist, was plagued by negative news coverage in the final weeks of her insurgent campaign against incumbent New York state Sen. Martin Dilan for making misleading statements about her background. But voters in North Brooklyn on Thursday found her preferable to Dilan's close ties to the real estate lobby, as Salazar triumphed in the Democratic primary for the New York state Senate's 18th district seat. read more


Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Democratic National Committee dramatically reduced the power and influence of "superdelegates" in selecting the party's presidential nominee at their summer meeting in Chicago on Saturday, ahead of what's expected to be a wide-open Democratic field in 2020. DNC members voted on a proposal to take away the role of elected officials and other party dignitaries in selecting a nominee at the Democratic convention -- leaving it up to delegates selected in primaries and caucuses only -- unless the process becomes deadlocked. read more


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Organisers say prisoners across the country are expected to refuse to work, hold sit-ins and even stage hunger strikes The first part of the prisons likely to be hit will be the kitchens, where stoves will remain unlit, ready-meals unheated and thousands of breakfasts uncooked. From there the impact will fan out. The laundry will be left unwashed, prison corridors un-mopped, and the lawns on the external grounds ring-fenced with barbed wire will go uncut. On Tuesday, America's vast army of incarcerated men and women -- at 2.3m of them they form by far the largest imprisoned population in the world -- will brace itself for what has the potential to be the largest prison strike in US history. Nineteen days of peaceful protest are planned across the nation, organised largely by prisoners themselves. read more


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Labor groups won a landmark victory Tuesday as Missourians voted by referendum to overturn the state's new right-to-work law, an embarrassing rejection for the state's Republican lawmakers. Unions are hoping that Missourians' decision to reject right-to-work takes some steam out of the nationwide right-wing campaign to expand them. In the runup to the vote, they argued that the referendum would prove that the lawmakers rushing to enact them were out of touch with voters on the issue.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A new report from the libertarian Mercatus Center drew attention as it showed Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan would cost the federal government an additional $32.6 trillion over 10 years. But the Mercatus report also showed that the national health expenditure -- the total amount spent on healthcare in the US by the federal government, states, businesses, and individuals -- would actually come in below current projections under Sanders' plan. So while the price tag for the federal government would increase, the total cost of healthcare would go down while also providing healthcare to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.


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" A new report on Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan finds an whopping cost for the federal government. But the price tag may not be as overall eye-catching as it initially seems.

The report, from the libertarian Mercatus Center, showed that Sanders' plan to extend Medicare to all Americans would increase federal healthcare costs by $32.6 trillion between 2022 and 2032 , if implemented as written.

Republicans pounced on the number, arguing it showed that such a plan was not feasible.

"$32.6 trillion dollars. That's how much Washington Democrats' single-payer healthcare proposal would cost over 10 years," House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted . "Even doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes wouldn't cover this cost. It is just absurd."

But the eye-catching cost for the federal government cost only tells part of the story. The government is only one piece of the health system's puzzle.

The Department of Health and Human Services also measures the total amount spent on healthcare in the US -- including the amount paid by states, private citizens, the federal government, businesses, and more. This all-encompassing number is known as the national health expenditure, or NHE.

According to the Mercatus model, total health spending would actually come in approximately $303 billion lower in 2031 than under current projections, with $7.35 trillion going to healthcare that year versus the $7.65 trillion currently expected. Total national health spending would be $2 trillion lower between 2022 and 2031 under the Medicare for All plan, according to the report."

"Argentines may use Kissinger's laudatory statements as justification for hardening their human rights stance."

The latest revelations compound a portrait of Kissinger as the ruthless cheerleader, if not the active co-conspirator, of Latin American military regimes engaged in war crimes. In evidence that emerged from previous declassifications of documents during the Clinton Administration, Kissinger was shown not only to have been aware of what the military was doing but to have actively encouraged it. Two days after the Argentine coup, Kissinger was briefed by his Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, William Rogers, who warned him, "I think also we've got to expect a fair amount of repression, probably a good deal of blood, in Argentina before too long. I think they're going to have to come down very hard not only on the terrorists but on the dissidents of trade unions and their parties." Kissinger replied, "Whatever chance they have, they will need a little encouragement ... because I do want to encourage them. I don't want to give the sense that they're harassed by the United States."

Under Kissinger's direction, they certainly were not harassed. Right after the coup, Kissinger sent his encouragement to the generals and reinforced that message by expediting a package of U.S. security assistance. In a meeting with the Argentine foreign minister two months later, Kissinger advised him winkingly, according to a memo written about the conversation, "We are aware you are in a difficult period. It is a curious time, when political, criminal, and terrorist activities tend to merge without any clear separation. We understand you must establish authority... . If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly."

Argentina's military forces had launched their coup in order to expand and institutionalize a war that was already under way against leftist guerrillas and their sympathizers. They called their campaign the Process of National Reorganization, or, simply, "el proceso." During the Dirty War, as it became known, as many as thirty thousand people were secretly abducted, tortured, and executed by the security forces. Hundreds of suspects were buried in anonymous mass graves, while thousands more were stripped naked, drugged, loaded onto military aircraft, and hurled into the sea from the air while they were still alive. The term "los desaparecidos" -- "the disappeared" -- became one of Argentina's contributions to the global lexicon."
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