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AlterNet / Billionaire Charter School Leader Says Black Politician Worse Than the KKK
« Last post by AlterNet on Today at 06:00:34 PM »
Billionaire Charter School Leader Says Black Politician Worse Than the KKK

The remarks by hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb are unacceptable and should be condemned, but we shouldn't miss the larger lesson.

The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville was the tragic result of the Republican Party?s racist politics, which have only intensified under President Donald Trump.

We must fight those politics, but we should also acknowledge that racism isn?t only angry people clutching guns and confederate flags.

A week ago, Daniel Loeb, the chairman of the board for New York City?s Success Academy Charter Schools network, accused New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of being worse than the Ku Klux Klan:

Hypocrites like Stewart-Cousins who pay fealty to powerful union thugs and bosses do more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.

What had the African-American senator done wrong? Stewart-Cousins supports more transparency and accountability for charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated.

The billionaire hedge fund manager went on to praise charter school advocates ?who stand for educational choice and support Charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor [color=black] kids.

Loeb?s remarks are unacceptable and should be condemned?but we shouldn?t miss the deeper lesson.

While Loeb has apologized, he?s refused to resign?and there?s very little New Yorkers can do about it. Even though Success Academy is funded with taxpayer dollars, taxpayers have no say over how the network operates. The investors, lawyers, PR professionals, and philanthropists that sit on its board get to spend public money to educate children with little accountability to the public.

That?s the problem with private control of public education. Charter schools are publicly funded schools run by private groups?some for-profit, some nonprofit, and some that use nonprofit status to hide behind for-profit schemes unaccountable to parents and the public who pay the bills.

For example, across the country from Success Academy, two charter schools in Livermore, California, managed by the nonprofit Tri-Valley Learning Corporation were recently found to have potentially funneled millions of dollars in public money to various private entities. The schools closed, leaving students scrambling for other options and parents with no way to hold Tri-Valley?s leaders accountable.

Many charter schools also raise additional money from private investors with little transparency about how that money is spent. Success Academy has received millions of dollars from billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and Trump economic advisor John Paulson.

What Daniel Loeb said is not only racist, it?s also wrong. As the nation?s schools become increasingly segregated by race and class, many charter schools are making things worse.

Public schools should be in our hands, not billionaires who get to decide what?s best for ?poor black kids.?


Source: Billionaire Charter School Leader Says Black Politician Worse Than the KKK
More than 600,000 Syrians Return Home. If Assad Is ?Killing His Own People? Why Are They Returning?

As the mainstream corporate press attempts to guilt Westerners over making Syrian refugees return home, Western outlets are, in fact, deconstructing their own propaganda narrative for all to see.

For instance, according to the International Organization for Migration, more …

Source: More than 600,000 Syrians Return Home. If Assad Is ?Killing His Own People? Why Are They Returning?
Centre for Research on Globalisation / Court Affirms Right to Sue U.S. Military: Endangered Okinawa ?Dugongs?, Ancient Cultural Icons
« Last post by Centre for Research on Globalisation on Today at 06:00:32 PM »
Court Affirms Right to Sue U.S. Military: Endangered Okinawa ?Dugongs?, Ancient Cultural Icons

SAN FRANCISCO? The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today affirmed the right of American and Japanese conservation groups and Okinawan citizens to sue to compel the U.S. military to fully consider the impacts of a new U.S. military base

Source: Court Affirms Right to Sue U.S. Military: Endangered Okinawa ?Dugongs?, Ancient Cultural Icons
Centre for Research on Globalisation / NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs
« Last post by Centre for Research on Globalisation on Today at 06:00:32 PM »
NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs

How fragile the NATO ranks are is illustrated by the following incident that happened at the Noble Jump exercise (NOJP 17) held in June in Romania. Military units from 11 NATO countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Holland,

Source: NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs
Richard Mellor / Class Politics not Identity Politics
« Last post by Richard Mellor on Today at 06:00:54 AM »
Class Politics not Identity Politics

40,000 working people diverse in race and gender and age and sexual orientation unite to march against Nazis in Boston. 

Statement from Facts For Working people Blog. 

Since this Blog was established it has stood for Class Politics not Identity Politics. We have explained that the US working class is more diverse than ever before, because the development of US capitalism over the past century has integrated the working class as never before. We have explained that the task is to unite the working class and assist the working class to become conscious of itself as a class and as a class for itself. The only way the special oppression of minorities and women will be ended is by ending capitalism and this can only be done by a united working class. The authors on this blog agree with Malcolm X when he said that "you  can't have capitalism without racism." This can only mean that you can't  end racism without ending capitalism and capitalism can only be ended  by a united working class.

Identity politics divides the working class and weakens it in its struggle to end capitalism and end the special oppression of all minorities and women.

Below are links to articles which make up a partial body of work from this Blog which explains our position on this issue. 

A few comments on Politics, history and class.
 The Divisive, Reactionary Nature of Identity Politics
Marxism, Socialism and Identity Politics
Class Consciousness and the Struggle Against Capital
The reactionary, class nature of left Academia today.
Trumka, Trump and the White Worker
Why US big business prefers the term White Privilege to Racial Discrimination
 Why do politicians lie?
Hillary and Michelle and the Ties That Bind

Source: Class Politics not Identity Politics
AlterNet / Will the United States Ever Transcend White Supremacy?
« Last post by AlterNet on Today at 06:00:52 AM »
Will the United States Ever Transcend White Supremacy?


Maybe never.

Now that the violence in Charlottesville has forced ?white supremacy? into our political vocabulary, let's ask an uncomfortable question: ?When will the United States transcend white supremacy??

My question isn?t, ?What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpism?s success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics?? I want to go beyond easy targets to ask, ?When will U.S. society?not just neo-Nazis and the Klan, but the whole country?reject all aspects of white supremacist ideology and take serious steps toward rectifying the material inequality justified by that ideology??

The answer is obvious: Never.

There?s no evidence the dominant culture is interested. The wealth?in fact, the very existence?of the United States is so entwined in the two foundational racialized holocausts in our history that transcending white supremacy requires not only treating people of color differently, but understanding ourselves in new and painful ways. To transcend white supremacy, white America would have to come to terms with the barbarism of our history and our ongoing moral failures.

If that seems harsh, heartless, or hopeless, let?s start with history.

The United States is the wealthiest nation in the world. The acquisition of the land base of the country and our path to industrialization and that wealth are inextricably tied to the genocide of indigenous people and African slavery. Those processes and practices, driven by dreams of domination and the nightmare of unchecked greed, were justified by white supremacist ideology. The result: millions dead, the lives of millions more impoverished, and entire cultures ravaged and sometimes destroyed.

Yes, the story of the United States also includes the quest for freedom and perseverance in the face of adversity, hard work and ingenuity. We love to tell those stories, while the barbarism typically is treated as a footnote. But there would be no United States as we know it without the genocide of indigenous people that cleared the land of ?the merciless Indian Savages,? as the Declaration of Independence described the native population standing in the way of a new nation. Slave-grown cotton provided a crucial raw material and equally crucial export earnings that aided U.S. economic expansion and spurred industrial development in the North.

White supremacy defines not just the states of the Confederacy, but the whole country. I was born and raised in North Dakota, and I?ve lived the past 25 years in Texas. Which is more virulent, the overt anti-Indian racism I grew up with or the overt anti-black racism I live around today? They?re about the same. What about the unspoken sense of superiority of polite white society? About the same in both places, whether it?s conservative Fargo, ND, or progressive Austin, TX.

Why do these attitudes persist? Because to face the reality of our barbaric history would be to admit that our wealth?our very existence?depends on our racialized holocausts, and hence our claim to that land and wealth is suspect. It doesn?t matter if any of my ancestors participated in the genocide (they were more recent immigrants) or owned slaves (they didn?t). What matters is whether we can tell the truth and remedy, to the degree possible, the consequences of that historical barbarism and the contemporary practices that flow from it. Being anti-racist means supporting anti-racist policies.

Here?s one easy example: Raise taxes, primarily on the upper middle class and wealthy, to fund public schools equally. De facto racial segregation in housing means school segregation, and racialized wealth disparities mean racialized inequality in education. So get serious about giving every school the funding needed, channeling extra resources to struggling schools until they reach parity. Assign the most experienced teachers to the schools that have been neglected; let the new teachers handle the rich kids. Raise taxes, and no whining.

School equity would be one small step toward an honest reckoning, and we don?t even do that. I can?t say with certainty that white America will never face this honestly, but in my life I?ve seen no indication of a general interest in a public discussion at this level.

Not surprisingly, when I ask, ?When will the United States transcend white supremacy?? the responses vary widely. Indigenous and black people often chuckle, not because the subject is funny but because the answer?never?is so obvious. In general, people of color are understandably skeptical about the commitment of white America, recognizing the clash between the good intentions of many white people and those same white people?s reluctance to endorse the easy steps, let alone the radical social change, necessary to transform a society.

But the only people who routinely get indignant at the question are other white people. They?re the ones who accuse me of being harsh, heartless, and hopeless. Perhaps I am all three, but even if that?s the case, the question hangs uncomfortably: When will we transcend white supremacy?


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US-led Coalition Warplanes Bomb Syrian Army in Kadir Village in Central Syria. Followed by an ISIS Attack

Warplanes of the US-led coalition have carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces in the village of Kadir in the province of Homs, according to pro-government sources.

The airstrikes were reportedly followed by an ISIS attack

Source: US-led Coalition Warplanes Bomb Syrian Army in Kadir Village in Central Syria. Followed by an ISIS Attack
Centre for Research on Globalisation / Terrorist Attack directed against Damascus International Fair. At Least Four Killed
« Last post by Centre for Research on Globalisation on Today at 06:00:49 AM »
Terrorist Attack directed against Damascus International Fair. At Least Four Killed

The Damascus International Exhibition is taking place from August 17 to 26 in the country?s capital, the first time it has taken place in 6 years after its suspension amid the war in the country. There are official delegations and

Source: Terrorist Attack directed against Damascus International Fair. At Least Four Killed
Centre for Research on Globalisation / Does Britain Have a Secret Travel Ban Against Arabs?
« Last post by Centre for Research on Globalisation on Today at 06:00:49 AM »
Does Britain Have a Secret Travel Ban Against Arabs?

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Britain stands accused of operating a secret travel ban against Arabs after it emerged that a large number of internationally renowned academics, religious

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Richard Mellor / Violence - Non Violence. The Way To Look At It.
« Last post by Richard Mellor on Yesterday at 06:03:41 PM »
Violence - Non Violence. The Way To Look At It.

Sean O'Torain.
Some of US capitalism's violent history.

After the events in Charlottesville the issue of violence or non violence is being discussed far and wide. There is a lot of confusion. Some genuine confusion and some deliberately created confusion. And of course there is also the hypocrisy and lies of US capitalism to create confusion.

Firstly, look at the deliberate confusion that is being spread. US capitalism through its media and political outlets rails against any violence that is used by protesters who are protesting the violence of the state or the violence of the Nazi and white supremacist groups such as the KKK. Non violent protest is the way to go they insist. Violence must be condemned they insist. The hypocrisy and lies of the US capitalist class and its media is staggering.

US capitalism came to power and maintains power by violence. It just about wiped out by violence the tens of millions of native peoples who lived in what was to become the US. It seized the African people by violence and brought them here and for 300 years kept them enslaved by violence. Never paid them a dime for their labor and when they objected they put them down by violence. When the contradiction between slavery and capitalism became no longer tenable the US capitalist class fought the most violent war in history up to that point to establish capitalism throughout what was to become today's USA. Then they created the terrorist group the KKK to prevent the former slave population from exercising their rights through lynching African Americans and burning their bodies and organizing celebratory events with masses being mobilized to come out to celebrate this horrific violence. The idea being to accustom these people to such horrific violence and to make them accomplices.

Then there is the violence of US capitalism against the US working class. A study in 1969 stated that the "US had the bloodiest and most violent labor history of any industrial nation in the world." Go and Google violence against labor in the US and you will see case after case of where workers were killed trying to organize unions in an effort to have better lives. On Google there is a list of workers deaths in US strikes and labor disputes, which goes on and on. And for every worker killed violently many more are intimidated into going along by this violence. The lists of workers killed in the US by US capitalism and its thugs does not include the numbers of workers held as slaves who were killed by the state and groups such as the KKK and white racist individuals and mobs. They are too countless to number and anyway most were never recorded, just like the numbers of the native people killed was never recorded. They were just murdered and their bodies thrown in the ditch like dirt. And of course there is the violence which continues today carried out by the racist state apparatus, the police, which kills overwhelmingly people from the minorities.

But we are not finished there. US capitalism has military bases in hundreds of countries throughout the world. It has invaded and occupied up to 30 countries since 1945 murdering millions and dropping napalm on them, over 32,000 tons of it on North Korea, what the US called its "Wonder weapon".

And of course the most horrific violent act of all. The US is the only country to have dropped atomic bombs on civilian populations. And under a Democratic Party president no less. In the 1960's and 1970's US capitalism waged what were known as its dirty wars in Latin America. And it continues with its wars today in the Middle East. As a result large parts of the Middle East is being blown to pieces.

US capitalism is in no position to condemn violence. US capitalism only exists because of violence. Its condemnation of violence must be thrown back in its face. We must not allow ourselves to be confused by the propaganda and lies of US capitalism about violence.

Then there is also the genuine confusion about violence. No reasonable person wants violence. Most people say they are against violence. I myself want to live in a world without violence. But that is not the issue.  Like the lady I spoke with recently who said she was against violence but when I reminded her that she had told me that if anybody harmed her little grand-daughter she said she would kill them with her bare hands she said, "okay you are right, I am not against all violence." That is the point to see.

It is not violence or non violence it is a question of context. It is a question of violence for what,  violence against what. The Nazis and white supremacists and KKK wage violence to suppress people who are not white and to oppress women and to oppress people who oppose capitalism and certainly to crush unions. In some cases protesters against these evils use violence and and in some cases this is correct and in some cases not. It is not a question of violence or no violence but it is a question of violence to what end and it is a question of the overall stage and state of the struggle at any given time. Of course, all reasonable people do not want violence. But when we are confronted with violent forces wishing to violently impose their will on people then they have to be opposed.

In the US, the capitalist class and its propaganda machine glorify Martin Luther King and his non violence. They do not mention that they as a class murdered Martin Luther King, that is, used violence to eliminate Martin Luther King. They also do not mention another fact concerning the 1950's and 1960's civil rights movement and the gains it made. There were mass violent uprisings in the cities of the US. There was the formation of groups such as "Negroes With Guns" in North Carolina. This in turn inspired Huey Newton and the Black Panthers. US capitalism was forced to make its concessions to the civil rights movement not just because of the mass mobilization and character of that movement but by the emerging threat of violent struggle that began to appear and by the violent mass uprisings in the cities.

This brings us to today and the struggles that are now gaining strength in opposition to the Confederate statues. In reality these are struggles against the racism and sexism that exists and has been whipped up by the degenerate in chief in the White House and his campaign for president and his actions since. Especially his equating the Nazis, KKK and co with the protesters who opposed them. How should we see violence in the context of the struggle against the increasing aggression of the racists and the sexists in these movements? To be clear on this issue we have to see the following.

Violence or non violence is not a question of principle. It is a tactical question. In Charlottesville it was correct to violently take on the Nazis and co. They came armed for violence and it was right to take them on.  If they had been allowed to march unchallenged with their hate filled chants they would have come out of Charlottesville emboldened. Instead they have come out of it weakened. On top of that, we had the idiot racist in the White House equating both sides and this evoked and explosion of anger amongst the majority of the people of the US who are opposed to racism. Charlottesville and its aftermath has resulted in a most positive sea change in the consciousness of the majority of the US population. This is shown by the fact that racist confederate statues are coming down in all directions.

But back to violence and it being a tactical issue and not a principle. In Boston this weekend we had 40,000 people marching against a so called, right to free speech rally held by a bunch of Nazis and racists. Numbers at this rally were counted in the dozens. It was pathetic. Their rally was to last from 12 noon to 2 pm. I finished by 12.45. They were utterly demoralized and intimidated by the 40,000 people who marched. In this situation and this is where tactics come in, it was wrong for any anti racist people to conduct any violence. To do so risked allowing the racists in and out of the White House to say both sides are the same. Risked taking the steam out of the huge anti racist movement that is developing. Risked putting the broader mass of the population who oppose racism from coming out in future to march against racism.

So sometimes it is correct to violently take on the Nazis and company and sometimes it is not. There are a number of factors to take into account in deciding this. The most important is the effect on the consciousness of the mass of the population. Which tactic will best increase the anti racist consciousness of the mass of the population and the ability to mobilize these forces. As I say the violent confrontation of the Nazis and co in Charlottesville and the reaction of the racist in the White house resulted in a sea change for the better in the attitude of the majority of the US population against racism. The 40,000 in Boston marching peacefully further strengthened this anti racist consciousness. In the future the struggles against the Nazis and the KKK and co should be looked at on a case by case basis as to what tactic is the best.

In relation to this the groups such as Antifa while they must be recognized for their courageous action against the fascists, they must also consider a few things. One, how their actions, their tactics effect the mass consciousness of the broader movement. They have to see that part of their task is to convince the anti racist mass of the US population to take on the Nazis and co. As part of this they have to consider that this is not helped by them acting undemocratically, having their own secret meetings where they decide what they are going to do and go out and do this. Not taking into account the need to interact in a democratic way with the broader anti racist, anti sexist movement.  They can quickly be isolated and weakened if they do whatever they wish and ignore the broader movement. The talk of "diversity of tactics' which is thrown about in these anti fascist groups is a way of these groups doing their own thing as opposed to trying to figure out the correct tactics for the movement at any given time and as part of the anti fascist movement as a whole. This talk of diversity of tactics is a way of allowing them to avoid democratic decision making.

While recognizing that violence or non violence in any given situation is a tactic we must always keep in mind the statement from Hitler. He wrote: "only one danger could have jeopardized this development, (that is the rise of the Nazi party in Germany)if our adversaries had understood its principles, established a clear understanding of these ideas, and if they had from the first day annihilated with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our movement."

Nazism at this time in the US is a fringe nucleus. It is not wanted by the dominant section of the capitalist class. This dominant section of the capitalist class wants to get on with ruling in the old way through its so-called democratic institutions and yes they want to keep racism and sexism, but they want to keep racism and sexism  simmering and not boiling over. They do not want mass fighting on the streets. They do not want their increasingly diverse workforces in open conflict with each other.  Nor do they want the crisis that would erupt in their armed forces where 31% of enlisted personnel are listed as minorities and this is without listing Latinos as minorities. Latinos make up another 11.3%. Open racist conflict on the streets of the US would explode into the ranks of the US military and would lead to a major crisis in US capitalism's military wing with a serious weakening of that wing and from this a serious weakening of its ability to invade and occupy and intimidate other countries.

One other aspect of these Nazi type outfits should be noticed. Not only were they chanting against Jews in Charlottesville. But they were also complaining that Trump was not going far enough for  them as he had "given his daughter to a Jew". This should be taken note of. These Nazis and their sleaze in arms  are not only racists they are sexists. This is shown by how they say that Trump "gave" his daughter to a Jew. That is the way they think. The male rules. The male "gives" his daughter. It is also the view on orthodox religious thinking.  Back to the US military. 14.5% of the US military are now women. This is another reason why the military tops condemned Trump for equating the fascists with the people who opposed them.

The tops of all the sections of the military came out and condemned Trumps statement equating the Nazis and white supremacists and KKK with those who fought them in Charlottesville. The military tops know they have a hard enough job keeping  racism and sexism from exploding in the their ranks and undermining their fighting ability without Trump's big racist mouth.

My mother, a rural Irish peasant woman, used to say when she saw something that just astounded her. She would say- "In under God this" -  "In under God that".  This was her way of saying how could such a thing happen. Being an atheist I do not use this term but it comes into my head when I think of Trump - how could there be such a degenerate stupid psychologically deformed person in the White House.  US capitalism is in a terrible political crisis. That is why their unwanted candidate won the presidency over their preferred candidate Clinton. And to think they are in a political crisis now wait till the next economic collapse arrives.

Having said all this we should also keep in mind this reality. The US capitalist class do not want the racism and sexism of the Nazis and co to explode at this time. A recent book titled "The economic cost of the 1968 riots" in the US gives their thinking on this. Such developments are bad for business. This is shown  by the tops of the major corporations abandoning Trump over his statement on Charlottesville. But things can change, things do change.  The lesson of fascism in Germany is that when things got really desperate for the German capitalist class who at first shunned Hitler and his Nazi party this class then turned to Hitler and his Nazis and and put them in power. And we should not forget that sections of the US capitalist class supported the Nazis in Germany for a time.

The US working class and all anti racist and anti sexist forces in the US must not let down our guard.
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