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Long time reader on DU and liberal/progressive. Up until recently I have not posted a lot. But I am very concerned about the situation in Ukraine and the people there. Liberals need to understand what is really happening, because Ukrainians are in a very dangerous situation and the geopolitical thing (US/Russia) is actually distracting from the realities that Ukrainians are facing on the ground there. So I have been posting a fair amount about that situation.
The US is still the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave
The US supreme court is hearing a pregnancy discrimination case that could have far-reaching effects for American women who work through their pregnancies
Jessica Valenti: Why doesn’t the US do more to help pregnant women?
Posted by newthinking | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 09:41 PM (3 replies)
Secrecy, Surveillance and Censorship
War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda
by JOHN PILGER
Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?
Posted by newthinking | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 04:21 PM (2 replies)
Ukraine Elections Bring Society Closer to Brink of All Out War and Economic Collapse
by JO and DYLAN MURPHY
The parliamentary elections in Ukraine has been lavished with praise by Western politicians and the mainstream media as confirmation of the country’s turn towards democracy and a rejection of Putin’s evil Russian empire. What the media drones and corporate politicians won’t tell you is that these elections represent a disaster for the ordinary people of Ukraine.
Story continues and includes an Interview with Rozhin Boris
Posted by newthinking | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 05:09 AM (0 replies)
The Washington Post's Putinology
By Peter Hart
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
We're supposed to know by now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a really bad guy–so bad that anything that he says is further proof of his screeching hostility to the United States.
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You can follow the additional references there.
Posted by newthinking | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 05:08 AM (0 replies)
I am more and more convinced that citizen panels/commissions are the next evolution in Democracy. Democracy (and Republics) have been an improvement over previous forms of government, but it is still possible, some would argue inevitable, for the government to separate itself from the people, corrupt or stack the deck in the favor of an elite.
Personally it seems to me that Parliaments (more evolved since they allow the citizens to mount new parties if the current ones fail), combined with citizen panel "stewardship", and lessening the professional political class (not eliminating, we will always need specialists), would be the direction to move.
Anyone know of an organization who is focused on advocating for this approach?
This article by The Atlantic goes into this concept:
Democracy Is for Amateurs: Why We Need More Citizen Citizens
Eric Liu May 11 2012, 9:00 AM ET
America can't afford to leave its government in the hands of professionals.
This year I'll wrap up a decade as a trustee of the Seattle Public Library. Our board of five citizens has unusual authority. Appointed by the mayor, we are an independent operating body. The city council gives us a line in the budget, but how we spend those funds, on what programs, in what allocations across which neighborhoods, with what kinds of popular input, and under what policies -- all such decisions rest in the hands of our citizen board.
Posted by newthinking | Sat Nov 1, 2014, 06:14 PM (0 replies)
Right-wing nationalist parties dominate Ukrainian parliamentary elections
Posted by newthinking | Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:59 PM (0 replies)
The Neocons — Masters of Chaos
October 17, 2014
America’s neoconservatives, by stirring up trouble in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, are creating risks for the world’s economy that are surfacing now in the turbulent stock markets, threatening another global recession, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
If you’re nervously watching the stock market gyrations and worrying about your declining portfolio or pension fund, part of the blame should go to America’s neocons who continue to be masters of chaos, endangering the world’s economy by instigating geopolitical confrontations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Of course, there are other factors pushing Europe’s economy to the brink of a triple-dip recession and threatening to stop America’s fragile recovery, too. But the neocons’ “regime change” strategies, which have unleashed violence and confrontations across Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and most recently Ukraine, have added to the economic uncertainty.
This neocon destabilization of the world economy began with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 under President George W. Bush who squandered some $1 trillion on the bloody folly. But the neocons’ strategies have continued through their still-pervasive influence in Official Washington during President Barack Obama’s administration.
The neocons and their “liberal interventionist” junior partners have kept the “regime change” pot boiling with the Western-orchestrated overthrow and killing of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the proxy civil war in Syria to oust Bashar al-Assad, the costly economic embargoes against Iran, and the U.S.-backed coup that ousted Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych last February.
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. State Department photo)
Posted by newthinking | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:20 PM (0 replies)
Ukraine's former President &Prime Minister to formalize and strengthen alliance with Neo-Nazi groups
Things in Ukraine are getting incredibly ominous.
Yes, this is a shocking headline but this is what is happening. There are no longer any doubts that the new Ukrainian leadership wasn't allied with Svoboda and Right sector (Neo Nazi groups) as a "necessary temporary situation", but is so aligned with them that they are taking part of the "fatherhood" party and binding with Svoboda and Right sector to create a larger, more powerful coalition.
Facism, having been emboldened from the recent coup in Ukraine, is growing significantly there as the country further splits politically. This is only one strong front for Facism there, there are also other parties such as PM Lyashko's "Radical Party, which has been growing in influence as well; (Lyashko is the Parlimentary member that Amnesty International warned on):
Link to Amnesty's info:
Impunity reigns for abductions and ill-treatment by pro-Kyiv vigilantes in eastern Ukraine
There was always a problem with the new government that came into power in Kiev having brought in Neo-Nazi "commanders" into the executive branch and in many other positions in government. But they claim all along was that it wasn't a significant thing, and not demonstrative of the major personalities involved.
But this is clear evidence that not only was is it a considerable problem, but power players in the existing government are going to actually **increase** the prominence of these groups by forming a parliamentary collation and running together in the elections. This is a serious development and needs to be exposed.
From the Kyiv Post:
Turchynov, Avakov, Parubiy and commanders of special battalions included in military council of People's Front
Parubiy is one of the heads of "Svoboda". This alliance also includes Andriy Biletsky, the head of the “Azov” battalion, the most openly fascist of the paramilitary battalions. Biletsky is also the leader of the Social-National Assembly of Ukraine and it’s paramilitary wing Patriot of Ukraine, (essentially the most violent and militant of the neo-nazi groups in Ukraine).
From wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_of_Ukraine)
Here is a picture of the collation meeting. (Notice the banner in the background).
The former President and PM in the foreground.
Posted by newthinking | Tue Sep 16, 2014, 07:35 PM (70 replies)
(OP comment: Vice news reports seem to be taking a turn; This is a report you will not see on the mainstream media.)
Poroshenko’s Promises of Safety and Peace Ring Hollow in Eastern Ukraine
Full Story at Vice News: https://news.vice.com/article/poroshenkos-promises-of-safety-and-peace-ring-hollow-in-eastern-ukraine
Posted by newthinking | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 12:13 AM (1 replies)
Please, the next time you hear someone repeating the lie that the Social Security fund "was already spent" or it is just an "IOU" correct them. Don't let this POLITICAL lie pass.
Please read the Facts here.
Social Security funds exist and are US Treasuries, which are considered the most secure and tangible form of note that currently exists. Saying that it is not a real firm asset is like saying that the dollars in your wallet are just "Paper" and only worth the cost of printing.
Why should it be acceptable for our government and people to even consider DEFAULTING or Deflating those Treasuries, while not touching the Trillions in other Treasury obligations owned by the wealthy, other governments, and institutions, as some of our people and politicians freely speak of? They are the same form of currency with the same backing. They are all legal notes exchangeable for legal tender.
From the FAQ on SS funds linked above:
How are the trust funds invested?
By law, income to the trust funds must be invested, on a daily basis, in securities guaranteed as to both principal and interest by the Federal government. All securities held by the trust funds are "special issues" of the United States Treasury. Such securities are available only to the trust funds.
In the past, the trust funds have held marketable Treasury securities, which are available to the general public. Unlike marketable securities, special issues can be redeemed at any time at face value. Marketable securities are subject to the forces of the open market and may suffer a loss, or enjoy a gain, if sold before maturity. Investment in special issues gives the trust funds the same flexibility as holding cash.
Why do some people describe the "special issue" securities held by the trust funds as worthless IOUs? What is SSA's reaction to this criticism?
As stated above, money flowing into the trust funds is invested in U. S. Government securities. Because the government spends this borrowed cash, some people see the trust fund assets as an accumulation of securities that the government will be unable to make good on in the future. Without legislation to restore long-range solvency of the trust funds, redemption of long-term securities prior to maturity would be necessary.
Far from being "worthless IOUs," the investments held by the trust funds are backed by the full faith and credit of the U. S. Government. The government has always repaid Social Security, with interest. The special-issue securities are, therefore, just as safe as U.S. Savings Bonds or other financial instruments of the Federal government.
Many options are being considered to restore long-range trust fund solvency. These options are being considered now, over 20 years in advance of the year the funds are likely to be exhausted. It is thus likely that legislation will be enacted to restore long-term solvency, making it unlikely that the trust funds' securities will need to be redeemed on a large scale prior to maturity.
Posted by newthinking | Sun Aug 12, 2012, 02:01 PM (3 replies)
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