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The Democratic presidential primary process may be ending next Tuesday, but the fight among Bernie Sanders supporters to rid the party of superdelegates and install new leadership at the Democratic National Committee is not.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard encouraged her followers on Saturday to sign a petition ending the Democratic Partys use of superdelegates.
Whether you are a Bernie Sanders supporter or a Hillary Clinton supporter, we should all agree that unelected party officials and lobbyists should not have a say in who the presidential nominee of our party is, she wrote in a Facebook post. That should be left up to the voters.
Gabbard resigned as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in February to publicly endorse the Vermont senators campaign.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/tulsi-gabbard-superdelegate-petition-224220
from The Benjamin Dixon Show
This is a really outstanding interview. It deserves to have a lot more than 200 views on youtube.
Climate activists on Wednesday delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) demanding that the party's 2016 platform include a nationwide ban on fracking.
As the DNC convened in Washington, D.C. for its open forum on shaping the platform, activists with Food & Water Watch, 350.org, Honor the Earth, and other groups handed over the appeals and said officials must acknowledge the harm that fracking has caused the environment.
"The Democratic Party has been complicit in the U.S. fracking boom which is poisoning communities and our climate," said Emily Wurth, water program director at Food & Water Watch. "Any serious plan to combat climate change must include a ban on fracking, and as the committee develops the platform, they should heed the calls of the growing movement to ban fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground."
The groups noted that more than 137,000 fracking wells have been opened in the U.S. since 2005 as part of President Barack Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy policy that included promoting the use of natural gas. By contrast, the 2016 presidential election has seen candidates backing away from the fossil fuel industry...
by Dave Zirin
Governor Cuomos executive action to create a blacklist of those who stand with the Palestinian people would have undoubtedly caught Muhammad Ali in its web.
Muhammad Ali was many things: boxer, humanitarian, draft resister. He was also someone who unapologetically stood for Palestinian liberation. Despite the fact that Ali had already felt the sting of a blacklist, banned by boxing from 196770, he did not stop speaking out upon his return to ring. In 1974, Ali visited the Palestinian refugee camps of Southern Lebanon and, amid the crushing poverty and disease, said, In my name and the name of all Muslims in America, I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland and oust the Zionist invaders.
Unlike some of Muhammad Alis polarizing politics on questions of racism and US empire, which faded over time as the movements of the 1960s dwindled and Parkinsons Disease seized brutal control of his body, the question of Palestinian liberation was something that he did not surrender easily. Here is a picture from a 1988 rally in Chicago amidst the First Intifada, a six-year period of mass resistance by Palestinians to Israeli occupation, where Ali proudly stood with solidarity activists.
To deny Muhammad Alis pro-Palestinian politics is erasure. Its whitewashing. Its violence. Its performing the ugliest possible sin: lying about someones life over their dead body. Upon Alis passing, Andrew Cuomo tweeted, RIP Muhammad Ali, you inspired us all and will always be #?TheGreatest. Get the Champs name out of your mouth, Governor, and tell the disturbing truth. If Muhammad Ali was in his prime today, he would be your target: someone denied the right to make a living in the state of New York.
An Israeli minister said he wants to expel the estimated 300,000 Palestinians from the largest area of the West Bank and annex it, since there are no Arabs at all and they do not constitute a significant numerical factor.
This is not the first time that Israeli officials have indulged in demeaning, racist and dehumanizing rhetoric against Palestinians, said the press director for Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in a statement on Wednesday, responding to Ariels Tuesday interview with the Times of Israel. Palestinians must be treated as a people with rights and freedoms to be respected; not as an obstacle in the way of Israeli politicians' nationalistic ambition who seek to justify Israel's 'Jewish character' at the expense of the indigenous population, Dajani added.
Several ministers have proposed annexing Area C, which includes 60 percent of the West Bank and is largely made up of Israeli settlements. Israel controls the areas law enforcement, planning and construction, leading U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to say it "is effectively restricted for any Palestinian development. Earlier, Israels Minister of Judiciary Affairs Ayelet Shaked said that Israeli law should be applied to the area.
Ariel did not mention what should happen after transferring Arabs besides pumping US$2.6 billion into the area in the next 10 years to invest in economic projects that benefit" the Israeli settlers. He had previously said that the Palestinians living there should be granted permanent residence in what would then be Israel.
Read more: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Israeli-Minister-Expel-300000-Arabs-to-Annex-West-Bank-Area-20160608-0014.html
From the Washington Post: Israeli minister wants to annex half of West Bank and kick out the Palestinians
From the Times of Israel: Minister: Empty West Bank Area C of Palestinians, annex it
Israeli authorities have approved building permits for 82 new homes in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, a neighbourhood near Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem, an Israeli NGO has said.
"On Monday, June 6, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee approved two building permits for 82 housing units in Ramat Shlomo," Ir Amim, a group that opposes settlement construction, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The settlement, which already houses more than 15,000 Israeli Jews, lies in close proximity to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Shuafat.
The 82 units in two buildings are part of a larger scheme for expansion announced in 2010 to build an additional 1,600 new settler homes in the neighbourhood.
Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/israel-approves-homes-east-jerusalem-settlement-160608044507701.html