While much of the discussion of Kushner’s real-estate empire has focused on glitzy high-rises in New York City, Kushner also owns far more modest low-rise residential rental complexes across the country. The NY Times has a superb exposé of shoddy conditions and exploitative, extortionate tactics used in Baltimore housing complexes owned by a company called “JK2 Westminster”. The JK stands for Jared Kushner’s initials. The article describes the travails of one young woman who terminated her lease early, with permission from the landlord, a few months before Kushner bought the property. Kushner’s lawyers filed a court-case to extract several thousand dollars …Continue reading →
H.R. 676 now has 100 co-sponsors, the most it has ever seen. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) was the 100th co-sponsor, he signed on yesterday: John Conyers (D-MI) has sponsored the Medicare for All bill since 2003. Here he is explaining why: The current tally of 100 co-sponsors is the most this bill has ever had during Conyers’ relentless effort over 15 years to get it passed. The past high was in the 110th Congress, when the bill had 93 co-sponsors. The Democratic caucus was 233 members then, which meant less than 40% of Democrats supported Medicare For All. Today, we are over …Continue reading →
Good decent paying Healthcare and more jobs lost by state with recent repeal of ACA by GOP and TRUMP. Some of these details may have been not reported in detail by the MSM (main stream media): California Jobs Lost Some Notes from the Reports at: The Economic and Employment Consequences of Repealing Federal Health Reform: A 50 State Analysis Source:George Washington University analyses The Impact of Health Reform Repeal on Employment 1 R. Bade and B. Everett, “GOP May Delay Obamacare Replacement for Years,” Politico, Dec. 1, 2016. 2 L. J. Blumberg M. Buettgens, and J. Holahan, Implications of …Continue reading →
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Barack Obama has suggested the Dakota Access pipeline could be rerouted around sacred Native American lands in comments that are the president’s first on the controversial oil project since police arrested hundreds of indigenous protesters during violent clashes.
After months of pleas from activists in North Dakota to stop construction of a pipeline that the Standing Rock tribe says could contaminate its water supply and threaten its cultural heritage, Obama said in an interview released on Tuesday night that the government was “going to let it play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of the first Americans”.
Asked about the high-profile demonstrations against the $3.8bn pipeline, Obama told news website NowThis: “We’re monitoring this closely and I think as a general rule, my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans, and I think that right now the army corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline.”
Asked about “shocking footage” showing police firing rubber bullets at protesters, Obama said: “It’s a challenging situation. I think that my general rule when I talk to governors and state and local officials whenever they’re dealing with protests, including for example during the Black Lives Matters protests, is there’s an obligation for protesters to be peaceful and there’s an obligation for authorities to show restraint.”
He continued: “I want to make sure that as everybody is exercising their constitutional rights to be heard, that both sides are refraining from situations that might result in people being hurt.”
Good Morning Friends! Lots going on. Here’s a sampling. Things not going too well over at the Standing Rock protest site. In a massive show of force yesterday, twenty-one protestors, or ‘water protectors’, were arrested. At today's prayer service water protectors were surrounded by armed police so they could not leave. Police also impounded their vehicles. — Ruth Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) September 29, 2016 The pic on the left in this tweet of a man getting arrested really tugged at my heart due to the expression on his face. He has a kind of stolid expression that I find very sad. I hope he’s …Continue reading →
By Vyara Gylsen at Global Research: Centre for Research on Globalization :: A group of women from all over the world [embarked yesterday] on a dangerous journey on board the Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG). Two vessels [left] from Barcelona on 14 September with the goal of reaching the besieged Palestinian enclave by early October in a symbolic breaking of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. One of these women is Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli citizen who was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, near Nazareth. She has been living in Spain for the past 12 years and has been involved in the Spanish component …Continue reading →
‘Dreamers and Warriors’ Unite For Global Day of Protest Against Dakota Access People across the nation—and world—on Tuesday are taking to the streets in an outpouring of solidarity for the tribal fight against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). #nodapl Tweets With more than 100 events planned for the #NoDAPL Day of Action—from Kyoto to London, from the seat of power in Washington, D.C. to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) headquarters in Houston—tribal members, environmentalists, and supporters worldwide are joining together to call on U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel the pipeline’s permits once and for all. Meanwhile, on the ground, tribal …Continue reading →
AMERICAN-PALESTINIAN COMEDIAN Amer Zahr performs at the Movenpick Hotel in Ramallah in the West Bank. (photo credit:UDI SHAHAM) :: Reprinted from the Jerusalem Post, by Adam Rasgon, Udi Shaham :: A nice, little upbeat article, for a change. There is hope. In an upscale entertainment hall at the Movenpick Hotel in Ramallah, some 200 Palestinians and a sprinkling of foreigners have gathered to see Amer Zahr, a well-known Palestinian- American comedian, perform. Well dressed, drinking local beer and eating gourmet shwarma, the guests stand in the hotel lobby, looking forward to the show. “He represents our culture and holds on …Continue reading →
Good morning fellow progressives…looks like a decision will be made in North Dakota court today regarding Dakota Access Pipeline’s right to bull doze Native American burial sites and Lakota Sacred sites in their bid to complete a 4 state oil pipeline. The proposed pipeline will cross Iowa, North and South Dakota and Illinois, eventually connecting up with a pipeline that runs to the Gulf where most of the oil will be exported. Meanwhile Republican ND Governor Jack Dalrymple has called out the National Guard to protect the multi-millionaire owned DAPL oil pipeline. On Thursday, September 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack …Continue reading →
This is long but very information and gives me hope that there are still reasonable people in this world. Published on Aug 22, 2016 Speakers: H.E. Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic Alfred Marder, President of the US Peace Council Mary Compton, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council Henry Lowendorf, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Head of the Syria Delegation Joe Jamison, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Member of the Syria Delegation Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, Member of …Continue reading →
James Zogby leads a panel discussion on what Americans and the Democratic Party can do regarding the fate of Occupied Palestine. :: [Mondoweiss.net has] written about Obama’s November surprise before: The liberal Zionist hope that President Obama will do something to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine before he leaves office, but after the election, because if he did anything now it would hurt Hillary Clinton. Debra DeLee of Peace Now says Obama can make “a gift” to the next president by taking steps in international fora on the two state solution after the election. She gave voice to this hope at an …Continue reading →
From Alan Grayson today comes a reminder of the hard times and life-and-death struggles suffered by citizens in the labor movement… a recounting of the Battle of Blair Mountain. As difficult and discouraging as things can seem today, this reminds me of how far we have come, and how important it is to preserve and expand what was won with so much effort over so long. Today is Labor Day, and last week marked the 95th anniversary of the most brutal confrontation in the history of the American labor movement, the Battle of Blair Mountain. For one week during 1921, …Continue reading →
Israeli army commander: I will make all the youth of Al-Duheisha camp disabled :: An Israeli army commander has repeatedly threatened to make “all youth in the [Al-Duheisha] camp disabled”, reports have said. BADIL, the Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, reported an Israeli army commander making repeated threats during and after raids on the camp, and during interrogations. The commander is reportedly responsible for the Al-Duheisha area, and known to locals as “Captain Nidal”. Local youth in Al-Duheisha told BADIL that Captain Nidal has made statements such as: “I will make all the youth of the camp disabled,” “I will …Continue reading →
From Mondoweiss.net, by Wilson Dizard :: Bernie Sanders on Wednesday delivered a speech from Burlington, Vermont to his die-hard fans nationwide, calling on them to continue to support progressive politicians to achieve goals like campaign finance reform, universal healthcare and fixing an unfair criminal justice system. Absent from his address was any mention of Israel/Palestine or American foreign policy in the Middle East. His own progressive stances on these issues drew many supporters during the Democratic primary, especially ones who felt his rival Hillary Clinton was too hawkish and beholden to Israel. But in the wake of Clinton’s nomination in Philadelphia …Continue reading →
In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I was raised as a Lutheran. Because of that, I have been keeping a close eye on what the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been doing up until now about BDS, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, that brought down apartheid in South Africa, as it applies to the Occupation of Palestine and the grossly discriminatory system of apartheid that the Israelis use today. It was the huge American churches divesting from South Africa which finally brought an end to apartheid (to oversimplify the situation), and many US churches have …Continue reading →