News 10/25

Pentagon to send ‘several hundred’ troops to US-Mexico border
Several hundred troops are being sent to beef up security at the US’ southern border with Mexico, the Department of Defense said. It comes as a caravan of several thousand migrants makes it way north through Mexico.
Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign an order sending at least 800 troops to the border in anticipation of the caravan’s arrival, a government source told AP.

Saudi Arabia Now Says Khashoggi Killing Was Premeditated
Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said Thursday that the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their consulate in Istanbul was premeditated, reversing course yet again on the Saudi account of what happened.

China says military will act 'at any cost' to prevent Taiwan split
China’s military will take action “at any cost” to foil any attempt to separate the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, the country’s defense minister said on Thursday.China has been infuriated by recent U.S. sanctions on its military, one of a growing number of flashpoints in Sino-U.S. ties that include a bitter trade war, the issue of Taiwan, and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea

Gaza militants launch rocket, Israel responds with airstrikes
Gaza militants launched a rocket from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday night, prompting airstrikes by the Israeli military.Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system was activated and launched an interceptor missile, but no interception took place, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). No one was injured by the rocket.

Soros university says it being forced out of Hungary, mulls move
Hungary’s Central European University, a graduate school founded by U.S. financier George Soros, said it was being forced out of the country by the nationalist government and would switch to enrolling new students in Vienna if it did not get guarantees of academic freedom by Dec. 1.

Maduro blasts ‘crazy extremist’ Pence over claim Venezuela funded US-bound migrant caravan
The Venezuelan leader has lashed out at US Vice-President Mike Pence, labeling him “extremist,” and dismissed “laughable” allegations that Caracas is funding the migrant caravan heading to the US from Honduras.
President Nicolas Maduro appeared incensed by Pence’s accusation that the Venezuelan government is backing hundreds of mostly Latin American migrants who are seeking to enter the US through the Mexican border.

Indian police detain thousands of striking Tamil Nadu auto workers
On Tuesday, police arrested over 2,000 striking auto workers from the Oragadam industrial hub near Chennai, the capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.The arrested workers, who are employed at the Yamaha India, Royal Enfield and Myoung Shin India Automotive (MSI) plants, were detained in three wedding halls in the town of Oragadam. They were released without charge in the evening.

Koreas, UN finish removing firearms from border village
The rival Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command finished removing firearms and troops from a jointly controlled area at a border village on Thursday, as part of agreements to reduce decades-long animosity on the Korean Peninsula.

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Bolsonaro's anti-China rants have Beijing nervous about Brazil
The Chinese government is trying to make peace with Brazil’s leading presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, whose China-bashing threatens to chill a profitable trading relationship that has benefited both countries.

Two packages sent to Joe Biden, one to Robert De Niro match other mailed pipe bombs
Two suspicious packages found Thursday addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and another sent to Robert De Niro at his office in downtown Manhattan are similar to the pipe bombs sent to political and media figures in the past few days, according to the FBI.

UAE Contracted An American Hit Squad to Kill Political Figures And More in Yemen
he founder of a U.S.-based private military company, as well as a former employee of the firm, say the United Arab Emirates hired the group to supply what amounted to a death squad to assassinate members of a Yemeni Islamist political party.

Justice Department says businesses can discriminate against transgender employees
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it is lawful to discriminate against transgender employees based on their gender identity, according to Bloomberg Law.In a brief to the Supreme Court, the DOJ wrote that federal civil rights law banning sex discrimination in the workplace does not extend to transgender people.

Russia will target European countries if they host U.S. nuclear missiles: Putin
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would be forced to target any European countries that agreed to host U.S. nuclear missiles following Washington’s withdrawal from a landmark Cold war-era arms control treaty.

Thousands strike in Glasgow for equal pay
Over 8,000 low-paid, mostly female care and learning support workers at Glasgow City Council (GCC) and its care services agency, Cordia, struck October 23 and 24 in pursuit of long-standing demands for pay equality.Most of the city’s early years schools and mainstream primary schools, as well as its additional support for learning facilities, were closed in the largest strike over equal pay since the Equal Pay Act of 1970

Prolonged market slump could bruise U.S. economy: Fed's Mester
A “prolonged” fall in U.S. stock markets could eventually begin to weigh on the U.S. economy, though there are no signs of pinched credit or a pending recession so far, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said on Wednesday.

There’s a Tax Ax Poised to Fall on China’s Wealthy
Meat and poison: Tax cuts for some in China are coming back to bite as levies increase on others.The slowing economy has prompted Beijing to announce a series of reductions this year, ranging from the value-added tax on goods and services to personal income levies. The government also promised a sweeping overhaul of import duties to counter the escalating trade war with the U.S.

Robert De Niro? What the fuck?

As in they were also failures?

Really hoping these guys reconsider their approach before they send the next and bother to do it right.

He apparently said "fuck Trump" at the Tony awards or something.

People frame this as sexism when it's an issue where the profession as a whole isn't viewed as worth paying well (because they don't produce profit). There are male-dominated jobs that have shit pay as well, and for the same reason. Maintenance/care work doesn't make shit that you can sell. It's something you have to budget for to keep things functional and so on, but since you can't extract surplus value from it, there's even more incentive than usual to minimize expenses and the size of the workforce.

This is such a dogshit headline, though much of the blame for that falls on the IdPol-crazed strikers rather wooswoos. Reading the article, and then links in it to some older articles on the issue, it's clear the primary problem isn't women today being paid less for "comparable work", but the fact that "equalizing" their pay mostly took the form of EXPLICIT PAYCUTS TO MALE WORKERS.


Jugendwiderstand: Long Live the 50th Anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines!
Following the call of the Philippines revolutionary movement to all artists to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CPP’s re-establishment, young street-art propagandists in various parts of Germany took markers and spray cans in hand to give to proletarian internationalism color and expression.

Business as usual: US INF pullout will delight arms industry as it threatens to reignite Cold War
Trump has been tearing up treaties since taking office, from halting negotiations on the TPP to NAFTA, but his latest threat to pull out of the nuclear deal, negotiated by President Reagan in the 80s, may be his biggest mistake.

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign
The New York Times published a crude and revealing article October 23, “#MeToo Brought Down 201 Powerful Men. Nearly Half of Their Replacements Are Women.”The piece, credited to seven authors, inadvertently points toward an important truth: the #MeToo campaign is fundamentally an effort by a layer of upper middle class women to advance their economic interests at the expense of their male rivals.

Lyft Is Not Your Friend
Lyft is the latest brand trying to build market share by posing as a “progressive” corporation. But the fight can’t be good corporations against bad ones — it's working people against capitalism.

Pension Fraud: How PBS’s Frontline Let the Clinton Democrats Off the Hook
On October 23, 2018, PBS, a television network that takes public money to finance operations and programming, aired a Frontline documentary titled THE PENSION GAMBLE, produced by Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith, and Nick Verbitsky. I decided to watch it because I have been reporting on and off for the past several years on the Rhode Island pension fund, which was invested into hedge funds in the aftermath of the 2008 crash, resulting in the largest loss of money in the history of the state according to financial forensic investigator Ted Seidle.

I didn't think WSWS was this WOKE

WSWS has always been based

They are unironically the only left publication with a good analysis of #MeToo.

ALMO has to wait until December, before he can take office.
This whole migrant caravan is ominous as fuck anyway. As if there weren't some before. Why is THIS caravan getting an armed response?

Just like a dog who licks his balls. It's their nature, you simply can't get mad at them for this.

Pentagon to send ‘several hundred’ troops to US-Mexico border

Several hundred troops are being sent to beef up security at the US’ southern border with Mexico, the Department of Defense said. It comes as a caravan of several thousand migrants makes it way north through Mexico.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign an order sending at least 800 troops to the border in anticipation of the caravan’s arrival, a government source told AP.

hope every single illegal gets shot, buttraped, eaten, or fed to animals.

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Press F to pay respects to David Walsh who will surely get MeToo'd for writing this.

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They support well to do rapists and sex pests all the time. It's kind of their thing. They are also ardent supporters of Woody Allen and Weinstein.

great analysis

The kind of people who take #metoo seriously don't read WSWS.

What about Zizek's essays in the Philosophical Salon?

The caravan isn't made of illegals or aspiring illegals. They're refugees who want to apply for asylum through legal channels.

Has he stopped endlessly rewriting the same piece yet?

Infighting in the ruling class doesn't change anything. What matters is the structure that creates positions of power, not the people who occupy those positions. Squabbles amongst the rulers is business as usual. What's different about MeToo is that it's using ruling class drama as a way to divert social unrest and pacify the masses. That is recuperation which is bad.

How would this pacify anyone? Do you think women now won't stand up if their partners beat them up because their sense of justice was fulfilled by Hollywood women standing up for themselves against Hollywood men?

>implying #MeMe is about "standing up" to actual abuse, rather than perpetual extrajudicial witchwarlockhunts.

You're thinking too long-game. They want to give angry women an outlet to direct their anger right now that attacks people instead of the system. If you want to understand how Porky thinks, you have to stop imagining events that occur after the end of this fiscal quarter.