News 5/20/19

Ukraine's Comedian President Takes Office, Says He's Dissolving Parliament
Ukraine now has a new president, as Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn into office on Monday — and the famous comedian immediately said one of his first actions will be to dissolve parliament. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Zelenskiy announced a snap election to choose new lawmakers.

BP headquarters in London blockaded by Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists have blockaded all entrances to the BP headquarters in London, demanding an end to all new oil and gas exploration.

Russia scandal triggers mass resignations of far-Right in Austria's coalition government
The Austrian government was plunged further into crisis on Monday after the far-right FPÖ party resigned their ministerial posts en masse in response to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz sacking the interior minister over a Russia-linked corruption scandal.

‘We won’t be complicit’: Italian dock workers refuse to load Saudi arms ship over Yemen war
Italian unions have refused to load cargo onto a Saudi ship carrying weapons, in protest against Riyadh’s war on Yemen. The dock workers have gone on strike, refusing to work until the ship leaves port in Genoa.

Nigel Farage hit by milkshake during Newcastle walkabout
Nigel Farage had milkshake thrown at him during a campaign walkabout.The Brexit Party leader had just given a short speech in Newcastle as part of a tour of the country ahead of the European elections.

11 people reportedly killed in shooting at a bar in Brazil
11 people have died and one other is injured in Brazil's northern Pará state after gunmen opened fire on a bar, local media reports.

Indian PM Modi secures 2nd term & stronger majority, exit polls show
India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the general election by a substantial margin, multiple exit polls indicate.

Far-right Alternative for Germany sets the tone for German Grand Coalition government
Last Thursday’s debate in the Bundestag (federal parliament) was a particularly odious spectacle. In the face of increasing transatlantic tensions, the acute danger of war in the Middle East, and growing opposition to social inequality and militarism, the German ruling class demonstrated once again that it is moving further to the right ahead of the European elections.

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions
The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, angering Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

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Here is the video (in german) if you want to look behind the curtain at fascists hanging out with (supposed) capitalists.

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I wasn't really keeping up with India's elections. Is the BJB winning the election better than the alternative?


Yes, if you're Posadist

Ah, for some reason I got the parties mixed up and thought BJP were social democrats.

This sucks.

thank you Italian workers!!!!

Isn't Italy supposed to super right-wing these days? What the hell?

Extraordinary': Almost 1/4 of West Antarctic ice is now 'unstable'
More unsettling news from the bottom of the world. Almost one-quarter of the ice in the West Antarctic ice sheet has been classified as "unstable," according to a new study released this week

Infowars: Jury to decide whether Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory website can use Pepe the Frog meme for merchandise
A jury will decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website has a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists.

US prosecutors to 'help themselves' to Julian Assange's possessions
Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow US prosecutors to “help themselves” to items including legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, it was claimed.

‘I’m here because of Sleepy Joe’: Trump says China wants Biden badly, declares Sanders 'history'
US President Donald Trump has declared Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid “history,” and slated the former vice president, Joe Biden, as election competition heats up.“Looks like Bernie Sanders is history,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!”

Police escort workers out of closed plant in Central Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Police, county sheriff deputies and nearby Middleburg Borough police who had been called to the plant stood by as shocked employees walked to their cars after being told the plant was permanently closing and that they were all out of jobs.

Border Patrol agent calls migrants "mindless murdering savages" before hitting one with his truck
In Tucson, Arizona, a Border Patrol agent called immigrants “mindless murdering savages” before ramming into one of these people with his truck. Said the agent later in his own defense, this sort of racist hate is simply "part of the agency's culture.”

Seeing a twisting road ahead, Ford cuts 7K white-collar jobs
Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce.

Literally worst fucking timeline

Okay whatever, that just gives me reason to keep an eye on him, rather than hand him trust.


How Australia’s Labor Party Lost an Un-Losable Election
It was a bright morning, the Sunday after Australia’s 2019 federal election. At Melbourne’s Trades Hall, the home of the unions and the Left, the late-autumn sun slowly reddened the face of a passed-out Labor campaigner. Champagne bottles were strewn around him; some empty and some containing dregs. Is there anything sadder than champagne meant for celebration, drunk in consolation?The night before, the Australian Labor Party (ALP), led by Bill Shorten, lost an unlosable election. Virtually no one predicted that come Monday, Scott Morrison, leader of the Coalition (the long term alliance of the conservative Liberal and National Parties), would form the government.It is a profound setback. Few on the Australian left were expecting four more years of cruel, vindictive mediocrity. Worse, the ALP went into this election with an agenda well to the left of their usual offering. The obvious — but incorrect — conclusion to many will be that this was the cause of their defeat.In the coming weeks and months, forensic analyses of this monumental failure will proliferate. Without wishing to predict the balance of discussion, there is already a clear danger that ALP moderates, not to mention small-l liberals, will draw elitist or conservative conclusions.Describing an interjection made at the ALP election night party, Guardian columnist Brigid Delaney wrote:It’s not Morrison, it’s not the Liberals, it’s not the policies, it’s not Queensland, it’s not Dutton. It’s the country that’s rotten. The call from the floor chilled me to the core. This is it, I thought. This is the hardening of the arteries, the cleaving of the country in two, the thing that Australia has largely avoided so far.To Delaney, this was Australia’s Trump or Brexit moment. This is not an apt comparison, except in one sense: Delaney’s piece, and the many others like it, may as well be carbon copies of opinion pieces published by Clinton supporters following her defeat. The whole gamut of small-l-liberal elitism, despair, incomprehension, and self-indulgence is on display.Other sub-par hot-takes abound.

Should Socialists Be Preparing for Revolution?
The historical pendulum promises an eventual resurgence of the labor movement. The strategic question is: what needs to be in place for a future revolution to succeed?When a seismic shift occurs in nature, all the accumulated pressure that had built up silently over a long period of apparent calm is suddenly released, instantly transforming the landscape. The reconfiguration of public opinion over socialism in the US has had a similar effect on the left—it has unleashed a debate that is pushing socialists to ask more interesting questions about what it will take to transform this society in our lifetime.Amid the churn of ideas, perspectives, and attitudes, there is an urgent attempt to make sense of the present epoch, to separate what is possible from what is unrealistic, to take stock of what is new and what is fundamentally unchanged about the tasks that confront us.

This Week in Fascism #10: Fash of a Feather
Welcome, fellow anti-fascists! This week, we’ve got an explainer covering the international networks of the Identitarian movement; new doxxes of the neo-nazi group Patriot Front, the white nationalist Asatru Folk Assembly, and the Hitlerite Legio Christi. Plus, Carl “Sargon of Akkad” getting milkshaked FOUR TIMES.

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No wonder China is surpassing America. It’s because of shit like this.

Absolutely based.
Everyone should heat of this. Imperialist wars can be resisted at home.

This. It's very very difficult for the state to turn something like this against the workers. You can call it "disobeying the state" or whatever but I don't think people, even reactionaries, are going to be too upset that an arms ship wasn't loaded to go fuck someone up 2,000 miles away.

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Imagine being on that fucking jury lmao

The GLOBALISTS are trying to KEEP ME FROM making an honest living BY SELLING these GAY FROGS.

The INC are the social democrats

Absolutely lmaoing that some working-class probably-racist dockworkers in Italy have done more to stop the deaths of Third Worlders than First World antifascists lol


at the very least, did it bring all the boys to the yard?

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I wonder how many glow-in-the-dark niggas where behind that sting operation

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LOL I was right again.
Reminder that *all* journalists working with any large media company are paid prostitutes for the EU-NATO empire

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Honk honk