News 6/10/19

General strike against military regime brings Sudan to a standstill
An indefinite nationwide general strike brought cities across Sudan to a virtual standstill Sunday, nearly one week after security forces launched a counterrevolutionary bloodbath with an assault on a mass sit-in outside the defense ministry headquarters in Khartoum.

Near-erasure of Cambodian opposition makes noodles a target
The two titans of Cambodian politics normally agree over nothing but made stunningly similar calls to their followers this past week. They both said all Cambodians should gather with their neighbors on Sunday and sit for a meal of num banh chok, a popular Cambodian rice noodle soup usually eaten at breakfast.

Prague memorial to Jewish children who fled Nazis vandalised
A memorial honouring the escape of mostly Jewish children from the Nazis, organised by Sir Nicholas Winton, has been damaged in an apparently carefully-planned attack.

How far is too far? UK tabloids mocked for claiming Kim fed general to piranhas
Even the readers of several British tabloids have cast doubt on a source-based story claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his generals in a piranha-filled tank.

Stern words from Iran: US cannot ‘expect to stay safe’
Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance amid a visit by Germany’s top diplomat seeking to defuse tensions.

‘Illegal music & debauchery’: Iran shuts over 1,000 eateries for not observing ‘Islamic principles’
Police have closed hundreds of restaurants in major Iranian cities during a more-severe-than-usual Ramadan crackdown, while authorities have urged citizens to report “immoral behavior” by texting a dedicated hotline.

Trump slams China's tech scene, says it doesn't have the capability of 'the geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts'
"China, as great as they are — and they are great — they don't have nearly the capability of our geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts, and they're worth $2 billion apiece," Trump told CNBC. "They don't have nearly the genius that these people have, and they practically admit it."

Union sabotaging South Korean shipbuilding workers’ strike
Workers at South Korea’s two largest shipbuilding companies are continuing strike action in opposition to a planned merger. Amid increasing demands from the mainstream media for a violent police crackdown on the strikers, the Korean Metal Workers Union (KMWU) is manoeuvring to shut down the struggle.

Saudi teenager could face execution for joining protests as child
A young Saudi man, arrested when he was 13, could face execution for taking part in Shia-led protests as a child, Amnesty International has said.Murtaja Qureiris, now 18, is on trial for charges that include joining a “terror group” and “sowing sedition”, according to the rights group. He was detained in September 2014 and held in solitary confinement for part of the time since.

Aide to Opposition Leader Has Jail Sentence Extended
An aide to opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained on the same day he was set to be released from jail for organizing nationwide protests last year against an unpopular government decision to raise the pension age.

Near-record 'dead zone' predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer
The annual Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" – a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that's harmful to sea life – will be the second-largest on record this summer, scientists announced Monday.

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Gee, I wonder why the [[[media]]] is so silent about this.

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LGBT+ pride marches in US interrupted by neo-Nazis and stampede
In Detroit, an armed white supremacist group called the National Soycialist Movement (NSM) descended on the annual Motor City Pride Festival, where they held placards, gave Nazi salutes and displayed armbands with swastikas.

Supreme Court declines to take up Guantanamo Bay detainee's case
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a Guantánamo Bay detainee who has been held at the prison since 2002.Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, who was captured while fighting with the Taliban and labeled as an enemy combatant, has argued that he should be released from the prison because the U.S. government's authority to detain him has “unraveled.”

Four in 10 Americans prefer socialism to capitalism, poll finds
According to the survey from Axios on HBO, respondents had varying views on what comprised a socialist political system. Seventy-six percent of respondents agreed that universal healthcare was a hallmark of socialism. Seventy-two percent agreed that tuition-free education was also a characteristic of socialism, and 68% thought a living wage was part of a socialist system.

US job growth down sharply, wages stagnate
The US jobs report for May, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed an increase in non-farm payrolls of only 75,000, far below the 223,000 jobs added in April. While the official unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the lowest figure in half a century, this has not translated into significantly higher wages.

Americans are too poor to survive whether or not they're working
A new study from the United Way claims that 43% of American households are in a status called "asset limited, income constrained, employed" (ALICE), which denotes employed people who can't afford housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation, and a cellphone – the basics of modern living.

Opioid manufacturer Insys files for bankruptcy after $225m settlement
A leading drug maker, whose founder and top executives have been convicted of bribing doctors to prescribe a highly addictive painkiller, has become the first opioid manufacturer to declare bankruptcy after being hit with huge fines.

HBO cancels 'Vice News Tonight'
Vice News CEO Nancy Dubuc announced in an email to staff Monday morning obtained by The Hill that the cable news company had “made the decision not to renew Vice News tonight” after seven seasons.

Defense Stocks in Play After Merger News
U.S. defense stocks are trading higher on Monday morning after Raytheon Company (RTN) and Dow component United Technologies Corporation (UTX) proposed a $121 billion merger that would consolidate industry power among a handful of mega-cap rivals. United Technologies has been on the acquisition trail for years, most recently completing a hook-up with the much smaller Rockwell-Collins in November 2018.

I thought this was strictly a burger problem. Are unions anywhere these days really so rotten?

Wtf? Detroit is 80% black.

It's a universal problem. Unions tend to bureaucratize and become a de facto arm of the state. They become increasingly bureaucratic and the bureaucratic class of the union has interests that differ from its base.

Wonder how the Iranian government will react when they are forced to proceed with the enrichment; there was another report linked here a while back which detailed Israel's actions in response to Syria starting its own reactor program a while back, which was to simply blow it up.

Iran will become a nuclear armed power, then in reaction Saudi-Arabia will start developing a nuclear program and will succeed and because another nuclear armed power. From their a nuclear war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is likely.

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Trump Can’t Stop Jeremy Corbyn
I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”Henry Kissinger pronounced these words at a June 1970 meeting of the CIA’s 40 Committee, which spent up to $6.5 million trying to turn that fall’s Chilean election against socialist Salvador Allende. It didn’t work, and Allende won anyway, so the CIA began working to remove him through strikes, internal subversion and ultimately, military force.The United Kingdom isn’t about to suffer a coup. But it seems that the week after Donald Trump made his state visit to London, our countries’ “special relationship” doesn’t include much respect for British democracy. When Trump picked out Boris Johnson as his favored candidate to succeed Theresa May, at least he’d been asked to do it. In fact, the Tory leadership candidates were positively queuing up to seek the Donald’s support, as they tried to appeal to their party’s hard-right base.But this weekend Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went much further. In private remarks recorded by the Washington Post, he insisted that the irresponsibility of the British voters couldn’t be allowed to bring Jeremy Corbyn into office: the issues are just too important. Corbyn’s record of opposition to US militarism as well as his challenge to the power of the wealthiest Brits just aren’t acceptable to Washington.The Secretary of State didn’t directly reference all that, of course. It’s important to keep up appearances. Instead, Pompeo’s remarks drew on the latest round of spurious complaints that the Labour leader is an antisemite, who apparently risks heading what one Tory minister called the West’s first Jew-hating government since 1945.

"You picked a fight with the state, we will grind you into dust". How a Russian activist was tortured
The “network case” – an investigation into alleged terrorism by Russian anarchists and anti-fascists, during which security service officers have repeatedly tortured detainees – has gone to trial. Hearings are taking place in Penza and St Petersburg. Dmitry Pchelintsev, one of the defendants, gave testimony in court about how he was tortured. An edited translation is published here.[i]The “network case” investigation began in 2017. Officers of the Federal Security Services (FSB) claim that twelve young men were part of an organisation called “the network” – a “terrorist group” that allegedly planned to “stir up the population in order to destabilise political conditions” in Russia via a series of terrorist attacks. The FSB claims that “the network” had cells operating in cities across Russia and Belarus.Pchelintsev’s testimony about torture is not the first. Other defendants in the case have repeatedly stated that they were tortured (e.g. here and here) into confessing to charges.Pchelintsev, 27, lives in Penza in central Russia. He is charged with creating “the network”; illegal possession of weapons; and an attempted arson attack against a local military office.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/10/2019
Today’s Water Cooler: Biden, Gravel, Trump, Warren, Williamson, Iowa, rural voters, job openings, coal, container volume, Elon Musk, the yield curve, rice and greenhouse gases, health benefits for the undocumented, Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. exposed, tourism in Nepal

The already are. Trump is selling Saudi Arabia nuclear technology.


Michigan and many other north west states have a high nazi population.

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Saudis already have nukes, part of the deal when they assisted the Pakis with bankrolling their program a few decades ago
The Qataris also have a single warhead they snagged during the collapse of the USSR, unknown if they have a delivery device though. If yes, then it's probably permanently pointed at Riyadh

oh you are fucking kidding me, like the last people on Earth that needs nukes aside from fucking Israel

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Mid East Meltdown, here we fucking go!

Possadism with Ba’athis chartrisistics.

thanks news user

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The problem isn't bureaucratization as such – which is a necessity – but state and corporate corruption of the unions. You literally can not have socialism without a highly developed bureaucracy, so you better learn to deal with it.

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Corporate corruption requires a bureaucracy that the corporation can negotiate with and then impose the settlement on the workers. Over decades it will form a class of its own with its own interests more aligned with keeping the status quo with corporations or even working in the corporations interests and taking former corporate employees. This is common in Japan for example.
Bureaucracy doesn't have to be a bad thing by any means. I dont think a grassroots Union has proven sustainable or long lasting so the proper structures havent been found yet or it will never work
Anyway the worldwide limits of unionism shows why they are not sufficient for revolution and thats in line with Lenin hat spirit

What requires a bureaucracy is a class organ (in this case, the union) that deals with thousands if not tens or hundreds of thousands of members. I reiterate my point: you can not go around this simple necessity. You need people dealing in full time with the every day issues arising from such numbers.

When you claim that
you are intentionally mixing up cause, effect, and possible outcome(s). Due to the fact that not everyone can be at all times 'there' (at negotiations, at protests, at meetings) representational politics becomes an absolute necessity, a precondition to politics, even.

Shove your non-Marxist definition of class up your ass, okay?

And I'm not even that fond of unions to begin with. I just hate your ridiculous, obfuscating kind.

I already agreed
Explain how then. I just gave you an example of Japanese corporations and their close relationships with Union officials. Generally, Unions are incorporated into the legal system where they get bogged down in legal minutiae to the benefit of the state and the corporations. This is why Roosevelt created the labour relations board in the New Deal. Institutionalizing (and bureaucratization) Unions was a step toward subordinating and taming them. This is not controversial this is just historical fact.
The next sentence is just repeating what you said before.
It doesn’t matter what I call it. Call it a caste, a social group, a clique, the principle is the same. How about you address the point instead of shitting out vitriol?
On the contrary, you are the ridiculous one with your intellectual posturing

Im not an idiot. I know class is a category central to marxism defined in a specific way. It still doesn't mean i have to adhere to that definition rigidly. The gist was of two separate groups within an organization with divergent interests. This is a function of their different positions in the structure of the said organization. It has nothing to do with means of production. I imagine you'll say something blatantly obviously like “there is only proletariats and bourgeoisie and they have opposite interests”. But clearly the divergent interests do not translate into class struggle at this point in time nor do they prevent divisive interests that splinter the proles into looking out for the interest of their subgroup over others.

All I'm hearing is "I'm not a Marxist" and "I'll use my own special snowflake terms whenever and however I want, MOM!"

Nah, you're just fag who cares more about pedantry than arguing the main point. This is typical of leftypol where patronizing cunts like you think since their knowledge of specialized words gives them the right to get away with anything


It has a specialized meaning in Marxism. What an obtuse brainlet you are. Your little Sage is cute too in how it reeks of passive aggressiveness


Jesus Christ, give it a rest

fuck off retard. if you cant agree on some basic as fuck word meaning, youre useless. for language to even work we need shared meaning.

oh also
are you a retard from pol or what

fuck yeah, thats what im talking about
sk unions look like shit, lets hope they general strike too and end up merging with nk (nice dream i know)

This isnt a debate about semantics, as hard as youre trying to make it so. Youre just derailing the topic because youre emotionally wedded to pedantry or you have no argument to offer concerning my point about unions.
And yes brainlets class has a particular specialized (technical) meaning in Marxism that differs from general usage. But lets continue to regress into endless semantic debates to make up for your lack of interest in staying on topic!