News 7/23/19

Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival's 46,656.

'IMF Should Apologize for Its Failed Policies, AMLO says
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Tuesday strongly criticized the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because its policy "recipes" have contributed to increased insecurity and poverty in his country.

Kim Jong-un tours ‘powerful submarine’ to be deployed east of N. Korea’s coast
State media posted photos of Kim Jong-un inspecting a massive submarine currently under construction at one of North Korea’s shipyards.

A million homes lined up for energy bill cuts
Ministers plan to change the way the government calculates whether a household is fuel poor, after admitting that much more needs to be done to reach its own fuel poverty targets.

Ukrainian President's Party Wins Snap Elections In Bid To Consolidate Power
Zelensky's Servant of the People party is expected to garner about 41 percent of the vote and gain a majority in parliament, but it will not have enough seats to govern without allies, according to the polls released Sunday.

St Petersburg murder victim was 'well-known LGBT rights activist'
Russian campaigners have said that a woman found murdered with multiple stab wounds in the city of Saint Petersburg was a well-known activist who had received threats over her protests for LGBT rights and opposition causes.

Algeria's Students Take to Streets Demanding Civilian Gov't
Hundreds of students marched Tuesday through the center of Algiers, the capital of Algeria, to demand a civilian government, protests which they have carried out every Tuesday since Feb. 22, when protests broke out against the government of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Russia Passes Law to Employ Prisoners Near Businesses, Drawing Gulag Comparisons
Prisoners convicted of misdemeanors or sentenced to hard labor are now allowed gainful employment at prison branches built near large enterprises, according to new legislation published Thursday.

Study: Malaria Drugs Are Failing At An 'Alarming' Rate In Southeast Asia
That's the conclusion of researchers in two new reports — one based on a randomized trial and the other on a genetic study — that have just been released in the medical journal The Lancet. And there's concern that this drug resistance could spread around the globe.

Huge swathes of the Arctic on fire, ‘unprecedented’ satellite images show
Vast swathes of the Arctic are suffering from "unprecedented" wildfires, new satellite images have revealed. North of the Arctic circle, the high temperatures are facilitating enormous wildfires which are wreaking ecological destruction on a colossal scale.

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Trump says he could win Afghan war 'in a week … but I don't want to kill 10m'
Donald Trump has said that he could win the Afghanistan war “in a week” but did not want to wipe the country “off the face of the Earth”.At the same White House, the president also made a quixotic offer to mediate the longstanding Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

Feces & flesh-eating bacteria: Study reveals shocking levels of contamination at America's beaches
Americans may want to think twice before that next summer swim. Many of the country’s idyllic beaches conceal a filthy secret below the sand and waves: dangerous levels of bacteria that put thousands of bathers at risk every year.

Trump spoke Tuesday at the Teen Student Action Summit (TSAS) in Washington, asking the young conservatives at the four-day conference to imagine how he would be polling at '100 Percent' if it weren't for the "liars" in the news media. Like most Trump rallies, the president led boos against the "fake news" journalists covering the event before demanding more favorable coverage of his presidency.

3 Million Could Lose Food Stamp Benefits Under Trump Administration Proposal
The Trump administration wants to change the way states determine who qualifies for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits, also known as food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 3 million people would lose their food assistance as a result.

Global growth forecast cut by IMF amid trade tensions
It predicts growth of 3.2% in 2019, down from its April forecast of 3.3%. Growth next year is set to pick up to 3.5% next year, although that is below its earlier forecast of 3.6%.

The UK, German and Italian economies are all tanking at the same time
Three of Europe's biggest economic engines — the UK, Germany, and Italy — are sputtering simultaneously.Eurozone growth looks "dire" in the second quarter, Pantheon Macroeconomics said in a report on July 22, "primarily thanks to a crash in German growth."

Lmao. They're going to nuke each other out of pure frustration

Whitewashing American History: the WPA Mural Controversy in San Francisco
There has a been a controversy percolating the last couple of years over protests against the “Life of Washington” murals painted in 1935-36 by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist Victor Arnautoff that are on display at George Washington High School in San Francisco. These murals dared to challenge the patriotic stereotype of Washington, instead portraying him as a slaveholder and military commander overseeing the genocide of American Indians. Seeking to portray the brutal reality of U.S. history, a reality that the ruling class – and textbooks – has always sought to falsify and obscure, the radical artist was in many ways far ahead of his time.Yet now, the San Francisco Board of Education has voted to obliterate this militantly anti-racist artist’s depiction of history that the racist rulers sought to deny. The argument justifying this censorship is that the images were “disturbing” to students. The threat to freedom of expression and free speech is real, and its real targets are the left, labor and those who understand that historical truth is a weapon for the oppressed and exploited. Here this vital freedom is being undermined not only by white supremacists and Trump but by “identity politics” Democrats.“The liberal campaign to destroy the Arnautoff timeline parallels the age of Trump that has found liberal Democrats invoking founding fathers, the constitution, American values, as patriotic “Hamilton: The Musical” has been introduced at a lightning rate into public school curricula. I think it possible that there is actually a deep well of US patriotism that lurks behind the anti-mural campaign.”

Send in the clowns… Johnson brings farcical but dangerous dimension to international relations
The accession to Downing Street by Boris Johnson could hardly come at a more precarious time as tensions mount between the US, Britain and Iran. Fears of a war breaking out are heightened by Johnson as prime minister.Of concern is his very undiplomatic blabber-mouth and an incorrigible knack for dropping verbal clangers, rubbing people up the wrong way.Johnson doesn’t seem to have any wit about when to cease offending people. His notorious public comments bordering on Islamophobia will have already earned him contempt in Iran. He will have very little authority or trust in Tehran if delicate negotiations are to ever succeed in de-escalating the acute stand-off in the Persian Gulf, in particular the tit-for-tat seizure of British and Iranian ships.The British government and the Foreign Office are in disarray with several senior ministers already handing in their resignations this week in protest over Johnson’s replacement of Theresa May. One of those quitting was Alan Duncan who was in charge of UK relations with Washington and the European Union. The lack of senior advisers in the Foreign Office will, dreadfully, give Boris Johnson a freer license to be the bumbling, reckless figure he is. Handling a combustible geopolitical situation is not something to entrust him with.

This Week in Fascism #19: Proud of Your Probation Boys
Welcome, fellow antifascists! This week, we’ve got Ted Cruz proposing a nonbinding resolution to declare “Antifa” to be “domestic terrorists,” Proud Boys and RAM getting sentenced, and another member of the American Identity Movement getting doxxed.Plus, how you can help deplatform the American Identity Movement. Without further ado, let’s begin!

Boris is accelerationism

thanks news user

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That sounds more like the average American prison to me.

Global depression? I don't know much about economics, the Americans were talking about the "inverted yield curve" which took me a while to understand, thoughts?

Also resources to understand modern economic convos at least a bit? I'm watching and listening to Wolff a bit

Check Marxist economist Michael Roberts' blog:

First world country by the way

Having a decent grasp of algebra, analysis and statistics makes reading neo-classical economics a pain.
Same for basically anything economy-related spewed out by media

literally, reading neo-classical economists makes you wonder if those people are retarded or simply lying anyway for whatever reason

in the end, Marx attempted to base his theory on empiric evidence and logics, wheres all the neolib fairytales that try to "explain" our economy try to hide their flawed assumptions like the homo-economicus within a bulk of mathematicall formulated BS

however, "modern economics" mostly consists of financial economy which is simplay a gigantic scam to extrude even more surplus value and exert power.

anyway, read up a bit about Hobbes, Smith etc to get a basic understanding what the general presumptions in "modern economics" are.

in the end, marx was right, they adapted his theory to fit their needs and now shit at him cos 'muh gommunism'

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I can do arithmetic and rudimentary algebra but anything beyond that, my brain just completely locks up.

Another made up thing for helicopter parents to use to justify not letting their kids swim in the ocean


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Brits are crashing this plane.

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Rather than the more appropriate comparison with American private prisons.

Hopefuly really fcking soon

Does Corbyn have a good chance winning against Boris?

no. but labour will replace corbyn for someone who is electable.

The blairites have helped boris a lot by getting Corbyn to support remain. They'd rather boris win than be in the government with Corbyn as leader