Wednesday’s news links – Sept. 18, 2019

GM stops paying for health care coverage for striking UAW members ABC Detroit

Climate change

Global warming, “grass” farming and a planned economy Oakland Socialist

As the Global Climate Strike date (Sept. 20) approaches, the question that will be on the minds of millions will be: “Is there a possible way to avoid a disaster that could threaten the existence of life on earth?”

Climate Groups to Shut Down Washington D.C. ZNet

Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns Bill McKibben

Rondonization: World Bank, Dictatorship and the Amazon Brasilwire

Labor

Why the Striking Autoworkers Need to Win Big Harold Meyerson

Uber And Lyft Drivers Slow Down NYC Traffic To Protest App Changes Gothamist

Big Oil

Oil prices plunge after report of quick Saudi production return after attacks Axios

Saudi oil production to recover within the month, minister says Nikkei Asian Review

Japan defense minister: Not aware of any Iran involvement in Saudi attacks Reuters

Iran tells Saudi Arabia it should see missile strike on its oil facilities as a WARNING and end its war with Yemen Daily Mail

Trump Has been Waging a Brutal War on Iran for over a Year Juan Cole

Palestine

Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine MPN

Afghanistan

‘It Was Illegal and Still Is Illegal’ FAIR

Hong Kong Protestors: Hooligans or Heroes? OffGuardian

NY judge resigns after allegedly posting ‘Make America Great Again’ message with noose: officials The Hill

Review of “Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music” by Gerald Horne/Monthly Review Press

Horne submits that while U.S. capitalism produces an insecure environment for all artists, the exigencies of racism cut far more profoundly into the work of African American jazz musicians than others. They were denied exposure, radio airplay, and jukebox access, barred from clubs entirely, or if permitted to perform then only under strictly segregated conditions. The policy prevailed well outside the South. Horne points out that the existence of segregated clubs in California prompted union leader Harry Bridges to lead a campaign against them. Working conditions on the road were especially challenging: finding food, accommodations, relief of thirst, and basic comfort entailed a frustrating, often violent-prone search. Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Benny Carter, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell were assaulted, either by audience members or police.

Medical workers protest in Bulgaria

Merriam-Webster Adds Use Of ‘They’ As Gender Nonbinary Pronoun To Dictionary HuffPost

The Incredible Belief That Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content FAIR

Cokie Roberts, winner of a 2014 P.U.-litzer FAIR’s award for the stinkiest journalism.


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