Monday’s news links – Nov. 18, 2019

Labor

McDonald’s Workers in Detroit Are on Strike for Workplace Democracy Truthout

Arkansas Teachers Went On Strike. Here Are the Corporate School Privatizers They’re Up Against. In These Times

Chicago Teachers Union members vote to accept tentative agreement FightBack! News

WeWork to lay off thousands of workers Axios

Bolivia coup

 

‘Dictatorship has Returned to Bolivia’: Morales to teleSUR

The sign reads: “RESIGN self-proclaimed President, Jeanine Añez.” Photo: Olivia Arigho-Stiles.

Protesters Massacred in Post-Coup Bolivia Counterpunch

‘Pinochet-Style Dictatorship’: Bolivia’s Coup Government Threatens to Arrest Leftist Lawmakers and Journalists Common Dreams

Bolivia: Free Voices Against the Police Civic Coup Internationalist 360°

Hatred of Indigenous People Alvaro García Linera, ousted Vice President of Bolivia

Cuban Doctors who Provided Health Services in Bolivia are Returning to Cuba Resumen

Evangelical Groups Are the New U.S. Tool for Coups in Latin America Resumen

Venezuela

Venezuela Rejects Coup-Mongering Calls from the US Resumen

Indigenous Peoples

Tribes Halt Major Copper Mine on Ancestral Lands in Arizona Earthjustice

Iran

Iran: Economic Blockade and Crowd Protests were also How the US made the 1953 Coup Juan Cole

Sheriff deputy wrestles quadruple amputee teenager in violent video Independent

Let’s Be Very Clear: Medicare for All Is Not Socialism Common Dreams

The US Military Is Poisoning Okinawa Truthout

US NGOs, local tycoon funding HK protests: report Asia Times

Milex and the rate of profit Michael Roberts

Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs published its annual “Costs of War” report last week. This refers only to the costs of war for the US. It takes into consideration the Pentagon’s spending and its Overseas Contingency Operations account, as well as “war-related spending by the Department of State, past and obligated spending for war veterans’ care, interest on the debt incurred to pay for the wars, and the prevention of and response to terrorism by the Department of Homeland Security.” The final count revealed, “The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post 9/11 war veterans.”

The report found that the “US military is conducting counterterror activities in 76 countries, or about 39 percent of the world’s nations, vastly expanding [its mission] across the globe.” In addition, these operations “have been accompanied by violations of human rights and civil liberties, in the US and abroad.” Overall, researchers estimated that “between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the United States’ post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.” This toll “does not include the more than 500,000 deaths from the war in Syria, raging since 2011” when a West-backed rebel and jihadi uprising challenged the government, an ally of Russia and Iran. That same year, the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance intervened in Libya and helped insurgents overthrow long time leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, leaving the nation in an ongoing state of civil war.

Australia

Forced to build their own pyres: dozens more Aboriginal massacres revealed in Killing Times research Guardian


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