Friday’s news links – Jan. 24, 2020

France strikes

French unions warn Macron pension strikes will drag on for months Reuters

France braces for ‘Black Friday’ as Macron’s government formally unveils pension reforms France24

New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill ABC News

Feds to cut up to 15,000 in Baltimore from food stamps; Maryland, other states suing to halt change Baltimore Sun

More than 50% of homeless families are black, government report finds ABC News

‘There was no chemical attack in Douma’: OPCW mission member speaks out at UN Morning Star

Haiti: Jovenel Moïse Launches His Counter-Offensive Haïti Liberté 

Hundreds of issues of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ newspapers now available online

Indigenous Peoples

Over-representation of Indigenous people in [Canadian] prisons reaches ‘disturbing’ historic high CBC

‘We are still here:’ Blackfeet Nation commemorates 150th anniversary of Baker Massacre Great Falls Tribune

Iraq

Major crowds convene in streets of Baghdad to denounce US military presence in Iraq PressTV

U.S. war drive

‘This Is Already a Hot War the US Is Prosecuting Against Iran’ FAIR

Is WWIII coming? It’s already on — Poklonskaya

China

Why the New Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to US bloc Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.

WHO: The coronavirus outbreak is not yet a global emergency

The number of illnesses and deaths in China is still small, yet the media in the U.S. is in a near frenzy over China’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. By contrast, the U.S. flu has already sickened more than 13 million, put 120,000 into hospitals and killed 6600 so far this year, according to the CDC.

Capitalist crisis

The Great American Shale Oil & Gas Bust: Fracking Gushes Bankruptcies, Defaulted Debt, and Worthless Shares Wolf Street

Trump’s Rosy Economic Outlook Is a Big Lie TruthDig

Libya: Before and After Muammar Gaddafi. Dramatic Collapse in the Standard of Living teleSUR

Venezuela-Iran Will Sign New Agreements for Medicine, Production, Food, Energy and Health Orinoco Tribune

Exclusive: Giuliani told U.S. his client deserves leniency for financing Venezuela’s opposition – Parnas Reuters

Labor

Workers begin strike for fairer wages at Westhampton IKEA facility

NYC School Bus Union Votes To Authorize Strike

Union Set to Strike Against Seattle Health System

Postal workers use video for “U.S. Mail Not For Sale” campaign

How Washington Is Ramming REAL ID Down Our Throats American Conservative


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