South Korean Protests Growing
For the sixth straight weekend, hundreds of thousands of Koreans came out in Seoul (and with other Korean cities estimates approaching 2 million people on the streets) to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. These are the largest demonstrations in South Korea since the pro-democracy movement of the 1980s.
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Torches blaze as 2.32 million people calling for Pres. Park's immediate resignation
The candlelight spirit finally erupted into torches. The broad squares and roads of South Korea were packed with candles as far as the eye could see. The people’s anger was set alight once again by a sleazy President and foolish politicians.
english.hani.co.kr | 6 Dec 2016, 7:00pm
Deepening Contradictions: Identity Politics and Steelworkers
Although the question of identity politics has been simmering for years in academic journals and the left press, it came to a full boil in the 2016 elections when Hillary Clinton became its symbol.
www.counterpunch.org | 6 Dec 2016, 6:00pm
Economist warns insufficient oil demand hinders Trans Mountain pipeline
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed high hopes for the newly-approved Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline this week. But Jeff Rubin has been crunching the numbers and according to him, the promised economic benefits of the pipeline don't add up.
www.cbc.ca | 6 Dec 2016, 5:00pm
Brian Pallister's government begins to show true colours
Premier Brian Pallister likes a good old-fashioned sound effect when deflecting a shot from the opposition during question period. The PC leader often responds to a question about cuts, frontline service workers, collective agreements, or the like with a quick anecdote about previous government members in election mode.
www.cbc.ca | 6 Dec 2016, 4:30pm
Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history
When George W. Bush assembled his first Cabinet in 2001, news reports dubbed them a team of millionaires, and government watchdogs questioned whether they were out of touch with most Americans’ problems. Combined, that group had an inflation-adjusted net worth of about $250 million.
www.washingtonpost.com | 6 Dec 2016, 4:00pm
The Horror of Lynchings Lives On
The time when African-Americans were publicly hanged, burned and dismembered for insisting on their rights or for merely talking back to whites is nearer in history than many Americans understand. The horror of these crimes still weighs heavily on black communities in the South, where lynching memories are often vivid.
www.nytimes.com | 6 Dec 2016, 3:30pm
Brazil is in crisis. And once again, the poorest will bear the burden
Poor Brazilians have long counted on a thin welfare state for basic human rights, such as healthcare, education and social security; but this reality may soon drastically change.
www.theguardian.com | 6 Dec 2016, 3:00pm
This is the most dangerous time for our planet
As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied.
www.theguardian.com | 6 Dec 2016, 2:00pm
Boston high schoolers plan mass walk-out to protest Trump
Boston high school students are planning to walk out of class en masse on Monday and rally at City Hall to protest President-elect Donald Trump. The students plan to leave school at 1 p.m., meet at Boston Common, and march on the Massachusetts State House by 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., they will rally at City Hall.
www.boston.com | 6 Dec 2016, 1:00pm
The problem with Maryam Monsef's contempt for metrics
On Thursday, December 1, Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef addressed the House of Commons to comment on the Special Committee on Electoral Reform’s long-awaited report. Alas, if the committee members expected Monsef to show appreciation—or even recognition—for the culmination of six months of work, they were to be disappointed.
www.macleans.ca | 6 Dec 2016, 12:30pm
Two-wheel takeover: bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen
Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow?
www.theguardian.com | 6 Dec 2016, 12:00pm
What Gamergate should have taught us about the 'alt-right'
The 2014 online hate-storm presaged the tactics of the Trump-loving far right movement. Prominent critics of the president elect should take note.
www.theguardian.com | 6 Dec 2016, 11:00am
Austria election: Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer concedes defeat
Austria's Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat after his hopes of becoming the European Union's first far-right president were dashed. The first official results showed left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen with what appeared to be an unbeatable lead over his rival.
www.independent.co.uk | 6 Dec 2016, 10:00am
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners announced that the Administration’s statement today that it would not at this time issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action – which the Administration concedes when it states it has made a “policy decision” – Washington code for a political decision.
redpowermedia.wordpress.com | 6 Dec 2016, 9:00am
Measuring Global Inequality
It is by now well known that significant and growing economic inequality is a central feature of the U.S. economy, as previous articles in Monthly Review have shown. However, the same is also the case for much of the rest of the world.
monthlyreview.org | 6 Dec 2016, 4:00am