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Finland election: voters may pick first leftist prime minister in two decades

Finland may usher in its first leftist prime minister in two decades in parliamentary elections on Sunday, as voters worry over the future of their welfare system amid the rising costs of caring for a rapidly ageing population.But if opinions polls are correct, the left-leaning Social Democrats’ ability to govern may be hampered by a surge in support for the Finns party.


WATCH chaotic scenes as police battle protesters in Yellow Vest ‘capital’ Toulouse on ‘Act 22’

Footage shows riot police struggling to contain Yellow Vest protesters on the tear-gas-filled streets of Toulouse, France during clashes in which 43 people were arrested and more than a dozen were injured.


Cuban president calls for strengthened defenses, economy in response to Trump threats

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel accused the Trump administration on Saturday of dragging relations with the United States to their worst level in decades and called on Cubans to strengthen the Communist-run country’s defenses and economy.


Extinction Rebellion: Shell HQ windows smashed as climate protest blocks London roads

Three men have been arrested after the London headquarters of major oil firm Shell was targeted by climate change protesters as Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrations were staged across the capital.


Libya crisis: Egypt’s Sisi backs Haftar assault on Tripoli

Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan warlord bombarding Tripoli in an attempt to oust the country’s UN-recognised government, has won unequivocal support from the Egyptian leader, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, his closest political ally.


Venezuela's Maduro orders militia expansion as Guaido tours blackout-ravaged state

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered an expansion of civilian militia by nearly one million members as opposition leader Juan Guaido toured western Zulia state, which has been hard hit by electricity blackouts.


Europe urged to reject US Middle East plan if it is unfair to Palestinians

High-ranking former European politicians have condemned the Trump administration’s one-sided Israel-Palestine policy and called in a letter for Europe to reject any US Middle East peace plan unless it is fair to Palestinians.


New Zealand mosque shootings: Six in court on charges they sent attack images

Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and an 18-year-old suspect who both were taken into custody in March. The four others are not in custody.



Philippines’ Duterte warns China to back off disputed island

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of possible military action if China “touches” it amid rising tensions over the key waterway.



Ecuador's president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.



2020 Democrats raising less money as donors sit on sidelines

The crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is showing early signs of money trouble as donors sit on the sidelines to see how the contest unfolds, signaling a drawn-out primary battle lies ahead.


Yang disavows support from white nationalists: 'It's been a point of confusion'

Yang during the event tied his support among white nationalists, which has emerged on message boards and sites like Reddit, to earlier tweets he posted about demographic changes in the U.S. as well as comments he has made about the impact of the opioid crisis on rural white communities. The entrepreneur made similar comments about the vulnerability of poor white communities in his book, “The War on Normal People.”


This is how Bernie Sanders thinks about foreign policy

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the Democratic Party’s frontrunners for the 2020 presidential nomination, has a consistent foreign policy thesis: income inequality and authoritarianism are intricately linked.He’s of course unhappy with both major problems, so how to combat them? Create a global democratic movement that counters authoritarian leaders from Russia to Saudi Arabia as a way to improve the lives of billions around the world.



31,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers strike at over 240 supermarkets in New England

More than 31,000 supermarket workers in three southern New England states remained on strike for a fourth day on Sunday against the Stop & Shop supermarket chain. The strike is the largest in the retail industry since 2003, and the second-largest private-sector walkout since 2016. Workers have not been on strike at the grocery chain in 30 years.


Amazon workers strike at four German warehouses

Workers at four Amazon logistic centers in Germany went on strike on Monday, the latest action in a long-running campaign for better pay and conditions.


Loughlin, Giannulli plead not guilty in college bribery scam

“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.


Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon slashes pay for his employees as revenue drops

Being a Goldman Sachs trader or banker is about to get less lucrative.The bank cut compensation and benefits set aside for employees in the first quarter by 20% to $3.26 billion, or about $90,780 for each of the bank’s 35,900 workers. A year ago, that figure was $119,323 for each of the bank’s 34,000 workers.



Former VW boss charged over diesel emissions scandal

The former chief executive of the carmaker Volkswagen has been charged in Germany over his involvement in the company's diesel emissions scandal.The public prosecutor in Braunschweig charged Martin Winterkorn and four other managers with fraud.


Alibaba’s Jack Ma calls the ‘996’ — China’s 72-hour workweek — a ‘huge blessing’

Working 12 hours a day, six days a week is a gift “beyond monetary gains,” according to China’s richest man.Billionaire Jack Ma, co-founder of the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA, +0.13% has repeatedly endorsed the 72-hour “996” schedule — or working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. And as many Chinese tech employees have begun calling for more work-life balance, Ma has doubled-down on extolling the extreme overtime in a series of posts shared on Alibaba’s WeChat account.




Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics

The right-wing forces the ISO cultivated and elevated into leadership took over the party in February. Within a few weeks, allegations relating to an alleged incident of sexual assault, dating back to 2013, were revived to provide a pretext for the dissolution of the ISO. Those involved in instigating the dissolution are now publishing hysterical and self-fixated screeds on Socialistworker.org. For example, Socialistworker.org presently features an “Open Letter to Some Ex-Leaders of the ISO,” which includes the following account of the author’s tortured path to self-awareness:Due to my familial guidance, I have inserted myself into emotionally intelligent therapeutic spaces when and where I felt they were applicable to me. Despite, of course, having some critiques, this was a stage of my own psychological journey that I would never minimize in regards to my own recovery and growth.By accepting—and rejecting where I found it apt—the emotional knowledge of therapeutic spaces and psychological theory, and fitting that into my political understanding of the emotional realities of capitalism, I gained a somewhat unconventional perspective in my criticisms of the left: namely, that without psychological and emotional understanding, we will be incapable of delivering socialism.The author continues:I have been granted a model of dealing with one’s demons—I cannot fully express what a privilege that is. I have been granted the necessary tools to walk the difficult path of tackling one’s very self. It’s one of the foundational features of happiness, and one that, it seems apparent to me, none of you possess. You would not be acting this way if you did. While that may be an explanation for your abusive ways, it is not an excuse.Reading such deranged postings, the old adage about the inmates taking over the asylum comes to mind. But the adage needs to be amended. The inmates, having taken over the asylum, proceeded as quickly as possible to burn it down.


Many Democrats and liberals are cheering Assange's arrest. That's foolish

The attempted extradition and prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the United States should be an obvious outrage. It’s a very clear effort by the US government to punish those who expose embarrassing secrets about its actions, and it could set a precedent that would threaten journalists everywhere. And yet many of those who should be championing Assange’s cause and condemning the prosecution are doing exactly the opposite. Plenty of liberals and mainstream journalists are inexplicably cheering for Assange to be punished.There has been plenty of over-the-top gloating about Assange’s arrest. In the Atlantic, Michael Weiss said Assange “got what he deserved”. Some Democratic politicians have been salivating at the possibility of prosecuting him. Hillary Clinton said that Assange needs to “answer for what he has done”. Charles Schumer said he hoped Assange “will soon be held to account for his meddling in our elections on behalf of Putin and the Russian government”. Dianne Feinstein has been calling for Assange to be brought here and prosecuted since 2010. The West Virginia Democratic senator Joe Manchin went even further, with the truly disturbing comment that “now [Assange is] our property and we can get the facts and truth from him”. Nor did Bernie Sanders speak up to defend Assange, opting for the same shameful silence he has taken on the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The other 2020 candidates, with the exception of Mike Gravel and Tulsi Gabbard, have also stayed quiet.


Britain's role in the suffering of Yemen – squalid beyond belief

Britain’s unending boast that it stands as a beacon of human rights and justice is belied by the cruel plight inflicted on the people of Yemen.If a special place in hell is reserved for a Saudi kleptocracy that wears its barbarism as a badge of honor rather than shame, Britain’s ignoble role in actively facilitating Riyadh’s murderous war in Yemen is surely deserving of the same.Thinking about it the scope of the inhuman brutality that has been inflicted on the Yemeni people over the course of a conflict that began in 2015, it is near impossible to fathom the pristine hypocrisy of a British political establishment that is never done lecturing the world on matters great and small.



>Finland election: voters may pick first leftist prime minister in two decades

>social democrats



Fun fact: the major liberaleft parties declared before the election that they would refuse to form a government with the anti-immigration party. They made no such declarations with the openly pro-capital parties. That is, the only thing that the libshitseft will make no compromises on is ensuring that capital has desperate slaves to leech off of.




>WATCH chaotic scenes as police battle protesters in Yellow Vest ‘capital’ Toulouse on ‘Act 22’

What would it take for cops to cross the lines and join the protesters? Where does Macron find these toadies, and how close is France to dissolving the 5th Republic?

>2020 Democrats raising less money as donors sit on sidelines

Hopefully more of them will cave early, as Sanders continues with the power of grassroots donations, before porky decides on their favorite.

>Alibaba’s Jack Ma calls the ‘996’ — China’s 72-hour workweek — a ‘huge blessing’

Go to laogai


Even better, considering the "main issues" cited by the Grauniad piece are welfare and pensions, both of which can only ever truly be fixed by stabilizing the population at sustainable levels, exactly the opposite of what mass economic immigration does.


Their reporting on affairs outside Russia is about as unbiased as CNN/BBC/etc.'s coverage of Russian interests, not to mention the substantial number of counterculture figures, such as sniff man, that have a hard time getting airtime anywhere else. No choice but to read both about each other.



>Yang disavows support from white nationalists: 'It's been a point of confusion'

Poor bastard, it doesn't matter how much you disavow as long as the Democrat machine has enough sympathetic journalists and media companies to run endless smear stories associating you with the wignats.



>about as unbiased as CNN/BBC/etc.'s coverage of Russian interest

Not really a fair comparison, because CNN and BBC's coverage of Russian interest is unbelievably, blatantly biased towards manufacturing consent for military tension.

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