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1st since Notre Dame fire: Yellow Vests back in action despite ‘unifying’ disaster & they are angry

Yellow Vests protests brought clashes and tear gas back to the streets of Paris, despite politicians’ calls for “unity” in the wake of the Notre Dame fire. For protesters, the response to the fire only showed more inequality.


Macron's polls rise to highest level since yellow vest revolt as French approve his handling of Notre-Dame fire

mmanuel Macron’s approval ratings have risen to levels not seen since before the “yellow vest” revolt erupted last autumn with most French feeling he “rose to the occasion” over the Notre-Dame fire, a poll out on Friday suggests.


Northern Ireland Police Arrest 2 Men In Shooting Death Of Journalist

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in connection with the shooting death of a 29-year-old journalist in Londonderry Thursday night.


N Korea embassy raid in Madrid: 'US Marine arrested'

US authorities have arrested a former US Marine who is allegedly part of a group that raided North Korea's embassy in Madrid, reports say.Christopher Ahn appeared in a Los Angeles federal court, sources say.


Kabul attack: Gunmen storm government ministry as blast hits Afghan capital

At least seven people were killed during an attack on Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications on Saturday.An explosion hit the centre of Kabul as attackers tried to storm the multi-storey building which houses the government department.


'Islamic State' kills 35 Syrian fighters in 'comeback' attack

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Saturday that the "Islamic State" (IS) jihadist group killed at least 35 Syrian government soldiers and allied fighters in attacks over the past two days. According to the monitoring group, four senior army officers were among the dead.


Thousands rally in Belgrade to support Serbia's president Vucic

Thousands of people from all over Serbia flocked to Belgrade’s city center on Friday in a show of support for President Aleksandar Vucic, who has faced five months of opposition protests.


Conflict continues over Peruvian copper mine as peasant blockade is lifted

After five hours of deliberations, on Thursday April 10, representatives of 27 peasant communities, whose lands are used to transport copper concentrate from the Las Bambas mine reached an agreement with the government to end a 66-day road blockade that interrupted the export of the mineral to China.


‘Declare war on Lebanon, take out Syria’s S-300s’: Outgoing Israeli general on handling neighbors

Israel has the full arsenal needed to take on Hezbollah in Lebanon and eliminate the Iranian threat in Syria, the outgoing IDF Northern Command chief boasted, warning Damascus against using S-300s to protect its sovereignty.


China to show new warships as Beijing flexes military muscle on navy anniversary

China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy’s founding.




Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers

A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.


Ku Klux Klan killing: Wife admits murder of Missouri leader

She had initially said her son, Paul Jinkerson, carried out the killing but in court on Friday said this was not the case. He still faces trial.Frank Ancona, a self-styled "imperial wizard", was shot dead in a bedroom and his body dumped next to a river.


Vermont governor says he's likely to sign bill abolishing Columbus Day

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) says he’s likely to sign off on a bill that would abolish Columbus Day from the list of state holidays and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.



US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1

Behind the quiet rule-making activities of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration is dealing hammer-blows against the edifice of public higher education.A series of policy and budgetary decisions are being proposed which will have catastrophic implications for students and educators. They include opening the regulatory door for a frenzy of privatization while exacting budget cuts from programs to aid students.


Man who mailed white powder to Trump's sons gets probation

A Massachusetts man was sentenced on Friday to five years of probation after admitting he mailed threatening letters filled with a suspicious white powder to several prominent people, including U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons.


Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores

Add Pier 1 Imports to the long list of retailers showing signs of distress.The troubled company put out a dismal earnings report Wednesday and disclosed a larger-than-expected fourth quarter loss. Pier 1 officials said it's shuttering as many as 45 locations this year — with the potential for as many as 145 stores to close.





Will the Real Millennials Please Stand Up?

From big cities to rural towns, the impact Millennials will have on the future course of the class struggle should not be understated.In January, Buzzfeed published an article by Anne Helen Petersen titled “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation.” The introduction included the obligatory clickbait-oriented phrase, “The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.” Despite what at first appeared to be another run-of-the-mill article about the trials and tribulations of life as a millennial, the article struck a sensitive nerve.Widely shared on social media and quickly referred to by nearly every other media outlet in one form or another, it presented an extremely relatable tale of life as a working-class millennial. It painted a picture of an economic system in terminal decline and the lengths that many millennials have gone in their attempt to match the quality of life their parents enjoyed.The significance of this comes as millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce, making up 35%. The Brookings Institute expects that level to reach 75% by 2025. After years of talk from more conservative corners about the entitlement of “snowflake,” “lazy” Millennials, the stick is bending in the other direction to get us a bit closer to the truth. Leaving aside the reactionary idea that baby boomers are responsible for the poor economic conditions facing today’s youth, we can now frankly speak about how Millennials are facing lower wages and a higher cost of living than previous generations—a trend that has big implications for the political conclusions that this soon-to-be supermajority of the working class will draw.


The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia

The release of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller on allegations of Russian interference in the US election and alleged collusion with the Trump administration has reignited the ferocious factional warfare within the American ruling class.An editorial published Friday evening by the New York Times very clearly reveals, after two years, what this conflict was all about. As the World Socialist Web Site has repeatedly insisted, dominant factions of the military-intelligence apparatus, whose demands have been channeled by the Democratic Party and the media, will not accept any retreat from an intensification of the conflict with Russia.


Thanks, Harvard. But We’ll Take What’s Ours.

Harvard is worried about capitalism. Not, mind you, because it’s struggling financially. Harvard gets a 10 percent return on its endowment every year. No, Harvard is worried because people increasingly don’t seem to like capitalism.Last week Nitin Nohria, the dean of Harvard Business School (HBS), shared his concerns with the Harvard Crimson. In the interview Nohria cited “erosion of faith in capitalism” and “underlying distrust in the United States’ economic framework” as a major concern for HBS.Widespread dissatisfaction with capitalism is no secret. An oft-cited Gallup poll shows less than half of people aged 18 to 29 had a positive view of capitalism in 2018. A recent Rand study entitled “Truth Decay” reports “widespread uncertainty and anxiety” throughout the United States. The fact that Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, is currently the Democratic Party’s frontrunner for the 2020 presidential election would also seem to confirm growing anticapitalist sentiment.



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