Black Agenda Report for January 15, 2014: Moral Monday Branding / Obama-Paul Scam Zones / COINTELPRO Busted

15 January 2014 — Black Agenda Report

Moral Monday A Branding Exercise Blaming Republicans for Stuff Democrats Helped Them Do

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Is Moral Monday “sweeping the nation”? Is it the beginning of a new movement, or the revival of an old one? Or is it a sad, cynical and partisan attempt at renewing the brand of the black political class as fighters for justice and representatives of the oppressed? Continue reading

The West Virginia chemical disaster By Andre Damon

15 January 2014 — WSWS

The release of a toxic coal-treatment chemical into the drinking water of nine counties in West Virginia, shutting off water supplies for over three hundred thousand people for five days, is the latest in a string of industrial disasters resulting from the systematic gutting of corporate regulations in the United States.

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As Obama Rejects NSA Changes – Need For A New Internet Arises

15 January 2014 — Moon of Alabama

The still ongoing revelations about aggressive NSA spying on the world have led to hopes that some restrictions would be introduced to it. But that is not going to happen. All President Obama is going to do about it is holding a nice speech that promises to mostly kick the can over to Congress where any reform is bound to die. The NYT previews that speech under the somewhat misleading headline: Obama to Place Some Restraints on Surveillance: Continue reading

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 14 January 2014: Her Heart has Already Burned

14 January 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Qatar To Grant Work Visas To 20,000 Palestinians
IMEMC – Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani has given orders to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians, the Palestinian ambassador to Qatar told Ma’an News Agency, on Monday. …
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Parties, Causes and Political Power By Ben Little

15 January 2014 — Soundings

By the time the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was published in summer 2013 it had become little more than a brutal attempt to shut down civil society influence on electoral politics. Any work in the public domain that could be seen to address matters of public policy would be covered by far stricter rules than previously; but corporate lobbying would be virtually untouched. Continue reading

Lenin’s State and Revolution Today By Thomas Riggins

15 January 2014 — Dissident Voice

“The Preface”

It’s been 97 years since Lenin first wrote what has since become a “classic” of Marxism — The State and Revolution: The Marxist Theory of the State and the Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution, hereafter referred to as SR. I propose to discuss the significance of this work for today (the beginning of the 21st Century) and so will not spend a lot of time discussing its relevance to the world of 97 years ago.