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Congratulations to the Peruvian people for upholding democracy and overcoming neoliberal, capitalist interest by electing rural teacher and union leader Pedro Castillo! ✏️


#Peru #Election #Democracy #SouthAmerica


Learn more about how we can continue to support our neighbors in Latin America in the fight against neoliberalism and imperialism:
 

Congratulations to the Peruvian people for upholding democracy and overcoming neoliberal, capitalist interest by electing rural teacher and union leader Pedro Castillo! ✏️


#Peru #Election #Democracy #SouthAmerica


Learn more about how we can continue to support our neighbors in Latin America in the fight against neoliberalism and imperialism:
 
+++ Aufruf Anti-Gas-Camp, 18.-22. August +++

English below

Es klingt wie ein schlechter Witz: Die #Bundesregierung redet von #Klimaneutralität, gleichzeitig fördert sie den Bau von neuen Erdgaskraftwerken. Doch #Erdgas ist genau wie #Kohle ein fossiler #Klimakiller! Schlimmer noch: #Methan ist noch klimawirksamer als CO2 und verschärft die #Klimakrise massiv. Statt den Erdgasausbau mit Milliarden zu subventionieren, müssen wir jetzt aus der Erdgasnutzung aussteigen und die bestehende Gasinfrastruktur zurückbauen. Hierfür brauchen wir Euch!

Um bundesweit gegen den Erdgasausbau zu mobilisieren, gehen wir mit Euch an den Ort, an dem eines der größten Erdgaskraftwerke Deutschlands neu gebaut wird: Die Stadt #Herne im #Ruhrgebiet. In Herne soll ein neues Erdgaskraftwerk das Kohlekraftwerk ersetzen. Damit wird auf Jahrzehnte hinweg weiter fossiler Strom ins Netz und fossile Wärme in die Fernwärmetrasse eingespeist. Die Chance auf eine nachhaltige #Wärmewende zur Versorgung des Ruhrgebiets wird damit auf absehbare Zeit verspielt.

Vom 18.-22. August wollen wir deshalb hier unsere Zelte aufschlagen. Wir schaffen einen Ort der Vernetzung, des Austauschs und der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Erdgas. Dabei stehen wir für einen bewussten Umgang miteinander und mit der #Natur ein. Gleichzeitig wollen wir einen Ausgangspunkt für widerständige Praxis und Aktionen bieten. Lasst uns den Widerstand gegen Erdgaskraftwerke sichtbar machen! Lasst uns gemeinsam Teil einer globalen Anti-Gas Bewegung werden!

+++ Auf dem Camp ist uns ein achtsamer Umgang miteinander sowie ein Hygienekonzept wichtig, um das Camp zu einem möglichst sicheren Ort zu machen. +++

Wofür steht #GasExit?
GasExit tritt ein für einen sofortigen Erdgasausstieg, für ein Ende der fossilen Subventionen und eine nachhaltige und sozial gerechte Wärmewende. Fossile Energieträger müssen im Boden bleiben! Wir sind basisdemokratisch organisiert und Teil einer lebendigen und aktiven #Klimagerechtigkeits­bewegung, die die Kämpfe um #Ressourcenschutz, Klimagerechtigkeit, #Energiesouveränität und #Demokratie verbindet.

Teilt gerne diesen Aufruf!

Solidarische Grüße

GasExit

Und schon mal vormerken, zum Mitplanen und Einsteigen: das nächste Bündnistreffen findet vom 18.-20. Juni statt, Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen!

+++ Call Anti-Gas Camp, August 18-22 +++

It sounds like a bad joke: The German government talks about #climate neutrality and at the same time it promotes the construction of new fossil gas power plants. But natural #gas, just like #coal, is a fossil climate killer! Worse still, #methane has an even greater impact on the climate than #CO2 and is massively exacerbating the climate crisis. Instead of subsidizing the expansion of natural gas with billions of euros, we must now phase out the use of natural gas and dismantle the existing gas infrastructure. And we need your help!

In order to mobilize nationwide against natural gas expansion, we will go with you to the place where one of the largest natural gas power plants in #Germany is being built: The city of Herne in the Ruhr area. In Herne, a new natural gas power plant will to replace the coal-fired power plant. This means that fossil electricity will continue to be fed into the grid and fossil heat into the district heating network for decades to come. The opportunity for a change to provide the Ruhr region with sustainable heating will thus be squandered for the foreseeable future.

From August 18-22, we therefore want to set up our tents here. We will create a place for networking, exchange and discussion on the topic of natural gas. We stand up for a conscious interaction with each other and with #nature. At the same time, we want to offer a starting point for resistant practice and actions. Let us make the resistance against natural gas power plants visible! Let's become part of a global anti-gas movement together!

+++ At the camp, it is important to us to treat each other with respect and to have a hygiene concept in order to make the camp as safe a place as possible. +++

What does GasExit stand for?

GasExit stands for an immediate phase-out of natural gas, an end to fossil fuel subsidies and a sustainable and socially just heat transition. Fossil fuels must stay in the ground! We are grassroots organized and part of a vibrant and active climate justice movement that connects the struggles for resource conservation, climate justice, energy sovereignty and #democracy.

Feel free to share this call!

Solidarity greetings

GasExit

And note in advance, to plan and join in: the next alliance meeting will take place from June 18-20, you are cordially invited!
 
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While we are discussing whether Corona is a hoax and vaccination makes sense, the next #generation is drowning at the #EU's external #border.
#seawatch #humanRights #refugees #help #politics #democracy #europe #fail
 
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While we are discussing whether Corona is a hoax and vaccination makes sense, the next #generation is drowning at the #EU's external #border.
#seawatch #humanRights #refugees #help #politics #democracy #europe #fail
 
 
 
#TheGuardian #Poland #Democracy #Media #Europe #EU
 
This morning I quickly noted down a few points from the panel discussion on "#FreeSoftware development for the #PublicAdministration" including a few thoughts on a technological distribution of powers for a 21st century #democracy https://k7r.eu/panel-free-software-development-for-the-public-administration/ #PMPC
 
#TNR #Facebook #Australia #Democracy #Taxes
 

The Role of the U.S. Military in #World #Politics


Undeniably, the U.S. #military liberated #Europe from #fascism. Only because of this could very bad #war criminals be punished.

However, today, in contrast, one must ask how many tyrants have been brought to power by the U.S. military or can hold on to power because of it.




#question #usa #humanrights #terror #tyranny #democracy #freedom #moral #ethics #peace #conflict
 

The Role of the U.S. Military in #World #Politics


Undeniably, the U.S. #military liberated #Europe from #fascism. Only because of this could very bad #war criminals be punished.

However, today, in contrast, one must ask how many tyrants have been brought to power by the U.S. military or can hold on to power because of it.




#question #usa #humanrights #terror #tyranny #democracy #freedom #moral #ethics #peace #conflict
 

Wir lehnen diesen Schritt ab


Die Vorstände von vier Berliner Wohnungsgenossenschaften klagen gegen den #Mietendeckel, ohne ihre Genossenschaften vorher dazu zu befragen. Dies ist möglich, da es sich aus demokratischer Sicht nicht um echte Genossenschaften handelt. Es sind eben nur Genossenschaften der Rechtsform nach.
#Berlin #democracy
Stellungnahme zur Verfassungsklage von vier Berliner Wohnungsgenossenschaften gegen den Mietendeckel
 
Der neue Präsident wurde vereidigt.
Ich wünsche ihm eine guten Start und viel Erfolg. #democracy #Innauguration2021
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#TheGuardian #Policing #Security #Democracy #Fascism
 
TONIGHT at 8pm EST, join us for hack all and Commander where he will dissect and shit rant on the worst operating system to enter into production: American Democracy.

Watch on @Twitch, #dlive, @YouTube, @Facebook & @torproject: https://linktr.ee/defcon201

#uspol #whitehouse #proudboys #treason #resign #impeach #democracy @democracynow
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Caroline Schmüser and Onno Tasler from german online journalism project #Krautreporter are doing things different. Together with a group of readers they are looking for good news instead of bad news. Here is a sampling of 77 good news from this year (in german), which you probably didn't pay attention to. I freed it from the paywall for you, you could also do it by just subscribing.

It is about
  • moments of hope in #corona -crisis
  • where #environment is improved
  • the best means against hatred and populism
  • small steps in #climate protection, which together might have a great effect
  • enforcing #democracy and cooperation
  • the road as living room - how #traffic can be improved
  • lesser violence brings more peace
  • more equality means more freedom
  • here the poorest get help
This sampler is from amidst our community. Krautreporter is the first german magazine that works and investigates together with the members as often as possible. We are convinced that our journalistic work improves thereby.
 

"Real" representative democracy?


Re @dark vador from https://diasp.org/posts/303452

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For a long time I've been pondering about a slightly different kind of political system that could be seen as a democracy that is much more "representative":

Being a politician should not be a job for life. Motivated individuals from all classes of population can become representatives but no longer than, say, four years.

After that, they'll return to their previous job.

This way they'll be very committed to improve the situation for them and their likes. This will thus be much more representative of society's structure and prevent these temporary politicians from acting in the sole interest of corporations and higher classes.

(I'm all in for new internet-era ideas of direct democracy too, as the diverse Pirate Parties propose them, but obviously you'd still need politicians in place in order to moderate discussions, set up and structure voting processes and put things in motion.)

Thoughts?

#politics #politicalsystem #democracy #representativedemocracy
 
reshare from @freebird

Syria war photographer ‘wounded by police’ during Paris protest

#Paris #France #police #democracy #journalism #protest

traduction DeepL :

Un photographe de guerre syrien "blessé par la police" lors d'une manifestation à Paris


Selon le groupe de presse, le photojournaliste primé Ameer Alhalbi a fui la Syrie pour échapper à la violence

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Agence France-Presse, 29/11/2020.

Un groupe de défense de la liberté de la presse a dénoncé la blessure "inacceptable" d'un photojournaliste syrien primé lors d'une manifestation à Paris contre les brutalités policières.

Ameer Alhalbi, un photographe indépendant qui travaillait pour le magazine Polka et l'AFP, couvrait les manifestations contre les violences policières et la nouvelle loi du gouvernement limitant le partage des images des officiers pendant le week-end où il a été blessé.

Les photos montrent que le visage d'Alhalbi semble meurtri et qu'une grande partie de sa tête est couverte de bandages.

Christophe Deloire, secrétaire général de Reporters sans frontières, a tweeté que le jeune homme de 24 ans avait été blessé place de la Bastille par "un bâton de police" et a condamné les violences.

"Ameer est venu de Syrie en France pour se réfugier, comme plusieurs autres journalistes syriens. Le pays des droits de l'homme ne doit pas les menacer, mais les protéger", a-t-il déclaré dans un deuxième tweet.

M. Deloire a également noté qu'Alhalbi avait été clairement identifié comme un journaliste.

Dimitri Beck, directeur de la photographie de la Polka, a déclaré qu'Alhalbi avait eu le nez cassé et le front blessé, et qu'il avait été conduit à l'hôpital.

Alhalbi a remporté plusieurs prix internationaux, dont le deuxième prix dans la catégorie "spot news" pour le World Press Photo en 2017, principalement pour sa couverture du conflit syrien dans sa ville natale d'Alep pour l'AFP.

Des milliers de personnes à travers la France se sont rassemblées pour soutenir la liberté de la presse après que le film de la police battant un producteur de musique noire a attisé la colère contre un projet de loi qui est considéré comme limitant le droit des journalistes à faire des reportages sur les brutalités policières.

A Paris, les manifestants ont mis le feu au mobilier urbain et se sont heurtés à la police alors qu'ils tentaient de bloquer l'accès à certaines rues. À Lille, Rennes, Strasbourg et dans d'autres villes, des milliers d'autres personnes ont protesté contre le projet de loi.

Jean Castex, le Premier ministre, a annoncé qu'une commission indépendante examinera et réécrira l'article controversé du projet de loi.

Traduit avec www.DeepL.com/Translator (version gratuite)
 
reshare from @freebird

Syria war photographer ‘wounded by police’ during Paris protest

#Paris #France #police #democracy #journalism #protest

traduction DeepL :

Un photographe de guerre syrien "blessé par la police" lors d'une manifestation à Paris


Selon le groupe de presse, le photojournaliste primé Ameer Alhalbi a fui la Syrie pour échapper à la violence

Bild/Foto

Agence France-Presse, 29/11/2020.

Un groupe de défense de la liberté de la presse a dénoncé la blessure "inacceptable" d'un photojournaliste syrien primé lors d'une manifestation à Paris contre les brutalités policières.

Ameer Alhalbi, un photographe indépendant qui travaillait pour le magazine Polka et l'AFP, couvrait les manifestations contre les violences policières et la nouvelle loi du gouvernement limitant le partage des images des officiers pendant le week-end où il a été blessé.

Les photos montrent que le visage d'Alhalbi semble meurtri et qu'une grande partie de sa tête est couverte de bandages.

Christophe Deloire, secrétaire général de Reporters sans frontières, a tweeté que le jeune homme de 24 ans avait été blessé place de la Bastille par "un bâton de police" et a condamné les violences.

"Ameer est venu de Syrie en France pour se réfugier, comme plusieurs autres journalistes syriens. Le pays des droits de l'homme ne doit pas les menacer, mais les protéger", a-t-il déclaré dans un deuxième tweet.

M. Deloire a également noté qu'Alhalbi avait été clairement identifié comme un journaliste.

Dimitri Beck, directeur de la photographie de la Polka, a déclaré qu'Alhalbi avait eu le nez cassé et le front blessé, et qu'il avait été conduit à l'hôpital.

Alhalbi a remporté plusieurs prix internationaux, dont le deuxième prix dans la catégorie "spot news" pour le World Press Photo en 2017, principalement pour sa couverture du conflit syrien dans sa ville natale d'Alep pour l'AFP.

Des milliers de personnes à travers la France se sont rassemblées pour soutenir la liberté de la presse après que le film de la police battant un producteur de musique noire a attisé la colère contre un projet de loi qui est considéré comme limitant le droit des journalistes à faire des reportages sur les brutalités policières.

A Paris, les manifestants ont mis le feu au mobilier urbain et se sont heurtés à la police alors qu'ils tentaient de bloquer l'accès à certaines rues. À Lille, Rennes, Strasbourg et dans d'autres villes, des milliers d'autres personnes ont protesté contre le projet de loi.

Jean Castex, le Premier ministre, a annoncé qu'une commission indépendante examinera et réécrira l'article controversé du projet de loi.

Traduit avec www.DeepL.com/Translator (version gratuite)
 

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism – we are all just collateral damage


George Monbiot (The Guardian)

To one sort of capitalist, the insecurity and chaos that Brexit will bring is horrifying. To the other, it is highly profitable. (...)

Boris Johnson ignored the pleas of businesses and politicians across the UK – especially in Northern Ireland – to extend the Brexit transition process. Never mind the pandemic, never mind unemployment, poverty and insecurity – nothing must prevent our experiment in unassisted flight. We will leap from the white cliffs on 1 January, come what may. (...)

So it is worth repeating the big question: why are we doing this to ourselves? I believe the answer is that Brexit is the outcome of a civil war within capitalism.

Broadly speaking, there are two dominant forms of capitalist enterprise. The first could be described as housetrained capitalism. It seeks an accommodation with the administrative state, and benefits from stability, predictability and the regulations that exclude dirtier and rougher competitors. It can coexist with a tame and feeble form of democracy.

The second could be described as warlord capitalism. This sees all restraints on accumulation – including taxes, regulations and the public ownership of essential services – as illegitimate. Nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of profit-making. (...)

Brexit represents an astonishing opportunity for warlord capitalism. It is a chance not just to rip up specific rules, which it overtly aims to do, but also to tear down the uneasy truce between capitalism and democracy under which public protections in general are created and enforced. (...)

The chaos it is likely to cause will be used as its own justification: times are tough, so we must slash regulations and liberate business to make us rich again. (...)

Housetrained capitalists are horrified by Brexit. Not only does it dampen economic activity in general, but it threatens to destroy the market advantage for businesses that play by the rules. (...)

Johnson’s government is what warlord money buys. It could be seen as the perfect expression of the Pollution Paradox, a concept that I think is essential to understanding our politics. What this means is that the dirtier or more damaging an enterprise is, the more money it must spend on politics to ensure it’s not regulated out of existence. As a result, political funding comes to be dominated by the most harmful companies and oligarchs, which then wield the greatest political influence. They crowd out their more accommodating rivals. (...)

Understood in this light, Brexit is scarcely about the UK at all. Oligarchs who have shown great interest in the subject tend to have weak or incomplete ties to this country. (...)

The persistent trick of modern politics – that appears to fool us repeatedly – is to disguise economic and political interests as cultural movements. Throughout this saga, the media has reported the smokescreen, not the manoeuvres. (...)

Brexit, treading on the heels of the pandemic, is likely to harm the lives and freedoms of millions of people in the UK. But it’s not about us. We are just caught in the crossfire of capitalism’s civil war.

Full article

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Rupert Murdoch, pictured in Washington DC in 2013. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Tags: #capitalism #warlord capitalism #democracy #regulation #politics #brexit #campaign funding #media #news #journalism #journalist #culture wars #remain campaign #leave campaign
 

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism – we are all just collateral damage


George Monbiot (The Guardian)

To one sort of capitalist, the insecurity and chaos that Brexit will bring is horrifying. To the other, it is highly profitable. (...)

Boris Johnson ignored the pleas of businesses and politicians across the UK – especially in Northern Ireland – to extend the Brexit transition process. Never mind the pandemic, never mind unemployment, poverty and insecurity – nothing must prevent our experiment in unassisted flight. We will leap from the white cliffs on 1 January, come what may. (...)

So it is worth repeating the big question: why are we doing this to ourselves? I believe the answer is that Brexit is the outcome of a civil war within capitalism.

Broadly speaking, there are two dominant forms of capitalist enterprise. The first could be described as housetrained capitalism. It seeks an accommodation with the administrative state, and benefits from stability, predictability and the regulations that exclude dirtier and rougher competitors. It can coexist with a tame and feeble form of democracy.

The second could be described as warlord capitalism. This sees all restraints on accumulation – including taxes, regulations and the public ownership of essential services – as illegitimate. Nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of profit-making. (...)

Brexit represents an astonishing opportunity for warlord capitalism. It is a chance not just to rip up specific rules, which it overtly aims to do, but also to tear down the uneasy truce between capitalism and democracy under which public protections in general are created and enforced. (...)

The chaos it is likely to cause will be used as its own justification: times are tough, so we must slash regulations and liberate business to make us rich again. (...)

Housetrained capitalists are horrified by Brexit. Not only does it dampen economic activity in general, but it threatens to destroy the market advantage for businesses that play by the rules. (...)

Johnson’s government is what warlord money buys. It could be seen as the perfect expression of the Pollution Paradox, a concept that I think is essential to understanding our politics. What this means is that the dirtier or more damaging an enterprise is, the more money it must spend on politics to ensure it’s not regulated out of existence. As a result, political funding comes to be dominated by the most harmful companies and oligarchs, which then wield the greatest political influence. They crowd out their more accommodating rivals. (...)

Understood in this light, Brexit is scarcely about the UK at all. Oligarchs who have shown great interest in the subject tend to have weak or incomplete ties to this country. (...)

The persistent trick of modern politics – that appears to fool us repeatedly – is to disguise economic and political interests as cultural movements. Throughout this saga, the media has reported the smokescreen, not the manoeuvres. (...)

Brexit, treading on the heels of the pandemic, is likely to harm the lives and freedoms of millions of people in the UK. But it’s not about us. We are just caught in the crossfire of capitalism’s civil war.

Full article

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Rupert Murdoch, pictured in Washington DC in 2013. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Tags: #capitalism #warlord capitalism #democracy #regulation #politics #brexit #campaign funding #media #news #journalism #journalist #culture wars #remain campaign #leave campaign
 

Mass direct action might be the only way to stop Trump from stealing the election


https://wagingnonviolence.org/2020/08/mass-direct-action-might-be-the-only-way-to-stop-trump-from-stealing-the-election/
“Authoritarian rulers fear peaceful resistance above all else.”
#us #politics #election #democracy #activism #DirectAction
Mass direct action might be the only way to stop Trump from stealing the election
 

Mass direct action might be the only way to stop Trump from stealing the election


https://wagingnonviolence.org/2020/08/mass-direct-action-might-be-the-only-way-to-stop-trump-from-stealing-the-election/
“Authoritarian rulers fear peaceful resistance above all else.”
#us #politics #election #democracy #activism #DirectAction
Mass direct action might be the only way to stop Trump from stealing the election
 
This post on Michael Moore's facebook page is making the rounds. Has anyone else read it yet?

https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/posts/10157152082156857

#michaelmoore #facebook #post #election #plan #democracy

MY PLAN FOR HOW TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE AN ELECTION, TRUMP IS REMOVED, AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE GONE FOR GOODby Michael...

Gepostet von Michael Moore am Montag, 17. August 2020
 
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