April 8 — Chicago is the third most populous U.S. city today, after New York and Los Angeles, and is viewed as the main financial hub of the Midwest. In 2016, Chicago, with its suburbs, was also considered the second most segregated city in the U.S., with whites constituting 32.6 percent of the population, Latinx people at 29.7 percent and Black people at 29.3 percent. (24/7 Wall St., Aug. 1, 2017) Most of the segregation takes place neighborhood-by-neighborhood. While Illinois in 2017 had the highest U.S. state unemployment rate for Black people at 11.3 percent, following the disappearance of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs, this unemployment reached a crisis level in Chicago. (tinyurl.com/yybw6u9o)The Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that more than 40 percent of 20-to-24-year-old Black youth and men in Chicago were out of work and out of school in 2018.And, according to the Chicago Tribune, the poverty rates for the South and West sides of the city, which are predominantly African American, hovered around a devastating 60 percent. (March 15, 2017) Meanwhile, the impact of police brutality on Chicago’s Black neighborhoods was brought home by the recent conviction of a white cop for the 16-shot murder of Black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. All these factors must be taken into account in considering the results of Chicago’s April 2 municipal elections. These results were both historic and illuminating.Chicago has been politically dominated by a deeply corrupt Democratic Party machine for many decades, first anchored by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, who held that office from 1955 until his death in 1976, and then by his son, Richard M. Daley, mayor from 1989 to 2011.In the recent Chicago municipal run-off elections, three left-wing candidates who ran openly as members of the Democratic Socialists of America, won City Council seats representing their wards. Two of them, Byron Sigcho-Lopez and Andre Vasquez, are Latinx, and the third, Jeannette Taylor, is Black. Another Latinx DSA candidate, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, has the potential to win her ward seat once the vote count is completed. Two other DSA candidates, Daniel La Spata and Carlos Rosa, had already won City Council elections during the first round of voting in February. These five — and perhaps six — members of DSA, the majority of them people of color, have just won the largest socialist electoral victory in modern U.S. history. In the belly of the imperialist beast, where just over 60 years ago the Cold War, anti-communist, McCarthyite era paralyzed the progressive movement, the unions and the masses, the horrific veil of red-baiting is finally being lifted. This shift has been underway since the anti-Wall Street Occupy Movement in 2011. Then Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign helped further popularize socialist ideas, despite Sanders’ limited “let’s reform capitalism” program.Another significant victory in Chicago was the election of Lori Lightfoot as the city’s first Black, openly lesbian mayor. Lightfoot, who is a former corporate lawyer and prosecutor, immediately called for reopening the acquittals of the three white police officers charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy and misconduct in Laquan McDonald’s death. Focus on class issues was decisiveThe program that appeared to resonate most with voters who favored the DSA candidates were bread-and-butter issues emerging from the global economic crisis. Some of these included growing gentrification and loss of housing, privatization of public services including schools, attacks on immigrant rights and police repression. The demand for rent control by the candidates was especially popular among voters. An electoral group, Reclaim Chicago, was instrumental in organizing door-to-door canvassing and mass phone banking to support two of the DSA members. Taylor, an education activist, participated in a 34-day hunger strike in 2015 to demand the reopening of Walter H. Dyett High School on the South Side, where she is from. The tradition of community activism runs deep in Chicago, carried forth today by the Chicago Teachers Union, which conducted a 2012 political strike in solidarity with oppressed communities to defend and fund public education. Chicago is also where the labor movement for the 8-hour day was spearheaded in 1886, led and won by immigrant workers mainly from Europe, and resulting in the birth of May Day as International Workers Day. Notwithstanding the recent victories of DSA candidates rooted in their communities, these members will be a minority on the 50-seat City Council. To what extent their political influence will be a factor or be compromised during their tenure remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the electoral victories reflect a growing trend of workers and oppressed who not only hate pro-Wall Street candidates, but are questioning the capitalist system those candidates stand on. As the global economic crisis deepens, the masses will come to understand and embrace that only revolutionary socialism, not a gentler, kinder capitalism, is the road to take in making their class interests — and their dreams — a reality. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is appalled by a Moscow court’s decision today to grant a request by the Federal Agency for the Supervision of Communications, Roskomnadzor, for the withdrawal of the news agency Rosbalt’s licence (see below).“This grave decision sets an extremely dangerous precedent for freedom of information in Russia and we urge the judicial system to overturn it on appeal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Rosbalt has fallen victim not only to a repressive law with disproportionate penalties but also to absurd and unfair judicial proceedings. It has been punished for content it did not produce on the basis of inadmissible evidence, and before any court examined its appeals against the warning previously issued in this matter.”Rosbalt’s CEO Larisa Afonina told Reporters Without Borders that the news agency would appeal against the closure order.“They won’t silence us,” she said. “We will fight, not just for ourselves but also for the sake of common sense (…). If they can act like this with a news agency that has been established for 12 years and has 20 million readers a month, what will happen to other media?“And you don’t even need to publish particularly critical articles to receive this kind of treatment. All you have to do is re-post content that others have posted online! (…) What happened today is evidence of the fact that freedom of expression is now under threat in Russia.”——————————————————————————————————31.10.2013 – National news agency threatened with closure over video swearwordsReporters Without Borders is very worried by the legal action that the Federal Agency for the Supervision of Communications, Roskomnadzor, has brought against Rosbalt, one of Russia’s most popular news agencies, seeking the withdrawal of its licence. A Moscow court will begin considering the request today.The lawsuit, which could have major implications for the media, is based on the fact that swearwords could be heard in two videos that Rosbalt posted on its website to illustrate articles. An April 2013 law amending article 4.1 of the media law and article 13.21 of the administrative offences code has banned use of “obscene language” in the media.“Closing a news outlet just for posting content that included swearwords would be absurd and disproportionate,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If it complies with Roskomnadzor’s request, the court will be silencing a nationally renowned news agency and will set a very dangerous precedent for freedom of information in Russia.“The consequences of the court’s decision cannot be underestimated. We urge the court to respect the principles of proportionality and impartiality and to reject this request. This case highlights the repressive potential of the many laws passed in recent months in the name of protecting children and social morals.“Journalists are already often prosecuted on poorly supported charges of extremism or defamation. Now they can also be prosecuted for blasphemy, ‘homosexual propaganda’ or simply the use of swearwords. The increase in such broad and vague charges applicable to the media is all the more disturbing when the courts often act in such a partial and non-transparent manner.”The two offending videos cited in the lawsuit were posted during the past summer. One, about the punk group Pussy Riot entitled “The girls have sung a new song” was posted on the Rosbalt site on 16 July. The other, entitled “Krasnodar guy,” shows a man with an axe being arrested.Rosbalt said it took both videos from YouTube. The swearwords are uttered by the protagonists of the videos, not the news agency’s staff. Rosbalt complied immediately when Roskomnadzor requested the removal of the videos on 27 July.The news agency was therefore amazed to learn at the start of October that Roskomnadzor had brought two complaints against it (one for each video) and was seeking nothing less than its closure.Although it is seeking the most extreme form of sanction, the evidence that Roskomnadzor has submitted, two CD-ROMs, is far from solid. One is damaged and unusable. The other contains two videos dating from 2 October, although Rosbalt removed the offending videos in July. Roskomnadzor apparently downloaded them from YouTube, where they are still available. The judges asked language experts to examine them.Rosbalt’s lawsuit has been widely criticized in both journalistic and political circles. Both opposition parliamentarians and parliamentary representatives of the ruling United Russia party have accused Roskomnadzor of acting in an arbitrary manner.The complaints have even been condemned by one of the authors of the law banning the use of swearwords in the media, Ilya Ponomarev, who said they “violate the spirit of the law” and were meant to send a warning to all the Russian media.Despite the shaky evidence and the political support the news agency has received, Rosbalt editor Nikolai Ulyanov was already given two fines of 10,000 roubles on 25 October as a result of the two complaints. to go further October 31, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court strips national news agency of its licence News Follow the news on Russia May 21, 2021 Find out more (Photo : Rosbalt) News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing News May 5, 2021 Find out more
The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will jointly honor former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III with the 2012 Great Negotiator Award on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.The Great Negotiator Award event will include discussions with Baker and faculty from the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project about the negotiation challenges he faced during his time as Secretary of State. The discussion is free and open to the public from 1:30 to 5 p.m.The Great Negotiator Award was created twelve years ago by the Program on Negotiation to recognize individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact. The Program on Negotiation is a network of faculty and scholars dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools. In 2011 and 2012, the Great Negotiator Award event has been co-sponsored by the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School, which aims to explore the importance of diplomacy in a globalized world. Read Full Story
Fully Committed View Comments Related Shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson will soon be returning to the Great White Way and he stopped by The Tonight Show on November 17 to chat about being a Belieber (really) and appearing in Becky Mode’s Fully Committed. “I don’t know why I’m doing this to myself, I’m playing 40 characters in this play,” the Modern Family fave confessed about the one-man comedy. “It’s a lot of work so I start rehearsing that this month.” Check out the videos, which includes a NASCAR race with Justin Bieber (yes, really) below and then plan to see the show, from April 2, 2016 at the Lyceum Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. AP The fate of his appeal was notimmediately clear. The app, HKmap.live, “facilitatesillegal behavior,” the People’s Daily said in a commentary. It warned thatApple might be damaging its reputation with Chinese consumers. Apple didn’timmediately respond to a request for comment. (AP) HONG KONG – Hundreds of masked protestersyelling “Revolution Now!” crammed the sidewalk in front of Hong Kong’s HighCourt and spilled onto the street in an impassioned show of support Wednesdayfor an activist appealing a six-year prison sentence for his part in a violentnightlong clash with police. As a prison service bus withmesh-covered windows drove Edward Leung away after the hearing, supporterspressed up against the vehicle, briefly blocking traffic, and held five fingersup in their air. That symbolizes the five demands of Hong Kong’s protestmovement for direct elections, amnesty for arrested demonstrators and otherwishes. China’s government has targeted an arrayof companies and the National Basketball Association for perceived support ofthe Hong Kong anti-government protests. Apple Inc. became the latest onWednesday when the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper criticized the techgiant for a smartphone app on its App Store that allows activists to reportpolice locations and use of tear gas.