The SOAPBOX/Thursday August 28, 2014
Thousands Face Loss of Service as Water Shutoffs Resume in Detroit
By Thomas Gaist and Shannon Jones
28 August 2014
The city of Detroit, Michigan has once again begun shutting off residents from water service, following a “pause” that ended Monday evening. The shutoffs, aimed at denying a basic requirement of life to thousands of residents, are part of a broader restructuring of the city, which is currently under the control of an emergency manager and the bankruptcy courts.
The water department had announced that 420 households were scheduled to be cut off on Tuesday alone. The city has hired private contracts as part of a $5.6 million deal to implement the shutoffs. An estimated 45 percent of Detroit’s 175,000 water bills remained unpaid as of Tuesday.
NATO Steps Up Military Preparations Against Russia
By Kumaran Ira
28 August 2014 The US and European powers are stepping up their reckless military escalation against Russia, citing the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea as a pretext to deploy troops to new bases throughout Eastern Europe.
Ahead of next week’s NATO summit in Cardiff, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen bluntly accused Russia of destabilizing eastern Ukraine and all but threatened Russia with war. According to the Guardian, he indicated that the NATO summit would agree to “new deployments on Russia’s borders—a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.”
Victory Declared as Supermarket Standoff Ends with Worker-Friendly CEO's Return
Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014
by Common Dreams
byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer
"Never, in the history of people going to work, will so many people be so happy to punch the clock."
Bringing to a close a summer-long supermarket standoff, a deal was reached late Wednesday to sell the majority stake of family-owned, New England-based Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas for over $1.5 billion. The resolution was seen as a victory for employees and customers who had been engaged in an epic boycott of the grocery chain with stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
"Effective immediately, Arthur T. Demoulas is returning to Market Basket with day-to-day operational authority of the company," Market Basket shareholders said in a statement issued around 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday. "All Associates are welcome back to work with the former management team to restore the Company back to normal operations."
To Zombie Civil Rights Leaders: Don't Like Being Called Sellouts? Then Don't Sell Out
Black Agenda Report
by Bruce A. Dixon
An August 11 letter published by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson in the newsletter of MMTC, a notorious mouthpiece of corporate telecoms protests that this and other publications, and a growing number of activists have called our traditional civil rights organizations “shills” and “sellouts” for consistently backing the interests of their corporate funders over those of the public they supposedly represent. Is it incivility? Or is it the truth?
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson released what we at Black Agenda Report think was an important letter early this month. Reproduced in the newsletter of the Minority Media Telecommunications Commission, a notorious mouthpiece of Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and its other corporate funders, it starts out like this:
In Leaked Tape Mitch McConnell Admits the Koch Brothers are Running the Republican Party
By: Jason Easley
August, 27th, 2014
In a leaked audio tape of the Koch brothers top secret June 2014 retreat, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) not only admitted that the Republicans would be lost without the Kochs, and revealed who the real power is in the GOP.
Israel Lost the War in Gaza but the Struggle for Justice Goes On
The Electronic Intifada
by Ali Abunimah
There is one clear reason to celebrate the ceasefire deal Israel and the Palestinian resistance reached today: 51 days and nights of relentless Israeli massacres and destruction have come to an end in Gaza.
With reports that Israel has agreed to reopen Gaza’s borders, Hamas announced victory and Palestinians, especially in Gaza, are celebrating. Among many Israelis, meanwhile, there is a feeling of bitterness and defeat.
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U.S. Begins Selling "Syria Intervention" Using ISIS Pretext
By Tony Cartalucci
August 22, 2014
“Clearly, the answer, left for readers to arrive at on their own, is that these “successful” US airstrikes in Iraq must be carried over into Syria – where mission creep can do the rest, finally dislodging the Syrian government from power after an ongoing proxy war has failed to do so since 2011. After arming and aiding the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Iraq, the US will attempt to make a similar argument regarding the arming of terrorists in Syria and providing them direct US air support to defeat ISIS – and of course – Damascus.”
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