Moody’s wary of JP Morgan loan

first_imgMonday 28 March 2011 8:49 pm Moody’s wary of JP Morgan loan THE proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T could harm banking giant JPMorgan Chase, credit ratings agency Moody’s warned yesterday.JPMorgan provided AT&T with a $20bn bridge loan to finance the T-Mobile deal, a move Moody’s said was a “credit negative.”Moody’s says the loan threatens JPMorgan’s corporate debt because it reveals the bank’s willingness to finance risky deals in order to be named an adviser on the acquisition. Moody’s added that the “tail risk” was that the loan cannot be sold and becomes non-performing.M&A: P11 KCS-content Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapplast_img read more

Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) 2017 Presentation

first_imgKenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke)  2017 presentation Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya operating domestic, regional and international flights to destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The company was founded in 1977 after the dissolution of East African Airways and was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 after which it was privatised. Kenya Airways is a public-private partnership where the largest shareholder is the government of Kenya (48.9%). Kenya Airways wholly-owns Jambojet, a low-cost carrier which was created in 2013; and African Cargo Handling Limited. Companies partly owned by Kenya Airways include Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited (51%) which handles perishable goods cargo; and Precision Air (41.23%) which is a Tanzanian carrier operation. Kenya Airways head office is in Nairobi, Kenya with its main operations based in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Updating Breaking News: 3rd Apopka Shooting in 8 days

first_imgUpdated at 10pm on Saturday, 3/26/2016: From The Joint Homicide Investigative TeamAt approximately 6am Saturday morning a shooting took place in the 1900 block of Blackbird Drive in Apopka.The details and cause of the shooting are still under investigation. Several people fled the scene of the shooting in a vehicle. During the initial response by The Apopka Police Department, it was believed that at least one person was struck by gunfire.A vehicle linked to the shooting on Blackbird Drive was later encountered disabled on the side of SR 429 near SR 50. Two of the three 3 subjects inside the vehicle had sustained gunshot wounds. Both wounded subjects were transported to the hospital.One of the subjects succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased while at the hospital. The second wounded subject from the vehicle has been treated and released.  Jasmine McAfee, 24, was shot and killed. Maurice Hunter, 23 sustained a gunshot wound, but was treated and released.The Apopka Voice will update this developing story when additional information becomes available.Photos from the scene on Blackbird Drive in the Meadows of Maud Helen subdivision: Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. March 31, 2016 at 12:21 am 2 COMMENTS Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Police DepartmentFlorida Highway PatrolJoint Homicide Investigative TeamOrange County Sheriff’s OfficeShooting Previous articleApopka Municipal Elections – Precinct ResultsNext articleDonna’s Deals: 5 Things You Can Make With Peeps Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Des Tenita Reidcenter_img Reply Original Article:The Apopka Police Department (APD) responded to a Shots Fired call on Blackbird Dr. in Apopka this morning, according to The Public Information Office of the APD.There was a second scene related to this call in the area of Exit 23 on SR 429 (The Winter Garden Exit) where two people were found shot, Orange County Fire Rescue said.  The Florida Highway Patrol, the APD and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident before turning it over to the The Joint Homicide Investigation Team.According to officers, both victims were hospitalized. One was brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center. This is the third shooting in Apopka in eight days.Police have not released the names of who was shot, whether there are any suspects, or the condition of the victims.Check back for updates to this developing story. Unfortunately, I believe crime is only going to get worse. It is not just in our city, but everywhere, and is escalating. As more people flood into our country, and flood into our cities, and economic factors don’t look promising, things will not improve. Drugs play a huge role in these crimes. So many of the youth of today, are caught up in the drug culture. Of course, not all of the crimes are drug related, but a large number of them are. I know where this subdivision is, off of Binion Road. We drove through there to see, when the Humane Society was digging out the gopher turtles to relocate them, before they built additional homes. It is a nice subdivision, with very attractive homes, Ryan Builders did a good job, at least, I think I remember it was Ryan Builders, who built them. Another young person dead, how tragic. There is way too many youths getting killed in senseless acts of violence. The problem is no one really knows what to do, and how to stop the violence. The Anatomy of Fear Reply March 27, 2016 at 6:34 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Updating Breaking News:Updated at 5:00 PM on Monday, 3/28/2016:Authorities have told The Apopka Voice that their investigation is continuing and they expect to release more information in the next few days.Maurice HunterJasmine McafeeIn the meanwhile The Apopka Voice has learned that the two subjects that suffered gunshot wounds in Saturday had been arrested together in North Carolina two years ago.According to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department the following incident happened in April 2014:“A victim on Dehavilland Drive called a prostitute to his house. The victim turned down her services when she did not look as described in the ad, but the suspect still demanded payment.When the victim attempted to get the suspect to leave, 3 males showed up and one of them hit him in the head with a piece of wood. Maurice Hunter and Jasmine McAfee we’re both arrested and charged with Armed Robbery.”MaAfee died of her gunshot wounds at ORMC on Saturday.  Hunter was treated and released from the hospital.The Apopka Voice will update this developing story when additional information becomes available. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here A life was taken away from not only her family and friends but her children. No matter what caused all of tgis to happen, a life is a life. Had this been a family member or friend of ours, we wouldn’t find or take the time to bash them or down them, we would defend them or be too hurt to even bother. This world gets so caught up in themselves and true indeed this is a free country and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but again a family is grieving and yes tomorrow is never promised but it always still hurts and catches us off guard when we lose a loved one. I didn’t know her personally but none of us are perfect, none of us know the truth to what happened except for those involved and nowadays stories always come in many versions to what truly happened on every end. No matter the race, no matter your religion, again a life was lost. Prayers going up for the family, the friends and the situation in general. Everyone keep your head up, this world doesn’t have to be the way we are making it turn out to be. Again, no one is perfect guilty or not, remember that.last_img read more

Super Rugby 2017 – Round 13 Highlights

first_imgFriday May 19, 2017 Super Rugby 2017 – Round 13 Highlights The Crusaders and Chiefs got round 13 of Super Rugby off to an exciting start with a unique fixture played in Suva, Fiji. The Crusaders won the match, extending their winning streak to 12 matches, despite it being a close game. Highlights below, with more as the weekend progresses. *ALL HIGHLIGHTS NOW UP TO DATE BELOWWARATAHS vs MELBOURNE REBELSThe Waratahs moved up to second spot in the Australian Conference after they beat the Rebels 50-23 at Allianz Stadium.SOUTHERN KINGS vs BRUMBIESThe Brumbies were made to work hard to secure a 19-10 win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth and the first victory by an Australian side in South Africa this year.LIONS vs BULLSThe Lions made a statement of intent when they beat the Bulls 51-14 in their South African derby at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.SUNWOLVES vs SHARKS The Sharks bounced back from last week’s shock defeat to the Kings with a 38-17 win over the Sunwolves in Singapore in round 13 – thanks to three tries in the last 10 minutes.FORCE vs HIGHLANDERSThe Highlanders recorded the biggest ever win in their Super Rugby history with 55-6 victory over the Force in Perth.HURRICANES vs CHEETAHSHat-trick hero Vince Aso broke Tana Umaga’s try-scoring record as the Hurricanes claimed a 61-7 victory over the Cheetahs in Wellington.STORMERS vs BLUESThe Stormers ended their four-match winless run when they claimed a hard-fought 30-22 victory over the Blues in Cape Town on Friday.CHIEFS vs CRUSADERSDespite being outscored four tries to three the Crusaders made it 12 wins in a row with a hard fought 31-24 victory over the Chiefs at ANZ National Stadium in Suva, Fiji.credit: sanzaarADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Yellow House / Alejandro Soffia

first_imgPhotographs:  Juan Durán Sierralta, Mathias JacobsCollaborators:Francesco Borghi, Sebastian Worm, Gerardo BambachStructural Engineer:Jorge AcuñaSchemes:Alejandro Soffia, Francesco Borghi, Sebastian Worm,Matias Miranda, Martí CampabadalModel:Alejandro SoffiaConstructive System:Paneles SIPBudget:UF 29/ m2City:PucónCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mathias JacobsRecommended ProductsDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. Human population is increasing by almost 2% a year. The need for shelter to develop our daily activities ends in a built environment. This must give good living conditions, like comfortable space, natural light, acoustics, etc. But the built environment also starts a dialogue with the preceding one, the natural environment, which must be sustainable. Save this picture!© Juan Durán SierraltaSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Mathias JacobsSo in my point of view, Architecture faces two main human challenges. First, decreasing its impact over nature’s equilibrium, and second, building many square meters of good quality for an actual and coming population. I am right now as an Architect, in this second challenge, trying to develop prefab systems with good (true/beauty) design.Save this picture!© Juan Durán SierraltaThat’s why I selected Prefabrication as a strategy for building my projects, but also during the design process too. The hypothesis is, that if you create a prefabricated system which has a good architectural design, then you can reproduce this quality as much as you need it, within the laws of short/long production series. And if in the serial industrial production of buildings you get bored, you can also customize form and function through the system. More benefits when you fasten the building process and have more control over quality and cost.Save this picture!© Mathias JacobsSave this picture!Perspective SectionSave this picture!© Juan Durán SierraltaYellow is the third name of this house. First, it was Silvered House, because of the color of the surrounding trees by winter. Then it was Desafasada1 House name, that’s related to the planes of the volumetrical composition of the project. But when the house got to yellow, on the decision about external covering, the color was too powerful to conquer the final name of the house.Save this picture!Panels Axonometry 1In this project, the prefabricated system is not only used in the construction aspect of the house, but also in the way the house is designed. So at the beginning, I choose a slab panel, as the dimensional unit in the plan. This panel can be 122 x 244 cm (4×8 feet), 122 x 366 cm or 122 x 488 cm. Save this picture!© Mathias JacobsThen I transform that slabs to a volume by adding modular walls (244 cm tall) and roof. The result I’ve called it spatial module that is a space defined by two walls and two slabs. Afterward, I adjust room dimension needs, to what’s similar in SlP spatial modules, so the multiplication of these modules creates each room or programmatic modules. At the end of the conceptual design, I order all the programmatic modules by some layout, and there’s a resulting space and form.Save this picture!© Juan Durán SierraltaProject gallerySee allShow lessThis Illustrated Comic of Mies van der Rohe Features Text by Norman FosterArchitecture NewsShenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture – “Eyes of the City” Exhibit…Call for Submissions Share Photographs 2019 Chile ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914059/yellow-house-alejandro-soffia Clipboard ArchDaily Yellow House / Alejandro Soffia Yellow House / Alejandro SoffiaSave this projectSaveYellow House / Alejandro Soffia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914059/yellow-house-alejandro-soffia Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Alejandro Soffia Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Save this picture!© Juan Durán Sierralta+ 40Curated by Clara Ott Share Houses CopyHouses•Pucón, Chile Projects Area:  100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeAlejandro SoffiaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPucónChilePublished on April 01, 2019Cite: “Yellow House / Alejandro Soffia” [Yellow House / Alejandro Soffia] 01 Apr 2019. 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St Dunstan’s appeal reaches £1 million

first_img Howard Lake | 24 March 2004 | News St. Dunstan’s, the charity for blind ex-servicemen and women, has raised over £1 million in a single appeal for the first time.The charity’s Christmas appeal’s target was £789,550, so it has surpassed it by almost 30% and still has six weeks left to run. The response rate amongst St. Dunstan’s active donors currently stands at 45%.The appeal to the warm donor base is the first launched by St. Dunstan’s Head of Marketing, Rosemary Cottrell, along with their newly appointed agency, Cascaid. Advertisement  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img St Dunstan’s appeal reaches £1 million Alan Clayton, MD of the Cascaid Group and creative lead on the appeal explained the reasons for the success. “We used a motives-based analysis of previous donor behaviour”, he said, “to create a proposition and appeal which was driven by the different needs of different segments of donors. For many, this meant returning to the key messages they responded to at point of acquisition. This obviously worked – even the lapsed segment responded at 12%.“For other segments, the messages reflected a close link with the services and a very close relationship with St Dunstan’s itself. A very personal appeal from the President of St. Dunstan’s (himself a blind ex-Serviceman) has performed particularly well to the High Value Donor segment.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Mass movement marches against Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgOver 10,000 people marched on March 11 in the city of Burnaby, near Vancouver, B.C., Canada, opposing the $7.3 billion Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. First Nations, whose people would be most directly affected by this massive pipeline carrying bitumen oil from Alberta tar sands, led the rally. This is the largest fightback since the First Nations movement fought the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, N.D.The inlet at Burnaby is where the 700-mile pipeline will come to the shore and the oil will be loaded on tankers. Rueben George and other Native activists and elders from across Canada spoke at the rally. George represents the local Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, which is directly in the path of the pipeline.Rally speakers protested Kinder Morgan’s invasion of their community. They also spoke against oil spills, species extinction and global warming.Indigenous women have launched the Tiny House Warrior movement, with plans to build houses in the path of the pipeline. The rally was held in a clearing next to where the finished pipeline would come through, which is on unceded First Nations land.Throughout the day, volunteers worked on an 18-by-21-foot “Watch House” directly in the pipeline’s path, only a short distance from the rally.The Kinder Morgan pipeline will increase an old, smaller pipeline’s capacity from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000. It will increase traffic in the Salish Sea from five to 34 tankers a month. It is inevitable that an oil tanker accident will occur, and overwhelm and destroy the ecology of the Salish Sea. That body of water includes the straits of British Columbia, between Vancouver city and Vancouver Island, and the Puget Sound in Washington state.The Justin Trudeau federal government is promoting the pipeline, but the provincial and local governments oppose it.The Protect the Inlet campaign includes First Nations on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border, along with many community and environmental groups, with thousands of people pledged to commit civil disobedience to stop the pipeline.The struggle has intensified since the March 11 rally. Kinder Morgan gained a court injunction to prevent demonstrators from coming near the Kinder Morgan terminal. On March 17, 28 demonstrators were arrested.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pandemic has hastened capitalism’s end stage; the rest is up to us! – an analysis

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Last week workers celebrated International Workers’ Day 2020. There has been no other time in our lives when the message of May Day — global workers’ solidarity in the struggle against capitalism — has been more urgent. We have entered a decisive period.The scope of the world class struggle heading toward us will require more than solidarity from the working-class movement. It will require a level of coordination among organizations and movements around the world in the struggle against capitalism that didn’t even exist in the early years of the Third International under the leadership of V.I. Lenin. Conditions and technology have made what was not possible, possible. But first, those of us in the United States,  the center of world imperialism, have our work cut out for us.The world capitalist economy, led by the U.S., is tumbling very quickly into a depression. It is likely to be more severe than any previous depression in the history of capitalism, because what is occurring now is the implosion of a system at its end stage. As staggering as the COVID-19 pandemic is on its own, in truth it has catalyzed a colossal world capitalist crisis that has been in the making for a long time. After being revived 75 years ago by World War II, U.S capitalism has for the last half century been sliding into its end stage. Globalization and the development of generations of technology, combined with a relentless assault on the living standards of the working class, have failed to stop the system’s decline.Capitalism has never recovered from the 2008 crash of the financial markets. Since then, financial markets have been on life support because central banks have pumped trillions of dollars into them.  When U.S stocks nearly collapsed two months ago, the Federal Reserve did something extraordinary. Within a matter of days, it funneled about $5 trillion into U.S. financial markets —  about one-quarter of the U.S. annual gross domestic product. Wall Street is now on what amounts to a financial respirator. Before the pandemic, the global economy had been stagnant in the U.S. and contracting elsewhere. Now, everywhere the economy is contracting at a rate faster than during the Great Depression.Those of us who have been anxiously awaiting the collapse of capitalism should restrain any inclination to rejoice. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the capitalist economy have unleashed a living hell on the workers and oppressed everywhere.  Workers are dying from the pandemic, and they are losing their jobs at the same time. The rate of suicides is growing — and will continue to grow in direct correlation to the rising rate of joblessness, evictions, hunger, in addition to more sickness and death.The real number of workers who have just lost their jobs in the U.S. is not 30 million, but closer to 50 million, when all the workers who do not qualify for unemployment benefits are added in — like many migrant workers, gig workers and the large number of laid-off workers who could not access their state unemployment websites because they were either too busy or had crashed. That means that almost one-third of the U.S. workforce has just become jobless.The capitalists’ need to force workers — those who still have a job — back to work could make it impossible to contain the pandemic because opening the economy is what is helping the stock market recover.When the pandemic is no longer the main problem, most of the jobs that have been lost will not come back. One of the things that fuels a capitalist depression is that the system depends on workers to purchase goods and services. Depression-level unemployment means that workers will not be able to buy the things that capitalist overproduction must dump on the market to sell.Naturally, it will be Black and Brown workers — those who struggle to survive under normal conditions — who will suffer the most. We should prepare ourselves for the unimaginable devastation that the pandemic and economic crisis are going to wreak on the peoples of the global South. But workers who live in the major imperialist countries, those who used to think of themselves as doing well, especially before the 2008 recession, will also be hit very hard by this storm.Everyone, except the rich, will demand the end of capitalismThis is the moment of reckoning. To any rational mind, it is utterly incomprehensible that in the richest country in the world, which has the benefit of the highest level of scientific and technological development in history — and virtually inexhaustible resources — is somehow incapable of protecting society from a deadly pandemic. It’s not just Trump’s incompetence. Presidents and politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties faithfully supported the measures that eviscerated the quality of health care available to the workers and the poor.It is for this reason that there were not enough hospital beds, protective equipment, respirators and health care workers to respond to the pandemic. The measures that rendered hospitals completely unprepared to protect the people were the consequence of an austerity campaign that capitalists embarked on in the hopes that it would rescue their floundering system. Whether or not capitalists are evil is beside the point.The fundamental problem is that capitalists cannot do what’s best for society because it’s not in their interest to do so. Their interests are in accumulating all the wealth they can, maximizing profits, exploiting labor and maintaining their power over society. If the interests of the people were primary, workers would be able to stay at home safely without any fear of losing their jobs, if that is what is necessary to stop a pandemic.It is not the economy that needs to be shut down — it’s capitalism. Capitalism cannot protect us from pandemics, or from climate change, or from all the dangers that we face. Because of this world-changing crisis, more people are going to realize that capitalism is incompatible with the immediate needs of society — and that its continuation is an existential threat to all life on the planet. Until we end capitalism, we will all be at the mercy of a small — and  shrinking — class of super-rich parasites.From now on, system change must be the goal of the working classWe have reached the point where it is no longer helpful to merely expose capitalism, or not to have a goal beyond reforming it. It cannot be reformed.  It has to go. Even if capitalism falls apart and is unable to recover for a long period of time, and if it is not ended, given enough time, capitalism will reconstitute itself.  Supporting the struggle for the immediate needs of the workers is absolutely essential. There is no chance for a struggle for power without a struggle for the basic needs of the masses of people.The fight for socialism must not be seen as separate from the struggle for everyone’s right to a job or income, universal health care, an increase in the minimum wage, stopping evictions — and most importantly, the right and need for the working class to organize itself like never before.Marx and Engels offered a revolutionary perspective regarding this in the “Communist Manifesto”: “Now and then the workers are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lie not in the immediate results, but in the ever expanding union of workers.”How to effectively combine the struggle to end capitalism and establish socialism with the day-to-day struggles of the workers will become the central challenge for all revolutionary forces. Rising to this challenge will require drawing lessons from history and determining how past lessons are applicable to today’s conditions. This will not be easy. It will be a process involving mistakes and setbacks, as well as victories.But we have no other choice than to embark on the road that leads ultimately to revolution. Capitalism will not just go away.  It must be ended. We cannot predict with certainty the precise moment when a real revolutionary situation will be at hand in the U.S. That will depend on many things, including the readiness of the working class, the only class big and powerful enough to end capitalism. But we can say that today’s events are opening roads to the revolution that did not exist just a short time ago.Dialectical materialism and revolutionMuch of the discussions online regarding the best road to socialism in the wake of the new popularity of socialism, which has spurred the growth of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Bernie Sanders campaign, tend to have one important flaw. The discussions generally seem to assume that because conditions unfavorable to the radicalization of the working class have endured for a long time, they are static and forever unchangeable. As such, the conclusions are that the period of Leninism and revolution are long gone and that the working class in the U.S. will never see any route to change other than capitalist elections, as they are tied to the traditions, institutions and influence of the U.S. bourgeoisie.The problem with this thinking is that it leaves out an essential element without which all change — especially revolution — would be unthinkable. That element is dialectical materialism. Material conditions, which are constantly changing, ultimately compel social change, regardless of how long that change takes or whether or not we see it coming. The working class can be politically dormant for many decades, and then drastic changes in material conditions can propel workers to a new level of political consciousness, even revolutionary consciousness, within a relatively short period of time.At this very moment, material conditions are in the process of creating the political conditions for revolutionary change.  We must not minimize what is at stake here! If the forces which believe that reform and only reform is possible are the only forces influencing the working class, it will be impossible for the working class to break free of the ruling class and its political parties. That, in turn, will undermine the independence and revolutionary potential of the working class and will help capitalism survive a near-death experience.The last time the possibility of revolution was a real threat to the U.S. ruling class was at the height of the working class’ rebellious strength in the 1930s. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wisely pressured the U.S. bourgeoisie to acquiesce to New Deal concessions to the working class because he was worried about the prospects of a replay of the Russian Revolution at home. Those were important concessions. But they also helped U.S. imperialism survive the Great Depression, enabling it to become the undisputed leader of the capitalist world through the second world war.Marxists have been accused of prematurely predicting the end of capitalism since the first edition of the “Communist Manifesto” was published in 1848 in London. Suffice it to say, no prediction is valid until it is affirmed by events. However, eventually crying wolf will not be just another false alarm. We must take the possibilities seriously. For one thing, the U.S. ruling class does not look as invincible as it used to.If one looks behind the curtain of the all powerful Oz, one finds a ruling class that has never been more unsure of itself.  Most members of the ruling class love Trump because he’s been willing to do everything possible to make them richer, not later, but right now.Still, the mere fact that an embarrassingly unstable and incompetent demagogue and charlatan is the leader of U.S. imperialism speaks volumes about the state of the U.S. ruling class. In reality, the most powerful imperialist ruling class in history is now very weak and demoralized and has little political credibility. Moreover, its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is going to weaken it even further. At the moment of the greatest world crisis ever, the choice for the next president is between Trump and Joe Biden, a profoundly uncompelling politician, who, like Trump, is also a sexual assailant.Of course, U.S. imperialism is still very dangerous, maybe even more dangerous now because it is fighting for its life.  U.S. imperialism still has the largest economy among the imperialist countries, the most nuclear weapons, and the largest, most technologically lethal military. With an economic depression dragging down his reelection prospects, Trump might try something radical and violent to divert the crisis elsewhere.What will the ruling class do? What will the working class do? No one can say for certain how the economic and political crises that are gaining momentum will unfold. The ruling class has been forced, at least for the moment, to put aside the austerity playbook which has governed its decisions for several decades. The government has acted more drastically and much faster than in any previous crisis and has pumped trillions of dollars into the economy.  It’s true that most of those funds have gone to the big corporations.Most of the people who need the little relief money that is supposed to go to workers have either not received it yet or are not eligible for it. Still, the government has never even pretended to provide emergency relief funds on this scale before. And they’ve never done anything like this in such a short time without a big mass struggle forcing them to do it.That the capitalists have done this is a sign of how drastic and unusual this crisis is.  Some of the big capitalists are complaining that the government is undermining capitalism and is adding trillions of dollars to the debt that will break their system. What will the ruling class do when the stunning scope of joblessness becomes undeniable and irreversible? If the forces in the ruling class can manage to reach agreement among themselves to continue providing historically massive amounts of emergency support to the economy indefinitely, perhaps they will be able to forestall a social rebellion, as they try to find some way out of the crisis. That scenario seems unlikely.It is more likely that the capitalists and their politicians will not agree to keep spending. The capitalist economy could slide into a free fall. The political apparatus of the system at the national level and at every level below that could become paralyzed and start to fall apart. The police, upon whom the system relies as its first line of defense against the workers, may become demoralized and ineffective. Members of the military could split on a class basis.Imagine under these circumstances if the working-class movement was growing and emboldened, highly organized and prepared for a struggle for power.  This scenario sounds too good to be true. What actually unfolds will be much more complex and protracted than this. However, we will never make a revolution unless we are able to imagine the possibility of one.A new fascist danger? Nothing illustrates the dangers for the working-class movement more than the threats of war and fascism. The imperialist powers utilized both of these weapons to divert the capitalist crisis of the 1930s.  A catastrophic economic collapse, a weakened ruling class and a large section of the petty bourgeoisie losing their  businesses are the classical conditions that could push a section of the ruling class to turn to fascism in order to save their system. Trump has helped pave the way for such a contingency.We have to take this danger extremely seriously. However, it’s not inevitable that a fascist movement will become strong enough to take over the government and the state apparatus. The decisive factor will not be any particular election or whether Democratic Party leaders hold more elected offices than the Republicans. The main goal of billionaires funding a fascist movement at a time of dire crisis is to crush the working-class movement. However, ultimately it will not only be the size and level of organization of the working-class movement, but the sense of its own strength and power, as well as its revolutionary orientation, that will determine which force crushes the other.Mass organization of the working class: an absolute political necessityIn spite of everything that the working class is being subjected to, it is rising up and fighting back. When conditions are once again safe for the workers to take to the streets en masse — and we cannot know when that will be — the mass anger and mass rebellion are likely to be something that we’ve never seen before. Even under extremely difficult conditions, workers at jobs where they don’t have the benefit of belonging to a labor union, like Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target and elsewhere, organized walkouts and strikes on May Day to demand safe working conditions and paid sick leave.From health care workers to migrant farmworkers, to grocery store workers and prisoners, workers everywhere are fighting for the very right to stay alive. Progressive and revolutionary forces need to support these workers.  That support must be shown in more than words.  It must be shown in concrete acts of solidarity. The millions of jobless workers are going to forge into a movement. We must help these workers with their organizational needs — and in every other way that’s helpful and possible.Many labor unions are losing members. That means they will be losing resources, which is going to make surviving more difficult. On the other hand, the biggest and most militant period of worker organizing may be opening up now. And it will be rank-and-file organizing from the bottom up and not from the top down.  The mass organization of the working class will include all workers, including incarcerated workers, migrant workers, the undocumented, the unemployed, gig workers, sex workers, street vendors, independent contractors, and every other worker the system wants to marginalize.  This includes plant workers, office workers, low-wage workers and city, state and federal workers.The organization of the working class is more than a strategy.  It is an absolute political necessity — without which we cannot maximize class solidarity and prevail in the widening class struggle. The labor unions that are ready to be helpful in this task will make the biggest difference. But if such labor unions are not involved, we cannot allow that to hold worker organizing back.It will be up to workers, with all the help and solidarity we can provide, to form workers’ assemblies or workers’ councils at every level, from the workplace to the city and region. The advantage of workers’ assemblies is that they are open to all workers and unemployed people regardless of circumstances. They should be open to students and youth, retirees and anyone else who can help. If they are open, it will make the workers’ movement potentially enormous, inclusive and not held back by ties to the Democratic Party or any narrow, limiting ideas and conceptions that are unfortunately all too common among the organized labor movement’s current leadership.Also, while workplace, industry and geography remain central to organizing workers, changes and new conditions make the necessity of organizing workers beyond their workplace, and despite other circumstances, both possible and necessary. As many struggles develop into bigger struggles — and then political struggles and later into struggles for power — minimizing everything that creates barriers and boundaries in the organization of the working class will be a strategic necessity. Let’s get ready for what lies ahead!For those activists who are demoralized by the end of the Bernie Sanders campaign and are burned out after devoting so much energy to difficult struggles that did not turn out well — those who believed that a better world is possible, but have lately questioned that belief, or who are traumatized and feeling powerless by what has happened in recent months or even before — take heed.The difference between the world of a few months ago and the world today is incalculable. Everything has changed. All that many of us feel now is suffering, fear and uncertainty. But out of such birth pangs, revolutions are born.Whether capitalism can be ended sooner rather than later does not depend on the will of revolutionaries alone. Other conditions beyond our control must also be present. However, our will and readiness could become decisive. If we are not willing and ready, are we then willing to push the task of ending capitalism onto another generation and allow the system to continue to torture and endanger the planet and all life on it?Let’s all work to restore ourselves and restore each other so that we might be able to make history. The workers and oppressed peoples of this planet need dedicated revolutionaries who are willing to sacrifice everything in order to pave the way for a new world free of all oppression. They do not need revolutionaries to substitute themselves for the masses. They need everyone to give to the struggle whatever they can give, and they need those who are able to make the struggle their life’s work do so.Holmes is First Secretary of Workers World Party.last_img read more

Islamic Republic urged to heed UN rapporteur’s findings

first_img February 3, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamic Republic urged to heed UN rapporteur’s findings Follow the news on Iran News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Reporters Without Borders today hailed the report issued on 12 January by the UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, Ambeyi Ligabo, following his 4-10 November visit to Iran, and it urged the Iranian authorities to implement the report’s recommendations.”The observations and conclusions of this official UN document confirm the dramatic situation for press freedom in Iran, which Reporters Without Borders has been condemning for years,” the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, said.”The Iranian authorities accepted the principle of this visit, so we call on them now to implement the conclusions and proposals made by the special rapporteur for a rapid reform of the press code and criminal code and an improvement in the judicial practices which currently allow widespread abuses in the trials of prisoners of opinion,” Ménard said.”Like the special rapporteur, we expect the release of all the journalists who have been imprisoned just for doing their job. We also hope that Zahra Kazemi’s murderers will not benefit from any impunity and that her body will be repatriated at once to Canada, as her son wishes,” Ménard added.Ligabo found a decline in respect for freedom of expression in Iran, with increasing numbers of newspapers being closed and journalists being imprisoned, often beyond what is legally allowed for provisional detention. The systematic repression of all critical opinion as regards political and religious institutions has ushered in a climate of fear and encouraged self-censorship.The special rapporteur also noted the arbitrary procedures being followed by judicial institutions, in violation of the most elementary rights of defendants, who are tried behind closed doors without a lawyer present. He saw very harsh prison conditions, with long periods of solitary confinement that are tantamount to torture.Ligabo urged the Islamic Republic to revise its judicial procedures and make them conform to international standards, and to adopt a human rights charter. He said the revolutionary courts should no longer have authority over crimes of opinion and he called on the authorities to end prison sentences for crimes of opinion and press offences.Ligabo was the second rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights to make an official visit to Iran. Louis Joinet, the chairman of the working group on arbitrary detention visited Iran from 15 to 27 February 2003, but his recommendations had no effect.Both rapporteurs expressed the same expectations as regard press freedom and respect for human rights in Iran.Reporters Without Borders hopes that the changes recommended by Joinet and Ligabo will be implemented with monitoring by international bodies, in particular, by human rights organisations and the European Union, which has been conducting a constructive dialogue with the Iranian regime on human rights issues since 1998. News June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa June 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today hailed the report issued on 12 January by the UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, Ambeyi Ligabo, following his 4-10 November visit to Iran, and it urged the Iranian authorities to implement the report’s recommendations. Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Prime Parade Viewing in Comfort, at Hotel Constance

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Uncategorized Prime Parade Viewing in Comfort, at Hotel Constance From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 4:34 pm Hotel Constance is the only hotel on the Rose Parade route and they are offering a special parade viewing experience for guests. They reserve a block of seats on Colorado Boulevard by Mentor Avenue and provide about 100 guests with the opportunity to see the parade up close.“Float are built to face south so [from the hotel] you have the same view that the judges get,” said Frank Girardot, a spokesman for the hotel.Perry’s restaurant will serve a special breakfast menu.Be sure to look out for the Singpoli/BDK float which tells the story of the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. BDK Capital is a global investment firm and an affiliate of Singpoli Group. The float includes Sun Wukong’s magical flaming staff and a real waterfall which hides the Monkey Kingdom.Perry’s will be open to the public, stop in for a hot chocolate or something a little stronger to keep you warm as you wait for the parade to pass.Visit http://www.dusit.com/dusitd2/pasadena/ for more information or stop at Hotel Constance at 928 East Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more