The Weekly Watch
Summer's Striking End
Let's see...drone strikes, climate strikes, and autoworkers strike...three strikes and summer is out! But is the game lost? Well it ain't over till it's over. Tomorrow morning at 2:50 AM Central, the sun will shine directly on the equator and summer will be over and fall will begin. The weather here seems anything but fall like. It's been hot and dry for weeks now. We are watering the fall veggies. Tomorrow they are attempting to shut down DC, and next Friday another massive global climate strike. Millions participated in the global climate strike last Friday. The UAW strike is the largest US strike in over a decade. Do these actions give you hope?
Let's start with the bad news... the drone strike
Peter Salisbury, the International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Yemen and Medea Benjamin discuss the attack (video or text)
This was a contentious session with a Saudi, Iranian, and a journalist on Cross Talk. The journalist and Iranian were trying to tell the Saudi that ceasing their war in Yemen would solve their problem, but the Saudi wouldn't have it...all the problems in the ME are Iran's fault according to him. Let's see which of the two countries are a democracy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joECbBFM3gE (24 min)
Lee Camp warns us "Don't Believe the Lies".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK7RePDCSuc (first few minutes)
In response to an attack on Saudi Aramco oil infrastructure for, the US government has responded in the only possible rational way: by blaming Iran and deploying troops to act as security guards for Middle Eastern oil companies.
In their weekly podcast, Caitlin and Tim discuss the latest Iran drama, the failure of war propaganda, and what a healthy mind looks like in the battle against establishment narrative control. https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/09/19/going-rogue-iran-and-the-mind/
Trita Parsi argues that President Trump has an easy path to resolve the standoff: rejoin the Iran nuclear deal that he abandoned and negotiate additional issues with Tehran. He speaks with Aaron Mate' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMIpt-4VvvE (10 min)
Trump to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack. US will send reinforcements to the Middle East following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
In addition to troops, U.S. Ships More Air Defense Systems That Do Not Work To Saudi Arabia
From Sydney to New Delhi, Nairobi to New York, millions of people around the world walked out of school and work on Friday to join the latest protests against the climate crisis. The global day of action, calling for a reduction in emissions, was held in the run-up to a UN summit in New York (2 min)
Here's a couple of nice photo essays of the strikes from around the world...
Organizers say this was the largest youth-led demonstration in history. TRNN spoke to demonstrators in New York and Baltimore (5 min - sorry no text)
Climate strike protesters speak out:
Greta spoke to the crowd in NYC
We are not just some young people skipping school,' she told thousands of school strikers in Manhattan, on a day when millions around the world demonstrated for action. 'We are a wave of change. Together, we are unstoppable.' (2 min)
The new film, Blowout, follows the U.S. oil supply chain, covering health, climate and environmental justice impacts. And it points to the president who was central to creating the current reality: Barack Obama. (video or text)
During an MSNBC climate town hall at Georgetown University on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said, if elected president in 2020, he would pursue criminal charges against fossil fuel executives for knowingly accelerating the ecological crisis while sowing doubt about the science to the American public.
Don't worry the fossil fuel empires are rolling out a new spin about profitability of fuels in a time when they are more expensive that solar, wind, and geothermal energy. (text only)
Right on cue, the fossil fuel industry’s PR professionals have been stepping in to help reshape the narratives propping up their bottom lines.
Getting to a GND
A diverse coalition of farmers and ranchers, organized by the Sunrise Movement and Regeneration International, presented a letter to Congress, urging passage of a Green New Deal (video or text)
In her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis. But she also lays out another path forward in which mankind meets the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation. “We do know that if we are going to lower our emissions in time, it is going to take transformations of how we live in cities, how we move ourselves around, how we grow our food, where we get our energy from,” Klein says. (video or text)
Chris Hedges speaks with Sonia Bone Guajajara, leader of 300 indigenous ethnic groups in Brazil, about the future of the Amazon rainforest, its people, climate change, and the competing goals of agro business, multinational corporations, and the policies of conservative Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOytJxhxuW8 (28 min)
And that was the same solution we had in the 1920s-30s, and it’s what got us to the original New Deal; massive, serious, strategic by geography strikes where American workers took high risk, and it paid off for them. And today, American workers need to take high risk, and have it pay off.
(interesting interview in video or text)
The Autoworkers Strike
Striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class. Behind GM stands its Wall Street investors, who are demanding that the company do everything to ensure a high rate of profit in the face of what is expected to be a protracted downturn in the auto industry.
It appears the Union is working against the workers. Sounds like the democratic party.
“Workers, however, must be warned,” he said. “The United Auto Workers does not have a strategy for victory in this strike, it has a strategy for defeat. If the struggle remains in the control of the UAW, it will be isolated and shut down and a new concessions contract imposed.” The UAW, he explained, is seeking to isolate the strike by not mobilizing Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers, while starving GM workers on $250 a week in strike pay, which they will only begin to receive after two weeks on strike.
Auto Worker Jesse Kelly talks about the oppression of being a temp worker, how it keeps workers impoverished & works to diminish unions (video or text)
Well there are many more strikes, protests, and wars on going around the world. The yellow vest protest continue into the 45th week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfzaAfmScs8 (3 min)
The Hong Kong protests also continue. Lee Camp and Michele Greenstein explain why the Hong Kong protests are not what they seem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AklaIcDvAsU (15 min)
Julian Assange is still being tortured. Aaron Mate' talked with Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks this week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0XdsC3jaXw (13 min)
...and don't forget Chelsea's fate too.
However it was the climate strike which captured me this week. What makes the climate strike special in my view is its global nature. People around the world are uniting around the notion that we are destroying our biosphere. An estimated 4 million people participated...about 0.05% of the people on Earth. There is another strike next Friday in the US, and a large global strike planned for October 7
Will we create the change we want? I don't know, but I like the idea of going down fighting rather than rolling over and accepting extinction. The creativity of the movement is inspiring to me... from art to actions to the signs. The funniest sign I saw said, "The planet is hotter than my imaginary boyfriend." Must have a good imagination. Well I hope you are envisioning a positive future for yourself. I look forward to your thoughts below.