The idea of a “Green New Deal” has become popular with the world’s policymakers in the past few months. Governments of major capitalist economies and emerging capitalist powers in Asia have reacted to the crisis with measures intended to counter the recession and extricate their economies from slump. Both the United States and China have decided on public investments in infrastructure improvements and in the production of alternative energy. Yet there are many reasons to be cautious when assessing these measures’ social and green significance. Though the shift in policy is large when compared with the neoliberal policies of previous decades, the essential question is whether a Green New Deal is really appropriate as a description for the new policy direction of capitalist governments. The term is being used before its parameters have been clearly defined (1). I propose to reflect on the whole idea. Let me give my own definition. A Green New Deal is a set of … [Read more...] about A Green New Deal
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opinion Wendell Potter Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Democrats have secured a 40-seat flip of the House of Representatives, based largely on a nationwide call for health care reform. Many Democrats, led by Brian Higgins of New York, are planning to use their newfound control of the House to work on a Medicare buy-in bill. I spent 20 years as a health insurance executive before leaving my job as a vice president at Cigna. I can tell you firsthand that by focusing on a half-baked measure like a Medicare buy-in, Democrats would hand a huge gift to the private insurance industry while doing less than the bare minimum to help struggling businesses, workers, families and patients. When the next Congress starts in January, House Democrats should use their new majority introduce, debate and vote on significant legislation that would assure universal coverage, protect taxpayers, and dramatically transform our health care system: Medicare for All. … [Read more...] about Democrats, don’t waste time on health tweaks. Pass Medicare for All.
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY BANCO SANTANDER Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser EU BIG IN NEW YORK: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has been a money man for decades, in his past lives as finance minister and chairman of the Eurogroup. But he has recently discovered a new love for foreign affairs, making reform of the EU’s common foreign policy a main priority for the remainder of his term. This week he’ll get hands-on, attending the United Nations General Assembly week in New York. Council President Donald Tusk will address the General Assembly on the EU’s behalf on Thursday and is around all week; his schedule here. Africa on the agenda: The main thrust (and selling point) of Juncker’s visit is promoting the Commission’s Africa plan — and that’s reflected in his appointments. … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Banco Santander: EU big in New York — Brussels takes aim at UK again — The next crises
John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 7:48 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018 DETROIT – All entrepreneurs must overcome challenges to score big in business. But Detroit's black female entrepreneurs need to overcome more than most, facing gender and race bias on top of all the usual problems of competition and cash flow. But the story of three black women in Detroit shows that success is possible, if one shows the savvy and the grit that it takes to make it. April Anderson started Good Cakes and Bakes five years ago, turned a profit in less than two years, and now caters to a wide range of customers including corporate events for Quicken Loans, JPMorgan Chase and others. Adrienne Bennett achieved the milestone of becoming the first black female licensed master plumber in the United States. Today, her Benkari plumbing contracting firm has won contracts at some of the biggest local projects. And Roslyn Karamoko opened her Detroit is the New Black apparel company … [Read more...] about How these 3 Detroit black women overcame all odds to succeed in business
Today, the 28-year-old left-winger is in line to become the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress. The 28-year-old left-winger has left Washington reeling after her shock defeat of Joe Crowley, a congressman since 1999 who was seeking renomination, in a Democratic primary in New York City. A former organiser for Bernie Sanders, the independent who fought Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, Ms Ocasio-Cortez unashamedly based her strategy on grassroots campaigning. She is the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother, an immigration backstory that chimed with the 14th congressional district of New York, where more than 80pc of the population are from ethnic minorities. "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office," Ms Ocasio-Cortez said in an emotive campaign video that went viral before the vote. "I wasn't born to a wealthy family or powerful family - mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx. I was born in a place where your zip code determines … [Read more...] about Cocktails to Congress for candidate leading Democrats’ new wave