Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal

PATRICK WALKER—Famed investigative journalist Greg Palast has already tellingly emphasized the racist, classist nature of Trump’s Venezuelan coup. But what I wish to emphasize is its sheer perversity in terms of the delicate “just transition” problem of petrostates: How do we wean petrostates away from oil economies (as climate action demands) without inflicting massive economic harm on their average citizens, who bear little responsibility for their nations’ monolithic “fossil” economies?

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Anti-semitism vigilantes are feeding the far-right

JONATHAN COOK—What’s most obvious about this new supposed outbreak of bigotry among wide sections of western public opinion is that for the first time in history anti-semitism apparently has little or nothing to do with Jews – except in the minds of those making the accusation. It is barely fanciful nowadays to imagine a time soon – after Israel and Saudi Arabia go public with their new love affair and their continual plotting against Iran – when it will be judged anti-semitic to criticise Riyadh for chopping off heads or the oil industry for setting the planet on fire. This degrading of political language to the point of absurdity isn’t accidental. While those claiming to worry about anti-semitism are busy defaming every leftwing argument made against the current neoliberal order, real anti-semitism – the rightwing kind that actually targets and sometimes kills Jews – mostly gets a free pass.

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Transformations—Actor James Cromwell was motivated to become a full vegan and animal advocate after playing Farmer Hoggett in “Babe”

Cromwell had been a vegetarian since the mid-1970s but became an ethical vegan in 1995 while filming Babe. In his interview with TakePart, the actor explains how he came to the decision: “I was doing a picture in Australia called ‘Babe,’ working with a lot of animals and animal trainers. I cared about their welfare and then, of course, you have lunch and it’s all there in front of you, and I thought, I should go the whole hog, so to speak. So I made that decision and kept that during the shooting. When I came back, I got involved with PETA, and of course, the film opened and it was very successful”.

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