Unions, unity and Standing Rock

first_imgWorkers all over the world are in the fight of our lives to keep predatory, profit-hungry capitalism from killing us, our loved ones, our jobs and work, our communities, and the very earth and water.The epic struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) gathers together and upholds the struggles of poor and working people for survival while fighting to protect the water and defend Indigenous sovereignty. Led by people from the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation) and hundreds of other Indigenous nations, the encampment has been joined by many non-Native people from many communities.The #NoDAPL battle at Standing Rock embodies the old union slogans, “An injury to one is an injury to all” and “Solidarity forever.”But at the height of this battle, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, has issued a statement attacking Standing Rock. He defends DAPL, he says, because it provides “family-supporting jobs” and “makes the U.S. more competitive.” He demonizes the Standing Rock resisters, claiming they are “attackers” who are holding workers’ jobs “hostage.”In those phrases, Trumka ignores centuries of European colonization and U.S. government genocide and exploitation of Indigenous nations — the settler and military massacres, the seizure of resources and land, even the theft of Native children from their families and their cultural and physical torture at government schools.Trumka’s words are a betrayal of the working class. He is siding with big business as it fracks over workers and leaves behind devastation in communities. These words deny that Indigenous people and people of other oppressed communities are integral to the multinational working class that has built the infrastructure of the U.S., from colonization to capitalism — built the canals, the railroads, the interstates, erected the skyscrapers and put up the telephone lines, laid the digital cables and now answers the phone calls when we need assistance.This is the same old business-unionism mistake — supporting corporate privatization in the hope of getting short-term jobs instead of fighting for the long-term progress that solidarity between the workers and oppressed communities can win for unions.Many unions support Standing RockBut Trumka isn’t speaking for all the unions in the federation. Others have come to the defense of Standing Rock with solidarity statements affirming the unity of demands of workers and oppressed people: the ATU transit workers, the California Faculty Association, the Communication Workers, the National Nurses United, the National Writers Union UAW Local 1981, the UE electrical workers, and locals from across the U.S., including the San Francisco region of the Inlandboatmen’s Union/ILWU and the homecare and public-service workers of SEIU 503 in Portland, Ore.Labor for Palestine has started a petition demanding the AFL-CIO reverse its pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-Indigenous support for DAPL.The AFL-CIO should never be backing business interests oiling their way across North Dakota and the rest of the country to get megaprofits as federal and state governments ease their way.Because the intent of capitalists will always be to cut jobs and break unions. Certainly there are enough unmet human needs and deteriorating infrastructures to provide work for millions for a long, long time.As Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabe author and activist from the White Earth Nation, has said: ”Flint, Michigan, has a problem. … What we need is those skilled laborers to be put to work in Flint.”She says, and we wholeheartedly agree, ”Pipelines for people!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Truth blocked again in Gongadze murder investigation

first_img Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to ask those responsible for investigating journalist Vasyl Klymentyev’s disappearance in August about the latest evidence gathered in the case.In September, Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about the disappearance of a potential witness, the harassment of Klymentyev’s wife and a search of their lawyer’s home without a warrant. At the start of this month, the deputy interior minister acknowledged that one of the leading hypotheses was that Klymentyev’s disappearance was connected with his work.Reporters Without Borders fears that impunity will prevail in the Klymentyev case as it has in the Gongadze murder. The situation for the media and journalists in Ukraine is now very worrying.In the Gongadze case, Gen. Pukach, who headed the interior ministry’s intelligence service, is charged with deliberate homicide with aggravating circumstances (under article 93-C and F of the criminal code) and abuse of authority in the course of performing official duties (under articles 365, 364 and 166). After his arrest in July 2009, Pukach reportedly admitted to strangling and beheading Gongadze on 16 September 2000. The attorney general’s office has said he will be tried next month. In March 2008, three former police officers – Mykola Protasov, Oleksandr Popovich and Valeri Kostenko – were given sentences ranging from 12 to 13 years in prison for their role in Gongadze’s murderAged 31 at the time of his death, Gongadze edited the online newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, in which he wrote extensively about corruption cases implicating senior members in the government of Leonid Kuchma, who was president from 1994 to 2005. The Ukrainian attorney-general’s office announced yesterday, in a statement issued by its press service, that the investigation into the role that Gen. Oleksiy Pukach, a former intelligence officer, played in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in September 2000 in Kiev has been completed and that the case is being set to trial. Significantly, the statement added that investigators had not succeeded in building a case against any other person in connection with Gongadze’s murder by Pukach on the orders of then interior minister Yuri Kravchenko, who took his own life in unclear circumstances in 2005.“We are utterly perplexed by the attorney general’s statements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sending the case against Pukach to trial can be justified on the grounds that the deadline for holding him in pre-trial detention is expiring,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But at the same time, efforts to shed light on all aspects of this murder – in which senior political figures were implicated, as the attorney general’s has itself recognised – have again been obstructed and suppressed.”Like the investigation into journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s 2006 murder in Moscow, the Gongadze murder investigation has been broken up into several components and in both cases this has hindered solving the murder. It is yet one more indication of a lack of will to bring the instigators of these murders to justice. Impunity is like gangrene. As long as it goes unpunished, Gongadze’s murder will continue to fuel the fears of journalists in Ukraine and sustain their feeling that they are not safe. Help by sharing this information UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Ukraine Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV to go further News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Receive email alerts December 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Truth blocked again in Gongadze murder investigation March 26, 2021 Find out more September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

JBIC may finance Novatek’s 2nd LNG export project

first_imgJapan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is considering whether to provide financing for Novatek’s second LNG export project in the Russian Arctic.JBIC has already provided 200 million euros ($238 million) for Novatek’s giant Yamal LNG project, that is expected to be launched by the end of this year.JBIC Chief Executive Tadashi Maeda was quoted by Reuters on Thursday as saying that participation of Japanese companies – direct or in the form of LNG buyers from the project – would be a condition.“Its conditional of Japanese companies’ participation in the project,” Maeda said.He added that the bank would not provide financing if there were no Japanese companies involved, according to the report.Besides its $27 billion Yamal LNG project, Novatek is also planning to build its second LNG export project to be located on the Gydan peninsula.Novatek has already started the design works on the Arctic LNG-2 project – expected to have the same output as Yamal or about 16.5 million tonnes per year.Production at the company’s second LNG export project is due to start in 2022-2023. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Batesville Holding 7th Annual Tree Lighting

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Now that Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is here, many are starting to think about Christmas.The city of Batesville is asking for everyone to mark Thursday, December 1 on their calendars.The city invites everyone to attend the 7th Annual Batesville Community Tree Lighting.Festivities will begin at 5:00PM in downtown Batesville including A Magical Christmas Exhibit at the Historical Society Museum.There will also be Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, a Children’s Lantern Parade, and a visit from the big man himself, Santa!The official tree lighting celebration will begin at 6:00 PM in the Bike Park Area, on the corner of Main and George Streets.last_img read more