Politically compromised Feminist Majority foundation endorses politically bankrupt Hillary Clinton for president

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Andres Martinez Casares:Reuters) Jan 27 2016

Feminist Majority (FM), the foundation behind Ms. Magazine, just announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. Using only hyperboles & outright lies about her actual achievements, they claimed their endorsement was based on her “stellar women’s rights & equality record, but also on her vision for the future.”

There is nothing surprising in a conservative group of Democratic women endorsing Clinton; it was a foregone conclusion that FM would do so given the political composition of the board of directors & the regrettable way they misuse feminism. Clinton’s gender wasn’t the determining factor in the choice but her stinking reactionary politics are because they accord with the politics of the FM board.

FM & its associates have led the monstrous campaign in support of the US-NATO war in Afghanistan under the guise of liberating women from the Taliban & the burqa by bombing the country into smithereens. Board member Dolores Huerta who founded the United Farmworkers accepted the 2011 Metal of Freedom award from Obama one month after his administration permanently barred the Department of Labor from pursuing safety & protective measures for children farmworkers. Board member Lorraine Sheinberg has political connections to & has been honored by the most reactionary Zionist organizations in the US; her husband Sidney is a key player in American Zionism. Eleanor Smeal who announced the decision for FM has always played a central role in yoking the women’s movement to the Democratic Party & counterposing electoralism to independent movement building.

Truth of the matter is Hillary Clinton hasn’t done squat for women’s rights nor for that matter children’s rights. The screeching testimony to that is Haiti. When US Secretary of State, she worked in league with her husband as Obama’s representatives to turn Haiti into a sweatshop haven for women & children workers. She collaborated with the Clinton Foundation in massive theft of contributions for personal enrichment. One could write volumes on the Clinton’s crimes against the people of Haiti.

All the millions the Clinton Foundation raised for Haiti relief & not a damn thing to show for it. Not even port-a-potties for people still homeless from the January 2010 hurricane. The Red Cross at least has six shacks to show for the millions they raised.

These kids are crossing a polluted canal in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where the Zika virus is being reported. The mosquito which spreads it thrives in rainwater, open sewers, garbage, polluted canals which abound in Haiti six years after the hurricane. Zika is apparently a relatively mild infection–unless you’re pregnant or your health is already compromised by homelessness, poor nutrition, stress, lack of medical care. Since the Clinton Foundation didn’t do a damn thing to address the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN occupying troops, it’s unlikely it’ll do a damn thing to address Zika. But it should provide sufficient documentation that Hillary Clinton & her unsavory consort have never had the best interests of women & children at heart & even have a criminal relationship to them.

Enough with the lesser evil justifications! What about standing steadfast with the women & children not just of Haiti but of Afghanistan, Gaza, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, & US children farmworkers?

(Photo by Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

An appeal to give abandoned animals a chance

About three or four months ago I rescued a mother dog & her puppy from an abandoned lot where they were scrounging for food. I didn’t relinquish them to a rescue society since I feared they’d be separated & didn’t think that a good idea for either. For a long while, they were all each other had.

The baby, now named Bellissima, fit right into her new family but the mother, named Bella, was a lost little soul. Eyes are the window to the soul in (other) animals too & hers were empty & confused. She didn’t know what to do with affection & was wooden when she received it. But she watched with an eagle eye when I smooched up her baby.

There comes a point in rescue when you see the dog has come to trust & feels his/her place in the family. You can see it in their eyes. I can see it in Bella’s now. And it is truly lovely to see. The baby has become a spoiled brat–which is the way it should be.

Greek seniors again protest gutting of pension system by Eurozone & Syriza

Athens Greece senior (Alkis Konstantinidis:Reuters) Jan 27 2016

When the obituaries are finally written for the neoliberal phase of history, special condemnations will be needed for the treatment of children & the elderly. It is an era disgraced with child labor & sweatshops & massive impoverishment of seniors–all sanctified in IMF/World Bank policies. Greece isn’t the first or only country to face the wrath of capitalist greed but it is a bellwether of what will happen if these attacks on working people are not decisively thwarted & reversed.

This elderly man is at a protest in Athens, Greece over the government’s attempts to ravage the pension system. They’ve reduced pensions already a dozen times at the demand of Eurozone bankers, raising many questions including that of national sovereignty. But of course that whole Eurozone contraption was a method devised by European capitalists to sustain their system of private greed against meltdown.

The capitalist form of solidarity requires assaults on the historic (albeit insufficient) achievements of working people in moderating the inherent inequalities of capitalism–like social security, unemployment insurance, pensions, disability benefits, child welfare benefits, universal health care.

Can you imagine that one of the primary targets of the Eurozone bankers is seniors too old to work but not to old to want to enjoy not working!? None of the criminal partners in this pension heist are providing an actuarial analysis of the cutbacks they’re demanding & media estimates don’t agree. But beside raising the retirement age, seniors are being asked to live on pensions of €360 (£275) (US$391) a month. A one bedroom apartment with essential utilities in Athens costs US$422 a month. That’s what’s called an abomination.

The Pensioners protesting have been joined by thousands of farmers using their tractors to block highways & thousands of other workers because part of the attacks on pension rights includes exorbitant taxation & higher contributions to pension plans. The tangerines being given free to this protester are being dispersed by protesting farmers. The solidarity is magnificent but seniors should not have to depend on free food to eat a square meal.

Unions have also called out their members, on one occasion for a 24-hour strike. Enough with the paltry solidarity, the political equivalent of shaking the naughty finger at the government. What is required is the coordinated exercise of political power, shutting down the country if necessary (which is the very power of working people) to end these monstrous policies turning seniors into impoverished beggars & children into sweatshop workers.

We stand squarely with the protesters of Greece. Je suis Greek seniors! May they bring the bankers to their knees.

(Photo by Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)