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Ecuadorian Protests Intensify as President Flees Capital, Blames Venezuela

October 9, 2019

Shortly after the government of President Lenin Moreno announced new IMF-imposed austerity measures and price increases, protests against the government, uniting workers, students, and indigenous movement escalated in the capital of Quito this week.

How Useful Is Modern Money Theory for Developing Countries?

October 9, 2019

MMT is gaining traction among progressives as an option for paying for massive government spending projects such as the Green New Deal. Even if it is useful for countries such as the U.S., can it be applied in developing countries? PERI’s Matías Vernengo says only to a limited extent.

Trump’s Withdrawal From Syria: Betrayal of Kurds or End to Endless War?

October 9, 2019

President Trump’s intention to withdraw from Syria was met with outrage on many sides, with people calling it a betrayal of a key ally in the Syrian conflict. Kurdish expert Edmund Ghareeb says there is probably a deal between Trump and Erdogan.

China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk

October 8, 2019

A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game.  So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.

California Legalizes Public Banking

October 8, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that lets municipalities sponsor public banks, and Los Angeles’ City Council is creating a proposal for one. David Jette of Public Bank LA says this will help cities and counties invest in affordable housing and renewable energy.

Demonstrations Continue in Hong Kong in Defiance of Face Mask Ban

October 8, 2019

Hong Kong police have arrested and charged two protesters for defying the ban on wearing face masks during demonstrations.

Laura Flanders Show: How Can Municipal Government Promote Economic Democracy?

October 8, 2019

New York, NY…its a city with close to 100 billion dollar budget every year and 1 deputy mayor with some pretty creative plans for how to spend it.  What can one city do? And what’s it gonna take to create a non-racist democracy? J Phillip Thompson, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives is my…

GOP Lobbyists Behind Gas Industry ‘Empowerment Alliance’ Oppose Green New Deal

October 7, 2019

The group’s spokesman is the former press secretary for U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and the 2004 Bush campaign. It does not disclose its funders over concerns of “eco-terrorists.”

California Emission Standards Have Trump Admin Blowing Smoke

October 7, 2019

The Trump administration plans to remove the state’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those mandated by the federal government. TRNN’s Steve Horn says this could be an opportunity to discuss how to move past inadequate liberal environmental policy.

Guam’s Independence Movement Grows

October 7, 2019

The small U.S. territory island of Guam, which houses significant U.S. military bases, is also home to an independence movement that is growing gradually because of the lack of self-rule. We speak to one of the movement’s leaders, Michael Lujan Bevacqua.