John Maenpaa

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Syrian coalition calls for arming Free Syrian Army

http://www.worldbulletin.net/turkey/145986/syrian-coalition-calls-for-arming-free-syrian-army

Syrian National Coalition says it will join international fight against ISIL only if Free Syrian Army is armed.

The Syrian National Coalition, or the SNC, will join the international coalition to fight the ISIL in Syria only if the Free Syrian Army is armed, the head of the coalition said Friday...

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Free Syrian Army Rebels Join Forces With Kurds To Fight ISIS In Kobane

http://www.ibtimes.com/free-syrian-army-rebels-join-forces-kurds-fight-isis-kobane-1702500

Battalions fighting with the Free Syrian Army have joined the Kurdish militia in Kobane to battle the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The introduction of opposition rebels into Kobane shows a shifting power dynamic in the Syrian war.

The opposition rebels are fighting under the banner of Liwa Thuwwar Raqqa, known in English as the Revolutionaries of Raqqa Brigade. The group used to fight alongside of the Al-Nusra Front -- the al Qaeda offshoot in Syria -- in order to protect itself from the increasingly deadly ISIS attacks. Liwa Thuwwar Raqqa broke out on its own at the beginning of this year, and officially in April, when Al-Nusra took up arms against ISIS in Raqqa, which is now occupied by ISIS...

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MN Green for Congress: "Leave fresh water for our grandchildren"

http://www.gp.org/current-news/1134-mn-green-for-congress-leave-fresh-water-for-our-grandchildren

Ray "Skip" Sandman is the Minnesota Green Party's candidate for US House of Representatives in the 8th congressional district, in Northeast MN (including Duluth and surrounding areas). As the only candidate in the race opposing a proposed copper sulfide mine, he is at 7% in the latest polls.

Sandman says his inspiration to run was a dream where a voice asked what he would leave to the children of the future...

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Kurdish Women are beating ISIS

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/09/1335329/-Are-Kurdish-women-beating-ISIS?detail=email

On Monday the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the isolated Kurdish enclave of Kobani was "about to fall" to a massive, sustained assault from ISIS.

Also on Monday, Rooz Bahjat, a Kurdish intelligence officer stationed in Kobani said the city would fall within "the next 24 hours."...

RELATED: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/28/the_civil_war_within_syria_s_civil_war_kurdish_fighters

SUGGESTED READING: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/kurd%20women

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[VIDEO] Edgey Pires of The Last Internationale talks rebellious music and Robert Plant

http://sundial.csun.edu/2014/10/edgey-pires-of-the-last-internationale-talks-rebellious-music-and-robert-plant/

The remarkably fervid and socially charged rock trio the Last Internationale, is making the case for one of the most outstanding bands of 2014. With messages of political, social, and native issues, Last Internationale not only rocks harder than most bands out there, but does so with true substance in their work.

Founded by East Coast vocalist Delila Paz and guitarist Edgey Pires after meeting at Wall Street protests, the two soon grabbed the attention of many high-profile artists and received instant acclaim...

RELATED: http://tedmills.com/2014/09/rock-against-injustice-the-last-internationale-marks-a-return-to-political-rock/

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[VIDEO] Demonstrators "Disrupt" St. Louis Symphony Singing A "Requiem for Mike Brown"

http://www.occupy.com/article/demonstrators-disrupt-st-louis-symphony-singing-requiem-mike-brown

Just after intermission, about 50 people disrupted the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Brahms Requiem on Saturday night, singing “Justice for Mike Brown.”

As symphony conductor Markus Stenz stepped to the podium to begin the second act of German Requiem, one middle-aged African-American man stood up in the middle of the theater and sang, “Which side are you on friend, which side are you on?”'

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Hong Kong: Occupy Central -- Globalization, Capitalism And Identity

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jplehmann/2014/10/05/hong-kong-occupy-central-globalization-capitalism-and-identity/

At the moment of writing (5 October) no one – whether actor or spectator – seems to know how the Hong Kong Occupy Central demonstrations will end. What we can nevertheless assert as of now is that quite beyond the immediate issue of determining the selection process of candidates for election to the position of Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) Chief Executive in 2017, the movement has considerable and quite deep symbolic significance.

For one important thing the movement disproves the erstwhile quite commonly held “wisdom” (if that’s the word) that all Hong Kongers care about is money! With Hong Kong’s meteoric rise as one of the “NIEs” (newly industrialized economies), witnessing a ten-fold increase in GDP per capita of $3000 in 1960 to $30,000 in 1997, the year of the handover, and further to $55,000 in 2010, it stands out as one of the world’s very few societies that succeeded in escaping the “middle-income trap”...

RELATED: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29397738

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The Voice of a Generation

http://time.com/3482556/hong-kong-protest-teenagers/

Joshua Wong and his fellow students have triggered a youthquake that’s shaking up Hong Kong

Joshua Wong does not want to grow up. He’s a Hong Kong kid and that’s why, just before midnight on Oct. 6, he and his girlfriend (and his girlfriend’s friend, because teenagers travel in packs) have ducked into a barbecue joint in the working-class neighborhood of Mongkok to feast on grilled scallions, roasted pineapple and Chinese egg noodles bathed in cheese and garlic—a classic Hong Kong fusion dish. Wong, who turns 18 this month, sucks down the pasta with one hand and checks his smartphone with the other. Slurp, swipe, slurp, swipe...

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Hong Kong protests: Violence 'organized', Occupy Central leaders say – as it happened

http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/oct/03/clashes-break-out-at-hong-kong-protests-live-updates

We’re going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here’s a summary of where things stand:

Violence visited the Hong Kong protests for the first time in a week as counter-protesters confronted and in some cases attacked students and others...

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Occupy Central: A Hong Kong Protest Evolved From Planned Sit-In To Leaderless Umbrella Movement

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kandywong/2014/10/08/occupy-central-a-hong-kong-protest-evolved-from-planned-sit-in-to-leaderless-umbrella-movement/

The eye-catching Occupy movement in Hong Kong has been winding down since Oct. 6. Students are going to have a dialogue with the government on Friday. There is still debate in town on whether protesters should retreat completely. As the decision should be resting on the existing participants, an Australian media ran a story today about “Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung faces questions over secret $7m payout from Australian firm” amid noises that asked Leung to step down.

It is a known fact that Leung is not well-liked by the city’s people. Protests and demonstrations are the normal scenes of Hong Kong in these few years. Given its fading economic values in the world after the reunification in 1997, the overwhelming coverage of the Occupy movement by Western media surprised many. And Chinese analyses reckoned that the Leung government’s misstep of shooting tear gas to disperse students on Sept. 28 is the main reason of drawing attention. There were fears that the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre would recast in 2014′s Hong Kong...

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Upcoming free events at Miami University on October 20 in Oxford, Ohio and Antioch College on October 23 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

http://occupywallst.org/article/join-us-miami-university-october-20-oxford-ohio-an/

You are invited to attend:

THE END OF PROTEST...

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Here’s What We’re Reading

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Here-s-What-We-re-Reading-Tuesday-News-Roundup24

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today:

Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law...

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Tickets Flying for Seeger Tribute

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/In-The-States/Tickets-Flying-for-Seeger-Tribute

Tickets are going fast for the upcoming Pete Seeger Tribute Concert. Josh White Jr., Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Emma’s Revolution and The U-Liners will pay tribute to Seeger on Sunday, Oct. 19, at The Hamilton.

“For more than seven decades, Pete lent his voice to every great social movement of the 20th and 21st centuries,” says musician and organizer Joe Uehlein. “He used folk song and story to entertain, educate and engage.” To celebrate the progressive movement “and the causes that Pete gave so much to,” Uehlein is hosting a musical tribute to Seeger, donating concert proceeds to the CultureWorks Collective, an organization Seeger helped found...

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Who Does Rick Scott Really Work For?

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/In-The-States/Who-Does-Rick-Scott-Really-Work-For

Who does Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) work for? With almost four years in office, it's pretty clear who he doesn't work for—the people of the state of Florida.

Fight for Florida is highlighting the worst aspects of Scott's tenure as the Sunshine State's governor. While his job is to serve the people of the state, his policies are pretty indifferent or hostile to the needs of Floridians. Meanwhile, the nearly $20 million he has raised for his re-election campaign is highly concentrated among a few wealthy corporations and individuals. To date, he's received $100,000 or more from 50 different donors, while grassroots contributions of $10 have only been given 150 times. And there is a pretty good matchup between Scott's policies and where the money comes from...

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In Stockton, Calif., Investment House Franklin Templeton Eviscerates Pensions

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Corporate-Greed/In-Stockton-Calif.-Investment-House-Franklin-Templeton-Eviscerates-Pensions

In the Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik lays out the tale of how investment house Franklin Templeton Investments is attempting to gut the pensions of 2,400 retirees from the city of Stockton. The city has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings recently, and Franklin Templeton is trying to further cut pensions that already have faced cuts in recent years.

After a judge ruled that the pension contract could be adjusted as part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Franklin Templeton suggested that the city not pay the $1.6 billion termination fee to CalPERS, the state retirement system, which would then pass those cuts along to retirees, cutting their retirement income. The $1.6 billion fee normally would be required to cover the termination of the pension contract, Hiltzik says, in order to cover the existing pension obligations...

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Wisconsin Photo ID Law Threatens Right to Vote for 300,000. Gov. Walker’s Fine with That

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Wisconsin-Photo-ID-Law-Threatens-Right-to-Vote-for-300-000.-Gov.-Walker-s-Fine-with-That

On Election Day, some 300,000 registered voters in Wisconsin could have their voices silenced. And that’s exactly what Gov. Scott Walker (R), the Republican-majority state legislature and their corporate and extremist backers had in mind when they passed the restrictive voter photo ID law in 2011.

Why would Walker and his cohorts want to disenfranchise nearly 10% of Wisconsin’s registered voters? Take a look at who, according to a University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee study, doesn't have a state-issued photo ID...

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10,000 Workers Strike in Support of Hong Kong’s Protests

http://www.thenation.com/blog/181833/10000-workers-are-strike-support-hong-kongs-protests

The umbrella is a perfect icon for Hong Kong’s uprising: inclusive, aloof, a bit Anglophile and pragmatically defiant of the elements (and according to cinematic lore, readily convertible to a lethal kung fu weapon). It embodies the central plea of the protesters amassed in “Democracy Square”: a civilized demand for self-determination. Yet the biggest worry in Beijing right now isn’t the threat of universal suffrage, but what comes afterward—the struggle for social justice that Hong Kongers face they pivot between post-colonial limbo and authoritarian capitalism.

That’s what the labor movement is taking to the streets with young protesters. The Equal Times reports that as of Wednesday—China’s National Day—“According to the latest HKCTU [Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions] figures, some 10,000 workers across all sectors have downed tools.” As unions representing industrial, service and professional workforces rallied alongside the youth and condemned police suppression of the demonstrators, Hong Kong labor echoed the former colony’s long legacy of worker militancy. In a call for mass strikes, the HKCTU declared, “Workers must stand up against the unjust government and violent suppression…. To defend democracy and justice, we cannot let the students fight the suppression alone.”...

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CLW Statement on Lawsuit by Samsung Supplier HEG

http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/newscast/394

In the past 24 hours, China Labor Watch (CLW) has learned via media reports that Samsung's Huizhou-based supplier factory HEG Technology is suing CLW Executive Director Li Qiang and the Shenzhen Zhuoyue Zhisheng Enterprise Management Inquiry Department for false reporting, which refers to CLW’s August 2014 investigative report on HEG’s extensive labor violations, including the exploitation of child labor and student workers. As of the publishing of this statement, neither Li Qiang nor CLW have received any notices or documents related to this lawsuit. That the lawsuit was apparently filed with a court in Huizhou lacks a jurisdictional basis because CLW is registered in New York City.

CLW originally saw the lawsuit in a Chinese news story (which has been republished in other news portals) that carried a misleading title: “American Labor Organization Sued by Chinese Technology Company for False Reporting”. Conclusions had already been suggested about the truth of the case without ever having asked CLW or before knowing the results of the trial...

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Trumka: 'Raising Wages Will Be a Driving Force at the Polls'

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Trumka-Raising-Wages-Will-Be-a-Driving-Force-at-the-Polls

As working people are gearing up to get out and vote Nov. 4, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had this to say on one of the top issues on people's minds:

Raising wages will be a driving force at the polls in the approaching midterm elections. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that will make a difference in the real world—from raising the minimum wage to ensuring that all workers can bargain collectively and make a livable wage. The labor movement stands in strong support of the broad campaign to bring attention to raising wages leading up to and following Oct. 10 [a national day of awareness about raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour], and it’s our responsibility to keep it going...

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