- Today is the 82nd anniversary of the start of Gandhi’s salt march to Dandi, the Salt Satyagraha.
- “Even when the conversation isn’t about Nicolas Sarkozy, people still end up talking about Nicolas Sarkozy. After five years under the omnipresent, love-him-or-hate-him president, that’s just a fact of French political life. So when supporters of François Hollande, the Socialist Party challenger in the presidential election to be held this spring, are asked to define their candidate, they quickly bring up the incumbent.”
- “Polls have opened in El Salvador, where voters are choosing legislatures in a big test for the first leftist government since the end of the civil war 20 years ago. Voting began throughout the Central American nation at 1300 GMT on Sunday and was expected to continue until 2300 GMT.”
- TRNN: “Russia, Putin and RT. Aleksandr Buzgalin: RT is portraying Putin as a democrat who stands up to the US.”
- “The leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP, will travel to Geneva next week to tell the UN human rights council that a co-ordinated legislative attempt is being made by states across America to disfranchise millions of black and Latino voters in November’s presidential election.”
- “Egypt’s parliament has voted to begin steps to withdraw confidence from the military-appointed government. The move on Sunday will pile pressure on the ruling generals to appoint a new cabinet led by the Muslim Brotherhood. A vote of no-confidence would take Egypt into new political waters and could set the stage for a confrontation if the generals, who assumed power after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year, refuse to yield to the will of a parliament elected in the country’s most democratic vote in six decades.”
- “Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has told Kofi Annan, the joint UN and Arab League envoy, that there can be no political progress in his country while “terrorist groups” are ‘spreading chaos’.
- “Distraught and furious Afghans vowed vengeance yesterday after a US soldier apparently walked from a Nato base into the homes of civilians, turning his weapon on the families inside and killing 16 people, nine of them children.”
- “China is an economic miracle which is built on exports, but where does it turn when that starts to falter? When China’s National People’s Congress meets once a year it gives us a ‘big picture’ of where the government sees the country in the future. The top-line, in what was Premier Wen Jiabao’s last congress before stepping down, was that China’s growth target was being revised down to 7.5 per cent. It has been above 8 per cent since 2004.”
- “New data indicate that Black stigmatization as criminals pervades the nation’s public schools, just as it saturates the larger society. ‘For teachers and school disciplinarians, just as with street cops and prosecutors, race is the most important factor in who is charged with an offense, and how severe the penalty is.’ A doubling of school suspensions and expulsions has occurred since the early Seventies, the same period that brought us mass Black incarceration.”
- “Raising Taxes on Rich does not Slow Jobs Growth. Jeff Thompson: Study shows that while States need revenue, most tax wealthy at lower rates.”
A reminder. Tomorrow at noon Marx in the Morning will be covering Session 3 of Prof Richard Wolff’s Introdution to Marxian Economics.
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.