Category Archives: Harming People – Keeping People Oppressed

This section gives examples of how people are oppressed / harmed by exploitation.  Should be read in conjunction with Opposing Oppression and Injustice. This is part of staying in power/struggle for control. It is a separate section because of its importance.

Oppression and Exploitation News November 19 – 25

Damage to the U.S. economic and financial system 2020

Mnuchin to end key Fed emergency programs, limiting Biden Jeanna Smialek and Alan Rappeport New York Times November 19, 2020
The Treasury Department asked the Federal Reserve to return unused funds, downsizing the next secretary’s ability to restart the economic support.

A revealing report on the mid-March financial crisis Nick Beams World Socialist Web Site November 19, 2020 See the Financial Stability Board’s full report (60 page PDF file)

Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

Trump’s attempts to overturn the election are unparalleled in U.S. history David E. Sanger New York Times November 19, 2020 (news analysis)
The president’s push to prevent states from certifying electors and get legislators to override voters’ choice eclipses even the bitter 1876 election as an audacious use of brute political force.

They championed Venezuela’s revolution. They are now its latest victims. Isayen Herrera, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Tibisay Romero and Sheyla Urdaneta New York Times November 19, 2020
In an effort to complete his consolidation of power, Nicolás Maduro is cracking down on the leftist activists who once supported him, but have begun to speak up against his administration’s corruption and cronyism.

Opposing oppression and injustice 2020

Uganda releases opposition leader after clashes kill at least 28 Abdi Latif Dahir New York Times November 20, 2020
Two days after police took him into custody, presidential contender Bobi Wine resurfaced on Friday in court where he was charged with flouting coronavirus rules and released.

‘Now, we fight face to face’: Thailand’s protests shatter taboos Hannah Beech and Ryn Jirenuwat New York Times November 18, 2020
Antigovernment demonstrations have grown bolder, even insulting the king, but reform remains elusive and fears of a crackdown persist.

Harm through the government 2020

Egypt arrests human rights leader, continuing crackdown on dissent Vivian Yee New York Times November 19, 2020
The head of a human rights group and two of its other staff members have joined thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.

U.S. to drop case against Mexican ex-official to allow inquiry in Mexico Michael S. Schmidt and Natalie Kitroeff New York Times November 17, 2020
The announcement by the Justice Department was an abrupt turnaround a month after the high-profile arrest of a former defense minister.

Slavery, forced labor 2020

Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China Reed Albergotti Washington Post November 20, 2020
Apple wants to water down key provisions of the bill, which would hold U.S. companies accountable for using Uighur forced labor, according to two congressional staffers….While U.S. law already prevents companies from importing goods that were made using forced labor, the law is seldom enforced, and it’s difficult to prove U.S. companies know about the use of forced labor.

Oppression and Exploitation News November 12 – 18

Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

Farcical coverage of Julian Assange’s farcical hearing Joshua Cho Fair November 13, 2020

Barr hands prosecutors the authority to investigate voter fraud claims Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt New York Times November 9, 2020
The attorney general said that he had authorized “instances” of investigative steps but that inquiries should not be based on specious claims. Mr. Barr’s authorization prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post within hours.

Conflict 2020

Sunken boats. Stolen gear. Fishermen are prey as China conquers a strategic sea  Shashank Bengaliand and Vo Kieu Bao Uyen Los Angeles Times November 12, 2020

Harm through the market 2020

Uber and Lyft Drivers in California will remain contractors Kate Conger New York Times November 4, 2020
The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

Control of land and natural resources 2020

Barbarians at the barn: private equity sinks its teeth into agriculture Grain September 29 2020

Oppression and Exploitation News October 1 – 7

Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

The election that could break America Barton Gellman The Atlantic November 2020
If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. Who will stop him?

Texas Gov. Abbott restricts absentee ballot locations  Nicole Via y Rada NBC News October 1, 2020
Some Texas counties include millions of people stretched over hundreds of square miles and will require lengthy drives to deliver ballots.

Harm through the government 2020

Our democracy in peril. A series of editorials on the damage President Trump has caused — and the danger he would pose in a second term Editorial Board Washington Post September 22, 2020

Oppression and Exploitation News September 24 – 30

Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies Jason Wilson and Robert Evans The Guardian September 23, 2020
Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said ‘laws will be broken, people will get hurt’, leaked chats show.

A MAGA Militia? How the President’s campaign is recruiting an “Army For Trump” Seth Cohen Forbes September 21, 2020

Police and racist vigilantes: Even worse than you think John Knefel The American Prospect September 10, 2020

Harm through the market 2020

Long-concealed records show Trump’s chronic losses and years of tax avoidance Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Mike McIntire New York Times September 27, 2020

Virus’s unseen hot zone: The American farm Laura Reiley and Beth Reinhard Washington Post September 24, 2020

Harvard’s Chetty finds economic carnage among lower-income workers Ben Steverman Bloomberg Businessweek September 24, 2020
By April, the bottom quarter of wage earners, those making less than $27,000 a year, had lost almost 11 million jobs, more than three times the number lost by the top quarter, which earn more than $60,000 annually. By late June the gap had widened further.

Plight of the ‘Physical Worker’: Worn-out bodies and little savings Tammy LaGorce New York Times September 25, 2020
Americans laboring on farms, in factories and on cleaning crews often have to retire before safety-net programs kick in and without assets in employer plans.

Discrimination 2020

Stop telling Black people we could close the wealth gap if we valued education more Michelle Singletary Washington Post September 25, 2020
Black parents feel it’s very important that their children earn a college degree, Michelle Singletary writes. But a degree doesn’t necessarily confer the same advantages it does for Whites.

Fighting India’s Bonded Labor during the COVID-19 pandemic – Part 1 Rina Mukherji Inter Press Service September 22, 2020

British elites know who isn’t quite their type Josh Glancy Foreign Policy January 11, 2020