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Oppression and Exploitation News August 13 -19

Critiques of orthodox economics 2020

Economics for Black lives Darrick Hamilton and Jesse A. Myerson Dissent June 29, 2020.
Discussion of the pandemic, the uprisings, and the future through the lens of stratification economics.

Struggle for control – staying in power 2020

Protests take on Thai monarchy, despite laws banning such criticism Hannah Beech New York Times August 13, 2020
The rare questioning of Thailand’s royal family comes as student-led demonstrations have gained momentum, testing the government and the boundaries of strict lèse-majesté laws.

Trump makes clear his opposition to more money to support mail voting Emily Cochrane and Hailey Fuchs New York Times August 13, 2020
The president’s remarks fueled alarm among Democrats that he is seeking to undercut the election and sow confusion about the outcome.

What’s happening in Belarus? Daniel Victor New York Times August 13, 2020
A guide to the protests, the police response and the crisis in government sparked by a disputed election.

Voter ID law handed Wisconsin to Trump in 2016. It could happen again in 2020. Greg Palast Truthout July 31, 2020

Harm through the government 2020

Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he’s reelected Tony Romm Washington Post August 8, 2020
The president made the pledge after signing a directive postponing payroll tax payments into next year.

The corrupt political class that broke Lebanon Mohamad Bazzi Foreign Affairs August 14, 2020
A decaying sectarian system kindled Beirut’s port blast.

Luxury homes tie Chinese Communist elite to Hong Kong’s fate Alexandra Stevenson and Michael Forsythe New York Times August 12, 2020
Three top leaders of China’s Communist Party have relatives who own assets in Hong Kong, including more than $51 million in luxury real estate, a New York Times investigation shows.

Inside the Iraqi kleptocracy Robert F. Worth New York Times July 29, 2020

Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2020

‘We will persevere’: A newspaper faces the weight of Hong Kong’s crackdown Tiffany May and Austin Ramzy New York Times August 12, 2020
Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper known for celebrity gossip and hard-hitting investigations, has become a target in Beijing’s new national security law in Hong Kong.

Former Saudi official accuses the Crown Prince of trying to kill him Ben Hubbard and Mark Mazzetti New York Times August 6, 2020
Saad Aljabri, a former top intelligence official, filed suit in Washington alleging that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team of agents to Canada to kill him.

Discrimination 2020

Louisiana Supreme Court won’t review life sentence for man who stole hedge clippers Laurel Wamsley NPR August 5, 2020

I hope this is not another lie about the Republican Party Stuart Stevens New York Times July 29, 2020 (Opinion)
I chose to believe what I wanted to believe: The party wasn’t just a white grievance party…. We were wrong…the Republican Party actively embraced, supported, defended and now enthusiastically identifies with a man who eagerly exploits the nation’s racial tensions.