Oppression and Exploitation News October 22 – 28

Harm through the government 2020

Democrats cannot cave to the Republican death cult on the stimulus bill Elie Mystal The Nation October 21, 2020
Liability protection might not sound like an issue worth fighting for, but lives literally depend on whether Democrats hold the line during stimulus negotiations.

Trump’s crony capitalism Anne O. Krueger Project Syndicate October 21, 2020
During his first presidential campaign four years ago, Donald Trump promised to change the way America does business. He has kept that promise: Now more than ever, America resembles the kind of crony-capitalist system that one more commonly associates with developing and post-communist countries.

Harm through the market 2020

Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges for opioid sales Jan Hoffman and Katie Benner New York Times October 21, 2020
The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue.

Tax Havens 2020

Goldman Sachs Malaysia arm pleads guilty in 1MDB fraud Matthew Goldstein and Emily Flitter New York Times October 22, 2020
All told, Goldman will pay billions in penalties and disgorgement in Malaysia, the United States and Hong Kong for its role in the looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund.

Opposing oppression and injustice 2020

Why Nigeria is now erupting Rick Gladstone and Megan Specia New York Times October 21, 2020
Africa’s most populous country and biggest oil producer has been convulsed by protests that started with anger over police brutality and have now broadened, drawing worldwide attention.

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