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Last Friday, Brazilian unions ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer Last Friday, Brazilian unions ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer with a nationwide general strike that closed schools, disrupted transport networks and led to clashes with public security in several cities. Thirty-five million Brazilians took part in the strike out of 208 million. Now if only we could get US citizens so united against the massive corruption of both major political parties and the corrupt US government.

Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo blocked key roads with barricades of burning tires on. Riot police used teargas and percussion grenades to try to disperse the crowds and open the routes.

Brazilian media reported protests in 26 states and strikes by teachers, bus drivers, healthcare providers, oil industry workers and public servants.

As night fell on Friday, there were multiple clashes in central Rio between protesters, who set fire to a bus, and riot police, who fired dozens of rounds of tear gas.

The reason for the protests is simple. The corrupt Brazilian government wants to redistribute income from the 99 percent to the 1 percent by cutting pensions and new labor laws that weakened workers rights. This is called a policy of austerity, which is well known to be a failure at economic stimulus. Since austerity is a proven failure, there is no reason to attempt such a remedy of the economic downturn Brazil has fallen into.

According to the Guardian, “Many voters are furious that politicians are insisting on the need for cuts in benefits and public services even as evidence grows that they benefited personally from illegal kickbacks on overinflated contracts.”

Cutting pensions and benefits will only make the economic downturn worse, and this President Temer must know, otherwise he is ignorant, stupid or corrupt. Obviously, we’re looking at “corrupt.”

The Guardian went on, “Eight cabinet ministers have been implicated in the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation into corruption at the country’s two biggest companies, Petrobras and Odebrecht. Temer’s approval ratings have slipped into single digits, similar to the level of his predecessor, Rousseff, when she was impeached last year.”

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Tens of thousands of people protested in European cities on Saturday against planned free trade deals with the United States and Canada they say would undermine democracy and lower food safety, environmental and labor standards. The Trans Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) would also redistribute trillions of dollars from working Europeans to the rich folks, and wreak Europe’s labor unions in the process. That is precisely what this treaty has been negotiated to do.

Organizers from an alliance of environmental groups, labor unions and opposition parties said 320,000 people took part in rallies in seven German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt. Police put the figure at around 180,000.

Smaller protests were also planned in other European cities, including Vienna and Salzburg in Austria and Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden.

In Berlin, demonstrators waved banners reading “STOPP CETA – STOPP TTIP”, another placard said “People over profits”.

The demonstrations are against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States and the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, currently being negotiated by the European Union’s executive with the respective governments across the Atlantic.

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Hawaiian protestors are hounding the pesticide/GMO manufacturer Syngenta, all the way to the company’s headquarters in Switzerland, where many of its products are banned due to health concerns, but which are perfectly legal in the United States.

Malia Chun was one of the protestors. “Traveling with a small delegation from her island, Chun came halfway around the world to confront Syngenta as both a mother and a practicing teacher of Native Hawaiian culture. Chun and others in her community suspect the pesticides may be responsible for an uptick in health problems such as asthma and birth defects, including several cases where babies were born with their intestines outside of their bodies. “As far as pesticide exposure goes, it’s most harmful to children, both born and unborn,” Chun said. “‘It’s also a direct desecration of our culture.'”

Check out the full story by clicking on the link below at Truthout.org.

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About 150 protestors rallied yesterday against the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest income and political power redistribution scam in US history, which is falsely called an international trade agreement by government plutocrats and corporate hacks. The protestors voiced their disapproval of Fast Track Legislation which might be introduced to congress as early as next week.

Representatives from diverse grass roots organizations converged on the meeting places, which included the Oregon offices of Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, and Wall Street US House Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader. Labor organizations, religious groups (First Unitarian Church) and environmental groups (Sierra Club), as well as human rights groups, such as Black Lives Matter, sent representatives.

The fast track negotiating authority for trade agreements is the authority of the President of the United States to negotiate international agreements that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster. Debate is also limited. Fast track negotiating authority is a temporary and controversial power granted to the President by Congress. The authority was in effect from 1975 to 1994, pursuant to the Trade Act of 1974, and from 2002 to 2007 by the Trade Act of 2002. Although it expired for new agreements on July 1, 2007, it continued to apply to agreements already under negotiation until they were eventually passed into law in 2011. In 2012, the Obama administration began seeking renewal of the authority.

As for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we know from leaked documents the TPP is a massive income redistribution scam. The TPP has almost nothing to do with international trade. We know that;

* TPP will give incentives for US corporations to export millions of US jobs. The Federal Reserve estimates that 28 million US jobs were exported between 1990 and 2010.

* TPP will increase US income and wealth inequality. The 1 percent have already taken 95 percent of all income growth in the United States since 2009. Currently, the 1 percent are stealing 36+ percent of all income produced in the USA, compared to only 8 percent in 1980. International trade scams and other federal legislation have brought inequality about. For example, when the above jobs were exported, the difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower wages will go straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and surging share prices.

* Those lost jobs will no longer be paying the taxes for our infrastructure, K-12 education, higher education (tuition and fees will go up), social safety nets, schools, fire, police, public transportation, social security taxes, but those lost jobs will push the stock markets higher.

* TPP will effectively eliminate your voting rights on local and state issues since it will unconstitutionally grant investors of the 0.01 percent special privileges to challenge labeling and health and safety local laws and regulations of the 99 percent, which most people call voter suppression, but in this case it should be called voter elimination,

* TPP will offer new monopolies for Big Pharma to raise medicine prices they charge you (which redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent),

* TPP will limit food safety standards (which redistributes and transforms your health into the profits of the 1 percent),

* TPP will block financial regulations aimed at preventing the next financial crisis (which will make it easier for Wall Street to redistribute your income and wealth to the 1 percent). Bank of America Stands to Gain From This. The bank will be able to steal more money from you with less regulations, which will increase its profits, dividends and share prices, not to mention CEO bonuses. Bank of America is also spending millions of dollars on lobbyists in support of Fast Track and TPP.

* TPP will destroy millions of jobs in Latin America (230,000 in the textile industry of El Salvador alone) forcing millions of undocumented immigrants into the United States.

Yes, believe it or not, Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden supports this massive income and political power redistribution scam, as well as Fast Track, and corporate plutocrats such as Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader keep saying they haven’t made up their minds. What a corporate plutocrat shocker!

* The result of the above will be to depress wages in both North and South America, all to the benefit of the 1 percent, and all at the expense of the 99 percent.

* And we can’t forget that TPP will increase the already massive US trade deficit with other nations, which is supposed to be a bad thing. The exported jobs will be producing goods overseas rather than here, and then US corporations will export their products from China and Vietnam into the United States, exacerbating the current trade deficit.

In other words, the TPP has almost nothing to do with trade. It’s about taking away your money, your voting rights, and giving them to the 1 percent.

TPP, in other words, is designed to put more of your money in the hands of the 1 percent, and this money will be used to corrupt government even more while impoverishing you, and redistributing your future and the future of your children to the 1 percent.

You can rest assured, if Fast Track passes, and the TPP passes with it, profits, as well as the tax rebates Bank of America receives, will become greater, and at your expense.

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Worldwide protests took place yesterday November 14, 2014 all over the world in an effort to stop President Obama’s great scheme to redistribute massive amounts of democracy and income from the 99 to the 1 percent via the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest income redistribution treaty of all time. The grannies in the video above are singing against the TPP.

In Portland, Oregon citizen’s met in front of Wall Street Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office. Led by Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade, the citizen’s went inside to voice their concerns to the congressman’s staff. Then they strolled to Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden’s office to voice their concerns.

In typical fashion, both the senator and the congressman vote liberally on most social issues. Then, when nobody is looking, and certainly not the corporate press, these two Wall Street favorites consistently vote to redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent. Wyden has a 100 percent voting record to this purpose.

The TPP is called a free trade treaty, but it has almost nothing to do with trade. It’s mainly about curbing Internet freedom, raising the prices of pharmaceutical drugs, curbing Wall Street regulations, eliminating local and state laws protecting the health of citizens and the environment, exporting millions of American jobs overseas and redistributing the difference between the old higher and new lower wages into the already fat pockets of the 1 percent. The TPP is about exporting millions of Latin American jobs to Asia and the difference between the old wages and the new will go to the 1 percent. It’s about driving millions of Latin Americans illegally into the US and pushing wage rates down here, and the difference between the old wages and the new lower wages will go to the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and soaring share prices.

And this is just a tiny bit of what we know about the most secretly negotiated treaty in US history. That’s from leaked documents.

The treaty will redistribute democracy and the income of millions of American citizens to the 1 percent via a variety of legal mechanisms within the treaty. In other words, Obama, Wyden, Blumenauer and Wall Street Republican Senator Mitch McConnell are rigging the legal, governmental, and financial game against the 99 percent even more than they already have. This so-called treaty is a death blow to the middle class in America.

So where are the conservative raging grandmothers?

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Video: Walmart Workers Strike, September 5, 2013

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