Tough talks ahead for G20

first_img KCS-content whatsapp Share Tags: NULL THE hard-fought compromise may have saved this weekend’s G20 meeting from complete failure by winning Chinese backing for a set of indicators on economic imbalances, but the divided group faces a tougher task ahead in agreeing on how to use the list.Members of the G20 will come together again in Washington in mid-April, at which time group leader France has said it hopes that terms can be set for the indicators. French economy minister Christine LaGarde admitted the negotiations had not been easy, and that there was a long way to go before the indicators were finalised. “Everyone agrees that the international monetary system will not be reshaped in a day or even in a year. These are not targets, goals, these are indicators,” she said. UK Chancellor George Osborne spoke of his support for the indicators, emphasising that exchange rates were clearly included in the wording of the communique.“We did take an important step forward by agreeing these indicators, which was quite a drawn-out process but we got to the right end-point.“Very explicitly, in the communique it mentions exchange rates as part of the imbalances, as well as what we’d supported, which was public and private debt, and that gives us the green light to go forward to the April meetings to agree the guidelines by which we’re going to assess the indicators,” said Osborne. Tough talks ahead for G20 Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapp Sunday 20 February 2011 11:42 pm last_img read more

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IPL 2020 : Blame game starts in Chennai Super Kings, owner…

first_img F1 French GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton today at 6:30 pm — Follow Live Updates The owner of the CSK team has sensationally charged Suresh Raina of behaving like ‘prima donna’ who left the team in lurch. Not only this, the former BCCI president referring to Raina’s sudden departure said, ‘sometimes success gets into your head’ TAGSChennai Super KingsIndian Premier LeagueIPL 2020Srinivasan blasts Suresh RainaSuresh Raina – CSK SHARE Cricket Cricket Happy Father’s Day: Virat Kohli remembers his ‘old man’ ahead of ICC WTC Final Day 3 WTC Final LIVE Day 3: Drizzles back to haunt IND vs NZ final in Southampton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoFree Fire Redeem Codes for April 13th, Best ways to Redeem themUndo“Cricketers are like prima donnas … like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors players have learnt to co-exist,” said Srinivasan.“My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don’t force anyone to do anything … sometimes success gets into your head,” Srinivasan said.Contrary to Srinivasan’s charges, on Sunday morning Raina’s close friend had declared that the southpaw left for India all of a sudden because he was fearful of the Covid-19 situation and was really missing his family.  Previous articleRoman Reigns becomes new champ at Payback 2020 results: Highlights, videos, grades and best moments, everything you need to knowNext articleUS Open 2020 starts tonite, Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar to broadcast tournament live in India Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Virat Kohli completes 10 years in Test Cricket: 10 things you should know about India skipper- check out Cricket Facebook Twitter Reason – according to a report by Outlook, Raina was unhappy with the hotel room he was given. The veteran all-rounder was finding the stiff protocols of the bio-bubble claustrophobic and wanted a similar room that Dhoni had been provided. YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Srinivasan believes that Raina will want to come back.“The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) he is going to lose,” the CSK boss said. IND vs NZ Live Streaming for free with Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Check out the best Recharge Plan WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Covers come off but start of Day 3 delayed due to wet outfield, next inspection soon; follow Live… Formula 1 center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CricketIndian premier leagueIndian premier league 2020Latest Sports NewsSport The Chennai Super Kings team is in complete disarray. After Covid-19 fiasco and Suresh Raina’s controversial walk-out from the CSK squad now the mud-slinging and blame game has started.  By Kunal Dhyani – August 31, 2020 Raina left the team on Saturday citing “personal reasons,” but murmurs of a ‘rift’ between him and skipper MS Dhoni have surfaced.Speaking to Outlook on Sunday, CSK owner and former BCCI president N. Srinivasan said Raina’s sudden exit left the team in a bit of shock.  Cricket Cricket LIVE Cricket Score IND vs NZ WTC Final: India VS New Zealand Live score, ball by ball coverage, Virat Kohli starts Day 3: Follow… IPL 2020 : Blame game starts in Chennai Super Kings, owner Srinivasan blasts Suresh Raina Football ICC WTC Final: Ravichandran Ashwin reveals when he plans to retire from cricket Cricket Cricket Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo at 36, Covers 92m in 14 seconds to score his maiden goal against Germany – Watch Cricket In an interview, Ajay Sethi, chairman of the Channel 2 Group which holds broadcast rights of major cricketing events in the region and a family friend of the Raina disclosed, ‘‘Suresh (Raina) called me back after repeated messages from me during the day. He decided to leave the CSK camp suddenly as he was getting concerned about his wife Priyanka and their two young children, four-year-old daughter Gracia and four-month old son Rio in view of the pandemic situation.‘‘After Covid cases in CSK, situation got too much for him to handle. Raina told me that he started missing the family badly, especially the children, from the time he landed in Dubai’’ said Sethi.IPL 2020 : CSK owner says, ‘I have full faith in Dhoni and he is in full control’Srinivasan added that he spoke to Dhoni and he has full faith on Mahi. He further added that Dhoni had control over the situation after Raina’s departure and even asked his teammates to remain safe.“I spoke to MS (Dhoni) and he has assured me that even if the numbers go up, there was nothing to worry. He spoke to the players through a zoom call and asked them to remain safe. You really don’t know who is a passive carrier,” Srinivasan said.“I have got a solid captain. Dhoni is simply unfazed by anything. That is giving everyone in the team a lot of confidence,” Srinivasan said. WTC Final 2021 LIVE: 5 Ways to watch India vs New Zealand World Test Championship LIVE Streaming for freelast_img read more

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Dairibord Holdings Limited 2008 Annual Report

first_imgDairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw)  2008 annual report.Company ProfileDairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited (DZL Holdings Limited) is the largest dairy company in Zimbabwe; producing and marketing a range of fresh milk and ready-to-drink and long-life milk products. The company also owns Lyons Zimbabwe; a food company that manufactures and markets ice-cream, cordials, condiments and spreads, tea and mineral water; ME Charhons which manufactures biscuits and baking products; and has a majority stake in Dairibord Malawi. The company is wholly-owned by Lavenson Investments Private Limited and is the flagship subsidiary of Dairiboard Holdings Limited. DZL Holdings Limited owns four property companies; Goldblum Investments (Private) Limited, Chatmoss Properties (Private) Limited, Quallinnex Properties (Private) Limited and Slimline Investments (Private) Limited. Its export markets include Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Dairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) Q12012 Interim Report

first_imgAccess Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng)  2012 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Kenya Orchards Limited (ORCH.ke) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Orchards Plc (ORCH.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Orchards Plc (ORCH.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Orchards Plc (ORCH.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Orchards Plc (ORCH.ke)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Orchards Plc manufactures and sells fruit and vegetable bottled and canned products for domestic consumption in Kenya. The company also produces a range of spices and seasoning. Products in its bottled range include fruit jams, tomato paste, tomato sauce, maple syrup, mayonnaise, custard powder, white vinegar used as a meat tenderizer and corn starch. Products in its canned range include baked beans, matoke and mushrooms. Kenya Orchards Plc head office and main operation is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Orchards Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgPadenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Padenga Holdings Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Padenga Holdings Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) in the past 12 months, as of 4th May 2021, is US$6.87M (ZWL579.49M). An average of US$572.45K (ZWL48.29M) per month.Padenga Holdings Limited Abridged Results DocumentCompany ProfilePadenga Holdings Limited is the leading supplier of crocodile skins and meat in Zimbabwe, accounting for nearly 85% of the global supply of Nile crocodile skins used for high-end luxury fashion brands. The company operates three crocodile breeding and production farms in Zimbabwe; Kariba Crocodile Farm, Ume Crocodile Farm and Nyanya Crocodile Farm. Each farm has the capacity to breed close to 15 000 hatchlings per year. Nile alligators are bred at Lone Star Alligator Farm in Texas, USA. Padenga Holdings Limited produces crocodile skin and meat products for consumption by the local market and for export to European and Asian markets. Padenga Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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New Zealand u20’s beat England u20’s to win the Junior World Championship

first_imgWednesday Jul 1, 2009 New Zealand u20’s beat England u20’s to win the Junior World Championship Last weekend the New Zealand Under-20 side set the standard in junior rugby as they put on a highly impressive display against a strong England side at the Junior World Championship in Tokyo. New Zealand won the Final 44-28.As always, the pool of talent in New Zealand runs deep as these youngsters showed that despite the senior All Blacks not having the most enjoyable time at the moment, the near future looks promising.Scoring seven quality tries, the Baby Blacks secured the trophy with Junior World Player of the Year Aaron Cruden playing a part in most of them. Super 14 players such as Zac Guildford and Winston Stanley also contributed with quality play.Leading 25-14 at halftime, the game was finely balanced with the well groomed and determined England side possibly having a chance of getting back into it.Three minutes into the second half the Kiwi side scored again, which basically put the game beyond England, despite scoring a consolation try.Some of these tries scored by the juniors are phenomenal. The support play, fifteen man rugby, and pure class shown at such a young age are something to behold.Congrats to both sides who performed really well throughout the tournament, entertaining the enthusiastic Japanese crowds and no doubt contributing towards the continued growth of the game in that region. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Crusaders player ratings vs Rebels | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Which Crusaders stood out in their 26-point win over the Rebels in the final round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman? Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. New Zealand u20’s beat England u20’s to win the Junior World Championship | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

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Britain’s youngest self-made billionaire joins the Giving Pledge

first_img  726 total views,  2 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: giving pledge philanthropy Melanie May | 29 May 2019 | News Britain’s youngest self-made billionaire Ben Delo has joined The Giving Pledge.Delo, who is 35 and the co-founder of crypto trading platform BitMEX is pledging to donate the majority of his wealth to work protecting the long-term future of humanity. He is the first Giving Pledge signatory to focus his pledge exclusively on this.Inspired by Oxford philosopher William MacAskill and the effective altruism movement, Delo’s intension is to fund work targeting catastrophic threats such as nuclear war and extreme climate change, as well as potential risks from emerging technologies such as engineered pandemics and advanced artificial intelligence.Delo will also collaborate with the Open Philanthropy Project, a research organisation and grantmaker funded by fellow Giving Pledge signatories Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook and Asana) and Cari Tuna, to identify and fund outstanding opportunities in this area.Delo said:“All lives are valuable, including those of future generations. I expect that a vast and extraordinary future lies ahead if we can navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies in the upcoming century.”Delo has already supported a number of organisations working to safeguard humanity, including the Center for Human-Compatible AI, one of the first academic research centres dedicated to the design of safe and reliably beneficial AI systems, as well as a collaboration between Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Future of Humanity Institute on the mitigation and prevention of global pandemics.He is also funding global priorities research, which addresses how to do the most good with a given amount of resources. Last year, he provided seed funding for the Forethought Foundation, a new non-profit founded by William MacAskill, which aims to promote research within philosophy and the social sciences on how best to positively influence the long-term future.As well as signing the Giving Pledge, Delo will also be joining the Giving What We Can community, whose members pledge at least 10% of their lifetime income to whichever organisations can most effectively use it to improve the lives of others.19 new Giving Pledge signatories were announced on Tuesday (28 May). They include Mackenzie Bezos, who has pledged half her fortune to charity, British hedge fund billionaire David Harding, co-founder of WhatsApp Brian Acton, and co-founder of Pinterest Paul Sciarra.The Giving Pledge has now been signed by over 200 people from around the world. Other British pledgers include Sir Richard Branson, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and, Stagecoach co-founder Ann Gloag.  727 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Britain’s youngest self-made billionaire joins the Giving Pledge Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15last_img read more

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Film review: ‘Concussion’ tells the truth about NFL medical neglect

first_imgThrough a vast display of medical examinations and scientific data, the film “Concussion” directly links repeated violent brain trauma of National Football League worker-athletes to dementia, depression, memory loss, mental illness and even suicide. The truth is all laid out here in a melodramatic and undeniable fashion.It’s an ugly reality, and a bit uncomfortable for most football fans, but the truth is, the NFL is a billion-dollar industry that doesn’t a give a damn about its player-employees. To the owners, management and corporate CEOs who reap most of the NFL’s financial gains, the NFL brand is the greatest, most profitable form of violent entertainment in the world. For the worker-athletes, professional football is a beloved passion that requires great strength, power, speed and courage. For the worker-athletes, it is also a game that may cost them their lives. For those who want the truth, “Concussion” truly is a monumental film that needs and deserves to be seen. Actor Will Smith, Dr. Bennet Omalu at ‘Concussion’ premiere.Will Smith fans won’t be disappointed. Smith does a damn good job in this movie. As a seasoned veteran among Black actors and obvious artistic descendant of Sydney Poitier, Smith fully embodies the Nigerian-born medical intellect Dr. Bennet Omalu with unwavering strength, grace and poise — a kind of poignant, stern intensity I haven’t seen from Smith since his cinematic portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the 2001 release “Ali.”Omalu is a brilliant African immigrant doctor who practices in the U.S. as a neuropathologist. His work lands him in Pittsburg — home of the old steel mills and the Pittsburgh Steelers. For Dr. Omalu, life is pretty stable, calm and peaceful until he performs an autopsy on former Steeler great, (center) Mike Webster. Following his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame, Webster was found in his car after having committed suicide. After a thorough autopsy and a series of medical examinations, Dr. Omalu comes to realize that the longtime Steeler, “Iron” Mike Webster, had been quietly going insane for years. In a brief span of time, Webster went from being a well-paid NFL warrior to being homeless, sniffing glue and pulling his teeth out with pliers.Webster had received more than 70,000 violent blows to the head from his childhood up throughout his 18-year career in the NFL. As Dr. Omalu states in the film, “The human brain wasn’t meant to absorb that kind of consistent violent impact.” The team owners may deny it, but the raw physical evidence cannot. The further he digs, the clearer it becomes to Omalu that the NFL’s hard-hitting brand of violent entertainment and high-speed collisions are not only costing worker-athletes their arms, teeth, shoulders and legs: repetitive brain trauma is costing them their lives. Omalu coins this condition “chronic traumatic encephalopathy.” It’s important that these worker-athletes know the ugly truth about this business. Just like the corporate giant tobacco companies used to deny the impact of their product on cancer rates and other related illnesses, “Concussion” clearly illustrates how the NFL is just as guilty in their denial of the impact of consistent brain trauma. The numbers, however, speak for themselves. Eight former employee-players of the NFL have committed suicide since 2011. Suicides expose NFL’s ugly truthDave Duerson was NFL “Man of the Year” in 1987 and a two-time NFL Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. In 2011, he killed himself by putting a shotgun to his chest and pulling the trigger. Duerson was only 50 years old. Kurt Crain of the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins was 66 when he committed suicide; Ray Easterling of the Atlanta Falcons was 62. In 2012, former San Diego Charger Junior Seau, one of the NFL’s all-time greatest linebackers, was a young 43 years old when he committed suicide. Andre Waters died at 44, Jovan Belcher at 25 and Paul Oliver at 29. All died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. In May, 25-year-old Adrian Lynn Robinson hanged himself after playing for six different NFL teams between 2012 and 2015. In 2005, Pittsburgh Steeler offensive lineman Terry Long committed suicide by drinking a gallon of antifreeze. According to a recent Boston University School of Medicine study, out of 34 NFL football players tested postmortem, 33 tested positive for clear signs of CTE. More than 4,500 former NFL players are now in class-action suits against the NFL for its lack of care and denial of medical evidence. How can we cheer our heroes when they’re on the field, yet deny their condition when they’re finally finished breaking their ribs and fibulas for our entertainment? This is the story of proud gladiators dying in disgrace, vibrant families left in ruins.The beauty and power of a film like “Concussion” is that it pulls back the covers of just how heartless, greedy and unethical the ruling-class elite can be. While the primary concern of owners is the value of their entertainment product, team doctors are paid serious sums of money to completely ignore existing player conditions: headaches, torn ligaments, concussions, sprained ankles and more. Instead of receiving proper assessments, current and former players are often misdiagnosed and denied effective treatment. As a professional organization, the NFL has known about CTE for years, yet refuses to acknowledge the long-term impact of repeated high-speed collisions on NFL players’ mental and psychological health. Instead, coaches, management and team doctors resort to Vicodin, Percocets and Zoloft in order to “keep the show going.”To the worker-athlete, professional football is the ultimate team sport, a game of honor, skill and great sacrifice. To the NFL, however, professional football is merely a business of entertainment fueled by the American Dream, young bodies and expendable labor. “Concussion” effectively illustrates the importance of truth, honor and courage over exploitation, capitalism and big business entertainment.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Trump promotes extreme right

first_imgBigot in chief Donald Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement by former CIA Director Mike Pompeo is recognized by all the major bourgeois media as a clear shift to the right.That might sound strange to many workers, oppressed people and progressives. Didn’t Tillerson, the former head of ExxonMobil, personify the corporate ruling class of rich, white, cis men who go into politics to promote the fortunes of U.S. imperialist banks and corporations around the globe? Absolutely.But there are different schools of thought in the ruling class over how to achieve this objective, and Pompeo is a racist, anti-Muslim, reckless warhawk on the extreme right. He has especially pushed hard for a more aggressive posture against Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Pompeo, as head of the CIA, has cultivated a close relationship with Trump. He has been closeted with Trump every day, sometimes for 45 minutes, to “brief” him on what’s going on in the world. That’s plenty of time to stroke the ego of this erratic, impulsive and egocentric billionaire and reinforce his vilest prejudices.Here’s what the bourgeois media are saying about Pompeo.On Korea: “Tillerson was thought to be a voice that cautioned Trump against striking North Korea while Pompeo has come off consistently hawkish. … The U.S. has a tricky patch of diplomacy coming up with North Korea as Trump and Kim Jong Un prepare to meet, and if diplomacy fails, the U.S. could get even tougher on Pyongyang. The most pressing North Korea issue is currently the upcoming May summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, one in which Pompeo has declared the U.S. will make ‘no concessions.’” (Business Insider, March 13)“Pompeo recently declared that the U.S. would not soften its stance on North Korea ahead of planned talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump. ‘Make no mistake about it,’ Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday. ‘While these negotiations are going on, there will be no concessions made.’ Pompeo has previously suggested he favors regime change in North Korea.” (NPR, March 13)On Iran: “Pompeo has been a leading critic of the nuclear deal with Iran.” (NPR)On Muslims: “Amid rumors Pompeo was being considered as a Tillerson replacement, the Atlantic in November noted the CIA director’s alliances with anti-Muslim activists including Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney. [Gabriel] runs ACT for America, an organization that scours textbooks in an effort to eliminate references that equate Islam with Judaism and Christianity, and urges its members to protest the sale of halal food. In 2016, Pompeo won ACT’s ‘highest honor,’ the National Security Eagle Award.” (Washington Post, March 13)On racism: “[Pompeo] made the Sunday show rounds to defend the president’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, even as other administration officials went silent.” (Politico, Nov. 11)Who will replace Pompeo as deputy director of the CIA? Gina Haspel, who as a clandestine CIA officer in 2002 “oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations at a secret prison in Thailand. … [Haspel] oversaw the brutal interrogations of two detainees, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Mr. Zubaydah alone was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, had his head repeatedly slammed into walls and endured other harsh methods before interrogators decided he had no useful information to provide.” (New York Times, Feb. 2, 2017)Pompeo is also for torture and the hellhole prison at Guantánamo, as well as advocating the death penalty for whistleblower Edward Snowden.With these two monsters heading the State Department and the CIA and whispering in Trump’s ear every day, there can be no illusions that the U.S. government is moving toward any easing of tensions it has created in the world. On the contrary, we must be prepared to organize and fight like hell to mobilize against war abroad and reaction at home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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