Greg ButterfieldWW photo: G. DunkelFrom the talk given by Greg Butterfield at the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York CityA year ago, few people in the U.S. — including us — were thinking about Ukraine. But one group was: the imperialist ruling class. The 1% and their Pentagon enforcers had been not only thinking about the former Soviet republic, but pouring in money — to the tune of $5 billion, by their own admission — to foment a coup and open up the possibility of NATO expansion to Russia’s western border.Last November, a movement protesting Kiev’s government began in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital. The Western media and U.S. officials loudly supported it, the first indication that something was amiss. These protests, allegedly for democracy and against corruption, demanded an association agreement with the European Union that would open Ukraine’s markets to the West while cutting economic ties with Russia and its Customs Union.The neoliberal character of the movement was clear. In December, its fascist component took center stage as demonstrators destroyed monuments to V.I. Lenin and the Soviet Red Army. Republican Sen. John McCain flew to Kiev and stood beside Oleh Tyahnybok, an open neo-Nazi.Last February, the elected bourgeois government was toppled. Oligarchs assumed direct control of the state and neo-Nazi gangs terrorized the streets. The Obama administration immediately pledged $10 billion in assistance to the new regime and sent John Kerry to hand over the first billion personally.It seemed that Washington had successfully carried out another so-called color revolution — actually a counterrevolution.But then something unexpected happened. An anti-fascist rebellion rooted in the working class began in eastern Ukraine. What started as a protest by the region’s mostly Russian-speaking population against the new regime’s ban on the Russian language developed into a full-fledged armed struggle against NATO expansion, austerity and neo-Nazi terror.What’s more, it took place in a former Soviet republic shattered by capitalist counterrevolution only a generation ago. For the first time in 20 years, discussion of genuine revolution — workers’ revolution for socialism — was back on the agenda in the newly proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as other areas of Eastern Ukraine still occupied by the Kiev regime.The shock waves of this rebellion in the industrial and mining region of Donbass were felt throughout the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union. A resurgence of Soviet patriotism and anti-fascist sentiment pushed the bourgeois government in Moscow to stand up for the existence of the people’s republics, in however flawed and contradictory ways.The effects continue to ripple outward across Europe, where the remembrance of Nazism and fascist occupation remains deeply rooted in the working class. And from the anti-fascist movement in Spain it has spread to Latin America as well. Today, young leftists from Russia, China, Greece, Spain and Brazil, inspired by the international brigades of the Spanish Civil War, have joined the people’s militias fighting fascism in the Donbass.While the resistance is inspiring, the toll of the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine is enormous. Over 10,000 have been killed in the regime’s so-called anti-terrorist operation, tens of thousands more wounded, hundreds of thousands made refugees, homes, schools, hospitals and factories destroyed. At least 48 anti-fascists were slaughtered in the neo-Nazi siege of the Odessa House of Trade Unions building last May 2, hundreds more imprisoned or driven into exile.The constant ratcheting up of war propaganda by the U.S. and NATO against Russia threatens to tip the world into a new global conflict as Wall Street pursues one of its major strategic goals: the destruction of Russia as an independent capitalist rival outside of U.S. control.This week, we’ve seen another major escalation in U.S./NATO war rhetoric as Kiev prepares for a new military offensive against Donbass. The coming months will likely see an increasing class struggle unfold within the people’s republics over their future direction — whether into the orbit of capitalist Russia or in the direction of revolutionary socialism.Workers World Party stands firmly in solidarity with the Donbass People’s Republics and the anti-fascist resistance in Ukraine. We demand an end to the repression against Union Borotba, the Communist Party of Ukraine, and other popular organizations and workers’ movements targeted by the coup regime and its neo-Nazi enforcers.Together with our allies in the International Action Center and the United National Antiwar Coalition, we will continue our work to educate the anti-war and workers’ movement and take action to demand: No NATO expansion! Hands off Donbass and Russia! U.S. out of Ukraine!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Dr. Mark A. Schuster was reluctant to talk specific numbers, but he did say last week that the soon-to-open Pasadena based Kaiser Permanente Medical School in Pasadena has been “flooded” with “thousands” of applicants from all 50 states.What’s more, Schuster and several other school officials said, Kaiser Permanente’s Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine is on target for a July 26 “white coat ceremony” – welcoming the school’s initial 48 students to the first day of their med-school careers.That’s right, 48 students will be accepted from among those thousands of applicants. That’s a lot of winnowing. But when the process is complete, it will officially kick off what Schuster, the school’s founding dean and chief executive officer, hopes is a new day in medical education — one focusing on a new-age “integrated care model” that embraces aspects outside the usual realm of doctor-patient relationships, such as economic and environmental elements of a patient’s situation, plus “service learning” and “community engagement.”Dr. Mark Schuster, founding dean and chief executive officer, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.School officials describe the curriculum as one that aims “to prepare future physicians to become collaborative, transformative leaders committed to prevention, fluent in data-driven care, and adept at addressing the needs of underserved patients and communities.’’Staff members at the school are now engaged in the lengthy process of interviewing applicants, bringing in about 48 a week.“There’s a lot of concern right now in the country that medical education needs to be fixed, that it’s out of date,’’ Schuster told the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, regarding the school’s approach. “Kaiser Permanente really felt that it really had something to offer in the way it organizes care and the way it approaches patients, and they wanted to jump into this effort to make thing better.’’Schuster – recruited from Harvard Medical School, where he was a professor of pediatrics, as well as the chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy at Boston Children’s Hospital – detailed progress at the school, and what its opening will mean for both the city and the state.He said there are 45 states in the U.S. with medical schools. California ranks 43rd in the number of medical-school spots per capita.“We are known as a net exporter of students,” he said. Schuster also said the admissions process will consider not just the usual academic metrics that medical schools employ, but also personal attributes and life experiences, ensuring opportunities to a more diverse student body.What’s more, the first five classes will be tuition-free — freeing students from as much as $200,000 to $400,000 in typical med-school debt, in addition to the undergraduate debt they’ve already accumulated before setting foot in med school.“That’s based on the generosity of Kaiser Permanente,” said Schuster.The school will also include clinical education at KP hospitals and clinics all around the Los Angeles area.Schuster took those gathered at the weekly Rotary meeting on a virtual tour of the state-of-the-art facility, a four-story building at 98 South Robles Ave.Among the highlights: a two-story open-space lobby, 10 simulation rooms (simulating an operating room, for example), an auditorium, numerous conference rooms (“because students learn in small groups”), and a library (although, he said, “we’re not sure we’re actually going to have books” in today’s online and e-book world).To relieve the high stress of a medical student’s life, there’s also a yoga garden, an indoor-outdoor gym and a student lounge. One item the school will not have is cadavers. Schuster said that, in the new med school’s state-of-the-art labs, anatomy will be taught with simulated subjects and augmented by high-tech virtual reality.Heidi Kato, the school’s chief of staff, said the school has already received preliminary accreditation, the first of three steps toward full accreditation by the national Liaison Committee on Medical Education.The next steps would be “provisional,” accreditation, which a school receives when its first class completes two years of study; and then “full” accreditation, which will occur when the school’s first class graduates.Kato said some 250 faculty are already in place, ahead of the summer opening.Rotarian Phil Hawkey described the upcoming medical-school opening as “momentous for Pasadena, a driver of the economy and a driver in transforming the future of health care.’’ 7 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Kaiser Permanente Med School on Target for July Opening ‘Thousands’ of Applications Flood New Pasadena Institution By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter Published on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 1:00 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Email Print Facebook NewsThe cereal offendersBy admin – May 21, 2009 624 Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp It’s pitched as the most important meal of the day, but with only eight per cent of cereals getting a green light for healthy sugar levels, many of us are waking up to poor nutrition as the results of a new report have shown. Adults and children have a hard job finding a healthy start to the day, as cereal companies continue to add large amounts of sugar to their top brands. The report showed that 31 cereals out of the 100 examined contained more than four teaspoons of sugar per recommended serving and only one of the 28 cereals specifically marketed to children was found not to be high in sugar (but was still high in salt).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A UK brand of chocolate crackles topped the sweet mountain with more sugar per serving than a Cadbury’s Chocolate Flake, followed closely by Kellogg’s Coco Pops Moons and Stars, Frosties and Ricicles which were over a third (37 per cent) pure sugar.Many brands thought of as healthy, such as Kellogg’s All Bran, Bran Flakes and Special K did little to bowl over the researchers. Starting the day with Special K, for example, would be almost the sugar equivalent to waking up to a bowl containing a portion of Tesco’s Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Ice Cream.Entitled, “Going Against the Grain”, the report analysed 100 leading cereals. Although sugar levels remained high, positive changes could be seen with reductions in salt content. Despite this, 100g of Tesco Special Flakes was still found to contain the same amount of salt as 100g of Walkers Ready Salted crisps.The report went on to highlight that other issues included confusing labelling, and questionable health and nutrition claims allowing some companies to promote a wholesome image for their brand, while failing to emphasise the high sugar or salt contentSue Davies. a senior figure at Which?, said; “Breakfast is important, and some cereals deserve their healthy image, but most simply don’t. It’s especially shocking that almost all those targeted at children are less healthy. With such little choice, it’s a daily struggle for consumers.“Cereal manufacturers need to wake up to the fact that people want to eat healthily and provide them with the means to do so by reducing sugar and salt levels and making labelling clearer. With over a billion pounds spent on cereals every year, it’s time they rose to the occasion. ”In January 2009, the researchers bought 100 cereals from the main supermarkets. Products were chosen based on their current market share. They excluded hot cereals and mueslis from the research because, despite growth in sales in recent years, they remain a small percentage of the market overall. They looked at the amount of fat, saturates, sugar and salt that the 100 cereals contained and applied industry standards of labelling where possible. Advertisement Previous articleAustralia plays out ICO season with stringsNext articleCo-located hospital approved planning admin
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Tony Romo, long time Dallas Cowboys’ Quarterback, has retired at the age of 36 to pursue a career in sports broadcasting with CBS.Romo, a native of San Diego, had been the Cowboys’ starter ever since taking over from Drew Bledsoe in the 2006 season. This past season, Romo was sidelined due to injury and the emergence of rising star Dak Prescott at the position. Romo’s career was an enigma, to say the least. Let’s examine some of his successes and failures throughout.Men’s hockey: Here are all the Badgers currently playing in the 2017 NHL PlayoffsWith the NHL Playoffs beginning last weekend, it can be hard to know who to root for. Maybe your team Read…His failures all began Jan. 6, 2007 in the Wild Card game against Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasslebeck and the Seattle Seahawks. Leading the field down for a touchdown, all Romo had to do was handle the snap cleanly and the Cowboys would advance. Alas, the snap slipped through Romo’s hands and the Cowboys went home packing in Romo’s first season as starter.It was week 17 and the Cowboys were playing the Philadelphia Eagles in a (playoffs) affair Dec. 28, 2008. Romo laid an absolute egg throwing for just 183 yards with a passer rating of 55.8. The Cowboys got rocked 44-6. It was never even a game. Enough said.The Cowboys returned to the playoffs in 2010 and got promptly annihilated by Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers 34-3. Romo once again threw no touchdowns and for under 200 yards in what was an embarrassing defeat for America’s team.2012, week 17, my personal favorite. The Cowboys played the Giants, and once again, it was not even close, as the Cowboys fell miserably to the Giants in a 31-14 thumping by Eli and Co.College basketball’s top performers throughout historyCentral Michigan’s Marcus Keene recorded the first 50-point game in NCAA Division I play in the last four years a Read…Week 17 of the following season and the Cowboys were in yet another win and were up against the Washington Redskins (starting to notice a trend here?) Romo threw three interceptions, including a game-clinching one at the end of the fourth quarter. The Cowboys fell short again.For his career, Romo holds a 2 and 4 record in the playoffs as well as a 0-3 record in other win or go home games. This, paired with Romo’s lack of durability throughout his career and failure to ever even reach a Super Bowl, casts a dark light on the career of the quarterback who was supposed to bring America’s team back to the promised land.
Of the eight teams in action in Wednesday’s four Round of 16 matches at Turkey 2013 two are former champions, five are unbeaten – four of them having won two and drawn one – and three are outsiders who gave the big boys a run for their money in the group phase.All four ties look too close to call. Even Portugal, who are among the tournament favourites, will have their work cut out against a Ghana side that came back from the dead in the first round and have nothing to lose. Croatia, Colombia and Iraq find themselves in similar situations, having put together impressive campaigns so far, but they will be taking nothing for granted against quality opposition.The schedule3 July (all times local)Round of 16Portugal-Ghana, Kayseri, 18.00Croatia-Chile, Bursa, 18.00Colombia-Korea Republic, Trabzon, 21.00Iraq-Paraguay, Antalya, 21.00Match of the dayThe proud FIFA U-20 World Cup records possessed by Portugal, back-to-back winners of the competition in 1989 and 1991, and 2009 champions Ghana is one of the factors that make this tie such an intriguing one. There is more to it than history, however. Both sides play enterprising, attack-minded football, with the Portuguese heading into the knockout phase as the highest scorers with ten goals. Five of them came in the biggest win of the tournament to date, against Cuba, while the livewire Bruma is the leading marksman at Turkey 2013 with five goals. Though those statistics will no doubt please coach Edgar Borges, he will also be concerned about the four goals his side shipped in their first two matches against Nigeria and Korea Republic.While A Seleção das Quinas are the favourites to progress, Ghana’s dramatic qualification, which came after they kicked off with two defeats, ought to serve as a warning to the European side. The Africans put four past USA in their final group match and then endured a nervous two-day wait before their place in the last 16 was confirmed, albeit by a narrow one-goal margin from Egypt. Ghana’s determination to progress from arguably the toughest section in the competition and the enthusiasm with which they celebrated their eventual qualification suggests they will be very awkward opponents for the Portuguese.Other highlightsLike Portugal, Croatia were another European side to collect seven points from their three group matches, albeit with a little less flair. One thing in their favour, however, is the fact they will be relatively fresh for the tie with Chile, with coach Dinko Jelicic having rested nine first-teamers for their last outing against New Zealand. The Chileans are sure to show more than they did in the group stage, when they narrowly beat Egypt, drew with England and then lost to Iraq, but will need to be at their best to counter the aerial threat of the Balkan side. After a surprisingly slow start against Australia, Colombia slipped through the gears to win Group C and justify their tag as genuine title contenders. The reigning South American champions will be hoping Juan Quintero can maintain his form against Korea Republic, who lost momentum after making a bright start in their pool. The South Koreans also have a major injury worry, with star man Ryu Seungwoo a doubt for Wednesday evening’s game.Of the day’s four matches, the one involving Iraq and Paraguay, both of whom are undefeated, looks to be the most open. Unfancied before the tournament, the Iraqis were nothing short of a revelation in winning a tough section and are now looking to continue their fairy tale run. The Paraguayans are also full of heart after beating Mexico and drawing their two other Group D engagements, which was enough to give them second place. The absence through suspension of captain Gustavo Gomez, who was sent off against Greece, is nevertheless a major headache for La Albirroja.Player to watchWhile perhaps not reaching the levels expected of him, especially after helping himself to four goals at the South American U-20 Championships, the Paraguayan midfielder Derlis Gonzalez has what it takes to become his side’s go-to man in the knockout rounds. He proved his worth by getting the only goal of the group meeting with Mexico, his team’s only win to date. The Benfica man, who is currently on loan at Guarani, is not lacking in motivation, having promised to dedicate every goal he scores in Turkey to his newborn daughter.The number57 – The number of shots Ghana have had on goal at Turkey 2013, the same as Nigeria and Mexico, followed by Portugal with 55, twice as many as the next team on the list. Some 29 of the Portuguese’s shots have been on target, two fewer than Colombia, who have had more than anyone else. Of all the teams in action on Wednesday, Korea Republic have registered the fewest shots, a