INDEPENDENT GLOBAL JOURNALISM: “The Bolivian Coup Comes Down to One Precious Mineral” / truthdig / Vijay Prashad ☮

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before he left office, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Cable Anchor Says Bernie Sanders Support is Too Black” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian ☮

“CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King expressed doubt of the political benefits Bernie Sanders might receive from notable endorsements in a curious way Tuesday night when he asked if the official support from members of “the squad” — all of whom are women of color — might be “too urban.” The conversation came shortly after the sixth Democratic primary debate had just wrapped Tuesday night on CNN, and was pegged to the news that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar were planning to endorse fellow progressive politician Bernie Sanders in his quest for the White House.”

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Pelosi: We WILL NOT Hold Impeachment Inquiry Vote” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian ☮

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she will not stage a vote on the House floor to officially launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The decision came after Democratic leaders, returning to Washington following a two-week recess, had reached out to members of their diverse caucus to gauge the party’s support for such a vote. After back-to-back meetings with party leaders and then the full caucus, Pelosi announced that no such vote would take place. Democratic aides emphasized, however, that the process remains fluid and that Pelosi may reverse course and stage such a vote at any point in the future.”

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Columbus Day is CANCELED” / The Young Turks / John Iadarola, Jayar Jackson, Adrienne Lawrence ☮

“As more people realize Christopher Columbus’ legacy of genocide and slavery, a growing number of municipalities are moving away from Columbus Day and celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead. Furious at this evolution, Fox host Tucker Carlson has railed against Indigenous Peoples Day and in favor of Columbus Day. In doing so, his racist arguments are ripped from white supremacist Jared Taylor.”