As socialist candidate looks poised for victory, an exciting new future looks possible for Peru

After a series of short-term presidents following the resignation of scandal-plagued then-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in March 2018, Peruvians went to the polls this month to elect a new leader. The race is very tight with just 0.3% separating the two candidates. But the frontrunner, a socialist newcomer, now looks all but certain to win. And that opens the possibility of an exciting new future for a country ravaged by years of corruption, human rights abuses, and neoliberalism. A razor-thin margin, but a clear victor nonetheless On 6 June, Peru held a run-off election to choose its next president. According to Peruvian electoral law, a run-off is held…

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Massive community victory as men detained by immigration enforcement are released

People have been celebrating a massive community victory after police released men detained by Border Force officials in Glasgow after protesters surrounded their van and prevented it from leaving. Demonstrators in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, blocked the immigration enforcement van for hours on Thursday, with one lying underneath the vehicle. Around 200 protesters were at the scene, with chants of “Leave our neighbours, let them go” and “Cops go home” shouted as a ring of police stood around the van. The solicitor for the men tweeted the moment he went to tell the men that they would be freed:   This was the proud moment that after hours of…

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“Huge Victory”: Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin today’s show looking at a major provision in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers, who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. The American Rescue Plan sets aside $10.4 billion for agriculture support and allocates about half the funds to farmers of color who were, quote, “subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group,” unquote. The…

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Suspended and expelled members win victory over Labour in the courts

Labour members expelled or suspended over antisemitism allegations will have their day in court, a judge has ruled. The decision to take the cases to a full hearing came on Wednesday 24 February after resistance from Keir Starmer’s Labour Party. Speaking about his victory at the High Court, journalist Sameh Habeeb said: I joined the Labour Party after I came to the UK as a refugee from Gaza. I thought it shared my values, but the Party has let me down. I’ve been suspended for over two years and have been gagged from responding to constant attacks on my character. I never wanted to take my own Party…

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Victory for campaigners as richest Cambridge college promises to divest from fossil fuels

After four years of student campaigning, Cambridge’s Trinity College has promised to divest fully from fossil fuels in the next 10 years. The college has vowed to end all direct investment into fossil fuels by the end of 2021, and all indirect investment within 5-10 years. Trinity is only the third Cambridge college to promise full divestment. The university as a whole has promised divestment by 2030, with no distinction between direct and indirect investments. HUGE! Congratulations to the students, staff and alumni who have been campaigning over the past 5 years to move the college's £1.5bn endowment fund out of fossil fuels ? Legends ⭐ @ZeroCarbonSoc @TDivestment @TRIScambridge…

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Massive victory for workers as Uber loses Supreme Court battle

Supreme Court justices have ruled against Uber and said that drivers should be classed as workers. Seven justices ruled on the latest round of a long-running fight between Uber operating companies and drivers on Friday, after a hearing in July. Uber operating companies, who said drivers were contractors not workers, appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the fight. “Historic” Justices dismissed Uber’s appeal in a decision the GMB union said was “historic”. BREAKING: It’s the end of the road for Uber’s mistreatment of drivers. This landmark Supreme Court ruling puts all debates to bed. Time for Uber to accept its responsibilities, compensate drivers…

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A huge victory for the right to protest as injunction against environmental activists is scaled back

Campaigners are celebrating a massive victory as the company UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) announced that it is scaling back its interim injunction against protesters. The injunction has been in place since 2018, and has severely hampered the right to protest against UKOG and its drilling for extreme oil. Campaigners have argued that the injunction has been “the most expansive so far sought by the industry”. Five women, under the umbrella of the Weald Action Group (WAG), had been expecting to continue their legal challenge against the injunction in the High Court on 9 February. But on 4 February, UKOG scaled the injunction back radically, including removing a…

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The left eyes victory as Ecuador goes to the polls

On Sunday 7 February, Ecuadorians go to the polls to elect a new president and National Assembly. Ecuador has been gripped by an economic crisis amidst an “erratic and negligent” response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And socialist candidate Andrés Arauz looks poised to win – if the process is free and fair. Andrés Arauz Socialist candidate Arauz, a protégé of former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, leads most polls. To win in the first round, Arauz needs to gain either a clear majority of over 50%, or win over 40% of the vote with a difference of at least 10 points with the next most popular candidate. Arauz…

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Georgia Turning Blue? In Victory for Grassroots Organizers, Warnock Wins Senate Runoff; Ossoff Leads

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Well, this is a remarkable day after an election. Democrats appear on the brink of taking control of the U.S. Senate, after Reverend Raphael Warnock won a special election Tuesday over Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, while Democrat Jon Ossoff has a 16,000-vote lead in his runoff against former Republican Senator David Perdue. If Ossoff wins his race, the Senate will be split 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote, giving Democrats more power to pass President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Georgia’s runoff races were among the most expensive Senate races…

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“Victory for Julian”: U.K. Blocks WikiLeaks Founder Assange Extradition to U.S. on Espionage Charges

In a stunning decision, a British judge has blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, saying he would not be safe in a U.S. prison due to his deteriorated mental state. In 2019, Assange was indicted in the United States on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The United States has already announced plans to appeal the ruling. Press freedom advocates have campaigned against Assange’s prosecution for years, arguing it would set a dangerous precedent for prosecuting journalists. The blocked extradition due to concern over prison…

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