This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Feb. 6, 2019

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Maquiladoras wildcat strikes test President Lopez Obrador's reform
  • Arab states disagree with the U.S. and E.U. on Syrian re-engagement
  • Presidential candidate Kamala Harris not a "progressive prosecutor"

• Wildcat strikes in the Maquiladoras are seen as an early test for President Lopez Obrador’s “Fourth Transition” program to reduce inequality and build a new partnership between the government, corporations and workers.

(“Mexican workers are engaging in wildcat strikes at the border,” In These Times, Jan. 25, 2019; “Mexican border plants losing $50 million a day amid strikes,” Reuters, Jan. 29, 2019)

• Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, disagree with the U.S. and European Union on how to re-engage with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

(“Rebuilding Syria: why Arabs and the west are on a collision course,” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 29, 2019; “Postwar Syria: Arab world moving to bring Damascus back into the fold,” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 17, 2019) 

• Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ long record as attorney general and prosecutor  has provoked criticism on the left for her failure to aggressively investigate allegations of misconduct and abuse by police and prosecutors, even in the face of clear evidence of wrongdoing, as well defending harsh prison sentences and criminalization of truancy in minority neighborhoods.

(“Kamal Harris: Can ‘top cop’ win over progressives in 2020?” Guardian, Jan. 19, 2019“Kamala Harris was not a ‘progressive prosecutor,'” New York Times op-ed, Jan. 17, 2019 )

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