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Venezuela Behind The Headlines: The Other Side Of The Story

Daily news reports continue to paint a dire picture of hunger and misery in Venezuela, while, just before leaving office, Obama renewed an executive order declaring Venezuela a threat to US national security, with accompanying economic sanctions. What is the political context behind these developments and what are the on-the-ground realities in Venezuela today?
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Bronx Elected Officials Join Mayor's Call To Defy President Trump's Order On Immigration

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not the only city official vowing to defy President Donald Trump's orders on immigration....
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Open Letter To Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

You should know that one more time, our senior citizens are been used as pawns in the political games being played by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio....
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Kirsten Gillibrand Backs Bronx Assemblyman’s Bid For DNC Vice Chair

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a tight ally of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, today backed Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake’s campaign for Democratic National Committee vice chair—his highest-power endorsement to date....
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Donald Trump's Inaugural Address

The entire inaugural address:...
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BP Diaz At A Bronx Muslim Forum

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. addressed The Muslim & Immigrant Coalition for Justice....
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Co-op City Rally

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. attended the Riverbay Corporation’s Co-op City Women's March on Washington rally...
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"I Have A Dream", Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights....
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Schumer Announces Opposition To Senator Sessions For Attorney General

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the below statement in opposition of confirming Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General:...
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A Condo Owners’ Bill Of Rights Is On The Table

State legislators propose law to bring greater transparency to condo boards....
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Gov. Cuomo pledges $10M toward Orchard Beach Pavilion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to put $10 million into renovating the shuttered Orchard Beach Pavilion, but that may not be enough to get work going....
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Statement Of NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer On NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

Statement Of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer:...
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Steps To Apply For Affordable Housing & Putting Together A Strong Application

Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of the following study:...
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Kudos To Our Leader Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins

You should know that after many years of ignoring my proposals to protect New York State’s senior citizens, Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally seen the light....
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Trump's Poisoned Chalice

Investors are drooling with anticipation that the coming Trump regime through lowering taxes, removing regulatory barriers and stimulating economic growth will continue to boost the stock market. As a bonus, there is the prospect of repatriation to their corporate owners of trillions of corporate dollars that are “trapped” abroad by American taxes. According to one recent forecast, US corporations hold some $2.5 trillion abroad....
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Mayor de Blasio On The Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law

Statement from Mayor de Blasio on progress under NYC’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law:...
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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. On "Transit For All" MetroCard Campaign

Testimony Of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. On "Transit For All" MetroCard Campaign:...
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Statement By Senator Ruben Diaz On The Resignation Of Gladys Carrión, Esq.

Statement by Senator Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) on the Resignation of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión, Esq.:...
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50th Anniversary Of The Death Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and passing.
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Trump’s Favorite Advisors — Be Afraid

"What really makes China so scary today is the fact that it has so many people, and it’s also becoming an incredibly wealthy country so that our great fear is that China will turn into a giant Hong Kong. And if China has a per capita GNP that’s anywhere near Hong Kong’s GNP, it will be one formidable military power. So a much more attractive strategy would be to do whatever we can to slow down China’s economic growth — because if it doesn’t grow economically, it can’t turn that wealth into military might and become a potential hegemon in Asia."

National Security – An Abused Term

"That hereafter no State court or court of the United States shall admit Chinese to citizenship; and all laws in conflict with this act are
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Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. & The State Of The Bronx On Bronxnet

Bronxites and others will hear details about the borough’s growth, challenges and plans when they tune in to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivering the ‘State of the Borough’ address on BronxNet.
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BP Diaz Delivers Ninth “State Of The Borough” Address

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivered his ninth annual “State of the Borough” address to a crowded auditorium at the Bronx High School of Science.
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Marricka Scott-McFadden Named Deputy Bronx BP

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today announced that Marricka Scott-McFadden would serve as the new Deputy Bronx Borough President, beginning in January 2018.

Right To Know Police Reform Legislation

Statement from Borough President Diaz Re: Right To Know Police Reform Legislation:

BP Diaz Unveils His Office's New Website

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today unveiled his office’s newly revamped website.
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Christopher Columbus: Score One For Italian Americans

Democratic Borough President of Bronx Ruben Diaz, Jr. recently explained in the New York Post, why he is proudly marching in the Columbus Day Parade.
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Dr. Scott Noren On The “Money To Entities” Announcements By Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) NY

Senator Gillibrand, along and other Congressional incumbents, travel to New York municipalities during reelection cycles announcing federal grants to local municipal entities like fire and police departments.

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Billy Wharton

is the editor of The Socialist and the Socialist WebZine. His articles have recently appeared in the Washington Post, Monthly Review Webzine, Dissident Voice, The Indypendent, Common Dreams and Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. Billy lives in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.