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11 Dec, 2021 05:53

Honduran Democracy, Pete Buttigieg, Utah’s Mormon welfare

When Xiomara Castro won the election in Honduras the other week, it was a repudiation of the 2009 US-backed coup that overthrew her husband, Manuel Zelaya. Naomi Karavani reports on the elections and what they mean for the global left. Castro’s husband had ruled as a centrist democrat. He was removed from power in 2009 over small reforms that offended those in power. After a decade of corrupt leadership from the business community Castro won power as a democratic socialist and the imperialists are mad about it. Karavani also reports on recent news around the conservative war against abortion rights in the US, debt collectors being allowed to harass people on social media, Joe Biden’s record on climate change, and more.

Anders Lee looks into Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s inaction when it comes to addressing the supply chain shortages the US is facing. He shows us some of the actions that the secretary of transportation could take to free up the flow of goods in the market. Of course, the neoliberal mindset would never allow soldiers like Pete to improve the working conditions of the workers who keep this nation’s transportation infrastructure working. We’re going to have to settle with system failure. Finally, Jaffer Khan exposes how the Mormon Church has taken over Utah’s social welfare system. People have been forced to convert to Mormonism to receive their benefits and have faced other forms of discrimination from the church.

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