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Political Prisoners in Venezuela? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eva Golinger   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 00:00

Link to source: http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5261

When politicians and political actors commit crimes, can they hide behind cries of persecution? As international organizations backed by Washington condemn the Chavez administration for alleged political persecution, the facts shed light on the difference between activism and crime.

Amnesty International sent out an urgent action appeal last week, claiming five individuals were under intense political persecution by the Venezuelan government. The international human rights defense organization alleged that “over recent years, the Venezuelan government appears to have established a pattern of clamping down on dissent through the use of legislative and administrative methods to silence and harrass critics. Laws are being used to justify what essentially seem to be politically motivated charges, which would indicate that the Venezuelan government is deliberately targeting opponents”.

What Amnesty International fails to outline or detail is who the individuals at issue really are and what the facts behind the crimes they are accused of actually contain. The urgent action appeal mentions Venezuelan Oswaldo Alvarez Paz, an ex governor of the State of Zulia who was arrested and charged with “public instigation of criminality” and “spreading false information” two weeks ago. Alvarez Paz, who participated in the April 2002 coup d’etat against the Venezuelan government and has consistently promoted publicly the violent overthrow of the Chavez administration, stated on live television that the Venezuelan government was supporting terrorist groups and facilitating drug trafficking. In the context of his statements, Alvarez Paz was supporting allegations from a Spanish court and several right-wing international organizations that were calling for international condemnation of the Venezuelan government.

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The Omo People
Written by TubunMuzu   

 
World War II and the Battle of Britain: Operation Sea Lion, Looking Back Testimony of a Distinguished Veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frederick Clairmonte   
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 00:00

Link to source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CLA20100405&articleId=18515

Editor's Note

This article is phrased as  "a letter written to a colleague from the Sorbonne.  F." 

Battle of BritainThe film on  Lord Dowling, the Supremo  of Fighter  Command during what prosaically has been  labeled the Battle of Britain,  stimulated you to  make some perceptive comments. You asked for some clarifications and  amplifications and I shall take  some time off to do so. To achieve this I consulted my Archives.  I also happened to be a member of the Royal Air Force which I joined in the year of the Battle of Stalingrad.  It was an essential part of my experience and the greatest of educations.

It was more than the transition from an adolescent to an adult. It was far more than a world of flying.  A span of time that included not merely flying and doing what I was trained to do but also  a world  of books and study and thinking and reflecting and in talking to others and learning from them. If you wish to call that a University you may be free to do.  In that world diplomas and degrees  were of utter irrelevance. They would come later.

Let me say at once that there is considerable misunderstanding and swirling myths  of what is meant by the Battle of Britain which began after the collapse of France in June 1940. The mass bombings of South England began  in August. They were called off in November and we shall see why.  There was in the first place no such thing as the Battle of France. France was defeated and capitulated in June 1940. The nostrum of The Battle  of Britain was  concocted  by Winston Churchill. who used it  as a promotional battering ram to give colour and charisma to his leadership.  In sum, he used  it effectively as a public relations stunt.

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British labour movement must resist onslaught with united action PDF Print E-mail
Written by Socialist Appeal   
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 00:00

Link to source: http://www.marxist.com/british-labour-movement-must-resist-onslaught.htm

There has been a massive campaign in the British press and media to “soften up” public opinion for the cuts that loom. Above all, they are trying to split the workers in the private and public sector. Tomorrow, Saturday, April 10, a trade union march and rally has been called in London and here we provide the leaflet that Socialist Appeal supporters will be distributing on the rally. Download the leaflet (pdf)

Photo by  pilotito.Photo by pilotito.“We are entering a new age of austerity”, stated David Cameron, representing the Nasty Party. “Within months we will be the most unpopular government since the war”, explained George Osborne. “This is an era of hard choices”, explained Gordon Brown. Even Nick Clegg has warned his supporters of “tough decisions” in cutting government debt.

This is the language of the 1930s and the Depression. It is a message from the Establishment: everyone has to take a big drop in living standards to put British capitalism back on its feet. It represents a dire warning to the Labour movement and ordinary working people.

The massive attacks on workers in Greece, Portugal, Ireland and elsewhere are a sign of what is to come here, whoever wins the election.

There has been a massive campaign in the press and media to “soften up” public opinion for the cuts that loom. Above all, they are trying to split the workers in the private and public sector. Public sector workers are pictured by the capitalist media as “pampered” in their “cushy” jobs with privileged pensions.

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You're waging war against "This" country! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kourosh Ziabari   
Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

Link to source: http://www.turkishweekly.net/op-ed/2652/you-39-re-waging-war-against-this-country-.html

Tittle-tattles regarding the possibility of a military strike against Iran are being renewed these days. President Obama, to whom I still wonder why the Nobel Peace Prize has gone, is confessing that former President Bush was right in his belief that Iran poses a serious threat to the international community; Russia is cowardly retreating from its position, joining the rest of world's tyrannical powers who favor the imposition of new sanctions against Iran; fueled up by Israel and AIPAC, American corporate media are laying the groundwork to prepare the public opinions forcefully, convincing them that Iran is the most dangerous country in the Middle East and should be disarmed as soon as possible, otherwise, it may attack Israel to wipe it off the map.

All of what's happening right now resonates with the developments which we've been a witness to two years before the invasion of Iraq. New York Times is exactly replaying the unpleasant scenario it had devised to convince us that the late dictator Saddam Hussein has had Weapons of Mass Destruction. History is being repeated once again and Iran is now subject to a backbreaking, multilateral psychological warfare in addition to the previously-running economic embargo. The very fact that Iran is still standing on its own feet demonstrates the powerful will and strong capability of this nation; however, what's really happening behind the scenes? What will happen if U.S. or its Middle East subordinate, Israel, attack Iran?

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A movement back in the streets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Tierney   
Saturday, 27 March 2010 03:20

Link to source: http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/26/movement-back-in-the-streets

The March 21 demonstration for immigrant rights in Washington, D.C., drew more than 200,000 people (Vanissa Chan)IN THE largest demonstration for immigrant rights since 2006, some 200,000 people came to Washington, D.C., on March 21 to highlight the growing demand for reform among more than 11 million undocumented immigrants and their supporters.

The marchers expressed their frustration with the Obama administration's inaction on changing what the president has repeatedly called a broken immigration system.

Organized by the Reform Immigration for America coalition, which represents some 200 different organizations, the throngs of protesters packed the National Mall and rallied for several hours before marching toward the Capitol building.

Thousands of immigrants and others came with their families, many traveling from as far as California to join the mostly Latino crowd of young and old protesters--in addition to the many African, Asian and West Indian immigrant families and organizations present. Buses came from as far as Iowa, and 283 buses were organized in Maryland alone.

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War With the Ghosts PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Monbiot   
Friday, 26 March 2010 14:16

Link to source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/mar/22/trident-nuclear-deterrence-uk-us

Nuclear Symbol

Sharing our nuclear deterrence with France is out of the question. Last week the government slapped down a French offer to reduce the costs of our submarine patrols, by taking turns to prowl the same seas rather than duplicating the effort and occasionally crashing into each other. This proposal, it said, would cause “outrage”, on the grounds that it’s an unacceptable erosion of sovereignty. Using a system leased from the United States, on the other hand, presents no such difficulty. When the government says our sovereignty is threatened, it means that another nation might disrupt the orders it receives from Washington.

So we must maintain the pretence that this is ours alone, and sustain our extravagant doctrine of “continuous at-sea deterrence”. Deterrence against what? Nazis? Aliens? Killer jellyfish? Our Trident missiles, due to be replaced and deployed at a cost of several tens of billions, have no visible strategic purpose. They are the reification of a fantasy: a fantasy that the United Kingdom is still a defining world power and that our enemies present an existential threat. As usual, the government is preparing for the last war, building a fantastical Maginot Line against the enemies of a previous century, the ghost armies that haunt the official imagination.

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