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Venezuela Headlines November 6- November 21, 2007

Michael Fox | Violence and illegal campaign propoganda in the leadup to the Dec. 2nd Venezuelan Constitutional Reform Referendum - New agreements between Venezuela, China and Iran - Spanish King tells Chavez to "shut up" - and the ILO criticizes Venezuela - more...  0 Comments

PHILIPPINES: Estrada's pardon honor among thieves

AKBAYAN & SANLAKAS | AKBAYAN (Citizens' Action Party) condemned the granting of executive clemency for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), saying that it reflects not national unity but honor among thieves.

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France: for Class Organization of Workers against the sabotage by the Unions!

ICP | After the Success of the Demonstrations and Strikes Tuesday (about 700 000 demonstrators)
the Collaborationist Trade-union ‘Leaders” Cynically Manoeuvre to Abort the Struggle. Only the Class Organization of the Workers can Counter Their Sabotage.
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YOU can help stop the Thought Crimes Act: S.1959

truther | Under the guise of a bill that calls for the study of "homegrown terrorism," Congress is apparently trying to broaden the definition of terrorism to encompass both First Amendment political activity and traditional forms of protest such as nonviolent civil disobedience, according to civil liberties advocates, scholars and historians. more...  0 Comments

Potomac earth first call to action: Green scare solidarity

PEF! | On December 7, 2005, The F.B.I. and local law enforcement began a round up, of alleged environmental and animal rights activists. This attack was not just on radical environmentalists this attack was on the entire environmental movement and American people. Like the Red Scare in the 40's, 20's, and turn of the 20th century the radical left was attacked in the same way which lead to an over all weakening of the progressive movement. more...  0 Comments

Is RWDSU the Sweatheart of Clothing Giant H&M at the Expense of UNITE HERE?

John Foreno | Why did Swedish-based retailer H&M sign a card-check agreement with RWDSU when it was Unite Here that had battled with the company because it wouldn't agree to card-check? more...  0 Comments

Building Bridges Radio: Kucinich on Impeachment

Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg | WBAI's Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Reports
presents this 26.5 minute radio program.

Venezuela: counterrevolution raises its head

Alan Woods | In Venezuela the forces of the counterrevolution are engaged in an all-out offensive against Chavez and the Revolution. Right-wing students stage armed provocations on the campuses and the streets. The bourgeois media, nationally and internationally, are whipping up a campaign of hysteria against "tyranny" and "dictatorship". US imperialism, with the help of Juan Carlos and the Spanish bourgeoisie, is striving to isolate Venezuela and create an anti-revolutionary bloc in Latin America, based on Brazil and Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

As on previous occasions - the coup of 2002, the bosses' lockout, the recall referendum and the elections of 2005 and 2006, the reactionaries are using the slogan of supposed "defence of democracy" as a means of mobilizing the counterrevolutionary forces, creating a climate of fear and instability in order to prepare the ground for a right-wing coup.

In the present battle who is opposed to the reform of the Constitution? Fedecamara, that is, the landlords, bankers and capitalists, the Episcopal Conference, representing the reactionary hierarchy of the Church, the right-wing media and imperialism. On the other side of the barricades are the workers and peasants, the poor and dispossessed, the revolutionary youth and the progressive intelligentsia: in other words, all the living forces of Venezuelan society. more...  0 Comments

US steps up plans for military intervention in Pakistan

bill van auken | In the midst of public statements of support for “democracy” in Pakistan and the recent visit to Islamabad by the American envoy John Negroponte, Washington is quietly preparing for a stepped-up military intervention in the crisis-ridden country.

According to the New York Times Monday, plans have been drawn up by the US military’s Special Operations Command for deploying Special Forces troops in Pakistan’s frontier regions for the purpose of training indigenous militias to combat forces aligned with the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Citing unnamed military officials, the newspaper reports that the proposal would “expand the presence of military trainers in Pakistan, directly finance a separate tribal paramilitary force that until now has proved largely ineffective and pay militias that agreed to fight Al Qaeda and foreign extremists.” more...  0 Comments

Coup D'Etat Rumblings in Venezuela

Stephen Lendman | The Bush administration aims to crush democracy in Venezuela more...  0 Comments

thought police bill by democrat

citizen | With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.
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Take the Black Out Of Black Friday

forwarded by Skinny John | National campaign encourages Blacks to refrain from shopping on the day
after "thanksgiving", the biggest shopping day of the year, to protest
the national surge in racist attacks. more...  0 Comments

Americans Gas Guzzled Again

Dr. Peter Stern | Americans are so adaptable it's pathetic. more...  2 Comments

On the Philippine Congress Bombing (and Glorietta Mall blast)

Akbayan & Anak Mindanao Partylists | Akbayan & Anak Mindanao Partylists condemn Batasan bombing more...  0 Comments

Pakistan - Which way forward?

Lal khan | With the unleashing of a new wave of state terror after the imposition of martial law in the name of a state of emergency, the Musharraf dictatorship has shown its true colours. There has been brutal repression. Thousands of political and trade union activists have been arrested. Women workers have been severely beaten in front of the TV cameras. Trade unions have been further crushed and along with the state oppression there has been an avalanche of price hikes, and increase in poverty and unemployment - all as a direct result of the policies of the present regime.

At the same time the imposition of a state of emergency has further exposed the contradictions and conflicts within the state itself. The condition of the regime is so fragile and desperate that the Supreme Court, which in fact was trying to vent the wrath of the masses arising from the blundering and disastrous policies of the government, could not be tolerated by Musharraf and was dismissed. Through judicial activism, the Supreme Court was acting as a safety valve to preserve the existing order. The act of attacking the judiciary was in reality a self-inflicting wound for a crisis-ridden state. Most dictators in history enter a state of megalomania and madness on the eve of their demise. Cut off from reality, besieged in their echelons of power, they enter into the realm of insanity. Musharraf is no different; he is suffering from the psychosis of indispensability. more...  0 Comments

Death of Ashraf Marwan

The Spectator | Death of Ashraf Marwan more...  0 Comments

Housing Court: Groundbreaking Right to Counsel Bill Introduced in City Council

Denise R. Oliveira | City Council members Rosie Mendez and Alan Gerson introduced a bill today that aims to protect the rights of senior citizens when they are sued in housing court and cannot afford a lawyer. The Right to Counsel Bill would establish a right to counsel for low income senior citizens in eviction and foreclosure proceedings. If it passes, it will be the only place – outside of parental custody proceedings – where New Yorkers have a right to counsel in civil cases. more...  0 Comments

The immiseration of the working class – Marx was right!

By Michael Roberts | Just a couple of weeks ago, America's government tax collectors, the Internal Revenue Service, issued a new report. The IRS found that the richest 1% of Americans earned a record 21.2% of all income in 2005, up from 19% the year before. At the same time, the bottom 50% earned just 12.8% of all income in 2005, down from 13.4%. This was a record. IRS data only go back to 1986, but other academic research suggests that the last time wealthy Americans had such a high percentage of the national income was in the 1920s.

And there's more. The IRS data show that the incomes of people right in the middle of all the income brackets (where half earn less and half earn more) fell 2% between 2000 and 2005 when adjusted for inflation, to $30,881. At the same time, the income level for the top 1% grew 3% to $364,657, or over ten times as much!

This shows that capitalism is not only a breeder of economic crisis, war and waste, but is also a system of grotesque exploitation and injustice. When Marx wrote Das Kapital around 150 years ago, he argued that "pauperism (poverty) forms the condition of capitalist production and of the capitalist development of wealth... in proportion as capital accumulates, the situation of the worker, be his payment high or low, must grow worse". more...  4 Comments

Journalist attacked in Acapulco, Mexico.

Guillermo Ramirez | Justice is protecting the criminal and can send the victim to jail because of the corruption. more...  0 Comments

Harlem: Not For Sale

K. Cyr | Several of the testimonials were directed toward Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, who is the primary advocate for recklessly expanding institutional property into the historic neighborhoods of Harlem. more...  0 Comments

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