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Harpseals.org | Restaurants all over the country join the Canadian Seafood boycott in an attempt to save baby seals. more...  0 Comments

"Casino Jack" Abramoff's African Scheme Letter- Equatorial Guinea Connections?

Harry Bowman | The letter by "Casino Jack" Abramoff to President Omar Bongo of Gabon mentions a neighboring African nation and a man named "Roger" not identified in the Washington Post report. The nation may be Equatorial Guinea and "Roger" may be known crony Roger Stone. Interestingly, Stone was involved in a fraudulent anti-casino effort similar to the one perpetrated by Abramoff and Bush Southeast regional campaign director Ralph Reed. The letter may be part of a similar attempt to extract money from persons with business before the US government. more...  0 Comments

Germ Boys and Yes Men

Jeremy Scahill | In a major expose in the upcoming issue of The Nation, Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reports on how a Republican operative with no experience was put in charge of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and how the Bush administration exaggerated the threat of a bioterror attack three years ago in an effort to win greater support for the Iraq war. more...  1 Comments

France: Racism, poverty fuel rebellion

Fred Goldstein | The working class leadership in France has been weak on this question and downright reactionary at times. Right now they need to stop retreating. They must not confine themselves to mere protests against reactionary measures of repression. They need to demand that all the cops be withdrawn, that the emergency decrees be revoked. They need to come out for the justified rebellion.

The rebellious youth must be embraced as part of the working class. They may be unemployed, underemployed and/or unorganized, but right now they are potentially the greatest allies of the organized workers. They have overwhelmed a part of the state. They are mobilized and if they were to be joined by a solidarity strike against racism, poverty and oppression, the entire working class could push the ruling class offensive back.

It would be a mirror, but on a grander scale, of when the French workers in 1968 followed the students with a general strike and shook the ground under French capitalism. It is the lack of understanding of the national question, of the colonial question, of the importance of coming out against national oppression, that now stands in the way of a united struggle against capitalist exploitation itself. This must be overcome. more...  1 Comments

The Problem with Frenchness

Juan Cole | A lot of the persons living in the urban outer cities (a better translation of cite than "suburb") are from subsaharan Africa. And there are lots of Eastern European immigrants. The riots were sparked by the deaths of African youths, not Muslims. Singling out the persons of Muslim heritage is just a form of bigotry. Moreover, French youth of European heritage rioted quite extensively in 1968. As they had in 1789. Rioting in the streets is not a foreign custom. It has a French genealogy and context. more...  1 Comments

ACT NOW - US/UK Extradition Treaty Goes to Hearings TUES. NOV. 15th

Irish Freedom Committee | The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has announced hearings for the proposed US/UK Extradition Treaty. The hearings are to take place TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15th 2005.

PLEASE ACT NOW.
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Voter Blocks Polls

Will Belichick | This man clogged up the polls by refusing to vote or exit the voting booth. He felt it was necessary to gain attention for an election process he apparently finds inadequate. His contact email is  tim_grier@hotmail.com more...  0 Comments

Why I Said “No” To the UFT Contract

ELIZABETH GUIDI |
The new contract gives principals unprecedented control. Previously, teachers could change schools based on seniority, without an interview. With the new contract, principals have the sole right to fill vacancies. Principals also control the school budget. Why hire a veteran teacher who will cost $90,000 a year when it is cheaper to hire a new teacher who’s making $40,000? Further, new teachers often fear retribution and conform to administrators’ problematic dictates (Don’t lecture to the students – you’ll bore them! Group work every day!). more...  0 Comments

CFL ALERT: US USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN FALLUJAH

CITIZENS FOR FAIR LEGISLATION | Italian state sponsored television broadcaster, RAI released a report on 11/8/05 stating that the United States used white phosphorus and a substance similar to napalm against Iraqis in Fallujah in November of 2004. This report included interviews with two American soldiers who also acknowledged use of these chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq. To see the report in its entirety click here:  http://www.rainews24.rai.it/ran24/inchiesta/default_02112005.asp
(the middle link is in English.)
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Anarchists to Confront Military Recruiters in Brooklyn

In our Hearts | We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute.The United States needs a constant, fresh supply of recruits in order to maintain its current wars, and even more if it wants to expand. Recruiters use every dirty trick in the book (including downright lies) to fool poor people here in the US into joining the military and helping the government exploit and oppress poor people in foreign lands. By denying the government the bodies needed to wage war, we are denying it the ability to fight wars. more...  49 Comments

Federal Medical Relief not Reaching Katrina Victims

Michelle Chen | Many low-income survivors don’t qualify for assistance
by Michelle Chen (bio)
Healthcare advocates say the current plan for addressing the needs of hurricane survivors falls far short, while some propose – and try – alternatives. more...  0 Comments

Green Party Candidate Gloria Mattera Runs Historic Brooklyn Campaign

Erin Siegal | The Green Party and Gloria Mattera made Brooklyn history today as over 400 activists worked the streets on Election Day. more...  20 Comments

SUPPORT NYU STRIKE!

todd | NYU graduate workers made history forming a union at a private university. Now Sexton, NYU and the Bush labor board want to make an example of them. more...  0 Comments

Global Capitalism: the Scourge of Democracy

populist | global capitalism is an economic Colt 45 for the times more...  0 Comments

ARISTIDE and the endless revolution

Baraka Productions | An hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation has twice been forced from office with the complicity of the international community. "ARISTIDE and the Endless Revolution" investigates the tragic events that led to the second violent expulsion of Jean Bertrand Aristide from Haiti. This documentary reveals the tangled web of hope, deceit, and political violence that has brought the world's first black republic to its knees. more...  0 Comments

Christopher St. Crackdown?

FIERCE! | Hey everyone, check out the new resident proposal on the table to blockade the entrance to Christopher St. once the Pier closes at 1am. The proposal is looking to force LGBT youth to walk up or down the West Side Highway (similar to corralling cattle) to 14th St. or to Houston St. to get to the nearest train. This is because residents dont want LGBT youth walking through the residential area of the West Village once the Pier closes. more...  11 Comments

Italian Satellite TV to Broadcast Evidence of US Use of Chemical Weapons on Civilians

Daily Kos | Italian media going full-bore on the Bush Administration. After its revelations on the subterfuge behind the Nigergate forgeries, documentary evidence of the use by US troops of phosphorus and a new formulaton of napalm [MK77] on the Sunni civilian population will be broadcast tomorrow on international satellite TV. Global coverage of the atrocity, folks. more...  0 Comments

Representative Cynthia McKinney Statement on the Blocking of the Gretna Bridge

Representative Cynthia McKinney | Human Rights
Statement of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
On The Upcoming March to Gretna
Capitol Hill Press Conference with the Hip Hop Caucus more...  0 Comments

Batan: Hiding the Dark Side of Mar Del Plata

David Roknich |



BBC PHOTO
Families of the Magdalena prison victims were held back by police.


A one line comment in Argentina Indymedia says Fernando Catz and Roger Sampedro have been sent to Batan: a place with a reputation as bad as any prison in Argentina. All the prisons are crowded, and the media, even the BBC has speculated the reason is a "crime wave" precipated by economic collapse.
This is false. The facts indicate otherwise. It is for this reason former president Menen is hiding in Chile right now.
A CHILEAN judge yesterday threw out Argentine judges’ second request to extradite former president Carlos Menem for questioning about allegations that $60 million was embezzled from funds to be used to build two prisons.

The Scotsman: June 9, 2003


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What Country Was He Talking About?

Dave Lindorff | Anti-democratic? Fear-mongering? Socially divisive? Unable to accept blame for his errors? Are we talking about Hugo Chavez or George Bush? more...  1 Comments

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