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Elections in Ecuador

Juan Andrés Gallardo | The workers and poor people of Ecuador who saw with their own eyes how the "nationalist" Lucio Gutiérrez became a neoliberal, bringing about his downfall, can only trust their own forces to end the misery and exploitation to which every one of the bourgeois parties subjects them.
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Last Chance to Join NYC Grassroots Leaders in Venezuela Nov 8 - 13!

US-Venezuela Bolivarian Exchange Network | NYC Grassroots Leaders & Organizers are invited by the mayor of Libertador, Caracas to visit from November 8th - 13th. Please attend the orientation: Friday, Oct 20 6:30pm at Tepeyac South Bronx Community Center: 414 E145th St @ Willis Ave (take the 2/5 to 149th & 3rd Ave, take 3rd South to 145th, take a left)

Followed by HIP HOP for Venezuela! 9pm at La Pena del Bronx: 11 Bruckner Blvd: www.myspace.com/rodstarz

This delegation will link NYC grassroots leaders & organizers with their counterparts in Caracas to build relationships, solidarity and strategy for global and local justice. more...  0 Comments

BTL:US Sends Warships to Iran, Pre-Election Attack Possible

Between the Lines' Scott Harris | U.S. Sends Warships to Iran, Pre-Election Attack Possible

Interview with journalist David Lindorff, conducted by Scott Harris

Even as North Korea conducted a nuclear weapons test, setting-off worldwide condemnation, the Bush administration had deployed a naval strike group to the Straits of Hormuz off the Iranian coast. The war ships, scheduled to arrive in the Straits on Oct. 21, include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Eisenhower, a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine and supply ship. The mission of this armada is not known, but there are reports that angry naval officers within the Eisenhower Strike Group have told antiwar retired officers that their ships are being sent to launch a military attack against Iran.

There is no confirmation that President Bush has ordered such an attack and it could be a bluff designed to intimidate Iran. But if an October attack is carried out, the timing suggests that influencing the outcome of the November congressional election -- where Republicans are on the ropes -- may be a primary strategic goal. Critics warn that such a U.S. pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear research facilities would likely set off a wider war inside Iraq and throughout the Middle East, where Iran's allies are capable of launching counterattacks against U.S. targets.

Both Time magazine and investigative journalist Dave Lindorff have written stories about the debate within the Bush administration over U.S. policy toward Iran and the concurrent deployment of the U.S.S. Eisenhower to waters off the Iranian coast. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dave Lindorff who discusses the possible war scenario described in his article, "War Signals?" which appeared on the The Nation magazine website in September.

Dave Lindorff is co-author of the book, "The Case for Impeachment, The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office." To read his articles online visit Dave's website at:

 http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

Related links:

"War Signals," by Dave Lindorff in The Nation

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Free Film Screening: On the Edge

naw | On The Edge is a documentary covering the brutal murders of hundreds of
poor young women in the border town of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, murders
that have been repeatedly ignored and unresolved by police and
governments since 1993, despite the continued and persistent efforts of
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Labor 'Felon': What the Fall of Assemblyman McLaughlin Means For the Union Movement

Gregory A. Butler | Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D - Flushing) used to be the most powerful labor leader in New York City. Head of the New York City Central Labor Council, business agent for the street light electricians and all around power broker, McLaughlin was once the city's top union chief. Now, he's under a 44 count racketeering indictment, accused of stealing $ 2.2 million dollars and out on $ 250,000 bail. What does this mean for New York City union members? more...  4 Comments

THIS SATURDAY: WHY (NOT TO) VOTE Aronowitz et al. debate why we should or should not vote

Alex Gourevitch | This is a teach-in in anticipation of the upcoming mid-term elections. Why (Not To) Vote? will examine what voting means and what it's worth in an age marked by terror and diminished expectations. How do we think about voting when the options seem so narrow but few alternative forms of political action seem available? Nobody wants to be mistaken for the merely apathetic non-voter, but voting for the 'least worst' option is hardly an inspiring use of our ballot. Can one be against voting in the name of real democracy, or is that a substanceless, radical pose that makes a mockery of hard won political rights? more...  0 Comments

Rally Saturday, October 28th: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! Abolish the Racist Death Penalty!

Partisan Defense Committee | Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life is in danger. On October 28, the Partisan Defense Committee will rally to free Mumia, an innocent man, and to abolish the racist death penalty. The rally will be in Harlem, October 28 at 3pm at the Salem United Methodist Church, 2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. Speakers include Mumia’s sister, Lydia Barashango, Pam Africa and Lynne Stewart, and speakers from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, TWU Local 100, ILA Local 1422, the Teamsters National Black Caucus, the Labor Black League for Social Defense and the PDC. Visit www.partisandefense.org or call 212-406-4252. more...  0 Comments

The Right manipulates the Left...again

James Cooke | The Armenian genocide of WWI has been talked about in left circles quite a bit lately, much to the delight of reactionary lawmakers trying to whip up anti-Islam sentiment. Robert Fisk, a professional radical journalist, is just one example of the left doing the work of the right by reporting this story has a progressive triumph, since it addresses the issue of holocaust denial – the bigger picture is missed entirely, either because of naivety or underhandedness. more...  0 Comments

CPP warns against use of Philippines as staging ground for US war against DPR-Korea

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) | The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the current large-scale military exercises being conducted jointly in various areas in Luzon and Palawan by US and Philippine as a "continuing transgession against Philippine independence and sovereignty." At the same time, the CPP warned against use of Philippine territory as a staging ground or support base for any possibility of US military aggression against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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Bush Seen with Satan in Seattle

Kenn | President Bush made a brief but busy stop to the Seattle area Friday June 16th, 2006, greeting party leaders and recently disclosed – Satan - before zooming past a group of protesters and finally speaking to a crowd of well-heeled donors with tales about life in the Oval Office. more...  2 Comments

Criminal Paradise is Government

barra | The answer is blowing the Constitution and Bill of Rights out the window – the Triads, Mafia, Latino, Cuban groups and various South American drug cartels all have something to learn from Cheney and Bush; in fact, they look positively tame in comparison. When confronted with accusations (and proof) of murder, torture, theft/plunder, illegal surveillance, etc, on levels traditional organised crime could only dream of, what is the recourse of neo-cons? Legislate and change the Law (it’s an ass anyway). Simply legalise activities that were once considered crimes and criminalise those who oppose or disagree! There’s nothing that compares to stealing government – computerised voting, subterfuge, lies, fabricated terrorist threats and THE POWER TO LEGISLATE – it’s just too damn easy! more...  0 Comments

State Demands HIV/AIDS Welfare Recipients To Live On $11 A Day

kaitlyn tikkun | The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced Oct. 1st that the NYC HIV/AIDS Services Administration will collect all post-rent income of HIV/AIDS welfare recipients, except for $330 a month. This goes into effect on Nov. 1st. Some 2,200 people are effected, including between 200 and 300 families. The New York City Aids Housing Network held a press conference on Tuesday as tenants and housing providers scramble to deal with the imminent crisis. more...  2 Comments

TEACH-IN AGAINST WAR ON TERROR SAT., FEBRUARY 25 CUNY GRAD CENTER

Alex Gourevitch | This is a teach-in in anticipation of the upcoming mid-term elections. Why (Not To) Vote? will examine what voting means and what it's worth in an age marked by terror and diminished expectations. How do we think about voting when the options seem so narrow but few alternative forms of political action seem available? Nobody wants to be mistaken for the merely apathetic non-voter, but voting for the 'least worst' option is hardly an inspiring use of our ballot. Can one be against voting in the name of real democracy, or is that a substanceless, radical pose that makes a mockery of hard won political rights? more...  1 Comments

Brazil: The perfect electoral crime.

James Burk | These types of tests of independent attack are technically called "Penetration Tests" and the Hursti Reports (1st and 2nd Parts) may be obtained at:
 http://www.blackboxvoting.org/BBVreport.pdf
 http://www.blackboxvoting.org/BBVtsxstudy.pdf
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NYC Anti-War Protest, Oct. 5: Bush Must Go

by Micahel Rundle (repost) | NEW YORK — Instead of joining her friends in school yesterday Carissa Hernandez tried to start a revolution.

Like dozens of New York’s high-school students Hernandez, 14, walked out of class, picked up placards and banners and took to the streets of Midtown to call for the removal of President Bush from office.

The demonstration in New York, led by the protest group World Can’t Wait, stretched for up to five blocks along Second Avenue yesterday afternoon while en route to a rally at Union Square. It was one of more than 200 protests that took place in cities around the country.

And on the front line of the march Hernandez and her fellow students wore orange jumpsuits, covered themselves in stickers, badges and face paint, and chanted Vietnam-era protest songs as they urged the crowd forward. more...  0 Comments

WOID XV-47. Vir[t]U[ou]S

Hoipolloi Cassidy | "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." was published parallel to the presidential elections of 1964 in which Barry Goldwater and friends went down in flames, so it's logical that another liberal, Paul Krugman, would revive it in a New York Times Op-Ed piece, just as a new batch of political paranoids heads for the poubelle. more...  0 Comments

Bush slams Christians, bunch of Nuts

Joe Knollenberg | Bush White House officials secretly mocked evangelical leaders and their trailer trash followers
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SP-NYC Statement on Lynne Stewart

SP-NYC | this lifelong fighter for the little justice the US constitution demands, gets her reward from our government. more...  0 Comments

Rally Saturday, October 28th: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! Abolish the Racist Death Penalty!

Partisan Defense Committee | Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life is in danger. On October 28, the Partisan Defense Committee will rally to free Mumia, an innocent man, and to abolish the racist death penalty. The rally will be in Harlem, October 28 at 3pm at the Salem United Methodist Church, 2190 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. Speakers include Mumia’s sister, Lydia Barashango, Pam Africa and Lynne Stewart, and speakers from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, TWU Local 100, ILA Local 1422, the Teamsters National Black Caucus, the Labor Black League for Social Defense and the PDC. Visit www.partisandefense.org or call 212-406-4252.
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Stewart Supporters Rally on Eve of Sentencing

David Ferris | One day before Lynne Stewart is scheduled to be sentenced for providing “material support” to terrorists, several hundred supporters, family members, and colleagues of the radical activist lawyer rallied at Riverside Church Sunday evening in a spirited demonstration of solidarity and support. Standing before a banner reading, “We love you Lynne, and everything you stand for,” they celebrated Stewart’s dedication to human rights and urged leniency and mercy in the judge’s decision, which they hoped would result in a non-custodial sentence.
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