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Guest Column from The Philippines : "Disarm" by: Carlo Cielo, 28 Nov, 2009

Adolf Hitler: "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."


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The Arroyo administration kills us in so many ways.

Among other things since 2005, is psychological disarmament. The separation of people's mental and defense mechanisms from their bodies; the dissociation of people from their stimuli-reaction response. People's aggression capacities are not only suppressed but are made distasteful TO THEM. The very idea and fact of 'fighting back' - is systematically crushed and/or outright BANNED. The next target is COMPLAINT. All of which are facilitated and ingrained, in ways that surpass the Ludovican technique.

In this case, however, there is n…

Resolution on Peace-disturbing role of USA in Pakistan, Executive Committe World Peace Congress,11/11/2009

Resolution on Peace-disturbing role of USA in Pakistan


The EC meeting of WPC strongly condemns the Anti-people role being played by USA in Pakistan. Imperialism has adapted hostile policy of creating war hysteria after tilt of world power balance in 1991 in favour of war mongering imperialist forces headed by USA. This policy is being continuously followed.

Iraq and Afghanistan have been occupied in the name of so- called war against terrorism. Pakistan is rapidly becoming the next target. Imperialism’s own creatures, the Taliban, have created an atmosphere of terror across the Pakistan. This situation is being utilized as a justification for American open and covert activities of destabilizing the area.

Drone attacks deep inside Pakistan are been carried out. US Embassy and Consulates in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar are being converted into military complexes. Private armies like Black Water and XE are openly working in Pakistan under American Patronage. This meeting of WPC demands …

Delhi Declaration: 11th International Meeting of the CP's and Workers' Parties, from: Rebel Youth Magazine, November 22, 2009

Source: REBEL YOUTH

Delhi Declaration

This 11th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers' Parties, held in New Delhi, 20-22 November 2009 to discuss "The international capitalist crisis, the workers' and peoples' struggle, the alternatives and the role of the communist and working class movement":

Reiterates that the current global recession is a systemic crisis of capitalism demonstrating its historic limits and the need for its revolutionary overthrow. It demonstrates the sharpening of the main contradiction of capitalism between its social nature of production and individual capitalist appropriation. The political representatives of Capital try to conceal this unresolvable contradiction between capital and labour that lies at the heart of the crisis. This crisis intensifies rivalries between imperialist powers who along with the international institutions-the IMF World Bank, WTO and others - are implementing their 'solutions' which essentially a…

Déjà Vu: Obama Plans to Send 34,000 More Troops to Afghanistan, by Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 by the McClatchy Newspapers


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.

[ESCALATION -- US Marines search a compound in Lakari, Helmand Province on November 21, 2009. US President, Barack Obama, has huddled with his war cabinet for what officials indicated could be the final time before he decides whether to dispatch tens of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan. (AFP/Manpreet Romana)]ESCALATION -- US Marines search a compound in Lakari, Helmand Province on November 21, 2009. US President, Barack Obama, has huddled with his war cabinet for what officials indicated could be the final time before he decides whether to dispatch tens of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan. (AFP/Manpreet Romana)
Obama is expected to announ…

Abbas: Obama doing nothing for peace process; Brazil holds hope, Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Buenos Aires - Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas complained that US President Barack Obama "is doing nothing for the peace process" in the Middle East so far. "For now he is doing nothing, but he has invited us to revive the peace process. I hope that in the future he can play a more important role," Abbas said in an interview published Tuesday by the Argentine daily Clarin.

Instead, Abbas again called upon Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to take a more active role as mediator in the Middle East.

"He can do it, because he has good relations with the two parties in the conflict and I think he can help," said Abbas, who has visited with Lula in recent days, along with separate visits from Israeli President Shimon Peres and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Abbas expressed the hope that "the United States (will) put pressure on the Israelis to abide by international law, so that the roadma…

The bootstrap theory of propaganda Posted by gowans in: what’s left, on: Nov 23, 2009 by: stephen gowans

By Stephen Gowans



















The New York Times and U.S. politicians are, through assertion and repetition, attempting to create as common knowledge the idea that Iran has a nuclear weapons program and that the last presidential election in Iran was fraudulent, even though there is no evidence to back either claim.

In today’s (November 23, 2009) New York Times, reporter Alexei Barrionuevo writes that “Brazil’s ambitions to be a more important player on the global diplomatic stage are crashing headlong into the efforts of the United States and other Western powers to rein in Iran’s nuclear arms program” (my emphasis.)

This treats the existence of a nuclear arms program in Iran as an established finding.

Yet, Tehran denies it has a nuclear weapons program and the U.N nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, says it “‘has no concrete proof’ that Iran ever sought to make nuclear arms…” [1] The 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate disagrees, in part, claiming that Iran had a nuclear …

Philippines Arroyo Regime must be condemned for Maguindanao massacre & impunity of Regime's favored warlords, Wed., 25 Nov 09, LUIS G. JALANDONI

source: ndfp.net












LUIS G. JALANDONI is the NDFP Chief International Representative & a
Member‚ NDFP National Executive Committee

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The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the barbaric massacre of two outstanding people's lawyers, Atty. Concepcion "Connie" Brizuela and Atty. Cynthia Oquendo, dozens of journalists, and other civilians in Maguindanao on 23 November. Identified as the direct perpetrators of this heinous crime are the Ampatuan warlord clan, Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, paramilitary CAFGU personnel, and other armed men of Ampatuan's private army.

The Ampatuan warlords' armed contingent of more than 100 abducted the convoy accompanying the wife of Buluan Vice Mayor Ishmael Mangudadatu and her family who were on their way to the Commission on Elections office in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, to file t…

UK Inquiry: Blair Conspired with Bush as Early as February 2002 to Plot Iraq Invasion By Dave Lindorff, For OpEdNews

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Most Americans are blissfully in the dark about it, but across the Atlantic in the UK, a commission reluctantly established by Prime Minister Gordon Brown under pressure from anti-war activists in Britain is beginning hearings into the actions and statements of British leaders that led to the country's joining the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Even before testimony began in hearings that started yesterday, news began to leak out from documents obtained by the commission that the government of former PM Tony Blair had lied to Parliament and the public about the country's involvement in war planning.

Britain's Telegraph newspaper over the weekend published documents from British military leaders, including a memo from British special forces head Maj. Gen. Graeme Lamb, saying that he had been instructed to begin “working the war up since early 2002.”

This means that Blair, who in July 2002, had as…

Obama Says He Intends to ‘Finish the Job’ in Afghanistan By JEFF ZELENY and DAVID STOUT, New York Times, November 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Tuesday that he will announce his decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan next week, and that it is his intention to “finish the job” that began with the overthrow of the Taliban government in the fall of 2001.

Mr. Obama, offering a tantalizing preview of what looms as one of the momentous decisions of his presidency, said he would tell the American people about “a comprehensive strategy” embracing civilian and diplomatic efforts as well as the continuing military campaign.

While he avoided any hints of the new troop levels he foresees in Afghanistan, the president signaled that he will not be talking about a short-term commitment but rather an effort muscular enough to “dismantle and degrade” the enemy and ensure that “Al Qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate” in the region.

A round of White House meetings on Afghanistan, which concluded on Monday night, included discussions about sending about 30,000 additional troops to Afgh…

White supremacist and teen sought in Calgary Bombing: Police say it was a targeted attack, by DAWN WALTON, Globe & Mail, Nov 24, 09

DAWN WALTON

CALGARY — From Tuesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 12:00AM EST Last updated on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 4:47AM EST

An avowed white supremacist and a teenager are being sought in connection with a bombing in Calgary over the weekend that police say was a targeted attack.

Police issued warrants yesterday for Kyle Robert McKee, 24, who is involved with the Aryan Guard, as well as a 17-year-old male who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Staff Sergeant Keith Cain said it's not clear whether the teen is also connected to the neo-Nazi group, which has been active in recent years in Calgary, holding marches, rallies and offering to pay the rent of new recruits. It claims a few dozen members. In March, members clashed with anti-racism protesters in a skirmish that ended in minor injuries and arrests.

Both men are wanted for attempted murder, possessing, making or controlling explosives, and possession of a weapon or imitation weapon for…

PNHP co-founder Dr. Steffie Woolhandler on the passage of House Bill 3962, Physicians for a National Health Program, Posted on: Mon., Nov. 16

(Excerpted from an interview with Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, November 11, 2009)

AMY GOODMAN: When the House voted on the bill, 220-to-215, what was your reaction? And can you analyze it for us?

DR. STEFFIE WOOLHANDLER: Well, we think that the Congress needs to start from scratch on this bill. The reform process in Washington has been hijacked by the private health insurance industry. If you look at the Baucus framework, which was the basis of the Senate bill—it’s on the Senate Finance Committee website. Just right-click on that document, and it turns out the author of the document was Elizabeth Fowler, who’s a former vice president of Wellpoint, the nation’s largest private insurance company, covering 35 million people. So the private insurance industry has hijacked the process. What’s come out of the House, what’s likely to come out of the Senate, is a completely inadequate bill that takes about $500 billion in taxpayer money and hands it over to the private health insurance industry.

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Lacrosse trumps torture for Stephen Harper, by John Ibbitson, Globe & Mail, Nov. 23, 2009

(Photo: The Prime Minister accepts an official 2010 Team Canada lacrosse jersey from players Brodie Merrill and Geoff Snider at his Langevin Block office. Jason Ransom/PMO)


All available opposition guns were brought to bear against the government on the question of Afghan detainees during Question Period. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t in the House to return fire. His more pressing engagement was a photo opportunity with the national men’s lacrosse team.

So Mr. Harper didn’t get to hear the Liberals join the NDP in calling for a public inquiry into whether and why Canadian forces transferred Afghans in their custody to local officials, who proceeded to torture them, according to testimony last week by Richard Colvin, a Foreign Affairs official who was in Afghanistan during the years of alleged abuse in 2006-2007. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff opened the questioning, asking why the government stopped transferring prisoners on several occasions, unless it was suspicious of …

East Germans lost much in 1989, by Bruni de la Motte, The Guardian (UK), published: Sun 8 Nov 2009

For many in the GDR, the fall of the Berlin Wall and unification meant the loss of jobs, homes, security and equality


On 9 November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down I realised German unification would soon follow, which it did a year later. This meant the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the country in which I was born, grew up, gave birth to my two children, gained my doctorate and enjoyed a fulfilling job as a lecturer in English literature at Potsdam University. Of course, unification brought with it the freedom to travel the world and, for some, more material wealth, but it also brought social breakdown, widespread unemployment, blacklisting, a crass materialism and an "elbow society" as well as a demonisation of the country I lived in and helped shape. Despite the advantages, for many it was more a disaster than a celebratory event.

Just two examples. My best friend, a foreign languages teacher, lost her job and was blacklisted because, at the time the wall…

Czech Communists want post-1989 politicians to account to people Prague, ČTK 16 Nov. 09

Prague, Nov 13 (CTK) - The Czech Communists (KSCM) called on post-November 1989 politicians to present to people accounts for the 20 years since the Velvet Revolution during which, they say, the property created in the 40 years of Communist rule has been misappropriated.

The KSCM leadership issued Friday a statement on the 20th anniversary of November 17, 1989, when the events that brought about the fall of Communist rule in then Czechoslovakia started.

The statement says the 20 years of "promises and lying" by the post-November governments and ruling political parties have resulted in the current economic and financial crisis.

A mere cliche has remained from the post-November 1989 ideas of democratisation of society, the statement says.

It claims that a majority of society wished that the socialist social system, work and social certainties be preserved 20 years ago.

The November 1989 leaders, "particularly Vaclav Havel and a part of so called 'dissidents' concentra…

Nov 10 Poll: Czech Communists (KSCM) gain in support: Social Dems and Civic Dems slipping, ČTK , 19 November 2009

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Source: Prague Monitor


Prague, Nov 18 (CTK) - Preferences of the two strongest Czech political parties, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Civic Democrats (ODS), are falling, according to a November poll the STEM agency has released to CTK.

The CSSD is now supported by 25.4 percent of people, which is 1 percentage point less than in October, and the ODS is supported by 23.3 percent, 2 percentage points less than in October.

"The Communists (KSCM) have relatively strong preferences at the time of the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution," STEM analysts said.

According to its poll, 12.3 percent of people preferred the Communists in November.

The new conservative TOP 09 party is supported by 8.4 percent of people, the Christian Democrats by 5.1 percent, and the Green Party (SZ) by 3.5 percent.

All other political parties jointly received preferences of 6.6 percent of respondents, while 7.1 percent said they did not know what…

Weak Public Option Myths That Liberals Believe, By Kevin Gosztola For OpEdNews: Kevin Gosztola, Nov 20, 2009

On Saturday night, the Senate will take a procedural vote to move debate on the current health insurance enrichment bill in Congress forward.

Democratic Senators like Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, and Chuck Schumer, through a project called Citizens for a Public Option, have been building support for the public option and encouraging Americans to write letters to the editor that debunk health care reform myths---myths that the conservative echo chamber have been propagating.

Senators (and representatives in the House and Obama) can champion this health insurance legislation all they want and claim it will “foster greater competition in the marketplace, create more choices for consumers, and lead to lower costs and better quality for all,” but doctors who have been on the front lines of America's sick care non-system do not believe many of the arguments that Democrats are using to create support for a public option.

Myth #1 – Public option will help control costs

Dr. Margaret Flowers wit…

Letter to an American Friend: On replacing the Hammer and Sickle, by Andrew Taylor Nov 20, 2009

I recently read a speech by a national communist party figure where she suggested her party replace the Hammer and Sickle emblem. The argument was that the sickle is not a 21st century understandable symbol.I think those who want to replace the hammer & sickle show profound anthropological naivete! Our Symbols from the past cannot be discarded without intentionally or by sheer stupidity tossing our ideology. Yes, all symbols require Translation, but symbols also gain associations in communities over time. To ditch the hammer and sickle for a new bureaucratic up-to-date symbol is idiotic.

Russian Capitalism catching on?: 3 Homeless men kill, eat friend, 'sell leftovers' to kebab house, Ilona Golovina, Moscow, November 17 (RIA Novosti)

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* Homeless men kill, dismember, eat victim in Russian Urals
* Five homeless people found killed near Moscow


Three tramps in Russia's Urals city of Perm killed an acquaintance, ate his remains and then sold the rest of his body to a nearby kebab house, Russian media have reported.

Police have established that the 25-year-old homeless man was killed by his fellow tramps on November 6. The tramps attacked the man with knives and a hammer. Media reports said one of the tramps suspected the victim of making advances to his girlfriend.

After the murder, which took place in a wooded area in the south of the city, the tramps cut their victim up, buried the upper half of the body, cooked and ate the lower half, and then sold the remains to a nearby kebab house, the news.ru website said, citing local reports.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said police took a sample of the meat from the kebab house in order to verify the claims.

The three suspects are unde…

Peru arrests 'human fat killers', BBC News, published: 2009/11/20

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/8369674.stm
Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fat and tissue for cosmetic uses in Europe.

The gang allegedly targeted people on remote roads, luring them with fake job offers before extracting their fat to sell it for $15,000 (£9,000) a litre.

Other suspected gang members, including two Italian nationals, remain at large.

Police said the gang could be behind the disappearances of up to 60 people in the region.

At a news conference in the capital, police showed reporters two bottles containing human body fat and images of one of the alleged victims.

One of the alleged killings is reported to have taken place in mid-September, with the person's body tissue removed for sale.

Cmdr Angel Toledo told Reuters some of the suspects had "declared and stated how they murdered people with the aim being to extract their fat in rudimentary labs and sell it".

Xenophobia, politics and labour unions, By Braam Hanekom, The Zimbabwean, 18 Nov 2009

http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/2009111826770/opinion-analysis/xenophobia-politics-and-labour-unions.html

CAPE TOWN - It is widely recognised that one of the biggest issues in post-apartheid South Africa has been the high unemployment levels experienced by our impoverished and "previously disadvantaged” populations. While much has changed in South Africa, the redistribution of wealth has hardly begun, with only the emergence of a small black elite partially integrating into the white minority elite.

The majority remain largely neglected. Even those who are employed are paid menial wages, while the unemployed are left dependent on meagre government grants—leaving neither group content. The frustration among the working class has been brewing for a while, as their wages are often equivalent to less than 1% of the wages paid to their CEOs and senior management. Worker dissatisfaction is clear: almost every labour union has held strikes striking in the past twelve months.
Recently the Na…

Canada was complicit in the torture of innocent Afghan detainees and senior military: government tried to cover up reports, by Kathleen Harris, Sun N

OTTAWA — Canada was complicit in the torture of innocent Afghan detainees and senior military and government officials tried to cover up reports of alleged abuse, a top diplomat told a parliamentary committee today.

In explosive testimony, Richard Colvin said Afghans who were picked up by Canadian troops and handed over to local authorities were beaten with cables and subjected to electric shocks — and most of them were farmers, tailors and peasants, not bomb-makers or Taliban fighters.

"We kept hopeless records and apparently to prevent any scrutiny, the Canadian Forces leadership concealed all this behind walls of secrecy," he said. "As I learned more about our detainee practices, I came to a conclusion they were contrary to Canada's values, contrary to Canada's interests, contrary to Canada's official policies and also contrary to international law. That is, they were un-Canadian, counter-productive and probably illegal."

Alleged abuse took place in 200…