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Demolish the Wall Immediately, Written by CP of Israel

Source: M-L Today

The wall is a massive land-grab which attempts to create a Palestinian reservation inside a Greater Israel. Peace can never be brought about by such actions.

According to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice in the Hague 9th of July 2004, "the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying power, in the occupied territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated regime, are contrary to international law. The construction of the wall severely impedes the exercise by the Palestinian people of its right to self-determination". The wall will allow for Israel the control of about one half of the West Bank. Some of the jost fertile land in Palestine as well as precious water resources will be turned into closed zones and enclaves between the wall and the Green Line. According to the UN "the damage caused by the destruction of land and property for the wall's construction is irreversible and undermines…

Obama's Rejection Speech, by David Swanson, Oped News, Thurs. Dec 10, 09

That was not a peace prize acceptance speech. That was an infomercial for war. President Obama took the peace prize home with him, but left behind in Oslo his praise for war, his claims for war, and his view of an alternative and more peaceful approach to the world consisting of murderous economic sanctions.

Some highlights:

"There are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women — some known, some obscure to all but those they help — to be far more deserving of this honor than I."

Yet, you did argue. You argued by accepting the prize " and then making a false case for war:

"War, in one form or another, appeared with the first man. At the dawn of history, its morality was not questio…

United Antiwar Movement Tells Obama: No Escalation! 30.11.09 Monthly Review Press

United Antiwar Movement Tells Obama:
No Escalation!

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C.

November 30, 2009

Dear President Obama,

With millions of U.S. people feeling the fear and desperation of no longer having a home; with millions feeling the terror and loss of dignity that comes with unemployment; with millions of our children slipping further into poverty and hunger, your decision to deploy thousands more troops and throw hundreds of billions more dollars into prolonging the profoundly tragic war in Afghanistan strikes us as utter folly. We believe this decision represents a war against ordinary people, both here in the United States and in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan, if continued, will result in the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of U.S. troops, and untold thousands of Afghans.

Polls indicate that a majority of those who labored with so much hope to elect you as president now fear that you will make a wrong decision -- a tragic decision that will destro…

SUDBURY STRIKERS DIG IN FOR LONG WINTER, By Liz Rowley, December 1-31, 2009, issue of People's Voice

The word on the picket lines at Vale Inco's Sudbury mines is that it will be a long winter. But however long it takes, striking miners, mill workers and smelter workers will be there one day longer.

About 3,000 members of Local 6500 USWA, plus another 1,000 from Port Colborne, Ontario and Voisey's Bay, are entering their fifth month on strike against Vale Inco, the second largest producer of nickel in the world, with operations in Mongolia, China, India, Chile, Peru, Angola, South Africa, Indonesia, and Canada.

Vale is demanding a privatized pension scheme for new hires, and changes to seniority rights that will make it difficult if not impossible for union members to bid on jobs. It also wants a cap on the nickel bonus - a profit sharing scheme worked out by INCO and the Steelworkers years ago - that Vale says it can't afford.

But as USWA President Leo Gerard points out, Vale has made enormous profits during the worst downturn in 70 years - $4.1 billion profit…

Afghans unimpressed by Obama's troops surge, By Sayed Salahuddin, Kabil, Wed Dec 2, 2009

KABUL, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Thirty thousand more U.S. troops for Afghanistan? Esmatullah only shrugged.

"Even if they bring the whole of America, they won't be able to stabilise Afghanistan," said the young construction worker out on a Kabul street corner on Wednesday morning. "Only Afghans understand our traditions, geography and way of life."

U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement of a massive new escalation of the eight-year-old war seemed to have impressed nobody in the Afghan capital, where few watched the speech on TV before dawn and fewer seemed to think new troops would help.

Obama said his goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" al Qaeda in Afghanistan and "reverse the Taliban's momentum". [ID:nN02527192]

The extra U.S. forces, and at least 5,000 expected from other NATO allies, would join 110,000 Western troops already in the country in an effort to reverse gains made by the Islamist militants, at their strongest since bei…

The Afghan Speech Obama Should Give (But Won't) By Tom Engelhardt,, 04 Dec, 2009

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

A New Way Forward:
The President's Address to the American People on Afghan Strategy

Oval Office

For Immediate Release
December 2nd

My fellow Americans,

On March 28th, I outlined what I called a "comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan." It was ambitious. It was also an attempt to fulfill a campaign promise that was heartfelt. I believed -- and still believe -- that, in invading Iraq, a war this administration is now ending, we took our eye off Afghanistan. Our well-being and safety, as well as that of the Afghan people, suffered for it.

I suggested then that the situation in Afghanistan was already "perilous." I announced that we would be sending 17,000 more American soldiers into that war zone, as well as 4,000 trainers and advisors whose job would be to increase the size of the Afghan security forces so that they could someday take the lead in securing their own country. There could be no more serious dec…

Communists want post-1989 politicians to account to people ČTK, 16 November 2009

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…


Reflections by comrade Fidel


The United States, in its struggle against the Revolution, had in the Venezuelan government its best ally: the eximious Mr. Rómulo Betancourt Bello. We did not know it then. He had been elected President on December 7, 1958; he had not taken office yet when the Cuban Revolution triumphed on January 1st, 1959. Weeks later I had the privilege of being invited by the provisional government of Wolfgang Larrazábal to visit Bolivar’s homeland, which had been so supportive of Cuba.

Very seldom in my life had I seen a warmer people. The film images are still preserved. We drove down the broad highway that replaced the paved road I was taken through the first time I traveled to Venezuela in 1948 -from Maiquetía to Caracas- by the most reckless drivers I had ever seen.

That time I heard the noisiest, longest and most embarrassing booing of my life when I dared to mention the name of the recently elected Pres…

Cebrapaz repudiates the US military presence in Latin America, São Paulo, August 3rd 2009

Cebrapaz repudiates the US military presence in Latin America

Cebrapaz repudiates the US military presence in Latin America
The Brazilian Centre of Solidarity to the Peoples and Struggle for Peace (Cebrapaz), a Brazilian social movement that is in charge of the WPC – World Peace Council Presidency, makes public its repudiation to the newest military wage in South America – through the military agreement between USA and Colombia.
The US’s utilization of the military bases of Palanquero, Apiay, Malambo, Cartagena and Malaga located in Colombian territory constitutes a serious menace to security and peace in our region. These new bases aim transform Colombia in a US tactical operational center in Latin America.
The agreement signed for ten years long will allow US to have 1.400 men in Colombia, among civil and military ones and will have an investment about US$ 5 billion. Today, Colombia is the fifth country in the score of the biggest countries with those the USA has military cooperation, b…

The Most Urgent Threat to World Peace Is … Canada By George Monbiot,, AlterNet, December 2, 2009

When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world’s peace-keeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbor, decent, civilized, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country’s government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee’s tea party. So amazingly destructive has Canada become, and so insistent have my Canadian friends been that I weigh into this fight, that I’ve broken my self-imposed ban on flying and come to Toronto.

So here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petrostate. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man. The price of this transition is the brutalisation of the country, and a government campaign against multilateralism as savage …

Andrew Taylor: My Obama Foreign Policy Interim Report Card . Grade: F

Dec 1, 09: an Obama Foreign Policy Report Card : (1) No prosecution of Bush-Cheney war-crimes or CIA torturers;(2)dictated Pakistan wage war in the NW of their country causing 3,000,000 displaced ; (3) endorsed phoney coup 'election' in Honduras; (4) withdrew demand for Israeli Settler building Freeze as a pre-condition to Peace with Palestine; (5) Massive troop SURGE to fight in the Afghanistan civil war. CHANGE?

HE CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY ABOUT AFGHANISTAN Harry Targ, Diary of a Heartland Radical, Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After a 1966 presentation by Dean Rusk before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Clifford Case of New Jersey commented about the Secretary of State that he could not have believed what he had just said about Vietnam. I thought of Case’s comments the other day after hearing that President Obama was going to announce the sending of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan with a cost of $40 billion.

The President is a smart man. He knows that the demonic image of Al Qaeda as a world wide threat to the United States is about as accurate as the old story about the threat of international communism during the Cold War. He has to know that the Taliban and Al Qaeda have their own separate agendas. He has to understand that the Taliban have been motivated by two concerns: corrupt local government and foreign occupation of their country. Further, he has got to know that these foreign forces cannot subdue or defeat the Taliban in their own country because the population prefers them to the …