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For peace! No to NATO!, Pela Secção Internacional, Portuguese Communist Party, Lisbon, 30 March 2010 For peace! No to NATO!
In a context that is marked by an ever-deeper structural crisis of capitalism, by deeper exploitation of the workers and peoples, by inter-imperialist rivalries and by complex processes of realignment of forces on a world level, imperialism is embarking on new anti-democratic thrusts and militarist interventions, and is advancing with coercive solutions trying to perpetuate itself and defend its class interests. The militarist offensive unleashed by the imperialist powers and by NATO has a global and multi-faceted nature. Imperialist war is being intensified globally under the pretext of combat against terrorism. Imperialist blocs, like NATO, are being consolidated. The militarization of the European Union is being speeded up with the fraudulent adoption of the Lisbon Treaty that encom…

A Split in the Peace Movement between Opponents and Objective Supporters of the Wars, Written by Bill Preston,, Oct 26, 2010

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, the day after the One Nation Working Together rally, several dozen organizations sent participants to a by-invitation-only meeting in Washington, DC, called by a nine-person planning committee that included representatives of Peace Action and U.S. Labor Against the War.

Called "New Priorities for a New Economy: Bringing the Economy into Line with Our Values," it sought to discuss how to achieve "a coordinated effort to cut military spending and redirect resources to fund local jobs and services." Its main aim was to lobby Congress about budget priorities. There was also talk among some participants of "reshifting the peace movement" [sic], exactly from where and to what being left mostly vague.

It was disturbing that Judith LeBlanc, a Peace Action representative, borrowed a phrase from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, claiming that "we're building on" the idea (supposedly based on an info…

Weimar in Jerusalem: the rise of fascism in Israel, By Uri Avnery, Sabbah Report, October 23, 2010

Fascist slogans in Israel

In Berlin, an exhibition entitled "Hitler and the Germans" has just opened. It examines the factors that caused the German people to bring Adolf Hitler to power and follow him to the very end…

Since childhood, precisely this question has been troubling me. How did it happen that a civilized nation, which saw itself as the "people of poets and thinkers", followed this man, much as the children of  Hamelin followed the pied piper to their doom.

This troubles me not only as a historical phenomenon, but as a warning for the future. If this happened to the Germans, can it happen to any people? Can it happen here, in Israel?

As a nine-year old boy I was an eyewitness to the collapse of German democracy and the ascent of the Nazis to power. The pictures are engraved in my memory – the election campaigns following each other, the uniforms in the street, the debates around the table, the teacher who greeted us for the first time w…

The Perfect Storm, by Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog, 18 October 10

Portrait, Robert Reich, 08/16/09. (photo: Perian Flaherty)

It's a perfect storm. And I'm not talking about the impending dangers facing Democrats. I'm talking about the dangers facing our democracy.

First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it's been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans.

The top one-tenth of one percent of Americans now earn as much as the bottom 120 million of us.

Who are these people? With the exception of a few entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, they're top executives of big corporations and Wall Street, hedge-fund managers, and private equity managers. They include the Koch brothers, whose wealth increased by billions last year, and who are now funding tea party candidates across the nation.

Which gets us to the second part of the perfect storm. A relatively few Americans are buying our democracy as never before. And they…

Communist Party of Puerto Rico Founded, Written by Juan Zapata, in Marxism-Leninism Today, Sunday, Oct 17, 2010

After an absence of almost 20 years, Puerto Rico once again has a Communist Party, founded on June 19 in the city of San Juan at the Electrical Workers union hall. News of the refounding of a communist party in Puerto Rico was reported in newspapers throughout Latin America, Spain and in Spanish-language newspapers of the United States.

In a resolution proclaiming the founding of the Communist Party of Puerto Rico, they state: “The deepening of the now irreversible capitalist crisis and its ever worsening effects against the working, dispossessed and exploited masses makes it more necessary than ever” that there be an active Communist Party in Puerto Rico.
The crisis in the world communist movement of the early 1990's resulted in confusion among Marxist-Leninist parties throughout the world, leading to the demise of a number of communist parties. One of these was the Puerto Rican C…

France : Support for the Protest Movement Is Still Gathering Momentum, Translated Sunday 17 October 2010, by Isabelle Metral and reviewed by Bill Scoble, l humanite in english

ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Le soutien au mouvement prend encore de l’ampleur
by Paule Masson

Far from being on the ebb, social anger against the French government’s pensions reform grows stronger every day. The IFOP poll we publish today shows that 57% of French people want discussions to start fresh over “another pensions reform project”. Only 16% simply want the bill to be withdrawn, proof that little by little the idea that another reform is possible and alternative proposals must be discussed is gaining strength.

Young people between 18 and 24 (to the tune of 64%) and blue-collar workers (59%) are the categories that are the most favourable to this position. Our poll is only one in a series of many, notably the BVA poll (before last Tuesday’s general strike), in which 54% of French people say they support the idea of “a general strike as in 1995”.

Our poll also confirms what is taking place at the grassroots level. For the last few days, the social conflict has been expressing itself…

"PROFUNC " A Draconian Canadian Anti-Communist Govt Programme Revealed to exist from 1950-1984, transl. by Andy Taylor from Radio Canada story, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 20 h 26

40 years ago, police in Quebec began to list the people who would be arrested within days under the War Measures Act, adopted October 16, 1970, in the wake of the October crisis.
In the hours that followed the proclamation of this law, nearly 500 people were arrested by police.

Since then, a  mystery has existed about the true motives of arrests made during this period because we know that anti-terrorism experts of the three police forces - municipal, provincial and federal - had at most a few dozen suspects.

"The largest number [of names of suspected FLQ] I've seen on console, it was about sixty," said Julien Giguère, who was then director of intelligence of the Anti-Terror Branch of police in Montreal .

But the Surete du Quebec, responsible for arrests, judge this number to be  ridiculous considering the scale of the resources in place, with  The War Measures Act a…

University of Johannesburg threatens to sever ties with Israeli Ben-Gurion University if certain conditions are not met. Al Jazeera, Azad Essa 30 Sep 2010
S African academics allege that Ben-Gurion university has collaborative projects with the Israeli army [REUTERS]The South African University of Johannesburg (UJ) senate has threatened to end its relationship with the Israeli university, Ben-Gurion (BGU), unless certain conditions are met.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the South African university's highest academic body said Ben-Gurion University would have to work with Palestinian universities on research projects and stop its "direct and indirect support for the Israeli military and the occupation".
"The conditions are that the memorandum of understanding governing the relationship between the two institutions be amended to include Palestinian universities chosen with the direct involvement of UJ," the university said in a statement.

"Additionally, UJ will not engage in any activities with BGU that have direct or indirect military implications, this to be monitored by UJ&…

Peace is possible, but not the Obama-Netanyahu way, by Central Committee of the Communist Party of Israel, October 10, 2010

Resolutions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Israel

"The key to success for any political negotiations is the will on the Israeli side to put an end to the occupation and to remove the settlements in order to enable the creation of a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem, besides Israel, whose capital is West Jerusalem", insists the Central Committee of the CPI in its 12th session, which took place in Haifa on 3 Sept. 2010.
The opening ceremony for direct negotiations between the Netanyahu government and the PLO, apparently served US President Obama as a diplomatic and political achievement in the run-up to the Congressional elections in November. Nevertheless, it does not seem that the planed negotiations between PM Netanyahu and PLO Chairman Mahmoud 'Abbas will bring about a peace agreement.

The CPI continues to support the attainment of a just, stable peace through negotiations based on th…

Taking the Socialist out of the NDP, John Ivison, Nat'l Post, October 7, 2010

Jack Layton used to boast about being a socialist. “I’m proud to call myself a socialist. I prefer it by far to democratic socialist,” he said in an interview seven years ago.

Yet when I posed the same question yesterday, he was less strident. “I’m not into labels, but I prefer the description ‘social democrat’. I am the leader of Canada’s social democratic party and proud of it,” he said.

He sounded like former British Labour leader, Tony Blair, who also preferred the “social democrat” tag.

This is appropriate since Mr. Layton is preparing for his own “Clause Four Moment” — a shift that he hopes will symbolize the metamorphosis of an old 20th century socialist party into a vibrant 21st century social democratic party.

As the NDP prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary at a convention next June, senior staff are busy re-writing the preamble to the party’s constitution — a move that was quietly approved by the rank and file at the last convention in Halifax in 200…

The Cuban Government urges President Obama to abide with his commitment to fight terrorism, RAÚL CASTRO RUZ, 6 Oct 2010


Relatives of the victims of State Terrorism against Cuba,


As set out in the Council of State Decree-Law published today, beginning this year, October 6 will be commemorated as “Victims of State Terrorism Day.”

Exactly 34 years ago, 73 innocent people were assassinated: 11 Guyanese, 5 citizens of the Democratic Popular Republic of Korea and 57 Cubans. They were killed in midair when a bomb exploded aboard a Cubana de Aviación passenger plane that had just taken off from Barbados. Among them were 24 young Cubans from the national youth fencing team who had just swept all the gold medals at the Fourt…

International Flaw: With New Iran Sanctions, POTUS Calls Tehran’s Kettle Black, Posted by Nima Shirazi,

Article printed from speakeasy:

    “The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.” - Samuel P. Huntington

“By alleging Iran has some problems, America’s problems aren’t resolved. Just alleging that Iran has a problem is not going to resolve Mrs. Clinton’s problems for her.”

- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking with Charlie Rose, May 3, 2010

On Wednesday afternoon, in a joint press conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner announced that the United States had imposed a new set of unilateral sanctions, including a travel ban and freezing of assets, against a number of top-ranking Iranian officials who…