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international / elections / politics / other press Thursday April 11, 2013 16:50 by Turing 2 comments (last - monday april 15, 2013 13:17) 2 images
Maduro leads in the polls but the Right-wing Opposition Candidate Capriles has attacked the National Electoral Council & refuses tosSign CNE document re respecting the Results. Another coup attempt. may be in the works. More at link and on the site.
Nicolas Maduro goes into Sunday’s elections with a huge lead in the polls, according to the final survey of the polls carried out by the VSC.
• The average lead for Nicolas Maduro is 16%
• Nicolas Maduro scored an average 53% compared to 37% for his main rival Henrique Capriles. (See chart 1)
• Only 10% of voters have yet to make up their mind about who they are supporting or will not vote. This is not enough to overturn Maduro’s lead.
• When the figures are adjusted just to look at those who have decided how they will vote, Maduro’s lead extends to 18%. (See chart 2) read full story / add a comment
Weekly Worker issue 956 - April 04 2013
Welfare cuts: Housing should be a basic human right
The cuts to housing benefit are cruel and irrational, says Michael Copestake
Anti-cuts movement: Frontism produces no lasting gains
What can we expect from the People’s Assembly? Dave Isaacson looks at the June 22 build-up
South African left: Attempt to go round already existing mass organisations
Wasp might be able to sting the SACP/Cosatu bureaucracy. But, asks Peter Manson, can it become a mass party capable of leading a socialist revolution? read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday April 05, 2013 13:55 by Turing Test 1 image
Eddie Ford doesn't like Kim or the bizarre North Korean regime but he looks behind the headlines to examine how the US is stirring things up. Full story at url.
Over the last week there has been a considerable escalation of tensions between North and South Korea. To some degree, of course, this is ‘business as usual’ rhetoric, eg, Pyongyang on March 31 declared that it was in a “state of war” with Seoul (actually that has been the case since the 1953 armistice). But there is more going on than heightened rhetoric - though so far, thankfully, not a single missile has been fired.
Now, I am no admirer of the North Korean regime. It is a brutal and very odd Stalinist dictatorship, which quite literally deifies its leaders - whether the current tyrant, the Great Successor, Kim Jong-un, or his grandfather and Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, the “eternal president” who died in 1994 and presumably still guides the nation, albeit in his new, other-worldly form. To think that such a repressive system could be a workers’ state of any kind, deformed or otherwise, is a grotesque abnegation of genuine socialist politics. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / other press Friday April 05, 2013 13:47 by Joe Mc 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2013 14:13)
Link to a wsws review by Joanne Laurie of a new Israelii documentary: The Gatekeepers, directed by Dror Moreh.
The newly released film –directed by Dror Moreh., a former election ad maker for Ariel Sharon - largely consists of interviews with former heads of Shin Bet , the notorious Israeli intelligence service . According to Laurier , The Gatekeepers “ provides a glimpse into the crisis wracking Israeli society and the failing Zionist project.”
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday April 05, 2013 04:14 by fred 7 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 08:34) 1 image
A lot of hype in the MSM lately about North Korea. These two clips from the RT show "breaking the set" with commentators from answercoalition.org give some much needed context and background from which to interpret the current media spin. Instead of a seemingly irrational belligerent nihilism, the North Korean statements in context, become more like a rational defensive response to a systematic aggressor bent on harming and undermining their country and it's tendency to socialism. You may find some of the facts that emerge about North Korea rather surprising. read full story / add a comment
Here we go again. it's SuperSARS. Has Donald Rumsfeld run out of money again or have the elites finally decided on a population cull.
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday March 31, 2013 04:00 by NineCoronas 8 comments (last - tuesday may 14, 2013 15:50) 2 images
RT have been running stories following developments regarding the discovery of a new SARS like coronavirus which has a mortality rate of 50% and is transmissable between humans. Is this the one that kills off most of the great unwashed and lets the elites roam free to spend their ill gotten loot in a fascist marshal law paradise? read full story / add a comment
The US and the far right of thee opposition are trying to undermine and discredit the Venezuelan electoral system. Jimmy Carter described that system as the best in the World. Full Text at link.
The presidential candidate of the Bolivarian Revolution, Nicolas Maduro, yesterday counter-attacked the opposition’s campaign to discredit Venezuela’s electoral system ahead of the 14 April presidential election.
In recent days the Venezuelan opposition and allied media have been criticising the 14 April presidential election as not being held in “fair and transparent” conditions, in an apparent effort to discredit the Venezuelan electoral system ahead of the vote. This campaign appears to have intensified following comments made on Friday 15 March by the US’s Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who said that it would be “a little difficult” for “open, fair, and transparent elections” to be held on 14 April. read full story / add a comment
Revisionists given a hammering by John Borgonovo . They are searching for an ouija board to contact Peter Hart for advice. Full text at link.
UCC historian John Borgonovo casts doubt on some claims made in the TV3 series ‘In The Name Of The Republic’
TV3’s TWO-PART documentary series, In the Name of the Republic has created a stir among historians, though perhaps not in the way the filmmakers intended. The programme illustrates the danger of accepting local folklore as historical fact, especially during this much-heralded “decade of centenaries”.
In the first episode, viewers met an aged Co Laois man who related his boyhood encounter with a neighbouring farmer, who claimed he had dug up a body while ploughing his field, one of three corpses supposedly buried there by the IRA. Series host Prof Eunan O’Halpin (of Trinity College Dublin) told the audience hisresearch had uncovered two civilians abducted by the Tipperary IRA and “never seen again”. The rest of the episode attempted to prove his theory that they were interred in this Laois field. The episode concluded with O’Halpin opening the sealed files, only to learn that both had survived the conflict. They were never killed by the IRA, much less secretly buried in Laois. The obvious lesson here is: Finish your research before you rent the JCB.
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international / consumer issues / other press Tuesday March 26, 2013 18:52 by fred 2 images 1 attached file
The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday March 21, 2013 17:24 by fred 11 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 21:55) 1 image 2 video files
The top US commander in Europe told a Senate hearing Tuesday that the US military and NATO are drawing up plans for direct military intervention in Syria.
Adm. James Stavridis, head of the Pentagon’s European Command, speaking at a hearing by the Senate Armed Service Committee, said that the US military is “looking at a variety of options” and is “prepared if called upon to be engaged.” read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday March 21, 2013 14:49 by John Cornford 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 954 - March 21 2013
Far from being a new broom or ‘reformer’, writes Eddie Ford, the new pope is a reactionary to his marrow
Unless you possess a very strong stomach, mainstream media coverage of the new pope (aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has been truly revolting. A tidal wave of idiotic, euphoric banality. Then again, what else do you expect from the likes of the BBC, which always genuflects before anything that appears strong, powerful and ancient?
Safe space; Rape sanity; Aunty Tom; Dinosaur; Ad feminem; Alpha-males; Full frontal; Unsanctioned; Playing politics; read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 20, 2013 11:58 by Audio 3 comments (last - tuesday march 26, 2013 09:35)
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 20, 2013 00:14 by T 4 comments (last - thursday march 21, 2013 07:28) 2 images
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Ten years ago, the world watched the “shock and awe” bombing campaign light up the nighttime sky of Baghdad with billowing clouds of flame and smoke.
This campaign and the bloody ten years of occupation that followed had a devastating impact on what was once among the most advanced societies in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed and millions were made homeless.
The American military’s conduct of the war produced crimes of staggering dimensions. This included the turning of Fallujah, a city of 350,000 people, into a free-fire zone, the bombarding of its occupants with white phosphorus shells, banned by international law, and the summary execution of wounded prisoners. Ten years later, the rates of child cancer and birth defects in Fallujah are similar to those in Hiroshima following the US atomic bombing. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Sunday March 17, 2013 22:01 by Elric 1 comment (last - wednesday march 27, 2013 23:59) 1 image
An appreciation of the work and legacy of Commandante Chavez by James Petras . Full text at link.
President Hugo Chavez was unique in multiple areas of political, social and economic life. He made significant contributions to the advancement of humanity. The depth, scope and popularity of his accomplishments mark President Chavez as the ‘Renaissance President of the 21st Century’.
Many writers have noted one or another of his historic contributions highlighting his anti-poverty legislation, his success in winning popular elections with resounding majorities and his promotion of universal free public education and health coverage for all Venezuelans.
In this essay we will highlight the unique world-historic contributions that President Chavez made in the spheres of political economy, ethics and international law and in redefining relations between political leaders and citizens. We shall start with his enduring contribution to the development of civic culture in Venezuela and beyond.
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Weekly Worker issue 953 - March 14 2013
The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available on the CPGB
website at http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/953
In this week's issue:
SWP SPECIAL CONFERENCE: APPARATUS USES FAIR MEANS AND FOUL
Peter Manson asks what can still be saved from the SWP
Into the void; Nonsense; Not worth it; Alpha-rule; Off the cuff;
Special offer; Unreloaded; Mixed bag; Praise indeed; Reinstate Lee read full story / add a comment
Issue 51 of
Red Banner: a magazine of socialist ideas
is out now
Available from bookshops or the address above for €1.50 / £2 read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 13, 2013 15:39 by Free Bradley Manning 2 comments (last - wednesday march 13, 2013 17:47)
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday March 12, 2013 16:37 by ! 2 comments (last - monday april 08, 2013 09:33) 1 image
On 7th February 2013 The Oxford Union held the debate “This House Would Not Fight for Queen and Country”. it was the 80th anniversary of the original debate in 1933 in which The Oxford Union voted in favor of the motion.
Speaking for the motion were Ben Sullivan (Christ Church College), Ben Griffin (Former SAS soldier) and Gareth Porter ( US Historian).
Speaking against were Rory Stewart (Conservative MP), Nikolai Tolstoy (International Monarchist League) and Malcolm Rifkind (Former Foreign Secretary).
On the night the motion was defeated as it has been on every occasion that it has been held since 1937.
Below a transcript of the speech given by Ben Griffin of Veterans for Peace.
I Will Not Fight for Queen and Country read full story / add a comment
Weekly Worker issue 952 - March 07 2013
The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available on the CPGBwebsite at http://cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/952
In this week's issue:
ALEX CALLINICOS: HAUNTED BY THE REAL LENIN
Ben Lewis observed few signs of ‘revolt’ at last weekend’s SWSS day school
Alpha-male; Anti-politics; Bacon; Inspiration; Dear respected read full story / add a comment
Another analysis of the dangers posed by an FSA armed with chemical weapons and a timely reminder of the monster that is the Saudi Regime. Full text at link.
While Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was questioning the former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, during his Secretary of Defense nomination hearing, she mentioned chemical weapons and Syria. I think that the good Senator should be aware that the so-called Free Syrian Army is a real threat with their chemical weapons too. They have been backed by disreputable American allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are Wahhabi states that repress women, have terrible civil liberties, and no democratic rights whatsoever for their people. They are antediluvian states that are ripe for Arab Springs, and having genuine democracy sprout up in them. Saudi Arabia has invaded neighboring Bahrain, and continually worked to repress a grassroots democratic movement/revolution there as well.  read full story / add a comment