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US government to nationalize basic financial industry

You know things are getting bad with the economy when the capitalist US government starts to nationalize industries! But that's what the Bush Team is going to be doing, alongside their usual supporting cast of Democratic Party politician hacks chipping in, too. See U.S. to take control of mortgage giants: reports They called it 'conservatorship' to keep from using the word 'nationalize', but it is one and the same thing. And for sure, the one and same people who will be behind nationalizing the debt ridden Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac con artists will be bad mouthing Hugo Chavez when he nationalizes industries in Venezuela. There is one big difference between US and Venezuelan nationalizations though, and that is that the US government will be doing it to help the super rich, whereas Venezuela will be nationalizing industries to help out the poor working classes of that country.

Why I’m helping Hugo Chavez

Like Cynthia McKinney standing up and speaking at the protesters rally in Denver during the recent DNC Carnival, Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London, has been courageously political by visiting Caracas, Venezuela. There Kenneth Livingstone took a stand against US aggression in Latin America. Here he explains why? Why I'm helping Hugo Apparently it is possible to not be a mainstream total political whore in politics like Obama and Biden are, and certainly McCain and Palin are, too. Why don't liberals demand such of the people they vote for? Until they do change their behavior we will get the type of horrible bipartisan mess the US currently suffers under. We need more real people in politics in the US... people like Ken Livingstone. That photo above was of Ken Livingstone supporting the London gay community and not him next to Hugo Chavez. Yeah, another courageous stance that Ken took. We need more people who are honest and stand up for what they believe in and that have real character, not phony photo-op stuff. They are in short supply in politics in the US seeing how we only have 2 political parties that both behave about the same.

Stop the War in Iraq and BTTHN

Open National Conference to Stop the War in Iraq and Bring the Troops Home Now Cleveland, Ohio, June 28-29, 2008 National Assembly Endorser List (Partial Listing) ( * = organization or position for identification only) 1. Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace* 2. Howard Zinn, Author, Historian, Social Critic, Political Scientist, Playwright 3. U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) 4. Veterans for Peace 5. Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Utah Chapter 6. National Lawyers Guild 7. North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor (Formerly Cleveland AFL-CIO) 8. Donna Dewitt, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO* 9. Navy Petty Officer Jonathan W. Hutto, Author of "Anti-War Soldier" and Co-Founder of Appeal For Redress* 10. Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Los Angeles, CA 11. Progressive Democrats of America 12. A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) 13. The Iraq Moratorium 14. United Teachers Los Angeles 15. Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition (NOAC) 16. Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General 17. Green Party of Ohio 18. Progressive Action, a coalition of the Duluth Central Labor Body, Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, and the Duluth Area Green Party 19. Scott Ritter 20. Anti-War Committee of the Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh, PA 21. Colia Lafayette Clark, Chair, Richard Wright Centennial Committee, Philadelphia, PA 22. Ohio State Council UNITE HERE 23. Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice – the Cleveland Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 24. Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 808*, Long Island, NY 25. Cleveland Peace Action 26. Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA 27. Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition (STWC) 28. John W. Braxton, Co-President, American Federation of Teachers Local 2026*; Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia* 29. Eduardo Rosario, Executive Board, NY City Chapter – Labor Council for Latin American Advancement* 30. RI Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation 31. Steve Early, Member, National Writers Union/UAW*, Labor Journalist 32. Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace 33. Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee 34. Cynthia McKinney, Former Congresswoman from Georgia 35. Allen Cholger, United Steelworkers Union Staff Representative*, Southfield, MI 36. Malcolm Suber, Reconstruction Activist; 2007 City Council Candidate in New Orleans, LA 37. Greg Coleridge, Coordinator, Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition; Economic Justice & Empowerment Program Director, Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee 38. Marilyn Levin, Member, Coordinating Committee, Greater Boston United for Justice with Peace; Founder, Middle East Crisis Coalition 39. Jeff Mackler, Founder, Mobilization for Peace, Jobs and Justice, San Francisco, CA 40. Jerry Gordon, former National Co-Coordinator of the Vietnam-era National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC); Member, U.S. Labor Against the War Steering Committee, Cleveland, OH 41. Barbara Lubin, Director, Middle East Children’s Alliance 42. Jamilla El-Shafei, Kennebunkport, Maine, (the Kennebunkport Peace Department) 43. Mumia Abu-Jamal 44. Alan Netland, President of the Duluth Central Labor Body and AFSCME Local 66* 45. Will Rhodes, Chair, Minnesota 8th Congressional District, Green Party; Steering Committee of the Duluth Area Green Party 46. Leonard Weinglass, Attorney for the Cuban Five 47. Gail Schoenfelder, Co-Chair, Clayton-Jackson-McGee Memorial; Board Member of the Duluth League of Women Voters* 48. California Peace and Freedom Party 49. Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network 50. Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice of Northern Utah 51. Alan Benjamin, Member, Executive Board, San Francisco Labor Council; Member, National Steering Committee, U.S. Labor Against the War 52. Rev. Dr.

Nicaraguan transport strike Made in USA

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA- We crossed into Nicaragua from Costa Rica last week, unprepared for a national transportation strike that had just begun. The cause of this strike is simply that gas prices are going up rapidly, and gas is currently 50-70 cents a gallon more expensive here than in the US. Who is to blame for this according to the Nicaraguan US-lackey press? Is it Shell Oil, the US government, or the multi-national energy cartels? Why NO. They blame Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega at home for the price discrepancy! That is the misinformation that comes about from corporate monopoly control of the media, which is certainly the case in Nicaragua.

Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan together in Mexico City!

Below, we reprint 2 speeches made in Mexico City Friday, just yesterday, April 4, 2008. The speech Greed ... by Cindy Sheehan, and another speech by Cynthia McKinney that is without title. Cynthia McKinney Segundo Encuentro Continental de los Trabajadores Mexico City, Mexico, April 4, 2008 Brothers and Sisters in the Movement I am happy to be here in Mexico City where the people all over Latin America are on the move: On the move for justice, self-determination, and peace. I love that you have created a Power to the People movement with your votes that is stronger than the mightiest military force on the planet! With the power of your vote you have taken your countries back. Now, all we have to do is to count all the votes in the United States and Mexico! In the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, an estimated six million people went to the polls and voted, but their votes weren't counted. In 2000, and again in 2004, Democrats helped to install Republicans into power rather than fight for the victory that the voters had given them. As a result of this kind of collusion, the Democratic majority in our Congress has failed to impeach Bush. They have failed to institute a livable wage, stop the multiple wars the U.S. is fighting right now, and they have failed to protect human rights anywhere in the world, including even at home. That's why I left the Democratic Party. I refused to become complicit in war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the peace, spying on the American people, and ripping our Bill of Rights to shreds. And so I declared my independence from the U.S. leadership that gave us tax cuts for the wealthy and a country 53 trillion dollars in debt and Hurricane Katrina. To my brothers and sisters at this Conference and in the United States, I say: Hands off Haiti! Hands off Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Argentina now making a claim for the Falklands! Hands off Venezuela and Ecuador! No to Plan Mexico; No to Plan Colombia! Hands off Pemex! And finally, it was on this date, 40 years ago, that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. We now know that Dr. King was murdered as part of a conspiracy that included his own government. Hatched in the bowels of the Pentagon, where so many other regime change operations have been hatched, the government of the United States launched regime change at home on Black America. We blacks in the United States have long known the pain and the consequences of having authentic leadership snatched from us; of having someone else pick our leaders before we pick them ourselves. I am proud to join this international movement for self-determination; for justice and for peace. Despite today's difficulties, we must never let our dream be deferred. We in the U.S. gain inspiration from your successes here so we can carry the struggle to every nook and cranny of the United States. Que vivan los pueblos de america! Cindy Sheehan -Key Note Speech "GREED" Segundo Encuentro Continental de los Trabajadores Mexico City, Mexico, April 4, 2008 First of all I would like to thank the International Labor Council and the Electrician's Union for such a warm welcome and I would like to assure you all, my brothers and sisters that

MARCH 27-30 Sixth Cairo Conference

This year for the first time the Hands Off Venezuela campaign will be taking part in the Cairo Conference (International Campaign against US and Zionist Occupation, 6th Cairo Conference, 4th Cairo Forum, Press Syndicate, March 27-30, 2008). HOV will be holding a seminar on The Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and the struggle for socialism.   On March 25, YOUNG LEFT in Sweden passed a motion in support for the HANDS OFF VENEZUELA campaign. Hands off Venezuela A revolution against the horrors of neo-liberalism is spreading through Latin-America. The centre for this development is Venezuela. What is happening there is totally different compared to the politics of cuts in the welfare state that politicians, economist and "experts" have said for decades is necessary. In this poor country a redistribution of wealth and power is taking place. Good housing is provided for ordinary people, poor people are getting access to free healthcare and land is handed out to farmers cooperatives. A discussion about how to construct a socialist society is taking place. The people have begun to build new structures that they control, that can replace the old state. The power of capital is threatened through nationalisation and workers control. A privileged layer - the owners of the big companies and the highly paid civil servants in the state - are violently against the changes. In 2002, with the support of the USA, there was an attempted military coup which was followed by a lockout. This is a part of a campaign against the revolution that includes slander in the media, violence and economic sabotage. The development in Venezuela is connected to the future of the international labour movement. The revolution in Venezuela spreads hope - it shows that another world is possible. It is necessary for the defence of the revolution to get solidarity from the international labour movement. With this appeal we want: * To show our solidarity with the revolution in Venezuela * Say no to USA and other international forces attacking the people of Venezuela * Give our support to the Venezuelan trade union federation UNT * Support the call for a solidarity conference to discuss how to develop the solidarity movement with Venezuela

Leaders of anti- Colombian government demo of March 6 assassinated

While attention is elsewhere, the US continues to wage war in South America and it does so using the terrorism of its death squads. And even more pathetic is the US media's support for this war, as they spread misinformation and lies and blanket out real info about how the US government is waging this war, using murder and torture at will of its political opponents. Example in point, is how the American media highlighted US coverage of pro- Colombian government demonstrations throughout Colombia against the FARC opposition group, yet ignored the massive demonstrations throughout the same country against the death squad arming, US backed Colombian government. Don't expect to see much about how the Colombian government murdered the leaders of this demonstration, a mere week after they were held. See the reportage, Organizers of Colombian march against death squads killed Instead, the US media will continuously highlight the joint US-Colombian governments' cooperative campaign to topple the current governments of Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia,and Nicaragua. The center of this campaign will be to bellicosely confront, threaten military intervention, and to try to organize coups to topple Chavez and Raul Castro, of Venezuela and Cuba respectively. Right now, unfortunately, we have a 'Peace Movement' in the US that cannot really even find Mexico on a map, let alone the other countries of Latin America threatened by the bipartisan thugs in D.C. This US war against Latin America is heating up though, and we need to pay attention to what's going on. The US government pulled the triggers that killed these organizers of peaceful demonstrations against the US government organized, Colombian death squads. And it will pull the trigger again and again in its ongoing efforts to control all of Latin America, if a real opposition to these wars is not begun to be built soon.

Colombia- the Pentagon’s South American mafia state

Colombia, quite simply, is the Pentagon's South American mafia state. It's government is headed up by a death squad kingpin with multiple connections to the cocaine trafficking trade that Washington, D.C. says it is supposedly fighting. And now, Colombia's government has begun to act, with Pentagon OK, like Israel acts against Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza, and Turkey against Kurdish regions of Iraq. In fact, more and more the Pentagon and Washington themselves are acting like international gangsters. Unfortunately, the military-industrial cartel offices in Northern Virginia are much better funded than any other gangsters the world has ever known. The latest terrorism coming out of our nation's military warehouse, was the Colombia excursion into Ecuador to shoot down, in their sleep, a political leader opposing the Colombian death squad gang headed by Uribe. This in the midst of negotiations to free prisoners held by the FARC. The Colombian government doesn't want these prisoners to be released, but wants merely to continue their own death squad activities, sanctioned by the Democrats and Republicans alike, in DC. Venezuela mobilizes forces to Colombia border (to counter joint Colombian-Pentagon threats) The Colombian military attack inside Ecuador's borders was Made in USA.

The US government wins the Venezuelan elections

Hugo Chavez went down in defeat in Sunday's election in Venezuela. Like the Nicaraguan elections where the Sandinista's lost power, the people of a Latin American country were once again defeated by the US government in an election. Why? Today Nicaragua is the poorest country in the Americas with the exception of Haiti, which is presently occupied by a despicable United Nations military doing the dirty work of the Bush Administration. Why did the Venezuelan electorate vote the way they did then? The answer is simple, and the reasons are similar to why the Nicaraguans voted the way they did back in the '80s. Many Venezuelans, like the Nicaraguans before them, simply were scared that the US military would use their power against their Venezuelan 'patria' if the vote was against what the gringo Powers in D.C. wanted. They stayed home and abstained from voting in a very close election, handing the victory to the Venezuelan Business Class, though only by the slimmest majority. This is the danger of holding elections where US money is allowed to enter in and determine the results of an election. US money buys elections in poorer countries especially when the threat is to go to war with that country if results are now what the US government wants. A government looking for revolutionary change simply cannot allow the US to channel money into its opposition. The US government would imprison any opposition taking foreign money to try to overturn it, and that is what the Venezuelan government led by Hugo Chavez didn't do, with the results being a setback for The Revolution there. Let's hope that the setback is temporary only, for the Venezuelans under the control of their corporate power elites are going nowhere except into being controlled by the US elites from afar. Live free and independent, or die!

The King of Spain is a royal asshole

The international press has been reporting for everybody the spectacle of the King of Spain putting down Hugo Chavez with his comment 'Why don't you shut up, Little Boy?' Why the King of Spain should be attending a summit meeting in Santiago, Chile is never questioned at all though? Actually, the royal family of Spain is a royal group of royal assholes just like it is with the royal family of England. Can't somebody chop off their heads please, since this is the 21st century, is it not? There is no need to have kings and queens around any more, not even for ceremonial purposes let alone having them attend summit meetings between countries while opening their big, royally stupid mouths. It is also interesting to know that it is even against the law in Spain, a supposed democratic country of Europe, to insult the royal family. That being said, the King of Spain is a total asshole for sure. ( I hope they don't try to put me in prison for 2 years for saying this. There would go my Spanish vacation!) And they make fun of the laws of Thailand protecting their royal king asshole from cartoons, etc.? The Europeans need to clean up their own royal assholes first, it appears.

Venezuelan top general throws in lot with US

A key figure in the Venezuelan military, Gen. Raul Isaias Baduel, has decided to jump ship and cast his lot with the US. He has become highly uncomfortable, as Chavez has been busy dismantling the entrenched power foundations of the Venezuelan elites, and implementing new institutions that would better help defend Venezuela from US plans to overturn social reform there. The rallying cry to move the Venezuelan Revolution forward has become Chavez's call to reform the constitution. The Church, the military elite, and the top business elite oppose this, and continue to convince many in the Venezuelan middle class that it is better to allow the US to manage national affairs rather than allow the lower classes an opportunity to a better society for all. By jumping ship, General Baduel is calling for rebellion inside the ranks of the Venezuelan military and asking that elements there support another US coup attempt on the Chavez led government. There are increased signs that the US government will take soon time away from their affairs of screwing over the Middle East and Africa, and advance toward committing new military aggressions against Latin America, against Cuba and Venezuela. In this, both the Democrats and Republicans are united.

Dick Cheney accidentally shoots Peru with shotgun

Innocent gaffe, or an insanely ignorant Vice President of the United States? You be the judge here? The people of Peru deserve better says Dick Cheney in a recent speech in Dallas about Hugo Chavez. Luckily he didn't have his shotgun with him at the time. The people of Peru wouldn't have been able to duck in time.

Oil and Oppression

To those that don't read the abominable local paper, The Gazette, 'Oil and Oppression' was the title of their lead editorial opinion today so that's what this commentary is responding to. But don't think that The Gazette was writing about Iraq under this heading, since they were writing about Hugo Chavez instead. They say Chavez is a 'dictator in the making'! Not to worry about Dubya though, I guess? Think God that we don't have to worry about dictators in the making here in the USA, right? Our political system is run by a two headed dog instead, so just what are the concerns of Colorado's finest, as they write from the editorial offices of our favorite local comic book? Well, The Gazette is concerned that Venezuelan democracy is being crushed because the US government is being prohibited from channeling money into Venezuelan politics! How dare this dictator Chavez stop these funds!? It's bad news, but our brilliant theoreticians at The Gazette tell us Colorado residents to not be too concerned about 'his childish fulminations'. That's a big word there, Guys. A 'fulmination' can't hurt us, but sticks and stones can. So how does The Gazette plan to ward off sticks and stones from The Evil Dictator, Hugo Chavez? The Evil One has oil, you see? Reading from their Ayn Rand liberry, they say that the correct manner of warding off evil is just to let The System do its work. Translated, that means that we should just let the CIA work to a more successful coup attempt than the one they attempted in the recent past. Meanwhile, at the editorial offices of The Gazette, Atlas Shrugs, basking in the knowledge that 'liberty' will prevail. Oil be damned. For more info about the threat from The Evil One, see Mark Weisbrot's A Bank of Their Own: Latin America Casting off Washington's Shackles

Americans for Chavez

Americans for Chavez provides a group of links to organizations that support defending Venezuela from US government attempts to overthrow the government there. I couldn't help but notice that the local group CS Action is linked to on that site. Good work, CS Action! The news links are helpful in getting news, also.

From Y to V- The CIA’s Otpor strategy to overthrow governments

Since so many pacifists seem prone to accept at face value and fall for any rhetoric that appears to be supporting 'peaceful' means of protest, even when it is being pushed from the Pentagon and Washington DC, the following information is quite important. This is from Setting the Stage for Turmoil in Caracas... ---Repeating the East European experience in Venezuela--- The new imperial strategy includes something called "American Corners." These "corners" are small offices set up by Washington throughout the target country that basically serve as mini-embassies. It is not completely clear what exactly these "corners" do, but inside you will find an array of information about the United States, including study abroad opportunities, English classes, and pro-U.S. propaganda. On top of this, the mini-embassies also organize events, trainings, and lectures for young students. Interestingly, they seem to be very abundant in countries that Washington seeks to destabilize. The former Yugoslavian countries have a total of 22 American Corners, including 7 in Serbia. The Ukraine has 24, Belarus 11, Russia 30, even Iraq, with 11. By far the highest concentration of the "corners" is in Eastern Europe, where Washington has focused its destabilization efforts in recent years. [17] There are at least 4 "American Corners" in Venezuela, the most for any Latin American country, and the U.S. also finances literally hundreds of organizations throughout the country to the tune of more than $5 million a year. [18] Together, these U.S.-funded organizations are working to implant the Eastern European experience in Venezuela. As reported by Reuters, the Venezuelan opposition is already learning the Serbian tactics to overthrow a regime from a retired U.S. army colonel named Robert Helvey. "Helvey, who has taught young activists in Myanmar and Serbian students who helped topple the former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, is giving courses on non-violent opposition tactics this week at an east Caracas university," said the article. "Neither Helvey nor the organizers of the Caracas seminar would give details of exactly what opposition tactics were being taught. But in his work in Serbia before Milosevic's fall, Helvey briefed students on ways to organize a strike and on how to undermine the authority of a dictatorial regime," reported Reuters. [19] And more recently, in the university city of Mérida, history professor from Texas, Neil Foley, hosted an event sponsored by the U.S. embassy and the Venezuelan-American Center (Cevam), not an official "American Corner" but serving the same purpose. Foley, who has also spoken in various "American Corners" in Serbia, gave speeches in both Bolivia and Venezuela on "American values." [20] I attended one of Foley's speeches and, as expected, it was a complete pro-U.S. propaganda campaign imposed upon the university students. The professor gave exactly the message that the U.S. Embassy had paid him to give, speaking wonders about American society and "American democracy." According to Foley, the United States solves all of its problems by tolerance for others and an all-inclusive "dialogue," between opposing parties. And sending a clear hint to the Venezuelan students,

Que Viva Colombia!

Pastor Lopez is my favorite religious leader. He was born in Venezuela, but has lived for years in Colombia, too. His religious teachings have inspired millions around the world! Here he is at his best in 'La Tracionera'. We need a more spicier religion than we currently have dominating in the US. If interested more in his teachings, check out Discos Fuentes. I wish that KRCC carry his sermons on air, too. He's hot! And sad to say, KRCC is so not. Too much National Public Radio and BBC, I believe. Colombian music is the best in the world, and the price is right at Discos Fuentes. KRCC, if you got some music from this label then play it? If not, then in=vest$$$ a little and liven your music scene up some. Discos Fuentes. Also, El Indio Pastor Lopez does rap. Pastor Lopez with Dancers in Black. The Absent Son is good, too. Pastor Lopez is defintely the grandfather of Colombian cumbia, and it's too bad he almost can't ever be heard on radio in the US. Some other Colombian hits played by other musicians are Tus Besos son como caramelo, La Burrita, and an older version of La Pendeja with great dancing, Sonora Dinamita with Que Bello. Also, No me toques mi cucu, La Zenaida, and Amor Carnal. Que Viva Colombia! Let's hope that the US doesn't totally mess the country up as it has done with Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Venezuela was correct in not renewing a TV license for RCTV

It was not censorship for Venezuela to not renew a public TV license to RCTV, a station that fabricated news coverage during the US backed coup effort against Venezuela's government in 2002. If any TV station tried to do the same in the US, its top officials would go to jail for years on charges of treason. In the US, even top Democratic Party officials are having to deal with the same sort of manipulation of information by news outlets, like Fox News. Certainly governments have a right to ensure that national news outlets don't cooperate with foreign powers in trying to foment presidential coups. See also the ZNet published commentary, 'Venezuela and Media: Fact and Fiction' that comments about that. Luckily for Venezuela, the people of that nation were able to thwart the ruling elites of their society from helping the US government kidnap their president in the same way and manner that Haiti's president, Aristide, was kidnapped by the US military. Below is an excellent 1 1/2 hour long documentary about how Venezuela's private corporate media cooperated in trying to install that made-in-US coup d'etat into power that can be seen free from youtube in 8 parts. If you are interested in conspiracy theories like those surrounding 9/11 and the Kennedy Assassination, then check this film out. This was certainly a conspiracy carried out against the Venezuelan people from Washington DC. Llaguno Bridge: Key to a Massacre Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8

The Gazette defends the minimum wage earner yet again

OK, the title to this commentary is so ridiculous that it invites scorn from the word GO. And yet?... this is exactly the refrain that The Gazette seems to constantly revel in. They like to preposterously present themselves and others in the most reactionary portions of the US business community as defenders of the low income population of our nation. And their absurd thesis is always that we should oppose an increase in the minimum wage because that increase would hurt those it the new legislation would intend to help! It is such a comical argument and one that nobody with a low income will ever buy. Do they take this sector of the population to be as stupid as the business community is? They are not. So the argument is really intended to persuade the well-to-do themselves that they really are being noble by being the selfish and backward thugs they actually truly are. The argument really is, that the rich by opposing the increase in minimum wage are not just hoods robbing the poor, but are actually wonderful and decent people trying to help the poor out instead. Don't laugh, that's truly how they try to convince themselves to see it! But it makes us in the ordinary population of wage earners roll over laughing in response to the self image that the well-off have of themselves. What a bunch of charlatan clowns, are they not? Taking from the bottom to give to the top is noble endeavor! It's truly celebrating their supposed virtue in being selfish as their ideologue Queen, Ayn Rand, once proposed in her writings as being the psychological key to supposed capitalist liberty making. The argument that no minimum wage is freedom for the poor is once again raised as mantra in The Gazette on page 2 of the Business section of the Sunday paper in an article by Fred Crowley, a brainless professor over at the UCCS. He has a young, intense, and portly photo of himself there, too. No doubt that he is fully convinced of his arguments as week as silly as they actually are. No doubt that he also intensely and fully opposes the approach that Hugo Chavez is taking now in Venezuela in regards to increasing the minimum wage there. It just got increased 20%. Oh the horrors, he must be lamenting! Yes, Dear Professor, the raise of the Venezuelan minimum wage violates all the supposed laws of economics that you and The Gazette preach so without end. How can Hugo Chavez not see that the economy must give profits to the rich and not to the poor? I guess such a nut deserves to be executed, does he not, Professor? He is a totalitarian trying to take liberty away! Oh the

Otpor and the US made coup attempts against Chavez in Venezuela

As a leader of Otpor (now called Canvas) meets with people in Colorado Springs and at Colorado College, it might be of interest to follow the trail of Otpor to Venezuela, and efforts of the US to overthrow Hugo Chavez there. Contrary to how Otpor represents itself, it is not just a group of nice Serbian student leaders from Belgrade, that through Gandhi inspired tactics non-violently overthrew Milosevic in the wake of a very violent US war on Yugoslavia. The story is quite a bit more complex than that, so we follow their trail to Venezuela. To understand the following Reuters report dated back in 2003, though, one must first realize that Otpor is connected with 'The Albert Einstein Institute' of which Colonel Robert Helvey is an integral part of. This is a US government run operation designed to link Gandhian methods of nonviolent protest to Pentagon and US State Department efforts to overthrow foreign governments. Hence, we move from Belgrade to Caracas as the US government goes after Hugo Chavez. It's Gandhi in the service of the Pentagon to help make a coup! ----------------------------- US democracy expert teaches Venezuelan opposition By Pascal Fletcher CARACAS, Venezuela, April 30, 2003 (Reuters) - Retired U.S. army colonel Robert Helvey has trained pro-democracy activists in several parts of the world so he knows something about taking on military regimes and political strongmen. Now he is imparting his skills in Venezuela, invited by opponents of President Hugo Chavez who accuse the leftist leader of ruling like a dictator in the world's No. 5 oil exporter. Helvey, who has taught young activists in Myanmar and Serbian students who helped topple the former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, is giving courses on non-violent opposition tactics this week at an east Caracas university. Secrecy surrounds the classes. A sign outside the door, apparently there to deflect the curious, reads: ``Seminar on strategic marketing.'' But the strategies Helvey is sharing with some of Chavez's foes focuses not on balance sheets but on how to resist, oppose and change a government without the use of bombs and bullets. After initially declining to answer questions, Helvey, a former U.S. military attache in Burma and now a consultant with the private U.S. Albert Einstein Institution that promotes non-violent action in conflicts, told Reuters non-violence was the key to the tactics he taught. ``In every political conflict, there is a potential for violence, and it is incumbent on leaders to make sure they don't cross the threshold of violence,'' he said. Organizers of the seminar did not welcome journalists. ``This is a private meeting of friends,'' one said. The attendees included representatives of Venezuela's broad-based but fragmented opposition, who are struggling to regroup after failing to force Chavez from office in an anti-government strike in December and January. Chavez, a fiery populist first elected in 1998, survived a brief coup last year by dissident military officers who now form part

Ecuador joins with Venezuela in dumping 2 party corporate system rule

Ecuador has just broken the back of the traditional 2 party corporate system there, by voting 83% in favor of constitutional changes that will destroy the ability of the Conservative Party and the Radical Liberal Party to have the oligarchs continue to rule in that country. They have joined with constitutional changes in Venezuela that did exactly the same, taking away the dominance that the corrupt 2 traditional parties there had over the Venezuelan people. Viva Rafael Correa and Hugo Chavez, presidents of the 2 countries! Now lets do the same in the US, too! We don't need 2 corporate dominated parties here while having none for the people. That's not democracy at all, but is a colossal fraud. Time to get rid of both of them. Dump the Democrats and Republicans both! They're destroying our country.

Bush’s Funniest vs Hugo Chavez

Now that Bush is back from Latin America, it's time to post Bush's Funniest Moments. And on to Argentina to see the rally where Hugo Chavez tore apart Dubya. This is a long video in Spanish, but watch the first 5 minutes at least to see the Argentinian Mothers of the Disappeared introduce Chavez. An education in itself. And then we also learn that Bush took his charade to Guatemala talking up the supposed benefits of CAFTA and 'free trade', just several miles down the road from where a factory was full of Guatemalan children working in terrible conditions producing frozen broccoli for American school cafeterias and the US military. See Tuesday night's Democracy Now on that one. Our Prez is truly a winner! American Empire built on child labor and death squads certainly must have impressed Latin America. Another one of Bush's funniest moments. 'El perro que es', in the words of the spokewoman of the Madres de los Desaparecidos.

Cuban doctors vs Bush’s US floating militaristic showtime

The bankruptcy of US foreign politcy in Latin America will become highlighted later this week when Bush deploy's himself into Latin America with a Navy 'floating hospital' in tow. What the world will see is Top Gun military doctor Dubya diplomat in action, and it is assured ahead of time, to underwhelm rather than 'shock and awe'. The gigantic US navy war vessel accompanying the donkey is to perform surgeries at high cost to the US taxpayer, and minimal real long term medical value (if any) to the chronically malnourished and ill of Latin America. Meanwhile, Cuban doctors quietly and with little fanfare continue to run medical clinics in country after country when allowed to do so, and Hugo Chavez continues to offer low cost fuel supplies to the not so well off, in addition. The main tool the dumbest ass neo-con gringo rulers have to provide in response, is an creased militarization everywhere in the region using the drug war as excuse. Cops, soldiers, prisons, death squads, and neo-liberal imperialist inforced privatization is DC's way to winning 'hearts and minds'! What a formula for success! Eventually Washington's war on many fronts will turn into defeat on many fronts. Nowhere is that day nearing faster than in Latin America. Imagine the ridicule that this Pentagon 'floating hospital' will arouse. The US is widely known as providing inadequate medical care to its own population(to children in Texas, for just one example), let alone to other nations. While the Pentagon is most noted for its constant 'collateral damage' to innocents, not being any angel of mercy. Latin America will watch as Bush hobnobs with ruling elites that the mass of people despise rather than considering them as potential saviours from their economic insecurity. People need help, and America offers up a clown and a media circus. What a contrast to the Cuban doctors doing real work. US elite intellectual bankruptcy at its finest.

More Chavez, doing the hip-hop-reggaeton

Slick did the sax, Dubya does Dumbo the Elephant, and many of America's rich, famous and sleezy have appeared on David Letterman and Jay Leno doing the small talk. Still, I think that Hugo Chavez has them beat with the beat in this video. La Corte Negra

Patria, Socialismo, o Muerte!

Patria, Socialismo, o Muerte! Do you recognize this sentiment? It is the slogan, 'Live Free, or Die' that New Hampshire has made famous as a symbolism of American determination, but in Venezuelan Spanish. Hey, the Dawn of Hope (Amanecer de la Esperanza) is there just like it was once when the American Colonies fought for their independence from the British throne. This time, though, it is the hope for freedom from US imperialism that sparks such strong South American sentiment, rather like that former New Hampshire colony spirit of resistance. Venezuela is tired of their oppressive King George just as once the founders of this country were once tired of another King George. Venezuela today, Patria, Socialismo, o Muerte! Sixteen minutes in Spanish, but you'll get the message, I am sure. Well worth the watch.

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