By: Jonah Gindin - Venezuelanalysis.com
When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was elected in 1998, inaugurating a process of radical political and social changes, it looked as though labor might be left behind. The main labor central, the Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV) was one of his most avid critics, and Chávez in turn lashed out verbally against the CTV on a regular basis. But the image of Chávez vs Labor, repeatedly thrown at the unsuspecting casual observer by the mainstream media, is precisely intended to mislead. The unpleasant truth is that the CTV has not adequately represented Venezuelan workers since the 1970s, if not before. The reality of Chávez vs the CTV, then, does not exclude the active and enthusiastic participation of a large proportion of Venezuelan workers in his Bolívarian revolution (named after Latin American Independence leader Simón Bolívar).
Why is Britain using aid money to persuade South Africa to privatise its public
George Monbiot |
Tuesday October 19, 2004 |
No one could have accused the Conservative government of breaking its promise to
bring back Victorian values. When, in 1992, it permitted private water companies to
install pre-paid meters in Birmingham, the people who couldn't afford to flush their
toilets started defecating into pots, which they then emptied out of the windows of
their tower blocks. It made one quite nostalgic.
"So for us in South Africa, who have lived through Apartheid, who have benefited from this (sanctions) kind of international solidarity, we think it is vital for us to be in the lead to support the call to isolate Israel. It is therefore with shock and embarrassment that we find our own (African National Congress - former liberation movement, now neo-liberal) government, which benefited from this international solidarity, in fact acting like scabs during a strike, breaking this call."
IQALUIT - Nunavut politician Jerry Ell was arrested this morning in Iqaluit after giving himself up following a six-hour armed standoff with police.
Oct 11 2004
Word has come down this week that Lockheed Martin will help conduct the 2006 Canadian census through a Canadian subsidiary. Lockheed Martin is o
Tuesday October 19, 2004
In the US, in 2002, the median net worth of white households was $88,651, or 11 times greater than Hispanic families ($7,932) and 14 times greater than African-American families ($5,988).
JACKSON, Miss., Oct. 17 - What does it take for a man like Staff Sgt. Michael Butler, a 24-year veteran of the Army and the Reserve who was a soldier in the first Persian Gulf war and a reserve called up to fight in the current war in Iraq, to risk everything by disobeying a direct order in wartime?
In the article below, Counterpunch regular contributor Gary Leupp outlines the strategy of the U.S. in expanding their empire through lies, duplicity and terror.
Hedy Epstein, 79-yr old kinder transport survivor and Holocaust
educator, who was roughed up demonstrating against the Wall this
spring, and strip-searched at B-G airport on leaving, will be joining the
synagogue vigil on Oct 2.
This was publicly announced (along with the decision not to vigil at the
synagogue on Yom Kippur, which falls on Saturday this year). The
synagogue rabbi wrote to Hedy asking her not to come. She rejected
his appeal, with a poem, exchange below.
"The Democratic Party, the party of slavery, has a long history of mass murder and empire building. They are not an alternative to the American Empire. Especially on foreign policy, there is remarkable consistency between republican and democratic administrations. If the Nuremberg standards were applied every President since World War Two, both democrat and republican, would have to be hung.... A vote for the democrats is a vote for imperialism and war...."
- Prime Minister Paul Martin has "rigged" votes in the Commons to guarantee Liberal support for the controversial U.S. ballistic missile defence system, says an outspoken Grit.
- Canada's Policy on Ballistic Missile Defence
(Source : Canada Department of National Defence ; issued Oct.5)
October 8, 2004
The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is rejecting the government's claim that amendments to B.C. privacy laws will be sufficient protection for British Columbians if their medical and financial records and other personal information are handed over to U.S.-linked companies.
Feminist Daily News Wire |
October 13, 2004
They were the first animals with backbones to walk on land. They witnessed the rise and fall of the dinosaurs and were present at the birth of a bipedal ape who went on to become the most destructive species the planet has ever known.
Globe and Mail | October 15, 2004
By Naomi Klein
Next week, something will happen that will unmask the upside-down morality
of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. On Thursday, Iraq will pay
$200-million (U.S.) in war reparations to some of the richest countries and
corporations in the world.