The police preparations for the Democratic National Convention held last week at the Fleet Centre in Boston were the continuation and intensification of the methods for guaranteeing security at political conventions and summits.
Venezuela state-owned news agency VENPRES is quoting an El Mundo de Madrid (Spain) report that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is set to put a contingency plan in motion in the (likely) event that President Hugo Chavez Frias wins next weekend's Recall Referendum.
The RCMP say an act of sabotage was responsible for the loss of phone service in three communities on the island's northeast coast last week.
Rarely do we hear the words "anarchist" and "trade unionist" in the same sentence; however, as Brian Sheppard writes below, this has not always been the case. For example, anarchist militants played a crucial role in many of the working class battles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, like the struggle for the eight hour day, as well as those of the radical Industrial Worker's of the World ("Wobblies").
There are no laws, graven in stone, which say that trade unions have to be organized in a hierarchical, top-down manner or that a bureaucratic class of "trade union professionals" are needed to "manage down" struggles to conform to the need to maintain "labour peace." Indeed, the history and traditions of working-class anarchism has much to offer today's generation of class conscious workers, who are quickly coming to the realization that the TU "movement" is even incapable of doing what is necessary to protect the hard-won victories of the past, let alone play a constructive role in the more fundamental victories of the future.
August 9, 2004 ;
By GARY LEUPP - Counterpunch
The recent spate of attacks on Christian churches in Iraq is symptomatic of the general insecurity that Christians (about three percent of the population, around 800,000 people) face in the occupied country. The interim constitution states that "Islam is the official religion of the State and is to be considered a source of legislation" and while recognizing religious freedom "respects the Islamic identity of the majority of the Iraqi people." For some, Islamic identity means the imposition of Muslim morality. In Sadr City, the Mahdi militia is shutting down Christian-owned liquor shops. Some shop owners have been killed, some Christian women attacked for appearing in public inappropriately attired. Others have been attacked because of a widespread belief that Christians are abetting the occupation.
Monday, August 02, 2004
By Leonard Peltier
The Constitution protects against *cruel and unusual punishment,* and,
therefore, if the Constitution has meaning, then you, as citizens, MUST
care. To ignore the cruel and extreme conditions prisoners endure --
overcrowding, poor medical care, and unhealthy conditions
-- is to return to a way that the Eighth Amendment was intended to end.
Saturday 07 August 2004 ;
Aljazeera has vowed to continue its Iraq coverage despite the one-month
closure of its Baghdad office announced by the Iraqi interim government on
Aliant Inc, now in it's 107th day of a strike by Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union members for a new collective agreement, is rumored to have advised AFI (Accufax International Group) to "step-up" a campaign of intimidation (under the guise of injunction enforcement) against strikers on the picket lines in Atlantic Canada.
"....the decision that (former Candian Prime Minister) Jean Chretien made not to go to Iraq is something that angered the Americans, and the same thing with (French President) Jacques Chirac deciding not to go to Iraq with Bush, because he figured they already had access to oil in Iraq, therefore it wasn't a 'good idea' to accompany Bush in his adventure. These people needed to make peace with Bush, and Haiti offered the perfect opportunity for them to become 'friends' again."
"The way my son died ... [He] didn't die no accidental cause. I don't believe in that. What did cause his death? The way that they were on him. They were six policemen, smashing his head on the cement"
According to Labor Minister Maria Cristina Iglesias and journalist Martin Pacheco, heavily armed men broke into Comando Maisanta headquarters in Indio Mara, Maracaibo, yesterday, attacking people and vehicles. Approximately 45 community media journalists were there for a meeting with pro-Chavez political leaders.
Four people were injured and taken to medical centers. Seven vehicles were destroyed by gunshots and heavy blows, including Minister Iglesias' vehicle.
It is now ten years since the UN held its International
Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. Its
Programme of Action was the first and most comprehensive
international policy document to promote the concepts of
reproductive rights and reproductive health...One decade later, however, some 600,000 women die each year...while 18
million are left disabled or chronically ill because of largely preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth.