The Sunday Times - World - April 17, 2005
"Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, whose strong defence of Catholic orthodoxy has earned him a variety of sobriquets -- including 'the enforcer', 'the panzer cardinal' and 'God's rottweiler' -- is expected to poll around 40 votes in the first ballot as conservatives rally behind him.
Unknown to many members of the church, however, Ratzinger's past includes brief membership of the Hitler Youth movement and wartime service with a German army anti- aircraft unit."
"Venezuela said yesterday it will raise income tax on private oil projects to 50 per cent as part of a campaign by President Hugo Chavez to increase revenue from the energy sector."
"Mr. Chavez, a self-described socialist revolutionary who often blasts U.S. foreign policy, has vowed to use Venezuela's oil revenue to fight poverty."
"Mr. Chavez has criticized the 1990s [oil bidding] deals for 'robbing' Venezuela by giving foreign businesses access to natural resources under terms unfavourable to the OPEC nation. He has also launched investigations into tax payments by oil companies."
"With Ratzinger the Catholic revolutionaries of today will find no ally. There is still millions of oppressed all over the world and the election of another authoritarian, fundamentalist Pope will only harm the true liberation of Mankind from the tyranny of government and politics."
"Speculation over the actual size of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves is reaching
fever pitch as a major bank says the kingdom's - and the world's - biggest
field, Gharwar, is in irreversible decline."
Wilmington, Delaware, US: "The Coca-Cola company is misleading its
shareholders by not reporting serious liabilities the company has incurred
Coca-Cola is holding its Annual General Meeting in Wilmington on April 19,
2005, and over a hundred protesters will be speaking, both inside and
outside the meeting, to bring attention to Coca-Cola's shortcomings."
"At least eight Colombian soldiers have been detained by Venezuelan
authorities at a border post.
The soldiers, who had been on leave for several days, were apparently
arrested while trying to return to their unit.
The governor of the north-eastern Colombian province of Arauca, Julio
Acosta Bernal, urged their release."
Mexico City's leftist mayor, Manuel Obrador is currently facing charges regarding land expropriation after official immunity was lifted by the right-wing federal government who see him as most likely to win the next federal election. If Obrador is convicted, he will not be allowed to stand as a candidate and has already been stripped, at least temporarily of his mayorship.
Bush has got to be worried about this guy and what it means for an increasing wave of socialist solidarity in the global south.
"It was so bad that these Atco trailers that are situated on huge I-frames and three-foot diameter wheels were actually rocking in the wind," said Major Gibson. "It was just unbelievable."
Plans to visit five nearby islands were downgraded to two. The crash exercise was delayed when reporters hoping to observe it had to remain in Resolute, then cancelled entirely when the Rangers ran out of time."
"Several soldiers in the Royal Highland Fusiliers have complained that they were subjected to unprovoked attacks, known as 'bleaching', by colleagues as they slept.
"Several members of the regiment have reported that they were regularly bullied and harassed by non-commissioned officers under the influence of drink and drugs."
The non-violence edict of the current antiwar/anti-Bush movement is a joke. In a time of war the State will use all means to suppress opposition. Lincoln did it during the Civil War, Wilson did it during World War II, Roosevelt did it during World War II, etc. Antiwar/anti-Bush demonstrations are usually surrounded by riot cops and then attacked, without provocation, with chemical agents and batons.
Violence, in most cases, does create more violence, as seen in Bush's many crusades. Yet, when the violence is against the oppressive agents of the State, the violence is necessary.
A message from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 583, Lawrence, KS 66044-0583
785/842-5774 (Telephone); 785/842-5796 (Fax)
Oglala-The 6th Annual Oglala Commemoration Event is set to begin on June 26, 2005, at the Jumping Bull Property south of Oglala, South Dakota. Join us on this day as we come together in solidarity for the Freedom of Leonard Peltier. June 26 will mark 30 years since the shoot-out. Thirty years of injustice. All family, friends and supporters are welcome.
Annually, normal activities scheduled for this event include a prayer service near the gravesites of Jun Little and Joe Stuntz. A memorial walk for justice follows from the gravesites to the Jumping Bull Property. This is followed by a special memorial and giveaway for deceased relatives, sponsored by the Jumping Bull Family. Finally,a community feast and a concert for youth awareness is held, concluding this special day.
"If government is to play a positive role in society, as it must, honesty and integrity in our political institutions must be restored."
--from "Governing with Integrity", Chapter 6 of the federal Liberal Party's 1993 election platform
The federal Liberals have failed in 11 years of governing to clean-up the system, despite promising to "govern with integrity" and to slay Canada's "democratic deficit." But so has every other government of every political stripe right back to Confederation. When all is said and done, much more has been said than done.
"The music video is one hundred percent Canadian content,
produced professionally by working industry professionals,
and is mastered to MuchMusic's guidelines, including
Closed Captioning. "We've met their broadcast requirements,"
Sara Marlowe states. "I believe it is the political content of
the song that they deem 'unfit for broadcast' and that 'does
not fit their format.' "
Original to Resist
"The history and current actions of the United States show a distain for true conflict of moral principles and a love of enlightened self-interest. The evidence citied for the invasion of Iraq mirrored U.S. actions of the past and present, U.S. hypocrisy in dealing with Syria, and the U.S.'s deafening silence about war and genocide in Africa prove that the largely popular perception that a moral code has been injected into the foreign policy of the United States is false."
PETA? Terrorists? Well, folks, here we have is grade-A Texas nutjobs. I'm not the biggest fan of PETA (their tactics could use some work), but getting called terrorists for wanting to have an ethically sound food market is pretty out there.