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Commentary :: Politics
Barack Obama and the War
25 May 2008
As Barack Obama’s anti-war rhetoric is blasted around the country in his attempt to seal the Democratic nomination, his real position on U.S. militarism is being revealed discretely to his political, military, and corporate colleagues.

Two recent examples prove beyond any doubt that Obama is in total conformity with the U.S. ruling class on the issue of maintaining – or even expanding – the role of the military in the Middle East. This of course is the complete opposite of what he tells those who fill stadiums to hear him speak.

The first example came on April 7th, when both the top U.S. diplomat and military man in Iraq – Ambassador Crocker and General Petraeus – came to testify before two separate Congressional committees. This was an opportunity, the Obama and Clinton campaigns boasted, for the two potential nominees to show they have the ability to perform as the country’s Commander and Chief. It was quickly evident that during the questioning, both candidates were operating from the vantage point of the military and the U.S. financial interests it protects, not the millions of people who have hopes that either candidate will end the war, as they’ve both promised.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Volver. El discurso del poder en la actualidad de la segunda quincena de mayo
25 May 2008
Maquiavelo escribe al capitán Hastings, para animar al último a practicar el bridge y la representación teatral, en los fines de semana en el rancho de Santiago del Lestero cuando el remitente y su esposa reciben a sus amigos para representar las actualidades de Francia y de España del conjunto de la semana percedente. Ambos instrumentos son presentados como alternativa para diagnosticar la imagen del poder de la semana 19/25 de mayo de 2008.
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Commentary :: Politics
For a New "New Deal" Party
25 May 2008
The left must use the great current financial crisis to critically test all of today's liberal dogmas-from unbridled free trade and the systematic repression of the state to the sacrifice of developed modern industry to the dogma of free competition and draft alternative scenarios.
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Commentary :: Social Welfare
Public's Class Action Lawsuit against Washington's Lobbyists!
24 May 2008
The sick reality that Lobbyists are spending "$3 Billion a Year" in Washington to influence and bribe the American Govt. is in reality a form of "Racketeering" and can be prosecuted under the Rico Act and many more statutes!
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News :: Globalization : International : Politics
Memories of “Popular Power” in Venezuela’s economy
23 May 2008
* From false co-management and cooperatives to the deceitful EPS, we present a balance of what has happened in Venezuela after at least 7 years of pretending to build a socialist economy, where the available data and verifiable facts belie the failure of the Chavez administration.
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News :: Human Rights
22 May 2008
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News :: International : Media
The Shortwave Report 5/23/08 Listen Globally!
22 May 2008
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.
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Commentary :: International
Venezuela: factory committees and revolutionary strategy
22 May 2008
[Note: This article was written before the nationalization of SIDOR and the sacking of José Rámon Rivero as Minister of Labour. It appeared in a reduced version in El Militante, no. 11, April 2008, the Venezuelan Marxist paper published by the CMR.]

The taking over of the "Los Andes" milk-producing company by the national government has once again put on the agenda the question of workers' committees in the Bolivarian revolution and what should be the attitude of the revolutionaries and the working class towards them.

In his visit to Mérida after having taken over the company and in his speech to the PSUV activists in the Poliedro Hall, Chávez pointed out the following:

"Workers' Committees must be created, socialist committees, in order to transform the factory from inside. The workers must know what is happening in the company, participate in decision-making in the firm". He then concluded saying: "The working class and the people must be the front-line figures of the this social process".

This is not the first time that Chávez has made a call for the working class to put itself in the vanguard of the revolution and this should not be ignored by the revolutionary trade union leaders of the working class. For this reason it is important to have a correct position regarding the workers' committees suggested some time ago by the Minister of Labour, José Ramon Rivero and now again by president Chávez.
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Commentary :: GLBT/Queer
situs & queers: "The Social Plague" (1972-1974)
22 May 2008
First English translation of piece showing the influence of the Situationist International on the homosexual rights movement in France in the 1970s.
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Commentary :: Globalization
"Immoral Hazard"
22 May 2008
Economic troubles are broad, deep and worrisome.
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