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Commentary :: Human Rights : International : Media : Politics
Indignation for Pinheirinho
18 Feb 2012
Modified: 07:29:32 PM
30 January 2012 (Brazil-Rio de Janeiro) Pedro Rios Leão´s Hunger strike

Translated from the original Portuguese by Kevin Lynch

There is a brilliant commentary from Paulo Halm (brazilian movie maker) below. Because, if it was Yoani Sánchez handcuffed to a post in Havana and on hunger strike in front of the ´Palace of the Revolution´ asking from the world justice and democracy, Globo (and all of the mainstream press), in the face of any embargo, would send a correspondent to Cuba sending live feeds from the locale or going even further still without and loosing the realism, would make, let us see.... a reality TV show! But no, my friends, Pedro is only a Brazilian asking for justice and democracy in the most democratic country in South America, the location of Rio +20, the Olympic Games as well as being the 5th largest economy in the world.

If Pedro Rios Leão was Cuban, today he would be on the front page of O Globo newspaper and would be called a martyr for liberty by Mervais and Leitões (brazilian journalists). It would be a theme and story highlighted on the national news provoking tears of solidarity from Patricia Poeta (another brazilian journalist). On Globo news, Willian Waack and Arnold Jabor, in unison, would call him a hero and even Pedro Bial would arrange a space on Big Brother Brazil in order to write a small poem in homage to the warrior. But, unfortunately, the boy is not Cuban. Pedro Rios Leão is Brazilian and is on hunger strike in front of TV Globo in protest against the station’s coverage of the massacre of the impoverished population of Pinheirinho by the military police of São Paulo. His protest is and will be solemnly ignored. How does that old song go, “The pain of the people doesn’t appear in the newspaper” much less on TV.
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News :: Labor
Viva The Greek Revolution!
18 Feb 2012
It seems the only way out for the Greek people is open revolt
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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL: 2012 Campaign Spending Breaking New Records as Groups Fight to Overturn Supreme Court 'Corporate Personhood' Decision
18 Feb 2012
Modified: 08:06:58 AM
Interview with Jeff Clements, author of the book, "Corporations Are Not People", conducted by Scott Harris
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Commentary :: War and Militarism
Wrongheaded UN Vote on Syria
18 Feb 2012
Syria
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Solidarity with Khader Adnan
18 Feb 2012
Israel
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News :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
PLM Statement on increased US military presence in the Philippines
17 Feb 2012
0628-Philippines-south-china-sea-spratly-islands_PLM.jpgPLM Calls for an Independent Foreign Policy and a Non-Aligned ASEAN
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Commentary :: Labor
$3.8 trillion budget sets up election-year fight with Republicans
17 Feb 2012
The US faces a revenue crisis and a war spending crisis. The Congress, a millionaires' club, isn't about upholding the constitution but maintaining plutocracy and crony capitalism. Without the social contract, we become wolves against one another. The social contract and government of the people should ensure that everyone shares in the productivity gains.
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News :: Globalization
Occupy Movement--Phase Two: Spring Offensive
17 Feb 2012
Modified: 12:20:48 PM
March 30th, 2012 the Occupy Movement--Phase Two: Spring Offensive kicks off in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL: Rabbis' Group Fights for Rights of the Oppressed in Israel and the U.S.
17 Feb 2012
Interview with Rachel Goldenberg, co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights, North America, conducted by Scott Harris
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Commentary :: Globalization
Banker Occupied Europe and America
17 Feb 2012
bankers
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