Cuba: The people as a constituent body


Granma | November 09, 2018

All proposals, without exception, are to be evaluated by the National Assembly commission. Photo: Endrys Correa Vaillant

CIEGO DE ÁVILA.–Discussions of the proposed new Constitution of the Republic continue – contextualized, with abundant collective intelligence, and no unanswered questions.

All proposals, without exception, are to be evaluated by the National Assembly commission, and a new updated proposal will return to this body, where it will be discussed once again and approved, to then be submitted to a popular referendum in which every citizen can cast a direct, secret ballot vote.Read More »


Cuba’s future Constitution is a collective work


Granma | October 24, 2018

Photo: Miguel Febles Hernández

The first discussion about the proposal is if we are considering a new Constitution or a partial reform of the 1976 text, and furthermore, if the current one can be revoked. Those who take the latter position do not agree that, according to the reform clause, just as it was amended in 2002, a total reform is not possible, and that this would only be viable if the revolutionary Cuban political and social system were altered, which would lead to a collision.Read More »

South Africa: Mining conflicts multiply, as critics of “extractivism” gather in Johannesburg

by Patrick Bond

Pambazuka News | November 10, 2018

Photo source: Zambian Eye

The World Social Forum’s “Thematic Forum on Mining and Extractivism” convenes from 12-15 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, just after the Southern Africa People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. In between, at the notorious 2012 massacre site on the platinum belt to the west, there is a launch of a new book – Business as Usual after Marikana– critical not only of the mining house Lonmin but of its international financiers and buyers.

This is the moment for a profoundly critical standpoint to take root, unhindered by ineffectual reformism associated with Corporate Social Responsibility gimmicks and the mining sector’s civilised-society watchdogging at the mainly uncritical Alternative Mining Indaba. That non-governmental organisations-dominated event occurs annually in Cape Town every February, at the same time and place where the extractive mega-corporations gather.

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India, China Hold Talks in Beijing on Defence and Security

PTI  | November 15, 2018

India, China Hold Talks in Beijing on Defence and Security

Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Top officials of India and China held the ninth Annual Defence and Security Dialogue in Beijing after a one-year gap due to the Doklam standoff. Both countries agreed to enhance military exchanges and interactions.

The dialogue on November 13 was held between the two defence delegations headed by defence secretary Sanjay Mitra and China’s deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission.Read More »

The Discarded Soldier

by Liam O’flaherty

People’s World | November 09, 2018

The Discarded Soldier

The “War to End All Wars,” like all the wars that have followed it, discarded human lives on all sides. Here, a German prisoner helps British wounded make their way to a dressing station near Bernafay Wood following fighting on Bazentin Ridge, July 19, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. | Imperial War Museum

Introduction by Dr. Jenny Farrell of the Liam and Tom O’Flaherty Society

November 11, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. During that bloody slaughter, the propagandists described it as the “war to end all wars.” One hundred years and as many wars on, leaders of the nations of Europe and the U.S., many of them the authors and overseers of the present conflicts from Afghanistan to Yemen, are meeting in Paris to promote the so-called “Great War” as something noble.

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U.S: Hormone-Disrupting Weed Killer Taints Tap Water for Millions in Corn Belt

Environmental Working Group (EWG) | November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seasonal spikes of atrazine – a weed killer that can disrupt hormones and harm developing fetuses – contaminate drinking water in corn-growing areas of the Midwest and beyond, according to an analysis of federal records by the Environmental Working Group.

Environmental Protection Agency data show that in some Corn Belt communities, atrazine levels can spike three to seven times above the legal limit in late spring and early summer. But by avoiding water testing during peak periods, some water utilities stay in compliance with drinking water regulations – and don’t have to tell customers they were exposed to a hazardous chemical in their tap water.Read More »