Teacher Killings Ignite Calls for Revolution in Mexico

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Common Dreams | 22 June, 2016

The Mexican government’s deadly crackdown on a teacher’s union protest has rattled the nation in recent days, as 200,000 doctors on Wednesday joined the ongoing national strike against President Enrique Peña Nieto’s neoliberal reforms.


Anti-government sentiment is mounting after police forces opened fire on a teacher protest in Oaxaca on Sunday, killing at least eight.

Since then, two high level government officials from that state, Oaxaca Minister of Indigenous Affairs Adelfo Regino Montes and Secretary of Labor Daniel Gutierrez, haveresigned in protest of the “authoritarian actions that repress and kill Oaxacan people who defend their rights and the government’s negligence to any possibility of dialogue,” as Gutierrez put it.

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Berta Cáceres Was at Top of Honduras Military’s Kill List: Whistleblower

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 21 June, 2016

Mourners march for justice after land defender Berta Cáceres’ murder in March. (Photo: Getty Images)

It appears the United States government is not the only one in the world with a ‘kill list.’

According to new reporting by the Guardian published Tuesday, U.S.-trained special forces units within the Honduras military are operating an assassination program—complete with a hitlist comprised of names and photos—that targets social justice and environmental activists with “elimination.”

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Clinton’s Wall Street Donors Revolt After Warren Emerges as VP Contender

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Common Dreams | 20 June, 2016

One Wall Street executive said that Warren as vice president would be a "nightmare to try and manage." (Photo: Getty)
One Wall Street executive said that Warren as vice president would be a “nightmare to try and manage.” (Photo: Getty)

Top Democratic donors in the financial industry are threatening revolt after news broke that top Wall Street critic and progressive darling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is one of the leading candidates for vice president under Hillary Clinton.

An in-depth report published by Politico on Monday cites a dozen interviews with Clinton’s Wall Street backers—of which there are many—warning that the coffers will dry up if Warren is chosen.

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China Denies Allegations of Dialogue with Opposition


venezuelanalysis.com | 21 June, 2016

Deputy Director of Foreign Ministry Information Department Hua Chunying (South China Morning Post).

Deputy Director of Foreign Ministry Information Department Hua Chunying (South China Morning Post).

Los Angeles, June 21, 2016 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The Chinese government denied rumors Tuesday that it engaged in dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition to discuss debt payments in a post-Maduro scenario.

The deputy director of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, Hua Chunying, made the official declaration during a press conference.

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Cuba, Russia, friendship and mutual support

Granma | 22 June, 2016

Photo: Ismael Batista

Russia is a traditional, trustworthy partner, and the strengthening of bilateral relations in all spheres continues, emphasized Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a Council of Ministers vice president, yesterday June 21, during the opening of the second day at the Cubaindustria 2016 convention and trade fair, dedicated to this country.

Prospects for trade are positive, with both countries focused on expanding economic ties, noting that cooperation projects between the two countries are important to Cuba’s development plans, both the 2016-2021 plan, and the long term plan through 2030, he said.

Salvador Pardo Cruz, minister of Industries (Mindus), recalled that Russian companies are participating in high impact economic spheres in Cuba, such as energy and transportation – vehicular, railroad and aerial.

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Moving toward a prosperous future

Granma | 20 June, 2016

The Sandinista National Liberation Front has changed the face of Nicaragua. Photo: 19DIGITAL

“Changing Nicaragua is promoting a socio-economic model that unites us all… It is unity that strengthens the path of peace, security and stability, the paths we are following, little by little improving the lives of all Nicaraguan families,” said Rosario Murillo, Council of Communication and Citizenry coordinator, in a recent commentary.

She affirmed that the country’s current government, led by President Daniel Ortega, has as its fundamental thesis working jointly with all in the struggle against poverty.

Nicaragua has advanced significantly since Daniel Ortega’s first term, thanks to economic and social projects which have contributed to better living conditions for the population.

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I bring the bread of teaching

Granma | 20 June, 2016

Nydia González has held various responsibilities since the triumph of the Revolution, but finds nothing more satisfying than teaching.Photo: Ismael Batista

Nydia González began working as a rural teacher of a multi-age group, in the province of Pinar del Río in 1957. When the Literacy Campaign was conducted in 1961 throughout the country, she was a young newlywed, and in the first months of pregnancy. However, none of this prevented her from assuming technical responsibility for the program in the neighborhood in which she worked.

“The first months were terrible because my pregnancy was very difficult. I constantly vomited on those walks through the countryside. It was very hard work and the situation I was in was very tough.

“But it was very interesting because there was a huge goal that lay ahead. In my area, we saw a very good response to any task because there the campesinos had been exploited for many years, and the Revolution had just given land to the people.

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