Ecuador denies end to Latin American left

Granma | 15 February, 2017

Quito.– On February 14, several Latin American intellectuals refuted claims that the recent defeat of progressive governments on the continent represents the end of the leftist era in the region.
The problem is that not enough attention was paid to the fact that the right wing began to launch a counter-offensive as soon as the first progressive leaders came to power, stated academic Isabel Ramos, speaking during an encounter organized by the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity and Ecuador’s Casa de la Cultura, in the run up to the country’s general elections.
According to Ramos, the media play a key role in attempts by the right-wing to regain power, which Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa described as a conservative restoration.

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Bears and Musical Chairs

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MR Online | 11 February, 2017

Angela Merkel & the CDU

Those who, like me, grew up with the writings of A. A. Milne may recall not just Winnie the Pooh but two other little bears and how “one of them was Bad and the other was Good” and kept getting better.  In a way, that recalls German politics. The goodie in next September’s elections, it had seemed, would certainly be Angela Merkel with her two “Christian” parties, one in Bavaria, the other in all the other states. And despite scolding from her own rightists due to her refugee policy, now backtracking, she was well ahead in the polls, heading towards a fourth term.Read More »

Update from Standing Rock

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MR Online | 10 February, 2017

CLDC Attorneys Lauren Regan and Cooper Brinson

I wanted to share a short update from Standing Rock regarding a multitude of travesties that have occurred there this week. Unfortunately, things are only going to be getting more intense out there—both at Standing Rock and around the country. CLDC is about to hire a 3rd lawyer, a new organizer, and we will be gearing up to take everything up a notch….we will have your back if you are engaged in environmental, climate or social justice resistance. So right now, CLDC is one of the lead attorneys on the civil rights class action against the cops, we represent Sophia Wilansky (see below), we have taken on criminal representation for all the folks arrested on 11/15, and we continue to work every day with the Water Protector Legal Collective—including attempting to always try to make things better there and make sure that more radical resistance lawyering is present. Here is my short update on a few of the more important law-based issues that have come up regarding Standing Rock this week alone:

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America Third: A ‘China First’ and ‘Russia Second’ Foreign Policy?

by Michael T. Klare

Tom Dispatch | 14 February, 2017

If there’s a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s this: U.S. foreign policy should always be governed by the simple principle of “America First,” with this country’s vital interests placed above those of all others.  “We will always put America’s interests first,” he declared in his victory speech in the early hours of November 9th.  “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” he insisted in his Inaugural Address on January 20th.  Since then, however, everything he’s done in the international arena has, intentionally or not, placed America’s interests behind those of its arch-rivals, China and Russia. So to be accurate, his guiding policy formula should really be relabeled America Third.

Given 19 months of bravado public rhetoric, there was no way to imagine a Trumpian presidency that would favor America’s leading competitors. Throughout the campaign, he castigated China for its “predatory” trade practices, insisting that it had exploited America’s weak enforcement policies to eviscerate our economy and kill millions of jobs. “The money they’ve drained out of the United States has rebuilt China,” he told reporters from the New York Times in no uncertain terms last March.  While he expressed admiration for the strong leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he decried that country’s buildup of advanced nuclear weapons. “They have gone wild with their nuclear program,” he stated during the second presidential debate. “Not good!”Read More »

Some Aspects of and Lessons from Jaloor Struggle

by Sardara Singh Mahil

Frontier | Feb 12, 2017

Terrorism is the main theme of public discourse these days, especially in the corridors of powers and in the cozy studios of television channels. The whole country is being drowned in the propaganda blitzkrieg about so-called terrorism.  Well dressed anchors, men and women with the hope of rising high by faithfully serving the powers that be, are shouting themselves hoarse about some imagined terrorism as though they are fighting on some front in the scorching desert. Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, enjoying the luxury of power through its electoral wing Bharatiya Janata Party, is boasting of tit for tat reply to terrorism and advocating pro-active policy on “cross-border terrorism”. They are using the so-called surgical strike by the Indian army in Pakistan-side Kashmir as a pump to inflate the Modi chest of 56 inches as claimed by Modi himself, which was deflated to 28 inches after the crushing defeat in Delhi and the convincing defeat in the Bihar elections. Stagnant economy with worsening living conditions of toiling people have given lie to Modi’s claim of “ache din” and development of all. In such a dwindling situation the pump of a surgical strike was badly needed for the Sangh Parivar government. This is more necessary when assembly elections in some important states including Uttar Pradesh are round the corner. When US ruling classes planned to assert to strengthen their world hegemony, capture oil sources and oil routes, they through their secret services organized the attack on twin towers at World Trade Centre, thus getting an alibi to attack any country as a rogue state helping terrorism or a threat to world security. Read More »

The Indian History Congress and its Cultural Intervention

by Suresh Jnaneswaran

Mainstream Weekly | VOL LV No 8 New Delhi February 11, 2017

The 77th session of the Indian History Congress took place at the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram from December 28 to 30, 2016. The following article has been written against that backdrop by the Local Secretary of the session.

The coming of the Indian History Congress to the Kerala University has greater significance than meets the ordinary eye. In the present political ambience with the ruling front at the Centre going all out to reinforce and perpetuate the mandate it has received through myriad regotiations, the Indian History Congress is a cultural assertion of scientific history. Its interventions and resolutions attempt to stall the machinations of an ahistorical conspiracy to thrust mythology as history on the common citizens. This cultural weapon of ‘Myth as History’ not only robs the discipline of its scientific nature but negates and blasphemes it in the academia and public eye.Read More »

Cutting edge pharmaceutical production and scientific research in Cuba

Granma | 14 February, 2017

Director Carlos Manuel García noted that the National Clinical Trials Coordinating Center has expert staff in all provinces. Photo: Anabel Díaz

Browsing the web reveals an extraordinary number of sites citing the strength of Cuba’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, along with the number of countries purchasing Cuban products for their populations. Yet the corporate media makes little mention of this accomplishment.

Among the country’s most important, latest-generation medications is Heberprot P, used by more than 225,000 patients in many countries to treat diabetic foot ulcers and avoid a large percentage of amputations. It is currently administered via nano-capsules, making the drug’s anti-microbial impact very effective.

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