Venezuela Military, Civilians Hold Exercises Amid US Threats

teleSUR | August 26, 2017

The nationwide exercises include ground excursions, combat readiness, mobilization and weapons training. 

The nationwide exercises include ground excursions, combat readiness, mobilization and weapons training.  | Photo: Bolivarian National Armed Forces
Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Venezuelans are “ready to give everything” to defend their country.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, and thousands of civilians have begun joint military exercises in the face of renewed U.S. threats against the South American country.

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The Real Price of Trump’s Venezuela Sanctions

by RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | August 25, 2017

(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Five hundred and sixty seven thousand dead children. That was the death toll of international sanctions on Saddam’s Iraq, according to a 1995 study published in The Lancet by researchers from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. The conclusions of the study were shocking: five years after sanctions had been first implemented, UN humanitarian workers found a once rich, oil producing nation wracked with famine. The sanctions were aimed at pressuring Saddam, though in reality their impact was felt most by the poorest Iraqis. One researcher found that around a third of children under the age of 10 in Baghdad showed signs of stunted growth, while 12 percent were in urgent need of immediate medical attention due to extreme malnutrition.

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NYT claims U.S. opposed Honduran coup it actually supported

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ACTION ALERT: NYT Claims US Opposed Honduran Coup It Actually Supported

The August 14 New York Times reported that the threat by Donald Trump to use the US military against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has brought together Latin American leaders, divided on other things, in opposition to US intervention.  Along the way, reporter Nicholas Casey cites a regional expert who says, “An often ugly history of US interventions is vividly remembered in Latin America — even as we in the US have forgotten.” Which the Times followed thus:Read More »

Sanders, unions, and allies kick off Midwest “pickup truck tour” vs. Trump

by MARK GRUENBERG

Sanders, unions, and allies kick off Midwest “pickup truck tour” vs. Trump

Courtesy: Good Jobs Nation

INDIANAPOLIS — Led by now-famous retired Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., unionists and their allies kicked off a 2-week “pickup truck tour” through the Midwest on August 21 to tell people how GOP President Donald Trump isn’t saving jobs.

And campaigners want him to do so by signing an executive order banning federal work from firms that offshore U.S. jobs overseas. They also want him to order federal contractors—such as McDonald’s restaurants on military bases—to raise the wages of their workers.Read More »

Workers collect 300,000 plus Missouri signatures to stop right to work for less

by TIM ROWDEN and PRESS ASSOCIATES INC.

Workers collect 300,000 plus Missouri signatures to stop right to work for less

Hundreds of union members and volunteers crowded into IBEW Local 1 Hall in St. Louis to hear the news that volunteers had collected more than 300,000 signatures on petitions to repeal Missouri’s phony “right-to-work” law by placing it on the Nov. 2018 ballot for voters to decide. | Labor Tribune

ST. LOUIS (PAI) — Workers and their allies capped a successful petition drive by collecting more than 300,000 notarized signatures of voters to put repeal of Missouri’s controversial so-called “right to work” law on the referendum ballot in November 2018.

The petitions, turned in to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft weeks ahead of the mandatory late August deadline, also automatically stopped implementation of the anti-worker, anti-union law, which the GOP-dominated state legislature approved this year – despite worker, business and union lobbying – and right-wing GOP Gov. Eric Greitens eagerly signed.Read More »

Lessons on North Korea from the Cuban Missile Crisis

by MITCHELL ZIMMERMAN

Nearly 55 years ago, on October 1962, I was a college student who’d just turned 20.

The Cuban Missile Crisis began the day after my birthday, and it seemed entirely possible that I (along with tens of millions of other people) might die in nuclear fire and fury before I got to 21. But Russia blinked first, and we survived—though we came closer to World War III than most of us realized.Read More »

Poverty Doesn’t Make People Racist

by  Linda Tirado

We tell ourselves little lies to make the world make more sense. Sometimes it’s because we’re looking for reason in madness, sometimes it’s because we’re telling ourselves pretty little falsehoods to avoid guilt. We lie to ourselves and each other about how the nation works, who’s at the top and bottom of various ladders. We find scapegoats for societal ills, to make them into something separate from ourselves.

Right now, we are looking for a story that lets us assign blame for terror and racism. The uprising in Charlottesville has knocked the wind out of us, and it is only natural to hope that the blame can be placed on something impersonal, to believe that no human being might simply be addicted to hate.Read More »

The U.S. Is Still Forcibly Sterilizing Prisoners

by Lea Hunter

Last month, news broke that a Tennessee judge issued a standing order offering inmates a 30-day sentence reduction if they underwent a permanent birth control procedure: vasectomies for men, or a 4-year birth control implant (Nexplanon) for women. Though the program is technically voluntary, media pointed to it as a form of coercion that forces inmates into sterilization. The American Civil Liberties Union agreed, arguing that the program “violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy.”

But the media missed a key piece of context in its outcry: Programs like this aren’t actually unusual. The United States has a long history of forcibly sterilizing people, and it never really stopped.Read More »

Increasing Profits In Any Way Imaginable!

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Countercurrrents.org | August 23, 2017

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Republicans believe that Corporations are people too !!! So either make sure they pay … [Who does he mean … like himself? – S. D.]

In many affairs, the bottom line involves boosting profits regardless of the methods used to achieve this aim. The reason is that unbridled greed can express itself with no limits in sight.

Indeed, certain excessive behaviors, on a biological level, are “programmed” into species. For example, hoarding is well known amongst rats. Sharing is simply too hard to implement regardless that some will starve while others, like King Midas, will guard their too large mound of corn (or gold).Read More »

A Trip to Cuba

by Chaman Lal

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.7, Aug 20 – 26, 2017

My long awaited visit to Cuba materialised from 9th to 17th December, 2011. I have been trying for this visit from the beginning of my assignment in Trinidad & Tobago in October end 2010. In fact my reluctant acceptance of this assignment was due to the close proximity of Cuba and Venezuela to the country and a chance to visit the two nations with hopes of seeing Socialism in action. Developed friendship with Cuban and Venezuelan embassies in Port of Spain from February beginning, meeting the ambassadors from both the countries on some function organised in Bolivarian embassy of Venezuela. Started attending many functions and expressing my solidarity as well, addressing a few. Became member of ‘Friends of Cuba’ and gave the proposal to Cuban and Venezuelan embassy to deliver lectures on Che Guevara and Bhagat Singh. The proposal was sent to Cuban embassy in Delhi, where Ambassador Miguel Ramirez was personally well acquainted and had my book on Bhagat Singh. However, nothing worked out, tried through CPM leader Sita Ram Yechuri, Dr Lal Khan, through face book sites, through Pritam’s Trotskyite friends, through Indian embassies in Cuba and Venezuela, through Socialist party activists form Margarita, where I had gone. So as last attempt, I had to take recourse to Travel agency and opt to go as Tourist, as I was put to link with Producto travel agency by Cuban Counsellor in Trinidad Ana Silvia. This was going to be an expensive trip, but I could not miss the chance as from India it would have become more expensive. It came to nearly 2400 US dollars or one lakh twenty thousand plus rupees in Indian currency.Read More »