International Women Day: 5 Women Leading in the Americas

by Geovanny Vicente-Romero 

teleSUR | March 06, 2018

International Women Day is about honoring these women so that they can pave the way for more successful role models at every level of society.

The previous decade saw a wave of women serving as presidents from every corner of Latin America and the Caribbean, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Hugo Chavez Commemorated Across South America, Caribbean on 5th Anniversary of His Passing

by Earl Bousquet

teleSUR | March 06, 2018

Hugo Chavez commemoration ceremony takes place at the Miraflores Presidential Palace ahead of the ALBA leaders summit in Caracas, Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez commemoration ceremony takes place at the Miraflores Presidential Palace ahead of the ALBA leaders summit in Caracas, Venezuela. | Photo: teleSUR
While the Venezuelan government and people held a series of events in the country honoring the late leader, events were taking place across the region.

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Amnesty International Winks at US Economic Attack on Venezuela

by Joe Emersberger 

teleSUR | March 04, 2018

“I was disgusted but not surprised by Amnesty’s tacit support for Trump’s aggression against Venezuela for several reasons.”

Amnesty International told me that it “does not take a position on the current application” of U.S. economic sanctions that Trump’s administration imposed on Venezuela in August “but rather emphasizes the urgent need to address the serious crisis of the right to health and food which Venezuela is facing. In terms of human rights, it is the Venezuelan state’s responsibility to resolve this.”  Amnesty’s full reply to three questions I asked them by email can be read here.

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South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa relaunches neo-liberalism

by Patrick Bond

Pambazuka News | February 23, 2018

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Cyril Ramaphosa’s soft-coup firing of Jacob Zuma from the South African presidency on 14 February 2018, after nearly nine years in power and a bitter struggle to avoid resignation, has contradictory local and geopolitical implications. Amidst general applause at seeing Zuma’s rear end in the society, immediately concerns arise about the new president’s neo-liberal, pro-corporate tendencies, and indeed his legacy of financial corruption and class war against workers given the lack of closure on the 2012 Marikana Massacre.

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Mass Racial Incarceration for Profit

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India: Periyar’s Statue Vandalised In Tamil Nadu

   | March 07, 2018

The right wing Sangh Parivar elements are on a statue destroying spree in India. Just hours after Lenin’s statue was toppled in Tripura after BJP’s historic victory there, statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu. The vandalisation came after a top BJP national secretary H Raja posted on FacebookRead More »

Lenin Statue Torn Down In Tripura

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Countercurrents.org | March 06, 2018

Tripura, an eastern-India state, is experiencing post-election violence, which is completely a rightist onslaught on its opposition political activists, the progressives. The onslaught has not spared a statue, a statue of Lenin; and thus it has confirmed the onslaught’s political character: extreme rightist; and extreme right is extreme anti-working classes; and working classes are the biggest segment of people. Thus, the extreme right forces stand against the working people irrespective of color and creed.Read More »

Election in Tripura state of India: A few comments

A Journal of People report

State legislature election results in the Tripura state of India, and following violence in the state have stirred discussions. The following comments focus on the issue:

Anandaroop Sen writes in The Wire:

“The defeat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura has now perhaps sunk in. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s success in Northeast in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 had been a sign of things to come. This loss adds to the air of inevitability already hanging over anti-BJP forces across the country. The year 2019 seems very far away. The electoral evisceration of the parliamentary left in India appears here as a minor, if tragic, footnote.” (“How the Left Lost the Tribal Plot in Tripura”, March 7, 2018, 07/03/2018 https://thewire.in/229860/how-the-left-lost-the-tribal-plot-in-tripura/)Read More »

Why India Needs the Left

by Prabhat Patnaik

The article was published in The Wire on November 14, 2017 (https://thewire.in/196923/india-left-future-economy-social-policy/?utm_source=alsoread)

Since the Left in this country had its origins in the October Revolution, with the collapse of the Soviet Union doubts are often expressed about its future. Such discussions, however, invariably pose the question wrongly. The question is not whether the Left in this country has a future but whether this country has a future without the Left.Read More »

NGO Statement on Reported Changes to U.S. Policy on Use of Armed Drones and Other Lethal Force

Rights Groups | March 07, 2018

WASHINGTON – We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are deeply concerned about the reported  changes to the United States’ policy on the use of lethal force overseas, including through armed  drones. According to news reports, in October 2017, President Donald Trump authorized  changes to the existing policy related to the use of force in counter-terrorism operations in  locations the U.S. government describes as outside “areas of active hostilities.”1 Several months have passed since those changes were reported, but the Trump administration has yet to release or explain its new lethal force policy.    Read More »