People must self-organize and keep up the pressure on their governments if we are to bring about radical change

Éric Toussaint interviewed by Victor Lustres

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MR Online | August 17, 2017

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Eric Toussaint (Namur, Belgium, 1954) is co-founder and spokesperson for the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM), an international network which includes local committees in more than 30 countries and fights to elaborate radical alternatives to illegitimate debt, whether public or private. Eric Toussaint holds a doctorate in Political Science from the Universities of Liège and Paris VIII, and is a member of the Scientific Council of ATTAC France. He has authored about fifteen reference books on debt and the financial crisis, and hundreds of articles on these topics. He has also served as a consultant to the governments of Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela and certain Spanish town councils. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the Committee for Truth on Greek Public Debt.

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The Benefits Of Being A Slave

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Countercurrents.org | August 04, 2017

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My friend K. Sheshu Babu wrote a statement:

If government’s see people as private property, that may be ok because at least they ‘ value ‘ them. But, they see people as ‘ voting machines ‘ which is worse than slaves … The politicians Garner votes during elections and forget that they are in the govt because of votes and voters …not even valuable property that can be looked after …!!

Sheshu’s words remind me of comments that another person emailed me around ten years ago. They, paraphrased, went something like this:Read More »

Catalonia has not abandoned its hopes of independence

Granma | 03 April, 2017

Source: Internet

Attempts by Catalonia to separate from Spain continue to make the news, with the region’s legislature recently approving a budget for 2017 which included funds for the holding of a referendum on the issue.

In one of the body’s most controversial votes, the measure was approved by a slim margin, with the independence forces, Juntos por el Sí (United for a yes) and the People’s Unity Candidature, winning with 64 votes, while Ciudadanos, Partido por los Socialistas, Cataluña Sí se Puede, and the Partido Popular mustered 62 no votes.Read More »

The Zapatistas Are Building The World We Ask For

by Ann Deslandes

telesur | 31 December, 2016Zapatista women arrive at an information session.

Zapatista women arrive at an information session. | Photo: Ann Deslandes

“If we had spent those 23 years exchanging gunshots,” says Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in an evening address to the many gathered for “The Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity” encounter currently taking place in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, “would we have been able to build this?”

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Food crisis: Weaving a web of peoples’ resistance to corporate capture of agriculture

by Leonida Odongo

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October 1, 1949: Chinese people stood up

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Chairman Mao Tse-tung (now, Mao Zedong) solemnly proclaims the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Tiananmen rostrum, October 1, 1949. The just-concluded first session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative meeting elected a Central People’s Committee in Beijing, September 30, 1949. Chairman Mao Zedong declared to the world: the Chinese people, who account for a quarter of humanity, must stand up. Since then China’s history has opened up a new era. People’s Republic of China founding ceremony was held at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, October 1, 1949.Read More »

Somethings aren’t forgotten

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Granma | 16 September, 2016

 

Miguel Ángel Ariza Rodríguez was a member of the Association of Young Rebels at the age of just 15. On May 17, 1961, he joined the Literacy Campaign.

“In my house we sympathized with the Revolution. Already in ’61 I was a member of the National Revolutionary Militia and the call to teach literacy arose.

“There are events that mark a before and after, not only in people, but in the life of a country. The Literacy Campaign was one of those moments in the life of the entire country and in that of the over 100,000 kids like me who participated in that feat.

Without wishing to exaggerate, I would say that I don’t recall the Revolution doing anything as huge in the past 50 years. Back then we did not see it as a great feat, but as the most natural thing in the world, as just another thing done by the Revolution.”

A very difficult year …This is how Ariza remembers 1961, and he does not lack grounds.Read More »

Cuban Foreign Minister stresses the importance of the Non-Aligned Movement on arriving in Venezuela

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Granma | 15 September, 2016

 

ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela.— Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrill stressed the importance of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on arriving to participate in the 17th NAM Summit, in session through September 18.

“Non-alignment has huge historic merits, but also remains fully valid,” Rodríguez stated on arriving to Margarita Island. Referring to the issues to be discussed during the multinational event he added that “We must defend independence, sovereignty and self-determination, through unity and consensus.”

“A revolutionary, anti-imperialist and solidary embrace for the Venezuelan people,” he emphasized, and wished the Bolivarian Republic well in its presidency of the Movement, which it will assume during the Summit. “Venezuela will receive the presidency and will do so successfully. It will be a victory of the Venezuelan people,” he noted.Read More »

He travels through the sky, rounds the world, sets the record for hot air balloon travel

Journal of People report

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A 65-year-old Russian balloonist, Fedor Konyukhov, came back to Earth in the Australian Outback on 23rd July, after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said.

Starting his journey on July 12, he landed 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Northam, where he started, about three hours after he flew over the same town on his return, flight coordinator John Wallington said.Read More »