by Sally Dugman
Countercurrents.org | August 04, 2017
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 »
Granma | 03 April, 2017
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 »
Pambazuka News | 15 December, 2016
The power of mobilized, united people was proven once again on December 4, when the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit necessary for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be laid under the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s ancestral Missouri River. The Army announced that it would explore alternative routes.Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A Journal of People report
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 »