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US - Venezuela: The Empire Strikes Back (and Loses)

  • Washington has not given up nor reconciled itself to coming to terms with the elected government of President Chavez.  Instead with each defeat of its internal collaborators, the White House has increasingly turned toward an ‘outsider’ strategy, building up a powerful ‘cordon militaire’,  surrounding Venezuela with a large-scale military presence spanning Central America, northern South America and the Caribbean.
  • The Quiet Revolution

James Petras, Axis of Logic

US policy toward Venezuela has taken many tactical turns, but the objective has been the same:  to oust President Chavez, reverse the nationalization of big businesses, abolish the mass community and worker based councils and revert the country into a client-state.

Washington funded and politically backed a military coup in 2002, a bosses’ lockout in 2002-03, a referendum and numerous media, political and NGO efforts to undermine the regime.  Up to now all of the White House efforts have been a failure – Chavez has repeatedly won free elections, retained the loyalty of the military and the backing of the vast majority of the urban and rural poor, the bulk of the  working class and the public sector middle class.

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The Quiet Revolution, Andrew Kennis, In These Times

  • Venezuelans experiment with participatory democracy.
  • Communal councils are an effort to combat red tape and the corruption related to it. They are also the product of a long history of movement politics.


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The Quiet Revolution

  • Venezuelans experiment with participatory democracy.
  • Communal councils are an effort to combat red tape and the corruption related to it. They are also the product of a long history of movement politics.

Andrew Kennis, In These Times

Selling goods to passersby on the street, Jenny Caraballo describes her local communal council. “Some of our members are homemakers who want their community to be pretty,” Caraballo says while trying to make eye contact with potential clients in 23 de Enero, a barrio popular that is one of many rough areas in Caracas, Venezuela.

The balmy weather southwest of Caracas, in the state of Táchira, does not stop Pedro Hernandez, 77, from playing chess with his retired friends in San Crist—bal’s city square. “Before, the government didn’t help the people,” he says. “Now they give us benefits. “Now there is culture, dance and programs free to the public and organized by our communal council.” Hernandez does his part by organizing chess tournaments.

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Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?

The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of World Peace. "Making the World safer" is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.
The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

The US and its allies are preparing to launch a nuclear war directed against Iran with devastating consequences.

This military adventure in the real sense of the word threatens the future of humanity.

While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result  from a  Third World War, using "new technologies" and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality.  

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The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign, Gareth Porter, FireDogLake.com

  • What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.
  • The Republican back door to war with Iran
  • Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets
  • Write and speak out!  Silence is complicity!


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Summary: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of August 8

5 New Items including:

  • The Trouble With Unconstitutional Wars
  • The Lunatic’s Manual

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Bruce Beattie

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The Trouble With Unconstitutional Wars, Ron Paul, R-TX

  • We should follow constitutional protocol when going to war. It is there for a reason. The founders knew that heads of state are far too eager to engage in military conflicts. That is why they entrusted the power to go to war with the deliberative body closest to the people – the Congress.
  • Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Kiss This War Goodbye, Frank Rich, New York Times | NY

  • The one thing no one imagined back then was that four decades later it would be South Asia, not Southeast Asia, that would still be beckoning America into a quagmire.
  • Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War ~ Andrew Bacevich, Reviewed by Andrew Bast, Newsweek

  • Groupthink is alive and thriving in Washington, D.C., argues Bacevich, who's convinced that America's mightily militaristic and endlessly idealistic approach to the rest of the world is costing the country dearly. Boiling down his argument to the simplest terms: the world would get along just fine without this overarmed global policeman, and more important, the United States would fare far better at home if it weren't squandering so many of its gifts abroad.
  • The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's

The Lunatic’s Manual, Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY
War is a meat grinder for service members and their families. It grinds people up without mercy, killing them and inflicting the worst kinds of wounds imaginable, physical and psychological.

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Still Hoping For Haiti

While the U.S. government has funneled roughly $4 billion into Haiti's economy to counter the country's "dismal economic trajectory" since 1990, Haiti still "continued to languish as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere," with the U.S. and neoliberal economic policies partially at fault.

Progress Report

On Jan. 12, 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale shook Haiti for 35 seconds. The most powerful to strike the country in 200 years, the earthquake devastated the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,000 people and leaving nearly 300,000 injured. Despite the outpouring of international assistance, six months later, the impoverished country is still struggling to get back on its feet. Basic living conditions -- including access to shelter, water, sanitation, and health care -- have yet to be restored to a majority of Haitians.

Rebuilding Haiti successfully requires re-evaluating the flow of aid and bolstering a shattered public sector. More than anything, however, rebuilding Haiti requires an enduring commitment from the United States. As USAID Haiti Task Team coordinator Paul Weisenfeld told NPR earlier this month, "U.S. military provided invaluable support -- under the leadership of USAID," but nonetheless, Haiti will need "sustained attention because the rebuilding effort is going to be an effort that will take many years to come."

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