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Memorial lecture at the 32nd General Meeting of the National Forum for Peace, Democracy and Progressive Unity
* Rogue mayor to begin trek to promote protests * Supermarket sweep wins left-wing mayor support * Uncertain summer fuels discontent By Paul Day MADRID, Aug 15 (Reuters) - A Spanish mayor who became a cult hero for staging robberies at supermarkets and giving stolen groceries to the poor sets off this week on a three-week march that could embarrass the government and energise anti-austerity campaigners. Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, regional lawmaker and mayor of the town of Marinaleda - population 2,645 - in the southern region of Andalusia, said food stolen last week in the robberies went to families hit hardest by Spain's economic crisis.
Today in a debate on twitter with an Mises touting libertarian; she claimed that government regulation is a bad thing, that only prevents workers from building new businesses and just lines the pockets of government officials. The debate continued until she came out and said that there shouldn’t be child labor laws. Then she sent me a link to the ridiculous cave of libertarian idiocy that is Lewrockwell.com and an article from the much maligned Ludwig Von Mises Institute.
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http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/14508/16-05-2012/solidarity-with-greek-workers Following the 6 May election earthquake in Greece , which saw a hammering of the pro-austerity parties and a huge rejection of the 'Troika' (European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund), the main parties failed to form a coalition government. Attempts by the Greek president to oversee a 'national unity' government or to form a 'government of technocrats' also failed. New elections will be held no later than 17 June.
Get into an argument with a right wing nut job, and it’s likely at some point he will mention how he hates democracy. It’s true! I honestly don’t remember how many times a conservative has told me in no uncertain terms that they hate democracy.
A favorite conservative attack on President Obama is that his policies — and even his personality — amount to an assault on American businesses.
Strasbourg Court declares Russia innocent of Katyn massacre | Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).MOSCOW, April 12 - RAPSI. The European Court of Human Rights found Russia not guilty of the Katyn massacre, the mass execution of Polish nationals in 1940, the Moscow News reported on Thursday with reference to its source. The Strasbourg Court will pass its formal judgment on April 16, but the operative part of the sentence has been already passed. Poland has almost suffered overwhelming defeat in the Katyn case. However, it would be premature for Russia to celebrate the victory as the court declared it responsible for inhuman treatment of some of the applicants.
The stories just keep coming back. Most of them from embattled Greece. Families, unable to care for their children, abandon them. People desperate to find work, just enough to survive, trudge home day after day with empty hands, and empty hearts. People are suffering. I could go deeply into why, and how this has come about, but I’ll only touch on it briefly, because I want to focus on the human impact of these policies.
At the end of WW2, Japan lay in ruins. Cities destroyed, industry gone and millions dead. Japan paid the ultimate price of their imperialism and fascism. Fast forward to present day Japan, and much has changed. Japan is now a constitutionally mandated pacifist country.
If you’ve expressed interest in socialism at some point in your life, you’ve probably had an encounter ( it can be at a family dinner, at school, the break room at work or any number of other examples) that goes like this: You say something favorable about socialism, anything at all, and someone in the conversation dons a smug, wise-in–the-ways-of–the-world facial expression, then fires off a line of “bumper sticker wisdom.” Some of us have heard these arguments hundreds of times; indeed many of us remember being indoctrinated with these capitalist sentiments since high school. Some can be easily dismissed, but others are so profoundly ingrained that you must examine it from every angle, engaging each layer contained with the statement.
I have a few things to talk about today, so let’s alternate between the good, the bad and the ugly. The Good: In an exciting bit of news from the infamous Huffington Post, Washington State (my home state) has secured enough votes in both houses of the state legislature to legalize gay marriage. Gov.Christine Gregoire has already promised to sign this bill if passed. If this law passes, Washington will become the 7th state to legalize gay marriage.
Small enclosures line the room, leaving just enough headroom to sit up within the confined walls. Money is as tight as the spaces hidden among multimillion dollar high-rise apartments. In 2009, Australia-based photographer Brian Cassey flew to Hong Kong, where he had discovered people were living in nothing more than cages because of dire economic conditions. But nailing down the location of these caged dwellings proved to be harder than Cassey expected. “The cage people are very well-hidden in dense, packed high-rise buildings,” Cassey said.
Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/699/13395 From The Socialist newspaper, 4 January 2012 Terry Pearce, Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign, personal capacity Marching against NHS cuts and privatisation , photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge) Under cover of the Christmas break, the government slipped out two lethal policies for the National Health Service.