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Guatemala's president quits over graft scandal | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 03, 2015 11:35 AM
Full story here.

Also see: Guatemala President Faces Arrest as Business Interests and U.S. Scramble to Contain Uprising | Democracy NOW!

"The issue is corruption. But if the movement develops further, if it spreads more fully to the Mayan heartland of the country, then the issue could move from corruption to justice, because ... Pérez Molina was a commander in the northwest highlands during the '80s. He personally helped implement the Ríos Montt program of mass murder - effectively, genocide - against the Mayan population. And that's what the Guatemalan system has been built on."
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UE Endorses BDS Movement for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 03, 2015 11:26 AM
"At its national convention in Baltimore August 16-20, the United Electrical Workers union (UE) adopted a resolution endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) to pressure Israel to end the occupation and grant Palestinians their freedom. UE is now the first national U.S. union to endorse BDS. The full resolution is below."

BE IT RESOLVED THAT THIS 74th UE CONVENTION:
1. Calls on Congress and the Administration to end all U.S. military aid to Israel; and to pressure Israel to end the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the siege of Gaza and negotiate a peace agreement on the basis of equality, democracy, and human rights for the Palestinian and Israeli people, including Palestinian self determination and the right of return for refugees.
2. Endorses the BDS movement and urges the union at all levels to become engaged in BDS and the movement for peace, justice and equality between the Palestinians and Israelis.
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Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 01, 2015 05:28 PM
"Prime Minister Sigmund David Gunnlaugsson now says a special council comprised of several ministers will map Iceland's resources to see how many refugees could be taken and said the government now had no fixed number."

The link address is: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/01/uk-europe-migrants-iceland-idUKKCN0R145K20150901

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Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 01, 2015 03:10 PM
"The Fair Elections Act strips Elections Canada, the nonpartisan government body responsible for administering elections, of its authority to actively encourage citizens to vote – a matter, we’re told, that is the responsibility of political parties to promote. And on voting day, incumbent candidates and not Elections Canada will appoint polling supervisors. This hardly smells like democracy."

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/28/canada-stephen-harper-harder-to-vote

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Kiev Death Toll Rises After Monday’s Clashes Between Security Forces, Protestors | The Wall Street Journal

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Sep 01, 2015 11:24 AM
"[P]olice said that the man suspected of throwing a grenade during the demonstration was a volunteer fighter on leave from a unit fighting Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east."

The link address is: http://www.wsj.com/articles/kiev-death-toll-rises-after-mondays-clashes-between-security-forces-protestors-1441113264

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Jacobin and “The War on Syria”

by JBB last modified Aug 31, 2015 06:13 PM
by Louis Proyect | CounterPunch publishes an op-ed whose position is quite different from that of the article below.

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/31/jacobin-and-the-war-on-syria/

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Whitewashing the IMF’s Destructive Role in Greece

by JBB last modified Aug 31, 2015 06:11 PM
by Michael Hudson | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/31/whitewashing-the-imfs-destructive-role-in-greece/

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The War on Syria | Jacobin

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 31, 2015 04:43 PM
"[I]t must be said that while international connivance against Syria — one involving varying degrees of coordination between the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and other parties — has played in important role in the tragedy before us, the ruin of Syria is really a product of these powers’ relationship with reactionary forces in Syria and elsewhere. To be more specific, Saudi Arabia, which has intervened with sectarian propaganda years in advance of 2011 and also with arms and funds, has certainly accelerated the sectarianism seen now among opposition ranks"

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/syria-civil-war-nato-military-intervention/

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Guardsman killed in protests as Ukraine MPs back more autonomy for rebel regions | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 31, 2015 12:18 PM
"Protesters led by the populist Radical Party and the ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party - who fear the loss of the east to Russian-backed separatists ... protesters tried to pull the policemen away from their lines. They beat them and took their shields and helmets. Soon about a dozen young men were almost as well-equipped as the police. ... then the explosions began"

The link address is: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34105925

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