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Massive general strike in Belgium: Nothing moved by air, by road and by water

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 02:07 PM
Written by Erik Demeester | IMT | ‘This is the strongest strike ever’ commented the general secretary Marie Hélène Ska of the Christian union CSC. She is right. The national work stoppage on Monday 15th of December was without doubt the most “general” of 24 hour general strikes in the rich Belgian history of strike.

The link address is: http://www.marxist.com/massive-general-strike-in-belgium-nothing-moved-by-air-by-road-and-by-water.htm

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Pakistan: Barbarity of the Peshawar massacre

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 02:03 PM
Written by Lal Khan | IMT | The massacre of 141 people including 132 children by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban at the Peshawar Army Public School yesterday was probably the most heinous barbarity ever seen even in Pakistan, which has been victim to this scourge for decades now. Hardly a day passes without suicide attacks, terrorist bombing or target killings in this tragic country.

The link address is: http://www.marxist.com/pakistan-barbarity-of-the-peshawar-massacre.htm

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz: History Will Absolve Me

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 17, 2014 12:33 PM
"I warn you, I am just beginning! If there is in your hearts a vestige of love for your country, love for humanity, love for justice, listen carefully. I know that I will be silenced for many years; I know that the regime will try to suppress the truth by all possible means; I know that there will be a conspiracy to bury me in oblivion. But my voice will not be stifled - it will rise from my breast even when I feel most alone, and my heart will give it all the fire that callous cowards deny it. ... To those who would call me a dreamer, I quote the words of Martí: 'A true man does not seek the path where advantage lies, but rather the path where duty lies, and this is the only practical man, whose dream of today will be the law of tomorrow, because he who has looked back on the essential course of history and has seen flaming and bleeding peoples seethe in the cauldron of the ages knows that, without a single exception, the future lies on the side of duty.' ... I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me."

The link address is: https://www.marxists.org/history/cuba/archive/castro/1953/10/16.htm

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USAID head resigns as US & Cuba plan 'normalizing' relations | RT

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 17, 2014 12:00 PM
"In April, it was reported that USAID secretly created a social media program with the intent of stirring unrest in Cuba; lastweek, the Associated Press reported that the agency hijacked the Cuban hip-hop movement with hopes of achieving a similar result."

The link address is: http://rt.com/usa/215315-usiad-cuba-us-normalizing-relations/

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U.S. and Cuba seek to normalize relations in historic shift | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 17, 2014 11:47 AM
"The three Cubans released in exchange for Alan Gross [a contractor with the U.S. government's U.S. Agency for International Development] are part of the Cuban Five" Full story here.

Also see: USAID programme used young Latin Americans to incite Cuba rebellion | The Guardian

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Haiti: Time for Clinton and Co to Pack and Go

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 10:26 AM
by Dady Chery | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/17/haiti-time-for-clinton-and-co-to-pack-and-go/

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The Oil Coup: US-Saudi Subterfuge Send Stocks and Credit Reeling

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 10:17 AM
by Mike Whitney | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/16/the-oil-coup/

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Latin America Confronts the Challenge of Globalization

by JBB last modified Dec 17, 2014 10:10 AM
by Samir Amin | Monthly Review

The link address is: http://monthlyreview.org/2014/12/01/latin-america-confronts-the-challenge-of-globalization/

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Japan’s Communist Party Doubles Diet Seats in Abe Protest Vote | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 16, 2014 04:44 PM
"The Communists won their first single-seat district in 18 years, claiming a seat in the southern Okinawa island chain. The party can now submit legislation to parliament."

The link address is: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-14/japan-s-communist-party-seen-doubling-seats-in-abe-protest-vote.html

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Okinawa Voters Replace Governor With Opponent of U.S. Base | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Dec 16, 2014 04:42 PM
"Minutes after the polls closed, Takeshi Onaga, the former mayor of Naha, the Okinawan capital, was declared the winner over Hirokazu Nakaima, the current governor, who was backed by Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party. Waving to jubilant supporters, Mr. Onaga, 64, said that as governor he would resist construction of a new American airfield."

The link address is: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/world/okinawa-elects-governor-who-opposes-us-base.html?_r=0

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