Filed under: Asia, Middle East | Tags: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Basiji, Electoral Fraud, Electoral Fruad Iran, Green Revolution, Iran, Iran Elections 2009, Iran Protests, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mir Hussein Mousavi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Neo-Con, Obama, Protests, Revolutionary Guard Corps, State Repression, Tehran, Zionist
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19 June 2009
Source: Common Dreams
The growing nonviolent insurrection in Iran against the efforts by the ruling clerics to return the ultra-conservative and increasingly autocratic incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinjead to power is growing. Whatever the outcome, it represents an exciting and massive outpouring of Iranian civil society for a more open and pluralistic society.
Ironically, defenders of Ahmadinejad’s repression are trying to blame everyone from the U.S. government to nonviolent theorist Gene Sharp to various small NGOs engaged in educational efforts on strategic nonviolent action as somehow being responsible for the popular uprising in Iran. It appears to be based upon the rather bizarre assumption that millions of Iranians would somehow be willing to pour out onto the streets in the face of violent repression by state security forces only because they have been directed to do so by people from an imperialist power which overthrew their last democratic government and subsequently propped up (more…)
Filed under: Middle East | Tags: Afghanistan, Arab Regimes, Arab States, Barack Obama, Bush Administration, Chechnya, Collective Punishment, Colonial Power, Colonialism, Dispossession, Egypt, Ethic Cleansing, Euro-Supremacy, Fatah, Gaza, gaza Strip, Hamas, Hilary Clinton, Hosani Mubarak, Imperialism, Iraq, Israel, Israeli Apartheid, Jerusalem, Jews, Joe Biden, Jordan, Lebanon, Logic, Mahmoud Darwish, Muslim, Muslim World, National Liberation, Native Americans, Nazi Germany, Palestinain Liberation Organization, Palestine, Palestinians, Qassem al-Mughrabi, Racism, Shiite Iraqi, Somalia, State Terror, Syria, Tawfiq Jaber, Terrorism, United Nations, White Supremacy, Yemen, Zionism, Zionist
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31 December 2008
Source: Guardian – Comment Is Free
I have spent most of the Bush administration’s tenure reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia and other conflicts. I have been published by most major publications. I have been interviewed by most major networks and I have even testified before the senate foreign relations committee. The Bush administration began its tenure with Palestinians being massacred and it ends with Israel committing one of its largest massacres yet in a 60-year history of occupying Palestinian land. Bush’s final visit to the country he chose to occupy ended with (more…)
Filed under: Caribbean | Tags: Barack Obama, Brazil, Communist, Cuba, Economic Blockade, Latin America, Madeleine Albright, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President Raul Castro, Spanish Colonialism, United States
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Dec. 19, 2008
Reprinted from Granma International
BRASILIA, December 18 (PL). — President Raúl Castro today highlighted the preparation of the Cuban people in confronting the blockade, which has no perspective, and reiterated his disposition to dialogue with the United States on the basis of absolute equality of conditions.
“It’s been almost 50 years now, it’s time for it to end, it’s dying,” the Cuban president said in comments to reporters during his official visit to Brazil at the invitation of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
“If we ask ourselves, why the (more…)
Filed under: Caribbean | Tags: Barack Obama, Cuba, Cuban Five, Political Prisoners, Raul Castro, U.S. Trade Embargo
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Dec. 18, 2008
Reprinted from Reuters
BRASILIA: President Raul Castro said on Thursday Cuba could release political prisoners as one of the “gestures” needed to pave the way for talks with incoming U.S. President Barack Obama.
It was Cuba’s most specific offer of a way to ease ties with the United States since Obama, who takes office on January 20, was elected in November.
“Let’s do gesture for gesture,” Castro told (more…)
Filed under: Africa, North America | Tags: AFRICOM, Arms, Barack Obama, Bush Administration, East Africa Counter-Terrorism Initiative, Militarism, Oil, President Bush, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S.-African Military Relations
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7 December 2008
On 6 February 2007, President Bush announced that the United States would create a new military command for Africa, to be known as Africa Command or Africom. Throughout the Cold War and for more than a decade afterwards, the U.S. did not have a military command for Africa; instead, U.S. military activities on the African continent were conducted by three separate military commands: the European Command, which had responsibility for most of the continent; the Central Command, which oversaw Egypt and the Horn of Africa region along with the Middle East and Central Asia; and the Pacific Command, which administered military ties with Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean.
Until the creation of Africom, the administration of U.S.-African military relations was conducted through (more…)