Social movements map solidarity with ALBA alliance, by Federico Fuentes

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May 27, 2013 Green Left Weekly— An important summit of global significance, held in Brazil on May 16-20, 2013, has largely passed below the radar of most media outlets, including many left and progressive sources.

This summit was not the usual type, involving heads of states and business leaders. Instead, it was a gathering of social movement representatives from across Latin America and the Caribbean — the site of some of the most intense struggles and popular rebellions of the past few decades.

This region also remains the only one where an alternative to neoliberal capitalism has emerged. Pushing this alternative is the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA). Spearheaded by the radical governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba, it has eight member states, but seeks to relate to people’s movements, not just governments.

The purpose…

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Close Guantanamo, Avaaz petition

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From Avaaz.org:

Dear friends,

GuantanamoIn 24 hours, President Obama could end more than a decade of injustice by finally closing Guantanamo — the world’s most notorious prison camp. While he preps for a major speech to respond to hunger-striking detainees, let’s send him a massive message: no more excuses — the world demands he close this American gulag down. Sign now:
Sign the petition

In 24 hours, President Obama could finally move to close Guantanamo — the most notorious prison camp on earth.

With inmates on a 100-day hunger strike and the UN denouncing their force feeding as torture, Obama has been pushed to respond with a major speech about the prison. If enough of us demand a plan — he could free the prisoners already cleared for release, and appoint a White House official with one mission: close Guantanamo down!

We’re at a tipping point. Sign up to demand Obama close this…

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Kenyan torture victims’ compensation after fifty years?

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This video from Harvard University in the USA says about itself:

Dec 8, 2011

As a historian, what if you took the entire premise of your research and turned it upside down? What if what you found was not a story of rehabilitation, but a story of torture, murder, and massive cover-up?

Ten years of work by Caroline Elkins, a professor of history at Harvard University, exposed a massive cover-up by the British Empire in colonial Kenya. What was billed as a rehabilitation program during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950’s was in fact widespread torture and murder of the Kikuyu people.

Elkins sits down with Jenny Attiyeh of ThoughtCast to discuss her research and her role as an expert witness in the landmark court case of a group of elderly Kenyans seeking reparations from the British government.

In the 2012 spring term, Elkins taught the online…

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Venezuela: Full-time mothers will now be able to collect a pension

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A mother’s day gift in Venezuela

venezuelan mothersHere is some news that the conservative critics of Venezuela’s leftist government will not publicize. The Chavistas announced that a new labour law, part of which will grant recognition to non-salaried work traditionally done by women, will come into effect this week. Full-time mothers will now be able to collect a pension.

Read more at: http://globalfaultlines.org/2013/05/20/a-mothers-day-gift-in-venezuela-by-thomas-ponniah/

Malcolm X: We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba …

fidel y malcolm“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

The power of the media
“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being Continue reading