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“Corporate Profits Are At Their Highest Level In At Least 85 Years”
“Employee Compensation Is At The Lowest Level In 65 Years”
“After-Tax Profits Were Up By 36%”
“Total Employee Compensation Was Up By 5%, Or Less Than The 7% Increase In The Working-Age Population Over The Same Period”
APRIL 4, 2014 by Floyd Norris, The New York Times Company [Excerpts] Corporate profits are at their highest level in at least 85 years. Employee compensation is at the lowest level in 65 years. The Commerce Department last week estimated that corporations earned $2.1 trillion during 2013, and paid $419 billion in corporate taxes. The after-tax profit of $1.7 trillion amounted to 10 percent of gross domestic product during the year, the first full year it has been that high. In 2012, it was 9.7 percent, itself a record. Until 2010, the highest level of after-tax profits ever recorded was 9.1 percent, in 1929, the first year that the government began calculating the number. Before taxes, corporate profits accounted for 12.5 percent of the total economy, tying the previous record that was set in 1942, when World War II pushed up profits for many companies. But in 1942, most of those profits were taxed away. The effective corporate tax rate was nearly 55 percent, in sharp contrast to last year’s figure of under 20 percent. The trend of higher profits and lower effective taxes has been gaining strength for years, but really picked up after the Great Recession temporarily depressed profits in 2009. The statutory top corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent, and corporations have been vigorously lobbying to reduce that, saying it puts them at a competitive disadvantage against companies based in other countries, where rates are lower. But there are myriad tax credits, deductions and preferences available, particularly to multinational companies, and the result is that effective tax rates have fallen for many companies. The Commerce Department also said total wages and salaries last year amounted to $7.1 trillion, or 42.5 percent of the entire economy. That was down from 42.6 percent in 2012 and was lower than in any year previously measured. Including the cost of employer-paid benefits, like health insurance and pensions, as well as the employer’s share of Social Security and Medicare contributions, the total cost of compensation was $8.9 trillion, or 52.7 percent of G.D.P., down from 53 percent in 2012 and the lowest level since 1948. One way to look at the current situation is to compare 2013 with 2006, the last full year before the recession began.
Adjusted for inflation, corporate profits were 28 percent higher, before taxes, last year. But taxes were down by 21 percent,so after-tax profits were up by 36 percent. At the same time, total employee compensation was up by 5 percent, or less than the 7 percent increase in the working-age population over the same period.
“The Head Of The Canadian Army Has Vowed To Punish Any Service Member Who Speaks To The News Media Without Permission”
“Canadian Troops Felt It Threatened Their Ability To Talk About Where Their Military And Government Are Falling Short In Treating Wounded Warriors”
“They’re Also Going To Great Lengths To Keep Those Stories From The Public”
Apr. 4, 2014 By Jeff Schogol, Staff Writer; Army Times Wounded Canadian troops are required to sign an agreement that prohibits them from criticizing their superior officers or how they are being treated, Canada’s The National Post newspaper is reporting. The form says that wounded warriors cannot “write anything that might discourage others or make them dissatisfied with their conditions or their employment,” the newspaper reported on Wednesday. A senior Canadian military official said the form is meant to prevent mentally and physically wounded troops from writing something on social media that they may
regret later, but he acknowledged the agreement also limits what they can tell news media, according to the National Post. The Canadian military calls the agreement “guidance,” not a restriction, but the head of the Canadian army has vowed to punish any service member who speaks to the news media without permission following a string of leaked information about how budget cuts have harmed readiness, the newspaper reported. “The troops themselves have said that they feel intimidated by this and they get a talking to if they don’t sign it,” Joyce Murray, who represents part of Vancouver in the Canadian parliament, told Military Times on Friday. Of particular concern: The restriction on criticism is geared toward troops with mental injuries, Murray said. “On the one hand, the government is saying we need to reduce the stigma of coming forward with mental injuries like PTSD and the other hand, they’re singling out the Joint Personnel Support Unit, which is where troops with PTSD are assigned ... essentially muzzling their social media connections, whether it’s Twitter or Facebook — or even who they tag on Facebook,” she aid. The Ottawa Citizen first reported about the criticism ban in September after Canadian troops felt it threatened their ability to talk about where their military and government are falling short in treating wounded warriors. “Forces members have raised a lot of serious concerns about the government’s failure to provide enough support, especially for soldiers with PTSD and other operational stress injuries,” Murray told Military Times. “They’re also going to great lengths to keep those stories from the public, and that’s very concerning.”
Family Of Veteran Killed By Lodi Police Files Suit:
“Shergill’s Relatives Said Statements Collected By Their Attorney Don’t Match What Little Information Police Have Released, Forcing Them To Seek Answers In Court”
“Come On, He Fought For The Country, And That’s What He Gets?”
In this photo taken Thursday, April 3, 2014, with the family of Parminder Singh Shergill behind him, attorney Mark Merin, right, announced the civil suit the family is filing against the city of Lodi, the Lodi Police Department and the officers who shot and killed Shergill during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Photo: Dan Evans, AP April 4, 2014 By SCOTT SMITH and TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. — The family of a Gulf War veteran who was fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the officers used excessive force. The suit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, and the family’s attorney also released statements from 17 people who say they witnessed parts of the Jan. 25 incident involving Lodi police officers and Parminder Singh Shergill outside a neighbor’s home. Shergill’s relatives said statements collected by their attorney don’t match what little information police have released, forcing them to seek answers in court. Shergill, 43, who participated in Operation Desert Storm, had post-traumatic stress disorder and was exhibiting signs of a flare-up before two officers shot him, court papers say. His sister, Kulbinder Sohota, said Shergill never talked about his wartime experience, and his mental illness manifested several years after he returned home.
Sohota said family members had previously called police to take her brother to a clinic or hospital when he was having a mental health episode. Police had been helpful before, she said. “Come on, he fought for the country, and that’s what he gets?” Sohota said about the shooting. “That makes me very angry.” The shooting occurred after Shergill’s worried mother asked police to look for him after he abruptly left the house in a bad mental state, relatives said. Lodi police have said officers Scott Bratton and Adam Lockie opened fire after Shergill charged them with a knife. Witnesses gave investigators for family attorney Mark Merin varying accounts of events surrounding Shergill’s death in a volley of bullets. Only two witnesses said they saw the actual shooting. Timothy Antolin, 24, said in his statement that he was on the second floor of his home when he heard someone say, “‘Stop, we want to talk to you,’ and then, ‘Drop the weapon.’” Antolin said he went to a window and heard Shergill shout, “‘You talking to me?’” followed by a curse word. As Shergill spoke, he turned to his left, facing the officers, “but not in a threatening manner, nor did he move toward the officers or close the distance between them,” Antolin said in his account. He said he could not see Shergill’s hands as he turned. After the shooting, Antolin saw officers handcuff Shergill and rummage through his clothing. After leaving his house, Antolin said, he saw items strewn about Shergill’s body, including a 3-inch folding knife with a belt clip, according to the statement. In his statement, witness Bob Mendez, 56, said he heard a commotion from his garage. He said he couldn’t make out the verbal exchange between the officers and Shergill but watched all three move along a sidewalk. The officers had their guns drawn when Shergill zig-zagged, Mendez said. Mendez described in the report hearing Shergill yell something as he turned left and raised his right hand to eye-level, “like someone is arguing with someone else,” and take about four steps toward the officers, who fired. Mendez said in the report it was too far for him to see if Shergill had anything in his hand. Lodi police have declined to release details of the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation involving multiple agencies. The department has released a general explanation saying the two officers had no choice but to kill Shergill after he charged them with a knife. Police spokesman Lt. Sierra Brucia did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday. Merin said he believes that the witness statements contradict the police account.
“They’ve given us no support for their knee-jerk reaction that this was a justified shooting,” Merin said. Marin said he didn’t file the witness statements in court, but gave them to Lodi police and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. Merin said he expedited filing the suit and took the unusual step of making the witness statements public to pressure authorities into providing autopsy and toxicology reports, transcripts of 911 calls made from Shergill’s mother, and other information that might shed light on why officers shot Shergill. “If we’re able to get these statements, you’d expect they could as well,” said Merin, adding that he will seek more answers for the family through litigation.
Military Drone Has Bad Day:
Crashes In Pennsylvania;
Gets Run Over By A Car
Apr. 3, 2014 The Associated Press JONESTOWN, PA. — Military officials say an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a central Pennsylvania school and a hotel. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Joan Nissley said no one was injured when the RQ-7 Shadow drone crashed in Lebanon County around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and was run over by a civilian vehicle. Nissley said the aircraft crashed during training operations at nearby Fort Indiantown Gap. It came down on Fischer Avenue, between Lickdale Elementary School and a Comfort Inn. The drone weighs 375 pounds and has a 15-foot wingspan. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The Pennsylvania National Guard trains three brigades on the use of 12 drones at Fort Indiantown Gap.
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“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852
The past year – every single day of it – has had its consequences. In the obscure depths of society, an imperceptible molecular process has been occurring irreversibly, like the flow of time, a process of accumulating discontent, bitterness, and revolutionary energy. -- Leon Trotsky, “Up To The Ninth Of January”
LUKOIL by Serhiy Viktorovych Zhadan
Serhiy Viktorovych Zhadan (Ukrainian: Сергі́й Ві́кторович Жада́н; born 23 August 1974) is a Ukrainian poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. [Wikipedia] Lukoil; Russian: Лукойл; stylized as LUKoil) is Russia’s second largest oil company and its second largest producer of oil. In 2009, the company produced 97.615 million tons of oil. [Wikipedia] 02/26/2014 AP: Russia’s oil company LUKOIL has stopped oil supplies to the Odessa refinery in Ukraine *************************************************************************
When Easter arrives and the sky becomes kinder but everyone becomes more intense, saying, Easter, Resurrection Day then the dead start to turn in the ground, breaking up the cold clay with their elbows. I’ve had to bury friends, I know what it’s like to bury your friends in the dirt, like a dog buries a bone, and wait till the sky becomes kinder. There are social groups for whom such rituals are very important, I mean, first of all, mid-sized businesses. Everyone has seen the sorrow that envelopes these regional representatives of Russian gas companies when they descend on the boundless cemetery fields, to bury in the ground one more brother shot through the lungs; everyone has heard the loud beat of their hearts when they stand near the coffin and wipe their stingy tears and runny noses against their dolce & gabbana slurping hennessy from disposable glasses. “So, Kolya,” they say, “here’s to you and the hereafter. In the great field of offshore business we fall into the cold pools of oblivion, like wild geese in the autumn with buckshot in our livers.” “So,” they answer, “when we send off our brother on his long journey
into the radiant Valhalla of Lukoil who will accompany him through the dark caverns of purgatory?” “Bitches,” they all say, “bitches he’ll need bitches, good bitches expensive ones, without bad habits, they will warm him in the winter they will chill his blood in the spring, on his left will lie a platinum blond, on his right will lie a platinum blond, and he won’t even notice he is dead. Oh, death is a territory where our credit won’t reach. Death is the territory of oil, let it cleanse his sins. We’ll place his weapons at his feet, and gold, and furs and finely ground pepper. In his left hand we will place his newest nokia and in his right an indulgence from Jerusalem. But the main thing are the bitches, two bitches, the main thing are two platinum bitches.” “Yes, that’s the main thing,” everyone agrees. “The main thing are the bitches,” they agree. “The main-main thing,” adds Kolya from the casket. We’re all sentimental at Easter time. We stand and wait for the dead to rise and come to us from the hereafter. You become more interested in death when you bury friends. On the third day as they flank the doors of the morgue, on the morning of the third day he conquers death through death, after all, and walks out from the crematorium, he sees that they have all fallen asleep exhausted after a three-day drinking spree sprawled out on the grass, in vomit-covered dolce & gabbana. Then quietly so as not to wake them up he takes from one of them the charger for a nokia and returns to hell to his
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Decision Of 6th Qurultay Of The Crimean Tatar People:
“On Implementation Of Right To SelfDetermination By Crimean Tatar People In Their Historical Territory – Crimea”
“A Real Threat Of Violence Against The Crimean Residents, Whose Positions Concerning The Status Of Crimea Differed From The Position Of Those Who Organized And Hold The Referendum”
Self-Determination for Tartars? Не будь ідіотом! Тільки для мертвих. March 29, 2014: Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People The Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People appealed to U.N., CoE, EU, OSCE, OIC, to nations, parliaments and governments of states calling them to support the right of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination in their historical territory – Crimea. The Decision of the 6th Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People “On the Implementation of the Right to Self-Determination by the Crimean Tatar People in Their Historical Territory – Crimea”, adopted on March 29, 2014 at the special 2nd session of the national convention of the Crimean Tatars said.
The majority of the delegates of the Qurultay of the 6th convocation supported the mentioned decision. 212 delegates vote for it, 1 – against and 4 – abstained.
Full Text Of The Decision Of The 6th Qurultay Of The Crimean Tatar People:
“ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT OF CRIMEAN TATAR PEOPLE TO SELF-DETERMINATION IN THEIR HISTORICAL TERRITORY – CRIMEA”
On March 16, 2014, the “All-Crimean Referendum” took place in Crimea that served a basis to the “Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on Admitting to the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea and Establishing within the Russian Federation New Constituent Entities” that was signed on March 18, 2014. On March 21 the Federal Constitutional Law “On Admitting to the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea and Establishing within the Russian Federation the New Constituent Entities of the Republic of Crimea and the City of Federal Importance Sevastopol” and Federal Law “On Ratifying the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on Admitting to the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea and Establishing within the Russian Federation New Constituent Entities” was ratified. Since February 27, 2014, all stages relating to the announcement, preparation and holding of “all-Crimean referendum” was accompanied by a legal bacchanalia when the troops and military equipment were brought to Crimea en mass and checkpoints were built quickly in every entrance and exits in Crimea. The various paramilitary organizations – “Crimean vigilantes” and “self-defense squads” consisting also of the Cossacks, who arrived from the neighborhood regions of Russia, caused the special tension and anxiety in the Crimean society during this period. In conditions of a real threat of violence against the Crimean residents, whose positions concerning the status of Crimea differed from the position of those who organized and hold the referendum, and considering that the questions, suggested at the referendum couldn’t be discussed thoroughly in the Crimean society due to lack of time for the preparation and holding of the referendum (only 10 days), the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People called every Crimean Tatar and persons belonging to other nationalities to boycott all stages of preparation and holding of all-Crimean referendum and do not come to the polling stations on the voting day. The objective analysis of the voting of March 16, 2014 in the polling stations testifies to the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Crimean Tatars did not take part in the referendum, following the suggestion of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.
Many people belonging to other nationalities did not take part in the vote as well.
THE QURULTAY OF THE CRIMEAN TATAR PEOPLE:
- following from the fact that changing of the status of Crimea was made without the agreement and clearly expressed will of the Crimean Tatar people – indigenous people of Crimea; - based on the generally accepted norms of the international documents, guaranteeing the right to self-determination - – the UN Charter, Resolution № 1514 (XV) of the UN General Assembly of December 14, 1960, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of December 16, 1966, Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation Between States in accordance with the UN Charter, adopted on October 24, 1970 and etc; - based on the UN Declaration “On the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples” of September 13, 2007, in particular: a) right of the indigenous people to self-determination (article 3), b) right of the indigenous people to the autonomy and self-governance (article 4), c) right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State (article 5), d) military activities shall not take place in the territories of indigenous peoples, unless justified by a relevant public interest or otherwise freely agreed (article 30), e) right to access to and prompt decision through just and fair procedures for the resolution of conflicts and disputes with States or other parties (article 40); - based on the Declaration on the National Sovereignty of the Crimean Tatar People, adopted by the 2nd Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People on June 28, 1991; - confirming the strict intention to strengthening and further development of the relations between the Crimean Tatars and all ethnic communities, living in Crimea on the basis of the mutual respect, recognition of the human rights and civil rights and interests, equal observance of the political, economic, cultural, religious and other legal rights,
1. Announce the beginning of the political and legal procedures to establish (restore) the national-territorial autonomy of the Crimean Tatar people in their historical territory - Crimea 2. Order the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to contact the international organizations – the UN, CoE, EU, OSCE, OIC, parliaments and governments of states concerning all issues of ensuring the rights of the Crimean Tatar people to the self-determination in the form of the national-territorial autonomy in their historical territory – Crimea.
THE QURULTAY OF THE CRIMEAN TATAR PEOPLE ADDRESSES
the UN, CoE, EU, OSCE, OIC, parliaments and governments of states to support the right of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination in their historical territory – Crimea. Adopted at the 2nd special session of the 6th Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People On March 29, 2014 Bakhchisaray, Crimea
April 6, 1712: Honorable Anniversary: Courageous Slaves Rise Up Against Their Masters;
“Death Was Preferable To Life In Bondage”
Carl Bunin Peace History April 6-12 Slavenorth.com &Pbs.org [Excerpts] In 1712, some slaves in New York City rose up in a crude rebellion that could have been much more deadly, had it been better planned. As it was, it was among the most serious slave resistances in American history, and sparked a vicious backlash by the authorities. The stage was set for an uprising. First, the city had a large population of black slaves -- the result of many years of trade with the West Indies. Secondly, communication and meeting among enslaved persons was relatively easy, since the New York City’s inhabitants lived in a small area on the southern tip of Manhattan. Thirdly, living in such a densely populated area also meant that slaves worked in close proximity to free men, a far cry from the situation on the plantations to the south. The revolt was led by African-born slaves, who decided death was preferable to life in bondage.
They managed to collect a cache of muskets and other weapons and hide it in an orchard on the edge of town. On the night of April 6, twenty-four of the conspirators gathered, armed themselves, and set fire to a nearby building. They then hid among trees, and when white citizens rushed up to put out the blaze, the slaves opened fire on them, killing five and wounding six. The surviving citizens sounded the alarm. Every able-bodied man was pressed into service, and appeals were made to governors of surrounding colonies. The militia pinned down the rebels in the woods of northern Manhattan. The leaders of the uprising committed suicide, and the rest, starving, surrendered. The death toll in the 1712 uprising doesn’t seem high, but in a New York county that, at that time probably numbered some 4,800 whites, it was shocking. In considering the psychological impact on the survivors, imagine some sort of attack on modern New York, with its 8 million people, that would leave casualties of 10,000 dead. A special court convened by the governor made short work of the rebels. Of the twentyseven slaves brought to trial for complicity in the plot, twenty-one were convicted and put to death. Since the law authorized any degree of punishment in such cases, some unlucky slaves were executed with all the refinements of calculated barbarity. New Yorkers were treated to a round of grisly spectacles as Negroes were burned alive, racked and broken on the wheel, and gibbeted alive in chains. In his report of the affair to England, Governor Hunter praised the judges for inventing ‘the most exemplary punishments that could be possibly thought of.’ “[ White New Yorkers had been apprehensive before the revolt of April 6; now they were spurred into action. Strict laws were soon enacted, and more would come, over the next thirty years. No longer could more than three black slaves meet. A master could punish his slaves as he saw fit (even for no reason at all), as long as the slave did not lose his or her life or limb. Any slave handling a firearm would receive twenty lashes. Anyone caught gambling would be whipped in public. Involvement in a conspiracy to kill would result in execution, as would a rape. There was even a law that discouraged masters from freeing a slave: The master could free a slave, but only after posting a bond of 200 (pounds). This money would be paid to the freed slave if that slave couldn’t support himself or herself. These laws would, in the end, prove to be futile. In 1741, New York would see another uprising.
April 6, 1968: Anniversary Of A Murder By Cowards In Blue
Bobby Hutton Carl Bunin Peace History April 6-12 Bobby Hutton, the 17-year-old first member of the Black Panther Party was gunned down by officers of the Oakland Police Department. Police opened fire on a car of Black Panthers returning from a meeting. The Panthers escaped their vehicle and ran into a house. Police attacked the house with tear gas and gunfire. After the building was on fire, the Panthers tried to surrender. Hutton came out of the house with his hands in the air. But a police officer shouted, “He’s got a gun.” This prompted further police gunfire that left Hutton dead and Panthers co-founder Eldridge Cleaver wounded. Police later admitted that Hutton was unarmed.
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Statement By Interregional Trade Union Of Autoworkers (ITUA) On Planned Massive Layoffs At The Ford Vsevolozhsk Plant (Leningrad Region, Russia)
“We See In Them Only The Desire Of Capitalists To Shift The Consequences Of The Crisis Onto The Backs Of Ordinary Working People”
“The ITUA Regards Ford’s Actions As A Cynical, Shady Game That Contradicts The Principles Of Social Partnership”
April 2, 2014 Statement by Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA) on Planned Massive Layoffs at the Ford Vsevolozhsk Plant (Leningrad Region, Russia) Management at Ford Motor Company JSC (Ford Sollers) has announced they will begin making massive layoffs at the Ford Vsevolozhsk plant.
If these plans are realized, around seven hundred people, meaning every other production worker, will lose their jobs. Management decided to confront the trade union and the plant’s workforce with a fait accompli. On April 1, management sent out a press release about the planned layoffs to the media, only later bothering to inform workers. Without consulting with the existing trade union organizations at the plant, management presented workers with a so-called voluntary dismissal program, which includes five months’ salary for workers who quit their jobs voluntarily. The ITUA regards Ford’s actions as a cynical, shady game that contradicts the principles of social partnership. We see in them only the desire of capitalists to shift the consequences of the crisis onto the backs of ordinary working people. Management has not exhausted all the possibilities for minimizing the social impact of the crisis, for preserving jobs and ensuring workers are fairly compensated for the harm caused to them. We believe that massive layoffs are not necessary to the company’s success. We will fight for every single job at the plant and for nothing less than a full year’s salary as compensation for employees who quit voluntarily. The dismissal of each individual worker must be agreed with the trade union. We are ready to back up our demands by all possible means, including strikes and protests, as we did in 2007. Don’t cry -- organize! Alexei Etmanov Chair, Workers Association Interregional Trade Union Member, Leningrad Region Legislative Assembly
Notes From The February Revolution;
“There Is Neither Revolutionary Workers Movement Nor A Fascist Movement Intent On Smashing It”
“The Core Of The Movement Has Nothing To Do With Fascism”
23 February 2014 by Ilya Budraitskis, Internationalviewpoint.org/ [Excerpts] Ilya, you’re active in the “Socialist Movement of Russia” and were in Kiev to observe the recent protests. What was the reason for your visit? We have strong links to the left in Ukraine and I travelled to Kiev two weeks ago in the wake of anti-demonstration laws that rendered Ukraine a virtual police state. Would you say the movement is fascist then? I think that’s a simplification … What do you mean? Fascism arose in the post-World War One period in response to crush a militant and revolutionary workers movement across Europe. Fascists played the role of smashing the workers movement and saving capitalism in places where the democratic state could not. This was the case in both Germany and Italy. And today? Today there is neither revolutionary workers movement nor a Fascist movement intent on smashing it. Also, there isn’t a crisis of liberal democracy and mistrust between the capitalist class and the state that would push the former to put their faith in Fascism, at least not yet. What is the nature of the movement then? At Maiden, there are people fighting from different oppressed groups in society: workers, unemployed, the poor and students. They oppose the state and the elites. The term fascism doesn’t apply because the class composition of the parties is quite distinct. But there are Fascists at Maiden? Clearly. The ideology of the “Right Sector” is fascist. And this group is attempting to establish its hegemony within the movement. So far, however, it hasn’t worked because the core of the movement has nothing to do with fascism. What is the real left doing? The left has had a mixed and ambivalent response to the movement since the beginning. Some maintain that the movement is foreign, far right and argue against participation. Others have participated and attempted to push the political terrain to the left.
Who is it that is arguing for the Ukraine to become part of the EU? Some oligarchs that have control over a few of the oppositional parties are making promises that it would be good for business. But in the negotiations there was no talk of your average person and the issues they want to see addressed, neither the fight against political corruption nor for political and social reforms. It was above all about allowing EU interests access to the Ukrainian market. Even in the east, if there was a vote about a union with Russia, most of the people would vote against it. They also have no faith in the Russian government.
Zionists Demolish Palestinian Structures In Salfit, Nablus, As Usual
04/02/2014 Ma’an SALFIT -- Israeli bulldozers on Tuesday destroyed a car wash in the central West Bank, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an. The sources said bulldozers, escorted by Israeli military vehicles, demolished a car wash near the main entrance of the village of Haris in the Salfit district. It was the third time the car wash had been demolished, the sources added. The building belonged to Fadi Hasan Salih Suleiman. Separately, Israeli bulldozers demolished three steel agricultural structures in addition to tents in a northern West Bank village near Beit Furik east of Nablus. Deputy mayor of Beit Furik Sami Zalmout told Ma’an several Israeli military vehicles escorted bulldozers to the village of Khirbet Tana and destroyed the structures, some of which served as residences. Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
Israel destroyed more than 663 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing 1,101 people, according to UNOCHA. Around 241 more people have been displaced just since the beginning of 2014. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
Zionists Demolish Palestinian Structures In Occupied Jerusalem, As Usual;
“Israeli Municipality Officials Then Issued Salaymah A Demolishing Bill Of 110,000 Shekels ($32,000), Which He Will Be Unable To Pay”
03/20/2014 JERUSALEM -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a house in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem early Wednesday, the homeowner’s family said. Without prior warning, Israeli military forces surrounded the Beit Hanina property, blockaded the home of Badwan Salaymah while he and his family were absent, and proceeded to tear the house down, Salaymah’s brother said. Israeli municipality officials then issued Salaymah a demolishing bill of 110,000 shekels ($32,000), which he will be unable to pay, Marwan Salaymah said.
He said the house was built of tin and iron on a plot of 70 square meters. The Jerusalem municipality also demolished two houses owned by Salaymah in May 2013, he added. Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
Occupiers Assassinates Three Palestinians In Jenin
22 March 2014 PNN Jenin -- Israeli occupation forces killed this Saturday morning three Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp. The Palestine News Network correspondent in Jenin, Rami Daibes, said that a large israeli force stormed the camp and surrounded a number of houses which led to the martyrdom of three citizens. The three martyrs are Hamzah Jamal Abu al-Hija (23 years), Yazan Mohammed Jabareen (23 years old) and Qasam Mahmoud Jabarin (25 years) In addition to the three killed, eight Palestinians were injured in the Israeli attack on the camp. Three of them were seriously wounded and were arrested by the occupation army afterwards.
Eyewitnesses told the PNN reporter that after the withdrawal of the Israeli army residents of the camp marched came out denouncing the latest Israeli crime. The Palestinian Presidency strongly condemns this Israeli escalation and calls for the U.S. administration to act to stop the Israeli aggression that aims to destroy the peace process, according to Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah. Abu Rdainah added that the Israeli government is responsible for this escalation and calls fot the U.S. administration to move quickly to prevent the collapse of everything. Palestinian national factions in Jenin announced mourning and commercial strike for one day, to mourn and denounce the fall of the three martyrs in Jenin refugee camp by the israeli occupation forces.
Vietnam GI: Reprints Available
[THEY STOPPED AN IMPERIAL WAR]
Edited by Vietnam Veteran Jeff Sharlet from 1968 until his death, this newspaper rocked the world, attracting attention even from Time Magazine, and extremely hostile attention from the chain of command. The pages and pages of letters in the paper from troops in Vietnam condemning the war are lost to history, but you can find them here. Military Resistance has copied complete sets of Vietnam GI. The originals were a bit rough, but every page is there. Over 100 pages, full 11x17 size. Free on request to active duty members of the armed forces. Cost for others: $15 if picked up in New York City. For mailing inside USA add $5 for bubble bag and postage. For outside USA, include extra for mailing 2.5 pounds to wherever you are. Checks, money orders payable to: The Military Project Orders to: Military Resistance Box 126 2576 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10025-5657 All proceeds are used for projects giving aid and comfort to members of the armed forces organizing to resist today’s Imperial wars.
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