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Hong Kong Protests: Why Imperialists Support ‘Democracy’ Movement by Sara Flounders + Pepe Escobar: Operation ‘Occupy Central’

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by Sara Flounders
Workers.org
October 7, 2014

Demonstrations in Hong Kong, China, raising demands on the procedures to be followed in city elections in 2017, have become an international issue and a source of political confusion.

The protests, called Occupy Central, have received enormous and very favorable U.S. media coverage. Every news report describes with great enthusiasm the occupation of central business parts of Hong Kong as “pro-democracy” protests. The demonstrations, which began on Sept. 22, gained momentum after Hong Kong police used tear gas to open roads and government buildings. Continue reading

Gaither Stewart’s The Fifth Sun reviewed by Paul Carline and others + Interview with Gaither Stewart by JP Miller

THE FIFTH SUN by Gaither Stewartby Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 19, 2014

THE FIFTH SUN by Gaither Stewart
Punto Press, New York, December, 2013
ISBN 978-0-9840263-6-4

Available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.in (India) and other Amazon national sites.

Set in Italy and Mexico, The Fifth Sun, is a story of love and disenchantment, of belief and unbelief, adventure and romance. Above all, it is the story of the search of each of us for our real and better selves. The characters in The Fifth Sun are haunted by the Divine. All have a divine discontent which forces them to go beyond the role life seems to have assigned to them. And there is perhaps the key: the attempt to escape one’s destiny and create a new one. Published by Punto Press in New York in December 2013, the print version is distributed by Ingrams and available on Amazon and major book sellers throughout the world.

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The Stimulator: Ride the Taco

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Image by iVoryTowerz via Flickr

http://submedia.tv

Nov 4, 2012 by

So on tap this week:

1. Ride the Taco
2. Romney and Obama’s climate silence
3. Chinese Resistance to Civilization
4. You are not in Mexico S.A.

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Mexican Farmers Battle Canadian Mine for Control of Their Land by Paul Bocking

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Crossposted with permission from www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/

by Paul Bocking
Socialist Project | The Bullet
August 27, 2012

GTO: MINE SHAFT

Image by sincretic via Flickr

Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon Resources for over a month.

This comes in response to the company’s refusal to negotiate with the community over its requests for the preferential hiring of local people on whose land the company operates, as well as pay the rental rates for its use. Continue reading

Ending the War on Drug Users by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
April 17, 2012

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On April 8, 2012, our esteemed Editor/Publisher at BuzzFlash@Truthout, my good friend Mark Karlin, published a column entitled “The US War on Drug Cartels in Mexico Is a Deadly Failure” (1). In his column he noted that: “Approximately 50,000 or more Mexicans have been killed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a so-called war on drug cartels. (In a recent appearance in Toronto, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta claimed 150,000 people have died in the drug war in Mexico, but the timeline Panetta was referring to was unclear, as was the origin of the figure he cited.).” Mark went on to say: Continue reading

Tom Barry’s Border Wars, reviewed by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
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Dec. 9, 2011

In his important book, Border Wars (MIT Press, 2011) Tom Barry writes:

I found that the border security push has injected new life into the war on drugs by reconfiguring those failed policies as vital components of national security.  Immigration  control, too, has been swallowed by the security paradigm.  Instead of reforming the economic incentives that make illegal immigration inevitable, the United States has been stuffing non-threatening people into for-profit prisons.  Counter-terrorism, the ostensible purpose of these undertakings, is an excuse for sheriffs to absorb federal subsidies.  And the lack of a coherent border policy provides a vacuum in which reactionary populism and nationalism have flourished at the local, state and federal levels.

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In Mexico, a Universal Struggle Against Power and Forgetting by John Pilger

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By John Pilger
Information Clearing House
www.johnpilger.com
November 10, 2011

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Alameda Park is Mexico City’s languid space for lovers and open-air ballroom dancers: the gents in two-tone shoes, the ladies in finery and heels. The cobbled paths undulate from the great earthquake of 1985. You imagine the fairground sinking into the cobwebs of cracks, its Edwardian organ playing forlornly. Two small churches nearby totter precariously: the surreal is Mexico’s facade.

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