Behind the Coup in Ecuador – The Attack on ALBA By Eva Golinger

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By Eva Golinger
Translation: Machetera
Oct. 1, 2010

The latest coup attempt against one of the countries in the Bolivarian Alliance For The People of Our America (ALBA) is attempt to impede Latin American integration and the advance of revolutionary democratic processes.  The rightwing is on the attack in Latin America.  Its success in 2009 in Honduras against the government of Manuel Zelaya energized it and gave it the strength and confidence to strike again against the people and revolutionary governments in Latin America.
The elections of Sunday, September 26th in Venezuela, while victorious for the Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV), also ceded space to the most reactionary and dangerous destabilizing forces at the service of imperial interests. The United States managed to situate key elements in the Venezuelan National Assembly, giving them a platform to move forward with their conspiratorial schemes to undermine Venezuelan democracy.

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Kucinich Renews Call to Cease Hostilities in Pakistan

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Sep 30, 2010

“We are killing the same troops we claim to be helping.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who previously forced a vote in the House to stop the war in Afghanistan from spilling over the border into Pakistan, today renewed his calls for Congress to explicitly cut off funding in the region after the Associated Press (AP) reported that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) helicopters attacked Pakistani troops at a border crossing. The Pakistani troops, who were in uniforms similar to the local civilian population, are among the same troops being trained by the United States. According to the AP, they were ordered to stop supply trucks attempting to cross the Torkham border post.

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Mainstream Media: 50 Years of Being FAR RIGHT! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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October 1, 2010

This January will be 50 years since JFK took office and President Eisenhower gave his famous Military Industrial Complex farewell speech as a warning. Imagine a Republican president, a cold warrior himself, stating how powerful and deadly this group could become. Of course, by the time of his 1961 speech, the Military Industrial Complex, a syndicate of war industries and the Pentagon, already controlled our foreign policy…. Our Presidents ( including Ike ) , Congress and……mainstream media! So much so, that Eisenhower’s warning was just another item for the 6 and 11 o’clock news shows……. The games begin…….

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Feral Fringe Unravels Obama’s Ruinous Outreach By Robert S. Becker

by Robert S. Becker
Featured Writer
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rbecker@cal.net
October 1, 2010

Even more inept than Obama’s economic wizards, no easy task, is this White House’s crew of public relations losers. They’ve only lost nearly every messaging battle against the relentless, outrageous Rightwing Noise Machine. Whether scorning the fight against the wrong enemies, “Obama’s” TARP, failed Stimulus, insufficiently noxious anti-terrorism, subversive Obamacare, or defending unspeakable Bush tax rip-offs, deranged extremists have buried the president’s bully pulpit in nonsense. Amazingly, the fringe wins by banging the same idiot drums and telegraphing the same bareknuckle lies.

As the reactionary GOP House leader, John Boehner, admitted when talking up his Pledge, reflexively regurgitating Newt Gingrich’s 16 years ago, “we are not going to be any different than we’ve been.”

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‘Not Red Ed’ – reinventing Labour, again and again… By William Bowles

By William Bowles
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30 September, 2010

It strikes me that we here in the UK have been top dog for so damn long that we’ve forgotten what it feels like to be an ordinary country, yet the memory lingers on…

“And it is why I will commit to you here and now. My beliefs will run through everything I do. My beliefs, my values are my anchor and when people try to drag me, as I know they will, it is to that sense of right and wrong, that sense of who I am and what I believe, to which I will always hold.” — From Ed’s keynote speech at the Labour Party conference.

What beliefs exactly are not spelt out but never mind, just like Tony Blair, fine-sounding words make up for any lack of content. So Ed is just an old-time social democrat after all? Amazing, after thirteen years of neo-Thatcherism, the beaten ‘party of labour’ all of a sudden rediscovers its ‘roots’. Who could trust such people?

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Greg Palast: Ecuador- The Presidential Interview (2008)

Note: the video was posted previously but without the transcript.

by Greg Palast
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1 October, 2010

Ecuador news today

Ecuador’s president attacked by police.

Country’s leader trapped in hospital after assault, as government declares a one-week state of emergency.

In February 2008 Greg Palast met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. They discussed the Lawsuit against Chevron, Eradicating Foreign Debt and Why He Says “Ecuador is No Longer for Sale”

Watch part of the interview. [See video below.]

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Ecuador President Defiant After Failed Coup + Ecuador troops rescue President Correa

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Wilpert: Right-wing forces use recession, President Correa’s faltering popularity to launch failed coup

Gregory Wilpert is a sociologist, freelance journalist, editor of Venezuelanalysis.com, and author of the recently published book, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power.

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