A QUICK INTRO to a critical subject which every passing day makes more relevant to the lives of Americans and people around the world (whose lives we influence unduly, and almost always for the worse).
By Steve McGiffen, Spectrezine
It’s clear people all over the world had just about enough of the kleptocracy’s lies and multiple crimes.
A recent poll conducted in the US, Britain, Germany and Sweden found that the vast majority of people in those countries do not believe that governments can stand up to vested interests, while sizeable minorities – almost three in ten in Britain – are sceptical of any possibility that governments can be effective in bringing about positive social change.
EUROPEAN centre-left leaders gathered recently in Oslo to discuss their difficulties in winning power, as well as their inability to do anything with it once they’ve got it.
Patrick Diamond believes that recent local electoral success “cannot disguise the governing crisis which threatens Labour’s very survival as a party of power.” He should know. He was one of the author’s of the British Labour Party’s last election manifesto. This ‘crisis’ is not confined to Britain, however.
How obtuse is this policy when applied robotically to left militants who resist Colombia’s murderous rightwing regimes in cahoots with imperialism? Who the hell is advising Chavez?—Eds
“I lived up to my responsibility and we captured him … Those who now want to call me a traitor to the global Marxist-Leninist cause, well that’s fine.”—Hugo Chavez
Jun 3rd 2011, by Franklin Rosales - Venezuelanalysis.com
Editor’s Note: We have included as a bonus feature a strong critical commentary on Chavez’ foreign policy by a respected Venezuelan revolutionist, a member of UNETE, Roberto López Sanchez. Unfortunately, the material is in Spanish so you’ll have to use our translator utility to obtain a workable version in English. Just click on the TRANSLATE link above left.
Mérida, June 3rd, 2011 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Yesterday Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez reiterated his assertions that all outlawed organizations based in neighboring Colombia “must respect” Venezuela’s territorial sovereignty.
Referring to right-wing paramilitary groups, drug trafficking cartels, and leftist guerrilla organizations involved in the decades-long conflict in Colombia, Chávez said that his government “can not permit the presence of any illegal armed groups in Venezuela.” Chávez’s comments came just days after Venezuelan authorities detained another suspected member of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), provoking new criticisms from the Venezuelan and international left.
Why is the Chavez government collaborating with the ultra-reactionary Colombian regimes and betraying FARC members? Is this a case of extreme “realpolitik” to avoid further encroachment by the imperial forces, through what is obviously appeasement, or just a very bad idea? If Pres. Chavez thinks that he can keep his class enemies at bay by handing over FARC personnel to their sworn enemies, he’s sadly mistaken. In any case, Chavez’ foreign policy is clearly in need of finetuning as to side automatically with “the enemy of my enemy” may not make for an intelligent long-term course. And why not give such FARC militants the option of asylum in another nation instead of simply turning them over to Colombia?—Eds.
Jun 2nd 2011, by Franklin Rosales – Venezuelanalysis.com
Mérida, June 2nd 2011 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – On Tuesday Venezuelan authorities detained another suspected member of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), promising to extradite 57-year old Guillermo Enrique Torres (aka Julián Conrado, or “The Singer”) to neighboring Colombia in the coming days. In what has become a repeated occurrence in recent months, Venezuelan and Colombian authorities are said to have worked together to capture the suspected rebel.
Torres, a leftist singer-songwriter from Colombia, was first thought to have been killed during Colombia’s 2008 raid on a FARC encampment in Ecuador. DNA evidence later proved that the victim was not Torres but an Ecuadorian civilian.
We reproduce below a letter received by our fellow progressive site, The World Socialist Web Site on the referenced issue. The letter is eloquent and self-explanatory so it requires no further introduction.—Eds
9 June 2011
AS AN ACTIVE Florida RN [Registered Nurse] with over 34 years experience in three states, I would like to add a comment or two regarding your May 17, 2011, article “Florida to restructure Medicaid to benefit insurance industry.”
I am currently working as a complex case manager for a Florida HMO [Health Maintenance Organization] Medicaid company. I feel it is important to add that the majority of the HMO Medicaid providers offer their patients substandard care. They are rapidly closing their panels to new Medicaid patients. Is it because of the low reimbursement they receive, their lacking of medical expertise, or their just not really caring about the welfare of people, especially the poor?