HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROSA LUXEMBURG!
you were, you are, you shall be!
NKVD Headquarters (Bolshoi Dom)
Saint-Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia
Noi Trotsky, Alexander Gegello, Andrey Ol, 1932
March 5, 1931: Founding of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV)
Long live the Communist Party of Venezuela! Chávez lives, the struggle continues!
Opponents of President Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division prevailed in blocking his confirmation Wednesday, as he failed to clear a procedural hurdle.
Several Senate Democrats joined with Republicans in voting against Debo Adegbile, whose nomination was adamantly and vocally opposed by conservatives due to his participation in an appeal filed on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal — an internationally-known prisoner convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
The vote was expected to be close — with Vice President Biden on hand to potentially cast a tie-breaking vote — but the final tally was 47-52 in opposition to the appointment.
Mark Weisbrot: Venezuela’s struggle is widely misrepresented in western media. This is a classic conflict between right and left, rich and poor
March 5, 2013: Death of Comrade Hugo Chavez, leader of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.
"Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías breathed his last breath one year ago today. He was only 59. The untimely death of this brilliant human being was a sad loss for humanity, and leaves a gap which is very difficult to fill. One has to guard against hero worship and the Hollywood-style individualised version of history, but there’s no denying that certain people - through their strength of purpose, their understanding, their determination, their heroism, their leadership skills, their creative brilliance, their charisma, their devotion to the people - play an outstanding role.
"Hugo Chávez was such a person. He worked ceaselessly in pursuit of his vision: for a socialist Venezuela; for a united and sovereign Latin America; and for a fair, multipolar world order free from imperialist domination. His vision was infectious, and served to inspire people around the world. He breathed life into a global revolutionary process that had been little in evidence since the upswing of the 1970s (Mozambique, Angola, Chile (1970-73), Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe). In the intervening period we saw the decline and fall of the ‘Eastern Bloc’, the rise of neoliberal economics, the spread of ‘structural adjustment’, the genocidal impact of HIV/AIDS, and a deep disillusionment among much of the left. The Bolivarian Revolution brought new hope. Who wouldn’t be inspired by the successes of a socialist-oriented programme that prioritised the needs of millions of ordinary people: the slum-dwellers, the workers, the peasants, the unemployed, the indigenous, the African, the disenfranchised - the type of people that politicians rarely thought about in this Washington-led ‘new world order’.
"Furthermore, Chávez understood that countries do not exist in isolation and that the Bolivarian Revolution couldn’t survive alone in the face of the enemy to the north. Venezuela’s example and support has been decisive for the progressive governments in Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Argentina. Chávez pursued the deepest of ties with socialist Cuba. He was a friend to the entire socialist and non-aligned world, from China to Zimbabwe, from South Africa to Belurus, from Iran to Brazil, from Syria to Vietnam. When it was deeply unfashionable to do so, he defended Libya and Syria from Nato-led regime change campaigns. In a world of cowardice and fickleness, he stood up and said: "I am not a coward, I am not fickle."
"His work and his example will stay with us forever. Work like Chávez!"
Via Carlos Martinez
Former Baltimore Black Panther leader released from prison after more than four decades
March 4, 2014
Former Baltimore Black Panther leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway was released from prison on Tuesday. Conway was convicted of gunning down Baltimore City Police officer Donald Sager in 1969.
Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston released the following statement; “Today is a monumental day for the thousands of Marylanders and millions around the world that have championed the release of Marshall “Eddie” Conway for a very long time. The release of Conway after four decades of imprisonment is an important page turner in this tragic story. The Baltimore NAACP has been supporting Conway’s release for decades and now a new chapter begins for Marshall “Eddie” Conway, his family and supporters. Our prayers remain with him as he makes the transition to freedom.”
On January 15, 1971 Conway was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of the first degree murder of Sager and two counts of assault with intent to murder Baltimore Police officers Stanley Sierakowski and Roger Nolan. He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years. A ruling handed down by Maryland’s highest court that found jury instructions were unconstitutional up until 1980.
Hundreds of convictions could be affected by the appeal filed by cop killer Merle Unger. Unger has since been retried and remains in prison to this day, sentenced to life.
According to Conway’s settlement agreement during his incarceration he earned a bachelor’s degree from Coppin University and will now be employed in the field of publishing and printing.
Victory to Eddie Conway! Release all political prisoners!
— Badiou, Alain, The Century (Polity, 2007) p.108 (via becoming-vverevvolf)
Cabinet agreed to all the conditions of the IMF
From Communist Party of Ukraine, March 3, 2014:
The newly installed Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is ready for implementation of all items in the mandatory program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure a loan. This was announced during a meeting with the European Business Association, said Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, RBC-Ukraine.
"This government will fulfill all the conditions of the International Monetary Fund for the simple reason that we have no other choice," - said Yatsenyuk.
Today it is difficult to find materials that shed light on the basic provisions of the IMF program for Ukraine.
We have to refer to the data released by Wikileaks. According to the correspondence of American diplomats, which was announced on the website WikiLeaks, the decision to grant Ukraine a loan from the International Monetary Fund for a total of $16 billion is dependent on a list of reforms that were originally approved by the U.S., and subsequently submitted to the IMF. Among them in the first place - pension reform.
As the WikiLeaks documents reveal, even under the old regime, a Ukrainian interlocutor for U.S. Ambassador John Tefft had prepared a program of development of Ukrainian reforms and gave it to the United States. Those, in turn, approved and passed the program of the IMF, who insisted on them as a condition for Ukraine receiving the loan.
According to WikiLeaks, this list of reforms demanded of Ukraine includes:
1. Raise the retirement age - two years for men, three for women. Eliminate the right to early retirement including for hazardous enterprises.
2. Eliminate the institution of special retirement benefits, which are allocated to scientists, government officials, managers of state enterprises. Restrict working pensioners. Set retirement age for army officers at 60 years.
3. Raise the price of gas for municipal enterprises by 50%, twice for private consumers. Increase the cost of electricity by 40%. Increase the excise on petrol by 60 euros.
4. Cancel benefits and raise taxes on transportation by 50%. Not to raise the living wage (cost of living), balancing the social situation from this point with subsidies.
5. Privatize all mines and abolish all subsidies. Repeal benefits for municipal utilities, transportation and other things. Cancellation of state support of free meals and textbooks.
6. Limit the practice of simplified taxation. Abolish VAT exemptions in the countryside. Oblige pharmacies and pharmacists to pay VAT.
7. Lift the moratorium on sale of agricultural land. Cancel subsidies to producers of pork and chicken.
8. Reduce the size of ministries to 14. Leave only one vice-premier. Cancel the post of Minister of the Cabinet. Subdue all public authorities ministries. Tax Administration of Customs, the State Property Fund should enter the ministry of finance.
9. Limit excessive salaries of public officials.
10. Unemployment benefits should be assessed only after a minimum period of six months of work. Sick pay at 70% of salary, but not below the subsistence level. Sick pay starting from the third day of illness.
Yatsenyuk stressed that the authorities initiate unpopular decisions that are transforming the social sphere. In addition, the public should prepare for tax hikes.
The IMF mission will arrive in Kiev next week.
Almost every item on the program tightens the noose around the neck of ordinary people.
Exposed: the real EuroMaidan program — privatization, price-hikes and poverty for the masses.