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A forum for meaningful dialogue between people affiliated to or supportive of left wing politics....communism/socialism/anarchism/syndicalism etc. It's essentially meant to be an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist forum.

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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 3, 2010 at 5:29pm
[If this were true it would explain a lot of talk vs. action contradictory behavior. -- Gary]

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Obama And His Family Tied To CIA For Years, Investigative Reporter Says
September 3, 2010
in Analysis, Intelligence
By Sherwood Ross

President Obama, as well as his mother, father, step-father and grandmother — all were connected to the Central Intelligence Agency—possibly explaining why the President praises the "Agency" and declines to prosecute its officials for their crimes, an investigative reporter says. ...

http://inteldaily.com/2010/09/is-obama-a-cia-asset/
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 19, 2010 at 12:19pm
Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 by CommonDreams.org

Dear Mr. President...

by Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/17-8
Comment by DemonHype on August 4, 2010 at 11:37am
The government wants unemployed people because there is no draft and it is running out of soldiers to fight its splendid little war. I am disappointed that the American people, whose forefathers were known to declare "give me liberty or give me death!", are eager and willing to do anything for a grubby crust of bread. Just look at the travesty that is drug testing! The government is subsidizing the private sector to withhold the means of food and shelter unless the employees or potential employees surrender their right to protection from unreasonable search and seizure. This is the definition of fascism--when the corporations and the state work together to deprive the people of their rights!
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 4, 2010 at 10:05am
"The belief in a political Utopia is especially dangerous. This is possibly connected with the fact that the search for a better world, like the investigation of our environment, is (if I am correct) one of the oldest and most important of all the instincts." -- Karl Popper in "In Search of a Better World" (1994)
-- Karl Popper on Utopia
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 27, 2010 at 9:41am
Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project

Analysis

For the first time in nearly nine years of what the government has called a "war on terrorism," the Supreme Court on June 21 [2010] ruled decisively in the government's favor — but still stopped short of providing an unqualified victory. The Court ruled, by a 6-3 vote, that IT DOES NOT VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BLOCK SPEECH AND OTHER FORMS OF ADVOCACY SUPPORTING A FOREIGN ORGANIZATION that has been officially labeled as terrorist, EVEN if the aim is to support such a group’s peaceful or humanitarian actions.

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project - ScotusWiki
Brief of the Carter Center, Christian Peacemakers, Human Rights Watch, et al. in Support of Humanitarian Law Project, et al. ...
http://www.scotuswiki.com/index.php?...Humanitarian_Law_Project

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project | Center for Constitutional Rights
Jun 21, 2010 ... CCR's plaintiffs include the Humanitarian Law Project, a human rights organization that seeks to provide training in human rights ...
http://ccrjustice.org/holder-v-humanitarian-law-project
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 7, 2010 at 6:42am
[USA] Republicans Want as Many Unemployed People as Possible,
Because They Think It Will Get Them Elected

From now until Nov. 2, the Republican Party will be the party of unemployment.
Dean Baker / The Guardian

READ MORE

http://www.alternet.org/story/147447/
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 5, 2010 at 2:28pm
Punishing the Jobless: USA. New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/opinion/05krugman.html

July 4, 2010
Punishing the Jobless
By PAUL KRUGMAN

There was a time when everyone took it for granted that unemployment insurance, which normally terminates after 26 weeks, would be extended in times of persistent joblessness. It was, most people agreed, the decent thing to do.

But that was then. Today, American workers face the worst job market since the Great Depression, with five job seekers for every job opening, with the average spell of unemployment now at 35 weeks. Yet the Senate went home for the holiday weekend without extending benefits. How was that possible?

The answer is that we’re facing a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Nothing can be done about the first group, and probably not much about the second. But maybe it’s possible to clear up some of the confusion.

By the heartless, I mean Republicans ...

...

But won't extending unemployment benefits worsen the budget deficit? Yes, slightly — but as I and others have been arguing at length, penny-pinching in the midst of a severely depressed economy is no way to deal with our long-run budget problems. And penny-pinching at the expense of the unemployed is cruel as well as misguided.

So, is there any chance that these arguments will get through? Not, I fear, to Republicans: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something," said Upton Sinclair, "when his salary" — or, in this case, his hope of retaking Congress — "depends upon his not understanding it." But there are also centrist Democrats who have bought into the arguments against helping the unemployed. It's up to them to step back, realize that they have been misled — and do the right thing by passing extended benefits. ...

More on line:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/opinion/05krugman.html
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 5, 2010 at 1:10pm
Human Interest story...

Oldest living Pullman porter looks back

Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, began working for Union Pacific in 1936. The railroad job helped him lift his family into the middle class.

By Ann M. Simmons

The Los Angeles Times

July 5, 2010

When Lee Wesley Gibson began his new job as a coach attendant with Union Pacific Railroad in 1936, the country was in the grips of the Great Depression.

Millions of Americans were out of work. Like so many others around the country, Gibson moved from Texas to California in search of new opportunities. Within a year he landed a job with the railroad in his new hometown, Los Angeles.

It was the beginning of a 38-year journey, during which he traveled the country and ultimately landed a much-coveted job as a Pullman porter, one of the uniformed railway men who served first-class passengers traveling in luxurious sleeping cars. ...

MORE on line at Los Angeles Times ( latimes.com )

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pullman-porter-20100705,0,7...
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on June 30, 2010 at 8:37am
announcement: Keynote speaker to be Noam Chomsky

anti-War conference in New York.

http://nationalpeaceconference.org/Home_Page.html


Voters for Peace is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the conference along with 28 other organizations. I'll be participating in a discussion about whether a right-left alliance against war and empire is necessary and useful. The key note speaker for the conference is Noam Chomsky. You can see more about the conference
at: www.nationalpeaceconference.org .

The United States finds itself in two long wars - Iraq and Afghanistan - and with attacks escalating in Pakistan along with threats against Iran. Dick Cheney called the "war on terror" the "long war" and projected it lasting generations. This is a time for unity in action against perpetual U.S. wars. Unless Americans who oppose war come together and in a concerted and consistent way - we will continue to see our nation always at war, draining resources, resulting in needless deaths, undermining the economy and making a mockery of the rule of law.

You can register for the conference
here: http://nationalpeaceconference.org/Conference_Registration.html .
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on June 29, 2010 at 11:02am
liberal religious and social justice, the concerns are mutual...

Should I Quit Being Christian? Some Questions for the New Atheists

THE NEW ATHEISTS NEGATE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE IN THE REFORMING OF RELIGION AND THE RESISTING OF INJUSTICE.
By Be Scofield / Tikkun

http://www.alternet.org/story/147357/

June 28, 2010 | on Alternet.org

[Scofield] ... I'm a liberal religious person who doesn't believe in doctrines, dogma or a supernatural God. 19% of members in my tradition identify as atheist, 30% as agnostic and the rest Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Pagan or otherwise. Many of us have been wounded by the bigotry, homophobia and dogma in the religions we grew up in and find refuge, support and community in my tradition. We come together on Sunday mornings to enjoy music and hear sermons about social justice, the power of community and how to live inspiring and meaningful lives. ...

article on line: READ MORE:
http://www.alternet.org/story/147357/

[Note: I, who posted this article and not the author, personally dislike the name "new atheist." Atheists were just as succinct and outspoken back in the time of "Classical Greece" and all through history. Read "Doubt: A History" by Jennifer MichaelHecht. The problem I've encountered in Los Angeles is too many people in Atheists United are so immersed in their atheist cult they have now concept of social justice. I had to explain to one 30+ year old young lady who Martin Luther King was! The only social issue she was familiar with was the cause of atheist and anti-religion. -- Gary .]
 

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