Hugo Chávez’ Speech At University of Havana 1994 with English Subtitles
| April 24, 2015 | 10:16 pm | Analysis, Cuba, Hugo Chavez, Imperialism, Venezuela | No comments

Why the CIA Won’t Give Up on Venezuela Interview with Eva Golinger

Response to “Liberals Bernie Sanders and Al Franken Win As Comcast Drops Time Warner Bid”
| April 24, 2015 | 10:06 pm | Bernie Sanders, political struggle | No comments
By A. Shaw
Sen. Bernie Sander and allies fight and win a big battle for the US people, a victory that may impede further erosion of the people’s First Amendment rights.
The dominant tendency today in the sphere of bourgeois propaganda is the concentration of the ownership and control of almost all of the bourgeois media into the hands of a half dozen companies or less.
Only six companies now control 90% of the bourgeois media in the USA. In the USA, the bourgeois media is often called the “US media,” even though the US people, the USA state, and mass of civil society have absolutely no say in the operation of the so called “US media.”
The  six companies that now control 90% of the bourgeois propaganda are:
(I) Comcast
(2) News-Corp
(3)Disney
(4)Viacom
(5)Time Warner
(6) CBS
These six companies control almost everything you read, watch, or listen to. The result is the US people are perhaps the most brainwashed and the most intellectually oppressed people in the world.
These six companies are dissatisfied that they control only 90% of the so-called “US media” and bourgeois propaganda.
They want 100% control!
And, they want 100% control by fewer than six companies.
Comcast wanted to consume Time Warner, leaving on five companies in control of 90% of the bourgeois media in the USA.
“The liberal senators who stood up in opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner merger scored a major victory as Comcast has pulled out of the planned deal,”  Jason Easley of PoliticusUSA reported.
It’s is not an accident that “liberal” senators blocked the Comcast-Time Warner merger. Almost all of the concentration of control and capital in the US market for propaganda ends up in the hands of the reactionary, conservative, Nazi, rotten, and animalistic sector of the bourgeoisie, not in the hands of the US bourgeoisie as a whole.
 According to PoliticusUSA reporter Jason Easley:
“Sen. Sanders (I-VT) reacted to the news by saying, “The report that Comcast is backing away from its bid to take over Time Warner Cable is good news for American consumers. The level of media consolidation in America already is unacceptable and it would have been extremely dangerous for one company to control 57 percent of the broadband Internet market, 30 percent of the cable market and dominate 19 of the 20 largest U.S metropolitan areas.”
In 1983, only 32 years ago, 53 companies owned 90% of bourgeois media. Now, the number of companies has shrunk to six.
Hillary Clinton did not deign to enter the fray because she takes political contributions from the six companies that own 90% of the media and from the companies’ top executives.
Say No to political terror against Nikolaev Communists!

 

Statement of Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine

CP Ukraine

On the 23rd of April 2015 the Secret Service of Ukraine officers forcibly entered into the premises of the Nikolaev regional committee (obkom) of CPU and conducted a search based on falsified allegations. At the moment the first secretary of the CPU’s Nikolaev obkom – a deputy of a number of convocations of the Parliament – Vladimir Iosifovich Matveev is being interrogated in the premises of the local administration unit of the SSU. There is only one goal: to obtain information – using blackmail and intimidation – concerning ostensible “terrorist” activity of CPU.

The Presidium of the Central Committee of CPU regards these events in Nikolaev as a further crime of the ruling regime, the new link in the chain of repressions and persecution of dissents, hunt of peace supporters and defenders of the destitute and depressed people of Ukraine.

The Presidium of the Central Committee of CPU declares that the provocative actions of power structures against CPU are designed to distract people’s attention from the catastrophic consequences of the national-oligarchic regime’s policy failure.

The country is sinking in blood of fratricidal war which led to tens of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, 25% of industrial potential loss, destruction of Donbas life-support infrastructure. The policy of genocide is factually being conducted against 14 million pensioners. The unemployment rate is reaching dangerous levels. Despite the fact that pensions and salaries are “frozen” at the moment, we are witnessing an unprecedented rise of prices for essential goods, medicines and communal services tariffs. Having descended to an indecent level, the regime in order to defend itself is trying to outlive those who do not comply with their politics, those who fight for Ukraine’s integrity but view it differently from the their point of view.

The Presidium of the Central Committee is decisively protesting against the attempt of nationalists and oligarchs – in breach of international legal norms – to “privatize” the right for patriotism, freedom of speech, ideology, spread of information, conduction of peaceful protests.

The Presidium of the Central Committee is demanding to immediately cease the political terror against the first secretary of the Nikolaev obkom comrade Matveev V.I. and other Communists from Nikolaev, and the Communist Party as a whole.

The Presidium

of the Central Committee of

the Communist Party of Ukraine

Liberals Bernie Sanders and Al Franken Win As Comcast Drops Time Warner Bid
| April 24, 2015 | 9:54 pm | Analysis, Bernie Sanders, political struggle | No comments
Source: PoliticusUSA
 April, 23rd, 2015
The liberal senators who stood up in opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner merger scored a major victory as Comcast has pulled out of the planned deal.
Sen. Sanders (I-VT) reacted to the news by saying, “The report that Comcast is backing away from its bid to take over Time Warner Cable is good news for American consumers. The level of media consolidation in America already is unacceptable and it would have been extremely dangerous for one company to control 57 percent of the broadband Internet market, 30 percent of the cable market and dominate 19 of the 20 largest U.S metropolitan areas.”
Sen. Franken (D-MN) said, “I’ve been opposed to this deal since it was first announced, and I’m glad that over the last 15 months, more and more people have come to see it the way I do. This transaction would create a telecom behemoth that would lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and even worse service. We need more competition in this space, not less. If reports of the collapse of the deal are true, it would be a huge victory for American consumers.”
Sen. Franken was correct. Getting Comcast to drop their monopolistic Time Warner deal is a great win for consumers, but it was the pressure generated by Senate liberals that turned up the heat on the deal.
The power of the liberal movement in this country was flexed in the outrage generated by the potential creation of the largest cable company in the country. Outside of the extreme concentration of wealth at the top, and the staggering disparity in income inequality, the death of the free market is a one of the biggest problems facing the U.S. economy.
The objections of the FCC and the Department of Justice caused Comcast to pull the plug, but it was liberal outrage that started and fueled the fire. Liberals killed a huge deal for two of the biggest corporations in the country.
This is a good day for the left, and a moment that cements that it is the liberal movement in this country who are the real defenders of consumers and free market competition.
Obama is a criminal and a holocaust denier
| April 23, 2015 | 9:37 pm | political struggle | No comments

Obama is a criminal . You see his track record on drone strikes. What ‘s to be expected of Lester Crown’s shoeshine boy

groomed by Rahm Emmanuel ?  I am not blind and I have no illusions.

Almost 50 years ago I graduated from Brockton High School in Massachusetts. My best teacher was John Tashjian, a

survivor of the genocide of 1915.  I still owe this gentle and gigantic soul a great deal. We read the best books and he

saw to it that we could formulate ourselves orally and writing before he sent us out into the world.  There wasn’t very

much contact after graduation. Years later I learned that he had died suddenly in 1974.  I didn’t know that when I left

flowers at the memorial in Yerevan over 30 years ago.  I shall very likely travel again to Armenia within the next two

years.

I have been an expatriate for almost 45 years.  No reason at this late date to come back except to visit relatives,

friends , and eventually go to a class reunion next year.  John Tashjian will always be with me reminding me of

the genocide committed against Armenians , as well as First Peoples, Africans during slavery and in the Congo , Jews and

many others.

Anybody with any decency will stop for a minute of silence on Friday to remember the Armenian victims of

1915.

Andre Brochu

Back to old tactics: US envoy tweets ‘Russian BUKs in Ukraine’ with pic of Moscow show
| April 23, 2015 | 9:32 pm | Analysis, political struggle, Russia, Ukraine | No comments

Back to old tactics: US envoy tweets ‘Russian BUKs in Ukraine’ with pic of Moscow show

Published time: April 24, 2015 00:48

U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

 

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has claimed that Russia’s military is continuing to expand its presence in eastern Ukraine. As for proof, Pyatt posted a two-year-old picture of an air defense system from an air show near Moscow.

“This is the highest concentration of Russia air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since August,” the ambassador tweeted, attaching a picture of BUK-M2 missile defense system apparently taken at the International Aviation and Space Show MAKS-2013, which actually took place just outside Moscow.

Twitter users lashed out at Pyatt’s post – which he wrote in Ukrainian – implying that the diplomat deliberately used a fake image.

This is not the first time Pyatt was caught posting seemingly deceptive images on his Twitter account. Last September, he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine. The pictures he provided turned out to be outdated.

READ MORE: US envoy to Ukraine caught posting fake images on Twitter

In a more recent incident, Pyatt posted on Twitter what he said were satellite photos proving there are Russian artillery systems stationed near the town of Lomuvatka, Ukraine, about 20 kilometers northeast of Debaltsevo.

In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense said the claims by the ambassador were “crystal ball gazing.”

“We have failed to understand how those grainy dark patches in the photos published by US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on his Twitter feed could prove anything,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry stated.

In the beginning of 2014, a leaked conversation implicated Pyatt and US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland discussing Ukrainian opposition leaders’ roles in the country’s future government.

“F**k the EU,” Nuland allegedly said in the phone call with Pyatt, which was taped and posted on YouTube in February of last year.

READ MORE: ’F**k the EU': Snr US State Dept. official caught in alleged phone chat on Ukraine

The four-minute video – titled ‘Maidan puppets,’ referring to the Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital – was uploaded by an anonymous user and the origin of the recording remains unclear.