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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro

By: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

A NOTE TO ALL WRB READERS:

“Disinformation by Omission”: Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro’s Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search).
This letter is addressed to the People of America. Please forward this text far and wide, across the land.

Americans can then make up their mind. “Am I in favor or against the Trump administration’s resolve to intervene militarily against Venezuela?”

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If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality.

I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

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By: Michael Brenner

On the San Francisco docks back in the old days, the longshoremen’s vocabulary included the term “Portuguese lift.” This was at a time when the stevedore’s work was only partly mechanized, so much of the hauling and pulling – and lifting was done manually. The slanderous phrase referred to workers who didn’t quite shoulder their fair share of the load while seemingly doing so. It was supposedly a way to lighten what one had to do while leaving to others the larger share of responsibility to get the job done.

Colloquial ethnic insults like that were common through the forties and fifties.

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A Simple Mind At Work!!!

A Simple Mind At Work!!!

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By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

“They’ll Have to Carry Me Out”.

 

“They’ll have to carry me out”, says J.R., another proud war veteran, who has been here since day one.  Like so many of the nice people I have interviewed today, J.R. echoes a familiar theme.  No one I have met or talked to wants violence or will perpetrate violence.  And no one will voluntarily leave.  They want to be carried out.  Arrested or not, in the last four hours very few have broken camp.

Far from it.  Every night the OCCUPY L.A. members hold a general assembly at 7:30 p.m..  Tonight it is packed.  The crowd is well over 2,500.As I walk towards the camp in preparation for the General Assembly I talk with more protestors who are just now arriving.

Here is a representative sample of the waking 99%.  Everywhere there are veterans (lots of veterans), families,... Read More

OCCUPY L.A. :The Story: 24 Hours until eviction? (PART TWO)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

“…Way bigger that OCCUPY Wall Street”.

 

Cairo?   Yemen?   Bahrain?   Libya?   No, this is Los Angeles and this crowd is getting bigger, louder, and more anxious.   There are nine hours to go and the police are ready.   OCCUPY L.A. is also ready.

I have just finished a tour of the OCCUPY L.A. grounds which take up the entire south and north side of the L.A. City Hall.   Ominously, the police department is just 100 feet away, across the street.

My guide for the tour is Andrew, a proud war veteran, who insists on anonymity and the protestors call him “Chef”.   As a veteran and passionate protester he has been here from the start, which is over 7 weeks.   He is involved with security, protection, the sanitation committee, “the raid committee”, and helping provide free meals to all who... Read More

OCCUPY L.A. :The Story: 24 Hours until eviction? (PART ONE)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

     An Activist Gets Off the Couch-

I have two conflicting packing lists as I prepare to document and, at the same time, show my support for the OCCUPY movement despite what appears to be the closing of one of the last OCCUPY camps. Los Angeles Major Villaraigosa and his Police Chief, Charlie Beck, have,  throughout today ( Sunday),  stated on radio and T.V. news that their patience with the OCCUPY LA movement’s experiment with the First Amendment is over in Los Angeles effectively tomorrow ( Monday) at Midnight. This is one of the last remaining, yet largest, OCCUPY protests against the status quo. Conflict is brewing.

My  preparations start with; three pads of paper, six pens ,my digital recorder, my camera, three throw away cameras( insurance?),select CDs, cold weather gear( sans sleeping bag and tent), four sandwiches, and a left-over... Read More

MELT DOWN?! Corporate Greed, Gov’t Corruption, and America’s Own Fukushima Disaster.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

With over $1 billion up for grabs corporate greed need not be concerned with causing a pending nuclear disaster, nor its effect on the homes, businesses, lives, and livelihoods of 8.7million people.

 

At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) public meeting, on October 9, 2012, regarding the re-opening of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), evasive answers, vague assurances, and a conspicuous lack of facts were the corporate responses to accurate concerns and hard evidence presented by hundreds of very concerned southern California residents. The efforts by Southern California Edison (Edison), that owns the “San Onofre” plant, and its co-conspirators, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), was an ongoing example of their extraordinary greed, corporate control, and disregard... Read More

Bankruptcy for the States: Back In Time to Help Your State Steal Your Salary, Benefits, and Pension.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

The threat of the federal government providing State bankruptcy protections has disappeared from the news since it first surfaced, to much republican applause, six months ago. This is an ominous silence.

 

The fiscal crises most states are experiencing will necessitate their need to use bankruptcy protection.  All State employees, or employees whose jobs or pensions exist per contracts with the State, should be alarmed because State bankruptcy protections will suddenly, if not overnight, take away your contractual rights. Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection is currently available only to municipalities. If Chapter 9 is applied to the states it will mean the reduction of any expected pension benefits for current employees and retired former employees. Contracts with current employees and with sub-contractors to the States will also be under the control of... Read More

American Democratic Hypocrisy? – New Muslim Nations; Just Say, “NO!”

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

With the “Arab Spring” in full bloom the mandatory pro-democracy cries from American politicians and pundits cheer this as an American democratic success story in a Muslim world. Democracy? Hopefully. American democracy? Not a chance.

 

When it comes to American foreign-policy there is, apparently, only one type of democracy encouraged, or allowed, in the world. American Democracy.  As with most things American, the times have changed, and American brand democracy is not welcome.

The multitude of examples of American imperialism and aggression in the supposed name of Democracy will always be fresh in the minds of the new fledgling Muslim governments. America has never, in recent memory, supported the people of mid-east nations, unless there was an ulterior motive such as in Iraq. Instead the US has propped up most Arab dictators... Read More

“Kiss Of Death” for Aung San Suu Kyi and Her Myanmar Democracy

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

 

    -The curse of globalization smells the blood of capitalism.

 

On Dec 2, 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought a face of American democracy to Myanmar. In reality Mrs. Clinton was offering the ” kiss of death” for Aung San Suu Kyi’s attempts at  democracy; Globalization. Democracy as branded by current American interests is simply and purely, capitalism, now, being presented to an impoverished Myanmar as globalization, privatization, and corporatization. This flawed, tragic ideology will surely bring to Myanmar the same inherent negative consequences shown in the current American “democratic” condition at home.

 

It’s been 50 years since America had a presence in Burma, which became Myanmar in 1989.Despite Mrs. Clinton’s visit, and her trumpeting of... Read More

Another Death Nail for Democracy Kills 1700 Endangered Wolves:

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

With a stroke of the presidential pen 1700 wolves were sentenced to die.  Never mind that these same wolves have been brought back from regional extinction due to forty years of dedicated work by conservationists.  For the sake of just two congressional votes, President Obama was willing to allow the slaughter of a species. The manner in which, for the first time, this nefarious legislation was slide through should send a dire warning to all who value the remnants of our constitution.

 

The wolf has for centuries been unfairly demonized by the ranchers and cattlemen of the midwest including Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.  Due to legislation in the 1800’s and 1900’s bounties were introduced that literally wiped the North American wolves from the mid-western landscape.   By the 1920s, not a wolf howl was heard south of the Canadian border in these parts of... Read More