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The term "Democracy" has been preached as a form of Government "Of the people, For the people and By the people." If Democracy truly were to be as described above, namely as a civilian democracy, then why would such an ideal system not rescue mankind from the ills of unemployment, poverty, starvation, etc. Why has there been a situation of uncontrolled corruption (legal and illegal)? Why do political parties just change their roles in every election and the suffering of the masses keep rising in spite of the election of a candidate of their choice? Do political parties truly act as elected representatives of the people who vote for them? How do these supposed servants of local people become their arrogant masters? What are the loopholes in the current democratic system that makes it a government of politicians who have no care for the people, but are primarily serve their own interests? What reforms are needed to have a meaningful Democratic system, namely Civilian Democracy, and put an end once and for all to the current form of Political Democracy - A Foolocracy? These questions take on urgency as there seems to be a repeat telecast of frenzied talk about Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Syria and decision to invade Syria without waiting for UN inspectors to reveal the result of their investigation of use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.
Fifteen years ago, on Sept. 12, 1998, the FBI raided the homes of five Cuban men living in Miami, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, and indicted them on trumped-up charges of espionage conspiracy and related charges. The U.S. government knew that the Five were in the United States monitoring the actions of Miami-based, U.S.-backed terrorist Cuban exile organizations that operate with impunity against the people of Cuba. It was fully aware that the men had no weapons and had never harmed any individual.
Some say a diplomatic agreement between Obama and Putin is the only way a USA ‘intervention’ in Syria can be permanently avoided. Should talks between the two countries go sour, recent coverage of the Russian treatment of Queers could help provide the public support Obama needs to defame Russia and justify a preemptive strike that doesn’t have Russian approval. Publishing negative press about Russia, at this point in time, should be taken seriously, as it may have the unintended consequence of drumming up public frustration about Russia at a time when diplomacy is needed.
Civil Rights veteran, Rev. James Lawson addressed the AFL-CIO's Diversity Conference in Los Angeles 9/7/13. In a brief interview with GRITtv's Laura Flanders, he described what he believes labor is up against: "plantation capitalism."
NEW YORK, NY - Infertility patients, women's health advocates and medical professionals are launching a national initiative to draw long over-due attention to the rarely reported enduring traumas, societal impacts, health risks and myths associated with infertility, childlessness and assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments--including annual global failure rates as high as 77 percent in 2012 (1).
Fashion chains Mango and Benetton today face heavy criticism for shunning discussions on compensation for Bangladeshi victims of the Rana Plaza disaster, despite both retailers admitting to have recent orders or production in factories located in the building.
The charity War on Want slammed Mango and Benetton for their failure to take part in the negotiations, after reports that neither have met the deadline to confirm their attendance at the talks, which the International Labour Organisation will host tomorrow in the Swiss city Geneva.
It warns that injured workers, and families whose breadwinners died at Rana Plaza, face destitution unless they get full compensation from retailers that sourced from the factories in the block.
SACRAMENTO - Five peace advocates convicted of trespassing at a demonstration opposing the Obama Administrations killer drone program at Beale AFB near Marysville were sentenced hereMonday to only 10 hours community service – after they said they rather go to prison than accept a fine and probation.
Judge Carolyn Delaney listened to passionate statements (below this release) by the defendants, who told the judge they were willing to go to federal prison rather than pay any fines or accept 3 years probation. They faced up to six months in federal prison and a $5,000 fine each for trespassing at Beale.
On Friday, September 6, 2013 dozens witnessed in front of the White House, a live force-feed of 52-year-old Andres Conteris on his 61st day of a water-only hunger strike. Thousands more would watch from home via live stream, RT and Huffington Post. Conteris began a hunger strike on July 8, 2013 in solidarity with Guantánamo Bay and the California prison, Pelican Bay. Among the dozens of witnesses was a crowd of international press covering the event. American press was absent with the exception of Ryan J. Reilly, a justice reporter for The Huffington Post who earlier this spring, traveled to Guantánamo.
All agree that chemical weapons were used (even Assad agrees); the Administration says that we have overwhelming evidence that Assad's forces deployed these chemicals (Assad denies).
1. What evidence exists to specifically lay blame on Assad's forces and NOT on Hezbollah or Al-Qaeda forces operating in Syria? Just because the chemicals were detonated in a “rebel” controlled neighborhood doesn’t mean Assad’s forces deployed them. Could it be that Hezbollah or Al-Qaeda groups had (smuggled in? or pilfered from Assad’s storage depots?) these chemical weapons, and they were used to heighten tensions or exploded prematurely by accident?