Friday, March 14
5pm - Gather at CNN, 10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan
6pm - March to FOX News, 49 St. & 6 Ave.
Actions are also planned in Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix and other cities - details to come.
Called by International Action Center - for updates, go to IACenter.org
New York City: Sara Flounders speaks on Ukraine
'Not Another War! What They Are Not Telling Us'
Monday, March 10 - 7pm
Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave., Manhattan
Ukraine: Citizens take #Lugansk oblast administration and demand #March16 referendum
According to recent reports, the demonstrators stormed the Municipal Administration building in Lugansk on Sunday, brought down the Ukrainian flag and hoisted the Russian one instead.
They also urged authorities to hold a referendum over joining Russia.
Meanwhile, Lugansk’s governor has fled the city, and a pro-Russian figure has been elected as the city’s new governor, Russian media reported.
Pro-Russia rallies are also being held in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk and across the autonomous region of Crimea.
As the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster nears, tens of thousands rallied in the country’s capital Sunday to protest against the nuclear industry and speak out against the government’s plans to resume nuke energy production to power the economy.
"I felt it’s important that we continue to raise our voice whenever possible," Yasuro Kawai, a 66-year-old businessman from Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, told AFP.
"Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants. If we continue this zero nuclear status and if we make efforts to promote renewable energy and invest in energy saving technology, I think it’s possible to live without nuclear," Kawai added.
Protesters gathered in Hibiya Park, located close to government buildings, and marched around the national parliament.
On March 11, Japan will mark the grim anniversary of the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the country’s north, causing a huge tsunami that swept the northern Pacific coastline in 2011. Over 15,800 people were killed in the disaster and 2,636 remain missing.
The tsunami also triggered the failure of Fukushima nuclear plant’s cooling systems, which in turn led to meltdowns and leaks of radioactive material in the region. Engineers say it will take about 40 years to dismantle the crippled reactors.
Fukushima’s clean-up has been going through hard times throughout the past three years. In the latest incident, just over a week ago, the clean-up system’s alarm went off to alert that one of the cleaning pumps had stopped working.
We condemn the murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, an Anakbayan member in Abra, his father Licuben and his brother Edie by members of the Philippines Army 41st Infantry Battalion last March 2. The three were gagged, tied-up, killed, and then buried in a shallow grave where they were discovered.
Fermin was supposed to give a testimony regarding how the military forcibly used him as a ‘guide’ (and more likely, as a human shield) by the 41st IB in its operations against the New People’s Army.
Given the recent attacks in the mainstream media by members of the military against ANAKBAYAN, there is clearly only one group in the entire country with an interest in assassinating our members.
Due to the fact that it is the U.S-Aquino regime itself which perpetuates this heinous crimes, we call on the Filipino people, including the revolutionary movement in the countryside, to exact justice for Fermin.
Justice for Fermin Ligiw! Justice for all victims of human rights violations!
Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, @venzie
The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized western governments and media for turning a blind eye on alarming incidents in Ukraine, including a gun attack on a pro-Russian rally in the city of Kharkov.
According to eyewitness reports, some seven or eight masked people drove a mini-van to a Saturday rally in central Kharkov, which was demanding a regional referendum on whether it should follow Crimea’s suit and seek joining Russia.
The men armed with bats and handguns ambushed three activists, who were returning from the rally.
“They threatened to kill us. I covered my head so they hit me on the hands. We barely realized what was happening,” one of the victims told Live News tabloid.
The attackers fired several shots in the scuffle, wounding one of the pro-Russian activists in the back. The injury was not life-threatening.
The aggression is one of several incidents, which, according to the Russian foreign ministry, are overlooked in the west. It also cited the detainment and deportation of seven Russian journalists from Ukraine over alleged biased reporting.
There is also the blockade of border travel for Russians living near it, which was recently reported by the Ukrainian border guard service. The service said it banned some 3,500, including 16 journalists, from entering the country, which amounts to about 500 people each day.
“The shamefaced silence of our western partners, rights groups and foreign media is baffling,” the ministry statement said.
Photo: A woman holds a banner reading “Kharkiv, Donetsk, Sevastopol” as opponents of Ukraine coup attend a rally under the statue of Lenin in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on March 8, 2014
By David Hungerford
The crisis in Ukraine is driven by outside forces, the U.S. and the European Union. Their aim is to gain control of the country and plunder it of everything they can get their hands on. …
[Russian President] Putin said: “President Yanukovych, through the mediation of the Foreign Ministers of three European countries – Poland, Germany and France – and in the presence of my representative (this was the Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin) signed an agreement with the opposition on February 21. I would like to stress that under that agreement (I am not saying this was good or bad, just stating the fact) Mr Yanukovych actually handed over power. He agreed to all the opposition’s demands: he agreed to early parliamentary elections, to early presidential elections, and to return to the 2004 Constitution, as demanded by the opposition.” [see note 3].
On the basis of its imposition by the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland, the Feb. 21 coup d’etat has been called Munich II. The reference is to the infamous Munich Conference of September, 1938 in which Britain, with the cooperation of France and Italy, connived to hand the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia over to Adolf Hitler. The joint aim was to provide Hitler with a corridor to the east by which he could infiltrate, subvert and break up Ukraine prior to a full invasion of the Soviet Union.
Munich ended what little hope there was to avoid World War II.
At about the same time as the March 4 press conference, Russia moved 6000 troops into the Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that is the southernmost region of Ukraine. U.S. President Barack Obama reacted by saying, “Since the Russian intervention, we’ve been mobilizing the international community to condemn this violation of international law and to support the people and government of Ukraine.” He also threatened sanctions.
Obama’s statement was a strange thing coming from the government with the worst record in the world for violations of other countries’ sovereignty. Russia has large military bases in Ukraine and by treaty has rights to station up to 25,000 servicepersons there. The troop movement was within the treaty limits, therefore lawful.
The Russian reaction to the U.S. threats was fury, in the government and among the people [see note 4]. The parliament passed a measure allowing Mr. Putin full authority to take whatever military action he felt necessary. A plebiscite for independence from Ukraine is scheduled for Crimea on March 16. Crimean secession would unsettle the grip of the junta. The war of words is heating up but there is little the U.S. can do.
The U.S. has landed itself in another quagmire. It has seized control of a heavily indebted country it cannot bail out except through draconian measures that would further rouse the people. It has gained power through the neo-Nazi Svoboda and Right Sector, and this will place it conflict with the broad masses of people.