I think it’s fine to expose the ruling class hypocrisy of making Mandela into a Gandhi-like figure and to try and bring out the real Mandela, which i think we are doing. More concerned about the real ultralefts (ultraleft in form, right in essence) who are denouncing him, the ANC and SACP for “selling out”, not taking back the land and resources, in the midst of the biggest setback the world working class has ever experienced — the fall of the USSR and its allies.
The irony is that these characters also denounce Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF who did and are doing the very things they chastise the ANC for not doing. You can never live up to the standards of some people who have never made a revolution.
— Bill Dores via Facebook
Singapore — Singapore faced shocking scenes of burning cars and littered streets Monday following a riot by South Asian workers in the worst outbreak of violence in more than 40 years in the tightly controlled city-state.
The hour-long fracas on Sunday night, triggered when an Indian construction worker was struck and killed by a private bus in the Little India district, compelled Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to order the creation of a special committee to investigate the incident.
Police said about 400 people were involved in the riot, and that 27 South Asian workers had been arrested on charges punishable by up to seven years in prison as well as caning.
Singapore is one of the wealthiest places in the world, but the island republic of 5.4 million people depends heavily on guest workers, with labourers from South Asia dominating sectors like construction.
Today in history: December 6, 1928 - The Banana massacre (la masacre de las bananeras) was a massacre of Colombian workers who were on strike against the United Fruit Company (now Chiquita) in Ciénaga, Colombia.
Estimates are that between 800 and 3,000 workers were killed when the Colombian army opened fire on a gathering of thousands of striking workers. The massacre aimed to end the month-long strike in which the workers were struggling to improve the miserable working conditions. The U.S. government threatened to invade and send in the U.S. Marines if the Colombian government didn’t act to protect United Fruit’s interests. Gabriel García Márquez depicted a fictional version of the massacre in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.
(image: mural commemorating the Banana massacre)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
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Via Organization United for Respect
Last night, the International Action Center delegation reported in from the rural area where they were observing the elections.
The Hondurans with them report these main problems in the voting process: a) the dominant party of the current president has been manuevering with the ballots as expected. The state moved voting polls for example, changed addresses at the last minute and that sort of thing all day. b) people from the main national party dressed and i.d. like officials from the election commmision and giving misinformation to deter votes and c) things like people who had died were given voting ballots to others so that they could vote and people who are alive were listed as dead and all based on party loyalties d) youth were especially harassed and singled out to prevent from voting e) the death threats against Xiomara and Juan Barahona are so severe and frequent that they were forced to go in seclusion and under wraps to protect them.
Update: Nov. 25, 7:10 am
Radio Global and Global TV are saying Xiomara Castro of the LIBRE Party is the clear winner by 5% at least. The TSE (electoral counsel) is refusing to recognize the certified votes from the voting places — and creating confusion. The National Party is now claiming victory. Libre is calling people into the streets of Tegucigalpa to defend their votes.
Let us review briefly what happened last spring: In May in Birmingham, Negroes erupted and retaliated against the whites. During the many long weeks when the police dogs and police clubs and the high-pressure water hoses were brutalizing black women and children and babies, and the Birmingham Negroes had called for the government to intervene with Federal troops, the late President did nothing but sit on his hands. He said there was nothing he could do. But when Negroes in Birmingham exploded and began to defend themselves, the late President then sent in Federal troops, not to defend the Negroes, but to defend the whites against whom the Negroes had finally retaliated.
At this point, spontaneous demonstrations began taking place all over the country. At the grass roots level Negroes began to talk about marching on Washington, tying up the Congress, the Senate, the White House, and even the airport. They threatened to bring this government to a halt. This frightened the entire white power structure. The late President called in the Negro civil rights leaders and told them to bring this “march” to a halt. The Negro civil rights leaders were forced to tell the late President that they couldn’t stop the march because they hadn’t started it. It was spontaneous, at the grass roots level across the country, and it had no leadership whatsoever. When the late President saw that he couldn’t stop the march, he joined; he endorsed it; he welcomed it; he became a part of it; and it was he who put the six Negro civil rights leaders at the head of it. It was he who made them the Big Six.
How did he do it? How did he gain control of the March on Washington? A study of his shrewd strategy will give you a glimpse of the political genius with which the Kennedy family was ruling this country from the White House, and how they used the America Negro in all of their schemes. The late President endorsed the march; that should have been the tip-off. A few days later in New York City, at the Carlysle Hotel, a philanthropic society known as the Taconic Foundation, headed by a shrewd white liberal named Stephen Currier, called a meeting of the six civil rights leaders in an effort to bring unity of action and purpose among all the civil rights groups.
The original black militants had planned to march on the White House, the Senate, and the Congress and to bring all political traffic on Capitol Hill to a halt, but the shrewd politicians in Washington, realizing that those original black militants could not be stopped, joined them. By joining the marchers, the white liberals were able to lead the marchers away from the White House, the Senate, the Congress, Capitol Hill, and away from victory. By keeping them marching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Monument, marching between the feet of two dead Presidents, they never reached the White House to see the then living President.
The entire march was controlled by the late president. The government in Washington had told the marchers what signs to carry, what songs to sing, what speeches to make, and what speeches not to make, and then told the marchers to be sure to get out o f town by sundown.
One of the Big Six leaders, John Lewis, chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, was prevented from making a very militant speech. He wanted to attack the Kennedy administration for its hypocrisy o civil rights. The speech was censored by the Rt. Rev. Patrick O’Boyle, the Catholic Archbishop of Washington, D.C.. This was a case in which the Catholic Church itself, for whom Rev. O’Boyle speaks, put itself in the position of censoring the legitimate opinion of one of the Big Six Negro civil rights leaders.
Malcolm X, “God’s Judgement of White America (The Chickens Come Home to Roost)”, December 4, 1963
This speech is sometimes called “The Chickens Come Home To Roost,” because of an answer Malcolm X gave in response to a question following the speech. The question concerned the late President John Kennedy. It was Malcolm X’s answer, that the Presidents death was a case of “chickens coming home to roost” — that the violence that Kennedy had failed to stop had come back to him, this resulted in the Elijah Muhammad silencing him. Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam a short time later.