In his obituary for Nelson Mandela, the Times’ Bill Keller went into detail about Mandela’s armed efforts to overthrow the apartheid state—seemingly in an effort to belittle them.
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!)
Protest Mayor-Elect De Blasio’s appointment of William Bratton as NYPD commissioner
New York City Councilman Charles Barron, joined by activists and community members, took to the steps of City Hall to protest and denounce the newly appointed NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, December 5, 2013.
When asked by what I interpret to be a conservative reporter, ‘You said you wanted Ray Kelly out, so now he’s been removed and you’re saying you don’t like Bratton either. Who do you want them to appoint?’
Charles Barron said: ‘Different name, same game… Different person, same policies.’
Best response I’ve heard.
— Meejin Richart, from today’s news conference at New York City Hall protesting Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of William Bratton to head the NYPD.
"I have called a press conference in protest of the newly appointed NYPD police commissioner, Bill Bratton. Join us at 2pm on the steps of City Hall.
"We must stand against this hypocrisy. A new progressive Mayor? I think not! See everyone at 2pm."
Via Charles Barron, City Council member, Freedom Party and former Black Panther
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, self-styled liberal Democrat, will appoint William Bratton — notorious racist killer cop defender and “father” of stop-and-frisk — as the next police commissioner.
New York Times; De Blasio to Name Bratton as New York Police Commissioner
By Abayomi Azikiwe
Dec. 3 — Judge Steven Rhodes has ruled that a state-imposed emergency manager was acting legally when bankruptcy was filed over and above the objections of the people of Detroit. The judge also said that pensions guaranteed under the Michigan constitution could be diminished.
Rhodes stated that even though Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager and a former partner in corporate law firm Jones Day, did not negotiate in good faith with unions, pensioners and creditors, such a process was impractical. There was no recognition or acknowledgment of the role of the banks and the corporations in the financial destruction of the city and its people in today’s eligibility decision.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Orr in March against the wishes of city residents and elected officials. Facing widespread opposition to his restructuring policies in the courts and in the streets, Orr filed for bankruptcy in July.
This ruling took place today at the same time as union members, retirees and community activists demonstrated outside the courtroom in downtown Detroit. The protesters carried signs calling for bailing out the people not the banks and in favor of cancelling the bank debt that they say is completely illegitimate.
One community leader, Marian Kramer, co-chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, told the crowd outside the court, “They’re attacking the pensions of the public employees. Everybody else better start standing up, cause you’re next on the chopping block, because it sets a model for the rest of the country.”
Today’s high-tech weapons manufacturers are enjoying record sales. The State Department’s Military Assistance Report stated that it approved $44.28 billion in arms shipments to 173 nations in the last fiscal year. One of the more controversial is the Defense Department’s plans to sell Saudi Arabia $6.8 billion and the United Arab Emirates $4 billion in advanced weaponry, including air-launched cruise missiles and precision munitions. The trouble is – has anyone asked where these weapons will ultimately end up?
Boeing Co. (BA) and Raytheon Co. (RTN) sent a message of support from the Obama administration for setting up the deal with these two close allies in the Middle East.
This historic deal will be the first U.S sales of new Raytheon and Boeing weapons that can be launched at a distance from Saudi F-15 and U.A.E. F-16 fighters. But this is just part of Saudi Arabia’s military shopping list.
Bill Dores comments: ”They know exactly where they’ll end up. Can’t believe that anyone takes this US-Saudi rift myth that the US official media has been pushing seriously.”