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VENEZUELAN REFERENDUM A Post-Mortem and its Aftermath
By : Emily - Wednesday December 5, 2007
By Prof. James PETRAS Venezuela’s constitutional reforms supporting President Chavez’s socialist project were defeated by the narrowest of margins: 1.4% of 9 million voters. The result however was severely compromised by the fact that 45% of the electorate abstained, meaning that only 28% of the electorate voted against the progressive changes proposed by President Chavez. While the vote was a blow to Venezuela’s attempt to extricate itself from oil dependence and (...)
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Referendum : Venezuela’s Social Democracy Hits A Speed Bump
By : Joëlle - Wednesday December 5, 2007
Hugo Chavez addressed upwards of a half million supporters on the final day of campaigning for constitutional reform on December 1. He was confident of a victory that seemed assured. The turnout was impressive as a sea of red filled Caracas’ main Avenida Bolivar boulevard and spilled over into adjourning streets. It dwarfed the November 29 final opposition rally Rupert Murdock’s Times online/UK and Fox News estimated at "more than 100,000" ahead of saying "polls predicted an (...)
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Chavez wins referendum: gov’t sources
By : CARACAS - Sunday December 2, 2007
By Saul Hudson and Ana Isabel Martinez CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared headed for victory on Sunday in a referendum on allowing the leftist to rule for as long as he keeps winning elections, government-linked sources said, citing exit polls. Three exit polls showed Chavez won by between six and eight percentage points in a vote where turnout was low, the two sources said. If confirmed, it would be by far the slimmest victory margin in the career of a man who (...)
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The Return of Juan Forero, or Why NPR Still Sucks Ass
By : Flavio Americo dos Reis - Sunday December 2, 2007
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Transcript – NPR Weekend Edition – Saturday December 1, 2007 John Itzky interviews Juan Forero in Caracas concerning the December 2nd Constitutional referendum. The italics are mine. (Flávio Américo dos Reis). ITZKY: Venezuelans go to the polls tomorrow to vote on proposed constitutional changes that would give president Hugo Chávez more power. Chávez says the changes would streamline bureaucracy, and give power to community councils run by the people. But opponents say (...)
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VENEZUELA: Another CIA sponsored Coup D’Etat?
By : Harry - Wednesday November 28, 2007
by Prof James PETRAS Venezuela’s D-Day: Democratic Socialism or Imperial Counter-Revolution The December 2, 2007 Constituent Referendum On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday (December 2, 2007). The memo sent by an embassy official, Michael Middleton Steere, was addressed to the (...)
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EU polls would be lost, says Nicolas Sarkozy
By : Bruno Waterfield - Thursday November 15, 2007
By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels Referendums on the new European Union Treaty were "dangerous" and would be lost in France, Britain and other countries, Nicolas Sarkozy has admitted. EU subsidies ’shifting away from real farmers’ Your view: Are referendums dangerous? Paris faces strike gridlock The French president’s confession that governments could not win popular votes on a "simplified treaty" - drawn up to replace the EU constitution rejected by his countrymen (...)
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Vancouver Celebrates the Anniversary of the Referendum Victory in Venezuela
By : Miriam Martin - Thursday August 18, 2005
By Miriam Martin Hands Off Venezuela Vancouver, Canada It has been one year since the majority of Venezuelans voted in favour of President Chavez in the opposition-led recall referendum. The Vancouver Internationalist Bolivarian Circle “Bob Everton” teamed up with Hands Off Venezuela to throw a Victory Fiesta on Saturday August 13th to celebrate this important anniversary. Eighty people attended the celebration, representing a good number of Vancouver’s Latin American (...)
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The constitution is dead. Long live proper politics
By : orphée - Monday June 6, 2005
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Like Amish teenagers, Europe’s voters were not offered a truly free choice Amish communities practise the institution of rumspringa. At 17 their children, until then subject to strict family discipline, are set free. They are allowed, solicited even, to go out and experience the ways of the modern world - they drive cars, listen to pop music, watch TV and get involved in drinking, drugs and wild sex. After a couple of years they are expected to decide: will they return to be full (...)
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France’s Magnificent Non!
By : Alexander Cockburn - Sunday June 5, 2005
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By ALEXANDER COCKBURN Itinerant pundits touching down briefly in Paris lost no time in stigmatizing the French for their resounding Non! in last week’s referendum on the proposed Constitution for Europe. The French were charged with selfishness, self-absorption, nostalgia for a lost empire, unwholesome obsession with Descartes and Jacobinism and other crimes too frightful for individual citation. Actually the French did something both logical and heroic. The logic, supposedly a (...)
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French and Dutch Patriots Rout the New World Order
By : Michael James - Thursday June 2, 2005
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By Michael James in Frankfurt, Germany - June 1, 2005 On May 29, 2005, under a blazing sun, a raggle-taggle army of French patriots, nationalists, libertarians, conservatives, socialists and communists joined together as one in an unprecedented strategic alliance and mounted a stunning, crippling attack on the New World Order in the heart of Europe. Just three days later, fired by the courage of their French cousins to the south, the Dutch people rallied to the standard and put to flight (...)
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The End, French Style
By : Don Bravo - Wednesday June 1, 2005
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Today’s seismic shift in sentiment on Wall Street was due in no small part to the courageous vote by the citizens of France in turning down the proposition on ratification of the EU Constitution on Sunday. Their nay-saying to the much of the conceptual structure of the European Union struck a major chord for national identity and self-determination over the collectivism of the EU. The ramifications of this vote are likely to be far-reaching and extremely liberating. In essence, the (...)
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France : they Just Said, "NO!!"
By : Jean-Pierre Desmoulins - Tuesday May 31, 2005
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by Jean-Pierre Desmoulins French citizens have just said "NO" to the new constitution that was submitted to their vote. I have heard so many things, in both the French and international media, so many analyses of the "NO" campaign in which I don’t see my opinion included, that I want to comment. First, I had some difficulties in making my mind up. Like the journalists of MARIANNE, a weekly which I favor, I was induced to vote "YES" by my old European convictions, yet "NO" by logical (...)
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Vive la France! 55% say "NON" to Imperialist EU-Constitution! French save peoples of Europe!
By : Paris - Monday May 30, 2005
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French Reject Europe’s First Constitution By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press Writer / 25 minutes ago/ PARIS - French voters rejected the European Union’s first constitution Sunday, President Jacques Chirac said — a stinging repudiation of his leadership and the ambitious, decades-long effort to further unite the continent. Chirac, who urged voters to approve the charter, announced the result in a brief, televised address. He said the process of ratifying the (...)
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France delivers its judgment, and Europe is plunged into crisis
By : Paris - Monday May 30, 2005
Voters in overwhelming rejection of constitution UK poll in doubt after blow to ratification process Jon Henley in Paris, Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt in Brussels France’s voters last night decisively rejected the new European constitution, plunging the country into political upheaval and the EU into the deepest crisis in its 50-year history. The outcome also prompted immediate speculation in London that Britain’s planned referendum on the treaty was now pointless. (...)
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The second French revolution
By : Kirsten Broomhall - Monday May 30, 2005
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Congratulations France!- Can you send your revolutionary spirit to the US? What the British press had to say about the result of the French EU referendum "It is trite to dismiss this ballot as the sort of intemperate activity that the French engage in every so often, one more ultimately futile revolt to add to a string of others ... The French have never repudiated a ’European’ cause in the past. That they have done so now demands deep contemplation. "The view of the French (...)
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Baudrillard "Sacred Europe" (translated online thanks a blog)
By : orphee - Sunday May 29, 2005
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On saturday 28th (sorry of my bad English-just at the top) Here below is the article of Baudrillard published two weeks ago in "Liberation". This Saturday in Le monde 2-the weekly magazine of the daily Le monde-, photographic autoportrait of Baudrillard cover and long interview more explicative and more radicalized about the vote "No", on European referendum and on the question of Europe. He says that No it was as a silent local dissent at first BUT then it was a reflected dissent based on (...)
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European Constitution Treaty, by Bellaciao
By : collective Bellaciao - Saturday May 28, 2005
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by the Collective Bellaciao To us, who fight with many people involved in politics, trade unions and associations for the refusal of Constitutional treaty by European citizens, a European Constitution has to design the democratic framework for EU institutions functions. It must finalize a proposal process coming from periphery toward center, from peoples toward elected representatives. Our adversaries, lead by financial capital and neo-liberal doctrine, try to definitely set the previous (...)
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French communists find new life in `no`
By : monstersandcritics.com - Thursday May 26, 2005
PARIS, France (UPI) — Facing a small audience of party faithful at a debate Tuesday vening, Patrick Bressac, a clean-shaven, 20-something climber in the French Communist Party offered a passionate primer on why French voters should reject the new European Union constitution at the polls Sunday. "This is not a question about `yes` or `no` to Europe," Bressac told some five dozen, mostly middle-aged residents of Paris` 18th arrondissement — a colorful neighborhood populated by (...)
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-bilingual- What Does Europe Want? SLAVOJ ZIZEK (May 04 -> 05)
By : orphée - Tuesday May 17, 2005
Merci de copier, coller, faire suivre pour information ou à toute fin utile Please to copy paste, to follow for information and to be usefull anyway __________________________________________ Apropos the European petition by organizations, unions and else to support the Left vote NO. Initiating K project La liste des signataires au 8 mai 05 / the list of signatures till May 8: Of SLAVOJ ZIZEK, who signed on the European petition and more has just published a book ito support the left (...)
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APPEAL AGAINST THE PROJECT OF EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION
By : noeuconstitution.net - Wednesday May 11, 2005
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All member states of the European Union will soon have to agree to or reject the project of European Constitution. A European campaign has just been launched in order to contribute to develop a large movement against this project of constitution. You can support it and join it by subscribing to the following text. SAY NO TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY TO BUILD ANOTHER EUROPE! We citizens, trade unionists, associations and organisations, URGE TO SAY "NO" TO THE PROJECT OF EUROPEAN (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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