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Jon Utley was two years old in Moscow when his father, Arcadi Berdichevsky, a Russian trade official, was sent to a labor camp by the Soviet secret police. His mother, Freda Utley, escaped with Jon to England and then to America.
In 2004 and 2006, Utley, a well-known journalist, embarked upon a search to learn of his father's fate. This documentary traces Utley's journey through former labor camps and cities in northern Russia and his final uncovering of the horrible truth at the dreaded camp city of Vorkuta within the Artic Circle.
Directed by John J. Michalczyk, Return to the Gulag is a small but revealing window into Russia's turbulent 1930s.
Spanish subtitles by the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER)
www.hacer.orgJon Utley was two years old in Moscow when his father, Arcadi Berdichevsky, a Russian... more
The political philosophy known as juche became the official autarkic state ideology of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1972.1 Although foreign scholars often describe juche as “self-reliance,” the true meaning of the term is much more nuanced. Kim Il Sung explained: "Establishing juche means, in a nutshell, being the master of revolution and reconstruction in one’s own country. This means holding fast to an independent position, rejecting dependence on others, using one’s own brains, believing in one’s own strength, displaying the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance, and thus solving one’s own problems for oneself on one’s own responsibility under all circumstances" http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/404-north-koreaThe political philosophy known as juche became the official autarkic state ideology of... more
Hundreds Of POW’s Left To Die In Vietnam, Abandoned By Our Government
May 27, 2010
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Paul Craig Roberts talked about the shameful abandonment of POWs by the U.S. government. Roberts mentioned an article by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg posted on the American Conservative website entitled McCain and the POW Cover-Up.
Click for Full Story....Memorial Day OUTRAGE! US POW’s Left To DIE In Vietnam, Sold Out by McCain & Our Government…VIDEO...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/memorial-day-outrage-us-pow%E2%80%99s-left-to-die-in-vietnam-sold-out-by-mccain-our-government-video/
“John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home,” writes Schanberg. “Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents.”Hundreds Of POW’s Left To Die In Vietnam, Abandoned By Our Government Kurt... more
Have you ever heard of a Cuban Cowboy?
Directed by Tomás Hernández
Jorge Navarro - The Cuban Cowboys - sings this haunting tune. The United States and Cuba are separated by ninety miles of water. El Danzón de Noventa Millas speaks to the politics dividing Cuban Nationals and Cuban Americans, by casting bitterness and betrayal as a stylized, nuanced ninety mile dance.
Similar to other dances in the Caribbean and Latin America, the danzón was initially regarded as scandalous, especially when it began to be danced by all classes of the society. The slower rhythm of the danzón led to couples dancing closer, with sinuous movements of the hips and a lower centre of gravity.
Eat your heart out ELVIS.Have you ever heard of a Cuban Cowboy? Directed by Tomás Hernández... more
The man who killed Ernesto Guevara
October 9th, 1967, the man who killed Ernesto Guevara created, unwittingly, a myth. In two blasts. The CIA planned it, Barrientos commanded it, Félix Rodriguez supervised it and Mario Terán executed it. Quick, easy and effective: the Revolution, in one fell swoop, had lost a fighter and gained a martyr.
La Higuera, October 9th, 1967, 1:10 pm: Mario Terán Salazar, Bolivian Army sergeant, followed the instructions of Félix Ismael Rodríguez Mendigutía, anti-Castroist and former CIA officer, who had been ordered by René Barrientos, Bolivia's president at the time, and, with two blasts from a machinegun, put an end to the life of guerrilla leader Ernesto Guevara, "Che", who had been wounded and captured the day before, following a combat in the Quebrada del Yuro ravine, at the side of his guerrilla.
The living myth had become a martyr of the Revolution that he loved, had dedicated his entire life to and died for.
Read more: http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/2007/10/the_man_who_killed_ernesto_guevara.html#ixzz0n91SBHHg
http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/2007/10/the_man_who_killed_ernesto_guevara.htmlThe man who killed Ernesto Guevara October 9th, 1967, the man who killed Ernesto... more
Many left wing Iranians oppose the Islamic republic of Iran. They marched through London on May Day with other left wing groups as part of International workers dayMany left wing Iranians oppose the Islamic republic of Iran. They marched through... more
Health authorities are planning to sterilise nearly 10,000 people in southern China over the next four days as part of a population control programme.
Some of the people in Puning City will be forced to have the procedure carried out against their will.
Amnesty International says forced sterilisation "amounts to torture".
Reports in the Chinese media say that Puning Health authorities in Guangdong Province have launched a special campaign to sterilise people who already have at least one child in order to ensure local birth control quotas are met.
Chinese newspaper reports say that those who refuse to be sterilised have seen their elderly mothers or fathers taken away and detained.
more at link...
What a bunch of psycho, control-freak commie eugenicists. Welcome to the New World Order.Health authorities are planning to sterilise nearly 10,000 people in southern China... more
Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA
March 19, 2010
The United States is now recognized globally as one of the most oppressive police states on earth. And it’s only getting worse.
POLICE STATE 4 chronicles the sickening depths to which our republic has fallen. Veteran documentary filmmaker Alex Jones conclusively proves the existence of a secret network of FEMA camps, now being expanded nationwide. The military industrial complex is transforming our once free nation into a giant prison camp. A cashless society control grid, constructed in the name of fighting terrorism, was actually built to enslave the American people. Body scanners, sound cannons, citizen spies, staged terror and cameras on every street corner — it’s only the beginning of the New World Order’s hellish plan. This film exposes how the “Continuity of Government” program has established an all powerful shadow state.
Watch Alex Jone’s Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA…FULL VIDEO...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/emergency-obama-dictatorship-watch-alex-jones-police-state-4-the-rise-of-fema-full-video/Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA Infowars.com March 19, 2010 The United States... more
At the very least let both our peoples visit each other while the politicians work through the details. I mean how stupid is it that I, as a Free American Citizen ... can't go to Cuba ... ???
Besides humanitarian reasons for lifting the embargo, it also makes good business sense.
1. Cuba has oil and natural gas - Brazil, Russia, Canada, and others are making deals, we should be there as well.
2. Normalizing relations means American jobs ! In times like today, need one say more ?
3. We've embargoes them for over 50 years now. Exactly how long have we embargoed N. Korea, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia (birthplace of almost all 9/11 hijackers), Russia, Afghanistan, or China ? It is truly disgusting and idiotic that none of these nations has ever been remotely treated as we treat this small island in the Caribbean.
Enough, please God, enough.At the very least let both our peoples visit each other while the politicians work... more
The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a racist and brutal department (it had a nasty habit of strangling and shooting unarmed suspects to death), but he also had more than 200 spies keeping tabs on city bigwigs. One was even dispatched to Russia and Cuba, reports David Cay Johnston.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who covered Gates for the Los Angeles Times in the 1980s, says the chief used his agents and the information they gathered to pressure political leaders and solidify his power. He also wasn’t above bragging about his secret files to the subjects under investigation, who included big shots of all stripes and even Johnston himself
http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/the_secret_police_of_los_angeles_daryl_gates_paranoid_legacy_20100419/The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a... more
Pedro Luis Boitel died in 1973 while on hunger strike in a Castro Prison. It is said that just like Orlando Zapata Tamayo, his water was taken away. His mother who pleaded to anyone that would listened, could not help him. No one cared to hear her. He was one of 12 documented prisoners who died during a hunger strike.
His tortures never imagined that his death would resonate decades later. His memory is revered by the opposition. In fact a baby that was just assaulted by Cuban police a few weeks ago, when his mother and two others including Jorge Luis Perez Antunez were being arrested, was named after him.
Boitel was allowed to die of hunger and thirst, then his body buried in darkness in an unmarked grave, so that even in death they could humiliate him. To this day acts of civil resistance are performed in front of his tomb and honors are given in his name.
His mother who fought against Batista, and recalls her house being searched often by Bastista's police, lived to see the Castro Revolution devour her own son.
She said that at least with Batista, there was always a loop hole, an open door, but with Castro there was no bargaining. She knew that man like her son could not live long. His cellmates remember a man who retained his dignity till the end.
Pedro Luis Boitel died at a time when even those of us who lived in Cuba, didn't find out what was happening in Castro's dungeons.. A time when torture and murder happened in darkness while the world played footsies with a genocidal murderer.
His legacy will be that of a man who never abandoned the cause of freedom even when he was stripped of everything that he held dear. Pedro and so may others will be the ones who history will absolve. Man like Castro will join the ranks of Hitler and Stalin and their name will forever be recalled in shame.
A Revolution betrayed that swallowed our innocence and stained our soil with the blood of so many of our sons and daughters. Those of you who danced with the devil will have your own special place as accomplices to Genocine and torture.
http://sunriseinhavana.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-mother-of-cuban-political.htmlPedro Luis Boitel died in 1973 while on hunger strike in a Castro Prison. It is said... more
It's time the world stop admiring tyranny and listen to the plight of the Cuban people. How many more have to die?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY2kOgg2VaIIt's time the world stop admiring tyranny and listen to the plight of the Cuban... more
The internet has sooooooo many links. These are some cool ones.
Urlesque found some pictures of old people playing Guitar Hero. I can't wait to see pictures of old people playing DJ Hero.
Sesame Street supports an anti-Conservative agenda. [CS Monitor]
Someone made shoes out of bread loaves. [The Daily What]
Beach Boys // Black Flag mash-up (on a t-shirt.) [Dan Meth]
Crazy drugged-out band, make cool videos [Vice Mexico]
Shatner read's Levi Johnston's tweets. [BuzzFeed]
Amman, Jordan hosts Stand-Up Comedy Festival. [via]The internet has sooooooo many links. These are some cool ones. Urlesque found some... more
Judging by how well this McCarthyism mash-up (via The Huffington Post and comprised of McCarthy-era footage and claims that Obama and company are a band of Communists from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh) plays, I'd say we're a stone's throw away from Congressional hearings.
Don't think so? At around the 6:05 mark, footage taken from the Chris Matthews helmed Hardball (from last October) features Congresswoman Michele Bachmann laying out what she would like to see occur:
"What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look, I wish they would, I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and take a look at whether they are pro-America, or anti-America. I think people would love to see an expose like that."
Here's the full clip:
What do you think? Are we embroiled in a new era of modern day McCarthyism? Leave your thoughts on this thread.Judging by how well this McCarthyism mash-up (via The Huffington Post and comprised... more
Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has developed quite a following in the US for her blog Generacion Y. Apparently now she can count President Obama among her fans. Sanchez managed to submit seven question to the President, which he answered this week and she posted on her blog. Obama congratulated her on her work:
Your blog provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba. It is telling that the Internet has provided you and other courageous Cuban bloggers with an outlet to express yourself so freely, and I applaud your collective efforts to empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology. The government and people of the United States join all of you in looking forward to the day all Cubans can freely express themselves in public without fear and without reprisals.
The questions focused on US-Cuba relations and the possibility of future dialogue. Obama kept the door open to dialogue with Cuba's government but said it would have to come with the chance to "create opportunities to advance the interests of the United States and the cause of freedom for the Cuban people." Sanchez also asked him specifically about the role of the internet in Cuban lives.
QUESTION 6: YOU STRONGLY SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES. BUT, CUBANS CONTINUE TO HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. HOW MUCH OF THIS IS DUE TO THE U.S. EMBARGO AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT?
My administration has taken important steps to promote the free flow of information to and from the Cuban people particularly through new technologies. We have made possible greater telecommunications links to advance interaction between Cuban citizens and the outside world. This will increase the means through which Cubans on the island can communicate with each other and with persons outside of Cuba, for example, by expanding opportunities for fiber optic and satellite transmissions to and from Cuba. This will not happen overnight. Nor will it have its full effect without positive actions by the Cuban government. I understand the Cuban government has announced a plan to provide Cubans greater access to the Internet at post offices. I am following this development with interest and urge the government to allow its people to enjoy unrestricted access to the internet and to information. In addition, we welcome suggestions regarding areas in which we can further support the free flow of information within, from, and to Cuba.
Vanguard's Adrian Baschuk was in Cuba earlier this year and though he was unable to meet with Yoani Sanchez, found that internet access for her, possibly Cuba's best-known blogger, was achieved by sneaking into hotels and uploading her posts.
Vanguard: Cuba Waiting For A Revolution (Video)
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I was watching Obama's town hall meeting with students in Shanghai last night. As he wrapped up his prepared remarks, stepped away from the podium, and began to explain the format of the town hall portion I realized that this might be absolutely foreign to many of these students. Here is a country's President, a very famous and powerful man, asking them to raise their hands and ask him a question. Whatever they asked him, he'd answer. We obviously take this sort of thing for granted - heck our most recent town halls seem to have devolved into purely shouting at our elected officials. But I couldn't shake the feeling that Obama, who was not joined on stage by any major Chinese official, had smuggled a little democracy into the PRC.
This video of his introducing the concept is from CNN and their anchor, predictably, talks all over him, but you can hear the second half. If anyone can find a clean video - I'll replace this one with it.
He also, and this was the headlining remark, asserted the American position that it's okay for everyone to use Twitter.
President Barack Obama pointedly nudged China on Monday to stop censoring Internet access, offering an animated defense of the tool that helped him win the White House and suggesting Beijing need not fear a little criticism....
"I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable," Obama told students during his first-ever trip to China. "They can begin to think for themselves."
If the President's goal was to sneak a little democracy into the People's Republic, it seems to have not reached too many citizens. The event was not broadcast nationally - only on local Shanghai stations - and the live feed from the White House web site was reportedly choppy and hard to watch in China.
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I actually don't remember where I was when I found out that the Berlin Wall fell twenty years ago. Strange because I have such clear memories of other 1980s landmarks like the Challenger explosion. What I do remember most clearly about the reunification of East and West Germany was from German class a few years later. Our textbooks were a few years old, still in good condition, but completely outpaced by the movement of history. Everyday there would be a new page we would read with an outdated cultural reference to a divided Germany. It was the first I'd ever really learned about East Germany - and it sounded terrible.
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A few sites with some great anniversary coverage:
German magazine Der Spiegel has a collection of articles worth reading.
On Tumblr, Best of Life is posting some gripping images out of the Life magazine archives of the Wall throughout its infamous life.
And Magnum has a picture essay of years in East Germany.
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