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Festive Left Friday Blogging: It was ten years ago today…

…that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play:

Actually, the Venezuelan people didn’t need no stinkin’ band. They rescued their president from a US-backed coup attempt with no outside help whatsoever, and with him, their democracy. The State Dept. would rather you forgot all about that, no doubt. But I’m not about to . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: It was ten years ago today…

Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and military dictators. They can adapt and constantly innovate. They are capable of quick thinking . . . → Read More: Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

The JFK assassination hoax that refuses to die

Oh, Che. What would you say if you knew how much of this struggle still remains to be fought…and how much ground the good guys have lost since you lost your last fight? Case in point: this professional liar from The Gang That Could Not Shoot Straight. This is what we North Americans are . . . → Read More: The JFK assassination hoax that refuses to die

Never marry a CIA spook

Ah, the poor CIA. If it’s not enjoying the dubious honor of being the world’s most inept band of assassins, how about that of being a major, MAJOR homewrecker?

“[He] used me and our daughter . . . to run cover for his undercover operations . . . I never felt safe, never knew . . . → Read More: Never marry a CIA spook

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito gets a visitor

Via Cubadebate’s Facebook page, some fresh photos that came in just now:

Now, who might that healthy, hearty-looking guy be? Surely not the same walking corpse that the lamestream media, on the orders of a crapaganda-peddling putschist private “intelligence” (ha!) outfit known as STRATFOR, have been writing off for dead already?

Oh yeah, and . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito gets a visitor

The History of Iran (that the US and Britain prefer you not to know)

A useful primer to keep in mind, seeing how the war drums are beating louder these days.

Bonus: Something even MORE disturbing about Iran:

MerCHEdes? Of atrocities and apologies (still owing) from Mercedes-Benz

Yes, the above is an atrocity, and a gross violation of rights. But not for the reasons the gusanos of Miami claim. Cubadebate explains what’s really horrible about it:

The luxury-vehicle company Mercedes-Benz apologized this week for having used the image of Che Guevara in a publicity campaign. Its apology, however, is for the . . . → Read More: MerCHEdes? Of atrocities and apologies (still owing) from Mercedes-Benz

Cops Behaving Badly: Fuck the Police (Before They Fuck You)

(Logo from the infamous Dave Rabbit sweatshirt, a limited-edition Vietnam War pirate radio joke product. Back story, in case you’re interested, here.)

Pardon my Anglo-Saxon and the explicit artwork, but given what shit is hitting the fan in Britain, it was only fittin’…

Undercover police officers routinely adopted a tactic of “promiscuity” with the . . . → Read More: Cops Behaving Badly: Fuck the Police (Before They Fuck You)

Some call them drones…

…others call them Job Creators:

America’s growing drone operations rely on hundreds of civilian contractors, including some, such as the SAIC employee, who work in the so-called kill chain before Hellfire missiles are launched, according to current and former military officers, company employees and internal government documents.

Relying on private contractors has brought corporations . . . → Read More: Some call them drones…

Cristina gets cancer, Chavecito gets topical, Jezebel gets Teh Stoopid

Dear lord, what is it with progressive LatAm leaders getting the fucking C-word? First it was Dilma, then Lugo, then Chavecito, then Lula, and now Cristina?

President Cristina Kirchner is suffering from a papillary cancer in the right lobe of her thyroid gland, according to an official statement from the Casa Rosada [presidential palace of . . . → Read More: Cristina gets cancer, Chavecito gets topical, Jezebel gets Teh Stoopid

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Fidel’s Guinness record

Courtesy of Cubadebate, we have the following amusing little item to celebrate today:

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, is the person subject to the greatest number of assassination attempts, according to the Guinness Book of World Records and, surely, the archives of the US Central Intelligence Agency, the principal . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Fidel’s Guinness record

Spyware for Arab despots: Germany’s latest source of shame

Wikileaks just keeps exposing the imperialist underside of western “democracy”. And one of the latest to be embarrassed by revelations is Germany — an unlikely player in the imperial game, seeing as it’s been officially out of it since World War II ended. But what used to be done overtly by governments has since . . . → Read More: Spyware for Arab despots: Germany’s latest source of shame

What is up with Ol’ Pineapple Face?

Russia Today has the backgrounder; the CBC has the story:

Former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega was flown home to Panama on Sunday to be punished once again for crimes he committed during a career that saw him transformed from a close Cold War ally of Washington to the vilified target of a U.S. . . . → Read More: What is up with Ol’ Pineapple Face?

#RIPHugoChavez = #Twitterfail

Riddle me this: When is a Trending Topic NOT a trending topic? Courtesy of Patria Grande, here comes a wake-up call for all you internauts who love Venezuela, and who want to keep abreast of all the dirty tricks of empire:

Today, the Trending Topics of Twitter woke to the hashtag #QEPDHugoChávez (#RIPHugoChavez). . . . → Read More: #RIPHugoChavez = #Twitterfail

What you’re not being told about Libya

Bob Powell of Above Top Secret neatly unpacks the Libyan revolution-that-wasn’t. Some interesting shockers I hadn’t heard yet include the presence of al-Qaida, apparently operating with CIA blessing, in the “National Transitional Council”, and the presence of Qatari troops, in their own country’s uniform and speaking with distinctly non-African accents, among the so-called “rebels”. . . . → Read More: What you’re not being told about Libya

The state-sponsored murder of Pablo Neruda

The official version of Pablo Neruda’s death goes something like this: World famous Chilean poet and Nobel winner dies of metastatic prostate cancer, age 69. But recent investigative findings put the lie to that version. Here’s the story that’s got Chileans, and Neruda fans everywhere, buzzing:

Poet Pablo Neruda did not die as a . . . → Read More: The state-sponsored murder of Pablo Neruda

The True Story of Che Guevara

A documentary about the life and death of the Argentine hero of the Cuban Revolution. Features Jon Lee Anderson, the author of the best Che bio by far. . . . → Read More: The True Story of Che Guevara

Ker-SPLAT!!!

How to deal with privatization and fascism in your midst? Take a lesson from Chilean students. They’ve been on strike for years against it, and this year things are coming to a head, with a right-wing Pinochetist president in office. And when one of the Pinochetist’s lackeys, a local mayor, illegally closed the schools, causing […] . . . → Read More: Ker-SPLAT!!!

Grope & Flail blames Chinese news agency for Tory zipper problems

Ahem. A little mood music, maestro David: And now, the sordid story: In his short political career, Bob Dechert has risen through the ranks of the Harper government to assume a role in brokering Canada’s relationship with the rest of the world, including China. That’s why it was all the more embarrassing when it was […] . . . → Read More: Grope & Flail blames Chinese news agency for Tory zipper problems

Short ‘n’ Stubby: Clan Murdoch circling the wagons

Did I hear a meow? Why yes, I did. And look who’s here! The Stumpy Cat has some juicy tidbits for us about the ongoing saga of a right-wing media empire on the go-down. Whatcha got for us, kitty? Rebekah Brooks has been arrested. And that’s not all! Her husband is now also involved, in […] . . . → Read More: Short ‘n’ Stubby: Clan Murdoch circling the wagons

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

A Canadian documentary that starts with the CIA’s failed, lame attempt to develop LSD as a truth serum/mind-control agent. Instead, it became the catalyst for thousands of old beatniks and young hippies, formerly staid scientists and political activists to all come together in a radical questioning of authority. Isn’t it funny how as soon as […] . . . → Read More: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Chavecito speaks

Uh oh. Looks like the bastards and spooks were right about one thing, after all. Chavecito DID have cancer… …and now, let’s hope his confidence is well founded, and that he doesn’t have it anymore. In which case my last post about him is, at least, correct in that respect. BTW, that “knee surgery” of […] . . . → Read More: Chavecito speaks

In which the “Chávez has cancer” rumor mill grinds to a halt, once and for all

You know something? When the president of Paraguay (above, at right) says something about Chavecito, I’m much more likely to believe him than the English-language whore media. Why? Well, for starters, he actually knows the man better than they do. And for another, he’s no media whore. Thirdly, he’s had cancer himself (and been cured […] . . . → Read More: In which the “Chávez has cancer” rumor mill grinds to a halt, once and for all

Manuel Zelaya returns; Honduras coup revisited

This marks the first step in the reversal of the Honduran coup of 2009. Mel is back, and dialogue is ON, babies: Part 1 of several; keep clicking through for the rest. Note that Mel’s plane is one from the fleet of the Venezuelan national airline, Conviasa. Chavecito and his neighbor, Juan Manuel Santos of […] . . . → Read More: Manuel Zelaya returns; Honduras coup revisited