[Marxism] Mike Gonzalez On Hugo Chavez
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Sun Nov 18 18:46:43 MST 2007
Walter Lippmann wrote:
> Yes, the Schactmanites think Cuba is a monstrous gulag.
> Read any of their articles on Cuba if you don't think so.
> Farber others all say these same of Cuba: TERRIBLE PLACE.
So what's worse? Having that outlook or writing drivel about "socialist"
> Peter Camejo does not speak at ISO conferences about Cuba.
> They would not ask him to do that because he has a positive
> opinion about the Cuban Revolution and they're against it.
The real point is that they are important enough on the left to attract
people like Camejo, Amy Goodman, Jeff St. Clair to come and speak. Using
Cuba as a litmus test, put these two gatherings side by side and it is
not too difficult to figure out who is making a contribution to
confronting American capitalism--which is ultimately the best way to
defend the Cuban revolution.
NEW YORK CITY v SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
OUR TRANSFORMATION & THEIRS
From Subprime to Subhuman,
the Real Perspective under American Imperialism
Jack Barnes, National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party
BE LIKE CHUI, CHOY, AND SÍO WONG
A Chinese View of the Cuban Revolution
Mary-Alice Waters, editor of New International magazine and
Our History Is Still Being Written, just back from China
Reception 3 p.m. v Program 4 p.m.
Dinner, refreshments, talk, & dance 7 p.m. on
Armenian Hall v 620 Second Ave. (at 35th St.) v Manhattan
Speakers at ISO conference last June:
** Affiliations listed for identification purposes only **
AgustÍn and Helga Aguayo
Iraq veteran Agustin Aguayo applied for conscientious objector status in
2004 after serving a year in the military. After nearly three years of
struggling with the US Army to be recognized as a CO, he went AWOL on
Sept. 1, 2006, missing his unit's deployment to Iraq, and turned himself
in the next day. After being told he would be forcibly sent to Iraq, he
went into hiding. Three weeks later, he made a public statement against
the war in Los Angeles, and again turned himself in. He was
court-martialed and sentenced to eight months in prison. Released in
April, he still remains under the military's control. His wife Helga as
well as other family members and activists campaigned tirelessly for his
release, and Agustin's legal battles are far from over.
John Pilger, renowned investigative journalist and documentary
filmmaker, is one of only two to have twice won British journalism's top
award; his documentaries have won Academy Awards in both the UK and the
US. In a New Statesman survey of the 50 heroes of our time, Pilger came
fourth behind Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. "John Pilger," wrote
playwright Harold Pinter, "unearths, with steely attention facts, the
filthy truth. I salute him."
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! She is
co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers:
Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them
written with her brother David Goodman. The book was chosen by
independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election
season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books
of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly. Her newest book (co-written
with her brother) is Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and
the People Who Fight Back
Jeremy Scahill is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. His
book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
(his first book) is number 9 on the New York Times bestseller list. He
is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for
the national radio and television show Democracy Now! Scahill has
reported extensively from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Nigeria.
Dr. John Carlos
In 1968, John Carlos became one half of perhaps the most famous (or
infamous) moment in Olympic history. After winning the bronze medal in
the 200-meter dash, he and gold medalist Tommie Smith, raised their
fists clad in black gloves in a display of "black power." It was a
moment that defined the revolutionary spirit and defiance of a
generation. He told Dave Zirin in a 2003 interview, "You got to step up
to society when it's letting all its people down."
Dahr has spent a total of eight months in occupied Iraq as one of only a
few independent US journalists in the country. In the Middle East, Dahr
has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He writes for the
Inter Press Service, the Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports
have also been published with the Nation, the Sunday Herald, Islam
Online, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the Independent. Dahr
uses the DahrJamailIraq.com Web site and his popular mailing list to
circulate his dispatches.
Tod Ensign is director of Citizen Soldier, a GI/veterans' rights
advocacy organization based in New York City, and the author of
America's Military Today: Challenges for the Armed Forces in a Time of
War (New Press, 2006). He spearheaded the founding of Different Drummer
Internet Cafe in Watertown, New York--the first GI coffee house
established during the current Iraq war. The cafe is located near one of
the most heavily deployed military bases in the U.S.
Left-wing British comedian Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up since
1983, and has written and performed four popular series for television
and radio, and he writes a weekly column for the Independent. He is
author of Vive la Revolution: A Standup History of the French Revolution
(Haymarket, 2006), and Reasons to Be Cheerful (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
Laura Flanders is the host of "RadioNation" heard live, weekends, 7-10
pm ET on the national Air America Radio network. The program is also
syndicated to non-commercial affiliates across the United States. She is
the author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the
Politicians. Her last book, Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species, (an
investigation into the women in George W. Bush's Cabinet) was a New York
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