[Marxism] Left Hook Updated

M. Junaid Alam mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Tue May 24 10:46:01 MDT 2005

  Latest Release: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The US Government and Good Terrorism

Francisco Unger

In recent years, the war on so called terrorism has intensified, 
spearheaded by President Bush and his cabinet of self righteous 
vigilantes. In the heat of the post 9/11 era, they have done all in 
their power to broaden the classification of a terrorist, carefully 
evade the restrictions of the Geneva Convention, raise torture as an 
acceptable practice, and remove the once inalienable rights guaranteed 
by the Constitution.

It would seem that the US government has made clear its stance as a 
staunch opponent of all terrorism. To the common American, President 
Bush has projected himself as a man whose priority is to protect and to 
defend all against the evils of the world: to fight terrorism in all of 
its manifestations. But there is a glaring flaw in this image, an 
exception that calls Southern Miami its home.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Unger052405.html>

May 21, First Report from "Canada's Fourth World" Trip: Kanehsatake

Macdonald Stainsby

The areas around the territory of Kanehsatake have been developed, but 
it is still very green and covered with life. There are apple orchards 
that produce some of the largest yields of the fruit on the entire 
continent. In the wooded areas you can find maple trees that produce the 
famous maple syrup from the region. But it is in the Pine woods that the 
most value is produced, getting new life from the land—the land which 
holds ancestors of the past and provides the basis of life for the 
present– and for the future. There is no numerical value on dignity, but 
it grows in Onentokon.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Ground/Stainsby052405.html>

Remembering Rachel Corrie the Activist, Not the Myth

Valerie Saturen

Recently, the prestigious Royal Court Theatre premiered a play entitled 
“My Name is Rachel Corrie,” sparking an outpouring of stirring tributes 
and hateful diatribes about the drama’s protagonist. For the activist 
community, Rachel has become a vivid symbol of resistance and solidarity 
with the world’s oppressed, as the many songs, poems, films, and art 
pieces devoted to her confirm. But to those of us whose lives have 
crossed paths with hers, as mine did during my years at the Evergreen 
State College, the international response to Rachel’s death can take on 
unique and difficult dimensions.

Having once known the subject of this sudden outpouring of adulation, it 
has been with painfully mixed emotions that I have watched her 
transformation from a young woman who was bright, idealistic, 
articulate, and irrepressibly alive, to one who is renowned, enshrined, 
canonized, and gone.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Saturen052405.html>

Chavez's Economy: Is it Sustainable?

Joshua Frank

It is difficult not to be fond of Hugo Chavez's politics. There is 
little question that as president, Chavez is attempting to create a 
radical social-democracy in Venezuela. In many cases his efforts have 
already been successful. Chavez is seeking to empower the lowest strata 
of society. He is attempting to implement participatory democracy in the 
areas of health-care through his Mission Barrio Adentro (Inside the 
Neighborhood) program.

However, regardless of how much we may like Chavez's politics and his 
efforts to redistribute wealth in Venezuela, one has to wonder if an 
economy based mostly on oil is sustainable in the long run.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Frank052405.html>

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