[Marxism] Forwarded from Derrick O'Keefe

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 23 09:27:35 MDT 2008

Louis posted Derrick O'Keefe's violence-baiting note about
the group which sponsored the recently-held Che Guevara 
conference here in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Louis did not attend the conference, and presumably did not
know one incongruous fact about O'Keefe's wacko attacko:

Derrick O'Keefe paid admission 
and attended the Che conference!

Re: [Marxism] Forwarded from Derrick O'Keefe

O'Keefe must not have been worried about any violence, since he
personally came to the event, a point omitted from the account 
which was posted by Louis.

Hundreds of others also attended the event, which also included
speakers from the Cuban Young Communist League and a diplomatic
attache from the Venezuelan Embassy in Ottawa, among others.

O'Keefe had nothing to say about the conference that he attended.

Not one single word about the event, the remarks which were made
there, or the people who attended. Thus, there's no way anyone
can respond to his gossip-spreading remarks, beyond pointing out 
that Derrick O'Keefe personally attended, and there was certainly
no violence at the event itself. There was, as the link shows, 
a lot of rabble-babble conducted away from the gathering.

Walter Lippmann
Vancouver, B.C., Columbia


Walter includes this paragraph in his write-up of his political 
vacation in Vancouver:

"Unsurprisingly, anything involving the Cuban Revolution and Che
Guevara naturally evoke controversy, including on the political left.
Here's a sample of some of what passes for discussion and debate in
some circles in the Vancouver area. Not very much light is shed there
and a bit of that old-fashioned red-baiting which some on the left
like to engage in rather than argue about politics."


The link that Walter gives is to a thread on a discussion board 
called babble, which is part of rabble.ca, where I'm the editor. The 
discussion board contains a number of forums and is moderated by 
rabble staff and volunteers. People post there from all over, and it 
in no way should be taken as a reflection of the discussion on the 
Vancouver area left. If Walter knew *anything* about the left in 
Vancouver he would know that the group that is hosting him has been 
exposed and discussed endlessly, and is a discredited sectarian group 
whose leader, Ali Yerevani, has a history of violence and 
intimidation against former members and political opponents. You can 
read one of the letters exposing all this, written by the group's 
former second in command, here:


I'm glad to hear the Cubans were taken to Wal-Mart, though - that's 
inspiring stuff!


     Los Angeles, California
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

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