Monthly Archives: October 2018

The United States orchestrates unprecedented provocation against Cuba in the United Nations

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Ten typical days in Trump’s America

As dozens of lagoons of pig waste overflow in North Carolina, President Trump says that Hurricane Florence is ‘one of the wettest we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water’. (In North Carolina 9.7 million pigs produce ten billion gallons of manure a year.) Continue reading

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This day. The Black Power salute

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October 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Black Power protest at the 1968 Olympics 200 metre medal ceremony by African American athletes Tommie Smith (centre) and John Carlos (right), the gold and bronze medalists. Peter Norman (left), the silver medalist from Australia and an opponent of the White Australia policy, displayed the badge of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR). This was – and is – a powerful example of defiance in the face of racist oppression, in particular, and for human rights for all, in general. Continue reading

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This day. Trudeau invokes the War Measure’s Act

Constituting the fascist state as a legal regime

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Canadian soldiers take over the streets of Montreal following the invocation of the War Measures Act, October 1970.

Forty-eight years ago on October 16, 1970, the federal Liberal government led by Pierre Elliott Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act. Trudeau declared a state of “apprehended insurrection” in response to kidnappings and mailbox bombings taking place in Quebec. The War Measures Act gave the police the power to act without warrants and to detain people indefinitely without charges or trial. Continue reading

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Cuba: Those who opened the way

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This day. Cuba celebrates 150 years since First War of Independence

Battalion of cavalry of the mambisas troops during the conflict of the Ten Years' War

Battalion of cavalry of the mambisas troops during the conflict of the Ten Years’ War.

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This day. Jean-Paul Sartre rejects the Nobel Prize

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Jean-Paul Sartre (centre) dining in Paris with filmmaker Claude Lanzmann (left) and Simone de Beauvoir in 1964 | Bettmann/Corbis

On October 10, 1964, the French existential philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre rejected the Nobel Prize for literature. Continue reading

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