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A Very British Farce

Mark J. Doran wrote this very British farce.

SERGEI: I’m not dead!
MORTICIAN: What?
CUSTOMER: Nothing – here’s your ninepence.
SERGEI: I’m not dead!
MORTICIAN: Here – he says he’s not dead!
CUSTOMER: Yes, he is. The ‘Times’ said so. March 12th. Front page. Trust me: he’s dead.
SERGEI: I’m not!
MORTICIAN: He isn’t.
CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon. It was a Novichok nerve agent. There’s no treatment, and no recovery is possible.
SERGEI: It was just the prawns, that’s all! I’m getting better!
CUSTOMER: No, you are not. It was ‘military grade’, 8 times stronger than VX. You were dead in seconds.
MORTICIAN: Oh, I can’t take him like that – it’s against regulations.
SERGEI: How’s my daughter? And what about my pets?
CUSTOMER: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
MORTICIAN: I can’t take him …
SERGEI: I feel fine! I want to go back to Russia!
CUSTOMER: Oh, do us a favor …
MORTICIAN: I can’t.
CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won’t be long. We’ve someone coming over …
MORTICIAN: I think I’ll write a letter to the Times.
CUSTOMER: No you bloody won’t. Look at the trouble the last one caused.
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From where the palms grow

Photo | Raúl Abreu

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We Only Want the Earth

James Connolly, 1907
Some men, faint-hearted, ever seek
Our programme to retouch,
And will insist, whene’er they speak
That we demand too much.
‘Tis passing strange, yet I declare
Such statements give me mirth,
For our demands most modest are,
We only want the earth.
“Be moderate,” the trimmers cry,
Who dread the tyrants’ thunder.
“You ask too much and people fly
From you aghast in wonder.”
‘Tis passing strange, for I declare
Such statements give me mirth,
For our demands most moderate are,
We only want the earth.Our masters all a godly crew,
Whose hearts throb for the poor,
Their sympathies assure us, too,
If our demands were fewer.
Most generous souls! But please observe,
What they enjoy from birth
Is all we ever had the nerve
To ask, that is, the earth.

The “labour fakir” full of guile,
Base doctrine ever preaches,
And whilst he bleeds the rank and file
Tame moderation teaches.
Yet, in despite, we’ll see the day
When, with sword in its girth,
Labour shall march in war array
To realize its own, the earth.

For labour long, with sighs and tears,
To its oppressors knelt.
But never yet, to aught save fears,
Did the heart of tyrant melt.
We need not kneel, our cause no dearth
Of loyal soldiers’ needs
And our victorious rallying cry
Shall be we want the earth!

 

Reproduced from TML Weekly, April 23, 2016 – No. 17

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China home to 60 per cent of world’s high-speed rail

Pictured is a high-speed train connecting Datong, Shanxi Province to Xi’an,Shaanxi Province during a trial run at Yongji North Station | people.cn

By Zhang Mengxu (People’s Daily)

Despite the continuous queries of foreign media on China’s high-speed railway cooperation with neighbouring countries, the nation’s improved technology has earned China-made equipment more global recognition. Data shows that China is now home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s high-speed railways (HSR). Continue reading

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Event. Picket US Embassy in Ottawa

End the illegal U.S. blockade against Cuba, return the occupied territory in Guantanamo and abolish all unjust U.S. laws targeting Cuba!

Ottawa Cuba Connections has been holding monthly pickets at the US Embassy in Ottawa since December 17, 2015, to demand that the US immediately end its blockade of Cuba and stop interfering in Cuba’s domestic affairs.

Please join us at the US Embassy (Mackenzie St.) February 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm and stand in solidarity with the Cuban government and people for their democratic right to live in peace and without foreign interference of any kind.

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Organized by Ottawa-Cuba Connections http://ottawacuba.org/

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Defiant protest in Paris and Global Climate March

One day before the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference the peoples of the world set the tone with mass actions to affirm their urgent demands and emphasize that whatever transpires in Paris must accord with the needs of humanity and Mother Earth. Organizations report that some 2,300 actions were held on November 29 in at least 175 countries with more than 570,000 people participating. Continue reading

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UN COP21 Climate Conference in Paris: Message from Network in Defense of Humanity

Opening ceremony of the People’s World Conference on Climate Change at the Universidad del Valle, Tiquipaya, Bolivia, October 10, 2015. (F. Zarco)

Opening ceremony of the People’s World Conference on Climate Change at the Universidad del Valle, Tiquipaya, Bolivia, October 10, 2015. (F. Zarco)

“The solution cannot be to put off the development of those who need it most. The truth is that everything that today contributes to underdevelopment and poverty is tantamount to a flagrant attack on the ecology […] A better distribution of wealth and of the technologies available in the world could spare humanity such devastation. Less luxury and waste in a few countries could bring about a reduction of poverty and hunger in a large part of the planet. […] Let selfishness and hegemonism cease, as well as callousness, recklessness and deceit.” –  Fidel Castro, Río de Janeiro, 1992

Three years have passed since the Summit of the Peoples was held in June 2012 parallel to the United Nations Rio+20 meeting. At that time the Network in Defense of Humanity called on all social movements, social leaders in general, governments and all persons of good will to mobilize against the suicidal model imposed on the world that leaves no other alternative than the extinction of the human species. Continue reading

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