Issue #. 133. May 2007
Electronic Journal & Daily Weblog
THE RETURN OF PLAN PUEBLA-PANAMA
The New Struggle for Central America
by Bill Weinberg, WW4 REPORT
CONTINENTAL INDIGENOUS SUMMIT IN GUATEMALA
by Marc Becker, Upside Down World
MINING IN MEXICO: VIOLENCE MADE IN CANADA
by Mandeep Dhillon, Upside Down World
CHINA IN AFRICA: THE NEW DEBATE
by Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus
INDIA AT WAR
Human Rights and the Naxalite Insurgency
by Suhas Chakma, Madrid11.net
COSTA RICA: CAFTA REFERENDUM PLANNED
from Weekly News Update on the Americas
Nicaragua Sticks It to Tio Sam —Again!
by Michael I. Niman, Art Voice, Buffalo, NY
"During the past ten years we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which now has justified the presence of U.S. military 'advisors' in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counter-revolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Colombia and why American napalm and green beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru... Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken—the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investment."
—Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967
"I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all their money on airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it. I got a very good grade."
Exit Poll: Were you obsessed with Nicaragua in the '80s? Are you feeling nostalgic since Daniel Ortega's resumption of power? C'mon, tell the truth.
Extra Credit: Which of the following recent headlines from our weblog was an April Fool's prank? Please answer without actually consulting the weblog or Googling any keywords*
1. Puntland clashes with Somaliland
2. Oil cartel eyes Nagaland; factional strife in guerilla struggle
3. France sends more troops to Groznia; conspiracy theories proliferate
4. China imprisons Uighur dissident
5. Nigeria: polygamous lesbians flee Islamic police
*Respondents will not be identified on the weblog, to spare anyone who gets it wrong public humiliation.
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