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David Rovics - Song for Bradley Manning

 

The Shortwave Report 01/07/11 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (January 7) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
   From CHINA- Chinese scientists report a breakthrough in the recycling of spent nuclear fuel rods. Iran has invited the international community, except for the US, to inspect its nuclear facilities. There are some discussions between the Koreas about resuming joint projects. Record floods in Australia are causing catastrophic damage to the infrastructure of Queensland. A Governor in Pakistan was assassinated by one of his bodyguards, creating more instability and division among the citizens. UN peacekeepers want to increase their forces to nearly 12,000 in Cote d'Ivoire over the defeated President not stepping down. The Chinese Vice-Premier visited Spain and signed 7.5 billion dollars worth of government and commercial deals as well as bonds to help stabilize the Spanish economy.
    From SPAIN- The Vice Premier of China published an editorial in El Pais about China's faith in Spain's financial market. Reporters Without Borders published statistics on journalists killed and kidnapped in the past year. Madrid had a conference on the Gaza flotilla and Anne Wright, a former US Army Colonel, spoke there and gave a long interview to Spanish National Radio.
   From CUBA- Figures released say that more than 10,000 people were killed in Afghanistan, many of them civilians. Over the weekend 18 people were killed in 3 separate US drone strikes in Pakistan. Iran's military has shot down 2 US spy drones in the Persian Gulf. The Venezuelan government's refusal to accept Larry Palmer as the US ambassador to the nation was rethought by the US administration- his name was withdrawn from the position.
    From GERMANY-  After the Vice-Premier of China offered financial aid to Spain, he went on to Germany to seek more German investment in China. A new Wikileaks cable reveals that the US and Germany are secretly developing spy satellites under the cover of a commercial development to retrieve environmental data. In a further austerity measure, the UK has increased its VAT sales tax to 20%, like most other Euro nations.
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 

 

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
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I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
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Workers Defense Project Seeks Volunteers for Youth Empowerment Program

 Workers Defense Project/Proyecto Defensa Laboral (PDL), is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing, and strategic partnerships.

Worker's Defense Project is currently seeking four long-term volunteers for the Youth Empowerment Program.

About Us:
The Youth Empowerment Program is part of the Leadership and Educational Achievement Program at PDL, designed to help kids with their homework and overall academic performance, as well as teach them a little bit about social justice using art and music as a medium for exploration of these themes.  While we work with the kids, their parents take ESL classes, and the program is bilingual (English/Spanish), and although fluency in both English & Spanish is super helpful, its not totally necessary.  We are currently implementing a college prep structure for the high school students, and will be working with the younger children's primary teachers and families to implement a long-term academic support program based on their needs.  In the past, we've done lessons about workers rights, community visioning, and the bringing the children's lives into the classroom, and this next year we intend to work on topics like anti-militarization and food justice, among other things.

Logistics:
We meet Monday & Wednesday from 7-9pm at the PDL building, which is 5604 Manor Rd.  The ESL/Tutoring program courses run for six weeks at a time, and every six weeks we take a two week break.  We ask that volunteers commit to approximately two and a half hours a week (either Mon or Wed) for a six month duration, to allow for time to set-up and clean-up before and after class.  All volunteers will be paired with youth to work with on a regular basis (about 3 or 4 kids per adult), based on their skills and the children's age group and needs, and in order to ensure that there is some accountability on our part to the youth we work with, as both relationships and work develop together.  Additionally, all volunteers will be required to attend two volunteer orientation and training meetings, and will need to submit to a background check.

Interested parties should respond to kandace@workersdefense.org.  This position has a minimal time commitment (under 3 hours a week) and will last six months, and there is a possibility for internship hours for those who are interested in taking on a larger time commitment.

Thanks to everyone for their time and interest in working with us, and please let me know if you've got any questions!  Forward this email if you feel like you know anyone who would be interested!

Looking forward to working with you all...

Best,
Kandace Vallejo
504.231.2545

 

Steve Murphy Off Hunger Strike

 

Protest music on the rise in the U.S.

When Did The Tea Party Call For Symbolism?

<p>Yesterday all across America newly elected officials were sworn in to lead us through to a slightly different course going forward from that of the last two years.  That’s what we hope anyways, and what we’ve been told.  We hope that there will not be a repeat of the last two years of obstinance and do-nothingness.  We hope to see communication between the current two parties.  We hope to see effective multi-partisan efforts which produce powerful and meaningful legislation. </p>

Steve Murphy on Hunger Strike - Support Needed!

Steve Murphy is currently hunger striking and needs your help.  The prison went on lockdown in early December

and since that time Steve has not had access to healthy vegan food.  He was only receiving a few pieces of

bread each day with an apple or orange.  Steve has put in numerous requests to the prison in an attempt to

get vegan food, but all of his requests have been ignored.  

Please call the prison and request that Steve be given food that he can eat.  

But, What I Really Wanna' Know Is....

  Étienne de la Boétie, Judge during the French Renaissance

 

But, What I Really Wanna' Know Is....

 

Just How Gutless/Stupid/Sick Do We Have to Be To Do It to Ourselves?

German High Court Outlaws Electronic Voting

Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 9:45 am

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00187.htm

 

Dangerous Chemicals in Swine Flu Vaccinations

 That CDC strongly recommends that each members of the inhabitants receive the swine flu vaccine, particularly pregnant women in addition to any children age A few months and up, as well as any person who cares for these risky groups. Consumers, however, are leery belonging to the swine flu vaccine, as a result of a complete lack involving testing. In order to be aware of the potential risks behind obtaining the H1N1 vaccine, consumers can read the package insert for every formulation.

 
The U. VERTISEMENTS. Food and Drug Insolvency (FDA) provides package insert information for everyone four formulations of the actual H1N1 vaccine. The adults-only vaccine created by CSL Limited, the vaccine created by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Constrained, which is approved forever 4 and up, the vaccine created by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., that is certainly approved for infants ages Few months and up, and your intranasal vaccine, approved for toddlers age 2 or more, were all approved within September, 2009.
 
All safety and dosage information used for your H1N1 vaccine package insert draws on historical information about the actual seasonal influenza vaccine, however ingredient information is exact. Among other ingredients, different formulations belonging to the swine flu vaccine comprise cancer-causing agents, mercury, plus MSG. While most single-dose formulations belonging to the H1N1 vaccine are mercury-free, the single-dose vials that is generated by Novartis do contain search for amounts of thimerosal. A lot of the thimerosal, a mercury-based chemical, is removed by some sort of purification process, but little amounts remain after digesting.
 
Before making a choice about having the swine flu vaccine, individuals should research, and get all of the facts about the H1N1 vaccine.

Austin Artist Unveils New Mural In East Austin

 

On December 21, 2010 artist Raul Valdez unveiled his new mural at Capitol Metro in Austin, TX.

 

WIKILEAKS SCANDAL HITS PARAGUAYAN PRESIDENT FERNANDO LUGO

 Latin America - Paraguay president may need "a little help from ’upstairs’ to govern" says 

U.S 
Natalia Viana, 19 de dezembro de 2010, 15.00 GMT 
Paraguay president Fernando Lugo, a center-left politician who was elected to office in April 
2008, was seen as a potential ally to the U.S. by the U.S. embassy in Asuncion, so long as 
he had "more than just a little help from ’upstairs’ to govern as president" which Lugo was 
apparently willing to accept. 
"(S)o far, his signals to the United States Embassy have been clear — he is grateful for our 
offers of assistance and wants a close relationship," wrote U.S. ambassador James Cason to 
Washington on June 2, 2008, adding: "If you can’t believe a priest, who can you believe?" 
(See cable here) 
From 1954 to 1989, Paraguay was run by Alfredo Stroessner, a right-wing dictator whose 
regime is also blamed for torture, kidnappings and corruption. Lugo, a former Roman 
Catholic bishop, became president of the small land-locked country of 6.3 million people after 
promising to give land to the landless and end entrenched corruption, defeating the Colorado 
party which had ruled for six decades. 
Pink Tide Worries In 2005, when Tabaré Vázquez was elected leader of Uruguay, the sixth left-wing leader to 
be elected in the region, Larry Rohter, a New York Times reporter coined a term that would 
become popular among Latin American watchers. He referred to "not so much a red tide...as 
a pink one." 
Indeed the BBC estimated that three out of four citizens of Latin America lived in countries 
ruled by "left-leaning presidents" elected during the preceding six years, in a clean break 
with what was known at the outset of the 1990s as the ’Washington consensus’, the mixture 
of open markets and privatisation pushed by the United States". 
A 2006 press release from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a Washington, D.C.-based 
non-governmental organization summed up the worries in Washington, which they said 
"rumbles with suppressed outrage over Latin America’s latest professions of its sovereignty – 
Bolivia’s nationalization of its oil and natural gas reserves, and Ecuador and Venezuela’s 
voiding of their energy contracts. At the same time, Bolivia’s newly inaugurated president, 
Evo Morales, is a prime candidate to join Washington’s pantheon of Latin American bad boys, 
presently represented by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez." 
Populist Principles 
With this sharp turn to the left, Washington was keen to cultivate more moderate, if 
somewhat left wing leaders, to counter the popularity of Castro and Chavez. Thus the 
election of Fernando Lugo in April 2008 was seen as a possible opportunity to push back, 
although the U.S. ambassador in Asuncion warned that the State department would have to 
be watchful of Lugo’s populist background. 
Cason made it a point to tell his bosses that Lugo was reading a Mandela biography when the 
U.S. ambassador came to visit. He also noted that Lugo cared little for material possessions: 
"He typically wears sandals, because that is who he is. He says he has owned two suits in his 
life; one for high school graduation and another for his ordination" and had only just bought 
his third. 
“During his 11-year tenure as bishop, Lugo fought for campesino rights and organized the 
region’s peasant movement. Lugo has thrived in the social and religious arenas by reaching 
out to the poor and disenfranchised, largely with populist (though not necessarily incendiary) 
principles," wrote Cason, expressing concerns about Lugo’s ties to representatives of 
Venezuelan President Chavez, a relationship that “bears monitoring." Cason also warns that 
Lugo’s "strong populist leanings - including a reputation for detesting flaunting of wealth by 
the rich - would lead to rifts with the political establishment". 
The cable also claims that "sensitive reporting" say Lugo had "loose personal ties to 
members of Paraguay’s Free Fatherland Party (PPL), the all-but-defunct leftist micro-party 
with an armed wing" and that "Lugo signed a petition in 2000 against USG funding for Plan 
Colombia. Lugo, along with President Chavez and many others, also signed a 2006 manifesto 
opposing the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Latin America". Despite these caveats, the U.S. ambassador appears confident that Lugo can be convinced 
not to join cause the other left-wing presidents in the region. "These Lugo insiders claim that 
he supports Chavez’ plans for Latin America; but Lugo has stated publicly and privately (to 
Embassy officials) that he will not align himself with Chavez”. 
To the contrary the Paraguay president is said to have been “delighted” that the U.S. 
ambassador was in fact the first caller to congratulate him and to offer support for his 
government. 
Cason ends the cable saying that it is unclear if Lugo will have the hability to govern. "He is a 
leftist at heart, but given the Liberal Party’s influence in his coalition and Congress’ strong 
role in the Paraguayan government, he will likely have to steer a center-left course". 
Source: http://www.wikileaks.de/Paraguay-president-may-need-a.html 
************************************************************************** 
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 04 ASUNCION 000358 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
WHA/FO; WHA/BSC MDRUCKER, BFRIEDMAN, KBEAMER; NSC DFISK; DS/DSS/ITA 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/19/2028 
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL SNAR PA XM 
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT-ELECT FERNANDO LUGO: A PROFILE 
REF: A. 06 ASUNCION 1280 
¶B. 06 ASUNCION 348 
¶C. ASUNCION 263 Classified By: DCM Michael J. Fitzpatrick; reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). ------- 
SUMMARY ------- 
¶1. (S) President-elect Fernando Lugo will need to rely on his diverse background to govern 
Paraguay and hold together the varied interests in his political coalition. Lugo comes from a 
family of long-time Colorado dissidents, particularly vocal during the Stroessner years. After 
distinguished national military service, Lugo began his own career as a teacher in 1969 but 
soon found his calling in the Catholic Church. Ordained a bishop in 1994, Lugo was assigned 
to the Archdiocese of San Pedro for 11 years before stepping down. Lugo launched the 
organization Citizen Resistance in March 2006 and made his political start by speaking at a 
massive political rally the same month, leading many to believe that he would be the only 
presidential candidate who could defeat the Colorados in the April 2008 election. While 
Lugo's quiet, affable style should help him build consensus in the next government, other 
aspects of his personality, such as his avoidance of confrontation, could hinder his ability to 
govern. Sensitive reporting suggests that some members of Lugo's inner circle maintain ties 
to representatives of Venezuelan President Chavez and that Lugo himself has loose personal 
ties to members of Paraguay's Free Fatherland Party (PPL), the all-but-defunct leftist microparty with an armed wing. Lugo leveraged his status with the Catholic Church and reputation 
for honesty to win the presidency; he will need more than just a little help from "upstairs" to 
govern as president. END SUMMARY. 
---------------- POLITICAL ROOTS ---------------- 
¶2. (C) President-elect Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez will need his diverse background to 
govern Paraguay and hold together the varied interests represented in his political coalition. 
Lugo's political organization is the Patriotic Alliance for Change (APC), comprised of 12 
political parties and nine political movements, centered principally on the Radical Authentic 
Liberal Party (PLRA), Paraguay's largest and oldest opposition political party. Lugo is a 
registered member of Paraguay's (largely irrelevant) Christian Democratic Party. His vice 
president-elect, Luis Federico Franco Gomez, is a long-time PLRA member. Lugo has thrived 
in the social and religious arenas by reaching out to the poor and disenfranchised, largely 
with populist (though not necessarily incendiary) principles. 
¶3. (C) Lugo comes from a family of long-time Colorado dissidents, particularly vocal during 
the Stroessner years. He was born on May 30, 1951, in San Pedro del Parana (Itapua 
Department) to Guillermo Lugo and Maximina Mendez Fleitas. His uncle, Epifanio Mendez 
Fleitas, was a renowned dissident Colorado leader and rival to dictator Alfredo Stroessner 
who fled in exile to Uruguay in 1956. Mendez Fleitas founded the Popular Colorado 
Movement (MOPOCO) in 1959, a dissident Colorado revolutionary group that advocated 
Stroessner's overthrow. Lugo told DCM his father Guillermo was detained twenty times 
during Stroessner's 35-year reign; his brothers were tortured and exiled. (His sister 
Mercedes puts their father's lifetime total arrests at 38.) Their brother Pompeyo remains a 
dissident Colorado (ref A), another brother lives in France; their final brother died of natural 
causes. Despite his family's strong political traditions, Fernando Lugo himself remained 
politically disengaged until he resigned from the priesthood in 2006 to pursue politics full 
time. --------------------- CAREER IN THE CHURCH --------------------- 
¶4. (U) As a young man, Fernando Lugo finished first in his class during his obligatory 
military service. Yet Lugo was denied a m 
ilitary commission because of his family's opposition to Stroessner. Lugo then began his 
career as a teacher in 1969 but soon found his calling in the Catholic Church. He earned his 
undergraduate degree in religious science from the Catholic University of Asuncion in 1977, 
the same year the Catholic Church ordained him as a priest. Lugo served as a missionary in 
Ecuador from 1977 until 1982, where he learned the principles of Liberation Theology under 
Leonidas Proanho, the "Bishop of the Poor." He returned to Paraguay in 1982 and served one 
year as an apprentice in the Order of the Divine Word. He studied spirituality and sociology 
in Italy from 1983 to 1987, earning a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gregoriana 
University in Rome. (There are reports the Church sent him abroad repeatedly -- Italy, 
Germany, Ecuador, Peru -- to protect him from Stroessner's regime.) Lugo served from 1987 
to 1992 as a professor at the Superior Institute of Theology in Asuncion, as head of the 
Order of the Divine Word, and as vice president of the Religious Confederation of Paraguay. 
¶5. (C) The Church ordained Lugo as a bishop in 1994 and assigned him to the Archdiocese 
of San Pedro, one of the poorest areas in this poor country -- and one intentionally 
marginalized by the Colorados because of a strong Liberal Party presence, which occasionally 
manifested itself in the form of rural armed groups over the decades. During his 11-year 
tenure as bishop, Lugo fought for campesino rights and organized the region's peasant 
movement. He resigned as bishop in January 2005. Pope John Paul II accepted his 
resignation in January 2006 and he thus acquired the title of Bishop Emeritus of San Pedro. 
Lugo submitted his petition to resign from the clergy in December 2006 to run for president; 
the Vatican denied his request in January 2007. (NOTE: Press reports in 2005 indicated that 
the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference (CEP) announced that it had no objections to Lugo's 
activities as bishop and believed his actions were intended to address social injustices and 
poverty. However, other 2005 press reports indicated that the CEP forced Lugo to resign as 
bishop because of his association with inciting land invasions that resulted in violence as well 
as a rumor that Lugo fathered a child. The Church must still decide whether to accept Lugo's 
rsignation, provide a "temporary dispensation," or excommunicate him after he assumes the 
presidency on August 15. END NOTE.) 
------------- LEFTIST TIES? ------------- 
¶6. (S/NF) Sensitive reporting indicates that some members of Lugo's inner circle have ties 
to representatives of Venezuelan President Chavez. These Lugo insiders claim that he 
supports Chavez' plans for Latin America; Lugo has stated publicly and privately (to Embassy 
officials) that he will not align himself with Chavez. Lugo volunteered to OAS chief of 
electoral mission (and former Colombia Foreign Minister) Maria Emma Mejia early April 21 
that while Chavez was the first president to congratulate him April 20, he does not know 
Chavez and was delighted that the U.S. Ambassador was in fact the first caller to 
congratulate him and to offer support for his government. One party in Lugo's coalition, the 
P-MAS (Paraguayan Movement towards Socialism), receives Venezuelan financial support. 
When pressed publicly, Lugo has publicly identified himself as closest in ideology and 
management style to Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez. ¶7. (S/NF) Sensitive reporting also suggests Lugo himself has loose ties to members of the 
Free Fatherland Party (PPL) -- the tiny Paraguayan Marxist-Leninist party which developed 
an armed wing in the early part of the decade, and which has roots in San Pedro and 
Concepcion Departments. (NOTE: The PPL today is all but disbanded. END NOTE.) Several 
PPL leaders are reportedly ex-seminarians, although Lugo has publicly denied having been 
their instructor (which is not to say that they did not know each other in Paraguay's small 
circle of clergy). 
During the just-concluded presidential campaign, it was publicly alleged that Lugo assisted 
PPL members in planning and executing the 2004 kidnapping of former president Raul Cubas 
Grau's daughter, Cecilia Cubas, and to have helped PPL members escape Paraguayan justice. 
Lugo has publicly denied the same. Lugo is not known to have links to the Revolutionary 
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC); Lugo told Maria Emma Mejia April 21 that he is inclined to 
publicly declare (post-inauguration) the FARC "a terrorist organization." He stressed to Mejia 
he had no problem with the use of the word terrorist to describe them since "the FARC killed 
my friend." (NOTE: No Further Information available.) Lugo signed a petition in 2000 against 
USG funding for Plan Colombia. The petition, drafted by members of the PPL (which was then 
a legal party), was sent to the Foreign Affairs Ministry and foreign embassies. Lugo, along 
with President Chavez and many others, also signed a 2006 manifesto opposing the Free 
Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Latin America. 
¶8. (S) NOTE: Lugo privately told DCM April 17 (i.e., several days before his election), that 
he was convinced that corrupt elements of the police (if not certain Colorado politicians) had 
protected the PPL kidnappers, whom he said were responsible for the kidnapping and 
ultimate killing of Cecilia Cubas. He said a police officer came to him with information as to 
where Cubas was then being held. (Lugo was still Bishop of San Pedro at this time.) He said 
they jointly went to see the Interior Minister (Nelson Mora) the night of December 6-7, 2004, 
provided him the address -- and even told him that a police officer (and possible suspect) 
lived next door to the house where Cubas was being held. Lugo said the Minister assured 
them he was already aware, and that "all was being taken care of." The police officer 
accompanying Lugo, however, was suddenly reassigned the next day. Lugo recalled that the 
Minister publicly declared "We know where you are" and gave the PPL "24 hours" to 
surrender -- but no action was taken. (COMMENT: This statement is confirmed by 
contemporary press reports. END COMMENT.) 
Cuba's body was only recovered in February 2006, from the same house Lugo says they had 
identified to the Interior Minister in December. Lugo told DCM he had recently had it 
confirmed to him that the PPL kidnappers had even used the car owned by their policeman 
neighbor. Lugo told DCM that though he did not have a complete understanding as to the 
extent of official (or semi-official) protection that had gone on, he was toying with the idea of 
a national inquiry into the case, should he become president, saying, "the people have a 
right to know." The Interior Minister and several dozen police officials were all sacked 
following the discovery of Cuba's body. END NOTE. 
------------------------------- TRANSITION INTO FORMAL POLITICS ----------------------------- 
-- 
¶9. (C) Lugo launched the organization Citizen Resistance in March 2006 and burst onto the 
national political scene as a last-minute speaker at a massive political rally on March 29, 
2006. Lugo spoke to about 35,000 people and against the decision by five members of the 
Supreme Court to affirm Duarte (contrary to the Constitution) as president of both the government and Colorado Party. Many began to suggest that he should run and could defeat 
the Colorados in the 2008 presidential election. Lugo organized other marches against the 
Colorados and supported launching the opposition political movement Tekojoja in June 2006. 
(He once pointedly corrected an embassy officer, however, who suggested he was the leader 
of Tekojoja.) He subsequently formally registered as a member of the (micro) Christian 
Democratic Party. Lugo won the support of the PLRA in June 2007 when he agreed to accept 
a member of the PLRA as his running mate. The political opposition formed the APC, Lugo's 
current alliance, in September 2007 from the remnants of the National Assembly 
(Concertacion Nacional), which splintered when the National Union of Ethical Citizens Party 
(UNACE) and Beloved Fatherland Party (PQ) fielded their own presidential tickets. 
------------------------------- PERSONALITY AND OTHER BIO NOTES ---------------------------- 
--- 
¶10. (C) While Lugo's quiet, affable style should help him build consensus in the next 
government, other aspects of his personality, such as his avoidance of confrontation, could 
hinder his ability to govern. Lugo generally connects well with people (although he is 
reportedly uncomfortable with women) and has thus far been successful in attracting a 
diverse support base. He is said to be an expert in "human nature" and is a quick and 
accurate judge of character. Personally a quiet, unpretentious and serene individual, Lugo 
cares little for physical possessions. He typically wears sandals, because that is who he is. 
(He says he has owned two suits in his life; one for high school graduation and another for 
his ordination. He bought his third for the May 16 Ibero-American Summit in Lima, Peru.) 
However, his strong populist leanings -- including a reputation for detesting flaunting of 
wealth by the rich -- could lead to rifts with the political establishment. Likewise, even Lugo's 
closest advisors worry that he will walk away from conflict within his own alliance. His 
reportedly already-strained relationship with Vice President-elect Federico Franco indicates 
that he may not be able to work effectively with influential members of his own alliance (let 
alone with the Colorados). But he also has demonstrated an iron will, and is not easily 
moved from strongly held positions. 
¶11. (SBU) Given his career as a member of the Catholic clergy, Lugo is unmarried (although 
he is rumored to have fathered several illegitimate children). Lugo told DCM April 17 that he 
admires Nelson Mandela, and particularly, how Mandela defied predictions of impending 
social strife to bring his country together and move it forward together 
NOTE: Lugo was reading a Mandela biography at the time, which was on his coffee table) . 
during the meeting). Lugo speaks Spanish, Guarani, Portuguese, Italian, and at least some 
German. He has also studied English. 
------- COMMENT ------- 
¶12. (C) Lugo leveraged his status with the Catholic Church and reputation for honesty to 
win the presidency, but he will need more than just a little help from "upstairs" to govern as 
president. It is unclear whether Lugo has the skills needed to run Paraguay (he reportedly 
caused an NGO he managed for one year to fail), but his historic win with over 40 percent of 
the vote gives him strong momentum that will help him govern in the short term (ref C). In 
terms of the direction Lugo will take, many questions remain. He is a leftist at heart, but 
given the Liberal Party's influence in his coalition and Congress' strong role in the 
Paraguayan government, he will likely have to steer a center-left course. Lugo's ties to Venezuela and others bear monitoring, but so far, his signals to the United States Embassy 
have been clear -- he is grateful for our offers of assistance and wants a close relationship. If 
you can't believe a priest, who can you believe? END COMMENT. 
Please visit us at http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/asuncion 

Cason 

Source: http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2008/06/08ASUNCION358.htm

Social Justice Saturday School 2011

  Social Justice Saturday School 2011

You are all invited to consider attending the information session for the upcoming Social Justice Saturday School.  We are looking for a least one student organization to serve as a co-sponsor of the meetings taking place in January and February 2011.
The Social Justice Saturday School will be taking place in January and February 2011. The school is being sponsored by the Mexican American Center for Community and Economic Development and Austin Voices for Education And Youth.
The purpose of the school is to identify and train a group of community activists who can practice the art of civic engagement in creative ways that will inspire others to join them.
Up to 30 students from area high schools are welcome to apply. Classes will be held on Saturdays at UT Austin from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. The following topics will be covered during the course of the six-week program:
1. Economics and the Origins of Poverty
2. Social Movements in History
3. Understanding what is meant by “The Community”
4. The Ins and Outs of the Prison System in Texas
5. Understanding Public Narratives, the story of You, Us and Now
6. Current and Coming Issues in Texas
Students from The University of Texas at Austin are welcome to apply and participate in the Social Justice Saturday School as facilitators, presenters, observers or students. Much of the material will be presented using power point presentations, handouts and guest speakers.
UT students are invited to attend a Social Justice Saturday School information session taking place at 12 noon on Thursday, December 2, 2010 in the Sinclair Suite of the Texas Union.
For more information or questions please contact Alfredo Santos c/s at (512) 944-4123.

The Shortwave Report 12/31/10 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (December 31) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.
   From CHINA- The central bank in China has raised interest rates to slow down inflation for the second time this year. The Chinese government is taking measures to keep food prices controlled. China is subsidizing manufacturers of wind power equipment- the US is threatening action at the WTO. South Africa has joined the emerging economies group known as BRIC- Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Berlin, like the Northeast US, is receiving massive snow fall. Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman has called Turkey "impudent" for demanding an apology for the murder of crew members bringing aid to Gaza.
    From GERMANY- More on the escalating tensions between Israel and Turkey over the commando raid last May on a ship that was bringing aid to Gaza.
   From CUBA- Cuban doctors have led the medical assistance given to Haiti without much international fanfare. The Obama administration has refused to help investigate claims that the CIA runs a secret prison in Poland. At least 33 people were killed in Pakistan this week by US drones, with a total of 116 strikes carried out during the year. A Viewpoint on the huge number of natural disasters that occurred in 2010. Outgoing Brazilian President Lula da Silva says that US policy toward Latin America has not changed under Barack Obama.
    From RUSSIA-  A commentary on Hugo Chavez's refusal to accept the US choice for ambassador to his country- and the inability of the US administration to recognize that Latin America is emerging as a global force in the 21st century.
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org
 
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
link for smaller file and streaming- 
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
--"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli."
-- Howard Zinn

 

WIKILEAKS SCANDAL EXPLODES IN PARAGUAY

 U.S and USAID AGENT IS THE PRESIDENT OF PARAGUAY

Papers about the president of Paraguay: 

http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2010/12/28/wikileaks__el_fraude_fernando_lugo.pdf 

http://euskalherria.indymedia.org/media/2010/12//71349.pdf

ESCÁNDALO EN PARAGUAY POR FILTRACIONES DE WIKILEAKS: FERNANDO LUGO AGENTE DE EEUU

 

EL CURA PRESIDENTE DE PARAGUAY DESCUBIERTO COMO AGENTE DE ESTADOS UNIDOS

 

ESCÁNDALO EN PARAGUA...
imagen_wikileas_destapa_fraude_fernando_lugo.jpg, image/jpeg, 281x207

 

El “obispo de los pobres” marxista y bolivariano develado 
como agente de los Estados Unidos: Fernando Lugo, hoy 
aliado del imperio, prometió en la embajada norteamericana no 
apoyar a Hugo Chávez para obtener respaldo de Washington 

PARAGUAY. Wikileaks destapa el Fraude Fernando Lugo 

http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2010/12/28/wikileaks__el_fraude_fernando_lugo.pdf 

http://euskalherria.indymedia.org/media/2010/12//71349.pdf

Volunteer with the Austin Black and Brown Alliance

 VOLUNTEER TO DOOR KNOCK with the AUSTIN BLACK AND BROWN ALLIANCE


Austin Black And Brown Alliance (ABBA) is a newly formed organization that seeks to unify working class African American and Latin@ mestiz@s to address common forms of structural racism and classism. 

In Austin and across the country, ethnic and racial tensions often exist between Latina/o mestizo and African American communities; tensions can at times be particularly strong among poor communities of color, and immigrant vs. non-immigrant communities. These differences keep potential allies suffering from similar forms of structural inequality and discrimination -- be it in education, the criminal justice system, housing, and employment -- divided. These divisions do not serve poor brown and black communities, but rather facilitate the perpetuation of institutionalized class and race oppression. 

ABBA Goals:
• Develop a common understanding of structural racism and vision of a path towards equality with ABBA members 
• Develop ABBA organizing campaigns to bring black and brown members together to work in partnership to address common issues

Help ABBA go door knocking in the Windsor Park & Sweany neighborhood to administer surveys with community members to learn more about the issues they are facing, proposed solutions, and community projects of interest to them. These surveys will serve as a guide in helping ABBA decide the next steps of its organizing work. 

How it works:
1. Volunteers will be paired in bilingual teams (black and brown)
2. Receive an orientation/training on how to administer the surveys on January 20th at 6pm at the 5604 Manor Community Center
3. Administer surveys Saturday(s) January 22nd and 29th from 10am to 3pm (lunch will be provided).  

If you are interested in participating please e-mail creolemaroon@yahoo.com with the following information:

  • Name
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • Racial Identity(ies)
  • Languages Spoken (Spanish/English)
  • Short answer about why you are interested in participating.
  • Previous organizing experience.

 

 

Police State USA (rock music video) Released

 Anti USA Police State rock music video released by American rocker who has been targeted with a decade of government oppression.  Scott X and the Constitution Commandos take on corrupt and criminal acts of the government with their 4th video release from their new album: "Fighting the U.S. Police State With Music".

 

 

Prison des idéologies

 

The Shortwave Report 12/24/10 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (December 24) is up at the website 

   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)

   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

 

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.

   From CHINA- The Chinese Premier has returned from a visit to Pakistan where trade deals worth $10 billion were made. Economic cooperation between the mainland and Taiwan continues to build. China will keep its family planning policy for the next five years. Extreme weather conditions in China have led to the increased use of weather modification techniques. The Chinese government has been calling for restraint from both Koreas, while the South continues to escalate threatening exercises.

    From GERMANY- On Monday, North Korea agreed to allow nuclear inspectors to return following an unofficial visit by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

   From CUBA- Today, Thursday, S Korea is conducting its largest ever land, air, and sea military exercises. Halliburton has reached a settlement with the government of Nigeria to avoid the prosecution of Dick  Cheney and six others on bribery charges. Students at the University of Puerto Rico have been demonstrating against increased tuition fees. Students in many cities in Italy continued their protests against educational cutbacks. A Viewpoint on Costa Rica's decision to allow the US military to extend their stay in the country, allegedly to combat drug trafficking. A multinational Asian convoy is heading to Gaza with relief supplies. Brazilian President Lula da Silva says that there will be no peace in the Middle East as long as the US acts as a mediator.

    From RUSSIA-  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been named "Person of the year" by the French newspaper Le Monde. A commentary on the expansion of US military special operation ground raids into the tribal areas of Pakistan.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 

 

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 

This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >

There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PST)

The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 

Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org

And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org

 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 

link for broadcast edition- 

< http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_12_24_10.mp3 >(13.3MB)

link for smaller file and streaming- 

< http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >

       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 

--"What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? I give private information on corporations to you for free, and I'm a villain. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he's Man of the Year."

-- Julian Assange

 

Free Hector Lopez

Two weeks ago 21-year-old Hector Lopez was the poster-perfect picture for hope in the DREAM Act. The story of his American dream, his abrupt deportation, and his heroic bid for asylum was featured in the New York Times just one day before the House of Representatives passed the act on Dec. 8. News reports called for a quick vote in the Senate. Lopez was riding high on a hope that the American system would shortly set him free from a federal lockup for migrants in Arizona.

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