"I know you will sentence me to death but do not forget that by killing me you will not only assassinate freedom in your country but you will not prevent Algeria from becoming free and independent." —Algerian FLN freedom fighter Djamila Bouhired, on trial by French colonial authorities in 1957. She was tortured, but later released, despite her death sentence.
An international online photo campaign called “I am Chavez” (Yo Soy Chavez) has been underway to show support for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as he enters a new stage in his battle with cancer. Chavez is currently in Havana, Cuba, recovering from surgery.
Here, Venezuelanalysis.com publishes a selection of the photos sent in to the campaign so far, which were first displayed on the webpage Trinchera Creativa.
Today’s version of this would be the US trying to consume the whole thing….
“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious”
― Oscar Wilde
This is outrageous. France’s imperialist attitudes will never stop…
Mourad Dhina, a leading democracy and rights activist has been detained at request of Algeria, in run-up to elections.
Cause election season means racism in more than just the USA (though Sarkozy has meant it for quite some time)
Sense of shock as exhibition reveals how people were displayed in freak shows in the 19th and early 20th centuries
The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as a “liar” in a private exchange with Barack Obama at last week’s G20 summit in Cannes that was inadvertently broadcast to journalists.
"I cannot stand him. He’s a liar," Sarkozy told Obama. The US president responded by saying: "You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day.""
Ha. Hahahaha. Ha ha. Next time Obama or Clinton mention a “commitment to peace” I am going to remember this quote (and the decades of deception adn imperialist policy).
This piece is a valuable look at both the way the government of France historically assisted the Ben Ali regime (much like other governments across the Middle East and Africa, the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide come to mind), and also the way in which France’s institutionalized racism continues to suffocate Tunisian interests (and those of international justice) to this day.
The 8 wealthiest industrial countries, meeting at the G-8, urged that the world give Egypt, Tunisia and liberated Libya (‘emerging democracies in the Arab world’) some $40 billion in aid. The sum will make headlines but there is less to it than meets the eye.
The G8 is only ponying up $10 billion itself, and that is only in the form of relatively vague promises of a sort that have often not been completely followed through on in the past. It is urging that the Gulf oil states to give $10 billion, though some of them, like Saudi Arabia, were not actually very happy about Hosni Mubarak being overthrown and it is not clear that they will want to help grassroots democratization succeed. That $10 bn. may or may not come through, and if it did it might have strings attached that would actually be undemocratic.
Then the G8 is urging that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank provide another $20 bn., but that aid is likely to be in the form of loans.
But Egypt alone is carrying $80 billion in debt, and its debt servicing costs have risen because its credit rating has been downgraded in the wake of the political crisis.
Tunisia is even worse off, with 1/8 of Egypt’s population but a debt of $50 billion racked up by the Zine El Abidine kleptocracy. Before the crisis, Tunisia had been looking to borrow nearly $3 billion this year just to pay the interest on the old debt and cover budget shortfalls (caused by the ruling class stealing the country blind).
So the G8′s idea of getting these countries further in debt, and making vague promises on direct aid, isn’t probably actually very helpful."
G8 ‘Marshall Plan’ for Arab Spring Nations Falls Short via Juan Cole’s Informed Comment.
Read the rest of his entry here.
Had to see this coming. All that talk of erasing debt went right out the window, huh?