1. There have been more deaths from homicide in Oakland this month than deaths from Hamas rockets in Israel

    Oakland has 1/20th Israel’s population and it’s been a slow month for homicides here. Nobody feels terrorized.

     

  2. I love this article. Susan Abdulhawa lays down a perfect and beautiful explanation of why Palestinians fight back, and why many of us look to Palestine with admiration and profound respect.

     
  3. Afro-Venezuelan members of the FANB (Venezuela’s military) march in support of the government, while members of the right-wing opposition says they are too dark to be Venezuelan and effectively accuses them of being part of some strange Cuban conspiracy.

    "These features aren’t those of Venezuelan afro-descendants, to me they look more like Cuban characteristics… What about you?"

     

  4. Official vote verification in El Salvador confirms FMLN lead

    A winner has still not been declared because the right-wing ARENA party is appealing the results based on unsubstantiated accusations of fraud, but it seems all but certain that when the smoke clears, Salvador Sánchez Céren will be the next president of El Salvador.

     

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  6. For those of you who didn’t see it, the USA tried to use the Organization of American States (traditionally a US-puppet organization) to promote intervention in Venezuela. Instead, an OAS resolution passed supporting President Maduro’s peace initiative by a 29-3 margin; Panamá was the only Latin Amercan country to vote with the United States and Canada against Venezuela. Our peoples have seen right-wing coups before; we can recognize the signs, and we know what side we’re on.

    América Latina cada día más libre del yugo imperialista! Palo al yanqui!

     

  7. My photos from Monday’s event in San Francisco! Contra el golpismo de la derecha, y CON el pueblo y su revolución!

     
  8. Interested in understanding what’s happening in Venezuela? Watch this short segment from Al Jazeera America featuring Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who explains some of the historical context and significance of the current protests.

     
     
  9. If you live in the Bay Area, come out to this!

     
  10. Supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela came together today in San Francisco to reject the acts of violence and destabilization committed by sectors of the right-wing opposition, and to reaffirm our support for the rights of the Venezuelan people to push forward their socialist project in peace and without foreign interference. Viva Chávez! Viva el pueblo revolucionario! Unidas y unidos con Maduro hacia el socialismo bolivariano!

    Photo: Natalio Pérez, kasamaproject.org (more photos will be available Tuesday)

     

  11. A short interview that I conducted recently with a comrade from the Partido Comunista de México (marxista-leninista).

     
  12. Prints will be made available for pickup in the Bay Area and Sacramento if anyone is interested. Camaradas is the name I chose for a print design project I’m hoping to get going this year, beginning just with myself and hopefully becoming more collective with time. Get at me…

    …y que viva Chávez, carajo!

    Design: Natalio Pérez — companatalio@gmail.com

     

  13. At first sight, Mupalla Laxman Rao, who is about to turn 60, looks like a school teacher. In fact, he was one in the early 1970s in Andhra Pradesh’s Karimnagar district. In 2009, however, the bespectacled, soft-spoken figure is India’s Most Wanted Man. He runs one of the world’s largest Left insurgencies—a man known in Home Ministry dossiers as Ganapathi; a man whose writ runs large through 15 states. The supreme commander of CPI (Maoist) is a science graduate and holds a B Ed degree as well. He still conducts classes, but now they are on guerilla warfare for other senior Maoists. He replaced the founder of the People’s War Group, Kondapalli Seetharaamiah, as the party’s general-secretary in 1991. Ganapathi is known to change his location frequently, and intelligence reports say he has been spotted in cities like Hyderabad, Kolkata and Kochi. After months of attempts, Ganapathi agreed to give his first-ever interview. Somewhere in the impregnable jungles of Dandakaranya, he spoke to RAHUL PANDITA on issues ranging from the Government’s proposed anti-Naxal offensive to Islamist Jihadist movements.

     

  14. Brief description of what’s happening in Colombia. There are three main points:

    1. The FARC has reached some critical agreements in peace negotiations which, if actually applied, would create big changes to the political landscape in the country, opening up opportunities for the Left which haven’t existed in over 20 years.
    2. This past August, the campesinos of Colombia undertook a national strike which shut down highways and resulted in massive demonstrations across the country. Popular support for this movement—which demanded the transformation of the terrible living conditions in the Colombian countryside as a result of neoliberal economic policies and state repression—was very high. The state backtracked on its promises to the agrarian movement, and no solutions have been provided to the problems which spawned the strike in the first place.
    3. Just a few days ago, the state Attorney General Alejandro Ordóñez, a hardcore right-winger allied to former President Alvaro Uribe, removed left-wing Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro from office and banned him from public service for 15 years, all because he gave the city’s trash collection services contract to a state company instead of offering it to private corporations.

    Petro is a former guerrilla of the M-19, which laid down arms in 1990 but, along with the Unión Patriótica (a legal political movement of the FARC, Communist Party, and others formed in the 80s while the guerrillas were negotiating a peace deal with the government), was politically decimated by paramilitary and state violence against its members. Between 1985-2000, thousands of members of these organizations were murdered, including two presidential candidates of the UP and the M-19’s very popular leader, Carlos Pizarro, who would have probably won the 1990 election. Petro remembers this all too well.

    Petro’s removal destabilizes the peace process with the FARC, whose demobilization is based on the conditions that the state provide guarantees of participation and inclusion to popular left-wing forces. The FARC obviously won’t demobilize if the state shows that it will prevent leftists from holding any positions of power, or that it will repress popular mobilizations. There are huge numbers of people rallying in Bogotá’s Bolívar Plaza right now against the mayoral coup, and there are solidarity mobilizations occurring throughout the country.

    The United States props up the extraordinarily violent establishment in Colombia. It’s important that we stand with our sisters and brothers in the streets of Bogotá, Barranquilla, Medellín, Bucaramanga, Popoyán, Cúcuta, and elsewhere demanding a new Colombia. 

     

  15. The Mayoral Coup in Bogotá

    The Attorney General of Colombia Alejandro Ordóñez has removed Bogotá’s leftist mayor Gustavo Petro from office, and banned him from holding political office again for 15 years. The reason? Petro decided to revamp the city’s trash collection system, and signed into law that a state owned utilities company would be the provider of the service. Ordóñez claims that this move violates the law of free economic competition, because Petro did not give a private corporation the right to compete for the contract. That’s it.

    Some are speculating that this move is related to the current peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, which may soon result in a peace treaty that sees the FARC disarm and become a legal political organization. Petro, who is no sympathizer of the FARC but was himself a guerrilla in the M-19 (disbanded in 1990) and has ideas well to the left of Colombia’s institutionalized right-wing, is seen as a possible candidate for the new matrix of legal leftist forces in a future presidential election. Because the mayorship of Bogotá is “a step away from the presidency,” it is possible that the right-wing is attempting to stave off a possible threat to its rule from a post-FARC left united under Petro.