Students in the City University of New York system, backed by CUNY staff and faculty and by people from the community, are waging a critical struggle against the militarization of their schools. The main battlefront right now is the pulpit the CUNY administration has given unindicted (so far) war criminal General David Petraeus in the form of a semester-long seminar entitled “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?”
In addition to trying to drive the Butcher of Fallujah and drone-happy former CIA director off of their campus, the students are trying to block the CUNY administration’s bid to bring the Reserve Officer Training Corps back to system campuses. This would be the first time CUNY would have a ROTC program since 1971, when student activists in the anti–Vietnam War movement forced their closure.system, backed by CUNY staff and faculty and by people from the community, are waging a critical struggle against the militarization of their schools. The main battlefront right now is the pulpit the CUNY administration has given unindicted (so far) war criminal General David Petraeus in the form of a semester-long seminar entitled “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?
What is to be done, in the wake of Warsaw climate summit’s conclusive failure to cap CO2 emissions last weekend? The answer: walk out of the United Nations process when it needs de-legitimation, and work much harder to curtail pollution in your home sites of struggle, everyone in civil society agreed.
For the 40 per cent of the world suffering in the increasingly desperate Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) economies, this self-mandate is ever more vital, the more that both irresponsible multinational corporates and homegrown firms abuse the environment and societies, with nods of approval from corrupted, sub-imperialist local rulers.
It is this crew that our Durban elites are again (as in March this year) hosting in the International Convention Centre: the BRICS ministerial conference ironically entitled “Towards Sustainable Urbanisation”.
Tragically, on everyone’s mind is the explosion in one of China’s largest cities last Friday morning. What spin-doctoring should BRICS delegates believe, regarding Sinopec Corporation’s oil pipeline leak and deadly blast in Durban’s sister city of Qingdao?
In the 1950s, the movement for civil rights had gained serious momentum, shaking the system of Jim Crow white supremacy to its core and provoking a vicious response from its supporters. The most notorious group that fought to defend segregation was the Ku Klux Klan. In North Carolina and South Carolina, the Klan operated under the leadership of Grand Dragon James ‘Catfish’ Cole, initiating a campaign of terror that included killings, threats, and cross-burnings to intimidate Black people across many counties and towns. In addition to targeting activists and “trouble-makers,” interracial couples were treated in a similar manner.
Parallel to the acts of terrorism, Cole staged public rallies throughout the region to defend segregation. In 1957, the Klan’s campaign of terror targeted the Lumbee people, an Indigenous nation of Robeson County, North Carolina. The Klan called the Lumbee ‘mongrels’ because of their intermarriage with people of other nationalities. Cole told the Greensboro Daily News, “There’s about 30,000 half-breeds up in Robeson County and we are going to have some cross burnings and scare them up.”
The conflict escalated on Jan. 13, 1958, when the Klan burned a cross on Lumbee property in the town of St. Paul’s. The Klan targeted a Lumbee woman and a white man who lived together, which the Klan considered a horrifying consequence of “relaxations in the race barrier.”
Wer dachte, die Banker hätten aus der Finanzkrise irgendetwas gelernt, wurde hier eines Schlechteren belehrt. Der mächtigste Banker Deutschlands verwahrte sich gegen Eingriffe der Politik und verspottete ihre Bemühungen, den Irrsinn der entgrenzten Finanzmärkte auch nur ein wenig einzugrenzen. Man sieht: Die Arroganz dieser Leute ist wieder da, wo sie vor der Krise war. Sie haben nichts gelernt - aber sie haben auch nichts zu befürchten. Die Politik versagt.
Insbesondere die Argumente von Deutsche Bank Chef Fitschen nimmt er schön auseinander. Dieser hatte nämlich argumentiert, dass es gut sei, wenn Banken groß seien, dann könnten sie nämlich auch große Verluste verkraften (oder wie Augstein schreibt: Große Strafen bezahlen).
Der Bankster ist zurück. Und macht das gleiche wie vor der Krise. Nur dass die Banken jetzt noch größer sind als zuvor.
Ein Totalversagen der Politik. Statt sich in die Vergütung von Aufsichtsräten einzumischen (im großen Bild ein total unwichtiger Nebenaspekt), sollte der Staat mal dafür sorgen, dass der Staat in Zukunft nie mehr Steuergeld für eine Bankenrettung anfassen muss. Angesicht des Risikos, das die Banken auch heute noch fahren, sehe ich da keine großen Fortschritte …
Und wenn die SZ in einem Fitschen Portrait ihm eine gewisse Demut auf dem Feld des Vaters zuschreibt, ist das ja nett. Ich hätte lieber etwas mehr Demut gegenüber den milliardenschweren Derivategeschäften …
This morning, Federal Parliament resumed sitting, the first time since the Federal election. The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and UNICEF Australia immediately called upon the House of Representatives and the Australian Senate to develop an anti-poverty plan.
ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie, said that their updated poverty report has found that 17.3 per cent of Australia’s children are living in poverty – nearly 600,000 children. Since the beginning of this century, this is a 1.5 per cent rise in the number of Australian children living in poverty. ACOSS and UNICEF Australia are urging both parliamentary houses to not delay in developing a plan, and to do so in consultation with private and community organisations expert in the field.
Dr Goldie criticised government cuts to school bonuses, hits to Newstart and Youth allowances, and particularly the cuts to single parent subsidies.
“The early signs of our new government seem to be taking us in the wrong direction,” said Dr Goldie.
Freedom fighter Leonard Peltier sits in prison today, 36 years after being framed in connection with the incident at Oglala. He is still defiant, projecting the dignity and pride of a man whose only crime was to stand up in defense of his people.
Leonard was accused of aiding and abetting in connection with the killing of two FBI agents on June 26, 1975. These charges have never been proven. His trial was a mockery of justice. Tens of thousands of pages of evidence were never even shared with the defense team. Witnesses were coerced and later recanted their testimony and physical evidence was manufactured. Even the Judge and prosecutor in the case have since made statements asserting that Peltier was not responsible for the agents’ deaths.
Peltier’s real “crime,” in the eyes of the government, is that he was born Native American and stood up to the state repression that was being inflicted on the people of the Pine Ridge reservation. During the two years leading up to the 1975 Oglala shooting, 65 Native Americans were murdered either by shootings or beatings. Not one has been investigated to this day.
“If all the white people who claim they don’t hate us would ever get together and do something to the whites who claim they hate us, we’d see some action. Talk is cheap, if white people didn’t want to have a South African situation … there’d be none. If white people in America didn’t want segregation, there’d be none … it is the man who allows him to lynch who is never seen.”—
Taken from Hakim Jamal’s book “From the Dead Level: Malcolm X and Me” (page 180)