The following statement is by the Communist Party of the Philippines:
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today charged the Obama regime of plotting to intensify US military intervention in the Philippines in the twilight of its puppet regime amid the highly volatile situation in the runup to the May 2010 elections. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Garry Reid arrived Wednesday and met secretly with Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary Antonio Romero, DND undersecretary Arturo Lumibao and other senior security and military officials of the Arroyo regime.
“US imperialism and its defense and security officials are gravely concerned with the continued growth of the Filipino people’s revolutionary armed struggle and the failure of the terminal US-designed Internal Security Operation Plan Bantay Laya to defeat or even cripple the revolutionary movement in the Philippines,” said the CPP. “The Obama administration has also become highly concerned with the volatility of the present elections in the Philippines and the possibility of recourse to military rule to support the extension of the Arroyo puppet regime and suppress the people’s resistance.”
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Imperialism, Marxism-Leninism, Philippines
Tagged Antonio Romero, Armed Struggle, Arturo Lumibao, Barack Obama, Communist Party of the Philippines, counter-revolution, counterinsurgency, Garry Reid, Gloria M. Arroyo, Marco Valbuena, National Democratic Front of the Philippines, New People's Army, Oplan Bantay Laya, Protracted People's War, Revolution
The following commentary by Peter Shapiro is from Fight Back! News:
Passage of President Obama’s health care reform in late March made for great political theater. Here was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, skillfully maneuvering the bill through Congress after many had given it up for lost. Here was House minority leader and Republican point man John Boehner, reduced to ranting about ‘Armageddon’ and predicting the end of civilization as we know it if the bill passed. Here were Republican legislators egging on the mob of teabaggers who massed outside the Capitol, hurling racist and homophobic slurs at Representatives John Lewis and Barney Frank as they went inside.
I’ll admit the scene worked on my emotions. The Republicans’ tactics were ugly and cynical and I was happy to see them fail.
Now that the dust has settled, however, a hard look at the legislation that prompted all the fuss suggests that, far from ‘fixing our broken health care system,’ it merely reproduces some of its worst features.
The following article, originally from The Rag Blog, is being re-posted here from the website of the Colombia Action Network:
A rumor of war:
Shadows of Vietnam in Colombia
By Marion Delgado / The Rag Blog / January 22, 2010
CARTAGENA DE INDIES, Colombia — I borrowed the title of this post from Lt. Philip Caputo’s excellent book covering the U.S. Marines’ first six months in Vietnam, not only because I like the title, but I also see some correlation between his story and the story of our troops now being written in the jungles of Colombia.
As in Caputo’s war, death, destruction, and mayhem were preceded by, first, a troop build-up, and then, small skirmishes which were the precursors to all-out war.
Posted in Imperialism, Colombia, Venezuela, Latin America
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Armed Struggle, Barack Obama, Buyssi Semidy Segnini Lopez, CIA, Colombia Action Network, counterinsurgency, DAS, Ecuador, ELN, FARC-EP, Gerardo Zambrano, Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, National Liberation Army, Oscar Gonzalez Pena, Panama, paramilitarism, Plan Colombia, Ramon Carrizales, Revolution, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Tarek El Aissami