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Who is the real leader of the opposition?

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Keith Taylor, Green MEP does good in Gaza

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Keith Taylor, the new Green Party MEP who took over from Caroline Lucas when she became an MP, is currently touring the Middle East to see how the Green Party can input into the peace process. Excellent stuff, he seems to be playing a very positive role.



It was a groggy crew that were checking out of the hotel just six hours later, and our tribulations were only just beginning. When we got to Rafah (the only crossing into Gaza) it took us four hours to get through the border. Mind you we were the lucky ones. For Palestinians a wait of two or three days in the full glare of the sun and 35+ degree temperatures is commonplace. The Egyptians are not doing Palestinians any favours. Someone told me Egypt has 31,000 staff in its Security team, and a lot of them seem to have been at Rafah, shuffling papers about as if it were a new Olympic sport with the deliberate intent of delay and obfuscation.

I have never seen people treated quite as badly as the Palestinians were, and felt quite helpless…

Jenny Jones: Boris Johnson misled Londoners during active police investigation

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Jenny Jones: Boris Johnson misled Londoners during active police investigation
28 JULY 2011
After this morning's meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Jenny Jones, Green member of the MPA said:

"Kit Malthouse says he did not tell London's Mayor about a police briefing last September over new claims on phone hacking.

"However, the Mayor said that he and Malthouse were in continuous discussion. Both cannot be right.

"The Mayor misled Londoners, unintentionally or not, during an active police investigation, and he has to confess publicly which of those it was.

"The Mayor has certainly shown how out of touch he was with events, in spite of his repeated claims that he had 'continuous conversations' with his Deputy Mayor for policing.

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Tim DeChristopher get the man out of jail and make him President instead

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http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/26-13

Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by CommonDreams.org
I Do Not Want Mercy, I Want You To Join Me
by Tim DeChristopher
Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine for disrupting a Bureau of Land Management auction in 2008, had an opportunity to address the court and the judge immediately before his sentence was announced. This is his statement:

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before the court. When I first met Mr. Manross, the sentencing officer who prepared the presentence report, he explained that it was essentially his job to "get to know me." He said he had to get to know who I really was and why I did what I did in order to decide what kind of sentence was appropriate. I was struck by the fact that he was the first person in this courthouse to call me by my first name, or even really look me in the eye. I appreciate this opportunity to speak openly to you for the fir…

Odd Man Out (1947)

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Just watching Odd Man Out (1947) Carol Reed about an IRA chief on the run in Belfast after a bank robbery gone wrong.

Classic film, the Irish accents are a little sporadic however.

James Mason is spot on, highly recommended film, not politics but art.

Having said that the bit with the artist is a bit shite but otherwise watch and enjoy.

Black and White so much better than colour (other than Godard)

Breivik's stole his manifesto from this man!

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Wisewords from the Sandwich man, it all looks sub Francis Parker Yockey to me.

Generally Counter Punch is a very good source but this is a little disturbing.

Lind, who is mentioned below, butchers Western Marxism, I mean its a rubbish confused argument, I mean I know Marx and Engels spent most of their time discussing LGBT (alas not).....Cultural Marxism?


My overall impression is that the bulk of Breivik's "manifesto", with the exception of writings about himself, is lifted wholesale from sources. The one that is under-reported is the source for the introduction, alleging a "cultural Marxist" scheme, reaching back to the 1920s, to destroy Western civilization by imposing the tyrannical reign of "political correctness." This "analysis" is lifted virtually verbatim from an American "cultural conservative" William S. Lind. In turn, Lind's thesis appears to have been borrowed (somewhat more discretely, excising a few "digressions…

Daily Mail inspired mass killing?

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http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news26-07-11.php

The Rise of the Nutters: This is Norway to Go..?

"The lunatic is all idee fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars." - Umberto ECO, Foucault's Pendulum

The Norway attacks have led to frenzied speculation around the nature of the crazed ideology that could lead to such horrific acts. Handily Andre Brievik (or Andrew Berwick) not only allowed himself to be captured but posted a 1500 page manifesto online - Grandly entitled 2083 - A European Declaration of Independence (www.slideshare.net/darkandgreen/...) , apart from a load of weird stuff about body-armour, the Knights Templar and the appropriate use of steroids, at the heart is a vision eerily familiar to readers of such fringe esoteric publications as say the Daily Express, Daily Mail or Sun.

The fact that…

Indigenous rise against death squad democracy and FARC

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yeah fuck you Rory Carroll! Sitting round the pool with the rich people I bet.

For more on Rory read here, if you want some Latin American news that matters read on.

The oldest and strongest grassroots indigenous organization in Colombia, The
Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC), has issued a call for a "Minga of
resistance" to restore autonomy and peace throughout Indigenous territories in
the Colombian state of Cauca.

The call for a "Minga"--a term that refers to a traditional gathering or
activity for the collective [...]

Continue Reading:
http://intercontinentalcry.org/colombia-indigenous-peoples-mobilize-for-autonomy-and-peace-on-their-territories/

Elinor Ostrom in London for ecology conference

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Fran: Do you have a message for the general public?

Elinor: We need to get people away from the notion that you have to have a fancy car and a huge house. Some of the homes that have been built in the last 10 years just appall me. Why do humans need huge homes? I was born poor and I didn’t know you bought clothes at anything but the Goodwill until I went to college. Some of our mentality about what it means to have a good life is, I think, not going to help us in the next 50 years. We have to think through how to choose a meaningful life where we’re helping one another in ways that really help the Earth.


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The world's great living economist, famed for her work on commons, will be in London in March.

Wow!

Well actually she is political economist because the sexist academic establishment in the 1950s didn't have a lot of time for women studying economics.

They even tried to talk her out of politics:


The graduate advisor in political science strongly discouraged me from thinking…

Caroline Lucas 'What the Frack!'

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Fracking is horrendous, Caroline Lucas is doing such a good job as our Green MP, great to see her put some of her scarce time into anti-frack.

Special Briefing on Human Rights and the Law in Colombia

6.30pm Wednesday 3rd August
At Hodge Jones and Allen LLP (solicitors)
180 North Gower Street, London, NW1 2NB
(near Euston Square, Euston and Warrant Street tube stations)

Eduardo Carreño will give an in-depth briefing on:

· The Justice and Peace Process

· The ‘para-politica’ scandal

· DAS case (interception of phone messages by the state intelligence agency, lists of targets passed to contract killers)

Eduardo is a member of the leading Colombian law firm “José Alvear Restrepo” Lawyers’ Collective (the Colectivo de Abogados de José Alvear Restrepo – CCAJAR). CCAJAR has been involved in working for the victims of human rights abuses for the last 25 years, such as the ‘National Movement of Victims of State Crime’ in their fight to claim truth, justice and internal reparation.

Convened by Colombia Solidarity Campaign, other organisations invited.

Green administration announces living wage for Brighton & Hove

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Green Council Leader Bill Randall yesterday (21 July) announced radical plans to introduce a Living Wage to the city of Brighton & Hove.

At a Full Council meeting, he confirmed that the council will be taking a number of steps to reduce inequality in the city through narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest paid workers.

Cllr Randall commented: "Reducing inequality is a key plank of our plan for the city. We will be consulting on a 60p-an-hour rise for the council’s lowest-paid workers, many of whom are women, and many also part-time workers.

"This, and other initiatives, mean we have narrowed the ratio between the highest and lowest paid to just above 11:1.

"We are also establishing a Living Wage Commission for Brighton & Hove, which will look at the benefits, risks and opportunities of establishing a Living Wage in the city’s public, private and third sectors.

"I’m pleased that we’ve received support for the initiative from trade unions, the Brighton &…

Caroline Lucas 'Don't blame the badgers'

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Great to see this from Caroline.

Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas, who is an honorary vice president of the RSPCA and a longtime campaigner on animal protection issues, said:

"The decision by Defra to give the go-ahead for a barbaric slaughter of badgers in our countryside shows a shocking disregard for animal welfare - and flies in the face of scientific evidence on the spread of bovine TB.

"The belief that badger culling represents an effective solution has already been disproven.

"After a nine year randomised cull trial which cost the UK taxpayer £50m and destroyed 10,000 badgers, the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB concluded that ‘badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain'.

"Even the Government adviser responsible for a 10-year experimental cull in the 1990s, Lord Krebs, has now rejected the method.

"Perhaps it is this lack of evidence to support the policy that has made Defra so reluctant to publish the…

Do you know... what the trees say when the axe comes into the forest?

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some stuff I am thinking about, comment welcome! Not finished yet, pure process!


How do we fight the crab?

“Formerly, when animals were people, a giant crab, called Ugkaju, commanded an army composed of ants and fish that killed the strongest warriors, than were the tigers, vixens and birds as the paujil and the pava of the mount. Ugkaju struck the water with its clamp forming floods that drowned the people. The warriors could not defeat it. Finally, the weakest animal met to plan an attack. They were the armadillos and some small birds that make their nests in earth holes. According to the plan, they were digging tunnels that arrived at the house of Ugkaju. The next time that the giant crab struck the water, the little animals opened the tunnels and all the water ran by them and he was in dry. Then the paucar took its lance and killed him.”

The story of Ugkaju is used explicitly by the Awajun, a Peruvian indigenous group from the Amazon, to illustrate their fight for the commons. …

LIVE EXPORTS DEMONSTRATION

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(Photo is of a Green Party speaker at a previous demo)


Saturday 13th August major regional demonstration against live exports,
organised by Thanet Against Live exports and Compassion in World Farming.

Saturday 13th August, bring your friends and family and help to show the
level of opposition to this inhumane trade. We will meet at Ellington Park,
Ellington Road, RAMSGATE, CT11 9SX from 11.00am, ready to march at 12.00 noon.

Updates at http://www.ciwf.org.uk/about_us/default.aspx and look for Thanet
Against Live Exports on FACEBOOK. The demonstration is called to oppose
live exports which have been newly instigated from Ramsgate, with unanimous
opposition from the local councillors and over 35,000 people already having
taken action to contact MPs and others about this activity.

From crisis to commons

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What apparently began
as a financial crisis that turned into an economic one is soon to be
called a “political crisis.” The abject destruction that capitalists have
created with their “management” of the two great commons of
labor and the planet’s eco-system will stop being considered a
“tragedy of the common” (where no one in particular is responsible)
and come to de-legitimate the capitalist class as a whole. These
crises have been predicated on the presumption that labor and the
planetary eco-system are common resources to be used and abused
for the profit of anyone who has (or successfully pretends to have)
the capital to appropriate them.

The capitalist class is unable to control the common pool of re-
sources that make up our means of production and subsistence with-
The Crisis has shown for all who have eyes to see that State
and Market have certainly failed in their claim to provide a secure
reproduction of our lives. Capitalists have conclusively shown (once
more) that they …

WHY LATIN AMERICA WORKS.

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PUBLIC MEETING
WHY LATIN AMERICA WORKS

A roundtable discussion with:

PROF ERNESTO LACLAU, Political theorist, Essex University and Universities around the world.

JEREMY CORBYN MP, Longstanding parliamentary friend of progress in Latin America and the world.

DR FRANCISCO DOMINGUEZ, Latin American Studies, Middlesex University. Secretary, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.

BERNARD REGAN, Secretary, Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

DR FRANCISCO PANIZZA, Reader, Latin American politics, LSE.

PROF JENS ANDERMANN, Latin American Studies, Birkbeck College London.

RICHARD GOTT, Writer and journalist on Cuba, Venezuela and Latin America.

DR DIANA RABY, Latin American Studies, Liverpool University.

PROF DOREEN MASSEY, Geography, Open University.

DR SARAH MOTTA, Latin American Politics, Nottingham University

GEOFF SHEARS, Thompsons Solicitors.



VENUE: THATCHER ROOM, PORTCULLIS HOUSE, BRIDGE ST, LONDON SW1A 2LW
(OPPOSITE PARLIAMENT)

TIME/DATE: 6.30 pm TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2011.

A…

here's Jonnieeeeeeeeee!

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His tweets before pieing Murdoch


JonnieMarbles Jonnie Marbles
It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat
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JonnieMarbles Jonnie Marbles
It might be quicker if Baby Murdoch simply listed all of the things that he does know #hackgate
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JonnieMarbles Jonnie Marbles
One gets the sense that they haven't really done the required reading ahead of their presentation. Think they may fail this module #hackgate
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JonnieMarbles Jonnie Marbles
I'm actually in this committee and can confirm: Murdoch is Mr. Burns.
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JonnieMarbles Jonnie Marbles
Rupert Murdoch appears to be going senile #hackgate
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JonnieMarbles Jonnie Marbles
Does anyone know what order the CMS select committee will be interviewing witnesses?
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RachelvsPublic Rachel
by JonnieMarbles
Have you ever wondered what a verbal sudoku would be like to solve? This is it. #Hackgate #Yates
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twodoctors James Mackenzi…

Rupert Murdoch attack video: Media mogul hit in face with 'foam pie'

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just thought Jonnie Marbles was a rubbish local comedian.

Take it all back this was quite amusing.

Murdoch if found guilty is unlikely to go to prison so nice to see him getting his just dessert!

Fortnum Mason arrests showed face of political police

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109 activists, arrested following a non-violent UK Uncut demonstration on the 26th of March 2011, have had their charges dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Over 150 activists were arrested on 26 March 2011. They were handcuffed and transported to police stations across London, where they were held in cells for up to 24 hours.

Jenny Jones, Green member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and Green mayoral candidate, said:



"At the 31st of March 2011 meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority, I asked Tim Godwin, then, as now, the acting Commissioner, about footage of police officers telling people inside the store that they are free to go, then they all leave and they get arrested.

"I was directly told by Tim Godwin that none of his officers lied.

"Now, the Guardian reports that Chief Inspector Claire Clark was told by her fellow commanding officers that everyone inside the building would be arrested, and 10 minutes later ,she gave assurances to demonstrators that th…

'Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly been found dead in his garden'

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Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly been found dead in his garden, police announce.
Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours of the morning.
"We found the chemicals sitting beside a kitchen table, recently cooked," one officer states. "From what we can gather, Murdoch melted and consumed large quantities of it before exiting into his garden."

Chemicals found in house

Authorities would not comment on whether this was a planned suicide, though the general consensus among locals and unnamed sources is that this is the case.
One detective elaborates. "Officers on the scene report a broken glass, a box of vintage wine, and what seems to be a family album strewn across the floor, containing images from days gone by; some containing handpainted portraits of Murdoch in his early days, donning a top hat and monocle."

Dead NOTW journalist Sean Hoare video on why he hacked phones.

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Sean Hoare is dead.

How convenient.

£100,000 bribes to cops, thousands of phones hacked.

An arrow in the indigenous struggle!

First Green council undertakes energy revolution

Work is underway to radically boost energy from renewable sources produced in Brighton & Hove, the local authority led by a minority Green Party administration.

In April, an independent scrutiny commission set up by the council called on the authority to help radically increase use of low-carbon power city-wide.

Now a report, discussed at last week's Brighton and Hove cabinet meeting, has outlined the council's response and highlighted progress towards the goal:

* The authority is pursuing is a major installation of large solar electricity panels on dozens of council buildings and schools, plus 1600 homes. Work is expected to start this year.

* Households are to be encouraged to take advantage of currently generous payments for domestic electricity generation under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

* Some new or refurbished school buildings are being fitted with solar hot water and electricity panels plus air-and ground-source heat pumps which cut electricity use.

* The council has un…

Young Greens host 'Just Do It'

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As part of its nationwide release, 'Just Do It' is coming to Stratford, and following the film's screening, the London Young Greens will be hosting a question and answer session and discussion about the film and the relationship between politics and activism alongside members of UK Uncut and the film's production team. The film is showing at Stratford Picturehouse (Gerry Raffles Square, Salway Road, London, E15 1BX) at 8.30pm, with the discussion following on afterwards.

For more information, including how to book tickets, see: http://justdoitfilm.com/stratford-picturehouse-london-stratford-east

And you can read some reviews of the film here: http://justdoitfilm.com/reviews

Tell Vedanta to stop attack on Dongria Kondh

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Why: In August 2010 India's Dongria Kondh tribe won a historic victory when Vedanta's plans to mine in the Niyamgiri Hills were stopped by the government. But that success is currently under threat from a challenge in India's Supreme Court. We will be at the AGM to tell Vedanta - and its shareholders and investors - that resistance to the mine is still strong, and that it's time to stop trying to mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, and to leave the Dongria Kondh to decide their own future.

Where: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

When: 2pm Wednesday July 27th

Background here

Saving the Earth = Mother Rights!

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Saving the Earth will take more than merely adjusting our actions—polluting less here, conserving more there, moving toward sustainability within the confines of today’s prevailing worldview.

To really declare our commitment to protecting the rights of nature, we must change how we think about the world itself and our place within it. This means taking a fresh look at nature, learning from its amazing rhythms, patterns and interconnections. And it means opening our selves up to new possibilities for how humans work together to survive, thrive and ensure good lives for coming generations.

A shift of this importance will not happen easily. It requires a fundamental reorganizing of our industrial, hierarchical, technocratic, economic-centric culture. And it will be ferociously opposed by those who reap fat profits from the way things are.

Yet we must remember that modern existence—which is so deeply instilled in many people’s minds that they can’t imagine living any other way—actually serve…

Gordon Brown rinses Murdoch.

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Gordon Brown has gone up in my estimation quite astonishingly.

The Murdoch Empire may fall but we slaves all need to give it a little push if we are to be free.

Did you know that people are shoplifting the Sun such is the disgust at stealing Gordon Brown's sons medical records, the hacking of murder victim Milly Dowler's phone and that the protests are spreading to the USA and Australia.

The end of the Murdoch Empire is nigh, watch this space.

Anonymous targets RBS and Exxon

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Anoymous have shifted from fighting Scientology to attacking the tar sands companies who threaten our collective future.


Please spread the word! The war against the crab continues



Anonymous statement here

Tarmeggedon

Free-thinking citizens of the world:
Anonymous' Operation Green Rights calls your attention to an urgent situation in North America perpetuated by the boundless greed of the usual suspects: Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., Imperial Oil, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and many others.
This week, activists are gathering along U.S. Highway 12 in Montana to protest the transformation of a serene wilderness into an industrial shipping route, bringing "megaloads" of refinery equipment to the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada (see Tar Sands FAQ Sheet below).
Anonymous now joins the struggle against "Big Oil" in the heartland of the US. We stand in solidarity with any citizen willing to protest corporate abuse. Anonymous will not stand by idly and let…

Our war against Ugkaju

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“Formerly, when animals were people, a giant crab, called Ugkaju, commanded an army composed of ants and fish that killed the strongest warriors, than were the tigers, vixens and birds as the paujil and the pava of the mount.
Ugkaju struck the water with its clamp forming floods that drowned the people. The warriors could not defeat it.
Finally, the weakest animal met to plan an attack. They were the armadillos and some small birds that make their nests in earth holes.
According to the plan, they were digging tunnels that arrived at the house of Ugkaju. The next time that the giant crab struck the water, the little animals opened the tunnels and all the water ran by them and he was in dry.
Then the paucar took its lance and killed him.”

Our war is a defensive one. Peruvian Company Aphrodite and its owner Dorato Resources Inc., the Canadian corporation which desires to exploit our natural resources without respecting our rights and our lives, says to their shareholders and to the public…

Debbie Fink news on returning Green Party activists from Israel

Just had this about the activists held in Israel from Debbie Fink, incidentally big shout out to all the Jewish Socialist Group comrades, etc from me!


Dear all,

I've been informed that all but three British activists will be deported tonight on the EasyJet flight EZY 2086, scheduled to land at Luton Airport at 23.55 tonight. The other three had refused to go. Pippa Bartolotti is among them, as I suspected! But this does mean that Anne Gray will be on the flight, and my J-BIG friend (who's actually American. I heard there will be 2 Americans so that may include him - not sure).


I will be there with my Green Party flag and J-BIG banner and I believe that Luton Green party will be there again to greet them.


Regards,

Debbie

Political statement of the Broad Front of People’s Resistance Frente Amplio de Resistencia Popular (FARP)

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News from Honduras, workers, indigenous, farmers getting organised for socialism, democracy, ecology, human rights....

Political statement of the Broad Front of People’s Resistance
Frente Amplio de Resistencia Popular (FARP)



We want reconciliation but do not find any will; we demand freedom for political prisoners and an end to persecution.
We want JUSTICE; we are going to sue the material and intellectual authors of crimes against humanity.
July 11, 2011 -- http://www.resistenciahonduras.net --The violent rupture of constitutional order produced on June 28, 2009, by undemocratic and oligarchic sectors with external support, that opposed the legitimate request from the former Constitutional President of the Republic, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, known as the "the fourth ballot", interrupted a healthy process of evolution and transformation of electoral democratic culture to a participatory and sovereign democracy.
The immediate creation of a National Front of Resistance Against …