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Brazil’s immediate past president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, “Lula”, shakes hands with Barack Obama
Brazil’s immediate past president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, a former labor boss, built his Workers Party, an alliance of communists, Trotskyites, “liberation theologists”, black radicals, environmentalists and labor militants, into the most powerful political force in Latin America.
Working with Cuba, “Lula” as he is commonly known, has had an huge influence in the revolutionary wave that has swept Latin America since the early 90′s.
Less widely known is that Lula has enjoyed support and advice from the US’s largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America, since at least the year he founded his Party, 1981.
Incidentally, this is around the same time that Barack Obama began his thirty year association with the organization.
A musician with ties to President Obama’s former controversial pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, will take center stage Wednesday night when Obama hosts a poetry ceremony at the White House featuring rapper and actor Common.
Common, a socially-conscious lyricist whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., has defended the retired pastor, and in one poem, he called for the metaphorical burning of President George W. Bush — a “burning Bush.”
If you have an iPhone or iPad, it’s tracking your every move. Regular readers know that all smartphones do this; what’s different for Macheads is that this record of everywhere they’ve been is stored in a file on their Apple devices (rather than locked away in a corporate database).
Minor controversy erupted after people noticed that a Brooklyn-based, ultra-Orthadox Jewish newpaper’s version of the iconic “Situation Room” photograph had Hillary Clinton mysteriously vanished.
A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.
Hateful leftists accidentally targeted the wrong Koch brothers with protests, angry phone calls, and even a death threat, directing their fury at a small family-owned business in Iowa called Koch Brothers instead of the billionaire industrialists known for financing conservative and libertarian causes with whom the activists were actually upset.
In that strange way the history of ideas swivels and turns, an old internal Communist argument is back – but as so often happens, the sides reversed. And few recognize its origins.
When Josef Stalin was wrapping up his enemies inside the Soviet Union and its appendage, the Comintern, the world Communist headquarters, he ran into an ideological problem with the minuscule American Communist Party. Stalin wanted to reconstitute the U.S. party with his own hacks. But as happens among Communists – even to today in Beijing – Stalin needed a “theoretical” issue to justify his actions. He seized on a heresy rampant inside the hugely unsuccessful 1930s American left: namely, without Europe’s ancient class structures and conflicts, the breathtaking exuberance for life and opportunities on this side of the Atlantic would block Marxist apparatchiks bringing on “the revolution”. That was the climatic event Kremlin leadership [even if Stalinists were increasingly skeptical themselves] preached would solve the world’s problems
PARIS – French forces rappelled in the dark from a hovering chopper to rescue the Japan’s ambassador to the Ivory Coast and seven of his colleagues after the envoy’s home was taken over by armed mercenaries in the embattled West African nation.
The video of the hour long raid shows French forces in night-vision goggles dropping one-by-one into the compound, which had been taken over earlier Wednesday by unidentified armed men. Okamura and the other diplomats had barricaded themselves in the residence’s safe room.