Author: Steve Shalom

Mexican Government Prepares to Seize Mexico City Power Plants to Break Power of Electrical Workers Union

The Mexican Preventive Police (PFP) are preparing to occupy the facilities of the Central Light and Power Company in Mexico City in an attempt to break the militant Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME), according to a union press release. The union warns that the quasi-military occupation of the plants could come within a week. The PFP have been used in the last three years to attempt to break strikes of miners and steelworkers as well as to try to crush popular social movements.

Afghan Rules of Engagement

There’s an AP story today that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan “will soon order U.S. and NATO forces to break away from fights with militants hiding among villagers.” The order is expected to reduce “the use of air strikes, mortars and artillery in villages.” There are three points to note here: 1. The order does not prohibit U.S. troops from using massive force when civilians are nearby if the troops are in “imminent danger,” and indeed, the order allows massive force if necessary to avoid “undue danger” to the troops.

STUNNING VICTORY FOR CZECH OPPONENTS OF U.S. RADAR BASE

For immediate release
Contact: Joanne Landy, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, jlandy@igc.org

NEW YORK, March 18, 2009

Cast Lead

I just read a particularly silly piece by Shlomo Avineri, the Israeli political theorist who has written some interesting things on Marxism.

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