Capitalism requires individuation and consequent separation and glorifies the reinvented “self-made” man or woman as its hero. Hailed as a triumph for freedom, individualism is idealized while collaboration within an egalitarian collective is frowned upon. We are told that the pillars of our society were and are “lone geniuses” who beat all the “odds” that were stacked against them. But these notions are not only factually and historically false, as many “lone geniuses” were and are highly dependent on others for financial, emotional and intellectual support, as well as base their own accomplishments on those of others; they also go against the very nature of our humanity as a social species.
—  Yoav Litvin, ‘How to Stand up to Trump in the Age of Schoolyard Politics’, teleSUR  

I really just give up. If anyone was looking to LDR for a cohesive opinion on what to do for the 2016 presidential election, you’re probably not gonna find it. Clinton is a right-wing imperialist crony for the interests of capital, as is Trump. This election is helpful in that it’s getting people to realize that this was always the case, it’s just that it’s now all in the open. People know who Clinton is but they resign themselves to her because Trump is a threat, a gun held to the head of the American people. “Vote for Corporate Clinton or you’ll have to deal with the sea of neo-fascist revival in Trump!”

I’m just kicking a dead horse at this point, but to the people who say they’re resigning themselves to Clinton: you need to oppose her even if you vote for her. Help us organize to topple this corrupt system after you leave the polling station. Help us spread the word on how truly despicable she is. You do nothing but cement our losing position in this capitalist system by throwing your hands up and advocating the “unity of the left under the democrats” or the continued acquiescence to a supposed “lesser evil”. If it’s truly resignation you’re running on, if you truly are not interested in seeing Clinton continue her scourge across the earth, then organize and oppose her in January. Do everything in your power to propagate and agitate.

Is Clinton even definitively a “lesser evil”? If you’ve already decided yes, fine. But truly think on that question for a sec. Watch the above video and be honest with yourself. I don’t typically advocate accelerationism, but is a Trump presidency better for the Left in that it would give people all over the political spectrum something to oppose (his disapproval ratings are through the roof), and thus something that could be cohesively organized around? Doesn’t a Clinton presidency just conceal the oppressive tendencies of imperialist capitalism to liberals, with the democrat tendency to absorb popular struggle into a mask of pseudo-progressive rhetoric that amounts to pretty much nothing materially? I don’t necessarily agree with either of those, but I do think they’re valid questions to ask. There’s no guarantee that those events would happen under the analogous presidency, just as the reverse isn’t guaranteed – that a Trump presidency would empower neo-fascists and drain the Left of all influence, and that a Clinton presidency would keep things in the “stable” neoliberal imperialist status quo and we could thus build a Left movement to fill the political void and combat the disillusionment.

I’m certain of some core facts regardless of who wins the election. Brown people abroad are going to die through US imperialism regardless of who wins the election. The gears of capital accumulation will continue to grind regardless of who wins the election. The grand majority of the world’s population will continue to live in material squalor, while a fraction of one-percent of the population lives in astronomical abundance, regardless of who wins the election. The white supremacist, patriarchal, homophobic, transphobic, anti-human domestic policies will remain intact regardless of who wins the election.

That’s the key harsh truth liberals need to understand. The entire system must be toppled before any of the above can fundamentally change. The animating logic of the system must be changed from profit accumulation for elites to the production of goods for human need via democratic management. There is no democracy under a system where people are divided into elite owners and dispossessed workers; a genuine democracy would dissolve those class lines.

Encuentran una fosa común de la época colonial en Bolivia que pertenece a indígenas esclavos usados en la extracción minera del Potosí, el holocausto que España nunca reconoció

Hallan fosa común en Bolivia con restos humanos probablemente de la época colonial.

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Una fosa común con cientos de restos humanos, probablemente de indígenas de la época colonial, fueron hallados en un barrio de la ciudad andina de Potosí. 

Mientas hacían excavaciones en una escuela estatal en la ciudad boliviana de Potosí, los albañiles encontraros cerca de 400 restos humanos probablemente de indígenas de la época colonial.

El investigador del museo de la Universidad Tomás Frías (UTF) de Potosí, Sergio Fidel, informó este sábado que fue encontrada una fosa común con cientos de restos humanos, probablemente de indígenas de la época colonial.

El hallazgo se realizó en un barrio de la ciudad andina de Potosí (suroeste de Bolivia). “Es una fosa común que está más o menos a una profundidad de entre 1,80 y dos metros y los restos humanos están regados por lo menos en un espacio de cuatro por cuatro metros”, aseveró Fidel.

Las osamentas fueron halladas esta semana en el patio de una escuela pública, donde albañiles realizaban excavaciones para la construcción de una nueva infraestructura.

El centro educativo se halla en el barrio “El Minero”, cercano al Cerro Rico de Potosí, donde se hallan yacimientos de plata y estaño, en explotación desde que fueron descubiertos a mediados del siglo XVI.

“En la escuela Antofagasta hemos encontrado bastantes restos humanos”, afirmó el investigador, entrevistado por el canal privado de televisión Red Uno en Potosí.

Los albañiles estiman que han desenterrado, sin ningún control estatal ni supervisión especializada, de 400 a 500 restos de humanos y creen que hay mucho más.

La Universidad estatal intervino, al detectar que las osamentas estaban siendo apiladas en el patio de la escuela, sin ninguna protección, mientras avanzaban las tareas de construcción.

El historiador del Museo Casa Nacional de Moneda, José Antonio Fuertes, señala que una de las posibles hipótesis es que el lugar haya sido convertido en un cementerio de indígenas que trabajaban como esclavos o semiesclavos en la época colonial, extrayendo la riqueza minera.

La historia de Potosí, que en la época colonial era una de las metrópolis más pobladas del mundo, también registra que en 1623 una de las lagunas artificiales que alimentaba los ingenios mineros colapsó, segando la vida de unas dos mil personas. En la actualidad tiene una población de 200 mil habitantes.

anonymous asked:

you said you'd been seeing things from a less US-centric point of view so i was wondering if you had researched US interventionism in South America? it's both very interesting and fucked up, it also helps understand that the US played a debilitating role in the region and why the current immigration status is the way it is

Yes! I’ve been scratching the surface and it’s d i s g u s t i n g. Our gov. needs to keep their hands out of everyone else’s business. All of my USAmerican followers should look into it.

If anyone has any recommendations for US critical blogs, news outlets, twitter accounts, books, etc. I could look at I would really appreciate it. Pro-US propaganda is so pervasive, it’s hard to know what to trust. I’ve recently followed Telesur on twitter and I think it’s pretty good and I got a book called “Lies My Teacher Told Me” and I’m hoping there’s some info about that in there, but I don’t think it focuses on modern history as much as, like, Colombus and the civil war.

I’ve started focusing on learning Spanish more so that I can read primary source materials so they don’t have to be in English.

On International Human Rights Day, we remember the words of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, whose concept of human rights extended beyond mere liberal discourse and challenged the economic and social inequalities rampant in Venezuela at the turn of the century.

Via teleSUR English

anonymous asked:

where do you usually get your news from?

I don’t get it from any one source but quite a few, including western sources. If this ask is “what are good news sources” the answer is there really aren’t any, you’ll always have to question what’s being told, who benefits from it, how informed are they on the topic, what biases do they have, what are their sources, etc. I’m sure there are a few news media like telesur that tend to be right more often than others, and some like nytimes as wapo that are much much worse, but you still have to read everything and with a critical eye

In Malvinas, a town outside Cordoba city, for the past two years, neighbors have organized against Monsanto. What would have been the largest genetically modified seed processing plant in the world was stopped by popular power. Hundreds of neighbors organized what became the Assembly of Malvinas and with their bodies blocked the construction of the Monsanto plant. This struggle became symbolic of so many of the struggles defending the earth in Argentina and people came from all over the country to show solidarity: from Corrientes, where they are fighting deforestation, to La Rioja where they have prevented the exploitation of Mt. La Famatina from mega mining projects, and from many other regions in the country; also from the indigenous to unemployed movements. And after two years, they won.
—  Marina Sitrin, ‘Argentina: Societies in Movement or Politics as Usual?’, teleSUR

Harriet Tubman was a combat soldier, nurse, and African-American leader most well known for saving thousands of slaves through the Underground Railroad. Some lesser know facts – the bounty of her head was $12,000 ($330,000 today). She cured dysentery in Union troops. She was the first woman to lead a combat assault in 1863. She also underwent brain surgery without anesthesia, choosing to chew on a bullet instead. REST IN POWER!


Via teleSUR English

The Zapatistas had the courage to declare war on the Mexican government, to take on global capitalism, and to ask themselves what it would mean to dismantle patriarchy in Zapatista territory. If there is one thing about the Zapatista movement I would hope to see contemporary social movements emulate, it would be this combination of humility and chutzpah – the understanding of the enduring nature of this work and the patience and unflinching commitment that comes along with it.
—  Hilary Klein , ‘Celebrating 22 Years of Zapatismo’, teleSUR

Today we remember Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated on Oct. 15, 1987. His words remain as relevant as ever.

The military captain led the Burkinabé revolution and would become president from 1983 until 1987. Recognized by his supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, with pan-African and Marxist views, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”.

Via teleSUR English

Today marks Women’s Equality Day. But the recent Burkini ban in France where a woman was coerced to remove her burkini speaks volumes about how much progress our society has made. This disrobing, which was utterly humiliating and disgraceful is inherently imperialist, racist and sexist.

Franz Fanon: “Every veil that fell, every body that became liberated from the traditional embrace of the haik, every face that offered itself to the bold and impatient glance of the occupier, was a negative expression of the fact that Algeria was beginning to deny herself and was accepting the rape of the colonizer.”

Via teleSUR English

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to “lure” Orlando shooter Omar Mateen into committing a terror plot in 2013 through the planting of an informant in his life, revelations that raise serious questions about the FBI’s indirect role in shaping the recent Orlando terror attack through its entrapment policies. […] “Now the question is whether the FBI was right to pursue Mateen before he could kill, or whether it played an influencing role in shaping his attitude towards politically-motivated violence,” authors and journalists Max Blumenthal and Sarah Lazare said in an article for Alternet website Sunday.

Coup Plot in Venezuela Thwarted

A coup plot against the Venezuelan government has been foiled, with both civilians and members of the military detained, President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday in a televised address.

Those involved were being paid in U.S. dollars, and one of the suspects had been granted a visa to enter the United States should the plot fail, Maduro said.

Venezuela’s president stated that the coup plotters already had a “transitional” government and program lined up once the plan, which included bombings on the Miraflores Palace and the teleSUR offices in Caracas, as well as assassinations of members of the opposition, Maduro and others, was carried out.

Maduro explained that a video of masked military officials speaking out against the government had been recorded, which was set to be released after the planned assassination was carried out.

Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez stated via his Twitter account that the armed forces remain loyal to the constitutional government.

The aim of neoliberalism is to install a permanent, capitalist theocracy that ensures a two-thirds society, with the majority divided and indebted, managed by a corporate class, and a permanent working poor. In Britain today, 63 per cent of poor children grow up in families where one member is working. For them, the trap has closed. More than 600,000 residents of Britain’s second city, Greater Manchester, are, reports a study, “experiencing the effects of extreme poverty” and 1.6 million are slipping into penury.

John Pilger,

‘Why the British Said No to Europe’, teleSUR

Palestinian/African American solidarity recognizes that not only the struggle but also the enemy is common. From the brand of tear gas to the assault tactics of the riot squads, Gaza and Ferguson are closer than many would admit. US law enforcement maintains close ties with its Israeli counterparts, and two of the four police forces deployed to Ferguson were trained in Israel.
—  Jerome Roos, ‘What Happens in Ferguson Does Not Stay in Ferguson’, teleSUR