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Published on Sep 5, 2015

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[Editor’s Note: This series has proved to be extremely well-done, gripping, and informative. Definitely worth the watch if you want to understand America’s role in the modern world. - Editor Nova]

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The Shortest and Most Powerful Explanation of the Orlando Shooter I Have Ever Seen
A journalist's recent Facebook status update destroying the myths about the Orlando shooter is quickly going viral.


A journalist’s recent Facebook status update destroying the myths about the Orlando shooter is quickly going viral.

Che Brandes-Tuka, a scholar, international human rights campaigner, and organizer who works as a journalist for TeleSUR English, ran through the known details of Omar Mateen — the 29-year-old who carried out a massacre at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded — and shredded the myth that he was an Afghan terrorist with ties to ISIS:

So after a couple of days of reports and testimonies, we know the following about the Orlando shooter:

He was a child of immigrants, born and raised in the United States.

He pledged allegiance to Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda AND ISIS, 3 organizations that are de facto at war with each other, showing he was ignorant about all 3, let alone politics in the Middle East in general.

He knew practically nothing about Islam and according to his wife, father and community he was not religious in the slightest.

Brandes-Tuka pointed out that according to all available evidence, Mateen’s attack was rooted not in a desire to carry out an act of terrorism in the name of radical Islamic views, but rather as the result of letting hate take over his life and working for an employer with a long background of abuse and domination:

He struggled with his toxic masculinity, had an alcohol problem and beat up his wife for which he was never charged.

He was racist towards Blacks, Latin@’s and other minorities and in the shooting killed predominantly queer people of color.

Despite his own alleged queer inclinations, he was a homophobe in a country where still 1 in 5 LGBTQ people are victims of hate crimes and there are more than a 100 anti-LGBTQ bills (from anti-gay marriage to bathroom bills) pending in dozens of states.

He idolized the NYPD, one of the country’s most well-known and cherished institutions that has an army bigger than ISIS, is known to indiscriminately and disproportionately spy on Muslims and which engages in systematic violence against Blacks, Latin@’s and other minorities.

He beat juveniles in detention centers over the head for a living as he worked for and got his training from the private security firm G4S, which is not only one of the foremost stakeholders in the Prison–industrial complex, but is also invested in mass deportations as it runs immigration detention centers and participates in the occupation of Palestine, training other mass killers in Israel to target and imprison Palestinians.

Brandes-Tuka’s viral post also touched on America’s troubling addiction to guns, the prevalence of mass shootings in recent history, and undue attention paid to violent, hateful, and close-minded viewpoints.

He staged a mass shooting in a country that has seen a 1,000 mass shootings in the last 1,200 days.

So basically he was ignorant, self-conflicted, racist, sexist, homophobe, had a sick admiration for authority and was obsessed with guns and violence, eventually acting upon all of that.

Sorry folks, but your supposed “Islamic radical terrorist from Afghanistan” is as American as apple pie made with homegrown apples and baked in an American made oven.

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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.

El 5 de noviembre de 2015 marcó el 40 aniversario de la Operación Carlota, la misión cubana de 15 años para defender la Independencia de Angola, que jugó un papel decisivo en las luchas de liberación nacional y anti-coloniales del África Meridional.
La Habana inició la operación en respuesta a una solicitud directa y urgente por parte del Gobierno de Angola. Tras haber alcanzado la independencia, lograda tras una larga y brutal lucha anticolonial, Angola enfrentaba una invasión de la Sudáfrica racista. Sudáfrica estaba decidido a destruir al Gobierno Negro de la reciente independiente Angola.

La Operación Carlota fue decisiva, no sólo en detener la llegada sudafricana a la capital, Luanda, sino también sacando a los sudafricanos de Angola. La derrota de las fuerzas sudafricanas fue un desarrollo importante en la lucha de liberación anticolonial y nacional del sur de África. En ese momento, ‘El Mundo’, un periódico sudafricano Negro, subrayó la importancia: "La África Negra está montada en la cresta de una ola generada por el éxito de Cuba en Angola. La África Negra está probando el vino embriagador de la posibilidad de realizar el sueño de la ‘liberación total’"
Nombrado en honor al líder de una rebelión contra la esclavitud que tuvo lugar en Cuba el 5 de noviembre de 1843, la Operación Carlota duró más de 15 años. Durante ese tiempo, más de 330 mil cubanos sirvieron en Angola. Más de 2 mil cubanos murieron defendiendo la independencia de Angola, la libertad y el derecho a la libre determinación de los pueblos del Sur de África.
La dirección Revolucionaria Cubana consideró la intervención militar tanto por la defensa de un país independiente de una invasión extranjera y por devolverla deuda histórica contraída por Cuba con África. Fidel Castro invocaba con frecuencia los vínculos históricos de Cuba con África. En el 15 aniversario de la victoria cubana en Playa Girón (Bahía de Cochinos), declaró que, "los cubanos son un pueblo Latino-africano". El Reverendo Abbuno González señaló a este respecto: "Mi abuelo vino de Angola. Así que es mi deber ir a ayudar allá. Se lo debo a mis antepasados".
En un tributo por la asistencia cubana a las luchas de liberación africanas, Amílcar Cabral (conocido líder anti-colonial y de la lucha de liberación nacional en Guinea Bissau y Cabo Verde), declaró: "Yo no creo en la vida después de la muerte, pero si la hay, podemos estar seguros de que las almas de nuestros antepasados ​​que fueron llevados a Estados Unidos para ser esclavos, hoy se regocijan al ver a sus hijos reunirse y trabajar juntos para ayudarnos a ser independientes y libres".
La participación cubana en el sur de África ha sido calificada en varias ocasiones como una manipulación de la Unión Soviética. Este insidioso mito ha sido refutado de manera inequívoca. En su aclamado libro "Misiones en conflicto: La Habana, Washington y África, 1959-76", Piero Gliejeses demostró que el Gobierno cubano - como lo había afirmado en repetidas ocasiones - decidió enviar tropas de combate a Angola sólo después de que el Gobierno de Angola había solicitado ayuda militar a Cuba para defendersede los sudafricanos, refutando la afirmación de Washington que las fuerzas sudafricanas intervinieron en Angola después de la llegada de las fuerzas cubanas y, la Unión Soviética no participó en la decisión de Cuba y ni siquiera fueron informados antes del despliegue. En resumen, Cuba no fue títere de la URSS.
La misión militar de Cuba fue una contra necesaria al baño sangriento de Sudáfrica por la dominación regional. De 1975 a 1988, las fuerzas armadas de Sudáfrica se embarcaron en una campaña de desestabilización masiva de la región. La guerra de desestabilización pasó una factura terrible. Entre 1981 y 1988, se estima que 1,5 millones de personas (directa o indirectamente) murieron, entre ellas 825 mil niños. Este fue el resultado de insurgencias patrocinadas por Pretoria (por ejemplo, la UNITA en Angola y Renamo en Mozambique) y acciones militares directas de las fuerzas armadas sudafricanas. Sudáfrica realizó numerosos bombardeos, incursiones armadas y asesinatos contra los países circundantes.
La confrontación militar decisiva contra Sudáfrica se produjo alrededor de la ciudad angoleña suroriental de Cuito Cuanavale. Cuito Cuanavale fue un punto de inflexión fundamental en la lucha contra el Apartheid. De noviembre 1987 a marzo 1988, las fuerzas armadas sudafricanas intentaron en varias ocasiones, sin éxito, capturar la ciudad de Cuito Cuanavale.
El compromiso de Cuba era inmenso, proporcionando refuerzos esenciales, materiales y planificación. Fidel Castro afirmó que la Revolución Cubana tuvo que "poner su propia existencia en juego, se corría el riesgo de una gran batalla contra una de las potencias más fuertes ubicadas en la zona del Tercer Mundo, en contra de una de las potencias más ricas, con desarrollo industrial y tecnológico, armados hasta los dientes, a una distancia tan grande de nuestro pequeño país y con nuestros propios recursos, nuestros propios brazos... Utilizamos nuestros barcos y solo lo nuestro, y utilizamos nuestro equipo para cambiar la relación de fuerzas, lo que hizo posible el éxito en esa batalla. Pusimos todo en juego en esa acción".
La derrota de las fuerzas armadas sudafricanas alteró el equilibrio de poder en la región y fue el principio de la desaparición del régimen racista de Sudáfrica. Sudáfrica se vio obligado a sentarse a la mesa de negociación, lo que resultó directamente en la independencia de Namibia y aceleró dramáticamente el fin del Apartheid. En un discurso pronunciado en julio 1991, en La Habana, Nelson Mandela subrayó el papel vital de Cuito Cuanavale y de Cuba:
"Nosotros en África estamos acostumbrados a ser víctimas de países que quieren repartirse nuestro territorio o subvertir nuestra soberanía. No tiene paralelo en la historia de África el tener otro pueblo levantándose pornuestra defensa. ¡La derrota del Ejército del Apartheid fue una inspiración para las personas que lucharon en Sudáfrica!¡Sin la derrota de Cuito Cuanavale no habrían sido aceptadas nuestras organizaciones!¡La derrota del ejército racista en Cuito Cuanavale ha hecho posible que hoy pueda estar aquí!¡Cuito Cuanavale fue un hito en la Historia de la lucha por la liberación del Sur de África!"
Cuba es a menudo descrito como el único país extranjero que ha llegado a África y se ha ido con las manos vacías, pero con los ataúdes de sus hijos e hijas que murieron para liberarla. El papel de Cuba en Angola ilustra la división entre los que luchan por las causas de libertad, liberación y justicia, para repeler a los invasores y colonialistas, y los que luchan contra las causas justas, quienes hacen la guerra para ocupar, colonizar y oprimir.
Misiones internacionalistas de la isla en África son un profundo desafío para aquellos que argumentan que las relaciones entre las naciones y los pueblos del mundo son - y sólo pueden ser - determinadas por el interés personal y la búsqueda de poder y riqueza. Cuba ofrece el ejemplo de que es posible construir relaciones basadas en la genuina solidaridad y amor social: la demostración de las alternativas que permiten a la gente a realizar sus aspiraciones más profundas, y que otro mundo mejor es posible.
Isaac Saney enseña historia en la Universidad de Dalhousie y en la Universidad de Saint Mary, Halifax. Es co-presidente y portavoz nacional de la Red Canadiense sobre Cuba. Es el autor del aclamado libro "Cuba: ¡Revolución en Marcha”, y actualmente está dando los toques finales al libro “¡El retorno de los niños de África, Cuba la guerra en Angola y el fin del Apartheid!".


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Happy 146th birthday to one of the greatest revolutionaries in history, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin!

Leading the Russian Revolution of 1917, comrade Lenin changed the course of history and inspired the oppressed and exploited everywhere that another world is possible.

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Bolivia Prepares Literacy Programs in 36 Indigenous Languages

Since Evo Morales took office illiteracy has been reduced from 13.3 percent to 2.9 percent, the lowest rate in the history of Bolivia.

Next year Bolivia plans to kick off literacy programs in the 36 Native languages recognized and spoken in the South American nation, the education ministry announced on Friday.

“It’s very clear that the issue of literacy needs to be diversified and strengthened. We have already started to work with some of them,” the head of the illiteracy campaign, Ramiro Tolaba said to teleSUR.

Tolaba also considers it necessary to create methodologies for teaching literacy to people with hearing and visual disabilities. “We need to make much more progress in this regard and the challenge is huge, but this is what the country needs,” he added.

During the past decade and under the government of President Evo Morales, illiteracy was reduced from 13.3 percent to 2.9, the lowest rate in the history of Bolivia.

President Morales, who is the country’s first Indigenous president, has advanced Indigenous rights in the country. Bolivia’s Indigenous peoples constitute approximately 62 percent of the country’s population of over 10 million. In 2008 he adopted the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Bolivia’s constitution states that the official languages are Spanish and all 36 languages spoken by the country’s Indigenous nations. It also states that universities must implement programs for the recovery, preservation, development, and dissemination of learning these different languages.

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Argentina Creates Indigenous Film School
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“Today we confirm the (creation of) the Indigenous School of Cinema. Its a call on people to their own history, based on what they are capable of doing,” Capitanich said.

The school will be created within the Culture Institute, and its creation falls under Law 26,522 Audiovisual Communication Services. 

The Indigenous school will provide training in audiovisual basics and will promote production of local content in the different indigenous communities of Capitanich’s province.

The Indigenous Film Festival began in 2008, with the idea that movies are a social tool that go beyond entertainment and transform reality through social inclusion. The festival supports full rights for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and brings locally produced films to other regions.

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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.

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La corresponsal de teleSUR en Nicaragua, Adriana Sívori informó que el pueblo nicaragüense “está a la espera del inicio del acto central que lo presidirá el presidente Ortega y que  comenzará a las 16H00 locales (22H00 GMT)”.

Sívori indicó que el festejo reunirá “no sólo a la izquierda, sino a casi todas las tendencias ideológicas de este país”.

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La reportera recordó que el presidente Ortega “ha sido uno de los más críticos contra los bombardeos de la OTAN (Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte) a ese país africano”.

Sívori explicó que hace 32 años “la guerrilla sandinista logró la victoria sobre la guardia de Anastasio Somoza, miembro de la familia que instauró durante más de 40 años una dictadura en el país”.

“Fue el 19 de julio de 1979, que el Frente Sandinista derrotó esta tiranía, que dejó más de 50 mil muertos”, agregó.

Los actos de este año se realizarán en medio de la campaña política que apunta a la reelección del presidente Ortega en las elecciones generales de noviembre próximo.

“No se puede dejar de mencionar que este también es un año electoral en Nicaragua y los aires de campaña se hacen presentes (…) Las encuestas a esta hora marcan como favorito al presidente Daniel Ortega, quien irá a una reelección el 6 de noviembre”, reportó Sívori.

Durante la noche de este lunes, se realizaron vigilias en varias ciudades del país, como antesala a los actos de la celebración sandinista.

Instauración de la democracia

El politólogo Carlos Midence señaló en entrevista para teleSUR que el Frente Sandinista “es el que instaura la democracia en Nicaragua a partir de 1979”.

El Frente “ha venido evolucionando y cambiando según los tiempos, tanto así que pasó de ser un movimiento guerrillero a un partido político, que hoy defiende la Revolución desde la vía de las elecciones”.

“Nosotros podemos democratizar nuestras regiones a través de los movimientos y luchas políticas, electorales y guerrilleras”, expresó Midence.

El Frente tiene como meta “erradicar la pobreza y el hambre en Nicaragua (…) Lo ha venido logrando sostenidamente durante estos cuatro años y nos hemos propuesto seguir profundizando los cambios estructurales en el país desde el punto de vista político, social y económico”, indicó.

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What’s most upsetting is that this perpetuates a rightwing conspiracy theory suggesting the boys were witnesses who upheld Wilson’s version and are thus being murdered by black locals in retribution for snitching. This is of course false as well, but the Left side of Tumblr doesn’t seem to give a shit that they’re building a case for white supremacists.

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