NEWS PARADE: Washington in fierce debate on arming Libyan rebels, # Norway won’t send arms to Libya, # UN chief: End occupation, divide Jerusalem, # Russia, Austria reveal close positions on Libya – “ceasefire and immediate talks” (RUSSIANS ARE RIGHT?)
The pro-life organization responsible for recent videos showing Planned Parenthood offering abortions to alleged sex traffickers who prey on women finds the abortion business is misleading about mammograms.
As LifeNews.com reported in February, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards joined the talk show of pro-abortion activist Joy Behar and defended Planned Parenthood against legislation in Congress seeking to revoke its federal taxpayer funding.
An Emergency Labor Meeting was held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 4-5, 2011.
Ninety-six union leaders and activists from 26 states and from “a broad cross-section of the labor movement” gathered at the Laborers Local 310 Hall in Cleveland in response to an invitation sent out in January urging them to “explore together what we can do to mount a more militant and robust fight-back campaign to defend the interests of working people.”
Three weeks prior to the Emergency Labor Meeting (ELM), “unionists and community and student activists in Wisconsin unleashed a resistance movement against Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting and concessionary attacks that in a short time has breathed new life into the labor movement”.
Participants in the ELM took “full note of the new situation and of the grave dangers to the U.S. labor movement and to workers’ and democratic rights posed by Governor Walker’s attacks”.
They pledged to make the “fight against union-busting and the budget cuts/concessions in Wisconsin the centerpiece of an emergency action plan…”
Part of the plan involves a nationwide “Day of Action” on April 4.
Participants welcomed the call issued by Larry Cohen, International President of the Communication Workers of America to organize on April 4, the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This call has since been supported by the AFL-CIO Executive Board, which is urging “movement-wide dramatic actions” on this day.
The closed doors meeting was endorsed by some of American labor’s most radical socialist labor leaders.
These included Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism affiliates;
- Donna DeWitt, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO
- Sandy Eaton, RN; Chair, National Nurses United Legislative Council
- Lenny Potash, Co-Chair Labor United for Universal Healthcare
- Kenneth Riley, President, International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422
- Monadel Herzallah, President, Arab American Union Members Council – USLAW-affiliate
- Steve Edwards, President, AFSCME Local 2858, Chicago, and Steering Committee member, Public Workers Unite!
- Ira Grupper, labor journalist, Louisville, KY
Democratic Socialists of America affiliates;
- Jos Williams, President, Washington Metro Council AFL-CIO
- Henry Nicholas, President, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME
- Jeff Crosby, President, North Shore Labor Council, Massachusetts
- Bill Henning, Vice President, CWA Local 1180
- Ed Sadlowski, Staff Representative, Wisconsin Council 40, AFSCME, AFL-CIO; Member, Local 938; membership in Council 40 Field and Support Staff Union
- Jerry Tucker, former Intl UAW Exec Board Member; Center for Labor Renewal Co-Founder
- Bill Fletcher, Jr., Center for Labor Renewal; BlackCommentator.com
- Dr. Jack Rasmus, Member, American Federation of Teachers University Council, University of California Berkley; Former National First Vice President, National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981; former local union Vice President and Business Representative, CWA Local 9415 and SEIU Local 715
- Bill Leumer, Former President, International Association of Machinists Local 565; Co-Convenor, Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign
- Steve Early, labor journalist, lawyer, and former CWA International Representative; author of Embedded with Organized Labor and The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor
Communist Party USA affiliates;
- Lew Moye, President, St Louis Chapter, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
- Dean Gunderson, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees Region 5 Director and past local president.
Also listed were affiliates of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Socialist Party USA, International Socialist Organization and several members of the ultra radical anti Israel group American Labor for Palestine.
The assembled socialists agreed that they must;
Go to the streets to oppose the concessions demanded by the bosses and the government. There is plenty of money available without demanding givebacks from public employees, but this requires changing our nation’s priorities to raise taxes on the rich, redirect war dollars to meet human needs, and more — all demands that we must place on the federal government. We can no longer effectively deal with such crucial issues as health care and retirement through collective bargaining alone.
Instead of supporting wars of intervention, the labor movement should embrace international worker solidarity. The mutual declarations of support between protesters in Madison and insurgent independent unions in Egypt are a proud example that deserve wide emulation.
The U.S labor movement is now completely dominated by socialists and communists. Given the chance they intend to bring chaos to several major cities across America. They plan to continue, until their man Barack Obama is re-elected President in 2012.
Clarence Brandley spent 10 years on Death Row for the slaying of a 16-year-old girl, a crime he didn’t commit. Now, more than two decades after being cleared, the former custodian hopes to convince Texas lawmakers that it’s time to abolish the death penalty in Texas — or least impose a moratorium on executions. Texas has executed more inmates than any other state — 446 since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. » read more
3.1/2. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES
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Legislation weaving its way through the House of Representatives would increase the number of places that legal gun owners can carry their guns to include restaurants, day-care centers and churches. » read more
Home foreclosures continue at a record pace.
By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers
U.S. home prices continue falling, new data showed Tuesday, giving urgency to important fixes taking shape this week aimed at fixing specific causes of the U.S. financial meltdown. » read more
The battle for control of Bin Jawwad was already hours old Tuesday when a busload of women suddenly emerged on the highway leading out of town and began cheering as though they supported the rebels. Just one woman aboard offered the fighters an ominous warning. » read more
A big “MS” — which stands for Mara Salvatrucha, the largest street gang in El Salvador — is still visible after several laser treatments for its removal.
|Jimmy Carter, welcomed by Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, right,|
Former President Jimmy Carter began a three-day visit to Cuba yesterday, amidst a stormy background of seemingly constant escalation and de-escalation of tensions between the U.S. and the island nation…
Carter visited Cuba previously in 2002, the first and only U.S. president to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution. According to the Cuban press, the visit “was a demonstration of his interest in better bilateral relations…”
The ex-president’s trip takes place during uncertain times for the island nation and its relationship with the United States. In what some consider the beginning of a thaw, the Obama administration loosened restrictions that President Bush had imposed on exchanges with Cuba…
Carter’s visit comes just before the next congress of the Cuban Communist Party, set to take place next month…
The party congress is one of the main reasons for Carter’s visit. According to the Carter Center, he and former first lady Rosalynn Carter traveled to Cuba to “meet with President Raúl Castro and other Cuban officials and citizens to learn about new economic policies and the upcoming party congress, and to discuss ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations…”
While Carter’s trip is technically a private venture, sponsored by his organization, analysts say some sort of policy announcement, either from the Cuban side, the U.S. or both, is possible.
7.1/2. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN ETERNAL
By Tim Johnson | McClatchy Newspapers
When Santos Guzman sought help from a state program for onetime gang members, there was no mistaking his gang affiliation. Guzman wants the 20 or so tattoos on his body to vanish. He gave up the life of a gangbanger long ago but only recently learned that the evidence of his past could be erased. » read more
Wouldn’t Russian intelligence and their buddies in the Russian mafia just love this?
Russia and the United States may ease or even cancel visa regime fairly soon, the head of the State Duma’s committee on international affairs said on Wednesday.
Vladimir Putin told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in early March that Russia and the United States would take an “historic step” by abolishing visas. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said some two weeks later that Moscow is currently persuading the U.S. to sign an agreement to scrap visas for visits lasting under 90 days.
“The idea seems fantastic to some, but I’m convinced that it is pragmatic and may be implemented in the foreseeable future, if not the full abolishment then at least eased visa procedures,” Konstantin Kosachev told the World Russian Forum annual conference in Washington.
He said that Russia was ready to ease visa regime on the condition that the concessions are mutual.
The Russian authorities have long been trying to persuade Europe to drop visas for Russian citizens, but their attempts have so far yielded no significant results.
Let’s bypass the horse. This is like the Trojans handing the Greeks the keys to their city.
Mexicans are in a funk over their president, and a majority of them think that he’s losing control of the country, an opinion poll released Tuesday found. » read more
At a joint press conference on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he and his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger agreed that their positions on Libya were close on tonality and their essence. Russia voices especial concern over the growing number of victims among Libyan civilians who caught in the middle: Gaddafi’s troops, rebels and pinpoint air strikes by the U.S., Britain and France. Austria is worried over two points in the Libyan conflict: a possibility of new waves of refugees from Libya and destabilisation of energy supplies from the North African and Middle East regions. “We are not interested…
12 Contaminated water at crippled nuke plant estimated at thousands of tons
Workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are now struggling to drain thousands of metric tons of radioactive water from the basements of its turbine buildings.
According to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)’s plan, the radioactive water that has accumulated in the turbine buildings is being pumped into condensers situated in the same structures. Condensers are devices that convert steam piped from the cores back into water.
13 The Final Days of the Glenn Beck Phenomenon?
The mainstream media has been reporting with glee that Glenn Beck may be leaving his Fox News show for a web-only show or his own cable station. Beck’s detractors are hoping he is imploding and this is the end of his superstardom in politics. There have been signs of friction between Beck and Fox News, and the network will not confirm whether his contract will be renewed in December.
|Russia, Austria reveal close positions on Libya – Lavrov
|At a joint press conference on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he and his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger agreed that their positions on Libya were close on tonality and their essence.
Russia voices especial concern over the growing number of victims among Libyan civilians who caught in the middle: Gaddafi’s troops, rebels and pinpoint air strikes by the U.S., Britain and France. Austria is worried over two points in the Libyan conflict: a possibility of new waves of refugees from Libya and destabilisation of energy supplies from the North African and Middle East regions.
14 UN chief: End occupation, divide Jerusalem
In message delivered by his assistant at Uruguay conference Ban Ki-moon says occupation is morally and politically unsustainable and must therefore end. ‘A way must be found for Jerusalem to emerge as a capital of two States,’ he adds
15 Report clears Justice Department in Black Panther case
The Justice Department’s Office of Personnel Responsibility (OPR) has concluded an investigation finding that politics played no role in the handling of the New Black Panther Party case, which sparked a racially charged political fight.
After reviewing thousands of pages of internal e-mails and notes and conducting 44 interviews with department staff members, the OPR reported that “department attorneys did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment” and that the voter-intimidation case against the Panthers was dismissed on “a good faith assessment of the law” and “not influenced by the race of the defendants.”
16 Norway won’t send arms to Libya
March 30, 2011
The Norwegian government will neither send arms to the opponents of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi nor contribute to any moves to send ground troops into the country. Defense Minister Grete Faremo was visiting Norwegian military forces involved in the Libyan operation on Wednesday, and said she won’t support delivering weapons to those trying to topple Gadhafi.
17 Renewed US missile barrage amid Libya talks
WASHINGTON — Stepping up attacks far from the frontline fighting, a U.S. Navy ship fired 22 Tomahawk cruise missiles at weapon storage sites around Tripoli on Tuesday, a day after President Barack Obama said the U.S. was moving into more of a backseat role in the Libya military campaign.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, held talks in London with an envoy from the Libyan political opposition group trying to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi.
18 Washington in fierce debate on arming Libyan rebels
‘We ask for political support more than arms but if we have both, that would be good,’ opposition spokesman says
When I first encountered Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” as a teen back in the ’70s, it was like being hit across the forehead with a cricket bat.
It was pretty hard going for a “bleeding heart” leftie Kiwi boy, brought up on free milk, family benefits and eternal gratitude for our “benevolent” welfare state.
Now “Atlas Shrugged”, first released the year before I was born, is a feature film, with a Kiwi actor Grant Bowler, playing the leading role!
Millions have now read the book, second only in influence, in to the Bible. I never woulda dreamed this possible, back in the day.
“Atlas Shrugged” premiered on March 23 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.
Here’s what some of the lucky attendees had to say.
It’s time for the DOJ to cough up information to the House Judiciary Committee and to Congressman Frank Wolf.
by Art Horn
Shouldn’t Gina McCarthy know how much CO2 is in the air? And shouldn’t we be peeved that she put together the failed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
by Ryan Mauro
The West has an opportunity to cause Assad enormous stress, or even to topple him. (Also see today’s Tatler coverage on Syria.)
by Ed Driscoll
Chicago’s African-Americans face 21.4% unemployment. Newsweek notes that “the city has lost 200,000 inhabitants in the past decade.” So other than Rahm Emanuel and other Obama cronies now running the show, what is it about this failed city that the magazine considers “finally hip”?
The alternative is a more dangerous Gaddafi than ever.
The supposed “responsibility to protect” has taken America into a war on the side of the ultimate killers of innocents: al-Qaeda. (See also “Rebel Libya: ‘Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!” on the Tatler.)
The Iranian version of The Triumph of the Will, or in this case, the triumph of the Twelfth Imam, now playing at PJTV. (Click here to watch. Also, Reza Kahlili and Michael Ledeen will be giving a press conference on the video Tuesday at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in DC.)
by Ron Radosh
2011 is far away from 1911, but that hasn’t stopped the MSM from attempting to triangulate the plight of pre-WWI factory workers toiling in Dickensian-conditions with 21st century government employees, who in comparison, live (and earn) like potentates.
by Myra Adams
Candidates who are chosen for high office largely based on their gender, ethnicity, age, or race (GEAR) usually ruin their careers.
A primer on how radiation exposure is actually measured so that you can judge for yourself whether the figures coming from Fukushima are worrisome or not.
Our Sphinx-like president is now faced with a riddle: how to maintain stability in the Middle East, in the midst of, ironically enough given his campaign slogan, tectonic change.
Latinos are getting restless.
by Soeren Kern
In the absence of American leadership in Libya, Europeans are looking more and more like the Keystone Kops. It would be funny if it were not so serious.
“Kinetic military action” and “overseas contingency operations,” indeed: future historians, looking back on this era, will marvel at its capacity for linguistic evasion.
The Syrian town of Deraa was once the site of a key battle against the Ottoman Empire led by the famed Lawrence of Arabia. Today we are even luckier to be led, not simply by the competent and daring, but by leaders who understand the true battlefield potential of postmodern linguistics. (For more on Syria, don’t miss Michael Ledeen and Anne Bayefsky at the Tatler.)
by Elise Cooper
The usual suspects — CAIR and the ACLU — are suing the Bureau for infiltrating mosques in Orange County.
With Katie Couric apparently leaving in June, it’s time for CBS to shake things up aesthetically and ideologically. Why not Megyn Kelly as anchorwoman?
by David Solway
Cultural relativity: How did we get from there to here?
Insiders tell PJM that the unfocused, poorly led campaign sounds like the Donilon they know.
Any visit to an “anti-war” rally will reveal that it’s not war the far-left opposes, but rather any action that promotes America’s interests. As photographs found by Zombie graphically illustrate, this past Saturday’s protest in L.A. was no exception.
by Jack Dunphy
LAPD officers manning sobriety checkpoints will no longer impound cars discovered to be driven by unlicensed illegal immigrants. Yes, you read that correctly.
Leaked State Department cables detail American-Libyan cooperation and friendly visits of congressman and senators.
by Soeren Kern
An unintended but highly illuminating irony of the military intervention in Libya is that it has exposed the duplicity behind European pacifism.
Obama, now that your brackets have been busted, it’s time to play in the big leagues: go for the big win, go for victory in the big war, the real war. The little places will become oh so much easier.
They have strategic interests and defined objectives in Libya. We do not.
by Bruce Bawer
On March 28, that sound you hear will be the influence of the New York Times dropping like a rock.
Even Republicans have started to sour on the superstar.
The prospective GOP candidates are behaving like Ruling Class. Did they learn anything from 2010?
Furious over Bahrain, Iranian leaders are openly recruiting suicide bombers to strike at the kingdom.
by Marlo Lewis
Adopting the Baucus amendment would put Congress’s legislative stamp of approval on EPA’s end-run around the legislative process.
by David Solway
Unions were once the solution. Now they are the problem. (And don’t miss “Judge Sue-Me re-blocks WI union law” at the Tatler.)
Now that Obama has proclaimed himself open to arming the rebels, the equation on the ground may change.
The bottom line is that Israel can hardly count on Germany as a friend. It’s been behaving recently more like an enemy.
With the right oversight, they can serve the people well.
Good matchup in the Final Four between “Half-Assed Socialism” and “Wealth Redistribution.”
by Tom Blumer
President Obama is hoping to ride a cynical wave of ginned-up opposition to any and all entitlement reform to victory in 2012.
It’s not that the Libyan thing is a bad thing. It’s that it’s not the main thing. We still are not even beginning to talk about the main thing.
by Barry Rubin
Rather than spending the next five months complaining, those who aren’t supporting the Muslim Brotherhood better get started actually working and organizing.
by Fred Grandy
I’m flabbergasted to hear people I normally agree with be so optimistic about the current upheaval.
A huge swath of the world is now struggling with his nonsensical leadership.
A time-limited, vermouth-limited overserved kinetic martini-action cocktail operation. (And don’t miss the “Ten missing elements from Obama’s speech.”)
We can’t overstate the importance of the English translation of this film: the Iranian leaders are telling the Muslim world to prepare for the annihilation of Israel and the fall of the West. (Watch it exclusively at PJTV.)
A concealed carry killing raises dangerous questions.
There are existential problems with Libya that will have to be addressed, whether Obama chooses to or not.
by Bruce Bawer
British gays need to understand that there’s no place for them in the sharia-run Britain to which millions of Muslims openly aspire. (Also read J. Christian Adams at the Tatler: “Wild animals on the loose in London.”)
Inflated federal egos drive real-world inflation ever higher.
Yes, says Germany’s leading historian of anti-Semitism.