US Elections as Political Theater; Syria Peace Talks vs Battlefield Reality; US vs China in Africa

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People of the DPRK (North Korea)

STALIN'S MOUSTACHE

Some photographs, taken by me and Aina Skoland (who was in our group). As you can see, people like to dress well and go about their daily lives as one might expect.

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The Frederick Douglass the US Establishment Doesn’t Want You to Know

Celebrating Frederick Douglass

I fucking hate it when they do this. These blatant attempts at cooptation and obfuscation are so very vulgar.

The following quotes from Frederick Douglass are still relevant, given that there are more black people incarcerated and enslaved in the prison-industrial-complex of today than were enslaved in antebellum times.

  • What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.

  • You profess to believe “that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,” and hath commanded all men, everywhere to love one another; yet you notoriously hate, (and glory in your hatred), all men whose skins are not colored like your own. You declare, before the world, and are understood by the world to declare, that you “hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that, among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;” and yet, you hold securely, in a bondage which, according to your own Thomas Jefferson, “is worse than ages of that which your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose,” a seventh part of the inhabitants of your country.

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Will There be an ‘Extreme’ US Election Outcome in 2016?

On today’s special episode of Loud & Clear [radio], host Brian Becker discusses the U.S. election primaries and the surge of Bernie Sanders in polls less than one week before the Iowa caucuses.

Source: Will There be an ‘Extreme’ US Election Outcome in 2016?

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Putin Foolishly Slanders Communism and the Soviet Past

Meeting of the Russian Popular Front’s (ONF) interregional forum.

Putin has crossed the line. In a recent speech he managed to offend and alienate millions of Russians in a growing Communist Party movement, not to mention socialists all over the world as well as China, a vital ally!

I respected Putin for standing up to the US Empire, but I might have to turn my back on him now. He is too nationalistic and religious and he is an anti-communist; he is also distorting Soviet history. I had been holding out some hope for him, but now he’s gone too far.

At least there’s still China.

To see for yourself what Putin had to say, go to the following link. Do a page search for “Lenin” and that will take you to the relevant section: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51206

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