Category Archives: Communism

Venezuela’s anti-government newspaper, El Nacional, forced to stop the presses – Unpossible in Canada as all news is Trudeaunews

Venezuela’s daily El Nacional will completely halt its print edition on Thursday, its editors said, blaming the move on pressure from the government. El Nacional was the last opposition newspaper still maintaining a nationwide circulation in Venezuela.

“We’ve endured longer than the others,” El Nacional’s president and CEO Miguel Otero told the Spanish newspaper ABC. “But in the end we could not persist.”

The popular daily would continue publishing news online.

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Fears of AIDS epidemic in Venezuela as HIV patients rely on futile leaf remedy amid drug shortage

As Venezuela’s hyperinflation and chronic medicine shortages leave HIV patients with little hope of obtaining antiretroviral drugs, many are now relying on the leaves of a tropical tree known as the guasimo.

For each dose, patients use around 50 leaves from the tree, which is often used for lumber and is also known as the West Indian elm, and run them through a blender with water. They then strain and drink the green liquid.

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Goodyear permanently ceases Venezuela operations

CARACAS (Reuters) – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (GT.O) is halting operations in Venezuela because of dire economic conditions and U.S. sanctions, the company said on Monday, part of an exodus of foreign corporations from the country.

Demand for consumer goods has plummeted and firms are unable to import raw materials, leading companies ranging from Kimberly-Clark Corp (KMB.N) to Kellogg Co (K.N) to leave for good.

“Goodyear-Venezuela has made the difficult decision to stop producing tires,” the firm said in a statement. “Our goal had been to maintain its operations, but economic conditions and U.S. sanctions have made this impossible.”

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The Guardian tries to put its finger on what went wrong in Venezuela

‘A slow-motion catastrophe’: on the road in Venezuela, 20 years after Chávez’s rise

The latrines at Simón Bolívar international airport in Caracas overflow with urine; the taps are bone dry. In the departures hall, weeping passengers prepare for exile, unsure when they will return.

At customs, a sticker on one x-ray machine warns: “Here you don’t speak badly about Chávez!”

But even before stepping outside the terminal it is obvious his Bolivarian revolution, like the airport’s immobile escalators, has ground to a halt.

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Communist Group Fails to Convince Migrants to March to US Border

TIJUANA, Mexico—California-based communist group BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) failed has in its attempt to rally migrants in Tijuana to march to the U.S. border.

In a tweet posted by BAMN on Nov. 29, the group called for the migrants to march at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1—the Inauguration Day of Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“Open the border or we’ll shut it down!” the tweet reads.

h/t RM

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What Americans Must Know About Socialism

Is a specter of socialism haunting America, especially among our millennials? There is disquieting evidence of many young Americans’ sympathy for socialism. Exhibit A: 2.052 million people under the age of 30 voted for democratic socialist Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries and caucuses. Exhibit B: Polls find that, not only do a large majority of millennials have a favorable opinion of socialism, a near majority would prefer to live under socialism rather than capitalism. Exhibit C: The no-longer sleeping Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) now boasts 30,000 members, most of them in their twenties and eager to follow the socialist banner.

We’ve come a long way since the 1988 presidential race when George H. W. Bush buried his Democratic challenger Michael Dukakis by labeling him a “liberal.” Socialism is no longer a parlor game for academics but a political alternative taken seriously by millennials who are not put off by the radical DSA platform.

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Duterte plans anti-communist ‘death squad’ in Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced plans to create a “death squad” to combat communist rebels in the country.

In a speech given on Tuesday night, Duterte spoke of his proposal to contrast the so-called sparrow units, small assassination squads manned by the New People’s Army (NPA), the military branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

“The only thing missing is my own sparrow unit. That’s their only advantage,” Duterte said. “So I will create my own sparrow. Duterte death squad against the sparrow.”

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Kyiv Archivist Discovers Ersatz Bread Samples From Ukraine’s 1932-33 Famine

KYIV — Samples of ersatz bread from the Stalin-era famine that Ukrainians call the Holodomor have been discovered among criminal records in Kyiv, shedding new light on the 1932-33 calamity that killed millions of Ukrainians.

The discovery of the records by an employee at Ukraine’s Central State Archives of Public Organizations also includes two notes written to “future generations” by a Kyiv church choir conductor who ultimately was sent to the gulag in Siberia for saving the scraps as evidence of what Soviet authorities were calling “bread” in the midst of “terrible hunger.”

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CNN thinks that socialism is cool. My grandparents from the USSR would disagree.

NKVD Massacre

It is frustrating to me that many Americans are ignorant of the crimes of socialist and communist movements.

My grandmother grew up in Ukraine, which was then a part of the USSR — the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. After waking each morning, she checked to see if any of her family members died during the night. Many of her compatriots were already dead because Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, implemented a mass starvation program.

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Red Britain Looms

Brexit chaos and Tory failures make a Jeremy Corbyn-led government—and flat-out socialism—more likely.

Thanks to the current imbroglio over Brexit, Britain could soon be Venezuela without the oil or the warm weather. The stunning incompetence of the last two Tory prime ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May, might result in a Labour government, one led by Jeremy Corbyn, a man who has long admired Hugo Chavez for having reminded him—though not the people of Venezuela—what governments can do for the poor and the achievement of social justice.

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Today’s voguish communists should remember Budapest

The October 1956 Hungarian uprising marked the beginning of the end of Communism

Sixty-two years ago this week protests began in the Hungarian capital Budapest that would culminate in Soviet tanks rumbling through the streets – and the importance of that historical event can be seen in the subsequent transformation of the Left.

Although events in Budapest would ultimately be a curtain-raising exercise for the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Soviet domination over Eastern Europe – and over Russia itself – appeared relatively secure in the mid-to late 1950s. Indeed, during the Khrushchev era the Soviet Union appeared in rude health to outsiders: by the late 1950s the Soviet economy was growing at 5% a year, faster than the United States.

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Murderous communists? Who knew? Take a look at what they are doing in Venezuela

When we think of Venezuela, we think of starving people fleeing their country without access to food, clothing, toilet paper, or medical care. We think of street urchins fighting over garbage scraps with machetes. We think of migrant exoduses from socialism.

But there’s another reality about the place, and it’s not getting the attention, say, Saudi Arabia or Russia is, over the killings of dissidents. The Maduro regime is showing an alarming willingness to violently attack opposition leaders, and it’s moving in on high-profile ones who had previously seemed untouchable.

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North Korea Claims to Have Found Bones of Mythical King

And rainbows appeared when Kim Jong-Il was born:

Scholars say the chances that Dangun actually existed are close to zero.

According to Korean legend, Dangun was the son of a god who wanted to be a man, and a bear who wanted to be a woman.

“Dangun is a myth,” said Yeungnam University archaeologist Lee Chung Kyu.

North Korea’s founders originally disdained the story of Dangun as superstition incompatible with their ostensibly socialist ideology.

However, officials have since gone to great lengths to capitalize on the mythology and cement the ruling Kim family’s claim to Dangun’s legacy.

Official North Korean narratives have claimed Mount Paektu as the “sacred mountain of revolution” and assert that Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, was born on its slopes. Many historians place his actual birthplace in the former Soviet Union.

In the mid-1990s, North Korean authorities announced they had discovered the tomb of Dangun and his wife just outside Pyongyang, going so far as to “reconstruct” a white stone pyramid flanked by rough-hewn obelisks and statues of ancient princes and snarling beasts.

At the time, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung said constructing the mausoleum was designed to demonstrate “that Korea has a history spanning 5,000 years, that the Koreans are a homogeneous nation of the same blood since their emergence,” according to a state media article from 2015.

For 100 euros each, or about $115, tourists can peek inside a glass box containing what the North Koreans say are the bones of Dangun and his wife.

The high price and a reputation as an underwhelming experience mean few visitors pay to see the bones, Western tour guides say.

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