Monday, 30 December 2013
"I invented it for the protection of the Motherland. I have no regrets and bear no responsibility for how politicians have used it," - Mikhail Kalashnikov
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
A small replica of the Tupak Katari was taken to the main square in La Paz
At 12h42 local (16h42 GMT) on Friday Bolivia, as planned, Bolivia I entered the space, science and technology was to launch the Tupac Katari satellite telecommunications (TKSAT-1) from the Chinese province of Sichuan.
The device in question weighs five thousand 500 kilos, is 2.5 meters tall and 3.6 side. The total length with deployed panels is 28 meters. It was built with titanium, steel and aluminum. Is coupled to the tip of LM-3RA rocket.
It is expected that the satellite "Tupac Katari" (TKSAT-1) appears from the launcher and its solar panels deployed 25 minutes after ignition . Reach its final stationary orbit (36,000 km altitude) in about two weeks and will start operating in March 2014.
According to the technical information released by the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE), the satellite will be finally placed in geostationary orbit (synchronized with the Earth) at 36,000 miles above the Earth Ecuador, 87.2 degrees west longitude.
The Tupac Katari has 30 channels and operate on three frequencies. The first will be used to cover much of Bolivia in internet services, the second will cover radio and communication and the third will be used to rent different types of transmissions to neighboring countries.
Thus, Bolivia will join the eight nations of South America that have satellites like Brazil (with 11 devices), Argentina (10), Mexico (7), Venezuela (2) Colombia (2) Chile (3) and Ecuador (1).
Uruguay will launch theirs in the first quarter of 2014 and Paraguay still develop a national program to achieve this technological breakthrough.
The idea that Bolivia has a satellite was born in 2009, when President Evo Morales told his cabinet to take steps for the project.
Within hours of the release, Morales reiterated that the satellite will be a means for the liberation of peoples .
"It is a first experience for Bolivia communication satellite is a technological leap have a place in space is a huge thrill for the Bolivian people, but we are also convinced that the satellite communication Tupac Katari is a means of communication information for liberation of our peoples, "he said.
The Tupac Katari satellite will be used to provide telecommunications services to remote rural areas of the country, where people currently have no access to television, fixed and mobile telephony and the Internet. In the education and health fields will enter the telehealth and tele-education, and radiating the light of knowledge to improve the standard of living and close the digital divide.
Bolivian crowds cheer Tupak Katari satellite launch
People in Bolivia have been celebrating the launch of the country's first telecommunications satellite.
Cheering crowds gathered in front of big television screens in La Paz to watch the rocket carrying the satellite blast off from a base in China.
The satellite is named Tupak Katari, after an indigenous hero who fought Spanish colonial rule.
Bolivia is one of the last countries in South America to have its own satellite.
President Evo Morales, who was in China for the launch, said it would end Bolivia's dependence on foreign powers for its communications.
"This will be our light, after living for so many years in the obscurity, the suffering and the domination of the empires," said Mr Morales.
The launch took place at 12:42 Bolivian time (16:42 GMT) from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China's southwest Sichuan province.
From the early hours of Friday morning, huge crowds began to gather at the central square in La Paz.
Before the launch, which was shown on national television, indigenous leaders performed ceremonies to Pachamama, or Mother Earth.
The satellite, also known as Tksat-1, cost $302m (£185m) and was financed by the China Development Bank.
It will reach its orbit over the Equator in about 10 days and will be fully operational in March, said Bolivian Space Agency director Ivan Zambrana.
The device, weighing more than 5.2 tonnes, will speed up and improve the quality of telephone and internet connections in Bolivia.
"It will enable us to check the composition of the soil and produce an inventory of our natural resources. It will also be used to monitor urban growth and help agriculture," Mr Zambrana told La Razon newspaper.
Indigenous religious leaders performed rituals ahead of the satellite launch
Venezuela takes bilateral relation with India to strategic level
Caracas, 20 Dic. AVN.- Taking Venezuela-India bilateral relations to a superior strategic level and exploring their common interests are some of the goals of the visit paid by foreign minister Elias Jaua to the Asian nation, where issues as culture, agriculture and industry, science and technology were approached.
"We came to India to express the political will of the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela, of President Nicolas Maduro, of our people, to take this relation to a strategic level... We have important common interests to explore," Jaua said from New Delhi, where the second joint commission Venezuela-India takes place, reported live Telesur.
Elias Jaua was welcomed by his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid, whom he remarked that Venezuela is seeking that "the two countries exchange knowledge at a technological level, as well as training in matters of oil."
About the issue, he recalled that India is Venezuela's third major customer in matters of oil consumption. In fact, 130 million barrels of oil per year, so there are "energy interests to explored."
"We'd like that effort to be transferred to the scientific, economic, industrial, agricultural" fields, said the Venezuelan foreign minister, emphasizing the special interest to get acquainted with the White Revolution, which led India to become the world's largest producer of milk.
That interest is also focused on agricultural production, industry, textiles, footwear, "so as to give a boost to Venezuela's economic productive development."
Likewise, Jaua remarked that this second commission is going to result in several agreements that will boost growth in matters of production, science and technology, seeking to manufacture the goods and services required by the Venezuelan people.
Foreign minister Elias Jaua stressed that beyond their bilateral relation, Venezuela estimates India as a strategic ally, which together with China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa make the BRICS group. Together, they represent an association of countries with the world's largest growth and emerging economies, with 40 per cent of the global population and GDP by 135 billion dollars.
"Venezuela's presence here, also as provisional president of Mercosur (Common Market of the South), after finalizing successfully the ALBA Petrocaribe summit to create an economic space, doubtlessly strengthens the development of new spaces, multi-polarity, multicentral world, several poles of development," Jaua said.
Space for private industry
The meeting in the Asian country is also seeking a connection between Venezuela's and India's private industry, as well as with the public sector, emphasized foreign minister Elias Jaua.
"There is space for honest private property, really productive private property, which defends domestic sovereignty and sets apart from imperial centers of power," Jaua stressed.
Friday, 20 December 2013
Venezuela, Bollywood agree to train producers and screenwriters
Caracas, 20 Dic. AVN.- The Government of Venezuela and Bollywood, the largest film industry in the world located in India, will sign on Friday an agreement to train Venezuelan producers and screenwriters.
"Venezuela sign today an agreement with Bollywood, India for training and education of producers and writers," said journalist Rolando Segura via his Twitter account @rolandoteleSUR.
The announcement was made by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Elias Jaua, after a meeting with his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid, on the occasion of the second joint commission between the two countries held in the Indian capital.
"Bollywood in India is the largest film industry in the world. Their main studios are in Bombay," Segura wrote on the social network.
He explained that the goal is to form Venezuelans of the emerging film industry by Bollywood professionals.
Bollywood is the largest film and most profitable industry in the world, producing a thousand films a year and the annual sale of nearly 3,000 million of tickets, according to EFE news agency.
This Indian industry resists the onslaught of Hollywood. According to 2011 data, U.S. films only got 6.8% of revenue in India this year, despite its large productions are dubbed into local languages like Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
[video] BOLIVIAN PRES MORALES & CHINESE PRES JINPING FORGE AHEAD WITH ANTI-IMPERIALIST SOUTH-SOUTH UNITY
China, Bolivia promote friendly relations
BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- China and Bolivia on Thursday vowed to further promote their friendly and reciprocal relationship in talks between the two presidents.
President Xi Jinping and visiting Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma agreed in their talks at the Great Hall of the People that the two countries should keep up high-level engagements; strengthen communication between governments, legislatures and political parties; share experience on state governing; and continue to support each other on major issues involving each other's core interests.
The two sides will promote balanced growth of bilateral trade and jointly promote cooperation in areas including energy, minerals, agriculture, infrastructure construction, high technology, finance and aerospace. Bolivia welcomes Chinese investment and will create a good environment for it.
The two sides will increase cultural, educational and tourism exchanges; promote mutual understanding and friendship; and facilitate personnel exchanges.
The two countries also vowed close cooperation in multilateral mechanisms including the United Nations and the Group of 77 plus China, and strengthen coordination on issues of sustainable development, climate change and food security, to maintain the interests of developing countries. They will promote early establishment of a China-Latin America cooperation forum to push forward the comprehensive cooperation between China and Latin American countries.
The two presidents witnessed the signing of several cooperation deals including governmental technology and economic cooperation.
Xi said China attaches high importance to relations with Bolivia and takes Morales' China visit as an opportunity to strengthen bilateral cooperation.
He wished the Bolivian government and people new achievements in national development and vowed to continue to support Bolivia's economic and social progress.
Morales spoke highly of the affection and trust the Bolivian people embraced towards the Chinese people, China's remarkable development and its role as a responsible country.
He said it is a priority of Bolivia's foreign policy to develop a friendly and reciprocal relationship with China. He congratulated Xi on the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and said China's reform will bring greater opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
Morales was invited by Xi to pay a state visit to China from Dec. 19 to 21.
Salman Khurshid, India's Foreign Affairs Minister, just had a meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Elias Jaua and discussed India buying more Venezuelan oil in addition to other areas of development. President Maudro will pay an official state visit to India in 2014. Venezuela is using this trip to build closer ties with India and other BRIC countries like Russia and china.That's the future for developing nations NOT THE BANKRUPT WESTERN COUNTRIES. Jaua speaks in this video from India. - Brother Raphael Lall
President Nicolas Maduro will travel to India in 2014
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, visit India in 2014, said Friday in New Delhi Foreign Minister Elias Jaua after a meeting with his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid.
Jaua, who traveled to India accompanied by a large delegation of nine deputy ministers , made ??the announcement in a statement to reporters after a press conference with Khurshid occasion of the second joint commission between the two countries-the first was in 2005 -.
Last September the Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Veerapa Moily, had already announced during a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Rafael Ramirez that his Government had formally invited Nicolas Maduro to visit India.
Ramirez then said Maduro's visit would take place "soon".
At his arraignment today Kurshid Jaua also described the meeting with his Indian counterpart of "excellent", and highlighted the issues discussed between the pursuit of increased energy cooperation.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister said that the energy relationship between India and Venezuela is key, because with the sale of 130 million barrels a year, the South American country is the second largest supplier of oil to the Asian giant, second only to Iran.
Jaua announced that cooperation in this area with India will increase with the implementation of investments in both countries to increase the exploitation of the Orinoco Oil Belt, which is recalled that "the largest oil reserves in the world."
The Venezuelan minister also stressed that his country is also interested in increasing agricultural cooperation with India and technology transfer projects.
Meanwhile, Khurshid said in the same sense the interest of India to be more present in Venezuela, especially in sectors such as heavy industry, technology, textiles and automobile parts.
Jaua, who arrived this morning at the Indian capital, the Asian giant will leave tomorrow to return to Caracas.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
As Mandela is lauded, contradictions surface
(FinalCall.com) - Ten days of mourning and celebrating Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ended with an emotional yet dignified state funeral and burial in the hills of Qunu, the former South African president’s ancestral home village. The 95-year-old statesman, who died in early December, was interred with 21-gun salutes and a military formation of six fighter jets that graced the sky in respect to the former commander-in-chief of the South African National Defense Forces, founding president of a democratic South Africa and father of the nation.
According to reports, the full military ceremonial honor was a first for the country.
The service was broadcast live on huge screens throughout South Africa and globally via the Internet. Mr. Mandela’s grandchildren, South African President Jacob Zuma, Malawi President Joyce Banda and former Zambia President Kenneth Kaunda spoke among others. Respecting the Mandela family, the Dec. 15 ceremony was more private than five days earlier with a public memorial and three days of the late president’s remains lying-in-state.
Family, select friends, international dignitaries including civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, media giant and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, Prince Charles of England and South Africa’s senior leaders were among those invited to Qunu in the Eastern Cape to bid a final farewell to a man who became the face and symbol of struggle, triumph, freedom and integrity.
“Today marks the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago,” President Zuma reflected in opening words about President Mandela, a former political prisoner jailed for armed struggle and activism to end brutal White minority rule in the country. While Mr. Mandela’s personal journey has ended, the country still faces serious challenges of inequity, poverty, crime, racial discord and questions about how land and resources taken by Whites will be redistributed to the Black majority.
“The father of the nation is gone, Our Moses is gone. Who shall take us further on this journey for true emancipation of our nation and the people of the world,” asked “Lugubrious10,” whose comments were listed on SABC TV’s Youtube channel.
Public tributes and purposeful deception?
Over 10 days, nearly 100 heads of state converged on South Africa to participate in memorials for Mr. Mandela. In Johannesburg a huge public service was held at a sports stadium, before police escorted the flag draped casket from 1 Military Hospital outside of Pretoria to the Union Buildings where Mr. Mandela’s remains laid for public viewing.
People lined the streets showing their respect for the freedom fighter. As is the custom at African funerals, there were energetic cultural expressions of chanting, dancing and hymn-singing about liberation while saying goodbye to “TaTa”—a Xhosa word for father. A military honor guard carried Mr. Mandela’s casket to a special viewing center erected in the building’s amphitheater, which Mr. Zuma named after Mr. Mandela by presidential decree.
The Union Buildings once symbolized White domination as the place from which the repressive apartheid regime governed. Mr. Mandela kept the location as presidential offices when the African National Congress came to power in all-race elections in 1994 and subsequent voting. Thousands endured long lines for hours to view Mr. Mandela in a half-glass covered coffin, demonstrating their love and gratitude for “Madiba,” as he was often called by his countrymen.
During the memorial held in the same Johannesburg football stadium where Mr. Mandela delivered his first speech after being released from Robben Island prison 23 years ago, speaker after speaker expounded on his life and significance. However there were contradictions, depending on the speaker. Some remarks were seen as sincere and credible, while others were seen as historically dishonest.
Among world leaders paying homage to Mr. Mandela was an obvious dichotomy between the likes of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and President Raul Castro of Cuba—an ally of anti-apartheid and African liberation movements—and the likes of British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama—who delivered soul stirring words. But these were leaders of countries that actively supported racist White minority rule over the struggle for self-determination for Black South Africans. No top Israeli political leader was present, but Israel’s nuclear capability came from White Afrikaners, largely isolated from the rest of the world, except Israel’s big brother, the United States.
“They would like you to believe that the United States and the West had seen all along in Mandela what we’ve seen from the outset. That they were friends to him, but we know that they were enemies to him,” Maurice Carney, executive director of an Africa advocacy group, The Friends of the Congo, told The Final Call. “We must not allow the dominant powers to rewrite the story; they were not on the side of peace; they were not on the side of justice; they were not on the side of freedom for the South Africans or for the other freedom fighters on the African continent.”
Sentimental language toward Mr. Mandela versus a sordid history of opposing him highlighted the hypocrisy of Western nations, who pushed a message of “peace” and “forgive your enemies” in a controlled, twisted and false narrative about Mr. Mandela.
Mr. Mandela was a giant of the continent and not just South Africa, and his passing represents the loss of a recognized moral voice and one who would criticize Western behavior. Already, emasculated African leadership will continue to face, and often accept, takeovers by foreign corporations and U.S. militarization of the continent through AFRICOM—the Pentagon’s African Command.
At memorial services and in many conversations there was little talk of seeking accountability for America’s past wrongs on the continent. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency delivered up Mr. Mandela to his apartheid persecutors in 1962. Earlier, the CIA partnered with Belgium and Congolese reactionaries in the capture and assassination of Patrice Lumumba in 1961. In 1966 the CIA orchestrated the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana.
In 2011 along with NATO—the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—America facilitated the illegal toppling and assassination of Muammar Gadhafi of Libya—an avowed friend and supporter of Mr. Mandela and the freedom struggle. The same CIA has kept U.S. regional proxies of destruction—Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni—in power, say critics. These leaders and America are responsible for war that killed 6 million Congolese from 1996 to 2007, they added.
“On the other hand, we know who were on our side. We saw that Cuba had sent thousands of troops into Angola and the battle of Cuito Cuanavale was seminal in the liberation of Namibia and Namibia’s independence and ultimate downfall of the apartheid regime,” said Mr. Carney.
President Obama was received enthusiastically as he eulogized Mr. Mandela at the stadium memorial. “How to promote equality and justice … uphold freedom and human rights … end conflict and sectarian war?” he asked rhetorically. “There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people,” President Obama said.
But America historically joined the chorus of Zionist antagonists who accused Mr. Mandela of anti-Semitism and branded him a rogue and a terrorist. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was on U.S. terror watch lists until 2008—fourteen years into his global service that drew praise. It was ironic for President Obama to recognize Mr. Mandela as an example of forgiveness and peacemaking while the American president has authorized extra-judicial killings, U.S. drone assassinations of foes abroad and is trying to extradite U.S. freedom fighters in political exile like Assata Shakur in Cuba.
“Explain to me how Obama pretends to embrace a Black revolutionary who engaged in armed struggle in the person of Mandela but puts Assata Shakur, another Black revolutionary on a most wanted terrorist list,” asked Ajamu Baraka, longtime human rights activist and associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. “For us it is a major contradiction.”
America lauding Mr. Mandela’s legitimate struggle in South Africa while holding U.S. political prisoners who participated in Black liberation struggles in the 1960s and 1970s must be raised consistently, said human rights activists.
“Sister Assata Shakur and all the freedom fighters who were involved in that struggle still entombed in these dungeons here in this country has just as much right to be released as Nelson Mandela did in South Africa,” said Mr. Baraka.
“Mandela is being praised in the corporate-owned media and western governments for his achievements and especially for his policy of ‘peace and reconciliation’ with the former racist oppressors following the fall of the apartheid system,” said Brian Becker, the national coordinator of A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition—Act Now to End War and Racism.
Mr. Becker explained the wave of pro-Mandela coverage has the effect of “masking the ugly truth” and hypocrisy of these same entities who are attempting to reinvent the former liberation fighter as someone that meets their comfort levels and covers their contradiction.
As the era of Madiba closes, the global struggle for self-determination continues. The principles that drove him to struggle against oppression are alive and the marginalized people from America to the Caribbean, Central and South America and from Europe to Africa must unite against the same forces that are seeking to redefine Mr. Mandela and hide their own misdeeds, they said.
“Our fight was and is a righteous struggle for real self-determination and liberation … our fight is one and the same as the fight that was waged in South Africa against White colonial capitalist domination,” said Mr. Baraka.
Info from youtube description:
A documentary recorded during the pre-civil war era in Somalia, showing the campaign started by the Revolutionary Government in eliminating the Female Genital Mutilation (extreme form of gudniin).
The documentary details a forum that discusses the effects of FGM and how to eradicate it.
You will see glimpses of Mogadishu in the pre-civil war era, the interior of the Guriga Ummada (Peoples House), the Isbahaysiga Masjid (Mosque) and many other snapspots reflecting the daily life of the Somali people in peaceful Mogadishu.
Amongst the speakers are:
(Wasiirkii Arimaha Gudaha ee Dawladii Kacaanka) Former Interior Minister, Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Masale
(Gudoomiyahii Ururka Haweenka Soomaaliyeed ee Dawladii Kacaanka) Former Chairman of the Somali Woman's Organisation, Muraayad Garaad
(Wasiirkii Caafimaadka ee Dawladii Kacaanka) Former Health Minister, Dr Maxamed Cali Nuur
(Gudoomiyahii Barlamaanka ee Dawladii Kacaanka) Speaker of Parliament Maxamed Ibraahim Axmed
David Livingstone was not the first person to see the Victoria Falls. Did the Africans who lived there for thousands of years not have eyes?
We speak about the first man to see Mt Kilimanjaro as if we who lived next to the mountain were blind. - Brother Garikai Chengu
Zanu PF to rename Victoria Falls after heroes
VICTORIA Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is set to be renamed alongside several other institutions, following a weekend Zanu PF resolution to use them to honour the country’s liberation heroes.
The resolution was made by Zanu PF’s committee on sports, culture, religion and liberation war heritage at the Zanu PF annual conference which ended in Chinhoyi on Saturday.
Committee chairman Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said it did not make sense for colonial names to remain in place in an independent Zimbabwe.
“Institutions bearing colonial names must be changed and be given indigenous names . . . school syllabuses must also change," Chombo said.
We should teach our children about Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, General (Josiah Magama) Tongogara and other gallant fighters of our liberation struggle.
In an interview with NewsDay, war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda said there was no going back on the resolution.
“We still have institutions like Allan Wilson School, what an insult considering what that man did to our country," said Sibanda.
David Livingstone was not the first person to see the Victoria Falls, they (the falls) must be rebranded Mosi-Oa-Tunya. We have soldiers living at KG (King George) VI (Barracks).
“How can we have our barracks continue to be named after a foreign king?”
Sibanda also rubbished possibilities that the move would impact negatively on tourists for sites like Victoria Falls, visited by around 30,000 people every year.
“People are not visiting (Queen) Victoria, but the falls,” he said.
“If they want to see the legacy of Queen Victoria, her grave is there in England and they are free to do so. Very soon they would be landing at Robert Mugabe International Airport.”
Just after independence, Zimbabwe changed the names of major roads throughout the country, replacing colonial ones with those of liberation war fighters.
Several schools and other key facilities such as KG VI Barracks (named after King George the 6th) and Rhodes Nyanga National Park continue to bear colonial names.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
SENIOR INDIAN DIPLOMAT IN uSA HUMILIATED BY PIGS, STRIP SEARCHED & THROWN INTO CELL WITH DRUG DEALERS
Another indication that the usa and the rest of white imperialism is going to further humiliate India in line with its military strategy of 'pivot to Asia', which is not just a military plan for China, but all of Asia very much including India. Indian masses are ready to develop their anti-imperialist struggle, things like this will encourage and inspire that process. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Indian official: Diplomat's arrest in NYC barbaric
The arrest and alleged strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York City escalated into a major diplomatic furor Tuesday as India's national security adviser called the woman's treatment "despicable and barbaric."
Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper. Indian officials said she was arrested and handcuffed Thursday as she dropped off her daughter at school, and was kept in a cell with drug addicts before posting $250,000 bail.
A senior Indian official confirmed reports that she also was strip-searched, which has been portrayed in India as the most offensive and troubling part of the arrest. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
India was ready to retaliate against American diplomats in India by threatening to downgrade privileges and demanding information about how much they pay their Indian household staff, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
Police also removed the traffic barricades near the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, a demand by the Indian government in retaliation for Khobragade's treatment, PTI reported. The barriers were a safety measure.
"We got orders to remove the concrete barriers," said Amardeep Sehgal, station house officer of the Chanakyapuri police station, the one nearest the embassy. "They were obstructing traffic on the road." He refused to say who had given the orders.
Calls to the U.S. Embassy were not immediately returned Tuesday.
National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon slammed Khobragade's treatment in New York.
"It is despicable and barbaric," he said.
Prosecutors in New York say Khobragade, 39, claimed she paid her Indian maid $4,500 per month but actually paid her less than the U.S. minimum wage. In order for diplomats and consular officers to get a visa for their personal employees, known as an A-3 visa, they must show proof that the applicant will receive a fair wage, comparable to employment in the U.S., U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement last week.
Federal prosecutors say Khobragade told the housekeeper she would be paid 30,000 rupees per month — about $573, or $3.31 per hour. The woman worked for the family from about November 2012 through June 2013, and said she worked far more than 40 hours per week and was paid even less than 30,000 rupees, prosecutors said.
Khobragade has pleaded not guilty and plans to challenge the arrest on grounds of diplomatic immunity, her lawyer said last week.
If convicted, Khobragade faces a maximum sentence of 10 years for visa fraud and five years for making a false declaration.
Her case quickly became a major story in India, with politicians urging diplomatic retaliation and TV news channels showing the woman in a series of smiling family photos.
That reaction may look outsized in the United States, but the case touches on a string of issues that strike deeply in India, where the fear of public humiliation resonates strongly and heavy-handed treatment by the police is normally reserved for the poor. For an educated, middle-class woman to face public arrest and a strip search is almost unimaginable, except in the most brutal crimes.
Far less serious protocol complaints have become big issues in the past. Standard security checks in the U.S. regularly are front-page news here when they involve visiting Indian dignitaries, who are largely exempt from friskings while at home.
India's former speaker of Parliament, Somnath Chatterjee, once refused to attend an international meeting in Australia when he wasn't given a guarantee that he would not have to pass through security. Chatterjee said even the possibility of a security screening was "an affront to India."
The treatment and pay of household staff, meanwhile, is largely seen as a family issue, off-limits to the law.
The fallout from the arrest was growing. On Tuesday, Indian political leaders from both the ruling party and the opposition refused to meet with the U.S. congressional delegation in New Delhi. The Indian government said it was "shocked and appalled at the manner in which the diplomat had been humiliated" in the U.S.
Indian Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh summoned U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell to register a complaint.
In Washington, U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Tuesday that the department's diplomatic security team followed standard procedures during the arrest. After her arrest, Khobragade was handed over to U.S. marshals for intake and processing, she said.
Harf also noted that there is diplomatic immunity and consular immunity. Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Indian deputy consul general enjoys immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions, she said.
Khobragade's father, Uttam Khobragade, told the TimesNow TV news channel on Tuesday that his daughter's treatment was "absolutely obnoxious."
"As a father I feel hurt, our entire family is traumatized," he said.
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said there were "larger issues" involved in the case, but did not elaborate.
"We will deal with them in good time," he said.
Monday, 16 December 2013
'Creative tension of unity' a must
This is a highly complex issue. But despite all the challenges and limitations of the objective balance of forces in Southern Africa and Africa generally, of the current strength and trajectory of the GlobalSouth and of he balance of forces in relation to white imperialism in the world, I am of the opinion that there needs to be a creative unity-tension between the forces who are narrowly (and I do not mean that in a denigrating sense) advocating 'workers rights', and those who are trying to develop the regional and international situation conducive to developing the economic rights and liberation of the peasants and workers in South Africa.
To be clear this creative tension is better taken up strictly outside of the eyes and ears of the imperialists so as to keep them away from taking advantage of these tensions for their own white imperialist aims, and this creative tension is predicated by a unity-tension-unity of struggle between the socialists in South Africa both inside the ANC and outside it. Mao's work on the New Democratic Revolution is still a fundamental text to the Global anti-imperialist struggle of GlobalSouth peoples.
One must not forget there are many African Nationalists who are socialists in the ANC, including the most popular South African liberation figure our wonderful and militant Winnie Mandela, ex wife of Nelson Mandela and a outstanding revolutionary in her own right.
The imperialists are using primarily this tension to sow divisions, promote and manufacture fake radical posturing opposition to the ANC to facilitate their develop white imperialist war of destruction against the South Africa, just as they have done and doing elsewhere, most graphically and tragically illustrated in the Arab Sting.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
'The ANC will never betray workers'
By Nelson Mandela
Taken from MRZine
"ANC President, Nelson Mandela delivered an opening address to the September COSATU Special Congress. Having completed his prepared speech, comrade Mandela put aside his notes and spoke directly and spontaneously to the 1 700 worker delegates. He asked a question that was uppermost in the minds of many." -- The African Communist (1993)
COMRADES, I would like to make one more remark.
I fully believe the ANC will never betray the cause of democracy, the cause of the workers. We have a track record in which we have worked closely with workers' movements. But your defence is not just the ANC, it is you, the workers yourselves. It is you who must take the defence of your rights, your aspirations in your own hands.
How many times has the liberation movement worked together with workers, and at the moment of victory betrayed the workers? There are many examples of that in the world. . . (prolonged applause)
It is only if the workers strengthen their organisation before and after liberation . . . (applause) . . . if you relax your vigilance, you will find that your sacrifices have been in vain.
You must support the African National Congress only so far as it delivers the goods, if the ANC government does not deliver the goods, you must do to it what you have done to the apartheid regime (prolonged applause, and shouts of "Buwa! Buwa!").
The South African Communist Party, as well, must not be complacent. I do not think we will ever betray the South African Communist Party. It has been our ally for more than 70 years, we have fought and suffered together, our comrades have died together. Many of them remained in the battlefield and never returned. I don't think with such a tradition, with such a background, it is possible for the ANC ever to betray the South African Communist Party. . . (applause)
But, it will be foolhardy for the South African Communist Party to become complacent and to rely exclusively on the bone fides of the ANC.
Who ever knew that the Soviet Union would disappear? Who ever knew that the eastern democracies would disappear from the scene, and become something totally different from a socialist society? That is an experience which requires the SACP and its leadership not to be complacent.
It is only if all the partners of the tripartite alliance take the defence of democracy in their own hands and co-operate with the broad democratic movement in that capacity.
This alliance is here to stay . . . (applause). It is this alliance, and not De Klerk, it is this alliance that is going to liberate you, and that is why we must prepare very, very efficiently, very effectively for the 27th of April, and make it in theory and in practice the day of liberation.
Thanks sister Ankhobia
Remembering the Wisdom of Ancestors: Anton Muziwakhe Lembede (1914 - 1947)
"We need artists to interpret to us and to the world our glorious past, our misery, suffering and tribulation of the present time, our hopes, aspirations and our divine destiny and our great future; to inspire us with the message that there is hope for our race and that we ought therefore to draw plans and lay foundations for a longer future than we can imagine by struggling for national freedom so as to save our race from imminent extinction or extermination. In short, we need African Artists to interpret the spirit of Africa”
(“An African Academy of Art and Science”, Inkundla ya Bantu, July 31, 1947)
Nelson Mandela on Lembede:
"Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk To Freedom (1995) testifies: “ Walter’s [Sisulu] in Orlando was a mecca for activists and ANC members. . . One night in 1943 I met Anton Lembede, who held master of arts and bachelor of law degrees, and A. P. Mda. From the moment I heard Lembede speak, I knew I was seeing a magnetic personality who thought in original and often startling ways. . . Lembede said that Africa was a black man’s continent, and it was up to Africans to reassert themselves and reclaim what was rightfully theirs. He hated the idea of the black inferiority complex and castigated what he called the worship and idolization of the West and their ideas. The inferiority complex, he affirmed, was the greatest barrier to liberation. He noted that wherever the African had been given the opportunity, he was capable of developing to the sameextent as the white man, citing such African heroes as Marcus Garvey. W. E. B. Du Bois, and Haile Selassie. . . Lembede declared that a new spirit was stirring among the people, that ethnic differences were melting away, thay young men and women thought of themselves as Africans first and foremost, not as Xhosas or Ndebeles or Tswanas. . . Lembede’s views struck a chord in me. . . Like Lembede I came to see the atidote as militant African nationalism. . . Lembede’s Africanism was not universally supported because his ideas were characterized by a racial exclusivity that disturbed some of the other Youth Leaguers.”
Fighting Colonialism Through Cinema
Weathered in the darkness of Portuguese hegemony stands Guinea-Bissau, plunging its traumatized self in music. João Viana’s monochromatic portrayal of this land - ‘Battle of Tabato’ - speaks to you in multiple levels, while unraveling the sheer ordeal of colonialism through stunning imagery. The principal characters of ‘Battle of Tabato’ - Baio, Fatu and Idrissa - ward off the demons of their war-ridden past with quintessential tribal music that reaches straight to your soul. João says his film is an elegy to those who have lost their identity to the clutches of colonialism. “I have witnessed the anguish and despair caused by colonization from a very young age. My land was a Portugal colony until I was 8-years-old. One would think an eight-year-old wouldn’t understand much but that is not true at all. The children are really smart and they can easily identify whatever is happening around them is bad,” says João. João who has both Portugal and Angolan nationalities, says he is an out-and-out Angolan. “Many say Portugal colonies are treated well. But that is a myth. There is no minor or major way about it, there is only colonialism. People of my land lost their identity, their culture, civilization to another country and that is never good. So, I like to call myself an Angolan,” says a passionate João.
João was only sever-years-old when he had his first cinematic experience. The lights and images frolicking around the pitch-black cinema hall took his breath away and he decided his future at that very moment. “I didn’t want to do anything else but make one of those. Cinema is quite fascinating isn’t it. If it could affect a small boy like that by using just lights and images, imagine how powerful the medium is,” he says.
But convincing his father became a never ending combat. At his father’s insistence, João had to take up law in his university. “Once I completed the course he asked me to start practicing. But I told him ‘see I did a course just because you told me to albeit my passion for cinema has not dried out yet’ and I went my way to direct my first film,” says João with a smile.
When other filmmakers sifted through ideas for their debut venture, João didn’t have look elsewhere for stories. His resolve was to make vociferous renditions, that act as strong weapons against the evils of colonialism. ‘Battle of Tabato’ serves that purpose beautifully. But materialising it was not that easy. The film which took five years to make, faced many challenges during its production.
“Once about 109 of us were crossing the river on a boat with all the equipment on board and it sank, drenching everything. We lost all the equipment in that incident. Accumulating all of it again was a humongous task. There were many such incidents. But the film was my baby so I wanted to make it perfect so we put all of our heart and soul into it,” says João. Clinching plaudits from Berlin and other renowned festivals, the film will abide its journey over to Madurai, and will have a winsome ending at New York festival.
“Battle of Tabato are taken in two parts. One is the feature film and there is another one which has a relative theme, but is much shorter. It’s named ‘Tabato’. Both of them garnered prizes in Berlin,” he says. Overwhelmed by the response he received from the city João says Indian and French audience are the best cine-lovers in the world. João’s next will be a love story against the backdrop of a small town near Madagascar.
Good comment left on this post by someone anonymously:
I am surprised that you're even posting this NY Times psyops/journalism. It predictably regurgitates the American version of events on this clash at sea, dutifully presenting the American navy as acting "professionally" as it was unceremoniously cut across the bow by a Chinese naval ship.
Given that America has a proud tradition of staging military provocations and lying about them like the Gulf of Tonkin deceptions about North Vietnam or more recently its shaky allegations blaming North Korea for the Cheonan sinking, only American apologists would accept at face value US claims in this incident.
I also like how the NY Times tries to rationalize why American ships are in the area and shadowing the Chinese aircraft carrier in the first place. The Times tries to justify this American spying on Chinese naval ships based upon weasel-word assertions about China's so-called lack of "transparency" or the broader territorial disputes in the region.
These allegations are classic American hypocrisy, as the United States specializes in disguising both its military intent and many wars of aggression behind transparently false pretexts like its phony War on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and now the Pivot to Asia.
While Americans will deny it forever, the United States' Pivot to Asia is a transparent cover for an anti-China containment policy, involving American military bases around China and playing nations from Japan to SE Asia against China over these very territorial disputes that the USA sheds crocodile tears about!
Americans act all outraged that China doesn't take too kindly to having America deploy its ships (and spy planes like the EP-3) around its perimeter. It would be interesting to see their reaction if other nations start sending their ships and planes to patrol in American waters ... as a necessary precaution compelled by America's lack of military transparency! LOL.
Such is the arrogance of an America that thinks it owns the world.
American and Chinese Navy Ships Nearly Collide in South China Sea
In a sign of the increased tensions between the United States and China on the open seas, navy vessels from the two countries almost collided in the South China Sea when a Chinese ship cut across the bow of an American cruiser, a senior United States defense official said on Saturday.
An accident was averted when the missile-carrying cruiser Cowpens, traveling in international waters, maneuvered to avoid the Chinese vessel, the official said. At the time, the American ship was observing China’s new aircraft carrier, which was also in the vicinity.
The near collision, which occurred on Dec. 5 but did not become public until Friday, was one more example of the growing rivalry between China, a rising maritime power, and the United States, the dominant naval power in the Pacific region since World War II.
The episode at sea came as the Obama administration has chastised China for imposing an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea over islands and airspace that are also claimed by Japan. In announcing the zone, the Chinese said they would require planes entering the area to file advance flight plans, a demand the United States and Japan have both defied.
The information office at the Chinese Ministry of National Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the maritime encounter.
The Cowpens was observing the Chinese carrier, the Liaoning, as it made its first voyage in the South China Sea from its home base in Qingdao, the headquarters of China’s North Sea Fleet, the defense official and American Navy experts said. All of them spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The Chinese vessel cut across the bow of the America ship at a distance of less than 200 yards, the defense official said. The vessel was similar to an American tank landing ship and was accompanying the aircraft carrier.
The tactic of the Chinese ship “was particularly aggressive” and “unhelpful in trying to increase cooperation between the two navies,” he said.
Analysts said the tense encounter underscored the dangers of the current situation in the area.
“This illustrates the anxieties between the United States and China, and it is very troubling,” said Lyle J. Goldstein, an associate professor at the China Maritime Studies Institute at the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island. “International politics on both sides call for ratcheting up of tensions, and I don’t see either side finding compromises. Neither side knows the other’s red lines.”
In March 2009, five Chinese ships harassed the surveillance ship Impeccable in international waters in the South China Sea, forcing the American ship to make an emergency maneuver to avoid a collision.
Surveillance activities by the United States of Chinese military operations have always been sensitive. In 2001, an American EP-3 spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet in the waters off southern China, an accident that sent relations between Washington and Beijing into a freeze.
Ever since, Chinese officials have complained to senior American officials about American planes’ peering into Chinese waters, saying that the practice treats China like the enemy, a senior American official said recently. The United States replies with its own complaint: that the lack of transparency by China impels America to do its reconnaissance, the official said.
American officials said the Cowpens had been adhering to international guidelines.
“Our cruiser was operating in international waters of the South China Sea, not close into the coast and in the general vicinity of the aircraft carrier,” the defense official said.
The Chinese ship accompanying the aircraft carrier began shouldering the American cruiser, and then crossed its bow, he said. After the American ship took the evasive maneuver, there was “bridge-to-bridge” contact, in English, between the two ships, the official said. “It was tense but professional,” he said.
In a formal statement, the Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii said, “This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standard of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.”
It was not clear how far the Cowpens was sailing from the Chinese aircraft carrier. But because of sophisticated American radar, it did not have to be particularly close to observe it, naval experts said.
The Chinese aircraft carrier, a refurbished Ukrainian vessel, was launched last year. It is not yet fully operational and does not carry a full complement of aircraft. Still, the United States Navy wants to understand how the Chinese are planning to use the carrier as China more aggressively asserts territorial claims in the region.
When it left port, the carrier was accompanied by two missile destroyers and two missile frigates, Chinese news media reported.
Officials from the American and Chinese navies meet every year to discuss maritime rules and episodes at sea, but so far, the gatherings have been fairly desultory, Mr. Goldstein said. “The maritime consultative agreement has been a disappointment to the American side,” he said.
The American defense official drew a comparison between the behavior and operations of Iranian and American navies, and that of the Chinese. “We operate in the vicinity of the Iranian navy,” he said. “The exchanges are curt but professional.”
The fact that the episode between the Cowpens and the Chinese ship took place in the South China Sea is bound to raise concerns, naval experts said. China contends that more than 80 percent of the sea is under its purview, and in a signal of its intention to enforce that claim, the nation has taken virtual ownership from the Philippines of the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
As Rover Lands, China Joins Moon Club
China on Saturday became the third country to steer a spacecraft onto the moon after its unmanned Chang’e-3 probe settled onto the Bay of Rainbows, state-run television reported.
The United States and the Soviet Union are the other countries to have accomplished so-called soft landings on the moon — in which a craft can work after landing — and 37 years have passed since the last such mission.
The successful arrival of the Chang’e-3 after a 13-day journey from Earth was reported on Chinese state television.
Chinese news websites displayed what they said was a photograph from the craft of the moon’s surface. At the time of the last soft landing, by the Soviet Union in 1976, Mao Zedong lay a month from death and China was in the twilight of his chaotic Cultural Revolution. Now China, much richer and stronger, aspires to become a globally respected power, and the government sees a major presence in space as a key to acquiring technological prowess, military strength and sheer status.
Chinese media celebrated the landing as a demonstration of the country’s growing scientific stature. Television reports showed engineers at the mission control center in Beijing crying, embracing and taking pictures of one another on their cellphones.
“The dream of the Chinese people across thousands of years of landing on the moon has finally been realized with Chang’e,” said the China News Service, a state-run news agency. “By successfully joining the international deep-space exploration club, we finally have the right to share the resources on the moon with developed countries.”
The Chang’e-3 landing craft carried a solar-powered, robotic rover called the Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Mandarin Chinese, which was to emerge several hours later to begin exploring Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, a relatively smooth plain formed from solidified lava.
According to a Chinese legend, Chang’e is a moon goddess, accompanied by a Jade Rabbit that can brew potions that offer immortality.
“It’s a very ambitious mission in the sense that it’s a rover with a fair amount of instruments on it,” said Andrew Chaikin, a space historian and an expert on lunar travel. The instruments include radar to gather information about what lies as deep as 300 feet below the surface, Chinese space scientists have said.
“There is the potential that some really interesting science could come out of this,” Mr. Chaikin said.
But the mission also embodies China’s broader ambitions in space, other experts said. The Chang’e-3 mission is honing technology for future missions while also emphasizing exploration. The landing craft appears capable of carrying a payload more than a dozen times the weight of the 309-pound rover, Paul D. Spudis, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, said in an email.
“Although it will do some new science, its real value is to flight-qualify a new and potentially powerful lunar surface payload delivery system,” Dr. Spudis said.
A later Chang’e mission, sometime before 2020, is intended to bring back rocks and other samples from the moon, and that will need a larger craft capable of sending a vehicle back to Earth. That mission will also need a more powerful launch rocket, which China is also developing.
Within a decade, China could also become the only country with an operating space station. The International Space Station, which has been open to astronauts from 15 countries, is due to be decommissioned by 2020, and China’s own, much smaller station could be ready to go up about the same time, if preparations go smoothly. China is not among the countries allowed to use the international station.
Despite its benign name, China’s Jade Rabbit rover could kindle anxieties among some American politicians and policy makers that the United States risks losing its pre-eminence in space in coming decades. China’s opaque space bureaucracy is overseen by the military, and that has magnified wariness.
Legislation passed by Congress in 2011 bars NASA from bilateral contacts with China, although multilateral contacts are not proscribed.
In the past, some Chinese space engineers have also enthusiastically endorsed eventually taking astronauts to the moon and back, which would make China the second country, after the United States, to achieve that feat. China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003.
A policy paper in 2011 said China would “conduct studies on the preliminary plan for a human lunar landing,” but the government has not made any decision on a manned mission, said Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island who researches China’s space activities.
“Certainly, they are putting all the building blocks in place so that if they make that policy decision, they can move forward,” said Professor Johnson-Freese. “But the Chinese are not risk-takers. They are not going to approve that program until they are sure they are capable of all those building blocks.”
Congratulations to the Peoples Republic of China for having been the third country on this planet top have had a landing on the Moon. Its a long march for China and our Global South front to over turn the empire, but we are on course despite all the bumps, challenges and momentary set backs along the way. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Malcolm X: "Whether you come to the meetings of the Organization of Afro-American Unity or not, whether you go to church today or into the lodge or anywhere, there is one thing that everyone agrees—that the world is in trouble. Whether you go to church, the mosque, the synagogue, or are just a plain atheist and go to the poolroom, or someplace else, there's one thing that everyone has to agree upon, and that is that the world is in trouble, the world is in real trouble. There are many different spots in the world today that could cause it to explode. And it's in multiple trouble since China exploded the atomic bomb.
"Formerly, when just the white nations had it, they went according to certain rules, rules laid down by them. They've always done this. They lay down rules but the rules are always in their favor. But they have already learned through history that the dark nation that becomes truly independent intellectually doesn't necessarily go by their rules. The Japanese proved this when they hit Pearl Harbor. They'd smile and bop—let you have it. [Laughter] Well, this is true. And this goes beyond the ground rules that they laid down and it gets unexpected results. Now since the Japanese proved their ability to do this with Pearl Harbor, which is intelligent in my opinion—I don't think that anybody should tell somebody else what they're going to do; they should go ahead and do it, and that's it. Because you might say what you're going to do, and not get a chance to do it, and you look bad; not only do you feel bad, you end up looking bad. [Laughter] So it's better to go ahead and do it. I think they had the right philosophy there myself. And the Chinese can do it even better than that. They've got more people to do it with, and now they've got more explosiveness to do it with. "
China's lunar probe soft-lands on moon
BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) - China's lunar probe Chang'e-3, with the country's first moon rover onboard, successfully landed on the moon on Saturday night, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
The lunar probe began to carry out soft-landing on the moon at 9 p.m. Saturday and touched down in Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, 11 minutes later, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Center.
During the process, the probe decelerated from 15 km above the moon, stayed hovering at 100 meters from the lunar surface to use sensors to assess the landing area to avoid obstacles and locate the final landing spot, and descended slowly onto the surface.
The success made China the third country, after the United States and the Soviet Union, to soft-land on the moon.
Compared to those other two countries, which have successfully conducted 13 soft-landings on the moon, China's soft-landing mission designed the suspension and obstacle-avoiding phases to survey the landing area much more precisely through fitted detectors, scientists said.
The probe's soft-landing is the most difficult task during the mission, said Wu Weiren, the lunar program's chief designer.
Chang'e-3 relied on auto-control for descent, range and velocity measurements, finding the proper landing point, and free-falling.
The probe is equipped with shock absorbers in its four "legs" to cushion the impact of the landing, making Chang'e-3 the first Chinese spacecraft with "legs."
Chang'e-3 adopted a variable thrust engine completely designed and made by Chinese scientists. It can realize continuous variation of thrust power ranging from 1,500 to 7,500 newtons, according to Wu Weiren.
The soft-landing was carried out 12 days after the probe blasted off on an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket.
Chang'e-3 includes a lander and a moon rover called "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit).
Yutu's tasks include surveying the moon's geological structure and surface substances and looking for natural resources. The lander will operate there for one year while the rover will be there for three months.
Chang'e-3 is part of the second phase of China's lunar program, which includes orbiting, landing and returning to the Earth. It follows the success of the Chang'e-1 and Chang'e-2 missions in 2007 and 2010.
The successful landing shows China has the ability of in-situ exploration on an extraterrestrial body, said Sun Huixian, deputy engineer-in-chief in charge of the second phase of China's lunar program.
A renewed moon fever has sprung up in recent years following the lunar probe climax in the 1960s and 1970s.
Chang'e-3 is the world's first soft-landing of a probe on the moon in nearly four decades. The last such soft-landing was carried out by the Soviet Union in 1976.
"Compared to the last century's space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union, mankind's current return to the moon is more based on curiosity and exploration of the unknown universe," Sun said.
"China's lunar program is an important component of mankind's activities to explore peaceful use of space," according to the engineer-in-chief.
For an ancient civilization like China, landing on the moon embodies another meaning. The moon, a main source for inspiration, is one of the most important themes in Chinese literature and ancient Chinese myths, including that about Chang'e, a lady who took her pet "Yutu" to fly toward the moon, where she became a goddess.
"Though people have discovered that the moon is bleached and desolate, it doesn't change its splendid role in Chinese traditional culture," said Zhang Yiwu, a professor with Peking University.
"Apart from scientific exploration, the lunar probe is a response to China's traditional culture and imagination. China's lunar program will proceed with the beautiful legends," Zhang said.
"I am so excited about the news. It carries my space dream," a netizen "Roger-Kris" posted on the Sina Weibo. "I am now so interested in space and I want to study science when I go to college."
"I am looking forward to seeing more pictures sent back by Chang'e-3," he said.
ISIS judge to Sinai jihadists: 'We and you are one'
In a video released on Dec. 6, a judge for a sharia court run by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in Aleppo offered advice and support to fighters in the Sinai Peninsula. "We and you are one ... we cooperate to establish the religion of Allah," the unidentified judge said.
The ISIS judge, who did not reference any specific groups in Egypt, called on the "mujahideen brothers in Sinai" to be patient and recognize that "Allah will not differentiate the borders between us and you, and will not differentiate any nationalities," according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.
The judge further stated that "jihad is the way to establish the religion of Allah." "[Y]our brothers are with you ... with whatever we can support you with, we will cooperate with you to establish the religion of Allah," he declared.
The ISIS member went on to accuse some Egyptian Muslims of "abandon[ing] the jihad everywhere, even in your land." "When you stand in front of Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, what will you say?!," he asked. With regard to the Egyptian army, the ISIS judge asked how long it would continue to be "a tool in the hands of the tyrants," and said members of the army should read the Koran "to learn that there is no excuse for you killing the Muslims, no excuse for you in obeying those tyrants."
Along with the message from the ISIS judge, the new video showed ISIS fighters conducting attacks in Iraq's Anbar province. "As long as our souls are in our bodies, we will not stop nor get bored of fighting you [apostates and Shiites]," one fighter said.
While the new ISIS video did not mention any groups in the Sinai by name, Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis), the dominant Salafi jihadist group in the Sinai, has used clips from ISIS and former al Qaeda in Iraq figures in its videos. For example, a video released by the group on Dec. 1 featured clips from former al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and from ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al 'Adnani al Shami. In late August, the ISIS spokesman called on Egyptians to take up arms and fight the Egyptian army.
Following the release of Ansar Jerusalem's video in late October about its attempted assassination of Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, a photo circulated on jihadist forums purporting to show Al Nusrah Front fighters in Syria watching the video.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/12/isis_judge_to_sinai_jihadists.php#ixzz2nfDZl5C8
Saturday, 14 December 2013
As pro-imperialists besiege Ukraine, Communists warn of fascist coup attempt
The Communist Party of Ukraine has issued an urgent call for solidarity from the international workers’ movement, warning that an attempted fascist coup is underway in the former Soviet republic.
On the afternoon of Dec. 8, protesters in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, toppled a statue of Soviet leader V.I. Lenin. The Svoboda (“Freedom”) party set up its flag and also the flag of the World War II era Nazi collaboration regime on the pedestal. The group’s leader, Oleg Tyagnibok, declared this vandalism to be the “political murder” of communists.
Protests began in Kiev on Nov. 21, uniting various pro-Western opposition forces under the name “Euromaidan,” after the government of Viktor Yanukovich announced plans to delay agreements toward integrating Ukraine into the European Union.
Yanukovich, who had strongly supported joining the EU, pulled back as European and U.S. officials poured on pressure to undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine’s bourgeois government. This pressure included extremely harsh terms for an International Monetary Fund loan.
While the numbers have been exaggerated in Western media reports, the pro-imperialist protests have grown and undertaken numerous provocations — including ramming a government building with a bulldozer.
The Svoboda group plays a leading role in the protest movement. Party leader Oleg Tyagnibok, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, has built his political career on appeals to anti-Russia nationalism and anti-Semitism.
Following the destruction of the Lenin monument, Anatoli Sokoliuk, head of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Communist Party of Ukraine, reported: “At 19:00 Kiev time, crowds of opposition in the city center are saying that their next target will be the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich. They are calling for the arrest of the Ukrainian government.
“The fascists have also called for the destruction of the Communist Party of Ukraine office and expressed a desire to kill all of our workers,” said Sokoliuk. “That is why I and my comrades will defend our headquarters.”
The German daily Junge Welt reported Dec. 9 that the Ukrainian government had begun raids against organizations involved in the Euromaidan movement. It is unclear what impact these steps will have on quelling the U.S./European-backed forces.
Anti-war and solidarity activists in the U.S. must be on alert to respond to further provocations by the West and by fascists inside Ukraine.