Trump calls for strengthening the death penalty and says if the temple had had armed protection, the tragedy would not have occurred.
Posted: Saturday 27 October 2018 | 07:05:43 pm
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Trump calls for strengthening the death penalty and says that if the temple had had armed protection, the tragedy would not have occurred.
The gunman also shot at the police officers who came to face him and four of them were also wounded, local KDKA reported. It described the suspect of this hate crime as a white man with a beard, 48 years old, who was wounded in his confrontation with the SWAT team.
The attack occurred during Shabbat services at the synagogue that was filled for that weekend ceremony, and the perpetrator apparently lives in a nearby apartment. Police are also investigating whether Bowers announced his intentions in social media on Saturday morning. His account appears to have been withdrawn.
One of the messages on that account said, “HIAS [the Hebrew Immigrant Help Society] likes to attract invaders to kill people. I can’t sit back and watch my people get killed. Screw on your optics, I’m going in.
The Gab.com website, which describes itself as “The Home of Online Freedom of Expression,” rejected claims that it was responsible for the shooting after it confirmed that the name identified in media reports as the suspect matched the name of an account on its platform.
The site’s statement states that “Gab.com’s policy on terrorism and violence has always been very clear: we have no tolerance for it. Gab unequivocally disapproves and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence. This has always been our policy. We are saddened We are saddened and disgusted by the news of violence in Pittsburgh and we keep the families and friends of all victims in our thoughts and prayers.
The FBI is spearheading the investigation into what happened because it is considered a hate crime and a federal violation.
According to KDKA Pittsburgh, President Donald Trump, who advocates the possession of weapons in civilian hands and refuses to endorse any legislation that limits it, said that if the synagogue had had armed protection, things would have been different.
The president added, “It’s a terrible thing that’s happening with hatred in our country and, frankly, all over the world, and something must be done.
Speaking to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base on the way to Indianapolis, Trump added, “I think one thing we should do is strengthen our laws on the death penalty. When people do this, they should get the death penalty and not have to wait years and years.
HispanTv cites statistics provided by the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) on gun violence in the United States so far in 2018, with 11,980 people killed and 23,332 injured in shootings.
By Manuel E. Yepe
Exclusive for the daily POR ESTO! of Merida, Mexico.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann.
In the West in general, and in Europe in particular, there is a resurgence of political parties. Both old parties such as the British Labour Party and new ones such as Podemos in Spain and Insumiso in France have experienced spectacular increases in recent years, with notable organizational innovations.
Paolo Gerbaudo, a British sociologist at King´s College and a specialist in social movements and parties, attaches great importance to this renaissance. This is because, for many years, sociologists and political scientists have predicted, almost unanimously, that political parties were losing preeminence in highly diversified, globalized digital societies.
Indeed, the current revival of the European left has disproved such forecasts. Digital technology there has not supplanted the party and, rather, party activists have used their advances to develop innovative mechanisms to attract citizens, while still asserting that political struggle is their main working tool.
The revitalization of political parties in the old continent has become evident, in the first place, by an increase in membership. By contrast, many historic European parties have had a decrease in membership since the decade of the eighties of the twentieth century, Gerbaudo says.
In Britain, the Labour Party is close to reaching 600,000 members, having bottomed out with only 176,891 in 2007 at the end of Tony Blair’s leadership. In France. Jean-Luc Melenchon’s Insumise France movement has 580,000 supporters, making it the largest party in France just a year and a half after its founding. In Spain, Podemos, founded in 2014, has more than 500,000 members, more than twice as many as the traditional socialist party.
Even in the United States, a country that for most of its history has lacked socialist parties with mass militancy in the European sense of the term, a somewhat similar trend can be observed in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Today the country’s largest socialist formation, it has grown to 50,000 members following Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
According to Gerbaudo, this spectacular growth in the number of members of “moderate” left parties, many of which are new formations, contrasts with the forecasts made until recently by many political scientists. Between the 1990s and the period immediately prior to the 2008 financial crisis, many academics agreed in predicting the ultimate demise of political parties. Amid growing voter apathy and shrinking membership, political parties were seen by many as a relic of the past, while the postmodern theory of the “end of history” professed that the party’s history – a decisive historical factor in most traditional Marxist theories – was over.
The scholar at King´s College in Britain argues that Nazism and Stalinism demonstrated the extent to which a party could become a machine bent on manipulating its members and imposing unwavering obedience. But as serious and problematic as that was, the way in which this critique was combined with long-standing liberal resentment against political parties, driven by an undemocratic fear of the organized masses and their demands for democratic control and economic redistribution made it worse.
This liberal discourse of criticism of the political party goes back to the origins of modern democracy. They attacked political parties for subjecting the individual to obedience and uniformity, arguing that instead of serving the general interests of society, parties ended up defending the narrow interests of one faction.
In neo-liberal times, this concern for individual freedom has found a new way to express itself in the over-valuation of entrepreneurship and the spontaneity of unregulated market forces. This makes all forms of collective organization seem illegitimate impediments to private property and individual freedom.
Ironically, says Gerbaudo, much of the rejection people feel today of political parties is a product of neo-liberal ideology, and of the way in which, during the 1990s and 2000s, this ideology facilitated the transformation of the old mass parties of the industrial age into new “liquid parties” in the style of American “professional/electoral parties,” whose cynicism has been captured in the public imaginary by series of TV programs.
Ironically, says Gerbaudo, much of the rejection people feel toward political parties today is a product of neoliberal ideology, and the way in which during the 1990s and 2000s this ideology facilitated the transformation of the old mass parties of the industrial era into new “liquid parties” in the style of American “professional/electoral parties. ” Their cynicism has been captured in the public imagination by television series such as HOUSE OF CARDS and THE THICK OF IT, with spin doctors and interviewers and communication consultants who have an advantage replacing the old apparatchiks and party cadres.
October 29, 2018.
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By Juventud Rebelde firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Friday 09 November 2018 | 10:06:51 pm.
Updated: Friday 09 November 2018 | 11:15:13 pm.
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
The triumph of the Cuban Revolution in January 1959 opened a new stage for national liberation movements. On an international scale, the humanist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist content, present in the important work of social transformation, modified collective images, reshaped politics and showed a cultural horizon that aspired to the complete emancipation of women and men.
Returning to the origins of that thought and practice is fundamental. Sixty years after that significant January 1st, the Young Communist League, student organizations, youth movements, with the support of the Publishers Abril and Ocean Sur, announce the Cuban Revolution Youth Forum, 60 years of history.
In a note sent to our editorial office, the 11 main themes of the meeting are specified, among which they are: The thoughts of José Martí, Fidel Castro, Raúl Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara and other figures; the United States-Cuba conflict; the historiography of the Cuban Revolution in power; the evolution of economic thought within the socialist transition, and the social policy of the Cuban Revolution.
The other topics of the forum will be: The international politics of the Cuban Revolution; the impact of social transformations in the last 60 years; institutionality, participation and socialism; social sciences in the Revolution; Marxism in the Cuban Revolution, and revolutionary journalism.
The event, which will take place on January 16, 17 and 18, 2019, in Havana, will be open to social scientists, teachers and university students, as well as other professionals who are linked to the topics they intend to address and have up to 35 years of age.
Those interested in participating should take into account the following requirements: send the abstracts of the works by e-mail (email@example.com), for evaluation by the organizing committee, before November 30, 2018; the abstracts will not exceed 250 words. They will be accompanied by the author’s general data including his location, the title of the paper and key words, and if accepted, before December 15 the papers will be sent for inclusion in the proceedings of the event.
It is also required that the Publishers Abril and Ocean Sur have the materials presented for the edition of a printed volume with a selection of these, while the Organizing Committee reserves the rights of admission to the Colloquium and will bear the costs of food and lodging for participants who are not from Havana.
The Forum will be organized from master conferences, central panels and workshops.
For his part, U.S. President Donald Trump has reacted by blaming Forest Services for not managing the fire well and threatened to withdraw funds for this type of services in his country.
Posted: Saturday 10 November 2018 | 09:57:08 am. Updated: Saturday 10 November 2018 | 09:41:33 am.
By Juventud Rebelde
A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Two major fires, one at the gates of Los Angeles and another in the Malibu area, have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in the area, international media report.
In the north, at least nine people have died in a fire that has destroyed 36,000 hectares in the town of Paradise. Five of the victims were surprised by the flames inside their vehicles as they tried to flee the lit area.
More than 6,400 houses had been destroyed as of Friday night, more than 50,000 people had been evacuated, according to the Spanish daily El País.
On the coast of Los Angeles, a fire that began Thursday morning has forced the evacuation of the entire population of Malibu.
US President Donald Trump, for his part, has reacted by blaming Forest Services for not managing the fire well and threatened to withdraw funds for this type of service in his country, reports PL.
Activists welcome with protests world leaders who will celebrate in Paris the centenary of the end of World War I.
By Juventud Rebelde
Posted: Saturday 10 November 2018 | 11:05:19 pm.
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
PARIS, November 10. – Three activists from the radical feminist organization FEMEN were arrested in this capital last Saturday after an action under the Arc de Triomphe in which they accused the world leaders gathered in France to commemorate the end of the First World War of “hypocrisy” and “war criminals,” including U.S. President Donald Trump.
The women, with their breasts in the air -characteristic of the demonstrations of this group that was born in Ukraine-, jumped from a car in the Place de l’Etoile and climbed the barriers of the platform where 70 high international guests are expected to attend the ceremony this Sunday, November 11, which marks the centennial of the armistice.
Beneath this famous Arc de Triumph lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – an anonymous human being among the ten to 31 million people who died in that global conflict. The signing of the armistice between Germany and the Entente countries that took part in that holocaust is commemorated there every year, and this year 2018 acquires a special connotation.
With flowers in their hair and the accusatory phrase “False pacifists, royal dictators” painted on their torsos, the women raised posters with the legend in red blood: “Welcome war criminals”.
Another sign cited the famous mantra in George Orwell’s 1984 novel: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
President Donald Trump, who has already met at the Elysée Palace with French host Emmanuel Macron, and the media say differences arose, also received a response on Twitter this Saturday from British politician and Winston Churchill’s grandson, Nicholas Soames, because the American president canceled his scheduled visit to the American cemetery and memorial of Aisne-Marne, in northern France, under the excuse of “logistical difficulties caused by the climate,” according to a White House statement cited by The Hill.
@NSoames was categorical in his tweet: “They died in the face of the enemy and this pathetic and inadequate @realDonaldTrump cannot even defy the climate and pay his respect to the fallen,” to which he added this hashtag on Trump: #hesnotfittorepresenthisgreatcountry.
Apparently, instead of Trump and his wife Melania, the White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, and the Joint Chief of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, will attend the Aisne-Marne memorial. This cemetery is at the foot of the hill where the Battle of Belleau Forest was fought, in which some 2,000 U.S. Marines died in June 2018.
According to The Guardian, among veterans groups, a progressive organization, VoteVets, responded angrily in a tweet: “Donald Trump complained that he had to stand in the rain to talk about the Pittsburgh massacre, because he ruined his (more) hair,” referring to Trump’s comments after a massive shooting in a synagogue two weeks ago in which 11 people died. “Today, he will fail to honor the fallen American heroes of World War I and stay in his hotel room because of some rain.
When French President Macron visited the White House in April of this year, he brought Trump a tree from the Belleau Forest as a gift, but the shoot was briefly an object of intrigue when it disappeared from the White House lawn where Trump and Macron had planted it, The Guardian reported, but it was later revealed that they had been temporarily removed for quarantine.
As for the differences demonstrated in the meeting now in Paris, the Spanish daily El País quoted Trump on his arrival at the Elysée: “We want to help Europe, but it has to be fair. We have to share the burden. Today it’s the US that pays to protect Europe, and it’s not fair. There are limits.
A few hours earlier, he had heavily charged his host via his favorite, Twitter: “Macron has just suggested that Europe create its own army to protect itself from the US, China and Russia,” Trump wrote as soon as he landed in Paris on Friday night. “Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its share to NATO, which the United States largely subsidizes!