Sunday Open Thread… 24 September 2006Posted by marisacat in Bolivia - Evo Morales, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, South America, Viva La Revolucion!.
Budapest protests this past week. Protestor stands against the
water volleys from the police. [AP photo via BBC]
Full text [English version] of the Evo Morales speech at the UN: We Need Partners, Not Bosses. The last few grafs:
[F]inally president, the indigenous peoples, the poor come especially from a culture of life and not a culture of war, and this millennium will really have to be to defend live, to save humanity and if we want to save humanity we have the obligation to save the planet. The indigenous peoples live in harmony with mother earth, and not only in reciprocity, in solidarity, with human beings.
We feel greatly that the politics of hegemonist competitions are destroying the planet. I feel that all countries, social forces, international organisms are important, let us begin to debate truthfully, in order to save the planet, to save humanity.
This new millennium, the millennium that we find ourselves in needs to be a millennium of life, not of war, a millennium of people and not of empire, a millennium of justice and equality and that any economic policy needs to be orientated towards ending, of at least lessening these so-called asymmetric differences between one country and another country, those social inequalities.
We are not trying to implement policies that allow the economic humiliation or economic looting; when they cannot loot according to the norms, they use troops.
I want to ask with great respect, that it is important to withdraw troops from Iraq if we want to respect human rights, it is important to withdraw economic policies that allow the concentration of capital in only a few hands.
And for this, I feel president, that these events should be historical in order to change the world and to change economic models, interventionalist policies. Above all else we want them to be times that allow us to defend and save humanity
Full text of speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad: No Nation Should Have Superiority Over Another.
And I will pull some info forward from the last thread… NYCee mentioned that C-Span 2 is re running – at 12 Noon ET today – Chomsky on his now NO. 1 of the top 100 books at Amazon book, Hegemony or Survival… ;)
Other than that… Bloomberg says economy is fading as an election issue for the Dems. Cannot be all true (and who are they dialing to get these answers?)… but my!! those gas prices are speeding downward. The article is peppered with poll numbers run 9/16 – 19.
Luckily the Dems can run against Chavez. Or Ahmadinedjad.
That should work. And Bill can still be Bar and Poppy Bush’s 5th son. Dorr’s extra brother. I know i am repetitious but the glued together aspect of the Bushes and the Clintons drives me bats.
On the other hand, California could be a leading indicator. During the week I caught sight of the percentages that real estate is falling in the Bay Area counties. Stunning. Double digits everywhere.
The anti-war group Code Pink marches from both ends of the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday morning in protest against the war in Iraq, fouling the morning commute. At right, Kat McNulty, one of about 100 peaceful demonstrators, flashes a peace sign to passers-by.
I have no idea how they “fouled” the commute. Not from the films I saw of the march. They did have “No War” signs, smallish ones, pinned to themselves, and those were removed by troupers. I suppose fear drivers would be reading. And phoning. And multitasking inside the car. And whatever else…