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One anti-war advocate still standing

In protest, war, war and peace on October 6, 2009 at 1:52 am

The anti-war left has virtually disappeared from Americas political scene since the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Shame on them.

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have not improved — on the contrary, theyve only worsened. Violence has escalated. Increasing numbers of U.S. troops are being sent to Afghanistan while Iraq is being taken over by private contractors.

But one antiwar advocate, mother of slain soldier Cindy Sheehan, is not backing down.

Yesterday Sheehan, along with an estimated 500 protesters, gathered outside the White House to voice their opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Sixty one people were arrested for failure to obey a lawful order after the crowd was repeatedly asked to move back from the sidewalk, according to CNN. Sheehan was among those arrested.

 

To those who believed electing Barack Obama meant change, its time to wake up. Anti-war leftists can no longer cling to the belief that Iraq and the war on terror were Bushs wars. Bush is out. Obama is in.

Hes been our Commander-in-Chief for more than 8 months now. If Barack Obama is serious about withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan he should do so.

At the  very least, he should not be in the process of leading Americans into future conflicts with Pakistan and Iran.

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Communism not so chic in Cuba

In protest on October 5, 2009 at 3:38 am

While the word communism brings to mind images of labor camps and breadlines for the Baby Boomers and before, my generation is more infatuated and less fearful of the ideology. Whether its Che Guevara T-shirts or the showing of Motorcycle Diaries in universities across the country — communism has somehow become considered chic among many of my peers.

I suppose we are the rebellious children of a society that has insisted on shoving capitalism down our throats.

However, less than 90 miles from Americas mainland, many of my peers seem to have a radically different opinion about the coolness of communism.

Meet Gorki Luis Águila Carrasco. He and his band, Porno para Ricardo (Porn for Ricardo), dont take this communist crap. Águila , 39, has been arrested twice in his home country of Cuba. First, in 2003 for drug charges he claims were politically motivated. The second time was in 2008 on a charge of dangerousness.

The Porno para Ricardo has been disrupting the political status quo in Cuba since their inception in 1998. Not only is their content sexually explicit, it is blatantly irreverent of Fidel Castro and his communist regime. In a 2007 interview with CNN, Águila said, “Communism is a failure — a total failure. Please. Leftists of the world — improve your capitalism.”

But Águila and his band arent the only young artists questioning their parents revolution. The film, Cuba RebelioN!, explores the rising alternative music scene in Cuba. Other bands included in the film are Cubas premier metal band, Escape, and the rap-rock band, QVA Libre.

American youth would be wise to keep their communism on T-shirts and buttons where it belongs. If they ever feel the need to advocate a political system theyve had no experience with, they should first listen to those who have.