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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.

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Obama ‘allows’ Israel to defend itself, retain secrecy

In foreign policy on October 5, 2009 at 3:13 am

 

Source: AP

Source: AP

 While America and the international community are bullying Iran into allowing U.N. inspectors access to its nuclear plants, Israel is retaining sovereignty of its borders.

Friday, the Washington Times reported that President Obama agreed to allow Israel to continue with its nuclear arsenal exempt from international inspections, reaffirming a decade-old secret.

At first glance, the Obama administrations policy seems unfair — and it is. But more importantly is the notion that Israel is being allowed by the United States to retain secrecy of its national defense.

Israel — like Iran, like America — is a sovereign nation.

Someone should start making patriotic bumper stickers that read: America, policing the world since 1945.

Id buy one.

 

Ready or not, here we come Iran!

In war, war and peace on September 28, 2009 at 5:28 am

Top three reasons why the U.S. should go to war with Iran:

1) Their leader is a crazy, brutal dictator.

2) They are pursuing weapons of mass destruction in the form of nuclear weapons.

3) They are evading U.N. inspections.

Iran, like Iraq, is an unstable dictatorship. International treaty clearly states that only stable countries such as China and Russia are allowed to have nuclear weapons. Not only is Iran unstable, it is centered in the much volatile Middle East. Only one nation, Israel, is allowed/given nuclear technology because they are our friend.

This Thursday, five permanent U.N. security council members plus Germany will meet with Iranian officials in Geneva to discuss nuclear disarmament. The United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany will attempt to pressure Iran into letting international inspectors have full access to Irans newly disclosed underground uranium enrichment plant.

All of these nations, with the exception of Germany, have nuclear weapons. But then again, they should be allowed to have nuclear weapons as they are amongst the worlds civilized. And although the United States is the only nation to have used nuclear weapons in warfare, it has every right to tell Iran what to do.

I hope Iran refuses to allow the international inspectors full access. Then, as with Iraq, we can go in and clean house. Perhaps we could even establish a democracy for the Iranian people in the process. Although we may have to reinstitute the draft and print/borrow more money via the Federal Reserve to accommodate a third war, our efforts will be worth it. After all, we are the leader of the free world.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Prove it”  Iran.

If not, were coming in to get you.

(Note: This post is meant to be satirical.)

The nation within: Lakota people declare their sovereignty

In sovereignty on September 23, 2009 at 4:15 am

We once forced the American Indians to adapt to our way of life — often claiming it was for their survival. The day may come when some Americans find themselves adapting to the American-Indian way of life for, what they’ll perceive as, their “survival.”

On Dec. 17, 2007, a delegation of Lakota Indians went to Washington D.C. to declare their independence. The “Freedom Delegation” delivered a letter to U.S. State Department, withdrawing from all treaties with the United States government. The Lakota are looking to reclaim their original land guaranteed to them by U.S. Treaty.

Russell Means, one of the delegates, said, “We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us. This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically Article 6 of the Constitution.”

Events leading up to the Lakota’s 2007 declaration were set in motion in 1974, when the International Indian Treaty Council brought together more than 5,000 delegates representing 98 Indian tribes and nations from North and South America. At the council, the tribes/nations signed The Declaration of Continuing Independence — a “Manifesto representing the wisdom of thousands of people, their Ancestors, and the Great Mystery supports the rights of Indigenous Nations to live free and to take whatever actions necessary for sovereignty.”

And in 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an award of $105 million to eight tribes of Sioux Indians as compensation for taken land in United States v. Sioux Nation. The Court’s decision was in response to the United States Court of Claims ruling which concluded land was unlawfully taken from the Sioux and that the tribe was entitled to just compensation under the 5th Amendment. The Supreme Court however, refused to award land. To date, the Lakota people have refused the money, instead reasserting their indigenous rights to the land. Accruing compound interest on the settlement has brought the value of the claim to over $400 million as of 2008.

The Lakota say their claim to sovereignty is lawful under U.S. law. Because the United States illegally seized land and continually broke U.S. treaties, the Lakota claim the land is still legally their’s. Some of the Lakota have gone so far as to reject their status as American citizens.

Russell Means, the controversial “figured head” of the Lakota, was among the delegates in Washington D.C. in 2007. He envisions the “Republic of Lakotah” as a sovereign nation with laws radically different from current United State’s laws. The new Lakota government, according to him, will be one solely based on consent. There will be no income tax or property taxes. He says everyone one is welcome in the Republic of Lakotah; including Americans who reject their citizen-status. It’s likely a small percentage of the American population would find the Republic’s invitation appealing.

However, the movement is not immune to inward conflict. In 2008, the Lakota Oyate Lakota branched off from the original “Freedom Delegation” — claming the movement had been high-jacked by one of the delegation members.

So far, the U.S. government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have ignored the Lakota. According to the Lakota Oyate and Lakota Republic, Gary Garrison of the BIA stated the group’s withdrawal “doesn’t mean anything” and said “When they begin the process of violating other people’s rights, breaking the law, they’re going to end up like all the other groups that have declared themselves independent – usually getting arrested and being put in jail.”

While the return of sovereign Indian nations may be unlikely, it’s none-the-less, something to work toward. The struggles of the Lakota and other indigenous people for their freedom are encouraging to behold.