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Burma: New phase for democracy struggle

Source: Green Left Weekly

Burma’s November 7 elections — held under an undemocratic constitution in an atmosphere of repression and with the result crudely rigged — have been overshadowed by the release from house arrest of opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi on November 13.

Thousands of supporters lined the streets to her house and flocked to NLD offices to hear her speak.

Suu Kyi’s release has been compared to that of Nelson Mandela in 1990. However, unlike Mandela, Suu Kyi was not released from detention by a regime seeking negotiations. read more

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Globalism

A Look at Global Militarization

Source: Cultures of Resistance

In 2009, the United States government spent some $650 billion on its military. This is more than the next 46 highest-spending countries combined. Much of this treasure ended up in the hands of profit-driven weapons manufacturers. In the following short film, Cultures of Resistance takes a brief look at the current state of what President Eisenhower famously called the “military industrial complex.” With the U.S. waging two wars overseas at the same time that millions of people are out of work at home, those pushing to reel in government spending and balance the budget would be wise to look carefully at bloated and unchecked military spending. read more

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Learning from Latin American Social Movements: Book Release Event in Vermont

A book release discussion and celebration with Ben Dangl, author of the new book, Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America.

Refreshments, wine, homemade cider and delicious snacks provided

Free and open to the public.

Organized and sponsored by Toward Freedom

November 19, 6 – 8pm
Burlington, VT
Firehouse Gallery, Upstairs
135 Church St
Burlington, VT

Website: http://www.burlingtoncityarts.com/firehousegallery/

Call 802-540-2516 for more info.

Information on the book: www.dancingwithdynamite.com read more

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Global News and Analysis

Bush’s Crime Book

In his memoir (which some wise people have already moved in bookstores to the CRIME section) George W. Bush admitted that he authorized that detainees be waterboarded, tortured, a crime under US and international law.

Bush’s crime confession coincides with reports that no one will face criminal charges from the US Department of Justice for the destruction of 92 CIA videotapes which contained interrogations using waterboarding.

Where is the accountability for these crimes?

Bush and other criminals will be brought to justice if the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) have their way. read more