By Trini Velasco, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao | 12/26/2010
SURIGAO, Philippines – Members and supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the Caraga region celebrated their 42nd founding anniversary in Surigao del Sur province on Sunday.
Thousands of communist rebels and their sympathizers from all over region joined the celebration held in Barangay Pang-on, San Agustin town.
The National Democratic Front’s (NDF) Northeastern Mindanao group led the festivities.
Around 40 local and international journalists witnessed the event.
The CCP boasted that they have established 42 guerilla units in Northeastern Mindanao and conducted 250 tactical offensive operations and confiscated 200 high powered firearms from the government troops.
Despite of the upcoming peace talks between rebels and the government, NDF Northeastern Mindanao spokesperson George “Ka Oris” Madlos said they stand firm in their ideology and have no plans to go back to fold of the law.
Indian Army Base in Abujhmad, Bastar to become operational soon
Supriya Sharma, TNN, Dec 14, 2010
RAIPUR: The Indian army is moving into the conflict theatre of Bastar, arriving at the doorsteps of what is arguably the strongest military base of the CPI Maoist – not for combat, as yet, but ostensibly for training. “Manoeuvre ranges have been finalised in Narayanpur district where training will be given to our troops,” confirmed a highly placed official in the army.Significantly, the hundred square kilometres identified for training lie in the foothills of Abujhmad, a thickly forested plateau, straddling both Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, one of the only regions of India unsurveyed by the government, considered out of bound for the administration, entirely controlled by insurgents, and often described as a Maoist liberated zone.
While the army sought to emphasise that its plans are limited to training, and there will be no active troop deployment against the Maoist insurgency, sources in the security establishment said any training facility would necessitate logistical support. “This means the army would first secure the Kondagaon-Narayanpur axis, placing a large number of troops in a series of camps, before it moves inwards for the purpose of training, somewhere near Orcha in the foothills of Abujhmad” explained a senior official. Continue reading →
[The DEA has, as revealed and documented in the last Wikileaks release, become one important method of maintaining US hegemonic controls throughout the world. Cultivating corrupt relations as well as ensuring privileged investment and trade over entire economies or selected industries, requires a broad range of controls, from World Bank and IMF to World Court and DEA—instruments which have been organized and wielded systematically since the end of the 2d World War. Drug enforcement concerns one area of particularly lucrative and perilous capitalist investment and production, which has grown exponentially and globally when many other capitalist industries have not.–Frontlines ed.]
Mon, Dec 27, 2010
NEW YORK: The US Drug Enforcement Administration , an agency tasked with the job of tracking drug traffickers around the world, has over the years transformed into a global intelligence organisation with its tentacles extending far beyond narcotics, according to secret American diplomatic cables .
The organisation has an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, the New York Times reported on Sunday, quoting a cache of cables published by WikiLeaks . The body’s vast network of informants also had on its roll David Headley, an accused in the Mumbai attacks case, who worked as a double agent for the DEA.
In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be hard to tell the politicians from the traffickers, and where drug rings are themselves mini-states whose wealth and violence permit them to run roughshod over struggling governments, the report said. Continue reading →
Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old Army private accused of leaking classified information to Wikileaks, has been held in the brig at Quantico Marine Corp Base for five months in inhumane conditions, with severe restrictions on his ability to exercise, communicate, or even sleep. Manning has not been convicted of any crime. Nor is there a date certain for any court hearing.
The conditions of Bradley Manning’s confinement became a top issue in the press last week as bloggers traded blows with US officials over allegations that Manning endures inhumane treatment at the Quantico, VA detainment facility. In the midst of this rush by the Defense Department to contextualize Manning’s confinement, I traveled to see the man himself at the Marine Corps detainment facility in Quantico, VA. Continue reading →
December 23, 2010: Students and supporters in Puerto Rico demonstrated against police presence in the UPR and against the $ 800 fee the UPR administration wants to impose on the students. In the evening a concert took place in support of students from the UPR.
UPR supporters swell the ranks of fee protest
December 24, 2010
by Juan A. Hernandez
University of Puerto Rico students once again received the support of thousands of people in their struggle to avert the imposition next semester of the $800 Special Fiscal Stabilization Fee.
A crowd of several thousand people demonstrated Thursday along with UPR students in a picket line that extended from the main gate of the Río Piedras campus to the intersection of Ponce de León and Gándara avenues.
“We are here with our sons and daughters to defend their education and our university,” said an unidentified woman marching among the students. “We are not troublemakers; we are parents.”
During a press conference Wednesday, labor and community leaders had called for the demonstration in support of the student struggle against the $800 special fee and the presence of police detachments on campus. Community leaders from Villa Sin Miedo (San Juan), Villas del Sol (Toa Baja), Sonadora (Aguas Buenas) and others came to express their support. At the same time, labor leaders from General Workers Union, the Puerto Rico Workers Syndicate, the Puerto Rico Workers Federation, the Electric and Irrigation Industry Workers Union, known as UTIER, and the Puerto Rico Teachers Association and Federation, among many others, also turned out to express their support. Continue reading →
December 24, 2010 – Dr Sen to appeal against the Raipur court verdict which holds him guilty of sedition.
By Sujeet Kumar
RAIPUR | Fri Dec 24, 2010
(Reuters) – A court sentenced a doctor accused of links with Maoist rebels to life in prison on Friday, a high-profile case involving appeals by Nobel laureates for the world’s biggest democracy to uphold human rights.
Binayak Sen, 60, was arrested in 2007 in Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh on accusations he passed on notes from an imprisoned Maoist leader he was treating. Sen denies any wrongdoing. Continue reading →
Protesters in Chicago call for an end to a government witch hunt of anti-war and solidarity activists, 6 December. (Maureen Clare Murphy)
22 December 2010
As The Electronic Intifada reported in November, international solidarity and anti-war activists are facing a new wave of repression in the United States.
Since 24 September, two dozen activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and other cities across the country have been handed subpoenas by the FBI to appear before a grand jury.
Yesterday, Maureen Clare Murphy, an organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Group in Chicago, and managing editor of The Electronic Intifada, became one of the latest to be subpoenaed by the federal government.
In a press release issued by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Murphy stated, “Along with several others, I am being summoned to appear before the Grand Jury on Tuesday, January 25th, in the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. We are being targeted for the work we do to end US funding of the Israeli occupation, ending the war in Afghanistan and ending the occupation of Iraq. What is at stake for all of us is our right to dissent and organize to change harmful US foreign policy” (“FBI delivers subpoenas to four more anti-war, solidarity activists,” 21 December 2010).
So far, all those who have previously been summoned have refused to appear before the grand jury. No one has been arrested or charged with any crime, nor has the government specified any alleged crimes that it might be investigating. Continue reading →