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“International Tribunal on Trade Union Freedom Condemns Mexican Presidency" by James Cockcroft

In Mexico City on October 28, the International Tribunal on Trade Union Freedom (October 26, 2009-May 1, 2010), concluded its first of two public sessions with a scathing preliminary report that condemned President Felipe Calderón for his violent union-busting measures since taking office after his questionable 2006 election. The Tribunal had been organized in prior months by more than 30 social and civil organizations of Mexico and other countries. It heard public testimonies by representatives of 16 trade unions under attack in Mexico’s privatization race to the bottom.

Honduras: The Moment of Truth for the Obama Administration

“Honduras: The Moment of Truth for the Obama Administration” *
The military coup currently underway in Honduras is a hard coup accompanied by various vain attempts to make it appear soft and "constitutionalist." Behind the coup are diverse social, economic, and political forces, of which the most important is the administration of President Barack Obama.

A VIEW FROM CUBA: 50 YEARS OF TRANSITION TO SOCIALISM

A VIEW FROM CUBA: 50 YEARS OF TRANSITION TO SOCIALISM *
In his January 2009 speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, President Raúl Castro, known popularly as Raúl, repeated Fidel’s oft-quoted 2005 speech to University of Havana students: “This nation can self-destruct… those who can’t destroy it are them [the U.S. imperialists]; we, yes, we can destroy it and it would be our fault.”

“Indigenous Peoples Rising”

“Indigenous Peoples Rising” by James D. Cockcroft
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0YLQw7QV7M&
http://www.counterpunch.org/cockcroft11282008.html , http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/cockcroft301108.html , http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2008/12/indigenous-peoples-rising-in-b...
http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article1563 *

Indigenous peoples in Indo-Afro-Latin America, especially Bolivia and Ecuador, are rising up to take control of their own lives and act in solidarity with others to save the planet. They are calling for new, yet ancient, practices of plurinational, participatory, and intercultural democracy. They champion ecologically sustainable development; community-based autonomies; and solidarity with other peoples locally, regionally, and internationally – what they describe as “unity in diversity.” Their values are often different than those of the United States or Europe. One indigenous leader has stated: “We give what money we have not to banks to collect interest but to others – and their gratitude is the interest we receive.”

An Open Letter on US Policy for Cuba

“An Open Letter on US Policy for Cuba,” by James D. Cockcroft, 24 May 2008

Every May 21st President George W. Bush declares a day of “solidarity” with Cuba and repeats the lies of nearly half a century trying to de-legitimize Latin America’s most successful social revolution in history. This year, the leading US presidential candidates chimed in, but a potentially explosive scandal involving an axis of US-based terrorist groups, US diplomats, and US-paid Cuban “dissidents” undermined these US efforts.

"Immigration, Family Destruction and Terrorism: the US-Mexican Case of Saúl Arellano"

“Immigration, Family Destruction and Terrorism: the US-Mexican Case of Saúl Arellano”

[Speech by Dr. James D. Cockcroft during the IX International Congress of Economists on Globalization and Development Problems, Habana, February 5 to 9 of 2007. Topic Block “Poverty, Inequality and Equity,” No. 6, “International Migrations and Development. Conditions and Effects on Receptors and Transmitters,” February 7, 2007, English translation from Spanish courtesy of Red en Defensa de la Humanidad, Caracas.]

[NOTE: After this speech was given, on August 19, 2007, after addressing a rally in Los Angeles, California, Elvira Arellano was detained and in one more act of terror swiftly deported to Mexico without any recognition of her legal rights. On August 31 she met her son Saúl Arellano at the Mexico City airport and said she would have him go to school in her home state of Michoacán so he could learn Spanish. Neither she nor her son withdrew from their campaigns in the United States and internationally to defend the millions of immigrant families whose rights were being violated in the ways described in this speech, as witness this report from "Democracy Now" [http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/13/1445232]:

Mexico’s Crisis in Context of Latin America’s Challenge to Imperialism

“Mexico’s Crisis in Context of Latin America’s Challenge to Imperialism” by James D. Cockcroft* [copyrite 2006 by James D. Cockcroft] [paper for presentation for The World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity being held in Rome, Italy, October 11-13, 2006]

In the context of a growing challenge to US imperialism from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other parts of the world, Mexico has been experiencing an electoral coup d’état engineered or supported by right-wing, pro-big business, pro-narco, and pro-clerical forces and their allies in the mass media, the US Embassy, and Washington. This represents a critical new phase in what I have been calling the “introduction of dictatorship by stages” in both Mexico and the United States. The consequent crisis has more to do with the 25-year reign of economic neoliberalism and the responses by Mexico’s social movements than it does with electoral politics as such.

Latin America’s Challenges to Imperialism

“Latin America’s Challenges to Imperialism,” by James D. Cockcroft*
LiP Magazine , Summer 2006, pp. 60-62 [and later for LiP website, http://www.lipmagazine.org], translated into Spanish and French [see above]

More than 25 years of neoliberalism in Latin America have undermined the region’s local industry, small farms, and employment opportunities. The resulting gradual economic genocide has generated humiliating poverty for three-fourths of Latin Americans, downward mobility for shrinking intermediate classes, last-ditch fight-backs by dwindling ranks of organized labor, and waves of internal and external migration. It has also produced a new wave of social movements and leftward electoral swings.

Cockcroft interview responses on immigration in USA / Entrevistas sobre imigración

Cockcroft interview responses on immigration in USA, March 28, 2006, in English and Spanish, summarized for his students:

I hope everyone is following the newest social movement to hit the scene this past week. Police estimated Los Angeles' crowd at half a million and I have heard that it was over a million, maybe 2 million. The immigrants are human beings. A human being cannot be "illegal," although (s)he can commit an illegal act.

Winds of Change and Internationalism from Latin America

“Winds of Change and Internationalism from Latin America,” by James D. Cockcroft*

Winds of positive change, propelled by expanding social movements and spontaneous popular uprisings, are whirling out of Latin America and reaching the rest of the world. They originate from the spread of humiliating poverty to 75 percent of the population, downward mobility for shrinking intermediate classes, last-ditch fightbacks by reduced ranks of organized labor, and a crisis of governability under restricted low-intensity democracies that often guarantee impunity for acts of state terrorism. In recent elections these winds have already blown Latin America’s political pendulum from the far right (or center/right) to the center or center/left. Candidates routinely pledge not to implement U.S. imperialism’s free-market fundamentalism and its proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), even though after being elected many give life support to the moribund neoliberal economic model.

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