¿Que camino hacia al Socialismo?

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Este artículo se basa en una charla editada, “¿Qué camino hacia el socialismo?” Dada en un Foro de Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero el 23 de noviembre del aňo en curso en la ciudad de Nueva York.Scott Williams (derecho) y Betsey Piette protestan la crisis climática, Filadelfia, septiembre de 2019.La pregunta “¿Qué camino hacia el socialismo?” puede plantearse como “¿Qué camino hacia la supervivencia para la especie humana y para el resto de la vida en el planeta?” Pero también es una pregunta inmediata y práctica que impacta todo nuestro trabajo diario.El partido Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero se inspira en los aumentos masivos en Haití, Líbano, Chile, Colombia, la resistencia al golpe fascista en Bolivia y la lucha constante para defender la revolución bolivariana. La gente del mundo está en las calles manifestando contra el capitalismo, el imperialismo y la opresión.Si bien estos levantamientos masivos son tremendos, los impactos del imperialismo y el capitalismo neoliberal no terminarán sin el crecimiento del movimiento comunista mundial. Como hemos visto a lo largo de la historia, la resistencia masiva al capitalismo y la opresión, liderada por organizaciones comunistas revolucionarias con profundas conexiones en las masas, es el camino hacia el socialismo.Estamos comenzando a ver signos de un movimiento de trabajadores rejuvenecido en los EE. UU. Los maestros de Chicago golpearon contra el racismo y la desigualdad. Los trabajadores de la educación, los trabajadores de bajos salarios, las mujeres, las personas de color, y más de la clase trabajadora, están flexionando el músculo de la huelga. Vimos la huelga más larga de General Motors en décadas. Las campañas sindicalizadas en los EE. UU. continúan ganando. La izquierda está en ascenso.El apoyo al socialismo también está en aumento. Según encuestas recientes, el 70 por ciento de los millennials, personas de 23 a 38 años, votarían por un socialista. Un tercio de los millennials ve el comunismo favorablemente en comparación con el capitalismo. La popularidad del comunismo está creciendo rápidamente.El apoyo de los millennials al comunismo ha aumentado en un 8 por ciento en el último año, y el 35 por ciento de los millennials ve favorablemente al marxismo. El veinte por ciento de los millennials cree que el mundo estaría mejor si se aboliera la propiedad privada. La marea se está volviendo hacia nosotros.Estos son los jóvenes de Black Lives Matter, el movimiento Occupy y el movimiento global de huelga climática. Estos jóvenes se enfrentan a una disminución de la esperanza de vida y al deterioro de los niveles de vida en un imperio en decadencia, racista y genocida.Si bien el socialismo se está volviendo más popular, también lo son el terrorismo de derecha y el fascismo supremacista blanco, organizado por el propio presidente. El llamado a soluciones está en todas partes. Tenemos que demostrar que tenemos las respuestas. A través de nuestros esfuerzos ideológicos y nuestro trabajo en la lucha, necesitamos prevalecer.El camino sin salida de la socialdemocraciaNo somos el único grupo que tiene un camino propuesto hacia el socialismo. Uno de los programas más populares de la socialdemocracia en la actualidad es el Manifiesto del Partido Laborista recientemente publicado, presentado por el Partido Laborista británico dirigido por Jeremy Corbyn. En el período previo a las elecciones parlamentarias del 12 de diciembre, Corbyn abandonó lo que llamó la plataforma laborista “más radical” de la historia. Si bien el documento parece radical durante este período del capitalismo neoliberal, en muchos sentidos es un ejemplo clásico de un programa socialdemócrata en un país imperialista.El programa de Corbyn seguramente será popular entre la gente de clase trabajadora en Gran Bretaña. Promete un un Nuevo Acuerdo Ecológico para abordar la crisis climática: nacionalizar la industria energética, crear un millón de empleos ecológicos sindicalizados, expandir el Servicio Nacional de Salud, aumentar los fondos para la educación, crear un salario mínimo equivalente a $13 por hora, mejorar los derechos de los trabajadores y terminar la precariedad en el trabajo. Curiosamente, Corbyn podría ganar con este programa. Esto sería un paso adelante. ¿Pero el Partido Laborista llevará a los trabajadores hacia el socialismo?La socialdemocracia británica tiene muchos problemas serios. El apoyo de los laboristas al imperialismo, la policía y la patrulla fronteriza deberían sorprender a un lector revolucionario. ¿No es Corbyn el notorio antiimperialista? Algunos pueden recordarlo como el político que voló a la manifestación de Washington DC contra la guerra en Irak en 2003, convocado por Answer y apoyado por WWP. Ha sido visto como un antiimperialista por su defensa de los derechos básicos palestinos y su oposición a la guerra. Sin embargo, el programa del Partido Laborista no se opone a la guerra y al imperio.En la sección final del Manifiesto, Labor describe su enfoque de política exterior en una pieza titulada “Nuevo internacionalismo”. Incluye propuestas como las siguientes: “Realizar una auditoría del impacto del legado colonial de Gran Bretaña para comprender nuestra contribución a la dinámica de violencia e inseguridad en regiones anteriormente bajo el dominio colonial británico”.Al hablar sobre el Imperio Británico que mató a millones de personas en todo el mundo, la palabra “reparaciones” no aparece una vez. ¡Una auditoría por sí sola no comenzará a resolver la crisis del “legado colonial de Gran Bretaña”! En realidad, el programa laborista busca mantener el Imperio. Se lee: “Tenemos el deber de defender la seguridad y la soberanía de nuestros territorios de ultramar, incluidas las Malvinas”. Esta declaración no podría ser un llamado más claro para defender el Imperio. Las Islas Malvinas (llamadas las Falklands por Gran Bretaña) pertenecen a Argentina, no a los británicos. Algunas de las propuestas en esta sección parecen progresivas, como suspender la venta de armas a Arabia Saudita y pedir el fin del bloqueo, la ocupación y los asentamientos israelíes en Palestina. En la misma oración que defiende el derecho de Palestina a existir, el programa viola el derecho del pueblo palestino a la legítima defensa, llamando a los palestinos a “poner fin a los ataques con cohetes y terroristas”.La postura del Partido Laborista sobre la guerra Este “nuevo internacionalismo” es tan traicionero como el aliento de la Segunda Internacional a la Primera Guerra Mundial. Se lee: “El trabajo aumentará la financiación para las operaciones de mantenimiento de la paz de la ONU a £100 millones” ($131 millones), lo que significa más financiación para las tropas como las de Puerto Príncipe que reprimió el movimiento en Haití. Y hay esto: “El Partido Laborista apoya la renovación del disuasivo nuclear Trident”.Tanto decir en contra de la guerra. Corbyn y el Partido Laborista quieren mantener los misiles nucleares apuntando a Rusia. En otras propuestas, los laboristas prometen expandir el complejo militar-industrial.El Partido Laborista propone aumentar el número de policías en 2.000 y culpa al Partido Conservador por subfinanciar a la policía y causar crímenes. Su programa pide “una coordinación más estrecha contra el terrorismo entre la policía y los servicios de seguridad” y pide más patrullas fronterizas.Desafortunadamente, la clase trabajadora global no parece existir para el Partido Laborista. Más bien, el Imperio debería ser reformado para proporcionar mejores servicios a sus ciudadanos de clase trabajadora. Para los socialistas en los Estados Unidos, la cuestión de la solidaridad internacional es aún más crítica. Jacobin, una publicación socialista líder en los Estados Unidos, escribe sobre el Manifiesto del Partido Laborista de manera muy positiva, sin mencionar su apoyo a la policía, la patrulla fronteriza o las fuerzas militares.El Manifiesto del Partido Laborista no es un camino hacia el socialismo, sino un callejón sin salida para defender y modernizar el imperio. En realidad, el socialismo no se logrará mediante elecciones. Se desarrollará como parte de un aumento masivo de la acción de la clase trabajadora. ¿Dónde están las huelgas y manifestaciones que promueven el programa laborista? Sin un movimiento de masas, este programa socialista parlamentario está destinado a decepcionar.Juicio político y las elecciones de 2020Quizás nadie sea más responsable del crecimiento de la popularidad del socialismo que el senador Bernie Sanders. Su programa se ha conectado con estos jóvenes radicales y ha dado voz a la política progresista de una manera que pocos políticos tienen.Sin embargo, en el improbable caso de que Sanders gane las elecciones presidenciales, necesitaría que la clase trabajadora se movilizara para ganar los elementos básicos de Medicare para todos, el Nuevo Acuerdo Ecologico, la Universidad para todos, los impuestos para los ricos y otras partes de su programa.Mientras tanto, la clase dominante de Estados Unidos está en declive. No es probable que haga compromisos. Es más probable que sea represivo, rompa la unidad de la clase trabajadora y se vuelva cada vez más violento en el extranjero para defender su sistema cada vez más tenso.Los procedimientos de juicio político han sido un ataque oculto al movimiento Sanders. Este es un intento de sacar a la gente de las calles y centrar su atención en procedimientos legales aburridos en el Congreso.El mensaje es claro: Nancy Pelosi y los demócratas corporativos proporcionarán “resistencia” a Trump. En realidad, los cargos dudosos e irrelevantes contra el racista, sexista e imperialista Trump pueden movilizar a la derecha y efectivamente permitirle ganar un segundo mandato.Otro término para Trump es bueno para los negocios. A medida que se avecina la próxima crisis económica, la clase dominante exigirá austeridad, más privatizaciones, más sangre y más violencia fascista. No quieren militancia obrera ni un presidente Sanders que se una a los trabajadores en una línea de piquete.En el caso de que Sanders gane, su presidencia se enfrentará a huelgas de capital, derrumbes bursátiles y sabotaje capitalista, junto con movilizaciones fascistas para amenazar cualquier posibilidad de una presidencia progresista.Un propuesto para un sendero hacia el socialismo¿Cómo derrotamos el surgimiento del fascismo en un país construido sobre el genocidio, la supremacía blanca, la esclavitud, el patriarcado y el anticomunismo? ¿Cómo apoyamos las luchas contra el capitalismo, el racismo, el sexismo y todas las formas de opresión y las convertimos en un movimiento para un futuro socialista revolucionario? Esta propuesta demasiadamente simplificada incluye tres partes: una campaña ideológica renovada, movilizaciones continuas y un giro hacia una organización más profunda.En primer lugar, necesitamos una iniciativa ideológica en la que aclaremos y destaquemos nuestro programa. Lo hicimos hasta cierto punto en el 2016 con la campaña presidencial del Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero.Nuestros candidatos, Monica Moorehead y Lamont Lilly, plantearon demandas tales como la abolición de la policía y la Aduana y Control de Inmigración, y el desmantelamiento del Pentágono. Pedimos reparaciones globales por los crímenes del imperio estadounidense. Nos dirigimos al movimiento Black Lives Matter de una manera que ninguna otra campaña hizo.Tenemos que apoyar las luchas por reformas al tiempo que explicamos la necesidad de un cambio revolucionario. En el futuro, debemos explicar por qué Medicare para todos, una reforma importante, no llega lo suficientemente lejos mientras los capitalistas sean dueños de todos los hospitales, medicamentos y, cada vez más, más prácticas médicas.Necesitamos aclarar que al abolir el capitalismo, nos referimos al establecimiento del control de los trabajadores sobre todas las industrias principales (energía, educación, finanzas, transporte y más) y que esto es posible y necesario. Necesitamos sacar este programa más lejos que nunca.Un programa revolucionario no es suficiente. Sabemos que publicar nuestras ideas no impedirá que el imperio estadounidense mate a pueblos indígenas y destruya la vida humana, y toda la vida, en el planeta. Sabemos que el verdadero poder está en las calles.Nuestro partido se ha movilizado con éxito en torno a varias luchas clave durante el año pasado. La construcción de solidaridad con los migrantes/inmigrantes, la conexión con el aumento de las luchas de los trabajadores y la lucha contra los intentos del imperialismo estadounidense de conquistar Venezuela y Bolivia han sido desarrollos significativos.Hemos seguido construyendo solidaridad contra el racismo y el encarcelamiento masivo. Y aplicamos la perspectiva única del partido sobre la centralidad de luchar contra la opresión nacional y el racismo como clave para el éxito de la revolución en los Estados Unidos.Necesitamos ser más audaces. Necesitamos seguir organizando movilizaciones importantes que se presenten en puntos clave para nuestra clase, reconociendo que es multinacional, multigeneracional y multigénero, e incluye a nuestras hermanas y hermanos inmigrantes. Estos deben ser abiertamente campañas y coaliciones anticapitalistas, antiimperialistas, antirracistas y proimmigrantes/migrantes que construyan la solidaridad global de la clase trabajadora.Piense en estas manifestaciones como una huelga global contra el capitalismo y el imperialismo. Cada vez que hay una crisis y los demócratas no convocan a una acción de protesta, tenemos que planear cerrar el sistema con nuestros aliados, incluidos los de la izquierda.Las movilizaciones no son suficientes. Para que nuestro partido tenga éxito, necesitamos hundir nuestras raíces más profundamente en la clase trabajadora. Los camaradas que ganamos a través de nuestras movilizaciones e iniciativas ideológicas deben convertirse en luchadores de confianza para nuestra clase. Necesitamos ser vistos como los mejores organizadores comunitarios, los luchadores sindicales con más principios y los pensadores más claros.Necesitamos una estrategia en la que la gente dedique sus vidas a construir las organizaciones de la clase trabajadora que llevarán a cabo la revolución aquí. Estos incluyen sindicatos, asambleas de trabajadores y personas, organizaciones comunitarias y grupos de estudio … La organización profunda, el trabajo de construir relaciones con los líderes de nuestra clase, es nuestra única arma.Finalmente, debemos seguir siendo la voz más fuerte para la unidad marxista-leninista. Debemos seguir siendo un partido de principios, no sectario, que intenta construir una unidad y solidaridad marxista-leninista más amplia entre las organizaciones comunistas. Nuestros camaradas en Bolivia y en toda América Latina no merecen menos.Necesitamos una unidad real y práctica. Las crisis de este período requieren un mayor nivel de comunicación, deliberación y unidad entre las fuerzas más avanzadas de la izquierda.Finalmente, no perdamos la esperanza. La desmoralización puede ser la enfermedad más grave para un partido comunista. Creo que ganaremos, y espero que tú también lo hagas.¡Construyendo un Mundo Obrero! ¡Socialismo o muerte!last_img read more

Invasive Flowers

first_imgIf you’ve driven down the road alongside an overgrown fence or forested area in north Georgia lately, you were likely overwhelmed with a combination of fragrance from wild Japanese honeysuckle and Chinese privet. Many people assume they are native because they are so common, but neither one belongs on this continent. Both originated in Asia and were introduced to North America in the 1800s for ornamental uses in landscaping. The success of these plants, growing literally everywhere, is attributed to the fact that they have prolific, seedy berries that are consumed and disseminated by birds. You will find them growing along almost every fence in Georgia because that’s where birds like to perch. These two weedy plants are actually more invasive and ubiquitous than the renowned kudzu, or the “vine that ate the South.” For comparison, kudzu only covers an estimated 227,000 acres in Southern forests. Privet species cover roughly 3.2 million acres in Southern forests. Japanese honeysuckle covers more than 10.3 million acres of Southern forests. Chinese privet is a large, semi-evergreen shrub that can grow 15 to 20 feet high. The thicket-forming shrubs can be found along bottomland forests, fences, flood plains, river edges and open field edges, where they crowd out native plants and trees. Because privet grows so quickly, it was introduced as a landscape shrub and commonly planted as a privacy hedge. Occasionally, you will still find both plants still sold at garden centers. These varieties also grow aggressively if left unpruned. The tiny white flowers of Chinese privet are formed in clusters along the tips of the branches. Privet flowers are extremely fragrant. Some people find the odor pleasant, while others find it overpowering. The fragrance is so strong and distinct that it can be detected from inside a car traveling at 55 miles per hour. Another invasive plant that has left an indelible mark on Georgia’s landscape is Japanese honeysuckle. As children, we would pick the flowers while waiting at the school bus stop and bite off the stalks to sip the nectar. The leaves of honeysuckle are semi-evergreen, hairy, rounded and smooth along the edges. The first leaves of the season often show a lobed edge. Honeysuckle flowers are white, pink or pale yellow in color with an extremely sweet fragrance. There are also native honeysuckle species that are less aggressive. Native honeysuckle are usually distinguished by having a more reddish stem and hairless leaves. Japanese honeysuckle vines can climb as high as 80 feet into forest canopies and form a dense ground cover. Honeysuckle’s dense growth crowds out native vegetation and reduces the variety of native plants available for wildlife. The vines strangle, stunt or kill native trees. Because privet and honeysuckle are so common and admired for their flowers, most people don’t realize their dark side as invasive weeds. A recent issue of National Geographic magazine stated, “Invasive species are the second greatest threat to worldwide species extinction – second only to habitat destruction. The devastation caused by non-native, invasive organisms is one of the most serious and least-recognized tragedies of our time.” There’s no turning back for those invasive species that are already here. For information about controlling these and other invasive plants, go to invasive.org/eastern/srs.last_img read more

Cricket News Indian players wear black armbands as mark of respect to Vajpayee, Wadekar

first_imgNottingham: The Indian cricketers on Saturday wore black arm bands on the first day of the third Test against England here as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and ex captain Ajit Wadekar, who passed away earlier this week.Just before the start of the day’s play, the Indian players, led by Virat Kohli, were seen wearing black arm bands in memory of the departed former prime minister and ex skipper.Also Read | Third Test in Nottingham, India struggle after good start from openers “The Indian Cricket Team is wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to former India captain Shri Ajit Wadekar and former India Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently,” the BCCI tweeted.Wadekar, who passed away on August 15, led India to their first away series victory in West Indies and England in 1971, died in Mumbai on August 15 after a prolonged illness. He was 77.Former PM Vajpayee passed away on August 16. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

UNSUNG HEROES IN THE TENT

first_imgI’d heard rumours about the great job that the Permits medical staff do for their teams, but it wasn’t until I took a walk down to the Southern Suns medical tent and had a look at their physio and trainers in action, that I saw how valuable they really are. The Southern Suns have brought along three trainers and a physio to this year’s NTL and one of the trainers, Laurie Atkins took some time to have a chat with me about their job and how they fit into the whole NTL equation. Laurie has been involved with the Suns as a trainer for several years now, and has a long history of Touch involvement, including playing representative Touch for the ACT back in 1982. A retired public servant, it’s obvious Laurie has a great passion for the sport and the players, as do the other men he’s working with. It’s also obvious how much the Suns players need and appreciate the work they do. All of the tables were being used and there was a steady stream of clients in and out, lining up for their treatment. Rob Hoy, is the local Coffs Harbour physio who has been helping the Suns out for around 7 years now. Mark Smith (or Jibbler as he’s known to everyone), is from Gundagai and has been helping out the Suns since before they were the Suns, when they were known as Riverina and District 1. And last but not least, John Choice, from Batemans Bay, is a qualified masseur and has been assisting the Suns for several years too. The medical team is the first and the last to leave, at the grounds bright and early to prepare and strap players for their games and at the grounds last to keep an eye on their charges and make sure there are no unforeseen injuries. According to Laurie most of what they see and deal with is general sprains and strains, grazes and management of old injuries, but what they get out of it is worthwhile for the enjoyment and the relationships. “We all love the sport itself and of course our jobs, but it is the chance to meet people and make different friends, as well as the opportunity to be able to help all of these players, that makes this so worthwhile,” he said. “We like to think that we have a role in these players success and that we’re part of the reason they can get out and play,” Laurie added. And that is most definitely the truth according to one of the Mens 50’s players, Tony Santolin from Griffith. “Especially in our age group, the Mens 50’s, these guys are the ones that help us get through our games. Without them we’d not only be in pain but we probably wouldn’t be able to move,” he said. “We can rely on them to always be there to help us out, most of the time it’s just for freeing tight muscles, but often they help people get off crutches and onto the playing field.” Once again, we discover another aspect to the sport of Touch that doesn’t get the thanks or the recognition of others. They work long hours and help us get out onto the fields. Their contribution is awesome. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

Mikmaw artist brings Indigenous tattoo revival to Newfoundland with hope of reclaiming

first_imgJustin Brake APTN News Since the mid-1980s Mi’kmaw artist Jerry Evans has been using art to speak to his ancestry.Evans is an actor, filmmaker and powwow dancer – and now a traditional Indigenous tattoo artist.In the process, he’s helping others explore and express their identities as Indigenous peoples. Like many in Newfoundland, the attempted assimilation of Mi’kmaq people and erasure of Mi’kmaq culture had a profound impact on him and his family.“There was so much that was lost, that my artwork for me became a means to learn about who I was who my family is, who our people are here in this place,” he said.“I guess to a certain extent it still speaks to that, my artwork does.”The recent establishment of the Earthline Tattoo Collective in British Columbia presented Evans with a new opportunity.Following in the footsteps of friend and fellow Mi’kmaw artist Jordan Bennett, Evans was selected as one of six Indigenous artists for the collective’s tattoo training residency in Kelowna, B.C.Now he’s inking friends in the basement of his home in St. John’s, including people from Inuit, Mi’kmaq and Métis communities.That includes his friend Stephen George, who already has a tattoo of his great-grandmother on his left arm.On his right, a tattoo of his grandfather.“I wanted something to connect the two ancestors on either arm and what Jerry’s doing now is—I call it Tkaqamkuk, you know, which is Mi’kmaw for Newfoundland, Land over the water,” he said.“The jagged lines are the waves, and the straight line is the land. And the starburst in the middle, well, we’re the People of the Dawn, right? So where the sun first comes up. So it’s all there together.”Evans and George were both denied Indian Status and membership under the Qalipu Mi’kmaq band.But they said status is not what defines them as Mi’kmaq people.“There was different things, bureaucratic, administrative things, that were going on that were quite beyond genealogy or identity issues that make us who we are — cultural things, ceremonial things,” said George.“They can’t be captured in a piece of paper you send to the government.”For Evans, the tattooing and its importance to him and others isn’t something Canada can measure in defining Indigenous people.“It’s part of not just me reclaiming something that was denied our family,” he said. “But it’s something that was denied here in this place for most our people. And it’s a way to reclaim our traditions, our power, and I’m honoured to be able to do this.”[email protected]last_img read more

Arundhati Roys new book launched in the Capital

first_imgCelebrated author Arundhati Roy’s new book ‘Ek Tha Doctor Ek Tha Sant’ was launched on April 5, at the Constitution Club, by a noted panel of writers, journalists and activists including Urmilesh Urmi, Dilip Mandal, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Anita Bharti, Manisha Bangar, Sunil Sardar and Anil Yadav. This book is a translation of The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste – The Debate Between B R Ambedkar and M K Gandhi, written by Arundhati Roy. The Hindi book was translated by Ratan Lal and Anil Yadav ‘Jai Hind’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTalking about the book, Roy insists readers must examine both the political development and influence of M K Gandhi, and also why B R Ambedkar’s brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India’s elite. In Roy’s analysis, we see that Ambedkar’s fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favor of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful, and marked to this day by the caste system. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBoth Ambedkar and Gandhi were their generation’s emissaries of a profound social, political and philosophical conflict that had begun long ago and has still by no means ended. The debate between Ambedkar and Gandhi is not new but the book gave a perspective to the difference. The panel discussed Ambedkar’s arguments in their vital historical context— namely, as an extended public political debate with Mohandas Gandhi. They also discussed some uncomfortable, controversial, and even surprising truths about the political thought and career of India’s most famous and most revered figure.last_img read more

Stop Assange extradition to US Labour to UK PM

first_imgLondon: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbbott said the US case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.” Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the United States. US Justice Department officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy. Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. “Mr Assange’s behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests,” Snow said. Assange’s next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.last_img read more

Media Paul Pogba tells agent of next dream club

first_imgPaul Pogba has reportedly informed agent Mino Raiola that he wishes to return to Juventus after his latest public dispute with Jose MourinhoThe pair have had a fractious relationship over the past year but resolved to put Pogba’s future aside until the end of the season.But, upon Mourinho’s latest choice of tactics in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday, TeamTalk claims Pogba is once more reconsidering his Old Trafford future.The French midfielder believes that United should not be playing defensively against a newly-promoted team like Wolves.“We’re at home, and we should play much better against Wolves,” said Pogba.“When we’re at home, we should attack, attack, attack. That’s Old Trafford. We’re here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“That was our mistake.“We should just attack and press, like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season. When we play like this, it’s easier for us.”Italian news outlet Tuttosport have even created a headline stating: “Pogboom, he wants Juve”.Pogba managed 34 goals and 43 assists in 178 games across all competitions for Juventus.In his four years at Turin, Pogba won the Serie A title in each season along with two Italian Cup and Supercups.last_img read more

Rafael Benitez refuses to rule out Newcastle exit

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez refused to give any guarantees that he will remain in charge until the end of the season.The Magpies have endured a difficult second campaign back in the Premier League following a lack of new signings over the summer transfer window.Currently, Newcastle find themselves just two points above the relegation zone and suffered early exits in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.Adding to their woes is the failed attempts to recruit new talent in this month’s transfer window after loan deals for Atletico Madrid’s Gelson Martins and Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku fell through.This has left many wondering what will come of Benitez’s own future at St James’ Park with the Spaniard out of contract at the end of the season and having previously expressed his frustrations over the club’s transfer policy.Speaking ahead to tonight’s home game against Premier League champions Manchester City, Benitez admitted he isn’t sure there will any new signings arriving before Thursday’s deadline.“I am not in charge of the deals,” said Benitez, according to Daily Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former Liverpool boss could leave Newcastle without having to pay any compensation and hinted last week that this month’s transfer activity could have a key impact on whether or not to sign a renewal.“No, I cannot guarantee anything,” replied Benitez, when asked if he could leave before the end of the season.“I guarantee I will be focussed and try to do my best every minute.”As for leaving on Thursday, he added: “We will wait until Thursday and see what happens.“Hopefully we can get three points against Manchester City and then everybody will be happy.”Newcastle ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League last time out by grabbing a crucial 3-0 win over relegation rivals Cardiff City.Benitez will be hoping that his side can take some badly needed momentum from that victory ahead of tonight’s encounter with City that will begin at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Jamaicans encouraged to host wards of the state for Christmas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is again appealing to Jamaicans to participate in its annual ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme.   The programme, which started 10 years ago, allows persons to open their hearts and homes to wards of the State during the festive season.Speaking with JIS News, Manager, Public Relations and Communications, at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the programme was originally created for families with children in State care and who are unable to accommodate them full-time, but are encouraged to take them home for Christmas.    However, over time, it was extended to persons with good moral standing, for example, persons who have volunteered in childcare facilities and would be in the agency’s volunteer database.Persons who are interested in participating in the programme are being asked to fill out an application form.   They are also required to provide two references from a Notary Public, such as a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal;   provide two passport-size photographs, a valid identification and must be 25 years or older.   According to Miss Dixon, a background check is done on the applicants as well as a home assessment to see the physical accommodation and amenities.   If the requirements are met, the applicant is then paired with a child, who they may host for a day or the entire holiday period.“I am pleading to Jamaicans to open their homes this Christmas to a child who is really excited (about) joining a family and sharing in the experience of love, joy and peace during this time of the year,” she said.For further information about the programme, persons may visit any of the CPFSA offices across the island, telephone 948-2841-2, or send an email to  [email protected]  The deadline for submission of application is December 15.Release: JISphoto credit: shutter stock Related Items:last_img read more