Here is the problem I’m encountering when I speak to others about the situation in the Ukraine. I don’t have to be reminded of the imperialistic nature of the United States foreign policy. That is something no sane person can contradict. However, this should have little to no influence on how we discuss the imperialism that has driven Russia to use military force to gain control of Crimea.
Yes, the United States has invaded and occupied numerous nations, Iraq and Afghanistan to name a few recent examples. But this in no way should divert the main focus of the situation in the Ukraine, and that is the fact that Russia like the United States will use it’s military might to increase it’s political, military and economic power wherever it can.
So yes you can bring up the fact that the United States is an imperialist nation when discussing the situation in the Ukraine, but it just makes it seem as though you are somehow trying to use the aggressive foreign policy of the United States to justify the actions of Russia, which are in no way justifiable.
The actions of Russia violate international law and they are as well a perfect example of a powerful nation abusing it’s military might. And that is something we should never tolerate whether it comes from the United States, Russia or any other nation.
February 27, 1844: The Dominican Republic Declares Independence.
On this day in history the Dominican Republic declares independence from the Republic of Haiti. Under the leadership of Juan Pablo Duarte and La Trinitaria the Dominican Republic is declared a free and sovereign republic on this day in history.
Juan Pablo Duarte, Matias Ramon Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sanchez are the main founding fathers of the Dominican Republic. Duarte founded La Trinitaria on July 16, 1833 but was exiled on August 1843, Matias Ramon Mella and Francisco del Rosario continued the work of Duarte while he remained in Venezuela during his exile.
On January 16, 1844 La Trinitaria’s manifesto in favor of an independent Santo Domingo was released, due to this the claim for independence gained momentum. After many battles and much bloodshed the Dominican Republic was born on February 27, 1844, claiming independence from Haiti with a public declaration at the Puerta del Conde.
Dios, Patria, Libertad!
Que viva Quisqueya la bella!
In 1998 the poverty rate in Venezuela was 47%, Hugo Chavez assumed the presidency in Venezuela in 1999, in 2011 the poverty rate dropped to 27%. In 1998 Venezuela invested 3.9% of it’s GDP towards education, currently 7% is invested in education. State funding for universities have gone from $300 million in 1999 to $2.6 billion in 2011.
It is true that recent protests in Venezuela are being carried out by college students however, let us recall that 70% of university students in Venezuela come from the wealthiest quintile of the Venezuelan population. To combat this inequality Hugo Chavez created the Bolivarian University of Venezuela in 2003, a state owned university that would grant free higher education to the poor of Venezuela. Due to this, the Bolivarian University of Venezuela is free and open to all, regardless of prior education, qualification and even nationality.
It is an irrefutable fact that the policies that Hugo Chavez and the United Socialist Party in Venezuela have created have bettered the living conditions of the poor in Venezuela, but at the same time working to better the living conditions of the poor will come in between the interests of the elite. Therefore there should be no surprise that the wealthiest in Venezuela are protesting against Nicolas Maduro and supporting Leopoldo Lopéz, a right-winged politician that opposes all of the policies that have bettered the living conditions of the poorest in Venezuela. And that is something that the opposition could never deny.
come on sheeples wake up and give madonna a nobel peace prize now.
i live for coffee to be quite honest
Corruption Perceptions Index 2013
By taking one glance at the image above, one comes to the conclusion that countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, France and so forth are the least corrupt. One also comes to the conclusion that for the most part third world nations are the most corrupt. The problem with the Corruption Perceptions Index is that it only examines the nation as they are now and completely ignore the road the nation has traveled and the struggles it has combated.
Now I wouldn’t have such a big problem with this graph if people didn’t use it to demonize third world nations and the current events in most of these corrupt countries, but while I was having a discussion with a friend he showed me this graph to prove that nations such as Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Venezuela are the most corrupt nations and went on to demonize their behavior. I responded by stating the fact that no one should use this graph to condemn the problems that third world nations face without first talking about the fact that these less corrupt nations are the main reason as to why so many nations in Latin America, Africa and Asia find themselves in social, economic and political difficulties.
It’s not to say that one shouldn’t condemn the corrupt behavior in third world nations, by all means we should condemn corruption wherever it may be but first we must examine the source of these corruption problems and the source for most of the problems that third world nations face are in fact a result of colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism that countries such as the United States, France, Spain and the United Kingdom have utilized to become the superpowers they are today.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Holds Mass Rally.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a mass rally on February 16, 2014 in which thousands of government supporters gathered to make a call for “peace” after violent clashes left three dead on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
On February 12, 2014, protestors attacked the office of the Attorney General of Venezuela and on February 16th Maduro took time to condemn the attacks during the rally and as well reminded pro-government supporters to remain peaceful stating, “I want to say clearly, someone puts on a red t-shirt with Chavez face on it and takes out a pistol to attack, isn’t a Chavista or a revolutionary. I don’t accept violent groups within the camps of Chavismo and Bolivarian Revolution.”
Protester in Ukraine Plays Music.
An opposition supporter took time out for music, with an audience of riot police offers in Kiev, Ukraine.
"If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution."
- Emma Goldman
this post goes out to all the LGBT teenagers who are attacked, ridiculed and forced to act a certain way by their family members. i know it’s hard to escape the place one is supposed to call home but whenever you’re being told that who you are is unnatural, remember that there are others going through the same struggle and fighting the same fight. don’t give up and always know that there is someone you can speak to, i’m always here for you guys. love ya.
Child Killed by the United States.
Phillip Jones Griffiths
The boy pictured above was killed by a U.S. helicopter gunfire while on his way to church, a Catholic church whose members were public supporters of the government, who were in turn pro-American. The result was a disillusioned urban population, reluctant to believe in or support their discredited leaders.