Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Happier Days In Europe


A SImple Man said...

Dear Leader will revivify the world.

Unknown said...

Not if North Korea continues being a corrupt, Orwellian dictatorship that makes Oceania look like Utopia.

Peter K Fallon, Ph.D. said...

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Catholic Bishop Could Win Paraguayan Presidency
An update on the "New Axis of Evil"TM

A former Roman Catholic Bishop, strongly influenced by the "liberation theology" of the Latin American Catholic Church of the 1980s, is the front-runner in the race for Paraguay's 2008 Presidential election.

Fernando Lugo, "the Bishop of the poor," is leading all other candidates -- including that of the ruling Colorado party, likely to be current President Nicanor Duarte Frutos. The Colorado Party is the party of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, the right-wing autocrat who ruled Paraguay as a dictatorship for 35 years, from 1954 through 1989.

Lugo, the Bishop of San Pedro for ten years until his resignation in 2005, is seen as a fighter for social justice and an advocate for the poor. He resigned from the priesthood in December of 2006 in order to run for the Presidency. Opponents on the right attempt to link him with Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales.

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Hansbaer said...

Probably the best about the GDR was their national anthem.

"The Happier Days in Europe" is quite cynical, I think - if the people would have been happy there, there would not have been the need to build a wall around the country to keep the people in.

Unknown said...

Post-WW2 West Germany was flooded with people who were coming from the communist East Germany. Europe is a democratic success.


What's the matter, Korean issue too much for you? Lmao.

Zee Hypnotist said...

Hooray for the Dear Leader!

I may be an United States Citizen, but I strongly support the decisions made by Kin Jong Il, and the DPRK.

Meredith said...

The irony in all this is that the DPRK was never self-determined; it's a vestige government left from the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Koreans haven't had their own, self-instantiated system of government since before the Japanese occupation, and so nationalistic pride in the DPRK as a "symbol of the people" despite the fact that it was forced upon the North Koreans against their will seems backwards.

There's a lot to be said for America, which--for all its faults--embraces political dissent, even in its most vitriolic forms. At least it recognizes its own political roots.

Peter K Fallon, Ph.D. said...

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Chavez : Negroponte a "Professional Killer"

An update on the "New Axis of Evil"TM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez on Sunday said he believes enemies including the CIA are out to kill him, and called U.S. diplomat John Negroponte a "professional killer.''
The CIA does have a history of coups and assassinations in Latin America (1954 Guatemala coup against Jacobo Arbenz, 1961 coup against J. M. Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador, a 1963 coup against Juan Bosch in the Dominican Republic, the 1973 coup against -- and assassination of -- Salvador Allende in Chile, the 1983 CIA establishment of the "Contra army" in Nicaragua, as well as the entire history of death squads emerging from the School of the Americas). John Negroponte as a "professional killer" is certainly hyperbole, and it is doubtful that the Assistant Secretary of State ever killed anyone himself. However, as US Ambassador to Honduras (1981-85), Negroponte oversaw the establishment of death squads in Honduras and El Salvador as well as the US-supported "Contra war' against Nicaragua's Sandinista government.

Chavez said Venezuelan officials have intelligence that associates of jailed Cuban anti-communist militant Luis Posada Carriles also are involved in plotting to assassinate him.

He said the death plot idea has "gained weight'' due to various factors, including the recent appointment of Negroponte, the former director of national intelligence, as deputy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Here and here is the entire FOIA file on Luis Posada Carriles from the National Security Archives at George Washington University. Here is the file on John Negroponte. Read them and decide for yourself if Chavez is being paranoid.

"Who did they swear in...there at the White House as deputy secretary of state? A professional killer: John Negroponte,'' Chavez said.

Chavez did not elaborate, but his government has previously accused Negroponte of playing a key role in the Contra war against the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua when he served as ambassador to Honduras - a haven for clandestine Contra bases - from 1981 to 1985.

U.S. Embassy officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but they have denied Chavez's repeated accusations that they are plotting to oust him.

Of course they have. What else would they say? Logic -- and ethics -- demands we acknowledge the fact that none of this proves anything. Chavez may be lying, he may be crazy, he may be manipulating the media. Or he may be telling the truth. My point is that our history in Latin America suggests that he is not, at the very least, crazy.

Chavez was asked about reports of assassination plots during a televised interview.
"'They have assigned special units of the CIA, true assassins, who go around not only here in Venezuela, in Central America, in South America,'' Chavez said, without elaborating.

He added that while Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative, remains jailed in the U.S. on immigration charges, "Posada Carriles' people are very active in Central America and searching for contacts in Venezuela ... They are going around searching for explosives in large quantities, thinking about a sort of car bombing or searching for ground-to-air missiles, thinking about the presidential plane.''

Chavez did not give details. His government has demanded that the U.S. extradite Posada Carriles, a naturalized Venezuelan, to stand trial for allegedly masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. Posada Carriles denies involvement in that incident.

Posada's involvement is documented in recently declassified CIA papers. Posada's FOIA files can be seen here and here, and the actual declassified CIA memo that refers to his involvement in the bombing can be seen here.

The CIA documents also show that Posada worked with another terrorist, former CIA operative Orlando Bosch. Bosch was pardoned by the first President Bush in 1990.

This, my friends, is our "war between good and evil."

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A SImple Man said...

From the unbiased and pregressive blog http://hero-of-mtpaektu.blogspot.com/

Todays KCNA report on the activities of U.S. and it's puppet Jeju-do

The U.S. imperialists knocked into shape a lot of organizations for psychological warfare with all sorts of good-for-nothings such as reactionary professors, Jeju-do with his so-called "middle ground" and writers who are skillful in hatching all sorts of plots and employing gimmicks and depraved and corrupt artistes, psychologists and historians. They spend hundreds of millions of dollars for this warfare and conduct smear campaigns against the DPRK in a sinister and foolish bid to sever the blood ties among the WPK, the leader and the army and the people.
Only when every psychological warfare and campaign for ideological and cultural poisoning launched by them are frustrated, is it possible to prevent any unsound ideological factor from finding its way to society, augment the might of the single-minded unity and emerge victorious in the confrontation with enemies, the article concludes.

Peter K Fallon, Ph.D. said...

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Bhutto : Musharraf Can't Handle Taliban

An Update on the "So-called War on Terror"TM

I had the opportunity to meet former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in May of 2002 at Molloy College's Joseph F. Maher Leadership Forum. She called the United States of America, "a beacon of democracy" in a world of darkness. She laments, however, the Bush administration's strong support -- up until now -- for General Pervez Musharraf, the dictator who took power in a coup d'etat in 1999.

For too long, the international perception has been that Musharraf's regime is the only thing standing between the West and nuclear-armed fundamentalists.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Islamic parties have never garnered more than 13 percent in any free parliamentary elections in Pakistan. The notion of Musharraf's regime as the only non-Islamist option is disingenuous and the worst type of fear-mongering.

The US has made mistakes before, as described here. We tend to prefer Capitalist dictatorships over democratic, Socialist governments. As long as we keep giving lip service to "democracy" while actually fighting only to make the world safe for un-regulated, laissez faire, "free-market" capitalism, we're going to keep making mistakes, we're going to keep alienating the rest of the world, we're going to keep making enemies, and we're going to remain a target for terrorism.

The West has been shortsighted in dealing with Pakistan. When the United States aligns with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, it compromises the basic democratic principles of its foundation -- namely, life, liberty and justice for all. Dictatorships such as Musharraf's suppress individual rights and freedoms and empower the most extreme elements of society. Oppressed citizens, unable to represent themselves through other means, often turn to extremism and religious fundamentalism.

Restoring democracy through free, fair, transparent and internationally supervised elections is the only way to return Pakistan to civilization and marginalize the extremists. A democratic Pakistan, free from the yoke of military dictatorship, would cease to be a breeding ground for international terrorism.

Musharraf should go. NOW.

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