sábado, octubre 04, 2008

The emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

FLOW: The Film that Will Change the Way You Think About Water

The Sundance hit "FLOW: For Love of Water" is taking the country by storm and waking people up to our water crisis.

Can anyone really own water? That was the questions that got French filmmaker Irena Salina inspired to take on a mammoth project -- chronicling the global water crisis and solutions -- from privatization to politics to pollution.
Her creation, the award-winning film "FLOW: For Love of Water," was a Sundance hit and now is making its theatrical debut in theaters across the country. Her film includes interviews with some of the world's leading activists, scientists and policy makers. But it also looks at how everyday people are affected around the world -- from the United States to South Africa to India and the growing network of grassroots activists that are coming together.
While the film is alarming, it is also empowering.
As a review in the New York Times said, "Irena Salina's astonishingly wide-ranging film is less depressing than galvanizing, an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests. From the dubious quality of our tap water (possibly laced with rocket fuel) to the terrifyingly unpoliced contents of bottled brands (one company pumped from the vicinity of a Superfund site), the movie ruthlessly dismantles our assumptions about water safety and government oversight."
What I also love about this film is its unabashed attack on the privatization of water. You get a look at who the corporate players really are and what they have to say for themselves.
In an interview with AlterNet, Salina told us about what inspired her to take on this project and the blessing that it has become.
Tara Lohan: What made you want to do this film?
Irena Salina: There were a few things. Five years ago I watched Robert Kennedy Jr. talking about certain American industries, which were routinely polluting our rivers and waterways, and I was shocked to hear that some of these free-flowing contaminants often end up in the human body. This is what initially drew me to pay close attention to any news related to water.
But it was not until I saw an article in the Nation titled "Who Owns Water" written by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke that asked the question, "Is water going to be the oil of the 21st century?" And this really what got me going. Also, I must mention that having my first child made me look at the environment with a different eye!
TL: Your film covered a whole range of threats facing the future of our water, including privatization and pollution and scarcity. What should we be most concerned with?
IS: I think people in this country should be very concerned about certain chemicals and herbicides that are not being regulated properly by the EPA because of special interests. For instance, there was an article that recently came out in the Washington Post about the contaminant perchlorate, which comes from rocket fuel, and how the EPA is not taking action to get it out of drinking water. Here's an excerpt from that:
The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from the White House and the Pentagon, is poised to rule as early as today that it will not set a drinking-water safety standard for perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel that has been linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and young children across the nation.
TL: So if there are contimants like perchlorate in our water, how do we know what is safe to drink? The film also exposes the fallacy of drinking bottled water. So what are our options?
IS: The first thing I would tell people to do is to visit Food and Water Watch. They have a very articulate Web site about the safety of tap water and the problems with bottled water.
TL: How do I find out whether my tap water is safe?
In order to read the complete article HERE.


Chinese Police Units Begin Entering US To Protect Assets

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

Reports circulating in the Kremlin today are stating that the firstdeployment of China's elite People's Armed Police (PAP) under anagreement signed between the United States and China, and as we hadpreviously reported on in our September 20th report "US Homeowners SoonTo Be Evicted By Chinese Police Under New Law", have arrived in Americaand begun to deploy to protect Chinese assets in this now insolventFirst-World country.
Unbeknownst to the American people, however, is that since September20th, the $700 billion bailout bill signed into law by their Presidentyesterday was expanded from its original 3 pages to a 451 page virtualnovel of new laws virtually enslaving them to the foreign holders oftheir debt.
Even more disturbing, these reports continue, are that these new lawsnot only give Chinese and European banks control over the mortgage debtof the American people, they now include their credit card balances, andwhich virtually the entire US populace have indebtedness to.
To how utterly chilling this new US law for the American people, titledthe "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008", Russian legalexperts point out in these reports that:
"Section 101 (a)(1) establishes what is termed the Troubled Asset ReliefProgram (TARP) to which substantial portions of what the American peoplecurrently owe to their banks and financial institutions is to be turnedover the US Government for redistribution to foreign banks.
Section 101(c)(3) Designates for the first time in American historythese foreign banks as financial agents of Federal Government with fulllaw enforcement authority over the citizens in the US.
Section 3 (b) allows the US Secretary of the Treasury to put any kind ofdebt, including credit card, home loans, personal loans, automobileloans, etc., into the TARP programme.
Section 112 allows the US Secretary of the Treasury to astoundinglyextend financing to foreign banks to purchase the debt of the Americanpeople.
Section 112 (1)(a) allows the US Government to hold stocks in companiesfor the first time in their history and which completely destroys thecapitalist economy of their Nation.
Section 119 (2)(a) gives the US Secretary of the Treasury dictatorialpowers not reviewable by courts making this position the most powerfulone in America.
Section 122 increases the US public debt to the incredible amount of$11,315,000,000,000 (Trillion)
Section 204 puts the United States under emergency economic rule andstates, "all provisions of this Act are designated as an emergencyrequirement and necessary to meet emergency needs".
But, these reports warn, the two most chilling measures put into thisnew law are titled "Section 511 "Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici MentalHealth Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008" and "TITLE II-SPECIALPROJECTS ON FEDERAL LAND Section 201".
The new mental health provisions contained in these new laws allows theUnited States to label dissident citizens as being 'mentally ill', andthe 'Special Projects' section allows for the reimbursement to US citiesand counties for the building of concentration camps for these mentallyill dissidents.
The fear of the United States Government against their dissidents isbecoming more evident as many of them are beginning to sound the alarmof events to come, and as we can see evidenced by one such report fromthe SteveQuale.Com website:
Not just to US dissident websites either are these warnings beingissued, and as we can read:
"The next day, the Los Angeles Times, in an article on the Senatepassage of the bailout measure, noted in passing a statement byDemocratic Rep. Brad Sherman from the San Fernando Valley in SouthernCalifornia which underscores the authoritarian atmosphere surroundingthe proceedings in Congress.
Sherman, who voted against the bailout bill on Monday, said, "The onething that's been proven is the absolute fear-mongering that's beingused to drive us is false." He continued, "I've seen members turn toeach other and say if we don't pass this bill, we're going to havemartial law in the United States."
Though it is not in our knowing to the know the full outcome of theseevents we can state what is plainly evident, the Untied States ofAmerica as it was originally founded is now gone, forever.
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What's Wal-Mart So Afraid of? Four words: Employee Free Choice Act

What's Wal-Mart so afraid of? They're up to their old tricks, using scare tactics to intimidate employees against supporting pro-worker candidates. So what's got them backed into a corner? Four words: Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
EFCA would effectively enable workers to unionize and secure contracts without fear of being fired or reprisals from union-busting companies like Wal-Mart. It's a crucial bill for workers' rights. It could single-handedly restore the middle class. And it's the reason we've partnered with American Rights at Work to bring you our latest video.
Send this video to every person who cares about fairness and wants a middle class in America, and get them to sign the petition to ensure that EFCA passes. And while you're at it, let your friends know about Meet the Bloggers because today at 1pm ET/10am PT, our special guests SEIU President Andy Stern and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney will be discussing the importance of EFCA with bloggers Baratunde Thurston (JackandJillPolitics.com) and Michael Whitney (American Rights at Work).
Check out the articles below on EFCA, get informed, and join us on the show's live blog at 1pm ET/10 am PT, when we'll stand up to Wal-Mart, and stand up for workers' rights.

The Law that Could Give Labor Some Brawn -- Moira Herbst, Business Week
Happy Labor Day. Drop Dead. -- Thomas Frank, Wall Street Journal
In Fight Over Law Securing Workers' Right to Organize, Corporations Bill Themselves as Underdogs -- David Sirota, AlterNet
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win -- Kris Maher, Wall Street Journal
Inside the Mind of Union Busters -- Art Levine, Today's Workplace Blog
Wal-Mart's Desperate War Against Unionization -- ZP Heller, Brave New Films
Employee Free Choice Act Summary -- American Rights at Work

And if you missed any episode of Meet the Bloggers, you can also watch them in the archives.

Now, we know who realy are behind the Mexicans's OIL

Bush Administration Officials Lived Lives of Sex, Drugs and Oil

Posted by Digby, Hullabaloo

There was a fraternity house atmosphere inside the Denver Minerals Management Service office.
Gov't Officials Probed About Illicit Sex, Gifts
Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday.
The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with -- and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from -- oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's inspector general.
The investigations reveal a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by a small group of individuals "wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards," wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney.
Sounds like a perfect illustration of Republicanism to me. Drill, drill, drill.

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A Wall Street Bailout Wouldn't Help Anyone But Rich Investors

The free market didn't work. People bought when they should have sold, and they need to get spanked. Author Thomas Frank explains why.
According to a Sept. 19 New York Times article titled "Putting a Price Tag on a Government Bailout:"
The government is considering an $800 billion fund to purchase so-called failed assets.
It is considering a separate $400 billion pool at the FDIC to insure investors in money market funds.
It pledged $29 billion to help JPMorgan acquire Bear Stearns.
It agreed to buy as much as $200 billion of stock in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
The Federal Reserve offered an $85 billion bridge loan to AIG.
The Federal Reserve joined with other nations to pump $180 billion into global money markets.
The Treasury Department promised $50 billion to insure the holdings of money market mutual funds for a year.
In his new book,
The Wrecking Crew, Thomas Frank writes:
We can now say of that philosophy which regards good government as a laughable impossibility, which elevates bullies and gangsters and CEOs above other humans, which tells us to get wise and stop expecting anything good from Washington -- we can now say with finality that it has had its chance. Whenever there was a choice to be made between markets and free people -- between money and the common good -- the conservatives chose money. It's time to make them answer for it.
Frank, founding editor of the Baffler magazine and a contributing editor at Harper's, is the Wall Street Journal's newest weekly columnist. He is also author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, The Conquest of Cool and One Market Under God.
Terrence McNally: Your first book was about advertising; your last book was about voters and culture, and in this book you take on the Republicans and the methods of their madness over the last 30 years. What's the evolution for you personally?
Thomas Frank: It's curious, isn't it? I wrote a Ph.D. dissertation about the advertising industry in the 1960s. And it was an interesting subject because it was about how Madison Avenue went from being so square in the '50s to being so goddamn hip and cool in the '60s, which of course they remain to this day.
TM: Most have forgotten the organization man in the gray flannel suit.
TF: Our whole commercial culture today is so much cooler than you or I could ever hope to be. In that book I said that coolness has become a kind of orthodoxy of the consumer society. I love coming out here to Los Angeles just to see this theory in action. It's such a shock when you come from Washington or Chicago. Coolness is a civic philosophy out here.
I started out studying culture and coolness and hipness. I was a punk rocker, and I rode my skateboard, and then I got interested in business culture.
I came to an important realization when I was writing The Conquest of Cool, which is, if you don't understand capitalism and business, you don't understand America.
At the time everybody wanted to be in Cultural Studies and talk about how everyone was dissenting by buying some different brand at the supermarket -- remember those days? And it dawned on me that they were just completely missing the boat. If you don't understand the way business dominates our politics and every other aspect of life, you don't understand this country.
I guess for everybody else in the world this realization was a no-brainer, but it took me a really long time to figure it out. While I was coming to that amazing epiphany, the new economy bubble was going, the dot.com froth. I was watching that unfold, and reading, among other things, the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page, but also Fortune magazine. Remember Fortune got up to 500 pages an issue back then?
TM: It was as big as Vogue.
TF: It was cooler than Vogue even. I would have CNBC on all the time. ... I was writing a book about the thinking of the new economy -- this kind of feverish overheated idea that we had turned some economic corner and that the old rules no longer applied and we didn't need the regulatory state anymore. That's what One Market Under God was about, and that led naturally into studying conservatism.
Because economic talk, whether it's on CNBC or in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, whether it's in Fortune or coming from a book like The Beardstown Ladies, a personal investment handbook. This is political.
It doesn't seem like it's political on the surface; maybe it's just some dude picking stocks. But it is political. It has a political agenda. And that's when I became interested in conservatism ...
... Well, I've always been interested in conservatism. As you know, I'm drawn to irony; everything I'm talking about here is an ironic situation filled with unintended consequences and everything turned upside down. So What's the Matter with Kansas was about the biggest irony in all of this -- the phenomenon of working-class conservatism. I don't want to say this has been an unexamined irony, because there have been great books written about this subject. But nobody's ever really gotten to the bottom of it, and I decided I would try that.
In order to read the complete article HERE.
The Costs of Migration Hit Women Hardest

There's strength in numbers, and women migrant workers are organizing themselves and strengthening their networks.
Carla Danao is hit by guilt and pain every time she comes home to the Philippines for a visit. This was especially true in August, when she returned to realize that she had been far away and unavailable for her 12-year-old daughter when she had her first menstrual period.
"She said there was no one she could confide in so she talked to her female teacher for advice on what to do," she said of her daughter. "How I wish I was here that time to ease her difficulty and to listen to what she wanted to ask me."
But Carla, whose recent visit was just the third since she started working as an entertainer in Japan in 1999, also feels her daughter is so distant. Definitely, she was no longer the toddler who cried and clung to her at the airport the first year she left the Philippines, one of the world's largest exporters of human labor.
She feels disrespected because her daughter is glued to her mobile phone and iPod. When Carla asked her one time to stop her texting and to remove her earphones for a while so they could talk, her daughter disobeyed her. "You're leaving again anyway, and we talk on the phone often, so don't worry," she told Carla, sulking.
Carla will be flying back to Japan in a week, just after this week's international conference that saw more than 400 delegates from 42 countries discussing similar stories of migrant women and their families.
The two-day International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development, which ended Sep. 26, concluded with the adoption of the 19-point 'Manila Call to Action 2008'. This reiterated the urgency of addressing the issues of seizing opportunities to enhance gender equality and benefits of migration for women and their families, and upholding their rights, ahead of a global conference here on migration and development in October.
It is also time for an honest assessment of migration policies in labour-exporting countries, not just for their protection but for the preservation of their families, said Delia Domingo-Albert, Philippine ambassador to Germany and former foreign affairs secretary.
She echoed new calls from the conference for governments to look at ways on how to reduce the push factor in overseas migration for work, so that families and societies are sustained. "The separation of children from parents is the most painful and most recognisable social cost of migration," she told the conference.
Carla says she is aware of government and private sector efforts to help workers like her, but does not feel they affect her life. The paperwork alone in processing her next travel papers takes her entire vacation time in the Philippines, she says. The immigration staff at the airport looks down at her. "I have my own pains, so if possible, I don't want to have anything to do with government," she pointed out. "It is not helpful."
There were 8.73 million Filipinos in 193 foreign countries as of December 2007, 10 percent of this being irregular migrants. Of this number, 3.69 million reside abroad and 4.13 million are temporarily overseas.
Experts, officials and non-government groups working with migrants also asked that the Call for Action's concerns be taken up at the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development, which will be held from Oct. 22-30 also here in Manila.
Jean D'Cunha, regional adviser for the East and South-east Asian Regional Office of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), called on governments, organizations and civil society to concentrate on women at the lower end of global migration work -- those in entertainment, domestic work and even prostitution -- because they are not adequately protected.

To read more HERE.



Con la crisis financiera....es tu pension de retiro la que valio gorro!

Parodia que explica los conceptos de la crisis financiera de los GENIOS económicos que hoy lloran por ayuda del gobierno


El socialismo democrático

Barómetro Internacional

Por supuesto que el Comandante Fidel Castro no es corresponsal de Barómetro. Pero a pesar de que nuestra política de publicación está centrada en la difusión de los análisis generados por nuestro equipo y nuestra red de corresponsales, hemos considerado que existen algunos materiales de prensa de libre publicación, que constituyen aportes muy importantes para la guerra de cuarta generación (la posibilidad de generar una comunicación alternativa) en que estamos empeñados. Creemos que parte de nuestra labor en esta pelea puede ser también el colaborar en la más amplia difusión de ese tipo de trabajos. Éste es uno de ellos, de la pluma de uno de los protagonistas de nuestra historia contemporánea.

El socialismo democrático

Por Fidel Castro Ruz

No deseaba escribir una tercera reflexión consecutiva, pero no puedo dejarla para el lunes.

El "capitalismo democrático" de Bush tiene una respuesta exacta: el socialismo democrático de Chávez. No habría forma más precisa de expresar la gran contradicción entre el Norte y el Sur de nuestro hemisferio, entre las ideas de Bolívar y las de Monroe.

El gran mérito de Bolívar es haberlo planteado cuando no existían los medios modernos de comunicación y ni siquiera el Canal de Panamá. Tampoco existía el imperialismo de Estados Unidos; eran simplemente las Trece Colonias de habla inglesa que, unidas, se independizaron en 1776 con la ayuda de Francia y España.

Cual si fuese capaz de ver a través de los siglos, El Libertador proclamó en 1829: "Los Estados Unidos parecen destinados por la Providencia para plagar la América de miserias a nombre de la libertad."

Hugo Chávez es un soldado venezolano en cuya mente germinaron de modo natural las ideas de Bolívar. Basta observar cómo transitó su pensamiento por etapas diversas del desarrollo político a partir del origen humilde, la escuela, la academia militar, la lectura de la historia, la realidad de su país y la humillante presencia del dominio yanqui.

No era general ni tenía a sus órdenes los institutos armados; no dio ni podía dar un golpe, no quería ni podía esperar. Se rebeló, asumió la responsabilidad por los hechos, convirtió la prisión en escuela, se ganó al pueblo y lo conquistó para su causa desde fuera del poder; ganó las elecciones a través de una Constitución burguesa, juró sobre el moribundo documento una nueva ley de leyes, chocó con ideas preconcebidas de izquierda y derecha e inició la Revolución Bolivariana en las más difíciles condiciones subjetivas de toda la América Latina.

Durante diez años, desde la Presidencia de su país, Chávez no ha dejado de sembrar ideas incesantemente dentro y fuera de su Patria.

Ninguna persona honesta puede dudar de que en Venezuela hay una verdadera revolución en marcha, y que allí se desarrolla una excepcional lucha contra el imperialismo.

Debe señalarse que Chávez no descansa un minuto, lucha dentro de Venezuela y a la vez viaja sistemáticamente a las capitales de países de América Latina y a naciones importantes de Europa, Asia y África. Se comunica hora por hora con la prensa nacional e internacional, no teme abordar cualquier tema, es escuchado con respeto por los principales líderes del mundo, hace uso correcto y eficaz del poder real de su Patria como país que posee las mayores reservas de petróleo probadas del mundo, unido a la existencia de abundante gas, y elabora un programa nacional e internacionalista que no tiene precedentes.

Cuando firma un acuerdo de asociación de Gazprom de Rusia y PDVSA de Venezuela para la búsqueda y explotación de hidrocarburos, está creando un consorcio en ese campo que no tiene igual en el mundo. Su asociación económica con China, Rusia, países de Europa y otros con recursos abundantes de América Latina y África, desata fuerzas liberadoras para abrir paso a un mundo multipolar. No excluye a Estados Unidos del suministro de energía y el intercambio comercial. Es una concepción objetiva y equilibrada.
Plantea para su propia Patria una revolución socialista, sin excluir importantes factores productivos.

Para nuestra Patria, en un momento histórico en que ha sido golpeada por la naturaleza y los embates criminales del decadente imperio, constituye un verdadero privilegio contar con la solidaridad de Chávez. Jamás se escuchó una frase tan internacionalista y solidaria como la que dirigió a nuestro pueblo: "¡La tierra de Venezuela es también tu tierra!"

El imperialismo trata de liquidarlo políticamente o eliminarlo a cualquier precio, sin reparar en que su muerte constituiría una catástrofe para Venezuela y para la economía y la estabilidad de todos los gobiernos de América Latina y el Caribe.

Mis conversaciones con él se caracterizan por el punto de vista que sostengo de que en este instante lo más importante es salvar a Venezuela de la embestida política del gobierno de Estados Unidos. Durante su última visita discutimos sobre la magnitud del apoyo que ya nos brinda y el que desea brindarnos, y nuestra sugerencia de que concentre el máximo de recursos posible en la batalla interna que hoy libra contra la ofensiva mediática y los reflejos condicionados sembrados durante muchos años por el imperialismo.
Desde ahora hasta el 23 de noviembre la batalla que se libra es de gran trascendencia, y no deseamos que el apoyo a Cuba sea tomado como pretexto para golpear a la Revolución Bolivariana.

Los 92 obreros de la construcción venezolanos integrantes de las Brigadas Socialistas de Trabajo Voluntario, enviados a edificar viviendas en Pinar del Río, constituyen todo un símbolo de nuestra época.

Se viven instantes de mucha importancia. La consulta popular para aprobar la nueva Constitución en Ecuador pasado mañana tiene gran trascendencia. Chávez se reunirá el lunes en Brasil con el presidente Lula. Esta noche hay un debate televisado Obama-McCain. Todas son noticias importantes.

Por ello no quiero dejar para el lunes estas líneas, ya que Chávez mañana sábado estará de regreso en su Patria y hablándole de nuevo a su pueblo el domingo. Él siempre utiliza algo de estas reflexiones en su batalla.

Venezuela construye alianza estratégica con Rusia y China

Barómetro Internacional

Gira del Presidente Chávez

Por Ernesto Tamara

Antes de su salida a la gira que lo llevó por Cuba, China, Rusia y Portugal, el presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, adelantó su intención de forjar una alianza estratégica con Rusia en todos los terrenos, incluido el comercial, para contrarrestar la presión estadounidense en Venezuela y en Latinoamérica.

En su visita a China, Chávez concretó la firma de 26 nuevos convenios, la ampliación de un fondo de inversiones común, y recibió la propuesta del presidente de China, Hu Jintao, de iniciar un mecanismo de cooperación y acercamiento entre el Partido Comunista chino y el Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), a fin de fortalecer relaciones entre ambos países.

Entre estos convenios figura la renovación del Fondo Pesado Mixto Venezuela-China, suscrito hace poco más de un año con seis millones de dólares, cuatro por China y dos por Venezuela, con un plazo de tres años para su inversión en proyectos de desarrollo.

El nuevo convenio renueva el Fondo por otros seis mil millones de dólares antes de cumplido el plazo, por lo que el fondo sube a 12 mil millones de dólares. Con recursos del Fondo se están desarrollando más de 100 proyectos en Venezuela que van desde cultivos y asesoramiento agrícola hasta fábrica de computadoras bolivarianas, de celulares y obras de infraestructura.

El intercambio comercial entre Venezuela y China que en el año 2000 no llegaba a los 200 millones de dólares ha trepado este año a los 10 mil millones de dólares, según datos oficiales.

"Este mecanismo estratégico de financiamiento fortalece el desarrollo nacional, y no impone ningún tipo de condiciones que lesione la soberanía venezolana, tal y como lo hacía el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI), un Fondo que está desapareciendo del sistema global y que era un explotador de los pueblos del mundo", subrayó el presidente Chávez al explicar esos acuerdos.

Además Chávez constató la marcha de la instalación del satélite Simón Bolívar en un cohete chino que lo lanzará al espacio el primero de noviembre, en una órbita cedida por Uruguay y que independizará a Venezuela en sus comunicaciones satelitales.
Consorcio petrolero con Rusia

Después de su visita a China, Chávez arribó a Moscú con una agenda más amplia, donde sobresalía la firma de acuerdos petroleros, la colaboración en armamento y la realización de ejercicios militares conjuntos.

Entre las propuestas a concretar, el presidente Chávez dijo que se dio inicio a la conformación de un consorcio petrolero de beneficios binacionales.
Indicó que por Rusia, participarán en el consorcio las empresas Gaspron, Lukoil y TNK mientras que la estatal petrolera PDVSA representará al Estado venezolano. “Este consorcio va a ser el más grande consorcio petrolero de este planeta”, sentenció el Chávez. Recalcó que la puesta en marcha del mismo también implica la transferencia tecnológica e industrial, para el desarrollo de la energía en Venezuela.

Antes de comenzar su gira Chávez adelantó su deseo de forjar una alianza estratégica con Rusia en todos los terrenos, incluido el comercial, para contrarrestar la presión estadounidense en Venezuela y en Latinoamérica, en general.

Paralelamente a los acuerdos comerciales, la cooperación militar se ha incrementado entre ambos países, como lo demuestra el hecho de que ambas partes gestionen la realización de ejercicios navales conjuntos en el mar del Caribe, antes de finales de este año.

Según fuentes castrenses rusas, en las maniobras tomarían parte el crucero nuclear ‘Piotr Veliki’ (Pedro el Grande) y la fragata antisubmarinos ‘Admiral (Almirante) Chabanenko’”, además de un buque de salvamento y un barco cisterna.

La pasada semana, el viceprimer ministro ruso, Ígor Sechin, selló en Caracas un acuerdo con las autoridades venezolanas por el que la compañía de gas rusa Gazprom obtuvo una participación de 15% en el yacimiento del Delta Caribe Oriental.

Venezuela ha adquirido en los últimos años, 24 cazabombarderos Sukhoi-30MK2, medio centenar de helicópteros de distintos tipos y cien mil fusiles Kaláshnikov AK-103.


El príncipe y los terroristas....

Plataforma Slim
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Cuarenta años sin olvido

De la Lámpara de Diógenes:
A cuarenta años de la matanza en la Plaza de las Tres Culturas en Tlatelolco el Movimiento Estudiantil de 1968 sigue vivo y más que nunca. Del Museo Nacional de Antropología, en remembranza de la marcha que de ahí salió en silencio, la columna conformada por el Comité 68 partió rumbo al Zócalo de la Ciudad de México. Ahí estaban los estudiantes, maestros y compañeros de entonces: María Fernanda Campa, Raúl Alvarez Garín, Ignacia Jiménez, Jesús Martín del Campo, Pablo Gómez, Fausto Trejo, entre otros, que también formaron parte de Consejo General de Huelga y junto con sus hijos, nietos y muchos de aquellos compañeros encaminaron sus pasos para exigir, una vez más, castigo a los responsables por los crímenes en los gobiernos de Gustavo Díaz Ordaz y Luis Echeverría Álvarez.

Viejos y nuevos compañeros se reunieron a lo largo de la Avenida de la Reforma. Los contingentes de estudiantes, profesores y de organizaciones sociales que partieron de Tlatelolco y otros puntos nutrieron la histórica marcha al converger en la intersección de avenida Paseo de la Reforma con la avenida Juárez y también más adelante en el cruce con avenida Bucareli. Los "goyas" y "huelums" no faltaron como tampoco los tambores, los danzantes, chavos con atuendos extravagantes y los carteles, carteles y más carteles, algunos con pensamientos, otros con consignas, unos más elaborados que otros, pero todos expresando el más profundo sentir de su creador, en uno se podía leer: -"Como olvidar si no sólo esta en mi memoria, sigue estando en mi cotidiana historia. ¡Basta de represión!".

Durante casi todo el trayecto se escuchaba la arenga -"¡Dos de octubre no se olvida! ¡es la lucha combativa!,¡Tlatelolco no se olvida!¡es la lucha combativa!"- como un responsorio que llegaba hasta el tuétano. Como pase de estafeta a la nueva generación, se dijeron muchas de las viejas consignas que fueron lanzadas por aquellos, por la "chaviza" de entonces y a veces cambiando la alusión a Díaz Ordaz o a Luis Echeverría -"¡Ho, Ho, Ho-Chi-Minh, Calderón chin, chin, chin!" y en ocasiones para apresurar el paso, los originales del 68, en broma gritaban -"¡Vamos muchachos!" y trotando, sólo unos metros, coreaban -"¡Ché, Ché, Ché Guevara, Calderón a la chingada!"

Adelante, ya en la avenida Juárez la gente comentaba entre si señalando hacia la entrada del hotel Sheraton Centro Históríco -"Mira, cuantos policias y granaderos" le decía una mujer a otra que inmediato le respondió -"Si, antes la policía veía estudiante y se nos echaba encima, nos tenían mucho odio, ahora veo que ya no tanto, ahora hasta sus hijos están marchando con nosotros"- aseveró. El andar se detuvo, el reloj "Haste" de la Torre Latinoamericana marcaba las 6 con 10 minutos de la tarde. Ningún helicóptero sobrevoló, sonó el caracol de los danzantes y calló. Durante un minuto en solemne silencio las manos, izquierdas casi todas, se alzaron con la señal-"¡Venceremos!"- Los ojos de los sexagenarios se humedecieron. El fantasma del recuerdo se posó un momento sobre ellos.

Nuevamente la consigna -"Dos de octubre, no se olvida!"- rompió el silencio y la marcha siguió. Conforme se avanzaba hacia la calle de Madero se veían las pintas en las paredes de edificios, algunas ventanas o muebles urbanos como una forma más de manifestación y de expresión, que los jóvenes "estencileros" dejaban a su paso, mismas que inmediatamente serían borradas con pintura o gasolina por las eficientes cuadrillas de limpieza del gobierno de la Ciudad de México. Los que tampoco se salvaron de las pintas fueron algunos elementos del Cuerpo de Granaderos de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Distrito Federal (SSP-GDF), cuyos escudos quedaron decorados con coloridas frases en pintura aerosol. En Bellas Artes tomaron precauciones, forraron con papel las bases de mármol de las esculturas de los pegasos ubicados en las esquinas frente al palacio, sin embargo ahí quedó plasmado el sentir de los actuales estudiantes a cuatro décadas de la masacre y mientras unos "graffiteaban", otros coreaban lo de antaño -"¡No queremos olimpiadas, queremos revolución!"-

Ya en Madero cientos de personas recibían a la multitud gritando lo obligado-"¡Dos de octubre, no se olvida!"- con sus puños en alto. Por lo angosto de la calle el paso fue mucho más lento pero las consignas se escuchaban con más fuerza al rebotar en los viejos palacios y edificios que tantas marchas han visto desfilar.

La emotiva llegada al Zócalo se disipó de repente por un pequeño grupo de jóvenes infiltrados que después de haber dañado algunos negocios enfrentaban violentamente a la policia capitalina. Varios oficiales fueron heridos tras resistir las agresiones que en ningún momento fueron repelidas por parte los elementos de la SSP-GDF. Los provocadores no pudieron cumplir con su cometido, porque finalmente la multitudinaria marcha en homenaje a los asesinados por el gobierno federal de 1968 se llevó a cabo en paz. Sin embargo se llevaron "la nota" en los medios comerciales de comunicación.

Muchas más fotografías de la marcha del cuadragésimo aniversario de la matanza de Tlatelolco en la Lámpara de Diógenes.