Monday, May 2, 2005

Oppressed peoples of the world hasten their own demise

As I pointed out yesterday, Catallarchy has a great series of posts in commemoration of May Day. Reading the unfree press today, I came across an article about 'Celebrate Red Day' and was reminded of these words from Jonathan Wilde of Catallarchy:

. . the same power on display in the parades was used in carte blanche fashion to create terror, repression, brutality, and crimes against humanity. The unfortunate irony is that the common man bore the brunt of the hardship. The victims of these totalitarian states were privy to human nature at its darkest depths.
A perfect illustration of 'kissing the hand that starves you' was published today in LFP:
Cuban President Fidel Castro, leader of one of the world's last Communist governments, commemorated May Day yesterday by demanding the United States expel a Cuban-born militant accused of blowing up a civilian jetliner.

Elsewhere in the world, millions of workers staged largely peaceful rallies to press for better conditions or protest government policies.

But in Moscow, celebrations of the international workers' holiday turned violent when radical activists from the National Bolshevik party and the Red Youth Avant-Garde political group clashed with riot police after several activists were detained.

In Zimbabwe, despite earlier fears of a ban on May Day gatherings, the southern African country's umbrella group of trade unions held 17 rallies to celebrate the workers' holiday with no police interference.

China used the day to single out thousands of labourers and a few athletes for recognition, dubbing them model workers, while the weeklong labour day holiday started with visits to squares and parks for kite flying and recreation.
Gord Hume suddenly forgets about his steak and reads intently.
About 5,000 Bangladeshis demanded the country's first ever minimum wage -- the equivalent of about $60 Cdn a month. The South Asian country has 1.8 million workers in about 2,500 garment factories, exporting more than $6 billion in textiles each year.

Thousands of Communists rallied in Moscow under pictures of Lenin and Stalin, while tens of thousands of labour union workers and opposition activists den-ounced social reforms that replaced subsidized med-icines, utilities and transport with cash payments.

More than 500,000 Germans staged rallies, with many accusing company executives of increasing earnings while squeezing workers' wages and slashing jobs.

Overnight, 69 people were detained after a street party in eastern Berlin deteriorated into a riot. Spike-haired punks and other demonstrators threw stones and bottles at officers patrolling the event, police said. Three people were slightly injured in the clashes, according to police.

Flanked by aides in red T-shirts, Castro looked out at hundreds of thousands in the vast Plaza of the Revolution and demanded Washington expel Luis Posada Carriles accused of masterminding the bombing of a Cuban jetliner in 1976 that killed 73 people. Posada denies involvement.

Castro called Posada "the most notorious and cruel terrorist of the Western Hemisphere."

Posada, now 77, and three associates were imprisoned in Panama in an alleged plot in 2000 to kill Castro at a conference in Panama.

They were pardoned last year by outgoing president Mireya Moscoso and Posada has not been seen publicly since then.
As the breadline grows longer, do take note that the article begins and ends with talk of Castro. As people often only scan an article, they are more likely to see only the beginning and end paragraphs, thereby missing much of the supporting text. While I did not see the print edition today, I am informed by Mapmaster that the article was accompanied by a large picture of Castro and Daniel Ortega, with hordes of vassals in red t-shirts pictured in the background. So, while this article's seeming purpose is to cover May Day events around the world, it instead serves as a platform for Castro's crazed anti-capitalist agenda. Further, those reading the article in its entirety will note that advances are considered to be minimum wage laws and subsidies - both unearned 'rewards' going to those who are able to win the status of victim with the help of powerful trade unions of course. When the only choice is to loot or to be looted, most people join the bandits.

T-shirts produced by a Liberal friendly company for an inflated price.

Update: Jay Jardine points out another article praising explotation and unfair advantage. A few highlights, but be sure to read the whole article:
Calls to end the exploitation of workers, oust the B.C. Liberal government and improve women's rights led the list of demands made by a colourful and diverse crowd that marched downtown Sunday in a show of solidarity with working people around the globe.

The march from the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library to the art gallery attracted about 250 people representing a wide spectrum of social causes and political beliefs -- from first nations' activists to members of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran.
Individuals advocating freedom and peace were in low attendance however, discouraged by threats of violence from the roaming bands of social activists.
Martin, a member of the NDP, said opposing the B.C. Liberals "anti-worker agenda" was a major focus of the march and rally, which fell just 17 days before the provincial election.

Among the crowd, a dozen women from Vancouver's Filipino community wearing aprons and clutching brooms banged on kettles with wooden spoons to draw attention to what they see as a desperate need for improved working conditions for domestic caregivers in the country.

"We're here especially to say scrap the Live-in Caregiver Program," advocate Sean Parlan said, referring to a federal program that allows workers -- mainly Third World women -- into the country to act as live-in caregivers to Canadian families. "To us, as a community, it's basically modern-day slavery."
And forcing all Canadians to pay for Pavlovian conditioning public daycare is charity?


MapMaster said...

Doesn't it seem strange that people trust a political leader who always wears military fatigues? Even Hitler put on a suit from time to time.

basil said...

Fidal wears nothing but Cuban army surplus. He didn't become one of the richest men in the world by squandering his fortune on fashions.