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President Chavez speaks the truth, President Bush can't recognize it.

The more I am allowed to hear about President Chavez, the more I realize that the freedoms in his country are realized by the people. They are only words on a page here in the United States, we the citizens are not allowed to enjoy those freedoms, just to die for them. Sort of like the carrot on a stick. The prize, freedom is always just out of reach for the ordinary man.
I am a 57 year old man that has lived in the United States in the golden years before the imperialism and fascism had become so powerful. It was a good country because the people were basically good hard working people. We now are a nation of beggars owing the world for goods and services once made and performed here by other hard working people. The wealth is no longer shared. The labor that produced some of the finest products in the world is now not recognized as necessary. The goods are produced with the cheapest labor possible making wage slaves out of those underdeveloped nations. To be free you have to also be independent and economically viable. The perspective being promoted as "free trade" is a bad joke. Products that could benefit the people are denied entry to this country to further the monopolies and highly controlled trade we are left with. No freedom here, just a shell of what once was. President Chavez, I applaud what you have brought your people. I also applaud your bravado in your dealings with our corrupt President George W. Bush. You are giving your country leadership. Bush is destroying any semblance of prestige this country once held. Our treaties are worthless, and our Constitution is in shreds. The people of the United States deserve a better leader. The people of Venezuela have a leader they can be proud of. Viva Presidente Chavez
FREE Trade, Secrets 17.May.2006 23:47

Joe Anybody

Sounds like Doublespeak:

Free Trade = Do what you want Government steps back and lets "PRIVATE INTREST run amuck" ("free" to do what ever you can get away with.... so to speak... ... ... get it?)
Who Benefits = Corporations and Big Business not the average citizen/person or the workers or the poor. Recent Fact show that they have not benefited at all.
In spite of claims that by offering these kinds of World Trade Laws, the people would benefit.
Which thus was a selling point years ago when these laws were being lobbied for and then inacted
But that benifit to the poor or middle class? ... ... It just didn't happen, the facts are now showing!
 http://www.alternet.org/story/34768/#comments


Jobs are lost = profits made for the company that has moved overseas!
Disguised as "FREE Trade" And "WORLD Trade"
It is really corporate greed run rampant in capitalism swill

Our US exports are at extreme LOW's and we IMPORT about everything,,,,,,
This predicament was fed and inspired by NAFTA, CAFTA, and the WTO

If I remember correctly a bunch of people were really upset in Seattle over this kind of Free Trade misnomer years ago?
Here is what in 1993 the situation was summed up as needing.
The following copied from an old article from this website not sure if page is still available
-->  http://www.infoshop.org/index.php

"10 Reasons to Dismantle the WTO"
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By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
Add a new constituency to the long list of World Trade Organization (WTO) critics which already includes consumers, labor, environmentalists, human rights activists, fair trade groups, AIDS activists, animal protection organizations, those concerned with Third World development, religious communities, women's organizations. The latest set of critics includes WTO backers and even the WTO itself.

As the WTO faces crystallized global opposition -- to be manifested in massive street demonstrations and colorful protests in Seattle, where the WTO will hold its Third Ministerial meeting from November 30 to December 3 -- the global trade agency and its strongest proponents veer between a shrill defensiveness and the much more effective strategy of admitting shortcomings and trumpeting the need for reform.

WTO critics now face a perilous moment. They must not be distracted by illusory or cosmetic reform proposals, nor by even more substantive proposals for changing the WTO -- should they ever emerge from the institution or its powerful rich country members. Instead, they should unite around an uncompromising demand to dismantle the WTO and its corporate-created rules.

Here are 10 reasons why:

1. The WTO prioritizes trade and commercial considerations over all other values. WTO rules generally require domestic laws, rules and regulations designed to further worker, consumer, environmental, health, safety, human rights, animal protection or other non-commercial interests to be undertaken in the "least trade restrictive" fashion possible -- almost never is trade subordinated to these noncommercial concerns.

2. The WTO undermines democracy. Its rules drastically shrink the choices available to democratically controlled governments, with violations potentially punished with harsh penalties. The WTO actually touts this overriding of domestic decisions about how economies should be organized and corporations controlled. "Under WTO rules, once a commitment has been made to liberalize a sector of trade, it is difficult to reverse," the WTO says in a paper on the benefits of the organization which is published on its web site. "Quite often, governments use the WTO as a welcome external constraint on their policies: 'we can't do this because it would violate the WTO agreements.'"

3. The WTO does not just regulate, it actively promotes, global trade. Its rules are biased to facilitate global commerce at the expense of efforts to promote local economic development and policies that move communities, countries and regions in the direction of greater self-reliance.

4. The WTO hurts the Third World. WTO rules force Third World countries to open their markets to rich country multinationals, and abandon efforts to protect infant domestic industries. In agriculture, the opening to foreign imports, soon to be imposed on developing countries, will catalyze a massive social dislocation of many millions of rural people.

5. The WTO eviscerates the Precautionary Principle. WTO rules generally block countries from acting in response to potential risk -- requiring a probability before governments can move to resolve harms to human health or the environment.

6. The WTO squashes diversity. WTO rules establish international health, environmental and other standards as a global ceiling through a process of "harmonization;" countries or even states and cities can only exceed them by overcoming high hurdles.

7. The WTO operates in secrecy. Its tribunals rule on the "legality" of nations' laws, but carry out their work behind closed doors.

8. The WTO limits governments' ability to use their purchasing dollar for human rights, environmental, worker rights and other non-commercial purposes. In general, WTO rules state that governments can make purchases based only on quality and cost considerations.

9. The WTO disallows bans on imports of goods made with child labor. In general, WTO rules do not allow countries to treat products differently based on how they were produced -- irrespective of whether made with brutalized child labor, with workers exposed to toxics or with no regard for species protection.

10. The WTO legitimizes life patents. WTO rules permit and in some cases require patents or similar exclusive protections for life forms.

Some of these problems, such as the WTO's penchant for secrecy, could potentially be fixed, but the core problems -- prioritization of commercial over other values, the constraints on democratic decision-making and the bias against local economies -- cannot, for they are inherent in the WTO itself.

Because of these unfixable problems, the World Trade Organization should be shut down, sooner rather than later.

That doesn't mean interim steps shouldn't be taken. It does mean that beneficial reforms will focus not on adding new areas of competence to the WTO or enhancing its authority, even if the new areas appear desirable (such as labor rights or competition). Instead, the reforms to pursue are those that reduce or limit the WTO's power -- for example, by denying it the authority to invalidate laws passed pursuant to international environmental agreements, limiting application of WTO agricultural rules in the Third World, or eliminating certain subject matters (such as essential medicines or life forms) from coverage under the WTO's intellectual property agreement.

These measures are necessary and desirable in their own right, and they would help generate momentum to close down the WTO.

Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. Robert Weissman is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Multinational Monitor. They are co-authors of Corporate Predators: The Hunt for MegaProfits and the Attack on Democracy (Common Courage Press,  http://www.corporatepredators.org/).

A migrant tries to cross into the U.S. from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Ju
A migrant tries to cross into the U.S. from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Ju

[ 18.May.2006 00:07

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The people of the United States deserve a better leader. The people of Venezuela have a leader they can be proud of. Viva Presidente Chavez



No, the people of the United States do not deserve any better. They are getting just what they deserve. When there was a coup here in 2000 and the Supreme Court decided the presidency, not the people, everyone let it happen.

When there was a coup in Venezuela (U.S. sponsored) the people rose up and surrounded the presidential palace and took their rights back and regained their president back.

The people of Venezuela earned a better path. The people of the United States have not.

not fault of the people 18.May.2006 17:55

easily misled my media propaganda

The above comment states that the people of the US are "getting what they deserve". That statement is a knee jerk reactionary similar to claiming that "The homeless alcoholic who lost his legs to a train got what he deserved." The focus is on the symptom of the problem (alcoholism or apathy) and not the sociological cause of the symptom (economic inequality in both cases). Many people in the US are only one paycheck away from houselessness, and maintaining their housing requires compliance with the greater system. It is surprising how in smaller towns showing up at an anti-war protest could get u fired from your job, even if nobody you know saw u there. This is supported by the recent discoveries of NSA monitoring phone calls, emails and other forms of communication. Similar to Nazi Germany, all sorts of tactics are used by a usuroing fascist government to gain info on who dislikes the current regime in power. Elementary school teachers casually asked children what the conversation was around the dinner table concerning politics. Form there it could be easily discovered if a child's parents were not sympathetic to the Nazi government. Many Germans were not friendly to the Nazi regime, though the ones that survived the Gestapo witchhunts usually didn't talk about their anti-Hitler feelings often..

Other parallels exist between Hitler and Bush, both of their right wing parties are/were supported by wealthy industrialists (Ford, Rockefeller, Thyssen-Krupp, DuPont, etc..). This factor gave them headway in the polls and gave them military advantage. Besides the obvious propaganda funding, the surveillence state Gestapo/SS secret police tactics also requires some capital to get off the ground..

"According to research carried out over the last few years, Wall Street bankers (amongst others) financed Hitler's rise to power whilst making large profits at the same time. What is yet still more deplorable is the fact that relatives of the current U.S. president were amongst this group of individuals.

U.S. authors Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Cheitkin reveal in the recently published George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography that Prescott Bush (George W. Bush's grandfather) and other directors of the Union Banking Company (UBC) were Nazi collaborators.

The book relates how in 1922 -- when national socialism was emerging -- railroad impresario W. Averell Harriman traveled to Berlin and interviewed the Thyssen family with a view to founding a German-U.S. bank. The Thyssens were already behind-the-scenes owners of several financial institutions that allowed them to transfer their money from Germany to the Netherlands and from there onto the United States. The banks in question were the August Thyssen Bank whose headquarters were located in Berlin; the Bank voor Handel (Netherlands) and the Union Banking Corporation (New York). At the beginning of the 1920s, one of the members of this family, Fritz Thyssen, author of "I Paid Hitler" contributed some $25,000 USD to the recently formed German National Socialist Workers' Party, becoming the prime and most important financier of the Fuhrer in his ascent to power."

article cont's @:
 http://www.anti-imperialist.org/bush-hitler_6-8-03.html

Media propaganda today is even more prevalent than during Nazi Germany. After the Reichstag fire (1933) Hitler openly blamed the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) for this and denounced them as terrorists. Though many Germans were working class and could identify with Communist principles, nobody wanted to be labeled a terrorist sympathizer, thus support for the KPD dwindled. This effect of people's minds can be influenced by propaganda sources, during that time financed by wealthy industrialist Nazi sympathizers. Today we witness media outlets like FOX NEWS providing verbal support and encouragement for anything the Bush regime states. Without this subsidized amplification, it is doubtful that moderates in the US would even consider supporting the policies of the Bush regime..

"In 1933, shortly after Hitler's appointment as Chancellor of Germany, the German Parliament was set on fire by the Nazis and the Communists were blamed for this act of terrorism against the German people. Following the Nazi-inspired arson, Hitler exploited the outrage of the German citizens to arrogate to himself dictatorial powers, which he promised would be used to rid Germany of Communists. The next day, Chancellor Hitler demanded from the German cabinet an emergency decree which would enable him to deal decisively with the domestic crisis. President von Hindenburg signed the decree "for the Protection of the people and the State." An account of this watershed event is found at The History Place:"

more on Bush family oligarchy;
 http://watch.pair.com/reich.html

Of the people who are for various reasons immune to the Bush regime propaganda there is the threat of police state repression to deal with. Loved ones and loss of personal freedom are at issue here. Not that many people are willing to be martyrs like Jeff "Free" Luers, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rachel Corrie, etc.. and spend so many years in prison or being murdered as a result of their activism. People who oppose Bush regime are given sanctioned "non-violent" outlets to express their resistance with smaller scale police repression. Today, as in Nazi Germany, an underground network struggles to avoid capture and incarceration and simultaneously collapse the fascist regime. Everyone is doing what they can, being a dissident in a fascist system isn't easy either..

However, when people increase their resistance to tyranny and convictions for justice, there is little that the police state can do to stop their actions. In some cases becoming a martyr for the cause is an added benefit..

"Against this backdrop, SHAC's federal convictions the most serious of which carries a maximum prison sentence of six years and a $250,000 fine are not likely to have a tremendous impact. SHAC members are passionately committed to their cause, and past legal injunctions and convictions such as a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence for member Sarah Gisbourne in Britain have had more of a martyring than a chilling effect on the group's campaigns."

more on SHAC @;
 link to shiftshapers.gnn.tv

It would be great if the "by the books" activists like Sierra Club, WCW, etc.. could form stronger political and social bonds with the extralegal activists like SHAC, ELF/ALF etc..

It certainly is encouraging for the resistance to hear the words and political actions of populist leaders like Hugo Chavez. His resistance as a leader who survived the CIA orchestrated coup and other assassination attempts is empowering for everyone, from anarchist to communist to Green party to libertarian. We also are happy to hear that Chavez is concerned about lower income civilians inside the US, as evidenced by his outreach to provide lower priced heating oil and free medical examinations, eyeglasses, etc. Chavez does not blame the people of the US, he offers support and solidarity with US people who have their nation hijacked by the insane oil barons GW Bush/Cheney..

"Chavez worked out a similar deal to deliver discount heating oil this past winter to needy Americans in parts of the eastern United States."

more;
 link to english.aljazeera.net