Liberation Radio: Columbus Day unveils outrage over Indigenous genocide

13 10 2014

Liberation Radio: Columbus Day unveils outrage over Indigenous genocide.

Click link above to here interview about this issue.


Tar Sands and Keystone Pipeline Destruction to Mother Earth

30 03 2012

Been meaning to write about this struggle for some time now.  The Keystone pipeline has received lot’s of media attention and mainstream support from various sectors of U.S. working class.  Several celebrities have even jumped on the bandwagon, by participating in public disobedience or direct actions in Washington DC.  So I am definitely behind the curve here, but the more people are blogging about this issue the more communities will be informed.

These are huge topics that many have written about and the following is only a teaser.  I recommend people do more research to learn more details about these issues, but hopefully the following will get you started and interested in these important struggles.

Tar Sands – There is much to know about the Tar Sands, but simply put this is a massive process that destroys mother earth.  It takes place mainly in the Alberta province of Canada.  Basically it involves removing crude oil from the earth’s surface.  However, to remove that crude oil from the surface is a highly destructive process.  There are two methods that I’m aware of, depending on how deep the oil is.  The oil is mixed in with other elements, mainly soil or sand the process involves using other chemicals or natural gas to separate the oil from the soil, but one of the main elements used to separate the oil is WATER.  Millions of gallons of water are used a day to separate the oil.

When we think about efforts to conserve water, we should consider the amount of water corporations use to extract oil from the earth’s surface.  This water is also contaminated once it’s been used, but it goes back into the system and causes massive destruction to drinking water for people and animals.

Another element of the environment that is destroyed is mass amounts of forest that are clear-cut in order to get to the soil.  Again, this is highly destructive to the animals and ecosystem that in turn affects us.

For all intensive purposes, the Tar Sands oil extraction process is the worst thing corporations can be doing to the environment in Alberta, Canada.  We must remember why they are doing this.  The ultimate goal of companies involved in these projects is PROFIT and to maximize those profits at any and all cost, to the earth and human life.  There is nothing that would stop these jerks from continuing the destruction of mother earth as long as they keep making money off extracting and selling crude oil.

The Keystone Pipeline – Again, I won’t get into a lot of details with this either, but I recommend reading more about the issue.  This pipeline would basically transport the crude oil extracted from the Tar Sands to the Gulf-Coast of the United States.  This again is huge project and would involve digging a huge whole all the way from Alberta, Canada to Texas, USA.  Then putting piping in that hole to transport the oil.  The pipe would go beneath water ways, forest and other fragile environments, including crossing several Indian reservations in both countries.  All to allow the transport of crude oil in order to be sold and exported to other places in the world.  But ultimately, in order for these companies to make huge profits.

Capitalism is the system that allows both of these types of projects to exist and to be supported by the governments of both countries.  Imagen what we could do if we put that amount of resources and energy into building projects that would meet people’s needs.  The city of San Diego where I live can’t even build a damn shelter for the thousands of homeless people living on the street or pay for the number of teachers and counselors needed for students to get a quality education.  Only because it chooses not to, because there is no profit in it.

Join the Native communities from so-called “Canada” and the “United States” in standing up against these projects and all other projects that seek to maximize profits at the expense of mother earth and humanity.

Also, a reminder that the 2012 Peace and Dignity Journeys will be running in honor of the Water this year and we will be bringing light to these types of issues across Turtle Island.

For more details on both these projects I recommend Indigenous Environmental Network.  Here is a link to article on the Tar Sands and one on the Keystone XL Pipeline project

Worker Killed At San Diego Border, For Trying To Escape Poverty

2 06 2010

How can someone be accused of entering a country illegally when they were forced to come here against their own will?

Then in the process of being deported are killed by U.S. Border patrol agents for trying to escape deportation.

U.S. imperialism and neo-colonialism has lead to the conditions that has created wide spread poverty in Mexico.  Mexican workers that attempt to escape those conditions by coming to look for work in the U.S. should not be penalized for seeking higher wages and better lives.  In reality they come to this country to be exploited by other U.S. corporations that have the same interest as multinational corporations that created the conditions that caused the poverty in Mexico in the first place.

Large corporations and the U.S. government are responsible for spreading poverty across this country and in Mexico.  Mexican and other migrant workers are responding to the conditions created by U.S. imperialism.  And then we have the audacity to criminalize them for wanting to make enough money to feed their families.

Here in the United States we demonize and blame poor people for standing in line to receive food stamps and other government assistance programs.  When in reality the ruling class and the government that works for them is responsible for creating the conditions which put them in poverty in the first place.  Why don’t we demonize large corporations like Wall Street banks when they get government handouts?

These corporations and the politicians that serve them are the real criminals.  That is whom we need to deport and charge with crimes against humanity.  How many crimes have immigrants committed against humanity?  Compare that with the criminal activity of BP, U.S. Border Patrol AgentsIsraeli military, and local SD Police?

The Idea of Communism, by Tariq Ali

17 02 2010

It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a book review and I just finished reading this book, so I thought what better time to write a review.  I understand my reviews don’t follow the standard format.  I’m really just doing this to get the word out there.  To pass on some information.  I try to read as much as I can, but don’t do it as much as I would like.  I was just in San Francisco and happened to stop by a bookstore that I like.  I had been there a few times when I was living in the SF Bay Area.  I happen to be in the neighborhood and decided to stop in.  The place is called Dog Eared Books.  It’s a really cool place, that I like.  It’s pretty small, but has a big enough selection on history, politics and other social sciences to keep me interested.  I think if it was too big I would just wander around too much.  The other cool thing is that they have used books and some are almost new, but for a discounted price.

So anyways, I was in the place and ended up buying three books that I haven’t read.  I will write more on those when I finish reading them.  I read this one first, because it was the smallest one of the three and because I’m most interested in the subject.

I feel like I have heard of the author, Tariq Ali before, but have never read any of his work.  The cover artwork and subject is what first drew my attention to the book.  It is a wonderful book to handle if you ever see it.  It’s a small hard cover book with great cover art.  It was interesting because you could fit it in your back pocket and take it with you with no problems.  The problem with that is the text is so damn small.  So you gotta have good lighting when reading this book.

To be honest, I was disappointed with the book.  If your looking to learn about communism, this is not the book for you.  According to the author this was an essay that a publisher insisted he write on the subject.  So it’s not an explanatory text.  I was hoping I could come away with a deeper understanding of Communism and Marxism and that wasn’t the case.  This text is designed more for the person who already knows a lot about Marxism and Communism.  It gets more into the history and geopolitics of Communism.  He gives more of his insights into how and why Communism transpired the way it did in Europe and China.  He touches on Latin America.  I didn’t really get too much out of this book.  Perhaps if I knew more about the history and geopolitics of European communism than I would have enjoyed this book more.

Again, not for the beginner.  If you are interested in learning more about communism, socialism and/or Marxism there are plenty of other text and websites out there.

One of my favorites is by Marx for beginners by Ruis.  O.k. so it’s illustrated, but it’s for beginners, so it’s not intimidating and it’s fun to read.  What better way to start off learning about a subject.  There is always the PSL page also, we have short articles on various subjects and answers to many questions about socialism.  Just click on the following link Marxism 101