Free Honduras!

first_imgAs of the morning of Dec. 19, the recent election in Honduras is being decided in the streets and workplaces — and perhaps in the political consciousness of the soldiers.Elections top the media headlines this week — from Birmingham to Kathmandu to Caracas to Tegucigalpa.In each case, Marxist lessons learned in struggle over a century ago still hold true: An election alone cannot decide which class rules society, or whether a nation can free itself from imperialist domination. But it would be an error to dismiss elections as meaningless.We can look to elections as a guide to what the masses are thinking. We can use them to assess the balance of forces and the internal conflicts in the enemy capitalist class. We can look to see where there is opportunity to intervene in the class and national struggle.Nowhere among these elections is the struggle more acute than in Honduras. The pro-imperialist regime declared itself victorious in an election everyone knows was a shameless fraud. Still, Washington has given its blessing to the dictatorship, and the European Union has agreed.On the other hand, the Organization of American States — usually a dependable tool of Washington — saw fit to call for a new election. It seems the OAS fears the Honduran masses and knows that accepting an obviously fraudulent election will likely spark more resistance, perhaps spreading elsewhere in Central America.At most, OAS endorsement of the stolen election could lead to a revolutionary upsurge in Honduras, going far beyond a mere electoral victory for Alianza, the left opposition coalition.Former President Mel Zelaya has called on the mass movement to come out in the streets and plazas and to stay there. News from the front line of this struggle is still sketchy. This intense class and national conflict is yet to be decided.Our job as a movement of workers and oppressed peoples in the center of the empire is not only to observe and learn from this struggle. We must do whatever we can in solidarity with the people of Honduras who are fighting for their liberation from imperialism and from class oppression.The first task is to obstruct the regime in Washington from using its force against the Honduran people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday 5th February

first_img By News Highland – February 5, 2018 Previous articleNorth West 10k Charities final callNext article177 Donegal schools to share over €780,000 for computer equipment News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday 5th February: Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday 5th Februarycenter_img Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Trump to sign executive order after threatening to shutter social media

first_imgTwitter’s slap on the wrist was enough to drive Trump into a tirade — on Twitter — in which he claimed that the political right in the United States was being censored.Trump would sign an executive order “pertaining to social media” on Thursday, his aides said, without offering any details.But an undated draft version of the order obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday said “we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey online.”The order would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that the companies are “suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts,” The New York Times reported, citing two senior administration officials. US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order later on Thursday after threatening to shutter social media platforms following Twitter’s move to label two of his tweets misleading. After long resisting calls to censure Trump over his truth-defying posts, Twitter on Tuesday accused the president for the first time of making false claims.Trump had tweeted — without any evidence — that more mail-in voting would lead to what he called a “Rigged Election” this November. Both newspapers also reported that the order, which they said had not yet been finalized, could see tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Google held legally responsible for content posted on their platforms.Twitter’s move to tag the president’s tweets comes after years of being accused of ignoring the president’s violation of platform rules with his daily, often hourly barrages of personal insults and inaccurate information sent to more than 80 million followers.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg waded into the row, telling Fox News that his social network — still the biggest in the world — has a different policy.”I just believe strongly that Facebook should not be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in a snippet of the interview posted online Wednesday by Fox.”I think, in general, private companies, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey fired back on Wednesday night, saying that his platform’s effort to point out misinformation did not make it an “arbiter of truth.” Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.— jack (@jack) May 28, 2020″Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” he tweeted. He doubled down on the new policy, writing: “Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me… We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.”‘Blatant lies’ Kate Ruane, at the American Civil Liberties Union, said that Trump has no power to regulate Twitter.The constitution “clearly prohibits the president from taking any action to stop Twitter from pointing out his blatant lies about voting by mail,” she said.For all his protests, Trump is a political giant on social media.By contrast, his Democratic election opponent, Joe Biden, has only 5.5 million Twitter followers.Social media suits Trump’s unorthodox communications style and his penchant for conspiracy theories, rumors and playground-style insults.The claim that Twitter is biased against conservatives fits the White House narrative that the billionaire president is still an outsider politician running against the elite.The row is also a useful smokescreen when Biden is homing in on widespread dissatisfaction with Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 100,000 Americans dead. Polls consistently show Biden in a strong position, despite barely having left his home during weeks of social distancing measures — and his relatively meager social media presence.Topics :last_img read more

Commissioner Rob Manfred unable to help break Dodgers TV stalemate

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ WASHINGTON — Rob Manfred remains about as frustrated as many Dodgers fans with the situation that has left many in Southern California unable to watch the Dodgers on TV.At his annual All-Star Game news conference, the commissioner of Major League Baseball said Tuesday that his office is still trying to influence the parties involved to resolve the situation, although he acknowledged they have little power in the matter.Manfred said he has tried two avenues. The first is simply to “convince” the parties that they should find some sort of agreement that would make the Dodgers games available to customers who don’t use Spectrum, which is the exclusive home of the broadcasts on SportsNet LA.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“An agreement that gets full distribution,” Manfred said, “is obviously what Major League Baseball wants.” “Unfortunately, a lot of those creative ideas that we have, and we have some, affect the balance of power of the economic situation of (Spectrum) and (SportsNet LA), and it’s difficult to convince people to go along with any of these creative ideas,” Manfred said.Dodgers games have been unavailable to many viewers in the Southern California market since 2014. For non-Spectrum subscribers in Southern California, the situation remains status quo. Despite fans’ frustration, little financial incentive exists for Spectrum or its rival providers to change their negotiating stance.The Dodgers are getting their money from Spectrum, and Spectrum is getting its money from current subscribers. Other cable companies aren’t willing to pay to add SportsNet LA because their customers haven’t demanded it or shown willingness to pay higher rates for it. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Beyond that, Manfred said Major League Baseball has offered to use their “assets,” such as MLB Network on, to broadcast games. The problem is that essentially infringes on the exclusivity that Spectrum pays the Dodgers to maintain.Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img read more