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"All the reports about foreign extremists are nonsense," -- he said -- "They are only a small part of it." - Ahmed Chalabi
AFP News -- Ahmed Chalabi, head of Iraq's National Congress Party and an ersthwile protege of the Pentagon in Washington, said Saturday the American security plan for his country was a disaster.
Read more... Under Kerry's Tent: He's the (Any) One By ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Can someone win the presidency entirely on the basis of a negative asset? I wouldn't have thought so, but here's John Kerry, just about 90 days shy of election day, promoting himself as a man of presidential caliber entirely on the basis that he's the Anyone in "Anyone But Bush". Aside from the flag wagging , that's what it comes down to, unless you take the probably realistic view that when it comes to war-fighting in the service of Empire he's far more bloodthirsty.
Read more... Interview with Lucrecia Bermudez (District 9 race) By Ildefonso Rodriguez
�I have no interests different from those whom I�m looking to represent. I don�t see them as my instrument to rule, rather I see myself as a tool for their struggles and right to rule their own lives.�
Lucrecia Bermudez is running for Supervisor of District 9 again. Last time around, in 2000, when Ammiano was at the peak of his popularity, Lucrecia came in third.
Read more... Renee Saucedo: "It's All About Me" (District 9 race) By Ildefonso Rodriguez
"Tom Ammiano had his opportunity, now it's the turn of someone like me."
"Lucrecia had her opportunity, now it's my turn." -- Renee Saucedo
To the Bay Guardian, to El Tecolote, at Green party meetings and during a debate with candidate Lucrecia Bermudez, she is telling anyone who would like to listen that it is her turn and nobody else�s. And she is very protective of the mantle. So much so that last year she broke with her long term political ally and personal friend Erik Quezada over which of the two should make a run this year.
Read more... Crisis in the San Francisco Green Party By Simon Morales
The local SF Green Party chapter is currently in a state of disarray and dysfunctionality. Some local activists attribute this situation to the control of the organization by a clique of Demogreens who have stifled the work of the party. Others claim that the current state is a price paid for the success of the party, that the problems represent growth pains that will resolve themselves as the politics of the organization are further defined.
Read more... The Green Left By Simon Morales
After the Milwaukee Convention of the Green Party, most leaders of the Green Party have lined up to oppose and denounce the Demogreens, who rigged the Convention with fake delegations and stuffed the ballot boxes with the votes of unknown small bureaucrats.
David Cobb was successful in defeating the endorsement of Ralph Nader-Peter Camejo, but he does not seem to be acquiring much capital out of it. In fact, it�s possible that his candidacy will deprive the Green Party of its ballot status in several states, as he is not likely to overcome the death kiss of the one percentile candidates.
Read more... New Progressive Left Movement Organizing in Communities of Color and among Immigrants By Chris Finn
On July 10th within view of the closed, but still radioactive and contaminated, Naval shipyard, two polluting power plants and a slew of other toxic spots that surround Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) residents, the New Progressive Left Movement (NPLM) held its fourth public conference.
The object was to address the issues of environmental racism and violence in the BVHP community.
Read more... School Board election: "It�s Ackerman, Stupid..." By Simon Morales
SF Unified School District�s Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is a slippery administrator. The fact that she knows how to use the system to get away with murder is spelled out in her handling of the 500 million dollar school budget.
Read more... Giving Non Citizens Access to the Voting Booth By Matt Gonzalez
American patriots who tossed tea into Boston�s harbor in 1773 had a list of grievances against the king of England, which included that they weren�t represented in Parliament despite paying heavy taxes. The cry �no taxation without representation� succinctly captured their sentiments.
Read more... The Million Worker March By Gene Pepi
On Sunday, October 17th, 2004, the organizers of the Million Worker March (MWM) expect workers to converge on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. MWM supporters and organizers launched their campaign to build the march at a rally that was held on May 22nd at the union hall of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10.