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By Steve Lalla for Orinoco Tribune — Feb 27, 2021

Venezuela’s Caracazo was a collective trauma, a tragedy that marked one of the darkest episodes for Latin America in the 20th century. Under the leadership of President Carlos Andrés Pérez, Venezuela’s military and police responded to public unrest by murdering thousands of civilians in late February and early March 1989. The crisis of these days is known as el Caracazo (the smash in Caracas) or el sacudón (the shake up).

The deadly events led horrified soldiers to join Commander Chávez’s secret MBR-200 movement within the Armed Forces. The Caracazo was…

Historic repression of journalism, politics, and the economy in January 2021

Following the past month’s events, the US can no longer imagine they’re in a position to lecture other nations about censorship. All and sundry see that the US doesn’t possess any moral high ground from which to dictate standards of free speech or free markets, either within their own nation or beyond. This perception is crystal clear to everyone from politicians and economists — including ardent US defenders — to the coming generation of carefree and relatively uninformed youth.

Three widely covered stories determined this cultural and political reality. The first was the decision of UK courts on the Julian…

As the u.s did in January with their milquetoast replacement for rump, amazon inc. tried to paint over its crimes this week with a thin coat of whitewash. We learned that the world’s richest person, jeff bezos, had resigned as amazon corp’s CEO. Meanwhile it was revealed — though less widely publicized — that the company had been greedily stealing the tips of its own precarious workers.¹

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Stealing $60 million of its drivers’ hard-earned money is far from the amazon corp’s greatest crime. Instead of resigning, bezos could have easily rehabilitated his reputation by tackling one of the world’s deadliest…

The citizens of Ecuador will go to the polls on February 7 and elect their new president, four years after Lenín Moreno won the position, reneged on his campaign promises, and turned the country inside out.

Following his election in 2017, Moreno sold out his predecessor and supporter Rafael Correa and double-crossed their PAIS Alliance party. As a result, Moreno’s approval rating plummeted to between 7 percent (CEDATOS, September 2020) and 16 percent (Atlas Intel, December 2020), and he won’t be seeking re-election.

Iran’s revolutionary process is often presented as beginning on January 7, 1978, continuing until the Shah fled the country on January 16, 1979, and culminating with the the decisive end of the Shah’s rule in early February, celebrated every February 11 on Iran’s Islamic Revolution Day. The revolution was brewing for decades though — or for millennia, as some argue: the Shahs had ruled Persia, more or less, for well over two thousand years.

Let’s take a quick look at recent history. Oil was discovered in Iran in 1908. The UK company APOC bought the rights to control the Iranian…

Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has inspired fear within the Empire through both armed struggle and its success in electoral politics. For effectively wielding this double-edged sword, the “Party of God” has been vilified by countless politicians and media outlets.

From its birth as an armed resistance to Israeli attacks on Lebanon over 35 years ago, Hezbollah developed into an institution that provided health and education services to the country’s neediest. …

To say that 2020 has been memorable would be an understatement, but experience teaches us that our memories of the pandemic may well be struck from the record.

“The 1918 influenza epidemic is one of history’s great conundrums, obliterated from the consciousness of historians,” wrote Gina Kolata, and COVID-19 may yet meet the same fate.¹ Kolata recalls that not only was the Spanish flu omitted from basic history in her elementary and high school, but was also ignored in microbiology and virology courses in college, even though it killed more people than the first world war.

From the onset of…

By Steve Lalla

It’s difficult to keep a straight face when reading about the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) post-COVID-19 plans, ambitiously labelled as The Great Reset. Who can trust the WEF’s intentions when their agenda employs such thoroughly discredited poster boys as Iván Duque, Paul Kagame and Benjamin Netanyahu?

The Switzerland-based WEF, composed of a thousand of the world’s wealthiest companies, plays a leading role in forming international economic policy, promising to improve the state of the world “by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” As the lead instigators of…

Whereas the US political process has demonstrated all the solemnity of a Hollywood reality show, bona fide elections continue to take place in other nations, where elected leaders try to steer their countries through the morass of an American empire in decline.

“Trump did more for the liberation of humanity from Western imperialism, because of his crudeness, than any other US leader in history,” commented political analyst Laith Marouf. “The latest example was him calling the US elections a fraud. With that he made it impossible to undermine the elections in Venezuela.”

Within the US, Trump and US Secretary of…

by Steve Lalla

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Revered as the Father of Socialism, in popular conception Karl Marx (1818–1883) is the originator of socialist theory, the creator of a plan implemented thereafter by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other socialist nations. He remains one of the most cited authors of all time, and his writings are endlessly scrutinized and analyzed. Was he standing on the shoulders of giants?

Without aiming to tear down the legacy of Marx or to minimize his contributions to economics and history — a hopeless task that we can leave up to capitalists — we can examine the…

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