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There is no doubt that October 21, 2008, will go down as a historic day for the Bolivian people.
“On November 23, we will not just be voting for this or that governorship, we will be deciding the destiny of this revolutionary process”, Stalin Perez Borges, a national coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT) and United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) militant, told Green Left Weekly.
The below article is based on a paper presented on October 8 by Eric Toussaint to the international Responses from the South to the World Economic Crisis seminar held in Caracas. It has been translated by Federico Fuentes and is abridged from socialist e-journal Links, Links. Toussaint is from the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt.
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 bombings of the World Trade Centre and Pentagon, US President George Bush declared an open-ended, apparently indefinite “war on terror”.
“They’ve been trying to solve problems by using only money, but not to solve the political problems through political means, that they’ve failed”, Fretilin leader Mari Alkatiri, told Radio Australia on October 26.
On October 29, the UN General Assembly approved by an overwhelming majority the resolution demanding an end of the US blockade of Cuba — the 17th consecutive year running such a vote as been passed by the assembly.
Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival & Resistance
By John Berger
Verso, 2008
142 pages, $26 (pb)
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale & Why We Bought It
By Elizabeth Royte
Scribe, 2008
248 pages, $32.95 (pb)
The President's Guide to Science — The decisions the new US president will make will affect every one of us, from nuclear proliferation to climate change. SBS, Sunday, November 9, 8.35pm. God is Green — Filmmaker Mark Dowd questions religious
It was a powerful symbol. At the New York summit meeting at the UN General Assembly on September 22, the first point on the agenda was forgotten amid the financial crisis.
Six months ago the United States was already deep in a financial crisis. Yet, the conditions now are several orders of magnitude worse and are affecting the entire world.
Tensions continue to grow between the US and Bolivia as more evidence comes to light of the former’s role in stoking right-wing opposition to the government of President Evo Morales.
Former US diplomat Henry Kissinger’s recorded telephone conversations (“telecons”) relating to Chile in the early 1970s permit us to “eavesdrop on the most candid conversations of … US officials as they plotted covert intervention against a democratically elected government”, according to National Security Archive (NSA) scholar and The Pinochet File author Peter Kornbluh.
A far-reaching strategic debate is underway about how to respond to the global financial crisis.
This year, Green Left Weekly has been running a regular Arabic-language supplement called The Flame. It aims to cover news from the Arabic-speaking world as well as news and issues from within Australia. The current issue of The Flame, as PDFs, can be read here

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