Cro Cro – It’s Amazing How People Can Change
Arrest of Caracas Mayor Sign of Broader Venezuela Crackdown
CARACAS, Venezuela — Feb 20, 2015, 9:48 PM ET
By HANNAH DREIER and JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro poured into the streets Friday to condemn the surprise arrest of Caracas’ mayor for allegedly participating in a U.S.-backed plot to overthrow his government.
The protests came a day after an armed commando unit dressed in camouflage raided Mayor Antonio Ledezma’s office and hauled him away. The detention, recorded by security cameras, set off a wave of spontaneous demonstrations in middle-class neighborhoods loyal to the opposition and on Friday a few hundred supporters gathered peacefully to denounce Ledezma’s “kidnapping.”
The mayor was charged with conspiracy, a crime punishable by 8 to 16 years in jail, and sent Friday night to a military prison outside Caracas where other prominent government foes are being held. Continue reading
Black Stalin – A smelling it
SMALL MAN RECOMMENDS SUPER INORDINATE GOALS AND ALTERNATE PRESIDENTS
By Waltie Ainsworth – 10 February 2015 – (note that this article was written before the APNU-AFC agreement was announced)
WANTED IN GUYANA……thinkers and tinkerers who can meld and weld the ethnic groups into one team of innovators and workers. The PPP in 22 years was obsessive about creating neighbours instead of room- mates between and among the races and instead of producing diversity created a hodge podge that eliminated vertical growth. And now that election is nigh, the horizontal programs of coping and canning alien programs, has left the electorate willing to venture into super inordinate programs with a plan to have alternate presidents.
Under the heading of super inordinate goals, the AFC and APNU will combine efforts and resources to combat and challenge the PPP at the May 11 election cycle. But what is apparent is the tussle for positions, they should simply come together first and bake the cake and share after. The cake cannot be sliced prior to the election. Continue reading
“Money, money, money” by OJ’s.
New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%
Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland
Larry Elliott, economics editor, and Ed Pilkington
The Guardian, Monday 19 January 2015
Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.
Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
The charity’s research, published on Monday, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80% currently own just 5.5%.
Oxfam added that on current trends the richest 1% would own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. Continue reading