Rebellion, counterinsurgency and Kamala Harris – WW commentary

first_img“[T]here were two or three years there where the movement went a little too far toward … [Kwame Ture], but in the end, John Lewis prevailed.” Those words were spoken at Rep. John Lewis’s funeral on July 30 by President Bill Clinton, one of the architects of the 1994 crime bill and the former leader of the most violent imperialist country on earth. Makasi Motema speaking on Nov. 16, 2019, in NYC. WW PHOTO: Brenda RyanHis comments were a pointed attempt by a white servant of capital to dampen the revolutionary fervor of a new movement for racial and economic justice. He said this because, as in 1966, we again stand at an inflection point in history. We are yet again faced with a similar choice between Ture and Lewis. And yet again, the capitalists who seek to police the Black struggle are terrified that the masses will embrace the justified rage that has ebbed and flowed for centuries and transform that rebellious tide into a revolutionary flood. The ruling class is afraid, but what can they do?   Police brutality is a favored option. The police are the frontline guards of the capitalist ruling class, and as we have seen since a countrywide uprising was sparked by the lynching of George Floyd, they are always the first to step forward and use force against the most oppressed segments of the working class. But the police don’t actually stop an uprising with force; they stop it with fear.       In any mass demonstration, the police are always wildly outnumbered. Even with their protective gear and crowd-suppressing weaponry, any suitably motivated grouping of rebels could easily overwhelm the police so long as they had the confidence to do so. That’s why the police use fear to rob the masses of their confidence. The police make brief, but spectacular displays of violence to shock and dishearten the masses. When the people hesitate, the police rush forward. When the people scatter, the police have won.        But demonstrators in Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., Brooklyn, N.Y., and numerous other cities have gone off-script. The sacking of the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct was startling evidence that the masses were losing their fear and the police were losing ground. But the capitalist ruling class has developed other tactics for maintaining oppression. Overseas, through the predatory wars of exploitation in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the imperialists have developed a theory for dealing with rebellions (which they refer to as “insurgencies”). Their counterinsurgency tactics rely on developing an attitude among the oppressed population of passive tolerance of imperial occupation.To put down a rebellion      The imperialist tactics sharpened abroad have made their way home to control the oppressed peoples within the borders of the U.S. The chief goal of counterinsurgency doctrine is to manipulate public opinion and to channel the rage of the masses into outlets which do not threaten the established systems of exploitation. This requires an army of on-the-ground organizers, nongovernmental organizations and religious leaders — all ideally members of the oppressed communities themselves — who can show up at any demonstration or organizing meeting to redirect and misdirect the activities of those who are new to the struggle.        This manipulation extends also to a total saturation of the media. Prior to the George Floyd-inspired uprising, the capitalist press treated the Black Lives Matter movement as an inconvenient sideshow, suppressing their demands whenever possible. But when the movement bared its teeth, the press immediately fell in line, full-throatedly declaring that “Black Lives Matter” and that all people of conscience should support nonviolent protesters. That caveat, of course, is key. In the capitalist press, the words “nonviolent” and “protester” are always seen together. The use of this formulation is yet another tool of the ruling class to sow division, to seemingly show support for the movement — and thereby give hope to those who might believe negotiation with the state is still possible — while condemning those who defend themselves from the violence of the police.Why Kamala Harris?        Amidst an uncontrollable mass movement that explicitly condemns law enforcement, it might seem to be a political blunder for a presidential candidate to select a former prosecutor and state attorney general as their vice presidential nominee, especially one with a record as ruthlessly carceral as Harris’s. But Joe Biden is a leading servant of the capitalist ruling class and his first goal is not winning the election, but doing his masters’ bidding. To defeat a movement such as ours will require a heavy-handed response from law enforcement — not just the police, but local and federal law enforcement. For that, Harris’s experience makes her perfectly suited for the role of vice president.It would be an error to view the Harris nomination as meaningless because of the usually ceremonial role played by the U.S. Vice President. Joe Biden is an incompetent fool with a record of blatant plagiarism, outrageously inappropriate off-the-cuff comments and two embarrassingly disastrous presidential runs. He exists where he is now due to white privilege, an unflinching willingness to serve the interests of the war industry and credit card companies, an easy smile, and the absolute desperation of the ruling class to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign.  Compounding Biden’s intellectual inadequacy with his repeated signals that he will be a one-term president — along with the need for a competent leader to suppress the masses — the selection of his VP is of the utmost importance. Make no mistake: Should Biden win in November, Kamala Harris will be, after Dick Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the last hundred years.Kamala Harris is a key player in the ruling class’s strategy to maintain the capitalist order during a monumental Black uprising. Imagine for a moment if she were white. Imagine if she were a man. What would the reaction of the masses be to the selection of a 55-year-old white male prosecutor for the second highest office in the country? There would be no doubt that such a candidate was put in place as a direct check on the newfound power of the masses. In such a situation, it would be clear that the selection of a prosecutor was a signal that the ruling class sought to bring down the hammer of the U.S. legal system in order to smash the rebellion.That is why Kamala Harris is so perfectly cast. And we should be clear that a capitalist election is nothing more than a casting call for potential administrators of the capitalist machine. To have an experienced, intelligent and ruthless prosecutor like Kamala Harris, who is also Black, South Asian, a woman and the daughter of  migrant parents, is a huge boon to the capitalists.Harris’s representation of oppressed groups acts as a scalpel, surgically carving divisions within the working class. The capitalists have no shame in playing on the hopes of oppressed people who, seeing someone like them reach the heights of power, might dare to hope that their oppression would soon be alleviated. The cynical ruling class knows this. They know that having a woman of color as the administrator of capitalist exploitation will cause confusion and hesitation among the masses, that it might convince some to wait or negotiate or give the benefit of the doubt to a system that does not deserve it. This was true with President Barack Obama.But regardless of who operates the exploitative U.S. capitalist system, it is primarily a racist, patriarchal system of exploitation. A system that destroys the lives of people of color for profit. A system that underpays women and gender–oppressed people and denies them bodily autonomy to increase stock prices. A system that has, and always will, work for the benefit of wealthy white men. This is the true face of the machine. Kamala Harris is merely the brutal machinery of state repression clad in blackface.The law as warfareNapoleon Bonaparte advised rulers to hide their iron hand in a velvet glove. When Trump came into office, he brought with him the vile neo-Confederate Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions tirelessly dismantled the meager and wholly inadequate protections established by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Sessions’s only goal was to remake the Department of Justice into an iron hand with which to swat the movement for Black Liberation. Anyone who believes Harris will attempt to undermine Sessions’s work will be sorely disappointed. She will instead act as a velvet glove, covering the repressive innovations of the Trump administration with a soft veil of legitimacy.Harris will no doubt make a show of publicly putting the most egregiously violent police departments under toothless consent decrees — as the Obama administration did before her. But she will also quietly use her years of experience in tossing human beings into cages to further develop the means by which both state and local prosecutors can harass, contain and destroy Black radicals. We’ve already seen absurd, draconian prosecutions leveled at demonstrators. We can only expect this to continue under the stewardship of a veteran prosecutor. Counterinsurgency means division       As Bill Clinton revealed, the ruling class is afraid. They are looking to Kamala Harris as their last hope. They believe that the masses can be fooled into curbing their resistance because a member of an oppressed class and group has been allowed to wield the tools of oppression. This strategy failed under President Obama, and it will fail again if Vice President Harris is elected. The Black Lives Matter movement was born under the Obama administration. It was born because the oppressed masses understood that the race of the president had no material impact on the violent exploitation they faced everyday in their communities. The oppressed masses also understand, more and more each day, that their power comes from their numbers, and any attempt to divide them must be dismissed out of hand. Kamala Harris can’t stop the rebellion, no more than you can stop the tide from coming in.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Good news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major…

first_imgLinkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Facebook Email WhatsApp WITH three companies confirming that they are about to expand their operations in Limerick, it’s been an exceptionally positive week on the jobs creation front.Three Ireland is to create 90 new jobs at the former O2 customer call centre in Plassey which will serve as the company’s preferred centre for customer queries and business transactions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This followed the announcement from energy firm Pinergy that it is about to create 46 new sales positions in the Tipperary/Limerick area in association with sales management company DSM.Pinergy investors include rugby legend Paul O’Connell and the new jobs come on the back of a major promotional campaign to get households in Limerick city and county to convert to the company’s ‘pay as you go’ payment system for electricity costs.There will be a further jobs announcement this Friday when Finance Minister Michael Noonan visits the Raheen headquarters of the Kirby Group to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary.The well-known engineering company has grown since its foundation in Limerick in 1964 to employ more than 600 people today, with substantial operations in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, the UK and Europe, with a further 250 people employed by key subcontract partners.The Three Ireland move will see the firm increase its Limerick workforce to more than 440 employees.Ninety permanent customer care roles will be created over the next 12 months in Limerick. Additionally, a number of existing contract staff will be made permanent over the next 12 months.Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan said the Limerick expansion would bring all customer care roles back to Ireland. He added that a planned €300 million investment in their high speed network would require up to 100 full-time equivalent roles through third party contractors over the next three years.Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan described the jobs announcement as a “positive reflection on all the existing employees in the call centre in Plassey who have a proven track record of hard work and professionalism”.“Limerick has demonstrated in recent years its ability to continue to attract jobs in various sectors with a number of multinationals choosing Limerick to establish their operations. These much welcome additional jobs in Three Ireland will contribute to improving our local economy while also helping all those agencies involved in attracting more companies to view existing similar type companies continuing to expand in Limerick,” she said.Castletroy-based Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell,  said the jobs announcement was a “further endorsement of Limerick as an investment location”.“It’s significant that Limerick has been selected as the location for customer services for the new combined business, which will have 37 per cent of the Irish mobile market.“This is a clear testament to Limerick as a good location for investment, and follows recent similar announcements from UPC and others. This emphasises the ability of Limerick to compete at the cutting edge of the provision of these services.“However it has a bitter-sweet quality to it with the announcement of job losses in retail around the country and headquarter operations in Dublin. I sympathise with those people who will be losing their jobs and hope that they will be able to take up employment elsewhere without too much delay,” he said. Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img NewsLocal NewsGood news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major expansionsBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 894 TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanJobsKieran O’Donnell TDKirby Grouplimericko2PinergyThree Ireland Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick homeowners say no to water metersNext articleLimerick schools top Sunday Times list Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Mountain Music Festival

first_imgJam band lovers need not worry as Saturday night will feature MMFest favorites Big Something who have been on the bill every year since the festivals inception in 2014. Look for The Floozies to bring a funky electronic mix that Wonderland Mountain has never seen before. Jam early into Sunday morning as a double header late night show goes down at the campground’s Strange Stage with The Kind Thieves and Fletcher’s Grove. Rather stay dry? Sign up for one of the zip line canopy tours and fly through the trees as you zip from cliff-top to cliff-top. Navigate this course on the rim of the gorge as your traverse nine different zip lines and two sky bridges. The grand finale is a 40-foot freefall off the plunge tower. Plus there are a ton of other activities to choose from including paintball, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, rappelling, and more. With over 25 bands coming to the mountain there will be no shortage of great music at all hours of the day and night. There will be plenty of action on the mountaintop main stage but don’t miss out on some of the incredible up and coming bands at the festival’s two side stages. Wake up each morning and wander over to the Strange Stage for coffee and great regional acts. The Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company Lake Stage will keep music flowing on the beach and at the waterpark all day Saturday. Aside from incredible music there are over 30 visual artists, 25+ vendors, free workshops, and great people all over the mountain. The New River Gorge in West Virginia is known around the world as a top-notch adventure sports destination featuring some of America’s best whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Mountain Music Festival attendees are smack in the middle of all this action and ACE has the best guides to get your adrenaline flowing in the outdoors. Take a half-day rafting trip down the river and experience over 20 rapids, scenic views, and finish your trip underneath the famous New River Gorge Bridge. This is the most popular activity and ACE’s guides have been leading trips for almost 40 years on this wild and wonderful river. This year’s lineup features rising Americana star Tyler Childers who is returning to the mountain after playing MMFest in 2017.  We really wanted to bring the festival back to its Americana roots so we setup a Friday night show that will compliment Childers nicely. Fellow Kentucky boys The Wooks and Justin Wells alongside Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound will all be supporting. Although not from Kentucky Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be bringing their fiery energy to mountaintop stage. Mountain Music Festival is truly a summertime music event like none other you have experienced. From the beautiful mountaintop camping, to the friendly welcoming vibes, and the amazing music all weekend this is the place to be May 30th  – June 2nd. Advance tickets are on sale now and you can save $20 OFF your festival pass with promo code BROLOVE. Make your plans, call off work, and tell your friends to join you on the mountain! This summer ACE Adventure Resort in the New River Gorge, West Virginia is gearing up for the 6th installment of Mountain Music Festival. This year’s weekend May 30th – June 2nd features four days full of great music, visual art, epic adventures, tasty food and craft brews. Advance tickets are on sale now and this is looking like the biggest MMFest yet. Find out why everyone who visits this festival falls in love. last_img read more

OAS Summit in El Salvador to Highlight ‘Citizen Security’

first_imgBy Dialogo April 21, 2011 In the heart of San Salvador’s Parque Cuscutlán, the solemn Monumento a los Desparecidos [Monument to the Disappeared] bears the names of over 25,000 victims of El Salvador’s long-running civil war. The 85-meter wall of black granite stands as a stark reminder of this country’s violent past. “We come here every year on November 11, the day of the offensive, and also on November 2, the day of the dead,” said Carolina Solis, a middle-aged woman and staunch supporter of the Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the leftist rebel group whose successors are today running El Salvador. Solis was here to honor the memory of her brother, Edwin Omar Solis. The FMLN guerrilla was only 17 when he was killed in a 1989 battle in Nanastepeque, a tiny village in the department of Cabañas. Yet the country has made tremendous strides since then. A peace treaty in 1992 ended the 13-year civil war, which killed an estimated 75,000 people and created millions of refugees. The economy eventually rebounded, and in 2009, former journalist who became a member of the FMLN Mauricio Funes became president, defeating Rodrigo Avila of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in balloting widely deemed to be free and fair. It marked the first time in 20 years ARENA had lost an election. On June 5, El Salvador will host the 41st General Assembly of the Organization of American States. The theme of the three-day gathering is “Citizen Security in the Americas,” coming little more than two months after the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, who pledged $200 million to help El Salvador fight drug trafficking and gang violence. El Salvador’s minister of defense, David Mungía Payés, told journalists that the struggle waged by Mexican authorities to combat drug trafficking in that country poses one of Central America’s gravest threats.” “As you press on the north, the cartels strategically move south into Central America. The presence of the Los Zetas drug cartel in Guatemala is serious, and they are also in Honduras now,” he said at a recent press conference in San Salvador. In December, the government of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of siege in the department of Alta Verapaz, where Zeta smugglers have turned the area, near the border with Mexico, into a center of operations. Mungía Payés, underlining the gravity of the situation for all of Central America, warned that “Honduras has become the main route for drug traffickers” because the ongoing political crisis in that country “has led the Honduran government to focus more on political issues than security issues.” No wonder, then, that “citizen security” is the theme of the OAS General Assembly to take place in San Salvador. “Your choice of topic speaks of your understanding of what is important to the Americas,” said Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the OAS, during a recent meeting in Washington with El Salvador’s foreign minister, Hugo Martínez. “Security and development are both issues of main concern for our people, and therefore the eyes of the world will be on El Salvador during the first week of June.” Ramdin added that “we should be proud that a country like El Salvador — a relatively small country but an important member of the OAS — makes itself available to host such a meeting, with all the costs it implies.” For his part, Martínez reaffirmed his country’s willingness “to strengthen the hemisphere and take concrete actions that benefit the peoples of the Americas, especially in an area that is very sensitive, such as security.” These days, El Salvador’s biggest problem is not political violence but rather rampant violence caused by drug traffickers that have terrorized the region. Even so, Funes —despite a struggling economy and rising crime — is still backed by some 79% of voters, making him Latin America’s most popular leader. One of those Salvadorans who support Funes is businessman Eduardo Quiñónez Caminos, a director at real-estate developer Grupo Agrisal. “This is the first time we have a leftist conservative government,” said Quiñonez, whose company owns the Crowne Plaza Hotel, official venue of the upcoming OAS meeting. “Most people expected a Marxist-Leninist approach to government after the FMLN came to power. But this president has proven that he’s not so left-wing. He’s more of a centrist, and he has the biggest popularity ratings of any president we’ve had in the past 20 years.” Asked what the biggest obstacle to doing business in El Salvador, Quiñonez replied “security” without any hesitation. “Our crime rates are still very high, and there’s a big problem with the maras [gangs],” he said. “The government is heading in the right direction with these issues, but of course it takes time to fight crime. Everybody feels threatened.” El Salvador — with the collaboration of the other Central American countries and the United States — is organizing an international conference directly after the OAS General Assembly to focus on regional security, Martínez said. The meeting will address issues such as finance, technology and cooperation in aviation and maritime patrols to intercept drug traffickers. “The U.S. has a specific vision for Central America. Before, this whole area was seen within the context of Plan Mérida, and Central America was diluted,” he explained. “We’ve always told them that if there’s a Plan Colombia in the south and a Plan Mérida in the north, then the pressure from both sides would push all the narcotraffickers towards the center.” The result has been a U.S. program called the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Yet since that program’s establishment in 2008, funds allotted to CARSI’s seven members amount to around $260 million — less than one-fourth of Mexico’s share of counternarcotics assistance. The irony is that Central American nations have confiscated more than three times as much cocaine as confiscated in Mexico — about 100 metric tons per year. And the northern half of the isthmus, comprising Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, is now the most violent region in the world outside of active war zones. “We don’t only want to punish criminals, we also want a social development plan,” said Martínez. “Even though we must combat crime with all our strength, we must also generate opportunities for the new generation. If we don’t, they will become the perfect targets for criminals.”last_img read more

US Air Force Advisors Host First Virtual Training with Panama Partners amid COVID-19

first_imgBy U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Luther Mitchell Jr/621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 02, 2020 U.S. Air Force advisors with the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) provided training for the first time using a virtual medium to members of the Panamanian Air and Naval Service, also known as SENAN, August 31 through September 11.Air advisors established the new training and certification process with inputs from Headquarters Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Inter-American Air Forces Academy, 818th MSAS, and various members of the State Partnership Program.Air advisors received virtual training certifications prior to this advising engagement that included two weeks of significant practice, research, and training to ensure they were presenting a professional image and complying with industry standards.The training the air advisors provided to their Panamanian partners consists of an introductory command and control course and a multi-topic airfield operations course. This training will serve as the framework for future Building Partner Capacity missions within the country.The command and control course is one week long, and the airfield operations course is two weeks long. The courses covers 16 lessons between five instructors for 26 students, delivered in two languages.“Giving Panama quality training, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, shows that U.S. Air Force air advisors can rise to any occasion,” U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Samantha Miller, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor said. “The MSAS is here to advise, and we make that happen, even in the age of social distancing.”last_img read more

Nuts to politics: Ex-air steward eyes to lead South Korean party

first_imgIn December 2014, a Korean Air flight from New York to Seoul had a particularly demanding passenger in first class: Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of the chairman of the South Korean conglomerate that controls the flag-carrier, and a senior airline executive herself.When a stewardess presented her with a bag of pre-departure nuts, Cho flew into a rage, screaming they should have been served on a plate.”A flight attendant came to me… looking half-dead, telling me Cho had gone mad with her over the nuts,” said Park, who was then the cabin crew chief.Cho ordered them both to kneel in apology and berated them. Former South Korean air steward Park Chang-jin never imagined a bag of macadamia nuts would lead him to a career in politics. Park — now seeking the chair of South Korea’s third-largest party — was on the receiving end of what became known as the “nut rage” incident six years ago, when he was made to beg on his knees by a South Korean airline heiress. The episode made headlines worldwide and turned him into a symbol of workplace abuse in a hierarchical society. “I implored her to calm down,” Park said. “But I could feel my dignity as a human was falling apart… It was the longest five minutes of my life.” Cho pushed him away and demanded he left the plane, then ordered the taxiing aircraft back to the gate — actions that later saw her convicted of violating aviation safety laws.”Walking back into the terminal felt like walking into my coffin,” said Park.  Topics :center_img ‘True nature’ The encounter with Cho, he said, had given him “a new perspective on society and the true nature of human beings”.”I realized that without a change in politics and laws, the status quo would never change.” After the incident Park — who at 49 retains the clean-cut looks and polite manner of his former role — was demoted to the same rank he held when he first joined the company.A court later ordered Cho and the airline to pay him 100 million won ($90,000) in compensation, and he left the firm in January to go into politics full-time.He is now seeking the chair of the left-wing Justice party in a vote to be announced this weekend. ‘Top-down management’ South Korea is dominated by a few sprawling conglomerates known as “chaebol”, whose founding families often retain only small ownership stakes but maintain control through complex webs of cross-shareholdings, with family members rapidly promoted up the hierarchy.Workplace bullying is more common at firms managed by the controlling family rather than unrelated professionals, according to Chung Sun-sup, head of corporate analysis firm “One of the reasons is non-family professionals are more likely to understand and empathize with subordinates because they were once in that position themselves.”Park believes that chaebol family successions “should be stopped in principle”. “But since that can’t happen overnight, we need a system that holds them accountable for their actions,” he added.”Everyone should be equal before the law.” last_img read more

Duterte sacks Robredo as anti-drug czar

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasfired Vice President Leni Robredo from her post as co-chair of the Inter-agencyCommittee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). Photo courtesy of PCOO “Maramiang natuwa at humanga sa pagtanggap ni VPLeni ng nasabing alok. Sumabog sa mukhanila ang kanilang tangkang pahiyain si VP Leni. Duterte has been critical of Robredoin the days since he appointed her to the position, saying that he does nottrust her and keeping the list of high-value drug targets from her. Robredo’s appointment came after a dayafter Duterte designated her co-chair of the anti-drugs body along withPhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino on Nov. 6. “Malacañang did not just blink. Parang silang napuwing nang todo-todo.Umatras. Dahil sa takot at pangamba na lalo pang lumawak ang suporta kay VPLeni bunga ng mas maayos at higit naepektibong kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, agad-agad nilang tinanggal siyasa ICAD.” “Pinatunayandin nitong pagtanggal kay VP Leni na wala silang isang salita. Sa katunayan,yung palpak na war on drugs ginawanilang war on VP. “Their scheme to make VP Leni lookweak backfired. Just two weeks after her appointment, she has shown courage andcompetence in facing the problem at hand and redirected the anti-drug war trackfrom a criminal justice issue to a public health problem. Sen. Francis Pangilinan, leader ofRobredo’s Liberal Party, said, “The appointment and the eventual firing of VPLeni as anti-drug co-chair prove what we have been saying all along: Both thewar on drugs and the appointment of the vice president as ICAD co-chair arebluff and bluster.” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdeaconfirmed this to reporters on Sunday evening, but no reason was given for thetermination. Here’s the rest of Pangilinan’sstatement: On Malacañang’s explanation “that thetermination of VP Robredo was in response to the Liberal Party suggestion tojust fire the Vice President and in response to the taunt and dare of VPRobredo for the President to just tell her that he wants her out, Pangilinansaid, “Naghahanap ng sisisihin sa mgapalpak at magulo nilang kilos. A desperate attempt at blaming others forthe mess they themselves created.”/PN The Chief Executive even warned tofire the opposition stalwart if she discloses confidential information toforeign entities in connection with his brutal war on drugs. “Samaikling panahon, pinakita ni VP Leni na hindi solusyon ang araw-araw na patayanng mga mahihirap na drug user habang pinapakawalan at pino-promote ang malalaking drug lord, ninja cops, at mga protektor nila. Earlier on Sunday, Duterte apologizedto Robredo for believing a “fake news” that she had invited a UN prosecutor tolook into his administration’s war on drugs. Robredo was reached out for commentbut no to avail. She was able to serve as an ICAD co-chair for only two weeks. Robredo had earlier criticized theadministration’s bloody anti-drugs campaign, saying that it is not workingsince the number of drug users and traffickers are still rising despite thebloody campaign on drugs.last_img read more

Chris Paul says he’s ‘excited’ to play for Thunder after Rockets trade

first_img Thunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moves “So thankful to the city of Houston for all your generosity and kindness toward my family and me these past few years!” Paul wrote. “I’m truly blessed to have amazing fans who continue to support me throughout my career.“I’m excited to be joining (the Thunder) next season and for this new opportunity to compete alongside my Thunder teammates. I started my NBA career playing in Oklahoma City with the New Orleans Hornets and I look forward to returning!” Related News Russell Westbrook is ‘the most important player’ in Thunder history, Sam Presti says NBA trade rumors: Clippers inquired about these stars before dealing for Paul George So thankful to the city of Houston for all your generosity and kindness toward my family and me these past few years! I’m truly blessed to have amazing fans who continue to support me throughout my career. I’m excited to be joining @okcthunder next season and for this new opportunity to compete alongside my Thunder teammates. I started my NBA career playing in Oklahoma City with the New Orleans Hornets and I look forward to returning!A post shared by Chris Paul (@cp3) on Jul 24, 2019 at 3:57pm PDTPaul, a nine-time All-Star, struggled with injuries and had a down season in 2018-19, but he’s still a valuable floor leader and scorer, despite his massive contract (three years, $124.1 million).Oklahoma City was reportedly looking to flip Paul and had some initial discussions with the Heat, but no deal materialized, and he is expected to begin the season with the team.center_img View this post on Instagram “Getting a player of Chris’ caliber gives us another experienced playmaker and leader, while the additional draft picks continue to allow us to further commit to the long-term vision that we are embarking on for the Thunder,” general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “We welcome Chris back to Oklahoma City where as a member of the Hornets he helped to pave the way for the Thunder’s arrival in OKC.”The Thunder are expected to enter a major rebuild after moving Westbrook, Paul George and Jerami Grant in July. Chris Paul is ready for his new opportunity.The 34-year-old guard was sent from the Rockets, along with multiple draft picks, to the Thunder this month as part of the Russell Westbrook trade. Paul — who briefly played in Oklahoma City at the beginning of his career when the Hornets were displaced by Hurricane Katrina — addressed the move in an Instagram post Wednesday.last_img read more

Official times and placing of the Great Race 2015.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following are the official times and placings for the 25th running of the Great Race held Saturday. The full story can be found here. TIMES AND PLACING - THE GREAT RACE 2015:First – Anders Spinalators, 44:30Second – SSB Big Bucks, 46:40Third – The Dore Enchies, 48:40Fourth – Black Oak Striders, 50:52Fifth – Cooper’s Comets, 56:56Sixth – Galaxie Squad, 57:04Seventh – Axis of Awesome, 58:40Eighth – Doo-Dah Flying Circus, 58:57Ninth – Wheatland Warriors, 59:2410th – Greeno Flamouts, 59:3011th – Village Idiots. 71:32••••••Course Record: Commodore Enchies, 42:03, (2012) Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Find Your Future: Time for Students to Sign-up : Saturday, March…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Well-educated and skilled young people add to our community’s vitality. They are critical to our area’s sustainability.  The better informed students are of the choices they have after graduation, the better choices they will make for themselves.The business and education communities have partnered in creating Find Your Future to help youth explore future career paths. The event takes place on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 10am – 1pm. There’s still time for teens to sign-up for this free event.Thurston County students (8-12 grade) and their parents are invited to attend. Find Your Future helps students consider various fields of interest in a fun and informative format.During the event, students will attend two breakout sessions led by area professionals while parents hear from several experts discussing topics ranging from financing college to assisting their students in career development. The event concludes with students and parents attending a Resource Fair of colleges, universities, and organizations that focus on career and educational information.This popular, every-other-year event typically draws a crowd of over 650 students and parents. There is no cost for either students or parents to attend.Find Your Future is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and is co-sponsored by Thurston County school districts.For further information visit the Find Your Future website, contact Alisha Blain or call 360.357.3362.last_img read more