Robert and William Isaias Dassum: The case of the Ecuadorian banking fugitives that live and invest in the U.S.

  Introduction     The Ecuadorian bank, Filanbanco’s failure helped cause the 1999 banking crisis in this tiny country.  It is estimated that the brothers, William and Roberto Isaias Dassum, owe the Ecuadorian treasury a whopping $661 million which they allegedly embezzled from the bank.  Armando Bermeo, then head of the Supreme Court, accused the […]

Breaking the Blockade of Silence - L.A. Art and Advocacy for the Cuban 5

By Diana Block, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five How do you break through the twelve-year blockade of silence that has kept five Cuban political prisoners invisible to the American public?  How can art transcend U.S. prison walls and present the truth about these men, locked up in five distant prisons scattered […]

ANOTHER FAR RIGHT OUTING

I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read. Rekers,  co-creator  with James Dobson of Family Research Council with Reverend James Dobson in 1983, denounced homosexuality as a […]

Report on March and Rally to Defend Public Education and where we go from here in our struggles

Readers- As you know I have spent a great deal of time bringing you the news regarding the efforts of ‘By any Means Necessary’, or BAMN (www.bamn.com) and their efforts to stop privatization city by city, but especially in Detroit.  I have done this for the purpose of letting readers know about the struggles against […]

Crist vetoes Senate Bill 6 - victory for students, teachers and anti-privatiztion forces

We won! Governor Charlie Crist of Florida Vetoes SB 6, merit pay/testing trap After huge teacher call-ins (at least 6,700 teachers in Miami/Dade school district alone) and scores of student walkouts, along with a huge rally and other actions,  including a “sit-down” (turned meeting with Governor Crist) at the Governor’s office which BAMN carried out […]

Florida: sit-in planned for Gov. Crist's office Fridaythe 16th: Stopping race and class segregation through Race to the Top

But the teacher’s initial fear is giving way to something else. They are calling in sick in Miami-Dade. Their student allies are walking out of classrooms and into the streets in protest. Their parent allies have conducted a hunger strike and marched up and down the state on their behalf.

STRANGE RECIPROCITY!

Miami, 2008 Antonio Veciana described three failed assassination plots he directed against Fidel Castro – with the help and encouragement of the CIA. In 1960, Maurice Bishop, aka David Atlee Phillips, had recruited Veciana for CIA dirty trick operations in Havana. Veciana described how the Agency, working with the Catholic Church, forged a Cuban “law” […]

Global Warming: THE HOTTEST DECADE

“The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on record, new surface temperature figures released Thursday by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration show…. 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005. The other hottest recorded years have all occurred since 1998, NASA said.” Global […]

The for-profit Educational Maintenance Organization: Academica, Inc.

Academica, Inc. The for-profit Educational Maintenance Organization The first Florida charter school statute was approved in 1996, opening the door for the creation of charter schools as part of the state’s public education system, where they would operate independently. Since that time the race has been on, with Florida, along with other states such as […]

Hitting bottom at the top - White House forgets to lead on Haiti

People are dying in Haiti because they can’t get out, Dr. Green said. Shala Dewan, New York Times, January 29 Many of us wanted to think that the dreadful behavior during the Bush administration was some sort of aberration. We had a relatively clean election and ended up with a more intelligent and compassionate president […]