Updated, in paperback, with a new introduction by NAOMI KLEIN (Shock Doctrine.)
EVENT: Tuesday, February 5th in New York City
What's a Progressive to Do? Pondering Super Tuesday
with LAURA FLANDERS & MARK CRISPIN MILLER
At McNally Robinson Bookstore
52 Prince St, (between Lafayette & Mulberry) New York, 10012
212 274 1160
7 pm. Book-signing to follow.
We haven't done a book discussion yet this year, we are aware. We'll be discussing Naomi Wolf's book next Sunday.
Also Doug Henwood is a guest of Flanders on today's RadioNation with Laura Flanders broadcast. And:
"Progressives Ponder Super Tuesday" with LAURA FLANDERS, GEORGE CURRY (EMERGE) and KATHY SPILLAR (MS)
Thursday, January 31
Room 1314, UCLA Law School Building, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood Village, CA 90024.
12.30-2.00: Refreshments and book signing to follow
For more information contact email@example.com, 310 795 1736.
And we'll also note two other things. David Bacon has an article in The Nation, for Bacon, we'll link to the magazine: "Right to Strike Imperiled in Cananea." Excerpt:
The Mexican city of Cananea, site of one of the world's largest copper mines, is moving toward a virtual state of siege after fighting swept through the streets between police and strikers more than a week ago. The attack on the Mexican miners' union, followed by a massive police occupation of the mine and surrounding town, has sparked a growing uproar among the country's workers and unions. More than 25,000 miners across Mexico walked off the job for a day on January 16 in protest. Six days later, 1,500 teachers, electrical and telephone workers, and farmers marched on the Mexico City office of Labor Secretary Javier Lozano Alarcon to demand that the government withdraw police from the struck mine.
Francisco Hernandez Juarez, head of the National Union of Workers (UNT), Mexico's independent union federation, not only condemned government moves to break the miners' strike but accused the administration of President Felipe Calderón of unilaterally implementing its proposals for labor law reform, which would effectively eliminate the right to strike. A statement by the Authentic Labor Front, which belongs to the UNT, said, "The government is trying to intimidate us into accepting its labor law reform." Deputies from the left-wing Democratic Revolutionary Party also denounced the government plan.
And from ETAN:
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) on the Death of Suharto
Contact: John M. Miller +1/718-596-7668
Accountability for Suharto's Crimes Must Not Die With Him
Indonesia's former dictator General Suharto has died in bed and not
in jail, escaping justice for his numerous crimes in East Timor and
throughout the Indonesian archipelago. One of the worst mass
murderers of the 20th century, his death tolls still shock:
* 500,000 to one million Indonesians in the aftermath of his 1965
seizure of power;
* 100,000 in West Papua;
* 100,000 to 200,000 in East Timor, which his troops illegally
invaded in 1975;
* tens of thousands more in Aceh and elsewhere.
Suharto also accumulated an appalling legacy of corruption - 15 to 35
billion dollars stolen by him and his family.
Suharto has avoided personal accountability for the genocide,
destruction and corruption he inflicted upon those he presumed to
rule. However, the generals, cronies and family members who carried
out his orders via massacre, torture and theft must not get off so
easily. Those who murdered and pillaged on behalf of Suharto and his
"New Order" regime must be brought to justice.
We cannot forget that the United States government consistently
supported Suharto and his regime. As the corpses piled up after his
coup and darkness descended on Indonesia, his cheerleaders in the
U.S. welcomed the "gleam of light in Asia." In the pursuit of
realpolitik, U.S. administration after administration, fully aware of
his many crimes, provided military assistance and hardware, training
and equipping Suharto's killers. The Indonesian dictator sought and
received U.S. approval before he launched his invasion of East Timor;
ninety percent of the weapons used in this illegal attack came from the
In the face of broad domestic opposition as his "economic miracle"
had collapsed in 1998, he finally stepped down. But only after U.S.
Secretary of State Albright hinted he should do so, even as the White
House insisted she was not calling on the U.S.-backed dictator to
"step down now."
Persistent advocacy by concerned activists from East Timor,
Indonesia, the U.S. and within Congress finally succeeded in
curtailing U.S. military assistance to the Suharto regime in the
1990s. After Suharto was ousted, East Timor broke free and the
Indonesian military lost some perks. Since then, military reform
efforts have stalled or been reversed. Suharto's favored military
still maintains substantial power. Its higher-ranking officers, and
powerful retired military, like President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
built their careers during his reign. The military continues to
violate human rights with impunity and in West Papua and some areas
operates by Suharto-era rules, restricting outside access and
employing terror in service of its commercial interests.
Limited investigations dealing with Suharto-era crimes have added
some information to the public record, but the few trials that have
occurred have largely failed, as defendants have lied, intimidated or
bribed their way to acquittals, crushing the hopes of the victims and
their families for justice or even an apology.
To overcome Suharto's legacy and to uphold basic international human
rights and legal principles, those who executed, aided and abetted,
and benefited from his criminal orders must be held accountable. The
U.S. must undergo a complete accounting for its role in backing the
dictator. As a start, the U.S. government must support for an
international tribunal to prosecute human rights and war crimes
committed in East Timor from 1975 to 1999, and Washington should
condition military assistance to Indonesia "on progress towards full
democratisation, the subordination of the military to the rule of law
and civilian government, and strict adherence with international
human rights" as recommended by East Timor's Commission for
Reception, Truth and Reconciliation.
A brief ETAN backgrounder on Suharto's life is at
This statement is also available in Tetum and Bahasa Indonesia. See