1986: The Iran-Contra Affair

Chomsky’s brief account of the US selling arms to Iran via Israel in order to fund far-right paramilitary contras in Nicaragua. The major elements of the Iran/contra story were well known long before the 1986 exposures, apart from one fact: that the sale of arms to Iran via Israel and the illegal contra war runContinue reading “1986: The Iran-Contra Affair”

1970-1987: The contra war in Nicaragua

Noam Chomsky’s account of the US-backed “contra” counter-insurgency in Nicaragua against the left-wing government. It wasn’t just the events in El Salvador that were ignored by the mainstream US media during the 1970s. In the ten years prior to the overthrow of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, US television – all networks –Continue reading “1970-1987: The contra war in Nicaragua”

CIA admits it overlooked Contras’ links to drugs

CNN November 3, 1998 WASHINGTON (CNN) — The CIA overlooked or ignored reports that the Nicaragua Contra rebels financed their fight to oust the communist Sandinistas through the sale of drugs in the United States, according to an internal CIA report. Fredrick Hitz, the now-retired CIA inspector-general who supervised the report, admitted that monitoring ofContinue reading “CIA admits it overlooked Contras’ links to drugs”

Contra Remains Found at Honduran Base

The Associated Press August 28, 2001 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Forensic experts found the remains of three people at a former air base near the Honduras-Nicaragua border that was used as a training ground for U.S.-backed Contra rebels. The discovery was made late Monday after six hours of digging at the El Aguacate air base,Continue reading “Contra Remains Found at Honduran Base”

The Contras: A Sorry Sight Despite 4 Years of U.S. Help

December 12, 1986 By Joseph C. Harsch This has turned into the week in world affairs that took Honduran troops, ferried to the fighting front in United States Army helicopters, to rescue the main force of the Nicaraguan contra rebels from Nicaraguan troops. So low has the contras’ fighting ability fallen that they could notContinue reading “The Contras: A Sorry Sight Despite 4 Years of U.S. Help”

Rant & Personal Account: A Disturbing Revelation

By the Espresso Stalinist As a kid, one of my favorite games was Contra for the original Nintendo NES. As an adult, I now know this game was a propaganda effort to raise support for the reactionary Contras in Nicaragua fighting against the Sandinista government. The ending theme of the original game was titled “Sandinista”Continue reading “Rant & Personal Account: A Disturbing Revelation”

Video: the Nicaraguan Contras

  “But despite the efforts of the White House PR machine, the Contras increasingly appeared to be a particularly ruthless and bloodthirsty bunch. Stories of atrocities against civilian noncombatants certainly didn’t help. In the words of human rights group Americas Watch, ‘the Contras systematically engage in violent abuses … so prevalent that these may beContinue reading “Video: the Nicaraguan Contras”

Bolstering Contras Was A Top Priority

January 18, 1987 By GEORGE de LAMA, Chicago Tribune Correspondent Michael Tackett of the Chicago Tribune contributed to this story. WASHINGTON — Months before Congress cut off support for the Nicaraguan rebels in October 1984, President Reagan approved an ambitious campaign to encourage private American donors and foreign governments to finance the war against Managua`sContinue reading “Bolstering Contras Was A Top Priority”

Iran-Contra and the Religious Right

Oliver North worshipped in a charismatic Episcopal Church in Virginia called Church of the Apostles. It turn out to be one of those Shepherding churches, a cult movement within the charismatic movement. North’s pastor was Rev. Brian Cox, a National Coordinator of Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA), a right-wing political orgainization in guise of ofContinue reading “Iran-Contra and the Religious Right”

William Z. Foster on Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism

“Stalin has further developed Marxism-Leninism through many invaluable theoretical accomplishments. His principal contributions to Marxian theory lie in indicating the path of the actual building of socialism in the U.S.S.R. Thus, his powerful polemics against Trotsky, Zinoviev, Bukharin and their counterrevolutionary affiliates comprised the greatest ideological struggle of our times. They clarified every aspect ofContinue reading “William Z. Foster on Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism”

“My Life With Enver” Nexhmije Hoxha’s Memoirs (Part 4)

12. Towards a free life – in the mountains After being on duty with the partisans in the mountains, I left Tirana on March 20th; the city I would not return to until its liberation. Along with my joy, I also felt an emptiness in my soul. I was leaving the city in which IContinue reading ““My Life With Enver” Nexhmije Hoxha’s Memoirs (Part 4)”

“My Life With Enver” Nexhmije Hoxha’s Memoirs (Part 3)

(Above) Anti-fascist demonstration in Tirana where Nexhmije saw Enver for the first time. They would later meet in a Partisan safehouse. 9. In Kucaka. Another Yugoslav emissary In Kucaka, near Korca, I met-up again with Enver. It had been a long time we had seen each other and we spent some time talking. He toldContinue reading ““My Life With Enver” Nexhmije Hoxha’s Memoirs (Part 3)”

PCMLE: The Rebels and the National Transitional Council in Libya

En Marcha, September 13, 2011 When much of the Libyan territory has been taken by the rebels, with the help of a military coalition led by the United States, Britain, France and Spain and has established the so-called National Transitional Council, the question that people ask is, “Who are these rebels, who make up this NationalContinue reading “PCMLE: The Rebels and the National Transitional Council in Libya”

Arbeit Zukunft: Russian Federation – Growing protest on the streets of Russia

Sunday, 8 January 2012 Correspondence: After the parliamentary elections on 4th December took place in Russia, the largest rallies and demonstrations in 20 years. This was a reaction against the ruling party “United Russia”, which was confronted after the announcement of election results with massive allegations. Unfair elections, rigged elections (“dirty election”) and the exclusionContinue reading “Arbeit Zukunft: Russian Federation – Growing protest on the streets of Russia”

PCMLE: Vietnam: A Popular and Anti-Imperialist Revolution

En Marcha, October 14, 2009 Commercial and monetary relations, linkages with international institutions and transnational corporations that are practiced in Vietnam attest to the validity of a capitalist economy. As a result, have increased levels of corruption and waste and links to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have made commitments to be metContinue reading “PCMLE: Vietnam: A Popular and Anti-Imperialist Revolution”