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Lisbon Strikes Again!

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Ireland: Lisbon strikes again!

Check out August Edition of People's News, newsletter of the People's Movement.

Czech Republic a US satelite state

The Communist Youth Union (KSM) sharply rejects the intention of the Czech Republic’s government to place on our territory a US early-warning system component – a centre collecting and processing information data of the system.

After approximately 70% of the citizens rejected the governmental intention to place another component of the mentioned system – a US military radar - in the Czech Republic and after 200 000 of them expressed their resistance with their signatures under the petition of the KSM and with dozens of thousands of signatures under the petitions of other initiatives, it comes up to day that the governments of the Czech Republic behind the public’s back continued the secret negotiations on the placement of the US military facility on our territory. The ruling forces have an intention to carry out this important act without any expression of the will by the people and without discussion in the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Any cover-up considerations on the eventually possible interconnection with NATO are completely without merits and misleading. It should be based on a bilateral agreement between the US and Czech governments. Arguing with possible formal interconnection of the facility with the NATO that acts as an instrument of the US aggressive policies changes absolutely nothing in the whole affair and is designed to cover its essence.

The right-wing parties as well as the Czech social democratic party demonstrate with their pro-US servile and yea-saying attitudes whom they serve. They perform as a gearing-lever implementing the interests of the imperialist structures – of the government of the USA, of its criminal instrument NATO as well as of the EU. It is the domestic and foreign capital and not the working people who posses a real power in our country and who during the capitalist economic crisis on one hand further sharpens the class struggle against the working and unemployed people through the painful cutting of their social and legal position and who simultaneously bears its deal of responsibility for the policy of aggressions and occupations with deployment of the Czech army mercenaries and military equipment especially in the occupied Kosovo and Afghanistan on the other hand.

The Communist Youth Union (KSM) carries on its struggle against the placement of the US military facility on our territory and for leading out our country from the imperialist horse-collar of USA, NATO and EU.

Communist Youth Union (KSM)

Prague, 3rd August 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Update on Cuban 5 - Thanks for support

Gerardo Hernández is out of "the hole"!

Gerardo Hernández, Cuban Five hero, has just been released this morning from isolation after an intense campaign by his attorneys and thousands of supporters around the world, including nearly a thousand emails to the Bureau of Prisons generated by the National Committee's appeal. 

Leonard Weinglass, one of Gerardo's attorneys, visited Gerardo this weekend along with fellow attorney Peter Schey. This morning to Gloria La Riva of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five he described the abysmal and cruel conditions that Gerardo was placed in.

"Gerardo is in great spirits but he's really suffering. In 100+ degree weather, the air was so stifling that Gerardo was laying on the floor sucking in air from the bottom of the door. He couldn't take his blood pressure medicine as his doctor advised him because the weather was too hot. He couldn't use the shower because it was scalding hot water. He was given dirty bedsheets, and he had to resort to washing them in the toilet." 

Weinglass noted that "we sent a five-page letter to the prison containing all the errors that they made in putting him in isolation. The letter outlined their own regulations that they violated."

Gerardo is released! 

Moments later this morning, in a new phone call, Weinglass announced "they've just released him to the general [prison] population!" 

It's thanks to the great efforts of the attorneys and the national and international solidarity movement with the Cuban Five that this punitive and unwarranted prison action against Gerardo has been ended.

Thanks to everyone who responded so quickly to this emergency situation. 

Clearly, the struggle must intensify to free Gerardo and all the Cuban Five from prison. One thing you can do right now is to send a letter to Gerardo, letting him know you and all of us are with him in the continuing struggle.

Also, if you are not already receiving emails from the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, please visit this link ( to add your name to this low-volume list, so that we'll be able to notify you if another emergency arises.

From CubaNews

August 3, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Miami 5 imprisoned in the US for fighting
terrorism, is suffering under another punishment from the US government.

Since 21 July, Gerardo has been held in the ‘hole’ – a windowless cell of
7x3 feet which he shares with another prisoner, with little ventilation
and reaching temperatures of 95 degrees.

He is unable to take a shower and is taken outside in a cage for just one
hour every other day.

Not only is this cruel punishment being imposed without explanation, and
preventing Gerardo from seeing his lawyers at a crucial stage in his
preparation for Habeas Corpus, but it has also been imposed while Gerardo
is experiencing health problems.

In April Gerardo requested a medical appointment for medical conditions
developed while in prison, including high blood pressure. Three months
later, on 20 July 2010 he was seen by a doctor. The doctor prescribed a blood
test for a bacterium which is circulating throughout the prison, but instead, the
following day, 21 July 2010, Gerardo was put in the hole.

This is the third time in Gerardo’s twelve years in prison that he has
been placed in the hole while preparing for an appeal. He is currently unable
to see or have any contact with this legal team while under this inhumane

This inhumane punishment is another in the repeated violations of his
human rights while in USP Victorville in California. For twelve years, the US
government has denied him the basic right to receive visits from his wife

Please take urgent action on behalf of Gerardo today. Please, write, email
or fax the three contacts below today and demand that Gerardo be:

• Returned immediately to the general population
• Receive urgent medical attention
• Allowed visits by his wife Adriana Perez
• Given space and respect as he prepares for his appeals

US State Department
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Fax Number: 1-202-647-2283

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Harley G. Lappin
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534


US Justice Department
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001


Please feel free to write in your own words or use the sample letter

Dear [insert relevant name]

I am writing to you with urgent concern for Gerardo Hernandez who is > serving a
double life sentence in USP Victorville. I understand that he has been
confined to the hole since 21 July 2010 and I am deeply concerned that he has not
received adequate medical care for his health problems or the blood test
prescribed by the prison doctor on 20 July 2010.

Gerardo is also currently preparing for Habeas Corpus with his lawyers and
while held under these conditions he has been denied contact with them
during this vital stage in his appeal.

I urge the authories to ensure that Gerardo Hernandez be:

• Returned immediately to the general prison population
• Receive urgent medical attention
• Allowed visits by his wife Adriana Perez
• Given space and respect as he prepares for his appeals

I believe the US government and prison authorities hold responsibility for
the life and physical wellbeing of Gerardo Hernandez and I sincerely hope
wift action will be taken.

Thank you for giving this matter your urgent attention, I look forward to
your response.

Yours sincerely