Must-Reads from Around the World, July 5, 2012

In today's news: How did Yasser Arafat die? And why Marxism is on the rise.

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Yasser Arafat — Al Jazeera English reported the findings of a nine-month investigation July 4 that suggests “the late Palestinian leader may have been poisoned” following tests on personal items at Swiss laboratory. “[They] reveal that Arafat’s final personal belongings – his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh – contained abnormal levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element.” His widow Suha Arafat is calling for his body to be exhumed.

Mexican Election — The Associated Press covers electoral authorities’ recount of ballot boxes used in last weekend’s presidential election–which initially handed victory to Enrique Pena Nieto of the PRI–after finding inconsistencies in the vote tallies. “Feeding suspicion of large-scale vote-buying were scenes of thousands of people rushing to grocery stores this week to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said the PRI had given them ahead of the election,” the agency wrote.

Marxism on the Rise — The Guardian examines the (ironic) resurgence of Marxist thought. “The domination of capitalism globally depends today on the existence of a Chinese Communist party that gives de-localized capitalist enterprises cheap labor to lower prices and deprive workers of the rights of self-organization,” philosophy professor Jacques Rancière told the paper. “Happily, it is possible to hope for a world less absurd and more just than today’s,” he added.

Rage Against the Machine — The BBC investigates “Syria’s propaganda machine,” the al-Akhbariya network, which strictly adheres to the will of the ruling Baath party, despite being privately owned. Ghatan Sleiba, one of the network’s former reporters, who fled to Turkey in June, told the BBC that “the Ba’ath party sometimes appoints a representative to give orders on its behalf” and that interviewees are instructed to “tell us that they support Bashar al-Assad and they will always support him.”

Dictator’s Daughter — The daughter of an assassinated dictator has her sights set on becoming South Korea’s first female president, Reuters reports. Park Geun-hye, whose father Park Chung-hee ruled for 18 years between 1961-1979, is expected to be the front-runner in the presidential primary for the ruling conservative New Frontier Party. In a failed bid to win the nomination back in 2007, she labeled her polices as “Korean Thatcherism,” but has since appeared to moderate her position, including taking a less hardline stance on neighboring North Korea.

Blame Game — A Japanese parliamentary panel has released a report blaming the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident primarily on collusion between regulators and the utilities industry, the Wall Street Journal writes. The report found that: “A reversal of the positions between the regulator and the regulated has led to a breakdown of the regulatory system.” The panel also dismissed claims by the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company that the disaster was the direct product of the March 2011 tsunami.

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Aristeo Velarde
Aristeo Velarde

Do you even know? More than a thousand videos showing

vote fraud in Mexico. Peña Nieto, the virtual president denies it all! He

simply says, “My opponents set this whole massive thing up, the videos, the

lost ballots, the missing ballot-boxes, the Soriana cards (prepaid cars in the

amounts of $100, 500, 1000 pesos), all made up”


Media bought, cops bought, priistas (equivalent to US republicans)

bullying anyone trying to vote, cops stopping people from voting, bulling of

people who don’t agree with the results, you get the picture (W. Bush vs All Gore,

Florida like stage in all Mexican states)!


See for yourselves, the videos allegedly made by

opponents (some, by trusted media outside México), but Enrique Peña Nieto

insists “all made up”.


These are the few videos made for English speakers,

all videos created in just a few days. Pena says: “Actors hired” to make

Enrique Peña (virtual president) look bad? Can someone orchestrate all of it in

a few days, all over Mexican states? You be the judge:







The videos below are all in Spanish, but you don’ have

to speak Spanish to understand Spanish, just keep this in mind, the first shows

a congresswoman fully identified talking and explaining that the cards were to

incentivize their vote for the PRI. The opponents had already warned the IFE, official

governmental organization which organizes the elections, about it since February

this year :





In these other video, the cards shown are the cards (1800,

000); !they exist! Not false as he claims when he speaks in press conferences:






5.         Some

of the PRI members are, either very stupid or ignorant; or somebody told them do

whatever it takes to win, you won’t get in trouble; we have everyone in our

pockets. One member of his staff, fully identified, made a video giving away steak,

a stove, or money for votes:

6.         And this

one shows the places set up under false pretenses such as, free health

checkups, free dental work, etc. You can see not only how they hand over money

(500 pesos bills) for votes, easy to understand, every one fully identified:


I’d like to hear your comments, after all México is your

neighbor. You should know what they are all about!


If you speak Spanish and still don’t believe after

seeing the videos, is evident that you are either a moron or un pendejo arrastrado. Remember! Thousands of videos have been steadily coming out since, and

before the election started.