The trappings of a campaign in Caracas, Venezuela, after President Hugo Chávez’s victory over Henrique Capriles Radonski.With 97 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Chávez won with 8 million votes, compared with 6.4 million votes and 44 percent for his rival, Henrique Capriles Radonski, the closest race since Mr. Chávez took office in 1999.
WINDS OF DEMOCRATIC CHANGE BLOWING IN THE SOUTH
by Nayyar Hashmey
In this latest post Paul Craig Roberts highlights the the dilemma, the US electorate is presently facing at the hands of America’s two leading parties, Republicans and the Democrats. Interesting but serious aspect of this, says Paul Roberts, is the fact that both are two faces of the same coin. So the poor electorate are at the mercy of the two, who are working on the same agenda i.e. fattening profits of the big sharks like US corporate and multinationals. Unfortunately they are doing this at the cost of the welfare of the common tax payers of America.
In contrast to this there are rays of hope coming from the Southern hemisphere [of America].
There were times when the countries in South America (just like Pakistan) were being usurped by dictatorships of one army general or the other. As usual all these putsches were instigated by the US hegemonists. However, good news is that winds of progress are now blowing in the hemisphere. By and large the countries of the South are coming out of the clutches of Washington.
The governments there are gradually being taken over by genuine representatives of the peoples, [Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Bolivia]. This inspite of the fact that US through her overt as well as covert conduits has poured in millions of dollars to thwart election/re-election of leaders who are a genuine choice of their peoples.
How have they done it and why couldn’t we do this in Pakistan? The answer lies in the very basic requisite for such a revolutionary change in the polity of nations i.e. if leaders start living like their people, the people too show their complete solidarity to strengthen the hands of their popular leaders (as the masses have done in the recent elections in Venezuela).
Its a tacit reply to those in Pakistan who say how can a country like Pakistan face the mighty wrath of the United States? But dear readers, as we see, the poor, the havenots of the hemisphere have done it. This in spite of the stark reality, that all these countries were in far more deplorable condition than in Pakistan. And mind this readers, these countries geographically are at a too close proximity to the mighty United States, yet they are seeing eye to eye with the US hegemonists, Why? To find a still more pertinent reply to this pivotal question, I approached Poet of the East and he said:
The splendour of a monarch great is worthless for the free and bold:
Where lies the grandeur of a king, whose riches rest on borrowed gold?
You pin your faith on idols vain and turn your back on Mighty God:
If this is not unbelief and sin, what else is unbelief and fraud?
Luck favours the fool and the mean, and exalts and lifts to the skies
Only those who are base and low and know not how to patronize.
One look from the eyes of the Fair can make a conquest of the heart:
There is no charm in the fair sweet, If it lacks this alluring art.
I am a target for the hate of the mighty rich and the great,
As I know the end of Caesars great and know the freaks of luck or fate.
To be a person great and strong is the end and aim of all;
But that rank is not real and true that is attained by the ego’s fall.
A man of the people: The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has earned a nickname, “el presidente mas pobre” (translation: “poorest president”). The 77-year-old recently admitted to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he donates almost all of his presidential salary, making him the poorest, or, as Univision pointed out, most generous president, in the world.
El presidente explained he receives $12,500 a month but keeps only $1,250. The public servant told the newspaper, “I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.”
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