Last Tuesday, Bradley Manning, the soldier who leaked documents about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was found guilty of 17 different counts in a military tribunal. Several charges came from the Espionage Act of 1917, which traditionally covered spying rather than leaking of this type (to the media rather than enemy states).
Pictured is a 1922 protest against the Espionage Act, which had been used against many anti-war leftists- who these protestors considered political prisoners.
sin fronteras! a rallying cry;
of those draped in black;
luchamos in an indifferent world;
one that has long forgotten;
the dreams of Catalonia;
they hoist a flag emblazoned;
with that iconic image of Che;
now printed in the thousands to;
adorn the walls of college dorms;
a revolution turned commodity;
the modern world has lost the chains;
but decided to keep the poverty;
and so the few still chant;
perhaps tomorrow yields a better world;
As a member of what most people would consider the political left, I am often flabbergasted and let down by my colleagues (or in this context, my comrades). The history of leftist coalitions is one of faction and division. The 1960s and the aftermath of all its rage and radical politics showed little progress, in some cases facing strong backlash. The United States began a forty year turn to the right, joined by many European democracies. 1968 saw a devastating defeat for anti-Vietnam elements and the rise of Richard Nixon. There were also setbacks in the student’s revolt in Mexico, and the events of May in France; a series of unprecedented general strikes created a socialist opposition to Charles De Gaulle that took his government to the brink of collapse. Yet a few weeks later the conservative establishment was in firm control of France, convincing winners of snap elections.
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