Month: Jun 2010

SAN FRANCISCO LABOUR COUNCIL CONDEMS ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA AID FLOTILLA SHIP

Whereas many labor organizations, including: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC; World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU); International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF); International Dockworkers Council (IDC); International Federation of Journalists; Public Services International (PSI); Education International (EI); Trades Union International – Building, Wood, Building Materials & Allied Industries; Australian Council of Trade Unions; Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Ontario; Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and National Union of Mineworkers (S. Africa); New Zealand Council of Trade Unions; Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and IMPACT, Ireland’s largest public and services union; Maritime Union of Australia; National Union of Journalists (U.K.); Greek General Confederation of Labor (GSEE); Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU); Swedish Dock Workers Union; Norwegian Dock Workers Union, and Norwegian Labor Federation (LO); Trades Union Congress (U.K.); UNISON, the largest public sector union in Britain UNITE, Britain’s largest union; U.S. Labor Against the War; Arab American Union Members Council; Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice; International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 10 Alameda County Central Labor Council have condemned the May 31st Israeli commando attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla, which killed at least nine unarmed people and seized and detained some 700 passengers and crew.

PAYING THE PRICE OF TELLING THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH

In the early 1990’s, former ANC President Nelson Mandela went to fund-raise money from the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. In the sixteen years that it has been in power, ANC mouthpiece, the SABC, has reported once about Farrakhan yet Farrakhan raise issues of importance to Africans and people of African descent. He also speaks inconvenient truths and politicians, who are a bunch of liars, hate people like Farrakhan. That is why he can’t be covered by the public broadcaster (SABC). He speaks truth to power.

ANALYSIS OF THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Landscape is the artistic architecture of natural scenery. Politics is a natural phenomenon which has observable structure and form. It is the duty of every citizen to study and observe complex composition of political elements and their combinations in society.

In modern times, elements of political landscape operate within a political party or organization in a given space. A political party or organization is an interest based institution. The combination of abstract parts in political party defines its character and behaviour. The behaviour of a political party or organization is not accidental. The manner of conduct flows from the ideological and political designs of the political institution. The fundamental political factors are philosophy, ideology, governance doctrine, strategy and tactics. The dynamic interaction between these five characteristics determines party ability to acquire and maintain power.

Party governance doctrine, strategy and tactic determine cohesion and performance whereas the clarity in philosophy and ideology crystallize party policies and programmes. Philosophy is a theoretical basis of understanding knowledge, ethics and existence. It is personal belief on how to approach situation. It is spectacle through which a world is viewable. All parties have attitude, which is informed by its interest group.

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