Venezuela analysis: The gains of the Bolivarian Revolution

first_imgThe people of Venezuela are currently taking steps to deepen the Bolivarian Revolution, and the U.S. ruling class is now scrambling to prevent this.Democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro has called for a National Constituent Assembly in order to defend the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution against an increasingly violent opposition group led by oil scions like Leopoldo López (goo.gl/fmC8fk) and bankers, such as the two from Citibank who recently attacked the Venezuelan ambassador during his recent trip to New York City (goo.gl/pF9SA3). In response, the U.S. State Department, the White House and Marco Rubio have condemned the National Constituent Assembly as illegal and called for more “democracy.”These claims are preposterous, given that the current Venezuelan Constitution provides for such an assembly in Article 347, and given that Venezuela’s electoral process has been deemed the best in the world by none other than former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, who runs an electoral process monitoring center. It’s also deeply hypocritical for any politician in the U.S. to call for more democracy abroad, when the U.S. ruling class practices voter suppression at home and participates in the assassination of democratically elected leaders around the globe.Meanwhile, the U.S. media, particularly the New York Times but even so-called pro-socialist magazines, have continued a shameful legacy of supporting imperialist war efforts by giving exclusive voice to the right-wing opposition in Venezuela. As it did with Iraq before the 2003 invasion, the New York Times has published numerous articles calling for U.S. intervention in Venezuela, and as with Iraq, its reasons for doing so are built on lies.National Assembly could enshrine grass-roots institutionsThere is much to defend in the Bolivarian Revolution. The misinformation campaigns run by U.S. media, however, have been successful in hiding what the Venezuelan masses have gained. The Bolivarian Missions and the Commune Movement are inspiring examples of endeavors to build socialism, and they are under threat.While riots stemming from the wealthiest neighborhoods of Caracas rage in narrow areas, Afro-Venezuelans, Indigenous communities and other members of the most oppressed in Venezuela look forward to the National Constituent Assembly. There they hope to have the opportunity to enshrine the Bolivarian Revolution’s pro-people, pro-poor endeavors in the Constitution.The Missions were first implemented under President Chávez and are managed by workers and citizens. They provide anti-poverty services, free medical clinics for the poor, food and housing subsidies, and support for educational campaigns and Indigenous rights.The Communes, which were first formed in self-defense against the assault of neoliberalism in the late 1980s, are a network of neighborhood councils, self-defense groups and other grass-roots bodies of self-governance and self-determination that were connected and institutionalized at the national level under President Chávez. The communes allow communities and people to decide what their needs are and how they are met.Enshrining these institutions in the constitution would strengthen them against attacks from a right-wing-dominated National Assembly.Role of the U.S. left and VenezuelaThe sharpening of contradictions in the U.S. have eroded the political center here and propelled some people toward new alternatives further to the left. Unfortunately, this explosive movement toward social democratic groups has not yet removed all the chauvinist, pro-U.S. indoctrination of the past.When organizations spread or accept without question the misinformation spread by the U.S. media, they weaken the growing resistance to U.S. imperialism. This is compounded if they set up some sort of litmus test that any revolution abroad or any government under imperialist attack is almost guaranteed to fail. It is the primary role of the U.S. left to stop U.S. imperialism from intervening against other countries and movements, which must organize under difficult, often brutal conditions propagated by imperialist violence and economic sabotage.Back in 2002, mere months after the Chávez government took the first steps toward socialism by redistributing land to peasants and the urban poor, and started using oil revenue to fund social services, democratically elected President Chávez was captured by a narrow, pro-imperialist sector of the top military as the U.S. media cheered.Only through a heroic mass struggle and with support of other sectors of the Venezuelan armed forces were the Venezuelan people able to reverse the U.S.-backed coup — the first successful struggle to do so in Latin American history. Chavistas have not forgotten this lesson, and it is crucial that the U.S. left not forget it either.Today, amid violence and threat of sanctions and knowing well the risks, the Venezuelan people are taking brave steps toward deepening the gains of the revolution. Only recently, during the dry run for the election of representatives to the National Constituent Assembly, armed biker gangs terrorized a polling station in a pro-government neighborhood, killing one person and injuring three others.In the words of Assata Shakur, “It is our duty to love and support one another.” We support the Venezuelan people in their heroic struggle for socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Department of Defense Supports Neumedicines With Groundbreaking Grant for Surgical Site Infection Therapy

first_imgBusiness Districts News Department of Defense Supports Neumedicines With Groundbreaking Grant for Surgical Site Infection Therapy Funds Awarded to Study Effectiveness of NM-IL-12 (aka HemaMaxâ„¢) as a Prophylactic Immunotherapy Measure to Avoid Infected Surgical Wounds From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 2, 2015 | 9:07 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Neumedicines, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded approximately $2.5 million by the Department of Defense, Defense Medical Research and Development Program, for a clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of NM-IL-12 (aka HemaMaxâ„¢) (recombinant human interleukin-12 or rHuIL-12) as a prophylactic immunotherapy in surgical wounds, for the purpose of avoiding infection by way of a mechanism different from all antibiotics. The trial is a Phase IIa study involving approximately 30 subjects and is expected to be concluded in mid-2016.We’re pleased to undertake this effort for the U.S. military,” said Neumedicines’ President and CEO Lena A. Basile, Ph.D., J.D. “Our study will focus on combating multi-drug-resistant bacterial and fungal pathogens that are evolving threats to wounded service men and women. Moreover, these pathogenic threats prevent robust healing. Our studies of IL-12 in preclinical models demonstrated significantly accelerated wound healing. Our subjects will be drawn from patients who have undergone abdominal surgery and who also present with the finding of contamination at the surgical wound site.”Prior to receiving this DOD award, Neumedicines has received more than $64 million from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support the development of HemaMaxâ„¢ for the treatment of hematopoietic syndrome of acute radiation sickness (HSARS). Sometimes known as radiation toxicity or sickness, HSARS results from exposure to a high dose of ionizing radiation as would happen in the case of a nuclear attack, and causes depletion of progenitor and stem cells in specific tissues of those exposed to the radiation. It is particularly harmful to blood cell-producing bone marrow, and can be fatal. BARDA has supported much of the pre-clinical, nonclinical and clinical studies resulting in Neumedicines’ pursuit of FDA approval for HemaMaxâ„¢ for radiomitigation.“Receiving this Department of Defense Military Infectious Diseases Clinic Trial Award is another important recognition of HemaMax’ potential range of applications,” said Basile. “The drug plays a critical role in hematopoietic cell-to-cell signaling, stimulating immunity and hematopoiesis, and therefore should be valuable for a variety of oncology indications, including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, acute myeloid leukemia, melanoma, and solid tumors, which are often treated with radiation and/or chemotherapy that yield undesirable hematopoietic and immunological side effects. In other words, HemaMax may be a safe and effective way to treat many conditions that suppress the body’s ability to generate blood cells and stave off infections, and that is the reason for its appeal to the military.”About Neumedicines Inc.Privately-held Neumedicines is an emerging therapeutic biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing innovative, proprietary products and approaches for the treatment of various clinical indications in the fields of oncology, hematology, and immunology. The company’s headquarters and laboratories are located in Pasadena, California. For more information, please visit www.neumedicines.com.About the Department of Defense, Defense Medical Research and Development ProgramThe program’s efforts help to fulfill the Defense Health Program priority to advance medical research and development for wounded warriors and expedite the delivery of products and solutions to service members and their families and advance the state of medical science in areas of the most pressing need. More information is available on website: http://cdmrp.army.mil/dmrdp/default.shtml.About Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA)The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides an integrated, systematic approach to the development and purchase of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies. BARDA manages Project BioShield, which includes the procurement and advanced development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents, as well as the advanced development and procurement of medical countermeasures for pandemic influenza and other emerging infectious diseases that fall outside the auspices of Project BioShield. In addition, BARDA manages the Public Health Emergency Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE). For more information, visit: http://www.medicalcountermeasures.gov. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Scientists fight prejudice in gowns

first_imgA petition to make commoner’s gowns compulsory for all candidates presenting vivas, oral exams most scientists have to pass in their final year, has been signed by nearly 300 Oxford students in two days.With this, the petition is almost one third of the way to the goal set by Emily Gowers, Vice President of the Oxford Society of Biomedical Sciences. According to Gowers, this is a “widely shared concern” scientists had already raised in past years.The petition description claims that examiners might be unconsciously prejudiced when speaking to a candidate in a scholar’s gown as opposed to a commoner’s, either automatically giving them the benefit of the doubt or leading to the examiners asking harder questions as a result of higher expectations.“Considering the efforts that Oxford makes to ensure that written exams are unbiased (e.g. candidate numbers),” the description argues, “it seems ridiculous that during a viva the examiner has a full view of your academic history – and you’re wearing it!”“Viva exams will never be flawless, but the system can be improved”Emily GowersSignatories include humanities students as well as scientists, with one pointing out that the same question of bias applies to oral exams for modern linguist finalists.Evoking the similarity of the situation in which post-graduates who present MSc and PhD theses find themselves, Gowers tells Cherwell, “Our hope is that making this positive change within undergraduate science degrees will pave the way for evaluating fairness across all viva exams. Viva exams will never be flawless, but the system can be improved.“All the Oxford examiners are experienced professionals but even they may be unconsciously swayed by these biases.“Unconscious bias is an inevitable part of any face-to-face interaction and the best we can do is try to reduce the possibility of it happening.”Gowers is confident that the goal of 1,000 signatures will soon be reached, and says she plans to get JCRs’ and faculties’ support before presenting the result to the Proctor’s office.“This seems to be an easy win that could help reduce bias, but has no significant disadvantages,” signatory Will Kocur told Cherwell.“Of course, we won’t be able to completely eliminate prejudice and it still exists towards regional accents, for example.“Equally examiners are likely to still have their opinions unconsciously affected by personal characteristics of the candidate as well as those of some group they may belong to, be this scholars or a religion or race.“Hopefully the relevant authorities would appreciate the logic and supportive research on which it is based.”Similar propositions were made for biologists who will be assessed at presentations this week to coordinate their gowns on a voluntary basis.However, this idea was then rejected in a Facebook poll in which a total of 98 people participated. Half the year opted against the initial proposition, choosing to wear the gown they preferred to their exams instead of commoner’s gowns.last_img read more

Cricket News NN Cricket Trivia: When Bermuda shook the cricket world!

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Historical moment Yes, you guessed it right – Malachi Jones (Bermuda) was bowling to opener Robin Uthappa, and the flamboyant batsman nicked it, only for a roly-poly player to take a blinder standing in the slips. The player was none other than Dwayne Leverock.After that stunner, Leverock ran blindly around the whole field, and other team mates followed him.At the 2007 World Cup, Leverock made the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh his victims. But what stood out for him and his nation was the catch.”Before the delivery was bowled, I stood there and told the wicketkeeper, Dean Minors, next to me that we will get a wicket this over. We didn’t talk after that but the first ball Malachi bowled, Robin Uthappa went on the drive and the ball flew away from me. I just dived to my right and got the ball in my hand. I got up and ran off to celebrate, and the rest of the team joined me,” Leverock had told ESPN Cricinfo.But it was not just about the catch for Leverock, he took nine wickets in the six-nation 2004 ICC Americas Cricket Championship in which they finished third and qualified for the 2005 ICC trophy and 2007 Cricket World Cup alongside Canada and United State.Well, these are the moments which keep the fans and players going, and these are the moments which make cricket a special game. New Delhi: Magical moments, shots that come from the middle of the willow, rippers from the bowlers, swinging red cherry and fiery bouncers, and blinders taken by the fielders, the game of cricket is special, special as it gives a reason to smile for millions and billions on this planet.Adam Gilchrist’s magical century in the 2003 World Cup final, Javed Miandad’s last ball maximum against India, Yuvraj Singh’s six consecutive sixes, Mitchell Johnson’s 2013/14 spell in the Ashes, or Sachin Tendulkar’s historic Sharjah Cup (Coca- Cola Cup), and there are many such incidents that make a place in your mind which you can never erase.One such exciting incident in a cricket field is a catch, a special catch taken by a player whose name you probably would have forgotten by now. But you will remember the catch because it was taken against one of the biggest teams in cricket – against India – and that too at the grandest stage of all – the World Cup. Cricket – a game of uncertainty In 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, India had Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda in Group B. Sounds easy huh? Team India lost their opening game against Bangladesh by 5 wickets and the group suddenly looked tough as Sri Lanka were a pretty decent side at that time.In the second game of the group, India faced Bermuda and won the match by a mammoth 257 runs, where India batted first and scored 413/5 and bundled Bermuda for a mere 156 runs.However, India lost their final game and a must-win one against Sri Lanka by 69 runs, and the Men in Blue’s dreams were shattered.But in between India’s torrid run, one thing stood out and that was cemented in the minds of the cricket fans and that was in the second game against Bermuda.The blistering innings by Virender Sehwag, Saurav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh was overshadowed by a catch. A blinder which no one thought he could have taken it.last_img read more