Sunday, March 30, 2008

THE LIBERATION OF TIBET - AND OF UNION SQUARE TONY AVELLA TAKES ON THE CORPORATE ESTABLISHMENT

UP FRONT News March 11, 2008
Published by Tom Weiss
Editorial Advisor: Willard Whittingham
"The paper that can't be bought and can't be sold."

THE LIBERATION OF TIBET - AND OF UNION SQUARE TONY AVELLA TAKES ON THE CORPORATE ESTABLISHMENT AND, CITING THE OCCUPATION OF TIBET, CALLS FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES FROM CHINA.

By Tom Weiss, Publisher
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Every year on March 10, in commemoration of a 1959 monk-led uprising in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, which was suppressed by the Communist Chinese military Tiananmen Square-style with 70,000 Tibetans dead, Tibetans around the world demonstrate.

Yesterday's demonstration in Union Square, now completely liberated from in particular Communist China apologists like Geoffrey Blank and neo-Stalinist Joel Meyers, was the best one yet. The high point of the afternoon was a brief and eloquent speech by New York City Councilman Tony Avella (D.-Queens), who is also a candidate for mayor, in which he announced his City Council resolution citing the Tibet occupation and calling for the removal of the 2008 Olympic Games from China.

As thousands of Tibetans - including the Dalai Lama - and many other people are aware from UP FRONT News, the effort to generate such a resolution was started by me, actually some years ago. Without going into all the detail, in 2001, after prolonged lobbying by me with the City Council, Christine Quinn took the credit for introducing Resolution #802 which, using some of my language, denounced China for its actions in Tibet. The resolution passed unanimously - and had absolutely no effect, other than to enable Ms. Quin to congratulate herself. The problem was that the Resolution 802 made no mention of the Olympic Games issue.

The reality is that "Communist" China, which is actually a full-fledged corporate totalitarian fascist state, and the U.S. corporate establishment profiting heavily in China, couldn't care less about moral denunciations. All they care about is money. And that's where the cash cow of the Olympics comes in.

For several years in various ways I approached Ms. Quinn and urged her to introduce a second resolution, this one citing the Tibet occupation and calling for the removal of the 2008 Olympics from China. My last effort was in the form of a January 30, 2006 e-mail to by Quinn, by this time Speaker of the City Council via her Chief of Staff Chuck Meara. Ms. Quinn never replied and she never will.

Why? Because Christine Quinn, as I have written and said on many occasions, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillary Clinton, who makes some of her ill-gotten gains in China. In fact Bill and Hillary Clinton have been quite fully aware of the Chinese Communist genocide in Tibet since at least 1992 when, after Bill was elected but before he took office, I got all the facts to him via his secretary Betty M. Currie. I still have her fax.

The Clinton people responded by having me arrested at the U.S. Capitol on January 19, 1993, the day before Bill's first inauguration although I had a written invitation to appear at the U.S. Senate Commitee on Foreign Relations hearing on the nomination of Warren Christopher, one of the people who had deep-sixed my Tibet documents, as Secretary of State.

Last year I first met Councilman Avella at a City Council hearing on something called Intro. 458, a Quinn backed ripoff whereby the Council could substantially raise its own salaries and those of a bunch of already overpaid Bloomberg aides. I came to the hearing to testify against this outrageous theft of taxpayer money to feed Quinn's greed. Mr. Avella, although not a member of the committee holding the hearing, also came to testify against the bill (which of course passed).

Not too long after that, seeing that Mr. Avella is not afraid to take on the Quinn machine, I asked him about introducing a bill citing the Tibet occupation and calling for the removal of the 2008 Olympics from China. He soon agreed, at which time I set up a meeting with the Board of Directors of the U.S. Tibet Committee, with which I had met and which endorsed my proposal as regards a City Council resolution.

The USTC and I worked closely with Mr. Avella in putting together the language as Mr. Avella made it clear that he will fight for passage of his resolution even in the face of possible opposition from Christine Quinn, whom Avella correctly describes as both a "dictator" and, citing her pattern of showing up very late at City Council meetings to delay things she doesn't like, a "prima donna."

Mr. Avella's resolution is to be formally introduced at a City Council meeting on March 12.
It will need a lot of support from the Tibetan and non-Tibetan public because the corporate establishment, for which China is a profiteering playground, will resist any attempt to get the Olympics out of China, perhaps citing the sanctity of "U.S.-China relations." They said the same thing in 1936 when corporate-backed Adolf Hitler hosted the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936. Never again? We'll see.

Until today the only newspaper to report on Mr. Avella's effort has been UP FRONT News.
Among the papers most guilty of suppressing the news on this issue, not to speak of many others, is the establishment-obsequeous Staten Island Advance, known among the steadily increasing numbers of UP FRONT News readers at the Staten Island Retreat.

Today's New York Sun, catching up to UP FRONT News, has a story on Mr. Avella's
appearance in Union Square. Olympics out of China; China out of Tibet!
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