Free and diverse: Germany votes to legalize same sex marriage

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People celebrate in front of Germany’s lower house of parliament after lawmakers voted for same-sex marriage, Berlin, Germany June 30, 2017.

In a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties, Germany’s parliament  has approved the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of campaigners celebrated outside the Bundestag Lower House of Parliament after the vote, waving rainbow flags and placards that stated “Marriage for all – make love for all”.

 

The decision brings Germany into line with many other European nations including France, Britain and Spain and follows Chancellor Angela Merkel’s surprising determination this week to allow her lawmakers to follow their own conscience rather than the party line on the issue.

Lawmakers voted by 393 votes in favor of same-sex marriage to 226 against, with four abstentions.

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When hate takes control over people

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The opposition’s “national backlash” left another negative balance

As a result of protests and violent acts to demand president Nicolás Maduro dimission, many inocent Venezuelan have lost their lives. Today the news of another man´s death was spread on press. It was a truck driver killed in the state Zulia,  and another two people left with severe burns after opposition protesters attacked them with molotov cocktails.

According to a victim of the attack, the trucker attempted to avoid being attacked at the barricade and collided into a motorcycle behind the vehicle, trapping the motorcyclist under the truck before protesters threw the petrol bombs. Continue reading “When hate takes control over people”

A Ceremony marks the end of conflicts in Colombia

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Timochenko and the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during the disarmament ceremony

After decades suffering an armed conflict, Colombia finally ratifies the peace agreement between FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the government.

The United Nations has confirmed that the FARC has delivered 7,132 weapons as part of the peace process to start their transition into politics.

The group’s representatives and the government have been attending a disarmament ceremony in the Mesetas, around 250 kilometers south of Bogota.

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Young Cuban Intellectuals Condemn Trump’s Announcement

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Havana,  Young Cuban artists and writers, brought together in the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS), have joined several organizations that have condemned the policy change towards the Caribbean island announced by U.S. President Donald Trump recently.
During the AHS National Council, the artists declared their support for the message from the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) against the ‘manipulative’ speech given by the Republican leader on June 16 in Miami.

The OAS failure

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Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodriguez

In the past few days, the OAS 47th General Assembly has been the trending topic on media. The main issue to discuss: the crisis in Venezuela.

And to solve the political and social problem that “affects” the region stability many of the OAS state members tried to pass a resolution to stymie the Constituent Assembly promoted by the Venezuelan government.

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North Korea: Trump is a ‘psychopath’

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A North Korean state newspaper on Thursday called President Trump a “psychopath” and said that he was striking against the country to divert attention from political turmoil in the U.S.

The commentary warns South Korea, a key U.S. ally in the region, against following the lead of “psychopath Trump,” saying that doing so “will only lead to disaster.”

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People’s Conference Brings World Politicians Together in Bolivia

Tiquipaya,  The World Conference of Peoples gathered together today politicians and representatives of social movements from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, in the Bolivian city of Tiquipaya.

Under the motto ‘Towards a universal citizenship and a world without walls, the event invited the former president of the Spanish government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the former leaders of Ecuador and Colombia, Rafael Correa and Ernesto Samper, respectively.

According to the organizers, the summit of the peoples also has the presence of Vatican secretary for migratory issues, Michael Czerny, and representatives of social movements in the world.

Trump to Reverse Cuba Policy, Reinstate ‘Regime Change’ Goals

trumpster.jpg_1718483346U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to fulfill his campaign promise to curtail the 2014 re-engagement deal between Washington and Havana, tightening pressure on Cuba and dashing the hopes of those who had hoped for a thaw in relations between the two neighbors. Continue reading “Trump to Reverse Cuba Policy, Reinstate ‘Regime Change’ Goals”

El Pais newspaper is named the ‘Biggest Liar’ on Cuba

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Convening at the 14th State Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba in the northern region of the Basque Country in Spain, over 66 solidarity organizations named the newspaper El País as the “biggest liar” in a resolution that was adopted by all.

The groups characterized El Pais as a media that has excelled in the “art of slandering, manipulating and distorting news and information against Cuba and its revolution”.

The groups also argued that “not even the injection of capital from foreign investment groups” can help El Pais recover from the multiple scandals associated with the outlet, which has had adverse effects on its readership and image.

The resolution adopted by the solidarity groups also reprimanded El Pais for supporting the right-wing opposition in Venezuela, as well as interventions by NATO.

“In short … very friendly to the enemies of the people,” the groups declared.

They plan to send their message to the director of El Pais, Antonio Caño, who they argue has been responsible for the outlet’s neoliberal drift since 2014.

The solidarity movement with Cuba will also send its resolution to other entities that they say share the same interests and ideology as El Pais, which align with the interests of powerful governments and coup-mongers in the region.

The 14 State Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba began Saturday, with organizations gathering to analyze the consequences of the U.S. blockade of the Caribbean country, among other issues.

Nicaraguan diplomat, priest and intellectual Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann Dies at 84

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D’Escoto Brockmann was a leader within the Sandinista National Liberation Front, FSLN, and served as foreign minister of Nicaragua from 1979–1990.

Former Nicaraguan diplomat, priest and intellectual Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann died Thursday, months after suffering a stroke.

Besides having served as foreign minister, he was also the president of the United Nations General Assembly from 2008 to 2009.

Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said in memory of D´Escoto that “he was a brother who was never sad,” and that “he was an unyielding brother, a brother who fought with the people, for the people, together with the people, for all of our just causes.”

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