A tribute to Fidel Castro in Sao Paulo Forum

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The twenty-third meeting of the São Paulo Forum which takes place in Managua, Nicaragua, paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the heroic Cuban-Argentinean Commander Ernesto (Che) Guevara.

Over 300 delegates of social movements and leftist political parties in Latin America and the Caribbean gathered on the Forum dedicated cheers and applause to the two colossal figures of contemporary history.

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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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The Association of Cuban Residents in Venezuela denounces desecration of monument to José Martí

 

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Located in Chacaito, in a pedestrian area from which it begins José Martí Avenue

Yesterday, the Association of Cuban Residents in Venezuela (Accreven) denounced the outrage against the statues of José y Martí and Luis Brión by opposition violent groups in Caracas.

Both statues were covered with hoods, such as those used by violent elements that generate chaos and disorder for more than 50 days.

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The truth about Venezuela…

The crisis that mass media and power groups slightly judge

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For more than 40 days Venezuela has become the main topic on press agencies, international mass media and social networks due to the political conflict between the Bolivarian government and the opposition.

Since Nicolás Maduro assumed the presidency on April 14, 2013, the country has been a war stage for all those political parties, organizations and power groups against the revolutionary process initiated by Hugo Chávez .

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We reject Luis Almagro’s claim to invoke the Democratic Charter against Venezuela

Your Excellency Ambassador PATRICK ANDREWS

Chairman of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States.-

We, the undersigned of this communication, all democrat citizens, lovers of peace, social activists and convinced human rights defenders, respectfully hereby address to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States that you chair to alert its members about the vicious intention attempting to talk them over that in Venezuela there is a rupture of the constitutional order, a humanitarian crisis, or any extreme situation that could mislead them to improperly apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter and create conditions to propitiate an armed intervention by the United States, a country that for long has been applying unilateral coercive measures, prohibited under the international law and under the Charter of this Organization.

Most of the Member States of the Organization, represented at this Council, have diplomatic representations in Venezuela, and therefore, they are fully aware that the pretension to sanction our country has no grounds. No deception is possible.

The Venezuelan people decided 18 years ago to undertake its own path from the perspective of participatory democracy – what we call the Bolivarian Revolution. In Venezuela, fundamental freedoms are fully exercised. We have a Government that earmarks the public resources to invest in the people and even more -and that is the reason why we elected it- that has put the people, and not the God Market, at the center of its public policies, so that it may become the protagonist of the economy.

In Venezuela we have the same problems endured by the other countries represented at the Council. The difference is that we possess enormous natural resources and we also had President Hugo Chavez, who raised the banners of socialism, sovereignty, Latin American and Caribbean union, and who vigorously heightened and practiced international solidarity, thus accomplishing the libertarian dreams of Bolivar, the Liberator.

Paradoxically, those who, from Venezuela, have been supporting interventionist ambitions against our homeland are also those who carried out a bloody coup in April 2002. Ever since, they have not changed their intolerant behavior. Instead, they have kept waging a wild Economic War against the people in Venezuela with the aid of their economic and commercial agents. In doing so, they have even managed to make huge profits for themselves. They try to lead the people to a dire situation. They are seeking an internal confrontation. They have failed to succeed because we have President Nicolás Maduro heading the Government. He has been able to face the economic war despite the declining oil prices as he adopted specific measures to ensure the people with access to food and medicines. Further, all social programs encompassed by the Missions and Great Missions which constitute the heart of the Revolution keep on working and achieving their goals.

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Maradona Warns Ecuador Voters: Don’t Become Another Argentina

“He (Lenin Moreno) is trying to be the president of an Ecuador that doesn’t want to follow the path of Argentina,” Maradona said.

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona encouraged Ecuadorean voters Wednesday to support leftist presidential candidate Lenin Moreno, warning that right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso could degenerate Ecuador into a neoliberal mess, like his own Argentina under Mauricio Macri.

the message in a Twitter video ahead of the country’s April 2 runoff election. “I want to send a warm greeting to Ecuadoreans, to my friend (President Rafael) Correa and of course Lenin Moreno. He is trying to be the president of an Ecuador that doesn’t want to follow the path of Argentina,” he said.

“I tell my Ecuadorean friends: Lenin Moreno is the great chance we have. If you think otherwise, look at television and look at the strikes and marches in Argentina and Brazil where it seemed like they couldn’t fall.”

In 2015, Argentine voters elected right-wing Mauricio Macri as president, ushering in a period of neoliberal austerity that rolled back progressive gains made by former President Cristina Fernandez and Nestor Kirchner. Macri, campaigning against “big government,” has since implemented policies aimed at cutting and privatizing social programs, much like what Lasso is proposing.

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Another Mexican Journalist Murdered in Front of His Family

Ricardo Monlui Cabrera was killed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which is considered to be the most dangerous areas for journalists in Latin America.

Mexican journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera was shot dead Sunday while leaving a restaurant with his wife and son in Veracruz, a state that journalists consider one of the country’s most dangerous for reporters, a state commission reported.

“No member of his family was injured,” Jorge Morales, executive secretary of the State Commission for the Care and Protection of Journalists, told AFP. That group was created in 2012, after nine Veracruz journalists were murdered within months.

Monlui was the editor of a local business newspaper, El Politico, and wrote a column covering area politics and the sugarcane industry.

A source close to the local prosecutor’s office said Monlui and his family had been invited to breakfast at a popular restaurant in the town of Yanga.

As they were walking back to their car, another car pulled up and at least two gunmen opened fire, leaving Monlui’s body sprawled on the asphalt, the source said, speaking on grounds of anonymity.

The last Mexican media person to be killed was Cecilio Pineda, shot dead earlier this month in Guerrero state as he lay resting in a hammock.

Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America for journalists, particularly those working to expose corruption and criminal networks.

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CIA pays ‘traitors’ who say we trafficked drugs: President Nicolas Maduro

nicolas20maduroVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, of paying former Chavista leaders to invent evidence with which to accuse the socialist government of drug trafficking.

Maduro, who said the suspects are “a group of traitors who were from the Bolivarian Revolution,” vowed to expose them with forthcoming intelligence reports. He said most of them are based in the U.S. with others still operating within the country.

“I am going to reveal the evidence of how they have worked with the CIA and the NSA,” Maduro said at a televised Presidential Council meeting.

“The evidence will give them cold sweats and diarrhea.”

Last month, the U.S. Treasury Department put Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a sanctions list for allegedly aiding drug traffickers. They claimed El Aissami is linked to coordinating drug shipments to Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas and a Colombian drug lord.

The U.S. Treasury Department, however, has never released specific evidence directly linking El Aissami to any of these claims. Their only sources are “unnamed” former government employees who defected from the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Trump Loosens Obama’s Lax Drone War Checks, Giving Power to CIA

 

5819117fe72a0ce8c17189d1a5872563_articleTrump has already started to reverse many of Obama’s policies that weakly curtailed abuse in operating drones.

The lax checks on former U.S. President Barack Obama’s drone war have become even worse as Donald Trump’s administration has handed power over to the CIA to carry out the targeted strikes without White House approval, speeding up how quickly the intelligence agency can pull the trigger.

And while surpassing former U.S. President Barack Obama’s record on drone strikes would be a feat — he was the president that administered the most in history, after all — Trump’s administration is on course to do just that with the new set of new policies.

The new authority – which was likely approved soon after Trump’s inauguration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal – takes drone strikes out of the sole control of the military, making it likely that tracking accountability in terms of already unprecedented civilian casualties will be even more difficult. In particular, the policy change gives authority to the Central Intelligence Agency to carry out drone strikes without the White House’s seal of approval.

The move overhauls an Obama administration policy that required the military to carry out strikes on targets the CIA identified. Unlike the Pentagon, the CIA does not need to disclose drone strikes — or its civilian casualties.

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More Than 600 Companies Want to Build Trump’s Wall

The 30-foot-high, 2,000-miles-long wall will cost at least US$21 billion and would be completed within two years.

More than 600 U.S. companies have said they were interested in building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s major campaign promises which he had said Mexico would pay for despite the country saying it won’t.

In an executive order just weeks into his presidency, Trump instructed the department of homeland security to put together a plan to build the wall that would cover the almost 2,000-mile-long border.

In late February, the department put out a presolicitation notice for “the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border (with) Mexico,” the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The department’s website shows that 600 companies have signed on for the project. The formal solicitation will go online sometime around March 15, the department said earlier this week, and concept papers will be due five days later.

The government is seeking a wall that was “nominally 30 feet tall, that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage.”

An internal report by the department reported by Reuters last month estimated the price of a wall along the entire border at US$21.6 billion. Several surveys showed that most U.S. citizens do not want the wall. Continue reading “More Than 600 Companies Want to Build Trump’s Wall”