Venezuela: is opposition a general force or a fabrication?

 

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While some people in West Caracas are working, on the East side the opposition supporters are disturbing and setting barricades.

A few weeks ago, Venezuelan opposition published a document with “more than 17 millions of signs” to stop the National Constituent Assembly that will take place this July, 30. Taking into account that the number of Venezuelan population is over 30 millions, the amount of signs reported by the opposition should be enough to solve the political crisis through international mediation.

But the truth is that the segments of Venezuelan population disagreeing with the government do not make the majority to make Nicolas Maduro resign.

Saddly, media only talk about the oppositors and forget the ones who are supporting the constitutional government. The news only refers to casualties of the opposition in the war they themselves exacerbated. Mostly of the deads have occured as a result of violent and criminal acts which will never be criticized.

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Sao Paulo Forum concludes with a claim for Latin American countries unity

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For the first time in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean countries have developing processes of revolutionary transformation or progressive social reform. But these achievements are threatened by a regional right-wing offensive to reverse social transformations in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

The biggest error of Latin American people is to forget a past of horror, of coups d`états, of plans for training mercenaries, of tortures, military dictatorships and thousands of disappeared progressive leaders. All those episodes were the result of conservative and imperialist groups action.

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CELAC: Unity for our peoples of Latin America.

inicio-de-v-cumbre-celacrd2017-580x330The Fifth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) began on January 24 with a minute of silence in honor of Fidel Castro, “who was a pioneer and firm believer throughout his life of a united Latin America on the path toward progress.”

This, according to the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, during the inauguration ceremony of the Summit’s High Level Segment of Heads of State and Government, which saw the participation of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba.

“CELAC has a great duty, to always look out for the interests of our people,” stated Medina. It is not the time to isolate ourselves and go backwards, but to strengthen our ties in order to advance. We must find Latin American and Caribbean solutions to Latin American and Caribbean problems, he noted.

Medina also recalled José Martí, an essential figure when speaking about Our America. Quoting Martí, the Caribbean leader stated that “Nations that do not know one another should quickly become acquainted, as men who are to fight a common enemy.”

We are going to get to know one another, to unite, to struggle together, with the pride of our Founding Fathers; we are going to fight for this Great Homeland that our ancestors dreamed of, and our children deserve, stated Danilo Medina.

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Progressive Governments Attended CELAC Summit

celac_apoyoyrespaldpavenezuela_2017The presidents and chiefs of state from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, met Wednesday in the beach resort of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to celebrate the sub-regional bloc’s fifth summit.

With less attendance than previous summits, discussions are being held by president of host country Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina and his counterparts in the region: Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela; Raul Castro, Cuba; Rafael Correa, Ecuador; Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua; Evo Morales, Bolivia; Salvador Sanchez Ceren, El Salvador; Jocelerme Privert, Haiti; Charles A. Savarin, Dominica; David Granger, Guyana; and Andrew Holness, Jamaica.

On Tuesday, the foreign ministers and representatives of the 33-member bloc drafted the Punta Cana Declaration, which is expected to include a total of 19 agreements regarding issues affecting this side of the world.

The final document will be released Wednesday night and will address subjects on trade, education, culture and health.

Officials announced there will be two special declarations on Cuba, one to call for an end to the U.S. blockade and another demanding the immediate shut down of the Guantanamo prison and the return of that land to the communist island.

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CELAC Summit begins with a moment of silence for Fidel

Heads of states from the 33-member Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, participated Tuesday in the opening ceremony of the group’s fifth summit in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, kicking off their meeting with a moment of silence to honor late Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The summit will continue Wednesday and the leaders will discuss greater regional cooperation and stronger ties as they brace for an uncertain relationship with the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump.

The Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina said the Brexit vote to leave the European Union in the U.K. and the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement were signs of a new era.

Among the issues reportedly under discussion will be an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba as well as greater food security in the region.

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Latin American, Caribbean Leaders Discuss Relations With USA

celac_14Thirty-three Latin American and Caribbean heads of state are meeting in the Dominican Republic for five days to discuss a wide range of topics — on top of the list is United States President Donald Trump.

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a bloc dedicated to promoting regional cooperation and combating U.S. hegemony, launched its fifth summit on Saturday. Its leaders kicked-off the summit discussing the implications of Trump’s presidency.

Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas told his counterparts that the countries of the region “must support each other,” but should not “rush” to judge the administration of the new U.S. president.

“President Trump should be given space to start on a position that is favorable to Latin America,” Vargas told EFE. He added that Trump’s presidency “is a theme that must be analyzed in its context to each country” and that regional leaders should “wait a bit to see how his administration develops.”

While Vargas and other CELAC leaders are keeping an open mind to their respective country’s relations with Trump’s administration, some remain weary.

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Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega for re-election in November

The Sandinista leader said he will not invite international observers to witness the vote because he considers that a form of intervention.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been elected by the Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, as its candidate to run in the November 6 presidential elections.

The decision was announced last night at the party headquarters in the capital of Managua and was backed unanimously by the 1,910 delegates.

Delegates loudly applauded Ortega, who said he’s not interested in having international observers during the elections, as he consider them “interventionists ambassadors.”

“Scoundrel observers, observation is over here, you can go and observe your own countries,” Ortega said.

This is the seventh time that Ortega will be candidate of the FSLN. The first time was in 1984 when he was elected president. He ruled six years in his first term before losing in the 1990 election. He returned to power in 2007 and won again in 2011.
Ortega’s main opponent in this election is Luis Callejas, a doctor who supported the anti-Sandinista Contras during the U.S.-stoked civil war of the 1980s.

The socialist leader has broad popular support, with recent polls showing he has the support of 64 percent of voters. In the 2011 election the former Sandinista guerrilla was re-elected with 63 percent of the vote.

Under Ortega’s government, Nicaragua has become one of the safest countries in the Americas, with a murder rate lower than that of neighboring Costa Rica, with the president’s popularity buoyed by strong economic growth.

Argentine Vice President Says #CELAC Crucial for Domestic Agenda

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The Argentine vice president says regional integration is important in advancing its own domestic policy objectives.

Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti outlined various policy objectives for her country’s government such as the strengthening of democracy, poverty reduction and the fight against narco-trafficking at the fourth CELAC summit in Quito, Ecuador, on Wednesday.

“CELAC is a space to help us grow. Specifically, as it relates to the goals of our government over the next several years,” Michetti stated.

The newly elected vice president vowed to promote policies with the goal of widening social inclusion, reducing poverty, and expanding dignified employment. However, Michetti’s comments come as her newly elected administration fired more then 12,000 public workers, as part of a purge of various state agencies.

Meanwhile, during her speech, Michetti reiterated her commitment to strengthen democratic institutions, amid the highly criticized arrest of Indigenous, social leader Milagro Sala, after protesting the new government of Mauricio Macri.

Similarly, the recent decision by Argentine President Mauricio Macri to declare a “Emergency State for Security”, drew widespread criticism from local NGO’s, expressing concern over potential human rights abuses involving law enforcement in efforts to combat drug-trafficking.

Towards the end of her speech, Michetti said that one of the key priorities for her government is to combat climate change through the “promotion of clean and renewable energy through encouraging investment in these industries.”

“We are currently working in conjunction with Bolivia and Chile in the area of renewable energy.” She stated.

​Bolivia is considered one of the regional powers in energy, with the second-largest natural gas reserves in South America. Both from an energy and political point of view, Bolivia represents a key part of the regional cooperation efforts that have occurred over the last decade in the region.

Vice President Michetti stepped in for Argentine President Mauricio Macri who did not attend his first ever Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit due to a “recommendation” from his doctors.