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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Voting in Ecuador Begins for Disabled and Incarcerated

Ahead of the presidential elections on Feb. 19, those detained and disabled will cast their ballots as is their right under Ecuadorean law.

A program created by the government of President Rafael Correa will see more than 10,000 inmates voting Thursday for the upcoming elections and will continue to assist people with disabilities to cast their ballot for the next president of Ecuador.

Elections are scheduled to be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 to elect the next president, vice president and members of the National Assembly.

According to the National Electoral Council, 10,230 people who are inside penitentiaries without a conviction will be able to vote. This is only possible after an agreement signed in 2013 between the Ministry of Justice and the General Registry.

On Friday, those with disabilities that have requested to vote at home or need assistance to reach voting centers will begin their voting process.

The Electoral Council, the Disability Council and the Federation of Taxi Drivers began this year’s program for home and assisted voting for any Ecuadorean who needs a relative or spouse to help them cast a vote.

After the voting process, the ballot boxes will be sealed and the material will be transferred to the custody of the police so that the votes can be included in the general elections.

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Afro-Ecuadorians recognize achievements of Citizen’s Revolution in Ecuador

405387Afro-Ecuadoreans have achieved unprecedented gains under President Correa but political participation and education are crucial to end structural racism.

As Ecuador prepares for its presidential and parliamentary elections, the Afro-Ecuadorean community braces for the challenges ahead while recognizing the gains that have been made by outgoing President Rafael Correa and his Alianza Pais party, Afro-Ecuadorean lawmaker Alexandra Ocles told a recent interview.

Ocles, who was the first Afro-Ecuadorean to enter the national assembly in history, highlighted some of the many gains her community scored under Correa’s government over the past decade.

“There is a tacit acknowledgment of the Afro-Ecuadorean people as a constituent part of the state and the Ecuadorean people,” Ocles said as black and white photos of U.S. civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X hung behind her at her office in the capital of Quito.

“I believe it is one of the fundamental actions because it was one of the historical demands of the Afro-Ecuadorean people,” she said.

She went on to highlight the inclusion of “the principle of equality and non-discrimination” in the country’s constitution in 2009, which, according to the legislator, was the result of the hard work of different social movements that pushed for the Afro-Ecuadorean agenda within the socialist government.

Under Correa’s Citizens’ Revolution, the government brought millions of people out of poverty including many within the Afro-Ecuadorean community where poverty was reduced by 20 percent according to official figures.

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Trump and Kissinger : US election machinery.

Republican presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to meet Wednesday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, seen as the GOP’s preeminent elder statesman and a controversial figure who orchestrated bloody coups and wars, a meeting believed to be the real estate billionaire’s attempt to develop his unclear foreign policy.

Three people close to Trump told The Washington Post Monday the face-to-face session comes after weeks of phone conversations between Trump and Kissinger.

Kissinger, 92, played a crucial role in shaping U.S. foreign policy between 1969 and 1977, when the U.S. was at war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and supported the CIA-backed military coup that ousted the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende.

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Hillary Clinton blames ‘the young people’ after getting mocked for Greenpeace video

You know a presidential candidate is having a tough stretch on the campaign trail when a supporter says, “Every time Hillary opens her mouth, she makes it harder and harder for me to vote for her.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is under fire for the second time in a week, most recently for suggesting “the young people… don’t do their own research” on the NBC talk show Meet The Press Sunday.

Host Chuck Todd played a clip of her now-infamous encounter with a Greenpeace activist, in which she was asked about the campaign contributions she has received from the employees of fossil fuel companies.

She insisted that she “cares passionately about climate change,” notwithstanding the millions of dollars her presidential campaign, a related PAC, and the Clinton Foundation have received from ‘Big Polluter’ companies and the employees who work for them.

“I feel sorry sometimes for the young people who, you know, believe this,” she said. “They don’t do their own research. And I’m glad that we now can point to reliable, independent analysis to say, ‘No, it’s just not true.’”

Whether it’s #Bernie or #Hillary, #Trump or #Ted, will #USelection2016 ever change anything in the country run by Wall Street greed sustained by foreign intervention?

Racial injustice, Guantanamo, gun violence, free trade deals, deportations, threats on countries in its backyard, wars in the Middle East — the next president of the United States will have a lot on ther plate.

Super Tuesday saw a dozen states, American Samoa and Democratic voters who live outside the U.S. voting on who should be the presidential nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties. More delegates were up for grabs on March 1 than on any other day in the campaign, with most going to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, although neither got the decisive victory they hoped would assure them their respective parties’ nomination.
Now the race turns to states more friendly to Bernie Sanders, including those like Michigan hit hard by the “free trade” policies Clinton promoted as secretary of state.

The frontrunner for the Democratic Party, backed by its establishment and the arms industry, is still Clinton, who has won 672 delegates compared to 477 for Sanders (her lead becomes formiddable when counting so-called “superdelegates,” 458 of whom support her,
compared to 22 for Sanders).

Clinton’s history ranges from dubious — flip-flopping on issues such as gay marriage — to outrageous: backing a coup in Honduras. It’s that history Sanders is hoping to exploit.
According to the latest polls, a Sanders win would be good for the Democratic Party: he’s doing better against Donald Trump in a general election than Clinton herself. The self-styled democratic socialist has won over the youth and intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky and Coronel West with his calls for free college and healthcare, giving the Hillary campaign a run for its Wall Street money. Bill Clinton has compared the Sanders insurgency to the right-wing Tea Party, but while Sanders may not be the left-wing hero some are hoping
for — run-ins with the Black Lives Matter movement and his stance in favor of airstrikes in Syria and the Afghanistan war have raised eyebrows — such desperate comparisons reflect the desperation of the Democratic Party establishment.

Meanwhile, for the Republican Party, it increasingly looks like The Donald might actually win this thing. Trump’s transition from capitalist scumbag to would-be capitalist statesman has been fuelled by racism and xenophobia and fascistic rhetoric that has even
been debated in the United Kingom Parliament. But Republicans don’t seem to mind that his policies are built on an attack on logic and based on an irksome personality that has somehow formed a cult.

#Bernie Sanders Supporters Have Taken Over #Twitter and It Is Glorious

Despite the corporate media repeating the “Hillary is inevitable” narrative ad nauseum after the March 15 primary contests, Bernie Sanders’ base is taking Twitter to tell everyone why they’re refusing to give up. As of 9:30 Eastern time on Wednesday night, #StillSanders was the top nationwide trend on Twitter:

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One tweet compiled a list of popular progressive issues ranging from trade, war, the environment, Wall Street, marijuana prohibition, LGBT marriage equality, and campaign finance reform, and put Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s records side-by-side:Tweets making a case for Sanders as a compassionate leader who has a long record of looking out for disenfranchised populations went viral, as did tweets about Sanders’ consistency on fighting poverty and income inequality.

Clinton’s delegate lead is likely to erode after the coming Western primaries, where Bernie Sanders is the favorable candidate in Pacific Northwestern states like Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Large states with lots of delegates at play, like New York and California, are home to a significant number of Sanders donors, as well.:

Sanders’ delegate count is only slightly behind Hillary Clinton’s, as he only needs 58% of the vote going forward. And as Twitter users pointed out today, half of the delegates in the Democratic primary have yet to be awarded, and most of the states where these delegates are up for grabs are in states where Sanders enjoys vast support, both in votes and donations.Others chose to look at Sanders’ viability in the general election. According to New York Times election results, Sanders won 460,316 votes to Donald Trump’s 458,151 votes in North Carolina.However, this tweet from @cindywaitt shows why Sanders supporters won’t stop backing their favorite candidate: Bernie Sanders isn’t just a candidate, but a movement.

Trump Juggernaut Rolls on; Clinton’s Big Night Poses Hard Questions for Sanders Campaign and His Youthful Supporters

Will the Clinton and Sanders campaigns come together? I’ really don’t think so. There is a pigeon and a hawk in the same side, and both are enemies (philosophically). Bernie’s thoughts are on the opposite side of Hillary’s.

Bernie has lost both super tuesdays and doesn’t gain as much superdelegates as Hillary, so the question is: Is there any way to wake up the young voters for Bernies?

Presidential primaries

Last updated Mar 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM GMT-6
DEMOCRATIC

Delegate results

2,383 needed for nomination · 2,308 available
Pledged delegates 1,139 825
Super delegates 467 26
Pledged delegates are based on state primary results, while super-delegates can support any candidate. Delegate results aren’t final until the convention in July.
Dropped out: Chafee, Lessig, O’Malley, Webb

#Haiti Cancels Elections Indefinitely

Protesters vowed to derail presidential runoff during a demonstration against the electoral process in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Electoral authorities from the island nation said there is too much violence in the country to hold elections.

The Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti has once again canceled the presidential runoff elections that were scheduled for Sunday, EFE reported.

A spokesperson for the CEP said the decision to cancel the elections was based on security reasons.

Haiti, one poorest countries in the world, is facing political unrest due to massive accusations of electoral fraud during the first round in October.

The second round of elections was scheduled to take place in December, but according to Financial Times, they were postponed twice, which would make Sunday’s cancellation the second time the vote has been called off.

The CEP’s president, Pierre-Louis Opont held a news conference saying “there is too much violence throughout the country,” but failed to say when the elections would finally take place.

Opont also failed to say whether an interim government would take office after Feb. 7, when Martelly is by law required to step down from office.

The president is scheduled to address the nation later this Friday.

The runoff, when it takes place, will be between Jovenel Moise, a banana exporter, and Jude Celestin, a centrist Swiss-trained engineer.

Celestin was nominated by the opposition candidate who under local and international pressure was removed from the 2011 presidential vote in favor of current President Michel Martelly, who by law was barred from running for reelection.

Most civilian sectors of Haitian society also criticized the electoral process, including the Catholic and Protestant Churches, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Opposition sectors have pushed for a transitional government until the recommendation can be implemented.

Celestin has complained of fraud and electoral rigging, and was quoted as saying that the first round was “an electoral coup,” and that Sunday’s vote would have not been “an election, but a selection because there is only one candidate.”

Haiti’s independent electoral commission said there were “important irregularities” in the first round of voting.

In Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince protesters took to the streets this week to call for the postponement of the vote.

The demonstrations became violent as protesters burnt cars, barricaded roads and hurled rocks. Financial Times reported that electoral offices were also attacked by protesters in the northern city of Cap-Haitien.