Ending Palestinian protests in West Bank, Gaza

Dozens of people were injured after protests in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike turned violent Friday, with protesters throwing rocks at security forces, who responded with tear gas, grenades and life fire.

The rallies that swept through West Bank and along the Gaza Strip border were held as part of the “Day of Rage” protest action in support of the prisoners in Israeli jails, who have been on hunger strike against unhuman conditions of their incarceration since April 17.

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The assassination of the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez

Another journalist was murdered in Mexico Monday, marking the sixth assassination of a reporter so far this year in one of the deadliest countries in the world for media workers.

Javier Valdez, a correspondent covering the drug-related violence and crime beat in the state of Sinaloa for Mexico’s largest daily newspaper, La Jornada, was shot dead around midday in Sinaloa’s capital of Culiacan, home base for the notorious Sinaloa cartel previously run by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Valdez had released a new book just last year titled, “Narco Journalism.” The reporter was shot in the street, the Red Cross reported, where his body was left after the fatal shooting. Continue reading “The assassination of the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez”

On Mexican Mother’s Day, Hundreds of Mothers March for Their Disappeared Children

Mothers and relatives of Ayotzinapa 43 students

Mexican mothers are marching for their missing and disappeared children Wednesday, marking Mother´s Day in the country in a mass demonstration to demand justice from the state.

In the heart of Mexico City, hundreds marched from Paseo de la Reforma to the Angel de la Independencia, where organizers read out a manifesto titled, “Neither forgetfulness nor forgiveness nor reconciliation,” and instead demanded the release of political prisoners the world over and a solution to the problem of enforced disappearances by the state. Continue reading “On Mexican Mother’s Day, Hundreds of Mothers March for Their Disappeared Children”

Thousands Attend Hate Rallies in Mexico Against LGBTQ People

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Thousands of Mexicans took to the streets of cities across the country Saturday to “defend their children” and “defend the traditional family” against the the alleged threat of gay marriage.

The so-called “march for the family” was called by the National Front for the Family, a Catholic organization that was created last May after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a proposal to Congress to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

The initiative was seen as a move by Peña Nieto to gain popular support amid historically low approval ratings, and was ultimately dropped by lawmakers of his own party.

However, the most conservative wing of Mexico, including the archbishop of Norberto Rivera and other religious congregations, have supported and joined a campaign against the lingering threat of equality—a campaign that has been widely criticized by intellectuals, politician and civil organizations for promoting hatred and violence against the LGBT community.

Members of the National Front for the Family say they represent more than one million families in Mexico and argue that they obtain resources from their own members. However, critics say the participation of the Catholic Church is evident in this political movement, with LGBT activists calling it a violation of Mexico’s secular democracy.

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10 Things to Know About Revolutionary Cuba’s Literacy Program


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The Cuban Revolution of 1959 faced a crippling economic blockade from the United States for several decades, forcing the people of the small island nation to rely on themselves.

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, teleSUR takes a look at the major achievements of the Cuban people in fighting illiteracy and making the country a superpower and global model in the field of education.

  1. Illiteracy Was Rampant in Cuba Before the 1959 Revolution

When Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement overthrew the U.S.-backed dictator President Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the new revolutionary government inherited a country with a literacy rate as low as 60 percent.

  1. Cuba Became ‘Illiteracy Free’ in Less Than 2 Years

By the end of 1961, a year the Cuban government dubbed “the year of education,” the nation’s literacy rate had risen to 96 percent, one of the highest in the world. This was the result of thousands of “literacy brigades” travelling across the country to rural areas, laying the foundations of what would become the most democratic education system in the Americas.

  1. Education Was Made Free and Public

The Batista regime had promoted a model of education-for-profit, encouraging the privatization of schools, colleges and universities. In 1961, the revolutionary Cuban government nationalized all educational institutions, ensuring every child had a human right to free, quality education.

  1. Education Became Accessible to Women, Afro-Cubans and Cubans in Rural Areas

Historically discriminated against groups such as women, Afro-Cubans, other minorities and rural workers greatly benefited from the Cuban Literacy Campaign. Prior to the initiative, the illiteracy rate for those living in cities stood at 11 percent compared to over 40 percent for those in the countryside. By the end of 1961, this disparity had been abolished.

  1. Cuba Has Sent Education Professionals Worldwide

From Angola and the fight against Apartheid to the thousands of workers and specialists sent to Pakistan after the Kashmir earthquake of 2005, one of the core characteristics of the Cuban Revolution has been its staunch internationalism. The sphere of education is no different.

  1. Cuba’s Literacy Program Has Taught Millions to Read Across the World

Today, more than 10 million people from over 30 countries have learned to read and write through Cuba’s Yo Si Puedo (Yes, I Can) program, which operates in countries ranging from Spain to Venezuela. The program provides free education to poor adults who lacked opportunities to learn to read and write as children.

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Mexico: Leaders of Oaxaca’s Striking Teachers Union

The CNTE teachers union demanded the immediate return of their leaders, Francisco Manuel Villalobos Ricardez and Ruben Nuñez, whom they said were forcibly disappeared by the governments of President Enrique Peña Nieto and Oaxaca Govenor Gabino Cue.

The federal government said Villalobos, who serves as head of the CNTE in Oaxaca, was detained Saturday on charges of aggravated robbery. The charges stem from the seizure of textbooks by the teachers union in 2015.

His arrest came after nearly 500 protesters were violently evicted from a public square by at least a thousand police officers in the city of Oaxaca.

Teachers belonging to the dissident CNTE union were occupying the headquarters of the Oaxaca State Institute of Public Education, located in the historic center of the capital, as part of the general strike to protest the education reform.

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Covert operations in Ecuador

Promoting the idea that a government is bad and unpopular is essential to the objective of overthrowing it.

Since the beginning of the ‘pink tide’ in Latin America, much of the international media have been actively smearing progressive Latin American countries.

These media outlets, who have the means to reach global audiences, selectively report the news in what some consider to be an effort to destabilize leftist governments that dare to challenge the economic privileges of big business, banks and financial corporations.

Several South American leaders have argued that private media discredit their governments as parts of plots to overthrow them and replace them with governments more aligned with U.S. interests.

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned of this repeatedly, and in 2002 this materialized into a short-lived coup. The coup was broadcast live and media were shown to have played an active role, deliberately distorting information to the Venezuelan public as well as to the international community in order to justify the usurpation of democracy in the country. Though the coup failed, media attacks against Chavez continued, and have now focused intensely on his successor, President Nicolas Maduro.

Since taking office in 2007, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has also been the target of a media smear campaign both within and outside of the country. Correa has not only championed laws to democratize media in order to break up the power of monopolies, but he has also been vocal in calling out the attacks on his and other progressive governments.

“Do you think really that the difficult situations (faced by) Dilma Rousseff … in Brazil, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and the difficulties that Evo Morales has had in Bolivia before winning an overwhelming majority, are all accidental?,” Correa told a groups of reporters in 2015. “They are all leaders of leftist governments … None of this happens to right-wing leaders.”

The Goal: End Latin American Integration

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ONG: Covert operations in Latin America


For the United States, “non-governmental organizations” are playing an increasingly prominent role in “democracy promotion” across the planet.

In Latin America, there is increasing awareness about the activities of these groups and those who fund them to undermine elected governments and subvert the region’s autonomy.

Modus Operandi

Starting in 1999, the United States has increasingly lost the ability it once had to determine policy in Latin America.

The Bolivarian Revolution that began in Venezuela quickly grew throughout the region, and over the decade the idea of reclaiming national sovereignty through regional integration gained momentum. A decade later, organizations like ALBA, CELAC and Unasur were formed by countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, who came to consensus on the benefits of excluding the United States (and to a lesser extent, Canada).

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American embassy in Havana offers grants

eeuu_embajada_cubaTaken from : Along the Malecon

Tomado de : The U.S. Embassy in Havana is passing out grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 to individuals and organizations based in Cuba and non-profit organizations in the U.S.
Two project announcements, reproduced below, say that “projects that are inherently political in nature” aren’t likely to be funded.
I doubt this means that the State Department and the Agency for International Development have ended other more expansive programs that are political. But the goal of these embassy projects is to strengthen U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations.
Applications for the embassy projects “will be considered on a rolling basis up until August 15, 2016,” the announcement said.
All projects must start before Sept. 30. See below for details:

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