Honduras: between elections and challenges

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In what is seen by many as a crucial election race, the opposition coalition, led by Salvador Nasralla is pit against the right-wing incumbant Juan Orlando Hernandez. Nasralla, a former businessman and TV host of Palestinian descent, is backed by former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup in 2009, leading to a period of right-wing National Party rule.

With the past few years seeing a sharp rise in violence against activists, land grabs, and violent crime, many are clamoring for a change and rallying behind Nasralla, a center-leftist.

Early results gave the edge to Nasralla, but the final count has yet to be announced. In the meantime, TeleSUR takes a look at the voting and celebrations.

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Puerto Ricans denounce U.S. response to hurricane Irma

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After Hurricane Maria first hit in September nearly 60 percent of the island is still without electricity.

Support given by local artists, communities, associations, foundations and churches to Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims far exceeds official aid received from the U.S., according to an organization on the tiny U.S. territory.

“Remember that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is an insurance that is paid for the mortgages of all in Puerto Rico,” the Independentista Nacional Hostosiano Movement, MINH, said in a statement.

The slowness and pettiness of the federals contrasts with the immediacy and determination of the recovery of the people of Puerto Rico through their communities and organizations.”

Cuba offered to assist the Caribbean island with reconstruction of both its electrical and medical systems, while Venezuela provided diesel fuel. Artists, athletes and “brother countries” offered additional support, but were blocked by federal agencies under a law dating back to the 1920s.

“If it were not for that immediate collective coherence of our people, we were still pulling dead people out of the rubble,” the statement continued. “Do not depend on what the ‘other’ will do for us. Do not rest until you have the desired result. Let’s continue sharing what we have with the most needy. It has been and will be the backbone on which we will build the new Puerto Rico that is not only possible, but necessary.”

Natalie Jaresko, executive director of the Board of Supervision and Financial Administration for Puerto Rico, has told the U.S. Congress that the island requires emergency funds “on an unprecedented scale” to rebuild homes and restore water and electricity services.

Since the hurricane first hit in September, thousands of people have had to be housed in temporary shelters. Tens of thousands of homes still have no roof, and nearly 60 percent of the island is still without electricity.

The board estimated that Puerto Rico will require at least US$21 billion over the next two years to “guarantee the provision of basic government functions,” including fire crews, police, teachers and other public employees. Puerto Rican authorities estimate the island has suffered between US$45 million and US$95 million in damages.

What should be the future of US foreign policy?

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The US foreign policy hostility is not a recent episode with president Donald Trump as the main character from now on.

As soon as Trump assumed the presidency he has spread intolerance, racism and all kind of agressive speeches against other nations. But his arrogant and disrespectful behavior is being an incentive for extremists groups and white supremacists in his own country.

Under Trump´s empire, the world is living in constant uncertainty because of his threats regarding a nuclear war, a military intervention in venezuela or the building of the border wall with Mexico.

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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”

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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Women are half of France’s new ministers

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Macron obtained the presidency representing party !En Marche! 

French President Emmanuel Macron´s cabinet is gender balanced with 11 of 22 posts taken by women.

Some 170 elected officials from the right were earlier criticised by hundreds of other lawmakers after they signed a statement backing Mr Macron.

Although he talked about a cabinet of parity only one of the top five posts, that of defence, went to a woman.

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Brazilian Anarchists, Communists March Against Temer

One year after the parliamentary coup that ousted former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and installed right-wing Michel Temer as president, the third edition of the annual Antifascist March on Saturday saw hundreds protesting in a number of cities across Brazil.

Organized by legions of anarchists, communists and a number of other left-wing organizations, the march was held in 20 cities and 15 states. It was organized in order to protest against the country’s “conservative advance” and the policies of the extreme right.

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