There are few countries whose governments are constantly accused of violating human rights. We could think about North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela because these are fire targets when talking about what West countries call “elementary liberties” and took by media as the center of dark and inconceivable fabrications.
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.
A week later after young anti-racism activist Heather Heyer was killed at a Virginia white supremacist demonstration, huge crowds of counter protesters have marched peacefully through downtown Boston against a “Free Speech” rally featuring right-wing speakers.
Streets around Boston Common, where the rally took place, were lightly trafficked early on Saturday. Some 500 police officers placed barricades to prevent vehicles from entering the park. They also built a cordon around the site of the rally to keep the two groups separate.
U.S. CIA director Mike Pompeo agreed with president Trump not ruling out “a military option” in Venezuela Sunday saying that the South American country could become a risk to the U.S. because “the Cubans are there, the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there.”
During an interview with “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, Pompeo described Venezuela’s situation as a serious risk to the United States.
“It’s a civil war, I understand it’s a terrible situation,” Fox News journalist Chris Wallace said, ”but ultimately why is it our problem?” he asked.
“Look,” Pompeo said, “Venezuela could very easily become a risk for the United States of America. The Cubans are there, the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there. This is something that has a risk of getting to a very, very bad place. So, America needs to take this very seriously.”
While at his golf course in New Jersey Friday, Trump told reporters that the U.S. has a number of solutions to Venezuela’s situation and military force was still an option being considered.
It seems sanctions and diplomatic and media siege to Venezuela are not enough to try to tear down the Bolivarian Revolution. Today, as an irrefutable proof of the destabilizing and obscene activity, the US and its best conspiracy organization -CIA- are inciting Venezuelan officers to turn against its government to serve other countries interests.
A few days ago, the truth about CIA intervention on Venezuelan conflict was revealed when second secretary of the Venezuelan embassy in Panama, Gabriel Hernán Pérez, declared himself against the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), leaded by “chavistas” deputies.
Five anonymous transgender members serving in the US military are demanding president Donald Trump´s military transgender prohibition for violating constitutional protections of the Fifth Amendment.
Two advocacy groups filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in US District Court in Washington, DC against president Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other top officials, on behalf of the five, who said the ban violated the rights of service members’ due process and equal protection under the Fifth Amendment, and asks the court to declare Trump’s directive unconstitutional and to issue injunctions to stop its implementation.
After all the rumors around the phone call conversation that had president Trump and the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, the Washington Post obtained the records of U.S president saying to his counterpart: “stop stating that Mexico would not pay for a wall on the border”.
“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump told Nieto, urging him to refrain from the public statements because of the political damage it would impose on Trump.
“If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that,” Trump told Nieto, according to the transcript.
A coalition of the Democratic and Republican parties of the United States launched the Kentucky-Engage State Council of Cuba to promote policies of rapprochement between that US territory and the Caribbean island.
The group is made up of political and business leaders and headed by state agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles and Blue Equity executive director Jonathan Blue.
According to the members of the Council the economic, commercial and financial siege affects the companies and farmers of the territory, and the Cuban people.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned in protest at an organisational shake-up.
Apparently, Mr Spicer disagreed with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director.
Instead, the Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been the mediator in this context.
Mr Spicer’s press briefings were very brief and he withdrew from camera in recent weeks. This happens when the White House faces a difficult situation concerning the apparent Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election and with Mr Trump’s campaign team conspiracy with Moscow.