Venezuela’s Recall Process and the International Media’s Lies of Omission

by JOE EMERSBERGER – ZNET | 30 May, 2016

The international media and the president of the OAS, Luis Almagro, are demanding that Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro allow a presidential recall referendum to take place in 2016.

Why are they demanding that it take place in 2016?

Both government critics and supporters appear to agree that if a recall vote is held before January 10, 2017, that an opposition victory will trigger fresh presidential elections. The Venezuelan constitution says one recall vote is allowed after the midway point of the president’s six year term, but if the recall vote takes place (and is won by the opposition) in the fourth year then the Vice President takes over for the remainder of the term – a new president would not be elected.Read More »

Rich Eating Well in Venezuela, Basque Executive Shows

by TELESUR ENGLISH | 31 May, 2016

Agustin Otxotorena, a Basque executive living in Caracas, grew tired of constant calls from friends and relatives in Spain telling him that there was no food in Venezuela, so on May 20 he began publishing photos on Facebook of supermarkets in upscale sectors of Caracas filled with goods.

In addition to showing evidence of an abundance of food stuffs, Otxotorena also analyzed the situation. He concluded that there are two countries in Venezuela—one where “there are many people having a hard time, who don’t have the money to live,” and another where there is “an upper class that has a living standard higher than Europe.”Read More »

Argentina: Justice served

Granma | 31 May, 2016

Buenos Aires.- Thirty years since the end of the dictatorship in Argentina, 13 legal procedures and three hearings have ended with a court ruling on Operation Condor, unique thus far as the only such judgment of regional Latin American importance.

Fourteen former military and intelligence officers from Argentina and one from Uruguay were given sentences May 27 ranging from 25 to eight years in prison, for more than 100 illegitimate arrests and other crimes against humanity committed over 40 years within the framework of Operation Condor, a U.S. orchestrated plan to eliminate opponents of dictatorships in the region.Read More »

UK, the ‘most corrupt country’, says mafia expert

A Journal of People report

Roberto Saviano, world-renowned expert on the Italian mafia and journalist, has identified the UK as “the most corrupt country.” “If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth, you might well tell me it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy, and I will tell you it’s the UK,” Saviano told the audience at Britain’s Hay Literary Festival.

He said: “It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics, but what is corrupt is the financial capital. Ninety percent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore,” he added.Read More »