Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

  | November 27, 2019

Argentina’s leftist president-elect Alberto Fernandez said Tuesday that he would renounce the remaining $11 billion tranche of the country’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan as soon as he takes office next month.

Outgoing center-right President Mauricio Macri agreed a massive $57 billion loan package last year, but the austerity measures he imposed failed to right the economy.

“What I want is to stop asking (for money), and that they let me pay,” said Fernandez, who takes office on December 10 after ousting Macri in last month’s elections.Read More »

Díaz-Canel: Cuba will not renounce its sovereignty or independence

Granma| November 27, 2019

In words and song… No one here surrenders. Photo: Twitter

“We are not intimidated by threats from the United States, which are part of its interventionist policy toward Cuba. It is deplorable that the country’s diplomats are incited to violate international law and the laws of the United States. Cuba will not renounce its sovereignty or independence,” said President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on his Twitter account.Read More »

In the heart of Latin American unity

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Granma| November 25, 2019

Fidel, along with Che and Raúl, advocated and fought for the indispensable unity of Our America against U.S. imperialism. Photo: Granma Archives
Our America is living intense days, but there is no reason, or time, to be discouraged. The continent’s peoples have opened the great avenues of their emancipation, and imperialism cannot close them. Bolívar, Martí, Sandino, pointed the way to unity. “How long will we remain in lethargy?” Fidel asked in 1959, during his visit to Caracas. “How long will we be defenseless pieces of a continent, which its liberator conceived as something more dignified, greater? How long will Latin Americans live in this miserly, ridiculous atmosphere? How long will we remain divided?”

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Colombia: 3 Dead, 122 Civilians Injured At Strike Against Duque

teleSUR | November 22, 2019

A policeman points a gun at a woman who is trying to leave the protest zone, Colombia, Nov. 21, 2019.

Defense Minister also acknowledged that 53 raids were made, 98 citizens were arrested and another 207 protesters were “taken” to police stations.

Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday admitted that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350 municipalities.

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People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

 | November 22, 2019

People in thousands joined in protests in Chile on Monday (November 18). It marked the first month of the most serious public protests against neo-liberal policies in recent time in Chile.

The protests show the people’s distrust of the social agenda the government announced, and the parliamentary agreement on a new constitution.

Anti-riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against protesters.Read More »

“They’re killing us like dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

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Countercurrents | November 22, 2019

I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

The coup has spawned massive protests, with blockades set up around the country as part of a national strike calling for the resignation of this new government. One well-organized blockade is in El Alto, where residents set up barriers surrounding the Senkata gas plant, stopping tankers from leaving the plant and cutting off La Paz’s main source of gasoline.Read More »

USA: ‘Mumia Abu-Jamal is just one step away from freedom,’ says Maureen Faulkner

by Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio

San Francisco Bay View November 12, 2019

Mumia Abu-Jamal

From the minute Mumia picked up a microphone and a pen at the age of 14, Philadelphia’s notoriously racist police department has been seeking to silence him. Just look at the FBI files, documenting that the Philadelphia PD Civil Disobedience Unit Red Squad trailed him – and the Police Chief Frank Rizzo targeted him, feeding his name to the FBI to put him on the “security index.” Mumia was literally covering community events and rallies and writing for the Black Panther Party newspaper, all this while he was still in his teens!

Mumia was a daily radio reporter for WHYY and NPR in the early ‘80s, drawing both acclaim and the notice of Frank Rizzo and the Philadelphia Police for his award winning reporting.

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New report shows the world is awash with fossil fuels. It’s time to cut off supply

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The Conversation | November 21, 2019

A new United Nations report shows the world’s major fossil fuel producing countries, including Australia, plan to dig up far more coal, oil and gas than can be burned if the world is to prevent serious harm from climate change.

The report found fossil fuel production in 2030 is on track to be 50% more than is consistent with the 2℃ warming limit agreed under the Paris climate agreement. Production is set to be 120% more than is consistent with holding warming to 1.5℃ – the ambitious end of the Paris goals.Read More »

Smoke haze hurts financial markets as well as the environment

by Naomi Soderstrom and Chao Kevin Li

The ConversationNovember 22, 2019

Sydney is currently blanketed by smoke haze from severe bushfires that have burned through New South Wales.

Air pollution levels on Thursday reached hazardous levels for the second time in a week. The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned that haze could be around for days.

On Thursday, several locations in Sydney had air quality index levels above 1,000. Anything over 200 is considered hazardous. Health authorities in Sydney have asked children to stay indoors.Read More »

Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

 | November 20, 2019

With armored vehicles and helicopters, Bolivian military forces and police used tear gas to crack down on protesters blocking access to a major gas plant, operated by state-run YPFB, in El Alto city on Tuesday.

Helicopters flew above roads around the Senkata gas plant while heavily armed police dispersed protesters with tear gas and bullets.Read More »