Caribbean Countries Protest Sectarianism at Summit of the Americas

Orinoco Tribune | April 30, 2022

At least 14 Caribbean countries will be absent from the upcoming Summit of the Americas as a protest measure against the exclusion of the representatives of Venezuela and Cuba, which the host country US has decided in accordance with the proposal of a group of US Congressmen. This was declared by the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and to the Organization of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders.

“If Cuba is not invited to the Summit of the Americas, 14 Caribbean states won’t go,” said Sanders. “Same as if Guaidó is continued to be recognized, a number of Caribbean states won’t go.”

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US narrative won’t survive defeat in Donbass

M. K. Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline | April 23, 2022

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) with visiting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, New Delhi, April 22, 2022 

An extraordinary thing about British diplomacy is that it continually looks for ways to stay ahead of the curve and provide added value to its customer across the Atlantic, the United States. That makes the remarks on Ukraine conflict by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his press conference in New Delhi on Friday highly significant. 

Johnson brought to mind the evocative lines of Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach on the “melancholy, long, withdrawing roar” when faith is receding. He was completely at odds with the focus of the US president Joe Biden’s remarks at the White House just the previous day where he vowed

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Julian Assange’s extradition to the US

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UK Court Approves Assange Extradition

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Alex Saab, a diplomat without immunity. Webinar, Apr 26 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT #Free Alex Saab.

Alliance for Global Justice | April 12, 2022

This webinar includes the latest updates on the case. We will be joined by Camilla Fabri Saab, wife of Alex Saab

Presenters include:

– Alfred de Zayas, former rapporteur on Venezuela for United Nations Human Rights Council

– Suzanne Adely, President of the National Lawyers Guild

– Oscar Lopez Rivera, former Puerto Rican political prisoner and Honorary Chair of the Free Alex Saab Campaign

– Jaribu Hill, human rights attorney and founder of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights Organizers’ Conference

Register now >

Alex Saab is a Venezuelan diplomat who is imprisoned in a United States federal court in Miami, Florida, his arrest is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The only crime that the Venezuelan diplomat has committed has been to evade the illegal sanctions imposed on the Venezuelan people by the United States.

Alex Saab was appointed as Venezuela’s special envoy in 2018, he was detained by order of the US on June 12, 2020. He was traveling from Caracas to Tehran when his plane made a stop to refuel in Cabo Verde. Saab had in his possession his diplomatic passport and other documents revealing his diplomatic mission.

He had been on a mission to procure humanitarian supplies of basic food, fuel and medicine for Venezuela from Iran in international trade, and while he was on that mission he was arrested, at an extremely critical moment when the pandemic was hitting South America very hard.

Join us and learn the latest details of the Alex Saab case.

Free Alex Saab Campaign supporters include:

Alliance for Global Justice, Task Force on the Americas, International Action Center, Chicago ALBA Solidarity, Asociación Americana de Juristas, The Canada Files, National Lawyers Guild International Committee, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Friends of Latin America, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC), Friends of Irish Freedom, Cuba Inside Out, Massachusetts Peace Action, Popular Resistance, United National AntiWar Coalition, Chicago Anti-War Coalition, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice, Frente Hugo Chavez para la Defensa de los Pueblos- Canada, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Code Pink, AntiConquista, Orinoco Tribune, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, Center for Political Education, La Troika, Committees of Correspondence or Democracy & Socialism, Winnipeg Venezuela Peace Committee, Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle Toronto, Center for Global Studies – Purdue Northwest, African Awareness Association, Southsiders for Peace (Chicago), Just Peace Advocates, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Samidoun NY/NJ, La Voz de los de Abajo, Sanctions Kill Coalition, US Peace Council, Pacific NW Latin America and Caribbean Task Force, LELO/A Legacy of Equality Leadership and Organizing, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Rochester Committee on Latin America, Casa Baltimore/Limay, Solidarity Committee of the Americas (Women Against Military Madness), Frente Independentista Boricua, Hostos Community College Puerto Rican Student Organization, El Maestro, Inc., NY Free Puerto Rico movement, Círculo Bolivariano de Miami Negra Hipólita, La Peña del Bronx, Struggle/La Lucha, Haiti Liberte, PECOA, Fuerza de la Revolución, Holyrood Episcopal Church ~ Iglesia Santa Cruz, National Boricua Human Rights Network, International US-Cuba Normalization Conference Coalition, NY—NJ Cuba Si Coalition, Family Action Network Movement, Fuerza de la Revolucion, Iglesia Santa Cruz, Holyrod Chuch, Padre Luis Barrios, Pro Libertad

If your organization would like to join this campaign, please email us at william@AFGJ.org

To join the campaign as an individual, please sign on here

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Leopoldo López Criticizes Caracas-Washington Rapprochement

Orinoco Tribune | April 02, 2022

Venezuelan far-right politician and fugitive from justice Leopoldo López has expressed his repudiation of the recent rapprochement between the Joe Biden administration and the Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro.

López, who escaped to Spain to evade criminal responsibility for his crimes in Venezuela and remains under protection in Spain also denounced the fact that White House sent a delegation to Miraflores Palace to meet with President Maduro.

López also repeated his stance on imposing so-called “free elections” in Venezuela, entirely disregarding the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic.

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Argentina, the IMF and the Big Debt

Gustavo A. Maranges

Orinoco Tribune | March 27, 2022

Sometimes we make decisions only thinking about the immediate situation, while forgetting the repercussions they may have in the next 5-10 years. We think that it will all just work itself out. We tend to be optimistic at best, but the reality is that we are inconsistent. When it comes to the decision of an individual, the consequences of that decision rarely affects a considerable amount of people. However, when it comes to that of the government of a country, a single measure can change the lives of millions for generations to come.

Argentina is a country that knows what this means, especially when we talk about the economy. The South American country’s economic history has un-erasable footprints of Neoliberalism and the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) associated policies.

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A History of NATO and Nazis, with Asa Winstanley

Lowkey

MintPress News | March 18, 2022

This week Lowkey is joined by Asa Winstanley, an investigative journalist living in London, who writes about Palestine and the Middle East. He hails from the south of Wales and has been visiting Palestine since 2004. He writes for the groundbreaking Palestinian news site The Electronic Intifada, where he is an associate editor, and also writes a weekly column for the Middle East Monitor.

Following the NATO Bucharest Summit in 2008, several conclusions were reached and published in a joint statement of those attending. One read: “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agree today that these countries will become members of NATO.”

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‘Worse than Hitler’: Nazi revisionism in the service of US foreign policy

Louis Allday

Ebb | March 15, 2022

The past week has seen a flurry of public figures drawing direct parallels between the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and the former dictator of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler. In some cases, Hitler has even been compared favourably to Putin – said to be less corrupt and less brutal as he had never killed ‘his own people’ and ‘did not use Chemical weapons’. As offensive and ahistorical as these comparisons are, to be fully understood they must be placed within the broader historical pattern of the US and its allies time and again cynically portraying leaders of their officially designated enemy states as some form of re-incarnation of Hitler in order to generate the emotional public reaction needed to justify their belligerent policies and add a superficial moral veneer to them.

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Fortunately, We Don’t Run Banking with The SWIFT System: Maduro

teleSUR | March 03, 2022

President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela. | Photo: Twitter/ @bancaynegocios

The Venezuelan President recalled that the SWIFT banking system baned seven state-owned Russian banks from making transactions with it at the request of the European Union. 

On Wednesday, President Nicolas Maduro welcomed that Venezuela does not depend on the SWIFT financial messaging system, from which seven Russian banks were expelled due to the sanctions of the European Union (EU).

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