teleSUR | 21 April, 2017
We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of Latin America – People’s Trade Treaty, at the 15th meeting of its Political Council in Havana:
Reject the aggression and manipulation inflicted on the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as well as the deceit and lies that threaten its sovereignty, independence and stability, and those of the entire region.Read More »
Oscar Schémel, president of one of Venezuela’s most respected independent polling firms, expresses his views of the current political standoff between the Venezuelan government and right-wing opposition, which has seen seven dead as a result of violent anti-government protests demanding the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
According to recent studies by Hinterlaces, 76 percent of Venezuelans disapprove of any future international intervention to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power. Eighty-seven percent disapprove of any international military intervention in our country, while 9 out of 10 reject violent protests and the guarimbas [violent anti-government demonstrators who block roads].
Likewise, two out of three Venezuelans have an unfavourable opinion of the Organisation of American States (OAS).Read More »
Progressive candidate and renowned disability activist from the ruling Alianza Pais party, Lenin Moreno, won the Ecuadorean presidential election Sunday.
With 99 percent of the official vote counted, Lenin defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso, candidate for the right-wing CREO-SUMO alliance, with 51.16 percent to 48.84 percent, according to results issued by the country’s National Electoral Council on Monday morning.
In what many had already predicted, right-wing vice presidential candidate Andres Paez has called for a recount, even though the CNE said it was a transparent and successful election process, calling for everyone to respect the results.Read More »
Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a strong statement of support on Tuesday, backing Venezuela against a recent push by the U.S. and its hemispheric allies to expel the country from the Organization of American States.
The statement emphasized that Venezuela is “not alone,” and suggested that the most recent attempt by OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro — backed by the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Paraguay and Argentina — to expel Venezuela from the organization had failed given that the expected vote to expel the country did not take place.
Noting the similarities between the campaign to expel Cuba in 1962, the statement said that Venezuela’s hard-fought a battle “in defense of sovereignty, independence, self-determination, and dignity of Venezuela and of all of our America.”Read More »
The Arauco-Malleco Coordination, CAM, of Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche people claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an arson attack that left 19 trucks burned last Sunday.
The attack, directed at the wealthy Trans-Cavalieri transport company in Temuco, resulted in losses of about US$3 Million for the business. The CAM also set ablaze nine flatbeds and a warehouse on the route that links Temuco with other cities.
The Indigenous militants claim the attack was made in retaliation to the “capitalist invaders” who don’t respect the territory and the autonomy of the Mapuche.
“With this larger action, we pointed out to our oppressed people that there is the will and capacity of the Mapuche to deal decisively with the expressions of the capitalist system and the oppressive colonialist state,” the CAM wrote in a statement, Kaos en la Red reports. Read More »
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Wednesday praised his country’s economic system, saying its planned socialist model is more stable than that of previous neoliberal administrations.
“During neoliberalism, Bolivia did not have the capacity of getting out of debt,” Morales posted on Twitter Tuesday.
“Now, 177 investors offer bonds thanks to economic stability.”
Since beginning Bolivia’s transition to socialism in 2006, Morales has vastly improved the country’s economy.Read More »