Cuban “troops” saving lives in Venezuela

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Granma | May 06, 2019

More than 20,000 Cuban collaborators, 61% of whom are women, remain in Venezuela fighting to save lives and ensuring the well-being of the population of this sister nation. Photo: Omara García

U.S. President Donald Trump recently threatened Cuba with a “full and complete” blockade, coupled with the “highest-level sanctions,” while John Bolton accused the island of “controlling” the government of Nicolás Maduro.

That lie is repeated without an ounce of shame by the highest officials of the Yankee government, and Donald Trump has ordered Cuba to withdraw “20,000 Cuban soldiers from Venezuela,” even promising a new opening in relations if the island takes its “hands off” Caracas.Read More »

Cuban collaboration: Principles and truths from Venezuela

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Granma | March 28, 2019

President Díaz-Canel visits Venezuelan patients being treated by Cuban doctors. Photo: Estudio Revolución

The history of Cuban international collaboration is marked by adherence to ethical precepts established in our state’s conduct and positions. Our government does not interfere in the internal affairs of any country and respects national sovereignty and international law. The hundreds of thousands of compatriots who provide their services on five continents believe in, and abide by, these principles. Thus, strengthened by these beliefs, we work in the homeland of Bolívar and Chávez.Read More »

La Rinconada – The Devil’s Paradise

by Peter Koenig

La Rinconada is a town in the Peruvian Andes near a gold mine.[ At 5,100 m (16,700 ft; 3.2 mi) above sea level, it is the highest permanent settlement in the world. Most Andean mining towns in Peru, Chile and Bolivia share the same look: drab, built with predominantly cheap materials, many barely tin-shacks, few recreation places, except for cheap taverns and foul-smelling bordellos, the whole thing exuding an air of monotony and claustrophobia. Neruda called them “open air prisons”.
La Rinconada, 5,000 to 5,400m above sea level, corrugated iron shacks, glued to the hills of the surrounding mountains, home to some 50,000 to 70,000 mining inhabitants and competing mafia mobs that control them.  La Rinconada, in the Peruvian Andes, the world’s highest, chaotic, poisonous and illegal goldmines, some 210 km northeast of Puno, a 4-hour drive by car over partially paved, albeit potholed roads. La Rinconada, near the just barely more civilized mining town of Ananea (about 4,700 m above sea level), is also considered one of the most horrific places on earth: a crime gang-run city, spreading through a valley and up the surrounding hills, no running water, no sewerage, no electricity grid. La Rinconada looks and smells like a wide-open garbage dump, infested by a slowly meandering yellowish-brownish mercury-contaminated brew – tailings from illegal goldmining – what used to be a pristine mountain lake.Read More »

Chile: Activists, Social Movements Protest Against US-Backed Integration Body Prosur

teleSUR | March 22, 2019

Presidents and delegates arrive to pose for a family photo during the Prosur summit, at the presidential palace La Moneda, in Santiago.

Presidents and delegates arrive to pose for a family photo during the Prosur summit, at the presidential palace La Moneda, in Santiago. | Photo: Reuters

Chilean social and political organizations were holding demonstrations Friday against the Forum for the Latin American Progress and Development (Prosur), a meeting convened by the right-wing Latin American governments which are coordinating actions to dissolve the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and consolidate the U.S. interventionist agenda against Venezuela.

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Argentina Doctors Strike, Close 600 State Hospitals

teleSUR | March 07, 2019

Medical workers strike against low wages, layoffs in Argentina, March 7, 2019

Medical workers strike against low wages, layoffs in Argentina, March 7, 2019 | Photo: Fesprosa

Coinciding with teacher strikes, medical professionals are on strike for two days across Argentina, forcing the shut down of 600 state hospitals.

At least 600 hospitals across Argentina have been closed for a second day as the Trade Union Federation of Health Professionals of Argentina (Fesprosa) spearheads a 48-hour work strike “against adjustment and dismissals,” according to the union.

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Peru highlights failure of intervention strategy in Venezuela

Prensa Latina | February 26, 2019

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The statement issued Monday by the Lima Group, beyond its rejection of the use of force in Venezuela, evidences the difficulties faced by the strategy of the hardest sectors, commented Peruvian analyst Alberto Adrianzen Tuesday.

The former presidential advisor comments on the failure of these sectors, among which he mentions the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, the United States, Colombia and Argentina.Read More »