Amnesty International Winks at US Economic Attack on Venezuela

by Joe Emersberger 

teleSUR | March 04, 2018

“I was disgusted but not surprised by Amnesty’s tacit support for Trump’s aggression against Venezuela for several reasons.”

Amnesty International told me that it “does not take a position on the current application” of U.S. economic sanctions that Trump’s administration imposed on Venezuela in August “but rather emphasizes the urgent need to address the serious crisis of the right to health and food which Venezuela is facing. In terms of human rights, it is the Venezuelan state’s responsibility to resolve this.”  Amnesty’s full reply to three questions I asked them by email can be read here.

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The Strategic Challenge for the Latin American Left

by Rafael Correa 

teleSUR | February 22, 2018

Latin American Presidents. From left to right: Evo Morales (Bolivia), José Mujica (Uruguay), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Cristina Fernandez (Argentina), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) in 2014.

Latin American Presidents. From left to right: Evo Morales (Bolivia), José Mujica (Uruguay), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Cristina Fernandez (Argentina), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) in 2014. | Photo: Reuters
Mass-Media has become the main opposition to the progressive governments of the region.

After the long and sad neoliberal night of the 1990s – which broke entire nations like Ecuador – and since Hugo Chávez won the Presidency of the Republic of Venezuela at the end of 1998, the rightist governments of the continent began to be overthrown like houses of cards, bringing Popular governments and aligned with ‘Socialism of Good Living’ across our America.

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Bolivia: Morales hails renewed economic growth

Morning Star | January 04, 2018

BOLIVIAN President Evo Morales hailed on Tuesday last year’s return to economic growth under his 12-year-old Movement for Socialism government.

Mr Morales confirmed that 2017 had seen a 3.8 per cent increase in GDP as a result of increased public investment late in the year as well as increased co-operation between city and provincial governments.Read More »

Ford bosses face Argentina trial over kidnap and torture of trade unionists under the junta

by Steve Sweeney

Morning Star | December 21, 2017

A production line at Ford’s Southampton factory

TWO former Ford bosses face trial in Argentina for helping the 1970s dictatorship to kidnap and torture trade unionists.

Former factory director Pedro Muller and ex-security manager Hector Francisco Jesus Sibilla appeared before the San Martin federal court outside Buenos Aires on Tuesday.Read More »

Latin America: 200 years of the infernal cycle of debt

by Éric Toussaint

Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt | November 23, 2017

Eric Toussaint, of the CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt), explains the difficulties encountered by States overly dependent on raw materials.

With a PhD in Political Science and speaking for CADTM international, Eric Toussaint has just published Le Systeme dette, histoire des dettes souveraines et de leur répudiation (Les Liens qui libèrent, 338 p., 19,50 €). (‘The Debt System: a History of Sovereign Debts and their Repudiation’.) He explains how countries that are over-dependent on raw materials fall into the debt trap.

Venezuela has partly defaulted. How did it come to this?

Venezuela is an emblematic case of the infernal cycle that Latin America has been struggling with over the last two centuries. It all began in 1810, when Simon Bolivar, a figurehead of the Spanish colonies in their fight for freedom, began borrowing from London in very unfavourable conditions to finance the wars of independence.

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Uruguay: Montevideo Declaration calls for unity in the struggle against neoliberalism

Granma | November 22, 2017

Photo: Prensa Latina

Following several days of exchanging experiences in the struggles against imperialism, transnational corporations, and neoliberal policies, the Continental Encounter for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism, held in Montevideo beginning November 16, concluded with a declaration that calls for the unity of Latin American progressive forces and social movements.Read More »

Nicaragua: Sandinistas Resoundingly Win Municipal Elections

teleSUR | November 06, 2017

Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council Members

Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council Members | Photo: EFE
Participation was somewhere between 52 and 53 percent, according to Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council.

Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council, CSE, With 98.7 percent of the vote gathered, announced the victory of the Sandinista National Liberation Front with 134 out of 153 mayoralties in dispute. The Independent Liberal Party obtained 12 mayors, followed by the Yatama party with 3. The Constitutionalist Liberal Party got 2 and the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance achieved 1, leaving only one mayoralty unaccounted for.

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The new Bolivia continues to advance with Evo Morales


Granma | October 18, 2017

President Evo Morales has served the country for 11 years, despite fierce opposition from the local oligarchy and the U.S. Photo: ABI

Over a decade ago, when the government of Evo Morales took office in Bolivia, only 40,000 Bolivians received gas at home. Today, 3.5 million have access to the service where they live.

The nationalization of the hydrocarbon industry in 2006 resulted in economic progress for Bolivia. It allowed the country to multiply national gas export revenues from two billion dollars in 2005, to 31.5 billion dollars in 2016.Read More »

10 Amazing Places to Visit in Latin America

IN PICTURES: teleSUR highlights some of Latin America’s most incredible sites.

 teleSUR | September 27, 2017

Latin America has some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, some that are well-known and some that are hidden treasures.With cultures dating back thousands of years and a biodiversity rivaling any other in the world, Latin America provides awe-inspiring destinations.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world at 979 meters.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world at 979 meters. Photo:EFE

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FARC, the letters mean more now in Colombia


Granma | September 14, 2017

The red rose and initials of the new Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces identify the party which has been established by Colombia’s major former guerilla army. Photo:

Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces (FARC). This is the name of the new political party with which former Colombian guerillas are looking to enter the country’s political arena, maintaining the initials they used fighting in the mountains, plains, and jungles for more than 50 years, as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The name chosen goes beyond formalities and sends a clear message about the group’s objectives following the historic peace agreement signed in Havana last year.Read More »