Former Panama Strongman Manuel Noriega Dies at 83

teleSUR | May 30, 2017

Manuel Noriega was extradited from France to Panama in 2011.

Manuel Noriega was extradited from France to Panama in 2011. | Photo: EFE

Panamanian ex-general Manuel Noriega died Monday night at the age of 83 in the Santo Tomas hospital, government officials confirmed.

On condition of anonymity, a government official said Noriega died at around 11 p.m. local time after his condition suddenly took a turn for the worse. “Mr. Noriega died tonight,” Secretary of State for Communication Manuel Dominguez confirmed to the AFP.

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Argentina: Memory, Unity and Mobilization is the Recipe to Make Macri Retreat

by Carlos Aznárez

The Dawn | May 11, 2017

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May Square was collapsed by people who went to the streets to show their indignation. Photo: Página 12

With the malignancy of those who are sheltered by many years of impunity, Macri’s government once again tried to leak through the Supreme Court the idea to overthrow one of the biggest achievements obtained by the Argentinian society: the punishment for those who murdered, tortured, disappeared people and exiled thousands of Argentinians.Read More »

Big Money and Lemons Cement Friendship Between Macri and Trump

teleSUR | April 27, 2017

Argentine President Mauricio Macri met with U.S. President Donal Trump at the White House Thursday to discuss business ties, after decades of knowing each other through business deals as real estate moguls in their respective countries.

Thursday’s talks marked the first meeting between the two presidents and the second time a Latin American head of state met Trump, after Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski did so two months ago.

“My good friend, for many, many years,” said Trump of Macri. “Long time, 25 years.” Macri jumped in and corrected Trump: “More, unfortunately, more, I was only 24,” said the Argentine president, who is now 58 years old.Read More »

Armed Gangs Attack Maternal and Child Hospital in Venezuela

teleSUR | 21 April, 2017

Mothers and children being evacuated from hospital attacked by the opposition.

Mothers and children being evacuated from hospital attacked by the opposition. | Photo: @madeleintlSUR

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on her Twitter account that “armed bands hired by the opposition attacked a maternal and child hospital with 54 children (inside).”

She also said that President Nicolas Maduro ordered the evacuation of the hospital, adding, “We will defeat the coup attempt.” The Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Maternal and Child Hospital is located in the El Valle neighborhood of Caracas.

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Lenin Again Wins Ecuador’s Presidential Race After Recount

teleSUR | 18 April, 2017

The recount is observed by electoral council members, delegates from political parties and international observers.

The recount is observed by electoral council members, delegates from political parties and international observers. | Photo: teleSUR

Ecuador’s National Electoral Council President Juan Pablo Pozo reported that Tuesday’s recount of the ballots that had inconsistencies during the April 2 presidential run-off election was completed, with Alianza Pais candidate Lenin Moreno again winning the vote.

The result of the recount culminated with more votes for leftist Moreno, while the right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, of the CREO-SUMA coalition, obtained fewer votes. Moreno obtained 51.15 percent of the votes on April 2, but in today’s recounted got 51.16 percent. Lasso went from 48.85 percent to 48.84 percent.

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Declaration of the 15th Meeting of the ALBA-TCP Political Council

Granma | 11 April, 2017

Photo: Jose M. Correa

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 »

It Takes a Lot More Than Votes to Govern

By OSCAR SCHÉMEL – HINTERLACES

Venezuelanalysis.com| 14 April, 2017

An anti-government protester in Caracas, Venezuela. (Reuters)

An anti-government protester in Caracas, Venezuela. (Reuters)

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 »

Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Defeats Banker in Presidential Election

teleSUR | 03 April, 2017

Lenin supporters celebrate in central Quito.

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 Backs Venezuela’s Fight at the OAS: ‘You Are Not Alone’

teleSUR |29 March, 2017

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 »