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 »

Chile Sentences 33 Pinochet-Era Agents for Disappearing Communists

teleSUR | 23 March, 2017

Archive photo of anti-Pinochet protesters during a march outside of the country

Archive photo of anti-Pinochet protesters during a march outside of the country’s Supreme Court in Santiago de Chile. | Photo: EFE

Chile’s Supreme court sentenced 33 former intelligence agents of Augusto Pinochet dictatorship for the enforced disappearances of five communist activists in 1987 who were kidnapped, drugged and dumped out to sea.

The court sentenced the defendants to between three and 15 years in prison for the abduction and disappearance of the five members of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriot Front, the militant wing of the country’s Communist Party.

The longest sentences were given to the former head of the National Information Center, General Hugo Salas Wenzel, and Major Alvaro Corbalan Castilla, both of whom will spend 15 years behind bars.

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Cambodia Rejects US War Debt, Slams US Imperial Brutality

telesur | 21 March, 2017

U.S. fighter jets and an attack plane drop bombs on Cambodia circa 1973.

U.S. fighter jets and an attack plane drop bombs on Cambodia circa 1973. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Following the United States’ renewed insistence that Cambodia pay back its alleged “war debts,” fury across Cambodia has been widespread.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been calling for the cancellation of the debt since President Donald Trump was elected, rejected paying it, saying, “I have not sent an official letter to Trump asking him to cancel the debt … They brought bombs and dropped them on Cambodia and (now) demand Cambodian people to pay.”

Speaking at a conference earlier this month, Sen, a former commander with Cambodian communists, slammed recent comments made by U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt about repayment, and recalled the atrocities committed by the United States in the 1970s.

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Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche Burn ‘Capitalist Invader’ Trucks

telesur | 15 March, 2017

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 »

Socialism, Not Neoliberalism, Creates Stability: Bolivia’s Evo

telesur | 15 March, 2017

Evo Morales. Source: Internet

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 »