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Venezuela’s Chávez Advances Mediation Effort with Ex-Honduran President

Venezuela’s President Chávez met with ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya and a delegation from the National Resistance Front (Frente de Resistencia Hondurena) on Saturday in order to continue mediation of the current political conflict in Honduras. Continue reading

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After Posada Carriles Declared "Not Guilty" Venezuela Demands US Extradite Him

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, through a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, reiterated to the United States its extradition request the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who was declared not guilty of migratory crimes in a trial at the Texas court . Continue reading

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Venezuela: Putting People First

The deep global recession of recent years has been used as a political excuse by our current Government in Britain, supported by large sections of the media, to ruthlessly and heartlessly drive through savage cuts to public services and welfare spending. Such pain, it is argued, is 100% necessary, and similar arguments can be heard globally from those again proposing the ‘solutions’ of neo-liberalism. Continue reading

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Interview with Edgardo Lander: The Path for Venezuela can not be Neoliberalism or Stalinism

The Venezuelan process is caught between a fundamental contradiction: popular demands for democratic participation against tendencies towards hierarchical decison-making and concentration of power. Continue reading

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Communal Councils Managing their own Finances

For-life associations: That is how spokespeople of the communal councils refer to former neighbours’ associations. These organizations supposedly represented the community but provided no room for diversity. But in the end, the will of the people prevailed. Continue reading

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All Revolutions Have Conflicts, Ruptures, and Contradictions

Rafael González (1950 – ) was born in Ranchuelo, Villa Clara province, Cuba. Since 1977 he has helped to consolidate Cuba’s Teatro Escambray, serving as the theater group’s theatrical advisor, chief of socio-cultural investigations, author of many performances, and since 1995 is the group’s general director. Since 2001 he has served as professor of dramaturgy at the Villa Clara School of Art Teachers. He holds medals of distinction for his participation in Cuba’s historic literacy campaign and for his service in the Cuban armed forces, and he is an active member in the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and the Cuban Communist Party (PCC). Continue reading

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CARICOM’S ‘Original Sin’

I want to be somewhat provocative; and to suggest that we treat this gathering as political meeting. Not of the kind to seek votes for election to office; but for political consensus-building, strategising, and networking among civil society organisations; on how best to impact regional and national political decision-making. In particular, may I suggest that our aim should be no less than to restore a sense of direction, and of vitality, to the regional integration moment. Continue reading

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Venezuelan Workers March to Support Socialism

With the motto “Neither Bureaucracy nor Capital: Socialism and more Revolution”, Venezuelan workers will be marching Thursday to support the Bolivarian government and demand reform of the Organic Labor Law.
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US Tries to Block Aristide Return, Derail Democracy

The United States’ long history of intervening in Haitian politics is alive and well: President Obama’s administration is attempting to derail the lawful return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide before Sunday’s controversial run-off elections. In response to Aristide’s planned return, likely Thursday evening or Friday morning, State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said, “former President Aristide has chosen to remain outside of Haiti for seven years. Continue reading

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Bolivia: Cochabamba Still Thirsty

There is still no apparent solution to the unsatisfied demand for drinking water in Cochabamba, 11 years after this central Bolivian city made international headlines with a popular uprising that halted the privatisation of water service. Continue reading

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