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Transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean
As the United Nations (UN) Security Council and General Assembly will debate the Palestinian cause and possible recognition of it as a sovereign state in the next few days, the Venezuelan government has produced a public letter supporting the Palestinian cause and has called for “worldwide debate” on the issue.
The Venezuelan government shut down 67 stockbrokerage firms in May, 2010 and arrested 10 of their directors.
The target of these initiatives has not been transnational corporations or the powerful governments that back them, but the government of Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales.
Iran’s release of US citizens Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday, September 21, made headlines worldwide, but little details were initially provided regarding the reasons behind their liberation. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has now publicy affirmed the release of Fattal and Bauer was in response to requests made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of state of Iraq and Oman.
Venezuela: Revolutionary Vignettes. Part 4: Chavez’s Health, the 2012 Elections and the Future of the Venezuelan Revolution
My visit to Venezuela at the end of June coincided with the speculation, rumours and finally announcements about the health of Hugo Chavez. This incident revealed a number of important questions about the Venezuelan revolution, the role that President Chavez plays in it and the character of the counter-revolutionary opposition. Continue reading
Contrary to some media reports, the Venezuelan state has not negotiated directly with the U.S. company, ExxonMobil, with regards to compensation, after the Venezuelan government made the sovereign decision to nationalize operations in the Orinoco Oil Belt in May 2007.
At nine in the morning, after a support rally from their allies, the Confederacion de Pueblos Indígenas de Bolivia (CIDOB- national indigenous organization) along with their bases, the people of the Territorio Indígena Parque Nacional Isiboro Sécure (TIPNIS as they are referred to in Bolivia) opted to re-take up the historic march for Tierra y Dignidad (Land and Dignity). Continue reading
Chavez versus Obama: Facing Presidential Elections in 2012. "Capitalist stimulus" versus "Socialist economic recovery"
Two incumbent presidents are running for re-election in 2012, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Barack Obama in the United States. What makes these two electoral contests significant is that they represent contrasting responses to the global economic crises
Bolivian President Evo Morales said Monday that a regional South American bloc should “decertify” the U.S. in its counternarcotics efforts, hitting back at Washington’s criticism of his South American nation on drugs.
Bolivian president Evo Morales blasted United Nations and the Security Council for having approved military actions against Libya, an issue which he promised to consider when he addresses the General Assembly in New York.