Articles Latin America and the Caribbean

  • International Observers to Venezuela’s Election Pen Letter to the EU

    Europe

    International observers to Venezuela’s elections have written to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, about the problems with the EU declaration on the elections. You can read a short extract of the EU declaration statement and the letter in response below. You can read the full EU declaration here.

  • Canada’s Ugly Role in the US-led Coup in Venezuela

    Canadian Politics

    Most Canadians think of their country as a force for good in the world, but efforts by Trudeau’s government to overthrow Venezuela’s elected government have revealed the ugly truth about the Great White North. We are an important partner in imperialism, willing to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, including the use of military force, to benefit the perceived self-interest of our elites.

  • Killing Fields of Colombia and Brazil

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    One thing is certain in both Brazil and Colombia: the far right is in power, and that means the war on social movements and activists is only just getting started. And while it may seem bleak as we read about seemingly daily atrocities visited upon the indigenous and poor of these (and other Latin American) countries, we cannot simply despair. Instead, we must organize and mobilize. For those of us in the Global North, that means doing what we can to be in solidarity with these activists, helping to build power internationally.

  • Hunger Games and Defending Food Rights in Venezuela

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The global context of this campaign is that of a planet with rising levels of general hunger. According to the latest report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), for the third year in a row hunger across the world is on the rise. The number of people suffering from chronic food deprivation (undernourishment) increased from 804 million in 2016 to 821 million in 2017 and this trend continues, especially in conflict-ridden countries. The premise seems to be: hunger and war go hand in hand and the most vulnerable are the first to get hit.

  • Allende and Venezuela Today

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Forty-five years after the death of Salvador Allende, Latin America faces great challenges and obstacles crucial for its advance toward true democracy and socialism. In our continent, transcendental and defining events are taking place for the aspirations of peace, independence, and sovereignty for the peoples that struggle to build more just and egalitarian societies. It is not in Europe, Africa, or Asia, but in Latin America where the decisive battles are taking place, which forge new hope in a better future and define the destiny of all humanity.

  • Canada brings Venezuela to International Criminal Court

    Canadian Politics

    Requesting the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela’s government is a significant escalation in Ottawa’s campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country. Supported by five like-minded South American nations, it’s the first time a member state has been brought before the ICC’s chief prosecutor by other members.

  • Venezuela’s Push Towards a “Resistance Economy”

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The Government of Venezuela called an international Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, 14-16 June, 2018 – to debate the current foreign injected economic disturbances and seeking solutions to overcome them. I was privileged and honored to be part of this commission. Venezuela is literally being strangled by economic sanctions, by infiltrated elements of unrest, foreign-trained opposition leaders, trained to disrupt the distribution of food, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment.

  • What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Stories about corruption and internal government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn, is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in open doors. The war drums start beating. The populace wants foreign imposed order, they want blood and ‘regime change’. The consensus for war has once more worked.

  • Obrador and Mexico’s Watershed Election

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The possibilities of a victory by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), under the rubric of his Morena party, is strongly opposed by most of big business, and needs to be seen in the context of Mexico’s long-term crises-ridden transition toward a not-at-all clear destiny. The destiny promoted by Mexican, Canadian and U.S. big business and political elites has been that of continental integration within the framework of NAFTA, as part of a neoliberal domestic transformation.

  • Letter to the People of Brazil

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    I believe that Brazil can be happy again. And it can advance much more than we had already conquered together, when the government was of the people. In order to achieve this goal, we must unite the democratic forces of all Brazil, respecting the autonomy of the parties and the movements, but always having as reference a project of more solidarity and a fairer Country that will rescue the dignity and hope of our suffering people. I am sure we will be together at the end of that path.

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