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Solidarity with Palestine on the 70th Anniversary of Nakba and the Tragedy of the Palestinian People

Photo: Bill Hackwell

On Tuesday, May 15 the Palestinian people commemorated the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, known to them as the Nakba Catastrophe that caused the forced expulsion of more than 800,000 Palestinian civilians from their homes and lands, scattering them throughout the world. These have been seventy years of Zionist expansion with the imperial support of the United States that continues to the tune of $10 million dollars contributed every day.

Make no mistake this is a colonial project that since 1948 that has caused the destruction of more than 500 villages and towns in historic Palestine, committing massacres and ethnic cleansing against the heroic Palestinian people who continue to resist.

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Statement in Support of Nicaragua

May 16, 2018

For more than a decade, Nicaragua has been an example for Latin America and the Caribbean in the development of peace, equality, inclusion, security and significant social advances for its people.

Commander Daniel Ortega, who has historically raised and defended the flag of the Sandinista Front with his own life, was re-elected in November 2016 by the overwhelming majority of 70% of the electoral vote, in an election of unquestionable democratic character exercise that was monitored by a number of different domestic and international organizations.

Since April 18, groups committed to vandalism and violence have been trying to undermine the internal order of the country through blood and fire. Masquerading as protesters against the social security reform package that the government was negotiating with employers in order to safeguard achieved gains, these groups have manipulated vulnerable sectors of the population contrary to the overall interests of the people.

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NO PASARÁN. (They Shall Not Pass)

By Carlos Fonseca Terán on May 3, 2018

Now it is Nicaragua’s turn. Nicaragua is a country which after two successive wars, has achieved remarkable stability: the annual economic growth has hovered around 5% in the last ten years, with high levels of security and safety, and, according to the UNDP, Nicaragua is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest reduction of poverty and inequality during this same period of time—since the return of the Sandinista Front to govern the country.

During nearly one week, the country literally burned. The detonator was a reform to social security—since reversed—which consisted in a slight increase in the deductions of workers and a larger increase for businesses, as well as establishing a contribution from pensioners. Another measure was to make those whose salaries are beyond a certain amount pay deductions in correspondence with what they really earn and not only up to a certain sum, as it has been up to this point. This latter measure had the objective to decrease the possibilities of business owners to scam the social security system by reporting invented high salaries to be able to draw large pensions. But the general objective of the set of measures taken was to solve the fiscal crisis of the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security (INSS) caused by the broader coverage of social security and the increased amount of benefits enjoyed by workers.

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Lula Begins his Electoral Campaign from Jail

By Dario Pignotti on May 7, 2018

Upon completing a month of detention in the Supervision of the Federal Police in Curitiba, the former president of Brazil, Lula De Silva, defended the “sovereignty” of his country and warned that nothing will separate him from the campaign towards the elections on October 7.

“This country is only going to be fixed by someone who does not have an inferiority complex , this country cannot think small and I think in big terms and if God wants I will still see this country become a great nation. ”

The words were recorded in a video released on Sunday night by the Lula Institute. Lula’s fifteen-square-meter cell on the fourth floor of the Police Headquarters has become a point of reference since he arrived by helicopter on April 7 after two days of entrenchment in the headquarters of the Union of Metalworkers of Santo André, in San Pablo A chorus of militants received him that night on Saturday, April 7, with the cry of “Lula warrior of the Brazilian people”, after which there was a discharge of rubber bullets and tear gas thrown by the Federal Police into the crowd of supporters.

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