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The Vision and Legacy of Berta Cáceres: An interview Berta Zúñiga Cáceres and Laura Zúñiga Cáceres

By Beverly Bell on March 1, 2017

One year ago today, Berta Cáceres was murdered by the national and local Honduran government and a multinational dam company, with at least the tacit support of the US. Last September, all the evidence Cáceres’ family had collected over many months was stolen, almost certainly by the government. The government has also refused to share information with the family and to allow independent parties like the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to help with the process. Eight people have been arrested for her murder which according to The Guardian was an extrajudicial killing planned by military intelligence specialists linked to the Honduran US–trained special forces.

Please contact your US congressperson to urge him or her to endorse the Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act, which is being re-introduced today, March 2, 2017. It compels the US government to cut military aid to Honduras until it improves its human rights record. Please spread the call to your networks, too.

The legacy of Cáceres’ vision and work lives on. Here, two of her daughters discuss Cáceres’ political, spiritual, and intellectual heritage.

Beverly Bell: How do you see your mother’s legacy?

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We Are Missing Chavez

By Carlos Aznárez on March 4, 2017

With all due respect, after four years since your untimely death comrade Hugo Chavez Frias, I want to talk to you without protocols or formalities like you always did with your mischievous laughter and smile.

We miss you, Commander, for your adherence in addressing your (our) enemies, to whom you targeted with endless determination. To all of them you exposed their brutality and greed day in and day out.

We miss that while we were swimming in a sea of political mediocrity you rose up on that glorious day to clearly denounce the contradictions of the United Nations that still smelled from the sulfur of Bush and his genocidal crimes. Who can deny that with that you generated a total global sympathy amongst those who were the victims of those crimes against humanity?  We remember when you furiously attacked the corrupt bureaucrats and pimps who were trying to seduce you with compliments. You put them in their place by always listening to the voice of the people.

You did not turn away either from reporting on the multinational predators, or the paramilitaries who killed social leaders in Colombia, Mexico or Honduras, knowing that the war against freedom fighters extends (as is happening right now) to many countries of Latin America.

With this same clarity, but also with irony, you were able to see the future that would later be unleashed against

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Anti-Cuban Provocation Fails

Declaration by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations

Over the last few weeks, international media have reported the intention of OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro Lemes to travel to Havana, in order to receive a “prize” invented by an illegal grouplet, which operates in concert with the ultra-right wing Foundation for Pan American Democracy, created in the days of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, to channel efforts and resources in opposition to legitimate, independent governments in Our America.

The plan, plotted during several trips to Washington and other capitals of the region, consisted of mounting a serious, open provocation against the Cuban government in Havana, generating internal instability, damaging the country’s international image, and at the same time, affecting the positive development of Cuba’s diplomatic relations with other states. Perhaps some calculated poorly and thought that Cuba would sacrifice its fundamental principles to maintain appearances.

Drawn into the spectacle were Almagro himself and other right wing figures who are members of the so-called Democratic Initiative for Spain and the Americas (IDEA), which has also behaved in an aggressive manner toward the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, over the last several years, as well as other Latin American and Caribbean countries with progressive and leftist governments.

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Public Letter to the Department of the US Treasury from Venezuela Vice-President Tareck El Aissami

PUBLIC LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin
Washington, D.C.I write to you as a Venezuelan citizen and in my capacity as Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the occasion to reply to the issuance of sanctions against me by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last Tuesday, February 13th.

First, in your capacity as OFAC Authority you have been deceived by political sectors, lobbyists and stakeholders in the U.S. whose essential interest is to prevent that the United States and Venezuela restore their political and diplomatic relations on the basis of mutual recognition and respect.

These stakeholders not only lack any evidence to demonstrate the extremely serious accusations against me, but they also have built a false-positive case in order to criminalize –through me– the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country that is decidedly waging a war on transnational drug trafficking business.

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Venezuela is not alone! Statement and Appeal from the International Committee

The growing threats of a media driven coup against Bolivarian Venezuela and the government of Nicolas Maduro has risen to the extreme in the past week. This can best be seen in the false accusations and grotesque sanctions imposed by the Government of Trump on Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami.

During the 18 years of the Venezuelan revolutionary process, the different administrations in Washington, along with the European right and the Venezuelan opposition, has not stopped one day in trying to destroy it.

This has gone on since the coup d’état of 2002 with the kidnapping of President Hugo Chávez, followed by the oil strike, the lack of recognition of the results of each election and the constant drum beat of misrepresentation and lying. The empire and its corporate media have worked nonstop to distribute the fabrications of the fascist and anti-democratic opposition who constantly resort to violence. Through their vicious “guarimbas” (thugs) they have left a sad trail of death of innocent Venezuelans. They have held in contempt the national institutions of the country even going so far as to disgrace sacred images as Bolivar and Chavez and completely ignore the overwhelming support of the people to their legitimate Government.

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Ecuador Standing in Front of the Argentinean Mirror

By Atilio A. Borón on February 14, 2017

It would be difficult to overstate the national and international implications of the presidential elections that will take place next Sunday in Ecuador. In a previous article we referred to them as a new “Battle of Stalingrad” in where the future of the heavily harassed progressive and leftist processes of Latin America is at risk. A defeat of the Alianza País would mean the closure of the cycle initiated at the end of the last century. With the fall of the Ecuadorian stronghold the siege would close between Bolivia and Venezuela that is being harassed by the resurgence of the virulent opposition. Bolivia too is facing the tremendous effects of the economic crisis unleashed by an evil combination of national and international factors. And Cuba would lose a friendly government, not a minor matter for the island in the international scenery like the actual one.

On the other hand, a general ratification of the political course followed by Ecuador since the election of the president Rafael Correa would be a valuable and timely reassurance for those countries and a significant encouragement for Argentine and Brazilian parties, the movements that are resisting the conservative restoration, and for the people that are struggling against neo liberal governments from Mexico to Chile, thru Colombia, Peru and other countries of the region.

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