This is the time to end once and for all the U.S. unilateral blockade against Cuba

No to the Aggression against Syria

On Thursday April 6, the United States launched scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles into the Shayrat air base in Syria. In the process the “precision” missiles that missed the base killed 9 civilians in nearby villages. This unprovoked attack is a dramatic and dangerous escalation of the war in Syria and an assault on the sovereignty of the Syrian people.

Donald Trump has justified the order by claiming “vital reasons of national security”. After the attack he made a call to all “civilized Western Nations” to join the U.S. to “end the killing and bloodshed in Syria”. This coming from the same president that just last week was bombarding Mosul killing hundreds of civilians in a single attack and who on March 21 bombed a school in the Syrian village of al Mansoura killing 33 men, women and children who were seeking shelter there.

It should also be remembered that for the last 6 years Syria has been under attack by scores of terrorist groups that are supported and financed by the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and various Western nations, with the objective of regime change and taking away Syria’s independence and splitting it into pieces.

The attack yesterday comes just two days after the Syrian Government categorically rejected the use of chemical weapons in Idleb. The lack of proof and the imperial manipulation of those facts by the Trump administration and the demonization of the Syrian Government

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Venezuelan Opposition Seeks to Break Rule of Law to Consummate Coup d’etat

The Venezuelan right activated a new phase of its coup plot against the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro, with the beginning of a campaign –with international support– aimed at justifying disobedience of the legal system and the public powers.

One of the pillars of this new attack is the lack of understanding of the Supreme Court of Justice’s powers, which this week issued two rulings defining the limits of parliamentary immunity and the conditions of the exercise of the legislative function while the National Assembly (AN) is in contempt of court.

Such decisions, in compliance with the powers enforced by the Constitution, are presented with high media volume in the world as an alleged coup against Parliament, whose acts are void for breaching judicial decisions.

The report of the supposed “breakdown of constitutional order” promoted by parliamentarians of the opposition coalition MUD is replicated by private, national and international media, and is aligned with the statement of the Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, and this Friday’s announcement by Parliament’s head Julio Borges, who appealed to the Prosecutor’s office against Court of Justice’s judgment.

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Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Defeats Banker in Presidential Election

Progressive candidate and renowned disability activist from the ruling Alianza Pais party, Lenin Moreno, won the Ecuadorean presidential election Sunday.

With 99 percent of the official vote counted, Lenin defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso, candidate for the right-wing CREO-SUMO alliance, with 51.16 percent to 48.84 percent, according to results issued by the country’s National Electoral Council on Monday morning.

In what many had already predicted, right-wing vice presidential candidate Andres Paez has called for a recount, even though the CNE said it was a transparent and successful election process, calling for everyone to respect the results.

Moreno is set to continue and expand social programs introduced under outgoing President Rafael Correa, for whom Lenin served as vice president from 2007 to 2013, before working as the U.N. special envoy for Disability and Accessibility.

Moreno who has been wheelchair bound after being shot and paralyzed in 1998, is well known for his advocacy work for people with disabilities and supporting public education. Jorge Glass, who also served in the Correa administration will now serve as vice president. The new administration will be officially inaugurated on May 24.

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Venezuela Defends Itself with Dignity at the Organization of American States (OAS)

Delcy Rodriguez, Foreign Minister of Venezuela

Statement from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

March 27 and 28 will be days remembered in history because of the battle waged by Bolivarian Venezuela at the Organization of American States (OAS) in defense of their dignity and sovereignty.

Since its establishment the nefarious OAS has conspired against the independence of the people of Latin America. Through its legacy of interventions and coups and because of its silence and shady complicity, the OAS is also responsible for the crimes, disappearances and torture of more than 250 thousand Latin Americans.

And now the OAS allows Luis Almagro, a mediocre agent of Washington, to function as its Secretary. The same individual who stood by rightist Marco Rubio this week as he threatened to remove U.S. assistance to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and El Salvador if they did not vote for the suspension of Venezuela from the OAS. What does it say about this organization that allows someone to hold the position

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In Defense of Venezuela’s Sovereignty

THE NETWORK OF INTELLECTUALS, ARTISTS, AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN DEFENSE OF HUMANITY CONDEMNS THE REUSE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) AS AN ADMINISTRATING  AGENT AND REQUESTS THE REMOVAL OF ITS GENERAL SECRETARY

“In the development of the strategy of the United States, we assume that we must maintain our pre-established impartial leadership role in the OAS. This means limiting the visibility of the U.S. in the OAS, while playing our role behind the scenes as much as possible. We must encourage Latin Americans to take the initiative but, if necessary, make suggestions to them to take up our own initiatives based on all issues of importance to us.”

Confidential report by the Interagency Working Group on Chile, formed by order of Richard Nixon to design proposals for sanctions and pressure aimed at overthrowing President Allende

It is known by all of us, and has been proven historically time and again, that since the United States was formed as an independent nation it has been intent on domination over the rest of the Americas. It unilaterally operates only out of consideration and assurance of their vital interests.

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The Second Electoral Round in Ecuador, a World-wide Manifesto

We the men and women of the Americas know full well that on April 2 Ecuador will be facing a decisive electoral battle. We know that there is a lot at stake because the result of this election will determine whether Ecuador will be able to continue on the path they initiated 10 years ago or return without glory to the previous years known as the holiday for the banks and the foreseeable economic meltdown, social disintegration, political instability and violence that will follow.

The outcome of this battle will also determine a lot about the future of the region and its direction. And it would be no exaggeration to say that a defeat of the neo liberal conservative restoration project in Ecuador would also serve as a signal to several European countries in demonstrating that there is an alternative formula to get them out of their crisis other than the fascist and xenophobic right.It wouldn’t make sense to stop at the remarkable achievements made in Ecuador in the last decade.

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