Central and South America

WARNING: A US-SPONSORED FASCIST COUP IN VENEZUELA!

James Jordan, of the Alliance for Global Justice, warns that we need to direct our energies toward blocking a US-sponsored fascist coup in Venezuela. James leads AFGJ's Colombia Watch program, and is a longtime activist and organizer for peace and justice. The excerpts below are James' comments from an informal communication. ...If anything worries even more than the connections of the Venezuelan right wing with the US, they are the connections they have with [former Colombian president] Álva

February 23, 2014 No Comments Full Story

Alliance for Global Justice Statement on Right-Wing Violence in Venezuela

Alliance for Global Justice Statement on Right-Wing Violence in Venezuela

| February 17, 2014 | Nearly a year ago, March 5, 2013, delegations of world leaders, dignitaries and millions of Venezuelans went to pay their respects at the funeral of President Hugo Chavez. The Bolivarian Process, since 1999, has brought greater equality and happiness to Venezuelans and true solidarity and inspiration to people and nations under the thumb of US hegemony. We knew we would have to defend it. The Venezuelan undemocratic and violent right wing includes US-funded private univers

February 22, 2014 No Comments Full Story

World Peace Council Denounces the Plans for Destabilization of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The World Peace Council denounces the ongoing plans and actions to destabilize the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela by reactionary forces and groups with the support of imperialist forces. The recent violent orchestrated events in Caracas and other regions of the country show clearly the intention of the local oligarchy and its foreign supporters which are aiming at putting obstacles to the efforts of the elected government of the country to empower the people and to solve social problems and n

February 22, 2014 No Comments Full Story

Agrarian Strike in Colombia Triggers Military Repression, Political Explosion

Agrarian Strike in Colombia Triggers Military Repression, Political Explosion

| By W. T. Whitney Jr. | September 2, 2013 | The current agrarian strike in Colombia follows an earlier one in Catatumbo department where small farmers mobilized for land and sustainable lives. Now protesters reject free trade agreements Colombian signed with the United States, Canada, and the European Union. The uprisings are reminders that Colombian struggle over land predisposes to violent conflict. That’s the history behind talks in Cuba now between the Colombian government and FARC

September 8, 2013 No Comments Full Story

Colombian Government Repression of Catatumbo Peasants Has Lessons

Colombian Government Repression of Catatumbo Peasants Has Lessons

By Tom Whitney |  Open letter - Mr. President [Santos]: I would like to have you tell me to my face that I am a guerrilla. None of us are. We are workers, peasants who try to live as we can.  It’s not easy to live here. Our crops produce only losses. We have to sell very cheap and can’t buy things (...) I would like to show you how we live, how the schools are, with children eating on the ground (...) All they care about here is oil…” .... (signed)  Margarita - on strike in Catatumbo

July 11, 2013 No Comments Full Story

Opposition to Venezuelan President Maduro’s Government Has Resources

Opposition to Venezuelan President Maduro’s Government Has Resources

| By Tom Whitney |  The 1.6 percent margin by which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) took the presidential elections of April 14, 2013 was much narrower than victories gained in national and local elections under former President Hugo Chavez. The narrow victory buoyed up opposition forces backing defeated candidate Henrique Capriles. A lift came also from the death on March 5 of President Chavez. His charisma and aura of social change age

May 1, 2013 No Comments Full Story

USPC Statement in Support of the People of Venezuela and Their Choice of President

USPC Statement in Support of the People of Venezuela and Their Choice of President

The U.S. Peace Council (USPC), affiliated with the World Peace Council, condemns violence and murder at the hands of vanquished opponents of recently elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Defeated presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, a leader of the center-right Justice First Party, distinguished himself as a high profile participant in the unsuccessful military – media coup directed at President Hugo Chavez in April 2002. At the time, Capriles led a group of thugs that forcibly oc

April 22, 2013 1 Comment Full Story

Four More Years: Militarizing Latin America

Conn M. Hallinan / Dispatches From The Edge / Jan. 15, 2013 / This past December marked the 190th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine, the 1823 policy declaration by President James Monroe that essentially made Latin America the exclusive reserve of the United States. And if anyone has any doubts about what lay at the heart of that Doctrine, consider that since 1843 the U.S. has intervened in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, the Dominican Repu

January 21, 2013 No Comments Full Story

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