Sunday, 26. March 2017

Latin America and Caribbean

International Meeting of Peoples’ Movements in Caracas. Photo: The Dawn NewsInternational Meeting of Peoples’ Movements in Caracas. Photo: The Dawn NewsFrom March 4 to 9, in the context of the homages to Commander Chávez on the fourth anniversary of his passing, the city of Caracas held the International Meeting of Peoples’ Movements, which was attended by more than 30 delegates of people’s organizations from around the world.

The main goal was: for people’s movements and organizations of the world to organize an International Assembly of People’s Movements and Organizations, to be held in November in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


The heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), gather in Caracas, four years after we bid farewell to Commander Hugo Chavez Frias, and four months after the passing of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, the founders of our organization, whose examples and ideals interpret and summarize the legacy of the liberators.

alba tcpALBA-TCP countries reaffirm that Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of peace in which dialogue should be the mechanism for solving pending issues. Therefore, we reiterate our solidarity with the fair and historical claim of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on its right to have a sovereign access to the sea and reaffirm the call to the governments and peoples of Chile and Bolivia on February 2013 for reaching a satisfactory solution in a peaceful manner and through the dialogue and negotiation.

Caracas, 5 March 2017

FARC-EPWe recently carried out in Caquetá -protected by the love of the people- the march of the Third, 14th and 15th Fronts of the FARC to the Agua Bonita Transitional Zone in the municipality of Montañita, with which we closed the cycle of insurgent grouping in the 26 Transitory Zones and Points of Normalization, spaces in which the transfiguration of the FARC into a legal political party will take place, based on the reciprocal fulfillment of the commitments [Peace Agreement].

Statement in the New York Times. Source: TwitterStatement in the New York Times. Source: TwitterVenezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami published this week in the »New York Times« an open letter to the US Department of the Treasury and US Finance Minister Mnuchin. We reproduce the text of this statement.

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.

cuba minrexCuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed here the failure of the anti-Cuban provocation enacted by right-wing organizations in the region through a statement issued here.

According to the statement issued yesterday, international media reported in recent weeks the intention by Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to travel to Havana to receive an award invented by an illegal anti-Cuban group to the extreme rightwing Foundation for Pan-American Democracy.

Source: cne.gob.veSource:

With 88.5% of the votes counted, Lenin Moreno, of the governing PAIS Alliance, had a ten point lead over his closest political rival, ex banker Guillermo Lasso, but one point short of the 40% needed to win in the first round of Ecuador''s Sunday presidential elections. The National Electoral Commission reported that Moreno was leading the vote count 39,11% by 28,31% Lasso, leader of the right wing Creating Opportunities Movement, while Cynthia Vireti, of the Social Christian Party, comes third with 16,32%.

According to the Electoral Law, for a hopeful to win in the first round he must get 50% of the vote, or a minimum of 40% with a ten point lead on top of the runner-up.

Gabriela Rivadeneira at the press conference in Quito. Photo: AndesGabriela Rivadeneira at the press conference in Quito. Photo: AndesGabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. »Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a medium-range explosive with lethal capability.« According to Rivadeneira, the first female head of the National Assembly and former member of Pachakutik, the device »fortunately did not explode« and is now being investigated by district attorney's office.

Russian Foreign MinistryThe Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow published a statement on the situation in Venezuela:

The situation in Venezuela remains tense. The radical wing of the anti-government camp, which took control of the national parliament, has toughened its aggressive rhetoric and has set a course for “civil disobedience.” Preparations are underway for demonstrations, due in the coming days, that are fraught with – or have been deliberately orchestrated in advance to involve – clashes with law enforcement bodies and provocations leading to violence and casualties.

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