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Over 900,000 Brazilians Sign Letter in Defense of Democracy

August 11, 2022

Reading the letter at the Law School in the University of Brasília. Photo: Janelson Ferreira/MST

On Thursday August 11, tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets in defense of free elections and against political violence and to launch the “Letter to Brazilians in defense of the Democratic State of Law”. The actions organized by the “Out Bolsonaro” campaign, a coalition of diverse people’s movements, trade unions, and civil society organizations, have estimated that actions were organized in at least 49 cities, (more…)

American Curios: Judging who is Democratic

By David Brooks on August 15, 2022

photo: Evo Morales

The White House’s Western Hemisphere envoy told a forum in Cartagena last week that “40 years ago the United States would have done everything possible to prevent the election of Gustavo Petro,” and once someone like him was in power, “it would have done almost everything possible to sabotage his government. But those were Cold War policies, he argued, and today for the U.S. government, “ideology no longer matters”… but only if a government is “democratically elected and governs democratically”. (more…)

Cuba to Host Peace Talks between the ELN and the Colombian Government; New Opportunities vs. Old Obstacles

By Gustavo A Maranges on August 14, 2022 from Havana

Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, greets the Colombian delegations. photo: Juvenal Balán

Last week in Havana, the Colombian government stated its willingness to resume peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), having Cuba and Norway as the guarantors of the process. The announcement comes just four days after Gustavo Petro took office as President of Colombia. This is undoubtedly a sign of how important achieving “absolute peace” is for the new government. (more…)

Chiapas: 25 years after the Acteal Massacre and Still No Justice

August 13, 2013

Acteal, photo: Bill Hackwell

Twenty five years after the Acteal Massacre where 45 women and children were murdered, violence continues in the highlands of Chiapas against the indigenous communities. 500 years after the theft of the mineral rich lands of these communities began, the struggle continues with escalating violence. (more…)

Colombia: Popular Inauguration and Demand for a Dignified Life for the New Government

By Hernán Ouviña on August 12, 2022

Hours before the official inauguration of the government of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez after the triumph achieved last June 19, social organizations, peasant movements, Afro communities and indigenous peoples held, during the morning of August 6, a Popular and Spiritual Possession in the Tercer Milenio Park, located in the center of the capital of the country. “We have come together in this important scenario with the objective of fertilizing the ground for the construction and constitution of the Popular Power, which allows the practical exercise of a political, economic and cultural sovereignty within the reach of all”, expressed the joint organization of the event. (more…)

Cuba: The Post-Castro Era

By Arleen Rodríguez Derivet on August 13, 2022 from Havana

graphic by Ares

Fidel used to laugh a lot at the plans of his enemies “for the post-Castro era”. One day he said that while they were talking about that time, he was working for that time. (more…)

Fidel’s Guidance in All of Cuba’s Struggles

By Alejandra Garcia on August 11, 2022 from Havana

Fidel, photo: Roberto Chile

These days Cuba is recovering from an unprecedented fire, which has kept Matanzas, the whole island, and especially rescuers, firefighters, and authorities on full alert since the night of August 5. The continuous explosions in one of the main oil storage facilities in the country left a trail of thick black smoke that covered the Havana sky for five days. It also left so far two deaths, 14 people missing, and over a hundred people injured. (more…)

Venezuela to ‘Rebuild Fellowship’ with Petro Gov’t in Colombia

By José Luis Granados Ceja on August 9, 2022

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro celebrated the inauguration of Gustavo Petro as president of Colombia, with leaders pledging to rebuild the long but fraught relationship between the two Caribbean countries. (more…)

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