Venezuela Assumes OPEC Presidency, Unveils Foreign Oil Investment Deals

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) alongside OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo (L) with Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez and Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo behind. (Presidential Press) by Paul Dobson, published on Venezuelanalysis, January 9, 2019 Merida, January 9, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela has assumed the presidency of the world’s oil-exporting alliance, OPEC, starting this month and lasting for one year. The position[…]

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Venezuela gov’t beats back attempted coup

Photo: Maduro was sworn in by Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno. (Presidential Press) By John Catalinotto, Published on Workers World, January 22, 2019 Bulletin, Jan. 22 — The Venezuelan Ministry of Defense announced today that the Bolivarian Armed Forces had repelled an attempted attack on their facilities in Caracas. At 2:50 a.m. local time, “A small group of assailants assigned[…]

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Venezuela Fights Back! The Bolivarian Revolution Continues!

Photo: A Venezuelan supporter of President Nicolas Maduro gold a sign that reads: “Going forward with Maduro.”  ~TeleSUR Gallery, January 2019 by Alison Bodine, Fire This Time, January, 2019 A summary of the words most commonly appearing in mainstream news headlines about Venezuela in 2018 would include “humanitarian crisis,” “chaos,” “dictatorship,” and “failed state,” among other alarming buzzwords. Far reflecting[…]

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NICA-Act-2: US NICA Act Aims to Cut Nicaragua Access to Capital While Nicaragua Targets US Funding Pipeline to the Opposition

by Chuck Kaufman, from NicaNotes, December 19, 2018 The Nicaraguan government removed the legal standing last week of nine non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that supported the attempted coup that disrupted much of the country for three months last spring and summer. It should also be remembered that Violeta Chamorro removed the legal standing of nine NGOs when she was president from[…]

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NICA-Act-I: Nicaragua Reminds the US of its Debts

by Chuck Kaufman, from NicaNotes, August 22, 2017 Passage by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee of the ridiculous NICA Act brought a rebuff by the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega and a reminder of the US’s own unpaid debt to Nicaragua. The NICA Act (Nicaragua Investment Conditionality Act of 2017), if it became law, would require US representatives in multilateral lending institutions[…]

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Call to Respect the Sovereignty of the People of Venezuela

Photo: Supporters of late Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez take part in a campaign rally Nov. 28, 2015, held by pro-government candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections, in Caracas. Venezuela will hold parliamentary elections on Dec. 6. (Reuters) From In Defense of Humanity  December 21, 2018 The sixth presidential election in the contemporary history of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela took[…]

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John Bolton And U.S. Policy Towards Latin America

Photo: Bolsonaro (left) and Bolton meet in Brazil, ~ US Embassy in Brazil By Jesús Arboleya, Progresoweekly.us, December 11, 2018 HAVANA – John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, made a brief stop on his way to the G-20 Summit in Argentina to meet with the elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro, accompanied by a retinue of generals, received[…]

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Imperialism and Immigration: The Elephant in the Room

Photo:2018/11/23 Ten days old Asylum Seekers arrives in Tijuana, Mexico ~Daniel Arauz by Alison Bodine, Fire This Time, November, 2018 At the beginning of October 2018 an estimated 4,000-7,000 people, the majority from the Central American country of Honduras, set off on a march North from San Pedro Sula, Honduras in search of somewhere to be safe. For some, their[…]

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