Elections in Brazil: Reduction of poverty and inequality a priority … Dilma

dilma rousseff 10Supporters of Brazil’s incumbent presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff are optimistic she can keep ahead of her rivals.

Supporters of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff told teleSUR on Wednesday they believe her bid for reelection can maintain steam in the last days of the presidential race.

According to the Brazilian Social Movements’ (MST) coordinator Joaquim Pinero, “The social movements here in Brazil are certain that only with Dilma can we push for what we are asking for here in the streets – for political reform in Brazil.”

Reform for the working class

“Only through reform, will we be able to have working class representation in congress, which continues to be controlled by the big corporations,” Pinero told teleSUR English’s correspondent in Brazil, Stephanie Kennedy.

Another leftist activist in Rio de Janeiro told Kennedy that Rousseff has already “managed to deepen” political reform to empower the poor and strengthen democracy.

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UN Women’s Conference Highlights Venezuela’s Efforts Toward Gender Equality

Source: venezuelanalysis.com
October 22nd, 2014.


On Tuesday, at the 59th United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland, chairperson Nicole Ameline praised Venezuela’s efforts and success in increasing gender equality.

The head of the Venezuelan delegation, Andreina Tarazon, said that her presentation of the Caribbean country’s recent progress in the field was equally well-received by other committee members.

Maduro y Andreina Tarazón“One of them said she wished her country had even a quarter of the policies that promotes women’s rights in Venezuela,” recounted Tarazon, who is also the director of Venezuela’s Women and Gender Equality Ministry, created in 2009 to address the same issue that the CEDAW takes on internationally. (Photo:  Maduro and Tarazon)

Representatives of Venezuela’s Supreme Court Commission for Justice in Gender Equality, the ministry for the Protection of Women’s Rights, and the national public defender for women’s rights made up the delegation, along with the Venezuelan ambassador in Geneva.

Women in Government

According to 2013 data, 48 percent of positions employed by the Venezuelan state are currently occupied by women. Comparatively, only 16 percent of public office positions in the United States are held by women.

However, both US and Venezuelan women are underrepresented in their respective house assemblies, both occupying only about 18 percentage of those seats, ranking 95th and 100th globally.

maduro y Teresa MeléndezOutside the assembly walls, Venezuelan women have made a much bigger impact. Four of the ten entities that most received developmental funding this year are headed by women – namely the ministries of education, health, social security and higher education. The country’s defense ministry is also led since 2012, by Admiral in Chief Carmen Teresa Meléndez (photo).

55 percent led by women

Tarazon noted that 55 percent of grassroots government, such as communes and communal councils, is led by women. Among the presidential councils, a unique representational mechanism, 486 women’s organizations actively participate nationwide. Continue reading

Cuban medical brigade in Sierre Leone: Against Ebola, we shall overcome!!


Latin America has been at the forefront in bringing medical aid to fight Ebola.  For example, the Cuban medical brigade is crucial to the stopping of the transmission of Ebola in Western Africa.

Our correspondent, Oskar Epelde, has more details.

165 Cuban highly skilled health professionals who will participate in the struggle against Ebola are training daily to get used to work with the PPS.

“i was trained in Cuba and now we have been training daily for the past 15 to 18 days.”

“The goal is to guarantee our own protection.  I am here representing Cuba in Africa”

“I am a member of the doctor and nurse brigade which is here to help stop as quickly as possible the Ebola outbreak that is striking this country and to help all the people of Sierra Leone who need our assistance”

“We believe that our help may lead to the recovery of many of the people who are sick and even to stop the outbreak”

I am here to fulfill my duty … we are all brothers

“I am here with my colleagues in order to fulfill our duty to the country.  We decided to come here on a voluntary basis to work with our colleagues from Africa.  We are all brothers and I have been feeling supported.  We all feel supported; we were informed about the conditions in this country and how to face such a difficult situation through which Africa is going.  Today we are here, just like we were in Pakistan, in Haiti, Bhutan, in the Pacific region, Eastern Timor, Central America, South America and the Caribbean and in many countries of Africa.

We are asking for nothing in return.  We are only doing it for solidarity.  Against Ebola, we shall overcome!!”

One of the most delicate moments in which no mistakes are allowed is after the working session when they have to take off their uniforms.

Following the steps one by one, the members of the brigade are confident that every one of them will stay alive.

No date has been established yet, but, in a few days, the Cuban brigade will have the mission to stop the transmission of the Ebola virus.

Oskar Epelde, Freetown Sierra Leone, TeleSur.

Source:  TeleSur  Cuban doctors proud to risk their lives

More Cuban doctors and nurses leave for Africa

raul bids farewell to cuban doctors leaving for west africa oct 24 2014The runway of José Martí International airport was once again witness to the most touching scenes as Cuba’s President bid farewell to our heroes, who will be arriving in West Africa tomorrow to participate in the global fight against Ebola.

83 collaborators departed for affected countries, 49 to Liberia and 34 to Guinea Conakry

On this occasion 83 collaborators departed for affected countries, 49 to Liberia and 34 to Guinea Conakry. Raúl embraced each member of the brigade as they boarded the plane – an embrace from 11 million Cubans, a whole island.

With their flags in hand, they promised to give everything, tirelessly heal and continuously treat, and return to the homeland safe and healthy. They also sent greetings to Fidel; asked Raúl to trust them and not to worry, that they are prepared for what lies ahead.

Proud families, friends and country bid them best wishes 

Thus, the IL-96 aircraft departed with a first class troop: 35 doctors and 48 nurses, all with more than 15 years professional experience and who have completed previous international missions, 42 % on more than two occasions.

In attendance at the moving farewell were José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Miguel Díaz-Canel Ber­mú­dez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Minister Bruno Ro­dríguez Parrilla; and Roberto Morales Ojeda, minister of Public Health.

These two brigades take the total of Cuban health professionals who have joined the fight against Ebola to 256. With each one travels the message of a nation immensely proud to have sons such as them, who last night bid farewell to their families, friends, and country, to stop the frightening epidemic which is threatening the world. To all our heroes, best wishes from this beloved island.

Source:   An embrace from Cuba  Granma International

Cuban doctors proud to risk their lives in mission to halt Ebola

Source: Reuters

Cuban doctor Leonardo Fernandez, 63, who departs tomorrow for Liberia posses for a picture in Havana

Photo:  Cuban doctor Leonardo Fernandez, 63, who departs tomorrow for Liberia poses for a picture in Havana October 21, 2014.

15000 volunteered, 256 chosen

Cuban doctors and nurses departing for West Africa to combat Ebola consider themselves lucky. Among the 15,000 who volunteered, they are among only 256 who have been chosen for the job.

“There have been fights breaking out, heated arguments, with some doctors asking, ‘How come my colleague gets to go and I can’t?'” doctor Adrian Benitez, 46, said on Tuesday just hours before he was due to board a plane for Liberia.

Despite a global alarm over the worst Ebola outbreak on record, Cuban doctors are eager to travel to West Africa and start healing the sick.

Nicknamed as the “army of white robes” and citing a long history of Cuban medical missions in Africa and elsewhere, they speak of a sense of duty and are willing to assume the risks.

“We know that we are fighting against something that we don’t totally understand. We know what can happen. We know we’re going to a hostile environment,” said Leonardo Fernandez, 63. “But it is our duty. That’s how we’ve been educated.”

Read more at:  Cuban doctors proud  reuters.com

The Caribbean, the Million Man March and Revitalizing a People

bob marley museumThe Caribbean Islands received an estimated 25 million visitors and tourists last year who spent over $27 billion but despite the influx of money, those who call these lands of tropical and vacation paradise home, poverty, crime and economic inequality is too often a bleak reality. Remnants from a long history of American, British and French enslavement, occupation and colonialism and the influence of Western nations and institutions still linger.

The challenges Blacks face in the Caribbean mirror ones facing Blacks in America. In many areas the situation reminds some of what faced Black America, especially Black men leading up to the historic 1995 Million Man March called by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. Nearly two decades later the 19th Anniversary commemoration of the largest gathering in U.S. history which drew an estimated 1.7 to 2 million Black men is coming to Kingston, Jamaica October 17-19.

Read more at: The Caribbean, the Million Man March and revitalizing a people  The Final Call

The Caribbean, the Million Man March and revitalizing a people

Cuba: Special ALBA Summit on Ebola ends with 23-point statement

Oct 20 2014

alba summit on ebola 2The Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Agreement of Peoples (ALBA-TCP) approved unanimously a 23-point statement to wrap up the Special Summit on Ebola held in Havana today.

Declaration of the Extraordinary ALBA-TCP Summit on Ebola

The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America –Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP in its Spanish acronym), meeting in Havana on October 20th of 2014, on the occasion of the Extraordinary Summit to deal with the Ebola epidemic.

Profoundly concerned about the humanitarian catastrophe in West Africa caused by the Ebola epidemic which has been considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a “public health emergency” of international concern, with the threat of spreading to other countries and regions of the world.

Aware of the urgency with which the international community as a whole, in full cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is undertaking actions to deal with this scourge using all necessary resources.

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