Ecuador: Classes Begin at Amazon Ikiam University

Ikiam research universityThe Ikiam research university has been inaugurated in the Amazon, and is working to democratize a quality education able to compete with the best universities in the world.

Located in the Amazonian province of Napo with a campus of nearly 23,000 acres, the Ikiam research university officially began classes on Tuesday.

150 students from 37 cities across Ecuador are the founding class of the university, all to be taught by qualified professors all holding either a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Each classroom has state of the art technology for investigative purposes.

Respect of traditional knowledge

Respect of traditional knowledge is a large part of the curriculum. On her education, student Andrea Sorrea said in an interview with teleSUR English, “I think that the communities could also be a form of support for students. They know more than we do, they are familiar with more plants, more animals. That can contribute to the wellbeing of the community and the country.”

Ikiam, which means “forest” in the indigenous Shuar language, will provide students with the necessary tools to both protect and utilize natural resources in a way that ensures national sovereignty over the region.

At the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Knowledge and Human Talent Guillaume Long reminded the audience that the Amazon has historically fallen victim to bio piracy and Continue reading

Vazquez leads as presidential campaigning ends in Uruguay

Tabare Vazquez uruguayUruguay’s three main parties will end their presidential campaigns on Thursday, with the Broad Front ahead in the polls but a second round looking likely.

Campaigning in Uruguay’s presidential race comes to an end on Thursday, ahead of Sunday’s election.

The three main Uruguayan presidential candidates will each close their campaigns in mass rallies seeking to do all they can to boost last-minute support.

More than 2.6 million Uruguayans will be able to vote on Sunday, and will be not only be electing their President and Vice President but also 30 senators and 99 legislators.

Tabare Vazquez leads

According to the last polls, the Broad Front’s Tabare Vazquez (photo) leads the race and looks set to get around 42 percent of the votes, followed by the National Party with 30 percent and then Colorado Party with 15 percent. The latter two were the legal parties under Uruguayan dictatorship of the 1970’s and 1980s, whereas the Broad Front is a coalition of progressive forces.

As none of the candidates looks set to meet the absolute majority needed for a first-round victory, Broad Front and National Party will probably go to a late November run off, where polls show them running neck and neck.

Mujica leaves a solid economy with less poverty

Current Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica is from Broad Front party and his term of office has been marked by reforms in the country. He will leave it with a solid economy, less poverty, and fewer homeless people than ever in Uruguay, all of which is contributing to Broad Front’s ongoing popularity.

Mujica, who is also known as the Philosopher President has given an exclusive interview with TeleSUR correspondent Dayon Moiz about his presidency and his ideas on life, which will be shown Thursday.

“We the presidents are just one more (person). One more! Why should we be treated differently?” said the President. Mujica, who gave 90 percent of his salary as President to a house construction program, is also known to be one of the most humble and poorest presidents in the world. “We should live with what is just, so we do not spend the only richness that we have, and that richness is our lifetime,”  he told teleSUR.

Source: TeleSur

President Mujica: Those “who like money too much must be kicked out of politics”

Jose Mujica uruguyan presidentThe Uruguayan president, who will relinquish his post after Sunday’s elections, says that many global problems can be solved through improved governance.

During the interview Wednesday, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has said that people “who like money too much must be kicked out of politics.”

In an indirect attack on the opposition candidates for Sunday’s upcoming election he said that these people are a “real danger” and because of their attachment to money will become confused of what makes “a good government.”

We are all equal and no one is better than anyone else

The remarks were made as part of a CNN interview from his farm outside of the capital Montevideo where he famously lives an austere life. The firebrand, leftist president said surrounding political power with luxury betrays republican values and the idea that “we are all equal and no one is better than anyone else.”

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Liberia, Guinea: Thank You Cuba!

Havana, Cuba
Oct 23 2014

The governments of Liberia and Guinea expressed their gratefulness to Cuba for its medical assistance to those western African nations amidst a health crisis caused by the Ebola virus.

liberia's foreign minister Augustine Kpehe NgafuanLiberian foreign minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said they expect that Cuban health professionals not only assist in the fight against Ebola, but also in the improvement of the local health sector, particularly the training and deployment of personnel in other areas considered as critical to the health system, PL news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Liberia’s deputy health minister Matthew Flomo said that the Cuban medical brigade, made up of epidemiologists, intensive care specialists, medical doctors, surgeons, pediatricians, nurses and anesthesiologists, among others, could soon working at centers to treat Ebola patients.

Lounceny Fall y bruno rodriguez

In Guinea

In Guinea, the Cuban doctors were welcomed by Foreign minister Lounceny Fall, Health minister Remy Lamah, and International Cooperation Moustapha Koutoubou, who thanked Havana for its collaboration against the epidemic.

fidel y sekou toure 3Minister Koutoubou said that relations between Guinea and Cuba date back to the days when that country achieved its independence and he ratified his nation’s commitment to keep strengthening cooperation relations with Havana.(Photo: Fidel and Sekou Toure)

With the two medical brigades in Liberia and Guinea, Cuba now have 256 health professionals in western Africa fighting the Ebola epidemic.
Source:  Cuban News Agency

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

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