Sao Paulo Forum: LatAm countries must build stronger ties, push for integration

sao palo forum in bolivia 2014The annual Sao Paulo Forum was held in La Paz, Bolivia on Thursday August 28th. It was attended by Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who gave a speech highlighting Bolivia’s “Process of Change” while highlighting the importance of international collaboration.

Each year, left-wing political parties and social movements from across Latin America and the Caribbean gather to debate contemporary issues facing the region while developing strategies and coordinating efforts to construct alternatives to capitalism.

Sharing successes

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CELAC concludes meeting on gender equality and women’s participation

celac 2014 2 The first meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean State’s (CELAC) working group on gender equality and women ended in San Salvador on Friday, August 22. The regional summit, “Promoting Equity, Equality and Empowerment of Women’s Lives in the New Development Agenda Post 2015″, opened on Thursday at El Salvador’s Foreign Relations Ministry.

The group analyzed the commitments expressed in the plan that were adopted in Havana, Cuba in January at the II CELAC Summit. At the event’s inauguration, the Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez recognized the importance of this opportunity to reflect on the advancement of gender equality and women’s participation. He also mentioned the importance of building societies that consolidate spaces promoting these values.

Martinez also advised that the CELAC should work on the existing challenges and goals laid out by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for women and children.

Launch of EU CELAC Dialogue on Gender

 In the framework of the bi-regional relationship CELAC-EU, the launch of the Dialogue on Gender, took place between 27 and 29 November in Buenos Aires. Continue reading

Rafael Correa Highlights Cuba’s Cooperation with other Nations

rafael correa 21Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said that Cuba is a champion of international collaboration.

During his regular report to the nation over the weekend, Correa praised the support offered by Cuba as he referred to the new 200-strong medical contingent that recently arrived in his country to assist Ecuadorians in vulnerable and remote areas.

The head of state congratulated his country’s Health Ministry for its advancement in the bilateral cooperation program with Cuba, which has included the services of over one thousand health specialists from the Caribbean island in the South American nation.

Source: Rafael Correa Highlights Cuba’s Cooperation with other Nations

Five Latin American Countries Withdraw Envoys from Israel


Sanchez Ceren, presidential candidate for the FMLN, smiles during his closing campaign rally in San SalvadorEl Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. (Photo: El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren)

dilma rousseff and michelle bachelet

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors. (Photo:  Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet (L) and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff)

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peru's president Ollanta Humala2Brazil was one of 29 countries in the UN Human Rights Council that voted last Wednesday to investigate Israel over its military offensive in Gaza.

During a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 17, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said her country was “profoundly concerned by the dramatic events” in Gaza. (Photo: Rafael Correa, President Ecuador)(L) and Peru’s President Ollanta Humala)

The Palestinian death toll from a devastating Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip rose to 1283, according to a Gaza Health Ministry spokesman.

According to the spokesman, at least 7170 Palestinians have also been injured in the ongoing Israeli attacks since July 7.

Source: Five Latin American Countries Withdraw Envoys From Israel  Global Research

Communal Judges Bring Popular Power to Venezuela Court System


communal justice in venezuelaAt the local level, a movement of communal justice is gradually spreading an alternative to the traditional adversarial court system to settle civil disputes. Venezuela’s independence leader Simon Bolivar first stipulated in the 1819 Constitution that there should be a Peace Judge (juez de la paz) in every parish to perform marriages, register births and deaths. However, during the last ten years, with the addition of “communal” to the title, the revolutionary version has developed as part of the process of institutionalizing popular power. In ten municipalities, several hundred communal judges facilitate resolution of long-standing local disputes. Their approach finds “win-win” solutions to conflicts in which each side learns to settle their own disputes.

Communal judges serve as volunteers, without salary

During two separate meetings with Mylvia Acosta, learned how the 2012 Organic Law on Communal Justice of the Peace works in practice.  During her four years as a communal peace judge in the town of Charallave, municipality of Cristobal Rojas, Acosta has helped to settle more than 100 cases. She insists on sharing credit for resolutions with community members. A local community people’s assembly in Charallave elected her to a four-year renewable term to serve as their communal judge. All residents in the town are eligible to participate in the assembly and valid elections require a 51% quorum of residents. Since all communal judges serve as volunteers, without salary, she only works on two or three cases a month.

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A brother’s 60th

Source: Granma International

fidel y chavez 28 julioSix decades ago, in Barinas, Venezuela, one of Latin America and the Caribbean’s most charismatic and intelligent leaders was born: Hugo Chávez Frías, the boy who sold his grandmother’s sweets on the street, and played baseball passionately, was admired by followers and respected by detractors. He made Venezuela his life, dedicating his body and soul to the homeland. This July 28, he will be celebrated without tears. He is recalled as a hero.

Maduro: BRICS – UNASUR Alliance Will Spur Regional Peace and Prosperity

Source: BRICS – UNASUR Alliance

maduro 10Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Wednesday that the meeting between heads of states of BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and of UNASUR nations (Union of South American Nations) will foster an alliance that will ensure peace and prosperity for the region.

“Without a doubt, the meeting between BRICS and UNASUR is historic.  A South American bloc that is on its own path in terms of the economy, culture, politics, jurisdictions, of South American identity … [and] five of the most important emerging nations at the time” is a great alliance, the President said upon arriving in Brasilia.

Correcting the injustices of neoliberalism

He also noted that such an alliance would “correct the injustices of neoliberalism that privileged speculative capitalism in the world, that privileged looting through financial speculation, as in the case of our Argentinean sibling and the vulture funds.”

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