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.

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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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Morales: This win is a triumph for anti-imperialists and anti-colonialists

Evo Morales wins a third term in Bolivia

Morales wins a thrid term 2In what is being claimed as a victory for “anti-imperialists,” President Evo Morales on Sunday was elected to his third term as Bolivia’s president.

Morales, who in 2006 became the country’s first indigenous leader, won a landslide 61 percent of the vote, according to exit polling. His closest rival, businessman Samuel Doria Medina, had 24 percent.

Nationalization won over privatization

“This was a debate on two models: nationalization or privatization. Nationalization won with more than 60 percent (support),” the Socialist leader told the thousands who gathered outside the presidential palace Sunday evening. Morales dedicated his win to leftist leaders Fidel Castro of Cuba and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late president.

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World Bank: Cuba has the best education system in Latin America and the Caribbean

Salim Lamrani

Source: Cuba Network in Defence of Humanity

cuban childrenAccording to the international organization, Cuba is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean to have a high quality education system.

The World Bank recently published a revealing report on the status of education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Entitled Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean, the study focuses on the continent’s public education systems and the major challenges they face.[1]

A resource of seven million people

In Latin America, kindergarten, primary and secondary teachers constitute, in human terms, a resource of seven million people, or 4% of the region’s workforce and more than 20% of all technical and professional workers. Their salaries absorb 4% of the continent’s GDP. Their working conditions vary from one region to another, even within national borders. Teachers, mostly women – 75% on average – are poorly paid and tend to be of lower socioeconomic status. In addition, the average age of teachers is more than 40. Thus they constitute a workforce considered to be “aging.”[2]

The World Bank notes that all world governments scrutinize carefully “the quality and practices of teachers,” particularly at a time when the objectives of education systems are required to adapt to new realities. The emphasis is now on skills and not merely on the accumulation of knowledge.

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Maduro Meets with Community Leaders in the Bronx, Invites Puerto Rico to join ALBA


Yesterday evening after presenting at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro seized the opportunity to visit community leaders, local activists and grassroots groups in an event hosted by Hostos Community College of the South Bronx, in New York City.

maduro in the bronx hostos says welcomeAround 1,000 people attended the event, which was organized by Citgo, and many arrived early to wait outside for good seats and to hold signs welcoming Maduro as “president of the people.”

maduro in the bronx the crowdThe Bronx community

The atmosphere was festive, Gabriela Sierra Alonso, a journalism student in attendance, told “People were carrying messages of solidarity, chanting, and handing out fliers. Because it was at Hostos, a big part of the Puerto Rican community was there, particularly those fighting for the release of political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera.”

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Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic Offer Emergency Aid to Guatemala

Tguatemalas president otto perez molinahree Latin American nations have offered immediate aid to thousands of Guatemalans affected by drought, Vice President Roxana Baldetti announced on Sunday.

Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic have all responded to a plea from Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (photo), who said last week the country could be on the verge of a major food crisis.

Baldetti is set to meet with representatives from Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

Over 200,000 Guatemalan families have already been affected

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St. Lucia: Climbing Gros Piton for the Cuban Five


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto:  Gros Piton mountain

The St. Lucia – Cuba Humanistic Solidarity Association in association with the Embassy of Cuba will be highlighting a number of events which will be taking place over the next month to draw attention to the Cuban 5 and Cuba Against Terrorism.

Lydia Gonzalez Navarro cuban amb to st lucia 2???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The first of these events will take place on Saturday 6th September 2014 when a group from the Embassy of Cuba headed by Ambassador Lydia Gonzalez Navarro (right) and including Cuban collaborators working in Saint Lucia along with Leiff Escalona (left) Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and staff of the Venezuelan Embassy, Members of the Humanistic Solidarity Association (Saint Lucia – Cuba), and friends of Cuba and Venezuela will climb the Gros Piton in Soufriere to highlight the plight of the Cuban 5.

Cuban Five Three left to goGros Piton is one of two mountains south of the town Soufriere in the southwest of Saint Lucia. Lying at the southern end of Pitons Bay, it rises to a height of 786 m (2619 ft). It is the second highest peak on Saint Lucia, after Mount Gimie.

Radio St. Lucia at 9:00 am on Friday September 12

Another activity will be a radio program on Friday 12th September on Shelton Daniels 90 minutes on Radio Saint Lucia at 9.00 am, panelist will include the Cuban Ambassador H.E. Lydia Gonzalez Navarro, Bro. Maurice Moffat Public Relations Director of the Humanistic Solidarity Association (Saint Lucia – Cuba) and Bro. Rossini Francois a Member of the Committee for the Release of the 5. It is hoped that on Friday 19th  September 2014 a documentary on the Cuban 5 will be aired on the National Television Network.

cubana aircraft bombingThe final activity will be the airing of a documentary on the Cubana Aircraft bombing on October 6th 1976 on NTN Television network.

An Article first published in the Voice News of Saturday November 6th 1976 on the discovery of the pilots licences of the bombed aircraft by Robert Pulchere will be reproduced.


Source:  St. Lucia Cuba Humanistic Solidarity Association