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

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

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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)

Rafael Correa

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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