Chavez, A Great Friend of Jamaica . . . Portia Simpson Miller

pm-chavez-expoPrime Minister  Portia Simpson Miller, has lauded the late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, as “an extraordinary son of the region” and “a great friend of Jamaica.”

Mrs. Simpson Miller said the late President’s legacy lives on through his many contributions to the region, noting that he was “a man with a generous heart, who had a strong sense of responsibility to this country and the region.”

She was speaking on February 21, at the official launch of the photographic exhibition, ‘Chavez was here’, at the Tom Redcam Library in St. Andrew.

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Cuban Doctors Have Assisted over 35 Million Guatemalans

Feb 19 2014

cuban doctors in guatemala2Over 35 million Guatemalan citizens have been assisted by Cuban health professionals since 1998, when the island began its medical collaboration program with that Central American nation.

According to official statistics that include January of 2014, the Cuban doctors assisted a total 35 million 883 thousand 459 patients, and saved 287 thousand 658 lives.

Saving lives means for the brigade assisting a patient recovering from serious or critical conditions thanks to the treatment received no matter the diagnosis announced.

Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina and foreign minister Fernando Carrera have publicly acknowledged the work of the Cuban medical personnel in the central American  country.

Source:  Cuban Doctors Assist over 35 Million Guatemalans  Cuban News Agency

Brazilian football club celebrates Che Guevara link

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By Lorena Arroyo
BBC Mundo

You would be forgiven for thinking that the football players with Che Guevara portraits emblazoned on their jerseys were members of the Cuban national team.

Instead, they play for a small Brazilian football team, Madureira Esporte Clube, from a Rio de Janeiro suburb.

Earlier this year, Madureira decided to use Alberto Korda’s famous photograph of the revolutionary leader for one of its new uniforms.

So far the jersey has only been used by the team’s Football 7, but that very team has just won the Brazilian seven-a-side League wearing the new kit.

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Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25489007

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Jamaica-Venezuela Solidarity Network Condemns Violence by Opposition

A Declaration from the Jamaica Venezuela Solidarity Network

ja ven flags 2The Jamaica Venezuela Solidarity Network strongly condemns the killing of at least three persons and the unprovoked violence, vandalism and destruction that has been orchestrated by callous right-wing elements among the opposition forces in Venezuela.

We express our strong solidarity with the democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro and the people of Venezuela who have been playing a leading role in carving out a developmental path for the majority of the people in the region.

Although the mainstream media projects a warped image of Venezuela, we know that

  • in 2012 Latin America led the world in poverty reduction and Venezuela led the region in this area;
  • the Venezuelan government has built over 500,000 houses  for the poor of their country;
  • in the last sixteen months, the opposition party, MUD, has lost four national elections; elections which according to past US president Carter, are among the fairest in the world 
  • under Hugo Chavez, and now President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has made huge strides in eradicating illiteracy, reducing inequality, guaranteeing free education and health care to its people.

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Bolivia: Venezuela is not alone and can count on LatAm and Caribbean solidarity

La Paz, Feb 18. 2014

Evo Morales 6The United States is financing a coup d’etat in Venezuela in order to destroy Hugo Chavez’s humanist legacy, Bolivian president Evo Morales said today.

Morales told TV network TeleSur, Venezuela is not alone and can count on all Latin American and Caribbean countries’ solidarity.

On behalf of the Bolivian people, we send our energy and support to the courageous Venezuelan people and president Nicolás Maduro, Morales added.

This coup attempt is being financed from abroad, by the United States, Morales affirmed.

The United States are investing countless resources to overthrow Maduro so they can control and plunder Venezuela once again.

The US government’s strategy

The U.S. government’s strategy is to create internal conflicts, then send troops, torture political and union leaders and take possession of natural resources. That is what they did in Libya and that is what they are trying to do in Venezuela.

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Strong Support for Venezuelan Government in LatAm, Caribbean

Buenos Aires, Feb 18.-

CELAC, UNASUR and MERCOSUR express support for Venezuelan government

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The three main multinational organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNASUR, CELAC and MERCOSUR, as well as different states, have rejected the institutional destabilization attempt taking place in Venezuela for some days now.

They have also expressed their support for the constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro, who was legitimized twice in elections, while calling to maintain peace and tranquility in that nation.

In a communiqué issued on Monday night, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) reaffirmed its commitment with the institutions and the democratic principles as the “pillars of the regional integration process.”

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