Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened Thursday to shut down the U.S. embassy in his country after a forced re-routing and downing of his plane earlier this week on suspicion that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board.
Morales was flanked by the heads of state of Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay as he announced the possible embassy closure at a special meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He declared:
Being united will defeat American imperialism. We met with the leaders of my party and they asked us for several measures and if necessary, we will close the embassy of the United States. We do not need the embassy of the United States.
IMF head Christine Lagarde implicated in a financial scandal
3 July 2013
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—the main organisation behind the austerity policies worldwide—is under investigation in France in relation to a financial scandal involving hundreds of millions of euros.
The main issue in the affair is compensation paid by the French state to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008, after he brought charges against the state-owned Crédit Lyonnais bank over a complex swindle involving it and some of its subsidiaries.
Tapie ended up ruined in the mid-1990s due to this and several other affairs where he was…
Ethiopia will receive $1 billion in funding from the Brazilian Development Bank to build a section of a railway that will be extended to connect to neighboring South Sudan, a Foreign Ministry official said.
Andrade Gutierrez Participacoes SA of Brazil will build the link running from the capital, Addis Ababa, to Jimma about 439 kilometers (273 miles) to the southwest, Taye Atskeselassie, director general for the Americas at the ministry, said in an interview on May 24.
Angola’s Adult Education Department described as very satisfactory the implementation in that African nation of the Cuban literacy methodology known as “Yes, I can,” which is being applied in nine Angolan provinces.
During the closing of the 3rd National Seminar on the literacy initiative, representatives with the Angolan Adult Education Department said that the meeting allowed for the exchange of experiences among educators from Angola and Cuba, according to PL news agency.
The forum ran for three days at the Viana municipality, in the capital Luanda with the Continue reading →
Wed June 19th will mark a year since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London seeking sanctuary. The Ecuadorian government was immediately threatened in private correspondence from British Foreign Minister Hague with the loss of diplomatic status and a consequent raid. The Ecuadorian government made the private threat public, held their ground and conducted an inquiry into the Assange case. This was the same government that had previously responded to a U.S. request for a U.S. military base in Ecuador with, “if you let us have an Ecuadorian base in Florida?”
During this period of inquiry, the London Met were deployed in large numbers around the embassy with 30 police stationed there 24/7. Anti-War, human rights, Latino, Veterans for Peace, Catholic Worker, Occupy and other activists maintained a solidarity vigil at the embassy.
As an Indiana working-class native, I was deeply moved after Haiti’s devastating earthquake of 2010. I was in Cuba at that time in my forth year of medical school at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).
The school sought out a group of Americans from the 2010 graduating class to incorporate into the “Brigada Medica Cubana.” This is a famous brigade that rushes to the aide of neighboring and developing countries after a disaster.
One of these new doctors and 2010 ELAM graduate, Dr. Gregory Wilkinson, still works as a general practitioner in Haiti, servicing the dilapidated communities from tents. He is completing a family practice residency program.
Wilkinson comes from Oakland, Calif., studied at Merritt Community College, and then sociology at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. With Jamaican roots, Wilkinson said he is proud and eager to complete the medical school’s scholarship requirement of…
The 5th Caribbean Film Traveling Exhibition (CFTE) will be in Havana on June 12-17, showcasing 21 films from nine countries of the region.
Presented by nations like Belize, Bahamas, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Colombia and Venezuela, the CFTE will bring documentaries and feature films, including six movies dedicated to children and adolescents.
The CFTE will begin at the Charles Chaplin movie theater, venue of the meeting, with Le Bonheurd´Elsa (Elsa’s Happiness) -a feature film of Guadeloupe, which tells the story of a young woman descending from Caribbean persons who travels from her home, in Paris, to the land of her ancestors.
The 5th International Forum of the CFTE and the 1st Film Market of the Caribbean, aimed at Continue reading →
In the run-up to the trial there were solidarity actions in Bristol, Cardiff and Carmarthen between 30 May and 2 June in addition to the US Embassy gathering in London. As the trial began these carried on, in Haverfordwest 3 June, Wrexham 8 June, Peterborough 9 June. In London, solidarity continues throughout the trial with vigil and leafleting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays outside Camden tube station.
There was a 2 hour banner drop over the M32 in Bristol on the afternoon of Thursday 30 May that culminated in the seizure of the banners by the police on spurious grounds, an arrest and threat of prosecution. Replacement banners were made the same evening.
May 27, 2013 — Green Left Weekly— An important summit of global significance, held in Brazil on May 16-20, 2013, has largely passed below the radar of most media outlets, including many left and progressive sources.
This summit was not the usual type, involving heads of states and business leaders. Instead, it was a gathering of social movement representatives from across Latin America and the Caribbean — the site of some of the most intense struggles and popular rebellions of the past few decades.
This region also remains the only one where an alternative to neoliberal capitalism has emerged. Pushing this alternative is the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA). Spearheaded by the radical governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba, it has eight member states, but seeks to relate to people’s movements, not just governments.