Jamaicans Should Understand What’s Happening in Venezuela

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January 28 2019

by Al Grey, greyal2@yahoo.com

Probably the easiest way for young Jamaicans to understand what’s happening in Venezuela is for them to speak with an honest, objective and informed person who lived in Jamaica in the 1970s and who was old enough then to be aware of the real situation in the country.

If that is not possible, then there is a lot of information on the internet about this period in Jamaica’s life which can allow the honest, non-partisan mind to know the truth of the time. In addition, several informative books and articles, fiction and non-fiction, have been written about the CIA’s role in Jamaica in this period.  All one needs to do is google “the CIA involvement in Jamaica”.

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The script used then in Jamaica, which was basically the same one used in Chile leading up to assassination of the democratically elected President Dr. Salvador Allende in 1973, had three main components; paramilitary activity; propaganda in the mainstream media; and economic warfare.

This, in essence, is what we now see happening in Venezuela.  But of course, the stakes are much higher there, not only because of the huge oil, gas and gold reserves which the country boasts but also because of the leading role that the Bolivarian Revolution has played since Hugo Chavez’ electoral victory in 1998 in transforming the region into an integrated, anti-imperialist bloc.  Since Chavez’ victory there have been 15 progressive democratically elected governments in the region.

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Michael Manley’s image shown with a death mask in the leading Jamaican daily newspaper, the Daily Gleaner

The violence unleashed in Jamaica in that period had never been experienced on the small, relatively peaceful island before. Socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley was demonized in the media and blamed for all the ills of the country including those manufactured by individuals and organizations trying to destabilize the young nation.  Shortages of basic items like soap and toothpaste resulting from hoarding by the suppliers formed part of a broader economic and financial sabotage of the economy which led to the devaluation of the national currency – all occurring under the dictates of the model guided by the words of then US President Nixon for the destabilizing of Chile: “make the economy scream”.

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Fortunately for the people of Venezuela, the experiences of Iraq, Afghanistan, and especially Syria and Libya, are too fresh in the minds of the peoples of the world for them to be fooled again. In addition, we are moving towards a multipolar world as the savage warmongering US empire is imploding, being isolated and recognized for what it is, and for its historical role as the purveyor of incessant destruction of other peoples and their lands under the guise of spreading ‘democracy’.

“You can fool some people sometimes
but you can’t fool all the people all the time,

so now we see the light,
we gonna stand up for our rights”

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Evo Morales Denounces Chilean Government’s Plans to Destabilize Bolivia

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https://www.telesurtv.net/__export/1538868332352/sites/telesur/img/news/2018/10/06/evo_morales_arriving_to_el_alto.jpg_1718483346.jpgBolivia’s President Evo Morales has denounced plans by the Chilean oligarchy to destabilize the country after the Hague’s ruling on sea access.

“After the October 1 ruling, the Chilean oligarchy wants to destabilize and divide us so we forget about the sea, but Bolivia will never give up on its sea claim,” Morales posted on Twitter.

The president also warned of an “open” conspiracy between the Chilean oligarchy and Bolivia’s right-wing political sphere.

El capitalismo nos quiere dividir para dominarnos y dominarnos para robarnos. La derecha boliviana tiene derecho a unirse, pero no debe ser un instrumento de la oligarquía chilena. Aliarse con la oligarquía chilena es traición a la Patria.

— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) 6 de octubre de 2018

“Capitalism wants to divide us to dominate us and dominate us to steal from us. The Bolivian right has the right to unify, but it must not be an instrument of the Chilean oligarchy. Allying with the Chilean oligarchy is treason to the motherland.”

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled against Bolivia’s petition to discuss access to the Pacific Ocean with Chile, based on historical diplomatic commitments.

“It is not over: even if the court has decided it will not accompany the maritime claim, just as it has accompanied almost every nation in the world, the multilateral world, like former members or secretaries-general of the United Nations like Kofi Annan, rest in peace.” said Morales.

“That will continue because it is a boisterous demand from the people of Bolivia. Just think about it. I’m not sure the court understands this.”

On Tuesday, Morales announced he would write a letter to the ICJ to highlight contradictions in its ruling.

Bolivia surrendered most of its former coastline to Chile in a 1904 treaty following the War of the Pacific.

The Andean neighbors have held occasional talks about a possible corridor to the sea for Bolivia ever since, but judges said that did not create any obligation for Chile to actually negotiate one.

Latin America Celebrates Centenary of Russian Revolution

Source: TeleSUR
November 7 2017

venezuelans gather for October revolution 100th.pngVenezuelans gather to celebrate the 100 years of the October Revolution.
| Photo: Twitter / PartidoPSUV

Bolivian President Evo Morales congratulated the Russian people on the 100th anniversary of their revolution.

Thousands across Latin America are mobilizing and celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Russian Revolution with various events throughout the region.

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In Venezuela, workers are marching from Caracas’ Autonomous National Telephone Company to the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

“We, as revolutionaries and socialist, join in this global commemoration,” said Freddy Bernal, a member of the National Directorate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, who called for the mobilization.

In Peru, the Communist Party is hosting an event at the Auditorium of the Telephone Workers’ Union of Peru to celebrate the Russian Revolution. A series of events are also being held in Uruguay.

Meanwhile in Bolivia, President Evo Morales congratulated the Russian people on the 100th anniversary of their revolution, describing it as an example in the fight against tyranny and inequality.

“The Russian Revolution triumphed on this day, one hundred years ago. United, peasants and workers managed to form the first socialist state in the world,” Morales posted on his Twitter account.

The Bolivian government is slated to host an international meeting titled “A 100 years of the Russian Revolution,” in which its influence on left-wing movements in Latin America will be analyzed. Bolivia’s Vice-President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, is also scheduled to give a keynote address at the Central Bank auditorium in La Paz for the occasion.

Other events are taking place until Thursday in Peru, Chile, Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.

Russia’s October Socialist Revolution took place on Oct. 25, 1917, according to the Julian calendar, or on Nov. 7, according to the Gregorian.

It was the second phase of the 1917 Revolution, which was preceded by a mass women’s protest as they took to Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of the former Russian capital of Petrograd, to protest their immiseration. Within three or four days, the Tsarist monarchy was vanquished

4 Things to Remember About Chile’s Sept. 11, 1973 Coup

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September 11 2017

salvador allende 4.pngChile remembers its socialist President Salvador Allende. | Photo: Reuters

Thousands of Chileans were subsequently tortured, jailed and killed by the military dictatorship.

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Pinochet and Kissinger

On Sept. 11, 1973, Salvador Allende’s socialist government was toppled by a U.S.-backed military coup led by Augusto Pinochet, barely three years after being Allende was elected.


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Thousands of Chileans were subsequently tortured, jailed and killed by the military dictatorship. Democracy in Chile was irreparably altered, and even now the country continues to be scarred by one of the darkest eras of fear and repression on the continent, changing the history of the country—and region.

Social Progress Under Allende

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After winning the 1970 presidential elections in Chile, the left-wing Salvador Allende worked toward social reforms and justice, nationalizing natural resources, building homes for the poor and focusing on better access to health and education.

Allende fought until the last hours of his life to defend the social gains and constitutional order. On his last speech, just minutes before the military bombed the presidential palace, he gave Chileans one last message of hope.

“I will not resign. Placed in a historic transition, I will pay the loyalty of the people with my life. And I tell them I have the certainty that the seed that we have planted in the dignified conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled. You have the power, they can destroy us, but social progress cannot be stopped neither by crime nor by force. History is ours, and people make it happen.”

Military Repression

Allende’s own army chief, Augusto Pinochet, led the coup and ordered his forces to march through the streets of Santiago, intimidating the local populace and entering La Moneda Presidential Palace by force.

military repression in chile.jpgPinochet later consolidated power with the support of the United States and ruled the country with an iron fist for 17 years, until 1990. He jailed an estimated 80,000 people, tortured 30,000 and murdered around 3,200. Only 75 of more than a thousand of his former agents are serving prison sentences for human rights violations.

U.S. Intervention

pinochet in chile.jpgWith the success of the 1969 revolution in Cuba, leftist movements in Latin America were emboldened, and Washington’s Manichean Cold War world-view translated into fears—and policies—that affected much of South America.

As declassified CIA documents show, the government of Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger influenced the military to overthrow Allende, and provided resources to deter any leftist movements in the country through the CIA.

As fears of the “Red Scare” grew, Washington opposed any form of socialist gains on the belief they would affect U.S. economic and political interests in the hemisphere.

Dubbed Operation Condor, a brutal campaign of political repression and state terror took hold of the continent, as the United States sought to obliterate leftist movements opposed to Washington-backed military coups in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay — and Chile.

Modern Democracy

michelle bachelet 5.jpgMore than 25 years since the end of the dictatorships, social movements in Chile are still demanding that the remnants of the Pinochet regime — including the constitution passed in 1980 — be overturned.

After the coup, Pinochet’s government adopted a constitution that defended repression of basic liberties and rights and created a convoluted electoral system designed to favor right-wing parties.

Under Michelle Bachelet’s second government, a process to change the constitution has been passed and is currently being undertaken. While popular consultations are underway, many consider the measure to be inadequate, and unlikely to lead to a reform that will include meaningful input by Chileans.

‘Venezuela not Enemy or Threat to US’: Open Letter to People in US

Source:  TeleSUR
September 6 2017

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“As was the case in Iraq, we might be on the verge of an unfair and baseless military intervention, where oil is paramount,” the letter says.

An open letter from the people of Venezuela to their counterparts in the United States urges them to demand U.S. President Donald Trump stop its “warmongering” and called on the people to join Venezuela in defending peace, freedom, and cooperation between the two nations.

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The letter, which was published in the New York Times and the Hill, includes Trump’s recent threat of a direct military intervention and the unilateral economic sanctions on the country, that the letter notes is intended “to economically isolate Venezuela.

“These threats and unilateral decisions will affect our economy and our means to obtain resources for food, healthcare and production, seriously impairing our citizens’ everyday life,” the letter says.

It further states that this was recognized by the U.S. government to be the same plan used in 1973 to overthrow the government of Salvador Allende in Chile which paved the way for the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

letter from the venezuelan people to the us.jpeg“Furthermore, these actions also affect ordinary U.S. citizens who would face the possibility of a hike in gasoline prices,” says the open letter. “While thousands of workers risk losing their hard-earned savings as retirement funds are affected by the ban on Venezuelan bonds.”

As was the case in Iraq

The letter, which was published by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, warns, “As was the case in Iraq, we might be on the verge of an unfair and baseless military intervention, where oil is paramount.”

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These actions create problems inside the U.S. making life harder, while outside it “generates global rejection and resentment towards the U.S. government and indirectly towards its people, who have nothing to do with these warmongering actions,” the letter explains.

The latest sanctions ban the trading of Venezuelan debt and prevent the country’s state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, from selling new bonds to U.S. citizens or financial groups.

Venezuela is neither an enemy of the United States nor does it represent a threat to its security,” the text says.

Chile: Youth March Against Student Debt

Source:  TeleSUR
Septemberr 4 2016

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Demonstrators march against student debt and for public education in Santiago, Chile, Sept. 4, 2016. | Photo: Twitter / @DeudoresEduc

Students in Chile report being trapped by debt payments for upwards of 20 years after finishing university, according to stories compiled by Confech.

Hoisting aloft placards with slogans like “I’m a prisoner of the system,” students poured into the streets of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, Sunday to demand the government address rising student debt in the latest wave of protests against privatized rising tuition costs and rising student debt.

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Indebted for studying

Under the banner “indebted for studying,” Chile’s National Confederation of University Students, Confech, called the march to raise awareness about rising educational costs and call on the government to overhaul the education funding system by canceling the private loan scheme underwritten by the state.

“Today nearly one million families are affected by different kinds of university credit and their hopes and dreams are mortgaged sometimes for 25 years,” said Confech in a statement calling for participation in the marches, which kicked off at 10:30 am local time Sunday in central Santiago.

Protesters at the march carried signs showing the amount of debt they had accumulated from taking out loans to pay educational costs.

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More mobilizations soon

The demonstration urged the government to end the Credit With State Guarantee system, known as CAE, which is a loan program for socio-economically disadvantaged students offered through private banks with the government acting as guarantee. The march called more broadly for an end to educational debt and for-profit higher learning in Chile, a longstanding demand on the student movement’s agenda.

Student leaders have said that they are waiting for news related to government discussion of education reforms and are expecting to call more mobilizations soon.

“We hope we can fine-tune the counter-proposal that is being created together with workers,” said Confech President Patricio Medina, according to Chile’s Radio Cooperativa, explaining that the students’ federation is working on concrete proposals for reforms with the national university labor organization.

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Students storm rector’s office

Sunday’s march comes after students stormed the office of the rector Eduardo Silva at the University Alberto Hurtado in downtown Santiago to protest the expulsion of three students and suspension of 22 for an occupation of campus administration buildings earlier this year. Confech leader Gustavo Orellana argued that the sanctions against the 25 students is “part of the historic criminalization against the student movement of Alberto Hurtado,” Radio Cooperativa reported.

Authorities have accused the student movement of fomenting violence.

Past protests, which numbered in the tens of thousands at the peak of the movement in recent years, have sometimes ended in violence amid clashes between demonstrators and riot police. Local media have garnered criticism over sparse coverage of the marches.

Minimal progress toward big promises

Massive student protests erupted in 2011, eventually pushing President Michelle Bachelet to sign off on a plan for free university education in 2015. The decision marked a historic step in remedying the destruction of Chile’s public education in 1981 under former military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

But minimal progress toward big promises that social movements fought hard to win has prompted more protests as the student movement accuses the government of failing to address the underlying problems plaguing public education and instead upholding a system that deepens student debt.

The student debt crisis has been a key issue as youth take to the streets to demand increased government funding and broadened access to free university.