Intellectuals call to mobilize against right wing attacks in Latin America

Source:  Granma
April 13 2016

The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in the Defense of Humanity expressed their resounding support for the people of Venezuela and its legitimate government

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Author: Dilbert Reyes Rodríguez |


Caracas.— The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in the Defense of Humanity ended its 12th encounter on April 11, with a Final Declaration expressing its resounding support for the people of Venezuela and its legitimate government led by Nicolás Maduro, and their solid resistance against efforts by the United States and domestic oligarchy to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution.

The region is experiencing an “offensive conservative re-colonization by the United States and local oligarchies”

In regards to the continent, the declaration recognizes that the region is experiencing an “offensive conservative re-colonization by the United States and local oligarchies,” aiming to “do away with all the gains made by progressive processes in the region regarding social justice, sovereignty, integration and genuine citizen participation.”

Venezuela – the number one target

Participants in the forum, which brought together global intellectuals and cultural personalities in Caracas over four days, emphasized that Venezuela is currently the number one target of this conservative campaign, thus reaffirming their unwavering solidarity with the country; while also demanding the immediate revocation of the U.S. Executive Order describing the country as a threat to the national security of the United States, and rejection of the Amnesty and Reconciliation Law supported by right wing factions in Venezuela, which would benefit opposition members convicted of violent crimes.

A call for large-scale mobilization in defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty

In addition to calling for “large-scale mobilization in defense of the Venezuelan people’s sovereignty and right to self-determination,” the document also demands “a definitive end to coup attempts against the Bolivarian government,” expressing support for all social processes, activists and progressive leaders of the region, who are targets of right wing attacks similar to those carried out under the infamous U.S. backed Operation Condor.

The abuse of the justice system to criminalize Dilma, Lula and Cristina 

dilma lula y cristina.jpgIntellectuals vehemently denounced “the seditious use of the justice system to criminalize popular political leaders such as Dilma Rousseff, Lula da Silva and Cristina Kirchner,” and called for protests outside Brazilian embassies across the globe to stop the impeachment process currently underway against Dilma Rousseff, and repression of the Landless Workers’ Movement by the country’s military.

Condemnation of the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental activist Berta Cáceres

Berta Caceres 2015 Goldman Environmental Award RecipientThey condemned the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, demanded the release of Argentinean indigenous rights activist, Milagro Salas and Puerto Rican Independence campaigner, Oscar López Rivera; demanded justice for the 43 disappeared Mexican students and denounced attacks by paramilitary forces in Colombia which threaten to disrupt peace talks currently underway.

Attacks on Bolivia, Ecuador and El Salvador

The Network also criticized attempts to “sully the political and moral authority” of Bolivian President, Evo Morales; coup plots and harassment against Rafael Correa in Ecuador, as well as exploiting crime to destabilize the government in El Salvador.

Censorship of TeleSUR in Argentina

In regards to the media, the forum added their voice to the global outcry against the censoring of Telesur in Argentina, and called on participants to create a common anti-hegemonic media platform able to develop, on a large-scale, “a new culture which challenges consumerism, and could contribute to the formation of solidarity and critical citizens unable to be manipulated, but rather capable of resisting the destruction and erasure of our common memory, heritage and historic conscience.”


Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution currently resisting the global capitalist siege and destabilization attempts fomented by the domestic opposition, was the focus of the event’s opening discussions on April 8.

Dozens of artists, intellectuals and activists from various countries around the world came together in support of the government of the South American nation. The Vice President of Venezuela, Aristóbulo Istúriz together with ministers of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Culture Jorge Arreaza and Freddy Ñáñez, respectively, spoke about the complex political, economic and social situation in the country.

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The 12th encounter of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in the Defense of Humanity was inaugurated on April 8, in the José Félix Ribas Hall of Caracas’ Teresa Carreño Theatre. Photo: Milangela Galea/

Istúriz described the various aspects of the large-scale resistance campaign being carried out by the Bolivarian Revolution “against the imperialist offensive,” persecution by global financial institutions, and economic war led by the domestic oligarchy which also supports and encourages acts of violence, as well as the most intense media campaign ever launched to discredit a nation’s government.”

The hidden hand of imperialism

antonio-guerrero.jpgSpeaking to the Cuban press, decorated hero of the Republic of Cuba Antonio Guerrero, one of the five anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States, likened the unrelenting attacks against Venezuela to acts of aggression endured by the island for over 56 years, something which unites the two countries under a common cause.

“We Cubans know full well that behind the difficulties being faced by the Chavista Revolution is the hand of imperialism, the same hand that is also involved in all the plots against popular movements in the region; however the high level of social justice in Venezuela strengthens the country. The peoples of South America are not the same as before,” he stated.


“There is an offensive to restore the conservative past and undo all the progressive processes which have changed the face of the continent,” stated Cuban presidential advisor and author, Abel Prieto, president of the forum, who highlighted the need for intellectuals, activists and artists to join together to form a front able to “bring down the media wall,” responding to neoliberal mandates.

He also emphasized the importance of uniting the various forces struggling against neoliberal interests.

According to Telesur, the Cuban author noted that “Latin America and the Caribbean have ceased to be the back yard of the United States and there is an offensive currently underway to return the region to this deplorable and subordinate position [however] there are many noble people, numerous groups, movements and organizations working to ensure that this does not happen, many good young people that one continues to discover in these encounters.”

He also explained how the right wing mass media uses various outlets to convince people that only the older generation of intellectuals and artists participate in these encounters, as a way of presenting revolutionary ideology as a thing of the past.

The trick is to distract the youth

“The trick is to ensure people don’t learn about the encounter, to distract youth so that they continue to follow the private lives of famous people, waste their time. To live a life where there is supposedly only the present, and no past,” stated Prieto.

As such the President of the forum stressed the need for participants to exploit all pertinent and available spaces, such as forums, book fairs and festivals, and to use the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements as a tool to defend the truth and humanity, and platform to work as effectively as possible against the hegemonic mass media.


Venezuela: After several defeats at the polls, fascist right trying to create space for imperialist intervention

maduro for peace

President Nicolas Maduro promoting peace: “. . .what we want in the street is peace, coexistence, democracy and socialism,” said Maduro at Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, last Thursday night.

According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Venezuela led the region in poverty reduction in 2012.  In addition, over 500,000 new homes have been created under Venezuela’s Housing Construction program for the poor.  Further, the opposition’s Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition lost four national elections over the last sixteen months.  Elections, which, according to President Carter, are among the fairest in the world.

Below is a release from the Network of intellectuals and artists in defense of humanity on the recent fascist violence in Venezuela.

Communiqué: Against the Fascist Violence in Venezuela

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

From the Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity

For several weeks now the fascist right in Venezuela has been carrying out a combination of destabilizing actions orchestrated together with the intelligence agencies of imperialism.  The plan has as its principle objective to generate incidents of violence in the streets, especially in the states bordering the Republic of Colombia.  Among these actions are the siege and the attack on the residence of Governor José Vielma Mora in the State of Táchira, victims of which were his wife and children, who required medical treatment. 

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Network of Intellectuals Condemn Impending Attack on Syria

Source:  1804 CaribVoices Weekly
The Network of intellectuals, artists and social activists “In Defense of Humanity”, calls on all honest men and women of this world to condemn the impending attack on Syria. 

nowar on syriaWe appeal especially to those who do not accept a world ruled by the law of the jungle, where the right of non-intervention in the internal affairs of nations is trampled upon, where the mass killing of innocent people has become a television show with pretexts manufactured by the hegemonic media machine without genuine evidence to justify war.

As  early as June of last year a lucid message was circulated by the Network from our Continue reading