What you didn’t know about Alberto Fernández, the new president of Argentina

Source:  Chamosaur

December 19 2019

Critical, even with those who are today his main allies, lover of rock and ‘heavy user’ of social networks, this expert behind the scenes will occupy for the first time the most important position in the life of any politician.

Alberto Ángel Fernández is the new Argentine president since December 10, guaranteeing the return of Peronism to the Casa Rosada. The center-left leader, something unknown abroad, but with a long career behind the scenes of power, arrives at the Executive in order to solve the economic crisis, and reconcile a society divided by a historical ideological gap. But who is he and how did he reach the leadership of the South American country? 
His life
He was born on April 2, 1959 in the Province of Buenos Aires, although he did not have a great relationship with his father. In fact, in several interviews when referring to his father he made reference to his mother’s partner, a judge who was dismissed from office a few weeks after the last military dictatorship began, in 1976.
He spent his childhood and part of adolescence in the neighborhood of Villa del Parque, in the capital of the country, a middle class area with beautiful houses and few buildings. He attended high school at Mariano Moreno School, in the State, and there he was a delegate in the Union of Secondary Students (UES), marking the first Peronist seal on his curriculum. Over the years, he was part of other groups and related to leaders, who later became recognized figures of the Justicialist Party (PJ), identified with General Juan Domingo Perón. Finally, after standing out in various organizations, he also joined the PJ, the most popular and representative front of Argentina. 
Alberto, as everyone calls him, continued on his path along the right path, as did his adoptive father. Thus, in 1983 he graduated as a lawyer with an average of 7.80 at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), where he has been teaching since 1985. In fact, until arriving at the Presidency, he taught General Theory of Crime and Penalty System in that house of studies – public and free – and hundreds of students lined up to take a ‘selfie’ with the future president. From his role as an academic, he said that the referents of the regional center, such as Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rafael Correa and the new Argentine vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, suffer a judicial persecution, which violates the bases of due process. 
His beginnings in politics were during the Government of Raúl Alfonsín, leader of the Radical Civic Union (UCR), another traditional party of that Latin American nation, remembered for the return to democracy in 1983. At that time he was appointed deputy director general of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Economy, and in 1989, under the mandate of the Peronist Carlos Menem, he was in charge of the National Superintendence of Insurance. 
Then, since 1996, he was on the board of directors of companies linked to Banco Provincia, under the Government of Eduardo Duhalde in the Province of Buenos Aires, one of the most respected politicians by Fernández. Until 1999, he continued to be linked to that leader, to later be part of the so-called Calafate Group, the new progressive wave within Peronism that sought to be the alternative to the re-election of Menem, who had left his popular roots to lean toward a neo-liberal model. From there, the candidacy of Nestor Kirchner, who came to the Government in 2003, began to emerge, and Fernandez was appointed Chief of Staff.  
Thus, Alberto held the position until 2008, leaving him during the Government of Cristina, with whom he began a strong distancing, generating crosses and accusations of all kinds, which today are highlighted by the opposition. Beyond that, they made the passes and the most popular leader in Argentina surprised everyone by offering her the presidential candidacy. In this new scenario, both promised not to fight “never again.” In addition, Fernández was considered the “intermediate” aspirant, without positioning himself at any ideological end. Nor did he have major causes of corruption, nor would there be time to build a file against him.  
Pure pragmatism
This Latin American leader may be the best example to explain pragmatism, having gone through several paths until he reached the most important position in his entire career. Although he always stood in Peronism, he knew how to join important figures who, at the time, were clear enemies of Kirchnerism. Thus, the new president is recognized for his frontal way of doing politics, a line that characterized him until today, and that many recognize him as a virtue.
Indeed, while he was able to hold strategic dialogues with Washington and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before his assumption, he did not hesitate to criticize the White House for its role in the Bolivia crisis: “USA. He returned to the worst times of endorsing coups in Latin America, ”he said. In tune, although he recognizes Brazil as a great trading partner, he always asked for the release of Lula, recently released. Likewise, adaptation to the environment is also reflected in the possible alliance with Mexico to form a progressive axis in the region, where right-wing governments abound. 
Alberto’s curiosities
In the weeks before the seizure of power, he had already become a politician who stood out for some activities, tastes and interests that have little to do with leadership life, although they say a lot about what the president is like in his daily life. Several of those points were exploited by image consultants during the election campaign.
Fernández is a guitarist. In fact, at age 14 he took classes to learn to play the instrument with Litto Nebbia, an icon of national rock. In other words, he is a great connoisseur of the genre, and listener to renowned artists of the 70s, when protest music abounded: Luis Alberto Spinetta, another local classic, is one of his favorite exponents. In addition, he came to compose his own songs and appeared in some Buenos Aires boliches. He also recorded a song, ‘The Last Summer’, included in a disc of the group The Super Mice.
The strawberry of dessert to crown the presidential campaign was to disseminate videos interpreting Argentine rock classics.  
At times, Alberto’s pets stole the attention of voters. In fact, his dog breed collie was the center of all eyes. His name is Dylan, in honor of Bob Dylan. And he even has his own Instagram profile: “I was born in Pilar (Province of Buenos Aires), my best friend is Alberto Fernández. I am a national and popular collie, ”says his description, making a clear allusion to the typical Kirchner motto. 
But that is not all. The networks explode when photos of Dylan are published with one of his puppies, Prócer, who is named for his resemblance to a dog that appears in a chapter of The Simpsons. Obviously, the virtual community went crazy when he noticed that the then candidate was a faithful follower of the yellow family. 
 Active in networks
Twitter is the social network most used by the politician. This is the channel chosen by Fernández to interact with the ordinary citizen, since he has his personal account, as of May 2010. Thus, until there was time to encourage complicated students with their exams, causing virtual fury . 
Respond to the press
While it is true that Fernandez used to have a good relationship with media companies, compared to leaders like Cristina, he does not hesitate to answer the false news and leave many journalists unemployed. In fact, it is rare for the brand new president to pass ‘fake news’ without denying them, exposing the media that was responsible for publishing them. The new Argentine leader is very careful of his public image. 
He wrote a book about Nestor Kirchner
He considers him the best president of democracy, and he never hid it. Thus, in 2011 he published the book ‘Politically incorrect: Reasons and passions of Nestor Kirchner’, which tells the background of many measures, written in a personal tone.  
Main criticisms
However, not all are flowers, it also has a few detractors. In fact, many highlight some aspects that they consider reprehensible in Alberto’s career, and also his emotional ties.
Old differences with Cristina
Why could one of the president’s toughest critics rule with her? This is one of the main questions of the opposition about the Fernández-Fernández formula. It is that before, Alberto launched comments worthy of an iron opposition: he criticized the memorandum signed with Iran during the Cristina Government, considering that the impunity of the attack on the AMIA was sought, hinted that the then president coerced the Judicial Power in her favor and He even stated that “he threw away everything Nestor did.” In line with the opposition arch, he emphasized with emphasis the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who appeared lifeless in his department before making a complaint against Kirchner before Congress. 
In a 2015 interview with Diaries and News, he highlighted the extension of rights that was achieved in the first term of that leader, but said that in the second period “there are no more elements to ponder.” And he added: “The economy is destroyed, reserves are lost along with the dollar – peso ratio, poverty increases and its existence is denied.” Alberto’s objections were many, but he does not hide them, and argues that criticizing is healthy for democracy.
One of the most tense moments occurred during a report on the C5N channel in 2012, when it was already quite critical. Suddenly, the transmission from the studio was cut, and Alberto publicly argued that the interruption would have occurred on the orders of Cristina officials, although the channel director argued that they had exceeded the time of the live report.  
Alliance with leaders questioned
The local left took care to emphasize that in 2000 that leader integrated a list led by Domingo Cavallo, an economist who brings bad memories to many Argentines. On that occasion, Fernández was elected legislator of the City of Buenos Aires. Before, Cavallo had already been undersecretary of the Interior and president of the Central Bank in the dictatorship. And in the 90s, while neoliberal policies were expanding, he was Minister of Economy.
In the midst of the 2001 crisis, when the Ministry re-directed, Domingo was the architect of the ‘corralito’, a measure that limited the extraction of cash from the population, consummating the largest social outbreak of the last decades. However, Fernández’s participation in his ballot had been a year earlier. 
In turn, the same leftist sectors repudiate the affection that the president shows for Duhalde, his former political partner, who presided over the country on an interim basis when the ‘Avellaneda Massacre’ occurred. On that day in 2002, the Police murdered Maximiliano Kosteki and Darío Santillán, while various social organizations complained in the Province of Buenos Aires for better living conditions, amid galloping poverty. 
Virtual aggressiveness
Prior to becoming the most important politician in the South American country, Fernández was a leader who used to use his spare time to exchange opinions with cybernetters, although diplomacy was not always abundant. In fact, “boludo” overlooking the sea, “written in 2013, was one of the answers that became more viral in recent months. Thus, the old replies on Twitter of the now president, who make militants laugh, were highlighted by the opposition to try to deny the measured position of the Peronist. And the list of insults can continue. 
The family 
The new Argentine president does not comply with the stereotypes of a typical traditional family. Alberto is divorced and has a girlfriend 22 years younger than him, Fabiola Yáñez, an Argentine journalist and actress. With his previous wife he had a son, Estanislao, a young ‘drag queen’ and a transformer, who has great popularity in social networks. 
That boy was the victim of a clear media attack after confirming his father’s candidacy, and even Bolsonaro’s son made fun of his female characterizations. Thus, hundreds of journalists rushed to ask Fernández about his offspring: “He is one of the most creative types I saw in my life. How are you going to fuck me asking about my son? I feel proud for him, ”he replied.  
There is a long way to qualify his administration, but the presidential image has already turned 180 degrees. 
Leandro Lutzky


Journalism of the left in times of the right

Source:  Granma
March 13 2019

The truth can be silenced, if it does not reach everyone, or is drowned out by lies shouted louder

walter martinez telesur.jpgWalter Martínez is one of those journalists who struggles everyday to spread the truth on his teleSUR program. Photo: panorama.com.ve

As children, one of the first things we learned was that there is strength in unity. Be it from “Once upon a time” tales or the stories of Mama Oca, we came to understand that all together we could move mountains, while alone, the road was steeper.

Later, something simple, that could be so easily understood at an early age, became increasing complicated as the years went by, as we divided ourselves as independent, sometimes selfish, beings, in search of our own wellbeing.

What may appear as no more than a bedtime story is applicable in all spheres of life, even politics, as the people of Latin America should know.

The conservative restoration

The years when Hugo Chávez began a project in Venezuela to put those who were last first – joined by 11 progressive governments across Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning in 1998 – may seem like a long time ago, given the current panorama.

But, as Basque political analyst and journalist Katu Arkonada said on teleSUR: “The 2009 coup against Mel Zelaya in Honduras; the parliamentary coup against Fernando Lugo in Paraguay in 2012; the 2016 impeachment of Dilma in Brazil; and the electoral victory of Macri in Argentina, allowed the attempted conservative restoration to be partially accomplished.”

A restoration which now includes Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian Trump, as the new head of state is known, who is creating a military government, according to the eminent intellectual Frei Betto.

In Ecuador, since the end of Rafael Correa’s administration, the left has been split, and the Citizens Revolution social project dismantled.

Venezuela, for its part, is facing a difficult moment and a fierce media campaign intended to create confusion and fear, to destabilize the country and discredit the government of Nicolás Maduro, democratically elected by a clear majority.

The role of committed media and journalists

So, given this discouraging panorama, what is the role of committed media and journalists? How can we advance the struggle when giant media corporations like O Globo, in Brazil, or Clarín, in Argentina, defend capitalist interests?

Surrender will never be the solution. We must fight, use our revolutionary self-criticism, reach the people; portray the governments that have reduced poverty, provided health, education, and jobs.

This lesson is a pending issue for the left in countries where today neoliberalism is being imposed on our peoples.

Argentine journalist and intellectual Stella Calloni, in an interview with Granma, noted that the left is going through a difficult moment; that in her country telling the truth can be very expensive, as the 3,000 media workers dismissed for “ideological differences” know well.

This is happening in Brazil, too, where television broadcaster O Globo controls 80% of the country’s stations. Journalist Beto Almeida, told Granma, that reporters are suffering persecution, highlighting the case of his two colleagues Juca Kfouri and Jean Wyllys, whose lives have been threatened.

Venezuela offers another example of the damage that new media can do if used maliciously. The truth, if it does not reach everyone, and is drowned out by lies shouted louder, can be silenced. Infamous fake news reports, spread by unethical professionals who prioritize impact over accuracy, influence individuals with manipulative, manufactured scenarios.

The need for journalists of the left to come together

Given this reality, Stella Calloni emphasizes the need for journalists of the left to come together to tell the stories that don’t make the headlines, “We are coming up with ways nows, for example, bringing together all individuals who have web sites to struggle as alternative media, bringing them together to have an amalgam of voices to tell what is happening and is not known.”

Brazilian sports reporter Juca Kfouri commented, “Journalism is characterized by its attempt to make a better world,” and given this premise, he continues to denounce what is going on in his country, despite the threats, using football to raise consciousness.

It is clear that, in the current scenario, more than ever the courage is needed to open the eyes of readers, viewers, radio listeners, knowing how to use media weapons is an urgent challenge. Calloni, in comments made during the International Journalism Forum, emphasized that information is a weapon of war, and reaffirmed that we are facing a cultural battle, with painful results, in which discredit is stronger than a bullet. The right knows how to use these weapons well. The facts show it. Numerous studies show that WhatsApp played a key role in Bolsonaro’s electoral victory. A similar case is that of U.S. President Donald Trump. As journalist Rosa Miriam Elizalde expressed in a recent lecture: “We are facing a new media architecture. While the mass media imposes the agenda, others deal with the personal and emotional base. Today public opinion is not built exclusively with published opinion, but with shared opinion. ”Social media move emotions, which in turn move voters who go to the polls without confirming what they read, accepting Facebook posts as unquestionable truth.

Thus the importance of finding new ways of communicating, while preserving ethical practices of the trade, without resorting to crude manipulations. Seeking, as Calloni said, “a creative way to resist.”

Life online and offline

IN CONTEXT:Many times the debate within the left is lost, counterpoising taking the street versus taking the internet, as if they were mutually exclusive. If there is a central task on the left, it is to understand that life online and offline are not separate, they are a continuum, part of a single body, and the internet can be many things, except an intangible, ethereal world apart. Cyberspace is the heart of a supranational system that is directly related to physical space, in at least three dimensions. First, its communication routes, nodes, and servers (physical infrastructure) are located somewhere geographically. Second, the protocols or rules of the game that allow people to connect – domains – have a national identity and involve zones of sovereignty, state control, and their own language. And third, cyberspace emphasizes physical geography in a special way: with services, navigation devices, technical gadgets, and mobile devices, which create an interactive map of interconnected channels of information, technology, and people. People have nationality, obey laws, and are also physically present somewhere.

It is not chaos, there are laws. This scenario is regulated by hierarchies and the main network nodes (internet) located in a specific physical spot, which accentuate the disparities of contemporary society, establishing a new map in which center and periphery are clearly located. Of course, notions of time and space, of power and freedom, the individual and the collective, the public and private, national and international culture, and the productive and unproductive, but all within this hegemonic capitalist framework. Within this structure, the development of new models of mediation is encouraged, impacting subsystems of production, distribution, and consumption, on the one hand, and the mechanisms of social reproduction and power, on the other.

Source: Lecture by Rosa Miriam Elizalde during the International Journalism Forum, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Mission Truth and the foundation of Prensa Latina.

New Coup Attempt In Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido

Source:  TeleSUR
January 23 2019

juan guaido venezuelaNew U.S.-backed coup d’etat attempt in Venezuela | Photo: Reuters

The Venezuelan right-wing, backed by the United States and other right-wing governments in the region, continue with their coup agenda against the Bolivarian government.

The Venezuelan and international right advances in its destabilizing plans, which are rejected by revolutionary people in the streets.

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The Venezuelan right-wing, backed by the United States and other right-wing governments in the region, continue with their coup agenda against the Bolivarian government. Meanwhile, in the streets of Caracas, Chavismo mobilizes in defense of peace, democracy and sovereignty of the country in the face of interference and destabilization of the national and international right-wing.

In an unconstitutional event the president of the National Assembly in judiciary contempt, Juan Guaido, sworn himself in on Wednesday morning. After which U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the illegal self-proclaimed president. The same was done by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, who has instigated attacks against Venezuela and his Government.

For his part, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, joined the interference with a call to Venezuelan military and security forces “to support democracy.” In addition, he gave his support to Guaidó “while establishing a transitional government and preparing elections.” Other presidents and governments of Latin America have supported Guaido, directly attacking the Bolivarian Government of democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

The strategy: Usurp powers

This Wednesday the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) urged the Prosecutor’s Office to determine the responsibilities of the members of the National Assembly (AN), in contempt, for the usurpation of the powers of the Executive.

Judge Juan Jose Mendoza pointed out that the National Assembly “expressly violates Article 236, numerals 4 and 15, as it seems to usurp the competence of the President of the Republic in directing the foreign relations of the State.”

He also ratified the unconstitutionality of the acts of the AN and found that it continues in contempt.

Juan Guaido, the new face of the coup

The appointment of Juan Guiado as “leader” of the Venezuelan opposition is not casual, the act responds to the construction of an image that seems more “popular,” contrary to that of the traditional leaders of the Venezuelan right-wing.

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Guido has his origins based in the popular middle class, he is an engineer graduated from a private university, even his physical appearance is far from the traditional profile opponent.

His image contrasts with the one of the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who comes from the working class as a bus driver. Guaido was a protagonist of the violent actions of the opposition in 2007, 2014 and 2017 usually known as Guarimbas.

Background: Opposition and usurpation

On April 11, 2002, the Venezuelan opposition also ignored the Constitution and staged a coup d’état, in which the president of Fedecamaras (Federation of the commerce chambers), Pedro Carmona Estanga, declared himself president, with the complicity of the country’s media and oligarchic sector.

Carmona revoked the 1999 Constitution and the 49 enabling laws decreed by President Hugo Chavez in the framework of the Enabling Law. It also dissolved the other public powers, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Attorney General of the Republic, the Ombudsman, the National Electoral Council, the National Assembly and the General Comptroller of the Republic.

Venezuelans reject coup plotters

Jamaica: Double Standards on Venezuela

Source:  Jamaica Observer
January 15 2019

by Mike John,  mickeyjMcG@mail.com

nicolas maduro jan 2019

President Nicolas Maduro wins another election 

I see where the Jamaican Government has voted not to recognise President Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

They have not really given us any reason for their decision.

The double standard that exists is blatantly clear.

In Jamaica in 1983

In 1983, the People’s National Party (PNP) Opposition accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government of using a wrong voters’ list and decided not to contest the election. The JLP obviously got all the seats. Not a thing was said about the illegitimacy of the Government.

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In 2004 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was kidnapped by the UniteD States and flown out of the country. Neither Caricom nor the Organization of American States (OAS) did anything about the illegitimacy of the new Government.

In 2009 the democratically elected president of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown. The OAS was again silent and the new president was accepted by the United States.

In 2017 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned a report on Israel. Rima Khalaf, UN undersecretary general and ESCWA executive secretary, said the report was the “first of its type” from a UN body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist State that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.

The Jamaican Government remains in bed with Israel.

It is no secret that the United States has always wanted regime change in Venezuela long before Maduro. A deeper look at the situation easily shows that a devious, scheming hand is involved.

First in the History of Guyana: Granger Ousted

Source:  TeleSUR
December 24 2018

David Granger GuyanaFile photo of David Granger, then leader of Guyana’s opposition, A Partnership
for National Unity (APNU) coalition, speaks during a rally in Georgetown
Nov. 14, 2014. | Photo: REUTERS/Girish Gupta

To win a motion of censure, the opposition referenced the losses in the petroleum industry and Granger’s warmongering attitude towards Venezuela.

The President of Guyana David Granger, has been censured by the Parliament, which means that the government will be dissolved and elections must be called for a successor in the next 90 days.

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This is the first time in the history of Guyana that a motion to censure has been successful, with 33 votes in favor and 32 votes against, and which has succeeded in ending the government in power.

To win a motion of censure, the opposition referenced the losses in the petroleum industry which were considered to have been conceded to the Exxon Mobile company.

The Progressive Party of the People pushed for the censure as they are opposed the government concessions and the warlike attitude Granger has been taking towards Venezuela.

For its part, Venezuela maintains its historical claim over the Esequibo region and is committed to maintaining a dialogue, a stance which has not been reciprocated by Granger.

Esequibo is an area of over 160,000 km, which is claimed by Venezuela but administered by Guyana. The claim dates back to colonial times when the area was taken through the interventionism of the United States and Great Britain and codified via the Paris Tribunal of Arbitration of 1899.

The Geneva Accords, however, recognized Venezuela’s sovereignty over Esequibo and annulled the finding of the Paris Tribunal of Arbitration. Despite that, the government of Guyana has violated the treaty on 15 occasions by granting concessions to foreign companies looking to exploit the region.

Haiti: Crisis and Resolution

Source:  Moorbeyz’ blog Haiti Action Committee
December 15 2018

Fanmi Lavalas Sattement

This is an unofficial translation by Haiti Action Committee

There is a grave crisis in contemporary Haitian society, in which the masses of our people are opposing an oligarchy determined to perpetuate a system of exclusion.

haitian flagThere have been many bumps in the road since February, 1986, when our people overthrew the Duvalier regime. Several coups d’etat have occurred, with the most damaging to the population having taken place in 1991 and 2004. Despite continued battering by the repressive and ideological machine, the more conscious and militant sectors of the population have stood firm; their resistance has been constant despite periods of setback.

At the present time, we are witnessing a general awakening of national consciousness. In addition to the population rising up to insist on better living conditions, with demands coming from many different sectors, including workers, peasants, educators, and students, the scandal involving the embezzling of the Petro-Caribe funds has provoked a big upsurge in mobilization against corruption and impunity. As so often occurs throughout history, the Petro-Caribe scandal has raised the awareness of the overwhelming majority about the unjust economic and political system, revealing the cause-and-effect relationship between this system and the sufferings of the Haitian people. Large masses of the population have come to understand with greater clarity and intensity the urgent necessity to take their destiny in their own hands.

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As usually occurs during periods of dynamic struggle such as the present, the oligarchy is fractured. Attempting to maintain the status quo, it is faced with internal contradictions regarding the strategy that would allow it to save “the system”—a sham institutional “democracy” set within a framework of an economic and social regime based on glaring inequalities, a stranglehold on political power that excludes the popular masses, and the pillage of national resources.

fanmi lavalas 5cFanmi Lavalas Political Organization is always closely tuned in to the various sectors of the population, and our conclusion is obvious: it is time for the political class to muster the courage to initiate a profound change in the paradigm and structures of governance that characterize the present system. This is a necessity that has a wide consensus as manifested by the ever-growing magnitude of anti-government mobilization that we are witnessing today. It is imperative that we respect the people’s aspirations for progress and for a just society. It is paramount that we stand in solidarity with the people’s protests demanding a new form of state. The nation deserves a new system that is more in harmony with the dreams of our founders, a new vision of the Republic

rooted in Justice, Transparency and Participation.

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The population is rejecting the usurpers who have derived their power from the fraudulent elections and who have discredited themselves with multiple scandals involving corruption and impunity. Our people are facing savage repression that continues to create victims among the disadvantaged masses, and that is heightening the insecurity that is poisoning daily life for the majority. Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization continues to stand firmly with the Haitian people to “chavire chodyè a” (overturn the cauldron). No cosmetic solution will bring an effective and lasting solution to the crisis in which we are plunged.This system has run its course. It cannot be patched up. It must be changed.

No cosmetic solution will bring an effective and lasting solution to the crisis in which we are plunged. This system has run its course. It cannot be patched up. It must be changed.

Chavire chodyè a” (Overturn the cauldron) means that we consider this moment to be exceptional. The deterioration of the political situation, the degradation of the economy and public finances, the failure of the state and its institutions, the lack of legitimacy and the absence of credibility at all levels of the state apparatus, make illusory if not impossible an end to the crisis by so-called constitutional means. The conditions for a new beginning that will put the country back on track, in keeping with the demands of the overwhelming majority, require an exceptional approach. For Fanmi Lavalas this includes:

1) Obtain the resignation of Jovenel Moise through a general mobilization

2) Resignation of Jean Henry Ceant and all his ministers

3) Assess the dysfunction and lapses in the Parliament

4) Put in place an executive and a government of public safety to ensure a transition for a period of 36 months.

This transition government will consist of credible personalities, engaged in the struggle against exclusion and corruption, who share a vision of a new method of governance. Among the priorities to be included:

  1. a) Improve the living conditions of the population by the sound and efficient management of current priorities pending the installation of an elected government.
  2. b) Create a constituent assembly for a new fundamental charter that will define the features of the new Republic.
  3. c) Organize a necessary national dialogue.
  4. d) Create the conditions that will end impunity and allow for a trial of those who have absconded with the Petro-Caribe funds.
  5. e) Take all measures to revise the Electoral Law and appoint a new electoral council charged with organizing elections to close out the transition period

The transition aims to implement fundamental reforms that would allow a democratic process and would make possible free, honest and credible elections. The transition must restore confidence between the people and the state. In this light the demands of the popular masses must be taken into account on all issues. True to its commitment to social justice and participation, Fanmi Lavalas will play its role alongside the population in continuing to promote the dialogue that is indispensable among the sons and daughters of the same land.

Executive Committee of Fanmi Lavalas
Dr. Maryse Narcisse
M. Joël Vorbe
Dr. Jean Myrto Julien
Agr. Anthony Dessources

Assange: Ecuador Engaging in Espionage, Funnels Info to FBI

Source:  TeleSUR
December 13 2018

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Julian Assange said that he is being spied on and details of his daily life are being sent to the FBI in the U.S.

The WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, through a video conference Wednesday, said that he is a victim of espionage in the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been living since 2012.

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“There are espionage actions (…) That information has been sent even to the FBI, in the United States,” Assange said through a video conference made from the United Kingdom, as part of an appeal hearing held Wednesday before the Ecuadorean justice system.

He also denounced the Ecuadorean authorities’ threats and objections about his work as a critical journalist, which he characterized as “illegal, with terrible precedents” for the practice of journalism.

Assange said he is living in “solitary confinement” where he is subjected to different restrictions regarding visits from third-party and access to the internet. The restrictions have started affecting his health.

In October, the whistleblower sued the government over their violating his fundamental rights during his stay in the country’s London embassy as an asylee — this was rejected by an Ecuadorean court Monday.

The lawsuit challenged the new rules, which required him to pay for medical bills, phone calls and to clean up after his pet cat. Assange’s lawyer said that his client would be appealing the decision and that another hearing would take place in the near future.

He is also fearful that Ecuador can be pressured by the United States to terminate his asylum. Assange’s lawyer Carlos Poveda, said Wednesday that there is no guarantee that Assange will not be extradited to another country where his life will be in danger.

Assange’s possible handover was also hinted at by former President Rafael Correa in an interview with RT. Correa, during whose leadership Assange was granted asylum in the embassy, also mentioned that he is an Ecuadorean citizen since 2017 and deserves his fundamental rights to be protected by the country.

Assange’s fear is not unfounded, as a report by New York Times revealed that Lenin Moreno, current president of Ecuador, discussed the possibility of handing Assange over to the U.S with Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign head.

Top leaders in the Democratic Party have also requested that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brief the Congress on his talks with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia that took place in November, stating that they are “deeply concerned” about whether the talks included Assange.

Brazil’s New Foreign Minister: Climate Change is Marxist Ploy

Source: TeleSUR
November 15 2018

ernesto araujo brazil foreign minister.jpgErnesto Araujo (r), Brazil’s new foreign minister does not believe in
climate change. | Photo: Reuters

Brazil’s new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo believes that climate change is a ploy by “cultural Marxists” to asphyxiate Western economies and protome China’s growth. He also characterized climates science as “dogma”. His appointment was confirmed by Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro Wednesday.

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“This dogma has been used to justify increasing the regulatory power of states over the economy and the power of international institutions on the nation states and their populations, as well as to stifle economic growth in democratic Capitalist countries and to promote the growth of China,” he wrote in his blog post in October.

While attacking the Workers’ Party (PT), Araujo wrote in another post, “criminalizing everything that is good, spontaneous, natural and pure. Criminalizing the family on charges of patriarchal violence. Criminalizing private property. Criminalizing sex and reproduction, saying that any heterosexual act is rape and every baby is a risk to the planet because it will increase carbon emissions.”

Climate experts had expressed their disappointment over Bolsonaro’s choice, hoping for a more pragmatic pick.

“Brazil has played a very significant role in the Paris agreement. It would be really bad for the country’s image if he brings with him his ideology,” said Carlos Rittl, the executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory.

Bolsonaro is intent on opening up the Amazon to corporations which can wreak havoc for the environment and Indigenous people who reside there.

For Rittl, Brazil is not the United States and if the country “becomes a pariah on the global climate agenda, it would be extremely bad for our business, especially agribusiness. When they go to Europe to negotiate a deal, climate safeguards will be on the table.”

66,000 Yellow Vests Protest Macron’s Austerity in France

Source:  TeleSUR
December 15 2018

yellow vest protesters.jpg“Yellow Vest” protesters wave French flags in demonstrations against
Macron’s economic policies. | Photo: Reuters

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week.

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Police fired water cannon and tear gas in the afternoon to disperse groups of protesters in sporadic, brief clashes with riot police on the Champs-Elysees and adjacent streets.

The Interior Minister said around 69,000 police were active on Saturday with a reinforced presence in the cities of Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Saint-Etienne. According to authorities, the number was down compared to last Saturday. As of 5 p.m. local time, authorities counted 66,000 protesters throughout France. Last Saturday, official forces said 126,000 joined demonstrations.

Protester Loic Bollay, 44, said the protests were more subdued than in previous weeks but the movement would go on until the demonstrators’ grievances were addressed.

“Since the Strasbourg attack, it is calmer, but I think next Saturday and the following Saturdays…it will come back.”

The “yellow vest” movement started in mid-November with protests against fuel tax increases, but it quickly became a wider mobilization against Macron’s austerity policies and reforms that affect working-class people. Students, professionals, union workers, pensioners, and general citizens have joined the movement.

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Macron, dubbed the “president of the rich,” has faced several episodes of intense social protest since the beginning of his presidency in May 2017.

During the Yellow Vests’ mobilization on Saturday, Dec. 8, at least 1,500 people were detained and 135 injured.

This Saturday, in Paris, a group of protesters gathered in the Opera square and knelt with their hands behind their heads in a reference to the over 140 students of Mantes la Jolie who were intimidated and humiliated by French police last week.

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Yellow Vests kneeling with their hands on their heads, making reference to the students of Mantes la Jolie.

In Paris, where thousands marched in splintered groups, 168 had been arrested until 5 p.m., according to a Paris police official.

In a televised address to the nation Monday, Macron announced wage increases and tax cuts for pensioners in an attempt to end the movement but many said they would maintain pressure.

This Saturday, the Champs Elysees is again the epicenter of the Yellow Vests’ call. All subway lines in the vicinity have been cut off and the bus lines diverted. Various monuments, museums, and Parisian shops have closed their doors.

Indigenous Groups in Brazil Rise in Opposition to Jair Bolsonaro

Source: Internationalist 360°

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  • A number of indigenous candidates from various political groups from the Amazon region called for the creation of an Indigenous Parliamentary Front

Ahead of the first round of the elections in Brazil on October 7, indigenous communities openly declared their opposition to the right-wing candidate, Jair Bolsonaro. A number of indigenous candidates from various political groups from the Amazon region called for the creation of an Indigenous Parliamentary Front to resist the possibility of the formation of a right-wing government under Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro’s racist remarks and stances have been a major reason for such a development.

Bolsonaro, the candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), had earlier said that he would not give an inch to indigenous reservations. He also regards the current area under reservations for indigenous nationalities to be too high and has vowed to scrap it. According to certain reports, Bolsonaro has been endorsed by big business ventures which want to scrap sovereign land rights given to indigenous communities over 118 million hectares, especially in the Amazon region. These rights prevent such capitalists from exploiting the resources in these areas. The agribusiness lobby (large landowners, cattle ranchers and producers of grains for export markets) too is targeting the indigenous land demarcated by the 1988 constitution for the expansion of their industries. The 2010 census in Brazil shows that there were 896,917 indigenous people in Brazil (0.47% of the population of 190.7 million in 2010) and they occupy around 13% of the national territory, which the powerful agribusiness lobby is eager to exploit.

Bolsonaro’s vice-presidential candidate, Antonio Hamilton Mourao, a retired army general, has also evoked protests with his racist remarks against indigenous communities. These comments by the candidates come at a time when violent attacks against indigenous activists are high in the Amazon region. This has been among the factors that have prompted members of the indigenous communities to propose a clear political line against Bolsonaro.