Venezuela & ALBA News 3.12.2021: Hugo Chavez; threat to Ecuador election; Nicaragua’s foreign agents law; webinars

Venezuela

Maria Páez de Victor: Eight Years Without President Chávez What would Chávez be thinking if he were here right now? He would congratulate himself for having favoured as his successor Nicolás Maduro, elected in free and transparent elections. The once bus driver and union leader has not let Chávez down. Maduro is steering the nation through the worst war Venezuela has experience since the War of Independence. And done so with an exceptionally able political team at his side acting with tremendous creativity and courage. They give public needs the first priority despite the horrendous, economic war waged by the USA and its allies that has dramatically reduced government income by about 90%.

Nino Pagliccia: Hugo Chávez’s Legacy: Unity and Anti-imperialism Imperialism is seeking to create cracks in the Bolivarian Revolution at the slightest sign of weakness. This is the time to pay attention to Chávez’s landmarks. Two in particular: UNITY and ANTI-IMPERIALISM, and follow the compass that points to socialism. If the road is blocked, a detour may be necessary that will rejoin the main path. This is not the time to enter the dangerous political maze of doubts and blame. And it is never the time to be divided. The Bolivarian Revolution cannot die. The price of losing the Bolivarian Revolution is too high. As Fidel once said, “History tells us that a defeated revolution must pay the victors in blood.”

Mint Press News: Media Completely Ignore American Secret Agent’s Trial for Terrorism in Venezuela One might think that a supposedly innocent American citizen on trial for terrorism inside a hostile enemy country, facing decades behind bars in Venezuela’s notorious prisons, would spark a nationwide media furor.

Ultima Noticias: Hugo Chávez, an undefeated legacy The life and political legacy of Hugo.

Fair: UN Rebuke of US Sanctions on Venezuela Met With Stunning Silence Like the CEPR study, Douhan’s UN report has been categorically ignored across establishment media. By omitting the devastating impact of sanctions, corporate media attribute sole responsibility for economic and humanitarian conditions to the Venezuelan government, thereby using the misery provoked by sanctions to validate the infliction of even more misery.

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Ecuador

The Grayzone: Ecuador’s pseudo-left candidate Yaku Pérez echoes call for military takeover, nullifying election, prosecuting top candidate

CuencaHighLife: Chaos ahead? Behind the scenes intrigue aims at suspending the presidential election “Espinosa’s opinion represents a significant underground effort to disqualify the Arauz candidacy and a possible return to Correismo that has been going on since before the first election,” says Pablo Pardo, a former government minister and campaign consultant. “Most people are unaware of the plan and only heard about it in Espinosa’s article. The charges that Arauz accepted money from the Colombians or that the elections commission did anything fraudulent are unproven and many believe this is an attempted coup d’état. On the other hand, there are other factors in play which could make Espinosa’s proposals a reality.”

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Bolivia

Bolivia (Francisco Dominguez): right wing threatens the recovery of democracy A review of Evo’s Process of Change, the coup year, and the progress made under today’s President Arce.

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Cuba

TeleSur: Biden Reviews Sanctions on Cuba, Policy Change Not a Priority “A Cuba policy shift is not currently among President Biden’s top priorities,” the White House spokeswoman told reporters. But “We are committed to making human rights a core pillar of our U.S. policy…” blah blah blah

Resumen Latinoamerica: Ana Belen Montes, political prisoner of the US “I don’t like being in prison at all, but there are certain things in life that are worth going to prison for.”

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Nicaragua

NicaNotes: Nicaragua’s ‘Foreign Agents’ Law Explained

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Recent and Upcoming Webinars

Building Food Sovereignty in Nicaragua with Erika Takeo and Rita Jill Clark-Gollub

About Face, Veterans against the War: U.S.-led hybrid war on Venezuela,  significance of the 2020 National Assembly elections, recent visit of UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan’s to investigate the impacts of US sanctions

video of webinar End Sanctions on Venezuela Now! Maria Paez Victor, Alison Bodine, Nino Pagliccia

Video of webinar: Women’s Voices from Central America Hear from women from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, countries heavily impacted by US foreign policy 

Video of webinar: Mujeres en la Trinchera/Women in the Trenches, women from Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia

webinar of Code Pink Capitol Calling Party: End Sanctions on Venezuela with Carlos Ron, former Minister Counsel of Political Affairs at the Venezuelan embassy in the United States; Lorena Gimenez of Género Con Clase, a feminist human rights organization; and Leonardo Flores, a coordinator of CODE PINK’s Latin America campaign.

March 14: Feminist Solidarity! Celebrating International Women’s Day and the Advancement of Cuban Women

March 14: US Exceptionalism: Its Story in Nicaragua and Beyond

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