Venezuela & ALBA News 7.29.2022: Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba Celebrate their Revolutions and their Revolutionary Leaders

Political Prisoner Alex Saab
Orinoco Tribune: Venezuelan Lawyer Laila Tajeldine: Alex Saab is a Political Prisoner of the US Empire (Interview)

Venezuela
Oliver Stone: (video) My Friend Hugo (July 28, 1954 – March 5, 2013)
Orinoco Tribune: Hugo Chávez, Leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Was Born 68 Years Ago

Simon Bolivar “The Liberator” film  (July 24, 1783 – December 17, 1830) Bolivar was a much more advanced thinker and revolutionary leader than George Washington, Jefferson, et al. Bolivar united the European descendants with the enslaved Africans and native Americans on the basis of equal rights for all, to fight for liberation against European colonialists.
Orinoco Tribune: Venezuela Commemorates 239th Anniversary of Birth of Liberator Simón Bolívar

Venezuela ZeroDetail: Economic activity in Venezuela increased 12.3% in the first half of 2022 This is mainly explained by the rise in oil production, higher government spending and the end of hyperinflation. In the second quarter the increase was 16.6%, with an increase in oil production of 36.3% by stabilizing the number of daily barrels in the order of 700,000. The Venezuelan economy maintained 27 consecutive quarters of a decline that began in the fourth quarter of 2014 and ended in the third quarter of 2021. This has meant that, as of the second quarter of 2022, the size of the Venezuelan economy has been only 21% of what it was in the second quarter of 2012.

Al Jazeera: Venezuela and Colombia agree to re-establish diplomatic ties Countries will name new ambassadors when Colombia’s President-elect Gustavo Petro takes office August 7. They also reaffirmed “their willingness to make joint efforts to guarantee security and peace on the border of our two countries.”

Venezuelanalysis: Chavista Government Delivers Restitution to Campesinos Who Suffered Eviction By Opposition Mayor President  Maduro visited the Villa Zamora 2021 community in Miranda state in order to deliver restitution to families whose houses and crops were destroyed during an eviction attempt in April. The April 12 raid, ordered by opposition mayor Raziel Rodríguez to favor a local corporation, saw law enforcement agents burst into the Villa Zamora 2021 plot, destroying houses and razing crops. During the visit Maduro delivered newly built housing and deeds to six affected families, he declared that “justice” had been done in the case. The homes were built as part of the government’s Great Housing Mission project, which has delivered over four million homes to low-income families.

Nicaragua
Multipolarista: Inside Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution: 43 years resisting imperialism This mini-documentary explores the Sandinista Front’s emphasis on social programs, popular participation, anti-imperialism, and internationalism.

See also: Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign  NicaNotes Friends of the ATC

Cuba
Roger Waters, Vijay Prashad, Manolo De Los Santos: Cuba should be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism The designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States deeply harms the ability of the Cuban government and its people: the immense power of the United States over the world financial system means that banks and traders refuse to do business with Cuba since they are afraid of retaliation by the US for breaking the blockade. Joe Biden can remove this designation with a stroke of his pen. There are currently four countries on that list: Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria.

Arnold August: A Canadian Left View on Cuba’s July 26 Moncada Fidel is, in the words of Gabriel García Márquez, “the anti-dogmatist par excellence.” Dogmatism in the revolutionary ranks is often manifested by the stiff and sterile interpretation of what is perceived as “theory.” This dogmatism hinders the capacity to draw from accumulated practical experience – either positive or negative – in order to analyze concrete conditions with the perspective of the future requirements needed to move society forward. Che Guevara also wrote on July 26, 1967 in Bolivia about the significance of that day as “a rebellion against oligarchies and against revolutionary dogmas.” Che was of course referring to dogmatism even infecting revolutionaries.

Isaac Saney: Resistance, Resilience and Renewal: Cuba Commemorates Moncada 
Cuba is a society where universal education and health care, housing, food, and access to culture are fundamental human rights, and the state — within its limited resources — does its utmost to transform these aspirations into reality. In Cuba there are no homeless children roaming the streets eking out an existence in a dog-eat-dog society where everyone fends for themselves, so characteristic and defining of profit driven and capital centred societies. This commitment is affirmed and ratified by and through Cuba’s system of popular power which provides consequential, concrete, and meaningful input into decision-making by the citizenry. Through mass participation and consultation these historical aspirations are expressed in a political consensus to defend, strengthen, and perfect the revolutionary project.

Events and Delegations
Global Health Partners: Help Send Life-Saving Medical Supplies to Cuba Half way to their goal! An urgent drive to send scarce anesthesia machines and sutures to Havana’s main trauma surgery hospital, the Calixto Garcia Hospital, which has 23 operating rooms, but just two working anesthesia machines. The hospital’s dedicated medical staff needs to perform more than 50 lifesaving surgeries each day, but lacks the equipment to treat all these patients.

Wednesdays: WTF is Going on in Latin America & The Caribbean with Teri Mattson

July 31: Los Angeles Car Caravan against Blockade of Cuba   Milwaukee New York City Miami Minneapolis
August 2: Nicaragua, anniversary of a revolution. With Dan Kovalik, Margaret Kimberley

Travel to Venezuela with Code Pink October 7-17

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