Venezuela & ALBA News: 3.10.2023: US Smear Campaign against Nicaragua; Remembering Hugo Chavez; International Women’s Day

Popular Resistance (Jill Clark-Gollup): Reconciliation Does Not Mean Forgetting In Nicaragua The 222 people recently released to the US who were convicted of treason in Nicaragua for savage acts of violence against their people. They had benefited from an amnesty in 2019, but violated its terms by participating in a new coup plot in 2020 and 2021. In releasing them to the US, the Nicaraguan authorities effectively pardoned them a second time in order to bring further reconciliation to society. But for the sake of historical memory and non-repetition, it is important to remember their crimes.

Francisco Dominguez (short video): Nicaragua’s prisoners committed very serious crimes

FAIR (John Perry): Nicaragua’s ‘Political Prisoners’ Would Be Criminals by US Standards The Nicaraguan government deported to the US 222 people who were in prison, and stripped them of their citizenship. The prisoners had been convicted of various crimes, including terrorism, conspiracy to overthrow the democratically elected government, requesting the United States to intervene in Nicaragua, economic damage and threatening the country’s stability, most relating to the violent coup attempt in 2018 and its aftermath.


International Women’s Day
Orinoco Tribune: President Maduro Announces Creation of Great Women’s Mission Venezuela On March 8, President Maduro announced the Gran Misión Mujer Venezuela (Great Women’s Mission Venezuela) during the International Women’s Day celebrations, to unite and consolidate all the programs regarding women in the country under one banner. “The time has come to unite all the programs, all the budgets, to unite all the strength and energy and put women at the center of attention and social security, with the maximum support of the government.”

Venezuelanalysis: An Army of Women is Building Venezuela’s Housing Revolution Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission (GMVV) has built over 4.4 million houses for working-class families since 2011. The program often provides social infrastructure such as schools, subsidized food markets, and recreational and green spaces while houses are handed over equipped with basic household appliances.The GMVV’s reach hinges on popular power with over 70% of the constructions reportedly self-managed by communities.Here, an interview with women who are leading this struggle.

Resumen Latinoamericano: International Women’s Day 2023: The Struggle Continues The  Cuban Revolution, led in part by Vilma, Celia, Haydee, Melba and others, managed to place Cuban women at the center of the social transformation of the new Cuban society. By the Constitution, it has been established that they would have the same rights as men.The Revolution also guaranteed that woman could divorce, that those who raped them would be prosecuted by law, that they could make all decisions about their bodies, guaranteeing legal abortion and medical assistance for it. These are still just a dream for many women around the world.


Hugo Chavez
TeleSur: Hugo Chavez as Seen Through Some of His Enduring Phrases “The Empire must not be underestimated, but it must not be feared either.”  “In Latin America, they want to impose the U.S.-designed model of democracy. Whoever doesn’t want to get into that lane, they accuse him of being a radical populist, terrorist, and dictator.” “If the climate were a big capitalist bank, the governments of the rich would have saved it by now.”

Video: Hugo Chávez: His Revolutionary Legacy The five pillars of Hugo Chavez’ revolutionary legacy.

Venezuelanalysis: Latin America Commemorates the Life and Legacy of Hugo Chávez The “World Meeting on the Relevance of the Bolivarian Thought of Hugo Chávez” gathered more than 140 international guests from 55 countries who took part in forums, conferences, and talks about Chávez’s legacy on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of his death.. The gathering included political leaders such as Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves; Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega; and Bolivian President Lucho Arce.Also former presidents such as Cuba’s Raúl Castro, Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Bolivia’s Evo Morales.

Vijay Prashad: Those who Die for Life – Like Hugo Chavez – Cannot Be Called Dead Observers of the Bolivarian Revolution often point to this or that policy in order to understand or define the process. But what is rarely acknowledged is the theory that Chávez developed during his fifteen years as president. It is as if Chávez did things but did not think about them, as if he was not a theorist of the revolutionary process. Such attitudes towards leaders and intellectuals  of the working class are insidious, reducing the strength of their intellect to a spate of thoughtless or spontaneous actions. But, as Chávez (and many others) showed, this bias is unfounded. Each time I saw Chávez, he wanted to talk about the books he had been reading – Marxist classics, certainly, but also the newest books in Latin America. He was concerned with big ideas and questions of the day, above all the challenges of building socialism in a poor country with a rich resource. Chávez was constantly theorising, reflecting and elaborating upon the ideas shared with him by women such as Mariela, Rosa, and María, and testing these ideas through practical experiments in policy.


UltimaNoticias: Correa: Imperialism is defeated with the integration of the peoples “Today we have new forms of imperialism to submit to, today we have the dominance of the largest empire that has ever existed in the history of humanity, that empire is capital.”.The imperialist countries “have managed to create a hegemonic system in all areas, and in this case, a country that tries to challenge that system alone is practically suicide, therefore the formula against this is: integration.”


Thursdays: WTF is Going on in Latin America & The Caribbean with Teri Mattson (or watch here or here)
March 11-12: International US-Cuba Normalization Conference
March 12: Nicaragua: Standing Tall to the Wrecking Ball, Sara Flounders, Nan McCurdy, Dan Kovalik
March 12: Nicaragua’s Resistance to US Regime Change and Sanctions, with Sara Flounders, Nan McCurdy, Dan Kovalik
March 18 — National March on Washington: Peace in Ukraine – Stop NATO
March 22-23: Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera in Chicago


April 4-13: Cuba Agroecology Tour
April 23 to May 7: NNOC-ICAP 2023 May Day Brigade
April 25-May 7: Building Relations with Cuban Labor: Celebrating Labor and May Day in Cuba
April 27-May 6 Nicaragua delegation by Friends of the ATC
May 26- June 4: Lessons from Cuba: Exploring Art, Healthcare, Sustainability and Education
May 13-22 and June 19-26 delegations to Nicaragua
June 17-27 Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast Delegation with Friends of the ATC
June 26-July 6: Pastors for Peace Climate Change tour to Cuba
July 15-29 IFCO/ Pastors for Peace US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan


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