Venezuela & ALBA News 9.01.2023: Venezuela Prepares for Right-Wing Election Violence; new film on Nicaragua

Venezuelanalysis: Opposition Begins Primary Race as Far Right Threatens ‘Military Rebellion’ President Maduro announced the mobilization of “Peace Squads” in order to prevent the outbreak of violence by the opposition. The race to select the opposition’s candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela officially began amid threats of a “military rebellion” by a close ally of far-right primary candidate Maria Corina Machado. the 13 candidates who will compete in the opposition’s primary to challenge Chavismo in the upcoming constitutionally mandated presidential election had signed a pact that will govern the process, adding that campaigning will conclude on October 20, with the vote taking place on October 22.

Orinoco Tribune:  Miami Venezuelans Endorse Opposition leader María Corina Machado’s Violent Agenda More and more allies of opposition politician María Corina Machado are showing what her motto “until the end” means. In Miami, far-right expat Orlando Urdaneta confirmed that to achieve “something,” they must push for a violent agenda, that “in the end” means the marches, the guarimbas [violent protests], and the blocked streets. In his opinion, this is the only way “we are going to achieve something…. It is very clear that there are advanced conversations with members of the military.

Ultima Noticias: The Bolivarian National Armed Forces reject rightwing coup plans against Venezuela “It is plain to see that the imperial pack and its subordinate allies, both along internal and external of Venezuela, are resuming with greater momentum the script familiar with interference, interventionism, incitement to hatred, and above all everything, media manipulation through the manufacture of fake news and the dissemination tendentious news.” “We want to tell you that the FANB is here, ready and willing to carry out the free and fair elections for the greatest expression of national peace,” said Defense Minister Padrino López. 

Al Mayadeen: Venezuelans Reject Sanctions & Defend Maduro Government Thousands of Venezuelan citizens participated (August 28) in massive acts of support of Nicolás Maduro, in favor of peace, and in opposition to the unilateral restrictive measures imposed by the US and the European Union. These mobilizations happened in Sucre, Trujillo, Monagas, Nueva Esparta, Yaracuy, among other states. These were in part responses to the latest threats by the opposition.

Peoples Dispatch: Blanca Eekhout: Venezuela’s experience of building democracy under siege In spite of the thousands of adverse circumstances we have faced, we have been building something extraordinary and this has never stopped. This is the construction of a new power, a different power, people’s power. We have turned [Venezuela] into a model of democracy that is participatory and people-first and that is built from below, by the people. It is the people themselves who decide the path that they can develop and take forward, and not only about their politics, but their culture and their economy. They can build a new model of state, one that can only be built from the people.

Venezuela and Cooperatives: Marx, Luxemburg and Lenin on the Role of Cooperatives Their statements on the role of cooperatives in the struggle for a socialist state.

Orinoco Tribune: Venezuela’s President Maduro Celebrates Milestone: 4.6 Million Houses Completed under GMVV Program In the US, US government agency HUD said $20 billion would end homelessness. Instead, it spent $120 billion on the war in Ukraine. In Venezuela, the latest urban residential construction boasts not only comfortable living spaces but also essential amenities like the kindergarten and primary school, catering to the education of the community’s young ones. Additionally, a sports field offers a space for local children to enjoy physical activities. The presence of the San Isidro healthcare facility, a part of the Barrio Adentro healthcare program, further ensures the well-being of residents on site.


Granma: Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez Speech at the BRICS Summit During the last 10 years, the foreign debt of the South nations, which has been several times paid over, has doubled. Unilateral coercive measures are increasingly implemented. More than 3 billion people are affected by ecosystems degradation. Seven years ahead of the deadline established to meet the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, the panorama is discouraging. Half of the 169 goals agreed upon are far or very far from being met. Hardly any progress has been attained in the achievement of more than 30% of them. Worse still, there have been regressions as compared to 2015, according to the most recent report of the UN. Western developed countries and big transnationals have designed an international order that is hostile to the progress of our nations in the South.


Press TV documentary: Nicaragua The documentary counters claims by Western mainstream media against the Sandinista-led government in Nicaragua. Ahmed Kaballo has traveled to the country to see the developments up close and personal.


Thursdays: WTF is Going on in Latin America & The Caribbean with Teri Mattson (or watch here or here)

September 5: Nicaragua: Truth Versus Lies Organized by the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group. John Perry; Abigail Espinoza Muñoz, active FSLN member, former councillor in Masaya; Roger McKenzie, International Editor, Morning Star.

September 7: More Sanctions on Nicaragua? Not if we can stop them! Click here to register

September 8: Code Pink Report Back from Venezuela  For 13 days, our group of 15 delegates had the privilege to collaborate with the Venezuelan socialist communes, and what we witnessed was nothing short of extraordinary. See also: Code Pink and Task Force on the Americas Lead Solidarity Delegation to Venezuela

September 24:  Next Nicaragua Webinar on the Nicaraguan community policing model.  3 PM Eastern time.  Mark your calendars!  More information coming soon.


Upcoming Delegations to Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba
Sept 29-Oct 8, December 1-10, Dec 8-17: Witness for Peace delegations to Cuba

November 20-29: Bolivia, Food Sovereignty, Popular Democracy & Indigenous Resistance 

Casa Ben Linder delegations to Nicaragua in October, January, and February
(January: Rights of Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Peoples in Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions)


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