Venezuela-ALBA Weekly 10.18.2019 Venezuela’s latest Victories; Police Murder in Ecuador; Bolivia Elections October 20

Ecuador – not Venezuela – government murder:  so the media doesn’t tell you

Government Snipers and Sniper Murders Protester

Ecuador pro-Correa Leaders Arrested in Nationwide Police Raids

Bolivia

Evo Morales: “The Opposition Will Not Recognize October 20 Election Results” – Denounces a Coup in the Making

New CEPR Report: Bolivia’s Economy under Evo Morales’s Presidency Has Been the Fastest-Growing in South America While Following Heterodox Policies (Report here)

By 2018, real GDP per capita had increased by 50 percent above its 2005 level; unemployment was nearly halved. Government revenue from hydrocarbons increased nearly sevenfold, from $731 million to $4.95 billion. Most of the increased revenue resulted from nationalization and associated policy changes, including a doubling of production by 2013.

Venezuela

Slap in the face of US Regime Change Attempt: Venezuele Elected to UN Human Rights  Council   US State Department’s Pompeo response

Maduro Government and  Opposition Hold New Talks, Reach New Agreements

Pasqualina Curcio: Widely Held Myths about the Venezuelan economy Those in the importing private sector, most of them who really live off of Venezuela’s oil revenues and continue receiving cheap currency, do not say that they would have made all imports from 1970 to 2014 with only $323.5 billion. They do not say either that they in fact received $695 billion. They do not tell us the story about where is the difference that adds up to $371.5 billion. Let’s imagine the quality of our hospitals, schools and colleges; let’s think about the railroad system; scientific and technological development; the powerful pharmaceutical industry; and fully cultivated lands if the $371.5 billion were not accumulating interests in private accounts of those who really live off of oil revenues.

Trump has expanded Obama’s Venezuela Sanctions into a Full Embargo  Trump’s Executive Order. 13884 constitutes an embargo as it prohibits transactions with the Venezuelan government. It also threatens secondary sanctions on companies that “materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services” to the government.

Russia to Invest $4 Billion in Venezuela by the End of 2019 Russian and Venezuelan authorities announced a “ten-year cooperation map” aimed at developing productive initiatives in the fields of energy, industrialization and mining.

Nicaragua

NicaNotes: Differences between an Attempted Coup D’état and a Popular Civic Insurrection A comparison of the situation in Nicaragua with that in Ecuador. Somewhat overstated but still noteworthy.

Events

October 19, NYC: Holding the Future Hostage: A Conference on Hybrid Wars, Sanctions and Solidarity

October 22 Columbia, Maryland, Camilo Mejia on Nicaragua Regime Change

October 24, Montreal, forum on Cuba and Venezuela with Arnold August and Claude Morin

October 23-26 Kevin Zeeze of Embassy Protector Collective and PopularResistance.org Speaking in Chicago & Illinois

October 26-27, Vancouver: 8th International Che Guevara Conference 

October 29 Washington DC Benefit for CEPR

Third Anti-imperialist Solidarity Conference for Democracy and against Neoliberalism.

Havana, November 1-3, 2019  (click here for how to go)

Halifax, Oct 31-Nov. 2: The Cuban Revolution at 60 International Conference

November 2, Princeton, NJ:  Struggles of Latin America and Caribbean

November 1, Chicago, Q & A Session with Charlie Hardy, Reportback from a month in Venezuela

Delegations

National Network on Cuba delegation to November Solidarity Conference

Cuba: Building Relations with Cuban Labor:  November 2019 Trip to Cuba

Cuba with Code Pink December 14-18/21

Calixto Garcia Solidarity Brigade December 1-14, 2019

Organic Growers Ass Cuba Agroecology Tour, January 7-16

Sites to Follow Venezuela and Bolivia:

Friends of Evo’s Bolivia

Embassy Protectors Defense Committee

Stand with Venezuela

Orinoco Tribune

Friends of Ecuador – North America

Venezuela Solidarity New York

End Venezuela Sanctions