Venezuela & ALBA Weekly 4.16.2021: ALBA countries remember Ramsey Clark; Ecuador election

Ramsey Clark

International Action Center (Sara Flounders): Ramsey Clark, human rights fighter – 1927-2021

Granma: Cuban leaders lament the death of former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark

Tortilla Con Sal: Nicaragua expresses deep appreciation for the Life of Ramsey Clark

Ultima Noticias: Venezuela expresses its regret over the death of former US official Ramsey Clark

COHA (William Camacaro): Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of U.S. Power Ramsey was a leading figure in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela at many key moments. In Latin America he became very engaged in solidarity with Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela. In 1984 the Sandinista government sued the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ highest court, for its support of the contra army. But Washington withdrew its recognition of the Court’s jurisdiction. Ramsey Clark served as an advisor at that time to a young attorney named Paul Reichler who was leading the case. He was an example of love for one’s neighbor, respect for life, and passion for justice.

Liberation News (Gloria la Riva): Ramsey Clark dies: an Attorney General who turned against imperialism


Venezuelan Parliament Approves National Communal Parliament Law

The president of the Committee for the Development of the Communes, Luis José Marcano, stated that with great pride, “We believe that the exercise of citizen participation can transform society into an inclusive State and protagonist society. It is an instrument to fight against corruption, bureaucracy and to expand the mechanisms of participation in the resolution of real problems within the communities, a Parliament that guarantees the participation of the people for their collective well-being, which will be submitted to public consultation.”

Orinoco Tribune: Get to Know the Communal Cities Law Draft—In English & Spanish The law seeks to strengthen the laws of People’s Power so that “the organized people participate and expand their ability to decide on public policies from the territorial point of view, in accordance with the system of People’s Power Laws.”

Orinoco Tribune (Nino Pagliccia): Venezuela – The Civic-Military Union Victory of April 2002 In April, 19 years ago the Venezuelan right-wing oligarchy that had been defeated in democratic elections barely three years before attempted a coup against president Hugo Chávez. The coup only lasted about 48 hours before Hugo Chávez was restored back in power. Since 2002 there have been many other attempted coups masterminded by Washington trying to destroy the Bolivarian project under president Nicolás Maduro. But the civic-military union remains strong today and Chávez’s slogan “Todo 11 tiene su 13” remains a continued reminder of the determination of Venezuelans.


Resumen Latinoamericano (Marco Teruggi): Keys to Understanding the Victory of Guillermo Lasso There are several reasons that may explain why Lasso won. In the first place, Arauz’s candidacy itself was a product of the situation faced by Correaism: political persecution with the main leadership exiled in Belgium. The political movement led by Correa came to the race after facing several years of legal cases in a deep process of lawfare, with leaders out of the country, others under threat of sentences, in jail, or retired from political activity as a result of the political, judicial and media unloading against the citizen revolution….

Code Pink video: From Quito – A Post Election Analysis with Teri Mattson and Leonardo Flores

Sputnik News: Ecuador’s President-Elect Calls for Increased International Pressure on Venezuela


Climate Change News: Climate watchers pay tribute to Nicaraguan envoy Paul Oquist 

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign: Tribute to Dr Paul Oquist, tireless advocate for social, economic & climate justice


Granma: on the eve of the 8th Party Congress (April 16-19): Our Communist Party is unique Point 5: Our Party is unique because it is the party of the people and for the people; the party of the grassroots, in every workplace, in every neighborhood; the party of the intellectual and the worker; the party that submits to public debate the concepts on which our national project is based, the party that has overcome incredible challenges and faced contradictions, without abandoning the path of our sovereignty; the party that has shown its iron will to advance a blockaded nation, the party of the unwavering struggle against the blockade, the first to step forward every time the country needs it.

Struggle/La Lucha: Gilda Chacon Bravo, Cuban labor leader, ¡presente! In spring 2011, the U.S. labor movement vibrated with the massive upsurge in Wisconsin to defend workers’ rights.. Together with Pipino Cuevas Velazques of the Sindicato Mexicano De Electricistas — the Mexican Electrical Workers’ Union — she traveled to Los Angeles, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Detroit and other cities. In Madison, Wis., she met with Voces de la Frontera, organizers for immigrant rights. In Washington, D.C., the AFL-CIO International Department met with her.

Recent and Upcoming Webinars and Events

Webinar video: Sanctions Kill: Nicaragua in the era of US Sanctions with Jaime Hermida Castillo, who  serves as Ambassador of Nicaragua to the UN

Webinar video:  Why there are no George Floyds in Cuba

April 18: Media Disinformation on Nicaragua: A Tool in US Unconventional Warfare April 18 is the third anniversary of the US-led coup attempt. The speakers will address the role of Nicaraguan and international media in the attempted coup and its aftermath, the new Foreign Agents Law and its use by the Sandinista government to control misinformation in the run up to the November 7 election, and media claims of censorship. John Perry, lives in Masaya has written about Nicaragua for The Nation, London Review of Books, COHA, Counterpunch and FAIR; Louise Richards, who is the Trade Union and Communications Coordinator for the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group.

April 18  US Peace Council Webinar on Occasion of the Global Day of Action in Solidarity with Venezuela

April 19: Bolivia – People Power, Hope & Solidarity Ollie Vargas, Jeremy Corbyn, Miriam Colque (Bolivian activist in London), Alex Main

April 20: Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo – A Series of Weekly ConversationsLike the rest of the world, Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19. It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck. This week: Perspectives from Havana: Science & Healthcare – Luis Montero Cabrera. Following in the series: April 27, May 4, May 11

April 21: 60 Years ago until Today: Cuba’s Literacy Program and US Defeat at Bay of Pigs

April 22: Confronting Covid-19 Cuba’s Approach to Healthcare to All Helen Yaffe and Valia Rodriguez, producers of the film “Cuba and COVID-19,” for a transnational conversation on how Cuba is defeating this deadly coronavirus. Cuba spends only 4% of the dollars per patient as the US health system. Yet the Covid-19 case rate is 50+ times higher in the U.S. than in Cuba, and the death rate is 85+ times higher. What lessons can we in the U.S. learn from Cuba’s remarkable system of health care for all?


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