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Anniversary of US-backed coup in Chile: Commemoration of victims of the coup and call to release all political prisoners today

On the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, several Chilean-Canadian organizations, human rights organizations and Latin American solidarity groups held an all-day rally at Parc des Amériques in Montreal. The organizers called on everyone to sign and circulate the petition “Freedom to All the Political Prisoners in Chile. They said:

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The people and no one else will decide what happens in Venezuela

By Margaret Villamizar

Following the election of the new National Assembly, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro expressed satisfaction that the National Assembly had been freed from the control of opposition forces who used it as a base over the past five years to violate the country’s constitution, obstruct the normal functioning of government and support the U.S. economic war against the country. He called it a great victory for democracy, for the constitution. Maduro has said that the first task of the new legislature must be to repair the damage done to the country’s economy by the sanctions, adopting necessary measures to fortify and shield it from the effects of the U.S. economic war. He said this would require passing legislation approved in October by the National Constituent Assembly, which dissolves December 31, known as the Anti-Blockade Law for National Development and the Guarantee of Human Rights. Continue reading

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Venezuelan people affirm their right to sovereignty

By Claude Brunelle

December 11, 2020. Venezuelan people accompany elected deputies to their accreditation.

Elections to Venezuela’s National Assembly were held on Sunday, December 6, within a vast mobilization of the Venezuelan people for the affirmation of their right to be and to determine their own destiny. Despite the interference, threats, sabotage and disinformation activities of the U.S., Canada, their puppet Lima Group, and the European Union to discredit and besiege the Venezuelan people, they prevailed. The victory of the Bolivarian government within these conditions of encirclement and suffocation is a great achievement.

International observers applauded the conduct of the election and commended the Venezuelan government’s efforts to ensure the participation of all, compliance with sanitary measures against COVID-19, the establishment of sophisticated electronic voting stations, and numerous other measures. No incidents or irregularities occurred. Continue reading

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Election results in Venezuela favour the people’s forces

December 11, 2020. Deputies to the newly elected National Assembly.

On December 7, with 98.63 per cent of votes cast in Venezuela’s December 6 parliamentary election counted, the President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela, Indira Alfonzo, presented the second bulletin of results. She reported that 6,251,080 valid votes were cast, of which the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP), an alliance of parties led by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, received 68.43 per cent. The opposition alliance Democratic Action received 17.52 per cent; a second opposition alliance, Venezuela United, received 4.15 per cent, and the Communist Party of Venezuela/Popular Revolutionary Alternative obtained 2.7 per cent. Other political organizations that participated received a combined total of 6.48 per cent of the votes. Turnout was reported to be 30.6 per cent of registered voters. Continue reading

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This Day. Allende and Chile: ‘Bring him down’

Salvador Allende’s Historic Inauguration 50 Years Later – Declassified White House Records Show How Nixon-Kissinger Set Strategy of Destabilization – And Why

Allende on the street

Naul Ojeda photo

Briefing Book #732, National Security Archive, Edited by Peter Kornbluh and Savannah Bock

(Washington D.C., November 3) Several days after Salvador Allende’s history-changing November 3, 1970, inauguration, Richard Nixon convened his National Security Council for a formal meeting on what policy the U.S. should adopt toward Chile’s new Popular Unity government. Only a few officials who gathered in the White House Cabinet Room knew that, under Nixon’s orders, the CIA had covertly tried, and failed, to foment a preemptive military coup to prevent Allende from ever being inaugurated. The SECRET/SENSITIVE NSC memorandum of conversation revealed a consensus that Allende’s democratic election and his socialist agenda for substantive change in Chile threatened U.S. interests, but divergent views on what the U.S. could, and should do about it. “We can bring his downfall, perhaps, without being counterproductive,” suggested Secretary of State William Rogers, who opposed overt hostility and aggression toward Chile. “We have to do everything we can to hurt [Allende] and bring him down,” agreed the secretary of defense, Melvin Laird. Continue reading

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This Day. The CIA and Chile: Anatomy of an Assassination

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General René Schneider official portrait

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Oppose foreign interference in Bolivian election! Let the Bolivian people decide!

July 14, 2020 demonstration in La Paz, Bolivia.

ALBA Movements Canada, October 15, 2020

Following continuous massive protests by the organized Bolivian people in defence of their right to elect a president and government of their choosing, the elections, postponed three times, will finally take place on October 18. Continue reading

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This Day. ‘Extreme Option – Overthrow Allende’

National Security Archive marks 50th anniversary of Nixon order to foment coup in Chile

Allende on the street

Salvador Allende on the street | Naul Ojeda

(September 15) – On September 15, 1970, during a twenty-minute meeting in the Oval Office between 3:25 pm and 3:45 pm, President Richard Nixon ordered the CIA to foment a military coup in Chile. According to handwritten notes taken by CIA Director Richard Helms, Nixon issued explicit instructions to prevent the newly elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, from being inaugurated in November – or to create conditions to overthrow him if he did assume the presidency. “1 in 10 chance, perhaps, but save Chile.” “Not concerned [about] risks involved,” Helms jotted in his notes as the President demanded regime change in the South American nation that had become the first in the world to freely elect a Socialist candidate. “Full time job – best men we have.” “Make the economy scream.”  Continue reading

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On the 47th anniversary of the coup d’état in Chile

September 11 marks the 47th anniversary of the US imperialist coup d’état organized in Chile. To this day, relatives of the victims are fighting to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

March in Santiago, September 2017, commemorates 44th anniversary of the coup in Chile.

By Dougal MacDonald

September 11 marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. imperialist coup d’état organized in Chile in which the Pinochet regime murdered, tortured, and imprisoned thousands of people. On this occasion, let us remembers the victims of the Pinochet regime and Operation Condor[1] that extended these crimes to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. To this day, relatives of the victims are fighting to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Continue reading

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Research notes: The militarized Atlantic – From Norfolk and Halifax to the Irish and Baltic seas

Work in progress by Tony Seed

A report conducted by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) – published in July – found that the two vessels came within 50-100 metres of each other during the horrific incident on November 6, 2018. The investigation revealed that it was the third time in four years that a submerged Royal Navy submarine had narrowly missed a calamitous collision with another vessel. Continue reading

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Webinar: Canadian interference in Venezuela

Thursday, August 20 — 5:00 pm EDT
Organized by: Canadian Foreign Policy Institute;
Co-sponsored by Common Frontiers and
Canadian Latin America Alliance
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The battle for democracy in Bolivia

People’s forces battle for their democratic rights | MARGARET VILLAMIZAR

July 14, 2020 demonstration in La Paz, Bolivia.

(July 25) – Workers, women, and Indigenous peoples and their organizations along with other social movements have returned to the streets to demand an end to the wrecking of the coup government and the right to elect a president and government of their choosing without further delay. Demonstrations are being held especially in places where the workers have fighting traditions, such as Cochabamba and El Alto, a suburb of the capital city of La Paz. Continue reading

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Online conference with Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister

How Venezuela Is Resisting U.S.-Led Invasions, Sabotage and Sanctions, and Successfully Fighting COVID-19

90th Anniversary of the Death of Antonio José Sucre

Hands Off Venezuela! Lift the Sanctions Now!

Thursday, June 4 — 7:30 pm (Eastern)

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‘Operation Gideon’: Second mercenary incursion against Venezuela in 48 hours fails in Chuao

The murky background of Jordan Goudreau, former member of the Canadian Armed Forces and Green Berets, paid by US and Canadian-sponsored imposter Juan Guaidó   | Report by Misión Verdad with update by Tony Seed

Mercenaries captured in Chuao, on the coast of Aragua state | Twitter

(May 5) –On the morning of May 4, in the coastal town of Chuao (Aragua state), a group of eight mercenaries aboard a boat were captured in a joint operation between local fishermen, the regional police and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). Continue reading

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Trump rehearses the invasion of Venezuela

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A new frustrated chapter in the war against Venezuela

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(May 3) – In the early morning of May 3, there was a thwarted mercenary raid on the coast of Macuto, in the state of La Guaira. Interior, Justice and Peace Minister Néstor Reverol reported that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) together with the Special Action Forces (FAES) of the Bolivarian National Police countered an invasion by “sea” on the coast by non-state actors, officially called “Operation Negro Primero”. Continue reading

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Warship Watch. US Navy intimidates Venezuelan fishing vessel in international waters

Now the US Navy Intimidates Venezuelan Fishing Vessel in International Waters

(April 30) – A Venezuelan fishing vessel was boarded in the Pacific Ocean by the US Coast Guard on April 28, a fact that was celebrated by the right-wing media and social networks in Venezuela. The name of the ship is “Taurus I” which carries out fishing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, authorized by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. Continue reading

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Drugs and lies to attack Cuba

The US has launched a frenzied slander campaign against Cuba and Venezuela under the pretext of “narco-terrorism,” which is uncontested by Ottawa. This is a matter of concern. Canada itself is playing an ignominious role in the Lima Group against Venezuela. At the beginning of the pandemic, the Trudeau government had two Canadian warships – HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Whitehorse – operating in the Caribbean and the eastern Pacific Ocean unbeknownst to the Canadian people as part of  the US Southern Command’s Operation Martillo and its “war on drugs”. Initiated in 2006 by the Harper government, the Canadian deployment is called Op Caribbe. We are posting an article by Francisco Arias Fernández which explains who has been behind the drug trafficking in the region over the past 50 years

Corrupt politicians and mafia bosses enriched through the drug trade served US interests for decades until 1959.

Corrupt politicians and mafia bosses enriched through the drug trade served US interests for decades until 1959.

(April 17 ) – The cyclical slander campaigns of U.S. governments and their special services against Cuba have been a regular weapon in the arsenal used in attempts to discredit – and eliminate – the Revolution, as evident in secret files on efforts to fabricate a pretext to invade the island, during the events that gave rise to Case no.1 of 1989, in which Cuban military officers were convicted of drug-related offenses. Continue reading

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IMF refuses aid to Venezuela (Excerpts)

– Ana Maldonado, Paola Estrada, Vijay Prashad, Zoe PC –

Venezuela receives aid from China, March 19, 2020, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 16, 2020, the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva wrote a blog post on the Fund’s website; it represents the kind of generosity necessary in the midst of a global pandemic. “The IMF stands ready to mobilize its $1 trillion lending capacity to help our membership,” she wrote. Countries with “urgent balance-of-payments needs” could be helped by the IMF’s “flexible and rapid-disbursing emergency response toolkit.” Through these mechanisms, the IMF said that it could provide $50 billion to developing countries and $10 billion to low-income countries at a zero-interest rate. Continue reading

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The real interest of the United States and transnational corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean

What are the real interests of the U.S. and corporations in the region? Freedom, democracy, human rights? No. Their goal is to preserve imperialist domination of our natural resources| ENRIQUE MORENO GIMERANEZ

Our America is again suffering escalating aggression by U.S. imperialism and local oligarchies. The region is experiencing a sad reality involving dangerous turmoil and socio-political instability, promoted by Washington. Continue reading

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Word. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales addresses the United Nations

“Transnational companies control food, water, non-renewable resources, weapons, technology and our personal data. They intend to commercialize everything, to accumulate more capital. The world is being controlled by a global oligarchy, only a handful of billionaires define the political and economic destiny of humanity. 26 people have the same wealth as 3.8 billion people. That is unfair, that is immoral, that is inadmissible. The underlying problem lies in the model of production and consumerism, in the ownership of natural resources and in the unequal distribution of wealth. Let’s say it very clearly: the root of the problem is in the capitalist system.”

Transcript of Speech by Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, at the 74th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 24, 2019 Continue reading

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Word. Venezuela Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez addresses the United Nations General Assembly

Condemning the US and ‘satellite’ governments for recognizing an unelected government and economically sabotaging the nation.

Transcript of Speech by Venezuela Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez, at the 74th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 27, 2019 Continue reading

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Canadian Forces take part in US military exercise off coast of Venezuela

(September 11, 2017) – From June 6 to 17 Canadian military personnel participated in Operation Tradewinds, an annual military exercise in the Caribbean sponsored and led by U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). The operation was being conducted in two phases: from June 6-12 in Barbados and from June 13-17 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Department of National Defence (DND) described Operation Tradewinds as “a multinational maritime interdiction, ground security and interagency exercise that focuses on countering transnational organized crime and practicing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief […] in order to promote regional security cooperation.” Continue reading

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Summit of the Americas: Sharp struggle against OAS-US ‘civil society’ subversion and blackmail

By TONY SEED, along with news items*

OAS & people's summit(April 11) – Even before the 7th Summit of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) opened in Panama on April 10, a sharp struggle erupted against flagrant and ugly provocations brazenly organized against Cuba and the principles of sovereignty, democracy and the equality of all nations, big and small. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa condemn US sanctions on Venezuela

hands_off_venezuelaObama’s executive order on Venezuela draws international condemnation. In unison with Latin American leaders’ comments, social media users have coined the hashtag #ObamaYankeeGoHome, posting over 80,000 tweets with the tag within the first 24 hours following Obama’s announcements.

teleSUR (March 10) – More Latin American countries rallied behind Venezuela Tuesday to condemn new U.S. sanctions against the South American nation.

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Bolivia’s president talks about the country’s ongoing socio-economic transformation and his third term in office

Evo Morales.API have no regreats – in fact, I am pleased to have expelled the US ambassador, the DEA and to have closed the US military base in Bolivia. Now, without a US ambassador, there is less conspiracy, and more political stability and social stability. Without the IMF we are better off economically – Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia Continue reading

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Brave Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

Criminal states should be blocked and isolated, as Zionist Israel maneouvres to insinuate itself into the AmericasIsrael and Latin Ameria

(July 30) – Bolivia has declared Israel a “terrorist state” and revoked a visa exemption agreement with Tel Aviv in protest at the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The move “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” President Evo Morales said during talks with a group of educators in the Andean city of Cochabamba on Wednesday.

Morales added that the Israeli aggression shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.” Continue reading

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Bolivian president to sue U.S. for crimes against humanity

Bolivia's President Evo Morales | AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales | AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte

RT (September 20, 2013) – BOLIVIAN President Evo Morales will file a lawsuit against the US government for crimes against humanity. He has decried the US for its intimidation tactics and fear-mongering after the Venezuelan presidential jet was blocked from entering US airspace.

“I would like to announce that we are preparing a lawsuit against Barack Obama to condemn him for crimes against humanity,” President Morales said at a press conference in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz. He branded the US president as a “criminal” who violates international law. Continue reading

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U.S. interferes with right of Venezuelan Presidential aircraft to fly over Puerto Rico

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOppose U.S. imperialist hooliganism and violation of laws and norms governing international relations!

THE Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the recent attempt of the U.S. imperialists to once again interfere with the right of the president of a sovereign nation to free passage in the skies. This time, the U.S. took on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the Executive Branch of the Venezuelan government. Continue reading

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Condemn the acts of piracy against Bolivian president Evo Morales!

Hooliganism in international relations must not pass!

Statement by the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), July 4, 2013

Bolivia's President Evo Morales | AFP / Filippo Monteforte)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales | AFP / Filippo Monteforte)

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) denounces the refusal of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal to permit the Bolivian presidential aircraft to land or fly over their territories on July 2. President Evo Morales was returning from Russia where he attended the second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. Short of fuel, the plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria where it was boarded and searched, using the pretext that the plane could be transporting the former CIA agent, Edward Snowden. The U.S. government has issued a warrant for Snowden’s arrest after the leak of top secret information. Continue reading

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