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Venezuelan President: We are activating popular constituent process to face the crisis and create basis for peace

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with members of the Presidential Commission for a Constituent Assembly in Caracas, May 12, 2017.

By SAM HEATON

(May 14) – On May 12, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros met with foreign guests from more than 35 countries, including organized workers, elected legislators, representatives of political parties, social movements and academics. He was accompanied by members of the Presidential Commission for a Constituent Assembly.[1]

The Constituent Assembly was convoked on May 1 by President Maduro as a response to the current political crisis Venezuela is facing and as a basis to establish peace in the country. He issued two presidential decrees which called for the Venezuelan people to “decide the future of the country, reaffirming the principles of independence, sovereignty, equality, peace and participatory, multi-ethnic and pluri-cultural democracy,” and established a Presidential Commission responsible for elaborating the proposal and sorting out the constituent assembly’s functioning.[2] Continue reading

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Exponential growth of disinformation

Role of powerful private interests and the necessity to build our own organizations and media. “Although the use of social media by parties of the rich to gain electoral advantage and the wielding of social media as a weapon of U.S. imperialism against sovereign states have been well-documented, the use of social media by state agencies to directly interfere with progressive and anti-imperialist political movements is less well studied.” | SAM HEATON

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One of the serious problems that faces the people’s movement for empowerment today is the exponential growth of disinformation that takes advantage of modern communications technology and social media. No sooner have these advances been made than powerful private interests, the state and its agents in the ranks of the people have worked out how to dominate and wield the technology in their interests. Continue reading

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A privatized debate to disinform the polity

A point which is overlooked completely by the monopoly media is the significance of the assault on the CBC and the Broadcast Consortium simulcast format used to date. SAM HEATON*

110501-OttawaMayDay-32crop4The Maclean’s Magazine leaders debate on August 6 served to disinform Canadians, mostly because it was a platform for a self-serving exchange of each party’s calculation of what will garner votes. It had nothing to do with posing how the problems facing the society might be provided with solutions. But a point which is overlooked completely by the monopoly media is the significance of the assault on the CBC and the Broadcast Consortium simulcast format used to date. As a result of the fact that it has been abandoned in favour of a form of privatized debates, the political discourse is even more incoherent than was already the case under the Consortium debates which already kept the electorate out in the cold. Continue reading

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