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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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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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