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The Urgency of Venezuela

Tom Hayden

The peace and justice movement in the US, along with congressional allies, have a potentially important role in pressuring Obama, and Secretaries Kerry and Hegel, to rein in the agents of America’s dirty wars. A congressional coalition led by the Miami Cuba Lobby is already agitating for Maduro’s demise. Where are the congressional progressives?

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Strategic Military Exercise Bastion 2013 Underway Throughout Cuba


This important preparation of command posts under the leadership of Cuban Communist Party and with the participation of the government, the State’s Central Administration Bodies, enterprises, armed institutions and the people will wind up with National Defense Days on November 23rd and 24th.

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Bolivia Promotes Quinoa and Organic Products


Beijing, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) Officials, producers and entrepreneurs from Bolivia participated today in a forum here intended to promote in China the quinoa, a nutritious Andean grain, along with other organic agricultural products from that South American nation. Led by Nemesia Achacollo, Minister of Rural Development and Land, and the Ambassador Guilleromo Chalup, along with producers and representatives of several agricultural sectors, the meeting is attended by some interested Chinese officials and businessmen.

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Petrocaribe Ministerial Council Meets in Haiti


Port au Prince, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) The Council of Ministers managing the Petrocaribe energy agreement are holding a two day meeting starting today in Haiti, the eleventh of its kind, focused on development strategies in the Economic Zone itself. According to the organizers of the event, important decisions made last June in Nicaragua at the Eighth Summit of Heads of State and Government within the group are to be implemented.

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Forum Opens in Havana a World Solidarity Program with the Cuban Five

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Havana, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) An experience exchange called “Five Days for the Cuban Five” will be the beginning in this capital today of a global program of solidarity with the Cuban antiterrorist fighters, about to turn 15 years imprisoned in the United States. The campaign will run until October 6, to mobilize international public opinion to achieve the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando Gonzalez.

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Syria and Rhetoric on Chemical Weapons


Damascus (Prensa Latina) The rhetoric about the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government pushes events toward a possible military aggression which, in the opinion of heads of state and political experts, could ignite the region. After the so-called armed opposition argued the authorities had used toxic agents on August 21, a virulent campaign was unleashed by the media and some Western capitals and the Middle East against Damascus, with threats preceding an almost imminent attack.

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Yellow Ribbons Worldwide for Cuban Five

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Washington, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The International Committee for the Release of the Five Cuban Antiterrorist Fighters convicted in the United States, called today friends and solidarity groups to multiply yellow ribbons, a symbol of hope for the return of these men to their homeland.During the actions to be carried out from September 5 to October 6, especially those on September 12, the day marking the 15th anniversary of the detention of the Cuban Five.

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Cuba’s National Ballet to Tour of Spain


Havana, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The National Ballet of Cuba (BNC), directed by prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, will begin on September 6 a tour of the main theaters of Spain, to be run until December. The company will offer full versions of classics such as “Swan Lake” and “Shakespeare and his masks,” the latter based on Romeo and Juliet work, with music by French Charles Gounod.

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Brazil Waits for Washington’s Reasonable Response on Espionage


Brasilia, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Brazil is waiting for a reasonable response from the United States on the espionage carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies on government advisors and President Dilma Rousseff, an official source said on Wednesday. Brazilian Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo noted that so far, all justifications on this regrettable episode presented by the United States “turned out to be false”.

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Role of UNASUR in Conflict Resolution Highlighted at UN


United Nations, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) highlighted today its role as a regional mechanism in preventing conflicts and promoting peaceful resolution of controversies.
“We, South Americans, relieve in own intraregional solutions as the first option, said Foreign Minister of Peru, Edda Rivas, speaking on behalf of UNASUR in an open debate of the Security Council.