ALBA Countries Condemn Interference by US and Latam Allies

ALBA stated that the Lima Group was “violating the Venezuelan people and its institutions by negating Venezuela’s appeals to the United Nations for support" amid the US blockade.

The Union for Social and Popular Movements (ALBA) issued on Sunday a statement admonishing U.S. actions against Venezuela and its people, and condemning the recent statement issued by the Lima Group.

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ALBA expressed "concerns" in a seven-point statement in support of “the united struggle of our peoples,” in which it decries the interventionist rhetoric made by the Lima group, which they described as having “the singular purpose thus far of threatening the sovereignty of the Venezuelan state breaking with the principles of ‘not interfering in the internal affairs of a nation."

The group of countries, including, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia  all signed on to a statement that calls for President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro to not take office for his second six-year term on Jan. 10, but instead, devolve his presidential powers to the Venezuelan National Assembly.

These thirteen countries have called the most recent elections, in which Nicolas Maduro was elected with more than 60% of the vote, illegitimate, despite the numerous international observers providing oversight. 

ALBA states that the countries are “violating the Venezuelan people and its institutions by negating Venezuela’s appeals to the United Nations for help to combat the “national emergency created by the coercive and unilateral blockade placed on the country by the United States.”

On the same day during a public act at the Military Academy of Caracas, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated his commitment to the defense of Venezuela's sovereignty and rejected any interference from the U.S. government and their allies, confirming he will take office on Jan. 10 in the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. 

"The problems of each country are solved by their people and the problems of Venezuelans are solved by Venezuelans without the intervention of another government in the world, this is what I am about, this is what the Revolution is about, and the Revolution is stronger than ever", Maduro concluded.

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ALBA Denounces in Geneva Campaigns against Venezuela, Nicaragua

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) denounced at the UN in Geneva the campaigns aimed at destabilizing the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, diplomatic sources informed today.

'Those who promote these campaigns use, in a selective and politically motivated way, the issue of human rights, with the spurious purpose of creating the conditions to destabilize the legitimate governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua,' deplored the Cuban Ambassador, Pedro Luis Pedroso, on behalf of 11 ALBA countries.

Speaking at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, he said that 'this is part of the imperial attack against leftist governments and movements in Latin America with the complicity of the usual amanuenses in the region.'

He also denounced the attempts to use the Human Rights Council to undermine democracy in Venezuela and Nicaragua, with the purpose of intervening in the internal affairs of free, sovereign and independent nations.

'We demand the strict observance of the universal principles of respect for the sovereignty of states and the self-determination of peoples, enshrined in the UN Charter,' he said.

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UNASUR Ex President Calls for Unity Now

This is the moment to be united and not divided, affirmed today the former president of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), Ernesto Samper, highlighting the region''s challenges in the face of the imperialist attack.

Interviewed by the newspaper Cambio, the former president of Colombia (1994-1998) analyzed the crisis that unasur is going through in the decision made last April by six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru), suspend its participation in the meetings of that block.

In his opinion, this situation is motivated by ideological differences between countries that unfortunately have not been solved using the channels offered by Unasur through the councils of foreign ministers, which has prevented to find agreements around a name that occupies the General Secretariat , which is vacant more than a year ago.

He expressed his expectation that 'the path of agreement is quickly found to elect a person, no matter what nationality he is or the ideology he professes, of the government or of the country from which he comes,' he stressed.

I hope that with the efforts being made by Bolivian President Evo Morales we will have the ability to pass this bridge and continue working for South American integration in the way that Unasur has been doing it in the last 10 years and also Mercosur, ALBA or the Andean Community are all these experiences that should not be disregarded, he said.

I hope, 'Samper said,' that this is an episode that can be overcome, 'because the presence of an integration body in the region has never been more important than today, when the region is seriously threatened by the president's completely protectionist and imperialist policy. the United States, which has turned its international agenda into aggressive decisions against the interests of Latin America. '

It exemplified with the wall of Mexico, the expulsion of ten million migrants from the United States, the regulations to prevent access to the United States, the raising of tariffs for our products and the withdrawal of the commitments of climate change that were fundamental to sustain the environmental stability of the region.

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Cuban President Diaz-Canel Attends Sao Paulo Forum

The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, is attending today in this capital the closing day of the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum.

At the Convention Center, the leader participates in a plenary session dedicated to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, one of the promoters of the Forum which was created in 1990 to promote the unity of the progressive and leftist forces of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The heads of state of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Bolivia, Evo Morales, and El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, as well as personalities and representatives of political parties and organizations, are also at the meeting to honor Fidel Castro.


More than 600 delegates from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe are participating in the twenty-fourth edition of the Sao Paulo Forum, which was held on the island after the meetings of 1993 and 2001.

The unity of the left and the progressive sectors centered the debates of the meeting in a context marked by the offensive of the regional right and the escalation of the hegemonic positions of the United States government.

The Sao Paulo Forum is expected to adopt here a declaration aimed at outlining strategies to relaunch the left and counter the onslaught of the defenders of neoliberalism.

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57 Countries Express Support to Venezuela at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Over 50 countries around the world expressed support for the constitutional government of Venezuela against foreign threats.

During the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, 57 countries signed an expression of support of respect for the sovereignty and independence of Venezuela.

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“We condemn any action that disturbs peace, tranquility, and democratic stability... and that threatens sovereignty, including the recent threats of a possible foreign military intervention,” the jointly signed document read, that was read by Cuba's ambassador to the Council, Pedro Luis Pedroso.

The nations, among whom are Cuba, China, Bolivia, Russia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Ecuador, Vietnam, South Africa, and Iran, expressed their “support for the constitutional government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in its commitment to preserve peace and maintain democratic institutions in the country.”

They expressed support for the calls and efforts of President Nicolas Maduro to political dialogue in Venezuela in order to “preserve peace and guarantee the stability of the democratic institutions."

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Also read during the session was a declaration by the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA) that echoed the calls for respect of sovereignty and territorial integrity in Venezuela. Presented by the Nicaraguan ambassador, Hernan Estrada, ALBA repudiated the “international media campaign” against Venezuela and condemned the recent threats of the United States President Donald Trump in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

The Venezuelan representative to the council, Jorge Valero, also spoke, expressing solidarity to those countries who support Venezuela's sovereignty and saying that "peace reigns" in his country due to the democratic National Constituent Assembly.

“Thanks to the National Constituent Assembly, elected through the universal, direct, and secret vote of millions of Venezuelans, peace reigns in Venezuela," he said.

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 11th to the 29th.

The support of ALBA and 57 countries around the world is an affirmation of the international support Venezuela has behind it, in a crucial moment as it has been subject to renewed attacks from the United States and its allied countries in recent weeks.

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Bolivia's President Winds UP Working Visit to Cuba

Bolivia''s President Evo Morales wound up a state visit to Cuba after meeting First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel, his last activity of his agenda in the island.

In the encounter, Morales was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni, the Cuban Television prime news hour reported.

The Bolivian Head of State was seen off at Havana international airport Jose Marti by Diaz Canel personally. He's flying to Mendoza, Argentina, to attend a Mercosur gathering.

Morales arrived in Cuba on Wednesday evening from Managua, Nicaragua, where he attended celebrations for the 38th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution and took part at the 23rd Meeting of the Sao Paula Forum, in which he reaffirmed his solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela.

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ALBA Countries Meet in Havana

The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People (ALBA-TCP, in Spanish) is holding in Havana Monday its 15th ordinary session as a follow up of the body''s 15th Summit held in Caracas, Venezuela, in March.

The meeting will reportedly help reinforce unity among the member States, its capacity of regional compromise and the Latin American integration process.

ALBA-TCP was created on December 14, 2004, as an alternative to US-proposed Free Trade Area for the Americas that collapsed in 2005.

The regional body is made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Santa Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Granada.

The Foreign Ministers of the participating countries sit at the bloc's Political Council. The are entrusted with advising the Presidential Council on matters such as political strategies and coming up with proposal on international political issues for debate at the summit level.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his Foreign Minister Delcy Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca arrived ahead of them.

It is expected that the Havana gathering will ratify the final declaration of the Caracas Presidential Summit and reaffirmed the members' compromise with the Peace Zone Declaration agreed upon in 2014 by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

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Fidel, Chavez and the Intergration of ALBA

The combination of two great leaders, Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez has allowed the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), an integrated mechanism with enormous value for the poor and needy, according to Jose Luis Merino, who is a member of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)'s Political Commission.

Merino who is also one of the founders of a left-wing party in El Salvador, made the comments in an interview with Prensa Latina.

He added that ALBA is a tool which has allowed countries to raise welfare and improve living standards in practically all Latin America.

He also mentioned that millions of people have recovered their sight thanks to Operation Miracle, a program that freely treats patients with eye afflictions.

Operation Miracle began in Cuba and then spread to Latin America, especially Venezuela. There is an eye center in El Salvador where a brigade of Cuban specialists is working. They have carried out about 10,000 operations on cataracts and pterigium in the past year.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty or ALBA-TCP emerged in 2004, with an emphasis on the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

It acts as a counterpart to the Free Trade Area of the Americas, promoted by the United States

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