teleSUR English telesurenglish.net https://www.telesurenglish.net ES Mon, 4 Mar 2024 14:43:46 -04:00 teleSUR English https://www.telesurenglish.net/export/sites/telesur/arte/sinFoto_420x260.jpg https://www.telesurenglish.net https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Report-Seeks-Interference-in-Internal-Affairs-Nicaragua-20240304-0011.html <![CDATA[UN Report Seeks Interference in Internal Affairs: Nicaragua]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 14:43:44 -04:00 On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR) held an “Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner's Periodic Update on Nicaragua.”

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This event revolved around the non-binding report presented on February 29 by the Group of Experts on Human Rights for Nicaragua (GHREN), which concludes that senior officials should be subjected to investigations for their alleged responsibility in rights human rights violations.

Acting in representation of her country, Nicaraguan Attorney General Wendy Morales responded to the GHREN report with the following statement:

“Nicaragua has already stated its position  regarding the various updates on our country that have been presented to this forum. In our statements, we have affirmed that we do not accept the manipulation of these forums to show off reports that are supposedly prepared with objectivity or reasonableness, justifying these, with an evident zero concern for our State; when in reality, they seek to continue manipulating these, with the sole purpose of intervening in the internal affairs of our country.

These 'oral update' mechanisms violate the 'Non-Intervention' Principle, which according to the norms of international law, are non-negotiable and not even debatable; because the sovereign decisions of a nation, whose authority falls in this case on the Nicaraguan people; are absolute, inalienable, and imprescriptible.

We reiterate that any interference in the policies and decisions of Nicaragua represents a malicious action from those who take as inputs for these oral updates, certain minority groups, which are financed, precisely to distort the progress that the sovereign people of Nicaragua has obtained with our government.

May this intervention serve to denounce again, as we have already done, the lack of integrity and morality of these mechanisms; that rather they should promote the practice of respect, tolerance and peaceful coexistence between nations, guaranteeing the sovereign right of peoples, so that with dignity and independence, they can continue to build their own destiny, in the search for social peace, as well as economic, cultural and social development, which guarantees the common good and the real human rights that Nicaraguan families deserve."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/US-Supreme-Court-Rules-Trump-Can-Remain-on-Colorado-Ballot-20240304-0010.html <![CDATA[US Supreme Court Rules Trump Can Remain on Colorado Ballot]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 13:50:03 -04:00 On Monday, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump can remain on the primary ballot in Colorado, rejecting the state's disqualification and potentially setting national wide guidelines. The nine justices, three liberal and six conservative, all agreed with the ruling.

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By deciding that states lack the authority to remove Trump from the ballot due to his involvement in the events preceding the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, the Court delivered a significant victory to Trump, who is the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race.

The U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Colorado Supreme Court had made an incorrect assumption that states possess the authority to decide whether a presidential candidate is disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection from holding public office.

"Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the states, responsible for enforcing section 3 against all federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse," the ruling said.

The latest ruling makes it clear that it is Congress, rather than individual states, that is responsible for establishing regulations regarding the enforcement of the 14th Amendment provision. Therefore, this decision applies to all U.S. states, not just Colorado.

The ruling came one day before Super Tuesday, the day in the presidential primary cycle when most states vote. This year, some 15 states and one territory, including Colorado, will vote.

The U.S. presidential primaries precede the Republican National Convention in July, where the party's presidential nominee is officially selected by delegates, followed by the Democratic National Convention in August. The 2024 Election Day falls on Nov. 5.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Argentine-President-Milei-Shuts-Down-Press-Agency-TELAM-20240304-0009.html <![CDATA[Argentine President Milei Shuts Down Press Agency TELAM]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 12:38:03 -04:00 In the early hours of Monday, the administration of far-right President Javier Milei shut down the state news agency TELAM and completely disabled its website.

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Telam journalists and workers were "dismissed" from their duties for a period of seven days and are not allowed to enter the editorial building, which is currently surrounded by fences.

Since late Sunday, TELAM'S website has displayed the image of the Argentine national coat of arms and the caption "Website under reconstruction."

As a result, thousands of articles, photographs, and videos previously published by Telam cannot be accessed. Earlier, TELAM workers called on citizens to gather for a "hug" in front of the news agency building in Buenos Aires.

The text reads, "Massive mobilization in front of the TELAM building now."

This demonstration was scheduled for Monday at 12:30 p.m. However, security forces controlled by the Milei administration preempted the mobilization and fenced off the building.

"This is an attack on freedom of expression. They surrounded the state agency TELAM at midnight. The government is carrying out one of the worst attacks on freedom of expression in the last 40 years of democracy," the workers said in a public statement.

On Friday, Milei announced that he would close TELAM, arguing that this media outlet "had been used as a Kirchnerist propaganda agency for decades." However, he did not provide any evidence to support his claims.

"TELAM workers are going through a tough situation as the government begins to fulfill Milei's promise to close a key agency for information with a federal and plural character," journalist Victor Hugo Morales said, expressing his "total rejection of censorship and authoritarianism."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Summons-German-Ambassador-After-Missile-Audio-Leak-20240304-0008.html <![CDATA[Russia Summons German Ambassador After Missile Audio Leak]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 12:01:01 -04:00 On Monday, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned the German ambassador, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, after an audio recording between German officials preparing an attack on the Crimea bridge was leaked.

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Previously, Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of Russia Today, posted on social media a recording featuring four senior officers of the German Air Force discussing bombing the "Eastern Bridge," using Taurus cruise missiles to be supplied to the Ukrainian army.

“There has been a debate in Germany on whether to supply the missiles to Ukraine as Kyiv faces battlefield setbacks, and while military aid from the U.S. is held up in Congress. Germany is now the second-biggest supplier of military aid to Ukraine after the U.S., and is further stepping up its support this year,” Defense News recalled.

The German Defense Ministry acknowledged the authenticity of a conversation that did not take place through a secure line but via the digital platform WebEx.

“The 38-minute recording features military officers discussing in German how Taurus long-range cruise missiles could be used by Kyiv,” Defense News reported, adding that “German authorities have not questioned the authenticity of the recording.

After these statements, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, once again denounced the direct involvement of Western countries in the Ukrainian conflict.

“Of course, what remains to be discovered is whether the German Armed Forces are acting on their own initiative. The question then is, how controllable are them?” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that the German authorities' lack of surprise constitutes compelling evidence of the Western link.

"The reaction of German politicians is interesting and says a lot," he said, adding that "it is surprising that Germany is not concerned about conversations on an attack on the Crimean Bridge, but about their leakage."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/New-Ideas-Party-Achieves-28-Out-of-44-Salvadoran-Mayoralties-20240304-0007.html <![CDATA[New Ideas Party Achieves 28 Out of 44 Salvadoran Mayoralties]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 11:16:44 -04:00 After counting 78 percent of the minutes, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is about to conclude the count of the elections held on Sunday. According to official data, President Nayib Bukele's New Ideas party obtained 28 out of 44 mayoralties in El Salvador.

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His political allies won 15 mayorships, distributed among the Great Alliance for National Unity (6), the Christian Democracy Party (4), the National Concertation Party (6), and Solidarity Force (1).

Over the weekend, Salvadorans went to the polls to elect mayors and 20 members of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN). Opposition parties, however, denounced multiple irregularities in this subnational electoral process.

These irregularities included delays in the formation and installation of polling stations, substitution of qualified personnel in the polling stations by alleged members of the ruling party, and late delivery of electoral materials in some polling stations.

The text reads, "Towards autocracy in the name of security. Bukele's party won 43 out of 44 mayoralties in El Salvador. 'The people's decision is respected.'"

"The municipal elections were characterized by apathy at the polling stations. Over 1,500 polling stations were practically empty, showing the low voter turnout," said TeleSUR correspondent Roberto Hugo Preza in El Salvador.

Last year, due to a legal reform approved by Congress, most of the 262 municipalities were converted into districts in El Salvador, a country which now only has 44 municipalities.

Sunday's elections took place a month after the presidential and legislative elections, in which Bukele secured re-election for a second consecutive term, despite the Salvadoran Constitution prohibiting such a possibility.

In the elections of February 4, which were also marred by allegations of irregularities, the New Ideas party won 54 out of 60 parliamentary seats.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-Declares-State-of-Emergency-and-Curfew-20240304-0006.html <![CDATA[Haiti Declares State of Emergency and Curfew]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 09:40:30 -04:00 On Sunday, Haitian Acting Prime Minister Patrick Michel Boivert declared a state of emergency and a 72-hour curfew in Port-au-Prince.

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This occurred after criminal armed groups took over the La Capitale and Croix des Bouquets prisons, releasing over 3,000 inmates and leaving a dozen dead.

The curfew will be in effect until Wednesday and will be enforced from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am. This measure does not affect police, military, firefighters, ambulance drivers, health workers, and "properly identified" journalists.

"The law enforcement agencies have been mandated to use all legal means at their disposal to ensure respect for the ceasefire and to apprehend offenders," Boivert said.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry's administration justified these measures by highlighting the deteriorating security situation, which is characterized by increasingly violent criminal acts committed by armed gangs, and has resulted in large-scale population displacement.

These criminal acts include kidnappings and murders of civilians, violence against women and children, looting, and theft of public and private property.

"These actions are contrary to the law. They constitute acts of disobedience to law enforcement, and pose a threat to national security," added the Acting Prime Minister.

Since last Thursday, Haiti has experienced unprecedented violence marked by an increase in the number of clashes between the police and armed gangs, intensification of shootings in poor neighborhoods, and a rise in the number of dead and wounded.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Uses-Gaza-as-a-Testing-Ground-for-Robots-20240304-0005.html <![CDATA[Israel Uses Gaza as a Testing Ground for Robots]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 10:14:11 -04:00 On Monday, the newspaper Haaretz reported that Israeli occupation forces are actively using robots in Gaza to enhance military technology.

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 "During hostilities in the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli Army conducted tests with the Vision 60 robot dog, the Rooster mini-robot, and unmanned D9 bulldozers," RT reported. 

"This is not the first time that the Israeli military has used robots in its operations, but Gaza has given them experience in their control in street combat and tunnel reconnaissance operations," it added. 

Among the routine activities performed by the robots are surveillance of buildings and tunnels, as well as inspection of terrain before the arrival of Israeli occupation forces.

"Previously, the military used dogs with attached cameras. However, many animals have already been injured in the conflict," RT recalled. 

"The robot dog has several advantages over the use of real dogs because they have a stable platform to record the situation," it added. 

Among the disadvantages of this technology, however, are its high cost, its weight of over 50 kilograms, and a limited operation time of 3 hours and 10 kilometers. 

This is the case, for example, with the Vision 60 robot dogs, which are manufactured by the U.S. company Ghost Robotics and cost around US$165,000.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Argentine-Teachers-Start-National-Strike-20240304-0004.html <![CDATA[Argentine Teachers Start National Strike]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 08:57:48 -04:00 On Monday, the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) led a national strike to demand salary improvements and other demands.

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Previously, the administration of far-right President Javier Milei announced the elimination of the Teacher Incentive Fund (FONID).

In response to these and other measures aimed at reducing the public sector, the unions demand that the government finance public education and approve a salary increase in line with the loss of purchasing power.

"We want students in schools. We hold the government responsible for the measures we take...  The government has to finance and support education," said Sergio Romero, the secretary of the Argentine Teachers' Union (UDA).

The Association of Technical Education Teachers (AMET), the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (SADOP), and the Confederation of Argentine Educators (CEA) are also participating in the national strike.

So far, the Milei administration has not made proposals to improve the monthly salary of teachers, which has decreased from 296 to 261 dollars after the elimination of the FONID.

The UDA leader emphasized that education workers are currently receiving a salary that is "below the poverty line."

Since the far-right politician assumed the presidency in December, the Argentine peso has devalued by more than 54 percent, and the poverty rate has increased to 57.4 percent at the end of January, according to a study carried out by the Catholic University.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Thousands-Rally-in-Los-Angeles-Against-US-Palestine-Policy-20240304-0003.html <![CDATA[Thousands Rally in Los Angeles Against US Palestine Policy]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 08:17:31 -04:00 On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters gathered and marched in downtown Los Angeles, denouncing U.S. Palestine policy, especially the Biden administration's consistent pro-Israel stance.

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Many of the protesters wore Palestinian keffiyeh, a distinctly patterned black-and-white headdress regarded as a symbol of Palestinian nationalism since the beginning of the conflict between Palestinians and Jewish settlers which dates back to the 1936 to 1939 Arab revolt in Palestine.

They marched through the main streets of downtown Los Angeles with Palestinian flags, chanting slogans against U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, like "stop genocide" and "free Palestine."

A middle-aged man was seen handing a placard with a portrait of Aaron Bushnell and shouting his words: "I will no longer be complicit in genocide."

Bushnell, a 25-year-old serviceman of the U.S. Air Force, died after setting himself on fire outside the front gate of the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 25, to protest against U.S. support for Israel's attacks on Gaza since last October.

"Gaza is facing famine, its hospitals are besieged, threats of ground invasion in Rafah loom near, and Israel continues its onslaught on the over 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip," Code Pink, one of the organizers for Saturday's rally.

"We must show our full strength now to ensure a lasting ceasefire and an end to the siege on Gaza," added the internationally active left-wing anti-war group based in Los Angeles.

On Saturday morning, dozens of cultural workers also gathered outside Santa Monica Airport, where the Frieze Los Angeles show was held, to protest continued U.S. funding for Israel's attacks on Gaza.

Frieze Los Angeles is a leading international art fair focusing on contemporary art. Many fairgoers drove by honking and cheering with their fists out while protestors held signs that read "Let Gaza Live" and "What good is art that ignores genocide?"

"We're out here today because the silence from the art world has been incredibly loud," a protester who preferred to remain anonymous told Hyperallergic, an online arts magazine based in Brooklyn, New York.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haley-Beats-Trump-in-Republican-Primary-in-Washington-DC-20240304-0002.html <![CDATA[Haley Beats Trump in Republican Primary in Washington DC]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 07:39:19 -04:00 On Sunday, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley defeated former U.S. President Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary in Washington D.C., marking her first win in the party's nominating contest.

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Haley's victory came after Trump's recent sweep of the Republican contests. On Saturday, the former president won Missouri's and Idaho's Republican presidential caucus. Also on Saturday, he was awarded more delegates during a Republican convention in Michigan, following his victory in the northern state's primary on Tuesday.

Trump, who recently also won Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, has cemented his status as the clear front-runner to become the Republican Party's nominee for the 2024 presidential election.

Despite consecutive losses, Haley has said that she would remain in the race at least through Super Tuesday races.

"When the country's future is on the line, you don't drop out. You keep fighting. In fact, you fight harder than ever. That's why I refuse to quit," Haley said in the speech delivered in Greenville, South Carolina on Feb. 20.

It's typical for approximately one-third of all delegates to the Republican or Democratic conventions to be distributed on Super Tuesday, the day in the presidential primary cycle when most states vote. This year's Super Tuesday falls on March 5, when some 15 states and one territory will vote.

The U.S. presidential primaries precede the Republican National Convention in July, where the party's presidential nominee is officially selected by delegates, followed by the Democratic National Convention in August. The 2024 Election Day falls on Nov. 5.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Depriving-Gaza-of-Aid-is-Tantamount-to-a-Death-Sentence-AL-20240304-0001.html <![CDATA[Depriving Gaza of Aid is Tantamount to a Death Sentence: AL]]> Mon, 4 Mar 2024 08:07:47 -04:00 On Sunday, Arab League (AL) Secretary Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that depriving the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip of basic life-saving aid is tantamount to a "death sentence and collective punishment."

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The AL chief made the remarks during his meeting with Sigrid Kaag, United Nations senior humanitarian and reconstruction coordinator for Gaza, at the league's headquarters in Cairo, the pan-Arab organization said in a statement.

Aboul Gheit attributed the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza, home to over 2 million people, to "the green light that some major powers gave to Israel to practice aggression in such a hideous and inhuman manner," according to the statement.

He reiterated that the priority at this stage is to reach an immediate ceasefire, stop the bloodshed, and prevent a possible famine in Gaza. Both sides agreed that the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Gaza Strip is "an urgent necessity for reconstruction."

Since October 2023, the Israeli occupation army has killed 30,410 Palestinians and wounded 71,700 others, as reported by Gaza's Health Ministry on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, a high-level delegation headed by Hamas's deputy chief in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on a truce with Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that starts next week.

The expected deal will include a swap of 40 Israeli hostages for 400 Palestinian prisoners, as well as increasing aid trucks into the besieged enclave. An Israeli delegation is likely to arrive later on Sunday for truce talks.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/At-Least-170-Executed-on-Attacks-in-Northern-Burkina-Faso-20240303-0006.html <![CDATA[At Least 170 'Executed' on Attacks in Northern Burkina Faso]]> Sun, 3 Mar 2024 19:24:06 -04:00 About 170 people were killed in attacks on three villages in northern Burkina Faso a week ago, a regional prosecutor revealed this Sunday as violence by extremist religious organizations continues to increase in the African country.

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"My Office was informed that mass murderous attacks were allegedly committed in the villages of Komsilga, Nodin and Soro, all of them in the department of Thiou, province of Yatenga, region North," said the prosecutor of Yatenga, Aly Benjamin Coulibaly.

Coulibaly pointed out that "the overall provisional balance is approximately one hundred and seventy (170) executed people, in addition to the injured and other related material damage", although the identity of the perpetrators is not identified.

Given the seriousness and consistency of all these complaints and information, the Prosecutor’s Office instructed its judicial police services to open an investigation in order to clarify this massacre.

"I would like, in these times of adversity for the nation in general, and for the victims and their loved ones in particular, to express all my compassion and to wish a speedy recovery to the injured," the prosecutor added.

Also on 25 February, at least 14 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in eastern Burkina Faso, where jihadist groups often operate, according to the Federation of Islamic Associations of Burkina Faso (FAIB).

That same day, at least 15 people were killed in another attack on a Catholic church in the Sahel region, also shaken by jihadism. Since 2015, several jihadist groups, linked to both Al Qaeda and Islamic State, have established themselves in Burkina Faso, where they constantly attack the population, consequently they have died in numerous attacks.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/At-Least-Ten-Children-Dead-by-Starvation-in-Gaza-20240303-0005.html <![CDATA[At Least Ten Children Dead by Starvation in Gaza]]> Sun, 3 Mar 2024 18:00:40 -04:00 According to UNICEF, at least 10 children have died in recent days from dehydration and malnutrition in a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, where almost 16% of children under two suffer from acute malnutrition.

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UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Adele Khodr said that "The child deaths we feared are here, as malnutrition is raging in the Gaza Strip," noting that the ten children died in the Kamal Adwan hospital, in the north of the enclave

"There are likely to be more children fighting for their lives in some of the few hospitals left in Gaza," she laments, while stressing that many others cannot receive any attention due to the destruction of the health infrastructure in the Strip.

Khodr said these deaths are predictable and completely preventable, while recalling that the widespread lack of nutritious food, drinking water and medical services is affecting children and mothers, hindering their ability to breastfeed their children.

“The disparity in conditions in the north and south is clear evidence that aid restrictions in the north are costing lives”, said Khodr who pointed out that in the north nearly 16% are acutely malnourished, and in the south in Rafah, where aid has been more available, found 5 per cent of children under 2 years are acutely malnourished.

Palestinian Ministry of Health notes that the figures are 15. On the other hand a spokesperson from the health entity spread in his Facebook account that "fifteen children were martyred as a result of malnutrition and drought at Kamal Adwan Hospital".

Also, the spokeperson noted that there is fear by the lives of 6 malnourished and dehydrated children in intensive care at the Hospital due to the interruption of the generator and oxygen and poor medical capabilities.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-More-Than-3600-Prisoners-Released-After-Prison-Attack-20240303-0004.html <![CDATA[Haiti: More Than 3,600 Prisoners Released After Prison Attack]]> Sun, 3 Mar 2024 17:04:09 -04:00 Without official data yet, it is expected that more than a dozen inmates have died, and almos 4,000 were scaped after the attack on a prison by criminal gangs seeking to overthrow the current de facto government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

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Although the government has not yet ruled on the matter, reporters from the Spanish news agency EFE found that around 12 corpses lie outside the prison, most of them torn to pieces by dogs.

As a result of a night marked by violence, everything seems to indicate that as it progresses this Sunday, the death toll will increase following the attack on the National Penitentiary last night.

The assault comes after one of Haiti’s most notorious criminals, Jimmy Chérisier (Barbecue), announced the beginning of a "revolution" against the PM’s government, Ariel Henry, who after participating in the CARICOM summit traveled to Kenya to sign a security treaty, and whose return has not been confirmed.

After the most recent wave of violence, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) called on all Haitian political actors to confront "urgently" and through "a broad dialogue" the increasing deterioration of public security and the humanitarian situation in the country.

During the Caricom summit, it was informed thatis planned a force to be deployed in Haiti to restore order. Also it was announced that Benin will contribute some 2,000 troops to that mission, authorized by the UN and led by Kenya, as well as a commitment of financial support from Guyana.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/El-Salvador-Held-Municipal-Elections-This-Sunday-20240303-0003.html <![CDATA[El Salvador Held Municipal Elections This Sunday]]> Sun, 3 Mar 2024 16:01:52 -04:00 The polling stations opened at 7:00 seven o'clock in the morning until 5:00 PM in El Salvadorn this Sunday, to elect 44 mayors and 20 representatives to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).

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According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of El Salvador about 6.2 million people are called to participate in the municipal elections, after presidential and legislative elections plagued by allegations of irregularities by civil and political organizations.

The organization Observa El Salvador 2024, highlighted that 76.1% received the electoral package after 5:00 a.m., outside the established hours in more than one fifth (22.6%) received it out of time, and in 8.2% of the JRV observed the lack of some material of the electoral package was recorded.

In these municipal elections a low influx to the voting centers has been reported, this after the presidential and legislative elections last month when the 47.40% of the registered population decided not to vote, which represents 2,945,933 people.

The entity endorses that as in previous reports, once again there is an asymmetry of party surveillance of the official party and the rest of the contenders, 96.5% of the Vote Receiving Boards (JRV) of the observed voting centers there are watchmen of the New Ideas party, the party of the ruler Nayib Bukele.

Radio YSUCA, university cultural radio station, reported irregularities such as military violence near the Zacamil Nursery School polling station; and at the Claudia Lars School Center in San Francisco Chinameca, 50 meters from the voting center, the ruling party is campaigning with a banner while the elections take place.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Diplomacy-Forum-in-Turkiye-Final-Day-of-The-Event-20240303-0002.html <![CDATA[Diplomacy Forum in Türkiye: Final Day of The Event]]> Sun, 3 Mar 2024 14:23:20 -04:00 On the final day of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum topics like the climate change and its impact on future generations,  Artificial lntelligence, and its role in diplomacy, women in diplomacy as well as culture and education in regional cooperation will be discussed.

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This Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye, held such important meetings with Abdoulaye Diop FM of Mali, Régis Onanga Ndiaye FM of Gabon, and Odongo Jeje Abubakher, FM of Uganda, some representatives of the African countries as part of the end of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.

Also, during the Forum took a Panel titled "Gaza Contact Group" and "Bulletproof Dreams: Gaza Child Artists Exhibition" hosted by Hakan Fidan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the  Republic of Türkiye, where some drawings and landscapes painted by Palestinian children were exhibited.

Gaza and the concerns about the situation of the Palestinian people have been a constant topic in the Forum. Leaders around the world fanned their will to unite to stop the Israeli government’s genocide against the Gazatians.

About it, Türkiye's FM Hikan Fidan said "what needs to be done should be done immediately to prevent future massacres like the one in Gaza, and to make sure that it will not be repeated again," stressing that action must be taken as quickly as possible to find a solution to the conflict.

 

Other of the discussed topics this Sunday, was the need regional mechanisms to prevent conflicts and booster global peace, emphasizing cooperation between neighbouring countries.

During this final day, Turkish diplomats met with Latin American special envoys. Deputy Minister Ambassador Burak Akçapar met with Türkiye’s Strategic Partner Brazil’s Secretary General of FA, Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha, to exchange views on G20 agenda and Türkiye-Brazil bilateral relations.

Turkish FM Hikan Fidan said 4,700 people from 148 countries attended the annual event this year, noting that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held talks with 11 heads of state while he himself held talks with 32 of his counterparts.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/U.-S.-Criticised-by-Aid-Airdrop-in-Gaza-20240302-0009.html <![CDATA[U. S. Criticised by Aid Airdrop in Gaza]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 19:15:21 -04:00 Military cargo airplanes of the united states Army launched food and other goods into the besieged strip of Gaza in the first of series of aid drops, while the Zionist occupation forcess stil blocking the entry of humanitarian help into the enclave.

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The Palestinian Foreign Ministry Riyad al-Maliki criticised the US airdrops for acting as a “weak, marginal state” unable to secure aid to Palestinians.

Also, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, questioned the effectiveness of launching humanitarian aid from the air into Gaza, as the US did for the first time today, as the impact of this strategy is "minimal" and "is not exempt from risks to civilians".

Scott Paul of Oxfam said the plans "serve primarily to alleviate the guilty consciences of senior American officials whose policies are contributing to ongoing atrocities and the risk of famine in Gaza," adding that "in a context where Palestinians in Gaza have been pushed to the absolute limit, sending an insignificant and symbolic amount of aid to Gaza without a plan for its safe distribution will not help and will be profoundly degrading to Palestinians".

U. S. “conducted a combined humanitarian assistance airdrop into Gaza … to provide essential relief to civilians affected by the ongoing conflict”, US Central Command said in a statement, and added “dropped over 38,000 meals along the coastline of Gaza allowing for civilian access to the critical aid.”

The opperation have been criticised by organisations, govenments and other entities of the world, because these air launches are far from meeting the needs for food and supplies in the area, where more than 3 million people suffer starvation.

This was the first time the American country launched assistance from the air. " We’re looking at land, sea and air routes to really make sure we’re exploring every opportunity," a White House official said today.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Raisi-Re-Elected-for-Assembly-of-Experts-20240302-0008.html <![CDATA[Iran: Raisi Re-Elected for Assembly of Experts]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 17:11:12 -04:00 Ebrahim Raisi, the current president of Iran, has been re-elected for the 6th term of Assembly of Experts by winning 82.5% of votes in South Khorasan province in east of the country.

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Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reported in Saturday that such a percentage of votes is registered as a record in the electoral history of the persian country.

"This presence, full of passion and understanding, was another blow to Iran’s stubborn opponents after the historic coup they received in last year’s riots," Raisi said in a statement released by IRNA.

Of the first 129 seats of the 290 in Parliament, 99 were in the hands of conservative candidates and 17 were won by reformists, according to the Ministry of Interior. A further 13 seats will have to undergo a second round as candidates have not won at least 20% of the votes in their constituency.

Some 15,200 candidates, including 1,713 women, competed for the 290 seats in Parliament, while 144 clerics ran for the 88 seats in the Assembly of Experts, the body that elects the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic in the event of a vacancy.

The Iranian Interior Ministry reported the participation that more than 25 million people exercised their right to vote, of at least 61.17 million people called,  of which 30.94 million men and 30.22 million women.

Held this March 1, this are the elections for the 12th term of the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) and the 6th term of the Assembly of Experts, a deliberative body charged with electing Iran’s Supreme Leader and overseeing his activities.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-and-Venezuela-Sign-Migratory-Agreement-20240302-0007.html <![CDATA[Mexico and Venezuela Sign Migratory Agreement]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 15:34:26 -04:00 The Governments of Venezuela and Mexico signed an agreement for the voluntary return of migrants to the South American country through the Return to the Homeland Plan to guarantee the security of Venezuelan migrants in the North American country.

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The "comprehensive migration agreement through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria-with which the government promotes the return of Venezuelans to their country-" was signed by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yván Gil and his Mexican counterpart, Alicia Bárcena.

Venezuelan executive explained that the agreement was initialed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, in parallel to the VIII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in that country.

The post read:

During the VIII CELAC Summit and in the presence of the president @NicolasMaduro, we signed a comprehensive migration agreement with the chancellor of Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria.

 

In this regard, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that the document seeks to "consolidate and advance the Plan Back to the Homeland to protect our compatriots in Mexico".

In his account on social network X, formerly Twitter, the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, wrote: "This agreement aims to guarantee protection and a dignified treatment to all Venezuelans."

This bilateral agreement is part of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria, promoted since 2018 by the Venezuelan government and for which more than "almost a million," have returned to their homeland according with figures president Maduro said last October.

The ''Return to the Homeland Plan'', created by President Nicolás Maduro establishes an air and land bridge for the voluntary return of all those migrants and their families who lack the means to return, and incorporates all returnees and returnees into Venezuela’s social programmes.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Javier-Milei-Will-Close-Telam-News-Agency-20240302-0005.html <![CDATA[Argentina: Javier Milei Will Close Télam News Agency]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 14:21:54 -04:00 During the inaugural speech of the ordinary sessions before the Legislative Assembly, the President of Argentina announced on Friday that he intends to close the public news agency Télam, founded 73 years ago.

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The libertarian highlighted the closure of the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (Inadi), which he called "police of thought", and in the same line will close the agency Télam, the president said without offering more details of the operation.

Founded in April 1945, the Argentine public news agency Télam was in the crosshairs of the libertarians already since the electoral campaign, during which several leaders referred to its possible privatization or closure, as with the rest of public media.

On February 5, the Argentine Government published in the Official Gazette the decree of intervention for a year of all state media within its policy of "reorganization of public enterprises".

Unions and civil press organizations in Argentina have rejected the closure of the news agency, "we reaffirm our commitment to defend" Télam, and they "will do it with all the legal, trade union and political actions that are necessary to safeguard both its social role in democracy," warned the Argentine Federation of Press Workers (Fatpren) and the Press Union of Buenos Aires (Sipreba) in a statement.

"The closure of Télam would not only be illegal but also illegitimate," the Argentine press unions said, regarding the agency that has about 700 employees and correspondents in all provinces.

The Forum of Argentine Journalism (Fopea) ratified this Saturday in a statement its "position in favor of the existence of non-governmental public media, aimed at respecting freedom of expression and the right to information of citizens".

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Caracas-Joined-the-Global-Action-for-Palestine-Day-20240302-0004.html <![CDATA[Caracas Joined the Global Action for Palestine Day]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 16:20:37 -04:00 In the city of Caracas, capital of Venezuela, the Bolivarian people took to the streets to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, in a moment when the death toll in the strip increases to more than 30,000.

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The Ambassador of Palestine in Venezuela, Fadi Alzaben and the Executive Secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) Jorge Arreaza participated in the march in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Caracas.

"Real people must be at the forefront of defending the Palestinian cause and it hurts us as if it were Venezuela," Arreaza said in statements to the press.

Demonstrators gathered at various points in the Venezuelan capital to express their support for the Palestinian people and to condemn the genocide committed by Israel in the occupied territories, mobilisation that follows a global call to action for Palestine.

The organizers of the movement denounced that "the Israeli government is planning a large-scale invasion of Rafah a week later, on March 9, the day before the start of Ramadan" and indicated that "today, the United States vetoed a UN resolution insisting that Israel immediately cease its wave of mass killings in Gaza".

In other cities like Glasgow demostrators gathered demanding the inmediat ceasefire in Palestine as well. Also in Italy, Australia, Norway, Australia and Cuba, such initiatives were developed for peace in Palestine and against the Zionist genocide in Gaza.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuban-People-March-Against-Zionist-Genocide-in-Palestine-20240302-0003.html <![CDATA[Cuban People March Against Zionist Genocide in Palestine]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 13:04:34 -04:00 Called by the Union of Young Communists (UJC) and other social organizations, Cubans are staging massive acts of solidarity with Palestine around all the country to demand the end of the Israeli genocide against Palestine.

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The mobilizations in the Caribbean nation, as in the whole world, will take place in the face of the announcement of the new offensive of "Israel" against the city of Rafah, which hosts more than a million Palestinians.

''Palestine is in deep pain. The impunity of those who mercilessly bomb its people is outraged. Today we have expressed the pain and indignation of the Cuban people in the Anti-imperialist Forum,'' expressed the Cuban president in his X account.

"Cuba, which will never be indifferent to the crime, joins the world day of support for the Palestinian people and demands an end to the Israeli genocide in Gaza. ¡ No more brutality, no more abuse, no more impunity!" said early Díaz-Canel calling to the demonstrations.

This is not the first time that Cuban people gathered in the streets to demostrate their repudiation against the war crimes commited in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli government. In November 23, 2023, the Cubans marched against the genocide as well.

At the time when the dead in Palestine by the constant Israeli attacks reached 30,000, Cubans made it clear that Cuba will never be indifferent to the crime and this Saturday they marched for peace.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Latin-America-Impressive-Guinness-World-Records-20240302-0002.html <![CDATA[Latin America: Impressive Guinness World Records]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 04:27:26 -04:00 According to the story, the idea of publishing a book like the Guinness World Records, in which data and curious facts that occurred around the world could be collected, arose in the early fifties of the twentieth century. 

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A group of friends went hunting in the UK and discussed which was the fastest bird. When one of the hunters was unable to determine which was the fastest, Sir Hugh Beaver decided that a book in which records could be set would be a great idea that could become very popular. 

The idea, which seemed far-fetched to many at the time, would eventually become a reality when Beaver commissioned the original book from the twins Norris and Ross McWhirter, who had founded a documentation agency to provide facts and figures, and who also had a reputation for having a fabulous memory. In Norris McWhirter's own words, his company was in charge of "supplying facts and figures to newspapers, yearbooks, encyclopedias and advertisers." So, without hesitation, Beaver hired them to compile as many facts and figures as possible for inclusion in a single book to be published on August 27, 1955 under the name Guinness Book of Records. 

The name was taken from one of the most important breweries of the time, Guinness Brewery, owned by Sir Hugh Beaver. 

Although the Guinness Book of Records was not originally intended to be sold, but rather as an advertising gift, it ended up becoming the best-selling copyrighted publication in history, with more than 120 million copies. It is second only to the Bible, with more than 4 billion copies printed, and the Koran, with some 800 million.

Some of Latin America’s Achievements in the GR Book

The region is home to some of these amazing records, for example The well-known Cuban tobacco maker José Castelar "Cueto" manufactured the largest tobacco in the world, with 90 meters long. 

In Mexico in September 2017 in the city of Jalisco, the world's largest guacamole was made. The Sierra de Tigre Avocado Packing Plant made the dish, which weighed approximately 2,980 kilos. An estimated 25,200 avocados, 3,500 tomatoes, 3,500 lemons, 3,000 lemons, 750 onions and 90 bunches of cilantro were used to make it, with the participation of more than 815 people, including students from gastronomy schools.

Argentina holds a record for the most pizzas made in 12 hours. The Asociación Propietarios de Pizzerías y Casas de Empanadas de la Argentina lived up to its name with an appetizing record on November 11, 2018. In addition to preparing 11,089 pizzas in half a day, this Buenos Aires-based institution also managed to serve more empanadas in eight hours (11,472). All proceeds raised went to charity.

Ecuador was able to set a record with the largest floral decoration, using a total of 546,364 roses. The final work, made by some 1,500 volunteers, included a pyramid of Cochasquí, one of the icons of the region's rich archaeological heritage.

In the current year, new approaches are already being prepared to break records and set new ones. In future articles, we will talk about the winners.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/The-New-National-Library-in-El-Salvador-20240302-0001.html <![CDATA[The New National Library in El Salvador]]> Sat, 2 Mar 2024 03:55:08 -04:00 El Salvador is a small country located in the central part of Latin America. Land of beautiful natural countries, with large volcanoes, tropical rainforests and traditions rooted in Spanish and aboriginal cultures. 

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On June 1, 2019, Nayib Bukele assumed the presidency of the country with a vision of bringing public policies and social management closer together for the benefit of citizens. In this endeavor, the president undertook a series of far-reaching reforms of the companies' security and management systems.

The New National Library And 7 Worlds to Explore

The library, donated by the government of China with an investment of more than 50 million dollars, in addition to the 10 million dollars contributed by the Salvadoran government for its construction, opens its doors as the first in the country to offer services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Library of El Salvador (BINAES) is the most ambitious project of the current government. The huge intelligent building is located in the Historic Center of San Salvador, right in front of the Gerardo Barrios square and in the same quadrant of the National Palace and the metropolitan cathedral. The facilities have seven levels, seven areas with different themes and attractions designed to encourage and promote reading and the ingenuity of Salvadorans.

The first thing visitors find is a foyer where they can admire the mural of the 2012 National Culture Award, Carlos Cañas (1924-2013). It was rescued from the old Banco Hipotecario building, where BINAES operated until it was demolished to make way for the building donated by the People's Republic of China. In addition, there is an auditorium for conferences and shows with a capacity for 350 people and spaces for people with disabilities. Also, you can visit the Café Biblioteca, the salesroom of Editorial El Salvador and a consultation room of the General Archive of the Nation. The institution, inaugurated in November of last year, also has a VIP lounge.

The second level was designed for early childhood, the population from 0 to 7 years of age. It offers an ideal environment for the interaction of children and parents, in a calm area. It includes reading areas with 6,000 titles in Nauat, Spanish and English aimed at awakening an interest in reading among the youngest children. In addition, there are areas for psychomotor development, technology and storytelling. 

The third level was recreated with a setting for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old to explore different literary bets that contribute to attract them to reading. There are 26,000 physical books available, including poetry, narrative, short stories and drama, as well as interactive rooms with video games. 

The fifth level contains the General Collection, the patrimonial heritage of all Salvadorans. It includes books on narrative, short stories, novels, poetry, art, sagas, politics, Latin American oral tradition, classics, science fiction, self-improvement, psychology, exact sciences, technology, biographies, history, among others.

Visitors can consult and enjoy the books in reading rooms and terraces overlooking the historic center.

The last two levels are dedicated to technology and plastic arts. Virtual reality, prototyping, robotics and 3D modeling rooms have been designed. There is a digital reading room, an immersion room with simulators and a video game area with consoles and gamer computers. There is also a space for VIP meetings, a coworking area, a home automation area and another terrace with views.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Us-Refuses-Acknowledge-Israel-Guilt--Al-Rashid-Massacre-20240301-0022.html <![CDATA[US Refuses to Acknowledge Israel’s Guilt in Al-Rashid Massacre]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:52:38 -04:00 The United States vetoed a draft resolution to hold Israel accountable for the massacre in al-Rashid, Gaza City, against defenceless Palestinians waiting for aid trucks.

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Algeria submitted the draft to the United Nations Security Council. The African country called for a private meeting to discuss developments in the Gaza Strip and hold Israel accountable.

Algeria, through a presidential statement, denounced the crimes against the civilian population committed by the occupying forces, but the text was not approved by Washington’s refusal.

The United States voted against the Algerian proposal because it considers that the massacre that occurred is not the fault of the Israeli occupation.

The Palestinian delegate to the UN, Riad Mansour, said about the US refusal to stop the genocide, "the savage massacre shows that as long as the Security Council remains paralyzed by the veto, the Palestinians will continue to pay lives".

However, the members of the United Nations Security Council call for an immediate ceasefire, but until the United States vote for an agreement cannot be reached, although negotiations and discussions will continue, the Palestinian diplomat said.

The number of deaths in the al-Rasid street massacre in Gaza increased to 112 and the number of wounded to 700.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/CELAC-Maduro-Proposes-to-Create-High-Level-Presidential-Agenda-20240301-0021.html <![CDATA[CELAC: Maduro Proposes to Create High-Level Presidential Agenda]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 22:22:04 -04:00 From Kingstown, capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro proposed Friday the creation of a high-level presidential agenda that would function as a methodology for consultation and decision-making in real time, to keep member states in communication on various common issues.

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Maduro officially proposed "to form a methodology of consultation and decision in real time that does not wait for the development only of the summits, but that keeps us interconnected and communicated on all the issues of the region and the world, a high-level presidential agenda of consultation and permanent decision."

The proposal took place during his intervention at the VIII Summit of Heads of State of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). 

"It should not be just another agenda, it must be a central agenda of institutional, political and operational strengthening with the capacity to act on the major issues that burden us: climate change, peace in the region, economic development, intra-regional trade," said the president.  

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CELAC is now mature enough to have an agile and efficient infrastructure and a General Secretariat that represents us all and complements the pro tempore presidency, giving continuity to the plans of all the presidencies that succeed each year, said the president.

Maduro further welcomed the pro tempore presidency assumed by Honduras, under the leadership of its president Xiomara Castro. He said that CELAC, under the presidency of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, has demonstrated its capacity for dialogue, diplomacy and negotiation. 

He also thanked the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves; the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit; and the Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for the meeting of understanding and peace convened by his Guyanese counterpart, Irfaan Ali last December 14 to address the differences over the Essequibo territory.

In this regard, Mduro expressed his interest in deepening the good relations of dialogue established with Ali, "and sooner rather than later the Geneva Agreement is reactivated, and we seek face to face, both governments and both peoples, a satisfactory, peaceful and diplomatic solution to the controversy we have had since the 19th century."

Coercive Measures

The president also reiterated his rejection of the unilateral and illegal coercive measures imposed against the country. More than 930 Unilateral Coercive Measures (U.C.M.), which he described as criminal, have affected the economy and the population.

"We have defined it to be a territory of peace, and for there to be peace there has to be justice," said Maduro, recalling that they have always raised their voices to demand the lifting of the blockade against Cuba. 

"We have had the consensus of the 33 CELAC countries, and we have had the almost complete consensus of the United Nations General Assembly and the United States of America, instead of taking a step of rectification and respect for international law, on the contrary, has intensified the blockade against our sister Cuba, but in addition it undertook the onslaught against society, the economy and the people of Venezuela."

Emtrasur Aircraft

Regarding the theft of the Venezuelan airplane belonging to Empresa de Transporte Aerocargos del Sur (Emtrasur), the President said that this aircraft, which was used to send aid to the Palestinian people, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, among other Latin American countries, was dismembered upon its arrival in Miami and exhibited to the press as an act of revenge against Venezuela.

Likewise, he added that the company Citgo, which belongs to the Venezuelan State and whose cost is estimated at 12 billion dollars, with net profits of five billion dollars that rest in banks in the United States, will be dismantled in the weeks to come. "It is an economic aggression without limit, an operation of revenge without limit," he said. 

Maduro made a call on CELAC members to "react against the policies of sanctions, of aggressions, of economic war that is also another way of disturbing peace, if Latin America and the Caribbean is a territory of peace, it has to be a territory free of MCU, free of economic sanctions."

Presidential Elections

Regarding the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela, Maduro highlighted that the country will hold its 31st electoral process in 25 years of Revolution.

Rejecting the permanent media campaign against the country, he said that reliable, transparent elections will be held in the country with an electoral system "that I would like CELAC to know about and be able to disseminate beyond the manipulation, the lies." 

In this regard, he acknowledged the signing of an agreement by the Venezuelan parliament with 43 political parties of the national life, including cultural sectors, Jews, Muslims, Christians, among others, on a proposed electoral calendar that was submitted to the National Electoral Council. Said agreement sets the basis for full guarantees for a totally reliable electoral process in the second semester of this year, as it has been established, mature said.

He asked CELAC to evaluate the possibility of preparing a delegation of international observers to join the process of preparation, realization and development of the elections "from this day until the elections are set and carried out, and also the UN General Secretariat, to go and see the reality of the electoral process in the country.

Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The president referred to the constant bombings by Israel against the people of Palestine. Maduro ratified his solidarity with the Palestinian cause, denouncing the genocide of more than 30,000 Palestinians at the hands of the occupying forces.

He urged the countries that make up CELAC to raise their voices in a united manner for life, for the defense of international law and human rights. "It is valid the concern of millions of human beings on the planet and of dozens of governments so that our region has a clear position and accompanies the African Union, the Arab League, the organization of the Islamic community and the peoples of the world seeking and demanding a ceasefire in Gaza."

Alliance with BRICS

In the economic sphere, the Venezuelan president insisted that the CELAC member countries must be aligned with the BRICS, "which today represent the alternative option to advance beyond the hegemonic world", he declared.

Maduro added that the consolidation of respectful relations with the European Union, the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is fundamental to consolidate the region as an emerging region of hope and to broaden the horizon to reach the first world.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Gaza-Battered-Fierce-Israeli-Bombing-20240301-0019.html <![CDATA[Gaza Is Battered by Fierce Israeli Bombing]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 21:57:33 -04:00 Israel bombed residential areas in Gaza, killing dozens of Palestinian civilians throughout the strip.

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In Rafah, southern Gaza, a child was killed and others were seriously injured, following a bombing of the Yibna refugee camp.

Rafah province is one of the largest refugee centres in Palestine and is the destination of future military deployments by Israel.

Another area affected by the shelling was the civilian district of Jabalaa, another refugee centre. In Maghraqa a civilian was killed by a drone attack, the incident occurred inside his own home.

Khan-Yunis also suffered air strikes by the occupying forces, which destroyed a civilian neighbourhood and killed people hiding in an abandoned car.

The Israeli aggression is intensifying by air, land and by cutting off supplies such as hospitals, such as the Nasser medical complex, which has been completely shut down since 18 February due to lack of fuel and medical supplies.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/European-Migration-Crisis-Leaves-More-Thousand-Dead-2023-20240301-0018.html <![CDATA[European Migration Crisis Leaves More Than a Thousand Dead in 2023]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 21:15:24 -04:00 More than 2700 people have lost their lives in irregular migrations to Spain over the past year. The majority of migrants were from North Africa.

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The most lethal route according to experts is the Canarian route, which is increasingly common in immigrants from countries such as Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania.

Many of these voyages are made in precarious boats called pateras which almost never reach European shores.

The blame for these precarious migrations that end in tragedies, according to humanitarian organizations, is the migration policies of the European Union, which does not guarantee the well-being of migrants.

The waves of migration have increased since the rise of violence in territories such as Sudan, the proliferation of jihadist groups on the continent and the economic and political crises in Africa.

The Organization Walking Borders has a total of 6,618 deaths (since 2007), including 363 women and 384 minors, an average of 18 per day. This figure is expected to triple by the end of 2024.

 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Zambia-Declares-National-Emergency-over-Drought-20240301-0017.html <![CDATA[Zambia Declares National Emergency over Drought]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 19:34:36 -04:00 Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on Thursday declared the drought a national disaster and emergency as the country struggles to recover from a recent cholera epidemic.

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Hichilema said that severe drought due to the El Niño weather phenomenon had devastated food production and power generation. "This drought is having devastating consequences on many sectors such as agriculture, water availability, and energy supply, jeopardizing our national food security and the livelihoods of millions of people," the president said in a speech to the nation

Mr. Hichilema noted that the drought is expected to continue until March, affecting more than a million of our agricultural households. According to the president, 84 of the country's 116 districts have been affected. In this regard, he said that authorities would take food from areas where there is a surplus and distribute it to areas in need.

Amid this scenario, the president said he had asked security forces to focus more on food production. 

The southern African country plans to increase food imports and mobilizes UN agencies and local businesses to help, as 1 million hectares of the 2.2 million hectares planted to corn, the staple crop, have been destroyed.

The electricity production has also been hit by the worsening harsh weather conditions. Zambia is expecting a deficit of around 430 megawatts, potentially reaching 520 megawatts by December due to the falling level water in the Kariba Dam, the country's main source of hydroelectric power. 

The country will import electricity and ration supplies for its approximately 20 million people in an attempt to cope with the situation following a severe cholera outbreak that killed more than 400 people and infected more than 10,000.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Egypt-Israel-Must-Stop-Massacre-Before-Ramadan--20240301-0016.html <![CDATA[Egypt: Israel Must Stop the Massacre Before Ramadan ]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 19:36:12 -04:00 Egypt warns of the dire consequences of the continuation of the Israeli siege on Gaza during the Muslim holy month.

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The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, stated that the deadline to agree a ceasefire would be the beginning of Ramadan, next to be celebrated this year from March 10 to April 8.

According to the Egyptian diplomat, the prohibition of the Palestinians to celebrate their holy holiday will bring complications in the resolution processes of the conflict.

On the other hand, the Israeli offensive does not seem to stop, Tel Aviv plans to launch a ground launch by Rafah, which will worsen the living conditions of the Palestinians living there.

Another distressing situation is the approaching famine, which in the coming days will only increase due to Israel’s new military plans.

The lack of food for Palestinians coupled with the massive shutdown of medical facilities will increase deaths and make it impossible for many families to celebrate Ramadan.

Thus, the occupation troops fear a massive uprising, which is why waves of mass arrests of Palestinians in occupied areas are foreseen.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Israel-Carrying-Indiscriminate-Massacre-Against-Gaza-20240301-0015.html <![CDATA[Israel Is Carrying out an Indiscriminate Massacre Against Gaza]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 17:43:47 -04:00 The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, described Israel’s offensive against Palestine as a real massacre.

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Türk demanded that Israel be held accountable to the international community and also called for a thorough investigation of war crimes and human rights violations committed by the occupying forces.

According to statistics, three out of four Gazans have been displaced by the demolition of neighbourhoods and destruction caused by the occupation.

More than 17,000 children have been orphaned or separated from their families by displacement, in addition to attacks, the blockade of all assistance and medical supplies has not allowed the recovery of bodies buried under the rubble.

Volker Türk said that since October 7, the Tel Aviv army has dropped thousands of tons of ammunition on civilians in Gaza.

Today alone, the Israeli massacres left 193 dead and 920 wounded. The total number of dead and wounded was 30,228 and 71,377 wounded.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Wave-of-Violence-Unleashed-in-Haitis-Capital-20240301-0014.html <![CDATA[Wave of Violence Unleashed in Haiti’s Capital]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 17:10:33 -04:00 On Thursday, a series of shootings were reported in various parts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, with at least twenty people hospitalized.

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The escalating violence due to criminal gang activity targeted several institutions in the capital, including the Toussaint Louverture International Airport.

The airport was hit by several shoots, forcing the cancellation of all flights scheduled for the day in order to ensure the safety of employees.

The attack on the air terminal left a policeman injured in the vicinity of the institution, as well as damage to the infrastructure. Local media have reported bullet holes in airplanes as well as in chairs and windows of the airport.

The tweet reads, ""On fire," spiral of violence in the capital of Haiti due to the activity of criminal gangs. At least twenty people were hospitalized as a result of a series of shootings in various parts of Port-au-Prince."

Attacks against the state university of Haiti by heavily armed criminals, as well as the burning of two police stations also took place. 

In the midst of the situation, Radio Télé Métronome reported that "Port-au-Prince is in flames." At least twenty people were hospitalized as a result of the shootings in several areas of the capital.

Jimmy "Barbecue" Chérizier, leader of the armed group G9 an Fanmi e Alye, took responsibility for the wave of attacks. He released a video announcing the return of the gang alliance called "Viv Ansanm" and affirming that with the unleashed violence they intended to immobilize the police chief and the ministers of the Government and to prevent the interim Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, who is in Kenya, from returning to the Caribbean country.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/War-Crimes-Rapes-Murders-Destroy-Sudan-20240301-0013.html <![CDATA[War Crimes, Rapes and Murders Destroy Sudan]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 16:33:13 -04:00 The United Nations denounces the crimes against humanity that have resulted from the struggles between paramilitary forces for control of Sudan.

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Clashes between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) against Africans in Darfur have unleashed a wave of rape, murder, ethnic violence and vandalism.

Chaos in Sudan began in April last year, when tensions between the army led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan and the RSF led by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo led to a fight in the streets.

The violence spread throughout Sudan, but it was in Darfur that the most brutal fighting with RSF took place, targeting civilians and ethnic minorities such as the Masalit.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said that war crimes are committed by both parties and that the Sudan has not experienced the current level of violence since 2005. So far, more than 10,000 people have died in Darfur, according to the UN.

In the area of sexual violence, RSF forces continuously rape and kidnap groups of girls and women between the ages of 14 and 30. Many of them died in captivity or died in hospital facilities as a result of damage caused by paramilitaries.

Torture has also become a constant among Masalit prison camps, especially, according to the UN, most captured civilians are subjected to prolonged torture, with very few survivors.

One of the most worrying issues for the international community is the funding received by the paramilitaries, which is enough to buy weapons, drugs and favors with other armed and even political groups.

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said during a visit to Chad, it is disappointing that the international community does not pay enough attention to the genocide in Sudan, saying: "the Sudanese people feel as if they have been forgotten".

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Egypt-and-UAE-More-Humanitarian-Aid-to-Palestinians-in-Gaza-20240301-0012.html <![CDATA[Egypt and UAE: More Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians in Gaza]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 16:09:32 -04:00 Egyptian military spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez announced Thursday the second airdrop of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip by Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) military.

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Several Egyptian and Emirati planes took off from Egypt's Al-Arish Airport in North Sinai province, following instructions from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to maintain the airlift for the delivery of urgent aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Abdel-Hafez reported that the aid included large quantities of food, medicine and other essential supplies. It was airdropped over multiple sites in the northern Gaza Strip. 

The population of Gaza, under continuous bombardment by the Israeli occupation forces, is facing severe shortages of staple goods.

This aid operation follows Tuesday's airdrop by Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and France of 45 tons of humanitarian aid over northern and central Gaza.

The number of Palestinian civilians killed in the offensive unleashed by Israel against the Gaza Strip since last October 7 rose to 30,228, while the number of injured reached 71,377, the Gaza Ministry of Health reported.

In addition to the constant bombardment by the Zionist regime, ambulance and civil defense teams have been prevented from reaching the territory where thousands of victims are still under the rubble and on the roads. 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Assembly-Delivers-Proposals-for-Electoral-Calendar-20240301-0011.html <![CDATA[Venezuelan Assembly Delivers Proposals for Electoral Calendar]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 14:45:04 -04:00 On Friday, the Venezuelan National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez handed over to the National Electoral Council (CNE) the document that outlines the dialogue agreement and several proposals for the 2024 electoral calendar.

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Signed on Wednesday, this document had the participation of about 150 representatives of political organizations, representing 97 percent of the political organizations duly registered with the Venezuelan electoral authorities.

Accompanied by other legislators, Rodriguez delivered the consensus document to CNE President Elvis Amoroso, who attended the meeting with other electoral judges.

During his speech, the National Assembly president recalled that the dialogue process included nine major rounds of debates and about 150 meetings through which 27 proposals for the presidential election date were formulated.

In these dialogue rounds, participants managed to agree on issues such as defending the principle of sovereignty, rejecting any external aggression to the economy, respecting the independence of institutions, establishing electoral guarantees for all, and ensuring equal opportunities to disseminate government programs through media and social networks.

The deal includes the establishment of electoral guarantees for all and the need for equal opportunities to disseminate government programs through the media and social networks.

In the document handed over to Amoroso, 53 political parties expressed their willingness to respect the decisions issued by the National Electoral Council, which is the only institution constitutionally empowered to decide the date on which electoral processes can begin.

The CNE president praised the dialogue and considered it an act of deepening democracy. Amoroso also reaffirmed the request to respect the democratic process and announced that the proposals for electoral dates will be studied starting this week.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/ALBA-TCP-Strongly-Condemns-New-Israeli-Attack-in-the-Gaza-Strip-20240301-0010.html <![CDATA[ALBA-TCP Strongly Condemns New Israeli Attack in the Gaza Strip]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 14:06:22 -04:00 The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) condemned the massacre that Israel carried out on the morning of Thursday, February 29.

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On that day, at least 104 Palestinians were killed and some 760 people were injured while waiting to receive food aid in the Al Nabulsi Roundabout area in Gaza City.

“The Bolivarian Alliance deeply regrets this new attack, which constitutes an unprecedented massacre and adds to the endless suffering to which the Palestinian people have been systematically subjected.

ALBA-TCP expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian people and demands the fulfillment of the United Nations resolutions for the establishment of the two States, in the pre-1967 borders,” it pointed out.

“The Alliance reiterates its call to the international community to cease fire immediately in Gaza; to stop the genocide against the civilian population, which violates the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter, international law, and international humanitarian law; and urges the accountability for such painful crimes against humanity,” the ALBA-TCP stated.

The US has blocked a statement, put forward by Algeria and backed by all UNSC’s 15 members except the US, to the UN Security Council that would have condemned Israel for the killing of more than 100 Palestinians awaiting food aid in northern Gaza. The US claimed it is trying to verify the “circumstances around how people died” to see if “we can find some language that everyone can agree on”.

Meanwhile, during a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Washington blocked a statement, put forward by Algeria and backed by 14 countries, that called for a condemnation of the massacre that the Israeli occupation forces committed on the previous day.

"The U:S. claimed it is trying to verify the 'circumstances around how people died' to see if 'we can find some language that everyone can agree on'," Quds News Network reported.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Gaza-Ceasefire-Probably-Not-by-Monday-Biden-Acknowledges-20240301-0009.html <![CDATA[Gaza Ceasefire 'Probably Not by Monday', Biden Acknowledges]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 13:31:12 -04:00 Amid growing domestic discontent over his handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. President Joe Biden is pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza in the run-up to November's presidential elections.

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As over 30,000 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israel began its offensive in October 2023, Biden said he hoped to see a ceasefire by next Monday.

"Well I hope by the beginning of the weekend... We are close, it's not done yet. And my hope is that by next Monday we'll have a ceasefire," he said earlier this week.

"The status quo isn't working," Christopher Galdieri, a political science professor at Saint Anselm College, said while commenting on Biden's words.

Recent weeks have seen an increase in pressure on Biden to call for a ceasefire after the president was criticized when the U.S. vetoed another United Nations resolution that called on Israel to halt the fighting.

On Sunday, to protest Israel's military operation in Gaza, an active-duty airman of the U.S. Air Force set himself at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

"The uptick in criticism from Progressives and Democrats overall for his response to the war is a real danger to the president," The Hill reported, adding that Biden's "pro-Israel stance could result in him losing votes in 2024 in critical states like Michigan." 

"Our Revolution," a political group founded by Bernie Sanders, encouraged Michigan voters to vote "uncommitted" in Tuesday's Democratic primary instead of voting directly for Biden.

In fact, over 101,000 Michigan voters cast their votes as "uncommitted" to protest Biden's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, accounting for more than 13 percent of the Michigan Democratic primary vote.

The state of Michigan is home to many Arab-Americans, who have expressed a sense of betrayal by what they believe is Biden's pro-Israel stance in the war in Gaza.

Greg Cusack, a former member of the Iowa House of Representatives, thinks that "nothing will placate Biden's domestic critics short of ending the destruction of Gaza, and I see no indication that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to help at all."

Recent polls have revealed that voters generally disapprove of Biden's management of the Gaza war. Younger citizens are notably more critical than older voters, expressing dissatisfaction with both Israel's actions and Biden's handling of the conflict.

The U.S. government has been facing increasing protests across the country calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and some groups are even seeking legal challenges to force the White House to withdraw support for Israel.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/World-Condemns-Israeli-Attack-on-Palestinians-Pleading-for-Food-20240301-0008.html <![CDATA[World Condemns Israeli Attack on Palestinians Pleading for Food]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 12:34:52 -04:00 Over the last 24 hours, several nations and international figures have strongly condemned the loss of 104 Palestinian lives at the hands of Israeli occupying forces in Gaza. Below are some reactions to this latest war crime.

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AUSTRALIA: Through social media, Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong conveyed the sentiments of the Australian nation regarding the attack perpetrated by Israel against Palestinian civilians.

"Australia is horrified by today's catastrophe in Gaza and the humanitarian crisis it has caused," she said, calling for the protection of civilians and the defense of humanitarian aid intended for those in desperate need.

These statements come as the world witnesses images circulated by the Israeli occupying forces, depicting Palestinians enduring hunger, thirst, and disease in Gaza.

COLOMBIA: Once again, President Gustavo Petro expressed solidarity with the daily suffering experienced by the Palestinian people.

"Pleading for food, over 100 Palestinians were killed by Netanyahu. This is called genocide and resembles the Holocaust, although global powers may not like to acknowledge it," he said, urging countries to sanction Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"Colombia suspends all arms purchases from Israel," Petro announced following the latest massacre committed by Israeli occupying forces in Gaza.

CUBA: Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez strongly condemned the genocide in Gaza and demanded an immediate ceasefire.

"Israel commits a new crime against humanity by bombing people gathering to receive food. At least 104 people have died, and another 760 have been injured," he stated.

IRAN: Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Naser Kanani criticized the silence of Western nations regarding the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

"Over 100 Palestinian citizens awaiting humanitarian aid on Al-Rashid Street in Gaza City were martyred, and over 800 were injured due to the brutal attack by the Zionist regime," he stated.

MEXICO: The Foreign Affairs Secretary categorically condemned the Israeli attack on Palestinians and reiterated the need for an immediate ceasefire to allow safe humanitarian aid into the entire Gaza Strip.

Mexican diplomats reiterated that this Latin American country fully supports all United Nations agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territories.

SYRIA: The Foreign Affairs Ministry affirmed that Israel reveals its bloody and fascist face with daily massacres committed against the Palestinian people since October 2023.

It highlighted that Israeli occupying forces have killed over 30,000 people, not counting Palestinians whose bodies still lie beneath the rubble of bombed buildings.

"Syria, which has always supported the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, once again expresses its strong condemnation of the Israeli occupation criminals and their atrocities," it emphasized.

VENEZUELA: Foreign Affairs Minister Yvan Gil released a statement announcing that Venezuela strongly condemns the Israeli attack on Palestinian civilians on February 29th.

"This abominable act adds to the continuous inhumane and extermination actions against innocent and defenseless civilians that have been occurring since the beginning of the escalation of violence on Oct. 7, 2023," he said, adding that the Venezuelan government denounces before the international community "the systematic practice of annihilation and genocide carried out by Zionist forces against the Palestinian people."

"Venezuela reiterates the urgent call to the international community and organizations, based on the moral, legal, and humanitarian responsibilities of states, to put an end to the flagrant arbitrariness by Israel and its violation of international laws and conventions," Gil pointed out.

"We express our readiness to continue supporting initiatives and efforts that contribute to the search for a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace solution to the Palestinian issue; which considers Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories based on the 1967 borders; and which allows for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital." 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/CELAC-Summit-Peace-is-Anti-Imperialist-Ralph-Gonsalves-Says-20240301-0007.html <![CDATA[CELAC Summit Closes in St Vincent and the Grenadines]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 10:57:23 -04:00 The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concluded its eighth summit after a fruitful day of discussions that yielded positive results on issues of common interest.

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The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and host, Ralph Gonsalves, expressed his satisfaction with the opening day in which the 33 delegations discussed the agenda in depth. Together they made progress towards the adoption of the Kingstown Declaration, with all major issues included in the text.

Gonsalves said that the Declaration contains initiatives to promote food security, combat climate change and maintain regional peace. It also refers to the actions needed to address groups such as women, people with disabilities, Afro-descendants and indigenous people.

According to the prime minister, the document is comprehensive and includes special statements on the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the United States against Cuba, the Israeli massacre in Gaza, the instability in Haiti and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Gonsalves revealed that during the meeting, the presidents discussed the need to take advantage of the subcontinent's potential to operate its own disaster mitigation fund and to open a science, technology and innovation center.

He further noted that they endorsed a Chilean pronouncement for the management and exploitation by the countries of the area of the existing resources in the seabed.

The Agency for Public Information reported that the afternoon session of the meeting was held behind closed doors. 

Created in 2010, CELAC includes 33 countries with a population of about 600 million. Below are the main events of its 8th summit as they occur.

The Bolivian president, Luis Arce, advocates strengthening Celac in the face of hegemonic powers' interests. Arce insisted that the strengthening of Celac and all regional integration spaces are the only alternative against war and foreign interference.

He raised a warning about a new wave of interference in Latin America. The president rejected hostile actions by the United States and the United Kingdom, that "seek to break the peace that we have established in the region."

During the height of tension between Venezuela and Guyana, the United States ordered air military exercises with the Guyanese defense forces, while the United Kingdom sent a ship to the coasts of that country. In this respect the president noted that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) achieved that Venezuela and Guyana have a direct dialogue.

He also questioned the illegal and illegitimate "unilateral coercive measures" against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, which he described as "perverse instruments of economic asphyxiation outside international law." 

Likewise, Arce referred to the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine and called on the international community and the United Nations Security Council to "redouble their efforts to promote an immediate ceasefire in Gaza." "We demand a final solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution, allowing Palestine the right to self-determination as an independent and sovereign state," he said.

"Genocidal war and unilateral sanctions are expressions of an unjust, exclusionary and undemocratic international order, multilateralism cannot continue to be hijacked by those who seek to impose a global dictatorship," he added.

The Government of Nicaragua in its message to the CELAC member states expressed, "We dream of a united, supportive and cooperative Latin American and Caribbean Community." President Daniel Ortega's minister advisor for Policy and International Affairs, Valdrack Jaentschke highligted the guiding principles of sovereignty, independence and non-interference in the internal affairs of the states to which the region aspires. However, he noted "the reality is that we are facing attempts by imperialism to continue its colonialist and neocolonial practices, threatening the unity of our region."

Jaentschke criticized the consequences of the predatory and environmentally destructive capitalist system. "Our Latin American and Caribbean countries, which contribute the least to global greenhouse emissions, face the most severe repercussions of climate change: prolonged droughts, extreme weather events, rising sea levels and loss of biodiversity," he said. 

These are just some of the threats that limit our development, food security, access to clean water, public health, and endanger the lives of our people, the minister said. In this regard he advocated for food sovereignty, in correspondence with the eradication of hunger, poverty and inequalities. 

The Nicaraguan representative rejected the unilateral restrictive measures that have a negative impact on different areas in our nations in the economic, progress and social aspects that directly affect the human rights of our nationals. In this regard, he expressed the solidarity of the Nicaraguan government with the sister nations of Cuba and Venezuela that suffer aggression and coercion by the U.S. and its allies.

Colombian president Gustavo Petro stresses the need to promote peace. In his speech he called Israel's continued bombing of Palestinians in Gaza a genocide. Israel is committing "genocide before our eyes," he said, denouncing the support that Britain, the United States and the European Union granted to Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

Petro also called the failed war on drugs led by the U.S. government a genocide. "We have lived through a genocide of a million Latin Americans in the last half century."

He criticized Washington for establishing a fight against drugs on the basis of "repression, jail, police and murder and not on prevention and public health." In this respect, the Colombian president denounced that the big drug lords have been protected by corrupt authorities.

Regarding the process of peace in Colombia, Petro noted that "it has taken significant steps, with the invaluable contribution of the CELAC countries." 

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel says the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace is a historic milestone. "The Proclamation means hope for millions, whose main concern is survival in a world convulsed by violence and wars," he said.

To support peace is to defend the right of every people to freely choose their political model, and their own path to economic and social development, the president said in his speech.

In this regard, he called for the defense of peace with dialogue in the face of differences, cooperation in the face of challenges and more unity in the face of diversity.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva proposes a motion to demand an immediate end to the genocide perpetrated by Israel in Gaza. "I want to take advantage of the presence of UN Secretary General António Guterres to propose a Celac motion for an immediate end to this genocide," Lula said. 

He urged Guterres to invoke Article 99 of the UN Charter for the Security Council to pronounce itself on the situation in Gaza, which threatens international peace and security.

The president also made a call on the international community about the indifference to the suffering of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza. "Already more than 30,000 are dead. The lives of thousands of innocent women and children are at stake," he said. 

"The humanitarian tragedy in Gaza requires that we all be able to say enough is enough to the collective punishment that the Israeli government imposes on the Palestinian people. People are dying waiting in line for food. The indifference of the international community is shocking," the Brazilian president told the summit.

The UN Secretary calls for cooperation to promote development in peace. United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres pointed out that Latin America and the Caribbean have shown that unity, solidarity, and cooperation are possible and enable the promotion of sustainable development and peace.

This, in turn, helps to address poverty, hunger, threats to social cohesion, and the climate crisis, he stressed, mentioning that arms and drug trafficking threaten LATAM. Therefore, the UN will support initiatives that contribute to mitigating the consequences of these scourges.

Guterres further criticized the international financial system, which he considered unjust and incapable of responding to the financing demands of developing nations.

PM Gonsalves stresses that peace is anti-imperialist. During his speech at the CELAC summit, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves affirmed that regional peacekeeping is an anti-imperialist and anti-hegemony task.

Justice, prosperity, and civilized living are the means to achieve peace, he said, recalling that LATAM peace is often undermined by trafficking of U.S.-made arms to transnational gangs.

Gonsalves supported thus Mexico's initiative to present legal actions against U.S. arms manufacturers, and welcomed the fact that Mexican courts have accepted these actions.

Honduras Takes Over Pro Tempore Presidency of CELAC. Honduran President Xiomara Castro, who also serves as the president of the Central American Integration System, stated that she had the honor of assuming the CELAC presidency until 2025.

"As a proud representative of the Honduran resistance, I send a strong, giant, and brave embrace to the noble people of the Latin American and Caribbean Great homeland," she said and reaffirmed her "unwavering commitment" to peace.

Castro recalled that the proclamation of LATAM as a "Peace Zone", which was ratified at the second CELAC summit held in Havana, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2024.

"Despite all the difficulties we have faced, we have managed to maintain our historical custom of being a war-free zone. Today we must reaffirm our commitment that never will a people of Latin America and the Caribbean use violence against a brotherly country."

"The problems and differences among this bloc's countries must be resolved among ourselves without external interference or pressure, using dialogue as a tool, and always thinking about regional well-being and the self-determination of peoples," Castro stated.

"I am a defender of peace. Latin America must raise its voice," she said, concluding her speech by recalling the words of Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres, who urged to "exercise humanity because there is no time left."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/US-Veterans-Burn-Uniforms-in-Tribute-to-Aaron-Bushnell-20240301-0006.html <![CDATA[US Veterans Burn Uniforms in Tribute to Aaron Bushnell]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 10:02:47 -04:00 On Wednesday evening, United States Army veterans held a symbolic act in memory of Aaron Bushnell, who immolated himself on February 25 in protest against the genocide carried out by the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza.

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During a vigil held in Oregon, a dozen U.S. veterans burned their military uniforms while shouting slogans in favor of the liberation of the Palestinian people.

"This symbolic gesture was intended, not only to honor the late U.S. airman but also to express a profound rejection of what they perceive as U.S. complicity in the current Israeli genocide against Palestinians in Gaza," Al Mayadeen reported.

"This happens amid a wave of protests, tributes, and social media messages pouring in to honor Bushnell, a 25-year-old active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force," it added.

"I am an active duty member of the United States Air Force. And I will no longer be complicit in genocide," Bushnell said while walking toward the Israeli embassy in Washington, as recorded in a video posted on social media.

"I'm about to engage in an extreme act of protest, but compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it's not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal," he said.

The heroic action of this young U.S. citizen has aroused expressions of respect among those who embrace the Palestinian cause around the world.

"Aaron Bushnell is the first American to have his portrait raised by the Yemeni people. The first U.S. soldier to be publicly honored in Yemen. Bushnell's sacrifice has touched the world. He lives on in the hearts of millions," social media user Aldanmarki said, posting images of massive acts of solidarity with Bushnell from Yemen.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/President-Maduro-Arrives-in-St.-Vicent-for-CELAC-Summit-20240301-0005.html <![CDATA[President Maduro Arrives in St. Vicent for CELAC Summit]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 09:23:47 -04:00 On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to participate in the 8th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

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Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Ambassador Gareth Bynoe, Deputy Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel, and Deputy Foreign Affairs Ministry Sandy Peters received the Bolivarian leader at the Argyle International Airport.

Also present at the airport were the Venezuelan ambassador to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Francisco Perez and the Vice Minister for the Caribbean Raul Li Causi.

In this summit, the CELAC leaders will seek to consolidate regional cooperation by addressing issues related to political, social, economic and cultural integration.

This event will take place at the Sandals resort in BuccamentBay, where 32 delegations from member countries of the regional bloc will be hosted.

At the end of the 8th summit, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will hand over the presidency of CELAC Honduras, whose president Xiomara Castro will lead the regional group for one year.

Created in 2010, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States is a regional bloc of 33 sovereign countries with a population of about 600 million, and GDP of US$3 trillion.

It includes countries such as Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Guatemala, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and Uruguay.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/France-Will-Not-Send-Troops-to-Fight-in-Ukraine-FM-Sejourne-20240301-0004.html <![CDATA[France Will Not Send Troops to Fight in Ukraine: FM Sejourne]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 08:49:39 -04:00 On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephanie Sejourne announced that France will not be sending troops to Ukraine to carry out military operations.

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"French people will not die for Ukraine. We will not send troops for combat. The framework has been set, which is to prevent Russia from achieving victory without engaging in war with it," he clarified.

Previously, he noted that the presence of French soldiers in Ukraine is intended to fulfill "non-combat tasks" and considered that the activity of Western military personnel in that European country would not signify complicity in the ongoing armed conflict.

On Feb. 26, President Emmanuel Macron said that the possibility of sending European troops to Ukraine could not be ruled out. His statements generated strong criticism.

"A possible military deployment that clearly does not meet with popular approval. A poll by the CSA Institute, conducted for CNEWS, Europe 1, and Le JDD, showed on Wednesday, February 28, that more than 3 out of 4 French people (76 percent) believe that French military troops should not be sent to Ukraine," Scenari Economici reported.

For his part, Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said that "this is not a war with Russia." Referring tacitly to Macron’s statements, he added that "saying 'we do not rule anything out' is neither a sign of weakness nor implies escalation."

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) also expressed skepticism about the French president's idea, arguing that the deployment of Alliance and European Union troops to Ukraine would only lead to an escalation of the conflict.

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov indicated that if Western countries send troops to Ukraine, direct confrontation between Russia and NATO would be inevitable.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Turkish-Diplomacy-Forum-to-Discuss-Crises-in-Ukraine-and-Gaza-20240301-0003.html <![CDATA[Turkish Diplomacy Forum to Discuss Crises in Ukraine and Gaza]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 08:13:47 -04:00 From Friday, Türkiye hosts a three-day forum on global diplomacy with the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Gaza crisis and climate change among the topics on the agenda.

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The Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF), now in its third edition, will bring together over 20 heads of state and government, as well as 90 ministers and other prominent figures, to discuss how to address the challenges facing the world.

The forum, held under the auspices of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aims to promote Türkiye's regional and global role in diplomacy, as well as to foster dialogue and cooperation among the participants.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend the forum and talk with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan. The two sides have been preparing for a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Türkiye, which has been delayed several times.

Lavrov and Fidan are expected to discuss the situation in Ukraine, where Russia launched a military operation in 2022 that triggered Western sanctions and a diplomatic standoff.

Türkiye, a NATO member, has tried to mediate between Moscow and Kiev, while maintaining good ties with both. Türkiye had brokered a deal with the United Nations in 2022 to facilitate the export of Ukrainian grains through the Black Sea, but the deal was later abandoned.

The forum will also address the ongoing conflict in Gaza, where Israel occupation forces have killed over 30,000 Palestinians and displacing nearly 2 million people since October 2023.

The Gaza issue would be high on the agenda of the forum, as it has the potential to spread and affect the stability of the region and the world.

A side event would be held to gather members of the Gaza Contact Group, which was formed by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to take action to end the violence in Gaza and achieve a lasting peace.

The forum's theme this year is "Advancing Diplomacy in Times of Turmoil," reflecting the current global landscape marked by multiple crises and uncertainties.

The forum will feature 50 sessions covering various topics, such as climate change, terrorism, food security, artificial intelligence and space diplomacy.

The forum, which started in 2021, was postponed last year due to the twin earthquakes that hit southeastern Türkiye in February 2023, killing more than 53,000 people in the country's worst disaster in modern history. 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Iranians-Elect-Legislators-and-Expert-Assembly-Members-20240301-0001.html <![CDATA[Iranians Elect Legislators and Expert Assembly Members]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 07:53:09 -04:00 On Friday, voting for Iran's 12th parliament and sixth Assembly of Experts began at 8:00 a.m. local time Friday at about 60,000 polling stations across the country.

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More than 15,000 candidates are competing for 290 seats in the Iranian parliament, while 144 candidates are vying for positions at the eight-year-term Assembly of Experts.

This 88-member institution oversees the activities of Iran's supreme leader, and is empowered to designate and dismiss the supreme leader.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei cast his vote at a polling station in the Iranian capital Tehran immediately after the voting began.

The text reads, "120 international media and 350 foreign journalists from 20 countries are in Iran to cover the parliamentary elections."

A total of 61.17 million people are eligible to vote in the two elections, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. The voting will end at 6:00 p.m. but will be extended if necessary.

On Wednesday, Iran's Constitutional Council Spokesman Hadi Tahan Nazif said that 230,000 Iranians have been trained to monitor and observe the polling stations, adding that 250,000 forces will be responsible for security in the elections.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Polish-Government-and-Farmers-Fail-to-Reach-Agreements-20240301-0002.html <![CDATA[Polish Government and Farmers Fail to Reach Agreements]]> Fri, 1 Mar 2024 07:36:20 -04:00 On Thursday afternoon, the meeting between Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Agriculture Minister Czeslaw Siekierski, and protesting farmers ended without an agreement.

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After the meeting, Tusk said that all participants wanted to protect Polish agriculture, the Polish market and the European market from the consequences of the ill-advised decision to fully liberalize trade with Ukraine.

"We believed that we were on the same side. We want to help Ukraine and we will help Ukraine," Tusk said, adding that "this support cannot be at the expense of the Polish farmers."

Tusk also said that the Polish side, both the protesters and the government, would prepare precise demands regarding changes to the European Green Deal.

 

Polish Prime Minister warned that his country was not going to respect the European Green Deal if some of its provisions were not changed. 

Despite describing the meeting as constructive, Krzysztof Chmiel, a farmer representative, said that they learned nothing specific and no decisions were made at the meeting.

With no agreement reached with the government, the next protest would be highly likely carried out as planned on March 6 in Warsaw, he added.

On Tuesday, Polish farmers staged a demonstration in Warsaw, demanding the removal of some provisions of the European Green Deal, which they say hampers agricultural production in the bloc, and the closure of the borders to restrict the influx of agri-food products from non-EU countries, mainly Ukraine. 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Regional-Leaders-Arrive-in-St.-Vincent-for-CELAC-Summit-20240229-0026.html <![CDATA[Regional Leaders Arrive in St. Vincent for CELAC Summit]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 22:48:59 -04:00 Leaders and diplomats from across the region have begun arriving Thursday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to attend the VIII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

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CELAC is once again bringing together leaders and other government leaders from its 33 countries. Its chairman, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, chairs tomorrow's meeting at the soon-to-open Sandals Resort at Buccament Bay.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne have arrived at Argyle International Airport (AIA).

The leaders received a warm Vincentian welcome from government ministers of the Caribbean country, host of the largest diplomatic meeting to strengthen regional dialogue.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez has also arrived in St. Vincent, as has his Bolivian counterpart, Luis Arce, who was received by the Honorable Federick Stephenson, Minister of Public Services, Consumer Affairs and Sports of SVG, upon his arrival at the AIA.

The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, and his delegation were received by the Honorable Keisal Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who will also participate in the summit, has already arrived with his delegation at Argyle International Airport.

On this occasion, the Honduran president will assume the pro tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Her presidency will last for one year, replacing the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Luis-Arce-Begins-the-Agenda-of-International-Meetings-20240229-0025.html <![CDATA[Luis Arce Begins the Agenda of International Meetings]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 22:41:06 -04:00 This Thursday Bolivian President Luis Arce began an international tour to attend the VIII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the VII Summit of the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries (FPEG) in the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

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David Choquehuanca, vice president of Bolivia, will hold the interim presidency until the return of Arce, once the diplomatic commitments have been completed.

Arce arrived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines after 21.00, Bolivian time, to participate in the CELAC summit.

Regarding CELAC, the president defined it as a mechanism that should allow us to deepen the unity of our America and consolidate our determined participation in the constitution of a new multipolar world.

Another important stop on its international agenda is the participation in the VII Summit of the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries (FPEG) in the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

This is an international organization that provides the framework for the exchange of experiences and information on hydrocarbons among the oil exporting countries in the world.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-President-Highlights-Anti-imperialist-Nature-of-the-Revolution-20240229-0024.html <![CDATA[Venezuelan President Highlights Anti-imperialist Nature of the Bolivarian Revolution]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 21:49:38 -04:00 On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro hailed the anti-imperialist character of the Bolivarian Revolution proclaimed by Commander Hugo Chavez 20 years ago.

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"The anti-imperialist character of the Bolivarian Revolution is still in force in the thought and action of the men and women who defend the homeland," Maduro said in a message released through the social network X on the occasion of the commemoration of the memorable speech of Commander Hugo Chávez in defense of the homeland.

On February 29, 2004, Commander Hugo Chávez declared the anti-imperialist character of the Bolivarian Revolution of the XXI Century. From the Botanical Garden, Chavez pronounced his famous anti-imperialist speech before the provocations of the then President of the U.S., George Bush.

On the occasion, the Venezuelan President said that 20 years ago Commander Chavez told the world that in Venezuela there is an anti-imperialist Revolution, which does not surrender to any empire and turned the Bolivarian Revolution into a guide for free peoples.

Maduro recalled how Commander Chávez "lit a torch for the future" and that the extreme right wing filled with violence the Greater Caracas and other cities of the country in 2004. He also referred to the threats of the U.S. against Venezuela: "That legacy in force we are going to defend it with our lives, together with our people, so that, to our country, that nauseating empire respects it, sooner rather than later."

To commemorate the emblematic date, the Great National Caravan of the Bolivarian Rage was held in Caracas, gathering in the capital all the revolutionaries from the national territory. 

"Two hundred years ago El Libertador and the generation of liberators declared the anti-colonialist character and we were right. It was only in the 20th century that anti-colonialism was imposed as a value of all humanity, but Venezuela raised the flag of anti-colonialism early, first in the world. And also in the 21st century we were the first," Maduro said before the Venezuelan people.

The president celebrated the "immense concentration of the people in the streets. The images are impressive. What an immense and beautiful expression of support and solidarity."

"Let's get ready for the greatest victory of the people," this 2024, said the Venezuelan president who warned the U.S. government and extreme right-wing circles that "we are just warming up engines for the battles to come."

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Gustavo-Petro-Suspends-Arms-Purchase-From-Israel--20240229-0021.html <![CDATA[Gustavo Petro Suspends Arms Purchase From Israel ]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 21:29:05 -04:00 On Thursday, Colombian President Gustavo Petro suspended the purchase of arms from Israel following the bombing of civilians waiting for food in the Gaza Strip.

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In his X account, the president affirmed, "The world must block [Benjamin] Netanyahu. Colombia suspends all arms purchases from Israel".

Additionally, the president described the incident as genocide and compared it to the Holocaust.

Petro has harshly criticized Israel on many occasions as an example of this was the support shown for Algeria’s proposal for a ceasefire.

On the petition to the International Criminal Court declared, "The Republic of Colombia will contribute to the denunciation of the Republic of Algeria brought before the International Criminal Court for war crimes against Benjamin Netanyahu in the face of the massacre of children and civilians of the Palestinian people that he has produced".

He also said about the words of Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, "Outrageous is killing children with bombs. I am unworthy against genocide"

Israel is one of the main arms exporters in the world, generating approximately 3.5 billion dollars annually, for the sale of military equipment.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Jamaica-to-Host-Caricom-Meeting-on-Haiti-Crisis-20240229-0020.html <![CDATA[Jamaica to Host Caricom Meeting on Haiti Crisis]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 21:04:42 -04:00 On Thursday, official sources announced that Jamaica will soon host a meeting with Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders and other stakeholders interested in finding a lasting solution to Haiti's political, economic and social instability.

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The regional news agency Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) indicated that sources close to the matter confirmed that the meeting will be held within two weeks.

Its celebration arose from the conversations between the Caribbean and the Haitian delegation present at the 46th Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom, held from Sunday to Wednesday in Guyana.

According to CMC, the matter will be included in the Georgetown Final Declaration and the bloc will call on all parties involved to make the necessary concessions to unblock the impasse in the French-speaking nation.

The tweet reads, "Caricom leaders said in a statement that #Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to hold elections in Haiti before August 2025. However, Henry has promised several times to hold elections since taking office following the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, but he and other officials have said gang violence has prevented them from keeping those promises."

The Caribbean countries analyzed the Haitian crisis with representatives of Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the United Nations, acknowledged its seriousness, showed concern for the continued deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation there, and emphasized the need to make way for a "participatory and inclusive" solution.

This issue was one of the priorities of the Caricom meeting and the leaders reiterated from the outset their commitment to finding strategies to put an end to the ongoing problems in Haiti.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuban-President-Arrives-to-Saint-Vincent-and-the-Grenadines-20240229-0019.html <![CDATA[Cuban President arrives to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 20:44:50 -04:00 Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez arrived today in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the framework of the VIII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

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The president was received this afternoon at Argyle airport by Deputy Prime Minister Daniel Montgomery.

The President is expected to speak tomorrow at the regional meeting, which also marks 10 years since the signing of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, a historic document signed by all members of CELAC.

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, accompanies Diaz-Canel.

This is the second trip of a presidential delegation to the Caribbean country, the first was in 2022 as part of an official visit to Latin America and the Caribbean.

In his official account of X, the Cuban president said about the upcoming CELAC summit, "We continue to bet on moving forward together towards the integration of our countries. Unity in diversity is the key".

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Kenya-and-Ethiopia-to-Enhance-Bilateral-Ties-20240229-0018.html <![CDATA[Kenya and Ethiopia to Enhance Bilateral Ties]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 20:40:40 -04:00 On Wednesday, Kenya and Ethiopia signed seven memoranda of understanding (MoUs) aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

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The MoUs, which were inked in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, after bilateral talks between President William Ruto of Kenya and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, include cooperation in cultural development, tourism and wildlife, the blue economy, correctional services, petroleum, and energy development, and capacity building in the public service.

In a joint communiqué, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in other sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, transport, ICT, health, and forestry in efforts to meet national aspirations for socioeconomic growth and also actualize the African Union's Agenda 2063.
Ruto said the two nations are keen on strengthening partnerships that will boost their quest for rapid economic transformation and shared prosperity.

"I believe that we are now ready to take the next step in making the Kenya-Ethiopia partnership a beacon of transformative possibility and a force for good in our region and our continent," he said in a statement issued by the presidency.

The two leaders also committed to the revitalization of the Special Status Agreement aimed to bolster economic ties and streamline business operations through reciprocal measures while safeguarding the sovereignty and dignity of each country. They committed to leveraging the cordial relations between the two nations to enhance trade and investment.

Both Ruto and Abiy also pledged to step up efforts geared towards maintaining peace, security, and stability in the region and the continent.

They stressed the importance of ongoing consultations to expedite reforms of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. "These reforms aim to enhance representation, democracy, accountability, effectiveness, and responsiveness to global realities, challenges and opportunities," Ruto said.

Abiy, who began his three-day state visit to Kenya Tuesday, said the strong relations between the two countries will be pivotal in expediting the realization of ambitious economic plans for both nations. He praised Kenya's efforts in sustaining and realizing peace and security to foster economic growth, and pointed out that the region's economic prosperity is intimately tied to its security and stability. 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/DR-15717-Prisoners-Await-Trial-20240229-0017.html <![CDATA[DR: 15,717 Prisoners Await Trial]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 20:22:39 -04:00 On Thursday, official sources informed that jurists and university professors ask judges and prosecutors to stop abusive and excessive use of preventive detention as the main coercive measure.

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In the New Prison Model by 2020 there were 5,567 pre-trial detainees, while in the Traditional Model there were a total of 10,761.

By 2021 there were a total of 6,174 pre-trial detainees in the New Model, while in the Traditional Model there were 10,118 pre-trial detainees.

While in 2022, in the New and Traditional Model there were a total of 15,310 pre-trial detainees, in 2023, there were 15,442 pre-trial detainees.

Meanwhile, in 2024, in both the new and traditional models, the number of pre-trial detainees increased to 15,717, 59.54%, out of a total of 26,396 inmates nationwide.

The tweet reads, "The person in charge of civil and political affairs of the Dominican Human Rights Commission, Juan Miguel Rondón, said that in prisons there are "constant violations of human rights."

These levels are causing much concern among jurists and university professors, who are asking judges and prosecutors to stop abusive and excessive use of pre-trial detention.

The report prepared by Manuel Antonio Acosta Polanco, in charge of the statistics division, also highlights that in 2022 there were 10,401 prisoners with convictions, in 2023 a total of 10,755 prisoners with sentences and in 2024 to date a total of 10,679 convictions.

The director of the National Public Defense Office, Rodolfo Valentin Santos, has described as "alarming" the number of pre-trial detainees in the country, since 60 percent of the inmates are awaiting a definitive sentence, after pointing out that the prison population is currently overcrowded.

He indicated that the excess of preventive imprisonment, which is the most burdensome coercive measure, has become in the Dominican judicial system an anticipated penalty, in addition to the fact that it contributes to prison overpopulation.

"It is the non-applicability of the norm or of the Criminal Procedural Code, we have unfortunately a deficient process, we have officials afraid to comply with the law", indicated Valentin Santos-.

He pointed out that at present Dominican prisons are overcrowded, which makes it difficult to guarantee the rights of the inmates.

According to a study by the Ombudsman, 30 percent of the prison population has heart problems, eye diseases, sickle cell disease and 20 percent suffer from mental health problems; 10 percent from kidney disease, 8 percent from diabetes, 5 percent from tuberculosis and 3 percent from HIV, an alarming fact that half of the prison population does not receive care.

 
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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cubana-Aviacion-Restarts-Flights-Between-Havana-Caracas-20240229-0016.html <![CDATA[Cubana de Aviacion Restarts Flights Between Havana and Caracas]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:34:51 -04:00 The Cuban airline announced the restart of its flights between Havana and Caracas. From February 25, 2024, passengers will be able to travel between these two Latin American capitals.

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The schedules of these flights will be at 7:45 in the morning from Havana, Cuba time, to reach Caracas at 11 am, Venezuela time.

The return flight from Caracas is scheduled for 1 pm Venezuelan time and will arrive at 4:15 pm Cuban time.

Flights will run once a week. The airline will fly to Caracas every Sunday. There was no air traffic between Havana and Caracas for 4 years

According to Cubana de Aviación, the round-trip ticket, for the period from 10 to 17 March 2024, will be priced from US$ 865.20.

The ticket price between Havana and Caracas includes taxes, surcharges and supplements. Travel will be made on Tupolev 204 equipment.

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/United-States-Dismantles-Stolen-Plane-Venezuela-20240229-0015.html <![CDATA[United States Dismantles Stolen Plane to Venezuela]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:10:28 -04:00 The United States (US) government scrapped the Venezuelan plane seized from the Cargo del Sur Transport Company (Emtrasur), a subsidiary of the state-owned Conviasa. 

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The plane had been retained since June 2022 by the Argentine government. The main reason for its seizure was its membership of Iranian corporation, Mahan Air, to which the US had imposed sanctions for alleged financing of terrorist groups.

Since its seizure, the US government had asked to be given the ship as part of evidence of an alleged Iranian terrorist network. In 2024 President Javier Milei unconstitutionally ceded the plane to the US.

The Bolivarian government rejected the hijacking and protested the illegitimacy of the action. Yvan Gil called the operation "shameful theft of the aircraft".

Faced with this situation, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro affirmed "Milei’s bandit stole the plane from Venezuela, Javier Milei, the hero of the extreme right of the surnames, that hero of the extreme right of the surnames stole a large plane from Venezuela".

This Wednesday, it was announced that the plane already owned by the United States, was scrapped and destroyed in North American territory.

The Venezuelan Transport Minister and President of Conviasa stated in X "In the Arizona desert, the US government maintains a cemetery of more than 5,000 planes, degrading the environment of the planet. Yesterday they tore apart the EMTRASUR plane, to demoralize the Venezuelan people and demonstrate its imperial character."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Prime-Minister-Haiti-Visits-Kenya-Detail-International-Aid-20240229-0014.html <![CDATA[Prime Minister of Haiti Visits Kenya to Detail International Aid]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:13:54 -04:00 Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry met with Kenyan President William Ruto today to discuss details of the deployment of the UN-authorized international mission in Haiti.

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The mission in Haiti will be led by the African country with the aim of confronting gangs operating in the Caribbean country and returning public safety.

The President of Kenya said in X "Kenya partners with the people of Haiti for our common heritage. We are offering the experience and knowledge of our police officers in the Multinational Security Support Mission (MMAS) in Haiti, as mandated by the United Nations Security Council and guided by our courts".

The Kenyan mission in Haiti was made possible by negotiations on behalf of the Caribbean country at the UN headquarters, because in 2022, when the Haitian government asked for help to restore order, Nairobi refused to act on the basis of its policy of non-interference in other countries' affairs.

The UN Security Council authorized in October 2023 the dispatch of a support mission to the Haitian National Police, in response to the request made a year earlier by the Haitian Prime Minister to eradicate armed gangs.

But despite being approved the deployment was not until mid-February that a Haitian delegation held meetings in Washington with US and Kenyan authorities to plan the arrival of MMAS to the Caribbean island.

Another factor that hindered and delayed the mission is funding, which comes from countries such as the United States, Canada and France. However, aid from these countries has been very weak and scarce.

Although the leader of the mission will be Kenya, countries such as Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados will also contribute military forces.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Gaza-Strip-More-than-70-Killed-in-Israeli-Strike-20240229-0013.html <![CDATA[Gaza Strip: More than 70 Killed in Israeli Strike]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 16:17:29 -04:00 On Thursday, more than 70 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured in an Israeli attack on a crowd of citizens gathered to await the arrival of food in the northern city of Gaza.

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The official Wafa news agency reported that the incident occurred this morning in Al-Rashid Street, when the military opened machine gun fire on thousands of people desperate to get food.

He detailed that 57 fatalities and more than 254 wounded were transferred to Al-Shifa Medical Complex, although he clarified that the number is so high that it exceeds the capacity of the medical staff to deal with such cases.

Another 20 dead bodies and 160 injured were sent to Kamal Adwan Hospital in the north of the Strip, and more than 90 wounded transferred to Al-Awda Medical Center in Jabalia.

In Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City, planes bombed several residential squares, also resulting in dozens of fatalities and injuries, he added.

Wafa reported that at least 25 citizens, mostly children and women, were killed in another attack on Nuseirat and Al-Bureij refugee camps.

According to the World Food Program, the population of the coastal enclave is suffering "unprecedented levels of desperation", while the United Nations warned that 2.2 million people are on the brink of famine.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization also recently warned that Gaza's citizens are affected by unprecedented levels of food insecurity and acute hunger.

 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Global-Biodiversity-Summit-to-Be-Hosted-in-October-20240229-0012.html <![CDATA[Colombia: Global Biodiversity Summit to Be Hosted in October]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 15:58:41 -04:00 On Wednesday, Colombia’s Minister of Environment Susana Muhamad announced that the Latin American country will host the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 16) from Oct 21 to Nov 1.

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The announcement was made on the sidelines of the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) underway in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. "This is an opportunity for Colombia's indigenous communities to showcase a paradigm shift in the way the conservation of biodiversity should be undertaken globally," Muhamad said.

The Colombian minister added that COP 16 will be a mixture of cultural and environmental biodiversity from Latin American countries.

The launch of the logo of a fresh flower took place during the official announcement of Colombia's hosting of the UN biodiversity summit.

An everlasting flower, did you know that the Inírida flower can withstand long floods and droughts? It is the symbol of resilience! That is why this flower is the logo of the COP 16 in Colombia and, therefore, of Peace with Nature!

The tweet reads, "An everlasting flower, did you know that the Inírida flower can withstand long floods and droughts? It is the symbol of resilience! That is why this flower is the logo of the COP 16 in Colombia and, therefore, of Peace with Nature!"

David Cooper, acting executive secretary of the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said that delegates will share experiences, find solutions, and inspire partnerships toward tackling global biodiversity loss. He noted COP 16 would allow local and indigenous communities to share their experiences and strengthen their links with biodiversity.

According to Cooper, indigenous communities in 13 ecoregions of Colombia and neighboring countries will share their knowledge of rare endemic species with the delegates. The COP 16 will accelerate action and show progress towards turning the four goals and 23 targets of the biodiversity plan into nationally driven action.

He said that the delegates are expected to demonstrate the alignment of their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans with the Biodiversity Plan.

The tweet reads, "Great meeting with the Chinese Minister of Ecology and outgoing president of COP15, Huang Runqiu, during UNEA6. His support and experience will be key to ensure the success of COP 16 Colombia in Cali this year."

Cooper revealed that the fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, which will take place in Nairobi from May 21-29, will provide an opportunity to review progress five months before COP 16 gets underway in Cali, Colombia.

According to Cooper, COP 16 will be the first biodiversity summit since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework at COP 15 held in December 2022 in Montreal, Canada.

During COP 16, governments will review the state of implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, develop the monitoring framework, and advance resource mobilization for the Global Biodiversity Framework. In addition, the summit will finalize and operationalize the multilateral mechanism for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources.

 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Latin-American-Cinema-in-First-Decade-of-the-20th-Century-20240229-0011.html <![CDATA[Latin American Cinema in First Decade of the 20th Century]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 14:18:36 -04:00 Cinema in Latin America resembles its peoples, representing, at least potentially, a very propitious space for the development of audiovisual industries worthy of enriching the identity processes and imaginaries of each people.

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However, it is often neglected by the authorities in charge of its promotion and by governments that do not encourage strategies aimed at a growing, albeit still unsatisfactory, integration of regional cinema.

This is one of the main artistic and cultural expressions of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as a powerful means of mass communication. Its characteristics make it a primary source of interest for the study of political projects and collective imaginaries within different communities and in specific historical periods.

A Bit of History

The film industry arrived in Latin America in 1896, after the first exhibition of the Lumiére brothers in 1895 in the city of Paris. From then on, filming and projection equipment and professionals arrived, which led to the beginning of the development of productions in that region.

In the 20th century, the dissemination of this art increased, especially in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, and from the 1930s onwards, Latin America aroused the curiosity and interest of many foreign filmmakers who sought landscapes, luminosities and "exotic" themes for their films. This is the case of Serguei Eisenstein who films ¡Qué Viva México! Film production companies also emerged, some with state support, such as Mexico Films, and others on the initiative of private entrepreneurs, such as Pecusa (Películas Cubanas S.A.). Most of the films of the time purported to show a Latin America attractive to foreigners, with lush landscapes and beautiful women.

The 1940s saw the rise of the "cinema of tears" and the production of many comedies such as Mexican rancheras, which showed life in the countryside and disseminated a nationalist discourse.  In Brazil, that decade and the 1950s are considered the "golden phase" for studios such as Atlântida (RJ) and Vera Cruz (SP), which produced melodramas and mainly comedies, known as "chanchadas."

During the so-called golden age of Mexican and Brazilian cinema, Latin American companies such as Mexico's Estudios Churubusco and Argentina's Sono Films, which had a large infrastructure and their own "stars-system," also stood out. These competed for the hegemony of Latin American audiences on the continent, including populations in the southern United States. Latin American audiences cultivated, along with Hollywood icons, their own local stars and "divas" such as María Félix, Ninón Sevilla, Rita Montaner, Dolores del Río, and leading men such as Pedro Armendáriz, Fernando Soler, Jorge Negrete, Arturo de Córdova and Pedro Infante.

Likewise, with the advent of sound films, an important musical film movement was forged, with the participation of great composers of the time such as Agustín Lara, Pedro Vargas, Ernesto Lecuona, Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, Carlos Gardel and many other famous names of Latin American music. Their rumbas, mambos, tangos, zarzuelas, valsinhas and all the wide range of urban music genres popularized by the radio stood out.Radio was the main promoter of radio soap operas and musicals that were later adapted to the movies.

In short, these were the first 50 years of cinema in Latin America, whose panorama would change substantially after the 60's with the advent of other forms of filmmaking. A more social cinema that would begin to show the life and roles of the common citizen was beginning to take shape.


 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Hugo-Chavezs-Anti-Imperialist-Speech-Resonates-After-2-Decades-20240229-0010.html <![CDATA[Hugo Chavez's Anti-Imperialist Speech Resonates After 2 Decades]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 14:59:31 -04:00 Since early Thursday morning, thousands of citizens began to move from different Venezuelan departments to Caracas, the capital city that will receive the Bolivarian Fury March, an event that remembers the late president Hugo Chavez's rebellious and anti-imperialist vocation.

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On Feb. 29, 2004, at a time when the United States was issuing threats against the Venezuelan nation, Chavez rejected the statements of President George Bush and announced the anti-imperialist nature of the Bolivarian Revolution.

“Mr. Bush, you have been supporting coup plotters who seek political destabilization. From here, I'll place a bet on you. Let's see who lasts longer: you in the White House or me in the Miraflores Palace,” the Bolivian leader said defiantly.

Some years before, supported by U.S.-based organizations, Venezuelan far-right elites attempted a coup in 2022 and instigated sabotage of oil production in 2003. Chavez placed those events in perspective as he was addressing thousands gathered on Bolivar Avenue.

The text reads, "Anti-imperialist Venezuela: Commander Chavez´s speech at the Caracas Botanical Garden."

"Those violent groups, which have been funded from Washington and supported by the CIA, aim to set the country on fire. For what?," he asked.

"They themselves have acknowledged it because they have no shame. Yesterday, a group of supposed political opposition leaders issued a statement asking that... the Organization of American States (OAS) come here. Neither the OAS nor anyone else will come here! Here exists a free people and a sovereign homeland," Chavez stressed.

"Those making destabilization plans are very mistaken," he added and mentioned intercepted radio communications through which far-right conspirators sought a quick intervention by the U.S. Marines in Venezuelan territory.

"I tell you something: here there are plenty of mountains, plains, islands, jungle, and land," Commander Chavez said, implicitly referring to the possibility of resisting a U.S.-backed military intervention through a guerrilla war.

"Let them know one thing: here there is plenty of people and 'cojones' to defend this homeland from any intruder trying to humiliate the dignity of Venezuela, our sacred land. Damn it!," he stressed, while his words were recorded in the memory of the Latin American peoples.

Commemorating 20 years of that historic speech, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro invited all citizens to continue defending Venezuelan independence, sovereignty and integrity.

"What memories! Chavez declared the anti-imperialist character of the Bolivarian Revolution. What a glorious history! Let's continue building our history. Long live Chavez!, he said.

"The Bolivarian Revolution's anti-imperialist character is current in the thoughts and actions of those men and women who defend the homeland. Twenty years after that day... we continue to raise our voices to say, Venezuela is respected!" Maduro added.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Indigenous-People-Ask-Canada-to-Investigate-Solaris-Resources-20240229-0009.html <![CDATA[Indigenous People Ask Canada to Investigate Solaris Resources]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 13:32:56 -04:00 On Thursday, the Shuar Arutam, an Indigenous people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon, filed a complaint against the Solaris Resources company before the British Columbia Securities Commission.

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The complainants specify that the company has not provided information to shareholders regarding Warintza, a copper-gold mining project that overlaps with the Shuar Arutam territory.

This legal action comes just days before the world's biggest mining conference, the annual trade show of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to be held March 3-6 in Toronto. In the past, Solaris Resources has used this forum to showcase its “Warintza model” of community engagement as a “best practice.”

In reality, however, the Vancouver-based company has been pushing its mining plans despite the continuous explicit rejection of the Warintza Project by the Shuar Arutam People.

The text reads, "According to Global Forest Watch, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 2023, over 69,000 deforestation alerts were registered in Ecuador. Between 2021 and 2023, legal and illegal miners deforested 257 hectares in the Shuar Arutam people's territory."

“The company has been disclosing partial information regarding its relationships with Indigenous communities opposing the project, and fails in its obligation to regularly disclose Ecuador’s political and legal risks that may impede mining activities,” the NGO Amazon Watch explained.

Currently, the Shuar Arutam People are the legal representative body of 47 communities with collective land title and ancestral possession of 232,500 hectares in the Condor Mountain Range, where the Canadian copper-gold project is located.

“The Shuar Arutam people have rejected the Warintza project for many years. Despite this, the company insists on promoting the project by dividing the communities and trying to reach agreements with other Indigenous organizations,” Indigenous leader Jaime Palomino said.

For over two decades, the Shuar Arutam People have expressed their opposition to extractive megaprojects in their territory. In 2019, for instance, they launched the international campaign called “The Shuar Have Already Decided: No Mining!”

In that same year, however, Solaris Resources took a first step in implementing the Warintza Project after acquiring Lowell Mineral Exploration, a company that was expelled by the Shuar Arutam People in 2006.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Havana-to-Host-a-Massive-Protest-Against-the-Gaza-Genocide-20240229-0008.html <![CDATA[Havana to Host a Massive Protest Against the Gaza Genocide]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 12:40:27 -04:00 On Saturday, March 2, the International Assembly of Peoples called on Cubans to gather at Havana's Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribune to join global mobilizations against the genocide perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza.

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"In all provinces, we will also take to the streets in solidarity with the sisterly people of Palestine," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said, condemning the holocaust Israel seeks to provoke in Rafah.

Representatives of social and political organizations such as Progressive International, ALBA Movements, and Pan-Africanism Today will be present at the mobilization in Havana.

"For months, the world has witnessed the unpunished genocide against the Palestinian people," recalled representatives of the Union of Communist Youth, University Student Federation, Federation of Cuban Women, and Federation of High School Students.

Faced with this scenario, these organizations called on all Cubans to denounce the Israeli offensive in Rafah, which they compared to the actions the Nazis took against Jews in concentration camps.

"We are witnessing a new holocaust in the midst of the 21st century," warned the young Cubans, who will take their protest to the front of the US Embassy in Havana.

In Nov, 2023, Cuban youths also called for a Pro-Palestine march, which garnered great popular support and the presence of high officials such as President Diaz-Canel.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Will-Soon-Become-the-Worlds-4th-Largest-Economy-Putin-20240229-0007.html <![CDATA[Russia Will Soon Become the World's 4th Largest Economy: Putin]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 11:14:24 -04:00 On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin presented his annual report to the Assembly of the Russian Federation, where he highlighted that his country has managed to maintain a thriving economy despite Western sanctions related to the Ukrainian special military operation.

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In his address to both legislative chambers, he highlighted the role of Russian workers, who have demonstrated their ability to tackle the most complex tasks and face any challenge.

"In 2023, the Russian economy grew at a rate above the world average. We will surpass not only the main countries of the European Union but all the countries of the Group of Seven," he said, highlighting that Russia is already the main European economy and the world's 5th largest economy when taking into account its purchasing power parity.

"The pace and, above all, the quality of growth allow us to affirm that we will take another step in the near future and become one of the four economic powers in the world," Putin stated, recalling that the population is a factor that will allow higher levels of growth to be achieved.

“In 2030, the country will have 8.3 million citizens between 20 and 24 years old. In 2035, there will be 9.7 million in this age range, that is, 2.4 million more young people than today,” he said and emphasized that Russian development depends on maintaining qualified personnel.

“We are making the dreams of the current generations come true. Tomorrow, we will have to help the new ones,” Putin said, linking Russia's national well-being to the success of the education of young people and the altruistic work of teachers.

"That is the most important guarantee for Russia's sovereignty and the continuation of our history," he stressed and announced the launch of new projects to maintain a demographic profile adequate for economic development.

Among them are projects to improve the life expectancy and quality of life of families with children, support the birth rate, and strengthen the education of young Russians. To achieve this last goal, Russia will invest 4 billion euros to create 40 university campuses by 2030.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-to-Be-Removed-From-Illinois-Primary-Ballot-Judge-Porter-20240229-0006.html <![CDATA[Trump to Be Removed From Illinois Primary Ballot: Judge Porter]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 10:30:59 -04:00 On Wednesday, a judge ruled that former President Donald Trump should be removed from the March 19 Illinois Republican primary ballot due to his role in the riot that took place at the Capitol, in Washington DC, on January 6, 2021.

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter made the ruling based on the case law surrounding the Colorado Supreme Court's 4-3 decision in December to remove Trump from that state's ballot based on the "insurrection clause" of the 14th Amendment.

Currently, the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing the Colorado decision. Porter stayed the effect of the ruling until Friday due to an anticipated appeal by the former president's lawyers.

So far, judges from the states of Colorado, Maine, and Illinois have disqualified the participation of the former U.S. president in the primary elections.

“This is a historic victory. Every court or official that has addressed the merits of Trump's constitutional eligibility has determined that he was part of an insurrection after being inaugurated and is therefore ineligible for the presidency," Ron Fein, legal director of Free Speech For People, he said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Judicial decisions have highlighted that the Republican politician was related to actions whose ultimate objective was to prevent the inauguration of Joe Biden.

"The Illinois decision is symbolic because it can only be applied if the United States Supreme Court validates the Colorado decision," journalist William Reymond explained, recalling that the supreme judges heard arguments from both sides on January 8.

"The hearings clearly showed that the Supreme Court was trying to find a 'technical' solution" rather than ruling on the merits of the case," he added, noting that such a technical solution would allow Trump to remain in the presidential race.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-to-Develop-Measures-Against-Swedens-NATO-Membership-20240229-0005.html <![CDATA[Russia to Develop Measures Against Sweden's NATO Membership]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 09:30:19 -04:00 On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Russia will closely monitor Sweden's actions following the country's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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"We will closely monitor what Sweden will do within the aggressive military bloc, how it will implement its membership in practice... and develop our response policy based on this," she said, adding that Moscow will choose which measures it will take, including military-technical ones, to curb threats to Russia's national security.

Zakharova recalled that Sweden's traditional non-alignment policy used to be an important factor in maintaining stability in Northern Europe, adding that the country's NATO membership will further undermine its sovereignty.

Previously, on Monday, Hungarian lawmakers approved a bill on Sweden's bid to join NATO, clearing the way for Sweden's accession to the military alliance.

During the second congress of the International Movement of Russophiles, Zakharova also referred to the West-financed NGOs that are acting as geopolitical instruments and trying to politically destabilize the countries that formerly belonged to the Soviet Union.

"The result of their so-called work is inevitable destabilization of the socio-political and economic situation in these countries, which creates the so-called belt of instability around Russia," she said, as reported by the TASS agency.

"Financial support is rendered to various extremist, political, and religious organizations," Zakharova pointed out, adding that the discredit campaigns of the governments and political forces in such countries seek to prevent their people from developing their own political, religious, and moral values.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Greece-Gripped-by-Strikes-on-1st-Anniversary-of-Train-Crash-20240229-0004.html <![CDATA[Greece Gripped by Strikes on 1st Anniversary of Train Crash]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 09:10:23 -04:00 On Wednesday, Greece was hit by a 24-hour nationwide strike, paralyzing public services including transport and hospitals. The trade union-led strikes were called to protest low salaries amid high living costs.

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In central Athens, around 20,000 protestors marched to mark the first anniversary of the country's deadliest-ever train crash, which happened in the valley of Tempi. Several masked young people threw Molotov cocktails at police in front of the Parliament building.

The Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Union (ADEDY) organized the demonstration on this symbolic day to call for justice for the 57 victims of the crash.

Slogans on banners carried by thousands of strikers in Athens and other cities called for human lives to be prioritized over profits. They linked the train tragedy to the living standards of salaried employees, as well as to the legacy of austerity measures imposed during the Greek debt crisis (2009-2018) to keep the economy afloat.

"The much-discussed privatization of services killed those 57 young people," said Pantelis Vainas, member of the ADEDY Executive Committee, addressing the rally.

Greece's state rail company was privatized during the debt crisis as part of bailout programs, and services personnel shrank. Unionists have called for hirings across the civil sector.

Meanwhile, a judicial investigation into the circumstances of the head-on collision of a passenger train with a freight train is still underway. Most of the passengers who died in the crash were young students returning to universities after a holiday.

Many rail employees and officials face possible charges, but survivors and victims' families are also calling for the prosecution of politicians, blaming former ministers for the state of the network and gaps in safety systems.

"A year later, the tragedy of Tempi still hurts and angers society. The pain remains unabated and questions unanswered... The state's duty is to attribute responsibility and ensure that our country never again experiences such a blow to citizens' safety and trust," Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Wednesday.

"The guilty will be punished... I have complete confidence in justice. The truth will soon emerge and the state's efforts to cure its own serious deficiencies are also not taking long," Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

During the rally in front of the Greek parliament, demonstrators said that the governments of the past two decades were responsible for the train tragedy, as well as for the everyday struggle of the average household to make ends meet.

They demanded sufficient wage increases to be able to deal with increased living costs, amidst inflationary pressures linked to the energy crisis.

During the Greek debt crisis, salaries and pensions were slashed as part of austerity measures. The economy has recovered in recent years, and the government has given pay rises to civil servants and private sector employees. However, unionists and protestors say these increases are far from enough.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Forces-Kill-104-Palestinians-Waiting-for-Aid-in-Gaza-20240229-0003.html <![CDATA[Israeli Forces Kill 104 Palestinians Waiting for Aid in Gaza]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 09:54:41 -04:00 On Thursday, Israeli occupation forces opened fire on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for aid on a coastal road west of Gaza City, killing 104 people and wounding more than 760.

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The attack occurred on Al Rashid Street, where many of the wounded were in critical condition, said Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry.

He said the dead and injured, many with serious injuries, were taken to Al-Shifa Hospital, which is overwhelmed and under-equipped. Eyewitnesses said the Israeli army targeted a large gathering of civilians on the street.

As a result of this new genocidal action, the death toll in Gaza has exceeded 30,000 since October 2023, according to data from the Health Ministry, which has also counted over 70,000 people injured so far. 

Previously, during the United Nations Security Council briefing on Tuesday, Dai Bing, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, warned that Israeli actions in Gaza severely violate international law and go beyond the bottom line of morality.

"The international community must take actions to protect civilians, save lives, and make every effort to prevent an even greater humanitarian disaster," he said, stressing that humanitarian assistance is what the people in Gaza rely on for hope of survival.

"We call on Israel to earnestly fulfill its obligations as the occupying power under the Geneva Convention, fully cooperate in the implementation of Security Council resolutions, open up all land, sea, and air access routes, and ensure the safe, rapid, and unimpeded entry of humanitarian supplies," Dai stated.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Rejects-Canadian-Exploration-in-Essequibo-20240229-0002.html <![CDATA[Venezuela Rejects Canadian Exploration in Essequibo]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 08:39:53 -04:00 On Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Yvan Gil condemned the Canadian oil exploration activities in the Essequibo, emphasizing that they involve taking sides in an unresolved territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana.

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"Canada, a constant aggressor against Venezuela, always seeking to provoke and harm our homeland, is now illegally getting involved in a territorial controversy that does not concern them, taking sides and violating all established principles between Guyana and Venezuela," he said.

"Canada has no say in matters concerning the Essequibo region. The Guyanese government must immediately demand the withdrawal of Canada's statement," Gil pointed out.

"The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States must take note of this reckless and ill-intentioned declaration that undermines peace and stability in our region," he added.

Previously, the Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas, Glen Linder, posted photographs of his visit to an oil exploration site in the Essequibo, a region which the Canadian official improperly referred to as "a proud part of Guyana."

At a meeting held in Brazil on Feb. 25, Gil and Guyana's Foreign Minister Hugh Todd worked on a roadmap to convene the first meeting of the Guyana-Venezuela Joint Commission, which will address issues related to the controversy between the two countries over the Essequibo.

Two days later, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez reaffirmed that the Bolivarian nation will not waive its defense of the rights historically belonging to it in the Essequibo.

"Venezuela does not recognize, nor will it recognize, the fraudulent boundaries of the award of dispossession," she said, noting that the Guyanese president Mohamed Irfaan Ali once again disregards international law.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/President-Maduro-Congratulates-Electoral-Calendar-Agreement-20240229-0001.html <![CDATA[President Maduro Congratulates Electoral Calendar Agreement]]> Thu, 29 Feb 2024 07:53:51 -04:00 On Wednesday, President Nicolas Maduro hailed as a success the national consensus reached among the Venezuelan political sectors regarding the proposed schedule for the 2024 presidential elections.

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The document was signed by 155 representatives of political organizations covering 97 percent of the organizations registered with the National Electoral Council (CNE). Among them were over 40 representatives from opposition political parties.

The Bolivarian leader congratulated the National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez for the most inclusive dialogue process to date. For it reflects the Venezuelan political, religious, and cultural will.

Maduro pointed out that the electoral schedule agreement is a victory for national peace and sovereignty, opening the doors to the country's economic, social, and political recovery.

"After almost a month of inclusive and interactive dialogue, all political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, academic, and religious sectors signed a comprehensive document in the National Assembly, which encapsulates the best of the dialogues and agreements signed in the past in Mexico and Barbados. It has been exemplary work!" he said.

The Venezuelan president dubbed the text as "The Great Caracas Agreement," which will be delivered on Friday to the CNE for evaluation of over 27 proposed dates for the elections.

"Venezuela will have presidential elections in 2024! The National Assembly carried out diligent and exemplary work framed in dialogue and understanding," Maduro emphasized.

"Today we have a broad and inclusive agreement. It guarantees that there will be free, democratic, and inclusive elections in Venezuela. Whatever the electoral authorities say is: Amen!" he added.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/receives-jorge-sanjines-national-decoration-order-condor-andes-20240228-0021.html <![CDATA[Jorge Sanjines Receives Decoration of the Condor of the Andes]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 21:49:15 -04:00 On Wednesday, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Luis Arce, presented the National Decoration of the Order of the Condor of the Andes, in the grade of Knight, to the filmmaker Jorge Sanjines.

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Jorge Sanjines is considered the best film director in Bolivia, among his productions are "Ukamau", "La Nación Clandestina", "El coraje del pueblo", among others.

The master declared about the recognition, "I am very honored by the very high distinction that is granted to me, the same that induces me to continue with tenacity and joy the work of more than 50 years ago".

On the delivery of the award the Bolivian president affirmed, "for this essential contribution to the people, to the native indigenous and peasant movement, to the popular movements, to the workers who are here today stopping to honor the work of Jorge Sanjinés".

Arce highlighted the importance of the cultural revolution in Bolivia and emphasized the work of Sanjines in that process.

Sanjinés is a benchmark of the seventh art in Latin America and worldwide. He was the forerunner of political cinema, with a commitment to the causes of the underprivileged.

After the delivery of the distinction, the president Luis Arce was invited to the premiere of the film, "Los viejos soldados", one of the last productions of the master.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-National-Agreement-on-Electoral-Calendar-20240228-0020.html <![CDATA[Venezuela: National Agreement on Electoral Calendar]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 20:43:56 -04:00 This Wednesday, the Venezuelan Parliament and various sectors signed the proposals for the 2024 electoral calendar through a document that will be presented next Friday to the board of directors of the National Electoral Council (CNE).

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The meeting was led by the president of the National Assembly (AN), Jorge Rodríguez who highlighted the importance of dialogue, discussion on fundamental and transcendental issues of Venezuelan society when finding consensus and confluences within differences.  

The National Dialogue Day brought together some 150 representatives of all the political, religious, academic, student, scientific, cultural and business sectors of the country. Rodriguez said in this regard, that 97 percent of the nation's political organizations duly registered before the Electoral Power were present in the auditorium.

The first authority of the Legislative Power emphasized three main elements of the proposals, namely General Principles of the Presidential Election, Electoral Guarantees for all, Electoral Schedule.

According to Rodriguez, the document signed is a base that will allow to advance in other agreements. The president of the Legislative Power said that nine rounds of meetings were held with all sectors and more than 27 proposals for dates for the electoral event were presented.

More than 500 proposals resulting from the dialogue assemblies were also processed to finalize the electoral calendar. These proposals revolve around issues such as the defense of the principle of sovereignty, rejection of any aggression and any form of affecting the economy, respect for the independence and institutions of the nation, as well as electoral guarantees for all and equal opportunities to disseminate government programs through the media and social networks.

Rodriguez added that the initialing of the dialogue agreement is a historic event.  "We have built a document of national consensus, we have agreed on the defense of sovereignty, we have all agreed on the respect and peace of the Republic, and on the recognition of the results of the elections," he said. 

He detailed that the sectors that participated in the debates created an instance of permanent dialogue and their proposals will also be taken into account for future electoral processes, such as those of mayors and governors and the National Assembly, both in 2025.

He also added that there is a broad consensus in the country on the need for the U.S. and Europe to let Venezuela live in peace and put an end to unilateral coercive measures. He emphasized once again that in the signing of the document was the majority of the national life. That is the reality of the country and not what is shown by the hegemonic media, he said. 

The document resulting from these debates will be submitted to the National Electoral Council (CNE) next Friday, the authority in charge of deciding the electoral calendar.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/israel-announces-settlement-plans-occupied-west-bank-20240228-0019.html <![CDATA[Israel Announces Settlement Plans in the Occupied West Bank]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 20:42:23 -04:00 On Wednesday, Israel’s Ministry of Finance announces municipal limits on new settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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Bezalel Smotrich commented on this announcement "We came to this land to build and be built on it. We will continue to promote settlements throughout the land. [...] Congratulations to the settlements and congratulations to the State of Israel".

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said that the plan "is incendiary and dangerous". " Settlements make Israelis and Palestinians less secure, fuel tensions, obstruct peace efforts and constitute a serious violation of international law," the politician added.

On the other hand, Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State, said that the initiative is inconsistent with international law.

According to PeaceNow, a non-governmental peace organization, the measure only perpetuates the conflict, occupation and genocide of settlers and Palestinians.

The new Zionist settlement will be called Mishmar Yehuda and covers about 40 hectares of land. As a result, Tel Aviv announced that more than 3,000 settler houses will be built in the occupied area.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/fge-throws-results-on-the-murder-of-fernando-villavicencio-20240228-0018.html <![CDATA[FGE Throws Results on the Murder of Fernando Villavicencio]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:16:49 -04:00 The Attorney General of the State (FGE) of Ecuador, says, after a long investigation, that the death of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, was orchestrated by a faction of the criminal gang of Los Lobos.

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The investigations on the crime committed in the night of 9 June 2023 identified six suspects.

According to the FGE, the organizer of the crime was the prisoner, Carlos Edwin Angulo Lara, alias 'El Invisible', and head of 'Los Invisibles', this band is considered a faction of Los Lobos. This criminal, who is serving a sentence in Latacunga prison, gave the order to execute hitmen.

Another participant in the crime and co-author was Laura Dayanara Castillo Velin, alias 'La Flaca', who is also head of Los Lobos. La Flaca was in charge of logistics and supplies for the killers.

The surveillance of the target was carried out by Alexandra Elizabeth Chimbo Farinango, Óscar Andrés Flores, Víctor Alfonso Flores and Erick Marcelo Ramírez Párraga, according to the FGE.

These suspects were only accomplices and participated in coordination and planning, but none participated as a hit man.

Johan David Castillo López, initially accused of the murder, died after being wounded during his capture. However, tests showed that six other hit men had escaped.

A security camera near the crime scene allowed authorities to locate the house where the other participants who managed to escape were hiding. The remaining hitmen were then killed in prison in October of the same year.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Jamaica-in-Final-Vote-Count-of-Municipal-Elections-20240228-0017.html <![CDATA[Jamaica in Final Vote Count of Municipal Elections]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:53:57 -04:00 On Tuesday, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica conducted the final count of the votes cast during the municipal elections, while the two main parties are considered sellers of the vote.

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Certain offices of that entity are in charge of completing the conclusive results of the process and are expected to announce them sometime this Tuesday.

According to the Commission, only 29.6 percent of the 2.1 million voters went to the polls yesterday and chose their preferred candidates for mayoral and council seats.

Although the final result is unknown, both the ruling Labor Party and the opposition National Party claimed victory and even celebrated with supporters at their respective headquarters last night.

The two forces nominated candidates for the 228 constituencies in competition, but also faced four representatives of another political grouping and 36 independents.

All candidates were campaigning during the last three weeks to present the programs and public good initiatives they plan to implement if they win the favor of the voters.

The Antillean State held in 2016 the last local elections and the Labor Party triumphed in most of the municipalities.

Such process takes place every four years, but Jamaica did not call them in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and then postponed them three times.

 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/guatemala-presents-national-anticorruption-commission.-20240228-0016.html <![CDATA[Guatemala Presents the National Anti-corruption Commission.]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:55:54 -04:00 On Wednesday, Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo presented the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

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The executive body consists of the Minister of Finance, Jonathan Menkos, the head of the National Office of Public Administration (Onsec), Karla Gómez, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Juan Gerardo Guerrero, the head of the Open Government, Edie Cux, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Claudia Palencia and the head of Segeplan, Carlos Mendoza.

The Commission is headed by Santiago Palomo, who was appointed to the position, by the president. Each member shall remain in office for a whole year.

According to Arevalo, the Commission has the task of protecting the corrupt actions and bad practices of the institutions and directing them towards the popular welfare.

The Guatemalan president stressed that Guatemala will not tolerate corruption and that it will be a country of opportunities for all.

I also emphasize that the National Anti-Corruption Commission will ensure the rescue of good leadership in Latino institutions.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Army-Attacked-Gazas-Main-Cities-20240228-0015.html <![CDATA[Israeli Army Attacked Gaza’s Main Cities]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:43:15 -04:00 On Wednesday, Israeli attacks continued focused on the cities of Gaza, Rafah and Khan Younis, where numerous Palestinians were reported killed and wounded.

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In its most recent report on the situation, the territory's health authorities said that 96 citizens were killed and 172 wounded in the last 24 hours.

The army blew up several homes west of Khan Yunis, while artillery shelled several areas of that city, epicenter of a ground offensive for weeks, reported the official Wafa news agency.

In Gaza, clashes continued between Hamas militiamen and soldiers, who are trying to enter the center of the neighborhood of Al-Zaytoun, located to the southwest of the metropolis.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis in the territory is worsening due to the blockade and Israeli attacks.

According to the UN Population Fund, in the Al-Helal Al-Emairati Maternity Hospital in Rafah, newborns are dying because mothers are unable to receive prenatal or postnatal care.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera television reported that a two-year-old boy named Khaled died after eating bread made from animal feed in the northern Strip.

The lack of food is most acute in the northern part of the enclave due to the difficulties imposed by the soldiers on humanitarian organizations to move aid convoys from the south.

Since the beginning of the current cycle of violence on October 7, more than 29,800 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and another 70,200 wounded.

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/South-Sudan-to-Vaccinate-3.1-Mln-Children-in-Polio-Campaign-20240228-0014.html <![CDATA[South Sudan to Vaccinate 3.1 Mln Children in Polio Campaign]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:24:47 -04:00 On Tuesday, South Sudan and United Nations agencies launched a nationwide polio campaign, aiming to vaccinate 3.1 million children.

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According to the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), three variant poliovirus cases have been confirmed in three of South Sudan's 10 states: Western Equatoria, Central Equatoria and Upper Nile.

"The reported cases involve children under five years of age. Unlike previous poliovirus outbreaks, the affected children have not received polio vaccinations," the Ministry of Health said in a joint statement issued in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

The Ministry of Health, with support from the WHO, UNICEF and other partners, has established an emergency response task force to coordinate the response, while increasing surveillance efforts to help halt the outbreak and prevent its further spread.

Awut Deng Acuil, the minister of General Education and Instruction, representing the minister of health, said that the campaign will target all children under five years of age in all 10 states and the three administrative areas of the country.

"We need to act quickly to prevent this outbreak from harming more children," Deng said, urging that all children under the age of five years should be vaccinated against polio to ensure the success of the week-long campaign.

According to the WHO, the novel oral polio vaccine type 2 has been designed to provide safe and reliable protection against poliovirus and is genetically more stable than previous oral polio vaccine types.

This, it said, means that it has the potential to be effective in preventing new outbreaks of type 2 circulating variant-polio viruses.

It is estimated that 33 percent of children have not received vaccination against poliovirus type 2, according to the WHO.

The country's immunization coverage has been affected by population movements and displacement, making it challenging to reach the children who need vaccinations the most.

"Polio, a preventable disease, should not affect any child anywhere," said Humphrey Karamagi, WHO representative for South Sudan, adding that the campaign provides a significant opportunity for vulnerable populations to receive critical interventions that could prevent life-threatening diseases, such as poliomyelitis-induced disability.

Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF South Sudan representative, said the nationwide campaign marks a pivotal moment in their continued efforts to combat polio in South Sudan.

"By leveraging the vaccine, designed for enhanced efficacy against poliovirus, we can strengthen our defenses and reduce the spread of viruses," Lasseko said.

Currently, paralytic polio infections are being reported in several African countries. 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/children-gaza-die-hospitals-malnutrition-20240228-0013.html <![CDATA[Children in Gaza Die in Hospitals From Malnutrition]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:06:57 -04:00 On Wednesday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported the death of two children from malnutrition and dehydration in Gaza.

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 According to the health authority, famine and drought will devastate Gaza and the most affected will be pregnant women and children.

International humanitarian organizations have been urged to create shelters and try to help the most vulnerable communities in the strip.

Along with this, the Ministry of Health calls for an end to the genocide against Palestine. Israeli forces are no longer just using bombs now that they are also killing with hunger and drought.

Last Monday, the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) reported that since 23 January they have been unable to send aid to Gaza due to Israeli blockades.

To date, the number of children killed by malnutrition is six, and it is hoped that this sad figure will continue to rise as more hospitals in Gaza run out of supplies.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-Education-is-a-Luxury-That-Many-Parents-Cannot-Afford-20240228-0012.html <![CDATA[Haiti: Education is a Luxury That Many Parents Cannot Afford]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:25:06 -04:00 On Wednesday, several sources stated that education remains a luxury that many parents find impossible to afford in Haiti, where 80 percent of schools are private and the number of public schools is insufficient.

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Article 32.3 of the Constitution stresses that basic education is compulsory, but this right does not reach the majority of the population due to the lack of free schools, recalls the newspaper Le Nouvelliste.

The shortage of qualified and competent teachers is such that, even with adequate equipment in some institutions, students cannot understand the lessons, according to a meeting organized by the Inter-American Development Bank.

According to a report, "85 percent of Haitian teachers did not receive any training in the teaching profession, and 30 percent have less than a ninth year of basic education."

The tweet reads, "The low allocation of 1.1% of GDP to education in Haiti highlights the lack of public investment. At the IDB Reflection Wednesdays on February 21, 2024, experts discussed strengthening the education system for a sustainable future, with the participation of the Minister of Education and other speakers."

Charles Guy Etienne, director of Catts Pressoir College, said that Haitian families are too poor to be able to pay for long-term studies, hence only 10 percent of the students finished secondary school and the same number completed their professional training.

Etienne criticized this situation, which is exacerbated by the lack of access to school infrastructure in remote areas and the inability of many families to pay for their children's schooling.

He recommended that schools become incubators for regional economic development. "In coastal areas, we could give priority to fishing and environmental management schools," he said.

The schools, Etienne emphasized, should be the genesis of regional development projects, combining education with socioeconomic stability, bearing in mind that 80 percent of graduates have packed their bags and left the country.

Currently, the government of Haiti's Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, allocates only 1.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to education, a budget that still does not cover the essential needs of this sector.

This demonstrates the weakness of public investment in the education system, declared the specialist, Marie Evane, who explained that this percentage of GDP is well below the average, which is 4.3 percent.

The figure reflects the Haitian government's lack of interest in education; meeting the needs of schools, and even the quality of teaching, seems an impossible mission, the expert pointed out.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Horn-of-Africa-58-Million-People-Face-Food-Insecure-20240228-0011.html <![CDATA[Horn of Africa: +58 Million People Face Food Insecure]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 16:08:40 -04:00 On Tuesday, a joint report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) stated that some 58.1 million people are acutely food insecure in the Greater Horn of Africa region.

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FAO and IGAD said out of the number, 30.5 million were from six of the eight IGAD member states namely Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The other 27.6 million people were from Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.

"High levels of acute food insecurity persisted in various parts of the region following El Nino-induced heavy rains and flooding during the 2023 October-December rainfall season, particularly in the Horn of Africa, compounded by ongoing conflicts, widespread displacement, and long-standing macroeconomic challenges," the institutions noted.

The bulk of those who are food insecure (23.4 million) are in DR Congo, followed by Sudan at 17.7 million and South Sudan at 4 million, according to FAO and IGAD.

"The food crisis in Sudan worsened as armed conflict spilled over to new areas, including the south-east states, interrupting agricultural activities, such as main season harvesting and winter wheat growing," the institutions said.

They noted that besides the food crisis, the Greater Horn of Africa region is grappling with multiple disease outbreaks, among them cholera, malaria, dengue and measles.

The European Union said Tuesday it has provided an initial 185.6 million U.S. dollars to address humanitarian needs in the Greater Horn of Africa region.

"People in the Horn of Africa are facing mounting humanitarian needs as the region is plagued by multiple conflicts, climate extremes and economic shocks. Around 65 million are estimated to be in immediate need of assistance," the EU said in a statement.

The Horn of Africa is expected to experience heavy rains between March and May, the latest forecast by IGAD's Climate Prediction Center shows, meaning the food crisis may continue in some countries due to flooding.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 479 people were killed, and more than 5.2 million people were affected by El Niño-induced floods between October and December 2023 in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Egypt-Regrets-International-Deadlock-on-Tackling-Gazas-Crisis-20240228-0010.html <![CDATA[Egypt Regrets International Deadlock on Tackling Gaza's Crisis]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:41:27 -04:00 On Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry voiced regret over the international community's failure to properly address the humanitarian suffering of Palestinians in Gaza.

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He made the remarks during a phone conversation with Tariq Ahmad, the British minister of state for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Commonwealth, and the United Nations.

The two sides discussed the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the daily hardships faced by Palestinians, during which Shoukry condemned "double standards" that have applied to the issues.

During the talk, Shoukry stressed the crucial need to allow humanitarian and relief aid into the besieged Palestinian enclave, and voiced concern about the severe ramifications of any Israeli ground operations in the southern Gazan city of Rafah.

MP Manon Aubry's text reads, "In Gaza, civilians are dying because European countries continue to supply weapons to Netanyahu. They are dying because the European Union refuses to suspend its association agreement with Israel. They die because many legislators here support the risk of genocide and that is why their hands are stained with blood."

The two officials reaffirmed the legal, humanitarian, and ethical responsibility of the international community to end the crisis and halt Israeli violations in the region.

They also underscored the urgency of implementing a ceasefire, releasing hostages, and achieving a lasting peace.

Since Oct. 7, 2023, the Israeli occupation forces have been waging an intense offensive against the population in the Gaza Strip. Their war actions have also affected the Palestinians residing in the West Bank.

The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 29,954 as the Israeli military killed 76 in the past 24 hours, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said Wednesday.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-National-Assembly-to-Present-a-Consensus-Document-20240228-0009.html <![CDATA[Venezuelan National Assembly to Present a Consensus Document]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 14:16:49 -04:00 On Wednesday, Venezuelan National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez led a multi-sector dialogue session in preparation for the 2024 presidential elections.

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The meeting was attended by 150 representatives of political organizations, which represent 97 percent of the organizations registered with the National Electoral Council (CNE).

Rodriguez emphasized that dialogue and discussion on fundamental and transcendent issues of Venezuelan society will always be preferable, aiming to find consensus and common ground within differences. He asserted that this strengthens Venezuelan society.

So far, Venezuelan authorities have held nine major rounds of dialogue in which entrepreneurs, academics, religious figures, students, artists, and other social actors have presented proposals to define the electoral calendar.

In these dialogue rounds, participants managed to agree on issues such as defending the principle of sovereignty, rejecting any external aggression to the economy, respecting the independence of institutions, establishing electoral guarantees for all, and ensuring equal opportunities to disseminate government programs through media and social networks.

Rodriguez indicated that the document resulting from these discussions will be presented to the CNE, which is the authority with competence to decide the electoral calendar.

The legislator from the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) invited all participants to continue with a permanent dialogue on the most important issues for the country.

"We have built a document of national consensus. We have agreed in the defense of the Republic's sovereignty and peace, as well as in the recognition of the election results," Rodriguez pointed out.

"In the last 22 years, the Bolivarian Revolution has never affected the election deadlines established in the Venezuelan Constitution," he added.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Bullrich-Orders-Anti-Protest-Operation-at-Airports-20240228-0008.html <![CDATA[Argentina: Bullrich Orders Anti-Protest Operation at Airports]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 13:43:40 -04:00 On Wednesday morning, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich issued intimidating messages against striking workers at Jorge Newbery Airport.

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"Those who believe they own the streets tried to block access to the airport. I gave the express order for the Airport Security Police to maintain free circulation at all airports in teh country," she said through the social network X.

"The Argentina of protest actions is over. We will not take a step back with those who try to stop Argentina," Bullrich added.

From the early minutes of Wednesday, airport workers began a 24-hour strike called by the Association of Aeronautical Personnel (APA), the Airline Pilots Association (APLA), and the Union of Superior and Professional Personnel of Air Commercial Companies (UPSA).

Forced by the intransigence of the companies Aerolíneas Argentinas and Intercargo, the workers decided to initiate this protest to demand a salary adjustment that compensates for the accelerated loss of purchasing power in Argentina.

Although the aeronautical unions announced their decision in advance, about 35,000 passengers have been affected by the ongoing strike, which forced airlines to cancel their domestic and international flights.

Currently, Ezeiza International Airport is the only place that is active since American Airlines and FlyBondi have their own staff available at that airport terminal, said outlet Chubutline.

Over the past days, about 10,000 passengers voluntarily changed flights to avoid the strike, resulting in changes to 305 domestic flights, 24 regional flights, and 2 international flights.

In the short term, however, the social conflict in Argentina shows no signs of easing due to neoliberal policies implemented by far-right President Javier Milei.

"There are over a dozen trade union sectors that are making their demands visible due to the pace of persistent inflation that is destroying everyone's purchasing power," outlet Chubutline commented, noting that there is leading towards an "operational chaos that is beginning to affect the entire country."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Honduras-President-Castro-Regrets-Deaths-in-Road-Accident-20240228-0007.html <![CDATA[Honduras President Castro Regrets Deaths in Road Accident]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:30:35 -04:00 At dawn on Wednesday, a collision of two buses left 17 dead and 12 injured near the community of San Juan de Opoa, on the road leading from Santa Rosa de Copan to the municipality of Gracias.

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Fourteen injured individuals were transported to the Occidente Hospital in Santa Rosa de Copan, where two of them later died.

"One of the buses was traveling without passengers toward the center of Honduras after dropping off migrants at the Guatemala border. The other one was full of people and was heading towards Santa Rosa de Copan," the AFP agency reported.

"The accident area has pine-covered mountains, and the road, with one lane in each direction, has many curves, as well as inclines and declines. Traffic accidents are the second leading cause of death in Honduras, after homicides," it added.

The text reads, "Tragedy! This morning a terrible road accident occurred between two buses in San Juan de Opoa, Copa. It left 17 people dead and several injured."

Shortly after this tragedy occurred, Honduran President Xiomara Castro issued a message expressing solidarity with the victims of the accident and their families.

"With deep sorrow and pain, I receive the tragic news of the accident in San Juan de Opoa, in the department of Copan. My condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity for the swift recovery of the injured. I have instructed the relevant teams and agencies to provide all support at this difficult time," she said.

Thousands of South American migrants cross Honduran territory daily on a long route to the United States in search of better living conditions. "Last October, four migrants died when a bus plunged into a ravine," AFP recalled.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/CPAC-Promotes-Hate-Racism-and-Lies-Casa-de-Las-Americas-20240228-0006.html <![CDATA[CPAC Promotes Hate, Racism and Lies: Casa de Las Americas]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:48:52 -04:00 This week, the Cuban intellectuals who are part of the Casa de Las Americas issued an open letter denouncing the fascist offensive that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is implementing from the United States. This letter is presented below:

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"The CPAC has just launched its latest offensive, between February 21st and 24th. Dedicated to promoting 'conservative values' worldwide, CPAC is now a showcase for a ostentatious gathering of the forces of the new fascism.

Among the well-known representatives of the far right who paraded across the conference stage, the Spanish party Vox leader Santiago Abascal stood out. He revisited the delusions of the so-called 'Ibero-American sphere', denounced the threat of 'socialism', and launched gross slanders against the Cuban Revolution.

He, the heir of decadent imperial Spain, so often defeated by our guerrilla independence soldiers (mambises), grotesquely allowed the slogan 'Viva Cuba Libre' to be used.

Speakers spoke in general terms in the name of freedom, family, Christianity, tradition, respect for sacred property, and repeated the commonplaces of the far-right, in a tone between apocalyptic and messianic.

They proclaimed themselves saviors of a world in danger not from the climate crisis or savage capitalism, but from the 'dissolvent' tendencies that imply the very idea of social justice, the fight against climate change, feminism, the defense of the regulatory role of the state, LGBTIQ+ movements, the invasion of 'hordes' of migrants, and other 'enemies'.

In an openly electoral speech, Trump did not hesitate to present the evils afflicting the United States today as typical of 'Third World countries' and 'banana republics', as if it were possible to unlink the histories of exploitation and plunder from our continent, and from the entire Global South, from the interventionism of the Empire.

According to an analysis published by the Mexican outlet La Jornada, the former U.S. president 'reiterated the threat to carry out the largest deportation of immigrants in U.S. history.'

He added, 'There is no other option because... they are killing our people, they are killing our country', because 'millions and millions of people are coming to U.S. territory directly from prisons, mental institutions, and asylums', where 'patients who practice extreme forms of torture and even cannibalism are interned'.

Xenophobia, racism, irrational fear of 'The Other', white supremacy, patriarchy, blatant lies, are traits of this far right politician that presents himself as 'dissident', as 'rebel', as leader of an anti-system subversion.

In the face of the CPAC's 'dehumanizing manifestations', La Jornada insisted on the 'urgency of finding the social and intellectual tools to combat 'a rhetoric based on fallacies and appeals to the most primitive and aggressive instincts of society'.

From the Casa de Las Americas, we call for tirelessly denouncing the growth of the new fascism and its efforts to create an international of barbarism and a culture of hate.

We must continue working, through all available avenues, to promote critical thinking against manipulation and in defense of humanism and solidarity."

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivian-Vice-Minister-Ticona-Dies-in-an-Car-Accident-20240228-0005.html <![CDATA[Bolivian Vice Minister Ticona Dies in an Car Accident]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:31:59 -04:00 On Tuesday night, Transportation Deputy Minister Israel Ticona died in a traffic accident on the highway connecting Santa Cruz with Beni.

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He was traveling in a van that collided with a truck that was stranded on the highway. The Chiquitania Police Commander Ricardo Berdeja confirmed that the driver and another person traveling in the van were seriously injured and evacuated to Santa Cruz to receive attention.

Meanwhile, Ticona's body was taken by helicopter to that city and later to the morgue in the Pampa de la Isla where the corresponding autopsy will be performed.

When the accident occurred, the Vice Minister was traveling to the town of Cuatro Cañadas, where transporters had blocked the road in several places.

Mayor Eva Copa's text reads, "In the El Alto City, the fare will not increase even one cent more. Time has passed and the agreement with the transporters must be fulfilled."

More specifically, the transporters' protest had blocked Los Troncos, Cuatro Cañadas, Puerto Pailas, and the Banegas bridge.

The protesters demand from the administration of President Luis Arce road maintenance, leveling of fares, and licenses for pumps.

On Tuesday morning, Interior Minister Eduardo Del Castillo announced a legal process against the promoters of the Cuatro Cañadas blockade for the death of two citizens, one of whom is Deputy Minister Ticona.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Military-Police-Dragnet-Kills-7-at-Rio-de-Janeiro-Favelas-20240228-0004.html <![CDATA[Military Police Dragnet Kills 7 at Rio de Janeiro Favelas]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:38:35 -04:00 On Tuesday, Military Police eliminated seven people and injured five during a large-scale dragnet to capture the leaders of a criminal network in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

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Authorities made five arrests and seized a substantial amount of drugs in the operation launched in the early hours of the day in the shanty towns of Alemao, Mare, and Penha.

Officials also targeted other nearby favelas controlled by the so-called Red Command, one of the largest criminal organizations in Brazil with strongholds in Rio de Janeiro.

Suspected members of the drug trafficking rings threw up barricades and burned tires when the police arrived, while officers closed access points to the favelas to prevent them from escaping.

During the early hours of the morning, police officers laid siege to several favelas to try to arrest the Red Command leaders, "who would be responsible for the recent territorial disputes and armed conflicts in the state," outlet Brasil de Fato reported, adding that the dragnet had managed to seize 7 rifles, 3 pistols, 8 radiocommunicators and 2 stolen vehicles.

Four of the suspects died aboard a stolen vehicle ambushed by the police, and the other three were killed in a shootout with officers. Two police officers were among the five who were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

Due to the police operation, over 20,000 local students did not go to school, with the clashes disrupting public transit in the area.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Wildfires-Force-Nuclear-Weapons-Facility-in-Texas-to-Shut-Down-20240228-0003.html <![CDATA[Wildfires Force Nuclear Weapons Facility in Texas to Shut Down]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:58:53 -04:00 On Tuesday night, Pantex Plant, a major nuclear weapons facility in the United States, suspended its operation due to the raging wildfires.

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An out-of-control wildfire in the Texas Panhandle prompted evacuation orders in small towns and shut down Pantex, a plant that is located 21 miles east of Amarillo and assembles and disassembles the country's nuclear arsenal.

All weapons and special materials are safe and unaffected, according to a statement from Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), which runs Pantex together with the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

"Currently, we are responding to the plant, but there is no fire on our site or on our boundary," said Laef Pendergraft, a nuclear safety engineer with the NNSA production office at Pantex.

"We have evacuated our nonessential personnel from the site, just in abundance of caution, but we do have a well-equipped fire department that has trained for these scenarios. We are monitoring the scene," he added.

Meanwhile, Amarillo Globe-News reported that an undisclosed incident occurred at 6:13 p.m. at the Pantex Plant, citing a statement from CNS and NNSA.

According to the report, CNS and NNSA officials are directing response efforts, adding that appropriate precautionary protection actions have been initiated for Pantex employees. It is not immediately clear whether it is connected with the raging wildfires.

On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties in response to wildfires and said more counties could be added. He warned that hot and dry conditions are expected to continue in the region in the coming days, raising fears that the wildfires may grow larger and more dangerous.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire has burnt more than 250,000 acres of land in just 28 hours, roughly 150 acres per minute, the Texas A&M Forest Service informed, adding that the fire already ranked as the fifth-largest wildfire in Texas history.

Several other blazes were raging nearby, including the Grape Vine Creek Fire, which has scorched 30,000 acres and was 20 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.

Hemphill and Roberts counties in northern Texas issued evacuation orders as the fire approached populated areas on Tuesday afternoon.

In the city of Pampa, Gray County, authorities went door-to-door to suggest a voluntary evacuation on Tuesday evening due to the threat of the fast-spreading wildfires. Pampa officials said that buses would be offered for people who need help evacuating the city.

The Canadian Independent School District announced that all public schools in the area will be closed on Wednesday. Nearby Pampa, residents in the cities of Amarillo and Canadian have been urged to shelter in place.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Italian-Artists-Urge-Exclusion-of-Israel-From-Venice-Biennale-20240228-0002.html <![CDATA[Italian Artists Urge Exclusion of Israel From Venice Biennale]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:07:15 -04:00 As of late Tuesday, over 12,000 leading artists, curators, writers and other cultural figures have signed an open letter, calling for Israel to be excluded from the Venice Art Biennale this year.

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Israel is currently expected to sponsor one of the national pavilions at the 60th edition of the Art Biennale, which will run from April 20 to Nov. 24 in Venice.

The campaign was organized by the Art Not Genocide Alliance (ANGA), a newly formed activist group. Those who have supported the petition argue that allowing the opening of Israel's pavilion amounted to tacit support for the Zionist state and its crimes.

"We call for the exclusion of Israel from the Venice Biennale. As the art world readies itself to visit the Giardini’s nation-state diorama, we say platforming art representing a state engaged in ongoing atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza is unacceptable. No Genocide Pavilion at the Venice Biennale," the ANGA letter states.

"The world's highest court, the International Court of Justice, has affirmed that Israel is plausibly committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. The ICJ has issued interim measures warning Israel to cease any acts of genocide in Gaza. Israel’s months- and in fact many-decades-long assault on Gaza continues regardless, while its leaders proclaim they are above International Law and boldly advertise their genocidal intent," it added.

The artists also recalled that leading international human rights organizations have long argued that "Israel's occupation of Palestine, of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip — deemed illegal by the United Nations Resolution 242 of November 1967 — constitutes, together with its treatment of Palestinians inside 1948 borders, a cruel system of apartheid and a crime against humanity."

Organized every year since 1895, the Venice Biennale is a cultural exhibition world famous for hosting artistic expressions with different political and aesthetic orientations. Taking this tradition into consideration, the artists pointed out the limitations that Palestinian cultural creators face on a daily basis.

"There is no free expression for the Palestinian poets, artists, and writers murdered, silenced, imprisoned, tortured, and prevented from travelling abroad or internally by Israel. There is no free expression in the Palestinian theatres and literary festivals shut down by Israel. There is no free expression in the museums, archives, publications, libraries, universities, schools, and homes of Gaza bombed to rubble by Israel. There is no free expression in the war crime of cultural genocide," ANGA stated.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Air-Base-Struck-by-Hezbollah-Missile-20240228-0001.html <![CDATA[Israeli Air Base Struck by Hezbollah Missile]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:27:55 -04:00 On Tuesday, the Israeli army acknowledged that an anti-tank missile launched by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon hit an air base in northern Israel on Monday night.

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A barrage of approximately 20 launches were launched from Lebanon into northern Israel. Some of them were intercepted by Israeli air defense forces while the rest fell on open fields.

An anti-tank missile hit an air base in the Meron region of the Galilee. The base's air control unit, however, was not damaged.

Meanwhile, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said its fighters carried out several military operations against Israeli targets, including the Meron base for command, control, and air surveillance with a batch of missiles, as well as the Israeli military sites of Al-Marj, Ramtha, and Ruwaisat Al-Alam.

Hezbollah also indicated that the group began using new weapons in its battles with the Israeli army, including Falaq One, Falaq Two, and Almas surface-to-surface missiles.

In addition, Lebanese military sources said that Hezbollah launched the biggest number of surface-to-surface missiles from southern Lebanon toward northern Israel since the outbreak of confrontations on Lebanon-Israel borders on Oct. 8, 2023.

Their military and security centers, deployed along the borderline with Israel, detected the launching of about 200 surface-to-surface missiles from several unspecified locations in southern Lebanon to northern Israel. The Israeli Iron Dome intercepted only a small amount of them, not exceeding 30 missiles.

The Lebanon-Israel border has been witnessing increased tension since Oct. 8, 2023, after Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets toward Israel in support of the Palestinian people. 

Since that date, the Zionist army has murdered 320 Lebanese, including 216 Hezbollah members and 59 civilians.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/The-Caribbean-Leisure-and-Entertainment-Industry-Destinations-20240227-0025.html <![CDATA[The Caribbean: Leisure and Entertainment Industry, Destinations]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 22:21:48 -04:00 The Caribbean has been at the top of the leisure and entertainment industry for years. The sun, sea and mountain conditions make it a very attractive destination, with more than 14 million tourists visiting this region annually. 

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One of the best successes in the promotion of tourist destinations in the region is the range of exclusivity they have managed to establish. There are destinations that promote packages ranging from very accessible packages for middle class countries with moderate income to high level exclusive places, only accessible to great magnates, art, politics or business personalities.

Every year renowned websites make a ranking, according to the criteria of travelers. Today we will review some of the most outstanding places, according to the list, made by the tourism platform TripAdvisor.

Dominican Republic is one of the best destinations, particularly Punta Cana, Playa Bávara. Located in the southeast of the island, it is probably the best known area of the country, and one of the most important Caribbean tourist destinations at present. The place is the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, miles of white sand and turquoise sea, framed by coconut trees: the perfect destination for a vacation, with family, couple or friends, for lovers of sun, relaxation or beach sports.

Cuba, one of the first countries that initiated in sun and beach tourism, later abandoned the promotion circuits, keeping a low profile in this industry.  It was not until the mid-1990s that the Caribbean island began the arduous task of recapitalizing this industry to position itself as one of the main destinations in the region.

Havana, the island's capital, was declared Wonder City of the Modern World in 2015. It also has two of the 25 best beaches in the world: Varadero, located in the Hicacos Peninsula, in the province of Matanzas, has 22 km of beaches of fine white sand and crystal-clear waters, and Playa del Pilar, located in Cayo Guillermo, Jardines del Rey archipelago, on Cuba's northern coast, is a paradisiacal destination. 

Trinidad and Tobago attracts 30,000 foreign visitors in just one week, thanks to its famous Carnival, a big popular and colorful party, with costumes and loud music to get people dancing. The country also stands out for its welcoming beaches and significant lodging network. 

Mexico, with the famous Riviera Maya, has practically everything to conquer the visitor: endless beaches of turquoise waters, rich regional gastronomy and a fantastic historical and natural heritage just a few kilometers from the surroundings of Playa del Carmen, where the resorts are located.  The pyramids of Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the world, the ruins of Tulum, the mysterious cenotes, colonial cities like Valladolid where time seems to have stopped are just a few examples. 

Finally, we leave you with the impressive city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Old San Juan treasures colorful colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, emblematic places such as the Fort of San Felipe del Morro, San Cristóbal, the Fort of San Gerónimo, the Cathedral of San Juan, the Chapel of the Christ or the Plaza del Quinto Centenario.

Briefly we have toured these places where visitors can enjoy colonial cities, live their culture, interact with their people and enjoy local beaches and festivals. The Caribbean does not seem to be relenting in its efforts to consolidate its position as the best destination for the leisure and entertainment industry worldwide.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/kidnapped-italian-family-returns-rome-after-two-years-20240227-0024.html <![CDATA[Kidnapped Italian Family Returns to Rome After Two Years Captive]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 22:31:46 -04:00 Three members of an Italian family kidnapped in Mali returned to Rome, after two years in captivity.

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Rocco Lagone, his wife Maria Donata Caivano and their son Giovanni Langone were released on Monday night and arrived at the Italian airport of Ciampino on a government flight. They claim to be in good health despite their long captivity.

The rescue was achieved in the words of Antonio Tajani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, thanks to the intense activity carried out by the Italian Intelligence Agency.

The family was kidnapped on 19 March at their home in Koutialia, southeast of Bamako, the capital of Mali.

Rocco and his family had settled in Mali for several years. They were members of a Jehovah’s Witness community, integrated into the Koutialia community.

The kidnappers were Support Group for Islam and Muslims, a jihadist organization linked to Al-Qaeda. This group has been very active in West Africa since its founding in 2017.

The Support Group for Islam and Muslims, have been guilty of different cases of kidnapping Westerners as in 2017, when they published a video showing 6 hostages in their possession.

Also in October of the same year he captured 11 soldiers of the Malian army, who were killed between 23 and 24 of the same month during a French bombardment.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-President-Welcomes-Proposals-from-7TS-National-Debate-20240227-0023.html <![CDATA[Venezuelan President Welcomes Proposals from 7TS National Debate]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 21:34:27 -04:00 The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, praised on Tuesday the joint work of more than 2,500,000 Venezuelans who participated with their proposals in the 2030 agenda for the transformation of the country.

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During the inauguration of the "27 de febrero" Acoustic Shell in the Simón Bolívar Park in La Carlota, Miranda state, Maduro received the preliminary proposals of the seven Transformations (7T), generated in the more than 60 thousand grassroots assemblies.

The assemblies were held throughout the country under the method of consultation, debate and action. "We have four weeks of free debate. "We have to patent the method of grassroots democracy, direct democracy, true democracy and the method is the CDA method (Consultation, Debate and Action)," Maduro said. 

The President also highlighted the organization of the people to contribute to the new plan of transformations aimed at the economic recovery of the country and the deep social transformation of the homeland. 

The tweet reads, "In 21 days they will present the final proposals of the 7Ts towards 2030."

Proportion of Proposals Submitted in Figures

26.7% relate to the social protection network; 24.6% to the transformation of the new economic model; 17.2% to full independence in culture, education, science and technology; and 12.5% to the security and defense, unity and territorial integrity of the homeland.

Likewise, 10.8 % in the field of politics, participation, transformation of the State and popular power; 5.7 % referred to ecology and salvation of the planet and, finally, 2.4 % directed to the world geopolitics of peace and integration of the peoples.

On the occasion, the president recalled the popular rebellion that took place on February 27 and 28, 1989, with the Venezuelan people at the forefront. "Today February 27, we are commemorating 35 years of the popular rebellion against the International Monetary Fund, against neoliberalism. First popular rebellion in the world against neoliberalism (...) 35 years of the most brutal massacre that Venezuela has ever known."

"Through ignorance and disorganization we were dominated, we were plundered, we were oppressed, the people were abused for two centuries. That is why today we have to give thanks to the master, to a man who left us a legacy of a powerful popular power: Hugo Chávez Frías," the president concluded.


 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/ocha-accuses-israel-over-4000-forced-displacements-20240227-0022.html <![CDATA[OCHA Accuses Israel of Over 4000 Forced Displacements]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 21:19:23 -04:00 Israel displaced some 4,000 Palestinians in the occupied areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This figure is the highest so far according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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"In 2023, about 4,000 Palestinians were displaced due to policies and practices implemented by Israeli authorities or Israeli settlers" in the occupied territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the agency said in a report.

"These are the highest figures OCHA has ever recorded of Palestinians displaced in a year," after systematically documenting the displacement of Palestinians since 2009, he added.

Israeli forces have destroyed houses and buildings for alleged lack of building permits, forcing 1,325 Palestinians, including 645 children, to move.

Moreover, violent actions in the West Bank have damaged more than 222 structures leaving more than 800 Palestinians homeless, of which more than 300 are children.

In addition to the violence, the restrictions on movement imposed on Palestinians by Israeli settlers prevented many families from finding new homes by having to live on the streets.

OCHA asserts "These actions, committed by the Israeli authorities or with their approval or acquiescence to force Palestinians to leave their homes and lands (...) pose risks of forced displacement, which is prohibited by international humanitarian law".

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/houthis-will-not-stop-attacks-until-end-genocide-gaza-20240227-0021.html <![CDATA[ Houthis Will Not Stop Attacks Until the End of the Genocide in Gaza]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 20:35:52 -04:00 Houthis declare that they will stop their attacks on commercial ships only when an Israeli ceasefire occurs towards the Gaza area.

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The Houthi spokesman stated that "No operations that help the Palestinian people will be stopped except when the Israeli aggression against Gaza and the siege ends".

Since November last year, the Yemeni group has stated that it will not allow any Israeli-flagged vessel to pass, as it represents because of the heavy bombardment of the gaza.

By the end of the year they extended this threat to any vessel approaching the Hebrew shores. Other obstacles imposed by the Huti were the cutting off of all supply chains passing through the Red Sea.

Houthis report that, as of January 12, the US Armed Forces. and the United Kingdom have carried out 278 attacks against targets within the territory of Yemen to ensure the safety of commercial navigation in the Red Sea.

The attacks are carried out within the framework of the operation Guardian of Prosperity, however, the rebels declared that they will not yield to the pressures or the attacks of the West.

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Sudans-Darfur-Cross-Border-Aid-Delivered-From-Chad-UN-20240227-0020.html <![CDATA[Sudan’s Darfur: Cross-Border Aid Delivered From Chad, UN]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:07:45 -04:00 The cross-border aid operation from Chad is a lifeline for people in Sudan's Darfur region, said a UN spokesman on Monday.

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Since July 2023, humanitarian workers have been able to bring more than 8,700 metric tonnes of life-saving assistance across the border from Chad into Darfur. The United Nations and partners have reached more than 1.5 million people in Darfur, said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

If cross-border deliveries cannot continue, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur will only worsen.

“Already, almost 9 million people there need life-saving assistance, with more than 5 million people facing high levels of acute food insecurity,” he said in response to a request for information about the Sudanese Armed Forces prohibiting cross-border humanitarian assistance through Chad.

"We do know there are a lot of challenges on Chad and on getting aid through," said the spokesman, noting that "whether across the border or across conflict lines within Sudan, we need rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access to be able to reach people in need, wherever they are."

In its latest situation update, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said about 8.1 million people have fled their homes in Sudan since the outbreak of the military conflict between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces in mid-April 2023. 

Of the displaced, about 6.3 million people were within Sudan and another 1.8 million people have fled to neighboring countries.

About 13,900 people have lost their lives in the conflict, according to UN figures. 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-Benin-Offers-2000-Troops-to-Kenya-Led-Force-20240227-0018.html <![CDATA[Haiti: Benin Offers 2,000 Troops to Kenya-Led Force]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:47:39 -04:00 On Monday, the United States Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, during a press briefing held in Georgetown, Guyana, said that she had discussed with Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry and other partners about "the urgency of deploying" the force.

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Benin has offered to contribute 2,000 troops to a UN-approved Kenyan-led multinational security force that will be deployed to fight gang violence in Haiti.

The announcement was made on Monday during a press briefing held in Georgetown, Guyana, by the United States Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Ms Thomas-Greenfield said she had discussed with Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry and other partners about "the urgency of deploying" the force.

"This mission is key to helping the Haitian National Police restore peace and security, enabling free and fair elections, and alleviating the humanitarian crisis," Ms Thomas-Greenfield said.

The deployment was to happen this month, but it was delayed after it was blocked by a Kenyan court in January.

The court argued that the government lacked authority to send police officers outside Kenya.

But shortly after the ruling, Kenya's President William Ruto assured that Kenya would still send the police officers after completing paperwork to satisfy the court's demands.

Gang violence has dramatically worsened in the Caribbean country.

According to a UN report published last month, Haitian gangs killed 8,400 people last year, an increase of 122% from 2022.

 

 

 

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/un-denounces-israel-blocking-medical-convoy-gaza-20240227-0017.html <![CDATA[UN Denounces Israel for Blocking a Medical Convoy Sent to Gaza]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:51:27 -04:00 The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) denounced the Israeli blockade of a medical convoy that was tasked with evacuating 24 patients from Al Amal hospital, located in the city of Khan Younis, Gaza.

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According to OCHA, "despite prior coordination with the Israeli side for all personnel and vehicles, Israeli forces blocked the convoy for several hours, led by WHO [World Health Organization] as soon as they left the hospital".

The military also sent a pregnant woman and a newborn out of the convoy, while paramedics were stripped of their clothes.

Three paramedics were arrested by the occupation forces even though OCHA had given their personal details. One of the captured doctors was released.

Internationally, the state of Israel is required to immediately release the remaining paramedics.

OCHA claims that this incident was not an isolated incident. Aid convoys have been targeted and systematically denied access to people in need, the international agency said.

Al Amal hospital has been the epicenter of Israeli operations in the city for more than a month. At least 25 people have been killed in 40 attacks on the medical centre between 22 January and 22 February.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Gaza-Strip-Israeli-Army-Continues-Bombardment-20240227-0016.html <![CDATA[Gaza Strip: Israeli Army Continues Bombardment]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:34:29 -04:00 On Tuesday, the Israeli army continued its massive bombardment of the Gaza Strip using aircraft, artillery and warships, resulting in dozens of Palestinian deaths and injuries.

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The cities of Gaza and Rafah, in the north and south of the enclave, respectively, were the centers of the attacks by the Armed Forces of that country, according to the official news agency Wafa.

Meanwhile, the source detailed, intense clashes were heard in the city of Khan Yunis between Hamas militiamen and Israeli soldiers, who launched a ground offensive against the locality weeks ago.

According to the news media, Israeli gunships launched numerous projectiles against coastal areas in the south, while the air force raided the Gaza neighborhoods of Al-Daraj, Al-Zaytoun and Al-Sabra.

The artillery also shelled the towns of Tel al-Hawa and Deir al-Balah, located in the center of the territory.

At least nine people were killed in Rafah when a house was destroyed and five more in Deir al-Balah.

Numerous deaths were also reported in the Nuseirat refugee camp and in Gaza.

Since the beginning of the new cycle of violence on October 7, more than 29,800 Palestinians have died in the enclave, most of them women and children, and almost 71,000 have been wounded.

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/DR-Congress-Opens-a-New-Legislature-Campaigns-and-Elections-20240227-0015.html <![CDATA[DR: Congress Opens a New Legislature, Campaigns and Elections]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:19:56 -04:00 This Tuesday, the two legislative chambers of the National Congress will open their new ordinary legislature, which will last until July 26 of this year. It will be the last of the current administration, which began on August 16, 2020.

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The period that will open this Tuesday comprises 150 days and is marked by the political campaigns and the presidential elections, which will be held right in the middle of the congressional work and, therefore, could affect the work of the legislators and the approval of hundreds of pending bills.

The opening of the legislatures is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. this Tuesday. There, Alfredo Pacheco and Ricardo de los Santos, presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, will formally begin the legislative work and will designate the congressional commissions that will receive President Luis Abinader and the officials in the esplanade of the Congress.

Afterward, the congressional leaders will continue their joint sessions in the National Assembly hall, where the President of the Senate will introduce Abinader's accountability speech.

The new legislature has a group of pending bills that must be approved before July 26 to prevent them from perishing.

The tweet reads, "Thus concludes this February 27, at the opening of the First Ordinary Legislature 2024, President Luis Abinader, as established by the Constitution in Article 128, fulfills his duty and responsibility to the Dominican people . The Constitutional president highlighted that our country has advanced with a management full of energy and with high productivity rates in the various areas of our nation." 

The bills that will be relegated to the new congressional train that will be sworn in August are the social security reform, the Penal Code, the Telework law, the bill to limit political campaign expenses, the fiscal responsibility law, the bill to regulate the practice of baseball by minors and the teaching of English as a second language in public schools.

Other pending projects are the Hydrocarbons law, the law for the prevention of violence against women, the public procurement project or the civil service law.

The political campaign for the presidential and congressional elections will begin in March. Most deputies and senators are registered in their respective parties to repeat in their congressional positions for four more years, so they are obliged to combine their work in Congress with their political work.

The same thing happened at the beginning of this year, when the deputies immersed themselves in municipal campaign work to support the candidates of their localities or to promote themselves as mayoral aspirants, as did congressmen Betty Gerónimo, Nelson de la Rosa, Aquilino Serrata, Tulio Jiménez and Víctor Fadul.

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