Venezuela votes: Massive support for Constituent Assembly

first_imgVoting for Venezuela’s new assembly: ‘All power to the people!’The sound of trumpets at dawn on July 30 began a day of voting to elect delegates to Venezuela’s new Constituent Assembly. These delegates will take on the great responsibility of representing the people as they make changes to the current Bolivarian Constitution, established in 1999 under the leadership of the late President Hugo Chávez.The Chavista and Bolivarian people came down from the hills, crossed rivers and went through mountainous roads on foot or by bicycle in order to cast their ballots. They overcame all obstacles imposed by the fascist opposition and resolutely voted for the Constituent Assembly.The National Electoral Council and the relevant state bodies had established thousands of polling stations around the country, including contingency sites for voters who could not cast their ballots in their locality due to roadblocks — which included closures of voting stations by the counterrevolutionary forces. In fact, some sites in neighborhoods dominated by opposition administrations – mayors or governors hostile to the government – were unable to open. The largest alternate voting center in Caracas was the Polígono, where thousands of voters came to heroically challenge counterrevolutionary violence and cast their votes.As of the evening of July 30, voting sites were still open, so voting totals were uncertain. Through different television broadcasts and digital social networks, however, it was easy to perceive the enormous enthusiasm of the people and see the huge lines that indicated broad popular participation.Thanks to cyberspace, Workers World/Mundo Obrero was able to speak directly with people who conveyed that enthusiasm. Jacobo Torres, a representative to the Constituent Assembly from the industrial workers sector told WW/MO: “The people defeated terror and bet on peace. On July 31 you will see a beautiful Bolivarian, anti-imperialist and deeply Chavista dawn!”Compañera Yosmary Guevara, national spokeswoman for the women’s organization UNAMUJER and coordinator of the Bolivarian Women’s Force, expressed the opinion of revolutionary women: “Today is a glorious day, where the people’s love overflowed in the streets. … It was the hour of the people, to defend the legacy of Comandante Chávez. We want no more violence, no fascism, none of the terrorism that is an integral part of the empire. The anti-imperialist and deeply feminist patriot women, who are Chavistas, are in permanent combat to propel our heroic people forward.”A young citizen who walked to a polling place, Javier Ochoa from Yaracuy, summarized what millions also think: “Venezuela does not surrender. Today more than ever the struggle is vindicating the dignity of a people that says NO to capitulation and YES to peace. Venezuela continues to be an example of struggle in the region, for the world’s politically conscious peoples.”Constituent Assembly: Power of the people In general, the Constituent Assembly is a peaceful and fundamentally democratic political mechanism to resolve intense political crises, to change the Constitution for society’s improvement. The Venezuelan crisis is due to daily terrorist attacks by the fascist right wing — the most extreme elements of the right-wing opposition to the Bolivarian government — which has been trying to overthrow the government since April 1, sowing death, destruction and economic crisis throughout the country.Article 348 of the current Constitution establishes the right of the Executive Power to convene a Constituent Assembly. President Nicolás Maduro called for this on May 1, during the celebration of International Workers’ Day.The most significant aspect of this action is that the president summoned the sovereign power of the people, who will henceforth determine the future of the revolution. All power to the people!This concept is extremely important. It is not a law imposed from above, or merely a remedy for the crisis. It is the search for a profound transformation of the foundations of the revolution — from the economy, based until now on income from oil, to the transformation of structures of the state. This is the crucial importance of the development of this Constituent Assembly. This is what is at stake.In addition, the purpose of the Constituent Assembly is greater than seeking peace for the people confronted by fascist attacks. It seeks, among other things, to assure the achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, by raising the constitutional level of the popular Missions that aid Venezuela’s poor as well as expanding the justice system to eliminate impunity for the rich and corrupt who commit crimes against the people and against the homeland in general — for example, corruption, smuggling, speculation, drug trafficking, etc.These are crimes that the right-wing oligarchy commits against the poor. They run the gamut from the theft of U.S. dollars to subsidized, preferential prices for importing essential products, to hoarding of food, medicine and other goods. This rampant criminality is the cause of the shortages, which are intended to create an atmosphere of despair among the masses, in the hope that wear and tear will cause the people to rebel against the Bolivarian government.Through a universal, direct, secret and free ballot, the July 30 vote will elect 364 candidates to represent the country’s territories as well as 173 for different sectors of the population. These sectors include workers, peasants, fisher people, students, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, retirees, small-business people, communes and communal councils. This representation of sectors is something very new and ensures the inclusion of the interests of each of these groups.Imperialist agendaThe counterrevolutionary right, however, does not act alone. Serving its true master, U.S. imperialism, the right has tried — without success — to reverse the Bolivarian process since Chávez’s ascension to power. We need to remember that the right followed up their failed coup of 2002 by sabotaging the oil industry in 2003. Well-known disbursements of huge sums of U.S. government money via the U.S. State Department and its agencies that promote destabilization on the continent, such as the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, have facilitated Venezuelan opposition organizations. A long list of hostile U.S. government policies toward Venezuela has been a constant, through all U.S. administrations, both Republican and Democratic.Since the Obama administration, these hostilities have been intensifying, reaching the point of attempting to intervene, even with military threats, against the Bolivarian Revolution.Key figures from the Venezuelan opposition have met with Trump and other U.S. politicians in order to intensify their efforts to oust President Maduro. Even Venezuelan right-wing politicians residing in the U.S. publicly and brazenly call for U.S. intervention.This activity came to rotten fruit in April, when the counterrevolution increased its attacks, which since then have been daily. They include burning buildings, destroying state properties that offer public services, such as mother-child centers, and unleashing destructive “guarimbas” — violent acts of sabotage. Attacking the police and the Bolivarian National Guard, the terrorists have been assassinating people who are perceived as Chavistas, shooting and even burning them alive — a macabre and cruel expression of their fascist character, similar to the KKK in the U.S. South.Now, the U.S. and right-wing agenda is to isolate Venezuela by accusing it of being undemocratic for convening the Constituent Assembly. Trump openly threatened to impose serious economic sanctions if the Bolivarian government carried out the Constituent vote. The U.S. president imposed sanctions on 13 senior government officials, military leaders and the nationalized oil company, the PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.).The CIA has also announced that it’s working with the governments of Mexico and Colombia in the campaign against Venezuela. Panama and Peru are also part of this hostile conspiracy. The U.S.-led media disinformation campaign obscures the true terrorist and murderous face of the Venezuelan opposition, while distorting the highly democratic reality of the Chavista population, who are pursuing their sovereign and constitutional right to hold a Constituent Assembly.ExxonMobil and Wall Street are unwilling to overlook the existence of a Constituent Assembly that can defend the full right of the people to their sovereignty, defend the wealth of the nation for the welfare of the great masses — and not the profits of transnational monopolies — and establish a truly socialist base. Because of that, U.S. imperialism manipulates its puppet governments in the region, both inside and outside of Venezuela, as well as all organizations at the international level that respond to Yankee interests, especially the infamous Organization of American States through its right-wing secretary, General Luis Almagro.Measures such as cutting air travel to Venezuela have already been imposed. Colombia’s Avianca and Delta Airlines of the U.S. left hundreds of passengers stranded at the Caracas airport on July 26 when they ceased operations without prior notice.But U.S. sanctions do not end in Venezuela. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 27 passed the “Nica Act,” imposing sanctions on Nicaragua for its solidarity in support of the Venezuelan government.International support from the peopleHowever, the vote for the Constituent Assembly has aroused a higher commitment of solidarity on the part of revolutionary peoples. This includes the governments of the Caribbean countries — small in geographical terms — which have demonstrated with dignity their great courage, defending Bolivarian sovereignty by opposing imperialist interventionist maneuvers.Popular movements, especially in Latin America, have been very successful in defending the Bolivarian people’s right to self-determination. Pickets, forums, demonstrations, television and radio programs are continuing. Social networks are filled with messages and expressions of solidarity.All these movements have emphasized the relevance of the Bolivarian Revolution as an example of the awakening of the peoples. People are confronting the increased threats posed by capitalism in its decadent phase, which is nevertheless still virulent as it tries to recover losses due to the achievements of social movements.The same forces also see the success of the Constituent Assembly and the Bolivarian Revolution as their own triumph. Should there be, in the worst case, a defeat, they will view it as a setback for their own popular movements. And that’s why other peoples feel in their own skins the pain of the interventionist attacks of global capital.Yes to the Constituent Assembly! Forward! Long live the Bolivarian Revolution and international solidarity!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Khadija Ismayilova completes six months in arbitrary detention

first_img June 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Khadija Ismayilova completes six months in arbitrary detention AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index after one of the biggest performance score falls of any of the 180 countries in the index because of its unprecedented crackdown on the few remaining government critics and independent voices during the past year.In addition to Ismayilova, seven journalists and four information activists are currently detained in connection with their reporting. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the immediate release of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who completes six months of arbitrary pre-trial detention by Ilham Aliyev’s authoritarian regime tomorrow.A pioneer of Azerbaijani journalistic investigation into high-level government corruption, Ismayilova has been held ever since her arrest on a trumped-up charge on 5 December.“As Baku prepares to host the first European Olympic Games and to receive visitors from all over the continent, no one should ignore the enormous scandal of Khadija Ismayilova’s continuing arbitrary detention,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Despite imprisonment, health problems and frequent spells of solitary confinement, she continues to fight and to send frequent combative and confident messages to colleagues who are still free. Foreign journalists going to Baku should not shut their eyes to this. They should alert the entire world about the crackdown in Azerbaijan.”Ismayilova was originally accused of encouraging a fellow journalist to make a suicide attempt but he subsequently retracted, saying security officials pressured him into filing his complaint against her.Four new charges of large-scale embezzlement, illegal trading, tax evasion and abuse of authority were brought against her February, as the authorities linked her case to the one against the Baku bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which Ismayilova once headed. No date has been set for her trial, at which she is now facing a possible 12-year jail sentence. Her lawyers have repeatedly petitioned for her release but all their requests have been rejected. Her pre-trial detention was extended for another three months on 15 May.Whenever she manages to smuggle a letter out of prison, she is given another spell in solitary. to go further News Receive email alertslast_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Kicks Off Spring Tour In St. Paul [Full Audio]

first_imgLast night, The String Cheese Incident kicked off their 2017 Spring Tour with their first of two performances at St. Paul, MN’s Palace Theatre. After a successful run of shows in the band’s favorite ski towns on their Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival tour earlier this year, the band showed no signs of rust in their Spring Tour debut, delivering improv-heavy selections, skilled segues, “Terrapin” (Grateful Dead) and “Crosseyed and Painless” (Talking Heads) teases, and more.The show’s first set was highlighted by a 25+ minute “Stay Through” > “Joyful Sound” followed by a set closing “One Step Closer” > “Let’s Go Outside,” connected by a top-notch space-funk segue. The band kicked off set two with “Piece of Mine,” followed by 2016 tune and namesake of the band’s upcoming album, “Believe.” You can watch crowd-shot footage of the second set-opening “Piece of Mine” below, thanks to YouTube user Ryan Legvold:From there, the band delivered an extended “Windy Mountain” > “Can’t Stop Now” followed by “Seventh Step.” Cheese finished the show on a strong not from there, with “Outside and Inside” leading into a fantastic “Just One Story” > “Way Back Home” > “Just One Story” sandwich. After some quick banter about the upcoming tour and how glad the band was to be back in the midwest, they launched into a “Sweet Spot” encore to send it home.You can listen to full audio of the show below via archive.org thanks to taper Tommy The Beard:The String Cheese Incident will be back in action at the Palace Theatre tonight before heading to Madison, WI’s Orpheum Theater tomorrow (Friday, April 7th). For information on all of Cheese’s upcoming shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Palace Theatre | St. Paul, MN | 4/5/17 (setlist via SCI Facebook)Set 1: So Far From Home, Falling Through The Cracks, Mouna Bowa, Stay Through > Joyful Sound, One Step Closer > Let’s Go OutsideSet 2: Piece of Mine, Believe, Windy Mountain > Can’t Stop Now, Seventh Step, Outside and Inside, Just One Story > Way Back Home > Just One StoryEncore: Sweet Spot[Cover Photo by Adam Z Photography]last_img read more

Croatia on the luxury route Mediterranean Luxe

first_imgThe first travel program includes departure from Monaco to the Italian cities of Milan and Venice, and then moving to Croatia and the capital Zagreb. The second program includes Valencia and Barcelona and a tour of French cities such as Montpellier, Marseilles and Nice, and the trip ends in Monaco.   Organization Mediterranean Luxe launched by the tourism organizations of Catalonia and Monaco, respectively the globally recognized agency Kuoni, which has prepared two luxury travel programs that include all destinations participating in this year’s event.  In addition to presentations of the offer of luxury tourism, the program also included a presentation of the gastronomic offer of destinations that participated in the event, so Croatia presented itself with fuži with truffles, fritters and selected liqueurs. Precisely with the aim of promoting luxury tourism and promoting the mentioned route, a promotion was held Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with the tourist boards of Spain, France, Catalonia, Monaco and the city of Zagreb at the prestigious Mediterranean Luxeu in Singapore during the International Luxury Travel Mart.  Mediterranean Luxe aims to promote the tourism sector of the Mediterranean region and inform tour operators and other visitors about news from the segment of luxury tourism.  Croatian offer of luxury tourism presented in Singapore  “The capital of Croatia, as a leader in trends in our country, presents its luxury offer and we are extremely glad to be in the renowned society of world leaders in luxury tourism. We are honored to be part of the Kuoni agency program and that this segment of Zagreb’s offer will be presented to the Asian market, which records a significant increase in arrivals and overnight stays in Zagreb. Namely, back in 2015, the countries of Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines were in 19th place in terms of results, while in 2018 they took 9th place, which shows the growing interest in our city. “, said Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Tourist Board.last_img read more

Arsenal defender William Saliba compared to Raphael Varane by his former coach

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal defender William Saliba compared to Raphael Varane by his former coach Mikel Arteta will be keen to welcome Saliba to the Arsenal team (Picture: Getty Images)Froscino admitted one of Saliba’s best qualities is his calmness and winning mentality, which will be a big asset to Mikel Arteta’s side.He added: ‘I feel enormous pride when I see him playing at this level, with this composure, this maturity, this accuracy, this sense of anticipation and this application.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I have never seen a kid have such a desire to succeed.‘He wanted, from an early age, to be a professional footballer, already hated defeat, transcended himself.’MORE: Arsenal need to sell Mesut Ozil, says club hero Andrey ArshavinMORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright offers transfer advice to Harry Kane amid Man Utd speculationFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 31 Mar 2020 4:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link538Shares Saliba is highly regarded in French football (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s on-loan defender William Saliba has been compared to Real Madrid star Raphael Varane by his former youth coach.The Gunners signed the 19-year-old for £27million last summer from Saint-Etienne and immediately loaned him back to the Ligue 1 club for this campaign.Despite missing 14 games this season with a metatarsal fracture, Saliba returned to help his side reach the French Cup final for the first time in 38 years earlier in March.Fabio Froscino, the centre-back’s youth coach at AS Bondy explained what sets him apart from the rest and told Saint-Etienne’s official website: ‘William will go far, very far. He reminds me of Raphael Varane.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘As a kid, he was already above the lot, technically clean, comfortable with the ball.‘I had positioned him at the centre forward position. Evolving then in central defence would not have allowed him, in my opinion, to progress.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

OPT Gets Another US Patent

first_imgOcean Power Technologies, has received a new US patent for its Power Take-Off (PTO) System which is the mechanical heart of the PB3 PowerBuoy. Ocean waves that pass-by the PowerBuoy create a relative linear motion between the float and the spar components of the PB3. The PTO system takes the linear motion of the float through the input shaft and converts it into rotary motion via a ball-screw. The ball-screw drives a generator that produces electrical power thus completing the wave energy to electrical energy conversion, OPT explains.George H. Kirby, president and CEO of OPT, stated, “This new patent provides significant additional protection for our proprietary technology that enables the PowerBuoy to be deployed and to perform autonomously in the toughest waters in the world. We continue to grow our extensive intellectual property patent portfolio, to capitalize on our prior investments in research & development, and to protect our breakthrough technology, which enables us to deliver the maximum value to our shareholders.”The PTO system has a mechanical efficiency of more than 90% and an expected minimum three years between service for continuous operation in the most severe environments, including the North Sea. The PTO system also contains a mechanical brake for locking the buoy during transportation and under storm conditions to prevent damage to the components.This patent includes two different designs of the PTO system. The first design offsets the input rod and the ball-screw axes, which is currently being manufactured and deployed. The second design is based on a concentric input rod and ball-screw arrangement, which further simplifies the system and may be used in future PB3 PowerBuoy deployments, the company noted.The newly issued patent increases the OPT’s US issued patent portfolio to 66 patents, of which 47 are active.Outside of the U.S. OPT has been issued 237 patents across 13 countries.last_img read more