Venezuela and ALBA Weekly 9.6.2019 #268: Our Tasks and Perspectives to Defend Venezuela

AGJ – September 6, 2019

What Are Our Tasks and Perspectives to Defend Venezuela?  Many respected progressive and leftist intellectuals and analysts in North America and Europe are paying perhaps too much attention, or are carried away by, the internal dynamics of the Bolivarian revolution, without realizing that our main task is not to speculate about the revolutionary process in Venezuela. We must understand what Venezuela needs right now and consequently what our main and immediate tasks are – especially as people living in the US or Canada, in the belly of beast. The best way to contribute to the struggle of Venezuelan people against the reactionary pro-imperialist right-wing opposition inside Venezuela and against the constant attack, sanctions, and interventions of imperialism, is to build a strong antiwar, anti-imperialist movement that also focuses on building a Venezuela solidarity movement in defense of self-determination for the Venezuelan people.

Sanctions: War by other Means (video)


Colombia: CIA Platform for Aggression against Venezuela  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), which will be located in the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. This moves leaves no doubt that Colombia is being designated as the main platform for a US made coup d’état against the constitutional and legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro and the servile role that Colombian President Ivan Duque is expected to play.

Venezuela exposes latest Terrorist plan from Colombia The plan has been going on with the complicity of Colombian President Ivan Duque. According to Minister Rodriguez, the plan included an explosion on Caracas’ Justice Palace that were meant to be carried by groups that he called “terrorists” trained in Colombian territory and commanded by Venezuelan opposition politician Julio Borges.

Bloomberg News: Guaido-supporting countries shifting back to de facto recognition of President Maduro

1st International Meeting of Workers in Solidarity with  Venezuela; President Maduro’s speech to international trade unionists

Real News Network: Venezuela’s Press Is More Free Than You’d Think  Joe Emersberger points out that Opposition figures regularly speak their mind on talk shows and news programs in Venezuela, contradicting the view that freedom of the press is highly restricted.

ALBA’s 16th Summit: Towards A Democratic International Order

December 15, 2018

Resumen Latinoamericano and the Third World

ALBA’s 16th summit ended Friday in Havana. Its final declaration called for a new world order based on democracy, equality, and sovereignty.

The members-states of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) gathered in Cuba to celebrate 14 years of working to defend regional peace and consolidate Latin American and Caribbean integration.

“We reiterate our will to continue promoting the construction of a new democratic, fair, inclusive and equitable international order in which sovereign equality between the states and respect for the free self-determination of the peoples is effective,” the summit’s final declaration stated.

“We reaffirm the need to strengthen the community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a mechanism of regional political concentration based on respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and non-intervention in the internal affairs of each country.”

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said earlier Friday that integration is the only way to face threats from interventionist countries. He also defended Nicaragua and Venezuela, saying that constant political subversion, economic aggression, and threats of the use of force endanger the region’s peace and security.

Diaz-Canel wrote on Twitter: “On the 14th anniversary of #ALBAunited we pay homage to that endeavor, to its realization, to the dream, to the dreamers and to all those who made it possible for us to settle centuries-old debts. #WeareCuba #WeAreContinuity.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged the members of the alliance to strengthen the platform based on agreement, cooperation, unity, and solidarity.

“We insist that unilateral coercive measures are contrary to the United Nations charter and international law, violate international trade rules, threaten international peace and security, and restrict the enjoyment of human rights,” the final declaration reiterated in a rebuke against the United States blockade of Cuba, its recently-approved NICA Act against Nicaragua, and the economic and financial sanctions against Venezuela.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said that the best tribute to the revolutionary leaders, and the main promoters of ALBA, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, would be to commit to the struggles for the liberation of the region and achieve social justice and peace.

“We attended the XVI ALBA-TCP Summit in Havana, Cuba, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of its founding by the commanders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and we reaffirmed our willingness to work together to strengthen the brotherhood and integration of Latin America and the Caribbean,” wrote the Bolivian leader on Twitter.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega denounced the interventionist acts of the U.S. against Venezuela and Cuba.

The member states also showed their solidarity with Brazil’s former President Lula Da Silva who was sentenced to 12 years and a month in prison accused of passive corruption and money laundering. Lula denies his involvement in any of the cases and claims he’s the target of political persecution, along with President Dilma Rousseff and their Workers’ Party (PT).

“We reiterate our solidarity with comrade Lula Da Silva, emblematic leader of our America, political prisoner in Brazil,” ALBA’s final declaration states.

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves said that a military intervention against Venezuela would have happened if ALBA did not exist.

“Venezuela is not a threat to anyone, it is not disturbing world peace, it is not in the midst of a civil war, there is no condition of international law that allows (the U.S.) to intervene in Venezuela,” the Caribbean leader said.

According to him, these threats from the U.S. should be taken seriously because they are coming from the world’s largest military power. Hence, the ALBA-TCP must respond with greater unity, he said.

Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, ratified the defense of the people’s sovereignty and the validity of the ALBA-TCP, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized.

“We are interested in solving the problems of the people … that is what will always be done,” said Skerrit.

The general secretary of ALBA-TCP, David Choquehuanca, called for the unity and integration of Latin American peoples within the framework of fraternity and the defense of sovereignty in order to strengthen multilateral development.

Nicolas Maduro wrote on Twitter, “We proposed at the XVI Summit of the ALBA-TCP, to strongly promote the construction of an integrating development model, capable of generating the wealth that allows us to achieve economic liberation, to advance towards a higher level of shared development. #AlbaIstheFuture.”

Choquehuanca highlighted the importance of consolidating the monetary systems developed in the region, referring to the Venezuelan cryptocurrency Petro and the Sucre, as bases for a new economic model.

“We must be active in the multilateral scenario, in the mechanisms of alliances, the social and economic movement, councils of our peoples, who want to integrate, who want to work for their land (…) We must also adapt to work and build that new economic thinking with Sucre and Petro, a new financial architecture that is now a reality,” said the secretary.

He also focused on working with Russia, China, Iran, and Turkey as they are interested in working with the governments ALBA member states. The secretary added that they need to work together with social movements.

“We have to become the spirit of integration of the peoples of the world, to awaken that feeling of brotherhood,” he concluded.

Free Lula – Call for international mobilization April, 17th, 2018

ALBA Communique 07-2018: Call for international mobilization for Lula’s freedom, from April, 17 to 25 in front of all Brazilian embassies!

We are writing to you to ask an urgent international solidarity action!


Today we going to launch the call for an International Week of Mobilization for Free Lula, from april 17th to 25th, and your support is crucial to have a massive diffusion of this call, as well as all necessary coordinating international work to ensure the execution of the solidarity actions.


In this respect, there are some specifics orientations to our peoples movements:

 CONSIDER AS A PRIORITY THE APRIL 17th MOBILIZATIONS: on april 18th is going to be a key date in Brazil because there will be an important judgment at the Supreme Court that affects Lula directly. For this reason the international pressure is the core of our mobilizations.


– THIS CALLING MUST BE BROADLY RELEASED: through email communications in our internal circulars/communiqués; through our webpages and social medias, newsletters, WhatsApp and Telegram groups.


– PUT INTO Facebook and Twitter the tagging @FreeLulaBrasil, to centralizing the videos and images’ dissemination. 


– USE THE TAG #FreeLula into all social medias. 


– SEND NOTES, LETTERS, MANIFESTS AND OTHERS DOCUMENTS to the e-mail that we specifically created to this purpose 


– FOLLOW THE @BrasildeFatos WEBPAGE AND SOCIAL MEDIAS: where we will publish news in portuguese, and always possible in Spanish and English.


Any suggestions or doubts don not hesitate to contact us! 


Fraternal regards, 


Paola Estrada

Intenational Peoples’ Assembly Secreatriat



São Paulo April 12th, 2018.


Communique 07-2018: Call for international mobilization for lula’s freedom, from april, 17th to 25th in front of all brazilian embassies!

De: International Operative Secretariat

To: All Movements and Organizations members of the International Peoples’ Assembly 


Dear comrades

          Days before the two-year anniversary of the coup d’état, Brazil and the world watched the arrest of Luís Inácio Lula da Silva in astonishment. He is the most important popular leader in the country during the last thirty years and one of the Presidents with the highest levels of international recognition for fighting poverty and reducing inequality.

          The conviction and imprisonment of an innocent man, through a process with numerous errors and legal absurdities, without evidences and based only on statements from convicted informers in exchange for the benefit of their sentence reductions, represents the continuity of the 2016 coup.  It also reveals the abandonment and subversion of the Brazilian democratic institutions by the right wing powers.

          Since April 17, 2016, the coup makers are following a clear roadmap. They started by impeaching President Dilma Rousseff and now they advance overwhelmingly into a neoliberal offensive with new privatizations, handing over natural resources to foreign capital, dismantling the national industry and massive withdrawal of investment and social rights, among other evils.

          At the same time, institutions at the service of the ruling classes, like sectors of the judiciary and the media, together seek to control the political life of the country and to politically and materially erode the people’s movements and the leftist forces. They built a legal theater through an intense defamation campaign to arrest an innocent man accusing him of passive corruption and to convict him without evidence. That’s why Lula is a political prisoner.

          As a follow up of their strategic project the coup makers seek to legitimize themselves by winning in the 2018 elections. However, they know that it will only be feasible if they impede the left wings’ victory. The unfair and hasty conviction of Lula has the clear intention of withdrawing him from the electoral dispute, given that numerous polls show him in first place. Therefore, the coup forces will use any possible means to prevent a people’s victory at the elections.

          Finally, we invite all social and political organizations, grassroot movements and citizens who fight against all forms of injustice and arbitrariness to gather in a broad international campaign for Lula’s Freedom.

          With the hashtags #FreeLula, #LulaInnocent or #LulaPoliticalPrisioner, we are encouraging the organization of Committees for Lula’s Freedom around the world and for rallies to be held between April 17 and 25 in front of the Brazilian Embassies and Consulates, to express our rejection of Lula in prison and to stand in solidarity with the former President and the Brazilian people.

          In the face of the grave offensive of the Brazilian right wing all the mobilizations between April, 17 and 25 will be of extreme importance, also because we might get new juridical decisions during this period regarding Lula’s right to defend himself in liberty and our support will be important. We inform that the popular peasant movement represented by the Via Campesina International is already planning actions on April, 17th, the “International Day of Peasant Struggle” in memory of the “Eldorado do Carajás Massacre” and the International Confederation of Trade Unions (ITUC) is calling its national affiliates for international demonstrations #FreeLula too on the 23th.

          We ask you to join them and to inform us about the cities, places and times of the rallies through the email and also send us pictures, videos and other records of these activities.



We are here if you need any help or clarification!

In Solidarity,

Operative Secretariat team.

ALBA convoca a contrarrestar agresiones económicas de EE.UU.

ALBA convoca a contrarrestar agresiones económicas de EE.UU.

by ALBA Movimientos · 25 marzo, 2018

Durante el año 2017 el Gobierno estadounidense aumentó las agresiones contra países de América Latina y el Caribe.

El secretario general de la Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), David Choquehuanca, convocó este sábado a los países miembros de la organización a blindar las agendas económicas para hacer frente a las agresiones de Estados Unidos (EE.UU). 

Choquehuanca resaltó que uno de los desafíos de los pueblos que luchan contra el imperialismo es el de retomar los planes de trabajos financieros para poder hacerle frente a las sanciones unilaterales de EE.UU., las que violan el derecho internacional, expresó.

El funcionario destacó el ejemplo la lucha que mantienen Venezuela y Nicaragua, países sometidos a las agresiones estadounidenses, transgrediendo toda normativa internacional.

Choquehuanca también sugirió  la construcción de una “nueva arquitectura financiera” que haga frente a la crisis global, al tiempo que informó de la decisión acordada en el ente de “crear espacios soberanos e independientes que permitan fortalecer y crecer de manera constante sobre la base de sus principios rectores”.

El diplomático boliviano señaló que todo confluirá en un orden para América Latina y el Caribe, donde prevalecerá la justicia social para el vivir bien de todos los ciudadanos.

Precisó que en el documento oficial de la Cumbre del Grupo de los 77 están establecidos los objetivos para alcanzar ese horizonte.

Por último, indicó que esto dará como resultado la creación de una “zona económica de desarrollo compartido”.

(NUESTRA AMÉRICA) ALBA Movimientos / Declaración política de la Reunión de Coordinación en Bogotá

(NUESTRA AMÉRICA) ALBA Movimientos / Declaración política de la Reunión de Coordinación en Bogotá

by ALBA Movimientos
Updated junio 3, 2016

La Articulación de Movimientos Sociales hacia el ALBA en su tercera Reunión de Coordinación Continental “La Paz de Colombia es la Paz del Continente”, realizada los días 27, 28 y 29 de mayo en la ciudad de Bogotá, con la participación de delegados y delegadas de organizaciones sociales y populares de 21 países de Nuestra América, declara su apoyo total e irrestricto al Proceso de Paz que se viene adelantando entre el gobierno colombiano y las insurgencias de las FARC-EP y el ELN, proceso que ha sido resultado del esfuerzo heroico e incansable del pueblo colombiano por la solución política al conflicto social, político y armado de los últimos 60 años. Igualmente acompañamos los escenarios de negociación impulsados por diferentes expresiones del movimiento popular colombiano como la Cumbre Agraria, Campesina, Étnica y Popular; La Mesa Social para la Paz y el Frente Amplio por la Paz en el desafío de construir la Colombia en Paz con Justicia Social y Ambiental que reclama nuestro continente.