Statements by Colombia’s Defense Minister Threaten Social Movements

Guillermo Botero alleged that social protests were financed by illegal organizations, putting in jeopardy social leaders in Colombia, who are already facing a number of threats Colombia Informa Guillermo Botero Nieto, the minister of defense of Colombia, recently came out with harsh statements against social movements and protests in the country, further jeopardizing the lives…

A Concise History of the Repression of Black Protest at HBCUs

Dr. Matthew Quest 1960s era protests at Howard University (left) and Texas Southern (right) The greatest thing about HBCUs are the toiling students fighting for justice on these campuses. Not the college presidents, boards of trustees, the administrators, teachers, or coaches. It is the students who, under adversity of both institutional racism and the duplicity…

Two African Heroes Leave Prison in Rwanda

Ann Garrison Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame has released two of his best known political prisoners: Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu political activist, and Kizito Mihigo, a Tutsi gospel singer. “Ingabire said that she would continue trying to open political space and free all political prisoners.” On September 15, Rwandan political prisoners Victoire Ingabire and Kizito Mihigo…

Haddad Visits Lula: Ex-president Will Not Trade Dignity for Freedom

Camila Vida The Workers’ Party presidential candidate in Brazil’s upcoming elections, Fernando Haddad, visited his fellow party member and ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Monday. After their meeting, Haddad spoke with journalists about the former president’s insights on recent voting intention polls, saying Lula is not willing to trade his dignity for his…

Maduro: Conspiracy Against Venezuela Continues with US Support

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned that the “conspiracy” against his government “remains underway with the support of the United States”, during a press conference Tuesday less than a day after he returned from an official visit in China. Maduro said ex-military officers were conspiring against his government with the help of the United States,…

US Military Drills Against Venezuela Described as Provocations

Caracas, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Sovereignty and Territorial Security Commission of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Gerardo Marquez, has described the U.S.-led military exercises in the region as a provocation against Venezuela. Marquez said that in recent months the U.S. government has carried out seven joint exercises with other armies, the…

American Fascism

Rob Urie From Whence ‘We’ Came Fascism is a loaded topic for Americans. The term is usually put forward as oppositional, as the flip side of representative democracy, e.g. authoritarian. Left unaddressed is whose interests’ American representative democracy represents. Twenty years of research by political scientist Thomas Ferguson strongly supports the conclusion that it is…

US Military’s Worst-Case Scenario in Africa

Nick Turse What keeps U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Thomas Waldhauser up at night? That remains unknown, but the analysts under his command are worried about terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram combining forces and destabilizing large swaths of the African continent. Planning documents issued in October 2017 and classified by…

The West and Latin America

Stephen Sefton One of the most curious phenomena of what passes for intellectual life in North America and Western Europe is the broad ignorance and deep prejudice of otherwise politically sophisticated people. In one way this is hardly surprising, given the relentless determination of Western news media to misinform their countries’ populations about world affairs….

The Nicaraguan Crisis: A US Regime Change Operation

Camilo Mejía Over the past four and a half months western corporate news reports about Nicaragua have painted a harrowing picture about the Central American country, historically known for a revolutionary legacy that has put the nation at odds with United States foreign policy and interests. In this latest iteration of conflict between the two…

US and OAS Disregard for International Law is a Menace to Venezuela and Latin America

Nino Pagliccia International community principles At the 25thU.N. session of October 1970 the General Assembly adopted a Resolution titled “Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.” [1] Not too many people would know that, therefore I think it is important…