Colombia joining NATO puts Latin America on edge

By Tim Young for The Morning Star While pundits concentrate on noisy clashes between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel in Brussels, few have noticed that Colombia is joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) as a “global partner,” the first Latin American country to do so. In doing so, it joins eight other “global partner”…

Trump sets his sights on Latin America – article

VSC’s TIM YOUNG on why Latin America solidarity groups will be joining the July 13 Together Against Trump demonstration FOR anyone concerned about the prospects for Latin America and its peoples, the election of President Donald Trump in 2016 signalled a danger warning, which has since proved to be the case in practice. Trump’s approach…

9 July – Latin America Against Trump public meeting

REGISTER FREE ON EVENTBRITE HERE JOIN THE LATIN AMERICA AGAINST TRUMP BLOC at the #TogetherAgainstTrump National Demo   Latin America Against Trump public meeting Mon 9 July 2018 18:30 – 20:30 Speakers include: Richard Burgon MP, Chris Williamson MP, Lindsey German, Stop the War, Kiri Tunks, President NEU (NUT Section), Adrian Weir, Unite the Union,…

Statement from Dr Francisco Dominguez, International Observer to Venezuela’s Election

Statement from VSC Secretary, Dr Francisco Dominguez on observing the Presidential election the result of the vote (30/05/18).   On 20th May 2018 Venezuela held presidential elections as well as the election of local state legislative assemblies.  There were 5 presidential candidates that contested the presidency, the most important of whom by their electoral and…

International Observers to Venezuela’s Election Pen Letter to the EU

These international observers to Venezuela’s elections have written to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, over the huge problems with the EU declaration on the elections. You can read a short extract of the EU declaration statement and the letter in response below. You can read the full…

After Victory, Maduro Calls for Lasting Dialogue

From the balcony of the town in the Miraflores Palace, the Venezuelan president reiterated that dialogue is what the South American nation needs and not infighting. (21/05/18)   Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a lasting dialogue with all the country’s opposition parties and for citizens to leave behind the strife and make way for…

VSC Statement on Venezuela’s 2018 Elections

Venezuela’s Presidential elections on Sunday saw Nicolas Maduro re-elected. With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro had 5.8 million votes (nearly 68%), with his closest rival, former governor Henri Falcón getting 1.8 million votes.  Two other candidates also competed. The election was observed by 150 international observers who confirmed the free and fair nature…

Venezuela: Under US attack

We should be ready for even more US hostility to Venezuela, writes FRANCISCO DOMINGUEZ (17/05/18)   Despite winning 22 of 24 elections and referendums since, presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela have faced relentless US hostility and efforts towards “regime” change since 1998.   In this time, the US has substantially broadened the…

The truth about Venezuela’s elections – Tony Burke

As Venezuela heads to the polls, the international community must back democracy, peace and dialogue writes TONY BURKE (14/05/18) Presidential elections will be held in Venezuela on May 20 at the same time as municipal and regional elections. Contrary to claims from some who support Donald Trump’s “regime change” agenda in the oil-rich country that…

The US and UK should stop propping up Honduras’ Reactionary & Repressive Regime

President Trump regularly professes deep concern for democracy and human rights in Latin America, but the US’s attitude to Honduras highlights the hypocrisy of US policy in practice. (01/05/18)   Despite multiple allegations of fraud in the 2017 Honduran presidential election, Trump recognised National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernández, a conservative US ally, as the…