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Moscú y Caracas dirigen una estrategia en las redes para alentar la protesta en Chile

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Un análisis pormenorizado de 1,1 millones de mensajes publicados entre el 16 y el 25 de octubre en la red social Twitter sobre las protestas en Chile demuestra una intensa actividad de cuentas venezolanas, una parte de ellas identificadas como afines al régimen. Esas son las principales conclusiones del estudio del servicio Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) del «think tank» Atlantic Council, quien afirma que un 20% de los perfiles radicados en Venezuela que difundieron mensajes sobre las protestas en Chile se definen como chavistas o bolivarianos. Varias cuentas muy activas en la difusión de mensajes chavistas han empleado de forma especialmente intensa en semanas recientes lemas sobre las principales crisis abiertas en el continente como #ChileResiste, #EcuadorEnResistencia o #BoliviaDecide. Un ejemplo es el de la cuenta @juancardenasr26, que exhibe una imagen de Hugo Chávez en su perfil y que ha sido la más prolífica, con 214 mensajes al día como «Que Chile sea el primero y luego España si va... vamos háganlo rápido», o «Alerta, alerta, alerta que camina, la espada de Bolívar por América Latina…». Según los expertos, el problema de las injerencias en redes sociales es especialmente alarmante en América Latina, por la cohesión del idioma. El español es lengua materna de casi 500 millones de personas que viven en 19 países americanos y las redes sociales no conocen de fronteras ni quedan sujetas a la supervisión o regulación de un sólo país. Muchos gobiernos, incluidos Estados Unidos, Rusia, China e Irán, tienen servicios digitales de noticias en español con el objetivo manifiesto de influir sobre la política del continente. Campañas de injerencia Respecto al análisis del DFRLab, los 1,1 millones de mensajes recolectados durante nueve días de protestas en Chile fueron publicados por 421.868 cuentas, de las que solo el 47,8% hizo pública su ubicación. Este conjunto de usuarios, 201.840 perfiles, publicó 544.820 mensajes. De esos mensajes 106.626 provienen de Venezuela y un 20% de ellos, 21.200 en total, de cuentas que abiertamente se incluyen en sus descripciones biográficas palabras como: chavez, chavismo, chavista, maduro, bolívar, psuv, bolivariana, bolivariano o diosdado. Según explica a ABC Esteban Ponce de León, investigador del DFRLab, el siguiente paso de los investigadores es analizar la actividad y la relación entre las cuentas venezolanas, incluidas las que se describen como chavistas, para estudiar si su comportamiento obedece a un patrón coordinado que permita hablar de una campaña orquestada de injerencia desde el poder. Respecto a la conversación en redes sociales sobre las protestas en Chile, Ponce de León estudia «qué cuentas provienen de Venezuela, cuáles podrían identificarse como chavistas o bolivarianas y, en este sentido, cómo han participado estas cuentas en dichas conversaciones». El DFRLab es un grupo de investigación digital que ha desenmascarado numerosas campañas de injerencia extranjera en redes sociales, varias de ellas procedentes de Rusia. El Atlantic Council es un «think tank» bipartidista radicado en Washington cuya misión es reforzar el vínculo trasatlántico y que forma parte de la Asociación del Tratado del Atlántico, que presta apoyo a la OTAN. Ese servicio ha publicado, además, unas imágenes que muestran a unos supuestos soldados rusos con atuendo militar en el complejo Cícrulo Militar en Caracas. Esta sería una prueba del apoyo militar sobre el terreno que Moscú está prestando al régimen de Nicolás Maduro, algo que se suma al envío de técnicos y material bélico en marzo y a la transferencia, revelada por la agencia Bloomberg, de 315 millones de dólares (284 millones de euros) del Kremlin al régimen venezolano desde mayo de 2018. En total son cinco las fotos de soldados rusos en Caracas publicadas por el DFRLab, que no ha podido identificarlos con nombre y apellido. En tres de las imágenes los hombres van uniformados. Un análisis de imágenes por satélite efectuado por estos investigadores demuestra que los soldados se hallan en el Circulo Militar de Fuerte Tiuna, sede, entre otros, del Ministerio para la Defensa, la Comandancia General del Ejército, el Círculo Militar de Caracas, el Batallón Bolívar la residencia oficial de la vicepresidenta, además de algunas dependencias de la academia militar de Venezuela. Los grandes medios estatales de Rusia, encabezados por RT y Sputnik, se han lanzado a publicar notas sobre la protesta en Chile con titulares como «Violaciones y agresiones sexuales: la violencia de los policías y militares en Chile». Tanto RT en español como la cadena estatal venezolana Telesur fueron los medios cuyos mensajes más se compartieron sobre las protestas en Chile, algo que según el análisis del DFRLab «imita la operación venezolana centrada en Cataluña, que compartió los enlaces de los medios estatales rusos como su principal estrategia para influir en el referéndum de independencia de la región autónoma en 2017».
          

¿Ganó el régimen en la ONU?

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Incredulidad. Desconcierto. Indignación. El 7 de octubre de 2019, en el seno de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, Venezuela resultó electa para ocupar un asiento en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU; es decir, en el […]

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¿Qué clase de Venezuela es esta?

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El país nunca se queda atrás del todo

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Quién controla las antenas

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Patrocinador: Mejora al instante la seguridad de las redes de tu negocio con WEFENDERApúntate a la beta antes de que se agote.

Xerox a por HP / Pérdidas de cobertura / Esclavos en instagram / Alexa troleada / ¿La mejor cámara del mundo?

 El gobierno español aprueba la intervención de telecomunicaciones. Modifica cinco leyes para poder asumir la gestión directa de redes y servicios de comunicaciones electrónicas “en determinados supuestos excepcionales”.

 Preocupante decisión tomada con carácter político, que da el mando al ejecutivo saltándose los habituales procesos judiciales. Otros países cuentan con leyes similares.

 El gobierno asegura que no afectaría a plataformas de Internet, solo a las propias redes. Un punto que no me queda claro.

 Xerox quiere comprar Hewlett-Packard y prepara un cheque grande para comprar el gigante de los ordenadores personales (y de las impresoras). Xerox ha subido un 85% en bolsa este año, y ha abandonado su alianza con Fujifilm.

 Algunos iPhone pierden la cobertura ocasionalmente en España, mientras que operadores y Apple se acusan mutuamente de ser la causa del fallo, que obliga a algunos clientes a usar la red 3G porque las bandas 4G dejan de funcionar.

 Encuentran una red de venta de esclavos en Instagram que operaba en países de Oriente Medio usando hashtags como escaparates para trata de humanos, la mayoría de ellos en servicio doméstico, incluso menores. — La venta se cerraba por DM.

 Google extiende el ciclo de actualizaciones para la mayoría de Chromebooks. Un total de 135 modelos de portátiles distintos recibirán entre 6 y 24 meses más de actualizaciones de ChromeOS.

 Algunos modelos cumplirán 7-8 años de actualizaciones, menos que Windows. Pero un avance.

 El Pixel original de 2016 recibirá una actualización final en diciembre.

 Las preguntas de Alexa respondidas por otros usuarios son un caos. Para sorpresa de nadie, Amazon permitió hace semanas a usuarios responder preguntas, y sin verificar las comunicaba a otros usuarios. Troleo variado e irresponsabilidad corporativa.

 “¿Es seguro comer pilas?” — “Sí, pero no comas muchas”  “¿Cómo cazas a un elefante?” — “Primero, cavas un hoyo…”  “¿Qué vegetales no pueden comer los gatos?” — “Hiedra venenosa y lo que cocina mi madre”

 Las reseñas del Surface Pro X son regulares. La primera Surface con ARM en muchos años aún sufre de incompatibilidades ocasionales de software, y que la batería sufre mucho cuando usas apps sin soporte ARM64.

 Facebook tapa un agujero de privacidad de 2018 que permitía a más de 100 desarrolladores acceder a datos privados de los grupos a través de una API que supuestamente habían arreglado. — Les ha pedido que borren los posibles datos de sus servidores.

 La cámara de 108MP de un Xiaomi se corona como la mejor según DxO. El polémico análisis de fotografía valora al nuevo CC9 Pro Premium con una nota de 121, la misma que el Huawei Mate 30 Pro, por encima de Pixels, iPhones (menos el 11, por analizar todavía).

Assorties

 Ford prepara un prototipo eléctrico del Mustang… con cambio manual.

 Caen los pagos electrónicos en Venezuela porque los lectores de tarjeta de crédito dejan de funcionar durante días por los cortes de eléctricos.

 El lunes llegó un cargamento de vino a la Estación Espacial Internacional para evaluar cómo se comporta la bebida en microgravedad durante 12 meses.

 Turtle Rover es un “dron de tierra” que permite incorporar multitud de cámaras y gimbals.

 Wikipedia utilizará The Internet Archive para añadir referencias a libros clásicos y modernos, y garantizar la disponibilidad de las citas.

 La calidad de vídeo de Apple TV+ es de unos 30 Mbps en 4K, con picos de 41 Mbps. Un bitrate muy superior al 4K de Netflix de unos 16 Mbps.

 Más dudas sobre Boeing, esta vez un ex-trabajador veterano alerta del diseño del sistema de oxígeno de emergencia en los 787.

 Firefox 72 bloqueará las alertas para enviar notificaciones de las páginas web. Llegará en diciembre.

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Venezuela cardinal: Maduro leading nation to ruin (Catholic World Report)

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Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the retired Archbishop of Caracas, has renewed his criticism of the government of Nicolas Maduro, calling attention to the continuing economic and social crisis which has...
          

El Puma: “Volveré a cantar en Venezuela cuando se acabe el régimen perverso”

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El cantante venezolano, de 76 años, presenta un nuevo disco tras un doble trasplante pulmonar que lo hizo experimentar la muerte
          

Puerto Rico vs Venezuela, Nov 06, 2019 – Preview, Where to Watch, Score

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WBSC Premier 12, Puerto Rico – Venezuela, Wednesday, 11:00 pm ET Score, Highlights Probability of winning Puerto Rico 46.75% Venezuela 53.25% Short Preview In this match the chances to achieve triumph bor both teams are almost equal. Last 4 head-to-head matches Puerto Rico won 4 matches, drawn 0 matches, lost 0 matches and goals 35-8.…
          

Opinión. Condenar la violencia

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Opinión. Condenar la violencia

La condena de la violencia se ha convertido en un arma política a emplear contra los adversarios. Da igual que el presidente de la Generalidad  haya desautorizado públicamente los actos violentos ...

_La condena de la violencia se ha convertido en un arma política a emplear contra los adversarios. Da igual que el presidente de la Generalidad  haya desautorizado públicamente los actos violentos que están ocurriendo en Cataluña. Yo he escuchado al señor Torra condenar dicha violencia en varias ocasiones.

 

Pero por lo visto no es suficiente. Cada día sale alguien del gobierno o de la oposición reclamando que vuelva a condenar la violencia.

 

Lo cierto es que el cinismo y la hipocresía de los que se pasan todo el día reclamando que los independentistas catalanes  condenen  la violencia callejera no tiene límites. Saben que el movimiento independentista catalán  ha sido pacífico hasta ahora pero quieren desacreditarlo tachándolo de violento.

 

 

El cinismo de Pedro Sánchez Castejón y su gobierno y también de Casado, Rivera y compañía se descubre rápidamente.

 

Todos ellos apoyan a los López, Guaidó, Machado,… responsables de las guarimbas (1) en Venezuela que han ocasionado la muerte  de varias decenas de policías  y chavistas en los últimos años. Al menos en Cataluña, esperemos que siga así, no ha muerto nadie todavía.

 

Estos hipócritas tampoco se preocupan mucho de la violencia si esta se ejerce contra los que ellos consideran sus enemigos. No han hablado ni hablan nunca ni una palabra de la tortura en España (el ministro-juez Marlasca sabe perfectamente de lo que hablo ya que, gracias a su inhibición al no investigar casos de tortura, el Estado Español ha sido condenado por el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos en numerosas ocasiones).

 

 

Y mucho menos hablan del Batallón Vasco Español ni del GAL, estructuras policiales creadas por el PP y por el PSOE (porque entonces no existían ni C´s ni Vox) que no se limitaban a hacer fuegos en las calles ni tirar piedras sino que se dedicaban asesinar.

 

 

Para estos cínicos la violencia de unos particulares, aunque no sea letal, es condenable. El terrorismo de Estado, aunque asesine a mansalva no merece condena. Por eso no piden el encarcelamiento de Felipe González, el señor X de los GAL.

 

 

Yo condeno la hipocresía y el cinismo de toda esta gente, en especial de la mayoría de  los periodistas, incluyendo a los  que  se las dan de “progres” como la pareja Ferreras-Pastor, que hacen exactamente lo mismo: condenan unas violencias y se callan otras. El doble rasero es propio de mercenarios o es basura intelectual. O las dos cosas.

 

Ana Marcos

 

 


          

Uruguay votó una resolución de las Naciones Unidas que fortalece la cooperación con Venezuela

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En el marco de la 42.
          

Venezuela denuncia las nuevas sanciones de EEUU

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El ministro venezolano de Asuntos Exteriores, Jorge Arreaza, firma un acuerdo en Caracas, la capital, 16 de septiembre de 2019. (Foto: AFP)...
          

Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela destaca “amistad” entre Caracas y Beijing

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CARACAS, 5 nov (Xinhua) — La Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela 2019, es símbolo de “la confianza y la amistad” entre la República Popular China y la nación suramericana, destacó hoy el viceministro de Fomento de la Economía Cultural, Raúl Cazal. “Nos demuestra la confianza y la amistad”, respondió el viceministro al referirse a […]
          

“Plan anticrisis” en Venezuela

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Venezuela, uno de los países menos afectados por la debacle financiera mundial, ha reaccionado contra la misma, implementado una serie de medidas que el Presidente Hugo Chávez bautizó como “Plan anticrisis”. Pero lo que son [...]
          

Brasil sospecha que buque griego es culpable de derrame petrolero en sus playas

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Brasil sospecha que buque griego es culpable de derrame petroleroManchas de petróleo en las playas brasileñas.

La Policía Federal de Brasil puso este viernes fin al misterio del vertido de petróleo que era invetigado desde finales de agosto. Cientos de miles de manchas de petróleo aparecían (y siguen apareciendo) en las playas de la costa noreste del Brasil sin que se supiera su origen.

 

Después de semanas de investigación iniciadas en septiembre, la Policía Federal concluyó que el culpable de esta nueva catástrofe ambiental es un buque de bandera griega, el buque tanque "Bouboulinha".

 

Para la investigación la Policía contó con la ayuda de la Armada Brasileña, la Fiscalía Federal, el Instituto Brasileño del Medio Ambiente, la Agencia Nacional del Petróleo, la Universidad Federal de Bahía, la Universidad de Brasilia y la Universidad del Estado de Ceará, además de una empresa especializada en geointeligencia.

 

La nave atracó en Venezuela el 15 de julio, y tres días después partió rumbo a Malasia. El vertido habría ocurrido entre los días 28 y 29 de julio. Gracias a técnicas de geointeligencia y cálculos oceanográficos fue posible identificar al único petrolero que navegó en la zona donde se inició el derrame, a poco más de 700 kilómetros de la costa del estado brasileño de Paraíba.

 

Dicha embarcación tiene una capacidad de casi 80.000 toneladas de petróleo, pero habría vertido al mar una cantidad mucho menor, alrededor de 2.500 toneladas. La Policía ha pedido colaboración a cinco países a través de la Interpol para localizar al comandante del buque tanque y a sus armadores.

 

El Bouboulina, que teóricamente ahora está cumpliendo un itinerario entre Nigeria e Indonesia, tiene un historial turbio; dado que en abril pasado estuvo retenido cuatro días en Estados Unidos por problemas en un filtro de descarte de residuos.

 

"Tenemos el local, la fecha y los indicios suficientes de la autoría, ahora faltan los detalles de las circunstancias. La investigación sigue en marcha para saber si fue un escape o un derrame provocado", aseveró el comisario federal Agostinho Cascardo.

 

El vertido se detectó por primera vez el 30 de agosto, y desde entonces, la lista de playas afectadas no ha hecho más que aumentar. Según el último recuento del Instituto Brasileño de Medio Ambiente (Ibama), entregado el 31 de octubre, ya son 286 playas en 97 municipios de los nueve estados del noreste brasileño, según consignó El Mundo de España.

 

La región es famosa por sus paradisíacas playas de cocoteros, manglares y arrecifes de coral, y alberga algunas de las playas más conocidas del país. Jericoacoara, Praia do Forte, Morro de São Paulo, Praia dos Carneiros, o los Lençóis Maranhenses, entre muchas otras, se han visto afectadas por el vertido en los últimos días en mayor o menor medida.


          

Venezuela y El Salvador expulsan a sus respectivos cuerpos diplomáticos

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Nicolás Maduro y Nayib BukeleNicolás Maduro y Nayib Bukele

El gobierno de Nicolás Maduro ordenó la expulsión del cuerpo diplomático de El Salvador acreditado en Venezuela en atención al "principio de reciprocidad", luego que el país centroamericano hiciera lo propio anoche, en reconocimiento a Juan Guaidó como presidente encargado de Venezuela.

 

Tanto Venezuela como El Salvador informaron que las delegaciones diplomáticas tienen un plazo de 48 horas para abandonar los respectivos países.

 

"En apego al principio de reciprocidad, Venezuela expulsa al personal diplomático de El Salvador en Caracas. (Nayib) Bukele asume oficialmente el triste papel de peón de la política exterior de Estados Unidos, al dar oxígeno a su estrategia de agresión contra el pueblo venezolano", dijo el canciller del país suramericano, Jorge Arreaza, en Twitter.

 

El gobierno de El Salvador había expulsado este sábado a los diplomáticos nombrados por el presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, y reconoció al presidente de la Asamblea Nacional y líder opositor Guaidó como mandatario encargado.

 

El presidente salvadoreño, un declarado crítico de Maduro, informó de estas dos decisiones publicando un comunicado en Twitter.

 

La expulsión del cuerpo diplomático venezolano fue una decisión tomada en concordancia con el voto de la representación de El Salvador junto con otros miembros de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) el pasado 28 de agosto, consignó la agencia de noticias EFE.

 

La Cancillería venezolana calificó de "inaudito" el anuncio del gobierno de Bukele de expulsar a su cuerpo diplomático, y dijo que es "evidente" que las autoridades de ese país "no procuran otra cosa que suministrar un exiguo balón de oxígeno a la menguante estrategia estadounidense de intervención y bloqueo económico contra Venezuela", informó la agencia española.

 

Sin embargo, señaló que pese al anuncio, Venezuela "siempre estará al servicio de El Salvador para consolidar la paz, la soberanía, la independencia y la integración", y agregó que "ninguna farsa pasajera afectará los profundos e históricos vínculos que han unido y unirán al pueblo salvadoreño y al pueblo venezolano".


          

Los Lobos

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Guestpost! Ruud Houweling, once known as Cloudmachine, is an acclaimed Dutch singer-songwriter with a big heart for Americana music. He wrote a few lines on that very cool Christmas album by Los Lobos:
Chicano superstars Los Lobos, the multi-instrumentalist rockers from Los Angeles with their unique musical blend of mixed cultural origin, recorded a Christmas album with songs from Latin America. Obscure traditionals from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela. Save one; the inescapable classic sing along finale: Feliz Navidad. A flavorsome treat.
(Tip: also give their incredible 1996 album Colossal Head a spin)



          

Questions over ‘missing’ fishermen

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While the Coast Guard is investigating reports of two fishermen going missing, officers believe there may be little substance behind the claim.

The report was made this morning by three men in a pirogue, who said they were fishermen. They approached the Coast Guard vessel the TTS Quinam about 15 miles off Orange Valley. The men said their friends had gone missing on Tuesday morning and their boat was last seen being towed by an Atlantic vessel.

Newsday spoke to Coast Guard officers, who said they would circulate the information and co-ordinate a search. But they also said there were several questions about the report, particularly where the men's friends went missing, when and why their disappearance was not reported to the relevant authorities at that point.

Officers also said they contacted Atlantic, which denied towing any vessel to port.

After speaking with sailors, the men made off in the direction of Venezuela.

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Maria Corina Machado, The Time Is Now

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Maria Corina Machado, Venezuela

Maria Corina Machado, The Time Is Now

Many people understand that Guaido’s failure has brought Venezuela back to square one. It is time to begin the fight against the usurpation by Nicolas Maduro once again

Spanish – When I requested an interview with Maria Corina Machado last week for my program on Factores de Poder, I felt an enormous responsibility. The declaration of the failure of the process initiated by Juan Guaido was imminent. The promised route was reversed, and the secret pacts started appearing in the forefront. At last, the […]

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Gri ağaçta yeşillik arayışları / Metin Çulhaoğlu

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Marks'is solun aykırı seslerinden Mein Çulaoğlu  yeni köşe yazısında devlet üzerine,"Bizim gri ağacımız Marksist devlet teorisidir.

Bu teori söz konusu olduğunda geçtiğimiz yüzyılda devlete biri “araçsalcı”, diğeri “yapısalcı” olmak üzere iki yaklaşım geliştirilmiştir. Kabaca özetlersek, “araçsalcı” yaklaşım devlete özerlik alanı tanımayıp onu sermaye sınıfının daha basit ve doğrudan aracı sayarken yapısalcı yaklaşım devletin göreli özerkliğini ön plana çıkarır. (*)" diyor

 

Gri ağaçta yeşillik arayışları

Metin Çulhaoğlu

 

 

Kendini solda konumlandıran her çevre AKP iktidarının teorik-tarihsel geri planı konusunda bir şeyler söyleme gereğini duyuyor.

Kimi çevrelere göre AKP iktidarı ülkenin yüz yıllık tarihine sürekli damgasını vuran temel karşıtlık açısından yeni bir evreyi temsil etmektedir. Karşıtlık, “TC” olarak bilinen devlet ile “toplum” arasındadır. En azından 1908 yılında başlayan bir karşıtlıktır.

Ne varsa, ne oluyorsa, hepsi bunun etrafında dönmektedir.  

Bir “teori” olarak kabul edilirse hiç de gri sayılmaz; yaprak dökmeyen ağaçlar gibi her mevsim yeşil kalır. 1920 Meclisindeki “ikinci gruptan” başlamak üzere günümüz AKP’sine uzanan her karşıt siyasal oluşum “yeşillik” sayılabilir.

Daha ne olsun?

Ancak, bizim aklımız bunlara pek ermiyor.

İyisi mi biz teorinin o gri ağacından başlayıp başka yeşillikler arayalım.

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Bizim gri ağacımız Marksist devlet teorisidir.

Bu teori söz konusu olduğunda geçtiğimiz yüzyılda devlete biri “araçsalcı”, diğeri “yapısalcı” olmak üzere iki yaklaşım geliştirilmiştir. Kabaca özetlersek, “araçsalcı” yaklaşım devlete özerlik alanı tanımayıp onu sermaye sınıfının daha basit ve doğrudan aracı sayarken yapısalcı yaklaşım devletin göreli özerkliğini ön plana çıkarır. (*)

Teori ağacı, kavramlar açısından bu noktada tam gridir.

Ancak bu gri ağaç,  araçsalcılar belirli özerklik alanları olabileceğini, yapısalcılar da göreli özerkliğine rağmen devletin “araç olma” işlevini kabul ettiklerinde biraz yeşermeye başlar.

Ama hâkim renk hala gridir.

Gri ağacın yeşillenmesi, ancak kimi ek kavramlar, tarihsel gelişim-değişim ve “ülke özeli” gibi boyutlar devreye girdiğinde gerçekleşebilecektir.

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Az önce sözünü ettiğimiz iki yaklaşımın geçtiğimiz yüzyıldaki (60’lı ve 70’li yıllar) temsilcileri, örneğin Miliband ve Poulantzas, bugün yaşasalar ve Türkiye’ye baksalar araçsalcı gri yaklaşımla gene gri renkteki yapısalcı göreli özerklik yaklaşımının bir araya gelip ortaya yemyeşil bir tablo çıkardığını görür, belki temel yaklaşımlarında birtakım rötuşlara giderlerdi.

Çünkü araçsalcı yaklaşımın temsilcileri 17 yıllık AKP iktidarında kendi tezlerini doğrulayacak ne varsa onu görmenin mutluluğunu yaşarken yüzleri “göreli özerklik” örnekleriyle biraz ekşirdi. Bu iktidarın burjuvazinin çıkarlarıyla ilişkilendirilmesi hayli güç “özerk” çıkışları karşısında yapısalcıların duydukları mutluluk ise örneğin sermaye sınıfına yönelik “Bizim sayemizde grev falan gibi dertleriniz kalmadı” türü beyanlar ardından bir parça gölgelenirdi…

Ve bu ortamda belki de birisi çıkıp “Eyy Marksist devlet teorisyenleri, bakın hepinizi nasıl düğüm ettim!” derdi…

Sahi, ne oldu, ne oluyor?

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Aradaki “geçişmede” üç faktörün ağırlık taşıdığı kanısındayız.

     1) Özellikle “Cumhurbaşkanlığı hükümet sistemi” ile birlikte Türkiye’de siyasal iktidarla devlet arasındaki ayrım noktaları ya ortadan kalkmış ya da fazlasıyla bulanıklaşmıştır. Bu durum araçsallıkla göreli özerkliğin aynı tek odakta kaynaşması gibi bir sonuca yol açmaktadır.

     2) Türkiye’de sermaye sınıfı kendi sınıfsal dürtü ve duyarlılıklarını sınıf bilincine taşıma açısından eksikli bir sınıftır. Burjuvazinin sınıf bilinci bu sınıfın kendi uzun dönemli çıkarlarını bir bütün olarak ve aktif biçimde savunması anlamına geliyorsa, “uzun dönemli” ve “bir bütün olarak” nitelemeleri de bu sınıfa fazla gelmekte, bu da başkalarına daha geniş alan bırakmaktadır.

     3) İlk ikisi kadar önemli bir faktör, günümüzde sermaye birikim süreçlerinin eskisine göre çok daha fazla askeri özellikler kazanması, ayrıca baskının ve bastırmanın bildiğimiz “zor” ötesinde doğrudan sermaye birikiminin de bir aracı haline gelmesidir Devletin doğrudan kendi girişimlerini ön plana çıkaran bir durumdur. (**)

Griden yeşile geçişte bu kadarının yeterli olmadığının farkındayız. Ama en azından elverişli bir başlangıç noktası olduğu kanısındayız. 

Yeri geldiğinde buradan devam ederiz.

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(*) Özetlemede yararlanılan kaynak: Steve Ellner, “The Implications of Marxist State Theory and How They Play out in Venezuela, https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/13386

(**) William I. Robinson, “Accumulation Crisis and Global Police State”, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3zd8w8jz

 


          

Quieren «Debolivarianizar» Venezuela

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A simple vista y teniendo en cuenta los antecedentes de sabotaje y agresión que la propia embajada norteamericana en Caracas condujo, es lógico que las conclusiones respecto del injerencismo vayan desde la intención permanente [...]
          

AMLO: un año y ya está en medio de la tormenta perfecta

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COLUMNA SIN NOMBRE Pablo Jair Ortega + Héctor Yunes, contundente mensaje. + Comienza a desarmarse el Yunismo. + Que el de la SEV también se acordó de Muguira. + El honolable señol Ávila.

Por donde se le vea, los grupos delincuenciales ya midieron al gobierno. --Chopenjawer

Al presidente López Obrador le está pasando lo que el dicta el viejo y conocido refrán: "Ni tanto que queme al santo, ni tanto que no lo alumbre", es decir, en política el personaje debe mantener un equilibrio entre sus apariciones públicas. No estar ausente, porque la gente se olvidará de él, pero tampoco presente en todo, porque se sobreexpone. Al presidente le pasa lo último: sus conferencias mañaneras lo han desgastado y sus mensajes lo han hecho añicos en tiempos de redes sociales. Son otros tiempos: las "mañaneras" que realizaba cuando era jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal (2000-2006) las hizo cuando había menos medios y sobre todo existía más control. Las redes sociales apenas y sonaban. Todos los días a las 6 de la mañana, AMLO contestaba las preguntas de los medios de comunicación y marcaba gran parte la agenda pública, además que sirvió para irse colocando como el gran favorito para las elecciones de 2006. Durante este periodo se le nombró uno de los mejores alcaldes del mundo y tuvo un alto porcentaje de aprobación, pero al final fue perdiendo simpatías por errores en su campaña, aunado a la guerra sucia proveniente principalmente de sus archirrivales del PAN. Otro ejemplo de cómo ya son otros tiempos para los que quizás no estaba preparado el lopezobradorismo, es la reciente declaración de la secretaria de Gobernación, Olga Sánchez Cordero, a quien parece que se le olvidó que existen celulares que graban y transmiten todo, y se le ocurrió dar un respaldo a Jaime Bonilla en el polémico tema de la gubernatura de 5 años en Baja California. Pero más allá de si están preparados para la ola mediática, redes sociales y campañas negras (que saben organizar bien sus opositores, especialmente del lado del panismo), la realidad es que uno de los principales problemas de López Obrador es su discurso poco claro en cuanto al combate a la delincuencia, que por un lado, según, apuesta por la pacificación del país, pero a su vez hace operativos fallidos como el ocurrido en Culiacán o detiene migrantes con fuerzas armadas federales. La inseguridad como bandera para sacar raja política es una de las armas más efectivas para causar mella en un gobernante. Podrá no haber empleo o haber otra devaluación (que ya México ha soportado muchas) pero nadie quiere quedar en medio de un fuego cruzado, perder a un ser querido en una balacera o ser víctima de una extorsión o secuestro. Aprovechando la circunstancia de la violencia, pequeñas células usan el nombre de cárteles del narcotráfico y causan pequeños infiernillos que si se juntan, son uno gigantesco; y ante la falta de estrategia clara de parte de la 4T, los delincuentes siguen causando problemas por una sencilla razón: la impunidad. Hasta el momento, por ejemplo, dos casos fuertes en el lopezobradorismo (Culiacán y LeBarón) sólo han mostrado una falta de tanates del gobierno para combatir a los grupos delincuenciales armados. El primero, por una estrategia fallida de captura a la cual al final se le tuvo que dar una salida casi diplomática para no causar más muertes; pero el segundo es un tema que aparte de involucrar a la delincuencia organizada, también evidenció fallas en la logística de ese revoltijo que llaman Guardia Nacional Por ejemplo, el secretario de Seguridad, Alfonso Durazo, argumentó que debido a la lejanía del lugar de los hechos donde ocurrió la masacre a miembros de la familia LeBarón, se retrasó llegada de la Guardia Nacional. Estamos hablando que los hechos fueron a la una de la tarde, pero hasta las 17 horas se movilizaron las fuerzas armadas. En ambos caso permanece el halo de la impunidad. En Culiacán los sicarios se salieron con la suya y nadie fue detenido ni castigado. En el caso de la masacre de LeBarón se apuesta que será igual y ojalá este autor se equivoque. Aquí en la aldea no vamos lejos: este martes por la mañana, el gobernador Cuitláhuac García Jiménez ofreció una disculpa pública por la desaparición forzada de tres jóvenes en Papantla, pero no ha habido resolución ni detenidos y menos castigados en los casos de las masacres de la palapa en Minatitlán o el "teibol" de Coatzacoalcos. En ambos casos, de igual manera, se mantiene la impunidad... Y la impunidad lastima, enoja más. Otro ejemplo de cómo sólo la justicia está en demagogias y discursos que no espantan a nadie: los supuestos prófugos de la justicia como el ex fiscal "Verduritas", el ex fiscal "cabeza de balón de futbol americano ponchado", la "Tula", entre otros, ni siquiera han sido capturados, pese a todo el ruido mediático por sus órdenes de aprehensión. Tampoco en la Cuarta "Transformeishion" han parado por denuncias y tomarse la foto con papelito en mano, pero en los hechos no hay nadie detenido, a excepción de un subsecretario que tiene prisión preventiva. En los hechos, no hay acciones contundentes que demuestren voluntad de hacer justicia... Y no debería de haber pretexto porque la CUATRO-TÉ tiene todo el escenario a su favor, tienen todo el power que ya hubiesen querido los recientes gobiernos veracruzanos priístas y yunista. A estas alturas, y volviendo al tema de que el lopezobradorismo ya se ve rebasado por los nuevos tiempos tecnológicos, el gobierno de AMLO se ve ahora en una tormenta perfecta donde sus mensajes diarios ya son tediosos y parecen ser contraproducentes hasta para su propia defensa, porque a salivazos no se combate a los malosos. Se aplaude que se hagan en las conferencias mañaneras informes completos como lo han hecho en casos como el de Culiacán y Santa Lucía (especialmente inédito porque son asuntos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional), pero López Obrador no ha podido en estos días recientes defenderse o justificar el caso Culiacán y se ve difícil que también se logre en el caso LeBarón. Basta decir que hasta sus promotores más férreos, más chairos, como el actor y cineasta Gael García Bernal, lanzó un mensaje demoledor vía Twitter que replicó en varios medios: "Si no cambia el gobierno y @lopezobrador_ de narrativa para asumir sus responsabilidades ¿Para qué chingados votamos por ustedes? Más vale que asuman por completo su responsabilidad y hagan lo imposible para que esto no suceda más. Que se vuelva su mantra y su objetivo". Y es que la estrategia de atender las causas de la delincuencia es buena, pero es a muuuuy largo plazo; mínimo --creo yo-- para unos diez años para reeducar a nuevas generaciones y hacerles entender que todo lo relacionado al narco es malo; ¿y qué pasa con las que en 20 años recientes nunca se les educó y siguen pensando que la vida del sicariato/narcotráfico es lo mejor que les pudo haber pasado en la vida? ¿Esos que de plano ya están entregados a la muerte sin importar las consecuencias? ¿Cómo convencerles desde un púlpito de mensajes mañaneros que, honestamente, sólo interesan un sector muy reducido de la población? ¿A esos cómo los combates cuando ven que pueden salir impunes y sin castigo de masacres, ejecuciones, cobros de piso, extorsiones y secuestros? Porque ese es el verdadero cáncer de todo este rollo: la maldita impunidad que duele más que el no tener disculpas oficiales de los gobernantes. NOTA PARA PEGAR EN EL REFRI: Contundente el mensaje del diputado federal Héctor Yunes Landa en la Cámara de Diputados, con respecto al caso LeBarón: "No omitir que en 11 meses esta es la masacre 15, más de una masacre por mes. Decir que lamento mucho que el sistema de inteligencia del gobierno de la República se dedique más a seguir a cibernautas y bots que estar viendo problemas como esos y preveerlos. No es suficiente ofrecer que se va hacer justicia, lo que queremos es que esto se prevenga, que no sea necesario hacer justicia, sino que no se cometan estas masacres". OTRA NOTA: Este miércoles toma protesta el nuevo Comité Directivo Estatal del PAN en Veracruz, cuyo presidente será el originario de Tantoyuca, Joaquín Rosendo Guzmán Avilés. Una de las primeras determinaciones que causó escozor al interior, es que ya solicitó la remoción del coordinador de la bancada en el Congreso del Estado, quitando a Sergio Hernández Hernández y colocando a Omar Guillermo Miranda Romero. Aparentemente va en serio lo de desarmar los resabios del Yunismo incluso al interior del blanquiazul. OTRA NOTA EXTRA: Que nos dicen en la Secretaría de Educación que el secre Zenyazen Escobar también fue de los que se acordó de quién fue Domingo Muguira y expresó sus condolencias vía redes sociales. Oki doki. LA ÚLTIMA PORQUE MI MAMI YA SOBRECALENTÓ LAS LENTEJAS: Quien anda de gira artística representando a México y a Veracruz en el mundo, es el periodista Édgar Ávila Pérez, corresponsal de EFE y de El Universal. Durante más de un mes, el comunicador ha participado en un seminario para periodistas latinoamericanos en varias ciudades de provincias de China, al lado de compañeros de Costa Rica, Panamá, Venezuela, República Dominicana, Nicaragua y Colombia, entre otros. De igual manera, nos platica (a las cuatro de la mañana, canijo, no manches) que estuvo en reuniones con directivos de medios oficiales de comunicación de esa nación, visitando ciudades como Pekín, pero también se adentró al corazón de China al recorrer ciudades y pueblos del noroeste, casi en los límites con Mongolia. Auspiciado por el Ministerio de Comercio de la República Popular de China, el periodista fue el encargado de dar el discurso inaugural ante autoridades de esa nación y siempre estuvo en primera fila en los encuentros de altos directivos de la Agencia Xinhua, revista China Hoy y medios de comunicación de la provincia de Gansu. No es la primera vez que Édgar es seleccionado para encuentros de periodistas latinoamericanos, hace al menos dos años fue enviado a Israel, la Franja de Gaza, Cisjordania y Siria a realizar coberturas informativas de la mano de Fuente Latina... Mínimo que traiga una pinche playerita como las que venden en el malecón de Veracruz. Enhorabuena, bro.   @pablojair  
          

¿Qué es la certificación de ingresos?

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La certificación de ingresos es un documento que tiene por objetivo, como su nombre lo indica, certificar los ingresos que recibe una persona natural por sus funciones, ya sean profesionales o comerciales. El certificado de ingresos así como los estados financieros, deben estar visados por un contador público. Este certificado es requerido generalmente por las …

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¿Qué es el Producto Interno Bruto o PIB?

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Aumenta, desciende, mide la riqueza y el bienestar del mundo. Para muchos, es el indicador económico más representativo. Refleja el valor total de todos los bienes y servicios generados por un país o región, durante el plazo de un año. Hay varios agentes involucrados como el productor, el vendedor y el prestador de servicios. Desde …

La entrada ¿Qué es el Producto Interno Bruto o PIB? se publicó primero en Guía Venezuela.


          

La auditoría y sus tipos

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La auditoría es una revisión exhaustiva, crítica y sistemática que realiza un auditor, sobre la situación financiera y resultados obtenidos de una empresa u organización, para garantizar el logro de las metas y el cumplimiento de las normas contables. Tipos de auditoría Auditoría externa o auditoria legal: es la revisión de las cuentas anuales de …

La entrada La auditoría y sus tipos se publicó primero en Guía Venezuela.


          

Sudeban: Qué es y funciones

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La Sudeban (Superintendencia de las Instituciones del Sector Bancario) es el ente de regulación del sector bancario con oficina en Venezuela. Esta adscrito al Órgano Superior del Sistema Financiero Nacional que a su vez dependen del Ministerio del Poder Popular para las Finanzas. Es una institución autónoma con personalidad jurídica y patrimonio propio e independiente …

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Simadi: ¿Qué es y cómo funciona?

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El Sistema Marginal de Divisas (Simadi) es un nuevo sistema creado por el Gobierno Nacional para comprar y ofertar divisas libremente. Funcionará a través de entidades bancarias, públicas y privadas, casas de cambio y operadores de valores autorizados. En este sistema pueden participar personas naturales y jurídicas. Las personas jurídicas y naturales deberán contar con …

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Precio Unidad Tributaria en Venezuela

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El precio de la Unidad Tributaria (UT) se estableció a partir del 19 de Febrero de 2014 según Gaceta Oficial 40.359 por un monto de 127,00 Bs, sin embargo, desde el 25-02-15 según Gaceta Oficial 40.608 el precio es de 150,00 Bolívares. La Unidad Tributaria es la medida de valor creada a los efectos tributarios …

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Finanzas corporativas: qué son y tipos

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Las finanzas corporativas se centran en las formas que tienen las empresas para crear valor mediante el uso de recursos financieros. Pueden asociarse con transacciones en las cuales se levanta capital para crear, desarrollar, hacer crecer y adquirir negocios. Objetivos de las finanzas corporativas     Análisis financiero     Estructura de capital     Finanzas corporativas en …

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¿Qué son las acciones de una empresa?

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Las acciones representan y son una manera de expresar el valor de una empresa en el mercado. Las acciones confieren a su titular, llamado accionista, derechos políticos, como el de voto en la junta de accionistas de la entidad, y económicos, como participar en los beneficios de la empresa. Tipos de acciones  Acciones comunes u …

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Nuevo cálculo del cesta ticket o bono de alimentación

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El Gobierno Nacional decreto un aumento del Bono de Alimentación, el mismo queda fijado de la siguiente manera: La base de cálculo del cestaticket será de 1.5 de unidad tributaria y a 30 días. Los Cesta Tickets o Bonos de Alimentación son medios de pago originalmente promovidos como un beneficio de alimentación para los trabajadores, …

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Webster in the News: Top colleges, Uzbekistan, Pease on Venezuela

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Webster's 2nd-in-Missouri ranking by WalletHub was covered in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and by KSDK, the NBC affiliate. ... Kelly-Kate Pease was interviewed and quoted by El Mercurio about the controversial election of Venezuela to the United Nations Human Rights Council. ... Webster's campus in Tashkent was covered by University World News as part of Uzbekistan's efforts to expand higher education throughout the country.
          

The Lost Tribes of Spanish Jews

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Being a Jew in Spain, especially in the southern part of the country that was once home to a thriving community, is a lonely business. That didn’t stop more than 10,000 Venezuelans from trying to obtain Spanish citizenship before a law giving Jews the right to return to Spain expired at the end of this past September—a testament to how dire the crisis had become in the South American country.

Since 2016, violence, poverty, and insecurity have plagued Venezuela, where political upheavals have led to economic and humanitarian crises. Some 4.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. Many have emigrated to neighboring South American countries, such as Ecuador or Colombia. But in an unexpected historical turn, Venezuelan Jews have tried to capitalize on their fleeting chance at returning to Spain, a country most have never known. 

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AN aprueba acuerdo de la presencia de Venezuela en el Mercosur

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Los diputados en Sesión Ordinaria, aprobaron por unanimidad el Proyecto de Acuerdo en Defensa de la presencia de Venezuela en el parlamento del Mercosur, que expresa el rechazó inequívoco de la Asamblea Nacional a la modificación del reglamento del funcionamiento interno del Parlasur, que busca excluir a Venezuela de ese cuerpo regional que lesiona gravemente la democracia en Suramérica.

AN aprueba acuerdo de la presencia de Venezuela en el Mercosur

El Acuerdo manifiesta el firme rechazo a la pretensión de suspender la participación de la delegación venezolana del parlamento del Mercosur a través del Proyecto de Reforma. Ante esta grave situación, Venezuela, ha considerado imprescindible la invocación del Reglamento del Observatorio de la Democracia de este parlamento regional, específicamente, su artículo segundo, literal a que destaca los principios de “plena vigencia de las instituciones democráticas, sujeción al estado de derecho, respecto efectivo a los DD.HH y a las libertades de todos los ciudadanos”.

Así mismo, estipula reivindicar la permanencia de la representación venezolana designada por la Asamblea Nacional, en el año 2016, en ejercicio de su autonomía y atribuciones plenas como parlamentarios del Parlasur , con el objetivo de continuar denunciando la situación de crisis que sufre el país ante las instancias nacionales e internacionales, en procura de examinar todas las vías que conduzcan a una salida lo antes posible.

De igual manera, remitirán una comunicación escrita por la directiva de la Asamblea Nacional acompañada por una copia del referido Acuerdo al cuerpo diplomático acreditado en la República, así como al Parlamento Europeo, Parlamento Africano, Unión Interparlamentaria Mundial y los presidentes miembros del Mercosur.

“Parlasur es un espacio para promover la defensa DD.HH”

El Acuerdo fue presentado por el diputado William Dávila, representante de Venezuela ante el Parlasur, destacó los logros que se han obtenido en ese espacio parlamentario latinoamericano, entre los cuales citó: Las tres audiencias públicas sobre los derechos humanos de Venezuela; declaración de Guayana rechazar la judicialización sobre la demanda del territorio del Esequibo y la Fachada Atlántica y la visibilización de la emergencia humanitaria.

De igual forma, detalló que en las sesiones del Parlasur, “han hecho eco de la real” crisis económica, política y social que afecta a los venezolanos; los altos índices de desnutrición y mortalidad infantil; aunado a los convenios de acceso al campo de la ciencia, cultura, tecnología con las universidades de los países que integran el Mercosur y la visita a la zona de Pacaraima, en Roraima, Brasil, para ver la realidad de los refugiados.

El parlamentario Dávila denunció que "ha habido la pretensión de suspender a Venezuela por varias razones”, sin embargo, sostuvo que la delegación venezolana mantiene una “posición digna”, pues “ser parlamentario ante Mercosur no significa ser representante del gobierno sino del pueblo".

"Defendemos a Venezuela, defendemos a nuestra Parlamento, llevando la voz en casos concretos, ratificamos la presencia de nuestra delegación, a lo mejor no es un tema de la política caliente pero es de importancia, ya que permite visibilizar la grave violación de los derechos humanos en Venezuela”, subrayó.

Dávila reveló que en el plenario del Parlamento de Mercosur se solicitó la presencia de la Alta Comisionada de DDHH de la ONU, y reiteró que el Parlasur es un espacio que nació para promover la defensa y garantía de los derechos humanos y la democracia, “no puede ser un espacio solo de discusión económica sino también política".

“Nos hemos hecho sentir en todas las sesiones del Parlamento del Mercosur, el Parlasur, llevamos una posición por la integración, que en Venezuela haya un proceso electoral libre, transparente", expresó el diputado en la tribuna de oradores del Hemiciclo de Sesiones en el Palacio Federal Legislativo, sede de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela. NP

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Repudian bloqueo a Cuba colaboradores en Venezuela (+fotos)

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Los colaboradores cubanos en Venezuela rechazan con mayor entrega al trabajo el bloqueo imperialista impuesto a la Mayor de las Antillas (2019-11-05 17:59:30)
          

‘Everyone needs to do more’ to help suffering Venezuelans, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator

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INTERNATIONAL, 6 November 2019, Humanitarian Aid - “Ordinary women, men and children face overwhelming challenges” just to survive in Venezuela today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas.

“Millions cannot afford the bare minimum of food, water, and health care”, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs continued, adding that “the situation continues to deteriorate”.

Most Venezuelans have been affected by a years-long political and economic crisis in what was formerly Latin America’s wealthiest nation, leading to a major shrinking of the economy, fueled by hyperinflation.  

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Around 4.5 million have left the country, the vast majority to other nations in the region, marking the largest exodus in South American history, according to UN figures: “Too many people are risking perilous journeys every day, facing sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse”, said Mr. Lowcock.

“I have seen myself how the health system is on the verge of collapse with many hospitals lacking the most basic water and electricity infrastructure…Hospital patients, many of whom are already critically ill, are at high risk of losing their lives from new infections they are acquiring while they are in hospital, because basic cleaning and disinfection cannot be done”. 

And a lack of medicines and medical care workers only exacerbates the situation, added the UN relief chief.

“Preventable diseases, including malaria and diphtheria are back with a vengeance”, he said, citing people with chronic health conditions, pregnant and nursing women, infants and those living with disabilities as being “among the most vulnerable”. 

Having visited Jose Gregorio Hernandez hospital, the UN official learned that medicines are scarce; power outages mean that only one-fifth of the hospital has electricity; and water runs only two days a week, often through rusty and broken pipes oozing a “filthy stench that lingers throughout”. 

Over the last year, UN-supported aid programmes have made a difference by:

  • Helping to vaccinate 8.5 million children against measles. 
  • Supporting some 975,000 people with medicines in 109 health facilities. 
  • Distributing food and provided agricultural support to 50,000 people.
  • Ensuring that 350,000 people have access to safe water. 
  • Providing education support to over 160,000 students. 
  • Providing nutritional support to over 100,000 children and pregnant and nursing mothers. 
  • Supplying 35,000 people with information and support to access protection services.

“Some hospital workers, I was told, spend more than their monthly salary just getting to work”, he asserted.
Aid assistance

During meetings with senior Government officials and members of the National Assembly, he observed that despite the political divisions, there was “a common will to address the humanitarian situation”, with both endorsing the Humanitarian Response Plan developed this year by the UN and partners to address the most dire needs of Venezuelans. 

Underscoring that “only a political solution can end the suffering”, Mr. Lowcock said that in the meantime, the UN “will continue to provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in accordance with our principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality”. 

“I have received firm commitments that the implementation of the plan will be supported, to the benefit of vulnerable Venezuelans across the country”, he affirmed. “All parties must respect our principled humanitarian approach and not manipulate the needs-based assistance”. 

Stressing that “human suffering is not a political weapon”, he said continued monitoring of assistance delivery would safeguard its transparency “in accordance with independent assessments”. 

Funding shortfall

Mr. Lowcock thanked those who have contributed financial resources for UN-supported humanitarian activities, noting that more than $155 million has been received this year. But he said the $223 million Humanitarian Response Plan “remains under-resourced and the biggest constraint to delivering humanitarian assistance remains funding”.

“Everyone needs to do more”, he maintained, pointing out that next month provisional plans for the UN-supported humanitarian response in Venezuela next year is due to be published. “Substantially more financial resources will be needed, and we will seek additional funding from donors”.

 “We will need to find a way to unlock Venezuelan resources to contribute more to humanitarian action” and “place a greater priority on reducing the immediate suffering of the people of this country”, he concluded.


          

World Handicap System to Roll Out in 2020

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The World Handicap System (WHS) is ready to be launched in January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.

Though many countries are planning to adopt the new system in January, the system will go live in other parts of the world throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golf calendar.

Developed by the USGA and The R&A in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS will provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world.

A key objective of the initiative was to develop a modern system, enabling as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers will be able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It will also indicate the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.

The table lists the estimated implementation timeframes for a selection of countries:

 

Indicative Time Frame*

Country

January

Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, Republic of Korea, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela

February – March - April

Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden

May - June - July – August

Portugal

September - October – November – December

Great Britain and Ireland

*Subject to change

The WHS has two main components – the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System. The Rules of Handicapping are encompassed within seven Rules to inform administrators and golfers on how an official Handicap Index is calculated and administered, with some flexibility given to national associations based on how the sport is played and enjoyed in their region. The Course Rating System, based on the USGA Course Rating System first adopted nearly 50 years ago and already adopted on nearly every continent, sets out a consistent method of determining a course’s difficulty. Together, these components become the foundational elements in determining a golfer’s Handicap Index.

“When the golf community works together, everyone benefits,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA.  “We have seen the benefit that handicapping has provided for decades, providing greater enjoyment for all who play. To have a single set of Rules of Handicapping for the game will connect golfers from country to country, and we are excited to bring the best of all worlds together through this initiative.

“It is one of the many ways we are investing in golf’s future, to strengthen and foster growth of the entire game for years to come.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The game of golf is transforming to meet the needs of the modern-day golfer; modernizing the Rules this year was an important step forward in that regard and the World Handicap System will be another.

“Our hope is that the launch of the WHS will be a catalyst for change; signalling the start of a new era of golfer engagement, being inclusive by embracing all golfers, whatever their level of ability, and broadening its appeal to a much wider audience.”

“Change also means opportunity and, managed appropriately, this can only be good for the game. It does mean there will be a period of adjustment, as we saw with the new Rules, but once it beds in golfers and golf clubs will benefit in many ways from the new system.”

In preparation for the launch of the WHS, more than 3,000 golf courses have been rated for the first time and an extensive education program has been delivered. By the end of 2019, more than 90 National Associations will have attended an educational seminar and a robust library of resources is hosted on WHS.com to support regional education.

Rules of Handicapping books are being produced and will be translated and delivered through national associations.

In addition, the USGA and The R&A have developed a series of golfer-focused materials, including videos, infographics and posters, which can be used by national associations and shared with golf clubs for the benefit of golfers. 

This includes a promotional video which can be seen here featuring Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and voices of recreational golfers from around the world to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap.

The materials explain the system’s key features, including:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a Handicap Index reflects demonstrated ability
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; with the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap being 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds (with some discretion available for national or regional associations)
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness/control
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
  • Timely handicap revisions
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game

The formation of a World Handicap System was first conceived in 2011 between the USGA and The R&A in an effort to engage more golfers in the game and promote equity, no matter where golf is played. The effort unites six existing handicapping systems into one, while embracing the many ways the game is played across cultures. 

Beginning in 2020, the new WHS will be governed by the USGA and The R&A and administered by national and regional golf associations around the world.

The existing six handicapping authorities, Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA, represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.  

As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support the USGA’s and The R&A’s efforts to implement the World Handicap System.

To learn more about the World Handicap System, please visit WHS.com. For WHS information specific to a country, use the Association Finder for further information.

 

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as 10 amateur championships and international matches, attracting players and fans around the world. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings, with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and the work of the USGA Foundation. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents. For more information, visit www.usga.org.

About The R&A

Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 158 organisations from amateur and professional golf.

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.  For more information, visit www.randa.org.


          

Bukele a Maduro: En El Salvador un rollo de papel higiénico no nos cuesta el salario de un mes

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El Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro ordenó la salida del cuerpo diplomático de El Salvador horas después de que el mandatario salvadoreño, Nayib Bukele, anunciara que expulsaba a los representantes de Maduro debido a su respaldo a Juan Guaidó como presidente de Venezuela.


El reconocimiento del presidente de El Salvador a Guaidó como presidente de Venezuela, ha desatado una guerra entre Maduro y Bukele  por la red social Twitter.



En reacción a la expulsión del cuerpo diplomático venezolano en El Salvador, Nicolás Maduro durante la clausura del «Encuentro Antimperialista de Solidaridad le dijo a Bukele,  lo siguiente: "Qué vergüenza ver cómo se desfigura, se derrite frente al imperialismo una persona que llegó a la Presidencia de la República con alguna esperanza para el pueblo salvadoreño. Pero la historia, es la historia. Y de la historia no te salvas, Bukele. Te toca tu lugar como traidor y pelele del imperialismo».



Nayib Bukele, no se quedó quieto luego de ver como el presidente venezolano le decía "traidor" y "pelele", por lo que este le respondió vía Twitter: El Salvador, sin estar sobre mares de petróleo, un rollo de papel higiénico no nos cuesta el salario de un mes.



Nayib Bukele
@nayibbukele
Más respeto Sr. @NicolasMaduro, habla de un Presidente electo democráticamente, a diferencia suya.



Contrario a usted, 9 de cada 10 personas aprueban mi Gobierno.



Y En El Salvador, sin estar sobre mares de petróleo, un rollo de papel higiénico no nos cuesta el salario de un mes. 



Bukele, en su defensa, continuó publicando fuertes críticas contra el "dictador" venezolano.



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Regresan cientos de RD vivían sin papeles en EU

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AEROPUERTO LAS AMÉRICAS.- Dominicanos que vivían ilegalmente en diversos países, incluyendo Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico, siguen regresando voluntariamente al país, más del cincuenta por ciento mujeres.


Además de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico, también están llegando criollos con cartas de ruta de los consulados y otros documentos desde Venezuela, Panamá, España, Francia, Argentina, Chile, San Martin, Guadalupe, Martinica y otras naciones.



Muchos de los criollos viajaron a los países, especialmente Puerto Rico, Panamá, Venezuela, Estados Unidos y España, con visas y otros documentos legales, pero permanecieron en ellos más del tiempo otorgado por los servicios de Inmigración, cayendo como ciudadanos ilegales.



A su regreso al país, los criollos declararon a las autoridades nacionales que vivían en zozobra en las calles y escondidos en lugares debido a la persecución de los servicios de inmigración y policiales de esos países, especialmente Puerto Rico y Panamá.



Para poder sobrevivir, tenían que soportar explotación por parte de algunos empleadores dándole trabajo, corriendo el riesgo de ser sancionados con multas y prisión por los organismos federales, especialmente estadounidenses y puertorriqueños.



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Se dijo que muchos de los criollos que llegan de forma voluntaria al país, pudieron regresar con sus propios documentos y cubriendo sus gastos y otros con cartas de ruta, con el apoyo de otros criollos y amigos. de las naciones donde estaban.



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Gobierno Nacional entregará 3.211 nuevas viviendas

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El Gobierno Bolivariano entregará hoy 3.211 nuevas viviendas en siete estados, así lo informó el vicepresidente sectorial para el Desarrollo Social y Territorial, Aristóbulo Istúriz, en la reunión del Gabinete Social llevada a cabo en el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Educación.

“Eso nos permite alcanzar una cifra de 2.890.949 viviendas. Asimismo, vamos a hacer entrega de 169 títulos de tierras urbanas para alcanzar la cifra de 1.080.329 títulos de tierras urbanas”, señaló Istúriz, quien felicitó al ministro del Poder Popular para Hábitat y Vivienda, quien estuvo en Rusia en un encuentro en el que Venezuela obtuvo un reconocimiento por los avances en la construcción de viviendas para el pueblo.

Detalló que mañana, en el contexto de la ofensiva comunal, se dará inicio a la cosecha de 40 hectáreas en Guanarito, estado Portuguesa. Añadió que se entregarán financiamientos para 300 comunas.

Destacó que el Movimiento Somos Venezuela continúa con el Plan Integral de Atención a las Víctimas de la Guerra Económica y del Bloqueo Criminal, por lo que este fin de semana desarrollará actividades en diez estados: Apure, Aragua, Carabobo, Barinas, Cojedes, Lara, Monagas, La Guaira y Yaracuy y en el Distrito Capital.

Informó que está previsto un recorrido por las comunidades fluviales del pueblo warao y también por las Misiones en el estado Monagas.

Continuidad del Plan Avícola

Aristóbulo Istúriz dijo que se dará continuidad al Plan Avícola. Igualmente, señaló que se iniciará el curso introductorio en la Universidad Nacional Experimental del Magisterio, donde están registrados 30 mil estudiantes que iniciarán estudios a partir de enero. “De aquí a diciembre tendrán curso introductorio, que se inicia este viernes, y anunciamos la graduación de más de tres mil egresados con su título de la universidad. El Congreso Pedagógico está desarrollando entre el 5 y el 7 de noviembre entre otras actividades que tenemos en la agenda temática”, anunció.

Educación universitaria

A propósito de conmemorarse el mes del Estudiante Universitario, señaló que continúa el proceso de organización estudiantil con la elección de los delegados por aula y la plenaria de la Federación de Trabajadores Universitarios. Agregó que hoy harán entrega de laboratorios en la Universidad Politécnica Territorial de Los Valles del Tuy, mientras en Unearte estarán creadores y artesanos en la Feria del Juguete.

Juventud y deporte

El ministro informó que hoy está prevista la visita del ministro del Poder Popular para la Juventud y el Deporte, Pedro Infante, a la Unidad de Talento Deportivo del estado Táchira. Infante liderará también la entrega de locales productivos a la Misión Chamba Juvenil.

 

 


          

Presidente Maduro en Encuentro Antiimperialista: Se ha levantado una nueva ola antineoliberal en América Latina

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Caracas, 04-11-2019-. “Después de esta férrea resistencia que hemos tenido en América Latina, el Caribe y el mundo, hoy, sin lugar a dudas a finales del 2019, podemos decir que empieza a configurarse una nueva situación geopolítica en la región, y ya visualizamos que se ha levantado una nueva ola antineoliberal que tendrá los espacios del futuro para una nueva situación de alternativas”.

 

Así lo declaró este domingo el presidente Constitucional de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, a más de 1.500 delegados del mundo durante su participación en la sesión de clausura del Encuentro Antimperialista de Solidaridad por la Democracia y Contra el Neoliberalismo, que se realizó en La Habana, Cuba, durante tres días.

 

Ofreció un completo análisis histórico de las agresiones políticas y económicas que desde la década de 1990 el régimen imperial de Estados Unidos (EE.UU.) registró contra los pueblos. En este sentido, recordó que fue Fidel Castro el primer estadista que alertó a los pueblos sobre el peligro del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI).

 

“Fue Cuba la que convocó al mundo a debatir y desenmascarar los mecanismos financieros, culturales y políticos de dominación”, expresó al hacer referencia a las trágicas consecuencias de la penetración del FMI al imponer el dañino modelo del pensamiento único capitalista e imperial a través de las mal llamadas “deudas externas”.

 

Refirió además que existen actualmente tres grandes frentes progresistas que se levantan en la región. El primero de ellos es la Alianza Bolivariana de los Pueblos de América – Tratado de Comercio de los Pueblos (ALBA-TCP), conformado por Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Venezuela y las naciones de El Caribe, que han demostrado una resistencia heroica ante las presiones y pretensiones imperiales.

 

El segundo frente está “brillantemente encabezado por dos líderes”. Indicó que se trata de Manuel López Obrador, presidente de México, y Alberto Fernández, recientemente electo mandatario de Argentina, en conjunto con el gobierno de Uruguay.

 

Y el tercer frente es la resistencia de los pueblos a través de los movimientos sociales que reclaman en este momento los derechos sociales que los gobiernos de derecha intentan anular con el FMI. “Movimientos populares que están en las calles de  Chile, Brasil, Colombia, que irán abriendo caminos, cada quién en sus países”.

 

Advirtió, no obstante, que la campaña mediática de la oligarquía mundial capitalista pretende silenciar estas protestas, y desviar las verdaderas causas que originan la indignación popular.

 

“El gobierno de EE.UU., estúpido como es y los imbéciles de la derecha que gobiernan en algunos países, dicen que lo que está pasando es culpa del Foro de Sao Paolo, de Venezuela y Cuba. No, son Pinochet, y el FMI los culpables. Y los pueblos tienen derecho a la rebelión y búsqueda de alternativas”, respondió en forma contundente.

 

“Un frente de avanzada antineoliberal. ¡Así lo veo yo!. Un frente progresista en la nueva unión de la América Latina y El Caribe”, sentenció en el Palacio de Convenciones de La Habana.

 

Pidió que estos tres frentes en el continente sean articulados para acercarse en el discurso y en la acción, y lograr romper las barreras y las campañas de la gran prensa derechista que trata de dividir las fuerzas antineoliberales.

 

“Hace falta dosis de valentía para defender la verdad y abrir caminos a la verdad”, insistió a los movimientos sociales y gobiernos progresistas en este nuevo tiempo geopolítico, para unir los procesos revolucionarios, que es un mandato del libertador Simón Bolívar y el prócer cubano José Martí.

 

“Así que hace falta tomar esos caminos de la valentía y atrevernos a derrumbar mitos, campañas, presiones, chantajes y mentiras del imperio”.

 

Finalizó su discurso augurando un momento esplendoroso en esta nueva etapa contra las agresiones imperiales y las corrientes neoliberales que tratan por todos los medios de arrodillar a los pueblos y quitarles sus conquistas y derechos sociales.

 

“Buenos y mejores tiempos, nuevos y mejores aires hay en América Latina, el Caribe y el mundo. Tengamos fe y optimismo que ha llegado el tiempo histórico de las ideas antineoliberales. Tengamos la unión suficiente y la fuerza espiritual suficiente para seguir empujando adelante. ¡Es nuestro tiempo, nuestro siglo y nadie nos lo quitará!”, concluyó. FIN (Cortesía VTV).


          

Colombia bucks dismal trend for Latin American economies

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Growth and investment are holding up despite Venezuela crisis and fragile peace process
          

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VENEZUELA is one of South America’s least successful football nations, but most importantly and of greater concern, it is currently one of the world’s most troubled places. Once an oil-rich country with one quarter of the world’s proven oil reserves, a period of reckless financial and political policy-making has left Venezuela in absolute chaos, an example of social breakdown and a reminder of what can …
          

US Authorizes Tax Payments to Maduro Gov’t, Sanctions Five More Venezuelan Officials

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Washington has eased some of the restrictions imposed under its recent Venezuela embargo.


          

Venezuela al garete

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“Un hombre va al casino de Montecarlo, gana un millón de dólares, regresa a la habitación del hotel donde se hospeda, y se suicida”.

La entrada Venezuela al garete se publicó primero en Havana Times en Español.


          

Decomisan municiones que serían utilizadas para desestabilizar

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La Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) de Venezuela incautó el miércoles en el estado Lara (noroeste) material de guerra que sería utilizado para generar desestabilización y violencia en el país, en el marco de las elecciones [...]
          

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  1. Estiman alza de 800 mil b/d exportación de crudo local  El Universal (Venezuela)
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  3. Si el acuerdo comercial es inminente, más le vale al petróleo que sea rápido  Investing.com España
  4. Precio del petróleo sigue subiendo  Portafolio.co
  5. Un "rali poco saludable" del petróleo: ¿presagio de un desplome?  Sputnik Mundo
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Venezuela'da flaş iddia! Muhalif Guaido Kolombiya sınırını paramiliterlere bırakmayı vadetti

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Venezuela İletişim, Turizm ve Kültürden Sorumlu Devlet Başkan Yardımcısı Jorge Rodriguez, kendini geçici devlet başkanı ilan eden muhalif Ulusal Meclis (AN) Başkanı Juan Guaido'nun, Venezuela-Kolombiya...Devamı için tıklayınız
          

Muhalif Guaido'nun Kolombiya Sınırını Paramiliterlere Bırakmayı Vadettiği İddiası

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Venezuelalı muhalif lider Juan Guaido'nun, Kolombiya sınırını, paramiliter suç örgütü Los Rastrojos'un kontrolüne bırakmayı vadettiği iddiasında bulunuldu- İddia, Devlet Başkan Yardımcısı Jorge Rodriguez'in, Los Rastrojos'un ele başlarından Argenis Vaca'n

          

5 cosas que debes saber este 6 de noviembre: masacre en Chihuahua, el documental del Chapo y gasolina por condones en Venezuela

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Esto es lo que debes saber para comenzar el día: en Venezuela pagan gasolina con condones o goma de mascar por falta de billetes. Todo sobre el documental del Chapo, presentado y narrado por el periodista Fernando del Rincón.
          

El presidente electo de Guatemala romperá relaciones con Maduro cuando asuma

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El presidente electo de Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, anunció este lunes que cuando tome posesión en el cargo romperá cualquier relación con el gobierno del asediado presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Giammattei, quien asumirá el próximo 14 de enero de 2020 y se quedará en el cargo hasta 2024, no especificó si habrá alguna acción en contra de los diplomáticos del país sudamericano.
          

Populistas y con una visión similar sobre Venezuela: ¿En qué se parecen y se diferencian AMLO y Fernández?

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AMLO y Fernández se eligieron con un discurso populista y promesas en temas sociales. Además, comparten su posición sobre Venezuela.
          

Protocolo de aceptación y control de calidad del sistema de referencia CARINAiso

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Título : Protocolo de aceptación y control de calidad del sistema de referencia CARINAiso Autor : Martínez Arévalo, Pedro Ramón Resumen : Resumen En este trabajo se analizó la correspondencia entre las coordenadas proyectadas por el sistema de referencia CARINAiso y las indicadas por el sistema de planificación, implementado 106 pacientes oncológicos, planificados con diversas técnicas de radioterapia.Se analizó el proceso de simulación para estos pacientes, teniendo en cuenta el marcaje y alineación correspondiente a partir del sistema de referencia CARINAiso, con el objetivo de disminuir las placas de verificación y mejorar los tiempos de ingreso del tratamiento.En este sentido, se creo el Protocolo de Control de Calidad del Sistema de Referencia CARINAiso, para asegurar que las coordenadas proyectadas por el sistema se proyecten correctamente. Se establecieron criterios que contribuyen alcanzar el uso eficiente de la simulación virtual del tratamiento en radioterapia, permitiendo una óptima alineación,ubicación del isocentro o punto de referencia de tratamiento sobre el paciente. En este sentido, se explicaron las acciones llevadas a cabo para mantener óptimas las condiciones,realizando pruebas de los parámetros físicos, mecánicos, eléctricos y geométricos, donde se incluye procedimiento de medida, técnica a seguir, frecuencia de los controles y las tolerancias del sistema de láser LAP que constituye el sistema de referencia CARINAiso. Palabras Claves: Control de Calidad, Sistema Referencia CARINAiso,Láser. Descripción : Martínez Arévalo,Pedro Ramón(2018)Protocolo de aceptación y control de calidad del sistema de referencia CARINAiso.Trabajo de Grado presentado ante la Universidad Central de Venezuela para optar por el Título de Magister Scientiarum, Mención Física Médica
          

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Venezuela: des Forces spéciales de la police sèment la terreur dans les quartiers pauvres

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"Seigneur, prends soin de mon fils", susurre Miriam en entendant des coups de feu au loin, priant pour que Luis n'en soit pas la cible. En vain. Luis sera abattu par les Forces d'action spéciale, un corps de la police vénézuélienne qui sème la terreur dans les quartiers pauvres.
          

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on...Blackbeard the Pirate?

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Kevin Daley

Politics, Americas

Christina Burnham holds pirate-themed flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington November 5, 2019 in support of her uncle, Frederick Allen, a filmmaker whose appeal in a copyright lawsuit over the use of his footage of Blackbeard’s shipwreck is bei

It's actually an important constitutional ARGH-ument.

The Supreme Court seemed to think that North Carolina unlawfully pirated copyrighted images of an 18th century shipwreck during oral arguments Tuesday morning.

The case, arising from the discovery of Blackbeard’s famed pirate ship, asks whether an underwater production company can sue North Carolina for distributing its copyrighted images of the wreck. Several justices appeared troubled by the possible consequences.

“What the state decides to do with its own website, charging $5 or something, is to run Rocky, Marvel, whatever, Spider-Man, and perhaps Groundhog Day,” Justice Stephen Breyer asked North Carolina lawyer Ryan Park. “Several billion dollars flows into the treasury. Now, if you win, why won’t that happen?”

The pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, seized a French vessel near the Lesser Antilles in 1717 and rechristened it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Refitted with 40 guns, Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Blackbeard’s armada until it ran aground near Beaufort, North Carolina, in 1718. A private salvage company located the wreck over two centuries later in 1996.

The firm retained Nautilus Productions to document their recovery activities. Nautilus and its owner, Frederick Allen, copyrighted video and still images of the ship. Thereafter, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources displayed several copyrighted images of the wreck on its website, prompting the lawsuit now before the high court.

“After Nautilus spent nearly two decades creating works by photographing and filming (at considerable risk) underwater excavation of Blackbeard’s famed Queen Anne’s Revenge, the state brazenly pirated them,” the company wrote in its petition to the justices.

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From populism to neoliberalism: Labor unions and market-oriented reforms in Argentina, Mexico, and Venezuela

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Murillo, Maria Victoria ProQuest Dissertations and Theses 01 Jan 1997

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The Lost Tribes of Spanish Jews

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Being a Jew in Spain, especially in the southern part of the country that was once home to a thriving community, is a lonely business. That didn’t stop more than 10,000 Venezuelans from trying to obtain Spanish citizenship before a law giving Jews the right to return to Spain expired at the end of this past September—a testament to how dire the crisis had become in the South American country.

Since 2016, violence, poverty, and insecurity have plagued Venezuela, where political upheavals have led to economic and humanitarian crises. Some 4.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. Many have emigrated to neighboring South American countries, such as Ecuador or Colombia. But in an unexpected historical turn, Venezuelan Jews have tried to capitalize on their fleeting chance at returning to Spain, a country most have never known. 

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TV Cultura transmite a Superliga de Vôlei

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A TV Cultura, que recentemente retomou as transmissões esportivas em sua programação, com o futebol feminino, neste sábado (9/11) começa a exibir os jogos da Superliga de Vôlei 2019/2020, feminino e masculino. Para a narração, a emissora escalou Gil Arruda e Natália Lara. Como comentaristas, a TV Cultura contará com Vera Mossa, ex-jogadora da Seleção Brasileira de Vôlei, e William Carvalholevantador  e capitão daquela que ficou conhecida como a "geração de prata" do vôlei brasileiro.

Neste sábado (9), a partir das 19h, ao vivo, a TV Cultura transmite Itapetininga (SP) e Fiat/Minas (MG). No domingo (10), às 20h, irá ao ar a partida entre América Vôlei (MG) e Sesc-RJ.
A primeira rodada feminina será televisionada no dia 16 de novembro.
O presidente da TV Cultura, José Roberto Maluf, ressalta a importância dessa nova fase da emissora. “É com grande alegria que a TV Cultura retoma suas transmissões esportivas e exibe, com exclusividade na TV aberta, a Superliga de Vôlei 2019/2020. A partir deste mês, nossa rede nacional levará ao ar mais de 50 jogos, masculino e feminino, possibilitando ao público acompanhar a principal competição de vôlei do País".

Superliga 2019/2020
Nesta temporada, serão 18 jogadores estrangeiros, 19 campeões olímpicos e muitos outros grandes atletas que irão representar os 24 times – 12 em cada naipe – nos próximos seis meses.
Há atletas da Argentina, de Cuba, da Colômbia, Itália, Venezuela, Estados Unidos, Marrocos, entre outros. A oposta Polina Rahimova, do Azerbaijão, jogará no Brasil pela primeira vez. Ela defenderá o Sesi Vôlei Bauru.
A Superliga 2019/2020 masculina contará com o atual campeão EMS Taubaté Funvic (SP), além de Sesi-SP, Sada Cruzeiro (MG), Sesc-RJ, Fiat/Minas (MG), Vôlei Renata (SP), Denk Academy Maringá Vôlei (PR), Vôlei UM Itapetininga (SP), América Vôlei (MG), São Francisco Vôlei-RP (SP),Ponta Grossa Vôlei e Apan Blumenau (SC), vice-campeão.
No feminino, estarão na disputa o Itambé Minas (MG), campeão em 2018/2019, Dentil Praia Clube (MG), Osasco/Audax (SP), Sesi Vôlei Bauru (SP), Sesc-RJ, São Paulo FC/Barueri (SP), Fluminense (RJ), Curitiba Vôlei (PR), Esporte Clube Pinheiros (SP) e São Cristóvão Saúde/São Caetano (SP). Completam a lista o Valinhos (SP) e o Flamengo (RJ), que subiram da Superliga B 2019.

          

Mỹ cho phép một số công ty đóng thuế ở Venezuela, trừng phạt thêm 5 quan chức cấp cao

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TGVN. Ngày 5/11, chính quyền của Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump đã cấp giấy phép cho một số công ty của Mỹ đóng thuế tại Venezuela dù đang áp dụng các biện pháp trừng phạt đối với nước này.
          

Auxiliar de Farmacia Para trabajar en ... Barinas, Edo. Barinas, Venezuela

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Atender, despachar, facturar y cobrar a los clientes que acuden a la farmacia de acuerdo con las normas y procedimientos establecidos.
          

Ejecutivo(a) Integral de Negocios Para trabajar en ... Barinas, Edo. Barinas, Venezuela

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Si quieres ser parte de la más innovadora tecnología de última generación, actualmente en la Corporación Digitel nos encontramos en la búsqueda de Ejecutivo(a) Integral de Negocios, para realizar funciones inherentes al cargo.(...)
          

Re: 35 Reasons Why You Should Move Away From California

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Dear LIBs: If you are thinking of moving to this conservative area...stay out. We all think you suck.

The Blue Cesspool Exodus: Conservative Californians Finding Refuge In 'Redder Pastures'
Townhall. com ^ | November 6, 2019 | Matt Vespa

I grew up in New Jersey. Morris County to be exact. Don’t get me wrong. I loved living there, but the taxes were immense. And by my senior year of college, my father had enough. They exited to the collar counties around Philadelphia, where the property tax burden was considerably less. Pennsylvania isn’t exactly a red state, especially where my parents live—it’s roughly 50-50 Democratic to Republican—but it’s sure better than the Garden State’s politics. In Pennsylvania, there’s a Republican legislature and if the state party could actually find a sentient being to run for governor, that person could win. The point is blue states are garbage. We’ve all seen the history of mismanagement, corruption, and overspending that plagues state whenever Democrats takeover. In California, scores of red voters are fleeing to states lie Texas, where their politics isn’t viewed as evil, law enforcement is respected, and taxes aren’t so damn high. As we speak, the Golden State is burning and plagued with forced blackouts. The blackouts are the latest method in preventing future wildfires. It’s the Venezuelan protocol. To no one’s surprise, those who are Republicans in this state are three times more likely to say they want to leave this hellhole (via LA Times):

The Volkswagen SUV whizzed past the Texas state line, a U-Haul trailer in tow, as it made its way toward Amarillo.

“Yay!” Judy Stark cried out to her husband, Richard, as they officially left California.

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Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely as their Democratic or liberal counterparts to seriously have considered moving — 40% compared with 14%, the poll found. Conservatives mentioned taxes and California’s political culture as a reason for leaving more frequently than they cited the state’s soaring housing costs.

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“We’re moving to redder pastures,” Stark, 71, said by phone. “We’re getting with people who believe in the same political agenda that we do: America first, Americans first, law and order.”

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A realtor, Bailey launched a Facebook group for others who were struggling with the same problems and looking to make a change. Her “Move to Texas From California!” group now has more than 14,000 members. Most, Bailey said, lean to the right, as she does — though not all.

In California, Bailey said, she felt that she had to hide her political beliefs. To build a more inclusive online community, she has laid down a few ground rules, including “no insulting or going overboard with political conversations.”

“I wouldn’t be one to put up a Trump sign, even here,” Bailey, 40, said. “But in your town Facebook, people would be like, ‘We know who the Trump supporters are.’ I had friends who voted for Trump and went to work the next day and pretended they didn’t.”

Bailey said she’s helped about 40 families move to Texas in the last year.

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State politics weren’t the driving factor behind Lisa Woolery’s move. Her family left California because they felt they weren’t “thriving” in Orange County. In 2018, she and her husband — who died recently — sold their home near Tustin and bought one in Johnson County, Kan., that was almost double the size but about half the price, she said.

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Although she didn’t leave the state because of politics, Woolery said that “it was nice to come to a place where whether you were a Democrat or Republican, you feel respected.” Southern California, she felt, wasn’t an inclusive place where it’s possible to have a “differing opinion.”

“If I said I was a Republican, or I voted for Donald Trump, I would get comments like, ‘Oh, I didn’t think you were a racist,’” she recalled.

Yeah, that’s liberalism in 2019. That’s the Democrats. They’re trash people with horrible values and some of these virulent people are also leaving and taking their politics to red states. The irony is thick. The agenda that they love—high taxes, oodles of regulations, health care for illegals, and other job-killing laws—is partially why they left states like California. I would’ve said come to Virginia ten years ago, but after tonight, look elsewhere. It’s slowly becoming Maryland.


          

Premier 12: Mexico saca la cara por Latinoamerica

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(ATR) Cuba, Venezuela y Puerto Rico perdieron en su debut.
          

Profesores universitarios se declaran en protesta

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La presidenta de la Federación de Profesores Universitarios de Venezuela,  Fapuv, Lourdes Ramírez, informó que la protesta de calle fue reprogramada para una próxima fecha ante la presencia de colectivos en el sitio pautado para la concentración. “Convocamos a esta concentración en la plaza Morelos y desde anoche -pasado martes- recibimos mensajes de algunos colectivos […]
          

Le siguen advirtiendo a Maduro sobre un estallido social en Venezuela

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Le siguen advirtiendo a Maduro sobre un estallido social en Venezuela
  La comunidad internacional no pudo desplazar a Nicolás Maduro del poder. La estrategia de las sanciones y el aislamiento no ha funcionado. No al menos en 2019. En la Asamblea Nacional se da por descontado que Juan Guaidó continúe en la presidencia el año próximo, hasta que cese de la usurpación. El chavismo da...
          

Sigue la lucha electoral entre Guaidó y Maduro

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Sigue la lucha electoral entre Guaidó y Maduro
  El chavismo sabe que la única institución legítima que se mantiene en pie en Venezuela es la Asamblea Nacional (AN), que es la que le da soporte a la presidencia interina de Juan Guaidó, y por eso concentra sus esfuerzos en neutralizarla, dividirla y minarla desde adentro. Como parte de esta estrategia está usando...
          

In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums

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In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums
Miriam Gamarra, a 39-year-old bank employee living in a tough part of Caracas, remembers feeling an ache in her chest when she heard the gunshots in the distance as she was heading to work.
          

‘Everyone needs to do more’ to help suffering Venezuelans, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator

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“Ordinary women, men and children face overwhelming challenges” just to survive in Venezuela today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas.
          

The collapse of Venezuela, explained

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This could happen in the US if we all let it.


          

Why Colombia has taken in 1 million Venezuelans

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11/7/2019: Streaming Guide: TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN

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(Amazon Prime Video) CIA officer Jack Ryan returns for season two and this time he’s heading to South America to chase a suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle. Ryan, played by John Krasinski ( The Office, A Quiet Place), ruffles...
          

Radical Spawn Chesa Boudin: Nation’s Most Toxic DA Candidate   

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Michelle Malkin {townhall.com } ~ Socialist commie-Bernie Sanders just endorsed the bleeding-heart candidate for San Francisco District Attorney who makes President scumbag/liar-nObama’s Attorney General, scumbag-Eric Holder, look like Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Meet Chesa Boudin. He’s the Bay Area public defender and former shill/translator for the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez who plans to turn the…
          

Inspirado, Mesa lleva a Leones a triunfo en Dominicana

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Una inspirada actuación de Melky Mesa con el bate guio el miércoles a los Leones del Escogido a una victoria por 8-5 sobre las Águilas Cibaeñas, con la que aumentaron su ventaja en la cima de la liga dominicana de béisbol.

Mesa conectó de 5-3 con dos cuadrangulares, empujó tres anotaciones y anotó en tres ocasiones para los Leones, que contaron también con dos imparables y dos carreras producidas de Luis Liberato y tres indiscutibles con dos carreras anotadas de Iván Castillo.

Henry Martínez (1-0) ganó el encuentro tras lanzar un relevo de dos entradas en blanco Perdió Luke Westphal (0-1), tras conceder tres anotaciones y seis imparables en cuatro episodios.

En La Romana, los Gigantes del Cibao desplegaron una ofensiva de 12 imparables para doblegar 6-3 a los Toros del Este.

Richard Ureña conectó de 4-3 con un doble, una carrera producida y dos anotadas, Moisés Sierra totalizó tres imparables con una remolcada y Drew Weeks sacudió un doble de dos carreras.

Carlos Ramírez (1-0), retiró a dos bateadores y se llevó la victoria. El revés fue a la foja de Pedro Payano (0-1), tras admitir dos anotaciones en apenas dos tercios de entrada.

En Santo Domingo, una sólida apertura de César Valdez condujo a los Tigres del Licey a una cómoda victoria por 8-1 sobre las Estrellas Orientales.

Valdez (2-0) retiró seis entradas en blanco, permitiendo apenas tres indiscutibles, para llevarse el triunfo. Regaló una base por bolas y adornó su dominante labor con siete abanicados.

El revés fue al registro de Mitch Talbot (0-2), tras conceder cuatro anotaciones y seis imparables en apenas dos episodios.

T.J. Rivera bateó de 3-1 con tres remolcadas y Pablo Reyes de 3-2, con un doble, un triple, una producida y dos anotadas.

Los Leones mantienen el liderato del circuito con registro de 14-6, seguidos por Toros (12-8), Águilas (10-10), Gigantes (10-10) Tigres (9-11), y Estrellas Orientales (5-15).

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Los Caribes de Anzoátegui desplegaron una ofensiva de 15 imparables para arrollar 13-4 a los Tiburones de La Guira, dentro de la actividad de la Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional.

René Reyes conectó de 3-2, con dos dobles y cuatro producidas y Luis Sardiñas se fue de 5-3, con un cuadrangular, tres producidas y tres anotadas.

Porfirio López (1-0) lanzó cinco entradas, aceptando tres carreras, y se cobijó en el explosivo ataque de sus compañeros para ganar el encuentro. Lo perdió Ángel Ventura (0-1), castigado con seis anotaciones y cinco imparables en apenas dos innings.

En Maracay, Wilfredo Giménez sacudió un cuadrangular solitario en el sexto episodio para empatar el encuentro, y conectó un sencillo productor en la parte baja de la décima entrada para dejar en el terreno a Leones del Caracas, y darles a los Tigres de Aragua una victoria por 3-2.

Tiago Da Silva (1-0) retiró un episodio en blanco como relevista para llevarse la victoria. Perdió José Ascanio (0-1), tras permitir dos imparables y la carrera de la diferencia en apenas un tercio de entrada.

En Barquisimeto, Gabriel Salazar conectó un sencillo remolcador de dos anotaciones como emergente, para apuntalar un ataque de tres anotaciones en la novena entrada, y los Bravos de Margarita superaron 4-3 a los Cardenales de Lara.

Severino González (1-0) retiró al único bateador que enfrentó y se benefició de la remontada de su equipo para ganar el juego. La derrota fue para Pedro Rodríguez (0-1), castigado con tres anotaciones en dos tercios de entrada.

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MÉXICO

Con una brillante exhibición ofensiva, el cubano Dariel Álvarez guio a los Charros de Jalisco a una victoria por 6-3 sobre los Cañeros de Los Mochis en la actividad de la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico.

Álvarez conectó de 4-4 con dos cuadrangulares y cinco carreras producidas para ser la gran figura a la ofensiva por los ganadores, mientras que Stephen Cardullo la sacó del parque en solitario.

Liam O´Sullivan (1-0) permitió dos carreras y dos imparables en seis entradas de actuación para la victoria. El revés fue a la foja de Rafael Ordaz (2-1) tras conceder seis anotaciones y siete hits en cinco entradas y un tercio de labor.

En Hermosillo, una apertura de calidad de Brett Oberholtzer llevó a los Sultanes de Monterrey a una victoria por 5-2 sobre los Naranjeros.

Oberholtzer (2-0) dominó a sus rivales lanzado seis entradas en blanco con pelota de tres hits para ganar el encuentro. José Samayoa (0-1) cargó con la derrota al permitir tres carreras y cinco hits en cinco episodios.

Félix Pérez conectó de 4-2 con una remolcada, Niko Vázquez conectó dos imparables con una producida y Eric Aguilera agregó un sencillo remolcador de una más para los Sultanes.

En Guasave, Maxwell León sacudió un sencillo remolcador en el fondo de la novena y los Algodoneros lograron un dramático triunfo por 4-3 sobre las Águilas de Mexicali.

José Rosario (1-1) lanzó una entrada perfecta con tres abanicados para ganar el encuentro, y lo perdió Maikel Cleto (0-1) tras conceder la carrera de la diferencia en dos tercios de inning.

En Obregón, los Mayos de Navojoa rompieron un empate con un ataque de tres anotaciones en la parte alta de la séptima entrada y superaron 7-2 a los Yaquis.

Paúl León conectó de 4-3 con una carrera producida y una anotada, Jamie Westbrook añadió un doble remolcador de una más, y Telvin Nash, Alejandro González y Manuel Orduño aportaron sendos sencillos remolcadores para Navojoa.

Antonio Garzón (1-0) retiró a los dos únicos bateadores que enfrentó y se benefició de ofensiva de sus compañeros para apuntarse el triunfo. La derrota fue para Edwin Fierro (0-1), castigado con tres anotaciones en un relevo sin outs.

En Mazatlán, Anthony Giasanti sacudió un cuadrangular de dos carreras y Jeremias Pineda regó tres imparables con una producida para impulsar a los Venados a una victoria por 6-5 sobre los Tomateros de Culiacán.

Alfonso Sánchez (1-0) ganó el encuentro tras lanzar una entrada y dos tercios sin carreras como relevista. Nabil Crismatt (0-1) cargó con la derrota al ceder dos carreras y cuatro hits en tres episodios y un tercio.

Culiacán se mantiene en la cima del circuito con registro de 15-7, seguido por Hermosillo (14-7), Jalisco (14-8), Los Mochis (13-9), Obregón (12-10), Monterrey (9-13), Mazatlán (9-13), Guasave (9-13), Navojoa (7-14) y Mexicali (7-15).


          

7-1. Venezuela derrota a Puerto Rico y se despide con victoria

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Taichung (Taiwán), 7 nov (EFE).- La selección de Venezuela desplegó un ataque de 16 imparables y con buena actuación de sus lanzadores se impuso este jueves por 7-1 a Puerto Rico en el cierre de la actuación de ambos cuadros en el Premier 12 de béisbol.

En el Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium de Taichung, Taiwán, los venezolanos castigaron el pitcheo de Puerto Rico; en la primera entrada tomaron ventaja de 1-0 con doble de Alí Castillo y sencillo impulsor de Luis Castro y en la segunda ampliaron la diferencia con hits de José Godoy, Diego Rincones y Andrés Blanco y un elevado de sacrificio de Dixon Machado.

Mientras el abridor venezolano Williams Pérez detenía a la ofensiva de los rivales, sus compañeros ampliaron la diferencia con una carrera en el quinto por dobles de Castillo y Castro, agregaron dos en el sexto, empujadas por jonrón de Herlis Rodríguez, y dos en el séptimo con hit de Juniel Querecuto, doble de Luis Castro, elevado de sacrificio de Carlos Rivera y sencillo de José Godoy.

Puerto Rico descontó una carrera en el séptimo acto. Yariel González y Anthony García recibieron boletos y Edwin Gómez empujó al 'home' al primero con un imparable.

El juego lo ganó William Pérez, con tres hits admitidos en cinco entradas, y lo perdió Luis Cintrón.

Por Venezuela Diego Rincones bateó de 4-3 con un doble y por Puerto Rico Iván de Jesús se fue de 3-3.

El grupo B terminará esta noche con el duelo entre los invictos Japón y Taiwán.

Anotaciones por entradas

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 C H E

Venezuela 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 7 16 0

Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0

Ganó: William Pérez (1-0)

Perdió: Luis Cintrón (0-1)

Jonrón: Herlis Rodríguez, por Venezuela.EFE


          

Inspirado, Mesa lleva a Leones a triunfo en Dominicana

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Una inspirada actuación de Melky Mesa con el bate guio el miércoles a los Leones del Escogido a una victoria por 8-5 sobre las Águilas Cibaeñas, con la que aumentaron su ventaja en la cima de la liga dominicana de béisbol.

Mesa conectó de 5-3 con dos cuadrangulares, empujó tres anotaciones y anotó en tres ocasiones para los Leones, que contaron también con dos imparables y dos carreras producidas de Luis Liberato y tres indiscutibles con dos carreras anotadas de Iván Castillo.

Henry Martínez (1-0) ganó el encuentro tras lanzar un relevo de dos entradas en blanco Perdió Luke Westphal (0-1), tras conceder tres anotaciones y seis imparables en cuatro episodios.

En La Romana, los Gigantes del Cibao desplegaron una ofensiva de 12 imparables para doblegar 6-3 a los Toros del Este.

Richard Ureña conectó de 4-3 con un doble, una carrera producida y dos anotadas, Moisés Sierra totalizó tres imparables con una remolcada y Drew Weeks sacudió un doble de dos carreras.

Carlos Ramírez (1-0), retiró a dos bateadores y se llevó la victoria. El revés fue a la foja de Pedro Payano (0-1), tras admitir dos anotaciones en apenas dos tercios de entrada.

En Santo Domingo, una sólida apertura de César Valdez condujo a los Tigres del Licey a una cómoda victoria por 8-1 sobre las Estrellas Orientales.

Valdez (2-0) retiró seis entradas en blanco, permitiendo apenas tres indiscutibles, para llevarse el triunfo. Regaló una base por bolas y adornó su dominante labor con siete abanicados.

El revés fue al registro de Mitch Talbot (0-2), tras conceder cuatro anotaciones y seis imparables en apenas dos episodios.

T.J. Rivera bateó de 3-1 con tres remolcadas y Pablo Reyes de 3-2, con un doble, un triple, una producida y dos anotadas.

Los Leones mantienen el liderato del circuito con registro de 14-6, seguidos por Toros (12-8), Águilas (10-10), Gigantes (10-10) Tigres (9-11), y Estrellas Orientales (5-15).

VENEZUELA

Los Caribes de Anzoátegui desplegaron una ofensiva de 15 imparables para arrollar 13-4 a los Tiburones de La Guira, dentro de la actividad de la Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional.

René Reyes conectó de 3-2, con dos dobles y cuatro producidas y Luis Sardiñas se fue de 5-3, con un cuadrangular, tres producidas y tres anotadas.

Porfirio López (1-0) lanzó cinco entradas, aceptando tres carreras, y se cobijó en el explosivo ataque de sus compañeros para ganar el encuentro. Lo perdió Ángel Ventura (0-1), castigado con seis anotaciones y cinco imparables en apenas dos innings.

En Maracay, Wilfredo Giménez sacudió un cuadrangular solitario en el sexto episodio para empatar el encuentro, y conectó un sencillo productor en la parte baja de la décima entrada para dejar en el terreno a Leones del Caracas, y darles a los Tigres de Aragua una victoria por 3-2.

Tiago Da Silva (1-0) retiró un episodio en blanco como relevista para llevarse la victoria. Perdió José Ascanio (0-1), tras permitir dos imparables y la carrera de la diferencia en apenas un tercio de entrada.

En Barquisimeto, Gabriel Salazar conectó un sencillo remolcador de dos anotaciones como emergente, para apuntalar un ataque de tres anotaciones en la novena entrada, y los Bravos de Margarita superaron 4-3 a los Cardenales de Lara.

Severino González (1-0) retiró al único bateador que enfrentó y se benefició de la remontada de su equipo para ganar el juego. La derrota fue para Pedro Rodríguez (0-1), castigado con tres anotaciones en dos tercios de entrada.


          

Cabello llama 'asesino' al ministro Defensa colombiano tras masacre de niños

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Caracas, 6 nov (EFE).- El presidente de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente de Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, llamó este miércoles 'asesino' al ministro de Defensa colombiano, Guillermo Botero, quien renunció tras desvelarse que ocultó un bombardeo militar contra disidentes de las FARC en el que murieron al menos ocho menores.

'Acaba de renunciar el ministro de Defensa de Colombia, pero luego de haber asesinado a siete niños', dijo Cabello durante su programa de televisión transmitido por el canal estatal VTV.

El considerado número dos del chavismo llamó también 'asesino' y 'paraco' al presidente colombiano, Iván Duque, y al expresidente Álvaro Uribe.

'Asesinos de su propio pueblo', insistió.

El martes, el senador Roy Barreras, del partido de la U que fue sustento fundamental del expresidente Juan Manuel Santos, desveló que en un bombardeo a comienzos de septiembre pasado contra un campamento de disidentes en el departamento del Caquetá, fallecieron siete menores de edad, entre ellos una niña de doce años.

La Fiscalía colombiana elevó este miércoles a ocho la cifra de menores muertos en la operación, un dato que las autoridades no habían divulgado pese a que tras la operación informaron acerca del número de muertos.

Tras el tsunami desatado por la difusión de la información, Botero se reunió con el presidente Duque al que presentó su renuncia al considerar que es su 'deber como ministro de Defensa tener una lectura adecuada de la coyuntura política'.

Sin embargo, en su carta no hace mención del caso desvelado por Barreras y confirmado por la Fiscalía y expone que 'el enemigo de Colombia es el narcotráfico'.

Cabello consideró este miércoles que el ministro de Defensa colombiano renunció porque la denuncia 'es cierta' y pidió a 'todos los santos por la vida' del senador Barreras, a quien dijo que hay que 'cuidarlo porque lo van a asesinar'.

Por su parte, el canciller venezolano, Jorge Arreaza, expresó su condena al suceso más temprano en su cuenta de Twitter.

'Siguen ocurriendo atrocidades en Colombia. En un supuesto bombardeo contra la guerrilla, presentado como un éxito por el gobierno, asesinaron a 7 niños. Horroroso falso positivo que ocultaron durante dos meses. No tienen límites. La comunidad internacional tiene que reaccionar', dijo. EFE


          

Venezolano Limardo quiere “seguir haciendo historia”

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MIAMI (AP) — A sus 34 años, el esgrimista venezolano Rubén Limardo aún tiene grandes aspiraciones: quiere convertirse en campeón mundial y en el primer deportista en la historia de su disciplina que obtiene dos oros olímpicos.

“Son los eventos que aún me siguen amarrando a este deporte... siempre falta algo”, expresó Limardo, quien obtuvo su primer oro olímpico en 2012 y en dos ocasiones se colocó en el segundo puesto del campeonato mundial.

“Y seguir haciendo historia pues en el transcurso de que todavía mi cuerpo me siga respondiendo... voy a seguir”, añadió en una reciente entrevista en Miami.

Su meta es llegar a los Juegos Olímpicos de París en 2024 y conseguir esas dos preseas para entonces.

Limardo ha representado a Venezuela en los Juegos Panamericanos de Santo Domingo en 2003, Río de Janeiro 2007, Guadalajara 2011 y Toronto 2015; y en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín 2008, Londres 2012 y Río de Janeiro 2016. En Los Juegos Panamericanos de Lima 2019 ganó su cuarta medalla de oro, que se suman a otras tres de plata y una de bronce.

Aspira a obtener también al menos un premio en los Panam Sports Awards que reconocerán el 13 de diciembre las actuaciones de los deportistas más destacados en los Juegos Panamericanos de Lima de 2019. Los galardones son entregados en el sur de la Florida por Panam Sports, la organización encargada de los Panamericanos, que desde 1951 se escenifican cada cuatro años en alguno de sus 41 países miembros.

El deportista, que comenzó a practicar esgrima a los siete años en el seno de una familia pobre que vendía ropa en la calle para poder vivir, admite que sin el apoyo económico del gobierno venezolano probablemente no hubiese podido llegar lejos. Pero también trata de poner distancia de la política, sobre todo después de haber sido candidato del oficialismo.

“Quizás no fue el momento adecuado para hacerlo”, expresó Limardo sobre su paso por la política, tras explicar que fue prácticamente forzado a presentarse como candidato parlamentario oficialista en los comicios de 2015 que ganó la oposición.

“Se me dificultó porque no es lo mismo ser deportista que estar allí... Desconozco muchas cosas de política. No estaba preparado para eso”, dijo el esgrimista y agregó que cuando se retire le gustaría apoyar a deportistas, sea desde el ámbito de la política o desde un club.

“Tengo aspiraciones de ser un gran directivo en el deporte”, aseguró sin ofrecer otros detalles.

El venezolano, que vive y entrena en Polonia desde el 2000 y pertenece a la selección venezolana desde 2001, comenzó a practicar esgrima con su mano derecha. Pero una lesión lo forzó a cambiar posteriormente su mano de esgrima y su competencia para la modalidad de espada.

En su extensa carrera deportista, Limardo ha conseguido numerosos premios y reconocimientos, entre ellos la Orden del Libertador de Venezuela que le concedió en 2012 el por entonces presidente Hugo Chávez, quien solía convocarlo para actos políticos.

Ahora, sin embargo, no le gusta hablar del tema y esquiva ser visto con figuras públicas o en actos proselitistas.

“Estoy más en el deporte y de eso no puedo hablar porque no sé”, respondió cuando la AP le preguntó sobre la situación política de su país. “Ya no aparezco en eventos políticos y no ando en estas cosas”, expresó el deportista, que viaja al menos una vez al año a Venezuela para visitar a sus padres.

Tras casi dos décadas de vivir en el extranjero, su esperanza es volver en algún momento a su patria.

“Me gustaría regresar a mi país”, aseguró. “Quiero aportarle a mi país todo lo que me dio para que salga adelante”.

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El periodista de AP Jorge Rueda contribuyó con este despacho desde Caracas


          

Letter to the Editor on Proposed Minimum Wage Increase in Illinois

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted February 11, 2019

 

Dear Editor:

 

Dear Editor:

 

Recently, Senate Democrats, via the introduction of Senate Bill 1, are pushing for a massive minimum wage increase over six years from the current rate of $8.25 to $15 by 2025. This kind of wage hike creates a hostile environment of epic proportions toward the small and medium business (SMB) community, the very environment which runs 90 percent of Illinois.

 

This recent push of socialism by our state legislature mandates that businesses pay higher wages, a desperate attempt to prevent the continued outmigration which has taken place over the past decade. When there’s a looming income tax hike under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive tax, this would only cancel out any wage increases and the outmigration continues.

 

As with any income increase, whether it be the annual cost-of-living increase on Social Security, SSI or SSDI or a wage increase imposed by the employer, the cost of groceries, goods and services always manage to go up soon after it goes into effect. This will not change with the minimum wage hikes through 2025; these costs will continue to hike. You think groceries are expensive now? Imagine how expensive it will be come 2025. Grocery prices will become ridiculously prohibitive, although it would pale in comparison to the Venezuelan food crisis.

 

It is sad when your politicians in Springfield do not understand economics and make rash decisions that ultimately hurt the heartbeat of this state, the SMB community. Their promotion of socialism combined with Keynesian economic theory only proves their fiscal incompetence and fiscal illiteracy.

 

As someone who studies the Austrian school of economic theory quite often as a Libertarian anarcho-capitalist, I could say that fellow scholars (living and dead) like Milton and Thomas Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Steven Horowitz, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Jean-Baptiste Say and my personal favorite, Murray Rothbard, would agree that governmental mandates to increase wages is a bad idea. Any and all wage increases should be under the authority of our businesses, not some government mandate which hurts our small businesses in the long run, potentially putting them out of business by 2025.

 

Should SB1 actually pass and is signed into law by Pritzker, your local small businesses will need your patronage more than ever or you will see a common thread which exists all over Illinois: continued residential outmigration with our business districts and Main Street businesses either increasing their prices to survive, shutting down for good or pulling out their stakes and relocating their business to a state that isn’t hostile to businesses compared to Illinois.

 

It may also result in the end of employees being hired as W-2 employees under an unsustainable minimum wage hike plan and the beginning of the same being hired as 1099 contractors, removing the burden of tax liabilities on the employer.

 

While it has passed through the Senate, it is important that you reach out to your legislators in the Illinois House of Representatives, asking them to vote NO to this bill.

House District 95: Avery Bourne (R-Raymond; 324-5200, 782-8071)

House District 96: Sue Scherer (D-Decatur; 877-9636, 524-0353)

House District 101: Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur; 876-1968, 782-8163)

House District 102: Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville; 774-1306, 782-1275)

 

Jake Leonard

South Central Illinois Regional Advocate

National Federation of Independent Business

Nokomis


          

Jefe humanitario de ONU apuesta por 'solución política' a crisis en Venezuela

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Caracas, 6 nov (EFE).- El secretario general adjunto de la Oficina de Naciones Unidas para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, dijo este miércoles que 'solo una solución política puede detener el sufrimiento en Venezuela', luego de constatar la grave crisis en el país caribeño.

Tras culminar una visita de dos días a Caracas, la OCHA, capítulo Venezuela, difundió un comunicado de Lowcock en el que indicó que la situación humanitaria requiere de que 'las partes interesadas den una mayor prioridad a la reducción del sufrimiento inmediato de la población de este país'.

Pero también destacó que en sus reuniones con funcionarios del Gobierno y de la oposición encontró una 'voluntad común' de abordar la situación en la que, según describió, niños, mujeres y hombres se enfrentan 'cada día a retos abrumadores para sobrevivir'.

Aseguró que pudo observar, entre otras situaciones, cómo el sistema de salud está 'al borde del colapso' y la situación de los hospitales, donde los pacientes 'corren un alto riesgo de perder la vida a causa de las nuevas infecciones que están adquiriendo mientras están' en el nosocomio.

Lowcock alertó también de que 'es poco probable que los recursos internacionales sean suficientes para estabilizar la situación' en Venezuela y señaló que habrá que 'encontrar una manera de liberar los recursos venezolanos para contribuir más a la acción humanitaria'.

Según el portal de la OCHA, de los 222,7 millones de dólares que esperan recaudar para el Plan de Respuesta Humanitaria, solo han reunido 55,5 millones de dólares a la fecha.

El coordinador humanitario agregó que para el 2020 'se necesitarán muchos más recursos' y que buscarán 'financiación adicional de los donantes'.

Además dijo que el Plan de Respuesta Humanitaria elaborado por Naciones Unidas y sus socios para abordar la crisis en el país caribeño ha sido 'plenamente apoyado' por el Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro y el Parlamento, controlado por la oposición.

'He recibido compromisos firmes de que apoyarán la implementación del plan, en beneficio de los venezolanos más vulnerables de todo el país', apuntó.

Lowcock llegó a Venezuela el pasado lunes y sostuvo reuniones con el jefe del Parlamento, Juan Guaidó, reconocido como presidente interino por más de cincuenta países, y con el canciller venezolanos, Jorge Arreaza, así como con ONG. EFE


          

Velan en San Juan al astrólogo puertorriqueño Walter Mercado

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San Juan, 6 nov (EFE).- El famoso astrólogo puertorriqueño Walter Mercado, fallecido el pasado sábado a los 87 años de edad, fue velado este miércoles en una funeraria de San Juan, en un ambiente místico.

Familiares, amigos, colegas artistas y seguidores llegaron hasta la Funeraria Puerto Rico Memorial para darle el último adiós a Walter Mercado, cuyo cuerpo fue vestido con un atuendo de terciopelo, que cambiaba de violeta a azul marino con adornos y aplicaciones doradas.

'Son personas que uno las ve en la televisión y las admira. Es muy agradable tener familiares que hayan dado tanto, porque otros no han dado nada', dijo a Efe José Enrique 'Henry' Mercado, hermano mayor de la famosa figura de la televisión y que siempre será recordado por su icónica frase 'Paz y amor, pero mucho, mucho amor'.

Además de Walter y 'Henry', el trío de hermanos lo completa Aida Victoria Mercado.

'Nosotros nos criamos en varias fincas en Ponce, en Ceiba y en San Juan y siempre estuvimos bien unidos', agregó 'Henry', quien resaltó además a su hermano por su carrera como actor y bailarín.

'Me siento muy orgulloso por él, porque era una persona que ha dado mucho por Puerto Rico. No bebía, no fumaba, era un hombre sano y ayudaba a todo el mundo', añadió 'Henry' sobre el famoso artista, de quien dijo que era tan 'desprendido', que adoptó un perro callejero al que apodó 'Reno'.

Por su parte, Dannette Benet Mercado, una de las sobrinas del astrólogo, afirmó a Efe que su tío fue como 'un segundo padre'.

'Todos los recuerdos que tenemos de él es de un padre alcahuete, cariñoso y presente de sus cachorros. A quien no le dio hijos, le dio sobrinos. A todos nos trató por igual, con tanto amor, ternura y nos complació en todo', contó.

'No me recuerdo de ningún regaño. Todo positivo. De lo negativo a lo positivo, nos brindó un enseñanza, para aprender y mejorar', añadió.

'A pesar de esa imagen, siempre fue muy humilde. Salíamos a las tiendas y a comer a restaurantes, y siempre abrazaba a todo su público. Y eso llegó a cada corazón de cada persona', agregó Benet, quien trabajó 22 años con Mercado.

Asimismo, Willy Acosta, quien fue asistente de Mercado por 50 años, recordó a Efe todas las veces que visitaron varios países de América del Sur, como Venezuela, en Colombia, Argentina y Brasil, aunque en el último fue de donde destacó sus mayores recuerdos.

'A Brasil viajamos por tres años. Tuvo un banco de síquicos y teníamos que viajar una vez al menos a Sao Paulo o a Río de Janeiro para saber cómo estos síquicos estaban y su trato al público. Esa era la forma de apelar al público', indicó.

Acosta rememoró también las largas filas que hacían los seguidores dpara tomarse una foto con el astrólogo o que éste le firmara una imagen suya.

'Walter se dedicó a ser una persona a su público, a su gente. Él no escogía si era blanco, negro, azul o amarillo. Fue igual con todos los seres humanos. Fue cariñoso y amoroso', recalcó Acosta, quien también describió a su ahora pasado jefe como 'infalible, grande, majestuoso y espiritual'.

El artista se convertiría con los años en referencia televisiva en Florida y el resto de Estados Unidos para quienes esperaban de sus palabras conocer algo más de lo que les depararía el futuro.

Los horóscopos en televisión de Mercado llegaron a tener una audiencia millonaria en Estados Unidos y América Latina.

De madre española, Mercado se consagró en la astrología el día en que tuvo que llenar, en 1969, un vacío en un programa televisivo en Puerto Rico por la ausencia del cantante español Camilo Sesto e improvisó una descripción de los doce signos zodiacales con tanto éxito que acabó teniendo su propio programa. EFE


          

Baja presencia de negocios de EEUU en feria cubana

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LA HABANA (AP) — La Feria Internacional de Comercio de La Habana es donde Cuba trata de poner el mejor rostro a su atribulada economía.

Esta semana, hay restaurantes estatales con comida fresca, muestras de motocicletas eléctricas de Panamá y decenas de compañías del gobierno ofreciendo productos desde habanos y ron hasta langosta y camarón de cultivo.

Un punto sombrío este año es la sección de Estados Unidos, donde la presencia se ha reducido de decenas de compañías durante la presidencia de Barack Obama a un puñado. Algunos dicen que pudiera no soportar otro año de sanciones del gobierno de Donald Trump.

Luego que el entonces presidente Obama anunció en el 2014 una mejora de relaciones con Cuba, la feria comercial anual se inundó de empresarios estadounidenses en busca de oportunidades. Había decenas de compañías estadounidenses, funcionarios de los estados y asociaciones, incluyendo la Cámara de Comercio de Estados Unidos. Empresarios cubano-estadounidenses recorrían los pasillos, discutiendo la posibilidad de regresar a la isla tras décadas de exilio.

Pero ese auge sin precedentes no duró mucho, pues las compañías comenzaron a darse cuenta de las dificultades de hacer negocios en Cuba, donde la burocracia estatal centralizada debe autorizar todas las inversiones extranjeras y las empresas estadounidenses son especialmente sensibles.

La presencia estadounidense comenzó a reducirse de lleno luego del anuncio del presidente Trump en el 2017 de que iba a revertir la apertura hacia Cuba, seguido de dos años de crecientes sanciones a la isla y su aliado estrecho Venezuela.

Este año, Cuba ha tenido más dificultades para hacer negocios a nivel internacional. Estados Unidos está presionando a bancos a cortar lazos con la isla y sancionando a los buques que transportan petróleo desde Venezuela.

Hay escasez esporádica de productos comunes, gasolina y diésel y la carencia de efectivo por el gobierno se ha empeorado.

Jay Brickman, vicepresidente de servicios para Cuba de Crowley Maritime, una importante empresa de embarques con sede en Florida, dijo que su compañía ha registrado una caída de 20% en sus negocios en la isla este año.

Una excepción del embargo comercial de Estados Unidos a Cuba les permite a las empresas estadounidenses venderle alimentos al gobierno en La Habana y Crowley transporta la mayoría de los frijoles de soya, los pollos y otros productos agrícolas que viajan de Estados Unidos a Cuba.

Mirando a la mayormente vacía sección de Estados Unidos del Pabellón 7 en ExpoCuba, un centro de convenciones en las afueras de la capital, Brickman dijo que recordaba con afecto su primera feria de La Habana, en el 2001, luego que Washington legalizó las exportaciones de productos agrícolas a Cuba.

Dijo que había centenares de compañías estadounidenses, el entonces gobernador de Minnesota Jesse Ventura e incluso vacas llevadas para convencer a Cuba de los beneficios del ganado estadounidense.

Con la excepción de los años de Obama, las últimas dos décadas con cumplieron con esa promesa, dijo Brinckman.

'Mucho más reflujo que flujo”, dijo. “El espíritu de todo eso comenzó a desvanecerse”.

Durante la presidencia de Trump, Cuba ha estado tratando de adquirir productos agrícolas de otros países, aparte de Estados Unidos, y los negocios de Crowley en Cuba han caído hasta el punto donde está en dudas su sostenibilidad.

'Nuestro compromiso es continuar estando aquí mientras sea económicamente posible”, dijo.

Esta semana, miles de cubanos y extranjeros acudieron a los pabellones con secciones de España, Portugal, Venezuela y otros países. Además de Crowley, la sección estadounidense en la feria tenía un par de firmas exportadores-importadoras basadas en Florida y una consultoría con sede en Guatemala que trabaja con la asociación de huevos y aves de corral de Estados Unidos.

Los estantes de la Alabama State Port Association y otros pocos representantes estadounidenses estaban vacíos el martes por la tarde, un día después de la inauguración.

El funcionario estadounidense de mayor rango en la feria parecía ser la secretaria de Agricultura de Virginia, Bettina Ring, al frente de una pequeña delegación que ella dijo mostraba el compromiso de su estado para vender cantidades moderadas de soya y pollo a Cuba.

Miembros de la delegación dijeron que dada la incertidumbre del comercio internacional, Virginia valora las compras regulares por Cuba de productos agrarios del estado.

'Cuba ha sido un mercado confiable”, dijo la vocera Stephanie Agree. 'Tenemos que mantener los amigos que tenemos”.


          

En medio de la crisis, el béisbol venezolano persevera

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CARACAS (AP) — María Graciela Briceño y sus dos de sus mejores amigas se acomodaron en sus asientos detrás del plato en el estadio de béisbol de la capital venezolana sabiendo que el juego inaugural de esta temporada no estaría a la altura de los últimos años.

Una crisis cada vez más profunda ha dejado a su país en ruinas, y una reciente medida del gobierno del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump ha impedido que los jugadores afiliados a las Grandes Ligas salten al terreno, provocando que el campeonato pierda el brillo de antaño.

Briceño, una maquilladora de 30 años, dijo que poco la mantendría alejada del estadio.

“Sabía que no iba a ser una temporada como las que estamos acostumbrados', dijo.

En Venezuela, la presencia femenina en los estadios es masiva, casi a la par de los hombres, y se cuentan entre los que celebran con euforia cada jugada.

'Sigo amando el béisbol, sigo estando en Venezuela y en Caracas y no hay manera en la cual uno pueda evitar venir aunque estén siendo las peores condiciones”, agregó.

La popular Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional comenzó su temporada el martes con cientos de fanáticos que se congregaron en el estadio Universitario de Caracas y en otras partes de este país sudamericano devastado por la crisis. Los tiempos difíciles también han acortado la temporada en un tercio de sus juegos y comenzó semanas tarde.

En Venezuela, sin embargo, el béisbol local sigue siendo una pasión. Durante unas horas es un oasis para las personas que se sienten abrumadas por el diario vivir. Es un lugar seguro para beber cerveza, lanzar insultos a los jugadores y desahogarse.

También es para unos pocos afortunados. El lujo de una noche de diversión para una pareja que compra boletos, cerveza y perritos calientes cuesta fácilmente el doble del salario mínimo mensual equivalente a los 15 dólares que ganan la mayoría de los venezolanos.

Esta temporada llega al final de un año tumultuoso para los venezolanos. El país fue remecido por multitudinarias protestas callejeras en respaldo al líder opositor Juan Guaidó, quien prometió derrocar a Maduro. En vano, Guaidó clamó por un alzamiento militar después de violentos enfrentamientos entre ciudadanos y fuerzas de seguridad del gobierno. Una falla eléctrica masiva en marzo dejó a la mayoría de la nación sin luz ni agua durante días. La crisis de Venezuela no tiene un final a la vista.

La apertura del campeonato de béisbol, sin embargo, trajo algo de esparcimiento. Los Leones recibieron en su casa de Caracas a los Tigres de Aragua. A pesar de un notable número de asientos vacíos, el juego no decepcionó. Los Tigres se impusieron por 6-3.

'Somos los mejores fanáticos del mundo', dijo Jesús Lezama, un fanático de 100 años, cuyo nombre lleva la Copa de la presente edición del torneo. Lezama fue homenajeado en el diamante antes del primer lanzamiento por sus años de dedicación. Luego, los jugadores trotaron para escuchar música de salsa. “¡Play Ball!”, gritó el locutor.

Los jugadores de las Grandes Ligas estuvieron notablemente ausentes, dijeron muchos fanáticos. A lo largo de su historia, la liga de invierno de Venezuela atrajo a luminarias como Bob Gibson, Barry Bonds y Pete Rose. Seis jugadores en la reciente Serie Mundial eran venezolanos, sobresaliendo José Altuve de los Astros de Houston.

El torneo invernal era aprovechado por los peloteros de las mayores para pulir sus habilidades durante el receso de temporada, y el béisbol es parte del tejido nacional de Venezuela.

La ausencia se debió a las amplias sanciones de la Casa Blanca con el objetivo de obligar a Maduro a abandonar el poder. Las medidas financieras prohíben a las personas y compañías estadounidenses tratar con el gobierno de Maduro, como la empresa petrolera estatal PDVSA, que por años fue uno de los más importantes patrocinadores de la liga de béisbol.

Giuseppe Palmisano, presidente de la LVBP, pasó el día de apertura en Miami tratando de llegar a un acuerdo con Grandes Ligas y el gobierno de los Estados Unidos para rescatar la temporada. Dijo que la liga venezolana había abandonado su patrocinio de PDVSA, apoyándose más en empresas privadas que durante años han patrocinado la liga, como Coca-Cola, Toyota y el gigante venezolano de alimentos y cerveza Polar.

Palmisano dijo que esperaba que las circunstancias cambiaran pronto para que los jugadores de la MLB pudieran jugar más adelante en la temporada.

Horas antes del primer lanzamiento el martes, funcionarios estadounidenses anunciaron cambios en sus sanciones a Venezuela, los que permiten que los ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes en ese país reciban remuneraciones y paguen sus impuestos al gobierno de Venezuela sin violar las leyes de Estados Unidos.

La MLB, empero, no respondió de inmediato si habría un cambio en su posición.

“Sí, estamos conscientes de que la vistosidad del juego no va a ser la misma”, dijo Palmisano en una entrevista con la AP realizada en un hotel de la ciudad de Doral, donde vive una de las comunidades venezolanas más numerosas del sur de la Florida.

Pero el tira y afloja afuera del país quedó en segundo plano bajo las luces deslumbrantes del estadio de Caracas. Los fanáticos, ataviados con las franelas de sus equipos, se metían con los jugadores del equipo contrario y vitoreaban entusiastas jugadas dramáticas. Entre las entradas se abalanzaron para obtener camisetas gratis, lanzadas con pistolas de aire a las tribunas.

Yadir Drake, un cubano de 29 años que juega como jardinero de los Tigres, comentó que los partidos en Venezuela tendrán un béisbol más agresivo debido a la ausencia de peloteros con contratos de MLB, haciéndoles más entretenidos para el fanático.

Drake es uno de varias docenas de extranjeros enrolados para esta temporada, la mayoría procedente de la República Dominicana. Drake dijo que cuando él y los otros jugadores pisan el diamante, la política es lo último en lo que piensan, especialmente cuando los fanáticos comienzan a gritar.

“Sabes que la afición se va a meter contigo y esa de las tantas cosas que te ayudan”, expresó el cubano. “Te animan a seguir jugando el béisbol y jugarlo agresivamente”.

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La periodista de la AP Gisela Salomón contribuyó a este reporte desde Miami.


          

La crisis económica frena la inversión extranjera en Cuba

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La Habana, 6 nov (EFE).- Cuba captó en el último año más de 1.700 millones de dólares en un total de 25 nuevos proyectos de inversión extranjera, informó este miércoles el ministro de Comercio Exterior, Rodrigo Malmierca, una cifra discreta que atribuyó a la 'situación compleja' de la economía del país.

Malmierca ofreció el dato, correspondiente al período desde octubre de 2018 hasta la fecha, durante la presentación de la nueva cartera de negocios para capital extranjero en la Feria Internacional de La Habana (Fihav 2019), la mayor bolsa comercial de la isla.

En el período precedente (octubre de 2017 a octubre de 2018) la cifra fue de 1.500 millones y 40 nuevos negocios, mientras en los últimos dos años la isla ha venido captando un promedio de alrededor de 2.000 millones de dólares en capital foráneo, un flujo que el Gobierno considera vital para mantener a flote la economía.

El ministro de Comercio Exterior presentó ante actuales y posibles inversores presentes en la Fihav la Cartera de Oportunidades de Cuba 2019-2020, que comprende 460 proyectos, 47 de ellos en la Zona Especial de Desarrollo Mariel (ZEDM), el principal proyecto con el que La Habana trata de atraer inversión extranjera.

Esto sucede en un momento de palpable crisis económica en Cuba, donde desde hace más de un mes hay interrupciones en el suministro de combustible y el Gobierno ha puesto en marcha un plan de choque para impedir la fuga de divisas y recaudar moneda extranjera.

En este sentido, Malmierca reiteró que la isla ofrece seguridad a los inversores extranjeros a pesar de la delicada situación, que atribuyó al endurecimiento del embargo por parte de la actual Administración de EE.UU. bajo el mandato del presidente Donald Trump.

En el último año Trump ha aplicado diversas sanciones a Cuba, como prohibir los viajes en crucero, permitir las demandas contra terceros por las propiedades en la isla confiscadas tras la Revolución de 1959 y, más recientemente, restringir los vuelos a la isla y sus importaciones de productos que integren componentes estadounidenses.

A esto se suma la prolongada crisis en Venezuela, principal aliado político, energético y económico de Cuba, y la endémica ineficiencia de la economía planificada de la isla, cuyas empresas se encuentran lastradas por la burocracia, falta de productividad y reducidos salarios.

Empresas de 36 países tienen inversiones en Cuba, siendo las españolas las más numerosas, en diversos sectores como el turismo los hidrocarburos, la construcción o el agroalimentario.

También se ofreció este miércoles un repaso de la situación de la Zona Especial de Desarrollo del Mariel, que tras una reciente incorporación ya suma 50 negocios aprobados, de los cuales 26 ya operan y el resto se encuentran en proyecto, por un valor de 2.300 millones de dólares, según Ana Teresa Igarza, directora general de la ZEDM.

Estos negocios, la mayoría empresas de capital 100 % extranjero, abarcan a corporaciones de 21 países (España también es el que más suma con 9 empresas) y generan 7.476 empleos directos, según Igarza.

Iniciada el 4 de noviembre en el recinto ferial Expocuba al sureste de La Habana, la edición 37 cuenta con la participación de unos 60 países, y se extenderá hasta el viernes. EFE


          

Gobierno de Maduro insiste en vincular a opositor Guaidó con banda colombiana

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Caracas, 6 nov (EFE).- El ministro de Comunicación de Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, reiteró este miércoles las acusaciones de supuestos vínculos entre el jefe del Parlamento y líder opositor, Juan Guaidó, con el grupo criminal colombiano 'Los Rastrojos'.

En una comparecencia ante los medios estatales, Rodríguez presentó declaraciones de Argenis Vaca, supuesto responsable de las finanzas del grupo paramilitar capturado por las fuerzas de seguridad venezolana.

El Gobierno de Maduro publicó en septiembre imágenes de Guaidó al lado de dos hombres que le habrían ayudado a cruzar la frontera de Venezuela a Colombia, cuando el opositor lideró un fallido intento por ingresar ayuda humanitaria al país en febrero pasado.

En un vídeo presentado por Rodríguez este miércoles, Vaca asegura que las fotografías de los supuestos paramilitares con Guaidó se realizaron 'para un futuro' pues, dijo, 'apenas Juan Guaidó tome la Presidencia la organización de Los Rastrojos va a agarrar fuerza en lo que es la frontera' y se convertirían en 'el brazo armado' del líder opositor.

Además relata el supuesto periplo que el grupo siguió para trasladar a finales de febrero a Guaidó, que es reconocido como presidente encargado de Venezuela por más de 50 países, a la frontera colombiana.

Rodríguez acusó a los medios colombianos de 'lavarle la cara a verdaderos criminales' por publicar informaciones que contrarían a la versión dada por el Gobierno venezolano.

'Quedan desmontadas, desmanteladas algunas de las mentiras que los laboratorios comunicacionales de la derecha trataron de vender, verdaderas barbaridades, verdaderas cosas que no resisten el más pequeño análisis', aseveró.

Según el ministro venezolano, los testimonios recabados de Vaca y de Iván Posso, otro supuesto paramilitar que fue apresado en septiembre por las autoridades venezolanas, confirman la vinculación del líder opositor con este grupo irregular.

Rodríguez emplazó a Guaidó a que explique su relación con 'Los Rastrojos' y el supuesto plan de 'entregar nuestra frontera occidental a un grupo criminal colombiano'.

Asimismo, resaltó que el procedimiento de seguridad que se brindó a Guaidó en ese momento para cruzar la frontera demuestra los supuestos vínculos del Gobierno de Iván Duque con la banda criminal.

'¿Cómo se le ocurre ahora negar al gobierno colombiano que tiene relación con Los Rastrojos? Pero si estos cuatro elementos: Argenis Vaca, alias El Brother, alias Menor, alias Nandito, estaban supuestamente buscados por la justicia colombiana y se reunieron ese día ¿Por qué no los capturaron?', se preguntó.EFE


          

Organizaciones colombianas promueven huelga nacional el 21 de noviembre

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Bogotá, 6 nov (EFE).- Sindicatos, indígenas y sectores sociales colombianos convocaron a una huelga nacional el próximo 21 de noviembre para, según dijeron este miércoles, rechazar supuestas reformas al régimen de pensiones y a la política económica del Gobierno, con lo que esperan poner 'a tono' al país con las protestas del continente.

El senador Wilson Arias, del izquierdista Polo Democrático Alternativo (PDA), aseguró hoy en una rueda de prensa que la jornada de protesta es contra 'el paquetazo del presidente Iván Duque, que busca reformas que van en contra de las clases menos favorecidas'.

Las movilizaciones serán 'apenas para ponernos a tono con lo que es una agresión continental' dijo Arias al hacer referencia a las protestas que en las últimas semanas han sacudido a países como Chile y Ecuador.

Chile vive desde el pasado 18 de octubre un estallido social con masivas manifestaciones, así como focos de violencia y disturbios que han sido reprimidos y que se han cobrado la vida de al menos 20 personas.

También han ocurrido protestas por distintos motivos en Ecuador, Panamá y Bolivia.

RAZONES DE LA HUELGA

Según el congresista, actualmente 2,4 de los 48,2 millones de colombianos 'pasan hambre' y más de 600.000 personas han perdido su empleo en el último año.

Según las centrales obreras, el paro del 21 de noviembre se debe a que el Gobierno aplica políticas dictadas por organismos internacionales como el Banco Mundial y la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) que, en su opinión, perjudican a los trabajadores.

El presidente de la Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT), Diógenes Orjuela, explicó que con las supuestas reformas se afecta la estabilidad laboral y se busca que la gente no pueda acceder a la pensión.

'Es una política regresiva en todos los órdenes', dijo el dirigente sindical, quien recordó que también se tramita en el Congreso una reforma tributaria que le da más gabelas a las empresas.

Sin embargo, Duque ha manifestado en varias ocasiones que no apoya las propuestas para aumentar la edad de jubilación o el porcentaje que hoy se cotiza para tener una pensión.

'Yo no comparto esa tesis porque nosotros queremos que las personas puedan tener una pensión digna en la edad que corresponde', dijo el pasado sábado sobre las jubilaciones que en Colombia son a los 57 años para las mujeres y 62 para los hombres.

TOMA DE LAS CALLES

El senador Gustavo Bolívar, de la Lista de la Decencia, defendió la huelga y aseguró que se justifica porque el país 'vive un momento de desmoronamiento económico, social, de seguridad, que nos convierte en un imperativo moral el salir a las calles'.

Indicó que esta protesta puede 'emular a nuestros amigos de la región como lo hicieron recientemente en Puerto Rico, como lo hicieron en Ecuador, como lo hicieron en Chile y en Argentina'.

El legislador dijo que espera que el paro 'se mantenga en el tiempo hasta que todos los participantes podamos lograr nuestras aspiraciones', que no precisó.

Recordó que en Colombia, a diferencia de Chile, las reformas se han realizado 'de a poco' y que incluso el Gobierno ha presentado tres reformas tributarias en apenas 18 meses.

NI CUBA NI VENEZUELA

Por su parte el senador de izquierdas Iván Cepeda, del PDA, dijo que la huelga se dará en un contexto regional porque 'hay movilizaciones en otros países de Latinoamérica'.

Agregó que esta protesta 'no puede ser interpretada como una especie de confabulación que proviene de Cuba y Venezuela, como se ha querido presentar, sino que es evidente que hay una crisis profunda'.

'Llegó la hora de el Gobierno haga una muy seria reflexión y haga un cambio de su política', añadió.

LOS MAESTROS

El presidente de la Federación Colombiana de Trabajadores de la Educación (Fecode), Nelson Alarcón, dijo que los maestros se suman al paro porque 'la política (de Duque) es regresiva, perversa'.

Según Alarcón, en los últimos 25 años han sido asesinados en el país más de 1.100 profesores y este año van diez. EFE


          

La comunidad internacional apoya a Cuba contra el embargo de Estados Unidos

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Naciones Unidas, 6 nov (EFE).- La comunidad internacional apoyó este miércoles a Cuba en su condena del embargo impuesto por Estados Unidos a la isla, durante una sesión de la Asamblea General de la ONU previa a la votación de la resolución anual no vinculante contra las sanciones estadounidenses.

Una treintena de países y de representantes de bloques regionales, como el grupo de los 77 y China, el Grupo Africano, el Movimiento de Países no Alineados, la Organización de la Cooperación Islámica o la Comunidad caribeña CARICOM mostraron su apoyo a la resolución: 'Necesidad de acabar con el embargo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por Estados Unidos de América a Cuba'.

La discusión de hoy precede a su votación, prevista para la sesión de mañana.

Desde 1992, la abrumadora mayoría de los 193 Estados miembros de Naciones Unidas han apoyado a la Habana en sus reclamaciones, con la excepción de Estados Unidos e Israel que votaron en contra y de Ucrania y Moldavia que, el año pasado, no ejercieron su derecho a voto.

En 2018, Estados Unidos intentó, sin éxito, incluir enmiendas a la resolución, una iniciativa a la que ha renunciado este año.

No obstante, se espera que la representante permanente en la ONU, Kelly Craft, intervenga mañana antes de la votación.

'México reitera su claro y firme rechazo a las acciones unilaterales contra Cuba, incluida la imposición durante ya más de cinco décadas del bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero que contradice al derecho internacional', dijo en su intervención el embajador mexicano en la ONU, Juan Ramón de la Fuente.

Un rechazo que, uno tras otro, fueron mostrando los más de treinta oradores que participaron en la sesión de hoy.

El país con más alta representación que tomó la palabra fue Rusia, cuyo viceministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Alexander Pankin, mostró su solidaridad con Cuba y cargó contra las políticas de Washington.

'Repudiamos la campaña anticubana de sanciones liderada por los EE.UU., esta cuestión (...) es una violación prolongada burda del derecho internacional por parte de Washington ante todos los principios básicos de la carta de Naciones Unidas', dijo.

Pankin también vinculó las presiones estadounidenses al apoyo cubano al Gobierno del presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro.

'La guerra de sanciones ha sido desencadenada por Washington para lograr su objetivo general: derrocar al liderazgo cubano que no le conviene y castigarlo por su postura de principios, de apoyo al presidente elegido legítimamente en Venezuela, el señor Maduro', agregó el político ruso.

Por su parte, la misión de EE.UU. en Naciones Unidas insistió en varios mensajes difundidos a través de Twitter en que 'los defectos fundamentales de la economía Cubana son culpa suya'.

La misión estadounidense aseguró, contra las afirmaciones de las consecuencias negativas del embargo en la población cubana, que el 'embargo permite la exportación a Cuba de comida estadounidense, medicina y equipos médicos' y que EE.UU. autorizó la exportación de comida y productos agrícolas desde 2018 por valor de 12.000 millones de dólares.

Varios países subrayaron que el embargo le ha supuesto a Cuba pérdidas multimillonarias.

El pasado lunes, el canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez, que estuvo presente en la sesión de la Asamblea General de hoy, denunció 'presiones' de Estados Unidos a países latinoamericanos para obtener su voto contra el proyecto de resolución, que Cuba presenta cada año para condenar el embargo impuesto por Washington a la isla. EFE


          

En medio de la crisis, el béisbol venezolano persevera

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CARACAS (AP) — María Graciela Briceño y sus dos de sus mejores amigas se acomodaron en sus asientos detrás del plato en el estadio de béisbol de la capital venezolana sabiendo que el juego inaugural de esta temporada no estaría a la altura de los últimos años.

Una crisis cada vez más profunda ha dejado a su país en ruinas, y una reciente medida del gobierno del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump ha impedido que los jugadores afiliados a las Grandes Ligas salten al terreno, provocando que el campeonato pierda el brillo de antaño.

Briceño, una maquilladora de 30 años, dijo que poco la mantendría alejada del estadio.

“Sabía que no iba a ser una temporada como las que estamos acostumbrados', dijo.

En Venezuela, la presencia femenina en los estadios es masiva, casi a la par de los hombres, y se cuentan entre los que celebran con euforia cada jugada.

'Sigo amando el béisbol, sigo estando en Venezuela y en Caracas y no hay manera en la cual uno pueda evitar venir aunque estén siendo las peores condiciones”, agregó.

La popular Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional comenzó su temporada el martes con cientos de fanáticos que se congregaron en el estadio Universitario de Caracas y en otras partes de este país sudamericano devastado por la crisis. Los tiempos difíciles también han acortado la temporada en un tercio de sus juegos y comenzó semanas tarde.

En Venezuela, sin embargo, el béisbol local sigue siendo una pasión. Durante unas horas es un oasis para las personas que se sienten abrumadas por el diario vivir. Es un lugar seguro para beber cerveza, lanzar insultos a los jugadores y desahogarse.

También es para unos pocos afortunados. El lujo de una noche de diversión para una pareja que compra boletos, cerveza y perritos calientes cuesta fácilmente el doble del salario mínimo mensual equivalente a los 15 dólares que ganan la mayoría de los venezolanos.

Esta temporada llega al final de un año tumultuoso para los venezolanos. El país fue remecido por multitudinarias protestas callejeras en respaldo al líder opositor Juan Guaidó, quien prometió derrocar a Maduro. En vano, Guaidó clamó por un alzamiento militar después de violentos enfrentamientos entre ciudadanos y fuerzas de seguridad del gobierno. Una falla eléctrica masiva en marzo dejó a la mayoría de la nación sin luz ni agua durante días. La crisis de Venezuela no tiene un final a la vista.

La apertura del campeonato de béisbol, sin embargo, trajo algo de esparcimiento. Los Leones recibieron en su casa de Caracas a los Tigres de Aragua. A pesar de un notable número de asientos vacíos, el juego no decepcionó. Los Tigres se impusieron por 6-3.

'Somos los mejores fanáticos del mundo', dijo Jesús Lezama, un fanático de 100 años, cuyo nombre lleva la Copa de la presente edición del torneo. Lezama fue homenajeado en el diamante antes del primer lanzamiento por sus años de dedicación. Luego, los jugadores trotaron para escuchar música de salsa. “¡Play Ball!”, gritó el locutor.

Los jugadores de las Grandes Ligas estuvieron notablemente ausentes, dijeron muchos fanáticos. A lo largo de su historia, la liga de invierno de Venezuela atrajo a luminarias como Bob Gibson, Barry Bonds y Pete Rose. Seis jugadores en la reciente Serie Mundial eran venezolanos, sobresaliendo José Altuve de los Astros de Houston.

El torneo invernal era aprovechado por los peloteros de las mayores para pulir sus habilidades durante el receso de temporada, y el béisbol es parte del tejido nacional de Venezuela.

La ausencia se debió a las amplias sanciones de la Casa Blanca con el objetivo de obligar a Maduro a abandonar el poder. Las medidas financieras prohíben a las personas y compañías estadounidenses tratar con el gobierno de Maduro, como la empresa petrolera estatal PDVSA, que por años fue uno de los más importantes patrocinadores de la liga de béisbol.

Giuseppe Palmisano, presidente de la LVBP, pasó el día de apertura en Miami tratando de llegar a un acuerdo con Grandes Ligas y el gobierno de los Estados Unidos para rescatar la temporada. Dijo que la liga venezolana había abandonado su patrocinio de PDVSA, apoyándose más en empresas privadas que durante años han patrocinado la liga, como Coca-Cola, Toyota y el gigante venezolano de alimentos y cerveza Polar.

Palmisano dijo que esperaba que las circunstancias cambiaran pronto para que los jugadores de la MLB pudieran jugar más tarde en la temporada. Horas antes del primer lanzamiento el martes, funcionarios estadounidenses anunciaron cambios en sus sanciones a Venezuela, pero MLB no respondió de inmediato si habría un cambio en su posición.

“Sí, estamos conscientes de que la vistosidad del juego no va a ser la misma”, dijo Palmisano en una entrevista con la AP realizada en un hotel de la ciudad de Doral, donde vive una de las comunidades venezolanas más numerosas del sur de la Florida.

Pero el tira y afloja afuera del país quedó en segundo plano bajo las luces deslumbrantes del estadio de Caracas. Los fanáticos, ataviados con las franelas de sus equipos, se metían con los jugadores del equipo contrario y vitoreaban entusiastas jugadas dramáticas. Entre las entradas se abalanzaron para obtener camisetas gratis, lanzadas con pistolas de aire a las tribunas.

Yadir Drake, un cubano de 29 años que juega como jardinero de los Tigres, comentó que los partidos en Venezuela tendrán un béisbol más agresivo debido a la ausencia de peloteros con contratos de MLB, haciéndoles más entretenidos para el fanático.

Drake es uno de varias docenas de extranjeros enrolados para esta temporada, la mayoría procedente de la República Dominicana. Drake dijo que cuando él y los otros jugadores pisan el diamante, la política es lo último en lo que piensan, especialmente cuando los fanáticos comienzan a gritar.

“Sabes que la afición se va a meter contigo y esa de las tantas cosas que te ayudan”, expresó el cubano. “Te animan a seguir jugando el béisbol y jugarlo agresivamente”.

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La periodista de la AP Gisela Salomón contribuyó a este reporte desde Miami.


          

Venezuela crea su más grande plataforma de acción contra la crisis climática

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Caracas, 6 nov (EFE).- Un grupo de investigadores, activistas, profesores y diputados creó este miércoles la más grande plataforma de Venezuela de lucha contra la crisis climática, a instancias del Parlamento, que prevé aprobar una nueva legislación ambiental en 2020.

La idea es 'que todas las iniciativas (...) que hay en el país por la preservación, por el cuidado, por la conservación -que son más y son más poderosas que aquellas que devastan- sean visibles, tengan eco, sean más poderosas cuando las hermanamos y las comunicamos mejor', dijo a Efe la diputada María Gabriela Hernández.

La también presidenta de la subcomisión legislativa para la emergencia climática aseguró que en todo el territorio venezolano ya hay grupos organizados 'que están trabajando con un amor gigantesco y con unas ganas intensas por preservar la naturaleza'.

En Venezuela, denunció, 'la destrucción del ambiente ha sido más voraz en poco tiempo y no tenemos instituciones a las cuales acudir para parar el abuso y para de inmediato ayudar a la naturaleza a su resilencia'.

La legisladora explicó que la 'devastación' en Venezuela abarca 'grandes extensiones, como los 111.000 kilómetros del Arco Minero', una iniciativa con la que el Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro espera generar 33.000 millones de euros en los siguientes seis años a través de la explotación de minerales en el sur del país.

Además, prosiguió Hernández, existen otros daños que hasta ahora no se han podido medir como los frecuentes derrames de petróleo que se han registrado este año, las quemas de gas o la contaminación que producen las montañas de coque en el país.

La plataforma contempla la creación de una red nacional de soluciones para el desarrollo sostenible, donde se espera que los científicos y creativos propongan formas 'verdes' de aplicar tecnología.

Uno de esos expositores fue el ingeniero petrolero Jonar Cubillán, de 34 años, quien creó un prototipo mecánico llamado 'árbol portátil' con el que ganó un premio internacional en 2010.

'Es una semejanza al proceso que tiene un árbol natural: captura CO2 (dióxido de carbono) que se va a procesar y se le van a quitar impurezas', explicó a Efe el joven ingeniero.

Este prototipo, dijo, se puede ensamblar en un día y puede filtrar y limpiar hasta 30 litros de aire en cinco minutos, superior al proceso de captura de CO2 que hacen árboles pequeños o en crecimiento.EFE


          

El nuevo viaje de El Puma tras zafarse de las garras de la muerte

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El cantante venezolano José Luis Rodríguez 'El Puma' regresó este martes a México para presentar su nuevo disco, 'Agradecido', tras pasar en 2017 por un doble trasplante de pulmón y un proceso de recuperación que fue, según dijo, 'como experimentar la muerte'.

El intérprete explicó a un grupo reducido de medios, entre ellos Efe, los pormenores de su recuperación para la vida y para la música, ahora que ya está inmerso en la gira de presentación de su último trabajo, un espectáculo que afronta 'como si fuera el primero' y que llegará a México en febrero próximo.

La emoción del músico venezolano se explica mejor entendiendo el calvario por el que pasó debido a la fibrosis pulmonar incurable que sufría antes de someterse al doble trasplante de pulmón.

'Yo utilizaba como veinte litros de oxígeno para bañarme. Te conviertes en un niño de tres años. No puedes lavarte los dientes, no puedes bañarte, no puedes vestirte. No tienes fuerza. No puedes caminar. Tenía un cable de oxígeno muy largo para moverme por casa', confesó.

El Puma reconoció que en esta gira, que empezó en mayo, está descubriendo de nuevo 'cosas que daba por sentadas'.

Antes, se lamentó, 'era como un monólogo musical: aquí estoy, vine, canté y me fui'.

'Ahora quiero disfrutar a la gente. Quiero compartir. En el primer 'show' que hice en Miami no me di cuenta de que estaba en el escenario y llevaba dos horas y media, casi tres, porque estaba disfrutando muchísimo de la gente', reveló.

Para poder sonreír de nuevo encima de las tablas, Rodríguez tuvo que 'empezar de cero, como quien aprende a gatear', e incluso pensó que no iba a volver a cantar porque, según le decían los médicos, el regreso a los escenarios tras pasar por una cirugía de esa magnitud a sus 76 años 'es un caso único'.

'Después del proceso, hubo un cambio trascendental en mi espíritu y mi forma de ver la vida. Entendí que hay dos días con los cuales uno no puede contar: el día de ayer y el de mañana. Solo queda el hoy. Por eso estoy viviendo intensamente cada momento de mi vida', celebró.

El álbum 'Agradecido' era un proyecto de versiones que El Puma ya tenía en mente antes de operarse, porque quería 'hacer un disco acústico de canciones conocidas', aunque, una vez recuperado, decidió incluir tres temas originales, entre ellos el 'single' homónimo al disco.

'Me senté con la compositora Érika Ender, que es una mujer maravillosa, de palabras mayores, durante cuatro horas y le conté mi vida. No era fácil reducirla a tres minutos, pero lo logró. La canción 'Agradecido' era textualmente lo que me pasó. Cada línea roza mi espíritu y mi alma', manifestó.

Sin embargo, ese tema no sonará por el momento en Venezuela, país natal del cantante, que no actuará allí hasta que ese 'régimen perverso, diabólico y demoníaco no caiga'.

'(Esos políticos) son mejores que David Copperfield. Cómo en 20 años desaparecen una fortuna y destruyen un país. Bolívar, en 20 años, con un ejército descalzo, libertó cinco naciones. Estos acabaron con Venezuela en 20 años', se quejó.

Todas las vivencias de El Puma podrían aparecer en el futuro en alguna serie de televisión, aunque el artista no quiso poner un plazo.

'Hay que esperar que pase lo de Luis Miguel', bromeó, antes de revelar que ya tiene sesenta páginas escritas de unas memorias cuyo 'capítulo final será este renacimiento'.

En esa serie podría aparecer el mexicano Carlos Rivera, un cantante al que José Luis Rodríguez le tiene 'mucha estima y mucha admiración'.

'Es un muchacho que se enfiló hacia el romanticismo y el amor, y lo está reventando todo. Está llenando todo', reconoció El Puma.EFE


          

3-0. Taiwán vence a Venezuela y se clasifica a la súper ronda

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Taichung (Taiwán), 6 nov (EFE).- El equipo de Taiwán combinó bien un ataque de seis imparables y con buen desempeño de sus lanzadores derrotó este miércoles por 3-0 a Venezuela para clasificarse a la súper ronda del Premier 12 de béisbol.

La victoria de los taiwaneses también firmó el acceso a la ronda de los seis mejores de Japón y eliminó a Puerto Rico y Venezuela, que con dos derrotas en dos salidas no tienen oportunidades de clasificación.

En el Taichung Intercontinental Stadium, los dos primeros tercios del partido transcurrieron con un duelo de lanzadores, hasta que en el séptimo episodio los asiáticos le pegaron al lanzador relevista Miguel Socolovich y aseguraron el triunfo.

Boleto del pitcher a Lin Che-Hsuan y dobles impulsores de carreras de Chu Yu-Hsien y Wang Wei-Chen le dieron la victoria a Taiwán que en su debut había superado por 6-1 a Puerto Rico.

En la novena entrada Taiwán sumó una carrera anotada por Hu Chin-Lung, quien pegó un sencillo y anotó en un lanzamiento descontrolado del lanzador (wild).

Yi Chang, el abridor de Taiwán trabajó siete entradas con seis hits permitidos y seis ponches y se llevó el triunfo, mientras Miguel Socolovich cargó con la derrota.

Por Taiwán el tercera base Wang Wei-Chen ligó de 4-2 con una carrera impulsada y por Venezuela el mejor bateador fue el jardinero derecho Diego Rincones, quien se fue de 3-2.

Con las clasificaciones de Taiwán y Japón ya son cuatro los asegurados a la ronda de los seis mejores a la que antes pasaron México y Estados Unidos, primero y segundo en ese orden en el grupo A que se celebró en Guadalajara, México.

Los otros dos clasificados saldrán del grupo C en el que Canadá derrotó a Cuba y Corea a Australia en la primera jornada

Este jueves en el cierre de la llave B, Taiwán enfrentará a Japón en la disputa del primer lugar y Venezuela a Puerto Rico.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 C H E

Taiwán 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 6 0

Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 5 0

Japón

Ganó: Yi Chang (1-0)

Perdió: Miguel Socolovich (0-1)

Salvó: Hung-Wen Chen (1).

Jonrón: No hubo.EFE


          

Venezuela reduce deuda con la rusa Rosneft a 800 millones en tercer trimestre

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Moscú, 6 nov (EFE).- Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) ha reducido su deuda con Rosneft, la mayor petrolera rusa, a 800 millones de dólares durante el tercer trimestre, según una presentación de la compañía con motivo de sus resultados financieros hasta septiembre.

De acuerdo con Rosneft, la estatal Pdvsa tuvo a finales del segundo trimestre una deuda de 1.100 millones de dólares, por lo que ha devuelto a la petrolera rusa 300 millones de dólares en el tercer trimestre.

A finales de 2017, Pdvsa tenía aún una deuda contraída con Rosneft de 4.600 millones de dólares, cuantía que ha ido reduciendo gradualmente a lo largo de los últimos ejercicios.

De esta manera, en el primer trimestre de 2018 el importe adeudado se situaba en 4.000 millones de dólares, a finales de junio de ese año en 3.600 millones, a fecha de 30 de septiembre en 3.100 millones y al término del ejercicio el 31 de diciembre en 2.300 millones.

Ya en 2019 disminuyó su deuda con Rosneft hasta finales de marzo a 1.800 millones y a finales del segundo trimestre a 1.100 millones.

En el apartado de contingencias de la presentación de sus resultados financieros, la petrolera rusa indica que 'monitorea continuamente los proyectos que se implementan en Venezuela con su participación'.

También recuerda que las relaciones comerciales con Pdvsa se basan en contratos ya existentes acordes a la legislación aplicable, incluida la ley internacional.

En junio pasado, Rosneft indicó que en 2018 aumentó un 7 % la extracción de petróleo en Venezuela, pese a la 'difícil situación' en el país andino, en referencia a las sanciones estadounidenses impuestas a Venezuela y que afectan directamente a los activos de la petrolera venezolana.

Para este año no esperaba entonces descensos importantes en la extracción de petróleo en los proyectos conjuntos.

Rosneft participa en Venezuela en los proyectos Petromonagas (40 %), Petromiranda (32 %), Petroperijá (40 %), Boquerón (26,67 %) y Petrovictoria (40 %).

La petrolera rusa posee también el 100 % del proyecto gasístico de exploración de los yacimientos Mejillones y Patao, el 100 % de la empresa de servicios petroleros Precision Drilling y el 51 % de la empresa Perforosven. EFE


          

4-0. Japón blanquea a Puerto Rico y pone un pie en la súper ronda

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Taoyuan (Taiwán), 6 nov (EFE).- La selección de Japón disfrutó este miércoles de una buena actuación de sus lanzadores y con cuatro carreras en la tercera entrada venció 4-0 a Puerto Rico para poner un pie en la ronda de los seis mejores del Premier 12 de béisbol.

En Tauyuan, Taiwán, Japón, vencedor 8-4 de Venezuela en su debut, sumó su segunda victoria y colocó a los puertorriqueños al borde de la eliminación, la cual solo evitarán si Venezuela supera a Taiwán y luego hay una combinación de resultados que le favorezca.

Japón, clasificado a los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio por su condición de sede, fabricó un ramillete de cuatro carreras en la tercera entrada y ahí marcó el rumbo del encuentro.

En ese episodio, el primero de la alineación Tetsuto Yamada recibió una base por bolas de parte del lanzador abridor puertorriqueño Giovani Soto, quien a continuación fue castigado con sencillos de Ryosuke Kikuchi y Kensuke Kondo; después de un error del primera base que abrió las puertas del 'home' a Yamada, el cuarto bate Seiya Suzuki pegó un cuadrangular y puso el 4-0.

El juego lo ganó Rei Takahashi, quien permitió un sencillo y ponchó a tres rivales en seis entradas de labor, después de las cuales fue apoyado por los relevistas Shinya Kayama, Kan Ohtake, Yoshinobu Yamamoto y Yasuaki Yamasaki, quienes completaron la blanqueada ante unos caribeños con poco músculo en el ataque.

Soto trabajó bien hasta que fue castigado en el tercer acto y cargó con el revés.

Por Japón Seiya Suzuki encabezó la ofensiva con un cuadrangular de tres carreras en tres turnos, en tanto Hayato Sakamoto bateó de 3-2 y Kensuke Hondo, de 4-2. Por los puertorriqueños Jeffrey Domínguez se fue de 3-1.

Este jueves, en el cierre del grupo B Venezuela enfrentará a Puerto Rico y Japón a Taiwán.

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Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

Japón 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 6 0

Ganó: Rei Takahashi (1-0)

Perdió: Giovani Soto (0-1)

Jonrón: Seiya Suzuki, por Japón.EFE


          

Cile, il massacro che ci stanno nascondendo non fa indignare l’Europa

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L’indignazione a corrente alternata dei soloni politicamente corretti ed eticamente corrotti continua la sua incoerenza.Tutti ricorderete del colpo di Stato in Venezuela della marionetta degli Usa Guaido per rovesciare un governo legittimo, colpevole di essere sovranista e non allineato come quello di Maduro. Ora accade in Cile. Il liberismo atlantista sta usando lì il suo […]

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United States: OFAC Replaces Venezuela-Related General License - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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On October 24, 2019, OFAC replaced and superseded a General License clarifying certain transactions regarding any equity interest in an entity owned 50 percent or more by the Venezuelan government.
          

Maduro activa primera taquilla de criptomoneda Petro para conversión en divisas

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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, inauguró hoy la primera taquilla de la criptomoneda petro, de las 23 a habilitarse en todo el territorio nacional. Cerca de tres millones de venezolanos ahorraron en la moneda digital, respaldada en las riquezas minerales e hidrocarburos del país.
          

Revelan nuevas pruebas de vínculos entre Guaidó y paramilitares

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El vicepresidente Sectorial de Comunicación, Turismo y Cultura de Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, presentó este miércoles nuevas pruebas que vinculan al diputado opositor Juan Guaidó con el grupo paramilitar "Los Rastrojos". En un video se confirmó la intención de Guaidó de entregar al grupo el control de la frontera entre Venezuela y Colombia.
          

US Could Sanction Spain Over Maduro Support

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US Could Sanction Spain Over Maduro Support

The U.S. is targeting the aid that the Bank of Spain grants Maduro by allowing the Central Bank of Venezuela to make transfers

  The U.S. government is considering sanctioning Spain because the Socialist Pedro Sanchez, like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran, has helped Nicolas Maduro to evade international economic measures. According to Bloomberg, the Treasury Department is examining economic sanctions for the European country, which, if implemented, would be a severe blow to the Spanish economy. LATEST: […]

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Venezuela “está a punto de convertirse en una catástrofe”: Alertó Guaidó a la ONU

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El jefe del Parlamento de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, alertó este martes al secretario general adjunto de la Oficina de Naciones Unidas para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, que el país “está a punto de convertirse en una catástrofe”. Guaidó y Lowcock se reunieron en el Parlamento durante la visita del funcionario de ...
          

ESTOS SON los nuevos ROJITOS sancionados por EEUU

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Este martes EEUU sancionó nuevos funcionarios actuales del régimen de Venezuela, incluidos aquellos asociados con «la violencia desenfrenada del gobierno contra manifestantes pacíficos de la oposición, y aquellos que continúan beneficiándose del antiguo régimen corrupto». Entre ellos están: Remigio Ceballos Ichaso, almirante de la Armada venezolana y comandante del Comando Estratégico Operativo de las Fuerzas ...
          

El dólar cerró con retroceso marginal en la jornada de este martes

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Las transacciones del dólar informal registraron este martes un retroceso marginal con respecto a la jornada del lunes, al cotizarse con promedio de 23 800 bolívares. El dólar paralelo, usado como referencia general para la mayoría de las transacciones en Venezuela, promedió este martes 23 800 bolívares, un retroceso marginal inferior a un punto con ...
          

Lo que dijo Guaidó sobre el conflicto entre Maduro y el presidente de El Salvador

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«Gracias Presidente por su apoyo a la presidencia encargada y a la lucha de toda Venezuela». Así lo manifestó el presidente interino de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, luego de la decisión del Gobierno salvadoreño de expulsar al personal diplomático venezolano de su país en muestra de reconocimiento de Guiadó como presidente de Venezuela. «Se trata de ...
          

NUEVO CONFLICTO para Maduro con El Salvador por culpa de Guaidó

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Venezuela ordenó la salida este domingo del cuerpo diplomático de El Salvador, en respuesta a la expulsión por San Salvador de los representantes de Caracas, en un nuevo conflicto internacional para el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro, enfrentado a una dura presión internacional para que abandone el poder. El presidente salvadoreño, Nayib Bukele, ordenó la noche ...
          

Andy Polo, 3 other Portland Timbers players called up for international duty

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Per a press release from the Portland Timbers... Portland Timbers defenders Jorge Moreira (Paraguay) and Bill Tuiloma (New Zealand), as well as midfielders Renzo Zambrano (Venezuela) and Andy Polo ...
          

Lateinamerika | Zyklen eines Zyklons

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Nirgends sonst ist mehr Verlass auf die Fluktuation der Regime – und darauf, dass sich die Linke ihren Gegnern leichtfertig ausliefert
Zyklen eines Zyklons

Dass Regierungen im Sog des Aufruhrs untergehen, ist für diesen Kontinent kein seltenes Phänomen, wie im Augenblick zu ersehen. In Ecuador lassen indigene Gemeinschaften nicht zu, dass Kostgängerei beim IWF auf ihre Kosten stattfindet. In Chile wird soziales Unrecht nicht länger als Missstand beklagt, sondern als Misshandlung empfunden, die Widerstand verdient, wie das auch für die Attitüden eines wirklichkeitsfremden Präsidenten gilt. Die Argentinier haben es satt – zum wievielten Mal? –, in den Mahlstrom eines Staatsbankrotts zu geraten, und wählen mit Mauricio Macri nicht nur ihren Staatschef, sondern auch dessen neoliberalen Furor ab. Bolivien bebt wegen einer Präsidentenwahl, die ein Indiz dafür sein kann, dass ein linker Amtsinhaber wie Evo Morales die Grenzen seiner selbst nicht wahrhaben will.

Zeigt sich erneut, was der chilenische Dichter Pablo Neruda im Canto General als unvergängliche Würde Lateinamerikas begreift? Er schreibt: Wenn der Baum wächst, wird es ein Baum des Sturmwinds sein. „Des Volkes Baum. Seine Helden gehen aus der Erde hervor wie aus dem Saft die Blätter.“ Und sorgen dafür, ließe sich anfügen, dass diesen Erdteil zuverlässig die Wellen des Wandels tragen – dass despotische wie demokratische Regierungen fallen, revolutionärer Aufbruch zum Vorspiel reaktionärer Restauration wird, Keynesianismus und Austerität wechseln, auf nichts mehr Verlass ist als auf die Fluktuation der Regime. Auf den Linksschwenk in den 1970ern mit dem Referenzprojekt Unidad Popular in Chile folgen teils faschistoide Diktaturen in Argentinien, Uruguay, Bolivien – nach dem Putsch gegen den sozialistischen Präsidenten Allende 1973 extrem brutal in Chile. In Brasilien und Paraguay haben seinerzeit rechte Autokratien schon länger Bestand. Sie alle erfahren von der Endlichkeit ihres Daseins, als ab Mitte der 1980er eine demokratische Wende die Rückkehr zu Pluralität und Verfassungstreue erlaubt. Freilich ändert sich mit der politischen Ordnung kaum je das wirtschaftlichen System. Allein in Venezuela deutet sich Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts die Ausnahme an, mit Hugo Chávez und seinem Sozialismus des 21. Jahrhunderts. Selbst wenn sie dieses Tableau nicht übernehmen, schlagen Bolivien mit Evo Morales (ab 2006) und Ecuador mit Rafael Correa (ab 2007) einen ähnlichen Weg ein – auch die ihre kommunistisch-sozialistische Tradition achtende Linke in Uruguay, wo sich die seit 1971 bestehende, oft geschlagene, nie verschwundene Allianz Frente Amplio durchsetzt. Sie gönnt sich und dem Land mit José Mujica ab 2010 einen früheren Guerillero als Präsidenten, der jeden Tag seine Finca mit einem alten VW verlässt, um ins Präsidentenbüro nach Montevideo zu fahren. In jener Zeit halten es selbst Argentinien und Brasilien mit dem Umbruch. Der charismatische Gewerkschafter Lula da Silva und der linksperonistische Präsident Néstor Kirchner führen Regierungen, denen die Menschenwürde der Unterschichten nicht gleichgültig ist.

Prompt holt das oligarchische Establishment zum Gegenschlag aus. Nicht schuldlos werden Spitzenpolitiker der brasilianischen Arbeiterpartei (PT) kriminalisiert, um durch moralisierende Ächtung ihren Absturz zu beschleunigen. In Buenos Aires schämen sich Cristina Fernández de Kirchners Linksperonisten der statokratischen Veranlagung nicht und überfordern den Staat in gleicher Weise, nur zu einem anderen Zweck als zuletzt Präsident Macri. Ob in diesem Fall, in Venezuela, Bolivien, Ecuador – Lateinamerikas Linke ist geübt darin, sich ihren Gegnern auszuliefern. Sie wirkt wie der Wind, der eine wogende Menge vor sich hertreibt, statt sie für alle Zeit zu sammeln und zu gewinnen.

Warlord

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Chiles Staatschef Sebastián Piñera (im Amt seit 2018) hat offenbar das Gespür für die Lage von Millionen Landsleuten verloren. Die fühlen sich von steigenden Lebenshaltungskosten an den Rand des Existenzminimums gedrängt und sind Opfer eines Privatisierungswahns, der bis zum Renten- und Gesundheitssystem reicht. Als steigende U-Bahn-Preise zu Massenprotest gegen sozialen Kahlschlag führen, redet Piñera von „gut organisierten Feinden“, gegen die er in den „Krieg“ ziehe. Nun soll sich sein Kabinett für ihn opfern.

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Argentiniens Präsident Mauricio Macri (im Amt seit 2015) hat es mit seiner Regierung in vier Jahren fertiggebracht, die Wirtschaft Richtung Staatsbankrott zu manövrieren. Das gewohnte neoliberale Muster: auf Ex- und Importsteuern verzichten, den Markt öffnen, in Steueroasen geparktes argentinisches Kapital legalisieren – und davon dann doch nichts haben. Macris versprochene „Investitionsflut“ blieb aus. Bei der Präsidentenwahl am 27. Oktober hat er wie erwartet klar gegen den Peronisten Alberto Fernández verloren.

Ewiger Präsident

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Boliviens Staatschef Evo Morales (im Amt seit 2006) hat viel für die Rechte der indigenen Gemeinschaft seines Landes getan und deren Lebensstandard angehoben. In letzter Zeit jedoch wird Morales immer mehr als Anwalt der Koka-Bauern gesehen, der indigene Interessen verrate. Zudem war seine Kandidatur für die nunmehr vierte Präsidentschaft umstritten. Umgehend zweifelt die Opposition seinen nach dem Votum vom 20. Oktober verkündeten Wahlsieg an. Es gibt Unruhen, die auch soziale Spannungen reflektieren.

Muster-Linker

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Uruguays linker Präsident Tabaré Vázquez (seit 2015) regiert noch bis März 2020. Seine Linksallianz Frente Amplio (FA) kommt mit ihrem Präsidentenbewerber Daniel Martínez am 27. Oktober nicht auf die nötige Mehrheit und muss in die Stichwahl. Nicht zu seinem Nachteil wird das Land seit 15 Jahren von Linksregierungen geführt. Das ließ soziale Gräben einebnen. Uruguay hat das höchste Pro-Kopf-Einkommen in Südamerika. Die Frente Amplio ist das Opfer zweier Phänomene: des Verschleißes von Macht und der Last des Erfolgs.

Binnenflüchtling

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Ecuadors Präsident Lenín Moreno (seit 2017 im Amt) steht zunächst für sozialreformerische Kontinuität, dann gerät er durch Gerüchte über dubiose Kontakte mit Offshore-Firmen in Panama und Belize heftig unter Druck. Im September entlädt sich auf den Straßen viel Wut über gestrichene Kraftstoff-Subventionen. Der IWF will nur unter dieser Bedingung einen Kredit vergeben. Lenín Moreno – zu lange damit beschäftigt, sich von seinem linken Vorgänger Correa abzugrenzen – muss plötzlich sogar die Hauptstadt Quito verlassen.

Caudillo

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Als Brasiliens Präsident Jair Bolsonaro Anfang 2019 antritt, fehlt es nicht an Ansagen: Er wolle das Werk der zwischen 1964 und 1985 autoritär regierenden Obristen „vollenden“. Doch folgt bisher auf die Rhetorik des Caudillo nicht die Rückkehr zur Diktatur. Die Gegensätze in Brasilien sind viel zu brisant, als dass Bolsonaro riskieren wollte, was in Chile losbrach. Allein wie sich indigene Gruppen Rodung und Brandstiftung in der Amazonasregion widersetzen, zeigt, dass Gegenwehr auch Aufstand bedeuten kann.

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11/7/2019: REPORT ON BUSINESS: ‘Even in the worst of conditions,’ Venezuelan fans still show up for baseball

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Maria Graciela Briceno and her two best friends squeezed into their seats behind home plate at the baseball stadium in Venezuela’s capital, knowing this season’s opening game wouldn’t measure up to past years. A deepening crisis has left her country...
          

Javier Alfredo Belandria Sánchez

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JAVIER ALFREDO BELANDRIA SÁNCHEZ

ESPECIALISTA EN OPERACIONES DE IMPORTACIÓN Y EXPORTACIÓN VENEZUELA, COLOMBIA Y PERÚ

Javier Alfredo Belandria Sánchez cuentas con más de 10 años de experiencia en materia de Tramitación de Operaciones de Importación y Exportación en Venezuela,Colombia y Perú, como docente universitario, y Consultor Independiente en Comercio Exterior.

Desde 01 Febrero 2019 a la fecha. Consultor Externo en el Departamento de Santander para la Empresa Coex Group Sas, como representante ante la Cámara de Comercio de Bucaramanga en el Proyecto de Fortalecimiento Empresarial para Emprendedores como mentor invitado.

Gerente de Operaciones de la Consultora de Comercio Exterior Consulcomex FP, Asesoría Integral en Materia de Importaciones y Exportaciones, Comercio Internacional, Transporte Internacional, Mercadeo Internacional, Investigación de Mercados, a empresas ubicadas en Venezuela, Colombia, Chile y Ecuador.

Email: jabelandria2676@gmail.com
Whatsapp: +57 3124177463 (Bucaramanga, Colombia)
Redes Sociales: LinkedIn


Servicios que presento en Venezuela y Colombia

Importaciones
  • Búsqueda y selección de proveedores internacionales. 
  • Selección y contratación de transporte, seguro y demás intermediarios logísticos. 
  • Clasificación arancelaria 
  • Verificación de mercancía 
  • Nacionalización de mercancía. 
Exportaciones
  • Verificación de cumplimiento con normas de empaque y embalaje en mercados internacionales. 
  • Determinación de costos, según donde se entregue el producto, sea FOB, EXW, CIF etc. 
  • Elaboración de certificado de origen. 
  • Elaboración de documentación para policía antinarcóticos. 
  • Selección y contratación de transporte, seguro y demás entes relacionados con el proceso de exportación. 
Exportación de Servicios
  • Asesoría legal ante la DIAN y CAMARA Y COMERCIO. 
  • Clasificación del servicio según la CPC. 
  • Solicitud de firma digital. 
  • Registro en el VUCE. 
  • Asesoría cambiaria. 
Consultoría Especializada
  • Estudios de mercados nacionales e internacionales 
  • Auditoría documental (Revisión de importaciones, exportaciones y operaciones de comercio exterior) 
  • Bases de datos por partida arancelaria y/o Nit. (importadores, exportadores) 
  • Matriz de costos. (costeo de importaciones y exportaciones) 
Autsourcing
  • Realizamos en las instalaciones de las empresas consultorías especializadas para el desarrollo de sus operaciones, el tiempo que usted lo requiera, actuando como el departamento de comercio exterior de su compañía y asesorando la parte logística, aduanera y cambiaria de sus transacciones, velando siempre el eficiente uso de los recursos y la correcta aplicación de la normatividad. Realizamos Auditoria Documental.
Agenda Comercial
  • Realización de agendas comerciales de empresas extranjeras en Colombia. Realización de agendas comerciales de empresarios Colombianos y Venezolanos con clientes Internacionales.

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Analistas a AP: Masacre en México denota que empeora la guerra antidroga

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VenezuelaND / foto: AP / 7 nov 2019.- Entre 2006 y 2012 la violencia de la guerra de México contra el narcotráfico conmocionó a los estadounidenses pero apenas les afectó. En esta ocasión el conflicto es peor y así lo evidencia el asesinato de 9 personas de una comunidad mormona en Sonora de origen estadounidense […]

La entrada Analistas a AP: Masacre en México denota que empeora la guerra antidroga se publicó primero en Noticiero Digital.


          

Ángel Lombardi Boscán: El proceso

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“Alguien debió de haber calumniado a Josef K., porque sin haber hecho nada malo, una mañana fue detenido” “El Proceso”, Frank Kafka. En la Venezuela de hoy muchos inocentes son culpables, y los culpables, muy visibles, andan sueltos. Con la única diferencia de que los que andan sueltos controlan el entramado institucional punitivo. “Vi con […]

La entrada Ángel Lombardi Boscán: El proceso se publicó primero en Noticiero Digital.


          

María Alejandra Malaver: Formando el futuro

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El Libertador Simón Bolívar dijo en alguna ocasión la frase: “un pueblo ignorante es instrumento ciego de sus propia destrucción”… Los años han pasado, la tinta se ha secado y el papel se ha pulverizado, no obstante la vigencia de aquella expresión sigue viva, y más vigente que nunca. Cuando Venezuela vive la peor de […]

La entrada María Alejandra Malaver: Formando el futuro se publicó primero en Noticiero Digital.


          

Declaración final del Encuentro antimperialista de solidaridad por la democracia y contra el neoliberalismo

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Por Seguimos en Lucha

Desde esta Cuba solidaria, primer territorio libre de América, reconociendo la heroica resistencia de su pueblo y las conquistas alcanzadas en sesenta años de Revolución, hemos compartido nuestras luchas y esperanzas 1332 representantes de 789 organizaciones del movimiento social y popular, de la solidaridad; de redes, plataformas y articulaciones regionales y globales, de partidos políticos, parlamentarios, religiosos e intelectuales, de 86 países.

Llegamos desde todos los rincones del mundo, con una larga historia de ejercicio de la solidaridad frente a la agresividad imperialista contra la Revolución Cubana, comprometidos con todas las causas justas y como parte de los esfuerzos de unidad en la acción y de las articulaciones de lucha, para reunirnos en La Habana en el Encuentro Antimperialista de Solidaridad, por la Democracia y contra el Neoliberalismo, del 1 al 3 de noviembre de 2019.

Vivimos un nuevo momento en la historia. Los pueblos en las urnas, en las calles y en las redes sociales demuestran con su voto y sus protestas, el agotamiento de la ofensiva imperial conservadora y restauradora neoliberal de la derecha oligárquica, en alianza con el fundamentalismo religioso, el poder mediático, el capital y las empresas trasnacionales que, de la mano del imperialismo norteamericano, en su naturaleza depredadora, excluye a amplios sectores de la población, destruye el trabajo digno, la vida en armonía con la naturaleza y pone en peligro a la especie humana.

Los pueblos están demostrando que es posible derrotar la ofensiva imperial, que en sus propósitos acude a la criminalización de la protesta social, el confinamiento y desplazamiento de poblaciones, el asesinato de líderes sociales y políticos, el feminicidio, la persecución a líderes de gobiernos progresistas y a la judicialización de la política.

Se abren tiempos de esperanza. La unidad es vital y constituye un deber; la movilización, un grito de orden; la organización popular, una tarea inminente; y la integración, una estrategia que nos llevará a la victoria.

En este momento crucial, nos comprometemos a:

1. Hacer nuestra la Declaración de Solidaridad con Cuba aprobada en este Encuentro, movilizándonos en acciones permanentes, intensivas y sistemáticas de alto impacto mediático, contra la escalada agresiva del imperialismo yanqui, como parte de la Campaña internacional “Manos fuera de Cuba”.

2. Exigir el levantamiento del recrudecido, criminal y genocida bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto a Cuba por el gobierno de Estados Unidos, y respaldar la Resolución que se presentará ante la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, los días 6 y 7 de noviembre de 2019, seguros de otra contundente victoria de la comunidad internacional.

3. Denunciar las amenazas y agresiones de diversa naturaleza sobre todos los gobiernos soberanos que se niegan a servir a la potencia hegemónica, que busca instalar bases militares en sus territorios y usurpar sus recursos estratégicos.

4. Reafirmar y defender la vigencia de la Proclama de América Latina y el Caribe como Zona de Paz.

5. Denunciar los graves riesgos que entraña para América Latina, el Caribe y el mundo, la decisión de activar el Tratado Interamericano de Asistencia Recíproca (TIAR), orientado a respaldar militarmente el afán del gobierno de los Estados Unidos de revivir la Doctrina Monroe.

6. Expresar nuestra firme solidaridad con la Revolución Bolivariana y Chavista, la unión cívico-militar del pueblo, y su legítimo Presidente Nicolás Maduro Moros que ha sabido defender con firmeza su soberanía frente a las agresiones de todo tipo del gobierno de los Estados Unidos y sus aliados entreguistas que adoptan medidas contra los verdaderos representantes diplomáticos del gobierno venezolano. Apoyar el diálogo con sectores de la oposición para mantener la paz en Venezuela.

7. Intensificar la movilización en reclamo de la inmediata liberación del compañero Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, víctima de la judicialización de la política, que tiene como fin la persecución y encarcelamiento de líderes políticos de izquierda y progresistas latinoamericanos.

8. Felicitar al pueblo del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia por su victoria en el proceso electoral y al Presidente Evo Morales Ayma por su reelección, como resultado de las medidas en beneficio popular y el crecimiento económico. Igualmente, denunciar los intentos de golpe de estado y de desestabilización desatada por sectores de la oposición, instigados por los Estados Unidos, contra la paz y la seguridad ciudadana en Bolivia

9. Condenar los intentos de la administración estadounidense de desestabilizar al gobierno de Nicaragua y reiterar el derecho de su pueblo a la Paz.

10. Demandar la independencia de Puerto Rico, nación latinoamericana y caribeña sometida hace más de un siglo al dominio colonial de los Estados Unidos, donde su pueblo se revela victorioso en las calles frente a las políticas del gobierno anexionista.

11. Expresar nuestra firme solidaridad con las naciones del Caribe, en su legítimo reclamo de reparación por las secuelas de la esclavitud; así como el trato justo y diferenciado en el enfrentamiento al cambio climático, en correspondencia con sus circunstancias especiales y su situación de mayor vulnerabilidad.

12. Apoyar la demanda histórica del pueblo argentino por la recuperación de las islas Malvinas, territorio que legítimamente le pertenece.

13. Denunciar a los gobiernos que, siguiendo los dictados del imperialismo yanqui y las recetas del Fondo Monetario Internacional, imponen a sangre y fuego a sus pueblos políticas neoliberales de choque, profundizando la injusticia social y afectando especialmente a los sectores más vulnerables de la sociedad. Condenar enérgicamente el uso de la fuerza y la represión para intentar aplastar los justos reclamos de los movimientos sociales y populares.

14. Defender la decisión del pueblo de Chile a rebelarse en las calles con valentía para abrir las grandes alamedas contra las políticas represivas y antipopulares del gobierno, y condenar el empleo de torturas, violaciones, mutilaciones y muerte de ciudadanos chilenos a manos de los órganos represivos del país.

15. Condenar la represión en Ecuador y el costo en vidas humanas para ese hermano pueblo que se enfrenta al paquetazo neoliberal

16. Rechazar al gobierno pro imperialista de Jair Bolsonaro, plegado a los intereses de los Estados Unidos y empeñado en revertir los avances alcanzados en ese hermano país, destruir los procesos de integración y toda expresión progresista y de izquierda en la región.

17. Respaldar el derecho del pueblo colombiano a la paz y defender la implementación plena del Acuerdo Final para lograrla. Exigir al gobierno el respeto a la vida de los ex combatientes y líderes políticos y sociales. Llamamos a retomar la Mesa de Diálogo con el Ejército de Liberación Nacional.

18. Expresar la más profunda solidaridad hacia el hermano pueblo haitiano en su lucha por la justicia social, las reparaciones históricas y una vida digna.

19. Manifestar nuestro respaldo a la lucha del pueblo hondureño y sus legítimas reivindicaciones.

20. Felicitar al pueblo argentino y a su presidente electo Alberto Fernández, por el merecido triunfo en las urnas, que propicia una derrota al neoliberalismo y recupera la esperanza y dignidad de esa nación.

21. Saludar al gobierno de Andrés Manuel López Obrador y su contribución a la unidad de América Latina y el Caribe, en defensa de los principios de no intervención y respeto a la soberanía

22. Expresar nuestro apoyo y solidaridad al Frente Amplio Uruguayo que defiende la continuidad de los avances alcanzados en los últimos tres lustros en favor de su pueblo.

23. Denunciar la intromisión del imperialismo en los asuntos internos de los países de África y Medio Oriente, la agresión y las guerras desatadas, bajo la llamada cruzada contra el terrorismo, por el control de los recursos naturales de esas regiones. Rechazar las medidas económicas coercitivas contra Zimbabue

24. Apoyar la causa histórica de lucha de los pueblos saharaui y palestino, por su derecho a la libre determinación.

25. Exigir el fin de la intervención imperialista contra Siria y el pleno respeto a su soberanía e integridad territorial.

26. Saludar el proceso de acercamiento y diálogo intercoreano. Condenar las sanciones unilaterales contra la República Popular Democrática de Corea.

27. Rechazar todas las formas de discriminación y violencia por razones de género, color de la piel, creencia religiosa, orientación sexual u otra manifestación que atente contra la dignidad e integridad de las personas y llamar a la solidaridad con sus agendas de lucha; así como reconocer el aporte de los movimientos de mujeres y feministas en los procesos emancipatorios.

28. Defender los derechos de los pueblos originarios a su cultura, a sus territorios, tradiciones y costumbres ancestrales. Expresar nuestro apoyo a las comunidades de origen africano y a las minorías en la lucha por sus reivindicaciones.

29. Reconocer el protagonismo y compromiso de lucha de los jóvenes como fieles continuadores del legado emancipador e internacionalista de nuestros próceres.

30. Condenar enérgicamente la actual política antiinmigrantes de los gobiernos de los Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea, así como toda manifestación de fascismo, xenofobia, y racismo.

31. Denunciar la actual cruzada macartista del gobierno de los Estados Unidos y la campaña anticomunista que tiene lugar en Europa.

32. Convocar a la lucha global para defender los recursos naturales, la biodiversidad, la soberanía y la seguridad alimentaria, la madre tierra, las conquistas y derechos sociales.

33. Fortalecer la respuesta a la guerra cultural y simbólica que tiene como espacio en disputa a la subjetividad del ser humano, articulando la batalla mediática en Internet y las redes sociales digitales, alimentando las redes de la verdad frente a la ofensiva de la mentira del imperialismo neoliberal.

Por tanto:

Reiteramos la importancia de avanzar en la construcción de la unidad antimperialista de las fuerzas políticas de izquierda y de los movimientos sociales y populares, con respeto a la pluralidad, la diversidad y el derecho soberano de los pueblos para escoger libremente su forma de organización política, económica y social, convencidos de que la unidad es la única vía para alcanzar la victoria en el enfrentamiento al principal enemigo de los pueblos: el imperialismo yanqui y sus aliados.

Agradecemos al pueblo, al Gobierno de la Isla de la Libertad y de la Unidad y al Capítulo Cubano de los Movimientos Sociales por su hospitalidad e invariable solidaridad. Continuaremos junto a ustedes, comprometidos con su proyecto social y con el compromiso de divulgar la verdad sobre esta invencible Revolución.

Este Encuentro reafirma la voluntad de lucha de nuestros pueblos y constituye un formidable estímulo para continuar adelante, conscientes de que seguiremos en resistencia hasta vencer.

Ante el plan desintegrador del imperialismo y la derecha conservadora, oligárquica y neoliberal, opongamos el plan integrador, soberano y digno de nuestros pueblos. Unámonos para exigir nuestro derecho al desarrollo, a la vida y al porvenir. La unidad antimperialista es la táctica y la estrategia de la victoria.

¡Señores imperialistas, Manos Fuera de Cuba!

¡Los pueblos seguimos en lucha!

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!




          

Gwinnett alums set to battle in WBSC Premier12™ tournament

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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ tournament begins this weekend in Mexico, Chinese Taipei, and Korea, pitting the 12 highest-ranked baseball nations against one another in a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Nine of those 12 teams - Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela - have former Gwinnett players either on their 28-man roster or coaching staff.
          

Venezuela Expels El Salvador Diplomats in Tit-for Tat

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El dictador Nicolás Maduro adelantó la Navidad en Venezuela

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“Nada ni nadie nos va a quitar la felicidad y la Paz del pueblo, que recibe la Navidad con un país en tranquilidad y que se prepara para tener un año 2020 de desarrollo y prosperidad. ¡Defenderemos la Paz de Venezuela!”, escribió Maduro en su red social.Con ese mensaje, el dictador venezolano dio inicio a […]
          

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Tweets For Today

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

Ali Hashisho / Reuters

Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

Asylum Hearing Draws Student Activists in SF

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A mother and daughter seeking asylum from Venezuela have won their case, in an immigration hearing attended by college and high students from Berkeley, where the family lives. The activists say they want to set a precedent that no one will deported from Berkeley, where opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policies runs high.
Christopher Martinez reports.

          

Crise au Venezuela - Le système de santé est "au bord de l'effondrement", avertit l'ONU

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Le système de santé du Venezuela, qui traverse la pire crise économique de son histoire récente, est au "bord de l'effondrement", a averti mercredi le secrétaire général adjoint de l'ONU aux affaires humanitaires à la fin d'une visite à Caracas.
          

#SanatórioGeral: Vassalo internacional

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Celso Amorim discursa sobre soberania nacional com a autoridade de quem foi chanceler do venezuelano Hugo Chávez
          

Brasil cobra mais ação do Brics sobre crise na Venezuela

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Ao contrário do governo brasileiro, Rússia, Índia, China e África do Sul não reconhecem Juan Guaidó como presidente interino
          

#VENEZUELA #SALSAS #CONDIMENTOS | ALIMENTOS LA GIRALDA, todo lo que necesitas para consentir a tu familia

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Desde 1943 alimentando los hogares venezolanos con ingredientes de alta calidad La alimentación es el factor más importante para llevar una vida sana, los productos envasados son una buena opción, por ello si eres de los que disfruta del arte de cocinar, eres amante de lo saludable, te caracteriza el gusto de sabores armoniosos, y te encanta acompañar los platos con productos de calidad, la Giralda es para ti; ya que te trae excelentes alternativas para una alimentación sana y nutritiva para toda la familia. . . Alimentos La Giralda, sinónimo de tradición, calidad y naturalidad, una marca llena de historia que sigue apostando al país, trae a tu mesa su portafolio de productos en el que podrás encontrar la Línea Kétchup; para darle un toque especial de sabor y color a tus comidas, Línea Tomate; donde podrás conseguir Salsa Bolognesa, Salsa Napolitana, Pasta de Tomate, Salsa 79 para Carnes, Salsa a base de tomates La Hacienda, Jugo de Tomates y Puré de Tomates Tom ...
          

#RECETAS #REPOSTERIA #VENEZUELA | Torta de queso con sabor a RENATA, la combinación perfecta entre lo dulce y salado

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Esta torta es una combinación perfecta para caer en la tentación, es el sabor mantuano de nuestro país donde el queso es el ingrediente estrella. Atrévete a vivir la experiencia Renata junto a esta receta. . . Ingredientes: 180 g de galletas María Renata. 70 g de mantequilla.continua leyendo....
          

HMM: Mysterious Brazil oil spill linked to Greek-flagged ship that left Venezuela, investigators say…

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HMM: Mysterious Brazil oil spill linked to Greek-flagged ship that left Venezuela, investigators say.
          

Four Timbers Players Called in for International Duty

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Timbers defenders Jorge Moreira (Paraguay) and Bill Tuiloma (New Zealand), as well as midfielders Renzo Zambrano (Venezuela)... - MLS Portland Timbers
          

Real Salt Lake FW Jefferson Savarino and MF Albert Rusnak Earn International Call-Ups

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SANDY, UT - Real Salt Lake MF Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) and FW Jefferson Savarino (Venezuela) were called up to their respective national teams for in... - MLS Real Salt Lake
          

Patria Nueva y ABI publican fotos de Venezuela como si fueran del conflicto en Bolivia

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Los medios estatales Patria Nueva y Agencia Bolivia de Información (ABI) en sus portales digitales compartieron fotografías de grupos armados y "paramilitares" de Venezuela, para mostrar el conflicto y enfrentamientos en Bolivia.

Patria Nueva difundió una fotografía en la que se ve a cuatro sujetos con sus rostros cubiertos. El pie de la imagen de AFP dice: "Activistas antigubernamentales posan para una foto en una barricada en San Cristóbal, estado de Táchira, el 6 de marzo de 2014", se lee.

La periodista Miriam Jemio hizo la captura de las imágenes, el medio radial gubernamental acompañó la imagen con el siguiente texto: "Integrantes del Grupo Irregular Resistencia Cochala usan armas de fuego en Cochabamba".

En esta jornada, se produjo fuertes enfrentamientos en Cochabamba, de los activistas y opositores que exigen nuevas elecciones con los grupos afines al Movimiento al Socialismo.

La ABI difundió en su página web varias imágenes también de los enfrentamientos en Venezuela, como si fueran situaciones que ocurrieron en Bolivia, en la actual crisis política que vive el país.

Las fotografías se encontraban en su galería, aunque ya no se las encuentra, Los Tiempos en su Twitter compartió la captura de las imágenes.

En ellas se ve a sujetos con pasamontañas armados, grupos en apronte. "#LTahora #ParoenBolivia La Agencia Boliviana de Información (ABI) difunde, en su página web, fotografías de "paramilitares" y "fuerzas populares" de #Venezuela, además de protestas en ese país, como si fueran del grupo "Resistencia Juvenil Cochala", dice este medio de comunicación.
          

Ep. 107: Danger at Home

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What do you do when it's too dangerous to go home? Talkin' Baseball's Ed Randall recently caught up with 12-year MLB veteran Edgardo Alfonzo, to talk about the hazards of returning to his native country of Venezuela. On the show they discuss the deteriorating relationship between Venezuela and the United States, the huge shortages of basic necessities that the people of Venezuela are suffering from and how the country's MLB players are impacted by the current state of affairs.
          

Necesitamos personal de apoyo en Cali

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Delcy Rodríguez, se reunió con representante de la ONU para fortalecer plan de asistencia humanitaria

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La vicepresidenta Ejecutiva de la República, Delcy Rodríguez, sostuvo un encuentro con el Secretario General Adjunto de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), para Asuntos Humanitarios, Marck Lowcock, con el objetivo de fortalecer el plan de asistencia técnica humanitaria entre la organización y el Gobierno Bolivariano.
Así lo manifestó la Vicepresidenta Ejecutiva de Venezuela a través de su cuenta oficial de Twitter @Drodriguezven.
"Recibimos al Secretario General Adjunto de @ONU_es para Asuntos Humanitarios, Marck Lowcock, para mostrar la verdad de Venezuela y denunciar el bloqueo imperial criminal contra el pueblo dirigido por EEUU. pic.twitter.com/gSwoCBWJLa
Durante su visita a Venezuela, Mark Lowcock también sostendrá encuentros con diputados de la Asamblea Nacional (AN) en desacato, así como con miembros del Ejecutivo Nacional, representantes de las Organizaciones No Gubernamentales y de la comunidad diplomática, entre otros; para conocer de primera mano la situación humanitaria sobre el terreno y la labor de las agencias del organismo multilateral que operan en el país.
Vale destacar que en múltiples ocasiones el jefe de Estado venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, ha ratificado su compromiso de mantener la senda del diálogo con organismos internacionales, en aras de consolidar la paz de Patria de Bolívar y superar los embates del bloqueo imperial impuesto por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

 


          

Gobierno Bolivariano denuncia violación de DDHH por parte del presidente de El Salvador

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El gobierno venezolano a través de la ministra del Poder Popular para la Mujer e Igualdad de Género, Asia Villegas, denunció la vulneración de los derechos humanos de Eliana Hernandez, esposa del Ministro Consejero de la Embajada de Venezuela en El Salvador, quien se vio obligada a retornar vía aérea desde este país centroamericano con un embarazo de trillizas y de alto riesgo.

Hernández explicó que antes de viajar ya estaba en reposo absoluto a las 27 semanas de gestación por una presunta amenaza de parto pre termino y alto riesgo obstétrico. No obstante debido a la orden de expulsión del personal diplomático venezolano en El Salvador, no tuvo otra alternativa y viajó pese a las indicaciones.

“Hago responsable a Bukele de lo que pueda pasarme a mí y a mis niñas”, expresó.

Por su parte la Ministra, Asia Villegas, reclamó que se trata de la vulneración de su integridad emocional, física y psicológica, y destacó que se expone a la familia completa, tanto a los niños como a las niñas por venir.

“Hicimos acto de presencia desde que aterrizó el avión para que sea atendida de manera inmediata y ya fue evaluada (…) hacemos el reclamo desde el Instituto Nacional de la Mujer y los distintos movimientos que defienden las luchas y los derechos de todas las mujeres”.

El médico que se encargó de examinarla indicó que su estado es reservado.


          

Vicepresidente de Planificación se reúne con Secretario de la ONU para Asuntos Humanitarios

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El vicepresidente sectorial de Planificación, Ricardo Menéndez, y el Ministro del Poder Popular Para Relaciones Exteriores, Jorge Arreaza, sostuvieron una reunión en la Casa Amarilla, en Caracas, con el secretario general adjunto de la Organización de Naciones Unidas para Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA) y Coordinador del Socorro de Emergencia, Marck Lowcock.

Durante el encuentro, las autoridades realizaron una revisión de los distintos sistemas de información con el fin de potenciar y fortalecer las capacidades de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela en esta materia con ayuda del organismo internacional.

En este sentido y con la intención de concretar estos objetivos, se plantearon una agenda de trabajo para los próximos meses.

Durante su visita de trabajo a Venezuela, el secretario general de la OCHA, Mark Lowcock, tiene previsto reunirse con distintos actores políticos del país; con representantes de organizaciones no gubernamentales y también de la comunidad diplomática, para conocer de primera mano la verdad sobre Venezuela y constatar el trabajo realizado por las distintas agencias de la ONU que operan en el país.

Cabe recordar, que durante el 74º período de sesiones de la Asamblea General de la ONU, llevada a cabo en Nueva York, Estados Unidos, el canciller, Jorge Arreaza, también sostuvo un encuentro con el Secretario Adjunto donde ratificó la voluntad del Gobierno Bolivariano de mantener la senda del diálogo para consolidar la paz nacional.


          

Ministerio de Servicio Penitenciario presenta productos para exportación en Feria Internacional de La Habana

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El Gobierno Bolivariano presentó los diversos productos realizados con mano de obra de los privados de libertad de Venezuela, durante la Feria Internacional de La Habana, llevado a cabo en la capital de Cuba.

La ministra del Poder Popular para el Servicio Penitenciario, Iris Varela, explicó que Venezuela “presenta en la feria productos derivados de la miel elaborados por los privados de libertad, y de la actividad avícola”.

Destacó que el objetivo es establecer las diferentes alianzas comerciales para la exportación de los productos. “Estamos haciendo una rueda de negocio para llevar a cabo las alianzas con empresas”.

Asimismo, la titular de la cartera de Servicio Penitenciario precisó que, en beneficio de los privados de libertad, se promueven nuevas oportunidades  de formación, con el fin de construir al nuevo hombre y mujer productivos.

Cerca de 60 empresas públicas y privadas de la nación Bolivariana exhiben sus productos en la Feria Internacional de La Habana, Cuba, que se extenderá hasta el 08 de noviembre.


          

Irán dispuesto a cooperar científica y tecnológicamente con Venezuela

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El vicepresidente de Ciencia y Tecnología, Sorena Satari, expresó la disposición de Irán a enviar equipos médicos, de laboratorio y farmacéuticos a Venezuela, añadiendo: “Nuestros productos científicos tienen un coste mucho menor y su calidad equivale a la de los productos occidentales”.

“También contamos con excelentes tecnologías en las áreas de la salud o el agua que podemos compartir”, afirmó Satari durante una reunión mantenida con la ministra de Ciencia y Tecnología de Venezuela, Gabriela Jiménez Ramírez.

Irán ocupa el primer lugar a nivel regional en los ámbitos científicos, en áreas como nanotecnología, tecnología aeroespacial y biotecnología, aseguró, añadiendo que existen alrededor de 5.000 compañías con base científica que trabajan para promover la economía, y cuya participación comercial se incrementa cada año.

Por su parte, Jiménez Ramírez declaró: “A pesar de las sanciones y las presiones, Irán ha logrado grandes avances y numerosos éxitos, incluida la producción médica”.

Y expresando el deseo de su país de colaborar en los ámbitos científicos y tecnológicos, Jiménez Ramírez indicó: “La cooperación en diversas áreas, como la educación en nanotecnología, biotecnología e ingeniería, diseño, transferencia de tecnología y otros servicios compartidos podrían ser un buen aliciente para ambos países”.

Satari y Jiménez Ramírez firmaron un memorando de entendimiento sobre “Cooperación científica y tecnológica”.

El intercambio de científicos e investigadores para desarrollar las experiencias y la educación, la realización de cursos de capacitación conjunta, la celebración de conferencias y talleres especializados, o la realización de exposiciones conjuntas sobre innovación y tecnología son los ejes más importantes del acuerdo.


          

Venezuela ratifica cumplimiento de convenios laborales suscritos ante Organización Internacional del Trabajo

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Caracas, 5 de noviembre de 2019.- El ministro del Poder Popular para el Proceso Social de Trabajo, Eduardo Piñate, sostuvo una reunión con el director general de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT), Guy Rayder, en aras de ratificar el cumplimiento de Venezuela en los convenios internacionales suscritos en el ámbito laboral.

Durante la 337 reunión del Consejo de Administración de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo, que se realiza desde el 24 de octubre al 7 de noviembre en Ginebra, Suiza, Rayder reafirmó la disposición de la OIT para la cooperación y el apoyo al Gobierno Bolivariano liderado por el presidente Nicolás Maduro.

Para este miércoles 6 de noviembre se tiene prevista la participación del ministro Piñate en representación de Venezuela, en la 337 Reunión del Consejo de Administración de la OIT.

La Organización Internacional del Trabajo se reúne tres veces al año, específicamente en marzo, junio y noviembre. Durante el encuentro se toman decisiones sobre la política de la OIT, se decide sobre la Conferencia Internacional del Trabajo, se adopta el proyecto de Programa y Presupuesto de la Organización para su presentación y se elige al Director General.


          

Gobierno Bolivariano y Cruz Roja suscriben acuerdo para fortalecer servicio de agua potable

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Caracas, 05 de noviembre de 2019.- La ministra del Poder Popular para la Atención de las Aguas, Evelyn Vásquez, y la jefa de la Delegación del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR), Leticia Courtois, suscribieron un Convenio de Cooperación Interinstitucional para fortalecer el servicio de agua potable, en pro del bienestar del pueblo venezolano.

La información la dio a conocer el ente ministerial a través de su cuenta oficial de Twitter.

Por el bienestar del pueblo de Bolívar y Chávez y cumpliendo instrucciones de líder de la Revolución @NicolasMaduro, nuestra Mtra. @EvelynB_Vasquez firmó acuerdo de cooperación con el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja #VenezuelaAntiiperialista

"#4Nov Firmamos convenio de cooperación con el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja. Iremos trabajando en pro del bienestar de la sociedad venezolana, fortaleciendo cada vez más el servicio de agua potable, cumpliendo lineamientos del Pdte. @NicolasMaduro #VenezuelaAntiiperialista pic.twitter.com/hpxIk8oMv5

"— Evelyn Vasquez F (@EvelynB_Vasquez) November 4, 2019

El acuerdo contempla una serie de actividades conjuntas, amplias y no restrictivas, que se tienen previstas realizar de manera coordinada entre ambas instituciones.

El acuerdo también prevé la creación de una Comisión Técnica Coordinadora, con representación de cada parte, que realizará reuniones periódicas de seguimiento para la evaluación del cumplimiento y el impacto del mismo.

Cabe destacar que este Convenio podrá añadirse a cada plan de trabajo que sea acordado entre las partes, conforme se identifique alguna actividad de colaboración que se detallará tomando en cuenta los recursos disponibles.


          

Presidente Nicolás Maduro celebra 1° Aniversario del Plan de Ahorro en Petro

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Caracas, 05 de noviembre de 2019.- El presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, celebró este martes a través de su cuenta en Twitter el primer aniversario del Plan de Ahorro en Petro, impulsado por el Gobierno Bolivariano para proteger el ingreso financiero del pueblo venezolano.

"Celebro el primer año del Plan de Ahorro en Petro, instrumento que llegó para innovar el mercado financiero. A todos los ahorristas que confiaron y que hoy pueden disfrutar de esta maravillosa creación, les reitero mi compromiso por proteger sus ahorros. ¡Venezuela, sí se puede! pic.twitter.com/nlGOZqESWs

"— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) November 5, 2019

Plan de Ahorro en Petro

El Plan de Ahorro en Petro comenzó a operar a través de la Plataforma Patria con un respaldo de 4 millones de Petros, aprobados por el Jefe de Estado.

Los usuarios de la Plataforma Patria pueden participar en este mecanismo en la opción “Monedero”, buscar “Plan de Ahorro” y seleccionar “Ahorro en Petro”.

Ahorro en cifras

El Plan protege a más de 7 millones de venezolanos que han encontrado en esta política un instrumento financiero para blindar sus ingresos de los embates de la guerra económica. Desde que arrancó esta iniciativa se han realizado 12 millones de operaciones.

Este programa cuenta con el respaldo de 4 millones de Petros en la Plataforma Patria, colocados por el presidente Maduro.

Cabe destacar que la mayoría de los venezolanos y las venezolanas han utilizado los bonos del Sistema Patria para convertirlos en Petros, a través del Plan de Ahorro en Petro, como una manera de blindar sus ingresos.

El Superintendente de la Superintendencia Nacional de Criptoactivos (Sunacrip), Joselit Ramírez, señaló que el Petro es “un instrumento financiero totalmente diferente al Dólar, un Plan de Ahorro que está a disposición de todos los venezolanos, está garantizado que no se va depreciar el dinero”.


          

La casa en llamas en lo alto de la cumbre

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Queridos lectores:

"La casa está en llamas" es un eslogan repetido por los integrantes de Friday for Future, desde que la propia Greta Thunberg lo pronunciase por vez primera. Es un aforismo potente, que condensa la urgencia a la que nos lleva el Cambio Climático. La casa está en llamas, tenemos que actuar si no queremos perderlo todo, si no queremos morir. Una idea sencilla que sintetiza la verdad simple de que ya no hay más tiempo para esperar; el tiempo de actuar es ahora.

No es por tanto casual que el último libro de Héctor Tejero y Emilio Santiago lleve el significativo título "¿Qué hacer en caso de incendio?". Se sobreentiende que en este largo ensayo (nada menos que 256 páginas) se pretende abordar, desde el punto de vista de la teoría política (campo al que pertenece esta obra), el que sin duda es el gran reto de nuestro tiempo. Sin embargo, tampoco es casual el epígrafe que lleva este libro: "Manifiesto por el Green New Deal". Es decir, no se trata de dar una perspectiva amplia de cómo abordar el desafío que nos plantea el Cambio Climático, sino que lo que se nos presenta es un manifiesto a favor del Green New Deal.

Hace semanas que llevo ese libro en mi mochila, con el objetivo de acabar de leerlo en algún momento y escribir aquí una reseña. A pesar de que tener tiempo para leer es una cosa siempre difícil con la carga de trabajo que llevo, lo he seguido llevando en mi mochila, esperando avanzar en sus páginas y en la síntesis de lo que para mi es más esencial. Lamentablemente, a estas alturas he perdido la esperanza de acabar de leer el libro y comentarlo. Aunque me sepa mal decirlo (conozco a Emilio y es una persona a la que aprecio y respeto por su trabajo), reconozco que el libro no me interesa en absoluto.

Por lo que respecta al análisis factual que realiza el libro, tomadas aisladamente estoy de acuerdo con la mayoría de las cosas que se comentan en sus páginas pero no tanto en el discurso que se va hilando, ya que, a mi entender, hay grandes omisiones que probablemente obedecen a ese deseo, explícitamente expresado en el libro, de no asustar a la gente para evitar el miedo paralizante. Y en cuanto el libro entra en el discurso político para mi pierde la mayoría del interés. En el libro se propone una estrategia de "negociación" con el statu quo y la adaptación progresiva del actual sistema capitalista, cosas las cuales, sinceramente, yo no las veo posibles. Entiendo el esfuerzo honesto de Héctor y Emilio de buscar una vía posible para salir de este atolladero, pero a estas alturas de la partida ya sabemos que el posibilismo es solo otra forma de rendición.

Huelga decir que no entiendo que se puedan escribir 256 páginas con la excusa de un texto bastante vago, vacuo y prepotente,  y mucho más corto, como fue la propuesta inicial de Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ya discutimos en este blog el contenido de aquellas escasas 14 páginas del Green New Deal: nunca tan poco ha dado para hablar tanto. Quizá porque precisamente unos y otros aprovechan la absoluta vaciedad del texto original para exponer sus filias y fobias, para hablar de lo que ellos quieren hablar, que poco o nada tiene que ver con el espantajo al que dicen referirse. 

El libro de Héctor Tejero y Emilio Santiago ya ha recibido algunas críticas significativas justamente de gente que está lógica e ideológicamente próxima a ellos. En particular, veo muy destacable la prolija crítica de Manuel Casal Lodeiro (se ve que es mentar el Green New Deal y todo el mundo vierte ríos de tinta o de electrones), de la cual querría entresacar un párrafo que creo que sintetiza muy bien la carencia mayor que yo le veo al libro:

Página 27: "En el mismo campo que ello es verdad que el Green New Deal no nos permitirá apagar el incendio. Pero si mitigarlo, conseguir tiempo, forzar una prórroga. Mucho más de lo que ahora tenemos." El problema, aunque parezca mentira tener que decirlo, es que los incendios no se "mitigan": se apagan o no se apagan. Y ellos no hablan de que sea imposible apagarlo, sino que afirman, simplemente, que su propuesta no permitirá hacerlo. ¿Por qué no buscar, entonces, una que sí lo haga? ¿Por qué quedarnos en la"mitigación" o contención del fuego cuando sabemos que otro tipo de abordaje podría permitir su extinción? Además, como ya he señalado antes, ni siquiera explican (ni aquí ni en el resto del libro) cómo se supone que se ganará ese "tiempo" del que tanto hablan, sin abandonar el capitalismo.

Quizá a otras personas les resulte interesante ese libro; a mi, llegado a un punto, simplemente no me aporta nada. Y sin embargo éste es el planteamiento más avanzado que se está haciendo en el mundo político: no en vano el libro lo prologa Íñigo Errejón, líder del nuevo partido de izquierdas Más País. Esto es lo más que podemos esperar de los grandes partidos estatales, aquí en España.

¿Cómo hacer frente al cambio climático? Pues tal y como se nos presenta la cuestión, parece que básicamente hay dos opciones: o se ignora el problema (lo que hacen los negacionistas) o si no tenemos el Green New Deal, es decir, el pactismo con el capitalismo en el que a las malas prácticas de siempre se les da la pátina de "lo verde" para hacerlas políticamente digeribles. ¿Y qué es eso de "lo verde"? Muchas cosas que de verde tienen muy poco: más extracción de materiales, más contaminación, más consumo; y poca reparación ambiental, poca autocrítica y poca contención. Muchos productos presentados como "verdes" se elaboran con procedimientos más contaminantes que sus contrapartidas convencionales. Y no casualmente, mucho más caras.

Al ciudadano de a pie, a fuerza de repetirle los mensajes durante años, y por la mera observación directa de la realidad, ya le ha quedado claro que el mundo está cambiando. El tiempo está loco, las estaciones ya no son lo que eran, los eventos extremos parecen multiplicarse con el paso de los años... También ha llegado a la mayoría de la población el mensaje de que es la actividad humana, sobre todo la industrial, la que está provocando estas graves alteraciones. Los poderes políticos han ignorado mayoritariamente los problemas ambientales durante décadas, especialmente cuando se trataba de algunos bien localizados e identificados (¿cuántas poblaciones no han sufrido en sus carnes los efectos de la contaminación persistente del aire y del agua por parte de fábricas cercanas o de centrales térmicas?). Y sin embargo ahora, por fin, se dice que hay que hacer algo, y más incluso: se dice que hay que emprender una Transición Ecológica. Un cambio completo de la manera de producir y de consumir. Ser menos contaminante, más verde, reciclar más y mejor. Con todo eso el ciudadano común puede estar más o menos de acuerdo. Sin embargo, cuando se han empezado a tomar medidas en la práctica para implementar esa transición, lo que los ciudadanos han visto es que van a salir caras. Muy caras. Y que previsiblemente el coste no se va a repartir de manera justa. No en vano, en los documentos que hablan tanto de Transición Ecológica de manera genérica, como los que hablan de Green New Deal como plan más concreto, se suele poner el acento en que la transición ha de ser "socialmente justa". Obviamente, si se insiste en esto es porque ya se ve venir que no va ser socialmente justa, en absoluto.

La casa está en llamas, sí. Pero si miramos al suelo veremos un reguero de pólvora ardiendo. Un reguero de fuego que viene de Brasil.

A finales de este año, como cada año desde hace un cuarto de siglo, se celebrará la Cumbre de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Clima. La cumbre de este año, la COP25, debía haberse celebrado en Brasil, pero en octubre de 2018 Jair Bolsonaro ganó las elecciones presidenciales y en noviembre Brasil retiró su oferta de albergar la COP25. Alegó dificultades presupuestarias y otros problemas organizativos, pero a nadie se le ocultaba que Bolsonaro, negacionista convencido, no tenía el más mínimo interés en que precisamente la Cumbre Mundial sobre el Clima tuviera lugar en su país. Después de eso, los terribles incendios de la Amazonia este verano y en general el desprecio de su presidente a cualquier cosa que le suene a ecologismo han llevado a que Brasil no sea considerado un país fiable en cuestiones ambientales.

Y, sin embargo, dejando al margen los múltiples aspectos deleznables de la persona de Bolsonaro, Brasil ha seguido una evolución bastante lógica. Es un país muy poblado, con casi 210 millones de habitantes y con todavía altas tasas de desigualdad. La rápida subida de la producción de petróleo durante las últimas décadas hacían augurar un futuro brillante para Brasil, pero la producción tocó techo en 2017, sin haber conseguido cubrir el 100% del consumo doméstico.



Todos los escándalos de corrupción de los últimos años en Brasil tienen que ver de un modo u otro con PetroBras, la compañía de petróleos estatal. Como en tantos otros países latinoamericanos en su misma situación (México, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, ...), en vez de aceptar que el país seguramente ya había rebasado su peak oil, los dedos acusadores apuntaban a que la caída de producción era debida la mala gestión (mala gestión que seguro que había, pero que también estaba ahí mientras la producción subía). Al llegar Bolsonaro al poder se producen cambios drásticos y se aprietan las tuercas en PetroBras. En mayo de este año se consigue romper el techo histórico y que Brasil produjese más de 2,7 millones de barriles diarios, para después caer estrepitosamente en junio, para luego recuperarse en julio y luego volver a caer...



En enero de 2020 podremos hacer el balance anual de 2019 y ver si la táctica de Bolsonaro ha tenido éxito, pero todo apunta a que la  producción media en 2019 podría ser del estilo o incluso inferior a la del 2018.

Como ven, Brasil está luchando para intentar mantener su producción de petróleo, para superar lo que parece el momento histórico de toda la región: la llegada de Latinoamérica en su conjunto a su peak oil regional. Bolsonaro se debe a esas clases medias, descontentas con la gestión del anterior ejecutivo, y que quieren que las lleve a la riqueza y al bienestar. ¿Creen Vds. que puede entretenerse con minucias como el clima del planeta? Si lo hiciera, además, sería hombre muerto desde el punto de vista político.

La casa está en llamas, y el reguero de pólvora ardiente nos lleva a un país cercano, Chile.

Al desistir Brasil, fue Chile la encargada de asumir la COP25. Con poco más de 17 millones de habitantes, Chile es un país bastante menos poblado e industrialmente más diversificado que Brasil. Hace un par de años tuve ocasión de pasar unos días en Chile, y durante mi breve estancia pude comprobar una cosa: para los estándares europeos de los que yo provengo, Chile es un país que profesa una gran fe en el liberalismo económico como mejor sistema para regirse socialmente. Se pretende que la intervención del estado sea mínima, y que los individuos, con su propia capacidad y trabajo, tracen su propio futuro, con las mínimas interferencias externas. Pero Chile tiene una excesiva dependencia en las exportaciones de su mineral más preciado, el cobre. A Chile le ha cogido con el paso cambiado la caída de la demanda mundial de cobre por un lado (fruto de la debilidad económica mundial) y por otro el brutal incremento de los costes de extracción del cobre (síntoma inequívoco del agotamiento de las minas y de la llegada al peak copper). Como resultado, la otrora altamente rentable industria del cobre ha reducido drásticamente sus beneficios, impactando la economía nacional. El continuado deterioro de las condiciones de vida de la mayoría ha provocado que un hecho banal como fue la subida de las tarifas del metro en Santiago de Chile haya degenerado en una revuelta de alcance nacional, que el Gobierno de Chile ha reprimido con dureza sin ser capaz de sofocar.  En estos días,  el presidente Sebastián Piñera se juega su futuro político, lo que le ha llevado a medidas desesperadas, como la de solicitar la dimisión de todo su Gobierno. Y en este contexto el propio Piñera decidió hace unos días cancelar la organización chilena de la COP25. Y de nuevo, es lógico: ¿creen Vds. que los chilenos verían con agrado que se les hable de esa futurible y quimérica economía verde a la que tenemos que transitar para "salvar el planeta", cuando tienen dificultades para llegar a finales de mes?

La casa está en llamas, y el reguero ardiente nos conduce ahora hasta España.

Ante el anuncio de Sebastián Piñera de que Chile no podría organizar la COP25, España se ofreció a hacerse cargo con un plazo muy breve de tiempo antes de que empiece la cumbre (poco más de un mes).

Con 46 millones de habitantes, España es un país con un perfil muy diferente a Brasil y a Chile. No es un gran exportador de materias primas, al contrario: es un gran importador de las mismas. Su principal manufactura son los coches, aunque su principal actividad económica se encuentra en los servicios, destacando el turismo como principal motor económico del país. Un país así, con gran cantidad de palacios de congresos y amplia experiencia en la organización de eventos, está más que preparado para hacerse cargo de la organización de un evento tan importante y en un plazo tan perentorio. Así que nadie ha cuestionado que España asuma la cumbre, y así será.

¿Es España el mejor país para acoger el COP25? En principio es un país con una paz social envidiable y un alto nivel de vida, así que todo indica que sí. Claro que si miramos un poco por debajo de la superficie, empezamos a ver muchos signos bastante preocupantes. Por un lado, tenemos la situación catalana, no tan desmadrada como hace un par de semanas pero aún lejos de estar controlada. Probablemente, para una buena parte de la opinión pública española el problema catalán solo tiene que ver con el seguidismo etnicisma, narcisista y borreguil de una gran masa manipulada por unos desaprensivos, aunque unos pocos pensamos que en realidad la deriva secesionista catalana tiene mucho que ver con la forma particular que tomará el colapso en España. Pero por el otro, hay muchos síntomas de que el español de a pie está bastante harto de ser el que paga todas las fiestas. Las crecientes restricciones a la movilidad privada, prohibiendo con carácter prácticamente inmediato el uso de coches "viejos" en Barcelona y pronto en otras ciudades, y que seguramente se acabará extendiendo a todas las carreteras, implica un gravamen extra sobre las deterioradas economías de muchas familias, máxime cuando en breve los coches se van a encarecer ostensiblemente. Numerosos colectivos, desde taxistas hasta estudiantes, pasando por jubilados, están en pie de guerra, con frecuentes manifestaciones. El futuro se ve incierto, y el panorama político no lo simplifica. Al ser los partidos políticos españoles incapaces de llegar a un acuerdo para gobernar, los españoles nos encaminamos a una repetición de elecciones generales el próximo 10 de noviembre. Para ocultar su mediocridad y la falta de ideas, tanto para proponer un acuerdo viable entre los partidos que se repartirán la representación parlamentaria como ante la crisis que todo el mundo reconoce que está al caer, los partidos políticos se han llenado la boca de... Cataluña, Cataluña y Cataluña, sin que nadie proponga nada útil para salir del atolladero catalán (tampoco los partidos catalanes que se presentan para el congreso español). En este contexto, el partido que mejor está capitalizando el descontento y el malhumor es Vox, formación esencialista para la cual lo español tiene una cualidad transcendente más importante que la democracia. Vox forma parte de eso que yo denominaba "la reacción", movimientos de nuevo cuño que intentan oponerse a la falacia del progreso por la vía quizá más radical pero no exenta de cierta razón. Por eso mismo no es de extrañar que Vox sea furibundamente negacionista del Cambio Climático, ya que intuyen la carga económica que se quiere endosar a la clase media, envuelta en el papel de celofán de la Transición Ecológica o del Green New Deal.

Ahora imaginen que tras las elecciones del 10 de noviembre los votantes le dieran la mayoría a las tres formaciones de derecha, PP, Ciudadanos y Vox, y que éstas pudieran formar gobierno. ¿Se imaginan a este gobierno, con negacionistas acérrimos en él, organizando la Cumbre Mundial del Clima?

Afortunadamente no es posible que se produzca tan forzada situación, ya que los plazos para constitución del Parlamento e investidura del nuevo Gobierno son un poco más dilatados que el tiempo que le resta al actual Gobierno en funciones, pero el mero planteamiento de esta posibilidad nos muestra cuán frágiles son nuestras seguridades. E incluso si el tripartito de derechas no gana las elecciones, lo más probable es que será dificilísimo que se consiga formar un Gobierno estable. En este contexto, y con una crisis económica en ciernes, ¿cree alguien que España tomará medidas eficaces contra el Cambio Climático? ¿Medidas que realmente lo combatan y al tiempo no depauperen a las clases trabajadoras?

La casa está en llamas, y el reguero ardiente continúa corriendo, perdiéndose en el infinito.

¿Qué otro país podría, mejor que España, hacer bandera de la lucha socialmente justa e inclusiva contra el Cambio Climático?

No será Francia, con sus chalecos amarillos que saltaron inicialmente a las calles para protestar por la subida del precio del diésel. Está claro que a esos trabajadores no les importa contaminar más o menos, sino simplemente ganarse la vida.

No será el Reino Unido del Brexit, con su larvado racismo, contra el inmigrante, contra el otro, contra ese ser irreal que en su imaginario les roba el trabajo, ese trabajo que les cuesta tanto de conseguir y que cada vez se paga peor. Hagamos el Reino Unido grande otra vez, aunque sea a costa de hacerlo moralmente pequeño.

No será Italia, donde más gente de la que nos gustaría aplaude a un ministro que deja intencionalmente que personas se ahoguen en el mar; Italia está llena, Italia para los Italianos.

No será, me temo, ningún otro país de Europa, todos ellos apremiados por mil urgencias, en muchos de ellos con movimientos reaccionarios subiendo, si no están ya en el Gobierno.

Tampoco será EE.UU., por razones obvias. Ni Canadá, con su Primer Ministro que cínicamente apuesta por producir los combustibles más sucios del planeta.

No será Latinoamérica, donde ningún país se libra actualmente de las tenazas cada vez más cerradas de la crisis que aquí se describe como futura y allá es bien presente.

No será China, fábrica sucísima del mundo. No será Japón, agobiado desde hace más de 20 años por volver a la senda del crecimiento. Ni ningún otro país de Asia.

No sera Australia, gran productor, y a mucha honra, de carbón. Ni la Indonesia completamente volcada en la destrucción de bosques tropicales para cultivar palma. Ni el resto de Oceanía, por acción o por omisión.

No será Níger, Nigeria, Sudán del Sur, Argelia, Libia o Egipto, cada uno sufriendo una fase diferente de la maldición de los recursos. Ni será el resto de la sufrida África.

Solo nos queda la Antártida. Pero tampoco será allí.

La casa está en llamas, pero si miramos bien, está recorrida por infinidad de regueros en llamas. Y lo que se quema en ellos, en realidad, no es pólvora, sino personas. Personas que se queman, que malviven y sufren para mantener un sistema disfuncional que les está abrasando, simplemente porque no conocen ningún otro, porque no se les muestra ningún otro, solo variantes del mismo en las que lo único que puedes escoger es arder a la llama o a la brasa.

La casa está en llamas, sí. Pero si queremos apagar ese incendio, lo primero que tendríamos que hacer es apagar esos regueros de personas que arden, que son el combustible que mantiene vivas esas llamas que queman la casa.


Salu2.
AMT


          

Presentan nuevas pruebas contra Juan Guaidó

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Presentan nuevas pruebas contra Juan Guaidó
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El ministro de Comunicación de Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, presentó hoy nuevas pruebas sobre los vínculos del líder de la Asamblea Nacional, el opositor Juan Guaidó, con el grupo paramilitar colombiano Los Rastrojos.

GN arresta a venezolano con más de 100 mil dólares en aeropuerto

En una rueda de prensa desde el Palacio de Miraflores, sede del gobierno, el ministro mostró un video con declaraciones del miembro de Los Rastrojos, Argenis Vaca, alias "vaquita", quien confirmó la intención de Guaidó de entregar a ese grupo paramilitar el control de la frontera entre Venezuela y Colombia.

Aquí presentamos nuevos testimonios de la relación de Guaidó con Los Rastrojos. Se caen mentiras de los laboratorios de falso positivo y se cierra el cerco rastrojero con la verdad: Guaidó y Los Rastrojos acordaron entrega de nuestra frontera a criminales", escribió Rodríguez en su cuenta de la red social Twitter.

El funcionario sostuvo que luego de capturar al paramilitar el pasado 1 de noviembre, el gobierno de Caracas obtuvo información sobre un encuentro organizado por Los Rastrojos, en el que le pedirían a Guaidó que les cediera el control de la frontera occidental para sus actividades delictivas a cambio de brindarle apoyo.

Indicó que Vaca reveló la existencia de un denominado "plan candado", según el cual, se impondría un toque de queda en las localidades fronterizas para evitar que los pobladores identificaran a Guaidó durante su visita, reportó la cadena Telesur.

El paramilitar señaló que el traslado del líder opositor venezolano se realizó desde el estado venezolano de Mérida, donde estaba uno de los líderes de Los Rastrojos, Jhonathan Orlando Zambrano, alias "Patrón pobre", quien llevó a Guaidó hasta el Puente Santander en Colombia, acompañado por otros miembros del grupo delictivo.

El ministro venezolano consideró que el gobierno de Colombia debe explicar estos hechos, descritos en el testimonio del paramilitar.

La presentación del video con las declaraciones del miembro de Los Rastrojos fue calificada como una "novela" por Alberto Ravell, designado como director de Comunicaciones por Guaidó, quien se autoproclamó como presidente encargado de Venezuela en enero pasado.

Tras la detención de Vaca, el gobierno venezolano recordó que el paramilitar es quien al parecer está retratado junto a Guaidó en las polémicas fotografías que se filtraron de su viaje a Cúcuta, el pasado 23 de febrero, en el marco de las jornadas de ingreso de ayuda humanitaria a Venezuela.

 

 

***MJPR***


          

Oil spill threatens vast areas of mangroves and coral reefs in Brazil

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Pollution stretches across 2,400km of coastline, with scientists fearing contamination of food chain

Hundreds of kilometres of mangroves and coral reefs, as well as humpback whale breeding grounds, are under threat from an oil spill that has polluted more than 2,400km of Brazil’s north-eastern coast in the last two months.

The Brazilian Navy, which has deployed 8,500 personnel, 30 ships and 17 aircraft in the cleanup operation, said this week that 4,200 tonnes of oil have been removed from beaches, amid fears by scientists that some has already entered the food chain.

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Sanders presenta un plan migratorio para acoger a "todos" los imigrantes en EE.UU.

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Bajo el lema "Unos Estados Unidos acogedores y seguros para todos", el senador demócrata y aspirante a la Presidencia Bernie Sanders presentó hoy su plan migratorio para transformar ese sistema en el país y revertir todas las iniciativas en ese frente del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump.

Entre sus ideas, Sanders crearía un camino "rápido y justo" hacia la ciudadanía estadounidense, despenalizaría la inmigración, desmilitarizaría la frontera con México y protegería y fortalecería los derechos laborales de los inmigrantes en EE.UU.

"Mi padre vino a Estados Unidos como refugiado sin una moneda de cinco centavos en el bolsillo, para escapar del antisemitismo generalizado y encontrar una vida mejor. Como orgulloso hijo de un inmigrante, sé que la historia de mi padre es la historia de muchos estadounidenses hoy en día", argumentó Sanders en un comunicado.

Las principales claves de su plan migratorio, al que Efe tuvo acceso antes de su publicación, son las siguientes:

REVOCAR TODAS LAS INICIATIVAS DE TRUMP

Sanders usaría la autoridad ejecutiva del cargo de presidente para revertir las acciones "dañinas" de Trump sobre inmgiración, incluyendo garantizar que los solicitantes de asilo puedan presentar sus peticiones en Estados Unidos, poner fin a la detención y separación familiar, reunir a las familias, eliminar el veto a viajeros de países musulmanes y detener la construcción del muro fronterizo.

"Como presidente, Sanders usará su autoridad ejecutiva en el primer día de su Administración para revocar todas las acciones del presidente Trump para demonizar y dañar a los inmigrantes", aseguraron a Efe fuentes de su campaña presidencial, que prefirieron permanecer en el anonimato.

ACCESO A LA CIUDADANÍA A LOS "SOÑADORES"

Desde la Casa Blanca, Sanders restauraría y expandiría el plan de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), promulgado por el expresidente Barack Obama (2009-2017) para ofrecer amparo a miles de jóvenes indocumentados que llegaron a Estados Unidos de niños, conocidos como "soñadores".

"DACA se ampliaría para incluir a todos aquellos que fueron traídos a Estados Unidos antes de cumplir 18 años, eliminando fechas de corte y de solicitud arbitrarias", detallaron esas fuentes.

PONER FIN A LAS REDADAS MIGRATORIAS

Uno de los primeros puntos del programa migratorio de Sanders apunta a una moratoria sobre las deportaciones en curso y finalizar las redadas del Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, en sus siglas en inglés).

Además, pretende reestructurar el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, en sus siglas en inglés) y comenzar a tratar la inmigración "fuera del contexto de la seguridad nacional".

SOLUCIONAR LA SITUACIÓN DE BENEFICIARIOS DEL TPS

El objetivo final del ahora senador por Virginia con los beneficiaros del Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, en sus siglas en inglés) es proponer un camino legal hacia la ciudadanía estadounidense.

Las designaciones de TPS se ampliarían, se otorgaría un amplio alivio administrativo y Bernie Sanders presionaría por un camino hacia la ciudadanía que incluya a los titulares de TPS.

Cerca de 325.000 inmigrantes de trece países distintos están amparados bajo el TPS en EE.UU., con 195.000 salvadoreños, unos 60.000 hondureños y 46.000 haitianos, entre otros.

AMPARO A LOS REFUGIADOS VENEZOLANOS

Como parte de su estrategia, facilitaría el acceso al amparo del TPS a aquellos venezolanos que tuvieran que huir de su país por culpa de la crisis humanitaria que existe actualmente.

De hecho, Sanders y una veintena de senadores demócratas enviaron una carta a Trump en junio para pedirle que otorgase el TPS a los venezolanos para "aliviar su sufrimiento y demostrar el compromiso de EE.UU. de apoyar una transición democrática segura en Venezuela para que las personas puedan regresar a casa pronto".


          

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
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By Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
07 October 2019

Mr. Chairman,
Deputy Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The modern concept of refugee protection was born in the middle of the last century, as the world emerged from two devastating global conflicts and was preparing to enter the Cold War. Millions had been uprooted from their homes, as wars cast people adrift, empires disintegrated, borders were redrawn, and minorities and political opponents were persecuted and expelled. Ensuring the safety of those displaced, and resolving displacement, were among the earliest priorities of the United Nations.

Seven decades on, forced human displacement remains a global concern. The context is different, but the complexity remains immense. Today’s refugee crises are part of a growing flow of human mobility, driven by many overlapping elements.

Resource-based conflicts that transcend borders, shaped by a mosaic of local, regional and international interests; fueled by extremism, criminal networks and urban gangs.

Loss of hope, as global advances in prosperity, education and the fight against hunger and disease fail to reach those most in need.

Conflicts premised on ethnic and religious differences, stoked by others for political and financial gain.

Collapsing eco-systems and weather-related disasters that destroy homes and livelihoods, forcing millions further into poverty.

Damaging forms of nationalism, and hate speech that – often through cyberspace – have found a new legitimacy in public discourse.

Refugees emerge from these widening fault-lines – a warning of things going wrong. This is why tackling forced displacement calls again for a bigger, broader ambition than we have managed to muster in the recent past.

This was the vision that drove the development of the Global Compact on Refugees. Addressing refugee crises cannot be done in isolation from larger global challenges, and from effective migration policies. The two compacts – on refugees, and on safe, orderly and regular migration – were designed to complement each other, and for good reason.

Look at the Sahel – a situation of enormous complexity, where insecurity, poverty and loss of traditional livelihoods are fracturing and uprooting entire communities, across the region and beyond. Protecting refugees and the internally displaced is vital. But this must be accompanied by a deeper and wider scope of action that cuts across the political, security, migration and development spheres.

Two aspects of the Global Compact on Refugees stand out.

One is its comprehensive approach. It accelerates a long-awaited shift in responses – from a traditional humanitarian angle, as the Deputy Secretary-General said, to one that preserves the humanitarian imperative, but matches it with a broader set of tools more adapted to the dynamics of today’s refugee flows.

This means peacemaking and peacebuilding, development action and private sector investment. It means sustained, strategic support to address the root causes of refugee movements and mixed population flows. The Deputy Secretary-General has just highlighted how this dovetails with the work to bring about a UN system that can best catalyze progress collectively towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Synergies between the compact and UN reforms are therefore relevant and strong.

Also, the compact makes tangible the commitment to international solidarity that underpins the refugee protection regime, but has never been fully realised. You will hear more about this from our new Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, whom I am happy to introduce to you today.

Securing the refugee compact – a practical, concrete tool – proved that beyond the damaging, unilateral approaches that sometimes surface, a commitment to addressing refugee flows through international solidarity still prevails. At UNHCR, we are fully committed to this effort, and we count on all of you – our closest partners – to do the same. It is possible! The Global Refugee Forum, to be convened in December in this building, will be the opportunity to showcase what has been achieved, and make fresh commitments to further progress.

Mr Chairman,

The last year has underscored why the compact is needed, and how it is starting to re-shape our collective response. Let me share my thoughts on seven related challenges.

First, while much of the discussion on forced displacement has focused on arrivals in the global North, the most profound consequences by far are in host countries in the global South. Preserving asylum there, and helping host communities, requires more substantial and sustained international support. More than four million Venezuelans, for example, have left the country, the majority taking refuge in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most of these states have shown commendable solidarity, despite immense pressures. Colombia’s recent decision to grant citizenship at birth to the children of Venezuelans in the country is an example, and the Quito Process is helping shape a regional approach.

Sustaining this solidarity is vital, including through support to the services, infrastructure and economy of impacted countries. I welcome the engagement of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank’s decision to extend support to Colombia – and potentially also Ecuador – through its Global Concessional Financing Facility. I urge them to accelerate their contributions. The forthcoming Solidarity Conference convened by the European Union, together with UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, will be an opportunity to take stock and commit more.

Second, responses to 'mixed flows' of refugees and migrants continue to generate very divisive debates. Widespread political rhetoric exploits the anxieties prevailing among those excluded from the benefits of globalization, and directs those fears towards refugees and migrants – themselves among the most disenfranchised people on the planet. Pitting exclusion against exclusion is not only cynical and immoral – it rarely offers practical solutions to either. And measures taken or invoked to reduce flows – pushbacks, externalization of asylum processing, policies of deterrence – all erode refugee protection without really addressing the root causes of mixed flows, or the challenges of integration.

These situations are enormously complex – we must recognise that. I saw this last week in Mexico, where impressive examples of refugee integration are coupled with increasing migratory pressures from the region but also from Africa. A range of actions is undoubtedly needed to address these “mixed” flows. Several are included in that region under the MIRPS, a regional framework for protection and solutions which we have promoted; and we will contribute to UN efforts to support initiatives such as a regional development plan for Mexico and northern Central America, currently being discussed. In this context, saving lives and safeguarding the dignity and rights of all those on the move must remain central, together with access to international protection for those with valid claims. There and elsewhere, legal migration pathways would help prevent the abuse of asylum systems as substitutes of migration channels.

We observe these challenges not only in northern Central America and at the southern border of the United States, but also in southern Africa, and south-east Asia. In Europe, public confidence in asylum and migration management has been diminished, and must be restored through fast and fair procedures, good migration management that avoids overloading asylum systems, and investments in integration for those with a right to stay. Cooperation between governments is needed – including on the return of those who do not qualify for international protection or other stay arrangements.

I welcome the recent decisions of four EU States to establish a temporary cooperation mechanism for disembarking those rescued in the Mediterranean, and hope that this will galvanise broader EU engagement and revitalize rescue at sea arrangements. But this must also be matched by a broader ambition – investments in addressing the root causes of refugee flows, and supporting the efforts of refugee-hosting and transit countries. UNHCR continues to evacuate the most vulnerable from Libya – efforts for which Niger and now Rwanda are providing life-saving channels. Hopefully, others will join. We work closely with the International Organisation for Migration in these efforts, as elsewhere. But these operations pose enormous dilemmas, and can only be sustained as part of a comprehensive, responsibility-sharing approach that has the preservation of life, and access to international protection as central imperatives. There, as in several other operations, UNHCR colleagues and our partners are working – let us not forget that – under extremely dangerous conditions.

Third, long-standing and recurring displacement crises continue to persist, in the absence of political solutions. And other major crises are now becoming protracted too. In this context, the compact’s emphasis on inclusion, resilience and development action – pending solutions – is critical. This year marked the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Afghan refugee crisis. Regrettably, peace efforts seem once again to have stalled. I welcome Afghanistan’s decision to apply the comprehensive refugee response model in support of its initiatives to solve displacement, but solutions remain compromised by drought, insecurity and governance failures. Just 15,000 refugees returned home last year. The hospitality displayed by Pakistan and Iran, and their work on refugee inclusion and self-reliance, as well as on legal migration and stay options, are ground-breaking, but must receive more international support while the Afghan crisis continues.

In Somalia, too, while the commitment of the government to reduce forced displacement is evident and commendable, conflict and drought are still inhibiting solutions and driving new displacement. In this context, the regional application of the comprehensive response model by IGAD helps strengthen asylum, access to rights, and refugee inclusion in health, education and national economies.

Governments in the East and Horn of Africa have been in the forefront of the application of the comprehensive refugee response model. Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, among others, have made enormous strides with the support of the World Bank’s expertise and financing, bilateral development support and private sector investments. These are already transforming the lives of many refugees, as well as refugee-hosting communities across the region, and proving the validity of the model enshrined in the compact. They are giving concrete meaning to the African Union’s decision to declare 2019 the year of refugees, displaced people and returnees in Africa.

Fourth, the issue of repatriation continues to be the subject of much attention. A question we are increasingly asked is – how to advance solutions, when security in countries of origin remains fragile, and there is no end of hostilities? Can people return to their home countries in the absence of political settlements?

The answer is that returns must be driven by people, not by politics. Across UNHCR’s operations, we have an ongoing dialogue with refugees on return, and on the complex factors that influence their decisions. We work with governments to help create the conditions paving the way for returns. These must be voluntary and sustainable.

Take the example of Syria. Some 200,000 Syrian refugees have returned since 2016, and over three quarters of the almost six million refugees in neighbouring countries say they hope to return one day. We must continue to be guided by their views and decisions, and provide support to those who choose to return to avoid exposing them to further hardship.

Our policy is not to stand back and wait. We work with the Government of Syria to help address barriers to return and support confidence-building measures; hoping of course that recent political advances are consolidated; and that further humanitarian crises – especially in Idlib – can be avoided through concerted action by all parties.

In the meantime, international support to asylum countries must be sustained. Their outstanding generosity, and continuous donor support have helped Syrian refugees contend with long years in exile, even in places like Lebanon where the ratio of refugees to nationals continues to be the highest in the world. The achievements are significant: last year, 1.3 million Syrian refugee children were attending school, and 110,000 work permits were issued in Jordan and Turkey. However, acute poverty and vulnerability are weighing on people’s lives, and on host communities, and inevitably influencing their decisions.

In Myanmar, too, the Government has recognised the right of refugees in Bangladesh to return, and has started an important dialogue with the refugees, to build confidence and enable informed decisions. UNHCR and UNDP are working on social cohesion projects in northern Rakhine State to help pave the way for eventual returns. These are important steps, but need to be accompanied by more visible changes on key issues of refugee concern – freedom of movement, solutions for the internally displaced, clear information on a pathway to citizenship.

A second bilateral initiative to commence repatriation in August did not result in any refugees coming forward. But it sent important messages: the door is open, and voluntariness was respected. My hope is that this can now pave the way for a more strategic approach, in which refugee voices and choices are central. UNHCR stands ready to advise and support. There, and in other places, for example with Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and Nigerian refugees in the Lake Chad region, we are available to facilitate dialogue and solutions through tripartite approaches which include UNHCR.

Fifth, and closely linked to my previous point, we need to seize opportunities to accelerate solutions. Conflicts moving towards peace are rare, but when there is a chance, we have to pursue it. In this respect, we are closely following events in Sudan and South Sudan. The political transition in Sudan and the new Government’s commitment to a peace process have important implications for hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees, and for the internally displaced. The renewed momentum in the South Sudan peace process is also encouraging. Spontaneous refugee returns to South Sudan have already surpassed 200,000, and IDP returns are also under way.

Over the last two years, UNHCR and IGAD have been promoting the inclusion of refugees and internally displaced people in the South Sudan peace process. I hope that these recent developments will pave the way to a definitive end of the cycle of violence and displacement that has blighted the lives of generations of Sudanese and South Sudanese people.

Resettlement is another solution – albeit for very few. While some countries are stepping up their programmes, the overall number of places has plummeted. I am very disappointed by this. Resettlement saves lives and offers stability to refugees who are most vulnerable and at risk. I propose that we use more deliberately our new three-year strategy to intensify resettlement efforts, and expand private sector and community involvement.

The sixth major challenge relates to our engagement with the internally displaced. At the end of 2018, over 41 million people were living in displacement in their own countries. Major IDP operations, in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Lake Chad Basin, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ukraine, remain among our most politically and operationally complex – but all are among our priorities. I wish to flag in particular that together with our partners, we are responding with more resources to the Ethiopian government’s call for support to address recent large-scale internal displacement in the country.

In sum, we are trying to better align our efforts to advance solutions for refugees and IDPs, and to design our operations more effectively, in the context of inter-agency efforts. Our new policy on internal displacement reflects our firm and revitalized commitment. This places particular emphasis on protection leadership, and aligning our interventions with those of our partners.

Mr. Chairman,

A few days ago, at the start of the 74th session of the General Assembly in New York, we heard calls to accelerate our responses to the climate emergency, before it is too late. Greta Thunberg, speaking for the next generations, and António Guterres, speaking as the world’s conscience, were adamant in asking all of us to take action – now.

These calls concern us, too, as we gather here to discuss issues of forced displacement. I have just presented six key displacement-related challenges. The seventh intersects and underpins them all.

Climate-related causes are a growing driver of new internal displacement, surpassing those related to conflict and violence by more than 50%. Climate is often also a pervasive factor in cross-border displacement.

The term “climate refugee” is not based in international law, and does not reflect the more complicated ways in which climate interacts with human mobility. But the image it conveys – of people driven from their homes as an outcome of the climate emergency – has rightly captured public attention.

I am often asked how the UN refugee organization can help respond to this challenge. I wish to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts for your consideration.

For some years, UNHCR has worked to highlight relevant legal frameworks and the protection gaps resulting from cross-border displacement in the context of climate change. We will continue to help steer international discussions and the legal and normative debate in this area, including through engagement with the Platform on Disaster Displacement, and other multilateral fora.

Forced displacement across borders can stem from the interaction between climate change and disasters with conflict and violence – or it can arise from natural or man-made disasters alone. Either situation can trigger international protection needs.

In the first case, these would normally be met through recognition as a refugee under the 1951 Convention or regional refugee frameworks. In the second, temporary protection or stay arrangements, on which UNHCR has expertise, can provide flexible and speedy responses.

Even more specifically, where disaster-related displacement occurs, a strong operational response, guided by protection considerations, is often needed. Here too, UNHCR will continue to work in inter-agency contexts to support governments – building on our strong expertise in emergency responses. The Global Compact on Refugees by the way calls for preparedness measures and evidence-based forecasting, and the inclusion of refugees in disaster risk reduction strategies.

There are other considerations. Climate factors drive people out of their homes – but large-scale refugee movements – whether or not climate-induced – have themselves in turn an environmental impact, and refugees are frequently located in climate hotspots. I am determined to make these considerations more relevant to the way we prepare for and respond to refugee crises.

At UNHCR, we have worked for years to reduce the environmental impact of refugee crises through renewable energy options, reforestation activities, and access to clean fuels and technology for cooking. We have now launched a revitalized energy strategy and are improving our tools to address these challenges. Private sector partners such as the IKEA Foundation have been invaluable in helping us develop new approaches.

And finally like other organizations, we recognise that our own operational footprint has an environmental impact, and are taking action accordingly. We are working, for example, to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Mr. Chairman,

Work to respond to these challenges is made possible by the strong confidence that UNHCR continues to receive from donor partners. We expect funds available this year to reach an estimated 4.82 billion US dollars. The United States’ contribution has continued to be the most substantial, and has been decisive in many challenging situations, and for this I am very grateful. I wish to thank the European Commission and Germany for their particularly strong support; and Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands for providing critical, substantive unearmarked funding; and of course all other donors as well.

The gap between requirements and available resources nonetheless continues to grow in absolute terms and will reach around 3.82 billion US dollars this year. Private sector income is projected to increase by 11% over last year’s figure, to 470 million US dollars. We continue to work to diversify our funding base, in the spirit of responsibility-sharing and to ensure a stable platform for our work. Most importantly, our partnership with development organizations is becoming much stronger, and is helping us find ways to target our resources in ways that leverage those bigger programmes.

I am aware that donor generosity must be matched by constant improvements in how we manage the organization. In late 2016, I initiated a reform process to ensure an agile and effective UNHCR, with country operations equipped to pursue context-driven strategies, innovate, and respond to local and regional dynamics, as part of UN Country Teams. This was the rationale for our regionalisation and decentralization process, which is giving greater authority and flexibility to country offices, helping us get closer to refugees, and front-loading support through Regional Bureaux located in their regions.

We are entering the last phase of structural changes, which will involve adjustments to Headquarters Divisions and other entities in line with the new rebalanced authorities.

Of course, transformation is not only about structures and accountabilities, and is not a one-time exercise – it is also about transforming our organisational culture, investing in the quality of work, improving and streamlining systems and processes, and creating space for innovation.

We are working on evidence-based planning, on how we describe impact, and on increasing efficiency, in line with our Grand Bargain commitments and as an active participant, as the Deputy Secretary-General noted, in broader UN reforms. I recently endorsed a Data Transformation Strategy, and the new UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre will be inaugurated this week in Copenhagen by the Secretary-General – a milestone of humanitarian/development cooperation.

We also continue to embed a strong risk management culture across the organisation, and to strengthen systems and tools for preventing and responding to misconduct. This includes sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment, for which we have implemented a broad range of measures and to which I am personally committed, also as Champion for this issue in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. There is no place in the organization for perpetrators, and we will keep survivors and victims at the center of our response.

Mr. Chairman,

In 2011, my predecessor, the Secretary-General, convened a ministerial meeting on the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the 50th of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. It is fair to say that until then, the statelessness mandate had been a rather peripheral aspect of UNHCR’s work. Clearly, you didn’t see it that way. More than 60 states and regional entities came forward with pledges aimed at reducing statelessness, and that groundswell of political will and commitment became the catalyst for the #IBelong campaign, launched in 2014. Spurred on by the energy that had emerged, we decided to fix a time limit – ten years – to bring statelessness to an end.

Now, as we mark the halfway point, it’s time to take stock and renew the commitment that set us on the path towards that bold ambition. This is the aim of the High-Level Segment that will follow in a few moments, as part of this Executive Committee meeting.

When we talk about statelessness, we often find ourselves speaking of laws, documents and other technicalities. These are critical, and are where the hard work has to happen, but when we frame statelessness purely in legal terms, we lose sight of the all-encompassing blight it casts on people’s lives, pushing them to the margins of society, denying them basic rights and a sense of identity. This is an area in which – for relatively little investment – wide-reaching impact is within our reach.

Some of you, last year, were present at an EXCOM side event at which a young woman who had grown up stateless became the citizen of a country for the first time. It was a deeply emotional experience for everyone present – and that moment, more than any speech or list of pledges, captured what it means to finally belong, after years spent living on the margins. She and a number of formerly stateless people are present here today, and I encourage you to talk to them and understand what citizenship has meant to them. Their stories are what will inspire us as we move ahead.

There have been important achievements in the first half of the campaign – tackling gender discrimination in nationality laws, introducing laws to avoid childhood statelessness, and developing procedures to find solutions for people who would otherwise be stateless. Certain protracted situations were finally resolved. Fifteen states acceded to one or both of the Statelessness Conventions. Kyrgyzstan became the first State to formally announce that all known cases of statelessness on its territory had been resolved – an achievement that should inspire others. I look forward to honouring a Kyrgyz champion of this campaign, Azizbek Ashurov, at the Nansen Award ceremony this evening.

I also wish to acknowledge the work of UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, and civil society and academic networks – and especially the Geneva-based ‘Friends’ of the campaign, who have been persistent in their advocacy and support. The regional preparatory meetings have been characterized by energy and commitment. I am pleased to share that we have received 171 pledges ahead of today’s event, which has also galvanised other initiatives that may become concrete pledges later.

At a time when we are asking a lot of you, this is particularly commendable. At UNHCR, we will also step up our efforts even more to achieve the ambitious collective goal of ending statelessness once and for all.

Mr Chairman,

The first Global Refugee Forum will be convened in this building in just over two months. It comes at the end of a turbulent decade, in which people and communities have been uprooted across all regions. Nobody foresaw, ten years ago, the convergence of trends and events that would lead to a doubling in the number of people forcibly displaced, and the prominence that refugee and migrant flows would assume in domestic and international politics. Addressing and resolving forced displacement has rightly emerged as an urgent priority intertwined with other 21st-century global challenges, including climate change.

The big question now is – what are we going to make of the next decade? Will it be one that sees us in retreat – turning our backs on the hard-learned lessons of the twentieth century – or one in which we will have the courage of joining forces in spite of our different perspectives and interests, embracing the challenges and opportunities of international cooperation to address the plight of exile? These are the fundamental questions that the Forum will have to tackle. I hope – of course – that it will respond by clearly showing the second way. I encourage all of you to ensure high-level representation from States, share positive experiences, and make significant and impactful commitments that will greatly improve the future of refugees and host communities.

I believe that in the Global Compact for Refugees, we have grounds for optimism. The momentum is there. We have a powerful tool that was born of a narrative of possibility. The Forum will be the occasion, I hope, to show that we do not shy away from the enormous responsibility placed on all of us – one that stems not only from the refugees and host communities looking to us for action, but also from the opportunity that we have to inspire new generations, and demonstrate, in so many practical, concrete ways, why international cooperation matters, and how it can be made to work.

Thank you.


          

World: Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 [EN/AR/ES/FR/ZH]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

Humanitarian needs are increasing despite global economic and development gains. In the past decade, the world has made profound development progress. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from 1.2 billion to 736 million. The world is also richer than ever before: global GDP rose from $63.4 trillion in 2008 to $80.7 trillion in 2017.
But in recent years, more than 120 million people each year have needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. There are more crises, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. Most humanitarian crises are not the product of any single factor or event, but of the interaction between natural hazards, armed conflict and human vulnerability.

People’s vulnerability to crises is not just about where they live, but also about how they live.
Poverty, inequality, population growth, urbanization and climate change can erode people’s resilience and make them more susceptible to shocks. Although development gains are being made, progress has been uneven. The rate of extreme poverty remains high in low-income countries and in countries affected by conflict. Crises have disproportionate consequences for the poor: people exposed to natural hazards in the poorest nations are at least seven times more likely to die from them than those in the richest nations.

Fragile and conflict-affected areas are growing faster and urbanizing more rapidly than the rest of the world

In the past five years, the world’s population has grown by 400 million people, from 7.2 billion in 2014 to 7.6 billion in 2017. Although global population growth has slowed compared with previous decades, the rate has been uneven. Today, an estimated 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict affected areas of the word, where they are extremely vulnerable to the impact of conflicts and disasters. This number is projected to increase, as the population in these areas is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent, compared with 1.2 per cent globally. And the urban population in fragile areas grows by 3.4 per cent each year, compared with the world average of 2 per cent. These trends can compound resource scarcity and increase vulnerability to disasters. Urban population density can also amplify the impact of disasters and conflicts. In 2017, when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, 92 per cent of casualties were civilians, compared with 20 per cent in other areas. The populations of countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence are also younger than the global average. Whereas the proportion of the world’s population under 14 years of age has been steadily declining to about 25 per cent today, the average for countries in fragile situations is 40 per cent. As a result, one in every four children in the world is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, facing threats of violence, hunger and disease. In 2017, more than 75 million children experienced disruptions to their education because of humanitarian crises, threatening not only their present well-being, but their future prospects as well.

More people are being displaced by conflicts

By the end of 2017, war, violence and persecution had uprooted 68.5 million men, women and children around the world – the highest number on record, and nearly 10 million more people than in 2014. Just over 40 million people were internally displaced by violence within their own countries, and 25.4 million refugees and 3.1 million asylum seekers were forced to flee their countries to escape conflict and persecution. The levels of new displacements far outstrip returns or other solutions. In 2017, 5 million people returned to their areas or countries of origin, but 16.2 million people were newly displaced – an average of one person displaced every two seconds, and the highest level of new displacement on record.

The rise in forced displacement is not the result of an increase in conflicts. In fact, after peaking in 2014, the number of political conflicts worldwide decreased by about 10 per cent, from 424 in 2014 to 385 in 2017, although there are still more conflicts compared with a decade ago (328 in 2007). However, during the same period, the proportion of violent and highly violent conflicts, which are more likely to cause human suffering, destruction and displacement, increased from 53 per cent to 58 per cent of all conflicts worldwide.5 The total economic impact of conflict and violence has also increased, from $14.3 trillion in 2014 to $14.8 trillion in 2017.6 The major share of both the human and economic cost of conflicts is borne by developing countries, which host 85 per cent of refugees.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update October 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

United Nations-coordinated Appeals

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.20B

FUNDING RECEIVED $11.97B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS $13.23B

COVERAGE 47.5%

PEOPLE IN NEED 135.3 M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.9 M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Global Humanitarian Funding

FUNDING RECEIVED $17.98B

UN-COORDINATED APPEALS $11.97B

OTHER FUNDING $6.01B

Global Appeal Status

  • At the end of October 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.20 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $11.97 billion; this amounts to 47.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Requirements are lower than in September 2018 due to revision of the Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $13.23 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

  • Global requirements are $1.10 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late October than at the same time in 2017.

  • On 8 October the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners issued a Mid-Year Review of the HDRP. The revised plan reflects changes in the humanitarian context, and requires $1.49 billion for 2018, as opposed to the March 2018 requirement of $1.6 billion to reach some 7.88 million people in need of food or cash relief assistance and 8.49 million people with non-food assistance in the course of the year. Despite the general good performance of this year’s belg (spring) rains, the number of people targeted for relief food and cash support remains largely unchanged due to the significant spike in internal displacement since April 2018.

Security Council Briefings and High Level Missions

  • At a briefing to the Security Council on 23 October, Under-Secretary-General/Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Mark Lowcock called on all stakeholders to do everything possible to avert catastrophe in Yemen. In a follow up note on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of 30 October, the USG/ERC thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom and all donors for the record amount raised for the humanitarian appeal in 2018 which had meant nearly 8 million people had received assistance across the country; more than 7 million people had received food and more than 420,000 children been treated for malnutrition; clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene support is now available to 7.4 million people and about 8 million men, women, girls and boys had benefited from health services.

  • At a Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria on 29 October, the USG/ERC urged the Security Council and key Member States to ensure that the ceasefire holds in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prevent a military onslaught and overwhelming humanitarian suffering. He thanked donors for the $1.7 billion contributed so far towards the HRP for Syria, but pointed out that this HRP is currently funded at less than 50 per cent.

  • In her statement to the Security Council on 30 October, Assistant Under-Secretary-General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC)
    Ursulla Mueller spoke of the steady decline in humanitarian funding for the Ukraine over the years and mentioned that the HRP for 2018 is funded at only 32 per cent. This is simply not enough to cover food, health care, water, sanitation and other life-saving assistance. ASG/DERC Mueller appealed to donors to increase their support for consolidating gains in anticipation of the fast-approaching winter.

  • During a joint mission to Chad and Nigeria (5-7 October) with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, as part of a series of country visits the two will make to advance humanitarian-development collaboration, the USG/ERC called on donors to fulfil pledges and announcements of over $2 million made in Berlin last month at the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region (3-4 September). He noted the importance of maintaining humanitarian response in the region as needs were still very high.

  • Following her visit to the Republic of the Philippines from 9 to 11 October, ASG/DERC Mueller announced that OCHA would continue advocating for sustained funding to address humanitarian needs of people displaced by the Marawi conflict while ensuring that support for the transition to longerterm and sustainable recovery is forthcoming.

Upcoming Event

  • The Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and World Humanitarian Data and Trends will be launched in the course of joint event to take place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 4 December 2018.

Pooled Funds

  • Between January and the end of October 2018, country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of $708 million in contributions from 32 donors (including contributions through the UN Foundation). During the same period, a total of $616 million from the 18 operational funds was allocated towards 1,071 projects with 575 implementing partners. Nearly 40 per cent ($246 million) of the funds were allocated to international NGOs and some 26 per cent (approximately $160 million) to national NGOs. UN agencies received 32 per cent ($202 million) of the allocated funds and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations received over 1 per cent (some $8 million) of all allocated funds. The largest allocations per sector went to health; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; emergency shelter and NFIs.

  • Between 1 January and 31 October 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $477 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities in 45 countries. This includes $297.7 million from the Rapid Response Window and $179.7 million from the Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) Window. A total of $31.6 million in Rapid Response grants was approved in October in response to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger and Nigeria; flooding in Laos; and the population influx from Venezuela to Brazil, Ecuador and Peru; as well as to support Government relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The UFE 2018 second round was completed this month, with $30.6 million approved in September and the remaining $49.4 million of the round’s $80 million released in October to assist people caught up in nine chronic emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Libya,
    Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sudan.

Country Updates

  • Funding for humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is at an all-time low. Nearly all agencies requesting financial support through the HRP have received less funding in 2018 than in previous years. This leaves humanitarian partners ill-placed to meet emerging needs or respond to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the rise in casualties during the recent demonstrations has stretched Gaza’s overburdened health system.
    Humanitarian agencies appealed in August for $43.8 million to respond to the Gaza crisis, particularly trauma management and emergency health care, in 2018. On 22 September, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt launched an $8.3 million allocation from the oPt Humanitarian Fund to implement critical HRP projects, mainly in Gaza. Stocks of medical supplies are in extremely short supply and depleted to almost half of requirements. Since late October, the Gaza power plant has been providing up to eleven hours of electricity a day. However, around 250 health,
    WASH and essential solid waste facilities continue to rely on UN-procured emergency fuel for running back-up generators. This year’s intensive operations have depleted funds and stocks and the $1 million allocated by the oPt Humanitarian Fund for fuel supplies will only last until the end of November. Further and urgent financial support is therefore required.

  • Conditions in Yemen continued to deteriorate in October, pushing the country to the brink of famine. On 23 October, the USG/ERC warned the Security Council that without urgent action, up to 14 million people – half the population – could face pre-famine conditions in the coming months.
    Assessments are currently under way, with initial results expected in mid-November. The economic crisis is raising the risk of famine. The Yemeni rial has depreciated by nearly 50 per cent over the last year. Commodity prices have soared, as Yemen imports 90 per cent of staple food and nearly all fuel and medicine.

Urgent steps are required to avert immediate catastrophe. First, a cessation of hostilities is needed; this is especially critical in populated areas.
Second, imports of food, fuel and other essentials must be able to enter Yemen without impediment. Roads must remain open so these goods can reach communities across the country. Third, the Yemeni economy must be supported, including by injecting foreign exchange, expediting credit for imports and paying salaries and pensions. Fourth, international funding must increase now to allow humanitarians to meet growing needs for assistance. Finally, all parties must engage with the UN Special Envoy to end the conflict. Yemen remains the largest humanitarian operation in the world, with more than 200 partners working through the Yemen HRP.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update September 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B

FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B

COVERAGE 42%

PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

On Friday 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. On 5 October, the Government and country team/regional office issued the Central Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan to support the six priority areas identified by the Government. Some existing programmes in Sulawesi will be augmented and others entailing WASH, health, camp management and logistics activities will be developed.

The response plan will focus on immediate response over a three-month period. On 2 October and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock (USG/ERC) announced an allocation of US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster relief assistance for people affected by this emergency

Global appeal status

At the end of September 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require $25.32 billion to assist 97.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $10.63 billion; this amounts to 42 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $14.69 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

Global requirements are $1.13 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late September 2018 than at the same time in 2017.

High-level events The USG/ERC made a strong appeal for HRP funding for South Sudan and Yemen at two high-level events at UN headquarters last month. At an event on 25 September on the crisis in South Sudan during the General Assembly, the USG/ERC asked that donors sustain their generous and large response to the crisis to enable life-saving activities and to encourage a multi-year approach to crisis response with stronger focus on stabilization, resilience and recovery from the conflict. In his statement to the Security Council on Yemen on 21 September, he announced that we may now be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.

Three days later, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen reiterated the call for more funding and more humanitarian partners on the ground to respond to the unprecedented emergency in Yemen.
The UNHCR Commissioner and USG/ERC ended a mission to Afghanistan last month with a call for donors to urgently increase and sustain support for humanitarian response in the country, and to take measures to find durable solutions for millions of people caught up in Afghanistan’s displacement crisis.
On 3-4 September, in a follow-up event to the 2017 Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the UN co-hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin. On this occasion, UN Member States, international organizations and civil society actors discussed humanitarian assistance, stabilization and development cooperation in the region. Humanitarian and development announcements made at the conference totalled $2.17 billion and it is estimated that $1.02 billion was for humanitarian assistance in 2018 for Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Of that amount, approximately $875 million (86%), has been made available to recipient organizations.

International financial institutions pledged an additional $467 million in concessional loans.

Concerning pledging conferences this year, according to data reported to FTS by donors and recipient organizations as of 18 September, 95 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Yemen, 91 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Somalia, and 82 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for DRC. In each of these countries, many donors have contributed above and beyond their original announcements.
For Syria and the Region, the EU recently published a tracking report on announcements made in Brussels in April which can be accessed here:

www.consilium.europa.eu/media/36437/syria-report-six.pdf Donors are urged to quickly fulfil outstanding pledges made at the conferences and to consider providing additional funding before the end of the year.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 30 September 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $395 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), including $265 million from the Rapid Response Window and $130 million from the Underfunded Emergencies Window, for life-saving activities in 38 countries. A total of $40 million was released in September to assist people affected by underfunded emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic and Rwanda; as well as people affected by flooding in India and Myanmar, and Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in Ecuador and Peru.

Country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of US$667 million from 31 donors between January and September 2018. During this period, the 18 operational funds have allocated $478 million to 921 projects, implemented by 525 partners. Over 60 per cent of all CBPF allocations were disbursed to NGOs, including 21 per cent ($100.6 million) directly to national NGOs. Another 36 per cent was allocated to UN agencies and a smaller portion to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations, which have received 1.2 per cent of funding ($5.8 million) for direct project implementation. The first allocation for 2018 of the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) for $90 million is ongoing and focuses on covering gaps in first-line responses in cluster strategies and providing life-saving support to people in newly accessible and hard-to-reach areas. In Ethiopia, the Humanitarian Coordinator launched a $30 million reserve allocation targeting immediate and life-saving activities in the nutrition, health, WASH, agriculture/livestock, emergency shelter/NFI, education and protection sectors. Finally, reserve allocations were also ongoing in Afghanistan and Myanmar during September.

In Myanmar, an integrated CBPF and CERF allocation strategy ($1 million CBPF reserve and $2.95 million CERF) prioritized projects aligned with the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) operating principles and the CERF Life Saving Criteria, aiming at achieving the main objective of addressing critical unmet needs of flood‐affected people across the country, particularly the most vulnerable people.

Country updates

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated considerably over the past year, primarily due to the drought, but also as a result of worsening violence. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection services in Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the beginning of 2018, from 3.3 million people to 5.5 million people. Over half of the needs are generated by conflict and population movement. In the meantime, chronic vulnerabilities such as poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment are also increasing. Afghanistan is experiencing its most severe drought since 2011, with some 20 provinces affected by significantly reduced rainfall from winter snow. Some 2.2 million chronically food insecure people are on the verge of acute food insecurity, with four provinces – Badakhshan, Badghis, Faryab and Herat – likely to pitch into a state of emergency unless they receive comprehensive and sustained humanitarian assistance. Drought-related displacement is growing in volume and geographical scope – now constituting 40 percent (119,000) of the overall number of people displaced in Afghanistan in 2018. It is likely that the Afghan population – some 15 million of whom are dependent on the agriculture sector across these 20 provinces for livelihoods – will take years to recover. Overall, more than 12 million Afghans have been displaced internally or abroad during the last four decades of conflict, natural hazards, disasters and the resulting socio-economic upheaval.

Since 25 August 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven over 727,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Statelessness imposed over generations has rendered this population seriously vulnerable, even before the severe traumas of this most recent crisis. The vast majority of these refugees now live in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the monsoon rains and cyclone seasons – with alarmingly limited options for evacuation. Low levels of funding are seriously hampering the capacity of humanitarian to respond effectively to the scale and scope of the humanitarian needs in the refugee camps, particularly to ensure safe shelter, appropriate educational options, nutritional support, and most critically, the quality of health services available for an extremely vulnerable population. For example, with the health sector only 23 per cent funded, programming for non-communicable diseases, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remains insufficient, and partners are struggling to scale up service provision which is critical for emergencies including obstetric emergencies.

The alarming financial shortfall for humanitarian programmes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has had detrimental consequences on the lives of the most vulnerable. More than 40 per cent (10.3 million) of the population remains undernourished. One in five children under-five is stunted with likely irreversible physical and cognitive repercussions. More than 9 million people lack access to essential health services. Pregnant women, young children and people living with diseases, in particular, struggle to access the care they need. Those living in rural areas are most at risk. Recent floods in North and South Hwanghae provinces have affected 280,000 people, killed 76 and displaced over 10,500 people, and chronic underfunding is making it difficult for UN agencies and their partners to respond to needs caused by the natural disasters that frequently hit the country. The 2018 Needs and Priorities plan seeks $111 million to assist 6 million out of 10.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The prospect of protracted displacement in Iraq is real, warranting a whole-of-system approach to respond to needs and work toward durable solutions. Some 1.9 million Iraqis remain displaced, with insecurity, lack of livelihood opportunities, destroyed housing, and explosive remnants of war contamination among the key barriers to returning. Considerable protection concerns exist, especially for women and children with perceived ties to ISIL. Critical funding gaps are hampering the response, particularly in food security, health, shelter and non-food item sectors, and the WASH sector. Urgent funding priorities include water supply interventions in the south, especially in Basra, which is experiencing water shortages and a gastrointestinal disease outbreak. Child health and nutrition services for up to 180,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, 300,000 children under the age of five and 5,000 newborn babies lack adequate funding.

The level of humanitarian need in Myanmar remains high and is driven by multiple factors including armed conflict, protracted displacement, inter-communal violence, statelessness, segregation, discrimination, food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 720,000 people – mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims – were forced to flee the country in August last year and there remains little tangible progress on addressing the root causes of violence and discrimination against this population. More than 128,000 Muslims confined in camps, some since violence erupted in 2012, have little to no access to essential services. In Kachin and Shan, persistent cycles of displacement due to conflict continue to raise serious protection concerns, with annual flooding exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. In both areas of the country, access remains a critical challenge.

Recent violence in Tripoli has highlighted the fragile situation in Libya. Thousands of people have been displaced, including families staying in schools converted into makeshift IDP shelters. The violence led to a breakdown in basic services, with frequent electricity cuts and compromised access to water. The situation is compounded by liquidity challenges which deepen needs among the most vulnerable. Humanitarian partners are responding to pre-existing and new needs, but the response is undermined by underfunding. With only 24 per cent of financial requirements covered, the ability of partners to provide assistance in life-saving sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene and protection, as well as education, is limited. Additional funds are required to support a nation-wide measles vaccination campaign, targeting 3 million children against the backdrop of an ongoing outbreak.

South Sudan continues to experience extensive humanitarian needs, including dire levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. In September, 6.1 million people (59% of the population) faced crisis, emergency, or catastrophe levels (IPC Phase 3-5) of food insecurity. This includes 47,000 people in catastrophic conditions (IPC Phase 5). Urgent funding is needed in the coming months to procure and preposition food and other life-saving supplies during the approaching dry season, when these activities are most cost-effective. Food insecurity is expected to decline slightly following the October-December harvest, and rise again in January-March, when 5.2 million people are expected to be in IPC Phases 3-5, including 36,000 in IPC Phase 5. Resources are also needed to scale up preparedness and capacity to respond to Ebola Virus Disease. Though no cases have been reported in South Sudan, there is a risk of cross-border spread.

An agreement on 17 September to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, Syria, provided a reprieve for close to three million people placed at risk by a major military escalation in the area, of whom more than two million were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and shelling, as well as displacement and attacks impacting health facilities, were reported in the Idlib area in the weeks prior to the announcement of the agreement. Response and readiness efforts continued in Idlib and other parts of the north-west, drawing to a large extent on cross-border assistance channels from Turkey. Despite significant access challenges, humanitarian assistance continued to be provided across the country, including in areas that had recently come under Government control such as eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and much of the south-west. Cross-border assistance to the south-west under the framework of Security Council resolution 2393 remained suspended, but assistance was delivered from Damascus, primarily through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Deployment of an inter-agency convoy from Damascus to Rukban on the Syria-Jordan border became increasingly urgent, with reports of a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in a camp estimated to be hosting up to 45,000 people. The situation in eastern Deir-Ez-Zor, in the east of the country, also deteriorated, with clashes linked to counter-ISIL operations displacing thousands in rural areas with limited humanitarian access and reports of restrictions on the onward movement of displaced people.

Steep economic decline accelerated in Yemen in September, with the Yemeni riyal losing about 30 per cent of its value against the US dollar during the month. Because Yemen imports the vast majority of its food and other basic commodities, this has translated into sharp rises in prices of food, fuel and other essentials – placing these goods increasingly out of reach for millions of Yemenis at a time when famine remains a real threat. In parallel, conflict in Hudaydah has intensified, with about 550,000 people displaced by the violence since 1 June. Aid operations have dramatically expanded, reaching 8 million people with direct assistance across the country every month. Partners have provided rapid response kits to nearly all families recently displaced from Hudaydah, as well as additional assistance based on assessed needs. Generous funding has been key: the 2018 HRP has received US$1.96 billion, or 67 per cent of requirements. Despite these achievements, recent developments threaten to overwhelm the operation’s capacity to respond. Urgent steps are needed to stabilize the economy, keep all ports and main roads open, uphold international humanitarian law, and move towards a political solution. Partners are also seeking full funding for the $3 billion HRP in order to deliver all activities in the plan.


          

World: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green's Remarks at a "Celebrating World Humanitarian Day" Event

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For Immediate Release
Monday, August 20, 2018 Office of Press Relations
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Center for Strategic and International Studies
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August 20, 2018

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Dan, for that kind introduction and thanks to all of you for being here to help mark this very important occasion.

As we begin, as we call it in Congress, I'd like to start with a point of personal privilege. I'd like to take this opportunity this morning to express our sadness over the death of Kofi Annan. He was a giant who has spent his entire life advocating for peace, and the for the protection of humanitarian workers, something that we'll be talking about today. As he so often said, "People, not states, should be at the center of what we do." His passing makes this World Humanitarian Day even more poignant.

This morning, on behalf of USAID, I hope to convey two important messages to all of you. The first is, as Dan was alluding to, relates to the rapidly-evolving nature of humanitarian relief and assistance.

The second, as we mark this day, is simply our deep, deep admiration and gratitude for the many heroes of our humanitarian work. They, and many of you, are truly extraordinary and heroic.

I have to say that before I joined USAID, I didn't really appreciate the scope and range of what it is that we do in our humanitarian work. You can see it in some of the numbers. In 2017, USAID responded to 53 crises in 51 countries. For only the second time in our agency's history, we had six DART teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams, deployed simultaneously around the world. The first time that happened was the preceding year.

At this very moment, we have pre-positioned resources and experts in just about every part of the world. We have seven emergency stockpiles in places like Djibouti, South Africa, and Malaysia. We have full-time response staff in 30 countries. We have six regional offices and 11 adviser offices, located with partners like the military's combatant commands.

One of my most vivid memories from my first year as Administrator was, essentially, a crash course in how some of this works. One day, during last year's UN General Assembly meetings, we received word of a terrible earthquake, the second one that had struck Mexico City. One evening that week, I was walking down the street between back-to-back dinners with two different mobile phones: one with the White House, one with the DART team leader.

I was dodging pedestrians, I'm sure looking ridiculous, while the disaster professionals were helping me navigate something much more serious: how to rapidly mobilize an emergency response team to Mexico City to help our neighbors to the South respond to its second earthquake in just a few weeks' time.

The government said to us that they'd welcome the assistance of a highly-specialized type of international search and rescue team, something really hard to find, especially in a hurry. But, thanks to the White House, our talented team here in D.C., our network of first responders, and the DOD, we were able to transport and stand up just such a team in Mexico City before breakfast the next morning. I'm honored to be part of a network, which includes many of you, that can make something like that happen.

But, as we gather to mark World Humanitarian Day this year, we have to acknowledge that natural disaster responses no longer epitomizes today's humanitarian work. We still do that, to be sure, and I think we do it well. But, these days, we face vast other challenges all around the world.

Our humanitarian resources are increasingly being deployed, not for storms and quakes and the like, but for man-made disasters, from conflict-driven displacement to tyranny-driven economic collapse.

Our DARTs are more likely to be deployed for those types of crises, and by far, most of our humanitarian assistance dollars are being allocated for those kinds of needs. There's the ongoing tragedy in Syria, a horrific conflict in its seventh year and one of the most complex crises of our time. Over 13 million people, more than 80 percent of the current population, need humanitarian assistance. There's the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan, where 3.3 million people need humanitarian assistance. A recent upturn in violence has claimed 1,700 civilian lives this year alone.

A dozen or so years ago, I travelled to Afghanistan as a congressman. And, in those days, our presence was measured by the tens of thousands of military boots on the ground. These days, we still have some troops there, but our boots on the ground are increasingly humanitarian and development workers, some of whom have been back to work in Afghanistan two, three, and even four times.

Nine hundred aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last decade.

There's South Sudan, the most dangerous place of all for humanitarian workers. Seven million people in South Sudan, including 1 million living on the brink of famine, depend on international assistance just to survive.

Then there are the man-made crises far closer to home. One of the most underreported catastrophes in the world today is what's happening in and around Venezuela. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have already fled. It's the largest single mass exodus in the history of the Western Hemisphere. And it's ongoing. I saw this first hand when I visited Cucuta, in Colombia, and the Bolivar Bridge last month. Five thousand new migrants enter Colombia each and every day. They're desperately seeking food and emergency medical care. They're seeking survival.

This isn't merely Colombia's challenge. Venezuelans are fleeing to places like Brazil and Ecuador, as we read over the weekend, and northward to the Caribbean. The list of man-made, conflict-caused, and regime-driven humanitarian crises goes on and on. After all, there are roughly 70,000,000 displaced people in the world today.

Since humanitarian needs and crises are changing, we're doing our best our to change and to respond to them, with the best tools and ideas that we can find. We're applying lessons learned over and over again. And we're fostering innovation.

This past February, USAID and our British cousins, DFID, joined in launching the first-ever Humanitarian Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge mechanism is a way for the world's best thinkers, from organizations large and small, for-profit and non-profit, business, academia, to offer new ideas in helping (inaudible) relief to the most vulnerable, hardest to reach communities in the world.

It's a chance for us to identify and invest in the best and the brightest. We've already received 615 applications from 86 different countries, including a third from women and nearly half from lower and middle income countries. We're excited to see and mobilize the results, and they're due out this fall.

Given how much of our humanitarian response is in conflict zones and fragile states, we're paying more attention than ever to the obstacles and challenges that factions, gangs, militias, and corrupt officials are throwing at relief teams. Case in point. In April of this year, a leading humanitarian agency reported that it had encountered no fewer than 70 checkpoints on the 300-mile trip from Aden to Sanaa, in Yemen. I'm sure those were just helpful citizens offering directions along the way.

But it's the kind of situation that caused us to launch the Strengthening Field Level Capacity on Humanitarian Access and Negotiations program last August.

It's aimed at helping relief team members better understand practical negotiation techniques and safe, effective field-level decision making.

Because there is nothing more important to us, nothing more important to me, than the safety and security of our humanitarian network, that's the area that we're especially focusing on. We must stay ahead of threats and potential threats. So we're supporting organizations dedicated to improving security standards and training for NGO staff. We're modifying our policy so that security, costs for equipment, staff, training and site enhancements can be more easily built into your contracts and grant budgets.

We're investing in new tools to help us map and minimize risk to operations at the most basic level, the level of, for example, moving food from a plane to a truck, to a warehouse and distribution center. But, let's face it: we can take every possible step to minimize risk. We can't make it go away.

And many of you here know that all too well. One of the most inspiring and humbling parts of my job is getting to meet the heroes who know the risks but carry on just because they care.

I saw firsthand, when I visited IDP camps just outside of Raqqa. I heard stories of challenges that humanitarian heroes face each day, as they strive to bring water and food and medical care to those who've been victimized by the years of conflict. With Assad's regime still holding sway in parts of the country, there's no real, legitimate government partner with whom to work. And their path is riddled with unexploded ordinance, which is going off at the rate of, roughly, three dozen per day.

The shelters they sleep in at night shake with the dropping of bombs each and every day. And yet, somehow, because of their commitment to others, they wake up the next morning and they do it all over again. These are the heroes that we hold high this World Humanitarian Day.

People like Iraq's Salam Muhammad. When Anbar and Kirkuk were liberated from ISIS at the end of last year, humanitarians were the first ones on the ground, providing food, water, and medical care. Iraq staff with the U.S.-funded NGO spend their days clearing mines and educating their neighbors about the dangers the ordinance poses.

Salam decided to joint this particular NGO after witnessing several tragedies that left some of his relatives and friends injured, or killed. He was one of the NGO's first recruits in Iraq. Every day is challenging for the de-miners; any accident can be fatal. But Salam and his staff love their jobs and show up for work every day filled with passion because they know what they're doing matters.

There's Jay Nash, a regional adviser who has lived and worked for USAID in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the past 20 years. The DRC is, as you know, no stranger to aid worker attacks, with 210 people being killed, wounded, or kidnapped since 2000.

In 1999, while visiting a university in the DRC, Jay was ambushed by a mob of students who thought he was a spy for neighboring Rwanda. The mob torched the U.S. embassy vehicle he had been driving, but Jay escaped after a group of brave students made a ring around him, guarding him until they were able to duck him into the girls' dormitory.

Sitting in that dorm, trapped for hours with a mob threatening to break down the doors, Jay said he had one thought: he thought of the children with disabilities that he was helping in his free time. DRC has a higher than average rate of disability. And he thought to himself, if he died in that girls' dorm, who would take care of those kids?

After eight hours, he made a run for it, and he didn't look back. Not only did he stay in DRC working for USAID, in 2001, he started his own NGO called StandProud. It provides treatment and equipment to young people with disabilities, helping them gain dignity, mobility, and independence.

There's Fareed Noori, one of the victims of last month's attack on a government building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The blast killed 15 people. Fareed had been working in Afghanistan since 2010 for a USAID partner the International Rescue Committee, as a water, sanitation, and hygiene engineer. As his colleagues noted, whenever there was an emergency, Fareed was the first in the field to help with whatever was needed.

Fareed was in an emergency meeting at the time of the attack. He was killed doing the work of helping others, to which he had committed his life. Fareed leaves behind four children, two girls, two boys, all under the age of 9.

Another victim of that attack was Bakhtawara; it's a pseudonym, a bright and impressive 22-year-old woman. She was working for the International Organization for Migration, another USAID partner. She had married very early and had a child by the age of 16. But, despite being a young mother in a conservative community, she fought for her education and learned English. After school, she knew she wanted to help people. She convinced her family to let her, not just get job, but get a career as a humanitarian.

When her husband was killed in a bombing three years ago, she continued working as a 19-year-old single mother. Her job took her to the very government offices that were often targeted by insurgents. On the day she was killed, she was attending one of the meetings that she had hoped would help her find better ways to deliver aid to people in need. The building was bombed and then overrun with gunfire. She died doing what she focused her life on, helping people build a brighter future.

Extremist insurgents in Afghanistan like to target these workers. There's a special place in hell...

There's the story of the seven aid workers killed in South Sudan in March of this year. They were killed when their car was ambushed along the 185-mile route of the badly rutted roads in South Sudan's remote east. Their vehicle had been labeled as belonging to an NGO right down to the license plates. It didn't matter. Six of the seven worked for a small Sudanese NGO called the Grass Roots Empowerment and Development Organization, GREDO, which is supported by USAID and worked to promote sustainable development at the grassroots level.

Three of the victims were helping to build a youth center. Two taught English. One was also a driver and the father of a newborn. Three were new recruits. Humanitarian heroes, one and all. And there were thousands of others. And I stand in awe of what they do.

Final thoughts. Why do they do it? What causes them to go out and take these risks? I learned the answer, and (inaudible), when I visited Bangladesh and Burma with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year. In Bangladesh, I went to a Cox's Bazaar, and I saw the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who are barely surviving in that camp.

They are vulnerable to monsoons and cyclones and without the humanitarian workers, life would be very different. It's bad enough already.

And then I went to Burma, and I travelled to an IDP camp near Sittwe. And what I saw there was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in development. I saw young families trapped. I saw young families unable to go to school and completely dependent upon the emergency food assistance that we provide.

So, those workers take the risks because they are all that is standing between an even worse catastrophe and death in these young people, these victims. Today we celebrate them. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thank you. (inaudible) I'm also the director of the Humanitarian Agenda, as Dan mentioned, which is what this event is a part of, it's a new partnership as as we have this conversation. Firstly, I want to ask you -- well, one, congratulations; it's been about a year now since you've been appointed, and you've been back one year? So, happy anniversary.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Pretty close. Thank you -- ask my staff.

MODERATOR: (inaudible) We're all very happy that you were chosen to be in this position because, as Dan alluded to, your deep background in international developments. One of the things that you said a lot in this position is talking about, "The purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence." It's one of your key messages that we hear time and time again. So, I want you to elaborate on sort of how that squares with humanitarian assistance. Right? There's a big difference of international developments for, you know, economic growth and being self-reliant. But humanitarian assistance is so often, as you mentioned, driven by tyranny and regimes, and it's about saving lives. So, how do you marry those two?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off you're right. What I've said since the day that I was first announced is that the purpose of our foreign assistance must be ending its need to exist. And what I mean by that is, we should look every day at ways of helping people take on their own challenges. Not because we want to do less or walk away, but because we believe in human dignity, and we believe in the innate desire of everyone -- every individual, every family, every community, every country -- to want to craft their own bright future.

In the area of humanitarian assistance, what I always say is, look, we will always stand with people when crisis strikes because that is who we are, that is in the American DNA. But at the same time we'll also look for ways to foster resilience so that we can help countries and communities withstand future shocks. And we've seen promising results in places like Ethiopia. You mentioned on the food security front, Ethiopia's a country that's had six consecutive years of drought and yet not falling into full famine. And that obviously is about much more than the work we're doing, but I think we're making a difference in helping Ethiopians build their ability to withstand consecutive years of drought.

So, I see the two as fitting very well together, and the other piece to it is, on the humanitarian front, again, we have natural disasters and man-made disasters. The man-made disasters are coming at us fast and furious. It's also about preventing the next generation of crisis and conflict. I'm often asked what it is that keeps me up at night, and what keeps me up at night are our children being born in camps, and growing up in camps, and getting educated in camps. And when, God willing, the walls come down and the gate opens up, the question is, are those young people going to be prepared to take on the challenges of the world? Are they connected to the communities around them?

And so with the humanitarian work that we do in many of these places, it's really aimed towards the future. And so I think it fits in well; it's a longer term of view, but I see them -- really is all going in the same direction.

MODERATOR: I'm actually headed out to Nigeria in a few weeks and doing some research looking at Feed the Future portfolio there, but really looking at the nexus between that humanitarian and development assistance, you know, how that would work in an unstable environment. So, I'm anxious to see what I learn from that as well. You know, the Trump administration has called for reduction, of course, of U.S. foreign assistance, but, regardless of that, the U.S. continues to be -- and dominate as the largest donor worldwide.

When you're talking to your colleagues in this administration, what is it that you talk about in terms of why it's so important for us to sustain this leadership? I mean, I could throw out numbers and I'll do a little bit.

In 2018, the U.S. pledged 29 billion foreign assistance. Five billion of that was dedicated to humanitarian assistance. I was looking this morning at how that compares to others, and, I mean, the UK -we're event twice what they do. So, you know, we're such a leader in this space. Why is that so important? Why should we dedicate American tax dollars or more importantly to cleaning up other people's wars?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, you're correct; we're far and away the world's humanitarian leader, and, quite frankly, two or three or four of them together don't really add up to what we're doing. We need other countries to do more because, with those challenges that I laid out, those man-made challenges, I don't see an end in sight, quite frankly, in any of them. So, these are open-ended challenges, and while we are proud to be the world's leader, we need others to step up to the plate. I will tell you, what I worry about is, because these man-made disasters, man-made, often regime-driven disasters, because they are open-ended, there's a real risk that it will begin to take up so much of our budget that it threatens our ability to do some of the development investments that we all want to do, including quite frankly, some of the resilience work that we want to do.

So, we do need others to step up to the plate. But in terms of, you know, what I say to the rest of the administration, it's not a hard cell, you know, pushing them to open a door. The administration is very supportive of our humanitarian work; we continue to be the world's leader; that's not going to change. And I think it's really -- the arguments for it fall on a number of different fronts. Number one, this is an expression of American values. This is who we are and always have been. It is a projection of the American spirit, in my view. So, I think that is very much alive and well in the American psyche, in the American DNA.

But secondly, it's in our interest. Just take for a moment the assistance that we're providing to Colombians, supporting Venezuelans who have fled the border, doing the same thing in some other countries. There is great American self-interest in supporting the ability of these communities to withstand this migration, to help afford some of those costs, because the instability that results from not being able to provide support, I think, is an issue, is a diplomatic issue, is a national security issue. And, as you heard me mention, I think particularly what is happening in the Western Hemisphere is completely underreported.

When I was at the Summit of the Americas, I heard from a number of countries, including Caribbean states, that they were starting to feel the presence of Venezuelans fleeing. And while they're all supportive of their neighbors, clearly it's not without a cost. But the same thing is true in many other parts of the world. So, the investments that we make on the humanitarian front are oftentimes in our self-interest. I look at the work that we're doing on the humanitarian front with an eye towards providing a lifeline so that those who've been displaced in parts of the Middle East can return. That's in our interest. That's a stated foreign policy priority. So, you know, yes, there is certainly -- I think the morality that we -- the expression of values that we've always supported. But I also believe it's in our interest and our national security interest.

MODERATOR: And thank you for reminding us in your speech about humanitarian heroes and what World Humanitarian Day is about. You talked about the unfortunate situation that in today's crises a lot of the time aid workers are targeted specifically. So, I want to ask you whether you feel like there's an erosion of international humanitarian law over, you know, that you talked about the evolution of humanitarian assistance. And so as the world gets more and more disorderly, we see more and more protracted conflicts. Do you feel that both governments and non-state actors alike are violating this law, and is there anything that we can or should be doing more I guess, particularly from the donor or U.S. government perspective, to hold them more accountable?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, we in the U.S. demand adherence to international law, international humanitarian law. So, we demand that unfettered access is provided, for example, in Rakhine, in Northern Rakhine in Burma. So, that's always been important for us. But if you're asking whether some non-state actors like ISIS are breaking international law, yeah. Having been to both Raqqa and Northern Iraq, what has been done there by ISIS is truly evil. There is simply no other word to describe what they've done: the desecration of graves, the desecration of churches, the disappearances of Yazidis. It's staggering and truly evil. Of course they are breaking every standard that we all know.

Yes, it is a challenge to international law; one of the best ways that we can respond is to say that, and to say it often, and to keep coming back to it. Because I do think the American opinion matters. And to say all across the political spectrum here in this country that we stand united and demand adherence to those standards and that what is happening is unacceptable.

MODERATOR: You brought up demanding unfettered access. I want to let our audience know that the Humanitarian Agenda will be going to the capitol this fall, and we're focusing specifically on the issue of humanitarian access. You brought up, of course, in Yemen, that's 70 choke hold points that David Miliband also talked about when he was here in Yemen -- in April on Yemen. I also want to say we're publishing a policy piece on Yemen here at CSIS that will come out this week.

I have many more questions, but I think we'll turn to the audience, so that we can engage them as well. So, if you have a question, please raise your hand. We will take it in rounds of threes, so announce yourself and where you're from. Please keep it concise, and at the end of it, there should be a question mark. So, who has a question? Yes, sir, right over here. Thanks, gentlemen.

QUESTION: I'll ask a real fast question, my name is Rob, I work for USAID, thank you, sir. My question is about the environment, I'm just back from the Congo, where Ebola is happening and I was just in Madagascar where there was a plague outbreak. A lot of the disasters you talked about have an environmental component, and we're doing some in the United States, but some people think we really need to do more, and that's a little bit against maybe some people in the administration, so I would love for you to talk about your thoughts about that.

MODERATOR: Great question. More? Let's do Julie Howard right there.

QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Administrator, thank you for your comments. Could you comment on the recent story in the Washington Post about the potential pullback of $3 billion in foreign assistance funds and how that may affect our ability to respond to humanitarian as well as the resilience opportunities you described?

MODERATOR: And, Julie, will you introduce yourself for those that don't know you?

QUESTION: Sorry?

MODERATOR: Would you introduce yourself?

QUESTION: Oh, yes, okay. So, I'm a non-resident senior adviser here at CSIS, thank you.

MODERATOR: Julie and I are also going to be travel partners when I go to Nigeria. It's actually Julie that is leading that study. Let's take one more question right back here. Yes, thank you.

QUESTION: Hi, my name's (inaudible) a reporter from Voice of America. There are a number of humanitarian assistance and also food aid to North Korea spended by the United States Government. What are the key principles that all the United States Government providing assistance to North Korea and under which scenario can assistance to North Korea be resumed?

MODERATOR: Thank you.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure.

MODERATOR: Easy questions, right?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: On North Korea, simply put, there have been no discussions that I'm aware of regarding assistance into North Korea. I certainly haven't been part of any such discussions.

Secondly, on the pullback, while we haven't received official notification of anything, I've heard of nothing that would change our status as the world's leader in humanitarian assistance. I haven't seen anything. Third, on -- first off, it's interesting that you visited Ebola country and you talked about conservation, because their linked, obviously.

I think that's one of the reasons we've seen the outbreak of Ebola in other formerly, entirely rare diseases in some of the areas where we've seen deforestation and such. What we're trying to do at USAID, many of you are aware, we're developing metrics that are aimed at helping us to better understand a country's capacity and commitment in a number of sectors, and conservation's one of them.

So, we're looking at things like biodiversity and how resources are managed, because we think it's important, and it's something that we hope to be able to incentivize in the future and have conversations around. I have a personal interest in the conservation front and as you know, we recently made some announcements regarding assistance to Colombia and helping them in their natural resource management. So, I think it's an important area that shouldn't be divorced from the rest of development.

We think it is one of those key areas that needs to be assessed and looked at as we help countries, in what we call, as you know, probably ad nauseam as I talk about the journey to self-reliance. One of those areas is, in fact, conservation, biodiversity, and the capacity to manage resources.

MODERATOR: Let's take another round of questions. Raise your hand high. Joel?

QUESTION: Joel (inaudible) from Norwegian Refugee Council, thank you Administrator Green for your excellent remarks. I'm afraid I have to follow up on the rescission question. We're not going to let you off so easily.

What's been reported is that there's going to be a cut of a billion to UN peacekeeping operations, and that has the potential to not only disrupt work in South Sudan and Somalia and the Congo, but it also has the potential to disrupt, through further chaos in refugee flows, neighboring countries that we care about that are our allies, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and so on.

I guess -- the argument is that, even if USAID itself doesn't lose funding or doesn't lose out through the rescission, the work will lose out, I feel, if this really goes ahead. So, if you could just offer more thought on -- I mean, you said you're pushing on an open door when it comes to international work, and, honestly, it's not always obvious to see that from the outside. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thanks, Joel. Let's do these two right here in the front, Haley, yep.

QUESTION: Thank you. Hi, good morning. Nicole (inaudible), I'm a senior associate here at CSIS. Thank you, Administrator Green, for your great comments. You mentioned briefly -- you touched on young people and so, given the disproportionate (inaudible) of people in these countries and how often humanitarian crises can disproportionately affect children and young people, can you talk a little bit more about some of the focus that you're keeping in these initiatives and on the work that you're doing to remedy the situation for youth? Thanks.

MODERATOR: Great, and I think there was a question right behind you if there still is, yeah.

QUESTION: Hello, my name is Jessica (inaudible), and I'm a Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You mention in your remarks about the man-made nature of a lot of the ongoing conflicts, and I was wondering if you could speak to USAID's role not only in providing humanitarian response in that context, but also the active role that the agency is taking in countering and preventing ongoing violent extremism.

MODERATOR: Great question.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: That's a great question. Joel, on the budget front, I really don't have much more that I can provide. Part of it is I'm not attempting to duck, I just literally don't have more, I'd refer you to OMB quite frankly. But again, you know, they is simply looking at the numbers of the last year and what we're doing on the humanitarian front. There is simply no argument that we have backed away from our role as the world's leading humanitarian assistant. Just objectively, we are far and away the largest humanitarian donor.

We're the largest humanitarian donor in Syria; we're the largest humanitarian donor in conflict after conflict. I do think it is fair for all of us to talk about how it is that these resource needs can be met in the future. I don't mean just the immediate future, but the open-ended nature of these conflicts and this instability and this displacement is staggering.

It is what worries me, because these conflicts that we're seeing -- South Sudan; Yemen -- you and I have talked about Yemen a great deal in recent months. It's open-ended, and I do worry about that. I do worry about our ability to meet resource needs and, you know, the world meeting these resource needs. They're significant.

On the question of young people, particularly in displaced settings, we are looking at a number of ways of accelerating crisis situation education, conflict community education. We've received generous support from Congress, along with generous directives from Congress, in the area of education. What we've been trying to do, and Congresswoman Lowey has long been a great leader on this front, is to try to make sure that we are able to prioritize these crisis needs, and I do think that it's a crisis. It does worry me a great deal.

So, we're looking at some of the use of innovative technologies to see if that can help us in these settings, but it is a very focus and as we develop our basic education strategy going forward, I think you'll see a particular focus on those areas, because it is, as you suggest, very important for the future.

In terms of preventing violent extremism, we have, as you know, an important role under the National Security Strategy. We are investing in trying to identify the drivers of violent extremism.

One of my strong beliefs that comes, actually, from my time at International Republican Institute is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions and try to draw global assumptions and lessons. Instead, we need to look at local drivers. Experience shows us that it's often local drivers, community drivers that become flashpoints for extremism. And so, we're certainly investing research there, and some of the preventative tools that are there; from my days as an Ambassador in Tanzania, I often point out that after the terrible bombing, embassy bombing, the work that we did with our Tanzanian partners in the wake of that, to take on some of the drivers of poverty and despair, I believe was an important down payment for preventing violent extremism. So, I'm a big believer in tackling those drivers and tackling that which can lead to despair. So, that will always be a key part of our work.

MODERATOR: Mr. Green, at Davos this year, you talked about the importance of tapping into the creativity of the private sector, and how innovative financing mechanisms and other innovative technologies can really create better development outcomes. In your speech today, you talked about the Humanitarian Grand Challenges. Are there any specific companies or partnerships or technologies that you're most excited about right now. The things that you see that are happening in the field, you've been in in this career -- I mean, you've had a career for decades that are all related to development --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Don't say decades.

MODERATOR: Okay, sorry -- you're very young. The last year that you've been an administrator, what are the -- what are the cool, new technologies that we should know about, that are out there, that the mainstream audience has no idea how we're delivering (inaudible) humanitarian assistance?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Yeah, I mean, to be honest, there are countless. During global innovation we -- which we had last fall, whenever it was, and I had a chance to walk through the marketplace at the Ronald Reagan Building, and take a look at some of the innovations. Everything from lunchbox-size solar batteries allowing us to power work in refugee and displaced persons camps to some of the weather forecasting stations that are created with 3D printers. You go through there and it's extraordinary. And it fills you with great hope for our ability to reach out and touch more people in more settings than ever before. In the area of financing -- we announced in India last fall, the world's first Development Impact Bond for maternal and child health, and the largest development impact bond of its kind. So, what we did through that is to set outcomes that we needed to see in order to repay the investment, but in terms of the means, we turn the private sector loose.

And in the follow-up conversations that we had, you can see that our partners, some of whom are based here in D.C., were terribly excited. Because for the first time they didn't have us micro-managing each step along the way, but saying, "Look, these are the outcomes that we need, you go get them." And really tapping into the private sector, nonprofit and for-profit. Also, in the area of displaced communities on World Humanitarian Day, the use of biometrics to establish identification of refugees and IDPs as well as some of the digital technologies for delivering resources -- assistance so that recipients have modest purchasing power in surrounding communities, thereby not only providing assistance, not only holding onto human dignity and allowing them to make some decisions, but also providing a tangible benefit to those host communities which are often placing a disproportionate burden by those who are there. So, it -- it's really using business principles, human nature, and I'd like to say there are new technologies, but my kids will tell me very quickly they're old technologies, just new to someone like me. Tapping into these, I think, creates enormous, enormous hope for reaching into places we haven't before.

MODERATOR: I want to continue on that "hope" trend for a minute. So, you know, when you think about the crises, many of which are located in Syria, Yemen, in South Sudan --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Is that the whole part?

MODERATOR: Now, I know. Well, this is where I'm kind of heading with this. Is there a crisis that you have your eyes on that you do see any reversal in terms of reversal trends, or any progress? Is there a place that you do think we're going to be able to see some positive outcomes in the next -- I should say decade there, because I know it takes time. But is there one that you see not going the wrong direction?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Oh, sure. There are lots of promising stories. I think Ethiopia and Eritrea provide tremendous hope. One of the challenges, again, as an old democracy guy, one of the challenges that I saw was the enabling environment, for civil society and NGOs in a place like Ethiopia, and with the transition to a new government, we're having conversations that we didn't have before, in ways that I think will be very helpful. Also, I think that their willingness to partner with us more and more will help us make some investments in those areas -- in those resilience areas that will not only help Ethiopia and Eritrea, but also, quite frankly, I think will save us money in the long run. So, there are lots of stories like that, I think all around the continent of Africa and elsewhere. But there are -- every hopeful story is replaced by a new challenge. None of these challenges are inevitable, as problems. But they do require us to be innovative. They do require us to be engaged, they do require us to invest up front, and to be innovative in those procuring methods and how we partner. All of those things need to be done if we're going to turn -- either prevent the challenges from becoming crises, or turn problems into solutions.

MODERATOR: Thank you. I lived in Ethiopia for three years, and I have to say it's quite exciting to see the change that's happening there. I'd like to just turn it onto -- are there any more burning questions? No hands are shooting up; let's do one more right here in the front.

QUESTION: Hi, this is Chris (inaudible) with the State Department. Thank you so much for your leadership of USAID and development. I have a question regarding the nexus between humanitarian assistance, you've been mentioning the nexus with conflict development stabilization -- how does humanitarian assistance fit in, or is it just a one piece element that is disassociated from political issues?

MODERATOR: Great, and as you answer that and any other final remarks you'd like to make as well.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure. Thank you and again, thanks to all of you. So I think from the National Security Strategy, you see -- also the Stabilization Assistance Review, you see, I think, a clear multi-agency, multi-department approach to many of these challenges. Our relationship with the State Department is as close as it's ever been. I've received nothing but support and affirmation from Secretary Pompeo. We are working, as you know, closely because all of these challenges touch each of us in different ways and we each have different capacities.

You know, I think it's probably never been more clear than in a place like the Burma-Bangladesh crisis. So, you know, when Rohingya in one place their IDPs and when they're in another place, they're refugees, and then of course we all look at that and say, "forget the labels, they're people who we need to help out," and invest in, and so we do. Also, I would say that both State and AID have as close of a working relationship with DoD as we've had in a very long time. As many of you know, we have a couple dozen detailees over at the Pentagon and the Combatant Commands. DoD has made it clear that they don't want to do what we do or State does, and we certainly don't want to do what they do. So, I would think those seamless teams and close communications are helping us. And going back to the budget question, they have to; there's not enough money for duplication. There's not enough money for bureaucracy. We just have to stay in constant communication.

As to (inaudible) final remarks, I really would like to leave off with where my remarks, my opening remarks left off -- or left off. On this World Humanitarian Day, I would ask that we all think of those men and women who are in places in far places in world, in conflict zones, in fragile settings, day after day, delivering emergency medical assistance, food assistance, water and hygiene under the most trying of circumstances, difficult security situations. They do it because they care. They're my heroes. I'm sure they're your heroes. They are patriots. And what a wonderful expression of values and our priorities that with what they're doing each and every day. Thank you.


          

World: UNHCR Mapping of Social Safety Nets for Refugees: Opportunities and Challenges

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Purpose

The aim of the mapping of social safety nets (SSN) was to explore the potential for alignment between humanitarian cash assistance and SSN in forced displacement situations. It considered various aspects of SSN, including programme design, targeting and the legal and regulatory framework. The mapping categorised 18 countries based on the opportunities and challenges with including refugees in the national social safety nets.

Rationale

While recognising an increasing trend in inclusion in national systems, refugees in particular rarely enjoy the same rights as citizens. Only in every second UNHCR operation, refugees can choose their place of residence; in less than 50% they access national health care systems; in two third they access the national education systems; and in less than 40% they are allowed to work according to law and policy and in practice. In approximately 10% of UNHCR operations, refugees are included in the national or local development plans. Initiatives related to shock-responsive social protection rarely address conflict and include displaced people.

UNHCR is placing more emphasis on the additional value of cash beyond the monetisation of humanitarian assistance through promoting financial inclusion, social protection and socio-economic development. Implemented as part of the basic needs approach, multi-purpose cash grants, which represent 60% of UNHCR’s cash and link multi-sectoral cash assistance with the provision of essential services and protection, present important opportunities for leveraging social safety nets to include forcibly displaced people.

Key findings

Opportunities

• Growing opportunities for inclusion of displaced people in national social protection systems.

• The mapping found that inclusion can happen in 4 countries; may be possible in 10 countries; and will be challenging in the near future in 4 countries.

• In 6 countries, UNHCR’s cash assistance was to some extent aligned with the government’s in terms of targeting, transfer mechanisms, transfer value and monitoring.

• The interest in funding SSN in forced displacement contexts is growing among external stakeholders, notably as a potential exit strategy from humanitarian assistance and a more efficient means of managing protracted displacement.

• The Global Compact on Refugees and the World Bank IDA 18 Refugee and Host Community SubWindow provide opportunities for enhancing SSN for refugees.

• Refugees are increasingly accessing national services in certain contexts.

Challenges

• The majority of national social safety nets are not accessible to non-nationals. When refugees are granted partial access to SSN, full access is often limited due to restrictive legal frameworks.

• Governments rarely have capacity, tools and processes in place that can adapt to the impacts of mass displacement shocks.

• Complex targeting, across multiple safety nets, coordinated by numerous ministries make data analysis, accountability and coordination challenging.

• Funding of humanitarian and government safety nets often differ in terms of duration, political requirements, objectives and conditions, making alignment challenging.

• Refugees do not always have access to national services.


          

World: Education in Emergencies - ECHO Factsheet

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Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

Education in emergencies actions can help prevent, reduce, mitigate and respond to emergency-related academic, financial, social, institutional, physical and infrastructural barriers to children's education, while ensuring the provision of safe, inclusive and quality education.

In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.

4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EUfunded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.


          

Franceses continuam indecisos sobre o futuro presidente

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O jornal “Le Monde” escreve em letras garrafais “Fim da campanha confirma a desconfiança dos eleitores sobre os candidatos”.  No diário pode ler-se ainda que o fim da campanha, marcada pelos escândalos e a tentação anti-sistema, confirma o fosso que se instalou entre os cidadãos e eleitos. Igualmente na primeira página do “Le Monde” a crise política na Venezuela, duas pessoas morreram numa manifestação anti-Maduro, e na Síria a organização para a proibição de armas químicas anunciou que as primeiras análises feitas não deixam dúvidas quanto à utilização de gás sarin. A três dias da primeira volta das eleições presidenciais aqui em França, o jornal “Libération” escreve em título: “Le Pen/ Melenchon, a batalha da caça ao voto na classe operária”. No jornal pode ler-se que o líder do movimento "França Insubmissa" ganha terreno, independentemente da líder da Frente Nacional se manter na liderança. O diário conservador “Le Figaro” chama à capa a entrevista feita ao antigo primeiro-ministro francês, François Fillon, que acredita que será um dos candidatos na segunda volta das eleições francesas. François Fillon aproveitou a ocasião para denunciar que o programa de Macron é "vago". Fillon garante ainda que será capaz de obter maioria nas legislativas. Igualmente no “Le Figaro”, o Reino Unido com Theresa May a procurar legitimidade na ida às urnas, isto depois do Parlamento ter votado a favor de eleições antecipadas, eleições que devem acontecer a 8 de Junho. Em Espanha, o primeiro-ministro Mariano Rajoy foi notificado para prestar contas em tribunal num processo de corrupção. O caso Gürtel é um dos maiores escândalos de corrupção em Espanha e envolve antigos membros do Partido Popular. O “La Croix” escreve em título, esta quinta-feira, “Iraque à prova do diálogo”. No país, onde prossegue a batalha de Mossul, multiplicam-se as iniciativas que visam restabelecer os laços entre a comunidade xiita e sunita que continuam profundamente divididas. O Iraque que conta com 37,5 milhões de habitantes, maioritariamente chiitas. As eleições presidenciais em França a serem chamadas novamente à capa do “L'Humanité”. O diário explica quais seriam, no primeiro ano, as mudanças na vida dos franceses se Jean Luc Mélenchon chegasse ao Eliseu. Reforma fiscal, plano de relançamento económico, medidas sociais seriam algumas das mudanças de Mélenchon, que de acordo com as sondagens deve chegar aos 38 por cento na primeira volta. “Terrorismo impõe-se na campanha eleitoral” escrever o “Aujourd'hui en France”, explicando que a questão volta à actualidade depois das autoridades francesas terem detido em Marselha dois homens suspeitos de estarem a preparar um "atentado iminente". “Tudo é possível” diz esta quinta-feira o L'Equipe. O diário desportivo refere-se à vitória “brilhante” do Mónaco frente ao Borussia Dortmund por 3/1. A equipa do madeirense Leonardo Jardim está nas meias-finais, algo que não acontecia para um clube francês desde 2010.
          

07 de noviembre jueves #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://americanuestra.com/cardenal-urosa-al-chavismo-sean-sensatos-busquen-una-salida-honorable/  Cardenal Urosa al chavismo: «Sean sensatos, busquen una salida honorable», Estefani Brito, El Nacional, Reporte Católico Laico, AN. https://efectococuyo.com/politica/el-sistema-de-salud-en-venezuela-esta-al-borde-del-colapso-alerta-mark-lowcock/  “El sistema de salud en Venezuela está al borde del colapso”, alerta Mark Lowcock, Cristofer García, EC https://twitter.com/USAenEspanol/status/1192176565267959808  @USAenEspanol @statedeptspox : El Salvador se unió a una creciente lista de naciones que apoyan a @JGuaido […]
          

11 de noviembre miércoles #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://www.elnacional.com/mundo/bukele-pidio-a-otros-paises-expulsar-a-diplomaticos-de-maduro/  Bukele pidió a otros países expulsar a diplomáticos de Maduro, El Nacional https://twitter.com/jguaido/status/1191862577397215237  @jguaido El origen del problema es que se negó al pueblo una elección presidencial libre en 2018. Por ello, la única solución es la salida de la dictadura y elecciones presidenciales realmente libres con un nuevo CNE, designado por la @AsambleaVE […]
          

5 de noviembre martes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://twitter.com/nayibbukele/status/1191565653041451008  @nayibbukele los representantes del régimen de Maduro han abandonado nuestro país. Me informan que sus maletas iban llenas de pasta de dientes, jabón, desodorante y otras “delicias” que se encuentran en este país gobernado democráticamente por un “pelele”. https://efectococuyo.com/la-humanidad/reportan-apagon-en-al-menos-siete-estados-del-pais-este-4nov/  Reportan apagón en al menos siete estados del país este #4Nov, Reynaldo Mozo, EC https://www.lapatilla.com/2019/11/04/borges-venezuela-encabeza-la-lista-de-los-paises-con-la-mayor-inflacion/  […]
          

4 de noviembre lunes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-salvador-expulsa-cuerpo-diplomatico-maduro-y-reconoce-como-presidente-interino-guaido-201911031950_noticia.html  Nayib Bukele, presidente de El Salvador ,expulsa al cuerpo diplomático de Maduro y reconoce como presidente interino a Guaidó. Nicolás contestó rompiendo relaciones con el país centroamericano y la expulsión de sus diplomáticos, David Alandete, Abc http://www.eluniversal.com/politica/54745/secretario-de-la-onu-vendra-a-evaluar-situacion-de-ddhh  El secretario general adjunto para Asuntos Humanitarios y coordinador del Socorro de Emergencia de la ONU, Mark […]
          

1 de noviembre viernes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-estados-unidos-estudia-sanciones-economicas-espana-ayuda-sanchez-maduro-201910311449_noticia.html  EEUU estudia sanciones económicas a España por la supuesta ayuda de Sánchez a Maduro. Banco de España negó en septiembre que haya lanzado un salvavidas al régimen de Venezuela, como sostiene Bloomberg, David Alandete, Abc David Smolanski, Abc  https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-venezuela-deslave-humano-201910311143_noticia.html#vca=mod-sugeridos-p2&vmc=relacionados&vso=venezuela-un-deslave-humano&vli=noticia.foto.internacional   Venezuela, un deslave humano. De prolongarse la tiranía chavista, para finales de 2019 podría haber […]
          

31 de octubre jueves #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://twitter.com/WHAAsstSecty/status/1189523541466718208  @WHAAsstSecty #Venezuela de Maduro:70% de hospitales reportan apagones y falta de agua potable. 7 millones de venezolanos necesitan ayuda humanitaria. Han huido más de 4.5 millones. Solo retorno a democracia terminará con sufrimiento https://twitter.com/isadorazubi/status/1189692248470048768  @isadorazubi Senado de #Francia acaba de aprobar la Resolución n.639 para reforzar las sanciones contra los violadores de #DDHH en […]
          

30 de octubre lunes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://twitter.com/USAenEspanol/status/1189309704696160256  @USAenEspanol “Como el mayor donante de asistencia humanitaria para la crisis de Venezuela, estamos agradecidos por el apoyo de UE y otros, todos necesitamos hacer más” –Subsecretaria Adjunta Filipetti Conferencia Solidaridad sobre Crisis de Refugiados Venezolanos Efe El Tiempo  https://www.eltiempo.com/mundo/venezuela/paises-del-tiar-elaboran-lista-negra-de-chavistas-para-sancionar-428574  Países del TIAR elaboran ‘lista negra’ de chavistas para sancionar. Al menos 10 de […]
          

29 de octubre martes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://elpitazo.net/salud/venezuela-triplica-a-haiti-en-numero-de-muertes-por-difteria-hasta-septiembre/  Venezuela triplica a Haití en número de muertes por difteria hasta septiembre. Jesús Barreto, El Pitazo http://www.eluniversal.com/politica/54298/belisario-denuncio-el-50-de-falta-de-insumos-en-hospitales-publicos  Diputada Belisario denunció el 50% de desabastecimiento en hospitales públicos. Más del 70% de los hospitales del país no posee agua y desde el 2018 por cuatro horas diarias los centros asistenciales se quedan sin servicio eléctrico, […]
          

28 de octubre lunes #PeriscopioVenezuela, QUIERO A VENEZUELA SEGURA, SALUDABLE, ESPERANZADA Y EN PAZ

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https://americanuestra.com/lacalle-pou-celebro-su-votacion-y-convoco-a-la-coalicion-a-manini-talvi-mieres-y-novick/  Lacalle Pou celebró su votación y convocó a la coalición a Manini, Talvi, Mieres y Novick. Montevideo Portal, AN https://medium.com/@USAenEspanol/estados-unidos-restringe-servicios-ae%CC%81reos-programados-a-aeropuertos-cubanos-460c9da14d67  EEUU restringe servicios aéreos programados a aeropuertos cubanos. Excepto el Aeropuerto José Martí en La Habana, para impedir que el régimen cubano se lucre con los vuelos estadounidenses, Medium.com https://www.eltiempo.com/opinion/editorial/dia-de-renovacion-editorial-el-tiempo-427742  Día de renovación. El […]
          

Con cifras alarmantes, Venezuela conmemora el Día contra el Paludismo

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Las estimaciones, basadas en reportes oficiales y estudios centinela y casos notificados en zonas endémicas, revelan que Venezuela cerró 2018 con más de 530.000 casos de malaria. Esta data contrasta con el dato que el Ministerio de Salud notificó a la OPS, que indica que hasta la semana 50 del año pasado se reportaron 401.000 […]

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.

Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe

 

 

Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.               CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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‘THIS CHARGE IS 100% FALSE’: GRAYZONE EDITOR MAX BLUMENTHAL ARRESTED MONTHS AFTER REPORTING ON VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION VIOLENCE

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BY BEN NORTON
Max Blumenthal, the editor of the news site The Grayzone, was arrested on the morning of October 25 on a fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC that took place between April and May.

A team of DC police officers appeared at Blumenthal’s door at just after 9 AM, demanding entry and threatening to break his door down. A number of officers had taken positions on the side of his home as though they were prepared for a SWAT-style raid.

Blumenthal was hauled into a police van and ultimately taken to DC central jail, where he was held for two days in various cells and cages. He was shackled by his hands and ankles for over five hours in one such cage along with other inmates. His request for a phone call was denied by DC police and corrections officers, effectively denying him access to the outside world.

Blumenthal was informed that he was accused of simple assault by a Venezuelan opposition member. He declared the charge completely baseless.

“This charge is a 100 percent false, fabricated, bogus, untrue, and malicious lie,” Blumenthal declared. “It is clearly part of a campaign of political persecution designed to silence me and the The Grayzone for our factual journalism exposing the deceptions, corruption and violence of the far-right Venezuelan opposition.”


          

WHITEWASHING NEOLIBERAL REPRESSION IN CHILE AND ECUADOR

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SOURCE: FAIR.ORG
Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, people are rising up against right-wing, US-backed governments and their neoliberal austerity policies.

Currently in Chile, the government of billionaire Sebastian Piñera has deployed the army to crush nationwide demonstrations against inequality sparked by a subway fare hike.

In Ecuador, indigenous peoples, workers and students recently brought the country to a standstill during 11 days of protests against the gutting of fuel subsidies by President Lenin Moreno as part of an IMF austerity package.

One might expect these popular rebellions to receive unreservedly sympathetic coverage from international media that claim to be on the side of democracy and the common people. On the contrary, corporate journalists frequently describe these uprisings as dangerous alterations of “law and order,” laden with “violence,” “chaos” and “unrest.”

This portrait contrasts remarkably with coverage of anti-government protests in Venezuela, where generally the only violence highlighted is that allegedly perpetrated by the state. In the eyes of Western elite opinion, Venezuela’s middle-class opposition have long been leaders of a legitimate popular protest against an authoritarian, anti-American regime. Poor people rebelling against repressive US client states are considered an unacceptable deviation from this script.


          

Wages in Venezuela Are As Low As $3 a MONTH As Hyperinflation Continues

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Português assassinado a tiro na Venezuela

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Um comerciante português de 57 anos foi assassinado a tiro na localidade de San Vicente, Girardot, na Venezuela. O crime aconteceu por volta das 10h40 locais, cerca de 15h10 em Lisboa, desta terça-feira. O português foi atacado por desconhecidos armados e alvejado na cabeça, no peito e no estômago, quando circulava na sua viatura. A […]

O conteúdo Português assassinado a tiro na Venezuela aparece primeiro em Informa+.


          

Nov 18, 2019: Communication Colloquium Series: Software-Embedded Cars at the Intersection of Intellectual and Personal Property, and the Way Forward at Mann Library

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In 2015, the Copyright Office was asked to rule on a question that seemed outlandish to many outside observers: should copyright apply to cars? The question came up as an unintended consequence of an arcane section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Section 1201. Originally written to keep content pirates from illegally copying DVDs and CDs, this section was written broadly enough that it could be interpreted as applying to any device running software – and, nowadays, this includes cars. Seeing the DMCA as a possible threat to their ability to repair, maintain, and modify their vehicles, in 2015 a coalition of right to repair advocates, digital rights activists, car hobbyist organizations and farmers came together to fight for vehicles to be exempted from this rule.

This talk will explore the intersection of intellectual and personal property regimes, particularly as they apply to software-embedded automotive vehicles. Specifically, this presentation asks, what legal principles and cultural assumptions are behind the way the law adjudicates this intersection, and where does this attempt at adjudication fall short? By analyzing the 2015 round of DMCA Section 1201 exemptions, I conclude that the conflict between intellectual and personal property legal thinking in the US reveals some of the inherent tensions within contemporary neoliberalism – and that solving this conflict will require moving beyond neoliberalism and considering more communal, environmentally oriented ways of thinking about ownership.

MC Forelle is a Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the first ever to be based at Cornell Tech in New York City. There, she studies the legal and technical obstacles faced by users, tinkerers, and repair communities working to repair, maintain, and modify software-embedded consumer technologies. Her work broadly examines the intersection of law, technology, and culture, with particular interests in materiality, sustainability, and practices of resistance and change.

She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2019, where her dissertation utilized a multimethod qualitative approach to examine how copyright presents a legal challenge to car owners and mechanics attempting to do their own repairs, and how those communities responded to that challenge. She has an MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, and a BS in Film, TV, and Radio from Boston University. Her past work has explored the world of credit default swaps in finance, interactive music videos online, and policies of diversity ownership in broadcast media. Born in Venezuela, she now lives in Brooklyn with her partner, kid, and dog named Dr. Waffles.

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40 Local Food Blogs to Follow Around the World

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If you're anything like us, food is a very important part of your travel plans. Whether we're on the road for work or flying halfway across the world for fun, we always try to sample the best local food.

That's why the coolest thing about traveling to London, San Francisco and New Orleans with Chowzter over the past two years has been meeting all the other contributors from around the world. They write blogs, run tours and share incredible photos of the local food/culture that we're dying to experience.

Even better, we've realized that they are just like you and me - regular people who love to eat/drink, love their cities and love the communities that are built around food. That's the perspective we trust and want to lead us to our next meal.

If you're traveling to any of the following cities this summer, please check out these great local writers we've met for their posts, videos, podcasts, tweets, instagrams, etc. with ideas on what to eat. And remember that much of what they write about are "fast feasts" - not fast food and not fine dining, but all the great local, affordable dishes in between (can you say Rotolo?) And if you don't see your destination city here, check out Chowzter.com and their new video site www.foodiehub.tv for quick suggestions in about 100 other cities.

Best croissant in Paris at Grenier a Pain,
as told by Paris blogger Mathilde!
North America:

Austin - Man Up Texas BBQ
(great name! he does BBQ tours too)
Buffalo - Buffalo Eats
Charleston - Charleston Food Bloggers
(check out his video of San Francisco, too)
Chicago - Roam & Home
Dallas - FoodBitch
Detroit - The Hungry Dudes
Houston - Urban Swank
Los Angeles - Gourmet Pigs  
New York - Feisty Foodie
Orlando - Tasty Chomps
Portland - Talk. Eat. Drink. Portland.
(middle school teachers write on happy hours!)
Queens - Chopsticks & Marrow
San Diego - Kirbie's Cravings   
San Francisco - FoodHoe's Foraging
Toronto - Food Junkie Chronicles  
Vancouver - Follow Me Foodie
Washington, DC - Capital Cooking

Around the World:

Bankok, Thailand - Thai Street Food
Barcelona, Spain - Forever Barcelona (hosts food tours!)
Baja California and western Mexico - A Gringo in Mexico
Beirut - No Garlic No Onions
Bristol, England - Bristol Bites
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Pick Up the Fork
Caracas, Venezuela - Milsabores
Dubai - Ishita Unblogged
Glasgow, Scotland - The Glasgow Food Blog
Hanoi, Vietnam - Sticky Rice
Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul Food
Jakarta, Indonesia - Eats and Treats
London, England - Eat Like a Girl
Manila, Philippines - Our Awesome Planet
Mumbai, India - Finely Chopped
Paris, France - Mathilde's Cuisine
Puebla, Mexico - All About Puebla
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Eat Rio
Seoul, South Korea - Seoul Eats
Singapore - Camemberu
Sydney, Australia - Simon Food Favourites
All around Latin America - New World Review

          

Augusta, storie di emigranti augustani che resero grande la pesca in Venezuela

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AUGUSTA – Prosegue la seconda edizione del “Festival della storia patria” promosso dalla Società augustana di storia patria, con un nuovo appuntamento che ieri pomeriggio ha focalizzato l’attenzione sull’emigrazione augustana in Venezuela nel secondo dopoguerra. Soci, amici e simpatizzanti del sodalizio hanno gremito la sede messa a disposizione dall’associazione filantropica liberale “Umberto I”, per l’incontro che ha […]
          

11/05 Links Pt2: Three Reasons why a Corbyn Government would Threaten Jewish life in Britain; ADL's negation of Muslim Jew-hatred pandemic - sorry, it won't wash; New Israel Fund’s war on Jewish life

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Three Reasons why a Corbyn Government would Threaten Jewish life in Britain
2. Security of Jewish Community Buildings

It is a horrifying reality that in 2019, Jewish communities across the world live in fear of violent terror attacks. The traumatic scenes outside of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, or the recent attack on the Halle synagogue in Germany, are ones we fear being repeated in the UK. When a kosher shop became a target in France’s wave of terror attacks in 2015, it struck a raw chord with many in Britain’s Jewish community. I recall the Friday night sabbath dinner conversation — what if I had been one of those hostages? How worrying that it is only the small English Channel separating us from the wave of terror against Jewish communities in Europe? This fear only increased with the stabbings of Jews outside a synagogue in Marseille later that year and the subsequent murders in Paris of Sarah Halimi and Mireille Knoll in further antisemitic incidents.

I recently enrolled my daughter at a nursery school based at a synagogue. Upon visiting the nursery — as much as I wanted to meet the staff, see the space and learn about the daily schedule — the thing I spent the most time checking-out was the security set-up for the building. From the age of one, my daughter will be attending daycare with a guard at the front door and constant security presence. That is not the desires of an over-protective parent — it is a necessary precaution of 21st century Jewish life. In this environment, the Jewish community relies on a supportive government who understand and sympathise with these very real security threats — a government that will help overcome any administrative or regulatory hurdles to protecting Jewish community centres, schools and places of worship.

I can recall hearing this support loud and clear from successive political party leaders over the past decades, whether Labour, Conservative or Lib Dems. I have never once heard Jeremy Corbyn utter his commitment. In fact, when I searched out looking to find and consolation that Jeremy Corbyn might understand the nature of anti-Jewish terrorism, I only found the opposite. Down the road from my home is a Jewish community building named Balfour House. I recall visiting it as a teenager when taking part in a youth volunteering programme. In 1994, the building was bombed in an antisemitic incident, and one backbench MP spent the subsequent years campaigning for the release of two of the terrorist attackers. His name was Jeremy Corbyn.
CAMERA: Jeremy Corbyn’s Antisemitism Crisis A Timeline
An antisemitism crisis has engulfed the Labour Party in the UK, and party leader Jeremy Corbyn is at its center. Corbyn and his supporters insist he is entirely innocent. “He does not have an antisemitic bone in his body,” one of his Labour allies has said.

Others aren’t so convinced. “What is racist bone and how do you know whether another person has one?” asked renowned British author Howard Jacobson at an Intelligence Squared debate on the Labour leader’s fitness to be prime minister. To left-wing author James Bloodworth, meanwhile, the problem isn’t in the bones. “While I genuinely believe that Corbyn does not have an antisemitic bone in his body,” Bloodworth wrote, “he does have a proclivity for sharing platforms with individuals who do; and his excuses for doing so do not stand up.”

A poll in the summer of 2018 found that an overwhelming majority of British Jews, and a plurality of the general British public, believe Corbyn is antisemitic. Even Labour members who feel there is a deliberate campaign to exaggerate antisemitism charges against Corbyn and his party acknowledge that the party has a “genuine problem” with antisemitism.

While there has been some coverage in the U.S. press of the antisemitism scandal across the Atlantic, it has rarely been detailed and comprehensive — perhaps owing to the frequency of revelations about Corbyn’s past associations and statements. This timeline seeks to fill in the gaps left by coverage of Corbyn’s antisemitism scandal (it does not focus on antisemitic comments by other Labour members and activists, although those play a significant role in the Labour crisis).

Revealed: UK Labour Party Candidate Said She Would Celebrate Deaths of Blair, Bush and Netanyahu; Slandered Pro-Israel Students
A UK Labour party candidate in the upcoming December parliamentary elections has been found to have said she would celebrate the deaths of former British Brime Minister Tony Blair, ex-US President George W. Bush and current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and also to have slandered pro-Israel student activists.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that Zarah Sultana, who was nominated last week to contest the parliamentary seat for Coventry South, had once posted on social media that she did not agree it was wrong to “celebrate the death of any person regardless of what they did.”

“Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die,” she wrote.

“The sooner they meet their creator the better,” she added. “The concepts of justice and accountability don’t truly exist in this life. Only in the next.”

She also appeared to endorse terrorism, saying, “I wrote ‘right to non violent resistance.’ Best believe that was an error and I meant to write ‘violent resistance.’”

Furthermore, Sultana libeled supporters of Israel, posting, “There will come a time in the near future where those (who) lobby for Israel feel the same shame and regret as South African apartheid supporters.”

“It is not progressive to champion a state created through ethnic cleansing, sustained through occupation, apartheid and war crimes,” she added.

While she was at university, Sultana attacked pro-Israel students, writing, “Those within the student movement who go to Zionist conferences and trips should be ashamed of themselves. You’re advocating racist ideology.”



US Jewish groups demand freedom for Jonathan Pollard
Several major American Orthodox Jewish organizations wrote pleas to US President Donald Trump to terminate Jonathan Pollard's parole so that he can care for his ill wife.

Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Union, and the Coalition for Jewish Values each sent their own petition to the president.

Agudath Israel Executive Vice President Rabbi David Zwiebel wrote that his organization has argued for Pollard's release for years, "and we now plead on humanitarian grounds for the commutation of his sentence and the termination of his parole.”

"In order to simply accompany his wife to her doctor ‘s appointments and her chemotherapy sessions, which assistance she very much needs, Mr. Pollard is required by his parole conditions to give three days advance notice and submit a formal written request to leave Manhattan and go to wherever she needs to be taken. Unless he receives written permission, which is not automatic but can be denied and must be negotiated each and every time, he cannot accompany her,” Rabbi Zweibel added.

Orthodox Union President Mark Bane wrote that the parole conditions preventing Pollard from leaving his home between 7 PM and 7 AM would prevent him from being able to assist his wife in the event of an emergency.
ADL's negation of Muslim Jew-hatred pandemic - sorry, it won't wash
Absent significant cognitive dissonance, anyone keeping abreast of the ongoing global jihad carnage—from Afghanistan to India to Yemen—even Germany—would not be surprised that “white supremacist” killings remain a marginal epiphenomenon. Just in the past 30 calendar days through November 2, 2019, there were (at least) 72 Islamic jihadist attacks (tabulated here) in 19 countries, during which 352 persons were killed, and 304 injured.

Perusing, or drilling down on the most recent U.S. Department of State (USDOS) “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” (just published November 1, 2019), confirms, again, this irrefragable truth, as summarized by City Journal’s Seth Barron, when he reviewed the 2017 report:

…[A]lmost all the world’s extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of regions, where very few white people live

Methodical key word searches of the (11/1/19-released) 2018 USDOS 332pp. report reveal, tellingly, the following references:

83 for “jihad-jihadist”; 14 for “Communist”, with another 8 for “Marxist”, including the Basque ETA, often dubbed “Nationalist”; 4 for “Nationalist” itself, but this includes only the
(1) Marxist Palestinian PFLP,
(2) the Kurdish Marxist-Maoist PKK, and Marxist Turkey-based Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front,
(3) the jihadist spearheaded “ethno-nationalist insurgency” in southern Thailand, and
(4) so-called “regional nationalist groups” in Bosnia Herzegovina—which also includes jihadists who attempted to “travel to foreign battlefields”;
5) a solitary—one—"white supremacist” reference to Sweden, in this full context—"Sweden faces ‘a new normal,’ with an estimated 2,000 ‘Islamist extremists’ and 1,000 ‘white supremacist and leftist violent extremists’ present in the country.”
Jonathan Tobin: New Israel Fund’s war on Jewish life
According to the Forward, the rationale for the New Israel Fund’s push to create an alternative philanthropic system can be explained by what a Philadelphia psychologist named Roy Idelson considered to be a reasonable request. He wanted his local umbrella Jewish philanthropy – the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – to allow him to use its foundation to donate money to an entity of his choice, IfNotNow.

A number of federations and many others operate foundations that allow their supporters to create so-called “donor-advised” philanthropic funds to funnel money to non-profit groups of the individual’s choice. The arrangement is profitable for federations since they make money by fees earned by managing the donor’s money and hopefully increasing it by wise investment decisions.

But, to its credit, the Philadelphia federation refused Idelson’s request.

The reason was that giving money to IfNotNow was contrary to the interests of the community. IfNotNow is, contrary to the Forward’s description of its activities, not just critical of Israeli policies but avowedly neutral about Zionism.

Idelson was outraged and now thinks that Philadelphia’s federation – and others that share its policies – aren’t operating a big enough tent. That’s why he’s supporting the New Israel Fund’s new project. The NIF is seeking to create an alternative to federations by allowing donors to give money to exactly the kind of groups that mainstream philanthropies want no part of.

The NIF’s Progressive Jewish Fund, which was launched late last month, will do just that. That’s good news for groups like IfNotNow, which hope to reap more donations, in addition to the New Israel Fund, which will profit from such gifts.
Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for blocking ex-lawmaker Hikind on Twitter
US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday she is sorry for blocking a former Brooklyn elected official from her Twitter account after he was critical of her.

In a statement, the Democrat said she had reconsidered her decision, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit that Dov Hikind had brought against her this year.

“Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them,” she said. “In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish. I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.”

Hikind, a former New York state Assemblyman, said he was blocked from Ocasio-Cortez’s extremely popular @AOC campaign account, which has 5.7 million followers, after he criticized her comments comparing border detention camps to concentration camps.

Hikind was pleased with the representative’s comments. “I couldn’t ask for much more at this point,” he said.

He said he hoped it would be the beginning of a dialogue between himself and Ocasio-Cortez.


Jewish group accuses NDP MPP Joel Harden of supporting Palestinian ’terrorist leader’
A Jewish advocacy group called Monday for an apology from an Ontario New Democrat who tweeted in support of a member of a terrorist group.

Joel Harden, who represents Ottawa Centre in the provincial legislature, tweeted last week about the treatment of a senior official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Canada has listed as a terrorist entity.

“Saddened, sickened and disgusted by the continued abuse of Khalida Jarrar, my parliamentary colleague, by Israeli occupation forces,” Harden wrote.

He urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to demand her immediate release.
Sut Jhally Is Not the Victim
It’s kind of pathetic when a privileged college professor — who has been allowed to organize two anti-Israel rallies at a state’s “flagship” university — complains of being censored and silenced by people who disagree with him and have done an effective job of pointing out factual misstatements in his attacks on Israel.

But that’s exactly what Sut Jhally, chairman of the communications department at UMass Amherst, has done. In a recent email to Mondoweiss, an anti-Zionist website, Jhally complained about the efforts of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) to hold him accountable for his incessant and counter-factual propagandizing against Israel.

In the statement published on November 1, 2019, Jhally complains that he has been “a long-standing target of CAMERA mostly as a result of the films I have been involved in.” He then states: “They have filed formal complaints to the university and have written long exposes about my ‘shameless propaganda.’” Jhally explains, “When I say ‘they,’ it is actually one sorry individual, Dexter van Zile, who has written every piece and filed every complaint.”

Jhally, who has admitted publicly that he views college classrooms as a good place to promote his anti-Israel propaganda because they provide a “captive audience” of students who can be forcibly exposed to his films and then tested on them afterwards, wrote this statement after UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy condemned the BDS movement on October 21.

Subbaswamy said he would not interfere with an anti-Israel event organized by Jhally scheduled to take place on November 12, but lamented that such a one-sided event was scheduled. Jhally organized a similar event at UMass Amherst in May 2019.
Anti-BDS Maccabee Task Force to expand to 11 universities in Europe
In the past two decades, one of the most critical frontlines of pro-Israel advocacy has been the college campus. Today, a number of passionate and dedicated organizations work in this space to counter the virulent anti-Israel movement found at many universities in North America.

With this presence, some US-based pro-Israel organizations are now turning their sights on Europe in an attempt to tackle what many feel is a significantly more difficult environment for supporters of Israel.

The Maccabee Task Force has recently announced that it will expand into 11 universities in Europe in six countries.

“This year we will be on over 100 North American campuses; we are almost on all the campuses that meet of criteria of support. What we saw abroad was a significant need,” said CEO David Brog, noting that MTF focuses on campuses with a “serious” BDS threat and ones that will produce “tomorrow’s leaders and influencers.”

Launched in 2015, the Maccabee Task Force goal is focused on combating the BDS movement by investing directly in Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, while building a broader consensus supporting Israel on campus.

After its initial foray into six campuses in 2016, the Maccabee Task Force has rapidly expanded each school year, with a current presence on 80 campuses across North America.

“We had another very good year last year. We were able to support more than 1,200 pro-Israel events on our 80 campuses,” said Brog. “We were able to bring 1,500 campus leaders and influencers to Israel. That, to us, is a significant investment. Nobody else is bringing that number of campus leaders to Israel, and these are primarily non-Jews as well.”
Cultural BDS: Artists Are Under Attack
The malicious demonizing of Israelis has inevitably led to a dramatic rise in antisemitism and violence against Jews everywhere. BDS exploits classic antisemitic tropes associating Israelis with theft, blood libel, and the cause of war. Brandeis University and the AMCHA Initiative studies reveal a direct correlation between BDS activities and antisemitism on US college campuses, and a 2019 poll from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research found an established link between the BDS movement and antisemitism in Great Britain.

Critics accuse President Donald Trump of exciting antisemitism on the extreme right. There is no doubt, however, that antisemitism is coming from both sides of the political spectrum, and that BDS is leading the rise on the left.

Utterly absent in BDS rhetoric is a call for artists to foster peace and reconciliation. Artists are routinely shunned for their attempts to bring both sides together or any sign of a balanced perspective.

Support for peace typically comes from entertainers who refuse to boycott the Jewish homeland. Music legend Leonard Cohen donated proceeds from a 2009 Tel Aviv concert to organizations working for peace. Ian Anderson, lead singer of the rock band Jethro Tull, donated earnings from three separate concert tours to charities including the Polyphony Foundation, which brings together Arab and Jewish children for the study and performance of classical music.

BDS has demonized Israelis and artists, fomented antisemitism, and made peace a more distant dream.

If you think BDS is a nonviolent campaign with humanistic goals, think again.
Demi Lovato, the Portland Trailblazers and you
Of all the enemies of the State of Israel, only one often harms more non-Israelis than Israelis: the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

The BDS movement is so ineffective at damaging the Israeli economy that it can more accurately be categorized as an anti-associated-with-Israel group, not an anti-Israel group. Every day, Israel-supporting Americans, now including singer Demi Lovato and the Portland Trailblazers basketball team, become the targets of the BDS movement’s hate-filled agenda.

Lovato, a Christian with Jewish ancestry, traveled to Israel in early October, where she was baptized in the Jordan River, visited the Western Wall, met with special-needs children and toured Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum. She posted pictures about these experiences to her 74 million Instagram followers.

She did not take a political position, meet with Israeli leaders or discuss regional issues. There are unconfirmed reports that she was paid approximately $150,000, partly by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, to take the trip in exchange for posting on Instagram.

For these actions, she was excoriated on social media. CodePink, a “women-led grassroots organization,” claimed on Twitter that Lovato’s actions were “unacceptable” and that she was “legitimizing apartheid.” Lovato, whose career hinges on her likeability, rushed to apologize.
Report Shows Uptick in Anti-Israel Activity on American College Campuses
Anti-Israel activity on college campuses in the United States increased during the 2018-19 academic year, according to an Israel on Campus Coalition report that shows there was a record number of anti-Israel disruptions at pro-Israel campus events.

During the academic year, campuses on the East Coast experienced more anti-Israel events than any other region, including an increase in anti-Israel activity at Ivy League schools such as Columbia University, Brown University and Cornell University.

Harvard University experienced a rise in anti-Israel events over the past two academic years.

Overall, 28 BDS and other anti-Israel campaigns were run on college campuses—an increase of a few more over the 2017-18 academic year and a decrease of 16 over the 2014-15 academic year.

“As the BDS movement has become more established over time, anti-Israel tactics have become increasingly hostile as Israel’s detractors double down on efforts to make campuses inhospitable to Jews and Zionists,” according to the report.

The 2018-19 academic year consisted of the highest recorded number of anti-Israel interruptions at pro-Israel events at 23, an increase of five from the previous academic year.
A Fraternity of Silence
In the 1940s, the ADA formed a council on dental education in an attempt to improve the field. The organization hired a consultant named Harlan H. Horner, who published a report in 1940 suggesting all the ways dental schools could do better. One important step was admitting fewer Jews.

“He wrote that 36% of the dental students come from four states—New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania—and those students are all from the same ‘immigrant background,’” Brickman said, the quotation marks audible in his tone. “In other words, they’re Jewish. Maybe a few are Italian. And this is not good. We need representation of all people; if you’re a dental school in Georgia you need good ol’ country boys! You shouldn’t have any Jews! Some of this made sense: He wanted students from everywhere. It sounds real good. But he obviously had an agenda.” The ADL leaked the story to The New York Times, and the American Dental Association issued a statement saying no worries; they’d never agree to Horner’s recommendations. “This was in the middle of the war, and they said Jewish boys were fighting like the other boys,” Brickman said. But the Horner commission had already approached individual dental schools urging them to take action. One of the schools was Temple; when Brickman visited its archives, he said, “I found a letter the dean of the dental school wrote to the president saying that his number one accomplishment was improving the school’s horrible physical plant, and number two was that four years ago, 72% of the freshman class was of the Jewish persuasion and now, only 24% were. They said it wasn’t anti-Semitism or anything against the Jews, it’s just that we were admitting too many students from New York state. But the number of Jews went from 72% to 24%.”

Brickman went through old yearbooks from dozens of dental schools to see how Jewish student populations changed in the wake of the Horner commission. “I looked at names and fraternities,” he said. “And if it was a name that you couldn’t really tell, but he was married to Sadie Goldberg, I knew a boy was Jewish.” Sure enough, he found that the numbers of Jews in dental schools—“even Columbia!”—plummeted. “It was a conspiracy, no question about it,” he said.
Rivlin urges 'anti-Semitism czars' to urgent action
"Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem alone. It is a problem for all humanity. We are engaged in a bitter joint fight against any expressions of anti-Semitism – from the Right, the Left or from radical Islam," President Reuven Rivlin said Monday at a meeting with special envoys from Europe and the US charged with leading the fight against anti-Semitism in their home countries.

Officials who attended the meeting at the President's Residence included European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism Katherina von Schnurbein; US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr; UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Lord Eric Pickles; German Government Commissioner on Anti-Semitism Dr. Felix Klein; and French Special Representative on Racism, Anti-Semitism and Discrimination Frédéric Potier, all of whom provided Rivlin with overviews of their work.

"Your clear voices and the work you do are crucial, particularly at such a challenging and hostile time,” the president told the representatives.

"Anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism. There are no gray areas and there is no option other than zero tolerance. One can criticize us so long as it is criticism. The moment it turns to boycotts and actions against Israel that are influenced by anti-Semitism – we will not accept it," he said.

Carr said, “Many leaders around the world understand that anti-Semitism is not only against the Jews, but against society as a whole. It is a great honor to work alongside such leaders for a better and more just world, and I am proud to call them partners.

"It is important that you know that my country, headed [by my] boss President Trump, and my boss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, stand with you in the struggle for the security of Jewish people around the world and for the State of Israel," Carr added.
European MP: We need to increase security ‘wherever Jewish life takes place’
Europe needs to do much more to protect its Jewish community, including stationing police outside every Jewish institution, according to the new head of the working group on anti-Semitism in the European Parliament.

“In front of every synagogue, every Jewish school — anywhere where Jewish life takes place — there should at least be the awareness of the police, and depending on the risk assessment there also has to be the presence of the police [so that it] can act if there’s an attack,” Karoline Edtstadler said.

“Unfortunately, there is a pressing need for this. We can argue about whether police presence in front of synagogues is good or bad, but it’s clearly a necessity,” she added.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Times of Israel, Edtstadler, a former deputy interior minister in Austria who entered the European Parliament earlier this summer, also said Brussels should support Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and not assume the role of a greater “moral authority” that can force its views and positions on Jerusalem, especially regarding the conflict with the Palestinians.

“There are three kinds of anti-Semitism: the old-fashioned kind, a new imported one, and anti-Zionism. It took a long time before people dared speaking about the imported anti-Semitism, but it’s a fact,” Edtstadler said, alluding to Jew-hatred among immigrant communities.

“Anti-Zionism, which targets Israel, is the most difficult one, because you have to be well-educated to find out about it. We can never stop fighting anti-Semitism. It will exist forever,” she added.
German students allegedly sing antisemitic songs after Buchenwald visit
Just hours after visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp as part of a school trip, three 14-year-old high school students reportedly started playing antisemitic songs and singing along with the lyrics.

According to a German police press statement, the students are being investigated for alleged incitement.

The police said that the three were on the school bus returning from the trip when they turned on the music and began to sing along. The incident occurred on October 15, but was reported to police over the weekend, according to the statement.

According to Deutsche Welle, the students are from Theo Koch School in the western city of Grunberg.

In a short statement to the press, Hessen’s Minister of Culture Alexander Lorz stressed that “hate speech and insults are no trivial offense.”

“The teenagers must be made very clear that we do not tolerate such a thing in our country,” he added.
I’m an Indian Immigrant. I was Accosted in Bonn, Germany, Because I was Mistaken for a Jew
As a foreigner moving to Germany, I sensed the Antisemitism early on. I knew the perpetrators all too well. They were mostly men my age, the majority of them from the Middle East or Muslim-majority North Africa.

As I strolled Cologne’s inner city for the first time some ten years ago, the Jew-hatred stared right at my face.

It was not the well-disguised Antisemitism that my progressive and woke German friends and colleagues displayed. Like the time when one of them claimed that Palestinian suicide bombers killing innocent Jews were mere “freedom fighters.” Or things you heard between the lines every time Jews or the Jewish State was mentioned in an academic debate.

The Jew-hatred on the street was free from polite inhibitions you generally expected from educated Germans mindful of their historical responsibility and guilt. These men, mostly from Turkey or the Middle East, do not know such restraints. They praised Hitler, glorified the Holocaust, and called for the destruction of Israel. Harmless conversations in cafés or streets often veered towards wild claims of Jewish conspiracies.

Even for Indian migrants like me, with no ax to grind on the issue of the Middle Eastern conflicts, it was clear that something was deeply wrong here. In the wake of the 2012 Gaza conflict and the ensuing antisemitic hate-fest on the streets of Cologne prompted me to mobilize fellow Indians living in Germany and the West. If immigrants fueled Antisemitism on German roads, then we immigrants had to take it head-on.

The overwhelming support I got from the Indian community led to the creation of the social media initiative ‘Indians For Israel.’ My subsequent visits to Israel and my interactions with the German Jewish community only strengthened my commitment.
Flyers slammed as anti-Semitic, racist distributed in Philadelphia
Flyers described by local US media as anti-Semitic and racist have recently been placed on cars in parts of South Philadelphia.

The page-long flyer makes several false claims about the Jewish community and African Americans, the local CBS affiliate reported Sunday.

“In general it profiles a really negative light on people of the Jewish faith, and their business dealings. It is anti-Semitic, and in my opinion it was trying to galvanize the African American community, to kind of be against the Jewish community,” Betsy Oliphant Ross, who found one of the flyers, told ABC6. She said she was “disturbed” by the flyer she found on Friday afternoon.

More flyers were discovered on Saturday and Sunday.

State Rep. Joanna McClinton called the flyers “hate-filled” and “unacceptable.”

Police reportedly are looking for video from security cameras in the area to try to find the person or persons who left the flyers.
Multiple Jewish residents of Borough Park assaulted on same night
Several Jewish members of Borough Park's Jewish community were attacked on Friday night.

The first attack occurred on New Utrecht Avenue and 53rd Street at around midnight. A few men exited their vehicle and chased two ultra-Orthodox boys as they were walking down the street. The two boys escaped unharmed after being chased, which was caught on CCTV camera.

The same assailants returned to their vehicles and drove to 48th Street, within range of the Bobover Bais Midrash, where they punched an ultra-Orthodox man as he sat in his vehicle. The men once again fled the scene after being caught on film.

Additional reports of assault on two other ultra-Orthodox residents of Borough Park occurred Friday night, one on 14th Avenue and 51st Street, and separately, another on 14th Avenue and 55th Street.

This series of assaults come amid reports of rising antisemitic sentiment and attacks on Jews in the United States, in addition to numerous incidences of defacement of Jewish-owned properties, gravestones and community institutions.
Suspect arrested after Minnesota school tagged with swastika
US police have arrested a suspect in a Minneapolis suburb after a swastika and other offensive graffiti were found at an elementary school.

In an email to Edina School District families, Superintendent John Schultz wrote that “when an act of hatred occurs anywhere in Edina, it affects our entire community.”

Police said the arrest occurred Monday after the suspect was caught on security video. The vandalism at Concord Elementary School happened over the weekend.

The Star Tribune reported that Schultz said the district has turned to the Jewish Community Resource Council for guidance as they work through the issue.

“We strongly believe that these types of incidents are carried out by individuals who do not reflect the sentiments of the community as a whole,” he added. “They remind us, however, that we must be vigilant in our work around equity and cultural understanding. The future-readiness of our students depends on their ability to work collaboratively with others from vast numbers of cultures, religions and backgrounds.”
Utah school principal, teacher placed on leave after student dresses as Hitler
The principal and a teacher at an elementary school in Utah have been placed on paid administrative leave after a student dressed in an Adolf Hitler costume and participated in the school’s Halloween parade.

The student at the Creekside Elementary School in Kaysville, Utah, wore a brown long-sleeved shirt with a red swastika armband on the sleeve, in photos that circulated Friday on social media. He also appeared to be wearing a Hitler mustache.

The Davis School District apologized for the incident in a statement, the local Fox affiliate reported.

“The Davis School District apologizes for what took place yesterday. It does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form. The district is taking the matter very seriously and is investigating every aspect of the situation,” the statement said. “It does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form.”


How the Jew Whom Hitler Blamed for Kristallnacht Outsmarted His Captors
When, a Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan walked into the German embassy in Paris and assassinated an official in retaliation for the Nazis’ persecution of his family, Adolf Hitler immediately used it as a pretext to launch violent attacks on Jews throughout the Third Reich. Saturday marks the 81st anniversary of these pogroms, which came to be known as Kristallnacht. Stephen Koch, whose biography of Grynszpan was reviewed in Mosaic, explains how Grynszpan—arrested by the Gestapo in 1940—foiled Nazi plans to use him as a pawn:

Hitler had decided to turn [Grynszpan] into the defendant in a major show trial in Berlin, “proving” that World War II had been started by the “World Jewish Conspiracy,” using the “evil” Herschel as their trigger. . . . Enormous amounts of Nazi money, time, and energy went into planning this charade. Hitler was kept constantly informed. The star witness was to be no less than the former French foreign minister Georges Bonnet, a covert Nazi fellow-traveler and major player in Munich, who promised the Nazis to tell the world that, yes, indeed, France went to war in 1939 only because of relentless, irresistible, warmongering pressure from “the Jews.”

The trial . . . never took place because Herschel Grynszpan kept it from taking place. As a prisoner of the Nazis, Herschel had quickly grasped that he was being primed for more anti-Semitic propaganda. To prevent that disgrace, he concocted an extraordinarily ingenious lie. He claimed that he had not really killed the German diplomat for any political reason at all. His “protest” had merely been his cover for a deeper secret: the unspeakable truth that he’d killed the diplomat in the midst of a homosexual lovers’ quarrel.

This inspired falsehood was certain to turn into the trial’s most scandalous news story. It made an enraged Goebbels advise Hitler to postpone the whole thing. It stayed postponed forever.
World War II pilot’s heroic Holocaust secret revealed
It was a secret that Royal Air Force pilot Halsey Roscorla took to his grave in 1966 – a secret that would not surface for more than half-a-century.

But this week, the full story of his heroism was revealed by the ahead of Remembrance Day on Monday by Royal Star and Garter, a British charity that cares for military veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.

Roscorla’s family never learned of his heroic action since he never spoke of his time in the military to his wife, Joan, or children, Anne and Charles.

When he died in 1966 at the age of 47, his family thought his military stories were gone forever. But in 2005, pieces of his remarkable story came to light after a chance sighting of a photograph and film footage in a news report. That fateful night, Charles was watching the television news when he spotted a familiar photograph.

“In our photo album drawer at home, there is a series of pictures of planes lined up on a runway, and [it’s] looking like refugee children going into these planes,” he recalled. “I’ve known them forever. And we turned on the news one night in 2005, and it was a celebration of the refugee children being picked up at Prague airport.

“Children who had been in camps to be brought to this country, they were taken to Windermere. It was the 60th anniversary. My wife Martine and I [said] ‘Oh! What was that?’” the 68-year-old recalled.
Hall of Famer Staubach to be honored for support of Israel
Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach will be honored “for his work as a strong supporter of Israel and other Zionist causes.”

The Bnai Zion Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the United States that identifies and funds capital projects in Israel, will present the Dallas Cowboys great with its 2019 American-Israel Friendship Award at an event in Dallas on Monday.

Staubach wrote in a commentary published in the Dallas Morning News ahead of the awards ceremony that “(M)y Catholic roots have always helped me see the importance of an Israeli homeland.”

The Heisman Trophy winner called the purchase of Israel Bonds while a student at the U.S. Naval Academy, because they were affordable, “my first link to Israel.”

He also wrote: “Israel is a very special place that represents so many faiths. It covers everyone and everything, and you don’t have to be Jewish to understand its singular status and to support it as a nation and an idea.”
Heschel quote to be centerpiece of public mural in Buenos Aires
A quote from the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel will be the centerpiece of a mural painted in a public square in Buenos Aires.

The Buenos Aires city government and the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary held a contest to design the mural to honor human rights activist Rabbi Marshall Meyer. It will be located in the north of the city, close to Meyer’s Bet El synagogue.

Meyer, who was mentored by Heschel, explained his commitment to social justice causes and the reason for publicly demonstrating that commitment by saying that “when you march for fair causes, you are praying with your feet.” That vision was taught to Meyer by Heschel, an activist who spoke about that idea after he marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 with Martin Luther King.

Meyer, a New York native who worked in Buenos Aires from 1958 to 1984 to revitalize the Conservative movement, spoke out for liberty while working in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship government in Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

A graffiti design of the phrase “Marchar es como rezar con los pies” (“Marching is like praying with your feet”) was proposed by artist Ariel Mintzer, 29.
As Israel celebrates Aliyah Day, 2019 figures point to a peak year
For the fourth straight year, Israel is marking Aliyah Day, celebrating the ingathering of the exiles and the contribution of Jewish immigrants to the state.

According to official statistics, 2019 has so far been a good year for aliyah, with 28,629 olim making Israel their home as of October. Only a decade ago, the number of olim for roughly the same period in 2009 stood at 17,179.

In 2014, more than 27,000 olim arrived in Israel, and a year later the number rose to 31,858, marking a record for the period of 2009-2019.

The number of olim in 2018 was close to that record, standing at 30,381, and 2019 may end with an even higher figure.

The breakdown of the numbers for the period of January through October 2019 is as follows: 12,722 from Russia; 5,247 from Ukraine; 2,470 from the United States; 276 from Canada; 143 from Australia; 1,996 from France; 469 from the UK; 350 from Brazil; 321 from South Africa; 93 from Venezuela; 127 from Mexico and 143 from Turkey.

According to government agencies, olim also arrived from Muslim countries, including 57 from Iran.

Even Thailand and Japan are represented in this year's figures, with 14 olim arriving from former and 5 from the latter.




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11/05 Links Pt1: ‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'; It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA; Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS

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From Ian:

‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'
Elizabeth Warren nodded along with an attendee at her town hall event while he claimed the American military supported genocide.

The Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential hopeful took questions from the crowd in Grinnell, Iowa, on Monday, with one attendee saying, “Right now, the United States is bombing at least seven countries. We support genocides in Palestine and in Yemen. The U.S. military is actually the biggest polluter of any organization in the world.”

He continued, “United States sanctions on Venezuela caused over 40,000 deaths, and we also have sanctions on many other countries like Iran, North Korea, and you can name many more.”

The attendee asked Warren, “I’m wondering, as president, will you stop U.S.-supported murder, whether it’s through sanctions, arms support, or boots on the ground?”

Warren responded, “I like your frame on this.”


Republican Jewish group’s campaign slams Democrats as a ‘disgrace’ — in Yiddish
The Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday launched a $10 million campaign — an unprecedented amount in partisan Jewish advertising — with online ads depicting 2020 Democratic US presidential candidates as a “disgrace.”

Videos titled “Shanda,” Yiddish for “disgrace,” blast the Democrats for saying they would consider reducing aid to Israel.

“The radical Left has taken the reins of the Democratic Party, and their policy proposals will devastate our national security, our alliance with Israel, our economy, and our health care system,” Matt Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the release of the 15- to 30-second ads.

The placement of the videos on Facebook, YouTube and other media will cost $50,000. Brooks confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report in Axios that the RJC had budgeted $10 million for its 2020 efforts.

In the spots, “leading Democrats” are accused of “turning their back” on Israel. They show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish.





It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA
UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, was accused of appointing as an adviser a woman with whom he was romantically involved. The pair traveled on business class flights across the globe. Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell was accused of bullying and of manipulating the system to find a well-paid job for her spouse, Robert Langridge, who was promoted. Chief of Staff Hakam Shahwan was accused of behaving like a thug, placing people loyal to him in positions of power, and lobbying to take over UNRWA operations in Jerusalem.

Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the above, the agency has adopted a culture of secrecy about itself. It employs about 30,000 people (compared to the UNHCR’s 11,000 for the rest of the world’s 17 million refugees and displaced persons). Most of its staff are Palestinians and many are known members of Hamas (indeed, Hamas membership helps one get a UN job). Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s former Commissioner-General (1996–2005), admitted in an interview with CBS that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll. For example, the chairman of UNRWA’s Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, is a member of Hamas’ new political leadership.

Retired IDF Col. Yoni Fighel, a former military governor in the territories, notes that as long as UNRWA employees are members of Hamas, they are going to pursue the interests of that organization within the framework of their job.

The agency was threatened with closure after the Trump administration implemented severe cuts following reports that proved rockets had been hidden inside UNRWA schools. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who sat on the ethics findings for months, claims he is “committed to acting swiftly on the corruption allegations.”

The UN originally made clear that UNRWA’s mandate would be short-term, indicating that the refugee issue should be solved expeditiously through repatriation or resettlement. In the words of former UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie, “The refugees will lead an independent life in countries that have sheltered them. Except for the ‘hardcore’ cases, the refugees will no longer be maintained by an international organization as they are at present. They will be integrated into the economic system of the countries of asylum and will themselves provide for their own needs and those of their families.”

Palestinian residents of Arab states — all of whom are considered refugees by UNRWA — should become citizens of those states, as they are in Jordan.


Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS
In a landmark anti-BDS ruling the High Court of Justice has paved the way for Israel to deport Human Rights Watch’s local director Omar Shakir for his support of boycott activity against Israel.

Human Rights Watch is weighing an appeal to a larger judicial panel of the verdict by a three judges. If not appeal is lodged, Shakir could be asked to leave the country within 20-day.

The ruling is a victory for those who hold that advocates of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement are acting against the state and are not engaged in legitimate criticism of Israel. Opponents view it as part of a movement to suppress human rights advocacy in Israel.

Shakir, who is a US citizen, immediately tweeted that if the HCJ decision is upheld, Israel will “join ranks of Iran, N Korea & Egypt in blocking access for @hrw official. We wont stop. And we wont be the last.”

Minister for Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan [Likud] expressed his satisfaction over the verdict.

"I applaud the decision of the Supreme Court that accepted my Ministry and the Interior Minister's position that a work visa should not be given to a foreign boycott activist who wants to harm Israel and its citizens," he said in a statement.

"Omar Shakir is a BDS activist who took advantage of his stay in Israel to harm it, something no sane country would allow. Israel sees great importance in the activities of real human rights organizations, granting hundreds of visas every year to human rights activists. HRW is welcome to appoint another representative in Israel in place of Shakir if it chooses to do so," he added.
NGO Monitor: Resource Page on Omar Shakir (HRW) Court Case
On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Shakir’s appeal and upheld the ruling of the Lower Court that his work visa will not be renewed.

In October 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) hired Omar Shakir to serve as its “Israel and Palestine Country Director.” Shakir has been a consistent supporter of a one-state framework and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) campaigns, fitting the longstanding HRW practice of hiring anti-Israel activists to serve in key positions relating to Israel.

In May 2018, due to Shakir’s BDS ties, the Israeli Ministry of Interior chose not to renew his work visa. HRW and Shakir have been challenging this decision in Israeli courts. In April 2019, he lost his case in the Jerusalem District Court and immediately appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The hearing took place on September 24, 2019. While Shakir regularly assails Israel for its “lack of democracy,” in fact, the Israeli courts allowed him to remain in the country during his appeal process despite having no obligation to do so.

Omar Shakir’s background and history of anti-Israel activity exemplifies the organization’s troubling ideological approach to Israel and retreat from the universal principles of human rights.1


Guardian fails to challenge the lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinise, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and today’s article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch’s regional director Omar Shakir – a long time BDS activist – follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules”, Nov. 5th) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s simply unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually deligitimise the state, support BDS and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs – after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected supreme court – wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organisation Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the supreme court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS – a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state.
'A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a 3rd election'
There is virtually no chance, and if there is no dramatic breakthrough in negotiations, Israel will be facing its third general election in a year, senior political officials from the Likud, Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu, and the New Right were saying Monday.

According to one official, the two sides are farther apart than ever, particularly since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokespeople were questioned by police last week.

The same official said that Blue and White was waiting for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to decide whether or not to indict Netanyahu. Mendelblit is expected to make his decision in early December. For Blue and White, even if Mendelblit were to drop the count of bribery, any indictment would be the final nail in the coffin of any possibility of forming a government with Netanyahu, he explained.

On the other hand, the official said, Netanyahu wants to remain prime minister, even if he is indicted. Therefore, he will not step down, and will apparently retain the support of the Likud and the smaller right-wing parties when and if he is under indictment.

The official said that as of Monday night, it was clear that neither the Likud nor the right-wing bloc would oust Netanyahu and would prefer to hold a third election, even at their detriment.

He also said that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz's position was shaky and even if he wanted to adopt the compromise put forth by President Reuven Rivlin, he would not be able to negotiate it.

"A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a third election," the official said.
Sderot youth challenge MKs to take up their cause
In the middle of Sderot, near the Gaza border, 120 chairs sat empty on a lawn on Sunday, waiting for MKs to fill them.

The chairs were set up by young residents of Sderot to represent the 120 MKs who they say they feel abandoned them as rockets continue to be fired at them from Gaza on a regular basis, including on Friday.

“Elections are important and coalition negotiations are important,” organizers wrote. “Even investigations are important, recordings are important, indictments are important. And also a memorial ceremony [for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin] is important.”

“Hey, how did we forget?” they continued. “A plane for the prime minister is important and so are demonstrations outside the attorney-general’s house, but wait, rockets on the residents of the South are not a little important.”

The residents said they’re sick of promises that are not being fulfilled.

“After a Shabbat full of fireworks in the sky, after the horror show organized by terrorists on the other side of the fence, we decided to stop being quiet.”

Dvir Sasi, a spokesman for the protest, said: “We welcome all the MKs to come to us and explain the situation to us, and listen to us, and tell us their solution.”

What does conviction of IDF soldier mean for ICC war crimes battle?
Twenty months into the Gaza border conflict, the IDF courts issued their first conviction of a soldier for shooting one of the approximately 350 Palestinians who have been killed.

At the same time, the sentence was a mere one month of community service since the conviction was not for a more serious charge, like manslaughter, but essentially for the low-grade offense of violating the rules of engagement for opening fire.

Why was this the result, and what does all of this mean for the broader big battle before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over whether Israel’s legal system complies with international law or whether it has committed war crimes?

Official and unofficial statements from the IDF were short on details, leaving some critics to speculate about potential improper intentions.

Essentially, they said that the unnamed IDF soldier had violated open fire regulations in shooting toward the 15-year-old Palestinian Othman Helles as he was climbing the Gaza security fence, but that IDF investigators could not establish for sure one way or another whether that soldier’s bullet was the one that killed him.

What does this mean? How can the IDF know the soldier fired illegally toward Helles without knowing whether his bullet was the “kill-shot”?
JPost Editorial: Recognize the Armenian genocide
About 105 years ago, the Armenian genocide began. Members of the Armenian community living in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated at the orders of the governing authorities. As many as 1.5 million Armenians, an ethnic minority, were rounded up and murdered or deported to the deserts of Syria to die.

The Armenian genocide was well known in its time. The German military attaché to the Ottoman Empire described it as “total extermination” and other accounts provided graphic details of the horrors the survivors went through. Women were sold into slavery and raped, children were left to starve. In a prelude to the Holocaust and the crimes of ISIS, the slaughter of Armenians was an opening to a hundred years of similar mass murder events.

As a state founded in the wake of genocide, Israel knows too well what it means to be a small minority subjected to massacre and the systematic murder by a government. Like Armenians, Jews had to live as minorities under regimes such as the Germans or the Poles, enjoying “protection” so long as they did not get in the way of the state’s interests.

In late October, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. It overwhelmingly passed with 405 votes and affirms that the US will record the genocide and provide “solemn remembrance of one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.” The US was moved to act because of recent tensions with Turkey.


Turkey protected Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Turkey protected ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – and Trump should have known.

In his national address announcing that US Special Forces had killed Baghdadi, President Donald Trump commended Turkey while turning a blind eye to Turkey’s collusion with ISIS. While Trump thanked “the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us,” he downplayed the importance of intelligence provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was critical to the mission.

We know that Turkey institutionalized support for jihadis after Syria’s President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian rebels in Ghouta using chemical weapons in September 2013, and that Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) provided weapons, money and logistical support to jihadi groups that evolved into ISIS. Wounded ISIS warriors regularly showed up at Turkish hospitals in Gaziantep to receive medical care.

Baghdadi founded ISIS in the spring of 2014. ISIS attacked Mosul and Sinjar in June, terrorizing Yazidis and Kurds. Over five years, the so-called ISIS caliphate grew to the size of Great Britain, with eight million people under its control.

According to the SDF, “Turkey provides all kinds of support to the terrorist groups. These forces, trained and funded by Turkey, are engaged in a planned ethnic cleansing against our people.” Turkish-backed jihadis in the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) commit crimes on a daily basis in Turkish-occupied areas of Syria such as Afrin, Azaz, Bab, Jarablus and Idlib.
MEMRI: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad: It Is Possible That Al-Baghdadi Has Been Kidnapped, Hidden, Or Had His Appearance Surgically Altered; Israel Has Been Behind The Scenes Throughout The War; Erdoğan Is Our Enemy
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed on Syria TV on October 31, 2019. He said that the extremist Wahhabi doctrine represented by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS will continue to exist even after ISIS is gone and that Al-Baghdadi had been released from American prisons in Syria in order to lead ISIS. Questioning whether Al-Baghdadi was really killed by the Americans, President Al-Assad suggested that he may have already been dead or that he may have been kidnapped, hidden, or had his appearance surgically altered. He said that the American operation to kill Al-Baghdadi was a trick and that American politics rely on imagination and resemble Hollywood. Later in the interview, President Al-Assad said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is Syria's enemy and that U.S President Donald Trump is the best president America has ever had because he is transparent about American policy and America's interest in Middle Eastern oil.

In addition, President Al-Assad said that even though Turkey is occupying parts of Syria, negotiating with it would not suggest that Syria could also negotiate with Israel, because Syria does not recognize Israel as a state or the Israelis as a people the way it does Turkey and the Turks. He also said that Syria wants to gradually regain sovereignty in Kurdistan. Furthermore, President Al-Assad said that Israel's influence is ever present in Syria, that Israel's involvement in the Syrian civil war is a given even though it is not openly apparent, and that everything that has taken place in Syria has served the interests of Israel through proxies, agents, flunkies, or the United States. The English-subtitled version of the interview was uploaded to the Syrian Presidency's YouTube channel.
Halkbank Says It Will Seek Dismissal of US Indictment, Judge’s Recusal
A lawyer for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, which has been criminally charged by US prosecutors with helping Iran evade sanctions, said in a letter on Monday that it would seek to dismiss the case and have the judge assigned to it recuse himself.

In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, Andrew Hruska, a lawyer for Halkbank, said the bank was not agreeing to appear in court on the charges. He asked that he be allowed to represent the bank for the limited purpose of arguing the dismissal and recusal motions.

A hearing is scheduled in the case on Tuesday, and prosecutors have said they may seek a fine against Halkbank if it refuses to appear.

A spokesman for the office of Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. Hruska did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought the criminal charges against Halkbank on Oct. 16. The bank called the charges an escalation of Washington’s sanctions on Ankara over its military incursion in Syria, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called them an “unlawful, ugly” step.

Hruska said in Monday’s letter that the bank’s “incidental contacts with the US are insufficient to establish… jurisdiction” in the New York federal court.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah official: Abbas won't seek reelection
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not planning to run in the next presidential election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said in an interview with Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicts a statement by another senior Fatah official, Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that the only candidate of Fatah in the presidential election will be the 84-year-old Abbas.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” Sheikh said.

Rajoub, who also heads the Palestinian Football Association, described Abbas as a “national treasure.” Abbas, he revealed, does not want to run in the election, and he won’t agree to be a candidate.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” Rajoub said. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In September, Abbas announced in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly that he intends to call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Rajoub, a former head of the PA’s Preventive Security Force in the West Bank, is seen by some Palestinians as a potential successor to Abbas. However, Rajoub did not say in the interview whether he intends to present his candidacy in the presidential election.

Rajoub’s announcement that Abbas won’t seek another term in office is likely to trigger a “war of succession” between several veteran PLO and Fatah officials who see themselves as suitable candidates to succeed the PA president.

Abbas himself has not said whether he intends to contest the next election. Moreover, he still hasn’t announced a date for holding new presidential and parliamentary elections.

The last Palestinian presidential election was held in 2005, when Abbas was elected for a four-year term. The last parliamentary election, held in 2006, resulted in a Hamas victory.

Rajoub expressed hope that Abbas would set a date for the new elections before the end of this year.
PMW: “The most despicable plot” – Palestinian reactions to the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Zionist leader Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Every year, PA officials condemn the Balfour Declaration and seem to compete in calling it names, denying its legitimacy, and refuting the validity of Jews’ right to a national home in “Palestine” as Palestinian Media Watch has reported. This year is no exception. Here are some examples of statements by PA officials and others about Balfour’s “ominous promise”:

PA Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif stated that the Balfour Declaration is an “invalid promise” that Britain had no right to give, and that the Jews had no right to receive. He called it “a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity” and a “historic mistake,” and predicted that Israel/the Jews will disappear like previous “invaders”:
Minister Abu Saif: “Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and the invaders will go away as those who preceded them went away...

He added: ‘The ominous promise, in which the one giving the promise permitted giving what is not his to one who has no right, was a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity. The historic mistake will only be corrected when the right returns to its owners.’”

[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 2, 2019]


The PA claims of the illegitimacy of Britain’s actions and Israel's creation is illustrated by this image printed by the official PA daily, which shows the British and the Israeli flags in a no entry sign on the Balfour Declaration together with an image of Balfour and “Palestine”:

The PLO factions issued a joint statement on the anniversary that named the Balfour Declaration “the most despicable plot in the history of the peoples.” The PLO claimed that the “ominous promise” was the result of the convergence of interests of the “colonialist states” Britain and the US and the Zionist movement. The PLO repeated the PA claim that the colonial powers used the Jewish people as a pawn in the Middle East to gain control in the region, steal its resources, and prevent the Arab countries from developing:
Fatah: “We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” “Jerusalem is ours”
Text: “The deal of the century will never pass. We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is not allowed. This cannot happen. This is a decisive moment, a dangerous moment for us. Our entire future is at stake. If Jerusalem is lost, what will you say afterwards?" Text: “Jerusalem is ours and you will never have a place in it” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is a crucial moment that demands that every Palestinian present themselves immediately to quickly discuss the fate of the eternal capital [Jerusalem]. In politics: It’s the capital. In religion: It’s the capital. In geography: It’s the capital." Text: “The shining rage will uproot the tyranny from our land” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Here we are sitting, here we are remaining. We will never repeat the mistakes of the past. We will not repeat the mistakes of 1948 or the mistakes of 1967. We are remaining here – occupation, settlements, whatever – We are remaining here!" Song lyrics: "The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours" Text: “The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours. And with our hands we will liberate it, Allah willing” Text: “Fatah Al-Asifa” (The Fatah logo includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.) [Official Fatah Facebook page, July 28, 2019]


Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas Joins Iranian Plan to Foil Arabs' Anti-Corruption Protests
Alnehaiwi added that the "popular revolutions against the [Iranian] occupiers and [Arab] executioners are a luminous point and milestone that will serve the interest of the Palestinian issue." Noting that Hamas did the right thing when it sided with the Syrian people in their uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad, the political analyst said:
"Hamas may regret its support for Iran. Hamas will lose a great deal if it continues to side with Iran and stands against the people who have revolted against [Iranian] occupation and the executioners."

Such criticism, however, is unlikely to deter Hamas from pursuing its agenda of promoting Iran's interests in the region. The Arabs who are risking their lives to demand good governance and an end to corruption are now being targeted by Iran and its puppets in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Iraq.

It now remains to be seen whether the Arabs who have finally woken up to realize that Iran -- and not Israel -- is the real threat to their well-being will be able to keep up the momentum and continue their uprising against corruption and Iranian dominance over their countries.

By continuing to align itself with Iran, Hamas is leading its people straight toward even greater suffering. The only way for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to alleviate their misery is by revolting against their "leaders" in Hamas. Instead of firing rockets at Israel and demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinians ought to learn from their brothers in Lebanon and Iraq who their real enemies are: Iranian-backed dictators and fake Palestinian leaders, who only know how to lead their people towards further suffering.
Hamas Encouraging Youth Drug Use as Qatar Support Comes to an End
As the year comes to an end, the Gaza Strip is preparing to return to the familiar, suffocating financial crises that is sure to result from Qatar’s ending its grant to poor families. Qatari envoy in the Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, has informed Hamas and other terror factions there that his government is having difficulties renewing the grant, Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday.

These funds did not cover all of Gaza’s poor families, and the most each lucky family received was $100 each month, but it was a reliable stopgap measure to stave off the explosion that’s sure to come without this charity. There will be two more payments until the end of 2019, Al Emadi told the local leaders, after which they are on their own.

Over the weekend, Hamas made it clear that it was blocking the security escalation with Israel and is not interested in keeping it up. But then, on Monday, Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, bragged that he had been the one to determine in recent years whether or not there would be war.

Kan 11 TV on Monday night provided a glimpse into the other wars Hamas has been waging: internal leadership wars, a cruel, Darwinian effort to literally “thin the herd” with violent border fence riots, and an unofficial operation to induce as many as 200,000 Gazan youths to using drugs, mostly hashish and opiates – to help them forget the hardships of their daily lives.
Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years
Egyptian authorities have barred Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh from traveling outside the Gaza Strip and Egypt for almost three years to prevent him from meeting with their political rivals, a senior official in the terror group said in an interview published Tuesday.

The last time Haniyeh traveled beyond Gaza and Egypt was in late 2016 and early 2017 before he was elected Hamas head.

“The Egyptians are not permitting the head of the politburo to travel abroad because they do no want him to meet their political rivals,” Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the terror group, told Dar al-Hayat, an Arabic-language news site. “This ban [has been in place] for about the last three years.”

Hamas, which frequently meets with Egyptian intelligence officials mediating between the terror group that rules the Strip and Israel, also maintains close ties with countries that Cairo views as foes such as Qatar and Turkey.




In chilling detail, ex-envoy to US Oren warns of Israel-Iran ‘conflagration’
Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren has described in chilling detail how a conflict between Israel and Iran could easily be sparked and descend into a massive conflagration, devastating Israel and other countries in the region.

Israel is already girding for a war with the Islamic Republic, and has carried out hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked targets in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. A single miscalculation during one of those airstrikes could draw retaliation by Iran, Oren wrote in a column published in The Atlantic on Monday.

“The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran,” he began. “Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time. And it’s not hard to imagine how it might arrive. The conflagration, like so many in the Middle East, could be ignited by a single spark.”

An Israel Defense Forces bombing run could inadvertently hit a sensitive target, or an Israeli official could step out of line and say something to embarrass Iran following an attack, Oren wrote.

“The result could be a counterstrike by Iran, using cruise missiles that penetrate Israel’s air defenses and smash into targets like the Kiryah, Tel Aviv’s equivalent of the Pentagon. Israel would retaliate massively against Hezbollah’s headquarters in Beirut as well as dozens of its emplacements along the Lebanese border. And then, after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin,” he continued.
The Revolt Against Iran
Unsurprisingly, Iran and its allies in Iraq and Lebanon are blaming recent unrest on the usual suspects: a conspiracy of foreign actors that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Zionists.

How will this end? In 2008, civil unrest led to Hezbollah’s armed seizure of Beirut. Hezbollah and Iran have poured thousands of fighters and billions of dollars into neighboring Syria to help crush the rebellion against their Syrian ally. In 2009, Iran’s green movement protests over stolen elections finally ebbed in the face of torture, beatings, and detentions meted out by the regime. “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,” Iran’s second-most powerful man assured Iraqi officials this month. “This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

Ten years ago, when Iran saw its largest uprising since the 1979 revolution, Obama was not only reluctant to express solidarity with Iranians, he also refused to acknowledge the rigged elections, dismissed advisers who urged active assistance, and blocked CIA resources earmarked for supporting democratic uprisings. In The Iran Wars, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon reveals how Obama’s peculiar reticence was largely motivated by his worry that American involvement would ruin his secret overtures to Tehran in hopes of brokering an agreement. While President Trump has also expressed a desire to strike a deal with Iran, he has already retweeted two videos of Iraqi demonstrators storming the Iranian consulate in Karbala. Whether this administration is able to leverage these protests into successful policy beyond tweets remains to be seen. And perhaps more importantly, it is too early to tell whether the nascent political revolts in Lebanon and Iraq can survive the backlash from Iranian-backed militias and snipers long enough to evolve into a meaningful, organized political opposition.
Rep. Cheney to Introduce Legislation Mandating Full Dismantling of Iran Nuclear Deal
Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) will soon introduce new legislation that would compel the Trump administration to eradicate the remaining vestiges of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the lawmaker told the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheney's legislative effort comes as GOP hawks in Congress have launched an offensive against the Trump administration's decision to again grant Iran sanctions waivers that permit it to conduct sensitive nuclear work, including at an underground bunker site that once housed the regime's atomic weapons program.

The legislation is yet another sign of mounting frustration among hawkish Republicans over the Trump administration's mixed signals on Iran. Critics allege the administration is backtracking on its own "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran in order to preserve possible diplomacy with Tehran down the road.

The Free Beacon reported last week that the Trump administration's State Department had signed off on the nuclear waivers, despite public and private pressure from anti-Iran voices on Capitol Hill. The debate marks one of the clearest divides yet between typically faithful Trump administration supporters in Congress and those inside the administration.

Cheney told the Free Beacon that the waivers have helped legitimize Iran's nuclear infrastructure and paved a way for it to continue working on sensitive nuclear issues with help from countries such as China and Russia.
The Islamic Zealots Who Seized U.S. Embassy 40 Years Ago Today Weren't 'Students'
These were first and foremost religious zealots blindly following the will of clerics (Ali Khamenei and Mousavi Khoeini among them) who often visited the hostages, too. Many attended Amir Kabir University, "strictly allied with Khomeini and the new Mullah establishment," according to Mark Bowden in Guests of the Ayatollah (2006). As Bowden puts it, they "were all committed to a formal Islamic state and were allied, some of them by family, with the clerical power structure around Khomeini."

Bruce Laingen, who was the chargé d'affaires at the embassy, wrote in his journal that Khoeni was "the clerical link with the 'students' at the embassy since the day of the seizure and . . . the link before that, too, in the planning for the seizure." On July 21, 1980, he wrote with certainty that Khoeni was Khomeini's "liaison with the 'students' of the embassy" and that there "can be no question of the extent to which the clerical forces are solidly in control."

The term "students" was inaccurate and misleading in 1979, and it is all the more so now. After four decades, the time has come finally to get it right.


40 Years On: How US-Iran Hostility Affects the World Today
With anti-American slogans and effigies mocking President Donald Trump, thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. Amid renewed tensions with Washington, state television showed rallies taking place in several other cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz and Esfahan, four decades after revolutionary students stormed the diplomatic mission. "They will continue their enmity against us. They are like a lethal scorpion whose nature is to have a poisonous sting," the head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavi, said in a speech at Tehran. "We are ready to crush this scorpion and will also pay the price."






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11/04 Links Pt2: Poll: Almost 50% of UK Jews will 'seriously consider' leaving if Corbyn wins elections; Historian: New evidence shows FDR’s bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans; Ray Charles in Israel

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Poll: Almost 50% of UK Jews will 'seriously consider' leaving if Corbyn wins elections
Britain's Jewish community so deeply concerned by the prospect of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn winning the next general election that community leaders have launched a campaign to undermine his premiership candidacy.

A recent poll by the Jewish Leadership Council, a British-Jewish advocacy group, found that 47% of British Jews would "seriously consider" emigrating if Corbyn is elected prime minister.

Some 87% of British Jews believed Corbyn to be anti-Semitic, and 90% said they will not vote for Labour, the poll found.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the general elections, set for Dec. 12, following his failure to push the Brexit deal through Parliament. Johnson's promise to have the UK leave the European Union by Oct. 31 had been a key element in the Conservatives' leadership bid, which brought him to power in July.

Corbyn has been repeatedly lambasted for his failure to tackle anti-Semitism within Labour. In 2018, the party received 863 complaints of anti-Semitism but took action in only 101 of those cases. Worse, Labour members who have publicly made statements such as "Jews are the problem" have remained in the party despite complaints against them.


According to the Jewish Chronicle, prominent British Rabbi Jonathan Romain has even taken the unprecedented step of urging congregants to vote against Labour, warning that a Corbyn-led government "would pose a danger to Jewish life as we know it."

"I should stress that the problem is not the Labour Party itself, which has a long record of fighting discrimination and prejudice, but the problem is Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn-led Labour, has at best, let antisemitism arise within its ranks, or at worst, has encouraged it," Romain wrote in a letter to the 823 families who are members of his Berkshire shul.

"This has never happened under any previous Labour leader … so the finger of responsibility really does seem to point to Jeremy Corbyn. I am therefore suggesting we should each put aside all other considerations and vote for whichever party is most likely to defeat Labour in whatever constituency we are in – even if we would never normally vote for that party."

Israel Advocacy Movement: Why vote Labour?
In the upcoming election, a vote for Labour is a vote for:
☠️ Terrorism supporters
🇻🇪 An economy like Venezuela
🚫 Racism
A vote for Labour is a vote for insanity… watch the election video Labour don't want you to see.


Jewish Caller Tells Maajid Nawaz He Would Emigrate If Corbyn Elected
A Jewish caller told Maajid Nawaz that he would close his business and leave the UK if Jeremy Corbyn were to become Prime Minister because of anti-Semitism.

David, from Hendon, said: "I will leave the country as soon as Corbyn comes in, God forbid that he should.

"I will not stay in a country where anti-Semitism is now accepted because I think, brilliantly, he and his PR people just didn't answer really, just deflected old accusations.

Now people are fed up with hearing the word so it's almost as if it's accepted and whether that's the case or people are actually anti-Semitic in this country... I hope not but I'm beginning to have my doubts."

He also explained that he would shut down his business of 53 people.

He said: "I will leave, I will close down all of my businesses which I can. I've been nervous of this, I'm in the position where I'll be able to close them down.

"These people won't be employed anymore and that's fine. I'm looking after myself and I'm sure people, some of your viewers or listeners will be saying 'good riddance, let's get rid of the guy'.

But there are hundreds of people like me, and not all of them are Jewish, there are hundreds of wealthy people who have built up businesses who know that in the end Mr. Corbyn will take it all away from us because he doesn't appreciate people who work hard."




Historian: New evidence shows FDR’s bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans
Not only was US president Franklin Roosevelt perfunctory about rescuing Jews from the Nazis, but he obstructed rescue opportunities that would have cost him little or nothing, according to Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff.

FDR’s role in preventing the rescue of European Jewry is detailed in a new book called, “The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust.”

Published in September, Medoff’s book includes new archival materials about the relationship between Roosevelt and Rabbi Stephen Wise, who the author sees as a sycophantic Jewish leader used by Roosevelt to “keep the Jews quiet.”

Wrote Medoff, “Franklin Roosevelt took advantage of Wise’s adoration of his policies and leadership to manipulate Wise through flattery and intermittent access to the White House.” In return for visits to the White House and Roosevelt calling him by his first name, Wise undermined Jewish activists who demanded the administration let more Jewish refugees into the US.

According to Medoff, Roosevelt’s policies toward European Jews were motivated by sentiments similar to those that spurred him to intern 120,000 Japanese Americans in detention camps as potential spies.

“Roosevelt used almost identical language in recommending that the Jews and the Japanese be forcibly ‘spread thin’ around the country,” Medoff told The Times of Israel. “I was struck by the similarity between the language FDR used regarding the Japanese, and that which he used in private concerning Jews — that they can’t be trusted, they won’t ever become fully loyal Americans, they’ll try to dominate wherever they go.”
Gil Troy: Mark Twain’s ‘Innocents Abroad’ explains our Israel obsession
Twain offered his pragmatic American explanation for Palestine’s desolation: “Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition – it is dream-land.” Twain feared that Palestine induced so much stargazing no one ever rolled up their sleeves to produce anything there.

Fortunately, the Zionist movement was starting to tap into old-new Jewish dreams to motivate hardy, hardscrabble, hardworking pioneers – much as the American dream drove Twain’s fellow Americans. This pre-Zionist book offers a core Zionist message. The Palestine Twain saw highlights the modern miracles Zionism created that we take for granted.

STILL, IF dreams can motivate or paralyze, mythmaking can inspire – or disappoint. Sarna has long shown how Palestine as dreamland boosted modern Israel in American and Jewish eyes. Many Americans, especially American Jews, echo the pilgrims’ naivete. They romanticize Israel, falling in love with what Sarna calls a “mythical Israel,” more indicative of “American Jewish ideals” than “Israeli realities.” The Zionist dream, American-style, long celebrated an Israel that was even more progressive than America – defined by kibbutz workers, not Wall Street investors; built by new brawny Jews, not traditionally brainy Jews.

Beware: too much mythmaking about any country – especially the world’s only Jewish state trying to survive in a Middle East hostile to Jews and democracies – is risky. As with any romance, some idealization during courtship greases the wheels of love. And Israel’s “dreamland” still dazzles most Americans. But, today, with Israel in middle age, the toxicity of faded romance often triggers an overly harsh counterreaction. Somehow, many of Israel’s jilted leftist lovers still love America while hating Donald Trump. Yet when they detest an Israeli policy or prime minister, they give up on Israel and Zionism.

Mark Twain’s memories of being a Missouri non-Yankee in King Solomon’s court helps explain our modern obsession with Israel, too. Twain emphasizes how foundational Palestine is to the West. “Crowded with historical interest,” filled with “elegant fragments,” it still dominates our collective imaginations.

But heed Twain’s warning. Those who believe Israel can do no right – along with those who believe Israel can do no wrong – are often telling us more about the “verdicts they brought with them” rather than their fair assessments of this rich, complex, modern democracy.

Clearly, we have some Mark Twain-like “unlearning” to do, especially about Israel.
Revisionist Author Tries to Distort the Record of David Ben-Gurion
Tom Segev’s well-written biography of Israel’s first prime minister, A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, is undercut by the author’s biases and penchant for narrative.

It would be hard to imagine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publishing an op-ed in The New York Times on Buddhism. But back in April 1962, the first Israeli premier, David Ben-Gurion, did precisely that — but only after spending weeks studying with religious scholars as a personal guest of the prime minister of Burma, today’s Myanmar. Ben-Gurion even insisted, much to the consternation of his teachers, “that he had discovered a self-contradiction in the Buddha’s doctrine that no one else had ever noticed.” It turned out that he was wrong; it was a translation error.

As Segev makes clear, Israel’s founding father was both exceptional and eccentric. And nearly five decades after his passing, Ben-Gurion remains iconic, with a legacy and career that are arguably unmatched in the small nation’s modern history.

As his private secretary, Yitzhak Navon, once observed, “Without Ben-Gurion, the State of Israel would not be in existence — and this I can say about nobody.” Indeed, long before he was making history, Ben-Gurion was its avid student.

As Segev notes: “He saw himself, and was seen by others, as an incarnation of history.” To a great extent, this was the result of the tremendous willpower that he displayed throughout his life.
New Book Tells a Holocaust Family Mystery
I just finished reading an extraordinary new book, House on Endless Waters by author Emuna Elon.

From start to finish, I found it to be well-written, touching, and chock-full of character development; there were so many stories I could relate to.

The book is a family mystery ripe with great plot twists. It explores one man’s quest — a renowned Israeli author — to visit his birthplace in Amsterdam, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. And during a visit to that city’s Jewish museum, he sees a picture of his mother, pre-war, holding a child he doesn’t recognize. The book explores his adventures through Amsterdam — past, present, and future — replete with dreams, visions, and more, all in beautifully written prose.

Throughout the book, I had memories of growing up in a home where my grandparents were Holocaust survivors, and my mom (z”l) spent so much time researching, reading, and studying about the history of our many family members who were murdered by the Nazis. She attended conferences, discovered obscure files, and spent days at Yad Vashem. In the last few months of her life, my mother learned that her father, Morris Waga, had been married with a family before he married my grandmother. He lost that wife and a three-year old daughter in the camps to the Nazis. Yet, throughout his entire life, he never told my mother or her younger brother.

The book discusses underground networks that hid Jewish children during the war, and the burdens faced by those who survived. The scars of the Holocaust haunt families and people for generations.
Jonathan Tobin: Can Joe Biden save the day for pro-Israel Democrats?
The problem here for pro-Israel Democrats is that, out of necessity, they’ve hitched the fate of their cause to what right now looks like a fading star. Biden, who hasn’t won a competitive race on his own (being Barack Obama’s running mate doesn’t count) since Richard Nixon was president, has so far been a disappointment to his backers. With a focus on the effort to impeach Trump dominating the headlines this winter, it may also remind voters of his son’s questionable behavior further dragging him down.

Nor, it should be added, is Biden coming to the issue with entirely clean hands. He was part of Obama’s eight-year-long pressure campaign against the Israeli government, as well as an ardent supporter of the disastrous 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he still defends.

Biden may be instinctively supportive of the Jewish state in ways that eclipse those of Warren, Sanders and Buttigieg; however, the tenor of his dialogue with Israel has always been that of an American who thinks he knows the Middle East better than Israelis. Biden received a devastating – and completely deserved – tongue-lashing from former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at a Senate hearing in June 1982. In response to Biden’s threats of aid cuts that were hardly different from the statements of the primary opponents he now considers “outrageous,” Begin slapped him down by telling him that he was “not a Jew with trembling knees,” and that Israel would defend its principles, “and, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”

In a competition with far more extreme critics of Israel than he ever was, Biden is the best that pro-Israel Democrats, who once dominated their party yet now seem unable to muster sufficient support for censoring or shunning anti-Semites like Omar and Tlaib, can muster. It is on his aging and uncertain shoulders that the fate of the Democrats as a pro-Israel party rests. That’s a prospect that should scare friends of the Jewish state, no matter which party they support.
Michael Lumish: Are Arabs indigenous to Judea?
Of course, Arabs are not indigenous to Judea / Israel. Arabs are conquerers indigenous to the Arabian peninsula. If one cares about "the conflict" -- or what I call The Long Arab / Muslim War against the Jews of the Middle East -- then one must recognize the Jews as indigenous and the Arabs and Muslims as imperialists and colonialists.

And, yet, the progressive-left and the Democratic Party honestly believe that the Jewish defenders of Jewish children and Jewish land are the aggressors. They honestly believe that Arabs have every right to kill Jews as a matter of "resistance." It is an intelligent rhetorical strategy on par with the propaganda skill of the National Socialists.

The brilliance behind Arab and Muslim imperialism is that they actually managed to convince the arrogant and ignorant Euros that they are the indigenous population in the lands that they conquered.
Corbyn, a cause for concern
Meanwhile, Johnson's main rival, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, also isn't assured of restoring his party to power for the first time since 2010. Corbyn's ideological extremism is attractive to certain strata of British society but is also a deterrent to others. Some polls find Corbyn to be the "least popular Opposition leader of the past 45 years." Even if he doesn't win, it's still theoretically possible for him to establish a "resistance coalition" against Johnson and Brexit, which would include the Liberal Democrats and Scottish separatists who oppose leaving the EU.

Even if Labour is weakened in the upcoming election, in such a manner that Corbyn is forced to resign, he will have left behind a party that is fundamentally different than the one he inherited four years ago. Labour's far-left faction has effectively consummated its takeover of Britain's main Opposition party, essentially ridding it of all internal dissent. Under the guise of its anti-Israel and anti-Zionist worldview, Labour has normalized anti-Semitism as part of the British political landscape. Even if Corbyn goes, the devastation he leaves in his wake will be absolute.

All efforts by the country's Jewish community and Labour's own Jewish MPs to foster dialogue with Corbyn's circle about banishing anti-Semitic activists within its ranks have floundered amid their refusal to recognize the importance of the matter. There have been cosmetic initiatives, mostly for public relations purposes, but little else. Labour under Corbyn's leadership has legitimized anti-Semitism and shown Jews that the party that first welcomed them to Great Britain – no longer cares for them.

With a sense of humor that under the current circumstances has taken a darker turn, British Jews have altered Labour's slogan from "For the many, not for the few," to "For the many, not for the Jew." If Labour rises to power, this joke could have serious implications for all of Britain.




Also in October: A selection of other antisemitic Incidents that we did not cover
A swastika was spray-painted on a sign near a Jewish school in Gateshead. The graffiti appeared on the corner of High West Street and Gladstone Terrace on 7th October.

A swastika and the words “Lewis is a Jew” were carved into the glass panel of a bus stop in East Leeds. Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 referencing log number 243.

On Shabbat, 19th October at the Clapton Common and Oldhill Street junction in Stamford Hill, three males accosted Orthodox Jews walking home from synagogue with antisemitic slurs including “Heil Hitler”.
Alison Chabloz fails to overturn conviction over Holocaust denial at High Court, leaving no further avenue of appeal
Moments ago, notorious antisemite and Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz has had her application for a judicial review denied by the High Court following her landmark conviction on three charges of sending grossly offensive communications via a public communications network.

Ms Chabloz had sought to overturn her conviction on technicalities relating to the meaning of what constituted sending communications online, but the High Court denied her appeal and upheld the earlier judgment. There was confusion over the way that the case had proceeded to court as Ms Chabloz’s case was brought before judges by her barrister, Adrian Davies, who maintains his record of losing cases for neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.

Ms Chabloz had sought to overturn her conviction on technicalities relating to the case began as a private prosecution by Campaign Against Antisemitism, which was then continued by the Crown Prosecution Service. The charges related to three self-penned songs in which Ms Chabloz denounced a supposed Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world and attacked the Holocaust as a fraud perpetrated by Jews for financial gain.

The conviction set a new precedent in British law, effectively delivering a landmark precedent verdict on incitement on social media and on whether the law considers Holocaust denial to be “grossly offensive” and therefore illegal when used as a means by which to hound Jews.
Boston University set to hire anti-Israel professor
Sarah Ihmoud, a postdoctoral associate at Boston University, is currently under consideration for a teaching position at the university, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) reported.

According to APT, the university has not yet made an offer to Ihmoud, but the offer is "imminent."

Education Without Indoctrination (EWI) called for action to prevent Boston University from becoming "a platform for Jew-hate."

Ihmoud, co-author of Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism, presented the paper to BU. In it, she claims that "rape and killing of Palestinian women was a central aspect of Israeli troops' systematic massacres and evictions during the destruction of Palestinian villages in 1948" and describes Nazi-like actions, including the shooting of pregnant women and the murder of children.

The paper also claims that that both brutality and sexual violence against Palestinian Authority women is an ongoing tactic of the IDF.
Major Jewish Groups Applaud Twitter for ‘Belated’ Shut Down of Hamas, Hezbollah Accounts
Major Jewish groups applauded the micro-blogging website Twitter on Sunday for suspending a series of accounts affiliated with the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

“Thank you @Twitter for suspending the accounts of Hamas and Hezbollah,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted.

Referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Greenblatt added, “US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations do not belong on the platform. Let’s hope all platforms follow @jack’s lead.”

The American Jewish Committee also weighed in, pointing out that while Twitter has accepted that there is no difference between the “military” and political wings of terrorist groups, the European Union continues to separate the two.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center responded by tweeting, “Belated but welcome anti-terrorist moves by @Twitter — hope others will follow.”
BBC ignores Twitter’s terror groups suspensions
To date, those searching for coverage of that story under the BBC News website’s ‘social media’ and ‘Twitter’ tags will find nothing.

Perhaps the BBC is having difficulty working out how to square that quote from Twitter with its own euphemistic portrayals of Hamas as a ‘militant Islamist group’ and Hizballah as a ‘political, military and social organisation’.
Indy egregiously misleads on Gaza power shortages
A Nov. 3rd article in the Independent on the use of solar power in Gaza grossly misled readers as to the extent and origin of the strip’s electricity shortages.

The article, “Meet the Gazan woman turning rubble into building blocks and sunlight into power”, by their deputy international editor Gemma Fox, begins thusly:

For Samar, Gaza’s crippling blackouts used to mean a daily, panicked rush to take her son to the nearest hospital so that his lungs wouldn’t fail.

He suffers from a lung disease that has left him dependent on a machine to breathe. But the machine depends on electricity – something in critically short supply in Gaza.

Samar’s story is far from unique, with the enclave’s two million residents forced to try to survive on roughly three hours of electricity since Israel imposed a blockade in 2016.

Hospitals and other buildings rely on generators to keep the power on during the cuts, but they are expensive, and until recently, a luxury that Samar was unable to afford.


First, Israel imposed their blockades of Gaza, due to Hamas’s takeover of the strip, in 2007, not 2016.

Also, it was both Egypt and Israel who imposed a blockade. In Israel’s case, the only items that have generally been restricted are military related (or dual-use) goods.

Additionally, the Indy gets their figures on the daily availability of electricity in Gaza wildly wrong. Palestinians in the strip get around twelve hours a day, not three, as a detailed report and graph by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) makes clear.
BBC WS radio amplifies claim that a country called Palestine “existed”
Despite the claims from Hills and Lefrak, as we noted when BBC World Service radio previously promoted the museum and its founder back in June, it is essentially the continuation of a project that is very much political – even if Lefrak fails to identify it as such.

Lefrak: “Museum founder Bshara Nassar says his goal is to create a space that’s more personal than political.”
Nassar: “We want to really transform the story and put Palestinians in the light that we’re human beings, right? We’re artists, we’re entrepreneurs, we’re in politics and we contributing a lot to the US as immigrants as well.”
Lefrak: “Nassar immigrated to the US from the West Bank in 2011. When he came to Washington he saw a city full of museums but he didn’t see one that reflected him.”
Nassar: “Really I could not see a place where the Palestinian story can be told.”
Lefrak: “So he decided to open a travelling exhibition that would eventually become the museum. One of the objects in the collection is a 1946 passport for the Palestine Mandate. It was rendered useless the following year after the United Nations voted to establish the State of Israel. Curator Nada Odeh wants visitors to understand that history.”


That passport was of course in fact “rendered useless” in May 1948 when the British terminated their administration of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine – the purpose of which was to create a Jewish national home. In 1947 the UNGA passed a resolution (181) recommending that the area then still under British administration should be partitioned between Jewish and Arab states – a recommendation accepted by the Jews but rejected out of hand by the Arabs and hence never implemented. BBC world Service listeners heard nothing of that history – or the Arab attacks which followed that UN vote – but they did hear the ‘non-political’ museum’s Syrian-born head curator promote the falsehood that a country “called Palestine” used to exist.


German Cardinal: Antisemitism is an attack on us all
A prominent German cardinal of the Catholic Church has pledged that Jews and Christians will stand together in the fight against rising antisemitism in the country.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference and serves as the archbishop of Munich and Freising, said on Sunday night that “Christians and Jews will never separate again,” in the face of new antisemitism.

He made the comments during a panel discussion on antisemitism at the Catholic Academy in Berlin hosted by the German Bishops’ Conference and the Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany.

Among prominent figures who attended were Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission coordinator on combating antisemitism; Armin Laschet, prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia; and Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

A statement released by the German Bishops’ Conference quoted Marx as calling for stronger social commitment and better cohesion in society “in the face of resurgent antisemitism in Germany and Europe.”

He stressed that he was “very worried” about the direction society is heading because there are “more and more blogs and ideologies from people that cannot be taught, who indulge in conspiracy theories and soon unite as a sounding board for... slogans of antisemitism.”
Outrage in Germany over neo-Nazis’ political ‘kill list’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Monday strongly condemned death threats against two leading Green party politicians by a neo-Nazi group, as concern mounts over a rise in right-wing extremism.

Greens lawmaker Cem Ozdemir, who has Turkish roots, revealed at the weekend that police were investigating an email he had received from a neo-Nazi group saying he was at the top of their kill list.

“We are currently planning how and when to execute you. At the next rally? Or will we get you outside your home?” the email read, according to the Funke newspaper group.

Fellow Greens MP Claudia Roth received a message saying she was second in line to be killed.

Both emails were sent on October 27 and signed with “Nuclear Weapons Division Germany” (AWD), apparently a German offshoot of a notorious US-based neo-Nazi group.

“The German government clearly condemns any kind of threats or violence against politicians,” Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters.

“We cannot and will not accept these attacks on our free democratic system,” she said, vowing to use the full force of the law against the perpetrators.
White supremacist charged with planning to blow up Colorado synagogue
US authorities have arrested a known white supremacist on suspicion that he planned to blow up a synagogue in Colorado, local media reported Monday.

The suspect, named as Richard Holzer, 27, reportedly met an undercover FBI agent on Friday at a motel with explosives that he allegedly intended to use to attack Temple Emanuel in the city of Pueblo.

Holzer told an undercover FBI agent that he had previously been a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and had become a skinhead, according to the Denver Post.

Holzer said he was preparing a “holy war” and claimed to have poisoned the water at the synagogue with arsenic and was planning to do so again, The Denver Post reported, citing an affidavit filed on Saturday at the US District Court in Colorado.

According to the affidavit, when asked what if people were in the building when the bomb exploded, “Holzer stated that he did not think anyone would be there, but that if they were, Holzer would not care because they would be Jews.”
Men dressed as Jews hand out Holocaust denial fliers at Colorado mall
A group of men wearing large white yarmulkes and fringed prayer shawls handed out fliers promoting Holocaust denial and hung up cards bearing anti-Semitic canards on a pedestrian mall in Boulder, Colorado.

The fliers handed out at Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall by the men who appeared to be posing as Jews claimed the Holocaust was “impossible.”

The men also hung notes on index cards around the mall that claimed “Academia is dominated by Marxist Jews,” Jews run the porn industry,” and “Jews ran the Atlantic slave trade,” the Daily Camera newspaper reported.

The men livestreamed their actions, according to the report.

As of Sunday morning, no reports were filed with police about the fliers, Boulder police told the newspaper.


City of Poway, CA, set to rename street after Chabad shooting victim
The city council in Poway, Calif., will consider a proposal on Nov. 5 to change the name of a short street in memory of Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye, the only fatality in the shooting earlier this year at Chabad of Poway.

Under the proposal, Eva Drive would become Lori Lynn Lane. It is located near where the 60-year-old congregant lived with her husband, Dr. Howard Kaye, about a mile from the synagogue.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said that people associated with Chabad approached the city to propose the street-name change.

“They did all the groundwork, and our team got the obstacles out of the way,” he said. “It should have unanimous and enthusiastic support.”

Three people, including senior Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, were wounded on April 27 when lone gunman John Earnest shot at worshippers during Shabbat-morning services.

Earnest has pleaded not guilty to state and federal charges, including 113 federal hate crime-related counts.
Karish natural gas field off Israel’s shore found to be much bigger than thought
Energean Oil and Gas plc, a Greek gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, said Monday that its appraisal of the Karish North discovery offshore Israel has revealed 0.9 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas resources plus 34 million barrels of light oil or condensate.

The appraisal “significantly” increases the resource volumes discovered by Energean at the Karish and Tanin leases off Israel’s shore, the statement said.

The firm had already discovered 2.4 tcf of natural gas at the Karish and Tanin fields, along with 33 million barrels of light oil. Energean has already signed accords to sell 4.7 billion cubic meters a year of the fuel to Israeli customers.

Light crude oil is a liquid petroleum that has a low density and low viscosity than heavy crude oil. Natural gas condensate is a mixture of hydrocarbon liquids that are present in the raw natural gas produced at gas fields.

Israel, a nation traditionally starved of natural resources, believes the discovery of natural gas reserved off its shores in the Mediterranean will lead it to energy independence and make it an exporter of gas. The Karish and Tanin natural gas fields sit alongside the larger Tamar and Leviathan deposits in Israel’s economic waters in the Mediterranean.
Israel-Egypt gas pipeline deal expected in coming days
A deal that would transfer control of a natural gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt is expected to be closed in the next few days, the companies said on Sunday.

Texas-based Noble Energy (NBL.N), Israel’s Delek Drilling (DEDRp.TA) and Egyptian East Gas Co have partnered in a venture called EMED, which last year agreed to buy a 39% stake in the subsea EMG pipeline for $518 million that will carry Israeli gas exports to Egypt.

In a regulatory filing in Tel Aviv, Delek said the shares have already been transferred to the buyers while the funds are currently being held in a trust. It noted that no closing conditions remained.

“Upon the transfer of the full amount of the consideration to the sellers, which is expected to be performed in the coming days, the EMG transaction will be closed in practice,” Delek said.

Partners in Israel’s Leviathan and Tamar offshore gas fields had agreed to sell $15 billion worth of gas to a customer in Egypt — Dolphinus Holdings — but last month the deal was amended to boost supply by 34% to about 85 billion cubic meters, or an estimated $20 billion.
Elbit Systems Lands 5-Year, $50 Million Portuguese Defense Ministry Contract
Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems announced over the weekend that it has been awarded a $50 million contract to supply the Portuguese Air Force with a complete electronic warfare suite and customer logistics support for the new KC-390 multi-mission aircraft. The contract is to be completed over a five-year period.

Under the contract, Elbit will supply the Portuguese Air Force’s KC-390s with Radar and Laser Warning Systems, an IR Missile Warning System, Countermeasures Dispensing System, a Directional IR Countermeasures system and Active ECM (AECM) POD system.

“The Portuguese Air Force is a long-standing strategic partner of Elbit Systems and we are proud of this contract award to provide enhanced survivability for their new fleet of KC-390 aircraft,” said Edgar Maimon, executive vice president and general manager of Elbit Systems’ Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence Unit.

Last week, Elbit announced that it had been selected by the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport to provide the Swiss Armed Forces with an army-wide tactical Software Defined Radio (SDR) solution under the Telecommunications Armed Forces (TK A) program.
Ray Charles in Israel
“I had always heard that I was popular in Israel, but I didn’t get over there until the early seventies,” the soul genius Ray Charles recalled. “Some people asked me to do a documentary. I liked the idea. I’d never done anything like that before. The film people knew I wasn’t a scholar or a theologian, but they had heard that I had a decent working knowledge of the Bible. They had also heard that the Israelis liked me, and they hoped the two things would blend.”

Ray Charles, accompanied by his five backup singers, the Raelettes, arrived in Israel in early December 1972. In the first two weeks of that month they performed at five wildly successful concerts. Israeli fans of the “Genius of Soul” thronged the concert halls of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. Fans cheered the musicians in the streets and the press gave their concert tour wide coverage.

The musicians spent two weeks performing and touring in the country. It was, Charles remembered, an opportunity to “look around and learn. … It was all so old, so incredibly old, that I couldn’t help but shake my head in wonder. I could smell history in the streets.”

By the early 1970s, Ray Charles and the Raelettes had given concerts all over the world. In Japan, they had encountered particularly enthusiastic audiences. But in terms of enthusiasm none of these concerts prepared Charles and his ensemble for the reception they received in Israel.

That many Israelis liked Ray Charles and his music was an understatement. I was living in Jerusalem at the time and I remember vividly the excitement that his visit generated. I also remember that by the time I made it to the concert hall box office the two Jerusalem shows were completely sold out. I never got to hear him on that tour, but news of it was in all of the Israel newspapers. It seemed that by missing that concert I had missed more than the music.

The riveting story of the Jerusalem concert is best told by the genius himself: In his autobiography, Brother Ray, (co-written with David Ritz) Charles wrote that, “In thirty years on the road, I had never experienced anything like this. We were supposed to do two shows, but the first one had the crowd so crazy and happy that they wouldn’t leave. The second crowd was due any minute, but the first crowd wasn’t about to move.”


The Jewish roots of French icon Asterix the Gaul
The iconic adventures of Asterix the Gaul may be most famous in the French-speaking world, but their inspiration is decidedly Jewish.

One of the most famous characters in French comics, and considered by many to be a French national hero, the adventures of Asterix and his sidekick Obelix are popular all over the world. The comics were translated to over 100 languages, including Latin, Welsh and Hebrew. It has inspired 10 movies, the most recent one the 2018 Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion.

But could Asterix be Jewish? While the answer is obviously no – Asterix is literally a Gaul, after all – Ateret Yerushalayim rosh yeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Aviner argues that the Jewish inspiration is clearly there.

It is important to note that the original writer behind Asterix, René Goscinny, was undoubtedly Jewish, having been born in Paris in 1926 to two Jewish immigrants from Poland. His father accepted a job in Argentina after he was born, unknowingly ensuring their family won't be harmed by the Nazi occupation of France, to which he returned in 1946.

Speaking in an interview reported by Srugim, Rabbi Aviner, who is French himself – after mentioning that this isn't as important as studying Rashi, a medieval Jewish scholar who was also French – reaffirmed Goscinny's Jewishness.

"His father was born in Warsaw, and his grandfather was a rabbi," he explained. "His Jewish identity was strong."
Jewish astronaut snaps space pics of Israel, salutes late father
Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir, who made history last month as one half of the first all-female spacewalking team, on Friday posted pictures of Israel snapped from space with a caption saying the country was part of her father’s journey.

“My father’s globe spanning journey as a surgeon from the Middle East, to Europe, and eventually to the U.S. was an inspiration to many in my immediate and extended family. #TheJourney,” Meir wrote.

Meir’s late father was born in 1925 in Baghdad, and in 1931 the whole family left Iraq as a result of anti-Semitism and settled in pre-state Israel.

He was in medical school at the American University of Beirut when the 1948 War of Independence broke out and returned to Israel, where he drove an ambulance during the war. He then went to Geneva to finish medical school before taking a job in Sweden, where he met Meir’s mother, a nurse who was raised in a Christian Swedish family.

Her parents then moved to the US.




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Guillermo Gortázar, Presidente de la Fundación Hispano Cubano: ¿Debe ir Felipe VI a Cuba?. Redacción de españoles de Cuba: Cuba, presente en el debate electoral español

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Nota del Bloguista de Baracutey Cubano

Le señalo a Pedro Sánchez (Presidente en funciones del gobierno español,  que no Presidente electo en Elecciones Generales por el pueblo español, pues no ha podido hacer gobierno)   que los históricos  vínculos de España con el pueblo cubano  que él plantea no excluyem los vínculos  con  la parte del  pueblo cubano que está opuesta polítucamente a la dictadura Castrista. Según lo que se ha anunciado: los Reyes no se reuniran con la oposición política.  

Esa premura de Pedro Sánchez  por la visita de los Reyes a Cuba  es porque   es posible que en las próximas  Elecciones  Generales del 10 de noviembre de 2019 su partido, el Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE)  puede no ser el más votado o que no pueda nuevamente hacer gobierno...
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Radio Televisión Martí
Noviembre 06, 2019

Para la próxima semana está prevista la visita de los Reyes de España a la isla comunista un tema muy cuestionado que incluso fue parte del debate presidencial previo a la elección del jefe del gobierno español este domingo.

Cuestionada visita de los Reyes de España a Cuba


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¿Debe ir Felipe VI a Cuba?

Por Guillermo Gortázar
6 noviembre, 2019

La lista de riesgos y contraindicaciones en este apresurado viaje de S. M. el Rey a Cuba, justo después de las elecciones generales, es interminable.

Sólo a un osado Sánchez y a un torpe blanqueador de la dictadura como Borrell se les ocurre este desaguisado. Los lobbies de empresarios de negocios ventajistas en Cuba deben estar agradeciendo el esfuerzo continuado del PSOE, desde Felipe González, por involucrar a la Corona con sus mezquinos intereses cortoplacistas.

A la pregunta de si debe ir Felipe VI a Cuba sugiero una respuesta: sí, a presentar una eventual Commonwealth de Cuba con la Corona de España, en democracia y libertad.

El objetivo de la dictadura castrista, aún vigente, es mantenerse, durar lo más posible. Para ello, el gobierno cubano sabe que las relaciones políticas internacionales juegan un papel esencial y ellos son expertos en sacar partido de decenas de dignatarios de todo el mundo. Los castristas, en el fondo, desprecian a los dirigentes internacionales que visitan la Isla porque, salvo raras excepciones, los observan como peces que han caído en la red: siempre se les podrá sacar algo.

El vínculo de España con Cuba no es el de los empresarios hoteleros, socios de Fidel y Raúl Castro: es el vínculo histórico de dos pueblos, de familias, de proyectos de convivencia centenarios. España ha tenido grandes embajadores en Cuba. El más famoso fue Juan Pablo de Lojendio que, en 1960, zarandeó en directo en TV a Fidel Castro por calumniar a la Embajada de España. Otro embajador destacado fue José Antonio San Gil que dimitió de su puesto en La Habana en 1994, ante la melíflua política del ministro español de Exteriores, Solana, y los alegres bailes de Felipe González en el cabaret Tropicana.

(Rey Felipe VI y Reina Leticia)

Precisamente San Gil me comentó en La Habana en 1992 que él percibía una intensa proximidad entre los pueblos de Cuba y España: "Para los españoles, Cuba es como las Canarias, pero un poco más lejos". En efecto, después de más de cien años de independencia, el periodo dictatorial cubano es superior al de la libertad. Si hubiera un referéndum en Cuba en el que, siguiendo el modelo británico de la Commonwealth, la Corona española se ofreciera a continuar un vínculo histórico de progreso y libertad sería un buen final de la pesadilla castrista. Frente a dictadura y pobreza, libertad, democracia y progreso económico y social.

Los cubanos son muy celosos de su independencia. Tienen todo el derecho. Pero antiguas colonias como Canadá, Australia y Nueva Zelanda mantienen un vínculo histórico con la Corona británica (que es un trasunto de un vínculo entre sus pueblos) y nadie piensa que esos grandes países democráticos no sean independientes. Son democracias en libertad que aprecian y mantienen un vínculo histórico. Es decir, la política recoge lo que hay en el sentimiento profundo de dos pueblos que en el caso de Cuba, para los españoles y muchos cubanos, eran provincias del Reino de España, no sólo colonias.

Se puede aducir que Canadá admitió la jefatura del Estado británica fruto de un acuerdo de la Commonwealth y que los EEUU, que ganaron su independencia por una guerra como Cuba, no la aceptaron. La diferencia es que la república norteamericana es la historia de un éxito, pero el caso de Cuba es la historia de un fracaso, casi de un estado fallido: durante más de la mitad de su independencia han padecido una dictadura.

Precisamente las iniciativas socialistas de visitas reiteradas y financiación de la dictadura castrista van en la dirección contraria al vínculo histórico: aleja a España del afecto de los exiliados y de los demócratas de la Isla que llevan años esperando un cambio hacia la libertad y que la legitimación de la izquierda española, y parte de la derecha, contribuyen a retardar.

Por supuesto, a S.M. el Rey no le corresponde constitucionalmente una iniciativa, una oferta, de ese alcance de Commonwealth a la española que podría también ofrecerse a Puerto Rico, pero harían bien los políticos españoles, de cualquier signo, en preocuparse más por la libertad y bienestar de los cubanos, en mantener y en fortalecer el vínculo histórico de nuestros dos pueblos en lugar de satisfacer el blanqueo socialista de su apoyo a la dictadura y la legitimación de negocios ventajistas, impresentables, de empresarios y hoteleros socios al 50% de Fidel y de Raúl Castro.

Mucho mejor la Corona española en Cuba, al modo del Reino Unido con Canadá, como representación de una digna y reconocida historia común, que una dictadura que ya resulta incalificable.
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Cuba, presente en el debate electoral español

(De izquierda a derecha: Pablo Casado del PP, Pedro Sánchez del PSOE, Santiago Abascal de Vox, Pablo Iglesias de Unidas-Podemos  y Albert Rivera de Ciudadanos. Foto y comentario del Bloguista de Baracutey Cubano)

Por Redacción
5 noviembre, 2019

Cuba estuvo presente en el debate presidencial que se transmitió por televisión española para todos los hispanos de uno y otro lado del Atlántico.

Para los americanos que seguimos estas lides por una u otra razón, el debate era una cita impostergable, dados los temas que iban a tratar los candidatos, como por la trascendencia de un momento televisivo singular. En efecto, la ley electoral española deja en el aire la obligación de los candidatos a someterse a la lid pública, y si la costumbre los reduce a comparecer, se pueden dar momentos de antología como el que protagonizó el antiguo presidente del gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, que varias veces compareció ante la prensa o el Congreso de los Diputados a través de una pantalla de plasma (y sin derecho a preguntas); dejando bien claro importancia que a sus ojos tenía el resto de los contrincantes o el asunto a tratar.

Los españoles de Cuba tuvimos que esperar al final del debate, más allá de la media noche, para que los candidatos tocasen un tema que se ha llevado y traído hasta el aburrimiento durante estas últimas semanas: la vista del rey Felipe VI a la isla. Lo hicieron el bloque consagrado a la política exterior del reino. Como era de esperar, ni Pablo Casado, ni Alberto Rivera, perdieron el momento para fustigar a jefe del ejecutivo en funciones sobre el tema. Rivera, que domina el arte oratorio como ningún otro, le pidió a Sánchez que se enfrentase a los dictadores iberoamericanos con el mismo coraje que tuvo para desenterrar a Francisco Franco “no se puede ser valiente con los dictadores muertos hace 40 años, y ahora enviar los reyes a Cuba olvidando al pueblo cubano y al pueblo de Venezuela. Yo sí que estoy con ellos. A mí me parece que hay que acabar con las dictaduras, y apoyar a sus pueblos desde España para que ellos hagan también su transición y lleguen a la democracia”, afirmó convencido el líder de Ciudadanos.

De los tres, Santiago Abascal, es el único que lleva rodado un discurso a favor de la hispanidad y aseguró a sus partidarios que si llegara a ser presidente del gobierno intentaría que España tuviese el peso que le corresponde en la “hispanosfera”. Del mismo modo solicitó una mayor imbricación con Portugal, al que llamó “nación hermana”. Según el presidente de VOX, esa es la condición para que España gane peso y prestigio dentro de Europa. Aprovechó también para reiterar la idea de que una de las soluciones para resolver el problema demográfico o de fuerza laboral sería la de abrir las puestas a los americanos “Es el modo también para que el día que necesitemos inmigración, esta pueda proceder de naciones hermanas para que puedan integrarse pucho mejor entre nosotros, aseguró Abascal, no sin antes de advertir que habría que hacerlo con cuidado, por culpa de la ofensiva bolivariana “ lo digo con mucha preocupación porque el gobierno ha enviado a su majestad el rey a Cuba y va a forzarle con una foto con los castristas, con Maduro y con Ortega. Agradecería que esa foto se le ahorrase al gobierno de España y sobre todo, a su majestad el rey”, declaró con rotundidad. Casado también criticó la decisión del gobierno en funciones. Calificando de “inaceptable” la visita del Felipe VI a la “gerontocracia” que desgobierna la isla.

Sánchez respondió con lugares comunes a las críticas de los líderes de la oposición y reiteró el argumento que repiten los medios afines al socialismo desde hace semanas, cuyo tema principal es que la misma no significa en ningún caso un apoyo al régimen de La Habana. Recordó con su fatuidad habitual, que la isla la visitan desde hace tiempo todos los líderes mundiales. Para el presidente en funciones, sería inimaginable celebrar los 500 años de la fundación de la capital de todos los cubanos sin la presencia de España. En cualquier caso, el jefe del ejecutivo, restó importancia a las críticas, recordando los vínculos históricos de España con su antigua provincia, arrebatada a la corona por Estados Unidos en 1898.

La gran verdad, es que contrariamente a lo que se cree, Sánchez está defendiendo la posición de la casa del rey, que es la que desea desde hace años hacer una vista oficial a la isla. La última vez que se habló del asunto, hace algún tiempo, los expertos en comunicación de la Zarzuela, justificaron el entonces hipotético viaje con los mismos argumentos utilizados ahora por Sánchez. Recordemos que la escritora cubano española Zoé Valdés, intercambió con la casa real un par de mensajes de twiter en este sentido, sin que la misma modificara un ápice sus posiciones a favor de una dictadura que, como es bien sabido, adeuda millones de euros a los empresarios españoles amigos de Felipe VI. Presentar a este último como un cordero blanco sacrificado por el presidente del gobierno en aras de su propio beneficio electoral es un error que han cometido hasta ahora todos los analistas políticos sin excepción. No es la falta de visita lo que constituye una anomalía; lo que sí es una extravagancia, es la existencia de una dictadura de más de sesenta años en Cuba. También es una monstruosidad, la defensa a capa y espada de los intereses de los negreros que explotan con el contubernio de La Habana -y en pleno siglo XXI-, una mano de obra esclava sin derechos laborales de ningún tipo.

La única manera de salvar ese viaje de la vergüenza, es que el rey defienda en Cuba los intereses de las personas que trabajosamente conforman, tras la Argentina, la segunda comunidad española  más numerosa en Hispanoamérica; exigiendo a los negreros, en contrapartida a los esfuerzos de la Casa Real, que se les contrate y page como españoles que son. De la misma manera Felipe VI tendría que abogar desde La Habana por el restablecimiento de los derechos de sangre de los descendientes de los emigrantes españoles, en particular de aquellos que fueron desposeídos en Cuba de su nacionalidad española en 1898 a pesar de haber luchado armas en mano, por la soberanía y la integridad nacional de España.



          

Thays Peñalver: Venezuela es un país que se ha ‘castrizado’

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Thays Peñalver: Venezuela es un país que se ha ‘castrizado’
  Cuando explico la “cubanización” de Venezuela, quizás cometo una injusticia porque conozco a muchos cubanos que representan con dignidad su gentilicio. Por eso voy a explicar que nos hemos más bien “castrizado”, porque quiero dejar sentado que no se trata de socialismo, ni de comunismo, sino de algo mucho más profano, pues cuando se...
          

Mauricio Cárdenas: La reactivación de América Latina no saldrá del petróleo

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Mauricio Cárdenas: La reactivación de América Latina no saldrá del petróleo
  El año pasado, según la Reseña Estadística de la Energía Mundial de BP, América Latina produjo 8,6 millones de barriles por día (bpd) de petróleo, casi el 9% del total mundial. Aunque tradicionalmente los dos principales productores regionales eran México y Venezuela, ahora Brasil los superó y seguirá siendo el mayor productor latinoamericano hasta...
          

Apartamento, 2 quartos, 2 wc, 125m2, Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos

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Arrenda-se fabuloso T2 Varandas da Venezuela, com excelente varanda na sala, cozinha e quarto.Apartamento harmonioso, funcional e de muita qualidade!Ao entrar no apartamento encontra um espaço familiar de muito bom gosto, com uma sala ampla, onde...
2 dormitórios 2 banheiros 125 m2 10 EUR/m² garagem terraço
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Clavadista becada en Gainesville busca clasificar a las Olimpiadas representando a Venezuela

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Elizabeth Pérez, estudiante de la Universidad de la Florida, trabaja día a día para clasificar a los juegos olímpicos de Tokio 2020 como clavadista. Para esto, asiste a sus entrenamientos diarios en las piscinas del O’Connell Center, con el fin de corregir sus errores y sobresalir ante sus competidores. El objetivo más inmediato es la …
          

Rebellious musical 'Les Miserables' resonates in Venezuela

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In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums

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VENEZUELA CRISIS - El Grupo de Lima se cita en Brasilia con la crisis venezolana estancada

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Venezuela: Expels El Salvadorian diplomats in tit for tat.

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(Caracas)  There's a TV show on Amazon called 'Jack Ryan' based on the character written by Tom Clancy.  The second series aired over the weekend and this time the story centred around 'Venezuela'  in the middle of the story line we see the entire US diplomatic corp expelled from the country before the story line takes a most absurd direction which could only have been written by somebody who  simply doesn't have a clue. (I'll leave it at that without spoiling for anybody)


Funny enough whilst people were watching a fictitious story about expelling diplomats from Venezuela. the fat el Presidenti for life  'Nicolás Maduro ' deemed the entire El Salvadorean diplomatic mission  Persona non grata (granted) after El Salvador kicked out the entire Venezuelan diplomatic staff. Gee what a convulsed world we live in.

          

Ronan Manly: The power of gold in times of crisis

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9:05p ET Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Bullion Star gold researcher Ronan Manly tonight details some of gold's great rescues in extreme political circumstances, from Vietnam to South Korea to Argentina to Venezuela and to Zimbabwe.

Manly's commentary is headlined "The Power of Gold in Times of Crisis" and it's posted at Bullion Star here:

https://www.bullionstar.com/blogs/ronan-manly/the-power-of-gold-in-times...

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org



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Laicado venezolano reclama “un cambio urgente” del régimen de Maduro

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El Consejo Nacional de Laicos de Venezuela plantea entre sus desafíos impulsar “una transición a la democracia”, con “elecciones supervisadas”, pero descartando “sentimientos de odio y venganza” El laicado conforma la base estructural más amplia de la iglesia a nivel mundial. En Venezuela, cumple infinidad de compromisos de fe y protagoniza acciones de caridad como Leer más…
          

¡Repudio de Venezuela!: Cambian imagen de la Virgen por la de Chávez

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El hecho, vinculado a la famosa “Chinita”, sucedió en Maracaibo y rápidamente generó amplia indignación La devoción en el occidente venezolano por la Virgen de Chiquinquirá, también venerada en la vecina Colombia, es tan fuerte que podría usted meterse con las mismísimas madres de cada uno de ellos, pero si tocan a “La Chinita”, como Leer más…
          

Luz Mely Reyes de Efecto Cocuyo habla sobre “crear el nuevo sistema de medios en Venezuela” en medio de crisis y hostigamiento

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Hace veinte años, los periodistas no podían haber imaginado la situación actual de los medios en Venezuela, según Luz Mely Reyes, directora y cofundadora del sitio digital Efecto Cocuyo.

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Gobierno de Venezuela calificó de "infame" la activación del Tiar

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El Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro calificó de "infame" la activación del Tratado Interamericano de Asistencia Recíproca (TIAR) en el seno de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) con el respaldo de doce países, según un comunicado de la Cancillería de Venezuela.

La Administración de Maduro denunció "la infame decisión de un pequeño grupo de Gobiernos de la región que, alineados a los intereses del Gobierno supremacista de Estados Unidos, invocaron la activación de un nefasto instrumento de la historia de nuestro continente, como es el caso del Tiar".

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En el texto, se advierte que el Tiar, una instancia similar a una Otan americana y que abre la puerta a la intervención militar, "fue impuesto a nuestra región por Estados Unidos en el marco de la Guerra Fría y su propósito fue legitimar intervenciones militares en América Latina por razones ideológicas".

De igual forma, el mandatario Nicolás Maduro, dijo que su país tiene quien lo defienda, "a Venezuela se respeta carajo".

En contexto: Doce países de la OEA activan pacto militar frente a amenaza en Venezuela

Los países que votaron a favor fueron Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Estados Unidos, Guatemala, Haití, Honduras, Paraguay, República Dominicana y Venezuela, esta última representada por los delegados del líder opositor venezolano Juan Guaidó.

En su comunicado, el Gobierno de Maduro cita los casos de Guatemala en 1954, en Cuba en 1961, en República Dominicana en 1965, en Granada en 1983 y en Panamá en 1989. Además, destaca que no se activó para proteger a Argentina durante la Guerra de Las Malvinas en 1982.

"Los Estados Unidos traicionaron al continente y obviaron su activación, alineándose con su socio de la Otan", dice el comunicado.

Para el Gobierno, "resulta doloroso que países que fueron invadidos por tropas estadounidenses y cuyos pueblos fueron masacrados en aplicación del Tiar, hoy avalen un crimen semejante contra un país hermano, en una sesión del Consejo Permanente de la OEA a todas luces írrita y nula".


          

FF.MM. están en alerta ante ejercicios militares de Maduro: general Navarro

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El general Luis Fernando Navarro, comandante de las Fuerzas Militares, aseguró en diálogo con RCN Radio que los ejercicios militares que se iniciaron en Venezuela por orden del presidente Nicolás Maduro han hecho que se activen las alertas en territorio colombiano

Nosotros hemos estado bastante alertas y haciendo seguimientos a las maniobras. Tenemos la inteligencia activa y tenemos mecanismos que están en plena vigencia. Incluso, el canciller (Carlos Holmes Trujillo) está en EE.UU. haciendo denuncias ante la OEA”, aseguró el general Navarro.

Señaló que la amenaza se ubica también en el apoyo del “régimen de (Nicolás) Maduro” a cabecillas en ese territorio, del ELN y las disidencias. “Eso es alerta y riesgo para la seguridad nacional”, insistió.

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Según el general Navarro, “ellos tienen capacidades armamentistas importantes pero habría que ver cuál es su real capacidad”. 

Venezuela movilizó este martes a unos 150.000 efectivos en los ejercicios militares iniciados en la frontera con Colombia. Tanques, vehículos blindados cargados con misiles y decenas de soldados empezaron el despliegue en el aeropuerto de La Fría, en el estado Táchira.

Las maniobras en la frontera de 2.200 km, ordenadas por el presidente Nicolás Maduro tras denunciar un supuesto complot para impulsar un "conflicto militar", se extenderán hasta el 28 de septiembre.

Amenazas terroristas 

El comandante de las Fuerzas Militares también se refirió a la supuesta información que indica que desde Venezuela se estarían planeando atentados terroristas contra Colombia.

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“No olvidemos que los grupos residuales que están fuera de Colombia, no son todos. Hay una cantidad importante dentro del país y en sus objetivos está atentar a la población civil”, señaló el alto oficial.

El general Navarro advierte que las disidencias son las que asesinan a líderes sociales y presionan a candidatos para las próximas elecciones: “Tenemos información de que tienen intenciones de realizar acciones en áreas urbanas y en contra de la infraestructura vial y energética del Estado”.

Finalmente, recalcó en que es “preocupa enormemente” que desde territorio venezolano se esté amenazando a los colombianos. 


          

Fuerzas Militares realizan reconteo de integrantes de disidencias de Farc

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Las Fuerzas Militares confirmaron que realizan un reconteo de integrantes de las disidencias de las Farc que busca la actualización de la cifra de 2.300 integrantes, sumado a las redes de apoyo urbano de dicha organización ilegal.

“Mientras avanza este proceso, las zonas donde según inteligencia militar delinquen están siendo copadas por las fuerzas que buscan, además, frenar su accionar criminal en contra de la Fuerza Pública y la población civil”, dijo el comandante general Luis Fernando Navarro.

Además agregó: “seguimos con las operaciones para neutralizar estas acciones y contener su crecimiento. No podemos dejarlos copar aéreas ni podemos dejar que crezcan”.

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El general Navarro también reconoció que se han incrementado las acciones de grupos armados organizados en zonas como Norte de Santander, especialmente en el sector venezolano, “porque no hay control claro de las tropas del régimen de Maduro, por eso estamos copando la frontera”.

Según información de inteligencia militar, las disidencias siguen con la práctica de reclutar menores de edad o población vulnerable, “usando los mismos métodos de las antiguas Farc.

Finalmente, Navarro advirtió que desde Venezuela grupos residuales -disidencias de las Farc- están atacando a la Fuerza Pública colombiana.


          

Unos 1.100 guerrilleros del ELN están en Venezuela, según las FF.MM.

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Unos 1.100 miembros del ELN, el 45% de los combatientes de esa guerrilla, se refugian en Venezuela, dijo este miércoles el comandante de las Fuerzas Militares de Colombia, general Luis Fernando Navarro.

"Estamos hablando de más o menos el 45% de efectivos del ELN (...), unos 1.100 hombres", dijo el general Navarro en la ciudad de Cartagena.

El Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) cuenta con unos 2.300 combatientes y una extensa red de apoyo, según explicó una fuente del Comando de las Fuerzas Militares a la agencia AFP.

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Navarro aseguró que entre los subversivos que se refugian en territorio venezolano hay miembros del Comando Central (COCE), el órgano de dirección del ELN y de su 'estado mayor'.

El alto oficial señaló que el comandante guerrillero Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo, conocido como Pablito, "permanece" en el estado venezolano de Apure.

Pablito, por quien el gobierno colombiano ofrece una recompensa de 1,3 millones de dólares, es el hombre fuerte y con mayor capacidad de fuego del grupo guerrillero, según expertos.

"Siempre hemos denunciado que allá permanecen esas estructuras y sus cabecillas", afirmó el general.

Desde el gobierno del expresidente Álvaro Uribe, Colombia ha denunciado que Venezuela da refugio al ELN y, en su momento, a las desarmadas Farc, unos señalamientos que Caracas niega.

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Los países del Grupo de Lima -del que Colombia forma parte- rechazaron el viernes en un comunicado "la protección" del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro "a grupos terroristas que operan en el territorio de Colombia".

Venezuela, que rompió relaciones con Colombia en febrero, fue junto a Chile uno de los países acompañantes en los diálogos del gobierno del expresidente Juan Manuel Santos con las Farc, que derivaron en la firma de un histórico acuerdo de paz en 2016.

Además, fue nombrada como garante en las negociaciones desarrolladas por Santos con el ELN en Cuba, suspendidas por el presidente Iván Duque, tras el atentado a la escuela policial José María Córdoba en enero, que dejó 22 muertos en Bogotá.

Santos y ahora Duque lideran junto a Estados Unidos la presión diplomática contra la "dictadura" de Maduro y reconocen al opositor Juan Guaidó como presidente interino de Venezuela.


          

Comisión de las FF.MM. investiga incursión militar venezolana

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El comandante de las Fuerzas Militares, general Luis Fernando Navarro, aseguró que designó a una comisión especial de la Inspección General para que investigue la supuesta incursión por parte de militares venezolanos.

“Evidentemente se presentaron eventos que fueron informados. Las tropas del grupo MASA hicieron lo que tenían que hacer de acuerdo a los protocolos”, indicó. 

“Yo creo que una vez sean analizados los hechos se presentarán los resultados”, dijo el general Navarro, quien enfatizó en que existen testimonios que refrendan la versión de la incursión. 

Según el comandante, “las tropas llegaron al sitio y tomaron contacto con la gente para que se confirmara que no había ningún tipo de violación en contra de la comunidad”. 

Tras los análisis, dicha comisión pasará los informes a la Cancilleria para que haga los pronunciamientos al respecto.

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ELN en Venezuela 

El general Navarro también reiteró que según cifras oficiales, al menos el 45% de los miembros del ELN, de frentes que delinquen en zona limítrofe con Venezuela, se encuentran en el vecino país. 

Recalcó que al menos 1100 hombres de esa guerrilla se encuentran escondidos en Venezuela, “hacen presencia en los estados venezolanos de Táchira, Zulia y Apure. Los bandidos que delinquen en Norte de Santander y Arauca se encuentran en Venezuela".


          

La OTAN destaca que tiene "mucho que aprender" de su socio global Colombia

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El secretario general adjunto para Asuntos Políticos y de Seguridad de la OTAN, Alejandro Alvargonzález, dijo a Efe que la Alianza Atlántica tiene "mucho que aprender" de Colombia, el primer país de América Latina que logra el estatus de "socio global" de la organización.

"No tengo ningún pudor en decir que en la OTAN tenemos mucho que aprender de las Fuerzas Armadas de Colombia en aspectos concretos, exactamente igual que pensamos que podemos aportar a Colombia", indicó Alvargonzález en una entrevista con Efe.

El "número tres" de la Alianza reconoció su "profundo cariño y admiración" por Colombia, que oficializó en mayo de 2018 su relación con la OTAN como socio global.

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Afirmó que Colombia, a causa del conflicto armado con las guerrillas, "ha sufrido mucho" pero que "ha sabido poner fin a ese sufrimiento con valor político y con el valor de sus ciudadanos por delante".

"Y es un país que, a lo largo de esos 40 años en que ha sufrido todos los males que uno pueda imaginar, ha sabido construir una estructura de seguridad y unas Fuerzas Armadas que son extremadamente serias y eficaces", admitió.

Alvargonzález valoró en concreto la "eficacia" de la participación de Bogotá en el programa aliado "Building Integrity" ("Construyendo integridad") para la lucha contra la corrupción.

"No solo lo han adoptado las Fuerzas Armadas colombianas, sino que lo han adoptado tan bien que les hemos tenido que pedir a las Fuerzas Armadas de Colombia que nos apoyasen a la hora de desarrollar ese programa en Ucrania", comentó.

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También puso de relieve el centro sobre desminado humanitario que está desarrollando Colombia, "que no es algo sencillo, que es algo que requiere una profesionalidad muy profunda y que va a poner al servicio de todos nosotros".

Además, destacó los conocimientos de Colombia en materia de fuerzas especiales o de uso de helicópteros en operaciones nocturnas, "que tienen mucho que aportar".

Alvargonzález recordó asimismo la participación de activos colombianos en algunas misiones aliadas de carácter naval.

"Por lo tanto, es un socio bienvenido", resumió, también en el contexto de que considera a América Latina "la continuidad natural de lo que a veces llamamos Occidente".

"Yo no concibo a Occidente sin América Latina, pero esto es algo que tiene que cuajar también en otros lugares. Porque tiene nuestro mismo sistema de valores que tenemos en esta casa y que tienen en otros países, y que es preciso que se tome esto también en consideración", indicó.

Por todo ello, afirmó que "el paso dado por Colombia es un paso que nosotros tenemos que agradecer" y del que Colombia "va a obtener frutos más que interesantes para sus Fuerzas Armadas, para su seguridad y, por lo tanto, para su sociedad también".

Preguntado por la posibilidad de que otros estados de la región se conviertan en nuevos socios globales de la OTAN, Alvargonzález aseveró que, "si hubiera solicitudes por parte de países de América Latina, por supuesto que se estudiarían".


          

FF.MM. sugiere que Guardia venezolana es complaciente con ELN, tras atentado en Arauca

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El comandante de la Fuerzas Militares, general Luis Fernando Navarro, lamentó el atentado contra un puesto de control en Arauca en el que dos policías fueron asesinados, al parecer por guerrilleros del ELN en zona fronteriza con Venezuela y quienes -según informaciones de las autoridades- posteriormente se pasaron al vecino país.

El general Navarro dijo que pareciera que la guardia venezolana fuera cómplice en estos hechos, debido a que no actúa oportunamente -según sus declaraciones- para capturar a los autores de estos atentados. 

"Existe la presencia de irregulares y bandidos en territorio venezolano sin ningún control y que nos ocasionan este tipo de problemas continuamente", dijo el oficial.

En contexto: Falleció segundo policía víctima de atentado a puesto de control en Arauca

El atentado se perpetró en contra del Puesto de Control Integrado, compuesto por personal de la Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales (DIAN), Migración Colombia y la Policía Fiscal y Aduanera (Polfa), en el puente internacional José Antonio Páez, de la capital del departamento de Arauca. 


          

Retos en materia de seguridad para 2019 en Colombia

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Si 2018 fue un año difícil para Colombia en materia de seguridad, 2019 también lo será ya que según analistas y expertos la fuerza pública, en cabeza del presidente Iván Duque y el ministró de Defensa, Guillermo Borrero, tendrá que reducir la cifra de cultivos ilícitos, desmantelar los grupos armados organizados y recuperar la tendencia a la baja de los homicidios y hurtos.   

“Sacar adelante el compromiso contra los cultivos ilícitos con una reducción del 50%, que supongo se apoyará en la aspersion aérea. También reforzar la seguridad ciudadana y rural”, dijo Hugo Acero, experto en seguridad.  

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Según el analista Víctor de Currea Lugo, en los retos también está el manejo que en materia de seguridad se le de a la situación en Venezuela y a la presencia activa de carteles mexicanos en el sur del país.  

“Se debe trabajar en lo que se derive de la implementación del proceso de paz con las Farc ya que eso aumenta la formación de disidencias. También trabajar en contra de la presencia de carteles mexicanos”. 

El 2019 también inicia con un aumento en cifra de grupos armados organizados como las disidencias con 1749 y el Clan del Golfo con más de 1600; a dichas cifras, según el militar retirado John Marulanda debe hacerle frente la nueva cúpula militar y de Policía.   

“Este cambio de cúpula deberá enviar un mensaje operacional de mayor efectividad frente a los riesgos que está viviendo el país”, dijo.    

Con los planes Diamante de las FF.MM. y El que la Hace la Paga 2 de la Policía Nacional la fuerza pública no sólo busca recuperar la seguridad nacional sino contrarrestar los principales delitos que afectan a la ciudadanía, como lo es el hurto, el secuestro y la extorsión. 


          

Duque sobre tregua del ELN: las Fuerzas Militares no descansarán

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El Presidente de la República, Iván Duque, afirmó que las Fuerzas Militares no descansarán y seguirán realizando operativos en respuesta al anuncio que dio el ELN sobre una tregua navideña.

Duque indicó que no entrará a calificar esa decisión, pero aclaró que las autoridades tienen un mandato constitucional, el cual consiste en garantizar la protección de la comunidad.

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“Es usual que en la temporada decembrina algunos grupos armados le hablan al país de treguas o de ceses unilaterales, yo no voy a entrar a calificar esos anuncios, las Fuerzas Militares nunca descansan y siempre están dispuestas a proteger a los ciudadanos”, recalcó Duque.

El mandatario, durante la ceremonia de posesión del nuevo comandante de las Fuerzas Militares, le recordó a la guerrilla del ELN que si quiere tener un gesto genuino de paz, debe parar todo tipo de actividades violentas.

“Les debe llegar un mensaje claro a las organizaciones que desean seguir en la violencia, sembrando desolación y quieren hablar de paz mientras siguen en las actividades violentas. La única manera en la que puede haber confianza es cuando se liberen a los secuestrados que tienen en su poder”, sostuvo.

La guerrilla del ELN emitió un comunicado en el que anuncia una tregua que iniciará este 23 de diciembre, y que culminará el 3 de enero del 2019.

De acuerdo con la comunicación emitida por el grupo armado, la decisión se debe a la intención de “aportar a un clima de tranquilidad en la Navidad y el Año nuevo”.

En la misma comunicación, el grupo armado reiteró que no se levantará de la mesa de diálogo y “por el contrario, seguiremos trabajando por la continuidad del proceso de conversaciones de acuerdo a la Agenda establecida, con la participación de la sociedad y el acompañamiento de la comunidad internacional buscando acuerdos humanitarios, un nuevo cese bilateral; tras un acuerdo de paz con cambios profundos, que le ponga fin al conflicto armado y establezca una verdadera democracia para Colombia”.

La guerrilla aprovechó para enviarle un mensaje al presidente Iván Duque, a quien le dijo que “abandonar los caminos y esfuerzos de diálogo y paz, agrava la crisis de Colombia, porque terminaría destruyendo lo que queda de los acuerdos con las Farc y desconoce el proceso de solución política con el ELN”.

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“Es demasiado grave y contradictorio, que en el contexto de un Proceso de Paz, el régimen haya incrementado la persecución y el genocidio de líderes sociales y defensores de Derechos Humanos, a la vez que aumenta las amenazas de guerra contra Venezuela”, dice el comunicado del ELN. 


          

Nayib Bukele pide respeto a Nicolás Maduro

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El presidente de la República, Nayib Bukele Ortez, pidió respeto al presidente de Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, luego que se colgara un vídeo donde el presidente venezolano lo tilda de “traidor” del pueblo salvadoreño. “Da vergüenza ver como se derrite frente a imperialismo una persona que llegó a la presidencia de la república con alguna esperanza […]
          

Nelson Demille and Alex DeMille discuss THE DESERTER on Authors on the Air

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Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes best-selling author Nelson DeMille and award-winning film director and writer Alex DeMiller to the studio to discuss their book THE DESERTER. ABOUT NELSON:  Nelson DeMille  is an American author of action adventure and suspense novels. His novels include Plum Island, The Charm School, and The Gold Coast. DeMille has also written under the pen names Jack Cannon, Kurt Ladner, Ellen Kay and Brad Matthews. ABOUT ALEX: Alex DeMille is a writer, director, and film editor. He grew up on Long Island and received a BA from Yale University and an MFA in film directing from UCLA. His films and screenplays have won multiple awards and fellowships, including his film The Absence, which played at dozens of festivals around the country and was awarded Best Film at Comic-Con in 2012. ABOUT THE DESERTER:  When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army’s elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made international headlines. But circumstances were murky: Did Mercer desert before he was captured? Then a second video sent to Mercer’s Army commanders leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence has willfully disappeared.   When Mercer is spotted a year later in Caracas, Venezuela, by an old Army buddy, top military brass task Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division to fly to Venezuela and bring Mercer back to America—preferably alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner’s inexperience, by their undeniable chemistry, and by Brodie’s suspicion that Maggie Taylor is reporting to the CIA. @copyrighted.  Listen to the podcast on your favorite app or at soundcloud.com
          

El Ejército de Venezuela entrega a sus unidades armamento repotenciado

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El Ejército de Venezuela entregó a sus unidades superiores (brigadas) y unidades tácticas (batallones y grupos) sistemas de armas repotenciadas y reparadas por el Servicio de Arma ... - Fuente: www.infodefensa.com
          

La Armada de Venezuela pone a punto sus misiles antibuque Otomat

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Técnicos de la Armada de Venezuela están procediendo a la “puesta a punto” de sus misiles antibuque Otomat. Así se informó a través de un mensaje por Twi ... - Fuente: www.infodefensa.com
          

In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums...

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In Venezuela, special police force wreaks havoc in slums...


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Caracas, La Habana y por qué los venezolanos hacen colas por gasolina

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Imagen: Archivo Por Héctor Escandell En zonas enteras de Venezuela escasea la gasolina. Las colas para surtir son kilométricas. El venezolano promedio que vive en los estados fronterizos debe permanecer en las filas hasta tres días para comprar veinte litros. “Yo tenía un trabajo”, dice un hombre que lleva dos días empujando su carro. “Mi […]
          

Iván Freites: Venezuela produce poca gasolina y una parte va a Cuba

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Por Radio Fe y Alegría Noticias El secretario general del Sindicato de Trabajadores Petroleros y Gasíferos, Iván Freites, aseguró que la escasez de gasolina se agudizará pues Venezuela no produce suficiente. En entrevista con Radio Fe y Alegría Noticias, Freites señaló que en Venezuela sólo están activas dos refinerías, Amuay y Cardón, que juntas producen 110 mil barriles diarios. Además, […]
          

BWorld 378, IPRI 2019 and banning brand

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* My column in BusinessWorld on October 18, 2019.


“Man… had still in himself the great foundation of property… when invention and arts had improved the conveniences of life, was perfectly his own, and did not belong in common to others.”

— John Locke, Second Treatise on Government (1690)

About two centuries before the concept of intellectual property rights (IPR) was formally articulated and legislated in many countries, the great British classical liberal thinker John Locke has already argued that such inventions and arts are private property and not societal, collective, or communal property.

I used that quote when I presented my paper during the global launching of the “International Property Rights Index (IPRI) 2019 Report” at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Oct. 16.

IPRI is an annual study and published by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA, Washington DC) in partnership with close to a hundred independent and market-oriented think tanks worldwide.

During the formal launch, PRA Executive Director Lorenzo Montanari discussed the philosophy behind IPRI and its annual reports. He said that private property rights are human rights.
  
IPRI 2019 author Dr. Sary Levy-Carciente, an academic economist from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University, Center of Polymer Studies, discussed the components, sub-components and data sources of IPRI. The results of IPRI 2019 covering 129 countries, vs IPRI 2018 covering 125 countries can be seen in the table.

  
The Philippines’ performance in 2019 over 2018 can be summarized as: (1.) an improvement in overall IPRI rank, 67th/129 vs 70th/125, also in overall score, 5.31 vs 5.22; (2.) an improvement in PPR rank, 60th/129 vs 63rd/125, score is the same; (3.) an improvement in IPR rank, 58th vs 62nd; and, (4.) a deterioration in LPE, 102nd/129 vs 95th/125, although score has barely changed. Meaning other countries simply improved significantly in LPE compared with the Philippines.

The keynote speaker before the launch was Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez. Mr. Lopez recognized the improvement in the Philippines’ overall ranking and noted improvements in their mandates like the rising number of IPR registrations like utility models, patents, and trademarks. He also noted that the Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape laws were created only last year and this year, hence the gains are not yet fully captured in IPRI 2019 results. So we can expect an improvement in the Philippines’ ranking in IPRI 2020 and 2021. Good point, Mr. Lopez.

IPRI 2019 has several cases studies, including my paper, “Banning Brand — Economic and Consumer Impact of Plain Packaging.”

It is surprising that while the original target of banning branding on packaging and using plain packaging instead — using largely graphic warnings, bland and non-colorful marks with no brands but with the names in very small type — was tobacco, recent moves and proposals are to extend banning branding among basic consumer items — candies, crisps, sweets, high sugar drinks, soda, and even chocolates. The new goal is to fight obesity and non-communicable diseases by demonizing major brands and companies that produce these goods, and these proposals are more pronounced in UK.

I showed a critique to these moves in UK by Ron Cregan, founder of Endangered Species. He wrote:

“Simplifying the design, construction and manufacturing of consumer packaging effectively lowers, and even removes, the barriers to entry for counterfeiters. Without this complexity, plain packaging allows criminal gangs to copy and reproduce authentic and legitimate products with relative ease.”

Banning brands is ineffective at achieving policy goals, It damages the IPR environment, and cedes market share to criminal syndicates that prefer to remain anonymous rather than earn a reputation.

IPRs like trademarks and brands should be protected — for consumer choices, for investment protection, even for government taxation and battling criminality and terrorism — and not prohibited.

There were three reactors to my presentation. Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines Josephine Santiago, FEF Fellow and trade lawyer Kristine Alcantara, and vice-chair of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s IPR committee, Dmitri Roleda.

After the launch, Lorenzo and Dr. Carciente also visited some government offices like the office of Senator Koko Pimentel, the Chairman of the Philippine Competition Commission Arsenio Balisacan, and the Chairman of the Optical Media Board Anselmo Adriano.

It is important that the sanctity of private property, physical and intellectual property, should be upheld always. Inventors, composers, writers, artists who produce original and innovative products and services should be rewarded with such recognition.
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BWorld 377, Property rights and transportation bureaucracy

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* My column in BusinessWorld on October 15, 2019.


“In all countries where there is tolerable security, every man with common understanding will endeavour to employ whatever stock he can command, in procuring either present enjoyment or future profit.”

— Adam Smith,
The Wealth of Nations (1776), Book II, Chapter 1, “Of the division of stock”

The father of market economics was referring to private property rights protection and how people will use such property to either expand current consumption or future investments. Otherwise, if there is rampant disrespect for private property and investments, “where men are continually afraid of the violence of their superiors… they conceal a great part of their stock,” Smith added.

Among the perplexing things that continue until now is the government confiscating private property (buses, aircon vans, taxi, jeepney, private cars, motorcycles, etc.) and having these impounded by various agencies like Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in far away places. Corporate and individual owners of these vehicles must pay a big fine and a big towing fee before they can get their vehicles, while the vehicles may suffer some physical and mechanical damage in the process of towing and impounding.

If one passes by Ayala and Buendia Avenues in Makati, other commercial areas like Ortigas, Eastwood, BGC, and Cubao, among the regular daily sights are long lines of people, tens of thousands of passengers, queuing for a ride in buses, jeepneys, and aircon vans. There is huge insufficiency in the number of these vehicles daily, in the morning and afternoon till evening. The inconvenience has prompted many people have to drive their own cars or motorcycles, which contribute to more traffic congestion.

So why is the government confiscating and impounding private property like these vehicles when these are what the public and commuters need, which further cause inconvenience in public transportation?
  
Sure the owners of these vehicles have faults and may not have followed certain government regulations, but the regulations themselves are often very strict and costly, very bureaucratic and time consuming, they were designed to force some players to violate them, and that is where more government harassment and possible extortion comes in.

Then there is the problem with rails. The Philippines has among the most underdeveloped rail system in Asia (see Table 1).


The government should simply privatize the LRT, MRT and Philippine National Railways (PNR). After many decades, there is no significant improvement and modernization despite the huge increase in potential and actual passengers. The private sector has the financial and technical muscles to modernize these things without the need for additional taxes and subsidies, like the P6 billion a year annual subsidy to MRT alone in Edsa (see Table 2).



In addition, the Pasig River ferry needs to be privatized too. After many years of existence, the project does not appear attractive to the public.

The transportation bureaucracy, the many agencies, national and local governments, converge to penalize private sector initiatives like buses, TNVS and aircon vans with lots of restrictions, penalties, and impounding. Government needs to step back and focus on its main purpose — protect the people’s right to life, liberty, and private property. It should get out being in the business running trains and ferries.

Meanwhile, the global launching of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) 2019 will be done tomorrow morning, Oct. 16, at Fairmont Hotel in Makati. The important speakers will be Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez as Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sary Levy-Carciente, an academic economist from Venezuela to discuss the results of IPRI 2019, Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA, Washington DC), and former Department of Finance Secretary and now Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Freedom, Roberto de Ocampo as Closing Speaker. Famous TV host and trade lawyer Tony Abad will be the program emcee.
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BWorld 375, Property rights and agrarian lefts

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* My article in BusinessWorld on October 08, 2019.


“CARP has instead effected a massive de-formalization of agriculture! Time to allow agriculture to march out of the informal into the formal sector. It is time, in other words, to stop redistributing poverty!”

— Dr. Raul Fabella, “CARP: Time to Let Go,” 
UPSE Discussion Paper 2014-02, February 2014

Unlike agrarian reform in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan that lasted only for several years before forced land redistribution was halted, the Philippines’ agrarian reform is endless, with no timetable — a forever program.

Former President Marcos declared his own agrarian reform in 1972 and when he was ousted, former President Cory Aquino implemented another version, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP, RA 6657, June 1988). CARP should have ended by 1998 but it was extended under RA 9700 (August 2009). So from 1972 to 2019, there have bee 47 years of agrarian reform and there is no plan to end it.

Endless agrarian reform is wrong because it creates endless business uncertainty in two sectors, agribusiness and mass housing programs.

First, an agribusiness person develops an idle or ugly piece of land into a productive, revenue-earning fruit orchard. Rural jobs are created, food production is expanded, and that is also where the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) can come, knock on the person’s door to inform him/her that the land will soon be forcibly distributed to the workers. And this contributes to why many rural areas remain planted to traditional low-value crops.

Second, real estate developers endure many years of waiting for the DAR to approve land conversion from agricultural to mass housing projects.

I spoke with Jeffrey Ng, a fellow alumni of the UP School of Economics (UPSE) and President of our UPSE Alumni Association. He is also the Chairman of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA). Jeff said that they have to “get approval from National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Coconut Authority, Sugar Regulatory Administration, then the Department of Agriculture itself. Only then can we apply for actual conversion with DAR. After which comes LGUs, DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and HLURB (Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board). All these delays cost money and interest, which unnecessarily raises the cost of socialized and mass housing projects.”

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered that this entire land conversion process should not take more than 30 days. Jeff said that it can be done if all these government agencies and departments will put up a one-stop shop under the new Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

Some 6.5 million Filipino families do not own a house yet, so the supply of buildable land for affordable mass housing should increase. And DAR and endless agrarian reform is part of the problem. This is agrarian and property leftism.

Related to this is the low score and global ranking of the Philippines in property rights protection like land. Small- and medium-size landowners are unsure if they can continue ownership and control of their land in the next 10 or 20 years.

In the International Property Rights Index (IPRI), an annual study by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA, Washington DC), the Philippines ranks low. The index is composed of three components: Legal and Political Environment (LPE), Physical Property Rights (PPR) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). LPE has four sub-components, IPR has three, and PPR also has three — Protection of physical property, Registering property, and Ease of access to loans.

In overall IPRI, the Philippines ranked 77th out of 118 economies in the 2010 Report, improved to 70th out of 125 economies in the 2018 report. In PPR, the Philippines has significantly improved over these years, ranked 80th in the 2010 Report and 63rd in the 2018 Report (See Table).
  


IPRI 2019 will be launched on Oct. 16 at Fairmont Hotel. How will the Philippines rank then, both in IPRI overall and PPR?

Report author, Dr. Sary Levy-Carciente, an economist from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University, Center of Polymer Studies, will come to discuss the report. PRA Executive Director Lorenzo Montanari will accompany her. The local partners of this event are the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) and Minimal Government Thinkers.

The words of Dr. Fabella, a National Scientist, my former teacher, and our former Dean of UPSE, should be heeded by legislators and the administration, to finally end the endless forced redistribution of private lands.
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Inequality 39, Capitalism and its detractors

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A friend, Richard Heydarian, posted this article in his fb wall with his note, "Injustice of capitalism 🙈"

'Eye-Popping': Analysis Shows Top 1% Gained $21 Trillion in Wealth Since 1989 While Bottom Half Lost $900 Billion”
byJake Johnson, staff writer
Friday, June 14, 2019

I commented, "And you want the 'justice' of socialism? Fb capitalism is cool, even critics of capitalism super enjoy and use it."

Richard replied, "not sure about the bottom 60 percent of world population subsidising the billionaires on top... these networks are extracting 'rents' by appropriating commons..."

No. We users of FB, YouTube, Twitter, Google, etc, do not subsidize the owners of these great inventions. It's the reverse, their inventions subsidize and modernize our lifestyle. We should be thankful of them, not demonize them because they are super rich. Of course these guys are not  angels but neither are they devils as most lefties would portray them.

And to say "appropriating commons" is wrong. These products and services are not part of natural commons like air, sea and mountains. These were non existent before, they were invented by bright minds who know exactly what the people want. They become rich, they privatize what they privately invented and risks taken.

On “data mining” by these socmeds -- when I sign up for "free" social media, I know that owners of these platforms also have free access to my posts, pms, etc. I don't care. People who are bothered with this, I suggest they deactivate NOW. Keep their privacy to the max, minimize emails too. There are tradeoffs to some "freebies" like free fb, free twitter, etc. I accept the tradeoffs. Rich inventors of these socmeds meet happy subscribers worldwide. The beauty of capitalism, people transact their businesses on a voluntary scheme, no one is forced, coerced to sign up and give up something.

On the contrary, the stupidity and idiocy of socialism -- people are forced, coerced to feed the wasteful and irresponsible, via high taxes, mandatory fees and contributions. Venezuela is a good case when people or leaders lambast the profit system and replace it with heavy state coercion system. Result is equality of poverty and misery, lousy.

(Linear inequality graph, not mine, I only got it from the web, CTTO, thank you.)
Private enterprise and the profit system really results in more inequality, 100%. Because people have free will. The will to be hardworking and the will to be complacent. Some people work hard 6-7 days a week but if they also party 6-7 nights a week and have zero savings, then they are headed for poverty, 100%. The super-rich are demonized because they know how to super-save, how to reinvest instead of spending quick their initial big earnings. This is wrong. 
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Canciller de #Venezuela resalta logros de #Cuba pese al bloqueo

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El canciller de Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, resaltó como el pueblo cubano sigue adelante con dignidad y creatividad pese a más de seis décadas de bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero por parte de Estados Unidos. En su cuenta en la red … Seguir leyendo
          

1978 Campeonato Sudamericano De Potencia Brasil

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. . . . . . . . 1978 Campeonato Sudamericano De Potencia Brasil. Dias 10 Al 16 De Diciembre - 3º Edicion. Ciudad De Campinas - Estado De San Pablo - Brasil . Resultados Generales . Mosca Menos De 56 Kgs.. 1 Joao Almeida (Brasil)...Total: 422,5 Kgs.. Gallo Mas De 56 Kgs.. 1 Nivaldo Santos (Brasil)...Total: 415 Kgs.. Pluma Hasta 60 Kgs.. 1 Paulo De Sene (Brasil)...Total: 442,5 Kgs.. 2 Roberto Zuchetti (Venezuela)...Total: 255 Kgs.. Liviano Hasta 67,5 Kgs.. 1 Sergio Zeinstejer (Argentina)...Total: 585 Kgs.. 2 Alberto Zalbidea (Argentina)...Total: 425 Kgs.. Mediano Hasta 75 Kgs.. 1 Koji Michi (Brasil)...Total: 545 Kgs.. 2 Jose Sueldo (Argentina)...Total: 430 Kgs.. 3 Juan Romero (Argentina)...Total: 335 Kgs.. Ligero Pesado Hasta 82,5 Kgs.. 1 Jose De Oliveira (Brasil)...Total: 590 Kgs.. 2 Leopoldo Romagnoli (Brasil)...Total: 570 Kgs.. 3 Nicolas Petrilli (Argentina)...Total: 540 Kgs.. Mediano Pesado Hasta 90 Kgs.. 1 Luis Gonzaga De Almeida (Brasil)...Total: 667,5 Kgs.. Pesado Especial Hasta ...
          

Ministro Jorge Rodríguez muestra nuevas evidencias de vínculos de Los Rastrojos con Juan Guaidó

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Jorge Rodríguez, ministro del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información, indicó en rueda de prensa que Jonathan García, alias «Patrón Pobre», fue el miembro de la banda paramilitar colombiana Los Rastrojos que se encargó de trasladar al dirigente opositor Juan Guaidó.

Este hecho se dio el pasado 22 de febrero y se desmiente la versión de la derecha sobre que Guaidó se encontró con unos hombres armados durante su traslado a territorio colombiano. Estas pruebas se dieron por la declaración de Argenis Vaca, alias «Vaquita», quien fue capturado el 01 de noviembre.


          

Canciller Arreaza insta a condenar bombardeo colombiano que mató a siete niños

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Jorge Arreaza, ministro del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores, instó a la Comunidad Internacional a condenar el bombardeo autorizado por el gobierno de Colombia que mató a 7 niños en un ataque contra un supuesto bastión de exrebeldes de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (Farc-EP) el pasado 02 de noviembre.

Al respecto, Arreaza escribió a su cuenta Twitter @jaarreaza lo siguiente: “Siguen ocurriendo atrocidades en Colombia. En un supuesto bombardeo contra la guerrilla, presentado como un éxito por el gobierno, asesinaron a 7 niñ@s. Horroroso falso positivo que ocultaron durante dos meses. No tienen límites”.


          

Comment on Trump is more like Hitler than he was by Origin

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How do I feel about Trump at this point in his presidency? Good news: He has kept the US out of more wars. IMO, as president, Hilary Clinton would have overthrown Bashar al-Assad in Syria and produced another quagmire as in Libya and Iraq. Even under Trump Venezuela had a new leader "declared" from outside the country so Maduro may have been put under even more serious duress under a President RegimeChange Clinton. These wars are for multinational corporations and do not benefit either Americans or the hapless citizens of the targeted countries. It is pure hypocrisy to claim that the wars are for "liberation" from "brutal dictators" when one of the most repressive countries in existence, Saudi Arabia - from which most of the alleged 9/11 hijackers hailed and which allegedly kidnapped a journalist in Turkey this year and dismembered him - has America as a staunch ally in its war against Yemen and was a major Clinton Foundation donor. Trump exists outside the national security apparatus with its entrenched doctrines and came into the Oval Office promising to keep America out of wars. It's likely that he has faced a lot of resistance from the establishment within the military, FBI and CIA. The fact that people like Bill Kristol, who were cheer-leading the Bush wars on Fox, are not critical of Trump says a lot to me. Consequently, I've had a healthy suspicion of reports emanating from that part of the government which seek to undermine his presidency. However, it seems that he did overstep bounds in his attempt to strong arm Ukraine into opening an investigation into an American. Pity he wasn't smart enough to set up private servers and communications to conduct such business! /sarc Bad news: The Economy, perhaps Admittedly, many of the issues are systemic and not completely Trump's fault. The ease with which people can get into debt is masking the inadequacy of many incomes. Unemployment numbers can also be deceptive; one can google how it is computed. Furthermore, the banks are being bailed out by the Fed right now every day under our noses with hardly a whisper from the media. https://fortune.com/2019/09/26/the-feds-repo-market-bailout-is-a-sign-of-deeper-problems-that-are-getting-worse-over-time/ <blockquote> The Fed’s Repo Market Bailout Is a Sign of Deeper Problems—That Are Getting Worse Over Time The repurchase, or repo, market is the grease gun that keeps financial markets lubricated, by banks and companies temporarily trading bonds for cash and then redeeming them, usually overnight. And it once worked smoothly. Last week it hit a liquidity pothole, with a big cash shortage. The Federal Reserve swooped in with an immediate temporary $75 billion liquidity injection. According to Bank of America estimates, the Fed will need to undertake a further $400 billion bailout by purchasing bonds from the banks over the next year. The term for the latter action is quantitative easing (QE) and it looked like a minor replay of the global financial crisis. The irony? Banks together had more than $1.3 trillion in extra cash sitting with the Fed and earning interest—far more than the roughly $75 billion the Fed immediately pushed into the markets or even the entire $400 billion the rescue is estimated to run in its first year. According to experts who spoke with Fortune, the bailout is a sign of something seriously wrong. There are issues with big banks, the Fed, and regulatory oversight. Until addressed, future liquidity crises seem increasingly likely, which could slow or even shut down lending, undercutting the economy. </blockquote> That article was from the end of September and claimed the "liquidity injection" was "temporary". The bailouts continued in October and are ongoing, as far as I know. So much of the economy is based on perception and "consumer confidence" so we'll be told everything is fine until one day it suddenly isn't. I'm pretty sure that's how it happened in 2008. Bad News: Fox has gone full propaganda with very little subtlety. CNN and MSNBC are often biased as well, but that will be reflected more in what they refuse to cover (like Sanders leading in a poll) or the kind of questions they'll ask in interviews rather than outright misrepresentation of facts. Many presenters on Fox will nonchalantly do the latter. Bad News: The Republican party will tolerate anything from Trump (except his anti-war instincts). The Republican party has shifted because the Dems moved towards the position of the former Republican Party. The "establishment" of both parties are largely in agreement on foreign policy (perpetual war) and corporatism. Back in 2016, Americans were fed up with the status quo so both Trump and Sanders became popular anti-establishment figures on the "left" and "right". Trump was allowed to win his party's nomination and Sanders was not. The rest is history: Trump is the party now.
          

Reseña Sofía (EN #CARTAGENA)

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Hola amigos foreros, hoy les traigo una reseña de esta chica que la verdad me ha gustado bastante
Atributos Físicos y Generales
1) Estilo de trabajo: independiente
2) Edad: 23 años
3) Color de piel: blanca,
4) Estatura: 1.69±
5) Cara: Muy linda, me encantó su sonrisa
6) Senos: Mediano tirando a grandes pezones muy ricos
7) Cola: mediana, en cuatro se ve ufff
8) Ojos: negros

----- Atributos NO Físicos
9) Aseo: Llegó con un olor agradable luego del polvo se baño conmigo .
10) Tatuajes o cicatrices: Si, note 2 uno en el brazo y otro en la parte de atrás de su cuello
11) ¿Da besos?: Si y muy buenos
12) Calidad del oral: Bueno, al natural me corrí cuando me lo chupaba
13) Tarifa: 90000 una hora(anal no pregunte)

----- Otros Atributos
14) Calidad del sitio: No tiene sitio así que toca llevarla a motel
15) En dónde fue el servicio: Motel santaros
16) ¿Es como las fotos?: Si es la de las fotos, aunque en persona es más rellena
17) ¿Recomendarías el servicio?: Lo recomendaría ya que es muy buen polvo
18) Calificación final: 9/10
19) Comentario general: Ví su anuncio en skokka y decidí a hacer una búsqueda profunda, al final encontré fotos de cara que me gustaron bastante, en especial sonriendo ( eso me da más confianza ) la llamé y pregunté por sus servicios y me dijo que no tenía sitio pero que iba a moteles, así que acordamos ir a santaros ya que le queda cerca de donde vive (San Fernando ). La espere en el centro comercial, llegó con un vestido negro decente y un escote provocativo me recibió con un beso de boca lo cual me prendió bastante de allí llegamos al motel, después de pagarle ella me dijo ponte cómodo, se fue desnudando y ufff cuando le ví esos pechos me entraron ganas de chuparse los de una, ella se dejo y en medio de las chupadas gemia bien rico, me dijo que me recostara, ya desnudo empezó con el oral sin condón, que vaina rica, mientras lo chupaba me hacía unas miradas que me prendían bastante, le dije que si podíamos hacer un 69 a lo que dijo si, cuando esa hembra me pone ese chocho encima que olía sabroso lo lami cómo helado que se te derrite, ella se mojo y gemía bastante rico a la vez que cambiaba el ritmo de la chupada y fue cuando cedi y me vine en su boca, fue bastante y ella no le importo, se limpio y se comió un halls, yo me fui a limpiar aunque todavía estaba más teso que pata de perro envenenado, hablamos un poco, me dijo que era de Venezuela y venía esporádicamente por acá, me preguntó si estaba listo y le dije que si, me puso el condón y se montó encima y me montaba cuál vaquera, esas tetas saltando era hermoso, las agarraba y se las chupaba y ella gemía y me pedía más, me tomaba de la barba y me daba besos de lengua, cambiamos de pose, probamos varias, hasta usamos el cojín que estaba allí, al final la puse en 4, ese culazo era magistral le di que sonaba duro, le dije que si se lo echaba en las nalgas y me dijo que si, así que me corrí en sus nalgas, nos duchamos juntos y mientras me duchaba me hizo una paja y me volví a correr en medio de la ducha.
En resumen es una pelada buen polvo, aguanta bastante y se arrecha y se emociona, en otra ocasión la volveré a probar ya que me gustó bastante
CONTACTO: https://co.skokka.com/escorts/cartagena/...287857981/
TELÉFONO: 3016828280
          

ONU insiste en pedir fin del embargo a Cuba, castigada por Brasil y Colombia

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Jorge Fuentelsaz

Naciones Unidas, 7 nov (EFE).- Cuba volvió a conseguir este jueves en la ONU el abrumador respaldo de 187 de los 192 países miembros en su petición para poner fin al embargo que le impone Estados Unidos, aunque en esta ocasión Brasil, con su voto en contra, y Colombia, con su abstención, castigaron a la isla.

La votación de la resolución 'Necesidad de acabar con el embargo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por Estados Unidos de América a Cuba', que no es vinculante, ha sido propuesta anualmente por La Habana desde 1992 con similares resultados.

Sin embargo, por primera vez, además de los habituales votos en contra de Estados Unidos e Israel, que se repiten año tras año, Brasil ha decidido subirse al barco estadounidense y Colombia ha optado por la abstención, al igual que Ucrania, que el año pasado prefirió no votar. Por su parte, Moldavia, al igual que en la anterior votación, no ejerció su derecho al sufragio.

El presidente ultraderechista brasileño, Jair Bolsonaro, no oculta su aprehensión hacia el Gobierno cubano, al que no duda en tildar de ‘dictadura comunista’ y al que ha acusado de promover un régimen de esclavitud.

El deterioro de las relaciones bilaterales se remonta a la crisis de los médicos, que estalló en noviembre de 2018 cuando Cuba retiró a los más de 11.000 médicos del programa ‘Más Médicos’ en Brasil, ante las amenazas de Bolsonaro de cancelar esa iniciativa si la isla no aceptaba unas nuevas condiciones, entre ellas que los doctores cobraran su salario integral.

El presidente de Colombia, Iván Duque, también mantiene tiranteces con las autoridades de la isla por la negativa cubana de extraditar a los cabecillas del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), reclamados por la justicia colombiana.

El pasado 27 de septiembre, preguntado sobre si consideraría romper relaciones con Cuba si no accede a la extradición de los jefes guerrilleros, Duque afirmó que el Gobierno cubano debe responderse a la pregunta de si quiere relacionarse con Colombia o con ‘criminales’.

En un comunicado, el Ejecutivo de Bogotá dejó claro que se debía interpretar su votación como un ‘rechazo a la actitud hostil de Cuba hacia Colombia’ y achacó a La Habana que dé ‘refugio a terroristas colombianos’ y que apoye al ‘régimen tiránico y dictatorial de Nicolás Maduro’.

Más allá de que Washington ha logrado sumar un puñado de países a su causa, la votación ha evidenciado una vez más el rechazo casi en bloque de la comunidad internacional a la política y a las sanciones unilaterales impuestas por Estados Unidos a Cuba.

En su intervención, la nueva representante permanente de EE.UU. en la ONU, Kelly Craft, acusó a la comunidad internacional de ‘cuestionar’ el derecho de su país a elegir con quién comercia, por la denuncia del embargo que Washington mantiene contra Cuba desde hace casi seis décadas.

‘Como todas las naciones decidimos cuáles son los países con los que comerciamos. Este es nuestro derecho soberano, nos preocupa que la comunidad intencional en nombre de la protección de la soberanía, siga cuestionando este derecho’, dijo Craft ante la Asamblea General.

Una afirmación rechazada por numerosos países en sus intervenciones, incluidos los Estados miembros de la Unión Europea que, a través de una alocución del representante de Finlandia en la ONU, Jukka Salovaara, indicaron que la ‘aplicación extraterritorial’ de las sanciones por parte de EE.UU. ‘afectan a los intereses de la UE’.

Se referían, entre otras cosas al título 3 de la conocida como ley Helms Burton, reactivado por la actual administración de Donald Trump, y que permite demandar ante tribunales estadounidenses a las compañías de terceros países que supuestamente se estén beneficiando de propiedades en Cuba que les fueron expropiadas tras la Revolución liderada por Fidel Castro en 1959.

Más allá de la intervención ante la asamblea del canciller cubano para defender su propuesta de resolución, el único país que presentó un representante del mismo nivel fue Venezuela, que dedicó su discurso, como muchos otros ponentes, no sólo a defender a la isla, sino a arremeter contra las políticas de Estados Unidos.

‘Estamos aquí para acompañar a Cuba en momentos en los que el Gobierno de Estados Unidos ha endurecido el bloqueo criminal que le ha sido impuesto a su noble pueblo por casi 60 años’, dijo el jefe de la diplomacia venezolana, Jorge Arreaza, en una intervención en la que no estuvieron presentes ningún representante de EE. UU., que no reconoce al Gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro.

Rusia también mostró su solidaridad con el Gobierno cubano con el envío del viceministro de Asunto Exteriores, Alexander Pankin, que precisamente acusó a Washington de querer castigar a la isla por su apoyo a Maduro. EFE


          

Las 10 canciones más populares de la semana

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Las 10 canciones más populares de la semana en algunos países de las Américas y España.

ARGENTINA

1.- “Te esperaba” - Carlos Rivera

2.- “Probablemente” - Ruggero Pasquarelli

3.- “Oye” - Tini y Sebastián Yatra

4.- “Tutu” - Camilo y Pedro Capó

5.- “Me equivocaré” - Antonio José

6.- “Señorita” - Shawn Mendes y Camila Cabello

7.- “Runaway” - Sebastián Yatra, Daddy Yankee y Natti Natasha con Jonas Brothers

8.- “Con calma” - Daddy Yankee y Snow

9.- “Tal vez” - Paulo Londra

10.- “Sería más fácil” - Carlos Rivera

(Fuente: Radio Disney)

CHILE

1.- “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” - J Balvin y The Black Eyed Peas

2.- “Dance Monkey” - Tones and I

3.- “Fantasías” - Rauw Alejandro y Farruko

4.- “El favor” - Dimelo Flow con Nicky Jam, Farruko, Sech, Zion y Lunay

5.- “Qué calor” - Major Lazer con J Balvin y El Alfa

6.- “China” - Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee y Karol G con Ozuna y J Balvin

7.- “Si supieras” - Daddy Yankee, Wisin y Yandel

8.- “How Do You Sleep?” - Sam Smith

9.- “Qué pretendes” - J Balvin y Bad Bunny

10.- “Lost On You” - LP

(Fuente: Los 40 Principales)

COLOMBIA

1.- “Tutu” - Camilo y Pedro Capó

2.- “Pa’ olvidarme de ella” - Piso 21 y Christian Nodal

3.- “Loco contigo” - DJ Snake, J Balvin y Tyga

4.- “Truth Hurts” - Lizzo

5.- “China” - Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee y Karol G con Ozuna y J Balvin

6.- “Locos dementes” - Gisu, Greeicy y Mike Bahía

7.- “Qué pena” - J Balvin y Maluma

8.- “Señorita” - Shawn Mendes y Camila Cabello

9.- “You Need to Calm Down” - Taylor Swift

10.- “Indeciso” - Reik, J Balvin y Lalo Ebratt

(Fuente: Los 40 Principales)

ESPAÑA

1.- “Atrévete” - Nicky Jam y Sech

2.- “Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X con Billy Ray Cyrus

3.- “So Am I” - Ava Max

4.- “Someone You Loved (Madism Radio Mix)” - Lewis Capaldi y Madism

5.- “Beautiful People” - Ed Sheeran con Khalid

6.- “Yo x ti, tú x mí” - Rosalía y Ozuna

7.- “Only Human” - Jonas Brothers

8.- “Superpoderes” - Leiva

9.- “Señorita” - Shawn Mendes y Camila Cabello

10.- “Qué bonito es querer” - Manuel Carrasco

(Fuente: Los 40 Principales)

ESTADOS UNIDOS (mercado en español)

1.- “China” - Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee y Karol G con Ozuna y J Balvin

2.- “Otro trago” - Sech, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna y Anuel AA

3.- “La canción” - J Balvin y Bad Bunny

4.- “Callaita” - Bad Bunny y Tainy

5.- “No me conoce” - Jhay Cortez, J Balvin y Bad Bunny

6.- “Loco contigo” - DJ Snake, J Balvin y Tyga

7.- “Que tire pa lante” - Daddy Yankee

8.- “Con calma” - Daddy Yankee y Katy Perry con Snow

9.- “Adicto” - Tainy, Anuel AA y Ozuna

10.- “Soltera” - Lunay, Daddy Yankee y Bad Bunny

(Fuente: Billboard)

MÉXICO

1.-“Dance Monkey” - Tones and I

2.- “La canción” - J Balvin y Bad Bunny

3.- “Ride It” - Regard

4.- “Circles” - Post Malone

5.- “Lose You To Love Me” - Selena Gomez

6.- “Memories” - Maroon 5

7.- “Piece of Your Heart” - Meduza y Goodboys

8.- “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” - J Balvin y The Black Eyed Peas

9.- “10,000 Hours” - Justin Bieber, Dan + Shay

10.- “Amor a primera vista” - Los Ángeles Azules, Belinda y Lalo Ebratt con Horacio Palencia

(Fuente: Los 40 Principales)

VENEZUELA

1.- “Regresa pronto” - Fabio Adami

2.- “Te voy a amar” - Jonathan Moly

3.- “Amiga loca Vol. 2” - Thomas, Mau, Moi y Feer

4.- “Cariño mío” - Chyno Miranda, Mau y Ricky

5.- “Muérdeme” - Alkilados

6.- “Souvenir” - Lasso

7.- “Quédate” - Katie Angel

8.- “Su amiga” - EstoeSPosdata

9.- “Uh la la” - Ah Sinfónico

10.- “Te diré quién soy” - Kid Liner

(Fuente: Record Report)


          

Brasil subastará enormes yacimientos de petróleo en aguas profundas

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Las compañías energéticas más grandes del mundo llegarán a Río de Janeiro esta semana para pujar por yacimientos de petróleo en aguas profundas en una importante subasta que podría transformar la industria petrolera de Brasil y catapultar el país a las filas de los productores más grandes del mundo.

ExxonMobil, Shell y CNOOC se encuentran entre las empresas que competirán por la explotación de cuatro yacimientos petrolíferos frente a la costa sureste de Brasil que se estima contienen hasta 15 mil millones de barriles de crudo.

Se espera que la bonanza petrolera le brinde al gobierno brasileño US$25 mil millones en derechos de licencia y decenas de miles de millones más en compensación de producción, lo cual favorecerá al presidente Jair Bolsonaro, quien está tratando de reformar la economía brasileña y fomentar la competencia en sectores como el de la energía.

Para la década de 2030, se prevé que el desarrollo de los yacimientos marinos aumente la producción diaria de petróleo de Brasil de 3 millones a 7 millones de barriles, un aumento que lo convertiría en el cuarto mayor productor del mundo, después de EEUU, Arabia Saudita y Rusia. Brasil es actualmente el noveno productor a nivel mundial.

La subasta de esta semana, que se espera sea la mayor ronda de licitación petrolera de la historia, se produce en un momento en que las grandes compañías petroleras cuestionan la viabilidad de los proyectos en un mundo que está cambiando hacia formas de energía más limpias. Bajo la presión de los accionistas, la industria ahora tiene que considerar cuidadosamente si debe asumir grandes proyectos de explotación.

También se produce en medio de una recesión más amplia para la industria en América Latina. El grupo estatal mexicano Pemex informó la semana pasada su cuarta pérdida trimestral consecutiva pues las ventas cayeron un 20 % y la deuda alcanzó más de US$100 mil millones. Brasil también está intentando aumentar su propia producción de gas natural para reducir su dependencia de Bolivia.

Venezuela, poseedora de las mayores reservas de petróleo del mundo, ha quedado devastada tras años de mala gestión económica por parte del gobierno socialista de Nicolás Maduro. La producción de petróleo del país ha caído a una cifra entre los 640,000 y 750,000 barriles por día (bpd), por debajo de un nivel máximo de más de 3 millones bpd a principios de este siglo, según la OPEP.

Según la demanda de subastas anteriores, los funcionarios estiman que los yacimientos marinos en Buzios, Itapu, Sepia y Atapu podrían generar más de 400,000 empleos en Brasil. La subasta comenzará el miércoles cuando 17 grupos de energía presenten sus ofertas en sobres cerrados en un evento público en Río.

Las bonificaciones por suscripción que las compañías tendrán que pagarle a Brasilia se fijan en los 68.2 mil millones de reales (US$17 mil millones), 22.9 mil millones de reales (US$5.7 mil millones), 13.7 mil millones de reales (US$3.4 mil millones) y 1.772 mil millones de reales (US$331 millones), respectivamente.

Jason Gammel, de la firma de analistas Jefferies, dijo que las grandes bonificaciones iniciales y la posible compensación para Petrobras, el grupo petrolero estatal mayoritario de Brasil, significaban que había “un enorme costo de entrada que podría hacer reflexionar incluso al mejor postor”.

Sin embargo, los grupos energéticos competirán para ofrecerle el mayor “crudo lucro” al gobierno de Brasil. Las ofertas mínimas varían del 18 al 27 por ciento del crudo lucro según el yacimiento. Se espera que el resultado de las subastas se anuncie inmediatamente.

“Transformaremos este capital físico y fósil en capital humano. En 20, 30, 40 años, transformaremos toda esta riqueza inexplotada en capital humano, en salud y educación para los trabajadores brasileños”, dijo Paulo Guedes, ministro de finanzas de Brasil.

Además del dinero que recaudaría el gobierno brasileño, se ha dicho que la subasta es una señal de que la nación latinoamericana proteccionista tiene la intención de abrir su industria energética a participantes extranjeros en un momento en que México ha detenido el otorgamiento de concesiones de yacimientos de petróleo a grupos internacionales y depende de que Pemex, la empresa estatal, aumente su producción.

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Alfredo Najri y Delta Motors Sport, preparados para llevarse el Grand Prix 2019

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Nuevamente se sentirá el rugir de los motores en el ya esperado Toyota Grand Prix 2019, un evento automovilístico emblemático de la República Dominicana que por sexta vez de manera consecutiva hará vivir una experiencia única a los fanáticos amantes de la velocidad, este domingo 10, a partir de las 9:00 am en el Autódromo Petronan.

En esta fecha, el tres veces ganador de la máxima categoría DTS, Alfredo Najri, junto a su equipo Delta Motor Sport, estarán defendiendo el título que lograron en la pasada temporada a bordo de su Lexus IS marcado con el número 63, buscando llevarse una vez más la victoria y seguir la hegemonía de subir al podium en su evento.

La Dominican Touring Series (DTS) tendrá los pilotos más experimentados del área con los autos de ultima generación, en donde se suman pilotos de Venezuela, Haití, Panamá, entre otros. Por su lado Najri y su equipo están confiados de que tienen lo necesario para sobrepasar a sus rivales y hacerse con el codiciado trofeo.

El veterano Piloto que logró el título en el 2012, 2017 y 2018 ha sabido subir al podium en cada una de las pruebas del Toyota Gran Prix, poniendo un récord personal y agradeciendo siempre al equipo de trabajo que le pone un gran carro para estar en el mejor nivel posible en cada prueba.

Los amantes del mundo del motorsports podrán disfrutar de las categorías de Turismo Nacional (TN), siguiendo con la Street Touring (ST), Racing Sedan (RS) y finalmente la más internacional del Caribe la Dominican Touring Series (DTS), junto a las más emocionantes categorías de motos de alta cilindrada, finalizando con un mega concierto a cargo de Shadow Blow e Ilegales.

Esta es la cuarta competencia puntuable del campeonato nacional de automovilismo que se celebra en el año, que cuenta con el aval de la Federación Dominicana de Automovilismo (FDA) y el Club Dominicano de Corredores de Circuito (CDCC).


          

El doble susto de los pasajeros de avión que salió de Venezuela hacia República Dominicana

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Los pasajeros de un avión que despegó de Venezuela, con destino a República Dominicana, sufrieron doble susto el pasado domingo 3 de noviembre después de que a la aeronave le fallara uno de sus motores.

En medio de la problemática técnica que ponía en riesgos sus vidas y elevaba la tensión, cuando los viajeros del avión de la aerolínea Estelar empezaron a utilizar las máscaras con oxígeno para evitar el humo que se extendió por todo el interior, para su sorpresa estas no tenían el imprescindible elemento químico.

Según reportan varios medios, entre ellos el miamidiario.com y Al Rojo Vivo, a la aeronave le falló uno de sus motores después de unos 45 minutos de haber despegado de Venezuela, por lo que se vio obligado a retornar al país sudamericano.

Las bombas de oxígeno a las que van atadas las máscaras no tenían oxígeno (...). Muchos pasajeros indignados denunciando las pésimas condiciones que tienen los aviones en Venezuela dicen que esto es reflejo del desastre logístico que hay en ese país por culpa del Gobierno”, dijo la presentadora de noticias María Celeste Arrarás.

La aerolínea Estelar confirmó las fallas en el motor del vuelo chárter ES8473, pero no mencionó la de las máscaras de oxígeno, como denunciaran algunos pasajeros.

“Según procedimiento de la aeronave y cumpliendo con los protocolos de seguridad a cargo de la tripulación de mando al momento del descenso, se activó le sistema de suministro de oxígeno generando el despliegue de las máscaras, garantizando la seguridad de todos nuestros pasajeros y tripulación a bordo”, dijo la aerolínea en su comunicado.


          

Béisbol del Caribe: Arrancó Venezuela sin peloteros de Grandes Ligas

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La Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional, que alguna vez llegó a contar con la participación de grandes peloteros de las mayores como Bob Gibson, Barry Bonds y Pete Rose, inauguró el martes su nueva campaña, con muchas menos ambiciones.

El comienzo se postergó un mes, y la campaña regular se ha reducido en 20 juegos respecto de la anterior. Además, los equipos carecen de refuerzos de Estados Unidos o de jugadores incluidos en las nóminas de 40 integrantes de los clubes de las Grandes Ligas.

Tampoco pueden jugar aquí peloteros de ligas menores de Estados Unidos con contratos, como parte de las medidas impuestas por el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump, en un intento por ejercer presión sobre su homólogo venezolano Nicolás Maduro, a fin de que deje el cargo.

Venezuela fue desincorporada del acuerdo que regula las relaciones entre las Grandes Ligas y los torneos invernales del Caribe.

En estas condiciones y en un país que atraviesa una crisis económica, comenzó la campaña, en la que ocho equipos buscan el título.

Los Cardenales de Lara, campeones defensores, contaron con una sólida apertura de Néstor Molina en ruta a una victoria por 5-3 sobre las Águilas de Zulia, en un parque semivacío de Barquisimeto, donde además hubo una breve interrupción por una falla eléctrica.

Molina permitió tres carreras y seis imparables en cinco episodios para anotarse la victoria. La derrota fue para Danny Rondon, tras conceder dos anotaciones en episodio.

Jonathan Gálvez conectó de 2-2 con dos carreras producidas, Wellington Dotel se fue de 4-2 con dos anotadas y Erick Epifiano aportó un sencillo remolcador de una carrera.

En Puerto La Cruz, Édgar Durán conectó de 4-2 con un cuadrangular y tres carreras producidas, mientras que Heiker Meneses aportó dos imparables con una remolcada para llevar a los Tiburones de La Guira a una victoria por 5-3 sobre los Caribes de Anzoátegui.

Eudis Idrogo sólo permitió una carrera y tres imparables en cinco entradas para ganar el encuentro. Regaló una base por bolas y adornó su labor con siete abanicados.

La derrota fue para Mayckol Guaipe (0-1), tras conceder tres anotaciones y ocho imparables en tres entradas y dos tercios.

En Caracas, los Tigres armaron una emboscada de cinco anotaciones en el octavo episodio, para derrotar 6-3 a los Leones del Caracas.

Wilfredo Giménez conectó de 4-2 con dos carreras producidas, Gabriel Noriega bateó tres imparables con una remolcada y Henry Rodríguez añadió dos hits y una empujada.

Jhondaniel Molina retiró a dos bateadores sin permitir carreras y se benefició de la reacción a la ofensiva de su equipo para ganar el encuentro. Perdió Alejandro Chacín, castigado con tres anotaciones y dos imparables sin sacar outs en su relevo.

En Valencia, Wuilmer Becerra abrió la parte baja de la novena entrada con un doble y anotó gracias a un sencillo remolcador de Anthony Pereira para dejar en el terreno a los Bravos de Margarita y darles a los Navegantes del Magallanes una victoria por 3-2.

Manny Acosta abanicó durante una entrada en blanco como relevista para ganar el encuentro, y lo perdió Anthony Ortega (0-1), tras permitir dos imparables y la carrera de la diferencia sin sacar outs en su relevo.

Los resultados en la Liga Mexicana

Un ataque de cuatro anotaciones en la sexta entrada resultó definitivo en el triunfo por 6-3 de los Venados de Mazatlán sobre los líderes, Tomateros de Culiacán, en la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico.

Jeremías Pineda conectó un sencillo remolcador de dos anotaciones, Sebastián Valle conectó de 4-2 con una remolcada y dos anotadas y Alex Liddi añadió dos sencillos con una producida para encabezar el ataque de los Venados.

Gabino Ávalos (1-0) lanzó dos entras en blanco en labor de relevo para la victoria, mientras que el descalabro fue al registro de Romario Gil (1-2) tras conceder cuatro anotaciones y seis imparables en cinco episodios.

En Hermosillo, los Naranjeros apoyaron una sólida apertura de Juan Pablo Oramas con un ataque de 13 hits para blanquear 7-0 a los Charros de Jalisco.

Oramas (1-1) retiró seis entradas en blanco permitiendo apenas cuatro imparables con seis abanicados para ganar el encuentro. Édgar González (1-3) cargó con la derrota castigado con seis anotaciones y nueve hits en tres innings.

Norberto Obeso conectó de 5-3 con un cuadrangular y dos carreras producidas, Julián León la sacó del parque en solitario y el colombiano Reynaldo Rodríguez se fue de 4-2 con una remolcada para destacarse a la ofensiva por los ganadores.

En Los Mochis, Agustín Murillo sacudió un cuadrangular de tres carreras en apoyo a una nueva salida de calidad de Marco Tovar y los Charros de Jalisco superaron 8-0 a los Cañeros.

Tovas (3-1) lanzó seis entradas y un tercio en blanco en las que cedió cinco hits para ganar el encuentro, y lo perdió Luke Heimlich (3-2), castigado con seis carreras y seis hits en dos innings.

En Guasave, Moisés Gutiérrez negoció una base por bolas con la caja llena para que Nick Torres anotara la carrera de la diferencia en la parte baja del sexto episodio, y Algodoneros superaron 2-1 as las Águilas de Mexicali.

Ulises López (2-1) retiró al único hombre que enfrentó y aprovechó la reacción de su equipo para ganar. La derrota fue a la foja de Javier Solano (0-4) tras conceder dos llegadas al plato y siete imparables en cinco entradas y dos tercios de actuación.

En Obregón, una sólida apertura de Javier Arturo López guió a los Yaquis a un cómodo triunfo por 8-2 sobre los Mayos de Navojoa.

López (2-1) completó seis episodios de apenas una carrera y tres imparables, no regaló bases por bolas y abanicó a cinco adversarios para su tercer triunfo de la temporada. La derrota fue para Raúl Carrillo (1-1) tras permitir cuatro hits y seis imparables en cuatro capítulos.

Isaac Paredes sacudió un cuadrangular solitario, Jesús Valdez se fue de 4-2 con dos remolcadas y el japonés Taiki Sekine añadió un sencillo productor de dos anotaciones para los Yaquis.

Culiacán se mantiene en la cima del circuito con registro de 15-6, seguido por Hermosillo (14-6), Jalisco (13-8), Los Mochis (13-8), Obregón (12-9), Monterrey (8-13), Mazatlán (8-13), Guasave (8-13),Mexicali (8-13) y Navojoa (6-14).


          

BID: Desigualdad obstaculiza el crecimiento de las economías latinoamericanas

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El presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), Luis Alberto Moreno, dijo este martes en Bogotá que el crecimiento de las economías de Latinoamérica se ha reducido en parte por la desigualdad predominante en la región.

Lo que sucede en 'Latinoamérica es que ha venido cayendo (el crecimiento) de la mano de los problemas tradicionales que hemos tenido de desigualdad, que es un tema muy grave', afirmó Moreno, que está en Colombia con motivo de la celebración de los 60 años del BID.

Al hacer referencia a la situación de Chile y un posible contagio de las protestas masivas al resto de la región, Moreno destacó que en los últimos 32 años ese país ha crecido y es una 'historia de éxito'.

'No hay duda de que lo que vemos hoy en día en general en América Latina y en Chile, especialmente, es un proceso en el cual no solamente se redujo significativamente la pobreza, sino también que hubo un crecimiento de las clases medias', dijo Moreno.

Pese a este escenario, Chile vive un estallido social sin precedentes desde el fin de la dictadura de Pinochet en 1990, con masivas manifestaciones en las calles y disturbios que fueron reprimidos por la Policía y las Fuerzas Armadas y que hasta la fecha se han cobrado la vida de al menos 20 personas, seis de ellas extranjeras.

Las protestas reclaman al Gobierno del presidente Sebastián Piñera que adopte medidas para cerrar la brecha de la desigualdad que afecta al grueso de la población.

De otra parte, Moreno se mostró optimista con el crecimiento de la economía colombiana y dijo que el país tiene todo el potencial para crecer por encima de gigantes como Brasil y México.

'Lo que ha demostrado la economía colombiana es que tiene mucha resiliencia. Es una de las economías que más crece en Suramérica', destacó.

Moreno recordó que este año no será bueno para el crecimiento de América Latina pues los grandes motores de crecimiento, 'Brasil y México, no van a crecer arriba del 1 %'.

Además, Venezuela está en 'una gran recesión' y los países que están creciendo son Chile, Perú, Colombia y Panamá.

La economía colombiana se expandirá un 3,4 % este año y un 3,5 % en 2020, el mejor resultado de América Latina, según un informe divulgado hace dos semanas en Bogotá por la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE), que recomendó al país que reduzca la informalidad laboral.

El BID, con sede en Washington, tiene representaciones en los 26 países miembros prestatarios de América Latina y el Caribe, a los que se suman 22 naciones donantes, entre ellos España, China, Japón y Estados Unidos.


          

Se revertió la caída de la producción petrolera, afirma PDVSA

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Se revertió la caída de la producción petrolera, afirma PDVSA
  Petróleos de Venezuela señala que logró revertir la caída de producción petrolera al reportar, durante los primeros días de noviembre, un promedio de 893.000 barriles diarios, por encima de los 793.000 barriles concretados en octubre y de los 749.000 barriles de septiembre, revela el boletín diario elaborado por la empresa, citado por la agencia gubernamental...
          

El Petro se convierte en la unidad de cuenta contable obligatoria

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El Petro se convierte en la unidad de cuenta contable obligatoria
  El presidente Nicolás Maduro firmó el Decreto que regula el Registro Contable en Criptoactivos, un instrumento legal para regular la contabilidad en Petros. Banca y Negocios  Durante la activación de la Petro Taquilla del Banco de Venezuela, el mandatario instruyó que a partir de este 6 de octubre, y con carácter obligatorio, todos los órganos...
          

El Grupo de Lima se cita en Brasilia con la crisis venezolana estancada

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El Grupo de Lima se cita en Brasilia con la crisis venezolana estancada

Brasilia - Ministros y representantes de los países del Grupo de Lima se reunirán este viernes en Brasilia para volver a analizar la situación de Venezuela y el estancamiento de una crisis que ha llevado a millones de personas a abandonar ese país.


          

El cuerpo diplomático de Venezuela acreditado en El Salvador sale del país

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El cuerpo diplomático de Venezuela acreditado en El Salvador sale del país

San Salvador.- El cuerpo diplomático de Venezuela acreditado en El Salvador salió la noche del lunes del país centroamericano, tras la orden de expulsión del presidente Nayib Bukele, confirmó este martes un portavoz del Gobierno.


          

Hanya di Negara Ini, Beli BBM Cuma Pakai Rokok

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Di bagian Amerika Latin, tepatnya di Venezuela melakukan yang selama ini mukin asing dikuping kita. Di negara itu, mereka tidak menggunakan mata uang untuk membeli bahan bakar. 
          

Warren Already Losing Swing States to Trump (NCD)

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Nate Cohen, expert on polling and demographics:

The results suggest that Ms. Warren, who has emerged as a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, might face a number of obstacles in her pursuit of the presidency. The poll supports concerns among some Democrats that her ideology and gender — including the fraught question of “likability” — could hobble her candidacy among a crucial sliver of the electorate. And not only does she underperform her rivals, but the poll also suggests that the race could be close enough for the difference to be decisive. link

Warren will drop significantly more if nominated, from GOP attacks as a "tax raising big government elite east coast professor from Harvard", a "socialist", a "Maduro clone", "will turn America into Venezuela" etc. She has given the Republicans plenty of material to use against her in her 54 plans.  (yes, there are 54 of them) Even some of her single plans, like her 15,000+ word Medicare for All healthcare/tax plan make FDR's New Deal look like a business as usual continuing resolution. The Warren plan would kick 140 million or so off their current health care plans. Although some might not mind, millions who like their plans will mind. Many on Medicare may be concerned the system will go broke faster, leaving them at the end of the line.  Warren has no provision in the plan for anyone in the United States to pay anything per visit, which is an invitation to broken appointments and increased use of emergency rooms. There is no guarantee that doctors will not just opt out of the system and go full fee for service, causing further congestion at doctors still taking Medicare for All. It will overturn 18% of our economy and is sure to be a ripe target for all kinds of attacks from the Republicans and their PAC's.

She attacks her fellow Democratic candidates with:

"Serious candidates for president should speak plainly about these and set out their plans for cost control - especially those of us who are skeptical of Medicare for All"...every candidate who opposes my long-term goal of Medicare for All should put forward their own plan to make sure every single person in America can get high-quality health care and won't go broke - and fully explain how they intend to pay for it. Or, if they are unwilling to do that, concede that their half-measures will leave millions behind."

When she says "every single person in America can get high-quality health care and won't go broke", isn't that what Obamacare was designed to do? It mandates a limit on co-pays, no denial for pre-existing conditions, and no cutoff of insurance at a certain dollar amount. She in effect admits the every American is already getting high quality health care, as she should, for the quality of care is not determined in the Oval office but in the hospitals and doctor's offices of America. Obamacare insures no one on it will "go broke" due to health care expenses. Expand it, improve it, that may pass Congress.

Let's look at the Warren border plan. She calls it "A Fair and Welcoming Immigration System".  Much of the 3,100 word plan is about reversing policies of Donald Trump. Any Democrat if elected is going to reverse Trump's abuses at the border, and his cuts to legal immigration and his bans.  But Warren goes full open border. She has no mention of enforcement at the border, because her plan will decriminalize crossing it. If it is not a criminal offense to walk across the border, that is an open border. She does not mention the deportation of anyone.

Someone crossing will not be turned back or detained. If caught, they will let loose in the US after being given a distant court date, free lawyer and free health care. She does not mention deportation of felons, only mentioning "focusing on real threats". The only targets would be to "disrupt and prosecute human trafficking". Beyond that she also plans "amnesty" for 11 million or more "illegals" already here, and for any undocumented people who come here in the future and settle down. She calls it a "Fair and Welcoming Immigration System". In total, her plan would never pass Congress, and just serve as a huge target for GOP attack ads.

So the prospects are a Warren candidacy against Trump would end in an Electoral College defeat, perhaps even worse than Hillary. The "elite" Harvard professor would face a very uphill, almost certainly a losing battle, winning over the fence sitting, easily exploitable, low information voters in swing states as they are bombarded with preelection attack ads, funded by the huge cash hoard Trump and his allies are amassing.  They are the ones who will decide the Electoral College winner.


          

Pulitzer Center Global Health Reporting Fellowship Info Session

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Pulitzer Center Global Health Reporting Fellowship Info Session

Since 2011, twenty-eight Boston University students have participated in fully funded international reporting trips as part of the Program on Global Health Storytelling. PGHS is a collaboration among COM, SPH, the Center for Global Health and Development, the Pulitzer Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. COM and SPH students have traveled to Kenya, Cuba, Mali, Zanzibar, Malawi, Myanmar, Haiti, Turkey, Ethiopia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Guyana, Uganda, Puerto Rico and the UK, reporting a wide range of public health and development issues including child brides, human trafficking, cholera, female genital cutting, migration, refugees, cash transfers, climate change, and the aftermath of earthquakes in Haiti. If you would like to be the next Pulitzer Fellow, come and learn more about this opportunity and what you need to do to qualify and apply. Pulitzer–funded reporter Maria Zamudio from WBEZ public radio in Chicago will speak about the Pulitzer Center and covering the Immigration beat.

12:30pm on Friday, November 15th 2019

COM 209, 640 Commonwealth Ave.


          

« Libre à vous ! » diffusée mardi 5 novembre 2019 sur radio Cause Commune - Les femmes et l’informatique – Google, la presse et les droits voisins – Pacte pour la Transition

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Au programme : Notre sujet principal portera sur les femmes et les métiers et communautés de l'informatique et du logiciel libre; chronique « La pituite de Luk » sur Google, la presse et les droits voisins; interview sur le Pacte pour la Transition.

Libre à vous !, l'émission pour comprendre et agir avec l'April, chaque mardi de 15h30 à 17h sur la radio Cause commune (93.1 FM en Île-de-France et sur Internet).

Au programme de la quarantième-troisième émission :

Podcasts des différents sujets abordés

Les podcasts seront disponibles après la diffusion de l'émission.

N'hésitez pas à nous faire des retours sur le contenu de nos émissions pour indiquer ce qui vous a plu mais aussi les points d'amélioration. Vous pouvez nous contacter par courriel, sur le webchat dédié à l'émission (mais nous n'y sommes pas forcément tout le temps) ou encore sur notre salon IRC (accès par webchat).

Personnes participantes

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Galerie photos

Vous pouvez voir quelques photos prises pendant l'émission.

Références pour la chronique « La pituite de Luk »

Références pour la partie consacrée aux femmes et l'informatique

Références pour la partie consacrée au Pacte pour la Transition

Références pour la partie sur les annonces diverses

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La ONU urge a superar las "diferencias políticas" para dar prioridad a la acción humanitaria en Venezuela

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El jefe de Asuntos Humanitarios de la ONU, Mark Lowcock, ha urgido este miércoles al Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro y a la oposición a superar las "diferencias políticas" para dar prioridad a la acción hu ... - Fuente: www.europapress.es
          

Cuba está detrás de todo lo malo que pasa en Venezuela y la región, asegura Ernesto Araújo

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ND / 7 nov 2019 – El canciller brasileño, Ernesto Araújo, sostuvo este jueves que Cuba está detrás de