Political Declaration of the "European conference in solidarity with the agrarian and popular struggles, and in support of the talks for Peace with Social Justice in Colombia."
Dublin, April 20-21, 2013
Source: Paul Dobson in Venezuela
"The U.S. intervention in Venezuelan internal affairs in recent months, and particularly during the election campaign, has been brutal, vulgar" denounced President Maduro this week, in response to interventionary statements from the White House, from the US sponsored Human Rights Watch, and from private US media outlets which openly called for a coup d'état against the democratically elected President.
Here is the letter we sent with others to the Colombian government and to the FARC on the subject of peace negotiations and the response from FARC:
PEACE IN COLOMBIA: A PROCESS WHICH WE SHOULD SUPPORT
We, social organisations, political parties, trade unions, movements and individuals, signatories of this appeal, support and consider the initiation of the present dialogue between the Colombian Government and the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC-EP, under the auspices of the governments of Cuba and Norway, and with the accompaniment of Venezuela and Chile, to be a matter of the most vital importance, on political, social and humanitarian grounds.
Dear all, Teresita the Cuban ambassador asked us to help the Miami five... please go to the above url address in order to sign up a petition for the release of the Miami 5 a very high profile case we should all support. For more info you can check:
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Where: The Pearse Centre
When: 15:00 - 16:00, Saturday 17th November.
LASC's Research Officer, José Antonio Gutierrez, will discuss the ongoing peace talks in Colombia. This event will take place at the last hour of LASC's annual AGM. It is open to AGM participants and non-participants.
Adrian Kane, Sector Organiser with SIPTU travelled to Venezuela as an observer during the recent Presidential Election. Here is his report:
Yesterday peace talks between the Santos Government and the FARC guerrillas began in Oslo, Norway. We of course hope that these talks lead to a just and lasting peace. But there are some important reasons to believe these talks may be prolonged and peace in the Colombian countryside still far away. President Juan Manuel Santos indicated a few weeks ago, and his government's chief negotiator, Humberto de la Calle Lombana, said yesterday, that the government wishes to conclude a peace agreement within a few months.
Accounts of Venezuela from the outside rarely capture the die-hard loyalty that Chávez - now re-elected - inspires, by Edward Ellis of the Guardian
Hugo Chávez has won Venezuela's presidential elections, defeating his conservative rival, Henrique Capriles by more than 9% of the vote and guaranteeing a third six-year term as head of the Opec member nation. Turnout was an astounding 80.4% of the electorate.