Bolivarian Revolution

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119 Palestinian medical students arrive in Venezuela to begin their studies at the Dr. Salvador Allende Latin American Medical School. November 6, 2014. (Read more)

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Coup Plot in Venezuela Thwarted

A coup plot against the Venezuelan government has been foiled, with both civilians and members of the military detained, President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday in a televised address.

Those involved were being paid in U.S. dollars, and one of the suspects had been granted a visa to enter the United States should the plot fail, Maduro said.

Venezuela’s president stated that the coup plotters already had a “transitional” government and program lined up once the plan, which included bombings on the Miraflores Palace and the teleSUR offices in Caracas, as well as assassinations of members of the opposition, Maduro and others, was carried out.

Maduro explained that a video of masked military officials speaking out against the government had been recorded, which was set to be released after the planned assassination was carried out.

Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez stated via his Twitter account that the armed forces remain loyal to the constitutional government.

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Ciudad Caribia, a new socialist model city being constructed in Venezuela. It was conceived as a new type of self-sustaining, ecological population center that encourages walking rather than driving, environmentalism rather than waste, and communal values rather than individualism. The plan includes many communal buildings and parks, broad walkways and few vehicular roads, and will be largely run by the locally-elected communal councils rather than by a traditional governmental system.

The city was inaugurated a few days ago with 602 families, most former residents of Federico Quiroz and Nueva Tacagua who were displaced during the mudslides late last year, moving into their new apartments. They officially signed the papers transferring the use-ownership of the land to the new residents during a televised celebration. Ownership gives residents the right of use to their apartment and to the city, but does not give them the right to sell or rent it, or in the case of the city to sell its land or buildings. Hugo Chavez has set the goal of 20,000 units being finished in the city by the end of 2018, accommodating up to 100,000 people, and another 800 apartments will be ready for occupation by the end of this year. Construction is underway also for local industrial centers to employ the population.

Apartments are three bedroom, two bath and are really nice. The cost is subsidized by the state depending on family income: families who earn below minimum wage have the cost subsidized 100%; those that earn minimum wage, 80%; those that earn double, 54%; and even those that earn three times the minimum wage will still receive a 28% subsidy for apartments already priced far below market value.

To all the supposed radicals who are saying, “but not all the anti-Maduro protesters in Venezuela are right-wing contras,” let me ask you this:

What do you think would happen if these protests were to topple the Maduro government? Do you think there would be a deepening or expansion of the revolutionary process?

That’s what I thought.

They need to be stopped by any means necessary.

Supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela came together today in San Francisco to reject the acts of violence and destabilization committed by sectors of the right-wing opposition, and to reaffirm our support for the rights of the Venezuelan people to push forward their socialist project in peace and without foreign interference. Viva Chávez! Viva el pueblo revolucionario! Unidas y unidos con Maduro hacia el socialismo bolivariano!

Photo: Natalio Pérez, kasamaproject.org (more photos will be available Tuesday)

#ObamaYankeeGoHome Goes Viral as Many Reject Threats to Venezuela

Thousands of people have taken to social media in solidarity with Venezuela in the face of new U.S. threats.

The hashtag #ObamaYankeeGoHome is among the top trending topics Tuesday following U.S. President Barack Obama calling Venezuela a “threat to national security” and announcing new sanctions against Venezuelan government officials on Monday.

According to Twitter Topsy, in just 24 hours, over 80,000 tweets with the hashtag have been written.

The phrase, Yankee Go Home in Latin America is a rejection of U.S. interference in countries’ affairs, or outright invasions. The U.S. was involved in the 1973 Chilean coup, in supporting the Nicaraguan contras to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution, in the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela, numerous attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro and in the Bay of Pigs invasion, supporting the 2009 coup in Honduras, ousting the national government in Panama in 1989, invading Granada, overthrowing the Guatemalan government in 1954, and much more.

Renowned Venezuelan singer Ali Primera also wrote a song called Worker Latin America, where he would sing, “The U.S. fears the revolution, the U.S. fears the chant, ‘Yankee go home’ … the workers of Latin America say,’Yankee go home.’”

Prints will be made available for pickup in the Bay Area and Sacramento if anyone is interested. Camaradas is the name I chose for a print design project I’m hoping to get going this year, beginning just with myself and hopefully becoming more collective with time. Get at me…

…y que viva Chávez, carajo!

Design: Natalio Pérez — companatalio@gmail.com

South of the Border (2009) (Documentary)

Director: Oliver Stone

There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

“104 years ago, Mexico’s working class rose up against the corrupt government of Porfirio Díaz, who spearheaded efforts to privatize the country’s communal indigenous lands in order to secure profits for international finance cartels. Today, millions of Mexicans, especially in Ayotzinapa, are once again rising up to a corrupt regime that is attempting to privatize every inch of the country’s land and kidnap/murder anyone who prevents the expansion of capital. 

"Let us not forget that unlike the petty-bourgeois protests that terrorized the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela earlier this year, the United States has remained silent on this movement, since Enrique Peña Nieto and his neoliberal policies have practically provided the US with a blank check for Mexico’s resources. I hope everyone who blindly supported the ”#SOSVenezuela“ neo-liberal trend is able to look at Mexico and realize that a genuine people’s movement is being developed there–they are not receiving any funds from US-funded NGOs like the Venezuelan opposition was.

"I express my utmost solidarity with Ayotzinapa and the Second Mexican Revolution.”

– Ramiro S. Fúnez