Nicaragua re-affirmed its commitment to its decision to refrain from the Paris Agreement, and has criticized the accord for failing to hold the world’s most major polluters accountable as well as not recognizing Central America is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the effects of climate change, facing drought and harm to agricultural systems, threatening food security for many of the region’s poorest. Nicaragua is the 4th most vulnerable country to climate change’s effects in the world, according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2014. It maintains that the deal does not do enough to hold countries like the U.S. accountable. Voluntary commitment on the part of history’s largest polluters, they say, is not enough. Dr. Paul Oquist, Minister-Adviser of Public Policies of the Presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua, asserted that the Paris Agreement should take into consideration historical and financial responsibility for climate change, and be legally binding for the few countries who since the Industrial revolution have contributed more than 70 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
—  ‘Nicaragua Demands Major Polluters be Held Accountable, Defends Decision to Refrain From Paris Agreement’, teleSUR
Uber’s public relations falsely suggest it introduces healthy competition into a transport market vitiated by special interests jealously protecting poor service and anti-competitive practices. But the basis of Uber’s business model has nothing to do with innovation or fair competition and everything to do with classic predatory capitalism, maximizing profits by externalizing costs as much as possible and minimizing costs it cannot externalize. Uber’s multinational business tax profile offers minimal contribution to the upkeep of roads and highways. Uber may pay the authorities of a given country for permission to operate there, but the amount will certainly be much less than the revenue lost from transport operators displaced by Uber. Nor is it true, as its promoters argue, that Uber makes more efficient use of its drivers’ vehicles. A typical Uber driver wastes 40 percent of their time driving between fares. So it is false to argue that Uber contributes to the local economy or is environmentally more sustainable than other taxi businesses. Uber contributes nothing to public health systems to cover costs from accidents involving their drivers or to mitigate environmental pollution their drivers’ vehicles create.
—  ‘Why Nicaragua Was Smart to Reject Uber’, teleSUR
Almost half of Argentina’s children live in poverty, a rate that has risen by 17 percent after conservative President Mauricio Macri’s first year in office, according to a new UNICEF report. About 5.6 million children live in poverty in Argentina, of which 1.3 million suffer extreme poverty, according to official statistics. Poverty affects children worse than the broader population, with 29.7 percent of people living below the poverty line, while for children and adolescents the percentage rises to 47.7 percent, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses, known as INDEC. Adolescents are the poorest group, with 13 to 17-year-olds living below the pvoerty line at a rate of 51 percent, compared to 48 percent of 5 to 12-year-olds and 45 percent of 0 to 4-year-olds. The rate of child and adolescent poverty increases to 85 percent when children live in a household whose head is unemployed, and 65 percent when the head of household has an informal job. According to the report, extreme poverty mainly affects women and youth with low educational levels and challenges securing employment.
—  ‘Almost Half of Argentina’s Children Live in Poverty, Up 17% in Macri’s First Year’, teleSUR
Compared to its neighbors, which house 62 drug gangs, the city Zihuatanejo has been a more peaceful tourist attraction. However, one local journalists told reporters that there are now two gangs residing in the area. “The Sangre Nueva Generacion (‘New Generation Blood’ an associated of Jorge “El Chapo” Guzman’s cartel), which controls the beachfront and touristic areas, and the Fulana group controls the villages and wider region around the town.” Influence from these gangs have grown so prominent that the judicial process is nearly impossible to complete and honest officials and officers are subject to threats of torture and death if they fail to comply.
—  ‘Drug Sting Unmasks 20 Narcos Masquerading as Mexican Police’, teleSUR
A violent theocracy raised on the ideology of Takfir, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been instrumental over the past decade in the spread of radicalism - as expressed by groups such as al-Qaida, the Taliban, Boko Haram and of course Daesh (aka ISIS). A profoundly reactionary regime that rejects the notion of religious freedom, al-Saud’s monarchy has nevertheless been hailed a model of stability and steadfastness against Terror by western powers. Takfiri is frequently used in reference to Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) but the term has a hidden universal applicability that surpasses our era while exposing the dark ideology languishing in the core of the phenomenon. Since they started calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in June 2014, the gun-wielding occupiers of Iraq and Syria have been referred to as Takfiris by many Islamic scholars. Derived from the word kafir, meaning infidel, the Arabic word could refer to any ideology that is based on declaring the dissent apostate, and therefore eligible to be killed by the members of the group. Takfirism is mostly rooted in Wahhabism, the official religion of the absolute autocratic regime of Saudi Arabia.
—  Catherine Shakdam, ‘Yemen - a Nation in Resistance Against Wahhabi Imperialism’, teleSUR

anonymous asked:

I'm curious, do you know much about the current practical coup d'etat and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela? With how tumblr get's sometimes I was curious if The Latest Problem in Venezuela reached you?

I’m aware of it, but it’s not something I’ve seen on Tumblr. I generally get my news from trolling a wide variety of outlets. I find Tumblr to be good only in very specific and American-centered circumstances.

But yes, what’s going on in Venezuela is awful.

For those who are curious (and you all should be), here’s a very short piece that’s a bit of an intro to what’s going on at the moment: 

Pressuring Venezuela’s Leader to Back Down

I’d encourage you all to check out Google news. It looks like The Atlantic might have some good articles dating back a year or two that will help with background. 

Anything by Telesur should be read with a high degree of skepticism considering it’s primary sponsor is the Venezuelan government. 

Nonny, if you have any links to good sources and articles about this, from current events to background pieces, feel free to let me know. 

Venezuela'da sağ muhalefet, Chavezci genci IŞİD'ci gibi yaktı

23.05.2017 16:11 DÜNYA

Venezuela'nın başkenti Karasta cumartesi günü düzenlenen Maduro karşıtı gösterilerde, protestocuların bir kişiyi yakmasının görüntüleri ortaya çıktı. Başkan Maduro da “Biz daha önce burada Ortadoğu’daki IŞİD’li teröristlerin yaptığı gibi birinin yakıldığını hiç görmedik" dedi

Venezuela'nın başkenti Karasta cumartesi günü düzenlenen Maduro karşıtı gösterilerde, protestocuların bir kişiyi yakmasının görüntüleri ortaya çıktı. Gencin vücudunun yüzde 80’i birinci ve ikinci dereceden yanıkla kaplanırken Başkan Maduro, ateşe verilen gencin Chavezci olduğunu söyleyerek olaya tepki göstermişti.

Linç girişimi Karakas’ın zengin mahallelerinden Altamira’da meydana geldi. Görüntülere göre sağ muhalefetin çağrısıyla cumartesi günü düzenlenen protestolarda 21 yaşındaki Orlando Jose Figuera protestocuların arasında kalıyor. Figuera, önce linç ediliyor, sonra da üzerine benzin dökülerek yakılıyor.

Adalet Bakanlığı gencin linç sırasında bıçaklandığını da duyurdu. Başkan Maduro da “Biz daha önce burada Ortadoğu’daki IŞİD’li teröristlerin yaptığı gibi birinin yakıldığını hiç görmedik. Bir kişi yakıldı, dövüldü ve bıçaklandı” dedi. Olayı “nefret suçu” olarak tanımlayan Maduro, şiddet ortamından sağ muhalefeti sorumlu tuttu.

Maduro gencin hükümet destekçisi olduğu için saldırıya uğradığını söylerken Latin Amerika’da ortak yayın yapan Telesur ise gencin Chavezci ya da hırsız olduğu olabileceğini ama sadece siyah olduğu için saldırıya uğradığını iddia ediyor. Yaralı genç yetkililere hırsız olmadığını, ama protestocuların kendisinin hırsız sandıkları için saldırıya uğradığın yolunda ifade verdi. Ancak bazı görgü tanıklarına göre ise genci ateşe veren grup “Chavezciye ölüm” diye bağırdı.

Sağ muhalefetin çağrısıyla 4 Nisan’da başlayan protestoların yarattığı şiddet dalgasında bugüne dek ölenlerin sayısı 60’a yaklaştı. (DHA)

Aside from the vulnerability of the regime to charges of mass murder, the crisis of the Philippine ruling system and the world capitalist system is ever worsening to the detriment of the Filipino people. The deterioration of the economy is underway to undermine and isolate the regime in the forthcoming year. Foreign exchange remittances from overseas contract workers are slowing down. The export of raw material and semi-manufactures has plunged amidst the global depression. Credit from Western sources is tightening. The foreign exchange reserves are decreasing. The peso is being devalued in view of a large public debt. Portfolio investments have been flowing out since 2014. While the debt-driven and import-dependent service sector is growing, agriculture and manufacturing have declining shares in the gross domestic product. The prices of staple food and other basic commodities are rising, while regular employment and real wages are decreasing. Social services are becoming more expensive and the public utilities are breaking down.
—  Jose Maria Sison, ‘Duterte Regime Is Mixed up and Vulnerable’, teleSUR

Así se las gastan en países “democráticos”

Periodista que cubría protesta contra Trump podría ir a prisión.

El periodista Aaron Cantú, quien trabaja para el periódico “The Santa Fe Reporter”, fue detenido el 20 de enero mientras cubría las manifestaciones por la toma de posesión de Donald Trump y ahora se enfrenta a 75 años de prisión en caso de ser condenado.

En Washington se convocó a una protesta el 20 de enero de 2016, con motivo de la investidura de Trump, que derivaron en disturbios y fueron arrestadas unas 230 personas, entre ellas Cantú.

Cantú es acusado de ocho delitos graves, entre ellos, incitación, conspiración y participación en disturbios, y cinco cargos de destrucción de la propiedad. Sin embargo, la acusación no menciona a Cantú como provocador de los daños, sino que estaba “presente mientras ocurrieron”/TeleSur
Trump has vowed to stimulate the U.S. military-industrial complex and boost manufacturing jobs by offering Riyadh major weapons deals. The package includes Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, THAAD, missile defense system with several batteries. The THAAD system, like the one being made operational in South Korea, costs about US$1 billion. Also being negotiated are combat vehicles including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and M109 artillery vehicle and the multi-mission Littoral Combat Ship, are built by Bethesda, Maryland-based weapons maker Lockheed Martin and Australia’s Austal Limited. If a deal goes through, it would be the first sale of a new small surface warship to a foreign power in decades. Any major foreign weapons sale is subject to oversight by Congress. Lawmakers must take into consideration a legal requirement that Israel must maintain its qualitative military edge over its neighbors. Also, more than US$1 billion worth of munitions including armor-piercing Penetrator Warheads and Paveway laser-guided bombs made by Raytheon are in the package.
—  ‘Amid Saudi Monarchy’s War Crimes, US Considers Multi-Billion Dollar Arms Package’, teleSUR