1. For those of you who didn’t see it, the USA tried to use the Organization of American States (traditionally a US-puppet organization) to promote intervention in Venezuela. Instead, an OAS resolution passed supporting President Maduro’s peace initiative by a 29-3 margin; Panamá was the only Latin Amercan country to vote with the United States and Canada against Venezuela. Our peoples have seen right-wing coups before; we can recognize the signs, and we know what side we’re on.

    América Latina cada día más libre del yugo imperialista! Palo al yanqui!

     
  2. A retired general from Venezuela tweets to the “peaceful protesters” that they should set up cords of nylon or BARBED WIRE at 1.2 meters high to “neutralize motorized criminal hordes (aka chavistas).” Two pro-government activists have now been killed, one BEHEADED, by the barbed wire barricades of the protesters. An arrest warrant has properly been issued for Angel Vivas.

     
  3. Interested in understanding what’s happening in Venezuela? Watch this short segment from Al Jazeera America featuring Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who explains some of the historical context and significance of the current protests.

     
     

  4. The Mayoral Coup in Bogotá

    The Attorney General of Colombia Alejandro Ordóñez has removed Bogotá’s leftist mayor Gustavo Petro from office, and banned him from holding political office again for 15 years. The reason? Petro decided to revamp the city’s trash collection system, and signed into law that a state owned utilities company would be the provider of the service. Ordóñez claims that this move violates the law of free economic competition, because Petro did not give a private corporation the right to compete for the contract. That’s it.

    Some are speculating that this move is related to the current peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, which may soon result in a peace treaty that sees the FARC disarm and become a legal political organization. Petro, who is no sympathizer of the FARC but was himself a guerrilla in the M-19 (disbanded in 1990) and has ideas well to the left of Colombia’s institutionalized right-wing, is seen as a possible candidate for the new matrix of legal leftist forces in a future presidential election. Because the mayorship of Bogotá is “a step away from the presidency,” it is possible that the right-wing is attempting to stave off a possible threat to its rule from a post-FARC left united under Petro.

     
  5. Bogotá, Colombia — Dec. 9th, 2013

    A large crowd occupied the Plaza Bolívar today in protest of the Attorney General’s decision to oust center-left mayor Gustavo Petro from office, and ban him from holding office for 15 years. Petro, a former guerrilla of the M-19 (which demobilized in 1990 and has since been dissolved), is being charged with the mismanagement of the city’s trash collection, with opponents claiming that his decision to offer the contract to a state company was “unfair” to private corporations. #DefiendeLaDemocracia

     

  6. So, this happened yesterday. Very cool.

     

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  9. Seven years after the end of the people’s war in Nepal, a new, heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1b6W06x

     

  10. In our world, it is rare that defiance overruns despair.

    The spread of revolutionary dreams among the planet’s poorest people is a precious and welcome development. And the poor of Nepal have such dreams. The large revolutionary movement in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, is almost unknown in the U.S. It is invisible in the world’s mainstream news reporting. It is treated as unimportant, marginal and even (most unfair of all) as “terrorist.” We ask you to take a moment to learn about it. We ask you to help spread the word. Millions of people in Nepal have sacrificed for radical change – acting together in waves of uprisings across the last twenty years.

    They have faced armed suppression. They have been betrayed. They have been threatened from abroad (by both India and the U.S.). Their fighters have been murdered, imprisoned and raped. Their leaders have been targeted for neutralization – either by repression or co-optation. In 2006, after winning broad popular support during years of guerrilla warfare, Nepal’s revolutionaries agreed to enter negotiations for a radically new society. The hated and corrupt king of Nepal was overthrown. A constitutional convention was convened to decide how power would be structured. And the people waited for change to come. Now, seven years later, a new quite-heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent.

    Important.

     

  11. Sinead O’Connor knows the real enemy. Less mundane cultural critiques, more politics.

     

  12. Ecuador offers $23 million in funding for human rights training in the United States. This might just be the best geopolitical troll ever.

     
  13. Ya no soy liberal (I am no longer a liberal), a song from the new left-wing Partido Libre in Honduras, born out of the resistance to the 2009 military coup and led by the wife/husband duo Xiomara Castro and Manuel Zelaya. The song is a critique of the Liberal Party, formerly the party of Zelaya during his short-lived presidency.

     
     

  14. Team Hugo may be getting Honduras back soon :-)

     
  15. The teachers of Michoacán are currently camped out on the Avenida Francisco I. Madero in downtown Morelia in protest of efforts to introduce privatization reforms to the national education system. More photos coming soon.