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Maduro Regime Suggests Mexico Backed US Stance on Venezuela in Exchange for NAFTA Renegotiation

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 28, 2017, 3:14 pm
Maduro Regime Suggests Mexico Backed US Stance on Venezuela
Delcy Rodriguez said Washington may have offered Mexico preservation of NAFTA in exchange for lashing out against Venezuela. (VTV)

EspañolVenezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez lashed out against Mexico Thursday, April 27 for the position it took in the Organization of American States regarding the crisis in Venezuela.

She suggested that the Mexican government had received “some payment” for attacking President Nicolas Maduro’s regime in the form of the United States’ preservation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

From the headquarters of the Foreign Relations Secretariat in Caracas, Rodriguez hinted that Mexico had changed its rhetoric to appeal to Washington’s interests against the Venezuelan “revolution.” In turn, they received benefits from the Trump administration in the form of preserving NAFTA.

“What has happened in the OAS?” She said. “The world began the day with news that the United States resumes NAFTA with Mexico and Canada. Are they paying back Mexico for doing something?”

Rodriguez also added: “Interesting, right? How curious! Some governments give in. They will not be pardoned in our people’s soul. They’ll pay for it!”

 

Before issuing the statements, Rodriguez lamented the position of other foreign ministers in the OAS.

“I am happy that when I open my eyes every morning I do not have to call Washington to be told what to do. I just have to call my boss, Nicolás Maduro Moros, and I always see the direction that the people of Venezuela choose as well as in my conscience and heart.”

She made the comments after the foreign ministers in the OAS agreed, by majority vote, to hold a meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela. One of the countries most encouraging the initiative was Mexico.

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Femicide: Is a Woman’s Life Worth More Than a Man’s?

By: Vanesa Vallejo - Apr 28, 2017, 1:20 pm
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EspañolTo say that a woman's life is worth more than a man's sounds so awful that even those who defend laws against "femicide" refuse to recognize it. However, in Colombia and other countries where "feminicide" has been established as a crime, that seems to be the case. A male murderer of a woman receives a tougher sentence than a woman who kills anybody. Deciding the weight of a crime based on the sex of the victim is repulsive; it goes against the principle of equality before the law and is unethical. Why should the murderer pay more for being a man than for being a woman? Do we assume that men are evil by nature and must be punished more severely than murderous women? I was with a friend recently when a news broadcast showed a case in which a woman had stabbed her husband. My friend's reaction to the news was: "the man must have done something to deserve it." My hypothesis is that in attempting to defend women and protect them from crimes that we all feel moved by, we have turned down a path of victimization of women and villainization of men. Of course, crimes perpetrated by men against their partners should be punished immediately and efficiently, as should all crimes. And it is good that society is so fervently addressing the problem of women suffering from violence in a relationship. But the fact that we are moved by these cases does not mean we must demand that the law consider a woman's life more valuable than a man's. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Neither can we fall into a normalization of violence toward men with the mindset that they are all bad, or that if something happens to them it's because they deserve it. Collective thinking is never good. It's not fair that because a man was born with XY chromosomes, that makes his life worth less, nor should he be punished more severely if he commits a crime. Some have responded to this argument by asking whether equality before the law matters. Does it matter that we add a few more years to a murderer's sentence if that murderer is a man, if it means we can stop the scourge of violence against women? Read More: FARC Guerrilla Throws Full Support behind Venezuela Dictatorship I don't think that ending the principle of equality before the law is a meaningless issue. It's as bad to believe that a man is worthless as it is to be believe a woman is. It's like saying that a black person is worth less than a white one. This attempt to end murders against women has not worked. In Latin America, supremely harsh legislation against "femicide" has been supported strongly by officials; however, the number of women murdered by men continues to increase. Different studies show that violence against women is lower in high-income countries, not in countries where there are more laws against femicide. But violence against women is not only less, but violence in general is too. Statistics show violence against men and violence against women are practically the same, meaning that aggression against females is simply linked to the level of general violence. If the problem were that men were sexist and hated women, murders committed against females would be different from male violence, but that's simply not the case. We must remember the importance of economic development in reducing violence against everyone. According to data provided by the United Nations, violence against women has to do with abusive romantic relationships begun at an early age, as well as economic dependence. In the most prosperous countries, women marry at an older age and have a higher labor market bonding rate. So if we really want to attack the causes, we cannot forget the importance of allowing economic development. Violence against women, as well as violence in general, is lower in the richest countries. Read More: Russian Government to Help Cuba Modernize its Defense Industry It is absurd to believe that men are bad and women are good and that, therefore, we must punish men more and put more value on the life of females. It simply means that violence and crime must be punished, regardless of whether a man or a woman commits it. Instead of creating new laws that put men at a disadvantage, let us focus on doing what is right and what is necessary: making justice effective.

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