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President of Costa Rica Accuses OAS Chief of Aggression for Standing up to Venezuelan Dictator

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 10, 2017, 2:40 pm
President of Costa Rica Accuses OAS Chief of Aggression for Standing up to Venezuelan Dictator
During his official visit to Spain, President Luis Guillermo Solis said that “In Venezuela, the rule of law has died.” (Flickr)

EspañolCosta Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis said the “belligerence” of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro has left “very limited space” for member countries to help solve Venezuela’s crisis.

“Costa Rica in no way wants to disavow the efforts made by the Secretary General, but it would seem very important to guarantee the serenity that is required for these dialogues,” Solis said.

In a Madrid meeting with the media during an official visit to Spain, Solís said the rule of law had died in Venezuela. But he also denounced the “inefficiency” of international pressure against it that should be helping solve the crisis.

“It is not that there is a halt,” he clarified. “What I think prevails is an inefficiency given the nature of the crisis.”

 

“I also do not think we can say that we are close to a political dialogue that has been ineffective,” President Solis said regarding meetings between Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro and the country’s political opposition.

Solis stressed that multilateral organizations working to improve the situation in Venezuela have limited power to stop the crisis, which has already left more than 40 dead in more than a month of nearly constant protests demanding free and open general elections.

President Solis also said there are a large number of countries that support the Maduro administration and have therefore blocked actions from other countries such as Costa Rica, which demand that leaders respect human rights by releasing political prisoners and scheduling elections.

Source: Amelia Rueda

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

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

Mexico Ranks Only Behind Syria as the World’s Most Violent Country

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 10, 2017, 1:58 pm
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EspañolMexico is the second deadliest conflict zone in the world, a new report revealed this week. The International Institute for Strategic Studies released the results of its Armed Conflict Survey this week, showing that Mexico is the second deadliest conflict zone in the world behind only Syria, which is undergoing a civil war. In 2016, an estimated 13,000 people were killed in Mexico as a result of conflicts between drug cartels, other criminals and state security forces, according to the study. However, the figure is far from what has been reported in Syria, where there were 50,000 murders last year — far outranking violent death rates in Afghanistan (17,000) and Iraq (16,000). Read More: Mexico Surpasses Canada as Top Agricultural Supplier to the United States Read More: New Leader of Sinaloa Drug Cartel Detained in Mexico City  According to the London-based study, Mexico, unlike Syria, is experiencing a crisis "marked by the absence of artillery, tanks or combat aviation." "It's surprising considering that the deaths can be attributed in almost all cases to hand guns," IISS Director General John Chipman, who added that conflicts around the world are causing a massive displacement of people. In Mexico, the large number of murders was mostly recorded in rural areas due to territory disputes among cartels, whose violence caused the displacement of more than 35,000 people between 2007 and 2016. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   January and February of 2017 were the most violent months, according to IISS Associate Researcher Antonio Sampaio, with 3,779 cases of homicide reported by the authorities. However, the following month was even worse: there were 2,020 homicides in March alone. Sampaio also said that "the roots of the conflict lie in Mexico's weak institutions and insufficient socio-economic development." Source: Univisión Noticias

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