Socialists of the World Unite in Ecuador to Lick their Wounds

By: Karina Martín - Sep 30, 2016, 7:45 am
Alleged attacks from right-wing groups against the left were denounced (Nación)
Socialists claim there have attacks from right-wing groups against the left. (Nación)

EspañolLeaders of leftist parties from 24 countries gathered in Ecuador starting Wednesday, September 28 to denounce an alleged opposition plan against progressive governments.

The three-day meeting was convened by President Rafael Correa under the title “Latin American Progressive Summit.”

President Jose Mujica of Uruguay, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and the leader of the Spanish party Podemos Pablo Iglesias are all reportedly attending.

Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera of Bolivia is expected to attend as well, in addition to Vice Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Liu Hongcai, Head of International Relations for the Communist Party of Cuba José Ramón Balaguer.

There are also delegates for the Workers’ Party of Brazil, Bolivia’s Socialism Movement and the Communist Party of Chile, among others.

Executive Secretary of the Ecuadorian movement Alianza País Doris Solis announced that “more than 80 parties, movements and political organizations of the Latin American left and the world will be gathered in Quito.”

The meeting will also be attended by delegations from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and other nations of the world such as France, Belgium and Vietnam.

Governments like Venezuela and Ecuador have repeatedly denounced alleged assaults by sectors of the right against the left, which is reportedly one of the topics on the meeting’s agenda.

The peace process in Colombia will also reportedly be discussed, as well as “a new Condor Plan” against progressive administrations of the region.

The Condor Plan was implemented in the 1970s by military dictatorships of the Southern Cone to coordinate the eradication of leftist opponents.

“They are attempts … to weaken and try to defeat progressive processes,” Solis said.

Sources: El Nuevo Herald; Sumarium.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

As US Elections Intensify, How Will Hillary Handle Her Husband’s Spotty Past?

By: Max Radwin - Sep 30, 2016, 7:00 am

Before, during and after the United States’ first presidential campaign this week, Republican Candidate Donald Trump repeatedly said he was proud of his ability to hold back from making “extremely rough” comments about Democrat Hillary Clinton’s family — specifically her husband. Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was Governor of Arkansas from 1971 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992. Throughout that time and even before, Clinton faced sexual assault accusations as well as a White House scandal with intern Monica Lewinsky. Now, Hillary Clinton is vying for the White House, carrying that history along with her, but Trump appears to be focusing on that history more and more. "An impeachment for lying," Trump reportedly said this week at a New Hampshire rally in relation to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. "Remember that? Impeach." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Trump isn’t the only one bringing up old stories, however. Clinton tweeted in November that victims of sexual assault deserved to be believed, and then someone asked her a question at a rally regarding whether such a claim applied to her husband’s situation. She said that it did until evidence showed otherwise. Clinton has also begun running attack ads discussing Trump's mistreatment of women throughout the years, specifically with regards to beauty pageants. Read More: Trump Has Talented Advisors, He Should Listen to Them Read More: Trump Pledges to Stand with Oppressed Cubans, Venezuelans “After his disastrous debate performance and his sexist attack on a former Miss Universe over her weight, Donald Trump is now trying to deflect by going after Hillary Clinton about her marriage,” Clinton Campaign Spokesman Brian Fallon said. “While Trump and lieutenants like Roger Stone and David Bossie may want to dredge up failed attacks from the 1990s, as many Republicans have warned, this is a mistake that is going to backfire. He can try to distract from his demeaning comments against women, but if Donald Trump thinks these attacks against Hillary Clinton are going to throw her off her game and what matters to move this country forward, he is wrong.” Trump hinted that he might go into detail about the comments he withheld this week at the next debate.

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