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Leftist Allies of Venezuela’s Maduro Call Pressure from OAS “Perverse”

By: Karina Martín - Apr 11, 2017, 2:57 pm
Leftist Allies of Venezuela's Maduro
“We have witnessed the OAS’ obscure compromises and even the fickle manipulation of its rules, as well as the perverse, unworthy and insane actions of its Secretary General,” Cuban Foreign Minister. (flickr)

EspañolMember countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for America backed Venezuela in response to international pressure this Monday, April 10.

ALBA-TCP is a block of nations established in 2004, consisting of Cuba, Venezuela, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Pomegranate.

At the 15th BAA Political Council, the nations came together and discussed Venezuela’s recent presence on the international stage, thanks in part to the actions of Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro.

“We have witnessed the obscure compromises of the OAS,” said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at the opening of the event. “And even the fickle manipulation of its rules, as well as the perverse, unworthy, and insane action by its Secretary General, a puppet of imperial interests, Miami political mafias and vulgar mercenaries.”

 

The meeting sought solidarity with the members of BAA that favor Chavez’s legacy, including Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, as well as several small Caribbean countries.

The nations offered support in response to a group composed of the United States, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and 10 others across the Americas, which have approved a resolution denouncing a “violation of the constitutional order” in Venezuela.

“It is a plan aimed at the disintegration of the great homeland,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said. “They found a block of contention here, a strength of the principles that inspire us, the identity of our peoples, principles based on the self-determination of our peoples, independence and sovereignty.”

The member countries denounced a “new onslaught of imperialism, transnational capital and national oligarchies” against the leftists of the region, and “arbitrary US sanctions against Venezuela.” In addition, they agreed for issuing a declaration of their support for the Venezuelan regime.

Sources: El Nuevo Herald; Gestión; El Universal.

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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.

PanAm Podcast with Joe Quirk: How Floating Nations Will Reshape Our World

By: David Unsworth - @LatinAmerUpdate - Apr 11, 2017, 2:00 pm
Joe Quirk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtD8s-BLrGc&feature=youtu.be Joe Quirk has been described as a "seavangelist"; in his work with The Seasteading Institute, he argues that new floating nation states, facilitated by the institute's innovative technology, will revolutionize the world. Founded in 2008, with a philanthropic grant of $500,000 by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, the Seasteading Institute (TSI) presents a libertarian vision of the future where this new technology will provide an opportunity for new societies to offer the greatest degree of economic, political, and social freedoms to their citizens. Quirk notes that the ethos of seasteading was inspired by the legendary Burning Man Festival, which takes place every year in the Nevada desert. It was here that Quirk (a 14 time "burner") became acquainted with Patri Friedman, grandson of the legendary University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman. Quirk and Friedman envisioned transforming the concept of Burning Man's improvised, do-it-yourself societies, into floating nation states on the high seas. Friedman and Quirk cowrote a book outlining their vision, entitled: Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians. Read More: Freedom for Liberland: Celebrating "Live and Let Live" Nation's First Anniversary Read More: Free State Project Reaches 90% of Target, Eclipses 18,000 Signers Very soon, this theoretical concept will be ready to be put into action. TSI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French Polynesian government, and the first "seasteads" will soon be built on a small scale. Quirk notes that French Polynesia, while larger than Western Europe, is 99% water, and has also been affected of late by rising sea levels, making it the perfect partnership to experiment with TSI's revolutionary technology. Yet, one might ask, why seasteading as opposed to a land-based quest for new societies and freedoms? What about the logistical challenges of operating, someday in the future, in international waters, 200 miles off shore? Quirk suggests, "We don't believe in designing such a process from the top down, we believe in providing the platforms for other people to discover the solutions in a decentralized way; so by starting small and scaling up, we can create the technology, and this isn't an abstraction, it's already been demonstrated by cruise ships which are in practice self-governing...so we don't need to argue about politics on a cruise ship, all you need is the power to choose a better offer." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); TSI also sees great potential in seasteads to present opportunities for people to escape war, poverty, and corruption. Quirk observes that, "People in dysfunctional governments all over the world are trying to get out of them and take jobs elsewhere," noting that 85% of Dubai's workers are foreign, and that the temporary concept of cruise ships, and the employment they provide, could be made permanent with new seasteading technology. There is also great potential for replacing fossil fuels with biofuels on the high seas: lots of space, lots of sunlight, and lots of nutrients to grow algae for biofuel. Quirk is also excited about wave energy technologies and ocean thermal conversion, where the temperature difference between warmer surface waters and cooler deep waters is used to generate electricity. But Quirk and TSI ultimately are agnostic as to what type of society will thrive on the high seas. They provide the technology, but take a neutral position when it comes to the ideology of potential seasteaders and their societies: As Quirk notes, "Through voluntary choice and market competition we will discover what works best."

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