Trump Pledges to Stand With Oppressed Venezuelans, Cubans

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Sep 19, 2016, 1:05 pm
Venezuela is a country of hard working and incredible people, said the Republican candidate, Donal Trump, he also said that Venezuela was ruined by socialism (Wikimedia)
“Venezuela is a country of hard-working and incredible people,” said the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Wikimedia)

EspañolDuring a campaign event held in Miami on September 16, the GOP candidate Donald Trump put down Venezuela’s woes to socialism.

“Venezuela is a beautiful, vibrant, and resource-rich country, filled with amazing and hardworking people. But Venezuela has been run into the ground by socialists,” said the real-estate businessman during the event at the James L. Knight Center.

Before, he’d asked the audience to raise their hands if they were Venezuelans or had relatives from the South American country. “Woah, not too many,” said the Republican nominee.

“The next President of the United States must stand in solidarity with all people oppressed in our hemisphere, and I will stand with the oppressed people of Venezuela yearning to be free,” he promised.

Trump also praised Venezuelans who have had to migrate to the United States due to the crisis in their home country.


Trump Vowed to Undo Obama’s “Concessions” to Castro Regime

Moreover, the Republican candidate stated that he is willing to break relations with the Cuban regime, undoing President Barack Obama’s new policy toward the communist Caribbean nation.

“All of the concessions Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order — which means the next president can reverse them. And that I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands,” Trump said. “Those demands will include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people, and the freeing of political prisoners.”

“We will stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression,” Trump said in a speech that the media have categorized as an attempt to attract the Latino vote.

Source: Efecto Cocuyo, El País.

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.

The Armed Rebels Who Will Keep Up Violence in Colombia after FARC

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Sep 18, 2016, 9:06 pm
FARC are not the only armed rebels in Colombia's conflict

EspañolDespite the deal reached between the Colombian government and the Marxist FARC guerrilla to lay down arms, there is a new cause of concern: what the several other criminal groups that operate in the country will do faced with such a power vacuum. The famous rebel group has been responsible for a large number of killing, attacks, kidnappings, displacements, and other crimes in Colombia for the past five decades. But even if FARC surrenders, there is no shortage of armed groups that could continue this kind of violence. Read more: Colombian Merchants Claim FARC Continues Extortion Racket Read More: The Uncomfortable Truth about Colombia's FARC Peace Deal In Colombia there are four prominent criminal organizations besides FARC that fight over the control of territories. Most, if not all of them, finance their activities through drug trafficking, and they all have a clear political ideology. These groups are the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), Peasant Self-Defenders of Córdoba and Urabá (ACCU) and the so-called "bacrim," criminal bands. ELN They are a communist guerrilla located mainly in the east of Colombia. Its leaders are negotiating with the government a peace process similar to that conducted with FARC. However, after announcing the beginning of talks, President Juan Manuel Santos asked them to release all hostages, a request that was denied by the guerrilla at the time. They have been carrying out attacks against civilians ever since. They have even forced six Colombian regions to go on strike, threatening residents with violence if they didn't comply. At present, they don't show willingness to depose arms. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); There are even reports that ELN is occupying territories that have historically been FARC strongholds. According to informants, the guerrilla is expanding their coca plantations. At the end of 2015 ELN had approximately 15,000 men under the leadership of Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, aka Gabino. EPL The Popular Liberation Army is a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla founded in the 1980s in Antioquia that gradually spread across the country. In 1991 EPL decided to demobilize, but a dissenting group continues committing crimes in Catatumbo, a northwestern region of Colombia known for the large amount of coca crops. Made up of around 150 fighters, the group reportedly collaborates in some criminal ventures with FARC. Bacrim Bacrim is a loose group of armed gangs that broke off from the disbanded paramilitary groups that made up the United Self-Defenders of Colombia (AUC). The AUC was founded to protect Colombian communities from the guerrilla, but they ended up involving themselves in the drug trade. Some Bacrim such as the Gulf Clan or the Úsuga Clan have become purely drug cartels. However, some factions still claim that their ultimate goal is to end communism. There is little evidence nevertheless that they are nothing more than drug-trafficking groups. Colombian experts and authorities fear that all these groups will begin fighting over the control of the territories that belonged to FARC, generating more violence, hence the importance of new ways to combat drugs such as legalization. Sources: Ideas para la paz, Centro de Memoria Histórica, El Tiempo.

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