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United Nations “Commemorates” Dictator Fidel Castro

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Dec 22, 2016, 6:51 pm
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was honored this week by the United Nations for fighting for "justice and equality" (
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was honored this week by the United Nations for fighting for “justice and equality” (El Espanol).

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On Tuesday, December 20, the United Nations General Assembly members paid tribute to the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died on November 25.

General Assembly President Peter Thomson said during the commemoration that Fidel Castro was “one of the most emblematic and influential leaders of the twentieth century.” He added that for many the dictator “concretely embodied the struggle of the global south for independence, justice, and development.”

“Castro’s activism for a more just and equitable world made him a symbol of resistance and inspiration for people around the world, in Latin America, Africa, and beyond,” Thomson said.

Likewise, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the leader of the Cuban Revolution as “one of the most important leaders of Latin America in the twenty-first century and the most influential figure in Cuban history since his own hero, José Martí, who fought for Cuban independence until the end of the 19th century. ”

The dictator “left an important mark on his country and global politics … Until his last days he was deeply interested in the future of humanity and the challenges of our times,” said the former Secretary-General in statements read by the Undersecretary for Political Affairs of the UN, Miroslav Jenca.

In addition, more than 30 speakers representing different groups and countries stood up to fondly remember the Cuban leader.

“Castro was a true defender of the global south and of the new international economic order, as well as of the establishment of a peaceful, prosperous, just and equitable multipolar world,” Venezuela‘s Deputy Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said.

Fidel relinquished power to his younger brother Raul in 2o08, but continued to exert a larger-than-life presence over the Caribbean island. He was a perpetual thorn in the side of the United States, and sponsored revolutionary movements throughout the world for much of his tenure as the authoritarian ruler of Cuba.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

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.

Venezuelan Troops Obligate Businesses to Offer “Discounts” of 80%

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Dec 22, 2016, 5:39 pm
The Venezuelan government has sent soldiers to businesses to demand that they lower prices during the Holiday season (

Español The Venezuelan dictatorship seems to be looking for some quick and easy popularity points, at least in December. For several weeks it has used the National Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights (SUNDDE) to mandate the price at which merchants must sell their products. These measures have been rejected by a large part of civil society. This week, according to the newspaper El Sol de Margarita, SUNDDE appeared in Nueva Esparta state to regulate dozens of commercial establishments in one of the most important tourist destinations of Venezuela. Read More: Report Predicts Further Unrest in Venezuela without Regime Change Read More: Venezuelans Still Waiting for New Bills after Cash Ban Chaos "Officials of the SUNDDE paid surprise visits to the business owners on Avenue May 4, Avenue Santiago de Mariño, as well as the principal thoroughfares and other areas of the commercial district of Porlamar, obligating to lower their prices between 20% and 80%; where they currently remain," the paper said. The agents of the Superintendency - also known by its colloquial name Fair Prices - were accompanied by the Venezuelan military to ensure the proper application of the measures: "Vice Admiral Alfredo Pulido Pinto, commander of the Integral Defense Zone of Nueva Esparta (Zodine), confirmed that military officers have joined the agents, who seek to facilitate access to goods in great demand during the Holiday season" says El Sol de Margarita. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The measure has been applied across the board: for example, EPK chain of shops, which specializes in children's clothing, was forced to lower prices by up to 70%. "We have ordered this company to implement an immediate price reduction in the 31 stores that they have in Venezuela; which will apply to all children's clothing items that are available in their stores," said SUNDDE director William Contreras. The measure has led to hundreds of people lining up around the shops in the hopes of getting access to bargains. https://twitter.com/vjmc/status/811921022836469764 https://twitter.com/DLaraF/status/812001523454672896 Contreras took the decision after EPK allegedly raised prices despite the fact that on December 1 they were ordered "not modify prices until the end" of a government-run audit process that was taking place, in order to determine if their business practices and pricing were in line with current regulations. According to the SUNDDE, the chain was flouting regulations and "making misleading offers." Source: El Impulso, El Sol de Margarita

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