Socialists win Venezuela elections

first_imgLined up to vote in Venezuela, Oct. 15.Washington, Wall Street, the CIA and the U.S. corporate media got — for them — an unpleasant blow on Oct. 15 in Venezuela. The Venezuelan workers and farmers who support the Socialist Party government of President Nicolás Maduro voted that party into governmental office in 17 of the 23 states — with one still too close to call.In the total vote, Maduro’s PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) came up with 54 percent. This is a strong reversal from the December 2015 parliamentary vote that gave the opposition — the pro-imperialist opposition — the majority in the legislature. That result threatened Chavista rule in the country.Since that vote, U.S. imperialism, with the support of the Spanish state and other NATO powers, has stepped up its efforts to strangle Venezuela economically while sabotaging it and supporting violence by the opposition.The Chavista government hung on and has now come out on top in two elections. First was the success of the elections to the Participant Assembly on July 30, which connected the masses in the country with the opportunity to influence changes in the governmental system. Next were these regional elections, which saw over 61 percent participation and brought the Chavistas a clear majority.Despite these good results for the revolutionary movement in Venezuela, there is still a threat from U.S. imperialism and its regional client regimes. Three of the Venezuelan states on the Colombian border were won by the opposition, known as the MUD (Democratic Unity Roundtable). Colombia is the South American regime most tightly allied with imperialism and most determined to oust the Maduro government.Here in the U.S., we have to assume that the corporate media will repeat the lies of the Republicans and Democrats maligning the legitimacy of the vote.But there is an important difference in voting in Venezuela and voting in the U.S. The Venezuelan Chavista government encourages the participation of youth, women and poor voters and those from formerly oppressed sections of the population. The U.S. and its component states make it difficult for Black and Latinx people to register and vote, and don’t even give time off for workers to vote. All incarcerated people in the U.S. are kept away from voting, and many prisoners are denied the right to vote even after they are freed. Meanwhile, the U.S. electoral college and senatorial system biases voting toward rural and wealthier areas.So any slander against Venezuelan voting from U.S. politicians is just that — hypocritical slander.After two straight electoral triumphs for Chavism, Venezuelans can be encouraged. So can those of us in the U.S. who support sovereignty for that South American country and who look forward to progress toward socialism. But we must stay on guard, ready to mobilize to prevent further interference from the U.S. against the Venezuelan people and the government they choose.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Wine world news

first_imgNewsWine world newsBy admin – February 11, 2010 560 Pinot noir fraud could land 13 winemakers in jailFRENCH wine makers could face up to 12 months in jail following the unfolding of what Decanter noted as the world’s biggest wine con. E&J Gallo are at the centre of the con as being the recipient of what they believed to be over 3.5 million gallons of pinot noir, but in fact, according to wine experts and a French court, was in fact phoney pinot noir.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With enough to fill 16 million bottles, Gallo, the American wine producer, bought the wine under the label of being from the Languedoc-Roussillon area. But authorities were alerted after suspicions were raised as to the amount of pinot noir being exported from the region was thought to far exceed historic levels. Thirteen people have been charged with selling the wine labelled as something in fact it wasn’t. It is believed that Gallo paid in the region of €4 million for the wine over a two year period. WhatsApp Email Australian wine producers face 25% drop in industryThe Australian wine industry is facing the prospect of reducing volumes by approximately 25% if proposals by Australia’s various statutory bodies and non-governmental organisations representing the industry, are accepted.Capacity among producers equates to around two million tonnes while demand currently runs at 1.5m tonnes.  As an industry insider observed: “There is a significant overhang and Australia needs to put some ‘tension’ back into its demand and supply chain. It needs to look at sustainable dollars per tonne not production: tonnes crushed.”Drinks International say “that the proposal, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, is that wine producers will be asked to submit their production figures and business plans to a sort of ‘clinic’, region-by-region, where they will be scrutinised. If their business is deemed unsustainable, they will be offered government money to cease wine grape growing”. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Linkedin Print Previous articlePart-time hours to full-time beautyNext articleMan held following firearm find adminlast_img read more

Environmental Lecture Series on Thursday: Diamondback Terrapins

first_imgLecture Description:As the only species of turtle in North America to be capable of living its entire life in brackish (a mix of salt and fresh) water, the diamondback terrapin is a decidedly unique turtle species. Come learn more about these fascinating turtles during a lecture by one of The Wetlands Institute’s research scientists, Brian Williamson. Topics discussed will include basic natural history of the species, the threats that they face, what The Wetlands Institute is doing to study and conserve them, and how you can help terrapins.Background:Founded in 1969 by Herbert Mills, The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit organization located in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Our mission is to promote appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of coastal and wetland ecosystems through programs in research, conservation, and education. The diamondback terrapin will be the subject of a lecture Thursday, April 16 at the Ocean City Free Public LibraryThe Environmental Lecture Series at the Ocean City Free Public Library continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 with Brian Williamson, research scientist for The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor speaking about diamondback terrapins.The talk will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the library. It is free to attend and sponsored by the Ocean City Environmental Commission.last_img read more

Nashua-Plainfield teacher wins National History Day Contest Teacher of the Year Award

first_imgNASHUA — A Nashua-Plainfield High School teacher has won a national history award. Suzy Turner has been named as the winner of the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for the high school division of the National History Day Contest. Turner has been teaching and coaching National History Day students for 16 years. Turner says she loves National History Day because over the course of her career, it has transformed her teaching as well as her students’ learning, as well as the trajectory of their lives.  “National History Day provides students with tons of voice and choice in their learning through the topics and the project categories they select, while at the same time engaging them in incredibly rigorous research and analysis as they develop their projects. One of my students this past year probably put it best when he described National History Day as both the most challenging and enjoyable learning experience of his entire high school career.” Turner says history is important because it gives us a lens to the future by looking at the past. “It also provides us with context for understanding ourselves, our communities, and the greater world in which we live. By seeing the role individuals have played in the betterment of our society, we become inspired to exercise responsible citizenship and to become agents of positive change in our own world.” Turner says it was good to have National History Day celebrated in high schools this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I am so glad National History Day isn’t cancelled because virtually every other student-enrichment program chose to cancel their state and national contests. Instead, NHD embraced this year’s theme, ‘Breaking Barriers and History’, and provided an alternate path forward that gave students hope in the midst of despair and an opportunity to showcase their incredible scholarship.” National History Day in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society since 1994. Turner as the winner of the award will receive $10,000.last_img read more