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

Ethiopian conflict deepens as Tigray leaders sacked

first_imgParliament votes to dissolve the leadership of a region whose forces are fighting the national army.- Advertisement –last_img

FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers arrive Guangzhou to face Côte d’Ivoire

first_imgRelatedPosts Tinubu to Adesina: Re-election, affirmation of Africa’s confidence in your ability Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade Pirates attack Chinese vessel off coast of Cote d’Ivoire, Nigerian Navy rescues crew members D’Tigers have arrived in Guangzhou in time for their classification game against Cote d’Ivoire on Friday. Having narrowly missed out of the second round ticket, the team has now set their sight on picking an automatic ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Head Coach, Alex Nwora, said with the victory against Korea on Tuesday, there is everything to fight for, starting with the important game against their West African rivals. Nwora said: “The team has continued to improve and we hope to step it up on Thursday. “Tunisia, Senegal, Angola and Côte d’Ivoire will all be desperate to get the Olympic ticket. “So we must get our acts right and get the job done.” During the final phase of the World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria defeated Côte d’Ivoire in Lagos 84-73 points before suffering an away 72-46 points defeat in Abidjan to hand the Ivorians a World Cup qualification lifeline. Nwora said all records are now in the past with all teams in search of a ticket to Tokyo. He said: “We have played each other in the past but this is different. “The stakes are now high and we are all aware of that. “All the games we played in the past will count for nothing at this stage.” NBBF President, Musa Kida, said considering the financial implications of prosecuting the Olympics Qualification Tournament, it is important for the team grab the only ticket on offer for Africa at the World Cup. Kida said: “Inviting players, camping them and playing the OQT will involve money, which can be channeled to developing basketball back home. “The boys are fully aware of what is at stake and the need to continue their winning run.” For the team to stand a chance of qualifying, they must win their games against Côte d’Ivoire and host China to emerge as the highest placed team in Africa, having enjoyed better points deficit compared to the other four African teams.Tags: Cote d’IvoireD’TigersFIBA World CupGunagzhoulast_img read more

Regional Under-19 championship

first_imgT&T, Guyana in strong positions but Barbados struggleBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago along with Guyana were in strong positions to force victory but Barbados faltered against Jamaica, on the pentultimate day of the first round of matches in the CWI Regional Under-19 three-day championship here Tuesday.Playing at Conaree, T&T did well to dismiss Windward Islands for 153 to earn an 80-run first innings lead and had reached 117 for two in their second innings at the close – an overall lead of 197 runs.Resuming the day on 68 for five, the Windwards got a top score of 54 from Jeremy Layne to get up to their eventual total. They were tottering on 89 for eight but Layne struck six fours and a six in a 107-ball knock, adding 55 for the ninth wicket with Lee Louisy who made seven.Aaron Maniram claimed five for 33 while Navin Bidaisee supported with for four 29.Batting a second time, T&T lost Leonardo Francis cheaply for one with 11 on the board but Sachin Seecharan stroked 44 and Navin Bidaisee, 39 not out, to rally the innings in a 65-run, second wicket stand.When the two were separated, Seecharan put on a further 52 in an unbroken third wicket stand with Christian Thurton (26 not out), as T&T closed strongly.At Verchilds, Guyana stormed to a 221-run lead over Leeward Islands, heading into today’s final day.Resuming their first innings on 17 for one, the Leewards were dismissed for a paltry 100 to concede a first innings lead of 120 runs.Joshua Grant was the only batsman to pass 20 with 28 as seamer Ronaldo Ali Mohammed snatched five for 11 and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair, three for 33, to destroy the innings.In their second turn at the crease, Guyana closed on 101 for five, getting 36 from opener Aley Algoo and 27 from Kevin Sinclair 27. However, pacer Kian Pemberton produced an outstanding spell of four for 35 to halt their progress.Guyana were cruising at 81 for two but lost three quick wickets for 13 runs to crash to 94 for five as the Leewards clawed their way back.At St Paul’s, Jamaica fought back gallantly against Barbados to leave that contest evenly poised heading into the final day.Resuming on 11 for two in reply to Barbados’ 192, Jamaica were bowled out for 179 with Andre McCarthy getting 38, Brad Barnes, 30 and Kristoph Virgo, an unbeaten 23.McCarthy and Barnes put on 54 for the third wicket to hand Jamaica a strong start to the day but five wickets tumbled for just 43 runs to leave the innings in tatters.Shalome Parnell (22) and David Bird (13) then added 29 for the eighth wicket before Virgo and Bird put on a further 24 for the ninth, to hand Jamaica valuable runs at the end.With a narrow lead of 13, Barbados then slumped to 33 for three as off-spinner Barnes snatched all three wickets to fall.Barbados lead by 46 runs overall.last_img read more