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Destabilizing Venezuela: Washington v. Chavismo

Destabilizing Venezuela is longstanding US policy. Chavez denounced it many times. President Nicolas Maduro does now. After his April 2013 election, he accused opposition candidate Henrique Capriles of coup plotting against him. “Preparations are under way for an attempt to de-recognize democratic institutions,” he said. Dark forces never quit. Washington prioritizes regime change. Venezuela is a prime target. At the time, Maduro accused US embassy officials of plotting “acts ...Read full article...

Venezuela has the Highest Inflation in the World

The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV ) unveiled Tuesday the scarcity index, which measures the total absence of assets and the inability to replace the equivalent of another brand in 2014. The report revealed the low supply of all goods in the domestic market. The index showed a total of 28%, the highest figure since the agency began to show that indicator, which confirmed an increase of 5.8% compared ...Read full article...

The Bitter Truth about “Big Sugar”

Here at The Real Agenda News, we strive for supporting folks who help raise awareness about real issues. I have just come across a new film -even though it is not new. It was produced by Brian McKenna and originally aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation back in 2005. I’m sure many of our busy readers have not watched it, so I decided to bring it back from the ...Read full article...

Brazil prepares Police Surveillance State for World Cup and Olympic Games

Problem, reaction, solution. The famous Hegelian dialect has never been so useful to explain current events as it is today. If anyone thought that the government of Brazil did not know about the popular uprising during the last Confederations Cup in 2013, in which millions of people protested on the streets and even took over the congressional building in Brasilia, think again. The most important achievement of the protests ...Read full article...

Brazil seeks to serve a new Master away from Mercosur

Brazil seems determined to break ties with Mercosur to sign, once and for all, a new free trade agreement with the European Union, one that, promoters argue, is up to the importance of its economy. After the failed attempt to close the agreement in 2004, the Brazilian Government, with support from the local private sector, proposes a reduction of tariffs to be applied faster than its partners and that ...Read full article...

Massive Fraud, Intimidation and Vote Buying in Honduras

On Sunday, November 24, Hondurans voted. Eight candidates contested for president. Only two mattered. LIBRE party (Liberty and Refoundation) candidate Xiomara Castro challenged ruling National party’s Juan Orlando Hernandez. A previous article explained. It said business as usual prevailed. Fraud, intimidation and vote buying were rampant. So were political assassinations. Democracy was nowhere in sight. Honduras has none. Fascist extremism is official policy. A cauldron of violence and repression persist. Washington ...Read full article...

Venezuela gives Maduro powers for ‘economic war’

By Brian Ellsworth and Daniel Wallis Reuters 19 November, 2013 Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Nicolas Maduro yearlong decree powers on Tuesday that he says are essential to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a power grab. Hundreds of supporters of the ruling Socialist Party cheered outside the National Assembly as the so-called Enabling Law was passed, while a recording of Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo ...Read full article...

Vilifying Venezuela’s Maduro

Critics denigrated Chavez for 14 years. He was wrongfully called a strongman, an autocrat, a dictator. Rumsfeld once compared him to Hitler. Former Bush administration Deputy Secretary of State/Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte lied, saying: Chavez “use(s) his control of the legislature and other institutions to continue to stifle the opposition, reduce press freedom, and entrench himself through measures that are technically legal, but which nonetheless constrict democracy.” ...Read full article...

Indigenous Guatemalans bring Canadian mining company to court

For the first time, a Canadian mining company will appear in a Canadian court for actions committed overseas. Hudbay Minerals, Inc, will be standing trial for murder, rapes and attacks committed against Indigenous Guatemalans by security personnel working for Hudbay’s subsidiary, Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN). The court case is proceeding thanks to a precedent-setting decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which ruled this past July in ...Read full article...

Brazil Judge Rules against Monsanto Seed Contracts

A judge in Brazil has blocked Monsanto’s attempt to make farmers sign restrictive agreements before they can gain access to the company’s new GM seed, RR2 Intacta soybeans. The legal case was brought against Monsanto by the farmers’ union Sinop Rural Union and applies to all farmers in the state of Mato Grosso. The background to this story is that last year the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that Monsanto ...Read full article...

Brazil asks Canada to explain illegal eavesdropping

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demanded on Monday that Canada explain a media report that said it spied on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, and she called on the United States and its allies to stop spying over the Internet. A Brazilian television report said on Sunday that Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency targeted the ministry that manages the South American nation’s vast mineral and oil resources. The report was based ...Read full article...

Venezuelan Govt to Detain “Preppers”

As people who spend a lot of time focusing on preparedness, we can learn a lot about our future by watching as the economies and civilizations of other Western countries crumble. Today’s lesson is that when times get tough, the government can and will persecute those who have planned ahead.  Today’s lesson is that when times get tough, the government can and will persecute those who have planned ahead. The Attorney ...Read full article...

Brazil’s Bold Plan to Combat the NSA

Revelations about the American government’s ongoing electronic surveillance have sent shockwaves across the globe, but few countries have reacted as boldly as Brazil, where lawmakers are currently considering a plan to cut ties — quite literally — with the US. Earlier this month, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff announced plans to create an undersea fiber-optic cable that would funnel internet traffic between South America and Europe, bypassing the US entirely. Rousseff also urged ...Read full article...

Brazil denounces American illegal spying program at the United Nations

The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, denounced on Tuesday before the UN General Assembly the illegal international espionage practices carried out by the United States. Such practices were  revealed in recent months by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. Rousseff proposed a regulation to ensure greater controls over the use of the Internet to prevent such illegal surveillance activities which that she described as an attack on “state sovereignty” and ...Read full article...

In an age of ‘realists’ and vigilantes, there is cause for optimism

The most important anniversary of the year was the 40th anniversary of 11 September 1973 – the crushing of the democratic government of Chile by General Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger, then US secretary of state. The National Security Archive in Washington has posted new documents that reveal much about Kissinger’s role in an atrocity that cost thousands of lives.  In declassified tapes, Kissinger is heard planning with President ...Read full article...