Venezuela & ALBA news March 10, 2023

Venezuela & ALBA News: 3.10.2023: US Smear Campaign against Nicaragua; Remembering Hugo Chavez; International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day
Orinoco Tribune: President Maduro Announces Creation of Great Women’s Mission Venezuela On March 8, President Maduro announced the Gran Misión Mujer Venezuela (Great Women’s Mission Venezuela) during the International Women’s Day celebrations, to unite and consolidate all the programs regarding women in the country under one banner. “The time has come to unite all the programs, all the budgets, to unite all the strength and energy and put women at the center of attention and social security, with the maximum support of the government.”

Venezuelanalysis: An Army of Women is Building Venezuela’s Housing Revolution Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission (GMVV) has built over 4.4 million houses for working-class families since 2011. The program often provides social infrastructure such as schools, subsidized food markets, and recreational and green spaces while houses are handed over equipped with basic household appliances.The GMVV’s reach hinges on popular power with over 70% of the constructions reportedly self-managed by communities.Here, an interview with women who are leading this struggle.

Resumen Latinoamericano: International Women’s Day 2023: The Struggle Continues The  Cuban Revolution, led in part by Vilma, Celia, Haydee, Melba and others, managed to place Cuban women at the center of the social transformation of the new Cuban society. By the Constitution, it has been established that they would have the same rights as men.The Revolution also guaranteed that woman could divorce, that those who raped them would be prosecuted by law, that they could make all decisions about their bodies, guaranteeing legal abortion and medical assistance for it. These are still just a dream for many women around the world.

Hugo Chavez
TeleSur: Hugo Chavez as Seen Through Some of His Enduring Phrases “The Empire must not be underestimated, but it must not be feared either.”  “In Latin America, they want to impose the U.S.-designed model of democracy. Whoever doesn’t want to get into that lane, they accuse him of being a radical populist, terrorist, and dictator.” “If the climate were a big capitalist bank, the governments of the rich would have saved it by now.”

Video: Hugo Chávez: His Revolutionary Legacy The five pillars of Hugo Chavez’ revolutionary legacy.

Venezuelanalysis: Latin America Commemorates the Life and Legacy of Hugo Chávez The “World Meeting on the Relevance of the Bolivarian Thought of Hugo Chávez” gathered more than 140 international guests from 55 countries who took part in forums, conferences, and talks about Chávez’s legacy on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of his death.. The gathering included political leaders such as Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves; Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega; and Bolivian President Lucho Arce.Also former presidents such as Cuba’s Raúl Castro, Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Bolivia’s Evo Morales.

Vijay Prashad: Those who Die for Life – Like Hugo Chavez – Cannot Be Called Dead Observers of the Bolivarian Revolution often point to this or that policy in order to understand or define the process. But what is rarely acknowledged is the theory that Chávez developed during his fifteen years as president. It is as if Chávez did things but did not think about them, as if he was not a theorist of the revolutionary process. Such attitudes towards leaders and intellectuals  of the working class are insidious, reducing the strength of their intellect to a spate of thoughtless or spontaneous actions. But, as Chávez (and many others) showed, this bias is unfounded. Each time I saw Chávez, he wanted to talk about the books he had been reading – Marxist classics, certainly, but also the newest books in Latin America. He was concerned with big ideas and questions of the day, above all the challenges of building socialism in a poor country with a rich resource. Chávez was constantly theorising, reflecting and elaborating upon the ideas shared with him by women such as Mariela, Rosa, and María, and testing these ideas through practical experiments in policy.

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