On April 10, 1863, Maximilian I and his wife Charlotte were installed as Emperor and Empress of Mexico. They came to power at the behest of the Napoleon III who had first sent armed forces to collect on past-due Mexican debts, but then encouraged them to stay and finally to conquer the country. At that time the French Army was the most powerful in the world. Although Mexico provided stout resistance, including an underdog victory at Puebla (Cinco de Mayo), its army was finally overwhelmed (...)
Latin America and the Caribbean
MEXICO-UNITED STATES - How a US Republican President and a Mexican Youth Ended a Monarchy
Michael Hogan9 January, posted by Michael Hogan
CUBA - I am Fidel! I am Fidel! I am Fidel!
Ilka Oliva Corado9 December 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
Where is Fidel? Daniel Ortega asked in the Jose Marti Memorial of the Revolution Square in Havana, in tribute to Fidel, and the Cuban people, exalted, grateful and loving, in unison answered: I am Fidel! I am Fidel! I am Fidel! At that moment, Cuba vibrated again, as in 1st. January 1959. The world listened to the Cuban people, the winds and the seas echoed the reciprocal love between the Cuban Revolution Leader and his people.
The most maligned man on the planet, who survived more than (...)
It is Imperative to Destabilize Venezuela
Ilka Oliva Corado2 November 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
They are impatient for the Bolivarian Revolution to collapse. There have been too many benefits for the outcasts, too many development opportunities for the marginalized of the system, and this is something the right and international capital can not live with.
On December 7, 2015, Hillary Clinton celebrated with Latin right wingers in the United States that the National Assembly was in the hands of the Venezuelan right, and swiftly made use of the occasion to give a speech that fueled the (...)
COLOMBIA - The No, Triumph of the Oligarchies
Ilka Oliva Corado12 October 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
Latin America is still crying tears of blood, how many centuries in agony? The No in Colombia is the result of decades of media manipulation, the particular agenda of Plan Condor has been applied to the letter in the country with the modalities of time and technology.
War is always more profitable than peace for the oligarchies. In all wars is always the people impinged on their rights who provide the corpses. It is more profitable for the big global mafias to maintain impunity structured (...)
BRAZIL - Dilma, a Woman of Deep Convictions
Ilka Oliva Corado16 September 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
The photograph of a young Brazilian guerrilla, almost a child, before a military court that tortured and imprisoned her for three years, went around the world the day Dilma Vana da Silva Rousseff became the first woman president of Brazil.
That image of a brave teenager, of deep and sincere look, sitting on the bench of the accused for defending the sovereignty of his people and fighting against a dictatorship, which precisely came into being also by a coup in 1964, went beyond the (...)
COLOMBIA - It is not Venezuela, it’s Colombia
Ilka Oliva Corado8 September 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
Latin America, with its multitudinous faces and multiple ethnicities, is black, has the strength and resilience of African descent. An ancient root that we continue to deny as part of our cultural identity. As Afro-descendants in Latin America we remain invisible even more than indigenous peoples. In the beauty of the Patria Grande, in the jungles of Darién and the basins of the Atrato and San Juan rivers in the Colombian Pacific, is located the department of Chocó; inhabited by ethnic (...)
VENEZUELA - The Fallacy of Famine
Ilka Oliva Corado11 August 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
I wonder what is happening with the common sense of the people, with the natural intelligence and the ability to reason. We’re letting ourselves to be influenced by what the world big media corporations are imposing upon us. Where is our power of resistance, of questioning and the right to doubt? Is it perhaps that we have allowed ourselves to be robed even of our instinct?
Who on earth would think that there may be famine in Venezuela because of the current government; when the (...)
What Awaits Colombia, a Firm and Lasting Peace?
Ilka Oliva Corado25 July 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
As a Guatemalan who experienced the signing of the Firm and Lasting Peace in my country, and have seen for the past 19 years the decline of the Peace Accords, I wonder: Will it be different in Colombia? Will those responsible be genuinely committed to the peace process?
Because in any socio-political and socio-cultural context peace is an integral part: What those involved in this new process of reconciliation are offering? Who are those who are really committed to this new dawn? What role (...)
S.O.S, It’s not Venezuela, it’s Mexico
Ilka Oliva Corado4 July 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
Mexico is being kidnapped, tortured, massacred, and disappeared by none other than the government of Peña Nieto. The urgent question we ask ourselves is, what are Almagro and the OAS waiting to apply the Democratic Charter to Peña Nieto? Is it not the government violating the human rights of Mexican citizens? Doesn’t the government incite and exerts the violence through its armed wing? Isn’t the Peña Nieto government kidnapping, torturing and massacring citizens? Is it not pillaging the (...)
Venezuela and the Power of International Capital
Ilka Oliva Corado7 June 2016, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
At the IV Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Rafael Correa was clear when he proposed to replace the Organization of American States (OAS) by the CELAC. It was a very appropriate proposal. Remember that the CELAC is an organization that was created in 2011 at the initiative of Hugo Chavez, who suggested replacing the OAS by an entity with the same members but without the United States. The reasons are obvious: Latin America is not the backyard of the (...)