- Canada: Hey, I’m the furthest northern point in America.
- Mexico: Oh cool! I’m right near the equator in America.
- Brazil: But I am right on the American equator line
- Equator: Hey, I’m another American who is on the equator.
- Columbia: Me too!
- Chile: I may not be on the equator but I make some of the best American wines.
- USA: What the Fuck is this shit? Stop calling yourselves Americans, guys. I AM AMERICA!
- Bolivia: USA what are you talking about? You’re not making any sense. Yes you are American, just like all of us.
- USA: Nope! America is mine! I claimed it, you can’t have it back!
- Guyana: But that would be like France claiming Europe as their own, then telling all the other European countries that they are no longer allowed to call themselves Europe.
- USA: God bless America!
- Paraguay: US, are you even listening?
- USA: FREEDOM!!!
- Venezuela: …fuck.
"Hemos tomado una decisión estratégica: a cada agresión del imperialismo y de la burguesía contra el pueblo, responderemos con más profundización de la revolución socialista."
Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias (11 de junio, 2012)
“We have made a strategic decision: to each act of aggression by imperialism and the bourgeoisie against the people, we will respond with an intensification of the socialist revolution.”
WHAT IS ANTI-IMPERIALISM?
Monday 28 November, 6.30pm, University of London UnionThis year we have witnessed something that should be very worrying to all those that consider themselves anti-war, anti-imperialist and anti-racist. The British state has been at the head of a colonial war in North Africa, and there has been practically zero meaningful opposition to that war within Britain. In February 2003, two million people marched in London against war in Iraq. Only eight years later, all it takes is some reasonably sophisticated propaganda from the press and suddenly nobody is motivated to take a stand against wholesale destruction, widespread massacres and racist lynchings.The western empire is pushing its agenda of complete domination of Africa and the Middle East, by destabilising and attempting to overthrow all resistant, independence-minded states and groups (in particular Libya, Syria, Iran, Algeria, Hezbollah, Hamas). Dressing this up as a movement for democracy, they have thrown most people off the scent. We need to fully understand imperialist strategy and tactics, and develop our own strategy and tactics to oppose them.
Bronx-based rapper and activist, talking about organising against the US empire from within the belly of the beast.
Chair of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, talking about opposing imperialism from a Latin American perspective
Activist from the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, talking about opposing imperialism from a Pan-African perspective
Youth worker, writer and activist, talking about the anti-war movement in Britain
There will be rap, poetry and beatbox from Marcel Cartier, Samira Musa and more.
MORE SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS TBA.
Ciudad Caribia, a new socialist model city being constructed in Venezuela. It was conceived as a new type of self-sustaining, ecological population center that encourages walking rather than driving, environmentalism rather than waste, and communal values rather than individualism. The plan includes many communal buildings and parks, broad walkways and few vehicular roads, and will be largely run by the locally-elected communal councils rather than by a traditional governmental system.
The city was inaugurated a few days ago with 602 families, most former residents of Federico Quiroz and Nueva Tacagua who were displaced during the mudslides late last year, moving into their new apartments. They officially signed the papers transferring the use-ownership of the land to the new residents during a televised celebration. Ownership gives residents the right of use to their apartment and to the city, but does not give them the right to sell or rent it, or in the case of the city to sell its land or buildings. Hugo Chavez has set the goal of 20,000 units being finished in the city by the end of 2018, accommodating up to 100,000 people, and another 800 apartments will be ready for occupation by the end of this year. Construction is underway also for local industrial centers to employ the population.
Apartments are three bedroom, two bath and are really nice. The cost is subsidized by the state depending on family income: families who earn below minimum wage have the cost subsidized 100%; those that earn minimum wage, 80%; those that earn double, 54%; and even those that earn three times the minimum wage will still receive a 28% subsidy for apartments already priced far below market value.
Caracas, Venezuela: Woman of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) in the civic-military parade to mark the bicentenary, July 5, 2011.
Venezuela Celebrates 200 Years of Independence
Today Venezuelans have been celebrating 200 years of independence with formal ceremonies and cultural events around the country, as well as a giant civic-military parade in Caracas.
On 5 July 1811 the congress of Venezuelan provinces adopted and signed the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, marking the point when Venezuelans decided to break away from the Spanish Crown and establish a new nation. The new nation was based on a range of premises including equality, abolition of censorship, and freedom of expression that were radically opposed to the practices applied during the preceding three centuries of colonisation.