Latin America and Caribbean Strengthen Energy Complementarity

By Sinay Céspedes Moreno*

Montego Bay, Jamaica (PL) The 2nd Meeting of Ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was an opportunity for consensus to strengthen the complementarity of the two sub-regions on energy issue.

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Latin America and Caribbean Strengthen Energy Complementarity

By Sinay Céspedes Moreno*

Imagen activaMontego Bay, Jamaica (PL) The 2nd Meeting of Ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was an opportunity for consensus to strengthen the complementarity of the two sub-regions on energy issue.

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Latin American communications routed through the United States, affirms Assange

THE journalist and creator of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, affirms that virtually the totality of communications from Latin America are routed through the United States, and that this country intercepts them in order to consolidate its influence in the world.

Latin American communications routed through the United States, affirms AssangeIt is a fact that 98% of telecommunications from Latin America to the rest of the world, including text messages, telephone calls, emails etc, pass through the U.S, Assange noted, in an interview withRussia Today conducted within the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he has been granted refuge.

Washington’s objective is to obtain information on how Latin America is behaving, where it is making economic transactions and the activities of leaders and major players, the Australian activist added.

In Assange’s opinion, this espionage allows the U.S. to predict, to a certain degree, the conduct of Latin American leaders and interests, and also to exert coercion on almost any significant person.

He explained that the United States had aggressively tried to disprupt economic exchange through intervention and its control of Swift, Visa, MasterCard or monies sent to Latin America via the Bank of America.

The United States is appropriating economic and telecommunications interactions and this poses a threat to national sovereignty, he observed.

In relation to the former CIA technician Edward Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after having revealed mass espionage on the part of U.S. secret services, Assange noted that Wikileaks was formally and informally implicated in Snowden’s requests for asylum made to approximately 20 countries.

Assange believes that Snowden had a genuine possibility of gaining asylum in several countries and Wikileaks noted others to inform the public of rejections and thus generate debate, and to report how governments were responding to Snowden’s applications for asylum.

The Wikileaks founder recalled that Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador were the Latin American countries which indicated interest in granting asylum to Snowden.

The activities revealed by the former CIA analyst include espionage on Latin American leaders such as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled a visit to Washington, scheduled for October 23, since she considered the explanations offered by her counterpart Barack Obama insufficient.

According to these leaks, U.S. secret services also spied on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. (EFE
 

Increased U.S. operational capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Abel González Santamaría

A joint report recently presented by three influential U.S. research and analysis centers specializing in Western Hemisphere studies – the Center for International Policies (CIP), the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF), and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) – reveals that the U.S. government has favored the deployment of Special Operations Forces in its security policies for the region.

Abran ala puertaAccording to the report, titled Time to Listen: Trends in Security Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean, these Special Forces are to be more and more utilized in Latin America for training tasks, intelligence gathering and other military missions, within the category of the old anti-drugs schemes. These missions fulfill functions which go beyond the mere provision of training and allow units to familiarize themselves with the terrain, culture and key officials in countries where they might operate some day. It notes that they also allow U.S. personnel to gather confidential information on their host countries.

The study adds that, to a large extent, what is happening is not reflected in major budgets, but comes cloaked in a veil of mystery, lackluster reports to Congress and the public, and a migration of program management from the State Department to the Department of Defense.

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Latin Cultural Production in U.S. to be Debated in Havana

Havana, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) An International Colloquium Latinos in Arts and Literature, from October 15 to 17 will focus attention on cultural production of Latin Americans in the United States, announced organizers. The Director of the Program of Studies on Latinos in the United States of the Havana Casa de las Americas, Antonio Aja, explained this second edition includes conferences, book presentations and projection of film premieres.

The interaction of latin communities and the US cultural industries, the conflicts and complexities of that relation are among the topics to debate in the agenda, he added.

Also, another theoretical moment dedicated to examine the insertion of Latin literary productions in the US distributing markets, said Aja.

For the inauguration on October 15, will open the photo exhibition Vestigios/Vestiges, made up by images of the collection Art of our America Haydee Santamaria, which shows several cultural marks left by Latin American migrations to the United States.

Meanwhile, the closing gala will be in charge of Cuban composer/singer Descemer Bueno, who will offer a concert at Casa de las Americas next October 17.

Researchers and artists coming from seven Latin American countries will attend the colloquium, although most of them live or work out of their country of birth.

The population of Latin origin in the U.S. are some 51 million persons, one out of every six persons living in the U.S. and analysts indicate this number will keep on growing, due, basically, to migrations from Latin America and the Caribbean .

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Young Artists Discuss on Social Movements at Casa de las Americas

Havana, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The role of young artists in Latin American social movements focuses today attention of theoretical spaces in the “Casa Tomada 2013” event, to be end Friday, September 20, in this capital. The challenges to face the dominant media trends and cultural production come back to the limelight in this day of discussion, where exponents from different art disciplines are participating.

Meanwhile, the panel “Las metaforas del viaje: desplazamientos, migraciones y transculturaciones” (Metaphors of travel: displacement, migration, and transculturation) brings together specialists from Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Cuba, who pretend to give more information about a so widespread phenomenon in the region.

To close the day, the Mexican theater group “Vaca 35” will stage “Lo único que necesita una gran actriz es una gran obra y las ganas de triunfar” (All a great actress need is a great work and the desire to succeed), a collective creation based on “Las Buenas” (The Good), by French Jean Genet.

As part of the 3rd meeting of young artists and writers of Latin America and the Caribbean, about 60 guests from different countries are meeting in Havana, although the Cuban presence is predominant.

The event was held for the first time in 1983 at the Casa de las Americas in Havana. The idea was retaken in 2009 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of that institution.

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Renowned filmmakers: Chilean Miguel Litín & Bolivian Jorge Sanjinés, condemn media conspiracy against Syria

Filmmakers Condemn Media Conspiracy Against Syria

Havana, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) A group of Latin American and Caribbean documentary makers condemned the media manipulations to support an eventual attack against Syria. Internationally renowned filmmakers, like the Chilean Miguel Litín and the Bolivian Jorge Sanjinés, condemned the ‘use of lies and deception to get the world’s consent for this attack on people’s lives and sovereignty’.

The text, posted at the site Rebelión.org has been signed by 70 filmmakers from Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Colombia.

The filmmakers also appealed to the human conscience to ‘defeat the powerful minority forces that prevent the world from embracing life, justice and peace’.

The pretext of the use of chemical weapons against civilians has been used by the U.S. government to justify an attack against the administration of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

This script this time around is similar to one used in previous wars, a trick immortalized by Hollywood itself in ‘Wag the Dog’, a film about media manipulation with political purposes.

In the document, the documentary makers warned about fictional stories being told in order to engender a war of incalculable proportions and consequences.

Signatories expressed their doubt about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army, an attack which has been denied from multiple angles, through the arguments, testimonies and confessions offered, even by members of the opposition.

“This attack comes on top of 33 months of ‘civil war’ fostered and funded by foreign powers through the use of mercenaries, and it has already claimed more than 100 thousand lives,” continues the text.

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