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      200,000 Homemakers to Join Social Security in Ecuador by 2016

      September 30, 2015 (TeleSUR English)

      Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa delivered the closing remarks at a three-day conference held in Quito on Wednesday in which he gave a passionate speech advocating for a redistribution of the country’s wealth.

      Speaking at the conference, President Correa argued that in order to eliminate economic inequalities, the country must introduce policies aimed at redistributing the country’s wealth. He also went on to defend the government-led inheritance tax proposal which he stated would put an end to the “illegitimate accumulation of wealth,” by the country’s economic elite. During his speech, President Correa criticized the role of the media in its attack against the tax proposal, which sparked violent protests from sectors of the Ecuadorean elite earlier this year. The Ecuadorean leader condemned Latin American media outlets for what he described as “defending the commercial interests of elites,” arguing that a genuine democratization of media begins with diversifying the ownership of media.

      “The Latin American press are some of the worst. They are only subservient to the powers that be,” Correa said. Media in Latin America have traditionally been consolidated into the hands of a few wealthy families and large media conglomerates. Over the last decade and a half, however, several governments in the region, including Ecuador have introduced measures to democratize media.

      Under Ecuador’s new Organic Communications Law, media ownership is divided into thirds: one third of the broadcast spectrum to private media, one third to community based media, and one third to public media.

      Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa was speaking at the ELAP summit in Quito, Ecuador, a gathering of representatives from progressive governments and movements across Latin America, including representatives from Venezuela, Ecuador, and El Salvador.

      Maduro: US Citizens Support Venezuela, Hate Campaigns Failed

      September 30, 2015 (TeleSUR English)

      nezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that his visit to the United States showed that U.S. citizens support Venezuela and the “campaigns of hate” against the Latin American country have failed.

      “The campaigns of hate against the homeland of Bolivar and Chavez have failed,” Maduro said after attending the 70th United Nations General Assembly.

      Maduro further praised the welcoming support he received during his stay in New York City.

      “North American citizens and other nationalities manifested their support for Venezuela while we walked through the streets of New York,” he said.

      While in New York for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Maduro met with leaders from the Black community in Harlem on Monday, discussing various issues including police brutality and structural racism.

      During the the People of African Descent Leadership Summit, President Maduro listened to a panel of activists and experts discuss the current socio- economic challenges faced by Black communities in the United States. In response, the Venezuelan leader expressed solidarity with the victims of police brutality and discriminatory policing tactics.

      “From South America, please believe me when I tell you, that we have also suffered along with you against this old narrative of racism, which continues to afflict our people,” Maduro stated.

      During his speech, President Maduro highlighted the need to form “a new radical consciousness of humanism” in efforts to combat racial inequalities.

      Leading up to the conference, President Maduro also took time to meet with representatives from sectors of the U.S. labor movement

      Evo Morales: War is the Most Lucrative Business for Capitalism

      September 25, 2015 (TeleSUR English)

      Bolivian President Evo Morales delivered a speech on Friday at the U.N. General Assembly calling on world leaders to work together to provide more opportunities to economically disadvantaged populations.

      In efforts to achieve this, the Bolivian leader encouraged countries to curb what he described as “unprecedented military spending.”

      “War is the most lucrative business for capitalism,” President Morales said.

      He also warned of ongoing efforts by wealthy countries to “demonize and criminalize leaders of progressive governments with anti-capitalist agendas.”

      During his speech, Evo Morales criticized the current global economic system, calling on the international community to genuinely examine the root causes of poverty. “If we get rid of the capitalist system, then we will get rid of poverty,” Morales added.

      In his address, President Morales also highlighted the importance of nationalization polices as a strategy to provide governments with greater economic sovereignty over its wealth and natural resources. Since Morales came to power in 2005, the Bolivian government has become the main wealth generator in the country, distributing this funding through programs and social investments.

      As a result, since 2006, social spending in the area of health, education, pensions, and poverty alleviation programs has increased over 45 percent.

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