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      Rafael Correa Again Condemns US Aggression Toward Venezuela

      July 30, 2015 (TeleSUR English)

      Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said his government backs the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, but condemned Washington’s aggression toward Venezuela Thursday.

      Correa said that during the Summit of the Americas celebrated in Panama last April, President Obama “committed a historic mistake by issuing an executive order against Venezuela and by imposing sanctions on the South American country.”

      The announcement of normalization of relations with Cuba and the reopening of embassies en each others capitals represents a “historic event and a political turnaround, and it is a bilateral issue between Cuba and the United States, but we back this process,” Correa told reporters.

      Due to this, Obama should have been received at the Summit of the Americas as the U.S. president that made history by amending relations with Latin America, but instead he made the grave mistake of carrying out an aggression against the people of Venezuela through his “imperialistic decree.”

      The former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a campaign trail to win over the presidential bid for the Democratic Party, is expected to urge Congress to lift the over five-decade blockade on Cuba.

      Clinton is scheduled to be in Miami Friday to deliver a speech at the Florida International University and to participate in the National Urban League forum, according to her campaign office.

      She is expected to criticize Republicans who insist on defending policies against Cuba that have proven to be a failure.

      Quality, Sovereignty Among Topics under Debate by Venezuelan Teachers

      July 17, 2015 (Prensa Latina)

      More than a thousand teachers in Venezuela hold today for the third day in a row a debate about inclusion, quality and the defense of sovereignty in the educational process in this South American country.

      Making such an analysis is the basic proposition of the National Pedagogical Congress, which will be held in the capital's secondary schools Fermín Toro and Andrés Bello until tomorrow.

      Yesterday, Venezuelan teachers and guests from other countries discussed the need to bring to the classroom the defense of sovereignty and independence.

      While addressing to the general audience, the Cuban Vice Minister of Education Rolando Forneiro (invited by the organizing committee) noted that the teaching of Latin American and Caribbean countries should conscientiously assume the task of defending the sovereignty against potential or actual attacks.

      To fulfill this mission is fundamental to study history at all levels of education, Forneiro said to Prensa Latina; without it you cannot understand where we came from and what was necessary to reach the current situation and triumphs.

      The Caribbean official also considered that one of the agreements to be reached in the event should be a continuation of teacher preparation. The curricular changes, infrastructure, textbooks and programs are very important, but it is vital the systematic improvement of educators, he said.

      In the conference offered yesterday, several speakers noted the achievements of the Venezuelan education and contrasted them with those from other countries. On behalf of the Colombian Collective Teaching Group Paulo Freire, Mr. Henry Moya complained that his country's budget goes mostly to the internal war rather than to education.

      He also noted the growing of the privatization in education and insufficiency in training Colombian teachers.

      Evo Morales advocates elimination of U.S. blockade

      August 3, 2015 (Granma News)

      Speaking with the press, Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed his hope that President Barack Obama would end the blockade of Cuba, and return territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base.

      He said that the process Cuba and the United States have undertaken to normalize relations is a resounding victory for the Cuban people and the Revolution, emphasizing that Cuba’s resistance to pressures of all kinds, and ability to move forward with its own project, are inspiring to peoples and the left, around the world.

      He added that Cuba has international support in the United Nations, where only two or three nations support the blockade, and recalled that, at the beginning of his Presidency, he was criticized for building relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, but that now countries like the U.S. are working to establish such ties.

      Morales recalled that his response to this criticism was always that he hoped to have relations with all the world’s countries, since Bolivia’s traditional culture is one of dialogue.

      He commented, “Now, instead of us running after the United States, they are after the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

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