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Bolivian government takes back control of hydrocarbons

The decision of the Bolivian government on May 1st to take over the gas resources of the country, and its high profile implementation by sending troops to occupy the fields and installations has shaken the multinational companies. Speaking at a May Day rally at Plaza Murillo, vice president Garcia Linera, announced the nationalisation with the following words: “the government of the people, the government of the workers, has taken the most important decision of this century: this is the first nationalisation of the 21st century”.

Jorge Martin Speaks in Edmonton, AB

On May 4th 2006, Jorge Martin, Hands Off Venezuela International Campaign Secretary, spoke in Edmonton, Alberta as a part of his speaking tour in Canada and US. This event was jointly organized by the New Democratic Youth of Alberta (NDYA) and Fightback (www.marxist.ca).

Troops Out of Afghanistan! Canadian Imperialism comes of age

With Iraq as the focus of world opinion, Canada, Germany, France and Italy are quietly conducting an imperialist war in Afghanistan. The increasing death toll for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan highlights the need to oppose the intervention.

US Immigrant Rights: “The Day Without A Mexican”

No longer afraid of "la migra" (the INS), and feeling the strength and solidarity of their numbers, the sleeping giant of the immigrants' rights movement has begun to stir on a grand scale. Over the course of the last few weeks, this has become the most important debate in the United States.

QUEBEC: Hands off Venezuela takes to the streets in Montreal

“You need to get out of here now or these people will kill you.” This was the earnest and forceful advice given my friends and I about three minutes after we arrived at Montreal's Venezuelan consulate on August 15, referendum day in Venezuela. There were only three of us - my roommate Albert with his camera, Macdonald, a pro-Chavez activist, and I - waiting to be joined by a group of others who shared our views on events in Venezuela. Our intention was to demonstrate support for pro-Chavez voters, signs in hand. (September, 2004)

Revolution in Bolivia: All Power to the Popular Assemblies!

he Bolivian revolution is an inspiration to the workers and youth of the whole world. In the last few days it has reached a decisive stage. The masses have risen. Power has passed to the streets. However, the time for making revolutionary speeches is over. It is necessary to pass from words to deeds. (June, 2005)

Ontario Federation of Labour passes resolution endorsing Hands Off Venezuela

The Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents over 700,000 workers, unanimously passed a resolution in support of Venezuela at its November 21st – 25th convention. This success is the culmination of several months of organizing activity by Hands Off Venezuela activists in Canada and is an important step forward for the Venezuela solidarity movement. (by Hands Off Venezuela Canada)


Hands Off Venezuela endorsed by the North and South Okanagan Labour Councils

Following some major successes in both Alberta and Ontario (including the recent endorsement by Canada’s largest regional trade union federation, the Ontario Federation of Labour), Hands Off Venezuela has begun making inroads in the British Columbia Labour Movement. The campaign was endorsed last week by both the North Okanagan Labour Council and the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council. Both Councils made generous donations and committed to further support the campaign, by hosting a film screening in the case of the South Okanagan, and by taking the campaign back to their respective union locals in the North. (by Hands Off Venezuela Canada)


Marxism, parliament and the Venezuelan Revolution -- Venezuela after the elections... what now?

Prior to the Venezuelan elections there were clear indications that elements within the oligarchy were planning a coup or even possible assassination of Chavez. The opposition parties boycotted the elections as part of this plan to destabilise the country. They failed miserably. The Bolivarian parties have now total control of the National Assembly. They could mobilise the masses while at the same setting in motion all the legal procedures to abolish capitalism once and for all. But will they do this? To vacillate now, to attempt a compromise, would mean giving the opposition a dangerous advantage. (by Alan Woods)