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In meeting with Chavez and Morales - Debate over socialism at Alternative Forum in Vienna!

After the historical meeting at the Arena cultural centre in Vienna, Hugo Chavez was once again the main attraction, this time at the closing meeting of the Alternative Forum. This meeting took place in a hall with a capacity of around 1300 people on Saturday afternoon, and it was absolutely packed! Apart from Chavez, the main speakers on the platform were Evo Morales, Carlos Lage, the Vice President of Cuba, Joao Pedro Stedile, the main leader of the Movimento Sem Terra in Brasil and Jose Bové, the well-known French anti-globalisation leader.

Where is China Going? - Part two

State planning has broken down in China, but the state still plays a key role in providing capital investment and in nurturing major Chinese corporations whose role is to compete with the foreign multinationals and guarantee that important economic interests remain in Chinese hands.

Successful meeting with Jorge Martin in Vancouver

On Tuesday 9th May the Jorge Martin speaking tour stopped in Vancouver, Canada. 85 people packed into the room to hear Tamara Hansen (Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba) and Jorge Martin (International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign) speak at a forum titled “Hands Off Venezuela and Cuba!”

"Hands Off Venezuela" welcomes Chávez in Vienna

President Chávez arrived in Vienna yesterday, May 11, ahead of the EU-Latin America summit which takes place today. However, Hugo Chávez will not only be speaking with Europe's "high society" and political leaders. He will also be speaking to the workers and youth of Austria. Last night around 200 activists welcomed him with a militant "¡Rumbo al socialismo!" – "Forward to socialism!"

Where is China Going? - Part one

Nearly thirty years have passed since Deng first introduced his “market reforms”. What started as an attempt to stimulate growth within a planned economy has ended up by establishing capitalist relations in the Chinese economy. How did all this happen and where is China going today?

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 (

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)