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What The US Can Learn From Canadian Activists Who Blocked Truck Convoys

After several years of far-right insurgencies in the United States, the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and Trump’s return to public life, few expected Canada to be the location of the next great explosion of right-wing energy. Over the past several weeks, people around the world have watched as a series of protests and occupations — self-titled the “freedom convoy” — brought out long-haul truck drivers and others to ostensibly challenge the vaccine and COVID-19 mandates coming from the Canadian government. Despite being vaccinated at a rate exceeding 90 percent, some cross-border truck drivers were incensed at the vaccine requirements that Justin Trudeau’s administration has issued.

Washington State Police Target Black March Organizers With Arrests

On Friday morning the Washington State Patrol (WSP) arrested nine people on suspicion of disorderly conduct during a protest that shut down the southbound lanes of I-5, congested Seattle streets, and backed up traffic to Bellevue. Marchers say they block traffic to disrupt people living their day-to-day lives, and to bring the Black Lives Matter protest to where those people are. Last week Morning Marchers shut down the Ballard Bridge. Yesterday, they shut down the southbound lanes on State Route Highway 99.

When Justice Fails, Block The Rails

Nearly 400 protesters in Toronto responded to the Wet’suwet’en call to shut down Canada by blocking a rail line. Protestors chanted, “when justice fails, block the rails” and “shut down Canada!” as they forced CP Rail trains to turn back. Vanessa Gray of Idle No More told Spring Magazine: “We are here to shut down the tracks in solidarity with everyone else shutting down Canada today. We demand that the RCMP stands down.

Wet’suwet’en Supporters Block Port Of Vancouver For Third Straight Day

Protestors supporting Wet’suwet’en blocked access to the Port of Vancouver Saturday. File photo Dan Toulgoet For the third straight day in a row, protestors supporting First Nations opponents to a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. are blocking access to the Port of Vancouver. The blockade, which has closed down the intersection of Hastings and Clark, as well as Powell and Heatley, and Commissioner and McGill, is also affecting traffic on Highway 1.

Fifty-Eight Years Later, Cuba Continues To Resist U.S. Blockade

The blockade is real and has lasted more than five decades. Generations of Cubans have suffered its consequences. Its impact is felt in all sectors of society and constitutes a flagrant violation of the human rights of our people, an act of genocide and of economic warfare, the main obstacle to our development, violating international law, the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the principles of free trade.

61 Years Strong: Cuba’s Revolution Lives On Despite Blockade

A day that will forever live in the hearts and minds of free men and women around the world, Jan. 1, 1959 marked the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, as the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista ended under the leadership of Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Raul Castro, among others. And on its 61st anniversary, the ideals of socialist society and state live on despite an illegal and brutal blockade installed by the United States in 1962 to undermine the project in the Caribbean Island, a policy which has been bolstered by current U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Coal Resupply Train Blockaded In Two States

This weekend across two states, a community of climate activists stopped 10,000 tons of coal in its tracks in three successive train blockades. This is the next step in a campaign that started in August to shut down the Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, New Hampshire - the last large coal-fired power plant in New England without a shut-down date. There is no justification for burning coal in 2019: it’s far too late for that. And taking responsibility in 2019 means taking action.

Nearly Unanimous: 187 Nations Call For The End To US Blockade Of Cuba

New York - For the 28th time the UN member states call to lift the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States. To Cuba. With 187 votes in favor, the United Nations Organization (UN) approved the resolution on the need to lift the financial, economic and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, which constitutes a violation of human rights and international regulations. The results of the vote held on Thursday demonstrate the "unquestionable isolation of the US," said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez. The resolution against the blockade against Cuba received only three votes against (USA, Israel and Brazil) and two abstentions (Colombia and Ukraine).

Southcom’s Faller Again – US Navy Is Ready To Be Deployed In Venezuela

The head of the Southern Command said that the US Navy will implement the political decisions that are necessary to further encircle President Maduro. Meanwhile the regular Chavista population in Venezuela made fun of this new threat from the US commander that only this year has made at least 3 other similar statements. “We are getting bored here, let’s have them come and we will receive them with roses”, was the saying among Chavistas in Caracas yesterday.

Trump Calls For Naval Blockade Of Venezuela

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called upon his national security officials and senior military commanders to draw up plans for a US naval blockade of Venezuela to stop all goods from either entering or leaving the country. Such an illegal military intervention would come on top of a set of unilateral US sanctions that already amount to an effective embargo, tantamount to an act of war. Earlier this month, according to Reuters, when asked by a reporter whether he was considering a naval embargo, he responded, “Yes, I am,” without elaborating on his plans.

ALBA Countries Condemn Trump’s Total Blockade Against Venezuela

This U.S. unilateral action is a new violation of the United Nations Charter and other international laws, the alliance said in a statement. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) issued a statement this week condemning the economic blockade that U.S. President Donald Trump has authorized against the Venezuelan people and their government. “The ALBA-TCP countries alert the international community about this new escalation of aggressions against Venezuela by the U.S. government...

Food Shipment Destined For Venezuela Seized Due To US Blockade

Venezuela’s Vicepresident Delcy Rodriguez denounced Wednesday that a ship containing 25 thousand tons of soy-made products has been seized in the Panama Canal due to the U.S. blockade while calling on the United Nations to take action against the "serious aggression" that impede Venezuela "right to food". "Venezuela denounces before the world that a boat that holds 25 thousand tons of tons of soy, for food production in our country, has been seized in the Panama Canal, due to the criminal blockade imposed by Donald Trump," the vice president said in a tweet. 

How Venezuelans Turn To Collective Action To Defy US Blockade

A response in the form of collective action is part of how the Venezuelans resist to sanctions, with song, smiles, and confidence they seem to be undeterred to fight for the Bolivarian ideals, despite U.S. imperialism. As the United States government intensifies its unilateral coercive measures against Venezuela, its people have turned to one another to push ahead and deal with economic sanctions. Local Colectivos (Collectives) and demonstrations of popular support have come to represent the unbreakable will of the Bolivarian Republic.

Venezuela Sanction To Kill: How US Blockade Is Taking Venezuelans’ Lives

While continuous and intensified sanctions against Venezuela by the United States aim to put pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s administration they are mostly hurting the country's population, of which at least 40,000 deaths have been recorded, according to a study released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in April 2019. Sanctions against Venezuela by the U.S. intensified after Jan. 23 when opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido attempted to overthrow democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

You Don’t Hear About It But The U.S. Blockade Is Killing The Venezuelan People

Days go by and Isabella has no idea that her life depends on colored pills. She is 21 months old and speaks a language that can be understood only by those who spend endless hours with her at the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, deciding what color of which pill she should take now. Isabella was born with a congenital disease. Doctors were very clear from the beginning that she needs a liver transplant to live. Once diagnosed her parents, Douglas and Yelibeth right away started working on finding donors, funding, transplant, where, how and when.
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