Published on 24 July 2016 by teleSUR.

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Today, progressives throughout the world could learn many lessons from the July 26 1953, Moncada attack led by Fidel Castro, writes Arnold August.

In 1953, when virtually all the progressive and revolutionary forces in Cuba offered no viable solution to oppose the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship, Fidel Castro and his comrades did indeed work out a path. It was a route characterized by game-changing statements inexorably coupled with exceptionally courageous deeds, out of which emerged the July 26 Movement.

This movement, supported by allies who later rallied to the cause, led to the January 1 1959 triumph of the revolution. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. However, history is still being made today as Cuba endures major challenges.

Read more Moncada attack: Lessons from the birth of the Cuban Revolution

Published on 3 August 2016 by teleSUR.

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Evo Morales said the Pacific Alliance trade bloc is a neo-colonial tool intended to cripple regional trade initiatives that exclude the U.S.

Bolivian President Evo Morales issued a scathing criticism Wednesday of the Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc referring to it as a “political, military and financial arm of the empire.”

“It seeks to put an end to the regional integration initiatives of MERCOSUR, UNASUR and CELAC,” President Morales wrote on twitter.

Over the last decade and a half several regional integration mechanisms have emerged such as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which was formed with the goal of strengthening domestic and regional sovereignty.

Read more Bolivian president slams Pacific Alliance trade bloc

Published on 29 July 1016 by teleSUR

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teleSUR correspondent Iain Bruce spent a day with one of the doctors trying to build a new kind of medical service in Venezuela, the community health program known as Barrio Adentro, or Inside the Neighborhood.

"Betty Martinez remembers how a baby boy died in her arms in 2003, during the bosses' oil lockout against President Hugo Chavez, because his mother couldn't get him in time to the hospital where she was a junior doctor. “My world changed, and the medicine I practiced changed.” She has just been taking me round as she visits some of her patients in Buenavista, a low-income neighborhood in the west of Caracas.

Betty had been trained in the old school of hospital-based health care, where the aim of young doctors was to get a job in a big private clinic and then never leave the four walls of their office. “Yet when I attended an emergency during my rural placement, I'd have to send the patient or their family to buy all the supplies I needed, the drugs, the syringes, the cotton swabs. Without that I couldn't treat them.” That's what Venezuelan health care was like before the Bolivarian revolution.

Read more Venezuela: 'It's a battle between two kinds of health care'

Published on 31 July 2016 by teleSUR.

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Just days before the Olympic Games begin, thousands of members of various Brazilian social movements took to the streets against coup-imposed President Michel Temer and the impeachment process against democratically-elected President Dilma Rousseff.

Under the slogan of "Out Temer, the people should decide," the nationwide protests took place in 24 states to demand the resignation of Temer. The protests were called by the leftist grassroots organization People’s Fearless Front, which called on other activists, leftist movements and progressive organisations to join its protests.

Read more Brazil: Thousands demand 'Out Temer, the people should decide!'

Published on 12 July 2016 by teleSUR.

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The new program is designed to improve efficiency and transparency of production and distribution processes to increase supply of basic goods.

The Venezuelan government also announced it has seized a factory of the U.S. company Kimberly Clark Corporation — producer of numerous personal, feminine, and baby care brands including Huggies, Kotex, and many others — and handed it over to the workers to continue manufacturing after the firm said it couldn’t produce.

The move acts on a government pledge to take over foreign-owned facilities shuttered in the face of economic challenges in the country.

Read more Venezuela seizes 'Kimberly Clark' as new plan to tackle shortages launched

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