The Declaration of Cumaná, the new SUCRE currency and the corruption prevalent in ALL governments at all levels

They're right on with just about all their statements in the declaration and I sure hope the SUCRE is successful.  But they did NOT mention in their declaration that communism and totalitarianism are just as destructive as 21st Century capitalism and that the ONLY way to eliminate corruption is to make all government business PUBLIC.

April 24, 2009 

We, the Heads of State and Government of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, member countries of ALBA, consider that the Draft Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons:

- The Declaration does not provide answers to the Global Economic Crisis, even though this crisis constitutes the greatest challenge faced by humanity in the last decades and is the most serious threat of the current times to the welfare of our peoples.

- The Declaration unfairly excludes Cuba, without mentioning the consensus in the region condemning the blockade and isolation to which the people and the government of Cuba have incessantly been exposed in a criminal manner.

For this reason, we, the member countries of ALBA believe that there is no consensus for the adoption of this draft declaration because of the reasons above stated, and accordingly, we propose to hold a thorough debate on the following topics:

1. Capitalism is leading humanity and the planet to extinction. What we are experiencing is a global economic crisis of a systemic and structural nature, not another cyclic crisis. Those who think that with a taxpayer money injection and some regulatory measures this crisis will end are wrong. The financial system is in crisis because it trades bonds with six times the real value of the assets and services produced and rendered in the world, this is not a “system regulation failure”, but a integrating part of the capitalist system that speculates with all assets and values with a view to obtain the maximum profit possible. Until now, the economic crisis has generated over 100 million additional hungry persons and has slashed over 50 million jobs, and these figures show an upward trend.

2. Capitalism has caused the environmental crisis, by submitting the necessary conditions for life in the planet, to the predominance of market and profit. Each year we consume one third more of what the planet is able to regenerate. With this squandering binge of the capitalist system, we are going to need two planets Earth by the year 2030.

3. The global economic crisis, climate change, the food crisis and the energy crisis are the result of the decay of capitalism, which threatens to end life and the planet. To avert this outcome, it is necessary to develop and model an alternative to the capitalist system. A system based on:

- solidarity and complementarity, not competition;
- a system in harmony with our mother earth and not plundering of human resources;
- a system of cultural diversity and not cultural destruction and imposition of cultural values and lifestyles alien to the realities of our countries;
- a system of peace based on social justice and not on imperialist policies and wars;
- in summary, a system that recovers the human condition of our societies and peoples and does not reduce them to mere consumers or merchandise.

4. As a concrete expression of the new reality of the continent, we, Caribbean and Latin American countries, have commenced to build our own institutionalization, an institutionalization that is based on a common history dating back to our independence revolution and constitutes a concrete tool for deepening the social, economic and cultural transformation processes that will consolidate our full sovereignty.

ALBA-TCP, Petrocaribe or UNASUR, mentioning merely the most recently created, are solidarity-based mechanisms of unity created in the midst of such transformations with the obvious intention of boosting the efforts of our peoples to attain their own freedom. To face the serious effects of the global economic crisis, we, the ALBA-TCP countries, have adopted innovative and transforming measures that seek real alternatives to the inadequate international economic order, not to boost their failed institutions. Thus, we have implemented a Regional Clearance Unitary System, the SUCRE, which includes a Common Unit of Account, a Clearance Chamber and a Single Reserve System. Similarly, we have encouraged the constitution of grand-national companies to satisfy the essential needs of our peoples and establish fair and complementary trade mechanisms that leave behind the absurd logic of unbridled competition.

5. We question the G20 for having tripled the resources of the International Monetary Fund when the real need is to establish a new world economic order that includes the full transformation of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO, entities that have contributed to this global economic crisis with their neoliberal policies.

6. The solutions to the global economic crisis and the definition of a new international financial scheme should be adopted with the participation of the 192 countries that will meet in the United Nations Conference on the International Financial Crisis to be held on June 1-3 to propose the creation of a new international economic order.

7. As for climate change, developed countries are in an environmental debt to the world because they are responsible for 70% of historical carbon emissions into the atmosphere since 1750. Developed countries should pay off their debt to humankind and the planet; they should provide significant resources to a fund so that developing countries can embark upon a growth model which does not repeat the serious impacts of the capitalist industrialization.

8. Solutions to the energy, food and climate change crises should be comprehensive and interdependent. We cannot solve a problem by creating new ones in fundamental areas for life. For instance, the widespread use of agricultural fuels has an adverse effect on food prices and the use of essential resources, such as water, land and forests.

9. We condemn the discrimination against migrants in any of its forms. Migration is a human right, not a crime. Therefore, we request the United States government an urgent reform of its migration policies in order to stop deportations and massive raids and allow for reunion of families. We further demand the removal of the wall that separates and divides us, instead of uniting us.

In this regard, we petition for the abrogation of the Law of Cuban Adjustment and removal of the discriminatory, selective Dry Feet, Wet Feet policy that has claimed human losses. Bankers who stole the money and resources from our countries are the true responsible, not migrant workers. Human rights should come first, particularly human rights of the underprivileged, downtrodden sectors in our society, that is, migrants without identity papers. Free movement of people and human rights for everybody, regardless of their migration status, are a must for integration. Brain drain is a way of plundering skilled human resources exercised by rich countries.

10. Basic education, health, water, energy and telecommunications services should be declared human rights and cannot be subject to private deal or marketed by the World Trade Organization. These services are and should be essentially public utilities of universal access.

11. We wish a world where all, big and small, countries have the same rights and where there is no empire. We advocate non-intervention. There is the need to strengthen, as the only legitimate means for discussion and assessment of bilateral and multilateral agendas in the hemisphere, the foundations for mutual respect between states and governments, based on the principle of non-interference of a state in the internal affairs of another state, and inviolability of sovereignty and self-determination of the peoples.

We request the new Government of the United States, the arrival of which has given rise to some expectations in the hemisphere and the world, to finish the longstanding and dire tradition of interventionism and aggression that has characterized the actions of the US governments throughout history, and particularly intensified during the Administration of President George W. Bush. By the same token, we request the new Government of the United States to abandon interventionist practices, such as cover-up operations, parallel diplomacy, media wars aimed at disturbing states and governments, and funding of destabilizing groups. Building on a world where varied economic, political, social and cultural approaches are acknowledged and respected is of the essence.

12. With regard to the U.S. blockade against Cuba and the exclusion of the latter from the Summit of the Americas, we, the member states of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America, reassert the Declaration adopted by all Latin American and Caribbean countries last December 16, 2008, on the need to end the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States of America on Cuba, including the implementation of the so-called Helms-Burton Act. The declaration sets forth in its fundamental paragraphs the following:

“CONSIDERING the resolutions approved by the United Nations General Assembly on the need to finish the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, and the statements on such blockade, which have been approved in numerous international meetings.

“WE AFFIRM that the application of unilateral, coercive measures affecting the wellbeing of peoples and hindering integration processes is unacceptable when defending free exchange and the transparent practice of international trade.

“WE STRONGLY REPEL the enforcement of laws and measures contrary to International Law, such as the Helms-Burton Act, and we urge the Government of the United States of America to finish such enforcement.

“WE REQUEST the Government of the United States of America to comply with the provisions set forth in 17 successive resolutions approved by the United Nations General Assembly and put an end to the economic, trade and financial blockade on Cuba.”

Additionally, we consider that the attempts at imposing the isolation of Cuba have failed, as nowadays Cuba forms an integral part of the Latin American and Caribbean region; it is a member of the Rio Group and other hemispheric organizations and mechanisms, which develops a policy of cooperation, in solidarity with the countries in the hemisphere; which promotes full integration of Latin American and Caribbean peoples. Therefore, there is no reason whatsoever to justify its exclusion from the mechanism of the Summit of the Americas.

13. Developed countries have spent at least USD 8 billion to rescue a collapsing financial structure. They are the same that fail to allocate the small sums of money to attain the Millennium Goals or 0.7% of the GDP for the Official Development Assistance. Never before the hypocrisy of the wording of rich countries had been so apparent. Cooperation should be established without conditions and fit in the agendas of recipient countries by making arrangements easier; providing access to the resources, and prioritizing social inclusion issues.

14. The legitimate struggle against drug trafficking and organized crime, and any other form of the so-called “new threats” must not be used as an excuse to undertake actions of interference and intervention against our countries.

15. We are firmly convinced that the change, where everybody repose hope, can come only from organization, mobilization and unity of our peoples.

As the Liberator wisely said:

Unity of our peoples is not a mere illusion of men, but an inexorable decree of destiny. — Simón Bolívar

Our biggest problems are CORRUPTION and CENTRAL and GLOBAL control over local issues.

And unfortunately, corruption is as rampant in Venezuela and Nicaragua as in America.

The ONLY viable solution is to make ALL government actions, contracts and accounting PUBLIC.  

I should be able to how every penny in my county, Mohave County, Arizona, was spent. 

Here is the 3/09 Treasurer report:

http://resource.co.mohave.az.us/File/Treasurer/Mar%2009%20Treas%20Report.pdf

The ONLY slightly interesting information I could find is that they lost almost $5 million in a Lehman investment.

Idiots -- or did some government official's brother-in-law get a fat commission?

Every "fund" should be a link to the DETAILED information about it.  I should be able to read who, when and why made the Lehman investment decision.  What are the OTHER Mohave County investments?

You've probably read how an private citizen found out that one of NASA's temperature readings (global warming) was incorrect.  The guy didn't get paid, he had an INTEREST in checking the PUBLIC data.

MANY people have spent literally thousands of hours on unpaid research. 

As probably every Mohave County resident knows, it is an extremely corrupt county. 

My personal experiences with judges and the county attorney confirmed the allegations by many others.  Mohave County is a cesspool of corruption. 

And of course the people in charge don't make any useful info public. 

I can PAY for more information.

If I had a lot of time and money, I WOULD order more info.   But since I have neither, I just have one question:

Is there ANY city or county in America with OPEN government and ALL financials, government contracts, etc. online?

Is there ANY place where the government is NOT afraid of the citizens exposing its corruption?

No type of government is inherently good or bad. 

Recently I listened to Peter Joseph's radio address:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Peter-Joseph

Joseph seems to be a bit upset about people like me who don't want to be ruled by elitists who control all life on the planet through their machines (computers).  He claimed that there would be no leader. 

Peter Joseph made some disparaging comments about democracy and he clearly sees himself as leader and he acts a leader -- he runs the show.

Notably, the Zeitgeist and Venus Project finances are also SECRET.

It's rather obvious that Peter Joseph has been selected by the NWO to pacify and control the many people worldwide who want real change.

And he's doing an excellent job. It's amazing how many people fall for his BS.

I also listened to Jacque Fresco, the founder/director of the Venus Project. He is in Lala Land or more likely, a ROBOT. I have rarely heard so many STUPID and obviously FALSE statements and conclusions. 

Fresco's cities are UGLY.  

Here's his basic design:  http://www.thevenusproject.com/images/placeholder.jpg

Instead of planning and building in HARMONY with nature, he bulldozes all natural features and builds a city for lobotomized eunuchs.  There is NOTHING inspiring.  It's horrifying to see someone to COMPLETELY out of touch with nature and human beings.

It reminds me why I love San Francisco:  the many DIFFERENT neighborhoods, the DIFFERENT languages, people and even climates.  Sure, there are some neighborhoods that ought to be bulldozed and maybe turned into parks.   But I take San Francisco with Third Street, Hunter's Point and the Tenderloin over a Fresco city any day.

Neither the Zeitgeist Movement nor the Venus Project PRACTICE what they preach. 

It's all about CONTROLLING the people who aren't enchanted by Obama or Chavez.  Their ONLY activism is preaching -- getting as many people as possibly to do NOTHING.

So I really don't care whether I live in a communist, socialist or capitalist system as long as all government actions are public, I have the right to free speech and the right to leave.

Do you know of ANY place that comes close to my requirements?

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Must watch video (16 min): http://www.ourstrangeworld.net/index.php/main/article/slaves_of_the_matrix/

Supposedly, governments were invented to make human life easier and safer, but governments always end up enslaving humanity. When you look at a map of the world, you are not looking at countries, but farms. This video is not about a future that we fear, but a past that we are already living.

So true!