Attended by representatives of 75 parties in 63 countries, this meeting featured vigorous discussion about the role and policies of communist parties in today's world.
The 33 heads of states on hand represented all Western Hemisphere nations south of the Rio Grande River, the region Marti called "Our America."
On Jan. 21, another exciting People's World teleconference took place.
The dispute on the status of descendants of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic is now the subject of negotiations hosted by Nicolas Maduro.
Some have suggested the German "Word of the Year" should be "whistleblower" - in the escalating Denglish language here breezily called "Neu-Deutsch" ("New German").
Already assassins had killed activist rapper Gerson Martínez, community leader Giovanny Leiton, Leiton's life partner, and unionist Ever Luis Marin Rolong.
The so-called "legal" coup that removed Fernando Lugo from power set the stage for large agricultural corporations to establish control over Paraguay's government.
Migrants, who arrive by the thousands in Lampedusa fleeing war and insecurity in Africa/Syria, are shown being stripped naked and hosed down by authorities.
This year in Latin America began with the tragedy of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela for one thing more than any other - his determination in the face of every provocation to establish a democratic "rainbow nation."