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  1. #21
    Looting in Venezuela were magnified in social networks

    Belie that 400 shops were looted. |Photo:
    Published June 17, 2016 (20 hours 36 minutes ago)

    The city continues guarded by military troops, but the atmosphere remains calm.

    The special envoy of Telesur to Sucre state (northeastern Venezuela), Adriana Sivori, said Friday that the situation in the state remains controlled despite the information circulating through social networks and some media, before the vandalism perpetrated this week by violent groups.

    In Cumana, capital of Sucre, on Tuesday several looting that had white in food stores, clothing and liquor outlets were registered, which alerted the country to the large flow of rumors that circulated through platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

    Sivori said that during a tour of the area was found that indeed there was a series of group to shops rounds, but that this was not 400 local as reflected in social networks.

    He also denied that a truck had been looted chickens and there was an atmosphere of "chaos" in the east of this South American country.

    "If there was looting. TV channels overdo it. Yes there are problems in Venezuela, we have seen people complain about not getting the food, but they do not agree with this type of vandalism," reported from one of the affected markets .

    He reported that the city of Cumana continues guarded by military troops and the Venezuelan government managed to meet entrepreneurs who lost their goods after looting.

    Similarly, he said that in the early hours was arrested, Jose Luis Ramirez Marcano (49), alias Baron, accused of being allegedly responsible for directing and organizing the wave of vandalism.

    Finally, he recalled that the population in Cumana supports dialogue between the State and the Venezuelan opposition.

    In context

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that the direct perpetrators of violent looting in Cumana, Sucre state, are linked to right-wing parties Popular Will (VP) and Primero Justicia (PJ).
    He also explained that those responsible for looting are imprisoned and will be sent to jail Guárico (central Mexico), where they could serve a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
    The violence in Cumana, Sucre state, were recorded last Tuesday affecting shops in the locality.
    The state governor, Luis Acuña explained that the attacks respond to a pattern of violence that has claimed activated in the country to promote chaos and destabilization of the nation.

    Google Translator
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  2. #22
    Venezuelan Fourth Republic Found Guilty of State Terror


    Caracas, June 26th 2016 ( - Chief Prosecutor of Venezuela’s Public Ministry Luisa Ortega announced Sunday that body's Truth and Justice Commission had registered a total of 11,043 cases of political disappearances, torture and assassination between 1958 and 1998, during Venezuela’s Fourth Republic. Ortega released the information on former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense Jose Rangel Vicente’s program Jose Vicente Hoy.

    Ortega confirmed that the cases were found as a result of the commission's research into declassified files. The Truth and Justice Commission was created in February 2013 following the 2012 approval of the Law to Sanction Crimes, Disappearances, Torture and Other Human Rights Violations for Political Reasons during the Period of 1958-1998.

    Additionally, she explained that the archives were sourced from militarily tribunals and other state institutions and are cases where the state had not previously carried out any investigation.

    "All the investigations that they started back then were closed because they declared that the inquiry had ended because there was nothing to investigate and that there were no crimes [committed]”, explained Ortega.

    “The state’s political approach was sustained, systematic and planned, all of it was a plan to attack political dissidence,” she emphasized.

    Furthermore, Ortega noted the differences between the state's conduct during the Fourth Republic and today, and emphasized its unwillingness to pursue these cases in the past.

    For example, Ortega detailed the work between January and May 2016 that the Public Ministry has taken on regarding human rights. She confirmed that the body had charged 229 government officials with various crimes, while 15 have been processed for human rights violations.

    Ortega also expressed that prior to the Bolivarian Revolution in 1998, the Public Ministry was confronted with an avalanche of impunity regarding disappearances, which she referred to as “an abysmal difference”.

    “Today, regarding human rights violations, we are going to investigate. This is the difference today, and it doesn't matter who committed the violation, they will be sanctioned,” Ortega affirmed.

    In addition, Ortega said that the Public Ministry had processed 684 out of 714 cases of corruption. Three hundred and twenty four were charged confessing to their crimes, 64 were found guilty on trial and 400 are on probation. Ortega also highlighted that the government looked closely into Cencoex (National Center of Foreign Commerce) where 25 people have been detained, 199 individuals accused and 208 charged after they confessed.

    Moreover, Ortega informed that the government has also taken up the task of investigating international cases, such as those linked to the Panama Papers. For the first time Venezuela and Panama's public ministries are working together to investigate joint cases.

    “We have carried out a lot of technical investigation that have grouped together elements [for us] that compromise a lot of people that are being summoned now and one of them is on probation," she said mentioning 23 cases of seized real estate property due to corruption charges.

    The Public Ministry has also requested probation for two individuals tied to the money laundering Andorra corruption case, Mervis Villalobos and Javier Alvarado. Billions of dollars were laundered from Venezuela to Spanish, Swiss and Andorran banks.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  3. #23
    Venezuela in Crisis: Too Much US intervention, Too Little Socialism
    by W. T. WHITNEY

    Lisa Sullivan was worried: her neighbor was “up and waiting in line since 2 am, searching, unsuccessfully, to buy food for her large family.” The U. S. native living in Venezuela for decades is concerned too about Venezuela’s worsening economic and political crisis.

    Most Venezuelans have experienced major social gains courtesy of the Bolivarian Revolution, which according to its leader Hugo Chávez, president from 1999 until 2013, was a socialist revolution. Oil exports fueled these gains and currently low oil prices are shaking the foundations of Venezuela’s social democracy.

    Now as before U. S. intervention is on full display. The U. S. Senate in April passed a bill renewing economic sanctions against Venezuelan leaders originally imposed in 2014. The House of Representatives followed suit on July 6. President Obama will be signing the bill. In an executive order he declared Venezuela to be a threat to U. S. national security.

    The State Department on July 7 alerted U.S. travelers to “violent crime” in Venezuela and warned that “political rallies and demonstrations can occur with little notice.” Venezuela’s government denounced the “illegitimate sanctions” as “imperial pretensions.”

    The U.S. government backed an unsuccessful coup against the Chávez government in 2002 and since has distributed tens of millions of dollars to opposition groups. After three years, it still withholds recognition of Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s president. These actions speak of a U. S. goal of regime change.

    A document attributed to Admiral Kurt Tidd of the U.S. Southern Command and circulated in early 2016 testifies to a military component of U. S. plans. Citing the “the defeat in the [parliamentary] elections and internal decomposition of the populist regime,” the text refers to “the successful impact of our policies [against Venezuela] launched under phase one of this operation.”

    A divided rightwing opposition did score a decisive electoral victory in December 2015 as it gained a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly. Maduro’s election by a narrow margin in 2013 advertised his vulnerability. He will likely be facing a recall vote in the coming months.

    Solidly opposed to the Bolivarian government, Venezuela’s business class holds court over the economy, which has been devastated through inflation that mounted over three years and is now at astronomical levels. Shortages of essential items are causing major distress.

    Businesses and merchants depend on imported goods and materials. After 15 years of the Bolivarian revolution, Venezuela still has to import 70 percent of its food. The government facilitates imports by selling dollars to importers at low exchange rates. Many of them profit by selling imported products at inflated prices through the black-market.

    Meanwhile goods people need for survival don’t arrive at stores serving poor people, especially markets selling government – subsidized food and household supplies. Importers and wholesalers are accused of hoarding for the sake of profitable sales later on.

    Nevertheless, the “majority of Venezuelans” support neither the opposition nor the Maduro government, according to Lisa Sullivan. But, she says, “This doesn’t mean that [they] are not fans of chavismo.” She has seen “a whole generation of my neighbors and friends gain access to dignified housing, free education, stable jobs with honorable wages, and free health care.”

    Analysts attribute the government’s defeat in the 2015 parliamentary elections to Bolivarian voters withholding their votes, not to their having backed the opposition. They objected to governmental corruption, divisions within Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and disregard by officials of problems at the grassroots.

    Journalist Tamara Pearson suggests that despite “food shortages, inflation, and queues … millions of people” have “defied right-wing and general expectations, and even perhaps the expectations of the Maduro government, and have become stronger and better organized.”

    Whether or not Venezuela’s military remains loyal to the socialist government will help determine its fate. President Chávez, a former army officer, counted on allegiance from the military. As reported by analyst Milton D’León, Chávez instituted “a dizzying increase in arms spending, the creation of military schools and universities, greater presence in political decisions, higher salaries for officials, and privileges of all kinds.”

    Maduro’s 30-member cabinet includes 10 active or retired military leaders. His government has created a “socialist military economic zone” that hosts businesses whose activities contribute to the military’s economic development. D’León warns of danger for “working people [from] the growing role of the military … whether it is supporting Maduro, or spilling over to support a ‘transition’ by striking a deal with the right-wing [and] imperialism.”

    Marxist analyst Edgar Meléndez sees a constricted future for the Bolivarian government mainly because its socialist project stagnated. He points out that the socialist state accounts for 96.6 U.S. dollars out of every $100 gained through exports. Yet these resources eventually “drain” to the private sector. Thus “private accumulation is prioritized over resources the state produces. This is opposite to the interests of working people.”

    He condemns “mono-production of petroleum accounting for 94 percent of Venezuela’s 2014 exports.” That and “a parasitic bourgeoisie” are “two of the most noxious characteristics of the Venezuelan economic model … This situation, within the framework of capitalism itself, is a brake on the development of productive forces in our country.”

    Lisa Sullivan is a witness to one striking failure of Venezuela’s version of socialism. Her neighbors are now growing food, she reports. That would be in response to the nation’s over-reliance on imported foods, never remedied by Bolivarian leaders. In terms of socialist development, food sovereignty typifies wealth produced for all through work. The government apparently lacked the vision or capacity to move beyond the short-term, capitalist way of doing things. It remains stuck in generating wealth almost exclusively through the extraction of oil.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  4. #24
    Leaked Clinton Emails Reveal Continued Efforts to Sabotage Venezuela
    worker | July 27, 2016 | 9:07
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez listens to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton during the Summit of the Americas in 2009
    Leaked Clinton Emails Reveal Continued Efforts to Sabotage Venezuela

    © AFP 2016/ Presidencia

    Despite her public appeals for friendship, a series of leaked emails show that during her time as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has continued to promote subversion against the Latin American country behind closed doors.

    The emails, leaked by WikiLeaks, show that during her tenure as US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton asked the then-assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, how “to rein in Chavez.” Valenzuela alluded to reaching out to other regional partners to help undermine Chavez:

    “We need to carefully consider the consequences of publicly confronting him but ought to look at opportunities for others in the region to help.”

    ​The leaked emails confirm a continuing trend of US covert intervention toward Venezuela and perceived leftist governments throughout Latin America generally, such as Cuba and Ecuador. WikiLeaks also exposed a 2006 US embassy strategy toward the then democratically elected President Chavez, saying that “creative US outreach to Chavez’s regional partners will drive a wedge between him and them.”

    © Flickr/ Steve Rhodes
    Wikileaks Publishes Around 20,000 US Democratic National Committee Emails

    Why exactly Clinton and the US government more generally take such an approach toward Venezuela is the subject of such speculation.However Dr Francisco Dominguez of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign told Sputnik that:

    “After the election of Chavez in Venezuela and the election of the Brazilian workers party in 2002, the region, especially Venezuela, started distancing itself from the United States, setting up its own bodies, largely regionally integrated, and because of this the United States is losing influence. Venezuela has been a main proponent of this, which is why the United States has been attacking the country so much.”

    While Clinton has expressed friendship toward Venezuela in public, this trove of leaked emails suggests a different intention toward the Latin American nation, something which Dr Dominguez expresses reservations about:

    “Because the US has to take into account the regional feelings of the people, it pretends that it likes or favors good relations, but it will never stop destabilizing Latin America, or Venezuela.”

    ​Clinton also expressed concern at a United Nations decision to condemn the military coup in Honduras in 2009, which Clinton supported. In 2009, democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was toppled by the military backed by opposition parties. Despite the fact that the US’ traditional allies — like the EU — condemned the coup, Clinton has confessed that at the time, she wanted to see a new government replace the leftist Zelaya administration, and, “restore order.”

    ​The Venezuelan government was among regional actors that condemned the coup and subsequent crackdown on leftist activity. At the time, Clinton pejoratively asked why the UN was so concerned with Honduras, and not Venezuela: “Ok — but have they ever condemned Venezuela for denying press freedom?” she wrote to an official.

    One of the leaked emails also recommends not spending any USAID funds on well-known leftist states like Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua because such funds could “undermine real democratic development.”

    It also says that “any funds channeled to unreliable states” alluding to Venezuela, “must be accompanied by “human behavioural changes.”

    ​The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the US government-run organization behind Voice of America and various pro-American international radio stations has also been revealed as asking Clinton to provide more funding in order to “combat the public diplomacy efforts of America’s enemies.” The chairman of the board, Walter Isaacson, explicitly identifies these states as “Iran, Venezuela, Russia, and China.”

    Subsequently, the BBG’s annual budget has been increased to around US$750 million, and has called for ramping up of activities in the aforementioned countries. Clinton responded to this in an emailing by saying: “Let the fun begin.”

    ​Dr Dominguez believes that the United States’ ultimate objective is to see the overthrow of the Venezuelan government, currently led by former Chavez aid Nicolas Maduro, who enjoys popular support.

    “The American government has hit the private sector in particular food distribution, holding back food which forces people to que up. By forcing them to que up people become discontent, the result is that people become very unhappy, particularly the poor. The idea, I think, is to undermine the base of support that the Chavez-Maduro government enjoys, and if they’re able to undermine them, they think they will create the conditions to overthrow the government which is what they did in Chile in 1973,” Dr Dominguez told Sputnik.

    ​Since the early 1970s, the United States government has pursued various subversive policies in Latin America, aimed at undermining the democratically elected, and usually leftist, governments of the region.

    This began in 1973 with the military coup against Chilean Prime Minister Salvador Alande and the imposition of General Augusto Pinochet. In 2001 and 2002, the US government ramped up funding for the Venezuelan opposition groups in an effort to create a viable opposition to President Hugo Chavez.

    Such policies continue to the present day, and if Hilary Clinton becomes President, they are likely to remain unabated.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  5. #25
    Venezuelan Opposition Leader Greeted By Enraged Mob at Airport


    Puebla, Mexico, September 9, 2016 ( – One of Venezuela’s most prolific opposition figures was trapped in an airport late Wednesday by masses of furious protesters, according to reports Thursday.

    In footage circulated online, former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles could be clearly seen stranded inside the Santiago Marino International Airport on Venezuela’s Margarita Island. Outside, doors were blocked by crowds of protesters.

    “Get out, Capriles, get out!” they shouted.

    Taking to social media, Capriles claimed the protesters were armed, and blamed President Nicolas Maduro.

    “Maduro sent armed groups to the airport in Margarita, besieging passengers, children, and everyone,” he stated.

    “I hold him responsible for what happens,” Capriles added.

    In the footage circulated online, no weapons could be seen.

    According to local media, the protests blocked Capriles from leaving the airport for four hours. AP has reported the stand off between the beleaguered politician and frustrated locals ended sometime after midnight, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    Currently governor of Miranda state, Capriles ran against Maduro in a tight presidential race in 2013. He lost a previous presidential election by a landslide in 2012 to Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez. Today, Capriles is one of the opposition’s most well known faces.

    Yet Capriles’ embarrassing welcome to Margarita came less than a week after social media users said Maduro faced similar protests. During a visit to the island, opposition activists say Maduro was chased through the streets by angry locals bashing pots and pans. Footage of the incident quickly went viral, though throughout the grainy video it’s difficult to clearly identify the president.

    Opposition groups say dozens of their supporters were later detained in connection with the incident. At the time, Capriles praised the protesters, describing them as acting “without fear”.

    Other video at link.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  6. #26
    Chavista Mobilization Peacefully Answers Opposition Offensive
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reports arrests, including 92 Colombian paramilitaries camped 500 meters from Miraflores Presidential Palace
    Author: Dilbert Reyes Rodríguez | |

    CARACAS.—With an impressive mobilization in the streets of this capital city, the revolutionary people of Venezuela confirmed their support to the Bolivarian government and rejection of violence, frustrating a coup offensive announced for September 1 by the opposition leadership.
    “Peace has triumphed once again. They threatened to assault Caracas and the people of Caracas came out onto the streets by the thousands,” President Nicolás Maduro said, as he addressed the Chavista crowd that filled Bolívar Avenue and other principal streets.
    The President reported that the coup attempt was turning out to be a fiasco, as several plans for violence by paramilitaries around the country were dismantled, while recognizing the sensibility and adherence to constitutional law shown by those participating in the opposition march of 30,000 held in the capital.
    “We have been capturing mercenaries in the northern zone of Caracas, among them an encampment of 92 Colombian paramilitaries deployed 500 meters from Miraflores, and important right wing leaders with plans to place bombs, with weapons, with millions of real and counterfeit dollars, prepared to attack their own people,” he detailed.
    “There are still ambushes to unmask. We are looking for several criminals they paid to commit crimes against the people, and those who paid,” Maduro added, indicating that the documentary evidence was published in state communications media.
    He congratulated the Bolivarian National Armed Forces for guaranteeing the peace on the date – with firm, timely action – and explained that over the coming days, the military and intelligence mobilization will continue, to prevent any violent provocation.
    Maduro likewise expressed his gratitude for the solidarity and demonstrations of support received from several peoples and governments around the world, and insisted that the victory achieved this September 1 obliges the people to remain vigilant, since it will provoke “vengeful desperation” among right wing opposition leaders.
    He denounced the National Assembly President himself and several bourgeois leaders who were aware of the violent plans, and called for the naming of a special commission to investigate these links, while announcing the possible promulgation of a decree to waive parliamentary immunity for those holding office, to prevent its use for the planning and perpetration of crimes.
    “I will file charges against Ramos Allup, in national and international courts, for his constant expressions of fascism, intolerance, discrimination, and violence,” Maduro said.
    He emphasized that the response of the Venezuelan people to defend the peace will continue for several days, with a broad cultural and recreational program which will maintain the revolutionary occupation of the streets, while announcing a new political and productive offensive to reverse the most pressing effects of the oligarchy’s economic war by the end of the year
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  7. #27
    Venezuelans commemorate Day of Indigenous Resistance with anti-imperialist march

    Venezuela recalls the Day of Indigenous Resistance. | Photo: VTV
    Published October 12, 2016 (4 hours 1 minute ago)

    The revolutionary people of Venezuela manifest their rejection of the imperialist pretensions against the Bolivarian nation.
    The revolutionary people of Venezuela will this Wednesday to the streets to express their rejection of the imperialist pretensions against the South American nation and also express, on the Day of Indigenous Resistance, support for social programs undertaken by the Bolivarian Revolution to benefit native peoples.

    The rally will start in the Paseo de los Heroes at 09h00 local time to reach the Plaza of Indigenous Resistance, located nearby Plaza Venezuela.

    Venezuelan Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz stressed that the march is an alert imperialism that the people are ready to defend their homeland.

    In his radio program Dando y Dando transmitted by RNV station, the leader said that this October 12, social movements will meet in Caracas in support of the Bolivarian government and social progress in nearly 20 years of Bolivarian Revolution.

    Isturiz said that sectors of the right walk looking violence in the country, but have failed and continue to fail.

    'imperialism resumed the war against the price of oil and therefore Venezuela goes on the defensive, fighting for a fair value of hydrocarbon, hence the importance trip to Turkey, for the International Congress of Energy '.

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    Minister of Popular Power for Indigenous Peoples, Aloha Nuñez, said Wednesday it will be commemorating the Day of Indigenous Resistance with a march in support for President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution against imperialism.
    He explained that the indigenous movements were organized to march from three specific points of Caracas Sucre, El Paraiso and Plaza Venezuela avenue to reach the Indian monument on Paseo Los Proceres.

    The minister stressed in relation to the 2017 National Budget, indigenous peoples gathered in the La Serrania the municipality Píritu, Anzoátegui state, to discuss the proposals on this subject.

    On the progress of the Guaicaipuro Mission, Nunez said that is deepening in working with communities in extreme vulnerability.

    Meanwhile, the leaders of the self-styled Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) announced Wednesday activate the Plan 1,356, which involves making a series of citizens' assemblies in each of the centers set up to collect 20 percent of the signatures on its claims to make a presidential recall referendum.

    In context

    In Venezuela, on October 12 was declared the Day of Indigenous Resistance by the national government since 2002, in vindication of the struggles of indigenous peoples against the violence of the Spanish colonizers.

    The name "Day of Indigenous Resistance" came to replace in Venezuela to that called "Day of the Race" name given to commemorate the landfall for the sailor Rodrigo de Triana in 1492, after having sailed more than two months under the command of Christopher Columbus, to which subsequently denominate America.

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    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  8. #28
    Venezuela Dispatches Medical Team to Haiti Days After Hurricane Matthew
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    Phoenix, Arizona, October 11, 2016 ( - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew's devastation in Haiti, the Venezuelan government continues to extend material solidarity with the island nation.

    This week, Venezuela sent 50 health professionals to Haiti. According to Reuters, the death toll in the country has reached more than 1,000 as Hurricane Matthew has also accelerated the spread of cholera in the country.

    Vice-President for Social Development and Revolutionizing the Missions Jorge Arreaza confirmed Monday that the Simón Bolívar Humanitarian Task Force was dispatched to Haiti and will work in the country for approximately 8 days. The team includes 40 epidemiologists and 10 general medical practitioners. The humanitarian task force departed from Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía the same day.

    "We reached Haiti with our solidarity; two boats and two planes have left and we will continue to extend our solidarity and humanitarian aid with the people of Haiti in all ways," expressed President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday. Maduro has called on a total of 200 doctors to travel to the country to offer medical assistance.

    The doctors are recent graduates of the Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine located in Caracas, Venezuela. The school is the result of cooperation between Cuba and Venezuela.

    Venezuelan media outlet Noticias 24 reported the words of one doctor, "we are committed to the homeland, to representing Venezuela, helping as medical specialists and applying our knowledge."

    Another doctor of Haitian nationality explained that the delegation presented him with the opportunity to serve his people. "There are three things that complement a medical professional: practical knowledge, theory and humanism," he stated.

    Arreaza relayed that the Venezuelan government has already sent 700 tons of humanitarian aid to Haiti and will continue to ship materials.

    "Integral community doctors, integral general doctors are heading to Haiti, to disaster zones, to provide healthcare and support for this beloved people," affirmed Arreaza.

    Along with the medical team, the Venezuelan government transported 20 tons of additional materials including medicine. The shipment primarily included: antibiotics, saline solution and analgesics among other supplies.

    The Bolivarian government has also sent materials to Cuba to rebuild homes and roads in recent days.

    Venezuela and Haiti share a long history of solidarity and cooperation. Former President Hugo Chávez emphasized the Venezuelan people's historical debt to the island nation for South American independence. Haitian independence leaders donated their armed forces, printing press, ships and weapons to the Venezuelan people to liberate South America from Spanish colonialism.

    Likewise, after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti which resulted in massive devastation, the Venezuelan people extended solidarity through humanitarian aid, doctors and other trauma specialists. The US military takeover of the Haitian airport stalled the entry of many international teams, including Venezuela's. The Bolivarian government also offered work and student visas for Haitians after the earthquake.

    Pretty good for a nation that supposedly cannot feed itself, cannot provide basics and is on the verge of revolt against it's repressive commie dictator.....somethin' ain't right here.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  9. #29
    Venezuela Opposition Cries Foul After Recall Suspended, Calls for Coup Against Maduro

    Opposition leader Henrique Capriles (L) during an anti-government rally with Henry Ramos Allup, Sept. 26, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 21 October 2016

    The ominous calls came as courts temporarily froze the referendum process to investigate thousands of fraudulent signatures submitted in the first phase.
    Leader's from Venezuela’s opposition appeared to call for a coup against President Nicolas Maduro, after the country's Supreme Court ruled that the presidential recall referendum would be temporarily suspended due to fraud committed in the first phase of the process.

    Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Friday that President Maduro is “in disobedience of the constitution” and called on both the National Assembly and Armed Forces to “make a decision” and have people “respect the constitution.”

    The former Venezuelan presidential candidate also said Maduro had vacated his position as president, prompting fears that a coup might be looming.

    “Maduro did not only leave the country, he left his position,” Capriles said during Friday's press conference.

    “Maduro declared himself in disobedience, he does not respect the Constitution, and today he left the country, and will leave everything.”

    Maduro left Venezuela for various OPEC and non-OPEC countries Thursday to help establish a stable price for oil, which has negatively affected the South American country's economy.

    Capriles, head of Justice First and one of the leaders of the opposition MUD coalition, also called on the nation’s armed forces to intervene.

    “Hopefully the armed forces will have people respect the constitution,” he said.

    The MUD leader also demanded the government repeal the decision to suspend the signature collection process for the recall referendum and called on opposition members to “take the streets of Venezuela.” Toward the end of his speech, Capriles denied he wanted a coup to oust Maduro and said he does not want to incite violence.

    “We don’t want a coup in the country,” said Capriles, “A coup has (already) happened to the people and we have to restore constitutional order.“

    Henry Ramos Allup, the president of the National Assembly, also spoke during the press conference and said the National Assembly he leads supports all the decisions and the message promoted by Capriles.

    Ramos Allup also called on the Venezuelan Armed Forces “to analyze the abuses to the constitution” allegedly carried out by the government. He also said they were offering a constitutional way out for Maduro through the recall referendum in order to prevent “a violent way out” in the future.

    The legislator said a delegation from the assembly will travel to the Organization of American States, or OAS, to demand the OAS apply the so-called Democratic Charter against his country, something the opposition has been requesting for months.

    “Venezuelans have always been stronger than its leaders,” he said, before he cast doubt on Maduro's nationality, suggesting he may actually be Colombian—a common allegation that has no basis.

    The National Electoral Council, or CNE, said the decision to postpone the recall referendum process came after the MUD committed the criminal offense of presenting more than 600,000, about 30 percent, of signatures deemed irregular. Among the invalid signatures were almost 11,000 from deceased Venezuelans.

    The Supreme Court also declared invalid all acts of the National Assembly after it swore in three legislators who had previously been suspended over irregularities when they were elected.

    Video at link.


    Venezuela Street Passes 2017 Budget, Bypassing Right-Wing

    Mauduro Address the crowd in the budget announcement | Photo: Prensa Presidencial

    Published 14 October 2016

    President Nicolas Maduro presented a budget heavy on social investment to the Supreme Court by decree after it was debated by the people.
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his proposal for the country's federal budget for 2017 on Friday afternoon, indicating that a staggering 73.6 percent would be dedicated toward social investment.

    In front of a large crowd of supporters in Caracas, Maduro said 83 percent of the budget will come from tax revenues and 11.9 percent will be financed from special contributions for socialist enterprises.

    Maduro said that only 17 percent of the budget would come from oil. Government planning calculated the figure with a barrel of oil priced at US$30.

    Maduro presented the budget directly to the Supreme Court for approval. The decision bypasses interference from the country's aggressive right-wing opposition in Venezuela's National Assembly.

    The Supreme Court had previously declared invalid all acts of the National Assembly after the organization swore-in three legislators whose proclamations had been suspended over irregularities​ when they were elected.

    The Court ruled the politicians couldn’t be sworn in but the legislative power of the National Assembly bypassed the decision. Thus, the Assembly's actions were ruled unconstitutional and its activities were nulled by the judicial branch.

    Given the legal situation, the Supreme Court ruled that the government could present the budget directly to the Court. The decree was ruled constitutional, meaning the National Assembly is unable to negate the budget because of its contempt for Supreme Court decisions.

    Over the last couple of days, officials from Maduro's PSUV party have held street assemblies with thousands of Venezuelans to discuss and debate the 2017 budget.

    “In a democracy like ours, the budget is debated by the people,” Maduro said on Wednesday

    The final text was later presented to the president before it was signed and approved by the Supreme Court. Maduro previously stated that the Economic Emergency Decree allows him to push forward the budget without approval from the National Assembly.

    Despite widespread economic problems facing the country, Maduro also noted that he has "been loyal to a dream, a people and a country, and I will remain loyal to the last breath."

    The president also made reference to national liberator Simon Bolivar, saying that "Bolivar awakens every one hundred years when the people awaken."

    Around 30 percent of the country's budget was dedicated to social spending before socialist president Hugo Chavez came to power in 1998.

    Video at link.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  10. #30
    Venezuela’s Opposition Calls Protests Against Recall Postponement, Appeals to Military
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    Puebla, Mexico, October 21, 2016 ( – Venezuela’s political opposition vowed Friday to stage renewed protests against the administration of President Nicolas Maduro, after the country’s electoral authority heeded a court order postponing the next phase of preparations for a presidential recall referendum.

    On Thursday, state-level courts in Aragua, Bolivar, Carabobo, and Monagas issued injunctions halting the opposition's collection of signatures from 20 percent of voters in each state, scheduled for October 26, 27, and 28. The court orders come in response to revelations of widespread fraud in the opposition's prior collection of signatures from 1 percent of voters in each state as a condition to begin the recall process earlier this year.

    In addition to 307,747 signatures lacking essential identifying information, 53,658 signatures presented irregularities, including 10,995 deceased persons, 9,333 nonexistent persons, 3,003 minors, and 1,335 felons. State courts have warned that the 1 percent of signatures collected in their states could be invalid due to the fraudulent signatures, preventing the opposition from going ahead with the next stage on a national level.

    In a press conference Friday night, leaders of the main opposition coalition, the MUD, said snap protests will take place nationwide on Saturday, ahead of a larger demonstration Wednesday.

    “Next Wednesday, we will take Venezuela from end to end, to every corner of the country,” said Miranda state governor and former MUD presidential candidate Henrique Capriles. The Miranda state governor also reiterated calls made earlier this year for the nation's armed forces to intervene and "enforce the constitution", though he failed to provide further details of what such military action might entail.

    Small protests were already taking place in Caracas before the announcement, after other MUD leaders condemned Thursday’s referendum suspension.

    Hardliners within the MUD have called for civil disobedience in response to the announcement.

    "We will fight the struggle for change in the streets together with every sector of the country in national unity. #MaduroYouHaveLittleTimeLeft," stated far-right party Popular Will via its official Twitter account.

    In 2014, Popular Will leader Leopoldo Lopez led months of violent anti-government protests, demanding the ouster of President Maduro. Over 40 people were killed, the majority of whom government supporters, state security forces, and innocent bystanders.

    Meanwhile, top government officials have hit back at the opposition by accusing the MUD of failing to follow procedure.

    “Justice has ordered them to fix (their recall petition),” said socialist legislator Diosdado Cabello.

    Other socialist legislators have called for calm, and political dialogue.

    “Dialogue should be the mechanism through which political, economic and social issues of concern to Venezuelan society should be resolved,” said legislator Jorge Rodriguez.

    Similar comments have been issued by Maduro, who departed for an international trip within hours of the announcement of the suspension of the referendum drive.

    "I call for calm, dialogue, peace, respect for justice and the law," Maduro said from Azerbaijan.

    Meanwhile, Venezuela's Supreme Court has upheld the regional court decisions, prompting the CNE to likewise suspend next week’s collection drive on Thursday. The move could mean the MUD will have to restart the entire process in the four states where fraud allegations surface. Such an outcome would be a major setback for the MUD, which has been aiming to organise the referendum before the end of the year. This goal has long been dismissed as unrealistic by the CNE, which announced last month that the plebiscite could be held no sooner than April.

    The ultimate timing of the referendum is critical for the opposition.

    If Maduro loses a vote before January 10, snap elections will be held, and the socialists would face the prospect of losing the office of president for the first time in 14 years. The last time the right-wing took power was during a short lived, US backed coup in 2002.

    However, if the referendum takes place after January 10, Maduro will simply be replaced by his vice-president until regular elections are held in 2018.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  11. #31
    Venezuelan opposition-led legislature votes to begin political trial against President Maduro

    Published time: 25 Oct, 2016 18:23Edited time: 25 Oct, 2016 18:54

    Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. © Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP

    The opposition-led National Assembly has voted to begin proceedings to impeach President Nicolas Maduro for “constitutional violations.” Proceedings are unlikely to be effective, but the decision will further raise tension in the politically deadlocked country.
    “If Maduro doesn’t understand that he has to respect the constitution, we have all the right to ask him to step down,” Henrique Capriles, the leading opposition figure said on the eve of Tuesday’s vote.

    Having adopted a 10-point resolution that agreed on Maduro’s culpability last week, the National Assembly called for the President – in power since 2013 – to face deputies in a week’s time. Maduro is almost certain to ignore the summons.

    Elected last year, Congress has been deprived of its powers by a decision of the Supreme Court, which has consistently backed the incumbent over allegations of vote-buying.

    “Legally, the National Assembly does not exist,” said vice-president Aristobulo Isturiz on Tuesday.

    The latest crisis comes after the electoral commission blocked a proposed referendum to recall Maduro before the end of his term, slated for 2019, accusing organizers of forged signatures.

    In turn, the opposition called the move a “coup d’etat” from the government, and said it was planning nationwide street protests akin to those that helped bring down Communist rule in Poland in the 1980s.

    The government then imposed legal restrictions on eight leading opposition figures. The move has been criticized by twelve American states, from longtime Maduro detractors US and Mexico, to erstwhile ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ sympathizers among the left-wing governments of Uruguay and Chile.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  12. #32
    Venezuela's assembly to open trial against President Maduro
    Source: Xinhua 2016-10-26 07:12:23

    CARACAS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's national assembly (AN), which is controlled by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), declared Tuesday it would begin a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, but Maduro said this is a "parliamentary coup", calling for dialogue.

    At the conclusion of a two-day parliamentary session, the MUD majority said that Maduro had caused the political, economic and social crisis engulfing the country and said it would begin a "political and criminal trial" for him defying the constitution.

    The MUD is accusing Maduro of defying the constitution after a process to begin a recall referendum against him was suspended by electoral authorities on Oct. 20.

    In a statement, the AN announced the beginning of procedures against Maduro and summoned him to appear before the assembly on Nov. 1.

    During the debate, MUD legislator Juan Miguel Matheus said that "structures of corruption" in the government had left the country in a crisis. Others accused the government of wasting millions of U.S. dollars on trips abroad while having ruined the country's economy.

    However, unlike Brazil, where former President Dilma Rousseff was impeached by Congress, this trial is unlikely to have a real impact since the presidency and the Supreme Court have refused to recognize the AN's authority.

    In response to the news, Maduro, who returned from a trip abroad on Tuesday, said that "we will not allow a parliamentary coup in Venezuela."

    In a public speech to a crowd of supporters in Caracas, the president said that moves against him were "a lash" from U.S. President Barack Obama, who "wants to hurt Venezuela before leaving office."

    Adding that the Constitution empowers the president to defend democracy, Maduro nevertheless made a call for dialogue.

    "I call on all the sectors who want dialogue to not let themselves be swayed by hate. On Sunday, we will dialogue with all the powers of the state in the name of the Venezuelan people," he added.

    He invited the presidents of the National Electoral Council, of the Supreme Court and of the National Assembly, MUD lawmaker Henry Ramos Allup, to meet with him.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  13. #33
    Media Deliberately Omits Critical Info to Demonize Venezuela


    The announcement from Venezuela's electoral authority that it would not proceed with a recall referendum has unleashed yet another wave of critical articles and opinion pieces throughout the English-speaking media, labelling the socialist government in Venezuela as “authoritarian” or even a “dictatorship.”

    It is a tired tune that people who follow political developments in the South American country have heard consistently throughout the 18-year process known as the Bolivarian Revolution.

    Despite the fact that the Venezuelan government's democratic credentials have been affirmed repeatedly—including by groups who cannot be considered to be partial to the government, such as the Carter Center—private media outlets insist on labeling the Maduro administration “undemocratic."

    Media outlets are fully aware that if they were to be honest in their reporting about Venezuela, the narrative that the country is not a democracy would collapse under the weight of its own insincerity.

    Thus private outlets have consistently and deliberately omitted critical information about recent developments in Venezuela.

    Many outlets, such as ABC News, have completely failed to mention that the opposition-controlled National Assembly is currently in noncompliance with a ruling from the country's Supreme Court, therefore its actions have no legal standing.

    The right-wing leadership insisted on swearing-in three lawmakers despite the fact that their elections are in dispute over several serious fraud allegations. In a de-facto acknowledgment of the court's authority and ruling, the leadership of the Venezuelan parliament first respected the order and withdrew the three lawmakers, only to turn around and re-seat them later.

    Those that do mention the assembly's contempt of court, such as Al Jazeera, are quick to point out that the Supreme Court has overturned a few bills the parliament has passed.

    What they fail to mention is that some of the bills passed by the right wing are so flagrantly in violation of the constitution that one would be hard-pressed to find a legal scholar who would argue in favor of their legality.

    As an example, in its mission to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the right-wing leadership of the assembly tried to retroactively shorten Maduro's term. One need not be a constitutional expert to see how that would run contrary to the will of the Venezuelan people who elected him to serve a six-year term in 2013.

    In March, the assembly approved a highly controversial bill aimed at granting amnesty to a wide range of crimes committed by supporters of the opposition, including violent protests in 2014, known as guarimbas, that left dozens dead. Relatives of victims of right-wing political violence denounced their efforts to pass such legislation that would essentially absolve the perpetrators of violence. The bill never became law due to its unconstitutionality.

    Outlets also fail to mention that despite their name, Venezuela's opposition is deeply divided, with different factions pursuing radically different strategies. In reality, the only thing that unites the so-called Democratic Unity Roundtable is their opposition to the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

    It is this disunity that led to their delay in initiating the recall referendum, making it all but impossible that a recall vote would occur this year.

    The opposition is no position to plead ignorance, they attempted a recall once before in 2004 against former President Hugo Chavez. That is to say, they were fully aware that the process takes approximately eight months.

    Yet the opposition insisted the recall happen in a rushed manner, and as a result, they submitted a high number of fraudulent signatures—the very same that have now led to the suspension of the entire process. Had the opposition faithfully followed the requirements of the recall process, the government would have been powerless to stop the recall vote from taking place.

    This a fact that always goes unmentioned by the private media when they report on the recall referendum.

    Disinformation and manipulation are the modus operandi of the Venezuelan opposition and their media lackeys, both domestic and international.

    Recent events in the country mirror the lead-up to the 2002 military coup against Chavez. Before staging the short-lived coup attempt, media outlets demonized the Venezuelan government, utilizing the very same language now being used against Maduro.

    In 2002, the right-wing opposition tried to delegitimize the Chavez government, staging protests calling for his ouster, and asking for international bodies to intervene.

    The role of the media in setting the conditions for the coup attempt to take place was instrumental, so much so that one of the coup supporters even went on television to thank the private media for their role in the coup. In fact, it was that very same manipulation by the media that led Chavez to create more publicly owned media outlets, such as teleSUR.

    The resolution issued by the opposition-controlled National Assembly has parallels to another dark episode in the political history of Latin America, the 1973 coup in Chile against democratically-elected President Salvador Allende.

    Only months before the violent military coup on September 11, 1973, the Chilean parliament approved a resolution accusing the Allende government of acting unlawfully and calling for the armed forces to act to restore the constitution.

    Like Venezuela today, international outlets jumped on this resolution, offering it up as proof that Allende was the head of a totalitarian regime. That media manipulation helped lay the groundwork for the coup.

    The opposition coalition appears to be following that script, calling for a major protest Wednesday, dubbed "The Takeover of Venezuela"—something that government supporters view as an effort at destabilization and a precursor to the kind of violent protests seen in 2014 or even another coup attempt.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  14. #34
    Venezuelans march to defend achievements of the Revolution

    Venezuelan workers support the legacy of Hugo Chavez in the Bolivarian Revolution. | Photo: Agencies

    Published October 28, 2016

    While the opposition calls strike, workers, students and representatives of revolutionary forces in the country express support to President Maduro.

    While the opposition calls strike 12 hours for this October 28 and continues in his attacks on the institutions in the country, the revolutionary people of Venezuela continues on the streets Friday in defense of President Nicolas Maduro and social achievements conquered during the last 17 years.

    The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Aristobulo Isturiz, invited the whole population to be on the streets, go to their places of work and studies and perform daily activities, in order to counter the call for national strike called by the self-styled Democratic Unity Roundtable.

    Isturiz stressed that this Friday is not a day of unemployment. "We is a day to get up early all, because they (opposition) are waiting to take pictures with the empty streets to say that Venezuela was paralyzed Venezuela mobilized to defend the revolution and then march to celebrate with the President and give accounts that have defeated the coup arrest of the Venezuelan right, we will not be quiet, "said the also member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)

    Thursday, as part of efforts to combat the economic war that threatens the purchasing power of the people, the president Nicolas Maduro announced a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage of workers, the fourth increase this year. The legal minimum income fell 90 thousand 812 bolivars.

    Maduro said that this increase was also homologated pensions and boards of public and military workers, and will impact on the payment of year-end profits

    Venezuelan parliamentary coup against

    The PSUV convened perform various activities to support the socialist process, repudiate interference and destabilization by opposition sectors, national and international.

    Saturday, mobilization of forces will occur PSUV in all parishes of the Capital District to explain to people not attending marches, what it is and how to defeat the coup on the street.

    On Tuesday November 1, the date on which the opposition says President Maduro prosecute, the revolutionary forces will be mobilized from the Carabobo Square to the National Assembly.

    Meanwhile, on Thursday, November 3, the day that Parliament aims to bring the letter of dismissal the head of state, the revolutionary people will focus on the Miraflores Palace and the main avenues of the capital.

    Google Translator
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  15. #35
    Venezuela seizes 4 million toys to distribute to the poor
    Officials accuse toy company of hoarding toys and price gouging in run up to Christmas

    A member of Venezuelan armed forces walking among boxes of toys during an operation at a toy store in Caracas. Regulators confiscated almost 4 million toys for redistribution, accusing the toy importer Kreisel of hoarding and price gouging. Photograph: AVN/EPA

    Venezuela price regulators on Friday seized almost 4 million toys from warehouses around greater Caracas and said they’d distribute them to low income children ahead of Christmas.
    William Contreras, the country’s price czar, accused toy importer Distribuidora Kreisel of hoarding and price gouging and asked that the company’s directors be detained and prohibited from leaving the country.
    Flanked by national guardsmen, he said the company had received preferential exchange rates for goods it imported as early as 2009 and then raised prices by as much as 50,000 percent.

    “These products will be put to use by the Clap,” he said, referring to the government’s community-based network that distributes food to low income residents. “Venezuela’s boys and girls will have their baby Jesus guaranteed, and these companies will learn that they can’t play with the rights of the Venezuelans.”
    Triple-digit inflation and a collapsing currency have made many non-essential items out of reach for most Venezuelans, where a monthly minimum wage buys only around $20 on the black market. Government authorities have in the past several years ordered price cuts ahead of the Christmas holiday, and price regulators ordered clothing stores in downtown Caracas to cut prices by 30 percent earlier this week.
    In 2013, President Nicolas Maduro accused retailers across the South American nation of price gouging and deployed the military to slash prices at electronics and home appliance stores. The event became coined the “Dakazo,” after the socialist leader ordered an electronics chain called Daka to slash its merchandise prices to “fair” levels and liquidate their inventory on live television.
    Since then, Venezuela’s government has cracked down on prices across the entire economy - everything from eggs to children shoes - levying sanctions or confiscating the merchandise of business owners who don’t comply.
    Calls placed to Distribuidora Kreisel after normal business hours on Friday evening went answered.

    Dear President Maduro,

    That's great for the kids, now how about them means of production? Cause the other side ain't playin' and you shouldn't be either.

    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  16. #36
    Dear President Maduro,

    That's great for the kids, now how about them means of production? Cause the other side ain't playin' and you shouldn't be either.

    Don't know if you see any of his tweets, but he seems to be headed left, hard. But the private property bugaboo seems still a hard knot to cleave. That is, after all, the final cut for the booj.
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  17. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    Don't know if you see any of his tweets, but he seems to be headed left, hard. But the private property bugaboo seems still a hard knot to cleave. That is, after all, the final cut for the booj.
    There may be constraints of which I'm not taking account but Johnny U always said the best defense is a good offense. It would certainly trigger outside interference, the question is would that be more serious than the slow strangulation being inflicted now. Very tough situation and I don't see Maduro getting offers for life insurance.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  18. #38
    CELAC Voices Solidarity with Venezuela in Face of US Interventionism


    Los Angeles, January 25, 2017 ( – The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and social movements reiterated their solidarity with Venezuela this week calling for the repeal of former US President Barack Obama’s executive order branding the South American nation an "unusual and extraordinary threat” . The V Presidential CELAC Summit began Tuesday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

    Member states' foreign ministers stressed the 33-nation bloc’s firm rejection of the decree – which was renewed for a second time on January 13 – in a declaration to be signed by all heads of state at the close of the summit.

    Speaking at the meeting, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez addressed ongoing challenges with the US, urging Washington to normalize relations with her country.

    “Our countries should establish relationships based on cooperation and respect, following Venezuela’s diplomatic leadership," she stated.

    Rodriguez also defended the achievements of her country's Bolivarian Revolution, denouncing those who "put out fables against Venezuela".

    "We will debate publicly the Venezuelan economic and social development model," the top diplomat asserted.

    Social movements also gathered in the Dominican Republic to participate in CELAC grassroots driven activities. They likewise placed calls for an end to US destabilization efforts against the democratically elected Bolivarian government.

    Additionally, movements voiced their support for the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front in El Salvador. Movements advocated for the withdrawal of NATO’s presence in Latin America, denounced paramilitarism in Colombia and called for an end to the United Nation’s military occupation of Haiti.

    The CELAC also confirmed its support for the Vatican-facilitated talks between the Venezuelan government and right-wing opposition. The CELAC pressed both parties to respect all the dialogue’s mutually established agreements.

    The summit continues Wednesday with leaders discussing regional cooperation and the impacts of US foreign policy under the Trump administration. Topics on the agenda include: the US blockade against Cuba, nuclear disarmament, the return of Guantánamo to Cuba, Las Malvinas conflict, indigenous languages, sustainable health systems, regional integration, economic, social and cultural policy, migration and development, technical cooperation, and setting the regional body's agenda for 2020-2030.

    The CELAC was created under former President Hugo Chávez as a means to promote regional integration without the direct interference of the United States and Canada.

    Chávez founded the regional bloc based on principles of unity, cooperation, and solidarity between member states that hail back to the 19th century independence movements and Simón Bolívar’s call for Latin American and Caribbean integration.

    The only nation from Latin America and the Caribbean that does not have full member status is Puerto Rico given its US colonial status. However, member-states have previously expressed their full support for Puerto Rican sovereignty and acknowledged the island nation’s significance to the region.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  19. #39
    The Context Of Trump’s Vile Aggression Against Venezuela
    The announcement of sanctions against Venezuela's vice president conveniently left out some revealing, and self-incriminating, details.
    By teleSUR | February 15, 2017

    A protester holds up an anti-U.S. poster of Uncle Sam during a pro-government rally at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

    (ANALYSIS) — On Monday, the U.S. launched its latest diplomatic attack on Venezuela by officially putting Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a sanctions list reserved for “drug kingpins” without offering any evidence or issuing any criminal charges.

    Venezuela was quick to respond, with the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez calling the move “lamentable and highly dangerous,” adding that her government “will not tolerate any aggression on our soil against our ability to be free.”

    For his part, El Aissami — who has vigorously and categorically denied the accusation — said the “miserable and vile aggression” was simply “an acknowledgment of (his) status as an anti-imperialist revolutionary.”

    As Venezuela contemplates its official response to the move, it’s important to review the background to this latest sanction.

    The Venezuelan investigative organization MisionVerdad unpacked some key contextual details the Department of Treasury conveniently left out in their announcement of the sanctions.

    1. El Aissami Led Venezuela’s Successful War on Drugs

    While the U.S. Department of the Treasury officially designated El Aissami a “drug kingpin” they conveniently left out that under his tenure as head of Venezuela’s Department of the Interior, El Aissami led Venezuela’s own war on drugs, arresting 102 major drug traffickers, confiscating over 50 tons of illegal drugs bound for the U.S. and facilitating the extradition to the U.S. of 21 suspected drug traffickers.

    In perhaps the strangest detail, the Department of the Treasury accused El Aissami of having links to Colombian drug lord Daniel Barrera Barrera, the same man who El Aissami arrested and extradited to Colombia in 2012 to face drug trafficking charges.

    2. Drug Seizures Increased After Venezuela Kicked out the DEA

    Indeed, Venezuela’s own “war on drugs” became much more successful after they kicked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency out of the country in 2005 on suspicion that the agency was more involved in spying on the Bolivarian revolution than taking on drug traffickers— a suspicion later confirmed in a 2014 investigation by The Intercept which showed “the DEA is actually one of the biggest spy operations there is.”

    Tareck El Aissami inspects seized cocaine in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, Sunday June 26, 2011. El Aissami said authorities seized more than 5.5 tons of cocaine in eastern Venezuela. Venezuela is a transshipment point for Colombian cocaine destined for the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

    In the seven years after then-President Hugo Chavez ended cooperation with the DEA and put El Aissami in charge of counter-narcotics, drug seizures more than doubled relative to the final six years of anti-drug operations in cooperation with the DEA.

    Indeed the DEA itself praised the Chavez government’s efforts in a report saying that under his leadership, Venezuela “made progress in its overall counternarcotics program. Seizures were high in all categories, thanks in large part to the implementation of several new programs.”

    MisionVerdad points to the fact that while El Aissami was added to the sanctions list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the name of the “War on Drugs,” that same list left off governments with long-standing proven connections to the drug trade, such as Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia, concluding that the OFAC is “clearly a geopolitical instrument.”

    3. Trump, Tillerson, and China

    While totally overlooked by U.S. media, on the very day that the U.S. placed El Aissami on the sanctions list, Venezuela signed 22 economic development and cooperation agreements with China, another sworn enemy of U.S. president Donald Trump.

    While the timing may be simple coincidence, the growing economic ties between oil-rich Venezuela and the second-largest owner of U.S. foreign debt no doubt raised alarm bells among the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

    Most notable among that establishment is the newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who as head of ExxonMobil took it “very personally” when his company lost billions in 2007 when then-president Chavez nationalized that company’s oil Venezuelan holdings, a move which was ruled legal in 2014 by the World Bank’s international arbitration court.

    Since his appointment was approved in January, Tillerson has spoken openly about regime change in Venezuela.

    4. Triangulating Regime Change

    Just hours before the treasury department announced the sanctions, the White House released portions of a conversation between U.S. President Trump and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in which the former said he was “concerned” about the situation in Venezuela.

    This public declaration came just one week after Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution condemning Venezuela, calling for new elections, and supporting the virulently anti-Bolivarian president of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro’s attempts to expel Venezuela from the OAS.

    The analysis by MisionVerdad points out that these two moves come just one month after Venezuela’s right-wing MUD coalition cut off talks with the Maduro government, and instead announced an international tour by several of its key leaders to meet with legislators in Peru, Colombia and the U.S.

    5. Continuing a Long (Nefarious) Tradition

    In responding to the announcement, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser on Latin America, Mark Feierstein, told The Guardian that the sanctions move “was an overdue step to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan regime.”

    Feierstein said that the move had been planned under the Obama administration yet put on hold during Vatican-sponsored talks between the Maduro government and the right-wing MUD opposition, which broke down last month after MUD representatives unilaterally walked away from the negotiations.

    MisionVerdad pointed out that Feierstein’s likely role in crafting the sanctions are particularly troubling given his long history of supporting regime change in Latin American.

    According to Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, as a USAID project director in Nicaragua in the 1980’s Feierstein helped facilitate U.S. campaigns against the democratically-elected Sandinista government.

    While he was USAID director in Paraguay, The Nation reported that Feierstein increased funding to the institutions controlled by the right-wing factions which eventually led the parliamentary coup against leftist President Lugo in 2012.

    Indeed, in the conclusion of their analysis MisionVerdad suggested that the sanctions mark “the end of any speculation” that the anti-interventionist rhetoric spouted by Trump during his campaign might have signaled a break with the longstanding bipartisan U.S. policy of regime change.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  20. #40
    A message from President Maduro to President Trump.

    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

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