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  1. #41
    Venezuela’s Maduro Vows to Expand Food Distribution Program to 6 Million Families

    By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM


    Poverty
    Puebla, Mexico, March 2 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday plans to expand his government’s flagship anti-scarcity program to cover 6 million families.

    “I want us to take a firm step, and to think big,” Maduro told state media.

    The program, the Local Provision and Production Committees (CLAPs) currently cover 5,734,705 households across the country, according to government figures. Maduro said his government aims to reach the goal of 6 million by March 12. That date will mark the one year anniversary of the founding of the CLAPs.

    The announcement was made while Maduro was attending the inauguration of a new CLAP packaging centre in Sucre state. Maduro said the new facility will produce over 80,000 packages of basic food goods every month. He continued by stating he hoped to see more social movements and communal councils aid the government in distribution.

    “I want the month of March to be the month of the productive revolution for all the CLAPs registered across the country,” he said.

    He added that more variety of products will be included in CLAP bags in the future. According to the president, the government recently secured a deal with domestic fisheries to provide 150 tonnes of canned sardines a day for CLAP networks.

    What are the CLAPs?

    The CLAP program is an arrangement between the government and grassroots groups aimed at distributing subsidised food and other basic household goods to low income Venezuelan households.

    “The CLAPs are an advance in terms of state’s organisational capacity to have food arrive more effectively house-by-house in each communal council,” the National Communal Network’s Atenea Jimenez said earlier this year.

    While Venezuela’s commune movement largely supports the CLAPs, the opposition has long claimed the program discriminates against households that don’t support the government. According to the government, the CLAPs have reduced hunger and food scarcity across the country.

    Venezuela’s scarcity problem

    For years, Venezuelan consumers have been hit with scarcity of goods ranging from coffee to rice, and medicine to replacement parts for vehicles. Although many of these products can be found in private markets, they are often sold at a price that is prohibitive for ordinary Venezuelans and which flouts government price control regulations.

    While the country’s opposition blames the scarcity on government policies such as the controlled currency exchange system, Maduro has blamed sabotage by politically motivated private businesses.

    Last week, a survey conducted by a group of Venezuelan universities concluded over 30 percent of the population are living off two or less meals a day. The ENCOVI survey authors also claimed the national poverty rate has increased from 73 percent to nearly 82 percent over the past year. Maduro is yet to respond to the claims, though in previous years the government has dismissed the ENCOVI survey as unreliable, and based on anecdotal evidence.

    “These [results] contrast with the scientifically proven figures of the National Institute of Statistics (INE) that show that 95 percent of Venezuelans eat three or more times a day,” state media outlet AVN reported in 2016.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/12954

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    US Lawmakers Pass Resolution Demanding Trump Act on Venezuela

    By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM


    Puebla, Mexico, March 2 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – US Senators unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday urging President Donald Trump to take further action against Venezuelan officials.

    The bill also expressed support for a controversial move by Organisation of American States (OAS) head Luis Almagro to invoke the Democratic Charter. If invoked, Venezuela would be suspended from the OAS. When Almagro first announced the move in 2016, he also demanded President Nicolas Maduro be “immediately” removed from office, prompting many Latin American leaders to accuse the OAS head of overreach.

    Despite the controversy, the Senate bill called on Trump to “provide full support for OAS efforts in favour of constitutional and democratic solutions to the political impasse and to instruct federal agencies to hold officials of the Venezuelan government accountable for violations of US law and abuses of internationally recognised human rights.”

    The bill will now head to the House of Representatives.

    One of the main supporters of the bill, Senator Marco Rubio, thanked both Republicans and Democrats for supporting the move.

    “I thank my Senate colleagues for supporting this bipartisan resolution calling for the government of Venezuela to respect the constitutional and democratic processes and release all political prisoners,” Rubio said in a statement.

    The bill was co-sponsored by prominent Democrats including Senators Bob Menendez and Bill Nelson, along with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential running mate Tim Kaine.

    Venezuela has already been hit by numerous US sanctions. One of former president Barack Obama’s last acts in office was the renewal of an executive order in January, declaring Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to national security.

    The executive order wasn’t set to expire until March, though White House officials said Obama went ahead with renewal early to ensure a “a smooth transition” for the Trump administration.

    Since then, the Trump administration has slapped Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami with sanctions, including a travel ban and an asset freeze targeting one of his alleged close confidants, the entrepreneur Samark Lopez. Both Aissami and Lopez have been accused of involvement in international drug trafficking. Aissami has denied the allegations, stating in February that he was the victim of anti-Venezuela hardliners in Washington “ “whose fundamental interest is to prevent Venezuela and the United States from restoring their political and diplomatic relations on the basis of mutual recognition and respect”.

    “These interest groups not only lack any evidence to demonstrate the extremely serious accusations against me, but they also have built a false-positive case in order to criminalise –through me– the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a country that is decidedly waging a war on transnational drug trafficking business,” he said.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/12953
    "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. #42
    Venezuela Finds US Army Uniforms in Paramilitary Camp at Border


    The emblem on a U.S. Army uniform | Photo: Reuters

    Published 22 March 2017 (16 hours 58 minutes ago)

    Tachira — where the paramilitary camp was discovered — was also the region where the government found a large cache of Venezuelan currency in December
    Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, dismantled a right-wing paramilitary camp near the Colombian border Tuesday, discovering U.S. army uniforms, among others.

    The FANB also discovered stolen Venezuelan military uniforms as well as combat attire belonging to the Colombian military forces.

    “We are advancing an investigation,” Tachira Governor Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora said at a press conference, according to HispanTV. “We found accounting books with a list of victims of extortion on the site.”

    Right-wing Colombian paramilitaries are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Colombians since the 1950s. Usually targeted are campesinos, Indigenous people, Afro-Colombians, human rights activists and those sympathetic to Colombia’s leftist guerrilla movements and Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.


    Tachira — where the paramilitary camp was discovered — was also the region where the FANB found in December a large cache of bolivars, the country’s currency, which was being extracted and hoarded in an effort to sabotage the economy and make huge profits.

    The FANB’s paramilitary camp discovery substantiates claims that the U.S. Army is training right-wing paramilitaries to spread terror in the region. It also reaffirms suspicions that U.S.-backed forces are using FANB uniforms for false flag attacks.

    On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. plans to work with right-wing politicians in the region to destabilize Venezuela. The socialist leader also condemned attempts by the Organization of American States to suspend the country’s membership.

    “The U.S. State Department has activated all its ambassadors in the world, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, pressing all governments to support a political, diplomatic and global intervention in Venezuela,” Maduro said during a Cabinet meeting, adding that Washington is trying to make Venezuela a “kind of colony” ruled from outside by wealthy U.S. elites, HispanTV reported.

    OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro has been calling for the suspension of Venezuela from the multinational organization over alleged “human rights violations,” asking the body to invoke the Democratic Charter against the South American country. Almagro, a longtime foe of the Bolivarian Revolution, openly works with the country’s right-wing opposition to demand regime change, hosting a press conference with known opposition leaders just this past Monday.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0322-0026.html
    "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. #43
    Venezuelan Opposition Attacks Black-Led, Pro-Revolution Bakery


    La Minka bakery up and running and getting bread to the people. | Photo: Efecto Cocuyo

    Published 23 March 2017

    “I'm not a racist, but those Blacks with their bare feet and dirty hands, I'm not eating it (the bread),” one opposition protester said.
    Right-wing Venezuelan opposition supporters attacked workers at La Minka bakery in Caracas Tuesday, shoving them while shouting racial slurs, independent media outlet Efecto Cocuyo reported.

    “I'm not a racist, but those Blacks with their bare feet and dirty hands, I'm not eating it (the bread),” one opposition protester said, according to Venezuela Analysis.

    The assailants, who have suspected ties to opposition parties First Justice and Popular Will, were protesting the bakery’s new owners. La Minka, formerly named Mansion Bakery, is now run by a predominantly-Black workers’ collective supportive of the Bolivarian Revolution.

    The workers, with help from the socialist government, took over the bakery last week after its previous owners were sanctioned for breaking food production laws. They not only violated health codes — they also intentionally hoarded products and raised prices by more than 400 percent for personal gain.

    Now, La Minka is serving low-cost, government-subsidized products that are accessible to Caracas’ working class community. For Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, however, La Minka’s new products are not good enough for them.


    “I always bought bread here early. It was tasty. Now they tell me that I can not buy them like that here anymore. I must look for it somewhere else,” a local opposition protester who did not give her name told Efecto Cocuyo after the scuffle.

    Despite the attack, La Minka workers are continuing to serve their community. The grassroots-run bakery is producing more than 5,600 baguettes daily, distributing low-cost bread to about 11 food collectives in the area.

    “We're not taking anything from anybody, we're just doing justice,” Caracas government official Carolina Cestari, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.

    The bakery is named after La Minka collective, a grassroots community organization that works alongside the Bolivarian Revolution to provide resources for Venezuela’s underserved communities. “Minka” is a Quechua term that represents “communal work for the greater good.”

    Bread is a basic consumer good according to the Venezuelan government. In accordance with the country’s laws, bread must be sold at government-stipulated fair prices intended to guarantee consumer access for the majority of people.

    Last week, the Venezuelan government took over two bakeries for failing to comply with these price controls.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0323-0024.html

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    Venezuela Warns Factories Leading 'Bread War' of Expropriation


    A woman leaves from a bakery with fresh bread in Caracas, Venezuela, September 2016. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 13 March 2017

    Maduro also announced that in addition to shop inspections, the government has opened 100 centers to sell bread in Caracas.
    In his weekly address to the nation Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned that bread factories that were not producing, speculating, and "hiding bread from the people" would be expropriated and turned over to neighborhood organizations.

    The Bolivarian leader said these producers, who are creating bread shortages that hurt the people, will be punished. "You will pay, I promise you. Those leading the bread war will pay. And don't say later that it's political prosecution," adding that factories were going to be inspected.

    Maduro said producers holding back production or selling their goods on the black market would be jailed and their factories turned over to the Local Committees for Supply and Production, communal organizations created in 2016 to distribute staple foods in local areas at subsidized prices.


    "The factories will be occupied by the government and will be turned over to the CLAP so they can start producing," Maduro said, adding that the full extent of the law will be applied to these speculators.

    Part of the right-wing plot to destabilize the revolutionary government has been the withholding of production or the selling of the goods on the black market, where producers can sell at exorbitant prices killing two birds with one stone: turning a handsome profit and at the same time, causing desperation and misery for the people who end up having to wait in huge lines to try to meet their basic needs.

    Although bread producers insist they don't have enough wheat from the government to produce more bread, the government accuses the business owners — who have never been fans of the Bolivarian process — of mounting a political and economic sabotage in the country.

    Maduro also announced that in addition to the inspections, the government has opened 100 centers to sell bread in Caracas in a trial program that will extend to other cities.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0313-0019.html

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    Blaming Socialism, US Media Distorts Venezuela’s Food Crisis


    Supermarket shoppers in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 23 February 2017

    The facts are clear — Venezuela does have a food crisis, but mainstream U.S. media always blames the socialist government.
    Disgruntled customers, empty store shelves, long supermarket lines. These are the images that mainstream U.S. media typically feature in their coverage of Venezuela’s ongoing food crisis.

    These images are usually accompanied by sarcastic headlines like Forbes’ “Venezuela Discovers the Perfect Weight Loss Diet” and the Cato Institute’s “Hunger Is in Retreat, But Not in Socialist Venezuela.”

    U.S. media outlets publish stories blaming Venezuela’s food crisis on the socialist government almost daily. Today isn’t any different.

    A new study released by researchers from three Venezuelan universities reported that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016 for lack of food. The report, titled, “2016 Living Conditions Survey,” added that about 32.5 percent of Venezuelans eat only once or twice a day, compared to 11.3 percent last year.

    Moreover, 93.3 percent told the researchers that their income was not enough to cover their food needs.


    The facts are clear — Venezuela does have a food crisis. Mainstream U.S. media, however, blames the socialist government that has radically improved the country’s standard of living instead of right-wing U.S.-backed opposition forces intentionally sabotaging the economy.

    Since the early 2000s, supermarket owners affiliated with Venezuela’s opposition have been purposefully hoarding food products so they can resell them at higher prices and make large profits. Food importing companies owned by the country’s wealthy right-wing elite are also manipulating import figures to raise prices.


    In 2013, former Venezuelan Central Bank chief Edmee Betancourt reported that the country lost between US$15 and $20 billion dollars the previous year through such fraudulent import deals.

    It doesn’t stop there.

    Last year, over 750 opposition-controlled offshore companies linked to the Panama Papers scandal were accused of purposely redirecting Venezuelan imports of raw food materials from the government to the private sector. Many of these companies sell their products to private companies in Colombia, which resell them to Venezuelans living close to Colombia.

    “Selling contraband is a serious problem. People here are taking large quantities of products meant for Venezuelans and selling them in Colombia,” Valencia resident Francisco Luzon told Al Jazeera in a 2014 interview.

    Reuters admitted in 2014 that Venezuelan opposition members living in border states are shipping low-cost foodstuffs provided by the Venezuelan government into Colombia for profit.

    Overall, Venezuela’s millionaire opposition are profiting handsomely from the country’s food crisis while blaming it on the socialist government that’s trying to eliminate it.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0223-0053.html
    "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. #44
    Venezuela Demands OAS Suspend ‘Interventionist’ Meeting


    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez slammed the OAS and what she calls an attempt to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro

    The South American nation has slammed the OAS for what it calls illegal actions and attempts to destabilize Venezuela’s socialist government.
    The Venezuelan government urged the Organization of American States Monday to suspend a meeting scheduled for Tuesday to debate the economic and political situation in Venezuela, arguing that it violates the organization’s norms since it was planned without the consent of the South American country.

    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said that at the request of Luis Almagro, head of the OAS, the meeting intends to validate an intervention in the country’s internal political affairs and attack the government of President Nicolas Maduro through the application of the organization’s “Democratic Charter” against Venezuela.

    The organization hasn’t confirmed if it would vote on Almagro’s demand.

    Rodriguez argues that Almagro, with the support of the United States, “has formed a minority faction and has fostered a damaging international environment over the course of democratic life in Venezuela, seeking to undermine its sovereignty and independence.”

    During a meeting at the OAS headquarters in Washington Monday, the Venezuelan foreign minister accused Almagro of acting to advance two objectives: destroying the country’s Bolivarian Revolution that has been praised for social advances and substituting the government of Nicolas Maduro.

    “Almagro is a liar, dishonest, evildoer and mercenary,” said Rodriguez, adding that, “Almagro is not acting alone, he is a conduit for the orders that are dictated to him by Washington.”

    She accused the OAS of serving U.S. interests since its beginning, pointing out how the organization kept quite in the face of almost 50 coups across Latin America and the Caribbean.

    “The OAS never condemned the coup attempt against Chavez,” said Rodriguez. “The OAS supported the invasion to Guatemala and the failed invasion to Cuba.”

    Almagro’s call for a meeting on Venezuela was supported by 18 countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia and Uruguay.

    “Destabilizing Venezuela will have effects beyond our borders,” Rodriguez said.

    If a third of the 34 members countries that are part of the OAS vote to apply the “Democratic Charter,” it would suspend Venezuela and authorize an international intervention.

    “If this illegal, unilateral, deviant and biased action continues in favor of violent extremists in Venezuela, we will proceed with severity and firmness through diplomatic means, the instruments of international law and in accordance with the Venezuelan constitutional order,” said Rodriguez.

    The foreign minister attended a meeting at the OAS in 2016 after members of the Venezuelan opposition asked the organization to apply the charter against their own country.

    Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro are set to hit the streets on Tuesday in “anti-imperialist” marches against OAS and foreign intervention in the South American country.

    Meanwhile, mediators in Venezuela’s dialogue process between the government and opposition — former presidents of Spain, the Dominican Republic and Panama Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Leonel Fernandez and Martin Torrijos — also issued a statement Monday reiterating their support for the negotiations aimed at smoothing flared political tensions between Maduro’s administration and its opponents.

    The letter noted that since the OAS has mentioned the dialogue in its recent statements on the situation in the country, the former presidents facilitating the UNASUR-sponsored process felt obliged to comment on the talks and their potential.

    “We think that dialogue is possible and more necessary than ever in Venezuela,” they wrote. “A dialogue based on the values of democracy, human rights and peace and managed with the only tools at our disposal: words, good faith and diplomacy.”

    http://www.venezuelasolidarity.org/2...onist-meeting/
    "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. #45
    Venezuela Maintains High Human Development: UN

    By TELESUR ENGLISH

    In spite of an ongoing economic crisis — created by a slump in global oil prices — Venezuela has maintained a high level of human development, according to the U.N., better even than many of its regional neighbors.
    The U.N. Development Program released its 2016 Human Development report this week, ranking Venezuela 71st out of the 188 countries examined.

    The Human Development Index is a scientific indicator with takes into account life expectancy, literacy and the general quality of life in each country.

    Despite an ongoing food and medicine shortages — largely due to illegal hoarding by corporations owned by the right-wing opposition — Venezuela maintained a higher ranking than Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.

    In the report, each of the 188 countries is given a measurement between zero and one. The closer to one, the higher the level of human development.

    Venezuela was measured at 0.767 — better than Brazil's 0.754, Peru's 0.740 and Colombia's 0.727 — only slightly lower than its 2013 rating of 0.771, and significantly higher than its ranking of 0.677 in 2000, just as President Hugo Chavez came to power and initiated his Bolivarian Revolution.

    In South America, only Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay had higher rankings than Venezuela.

    Overall, the U.N. report noted that despite the general progress recorded in the Human Development Index during the last 25 years, extreme poverty and exclusion persist in Latin America, mainly due to unequal distribution of income.

    The report also addresses the role of women, who continue to be poorer in general terms, partly because of unpaid work that undermines their professional and personal development. It also identified a deepening of inequalities against the indigenous population, who on average receive fewer years of education.

    The report highlights the need to target universal policies to reduce human development deficits among the excluded. It directly recommends promoting inclusive growth, with an emphasis on women and mobilizing resources to meet human development priorities.

    "Investments focused on human development priorities can provide low-cost but high-quality services and infrastructure for disadvantaged and marginalized groups," the report said.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13003
    "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. #46
    OAS Fails to Reach Consensus on Venezuela Suspension in Latest Extraordinary Session

    By JEANETTE CHARLES

    Los Angeles, March 28th 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) - The Organization of American States (OAS) extraordinary session came to a close late Tuesday afternoon after hours of debate as member states failed to reach a consensus over Venezuela’s suspension.

    Despite OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro’s insistent attempts to push for Venezuela’s expulsion, member-states expressed mixed opinions regarding the application of the regional body’s Democratic Charter against the South American country, and the session ended without a vote.

    Tuesday’s meeting commenced with Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada calling for clarification regarding the validity of the extraordinary session, which Venezuela previously argued represented a violation of the organization's non-interventionist founding principles.

    Bolivia and Nicaragua echoed Venezuela’s condemnation, also requesting to suspend the meeting citing similar concerns over the precedent such a discussion would set for the regional body. Nonetheless, the OAS permanent council approved the discussion, with 20 out of the organization's 35 member-states voting in favor.

    Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, United States, and Paraguay actively expressed their support to slap Venezuela with the Democratic Charter throughout the session.

    Alternating between English and Spanish, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Michael Fitzpatrick advocated for “swift actions”.

    “We need to act with urgency and clarity of purpose for indeed, as the saying goes, the whole world is watching," he said.

    “This is an important for the day for the OAS, which is fulfilling its responsibility to safeguard democracy,” he continued.

    The US delegate also urged “the Venezuelan government to comply with its constitution and constitutional functions, hold elections as soon as possible and release all political prisoners, including Leopoldo López.”

    However, several nations came to Venezuela’s defense expressing solidarity, and emphasizing the need to push forward with dialogue between the government and the opposition in the South American nation. Notably, Caribbean nations such as Dominica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Barbados all challenged the call for Venezuela’s suspension.

    “Dominica stands in solidarity with the Bolivarian government and people of Venezuela. The resolution needs to be through a dialogue between all parties that respects the sovereignty of Venezuela,” expressed the Caribbean nation’s permanent representative Dennis Moses.

    The Dominican Republic’s official delegation referenced the country’s own complicated history with the OAS stating, “What guarantee do we have that if we impose external solutions on Venezuela that we will not have to apologize again in the future?”

    Last year, Dominican President Danilo Medina called on the OAS to "pay off its historical debt" for its support of Washington's 1965 invasion of his nation.

    Venezuela’s Moncada also called attention to the hypocrisy of specific OAS member states by citing the inconsistency of political postures and ongoing conflicts in other member states.

    As Moncada continued to expose OAS members states’ contradictions, Mexico’s permanent representative to the OAS, Luis Alfonso de Alba Góngora, threatened to abandon the session unless OAS Permanent Council Chair Patrick Andrews of Belize request Moncada “correct” his tone.

    While none of the pro-suspension coalition walked out before the meeting was called to order, tensions escalated throughout the remainder of the session.

    “What happened yesterday with Marco Rubio threatening member states if they did not agree to suspend Venezuela is serious,” stated Moncada, referring to the Florida Republican senator's threats to cut aid to Haiti, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic if they did not vote in favor of the Democratic Charter.

    The Venezuelan diplomat also took the opportunity to repudiate a recent US-led statement by 14 countries in the hemisphere demanding snap elections in the South American country.

    “We sincerely believe that Venezuela needs a group [from the OAS mediating elections in our country] as much as Mexico needs that wall,” he said, referencing President Donald Trump’s plans to expand and heighten militarization along the Mexico-U.S. border.

    Additionally, Moncada stressed the alleged US role in orchestrating the consistent right-wing attacks against Venezuela.

    “This [campaign against Venezuela] is all tied to the US and the State Department. We ask that if the US wants to help they should revoke Obama’s decree and deport all of the criminals here in this country [the United States] that work against our people. That would be a first goodwill step. We reject forcibly what has happened here today and we will fight any attempt to intervene in the affairs of Venezuela," stated the diplomat.

    Moncada closed his speech to a roomful of applause despite being interrupted by Canada’s permanent representative to the OAS, Jennifer May Loten, who denounced allegations that the US rallied support against Venezuela.

    In recent weeks, Almagro has repeatedly called to suspend Venezuela from the regional body, blaming the Bolivarian government for frozen talks with the opposition.

    However, international mediators have continued to express their support and hope for dialogue among all Venezuelan parties.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13009
    "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. #47
    Venezuela Fake News Debunked: Assembly Not Annulled, No Coup

    Venezuela's Supreme Court in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 30 March 2017

    The Supreme Court ruled that the National Assembly was in contempt of the constitution in January 2016.

    As the usual suspects attack the Bolivarian government in Venezuela for a ruling today by the Supreme Court of Justice, claiming that there has been a "coup" and that the country has fallen into a dictatorship, the Venezuelan government has denounced this attempt at destabilizing the government.

    Following an appeal filed by the Venezuelan Corporation of Petroleum to Article 33 of the Organic Law of Hydrocarbons on the creation of joint ventures, the court ruled that since the National Assembly continues to be in contempt of the constitution, the top court will "ensure the rule of law" and will exercise parliamentary powers where necessary.

    "As long as the disrespect and invalidity of the proceedings of the National Assembly persists, this Constitutional Chamber will ensure that the parliamentary powers are exercised directly by this Chamber or by the body it has in place to ensure the rule of law," said the ruling.

    The U.S. issued a condemnation saying that the "Venezuelan Supreme Court's March 29 decision ... usurp(ed) the power of the democratically-elected National Assembly." Opposition leader Julio Borges, who was elected president of the parliament by his fellow opposition legislators in spite of the ruling, described this as a "coup" and called for the court to be disavowed.

    Opposition ally and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro called the ruling a "self-coup," while Peru withdrew its ambassador to the country. On Twitter, the phrase "coup d'etat" was trending although on the streets of Venezuela everything was calm, with no interruption in governance.

    While the reactions have been plentiful, the ruling from the top court was not actually anything new, nor does it actually imply a dissolution of the country's national assembly and its powers.

    Here is what is really going on.

    National Assembly Has Been in Contempt of the Constitution Since 2016

    On Jan. 5, 2016, the Supreme Court declared the National Assembly in contempt of the constitution for swearing-in three opposition lawmakers whose elections were temporarily suspended for voting irregularities in the state of Amazonas. Given that it has been operating with non-verified legislators, the court has said all of the assembly's actions are illegal.

    Amazonas Candidates Tried to Buy Votes

    There are recordings in which the then-secretary of the government of Amazonas, Victoria Franchi, offered sums of money to groups of people to vote for the opposition candidates. Therefore, the court suspended the election results from the state. However, the National Assembly flaunted this ruling and swore them in as deputies.

    National Assembly Could Restore Its Status Easily but Has Refused

    According to constitutional lawyer Enrique Tineo Suquet, the National Assembly could easily resolve its legal status by requesting the body's elected president call for a session to remove the three lawmakers and hold new elections for the positions. Tineo Suquet said that despite this, the assembly has decided to remain in contempt.

    It's All in the Constitution: National Assembly Not Annulled

    Article 336.9 of the country's constitution gives powers to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to resolve any situation that may arise among the state powers. According to Venezuela's constitution, the functions of the constitutional branch of the Supreme Court include acting "to resolve constitutional controversies arising between any of the organs of Public Power."

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0330-0026.html

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    Venezuela Supreme Court Says National Assembly Still in Contempt


    The National Assembly of Venezuela has been in contempt for more than three months. | Photo: EFE

    Published 30 March 2017 (22 hours 27 minutes ago)

    The National Assembly could easily reconstitute itself by removing the three lawmakers who were installed despite their elections being overturned.
    The Supreme Court of Venezuela issued a ruling Wednesday in a case over a proposed "mixed" enterprise where it reaffirmed that the country's National Assembly is still in contempt of the constitution.

    The top court added that while the legislature continues to act outside of the law, the court "ensures the rule of law" and will exercise parliamentary powers where necessary.

    "As long as the disrespect and invalidity of the proceedings of the National Assembly persists, this Constitutional Chamber will ensure that the parliamentary powers are exercised directly by this Chamber or by the body it has in place to ensure the rule of law," says the ruling.

    The statement came in a ruling following an appeal filed by the Venezuelan Corporation of Petroleum to Article 33 of the Organic Law of Hydrocarbons, on the creation of joint ventures.


    The article stipulates that all joint ventures require prior approval from the National Assembly, the Supreme Court transferred that authority to President Nicolas Maduro "to ensure the rule of law."

    On Jan. 5, 2016, the court declared the National Assembly in contempt for swearing in three opposition lawmakers whose elections were suspended temporarily for voting irregularities in the Amazon region. Given that it has been operating with non-verified people acting as legislators, the court has said all of the Assembly's actions are illegal.

    According to constitutional lawyer Enrique Tineo Suquet, the National Assembly could easily resolve its legal status by requesting the body's originally elected president, Henry Ramos Allup, call for a session to remove the three lawmakers. Tineo Suquet says that despite this, the assembly has decided to remain in contempt.

    "What the National Assembly can't do should be done by the Court to prevent the state from being diluted," said Tineo Suquet.

    Peru recalled its ambassador from Caracas in protest, while the OAS head Luis Almagro called the ruling a "self-coup," in his continued attempt to undermine the South American nation.

    Article 336.9 of the country's constitution gives powers to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to resolve any situation that may arise among the state powers.

    According to Venezuela's Constitution, the functions of the constitutional branch of the Supreme Court include acting "to resolve constitutional controversies arising between any of the organs of Public Power."

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0330-0013.html
    "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. #48
    Imperialist Coup Plotters Rail Against a Coup - What Is Really Happening in Venezuela?

    By JORGE MARTIN - IN DEFENCE OF MARXISM, March 31st 2017

    “There’s been a coup in Venezuela! Maduro has carried out a power-grab!” Just a few days before the 15th anniversary of the short lived coup against the democratically elected president Chavez (11-13 April, 2002), those who carried out that coup (the Venezuelan oligarchy, their masters in Washington and its lapdogs in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago de Chile and Lima, cheered on by the media wolf pack in Madrid and the US) are now shouting and screaming like hyenas against an alleged “self coup” by president Maduro.

    What are the facts? The immediate cause of this hypocritical outcry is the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on March 29 which said that since the National Assembly is in contempt of court, the TSJ will henceforth take over its powers for itself or another power it determines. Immediately, the president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges, declared this as a “coup d’Etat” and Organisation of American States general secretary Luis Almagro described it as a “self coup” and called for the urgent convening of the OAS Permanent Council in order to activate its Democratic Charter against Venezuela. The Peruvian government decided to withdraw its ambassador from Venezuela.

    What are the roots of this ruling? Since the victory of the right wing opposition in the National Assembly elections in December 2015, there has been a sharp conflict between the different powers of the state. Already at the end of December 2015, the TSJ ruled that there had been irregularities in the election of deputies in the Amazonas state and declared the election null and void and ordered it to be re-run. Proof was presented that opposition politicians had been involved in vote-buying. This affected four deputies, two from the opposition, one from the PSUV and another one elected in the indigenous list (also a supporter of the opposition). However, these three opposition deputies were key as they would have given the opposition a two thirds majority and therefore much wider powers. The National Assembly refuse to obey the order of the TSJ and swore in the three opposition deputies for Amazonas in January 2016. Again the TSJ declared the act as null and void and in contravention of its earlier ruling. In August 2016, the TSJ declared that the National Assembly Presiding Council and the opposition deputies were in contempt of court for having broken two of its rulings.

    In a further escalation of the institutional conflict, in October 2016, the National Assembly voted to initiate proceedings for a “political trial” of president Maduro and also proceedings to declare that Maduro had “abandoned his office”. Amongst the reasons given for these actions was the allegation that Maduro is not a Venezuelan citizen and therefore unable to be president (!!). Finally in January 2017, the National Assembly declared that president Maduro had indeed “abandoned his office”. How can he be accused of “abandoning his office” and of “carrying out a power grabbing coup” at the same time is anybody’s guess. The National Assembly furthermore called on the Organisation of American States to invoke its Democratic Charter against Venezuela, in effect calling on foreign powers to violate Venezuelan sovereignty, something which reveals clearly the character of the Venezuelan oligarchy. The attempt to use the Democratic Charter was defeated at the OAS, despite direct threats from Washington against a number of member countries.

    Finally, the government enquired from the TSJ whether it needed to send its decision to create joint venture companies in the oil sector to be ratified by the National Assembly. The TSJ replied with its ruling on March 29, that, since the National Assembly was in contempt of court and had not taken any actions to rectify that, the government did not have to send its decisions to it and that the TSJ was taking over National Assembly legislative powers to exercise them directly or through any other organ of power it would determine. That ruling had been preceded by one a day earlier in which the TSJ ruled that since the National Assembly was in contempt of court, its members could not enjoy parliamentary immunity.

    If the opposition National Assembly wanted to actually use its powers, it would be easy to abide by the TSJ ruling on the three Amazonas deputies and then start legislating. However, the opposition is not really interested in that, but rather wants to create an incident as big as possible, to justify the removal of Maduro from the presidency.

    We must oppose the hypocritical campaign of those who actually did carry out a coup in Venezuela in 2002, who now want to remove Maduro from power and to invoke foreign intervention against Venezuela. If they were to achieve their aims, we know clearly what would be the consequences: all of the gains of the Bolivarian revolution would be destroyed, the social missions abolished, nationalised companies and landed estates returned to their former owners, the labour law would be abolished allowing for mass layoffs in state and private enterprises, old age pensions massively cut, health care and education slashed and a regime of assault on basic democratic rights instituted. If anyone doubts this, you just need to see the initial measures taken by right wing governments as they have come to power in Argentina and Brazil. In Venezuela it would be ten times worse.

    However, this is not just a question of who is right and who is wrong from a legal or procedural point of view. Like all fundamental issues in society, this is going to be resolved on the basis of who holds real power, in terms of the armed forces and/or mass mobilisation of the people in the streets which can break that state power. At the moment it does not seem that the reactionary opposition holds either. They have made constant appeals to the Army to come out “in defence of the Constitution” (read: to remove Maduro) which have so far fallen on deaf ears. Their most recent attempts to bring people into the streets in September and October 2016 completely floundered for the lack of a clear and decisive strategy. Some of the opposition leaders called for a march on the Miraflores presidential palace, but when the day came they backed off, provoking anger and demoralisation from their own followers.

    Concessions to capitalists undermine the revolution

    Beyond the legal and institutional questions, we have to ask ourselves what is Maduro’s government doing with its power? What is its strategy? A few days ago, Nicolás Maduro made a number of statements at the Expo Venezuela Potencia 2017 trade fair, which leave no doubt as to the fact that his strategy is one of making ever growing concessions to the capitalists, national and international. He rejected what he called was a “dirty campaign which says that we have a Communist model and we reject private enterprise”. On the contrary, he said, “90% of the economy is in the hands of private companies” (In fact what he meant to say was that 90% of all companies are in private hands, though they represent a smaller percentage of the economy.) He then proceeded to announce further concessions to the capitalists, national and foreign, by giving them loans from state owned banks, both in Bolivars and in dollars, and by further liberalising the foreign exchange controls so as to allow private companies easier access to dollars (which come from the profits of the oil industry).

    These statements and actions have provoked widespread anger and unease amongst the ranks of the Bolivarian movement. They are a continuation and a deepening of the policy which the Maduro government has been following since it was elected: to respond to the attacks of the opposition in the political and institutional arena, while making ever more concessions to the capitalists in the economic field.

    That is a policy which leads directly to disaster. The Venezuelan economy is in a deep crisis, with hyperinflation, serious scarcity of basic food products and medicines and a paralysis of production. This crisis is the result, in the last instance, of the rebellion of the productive forces - which continue to operate under the framework of a capitalist market - against the attempts of the government to regulate them, through price controls and foreign exchange controls. This has been aggravated and multiplied by the collapse in the price of oil in the world market. Faced with severely limited hard currency reserves and oil revenue, the government has resorted to prioritising the payment of foreign debt over imports, which have been severely cut, further aggravating scarcity. At the same time in order to pay for the state budget, where there is a running deficit amounting to 15-20% of GDP it has resorted to a policy of printing money which in turn has led to hyperinflation. What has failed in Venezuela is not socialism, which never existed, but rather, the attempt to regulate the capitalist economy through state intervention and make it work in the benefit of the majority.

    There are only two ways out of this economic crisis: one is to lift all regulations and allow the capitalist market to work “normally”, which would mean that the workers will be made to pay the full price for the crisis. That is the direction the government of Maduro has been progressively taking. The other is to expropriate the capitalists and run the economy on the basis of a democratic plan of production which can satisfy the needs of the population, while at the same time making an internationalist appeal to the workers and peasants of the region to come to the aid of the revolution and defeat the attempts of their own ruling classes to smash it. That would mean to make the capitalists pay for the crisis.


    The continuation of the current policy of the government will only aggravate the crisis from the point of view of the working people, thus further eroding support for it amongst the Bolivarian masses. The government has the idea that this year will see oil prices climb up to a level around 70 to 80 dollars a barrel and that this would give it the necessary margin to invest in social programs again, and thereby recovering popular support. After that it would be able to call for elections under better conditions. This is a pipe dream. Oil prices climbed slightly after the OPEC-Russia deal to cut production, but this has been cut across because as oil prices were rising, fracking became profitable again in the US, thus increasing global production and sending the prices down again.

    How to fight the offensive of imperialism and the oligarchy

    If we are to be frank, the policy of the government represents a betrayal of the legacy of president Chavez. In his last statements before his death, the Golpe de Timón (Turn the Rudder) and the Plan de la Patria Socialista (Socialist Country Plan), Chavez stressed two key ideas: a) we are still in a capitalist economy and we must move towards socialism, and b) we must destroy the bourgeois state and replace it with a “communal state” (that is, one based on the Socialist Communes). With all its limitations, these were correct ideas.

    The current leadership of the Bolivarian movement and the Maduro government have moved in the opposite direction: in the economic field they have been making more and more concessions to the capitalists, while in the political field they have stifled all avenues of popular participation, workers’ control, rank and file power.

    Regardless of their intentions, we must say it clearly: these policies will lead directly to the defeat of the Bolivarian revolution and the taking of power by the bourgeois opposition. This would be a disaster. In order to avert it we must return to the struggle for socialism and against the bourgeois state.

    Faced with the onslaught of imperialism and the Venezuelan capitalists, what would be the most effective way to fight them? First of all, Venezuela should break diplomatic relations with Washington which is leading and coordinating this campaign. Second it should expropriate the property of all multinational companies from any country involved in this gross interference in Venezuelan national sovereignty. Thirdly, it should expropriate the properties of the Venezuelan oligarchy which has been constantly plotting against the will of the people for the last 15 years. Fourthly, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist committees of workers, soldiers and peasants should be formed in every company, factory, barracks and in the countryside. These committees should be armed and exercise workers’ control against the sabotage of the oligarchy. Finally, the Bolivarian revolution should make an appeal to the workers and peasants of Latin America and the working class of the world to come to its aid and block the attempts of reactionary governments to intervene against it.

    That is the only policy which can guarantee the defence of the revolution.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/13015

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    In theory and in heart I totally agree, the national booj should have been emasculated when Chavez was alive. Well, hindsight is golden, but more importantly neither the good folks at DoC and certainly not I have detailed information as to conditions on the ground, most importantly, how reliable is the army.
    "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. #49
    Venezuela Denounces “Serious Altercation of Constitutional Order” at OAS

    By BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA , April 3rd 2017

    Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry issued an official statement this Monday evening, after at least fifteen countries pushed ahead with an extraordinary session at the Organization of American States to discuss Venezuela’s institutional standoff between the Supreme Court and the National Assembly. The session took place in spite of the fact that Bolivia, which recently assumed the Presidency of the Permanent Council, moved to cancel the meeting on Monday morning due to concerns that it had not been called in accordance with OAS norms. The extraordinary session began at 2pm without the presence of Bolivia, nor the Permanent Council’s Vice-President, Haiti. Several other member-states were also absent.

    Full statement:

    The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela responsibly denounces before the international community an unprecedented act aimed at the destruction of the Organization of American States, through which a group of governments in league with the Secretary General, have carried out a take-over of the Presidency of the Permanent Council to impose on the organization and the rest of its member-states their own illicit agenda, which subverts its norms and seriously transgresses the principles and aims consecrated in its Founding Charter.

    Insolently, a group of governments have opted to take matters into their own hands, and usurp the functions of the Presidency of the Permanent Council through legal sophistry, which is patently false at first glance, in their obsession to impose their illegal and deeply unfair plan to use Venezuela to organize the imposition of a new fascist hegemony once again, aimed at dominating the continent.

    We categorically denounce these actions as a flagrant aggression against the institutions of the organization and a dark regression to an interventionist past at the OAS. This sacred, sovereign, free and independent homeland, will never bow before the imperial powers and its lackeys*.

    Caracas, April 3, 2017

    *Here the Foreign Ministry uses the word “sepoys,” referring to Indian soldiers serving under the British colonial administration.

    Translated by Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas for Venezuelanalysis.com.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/13027
    "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. #50
    Venezuela Right-Wing Opposition Plans Violent Attacks: Lawmaker


    Protesters clash with police forces in Caracas on April 4, who tried to march towards the National Assembly to support the removal of TSE judges. | Photo: EFE

    Published 6 April 2017

    Lawmaker Diosdado Cabello presented evidence of a coup attempt planned by the opposition with terrorist acts and looting.
    Venezuelan socialist lawmaker and former head of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said Wednesday that the country's right-wing opposition has been harboring a coup plot and attempting to foment violence to justify foreign military intervention amid a tense political standoff between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and its opponents.

    During his program "Con el Mazo Dando" broadcast on state television, Cabello presented audio recording that provided evidence of a coordinated opposition destabilization plan that included violence in the streets and military attacks in Caracas, with the aim of creating a political scenario that would favor military intervention by the United States and the ultimate removal of the Maduro government.

    "They implore the intervention of foreign military forces ... those opposition supporters who don't have the balls to carry out a coup as they want, those opposition supporters who don't have the courage to stand as it should be and they send someone else to shed blood for them and after skate over the blood of others and celebrate that they toppled Maduro," said Cabello, vice president of Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela or PSUV.

    The evidence Cabello presented included a conversation between security agents that mentions opposition figures including Julio Borges, president of the National Assembly; Roberto Enriquez and Oswaldo Alvarez Paz from the Copei party; Eduardo Vetancourt, former agent of the DISIP, an old intelligence organization in Venezuela; Colonel Zomacal Hernandez and U.S. Senator Marcos Rubio.


    One of the agents also mentions he has 32 kilos of explosives for the violent attacks that would be used for the opposition march called for Thursday.

    "We are not going to surrender and they will never step on Miraflores again, because anyone who betrays his homeland and is imploring an invasion of foreign forces must be treated as an enemy in his homeland, as a traitor to his homeland," said Cabello.

    Cabello said the Venezuelan opposition "is looking for a fact that triggers an action that allows an invasion of Venezuela."

    In 2014 violent protests called "guarimbas," or violent street blockades, carries out by the opposition were responsible for the death of 43 peoples and more than 800 wounded.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0406-0005.html

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    Thousands of Venezuelans March Against Imperialism, OAS Interference


    As far as the eyes can see, Chavistas covered the pitch at the entrance to the opposition-dominated National Assembly building. | Photo: Reagan Des Vignes / teleSUR

    Published 4 April 2017

    Meanwhile, the opposition coalition rallied its supporters in a bid to further solicit the application of the OAS' so-called "Democratic Charter."
    Young people seemed to dominate the numbers at an anti-imperialist march, early Tuesday in Caracas, Venezuela. This, as thousands pounded the streets, expressing a sense of fatigue at constant right-wing attacks on the country's sovereignty.

    The march was a direct counter against opposition marches, as Venezuela's MUD coalition rallied its supporters in a bid to further solicit the application of the Organization of American States' so-called "Democratic Charter," which could see the country suspended from the regional bloc.

    From a podium just outside the opposition-led National Assembly building, PSUV Vice President Diosdado Cabello gave a powerful speech that garnered huge rounds of applause heard for blocks around. The top socialist leader slammed moves by opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly to remove Supreme Court judges.

    This comes after the court's decision, last week, to assume temporary authority to approve mixed enterprises — a function that court acknowledged falls under the jurisdiction of the National Assembly, which the court says is currently in contempt for allowing unauthorized people to serve as lawmakers. The court, one day later, rescinded the decision following criticisms from both opposition and government ranks.


    Venezuelan youth groups were more present than usual at the anti-imperialist march | Photo: Reagan Des Vignes / teleSUR

    "We are here, fighting like everyone else," said Mayin Sequera, a member of the youth group, Juventud Rebelde (Youth Rebellion). "We are fighting to uphold the Bolivarian Revolution. We are here to tell the world that we are an independent people. We are a democracy, and we have autonomy over our own affairs."

    On Monday, the OAS held a controversial, extraordinary meeting where a partial group of member states adopted a resolution which listed three points of action against Venezuela following the Supreme Court decision and subsequent reversal. The resolution said the events "constitute an alteration of the constitutional order of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," and threatened "further diplomatic initiatives to foster the restoration of the democratic institutional system."


    Marchers did not mince words in response to OAS secretary-general, Luis Almagro: "Almagro, put that letter up your ass." | Photo: Reagan Des Vignes /teleSUR

    At the OAS Monday meeting on the resolution, Venezuela's representative and other countries stormed out of a session of the 35-nation bloc, calling it an institutional "coup d'etat" after Bolivia was summarily removed as council president so the states who proposed the motion could continue with the meeting.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reacted to the meeting, saying that the OAS "has surpassed itself in its aggression against Venezuela," and that it "is truly a court of inquisition with all the abuses and vulgarities."

    The move by the OAS is unlikely to help resolve the country's problems, nor the tensions between the main political factions.

    For many Venezuelans, especially those in the streets, the response is resounding: "Leave Venezuela in peace!"

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0404-0031.html
    "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. #51
    Four More Killed in Opposition-Led Violence, Death Count Stands at Six

    By RACHAEL BOOTHROYD ROJAS

    Caracas, April 12, 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Four more citizens have been killed in opposition-led street violence in Venezuela, bringing the death count to a total of six since the protests began nine days ago.

    The victims are: Bryan Principal, 13, Miguel Ángel Colmenares, 36, Oliver Villa Camargo, 29, and Antonio Gruseny Canelon, 32.

    Principal, Colmenarez, and Canelon were all killed in the western state of Lara, one of the focal points of the violence, while Camargo was shot dead in central Caracas.

    According to reports, Principal was killed by opposition protestors who opened fire on the Ali Primera government housing project in Barquisimeto during a black-out on Tuesday night. He later died from his injuries in the hospital.

    In statements released following the minor’s death, residents at Ali Primera explained that the housing project had been at the centre of an ongoing confrontation between pro-government supporters and opposition protesters throughout the day.

    Earlier on, opposition supporters had allegedly tried to forcibly enter the government apartment block in a bid to release prisoners being held by the national guard inside. At around 7pm, residents from the two adjacent private apartment buildings tried to close the street with burning tires. Shots were fired from one of the private complexes when ocupants from Ali Primera tried to remove the roadblocks. Principal was hit by two bullets while attempting to leave the scene with his mother, according to witnesses.

    Ali Primera residents have since condemned the violence and criticized Lara opposition governor Henri Falcon for failing to send the local police to quell the unrest. They also accused local mayor Alfredo Ramos of collaborating with violent opposition protestors by providing them with trash from local government waste-disposal trucks to block the roads.

    “Mr President. We want total JUSTICE for these acts, and we do not want what happened in our apartment block to go unpunished,” reads the residents’ statement.

    In another incident also in Barquisimeto, Miguel Ángel Colmenares was shot in unclear circumstances by unidentified assailants on motorbikes near a local meeting centre for the leftist Great Patriotic Pole political alliance. His family say he was an opposition supporter but was not involved in any of the protests.

    The Public Prosecutor's office has dispatched two district attorneys to investigate the cases.

    Meanwhile, opposition protestor Antonio Gruseny Canelon, 32, died from gunshot wounds in the early hours of April 13. The opposition demonstrator was reportedly shot during a protest in Cabudare, Lara, on April 11 and was promptly taken to the hospital. To date, no one has been charged with Canelon shooting, although opposition leaders, including the leader of far-right party Vente Venezuela, Maria Corina Machado, and Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski, promptly took to Twitter, blaming the government for his death.

    “Another young person killed! Another family in mourning because of the blind ambition of the Madurista narco-corrupt leadership! All solidarity to our people in Lara,” tweeted Capriles.

    In Caracas, a fourth person was also shot dead in the afternoon of April 13, allegedly by opposition protestors. Venezuelan news agencies report that Oliver Villa Camargo was driving through central Caracas with a friend when he attempted to cross a roadblock set up by opposition activists in El Paraiso.

    According to a report by Venezuela’s El Universal, “when they passed the roadblock they were approached by two subjects traveling on a motorcycle and without a word they shot at the men, impacting in Villa Camargo’s face”.

    Camargo was able to flee the scene, but died minutes later on Caracas’ principal Francisco Fajardo freeway.

    Bystander Jairo Ortiz, 19, and protestor Daniel Queliz, 20, were killed earlier on in the week. A district attorney has been designated to investigate Queliz's death, while a policeman has been indicted for killing Ortiz.

    The violent protests began nine days ago as an off-shoot of demonstrations called by the Venezuelan opposition to protest against an alleged violation of the constitution by the Supreme Court.

    Nonetheless, their demands have since morphed to include immediate presidential elections, which are not due to be held until 2018. Other opposition activists have said they will remain in the streets until the national government falls, sharing the hashtag #ElectionsNoLibertyYes on Twitter.

    Similar protests led by opposition demonstrators known as the ‘guarimbas’ also erupted in 2014, leading to the deaths of 43 people. The victims were mostly state security personnel and passersby.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13052
    "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. #52
    “Mr President. We want total JUSTICE for these acts, and we do not want what happened in our apartment block to go unpunished,” reads the residents’ statement.
    These US backed murderers have to be crushed, eliminated, wiped-out. There is no use trying to play to any western audience - fuck 'em! Bring out the army and make these gringo hirelings rot in prison.
    "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

  13. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    These US backed murderers have to be crushed, eliminated, wiped-out. There is no use trying to play to any western audience - fuck 'em! Bring out the army and make these gringo hirelings rot in prison.
    Question is, how 'reliable' is the army? Theory and history tell us that doing 'socialism' halfway, a quarter way or whatever always ends in tears for the working class. Leaving aside whatever predilections the leadership might have, local conditions, which might be influenced by disparate things may make full scale expropriation of the means of production very difficult to near impossible. It's a fair guess that many if not most generals are still of ruling class origin, could be tricky. These situations are untenable, the bourgeoisie are a fifth column within the state even when defanged by expropriation, without that they are terminal cancer. I think only a full scale mobilization of the masses, capable of cowing the military rank and file is going to save the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Probably should have been done while Chavez was alive, hindsight golden as always. Beat this threat back and expropriate, let the scum rise to Miami.
    "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. #54
    of course, if this is legit it might make a difference....

    Russia, China and Iran announced sending troops and weapons to the military exercises of Venezuela to prevent intrusion (+ video)
    Source: resumenlatinoamericano.org/


    Vladimir Padrino Lopez

    The representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense said the o mospondia would provide strong military support and equipment in military exercises for overall defense of Venezuela, under threat from NATO in neighboring Colombia.

    Likewise, Venezuelan Defense Minister assured that the country is completely ready to confront any attack, armed or not, to protect its interests and its national security.

    " We are ready to face any attack in the area of armed or non-armed struggle, to safeguard the interests safeguarded by the Constitution and have sufficient legitimacy and legal basis to build our country's integrated defense model", said Vladimir Padrino Lopez , Venezuelan Defense Minister.


    Defense Minister expressed his confidence that this institution recently created (Council for the Defense of the Nation) has the foundations and the legal tools to guarantee the sovereignty of Venezuela and expressed his gratitude to the allied countries, which show friendship by participating in this type of exercises, and these countries are also victims of the same enemy.

    He stressed that this executive body increasingly using national resources and makes national power to put in service of the armed struggle. "

    Ciberusia

    Recall that Venezuela counts until this moment more than 1.000.000 citizens Tsavistas who have voluntarily enrolled in the register for national defense, which corresponds to the National Bolivarian Politofylaki ( Milicia Nacional Bolivariana ), which is incorporated in the design to compete with the army, any foreign attack scenario in the country.

    The Padrino Lopez also expressed regret for the fact that the right criticized the National Bolivarian Armed Forces ( FANB) for participation in the "Great Commission Dominant Supply" ( Gran Mision Abastecimiento Soberano ) "or one that calls into question the concept political-military union, "he said.



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    "Venezuela counts until this moment more than 1.000.000 citizens Tsavistas who have voluntarily enrolled in the register for national defense, which corresponds to the National Bolivarian Politofylaki ( Milicia Nacional Bolivariana )".
    Posted by Vangelis Gonatas at 8:11 pm

    http://prensa-rebelde.blogspot.gr/2017/04/video.html

    Google Translator

    Couldn't get the video to 'take', do check it out 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).

  15. #55
    Couldn't get the video to 'take', do check it out at link.
    Saw the video. Very heartening. Maduro may be on the right track (for his particular kind of revolution). Lets hope Russia and China can actually help.
    "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

  16. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    Saw the video. Very heartening. Maduro may be on the right track (for his particular kind of revolution). Lets hope Russia and China can actually help.
    Russia Warns Against US Interference in Venezuela, Calls for Dialogue


    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and Russian leader, Vladimir Putin (R). | Photo: Reuters


    Published 13 April 2017

    A Russian foreign ministry spokesperson slammed a statement by the U.S. Southern Command, saying these would further worsen the crisis in Venezuela.
    Russia’s foreign ministry voiced its concern over violence by right-wing protests in Venezuela while rebuking recent threats by the U.S. Southern Command, saying these would only stoke violence and ultimately act against U.S. interests.

    “Seriously alarmed, we are monitoring the situation in our friend Venezuela, where violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and the police continue, even despite the arrival of Easter,” Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told media Wednesday.

    The top Russian official also expressed sympathy “for the victims of the spiral of violence that feeds on street riots,” while also alluding to the tragic history of U.S. interference in the region.

    “We should highlight the risks of the increase of the destructive scene that we had previously outlined and recall the sad events in the ’70s in Chile,” Zakharova said in a reference to the U.S.-backed coup against Chilean president Salvador Allende following months of violent protests and economic sabotage.

    Zakharova slammed a statement by the U.S. Southern Command which threatened a regional response to the instability in the country.

    “Such statements only add more instability and worsen the situation in the South American country and we see it as a stimulus to the radicals to create an atmosphere of instability, as well as to increase violent confrontation,” she said.

    “The way we see it, it should not benefit at all the interest of the United States and in general, those of the international community, including the regional countries,” she stated.

    According to Zakharova, the solution to the country’s problems lie in “resuming the national negotiations in the interest of resolving the serious socio-economic problems” in Venezuela, while at the same time “maintaining exchange and supporting the Venezuelan legitimate authorities.”

    Since the beginning of April, opposition leaders have been leading anti-government demonstrations calling for the ouster of the country’s Supreme Court judges as well as President Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, five people have been killed in the ensuing violence, including a 13-year-old boy who was killed Wednesday when opposition protesters entered a social housing complex.

    http://houstoncommunistparty.com/rus...-for-dialogue/

    Given Russian behavior in Syria their 'help' could turn out to be a double edged sword.

    Some people will do anything for their 'partners'.
    "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).

  17. #57
    CP of Venezuela, NO TO THE ILLEGALIZATION OF PCV! [En, Es]
    Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:28 Communist Party of Venezuela E-mail Print PDF
    NO TO THE ILLEGALIZATION OF PCV! [En, Es]



    Comrades

    COMMUNIST AND WORKERS PARTIES OF THE WORLD


    Dear comrades,

    Receive classist and revolutionary greetings from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), as we call on your attention to offer you an explanation on the threat of illegalization that currently weighs on our Party for the fourth time during our 86 years of struggles.

    For more than a year, both publicly and in private meetings, PCV has stated repeatedly that it will not submit itself to the stipulations set forth by the Rules for the Renewal of Enrollment Lists of Members of Organizations for National Political Purposes. These new Rules, issued on March 4th, 2016, by the National Elections Council (CNE for its Spanish initials), contain some terms and conditions which had never been applied before, which are unacceptable to the dignity and safety of a revolutionary organization and its members, and which overstep the current legal framework.

    According to the new procedures established by these Rules, it is now mandatory that the membership of all parties must register directly with CNE, distorting the legally and historically established relationship between the electoral authorities and the political parties, and between these and their respective members. This not only goes against the Statutes and organic principles of PCV as a party of cadres, but also creates a situation potentially dangerous to the internal life of our organization, since if tens, hundreds or thousands of people who are not really members of our Party, get registered as such by CNE, then these may claim the right to participate in internal decisions and debates, including the election of our leadership and candidates.

    Also, the Rules provide for open and public access, through the CNE website, to the personal data of those who register as members of each party, which violates the right of citizens to maintain privacy about their political choices, and weakens the principle of secret vote. This, in turn, puts at risk the personal security and employment stability of Communists and other left-leaning militants, since neo-fascists and public and private employers will be able to access this information and use it to identify and attack revolutionaries. Moreover, the new Rules issued in 2016, compared to the old ones of 2011, not only reduced from six months to 14 hours the period for registration of enrollment lists, but also established equal procedures and requirements for the parties that did not take part in the previous two elections and those, like ours, that did participate.

    After the publication of these Rules, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of PCV sent on June 10th, 2016, a letter to CNE explaining our objections and proposing amendments, but the electoral authorities never replied, thus disregarding their constitutional duty to provide «a timely and adequate response» to any proper request by the citizenry (Article 51 of the National Constitution); this also demonstrates the lack of political will that has prevailed within CNE to seek a solution to this situation.

    For more than fourteen months, there have been several bilateral meetings and exchanges with senior Government officials, as well as broader meetings between representatives of the different parties that make up the «Simón Bolívar» Great Patriotic Pole and drive the Bolivarian process, including leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). In all of those opportunities, PCV has expressed our objections to the Rules issued by CNE, objections which were shared by the majority of the parties therein. However, while some national leaders of PSUV have expressed their «concern» about this matter, others have publicly stated that the «renewal» process is legal and should be carried out by CNE as established; therefore, the official position of the party in Government still remains unclear.

    Earlier this year, it became evident that CNE was getting ready to enforce the process of «renewal» under these opprobrious Rules, shielding itself behind the Law on Political Parties, Public Meetings and Demonstrations, which dates back to 1965 when it was enacted during the most repressive moment of the «Puntofijista» regime as part of its efforts to police and control leftist parties. This Law, despite an amendment in 2010, still maintains its repressive contents and nature, and thus clashes with the principles and postulates of the National Constitution of 1999, especially with regards to the promotion of people's participation, activism and control over public administration.

    Therefore, on February 16th, 2017, PCV filed at the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ for its Spanish initials) an appeal for the annulment of Article 25 of the Law on Political Parties, which establishes the requirement of «renewal» of political parties, on the grounds that such a requirement is unconstitutional. At the same time, our Party also requested precautionary measures to suspend the process of «renewal», which nevertheless was started by CNE on March 4th.

    Almost two months have elapsed since PCV filed the appeal in the TSJ, and more than a month since CNE started the process of «renewal», and still the Constitutional Court has not made any decision neither on our request of precautionary measures nor on the merits of our appeal. This is a violation of the constitutional principle that establishes the right «to obtain promptly the relevant decision» from the courts (Article 26 of the National Constitution).

    According to the schedule announced by CNE for the «renewal» process, PCV is due on May 20th and 21st; PCV will not participate and will not recognize as its members any people who may register as such during those days. Between July 9th and 19th, the final report on the results of the process will be announced; CNE has already asserted that any party that is not «renewed» by then will be «canceled» (such is the wording in the Law), and therefore will lose its legal status and entity, with all the implications that this entails.

    This would outlaw the main, oldest and most persistent instrument for the struggle of the Venezuelan working class and people against imperialist domination and capitalist exploitation. Such a threat takes place in the midst of a severe crisis of the extractionist and dependent capitalist model of our country; an increase in the interventionist policies of imperialism against the moral reference that the Bolivarian process still represents; and a sharpening of class contradictions and of the struggle for power between the pro-imperialist right-wing bloc and the forces that support the Government, and even within each of these blocs.

    In this context, the Central Committee of PCV proposes to the Communist, Workers and Revolutionary Parties of the World that they consider the possibility of participating in the campaign «No to the illegalization of PCV!», thus expressing the opinion of the international Communist and anti-imperialist movement in support of PCV and for the protection of the rights and constitutional guarantees of our Party. We suggest that this opportunity be used also for the denunciation of imperialist interference against the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.

    We ask that the public statements that your Parties may issue on this matter, be delivered to the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in your country, and also that you send them to our e-mails: internacional.pcvenezuela@gmail.com, dnopcv@gmail.com and directortribunapopular@gmail.com. And, if possible, also to the Twitter accounts: @DPresidencia, @NicolasMaduro, @TSJ_Venezuela, @Tibisay_Lucena, @taniadamelio and @PCV_Venezuela.

    Thanks in advance for the support and internationalist solidarity you may offer us.



    With Communist greetings, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV):

    Oscar Figuera G.

    General Secretary

    Carolus Wimmer

    Secretary for International Relations

    http://www.solidnet.org/venezuela-co...n-of-pcv-en-es

    Fascist entryism and a hit list
    "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. #58
    Support for Chavismo Climbs in Venezuela

    By RACHAEL BOOTHROYD-ROJAS

    Caracas, April 13, 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Support for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the allied leftist coalition, the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP), has risen to 35% – up from 27% in January – according to a new poll.

    Carried out by independent think tank Hinterlaces, the survey shows that the ruling Chavista parties – which share the same voting ticket – continue to be Venezuela’s most popular electoral option despite an ongoing economic crisis.

    Additionally, the poll puts support for the entirety of Venezuela’s opposition parties six points below at 29%, which includes 7% for Democratic Action, 7% for the Popular Will party, 6% for the Justice First party, and 6% for the opposition MUD coalition as a whole.

    Nonetheless, a significant 36% of Venezuelans interviewed did not sympathize with any national party.

    In its conclusions based on the poll, Hinterlaces asserts that the PSUV “continues to be the main political, social, and cultural force in the country,” while Democratic Action and the Popular Will party have managed to “consolidate themselves as the principal parties of the opposition, displacing Justice First” (PJ).

    However, support for the Popular Will party appears to have dropped from 8.6% in January, while backing for Democratic Action has risen by 1%.

    The pollster attributed the rise of the two opposition parties in the MUD to the “fall” of PJ leader Henrique Capriles Radonski, due to “his repeated setbacks as promoter of the failed strategies carried forward by the opposition from 2013, and for the growing unpopularity of his administration as governor of Miranda state”.

    1580 people were interviewed as part of the poll, which has a 2.5% margin of error.

    The survey results come on the back of another poll carried out by centre-right independent think tank Datanalisis in March, which put President Nicolas Maduro’s popularity ratings at 24.1%, according a report by Torino Capital. The figure represents an increase of 6% since November 2016, and places Maduro above other regional leaders such as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (21%), de-facto Brazilian President Michel Temer (10%), and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (23%).

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13053
    "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. #59
    President Maduro Calls to Defend Peace and Democracy
    Caracas, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro assured Monday that Venezuela is living a time of revolution and loyalty, and called for the maintenance of peace and democracy in the nation, in a tribute to the Bolivarian National Militias.

    In his speech Monday at Casa de Miraflores (government house) to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Bolivarian National Militias, the Venezuelan President said the brief dictatorship led by Pedro Carmona on April 12, 2012, in the aftermath of the coup against the government of then president Hugo Chavez will be remembered as 'the last of treason to the homeland.'

    'The times in which the empire (USA) decides what should be done in Venezuela, and what should not be done, must remain behind,' Maduro added.

    Maduro called all Venezuelans 'to take the full power of the Republic of Venezuela, the insurrection of all the miltary and popular forces the country has, don't even doubt it, not for a second.'

    Maduro also lashed out at the Organization of American States (OAS) for meddling in Venezuela's internal affairs in complicity with the national rightwing, and said, that the Venezuelan people cannot be underestimated, because 'it is a people with conscience, with values,' that will never again accept any kind of neoliberal models.

    Finally, the President announced the plan for the expansion of the Bolivarian National Militia had been approved, to increase its operational disposition in integral defense of the country.

    http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o...-and-democracy
    "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. #60
    Revolutionary people and opposition march this April 19 in Venezuela


    The Venezuelan deputy Diosdado Cabello rejected the intentions of the right to promote foreign intervention against the country. | Photo: teleSUR
    Published 19 April 2017

    The Chavista people filled the streets of Caracas in commemoration of the historic date reminiscent of the pro-independence struggle of Venezuela, while the opposition took some points from the capital in rejection of President Maduro.
    Venezuelan revolutionary and patriot people filled the streets of the capital of Caracas this Wednesday in defense of sovereignty and independence as a commemoration of April 19, a date that recalls the libertarian gesture of the nation.

    Likewise, the Chavistas marchistas concentrated in the popular avenue Bolivar also to reject the coup d'etat that drives right sectors with support of foreign factors.

    "Here we are all concentrated for the peace of Venezuela, we do not want war and the opposition knows that the people only want peace, not the war that has only brought in countries like Syria the death of innocent people," he said. Manuel Quintana, 48 years old, from Los Teques.

    To the Chavista concentration, arrived the president Nicolás Maduro, that has recently denounced a plan of the United States to destabilize its management.

    In the middle of the day that recalls the 207 years of the first step towards independence of the country, the Venezuelan opposition also took to the streets as in previous days and there are already some outbreaks of violence in the capital.

    The opposition of this country in the last demonstrations has provoked several vandal acts that have caused millionaire losses to the Venezuelan state.

    The Venezuelan deputy Diosdado Cabello repudiated on Wednesday the intentions of the right to promote foreign intervention against the country.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/news/Pueblo...0419-0044.html

    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).

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