Venezuela’s Maduro To Present Evidence Incriminating Colombia in Failed Attack

Source:  TeleSUR
7 August 2018

supporters of maduro rally in the streets august 6Supporters of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro attend a rally in support
of him in Caracas, Venezuela Aug. 6, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

“I am going to show evidence and testimony. Our people want justice against terrorism. Justice,” Maduro said concluding his statement.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that he will be presenting forceful evidence incriminating the government of Colombia in the failed assassination perpetrated against him on Saturday in the capital Caracas.

“I inform the people of Venezuela that we continue to work on the investigations into assassination attempt in a degree of frustration, and in the next few hours I will be presenting strong evidence of the links that the Colombian oligarchy has with the events on Avenida Bolivar,” the president said in a video posted on his official Twitter account early Tuesday.

Also, the president said that the executors of the plan received training in the city of Chinacotá, department of Santander in Colombian territory.

“It is clear and there is sufficient proof of the participation of the Colombian government of the outgoing Juan Manuel Santos. We have the location, the names of the place in Chinacota Norte de Santander where they trained, the assassins, the terrorists, all in the coming hours.

In this regard, the Venezuelan head of state confirmed that all those involved in the terrorist act have already been captured.

Minister for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol noted that one of those involved has an arrest warrant for his involvement in the attack on Fort Paramacay base in 2017, while another was held in prison in connection to the 2014 violent anti-government protests known as guarimbas.

“I am going to show evidence and testimony. Our people want justice against terrorism. Justice,” Maduro said concluding his statement.

World Peace Council Condemns Assassination attempt on President Maduro

Source:  WPC Facebook
5th August 2018

world peace council 5Statement of WPC about the attempt of assassination of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro

The World Peace Council condemns in the most vehement way the attempt for assassination of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, which constitutes a coward act of the forces which are trying since some time to destabilize the country , its economy and elected government.

The WPC denounces to the peace loving people of the world the foreign interference and the sponsoring of an economic war expressed in many ways including violent actions of forces with dubious agenda.

The attempt to assasinate the President of the country in Venezuela and similar actions are being fed by statements and actions of the previous and current US administration, from the European Union and in cooperation with elements of the oligarchy and reactionary forces.

The WPC expresses its solidarity with the people of Venezuela, with our Member Organisation “Comite de Solidaridad Internacional (COSI)” and the anti-imperialist peace loving forces of the country in their efforts to defend the achievements and to deepen the changes and transformations in favour of the people and youth of Venezuela, against foreign and local reaction.



CNIDH Condemns Assassination Attempt on President Maduro


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“We Denounce the Attempted Political Assassination and the Planned Military Overthrow of the Democratically Elected Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”

The Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity strongly condemns the assassination attempt on the duly elected President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, that took place on Saturday August 4th, 2018.

Whilst the global pro-imperialist news media has been more interested in reporting the attack as “amateurish”, we see the attack as only the most recent and most aggressively desperate manifestation of a long and persistent assault on the sovereignty of  Venezuela and of longstanding efforts to thwart the will of the Venezuelan people.

We view this attempt on the life of President Maduro as confirmation that the enemies of Venezuela’s socialism are now acknowledging their failure at overthrowing the Bolivarian government through electoral manipulation, mass protest, media propaganda ,and economic destabilization.  We therefore identify this shift to a new stage of political assassination and criminality as a sign of failure, but also a disturbing sign of dangerous desperation on the part of the anti-socialist right wing extremist forces both inside and outside Venezuela.

Our Chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity does not separate the assassination attempt on President Maduro from the several years of threats of military intervention, open support for and identification with acts of criminal aggression, and a sustained anti-Maduro campaign by the most powerful country in the Western Hemisphere and by the agents of capitalism. Indeed, we have noted that these acts of internal aggression against the Bolivarian government have not only taken the form of orchestrated violent mass demonstrations, but have also included a helicopter attack with the use of grenades and an assault on the parliament building of Venezuela.

We therefore use this sad occasion to call on the regional news media and on our Caribbean governments to exercise vigilance and to avoid allowing themselves to be used as pawns in an illicit campaign of military and economic aggression against a friendly sister nation.

Despite our awareness of the history of imperialist and right-wing aggression towards the socialist government of Venezuela, our Caribbean Chapter of the Network was nevertheless shocked that in their single-minded desire to reverse the socialist path of Venezuela, the fascist, oligarchical enemies of the Bolivarian Republic would attempt to use such extreme and barbaric violence that could have potentially taken the lives of scores of citizens, as well as the lives of the democratically elected leadership of the country.

We unequivocally condemn this open resort to terrorism, and call on our Caribbean governments to reiterate our region’s commitment to the furtherance of peace, the rule of law and democracy.

Finally, the Caribbean Chapter of the International  Network in Defense of Humanity expresses its satisfaction that President Maduro and the political  leadership of Venezuela were not hurt in the attack.  We also express our empathy with the patriots and soldiers who were injured during the attack and wish them a speedy recovery.  Our Network would also like to record that we are pleased with the words of magnanimity spoken by President Maduro following the attack and his words of advice to the opposition that “While I guarantee you can live in this country peacefully.  If something happens to me, you will have to face millions of campesinos and humble people making justice with their own hands…”. 

The Caribbean Chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity urges the Venezuelan Opposition forces to adhere to the principles of democratic dialogue, peace and mutual co-existence and to avoid the urgings of those from outside who are impelling them to resort to violence and criminality in the pursuit of their political objectives.

Caribbean Chapter
International Network In Defense of Humanity

CMPI Extends Support and Solidarity for President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution

5th August 2018

Press Statement 

Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee  (Barbados), Cuban-Barbadian Friendship Association  and the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration (CMPI)

cmpi.pngAfter learning about the horrendous attempt against the life of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, we would like to show our support and solidarity with the People and Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Such incident is yet another cowardly demonstration of the incessant level of attack, harassment,  sabotage, destabilization and low-intensity warfare employed to destroy Venezuelan democracy and well-being.

We are confident that once again the People and Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will overcome all these threats and come out victorious, based on their Bolivarian and socialist principles of independence, sovereignty and patriotism.

Venezuela is a friendly Caribbean nation that has stood in solidarity with us in the past.

The Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee  (Barbados), Cuban Barbadian Friendship Association and the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration call on the Government of Barbados and CARICOM to condemn this action against the President, Government and People of Venezuela.

Long live the Bolivaran Government of Venezuela.

David Denny

General Secretary

Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee  (Barbados)


Assassination of Beloved Public Figure in Ethiopia?

Sources:  Strategic Culture
August 2 2018

Much-loved public figure, Simegnew Bekele, found dead

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The apparent assassination of a highly regarded public figure has rocked Ethiopia to its core. Simegnew Bekele, the architect overseeing a prestigious hydroelectric project in Ethiopia, was shot dead last week in the capital Addis Ababa by an unknown attacker. Many people in the Horn of Africa country are now suspecting a foreign hand behind his brutal slaying.

Bekele (53) was a much-loved public figure. He was seen as embodying a vision for Ethiopia’s political independence and economic development. The hydroelectric dam he oversaw was his life’s work and he was revered by the wider population for his dedication.

Now what appears to be his cold-blooded murder has shocked the nation.

The killing comes amid concern that a newly appointed prime minister is part of a geopolitical shakeup of Ethiopia to bring the country under the geopolitical sway of Washington and its Arab regional clients, away from Ethiopia’s recent strategic alignment with China.

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In African security matters, Ethiopia may have been an ally of the United States for the past three decades. But in terms of its more important economic development, the country has relied on China.

China’s growing stature in Africa – much to the chagrin of the US – has been largely prefigured by its close strategic partnership with Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is long seen as the spiritual and diplomatic leader of the 54 nations of the continent, proudly standing as being the one nation never historically colonized by European powers. Through its economic partnership with Beijing, Ethiopia was in many ways China’s gateway to the rest of Africa.

Political Shift

The coming into office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali – by parliamentary selection – nearly four months ago has signaled a shift in the internal and international politics of Ethiopia. That change appears to be giving the US a greater role in the economic development of the country in a way that relegates China’s erstwhile dominant role.

The murder of chief engineer Bekele last Thursday casts a foreboding shadow over the future of Ethiopia. It also casts a shadow over the new prime minister and his much-vaunted leadership.

Youthful premier Abiy Ahmed (41) has up to now won glowing praise in Western news media as a “reformer”. He has promised to open up key sectors of the economy to foreign capital and to broaden its multiparty democracy.

Since Ethiopia’s revolutionary war against the Derg dictatorship nearly 30 years ago, the country has been ruled by a coalition government largely dominated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The Tigray are a minority ethnic group from the north of Ethiopia which led the revolutionary war against the despotic Derg regime.

Premier Ahmed was previously part of the ruling coalition government, having served as a minister, and in military intelligence. But he comes from the Oromo ethnic group, which is the most populous in Ethiopia’s nation of 100 million, comprising some 84 different ethnic groups. The Oromo are associated with supporting the former Derg regime.

For the past three decades there have been ongoing acrimonious tensions between the Oromo and Tigray people. Since Ahmed came to office, there are fears among the Tigray especially that he is stealthily rehabilitating remnants of the old regime. He has released hundreds of political prisoners in the name of “reforms”, but several of these figures are accused by the Tigray of having committed past acts of grave violence against the state.

Read more here:  Geopolitics Shadow Ethiopia’s Foul Murder

Cuba reiterates unconditional solidarity and support for President Maduro and the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution

Source:  Granma
August 6 2018

Leading the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of ALBA were Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, then President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, and President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moro. Photo: Juvenal Balán

The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba forcefully denounces the attempted attack on the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, which occurred Saturday August 4, during a military parade in Caracas, on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the founding of the Bolivarian National Guard.

This terrorist act, presuming to ignore the will of the Venezuelan people, is yet another desperate attempt to achieve via assassination what has not been possible in multiple elections, or through the 2002 coup against then-President Hugo Chávez, the 2003 oil industry lock-out, or the unconventional war conducted with media campaigns, sabotage, and violent, cruel acts.

The revolutionary government once again condemns the operation being carried out against the legitimate government of Venezuela, as part of imperialism’s policy of harassment to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution, that includes the arbitrary, aggressive U.S. Executive Order describing Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy” of the United States; unilateral economic sanctions in violation of international law; the statement by the U.S. Secretary of State asserting that the Monroe Doctrine remains in full effect and calling for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela; and the U.S. President’s threat of using “a possible military option” against the country.

July 14, 2017, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz warned:

“The coup plotting aggression and violence in Venezuela hurts all of Our America and only benefits the interests of those who are intent upon dividing us, to exert their domination over our peoples, regardless of the conflicts generated with incalculable consequences in the region, as we are witnessing in different places around the world.

“We forewarn today that those who attempt to overthrow the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution, via unconstitutional, violent, coup-plotting methods, will assume a serious responsibility before history.”

The revolutionary government expresses its full, unwavering solidarity with Venezuela and its unconditional support to President Nicolás Maduro Moros and the civic-military of the Bolivarian Chavista people.

As the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, said this past July 17, within the context of the Sao Paulo Forum’s 24th meeting, we must “strengthen the conviction that to fight for Venezuela is to fight for the region’s integration, for respecting the sovereignty and independence of Our America.”

Maradona: To Attack Maduro is to Attack the Venezuelan People

Source:  TeleSUR
August 6 2018

maradona says Venezuela does not surrenderMaradona says Venezuela “does not surrender.” | Photo: @pvillegas_tlSUR

The Argentine posted to social media to denounce an attack on Maduro during a military parade.

On Sunday, soccer icon Diego Maradona has joined the long list of people who have expressed solidarity with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro following failed drone attack.

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The Argentine posted to social media to denounce the attack on Maduro during a military event. Maradona addressed the attempt against the life of the Venezuelan president, stating that an attack on the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution is an attack on the people of Venezuela.

The diminutive world cup champion added that Venezuela “does not surrender” before urging for strength for his “dear friend!”

The attack on the Venezuelan president took place during a ceremony to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, in Caracas.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Sunday that the attempt on Maduro’s life was a manifestation of frustration against the president as well as state officials.

Arreaza also remarked that, so far, investigations point to the involvement of the United States and Colombia. “There is no doubt about the origin of these attacks coming from a Miami-Bogota-Caracas axis.”

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol disclosed that six people had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Our Solidarity with President Maduro and the Bolivarian People 

Source:  International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
August 6 2018

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In the face of the serious attack that gravely endangered the life of President Nicolás Maduro, we call on the people of the world to speak out with all their might to express their unconditional solidarity with the brave people of Venezuela, their legitimate government and their armed forces.

This attack can only be viewed as an escalation of hostilities from the Imperialists of the North against a sovereign Venezuela. They will stop at nothing until they grab the resources of the country away from the people and back into the neoliberal model that only caters to the very rich.

Two decades ago Commander Hugo Chavez formed a military civic union that restored dignity and prosperity to the people of Venezuela that President Maduro now defends with his life.

Be strong Maduro! We admire your strength and resistance against all the plans of the oligarchy and the empire.

They will not pass!

International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity


Maduro Thanks International Solidarity After Failed Attack

Source: TeleSUR
August 5 2018

nicolas maduro thanks international solidarity telesur.jpgVenezuela’s President Maduro speaks during a meeting
 with government officials the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

President Maduro affirmed that “Venezuela will continue to follow the democratic, independent and socialist path”.

“I thank the peoples and governments of the world who have spoken out against the attack that aimed to end my life,” said the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro on his Twitter account Sunday morning.

RELATED:  World Extends Solidarity To Venezuela’s Maduro After Attack

At the same time, he affirmed that “Venezuela will continue to follow the democratic, independent and socialist path”.

On August 4, a failed attempt was made when the president offered a speech at the central Bolivar Avenue in Caracas (capital) to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB).

The president was unhurt from the assassination attempt, although seven security personnel were injured. Two drones loaded with explosives were destroyed by the military, while the bodyguards immediately protected the president.

The Public Ministry has already appointed three national prosecutors to clarify the facts and determine both the material and intellectual authors.

The fact generated an international repudiation, both from governments of the world and from social, political and institutional organizations that expressed their solidarity with the Venezuelan president and people.

Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Turkey, Russia and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) were some of the governments and organizations that condemned the event. Political leaders like Rafael Correa and Piedad Córdaba also did it.

World Extends Solidarity to Venezuela’s Maduro After Attack

Source:  TeleSUR

August 5 2018

nicolas maduro telesur world extend solidarityTwo drones carrying explosives were detonated, injuring seven military
personnel and halting Maduro mid-speech.   | Photo: Twitter / @PresidencialVen

Bolivia’s Evo Morales was among the first to comment, posting on Twitter: “Now the empire and its servants threaten his life.”

Messages and statements of support and solidarity from World leaders, governments, and intellectuals continued pouring in Sunday as they condemned the assassination attempt against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

RELATED: Venezuela: Maduro Survives Drone Attack, Blames Colombia

The attack against President Maduro took place at the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, in which two drones carrying explosives were detonated near the presidential platform, injuring seven military personnel and halting Maduro mid-speech.

Ecuador and Uruguay are the latest countries to issue strong statements condemning the attack against President Maduro and rejecting such attempts by violent and terrorist attempts to destabilize the country.

“The Republic of Ecuador expresses its firm rejection and censure the violent acts that took place on August 4 in Caracas, during the commemoration ceremonies of the 81st. anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, which caused several injuries and endangered the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, his companions and others attending the official ceremony,” read a statement by Ecuador’s foreign ministry.

Meanwhile, Uruguay’s government said it “expresses its solidarity with the victims and their families” and “reiterates its absolute rejection of any illegal act of violence against politicians, regardless of their authors or recipients.”

In the early hours of Sunday, the Turkish government issued a statement condemning the attempt on President Maduro’s life. “We are deeply saddened by the attack which was apparently aimed at President Maduro himself,” said a statement issued by Turkey’s foreign ministry.

“We strongly condemn this heinous attack. It is the greatest consolation that President Maduro and his relatives survived the incident unharmed. We wish a speedy recovery to the 7 soldiers reported to have been wounded in the explosions.” The statement went on to say that “Turkey stands with the brotherly and friendly Venezuelan people and President Maduro, his family and all government officials.”

This assassination attempt, one which is a crime against humanity, only demonstrates the desperation of an empire defeated by brave people. We send our solidarity. Strength to our brother, President @NicolasMaduro and the Bolivarian people! #NicolasMaduro #AtentadoFallidoVzla

Also, the Russian and Spanish governments expressed Sunday their support to President Maduro, his government and the people of Venezuela and called for peace. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered “categorically unacceptable the use of terrorist methods as instruments of political struggle”.

“It is obvious that such actions are intended to destabilize the situation in the country after the recent congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, which defined the priority measures for the recovery of the national economy.”

The Spanish government has underlined its “firm condemnation of the use of any type of violence for political purposes” and has expressed its desire for “prompt recovery” to the wounded.

Those statements were also echoed by the government of Dominica who condemned “with no reservation the attempted assassination of the His Excellency Nicolas Maduro, the President of The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  All law-abiding global citizens should stand in condemnation of the calculated and cowardly act against the Venezuelan people. As Prime Minister of Dominica, I  stand in solidarity with the President and the people of Venezuela.

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Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was among the first to publicly denounce the attack. Posting on his Twitter account, Morales wrote: “After the failure in their attempt to overthrow him democratically, economically, politically and militarily, now the empire and its servants threaten his life.”

He was swiftly followed by the leaders of various political and social organizations across the continent, from Alternative Revolutionary Force for the Commons (FARC) leader Rodrigo Londoño in Colombia to Argentine sociologist Atilio Boron.

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega also condemned the bombing, writing in a statement: “With a heart full of indignation, with the sacred fire of our revolutionary brotherhood, our strong condemnation to those cowardly terrorists.”

Noted Mexican philosopher Fernando Buen Abab also took to Twitter to voice his condemnation: “This episode does nothing but unite us more than ever, receive my usual fraternal embrace, Chávez lives.”

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In El Salvador, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) offered its support to Venezuela: “Our solidarity with the victims and their families. Live Venezuela!”

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel and former President Raul Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, also expressed their full solidarity with President Maduro.

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) also denounced the assassination attempt against the Venezuelan president. In a statement, the Mexican Coordinator of Solidarity with Venezuela categorically rejected all such attacks on Venezuela’s president. Former Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona also extended solidarity towards Maduro.