Hugo Chavez’s Memory Lives on in the Hearts of Latin Americans

Source:  TeleSUR
March 5 2019

hugo chavez lives onHugo Chavez’s presidency in Venezuela extended from 1999 to 2013, but his
presence still remains in the streets and the heart of the country. | Photo: EFE

Hugo Chavez’s presidency in Venezuela extended from 1999 to 2013,
but his presence still remains in the streets and the heart of the country. | Photo: EFE

Published 5 March 2019 (13 hours 5 minutes ago)

Chavez’s spirit was contagious and empowered the region with a passion for Latin America and its colorful history.

Six years since his passing and the memory of Hugo Chavez still remains not only in the hearts of Venezuelans but of Latin Americans around the globe.

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His leadership and legacy revolutionized the state of Venezuela, like no other administration in the nation’s history, cutting the chord from imperialist countries in the north, taking the reins and changing South America’s future.

After centuries of passivity, under Chavez’s administration, Venezuela bloomed into one of the strongest, most independent nations on the continent.

Over the 14 years of his presidency, Chavez made it his mission to bring equality to lower classes from mediating race discrimination to increasing employment opportunities and introducing social programs.

By exploring the expenditure of Venezuela’s oil industry, the former president was able to allocate funds for free housing, literacy, and health care initiatives. Pensions for the elderly surged, jumping from 400,000 to over two million; some 1.5 million Venezuelans benefited from the Mission Robinson I and learned to read and write.

Under Chavez’s policies, poverty rates were cut in half and the level of extreme poverty decreased by two-thirds; child malnutrition decreased and the amount of safe, clean drinking water grew.

In an article published by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Roger D. Harris, Task Force on the Americas, said, “Venezuela went from being among one of the most economically unequal nations in Latin America to being among the most equal through the exercise of state power for the populace.”

Chavez’s spirit was contagious and empowered the region with a passion for Latin America and its colorful history.

His experience was pivotal in the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) which united Venezuelan and Cuba in 2003 in a mutually respectful and reciprocal fair trade arrangement. What started as a two-member agreement, soon grew into an 11-member nation concord.

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A second initiative, PetroCaribe, made waves in 2005 when 17 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean joined together to secure a steady energy supply, without overdue interference from Canada or the United States.

Similarly, The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) were created again as a means to break from centuries of tradition and submission orchestrated by the Northern Hemisphere.

The progress realized in Venezuela over the last decade and a half hardly make it surprising that the United States is desperate to instate a Washington-approved head of state.

Over the last few months, the U.S. has increased its efforts to dislodge Chavez’s democratically elected successor, Nicolas Maduro. In its most recent attempt, the U.S. sent “humanitarian aid” to Colombia in a show of solidarity with the Venezuelan opposition and the “suffering boys and girls.” However, violence- perpetrated by opposition forces- broke out along the border and resulted in the injury of numerous state police officials.

This “philanthropic” ploy was denounced by Venezuelan government officials before an international delegation at the United Nations last week, when Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza revealed that the trucks of “food” were carrying equipment for barricades and anti-government movements lodged by the opposition.

Despite these hardships, Maduro’s government continues Chavez’s mission, founding new social programs to boost the economy and employment opportunities, while still ensuring the heart and spirit of “Chavismo” is reflected in modern-day Venezuela.

President Maduro: We believe in a world where the diversity of ideas is respected

Source:  CHAMOSAURIO
February 26 2019

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The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, confirmed on Tuesday the need to create a multipolar world committed to respecting the diversity of ideas, opposed to what imperialism intends to impose.

“We believe in a multipolar world, in which the diversity of ideas is respected. We have our model, which is opposed to the only thought that the supremacists of the White House intend to impose on us, “the Head of State wrote on the social network Twitter.

The National President confirmed on Tuesday that Venezuela is under attack from imperialism because of its democratic vision.

“We do not seek it, we do not ask for it, but Venezuela is today in the world geopolitical epicenter of the dispute between the imperial vision, unipolar, aggressive of the gringo empire or the democratic, multipolar vision of coexistence and harmony and dialogue of the people of the world. “, Said the Head of State, during the graduation ceremony of students of Integral Community Medicine.

Since the beginning of the Bolivarian Revolution, 20 years ago, the United States Government has not ceased its aggressions and interference against the sovereignty of Venezuela.

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Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty

Source:  TeleSUR

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Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty

Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) headed a new episode of the massive March for Peace that filled the streets of Ciudad Bolivar, in the Bolivar state that borders with Brasil and Guyana.

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“Venezuela is a country of warriors that will stand against anybody,” stated Cabello, form the Angostura Bridge on the border with Brazil. The Chavista leader called upon the Bolivarian people to defend the homeland against the foreign attacks that Venezuela is living.

Cabello, who is also the first Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), denounced that “what is behind the alleged ‘humanitarian aid‘ is a big business,” that is being led by the Venezuelan right-wing for their own profit.

In this massive mobilization, tens of thousands gathered to defend peace and to reject the interventionist intentions in which the United States and its allies are backing a coup d’etat. The Bolivar state is a geopolitical strategic territory in Venezuela because it borders with Guyana and with Brazil.

The Bolivar state could be an entry point in which the opposition members could try to enter the alleged “humanitarian aid,” sent by the U.S. and managed by right-wing forces in Venezuela.

However, Diosdado Cabello highlighted that the 70 tones of “humanitarian aid,” can’t be compared with the over six million families that are beneficiaries of the Local Committees of Supply and Production (Clap), provided by the Bolivarian government.

Also on Wednesday morning, another concentration happened in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, in support of democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro by workers in the transport sector. In parallel, the opposition made a mobilization in surrounding streets.

Cabello ensured the support for the Bolivarian and Chavista revolution and stated that “the right assumes that they will arrive (to power). They believe that the patriots are going to run away, they think they are going to rule. This country will always be loyal to Chavez! “

Cuba calls for a mobilization against imperialist interventions in Latin America, and for peace

Source:
February 20 2019

The revolutionary government reiterates its solidarity with Constitutional Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution, and the civic-military union, calling on all people and governments of the world to defend peace

Photo: Pablo Picasso

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, during a press conference yesterday, called on the United Nations (UN) to back the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people and not allow, under any circumstances, interference in the internal affairs of that nation, or violations of international law.

Unilateral, illegal measures, such as those being taken against the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, along with an aggressive communications and political campaign, are generally the prelude to larger-scale actions by the U.S. government, Rodríguez noted.

Cuba calls for a mobilization for peace, against imperialist intervention in Latin America, against war, setting aside political or ideological differences. “In these circumstances you can only be in favor of peace and against war,” the minister said.

U.S. military adventure against Venezuela must be stopped

Source:  Granma
February 14 2019

Cuba condemns the U.S. government’s escalating preparations for a military adventure in Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize to prevent its consummation

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The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns the escalation of pressures and actions by the U.S. government in preparation for a military adventure under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention” in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and calls on the international community to mobilize in order to prevent its consummation.
Between February 6 and 10 of 2019, several military transport aircraft have flown to the Rafael Miranda Airport in Puerto Rico, the San Isidro Air Base in the Dominican Republic, and other strategically located Caribbean Islands, most certainly without the knowledge of the governments of those nations. These flights took off from U.S. military facilities where Special Operation Troops and U.S. Marine Corps units operate. These units have been used for covert operations, even against leaders of other countries.
Media and political circles – including within the U.S. – have revealed that extremist figures of the government with a long history of actions and slander aimed at causing or instigating wars, such as John Bolton, U.S. National Security Advisor; and Mauricio Claver-Carone, Director of the National Security Council’s Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, counting on the connivance of Marco Rubio, Senator of the anti-Cuban mafia in Florida, designed, directly and thoroughly organized, and funded, from their posts in Washington, the attempted coup d’etat in Venezuela by means of the illegal self-proclamation of a President.

U.S. government has intensified its international political and media campaign

They are the same individuals who, either personally or through the State Department, have been exerting brutal pressures on numerous governments to force them to support the arbitrary call for new Presidential elections in Venezuela, while promoting recognition for the usurper who barely won 97,000 votes as a parliamentarian, against the more than 6 million Venezuelans who elected Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros last May.
After the resistance mounted by the Bolivarian and Chavista people against the coup, evidenced by the mass demonstrations in support of President Maduro, and the loyalty of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces, the U.S. government has intensified its international political and media campaign, and strengthened unilateral economic coercive measures against Venezuela, among them the freezing of Venezuelan funds in third countries banks, worth billions of dollars, and the theft of the this sister nation’s oil revenue, causing serious humanitarian damage and harsh deprivation to its people.

Fabricate a humanitarian pretext in order to launch a military attack

In addition to this cruel and unjustifiable plunder, the U.S. intends to fabricate a humanitarian pretext in order to launch a military attack on Venezuela and, by resorting to intimidation, pressure, and force, is seeking to introduce into this sovereign nation’s territory alleged humanitarian aid – which is one thousand times inferior as compared to the economic damages provoked by the siege imposed by Washington .
The usurper and self-proclaimed “President” shamelessly announced his disposition to call for a U.S. military intervention under the pretext of receiving the aforementioned humanitarian aid, and has described the sovereign and honorable rejection of that maneuver as a crime against humanity.
High-ranking U.S. officials have been arrogantly and blatantly reminding us all, day after day, that when it comes to Venezuela, “all options are on the table, including military action.”

Resorting to deception and slanders

In the process of fabricating pretexts, the U.S .government has resorted to deception and slanders, presenting a draft resolution at the UN Security Council which, cynically and hypocritically expresses deep concern for the human rights and humanitarian situation…, the recent attempts to block the delivery of humanitarian aid, the millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, the breakdown of regional peace and security in Venezuela, and calls for taking the necessary steps.
It is obvious that the United States is paving the way to forcibly establish a humanitarian corridor under international supervision, invoke the obligation to protect civilians and take all necessary steps.

Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya

It is worth recalling that similar behaviors and pretexts were used to by the U.S. during the prelude to wars it launched against Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya, which resulted in tremendous human losses and caused enormous suffering.
The U.S. government attempts to remove the biggest obstacle – the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution – to imperialist domination of Our America and deprive the Venezuelan people of the largest certified oil reserves on the planet and numerous strategic natural resources.
It is impossible to forget the sad and painful history of U.S. military interventions perpetrated more than once in Mexico, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, and most recently Grenada and Panama.
As was warned by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz on July 14, 2017, “The aggression and coup violence against Venezuela harm all of Our America and only benefit the interests of those set on dividing us in order to exercise their control over our peoples, unconcerned about causing conflicts of incalculable consequences in this region, like those we are seeing in different parts of the world.”
History will severely judge a new imperialist military intervention in the region and the complicity of those who might irresponsibly support it.

The will of the people, or the recognition of foreign powers

What is at stake today in Venezuela is the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean and the peoples of the South. Equally at stake is the survival of the rule of International Law and the UN Charter. What is being defined today is whether the legitimacy of a government emanates from the express and sovereign will of its people, or from the recognition of foreign powers.
The Revolutionary Government calls for an international mobilization in defense of peace in Venezuela and the region, based on the principles established in the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, which was adopted by heads of state and government of CELAC in 2014.

The Montevideo Mechanism

It likewise welcomes and supports the Montevideo Mechanism, an initiative promoted by Mexico, Uruguay, the Caribbean Commonwealth (CARICOM), and Bolivia, which seeks to preserve peace in Venezuela based on the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, legal equality of states, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, as stated in its recent declaration.
It welcomes the positive consideration given to this initiative by President Maduro Moros and the international community, and expresses its concern given the U.S. government’s categorical rejection of the dialogue initiatives promoted by several countries, including this one.
The Revolutionary Government reiterates its firm and unwavering solidarity with Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution and the civic and military unity of its people, and calls upon all peoples and governments of the world to defend peace and mount a joint opposition, over and above political or ideological differences, to a new imperialist military intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will damage the independence, sovereignty and interests of all peoples from the Rio Bravo to Patagonia.

Within 24 Hours Two Million Venezuelan Signatures For Peace

Source: Internationalist 360
February 8 2019

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Within 24 hours two million signatures have been collected in favor of peace

The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, during a press conference, held at the Miraflores Palace, on Friday, said that in just 24 hours two million signatures of Venezuelans have been collected, who subscribe to the Charter to peace, which will be delivered in a popular march in the White House.

“They have failed. Our country today is more determined than ever to fight for its independence, dignity, for its historic right to exist, for its right to peace”, he declared.

In the Simón Bolívar Room, at the presidential palace and in the presence of more than 60 representatives of audiovisual media and national and international agencies, the head of state began the meeting by saying: “we are facing and developing all of the defense of Venezuelan democracy, we are in a great day of defense of Venezuelan democracy, of the defense of national sovereignty, of the right to peace, three key elements that are linked: democracy, freedom of the people, sovereignty, territorial integrity and the right to peace, three elements that are being subjected to harassment, permanent aggression, trying to impose, above the Constitution, formulas that are not contained in it: a dual, parallel, phantasmagoric government that is not supported by any letter or mandate of the Constitution”.

The constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro Moros, referred that the government of the United States, tried to violate the national sovereignty, at the same time mentioned the show “called humanitarian operation and the peace threatened by the government of Mr. Donald Trump who has ratified, last Sunday in television interview, his threat of military invasion against Venezuela”.

The National President mentioned the meeting in Montevideo, on the eve of this Wednesday, 6th, “for a diplomatic initiative for dialogue and peace in Venezuela, the governments of Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia and the 14 Caricom governments in the Caribbean, subscribed a document called the Montevideo Mechanism, which respectfully takes steps towards a dialogue among Venezuelans, with the facilitation and support of our Latin American and Caribbean brothers, within the framework of the principles of international law, the principles that unite us as a region”.

“I have greeted this initiative and I have confirmed that we are in the immediate disposition to accompany any action that goes in the way of diplomacy, dialogue, understanding, meeting, among Venezuelans, it seems very important that once again, from Latin America, from the Caribbean arise peace initiatives, respectful of national sovereignty so Venezuelans can work on a path of dialogue, peace, are very important initiatives”, he said.

He stressed the reaction of repudiation and rejection of the threats of Donald Trump in the world and said: “It is very dangerous that the president of the most powerful and aggressive military power in the world says he has the military option against Venezuela”.

White House naked

“Venezuelans ask ourselves: what is the cause of war? According to even international law, which has existed for decades, what is the pretext or motive to threaten a peaceful country? what is it? Is there any just cause, that could be called a pretext or motive, to threaten the use of force, in violation of the United Nations Charter?”, He asked responding: “We all know there is none, even beyond the opinions that some may have about the Bolivarian Revolution, of the revolutionary government that I preside, beyond the opinions some may have of the socialism of the XXI Century that we strive to work in building and creating, beyond that, there is an international law, there is international justice, and that right and that international justice, seen from any point of view, simply leave naked the intention of that dominant imperial elite in the White House to seize Venezuela for its oil resources, mining resources, for the great wealth of our country”.

He explained that from the United States an operation was mounted during the last years in order to harass, corral and surrender the country, however, he said: “They have failed, our country today is more determined than ever to fight for its independence, for its dignity, for its historical right to exist, for its right to peace”.

He reported that, just in 24 hours of starting the work day for peace, in all the Bolívar squares of the country, two million Venezuelans had demonstrated, with the collection of signatures, their support to the Open Letter to the American people, to be delivered in popular march to the White House, in the United States.

When considering the peace initiatives assumed by the Venezuelans, he expressed the way how daily lies have been fabricated about Venezuela, and denounced that the arguments, force and power of the Bolivarian Government are invisible.

“This press conference always has the interest that we, the invisible are heard, on behalf of the invisible, I speak to the peoples of the world, speak with the truth of Venezuela, so the truth of Venezuela reverberates and opens spaces of peace, understanding , respect, which is what we ask the world, respect, peace, democracy, is what we ask to the world”, he said.

He expressed: “you can not impose the unique thought, from the White House of Donald Trump to the world, the unique thought using all its power to destroy a country with a noble project, as it is the Bolivarian project, we have a lot of moral, spiritual and political reserve, in Venezuela, to inform you, social communicators of the world, Venezuela is standing and will keep standing, I hope this true can be transmitted on the keyboards of your computers before the avalanche of aggressions, lies, manipulations, and may the truth makes its room like a ray of fulminating light, that is our faith, for that faith we fight every day”.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro talks to the press at the presidential palace in Caracas on Friday, February 8.

The political situation in Venezuela is unclear after Maduro was sworn in for a second term as President and Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declared the inauguration illegitimate, announcing himself interim president.

Maduro has condemned the decision of a number of countries to recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s acting president and blocked the entrance of humanitarian aid through the Colombian / Venezuelan border, claiming it would be the start of a US-led invasion.

An Open Letter to the American People from President Nicolás Maduro

Source:  Tony Seed’s Weblog
February 7 2019

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If I know anything, it is about peoples, such as you. I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart. Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as one of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology, or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.

I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disturb noble dialogue initiatives promoted by Uruguay and Mexico with the support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favour of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk, because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”. Are those who do not want to dialogue afraid of the truth?

The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.

The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.

And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with high human development index and lower inequality in the Americas.

The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between the Nations.

We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.

Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul. Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela. We appeal to the good soul of the American society, victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all one people against warmongering and war.

Long live the peoples of America!

Nicolás Maduro

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela