Venezuela Condemns Staged Operation at Border with Colombia

Source:  TeleSUR
February 23 2019

venezuelan armed vehicle.jpgVenezuelan armed vehicles are seen at the Venezuelan-Colombian border after
the staged attack by right-wing elements. | Photo: teleSUR

teleSUR correspondent in Venezuela said Venezuelan immigration Police were securing the border point and that members of the Venezuelan army were deployed at the scene.

A group of low-level soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard Saturday took over multiple armored vehicles that belong to the Venezuelan force and rammed into border barriers at the Venezuelan-Colombian border in a staged operation ordered by right-wing opposition members in Colombia.

According to teleSUR reporters at the scene, armored vehicles of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) rammed into the Venezuelan security barrier installed in the Simon Bolivar international bridge and then three attackers fled to Colombia where they were received by two leaders of the Venezuelan far right.

Securing the border point

teleSUR correspondent in Venezuela Madeleine García said that Venezuelan immigration Police were securing the border point and that members of the Venezuelan army were deployed at the scene. “Three soldiers were moved to Colombian territory, but not all the armed forces of Venezuela.”

Garcia said that at least one member of the border security force was injured in the staged attack as well as a Chilean photographer who was at the scene.

The incident comes as the right-wing opposition attempts to illegally enter so-called humanitarian aid provided by the United States into Venezuelan territories.

Images circulated Saturday on the social networks of Colombian military officers accompanied by U.S. military personnel who were on the border of Colombia under the Las Tienditas bridge crossing the border. Images of several drones were also captured flying over the Colombian side of the Las Tienditas bridge.

The Venezuelan administration closed the passage completely and temporarily on the Simón Bolívar, Unión and Santander bridges, alleging “serious and illegal threats attempted by the Government of Colombia against the peace and sovereignty of Venezuela.”

Duque trying damage peace in Venezuela

Local authorities at the state of Táchira denounced that the government of President Duque is trying to damage peace in Venezuela by complying with the orders given by U.S. President  Donald Trump. “Duque is trying to damage the peace of Venezuela and is attacking” a sister nation, despite this “we are still here calmly and peacefully,” he said.

He pointed out that the majority of Venezuelan officials are firm in defending the country and will not surrender to subordinated empires or government.

After the incident, Venezuelan citizens arrived at the Simón Bolívar bridge with slogans and posters in favor of peace and in support of the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela’s Gov’t Presents Evidence Of Coup Plot with US and Colombian Participation

Source:  Internationalist 360
February 6 2019

The coup d’état was coordinated by retired Colonel Oswaldo Valentín García Palomo, who was arrested on Jan. 31 in an intelligence operation in Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Minister of Communications, Jorge Rodríguez, held a press conference on Thursday in which he showed evidence of the plan of attempted coup d’état carried out by the rightwing against constitutional President Nicolás Maduro, with the participation of the governments of the United States and Colombia.

The official revealed that thanks to a Venezuelan intelligence operation, retired colonel Oswaldo Valentín García Palomo, who was trying to enter the country to organize a military coup d’état, was arrested.

“The vehicle in which García Palomo travelled to our country (Venezuela) was put in by Venezuelan intelligence,” which was captured on January 31, according to data provided by the Minister of Communication.

He denounced that the U.S. and Colombian governments supported the coup actions, one in May 2018 in the framework of the presidential elections; and another in January 2019, which has already been frustrated.

Rodriguez reported that Garcia Palomo coordinated the action from Cucuta and has numerous entries to Miami, despite the request to capture Interpol made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

After his capture, he has given numerous statements and in view of the seriousness of his confessions, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office approved showing the media part of his confessions.

“Forget all those things about humanitarian operations, everything is a hoax and a lie because the real intention of the administration of Donald Trump, John Bolton, Marco Rubio and Mike Pence, is the military aggression against Venezuela,” he denounced.

García Palomo declares his coup plans

In an audiovisual material, which forms part of the Venezuelan authorities’ investigation, García Palomo confessed the military operations he intended to carry out on Venezuela, accepts their connection, and mentions his main collaborators.

In his testimony, submitted to the polygraph test, he acknowledges that he contacted an official of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Colombia: “In Colombia I met with (the Venezuelan businessman) Parsifal de Sola and a national police officer of that country, who gave me support.

“They do their job of connection, soldiers, friends of them, which allows them to assemble an important group to carry out the military operation (…) the main objectives were the Charlotte, the Presidential Palace and the Communications Network of Caracas (capital),” he said.

The former National Guard colonel detailed how the attack on President Nicolás Maduro would be carried out, which occurred on August 4, 2018.

“The attack perpetrated against President Maduro had its training in Colombia,” he said.

He also told Osmán Alexis Delgado Tabosky that he was one of the financiers of the terrorist teams to carry out the attempted assassination of President Nicolás Maduro.

Minister Rodriguez said that with regard to the most recent operation, the objective of overthrowing President Maduro had to be achieved on January 27, then January 31 and finally February 3, but the actions were frustrated.

Venezuelan Fugitive Julio Borges Appears Linked Again

In his statements, García Palomo mentioned former Venezuelan opposition congressman Julio Borges as one of the main organizers of the plans against President Nicolás Maduro.

“He (Borges) said he was willing to do anything to get out of the Venezuelan government. I told him to count on me and give me his military contacts, one of them was Fernando Albán,” García Palomo said.

Investigations by Venezuelan authorities determined that while Borges was sitting in dialogues with the Bolivarian Government in the Dominican Republic, he was organizing the failed assassination attempt against President Maduro. Minister Rodriguez said that is one of the reasons he did not sign the political agreement reached and that it would lay the groundwork for the May presidential elections.

As part of the team that participated in the 2018 assassination attempt, García Palomo also mentioned Lieutenant Colonel Ovidio Carrasco Mosqueda, who had access to information about the presidential activities and relations of senior Bolivarian government officials.

Carrasco Mosqueda is also in detention and mentioned Borges as the main leader of the failed assassination attempt, with whom he met several times.

“An attack against the president is coming, Julio Borges tells me,” declared Carrasco Mosqueda.

Others involved: Foreign actors and fugitives from Venezuela

During the press conference, the names of Venezuelan fugitive Luisa Ortega Díaz, Rafael Ramírez, Miguel Torres, Fernando Albán and former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also appeared.

“This military coup carried out by Santos attempted, in violation of the Constitution, to prevent the people from expressing themselves at the ballot box on Sunday, May 20, 2018 (the day on which the presidential elections were held),” Rodríguez denounced.

Colombian ‘Birds of Passage’ Wins Best Film at Cuban Festival

Source:  TeleSUR
December 15 2018

birds of passage colombian filmA scene of the Colombian film “Birds of Passage.”
| Photo: Twitter / @FilmotecaUNAM

The Colombian film “Pajaros de Verano” (or Birds of Passage), directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, was crowned with the Coral prize for the best fiction film at the 40th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema held in Havana, Cuba.

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“Pajaros de Verano” is a story set in the seventies, when the cultivation and sale of marijuana brought enormous wealth, and also decadence, to some families of the Wayuu indigenous community in the Colombian department of La Guajira.

The film, which was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and has been shortlisted to represent Colombia at the Oscars, also received the Coral prize for best original music at the Havana Festival.

According to Jenn Sepulveda, a Colombian film critic, the film’s success stems from its ability to become something more than an ethnographic description.

Its plot reconstructs the socio-cultural scenario faced by a couple of foreigners who came to La Guajira looking for cannabis. Their search, which might seem simple and trivial, ends up leading to drug trafficking, a business that merges power, violence, and death.

The story unfolds between 1975 and 1985, a time when Colombia went through episodes of violence derived from the competition between marijuana producers and cocaine traffickers.

“We looked for a feminine perspective for a genre that always tells its stories from the male voice. We looked for those silent stories they had not told us,” Gallego said, as reported by Canaltrece.

“Bird of Passage” the transformation of the ritual

At the center of that story is Ursula Pushaima, a character who embodies the female perspective from the Guajira, a matriarchal community in which strong, empowered women face everyday life within a conservative, macho society.

The film is infused with the magical realism of a culture where the value of words influences people’s relationships with the dead, dreams, and nature.

“The word is a means of negotiation. It is a way through which [the Wayuu] have been able to find peace, stability, and protection, despite not having clear rules as a community,” explained the female director of “Birds of Passage.”

This year’s edition of Havana Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday, will screen 333 Latin American films until Dec. 16

US Involvement in Central America Created Border Crisis

December 6 2018

by Victor Dixon

The current wave of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has its roots in six decades of US policies carried out by members of both parties.

monroe doctrine cartoon 3.jpgThe US has always seen Central America as its backyard with the resources of these countries being owned by US companies and under the Monroe Doctrine has seen itself as being free to intervene militarily in them in order to protect US interests.

Guatemala

For example, in Guatemala most of the arable land along with railroad infrastructure and a port are owned by the United Fruit Company, a US company. In 1954 when President Jacobo Arbenz developed a land redistribution program which threatened the interests of United Fruit there was a coup against his government, fully backed by the Eisenhower administration leading to a decades long civil war that claimed 200,000 lives in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

This set a pattern of military strongmen, juntas and military intervention to prop up right-wing governments including training the local military in methods of torture, scorched earth and terror which forced local populations to flee for their own safety.

El Salvador & Honduras

In El Salvador in the 1980’s the Reagan administration organized and funded the protracted war with the FMLN, a left-wing guerrilla movement and funded counterinsurgency efforts in Honduras, which became a staging ground for the Contras. More than 75,000 people died and civil society collapsed.

Between 1980 and 1991 one million people fled Honduras mostly to the US which refused to accept them and so they joined gangs like MS13 in order to support themselves.

In 2009 there was a military coup against the government of Manuel Zelaya who had introduced social and economic reforms to reduce the inequality between the rich and the poor such as raising the minimum wage, providing subsidies for education, school nutrition, public transportation and pensions for the elderly. These moves were too disturbing to the country’s economic and military elites.

hiliary clinton and porfilio lobo honduras

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and  Porfirio Lobo, who became Honduras’ president in a disputed election following a coup that removed democratically elected Manuel Zelaya. Reuters  Edgard Garrido

There is no evidence the Obama administration was involved in the coup but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that it helped in preventing Zelaya’s return and aided the junta in consolidating its power, in the face of massive nonviolent protests.

In subsequent years, horrific repression and a murder rate increase of 53% (the highest in the world) led to tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to the US.

These refugees were not accepted by the US government and most were deported ironically by Hillary Clinton, the very person who had largely precipitated the crisis. Others joined gangs and were imprisoned prior to being deported back to their homeland where they grew stronger.

Colombia and Mexico

In the 1990’s the US destroyed the Cali and Medellin drug cartels in Colombia under “Plan Colombia” and in 2006 Mexico launched an all-out war against the Mexican cartels which left 70,000 people dead. The cartels sought a new pathway to transport their product and moved south into Central America where they encountered gangs ready to participate in a very lucrative trade.

With the drug trade comes violence as drug gangs compete to protect their territory and product as well as impose conscriptions on local populations, further adding to the forced migration.

Nicaragua

Interestingly Nicaragua is the one country in the region that successfully resisted US intervention and is now a stable society, free of drug gangs and a migrant problem.

US support for corrupt repressive regimes

Since the 1950’s the US has sown violence and instability in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which are now dangerous places from which thousands of helpless people are fleeing. Decades of US support for corrupt repressive regimes that terrorize their people, its’ demand for illegal drugs transmitted through these countries and the war on drugs that was foisted on them have left the US with a moral responsibility to help these refugees.

Building a wall is not the solution because it addresses the symptom and not the causes of the problem. The solution requires the cessation of the policy of propping up repressive regimes in the region, combined with massive economic aid and the help of international and refugee organizations.

Maduro Might Not Attend UNGA over Security Concerns

Source: TeleSUR
September 19 2018

Venezuela

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he talks to the media during
a news conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 18, 2018.
| Photo: Reuters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he may not attend the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York over fear of his life.

During Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s press conference Tuesday (Sept. 18) he says he is unsure of whether he’ll participate in the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York that starts this week for safety concerns.

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“You know they have me in their sights to kill me … I want to go to New York, but I have to take care of my security,” Maduro said at a news conference, without elaborating.

Maduro has several times accused Venezuelan ex-military officers of conspiring to overthrow his government with the help of U.S factions based out of Florida. The head of state has also said that Colombian right-wing factions are also to blame for the attempt on his life.

Venezuela’s president survived an attack on his life during a military parade celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in the capital of Caracas on Aug. 4. “They have tried to assassinate me today, and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right and the Colombian ultra-right,” Maduro said the same day.

Seven soldiers were injured in the event. Dozens of suspects have been arrested, including several military officials.

The New York Times reported on Sept. 8 that U.S. officials met with Venezuelan military officers as part of an attempt by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to carry out an intervention and a coup against Maduro’s government.

In recent days the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro hinted toward military action against Venezuela. During a three-day visit to Colombia, the secretary general said: “As for a military intervention (in Venezuela) we should not rule out any option. … Diplomatic action is the place to start, but we must not rule out any actions.”

After being denounced by the communist party of his own country of Uruguay, Bolivian President Evo Morales, and even the right-wing Lima Group, Almagro denied saying he made any mention of military action in the South American country. He then compared the economic situation in Venezuela with the Rwandan genocide.

Maduro has not attended a General Assembly since 2015. The 73rd session began Tuesday and will run until Sept. 30.

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.

Ten signs that the US prepares military intervention in Venezuela

Source: La Santa Mambisa

By Norelys Morales

ten signs us preparing to invade venezuela.jpgThe fact that the USA is reliving its failed policies in Latin America and in particular against Venezuela, can only result in the US regime being more aggressive. In recent weeks, the promotion of its hegemonic ambitions concealed by “universal principles” [1] has taken a very worrying course.

However, the US arsenal has missiles of all powers but is short of political arguments. [2]

The Venezuelan Government rejected this Sunday, February 11, the statements of the US Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri, who confirmed the intention of his country to intervene in the internal affairs of this nation.

By offering information on the tour of several Latin American countries by the head of US diplomacy, Rex Tillerson, Palmieri reiterated the pretensions of ending the constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro under the pretext of alleged humanitarian aid. [3]

Let’s see those ten signs, which make up a pre-war or war scenario, indicated by Professor William Izarra, that should be denounced [4], and turn on solidarity alerts, as Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has done. [5]

1. Tour of Tillerson by narrow and submissive allied countries of the USA; declaration of direct attack on Venezuela in each country.

2. Presence of Kurt Tidd in Bogotá and his meetings with Santos, VP and Minister of Defense. Under the excuse of a meeting to review anti-drug measures, the central theme was the direct intervention plan in Venezuela using a multinational force led by Colombia and advised, monitored and logistically supported by the Southern Command.

3. Mobilizations of troops at the borders of Brazil and Colombia whose apparent and public causes are Venezuelan migrations, but the truth is to besiege Venezuela using the operation Pinchers.

4. Complete the Pincers decision favoring Guyana to decide by the International Tribunal on the Area in Complaint. This fact managed by the USA establishes a client relationship between the USA and Guyana whose gratitude is concretized in alliance and employment of their territory for the mobilization of military forces in the control of drug traffickers, an excuse that mimics their true reason for assault towards Venezuela when the rearguard action demanded it.

5. Holland with its islands A, B, C (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) is the presence of NATO a few miles off the Venezuelan coast. Holland is pro-US and close ally for acts of hegemonic imposition.

6. The public statements (meeting with opposition sectors) of the Chargé d’Affaires of the USA (holds the rank of Ambassador in the State Department) without any respect for the diplomatic behavior of a foreign official, defining very clearly the call to take the government by the counterrevolutionary force that has the support of the USA.

7. The instructions given to the opposition to refrain from signing the Dominican Republic document.

8. The continuation of the tour of Tillerson by Julio Borges, thus qualified by the Chancellor, who following instructions from the State Department, continues his work as Ambassador of War requesting more sanctions against Venezuela.

9. The acceleration of the economic blockade on the part of the EU which constitutes the cordon of the world’s right of the western countries monitored by the USA to suffocate and bend the Venezuelan people that has not allowed to annihilate the Bolivarian Revolution.

10. Of all these events that occurred between January 15 and February 10, the most significant to consider for a possible invasion of Venezuela by a multinational force is the presence of the Commander of the Southern Command in Colombia (military factor for coercion). after the aggressive tour of the new oil hawk and raptor Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State of the USA. When the imperialist aggressions of the USA take place, the diplomatic action precedes the military act. This time I observe it. So my conclusion is that the US invasion attempt using a multinational force led by Colombia from the Southern Command is imminent. The other part that complements the above are the acts of resistance and against invasion of the revolutionary forces.

Notes

[1] https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/262634-desden-amenazas-trata-eeuu-america/amp?__twitter_impression=true
[2] http://www.elmercuriodigital.net/2018/02/trump-y-tillerson-contra-la-soberania.html
[3] http://prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=151845&SEO=gobierno-de-venezuela-rechaza-injerencia-de-funcionario-de-ee.uu.
[4] http://www.noticiascandela.informe25.com/2018/02/william-izarra-relacionamos-los-ultimos.html
[5] https://www.telesurtv.net/news/evo-presencia-militar-estadounidense-tumaco-colombia-20180211-0023.html