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

Amid Peace Talks, 2 More Social Leaders Assassinated in Colombia

Source:  TeleSur

11 February 2018

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Orlando Grueso, an ex-FARC member, was working to help campesinos in the region transition from growing illicit coca crops to other alternatives. | Photo: Twitter/ Coccam

  • Several social movements in the region have denounced the death of the two leaders.

Amid peace talks between the National Liberation Army, ELN, and the Colombian government, two more campesino leaders were assassinated on Friday in the municipality of Guapi, in the Cauca department of Colombia.

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Human rights defenders Orlando Grueso, a former guerrilla, and Jonathan Cundimi, a local activist, were working to help campesinos transition from growing coca crops to alternative crops in the region. Grueso was reportedly a former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Ever since the launch of the government’s national substitution program in May 2017, conflict over cultivating coca leaves, the base ingredient for cocaine, has escalated as the government has mounted pressure on campesinos to stop the practice altogether and replace it with growing cocoa, coffee or banana.

Both the leaders were members of the Ethnic and Popular Movement of the Pacific, MOEP, the National Coca, Marijuana and Poppy Growers Coordinator, Coccam, and the Political and Social Movement of the Patriotic March in Cauca.

Marino Grueso, Orlando’s brother, confirmed he was assassinated while meeting with a regional leader and representative from the Cauca region, Ancizar Barrios, along with Aida Avella, a left-wing political leader of the Patriotic Union.

Several social movements in the region have denounced the death of the two leaders.

Jhonatan Centeno, a fellow human rights defender, told local media: “Orlando was a great leader of the Patriotic March and promoted the process of voluntary substitution of crops for illicit use.”

Nearly 170 social leaders have been killed in Colombia in 2017, according to the Institute of Studies for Peace Development, Indepaz, a Colombian non-governmental organization.

Indepaz director Camilo Gonzalez Posso said, “The rise in homicides is over two main conflicts: (access to) land and (natural) resources. This latter refers to the rentiership in illegal mining and cultivation of illicit crops.”

Until November 2016, the FARC controlled most of the coca-growing territories in the country, but after they signed the peace deal with the government, the government also pledged to banish growing the illicit crop in the region.

Colombian government halts peace talks with the ELN

Source:  Granma

February 1, 2018

Juan Manuel Santos 3The peace talks between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the National Liberation Army (ELN) face new difficulties due to the suspension of the Fifth Cycle of Talks following attacks in several areas of Colombia.

This Wednesday, January 31, when the bilateral meeting was scheduled to be held, the head of the official delegation of the Colombian Executive and former vice president of the nation, Gustavo Bell, tweeted that “In accordance with the decision of President Juan Manuel Santos on the negotiations with the ELN, the Government Peace Team remains in Bogotá.”

elnMeanwhile, the ELN Central Command asked the government to remain consistent with the commitments made in the negotiations and insisted on the resumption of the talks, Prensa Latina reported.

The guerrilla group considered that, as in other negotiation processes, the difficulties presented must be solved by resorting to the instruments that have been created, designed for the political solution of the conflict, which in this case correspond to the negotiation table in Quito.

“There are agreements in progress, an agenda, on the implementation of the process and the negotiation table, which must be respected,” the group stressed.

Youth from across the world condemn U.S. imperialism

Source:  Granma
October 19 2017

By Lissy Rodríguez, Special correspondent | internet@granma.cu

October 18 saw the International Anti-imperialist Tribunal, a space created to denounce imperialist crimes, as part of the 19th World Festival of Youth and  Students

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SOCHI, Russia.– October 18 saw the International Anti-imperialist Tribunal, a space created to denounce imperialist crimes, as part of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students.

Terrorist acts that the United States has perpetrated against Cuba

The Cuban case was presented by Elián González, who referred to the more than 700 terrorist acts that the United States has perpetrated against Cuba resulting in thousands of dead and injured.

He stressed that subversion on the island involves non-governmental organizations, universities, USAID, counterrevolutionary representatives and Freedom House, considered a vehicle for the work of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. From 1996 through 2015, Elián noted, USAID allocated 284 million dollars to its Cuba program.

The Sahrawi people

Omar Hanesa, representing the Sahrawi people, denounced the illegal Moroccan occupation of their land and demanded justice for the crimes committed against them over decades. He also called for the release of political prisoners sentenced to more than 20 years for defending their people’s cause.

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More than 150 unpunished murders

Similarly, Angela Correa from Colombia denounced the more than 150 unpunished murders of young communists at the hands of government agents in her country, and demanded an observation mission in the face of the avalanche of violence. In addition, she condemned the attacks on Venezuela and the increased military presence in the nine U.S. bases on Colombian soil.

During the day, witnesses from countries such as Brazil and North Korea also lodged their complaints before the Anti-imperialist Tribunal.

Exclusive: Colombian Journalist Pays Alleged Venezuela Official to Lie on Camera

Source:  TeleSUR
September 5 2017

colombian journalist paysScreenshot of Colombia’s Canal Uno interview. | Photo: Canal Uno

The journalist instructed the Venezuelan to talk about ties between top Venezuelan officials and the Soles drug trafficking ring.

Exclusive information obtained by teleSUR implicates a Colombian journalist at a private media outlet in paying for and manipulating information in order to smear the Venezuelan government and top officials.

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Claudia Cano, a journalist with Colombia’s Canal Uno aired an interview with Edgar de Jesus Villanueva, identified as a defector from Venezuela’s Bolivarian intelligence service, or SEBIN. In the broadcast report, Villanueva signals the SEBIN director and socialist leader Diosdado Cabello as taking part in illicit activity, including drug trafficking and torture.

An audio recording

An audio recording, however, suggests that Villanueva’s testimony was directed by Cano and deliberately manipulated.

“We are gonna talk about the Director of the SEBIN and … we are gonna talk about … if he is part or not of the cartel, the famous “Cartel de los Soles,” the woman in the audio, purported to be Cano, is heard saying.

“So you want to me to say that he is part of the Cartel de los Soles,” responds the other party in the recording, who is said to be Villanueva.

“Yeah indeed, I need you to say that he is part of the cartel … together with Diosdado Cabello,” Cano responds.

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Also in the recording, Villanueva says he would be paid 4 million Colombian pesos.

“I will give you 2 million in a little bit when we finish recording,” Cano tells him.

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teleSUR has not been able to obtain a response from Canal Uno at the time of publication, although on Twitter, Cano denied paying anyone, in response to the accusation.

The topic of Venezuela’s political and economic crisis are often top news in Latin America, especially on private media who often portray the situation in as one of an authoritarian government following a failed economic platform.

Venezuelan officials have often denounced this as a deliberate campaign to discredit the government and to foment tensions.

In April, opposition leader began calling for street demonstrations aimed at toppling the government. Over 120 people, including dozens of bystanders, were killed, until the protest violence ended following the Constituent Assembly elections on July 30.

‘We’re a New Party for a New Country’: Colombia FARC Leader Byron Yepes


Source:  TeleSUR
September 1 2017

By: Carla Gonzalez

Byron Yepes.pngByron Yepes during the FARC Congress in Bogota, Colombia. | Photo: Twitter @ByronYepes_Farc

In an exclusive interview, teleSUR spoke with Byron Yepes, member of the Central High Command of the FARC on the future of the organization.

For Byron Yepes, a member of the FARC Central High Command, the group’s congress, which has closed, is key to determining the future of the organization and will revolutionize the way Colombians see politics.

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Yepes, whose given name is Julian Villamizar, handled some of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia territories, and its finances at one point, and was a key ally to Manuel Marulanda co-founder of the FARC and commander “Mono Jojoy” member of the FARC Secretariat, both killed during the conflict.

Yepes himself was once considered to have been captured and killed in 2010.

“It is the first time we meet with delegates, former FARC fighters, in Bogota in the center of the capital, of what was once a clandestine party,” Yepes told teleSUR from the Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada Convention Center, where the congress was taking place.

At the event’s plenary session the fundamental elements of the party, its political platform, and symbols it will use were all approved.

Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons

The new party, which will now be called the “Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons,” with the same acronym, will seek to participate in all future elections, from small communal councils to municipal elections, and also for legislative seats.

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“We are going to influence politics, with fresh ideas, renewed ideas, with a new party for a new country, Yepes said. “We are going to be an alternative, a change of political traditions in Colombia, a change in the way the political parties act.”

The congress chose its leading members, but Yepes says it is up to them to go to the streets and build the structure of the party.

He says this critical step will include many challenges, work, and mostly a lot of expectations.

For this step, the congress included the participation and input from social organizations from all regions, and from the former transitional zones, which are now called “Territorial Areas of Reconciliation.”

Reflecting the aspirations of the Colombian people

“Our party is a party that collects and reflects the aspirations of the Colombian people, the common people, that is, people who have never had a voice, most of them who have not had opportunities,” Yepes said.

Campesinos, Indigenous people, Afro-descendants, women and workers from across the country met this week as part of delegations.

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“There is a good number of former combatants, comrades from different regions, and social organizations that have historically accompanied us throughout the war,” Yepes said. “And throughout the struggle, they have also been on the task of building the party.”

But the challenges to consolidate peace are still a major challenge for FARC members, who have already delivered all their weapons and began their transition into society.

The main criticism, since the signing of the peace agreement on Sept. 27, 2016, in Havana, Cuba, is the slow implementation by the government of Juan Manuel Santos.

To consolidate peace

“The struggle of all Colombians is to consolidate peace, to consolidate the implementation of the agreements because the agreement is not only for us, it is for Colombian society, it will affect the common Colombian people,” Yepes said.

“It will have a concrete impact on political, economic, and social life,” he explained.

But the most crucial part of the agreement is still the Colombian state’s commitment to eliminate paramilitaries and all forms of violence jeopardizing the definitive and permanent peace.

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“The reality is that every day in Colombia we are seeing murders of social leaders, and this should not be the case, the war is over,” Yepes told teleSUR.

Without having the military force as a way to pressure the government, the FARC will now have to seek other mechanisms to ensure that the Santos government complies with its part of the deal.

We are going to take to the streets

“We are going to take to the streets to mobilize with Colombian society, with the Colombian people, to impose on the Colombian regime the fulfillment of the agreements,” he said.

The long-awaited peace in Colombia does not only affect its people but it also has an echo in the rest of the region.

“Latin America has declared several times in different summits, that it has to be a continent free of conflicts,” Yepes said.

“Our continent is a continent that will live in peace, in harmony, in tranquility,” he concluded.

Colombia: Founding congress of the party to replace the FARC-EP underway

Source:  Granma
August 28 2017

by  International news staff | informacion@granma.cu

As a further step in the Colombian peace process, the founding congress of the political party that will replace the FARC-EP began  August 27 2017

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BOGOTÁ.–The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), Timoleón Jiménez, inaugurated the founding Congress of the political party that will replace this force, on Sunday, August 27, under the slogan “For a Transitional Government for Reconciliation and Peace.

The event is being held in the Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada Convention Center, in the Colombian capital, with the participation of 1,100 delegates and 200 guests from various sectors of Colombian society.

The opening remarks of the Congress were offered by Alberto Anaya, secretary general of the Mexican Workers’ Party, who welcomed the holding of such an event on behalf of delegates of Latin American leftist organizations.

Fighting in conditions of peace

Anaya noted that after so many decades of struggle, the FARC-EP will continue to fight for its people, but now in the everyday democratic political battle, in conditions of peace.

This first day of the Congress was dedicated to messages of support from guest Colombian and international personalities.

The Congress will continue to session today, in several working commissions, as Andres París, a member of the FARC-EP leadership, told Prensa Latina.

The executive board of this first Congress for the integration of the insurgent force into civilian life is headed by Jiménez, along with commanders Iván Márquez, Solis Almeida and Joaquin Gómez, as well as three women’s representatives of the FARC-EP high command.

The Congress must agree on the name of the new political party to be formed before it concludes on September 1, which according to Márquez, a member of the FARC-EP Secretariat, could be called the Alternative Revolutionary Force of Colombia.

The event will see the election of the party leadership, the approval of its lines of action, and the appointment of the ten delegates who will occupy seats in the Congress of the Republic, five in each chamber, as outlined in the Peace Agreement signed with the Colombian government at the end of 2016 in Havana, after more than four years of talks.

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The Congress will conclude on September 1 with a mass act in the central Plaza Bolívar of the Colombian capital.

The peace process underway has put an end to more than five decades of internal armed conflict in Colombia, which have resulted in 5.7 million displaced persons, 220,000 dead and more than 25,000 disappeared.