Argentina’s Maradona Says Venezuela ‘Voted to Continue Legacy of Hugo Chavez ‘

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2018

 

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Ex-Argentine soccer player Diego Armando Maradona gestures as
Venezuela’s President Maduro kisses the national flag during a campaign rally in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

“I’m very glad Maduro didn’t lose, because the United States would taken over everything, just like they’re doing in Argentina,” said Maradona.

Argentine former soccer player Diego Maradona expressed his support to Venezuelan people’s decision to reelect President Nicolas Maduro for another six-year term, after attending his campaign’s closing ceremony Thursday.

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“Yesterday, Venezuela again gave its support to Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelans that don’t want to be invaded, the good Venezuelans, elected him again to continue the legacy of Commander Hugo Chavez. Today Venezuela is free forever,” wrote the soccer star in his Facebook account.

The former national Argentine team coach has been a long-time supporter of the Bolivarian revolution and a fierce critic of neoliberal policies in Latin America.

“I’m very glad Maduro didn’t lose, because the United States would have taken over everything, just like they’re doing in Argentina, as they’re doing in Brazil, and in every country that want to keep its head up.”

Despite critics from the opposition and other detractors, Maradona has remained firm in his support for the Venezuelan government and President Nicolas Maduro.

“And to those who criticize me, I thank you with my soul. They speak from their homes and have the plate full of food everyday. And we’re fighting in Venezuela so that plate can be full. I greet the singer, the actress and the ex-soccer player that woke up after a long time. I won’t vote for the ones they want,” said Maradona, referring to critics of singer Jose Luis Rodriguez “el Puma” and ex-soccer player Mario Kempes.

“My back is wide enough to hold everything they want to tell me. I send a big hug to all Venezuelans!” he concluded.

Bolivian President Evo Morales Warns of Plan ‘to Invade Venezuela’ by US, OAS

Source:  TeleSUR
May 1 2018

evo morales may 2018.jpgBolivia’s President Evo Morales speaks during May Day celebrations in
Oruro, Bolivia, May 1, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Morales explained that “the empire acts out of fear of the sovereign vote and knows that it will never again subject the free people.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that the United States and the Organization of American States are implementing a plan with the purpose of defeating the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

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“Before the elections they will carry out violent actions supported by the media and after the elections they will try a military invasion with Armed Forces from neighboring countries,” President Morales said on his official Twitter account.

Earlier this week U.S. Vice President Mike Pence requested that the OAS suspend Venezuela in during a speech at the Permanent Council of the OAS, comments that were rejected by the Venezuelan government calling such statements an aggression to disturb the peace in the country and further explaining that Venezuela is already in the process of leaving the “colonial” group.

Fear

Morales further explained that “the empire acts out of fear of the sovereign vote and knows that it will never again subject the free people.”

In February, the Bolivian leader had warned of the U.S. military presence in the Colombian department of Tumaco, warning that “any imperialist military threat against peace in sister Venezuela and our region will be thwarted by the dignity, sovereignty and unity of our democratic peoples.”

On May 20 Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect the nation’s president and members of the legislative councils, in the 24th election in 19 years of the Bolivarian Revolution.

Despite boycott of some factions in the right, five candidates submitted their candidacy for the Presidency. According to latest polls, Nicolás Maduro, the candidate of the Frente Amplio de la Patria, a coalition of left-wing parties, remains the favorite to win.

Venezuela’s Maduro ‘Will Call New Peace Dialogue if Elected’

Source:  TeleSUR
May 8 2018

maduro may 2018.jpgVenezuela’s President Maduro has vowed that if he wins the May 20 elections,
he will call for a new peace dialogue. | Photo: EFE

“Once Venezuela chooses me as president… I will call for a great national dialogue for peace,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela‘s President Nicolas Maduro has vowed that if he wins the May 20 presidential elections, he will call for a new national peace dialogue to be held in the Dominican Republic and include every political and social force in the Latin American country.

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“Once Venezuela chooses me as president… I will call for a great national dialogue for peace,” said Maduro during a campaign event transmitted by national TV.

After several rounds of negotiations late last year in Santo Domingo, opposition leaders decided not to sign an agreement that had been reached between their representatives and those of the government.

May 20

Electoral authorities brought forward the date of the elections to May 20, but a part of the opposition is still boycotting them. The Democratic Unity Board(MUD) claims the electoral process lacks transparency and predicts there will be widespread fraud.

Main opposition candidate Henri Falcon ignored the MUD boycott, however, and is running in the elections. He’s currently in second place in the opinion polls, behind President Maduro.

“We have an incapable and inept president, in no condition to generate control and policies that can solve Venezuelans’ problems,” Falcon posted on his Twitter account.

Falcon has severely criticized the MUD, of which he used to be part, for boycotting the elections. On May 4, a day after the MUD reaffirmed their boycott, Falcon said such opposition groups will disappear because of their attitude.

Several organizations and opposition politicians are supporting Falcon, leaving the MUD progressively more isolated.

Timoteo Zambrano, representative at the suspended National Assembly (AN), announced the creation of a parliamentary platform called ‘Let’s Change’ (Cambiemos, in Spanish) in support of Falcon. The group is also supported by representatives Teodoro Campos and the first vice-president of the AN, Julio Cesar Reyes.

Vladimir Putin Spoke This Morning

by Keith Ellis

March 1 2018

Are we on the way to permanent peace, beginning with talks on restoring arms control agreements?

vladimir putin march 1 2018.jpgBefore Putin spoke this morning (Thursday, March 1, 2018), we knew we were living in a world where the U.S. and NATO reserved the right, to be used at their discretion, to deliver a first nuclear strike on any selected foe.  President Trump during his election campaign was heard wondering aloud why his country had nuclear weapons if it didn’t use them.

The West’s war drills

When he became president, ignoring the fact that his predecessor had embraced the same first-strike doctrine, some of his fellow citizens and people in other parts of the world began to recoil in fear of nuclear war being unleashed.  Rising tensions were now expressed in and provoked by the West’s war drills which had become almost perpetual and were being practised closer and closer to the territories of Russia, China and North Korea.  This latter country, in defiance of the U.N.’s prohibition, continued to improve its nuclear status, thus making the U.S. increasingly angry but with reduced options for reacting militarily, an awkward situation for an “exceptionally great power.”

            Faced, on the one hand, with his country’s propensity having recourse to war, and with his own predisposition to condone his military’s use of nuclear weapons or ones fashioned from depleted uranium, and, on the other, with the abhorrence of nuclear weapons held by much of humanity, President Trump decided to make the use of nuclear weapons more palatable.

As part of his Nuclear Posture Review announced this past January, he proposed new entry-level low-yield nuclear weapons—retro-designed to be “nice” mini ones, going back in yield to the days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  That former explosive power would now be possible, redesigned and repackaged, following the same esthetic inspiration as those hand guns that Smith and Wesson produce for lady shooters, or like the piece of chocolate cake Trump proudly fed to Premier Xi while he carried out the bombing of Al Shayrat airbase in Syria. This earlier scale of destruction of human lives and property would seem “mercifully” lower than that resulting from his vaunted “fire and fury”.  The same relative “humanitarian” line of thinking is perhaps encouraging Trump to appreciate and be inspired by the fact that, by his linking the new bombs to the past (1945), the new ones will seem as if they have been used before and thus be endowed with a comfortable familiarity.  If they are used again, say against Venezuela—provided they are kept well away from the rich oil fields and the human victims appear to be from one of those countries recently described by the leader of the “free world” in the way in which he wants the rest of the imperialist world to see us—a nuclear war using his small new bombs will come to seem no more inconvenient than did hurricane María.  The goal of making nuclear war into conventional war will then have been achieved.

Nuclear parity

“Not so fast,” Vladimir Putin intimated on March 1.  The defensive and retaliatory arsenal he showed as ready or nearly ready to respond to any attack by a nuclear weapon has re-magnified Hiroshima, bringing back to people’s ears the “Oh horrors” slowly pronounced by my grandfather in 1945.  What is more, the inescapable silo-emptying response would be applied to any nuclear foe not only of Russia but also of its allies.  Putin named for the first time, in this military context, only one of these allies: China.  In this climactic part of his speech, he displayed unusual passion, as if the torrent of insults against him and Russia and the constant threats and provocations against his allies were becoming too much to bear.

He added to his statement about Russia’s new nuclear capabilities that they were also new to the world, for their speed, power, length of engagement and maneuverability, feats that require entirely new materials in their manufacture.  These new nuclear capabilities, the Russian leader said, were not intended to frighten his adversaries but to establish a state of nuclear parity.  The weaponry will at the same time be tightly defensive and in a position to punish aggressors against Russia and its allies, “regardless of the consequences”.  His words seemed to have brought palpable happiness to his large audience.  Thanks to the first-rate and dedicated work that is being done by scientists young and old, their achievements are being carried out at the same time as increased social spending in Russia aims to bring marked improvement to such indices as health care and life expectancy in the largest country in the world.  It is useful to remember that the Russian military is currently functioning on a budget of $50 billion while that of the U.S. has been demanding $700 billion, perhaps more now.

An enormous contribution to peace

Some weeks ago Putin warned Trump not to make war on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  How many China-like defensive agreements are there to be revealed?  (The Venezuelan government is right now widely publicizing Putin’s speech in Spanish translation.)  Are we on the way to permanent peace, beginning with talks on restoring arms control agreements?

            These new creations of nuclear defensive weaponry are so difficult to breach, even with a first-strike advantage, that an adversary would think many times before attempting to do so.  And the response to an attempt would be so difficult to defend against that the risk of trying would hardly be worthwhile.  In summary, the good news from Putin’s speech is that the progress in Russian military science, unmatched by the imperialists, is an enormous contribution to peace.

Raul Castro: Our peoples have no future without unity, without integration

Source:  Granma
March 72018

Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, at the 15th ALBA-TCP Summit, held in Caracas

(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

raul at alba summit 2018c.jpgCompañero Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela;

Esteemed Heads of State and Government;

Esteemed Heads of delegations and guests:

This March 5, on which we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the passing of President Hugo Chávez Frías, founder together with Fidel of ALBA, my first words are dedicated to reaffirming our tribute to his work and his example and the unwavering loyalty to his legacy.

Today, ALBA has as its strategic and urgent task the joint defense of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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The military threat, hostility and economic aggression of U.S. imperialism against Venezuela; the neoliberal onslaught to reverse the social gains; the interference against the sovereignty of progressive governments; the attempts to dismantle the progress in the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, destabilize the region and pose risks to regional peace and security.

The United States, since 1999 when Comandante Hugo Chávez became President, and even more so when compañero Nicolás Maduro did so, has resorted to methods of unconventional warfare, with the aim of defeating this country, the owner of immense riches coveted by imperialism. President Donald Trump has just renewed the executive order that declares Venezuela an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

The threats to peace and stability in Venezuela also represent a threat to regional peace and stability.

Some appear to have forgotten the lessons of the past, the cruel years of the military dictatorships, the impact of neoliberalism; that they attempt to reinstate the disastrous consequences that the policies of extortion, humiliation and isolation had for our region that, as then, have the United States as their chief articulator.

They openly announce the full validity and relevance of the Monroe Doctrine which proclaims colonial subordination to the governments and corporations of Washington and that, as Bolívar warned, plagued Our America with sorrow and misery in the name of liberty.

Once again, they underestimate our peoples.

We proclaim unwavering support for the Bolivarian Revolution and the civic-military union of its people, led by their President, compañero Nicolás Maduro Moros.

We condemn the unilateral coercive measures and external interference against the Bolivarian and Chavista process that threaten the peace and dialogue between Venezuelans, with destabilizing purposes, and create hardships for its population.

Cease the economic aggression against Venezuela so that its people can enjoy the rights conquered by their Revolution.

We reject the exclusion of President Nicolás Maduro from the 8th Summit of the Americas. This illegal decision is unacceptable and interventionist, whilst it takes the hemisphere back to stages that appeared to have been overcome.

Exclusions do not contribute at all to peace, dialogue or hemispheric understanding.

It is unacceptable that a group of countries, with no right or mandate, intend to speak for the region and serve as an instrument of aggression against a member of the Latin American and Caribbean family, using as a pretext an alleged rupture of the democratic order, precisely in a country that has undertaken more than twenty electoral processes and has now called presidential elections, as was previously demanded, even via violent methods.

Why don’t they denounce the covert coup d’états, the massacres, the forced disappearances suffered by the peoples of the region?

Nor do we recognize any moral authority of the discredited Organization of American States (OAS) to give lessons in democracy, governability or constitutionality.

They violate the postulates of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, during the 2nd CELAC Summit, in Havana, and evade strict compliance with the obligation not to interfere, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any other state, and observe the principles of national sovereignty, equality of rights and the self-determination of the peoples.

The only solution to the problems of Venezuelans is in the hands of Venezuelans themselves.

Esteemed compañeros:

I speak on behalf of our Revolution and our people, as will any other Cuban compatriot from this position in the future, who will always know, as Fidel believed, that “Our peoples have no future without unity, without integration.”

Bolívar and Martí, Fidel and Chávez bequeathed us invaluable teachings, among them loyalty to principles. Their lessons show us the course to follow in this decisive hour of the Great Homeland, which calls for our unity to forge together our second and definitive independence. Thank you very much. (Applause).

Caribbean Association of Cuba rejects Trump’s racist remarks

Source:  Granma
February 26 2018

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María Rollock Hernández, President of the Caribbean Association of Cuba, noted that “Our peoples are working for peace and unity, and we are offended by these disrespectful and arrogant remarks.” Photo: Nuria Barbosa

President of the ACC, María Rollock Hernández, speaking to Granma International, noted that “Our peoples are working for peace and unity, and we are offended by these disrespectful and arrogant remarks.”

The Caribbean Association of Cuba (ACC) vehemently rejected in Havana U.S. President Donald Trump’s racist and xenophobic remarks.

During a meeting with U.S. Senators held in mid January, Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” in reference to Haiti, El Salvador, and other African countries, provoking a wave of criticism from across the globe.

Peace and unity

The ACC statement reads: “Our organization, responding to the sentiments of its members, descendents of the Greater Caribbean, expresses its most energetic condemnation and rejection of the recent xenophobic and racist remarks by current President of the United States Donald Trump, for his disrespect, erroneous and de-contextualized view of Caribbean, Latin American and African nations, all of which have equal rights before the United Nations.”

President of the ACC, María Rollock Hernández, speaking to Granma International, noted that “Our peoples are working for peace and unity, and we are offended by these disrespectful and arrogant remarks.”

The organization, founded on March 3, 1932, is composed of over 700 members from 26 nations and works to promote the traditions, culture, history of struggle and achievements of different countries of the Caribbean.

The ACC brings together citizens and descendents of nations such as Antigua, Jamaica, the Bermuda Islands, Montserrat, Haiti, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Venezuela, Saint Lucia, the Caiman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Anguilla, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Belize, and Cuba, who work to strengthen ties between members.

Norman Girvan Centre for Caribbean Studies

The Caribbean Association of Cuba is a non-governmental organization affiliated with the Association of Caribbean States and the University of Havana’s Norman Girvan Centre for Caribbean Studies.

It also forms part of Cuban civil society and maintains links with the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP); Casa de las Américas; Foreign Ministry; Cuban Movement for Peace; among other national institutions.

What is more, the organization works to promote popular participation in socio-economic, political and cultural integration processes designed to strengthen Caribbean identity, while also facilitating the creation of social tools to boost regional unity.

Daughter to a Barbadian father, Rollock Hernández noted that: “Since its creation, our organization has been permanently open to strengthening the ties of friendship and solidarity with the peoples. We offer a cultural program to educate the new generations in the traditions and representative elements of art from the region. In order to do so we maintain socio-cultural exchanges with many nations in the area.”

One such activity is the Caribbean Festival or Festival of Fire, which takes place every year in July, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, with performances by dance and music groups, and expositions by popular artisans and visual artists. A theoretical event is held parallel to the festival, during which the results of research into Caribbean issues are presented.

Activities are also held to commemorate national celebrations and Independence Day in each country, as well as the ACC’s anniversary, including workshops, expositions, cultural events and others dedicated to historic themes, with the participation of neighbors, friends, members of the community and guests.

In this regard, Rollock Hernández noted that “In June we organize an international event focused on Cuban and Caribbean culinary arts, and in October we undertake activities in honor of Cuban Culture Day with a celebration of Latin American and Caribbean culture highlighting the friendship and solidarity of the peoples.”

World Peace Council: We reject US interference for the destabilization of Venezuela!

Source:  World Peace Council
February 5 2017

world peace council 6.jpgWith renewed alarm and repudiation, we again denounce US imperialism in its interference in the affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, reaffirmed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who suggested that the Government of President Nicolás Maduro could be overthrown by the Venezuelan Army.

Beginning a visit to Latin America and the Caribbean, Tillerson even referred to past military coups that overthrew popular or progressive governments under the guidance and support of the United States and imposed untold suffering on the people! The dictatorships fed and coordinated by his country decreed as politics the terror of the criminals who instituted the torture basements, the kidnappings and murders, for decades. That is why memory and indignation will surely prevent Latin Americans from accepting such ignominy!

Solidarity with the Venezuelan people

The World Peace Council has repeatedly affirmed its solidarity with the Venezuelan people in defending the Bolivarian Revolution, stability and peace in the country, based primarily on respect for Venezuela’s sovereignty and internal political dialogue, without foreign interference. It is widely known, however, that the increasingly fascist opposition in the country counts on the broad support and encouragement of US imperialism, as evidenced by the criminal attitude of its Secretary of State and that of other reactionary forces in Latin America.

Therefore, we express total repudiation of any attempt by the US to promote the destabilization of Venezuela and the region, by insulting democracy and the sovereignty of nations! We repudiate the persistent media war and inflammatory speeches against the government of President Maduro, who is legitimately elected and committed to a solution to the crisis.

We vehemently reject any suggestion of intervention or military coup promoted by reactionary forces and US imperialism. We believe that the incitement will certainly be frustrated by the conscious and already asserted support of Venezuelan officials for the defense of their country’s peace and sovereignty, rejecting the role of the slaughterers of democracy that the US would like to see them play.

Hands off Venezuela, now!

Down with imperialist interference!

Socorro Gomes
President of the World Peace Council