Venezuela: Maduro invites opposition to meet with government

Source:  Granma
December 4 2017

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“On 372 occasions I have called for a national dialogue,” said the president. | Photo: @PresidencialVen

Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, invited opposition members to meet with government representatives at Miraflores Palace, in order to strengthen formal talks and review the six point agenda agreed upon by both parties in talks held December 1-2 in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.

“I want to invite Deputy Julio Borges, Deputy Luis Florido, Deputy Timoteo Zambrano and Deputy Luis Aquiles Moreno, representing opposition parties, Justice First, People’s Will, Democratic Action, and A New Time, to Miraflores Palace this week,” Maduro stated during the 98th episode of the weekly television program he hosts on VTV, Los Domingos con Maduro.

The head of state recalled that the Venezuelan government maintains a constant dialogue with all the country’s productive and social sectors, and highlighted the importance of consolidating formal talks with all political sectors for the well-being of the country.

“Now we need a political dialogue with all the country’s political actors, with all political forces and factions, I have insisted a great deal on there being dialogue and a permanent system of transparent dialogue regarding the country with the opposition,” he stated, according to AVN.

Maduro also highlighted the repeated calls he has made to oppositions sectors to participate in talks in order to achieve peace. “I have called for national dialogue on 372 occasions,” he stressed.

PSUV Wins Regional Elections, Assures Maduro’s Reelection

Source:  TeleSUR
October 17 2017

By: Dr. Jesus Silva R.

President Maduro Oct 2017.jpgVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a PSUV conference in Caracas. | Photo: PSUV

17 October 2017

by Dr. Jesus Silva R.

It’s time to launch diplomatic bridges to begin to reverse the proposed isolation of Venezuela.

With 18 governorships won in the elections of Oct. 15, 2017, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, becomes the favorite to win the presidential election in 2018. With Chavismo’s 18 regions and the support of the National Constituent Assembly, ANC, the political conditions are in place to virtually ensure the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro.

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The debacle of the Venezuelan opposition started after they called for violent street protests that produced 150 dead and more than a thousand injured and wounded. They insisted on this strategy for four months and later abandoned it without apologizing to the Venezuelan people.

Then came the regional elections and the opposition signed up to participate in them after they had sworn never to leave the battle in the streets. So much incoherence, cynicism and irresponsibility was punished by hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters who were disillusioned with the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, MUD, and did not vote for them.

The biggest challenge of the PSUV

Now that the electoral battle is over, the biggest challenge of the PSUV is the economic recovery of the country and restoring the supply of food and medicines. There should be a call for dialogue with business sectors which had joined the assault against the government through the sabotage of production and the voluntary reduction of activities with the aim of causing social unrest.

Now these entrepreneurs who have witnessed their political allies in the MUD soundly defeated at the ballot box, they have the opportunity to approach the government and through a sincere relationship, contribute to the recovery of the national economy.

Likewise, on the political front, the revolutionary leadership has the opportunity to re-legitimize party authorities as ruled in Article 67 of the Constitution by means of internal elections. The next phase would be to create more spaces for interaction with those members of the rank and file who do not have an organized militancy within the PSUV itself. Such members wish to participate in the political and social tasks of the revolutionary process currently in the hands of their leaders.

The people voted for peace

For the international community, the message is clear: the people voted for peace, do not want a foreign military invasion, nor violent street protests (guarimbas), nor financial blockades, nor terrorism. It’s time to launch diplomatic bridges to begin to reverse the proposed isolation of Venezuela.

Finally, we salute the democratic gesture of Maduro to immediately recognize the election results issued by the National Electoral Council, including those that were unfavorable for the PSUV, and to call the new opposition governors to work together with the central government for the good of the whole country.

CNC’s Cuba Hurricane Relief Campaign Off to a Good Start

Canadian Network on Cuba
Working in friendship and solidarity with Cuba

 209 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 2V3

September 30, 2017

TO: CNC groups and friends
FROM: Keith Ellis, Coordinator
2017 CNC Hurricane Relief

RE: 2017 Canadian Network on Cuba Hurricane Relief Campaign

hurricane relief for cuba 2.jpgOur campaign is off to a good start thanks to a spirit in which suggestions and initiatives are being taken in an organized way that keeps reminding us of one of Fidel’s frequently repeated dictums: “cada soldado un comandante” (every soldier a commander).  This spirit was abundantly evident in a very successful event held last Friday, September 22, in Toronto by the end of which, combined with other events, and including donations received from other parts of the country, we can say that we have so far collected $35,000.

We fully expect that this spirit will continue to be manifested here and throughout Canada, as we try to help the admirably courageous Cuban people who themselves are so deeply and intelligently involved in this recuperative effort against the terrible effects of Hurricane Irma.

You will be pleased to know that Venezuela was prompt in beginning to provide its substantial aid to Cuba.  President Maduro himself arrived in Havana with one of the first shipments on September 21.  Also, very promptly too, Venezuela and Cuba have announced their plans to aid Puerto Rico.  Venezuela has proposed a “special plan of support and solidarity.”  Cuba has 39 doctors ready to go to help its historically sister island (the phrase “dos alas del mismo pájaro” [two wings of the same bird] was first applied to Cuba and Puerto Rico when they were both struggling against colonialism).

For us, as simple human beings, not corrupted or dehumanized by the big media, this response by Cuba and Venezuela will seem to be commendable and inspiring.  But don’t be surprised if it further incites the punitive anger of our Minister of External Affairs, Chrystia Freeland.  She knows that the plan of the moneyed vultures, some of them well-placed in the Trump administration, is to take advantage of Puerto Rico’s heightened crisis, to squeeze the “associate state” to the point of asphyxiation, so that it will offer privatization of its publicly-owned assets at give-away prices as the only exit from the crisis.  The Puerto Rican people will thus become enslaved to the new owners for use of erstwhile public utilities.  A part of Hillary Clinton’s family benefited in just this way from the very tardy response to the horrendous Haiti earthquake of 2010.

You will remember how prompt Cuba and Venezuela were in their response to that great tragedy, when within the first twenty-four hours some 1100 medical interventions were carried out by the Cuban medical team that happened to be in Haiti on a different humanitarian mission.

Alas, a similar rapidity of response cannot be achieved in the case of Puerto Rico.  It is U.S. territory; and permission, as in the case of Hurricane Katrina, will have to be obtained from that country’s government in order for Cuba and Venezuela to carry out their humanitarian activities there.  Permission was denied in the case of Katrina, at the expense of many lives.  We hope that when President Trump gets there, as he is scheduled to do on Tuesday, the 3rd of October, he will make a just assessment of the people’s needs and allow appropriate interventions.

During his slow, apparently reluctant, journey to the nearby island, he is taking every opportunity to remind his 3.5 million unfortunate compatriots there that they have a pre-hurricane debt of 70 billion dollars to New York banks that must be paid.

An interesting proposal aired by President Maduro is to work toward making Puerto Rico eligible for membership in CELAC (the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States).

Let us remember always, as we raise funds for Cuba, that our efforts are never ever linked to swindlers’ pipe-dreams, to frauds, of the kinds that may well be hoodwinking our Minister of External Affairs, but to short-term and long-term help to and solidarity with the Cuban people and their government.

Cheques should be written to “CNC,” with the following words on the memo line. – “Hurricane Relief”.   They should be mailed:

c/o Sharon Skup
56 Riverwood Terrace
Bolton ON L7E 1S4

Un abrazo,

Keith Ellis, Coordinator
2017 CNC Hurricane Relief Campaign

Cuba, Venezuela Offer Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Source:  TeleSUR
September 26 2017

cuba venezuela offer puertorico reliefErnesto Santaella (L) rests in one of the many shelters set up in the
aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. | Photo: Reuters

The offers of support come as Trump’s administration continues to ramp up pressure against both leftist governments.

The governments of Cuba and Venezuela are offering relief assistance to Puerto Rico as it recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised to activate a “special plan of support and solidarity” for victims on the Caribbean island. Meanwhile, Cuban Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra offered to send a team of 39 doctors “to help our brother people.”

The offers of support come as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration continues to ramp up pressure against both leftist governments. The former reality TV star has threatened to bolster the illegal U.S. blockade against Cuba and has escalated sanctions against Venezuela.

A “humanitarian crisis,”

Authorities are calling Puerto Rico’s current state a “humanitarian crisis,” with food, water, fuel, telecommunications and electricity scarce and U.S. aid slowly making its way to the island.

“The situation here in Puerto Rico is dire,” said Case Harrity, a local Save the Children representative.

“This is a major disaster and recovery will take months, if not years. Families in Puerto Rico need more help, and they need it urgently.”

It wasn’t until five days after the hurricane hit Puerto Rico that Trump commented on the island’s destruction. Both Texas and Florida were in stable condition, he said, but Puerto Rico “which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.”

The island’s electrical grid was “devastated,” the president added, reminding the public of its over US$70 billion owed to “Wall Street and the banks” which, he said, “must be dealt with.”

Save the Children reported that nearly 700,000 children and over 15,000 citizens have been displaced, forcing them to live in makeshift shelters while struggling to survive amid the destruction.

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New Jersey residents organize relief project

Tired of waiting for action from the government, New Jersey residents have organized a relief project for their friends and family in Puerto Rico. Despite the presence of FEMA workers on the ground, community leaders in New Jersey report that many of those areas in desperate need of aid are not in a position to receive it.

“The main roads are open. It’s when you get into the inner cities that they are not as accessible as the main roads where you go to the center of the island, where the eye of the storm passed,” said Lydia Valencia, CEO of the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey.

Numerous businesses there have also banded together, organizing fundraisers and gathering donations and supplies for relief efforts.

“We have about 25 pallets ready from the first collection of mixed items. Now we’re working on loading the truck up again,” said Steve Levine, a local restaurant owner.

Hurricane Maria left at least 16 people dead in Puerto Rico as well as damage to 14 bridges, five highways, 58 aqueducts and two major dams.

President Nicolás Maduro visits Cuba

Source:  Granma
September 25 2017

Author: Granma |

maduro y raul sept 2017 1.jpgAt around midnight on September 21, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, received Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

The Venezuelan leader arrived to Cuba accompanied by First Combatant Cilia Flores, to present the island with a donation from the sister and solidarity nation, to help support recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

Also there to receive Maduro was First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, compañero Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

President Maduro left Cuba yesterday, September 24.

maduro y raul sept 2017 2.jpgConstitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros departed for his homeland from José Martí International Airport, where Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, bid him farewell.  Also accompanying Maduro to the airport was Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers.

Maduro, Morales Address World Solidarity Summit in Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
September 17 2017

Morales: Trump has Surrendered.  We have Won the Battle for the Sovereignty of Venezuela

evo y nicolas sept 2017.jpgThe Bolivian leader has been holding talks with the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Prensa Presidencial

More than 200 delegates  are taking part in the summit which aims to build a common agenda for the coordination of policies in defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump’s support for dialogue in Venezuela represents a defeat to the empire.

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Speaking at the “We are all Venezuela,” summit in Caracas, Morales said “Since the US president has surrendered, he is supporting the political dialogue in Venezuela, we have won this battle. But as long as there is imperialism and capitalism in the world the struggle continues.”

The Bolivian leader has also been holding talks with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at the global solidarity meeting.

Bolivia is one of the countries taking part in the follow-up commission to help reinvigorate the dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.

The Latin American peoples are anti-imperialist

Morales added that, “The Government of the United States of America threatened military intervention, attacked Venezuela with economic sanctions, and Latin America was revealed, even governments with presidents allied with US interests rejected the idea of ​​military intervention in the United States region, because the Latin American peoples are anti-imperialist.”

But he said the people “will continue to triumph.”

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Earlier, the Bolivian president questioned Trump’s double standards on Venezuela in a posting on his Twitter account.

The 13 working groups at the summit have been discussing sovereignty and peace, the struggle against war and imperialism, racial supremacism, discourses of exclusion and hatred, migrants and the fight for universal citizenship, global financial counterrevolution and mother land rights.

More than 200 delegates from around the world are taking part in the three day event which aims to build a common agenda for the coordination of policies in defense of the sovereignty and fundamental rights of Venezuela and other countries in the region.

As part of his weekly “Sundays with Maduro” program, the president reviewed all the countries represented, reiterating that every continent was present to support peace in Venezuela.

Adan Chavez, ANC member and older brother of late President Hugo Chavez, urged the delegates to attend the upcoming debates and plenary sessions to draw up a final program and plan of action.

To reclaim the flag of our liberators

“If in reality, the imperialists went through with the threat of an invasion, we are sure that the people and countries of the world will defend Venezuela. That is putting solidarity in action,” he said.

The President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Delcy Rodriguez said there is a “revolution that came from Commandante Chavez to reclaim the flag of our liberators.”

Rodriguez added that attempts have been made by international actors and the domestic right-wing opposition “to implant forms of aggression against the Venezuelan people that have been experienced in other countries like Libya, Syria and Iraq.”

Global Leaders Celebrate World Solidarity Day With Venezuela

world solidarity day with venezuela 3.jpgOver a thousand people filled the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas.
| Photo: Foreign Ministry of Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
September 16 2017

The summit is focused on the defense of the Bolivarian Revolution and seeks to build international networks of support.

Venezuela has begun an international summit in Caracas with 197 delegates representing political and social organizations from around the world to discuss peace and international solidarity with the country.

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delcy rodriguez 8.jpgNational Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez said Venezuelans will defend their country from threats made by U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene in the country.

“Imperial hatred came to Venezuela with neofascist expressions,” Rodriguez said.

The event, which is called “We Are All Venezuela,” is being held in the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas from Saturday, Sept. 16 until Sept. 19.

Jorge Arreaza 2Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the event will show the world that Venezuela will not allow foreign intervention and will defend the revolutionary process initiated by former President Hugo Chavez.

“Chavez is alive in all Latin American who believe in hope for all the people,” Arreaza said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who called for the event on Aug. 20th, reiterated his call and invitation to the delegates on Friday night.

maduro aug 2017.jpg“I invite all the people, all the popular movements, the movements of opinion, the intellectuals, the social movements, and the political parties for this world day that will develop here in Caracas a global dialogue for peace, sovereignty, and Bolivarian democracy in Venezuela,” Maduro said.

We Are All Venezuela

“There is one slogan: We Are All Venezuela, and there will be a set of initiatives through social networks… there will be in various languages a worldwide campaign, steps taken with other countries, and a great dialogue because Venezuela has the right to defend itself and have defenders both here and in the whole world,” the President continued.

world solidarity day with venezuela 1.jpgDuring the coming days, the delegates will discuss and approve an international plan of action and solidarity for the support and continuation of the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Among those attending and those who have participated in the planning meetings for the solidarity event are the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil, the France Insumisa Movement, the Frente Amplio of Uruguay, the Bolivarian Circles of New York and the Patria Grande Movement of Argentina.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is also expected to attend.

“On Saturday night, we are traveling to Venezuela to accompany a summit of social movements to defend the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela,” Morales said earlier this week.

The summit kicked-off with the formation of five working groups to discuss a wide range of issues related to the defense of the revolution, including imperialism, racism, financial counter-revolution, environmental rights, anti-imperialist military defense and the new sanctions imposed by the United States.