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.


ALBA Bank to Donate $2 Million to Barbuda for Reconstruction

Source:  TeleSUR
September17 2017

alba bank donates.jpgHomes in Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda were completely torn apart by
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The Bank of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America has pledged to allocate US$2 million for the reconstruction of Barbuda.

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jorge arreaza venezuela.jpgSpeaking during a televised broadcast, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, said the funds will be accompanied by a commission of Venezuelan technicians who will participate in the reconstruction of homes adapted to face future climatological phenomena.

The island, comprising the duo Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, took a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Irma, destroying over 90 percent of building structures.

A joint venture

Arreaza stressed that the program will be a joint venture with the government of Antigua and Barbuda and Petrocaribe and ratified the willingness of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to assist the people of Barbuda to overcome the destruction.

“President Maduro was in contact with the Prime Minister of Barbuda Gaston Browne during this episode,” adding that Venezuela is prepared to do all it can in the name of solidarity with sister countries of the Caribbean.

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Amid Antigua and Barbuda’s devastation, Venezuela sent over 10 tons of supplies to the Caribbean islands, including mattresses, medicine, boots, and cases of water, as well as a roster of rescue personnel.

The Bolivarian National Armed Forces also transported 20 firefighters and 34 civil defense personnel to the hurricane-struck islands.

Venezuela’s President Says Trump’s New Sanctions Mean Sacrifice But Open Opportunities

Source:  TeleSUR
August 25 2017

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President Maduro responds to Trump’s sanctions on Venezuela and its oil company, August 25 | Photo: Reuters


President Maduro has invited U.S. investors to Caracas to discuss a response to Trump’s new sanctions, which target Venezuela’s financial sector and the state oil company, PDVSA.

President Nicolas Maduro says the new financial sanctions imposed by the U.S. president on Venenzuela are illegal, and the first to suffer will be U.S. investors.

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He said the prohibiton on U.S. citizens and companies buying Venezuelan bonds and securities, is an attempt to strangle Venezuela’s economy. “Can the world accept this?” he asked, and called for solidarity from the world community.

The stage of post-domination by the United States begins

He recognized that the sanctions will mean sacrifice for the Venezuelan people. But he said they also open up the opportunity for a new era of independence. On this day in 2017, he said, “begins the stage of post-domination by the United States, with Venezuela again at the center of this struggle for dignity and liberation.”

Speaking on national television, Maduro recalled that over the last two years his government has paid on time every cent of the US$65 billion that it owed on debt payments. “We could have spent that on education, more homes, water supplies and public works.”

He said the measures amount to a blockade on Venezuela, similar to that imposed on Cuba, but that they will fail just as that one did.

Maduro pointed out that 62 percent of Venezuelan government bonds are held by U.S. investors. Another 12 percent are held in the UK and 6 percent in Canada. Trump,he said, has burnt their investments. “What will they do with them now?”

The Venezuelan president announced that he would be inviting all U.S. investors and the U.S. companies that receive oil from Venezuela, to a meeting in Caracas to discuss the best response to “this destructive move by Trump.”

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US targets the Venezuelan economy

The new sanctions are the first by the U.S. to target the Venezuelan economy itself rather than individuals. President Trump reportedly signed the executive order containing the measures on Thursday night, but they were announced early on Friday.

The sanctions ban trades of Venezuelan debt and prevents the country’s state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, from selling new bonds to U.S. citizens or financial groups. Trades of existing bonds commissioned by Caracas will also be barred.

Speaking after meeting the secretary general of the United Nations in New York, Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, described the sanctions as “one of the worst aggressions against Venezuela in recent years.”

“These types of sanctions show that the U.S. wants to rule over the continent. We will never accept this,” Arreaza said.

Responding to the sanctions

“We are studying all measures that we can take in response to these sanctions.”

Announcing the sanctions, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, “In an effort to preserve itself, the Maduro dictatorship rewards and enriches corrupt officials in the government’s security apparatus by burdening future generations of Venezuelans with massively expensive debts.”

“These measures are carefully calibrated to deny the Maduro dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule, protect the United States financial system from complicity in Venezuela’s corruption and in the impoverishment of the Venezuelan people, and allow for humanitarian assistance.”

The new round of sanctions include a 30-day transitional period, allowing certain debt trades to continue. They also include exemptions for transactions involving Citgo, the PDVSA’s U.S. affiliate.

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The usual US media deception

“We don’t agree with anything (President Nicolas) Maduro is doing,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a press conference shortly after the White House announcement.

“We wanted to rely on the OAS (Organization of American States), but they weren’t able to do anything. We tried an emergency meeting with the Security Council, but they didn’t think it had anything to do with peace and security. Now we’ve placed sanctions and we’ll see if there’s anything else we can do through the UN.”

Echoing Haley, U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster touted Trump’s decision to “strongly punish the Venezuela regime.”

“The U.S. won’t allow an illegitimate dictatorship to take hold in the hemisphere,” McMaster said Friday.

“The Maduro dictatorship will not be able to accumulate debt that benefits corrupt insiders.”

McMaster added that although no military options are being explored in the “near future,” Washington is considering a “wide range of options” against Venezuela.

The decision comes days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence promised to ramp up pressure on Venezuela in the wake of its July 30 National Constituent Assembly, ANC, election.

Pence met with several opposition leaders in Miami, capping off his tour of Latin America last week where he sought support against Maduro’s govenrment. The meeting with 15 emigre political figures took place at a Catholic Church in Doral, well known as an enclave for Venezuelans opposed to the administrations of late President Hugo Chavez and Maduro.

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Military threats

It also comes weeks after Trump issued military threats against Venezuela.

“We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Trump told reporters earlier this month in apparently impromptu remarks.

“A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue.”

Last month, the United States imposed sanctions on 13 Venezuelan officials ahead of the ANC.

“As President Trump has made clear, the United States will not ignore the Maduro regime’s ongoing efforts to undermine democracy, freedom, and the rule of law,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a press release.

Among those sanctioned on Wednesday were National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena; Elias Jose Jaua Milano, the head of the Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly; Tarek William Saab Halabi, Venezuela’s Ombudsman; Maria Iris Varela Rangel, member of Venezuela’s Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly; and Nestor Luis Reverol Torres, Venezuela’s Minister of Interior, Justice, and Peace.

Venezuelan Intelligence Thwarts Planned Attack on Government HQ

Source:  TeleSUR

August 16 2017

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A security guard stands outside the Central Bank of Venezuela in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

The plan was said to threaten the safety of President Nicolas Maduro and other government officials.

The Bolivarian National Intelligence Service said Tuesday they had detected and neutralized an assault plan at the headquarters of the Venezuelan government, the Miraflores Palace.

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The plan was said to threaten the safety of President Nicolas Maduro and other government officials in the capital city of Caracas.

Several messages decoded

Intelligence forces decoded several messages that were sent to plan the attack, which consisted of a series of symbols drawn in the streets of downtown Caracas, which marked the route of the planned attack, according to teleSUR correspondent Madelein Garcia.

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Rex Tillerson wants Maduro out

Operation David

“Operation David” had four phases according to Garcia, the first one was the air attack on the Supreme Court of Justice, where a helicopter from the Venezuela’s Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations agency was hijacked in June, firing shots toward the building, followed by two explosions which were said to be grenades, according to official sources.

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The second involved the ground assault on Fort Paramacay, a paramilitary-style terrorist attack carried out recently in the central state of Carabobo, which was immediately defeated by the National Bolivarian Armed Forces.

The third part of the plan included the assisted escape of General Isaias Baduel, who is currently serving a prison sentence for conspiracy. The final phase was to enter Miraflores with the intention of kidnapping President Maduro and senior officials in the government.

As part of this operation, the security forces have captured 18 people, as well as issuing international arrest warrants for nine others. The Venezuelan government said it didn’t rule out that foreign secret agents were operating in the country using that system of symbols.

Maduro Invites Presidents of Latin America to Dialogue

10 August 2017
Source:  TeleSUR

“Respect is the only path to peace, not threats or violence or the economic and commercial blockade,” said Maduro. 

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President Nicolas Maduro has called for regional dialogue at the third session of the newly-formed Constituent Assembly, ACN.

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Speaking for the first time at the Constituent Assembly, the president invited the governments of Latin America to take part in a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, in an effort to improve relations.

“To all the presidents, I call on them to approve a meeting and through mutual dialogue, we can find a solution,” said Maduro.

“Respect is the only path to peace, not threats or violence or the economic and commercial blockade.”

Mutual respect

Maduro also invited the United States to agree to “mutually respectful” dialogue, adding that he will be in New York in September for the United Nations General Assembly.

The offer comes in the wake of new U.S. sanctions and threats.

Maduro’s invitation follows an earlier plea for dialogue after a group of neighboring countries took part in a meeting in Peru to discuss isolationist measures against the Venezuelan government.

In the face of these threats, Maduro announced he would activate a national constituent process to strengthen the structure of the Bolivarian Armed Forces.

During the special session, the Constituent Assembly ratified Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela.


Cuba Expresses Solidarity with Nicolas Maduro and Lula da Silva.

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The Cuban president has condemned the attempts to destabilize Venezuela.

Source:   Cuba Inside the World
July 15 2017

President Raul Castro has repeated Cuba’s support for the Venezuelan government as it faces “an unconventional war” led by “imperialism” and the country’s “oligarchy” in a bid to topple President Nicolas Maduro with a coup.

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During a speech marking the end of the Cuban Congress’s extraordinary session, Castro condemned the opposition violence initiated in April on the streets of Caracas and other cities as “fascists actions.”

He mentioned the videos showing several young Venezuelans being burnt alive during anti-Maduro protests.

He urged the opposition to stop the “terrorist violence” designed “to oust” the president, and called for Maduro’s opponents to accept the Bolivarian government’s offer of dialogue.

Stop attacking Venezuela

Castro also asked the Organization of American States and its Secretary General Luis Almagro to “stop attacking Venezuela” and “manipulating reality.”

“Venezuela’s legitimate right to find a peaceful solution to its domestic affairs should be respected with no foreign interference,” he said, adding that only the sovereign Venezuelan people are entitled to use the right to self-determination.

Cuba’s President also condemned the “political persecution” of Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, recently condemned to a 9-year prison sentence over bribeery and money-laundering charges.

Lula denies any wrongdoing.