Nicaragua is now the target

U.S. organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID have meddled in other countries’ affairs since their founding at the height of the Cold War

Author: Raúl Antonio Capote | informacion@granmai.cu

July 13, 2018

nicaragua now the target 1.jpgYoung people in Nicaragua have been victims of media and political manipulation. Photo: elpreg.com

Masked individuals, armed with homemade mortars and bazookas, block avenues, close the main streets, attack state institutions, burn tires, start fires, loot and kill.

To date, approximately 170 people have died as a result of the chaos and violence in Nicaragua. A powerful media campaign follows the events and more than that, openly promotes, falsifies, and multiples them.
The violent acts are presented as peaceful demonstrations by students, and the press publishes photos of those supposedly killed by the Sandinista government, but just as the truth will come out, the deception is discovered. Several have complained, demonstrating that the supposed dead are actually alive. One young man who resides abroad returned to state as such before the cameras, but of course this was not reproduced by the mainstream media.

U.S. author, journalist, and blogger Max Blumenthal recently published an article noting that a group of activists opposed to the current Nicaraguan government went to meet with leaders of Freedom House in Washington D.C. According to Blumenthal, the opposition group known as M-19, “were there to beseech Donald Trump and other right-wing U.S. government officials to help them in their fight against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.”

The links between U.S. organizations and the events underway in Nicaragua and other parts of the world are clearly revealed in Blumenthal’s piece: “The NED (National Endowment for Democracy) is a leading agent of U.S. soft power that has meddled in other countries’ affairs since its founding at the height of the Cold War, in 1983.” And the author cites Allen Weinstein, a founder of the NED, in 1991: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”

The budget with which the NED operates comes from the United States Congress, which grants it millions of dollars every two years, as part of the State Department budget. The organization also receives donations from four associations: the Smith Richardson Foundation, the John M. Ohin Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and Freedom House, indirectly funded by federal contracts.

nicaragua now the target 2.jpgMasked individuals, armed with homemade mortars and bazookas block the streets and incite violence in Nicaragua. Photo: telemetro.com

The money is distributed to the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the American Center for International Labor Solidarity of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which in turn distribute monetary and material resources to other organizations in the U.S. and around the world, and disburse money and materials for opposition organizations in countries whose governments are not to the liking of the U.S. government.

The report from this U.S. journalist identifies the culprits: “Aside from NED, USAID has been the most active promoter of regime change against socialist-oriented governments in Latin America. In Nicaragua, USAID’s budget topped $5.2 million in 2018, with most of the funding directed towards training civil society and media organizations.”

This is the same USAID that used funds from the Alliance for Progress, a U.S. “economic aid,” “political” and “social” program, a kind of Marshall Plan and the first big attempt to halt the prospect of revolution in Latin American and isolate Cuba, and finance repression. Instead of engineers, technicians, and skilled workers, USAID trained unscrupulous police, soldiers, paramilitaries, torturers, and killers; instead of factories, farms, and schools, detention and torture centers were built.

Let’s not forget that this is also the same USAID that financed the training of death squads, promoted “health” programs that concealed inhumane sterilization processes in Central America, and collaborated with CIA narco agents in the Iran-Contra operation.

USAID has created an extensive network on our continent, which attracts cadres, manufactures leaders, and penetrates civil society. A true interventionist army of “experts,” “advisors” and “consultants,” working to develop its subversive plans. In its first ten years alone, the NED distributed more than 200 million dollars in 1,500 projects to support so-called “friends of America.”

Serbia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Iran, and Venezuela; wherever there is a government that goes against the interests of the United States, these generously financed experts in destabilization and chaos swiftly act.

Mercenaries, delinquents, hirelings of the “Soft Coup,” of the “Color Revolutions,” or other “revolutions” with eye-catching and peaceful names, designed in Langley’s laboratories, such as the Rose Revolution, Tulip Revolution, Orange Revolution, or known by names closer to reality such as the Bulldozer Revolution in Serbia; where the purchase of uncritical consciences and deception, seduction through the use of attractive concepts for young people, and a lot of money, all the money that is necessary, are the soldiers and weapons of this new war. And of course, Nicaragua is now the target.

Cubans living in Kentucky, USA, honor José Martí (+ Photos)

Source:  Prensa Latina /La Santa Mambisa
May 19 2018

cubans in kentucky 1c.jpg

Cubans living in the US state of Kentucky paid tribute today to the National Hero of his native country, José Martí, on the occasion of the 123 anniversary of the famous patriot’s fall in action.

More than 20 members of the so-called Casa Cuba organization from Kentucky gathered and laid a wreath before a bust of the Apostle, located in a park in the town of Shively.

jose marti statue in kentucky.jpg

The sculpture was relocated there six years ago thanks to the efforts of Cuban businessman Wilbert Fonseca and local authorities, including Mayor Sherry Sinegra Conner.

Coming from the largest of the Antilles, the piece arrived in Louisville, the most populated city of that territory, in the mid-1950s of the last century and was in public view until 1962, when it was removed and later stored in a warehouse .

After this event, which was attended by the Consul General of Cuba in the United States, Alejandro Padrón, an exhibition of photos and reproductions of Martí was inaugurated in a center of the aforementioned city.

cubans in kentucky 2.jpg

This show also recognizes the work of the American sculptor Anna Hyatt, who gave life to the equestrian statue of the war organizer of 1895-1898 against Spanish colonialism, which is located in the Central Park of New York, and a replica of him in Havana.

cubans in kentucky 4.jpg

Likewise, María Elena Segura, deputy director of the Center for Martial Studies of the Cuban capital, spoke about the final moments of Martí’s life, and highlighted the dedication to the independence cause of his country.

During her speech, the specialist referred to the Cuban Revolutionary Party, the Patria newspaper, the Montecristi Manifesto, the Master’s relationship with the military strategists Máximo Gómez and Antonio Maceo, and the role of emigration in preparing for the war.

cubans in kentucky 3.jpg

He answered several questions from the audience, which also offered assessments and highlighted the work of the eminent politician, writer, journalist and diplomat.

On the other hand, Segura donated texts and compact discs with the 27 volumes of the critical edition of the Complete Works of Martí, that arrive until now to 1889, when the man of the Golden Age was 36 years old.

“We wanted to pay homage to our National Hero, who summoned everyone for the good of all,” Raul Cuan, head of Casa Cuba of Kentucky, told Prensa Latina.

This entity emerged last July in order to group the Cubans as a community and keep alive collectively the love and ties with their native country.

We maintain the purpose of continuing to strengthen our unity, said Cuan, who also mentioned the importance of evoking historical events on the Caribbean island, at least in a simple way.

‘The World is Not Trump’s Estate’: Bolivia’s Evo Morales Condemns US Sanctions on Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
May 22 2018

evo morales may 2018 2.pngBolivia’s President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the
presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

“It is a reprisal for having democratically defeated the coup, boycott against President Nicolás Maduro,” Bolivia’s president reiterated. 

Bolivian President Evo Morales has rejected a new round of sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the United States’ after Nicolas Maduro was re-elected as the country’s president Sunday.

RELATED:   Bolivia’s Evo Morales: Maduro’s Victory a Triumph Over Coup Plotters, Intervention

“We condemn the unilateral decision that imposes a new economic blockade to suffocate the Venezuelan people, in retaliation for having defeated the coup, boycott against President Nicolas Maduro democratically. Trump must understand that the world is not his estate,” Morales said in a tweet posted late Monday.

The U.S. along with its right-wing European and Latin American allies have repeatedly called Venezuela’s elections a ‘sham’ before and after Maduro won at the polls.

Morales’ remarks come after he congratulated Maduro on his re-election, and praised it as a victory against foreign interventionism.

Condenamos decisión unilateral de EEUU que impone un nuevo bloqueo económico para asfixiar al hermano pueblo venezolano, como represalia por haber derrotado democráticamente el boicot golpista contra el presidente Nicolás Maduro. Trump debe entender que el mundo no es su hacienda

“It is a reprisal for having democratically defeated the coup and boycott against President Nicolás Maduro,” Morales reiterated.

Over 20 million Venezuelans were called to the polls to elect their next president, where Maduro won with 6,190,612 votes, with a 46 percent voter turnout.

Maduro Declares Top US Diplomat Persona Non Grata, Gives Him 48 Hours to Leave

Source:  TeleSUR
May 22 2018

Nicolas Maduro may 2018 3Venezuela’s President Maduro addresses the audience during the ceremony
to receive a certificate confirming him as winner of Sunday’s election, in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

Maduro,  in rejection of Washington’s interventionist policies, has given Chargé d’Affaires Todd Robinson 48 hours to leave Venezuela.

President Nicolas Maduro said United States Chargé d’Affaires Todd Robinsonand head of political affairs Brian Naranjo have 48 hours to leave Venezuela. Maduro says the decision to expel the pair is aimed at defending Venezuela’s sovereignty and in rejection of Washington’s interventionist policies against the country and its people.

RELATED:  Venezuela: Electoral Body Ratifies Maduro’s New Mandate

“I have declared him persona non grata, and I announce the exit of the United States Chargé d’Affaires in 48 hours,” Maduro said of Todd Robinson during the official proclamation of his re-election. He accused Robinson of being involved in “a military conspiracy” against Venezuela saying the U.S. embassy had been meddling in the military, economic and political issues, and vowed to present evidence to the nation shortly.

“Neither with conspiracies nor with sanctions will you hold Venezuela back,” Maduro said, at the National Electoral Council’s (CNE) headquarters in downtown Caracas.

More than 20 warnings

He said that the government had given the embassy more than 20 warnings regarding interference into Venezuelan internal affairs, but all had fallen on deaf ears.

Maduro announced the measures in a speech after receiving credentials from the country’s National Electoral Council confirming his new presidential mandate following his victory in Sunday’s election.

Unconventional war against Venezuela

Maduro said that Venezuela faces unconventional forms of war that seek to colonize it again and destroy its democracy but the country and its people have prevailed.

“A miracle brings us here. How many obstacles we have overcome. The maker of the miracle is the people of Venezuela, with their strength,” Maduro told the crowd at the CNE. “Venezuela is capable of overcoming any challenge, and has the democratic and institutional maturity and strength of conscience.”

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

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2018

 

Diego Maradona y Nicolas may 2018.jpg

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.

RELATED:  China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections

“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.

Maduro warns that the US Embassy is a center of conspiracy against peace in Venezuela

Source:  AVN
May 18 2018

maduro warns May 2018.jpgPhoto: Presidential Press / Archive

The Embassy of the United States in Venezuela has become a center of conspiracy against peace and democracy in the country, said Friday the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro.

“Venezuela is at the center of a worldwide media aggression and imperial aggression by the United States, Venezuela has become the obsession of the clan that governs Washington.” The US Embassy in Venezuela is a center of permanent conspiracy against stability, the democracy and peace of our country, “he said during a meeting with international supporters for the presidential elections on Sunday 20-M.

In the activity, transmitted by VTV, he specified that the media aggressions of which Venezuela is a victim have two lines: the first is the manipulation, misrepresentation and lies against the country.

He explained that the second line is that of silence , not to mention the electoral campaign carried out by the different candidates for the Presidency of the Republic and whose elections will take place this Sunday.

The national leader questioned: “Why so much obsession with Venezuela and with Maduro, why do not they worry about the problems of their countries or other serious problems?”

He emphasized that in spite of the attacks against the country, Venezuela has neutralized and defeated these aggressions. He also added that nothing and nobody can stop the democratic will of the people of Venezuela and that will be evident in the electoral process this Sunday.

“I am sure that the people of Venezuela will go out to vote massively and will exercise their right to choose for the conspirators and coup plotters who are out there thinking about last minute blows: nothing and nobody, whatever they do, will stop to the Venezuelan people to go out and vote, “he said.

Julian Assange Hit By New Communications Ban in Ecuador Embassy

Source:  TeleSUR
May 10 2018
julian assange 5 may 2018.jpg
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found himself increasingly isolated 

within the Ecuadorean embassy in the United Kingdom. | Photo: Commons Wikimedia

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been banned from receiving visitors and phone calls under new rules announced by the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been ensconced since 2012.

RELATED:   Pilger: ‘Silencing of Assange Part of Campaign to Limit Speech’

Assange has found himself increasingly isolated within the embassy in the United Kingdom. In March, his internet access was blocked after he violated an agreement not to comment publicly on international affairs.

On Twitter, Assange had condemned Britain’s response to the poisoning of Russian former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. He also commented on Spain‘s dispute with Catalonia.

At the time, the Ecuadorean government said Assange had breached a written commitment “not to issue messages that might interfere with other states.”

Speaking on Wednesday, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed Assange’s communications were being restricted while the governments of Ecuador and the United Kingdom continue to debate his fate.

“He still has no access to the internet and communications,” Espinosa told El Tiempo. “There is a dialogue, there is a will and an interest to move forward in the solution of that matter.

“Both countries have the intention and the interest that this be resolved, that an exit is found that allows better conditions for Assange. It is necessary to gather several subjects to reach a definitive agreement.”

WikiLeaks claims Assange has been silenced because of pressure from the United States and says Ecuador’s description of the situation as a “social media ban” fails to explain the degree to which he’s being held “incommunicado.”

Assange faced extradition to Sweden over allegations he sexually assaulted two women, but he fled to the Ecuador’s U.K. embassy after violating his bail and remains the subject of an arrest warrant.

He said at the time that he feared Sweden might extradite him to the United States, where he faces charges over WikiLeaks’ release of classified U.S. government cables and documents.