More solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela from Cuba

Yesterday, at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), an event was held to reiterate solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which is facing imperialist threats and the criminal acts of its oligarchic right wing opposition

Source:  Granma
August 22 2017

by: ICAP |

icap in solidarity with venezuela.jpgYesterday, at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), an event was held to reiterate solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which is facing imperialist threats and the criminal acts of its oligarchic, right wing opposition.

The documentary Venezuela, oscura causa, by Hernando Calvo Ospina, was screened, while Venezuelan ambassador in Cuba, Alí Rodríguez, thanked participants for their many expressions of solidarity with his country, denounced imperial ambitions to control the country’s natural riches, and reaffirmed his people’s determination to defend their independence and sovereignty.

International media campaign against Venezuela

Graciela Ramírez, president if the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity for the Peoples, condemned the international media campaign against Venezuela in which reality is manipulated and lies repeated.

Also speaking was Silvio Platero, president of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Peoples’ Sovereignty, who reiterated the support for Venezuela expressed by the World Peace Council.

Lilia María Zamora, acting director of ICAP, noted, “This past July 30, with the victory at the polls to install the National Constituent Assembly and return peace, stability, and dialogue to the country, the people of Venezuela dashed the empire’s plans, and offered the world another example of true democracy.”

During the event presided by ICAP Vice President Elio Gámez, participants also observed a moment of silence to honor victims of recent terrorist attacks in Europe.


‘Unacceptable’ for Trump to Threaten Venezuela Says Lula

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Lula visits the Brazilian state of Bahia during his “Caravan of Hope” tour. | Photo: @LulapeloBrasil

Source:  TeleSUR
August 21 2017

Lula said that Venezuela’s institutional crisis should be overcome “through dialogue and political negotiation.”

Still on the first leg of his “Caravan of Hope” tour, which will take him through nine Brazilian states in the northeast of the country, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has denounced military threats made by U.S. President Donald Trump against Venezuela.

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In defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty and the right of its people to determine their country’s fate, Lula stated, “It’s unacceptable that Donald Trump makes military threats on Venezuela or any country, anywhere in the world,” according to Brasil de Fato.

He added that if the country finds itself amid an “institutional crisis, they should seek to overcome it through dialogue and political negotiation, always respecting the officials who were elected by popular vote, within democratic rules, as was the case of President Hugo Chavez and President Nicolas Maduro.”

Lula recalled similar incidents in Venezuela in 2003, during his first term as president of Brazil. To help resolve the crisis, Lula proposed the formation of a group of countries that held the best interest of Venezuela’s sovereignty to help negotiate a peaceful solution.

However, the former head of state admitted that, as of today, Brazil is in no moral position to offer any such assistance to Venezuela’s internal affairs.

“How ridiculous it is for an illegitimate coup government, enemy of its own people, to want to school Venezuela on the terms of democracy,” Lula said, referring the unelected government of Michel Temer.

He said that only when Brazil itself, with democratic participation from all sectors of society, elects a president will it be able to collaborate with countries such as Venezuela to help restore peace and stability.

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Meanwhile, Temer has met with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and both men have reaffirmed that they do not recognize the ANC in Venezuela, which was elected by over eight million Venezuelans on July 30 as a means to achieving peace in the country and intensifying citizen participation.

In a joint communique issued after their meeting, Temer and Cartes also reiterated their support for both the decision of the Mercosur trade bloc to suspend Venezuela and the so-called “Lima Declaration” that twelve regional countries signed on Aug. 8, condemning what they called “the rupture of the Venezuelan democratic order.” These are the same right-wing countries that, led by the United States, were unable to have Venezuela censured in the Organization of American States.

According to Folha de Sao Paulo, Temer’s administration was considering sanctions on the import of Venezuelan oil derivatives of over US$220 million, which constituted more than half of Brazilian imports from Venezuela in 2016. However, the idea has been scrapped due to worries of the adverse effects it will have on the population.


Maduro Invites Opposition Youth to Join Employment Program

Source:  TeleSUR
August 19 2017

Nicolas maduro aug 2017Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks at Miraflores Palace in Caracas | Photo: REUTERS


Maduro said that the program will welcome all youth participating in the opposition protests with “open arms for work and study.”

The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has invited the young people who have been caught up in the violence of far-right opposition groups to join the efforts to build productive and educational pathways for youth, called the “Plan Chamba Juvenil.”

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“The Democratic Unity Table (MUD) led them on the road to violence… I, for the sake of peace in our country, extend my hand so that we follow the path of education, work, and culture,” the President said on Friday, speaking from the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas.

Maduro assured that if the youth who have been used by opposition leaders during recent months to foment a violent coup d’etat wish to leave that behind and follow the path of productivity and respect for law and constitution, they will have his full support and be able to participate in the Youth program, created by the Bolivarian government to ensure education and employment opportunities for the country’s young people.

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Your greatest ally

“If some of you who went down that path of violence and want to do politics, do it in peace. And if you want to change the schemes of politics and attend to social problems, you can count on me. I am not your enemy, I am your greatest ally if your desire is to bring education, sport, culture, and employment to our community’s youth, to all the neighborhoods, to the whole country. Stop the violence!” Maduro said.

Plan Chamba Juvenil

He said that the Plan Chamba Juvenil would welcome all youth participating in the opposition protests with “open arms for work and study,” in order to engage them in productive activities to benefit society.

The plan offers education opportunities, as well as employment in areas such as social and health services, recreation, urban agriculture and maintenance, and security.

As of today, over 594,000 young Venezuelans have signed up for the program, and 300,000 of those have already been enrolled in a job.


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.

Ecuador’s President Rejects US Interference in Venezuela

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Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno. | Photo: EFE

Source:  TeleSUR

August 15 2017

“We express our respect for the self-determination of nations and of non-interference,” said Moreno.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno called for respect of the principle of non-interference in the sovereign affairs of other states, in relation to threats issued by the United States against Venezuela.

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“We express our respect for the self-determination of nations and of non-interference,” said Moreno Monday during the televised address he gives every week.

Moreno’s words follow a threat made Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump that the country was exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”


For his part, Moreno said that “the sustenance of democracy is dialogue,” reiterating calls made to the opposition by the government of President Nicolas Maduro for dialogue, with the intention of maintaining peace in the country.

Maduro has repeatedly called on the opposition to engage in dialogue with the government in order to reach a peaceful solution to the situation in the country, but some sectors of the opposition have instead insisted on violent street protests.

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Deep solidarity

Moreno expressed his deep solidarity with the Venezuelan people, lamenting the deaths of more than 120 people during opposition protests.

“Our deepest wish is that soon (Venezuela) will attain peace and that not one more drop of blood is spilt,” he said in the message.

Above ideology

“Above all rights, above any ideology, life is sacred and untouchable,” he concluded.

Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry had previously criticized Trump’s military threat in Venezuela, and rejected “any threat of a possible interference.”

Trump’s announcement also triggered a criticism in other countries in Latin America, including Colombia, as President Juan Manuel Santos said during a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence he rejected any military interference in Venezuela or any country in the region.

Venezuela Defends ‘the Poor and Powerless’: Barbados Activists

Source:  TeleSUR

August 2 2017

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A supporter of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution prays as she holds a doll depicting former President Hugo Chavez. | Photo: PSUV

Activists from the Caribbean island denounced U.S. attempts to destabilize the Bolivarian Revolution.

Members of the Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados) and the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration on Wednesday announced support for Venezuela against U.S. intervention.

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“We recognized and support the election of the Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly(ANC). We also support this Assembly that embraces a wide cross section of Venezuelan People,” activists said in a joint statement.

They also denounced Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, which is calling for the removal of democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro, and called on Barbados and other Caribbean countries to support the ANC.

“The peace loving people of Barbados and the Caribbean will protect the Bolivarian Revolution that defends the poor and powerless people of the Americas,” the statement said.

The Bolivarian revolution helps the poor in the region

“This Revolution has created the condition for many Caribbean Countries to deal with our problems of energy, health, education, housing and many other social problems that have affected the poor and powerless in our region.”

Despite the fact that over 8 million people voted in the ANC election held last Sunday in support for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Venezuela, the U.S. government called the election a “sham” and imposed new sanctions.

The governments of Colombia, Spain, Canada, Argentina and Peru joined Washington in denouncing the vote, while Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Russia and others recognized the ANC as a democratic process.

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We will continue to support Venezuela

“Our Movements can see that the Government of the United States of America and its fascist friends are trying very hard to create the condition for a Libya-style intervention in Latin America. We also condemn the Governments of the U.S. and Colombia for interfering with the internal politics in Venezuela,” the activists said.

The groups also mentioned that they are prepared to defend the Bolivarian Revolution, fight against fascism and oppose any U.S. intervention in Venezuela.

“We will also continue to support the Government of Venezuela in the fight against the economic war as well as the media war that have created some problems for the Venezuelan People,” they added.

Six Cuban professionals share their experiences of working in Venezuela

Source:  Granma

August 11 2017

by: Alina Perera Robbio |

Defined by their resistance and hope, six Cuban professionals at a Comprehensive Diagnostic Center share their experiences of working in Venezuela

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Every member readily entrusts their lives to the protection of their compatriots. From left to right: Alberto Ortiz, Sandier Pérez, Milaidis Auty, Yanara Guirola, Roberto Aguilera, and Alexis Ginarte. Photo: Alina Perera Robbio

Yaracuí, Venezuela.– Thousands of books, testament to a venerable work of patience, commitment and courage, could be written from the experiences of every Cuban collaborator working far away from their families, to help people all over the world.

Each one I meet has important stories to tell.

As a general rule, the collaborators support each other, and their work teams become like families, where every member readily entrusts their lives to the protection of their compatriots.

Speaking with six collaborators at the Macario Vizcalla Comprehensive Diagnostic Center (CDI) in the municipality of San Felipe, the intensity of their daily work and the strong, family-like bonds which quickly develop between all became clear.

You have to be ready to face any emergency

Twenty-seven year old Alberto Ortiz Rosales, a qualified intensive care specialist from Yara, Granma province, was the first to speak.

Alberto proudly noted that he has been working in the land of Bolívar for the last 34 months, after graduating in July 2014: “This is my first experience actually working, and it is without a doubt unique,” he explained.

As a “spoiled only child,” Alberto has had to learn to cook and live independently. “Here I didn’t have any other family, just my colleagues,” he recalled.

Regarding his work, the intensive care specialist described his profession as one that “requires you to be composed, because you have to be ready to face any emergency, because a person’s life depends on you making quick decisions.”

In Venezuela he was confronted with illnesses which, up until that point, he had only seen in books. “I’ve got a lot of stories,” noted the young healthcare professional, “but there’s one that stands out: one day a patient came to my clinic. It was 10pm and she had a wound in their abdominal wall, and was diabetic, her life was in danger. At that time, the operating theater in San Felipe was undergoing repairs and there were no general surgery specialists in the Barrio Adentro (Into the Neighborhood) mission in my municipality.

“The woman was out of options, she had already visited other healthcare centers which had referred her to other places. She needed immediate attention. I didn’t have an operating theater, or anesthesia, but had to act fast. So, I gave her a strong sedative and drained the infection, which was very big. The patient’s life was saved.”

According to Alberto, if there is one thing you learn on a mission such as this, it’s the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes.

I feel human and very fulfilled

Meanwhile, 34 year old emergency nurse Sandier Pérez García, from the province of Cienfuegos, also has experience working in difficult situations which require swift decision making. In his eight months serving in Venezuela he has had to treat various illnesses, witnessed extreme poverty, and attended patients who had never seen a doctor before, and much less been admitted to hospital.

Speaking about the gestures of gratitude he receives from patients, Sandier recalled the joy of those who regained the ability to walk thanks to the committed work of Cuban specialists. “We have had many diabetic patients come to the ward,” he noted, “saying that they can’t bear the pain; that they can’t walk; and they have left happy. This is what gives meaning to my profession. I feel human and very fulfilled with my work; I am grateful to be a nurse.”

Some call me ‘mom’

Aiding those with disabilities and helping others to develop their language and communication skills is the job and passion of 38 year old speech therapy specialist, Milaidis Auty Almenares, from Santiago de Cuba.

The young healthcare professional works with patients of all ages, but children represent a vast group for which she holds a special place in her heart. “Many came to me unable to speak,” she explained “and now they can talk. Some call me ‘mom’”.

Do you have children?

Yes, four.

When you return to Cuba, what will you tell them about your time here?

I’ll tell them that we never took a step back, that we knew how to accompany this beloved people.

Milaidis has many stories she could share with her children, like the one about the three and a half year old patient who arrived unable to speak a single word, and who today, at five years of age, sings nursery rhymes.

Overcome with emotion

Three months were enough to deeply mark 26 year old Optics and Optometry graduate Yanara Guirola González. From the town of Arabos in the province of Matanzas, Yanara has been working in Venezuela for over two years. Currently based in the State of Yaracuí, she spent the first three months of the mission in Delta Amacuro State, where she witnessed extreme poverty and had new experiences.

Overcome with emotion, Yanara recalled her experience traveling over the choppy waters of the Orinoco River, the faces of the country’s indigenous peoples, and situations that forced her to harness a strength she never knew she had; which despite everything, she noted, were worth the effort.

Fulfilling the internationalist legacy of Fidel

Meanwhile, 46 year old physiatrist Roberto Aguilera Navarro, from Santiago de Cuba, noted that the most beautiful thing about the job is “fulfilling the internationalist legacy of Comandante en Jefe Fidel, with his humanism.”

Roberto explained that he had the privilege of receiving his diploma directly from Fidel, when he graduated as a doctor in 2000: “It was the first graduation that took place at the Anti-imperialist Tribunal. He (Fidel) gave me the diploma on August 13, his birthday, and I had the privilege of being close to him.”

Repaying some of the debt we owe to humanity

Another member of this internationalist family explained that he is here to “repay some of the debt we owe to humanity.” Alexis Ginarte Osoria, a 60 year old agricultural engineer, has been working in Yaracuí for the last 18 months, where he has been sharing experiences on how to increase crop yields.

Originally from Santiago de Cuba, but currently living in Guantánamo, Alexis was born in the community of La Lata, in the Sierra Maestra. He studied agriculture, a field which, he noted, he carries in his roots. “I came to continue Cuba’s internationalist work. I participated on a mission in Angola, which had a great impact on me.”

The spirit of resistance and hope

Alexis also spoke about the 15 key economic sectors being strengthened by the Bolivarian Revolution, and efforts between Cubans and Venezuelans to share knowledge about urban agriculture, a field in which Cuba has seen much success, despite lacking resources.

Just like a family, here all share similar emotions; a unique force united by a common element: the spirit of resistance and hope.