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No time to read and study in order to understand or to find an answer to the question: Why does the USA want to impose their kind of "democrazy" on Venezuela? - JUST WATCH 2:40 Minute CLIP

For earlier upates go to THE VENEZUELA FILES II  and THE VENEZUELA FILES I

Four later updates go to THE VENEZUELA FILES IV

In situations of war, collective violence or atrocity there is no such thing as a neutral stance. Passive by-standing is aiding and abetting evil. Don’t be complicit.

LISTEN WHILE READING: They Don't Care About Us !

Guri Dam the electicity generating core of Venzuela's power grid.

Update MON 15. April 2019 (vf): Russia will provide strategic cooperation to the Venezuelan government to investigate several attacks against the National Energy Service (SEN) said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromoloto Monday. The Russian deputy foreign minister said Russia will help Venezuela in investigating the cyber attacks on the country which cause nation-wide blackouts.
"Russia is providing the Venezuelan friends with all the necessary cooperation in response to the requests of the government of President Nicolas Maduro," said Syromolotov.
He reiterated that support for investigations will be given because the Venezuelan government has constantly said the attacks in March were cyber aggression against the SEN of the country.
Meanwhile, the Russian diplomat mentioned that the perpetrators of the attack against the SEN knew the vulnerabilities of the system. "Of course the masterminds of the attack knew well the operative algorithms, the vulnerabilities of the equipment and the corresponding systems," he said.

The cyber-attack on Venezuela’s largest hydro-electric power plant at Guri dam last month that resulted in a major blackout in the country led to a sharp decrease in rotational speed of the turbines, to an overload of the plant and the subsequent collapse of the entire system, a Venezuelan high-ranking government source stated.
“Evidence indicates… that something was done to ensure that the operation system of the computers at the Guri Dam control center decided that the rotatial speed of the turbines had decreased,” the source said.
According to him, the frequency of the turbines should amount to 60 hertz and can fluctuate within “plus-minus 1 percent,” but in this case, the frequency “dropped from 60 to 52 hertz.”
Any frequency fluctuation of more than 1 percent has to trigger a warning in the system, which, however, did not happen, the source added.
The government official revealed also that the national electrical system was currently being recovered, adding that there were plans to reduce the country’s dependence on energy generated by Guri.
In early March, Venezuela suffered its worst power outage in its history with the electricity failure happening in 21 out of 23 states. Major power outages continued across Venezuela later in March.
But the government could shield Guri from further attacks and hopes to put into operation additional important equipment to restore the power grids and fully stabilize the electricity distribution system within 30 days.
 The authorities said the incident had been caused by “sabotage” at the country’s Guri hydroelectric power plant, which generates electricity for nearly the entire country.
Outlawed opposition imposter Juan Guaido had then mobilized people for his ‘Operation Freedom’ under a power outages pretext to overthrow the government
Caracas has said that the country’s power system had suffered several attacks and blamed them on Washington which denied the claims, though it is undisputed that Guaido had received training in the USA to use disrupted infrastructure systems for regime change.

The National Bolivarian Militia Force assembled by the Venezuelan government are said to already exceeded 2 million members. The Venezuelan Head of State also mentioned that soon a new enlisting process will be opened and that the government already has all the equipment, including arms, the new militia men and women will need. President Maduro stated that they aim to increase the number of the militia to 3 million for the end of 2019 and that the militias have an important place in maintaining peace in the country. Maduro emphasized that the Bolivarian Militia Forces and the people will defend the country under all circumstances.

The people of Venezuela's population of 30 million, their regular armed forces as well as up to 3 million militia members are ready to defend their country, dignity, sovereignty and independence by all means.

The Venezuelan authorities have accused the United States, Brazil and Colombia of preparing for a military intervention into the Bolivarian Republic. "The international community and its institutions for protecting legitimacy around the world should know that a criminal plan is in the works to stage a military attack on Venezuela," Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Monday.
"US, Brazilian and Colombian officials intend to ignore the will of the Venezuelan people and launch a military intervention," Rodriguez added. If they decide to proceed with their plans, these countries "will commit crimes against humanity and will have to bear responsibility on the international level," she noted.

U.S. journalists of The Grayzone project revealed this week that the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) had organized a private round table conference in which “the use of military force in Venezuela” was evaluated.
Venezuela will raise the issue of the planned invasion of the Bolivarian Republic by the USA with the international authorities, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated on Monday.
Arreaza said that the findings made by the journalists from The Grayzone project revealed the U.S. government planned a military invasion of Venezuela.
“We will inform the relevant international political and judicial authorities of this serious case, revealed by the American journalists of the @GrayzoneProject, who reported about the meetings at a ‘Think Tank’ in Washington to plan a military aggression against Venezuela,” Arreaza pointed out through his Twitter account.
According to a press release published on April 10th by Misión Verdad, the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) organized a private round table conference in which “the use of military force in Venezuela” was discussed.
The meeting was attended by some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s top policy advisors on Venezuela, as well as former and current officials of the State Department, the National Intelligence Council, and the National Security Council.
The conference was also attended by Admiral Kurt Tidd, who until recently, was head of the Southern Command of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Likewise, the participation of high-level officials from the embassies of Colombia and Brazil, along with supporters of the Venezuelan outlawed opposition imposter, Juan Guaidó, were reported.

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The "crisis-migrants" are eager to return home after the promises they were given if they "flee" from Venezuela turned out to be false.

After the Argentinean government denied flight permits for Venezuelan Airline CONVIASA for 90 Venezuelans to be repatriated for free as part of Caracas” official program ”Vuelta a la Patria” (Return to the Homeland), the group managed to return home through Uruguay. The mostly young people had been lured outside their homecountry on false promises from the U.S. and by the Venezuelan opposition with prospects for US-visa and other benefits.
When this group was about to return to Caracas last Friday, Venezuela denounced that the Argentinean government failed to approve the necessary permits for the landing and take-off of the humanitarian flight scheduled for that day.
However, on the fourth day of the Return to the Homeland plan from Buenos Aires began very early this Monday. Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza posted in his twitter account the images of the Venezuelans arriving to the Simon Bolivar International airport near Caracas.
“Against all odds! 90 Venezuelans arrived from Argentina thanks to the program “Vuelta a la Patria”, disregarding the INHUMANE attitude of the Argentinian government. We thank the government of Uruguay and all the teams that make it possible. Welcome home compatriots!”, posted the Chancellor.
In a message on Twitter, including a video, the Venezuela’s Embassy to Argentina announced that the 90 Venezuelans are returning to their country from Uruguay. The Venezuelan government managed to transport the group of Venezuelans by sea (Buquebus) and from Montevideo they took the flight to Caracas.
Since the implementation of the repatriation program, it has benefited almost 300 Venezuelans who have returned from Buenos Aires to their home country. And from allover Latin America the number of Venezuelans repatriated for free by the Venezuelan government exceed now 13 thousand.

MUST READ: Why Venezuela Has Not Been Defeated

The US assault on Venezuela’s state and society includes:

  • (a)  A military coup in 2002
  • (b)  A lockout by the executives of the Venezuelan oil company
  • (c)  The exercise of global US power – organized political pressure via clients and allies in Europe, South and North America
  • (d)  Escalating economic sanctions between 2013 – 2019
  • (e)  Street violence between 2013 – 2019
  • (f)  Sabotage of the entire electrical system between 2017 -2019
  • (g)  Hoarding of goods via corporations and distributors from 2014 – 2019
  • (h)  Subversion of military and civilian institutions 2002 – 2019
  • (i)  Regional alliances to expel Venezuelan membership from regional organizations
  • (j)  Economic sanctions accompanied by the seizure of over $10 billion dollars of assets
  • (k)  Sanctions on the banking system

The US direct intervention includes the selection and appointment of opposition leaders and ‘dummy’ representatives overseas.

In brief the US has engaged in a sustained, two decades struggle designed to bring down the Venezuelan government. It combines economic, military, social and media warfare. The US strategy has reduced living standards, undermined economic activity, increased poverty, forced immigration and increaser criminality. Despite the exercise of US global power, it has failed to dislodge the government and impose a client regime.

Against these two neo-colonial maniacs and their heinous governmental machinations all Aboriginal People and First Nations of North-America - and actually the world over - MUST stand up. NOW! Trump and Trudeau jun. must be restrained from doing and fostering further evil on Turtle Island, in South America and globally.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza firmly condemned Canada's illegal decision to impose sanctions against 43 individuals of Venezuela and highlighted that those economic measures were contrary to international law.  Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rejected the "illegal application" of new sanctions against Venezuela.
"The government of Canada has taken off the mask through the application of four rounds of sanctions against Venezuela in less than two years," Arreaza said in a statement Monday.
Canada decided to expand sanctions against the Venezuelan government on Monday, according to a statement from Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, targeting an additional 43 people close to President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.
Canada already sanctioned 70 other Venezuelans, including the President of Venezuela.
Recently, the U.N expert Alfred de Zayas compared the situation in Venezuela with Chile’s Salvador Allende. An economic war was waged against Allende for three years. When the economic war was not successful in ousting Allende, a coup d’état by General Augusto Pinochet toppled Allende’s regime unleashing 17 years of one of Latin America's most brutal dictatorships.

Beijing Slams Pompeo’s Remarks on China-LatAm Ties as ‘Nonsense’
China on Monday rejected U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks that Beijing is partly to be blamed for the volatile political situation in Venezuela, saying Washington’s attempt to slander Beijing on its relations with Latin America is “irresponsible” and “nonsensical.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang. /Photos via Reuters/China's MOFA

“We have taken note of the groundless accusations Secretary Pompeo leveled against China on the Venezuela issue. I would like to point out that China’s position on the Venezuela issue is clear and consistent. We are committed to upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as peace and stability in the region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing.
“US Secretary of State Pompeo’s attempts to slander China and sow discord between China and Latin American countries are irresponsible and nonsensical. We are strongly opposed to it,” he added.
Last Friday in Chile, as part of his four-nation Latin America tour that ended Sunday, Pompeo had accused China of “bankrolling” Maduro’s regime which has “helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country.” Pompeo reiterated U.S. calls for Maduro to step down.
While the U.S. and its allies have recognized Venezuela’s opposition figure Juan Guaido as a legitimate leader of that country, China, Russia and Turkey have continued to maintain relations with the government of President Maduro.

“Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far” - Chinese Ambassador to Chile Xu Bu /Xinhua Photo

Refuting the U.S. Secretary of State’s “malicious” accusation, a furious Chinese Ambassador to Chile Xu Bu on Sunday said: “Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far”.
China on Monday rejected U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks that Beijing is partly to be blamed for the volatile political situation in Venezuela, saying Washington’s attempt to slander Beijing on its relations with Latin America is “irresponsible” and “nonsensical.”
“We have taken note of the groundless accusations Secretary Pompeo leveled against China on the Venezuela issue. I would like to point out that China’s position on the Venezuela issue is clear and consistent. We are committed to upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as peace and stability in the region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing.
“US Secretary of State Pompeo’s attempts to slander China and sow discord between China and Latin American countries are irresponsible and nonsensical. We are strongly opposed to it,” he added.
Last Friday in Chile, as part of his four-nation Latin America tour that ended Sunday, Pompeo had accused China of “bankrolling” Maduro’s regime which has “helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country.” Pompeo reiterated U.S. calls for Maduro to step down.
While the U.S. and its allies have recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of that country, China, Russia and Turkey have continued to maintain relations with the government of President Maduro.
Refuting the U.S. Secretary of State’s “malicious” accusation, a furious Chinese Ambassador to Chile Xu Bu on Sunday said: “Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far.”

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Elizabeth of the Divided Queendom and her foreign affairs dude Hunt (bowing) might be pleased to have been at service to The Donald's aministration and about the servitude of the Canadians, but the People of the British Isles as well as all those still oppressed by the Commonwealth will not be amused about the global backlash they have triggered with their gross human rights violations and by breaking international law.

Canada - again tail-riding US Foreign Policy - expanded sanctions against the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, according to a statement from Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, targeting an additional 43 people close to the disputed leader.
The statement said the sanctions hit high ranking officials of the Maduro government, regional governors, and people directly implicated in “activities undermining democratic institutions”, according to the imperialistic perspective of Trudeau regime.
Canada had already sanctioned 70 others.
Freeland -following US instructions- will attend a meeting on Monday in Santiago of the self-appointed Lima Group, a regional block that supports Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim president until a new round of elections can be held.
“The Maduro dictatorship must be held accountable for this crisis and depriving Venezuelans of their most basic rights and needs,” Freeland said in a statement. “Canada is committed to supporting the peaceful restoration of constitutional democracy in Venezuela.”
Although Western nations, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as interim head of state, Russia, China, Turkey, South Africa, Iran, Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay, Nicaragua and Cuba have stood by Maduro among tens of other countries within the UN, creating a group (with almost 60 countries) supporting the legitimate and constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro.
The new list of people on the sanctions list can be found here.

The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Monday the Constitutive Treaty of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), formalizing its departure from the organization, just hours after receiving the Pro Tempore Presidency from Bolivia.
The decision was officially communicated to the Government of Ecuador, the depositary country of the agreement, and will take effect six months from today. Jair Bolsonaro’s administration joins his far-right Argentinean and Paraguayan counterparts that initiated the withdrawal procedures last week, as well as Ecuador who did it back in March. 

Spanish MEP Ana Miranda Paz and German MPs Sevim Dagdelen and Heike Haensel speak outside HMP Belmarsh prison about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, Britain April 15, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

German and Spanish lawmakers protested against Julian Assange's detention on Monday, gathering outside a London prison to urge Britain and the EU to prevent his extradition to the United States.
Two leftist German MPs, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen of Die Linke, and a Spanish Green member of the European Parliament, Ana Miranda, had been due to meet their "friend" Assange in London's Ecuadoran embassy later on Monday.
Instead, following his expulsion and arrest last week, they protested outside the top-security Belmarsh prison in southeast London where he is being held, carrying placards demanding his release.
"We are faced with a humanitarian imperative now that Assange is in UK custody and a U.S. extradition request is out for him, after high ranking officials of the United States - including President Donald Trump - have threatened the publisher with death," said Miranda.

It is interesting to observe those worldwide, who are not there at "Her Majesty's Prison" to protest or who not speak out against the Anglo-American atrocities - and to remember their names as not being eligible at your next elections.

Letters made public by Ecuador's government, dated 2018, and signed by U.K. Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, and his predecessor Boris Johnson, explain that under British law, extradition cannot be ordered if the person in question is subject to the death penalty.
Ecuador’s government issued an official statement showing two letters from United Kingdom officials addressed to President Lenin Moreno, assuring the head of state that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty.
The two letters made public are dated March 7 and August 10, 2018, signed by U.K. Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, and his predecessor Boris Johnson, on which both explain that under British law, extradition cannot be ordered if the person in question is subject to the death penalty in the country requesting such process.
"When an extradition request is received from a country where the offense carries the death penalty, U.K. law requires that extradition cannot be ordered unless the Home Secretary has first received an adequate assurance from that country that the death penalty will not be imposed or carried out," added MP Hunt on his letter.
The only problem is that Jeremy Hunt is a pathological liar who tried to suggest that Julian Assange "would be free to leave the Ecuadorian embassy" - yes only to then be arrested by the stooges of his Anglo-Saxon crime syndicate, which calls itself the government of the UK.

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FREE ASSANGE ... or else !

To Protest Assange’s Arrest, Anonymous Hackers Knock Over 1,600 UK Websites Offline, Including the Supreme Court and National Crime Agency
The hackers who spent the weekend cyber attacking Ecuadorian government websites in protest of the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have now turned their attention to the United Kingdom.
On Monday evening both the Supreme Court of the UK and the National Crime Agency websites were offline.
While the UK government has strong distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protections in place, the Supreme Court website has currently been down for over an hour and a half along with 1,633 other UK websites hosted on the same server.
None of this was directed by WikiLeaks or Assange himself — the hackers say they are acting on their own as an act of protest.
Speaking to the Gateway Pundit on Sunday, a member of the hacker group who goes by the pseudonym ‘Nama’ declared they will be launching cyber attacks against the United States and Sweden after the UK.
Over the weekend, the group took down or defaced over 30 Ecuadorian websites including the Central Bank of Ecuador, their Ministry of Interior, the Ecuadorian Assembly in the UK and the main website for the Government of Ecuador. They also posted data dumps of 728 identification ID card numbers that appear to belong to people who work in the Ecuadorian government.
Many of the websites, including the Central Bank of Ecuador, have been offline since Saturday.
After the websites had been offline for twelve hours, the hackers warned that if they were restored “we will fire again to burn their servers.”
The official website of La Maná canton in Ecuador featured a picture of Assange for over twelve hours, along with a quote from him that read, “You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making based on lies or ignorance can not lead to a good conclusion.”
Nama said that starting Monday his group will begin targeting UK government websites as well as the Ecuadorian sites, “just to show in the world the #FreeAssange message.”
“First we hit their Gov sites with a Botnet to make them unavailable and then we are leaking their stuff,” Nama told TGP.
Asked what their ultimate goal is with the hacks, Nama said “our attacks are just like the riots at the streets with police, but its more powerful because we can damage the government more. We can make them lose a lot of money.”
Responding to if they have a specific message for President Donald Trump, the hacker asserted that “Trump is a troll. He can’t hold the US. Nothing more for him.”
As far as UK officials go, Nama said that the “UK is like the US. We have send already message in UK.”
“Free Assange or the chaos is coming,” they warned.
The Gateway Pundit asked Nama if the hackers were worried about eventually being caught and they boldly asserted that they are not.
“I’m not worried, because I’m doing it for Freedom and for the people. We are not criminals,” Nama said. “Criminals should worried about getting caught. People like us should not get worried.”

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'Let's put all our cards on the table and halt the terrorist attacks and ambushes,'  Maduro stated.

Update SUN 14. April 2019 (vf): This Sunday, President Nicolas Maduro stated again his willingness to engage in dialogue as a mechanism to settle political differences for peace and to prevent the continuation of terrorist aggression against the people.

As a way to achieve an exchange with the opposition that will lead to satisfactory results for Venezuelans, the President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro, asked the nations guaranteeing the Montevideo Agreement to reactivate support for international negotiations.
'I call on the presidents of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador; Uruguay, Tabare Vásquez; Bolivia, Evo Morales; and the prime ministers and heads of state of the 14 Caribbean countries, members of Caricom, to resume the dialogue initiative signed in Montevideo two months ago,' the President requested.
During the mobilization held on Saturday in Caracas in defense of the homeland and against imperialism, Maduro ratified his support and willingness to seek a peaceful way to reach agreements 'for the good of Venezuela and its future.'
'Let's put all our cards on the table and halt the terrorist attacks and ambushes,' he said, once again denouncing the systematic terrorist campaign that seeks to destroy the National Electric System (SEN).
The dignitary explained that the backing of Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia and the Caribbean nations will make possible to carry on with the talks with all the political, cultural, economic and social sectors that wish to protect Venezuela from so much evil planned by the United States government.
In this regard, he pointed out that through talks sectors of the political right that have not fallen into the terrorist madness of Washington will be able to express themselves in a mature and responsible way for national and regional interests'.
Finally, Maduro stressed that most Venezuelans yearn for dialogue, prosperity, tranquility, progress and peace.
 
USAmerican functionaries still believe they can fool the world, but that only shows their own stupidity. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with some little, most likely at least GM-contaminated USAID relief food staged to be "for Venezuela" while in reality he is biting his fingernails for having failed with his intrusion and incursion plans. No wonder, because even the BBC spreads his dumb lies, backed only by his U.S.American backyard-boys like Ivan Duque, Martin Vizcarra and worst of all Lenin Moreno - the South-American installations of imperialist U.S.A.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands accused by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza for using tensions on the Colombian border to carry out an advertising maneuver as part of a defamatory campaign against Caracas.
The Colombian city of Cúcuta, located near the border with Venezuela, has been transformed by the USA and Colombia into a “regular stage for its most decadent and cheap spectacles,” Arreaza tweeted on Sunday in response to Pompey’s visit to the region.
“Confirmed !: Washington and Bogota ratify Cúcuta as the usual scenario of their most decadent and cheap shows. The adulation and servility show of today with @ SecPompeo , is an anthology. Meanwhile, the abandoned town of Cúcuta lives on the Venezuelan economy,” he said.
“The level of cynicism of @SecPompeo is too shameless . The consequences of the criminal blockade of his government against Venezuela are unquantifiable. It has generated death, suffering and need. And with his face so washed, he insists on the false humanitarian aid of the Cucuta show,” the chancellor continued on Twitter.
 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended his tour of South America on Sunday with a brief visit to the Colombian border city of Cucuta, crossed through by thousands of Venezuelans allegely fleeing a crisis under the present government of Venezuela, though in Colombia the humanitarian situation is much worse tha in Venezuela.
After attending in the Peruvian capital Lima a Sunday service, which seems now to have become a standard public relations game by right-wing christian fundamentalists from the USA, the chief US diplomat set off for the final leg of his tour of South America, which began Friday in Chile.
In Cucuta, where he met with allgd refugees alongside Colombian President Ivan Duque, Pompeo called upon Maduro to open the border to allow humanitarian aid to enter -- and to step down.
“Open these bridges, open these borders, you can end this today,” Pompeo said.
“I hope that you will care enough when you see the horror, when you see the tragedy, to change your ways and to leave your country.”
After outlawed Juan Guaido staged a failed coup attempt on January 23, the President of Venezuela Maduro had to close three frontier bridges connecting Venezuela and Cucuta while the latest built bridge was never opened.
The refugee scam between Venezuela is that the USA pro-actively encourages people to flee Venezuela under the promise to then gain aylum in the USA - a double-faced policy given the migrant crisis at the southern USAmerican border.
Pompeo promised that the US would continue to use all political and economic means to help Venezuelans.
All four countries featured on Pompo's itinerary -- Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia -- are led by right wing or center-right leaders favorable to Washington’s uncompromising approach to President Maduro.
Creepy U.S. state stooge Pompeo tries to get his hands on everything belonging to the people of South-America, that he considers his backyard - even children.

On Saturday, Pompeo paid tribute to Peru’s Venezuelan "refugees". But he became irritated when a reporter asked if that contradicted US President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration policy at home.
“Peru has felt first-hand the effects of the disastrous Nicolas Maduro and the pain that he has brought to the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo stated, following talks with President Martin Vizcarra and Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio.
He added that Peru had shown “enormous leadership in responding to this challenge.”
Over three million Venezuelans, around 10 percent of the population, now live outside the crisis-hit country, ravaged by shortages of food and medicine and repeated power outages. The United Nations predicts that number will hit 5.3 million by the end of 2019.
Peru has received the most Venezuelans after Colombia: 750,000, according to Popolizio, testing the capacity of the country’s public services.
Another objective of Pompeo’s whirlwind tour was to blunt trade rival China’s growing reach in Latin America.
In Chile, whose biggest trading partner is Beijing, he warned of links between Chinese trade and “their desire to steal intellectual property, to have forced technology transfer, to engage in activity that is not economic.”

Some essential medicines ae in short supply in Venezuela - but only due to the inhumane U.S. blockade of the country.

Inhumane U.S. government even blocks Venezuela’s payments for medicine
Of the multiple variants of unconventional warfare used by Washington against Venezuela, the financial blockade is undoubtedly one of the most used and decisive weapons.
Former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield affirmed already last year the need to accelerate the collapse of the country even if the suffering of Venezuelans is greater. Subsequently U.S. financial sanctions are applied precisely in the most sensitive sectors affecting the life and livelihoods of the population.
Following this, the ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, reported that already in January this year, the payment destined to “purchases of essential products for blood banks, patients with Hemophilia and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, were blocked and returned due to threats issued by the Trump government”.
In February, he stated on his Twitter account, “the purchase of immunoglobulin essential to reduce infections and treat immune problems was blocked”, amounting to 2 million dollars that could not reach suppliers to finalize the purchase.
Thereby, Washington creates a “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela at two levels, using on the one hand the financial blockade to precipitate an increase in human losses, while in the international media and news agencies the country is presented as not being able to “resolve” the shortage of medicines, which would make forced entry of supplies necessary.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Popeo is equal evil as Hillary Clinton, which shows it is U.S. policy - not party - that is creating disasters worldwide - Photo: Reuters

Iran Calls Pompeo’s Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela ‘Ridiculous’
Iran’s Foreign Ministry dismissed Mike Pompeo’s recent accusations of Tehran meddling in Venezuelan affairs.
The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Mousavi responded on Sunday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s allegations of meddling in Venezuelan internal affairs.
Mousavi called Pompeo’s accusations of Iran’s alleged meddling in Venezuelan affairs ‘ridiculous’, while maintaining his country’s support for a peaceful settlement, absent of foreign intervention.
“Donald Trump’s U.S. wants to turn Latin America into its backyard like it was in the 19th century,” Mousavi said, adding that the Trump administration was “oblivious to the fact that the nations have awoken and the wheel of time does not move back.”
Mousavi said Iranian experts are aiding Venezuela in improving their water and electrical systems, per the request of the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
He pointed out that while Iran is helping Venezuela to improve their country, the U.S. has looted US$30 billion in currency reserves.
The Iranian official said the U.S. is urging people to either rise up against their government or starve due to the U.S. blockade.
“This US move is a flagrant case of interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs and it is doomed,” Mousavi added.
Iran had recently started direct flights to Venezuela.

Outlawed Juan Guaido bites his fingernails, because nothing he tries works.

Bloomberg Publishes Guaido blurb Imploring the Chinese for Support. On April 14, the influential financial outlet Bloomberg published an article by outlawed opposition figure Juan Guaidó.
Not surprisingly in what he has called “the road map”, with which he tries to generate international confidence around his figure beyond the areas of influence of the United States, the leader of the attempted but failed February coup and of the continuous insurgencies suddenly highlights the importance of China for Venezuela.
The government of Xi Jinping has maintained its position of support for Caracas and the constitutional president Nicolás Maduro, expressing it emphatically in various international bodies such as the UN Security Council and in the last meeting of the IDB, where it rejected Guaidó’s emissary, Ricardo Hausmann. In its capacity as host, China suspended the event by noticing the irregularity that was about to be committed.
In the article, Guaidó says now that “China is the largest importer of oil in the world and Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, only for these two reasons, the economic relationship between our two nations will grow, it is an inevitable fact.”
Guaidó complements China,  trusting that China “will contribute as the great power that it is, to facilitate the political transition we need”. “The time has come for Beijing to add its voice to this chorus.The presence of China has grown a lot in the region in these years and it is also in its interest to contribute to a climate of peace, stability and well-being to which we aspire in this part of the world”, he said.
The article shows that Guaidó needs to drag support out of the Asian giant, since the given geopolitical weakness of the United States and - exposed as it is - the USA can not crystallize the change of regime in Venezuela.
Guaido's article had as a prelude a statement in perjury of the “military intervention”, which raises enormous criticism and complaints. In the words of Guaidó: “Since the opposition has never put the military option on the table”. He further stated his twisted opinion by sayin: “The only one that can authorize a mission and foreign intervention is the national Parliament (in contempt), which eliminates any possibility of military intervention”.
Guaido took the opportunity to condemn the presence of Russian military personnel in Venezuela, demanding their departure in clear synchrony with similar demands uttered by White House officials. Guaido's contradictory movement is laughable, given that the alliance between China and Russia is strengthened while the Trump administration imposes sanctions and unfair trade policies worldwide.
On January 9 of this year, the National Assembly in contempt, presided over by Juan Guaido, declared the oil contracts signed without its “approval” invalid, among which would be those reached with China. (Mision Verdad - Translated by JRE\EF-OT and vf)

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'New World Order' Being Formed - says Russia

Russia Says 'New World Order' Being Formed, reports L Todd Wood.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared today that the Western, liberal model of society is dying, and a new world order is taking its place. Lavrov made the comments at his annual meeting with students and professors at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“The Western liberal model of development, which particularly stipulates a partial loss of national sovereignty – this is what our Western colleagues aimed at when they invented what they called globalization – is losing its attractiveness and is no more viewed as a perfect model for all. Moreover, many people in the very western countries are skeptical about it,” Lavrov said.
According to him, global development is guided “by processes aimed at boosting multipolarity and what we call a polycentric world order.”
Tensions flare up in the Union State…again
“Clearly, multipolarity and the emergence of new centers of power in every way requires efforts to maintain global stability and search for a balance of interests and compromises, so diplomacy should play a leading role here,” Lavrov went on to say. “Particularly because there are a lot of issues that require generally acceptable solutions. These include regional conflicts, international terrorism, food security and environmental protection. This is why we believe that only diplomacy can help make agreements and reach sustainable decisions that will be accepted by all.
“The US and its allies are trying to impose their approaches on others,” Lavrov noted. “They are guided by a clear desire to preserve their centuries-long dominance in global affairs although from the economic and financial standpoint, the US – alone or with its allies – can no longer resolve all global economic and political issues,” he said.
“In order to preserve their dominance and recover their indisputable authority, they use blackmail and pressure. They don’t hesitate to blatantly interfere in the affairs of sovereign states.”

Julian Assange faces political imprisonment like President Lula da Silva, says Noam Chomsky.

World-renowned linguist and academic Chomsky said that Assange's arrest is just a new case of “efforts to silence” dissident voices. U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky voiced his concerns Friday over the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during an interview with Democracy Now, calling the situation a “scandalous in several respects.”

Prof. Chomsky said that this is just a new case of “efforts to silence” dissident voices. Chomsky compared Assange’s arrest to Lula’s political imprisonment, focusing on the fact that both said and did things that “people in power don’t like”, so therefore they “have to silence it.”
“Last September, Lula da Silva was the leading, the most popular figure in Brazil, who was almost certain to win the forthcoming election, they put him in jail, solitary confinement, essentially a death sentence, 25 years in jail, banned from reading press or books, and, crucially, barred from making a public statement—unlike mass murderers on death row,” Chomsky said adding that “he’s the most important political prisoner in the world. Do you hear anything about it?... Assange is a similar case: We’ve got to silence this voice.”
On April 11, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Ecuador seven-year asylum was abruptly removed and he was arrested by British police. Immeadlty the United States charged him of  "computer hacking conspiracy." Now his defense is fighting an extradition request to face the U.S. justice system, even though Ecuadorean officials have assured this will not happen.
Assange was even called a “miserable hacker” by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno. But his defense is strongly dismissing it, stating that he is a publisher and journalist, with more than 20 awards in the field. As Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project has explained the “prosecution by the U.S. of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations.”
However, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin told CNN that they are “going to extradite him. It will be really good to get him back on United States soil. So now he's our property and we can get the facts and truth from him."
On this regard, Chomsky said the fact the U.S. can manipulate the policies and actions of other nations is a scandal in itself. “The extraterritorial reach of the United States is shocking...why should the United States have the power to control what others are doing elsewhere in the world? I mean, it’s an outlandish situation,” he said.

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Ilhan Omar, who grilled whitewashed war-criminal Eliott Abrams in Congress to prevent another massacre in Venezuela, has become the target of a dangerous hate campaign, but all sane people stand by her.

For the first time ever, the has been listed as one of the deadliest countries in the world for .

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The Venezuelan people celebrate the "day of the militia" in Caracas, Venezuela, April 13, 2019. | Photo: teleSUR - WATCH

Update SAT 13. APRIL 2019 (vf): NATIONAL DAY OF DIGNITY in Venezuela. Seventeen years ago Venezuelans took to the streets to defend President Hugo Chavez who had been kidnapped by right-wing generals.Thousands of people in Venezuela turned out to celebrate the nation's "Militia Day" in rallies throughout Caracas Saturday. The day commemorates the nation's response to the attempted overthrow of now-deceased President Hugo Chavez, April 13, 2002.

"On that date the Venezuelan people demonstrated that they, united strongly with their National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), could unite to protect their freedom, sovereignty and independence," said Defense Secretary Vladimir Padrino Lopez over Twitter Saturday morning. He stressed that "in the Bolivar homeland, the birthplace of America's liberators, despotism does not fit, since there is a strong and virtuous people with a deep political awareness."
Tens of thousands of people are taking part in the Saturday march in Caracas to commemorate Chavez' release from prison after an attempted coup on the president 17 years ago, waving Venezuelan flags and holding pictures of the deceased president.
"Commander Chavez' letter, written while he was kidnapped at Turiamo, is a worthy example of strength, courage and courage. During the most difficult circumstances he maintained an unwavering loyalty to the people and the country. Like him, we say today: ‘Always Loyal, Traitors Never!’"
On the afternoon of April 11, 2002, the Venezuelan far-right called for a coup d'état of Chavez. The business elites opposed several new norms that the head of state had recently had passed, such as the land law that facilitated land redistribution. The ​​​​​Organic Hydrocarbon Law, which allowed for state control of oil extraction and limited foreign investment in the field.
Given this, the opposition kidnapped Chavez in an act fostered by right-wing military commanders. A supposed "transitional government" was created that proclaimed to dissolve the National Assembly.
Two days later, however, the Venezuelan people took to the streets to demand the return of the Revolution's leader.
"Chavez did not resign, they have him kidnapped. Free him", the people said as they marched towards the Government headquarters, the Latin American media Aporrea recalls.​​​​​​​
A few hours later, on the night of April 13, President Chavez was rescued by troops loyal to the Bolivarian revolution. The opposition abandoned then its coup attempt.

Venezuelan Militias filled the streets in central Caracas on Saturday 13. April 2019

At the parades in Caracas, Socialist Party (PSUV) leader, Jorge Luis Garcia told crowds: "It is an honor for me to be today after 17 years and commemorate one of the most beautiful historical achievements of the people."
Created by Chavez in 2009, the Venezuelan National Militia is made up of volunteer civilians and complements the Armed Forces. “With your rifles on your shoulders, be ready to defend the fatherland and dig the furrow to plant the seeds to produce food for the community, for the people,” , a socialist, told thousands of militia members gathered in the capital .
In 2018 the militia increased its membership from 400,000 to 1.6 million in order to defend the Venezuelan territory from possible external aggressions by the United States, Colombia and Brazil.​​​​​​​

President Maduro rejects also Bolsonaro’s military invasion threats

Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump seek to “to bend Venezuela in order to steal its riches,” denounced the Bolivarian leader Maduro.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has rejected threats of war and invasion into the country made by the Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro.
“The Venezuelan people reject, united and absolutely, Jair Bolsonaro’s threats of war and military invasion,” Maduro said Friday speaking from Caracas. He asked: “What is the reason for war? Why are you going to invade us? Did Venezuela steal anything from Brazil? Did Venezuela attack Brazil? With whom does Bolsonaro count on for a war? With the Brazilian people? With the Brazilian army? Where will they enter from?”
The Venezuelan president was reacting to statements made by Bolsonaro April 8 during an interview at a local radio station when the Brazilian head of state admitted that the United States and his country are both interested in dividing the Venezuelan army to get Maduro out of power.
“Let’s assume there is an invasion [in Venezuela]. Although the decision will be mine, I will listen to the National Defense Council and the Brazilian Parliament to take a de facto decision,” Bolsonaro said and added, “our intention, and the United States’ [intention], is to split the [Venezuelan] army because they are still supporting Maduro. The army decides whether a country lives in a democracy or in a dictatorship,” said the former military leader.
President Maduro described these “threats” as something “very worrying” and called on the Brazilian people and military forces to stop Bolsonaro’s adventure.
“Your threats are going to turn against you and everything you are doing against Venezuela is going to sink you. … Jair Bolsonaro will dry up and go into oblivion, into history’s trashbin,” the Bolivarian president warned and commented that Bolsonaro is “fascist,” a “Hitler copycat,” a “crazy, crazy, crazy guy who came to the presidency.”
Maduro also explained that Bolsonaro and Trump’s real intentions have to do with “abusing Venezuela in order to steal its riches.”

In Rome, social movements met outside the U.K. embassy to demand the nation end its support for the U.S. blockade against Venezuela and return the nation's gold to its people.

INTERSTING READ: The Battle For Venezuela

Craig Faller | Photo: defense.gov

INTERNATIONAL ALERT: The U.S. military is "on the balls of our feet" and awaits instructions from President Donald Trump, officials say. The United States is ready to attack Venezuela by the end of the year, according to U.S. Southern Commander Craig S. Faller.
The U.S. is particularly concerned over growing Chinese, Russian and Cuban influence in its hemisphere. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton stated in an interview that "President Trump is determined not to see Venezuela fall under the sway of foreign powers." He has a custom of referring to the racist Monroe Doctrine, which considers Latin America to be the U.S. own backyard where it can do as it pleases.
This is however the first time that a member of the U.S. military leadership has spoken out about a possible military intervention against Venezuela. Faller stated that the US military is "on the balls of our feet" and awaits instructions from President Donald Trump.
Faller refused to give further details about what exactly he meant, but compared the situation with war-torn Syria.
"The crisis in Venezuela could approach that degree by the end of this year if Maduro still remains in power," he added.
Meanwhile, the United States government has approved a set of aggressive sanctions that seek to economically choke the people of Venezuela and isolate the country from the rest of the world.
Allies of the Bolivarian Republic have since stepped up efforts to provide aid in the forms of medicine and surgical equipment to Venezuela and promised to continue their work with the legitimate government of Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro as they oppose U.S. diplomatic and economic aggressions.

Trumps white warhawks - like here Admiral Faller - are not just waiting. They are pushing for war with Venezuela.

US Threatens to Turn Maduro’s Venezuela Into Another Syria
The southern command of the United States threatens to turn Venezuela into another Syria if the president of the Bolivarian country, Nicolás Maduro, remains in power.
“The crisis in Venezuela could approach that level at the end of this year if Maduro is still in power. It would be that serious, “US Southern Command chief Admiral Craig Stephen Faller warned on Thursday before comparing the Venezuelan leader to Syrian President Bashar al-Asad.
In an interview with the US newspaper Foreign Policy, Faller noted that the US Army “is contemplating several options” and will be ready to implement any measure taken by the US president, Donald Trump, on Venezuela. “We are on alert,” he insisted.
On the other hand, the US military high command said that the crisis in Venezuela will not be resolved through diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions imposed by Washington against Caracas, therefore, he advocated a military intervention in the South American country.
“The crisis in Venezuela could approach that level (of crisis in Syria) at the end of this year if (the president of Venezuela, Nicolás) Maduro is still in power. It would be that bad”, warns the head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Craig Stephen Faller.
Venezuela is going through turbulent days due to the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó, head of the National Assembly (AN) of the Bolivarian Republic – of opposition majority and declared in contempt since 2016 -, as “interim president” of the country, with the support of the US, despite the fact that Maduro, legally elected at the polls, began his second term on January 10.
For its part, Caracas has denounced the US pressure campaign, including Washington’s espionage and interception activities, as an “old trick” to launch a military aggression against Venezuela.
Similarly, in another part of his interview, Faller denounced China for the support provided to the Maduro Government. “China has made a very risky bet and is not collaborating,” he added.
China, which for years has had close relations with Caracas, has been one of Venezuela’s strongest defenders against the United States and its allies that have even threatened the South American country with military measures to get Maduro out of power.

U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd was also at the secret 'war-on-Venezuela' meeting in Washington. | Photo: EFE - at an earlier function in Miami, Florida, United States.

Also the Brazilian Envoy to the USA Attended the Secret Meeting on Military Intervention in Venezuela, says report
Washington's anti-socialists foster high-level meetings to plan how to get rid of the Bolivarian revolution.
Brazilian ambassador Carlos Velho attended an April 10 high-profile meeting dubbed "Evaluation of the use of military force against Venezuela", convened in Washington D.C. by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank financed by institutions such as the Bank of America, Chevron and Exxon Mobil, Brazilian media Brasil de Fato revealed Wednesday.
On behalf of the United States, members of the Department of State (DOS), the National Intelligence Council, and the National Security Council attended. All of them were joined by U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd, who served as head of the U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for overseeing U.S. military policy related to 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea.
Brasil de Fato cited information unveiled by The Grayzone's journalist Max Blumenthal who had access to the participants list and received confirmation of the meeting from a CSIS researcher.
"The attendees list not only confirms that the Trump administration and its external consultants are weighing options for a military attack on Venezuela, but it also describes the cast of people involved in developing a regime change operation in the country," commented the Brazilian media.
"What does a Brazilian diplomat do in a secret meeting where a war against Venezuela is planned?" Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's UN ambassador, asked and stressed that "Bolsonaro violates his country's Constitution and history of peace by supporting a Trump's racist adventure."
For his part, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs minister Jorge Arreaza affirmed that the Bolivarian state will complain about this issue to competent political and judicial authorities.
In an interview with the Peruvian media El Comercio, the U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo acknowledged Monday that "Maduro's departure is taking a long time," which would explain Washington's interest in promoting high-level meetings to conspire against the Bolivarian revolution.
"The White House officials have actively worked in the quest for new tactics to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro administration," Brasil de Fato recalled and stressed that the U.S. geopolitical interests predominate "despite the fact that the Lima Group, which met on April 15, said that it rejects any military intervention in the Venezuelan territory."
The private meeting held in Washington to conspire against President Maduro
was also attended by General Juan Pablo Amaya and Ambassador Francisco Santos from the Colombian embassy and Armando Armas from Juan Guaido’s National Assambly, as The Grayzone reported.

USA-puppet Juan Guaido makes a laughing stock out of himself - no matter how angry he appears in public.

Guaido: Russian ‘Unauthorized’ Troops Must Leave Venezuela
Juan Guaidó, the outlawed Venezuelan coup leader, has said that the “unauthorized” Russian troops must leave the South American country soon. By this he caused a lot of laughter around the world.
In Venezuela there is an “illegitimate military intervention” Russian and Cuban, under the protection of President Nicolás Maduro, said Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of the country, in an interview granted on Saturday by the Argentine newspaper Clarín.
“The fact is that there are Russian troops not authorized in Venezuela. And they must leave,” said the opposition deputy on the Russian military presence - that, as Chavista authorities have explained, has the mission of doing maintenance on planes bought from Moscow, which is part of the respective contract.
Guaidó now suddenly also ruled out a military intervention in Venezuela -as the US threatens- and said that Maduro “is the only one” who has spoken of that option. The optimal output, he argued, is stability at the lowest possible cost.
“We have never put the military option on the table (…). We have talked about international cooperation,” said the opposition figure contradicting his statements last February where he said he is “willing to do everything” necessary for Maduro to be ousted.
In another part of the interview, Guaidó said that the arrival of humanitarian aid to Venezuela is expected, consisting of some 20 tons of medical equipment and products, trying to implicate that this actually was his effort.
Venezuelan opponents have spared no effort in discrediting Maduro’s efforts. In this the right-wing oppition has the full support of the US, whose Government has not ceased to impose sanctions on different economic sectors of the Caribbean country in order to weaken its economy and to creat direct social discontent towards the Miraflores Palace, the set of the legit government.
For its part, Caracas has repeatedly denounced Washington’s position at just “hiding” the desire to seize Venezuela’s rich natural resources.

EL POLLO NABBED - Hugo Carvajal - double traitor to Chavismo and ex spy-chief finally arrested.

TRIPLE AGENT ARRESTED The former chief of Venezuela's military intelligence – and the highest-ranking military officer to defect to the US-backed opposition – has been nabbed in Spain on a US warrant for allegedly trafficking tons of cocaine.
Hugo Carvajal was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on Friday and faces extradition to the US, where he was indicted in 2014 for allegedly having "coordinated the transportation of approximately 5,600 kilograms of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico." He will testify in a Saturday court appearance as to whether he wishes to fight the extradition, an official with Spain's National Court told the AP.
The Venezuelan ex-major general, whose nickname "el Pollo" means "the Chicken," is accused of protecting a Colombian drug kingpin from arrest, allowing him to move about 5,600kg of cocaine in and out of Venezuela, and tipping him off to law enforcement activities. Carvajal allegedly was not only paid off by the kingpin and other members of his organization, but also invested in some of the drug shipments. He is also accused of providing weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
While Carvajal served as chief of military intelligence and counterintelligence under former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, he reportedly began to distance himself from Chavez's successor President Nicolas Maduro after returning to Venezuela in 2014 from Aruba, where he had been briefly detained on the same US warrant, facing extradition until Maduro threatened retaliation against the island.
Carvajal left Maduro's government in 2017, ostensibly in protest over the president's plans to form a constitutional assembly that would reduce the power of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, and declared his allegiance to opposition leader and self-appointed president Juan Guaido in February, blaming Maduro for the "disastrous reality" of Venezuela. Last month, the president expelled Carvajal from the armed forces, accusing him of "acts of treason against the fatherland."
Since embracing the US-backed Guaido, Carvajal has called on other members of the Venezuelan military to join the opposition, warning them against becoming "collaborators" of a "dictatorial government that has plagued people with misery" and accusing military leaders of being pawns of Cuba. He also gave a juicy interview with the New York Times, denouncing current and former members of Maduro's government as drug traffickers, FARC and Hezbollah collaborators, and journalist blackmailers while denying his own guilt on the many of the same charges.

The IMF always is a double-edged sword, having just been implicated in the Assange-for-loan affair with Ecuador. But IMF head Mme. Christine Lagarde stated clearly: Most IMF members do not recognize outlawed Guido.

The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, said Saturday that majority of the organization’s executive committee members have refused to recognize opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the “interim president” of Venezuela.
“It has to be a large majority of the membership actually recognizing diplomatically the authorities that they regard as legitimate,” Lagarde said in a press conference at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington.
This sets back the effort of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who said Saturday that he had had discussions with the IMF about the process for recognizing Guaido as Venezuela’s leader.
“There were discussions we had this week at the IMF about that, and what their process would be to do that,” he said.
The IMF, based in Washington is one of the instruments used by the United States President Donald Trump’s administration to attack the Venezuelan economy with the aim of destabilizing the government of Nicolas Maduro. On April 11, the agency suspended access of the Venezuelan government to US$400 million of special drawing rights (SDR), a fund that every country in the world is entitled to.
A day earlier, on April 10 during a meeting of U.N. Security Council, the ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations Samuel Moncada denounced that the U.S. intends to indebt the South American country before the IMF.
"Our refineries' profits are being used to pay debts to Trump administration-friendly oil companies. His friends, who hold Venezuelan debt bonds, receive special licenses to collect profits from our people's stolen money," Moncada said adding that the U.S. officials have already announced a plan to indebt Venezuela for over US$70 billion."

The United States is working with a group of countries to build a $10 billion fund to help Venezuela rebuild trade once a new government is in place, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday. The United States has coerced dozens of other countries in recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president to be used for their plans, but embattled President Nicolas Maduro remains in power. Mnuchin said that, during the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, officials had discussed how to aid in the Caribbean country's recovery. Mnuchin is thereby trying to engineer loans to extract resources and trap in $10 Billion debt with the help of World Bank and IMF when the planned US-coup woulod succeed. This debt is then to keep the Venezuelan population debt enslaved and under a burden of austerity.
“So far this year, the US has deprived Venezuela of 30 billion dollars by claiming that it now belongs to the imposter Guaidó, while the total damage to the Venezuelan economy from the actions of the US since 2013 is estimated at hundreds of billedions of dollars”, denounced the representative of Russia, Vasili Nebenzia, already last Wednesday at the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Brzezinski's Warning to America The liberal world order, which lasted from the end of World War 2 until today, is rapidly collapsing. The center of gravity is shifting from west to east where China and India are experiencing explosive growth and where a revitalized Russia has restored its former stature as a credible global superpower. These developments, coupled with America’s imperial overreach and chronic economic stagnation, have severely hampered US ability to shape events or to successfully pursue its own strategic objectives. As Washington’s grip on global affairs continues to loosen and more countries reject the western development model, the current order will progressively weaken clearing the way for a multipolar world badly in need of a new security architecture. Western elites, who are unable to accept this new dynamic, continue to issue frenzied statements expressing their fear of a future in which the United States no longer dictates global policy.

Mexico maintains its position on Venezuela unchanged, the Undersecretary of Finance, Arturo Herrera, said in Washington, the newspaper La Jornada reports.
In a dispatch from Washington, the online version of La Jornada clarifies that Mexico participated as a “spectator” in a meeting chaired this week by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on a plan for Venezuela, and there he reiterated that his ‘no intervention’ posture remains unchanged.
“Mexico’s position is very clear and it is a non-intervention position (…) it is a principle that is in the Constitution, it is not even subject to interpretation,” said the official who participated in the meeting with several finance ministers on Saturday.
Herrera explained in a press conference that his country attends all the meetings in which there is a “Latin American issue” and that’s why he was present at the one summoned by Mnuchin, but only as an observer.
He insisted that “the position of Mexico and Uruguay is very clear, it is a position in which we think that the exit must be negotiated,” Herrera said, noting that his country is not putting “proposals on the table.”

Canada's Foreign Minister was disrupted at a Montreal speaking event, by peace activists who denounced Trudeau's government policies towards Venezuela and demanded an end to the illegal sanctions.

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US military: Get out of Japan !

USA, pull your psychotic troops from foreign soil !!!, since such happens over and over again: A 32-year-old serviceman from the US Marine Corps is believed to have stabbed his 44-year-old Japanese girlfriend to death before killing himself at their apartment in the town of Chatan near the US base earlier this month. On Saturday, Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba urged US Ambassador in Tokyo William Hagerty to express protest over the murder of an Okinawan woman by a US serviceman. The minister sent condolences to the victim's family. Tensions remain high between Okinawans and the approximately 27,000 US military personnel stationed on the island – about half of all the American soldiers stationed in Japan. Okinawans overwhelmingly rejected the opening of a new US military base in a remote area of the island in a February referendum, citing environmental damage in addition to the safety risk the base would pose to locals, but Tokyo plans to go ahead with construction anyway. US personnel in recent years have been implicated in crimes from drunk driving up to and including rape and murder, while the bases themselves contribute to pollution and other quality-of-life issues, according to locals.

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ICRC president Peter Maurer and his international relief effort were welcomed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.

Update FRI, 12. APRIL 2019 (vf): Today marks the first day of a massive relief distribution in Venezuela, spearheaded by the ICRC and facilitated by the Maduro government.

Meanwhile Maduro Celebrates the Bravery of the People Who Broke the Media Siege in April 2002.

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, recalled “the bravery of the people who broke the siege imposed by the media” on April 11, 12 and 13, 2002 during the Coup D’Etat against the then President, Hugo Chavez. Those he congratulated for commemorating the Day of the People’s Communications
Through his account on Twitter @NicolasMaduro social network , the Head of State stressed that “we are still in battle to defend the truth of a people that decided to be free, forever.” “Venezuela is a country that demands respect from the vice president of the United States of America and the imperialist government of Donald Trump. We demand respect for our history, our Constitution, respect for our democracy. They have tried to impose a change of regime in Venezuela, they threaten Venezuela with a military invasion,” said the head of state in joint radio and television broadcast from the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
This Friday marks the 17th anniversary of a coup d’état against President Hugo Chávez, when the national and foreign media followed the plan executed by the United States Department of State and the Venezuelan opposition when they silenced the demonstrations of the people in which they loudly asked to listen to the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution on the radio and television networks, after the massacre that occurred on April 11 in the streets of Caracas.
It should be noted that the National Assembly declared April 12 as the People’s Communications Day, in recognition of the thousands of people who brought out the truth of the coup d’état against Commander Hugo Chávez, on April 11, 12 and 13, 2002.
This proposal was presented on the basis of news blackout imposed by the private media in the country during these coup events, a media event that was reversed by the Venezuelan people by achieving, through alternative communication and popular action, to break the censorship and helped to restore the constitutional order of the nation.

US Resumes Import of Venezuelan Oil
From March 11 to 29 the United States did not buy a single barrel of oil from this Latin American country, according to statistics.
The supply of Venezuelan oil to the US during the work week that ended on April 5 added a total of 139,000 barrels per day.  During the previous three weeks, the import was zero barrels, according to the weekly report of the Energy Information Administration, part of the US Department of Energy.
According to the data of the report (from a year ago - during the week that closed on April 6, 2018) deliveries of Venezuelan oil to the United States stood at 631,000 barrels per day - so comparatively the current decrease is 4.5 times or 78% .
From March 11 to 29 of this year, according to statistics, there were no supplies of Venezuelan oil to the United States. Before that period, purchases made during the week until March 8 reached 112,000 barrels per day.
On January 28, Washington announced the imposition of sanctions against Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. The restrictive measures include the freezing of some 7,000 million dollars in assets that this company maintains in US territory, to which is added an estimated loss of 11,000 million dollars for its exports over the next few years.

Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh

British Queen Elizabeth hosts Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is allegedly being held at HM (stands for: "Her Majesty [the Queen]") Prison Belmarsh after having been removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrested earlier on Thursday. The same day, Assange was found guilty of breaching his bail at Westminster Magistrates Court and is now facing up to 12 months in jail. Belmarsh Prison, a notorious jail in southeast London that’s earned the moniker of ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ is a holding facility for terrorists and other high-profile prisoners. Veteran journalist Pilger: "It's a warning from history....if Julian Assange and can be prosecuted, so can the editors of those newspapers that carried Wikileaks' work. This is an ASSAULT ON JOURNALISM"

WE STLL DEMAND THAT JULIAN ASSANGE IS IMMEDIATELY BROUGHT TO A QUALIFIED MEDICAL FACILITY OF HIS CHOICE TO TREAT THE MANY AILMENTS THAT DEVELOPED OVER THE ALMOST 8 YEARS OF REFUGE AT THE ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, DURING WHICH THE UK INHUMANELY REFUSED HIM A VISIT TO A CLINIC.

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The Legal Narrative Funnel That’s Being Used To Extradite Assange

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“Free Assange or You Will Pay For it”: Anonymous Group Warns the US and UK of the Coming “Revolution”. The international group of hackers claims that the activist’s captors and their “cohorts” are about to experience “the power of the Internet” for the arrest of the founder of WikiLeaks.
The movement of computer activists Anonymous has published a message “for the Government of the United Kingdom and its cohorts” in which it warns of a “generalized revolution” on the way caused by the arrest of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, as well as other actions of Western governments that “work to silence” those who reveal their dirtiest secrets.
“From the CIA and the US president to the officers who took Assange out of the [Ecuadorian] Embassy for arrest they have exposed themselves as enemies of the people and it is time for An0nymous to act accordingly”, noted the group of ‘hacktivists’.
Anonymous mentions that those Western forces have acted against their own people “without fear” because they believe that their positions of power will grant them “protection against the karmic consequences of reality”. However, the group says that this is about to change.

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Chevron Corp. has agreed to buy Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in a $33 billion deal that expands its shale-drilling ambitions and places it just behind Exxon Mobil Corp. as one of the world’s largest publicly traded producers of oil and gas. The combined company will become one of the largest operators in U.S. shale basins at a time when America pumps more crude than Saudi Arabia and Russia. Chevron is known as one of the worst environmental and Indigenous People's rights offenders, while Anadarko at one point of time even ventured to buy illegally offered concessions in the Somali waters.

The Sudanese military council, currently governing the country, will not transfer President Omar Bashir, deposed amid anti-government protests, to other countries, and Bashir will face justice in Sudan, the head of the council's political committee, Omar Zain Abidin said on Friday. "We will not send Bashir abroad, but we will try him in Sudan," Abidin said.
He also refuted claims that a military coup had taken place in the country.
"We have not carried out a military coup, we have come [to power] as a response to the people's desire," Abidin said.
Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced on Thursday, following months of anti-government protests, that the country's military had detained Bashir and imposed a three-month state of emergency.
Ibn Auf also announced the creation of the military council, charged with governing the country for the next two years. However, Abidin said earlier on Friday that the term of the council's work could be reduced to one month if the situation stabilized.

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After a relatively stable period and getting the power supply up to about 91% another surge hit the grid and also caused internet connectivity to briefly collapse. New nationwide blackout happened in Venezuela since aprox. 11:30pm (local time) yesterday. But recovery looks good. Power reportely back up to 88%.
A month on from the first terrorist attack against Venezuela's power grid, work by joined experts continues to fully stabilize all operations at the Guri Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Update THU, 11. APRIL 2019 (vf): Venezuela neutralizes up to four attacks on its electricity supply system daily, the country’s President, Nicolas Maduro, has said in the wake of repeated blackouts that swept the country over the recent weeks.

"Electric energy sector workers do not sleep. They are protecting the system from attacks around the clock. Every day, we neutralize two-three-four attacks on the electricity supply system," Maduro said in an address, which was aired on his Twitter account, on Wednesday.
The president also promised Venezuelans that the authorities would continue making efforts to overcome the consequences of the recent attacks on the country’s power supply system.
The first mass power outage hit Venezuela on 7 March.
The national electricity supplier Corpoelec insisted that the power cut was the result of sabotage at the major Guri hydroelectric power plant in eastern Bolivar state.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pinned the blame for the crisis on the United States. As of now, the power supply has been mostly restored in the country.
Washington and its allies openly support Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself 'interim president' back in January, following a wave of anti- and pro-government rallies.
In the meantime, Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba, and other countries stand by legitimately-elected President Nicolas Maduro and warn the United States and its allies against "meddling" in the South American country's affairs.
Interestingly also the Sudan faced today a counbtrywide power-blackout while the army was arrest president Omar al-Bashir. Over the coming days it will transpire, who actually paid for the sudden change of the army's loyality and launched the asymetric warfare action against the present government.
 
Jorge Rodriguez: Terrorist cell Cocoon 2.0 will be squashed
Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez gave a press conference: "We will continue to inform the people of Venezuela of all the terrorist actions so that the people will be alert on the actions that may arise." "People know that if Guaido and his allies cut off the electric power that they are not just doing it to the Chavistas, but to the 300 million Venezuelans." "They attack the Venezuelan people and then they say "it's Maduro's fault." "In the investigations done on the attacks against Venezuela, they found another terrorist group, Cocoon 2.0, in which Leopoldo López, Carlos Vecchio, and other opposition figures have been participating." "'s brother among others were in charge of taking out money from the oil company of and also they were trying to take control of the money that was stolen from the Bank of England. "Hundreds of millions of dollars of companies which belong to Venezuela, such as Citgo, were being sent to personal accounts, made up of a right wing corruption network. "It wasn't just about repeating like a parrot everything the was saying, but also wanted to make some money to keep in his pockets." The Venezuelan Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture, Jorge Rodriguez, revealed Thursday the members and plans of a far-right “terrorist” group called Cocoon 2.0, based off of information provided by Roberto Marrero Borgas and other found in his cellphone after his March 21 capture. 
One of the groups is the so-called “Cocoon 2.0”, whose members are Juan Guaido, Ricardo Hausmann, Leopoldo Lopez, among others. Marrero Borgas, the alleged "chief of staff" for now outlawed former lawmaker Juan Guaido, was arrested after the Venezuelan intelligence agencies and the Public Prosecutor's Office found a link between him and violent far-right organizations, that aimed to aggravate plans in order to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.

“A batch of military-grade weapons and cash in foreign currency was seized during a search conducted at his residence," stated the Interior Minister Nestor Reverol on a press conference on the day of the arrest.
During an official press conference, Rodriguez said Thursday that through the information voluntarily provided to prosecutors of the Public Ministry and officials in charge of the case, as well as that found in the accused person's cellphone, a large operation of political, military and financial aggression was unveiled.
“In Mr. Marrero phone there are groups of fascist, terrorist actors of the Venezuelan right, planning violent actions and to steal state assets,” added the government official.
One of the groups is the so-called “Cocoon 2.0”, whose members are Juan Guaido, Ricardo Hausmann, Freddy Guevara, Leopoldo Lopez, Octavio Lara, Alejandro Plaz, Baquero, Carlos Vecchio, Enrique Sanchez Falcon, Fernando Martinez Mottola, Gerardo Blyde, Gustavo Tarre, Jose Ignacio Hernandez, Juan Andres Mejía, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Julio Castillo, Sergio Vergara, Victorino, Gina Montiel, Douglas Barrios, Mike Penfold, Jose Joaquin Da Silva, Luis Vezga Godoy, and Tuto Quiroga.
In the chats from the group, there are three forms of aggression planned against Venezuela. The first is the threat to obstruct transactions with debit and credit cards causing the payment system to collapse; the second is to appropriate and distribute in a right-wing corruption network more than US$ 400 million of state assets from Citgo; and finally to grab army deserters, put them in other uniforms, take a photos and issue fake statements.
They also propose to attack, from a cybernetic point of view, the Patria platform through which all the people of Venezuela directly receive the benefits granted by the Venezuelan government.
“We have managed to weaken them by the action of the Attorney General of the Republic, by the action of the State Security Corps, but that does not mean that don’t have moles planted to continue attacking the peace of the people”, stated Rodriguez.

CMP demands immediate cessation of all aggressions against the Venezuelan people
Organizations of the World Peace Council Demand Cessation of US Aggression against Venezuela

The organizations belonging to the World Peace Council (WPC) for the Americas and the Caribbean met this Thursday in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in an extraordinary session that allowed the presentation of a report of the current situation and the struggle in the continent in the context of aggression by the US government and its European allies.
This important international meeting, held in the framework of the 70th anniversary of the CMP and the II International Mission of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, gathered in Caracas, a group of delegates from Brazil, Greece, Nepal, Cuba, Argentina, Barbados, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Colombia and Venezuela, including the President of the Council, Socorro Gómes.
In his installation speech, the Deputy Minister of International Communication of the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, William Castillo, outlined the background of the current situation in Venezuela, which had its turning point on January 23 with the self-proclamation of the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó, supported by the United States and its allies.
“Nothing that has been done [by Guaido, the opposition] since January 23 is legal, and it has no legal basis,” the minister said.
Deputy Minister Castillo also denounced the political, diplomatic, economic and financial siege imposed by Washington on Caracas, which has intensified during the administration of Donald Trump but whose origins go back to the decree issued in 2015 by former President Barack Obama, declaring the The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the internal security of its country.
He warned, in this context, that the US government not only seeks to propitiate a change of government in Venezuela and to “annihilate” the revolutionary forces politically, but also to seize the natural resources of the oil rich country.
On the contrary, he highlighted the strategy of the Venezuelan Executive aimed at preserving the peace of the Republic, stating that “the coup d’état that began on January 23 is being defeated.”
Unmistakable signs of solidarity
During the day, the delegates of the continent’s organizations attached to the CMP expressed their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its President Nicolás Maduro, before the hostile policy of the US administration.
Ernesto Pereyra, of the Movement for Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity among the Peoples of Argentina, proposed the creation of a campaign of solidarity with Venezuela that transcends communication barriers.
Jussara Cony, from the Brazilian Center for Solidarity and Struggle for Peace, expressed her solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic and President Maduro, who “face the greatest aggression in Latin America.” In the same way, she pronounced her support to the self-determination and to the right to peace of the Venezuelan people.
The Brazilian activist argued that the interests of the United States in Venezuela are to control the greatest oil wealth of the planet.
A similar message was expressed by Bahman Azad, from the United States Peace Council, who has managed to articulate in his country a coalition of support for Venezuela.
At the end of the deliberations, the delegates of the organizations comprising the CMP approved a declaration that, among other issues, requires “the cessation of the aggressions against the Venezuelan people, which have been expressed politically, economically, diplomatically and even militarily”. Likewise, they denounced the set of unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States and the European Union.
The attendees also reiterated the full validity of the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, approved at the II Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), held in January of 2014 in Havana, Cuba. (MPPRE - Translated by JRE\EF-OT)

READ: RESOLUTION OF SOLIDARITY WITH VENEZUELA

 
Outrageous, illegal and criminal British operation in conspiracy with Ecuador and on request from USA.

INTERNATIONAL ALERT: The fate of Julian Assange, the endless violations of international law by the USA and freedom of speech are directly linked also to the freedom struggle of the Venezuelan people under the siege and sanctions imposed by the USA.

Let us not forget:

The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists.
 
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Wikileaks. Since 2006 this site, with its charismatic founder, Julian Assange, has been exposing secrets and facts those in charge don't want you to know about.
 
Westminister Magistrate Judge Michael Snow, who sent Julian Assange to jail today after the illegal arrest inside the Ecuaorian embassy, is a good friend of a more senior British Judge who has been embarrassed by information made public courtesy of Assange's Wikileaks organization. During the trial Judge Snow maintained Assange's counsel had ample time to prepare for trial and concluded, without the input of any mental health professionals, that the defendant is a narcissist. To no one's surprise Judge Snow found Assange to be guilty as charged for skipping bail. The kangaroo trial Assange received in London sends the message loud and clear that the only justice Assange can expect in a NATO country court of justice is mockery of justice. Drop all charges against Julian Assange now! Free Julian Assange now!
 
This 's point is vital: if the US can force the arrest and then extradite foreigners like Assange on foreign soil for publishing docs, what prevents China or Iran or, you know, Russia for doing the same to US journalists who publish secrets about them?
 
WE DEMAND THAT JULIAN ASSANGE IS IMMEDIATELY BROUGHT TO A QUALIFIED MEDICAL FACILITY OF HIS CHOICE TO TREAT THE MANY AILMENTS THAT DEVELOPED OVER THE ALMOST 8 YEARS OF REFUGE AT THE ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, DURING WHICH THE UK INHUMANELY REFUSED HIM A VISIT TO A CLINIC.
 
A lawyer for whistleblower Julian Assange has confirmed that he has been arrested partly in relation to a request for extradition from the United States.

Writing on Twitter, Julian Assange’s attorney Jennifer Robinson said Assange's arrest in London was "not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request."

In a further tweet, Robinson said the US warrant "was issued in in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning" in early 2010.

WikiLeaks' official Twitter account also tweeted that Assange has been arrested "for extradition to the United States for publishing."

The prosecution – and persecution – of Julian Assange is meant to silence others who would speak out against abuses of power, WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson and Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson say, promising to fight back.

It was in 2010 that Assange released the classified US military footage known as 'Collateral Murder' of a US Apache helicopter gunship opening fire and killing 18 civilian people, including two Reuters staff. The footage had been provided to WikiLeaks by US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was later tried by a US tribunal and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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Today marks the day of a worldwide uprising - enough is enough ! NEVER LET THE SCOUNDRELS WIN !!!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and was taken into custody by the London’s Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange’s lawyer Jen Robinson reports that his arrest is related to an extradition request from the United States, which the British government has until now refused to admit exists.
“Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request,” tweeted Robinson.
From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in early 2010,” Robinson added.
So there you have it. Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever. Everyone who has ever denied that this was happening needs to hang their heads in shame for scoffing at a very real threat to press freedoms everywhere when they could have been opposing this obscene agenda. It’s time for some serious soul searching.
The time to act is now. It’s too late to prevent Assange from losing his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy, so the goal now is to fight extradition.

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Jeremy Corbyn - the better option for a British government. Jeremy Corbyn also took part in a London protest against the visit of US President Donald Trump in July 2018. ©  AFP / Niklas Hallen

The leader of the UK opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has publicly opposed UK’s possible extradition of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to the US, saying he exposed evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hours following Assange’s arrest in London on Thursday, Corbyn tweeted a video statement of Labour MP Diane Abbott, who argued in Parliament that WikiLeaks had “lifted the veil on US military operations in a variety of theaters, none of which have produced a favourable outcome for the people of those countries.”
“Julian Assange is not being pursued to protect US national security, he is being pursued because he has exposed wrongdoing by US administrations and their military forces,” said Abbott.
The US has charged Assange with “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” over the 2010 publication of classified US documents provided to WikiLeaks by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Fearing extradition to the US on spurious charges raised against him in Sweden, Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. He remained inside the embassy, with the UK denying him passage out, until his asylum was revoked by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

Now more than ever, dissident journalism must stand shoulder-to-shoulder in total solidarity, to help get our message across: A Multipolar World has Risen, and the Empire is on the Run. The Arrest of Assange is a critical sign of Imperial weakness, exemplary in its clarity, and profound in its consequences. It is a strong signal that the Empire is in its weakest condition ever, as it seeks to lash out in its descent into the abyss, taking as much and as many out with it as it disintegrates.

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The UNITED NATIONS as watchdog for human rights has become totally toothless and useless, if not actually hampering the enforcement of human rights worldwide.

Activist groups are swiftly organizing as I type this, so it will be easy for people around the world to find rallies to attend and online movements to help boost. I encourage everyone in the US, the UK and Australia to contact their elected representatives and politely but urgently inform them that the agenda to extradite Assange to the US must be fought at all costs. Educate yourself as best as you can on Assange’s case, and inform everyone you know about what’s going on.
This is seriously gut wrenching news. Here are ten thoughts on the matter in no particular order:
1 — The Metropolitan police were let into the embassy by the Ecuadorian ambassador, his political asylum revoked under entirely false pretenses in gross violation of international law. Shame on Ecuador.
2 — Assange is an Australian citizen. As of this writing, the Australian government has still not interceded to protect its citizen. Shame on Australia.
3 — The US government is setting a precedent which, if carried out, will constitute a grave threat to press freedoms the world over and a greater leap in the direction of Orwellian dystopia than the Patriot Act. Shame on America.
4 — The UK government is collaborating with the US government’s efforts to imprison a journalist for publishing evidence of US war crimes, just as it has collaborated with the US government in perpetrating war crimes. Shame on the UK.

... but now the days of the jokes are over and the anti-Trump-government phalanx is growing worldwide and by the day. Despite having extensively discussed WikilEaks over his twitter account, he said todaY ‘I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing,’ says Trump following Assange’s arrest.

5 — This arrest warrant was issued under the Trump administration, in full alignment with what the Trump administration has openly been saying about its agenda to silence WikiLeaks. Shame on Trump, and shame on anyone who continues to support him.
6 — This arrest is a Trump administration action, and has nothing to do with the 2016 Russia nonsense that Democrats have been shrieking about, yet these same Democrats who claim to oppose Trump and oppose his war on the press are currently cheerleading for Trump’s prosecution of a journalist who told the truth. Shame on U.S. Democrats.
7 — I am going to have a zero tolerance policy for QAnon cultists who try to tell me that this is actually 5-D chess by Trump to overthrow the Deep State. Stay out of my comments, stay out of my social media notifications, stay the hell away from me, and please rethink your worldview.
8 — The precedent set by imprisoning a foreign journalist under the Espionage Act will enable the US government to arrest leak publishers anywhere in the world who expose its crimes. This will cripple our ability to hold the most powerful institution on the planet to account in any way. There is no excuse for any journalist anywhere not to oppose this tooth and claw. If you see anyone calling themselves a journalist but failing to oppose Assange’s extradition, you should call them out for the frauds that they are.
9 — And yes, like it or not, Assange is a journalist. There is no legitimate argument to the contrary.
10 — This is it, folks. This is where we find out what we’re made of as a species. This is where we find out if humanity gets to survive, and if it deserves to. If we can’t stop the empire from imprisoning a journalist for publishing facts right in front of our eyes, we might as well roll over and tap out right now, because if we lose this one it’s never going to get any better from there. If we can’t pass this test, the oligarchs and the opaque government agencies which are allied with them will march us into extinction or Orwellian dystopia, and there’ll be no tool in our toolbox to stop them. We need to seriously dig deep on this one."

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STATEMENT: Chelsea's legal team responds to today's unsealed indictment. This is further evidence that the government's continued imprisonment of Chelsea for her principled stance against grand jury secrecy is punitive, cruel and unnecessary.

The former president of Ecuador, Correo, has sharply criticized the current government for handing over the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, to the British police. Correa said president Lenin Moreno is following orders from the US and exposes the real reason that the right wing Moreno government expelled Assange. Moments after former president Rafael Correa made these remarks Facebook removed his page with 1.5 mio followers from this a-social media platform run for profit by Mark Zuckerberg, who openly supports spying on users and did nothing to prevent fraudulent abuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica, a firm now dissolved after the scandal broke.

Julian Assange is actually an Ecuadorian citizen and was sold by Lenin Moreno, who himself faces corruption charges from the INA scandal, in a bloodmoney deal with the US govenment and the IMF. Correo stated also: Rafael Correa‏Verified account @MashiRafael Rafael Correa
The greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history, Lenin Moreno, allowed the British police to enter our embassy in London to arrest Assange. Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget.
 

The secret collusion between the USA, UK and Ecuador becomes obvious: The Assange indictment disclosed this morning in the USA strengthens their claims of grand jury abuse, say Ms. Chelsea Manning’s attorneys. “The indictment against Julian Assange unsealed today was obtained a year to the day before Chelsea appeared before the grand jury and refused to give testimony. The fact that this indictment has existed for over a year underscores what Chelsea’s legal team and Chelsea herself have been saying since she was first issued a subpoena to appear in front of a Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Virginia — that compelling Chelsea to testify would have been duplicative of evidence already in the possession of the grand jury, and was not needed in order for US Attorneys to obtain an indictment of Mr. Assange.

Former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister rejected the decision taken by the present Ecuadorean government whose shame is Lenin Moreno. Lawmakers of Ecuador's National Assembly attend a meeting with placards saying “We are all Assange.” “The surrender of , dragged by the British police after entering our diplomatic mission to remove it, is a and a that will leave a deep mark on for a long time,” said.

Guillaume Long, former Foreign Minister of Ecuador, is of the following opinion, and these are his words regarding the crimes that Lenin Moreno has just committed. He is also an historian and professor of foreign relations. It appears there is a likelihood that Moreno will be unseated in the next election. This would then remove his immunity from criminal charges without an extra proceeding. At the same time, the Ecuadorian parliament can look at charges sooner.
Guillaume Long:

The arrest of Julian Assange, dragged by the British police after entering our diplomatic mission to remove it, is a national shame and a historical error that will leave a deep mark on Ecuador for a long time.

Ecuador has just violated the principle of “non-refoulement” (the forcible return of refugees or asylum seekers to a country where they are liable to be subjected to persecution) of the asylee, a fundamental principle of protection of human rights enshrined in international law. Ecuador has just violated opinion 54/2015 of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the United Nations.

Ecuador has just violated Opinion OC-25/2019 of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Resolution MC-54-19 of the IACHR of March 2019, which obliges Ecuador not to deport, return, expel, extradite or remove otherwise “to Assange from our embassy.

This decision will obviously bring a lot of legal tail for the Ecuadorian State. Beyond that, it will be remembered by future generations of Ecuadorians and Ecuadorians as an act of servility, vileness and ethical degradation of political power in our country.

WATCH: MORENO's LIES

Mother of Julian Assange, Christine Assange, is rightly upset and outraged.

Statement by Christine Assange, mother of Julian. She tweeted:

“Shame on you Lenín Moreno ! May the Ecuadorean people seek vengeance upon you, you dirty, deceitful traitor! May the face of my suffering son haunt your sleepless nights ... "

Christine Assange launched an attack against Moreno on social media in the wake of her son being dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had spent the last seven years, after the Ecuadorian president withdrew asylum. She said she hoped the Ecuadorian people would take revenge on him for what he’s done.

Julian Assange’s father, Mr. Shipton, has attended a Melbourne rally calling for the release of the WikiLeaks founder from custody after the embattled journalist was forcefully removed from the Ecuadorian embassy by London police. John Shipton joined a large crowd of people outside the State Library of Victoria and  applauded each of the speakers at the rally demding freedom for Julian Assange. Mr Shipton lives near Melbourne and was a foundation member of the WikiLeaks Party that attempted to have Assange elected to the Australian Senate in 2013.

Actress Pamela Anderson criticized and condemned the arrest of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, after the Ecuadorian government decided to withdraw his asylum.
“I am in shock. I could not hear clearly what he said. He looked very bad. How could you Ecuador? (Because he exposed you). How could you United Kingdom? You are America’s bitch”, wrote the Canadian-American artist through her account on the social network Twitter.

Timeline of the horrific developments leading to and on 11. April 2019: Wanted for espionage - the hunt for Wikileaks

Julian Assange’s lawyer in Ecuador, Carlos Poveda said Thursday that he was not notified of his client's asylum termination and that his arrest was due to a United States extradition request.
"Up to now we, the defense, has not been notified of the asylum termination. We do not even have copies of the resolution," Poveda told to local media and added, "there is already an extradition order from the United States to the British government."
He explained that the U.S justice investigation on Assange is related to alleged conspiracy acts performed with Chelsea Manning, a soldier who leaked confidential information about U.S. invasions and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010.
Nevertheless, the Ecuadorean government did have sufficient time to communicate its decisions on the Assange's situation. During an impromptu press conference held on Thursday morning, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia confirmed that the asylum was terminated on Wednesday.

Prominent Indian journalist Vijay Prashad has launched a campaign on Twitter addressing the Ecuadorian government to free Swedish national Ola Bini, who is alleged to have connections wit Julian Assange. Prashad, the head of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, tweeted that Bini is innocent and known as a "celebrated open source advocate." Prashad said that Bini does not speak Spanish and has been allowed no lawyers since he was arrested "without reason." Swedish programmer and digital privacy activist Ola Bini has been placed in preventative detention by Ecuador’s Criminal Unit judge for the crime of cyber-attacking computer systems.
Judge Rodolfo Navarrete accepted the request of prosecutor Fabian Chavez to put Bini in custody and ordered a 90-day fiscal investigation of Bini's accounts that have also been frozen.
The judge dismissed allegations of human rights violations against Bini as presented by his lawyer, Carlos Soria who declared that Bini was arrested without his rights explained to him in his native language. The arrest warrant also was issued wrongly, because it specified Mr. Bini as Russian, but he is of Swedish nationality. The Swede was also unable to contact his lawyer after he was taken into custody April 11 for more than thirty hours. Ecuadorean law establishes that initial detentions cannot exceed twenty-four hours.
As of Saturday, the state prosecutor's office has 90 days to collect evidence for future hearings.
Ecuadorean police arrested Bini for allegedly attempting to destabilize the government by “collaborating” with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said in a Thursday interview with a local media that the arrest was made for “investigative purposes,” though she did not name Bini, whose arrest took place at Quito Airport, Ecuador while he was on his way to Japan.
“For several years now, one of the key members of this WikiLeaks organization and a person close to Mr. Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador, and we have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with the destabilization attempts against the government,” Romo said at a Thursday evening press conference.
She alleged that Bini had worked with “two Russian hackers” also living in Ecuador, though it's still unclear if others have been apprehended in the case. Romo said that descriptions of the persons were being given to prosecutors.
Outspoken critic of Moreno, former president Rafael Correa called Bini an "Ecuadorean political prisoner." Moreno served as Correa's vice president during his first term. After a number of lapses and violations by the Ecuadorian authorities emerged. On Friday, Bini's defense attorneys issued an extensive communique on his arrest, accusing police of sidestepping basic procedures in a rush to detain a suspect.
Ola Bini, an author and prominent advocate for free software and comprehensive digital privacy, has worked with a variety of organizations on anonymity and secure communication.
In his last tweet before his arrest, Bini accused Ecuador's government of a witch hunt.

WikiLeaks on Assange: This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanise, delegitimize and imprison him.

Julian Assange's crime has been to make sense of dark times. has an impeccable record of accuracy & authenticity which no newspaper, no TV channel, no radio station... can equal. Indeed, it shames them. READ

The arrest of Julian Assange by undercover cops and Metropolitan police in London after an extradition request from the US, and the way the WikiLeaks founder was treated by a British judge, made Thursday a “shameful day” for UK justice.

A Russian foreign ministry spokesperson said: "The hand of 'democracy' squeezes the throat of freedom."

Swedish prosecutors said they have filed a request to re-open an alleged rape case against Assange.

The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government, tweeted Jeremy Cobyn.

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Anglo-American aggressors not welcome in Venezuela

UK, US are partners in stealing Venezuela's riches, says envoy to UN Moncada
Ambassador Samuel Moncada recalled that U.S. officials are performing a plan to indebt Venezuela for over US$70 billion.Venezuela's United Nations ambassador Samuel Moncada denounced Wednesday the United States and the United Kingdom are benefiting from the physical and financial assets which the Bolivarian people held abroad and were illegally confiscated.
"Our refineries' profits are being used to pay debts to Trump administration-friendly oil companies. His friends, who hold Venezuelan debt bonds, receive special licenses to collect profits from our people's stolen money," Moncada said at the last U.N. Security Council meeting and recalled that U.S. officials have already announced a plan to indebt Venezuela for over US$70 billion."
The Bolivarian diplomat asked Council members to determine the U.S.-U.K responsibility in the ongoing economic warfare against his country.
"One aspect of this mass destruction policy is looting and robbery of tens of billions, literally a robbery," he said and warned that companies profiting from U.S. policies are using the stolen resources in dark financial transactions.
"It is a plan where banks, insurance and ships are used... [as] weapons of mass destruction, although those who are responsible are not being brought to justice or suffering moral sanctions they deserve," Ambassador Moncada said and recalled that the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted on Jan. 30 that his government "carefully" watches companies making transactions with Venezuela and warns them not to do so.
The Bolivarian ambassador also recalled that the Bank of England unjustifiably appropriated US$1.2 billion in Venezuelan gold with the excuse that the U.K. does not recognize President Nicolas Maduro's administration.
"The Bank of England's credibility is ruined... because it is an institution servicing the colonial governments of U.S. and the United Kingdom, which behave like the English pirates of 200 years ago," he stressed, adding that accusations depicting Venezuelan gold as "money laundering" tools are false because the country's monetary reserve has been deposited over there for more than 30 years and British authorities "do know about its legitimate origin."
"What we are experiencing is a new wave of economic extortion that cuts off our country's financial flows abroad," Moncada stressed and asked the U.N. Security Council to determine which multilateral law or regulation authorizes the U.S. and the U.K. to perform an economic destruction program against Venezuela.

Samuel Moncada, the ambassador of Venezuela to the UN,
Venezuela Demands UNSC “Stop Trump’s War”

During the new meeting of the UN Security Council this Wednesday on Venezuela, convened by the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, the ambassador of Venezuela to the UN, Samuel Moncada, demanded a stop to the war that the president of the US, Donald Trump is waging against Venezuela. Russia and China supported the Latin American country, denouncing the multimillion-dollar losses that US sanctions and aggression have caused the country.
The Security Council of the international organization met for the third time since January, to discuss the situation in the Latin American country. On this occasion, the Secretary General, António Guterres, and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, were in attendance.
In his speech, the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, assured that the UN must recognize the deputy Juan Guaidó as alleged legitimate president of Venezuela.
In addition, he announced “new actions” against Cuba for his support of Nicolás Maduro’s government, and tried to intimidate that country and Iran because “they are doing everything they can to help Maduro”.
In a despotic and arrogant manner, Pence attacked  Moncada and said: “Mr. Ambassador, you should not be here. You should go back to Venezuela and tell Nicolás Maduro that his time has run out. It’s time for him to leave.” In addition, he demanded that the Security Council “revoke the credentials of the representative of Venezuela before the United Nations,” and that it should “recognize the interim President Juan Guaidó and allow here the representative of the free government of Venezuela, without further delay”.
Moncada began his speech clarifying the situation that the US vice president created about the supposed expulsion of Venezuela from the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition, he reported that in his eagerness to destabilize the country, they sacrificed the fundamental charter of the organization (OAS) and twisted the law approving the inclusion of a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly as representative to the OAS.
He denounced the United States’ intention to turn the UN into a meeting place for Trump’s friends in favor of the well-known Monroe doctrine, dating back 200 years, when the American nation was a slaveholding and openly racist country.
The Venezuelan representative also denounced the US government for depriving the Venezuelan people of their primordial goods with the sanctions imposed while “the profits of the refineries have been confiscated to pay Trump’s friends”.
This country (the US) seeks to provoke “a social implosion that allows a military intervention in Venezuela”. “It is an inhumane experiment, all with the object of justifying the pillage and looting.”
On the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, Moncada assured the Council that it must be attended to, with much care not to misrepresent or confuse the diagnosis in order to adequately solve it.
He reiterated that the Trump government “terrorizes” those who want to sell food and medicine to Venezuela, threatening them with sanctions if they touch Venezuelan money. He explained that Venezuela has the money and funds to buy these medicines and food, but the US terror campaign seeks to implement a program of economic destruction against the country.
The Venezuelan ambassador also denounced the US for seeking to make a covert economic blockade against Venezuela, without the consent of the UN Security Council.
He deplored the lack of pronouncement by the UN about the attempts of interference, military threats and the theft of Venezuelan money by the British government, and recalled that articles 24, 34 and 39 of the UN Charter indicate that the United Nations has the responsibility to maintain the peace and security of the (member) countries.
Moncada also was against the United Kingdom offering 9 million dollars to Venezuela as “aid”, while the Bank of England retains more than 1.2 billion dollars belonging to Venezuela. Although the government of the United Kingdom affirms that said bank is independent in its actions, the bank indicates that the money is retained due to the “sanctions” imposed by the US government, according to Moncada.
“The solution is not in donations from countries that want to present themselves as saviors.” He asked that the looted money to be returned to Venezuela, the cessation of the economic blockade against the nation and the cessation of sabotage to vital installations with clandestine operations. “We must stop Trump’s war, and this Security Council must guarantee the right to peace” he emphasized.
Russia: The United States caused losses of billions of dollars since 2013
On the other hand, the ambassador of Russia before the UN, Vasili Nebenzia, accused the US of causing considerable economic damage to Venezuela and said that Washington “artificially caused” a crisis to overthrow the legitimate Government. The Russian ambassador has estimated in billions of dollars the general damage caused to the Venezuelan economy by the US measures. since 2013.
“What is happening today in the Security Council, unfortunately, is just another episode of the frontal attack to which Caracas and Venezuelan citizens are subjected,” Nebenzia said at the meeting of the UN Security Council, convened by the US mission of the UN Security Council.
“Today we are witnessing another episode of a drama in various acts in an attempt to change the regime in Venezuela. The situation in Venezuela does not represent a threat to international peace and security. However, external actors directly threaten the peace and security of Venezuela” said the permanent representative of Russia to the UN.
Nebenzia also advised Washington to stop interfering in the affairs of other states if it really wants to “get great again”.
“We urge the US to finally recognize the right of the Venezuelan people and other peoples to determine their own destiny. If they want to make the US great again, which is something we are all really interested in, stop interfering in matters of other states,” he said. (Source URL: Alba Ciudad - Translated by JRE\EF-OT)

Non-Aboriginal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay Luis Alberto Castiglioni

Paraguay’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Alberto Castiglioni informed Thursday that his country formalizes the  denouncement of the Constitutional Treaty of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) thereby leaving the bloc.

The official request was presented before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, in its capacity as the depositary nation of the international body. With this decision, Paraguay begins the process of dissociating, which, in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty, will end in October 2019.
The government of Mario Abdo is now the third to formalize its abandonment, joining Colombian President Ivan Duque, who on Aug. 27, 2018, and Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno, who on March 14, 2019, made a similar decision. Since April 2018, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru suspended their participation, leaving Venezuela, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay as active members.
The Paraguayan official said that the decision comes “with the aim of promoting a new process of regional integration,” referring to the right-wing diplomatic group called ProSur created on March 22, 2019, to counteract Unasur in accordance with U.S.’s interventionist agenda against Venezuela.
Guyanese President David Arthur Granger as well as right-wing presidents Mauricio Macri (Argentina), Jair Bolsonaro (Brasil), Sebastian Piñera (Chile), Ivan Duque (Colombia), Lenin Moreno (Ecuador), Martin Vizcarra (Peru), and Mario Abdo Benitez (Paraguay) signed their allegiance to the new accord, in Santiago. Delegates from Uruguay, Bolivia, and Suriname strengthened their resolve and support for Venezuelan  President Nicolas Maduro’s legitimate claim to the presidency, refusing to condone the initiative.

Cuba is continuing to offer scholarships to Caribbean students to attend free university classes at the University of Havana and other Cuban educational and training institutions.
Over the past four decades and more, Cuba has provided thousands of scholarships to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations to assist in their national development.
In December 2017, President Raul Castro, in his last meeting with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government at the Cuba-CARICOM Summit held in Antigua, revealed that by then, 5,432 scholarships had been granted by Havana to CARICOM countries.
Over the period, each of the mainly island states have each year welcomed doctors, dentists, agronomists, engineers, technicians and other mainly social service providers following their graduation in Cuba.
In 2019, the Cuban government, under President Miguel Bermudez Canel, continues to issue the free scholarships to Caribbean students, with the total number awarded to CARICOM states now closer to 5,500.

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Update WED, 10. APRIL 2019 (vf):  Security Council is holding a meeting on the situation in in . 's Permanent Representative to the Vasily Nebenzya: "We call on the to recognize the right of the Venezuelan people to choose their leadership." "If you want to make America great again stop interfering in the interest of other states." "The crisis will only be solved through a national dialogue between the legitimate govt and the opposition, but the self-proclaimed president does not agree with that." "What the US has tried so far is not humanitarian aid, but a covert invasion, which incites a military uprising and a civil war. That is what that government specializes in." When the key figures in the murder-for-oil/gold/diamonds games operate their modus operandi is the same as during the heinous Osage murders.

"Hitler is at your side!" - Nicolas Maduro to USA
During a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence urged the international community to reject Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government by pointing to the example of Nazi Germany.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has struck back at US Vice President Mike Pence, who compared his government with that of Nazi Germany during a UN Security Council session.
"Today he [Pence] went to the UN to say that I was Adolf Hitler and that the world should unite as it united against Adolf Hitler. I think that Adolf Hitler is on the other side. Supremacists, racists, fascists do not rule in Venezuela, they rather rule in the north. Here [in Venezuela], it’s the people who rule", Maduro said in a televised message.
Maduro directly addressed Pence, having stressed that unlike the United States’ presidents, he has never given orders to invade any country, and he will never do it.
“We are not a people with military bases all over the world, like you, Mr Pence, you have 800 military bases in the world. You have occupied, invaded, and bombarded nations across the world for decades, you support coups", Venezuela’s sitting president noted.
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, for his part, took to Twitter to slam Pence’s remarks and stress that the United Nations should not be used as a platform for attacks on the South American country.
TWEET: "[The United States] uses attributes around the humanitarian situation in Venezuela. Then, Mike Pence and Europeans perform a technical show and voice political, economic and even military threats. The United Nations should not be allowed to be used this way". Their response was to a speech by Pence at the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, where he told diplomats that Maduro’s time was up, and the international community should recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president, as well as to revoke the UN credentials of Maduro’s government.
“When a brutal dictatorship arose in Europe, the world failed to respond. Millions of lives were lost in the Second World War. So the United States is calling on the United Nations to live up to its very purpose. Reject the failed leadership of Nicolas Maduro”, Pence said on Wednesday.

The vice president then reiterated the Trump administration’s motto about the ongoing Venezuelan crisis: “All options are on the table” when it comes to forcing Maduro out of office.
Since early January, Venezuela has been rocked by a political crisis that erupted after Juan Guaido was elected the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, which all other government branches have been refusing to recognise since 2016.
In mid-January, just two days after the country’s Supreme Court annulled his election, Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela’s interim president in defiance of Maduro, who was re-elected in May 2018 and sworn in for a second presidential term on 10 January.
The move was instantly approved by the United States, prompting a host of countries across the globe to follow in its footsteps, while a number of nations, including Russia, China, Cuba, among others, reaffirmed their support for Maduro as the legitimately elected president.
While Maduro himself has accused Washington of staging a coup d’etat and blasted Guaido as a US “puppet”, the Trump administration has ramped up its efforts to remove him from power, consistently stressing that “all options” were on the table.

Evo Morales and the people of Peru stand by Venezuela

The United States is curbing attempts to establish a dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition amid a political crisis in the South American country, Bolivian President Evo Morales has said in an interview with the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
"[Venezuela’s President Nicolas] Maduro government and its people want dialogue. I have information that the Venezuelan opposition also want to participate in dialogue. But President Trump doesn't let them get together", Morales said in the interview, published on Wednesday amid his official visit to Turkey.
The Bolivian president continued by saying that Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, acting as a mediator, had organized multiple meetings aimed at establishing the dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, adding that Washington had hindered these reconciliation efforts.
Since January, Venezuela has been rocked by political turmoil which erupted when opposition leader Juan Guaido, supported by the United States, proclaimed himself Venezuela’s interim president. Moreover, Washington froze US-based assets of the Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA in a bid to step up pressure on Maduro.
Constitutionally elected Maduro, supported by China and Russia among other states, in his turn, slammed the US "imperialist" moves and accused Guaido of plotting to overthrow him with backing from Washington.

China's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ma Zhaoxu, pledged continued cooperation with Venezuela over the latest aggressions against the country by the United States.
During the UN Security Council meeting, Ma Zhaoxu said, "China will continue its cooperation with Venezuela based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit for the greater well-being of the two peoples."
On March 29, China has sent emergency supplies to Venezuela. The first batch included around 65 tonnes of medicines and surgical supplies. Venezuela's Asian partner also reiterated their continued support and pledge to send more aid in the future.
"China's assistance to Venezuela is in keeping with its long-held principles for foreign aid. It is intended to help Venezuelan people overcome negative impacts caused by external interferences and sanctions with no political conditions attached," said the Chinese ambassador.
Following aggressive economic sanctions by the United States against Venezuela, the U.S. administration has also followed up with threats against countries supporting the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro, including Russia and China.

Caracas outskirts have electric power.

QUICK RECOVERY FROM POWER SURGE IN VENEZUELA
On Tuesday late night at 11:20 (local time) at night, an interruption of the electric service affected Caracas and numerous states of the country, within the framework of the attacks suffered by the National Electric System between March 7 and 20, described as “orchestrated and brutal” by the Venezuelan government, and that weakened it noticeably. The Electric General Staff immediately turned to the recovery of the service, informed Venezolana de Televisión in an informative broadcast at 1:50 am today. The three lines of the Caracas Metro were running on Wednesday morning without problems.
By 2:12 am (local time) on Wednesday ) 06h UTC, 22 Caracas parishes had already partially recovered their electric service, as well as parts of the states of Aragua, Anzoategui, Miranda and Monagas. At 6:00 am (10h UTC) in the morning, there was already electric service in most of the states, although there were also numerous users on social networks reporting that they still had not had the service restored.
The Metro de Caracas reported at 7:04 (11:04 UTC) in the morning that “the stations of lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Caracas Metro, like the Mariche MetroCable and the San Agustín MetroCable, already are providing commercial service, we offer apologies for the inconvenience caused. ”
VTV emphasized that the alternative electricity service in hospitals and health centers continued to operate, and that there was calm all over the country during the power failure.
Jorge Rodriguez, Minister of Communication and Information informed today around noon that the event was caused by a charge failure in the Guri Dam as consequence of the instability and effects of previous sabotages. He praised the workers of Corpoelec that managed to restore the service in less than 3 hours. “The whole country has the electric service restored, taking into account that there is a 6×6 rationing plan in certain areas of the country”, he said.

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Evil Elliot Abrams now tries to even dictate sovereign European governments what to do.

Delusional US special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is in Portugal to ask for greater cooperation from the European country in the efforts against President Nicolás Maduro and spoke about the situation in Caracas.
In an interview with the Observer newspaper, Abrams said there must be a “greater sense of urgency” to deal with the issue of Venezuela in countries like Portugal and Spain.
The US representative met with Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva.
“The objective is to discuss how we, the US and Portugal, see the situation in Venezuela, what we can do to be more effective in the efforts to return democracy in the country, as Portugal thinks of future actions by the European Union and what the US has planned in the coming weeks and months,” Abrams said.
The European bloc has already imposed sanctions on Caracas by blocking assets and preventing the travel of people linked to the Maduro government.
On the “military option” that US President Donald Trump has said is on the table against Venezuela, Abrams stressed that this hypothesis “is true.”
“No one wants a military solution there, I assume no one wants it, inside and outside of Venezuela, but this option does exist, I do not think that any of us know for sure what will be the situation of Venezuela in the region and its borders, in three months. We can not predict the future, ” Abrams told the Observer.
Speaking about the Russian military presence in Venezuela, Abrams also stated:
“The Russians have about 100 men on the ground. I would say that if the situation arose [an armed conflict], they’d better get out of the way.”
The deep economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela escalated further at the end of January, when Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself the interim president of the country. Maduro says that the problem in Venezuela is the result of sabotage orchestrated by opponents in the country and abroad.
Several Western countries, led by the United States, announced the recognition of Guaidó as president. Russia, China, Turkey and other nations support Maduro as sole legitimate president.

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Cuba has proclaimed its new constitution during a ceremony at the National Assembly in Havana. The new text will substitute the previous constitution of 1976.

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ICRC president Peter Maurer himself spearheads the proper and independent humanitarian aid approach agreed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the best way forward for the true benefit of the Venezuelan people.

Update TUE, 09. APRIL 2019 (vf): Major Relief Effort to Start on 12th April. The International Red Cross met today with President Maduro in the Miraflores Palace, Caracas. WATCH
The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, held a meeting Tuesday with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, chaired by Peter Maurer, to coordinate the work agenda for the delivery of true aid to the people of Venezuela. The relief effort amidst the blockades and sanctions imposed by the US-government against the Venezuelan people will be independent, impartial, fair and target oriented.
The meeting was held at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas; in which also the Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, participated.
Earlier, Maurer held a meeting with the Venezuelan chancellor in order to “strengthen cooperation agreements” with the Red Cross delegation, which arrived in the country last Sunday.
On March 29, the International Red Cross reported that humanitarian cooperation would begin in Venezuela, after the Venezuelan government approval within 15 days. The aid is expected to start being delivered this Friday the 12th in different hospitals and health facilities in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government gave likewise authorization for Christian and Catholic churches to also contribute in the distribution efforts and provide relief.

Already on 11. February 2019 the head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia, Christoph Harnisch, stated that his institution would not participate in a distribution of "assistance" that will come from the United States, considering that it is aid from a Government and is not humanitarian. “We do not participate in what is not for us humanitarian aid,” said the head of the ICRC in Colombia. “We are talking about aid that a government decides – ” said Harnisch, adding that for the ICRC the term “humanitarian” must be protected by the fundamental principles of that organization such as independence, impartiality and neutrality. “For us it is important that there really is a respect for the humanitarian term and a respect for the principles that is fundamental”, reiterated Christoph Harnisch.

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The Venezuelan Public Ministry has reason to imprison the deputy of the National Assembly (AN), the outlaw Juan Guaidó, in contempt of court said the Attorney General of the Republic. Tarek William Saab was interviewed by the Spanish newspaper Público on whether there are reasons to incarcerate the deputy in contempt, the prosecutor replied: “Of course there are reasons and we are investigating them.”
In the interview, the prosecutor said that the parliamentarian is being investigated for inciting violent acts after executing the first attack on the National Electric System (SEN), on March 7, and for his intention to overthrow the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, through a coordinated attack with the United States Government.
“When the first sabotage event took place, Guaidó, two hours later , via social networks, incited looting. He said that, without making apology for crime -but he was already doing it-, the population could practically violate private property in the face of the deficiencies that were going on. And that happened in several places in the country”, he recalled.
When asked if there are reasons to jail the right-wing leader, he replied: “Of course there are reasons and we are investigating them, but you can not tell a journalist the actions planned in the terms and times of the development of the investigation.”
He recalled that the Comptroller General of the Republic had banned Guaidó to hold public office for 15 years.
On the other hand, Saab stressed that the act of self-proclamation as president in charge of the Republic led by Juan Guaidó on January 23 in the Juan Pablo II plaza in Chacao, Miranda state, has lost its effect in international media.
“The act that he made has already lost all kinds of effect for the transnational propaganda apparatus, they do not even call him president in charge, but self-proclaimed, opposition leader or deputy,” he said, adding that the deputy has left only the protests and actions outside the law, in which he is also failing.
“Their calls for demonstrations are not working either. I see him [a Guaidó] as a bore in pain although some countries give him the red carpet for his conspiracy, “said the prosecutor.

Concerning the electricity supply repairs and rehabilitation efforts it can be reported that the average power levels are climbing higher and higher slowly, now up to about 91 percent.

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Guaido’s New D-Day: May 1st

The self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, outlaw Juan Guaidó, said May 1 will be the new “D-day” for “the cessation of the usurpation”.
Since he was sworn in last January 23, the president of the Venezuelan parliament leads his followers from date to date assuring them that it will finally be the day to take power in Venezuela.
Yesterday April 9th and last Saturday April the 6th were the last D-Days of at least 7 different dates the US puppet has announced as the last day of “Maduros Dictatorship or Usurpation”.
“The role of our workers in the transition and the rapid transformation of Venezuela is fundamental and protagonist. The stellar moment arrived for all our public employees, “said Guaidó during a meeting with public administration workers.

Venezuela Strengthens Bilateral Relations with Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Venezuelas Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (centre) used the US-imposed problems of Venezuela to renew, enhance and enlarge the friendships of the Venezuelan people worlwide.

Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, made a working tour through various countries of the world, with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations in the European, Asian and African continents.
The tour began at the end of March on the African continent. There he visited Namibia, where he met with the president of the nation, Hage G. Geingob; the vice president, Nangolo Mbumba; the President of Parliament, Peter Katjavivi; as well as with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaltwah, who expressed their desire to expand cooperation with Venezuela on issues such as mining, housing, education, culture, energy and agriculture.
In addition, the Venezuelan minister met with the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa; the prime minister of Lesotho, Tom Thabane; the Minister of Local Governments of the Republic of Seychelles, Macsuzy Mondon, as well as the Vice President of the Republic of Angola, Bornito de Sousa, with whom he strengthened the diplomatic agenda.
The meetings were held within the agenda organized for the diplomat Arreaza in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, where he participated in the Conference of Solidarity with the Sahrawi Arab Republic and in support of the struggle of the African people.
“The peoples of Africa, of our America and of the world are supporting the Venezuelan Constitution, international law and rejecting any kind of intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Arreaza said through a TV broadcast from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters.
Europe
From Africa, Arreaza arrived on April 1 in Turkey, Eurasian nation, where he held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart,  Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in which they reviewed multilateral and bilateral cooperation in various sectors.
At the meeting the Turkish foreign minister stressed that Turkey rejects the unilateral coercive measures that are sought to be imposed against Venezuela and against any country.
He also met with the director of the University of Ankara, Erkan Ibis, who stressed that they are closely monitoring the coercion that the United States government is seeking to implement against Venezuela.
“In Turkey, the father of the country, Mustafa Atatürk, taught imperialism a lesson. We are sure that (Venezuelan President) Nicolás Maduro will do the same”, said Ibis, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry reported through its Twitter social network account.
In the Turkish nation he also met with the director of the Center of Studies of the University of Ankara, Neyiti Kutlunand with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey.
On the other hand, the head of the Foreign Ministry, attended the Republic of Serbia, where he met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Ivica Dačić, (a meeting) in which they discussed the political and strategic alliances that have been generated in recent years between both nations.
Middle East
As part of his work tour, the foreign minister visited the Lebanese Republic, where he had a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, in order to reaffirm ties of respect, solidarity, friendship, cooperation and bilateral cultural exchange.
From Beirut, the Lebanese capital, he also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, Gebran Bassil, with whom he analyzed the geopolitics of both nations.
During the visit of the Venezuelan diplomat to Lebanon, Arreaza participated in a Solidarity Assembly, which was attended by various political parties and social movements to express their support for the Venezuelan people and government.
After completing this visit, Arreaza stressed that “Lebanon is an independent country that respects international law and multilateralism and we have that in mind. We have great potential for cooperation, for commercial exchange, for energy consulting from Venezuela, now is when we are going to open a new stage in relations with Lebanon. ”
Later he traveled to the Syrian Arab Republic, where he strengthened the bonds of friendship and solidarity with the Middle Eastern country.
“It is an immense honor to have been received by the brother president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al-Assad. How much experience, wisdom and advice for resistance, victory and peace. We convey the solidarity embrace of the president @NicolasMaduro. Long live Syria!” the Chancellor posted on twitter, after his meeting with the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al-Assad.
Through his Twitter, Arreaza also noted that “In Syria we see how unjust and criminal wars are. The sequels of destruction and pain are profound. Observe how in the town of Malula, terrorists supported by the imperialists destroyed the oldest Christian temples, now under reconstruction,” in reference to one of the attacks of the Al Nusra Front, supported by the US government against the town of Malula, one of the oldest Christian centers in the world that still retains Aramaic as a language. (Source URL: Alba Ciudad - Translated by JRE\EF-OT)

Colombia’s Santos: We Need a Dialogue With Maduro

The former president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, recommended that the actors of Venezuelan and international politics dialogue with the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to face the current political-economic situation that the country is going through. “It is necessary to dialogue with Maduro. Diplomacy is based on dialogue and there is no dialogue with a tweet,” Santos said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, which was published on Tuesday.

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If famous writer Ernest Hemingway would still be alive, he would make a great referee in a boxing match Maduro vs. Trump to settle the affair once and for all times.

Update MON, 08. APRIL 2019 (vf): Trump Can Not Bend Maduro

By: Angel Guerra Cabrera

The great capacity for resistance, the strategic and tactical intelligence of Chavismo and its leadership are already making history. It will surely awake even more admiration in the four cardinal points when the true story of this heroic struggle of the Venezuelan people against the empire manages to penetrate the garbage curtain of the media octopuses. The proof? Almost two and a half months after Washington unleashed the most brutal, illegal and immoral offensive to overthrow him, the Venezuelan government remains firmly in the hands of President Nicolás Maduro Moros.
The calculations of the empire have failed again, as it has done so many times since the powerful civic-military union defeated in 48 hours the coup d’état of April 11, 2002 against President Hugo Chávez. The barbarous pressure of the White House on the armed forces to overthrow its commander-in-chief and the constitutional order failed. Nothing has been able to bend the Bolivarian National Armed Force. Neither a law agreed by the National Assembly in contempt – cave of empire’s lackeys – offering amnesty to the military to join the coup, and dozens of tweets and statements by the thugs who manage US policy toward Venezuela. Sometimes they threatened and others promised indulgence to the chiefs and officers of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

They have invited, or coaxed the FANB towards a coup, Vice President Mike Pence, fanatical national security adviser John Bolton, corrupt senator Marco Rubio, ordered by Trump to get rid of Maduro; the war criminal Elliot Abrams, special envoy for Venezuela, and the ineffable Mike Pompeo, secretary of state.

But to date they have not obtained a defector leader or anything resembling a bankruptcy among the military, although Washington hoped so as soon as Trump and Pence named the super puppet Guaidó as “president in charge” of Venezuela. For transcendence it seems that the lackey promised that outcome to his masters. What Trump or the circle of people that surround him does not understand, nor can Trump ever understand, is the high patriotic, anti-imperialist and revolutionary motivation that exists in the Bolivarian leaders, officers and troops.
Formed in the cult to the god money, the joy of the comforts of the elites and the under estimation of the popular struggles, that resolute and exemplary attitude of the men and women of the FANB seems inconceivable to them.
Neither the failed step of the “humanitarian aid” 23F nor the multifaceted terrorist sabotage against the Venezuelan electrical and water systems, nor the fierce media campaign of years against Maduro, nor the recognition of lackey governments to the presidency of the super puppet have achieved the unleashing of chaos, anarchy, despair and popular uprising against the government.
It is moving and sometimes fun to read the family and neighborhood stories about the blackout nights and the days without water that have circulated in the digital networks. It is the admirable political consciousness of the Venezuelan people, who know well that it is the government of the United States that conceived, directs, and even implements, the most sophisticated part of the terrorist wave, such as cyber attacks against the brain of the Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant, in the Guri (dam), and the electromagnetic assaults against high voltage lines. Conjugated with burning banks of transformers, accurate sniper shots to the critical center of the hydroelectric plant by firemen and mercenaries and bad operation of agents infiltrated inside the state company Corpoelec. Undoubtedly, Washington managed to cause very significant damage to both the electrical and water systems,
However, the people organized in the communes, the Local Supply and Production Councils (Claps), the collectives, the Bolivarian militias, together with the quick and determined actions of the government led by Maduro have managed to minimize the damage and schedule the rehabilitation of the damaged facilities. The head of state has appointed Vice President Delcy Rodríguez to head a working group, which includes a team of senior scientists and technicians in charge of modernizing and restructuring the electrical system. He has also appointed Igor Gavidia, an electrical engineer with 25 years of experience, as the new energy minister and president of Corpoelec.
Meanwhile, the National Constituent Assembly authorized the continuation of the trial against the super puppet, which would open the door for him to answer for his betrayal of the fatherland and other serious crimes. Neither he nor his masters denounce the discourse of “all options are on the table”. (Source URL: Cubadebate - Translated by JRE\EF-OT)

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OAS executes “two coups d’etat” against Venezuela
On Monday, the Ambassador Representative of Venezuela to the UN, Samuel Moncada, warned that in the Organization of American States (OAS) would be forging “two coups d’etat”: one against his country and another against the document that governs its own existence. “In the OAS, there will be two coups: one against the OAS Charter and the other against the Government of Venezuela and its diplomatic representation.

USA tries to suck Venezuela dry.
Russia says: US Steals $ 30 Billion From Venezuela With its Sanctions
The president of the Russian Duma denounces that the US, with its unjust sanctions against Venezuela, has stolen 30 billion dollars from the Venezuelan nation.
“The United States did everything possible to undermine the Venezuelan economy: the accounts were blocked, in fact, they stole 30 billion dollars belonging to the people of that country,” the president of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament censured on Sunday. Viacheslav Volodin.
In statements made during the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held in the city of Doha, capital of Qatar, Volodin expressed outrage and rejection of Washington’s “cyber attacks” on “infrastructure of critical importance” of the Bolivarian Republic.
Russia has openly expressed its support for the legitimate Government of Venezuela, chaired by Nicolás Maduro, especially after the attempted coup d’etat of Juan Guaidó, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) -controlled by the opposition and in contempt of court since 2016 -, who in January proclaimed himself with US support interim president of the country.
In a meeting held on Saturday in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, the presidents of the Intergovernmental Mixed Commission Russia-Venezuela renewed the strategic alliances of cooperation between the two countries and the Russian representative Yuri Borisov reiterated his rejection of the sanctions of the US Administration.
“The United States did everything possible to undermine Venezuela’s economy: the accounts were blocked, in fact, they robbed 30 billion dollars belonging to the people of that country”, stated the president of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament (Duma), Viacheslav Volodin.

The situation in Venezuela has worsened since January of this year, in particular, after the attempt of the coup d’état of Guaidó. Since then, Washington has worked hard to overthrow the Maduro government with a campaign of military and financial pressure on Caracas.
The US Treasury Department has imposed, in fact, several rounds of sanctions on entities and individuals linked to the chavista Executive. The last one, decreed on Friday, affects two companies that operate in the Venezuelan oil sector and a total of 34 vessels belonging to the state company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
As another form of pressure, the Venezuelan authorities claim, the US has also launched an ” electric war ” against the country, causing massive blackouts unprecedented in the South American country.
Despite Washington’s plots to discourage Venezuelans, the majority of the people, as well as the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), continue to support Maduro, re-elected president in the May 2018 elections with a record number of more than 68% of the votes.
(Source URL: HispanTV / mnz / mkh / nii / - Translated by JRE\EF-OT)

Minister Arreaza: We will continue to send oil to Cuba.
The U.S. of A. are using new tools to strengthen their financial blockade on Cuba and Venezuela in an attempt to sink their economies and replace their legitimate governments. 
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that his country will continue to send oil to Cuba despite the U.S. sanctions on vessels transporting oil to the Latin American island.

"Venezuela will always fulfill its commitments with the brotherly people of Cuba," Arreaza pledged and commented that "when capitalism’s conventional power attacks you - you have to know how to respond by unconventional means, while always respecting international law. We are experts."
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 34 vessels owned by Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA); this means that all shipments and transactions carried out by them will be banned.
These absurd measures taken against the Venezuelan oil tankers also affect the Liberia-based Ballito Shipping Co. and the Greece-based ProPer In Management Co.
By imposing this arbitrary action, the U.S. government seeks to destabilize the Venezuelan government by creating a liquidity crisis, a goal which became evident when Vice President Mike Pence April 5 said that “the U.S. will continue to exert all diplomatic and economic pressure” against President Maduro’s administration.
"We remind our friends that the struggle of the peoples of Cuba and Venezuela is not only in defense of their revolutions but in defense of humanity. Let's not allow imperialism once again assault the people of the region."

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Based on this credible report by REUTERS already 46 indigenous nations WORLDWIDE declared Bolsonaro PERSONA NON GRATA. Brazil's far-right President Bolsonaro also invited the USA to do business in the Amazon and criticized the policies regarding the Indigenous territories because they would "hamper economic projects in the Amazon region".

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South Africa - a role model in foreign politics.
South Africa has decided to downgrade its relations with Israel to the level of liaison bureau, which will not deal with bilateral relations. Ambassador to Israel Sisa Ngombane, who was recalled to protest the killing of demonstrators in Gaza, will not return. South Africa has essentially severed diplomatic relations with Israel.
South Africa is not just any country; it’s a symbol of justice, despite all its difficulties, corruption and crime. By cutting off relations it has stamped the mark of Cain on Israel’s forehead.
The Foreign Ministry’s response to the move only illustrates how low Israeli propaganda can go. “It’s a nod toward the country’s Muslim population, because of the approaching elections,” was the unbelievable Israeli explanation for the break. How miserable, how insulting to the intelligence, how ignorant and repulsive that is?
The lesson that South Africa has learned is: Never again. In theory it’s similar to the lesson imparted to Israelis from the Holocaust, but actually it’s the opposite. When South Africa says “never again,” it plans to continue battling racism and apartheid everywhere in the world; it isn’t prepared to cooperate with regimes that are racist or apartheid under any circumstances, even if there’s a price to pay.
It’s not simple to sever relations with Israel. Trump might get angry, and there is still a strong Zionist community in South Africa. But South Africa is motivated by more than just interests.
Israel is the total opposite. Its lesson from the Holocaust is, as Golda Meir put it, that Jews are now permitted to do anything.
There is no humane message or moral lesson. That’s why Israel can embrace Rodrigo Duterte, stroke Jair Bolsonaro and admire Trump, or supply arms to all the tyrannical countries in the world and ignore the moral and ethical implications of its foreign policy. That’s for wimps.

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The IPU was established in 1889 as an association of individual parliamentarians and the world’s first permanent multilateral political forum. The United States was one of the original participants in IPU activities begun in 1889 and formally joined in 1935 when the House and Senate enacted statutory authority for U.S. participation in the IPU (49 Stat. 425). Congressional participation in the IPU gradually diminished. In July 1997, Congress (through the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate) notified the IPU that the U.S. Congress had decided to reduce its membership status. The IPU Executive Committee did not accept the offer so, in 1998, Congress passed legislation to end U.S. participation on October 1, 1999 (ultimately attached to P.L. 105-277, Sec.  2503). It would presumably require new legislation to restore U.S. membership.

Update SUN, 07. April 2019 (vf): Venezuelan Lawmakers denounced the so-called National Assembly - hijacked by Venezuela's right-wing opposition and in contempt of court - before the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The complaint was formally introduced before the IPU secretariat by Medina, Juan Marin (PSUV) and Yul Jabour (PCV), who said they also act in defense of the human rights of Venezuelans.
Venezuelan lawmakers from the Bloque de la Patria (Bloc of the Motherland) presented a formal complaint against the directive of the Venezuelan National Assembly (2016 - 2019) on Sunday during the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held from April 6 to 10 in Doha, Qatar.
"We have stated before the Secretariat to consider and evaluate the actions of the National Assembly as they are violating the IPU's statutes by taking actions to violate the sovereignty of the country and threaten the preservation of peace," explained lawmaker from the party Motherland for All (PPT), Ilenia Medina.
The complaint was formally introduced before the IPU secretariat by Medina, Juan Marin (PSUV) and Yul Jabour (PCV), who said they also act in defense of the human rights of Venezuelans who have been severely affected by the actions of several presidents, in contempt, of the National Assembly.
The parliamentarians categorized the actions of Henri Ramos Allup (2016), Julio Borges (2017) and Juan Guaido (2019) as serious infringements on the sovereignty and welfare of Venezuela, understood as violations of the country's institutions, the constitutional order, human rights and peace for all Venezuelans.
They reminded how Ramos Allup, in January 2016, announced that the National Assembly would "evict" President Nicolas Maduro and consequently refused to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities of cooperating with the Head of State in relation to the Economic Emergency Plan. For his part Borges, a year later, continued to break the constitutional order by making an international tour to request sanctions and coercive measures against the very people he represented.
Something very similar done by Juan Guaido, who in violation of the Constitution, self-proclaimed “interim” president with the support of the United States government and right-wing leaders in the region. And, without any authority, handed over the company Citgo, a subsidiary of Pdvsa to the administration of Donald Trump and to Colombia the company Monomeros, a subsidiary of Pequiven, whose assets only belong to the Venezuelan State.
In the dissertation, the Bloque de la Patria emphasized the worrying fact that all three opposition deputies have opted for foreign military intervention and war. Ramos Allup, in June 2016, tried to apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Venezuela and obstructed the dialogue between the Government and the opposition.
For their part, Borges and Guaido justifying themselves under the flag of "humanitarian aid" advocated more interference and several attempts at a coup d'état. Especially grave are the affirmations of Guaido "authorizing" Trump to deploy an armed intervention against Venezuela and its people. As is also the statements of March 26, which show collusion between Guaido and the sabotage to the national electricity system, since the lawmaker said that "there will be no solution to the electric problem...there will be no water for houses , much less domestic gas, we are going to accelerate the internal pressure necessary to continue adding up in that process of definitive cessation ... "
With this evidence presented in greater detail, the deputies of the Bloque de la Patria justified their complaint to the IPU Secretariat. "A significant number of countries in the world have expressed their support, have condemned the aggression of US imperialism and the sanctions it is promoting against Venezuela," said Yul Jabour of the PCV, adding emphatically that "the voices of the Venezuelan people have support in the world."

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April 7, 2019 marked the 202 anniversary of death of Jean Baptiste Bideau, a Saint Lucian mariner who befriended Simon Bolivar, fought for Venezuela’s independence and served as governor of eastern Venezuela before dying in battle defending Venezuela against the Spanish invaders in 1817. Bideau was a shipwright who sailed the Gulf of Paria between Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela and plied the wider Caribbean Sea, shipping passengers and goods from island to island.

Some people loose the plot: Christian Evangelical Leader Pat Robertson Calls For ‘Hellfire Missile’ Strike On Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. The 89-year-old right-wing Christian televangelist Pat Robertson has called on the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicoals Maduro with a drone strike.

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NATO broke away from international law and risks "collapse" or a conflict that will "destroy Europe," if it does not change its modus operandi, Willy Wimmer, the former vice president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, told RT.

As the US-led military alliance marked its 70th anniversary on Thursday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated that the bloc remains essential for global security. "We stand together, fight together, and, sometimes, die together," he said in a speech in Washington.
Stoltenberg, however, is not striking a chord with the people NATO claims to be protecting, Wimmer believes. The veteran German politician explained to RT Deutsch that "it is not the message that Germans, the Europeans and even the Americans want to hear."
Over the years, NATO has increasingly evolved from a purely defensive bloc into a "threat to international peace."

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Libya: First the USA in cohorts with FUKUS destroyed the stable equilibrium of the diversity in Libya - built and maintained by the Leader Col. M. Gaddafi, and now the Pentagon says it is too dangerous for the American troops to stay on the ground - cowards!
The US Africa Command announced Sunday that it was pulling out a small contingent, which was deployed in Libya a few years ago to assist airstrikes against forces loyal to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The move came in response to the latest escalation of violence in the country.
“Due to increased unrest in Libya, a contingent of US forces supporting US Africa Command temporarily relocated in response to security conditions on the ground,” AFRICOM said in a statement.

MUST READ: US Takes Illegal, Dangerous Actions Toward Regime Change in Venezuela

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Update SAT, 06. April 2019 (vf): ALERT UPDATE: It May Need Two Years to Identify, Reunite Migrant Children: USA

Not 2,000, not 4,000 - its is 47,000 cases !!!!! Trump's administration holds them in contempt of the US-Supreme-Court ruling. President Maduro must set up immediately a commission to identify Venezuelan children among the U.S. victims and bring them safely home.
 
Bolivarian march in rejection of foreign intervention in Caracas, Venezuela, April 6, 2019 | Photo:teleSUR

Venezuela's capital city hosted marches for and against President Nicolas Maduro administration. Venezuela's Bolivarian people took the streets Saturday to carry out the sixth consecutive anti-imperialist march, an event aimed at backing President Nicolas Maduro administration and rejecting the interventionist policies by the United States and its regional allies.

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| gathered in huge demonstrations of strength in and other cities for today's march in support of the legitimate President and against the interventionist policies.  Venezuela's Bolivarian people took the streets to carry out the 6th consecutive anti-imperialist , an event aimed at backing President NicolasMaduro administration and rejecting the interventionist policies by the UnitedStates. "We are going to defend peace in every corner, parish, municipality, avenue, community and neighborhood. They are not going to take away our peace. We are fixing the electrical system from the Imperialist attacks," President Maduro said and requested "maximum consciousness, nerves of steel, calm and eagerness!"
The Venezuelan president had invited citizens to join the sixth patriotic march. "April 6: We are all going to fill Caracas' streets with popular joy and colors so as to ratify Venezuela's anti-imperialist spirit. Within a permanent mobilization, let's continue together defending national peace and independence. No more interference!" he said and the people did.
While the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) initially called the mobilization of popular participation that have been massive across the country, also the other parties, except the far-right group, joined in.

President stated his government's willingness to engage in dialogue as a mechanism to settle political differences for peace and to prevent the continuation of terrorist aggression against the people.

The pro-Maduro tide took Caracas and different cities in Venezuela after the call of the leadership of the Bolivarian Revolution in response to a new D-day launch for the US government through their Venezuelan proxies.

The demonstration ended in front of the Miraflores palace  with a speech by President Nicolas Maduro. He urged the Venezuelans to work harder and harder to defeat the imperial pretensions. From Catia, Av. Nueva Granada and Av. Libertador, 3 marches joined the general demonstration in front the Miraflores Palace.
President Nicolás Maduro stressed that imperial aggression affects the quality of life and the right to economic development in Venezuela. “It is an aggression against all Venezuelans, do not believe -you sympathizers of the opposition- that these actions do not affect your quality of life too”. In this regard he called for the unity and work of all Venezuelans.
“I call for national union to defend our country and tell by any means the government of the United States to cease its aggression and sanctions against our country. I call on the workers and the people, in the face of sanctions: more work, more dignity and more effort because Venezuela will succeed and will stand with sanctions or without sanctions,” the president affirmed.
The images and videos from the opposition demonstration showed what most analysts have been saying in recent weeks: a diminishing number of opposition protesters and a lack of direction in the expectations after the several D-days promoted unsuccessfully by Guaido and the US in order to keep alive their coup d’etat but weakening the resistance of their opposition base and in parallel raising up the Chavista spirit.

President Nicolas Maduro tells crowds at anti-imperialist march in Caracas: 'Venezuela asks for support, accompaniment toward a great dialogue of peace, understanding'.

President Nicolas Maduro is asking the leaders of Mexico, Uruguay, and member states of Caricom to renew their efforts to facilitate dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.
During the latest anti-imperialist march held in the capital streets of Caracas Saturday, Maduro told the crowds: "Venezuela asks for support and accompaniment toward a great dialogue of peace, of understanding," said the Venezuelan president.
Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela have repeatedly taken part in facilitated dialogues with national opponents. The internationally-mediated ‘Dominican Republic’ talks that began in 2014 between Maduro’s ruling party and the opposition broke down in February 2018 when lead opposition party, Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), refused to sign the deal they had negotiated.
"Let's put all the cards on the table. Stop the terrorist attacks and the ambushes, and with the help of Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay and the Caribbean (nations), Venezuela can create dialogue roundtables with all sectors sooner rather than later," Maduro told the thousands of supporters gathered in Caracas.
In late January Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and Uruguay head of state Tabare Vazquez proposed to facilitate talks between Maduro’s administration and the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Guido said from the beginning he wouldn’t take part in such dialogues with president. Since that time the country has suffered a series of cyber attacks that have caused major electrical outages throughout the nation, likely at the hands of the United States administration that supports a Guido takeover of the Venezuelan government.
An International Contact Group (GCI) comprising Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and several European nations, was formed in early February to mediate the talks. The process broke down when these facilitators began to demand new elections in Venezuela before the dialogues began even when Maduro democratically won the presidential vote last May by over 60 percent of electoral support.

During his participation in the march for the defense of peace that took place this Saturday, the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, stressed that the people of Venezuela are heroic and Nicolás Maduro is leading the battle - especially to fix the sabotaged electricity, water and other services - to serve the people.
From the Nueva Granada Avenue (Caracas), Cabello said that the people are mobilized throughout Venezuela, through the Peace Crews and Popular Units of Integral Defense, and in all the capitals of each state in this phase of organization, training and production, to defend national sovereignty and reject the imperialist pretensions to intervene in Latin America.
The president of the National Constituent Assembly, said that the Venezuelan opposition has not tried to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro as they did with Comandante Chávez in 2002 because they do not have the support of the people or the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. 17 years ago “the situation was not similar, we let them weaken themselves that was the strategy”.
“While President Nicolás Maduro is at the forefront of calling to recover electricity, water and services, the opposition celebrates because some hospitals do not work, because there are shortages of medicines sometimes, as if everything bad were a reason for joy”, said Diosdado Cabello.
On the other hand, Diosdado Cabello said that the Dutch government has participated openly in the coup plans against Venezuela, for which reason the Venezuelan government now rejects the import of that alleged humanitarian aid to Venezuela through its island Curacao.
Finally, he emphasized that US government’s statements and its sanctions seek to continue weakening the people of Venezuela while violating human rights.

#OperationLibertad

The opposition politician Juan Guaido also had called for demonstrations in some cities. His so-called "Big Bar (trancazo) today was proposed to be a drill for what he calls "freedom operation", which is the name for the U.S. backed strategy against the government of Nicolas Maduro. Though much smaller in number also the supporters of foreign intervention led by outlaw Juan Guaido, who want President Maduro go, could assemble at different sites of the outskirts of Caracas and were given the peace to assemble. The public uprising of the people of Venezuela against their government for which outlawed opposition figurehead Juan Guaido had called by terming today as D-DAY was rejected by the Venezuelans and took not place. The only larger turnout of his supporters took place in Vargas state close to Caracas, where the majority are withe right-wing families of the old remnants from colonial times, which had earlier also elected Guaido to the post, which he now ;ost due to illegal activities and criminal behaviour.

No clashes or incidences were reported - the pro-Maduro turnout was just massive and they left the few right-wingers who had gathered in some corners in peace. Only one larger gathering of the opposition was observed in Caracas, where supporters of Leopoldo López and his frontman Guaido, financed by the USA and right-wing billionaire-businessmen like Lorenzo (Polar) gathered, helplessly shouting treasonous slogans asking for foreign or divine interention. Saturday's marches comes just days after the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) voted to strip Guaido of his parliamentarian immunity to pave the way for legal produres aganst outlaw Guaido at the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to go ahead.

Also in Baltimore, USA, people are just fed-up with Trump's warmongers

But despite all the protests against U.S. policy worldwide, a military option against Venezuela is still being seriously considered by the US government as events unfold in that country, a senior Trump administration official has told reporters.
"Frankly, and also a military option, which is, President Trump has said, on the table, and remains on the table. It's a very serious option, obviously … none would like to see, but clearly one that is seriously considered as events unfold", the official said on Friday.
A senior Trump administration official told reporters that the United States on Friday imposed a new round of sanctions against vessels and companies linked to Venezuela’s oil giant PDVSA at the request of the country’s National Assembly.
Earlier on Friday, US Vice President Mike Pence had announced sanctions on 34 vessels owned or operated by PDVSA as well as two firms transferring Venezuelan oil to Cuba.
"We acted upon the request from the Venezuelan National Assembly in sanctioning those companies and some of their vessels that are involved in this transport and shipment as well as… over 30 ships, I think it was 34 ships belonging to PDVSA also involved in that shipment", the official said. But the so-called National Assembly is alreay since 2016 in contempt of court.

In the USA the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) called for demonstrations to protest NATO’s past and continued aggression against countries throughout the world. The protest was held just before the foreign ministers of NATO member countries gathered in Washington to mark the 70th anniversary of the alliance’s founding.
People from many organizations and multiple contingents were in attendance. A delegation from Baltimore represented Struggle for Socialism/La Lucha por Socialismo, Youth Against War & Racism and others. They demonstrated not only against NATO, but also against the danger of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.

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CodePink movement is a stout critic of of the failed, failing and often outright criminal U.S. policy on Venezuela.

The demonstration this year held particular weight because of the increased aggressive measures that the U.S. and its allies have taken against the democratically elected government of President Nicolás Maduro. Colombia, a close U.S. ally, recently became the first Latin American member of NATO. Many fear that NATO could be used to launch a military campaign against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
This would not be the first time that NATO took such an action. In 1999, NATO led a bombing campaign against the legitimate government of Serbia. The military alliance took similar action against Libya in 2011, at the urging of then-President Barack Obama. Both of these campaigns only served to destroy the infrastructure and institutions of those countries. To this day, neither has fully recovered.
Because of this ominous history, anti-war activists gave passionate speeches all afternoon. The crowd chanted “Hands off Venezuela!” and “No to Nato now!” and then marched from Lafayette Park into the heart of downtown Washington.

Also hosted a cultural evening in Washington DC, to discuss how to protect Venezuela's embassy from Guaido goones seeking to usurp the building.

OK - let's be honest, says Tate Ulsaker, an independent immigration specialist from New Zealand and asks: "How many threats against humanity did the US have in the last 17-years?  Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Russia, China... I am sure I missed many like Yemen that are attacked by proxy Saudis. The total is 62 regime-change targets since WWII right?  So with all of those actions, what does the record show in terms of actual civilains killed by military bombs and bullets?  The US is the leader.  In fact, it could be argued that the US killed more civilians than all the US target countries combined.  Of course they benefit from beating the war drums, if there wasn't a continuous stream of profits connected to those wars there wouldn't be a continuous stream of wars; and Dr. Finn Majlergaard added: ... which is why we have to dismantle NATO and put pressure on governments around the world to close US military bases and send the yankees home where belong.

MUST READ: This is the list of US attacks and aggressions against Venezuela

Almost all Venezuelans, young and old, are organized in collectives for the betterment of the whole.

“It is time for the Executive Branch to take important and necessary steps to further isolate Maduro and make clear to the world his regime’s illegality, criminality, and depravity,” U.S. senator Marco Rubio urged, in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The rogue senator is a Christian fundamentalist of the worst far-right, white supremacist form.
To increase pressure on Venezuela, Rubio, who has long been one of the most outspoken advocates of regime change in Caracas, proposed designating both the - Maduro government and millions of members of the country’s pro-government citizen militias, known as ‘Colectivos’ - as a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) and a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The government of Hugo Chavez found natural allies in colectivos stemming from poorer communities, which were the focus of various programs to eradicate poverty, provide basic education and healthcare. The groups, with their experience of collective action and networking, became part of Venezuelan society and served as volunteer organizers for elections. Today, the government claims that 1.6 million people, or one-in-20 Venezuelans, are members of colectivos. The ‘colectivos’ caught the eye of the Western mainstream media around 2011 serving as vigilantes, but the term comes from much earlier times in the 1960s, when it was used to describe self-organized local political action groups banding together for various causes. An indigenous tribe opposing logging on its ancestral land, a local volunteer radio station going on air to discuss local politics, or an ad hoc labor union negotiating better conditions are all examples of colectivos.

The Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC), the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) and the Colombian government reached Saturday an interim agreement to lift the road blockade between Cali and Popayan, a decision which will facilitate President Ivan Duque arrival into Valle del Cauca.
"We want to deliver tranquility... we hope that the Interior Minister will bring good news and the presence of president can be confirmed," Giovani Yule, a "Minga for Defending Life, Territory, Democracy, Justice and Peace" Indigenous spokesman told to local media RCN.

"Rich Europe and America” have on "its conscience the death of every child," the pope said Saturday. U.S. and European arms sales are the cause for wars and the murders of women and children in Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan, Pope Francis said Saturday while speaking at Milan’s San Carlo Institute. “A country that produces and sells weapons has on its conscience the death of every child and the destruction of each family,” Francis said, blaming “rich Europe and America” for the number of wars. There would never have been wars in Middle East if not for the unending supply of firearms, the pope said.

Religious fundamentalist and ultra-right-wing US Senator Marco Rubio said Saturday that he has spoken with “13 high ranked leaders” of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela.
In a message on Twitter, the legislator for the state of Florida, who has continuously expressed in favor of “regime change” in the South American country, said they talked about “their duty to defend the Constitution (of Venezuela) and Guaido’s immunity, the deputy who proclaimed himself” president in charge “of Venezuela almost 4 month ago.
Rubio published his message four days after the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved lifting the parliamentary immunity of Guaidó, at the request of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), “for violating the measures imposed by the court” last January, prohibiting him leaving the country among other alleged crimes.
 
MUST READ: “Assange Is Not A Journalist!” Yes He Is, Idiot. (N.B.: That Aussi idiot, Peter Greste, is known in East Africa, where he worked and procreated, as a Shill and got arrested in Egypt not for bravery but for stupidity.)
 

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Internet connectivity is back to almost normal. Recovered from the attacks on 29./30. March.

Update FRI, 05. April 2019 (vf): The Government of Venezuela sternly rejects the new sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic, announced by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which targets the transportation of oil shipment between Venezuela and Cuba.
In a public statement, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rubbished the sanctions, pointing out that "while the U.S. government boasts of defending economic and commercial principles, it announced sanctions today against Venezuelan vessels and transportation in order to affect the delivery of oil to its sister Republic of Cuba."
The sanctions, according to Washington, will be placed on 34 ships operated by Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. Two international companies that conduct shipment transport between the two countries will also have sanctions levied on them.
The U.S. government has, in the past,  remarked that Cuba is too closely allied with the Nicolas Maduro-led government.
The United States has expressed the need to "recalibrate" Venezuela-Cuba relations. The new sanctions aim to punish the Caribbean country for longstanding support of the Bolivarian government.
The oil-targeting embargo will jeopardize partnerships for Venezuela and Cuba, as the U.S. aims to deter other countries from effecting collaborations by threatening sanctions.
"It makes Cuba and Venezuela even more radioactive," Russ Dallen, a specialist in the Venezuelan oil industry, stated.
Arreaza calls the sanctions a violation of the country's "most basic economic and commercial rights, and questions how "a member-country of the World Trade Organization" and so-called "defender of liberal principles" would impose such measures.
"[The sanctions] aim to do harm, not only to the countries of Venezuela and Cuba, but also the businesses and commercial associations that should instead benefit from international protection," Arreaza added.
Arreaza also noted that, regardless of the continued efforts by Washington to disable Venezuela's economy, "no act of imperialism will stop the cooperation between free and independent countries."
The minister concluded the statement by warning the United States of Venezuela's plan to respond to the sanctions "through the corresponding legal channels."

Coup-supporting priest admits US ‘aid’ is really about overthrowing the Venezuelan government.
A Christian minister working with Venezuelan military defectors has admitted that US ‘aid’ is a ploy designed to ‘start a revolt’ against the government. Sergio Enrique Sanmiguel Muñoz, who works with the Colombian government, told investigative journalist Dan Cohen that:
What [the US and coup plotters] really want is for the population to rise up in insurrection. And when the tiny bit of ‘humanitarian aid’ enters in this way, the political death of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, happens.
It’s really about destroying socialism
The ‘man of the cloth’ doesn’t stop there, however:
The issue is not if Maduro falls. The real problem comes when the next two or three presidents take power in Venezuela. Because to change the system from socialism to capitalism requires a return to imposing taxes [on poorer citizens], and once again, a demand to paying for public services. And unfortunately, the last generation of Venezuelans are accustomed to the socialist system of assistance. This means there will be a clash, almost a civil resistance, to a new government that tries to impose a capitalist system in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Addressing the issue of the Venezuelan crisis in his speech at Houston’s Rice University on Friday, US Vice President Mike Pence stated that Washington would hit Caracas’ energy sector with additional sanctions.
As the US vice president announced, Washington's new move against Maduro's government would include sanctions on 34 vessels owned or operated by Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA and two firms that transport Venezuelan crude oil to Cuba.
"Today we are taking action against a vital source of the [Nicolas] Maduro regime's wealth," Pence said. "At the direction of President Donald Trump, the United States of America will sanction 34 vessels owned or operated by PDVSA as well as two additional companies that transport Venezuelan crude oil to Cuba," he said. He has also noted that Washington was considering more sanctions. "We are considering more sanctions on the financial sector in the days ahead," Pence said.
The United States has already slapped Venezuela's state oil producer PDVSA with punitive measures, blocking the company's assets worth $7 billion remaining under the US jurisdiction. According to the White House's forecast, the company might lose another $11 billion in oil supplies. In addition, the US introduced a ban on making deals with the company. Recently, commenting on the outcome of these restrictions, US Special Representative Elliott Abrams stated that Washington "had a fair amount of success" in persuading companies to reduce the amount of oil they purchase from PDVSA.
The US punitive measures affected Venezuela's overall exports of crude oil and fuel: they have dropped to 920,000 barrels per day in the first month of sanctions, roughly 30 percent less than 1.5 million bpd in the prior three months, according to Refinitiv Eikon and state firm PDVSA data.
However, reacting to American restrictions and pressure, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to increase extract an additional 1 million barrels of oil daily.

The US Executive Order in 2015 designated Venezuela a threat to the security of the US Banks and foreign companies will leave so as not to fall foul of the US immediately That directly affects oil output:

 
Fatou Bensouda - chief prosecutor of ICC faces racist and fascist U.S. border policy
Washington has annulled the entry visa of Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), after the U.S. State Department vowed to shield Americans from “unjust prosecutions” of possible war crimes in Afghanistan.
“We can confirm that the US authorities have revoked the prosecutor’s visa for entry into the US,” Bensouda’s office told Reuters in an email. However, the move should not restrict her travels to the UN headquarters in New York City.
Less than a month ago, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear that the US would not allow Americans to live in “fear of unjust prosecutions” just because thousands of citizens were sent to “defend” their country on the other side of the globe, some 7,000 miles away.
“If you’re responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of US personnel in connection with the situation in Afghanistan, you should not assume that you still have, or will get, a visa or that you will be permitted to enter the United States,” he warned in mid-March.
Over the last two years, the Gambian lawyer has been probing US-led war crimes in Afghanistan but has not yet opened a formal investigation into alleged atrocities conducted over the last 18 years. For now, the preliminary inquiry remains in Pre-Trial Chamber, even though Bensouda found a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.”
Only the American military system can judge the servicemen, Pompeo said, warning the ICC to drop their inquiry. “We are prepared to take additional steps, including economic sanctions, if the ICC does not change course,” Pompeo warned.
The ICC is investigating alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by various parties in the protracted conflict, including US forces, as detailed in a 2016 report. The part concerning unidentified members of the US military and intelligence relates to dozens of cases in 2003-2004, and alleged crimes like torture, cruel treatment, and sexual assault.
The ICC says those crimes may have been committed in furtherance of US policy in the freshly occupied country, rather than a set of individual unrelated atrocities. In light of this, Washington’s resistance to the probe may be more than a sign of principled rejection of any international authority over US nationals.
US courts have not been very forthcoming in prosecuting Americans for such crimes. A notable exception is the case of retired US Army Ranger turned CIA civilian contractor David Passaro. Over two nights in 2003, he tortured to death an Afghan man named Abdul Wali, who turned himself in after being accused of taking part in a rocket attack on a US base.
Passaro was sentenced to serve eight years and four months in prison, and later said he was a scapegoat for the US government, which wanted to show the public that it was holding the CIA accountable in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
In January 2019 a senior ICC judge resigned from the UN International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, after the United States threatened judges investigating alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan.

The judge, Christoph Flügge, has worked with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2008. More recently, he got involved with a preliminary investigations into claims that US military service members and CIA operatives tortured prisoners in Afghanistan.
Flügge told German newspaper Zeit that he handed in his resignation after open threats from US officials, including a speech by hawkish national security adviser John Bolton last September, where Bolton “wished death” on the Court.
“If these judges ever interfere in the domestic concerns of the US or investigate an American citizen, he said the American government would do all it could to ensure that these judges would no longer be allowed to travel to the United States – and that they would perhaps even be criminally prosecuted,” Flügge told Zeit, in an interview translated by The Guardian.

Dr. Alexander Neu, MdB

German lawmaker Alexander Neu lambasted NATO for conducting aggressive wars and raking up defense spending, suggesting Germany should quit its military command, and the bloc be dissolved altogether.

NATO’s 70th birthday is “not a reason to celebrate, but rather an occasion to finally rethink it, before it’s too late,” Neu wrote in Die Freiheitsliebe blog on Thursday.
The lawmaker from the opposition Left Party slammed the US-led military bloc as an organization that poses “significant security risk to the world” and “systematically violates international law.”
NATO revealed its true colors when it waged an “aggressive war” against Yugoslavia without the UN’s approval, and carried out numerous interventions, which claimed the lives of “countless victims,” Neu argued.
He pointed out that last year NATO’s member states spent more than $1 trillion on defense, which is far more than the defense budgets of its rivals, China and Russia, combined.In order to avoid global escalation, the lawmaker proposed that Germany should leave the alliance’s “military structures,” and then NATO itself should be dissolved and replaced by a new “collective security system,” which would include Russia.
Berlin’s contribution to NATO has caused a rift with Washington in recent years, as President Donald Trump repeatedly accused Germany, along with other EU nations, of not spending its “fair share” on the bloc’s collective security. German officials rebuked the criticism, but admitted the country won’t reach NATO’s spending target until 2024.
Founded in 1949, NATO was primarily seen as a bulwark against the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. The alliance continued its existence after the Soviet Union collapsed, and expanded eastwards, despite vehement protests from Moscow.
"The American security adviser held his speech at a time when The Hague was planning preliminary investigations into American soldiers who had been accused of torturing people in Afghanistan,” Flügge explained. “The American threats against international judges clearly show the new political climate. It is shocking. I had never heard such a threat.”
Bolton’s speech was delivered in September to the conservative Federalist Society in Washington, DC. It came a year after the ICC began investigating claims that at least 61 detained persons in Afghanistan had been tortured by American troops and another 27 by the CIA at secret prisons in Afghanistan and abroad, according to prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Bolton called the investigation “utterly unfounded” and “unjustifiable,” and promised to “protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.”

Indigenous Brazilians - embattled by supremcists.
BRAZIL: Six progressive parties have joined forces to fight against the Brazilian far-right's racist agenda.

A total of 219 lawmakers and 29 senators launched a new campaign on Thursday as part of Brazil's Joint Parliamentary Front in Defense of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a progressive initiative aimed at opposing the Parliamentary Farmers' Front, the "ruralist group" which is linked to local agribusinesses.
The progressive parliamentary group will be led by its promoter, Joenia Wapichana, the first indigenous woman to hold a seat in the Chamber of Deputies.
"The Joint front aims to face the setback that Indigenous peoples are already suffering," she said and added that "its mission is to safeguard the Indigenous peoples' constitutional rights and place their issues in both the legislative agenda and the policy making process."
The group is made up of the Sustainability Network (Rede), the Socialism and Liberty Party (Psol), the Workers' Party (PT), Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), the Communist Party (PCdoB) and Democratic Labour Party (PDT), all of which are expected to ensure that the Indigenous peoples are heard.
Despite the support of multilateral agreements, one of which is the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention from the International Labour Organization (ILO), their objectives will be difficult to achieve as the Brazilian legislature has been traditionally controlled by anti-indigenous, anti-poor and pro-business lawmakers.
"Brazil's first Indigenous federal deputy launched the Joint Parliamentary Front to Defend the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the National Congress."
"The Brazilian constitution orders to listen to the communities and the ILO-Convention 169 states that any legislative or administrative process or measure must be supported by a free, prior and informed consultation process with indigenous peoples, so that they can bring out their concerns," the congresswoman stressed.
The Joint front plans to focus its inmediate attention on the fight against the municipalization of indigenous health, which is a proposal whereby President Jair Bolsonaro seeks to eliminate the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health, a federal institution aimed at improving the living conditions of the rural communities.
The defense of the indigenous territories and the National Indian Foundation, which is a governmental body that establishes and carries out policies related to the indigenous peoples, are also expected to be at the progressives’ agenda.
"We occupy the 13 percent of the Brazilian territory, where there are more than 305 Indigenous peoples living. We are more than one million inhabitants,"  congresswoman Wapichana said, recalling that Indigenous peoples have been taking care of almost 20 percent of the Amazon basin.

The case of Julian Assange shows the level of humanity of those who believe and who many do believe that they actually would be "in power".

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces the prospect of cruel and degrading treatment if he is expelled from Ecuador's embassy in the United Kingdom and deported to the United States, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer warned in a press release."In my assessment, if Mr Assange were to be expelled from the Embassy of Ecuador, he is likely to be arrested by British authorities and extradited to the United States", Melzer said. "Such a response could expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment".

Members of the press have camped out at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where supporters of the Assange have installed multiple banners displaying various forms of the 'Free Assange' slogan. Amid talk that of expulsion, which would lead to a possible arrest, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt claims that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London whenever he chooses to do so. "Well Julian Assange is a free man, he can leave the embassy whenever he wants to. So, we want the situation resolved as quickly as possible," the minister said Friday to a reporter who queried the status of Assange. "That's up to him... he's a free man, he can decide what he wants to do." Heinous Hunt, however, is apparently not willing to personally guarantee safety and safe passage to a country of his choise for Julian Assange.

According to the AP:

Police said in a statement there is an active warrant for Assange’s arrest and that the police are “obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.”

So, who lies? Jeremy Hunt or the UK Police?

Fmr UK Ambassador Craig Murray cut straight to the heart of the matter, writing: "The fundamental question is, should a journalist or publisher be locked up for life for publishing leaked documents showing war crimes? If the answer is yes, where is press freedom?”

UN Human Rights rapporteur Joe Cannataci reveals he was denied an April 3 meeting with Assange, and will finally be allowed to meet with the isolated asylumist April 25. 

Ecuador's government has been caught in a massive espionage operation against Julian Assange which: 1. Spied on his legal, medical visits 2. Stole legal notes during the middle of a court hearing against them 3. Secretly cooperated with US prosecutors 4. Tried to extort him for 3M Euro.

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) admitted on Friday that a 2018 airstrike in Somalia killed two civilians, claiming a clerical error previously obscured it. However, it’s no mere error of reporting: AFRICOM’s very method for analyzing airstrike victims omits the possibility they could be civilians.

"During a commander-directed review of airstrikes conducted in Somalia since 2017, US Africa Command learned an April 1, 2018, airstrike killed two civilians," says a Friday statement by AFRICOM, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. The statement notes that the onus for  the review came from a recent increase in airstrikes and continued interest on civilian casualties.by human rights organizations and the U.S. Congress.
AFRICOM says it earlier had missed "credible evidence" of the civilian casualties because of a "reporting error."
"Consequently, on April 2, 2018, US Africa Command stated in a press release based on an initial post-strike intelligence review the strike killed five al-Shabaab terrorists, and that the command assessed ‘no civilians were killed in this airstrike,'" the statement continues. "Unaware of the subsequent assessment and findings, senior leaders later stated during congressional testimony and media engagements that US forces caused zero civilian casualties in Africa."
However, the command is careful to state it believes the killings "to be an isolated occurrence."

U.S. Federal Prosecutors stated that a 55-year old New York man has been arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, a Muslim U.S. Congress member from Minnesota, who had grilled President Trump's Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliot Abrams, a convicted but pardoned felon who is back in very controversial government work. Patrick Carlineo Jr. of Addison, New York, faces up to 10 years in prison and a US$250,000 fine if convicted, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday in a statement.

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Chelsea Manning Released From Solitary Confinement

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Update THU, 04. April 2019 (vf): THE LATEST JOKE FROM BRUSSELS: Reuters reports: European Union governments condemned on Thursday a measure by Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly that allows for the trial of opposition leader Juan Guaido, considered by many Western nations as the de facto head of state. “The EU rejects the decision taken by the non-recognized National Constituent Assembly to lift Juan Guaido’s parliamentary immunity. This decision constitutes a serious violation of the Venezuelan constitution, as well as of the rule of law and separation of power,” the EU said in a statement. “These acts undermine a political way out of the crisis and only lead to further polarization and escalation of tensions in the country,” the statement said. Thereby it becaomes very clear: The EU is not interested in the rule of law of a sovereign state. Like in Libya.

Venezuelan Defence Units have been mobilized.

Venezuela’s military has been placed on alert to pre-empt potential ‘unconventional’ warfare tactics by the US, which aims to overthrow the government with attacks on public services, President Nicolas Maduro has announced.

“Venezuela is demonstrating to the world that it is a testing ground for new cybernetic, electromagnetic war weapons and a new war strategy, which is not the direct invasion or bombing by missiles, but the bombing of vital public services,” Maduro said, admitting that, with rolling blackouts, the situation in the country remains “serious.”
The objective of this alleged tactic is to destabilize the situation in Venezuela just about enough to provoke internal clashes, the president said. He accused the opposition of engaging in “criminal plans” to take advantage of such a scenario of chaos to assassinate him and other loyal supporters. Maduro also said there are plans by dissidents to “attack military units.”
To confront these dangers, Maduro said he had placed the intelligence and counterintelligence bodies on highest alert. Similarly, the president called on the mobilized 51,000 popular defense units, comprising some 2.1 million volunteers, to help the military deal with potential threats.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused opponents of using his country as a testing ground for a new war strategy and new kinds of weapons. "Venezuela is demonstrating to the world that it is a testing ground for new cybernetic, electromagnetic war weapons and a new war strategy, which is not a direct invasion or bombing by missiles, but the bombing of vital public services", he stated.

Outlaw Juan Guaido receives instructions from convicted Leopoldo Lopez (right) while his now arrested right-hand man Roberto Marrero (center) chips in. The trio formed the meanwhile dismantled core of U.S.-led interventionism to achieve regime change, but failed miserably.

Note: Guaido’s Parliamentary Immunity Revoked
Senator Marco Rubio said that any attempt to arrest the Juan Guaido would amount to a “coup d’etat” which would face “consequences.” Marco Rubio: Arrest of Juan Guaido Would Amount to Coup D’etat The measure paves the way for criminal proceedings to be brought against the opposition figurehead.

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted the parliamentary immunity of the self-declared “Interim President” Juan Guaido, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him.
Tuesday’s unanimous decision came following a request from the Supreme Court, and included the “authorisation” of the continuation of investigations into the also deputy and president of the National Assembly.
“The investigation [against Guaido] is formally authorised to continue in accordance with our Constitution and laws” said ANC President Diosdado Cabello during the session. Cabello added that justice was “necessary” and what would safeguard peace in Venezuela.
The ANC based their move on article 200 of Venezuela’s constitution which gives the Supreme Court the unique power to rule over parlamentarians’ immunity from prosecution.
Guaido, who was chosen as National Assembly president in January 2019, violated a court-ordered travel ban on February 22 when he crossed into Colombia to lead efforts to force humanitarian “aid” across the border. He later attended a Lima Group meeting in Bogota and travelled to Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, and Argentina before returning to Venezuela March 4.
The travel ban against Guaido, as well as an asset freeze, were also reinforced by the ANC Tuesday, both extended “until the investigation [against him] is over.”
Two criminal investigations being led by the Attorney General’s office are currently open, one relating to his unconstitutional behaviour as a public official, and the other regarding his alleged role in what the Venezuelan government describes as sabotage against the electric grid which has led to rolling blackouts across Venezuela in recent weeks.
The opposition leader has also been barred from holding public office for 15 years by Venezuela’s Ombudsman Elvis Amoroso last month. Amoroso pointed towards alleged spending irregularities during Guaido’s time as a deputy.
Following the announcement, Guaido told his followers that the measure was “very serious” and asked them to show their strength “on the streets.”
“When I started this struggle in the student movement I didn’t have parliamentary immunity and we confronted the dictatorship on a daily basis,” he told reporters.
“This is simply the political response from some cowards who cannot even give an effective response to problems of water supply around the Presidential Palace,” Guaido claimed, promising to continue his struggle “come what may.”
Guaido has called his followers to carry out a “dry run” of what he has named “Operation Freedom” on Saturday, April 6. While further details are unknown, opposition leaders have claimed that it will bring an end to “the usurpation.”
Foreign governments which have recognised Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president also reacted to the lifting of his parliamentary immunity, with Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell demanding that “[Guaido’s] freedom and physical integrity be respected.”
US officials also weighed in, with Florida Senator Rick Scott “warning” Maduro that the US “will not stand by” if something happens to Guaido. Fellow Florida Senator Marco Rubio claimed that any attempt to arrest the opposition leader would amount to a “coup d’etat” which would face “consequences.”
The recent statements echo previous warnings from US officials against any attempts by Venezuelan authorities to arrest or bring charges against Guaido.

2019-2025 Homeland Plan approved
Tuesday’s ANC session also saw the approval of the 2019-2025 Homeland Plan (“Plan de la Patria”), setting forward a number of policies and goals to be achieved during President Maduro’s second term. The targets include reaching 5 million homes built by the Housing Mission, having 8,000 communes set up and extending the pension system to the entirety of the elder population.
The session also came on the heels of a minor cabinet shuffle on Monday. Maduro announced that he was activating a Ministry for Science and Technology, separating it from the Higher Education Ministry and nominating Freddy Britto Maestre as the new minister. But the most significant change was the replacement of Electricity Minister Luis Motta Dominguez with Igor Gavidia. Gavidia is touted as someone with extensive knowledge and experience in Venezuela’s electricity sector having risen through the ranks of the state-run electrical corporation, CORPOELEC.
Venezuela has suffered from a number of major power outages in March, affecting most of the territory, following what authorities have denounced as repeated cyberphysical and electromagnetic attacks against the electric grid and the country’s main electricity generator, the Guri Dam in the eastern Bolivar State.
The latest blackouts occurred on Friday and Saturday, with electricity being gradually restored throughout the country. Services such as water pumping and the subway and suburban trains in Caracas, which represent a large demand on the grid, have also been partially restored as of Wednesday.
Venezuela’s electric grid has been plagued by under-investment, lack of maintenance and emigration of qualified personnel, while previous and recent US sanctions have also compounded issues. Sanctions have stopped Caracas from getting spare parts and servicing equipment, shut down access to credit lines, and caused shortages of fuel needed to activate backup thermoelectric plants. (Source | Venezuelanalysis.com)

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Venezuelan Vice Chancellor at the Venezuelan embassy in Moscow, Yván Gil, has stated that Russian military specialists will remain in Venezuela as long as necessary, there are no concrete deadlines. Moreover, he explained that the arrival of new Russian military groups in Venezuela under existing military agreements is more than likely. “They will remain in Venezuela for as long as it takes to keep all military equipment in operational condition, but there are no concrete deadlines, and new military missions will probably arrive under previously signed agreements,” said Yván Gil. The diplomat stressed that the country’s government is ready to defend itself against external or internal aggression and that the opposition causes less and less agitation on the streets. “The opposition’s demonstrations are getting smaller and smaller, they have less and less support from the people. Venezuela is ready to repel an internal or external aggression. The presence of the opposition in the streets does not worry us because it is less and less numerous,” he said on the sidelines of the Russian-Venezuelan business forum at the 14th Russia-Venezuela Intergovernmental Meeting. Representatives of the Venezuelan and Russian governments are working on new ways to face the challenges imposed by a U.S. blockade which is seeking to isolate both, financially and economically. Russia and Venezuela plan to expand cooperation agreements in the agricultural sector, said Venezuelan Agriculture Minister Wilmar Castro Soteldo.

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Russia-Venezuela Economic Forum 2019
Russia-Venezuela Economic Forum is Committed to Strategic Long-Term Relations

During the First Economic Forum of Russia and Venezuela, the Vice President of Planning in Venezuela, Ricardo Menéndez, renewed the commitment to build long-term strategic relations between both countries.
The conference is held in Moscow, Russia, as part of the 14th Intergovernmental Mixed Bilateral Commission (CIAN), brings together entrepreneurs from various production areas of the Slavic nation and the Bolivarian country. Menéndez stressed that one of the strategic points is to change the technological matrix to make the Venezuelan economy independent: “We are witnessing the opportunity to sow a productive matrix , a long-term relationship between our countries.”
On the other hand, Yomana Koteich, Minister of the Popular Power of Foreign Trade and International Investment, who participated in the kick-off of the event, explained the benefits offered by Venezuela and its legal framework.
“We are a Venezuela open to the world, as our new country brand says, open to the future, which today will allow us in a much more tangible way to put into practice the agreements that we are developing within the framework of these mixed commissions”, said the Venezuelan official.She added that the development of the forestry motor, automotive motor and the mining sector can give “great opportunities to Russia to participate in our commercial sector.”
Business conference
Russian and Venezuelan businessmen had the opportunity to arrange investment initiatives in the business rounds that took place in the context of the First Russia-Venezuela Business Forum.
In this scenario they made known the Venezuelan exportable offerings, which not only implies the export of coffee, cocoa, rum, exotic fruits and other crops, but also the agro-industrial potential. (Source URL: Alba Ciudad - Translated by JRE\EF-OT)

Syrian President Bashar Assad met Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza paid an official visit to the Syrian capital of Damascus today, on Thursday. During the visit, Arreaza held a press conference with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem. According to the Venezuelan embassy in Damascus, the Venezuelan minister is also expected to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the course of his visit, whilst in Caracas the USA is trying to destabilise the situation in the country via sabotage, funding an anti-government opposition that President Nicolas Maduro has called "the worst" and "the most criminal" in 20 years. During the two-day visit to , 's Foreign Affairs Minister said that 's political party has been promoting violence and death in the Latin American country. Since its defeat at the National Constituent Assembly election, the Venezuelan right has been organizing violent street acts as a substitute for its lack of popular support, Foreign Minister said. Arreaza began a two-day official visit to Syria on Thursday, laying a wreath at the Unknown Soldier monument, an act which pays homage to the Syrians who struggled against the foreign-backed opposition forces.

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño of the PanAm Post reported the deep split in the remaining followers of outlaw Guaido.
Guaido’s Inner Circle Conspires in Silence Against Military Intervention

A report published in recent days by journalist Orlando Avendaño from the reactionary PanAm Post resonated with public opinion for its revelations.
Through anonymous sources and public statements by analysts, Avendaño concluded that the “ambassador” of Guaidó to the Organization of American States (OAS), Gustavo Tarre Briceño, opposes “an escalation of the pressure on the president of the United States, Donald Trump, against the 'dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro'. That he is opposed to an eventual military intervention was confirmed.”
“[To request an intervention] would go against an international alliance that took us years to build (…) The only thing we are achieving is to feed two radical sectors: the extremist Trumpism that wants the use of force and the Leftism of the Democratic Party,” said Tarre, according to Avendaño’s source.
Taking  a statement by opposition lawyer José Vicente Haro as a source, the journalist affirmed that diplomats from the Guaidó team in Washington “are opposed to an intervention,” in a clear hint at the “charge d’affaires” and Popular Will activist, Carlos Vecchio. Another of Avendaño’s sources confirmed that indeed “Vecchio remains reluctant about the possibility that it be a foreign force, through a humanitarian mission, which deposes Nicolás Maduro.”
For his part, Humberto Calderón Berti, sent as “ambassador” by Guaidó to Colombia, may also have joined this anti-military stance. According to Avendaño, Berti said in a forum: ” I would least like to see a Colombian military incursion into Venezuela, that will mark us for the rest of our days, so these things have to be handled with great prudence.”
The report, logically, revived the existential conflicts within the anti-chavismo, re-polarizing the climate of opinion between those who opt for direct military intervention and those who seek to manage the regime change by mixing sanctions and negotiations.
The accusations against Guaidó, and the strong pressure that simultaneously seeks to lead him to opt for one of the two ways, have become public and notorious, resurrecting the fractures that led to the collapse of the MUD in 2017.

Elliott 'Belzebub' Abrams
Elliott Abrams Contradicts Guaido on Calling for US Invasion based on Art. 187 of the Venezuelan constitution.

The special US envoy for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, said on Thursday that he considers the activation of Article 187 of the Venezuelan Constitution (CRBV) in which foreign missions are requested to enter the Venezuelan territory premature.
Most Venezuelan legal specialists have made clear that this Article only applies after a request is made by the President, with his cabinet’s approval, and in the spirit of peace-keeping missions and not military invasions as wished by Venezuelan right-wingers.
“The situation is getting worse in Venezuela every day, but I do not think that in Europe, Latin America, Canada, or the United States we are thinking at this moment of a military reaction”,  he said in an interview with the Colombian news outlet Radio Caracol.
Abrams did not miss the opportunity to use the  phrase most commonly used by the Washington War Gang: “All options are on the table”. However, what was said by Abrams on Thursday contradicts what was said by deputy Guiadó on the possibility of activating this article of the Venezuelan Constitution.
This statement generated immediate reactions from the Venezuelan extreme right-wing politicians like Maria Corina Machado, who posted on her twitter account: “This statement shows that the timing from our allies might differ from ours…today more than ever we should pressure for “international assistance” to be rushed, that is why 187.11″.

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On the news that outlaw Guaido now faces serous criminal charges US officials weighed in, with Florida Senator Rick Scott “warning” Maduro that the US “will not stand by” if something happens to Guaido. Fellow Florida Senator Marco Rubio claimed that any attempt to arrest the opposition leader would amount to a “coup d’etat” which would face “consequences.”

The recent statements echo previous warnings from US officials against any attempts by Venezuelan authorities to arrest or bring charges against Guaido.

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Football legend Maradona has slammed the US' attempts to interfere in Venezuela's domestic matters, as Washington is calling for Maduro to resign and supporting self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido amid a political crisis in the Latin American country. Diego Maradona, a football legend now training the Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa, is now facing an investigation by the Mexican Football Federation (MFF) over alleged violations of its ethics code. According to the MFF, he might have violated several of the code's articles with his harsh public statements during a press conference after a victory over rival Tampico Madero on 31 March.
The Federation noted that it will look into Maradona's actions and will take the necessary steps once it decides if he violated the ethics code.

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Julio Garcia Zerpa

Update WED, 03. April 2019 (vf): Criminal proceedings, which will be led by the Supreme Court and the prosecutor general, have been launched against Venezuela’s outlawed former opposition leader Juan Guaido, who had declared himself the country’s interim president, the member of the Venezuelan government-controlled National Constituent Assembly Julio Garcia Zerpa, stated today. Earlier on Tuesday, the assembly had ruled to extend judicial proceedings against Guaido. On Wednesday, the head of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said that the move meant stripping Guaido, who is the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, of his parliamentary immunity. "A criminal process, which will be led by the Supreme Court and the prosecutor general, is launched against him. The justice system will make a decision [in Guaido’s case] on the basis of the relevant evidence. He will have a right for defence. Justice will be served … He will have to pay for what he has done. He will have to pay for betraying the country," Garcia Zerpa, who heads the Constituent Assembly’s legal committee, said on Wednesday as aired by Venezuelan TV broadcasters. Against the Wall': Calls to Punish 'Traitor' Guaido Amid Immunity Revocation (VIDEO) On 5 January 2019 Guaido was elected the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly that all other government branches have been refusing to recognise since 2016. The Venezuelan Supreme Court annulled his election, two days after Guaido declared himself the country's "interim president". He was supported by the United States and some 50 of its allies. China, Russia, and Bolivia among other states, have expressed their support for constitutionally elected Maduro as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.'

Reacting to the move, outlaw Guaido said that “there’s no turning back”, and “we will continue to act and talk to the Venezuelan people”. He had earlier announced a massive uprisinng an disruption for 06th April.

Internet communication connectivity is also improving steadily in Venezuela.

President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that Venezuela is experiencing the first cyber-war in the world, directed from the United States against the  country's electrical system to destabilize Venezuela and to impose regime change ."Venezuela is living the first war of unconventional dimensions with attacks on public services to impose a regime change from the U.S.," he said, referring to cyber sabotage at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, in the Guri Dam, and the attacks with electromagnetic pulses against transmission lines."They [USA] said in an analysis four or five years ago that they could attack the electrical system of a country and leave it disabled, to weaken it in the global dispute of power," the president explained.

The Venezuelan leader highlighted that he has already started the 30-day load management plan for the recovery of the national electricity system. "We started this 30-day plan, for the recovery of everything destroyed, damaged, burned, the recovery phase with the union of the working class of Guayana, del Guri; Corpoelec (the state eletrict company); Sidor (the state-owned steel company) under the direction of the Executive Vice President," he said.
President Maduro reiterated that the plan focuses on the recovery and stabilization of the electricity system, while the population continues to resist.
In addition, he noted that educational activities at schools an universities began again Wednesday throughout the country, but "in a sensitive schedule, adapted to the conditions of each educational unit and municipality."

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez takles the electricity problems straight.

The Venezuelan Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, informed on Wednesday about the intervention, restructuring and modernization of the Corporación Eléctrica Nacional (Corpoelec), which will go “hand in hand with its workers”, whom she praised for their committed and hard work without rest to solve the crisis caused by the attacks on the facilities of the Hydroelectric Power Plant of Guri on March 7 and 25.
At a press conference held by the Electric General Staff from the Teófilo Méndez air base in Puerto Rodaz, Bolívar state, she reported that “we have installed the Electric Power General Staff and we have defined two lines of work: The attention of the electrical emergency and the construction of a new system, through the modernization of Corpoelec “.
She indicated that the Electric General Staff has decided to create six work commissions to protect the national electrical system.
The vice president said that Jorge Rodriguez, sector vice president of communication, will show in the coming days new evidence provided by the meticulous investigation carried out into the incidences. “There is no doubt about the acts of cyber sabotage, physical attacks, alteration of transmission mechanisms, which directly attacked the source of electricity generation.”
She reiterated the allegations that the US government is primarily responsible for these attacks, which also leaves the population without water, food and medicine. “It is an unprecedented situation,” she explained.
Delcy Rodríguez highlighted the “very civic” behavior of the people of Venezuela experiencing the impact of the sabotage on the different public services.

Caracas and Moscow are discussing the possibility of concluding an agreement in the electric power sector following a recent series of blackouts that swept through the Latin American country, Venezuela’s Vice President for Planning Ricardo Menendez said Wednesday. Menendez is currently in Moscow to attend a meeting of the Russian-Venezuelan intergovernmental commission on April 4-5. “Another important topic of discussion is the topic of electricity, this aspect is especially important after the attacks that have been made on the [power supply] system. And in this regard, we also intend to cooperate with Russia… This is the agenda and we will work during the meeting to see what we can conclude,” Menendez told reporters.

Aristóbulo Istúriz

The vice-president for the Development of Social and Territorial Socialism, Aristóbulo Istúriz, informed that the Venezuelan National Government adapted the school calendar to recover the academic days that were missed by the sabotage of the National Electric System (SEN).
During a meeting with the authorities of the different ministries under his leadership, Istúriz explained: “We have informed all sectors of public and private education that starting tomorrow we will restart the classes with the adjustments we have to make”.
Aristóbulo Istúriz said that from the 03 to the 11th of April the second pedagogical stage will conclude; a date that was affected after the aggression against the National Electric System (SEN) of Venezuela.
He stressed that the third school term will run from April 29 to July 12 and its closure term will be between July 25 and 26. The new dates for the graduation ceremonies will be between July 29 and 31. “There was no class because of the impact of terrorism and that is why the adjustment in the school calendar is necessary,” he added an stressed: “We must expand the information on conserving water”. President thanked teachers and parents for keeping the education system running in the face of U.S. attacks.

The Venezuelan Minister of the Popular Power for Health, Carlos Alvarado López, praised the role of Palestinian doctors in Venezuelan operating rooms who help many patients in the country. During the Sovereign Health radio show, transmitted by RNV Informativa, the head of the health portfolio said that this visit was made within the framework of the strengthening of bilateral relations between both nations.
15 Palestinian doctors carried out more than 70 interventions in four hospitals between Caracas and Vargas state, despite the electric sabotage suffered by the country last month.
The delegation consisted of neurosurgeons, traumatologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists and obstetric gynecologists, as well as medical students who live at the headquarters of the Latin American School of Medicine (Elam), located in Venezuela.

The mayor of Caracas, Erika Farías, announced the Eighth International Theater Festival, with more than 400 activities on five levels, most of them taking place between April 12 and 21 in Caracas, involving 14 theaters, two parks and 110 sites in communities of the city. 49 theatrical groups will be present. In addition, there will be activities in 4 other cities. The maestro José León, precursor of the puppet theater and founder of the children’s group Los Monigotes, will be honored. In the press conference, the Minister for Culture, Ernesto Villegas, was also present.

Samuel Madocha, Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations and alternative representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) | Photo: VTV

The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations and alternative representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada, says that his nation will leave the OAS on 27 April 2019 in defiance of the "racist ‘Monroe Doctrine’ " and United States President Donald Trump’s continued attempts to "run over the countries of the continent" with the help of OAS leadership. In a series of tweets late Tuesday night, Moncada announced: “Venezuela will leave the OAS on April 27, 2019 because the racist "Monroe Doctrine", followed by Trump to run over the countries of the continent, will never defeat the ideas of our liberators."

The diplomat added that Venezuela “will always be an independent, free and sovereign nation!"

Responding to a March 27 statement by OAS General Secretariat Luis Almagro, Moncada said that the U.S.'s "path to war … for 'humanitarian reasons' … has already begun with Almagro's support who lies to the entire world about what has never been decided."
Last Wednesday the OAS director released a statement calling the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guiado, the country's "legitimate President." Almagro says this is so based on a Jan. 10 OAS member vote "to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new term."

Luis Almagro

The resolution passed 19-6 with eight abstentions and one absence.
“The Permanent Council has no authority to recognize governments; the decision is a null propaganda act. ... It has never had that power and even less so has it tried to impose it with 18 votes or simple majority,” responded Moncada in a tweet in reference to the OAS pronouncements. The Venezuelan ambassador says that “Almagro’s scam is augmented by the Trump administration, for the latter is manufacturing a ... coup.”

Moncada stated: “Trump wants to act as the foreman of OAS members, ... knock(ing) down the OAS Charter to promote a coup in Venezuela. ... Trump will violate the entire OAS Charter with the purpose of fabricating the fiction of a 'consented invasion' of Venezuela because his local agent (Guiado) will fulfill the ignoble task of demanding war against the Venezuelan people," added the Venezuelan OAS expert.
On Monday, U.S. representative to the OAS, Carlos Trujillo said the Trump administration "will do everything in its power" to give Guiado a seat at OAS Permanent Council table.
"Neither Trump nor anyone else has the authority to replace the Venezuelan representatives to the OAS. Such power does not exist. What does exist is the protection of the sovereign rights of States, as typified in the Charter," said the Venezuelan OAS representative.​​​​​​​
The South American diplomat said Trump's coup attempt violates the Vienna convention and is "promoting international chaos (that) would allow him to loot our nation.​​​​​​​"

The Venezuelan defectors were abandoned by their outlawed "commander-in-chief" Juan Guaidó (left) - here seen at Cucuta, Colombia.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, urged the deputy and now outlawed former “interim president,” Juan Guaidó, to “provide solutions” for the Venezuelan military deserters.
“It is urgent that Juan Guiadó provides solutions for the [deserted] Venezuelan military who were loyal to him and are outside the country,” he said in his official twitter account.
The military defectors, to whom the Venezuelan opposition, headed by Guaidó, promised asylum and other benefits (including monetary rewards) for breaking their oath and betraying President Nicolás Maduro, have not caught the attention of their “protector”.
In return, they claimed on one occasion that they were “deceived” and until now only received from the Government of Colombia, the country from which they defected, “a mat, bed-sheets and a map.” For his call to to the Venezuelan soldiers to defect and for aiding and abetting this mutiny, outlaw Guaido, who was in the meantime stripped of his parliamentary immunity, will have to face treason charges.

Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in Caracas | Photo: Reuters

PDVSA, Venezuela's state-run energy company, managed to keep oil exports at around 1 million barrels per day, defying U.S. sanctions and attacks on its electrical grid system which crippled its main export terminal. This is according to documents released by PDVSA and Refinitiv Eikon data.
Exports in March stabilized after sales fell by around 40 percent in February following economic sanctions by the United States. The idea behind the sanctions was to cut Venezuela off its main source of revenue. Without much success, the U.S. is now looking into secondary sanctions to target any foreign firms that are conducting business directly with PDVSA.
March’s exports of 980,355 barrels per day (bpd) of crude and fuel were only slightly below February’s shipments of 990,215 bpd, with most shipments destined to the Asian market. Until the sanctions, the United States was Venezuela’s largest crude buyer.
Cargoes sent to India, China and Singapore - a hub for storage and re-exports - made up 74 percent of total exports in March, compared with almost 70 percent in February.
Meanwhile, exports for Europe dropped by 5 percent, from 22 percent to 17 percent in March.
India was once again Venezuela’s main destination for exports in March, with a third of total cargoes sent to refineries operated by Reliance Industries and Nayara Energy.
U.S. imports of Venezuelan oil have dropped to zero since mid-March due to sanctions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The largest individual recipient of Venezuelan barrels last month was China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and its subsidiaries with some 234,000 bpd, followed by Russia’s Rosneft, which received 214,000 bpd, according to the data. New customers including trading firms Sahara Energy and MS International also received access to Venezuelan crude.
Rosneft has increased its share of Venezuelan oil shipments since the sanctions, mainly for reselling to refiners. Venezuela’s oil minister, Manuel Quevedo, last month traveled to Moscow to negotiate larger sales of Venezuelan oil to Russian companies.
Rosneft has also boosted fuel supplies to Venezuela, according to the data. Venezuela imported 184,500 bpd of fuel last month, with the largest portion provided by the Russian company, followed by cargoes sent by Reliance and Spain’s Repsol.

Chinese and Venezuelan soldiers - all smiles.

China refutes reports of sending troops to Venezuela to help Maduro. Beijing has dismissed reports that it sent a cohort of soldiers to Venezuela along with a shipment of humanitarian aid.
A shipment of 65 tons of Chinese medicine reached Caracas on Friday with a civilian plane. Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami welcomed the aid flight, and praised the “important and strategic level” of the partnership between Beijing and Caracas.
However, unconfirmed reports stated in parallel that a deployment of more than 120 Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers brought supplies for President Nicolas Maduro’s forces and more than 120 soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces. The disputed twitter feed was accompanied by a picture, showing smiling Chinese and Venezuelans in military fatique, which probably made the five apocalyptic USAmerican horsemen rock in their chairs.
Beijing, however, denies sending troops to Venezuela. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Tuesday
"I don't know where you got this information or for what purpose was it produced, but I can tell you this: what you said is simply not true," he said at a briefing. It was possibly an April fool's joke, since it had been posted that day.
“The Chinese government's position on the Venezuela issue is consistent and clear-cut,” Shuang continued, adding that China opposes “external interference in Venezuela's internal affairs, and believe the country's government and opposition need to seek a political solution through peaceful dialogue.” Venezuela will be receiving an average of 100 containers with medicines from both China and Russia monthly until the end of this year, Venezuela's Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said, adding that this measure will allow overcoming the consequences of the blockade imposed on the South American country by the United States. "These medicines will be enough to meet [the demand] of our healthcare system," Alvarado said on Wednesday, as aired by the VTV broadcaster.

Chinese PLA Navy’s hospital ship “The Peace Ark” arrives at the port in la Guaira, Venezuela, September 22, 2018.

The reports come less than two weeks after Russian military personnel arrived in Venezuela. The deployment, carried out under the terms of a 2001 cooperation treaty between Moscow and Caracas, set alarm bells ringing in Washington.
US President Donald Trump announced that Russia “must get out” of Venezuela, and warned “all options are open” when it comes to a US response. The Russian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, insisted that the deployment was carried out "in strict accordance with the constitution of that country and with full respect for its legal norms,” and Kremlin spokeswoman Maria Zakharova shot back at Trump, advising Washington to “fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community” and withdraw from Syria first.

It is believed that pictures with Chinese military personnel on Venezuelan soil stem from the civic-military exercises for the Angostura Bicentenary, which was held from February 10 to 15, 2019, where Venezuela had the cooperation of allied countries such as Russia and China. The exercise had been announced on Friday, 8th February 2019 by the head of the Operational Strategic Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (Ceofanb), Remigio Ceballos, during an interview with the program Al Aire, broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión (VTV). Ceballos explained that these military practices serve to improve the operational readiness of the troops of different parts of the Venezuelan Armed Forces (FANB), ahead of any attempt of armed aggression into Venezuelan territory, but the excrcise itself went underreported. “We have a broad geography, we have jungles, mountains, rivers and seas and the idea is that our men and women put into practice their knowledge and skills for territorial defense,” he said back then, referring to the “war of all the people” defined in the Venezuelan Military doctrine.However, other reports call it a watershed moment in the US-induce cold-war-like situation.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is respected the world over as top diplomat.
Tensions over Venezuela won’t escalate into a new Caribbean Crisis or turn the country into “a second Syria,” Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov has assured, bashing the US for treating the Western Hemisphere as its backyard.

“We don’t accept the methods, with which the US is trying to improve the life of the Venezuelan people,” Lavrov said in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.
Washington has outright backed opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela in January. It has introduced hash economic sanctions against the struggling country, preventing it from importing food and medical supplies. Top US officials also threatened with so-called “humanitarian intervention” of Venezuela in order to remove unwanted socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, from power.
Lavrov pointed out that even those countries on the continent that oppose Maduro and want a snap election in Venezuela got “really stressed out” when the Americans mentioned the use of force.
“I guarantee you that if there’ll be an attempt of a military intervention, the vast majority of Latin American states will outright reject it,” he said.
Despite the strong rhetoric from Washington, “I don’t think that the Caribbean Crisis will be recreated,” Lavrov said, adding that “there can also be no talk about ‘a second Syria’ in Venezuela.”
The Caribbean Crisis put the US and Soviet Union on the brink of a nuclear war in 1962 after Moscow placed its missiles in Cuba in response to Washington deploying ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey.
The top Russian diplomat also stressed that it was “insolent” of the US to treat the Western Hemisphere as its own backyard – one which other countries shouldn’t have access to.
The minister responded to US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, who commented on reports of 100 Russian troops and cargo landing in Venezuela in late March, by saying that “the US will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law.”
Lavrov again clarified that the Russian military hardware was supplied to Venezuela legally under the 2001 military-technical cooperation with then president, Hugo Chavez.
This equipment requires scheduled servicing by Russian specialists and “now the time has come for such maintenance. That’s it,” he said, explaining the arrival of the Russian military specialists.

Elsewhere Lavrov stated on 26. March 2019: "The Western Empire may be headed for an unnecessary train wreck rather that a smooth landing because our (S)elected leaders seem to be playing a game of "eternal subjugation and domination". That simply won't work. Lavrov explains. Russian FM Lavrov: '500 Years of Western World Dominination Is Coming to an End'
Russia’s comeback to the world scene as an equitable partner that defies dictating and ultimatums causes a nervous reaction from the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the forum Russia – A Country of Opportunities on Thursday.
There has been a very nervous reaction to Russia’s comeback as an equitable partner who does not impose anything on others but does not tolerate dictating or ultimatums. Our western partners’ reaction to this is very painful,” he said.

“To no avail,” Lavrov went on to say. “We do not seek confrontation with anybody. We wish to cooperate with all on equitable terms, on the basis of mutual respect and search for a balance of interest and mutually acceptable approaches.”
The gist of what is happening is the “categorical reluctance of the United States and its western allies to agree that the 500-year-long period of western domination in world affairs is coming to an end.” In his opinion, transition to a new, multipolar, democratic and fair world order will last long, but already now this transition is painful for those who “are in the habit of ruling the world for centuries.”
They are in the habit of ruling the roost,” Lavrov said.
 
Hunt as obsessed with Maduro as Pompeo

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt received an angry twitter-storm today when he dared to post "Disappointed to learn that the Maduro regime imposing further unjust measures against . What Venezuela needs is not Russian military deployments, but a return to democracy through free and fair presidential elections." Hunt responded to old news which had been reporting that Venezuela’s chief justice had asked for opposition leader Juan Guaido to be stripped of immunity, taking a step towards prosecuting him for alleged crimes as he seeks to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Hunt seems not to know that the Constitutional Assembly of Venezuela subsequently and unanimously already had stripped Guaido of his immunity yesterday and unisono. While others on the UK Foreign Secretary's twitter feed did not restrain their language in responses to the British MP, Venezuelas Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza - who is on official state visit to Jordan - had this more diplomatic advise for his British counterpart: "It's the British who are disappointed with its govt, which has been unable to meet its obligations... The UK doesn't need an interventionist govt but rather, one that takes care of the most felt necessities of the country and distances itself from political chaos."

As a matter of fact, Jeremy Hunt should know, that already in 2012 former US President Jimmy Carter stated “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world" during the kickoff of the Annual Conversations at the Carter Center series. Basing his opinion on the vast experience amassed by the institution observing and monitoring elections around the world, Mr. Carter praised the South American nation for having a voting system that makes verifying results an easy task. The technological solution developed by Smartmatic, which has been used in Venezuela since 2004, includes touch-screen voting machines that store votes electronically (encrypted and scrambled), and print a paper receipt for each vote. This characteristic, the full implementation of the VVPAT concept, gives the system a great advantage according to Mr. Carter. The former President, who has an impressive record in electoral monitoring, also remarked that elections in Latin America have improved significantly over the past decades. Unlike other countries that have earned renown in electronic voting, such as Brazil, India and the USA, Venezuela’s voting technology provided by multinational Smartmatic, offers several security mechanisms for audits and verification of results, which have been accredited by national and international observers including the Carter Center. In fact, Venezuela was the first country to deploy on a national scale, in 2004, an election using touch screen voting machines with printed paper receipts.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed support for boosting bilateral relations with Venezuela during his meeting with Jorge Arreaza, who also met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

A good example of the white-supremacist believe-system can be found in Jeremy Hunt's address to the USA: "Britain has been shaping the world for centuries. That won’t change with Brexit." Students of the emerging revelations of true history - hidden away and not presented especially in British school-books - add: "Yes, Britain shaped the world we live in - badly and not for the Better!"

President Maduro's stay in power has Washington as well as various regional neighbor countries worried about the situation. It seems that Venezuela's neighbors followed a false promise to get rid off the Venezuelan President rather quickly. According to the report, allies of the U.S. are now disappointed with the result and are seriously questioning their decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim president, after having been mislead by the USA.
A military invasion seems to be the only way available to accomplish the U.S. goals, and such a scenario doesn't sit all too well with countries like Colombia and Brazil, according to the report.
Self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido has also upped his rhetoric on a foreign military intervention as people start to question his own intentions. During a rally in Los Teques, near Caracas, Guaido spoke to a crowd of people expressing his will to have a foreign power bomb his own country. "Of course, we will refer to 187. We did not speak here between the lines, here we spoke very clearly." Referring to article 187.11 of the Venezuelan constitution, which regulates the authorization of a foreign military mission in the country.
The U.S. has been shown a growing desperation over the situation in Venezuela. Trump's Special Envoy to Venezuela and convicted war-criminal, Elliot Abrams, has even resorted to threats against Venezuela's ally Russia, saying they would "pay a high price" for their support of the country.
Meanwhile, both Russia and China have rejected the threats made by the United States. The Deputy of the Foreign Ministry Information Department of the Chinese People's Republic, Geng Shuang, fired back at the statements made by the U.S., saying that "Latin America does not belong to any country, nor is it the backyard of a state."

Colombian students from the University of the Valley in Cali reported that on Wednesday afternoon during support protests for the National Minga, an explosion occurred in the Melendez campus causing at least six wounded and one reported death. “During a demonstration in support of the National Minga pitching students against the Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron (Esmad) an explosive blast shook the university, near the Sintraunicol union headquarters,” said an official statement from the Students Assembly. The students protested in defense of Colombia's Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) and to reject the murder of minguero Jonathan Landinez, who lost his life on March 21 after an explosion that occurred in the indigenous reservation of Dagua, Valle. Cali’s Security and Justice Secretary Andres Villamizar confirmed the casualty and more than six injured after the riots that took place.

REUTERS reported thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades along the international border with Colombia on Tuesday, according to the migration office in Bogota, which warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he would be held responsible for any problems that may occur.
Maduro in February blocked bridges joining the two nations in a bid to prevent a U.S.-backed effort to enter so-called "aid" by force.
With bridges blocked, Venezuelans have been wading through the Tachira River to reach the city of Cucuta, on Colombia’s northern border, but torrential rains in recent days has made that impossible.
“The usurper Maduro is responsible for anything that may happen to the population that is transiting between the two countries,” said Christian Kruger, head of Colombia’s migration agency, highlighting the risk to the Simon Bolivar bridge being weakened.
Venezuela plunged into a deep political crisis in January, when Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled congress, invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Nicolas Maduro’s 2018 re-election was not legitimate.
U.S. President Donald Trump took steps to ratchet up pressure on Maduro and bolster Guaido, who was recognized by Colombia.
Colombia’s government says providing Venezuelan migrants access to basic services and expanding healthcare, education and public utilities costs it a half percentage point of annual gross domestic product. Colombia’s GDP in 2018 was some $312 billion.

Via Campesina Mission to Colombia

COLOMBIA: The international commission Via Campesina visited Colombia for the third time and left “disappointed” by the response of the government of Ivan Duque and the little progress in the implementation of the peace agreement. They point out that, while Duque affirms internationally that the agreement is doing great, in reality its effects are totally different. They rejected the violent action of the public force in Cauca, which caused the death of a comunero.
Their final statement:
The members of the III International Mission of Observation and Monitoring of Via Campesina to the implementation of the Peace Accords in Colombia, 20 international delegates from 15 countries and allied platforms, were on a five day mission and visited the departments of Bogotá, Cauca, Tolima and Cundinamarca.
We had multiple meetings with peasant organizations, indigenous peoples and black communities; also with State institutions, with ex-combatants of the FARC, representatives of the Congress of the Republic, embassies and international observers, among other actors. Always guided with the hope in the fulfillment of the Agreements for the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace and for the defense of Human Rights.
We conclude that:

  • The implementation of the agreements for the construction of a Peace with Social Justice is very important for the Colombian people. There is extreme concern in peasant organizations, indigenous peoples and black communities about state noncompliance. They are the main victims of the country’s internal armed conflict.
  • The Peace Agreements have been largely ignored by the Colombian government and we believe that it must have and demonstrate the political will to implement them, a matter that is not verified in the territories or in public policies.
  • The III Mission of Via Campesina notes an increase in criminalization, persecution and assassinations of social leaders, as well as ex-combatants and their families, in relation to what was registered in our II Mission in 2017, which shows that the objectives of this more selective aim seek to break the defense of the territories and the implementation of peace agreements.
  • Point 1 of the Peace Accords, referring to Integral Rural Reform, which has not yet been implemented, is now in danger of not being realized due to the State’s lack of financing since it is not contemplated in the National Development Plan, which is the planning of the Colombian government for the next 4 years. In turn we are alarmed that the peasantry is still ignored as a political subject of law, even after the Declaration of Rural Rights and Other Persons Working in the Rural Areas of the Organization of the United Nations – UN officially approved in 2018.

We also observe with great concern that the social protest – generated by decades of non-compliance by the State with hundreds of agreements signed with indigenous peoples, peasants and Afro-descendants, and currently accentuated by the breach of the Peace Accords – is repressed by the military and by the Mobile Anti-Riot Squadrons (ESMAD), thus violating the elementary rights to life, to social protest, to freedom of expression and to any international legal framework, as in the South West region of Colombia in the Social and Popular Minga .
As an International Mission we call on the Government of Colombia to reactivate the Dialogue table between the government and the ELN, as well as with the other insurgencies, to move towards a Stable and Lasting Peace that requires the recognition of the totality of actors in the armed conflict.
Faithful to our history of struggle and solidarity, and in line with what has been done in the three Missions in Colombia, Vía Campesina is committed to continue accompanying the Colombian people in the construction of peace with social justice and we make a global appeal to make the international solidarity and denounce in international organizations the systematic violation of Human Rights in Colombia. Our goal in this fight is the defense of life and merits each of our efforts together with the people of this beloved country.
The road is long and thorny, but we know that the only struggle that is lost is that which is abandoned.
Let’s globalize the fight, globalise the hope !!
(Source URL: Alba Ciudad  - Translated by JRE/EF-OT)

Lenin Moreno faces serious corruption investigations against him and his family.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who is part of the group opposing Venezuelan President Maduro, will have to testify tomorrow in a case of illicit enrichment. The Office of the General Prosecutor of Ecuador started the investigation into Moreno and has already opened a preliminary review into the matter - having summoned the president to testify in a hearing scheduled for April 4. Lawmaker Ronny Aleaga told reporters that he anonymously received a dossier filled with documents that will implicate Lenin Moreno and his family in alleged crimes of corruption, perjury and money laundering. The documents are known as the “INA Papers” that links Moreno and the Chinese company Sinohydro that built the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric dam, which, according to the lawmaker, deposited US$18 million in the offshore company Recorsa. Aleaga alleges that the real owners of the INA is the Moreno family, while its official owners are just figureheads in an attempt to conceal the president's connection to the offshore company. Moreno in turn is now hunting for those who leaked the documents, going irrationally too far by even indirectly implicating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has not even internet access. Ecuador’s head of state, interviewed by the local Radio Broadcasters’ Association, said Assange does not have the right to "hack private accounts or phones."
These imbecile allegations come as private photographs of Moreno and his family from when they were living in Europe circulated on social media, showing a lavish lifestyle related to the IBA Papers corruption case. The Ecuadorean government, its president, vice president, foreign minister, and state media quickly accused Assange of being the culprit behind the leaked information. However, Wikileaks’ website or social media accounts never published press releases or images of President Lenin Moreno's private life. The page issued a single tweet on March 25, 2019, which reported that a "corruption investigation opened against Ecuador's President Moreno after purported leaked contents of his iPhone (Whatsapp, Telegram) and Gmail were published. New York Times reported that Moreno tried to sell Assange to the U.S. for debt relief while others mentioned a US-deal with dramatically increase sales of Ecuadorian oil to the USA. Fact is that the U.S. government still is haunting Julian Assangeand want him extradited to face possibly charges of espionage which can car the death sentence. The drama unfolds whilst whistlblower Chelsea Manning who had leaked documents that proof the U.S.A. committed warcrimes, was rearrested.

The Panama Papers made headlines around the world, after an investigation on off-shore accounts of some of the world's most powerful and famous people had been leaked to the German newspaper 'Sueddeutsche'. The Panama Papers made headlines around the world, after an investigation on off-shore accounts of some of the world's most powerful and famous people had been leaked to the German newspaper 'Sueddeutsche'. The impact of the publications was heavy, leading to protests across several countries and the resignation of politicians. More than 82 countries began investigations on dozens of individuals across the world. Now the first results of the investigations are in. More than US$1.2 billion was recovered since the start of the investigations globally, through back taxes and fees. France tax authorities were able to recover a total of US$136 million after 500 concluded investigations, while the United Kingdom was able to drive in US$252 million. The impact of the publications was heavy, leading to protests across several countries and the resignation of politicians. More than 82 countries began investigations on dozens of individuals across the world. Now the first results of the investigations are in. More than US$1.2 billion was recovered since the start of the investigations globally, through back taxes and fees. France tax authorities were able to recover a total of US$136 million after 500 concluded investigations, while the United Kingdom was able to drive in US$252 million. 

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Guaido stripped of immunity and legal procedures set to proceed against the traitor, imposter and agitator.

Update TUE, 02. April 2019 (vf): IMPORTANT: The Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) unanimously approved [today, 2nd April] the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of Deputy Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela who is in complicity with the US government to force regime change, since last January the 23rd
“The continuation of the [legal] trial [against Guaido] is thus formally authorized and our justice system, according to the Constitution and the Law, is responsible for applying the mechanisms provided in the various criminal codes of procedure” said Diosdado Cabello, president of the ANC.
The most powerful speech of the session was the one from the Constituent María León, she said: “For me, the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of Guaidó is insufficient. I would ask for popular courts and in each state the people will say what to do with someone who betrays the country, steals our money and gives it to the United States. ”
She also demanded that the ANC, in addition to this ratification, apply to Guaido sanctions established in the Magna Carta for Treason to the Fatherland. In the video posted in the VTV twitter account Maria Leon can be seen saying: “the trench is in the home of each Venezuelan, the battle is being fought by every family because they [Guaido group] deny them their medicines, because they cut off their water, because you take the light from us, you miserable! The people of Venezuela are illuminated by Bolivar and Chavez, there is no blackout here, they can’t.”
It is relevant to highlight that the legal proceedings against the Deputy were initiated for several alleged crimes starting from his self-proclamation as “interim president” and up to his flagrant violation of the Supreme Court’s provision forbidding him to exit Venezuela without prior authorization, not to mention his connection with the terrorist plot for which his chief of staff, Roberto Marrero was captured a few weeks ago. Venezuel' Foreig Minister Arreaza told reporters in Beirut: “He [Guaido] is in breach of most parts of the constitution, so the judiciary has to take care of those who violated the Venezuelan law,”

The President of the ANC, Diosdado Cabello informed the public that from now on the legal procedure will continue, passing again to the Supreme Court and to the Office of the Attorney General, Tarek William Saab. Cabello, referring to the measure, stated: “Justice is necessary for the guarantee of peace.

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Internet communications are still hampered in Venezuela.

While water supply is restored in most areas countrywide, internet communications are still affected. But unlike in the USA or Europe Venezuelans still do talk to each other in person and agree: OUTLAWED GUAIDO MUST BE CONTAINED !

Read again what was published already on 29th March (see: THE VENEZUELA FILES II): Guaido Set to Enact Uprising Rooted in US Regime-Change Operations Manual

Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed but now deposed “interim president of Venezuela” who is supported by the United States government, recently announced coming “tactical actions” that will be taken by his supporters starting 6. April 2019 as part of “Operation Freedom,” an alleged grassroots effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. In reality it is an upper-class, right-wing plot.

That operation, according to Guaidó, will be led by “Freedom and Aid Committees” that in turn create “freedom cells” throughout the country — “cells” that will spring into action when Guaidó gives the signal on 6. April 2019 and wants to launch large-scale community protests. Guaidó’s stated plan involves the Venezuelan military then taking his side, but his insistence that “all options are still on the table” (i.e., foreign military intervention) reveals his impatience with the military, which has continued to stay loyal to Maduro throughout Guaidó’s “interim presidency,” that already expired, since the Venezuelan contitution provides such only for 30 days. Countries that earlier were coerced to "recognize" Guaido as a Venezuelan leader, therefore are free now and countries like Spain and Germany do already not recognize Guaido's appointees as ambassadors.

Only 54 of the 193 sovereign United Nations member states had followed that initial coercion by the USA and recognized Juan Guaio somehow as a leader in Venezuela. That number is dwindling while the people of those initially 54 countries were never asked and now air loud protests against thei government's machinations inthis conspiracy created by the USA.

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See the blueprint for USaid insurgency.

The British news agency Reuters said Tuesday that the Venezuelan state oil company Pdvsa “kept its oil exports at around 1 million barrels per day in March, despite sanctions imposed by the United States and power cuts that paralyzed its main export terminal, according to company documents and data from Refinitiv Eikon “.
Reuters explained that Venezuela “stabilized exports in March after shipments fell more than 40 percent in February compared to the average of the previous three months, immediately after Washington announced sanctions on oil sales by the state oil company.”
The agency said March exports of 980,355 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and fuels were slightly lower than February shipments of 990,215 bpd, according to data from PDVSA and Refinitiv Eikon.
“Given the new set of measures that fell on PDVSA, we were surprised to see an uptick in exports amid the blackouts across the country,” said Samir Madani, co-founder of TankerTrackers.com, a service that tracks oil shipments and storage.
Reuters warned that the Donald Trump government’s restrictions on Venezuelan exports “will become stricter in May, when the grace period expires to close purchases made in dollars or by importers with subsidiaries based in the United States.”
The government in Washington would be considering imposing secondary sanctions on the purchase of Venezuelan oil that could affect companies from other countries that do business with PDVSA, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton told Reuters TV last week.
Most shipments of Venezuelan oil in February and March were shipped to Asia, says the agency. Until the imposition of sanctions, the United States was Venezuela’s largest buyer of crude oil.
PDVSA’s exports fell below 650,000 bpd during power problems, according to TankerTrackers estimates. According to Eikon data, two major power cuts in March caused Jose’s terminal, the largest for the country’s oil export, to interrupt shipments for a total of six days. However, PDVSA was able to offset its sales after the power outages by loading larger vessels to Asia. The shipping data shows that the company plans to do the same in April.
Shipments sent to India, China and Singapore, a storage and re-export center, accounted for 74 percent of total exports in March, compared with almost 70 percent in February.
Exports to Europe accounted for 17 percent of the total, compared to 22 percent in the previous month.
PDVSA also continued to export oil to Cuba, an ally of Maduro. According to the data, at least seven small shipments were sent from their ports in March for a total of 65,520 bpd of crude oil and fuels.

Young journalist Amanda Umek abduction story uncovered as fake.

DEATH OF JOURNALISM IN VENEZUELA: The National Union of Workers of the Press (SNTP) in Venezuela, said that after 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, Venezuelan journalist Amanda Umek had left her house and until the time of the report, her whereabouts were unknown. The rumor about an alleged forced disappearance at the hands of th Maduro government was spread quickly in social networks, pushed by the anti-chavista influencers, Naky Soto and Luis Carlos Diaz, who endowed the complaint of Umek’s husband, Rainiero Pedroza. Pedroza was emphatic in stating that what he was saying was not a lie and that his concerns were “quite big”.
The Umek case also became an opportunity to revive the involvement of the United States' comditoned satellite countries in the region, with a view to projecting the idea that the sanctions against Venezuela should be maintained to prevent the continued “forced disappearances” of journalists.
In the course of the afternoon, when the initial fake-news story had already gone viral, journalist Angela Vera then turned the picture around. Vera commented through her Twitter that already yesterday afternoon she had information about Amanda Umek which dismantled the version of her disappearance as presented by the SNTP.
Umek had actually bought an air ticket to leave the country and Pedroza, Umek’s husband, had lied to the union irresponsibly, pretending that the journalist, having no US visa, would be in Mexico to request asylum in the United States. Actually Pedroza was waiting for Amanda in Florida, United States, while saying earlier that she was missing.
In short: Umek faked her disappearance, her husband covered it up and the media and the spokesmen of the anti-chavismo movement replicated the lie irresponsibly.
A SITUATION TO RETHINK JOURNALISM IN VENEZUELA
In the recent history of Venezuelan journalism, on a strictly professional scale, the Umek case will be known as a demonstration of lack of professionalism and honesty. Umek, who took advantage of the “journalists protection mechanism” to win an asylum in the United States, feigning a story mixed with alleged threats against her, the SNTP itself and the rest of the anti-Chavez journalists,  did not verify the information, presented as true the version of a forced disappearance and then started to lecture on what should and what should not be done.
But on an ethical scale, the Umek affair occasions a rethinking of the current state of crisis of Venezuelan journalism. On the one hand, due to the crisis of credibility and deformities in the exercise of journalism that have had years of US funding through NGOs, a means by which “information professionals” were turned into political and propaganda agitators; who are impossible to trust.
In short, neither  Umek, nor those who propagated the lie and then backed out, are interested in what society thinks of them, because their activity does not depend on the relationship with the users. That extreme narcissism, combined with the funding provided by the United States removed the ethics from the work of journalism an condemned this profession to failure in Venezuela.
The death of journalism in Venezuela had never been so clear before. (adapted from Mision Verdad - Translated by JRE/EF-OT).

Yankee Go Home!

Over 40 U.S.American organizations are telling the U.S. Congress to step up pressure on Trump, Abrams to start diologue, end war rhetoric, regarding Venezuela.

More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and “extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life” in the South American country.
The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious society organizations, sent a letter to Congress Monday asking for them to encourage peaceful dialogue within Venezuela and to denounce the U.S. Republican administration’s dangerous economic sanctions and threats of military action in Venezuela.
“These threats are absolutely unacceptable, particularly towards a country that does not represent a threat to the United States,” said the authors of the letter that include Demand Progress, Peace Action, Sisters of Mercy Justice Team, American Friends Service Committee, Vote Vets, Common Defense, Alliance Americas, and CASA of Maryland, among others.
President Trump has gone so far as to say that Venezuela is the "country with which we should go to war, they have all that oil and they are right in our backyard."
The letter was delivered to all Congressional elected officials Tuesday morning.
"The pressure from these grassroots organizations could not come at a more critical time for Venezuela," said Alex Main, Director of International Policy for CEPR.
Main pointed out: "The latest round of sanctions launched in January is worsening the current crisis and generating more suffering as it slows down imports, including food and medicines, and blocks the roads allowing economic recovery."
So far, U.S. President Donald Trump and his hawkish advisors, including John Bolton and Elliot Abrams who have led the U.S. into drawn out and illegal wars under previous presidencies, have enacted over 20 sanctions against the Venezuelan government and individuals in the country in order to bring down the democratically-elected Nicolas Maduro presidency.
Hassan El-Tayyab, Co-Director of Just Foreign Policy, which organized the petition told CEPR: "There is really no military solution to the crisis in Venezuela and more than 40 groups believe that our best chance to achieve peace is through dialogue, the lifting of sanctions and the total elimination of unauthorized war."
Just Foreign Policy helped to pass legislation in December to end the U.S.'s involvement - unauthorized by congress - in the war on impoverished Yemen.
The complete letter follows:
Dear (member of Congress),
We, the undersigned groups, wish to express our deep concern regarding the dangerous and destructive strategy of regime change directed at Venezuela by the Trump Government. The extensive economic sanctions imposed unilaterally by the US Government since August 2017 have caused great difficulties and loss of life for many Venezuelans.
The latest round of sanctions announced in January is expected to worsen the current crisis and cause even greater human suffering across the country. Although many onlookers have noted that civil war is an increasingly likely possibility, Trump government officials are strongly opposed to peaceful dialogue between the country's political representatives, and have openly threatened military intervention.
We ask you to take a firm and public stand against these immoral, reckless and illegal policies, and to support efforts to promote a peaceful dialogue, before it is too late.
We urge you to:
•        Oppose economic sanctions : Although the mismanagement of the Government and the fall in world oil prices are the causes of much of the deep crisis in Venezuela, the economic sanctions of the US Government - both the financial sanctions of August 2017 , like the sanctions of January 2019 to the Venezuelan oil industry - are generating additional losses of billions of dollars of foreign currency needed for essential imports, according to experts and even US officials, as National Security Advisor, John Bolton. In the current context, these sanctions will inevitably lead to greater human suffering, including many deaths due to lack of medicines and other essential imports. Unilateral economic sanctions are illegal under the UN Charter and the Charter of the OAS; and research shows that they are generally ineffective in achieving the desired political results.
•        Oppose threats of military intervention : President Trump has advocated military intervention in Venezuela since the beginning of 2017, while he and other government officials have declared repeatedly that "all options are on the table" with Venezuela.
These threats are absolutely unacceptable, particularly towards a country that does not represent a threat to the United States, and only the immense political polarization in Venezuela is increasing. Members of Congress must strongly denounce these threats and make the adoption of the "Law for the Prohibition of Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela" one of the top priorities, and they must also commit to that, in case President Trump and his Government to involve the military in any action directed at Venezuela, will invoke the War Powers Resolution of 1973 and, consequently, will give rise to a debate and a vote in Congress to end any unauthorized use of force.
•        Support for dialogue : Members of the US Executive have rejected the possibility of dialogue and, instead, have pressed for an immediate regime change in Venezuela, asking the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rebel against the Maduro Government. Experts have warned that this strategy could trigger a division within the Armed Forces of the country, with a potentially violent and catastrophic result. Members of Congress must oppose this dangerous zero-sum game led by the White House, and advocate for peaceful dialogue. The Vatican, the Secretary General of the UN, Mexico and Uruguay have offered to help mediate in the dialogue and political negotiations to resolve the current crisis in a peaceful manner. Congress should support these efforts.
With the recent appointment as special envoy to Venezuela of the veteran American advisor and condemned by the Iran-Contra scandal, Elliott Abrams, and with the increasingly aggressive rhetoric of the White House, his support could not come at a more crucial moment. There is no moral, legal or political justification for this collective punishment against the Venezuelan population, based on economic sanctions. There is no solution that is military; Venezuela's crisis must be resolved through dialogue and negotiations. Therefore, Congress must insist on eliminating destructive economic sanctions and removing any possibility of an unauthorized war from the board.

The US government threatened to impose harsh sanctions on the Cuban people for supporting the constitutional president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro because the Cuban army will support Maduro in the event of US Interference. This was stated today by US Vice President Mike Pence, who assured that the White House will continue in its eagerness to take “firm measures” to isolate Venezuela. According to the official, Cuba “continues to provide personnel and support to the dictatorship in Venezuela,” which is why President Donald Trump is considering “a wide range of options.”

Breiner Yunda Camayo died due to a bullet to his chest while being transported on a wooden plank to a health facility .

COLOMBIA: “We condemn the murder of Breiner Yunda Camayo, an indigenous farmer from the Jebala Resguardo. [President] Ivan Duque must guarantee social and peaceful mobilization as a fundamental right. We ask him to listen to the National Minga for Life and look for a solution. No more deaths!”
The "Minga for Defending Life, Territory, Democracy, Justice and Peace" is a collective action that began on March 10 with gatherings and demonstrations at the Cauca and Huila departments. Besides rejecting President Ivan Duque's neoliberal policies, the Minga demands that the Colombian State complies with the previous agreements reached with social and political movements.
The Cauca’s communities have raised four main demands: the respect to their rights to land and autonomous government; the delivery of public resources for boosting their local economies; their right to be consulted about government decisions which could affect their territories or environment; and the real implementation of the Havana peace agreements.
Negotiated under the Juan Manuel Santos' presidency (2010-2018), these agreements seek to regulate the presence of paramilitary and insurgent forces in the Cauca Valley. Despite this intention, the violence against the Colombian indigenous and peasants has continued and even increased.
According to the Indigenous spokespersons, at least 527 social leaders have been murdered nationwide. About 30 percent of them were killed in the Cauca region and, as legal investigation has revealed, 44 percent of those killings were perpetrated by the Colombian Army.
The nation-wide protest called by the Colombian Indigenous peoples and farmers continues amid a heavy police crackdown.
Colombia's Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) denounced Tuesday that the Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron (ESMAD) killed a farmer during a violent attack on a demonstration that was taking place at the municipality of Cairo, in the Cauca Valle Department.
Those who witnessed the police repression reported that the victim was Breiner Yunda Camayo, a farmer from the Resguardo Indigenous Community who received a bullet impact and died instantly. According to a CRIC press release, Colombian security forces entered the "Minga for Live" camp from early morning hours. Among the first wounded were Camilo Muñoz, who was hit with a dispersion device, and Yesid Andres Camargo who received three impacts on the hip, shoulder and left hand.
"At 9:28 people reported about the overflight of reconnaissance drones and the launching of gas and pellets against areas surrounding the camp," the CRIC stated and pointed out that the presence of armed civilians and state's security forces "is against any dialogue process and against the safety and life of every person in the camp."
Yunda Camayo, the 20-year-old farmer who received a bullet that destroyed his chest, died while his friends were transferring him to a health center located at the municipality of Piendamo.
"The feeling of pain, which is being breathed in the minguero's gathering points, does not obscure the firmness with which the mobilization takes place," a local media Colombia Plural reported and added that the idea which prevails is that "unity will bring good fruits for communities overwhelmed by violence."

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) has expressed deep concern about recent developments in Caracas.
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago: The rapidly unfolding events in Venezuela are continuing to attract attention across the Caribbean with students joining the discussion, demanding a peaceful solution and condemning promotion of growing confrontation between the opposing sides.

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), which unites university students across the Caribbean, has expressed deep concern about recent developments in Caracas, which, they say, “suggest a threatened war in Venezuela.”
In an April 2 statement issued out of Trinidad & Tobago, the CSA joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the United Nations and the Latin American Parliament in calling for a peaceful and non-violent solution to the problems in Venezuela.
CSA President Catalina Toro Perez said in the statement: “Now, more than ever, we endorse the basic principle of international law that respect between nations, in all their sovereignty, is fundamental to peaceful co-existence.”
She said the students entity is of the view that, “Respect for the rule of law and the legitimacy of states based on the recognition of their peoples, provide the basis of national integrity which the world expects.”
“Therefore,” the CSA president said, “we defend the respect for territorial integrity, the recognition of political pluralism in its diversity and the democratic coexistence of the Venezuelan people.”
At a time when Washington is bent on stoking fires towards confrontation between the opposing sides in Venezuela, the CSA statement said, “Encouraging a confrontation will only negatively impact the life and well-being of the [Venezuelan] people.”
“In that context,” the statement added, “we express concern about the continued sanctions and suffering of the people of Venezuela.”
Supporting the continuing efforts to encourage a peaceful solution to what has become a growing conflict involving external intervention and interference, as well as allegations of sabotage and threats of military intervention, the CSA statement said: “The practices of encounter, dialogue, negotiation and agreement have never been so relevant as today.”
It added, “Now, it is of the utmost importance to respect the democratic rights of all the [Venezuelan] people.”
According to the CSA president, “As an intellectual organization with a diverse institutional and individual membership from across the entire Caribbean, we are against military solutions.”
The Caribbean university and allied students also joined in support of continuing efforts to ensure a peaceful approach to a solution in Venezuela.
The statement said, “We join diverse international organizations such as CARICOM, the United Nations, the Vatican, the Latin American Parliament and the International Conference of Montevideo convened by Mexico and Uruguay, calling for a process of dialogue and negotiation in Venezuela with transparency and guarantees in favor of constitutional rights and in terms of peace.”
The regional students’ statement was issued following the CSA’s assessment of the historical context in which the current situation in Venezuela is unfolding.
According to the president, “We have shared the roots of the violence suffered during dictatorships in various countries of the region and [we] know the nature of dictatorial regimes, as well as the pathologies of the powers that mark the evolution of its political processes.
“We have also experienced the ravages of slavery, colonialism and subsequent forms of foreign intervention and occupation and leadership selected by outside interests.”
“At this particular political juncture,” the president said, “we support a broad movement in favor of peace, democracy and justice for and from all the people of Venezuela.”
The statement concluded with a strong call for: “No more wars or foreign interventions in the Caribbean!”

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Justice Maikel Moreno - President of the Supreme Court of Justice in Venezuela now got firm with outlaw Guaido.

Update MON, 01. April 2019 (vf): The President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Justice Maikel Moreno, asked the National Constituent Assembly now to revoke the immunity of Congressman Juan Guaidó who, on January 23 of this year, proclaimed himself Interim President of Venezuela, in violation of the legal order and the Constitution of the country.
Justice Moreno also announced precautionary measures against Guaidó, which include the ban on leaving the country without authorization, the freezing of bank accounts and financial instruments, the prohibition of buying/selling of properties, in addition to a fine of 200 tax units, (one unit is the equivalent to US$ 3.03).
This decision, taken by the Full Chamber of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice, was motivated by the deputy’s violation of the precautionary measure of January 29, which expressly forbade him to leave the country due to the ongoing investigations of him by the Public Ministry, for altering the constitutional order and leading repeated calls to violence.

Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido (C) flanked by deputies speaks during a session of the defunct National Assembly in Caracas on April 2, 2019 in front of an almost empty house. (Photo by AFP)

Juan Guaidó left Venezuela on February 22 under the pretext of directing the entry of “humanitarian aid” from the border with Colombia and Brazil. This operation was a pretext for creating a false flag operation with the intention of promoting a border incident between Venezuela and Colombia/Brazil to facilitate a US intervention in Venezuela. The Venezuelan people and their security agencies managed to control the provocation avoiding bloodshed and stopping an illegal entry of items pushed by the US government through the Southern Command.
The Supreme Court Justice also ordered the Attorney General’s Office be notified about the decision in order to advance the investigation into the opposition deputy that might lead to putting him behind bars.

Mr Guaido dismissed the Maduro-stacked high court and Constituent Assembly as illegitimate and continued his calls for Mr Maduro to step down. “We must unite now more than ever,” said Mr Guaido at a Caracas university earlier on Monday and added: “We must mount the biggest demonstration so far to reject what’s happening.”

Nicolas Maduro, presented the governmental National Plan 2019-2025 before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC)

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, presented on Monday his government National Plan 2019-2025, before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). The program was created with the help of popular assemblies held throughout the country.
"We Bolivarians, revolutionaries, patriots, Chavistas, we have a plan and a method, a detailed system that gives continuity to what has been achieved to this day but also allows us to improve ourselves," Maduro said.
During his speech, Maduro reiterated the importance of involving young people, communities and all sectors of the country to ensure progress in the development of the country.
The Venezuelan Constitution establishes as an obligation of the National Executive to draw up a Plan of Economic and Social Development of the Nation, which is submitted to the National Assembly for approbation.
The Plan of the Nation contemplates five historical objectives that are established as a long-term vision and thirty-two national objectives.
The five historical objectives are focused on national independence, environmental issues, Bolivarian socialism, Venezuela position in Latin America, international geopolitics and promotion of a multipolar world.
The new government program is aimed to consolidate the sovereignty of the country and preserve strategic natural resources to maintain control over "Petroleos de Venezuela S.A." (PDVSA). According to the 2019-2025 plan, Venezuela will also tend to develop national technologies and geopolitical alliances strategies for the sovereign use of hydrocarbon resources.
The plan will be focused on sovereign management of the Republic's income and the reinvestment of national surpluses, in both public and private institutions, in order to guarantee the social principles of equity and national development.
The government also committed to developing the local economy and sustained development.
In order to translate this goals and intentions into concrete measures, the government of Venezuela will create 4 million jobs, 5 million homes, includes 4 million new women in the Humanized Delivery Plan, strengthened food programs such as the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP), reach 100 percent in student enrollment for primary and secondary education and increase oil production to five million barrels per day.

Internet communications are seriously hampered in Venezuela.

Unfortunately and likewise NOT an April Fool's joke: The electricity generation and distribution in Venezuela are still in problems with serious implications for and impacts on all communications infrastructure, businesses and the education system. Most autonomous power generation e.g. for health services like hospitals and on water-distribution are stretched to the limits. President Maduro said that he expects school classes, called off in the wake of a major incident at the biggest hydroelectric power plant last week, to resume either on Tuesday or Wednesdaybut that the power rationing plan will last at least 30 day to allow restoration works. Emphasis has been placed on making sure that all residents have access to fresh water, he said.

The Caracas Metro reported Monday that lines 1, 2 and 3 of the system are not providing commercial service. However, the contingency routes of the Metrobús remain active.

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Fortunately the vast majority of the Venezuelan people are very resilient and join their efforts to overcome the disastrous situation. Different governors and mayors of the Venezuelan government keep the population informed through social networks and the State radio circuit (Radio Nacional de Venezuela). Meanwhile, Maduro called on the Venezuelan Peace Squadrons (cuadrillas de paz), popular militia organizations allied with the government, to "defend peace" in the face of calls for unrest, issued by outlaw Juan Guaido.

New authorities for electric power
President Nicolás Maduro announced that starting Monday Igor Gavidia León, an electrical engineer with extensive experience assumes the Ministry of Electric Energy and the presidency of Corpoelec.
Gavidia replaces Motta Domínguez, to whom the president thanked for the work carried out during "four years of incessant war".
In addition, he indicated that the Electric General Staff is now reactivated, which will be led by the current vice president of the country, Delcy Rodríguez. "I have created an executive secretariat for the Electric General Staff that must operate 24 hours a day, and I have placed the Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol there," he added.
He also reported the appointment of Freddy Brito Maestre as Minister of Science and Technology. He is a "Doctor in Electricity, graduated from the Polytechnic of Toulouse in France, with 8 years of studies in electrical systems".

As predicted, wanted and fostered by outlaw Juan Guaido of the far-right, white-supremacist part of the political opposition, who is the frontman for cruel U.S.-policy and illegal sanctions against the sovereign Bolvarian State of Venezula, against the government of President Nicolas Maduro and against the people of Venezuela, the infrastructure disruptions and failures are used to pitch the people against the socialist government in order to force regime change for the benefit of outsiders, who want the oil-riches of the country.

The outright theft of assests and resourcs of the Venezuelan people on the behest of the USA have led to a situation whereby Venezuela has become the number one test-case to find out, if it is still possible for a sovereign state to work unaffected by globalist and hegemonial, imperialist interests.

La Mariposa water-point.

Hidrocapital, a Venezuelan state company in charge of supplying drinking water, reported Monday at noon, via its Twitter account, that some sectors of the Libertador municipality and the state of Vargas are beginning to receive potable water service, which continues its recovery after the attacks received last week to the National Electric System. Likewise, operations are being restored in the Taguaza system, in order to activate the service in Guarenas and Guatire. The Minister of Water, Evelyn Vásquez, assured the public, on Monday morning, in an interview with Radio Miraflores, that the service will be restored in the next hours since it is in the phase of energization and stabilization, a stage previous to normal restoration.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and discussed with him replacing President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and NATO cooperation, Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a readout on Monday. “The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Spain’s efforts to support a return to democracy in Venezuela. Spanish Foreign Minister met John Bolton, the National Security Advisor of the United States, in a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.
During this meeting, Borrell reminded to the U.S. the Spanish government's position regarding the full implementation of the Title III of the Helms-Burton Act and raised concerns about the negative consequences the measure would have on Spanish interests.
"Spain reiterates its firm rejection, as a matter of principle, to the extraterritorial application of national sanction laws, considering it contrary to international law," he said in a statement.
The Helms-Burton Act of 1996 seeks international sanctions against the Castro government in Cuba which supposedly support a "transition government leading to a democratically elected government in Cuba." It was enacted into law by the President of the United States Bill Clinton. Title III proscribes or penalizes trade with Cuba.
Since the Helms-Burton Act came into effect in 1996, every administration has fully suspended Title III. In March 2019, Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, announced the suspension of Title III for 30 days, from March 19 to April 17.
Mike Pompeo, said that his actions were a response to "the brutal oppression on the part of the Cuban Government of human rights and fundamental freedoms" and its "indefensible support to the increasingly authoritarian and corrupt regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua."
Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez separately described Pompeo’s announcement as "political blackmail and irresponsible hostility aimed at hardening the blockade on Cuba."

In Washington, Spain government points out that the protection and promotion of human rights constitutes one of the basic priorities of Spanish foreign policy and said that Cuba and Spain were holding regular discussions about human rights issues into the framework of a political dialogue agreement.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Borrell moved concerns about the U.S. policy of pressure towards Cuba to Pompeo, to congressman of the House of Representatives and the Senate. ”Spain will have to stand up stonger againt the U.S. bully, while the USA Pressures Spain to Stop Repsol From Doing Business with Maduro. The Spanish Foreign Minister met John Bolton, the National Security Advisor of the United States, in a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.
During this meeting, Borrell reminded to the U.S. the Spanish government's position regarding the full implementation of the Title III of the Helms-Burton Act and raised concerns about the negative consequences the measure would have on Spanish interests.
"Spain reiterates its firm rejection, as a matter of principle, to the extraterritorial application of national sanction laws, considering it contrary to international law," he said in a statement.
The Helms-Burton Act of 1996 seeks international sanctions against the Castro government in Cuba which supposedly support a "transition government leading to a democratically elected government in Cuba." It was enacted into law by the President of the United States Bill Clinton. Title III proscribes or penalizes trade with Cuba.
Since the Helms-Burton Act came into effect in 1996, every administration has fully suspended Title III. In March 2019, Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, announced the suspension of Title III for 30 days, from March 19 to April 17.
Mike Pompeo, said that his actions were a response to "the brutal oppression on the part of the Cuban Government of human rights and fundamental freedoms" and its "indefensible support to the increasingly authoritarian and corrupt regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua."
Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez separately described Pompeo’s announcement as "political blackmail and irresponsible hostility aimed at hardening the blockade on Cuba."
In Washington, Spain government points out that the protection and promotion of human rights constitutes one of the basic priorities of Spanish foreign policy and said that Cuba and Spain were holding regular discussions about human rights issues into the framework of a political dialogue agreement.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Borrell moved concerns about the U.S. policy of pressure towards Cuba to Pompeo, to congressman of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

This is this final manifesto from the gathering of the International Peoples Assembly held in Caracas late February this year.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ensured Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza of continuous support to the Venezuelan people through the Maduro government.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza works tirelessy to overcome the U.S.American siege of Venzuela. President Erdogan of Turkey, who met with Arreaza in Ankara today, emphasized that " is against foreign intervention aiming to change legitimate governments, undemocratic methods & unilateral sanctions. We are in full solidarity with the people of ! "  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Turkey will continue to support the constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro and his legitimate authorities. “Any negative evolution in Venezuela will influence all of Latin America and the Caribbean. We will keep our support for Venezuela and our cooperation with it,” Cavusoglu told a news conference.
In addition, the Turkish diplomat indicated that his country sees Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Cavusoglu also stressed that ” Venezuela is going through a difficult time, which is why the important thing is to continue reinforcing the solidarity and cooperation between both nations.”
“The continuous meetings of high authorities between Venezuela and Turkey reveal the profound cooperation between our countries. It is a relationship that will deepen,” he said.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who is on an official visit to the Turkish country, said that “we have more than quintupled bilateral cooperation between Venezuela and Turkey, and we will continue to increase our relationship in an integral manner.”
Venezuela and Turkey maintain a human and commercial relationship have bilateral relations that strengthen the areas of construction, health, agriculture and tourism.

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