Update 19. February 2019 - (vf) The deep-rooted Anglo-American bid to overtake Venezuela for their own selfish interests can also be seen in the stunt British billionaire Richard Branson is now pulling with a planned LiveAid-copycat concert on 22. February 2019 at the Colombian side of the blocked Cucuta bridge and by trying to rock the boat through a most likely BigPharma sponsored event with the aim to solicit mainly medical funding from the outside. Businessman Branson, who has never been known as a true philanthropist, told AP in a telephone interview from Necker, his private island in the British Virgin Islands, that he wants to raise $100 million in 60 days.
Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Monday that the government was giving two concerts on February 22 and 23, on the open and not blocked Simon Bolivar bridge connecting the country with Cucuta, with the slogan "Nothing for war, hands off Venezuela" and hand out food to poor residents of Cucuta this weekend, he said in televised statements.
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó stated: "This does not in the slightest change our plan to generate pressure, to ensure the arrival of the aid," Guaido said at a news briefing. Yet Mr. Guaidó has not explained how the aid will reach Venezuela, saying that sharing their plans would be a security risk. "If it doesn't enter on the twenty-third, it will enter on the twenty-fourth, it will enter on the twenty-fifth" of February.
Maduro is vowing not to let the U.S. aid enter Venezuela, and he announced on state television Monday evening that his government would import 300 tons of aid from Russia that will arrive in two days. He said Venezuela paid for the Russian goods along other aid supplies from China and Turkey that will also arrive soon and stated that Venezuela isn't a country of beggars, lashing out at President Donald Trump for thinking he can force in unwanted assistance.
In an outrageous speech US president Donald Trump, who is now embattled by legal actions from 16 US States and close to being impeached, foamed late on Monday in front of mainly white Venezuelan dissidents in Florida, warning members of Venezuela's military who are helping Maduro to stay in power that they are risking their future and their lives. Mr. Trump said members of the Venezuelan military would find “no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out”.
"They want to enslave us," Maduro said. "That's the truth." Already earlier, in mid January, President Nicolas Maduro denounced that Washington's real objective in Venezuela is to seize the immense natural and mineral resources of the South American nation.
Update 16. February 2019: (vf) USAmerican military air-bridge delivers more "soft-bombs" in form of food and hygiene articles to the Colombian border town of Cucuta, while the Brits and the EU countries stockpile goods and items on the colonial Dutch Island of Curacao, just 60km off the Venezuelan coast, where also the British Navy with the Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship and combat troops training in Belize is combat -ready.
Still not de-colonized Curacao, which was the main hub of Dutch slave-trade for the Caribbean and South-America, is a reminder that the UN is simply not taking its duty of de-colonization serious and is failing also in its humanitarian mandate to facilitate relief for Venezuela, a country suffering under the sanctions and machinations of the USA, which together with the UK is illegally withholding vast gold and money resources from the legit government. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, supported by a white supremacist, far-right minority of Venezuelans, has called on the people of Venezuela to come and collect the gifts on next Saturday, 23rd of February and on the military to allow it. The military as well as the government and president Maduro himself see this show as a provocation and foreplay to a military invasion with the aim to enforce regime change and to focus on the long-term prize: The oil exploitation of superb crude in the disputed entire Esequiba region, which according to analysts holds the the largest on- and offshore oil reserves in the word and had been off limits to oil exploration.
In 2018 Venezuela advanced in the certification of more than 30 gold fields in the country, with which it aimed to establish itself "as the second largest gold reserve on the planet".
During 2018 and despite the sanctions, the South American nation received a 200 percent increase in its non-oil exports compared to 2017, mainly gold sold to Holland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and especially to Turkey. In the first months of 2018, Venezuela exported 23.62 tons of gold to the Eurasian nation, valued at US$900 million.
But the neo-colonial cannon-boat politics of the Anglo-Americans raises its ugly head again.
Just a day after the Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations slammed the US 'Pillage' of Venezuela with scathing speech at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., Samuel Moncada has been ordered by the United States State Department to confine his stay in the U.S. to the city of New York. "If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen," the diplomat said in reference to the unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed against the South American country. Samuel Moncada denounced that the United States government stole over USD$30 billion from the Venezuelan people through sanctions.
The crisis which is destabilising Venezuela, like those which are beginning in Nicaragua and Haïti, needs to be analysed in order to enable us to address it. Thierry Meyssan reminds us of three interpretative hypotheses and argues in favour of one of them. He evokes the US strategy and the ways in which it may be countered.
Can Venezuela and its neighbours survive the coming war?
by Thierry Meyssan -