U.S. funds Venezuela's Juan Guaido with millions of dollars

Washington, October 11 (RHC)-- The U.S. government has pledged 98 million in funding to the Venezuelan opposition, claiming that the funds will be invested to support civil society, human rights organizations and independent media.

Based on U.S. Agency for International Development reports, this fresh funding comes in addition to the 470 million already granted to the so-called humanitarian aid that Washington has handed over to Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Opposition figures say the U.S. economic cooperation is strategic for Maduro's removal from power.  However, Venezuelan officials think otherwise.  Experts say that the Venezuelan Constitution prohibits politicians to receive money from foreign nations.

The Venezuelan people also condemn Washington’s unflinching support for the Venezuelan opposition.   As the U.S. offers hundreds of millions of dollars in fund to the opposition leaders, it's widely believed that Guaido and his associates are enjoying huge profits while making false promises to the Venezuelans.

Edited by Ed Newman

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Venezuela to receive World Champion Yulimar Rojas with all the honors

The Venezuelan people will warmly receive their two-time world champion in the triple jump, Yulimar Rojas, who returns to the country after her outstanding performance at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

On Twitter, Minister for Youth and Sport Pedro Infante called on people to travel to the Simon Bolivar International Airport, in the state of La Guaira, where the Venezuelan champion will arrive on Wednesday.

According to specialists, Rojas is experiencing the best year of her career, as seen in her competitive triumphs.

With her 15.37m jump in the recently concluded event in Doha, the athlete took gold and became the second woman to reach the top of the podium in the triple jump in four world championships, two indoor and two outdoor: Portland 2016, London 2017, Birmingham 2018 and Doha 2019.

After recovering from ankle injuries that affected her performance in 2018, Rojas returned to the tracks with the goal of surpassing the 15 meter mark.

In June she announced at the Ibero-American Championships in Athletics in Huelva, Spain, that she was ready to consolidate herself as the champion of this discipline by setting a national record with a leap of 15.06 meters, surpassing her 15.02m in Madrid 2016.

Two months later, she arrived at the Pan American Games in Lima in search of her first continental title, after debuting in Toronto 2014 in fourth place, but her expected duel with Colombia's Caterine Ibargüen did not occur due to injury and withdrawal.

Rojas was able to consolidate herself in that event with another huge jump of 15.11m, which earned her the gold medal and set national and Pan American records. 'From now on I want to leap over 15 meters, I can not be below that mark,' she said then.

After each victory of the athlete, President Nicolas Maduro has recognized her achievements and congratulated her, as inspiring national pride.

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Hope results in millions of signatures

Millions of signatures will be delivered to the UN Secretary-General by Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez in response to the Empire attacks against the Bolivarian nation as well as the threats looming over the regional and world peace. Venezuela, nonetheless, still represents hope.

In March 2015, the U.S. president Barack Obama declared the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela “a threat to the national security of his country” by presidential order. It was so serious on a par with unbelievable, that it would have been a funny statement if such decision would not turn into a pivotal moment in the U.S. policy towards the South American country and its revolutionary process.

Millions of Venezuelans and people of good will all around the world rejected the decree and began a process of signature collection drive supporting the campaign whose message ratified that Venezuela was not a threat to no one or anything, on the contrary, “Venezuela is Hope.” Millions of Cubans signed as well.

Few days after the issuing of the decree, the Cuban Five, who had returned home in 2014, traveled to the sister nation for the first time. It was there, in Venezuela, where they fled the flag of solidarity by rejecting such ridiculous accusations that the U.S. government would utilize then to justify in far-fetched ways, the attacks against the Bolivarian Revolution.

The Cuban Five also met some of the Cuban collaborators who worked in different states of the sister nation. They signed against Obama’s decree. In one of those magical exchange of opinions, Rene Gonzalez said:

“I see you here and I see raw talent dressed in white coats, in red jerseys, or formal clothes singing beautifully. I do see a huge threat. We are a terrible threat. There are millions of people who are going to be freed from illiteracy, unhealthiness; people destined to be consumed so others can profit from consumption, and our people will free all of them and will make them feel human beings; (our people) will make them claim their rights, dignity, the right to live. Therefore, on behalf of those you are going to free, I show my gratitude and I ask you to strengthen such a threat!”

These days, the U.S. attacks against Venezuela and our collaborators seem to reach excessive dimensions as well as the aggressive media campaign unleashed in some countries, the U.S. economical and financial blockade against Cuba remaining in full force, solidarity is again holding up the flags.

Meanwhile, in this rebel and heroic island, people help each other to overcome hardship. We also show our commitment to the truth and justice to say that Cuba and Venezuela embrace hope. Hence, schools and workplaces, neighborhoods, companies, and factories, people in general signed again supporting Chavez and Bolivar’s motherland with the same conviction and energy with which we defend and support one of our owns.

Perhaps your signature, or mine, your name or your co-worker’s, remain unknown. Perhaps the battlefield to solve this domestic affair will not be the UN, or the letters sent to the Secretary-General, or the many injustices perpetrated in several parts of the world, which Cubans have learned firsthand.

Signing for Venezuela is like signing for your dignity; for championing who we are; for our historical memory; for ratifying ourselves in the same side of those who profess love and show gratitude; for sharing everything we have; for being HOPE no matter what.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

President of Cuba receives Venezuelan Vice President, Delcy Rodriguez

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, held a fraternal and sincere meeting with the executive vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, as confirmed today the president himself on the social networks.

In his Twitter account, the Cuban head of state also said that both peoples and governments do not surrender to the threats of the empire, in clear allusion to the United States media, political and economic offensive against both nations.

The authorities of Caracas and Havana face the siege of the US government, representative of threats, coercive measures, actions to strengthen the blockade and a strong campaign to attempt to discredit the Cuban and Bolivarian revolutions.

Washington also intends to torpedo the ties between Cuba and Venezuela under the pretext that they constitute a supposed threat to the national security of the northern country;

However, experts believe that it is only a justification for the White House to increase its aggressiveness against the peoples of the Caribbean and Latin American nations.

The governments of Cuba and Venezuela agree on the position of defending their bilateral ties and the independence of their peoples from what they say is a United States plan to seize the resources of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as dominate the region.

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Venezuela Presents 13m #NoMoreTrump Petitions to UN

Vicepresident Delcy Rodriguez also gave the U.N. general secretary the agreement between the government and the opposition, and evidence of paramilitary camps in Colombia.

As promised, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez handed to United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres, the more than 13 million petitions signed from around the world for the #NoMoreTrump campaign during a side meeting at the 74th general assembly taking place this week in New York.

In a press conference held before meeting with Guterres, Rodriguez reminded reporters that the signatures were collected during a month-long campaign against the United States government's full economic blockade on Venezuela that began Aug. 5. The signatures "will be held at the UN headquarters in Venezuela,” the vice president said.

During her Friday speech to the high-ranking assembly members, Rodriguez stated that the U.S. has placed "over 350 unilateral coercive measures on Venezuela, including the seizure of Venezuelan assets abroad." She stated that "the brutal financial blockade" has cost the nation up to US$130 billion "and is a blatant theft of our resources."

We gave UN Secretary General the certificate with the more than 13 million signatures rejecting the intevention of @realDonalTrump in our nation. We also shared with the GS information about the terrorist camps in Colombia

Previously, the Venezuelan leader said of the #NoMoreTrump campaign: “The petition is the expression of the will of a people who want peace, progress, tranquility and above all want to guarantee a free and sovereign homeland.”

Vice president told the secretary general about the paramilitary camps located in Colombia, and gave him a copy of the agreement between president Nicolas Maduro and opposition sectors at the National Dialogue Table for Peace, too.

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The Empire is obsessed with Venezuela

U.S. spy aircrafts are constantly flying over Venezuela as the prelude of a military invasion that may unleash. This is not a strong possibility just yet as everything depends on the number of casualties foreseen by the invading forces, caused essentially by the local army defending its homeland soil. Simultaneously, local opposition —already weakened— is crying out for an open U.S. marines’ invasion, sheltered by the TIAR (Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance), which has no legal or moral reasons to be invoked.

The TIAR was created in 1947 in times of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Empire tried to use it as a mean to destroy the Cuban Revolution. But such goal was never achieved, especially after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961.

Nonetheless, it remained in full force as one of the Empire resources to be invoked against any rebel nation in the continent under the guise of military assistance in case of foreign aggression; but Argentina invoked TIAR in 1982 to defend its country from British colonialists who were occupying the Malvinas. But the U.S., supported by Pinochet’s Chile back then, did not help Buenos Aires and served its European ally.

Hence, Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela left TIAR one by one.

In the collusion against Venezuela, the OAS (Organization of American States) served as the official headquarters for the reemergence of TIAR, backed by 12 member states that echoed the U.S. and Colombia’s assertion on the alleged exodus of four million Venezuelans, but concealing that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had just confirmed that in 2018 the number of refugees increased in 341,800, including Venezuelans.

We should add the likely staging of an incident to justify a military intervention. In this regard, two members of the Colombian paramilitary group Los Rastrojos were arrested. This group has contacted Juan Guaido, fabricated president supported by Trump.

Besides, there have been recent developments in various threatening fronts. On one hand, there is a marked aggression against Venezuelans’ living standards by means of blockade and international sanctions. On the other hand, chances to find peaceful solutions to the conflict are hindered while every initiative intended to favor dialogue between the government and the political opposition is attacked by the media.

The Bolivarian Government is under a ferocious attack by an international media campaign of propaganda — kicked off in December 2018—, which is followed to the letter by all allied nations to the U.S. aiming at preparing destabilization operations against Venezuela, and recalls the connivance of the so-called objective-committed press covering the aggressions on Afghanistan and Iraq.

The target of such campaign was to convince Venezuelans of a hopeless future for them in their homeland. At the same time, it tried to convince the public opinion of the “illegitimacy” of President Nicolas Maduro.

The news article released by Russian media Sputnik entitled “El momento ha llegado: el plan Unitas Lis sería el golpe final contra Venezuela,” details the political and military conditions that the U.S. has foreseen as “the road map to topple Chavism.” All are operational. And TIAR is part of what they have called “the political front.”

The American political and military strategists know that, in January 2020, Guaido’s time in Venezuela’s National Assembly expires, although other opposition leaders will try to follow his steps.

Therefore, Venezuelans must expect a severe escalation of the U.S. pressure against them to the point of violence. In this context, the Chairman of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosado Cabello, predicts the invasion of U.S. marines in Venezuela, “but the problem lies —for them— on how are they going to leave.”

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

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Venezuela Reiterates Commitment to Peace at UN

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has reaffirmed his country's willingness to contribute to peace and stability in the world.

In his Twitter account, the foreign minister also said that multilateralism is the only way to guarantee peace.

Arreaza indicated that the Venezuelan delegation will be giving its contributions to the central issues that will be under discussion during the 74th period of the UN General Assembly, held in New York City.

Climate change, poverty reduction and educational inclusion are some of the topics that will be debated on this occasion.

The Bolivarian Government has repeatedly insisted on the promotion of multilateralism as a mechanism to advance in a sustained manner towards peace, security and respect for human rights among peoples, through diplomacy.

As part of its efforts to ensure compliance with the United Nations Charter, in 2018 Venezuela proposed to the UN the declaration of the International Day of Multilateralism and Peace Diplomacy, which was established on April 24.

The 74th session began on September 17 and next September 24 will begin the high-level segment in which the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodriguez, and the Foreign Minister representing the South American nation are expected to participate.

The Venezuelan delegation will once again denounce the criminal blockade, the siege to Venezuelan people and the constant interference of foreign powers in the internal affairs of the country.

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Driving to Colombia? New photos show Juan Guaido in car with ‘drug cartel gangster’

A Venezuelan official has published photos that he says are further proof of ties between the country’s self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido and a drug cartel member, who allegedly helped him sneak into Colombia.

In January, Guaido declared himself the rightful head of state in Venezuela and has since made several failed attempts to actually seize power in the Latin American nation, with Washington backing the effort. During one of them in February, he traveled to neighboring Colombia to attend a concert and lead a column of trucks containing US-provided ‘humanitarian aid,’ which was ultimately stopped by Venezuelan border guards.

Last week, a Colombian NGO published photos showing the would-be president and two other people, who were identified as members of Los Rastrojos, a paramilitary criminal organization operating on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. It was alleged that Guaido had crossed the border with the help of the gangsters.

On Thursday, more photos apparently confirming the theory were published in Venezuela. One shows a smiling Guaido hugging a bulky man identified as Jonathan Orlando Zambrano Garcia, aka ‘Patron Pobre,’ a Los Rastrojos mid-tier commander. He was driving Guaido, who could be seen sticking out of an open door of the car.

Guaido’s clothes in the photos are the same that he wore during his trip to Colombia in February. The images were first revealed by ‘Con el Mazo Dando,’ a TV program hosted by Diosdado Cabello, an influential Venezuelan MP.

Cabello also reported that Los Rastrojos had tried to kill a man known as ‘El Menor,’ one of the two cartel members shown alongside Guaido in photos that emerged last week. He said that assassins had failed to find him and instead killed his parents and two other family members in what he called an obvious attempt to cover up the scandal.

After the initial allegation emerged, Guaido denied that he had received any help from Los Rastrojos and said the two members were among hundreds of people with whom he posed for selfies after crossing the border. Colombian authorities, who support Guaido’s claim in Venezuela, confirmed that the two individuals were members of the organization, but said that the opposition leader was not accompanied by any criminal during his visit to the country.

The ties between the man in the new pictures and Los Rastrojos, however, are less clear. According to Colombian newspaper El Espectador, Colombian border guards don’t believe him to be part of the criminal organization.

Los Rastrojos are one of several paramilitary groups operating in the border area. They are involved in various crimes including illegal mining, racketeering, trafficking of drugs and gasoline, kidnappings and assassinations.

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