Venezuelan Opposition without Leadership or Credibility, Cabello Says

Caracas, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan opposition currently lacks leadership and credibility in front of its followers and the laws of the nation, Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), said.

The political leader rejected coup actions to gain power and not through electoral and democratic ways.

'They do not have a single credible leader for the country, therefore they are politically disqualified to govern the Homeland of (Simon) Bolivar and (Hugo) Chavez, they could not govern even one day,' Cabello said on Wednesday in his usual program 'Con el Mazo Dando.'

The opposition claims that a president does not win with votes, because they could not do so, if they are not designated by the United States and a group of lackey countries of the empire accept it, Cabello said about this issue.

Cabello, who is also the first vice-president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, denounced the White House financing to the failed attempts to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.

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Cuba is not frightened by the measures tightening the blockade

The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns in the strongest terms the measures announced by the United States Government on 4 June 2019, further tightening the economic blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years, at a cost for the Cuban economy which amounted to over 134 billion dollars in 2018 at current prices, and to the figure of 933 billion dollars, taking into account the devaluation of the US dollar vis-à-vis the price of gold in the world market.

According to what has been learned, this new escalation, effective as of 5 June, further strengthens the hard restrictions already imposed on US citizens to travel to Cuba, includes an absolute ban on any vessels from the United States and immediately prohibits cruise ships from visiting our country.

The intent continues to be to extract political concessions from the Cuban nation through suffocation of the economy and hurting the population. In this particular case, these measures are also aimed at preventing the American people from knowing the Cuban reality thus bringing down the effects of the slanderous propaganda that is fabricated on a daily basis against our country.

Such actions disregard the majority view of Americans, whose interest to know Cuba and exercise their right to travel was proved by the 650 thousand US travelers who came in 2018, together with half a million Cubans residing in the United States.

Last 17 April, National Security Advisor John Bolton, at an anti-Cuban show attended by the mercenaries defeated in Bay of Pigs and family members of the henchmen of the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, announced that his government would restrict non-family travel to Cuba. This individual is known for having taken over the US foreign policy towards the Western Hemisphere, which constitutes the main threat to peace and stability of the whole region.

The United States supports the Monroe Doctrine openly, with which it tries to deny the sovereign equality and the right to self-determination of every nation of the hemisphere.

The recent attacks against Cuba are grounded on new pretexts. The best-known excuse is the defamatory accusation of Cuba’s military interference in Venezuela. This lie has been publicly and repeatedly rejected by the Cuban government.

They have even gone to the unscrupulous point of proposing Cuba to betray its convictions and the principles that have sustained the foreign policy of the Cuban Revolution, in return for promises of negotiation or relief from the draconian and criminal measures making up the economic blockade.

The solidarity of Cuba with constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution and the civic and military union of its people, is non-negotiable. The more than 20 thousand Cuban cooperation workers who, on a voluntary basis and selflessly, are providing social services in that country, most of them in the field of health, will remain there cooperating with that sister nation as long as they are welcome by the Venezuelan people.

For Cubans, betrayal is not an option. We are not naïve. It’s already been 150 years of hard struggle for our independence, having to face from the outset the hegemonistic ambitions of the US imperialism.

Cuba will not let itself be frightened or distracted from the essential and urgent tasks for the development of our economy and the construction of socialism. Closely united, we shall be able to face the most challenging adversities. They cannot suffocate us, nor can they stop us.

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US Government for a New Discredit Campaign against Venezuela

Caracas, June 4 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government is on Tuesday insisting on bringing Venezuela into disrepute through a new campaign so as to further alienate global public opinion regarding the harsh situation in the South American nation, the Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated.

'Alleged US intelligence-linked investigators and financed by some companies deeply interested in Venezuela, are currently preparing some files to justify any deed against Venezuela', the Foreign Minister stressed.

In this regard, the Jorge Arreaza challenged a report published by the self-appointed Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), headquartered in US', where they are clearly organizing a multipurpose intelligence action' against Venezuela, he said.

Jorge Arreaza stressed on Monday that some CEIEA's members were actively involved in laying siege to the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, in April and May.

On this issue, the Venezuela FM quoted the journalistic investigation portal Mision Verdad (Mission Truth) which made a detailed analysis of CSIS's published information, in which they assured the existence of a conspiracy through local media outlets for increasing the Donald Trump administration's sanctions against Caracas.

Likewise, the statement accuses the Venezuelan Government of 'bank to bank' money laundering and 'fake infrastructure projects'.

Jorge Arreaza also assured that Venezuela is victim of an operation against its economy, political system and national stability', so it sounds illogical that a State victim of these hybrid-war operations can be termed as criminal', he asserted.

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Turkey supports mediation talks for Venezuela

Turkey on May 31 voiced support for mediation talks between Venezuela's Maduro government and the country's opposition.

“Turkey welcomes the talks held in Oslo between the Maduro Government and Venezuelan opposition with the mediation of the Norwegian Government,” Hami Aksoy, Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in a statement.

"Turkey supports initiatives aiming for a political solution that can be accepted by all parties to the deadlock in Venezuela and does not believe that any method excluding dialogue and compromise will bring a lasting solution,” he added.

Aksoy also stressed that Turkey is ready to support dialogue “in the framework of its principled approach and the Constitution of Venezuela.”

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January, when President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

Tensions escalated days later when Juan Guaido declared himself acting president, a move supported by the U.S. and many European and Latin American countries.

Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, Bolivia and Mexico have thrown their weight behind Maduro.

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Venezuela Denounces Obstacles to Health Programs for Children

Caracas, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is facing serious obstacles to save the lives of children

through government programs, as a consequence of coercive policies by the United States, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced.

In a message on Twitter, the head of Venezuelan diplomacy assured that the blockade of the state-owned company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) prevents to continue treating patients who underwent transplants in Argentina.

'The US criminal financial blockade of Venezuela risks the lives of Venezuelan children who underwent transplants in Argentina, thanks to PDVSA's support. It has been impossible to transfer the resources for them to continue their treatment,' Arreaza wrote.

For his part, Health Minister Carlos Alvarado explained that the measures taken by the Donald Trump administration resulted in blocking the necessary payments to acquire medicines and inputs for the sector.

That makes it more difficult to access goods and raw materials to provide medical care to the Venezuelan people, Alvarado denounced at the 72nd World Health Assembly.

In two European banks alone, Venezuela has more than 2.5 billion euros that have been frozen, in addition to the illegal appropriation of the company Citgo on US territory, with which the country funded bone marrow transplants for Venezuelan children.

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Trump and his advisors on the international chessboard

Businessman Donald Trump, who became president with a minority vote of the U.S. people –received a smaller share of the popular vote than his rival Hilary Clinton, in an election that saw a high abstention rate – is at a real crossroads, one of the many in the labyrinth in which his administration is buried.

Little is going well for the President. One of his most cherished dreams, negotiations on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) denuclearization, which saw him approach the laurels of glory, was snatched away. The “deal of the century” went up in smoke, among other reasons, due to the ill will and ineptitude of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton’s latest statements on the subject were described as “nonsense” by the DPRK’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui.

These two politicians appear to be competing to see who can come up with the biggest lie, and especially who can say it first. They contradict each other; they get things wrong, in what was described by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, during a press conference at the Ministry as a sign of “haste and improvisation.”

On April 17, Bolton stated before the ignoble remnants of the mercenary 2506 Brigade (Bay of Pigs veterans), in Miami, “Together, we can finish what began on those beaches.” Such nonsense is truly laughable. On the sands of Playa Girón the arrogance and vain pride of the empire were buried. What began to fall on that beach was the power of the United States on the continent. Do they really want to finish what they started?

HEDGING BETS ON THE DOMINO EFFECT

Trump failed to beat ISIS, and the imperialist media also failed to get people to believe the tale of its victory. Afghanistan is still an escapable problem, Iraq is a mess, Iran resists sanctions and threats, and to top it all the continued errors surrounding the Korean issue mean that Russia, in a skilled political move, is gaining prominence over its Yankee counterpart, and taking the initiative in what could become a true “deal of the century.”

The coup d’état in Venezuela was the “game-saving plan.” Ambitious Senator Marco Rubio, a frenzied enemy of the Cuban people, apparently “sold” the idea to Trump that he could kill several birds with one stone: “If Venezuela falls, Cuba and then Nicaragua will fall.” The domino effect would be underway, and the President would go down in history as having achieved the “unthinkable.”

But we already know how the coup orchestrated by U.S. forces ended. Another dream faded away.

WINNING NO MATTER WHAT

The aim is to win, no matter what, and thus “all options are on the table.” The overthrow of Nicolás Maduro would be a “great political victory,” a key achievement. For the ultraconservative circle that surrounds Trump, this is the great historic opportunity to achieve what so many Presidents couldn’t, and also obtain his longed for reelection.

Trump’s mob elaborates plan after plan, racking their brains. We don’t know whether this elite club was selected or imposed on him – perhaps its members have a card up their sleeve, proof of some of “mischief.” They say they can’t lose in Venezuela, but the real possibility of failure is a concern to the boss and his closest collaborators.

To prevent their total defeat, they tighten the siege, doing what no one could have imagined, breaking with all ethics, all rules, willing to go to any lengths, even unleash a war of incalculable proportions. They act with insanity, bereft of all logic.

The economic offensive against Cuba and Venezuela is unparalleled; it is an aggression of apocalyptic proportions, despicable in all its scope and meaning. They hope that hunger, disease and hardship will cause despair among the people, that the Venezuelan people will rise up against themselves, and, despite the lessons of history, they expect the same to happen in Cuba.

“Zero economic growth” in Venezuela is the plan from the likes of Rubio, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo and company, who hope to make the economy collapse and unleash chaos. According to their calculations, the Cuban government will then fall, with the island incapable of resisting such a thrashing, and then they will finish off everything within reach of their guns.

THE INCREASINGLY INTRICATE LABYRINTH

Trump is at a crossroads. As any good businessman, he should know that his best move is to pull back, in time, that the best businesses are “win-win,” but blinded by arrogance and “bad advice” he insists on delving deeper into the labyrinth, bringing things forward, move after move, raising the stakes with no way out. He will never escape his own game.

He cannot win, and in the last instance all he will reap is the blood-drenched earth of two peoples who will not bend; peaceful when it comes to work and living in peace, but warriors when it comes to defending their honor and freedom.

The President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, has said, “Imperialism plunges deeper into a desperate phase” in its attacks against the country. This despair makes it dangerous; one can expect anything from the incompetent clique surrounding President Trump.

There is nothing beyond the labyrinth, only desolation and the historical shame of those who dream of stealing the freedom of others. If they persist along this path, humiliation and defeat await them.

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Venezuela’s Maduro proposes early elections for opposition-held National Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has proposed holding early elections to restock the National Assembly, currently headed by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido backed by US.

Maduro made this call in a speech in Caracas on Monday. He also talked about an early election in February of this year. If elections are not held before then, Venezuelans will vote on the makeup of the National Assembly next year.

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In 2017 the body saw its powers somewhat limited after the establishment of the Constituent Assembly, entirely staffed with Maduro loyalists, in 2017. The two legislatures have functioned in parallel since.

Maduro’s announcement comes on the anniversary of his reelection to the Latin American country’s presidency last year. Guaido, along with the United States, has called the election “illegitimate.”

If defeated at the ballot box, Guaido would lose his claim to legitimate power. Despite Washington’s backing, Guaido’s efforts to mobilize popular anger and oust Maduro have thus far failed, and the Venezuelan president still commands the support of the country’s military and remains safely in power.

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Venezuela remains economically blockaded by the United States, following several rounds of harsh sanctions. Sanctions targeting the country’s oil industry have exacerbated the country’s economic crisis, and have dealt “serious economic damage and suffering” to the Venezuelan people, the country’s oil minister said on Sunday.

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Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro’s Re-election

Supporters of Maduro mobilized Monday to celebrate the first year of President Nicolas Maduro's victory in May 20, 2018 election. 

Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro marched Monday to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro as part of the elections of May 20, 2018.

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They gathered in the streets of Caracas early morning in a bid to ratify their support for the Bolivarian Revolution, and their commitment to defend democracy, sovereignty in face of an increasing interference by the United States.

Carmen Zerpa, the organizer of the march by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) said people also wanted to show their support for President Maduro and ratify his victory in last year's elections. 

"We celebrate this year the popular victory and gallantry, during which time the Venezuelan people have defended the Bolivarian project and told the bourgeoisie that they will not return, that here is a project that has to be respected because it is the will of the majorities," Zerpa said.

President Maduro expressed his commitment to defend the popular will of the people.

He wrote on Twitter, “We celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the popular victory of May 20 in which Venezuelans decided in favor of peace, democracy, and freedom. Today, in an indissoluble Civic-Military union, we defend that sovereign election with courage. Here Command the People!”

Celebramos el 1er Aniversario de la victoria popular del , día en el que los venezolanos decidimos en favor de la Paz, la democracia y la libertad. Hoy, en indisoluble unión Cívico–Militar, defendemos esa elección soberana con coraje y valentía ¡Aquí Manda el Pueblo!
 

The march will depart from Plaza Morelos, passing through the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) and will arrive at the Miraflores Palace, local media reported.

In recent months, Venezuela has come under an intensified attack by U.S. President Donald Trump who is trying to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Maduro. The North American country has also shown its support for opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido who illegally proclaimed himself the “interim president” of Venezuela. Washington had also come out in support of Guaido's failed coup attempt on April 30, a move that reveals Washington's disregard for democracy and support for hostile regime change, according to the Venezuelan government and its allies. 

In recent months the U.S. has also imposed further economic sanctions on the country in an effort to create further suffering in the country and push for unrest. A report by several economists last month found that at least 40,000 people have died as a direct result of sanctions which are preventing the government from importing basic medical supplies.

 

 

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