Jorge Arreaza: There Is No Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

The Venezuelan foreign minister slammed the hypocrisy of offers of humanitarian aid to Venezuela by the same countries that imposed the harsh sanctions.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that "there is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela," but rather an "economic crisis," as a consequence of the sanctions and the blockade exercised by sectors of the international political right against the South American nation.

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"It is greatly cynical of those who would blockade Venezuela to (then) offer humanitarian aid afterward," Arreaza said during the 39th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, where the situation in Venezuela was discussed, in reference to harsh sanctions against his country by the U.S. and the European Union.

The diplomat's statement corresponds to what was expressed in the report of independent expert Alfred-Maurice de Zayas during the session.

"We request on behalf of the people of Venezuela and President Nicolás Maduro the cessation of aggression against the Bolivarian Republic," said the Venezuelan foreign minister.

His comments just days after a damning New York Times report revealed that secret meetings had been taken place between the United States military and several Venezuelan military officers who were plotting to carry out a coup against President Maduro, but eventually failed to do so and failed to convince the United States to support their efforts. 

Commenting on the report, Arreaza, rejected the U.S. interference and plots against the democratically-elected government of Maduro, and said such reports confirm what Venezuela has been saying for years, that Washington and its allies have been working in secret with right-wing elements in the country to oust Maduro and his leftist government. 

"We denounce the plans for intervention and support given to military conspirators by the government of the United States against Venezuela," Jorge Arreaza wrote on Twitter on Saturday. "Even in U.S. media, the crass evidence is coming to light."

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Maduro: Venezuela Wins with Program of Economic Recovery

Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, assured that the program of economic recovery applied by the Executive is being a success thanks to the support of the people, only conductor to final victory.

During a speech screened the eve, the President recalled this Thursday begins the trial period in the border states with Colombia of the new paying system for gasoline and hydrocarbons.

The measure, deployed in 85 territories of eight states, looks to guarantee direct subsidy to the Venezuelan families and to end the illegal trade of fuel to Colombia, he stressed in his message, transmitted over national TV.

'The end of smuggling and robbery of gasoline has come for Colombian smugglers', underlined the head of State about the measure, to which are added youth sectors together with the state Petroleos de Venezuela.

It was also informed that some three million 385 thousand 837 motor vehicles are registered in the transport census that started on August 1, which seeks to regularize and reorder the latter which pursues the regularization and reordering the fuel subsidy by determining consumption levels.

The measure is also added to actions to do away with smuggling through the Colombia-Venezuelan border, scourge that each year causes losses for billions of dollars, according to estimates.

The head of State also informed that until this moment over 18 million 300 thousand Venezuelans have the Carnet of the Homeland, protective mechanism created by the Executive to give social benefits to all social sectors

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Venezuela and Cuba Consolidate Cooperation in Tourism

Venezuelan Minister of Tourism, Stella Lugo, and her Cuban peer, Manuel Marrero, had a meeting to evaluate cooperation between both nations in that sector, as part of the work tour that Lugo is carrying out in Cuba.

The meeting included the updated presentation of the sector's progress in the Caribbean nation, where the Cuban representative exposed the potentialities and challenges of this activity, says a press release published by the foreign ministry of Venezuela.

During the meeting held at the headquarters of the Cuban ministry, Marrero gave a detailed explanation on the peculiarities of international and local tourism, the impact of the U.S. blockade on the nation as well as the business opportunities offered by this territory.

For her part, Lugo, who makes her first visit abroad, thanked her peer for the advice given to Venezuela by the island for some years now regarding this sector. The Venezuelan high official also recognized the advances of the island in this activity despite the U.S. unilateral blockade, which has generated damages for over 26 billion dollars, according to data offered by the Cuban Minister in his presentation

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Venezuela Rejects False News on 'Humanitarian Crisis,' Migration

The Venezuelan Vice president and the minister of communication presented data debunking the alarmist coverage of Venezuelan migration in the region.

The Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez and the Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez addressed the country Monday to denounce the coalition made by foreign countries and media about the "false humanitarian crisis" in the nation, that has been used to deepen the attacks against the government of Nicolas Maduro.

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The data presented by the Venezuelan officials argued Delcy Rodriguez, serve to "dismantle the fake news and diplomatic tools against the country," which are aimed at using “a political issue to turn the flow of migration into an international intervention."

In this regard, the Minister of Communications Jorge Rodríguez said that in the last 30 days, 140,599 posts on Twitter were related to "Venezuela" and "humanitarian crisis", while only 29,989 tweets, related to terms like "Syria" and "crisis humanitarian," considering that, unlike Venezuela, the Arab country is in a deep war and a brutal destruction.

In that sense, Rodriguez denounced the media attack against Venezuela, revealing campaigns through social networks and media that seek to increase xenophobia and hatred of Venezuelan immigrants.

To back such assertions, he showed as an example, headlines from Colombian newspapers that affirmed the growth of infidelity in the country, supposedly a product of the arrival of Venezuelans.

Delcy Rodríguez used statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to affirm that Venezuela is the second country in South America to receive migration and the country with the fewest volunteer migrants in the continent.

"The Venezuelan policies are of integration to the migratory flow and, mainly, for the displaced as a result of internal conflicts in Colombia," she said, remembering that currently, 5 million 600 thousand Colombians live in Venezuela.

She indicated that Colombia, one of the main aggressor countries, is the top nation in the world with the largest number of internally displaced persons, a figure that increased after the signing of the Peace Accords.

"From 2014 to 2017, the production of cocaine increased, making Colombia the first producer of this drug in the world, according to UN figures and recognized by the Colombian government. (...) The Plan Colombia increased cocaine production and violence," said the Venezuelan vice president.

The ex-chancellor also said that the United States already has 46 million dollars contributed to the region to cover the expenses of the other countries in response to the "supposed humanitarian crisis", charging Washington as the main country responsible for the media war against Venezuela.

 

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Venezuela: To Face Chaos "Made in the U.S."

In this bunch of promoted actions, organized, sponsored, and paid by imperialism to destabilize and sink Nicolás Maduro's government. Good news are looming like the capture and knowing of many of those involved in failed assassination attempt on Venezuela’s President, the installation of the announced measures to defeat the economic war started by the U.S. and its allies from the national oligarchy and, in this panorama, the strengthening of the currencies that have begun to circulate in the country, with the purpose of containing the inflation and it will keep social programs and the subsidy of gas prices.

About this point it’s important to highlight the announcement that Venezuela will sell its oil according to the international market prices, keeping in this field the solidary support to the most needed countries in the region.

On top of everything mentioned before, it’s overwhelming the popular support to the president, the wide rejection to the assassination attempt. Also the growing and bigger manifestations of support to the Bolivarian process, showing the strong mind and patriotism of most of the population.

This is extremely important, because only like this will be stopped the U.S. decision of turning Venezuela into chaos, to start a civil war with the purpose of not only put a final end to the Bolivarian Revolution and Chavez followers - that would be their first objective -, but also to destroy the national State to wipe out any form of future resistance.

Belgian intellectual Michel Collon has said something similar referring to the “constructive chaos” applied by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Middle East.

To better explain this, the French analyst Thierry Meyssan went back to 2004, when several Pentagon experts explained that, in the future, the U.S. will wage new wars to divide the world in two zones: one stable for him and its allies, and other where there were not a stable government neither development, but chaos, to guarantee that nobody could develop a power that would threaten its world hegemony, what he rounded up saying that "the situation in Venezuela is ready, and when U.S. wishes it, it will begin a war".

It’s not the first time that it’s said, but if we see what happened in Ukraine, Syria and Libya is exactly the same methodology applied today against Venezuela.

It always begins the same, with the indicting the government of committing horrible crimes, then they send to the country special forces, a few snipers deployed on rooftops during a manifestation, with the objective of shooting against both demonstrators and the police, stirring huge confusion. After that each side is convinced that it was the other one that shot him, and that is the beginning of an internal confrontation.

In this way would begin a “symbolic war” that the international media would use to explain that it’s a "revolution" to which the U.S., would give all its support through “non-governmental organizations” and the military bases built in neighboring countries around Venezuela.

Against Libya they used Egypt and Malta; in the case of Syria, almost every bordering States: Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Israel. If they plan to attack Venezuela, undoubtedly they will use a State or several border States of Venezuela, like it’s the case of Colombia, where there are seven military bases controlled by the U.S., and now it’s also spoken of Peru, what is not certain.

Forgive me if I repeat these concepts already written, it’s just to make you never forget, because in the end the U.S., despises all those they send to overthrow governments that are a nuisance to them.

Hence the importance that, in the Venezuelan case, to go all the way to clarify everything around the failed assassination of Nicolas Maduro keep a strong hand and let’s hope this measure are carried fully to try palliate the economic problems.

Many today denounce that the Venezuelan extreme right and their dissociated followers play with fire and, blinded by greed, the irrational hatred and deceit, they don't notice that they are being used by imperialism in a game where everyone loses, but the companies that profit from war and destruction.

Spain PM Sanchez Calls for Dialogue in Venezuela, Rejects Interventionism

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez urged for a dialogue with no foreign intervention in Chile, the first stop in his Latin America tour. 

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday that dialogue without interventionism is the best way to find a solution to the socioeconomic issues Venezuela has faced over the last few years.

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Sanchez made the comments in Chile, during a joint press conference with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, a staunch detractor of the democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in the first stop of his Latin American tour.

"Venezuela has to start a dialogue among Venezuelans to find a solution to this political crisis. And of course, the international community must accompany that dialogue," Sanchez said.

"I guarantee Spain will be very active in that... Spain belongs to the European Union and has strong roots with Ibero-America that we wish to maintain, but without interventionism,” Sanchez warned.

Sanchez's remarks mark a shift in Spanish-Venezuelan diplomatic relations, which were characterized by hostilities under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Hyperinflation and induced shortages of staple goods have motivated many Venezuelans to abandon their country in search of better opportunities. The Venezuelan government has recently enacted several economic measures to fight what they call an “economic war” waged by the United States through economic and financial sanctions and the country’s economic elites.  

"It's a crisis that's been growing for some time in Venezuela and we, of course, look at it with deep concern," Sanchez said.

In recent weeks, Ecuador and Peru have tightened their entry requirements for Venezuelans, and an angry mob in Brazil attacked a group of migrants sending them back across the border.

Sanchez will travel to Bolivia Tuesday. He is expected to be welcomed by president Evo Morales to discuss economic cooperation and investment in the bi-oceanic railway corridor

Pedro Sanchez will later head to Colombia and Costa Rica.

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FARC: Venezuelan Military Intervention, Catastrophic for LatAm

The FARC urge "the progressive and democratic peoples and governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, not to allow more interference on sovereign Venezuela."

The Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC) party stated, in a release, Thursday that "Colombia cannot support a foreign intervention against Venezuela."

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In the statement, the political party rejected the Colombian Government favoring a military intervention against Venezuela, led by the Venezuelan far-right and its foreign allies.

The release highlighted that "the political, diplomatic, economic, social and military siege aims to destabilize and overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro and to reverse the Bolivarian Revolution, resorting to whatever means that are within its reach; it is a real element that the Venezuelan national extreme right, its allies abroad and the empire itself cannot deny."

|| Colombia no puede prestarse para una intervención extranjera contra Venezuela.

The FARC party also said that the repercussions of a military intervention would be catastrophic for Latin America in general and for Colombia in particular, "with the burden of death and desolation that it would imply."

The group is urging for the unfriendly and aggressive actions against Venezuela to stop, and calling for "the progressive and democratic peoples and governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, not to allow more interference on sovereign Venezuela."

FARC call on the Latin American people to reject foreign intervention in the South American continent and highlighting that the "continent is a zone of peace and we must not allow ourselves to be deprived of that right."

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Maduro’s Assassination Attempt: Nikki Haley is “the savior” of migrants

While the U.S. government announced its involvement in the investigation of the assassination attempt against (Nicolas) Maduro and in order to verify if there were “credible evidences” —as if new fortune teller journalist Jaime Bayly’s prophecies were not enough—, the U.S. ambassador before the UN, Nikki Haley, said in Cucuta that “the world must realize there is a dictator in Venezuela.”

“Venezuela used to be a very successful country and we now see Venezuelan citizens crossing the border to find some food and medicine,” said Haley to the journalists after visiting one of the Immigrant Assistance Centers.”

The diplomat, member of the Donald Trump’s staff, heads the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Colombia’s new president Ivan Duque. She urged countries in the region to take actions in this regard and condemn the regime so the international community can be aware of it.

“It is time that countries in the region affected by the migration flow condemn Maduro and tell him it is time he goes,” the ambassador added.

We believe the region Haley refers to is limited to Colombia and Brazil and not the Central American countries where thousands migrants depart every day to the U.S. to escape the consequences of exploitation and war these countries have been subjected by the Empire dictatorship. And it certainly has nothing to do with Maduro or the Bolivarian Revolution.

“The savior” also announced that the U.S. will allot 9 million USD more to find a solution for the border struggle. Such amount of money would certainly be better allotted in ending the crisis of thousands of emigrant children separated from their parents in the U.S., which is a great shame to the world.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / CubaSi Translation Staff

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