Venezuelan Migration: Another War

The war against Venezuela continues through every possible way. On Wednesday 5th took place a meeting of the Permanent Council (PC) of the stinking OAS with the purpose of approaching what it’s called the migratory crisis in that country.  

Venezuela, the issue that obsesses the puppet Luis Almagro, general secretary of that organization, and some others members of the obedient Lima Group (GL), as if there weren’t unsolved pressing matters in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the member countries of the LG dozens and dozens of millions suffer from hunger, illiteracy, they are forced to emigrate, they are victims of a public health crisis of major proportions, the youths - without education or decent jobs - lack all hope, scourges increased scandalously by the neoliberal model. But that doesn't worry the OAS neither the governments of the LG.  

The meeting of the PC of the OAS is nothing, but another step in the calendar of the hybrid or fourth-generation war against Venezuela, designed by the U.S. Southern Command in different plans. Let’s mention the Venezuela Freedom I, Venezuela Freedom II and the so-called Master Blow. That military organization, controlled, like the Fourth Fleet, to advance the North American militarization in Latin America and the Caribbean with the purpose of controlling population, natural resources and armed intervention, direct or camouflaged. In fact, the LG - popularly begins to be known as mafia of Lima -, even though it’s not the intention of its members, it has become the political arm of the U.S. Southern Command in the ongoing war of the international capital to capture that unique recipient of natural resources and, at the same time, beacon of freedom which is the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The LG is partner in the military aggression that looms against Venezuela. It’s not secret the great interest of president Donald Trump to carry out a direct intervention in the Caribbean country. His highest military bosses had talked him out of that idea because of the political cost and the extraordinary military effort that would require. But in the media looms the ghost of a "refugees" crisis, people – it’s understood – who escape from oppression or from a failed State, with the purpose of building a case for a humanitarian intervention.  

The PC of OAS approaches an unreal crisis, because nearly 5 million Colombians live in Venezuela and the figure of UNHCR (UN agency for refugees) of a million 500 thousand Venezuelan migrants since 2014 is not alarming in a country under an economic war. A war of which the Venezuelan government is not guilty regardless the many errors they have committed. The term “migratory crisis”, originally coined by the ultra-neoliberal The Economist on August 20th, it was the starting shot of the huge media campaign on the topic. Although a resolution against Venezuela by the PC is not in the agenda of the meeting, it was leaked that they had the 18th vote to approve it, but for some reason what they agreed was a follow-up mechanism to the topic whose extents I don't know as I write. Let’s remember that the OAS was baptized "ministry of colonies" by the unforgettable Raúl Roa, acclaimed by the Cuban people as chancellor of dignity, thanks to his fertile and sharp tongue, restless informer of crimes committed by the United States, often prepared by that organization.  

Venezuela is considered "an extraordinary and unusual threat to the national security and foreign politics of the United States" through an ordinance issued by president Obama and ratified by Trump. It’s not a coincidence that on August 23rd, three days after The Economist began to refer to the Venezuelan emigration as migratory crisis, this definition was used by the Monroe-follower senator Marcos Rubio to express that the crisis constituted a threat for the U.S. national security. The continuous interference of Rubio is known in the domestic lives of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua which he carries out on Trump’s orders. Also that this fellow is always in favor of the hardest line against countries that don't bend to the imperial power.  

But Venezuela is not sitting on its hands. Thousands of Venezuelans living in other countries want to enter the plan Return to the Homeland, devised by Maduro. The vice-president Delcy Rodríguez announced that Venezuela had requested help from countries of the region so that they facilitate the return of Venezuelan nationals. In a "constructive" meeting with Peter Grohmann, from the United Nations Program for Development, he had requested to intercede before other governments with that purpose and agree to cooperate to protect the most vulnerable ones in Venezuela.

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Facebook,Twitter and the Freedom of Speech according to Marco Rubio

Two high executives of Facebook and Twitter appeared this Wednesday to explain, before the United States Congress, 0what the legislators consider their failure to fight the continuous foreign efforts to influence the domestic politics.

The appearance of Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and the Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, took place soon after President, Donald Trump accused, in an interview published by Daily Caller, the social networks of interfering in the midterm elections scheduled for November in that country.

These last statements are part of a saga of critics that in recent days that the White House tenant has launched against, according to him, those "super liberal" companies that try to silence the conservative voices of the United States while giving privilege to progressive opinions in their platforms.

In this Wednesday audience, incidentally, the topic of freedom of speech was approached by Marco Rubio republican senator for Florida. As the New York Times, reported Rubio questioned the executives for their loyalty to American values like freedom of speech, since as he said, they are pressured by foreign nations to silence the voices of users outside the United States.

According to the same media, when he asked about Facebook commitment to the freedom of speech worldwide, Mrs. Sandberg said: “We support these principles in the entire world”, and he added that the company doesn't have servers in Vietnam and they would apply those same principles to China.

Also when referring to Twitter that defines itself as a square of the global city, Mr. Rubio expressed his concern that foreign governments could put pressure on the company to suffocate the freedom of speech.

To what his president answered that the company regularly pushes against nations like Turkey that demands the censorship of certain voices.

I suppose that in Cuba’s case, despite being one of the senator's obsessions, it had not been approached in the audience due to how inappropriate would be if it was known, during a live broadcast that, while on one hand the U.S. government nags social networks to allow the use of “political manipulation” against the White House interests, that same government encourages such proceedings against Cuba.

On the chapter dedicated to Cuba in the report of 2019 budget of the Broadcasting Board of Governors of that country published hardly a couple of weeks ago, it reads without hiding anything that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), to which belongs the wrongfully named Radio and TV Martí: “it’s creating digital teams in the island to create fake Facebook accounts to disseminate information. The pages opened in Cuba increase the chances to appear in the news of Cuban Facebook users. The same strategy will be used in other social networks".

It’s impossible that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States, of which senator Marco Rubio is member, ignore this type of subversive strategy against Cuba. Most likely it seems that for the United States government there are two or more types of freedom of speech.

But undoubtedly, during the appearance of the executives of both social networks in the Capitol, it was crystal clear what is the type of "freedom of speech" private companies like Facebook and Twitter enjoy in the United States.

Showing some blackmailing meaning Marco Rubio reminded the executives of those social networks from his seat in Congress:

"Your companies would not exist if it weren’t for the United States and the freedoms we have."

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Marco Rubio and his "Secret" Documents on the "Acoustic Attacks"

Last Saturday, visiting Cuba, the republican senator Jeff Flake affirmed that "U.S. authorities have not found evidence that the North American diplomats in Havana have been victims of attacks with an unknown weapon."  

The member of the Foreign Relationships Commission of the Senate declared to AP news agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from the United States has told Cubans that after four trips to Cuba, their agents have not found evidence that the mysterious illnesses suffered by North American diplomats have been the result of attacks. However, the very president of the U.S., Donald Trump, classified the incident as an attack.

Likewise the Arizona senator asserted that “there is no evidence that somebody intentionally attempted to hurt anyone. Nobody is saying these people didn't experience some dysfunction, but there is no evidence that there was a deliberate attack perpetrated by somebody, either Cubans or someone else".

However, quickly in his twitter account the senator of Cuban origin, Marco Rubio, rejected the statement of his colleague. According to Rubio, Flake "knows very well that the method used in the attacks is still reviewed, but not the attack and the lesions they caused."

"It is a documented FACT that 24 officials of the United States government and their spouses were victims of some sort of sophisticated attack while living in Havana", tweeted Rubio.

In his opinion it’s impossible to "carry out 24 separate and sophisticated attacks" against U.S. government personnel without the Cuban officials knowing anything about it.

The documents Rubio mentions are apparently in his custody because they have never been seen by the Cuban part neither these documents have been presented to the “free” press of his country that keeps fueling the rumors and crazy versions on the topic.

It’s well known that what Marco Rubio says cannot be trusted. In October 2011 the senator was openly accused of liar by the newspaper St.Petersburg Times for using the political deceit that his parents of Cuban origin had arrived in Florida after the triumph of Fidel Castro, however, press reports revealed that the senator's parents had reached the United States in 1956, while Batista still ruled over Cuba. Rubio’s father was a barman and he traveled to the United States for economic reasons. Fidel Castro was not even in Cuba when Rubio’s family left the country.

But not everything is black and white and some truth must be behind Rubio’s tweets. His declarations confirm what some experts have already pointed out as a fact: that the invention of science fiction of allegedly acoustic attacks is a fiction within the sick minds of some members of the anti-Cuban mafia of Miami, and right now Rubio is their most active representative.

Anti-Cuban legislators from Miami show serious symptoms of "breakdown attacks" after president Obama, with the reestablishment of relationships with Cuba in December 2014, ruined the "arguments" that for decades have justified their involvement in the U.S. politics.

Trump, Marco Rubio and the Cuban Migration

Since his presidential campaign Trump has been Benton creating a climate of racial, religious and political hatred within and outside the United States.  

He broke up with the Paris Agreement about climate change and did the same regarding UNESCO. He refused to certify Iran’s fulfillment of the nuclear agreement, despite the fact that no one objects the strictest execution of his terms by the Persian country. Now he is travelling through Asia immersed in selling weapons and heating up with his very presence and words the dangerous conflict with Pyongyang that could be solved through the dialogue, but with Trump’s provocations can lead to a nuclear war.  

The aggressive imperialistic group Trump represents is not willing to accept that the United States cannot longer exercise the hegemony almost alone as it did after the collapse of the Soviet Union neither admit the irreversible fact of the multipolarity. He can’t accept disagreements, even less from small countries.  

For that reason he is tearing apart most of Obama’s softening measures regarding Cuba, although the main argument his predecessor used to carry them are still intact: that the blockade and hostility politics had not worked (to attain a régime change). As an aftermath, Obama proposed to the Congress the lifting the genocidal measure. He hadn’t become socialist. He expressed an idea shared by most North Americans and Cubans residents in the United States who have made great part of the establishment, as evidenced on the shower of critics this week after Trump’s announcement of detailed Anti-Cuban measures.

Likewise Trump breakaways from the agreement with Iran although the latter meets is to the letter, the Department of State expels almost the entire personnel from the Cuban Embassy without any explanation, beyond vague reference to the already huge lie of the sonic attack. What’s more critical it leaves with hardly any personnel the consulate with the ultimate purpose to hinder the travel of North Americans to Cuba and of Cuban residents in the U.S. As if traveling restriction weren’t enough for the North Americans as well as for Cuban residents in the island, he has forced them to move to third countries to request a North American visa.  

Nevertheless the verbal attacks Marco Rubio directed during the republican pre-campaign to the presidency, Trump has made peace with the senator and keeps a romance with the old hard core of counterrevolution of Miami, a minority group within the Cuban community and far from the feelings of this very community but with economic and political power in Florida, enriched with the Anti-Castro industry. The real estate magnate has given Rubio and the representative Mario Díaz-Balart an important share in the politics design toward Cuba and Venezuela. It seems as if both legislators understand each other directly with general McMaster – National Security advisor and expert in counter insurgence - and with the CIA and the United States Southern Command.  

But as Washington blocks the relationship of Cubans from both shores, Cuba takes more steps to facilitate it line with the politics of migratory upgrade started on January 14th, 2013. It eliminates bureaucratic red tape, it authorizes the entrance of thousands of migrants who left the Island illegally and who since January 1st, 2018 will be able to meet their relatives in Cuba. It decides to grant the right to Cuban citizenship to children born abroad from Cuban residents in other countries, an important benefit in the case of France and Germany who don't allow them to obtain their citizenship.  

Since 2013 have traveled abroad more than 769 254 Cubans, 79% for the first time. So far in 2017, it has been achieved 28% of growth in comparison with the same period of 2016.  

In 2016 a total of 428 000 Cuban resident abroad, 329 000 of them coming from the United States, while in year 2015 Cuba was visited by 378 000 Cubans and 285 000 North Americans. The increment of overseas Cuban residents who decide to establish their permanent residence in Cuba is still steady.  

The irregular emigration has decreased to the minimum since Washington eliminated the infamous wet feet dry feet politics, which confirms the posture of Havana that always considered it the trigger of that dangerous and chaotic emigration.

Amilkal Labañino Valdes / Cubasi Translation Staff 

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Washington: What Motivates its Repeated Anti-chavista "punishments"?

Marco Rubio, the leader of the Anti-Venezuelan circus in the U.S.

Once again, as if it were a world government, the White House passes down sanctions against those who act regardless their laws.

Journalist Patricia Mazzei for the New Herald in Miami notified so this past Wednesday.

According to her article, now Washington decided to punish eight Venezuelan prominent personalities "for their participation in the recently inaugurated Constituent Assembly of Venezuela."

How, for example, they plan to punish what they think is a mortal sin?

Mazzei wrote: Trump’s administration will freeze their assets in the United States, they are banned to travel there and they won't allow North American citizens to do business with them.

Current and former Venezuelan government members would be affected, as well as a person accused by Washington of "promoting repression."

The list includes the following people:

Francisco Ameliach, governor for Carabobo State and leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV); Tania D'Amelio, member of the Electoral National Council; Adam Chávez, governor for Barinas State and brother of the deceased president Hugo Chávez.

Also, Hermann Escarrá, constitutional lawyer and delegate of the Constituent Assembly; Erika Farías, Minister of Urban Agriculture; Bladimir Lugo Armas, colonel of the Bolivarian National Guard; Carmen Meléndez Rivas, delegate of the Constituent Assembly; and Ramón Darío Vivas Velasco, Delegate of the Constituent Assembly and leader of the PSUV.

Those new punished join another list that includes President Nicolás Maduro, the vice-president Tareck El Aissami and other 20 current and former members of the Venezuelan government.

That was not the end of it, then they published an official statement of their Secretary of Treasure, Steven Mnuchin.

"The scorn of this régime for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will support them in opposing the tyranny until Venezuela is restored to a peaceful and prosperous democracy".

Once again it was heard the voice of whom is consider by some the advisory of Trump’s administration, the republican senator Marco Rubio.

"I support that the president (Trump) has punished these corrupt officials of Maduro’s régime ", he said.

Mazzei clarified that Marco Rubio has exercised different pressures aimed at attaining penalties against Venezuela.

The time has come for the president make his promise good of imposing significant economic sanctions to the illegitimate dictatorship of Maduro."

These were the words of the North American senator who is part of the Commission of Intelligence of his high Chamber.

Acording to journalist Mazzei, Marco Rubio has a message for Maduro:

“The path you are on will not end well for you”. But is worth answering. The path Rubio is will end well if a few years ago he virtually fled from Florida avoiding serious charges for dirty performances?

Few have forgotten, also as an example, his scandal after it was known he had paid several times with a credit card of the Republican Party to pay his personal expenses.

Neither the very difficult situation The Washington Post threw on him when, after a thorough investigation, it was revealed that Rubio lied when talking about his parents past.

What happen then? For electoral reasons for a long period of time he "sold" them as heroic anti-Castro fighters who could flee from Cuba in 1956.

That is, two years prior the triumph of the Revolution, and not for political reasons, just like thousands of Cuban back then, for economic reasons.

This is just a glimpse of what is expected to be written on these matters.

No wonder Washington appeals to monumental violations of all legal behavior to sustain its very fragile arguments.

Amilkal Labañino Valdés/Cubasí Translation Staff

US Senator Marco Rubio Calls for More Sanctions on Venezuela

The former presidential candidate took to the Senate floor Wednesday calling on Washington to impose more sanctions on Venezuela.

U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio called on Washington to extend its sanctions on the Venezuelan government Wednesday. 

President Barack Obama renewed sanctions against Venezuela last March, which referrs to the South American state as "an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States."

During his comments on Wednesday, the Florida senator stated, "there will be an effort here, I hope, in the next day or so, to extend those sanctions for another three years.”

In efforts to impose additional sanctions, Rubio called on allies within the Organization of American States or OAS to support actions against Venezuela.

“The United States should ask our allies in the region, countries that receive an extensive amount of aid from this country—Haiti, Colombia, the Central American nations, our neighbors up north in Canada, among others—to support this effort,” Rubio added.

        

According to a 2014 Congressional Research Service report, the United States is the organization’s largest donor, contributing nearly US$65.7 million in fiscal year 2013, which is equivalent to 41 percent of the total 2013 OAS budget.

"We have poured millions of dollars into Haiti’s reconstruction. We should use that as leverage to ask them to support something happening at the OAS," Rubio added.

Meanwhile, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly called for talks with the United States to improve relations.

Venezuela and the U.S. have had strained relations since Hugo Chavez became president in 1999, with Washington supporting the right-wing opposition that has tried multiple times to overthrow the socialist government and destabilize the country.

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