Venezuelan Gazette to Release Conclusions of Peace Dialogue

The Official Gazette of Venezuela will publish the proposals and conclusions of the Congress of Social Dialogue for Peace and Life at the proposal of President Nicolas Maduro.

The president stressed the importance of making the proposals part of the Government Program and make it a reality in all states, municipalities and communities of the country, during the celebration of the sixth anniversary of the Movement for Peace and Life this Friday.

This project is the central initiative of life, security and coexistence 'is the most important thing, I would say, of the National Pacification Plan because it is the people building,' said the president.

Maduro announced that he will request the collaboration of the Latin American Foundation for Human Rights and Social Development, an organization founded by the clergy, for the establishment of a chair for peace and life in all school institutions in the country.

It also approved the creation of an industrial and artisan conglomerate for the manufacture of materials and inputs to strengthen sports and culture and inaugurated two Hugo Chavez Mission Bases in the states of Nueva Esparta and Merida.

The president stressed that the goal is the construction of 50 mission bases in the country with the aim of ensuring tranquility in the communities and urged in that sense to create gangs in the face of constant attacks aimed at generating.

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Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory'

The United States received a blow as it seeks to, yet again, increase sanctions on Venezuela and justify a forced departure of the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced, on Twitter, a democratic victory for the Bolivarian Republic after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal) resolution.

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Thursday the UNHRC votes included 27 for, five abstentions and 15 against to favor of the resolution, which was presented by the South American country to expose the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures against nations.

The United States received a blow as it seeks to, yet again, increase sanctions on Venezuela and effectively administer harm to the peoples of the Republic and justify a forced departure of the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Arreaza remarked that the momentous achievement, which counters the United States’ actions, was yet "another great victory of multilateralism and peace diplomacy."

¡Atención! En Ginebra el Consejo de DDHH/ONU aprobó por amplia mayoría resolución presentada por Venezuela en nombre del sobre efectos negativos de las medidas coercitivas unilaterales (sanciones) en los DDHH ¡Otra victoria del Multilateralismo y la Diplomacia de Paz!

Attention! In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council approved by a large majority resolution presented by Venezuela on behalf of @MNOAL_NAM on the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) on human rights. Another victory of Multilateralism and Diplomacy of Peace!

Recently, a team from the UNHRC visited the South American country to conduct an assessment of the situation, prompting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to express concern about the effects of the coercive measures being imposed on Venezuelans.

The United States and allies have made numerous declarations and leveled accusations, supported by false narratives, of an alleged "humanitarian crisis" incubated by the refusal of aid.

One such allegation implied ‘the impeding of the delivery of aid by the United States,’ but was discredited after leaked videos countered statements made by members of the Donald Trump administration.  

Venezuela continues to lead a fight against unilateral measures being effected, by the United States and its allies, to undermine the sovereignty, diplomacy and threatens the economy of the Maduro-led government.

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Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold after Caracas misses buyback deadline due to US asset grab

Citigroup is reportedly preparing to sell gold bullion – which the Venezuelan Central Bank swapped for cash back in 2015 to keep the economy afloat and has now missed the deadline to buy back – and it wants to keep the change.

The American multinational investment bank has decided to sell off tons of Venezuelan gold reserves after the country’s Central Bank (VCB) missed the March 11 instalment to purchase back the collateral deposited to the British unit of Citibank over three years ago, in exchange for a $1.6 billion loan, multiple sources told Reuters and Bloomberg.

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The sale could fetch more than $1.35 billion under current market conditions, which is way more than the $1.1 tranche payment Citi was waiting to receive from Maduro’s government. Instead of returning the excess to Caracas, over $250 million in spare change will be deposited into a bank account in New York, where the US has already placed a giant claw over seized Venezuelan funds.

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Venezuela declared a force majeure, arguing that US sanctions and assets seizures prevented the country from paying back the loan on time, but the bank reportedly refused to extend the grace period. Citigroup and VCB have yet to issue a comment on the reports.

Earlier this month, self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido reportedly approached Citibank urging them to block any attempts by Caracas to repurchase gold in order to ‘safeguard’ Venezuelan peoples’ riches until the opposition can get a hold of them. The US-backed politician also reportedly urged the Bank of England, which holds around $1.2 billion-worth of Venezuelan gold, not to transfer the reserves back to the Maduro government.

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Truth or visa?: The New York Times lies against Cuba and Venezuela

After The New York Times confirmed that the humanitarian aid truck had been burnt by guarimberos (opposition demonstrators), someone warned me about the unusual favor that the imperial press was doing to the Bolivarian Revolution: "With the alleged truth already known and published, they are seeking credibility on the Venezuela issue. It’s the old strategy of the stick and the carrot. Prepare yourself for the lie disguised as truth they are going to release later".

Barely two weeks had passed for the warning to become true. Last Sunday, The New York Times just published a report in which it accuses the Government of Venezuela of, along with the complicity of the Cuban doctors working in that country, using food and medicines to pressure the citizens before the 2018 presidential elections, warning them that they would be cut off from subsidies and treatments if they did not vote for Nicolás Maduro.

Quoted by EFE agency, that paradigm of “serious press” known as The New York Times bases its assertions on the testimony of 16 deserters of Cuba’s medical missions to Venezuela, “who described a system of deliberate political manipulation, such as not using basic medicines on patients aimed at reserving them for the electoral period, when votes in favor of Maduro were demanded in exchange for treatments”.

You do not need to be very intelligent to find the backdrop of this new revelation of the US daily. Firstly, to question the legitimate nature of the May 2018 elections: “The accounts of manipulation and fraud remark the many challenges to Maduro’s legitimacy as president".

And secondly, to cast serious doubts on Cuba’s solidarity medical aid to that country, since The New York Times replicated the message of the Cuban interference that the hawks in charge of the campaign of lies against Cuba and Venezuela have continuously been repeating these days: "But the use of Cuban doctors to exert political control is not widely known, according to the doctors. The practice unfavorably shows a sweeping exchange that allegedly benefits all Venezuelans, regardless of their political preferences”, The NYT says.

It’s no surprise, then, that immediately after the report was published, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, posted a commentary on the said article on Twitter, in which he claimed:

"It is not surprising that Maduro and his Cuban bosses have lied and killed to usurp democracy and steal the wealth of the Venezuelan people”, Bolton said. "This is a clear example of how Maduro ignores people’s needs and makes the situation worse for his personal gain”, he added.

Coincidentally, the new lie of The New York Times is published several weeks after Cuba rejected the legislation introduced by senators Robert Menéndez and Marco Rubio, who own a broad record of anti-Cuban campaigns and actions to reactivate the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program. The initiative, presented at Capitol, seeks to reactivate the US brain-drain against physicians of the island.

It wouldn’t be strange at all that the sources used by The New York Times form part of the "reactivation" of a program designed to encourage the Cuban doctors, who collaborate in third countries, to desert from their missions. But, the editors of the “prestigious” newspaper, apparently, ignore that their testimonies have no validity, if we take into account that their probable admission in the United States is conditioned by their good services to the campaign of lies against Cuba.

It’s the migratory policy of truth or visa. As The York Times report points out, one of the witnesses is "one of the few doctors interviewed who have returned to their profession with a small practice in Ecuador".

As we already said in a previous commentary, the editorial policy of The New York Times has never been oblivious to the fake news campaign launched in U.S. against Venezuela.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

Venezuelan People Alert Against New Terrorists Attacks of the U.S.

Venezuelans went on the streets last Saturday 16th in Caracas, with a parade to support their President Nicolás Maduro and celebrate the great popular victory that meant the endurance of the Venezuelan people against the electric sabotage, reported TeleSur.

The mobilization lead by the president of the Constituent National Assembly (CNA) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, in rejection to the cyber attack against the Hydroelectric Power Station Simón Bolívar, also known as the Guri Dam, which took place last Thursday March 7th with the objective of blaming Maduro’s Government.

Although it’s true that the sabotage to the electric system was planned in Washington we cannot forget that it was carried out with the help of a Venezuelan opposition that regrettably responds to the interests of this foreign power that seeks to drown the people into despair and raise chaos.

Cabello warned looking at this reality: "By order of the president we will preserve all strategic domestic facilities. We must be alert, the Venezuelan right-wing and the imperialism have no other way than violence". Furthermore, he warned of the possibility of new terrorist attacks against the operability of domestic public services.

The True Situation in Venezuela

The situation in Venezuela is that most of the Venezuelan people support Maduro while the Washington’s puppet doesn't rally almost anyone. His attempt to occupy the presidential chair dwindles with every passing minute. An example is that international media considerably diminished his recognition granted to the supposed authority of calling him "acting president" of Venezuela, they now call him "self-proclaimed president", "leader of the Venezuelan opposition", "opponent" or simply "Guaidó."

Following an analysis, the Venezuelan News Agency (VNA) realized that this change has occurred mainly in the last weeks especially in media like The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg and CNN that had used the term "acting president."

The change was maybe caused by phone prank to Guaidó that has gone viral: Russian jokers Vovan and Lexus talked with the self-proclaim president as if they were the Switzerland president, Ueli Maurer. Guaidó fell for it and revealed the plans against the leader of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

The call was made last February 20th and lasted over 12 minutes, in which the pranksters informed Guaidó that President Maduro has "large accounts" in the banks of that country, therefore they awaited his instructions on what they should do with them, said TeleSur.

“We need to find a way to freeze those accounts, president, and you will tell me through official channels how to proceed", commented the self-proclaimed president, very sure of with whom he spoke.

In order to proceed with the "blocking" of those accounts, Vovan and Lexus told Guaidó they would send a draft of a formal request, in the request appeared a fictional bank named "Lexus Vovanial Bank Ltd", their nicknames.

Two days after the “official talk”, Swiss authorities denied to have discussed on the Venezuelan assets with the self-proclaimed president, since he assured to the foreign media that he had spoken of a possible blocking of accounts with the president of that country.

“There was no contact between Mr. Guaidó and President Maurer”, asserted the spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Switzerland, Pierre-Alain Eltsching.

The answer of Elliot Abrams, North American official didn't take long and he guaranteed to the “Swiss President” that things would carry on from that day forward in strict secret, and he will personally speak with Guaidó to repeat "that his comment was an error that should not happen again.”

Pranksters not only spoke with the self-proclaimed president, they also spoke with Abrams, impersonating the Swiss leader.

The "executive" expressed his Government's will to cooperate in financial matters with the U.S., particularly on the topic of Venezuela. Abrams’s answer was to confirm that his objective is to "preserve assets" of the South American country and that they work with several European Governments to achieve so.

"I believe that everything should be frozen. Absolutely frozen, just to make sure that it remains where it is. That is our perception", said Abrams.

Mistake after Mistake.

Meanwhile this Saturday an extraordinary mobilization of the people from Caracas demonstrated to the world, once again, the dignity and patriotic conscience of Venezuelans while members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces together with the people, preserves 24 hours a day the strategic facilities of electricity, petroleum, water, and telecommunications.

The People of Maduro is alert for the next terrorist attack from Trump’s government or for their next mistake. We will see.

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China Is Concerned and Ready to Support Venezuela after Blackout

China on Wednesday expressed concerned about the blackout that has affected Venezuela over the past few days, and assured that it is ready to supply technical assistance for the recovery of the South American country''s power grid.

At a press conference, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang expressed confidence in the government of Constitutional President Nicolas Maduro to discover the causes of the incident so that the entire power system resumes operations normally as soon as possible.

'China is willing to provide support and the necessary technical assistance to Venezuela to reestablish electricity completely,' Lu said when expressing the great concern generated by the event.

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Pompeo: U.S. To Withdraw All Personnel From Venezuela This Week

In a Monday night tweet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his office will send home the last remaining diplomatic officials in Venezuela. 

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. “will withdraw all remaining personnel from the (Venezuelan) embassy this week,” effectively breaking diplomatic ties with the country on part of the U.S.

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In a tweet late Monday night Pompeo wrote: “The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week,” adding that “the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S.”

Most U.S. embassy officials were removed in late January when opposition member Juan Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president.

President Nicolas Maduro at that time said he was breaking diplomatic ties with the U.S. because the North American country had long been orchestrating an overthrow of his democratically elected government in order to install a "puppet government" headed by Guaido and elite interest groups in Venezuela and the U.S. 

The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from this week. This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.

Maduro said then: "They have the ambition for oil, gas and gold. We say to them: these riches are not yours. They belong to the people of Venezuela and that is how it will be forever," emphasized the country’s leader.

In Pompeo’s Monday night announcement the U.S. official said the decision “reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela.” The "situation" Pompeo refers to is the nationwide electrical blackouts that hit the country last Thursday.

However, Maduro along with Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez continue to provide evidence that Pompeo and the U.S. authorities were the masterminds behind this very 'situation', pulling off a cyber attack on the state electric company’s computer system at the El Guri hydroelectric plant resulting in the near nationwide power outage.

Rodriguez pointed out that March 7, just minutes after the electrical attacks, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted about the energy outage, indicating he had prior knowledge the major blackout would take place.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted the next day: "There is no food, there are no medicines, now there is no energy," adding Maduro would be next to fall.

Despite the diplomatic strains Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has continually tried to work with U.S. officials in order to resolve the U.S. aggressions toward his country, meeting with diplomatic authorities in Washington in late February, which U.S. official Elliot Abrams has denied.

"We'll continue to dialogue, even with the devil, to defend Venezuela's sovereignty," Arreaza told teleSUR reporters Feb. 23.

Electrical power has slowly been returning to Venezuela and as of Sunday was 70 percent restored.

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Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage

The Venezuelan vice president said President Maduro had ordered the suspension of working hours and shut schools Friday to facilitate the electric system repairs.

Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced late Thursday that President Nicolas Maduro ordered schools and offices be shut on Friday in order to speed up the repairs of the Venezuelan electric system, which was attacked by far-right groups Thursday afternoon.

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"President Nicolas Maduro has suspended work and school activities on Friday so as to facilitate the necessary repair works on the country's electrical service, which was victim of an imperial war. United Venezuelans will win! The coup plotters will not pass," Rodriguez wrote on her Twitter account.

In a press conference, the Vice President denounced that Venezuela's blackout was caused by far-right groups encouraged by U.S. politicians. Among these, she referred to Marco Rubio, a Republican Senator from Florida hostile to the Venezuelan government, who posted a tweet just 3 minutes after the blackout began.

"We want to send a message to the international community: just three minutes after the attack, Marco Rubio, once again, as a crime reporter, reported on the event that was happening in our country," Rodriguez said and added "Mr. Rubio, I want to inform you that, in a few hours, the Venezuelan people and the international community will know the truth. We'll know that your rotten hands - supported by your lackeys who permanently attack the Venezuelan people - are involved in this event."

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Despite the sudden nationwide blackout, the Venezuelan Vice President indicated that the electric power is gradually returning in some sectors of Caracas.

She also affirmed that the intention of the sabotage was to attack the Venezuelan people and alter vital economic and social activities.

"The electric war announced and directed by U.S. imperialism against our people will be defeated," President Maduro posted on his Twitter account and added "nothing and no one will be able to defeat the people of Bolivar and Chavez. Maximum unity of the patriots!".

During her press conference, the vice president thanked the electric sector workers and the Venezuelan population for their willingness to quickly solve the attack-related problems.

"We want to recognize and appreciate the high civic awareness of the Venezuelan population... No one will divert us from the development path to consolidate Venezuela as a power," she said and commented that "the coup failed, the interventionist plan failed, the destabilization plans failed, and attacks on our public services will also fail because Venezuela definitively rejects those terrorist groups that threaten its dignity and integrity."

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