Bachelet’s Report on Venezuela: Who Has the Last Word?

Does Bachelet’s report represent the last of many attempts of international "coup d’état" in Venezuela?  

Let’s not make a mistake. The report delivered on July 4 was and it’s thought to give full justification to the strategy of a two-party régime change like in the United States in Venezuela. It must be very convenient for the Democratic Party, the supposedly "progressive" wing of the North American political system that the report uses the speech of "human rights" and comes from an international institution, necessary condition to give its support to the politics of Trump.

Contrary to the previous international reasons, this is the first one to come from an official international organization, and not just any organization, but the UN. On July 6th, only two days after the publication of the report, Iván Duke, President of Colombia, took it as green light to continue the politics of Trump:

"I hope that now with this result of Michelle Bachelet's report, the Court (International Penal Court - IPC) can quickly, not just open the investigation, but acquire overwhelming evidence so that a trial is moved earlier and a dictator receives what he deserves for oppressing the Venezuelan people".

The battle grows up again! Latin America has been the stage of a large variety of strategies for régime change, including the parliamentary coups in Paraguay and Brazil, against Lugo and Dilma, as well as the law suit against Lula and his imprisonment under false accusations. The Cuban Revolution, resilient as always has been the target of régime change since 1959 mostly on the base of accusations of human rights violations, generously financed through "promotion-of-democracy programs."

Venezuela has been recently the target of three open coup d’état attempts, several sabotages to the electric network - a continuous economic and political war aimed at facilitating the coup d’états, accompanied by a propagandistic bombing on behalf of the international media corporations against President Maduro. Like sharks sensing blood in the water, Duke jumped immediately on this personal objective.

Does Bachelet’s report represent the last of many attempts of international "coup d’état" in Venezuela? Was this the first salvo of a new attempt, with the pretext of defending "human rights"? I believe so.

However, and luckily for Venezuela and the international left-wing, it’s possible we never know with certainty. The Bolivarian Revolution also saw the threat the same day that Bachelet made public her report. The reaction was swift and radical, a characteristic of Maduro’s government since the first of the recent coup d’état attempts, on January 23rd, 2019. Once again, the answer is an international politics of peace and negotiation combined with a vigorous defense of the Venezuelan sovereignty. Venezuela speaks clear, not feeling for a second intimidated by the aura of the “United Nations”.

The Bolivarian Revolution didn't see any green light, but the characteristic red color of Chavismo. On July 4th, the same day the infamous report was published, Maduro’s government refuted it in 70 points. On July 11th, the president also wrote a formal letter to Bachelet detailing the false accusations and deliberate omissions, asking her respectfully to rectify the report based on the facts.

This letter was accompanied by other declarations and reactions of Venezuelan personalities, and simultaneously the government summoned the people to express their opinions on July 13th.

People didn't need summoning. Ironically, the most important secondary effect in the current war directed by the United States against Venezuela has been, and still is, the peak of political awareness that Chavismo represents. It’s in fact this ideology, this political movement that the United States is trying to destroy. With this goal in mind, the U.S. is bent on getting the domestic oil, but also the elimination of the beacon that represents the Bolivarian Revolution Bolivarian, together with Cuba, in the international sphere, as examples of an alternative social system and type of government that withstands the United States.

On July 13, Venezuelans went out on the streets, not only in Caracas but in many domestic states. There aren’t official figures regarding the participation, but videos and pictures reveal that dozens of thousands of people attended, despite the heavy rains.

Judging by the improvised signs, and contrary to what most academics from the dominant trend think, many UN "human rights" officials, and practically all the media, the Venezuelan people has a very clear vision of the controversial matter of the human rights.

How can that be? Because popular classes, formerly "invisible", are at present impregnated of their own experience and collective memory, passed from generation to generation; they are deeply aware of the true meaning of human rights and they make it visible for the world to see - or ignore it deliberately.

In their declaration during the rally of July 13th in Caracas, Diosdado Cabello declared that Bachelet:

“She governed eight years in Chile with the Constitution of a genocide, of a true dictator", in reference to the inherited Magna Carta of the civic-military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. What did she do in those eight years? She did absolutely nothing to change the Constitution. She used that Constitution to repress the Mapuche people, to persecute students in that country. Yes, that same lady who came here to speak about human rights in Venezuela."

And what finally happened with this "coup d’état" attempt based on "human rights"? Was it interrupted even before it begun? It seems likely, for the time being.

Popular classes and their dedicated leaders are not in no way constrained by the concept of human rights based on the North American unique king of thinking. The perspective and ideology are decisive. In fact, it’s a matter of life or death. Once corrupted by the dominant conception of human rights, in a crucial moment, either deliberately or by the force of circumstances and the career objectives, it explodes.

See the Bachelet: In the moment the United States need the most to resuscitate its failed politics, she jumps to the throat. The other lesson that needs to be learnt of this "Third Way" of academic and politicians is that, sooner or later, we see that the "alternative" is not an alternative to the status quo, but a cruel and cynic alternative to the left-wing.

But the Venezuelan people has the last word.

Luis Suarez misses as Peru knock out Uruguay on penalties

Peru have knocked 15-time winners Uruguay out of the 2019 Copa America with a penalty shootout victory following a goalless quarter-final in Salvador.

La Blanquirroja lost 5-0 to Brazil in their final group match but still progressed through to the last eight as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Suarez picked out the roof of the net with a difficult headed chance and then played a big part in the only real chance of the first half.

The Barcelona striker wriggled away from a couple of men, tested Pedro Gallese down low and the loose ball fell perfectly for Edinson Cavani, who blazed it over the bar from five yards.

Uruguay enjoyed the better of things in the opening 45 minutes but could not find a way through, with Giorgian de Arrascaeta having a goal ruled out half an hour in because of an offside infringement against Nahitan Nandez.

Peru's best moments before half time came whenever Paolo Guerrero was on the ball, but some brilliant defending from Jose Gimenez denied the veteran striker a clean shot at goal 45 minutes in.

Gallese dealt with Federico Valverde's long-range free kick early in the second period and Diego Godin failed to find the target from seven yards as another big chance came and went for Uruguay.

Oscar Tabarez's frustration was clear to see on the hour mark when Cavani curled the ball around Gallese, only for his celebrations to be cut short by the offside flag.

The third disallowed goal came a little over 10 minutes later as Suarez ghosted in front of his man and prodded Martin Caceres's cross into the net, but he was marginally offside.

That was as good as things got La Celeste as they were forced all the way to penalties.

Suarez missed the very first spot kick and Peru went on to convert all five of theirs to set up a semi-final with Chile, also penalty-shootout victors against Colombia, in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

URUGUAY (4-4-2): Muslera; Gonzalez, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Nandez (Torreira 57'), Bentancur, Valverde (Stuani 97'), De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani

PERU (4-2-3-1): Gallese; Advincula, Abram, Zambrano, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Carrillo (Gonzales 75'), Cueva (Ruidiaz 85'), Flores; Guerrero

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Cuba moves into Men’s Pan Am Cup title match

Cuba moved into the fourteenth Men’s Pan American Cup title match sweeping Chile 3-0 (25-20, 31-29, 25-20) in semifinals on Thursday night at the Multifunctional Auditorium of Colima, Mexico.

Cuba will play their third title match in the history of the event, winning in both occasions (2014, 2016) while prevailing to a resistant Chilean team who will battle for their first ever bronze. Cuba waits for the winner in the other semifinal match between defending champion Argentina and host Mexico.

Cuba led in sets one and three, but struck harder in the second set for an overtime finish (31-29) in a blocking battle with Chile missing five dramatic set points.

Cuba led with a huge 13-6 blocking advantage and Chile with a slim 2-1 margin in aces. Both teams scored 40 points on attacks and Cuba committed fewer (21-27) errors.

Outisde hitters Osniel Mergarejo and Miguel Angel Lopez topped Cuba’s attacking offense with 14 and 13 points accordingly, all in kills. Vicente Parraguirre with 12 points, Dusan Bonacic with 11 and Tomas Parraguirre with 10 points led Chile’s score sheet.

Comments:

Roamy Alonso, top blocker Cuba: “We are all very happy with the victory, hard to explain, our team is young and developing. Things got out of hand in the second set, Chile is a tough opponent so we pushed harder and united as a team. We will play the final with all our energy and give a great spectacle”.

Nicolás Vives, coach Cuba: “We are both young teams, we both played well and what’s most important is that we came on top. My guys’ desire to win makes them commit errors that only improve while playing. With this young team we’ve never played for gold, only bronze”.

Daniel Nejamkin, coach Chile: “I congratulate Cuba, they are better than us. We played well the first set up to point 16, in the second we did really well and had several opportunities to close, and the second we performed well up to point 20. We must improve if we want to keep playing at this international level and be more effective”.

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Chile Beats Japan in Debut of Copa America

Chile started their campaign of Copa America in a superb way as the team defeat Japan by 0-4 with a goal scored by Alexis Sanchez for the first time in last five months.

For Japan, things were not in favour of them. A lose but by a difference of four is not good. But there are many games they have to play and the campaign for them is still remaining.

The first goal of the match was scored by Erick Pulgar in 41’ with a stunning header from a corner kick. Eduardo Vargas scored a brace in the match. His first and the second goal of the match came in 54’ from his foot with a deflection by Japan’s defender. His second and the third goal of the match came in 83’ as he chipped the ball into the nets. Finally, a great diving header from Alexis Sanchez as he netted the ball in 82’ to make it 0-3. The final score was 0-4.

The story of the match was mostly subjected in the favour of Chile and with this scoreline, they warned other teams to not take them light.

The win take them to the top of the table in Group C with 4 points in one match. Uruguay is just behind them, they have also with 4 points. They defeat Ecuador by 4-0 on Monday. Chile will face Ecuador in their second match on Saturday.

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Millions across South America hit by massive power cut


Millions of people across Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil were left without power early on Sunday after a massive power failure hit all four countries.

The outage was caused by a failure in in the electrical interconnection system, energy company Edesur Argentina said on Twitter.

The outage happened at about 7am local time, 12pm GMT.

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'Pompeo has Lost His Mind': Chinese Ambassador to Chile

“There are numerous examples, including the relentless blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than half a century, President Trump's construction of a separation wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, and the very little assistance provided by the United States to Haiti and Central American countries. Chileans are also well aware that Chile's development achievements are not the result of American charity."

The Chinese Ambassador to Chile, Xu Bu, blasted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over recent accusations that Chinese investments are “corrosive, giving life to corruption, and eroding good governance."

RELATED: China Pledges Continued Support for Venezuela

Xu took offense to these allegations from the U.S. Secretary of State, telling the La Tercera newspaper that "Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far.”

“Such accusations are absurd,” the Ambassador said. "The economic and trade cooperation between China and Chile has brought tangible benefits to the development of the Chilean economy."

"The United States has not made substantial contributions to the economic development of Latin American countries but accuses China of its economic and trade cooperation with Latin America and its investment in Latin America. Mr. Pompeo is a hypocrite,” he continued, pointing out that China invested US$6 billion more than the U.S. in Chile and they exceeded their trade with the South American nation by US$42 billion. 

Xu then referenced U.S. history and its military interventions and sanctions in several Latin American nations. 

"Pompeo affirms that the U.S. is a reliable partner in Latin America, and I suppose that it underestimates the memory of Latin Americans. Historically, the United States has treated Latin America as its 'backyard,' imposing frequent military interventions or sanctions," he said, adding that "there are numerous examples, including the relentless blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than half a century, President Trump's construction of a separation wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, and the very little assistance provided by the United States to Haiti and Central American countries. Chileans are also well aware that Chile's development achievements are not the result of American charity."

The Chinese Ambassador then touched on the allegations that the tech giant Huawei had allegedly spied for Beijing. 

"Pompeo's accusation that Huawei is under the control of the Chinese government is a malicious lie," Xu said. "The U.S. accusation is merely an attempt to stifle the legitimate operation of China's high-tech enterprises under the guise of security."

Xu discussed the situation in Venezuela and reaffirmed China's stance on not intervening in the country's domestic affairs. 

The Chinese Ambassador said that it is up to the Venezuelan people to decide their future and not the United States. 

“If the United States really cares about democracy and human rights in Latin America, it should immediately stop sanctions against other countries and take measures to promote economic development in Latin America, not just empty promises,” Xu stated, adding that "Pompeo said the United States would use all means, including military intervention, to solve Venezuela's problem. On this point, he tried to hide his differences with other Latin American countries, such as Chile. The era when the United States acted as the world's police and judges has passed, and Pompeo should get rid of hegemonism and cold-war thinking."

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Chileans Criticize Piñera for Joining Interference in Venezuela

Santiago, Chile, Feb 19 (PL) The travel announced for next Friday by President Sebastian Piñera to Colombia to deliver ''humanitarian aid'' for Venezuela has raised strong criticisms on social networks and by Chilean parties, political leaders and personalities.

On Monday, Piñera said on Twitter that he will travel to Cucuta, Colombia, on Friday to deliver, along with President Ivan Duque, 'humanitarian aid' for Venezuela.

In his announcement, the Chilean president used his government's traditional rhetoric on the Bolivarian nation by saying that 'Venezuela and its people need international support to recover their freedom and democracy.'

Immediately, the Communist Party of Chile (CP) issued a declaration noting that with his trip to the Colombian-Venezuelan border, the president plans to play a key role 'in an interventionist political operation against the Venezuelan people and their constitutional government.'

The PC added that 'with his trip and interference in Venezuela, from Colombian territory, President Piñera commits Chile, which is playing a role that attempts against international law and the sovereignty of a Latin American nation', an action that violates the United Nations Charter, which Chile signed in 1945.

The declaration recalled that both the United Nations and the International Red Cross questioned and expressed doubts about the 'humanitarian aid' plan sponsored by US President Donald Trump and his allies in the continent.

For its part, the Christian Democratic Party (CD) strongly criticized Sebastian Piñera's trip to Cucuta, and its vice president, Rodrigo Albornoz, described the decision and argument as regrettable, and noted that as the regions of Nuble, Biobio, La Araucania and Aysen are affected by fires, 'prioritizing or focusing on an international agenda does not seem good'.

He called Piñera to 'focus on the catastrophe that is affecting thousands of compatriots. We would not want a repetition of the delay to act by the Government like in the north. We sympathize with the Chileans affected by the fires and call on the Government not to lower the profile of the social and environmental conditions that are causing these emergencies'.

Independent Senator Alejandro Guillier, from Antofagasta, warned that in northern Chile the catastrophe is still latent, in the center and south, the fires are still active, and in the southern zone of Torres del Paine a red alert was issued due to the overflowing of rivers. He called on Piñera to worry about Chileans, and considered that the trip to Cucuta 'is not prudent'.

Biobio Senator Alejandro Navarro said that it is ironic and humiliating that the alleged humanitarian aid will be delivered by Cucuta, one of the poorest cities in Colombia and where labor precarization exceeds 70 percent. He defined Sebastian Piñera's presence there as 'an unlimited media show'.

For his part, Marcela Fernandez, an anthropologist from the University of Chile, warned that the president is using the country's public funds to make that trip, while Chile is burning in the south and is flooded in the north. She demanded that the National Congress make a statement in that regard.

On his Twitter account, the sociologist Juan Claudio Reyes described the situation as unusual, because as the mayor of Cochrane, in the region of Aysen, Patricio Ulloa, is asking for international aid due to the Government's abandonment, to contain the uncontrollable fires in that community, Piñera announces a trip to Cucuta to deliver 'humanitarian aid' for Venezuela.

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Chile: 36 Former Pinochet Intel Agents Sentenced

They are all carrying out long prison sentences for other state crimes. Four of them will have to serve between 600 and 700 years in prison.

The Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile sentenced 36 former agents of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) for their participation in the forced disappearance of hundreds of opposition leaders during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

RELATED: Chile: Police Lawyer Suspected of Obstruction of Justice in Mapuche Murder

At least 32 former agents of Pinochet's secret police were sentenced Monday to 10 years and one day in prison for their involvement in the disappearance of hundreds of members of the Communist Party, the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) and activists of the Christian community of Villa Francia de Santiago. All of them are already serving prison sentences for other state crimes.

Former intelligence agents Raul Iturriaga Neumann, Cesar Manriquez Bravo, Miguel Krassnoff Martchenko, and Pedro Espinoza Bravo were sentenced to 15 years and a day in prison after they were identified as the material authors of the torture and murder of three activists.

The four retired generals are already fulfilling prison sentences between 600 and 700 years for multiple other crimes.

In 1974 Enrique Toro Romero, Eduardo Lara Petrovich, and Jose Villagra Astudillo were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Chile’s state security. According to the testimony provided by prisoners who survived the dictatorship, the three men were kept at least two different torture centers. The witnesses lost track of the three men in July 1974.

The three men were left-wing activists and members of the Christian community Villa Francia, a working-class neighborhood in the capital city of Santiago.

Their names appeared in files of Operation Colombo, a montage to cover up the disappearance of 119 political prisoners.

The Court also ordered a monetary reparation of US$800,000 for the three victims’ next of kin.
This past week, at least 68 former Pinochet agents have been sentenced for their role in widespread crimes against humanity in Chile, during Pinochet’s dictatorship.

According to official data, the military dictatorship was responsible for killing 3,200 Chileans, of which 1,192 remain disappeared, and torturing another 40,000.

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