Venezuelan president issues warning of attacks on border with Colombia

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, urged the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) on Friday to remain alert for actions promoted by Colombian President Iván Duque on the border between the two nations.

"I have information that the Colombian Government and the U.S. Southern Command are planning provocative actions on the Colombian-Venezuelan border to try to divert attention from the popular uprising against Iván Duque," Maduro said during a meeting with railway workers in Caracas.

The Venezuelan president, turning to Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, said: "We must be prepared to defend the sovereignty of the Venezuelan homeland."  Maduro added: “The Bolivarian National Armed Forces must be alert and vigilant.  As Commander in Chief, I call on you to prepare to defend the peace and sovereignty of Venezuela.”

Nicolas Maduro also stressed the need to be increasingly prepared "to defend the homeland against U.S. imperialism and the Colombian oligarchy" and, in this way, guarantee "peace, production and progress."

The Venezuelan leader authorized handing out 13,000 rifles to the Combat Forces and instructed them to advance the organization of the working class as part of the Bolivarian Militia.

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Fidel Castro’s Historical Legacy highlighted by Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, highlighted today in Twitter the struggle of Fidel Castro to cement Cuba’s equality, unity, and self-determination.

“Three years ago we mourned our Master and Eternal Commander, Fidel Castro Ruz. We recall his everlasting light of teachings and dignity, which we embrace in our daily struggle,” he tweeted while celebrating the third anniversary of the passing of the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The Venezuelan President ratified in his personal profile that “Fidel will be always a living symbol of greatness and revolutionary principles serving mankind.”

The Cuban revolutionary man is proudly remembered in Venezuela due to his unbreakable friendship with Commander Hugo Chavez and the support he always provided to the Bolivarian Revolution.

Cubans residing in Venezuela, collaborators in different social missions, and the authorized diplomatic corps, along with the people in Venezuela, have paid tribute these days to the legendary guerrilla man. Fidel’s life and legacy, as well as his anti-imperialist ideology, were highlighted.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz/CubaSí Translation Staff

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Venezuelan president denounces bribery attempts on army officers

Caracas, November 18 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced this Sunday that the country's right-wing has received more than $400 million with the objective of buying politicians, policemen and members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, to put them at the service of foreign nations' interests.

During an interview for the 'Jose Vicente Hoy' show, Maduro affirmed that despite attempted bribes, the Venezuelan Armed Forces have remained loyal to the Constitution, the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian Revolution.

However, the head of state reported that there are people imprisoned for giving in or being caught taking such illegal money.  "We have dismembered, with the participation of our own armed force officers, more than 47 attempts to recruit officers to put them at the service of Colombia's strategy and the gringos," Maduro said, adding that the Venezuelan Armed Forces "will never again kneel down to the gringos, nor will it ever again serve the oligarchy of this country."

The Venezuelan head of state also referred to the coup in Bolivia against the legitimate President Evo Morales, saying that "Evo is the only one who can restore the peace in Bolivia," in the face of the police repression unleashed by the Bolivian president's resignation.  "The order to arrest Evo and to assassinate him was given to a paramilitary group in Santa Cruz and another in Potosi, it is the intelligence information that reached us."  And the Venezuelan president affirmed that the coup was financed from Washington and organized at the U.S. embassy in La Paz.

Maduro also denounced the ongoing U.S. sanctions against Venezuela, and in that sense, he stressed that the country "has the industrial economic power and the wealth to circumvent these sanctions and achieve economic stability, real growth and the protection of the social rights of our people."

The Venezuelan president affirmed that, despite Washington’s harassment to his country, the government maintains solid access to health care, education, employment and housing plans, among other social programs.

Edited by Ed Newman
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West attempts to repeat the Bolivian coup in Venezuela

The resignation of Evo Morales from Bolivia’s presidency following the military threat is considered a victory for Western countries, especially those that are trying to maintain Latin America as their colony.

Since Western countries cannot withstand figures like Hugo Chaves, Morales, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Castro brothers they stir up security problems in countries with leftist leaders to topple their governments.

Therefore, now that the anti-colonial president of Bolivia has stepped down due to military threats and the recent protests in the country, the West is praising these events to befool other countries, especially Venezuela, and show them the way.

In a report on Tuesday, Reuters compared the developments in Bolivia and Venezuela and wrote, “one key factor makes the Bolivia playbook a difficult one to carry out against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: Venezuela’s armed forces have consistently refused to take the side of protesters as Bolivia’s military did on Sunday.”

Reuters also tried, with a subtle tune, to persuade the Venezuelan army to follow the Bolivian military.

In addition to Western media, officials in these countries have also praised the Bolivian coup. For example, US President Donald Trump in response to Bolivia’s developments claimed, "These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail." He also issued a statement in which he hailed Morales' departure as moving towards a "completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere."

 The US is the architect of Bolivian developments

In addition to Trump’s remarks, Washington urged the Bolivian legislature to hold a meeting to formally accept Morales’ resignation and began the civilian process of power transition to fill the current political vacuum.

A senior US State Department official also said Washington does not consider Morales' departure to be a coup, as Morales himself and the Mexican government have alleged. It was instead the result of protests that showed the Bolivian people "have had enough of a government ignoring the will of its voters".

The European Union

In response to the Bolivian developments, the EU called for all parties involved in the current political tensions to exercise “restraint” and “responsibility”.

"I would like to express clearly our wish that all parties in the country exercise restraint and responsibility and lead the country peacefully and quietly to new, credible elections that let the people of Bolivia express their democratic will," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

“If we are asked to send one and if the conditions are right, definitely we will do our best to send an Electoral Observation Mission,” she said at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council.

 Venezuela is the next target

The US has been seeking for years to overthrow the Venezuelan government and to put into power the political currents which are in line with Washington. These efforts by the US have entered a new phase as Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido entered the scene. By calling himself president, Guaido has started to fulfill US goals.

After Guaido’s action, 50 countries, mostly Western, backed him, but their backing did not succeed as the majority of the people and the Venezuelan army continued to support Maduro.

Of course, a few months ago, when John Bolton was still in the White House, a semi-coup was conducted against Maduro. But since the coup did not succeed it led to disagreements between Trump and Bolton.

Now that the coup was carried out in Bolivia, the West seems to have found a new motive and intend to bring this wave to Venezuela.

Whether or not these efforts will work against Venezuela needs to be discussed, but what is obvious is that as long as leftist and anti-colonial leaders are in power in Latin American countries, events such as protests, unrest and coup (like the ones in Bolivia and Venezuela) and financial allegations (like the one against Lula de Silva in Brazil) are tools that can be used to bring pro-Western figures to power.

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Maduro: Rest assured imperialism will not separate the peoples of El Salvador and Venezuela

Havana, November 3 (RHC)-- The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said that the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are rising up against savage capitalism.

Speaking Sunday in Havana at the closing session of the Anti-Imperialist Encounter of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, the Venezuelan leader said that it was Cuba that summoned the world to debate, study and unmask the policies of financial domination of the International Monetary Fund.

“Cuba occupies a primordial role for the unity of the peoples,” he said.

Reacting to the expulsion from El Salvador of Venezuelan diplomatic personnel --an action by Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele which he described as complacent to the United States--  the Venezuelan head of state said that decision to reciprocate does not break relations between the peoples of the two countries.

"Rest assured that imperialism will not separate the peoples of El Salvador and Venezuela," he stressed.

Although the neoliberal scenario seems to take the reins in Latin American countries, Maduro reaffirmed that it is exciting to watch the Chilean people rise against a constitution forged by the genocidal Pinochet, "a social revolution is emerging, in Chile the martyrs have resurrected," he added.

"There is a general insurgency of the people against the International Monetary Fund's model of exclusion, privatization, impoverishment, the individualism of savage capitalism, and neoliberalism," President Maduro said.

He also recalled Venezuela's profoundly democratic process," our Constitution was built together with the people, it is the basis of our Revolution," he added.

"In Venezuela, an alternative project to neoliberalism will never be reversed. The Bolivarian Revolution emerged as an early response to demonstrate that it is possible to build a society that guarantees its people social rights," noted the Venezuelan president.

Maduro concluded his remarks in Havana, stressing that there is a new anti-neoliberal wave in the making that will lead to new alternatives in Latin America in the future.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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Raul, Diaz-Canel and Maduro participate in the closing ceremony of Solidarity Encounter

Havana, November 3 (RHC)—Cuban Communist Party leader, Raúl Castro Ruz, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and Venezuela´s President Nicolas Maduro attended Sunday the closing of the Anti-Imperialist Encounter of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism held in Havana.

With chants of "Chavez and Fidel live on," and "Cuba Si Bloqueo No," the ceremony began, which was also attended by Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly and the Council of State, and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the PCC.

The first words of the event were from members of the Network in Defense of Humanity, including former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva:

"The Cuban Revolution is living proof that the period in which ideas play a fundamental role in history has not ended," they said.

The event had the participation of more than 1,300 delegates from 95 countries and was organized by the Cuban Chapter of Social Movements and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP).

María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, vice-president of the Puerto Rican Independence Party read the Final Declaration of the Anti-imperialist Encounter:

"From this solidary Cuba, recognizing the heroic resistance of its people, 1,332 people from 789 organizations of the social and popular movement of solidarity, networks, platforms, parties and intellectuals from 86 countries have exchanged ideas.

"Committed to all just causes, we are living a new moment in history.  The people at the ballot boxes, in the streets, and social networks demonstrate with their votes and their protests the exhaustion of the imperial offensive of the oligarchic right, which with the hand of U.S. imperialism, excludes broad sectors of the population and endangers the human species.

"The people are demonstrating that it is possible to defeat the imperial offensive.  Times of hope are opening up.  Unity is vital and a duty.  Mobilization is a cry for order. Mobilization is an imminent task,” she said.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Maduro celebrates Venezuela-Cuba cooperation anniversary

Caracas, October 31 (RHC)-- The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, celebrated on Wednesday the 19th anniversary of the first integration project signed between the Bolivarian nation and Cuba.
The Venezuelan President assured on Twitter that this significant step of brotherhood marked the union in Latin America.
The Project, "the Bolivar-Marti Agreement, signed by commanders Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) and Fidel Castro (1926-2016), represents 'the ultimate demonstration that it is possible to build a better world," Maduro wrote on the social media platform.
On October 30, 2000, the Comprehensive Collaboration Agreement between Cuba and Venezuela was signed in Caracas, paving the way for various agreements and exchange projects in the health, education, sports, culture, and production sectors.
As part of this alliance, more than 1,400 exchange projects have been signed ever since, with emphasis on health services, pharmaceutical supplies, counseling, and human resources training in educational, sports, cultural, and productive programs.

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Venezuela brings a message of dignity to Azerbaijan, Maduro says

Baku, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela brings a message of dignity, rebellion and unity to Azerbaijan, President Nicolás Maduro said upon his arrival to this nation.

Upon arrival in this capital to attend the summit the XVIII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Venezuelan president offered statements to the press, in which he highlighted the historical role that corresponds to the members of the entity.

From the countries that are in the Movement, it is up to us to plant flags in this multi-polar and multi-center world, where the movements of the nations of the south make their way, he said.

'We have to set clear the flags of independence, sovereignty, the right to the integral development of peoples', the Venezuelan head of state reaffirmed.

Maduro arrived this Thursday in this city to participate in the summit during which he will deliver the presidency of the Nun to Azerbaijan and present the achievements of his nation during the presidency pro tempore.

Venezuela assumed that responsibility in September 2016 at the XVII Summit held in Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta state, during which time it maintained a position of defense of international law, dialogue and peace.

Before leaving for Baku, the president said he will hand over the presidency of the Non-Aligned after a period marked by the renewal and strengthening of that group of states.

He said that he will present a balance of his work at the head of the multilateral mechanism, will expose the contributions made and will fulfill the duty to bring the truth about his nation, subject to a tight blockade by the United States and its allies, with the support of a Venezuelan right sector.

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