Trump and his advisors on the international chessboard

Businessman Donald Trump, who became president with a minority vote of the U.S. people –received a smaller share of the popular vote than his rival Hilary Clinton, in an election that saw a high abstention rate – is at a real crossroads, one of the many in the labyrinth in which his administration is buried.

Little is going well for the President. One of his most cherished dreams, negotiations on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) denuclearization, which saw him approach the laurels of glory, was snatched away. The “deal of the century” went up in smoke, among other reasons, due to the ill will and ineptitude of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton’s latest statements on the subject were described as “nonsense” by the DPRK’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui.

These two politicians appear to be competing to see who can come up with the biggest lie, and especially who can say it first. They contradict each other; they get things wrong, in what was described by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, during a press conference at the Ministry as a sign of “haste and improvisation.”

On April 17, Bolton stated before the ignoble remnants of the mercenary 2506 Brigade (Bay of Pigs veterans), in Miami, “Together, we can finish what began on those beaches.” Such nonsense is truly laughable. On the sands of Playa Girón the arrogance and vain pride of the empire were buried. What began to fall on that beach was the power of the United States on the continent. Do they really want to finish what they started?

HEDGING BETS ON THE DOMINO EFFECT

Trump failed to beat ISIS, and the imperialist media also failed to get people to believe the tale of its victory. Afghanistan is still an escapable problem, Iraq is a mess, Iran resists sanctions and threats, and to top it all the continued errors surrounding the Korean issue mean that Russia, in a skilled political move, is gaining prominence over its Yankee counterpart, and taking the initiative in what could become a true “deal of the century.”

The coup d’état in Venezuela was the “game-saving plan.” Ambitious Senator Marco Rubio, a frenzied enemy of the Cuban people, apparently “sold” the idea to Trump that he could kill several birds with one stone: “If Venezuela falls, Cuba and then Nicaragua will fall.” The domino effect would be underway, and the President would go down in history as having achieved the “unthinkable.”

But we already know how the coup orchestrated by U.S. forces ended. Another dream faded away.

WINNING NO MATTER WHAT

The aim is to win, no matter what, and thus “all options are on the table.” The overthrow of Nicolás Maduro would be a “great political victory,” a key achievement. For the ultraconservative circle that surrounds Trump, this is the great historic opportunity to achieve what so many Presidents couldn’t, and also obtain his longed for reelection.

Trump’s mob elaborates plan after plan, racking their brains. We don’t know whether this elite club was selected or imposed on him – perhaps its members have a card up their sleeve, proof of some of “mischief.” They say they can’t lose in Venezuela, but the real possibility of failure is a concern to the boss and his closest collaborators.

To prevent their total defeat, they tighten the siege, doing what no one could have imagined, breaking with all ethics, all rules, willing to go to any lengths, even unleash a war of incalculable proportions. They act with insanity, bereft of all logic.

The economic offensive against Cuba and Venezuela is unparalleled; it is an aggression of apocalyptic proportions, despicable in all its scope and meaning. They hope that hunger, disease and hardship will cause despair among the people, that the Venezuelan people will rise up against themselves, and, despite the lessons of history, they expect the same to happen in Cuba.

“Zero economic growth” in Venezuela is the plan from the likes of Rubio, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo and company, who hope to make the economy collapse and unleash chaos. According to their calculations, the Cuban government will then fall, with the island incapable of resisting such a thrashing, and then they will finish off everything within reach of their guns.

THE INCREASINGLY INTRICATE LABYRINTH

Trump is at a crossroads. As any good businessman, he should know that his best move is to pull back, in time, that the best businesses are “win-win,” but blinded by arrogance and “bad advice” he insists on delving deeper into the labyrinth, bringing things forward, move after move, raising the stakes with no way out. He will never escape his own game.

He cannot win, and in the last instance all he will reap is the blood-drenched earth of two peoples who will not bend; peaceful when it comes to work and living in peace, but warriors when it comes to defending their honor and freedom.

The President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, has said, “Imperialism plunges deeper into a desperate phase” in its attacks against the country. This despair makes it dangerous; one can expect anything from the incompetent clique surrounding President Trump.

There is nothing beyond the labyrinth, only desolation and the historical shame of those who dream of stealing the freedom of others. If they persist along this path, humiliation and defeat await them.

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Venezuela’s Maduro proposes early elections for opposition-held National Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has proposed holding early elections to restock the National Assembly, currently headed by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido backed by US.

Maduro made this call in a speech in Caracas on Monday. He also talked about an early election in February of this year. If elections are not held before then, Venezuelans will vote on the makeup of the National Assembly next year.

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In 2017 the body saw its powers somewhat limited after the establishment of the Constituent Assembly, entirely staffed with Maduro loyalists, in 2017. The two legislatures have functioned in parallel since.

Maduro’s announcement comes on the anniversary of his reelection to the Latin American country’s presidency last year. Guaido, along with the United States, has called the election “illegitimate.”

If defeated at the ballot box, Guaido would lose his claim to legitimate power. Despite Washington’s backing, Guaido’s efforts to mobilize popular anger and oust Maduro have thus far failed, and the Venezuelan president still commands the support of the country’s military and remains safely in power.

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Venezuela remains economically blockaded by the United States, following several rounds of harsh sanctions. Sanctions targeting the country’s oil industry have exacerbated the country’s economic crisis, and have dealt “serious economic damage and suffering” to the Venezuelan people, the country’s oil minister said on Sunday.

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Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro’s Re-election

Supporters of Maduro mobilized Monday to celebrate the first year of President Nicolas Maduro's victory in May 20, 2018 election. 

Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro marched Monday to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro as part of the elections of May 20, 2018.

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They gathered in the streets of Caracas early morning in a bid to ratify their support for the Bolivarian Revolution, and their commitment to defend democracy, sovereignty in face of an increasing interference by the United States.

Carmen Zerpa, the organizer of the march by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) said people also wanted to show their support for President Maduro and ratify his victory in last year's elections. 

"We celebrate this year the popular victory and gallantry, during which time the Venezuelan people have defended the Bolivarian project and told the bourgeoisie that they will not return, that here is a project that has to be respected because it is the will of the majorities," Zerpa said.

President Maduro expressed his commitment to defend the popular will of the people.

He wrote on Twitter, “We celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the popular victory of May 20 in which Venezuelans decided in favor of peace, democracy, and freedom. Today, in an indissoluble Civic-Military union, we defend that sovereign election with courage. Here Command the People!”

Celebramos el 1er Aniversario de la victoria popular del , día en el que los venezolanos decidimos en favor de la Paz, la democracia y la libertad. Hoy, en indisoluble unión Cívico–Militar, defendemos esa elección soberana con coraje y valentía ¡Aquí Manda el Pueblo!
 

The march will depart from Plaza Morelos, passing through the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) and will arrive at the Miraflores Palace, local media reported.

In recent months, Venezuela has come under an intensified attack by U.S. President Donald Trump who is trying to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Maduro. The North American country has also shown its support for opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido who illegally proclaimed himself the “interim president” of Venezuela. Washington had also come out in support of Guaido's failed coup attempt on April 30, a move that reveals Washington's disregard for democracy and support for hostile regime change, according to the Venezuelan government and its allies. 

In recent months the U.S. has also imposed further economic sanctions on the country in an effort to create further suffering in the country and push for unrest. A report by several economists last month found that at least 40,000 people have died as a direct result of sanctions which are preventing the government from importing basic medical supplies.

 

 

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Venezuelan president confirms dialogue with opposition in Norway

Caracas, May 18 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that a new process has begun to initiate a dialogue with the country's opposition, aided by mediation efforts from Norwegian representatives.

From the northern state of Aragua, the leader revealed that the Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez and the governor of the state of Miranda, Hector Rodriguez, joined the delegation that traveled to Norway "to explore the beginnings of a dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition and to map out a peaceful agenda for the country."

The head of the Venezuelan state led the Military Allegiance March along with 6,500 military personnel who are "combat ready, and physically and mentally trained for the civic-military union," he highlighted.

“The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) will continue walking the path of the Republic, of unity, of cohesiveness, of building the future," Maduro said as he reiterated his call for the defense of national sovereignty.

And the Venezuelan president emphasized: "I will never give up. I will never betray the people, and I will always be at the front of every battle that I'm called to. I am content with the future of Venezuela and the FANB."

Edited by Lena Valverde Jord

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The Repeated U.S. Failure and the Option of Invasion to Venezuela

Desperate due to the chain of continuous failures in the coup attempt against the Bolivarian Revolution, the puppeteers pulling the strings of the marionette, Juan Guaidó, have now ordered him to resume, as a political weapon, the threat of a military invasion to Venezuela.

The other next option on the table seems to be – said Guaidó last Saturday in another of his "liberal" manifestations, where only a few hundred followers attended -, to contact "the South Command of the United States in order to establish a direct and wide relationship regarding cooperation."

Spokesman of Bolton and Marcos Rubios, where he should have said invasion, Guaidó used the euphemism "cooperation" because, according to him, besides the fake excuse of the already existent invasion of Cuban soldiers, all of the sudden, in the White House have discovered that in Venezuela there is a presence of the Army of National Liberation of Colombia (ELN for its Spanish acronym).

Attached to the new script of lies, Guaidó accused Maduro of facilitating "tools and intelligence resources" to the ELN this would make "the régime a sponsor of terrorism."

Guaidó’s new revelations were made a day after the other marionette from Washington, the Colombian president Iván Duque, affirmed that his country is "in high alert to avoid the ELN guerrilla to continue receiving weapons, ammunition and economic support from the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro", and that the acting Secretary of Defense of the United States, Patrick Shanahan, assured that last week the Pentagon had analyzed a wide range of military options.

But not everything is threats. Last Thursday, through an official statement, the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (NBAF) denounced the installation of a false positive in the frontier on the Colombian side whose Ministry of Foreign Affairs invented a supposed incursion of the Venezuelan army in his territory; and this same Saturday, the Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino warned that a United States Coast guard craft had carried out patrolling rounds in Venezuelan waters, an action that he added “won't be accepted.”

“We are not asking, it’s not a favor, we demand U.S. military authorities to respect the jurisdictional waters and sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, said the minister according to a Reuters news.

The puppeteers of the torn marionette should swallow their imperial pride and force their imagination in search of new options to put on the table. The option of the provocations could unleash, in the event of a war of the United States and its allies in Venezuela, a regional catastrophe without precedents.

Setting aside the loyal Armed Forces, the homeland of Bolívar holds a weapon that no army or coalition, no matter how powerful it is, can defeat: the desires of an entire people to defend the achievements, their independence and sovereignty. Everything the swindler Guaidó has lacked since his proclamation last January 23rd until today.

Eminent Threat of the Vermin against Venezuela

On the wide spectrum of criteria on the matter it’s worth turning the eye to one in particular that was published last Sunday in Miami by the New Herald.

The name of the article:”How likely is a military intervention of the United States in Venezuela?

The author, Andrés Oppenheimer, an Argentinean born journalist more pro-Yankee than Donald Trump himself.

He begins, “although speculations on a military intervention of the United States in Venezuela are escalating, I think believe it’s very unlikely.”

However, he clarifies, after hearing from diplomatic sources that North American officials consider to summon the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance of 1947 (The Rio Treaty).

He said that he is less convinced than before that there won't be a military foreign action.

On the following line he explains his arguments.

Firstly, Donald Trump and his men go further in their discourse after the attempt of April 30 “to reestablish democracy.”

They were beyond their usual statements, all options are on the table, and the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said “a military action is possible.”

Secondly, in the White House there are some who fear that Trump is not longer taken seriously if he doesn't impose the force to overthrow Maduro.

His promises that he will overthrow Maduro “could begin to sound as his empty threats that “Mexico will build the wall.”

Oppenheimer, a famous “gossiper” of the White House, thinks that Trump’s greatest interest in Venezuela resides in that he wants to win Cuban-American and Venezuelan votes in Florida for the 20220 elections.

But it’s not discarded, and observers alert, also that the leader could be talked into using the military option in that country by some of his collaborators.

Thirdly, Latin American diplomats tell him that there are private discussions within the OAS to summon the Rio Treaty.

Who are the members of the Rio Treaty? The governments from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Peru, that is, the rotten extreme right.

In his article, when he asked Trump’s special correspondent for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, (a Medieval figure) if there were secret discussions about summoning the Rio Treaty, he didn't confirm it neither denied it.

In spite of him, even Oppenheimer was forced to acknowledge that practically all countries of Latin America have already opposed a foreign intervention in Venezuela.

Cornered, the journalist tried to save his image when saying, but it’s unclear what would happen if more Venezuelans moved to neighboring countries.

He therefore gave credit to the hope that cynically keep depositing in the effects of the vicious attack of Washington against the South American nation.

The truth is that, as it has been defined for good, the vermin from Washington can’t be trusted a bit.

Former Spanish President Condemns US Policy towards Venezuela

The former head of the Spanish government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, criticized the position of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, towards Venezuela and committed to dialogue as the only solution to the conflict in that country.

In statements to the press in the southern region of Murcia, Rodriguez Zapatero considered as very alarming and serious some of the positions held by the U.S. administration 'since President Trump set Venezuela on the target.

The Social Democratic politician, who recalled having visited the South American nation 37 times in the past four years, criticized the White House advisors for their ignorance of the Venezuelan reality.

In view of this situation, he asked how many of 'all those great advisors and strategists' from the United States, 'who speak out every day, know Venezuela, or how many have ever spoken with a Venezuelan who is not just one of those who draw a line', he emphasized.

Rodriguez Zapatero confessed to feeling very sad about the fact that many people who have never been there have spoken about this Latin American country.

According to the former Spanish President (2004-2011), who in recent years led international mediation in favor of an agreement between the government and the opposition of the Venezuelan Republic, the solution in Venezuela depends on negotiation and agreement.

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Venezuelan FM Denounces in Russia Criminal Blockade Imposed by US

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has denounced on Monday the criminal blockade imposed by the United States Government and called on it to allow the opposition to hold an national political dialogue in Venezuela.

After the recent failed coup d'etat in Venezuela, the White House became desperate. It was a CIA plan to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro to seize Venezuela's wealth, Arreaza said.

'We call on US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to talk, because they failed and have not achieved their goals by any means, so let's talk,' said the Venezuelan diplomat.

For Arreaza, the opposition does not want any conversation with the Venezuelan government because it lacks Washington's permission, but it is time for dialogue, for diplomacy, he added.

We began a campaign against the US blockade on April 24, because it is about Venezuelan people's resources, that's why it is criminal what the US government does by freezing funds and imposing financial restrictions', he declared.

We are going to insist on diplomacy and dialogue, to unblock the Venezuelan economy', he stated.

The Russian government has been the strongest in calling for an end to the criminal policy against Venezuela, Arreaza remarked.

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