Desperate Juan Guaido Vows Again to Plunder teleSUR's Signal

"After evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options, I have decided to start a process of reorganization and rescue of Telesur to put it at the service of truth, plurality, Venezuelan and regional democracy."

The self-proclaimed 'president' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, is struggling to stay relevant these days after several failed coup attempts to overthrow the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic. 

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Guaido, in a new set of Tweets, doubled down on his vow to take over teleSUR's signal, claiming that he was "evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options."

"After evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options, I have decided to start a process of reorganization and rescue of Telesur to put it at the service of truth, plurality, Venezuelan and regional democracy," Guaido tweeted on Sunday evening. 

According to the self-proclaimed president's second tweet, he plans to create a "presidential commission" to restructure teleSUR in order to serve his interests and provide a channel that helps him stay relevant. 

"For this, I have created the Presidential Commission for the restructuring of Telesur, it will be made up of professionals with experience and independence who will lead the process to put the signal at the service of Freedom. Their names will be announced in the coming days," he claimed. 

Guaido, who claims to support 'democratic' values, is attempting to silence teleSUR for the purpose of elevating his own image and that of his international supporters, in particular, members of the Lima Group. 

He has solely relied on countries like the United States and United Kingdom to help him circumvent international law and plunder the Bolivarian Republic's resources, while also playing a role in the economic blockade that has attempted to starve Venezuelans for the purpose of overthrowing the government.  

Since he lacks the popular support needed to become the leader of Venezuela, Guaido continues to seek alternative methods to harm the Bolivarian Republic. 

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Venezuelan socialists campaign against violence

Caracas, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) continues its campaign against the violence generated by sectors of the opposition within the National Assembly in contempt.

In light of shameful events involving certain right-wing lawmakers, revolutionary forces have mobilized for peace and stability in the country, PSUV Vice President Tania Diaz informed.

She pointed out that in the face of the violence and the imperialist offensive, conditions have to be secured to ensure the upcoming legislative elections are held in a normal atmosphere, adding that the Revolution must win in the next elections.

The PSUV will give a press conference on Monday afternoon, and a march to the Parliament headquarters will take place on Tuesday morning.

'This week we will support our lawmakers on the basis of peace and stability,' sectorial Vice President for Territorial and Social Socialism, Aristobulo Isturiz, noted.

'We will hold a huge meeting this week with social movements and the Bolivarian Congress of the Peoples. Everyone must be prepared for that great mobilization,' he pointed out.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway to hold the World Anti-imperialist Encounter on January 22, 23 and 24, in Caracas, with the participation of more than 900 delegates from all over the globe.

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New leadership will re-institutionalize Venezuelan Parliament

Caracas, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The newly elected leadership of the National Assembly (AN), which remains in contempt, headed by Luis Parra, will reestablish constitutional order in that legislative body, the leader of the Bloque de la Patria bench, Francisco Torrealba, said on Monday.

'With this leadership we will have the opportunity to take the path of re-institutionalization of Parliament and work on the election of the National Electoral Council to provide the people with the conditions necessary for the elections of AN lawmakers,' Torrealba noted.

The new leadership was elected in the absence of opposition leader Juan Guaido, former AN president, which according to Torrealba was an unusual but foreseeable event, as Guaido did not have the votes to be reelected.

He added that it is the first time that an outgoing AN president, who was hoping to be reelected, was absent. 'This action proves the split that exists in the opposition,' Torrealba noted.

He added that the members of the new leadership are representatives of opposition parties; however, they respond to the country's interests and do not take orders from the Government of the United States, thus noting that this Parliament is entering a new stage.

For his part, AN Vice President Franklin Duarte called for dialogue and national unity to solve the economic situation in Venezuela, due to the US economic, financial and commercial blockade.

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Venezuelan petro, the first steps to replace the US dollar

The mass use of the petro marks a new stage in the protection of revenues for Venezuelans, as the crypto-currency is taking its first steps to become a financial alternative to the US dollar.

One week after President Nicolas Maduro assigned the petro to state workers and pensioners, and that the government said that commercial establishments were allowed to do transactions in that crypto-currency, people's skepticism about its use has been overcome.

Although resistance to change and some technical and organizational difficulties still hinder the Venezuelans' interest in doing transactions in petros, at least thousands of people are acquiring products and services in that currency, which is quoted at roughly 1.38 million bolivars (nearly 30 US dollars).

A few days ago, when announcing the measure, Maduro pointed out that this new, unique and exceptional experience can be an example for the world that is getting born. The petro is being born in the framework of the new multipolar world and, economically speaking, it paves new ways to the peoples' development'.

With the creation of the petro in 2018, Venezuela became the first country to use a crypto-currency as a viable alternative to eliminate the dollarization of its economy.

Based on a proposal by Commander Hugo Chavez in 2009, the new currency is backed by 30 billion barrels of oil from the Ayacucho 1 Block, which account for 1.5 billion dollars.

A year later, amid the severe blockade by the United States, which has affected the national economy, the State certified 180 billion tons of briquetted iron before the National Superintendence for Crypto-Assets and Related Activities (SUNACRIP) to back those operations.

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Venezuela urges Brazil to arrest attackers of military base

Caracas, December 24 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the government of Brazil to not support terrorist actions against the South American country and urged its authorities to arrest those involved in Sunday's attack on a military border outpost. 

"I ask the Brazilian government and authorities to proceed with the arrest of those attackers and return the remaining weapons to Venezuela," Maduro demanded.  The Venezuelan president also said during his public address that the stolen weapons were intended to be used "to bathe Venezuelan's Christmas season with blood."  

This comes as Venezuelan Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez confirmed Sunday an attack on a military base in Gran Sabana in the south of the country, in which an army trooper was killed and some 120 rifles and nine RPG rocket launchers were stolen, presumably to carry out a false flag operation and justify a military intervention led by the United States against Venezuela.

Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza denounced that the attackers came from Peru, passed through Colombia and received support in Brazil.  "It is a coup strategy of the triangulation of governments of the Lima Cartel to produce violence, death and political destabilization in Venezuela.  We denounce these governments before the world," the diplomat said. 

On Monday, Maduro said that the governments of Brazil and Peru are denying their links with the terrorists and demanded the capture and deportation of the opposition activist considered a terrorist by the state of Venezuela, Vilca Fernandez.

Finally, Maduro reiterated his commitment to safeguarding the peace of the nation and stressed that despite the assault perpetrated by interventionist sectors "the Revolution will continue its course."

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Peru-Based Mercenaries Attacked Venezuelan Soldiers: Arreaza

During the assault, a member of the Bolivarian Army died, Communication Minister Jorge Rodríguez said.

The Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, stated that the group of mercenaries that woke up a military unit in the southern part of the country on Sunday morning has its base of operations in Peru .

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"We denounce the group of mercenaries that have sought to generate violence and today, they assaulted the military unit in Gran Sabana; they have their base of operations in Peru," Arreaza tweeted.

He said that "the Peruvian authorities are at least complicit by allowing these terrorists to organize with impunity."

In another message, Arreaza said that "from Peru they enter through Colombia and receive support also in Brazil."

He explained that it is “a coup strategy of triangulation of governments of the Lima Cartel to produce violence, death and political destabilization in Venezuela. We denounce these governments before the world. No pass!".

The Minister for Communication and Information, Jorge Rodríguez, reported hours before the territorial defense system repelled an attack perpetrated early on Sunday against a military unit in the southern part of the country.

He revealed that “six terrorists (who) are providing information of criminal interest” were captured.

The Bolivian National Armed Forces (FANB) asserted that the events are destabilizing attempts of U.S. imperialism with collusion of ultra-right sectors in the country.

 "These destabilizing actions seek to keep the people of Venezuela in anxiety. (The FANB) remains alert to any threat that threatens our beloved homeland. We will continue to preserve the peace of the nation," he said.

During the assault a member of the Bolivarian Army died, Rodriguez said.

Foreign Minister Arreaza, on behalf of the government, expressed solidarity with the family of the soldier killed on Sunday.

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Colombian Ambassador to US Admits He Tried to Overthrow Maduro

Last month, an audio was made public in which Ambassador Francisco Santos confessed to the Colombian Foreign Minister that he had to 'invent' things to keep Venezuela in the U.S.' mind.

The Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Francisco Santos, said on Monday that he 'underestimated' the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, and his ability to stay in power, and acknowledged that they miscalculated his departure from the government.

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While at the Colombian Embassy in Washington,, among a small group of journalists, Santos said that "we underestimated the ability of Maduro to stay in power and his ability protect their environment, which is Caracas, and the rest of the country."

The former vice president of Colombia (2002-2010) excused himself by attributing the "dollarization" to the fact that in Venezuela there are things that according to Santos, a year ago were not in the nation.

He said that one of his roles as Ambassador to Washington was to keep Venezuela in an important place on the foreign agenda in the United States; however he acknowledged that although "the sanctions are fulfilling their role, they have not yet achieved the breaking point, and that's what you keep looking for. "

Last month, a conversation between Francisco Santos and Foreign Minister Claudia Blum was made public in a local newspaper in Colombia, where the ambassador criticizes the Government of President Donald Trump and Iván Duque, and makes a strong statement about the Venezuelan political situation.

In the audio, Santos revealed that the situation in Venezuela was "a bit halted", but that he had prepared to reactivate it by inducing European parliamentarians to take an interest in the border activity to keep the idea of ​​the 'crisis' in their minds. In addition, he confessed to Blum: "It is my turn to invent things so that they have Venezuela in the top of mind (in the head). That is the task with which I am with Venezuela."

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza confirmed, after hearing the audio, the complicity of interference with the affairs of Venezuela.

Santos also reiterated his support for Juan Guaidó , claiming that it is an advance that the Venezuelan opponent has the recognition of 60 countries.

Guaidó, in an interview published Monday in the newspaper El País, said he did not accept a breakdown of the opposition, despite the fact that he himself states that "31 deputies are out, one is in prison and 30 in exile", and that one or another "spectrum of the opposition" is in at an "alleged dialogue table".

He acknowledged that he did not have enough support from the Venezuelan Armed Forces, and that although he had the support of an important group at the time, "some backed out." Hence, he stressed: "You have to analyze the messages to the armed forces, you have to improve them, not that they are worthless, but that you have to look for alternatives."

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