FARC: Venezuelan Military Intervention, Catastrophic for LatAm

The FARC urge "the progressive and democratic peoples and governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, not to allow more interference on sovereign Venezuela."

The Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC) party stated, in a release, Thursday that "Colombia cannot support a foreign intervention against Venezuela."

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In the statement, the political party rejected the Colombian Government favoring a military intervention against Venezuela, led by the Venezuelan far-right and its foreign allies.

The release highlighted that "the political, diplomatic, economic, social and military siege aims to destabilize and overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro and to reverse the Bolivarian Revolution, resorting to whatever means that are within its reach; it is a real element that the Venezuelan national extreme right, its allies abroad and the empire itself cannot deny."

|| Colombia no puede prestarse para una intervención extranjera contra Venezuela.

The FARC party also said that the repercussions of a military intervention would be catastrophic for Latin America in general and for Colombia in particular, "with the burden of death and desolation that it would imply."

The group is urging for the unfriendly and aggressive actions against Venezuela to stop, and calling for "the progressive and democratic peoples and governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, not to allow more interference on sovereign Venezuela."

FARC call on the Latin American people to reject foreign intervention in the South American continent and highlighting that the "continent is a zone of peace and we must not allow ourselves to be deprived of that right."

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Maduro’s Assassination Attempt: Nikki Haley is “the savior” of migrants

While the U.S. government announced its involvement in the investigation of the assassination attempt against (Nicolas) Maduro and in order to verify if there were “credible evidences” —as if new fortune teller journalist Jaime Bayly’s prophecies were not enough—, the U.S. ambassador before the UN, Nikki Haley, said in Cucuta that “the world must realize there is a dictator in Venezuela.”

“Venezuela used to be a very successful country and we now see Venezuelan citizens crossing the border to find some food and medicine,” said Haley to the journalists after visiting one of the Immigrant Assistance Centers.”

The diplomat, member of the Donald Trump’s staff, heads the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Colombia’s new president Ivan Duque. She urged countries in the region to take actions in this regard and condemn the regime so the international community can be aware of it.

“It is time that countries in the region affected by the migration flow condemn Maduro and tell him it is time he goes,” the ambassador added.

We believe the region Haley refers to is limited to Colombia and Brazil and not the Central American countries where thousands migrants depart every day to the U.S. to escape the consequences of exploitation and war these countries have been subjected by the Empire dictatorship. And it certainly has nothing to do with Maduro or the Bolivarian Revolution.

“The savior” also announced that the U.S. will allot 9 million USD more to find a solution for the border struggle. Such amount of money would certainly be better allotted in ending the crisis of thousands of emigrant children separated from their parents in the U.S., which is a great shame to the world.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / CubaSi Translation Staff

Venezuela's Sovereign Bolivar, Economic Reforms Go Into Effect

The new Venezuelan currency has five fewer zeros compared to the Bolivar, which will coexist for retail operations or smaller amount.

The monetary measures announced by the Venezuelan government, as part of the Recovery, Growth and Economic Prosperity Program, went into effect Monday, as the circulation of the Sovereign Bolivar began around the country.

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The new Venezuelan currency known as the Sovereign Bolivar, whose symbol is Bs.S., has five fewer zeros compared to the current Bolivar, which will coexist for retail operations or smaller amount.

A week ago, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro indicated that Monday, which was declared a public holiday so citizens could adapt to the new monetary reforms. which the government is referring to as "monetary reconversion and integral economic reconversion".

In President Maduro's opinion, the date is a "turning point" for Venezuela, due to the economic circumstances. "We are going to dismantle the perverse war of neoliberal capitalism to install a virtuous, balanced, sustainable, healthy and productive economic system," Maduro said Sunday on Twitter.

The new bills (2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500) are already in the hands of public and private banks. The Sovereign Bolivar will be anchored to the cryptocurrency Petro, which is backed by the oil reserves of the Caribbean country.

These measures are supplemented by a new redesign of fiscal and tax policy, a new policy of subsidizing gasoline, an increase of four percentage points to the Value Added Tax (IVA),  and the establishment of a single exchange rate, which will fluctuate according to the Dicom auctions under Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) regulation.

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Venezuela Celebrates 92nd Anniversary of Fidel Castro's Birth

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, together with his people commemorate the 92nd anniversary of Fidel Castro''s birth (1926-2016), and described him as the giant of the Cuban Revolution.

Through the social network Twitter, the head of state reported that Fidel dedicated his life to the defense of peoples oppressed by US imperialism.

'The Bolivarian Homeland commemorates the 92th anniversary of the birth of Commander Fidel Castro. The giant of the Cuban Revolution. His entire life was dedicated to the struggle against US imperialism to free the yoke of the peoples of the world 'Fidel is alive', the Fight Continues! ', Wrote the president in the digital platform.

It meant that the Cuban leader not only made his country a socialist and sovereign state, leading the health and education rates in the region, but also dedicated his life to the unity of the underdeveloped countries.

Maduro emphasized that Fidel dedicated his political career to the protection of the environment, peace, self-determination of the people and the persistent fight against the desire of interference of the United States authority until his physical departure on November 25, 2016.

On the other hand, to remember the validity of Fidel and Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) thought, the Venezuela-Cuba Friendship and Mutual Solidarity Movement will develop in this capital on Tuesday, August 14 an International Colloquium.

The meeting will address the contributions of both leaders to the unity and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the need to strengthen the ideological and conceptual bases of the struggles for the definitive emancipation of the countries of the region.

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Venezuelan Aeropostal Airline Resumes Operations to Cuba

The reactivation of Aeropostal responds to a strategic plan designed by the Bolivarian Government to relaunch the national and international transportation system

Venezuelan Aeropostal airline resumed its commercial operations with the opening flight of the Caracas-Havana route, after one year out of service.

‘Aeropostal crosses the Venezuelan air space and goes much further, we hope that (…) in a strategic development plan we can reach the end of 2018 with a growth that triples the current operational capacity,’ the company’s president Eduardo Legaspi posted on Twitter.

The Ministry of Transportation posted on its Twitter account that the reopening of the airline’s commercial operations from the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia to the Cuban capital is part of the strengthening of the sector.

The reactivation of Aeropostal responds to a strategic plan designed by the Bolivarian Government to relaunch the national and international transportation system, Minister Hipolito Abreu said, quoted on the company’s Twitter account.

The company plans to gradually add new resources to the fleet in the following months, and for the time being it will operate three weekly charter flights on the Caracas-Havana route, the website of the Vice Presidency of the Republic posted.

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ICAP Expresses Solidarity with Venezuela and its President

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP expressed on Tuesday in Havana its support to Venezuela and its Chavista leader in a declaration issued in Havana and published by ACN.

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP strongly condemns the assassination attempt against the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro last Saturday during a military parade in Caracas.

At the same time, we express our support to the Bolivarian Revolution, which continues to suffer the aggressions and threats of the imperial enemy in alliance with the traitors and fascist forces and those that give in to the mandate of the superpower.

The Cuban people, attacked, blockaded and victims of terrorist actions understand well the value of solidarity. That is why; we express our full support to the brothers and sisters of the land of Bolivar that stand up with dignity in face of the terrorist act.

The media campaign, economic and coup escalation against Venezuela and the government of Maduro have reached the extreme of this horrendous act, as expressed in the Cuban Revolutionary Government's recent declaration; "constitutes a desperate attempt to obtain, through the means of assassination, what they were not able to get in multiple elections, or through the coup attempt in 2002 against the then President Hugo Chavez, oil coup in 2003 and the non-conventional war deployed through media campaigns, sabotages and violent and cruel acts".

The advances achieved in Our America during the last 18 years, starting from the triumph of Commander Hugo Chavez, the governments of ALBA member nations and progressive countries are seriously threatened today due to the development of regional right wing sectors supported by Washington. This terrorist attack is part of plans to prevent the consolidation of the rebirth of the Bolivarian Republic.

Despite the political and media campaigns against Venezuela; Bolivarian Venezuela is still standing and fighting to maintain its achievements.

Before the recent and embarrassing campaigns and imperialist threats that attempt to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution, we ratify the words of the President of the Council of State and Ministers Comrade Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez before the Constituent National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during his official visit to the South American nation:

"Our solidarity with Venezuela, with the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution, with the civic-military union of its people and its President Nicolas Maduro is invariable.

The Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution, the courageous people of Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro has supported many nations of our region. We have a debt of gratitude with this country since its independence.

Venezuela now needs our solidarity; they need the support of the peoples of Our America in its resistance against the criminal political, diplomatic, economic and financial war against them".

We urge all the progressive and democratic forces of the world to lift a wall of solidarity that stops the imperialist aggression and allow a peaceful and creative development of the Venezuelan people in the construction of a future of peace and prosperity for its people.

Long Live Libertador Simon Bolivar!
Long Live the Eternal President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias!
Long Live President Nicolas Maduro!
Long Live the Courageous Venezuelan People!
Long Live the Bolivarian Revolution!
Long Live the Great Homeland of Latin America and the Caribbean!
Onward to Victory!

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Venezuela: Opposition Legislator Linked to Drone Attack Detained

Opposition legislator Juan Requesens was detained after being linked to the assassination attempt by retired military man Juan Carlos Monasterios.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Service for National Intelligence (Sebin) detained legislator Juan Requesens Tuesday, after evidence was found linking him to the failed assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro last week.

He was linked to the failed attempt by retired military officer Juan Carlos Monasterios, alias Bons, who was also involved in the plot that flew explosive drones over Avenida Bolivar in Caracas.

Monasterios revealed that Requesens was in charge of establishing the contacts in Colombia to host and train a group of young Venezuelans who are members of the Venezuelan opposition.

Monasterios also participated in the attack on the Frente Paramacay on August 6, 2017, and trained a group of Venezuelans in Colombia that same year.

Requesens is a member of the opposition party Primero Justicia or First Justice. Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, announced they would start proceeding to revoke parliamentary immunity for those legislators involved in the assassination attempt; the first step to begin a trial.

In a public statement, Tuesday president Maduro announced he would use the country’s international accords to request the extradition of at least five people, including a former colonel, who has been implicated in the “terror attack” and is currently living in the United States or Colombia.

Maduro also alleged the former president of Venezuela’s National Assembly Julio Borges was involved in the attack. “All the statements (of the six people detained) point to Julio Borges, who lives in a mansion in Bogota protected by the outgoing government of Colombia,” Maduro said.

A former police chief, Salvatore Lucchese, who is also in Bogota, also claimed to have played a role in the attack and warned of others in a televised interview. “We had an objective, and at the moment we were not able to materialize it 100 percent… The armed struggle will continue,” he said.

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Venezuela Blames Colombia for any new Aggression

Venezuela made the Colombian government responsible for any new aggression or attempt to bring about provocations from its territory, following the August 4 assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro.

A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry questioned the Colombian position on the Venezuelan president's express denunciation of the involvement of the Bogota authorities, especially the head of state, Juan Manuel Santos, in the terrorist act last Saturday in Caracas.

'It is revealing that the Government of Colombia describes as 'alleged' an event that, besides being very serious, was public and notorious, and leaving very clear its intention to question the assassination attempt against President Maduro,' the Foreign Affairs Ministry underlines.

It also criticizes that the first official reaction coming from the neighboring country was not to condemn the assassination attempt, nor to express concern for the life and security of the Venezuelan President.

Likewise, it considers suspicious the position of defense at all costs to get President Santos rid of any responsibility, 'when permanent aggressions and provocations against the Venezuelan people and government can not be concealed.'

In contrast, the Colombian Communist Party condemned today the assassination attempt against the president of Venezuela and called on all democratic forces to show solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.

Venezuela notes that in Colombia the installation in public offices of fugitives from the Venezuelan justice system was permitted with expressed purpose of attempting against the rule of law in Venezuela.

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