Venezuela Rejects US Economic Blockade Against Cuba

The Government of Venezuela pushed back the economic, commercial and financial blockade that supports today the United States against Cuba, in spite of the reestablishment of the diplomatic relations between both nations in July, 2015.

By means of a bulletin, published this Sunday in the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the governmental direction of the South American country qualified the blockade of criminal, unilateral, extraterritorial, obsolete and anachronistic measurement, ' that expresses the most alive expression of the imperial vocation of domination '.

'We demand EE.UU that to respect the demands of the International Community, expressed in more than 20 resolutions of the General Assembly of the Organization of United Nations (UNO) against the blockade, which in 2015 obtained an almost unanimous support,' adds the text.

'Also, he exhorts to the North American administration to attend to the condemnation of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States, expressed unanimously during the Summit of Costa Rica in January, 2015, and the reiterated expressions of contesting shown in the bosom of the Movement of Not aligned Countries.

'On the other hand, in addition to ratifying the solidarity with the people and government of the Caribbean island, the document announces that the diplomatic delegation of Venezuela will support the resolution of Cuba against the blockade, foreseen to present itself next October 26 in the UNO.

With Simón Bolívar and José Martí we raise the flags of the freedom and the independence of our peoples, concludes the proclamation.

In December, 2014 the presidents of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and of the USA, Barack Obama, they announced to the unison the beginning of a dialogue to restore the diplomatic bilateral relations interrupted in 1961, and on July 20, 2015 they achieved this intention tacit in the reopenings of embassies in Havana and Washington.

However, the blockade imposed in 1962 by US president John Kennedy back then and supported by all his successors up to date, is still causing deep affecations to the Cuban economy and development, said recently the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects US Interference

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, rejected here accusations by the Vice-president of the United States, Joseph Biden, on the march held on September 1st in this capital.

On her Twitter account, the Foreign Minister said last night that Venezuela rejects the insolence and interfering content of the statements of the US Vice-president.

The head of the Venezuelan diplomacy declared that the US government offends and attacks the people and the sovereignty of the South American nation with its claims to instruct and give orders.

Rodriguez noted that the northern country encourages right-wing opponents, violent and extreme, to execute destabilization actions that disturb the peace of Venezuela.

The US Vice-president accused the Venezuelan government of violating the Inter-American Democratic Charter by 'suppressing' the opposition demonstrations last Thursday in favor of a recall referendum against the president Nicolas Maduro. Biden demanded the release of political prisoners and the convening of an electoral process this year.

The Vice-president was referring to the case of Leopoldo Lopez, organizer of the coup plan La Salida that violent acts that shook Caracas in 2014, left 43 people dead and over 800 wounded.

On the subject of the recall, the National Electoral Council of Venezuela explained that if the opposition had requested the process in January it could have been held this year.

The electoral power, despite all the pressures by the national and international right wing, keeps the schedule set since August, according to which the date for the second phase (collection of signatures of 20 percent of voters in favor of the process against Maduro) will take place from October 24 to the 30th.

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Venezuela and China Look to Strengthen Economic Ties

Venezuelan and Chinese delegations gathered for the 5th annual secretarial meeting of the Mixed China-Venezuela High Commission.

Chinese and Venezuelan delegations gathered in Caracas on Monday for the fifth annual secretarial meeting of the Mixed China-Venezuela High Commission. They will meet for three days with the objective of setting the agenda for the main commission meeting set to take place before the end of the year.     

"This is to strengthen the productive capacity with China as part of the Bolivarian Economic Agenda," said Venezuelan Vice-President for Planning and President of the Venezuelan delegation Ricardo Menendez.

Offering details of the closed meeting to the press, Menendez revealed that 672 projects currently are being carried out in Venezuelan with Chinese investment, 131 of them recently undertaken. China and Venezuela have already jointly completed 338 projects.

Menendez revealed that this year´s commission meeting will focus heavily on Chinese investment in improving distributing processes in Venezuela and thereby improve supply.

Just this May, Venezuela received 96 tons of of medicines from China as part of the country´s drive to invest in the pharmaceutical sector. The medicines were acquired through a cooperation agreement between the two countries and included key medicines to treat patients suffering from the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The Mixed China-Venezuela High Commission is considered the most important body for strengthening China-Venezuela relations, which have been invigorated under Venezuelan Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. China is now Venezuela´s second largest trading partner. In June, both countries celebrated 42 years of formal relations.

China has also offered loans to Venezuela free from the restrictions previously applied to major loans given by institutions like the International Monetary Fund. IMF loans generally came with austerity requirements.

Menendez assured that those strong relations would continue, promising long term economic cooperation.

"We are creating a 10-year plan, so that speaks to the confidence from both sides and the strength of this relationship," he said. "Between China and Venezuela, we have a broad, long-term plan, a vision through 2025 and 2039."

Through Wednesday delegations from both countries will establish agendas in five separate areas, which include cooperation in areas of finance, oil, mining, electric, and productive projects.

The Mixed Venezuela-China High Commission was created in 2001. Since then 480 agreements have been signed.

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Venezuela-Colombia Border Partially Reopens

Venezuela and Colombia partially reopened their common border on Saturday, August 13th, signaling a warming of relations between the two South American countries.

The presidents of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro and Colombia Juan Manuel Santos agreed on Thursday to temporarily reopen the border after several attempts to normalize the flow of people through it.

Venezuela was forced to formally close the border a year ago due to smugglers and paramilitary groups operating in the area.

The Venezuelan head of state met with his Colombian counterpart on Thursday in the Venezuelan city of Puerto Ordaz.

In confirming the border reopening, President Santos said it would enable communities living close to the border to travel in and out of the neighboring countries.

The Colombian president also announced the creation of a bi-national center to combat transnational crime at the border. Both countries have also agreed to maintain a permanent exchange of information to reinstate bilateral trade, and begin electronic controls for transportation.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez and her Colombian counterpart María Angela Holguín are scheduled to meet on August 23rd to discuss gas supplies from Venezuela to Colombia.

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Venezuela Assumes Mercosur Presidency, Slams Right-Wing Assault

A "triple alliance" of right-wing governments in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay have tried to undermine Venezuela's presidency of Mercosur.

Venezuela has assumed the pro tempore presidency of the regional bloc Mercosur – despite a campaign led by the conservative governments of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina – and Venezuela's foreign minister said they will not be bullied into withdrawing by the right-wing "triple alliance."

ANALYSIS: Mercosur, a Regional Bloc Fighting Off Imperialism

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said her country will not accept the “boycott” carried out by the three member states of the regional trade bloc who are trying to stop Caracas from assuming Mercosur's chairmanship. 

“This triple alliance made of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay want to prevent Venezuela to exert its full right to chair the Mercosur, using legal barbarities to fulfill their purpose,” Rodriguez said. 

The top diplomat also added that this boycott has the “imperialist seal” of Washington, which she says is committed to an “anti-progressive campaign” in Latin America, referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visits to Argentina and Brazil where, in the case of the latter, a right-wing parliamentary coup has removed progressive President Dilma Rousseff.

Uruguay concluded its term at the head of the regional body on July 30, and Venezuela issued a statement saying it had formally assumed the role, hoisting the flag of Mercosur at the Foreign Ministry in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

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Maduro Fosters Peace, Boosts Economic Development in Venezuela

The Bolivarian government continues today developing actions to ensure peace and incite the country’s economic growth, contrasting with the destabilizing and unconstitutional behavior of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN).

The recent statement by Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, about the possibility of interrupting the issue of capital to the Parliament (with opposition majority), for violating the constitution and continuously disobeying the decisions of the judicial power, captured the media’s interest today.

Maduro referred to the fraud committed in the process to activate the referendum and the swear-in ceremony as legislator of three Amazonas candidates. They were vetoed by a preventive judgment by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), in accordance with irregularities in the December 6 parliamentary elections.

During his television program "En Contacto con Maduro," broadcast by state TV channel Venezolana de Television, the head of State said he requested legal advice to adopt a final position.

Maduro said that, at any circumstances, the workers will receive their wages through a direct deposit, because they are not responsible for the stupid things committed by AN president, Henry Ramos, and all their rights will be guaranteed.

While this context of tension among the main political actors in the South American nation is in red in the media’s agendas, the government efforts to protect social stability and overcome the current economic crisis also appear in the vortex of the news.

The president urged to strengthen economic measures for the people, after announcing the appointment of Carlos Farias as Minister of Industry and Commerce, and Ricardo Molina as Minister of Transport and Public Works.

About this issue, I state that complicated challenges as of the creation and implementation of the Great Sovereign Supply and Security Mission are on the way. It is aimed at satisfying the growing demands of the population access to products, goods and services.

The also president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela appointed General Staff of the National Guard, Nestor Reverol, as Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace at the Junin Theater, in central Caracas.

The government will intensify the fight against gangs, paramilitarism and drug trafficking networks, amid a period of high impact against the organized crime, he also said.

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Venezuela's Maduro Commits Funds to Seized Factory

The factory, now controlled by the workers, can provide 20 percent of the national demand for hard-to-find personal hygiene products.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited the recently-seized installations of the Kimberly Clark corporation Thursday, where he committed funds to ensure the operation of the factory in an effort to help make important personal hygiene goods available.

RELATED: Seized Factory Was Well Stocked but Wasn't Producing

"We will recover 100 percent of the company's produtive capacity,” said Maduro.

The factory — which was recently seized and handed over to the workers — is a producer of numerous personal, feminine, and baby care products. The factory is believed to be able to produce 20 percent of the national demand for these products.

The company halted operations earlier this month and fired more than 900 workers, with the company alleging that they lacked the raw materials to make their products. However, a government investigation found the company's warehouses to be well-stocked.

Maduro approved US$22 million for the operation of the factory and more funds, in Venezuelan Bolivars, to purchase the necessary raw materials.

The factory can produce, every month, 25 million diapers, 18 million sanitary napkins and 33 million rolls of toilet paper – products that have been in short supply throughout Venezuela.

President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused managers and owners of certain private companies of engaging in an “economic war” against his government by deliberately limiting the availability of basic goods, including personal hygiene products.

President Maduro had warned in May that shuttered businesses and factories would be given to the workers so production could be restarted.

The Venezuelan government launched a new program this month aimed at tackling shortages of food and medical supplies.

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Venezuela Wants Peace With US: Delcy Rodriguez

Relations should be "grounded on respect, equality and sovereignty between states," said Rodriguez.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, repeated Sunday that the government of Nicolas Maduro wanted to maintain diplomatic relations with the United States, grounded on mutual respect.

RELATED: Venezuela: Seized Factory Was Well Stocked but Wasn't Producing

“Since last year, President Maduro has stated to Barack Obama's administration his government's will to maintain relations,” she said during an interview with Jose Vicente Hoy on the public TV channel VTV.

She added that the relations should be "grounded on respect, equality and sovereignty between states—principles included in the United Nations Charter."

Rodriguez warned that Venezuela will not tolerate any interference in its domestic affairs, and called on the U.S. administration to think twice before making any move against the Venezuelan government, saying it could affect the population dramatically.

“We are aware of the moves against our people, like the economic war, the various attacks, from the media, the financial power,” she said, adding that they were all part of non-conventional techniques of war “used to defeat governments that are not aligned with the interests of the Empire.”

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