Venezuelan President Denounces Theft of Assets by US

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced the actions undertaken by the National Assembly (Parliament in contempt), which allows the theft of national assets in the United States.

During a meeting held on Wednesday to review the productive development tasks of Venezuela, the head of State condemned the appointment by the legislature, -with legal nullity since 2016-, of an alleged Venezuelan 'attorney' in the United States.

Maduro explained that Jose Hernandez, who was illegally appointed, worked as a lawyer for the transnational mining company Crystallex, an entity for which a federal judge issued on Wednesday the 'unusual decision' of seizing CITGO Petroleum, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA ) in US soil, to comply with pending payments of the Bolivarian government with the Canadian company.

The president also revealed that 'the servants of the stateless Venezuelan right' have debts estimated at more than US$400 million, which they handle as commissions of illegal actions with resources from the country.

Earlier, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said that Cristallex never held mining rights, legitimate titles or any property over Las Cristinas gold mine, one of the largest gold deposits in the continent.

Rodriguez pointed to the members of the Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party, including legislator Juan Guaido -recognized by the United States and his allies as interim president- as accomplice in these illegal actions to appropriate the country's resources.

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Presidents of Venezuela and Cuba Close 25th Sao Paulo Forum

Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, and his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel, participated this Sunday in the closing session of the 25th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum in Caracas. Numerous delegates representing more than 70 countries attended the ceremony.

“The U.S. imperialism counteroffensive and the oligarchy, alongside the hawks that have literally hijacked U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean, are dangerously threatening the geographical space that CELAC [Community of Latin American and Caribbean States] declared a Peace Zone,” said Diaz Canel.

The Cuban president pointed out the set of anti-democratic mechanisms used such as the criminalization of progressive leaders, and corruption and data manipulation to subvert whatever has been accomplished in favor of democracy and social justice. The forum is a mechanism of coordination of progressive forces.

"Venezuela is today the first anti-imperialist trench of the world," he added demanding the Sao Paulo Forum to embrace a more active role in the complex and threatening international and regional scenario, characterized by a new imperial hostility and the withdrawal of progressive governments in some countries of the region.

President Maduro insisted on the importance of the unity of the Latin American and the Caribbean left forces "from the moral, spiritual and political point of view. We have to achieve the union of all progressive parties with a great project that manages to unify the popular forces," he stated.

Faced with the constant "imperialist calls for despair and division," the Venezuelan president pointed out that Bolivarianism is "Venezuela's autochthonous response to the crisis of the model of pro-imperialist domination that was imposed on the country.”

As part of the commemoration of revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez’s birth, the secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, Monica Valente, said that the best way to pay tribute to the former Venezuelan president is "to continue his struggle for the sovereignty and inclusion of the peoples, to combat poverty and imperial forces.”

The Sao Paulo Forum Initially labeled as "Meeting of the Latin American & Caribbean Leftist Parties and Organizations," first took place on June 1990 in Brazil and brought together about 60 participants.

It was founded by former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Currently, over 120 organizations from 25 countries are part of the event.

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President of Venezuela Congratulates Cuban on National Rebellion Day

President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has sent greetings this Friday to the Cuban authorities and people on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks and the National Rebellion Day.

Maduro in Twitter congratulated the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro; and to the President of the Councils of State and of Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel, for the commemoration of that deed led by the revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.

'I greet Brother @DiazCanelB, Raul and the Cuban people, who commemorate 66 years of the Moncada Barracks Assault, led by Fidel Castro. Great deed of a group of young people who raised their voice against imperialism, lighting the flame of the Cuban Revolution,'the President wrote on the communication platform.

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World Left-wing Unity, Priority at Sao Paulo Forum

With a call to strengthen alliances on the global left, the 25th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum gathers Friday in Caracas more than a hundred social and political movements in the second day of sessions.

During the opening ceremony, the organizers ratified the need to support the political and economic liberation struggles of each people such as Palestine, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba.

'This is an extraordinary event for the unity of popular movements and parties from all over the world. Only nobody will be able to defend themselves against imperialism, they will be able to fight battles and struggles (...), but the only thing that guarantees triumph is unity,' said Diosdado Cabello, the first Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela on Thursday.

The leader highlighted in this sense the struggle that is being developed in Venezuela in defense of the socialist character, whose progress is hindered by the political aggressions of the U.S. government, resulting into unilateral measures and financial blockade.

Regarding this, the Colombian lawyer and politician Piedad Cordoba called for global solidarity with the South American nation to stop the imperial onslaught from the scenario of the Forum.

The member of the Liberal Party also supported the achievements of the Venezuelan Revolution and rejected the interfering policy of Bogota, which she described as servile to the United States.

For his part, Juan Carlos Frometa, a member of the Communist Party of Cuba, called for the establishment of starting points for the final declaration, such as the defense of the people rights, the urgency of confronting the criminalization of all expression of struggle and the condemnation of murders of social leaders.

'The defense of peace in the face of a real threat of war, the importance of strengthening solidarity and the defense and sovereignty of our societies must also be the focus of the debate,' he stressed.

The Forum is a necessity, especially when the neoliberal offensive increases, said the Cuban representative.

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Russia, Cuba talk for political settlement in Venezuela

Russia and Cuba confirmed their position in favor of political settlement in Venezuela, Russia's foreign minister said on Thursday.

At a news conference following a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parilla in Havana, Sergey Lavrov said the two countries were "actively" taking part in creating conditions to achieve an agreement between the Venezuelan government and opposition.

"We hope contacts, which stimulate direct dialogue between the government and the opposition, will develop in every possible way. I would like to stress once again that these should be contacts to promote dialogue, not contacts with a view of imposing the results of such a dialogue and predetermining its outcome," he said.

He also praised "exemplary" Russian-Cuban cooperation in the UN.

Addressing the current "down stage" in the U.S.-Cuban relations, Lavrov said Russia did not accept "colonial and neocolonial methods" in international affairs.

"Unfortunately, the mentality of colonial recidivism proved to be quite tenacious, including in the U.S.," he said, stressing that international law must be respected.

Russian Foreign ministry accuses BBC of spreading 'fake news'

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused a BBC correspondent of spreading "fake news" following the news conference.

BBC reporter Will Grant referred to alleged remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would fill the vacuum between North and Latin Americas if the U.S. did not participate in the regional affairs.

Maria Zakharova provided on the Foreign Ministry's official website the link to Putin's speech, accusing Grant of misinterpreting his words.

The question was about military cooperation and Putin said Russia was ready to deliver weapons to Venezuela and other Latin American countries if the U.S. banned arms sales.

"We regret the manipulation committed by the British journalist," the ministry said in a statement on its official website.

"If you're quoting leaders of states, no matter what is your attitude to them, try to be accurate," Sergey Lavrov said, responding to the reporter.

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Electromagnetic Attack Causes Blackout in Venezuela

Caracas, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez assured that the national power outage, which authorities are trying to solve as soon as possible, is the result of an ''electromagnetic attack''.

The power outage occurred in the hydroelectric system in Guayana, in southern Venezuela, from where the bulk of the country's electricity is generated and distributed.

The blackout has affected half of all 23 Venezuelan states, including the capital, Caracas, according to local media.

Since 'the aggressions in March and April this year, the Bolivarian Government has implemented protection and security protocols that allow us to guarantee that we are in the process of reconnection,' Rodriguez noted.

Last Friday, part of central and western Caracas was affected by another power outage, due to a failure in the Bocaya substation, in the parish of San Bernardino, in the north of the capital.

In March, Venezuela was affected by the worst blackout that kept most of the country in darkness for 11 days.

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Venezuela Mourns Death of Cuban Intellectual Fernandez Retamar

Caracas, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lamented the death of Cuban intellectual Roberto Fernandez Retamar, who directed the House of the Americas for decades, a key institution in the continent.

Maduro described the Cuban poet on Twitter on Sunday as exceptional, while he assured that Fernandez Retamar was one of the major figures of Cuban culture.

The Cuban poet, essayist and university professor, president of Casa de Las Americas since 1986 and member of the Cuban Academy of the Language, died on Saturday, July 20, in Havana, at the age of 89.

Fernandez Retamar is the author of dozens of poetry and essay books, among them Caliban, which is one of the major essay texts in Spanish literature and language of the 20th century.

After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, he was a diplomat, legislator to the National Assembly (Parliament) and member of the Council of State.

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Bachelet’s Report on Venezuela: Who Has the Last Word?

Does Bachelet’s report represent the last of many attempts of international "coup d’état" in Venezuela?  

Let’s not make a mistake. The report delivered on July 4 was and it’s thought to give full justification to the strategy of a two-party régime change like in the United States in Venezuela. It must be very convenient for the Democratic Party, the supposedly "progressive" wing of the North American political system that the report uses the speech of "human rights" and comes from an international institution, necessary condition to give its support to the politics of Trump.

Contrary to the previous international reasons, this is the first one to come from an official international organization, and not just any organization, but the UN. On July 6th, only two days after the publication of the report, Iván Duke, President of Colombia, took it as green light to continue the politics of Trump:

"I hope that now with this result of Michelle Bachelet's report, the Court (International Penal Court - IPC) can quickly, not just open the investigation, but acquire overwhelming evidence so that a trial is moved earlier and a dictator receives what he deserves for oppressing the Venezuelan people".

The battle grows up again! Latin America has been the stage of a large variety of strategies for régime change, including the parliamentary coups in Paraguay and Brazil, against Lugo and Dilma, as well as the law suit against Lula and his imprisonment under false accusations. The Cuban Revolution, resilient as always has been the target of régime change since 1959 mostly on the base of accusations of human rights violations, generously financed through "promotion-of-democracy programs."

Venezuela has been recently the target of three open coup d’état attempts, several sabotages to the electric network - a continuous economic and political war aimed at facilitating the coup d’états, accompanied by a propagandistic bombing on behalf of the international media corporations against President Maduro. Like sharks sensing blood in the water, Duke jumped immediately on this personal objective.

Does Bachelet’s report represent the last of many attempts of international "coup d’état" in Venezuela? Was this the first salvo of a new attempt, with the pretext of defending "human rights"? I believe so.

However, and luckily for Venezuela and the international left-wing, it’s possible we never know with certainty. The Bolivarian Revolution also saw the threat the same day that Bachelet made public her report. The reaction was swift and radical, a characteristic of Maduro’s government since the first of the recent coup d’état attempts, on January 23rd, 2019. Once again, the answer is an international politics of peace and negotiation combined with a vigorous defense of the Venezuelan sovereignty. Venezuela speaks clear, not feeling for a second intimidated by the aura of the “United Nations”.

The Bolivarian Revolution didn't see any green light, but the characteristic red color of Chavismo. On July 4th, the same day the infamous report was published, Maduro’s government refuted it in 70 points. On July 11th, the president also wrote a formal letter to Bachelet detailing the false accusations and deliberate omissions, asking her respectfully to rectify the report based on the facts.

This letter was accompanied by other declarations and reactions of Venezuelan personalities, and simultaneously the government summoned the people to express their opinions on July 13th.

People didn't need summoning. Ironically, the most important secondary effect in the current war directed by the United States against Venezuela has been, and still is, the peak of political awareness that Chavismo represents. It’s in fact this ideology, this political movement that the United States is trying to destroy. With this goal in mind, the U.S. is bent on getting the domestic oil, but also the elimination of the beacon that represents the Bolivarian Revolution Bolivarian, together with Cuba, in the international sphere, as examples of an alternative social system and type of government that withstands the United States.

On July 13, Venezuelans went out on the streets, not only in Caracas but in many domestic states. There aren’t official figures regarding the participation, but videos and pictures reveal that dozens of thousands of people attended, despite the heavy rains.

Judging by the improvised signs, and contrary to what most academics from the dominant trend think, many UN "human rights" officials, and practically all the media, the Venezuelan people has a very clear vision of the controversial matter of the human rights.

How can that be? Because popular classes, formerly "invisible", are at present impregnated of their own experience and collective memory, passed from generation to generation; they are deeply aware of the true meaning of human rights and they make it visible for the world to see - or ignore it deliberately.

In their declaration during the rally of July 13th in Caracas, Diosdado Cabello declared that Bachelet:

“She governed eight years in Chile with the Constitution of a genocide, of a true dictator", in reference to the inherited Magna Carta of the civic-military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. What did she do in those eight years? She did absolutely nothing to change the Constitution. She used that Constitution to repress the Mapuche people, to persecute students in that country. Yes, that same lady who came here to speak about human rights in Venezuela."

And what finally happened with this "coup d’état" attempt based on "human rights"? Was it interrupted even before it begun? It seems likely, for the time being.

Popular classes and their dedicated leaders are not in no way constrained by the concept of human rights based on the North American unique king of thinking. The perspective and ideology are decisive. In fact, it’s a matter of life or death. Once corrupted by the dominant conception of human rights, in a crucial moment, either deliberately or by the force of circumstances and the career objectives, it explodes.

See the Bachelet: In the moment the United States need the most to resuscitate its failed politics, she jumps to the throat. The other lesson that needs to be learnt of this "Third Way" of academic and politicians is that, sooner or later, we see that the "alternative" is not an alternative to the status quo, but a cruel and cynic alternative to the left-wing.

But the Venezuelan people has the last word.

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