UNHCR Advance Team to Visit Venezuela on Invitation From Maduro

The United Nations Human Rights Commission will visit Venezuela to pave the way for a visit by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Following an invitation issued by the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations (U.N.), Michelle Bachelet, announced Wednesday that an advance team from the U.N. will arrive Sunday, Mar. 10, to evaluate a visit by Bachelet herself.

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On Feb. 27, during a meeting with the senior union official and former president of Chile, Bachelet, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza reiterated an official invitation made by Nicolas Maduro to receive her in Venezuela, which the high commissioner addressed this Wednesday during the delivery of her annual report on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

The U.N. group will be made up of five people who will travel through the cities of Caracas, Valencia, Barquisimeto and, possibly, Puerto Ordaz during a ten day stay. They will then prepare a report on the conditions present before the arrival of the High Commissioner.

Nos reunimos con la Alta Comisionada para los Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas . La actualizamos sobre la realidad en Venezuela y la invitación que el Presidente le ha hecho para visitar el país.

 
 
 

We met with the High Commisioner on Human Rights for the United Nations @mbachelet. We updated her on the reality in Venezuela and on an invitation by President @NicholasMaduro to visit the country. 

The advanced team would include two people from the U.N. headquarters in Geneva; two officers of the Regional Office for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, one from the Santiago, Chile office; and one from the Panama office; in addition to a U.N. security officer; according to detailed sources from the organization.

Among the objectives of the visit is to verify whether the state of humanitarian crisis as reported by sectors of opposition is real or not, as well as addressing issues related to health, food, freedom of expression, social conflict, violation of labor rights and violations of human rights.

In order to understand the situation, they will meet with civil organizations and representatives of the government.

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Trump Renews Obama-era Emergency Over Venezuela, Maduro Calls It 'Historic Error'

Donald Trump says he believes that Venezuela "is a threat" to the United States, while the U.S. continues to promote aggression against Maduro’s government.

The United States government has renewed it's declaration of a national emergency over Venezuela for another year, which former President Barack Obama initially decreed in March 2015.

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In response, the Venezuelan government said the renewal of this measure is "a historic error" in the context of the economic aggressions and threats of military intervention to which the U.S. has subjected the country.

In a statement sent to Congress, U.S. President Donald Trump asserted that Venezuela continues to represent "a threat to U.S. policy."

The decree against Venezuela includes sanctions against government officials within the framework of an economic blockade against the country that has cost around US$35 billion, according to complaints to the U.N. from the Venezuelan government.

Elliot Abrams, U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, affirmed Tuesday that the White House does not rule out imposing secondary sanctions against the Venezuelan government. Abrams said the U.S. government has many plans on the table to be lodged against the government of the South American country, including possible military action.

"It's a possibility, but it's not yet time," Abrams said during a press conference. "Our policy is diplomatic pressure. Although all options are on the table, we have not chosen the military option."

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The special envoy to the U.S. said they are considering imposing sanctions on actors from third-party countries in response to situation in Venezuelan. For the moment, Abrams said that "there will be more revocations and cancellations of visas" for officials linked to the Venezuelan government.

Abrams' words come a day after the White House Security Adviser John Bolton indicated that President Trump's administration will take measures against Cuba for supporting President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

The U.S. and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of opposition lawmaker, Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela 13 days after Maduro’s inauguration on Jan. 23. The opposition refused to particpate in last years elections last May, saying the election was rigged.

Amidst the controversy, Maduro called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup. He also appealed to Pope Francis who said that both sides would first need to agree to a mediation.

The Pope notably brokered a negotiation between the U.S. and Cuba in 2014 to end to more than five decades of hostilities.

 
 
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Six Years After the Death of Chávez, Venezuela Defends itself with Courage

The world is a unique witness of a Venezuela challenged by imperial aggressions and still goes ahead with dignity. We will keep carrying the flag of the free peoples that raise their voice against the imperial meddling, said President Nicolas Maduro in Tweeter this Monday.

"Despite the media campaigns against Venezuela, we face with courage and rebelliousness the mean violations of the United States. We have the solidarity of the peoples of the world", he wrote.

That is the case of countries like China, Cuba, Bolivia, Iran and Turkey, among others that keep supporting Maduro’s Government. In addition, the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev, denounced early this week the resume on behalf of the United States of an open politics to bring down Latin American governments that are a nuisance to them, like in the case of Venezuela.

"From Washington are heard statements admitting a military intervention and provocations take place on the borders", said the Prime Minister, when commenting events that have occurred in the South American country.

Trump has found the support of some countries to military intervene in Venezuela using the "Monroe Doctrine" from 1823: "America for North Americans", that is, to them the entire Western Hemisphere belongs to the United States like a “backyard”.

On the other hand, Maduro has tirelessly denounced the inquisitional process of the world far-right against the Bolivarian Revolution with the objective of seizing the South American country and its resources at any cost necessary.

We just have to revise history to realize the great cut Washington wins in this dirty game. Let’s remember the excellent business it represented for the Power Elite in the United State and especially large companies, World War II.

As Jacques R. Pauwels explained brilliantly in his time, thanks to the victory in World War II, "the United States industry recovered intact its investments in Germany and captured the Nazi scientists and their technology."

Yankee companies took advantage of the opportunity and in 1945 they began to recreate the world with the American way.

Today, the Imperial Elite, trapped in domestic contradictions, at the threshold of the next elections, needs a successful military adventure as well as an enemy that raises the horror and hatred of manageable people: the Satanized "socialism."

Six years after Hugo Chavez's disappearance the best homage that Venezuelan can offer is to keep on building Socialism and keep his legacy alive with the unconditional support to President Nicolas Maduro, the leader for which they voted in elections in May of last year.

The people recognizes that those who were behind the coup-d’état of 2002 against Chávez are the same who at present attempt against this revolutionary government. Just like then, in less than 48 hours, they went on out in the streets and put Chávez again in his office, today they will defend their rightful and constitutional President because Venezuela belongs to Venezuelans.

Chávez closed his eyes on March 5th, 2013 but he opened the eyes of millions in Latin America. Nobody thinks he’s gone forever...

Hugo Chavez's Memory Lives on in the Hearts of Latin Americans

Chavez’s spirit was contagious and empowered the region with a passion for Latin America and its colorful history.

Six years since his passing and the memory of Hugo Chavez still remains not only in the hearts of Venezuelans but of Latin Americans around the globe.

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His leadership and legacy revolutionized the state of Venezuela, like no other administration in the nation’s history, cutting the chord from imperialist countries in the north, taking the reins and changing South America’s future.

After centuries of passivity, under Chavez’s administration, Venezuela bloomed into one of the strongest, most independent nations on the continent.

Over the 14 years of his presidency, Chavez made it his mission to bring equality to lower classes from mediating race discrimination to increasing employment opportunities and introducing social programs.

By exploring the expenditure of Venezuela’s oil industry, the former president was able to allocate funds for free housing, literacy, and health care initiatives. Pensions for the elderly surged, jumping from 400,000 to over two million; some 1.5 million Venezuelans benefited from the Mission Robinson I and learned to read and write.

Under Chavez’s policies, poverty rates were cut in half and the level of extreme poverty decreased by two-thirds; child malnutrition decreased and the amount of safe, clean drinking water grew.

In an article published by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Roger D. Harris, Task Force on the Americas, said, “Venezuela went from being among one of the most economically unequal nations in Latin America to being among the most equal through the exercise of state power for the populace.”

Chavez’s spirit was contagious and empowered the region with a passion for Latin America and its colorful history.

His experience was pivotal in the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) which united Venezuelan and Cuba in 2003 in a mutually respectful and reciprocal fair trade arrangement. What started as a two-member agreement, soon grew into an 11-member nation concord.

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A second initiative, PetroCaribe, made waves in 2005 when 17 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean joined together to secure a steady energy supply, without overdue interference from Canada or the United States.

Similarly, The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) were created again as a means to break from centuries of tradition and submission orchestrated by the Northern Hemisphere.

The progress realized in Venezuela over the last decade and a half hardly make it surprising that the United States is desperate to instate a Washington-approved head of state.

Over the last few months, the U.S. has increased its efforts to dislodge Chavez’s democratically elected successor, Nicolas Maduro. In its most recent attempt, the U.S. sent “humanitarian aid” to Colombia in a show of solidarity with the Venezuelan opposition and the “suffering boys and girls.” However, violence- perpetrated by opposition forces- broke out along the border and resulted in the injury of numerous state police officials.

This “philanthropic” ploy was denounced by Venezuelan government officials before an international delegation at the United Nations last week, when Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza revealed that the trucks of “food” were carrying equipment for barricades and anti-government movements lodged by the opposition.

Despite these hardships, Maduro's government continues Chavez’s mission, founding new social programs to boost the economy and employment opportunities, while still ensuring the heart and spirit of “Chavismo” is reflected in modern-day Venezuela.

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The longed for "reconstruction" in Venezuela

Reconstruction is the favorite word of the transnational mainstream to draw the “glorious” future that awaits Venezuela. It appears daily and insistently in articles and editorials that, as good sappers, seek to pave the way of war traffickers.

The most recurring matrix shows a country destroyed for twenty years of Bolivarian Revolution, where hunger, misery and the desperation of millions prevail and where, of course, humanitarian aid is needed.

Those outlets provide data and half-truths that, in the end, are treacherous lies: a nation that lost half of its GDP in the last four years, apparently by magic, because they forget to mention the blockade and the continued economic war against Venezuela –as part of a major war of attrition– that freezes financial assets, manipulates oil prices, excludes the country from its natural markets, incentivizes terrorist acts against productive centers and causes shortage.

And they hide what the Bolivarian process has made all these years, and continues to do even in adverse circumstances: to place the human being as a core, to share wealth, to carry out development plans, to build millions of houses, to create social, sporting, cultural and educational missions…. They mention the need to rescue PDVSA, which has diminished half of its production capacity. But someone middlingly informed knows that the oil company, driving force of the country, has been the favorite target of that economic war against Venezuela.

They talk about an urgent sanitary recovery. What a nerve that dismantles itself with the magnificent example of “Misión Barrio Adentro” (Inside the Neighborhood Mission), which has taken free healthcare to millions of Venezuelans. Their health system is at present one of the hardest hit sectors, it is true, but that is not by chance: shortage in Venezuela, fruit of every cruel blockade, hurts where it hurts the most. We Cubans know it well.

The analysts of those transnational outlets even include the institutional sphere and argue that many key institutions of Venezuela like the Supreme Court, have been “eviscerated”. Then, restoration would mean to return to the “democratic” track, the one that is successful and legal only if it serves to keep the system. A revolutionary and popular process that has held more than twenty elections and subjects itself to the scrutiny of international observers, is described as antidemocratic and dictatorial.

They have fabricated demonization and suffocation for years, and today we find the pretext of the humanitarian aid. And we already know what those “aids” have traditionally meant –military invasion and occupation of the territory--, with a number of civil victims, and a trail of "scorched earth" (let us recall Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria…), so it is inevitable to think that right now those vulture transnationals are dreaming with million contracts and juicy investments. It is the well-known war business. “I destroy you, to save you later”, masterfully summarized by US actor Danny Glover.

Some even speak about a new “Marshall Plan” for Venezuela. Yes, the same one which original formula submitted Europe to its US creditors forever.

But there’s a restoration attempt that lying outlets know very well and will never explain: the comeback to the “natural order" of things: the submission and dependence of the Latin American “backyard”; the reconstruction of the ailing US imperial hegemony in the region. Trump offensive and disrespectfully did say it, when he decreed the “end of socialism” and proclaimed that, for the first time in history, there would be a hemisphere free of that “evil”.

A desire that goes through making the first example: to erase the subversive example of the Bolivarian Revolution forever and completely. And that may find a step for its final death in the resistance and courage of Venezuelans.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

Warning About False Flag Operations Against Venezuela

Colombia is preparing further false flag operations with plans to blame Venezuela, Socialist Leader Freddy Berna said.

Together with Venezuela’s opposition, the United States government is planning a new false flag operation along the Colombian border, socialist leader and protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, said Sunday.

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"I have direct information from officers of the Colombian National Police that other attacks are coming along the Colombian-Venezuelan border and they are trying to twist the false flag by saying that Venezuela is going to attack Colombia," Bernal said during a televised interview with HOY.

The socialist leader told journalist Jose Vicente that the false flag operation will be bringing troops to the border for military exercises like those prevented from entering Venezuela over the last weeks.

Mercenaries and defectors from the Bolivarian army will be receiving training and equipment in preparation for the alleged attack, similar to the one executed Feb. 23 when ex-militants and members of the opposition attempted to transfer U.S.’”humanitarian aid” to Venezuela from Colombia.

Bernal said, "They are already arming and are going attack our Venezuelan military and our political leaders here on Venezuela's side of the border, of course.

"I want to warn the international community that a mode of war is being prepared against Venezuela aimed at causing internal chaos through the incursion of paramilitaries, mercenaries and some traitors," he said.

Bernal warned that the danger has not passed, “We can not be naive and we must be alert, "he emphasized.”

During the interview, Bernal reiterated the denouncements made by Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, and Ambassador of Venezuela to the U.N. Samuel Moncada in which they warned of the creation of a so-called “army of liberation” by the Venezuelan right-wing opposition.

Bernal’s appointment as a protector of Táchira by President Maduro year ago made him head of the security staff at the state’s border region with Colombia given that it is an unstable border area due to smuggling and drug trafficking.

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Liar Marco Rubio was in Cucuta, but he didn’t see the houses

The echo of the lies launched by US Senator Marco Rubio during his visit to Cucuta resounded almost at the same time of his brief stay in that Colombian city on the border with Venezuela.

Marco Rubio, who travelled to Cucuta to supervise the development of the humanitarian aid program mounted by U.S., through the USAID, against Venezuela, was in Cucuta, but as the old saying reads, he didn’t see the houses.

Although Rubio, one of the architects of Washington to use the alleged humanitarian assistance as a Trojan House to invade Venezuela, had a photograph taken upon his arrival to Cucuta surrounded by a few inhabitants, and apparently he never realized that he had arrived at the least appropriate place to offer humanitarian assistance to anyone.

The "beneficent" senator who affirmed that: "One thing is to see human suffering, another is to see it up close and personal, and to meet the people and hear their stories”, and apparently his imperial arrogance did not allow him to meet or talk to some of the inhabitants who backed him as puppets of his show of misinformed proconsul.

Otherwise, he would have found out that the Colombian city he had chosen as platform to lie about the crisis in Venezuela has one of the highest inequality rates among the cities in the American continent.

Also that 40 percent, almost 300,000 Cucuta locals live in poverty, 10 percent in extreme poverty.

That the city’s unemployment is close to 20 percent and that around 20,000 children work and live in the streets.

He would have also found out that nearly 30 percent of the hospitals in Cucuta are in technical shutdown and that a normal delivery in that city costs 500 dollars, therefore, Cucuta’s women in labor travel to Venezuela to be assisted by the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.

The previous figures, based on sources from the statistics department in Colombia, were made public by Venezuela’s Communication and Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez in a televised appearance, where he announced that next February 22 and 23, the Bolivarian government would stage two concerts and provide food and health aid for free to the neighboring people of Cucuta.

But by then, the senator for Florida had already arrived in Miami, where he continued to repeat, in another press conference, the same lies about Venezuela.

Of course, the also member of the anti-Cuban mafia has a recognized record as a mythomaniac.

In October 2011, Sen. Marco Rubio was publicly accused in U.S. as a liar for having decieved with political purposes about his Cuban parents’ arrival in Florida after Fidel Castro’s takeover. However, press reports revealed that the parents of the senator left Cuba for the United States in 1956, under the government of Batista.

Rubio’s father was a barman and travelled to the northern country for economic reasons. Fidel Castro was not even in Cuba when Rubio’s family left the country. The story was initially reported by the St.Petersburg Times daily.

Marco Rubio arrived in Cucuta, stirred up and fled. Apparently, he will not attend the “War without Borders” concert, due to take place in that city on Feb. 22. Whereas Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has announced his presence, maybe he cares about the problems in Cucuta that his superior in Washington didn’t see.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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US amasses special ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia to oust Maduro – Russian Security Council

By deploying troops and special ops forces to Puerto Rico and Colombia, Washington is getting ready to intervene in Venezuela and topple its leader, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said.

The US is “preparing for a military invasion” in Venezuela, Nikolai Patrushev told Russian media on Tuesday.

The relocation of American special forces’ units to Puerto Rico, the deployment of the US Army units to Colombia and other facts evidently show that Pentagon is enhancing its military in the region in order to use it in ousting… President [Nicolas] Maduro.

“The people of Venezuela understand this clearly,” Patrushev said, adding that this notion increases popular support for Maduro and drives the government to reject the aid offered by “an aggressor state.”

 
Maduro blocked delivery of US government-sponsored humanitarian aid, dismissing the move as a PR stunt and highlighting fears that Washington might use it as an opportunity to smuggle weapons into the country.

This led to clashes between police and protesters across the border with Colombia.

In recent months Washington stepped up pressure on Caracas, while openly backing opposition leader Juan Guaido.

President Donald Trump confirmed that use of the US Army in Venezuela is among the ‘options’ on the table.

Maduro has repeatedly accused the US of plotting a coup against him and staged military drills showcasing the army’s preparedness to defend the nation against foreign threats.

Spec ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia: US is 'preparing for a military invasion' in Venezuela

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