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unasur.jpgMontevideo, February 10 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay, which holds the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), will shortly convene the 12 foreign ministers of the block to support Venezuela due to the US threats.

The call was requested by the Committee of Foreign Ministers the eve in an extraordinary meeting in this capital, along with Secretary General of UNASUR, the former Colombian president Ernesto Samper.

At the meeting, the foreign ministers of Brazil, Mauro Vieira, and Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño, received information from his Venezuelan counterpart, Delcy Rodríguez, and Samper himself, who just met with President Nicolas Maduro.

After the meeting, Patiño announced that the Committee agreed to request the Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, as president pro tempore of Unasur, to convene an early meeting on the issue, but said he could not yet set a date.

It also agreed to seek direct communication channels between the governments of the United States and Venezuela to avoid the announced unilateral US sanctions against Caracas.

The Chancellor of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, who later met President José Mujica and Foreign Minister Almagro, stressed that during the meeting the parties talked about the eventual impact that can have the US interference on the region.

She expressed the alarm and concern about statements by US officials that 'practically give green light to violent opposition sectors in Venezuela to pursue their adventures.'

After the meeting with Mujica, Almagro informed that the president rejected the US measures and said 'do not constitute a valid instrument or under international law and have never served to strengthen the positions of the people'. sus/tgj/jl Modificado el ( martes, 10 de febrero de 2015 )

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roy-chaderton.jpgCaracas, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton, rejected statements by the Secretary General of the institution, José Miguel Insulza, on the situation in the South American nation, the press stands today.

According to Radio Nacional de Venezuela, the diplomat said that Insulza follows the guidelines of the international media dictatorship to talk about Venezuela.

Insulza categorized as critical the economic and social situation in the country, which Chaderton considered as a false, wicked, malicious statement formed from prefabricated information in newspapers like El Mercurio, directly involved in the coup against Salvador Allende in 1973.

Insulza is 'a character of that minority segment of the Chilean old left who forgot their dead, tortured, persecuted and disappeared, and is now softened by the welcome at the neoliberal club', said Chaderton interviewed by Telesur .

For the Venezuelan ambassador this position is not new since Insulza has made interference statements against Venezuela repeatedly, using the platform of international media corporations.

In that regard, he recalled that in 2007 Insulza also called the termination of the concession of Radio Caracas Television, 'as unprecedented fact in recent decades of democracy', ignoring the use television companies made in the country radio spectrum.

To Chaderton, the Secretary General of the OAS has been devoted in recent years to discredit, deny and sabotage the Venezuelan democracy.

With regard to the interview given by Insulza to El Mercurio, Chaderton warned of a new attack of media companies controlled by the imperial dictatorship to try to destabilize the Bolivarian government.

Venezuelan authorities have also reported an international media campaign to create negative opinion on the situation in the country, facing an economic war by the right with US support.

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Albert: Why would the United States want Venezuela's government overthrown?

Pilger: There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of US designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives. Venezuela remains a source of inspiration for social reform in a continent ravaged by an historically rapacious US. An Oxfam report once famously described the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua as 'the threat of a good example'. That has been true in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez won his first election. The 'threat' of Venezuela is greater, of course, because it is not tiny and weak; it is rich and influential and regarded as such by China. The remarkable change in fortunes for millions of people in Latin America is at the heart of US hostility. The US has been the undeclared enemy of social progress in Latin America for two centuries. It doesn't matter who has been in the White House: Barack Obama or Teddy Roosevelt; the US will not tolerate countries with governments and cultures that put the needs of their own people first and refuse to promote or succumb to US demands and pressures. A reformist social democracy with a capitalist base - such as Venezuela - is not excused by the rulers of the world. What is inexcusable is Venezuela's political independence; only complete deference is acceptable. The 'survival' of Chavista Venezuela is a testament to the support of ordinary Venezuelans for their elected government - that was clear to me when I was last there. Venezuela's weakness is that the political 'opposition' - those I would call the 'East Caracas Mob' - represent powerful interests who have been allowed to retain critical economic power. Only when that power is diminished will Venezuela shake off the constant menace of foreign-backed, often criminal subversion. No society should have to deal with that, year in, year out.

Albert: What methods has the US already used and would you anticipate their using to unseat the Bolivarians

Pilger: There are the usual crop of quislings and spies; they come and go with their media theatre of fake revelations, but the principal enemy is the media. You may recall the Venezuelan admiral who was one of the coup-plotters against Chavez in 2002, boasting during his brief tenure in power, 'Our secret weapon was the media'. The Venezuelan media, especially television, were active participants in that coup, lying that supporters of the government were firing into a crowd of protestors from a bridge. False images and headlines went around the world. The New York Times joined in, welcoming the overthrow of a democratic 'anti-American' government; it usually does. Something similar happened in Caracas last year when vicious right-wing mobs were lauded as 'peaceful protestors' who were being 'repressed'. This was undoubtedly the start of a Washington-backed 'colour revolution' openly backed by the likes of the National Endowment for Democracy - a user-friendly CIA clone. It was uncannily like the coup that Washington successfully staged in Ukraine last year. As in Kiev, in Venezuela the 'peaceful protestors' set fire to government buildings and deployed snipers and were lauded by western politicians and the western media. The strategy is almost certainly to push the Maduro government to the right and so alienate its popular base. Depicting the government as dictatorial and incompetent has long been an article of bad faith among journalists and broadcasters in Venezuela and in the US, the UK and Europe. One recent US 'story' was that of a 'US scientist jailed for trying to help Venezuela build bombs'. The implication was that Venezuela was harbouring 'nuclear terrorists'. In fact, the disgruntled nuclear physicist had no connection whatsoever with Venezuela.

All this is reminiscent of the unrelenting attacks on Chávez, each with that peculiar malice reserved for dissenters from the west's 'one true way'. In 2006, Britain's Channel 4 News effectively accused the Venezuelan president of plotting to make nuclear weapons with Iran, an absurd fantasy. The Washington correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, sneered at policies to eradicate poverty and presented Chávez as a sinister buffoon, while allowing Donald Rumsfeld, a war criminal, to liken Chavez to Hitler, unchallenged. The BBC is no different. Researchers at the University of the West of England in the UK studied the BBC's systematic bias in reporting Venezuela over a ten-year period. They looked at 304 BBC reports and found that only three of these referred to any of the positive policies of the government. For the BBC, Venezuela's democratic initiatives, human rights legislation, food programmes, healthcare initiatives and poverty reduction programmes did not exist. Mission Robinson, the greatest literacy programme in human history, received barely a passing mention. This virulent censorship by omission complements outright fabrications such as accusations that the Venezuelan government are a bunch of drug-dealers. None of this is new; look at the way Cuba has been misrepresented - and assaulted - over the years. Reporters Without Borders has just issued its worldwide ranking of nations based on their claims to a free press. The US is ranked 49th, behind Malta, Niger, Burkino Faso and El Salvador.

Albert: Why might now be a prime time, internationally, for pushing toward a coup? If the primary problem is Venezuela being an example that could spread, is the emergence of a receptive audience for that example in Europe adding to the US response?

Pilger: It's important to understand that Washington is ruled by true extremists, once known inside the Beltway as 'the crazies'. This has been true since before 9/11. A few are outright fascists. Asserting US dominance is their undisguised game and, as the events in Ukraine demonstrate, they are prepared to risk a nuclear war with Russia. These people should be the common enemy of all sane human beings. In Venezuela, they want a coup so that they can roll-back some of the world's most important social reforms - such as in Bolivia and Ecuador. They've already crushed the hopes of ordinary people in Honduras. The current conspiracy between the US and Saudi Arabia to lower the price of oil is meant to achieve something more spectacular and tragic in Venezuela, and Russia.

Albert: What do you think the best approach might be to warding off US machinations, and those of domestic Venezuelan elites as well, for the Bolivarians?

Pilger: The majority people of Venezuela, and their government, need to tell the world the truth about the attacks on their country. There is a stirring across the world, and many people are listening. They don't want perpetual instability, perpetual poverty, perpetual war, perpetual rule by the few. And they identify the principal enemy; look at the international polling surveys that ask which country presents the greatest danger to humanity. The majority of people overwhelmingly point to the US, and to its numerous campaigns of terror and subversion.

Albert: What do you think is the immediate responsibility of leftists outside Venezuela, and particularly in the US?

Pilger: That begs a question: who are these 'leftists'? Are they the millions of liberal North Americans seduced by the specious rise of Obama and silenced by his criminalising of freedom of information and dissent? Are they those who believe what they are told by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the BBC? It's an important question. 'Leftist' has never been a more disputed and misappropriated term. My sense is that people who live on the edge and struggle against US-backed forces in Latin America understood the true meaning of the word, just as they identify a common enemy. If we share their principles, and a modicum of their courage, we should take direct action in our own countries, starting, I would suggest, with the propagandists in the media. Yes, it's our responsibility, and it has never been more urgent.

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minrex.jpg Havana, 20 feb (PL) Cuba condemned today the attempt of coup d'état, plans of offense and the conspiracies later denounced by the government of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, while he confirmed its entire support to the Revolution bolivariana.

The Republic of Cuba expresses its invariable solidarity and support to the people and to the Government of the Republic Bolivariana of Venezuela and to its legitimate president Nicolás Maduro Moros, he underlined a declaration of the Foreign Office (Minrex).

The chancellery criticized the economic war and mediática against the government of Mature, at the time that it pushed back in an energetic way "the declarations and actions injerencistas of the United States and of the Organization of American states, which they encourage and promote the internal overthrow, in violation of the sovereignty, the independence and the free determination of the Venezuelan people".

The note of the Minrex confirmed that the present Cuban collaborators in the South American nation, like part of different social missions, will remain in the country "fulfilling with its duty under any circumstance, for the sake of the brother, united and noble Venezuelan village".

The previous week the Venezuelan chief denounced an attempt of coup d'état with participation of opposing sectors, a limited group of the Military Aviation and the support of Washington.

The attack was including the participation of a limited group of members of the Military Aviation and there was contemplating the use of a plane model Tucano, who took as a target to attack institutions of the State and residential areas of the capital as the presidential Palace of Miraflores, the Defense Department and the informative channel Telesur.

Venezuela was alert to the Union of South American Nations on the actions impelled from Washington against Caracas and the American unilateral sanctions against some local officials, like the freezing of its accounts and the retention of visas.

On eve, I Mature from the Miraflores outskirts, he said that there are tests of the members' participation of the American embassy in conspiracies against Venezuela: "they were pressing officials of the Armed force so that they were accepting a treachery proposal to the Homeland".

Also it exhorted the people to defend the national peace and to prepare itself to face any stage that could appear in the country.


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Venezuelan Gov. Releases Audio of Coup Plotters (LINK)

On Thursday, two senior officials of the Venezuelan government released what they say is evidence of the coup that the government announced about a week ago. These are audio intercepts of what they say are coup plotters, as well as a recording of an imprisoned military officer confessing to various details of the coup.

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Buenos Aires (PL) Not long ago more than one year the Venezuelan fascist right was taking the new offensive directed to provoke the "exit" of the president Nicolás Maduro. The "exit" was an euphemism to designate a call to the sedition, that is to say, the removal from office for violent, illegal and unconstitutional means of the legal chief and according to the law elect for the Venezuelan people.

This initiative was surrounded by a heroism aura for the press of right of the whole continent, which with its tricks and its "lies that look like truths" - according to the perspicacious expression of Mario Vargas Llosa - tried to specify a bold operation of political alchemy: to turn a group of seditious into epic "combatants of the freedom". All this, naturally, was encouraged, organized and financed from the White House that to the date still has not recognized the victory of Mature in the presidential elections of April 14, 2013.

Washington has been on the other hand fast like a beam to bless the election of Otto Pérez Molina, a Guatemalan general involved in a macabre history of genocidal repression in its country; or to dedicate the election of Porfirio Lobo in a fraudulent electoral process schemed by the rebellious diet that dismissed the legitimate president José Manuel "Mel" Zelaya and plunged Honduras in an endless blood bath.

But a thing is by the friends and very different other one the enemies or, rather, the governments that for not kneeling down before the imperial úkases turn into enemies. The Republic Bolivariana of Venezuela is one of them, as our Cuba, Bolivia and Ecuador.

On not having known the verdict of the urns, Washington not only transgresses the international legality but, also, it turns into instigator and accomplice of the seditious ones whose work of destruction and death received the life of 43 Venezuelans and Venezuelans (in its majority chavistas or members of the safety bodies of the state).

In the above mentioned weeks the United States has redoubled its destabilizing efforts, but raising the bet. If earlier it was proceeding across a band of seditious that in any country of the world would be in the jail and sentenced to fulfill durísimas condemnations, today he distrusts its Venezuelan farmhands, takes the matter in its own hands and intervenes straight.

There are already not those obscene paniaguados of the empire, type Leopoldo López, Maria Corina Machado or Henrique Capriles those who impel the destabilization and the chaos, but the proper White House. An empire "attended by its proprietors" that it unloads a battery of measurements of diplomatic aggression and economic sanctions that are mounted on the terrorism campaign mediático thrown from the beginnings of the Revolution Bolivariana up to going so far as, in last days, to promote a coup d'état where the traces of the White House appear by all sides.

Answering to these imputations the spokeswoman of the Department of the State Jen Psaki said that they were "ridiculous" and that "the United States do not support political transitions for non-constitutional means. The political transitions must be democratic, constitutional, pacific and legal." It is obvious that the spokeswoman is a serial and cheeky fibber or, more benevolent hypothesis, he suffers from a serious illness that has erased the memory of its hard disk neuronal. To repair it it would be enough to invite it to to see an office of the CBC News that Victoria Nuland shows one of its Superiors, the Attached State Department for Eurasian Matters, reporting nicely with the neonazis that were occupying the Square Maidan of Kiev and were demanding the resignation of the President Viktor Yanukovich, thing that they achieved a few days later after a series of violent actions.

Later the bands neonazis of Pravy Sektor attacked a trade union place in Odessa - where the opponents had gathered together to the blow perpetrated in Ukraine - they set fire to him and burned alive an about thirty of persons, while from the outside they were shooting against those who were trying to flee of the building in flames. These bandits encouraged by Washington with the presence of Nuland, acted as the criminals of the Islamic State when they captured a pilot of the plane Jordanian fighter, shut it up in a cage and set fire to him. This was an indescribable atrocity, other a deplorable incident that scarcely if it deserved a comment of the Department of the State.

Finally, it would be necessary to remind him to the forgetful spokeswoman that he was the proper President Barack Obama who said that the United States "sometimes twists the arm to the countries when they do not do what we want". Venezuela from 1998 does not do what Washington wants, and that's why the arm tries to twist him with a paraphernalia of initiatives inside which now it is included again, as in 2002, the military coup.

Some of them might protest that the denunciation of the government bolivariano is alarmist, groundless and that there was no any rebellious try. Those who think this way ignore (or they prefer to ignore) the lessons of the Latin American history. These demonstrate that the coups d'état always begin like punctual, seemingly senseless and crazy actions of a group, and that they must not be taken seriously.

It is more: it usually accuse the governments that spoil or denounce this type of activities-Âíque there are the embryo of the coup d'état! - as irresponsible that take anxiety to the population seeing bogeys where there is only a fanatics' small nucleus that they want to attract attention on the authorities. In any case: how to forget the preparatory work of the Venezuelan right when a few weeks behind he invited the ex-presidents Andrés Pastrana, Felipe Calderón and Sebastián Piñera to visit Leopoldo López, on the pretext of taking part in a forum on the empoderamiento of the citizenship and the democracy?

Or when it announces a joint bulletin signed by the main Venezuelan fascist leaders: Leopoldo López, Maria Corina Machado and Antonio Ledezma, opportunely dated on February 14 and that after an apocalyptic diagnosis of the Venezuelan reality ends up by saying that "the hour of the change has come. The immense suffering of our people does not admit any more delays." In all this bulletin only there are used the terms that are a registered trademark of the White House:" transition, change of diet" without the least allusion to the abrogative referendum, institutional device of spare of government foreseen by the Constitution chavista and nonexistent in the countries of the ex-presidents it arrives mentioned, nevertheless Venezuela is accused of being the "totalitarian state" simultaneously that the countries that have not similar clause are characterized like model democracies, which presidents can go to the Republic Bolivariana to give democracy lessons.

Why does not one allude to this resource? Because neither Washington nor its followers think about a change inside the legality. The imperial libretto is the violent spare, style Libya or Ukraine or, ideally, a "parliamentary blow", like that demolished Lugo, or in "judicial" one, as that precipitated the Zelaya fall. ÂíOlvídense of the Constitution!

Summarizing: we have the will of Washington to finish with the process bolivariano, as they did it in so many other countries; there are also the local troops of shock, the fascist right or potential fascist who is provided with an impressive support mediático inside and out of Venezuela; and there appeared also the rebellious avant-garde that was discovered and spoiled by the government of Mature.

The skill of the coup d'état teaches that it is necessary to proceed methodically: it is always begun by a small sector that the front part takes and serves to prove the reflexes of the government and the forces interrelation in the streets and the barracks. There it is not the totality of the armed forces and the seditious block who salt to the hem and, to the unison, they are infuriated in mass.

This was not the happened against Salvador Allende in Chile. It was the Infantry of Marina the one that in the first hours of the morning of September 11 occupied the streets of Valparaiso, unleashing a chain reaction that ended with the coup d'état. The same happened with the overthrow of Juan Perón in the Argentina of 1955, when a garrison of Cordova rose up in arms. And the same happened in the Ecuador on September 30, 2010, when there took place the insubordination of the National police that it retained during more than approximately 12 hours in its power to the president Rafael Correa.

The immediate popular reaction aborted the blow, preventing the rebellious avant-garde from receiving the necessary military and political support so that the process was finishing off in the overthrow of the Ecuadoran president. The inaction or the official undervaluation before what at first it appears like an extravagant, minuscule and inoffensive declaration of a lost patrol is what ends up by unleashing the coup d'état.

It would be necessary to wonder for the reasons of this exhorbitant reaction of the empire, demonstrated not only in case of the Republic Bolivariana but also in Ukraine. We have given the answer some time ago: the empires become more violent and brutal in its phase of decline and decomposition. This is a sociological law verified in numerous cases, beginning for the history of the Roman, Ottoman, Spanish, Portuguese, British and French empires. Why should the exception be the United States? Especially if it is born in mind that the decline North American - recognized by the main strategists of the empire - is accompanied by a rapid repairing of the structure of the world power, where the fleeting North American unipolarismo that was sprouting from the ruins of the Soviet Union - an infantile mirage encouraged by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and its indescribable advisers - and that he was announcing with big drums and saucers the advent of the "new American century" came undone like a small piece of ice thrown in the ardent sand of the Sahara.

Now the empire has that them turn with a multipolar world, with more and more powerful more and more disobedient and hostile more lukewarm and reticent, tributary Allied Forces. In this context Venezuela, the first reservation of oil of the planet, acquires an essential importance and the reconquest of this country cannot take a long time much any more. Or, as he says the rebellious bulletin of the right, "without much ado delays."

A last reference has to do with the targets chosen by the frustrated participants in a coup to realize its bombings. Apart from governmental buildings fix the list it was including the Telesur facilities in Caracas. The reasons are comprised behind this sinister plan since both the participants in a coup and its instigators, of out and of inside of the country, they know very well the fundamental Telesur contribution in reporting from a perspective nuestroamericana and in waking up and cultivating the anti-imperialistic conscience in the region.

Product of the strategic vision of Commander Chávez, who conceived to this multinational public enterprise how an effective instrument to free the big battle of ideas in which we are pawned, its international gravitation and its credibility have not stopped growing since then. Its programming has a notable informative and educational content, and the capacity of those who there work has allowed million persons in the whole world to be able to verify the lies divulged by the means of the establishment. We will mention only two cases, of so many people that might be chosen: the report on the coup d'état against Zelaya meticulously omitted by the television of the system and when they could not already conceal it they were prevaricating it; and the desenmascaramiento of the news who was saying that the Gadaffi aviation was bombarding positions of defenseless civil in the city of Bengazi, beach head of the NATO in its project, unfortunately reached successfully, of killing Gadaffi and destroying Libya.

While the whole international press was lying archly Telesur was the only way that for four days told the truth that then they all should have recognized. That there were no bombings and that the defenseless civil assumptions were in fact a bloodthirsty band of mercenaries thrown to the plundering and the murder for the United States and its European buddies. That's why the fascists took this company as a target to be destroyed. And this is a stamp of honor of which the companions and friends of Telesur can be proud. It would have been a motive of worry that participants in a coup had rejected to Telesur in its plans. They can say, proudly, like the Quixotic: "they bark Sancho, sign that we are riding."

*Prestigioso Argentine intellectual and collaborator of Latin Press.


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  • US and Venezuela: Decades of Defeats and Destabilization
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by James Petras / March 6th, 2015


US policy toward Venezuela is a microcosm of its larger strategy toward Latin America. The intent is to reverse the region’s independent foreign policy and to restore US dominance; to curtail the diversification of trading and investment partners and re-center economic relations to the US; to replace regional integration pacts with US centered economic integration schemes; and to privatize firms partly or wholly nationalized.

The resort to military coups in Venezuela is a strategy designed to impose a client regime. This is a replay of US strategy during the 1964-1983 period. In those two decades US strategists successfully collaborated with business-military elites to overthrow nationalist and socialist governments, privatize public enterprises and reverse, social, labor and welfare policies. The client regimes implemented neo-liberal policies and supported US centered “integration”. The entire spectrum of representative institutions, political parties, trade unions and civil society organizations were banned and replaced by imperial funded NGO’s, state controlled parties and trade unions. With this perspective in mind the US has returned to all out “regime change” in Venezuela as the first step to a continent-wide transformation to reassert political, economic and social dominance.

Washington’s resort to political violence, all out media warfare, economic sabotage and military coups in Venezuela is an attempt to discover the effectiveness of these tactics under favorable conditions, including a deepening economic recession, double digit inflation, declining living standards and weakening political support, as a dress rehearsal for other countries in the region

Washington’s earlier resort to a “regime change” strategy in Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador failed because objective circumstances were unfavorable. Between 2003 to 2012 the national-populist or center-left regimes were increasing political support, their economies were growing, incomes and consumption were improving and pro-US regimes and clients had earlier collapsed under the weight of a systemic crises. Moreover, the negative consequences of military coups were fresh in peoples’ minds. Today Washington’s strategists believe that Venezuela is the easiest and most important target because of its structural vulnerabilities and because Caracas is the linchpin to Latin American integration and welfare populism.

According to Washington’s domino theory, Cuba will be more susceptible to pressure if it is cut-off from Venezuela’s subsidized oil-for-medical services agreement. Ecuador and Bolivia will be vulnerable. Regional integration will be diluted or replaced by US directed trade agreements. Argentina’s drift to the right will be accelerated. The US military presence will be enlarged beyond Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Central America. Radical anti-imperialist ideology will be replaced by a revised form of “pan-Americanism”, a euphemism for imperial primacy.

The concentrated and prolonged US war against Venezuela and the resort to extremist tactics and groups can only be accounted for by what US strategists perceive as the large scale (continent-wide) long-term interests at stake.

We will proceed by discussing and analyzing the US fifteen year war (2000-2015) against Venezuela, now reaching a climax. We will then turn to examining the past and current strengths and weakness of Venezuela’s democratic, anti-imperialist government.

Prolonged Political Warfare: Multiple Forms of Attack in Changing Political Conjunctures

The US war against Venezuela started shortly after President Chavez’s election in 1999. His convoking of a constitutional assembly and referendum and the subsequent inclusion of a strong component of popular participatory and nationalist clauses “rang bells” in Washington. The presence of a large contingent of former guerrillas, Marxists and Leftists in the Chavez electoral campaign and regime, was the signal for Washington to develop a strategy of regrouping traditional business and political clients to pressure and limit changes.

Subsequent to 9/11/01, Washington launched its global military offensive, projecting power via the so-called “war on terror”. Washington’s quest to reassert dominance in the Americas included demands that Venezuela fall into line and back Washington’s global military offensive. President Chavez refused and set an example of independent politics for the nationalist-populist movements and emerging center-left regimes in Latin America. President Chavez told President Bush “you don’t fight terror with terror”.

In response, by November 2001 Washington strategists shifted from a policy of pressure to contain change to a strategy of all-out warfare to overthrow the Chavez regime via a business-military coup in (April 2002).

The US backed coup was defeated in less than 72 hours. Chavez was restored to power by an alliance of loyalist military forces backed by a spontaneous million person march. Washington lost important assets among the military and business elite, who fled into exile or were jailed.

From December 2002 to February 2003, The White House backed an executive lockout in the strategic oil industry, supported by corrupt trade union officials aligned with Washington and the AFL-CIO. After three months the lockout was defeated through an alliance of loyalist trade unionists, mass organizations and overseas petrol producing countries. The US lost strategic assets in the oil industry as over 15,000 executives, managers and workers were fired and replaced by nationalist loyalists. The oil industry was renationalized – its earnings were put at the service of social welfare.

Having lost assets essential to violent warfare, Washington promoted a strategy of electoral politics – organizing a referendum in 2004 which was won by Chavez and a boycott of the 2005 congressional elections, which failed and led to an overwhelming majority for the pro Chavez forces.

Having failed to secure regime change via internal violent and electoral warfare, Washington, having suffered a serious loss of internal assets, turned outside by organizing para-military death squads and the Colombian military to engage in cross border conflicts in alliance with the far right regime of Alvaro Uribe. Colombia’s military incursions led Venezuela to break economic ties, costing influential Colombian agro-business exporters ad manufacturers’ losses exceeding $8 billion dollars . . . Uribe backed off and signed a non-aggression accord with Chavez, undermining the US “proxy war” strategy.

Washington revised its tactics, returning to electoral and street fighting tactics. Between 2008-2011/12 Washington channeled millions of dollars to finance electoral party politicians, NGO’s, mass media outlets (newspapers, television and radio) and direct action saboteurs of public energy, electricity and power stations.

The US “internal” political offensive had limited success – a coalition of warring rightwing political groups elected a minority of officials thus regaining an institutional presence. A Chavez backed overtly socialist referendum was defeated (by less than 1%). NGO’s gained influence in the universities and in some popular neighborhoods exploiting the corruption and ineptness of local Chavez elected officials.

But the US strategy failed to dislodge or weaken the Chavez led regime for several reasons. Venezuela’s economy was riding the prolonged commodity boom. Oil prices were soaring above $100 a barrel, financing free health, education, housing, fuel and food subsidy programs, undercutting the so-called “grass-roots” agitation of US funded NGO’s

Government subsidies of imports and lax regulation of dollar reserves secured support even among the capitalists and loosened their support for the violent opposition. Sectors of the middle class voted for Chavez as a ticket to the consumer society.

Secondly, President Chavez’s charismatic appeal, promotion and support of popular neighborhood groups counter-acted the ill-effects of corrupt and inept local “Chavista” officials who otherwise played into the hands of US backed opposition.

Thirdly, US intervention in Venezuela alienated not only the center-left but the entire political spectrum in Latin America, isolating Washington. This was especially evident by the universal condemnation of the US backed military coup in Honduras in 2009.

Fourthly, the US could not counter Venezuela’s subsidized oil sales to Caribbean and Central American regimes. Petrocaribe strengthened Venezuela and weakened US dominance in Washington’s historical “backyard”.

The entire electoral strategy of the US depended on fomenting an economic crises – and given the favorable world prices for oil on the world market (it failed). As a result Washington depended on non-market strategies to disrupt the socio-economic links between mass consumers and the Chavez government.

Washington encouraged sabotage of the power and electrical grid. It encouraged hoarding and price gouging by commercial capitalists (supermarket owners). It encouraged smugglers to purchase thousands of tons of subsidized consumer goods and sell them across the border in Colombia.

In other words, the US combined its electoral strategy with violent sabotage and illegal economic disruption.

This strategy was intensified with the onset of the economic crises following the financial crash of 2009, the decline of commodity prices and the death of President Hugo Chavez.

The US and its mass media megaphones went all-out to defend the protagonists and practioners of illegal violent actions – branding arrested saboteurs, assassins, street fighters, assailants of public institutions as “political prisoners”. Washington and its media branded the government, as “authoritarian” for protecting the constitution. It accused the independent judiciary as biased. The police and military were labelled as “repressive” for arresting fire bombers of schools, transport and clinics.

No violent crime or criminal behavior by opposition politicos was exempt from Washington’s scrofulous screeds about defending “human rights”.

The crises and collapse of oil prices greatly enhanced the opportunities for the US and its Venezuelan collaborator’s campaign to weaken the government. Venezuela’s dependence on President Chavez, as the singular transformative figure, suffered a serious blow with his death. Personalistic leadership weakened organic mass organization.

The US relaunched a multi-pronged offensive to undermine and overthrow the newly elected Nicolas Maduro regime. Washington, at first, promoted the ‘via electoral’ as the route to regime change, funding opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

After Capriles’ electoral defeat, Washington resorted to an intense post-electoral propaganda campaign to de-legitimize the voting outcome. It promoted street violence and sabotage of the electrical grid. For over a year the Obama regime refused to recognize the electoral outcome, accepted and recognized throughout Latin America and the world. In the subsequent Congressional, gubernatorial and municipal elections the US backed candidates suffered resounding defeats. President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela won three quarters of the governorships and retained a solid two-thirds majority in Congress.

Beginning in 2013 the US escalated its “extra-parliamentary” offensive – massive hoarding of consumer goods by wholesale distributors and retail supermarkets led to acute shortages, long lines, long waits and empty shelves.

Hoarding, black market speculation of the currency, wholesale smuggling of shipments of consumer goods across the border to Colombia (facilitated by opposition officials governing in border-states and corrupt National Guard commanders) exacerbated shortages.

US strategists sought to drive a political wedge between the consumer driven middle and lower classes and the Maduro government. Over time they succeeded in fomenting discontent among the lower middle class and directing it against the government and not at the big business elite and US financed opposition politicians, NGO’s and parties.

In February 2014 emboldened by growing discontent the US moved rapidly toward a decisive confrontation… Washington backed the most violent extra parliamentary opposition. Led by Leopoldo Lopez, it openly called for a coup and launched a nationwide assault on public buildings, authorities and pro-democracy activists. As a result 43 people were killed and 870 injured – mostly government supporters and military and police officials – and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage was inflicted on schools, hospitals and state supermarkets.

After two months, the uprising was finally put down and the street barricades were dismantled— as even rightwing businesspeople suffered losses as their revenues diminished and there was no chance for victory.

Washington proclaimed the jailed terrorists leaders as “political prisoners”– a line parroted by al the mass media and the bogus Human Rights Watch. The Obama regime sought to secure the release of its armed thugs to prepare for the next round of violent confrontation.

Washington accelerated the pace of planning, organizing and executing the next coup throughout 2014. Taking advantage of the Maduro regime’s lax or non-existent enforcement of laws forbidding ‘foreign funding of political organizations, the US via NED and its “front groups” poured tens of millions, into NGOs, political parties , leaders and active and retired military officials willing and able to pursue “regime change” via a coup.

Exactly one year following the violet uprising of 2014, on February 14, 2015, the US backed a civilian-military coup. The coup was thwarted by military intelligence and denunciations by lower level loyalist soldiers.

Two power grabs in a year is a clear indication that Washington is accelerating its move to establish a client regime.

What makes these policies especially dangerous, is not simply their proximity, but the context in which they occur and the recruits who Washington is targeting.

Unlike the coup of 2002, which occurred at a time of an improving economy, the most recent one takes place in the context of declining economic indicators. Earlier the masses turned out to support the new constitution, declining inflation, the introduction of new social legislation and improving income. The most recent coup takes place with incomes declining, a devaluation which reduces purchasing power, rising inflation (62%) and plummeting oil prices.

Moreover, the US has once again gained converts in the military as was the case in the 2002 coup but absent in the 2014. Three generals, three colonels, 9 lieutenants and a captain signed on to the coup and it can be surmised that they were in contact with others. The deteriorating loyalties in the military are not simply a product of US bribery. It is also a reflection of the socio-economic decline of sectors of the middle class to which middle level officers belong by family ties and social identification.

Subsequent to the earlier coup (of 2002) then President Chavez called for the formation of popular militias, National Reserve and a rural defense force to ‘complement’ the armed forces. Some 300,000 militia volunteers were registered. But like many radical ideas, little came of it.

As the US moves to activate its ‘military option’, Venezuela must consider activating and linking these militias to mass popular community based organizations, trade unions and peasant movements.

The US has developed a strategic concept for seizing power by proxy. A war of attrition built upon exploiting the social consequences of the fall of oil revenues, shortages of basic commodities and the growing fissures in the military and state institutions.

In 2015 Washington has embraced the strategy of 2002, combining multiple forms of attack including economic destabilization, electoral politics, sabotage and military penetration..All are directed toward a military-civilian coalition seizing power.

Facing the US Offensive: The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Maduro Government

The basic strength of the Chavista government of President Maduro is the legacy of nearly 15 years of progressive legislation, including rising incomes, grass roots community based democracy, the affirmation of racial, class and national dignity and independence. Despite the real hardships of the past 3 years, forty percent of the electorate, mostly the urban and rural poor, remains as a solid core of support of the democratic process, the President and his efforts to reverse the decline and return the country to prosperity.

Up to now the Maduro government has successfully rebuffed and defeated the offensive by US proxies. President Maduro won electorally, and more recently has pacified the coupsters by adopting firmer security measures and more technically efficient intelligence. Equally important he has demanded that the US reduce its embassy operatives from 100 to 17, equal to Venezuela’s staff in Washington. Many embassy personnel were engaged in meetings with Venezuelan organizers of violent activity and in efforts to subvert military officials..

Yet these security measures and administrative improvements, as important and necessary as they are, reflect short-range solutions. The deeper and more fundamental issues relate to the structural weakness of the Venezuelan economy and state.

First and foremost, Venezuela cannot continue running on a petrol based ‘rentier economy’ especially one that still depends on the US market.

Venezuela’s ‘consumer socialism’ totally depends on oil revenues and high oil prices to finance the importation of foodstuffs and other essential commodities.

A strategy of ‘national defense’ against the imperial offensive requires a far higher level of ‘self-sufficiency’, a greater degree of local production and decentralized control.

Secondly, next to US intervention and destabilization, the greatest threat to the democratic regime is the government’s executive, managerial and elected officials who have misallocated billions in investment funds, failed to effectively carry out programs and who largely improvise according to day to day considerations, It is essential that Maduro advances the strategic priorities ensuring basic popular interests.

The Chavez and the Maduro governments outlined general guidelines that were passed off as a strategic plan. But neither financial resources, nor state personnel were systematically ordered to implement them. Instead the government responded or better still reacted, defensively, to the immediate threats of the opposition induced shortages and oil revenue shortfalls. They chose the easy route of securing loans from China by mortgaging future oil exports. They also took out commercial loans – borrowed at the highest rates in the world (18%)!

The post commodity boom requires a decisive break with the petrol economy . . . continuing costly debt financing staves off the day of reckoning, which is fast approaching.

US military coups and political warfare are with us and will not fade away even as Washington loses battles. The jailing of individual plotters is not enough. They are expendable …Washington can buy others.

The Maduro government faces a national emergency which requires a society-wide mobilization to launch a war-economy capable of producing and delivering class specific commodities to meet popular needs.

The February 12, 2015, coup dubbed, Plan Jericho, was funded by the US NGO, the National Endowment for Democracy and its subsidiaries, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House. The coup organizers led by former Venezuelan Congresswomen Corina Machado, (a White House invitee) was designated to head up the post-coup dictatorship.

As a matter of survival the Maduro government must clamp down and prosecute all self-styled ‘NGO’ which are recipients of overseas funding and serve as conduits for US backed coups and destabilization activity.

No doubt the Obama regime will seek to protect its proxy financing and howl about ‘growing authoritarianism’. That is predictable. But the Venezuelan governments’ duty is to protect the constitutional order, and defend the security of its citizens. It must move decisively to prosecute not only the recipients of US funds but the entire US political network, organizations and collaborators as terrorists.

Venezuela can take a page out of the US legal code which provides for 5 year prison sentences for “nationals” who receive overseas funds and fail to register as foreign agents. More to the point, the Obama regime has prosecuted organized groups suspected of conspiring to commit violent acts to lifetime prison sentences. He has justified extra judicial assassinations (via drones) of US “terrorist suspects”.

President Maduro need not go to the extremes of the Obama regime. But he should recognize that the policy of “denunciation, arrest and release” is totally out of line with international norms regarding the fight against terrorism in Venezuela.

What the US has in mind is not merely a ‘palace coup’ in which the democratic incumbents are ousted and replaced by US clients. Washington wants to go far beyond a change in personnel, beyond a friendly regime amenable to providing unconditional backing to the US foreign policy agenda…

A coup and post-coup regime is only the first step toward a systematic and comprehensive reversal of the socio-economic and political transformations of the past 16 years!

Heading the list will be the crushing of the mass popular community organizations which will oppose the coup. This will be accompanied by a mass purge, of all representative institutions, the constitutionalist armed forces, police and nationalist officials in charge of the oil industry and other public enterprises.

All the major public welfare programs in education, health, housing and low cost retail food outlets, will be dismantled or suffer major budget cuts.

The oil industry and dozens of other publicly owned enterprises and banks will be privatized and denationalized. US MNC will be the main beneficiaries. The agrarian land reform will be reversed: recipients will be evicted and the land returned to the landed oligarchs.

Given how many of the Venezuelan working class and rural poor will be adversely affected and given the combative spirit which permeates popular culture, the implementation of the US backed neo-liberal agenda will require prolonged, large-scale repression. This means, tens of thousands of killings, arrests and incarceration.

The US coup- masters and their Venezuelan proxies will unleash all their pent-up hostility against what they will deem the blood purge necessary to punish, in Henry Kissinger’s infamous phrase, “an irresponsible people” who dared to affirm their dignity and independence.

The US backing of violence in the run-up to the February 2015 coup will be escalated in the run-up to the inevitable next coup.

Contemporary US imperial wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya and past US backed bloody military coups installing neo-liberal regimes in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay a few decades past, demonstrate that Washington places no limits on how many tens of thousands of lives are destroyed, how many millions are uprooted, if it is ‘necessary’ to secure imperial dominance.

There is no doubt that the Venezuelan economy is on shaky foundations; that officials have yet to devise and implement a coherent strategy to exit the crises. But it is of decisive importance to remember that even in these times of intensifying imperial warfare, basic freedoms and social justice inform the framework of government and popular representation. Now is the time, and time is running short, for the Maduro government to mobilize all the mass organizations, popular militias and loyal military officials to administer a decisive political defeat to the US proxies and then to proceed forward to socializing the economy. It must take the opportunity of turning the US orchestrated offensives into a historic defeat. It must convert the drive to restore neo-liberal privilege into the graveyard of rentier capitalism.


Unlike past political confrontations between US imperial regimes and leftwing Latin American governments, in the case of Venezuela the US has suffered numerous major defeats with regard to domestic and foreign policy, over the past 15 years.

US-Venezuelan Conflicts: Internal Policies and their Results

In 2001 the US demanded Venezuela support its “war on terrorism, its global quest for domination via war. President Chavez refused to back it, arguing successfully that “you cannot fight terror with terror”, and winning support worldwide

In April 12, 2002, the US organized and backed a military-business coup which was defeated by a mass uprising backed by constitutionalist armed forces. US lost key assets in the military, trade union bureaucracy and business sector.

In December 2002-February 2003, the US backed a CEO directed lockout designed to shut-down the oil industry and overthrow the Chavez government that was defeated, as workers and engineers took charge and overseas oil partners supplied petroleum. The US lost assets in the oil industry.

In 2004, a referendum to oust Chavez, funded by the US and organized by NED funded NGOs was defeated. US electoral assets were demoralized.

In 2006 a US backed boycott of Congressional elections was defeated. The electorate turned out in force. US congressional assets lost their institutional power base and influence.

In 2006 Chavez is re-elected for a second time. The US-backed candidate is badly beaten.

In 2007 a US backed coalition squeak out a 1% margin of victory, defeating constitutional amendments, socializing the economy.

In 2009 President Chavez wins a referendum on constitutional amendments including the abolition of term limits.

In 2012 Chavez wins re-election for the fourth time defeating a US financed opposition candidate.

In 2013 Chavez’s selected candidate Maduro wins the Presidency defeating Obama’s anointed candidate.

Pro-Chavez parties win resounding Congressional majorities in all elections between 1999 – 2010.

Repeated electoral defeats convinced Washington’s political strategists to rely on violent, unconstitutional roads to power.

The anti-capitalist domestic social reforms and ideology were one of two key motivating factors in Washington’s prolonged political war against Venezuela. Equally important was Chavez and Maduro’s foreign policy which included Venezuela’s leading role in opposing US centered regional integration organizations like ALCA, regional political organizations like the OAS and its military missions.

Venezuela promoted Latin American centered integration organizations which excluded the US. They included Petro-Caribe, a Venezuelan sponsored trade and investment organization that benefited Caribbean and Central America countries.

UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) a regional political organization which displaced the US dominated OAS and included 33 Latin American and Caribbean states.

Venezuela joined MERCOSUR, a “free trade” organization, which included Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Venezuela’s leading role in promoting five organizations promoting Latin American and Caribbean integration – excluding the US and Canada – was seen as a mortal threat to Washington’s political dominance of Latin American politics and markets.

Venezuela’s large scale, long-term political and economic ties with Cub undermined the US economic blockade and reinforced Cuba’s links with and support by the rest of Latin America.

Venezuela opposed the US backed coup against Haiti’s reformist President Bertram Aristide.

Its opposition to the US invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and (later) Libya and its increased investment and trade ties with Iran in opposition to US sanctions, set US plans of a global empire on a collision course with Venezuela’s embrace of a global anti-imperialist policy.

US failure to secure passage of a US centered Latin American Free Trade Treaty and incapacity to secure across the board support in Latin America for its Middle East wars and Iran sanctions was largely the result of Venezuelan foreign policy.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Venezuela’s foreign policy successes in countering US imperialist policies, especially with regard to Latin American integration, is the main reason that Washington has persisted in its long-term, large scale effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

The US escalation of its global military interventions under Obama and its increasing belligerency toward the multiplication of independent Latin American regional organizations, coincides with the intensification of its violent destabilization campaign in Venezuela.

Faced with the growth of Latin American trade and investment ties with China – with $250 billion in the pipeline over the next ten years – pioneered by Venezuela, Washington fears the loss of the 600 million Latin American consumer market.

The current US political offensive against Venezuela is a reaction to over 15 years of political defeats including failed coups, resounding electoral defeats, the loss of strategic political assets and above all decisive set-backs in its attempts to impose US centered integration schemes.

More than ever, US imperial strategists today are going all-out to subvert Venezuela’s anti-imperialist government, because they sense with the decline of oil revenue and export earnings, double digit inflation and consumer shortages, they can divide and subvert sectors of the armed forces, mobilize violent street mobs via their mercenary street fighters, secure the backing of elected opposition officials and seize power. What is at stake in the US-Venezuelan conflict is the future of Latin American independence and the US Empire.



James Petras is author of Extractive Imperialism in the Americas: Capitalism's New Frontier (with Henry Veltmeyer) and The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East. Read other articles by James, or visit James's website.

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Cuba reiterates its unconditional support for Venezuela

The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, will participate in acts commemorating the second anniversary since the passing of Bolivarian leader, Hugo Chávez, and in the 11th Petrocaribe Extraordinary Summit

Author: Laura Bécquer Paseiro | laura@granma.cu

march 6, 2015 18:03:56

CARACAS.- Support for Venezuela will always exist, and thus Cuba reaffirms that it will continue to be a true friend to the Bolivarian Revolution, stated theFirst Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on arrival to the South American nation.

Photo: Omara García (AIN)

In a brief press conference held at the capital’s Maiquetía International Airport, Díaz-Canel also expressed the “the Greater Antilles´ unconditional support for the Bolivarian Revolution and its legitimate President, Nicolás Maduro, during the current situation Venezuela is experiencing.”

This evening Díaz-Canel will participate in acts commemorating the second anniversary since the passing of Bolivarian leader, Hugo Chávez, taking place at the Montaña Fortress, where his remains were laid to rest.

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Havana, 10 sea (PL) The ambassadors of the countries of the Alliance Bolivariana for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) ratified today its support to the government of Venezuela, before the aggressive and offensive politics of the American president, Barack Obama.

In press conference in the diplomatic head office of this South American nation in this capital, the ambassador of Ecuador, Edgar Ponce, addressed to the members of the ALBA remembered that during II Summit of the Community of the Latin-American and Caribbean States the region was declared a peace area.

The frank and open dialogue - affirmed Ponce - must occupy first place at the time of settling the contradictions in each of our countries, without any type of foreign interference.

We exhort all the Venezuelans to continue the way of the agreement like effective formula to dissolve the political differences between brothers of the same nation.

The region will not return in the long run and dark neoliberal night through that nations lived ours, it affirmed Ponce.

Venezuela is a united country with the region and the world, even with the poor of the United States, therefore it cannot be a threat for the northern country.

If they touch one they touch all, Venezuela is not alone, pronounced himself Ponce.

The pronouncement of the ALBA takes Obama's declarations as a backdrop, who expressed an executive order in which he declares the situation in Venezuela like extraordinary and unusual threat to the national security and American foreign policy.

For his part, the ambassador of Venezuela in Cuba, Alí Rodríguez, specified that the South American nation is pacific and its history is based on the respect to the sovereignty of the peoples, and to not intervention in its internal affairs.

The today Latin America is different from the one that they were dominating many years ago behind, but they want to turn to the region in one more Iraq, which today is a ruin, the diplomat indicated.

Venezuela will not continue any dictation of the United States and will not double the knees before this imperialist potency, made sure Rodríguez.

San Salvador, 10 sea (PL) The ambassadress of Venezuela in El Salvador, Nora Uribe, affirmed today that "the Revolution Bolivariana will not stop before the new aggression of the United States against the Homeland of Bolivar".
In interview with Latin Press, the diplomat emphasized that the social, economic transformations and politics tackled by the leader Hugo Chávez along with the Venezuelan people and that there continues the president, Nicolás Maduro, "they will continue its way towards the socialism".

Uribe noticed that this process thinks about how to guarantee to the population the biggest sum of possible happiness and it will stay enclosed with the acceleration of the public politics.

"Our constitutional president Nicolás Maduro already said it yesterday: ' There are not going to be decrees, laws, aggressions, unjust threats of the Government of the United States that stop the march of the Revolution Bolivariana, of the national independence, of the construction of the socialism", emphasized.

The ambassadress underlined that the Venezuelan people is ready to face the interference of the United States because he is sure that "the way initiated by Chávez is that of the emancipation, the social development and the national integrity".

About the last measurement of the American government it evoked the words of mature on having said that it constitutes "the most aggressive step that has happened against the Bolivar ground" on the part of Barack's administration Obama.

In the opinion of the diplomat, this is the culmination of a series of aggressions that the international right and its local Allied Forces have come directing in a systematical way against Venezuela with the only purpose to stop the Revolution Bolivariana and its impact in the Latin-American and Caribbean region.

He remembered that from the Chávez death, on March 5, 2013, the country has overcome several tests imposed by this series of aggressions.

"First of all, the death of the Commander. This was the first test that we had to face. And thanks to the combative spirit that bequeathed us and its example of unit, struggle, battle and victory, the revolutionists and the revolutionaries, along with the Venezuelan people we overcome this difficult circumstance", it pointed out.

He added that then "the empire and its local footmen, since then and with the assumption that deceased Chávez they would be easier to stop the Revolution Bolivariana, began to forge the series of tests, which, as our president said yesterday, they were overcome".

He thought that no other country, it has been so beleaguered, assaulted and an object of imperialist interference like Venezuela.

"The elections of April, 2013, the regional and municipal elections of December of the same year (that the opposition considered like plebiscite), the guarimbas (violent protests), the economic war, they all have been tests that we have overcome in last two years", it detailed.

He said in an emphatic way that the United States, on having seen, that the people along with its government conquered in good law its local footmen, decided for its own hand and not behind false fronts, to act and to decree multiple and diverse sanctions against Venezuelan officials.

Thus, it shows its clear interference in internal affairs of Venezuela with public declarations that damage the international law, the self-determination and independence of the States, it stressed.

"Also this official public announcement, which he declares to Venezuela like "an extraordinary and unusual threat", is also a clear warning against all Our America, it expressed.

Uribe accentuated that, as he said I mature, "we are decisive to be and to keep on being free, sovereign and independent, to defend the sleep of Bolivar and the sleep of Chávez".

He made sure that the history has taught him to the Venezuelan people "it is ready to defend to its country, cost what it costs. And this is one of the most important elements of the legacy of Commander Supremo Hugo Chávez".

Caracas, 10 sea (PL) The Venezuelan government was alert on time and it reacts today with steadfastness to the most recent unilateral measurements of the United States, considered injerencistas and like preamble of a foreign intervention.
The proper president Nicolás Maduro denounced in a message to the nation, on eve, the whole rear of what it called preparatory events of the final thud, and that began from 2013 and beginnings of 2014, with the bet to the violence in the streets of opposing groups, with balance of 43 dead persons and more than 800 injured men.

Mature it told that from the death of the president Hugo Chávez, two years ago, the Venezuelan people has faced and overcome tests imposed by the local right and the American administration, thanks to the immense pacific will that prevails in the country.

In what it goes of year, according to local authorities, the White House has expressed 105 bulletins, inmiscuyéndose in internal affairs of Venezuela, against little more than 60 in every 2014.

The people in the streets, said the leader, defeated these attacks, to which they remained called not to know the current Constitution and more recently the economic war, with hoarding, contraband and speculation with the commodities of the Venezuelan family.

To this hostile strategy without the awaited result it followed him with the officials' support of the North American embassy, the rebellious attempt of last February 12 dismantled in its moment, and different arrested of its executors, between official them of the military aviation and leaders of the opposition like the metropolitan mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma.

The blow was foreseeing bombings to institutions, assassination plans against Mature and other leaders of the Revolution and the supposed change of diet it was including a National Agreement on the Transition, published in the newspaper National and signed by the main leaders of the Creole right.

Of another part, the American Congress and the president of this country, Barack Obama, were insisting on unilateral sanctions against Venezuelan officials supposedly linked to violations of human rights in violent actions (guarimbas) of beginning of 2014.

On this initiative, the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela clarified that the United States has no jurisdiction to apply any legal norm or sanction against the sovereignty and the democratic institucionalidad of the South American country.

Venezuela requested on the other hand the support of a mission of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) who visited Caracas one week ago and pushed any act back injerencista and aggressively against the country.

Earlier, Mature he announced a bundle of diplomatic measurements before so many interference of Washington and instructed to limit the diplomatic personnel in Caracas and new regulations to the visa system for American citizens.

The chief affirmed that that was enough so that Obama was erected in the proprietor of the world and was expressing the most recent executive order, in which one he declared the emergency and to Venezuela like "unusual and extraordinary threat for the national security" of its country.

Mature it told that it is a question of the most unjust, aggressive and pernicious step of Obama's administration, and it confirmed that again the people along with its National Armed force Bolivariana will be able to defeat the new dashing.

The head of state requested also to the National Assembly a law for enabling route to defend the peace, the sovereignty and the integrity, a legislation directed to prepare to the country for all the future stages and to triumph with the peace, affirmed.

For his part, the Venezuelan chancellery called to consultation its Chargé d'affaires in Washington, Maximilien Arvelaiz, while several organizations as the Close Socialist party of Venezuela pushed the aggression threat back and showed its commitment to defend the nation at any price.

The holder of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, denounced that the American maneuver tries to prevent Venezuela from helping to the Summit of the America to be celebrated in Velveteen next April.

Also representatives of the civil power in Venezuela, like the Defender of the People, Tarek William, thought that the plan of Washington is to untie a dirty war to be able to attack and discredit the homeland and the Mature president.

In turn, it showed that to declare Venezuela like a threat for the safety of the US government would imply a military threat.

In accordance with the ambassador of Venezuela before the Organization of American states (OEA), Roy Chaderton, the northern country takes addiction as the wars because it sees them like a business.

The diplomat emphasized that the empire tries to destroy the "bad example" that constitutes Venezuela, because it has resisted for 16 years all kinds of threats.

After highlighting the internaconal solidarity, Chaderton added that Venezuela is not alone and is provided with what it called a big protection ring, the legacy of Hugo Chávez, one of the big worries of the United States.

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Mature it requested to the Assembly Nations these enabling powers to legislate in order to the territorial integralidad to protect the people, the economy, to deepen the international alliances and to guarantee the popular organization, pointed out the holder.

According to Arreaza, it is difficult to understand of that it forms Venezuela can represent a threat to the USA, as Barack Obama declares in a recent executive order.

The Government of alone Caracas defends a proper, autonomous and sovereign national development project, he said to the private channel Televen.

Pere we have oil, gas, minerals it waters down and other resources aspired by the capitalist system, that's why attack us, thought the executive vice-president.

Also, he added, the aggression of Washington turns out to be illegal from the point of view of the international law because it violates the beginning of the territoriality.

The sanctions of the North American Congress against Venezuela constitute also a threat to the safety, the sovereignty and the legitimate will to develop freely, it highlighted Arreaza.

The USA accuses of violating the human rights to those who protected the people in the guarimbas (violent actions) happened to beginnings of 2014, but thanks to them the consequences were not major, it annotated.

"We need to develop a doctrine to push this type of extraterritorial laws back and like people, must be a political and cultural wall against any aggression to take possession of the natural resources".

I hope in the next Summit of the Americas, in Panama, bridges could have a tendency in the peoples, added the holder.

Mature it has done big efforts to guarantee by means of a peace diplomacy the best relations with the countries of the world, but if it is necessary we will give the life for there defend the homeland, the people, and the Constitution, he stood out.

Also, it was alert on the possible consequences of this type of laws, which serve like pretext for invasions.

In the last 15 years there has been consolidated a National Armed force Bolivariana (FANB) that is that of the Liberator Simón Bolívar again, with men and women ready to give everything for the respect to the Constitution and the independence.

The FANB is a guarantee of the defense of the national sovereignty and one of the main works of Chávez, it pointed.

Arreaza concluded that the internal problems will be solved between the Venezuelans, for which there will be elections and the peace will be the main victory.


ea (PL) Venezuela will receive from today the support of more than 100 political parties of four continents, which this way decided it in a forum organized here by the Party of the Work (PT) of Mexico. Representatives of 132 political parties of 40 countries declared themselves in defense of the sovereignty of Venezuela and pushed back what they considered to be as threats of the United States against the South American nation.

Assembled in the Mexican capital in XIX International Seminar "The political parties in the new society", the delegates of political organizations of four continents pushed back energetically the decree of the president Barack Obama who considers Venezuela to be a threat to the national security of the United States.

We declare that if there is a threat against the sovereignty of Latin America and the Caribbean Sea and belongs to all the peoples of the world the imperialist aggression that carries out the United States in its search driven to despair for maintaining its hegemony and the control of the strategic resources of the planet, they affirmed in a bulletin.

Also they considered Obama's decree to be a war declaration against Venezuela and the whole continent, "a region of peace that maintains firm positions antimperialistas and anticolonial".

The message expresses the solidarity with the government bolivariano and chavista that the president Nicolás Maduro heads.

Representatives of these groups recounted in press conference the demand to Washington so that one retracts of its attacks Venezuela.

Ricardo Canese, of the Front Guasú, of Paraguay, remembered that its country was a victim all at once of the State that now tries to apply itself against the Revolution bolivariana.

Jorge Arias, addressed to the Communist Party of Cuba, aimed that Washington irrespeta to the whole Latin America and the Caribbean Sea when he attacks to one of the countries of a region that declared itself like peace area in January, 2014.

For his part Mónica Valente, secretary of international relations of the Party of the Work of Brazil, said that this group is along with the constitutional president of the Republic Bolivariana of Venezuela.

In representation of this country deputy Rodrigo Cabezas, vice-president of the Close Socialist party of Venezuela, affirmed that "the people of Hugo Chávez feels accompanied in this new attack of the main planetary potency".

He said that its nation wishes the peace and normal relations with the United States, but on the base of the respect to the sovereignty and the self-determination.

Resident (PL) of the South African community of Mamelodi, one of the most popular quarters of this capital, expressed today its support and solidarity to the people and government of Venezuela. During a meeting in the embassy of the South American country in Pretoria, the Mamelodi representation said that it is opposed completely to the sanctions and threats against the people of always present commander Hugo Chávez.

This initiative, which was born of voluntary form, transformed in a beautiful day in which the visitors delivered a bulletin that reflects feeling of most of the inhabitants of the demarcation.

For his part, they received information about the social programs and the reality of a distant Venezuela in the geography, but very nearby in the heart.

The Venezuelan ambassadress Mairin Moreno was grateful for the gesture and said to feel happy for knowing that the cause of its country has echo in other parts of the world.

Also he repeated the rejection to the interference of the United States in the matters of Venezuela.

The Mamelodi settlers decided to form in forward support committees inside its community so that one listens to the voice of solidarity with the Revolution bolivariana.

The diplomatic legation of Caracas, by means of the project Supports a school in Africa, supports two school centers there.

Mamelodi, which melodies Mother means, is a part of the Metropolitan Municipality of the City of Tshwane (Pretoria).

Conceived like an urban residential area for blacks, it was installed during the government of the apartheid.


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Honorable President of the BolivarianRepublic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro:

As the press has reported, tomorrow Tuesday March 17, an Alba Summit will take place in Caracas to analyze the outrageous policy of the United States government toward Venezuela and Alba.

The idea of creating this organization came from Chávez himself, wanting to share with his Caribbean brothers and sisters the enormous economic resources with which nature had blessed his native homeland, the benefits of which had however landed in the hands of powerful U.S. corporations, and a few Venezuelan millionaires.

Corruption and squandering were the fundamental motivations of the first oligarchy with fascist tendencies, addicted to violence and crime. The violence and crime committed against the heroic Venezuelan people was so intolerable that it can never be forgotten, and a return will never be allowed to the shameful past of the pre-revolutionary era which led to attacks on commercial centers and the murder of thousands of people, the number of which no one can today confirm.

Simón Bolívar devoted himself entirely to liberating the continent. More than half of the best of his people struggled and died over long years of uninterrupted fighting. With less than 1% of the world’s surface area, Venezuela possesses the world’s greatest oil reserves. For a full century, the country was obliged to produce all the fuel which European powers and the United States needed. Even when today, the hydrocarbons produced over millions of years could be consumed in no more than a century, and human beings, who today number 7.2 billion, will double within 100 more years, and in 200 will reach 21 billion. Only the marvels of the most advanced technology may perhaps allow the survival of the human species for a little more time.

Why are the fabulous means of communication not used to inform and educate about these realities, instead of promoting trickery, which every one in their right mind should recognize?

An Alba Summit cannot be held without taking into account these realities which are so close to us.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has stated in a very precise manner that it has always been disposed to talk with the United States, in a peaceful and civilized fashion, but will never tolerate threats or impositions on the part of this country.

I add that I have been able to observe the attitude, not only of the people of Bolivar and Chávez, but also a special circumstance: the exemplary discipline and spirit of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. Whatever U.S. imperialism may do, it will never be able to count on them to do what they did for so many years. Today Venezuela can count on the best equipped soldiers and officers in Latin America.

When you met with officers recently, it was evident that they were ready to give their last drop of blood for the homeland.

A fraternal embrace for all Venezuelans, the peoples of Alba, and for you.


Fidel Castro Ruz

March 16, 2015

11:14 pm

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The washington cliques mouthpiece conveys a message of 'surprise' 'disappointment' and 'displeasure' at the universal rejection by the sovereign nations of america of the repressive policies of the empire? :news

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