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GRUPO DE LIMA CONDEMNS SYSTEMATIC ATTACK BY NICOLAS MADURO REGIME ON THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
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The Lima Group met on Thursday, June 6, in Guatemala City to seek a solution to the crisis in Venezuela and condemned the systematic attack by the Maduro regime on the National Assembly, and in turn supported the disposition of the president in charge Juan Guaidó in the search for solutions to stop the usurpation in the country.

Declaration of the XIV Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Lima Group

The Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group, meeting in Guatemala City, in support of the President in Charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly, express the following:

1. Strongly condemn the systematic attacks of the illegitimate and dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro against the Venezuelan National Assembly, reject the announcement of early legislative elections and reiterate their strongest support for the cessation of the usurpation, support the establishment of a government of transition and the holding of free, fair and transparent presidential elections.

2. They support the disposition of the President Juan Guaidó in charge of finding solutions in those processes aimed at the restoration of democracy in Venezuela and affirm the importance of deepening negotiations with those countries that still support the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, particularly with Russia, China, Cuba and Turkey, urging them to be part of the solution to a crisis that has an increasing impact in the region.

3. They denounce Nicolás Maduro and his illegitimate regime as being solely responsible for the increasingly serious humanitarian situation of the Venezuelan people and reiterate that his stay in power represents an obstacle to the restoration of democracy in Venezuela and constitutes a threat to peace and the security that mainly affects the region.

4. Alert about the intensification of the mass exodus of Venezuelans caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, which has become one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world, and reiterate the need for the agencies, funds and programs of the System of the United Nations and the international community to support the efforts of the host countries.

5. Urge the international community to take action in the face of the growing involvement of the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro in different forms of corruption, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime involving their relatives and frontmen, as well as the protection granted to the presence of organizations terrorists and illegal armed groups in Venezuelan territory and the impact in the region of their activities.

6. Underline the priority role of the region and, in turn, the need to coordinate efforts with the rest of the international community to support an early return of democracy in Venezuela, through a political and peaceful solution led by their own Venezuelans For this reason, they welcome the meeting between representatives of the Lima Group and the International Contact Group, held on June 3, 2019, and express their willingness to continue with the coordination.

7. Decide to continue in a permanent session and welcome the offer of the Argentine Republic to host the next meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Lima Group on a date to be defined.

 

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CUBA: THE THIRD TIME'S THE END
Roberto Alvarez Quiñones


 

An old adage says that "the third time's the charm", which, with a darker twist, could prove applicable to Cuba should Nicolás Maduro be removed from power.

Shortly after the disintegration of the USSR and the collapse of the Cuban economy, which plummeted by 35%, triggering a " Special Period" and the Opción Zero energy crisis, Hugo Chávez emerged as if from a magician's hat, and Venezuela began to breastfeed Castroism. But now with that country mired in the worst crisis of its history, and el chavismo sinking fast, there is no other wet nurse in sight who might suckle Cuba.  The Cuban dictatorship will be left without a benefactor.

Some scholars have calculated that the USSR gave Cuba subsidies in the amount of 35 billion dollars between 1961 and 1991, and that this amount was surpassed by Venezuela, which sent 37.2 billion between 2000 and 2018.

These figures may be lower than the real ones, because there is no access to the official sources to verify them. In any case, the amount does not matter as much as the crime committed by
Raúl Castro and his military junta by maintaining a socioeconomic system that collapses if it does not receive foreign funding. As Fidel Castro admitted in a senescent lapse back in 2010: "it doesn't work".

In addition to the subsidies under the veil of "bilateral cooperation" (loans to cover Cuba's trade deficits, and other ones that Castro never paid back), Moscow gave Cuba tens of billions of dollars in armaments and triangular re-export operations of oil via the
COMECON. In other words, for 30 years Cuba received a massive amount of money from the USSR, with both governments masking it.

Soviet armaments: the backbone of Castroism

These arms included tanks, fighter jets of more than seven million dollars each, like the MIG-23; rockets and cannons, antiaircraft guns, helicopters, frigates, torpedo boats, radar and espionage technology, hundreds of thousands of rifles, machine guns, mortars, armored vehicles, thousands of trucks and jeeps; and all the supplies for what became the largest and most powerful Army (300,000 troops) in Latin America, after Brazil's. The USSR even deployed 42 nuclear missiles on the island, which could have destroyed New York and Washington.

Those billions of dollars did not go directly to the economy, but they were the linchpin of Castroism. They allowed Fidel Castro to deify himself, and betray the populist, democratic socialist political platform he had promised at Moncada, and impose a Communist system, to perpetuate his hold on power.

It was a pact worthy of the mafia. Moscow turned Cuba into a spearhead for Soviet expansion in the Americas, and its confrontation with Washington. And Fidel Castro, in return, was endowed with such military power that his megalomania was given free rein. He intervened militarily in Latin American countries, and sent almost 500,000 soldiers to fight in African wars, and in the Middle East, where thousands of Cubans died, for nothing.
 

 

 



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JUNE 17, 2019

JUAN GUAIDO REQUESTS COLOMBIA TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED ACTS OF CORRUPTION BY HIS COLLABORATORS

  CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --     The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, asked on Friday the Colombian authorities to investigate alleged acts of corruption of his delegates in that country, after allegations of embezzlement of funds. A publication of the digital media Panam Post points out two delegates of Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, to divert resources destined to defray military expenses that withdrew their support to Nicolás Maduro and defected to Colombia last February.

"Delegation in Colombia has handled the situation of the military in that country with austerity and economic limitations, and in the face of denunciations, I ask Ambassador Humberto Calderón Bert to formally request Colombian intelligence agencies to carry out the necessary research: Transparency above all!" Guaidó wrote on Twitter. Humberto Calderón Berti, former president of the state oil company Pdvsa, is the representative of Guaidó in Bogotá. According to Panam Post, the irregularities include "invoices that show excesses", expenses "of clothes in very expensive stores in Bogotá and in Cúcuta", as well as vehicle rental and payment of hotels with "overpricing". The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, echoed the newspaper text and requested an investigation.

"We ask the competent jurisdiction for an investigation to clarify the grave charges laid down here, determine responsibilities and demand accountability, and there is no possible democratization under the opacity of acts of corruption," he affirmed on Twitter. On May 15, more than sixty deserters from the armed forces of Venezuela and their families were evicted from the hotel where they were sheltering in Colombia due to debts with the lodging. Guaidó, who for more than four months has been leading the pressure to remove Maduro from power, has insisted that the oil country's debacle is a consequence of the corruption registered during 20 years of Chavez administration.

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES CONSIDER IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO AND HIS CRONIES IN  THE REGIME

   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM   --  The main European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuelans Nicolás Maduro and several high-level officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although the divisions continue on the schedule of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated solution to the country's crisis . Sanctions such as financial and travel restrictions are being evaluated by a core group of five nations (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands) before being proposed to the European Council, said diplomats and members of the Venezuelan opposition with knowledge of the plan.

A total of five sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deliberations publicly. While Maduro is among a dozen officials who could receive sanctions, a final decision has not been made, two people said. The group must still overcome internal divisions before making a formal proposal to the executive branch of the EU.

Diplomats and members of the Venezuelan opposition with knowledge of the plans said that the sanctions being analyzed could also be applied to important members of the armed forces and the judicial system, who have been instrumental in the arrest of the Venezuelan opposition leader's allies. Juan Guaidó However, the main obstacle to the plan is the fear that it could hamper current international efforts to
find a negotiated solution to the country's crisis.

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT WITHDREW ITS SUPPORT FOR  PROJECT THAT ALLOWS RATIFICATION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND CUBA

   STOCKHOLM, SWEDISH --  "The Swedish Government revokes draft law 2017/18: 285 Agreement on political dialogue and cooperation between the European Union and its member states, on the one hand, and the Republic of Cuba, on the other, the Swedish Foreign Ministry reported," by not having enough votes in the Parliament of that Scandinavian nation. Erik Jennische, director for Latin America of the organization Civil Rights Defender, explained via telephone to 14ymedio from Stockholm, that the Government and the Foreign Commission after listening to the Cuban democrats decided not to ratify the agreement. Several opponents of the island have presented to Swedish parliamentarians, in the last year, their proposals to democratize the island, which include a rejection of the agreement between the EU and the Cuban authorities.

     "For the last five years we have been working with opponents and representatives of civil society to help European Union politicians take into account not only the opinion of the Government of Cuba, but also that of independent activists," Jennische explained. "Neither the European Union, nor obviously Cuba, have allowed -for example- that independent journalists attend press conferences once the bilateral meetings in Havana have concluded, nor have they held meetings with independent civil society," he added. In the opposition the agreement has not enjoyed legitimacy because civil society was not invited to participate in its preparation, explained human rights defender Erik Jennische

    Jennische referred to the agreement signed by the European Union with Central America and regretted that Cuba, "a definitely undemocratic country," is required less than the countries of that region. "The content of the agreement is very weak and does not demand changes on the island. [The Government of] Cuba could continue to violate human rights without breaking the terms of the agreement." The only thing the agreement asks is a dialogue on human rights that is being carried out. once a year and where it is the Cuban government itself that chooses the organizations that participate in it, "he explained. Along with Sweden, neither Lithuania, Ireland and the Netherlands have ratified the European Union's agreement with Cuba. The opponent Manuel Cuesta Morúa believes that the Swedish authorities are "sending an important message: we have tried everything with the Cuban Government and this shows no real will to change, to respect the agreements and its own constitutional architecture" "With a little honorable government can There is no dialogue, no cooperation, the continuity of the repression and the existence of political prisoners does not invite cooperation with this type of States, I do not agree, "said the Coordinator of the Unit for Democratic Action.



JUNE 15, 2019

USA MILITARY SAYS IRANIAN VESSELS WERE OBSERVED NEAR 2 TANKERS ATTACKED IN GULF OF OMAN

  WASHINGTON. D.C.   --    The U.S. Navy assisted the ships, one of which was set ablaze. Some 44 crew members abandoned ship; they sustained only minor injuries. Hours after two oil tankers were hit in a suspected attack in international waters of the Gulf of Oman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran. He did not offer any evidence that Iran was responsible for the attack, pointing instead to intelligence, the weapons used and recent Iranian attacks on other targets. Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown released a statement Thursday that said, "The U.S. and our partners in the region will take all necessary measures to defend ourselves and our interests. Today's attacks are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce."

     "We have no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East," he added. "We will defend our interests, but a war with Iran is not in our strategic interest, nor in the best interest of the international community." Last month, four commercial ships in the same passageway sustained serious damage in another episode that Pompeo said was carried out by Iran. Iran's permanent mission to the U.N. called the U.S. accusations "inflammatory." The statement said, "Iran categorically rejects the U.S. unfounded claim." It said the U.S., which "unlawfully withdrew" from the international nuclear agreement, has no standing to call on Iran to engage in negotiations and diplomacy. The statement said the U.S. is the main source of "insecurity and instability in the wider Persian Gulf region."

     Speaking to reporters at the State Department in Washington, Pompeo said Iran is using "terror, bloodshed and extortion" in an attempt to pressure the U.S. to ease what he described as a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. "Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran," Pompeo said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Thursday that "these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security." Pompeo provided no specifics about any planned response and took no questions from reporters. The U.S. has reimposed economic sanctions on Iran since the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago. The U.S. wants a tougher pact than the one agreed to in 2015. American officials are also calling for Iran to behave like a "normal" nation. Pompeo focused on diplomatic responses to the attacks on Thursday, a sharp contrast coming after weeks of concern over whether the two countries could be headed toward a military confrontation. "Our policy remains an economic and diplomatic effort to bring Iran back to the negotiating table," he said.

IN MAY, THE OIL PRODUCTION AND EXPORTS OF VENEZUELA FELL.  IT SEEMS TO BE THE NEW LOW

   Washington, D. C.  -- OPEC has just published the Monthly Bulletin of the Oil Market corresponding to May 2019, which shows an increase to the production of Venezuela, standing at 741 thousand barrels per day (bpd), according to independent or secondary sources. A collapse equivalent to 4.51% with respect to the previous month. In terms of the PDVSA box represents a monthly fall in revenues of USD 61 million. In May, Venezuela's oil production fell 35 thousand bpd with April The Venezuelan Ministry of Petroleum (direct communication) indicated that oil production was 1.05 billion bpd in May. An increase of 13 thousand bpd compared to April.

     However, Venezuela produced 1,229 million bpd due to the fact that OPEC's assigned quota of 1.97 million bpd -focused at the December 2016 meeting-, although, in the last agreement of December 2018, Venezuela was left out of the new cut in OPEC production. For the executive director of Inter-American Trends, Antonio de la Cruz, " Venezuela's oil production returned to the volume of the month of March, indicating that the previous month's rise was the product of the import of light crude oil from Nigeria" Yes this trend is maintained, Venezuela would be producing 383 thousand bpd at the end of 2019. " The production of crude oil in the environment of 700 thousand bpd was not observed in the country since the two months of the national civic strike of 2003.

     Also, the executive director of Inter-American Trends said that " in May, Venezuela exported 644 thousand bpd according to the TankerTracker. A fall of 231 thousand bpd compared to the previous month ". The company Baker Hughes reports in its May " International Rig Count " report that drilling activity in Venezuela remains the same since March. Of the 22 rigs on the ground, 2 were assigned to the gas area and the rest to the oil area. Regarding the price of a barrel of Venezuelan oil, OPEC indicated that Merey-type crude (Venezuelan marker) was at $ 59.15 a barrel in May. An increase of 0.3% with respect to the previous month.

VENEZUELA DOES NOT HAVE THE LARGEST OIL RESERVES IN THE WORLD -- THE USA HAS IT

   WASHINGTON, D.C.      --    The USA Is the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, according to estimates by Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy. Venezuela ranks ninth behind China | Rystad Report June 2019. According to the most recent review (June 2019) of the Rystad Energy consultancy of recoverable oil resources in the world, Venezuela does not have the largest proven reserves in the world. Officially, Venezuela has the largest crude oil reserves in the world with 303 billion barrels of proven reserves. However, a large part of this oil is extra-heavy crude and it may not be economical to produce it at the current prices. Therefore, it is possible that part of the Venezuelan barrels is no longer in the "proven reserves" category. The proven reserves of Venezuela went from 77 billion barrels in 2005 to 297 billion barrels in 2014.

    The main reason for this was not a lot of new oil discoveries. No, it was the fact that oil prices had reached three digits, which made Venezuela's extra-heavy oil production economic. In other words, the "resources" (oil in the soil) were transferred to the category of "proven reserves" (oil that is economically feasible to produce). Venezuela reported to OPEC that by the end of 2017 it had 302,809 million barrels of oil as proved reserves. The numbers of Rystad Energy severely challenge the official figures of Venezuela, when calculating that Venezuela has 68 billion barrels of recoverable oil resources (2PCX), 2 billion less than in the previous revision (June 2018).

    The Rystad group based in Oslo also analyzes production performance, drilling and exploratory activity to estimate reserves for individual fields. As a result, the fall in the price of oil since 2014 and the consequent economic turbulence in Venezuela has drastically dragged its reserve estimates for the country. "The main reason oil resources in Venezuela have been revised downwards is due to lower prospects for oil prices," said Rystad analyst Aditya Ravi in 2017. "The lower oil price has especially affected Venezuela and the production in the country has decreased faster than we estimated for the first time " In fact, while Venezuela's official reserves have increased since the year 2000 because oil prices increased optimism, the country's oil production went in the opposite direction since Chávez came to power in 1998. And with Maduro since 2013, the problems were aggravated. The largest reserves are in the US.

JUNE 14, 2019

MARIA CORINA MACHADO AND ANTONIO LEDEZMA AFFIRMED THAT FORCE IS THE ONLY OPTION TO END THE MADURO DICTATORSHIP

  Caracas, Venezuela --    Through a public letter, Venezuelan opposition leaders asked interim president Juan Guaidó to cancel the mediation of Norway, considering it an "opaque and harmful negotiation." María Corina Machado, Antonio Ledezma and Diego Arria again demonstrated against the mediation of the Government of Norway to find a solution to the Venezuelan crisis, and reiterated their position to use force to end the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. "Cancel and close definitively, without leaving spaces for suspicions, this opaque and harmful negotiation," the opposition officials indicated in a public letter addressed to interim president Juan Guaidó. Machado, Ledezma and Arria warned about "the possibility of a pact with organized crime arising a 'democratic elections' to be held under his control."

     "You, Mr. President, have insisted on repeating that, faced with the regime, all the options are on the table, in fact, there is only one and only real option left on the table, which is strength, understood as the appropriate combination of the institutional strength of the National Assembly, of its Interim Presidency and of the legitimate TSJ, with the strength of the organized mobilization of the Venezuelans and the strength of a loyal international coalition, that cooperates with us in the task of evicting the prevailing narco-state, liberating to Venezuela and to rebuild the Republic, we ask you to assume this reality, "the letter added. You know that the propaganda skill of the Russians and the Cubans tries to fix a narrative that the proposed thing would be, thus, a military invasion difficult to execute and of uncertain effects even after the regime was overthrown; arguing the existence of opposing forces that would resist, generating problems of uncontrollable violence and ungovernability. But you and we know that this is the Cuban legend of occasion and historically recreated in all the criminal experiences in which it has colluded.

    The Venezuelan people are deeply united in their pain, in their urgencies, in their demand for humane and dignified treatment, in that more than 90 percent that reject drug trafficking. The bulk of our own National Armed Forces, without the Cuban controls, would be on the side of the people and the Constitution in a country that, like ours, at a good time, has no ethnic, religious or interregional problems, and has shown in different moments of its history a formidable capacity to assume and successfully overcome its political transitions. The opposition leaders sent this letter on the same day that Maduro launched a tough threat against Guaidó, stating that the interim president "will not take power either by bad or by good." "The opposition wants to carry out a coup in Venezuela, but they will not succeed, I swear they will not come back badly or for good, there will be revolution for long, I swear to you," he exclaimed on Tuesday during the second anniversary of the Movement We are Venezuela.

PRESIDENT TRUMP EVALUATES THE POSSIBILITY OF GRANTING TPS TO VENEZUELANS

   Washington, D. C.  --  US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was studying the possibility of granting asylum or temporary protection status (TPS) to Venezuelans who have left their country because of the political crisis. economic and social life there. Before the specific question of a journalist in the White House about that possibility. "We are looking at that and we are very involved in the crisis in Venezuela, it is a horrible situation, a horrible situation that has been brewing for many years, it really started in the worst way since the Biden-Obama administration, but it has been brewing for a long time, "said Trump.

      The US government had already said it was evaluating that possibility, but it is the first time that Trump has ruled on the matter. In March, at a Senate hearing, the United States special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said that the possibility of granting TPS to Venezuelans was "under consideration." Trump also pointed out, on Tuesday, at the White House before leaving for Ohio, which received a warm letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and described the correspondence as "beautiful."

     "I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un. I can not tell you the content, obviously, but it was a very personal letter, very warm and very nice, I appreciate it, and I'll say it again, I think North Korea has a tremendous potential and he will be there, "said the president. He even praised the leadership of that country, the people and its location, which he described as "incredible". "I think North Korea has tremendous potential, and the one who feels that more than anyone else is Kim Jong Un." Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump added: "I think something is going to happen that will be very positive," but did not give details.

THE PARLIAMENTARY IMMUNITY OF 22 DEPUTIES ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE HAS BEEN THREATENED

   Caracas, Venezuela     --   The deputy of the National Assembly (AN), María Hernández, counted up to 22 members of the Legislative Power threatened by the mechanisms of the Chavista regime of Nicolás Maduro to be persecuted, ignoring their parliamentary immunity. After the threats to Tomás Guanipa and José Guerra on Wednesday, June 12, the number of parliamentarians appointed by the Supreme Court, under the orders of Chavez, exceeds twenty. Before the outrage against Guerra and Guanipa, Guaidó denounced "the pretension of the regime to end the National Assembly." He also considers that each harassment worsens the country's problems and sharpens the end of the dictatorship. "

     # 12Jun There are 22 Members of the @AsambleaVE whose immunity, Universal Right for the representatives of the citizens, has been violated by the Dictatorship. Even so, persevere in being Free. And we will achieve it. Top Venezuela Let the Dictatorship fall! pic.twitter.com/z06IooN09c The updated list is headed by Julio Borges, who represents the country before the Lima Group, the young leader Juan Reuquesens and the president of the Legislative Branch, Juan Guaidó, recognized by more than 50 countries as the interim president from Venezuela.

      Several deputies chose to take temporary refuge in embassies attached to the democratic return, as is the case of Freddy Guevara or Richard Blanco; others remain active from exile, as do José Manuel Olivares or Luis Florido and, finally, the first vice president of the AN, Edgar Zambrano, was the victim of arbitrary detention. We must warn the seriousness of the acquiescence to the immunity of @JoseAGuerra and @TomasGuanipa, the abuse of the will of the voters and the pretension of the regime to end the @AsambleaVE. Each harassment worsens the country's problems and sharpens the end of the dictatorship.


JUNE 13, 2019

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO THREATENED PRESIDENT INTERIM JUAN GUAIDO: "HE WILL NOT TAKE POWER EITHER BY BAD OR BY GOOD

  Caracas, Venezuela --    The Venezuelan dictator sent a message to the President in Charge, recognized by more than 50 countries of the world. "Here there is revolution for long," he challenged. He also denied poverty rates "The opposition wants to take a coup in Venezuela, but they will not succeed, I swear they will not come back badly or for good." There will be a revolution for a long time, I swear, "he exclaimed. this Tuesday Nicolás Maduro during the second anniversary of Movimiento Somos Venezuela in a clear message to Juan Guaidó, the president in charge of Venezuela recognized by more than 50 countries. "Whatever they do they will not be able to, because there is a solid civic-military union, a solid power based on the Constitution, the further we advance, the more guarantee of peace and stability there is," the Chavez added.

     The dictator launched these threats at the same time he asked for "a dialogue" to get out of the crisis. Weeks ago, negotiations in Oslo were frustrated precisely by the lack of Chavez's will. According to the Guaidó environment, the only possible dialogue must include the exit of the "usurper". In the same intervention in which he threatened his detractors, Maduro also assured that in Venezuela, extreme poverty or misery, has been "reduced" and put in "five or six percent" the number of people in this condition. He made these statements even when there are studies that affirm that 60% of Venezuelans go to bed hungry every night. In addition, it did not provide any official figures, statistics that the regime has been hiding for years.

     Moreover, this week Unicef warned that one in three Venezuelan children require urgent help in nutrition, health and education. The United Nations agency said there are 3.2 million children with these basic needs unmet. It is that Venezuela experiences the greatest economic collapse happened in a country without war in at least 45 years. According to the economists quoted by The New York Times, the bad government, corruption and erroneous policies of the regime of Nicolás Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, unleashed a rampant inflation that closed businesses and destroyed the country. Last Monday, for example - and according to the data released by the Finance Committee of the National Assembly - it was known that inflation in May stood at 31.3%, with which it accumulates 905.6% in the first five months of the year.

LAURA CHINCHILLA: REGIME OF DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO HAS DISPLACED 4 MILLION VENEZUELANS

   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  --  The ex president of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) presides the conference "Integral migration policy: An experience from Costa Rica" this Tuesday, in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Chinchilla affirmed that the "dictatorial" regime of Venezuela has provoked a humanitarian crisis of such magnitude in that country, which has caused the largest diaspora known in the history of the American continent. "According to recent figures from the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), and there are four million Venezuelans who have left their country, especially in the last three years, because of a dictatorial government that has cut the human rights and the cause of the debacle of the economy in Venezuela, "said the ex-governor during a conference in Santo Domingo. She compared the situation of the Venezuelan people with the crisis in Syria and complained that, in the face of the Venezuelan situation, the international community does not provide the support that is required.

     Although she appreciated the support that Venezuelan emigrants have given to nearby countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador, she warned that these nations "can no longer tolerate" the pressure of such high migration from Venezuela. "The situation in Cúcuta, on the border of Colombia and Venezuela, is dramatic (...) these days I was in Washington talking to the ambassadors of Venezuela and Colombia and the latter told me that his country is investing 4% of its GDP ( gross domestic product) in aid for Venezuelans, "said Chinchilla. However, she assured that Latin America has an obligation, for humanitarian reasons, to welcome Venezuelans fleeing the crisis situation in their country, always doing so in an orderly manner and respecting human rights. On the other hand, Chinchilla, who delivered the conference "Integral migration policy: An experience from Costa Rica," said that there are also specific processes in the region in relation to emigrants, and cited the cases of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as those of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

     In her opinion, the Dominican Republic is in the "right direction" in immigration matters and stressed that the Caribbean country is working "seriously" in that regard, and that it has the "necessary instruments" to try to get the most out of the migratory flows. Also, that as a result of the crisis situation that Nicaragua went through last year, many citizens of this last country migrated to Costa Rica, where a "populist and xenophobic" movement against them arose, which was stopped by the association of "all "Costa Rican" ex-presidents, who initiated the 'Somos Hermanos' campaign. " The conference that Chinchilla dictated was organized by the National Institute of Migration of the Dominican Republic (INMRD), and was supported by the World Leadership Alliance-Club of Madrid (WLA-CdM), represented by its program officer, the Spanish Rafael Moreno López.

JOEL GARCIA: AN ACTIVE DUTY GENERAL CONFESSED THAT JUAN REQUESENS WAS TORTURED TO INCRIMINATE OTHER OPPOSITION LEADERS

   Caracas, Venezuela     --  The lawyer of the deputy Juan Requesens, Joel García, indicated that they will offer the result of the hearing to the parliamentarian that culminated this Tuesday in the Palace of Justice. Requesens affirmed that on July 1 will be answered from the audience and assured that the freedom of the diplomat will come hand in hand with the freedom of democracy.

     This was said in an interview for TVVenezuela, that the outcome of this hearing will be announced on July 1 and noted that Requesens "is morally strong and convinced that this fight is worth it and soon will end because his freedom comes hand in hand with the freedom of Venezuela. " "I know that Juan Requesens' freedom comes soon, either by the hand of the judge or by democracy," he said. He also said that "Juan Requesens is prepared to be a prisoner, he is aware and he is not even imploring a freedom for nothing because he knows that his freedom has to come by being innocent.

     On the other hand, he said that "an active general confessed that he was tortured and told him that in order to get out of the problem, he only had to record a video saying that Antonio Ledezma, Leopoldo López, María Corina Machado, and deputy Juan Requesens are involved in the assassination, of course he refused to do so and that is why he is still behind bars. " He assured that the Public Prosecutor's Office is aware of these "cruel and inhuman" treatment, because on many occasions, they were present because the deputies could see them "

JUNE 12, 2019

INTERVIEW: JUAN GUAIDO REITERATES THAT DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO MUST LEAVE MIRAFLORES BEFORE A FREE ELECTION

  Caracas, Venezuela --      After five months of assuming the presidency in charge of Venezuela, in a dictatorship, the president of the National Assembly, Juan Gerardo Guaidó, spoke exclusively with LaPatilla.com , where he expressed the critical situation that Venezuelans live, "we are about to pass from the emergency to the humanitarian catastrophe, although what we live is a total tragedy ". "How is the country? Very critical, very serious, on the verge of passing from the humanitarian emergency to the catastrophe, the difference is for technical terms of the United Nations Organization, because for us it is already a tragedy ".

     However, he stressed that in the reconstruction of our democracy " we are doing well, because we are the majority and we are going to exercise it, we have international support , we have seen that the Armed Forces are in favor of the constitution". Although he said that "of course there is a leadership that is taking care of their interests." "They have been an unpublished five months for Venezuela, but never before have we gathered the necessary elements to achieve the transition as now," said the president in charge. When asked about what has been missing to achieve the cessation of the usurpation, Guaidó emphasized that " we are facing a dictatorship, and that is the last little push that is needed to recover our normality ."

    He reminded readers that there are some variables that have made progress towards change:
1.- Popular support, they do not have it anymore.
2.- International support, they no longer have it. Russia and China have already given different statements, which we applaud.
3.- Support and difference in the Armed Forces, it can not be generalized that the Armed Forces support Maduro.
4.- The popular mobilization in the street, they do not have it either. Years ago they lost it.|
He added that in order to obtain "ingredient X", it is necessary to exercise these variables together until the cessation of the usurpation occurs. "Transitions are not decreed, they are built, as we have done in Venezuela". In addition, he called for further pressure on these variables. "The world consensus is a free election"

45% OF THE COLOMBIAN TERRORIST GROUP ELN IS OPERATING IN VENEZUELA TERRITORY

   Caracas, Venezuela    --    The Marxist guerrilla group ELN is operating in Venezuelan territory with the approval of Nicolas Maduro's socialist dictatorship. According to Colombian General Luis Fernando Navarro, 45% of the terrorist group ELN (National Liberation Army) is currently operating out of Venezuela. General Navarro declared that they are working to determine the exact number of troops in that country. Over one thousand men out of 2,300 guerrilla soldiers identified by the Colombian Ministry of Defense are thought to be on Venezuelan soil. According to General Navarro, these men are mobilized in border states such as Zulia, Apure, and Tachira, with the approval of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.|

     “Based on our intel reports, we estimate that about 40% or 45% of the ELN is in Venezuela, particularly the North, Northeast, and East fronts. That is also the case with respect to its leadership: alias “Pablito” remains in the Apure state along with other top leaders from the National. Directorate,” claimed General Navarro in an interview for Caracol Radio. The PanAm Post has spoken with sources confirming that the ELN operates in 12 Venezuelan states in total, carrying out operations similar to those they used to undertake in Colombia. Fundaredes director Javier Tarazona informs us that the ELN recruits migrants fleeing from the regime: they control radio stations, manage and distribute CLAP boxes (boxes with basic goods such as milk, corn flour, vegetable oil, among others), and indoctrinate minors at schools nearby the Colombia-Venezuela border.

     Tarazona argues that is necessary to thwart the activities of illegal organizations that are abusing the people, especially the Venezuelan people, by recruiting more and more individuals for their criminal operations. In addition, the Attorney General’s office has received reports that the Venezuelan military is providing illegal Colombian organizations, including the ELN, with weapons and ammunition. Security and defense analyst John Marulanda told the PanAm Post that the ELN’s presence in Venezuela involves illicit businesses, which bring in considerable funds for the organization. “That money allows ELN to recruit people, purchase weapons, and buy loyalty.” He also claimed that, both in Colombia and Venezuela, the ELN is not only present in zones of coca production, but that the guerrilla group is in areas rich in minerals, so they engage in illegal mining. “We must be aware that the ELN is forging alliances with other criminal groups, while continuing to kidnap and extort. The ELN is a real and current threat,” he said.

MILITARY FROM CUBA, RUSSIA, VENEZUELA AND THE USA WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER NICARAGUA

   Managua, Nicaragua     --  Military personnel from Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and the United States, among other countries, may enter Nicaraguan territory in order to exchange experiences and conduct training operations. This was approved by the Parliament of Nicaragua with 73 votes in favor and 16 against, according to EFE. The request was made by President Daniel Ortega "as a matter of urgency" to the National Assembly, who approved it during an extraordinary assembly, this Friday. Foreign soldiers will visit Nicaragua for the purpose of "training, instruction and exchange of military experiences and exercises of a humanitarian nature and the departure of Nicaraguan troops, ships and aircraft out of the country during the second half of 2018", according to the approved permit.

     Nicaragua is submerged in a sociopolitical crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 285 people, including young people, because of the repression in protests against Ortega, so this decision of Parliament, mostly pro-government, caused controversy in the country. Nicaragua will also be able to enter the military from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Taiwan. The deputies also gave way to the training of Nicaraguan soldiers in Mexico, Panama and Russia, in the same semester. Despite the controversy, the entry of foreign troops into Nicaraguan territory is approved every six months, regardless of the political context.

     The Nicaraguan analyst Elvira Cuadra Lira, from the Center for Communication Research (CINCO) and expert in security issues, was quoted on the subject to Diario de Cuba , where she confirmed: «Every semester of the year, the National Assembly approves decrees authorizing this type of military missions to Nicaragua. The participating countries are diverse, including the United States. I think it responds to an image of 'normality' that the Government and the Army want to convey outward.Probably, it also contains a dose of interest to intimidate and generate speculation within the country in relation to the arrival of troops from Cuba and Venezuela to participate in the repression actions, "he said.

JUNE 11, 2019

COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE WILL NOT ALLOW VENEZUELAN BORDER TO BE REBEL SANCTUARY

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA --      Colombia will not allow its border with Venezuela to become a sanctuary for the leftist ELN rebel group, President Ivan Duque said on Friday, after local media published documents said to show Venezuela has given weapons to the group. Local media Red+ Noticias, which published the documents late on Thursday, said they are signed by Venezuelan military leaders and reference orders from President Nicolas Maduro that the armed forces treat the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels as their allies and avoid targeting them. Another document purportedly shows the Venezuelan military gave explosives to the guerrillas, who have fought the Colombian government for more than five decades.

     Reuters could not independently verify the content of the documents, one of which Red+ said was signed by Remigio Ceballos, the commander of the Venezuelan armed forces. Venezuela’s Information Ministry and Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “We won’t allow the border to become a sanctuary for the ELN,” Duque told journalists, adding the military will be on high alert to prevent the ELN from receiving any weapons or aid from Venezuela. “It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the report. “The ELN’s top leadership are in Venezuelan territory. (Maduro) has been giving them arms, money and help for several years.”

    Maduro’s help is motivating the ELN to forcibly recruit children and commit crimes along the two countries’ border, Duque added. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Twitter he spoke to Duque about the ELN and pledged lawmakers would collaborate with Colombia to stop attacks. “It is time for our armed forces to exercise the sovereignty of our nation and fight this irregular occupation of our territory,” said Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, denouncing Maduro’s re-election as illegitimate. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted that Duque is “lying in a scandalously compulsive manner to evade his responsibilities and distract public opinion” and that the Colombian president should “put on his pants and fulfill his obligations”.
 

VENEZUELA EXODUS ACCELERATING

   Caracas, Venezuela    --    The latest figures from the Colombian government show that the rate at which Venezuelans are fleeing their country has accelerated to the tune of 30,000 migrants a day from some 5,000 in the days before embattled leader Nicolas Maduro ordered the border with Colombia closed four months ago. That’s the Cuban “Mariel” boatlift every 4 days, although the exodus of 120,000-plus Cubans that took place from Cuba to Florida in 1980 took place over more than 5 months. And the surge comes just after the UNHCR warned that the exodus was going to accelerate. The Venezuelans leaving their country now join more than 4 million already abroad, according to that United Nations agency for refugees.

     Germany’s DW television network reported Monday that the number of asylum seekers from Venezuela in the European Union jumped 121% in March, to 14,257, citing figures by the Funke Media Group. Venezuelans seeking asylum are currently ranked in the second top position in the European Union, only behind those from Syria, whose migrants are still in the number one position with 20,392 of them seeking EU protection. Syria is closer to Europe and experiencing a fierce dictatorship and a civil war going on its seventh year. And the total number of applicants from Syria has actually decreased by 8%, according to the DW report. And even if Colombia is bearing the brunt of the exodus (1.2 million and counting, according to the UN), the effect of the crisis is already being felt outside of the Western Hemisphere.

    While not at war, Venezuelans are fleeing hyperinflation (the Maduro government admitted to a 130,000%-plus inflation rate in 2018), a nascent humanitarian crisis marked by severe food and medicine shortages that has necessitated Red Cross intervention and an economy that has lost more than half its size in terms of Gross Domestic Product since 2013. Street and political violence have also increased over the years and there is also a Constitutional crisis playing out with Maduro and National Assembly President both claiming the mantle of President. Migrants were seen using both legal crossings into Colombia and the unlawful “trochas”, crossing trails that are often besieged by criminal gangs, meaning the figures for Venezuelan migrants could be much higher.
 

THE REQUEST OF MACRI AND DUQUE TO RETURN DEMOCRACY TO VENEZUELA

   Buenos Aires, Argentina     --  The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and the one of Colombia, Iván Duque, demanded this Monday in Buenos Aires the cessation of the usurpation and the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, so that the citizens of that country can recover their freedom. "Let us all accelerate the diplomatic siege to achieve the cessation of usurpation and the dictatorship, the transitional government and the restoration of democracy in Venezuela," said the Colombian in an appearance with his counterpart at the Argentine government headquarters in Buenos Aires. Aires, where they previously had a bilateral meeting. Macri added that Maduro is "seriously affecting" the lives of millions of his compatriots who are forced to leave the country. "Some come to Argentina and many more are going to Colombia. This is something we do with great joy and solidarity, but that can not be a sustainable solution over time, "he said.

      In a speech before the media to summarize the issues discussed at the meeting, in which no questions were accepted, Duque considered his Argentine counterpart "a great ally of a just and necessary cause", as it is related to the crisis in Venezuela. "Today I want to recognize here, in your country, the support you gave to the lawsuit against the dictator Nicolás Maduro before the International Criminal Court for the crimes he has systematically committed against his citizens," said the Colombian head of state. That "support", he continued, has been "transcendental", as well as the one that the Argentine president gave "within the framework of the Lima Group and within the framework of the inter-American system to denounce these abuses" of the Chavez regime.

      In turn, Macri reiterated the "deep commitment" with the Venezuelan people, to help do "the impossible to restore democracy." "Venezuela and its Venezuelans must have the right to recover freedom in their country, a wonderful country full of potential that will only emerge from regaining democracy and respect for human rights," he concluded. Both Argentina and Colombia are part, among other more than 10 countries, of the so-called Grupo de Lima, which since August 2017 analyzes and tracks the political, social, economic and humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is experiencing. Most of the member states recognize as interim president of the country the leader of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, whose objective is precisely to achieve the exit of power by Maduro - who is not recognized as a legitimate head of state when considering the latter irregular elections- to start a transitional government and call elections.


 




 


 



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