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AUGUST 13, 2019

 

HOW IT WOULD BE A UNITED STATES MILITARY INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA
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"All options are on the table." Time and again, Donald Trump reiterates that the United States does not rule out military intervention in Venezuela. At the moment, it is only an option. The US government has been applying strong pressure on the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro through economic sanctions and diplomatic channels. Already more than 50 countries joined to recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president. This external and internal pressure has hit the Chavez regime, but not enough to achieve the objective of Washington and the Venezuelan opposition: overthrow the dictatorship and restore democracy, Infobae publishes.

The possibility of a military incursion has, both in the United States and internationally, its adherents and its detractors. The only certainty is that neither one nor the other is clear about how an eventual intervention would develop.

Frank Mora, Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and former Pentagon officer during Barack Obama's administration, explained in an article published in Foreign Affairs what an intervention in Venezuela would be like.

If Trump finally decided to use force to end Maduro's regime, Mora argues that there are "two plausible forms." One would be through a series of precision bombings; the other, "a large-scale invasion."

For the airstrikes to work, "they would have to destroy the military, security and economic infrastructure" of the Maduro regime. According to Mora, the goal would be to destroy the dictatorship's ability to repress its people and, in turn, push the military to defect.
Although he acknowledged that this type of intervention is usually presented as the most “fast, cheap, safe and effective” alternative, it can also be “unpredictable” and with a limited capacity to shape political results.

In that regard, he gave as examples the operations carried out by the United States in Libya (2011) and in Yugoslavia (1999).

The US could carry out a series of air strikes to destroy the structure of the Chavista dictatorship

In the case of Libya, the bombings lasted about seven months. The main objective - the fall of the Muammar Khadafi regime - was achieved. But, on the other hand, the country was immersed in great chaos. In summary, "the intervention achieved its limited objective."

In Yugoslavia, Mora acknowledged that the campaign was "more successful." In the three months of operations, the bombings managed to significantly hit the capacity of the Yugoslav Army and helped to establish a political framework supervised by the UN.

The former Pentagon officer detailed what the military deployment of US forces would be like to overthrow Maduro. First, "I would need to place an aircraft carrier on the coast of Venezuela to impose an air exclusion zone and attack military targets and military infrastructure." From that base, or from an allied country, tactical attack aircraft and other drones should take off. Submarines would also be used to launch Tomahawk missiles against “military targets, such as air bases, air defense facilities and communications, command and control centers”, as well as cyber weapons in order to “manipulate, degrade and destroy Venezuela's defenses” .

Mora analyzed the two possible scenarios before an intervention of this type. In the "best", the first bombings would cause a rapid defection of the Venezuelan military and thus avoid a great escalation of violence. In the "worst case", the air strikes would last for months: "The result would be anarchy." Thousands of civilians killed, total destruction of the economy and Chavista militias would patrol the streets, in coordination with criminal groups, wreaking havoc. "The result would be anarchy." Thousands of civilians killed, total destruction of the economy and Chavista militias would patrol the streets, in coordination with criminal groups, wreaking havoc.




Mora estimated that the US would need at least 150,000 soldiers to invade Venezuela (Reuters)

This last scenario would almost certainly force the United States to send troops to Venezuelan soil to evict military forces and paramilitary groups responding to the regime. Mora estimated that, due to the difficulty of the operation and the complexity of the country's geography, US troops could remain in Venezuela much longer than the few months they had planned.

For that reason, Trump could be inclined to push a ground invasion from the beginning, accompanied by bombings. To do this, it would take at least 150,000 uniformed to face the 160,000 regular troops of Venezuela and the more than 100,000 paramilitaries who defend Maduro.

The Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center Kimberly Green recalled the latest military interventions in the United States. In Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003), the troops had to remain for almost 20 years. While in Panama (1989) -the last one that occurred in Latin America-, although the invasion lasted only 42 days, military operations lasted for four and a half years. "An invasion of Venezuela would require many more troops and would last much longer."

The Venezuelan Army has about 160,000 soldiers (AVN)
Before an eventual terrestrial intervention, Mora also analyzed the two possible scenarios. In the most successful, the Venezuelan Army would withdraw quickly and Maduro and his closest circle would flee without a fight; and the Cuban and Russian security forces - allies of the dictatorship - would leave their posts. After the collapse of the dictatorship, the United States would maintain only a limited number of soldiers to support Venezuelan forces to restore order. However, there is also the great possibility that things do not develop so easily. In the worst case, the US forces would defeat the Venezuelans, but then they will have to face the Chavista paramilitaries, Colombian insurgents, criminal groups and former members of the army. All of them, assisted and supported by Cuba and Russia. That scenario would further complicate the already alarming situation facing the Caribbean country, so the United States military would have to remain for years until a new government can maintain order.

In any scenario, Mora said, the United States should face "a long and difficult campaign to stabilize Venezuela." In addition, every military operation "would cost Americans lives, money and harm the position of the United States in Latin America."

It would almost certainly be affected by a long and difficult campaign to stabilize Venezuela after the initial fight ended. Such a commitment would cost the lives and money of the Americans and harm the position of the United States in Latin America.

"There is no military action without risk," he concluded.
 

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AUGUST 2, 2019

 

VENEZUELAN MINISTER AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT TARECK ZAIDAN EL AISSAMI MADDAN CHARGED WITH VIOLATIONS OF THE FOREIGN NARCOTICS KINgPIN DESIGNATION ACT
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Following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s El Dorado Task Force, the former Venezuelan Vice President Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (“El Aissami”) and Venezuelan businessman Samark Jose Lopez Bello were charged Thursday with criminal violations of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (“Kingpin Act”) and sanctions imposed in February 2017 by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) pursuant to the Kingpin Act. HSI worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) for prosecution of this case.

El Aissami and Lopez Bello Violated U.S. Sanctions in connection with their use of private jets, including Feb. 23, 2019 return flight by El Aissami from Russia to Venezuela. Related charges under the Kingpin Act were also filed against Victor Mones Coro, Alejandro Miguel Leon Maal, Michols Orsini Quintero, and Alejandro Antonio Quintavalle Yrady. Mones Coro, Leon Maal, And Orsini Quintero were arrested in Florida.

“Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah has held key positions in the Government of Venezuela, including that of former Vice President and current Minister of Industry and National Production. He has used his position of power to engage in international drug trafficking, earning him the designation of Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker, along with his business partner Samark Lopez Bello. It is alleged that those arrested today, looking to fill their pockets with dirty money, aided El Aissami and Lopez Bello in circumventing sanctions and violating the Kingpin Act, an OFAC designation targeting those who pose a threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. El Aissami and Lopez Bello allegedly used private jets to set up private meetings around the globe including Turkey and Russia,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York. “It is necessary to impose sanctions against foreign persons seeking to gain power and control by circumventing the law, and today’s indictment reflects HSI New York’s El Dorado Task Force resolve in holding those willing to violate such sanctions accountable. Both El Aissami and Lopez Bello will have to think twice before leaving Venezuela, as they are wanted to face justice here in New York.”

“International sanctions restrain the activities of individuals and countries deemed to have policies and practices incompatible with the U.S. from receiving the full benefit of economic, political, humanitarian, and other support the U.S. provides globally. Former Venezuelan Vice President Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah allegedly evaded the sanctions imposed by OFAC by employing U.S. companies to provide international transport via private jet. The enforcement of these sanctions is critical to the national security interests of the U.S., and I commend our law enforcement partners for their vigilance and assistance in bringing today’s charges,” said Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for SDNY.

As alleged in the indictment and superseding indictments unsealed in federal court, El Aissami became the Vice President of Venezuela in approximately January 2017. In February 2017, OFAC designated El Aissami and Lopez Bello as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act and related regulations. As a result of OFAC’s designations, U.S. persons were prohibited from, among other things, engaging in transactions or providing services to El Aissami and Lopez Bello absent a specific authorization or license from OFAC. El Aissami and Lopez Bello nevertheless worked with, among others, U.S. citizens Mones Coro and Leon Maal, as well as Orsini Quintero and Quintavalle Yrady, who held U.S. visas at the time of the crimes, in an effort to violate and evade OFAC’s sanctions by obtaining travel services, including private jet charters for El Aissami, Lopez Bello, and their relatives and associates. El Aissami and Bello paid for these services at times through intermediaries who delivered bulk cash in Venezuela.

El Aissami, Lopez Bello, Mones Coro and Leon Maal used American Charter Services LLC and its affiliates, all U.S. companies, while providing services to El Aissami and Lopez Bello in violation of the Kingpin Act and the OFAC sanctions. For example, in September 2018, Mones Coro used an American Charter Services account in the United States to pay expenses for an upcoming private flight by Lopez Bello. El Aissami, Lopez Bello, Mones Coro and Leon Maal also used SVMI Solution, LLC, another U.S. company, to receive payments for transportation services provided to El Aissami and Lopez Bello in violation of the Kingpin Act and the OFAC sanctions, such as a July 2018 funds transfer sent from Manhattan, New York to an SVMI Solution account in Florida. Earlier this year, Leon Maal helped El Aissami charter a private flight from Vnukovo International Airport in Russia to Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela on February 23, 2019.

El Aissami, 44, of Venezuela, Lopez Bello, 44, of Venezuela, Mones Coro, 51, of Florida, and Leon Maal, 41, of Florida, are each charged in five counts: (1) conspiring to use American Charter Services LLC and SVMI Solution, LLC to engage in transactions prohibited by the Kingpin Act and related regulations, and to evade sanctions imposed by OFAC pursuant to the Kingpin Act and related regulations, (2) using American Charter Services LLC to engage in transactions prohibited by the Kingpin Act and related regulations, (3) using American Charter Services LLC to evade and attempt to evade sanctions imposed by OFAC pursuant to the Kingpin Act and related regulations, (4) using SVMI Solution, LLC to engage in transactions prohibited by the Kingpin Act and related regulations, and (5) using SVMI Solution, LLC to evade and attempt to evade sanctions imposed by OFAC pursuant to the Kingpin Act and related regulations. If convicted, each of the five counts carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, for a total maximum of 150 years in prison on all accounts faced by El Aissami, Lopez Bello, Mones Coro, and Leon Maal.

Orsini Quintero, 42, of Florida, and Quintavalle Yrady, 36, of Panama, are each charged with one count of conspiring to use American Charter Services LLC and SVMI Solution, LLC to engage in transactions prohibited by the Kingpin Act and related regulations, and to evade sanctions imposed by OFAC pursuant to the Kingpin Act and related regulations. If convicted, this count carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Special thanks for the outstanding efforts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the DEA’s Special Operations Division Bilateral Investigations Unit, the DEA’s Miami Field Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. Thanks also to the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and OFAC.
This case is being handled by SDNY’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. The charges contained in the indictment and superseding indictments are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The potential maximum sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

The El Dorado Task Force is headquartered at the HSI New York Special Agent in Charge Office and at other locations in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. Task force agents educate the private financial sector to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities and promote anti-money laundering legislation through training and other outreach programs. Prosecutors use a full range of criminal and civil laws to prosecute targets and forfeit the proceeds of their illicit activity. Since its inception, the Task Force has branched out to address all financial crimes – evolving into the largest, most successful financial crimes task force in the world.
 

 



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AUGUST  21, 2019

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP comments on US TALKS "AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL" WITH VENEZUELAN OFFICIALS IN CARACAS

        WASHINGTON, D.C.   --     The president of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, said Tuesday that his government is holding talks "at a very high level" with Venezuelan officials, although Washington does not know the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. "We are in contact, we are talking with several representatives in Venezuela," Trump told reporters, when asked about reports of a White House approach to Diosdado Cabello, considered the most powerful leader after Maduro.

     "We are helping Venezuela as much as we can. We remain on the sidelines, but we are helping it. It needs a lot of help. 15 years ago it was one of the richest countries, now it is one of the poorest countries," the US president said in statements on the sidelines of the visit of the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis. "I don't want to say who, but we're talking at a very high level," he added, according to AFP information. The American Associated Press agency said Monday, citing a senior US official who did not identify, that Cabello met last month in Caracas with a person in close contact with the Trump administration and that a second meeting is being organized.

      According to the report, the secret communications with Cabello, head of the official National Constituent Assembly (ANC), and other Venezuelan officials seek to increase pressure on the Maduro government. At a press conference on Monday, Cabello denied the report, considering it "a lie" and "a huge manipulation." "The empire is very arrogant, so he believes that they will divide us with gossip. But that does not exist," he said when asked about the issue by an AP journalist. The United States and fifty countries recognize the opposition leader and parliamentary chief Juan Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela, and promote the departure of Maduro, whose government they consider a "dictatorship", and the holding of new free and transparent elections.

RUSSIA  WARNS THE UNITED STATES AGAINST A BLOCKADE TO VENEZUELA 

 

  MOSCOW, RUSSIA    --     Russia warned the United States today against attempts to impose a blockade TO Venezuela by increasing "illegal sanctions" against the Latin American country. "Naturally, we will examine the entire situation created by Washington's increase in illegal and illegitimate sanctions and attempts to impose a blockade (on Venezuela). We warn Washington against reckless steps in this area," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. .

      The diplomat said, in statements to the RIA Nóvosti agency, that the pressure exerted by the US on Venezuela will be precisely one of the issues that will be addressed tomorrow, Wednesday, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, and the vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, who makes a work visit to Moscow. At tomorrow's meeting "an exchange of opinions is planned on issues related to bilateral relations, linked to the execution of large joint projects in the field of economics, science, high technology and culture," said the Russian Foreign Ministry it's a statement. In addition, the Russian Foreign Minister and the Venezuelan Vice President will address "avenues for further coordination of positions in the international arena", as well as the situation in Venezuela.

     Unlike the meeting they held in Moscow last March, Lavrov and Rodriguez will not appear before the press at the end of the negotiations, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry told Efe. The consultations held in Moscow by the Venezuelan vice president began Monday with a meeting with the Commission's co-chair. Russian-Venezuelan High Level Intergovernmental and Russian Deputy Prime Minister for the Defense Industry, Yuri Borísov. In that meeting Rodríguez was accompanied by the Minister of the Popular Power of Economy and Finance, Simón Zerpa, the vice president of the Central Bank of Venezuela, Sohail Hernández and the vice minister for Europe, Yván Gil.

DIOSDADO CABELLO CALLS "MANIPULATION" THE NEWS ABOUT HIS SECRET MEETINGS WITH US OFFICIALS IN CARACAS  
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --   The president of the official National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, described the news of a supposed secret meeting he had with a senior US official in Caracas as a lie. "What the agency took [is] a lie, a manipulation," said Hair at a press conference from La Guaira state (north). According to that information, the president of the ANC would have met last month in Caracas "with a person who is in close contact with the government of the US president, Donald Trump."

     Cabello said that while the opposition seeks to divide the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), he will always remain in the same line as President Nicolás Maduro. "Seek to divide us? I will repeat it to you, the day the opposition decides to cross the barriers of the legality of the peace of this party or someone comes to be invoking foreign forces that invade Venezuela no matter what happens Nicolás Maduro and my person will be in the same line, defending the country, "he said. In this regard, he explained that last week in his program Con el Mazo Dando, which broadcasts the Venezuelan state television company, Cabello said he would meet with anyone, but with "authorization from the president, to talk about Venezuela, here in Venezuela and with the owners of the circus. "

     "You will see who paid for those items to come out, they tell me that behind that are mercenaries, of those who cheated a crowd here in Venezuela," he said. The president of the ANC ventured that the US government is putting aside the opposition. "At this point the United States Government is ignoring the Venezuelan opposition for many reasons, I think the main one is because of their ineptitude and because they are very thieves, all the money they give them is stolen, and the gringos don't like that steal them or fool them, "he said. Cabello said that even the opposition does not believe that his alleged secret meeting was held with a Donald Trump official, whose identity is unknown.




AUGUST  20, 2019

USA MAKES SECRET CONTACTS WITH  DIOSDADO CABELLO

        WASHINGTON, D.C.   --     The United States has initiated secret communications with the socialist leader Diosdado Cabello while officials close to President Nicolás Maduro try to obtain assurances that they will not suffer reprisals if they yield to the growing demands for him to leave power, a senior US government official told The Associated Press. Cabello, considered the most powerful man in Venezuela after Maduro, met last month in Caracas with a person who is in close contact with the government of US President Donald Trump, the official said. A second meeting is being organized, but has not yet been held. It is unknown if Maduro approved such contacts or not.

     Cabello exerts a lot of power within Venezuela, and his influence on government and security forces has increased as Maduro's power has weakened. But the US authorities have also accused Cabello of being behind huge acts of corruption, drug trafficking and even death threats towards a functioning US senator. The US official said that under no circumstances does Washington try to promote Cabello or ease the way for him to replace Maduro. Instead, the goal of contact is to increase pressure on the regime by contributing to the fight that the United States believes is taking place behind the scenes between rival power circles within the ruling party.
 

     Similar contacts are being made with other senior Venezuelan officials, the US official said, and the White House is just listening to what would be required for them to betray Maduro and support a transition plan. However, a Hair consultant said the United States has been making increasing and desperate attempts to contact him. The advisor rejected the idea that the socialist leader was betraying Maduro in some way, and said that Cabello would only meet with Americans with the permission of the president and if this contributes to Washington canceling the sanctions he is responsible for bending the Venezuelan economy, heavily dependent on oil.

ADVANCEMENT OF ELECTIONS, THE CARD OF THE MADURO REGIME TO DIVIDE AND PRESS AHEAD WITH THE DIALOGUE

 

  WAshington, d.c.    --    The possibility of advancing legislative elections in Venezuela is the new CARD from the regime of Nicolás Maduro to try to weaken and pressure the opposition led by the president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, at the dialogue table, before the failure to get rid of the sanctions of the United States. Diosdado Cabello, president of the Cuban Constituent, appointed this week a commission that will evaluate the convening of these elections by the beginning of 2020, one year before the end of the current Parliament period. The maneuver comes after Washington imposed on August 5 severe sanctions on the Maduro regime, who froze the talks in which Norway mediates, blaming its adversaries for sponsoring the pressure.

      The opposition, on the other hand, demands that presidential elections be called, to which Maduro publicly refuses. "Maduro gets up from the table because he had the illusion that through the opposition he could seek relief from sanctions," political scientist Luis Salamanca told AFP. "But he did not succeed, rather they gave him redoubled sanctions" and "annulling them does not depend on the opposition but on who issues them," he added. The United States blocked the assets of Venezuela in that country and threatened to sanction companies that negotiate with the government, which it calls "dictatorship" and has been suffocating with an oil embargo since April.


      Chavismo thus takes advantage of the possible call to parliamentarians to increase their negotiating capacity. Any electoral call is controversial for an opposition that considers Maduro illegitimate and the institutional framework that supports it. Cabello, number two of Chavismo and sanctioned by the United States, is looking for a place at the Barbados dialogue table, where he does not feel represented, according to Seijas. "When you are not in a negotiation you can be negotiated, they can negotiate you," he adds. Cabello poses a direct dialogue with Washington, which points him out of drug trafficking, an accusation he denies. The current Parliament was elected in 2015 and its mandate extends until January 5, 2021.

JUAN GUAIDO RULED OUT HOLDING ELECTIONS IN VENEZUELA WITH NICOLAS MADURO IN POWER: IT WOULD NOT BE FREE"
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --  The opposition leader recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president said he is looking for competitive elections, which implies the lifting of political disqualifications, a new Electoral Council and international supervision. Juan Guaidó clarified that presidential elections in Venezuela with Nicolás Maduro still in power would not be a "really free" election, thus discarding the possibility, mentioned between the negotiations that the opposition has with the Chavez regime in Barbados. "There would not be a really free election and we have to approximate, we, towards a competitive election ," he said in an interview to the CNN channel in Spanish , broadcast this Sunday, when asked if he would accept an election with Maduro in power but with supervision international.

      The advancement of elections has been a letter used by Chavism to try to weaken and pressure the opposition. Since the controversial National Constituent Assembly, consisting solely of the ruling party, the option of calling the polls in 2020 to renew the Parliament, controlled by the opposition, is being explored. " We would have to push and do everything possible to have a really free election, a transition that goes to reinstitutionalization, a new CNE (Electoral Council), international supervision, " he added. In his opinion, there can be no new presidential election with disqualifications or closed parties . "Exercising from that space would make a competitive election in Venezuela very difficult," he said.

     The opposition leader reiterated that any mechanism that helps to find a solution to the political crisis in Venezuela goes through " pressure " and that it must responsibly evaluate all options to approximate a solution. He also indicated that "to prolong Maduro's stay usurping functions" in the presidency, the Latin American region is at risk of having "an enclave of support for terrorism in Venezuela. Venezuela is going through a peak of political tension since last January, when Maduro swore a new six-year term not recognized by the opposition or part of the international community, because the Chavista leader was re-elected in elections in which it was forbidden to participate The main opposition leaders.

AUGUST  19, 2019

WILLIAM BROWNFIELD: THE INCURSIONS OF CRIMINAL AND TERRORIST GROUPS THAT SUPPORT MADURO IS WORRYING

        WASHINGTON, D.C.   --    The former US ambassador to Venezuela and senior advisor to the Americas Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington, William Brownfield, said they are aware of the presence in Venezuela of non-Venezuelan criminal groups permanently installed and serving as a support base to support the regime of Nicolás Maduro in exchange for the looting of wealth. “The US has evidence of the presence of criminal groups such as the ELN or the reconstituted units of the FARC that are part of the Maduro protection and security apparatus, along with thousands of Cuban military, as well as Iranians, Lebanese and Syrians belonging to Hezbollah , whose role is to protect the dictatorship.

     We are talking about a tragedy because in addition to what they do within Venezuela, these groups are already beginning to generate tension and conflict in the other countries of the hemisphere, ”said the US diplomat with vast knowledge and experience about what is happening in South America. Brownfield expressed concern about the presence of terrorist and criminal groups operating in Venezuela under orders from Maduro and did not rule out that such actions may influence the balance of geopolitical decisions in which the Venezuela case is being worked on.

     I am not going to say that they jeopardize national security but if the possibility of operations from Venezuela to several targets in the US or any other country in the hemisphere is of concern, it is another point of tension and friction in the relations of the countries of the hemisphere with Venezuela, ”he said. He regretted the critical economic situation that Venezuelans face in observing how hyperinflation destroys the hope of Venezuelan workers and entrepreneurs every day, but recalled that the serious collapse is a consequence of the murky and irresponsible management of a corrupt and violating regime of stability and the welfare of Venezuelan citizens. In his opinion it is what has sharpened and will end up expanding the Venezuelan diaspora even more.

US SENATOR MARCO RUBIO SAYS THAT DICTATOR MADURO LOSES POWER AND REVEALS WHO COULD TAKE HIS PLACE

 

  WAshington, d.c.    --    As published by El Nuevo Herald, Senator Marco Rubio says that Maduro “is surrounded by people who want to remove him to put one of them in power (…) those people are not interested in democracy, but in maintaining their privileges. [And a regime change] can happen at any time. In the last two years there have been more than five or six attempts to change the regime and none were seen coming, ”he said

     But in the middle of the volatility an undesirable event could occur: that Maduro be replaced by his number two, Diosdado Cabello, sanctioned by the Department of the Treasury, was part of what was expressed by the mentioned means. “I don't think there is any doubt that Diosdado Cabello has always wanted to be president of Venezuela. But what we have seen in recent months is how the most important positions of the regime are now occupied by people loyal to him, including members of his family and his inner circle. ”
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     If he manages to consolidate control of the repressive apparatus, Cabello could theoretically use his control over the ANC to dismiss Maduro, Rubio said.The American official stressed that Diosdado would never win a free election, and that “he seeks to seize the system to put himself or put someone he controls at the head of that government, where it would be the real power.”

IVAN FREITES, UNION LEADER: PDVSA ADMITS STOPPAGE IN VENEZUELAN REFINERIES
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --  For the first time PDVSA recognizes that all the refineries in the country are paralyzed. This was stated by the secretary of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela (Futpv), Iván Freites, at a press conference. The union leader said that in 1999, in the refineries of Venezuela, 1 million 48 thousand barrels of crude oil were processed per day, according to official figures from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, while by 2003 it had dropped to 857 thousand barrels per day. Freites said that at that time began to reduce the processing capacity of refineries and deprofessionalization of the industry, that is, "the labor massacre in PDVSA."

     The union leader explained that in 1999 we exported 828 thousand barrels of products such as gasoline, turbo kerosene, residual distillates and asphalt. As for crude oil Venezuela exported in 1999, one million 923 thousand barrels per day, "we are talking about heavy, medium, light and improved crude oil," said Freites. Asimisno said that today "there is a daily consumption of 190 thousand barrels per day, according to official figures released by the oil minister and PDVSA president Manuel Quevedo," said Freites.

     Gone is the claim that "PDVSA guaranteed the supply of gasoline," said the unionist. Freites also said "Minister Quevedo said they are hiring a company to take over the repair of power plants for refineries, that is, we don't even have power plants in refineries." The union leader explained that these are the results of the massacre, which in the year 98 was one million 50 thousand barrels that were processed in the refineries and today is just Amuay with 190 thousand barrels per day. He stressed that of those “190 thousand barrels that say we consume, we calculate that 90 thousand enter for Cuba and the smugglers, that figure is untouchable, and what we are producing in Amuay is a non-terminal, basic gasoline of just 65 octane, and just there are 35 thousand barrels per day, that is, there is no export, ”he said.

AUGUST  16, 2019

THE MADURO REGIME SIGNED ANOTHER MILITARY AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA THAT WILL ALLOW 'mutual visits" of warships

        CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --    Russia and Venezuela signed an agreement on Thursday to manage visits of warships from each country to the ports of the other, the Russian news agency Interfax reported . The agreement was signed in Moscow by the defense ministers Sergei Shoigu and Vladimir Padrino López. The military agreement was finalized in Moscow, during Army 2019, a mega Russian arms fair in the Patriot park of Kubinka, on the outskirts of Moscow. Up to there came Padrino López and a group in the regime's military to participate in the International Military Games . This is the fifth time that Venezuela has participated in the Russian military games, but it is the first time that such a large delegation has arrived in Moscow: 221 people traveled and participated in 9 competitions.

     "Venezuela gains enormous experience in the preparation and participation in the International Games of the Army," said Vladimir Padrino López, who did not miss the opportunity to praise the local equipment: "Russian weapons are shown excellently in the course of competitions The international army games position Russia as a leading developer in the production of the latest modern weapons systems. " Although the Moscow-Caracas relationship dates from the Chavez era, last December Maduro agreed with Putin that they would activate "combined work tables" to increase the defense capacity of the South American country against "possible attacks" armed.

     Thus, the Venezuelan armed forces have fighters, artillery helicopters, tanks, armored vehicles, missiles, bombs, cannons and Russian weapons. In addition, they have anti-ballistic systems and anti-aircraft defenses from the Eurasian giant . Russian pilots after arrival at the Venezuelan airport last December 10. They presented a miniature of the ships to the Chavista Defense Minister. And since December, in addition, a squad of Russian military aircraft, including two strategic Tu-160 bombers, capable of transporting nuclear weapons , participated in joint military exercises that Venezuela called "combined operational flights." Russia is one of Nicolás Maduro's greatest allies, whom he publicly supports in the face ofoverwhelming international support for Juan Guaidó. The Chavista regime usually refers to Russia, which provides it with weapons, technology and other resources, as a "strategic ally" of its multilateral policy.

NORWEGIAN DELEGATION IN VENEZUELA TO RESTART THE DIALOGUE

 

  CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --    A delegation from the Norwegian government has come to Venezuela to restart talks between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition that were halted last week after Maduro’s allies pulled out, according to four sources and opposition leader Juan Guaido. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, talks to the media as he attends a session of Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela August 13, Maduro last week said the government would not attend a scheduled round of talks in Barbados to protest the opposition’s support for new U.S. sanctions against his government.

     The Norwegian delegation arrived on Tuesday to speak separately with the opposition and the government to restart the proceedings, which are meant to resolve the country’s political stalemate, two of the sources said. Neither Venezuela’s Information Ministry nor the Norwegian Foreign Ministry responded to requests for comment. “There is no new (meeting) planned, but yes, the representatives of the Kingdom of Norway are here in the country,” Guaido told reporters. “The regime in previous years used (dialogue) to stall for time or to generate doubts within the opposition. They will not do so in this case.”

     Guaido in January invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency on the grounds that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was fraudulent, and has promised to end an economic crisis that spurred mass migration. Guaido, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries including the United States as Venezuela’s legitimate president, described the new Washington sanctions as “penalties for those who steal and profit from misery.” Maduro calls Guaido a Washington-backed puppet who is seeking to overthrow his government. The Norway-backed talks began in May following a failed uprising against Maduro but have not yet yielded any official results.

TURKEY'S MAIN BANK CLOSES THE DOOR TO THE BCV DUE TO NEW US SANCTIONS
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA   -- Ziraat Bank, the largest bank in Turkey for assets, has stopped offering services to the Central Bank of Venezuela as a result of the new and more severe US sanctions that increase the risk for companies that do business with the Maduro regime. The state bank based in Ankara confirmed the closure of its account without providing further details.

    The Central Bank of Venezuela relied on Ziraat to pay contractors, move money and import products in Turkish lira. A press officer of the Central Bank of Venezuela did not respond to requests for comment. US sanctions, which were strengthened this month, threaten the institutions that do business with Venezuela in exile from the global financial system. Even so, Ziraat's decision came as a surprise to the staff of the Central Bank of Venezuela, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly expressed his support for Nicolás Maduro and visited the country in December.

      The bank correspondent system is used by countries, companies and consumers to send billions of dollars in payments worldwide. In some cases, correspondent banks improve due diligence when dealing with countries under financial penalties or designated as money laundering risks. Fearing that reprisals of the sanctions will continue, the Maduro government has been considering switching to an international payment messaging system operated by Russia as an alternative to SWIFT. While the companies, including most of the major airlines in North America and Europe, have finished service to Venezuela, Turkish Airlines flies to Caracas several times a week.

AUGUST  15, 2019

THE SMALL ISLAND OF MALTA, DICTATOR MADURO'S NEW ALLY THAT WILL HELP HIM EVADE US SANCTIONS

        CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --    The tiny Mediterranean ISLAND of Malta is playing a key role in extending a vital lifeline to NICOLAS Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela. Malta has long played a pivotal role in Mediterranean shipping routes (PanAm Post). Malta, a Mediterranean archipelago that lies between Sicily and the coast of North Africa, has become a new ally of the Nicolás Maduro regime, allowing the dictatorship to transfer crude oil as contraband from ship to ship. The local newspaper Times of Malta reported that to circumvent international sanctions, the regime is using Hurds Bank, a site located in eastern Malta. The United States has already issued a type of partial embargo that warns companies and people not to do business with the dictatorship in order to avoid being sanctioned. However, Malta has ignored the warning. The situation is curious, because in April the government of Malta prevented the passage of Russian planes that were heading to Venezuela.

       According to Lloyds List, an important international maritime newspaper, since June at least ten chemical or product tankers were tracked from ship to ship in Maltese waters. The products are transferred offshore and then head to Venezuelan ports. The cargo sails to Venezuela, in some cases with the automatic ship identification system turned off, passing through the Strait of Gibraltar on its transatlantic voyage. According to Lloyds List, around 400,000 tons of refined products have been shipped since the beginning of June. While Venezuela’s oil production is currently at its lowest historical levels, about 39 tankers have sent crude oil to India this year and another 48 tankers arrived in China. On the other hand, RigZone reported in July that Venezuela received at least 616,000 barrels of gasoline as well as 500,000 barrels of vacuum gas oil between June and July, and that the cargoes had sailed from the port of Taman, located in the Sea of Azov, in eastern Russia.

      The Maduro regime uses at least five different tricks to evade international sanctions and fulfill shipments of oil. Converting ships into “ghosts” and warships, transferring oil as contraband, changing the names of sanctioned ships, and kidnapping the crew, are just some of the measures that Chavismo has implemented. An article by Bloomberg reveals that the Maduro regime is changing the name of the ships and turning off their transponders in order to make them “disappear” from radar so that they can reach their destinations, including Cuba. Likewise, the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, has other means to evade the sanctions: it transfers the barrels of crude oil to foreign ships dedicated to bringing the cargo to its destination. It is a measure that resembles those used by smugglers or drug traffickers to avoid international justice. In addition, Maduro made the decision to convert some oil tankers into warships after guarding them with active personnel of the Venezuelan Armed Forces (FANB). This, when faced with the possibility that the United States might try to block the shipment. The vessels used by the state oil company PDVSA, some of them flying under Panamanian flag, will now be guarded by Venezuelan military with weapons, prepared to face any blockade.

A NATION IS VANISHING: VENEZUELA HAS LOST ALMOST 20 PERCENT OF ITS POPULATION

 

  CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --    A staggering 15 to 19 percent of Venezuela’s total population has left the country amid an economic and political crisis with no clear end in sight, a new survey estimates. And those numbers are likely to increase in coming months and years if there are not profound changes in the South American country. A recent poll by the Caracas-based think tank, Consultores 21, found that 48 percent of all families had an average of 1.6 members living abroad. Based on those numbers, the organization estimates that anywhere from 4.7 million to 6 million of the nation’s 31.8 million people are now living abroad. The poll surveyed 2,000 people during July, has a margin of error of 2.2 percent and is likely to ruffle feathers. The Venezuelan government doesn’t provide demographic information, but has called United Nations’ estimates that more than 4 million people.

     Consultores 21 President Saul Cabrera said that the dearth of official information means all figures are simply estimates. While the U.N. relies on data provided by Venezuela’s neighbors, his firm is digging for answers by talking to those who have been left behind. “It’s incredibly difficult to get [government] information that’s statistically significant,” he said. “But any way you look at it, it’s a shocking number of people. I mean, we’re talking about millions.” The Venezuelan exodus is already the worst migratory crisis in the Western Hemisphere. Organization of American States researchers believe it could match or surpass the Syrian refugee crisis by next year. According to Consultores 21, 44 percent of respondents now say they are planning on leaving the country — up from 37 percent the previous quarter.

      Cabrera said those numbers had dipped earlier this year after National Assembly head Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by the U.S. and more than 50 other nations as the country’s legitimate president, tried to seize power from Nicolás Maduro. But eight months into the venture, hopes that Guaidó, 37, could bring about change are evaporating. “People didn’t see the quick fix they were hoping for,” Cabrera said. “And there’s a sense that there are no immediate solutions to the problems that are plaguing the country.” While Washington has been focused on Central American migrants crossing along the southern border with Mexico, Venezuela’s exodus is largely a South American problem. Of those surveyed who said they planned to leave the country, 20 percent said they were heading to Chile, followed by Colombia (16.9 percent), Peru (10.7 percent), Argentina (8.1 percent), Ecuador (6.7 percent) and then the United States (5.6 percent).

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO WILL SOON BE PART OF THE PAST, SAYS COLOMBIAN FOREIGN MINISTER CARLOS HOLMES TRUJILLO
 

 BOGOTA, COLOMBIA  -- The situation is still critical in Venezuela, the steps that President Nicolás Maduro is taking are leading him to reconfirm himself as a dictator. This is what canal1.com.co reviews Why the national government is alert to what can happen in Venezuela? Yamid Amat asked [Y] at the beginning of the interview. C | The Government of President Duque is always attentive and alert to what happens in Venezuela, the relationship with Venezuela has been fundamental for us and following the dictatorship and tyranny of Maduro has generated all kinds of problems, not only for Colombia but for all the region has jeopardized stability, tranquility and regional peace, that is why the Government of President Duque in the Lima Group is so dynamic and so active permanently to create conditions that allow Venezuela to live again in democracy and freedom.

      And | The previous day, the Maduro Government left the feeling that the National Assembly, which is the equivalent of Parliament, will close, what do you think? C | Well, another step in the dictatorship and tyranny, each time with the decisions and actions that they advance demonstrate their tyrannical character and for that reason, that has to awaken even more what is the sensitivity of the international democratic community, increase international support to Guaidó, increase international pressure to finally have democracy and freedom in Venezuela again. A And | It is clear to the whole world that Maduro is there because of the military power that supports him, that is, the military took power in Venezuela and have Maduro as a puppet?

     C | That is the truth and you have said it; there a group maintains it, because they are not all, but that is very fractured inside. The truth is that Maduro's situation is unsustainable. Maduro really will soon be part of the past and will shine again democracy and freedom in that brother country. And | Why have President Duque and you, who have been the great promoters of the Lima Group against Maduro, been so interested in the political situation in Venezuela? C | Because it is in defense of Colombian interest. We got to have a commercial relationship with Venezuela that added 7 billion dollars, now that is less than 150 million that commercial relationship. The regime improperly seized legitimate commercial investments that Colombian businessmen had made in Venezuela. Recall that this regime favors the presence in its territory of Colombian terrorist organizations that commit crimes against national interests. Recall that it is generating a situation of instability not only in the bilateral relationship but throughout the region, so that interest has to do with the defense of national interest.

AUGUST  14, 2019

JUAN GUAIDO ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

        CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --   The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó said that in the session on Tuesday he will make some executive appointments to continue on the democratic route for the cessation of usurpation. “Today we are going to make three designations, we are protecting the country's assets, we want to put them at the service of Venezuela, we have interviewed Carlos Jordá, chemical engineer, he will help us in this safeguarding Citgo,” said Guaidó prior to the start of the regular session of The National Assembly.

       To this end, chemical engineer Carlos Jorda has been appointed as CEO of CITGO, who has extensive experience in the oil industry and for 48 years held high positions in refining, marketing, corporate planning, finance and production. Since 2003, he has been in private consulting and has participated in international projects in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador; Among other nations. Ricardo Villasmil, president of the Central Bank of Venezuela, was also appointed in the presidential advisory commission for the renegotiation of public debt; Alejandro Grisanti, Ricardo Hausmann, Omar Barboza and Carlos Paparoni, as well as attorney José Ignacio Hernández.

      He also indicated that in order to place the names of the special ambassadors in Greece for the House order and for Israel he proposed to Chief Rabbi Ashkenazi? from the city of Caracas, Pynchas Brener. "They tried to make fun of the people of Venezuelans and the results are in sight: now the dictatorship is alone and isolated," said Guaidó. “They said they were not going to stop anywhere, and they ran out of an instance that according to them was theirs; They ran because we touched their interests, ”he said. He advanced on the legislative holidays that “will be held in an extraordinary way, calls will be made, but not for vacations but because the regulations establish it, the delegated commission will be installed, we have permanent presence of the deputies in the hemicycle”.

THE EUROPEAN UNION DESCRIBES AS "ARBITRARY DECISIONS AND ACTIONS" AGAINST VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION DEPUTIES
 

  BRUSSELS, BELGIUM   --    Through a communiqué published on its web portal, the European Union described the actions of the TSJ and the Cuban CNA of REVOKING parliamentary immunity for Tomás Guanipa, José Guerra, Rafael Guzman and Juan Pablo García, as “arbitrary and politically motivated” He called them "direct attack" on the National Assembly, the "only democratically elected body in Venezuela" The declaration of the European Union, through its spokesman Maja Kocijancic, also urges national actors to "participate in good faith and with a spirit of commitment in the conversations facilitated by Oslo.”

       Communiqué: The arbitrary and politically motivated decisions that were taken on August 12 by the Supreme Court of Venezuela and the unrecognized Constituent Assembly, against the National Assembly and four of its members, Tomás Guanipa, José Guerra, Rafael Guzman and Juan Pablo García , constitute another direct attack on the only democratically elected body in Venezuela. So far, 25 legislators have been charged through defective processes and were stripped of their constitutionally granted immunity. A peaceful and political solution can only be achieved if their political work is not criminalized and parliamentary activities are not repressed.

      The solution to the crisis in Venezuela can only come from a negotiated process that leads to free and credible presidential elections. National actors must participate again in good faith and with a spirit of commitment in the conversations facilitated by Oslo. It is important that the negotiating parties have full support in their efforts. They should be provided with an environment conducive to concrete and urgent results, leading to a negotiated electoral path and a re-institutionalization of the powers of the country.

THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SUPPORTS THE DESIGNATION OF CARLOS JORDA AS THE NEW CEO OF CITGO
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -- The president of the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, Juan Guaidó, indicated that HE will make appointments of diplomatic representatives in Greece and Israel for Thursday. The National Assembly (AN), held an ordinary session on Tuesday at the Federal Legislative Palace, where it supported the appointment made by the board of directors of Citgo to appoint the chemical engineer, Carlos Jordá, as CEO of the company, announcement that Juan had advanced Guaidó, head of Parliament, before the session. For his part, the president of the AN, said they will make appointments of diplomatic representatives in Greece and Israel for Thursday.

     In addition, he convened an extraordinary session for next Tuesday. On the other hand, the deputy Juan Matheus, said that "defending the Constitution means clinging to the powers of the National Assembly and the presidency of Guaidó, we can not give up any competition", referring to the point they had agreed to discuss "in defense of the validity of the National Constitution of 1999 and ratified by the sovereign people in 2007. "

     Deputy Héctor Cordero, said they want "a democratic, free and progressive country," but added that "this is only possible with the" defense "of the Constitution." We are committed to being an example of a country, not to bend, assume the cost that this means ". Also, the deputy José Prat explained that" when a teacher protests, a PDVSA worker, when protesting public services is because we have a country that has defended the Constitution in its own way, many times without know what he is doing. "

AUGUST  13, 2019

ELLIOT ABRAMS: ELECTION WITH NICOLAS MADURO'S REGIME IN POWER ARE NOT REAL EXCHANGE OPTIONS

        WASHINGTON, D.C. --    The US special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, commented for What the hell is going on? (What the hell is going on ?, in Spanish), that the unsupported rumors of an eventual election with Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace, "are not real exchange options." "There are many fraudulent outlets that the regime can offer as elections within a year that have had support in the European Union, which thinks that with international observers a free election is secured," Abrams said during the postcast published on AEI.org. “We are not going to lift sanctions while Maduro is in power. As long as Maduro has the tools of intimidation like the collectives, we will never have free elections in Venezuela, ”said the US diplomat.

      On the approach initiated in Oslo and seconded in Barbados, Abrams considered that “Norway does it in good faith. We are already in the third round and we know that the regime does so to gain time and divide the opposition. ” Abrams also conducted an analysis of the positions of the main international spokespersons that support the Chavista regime and simplify the crisis of the Venezuelan people. “Cuba cannot survive without the oil of Venezuela. They are desperate to keep Maduro in power with more than two thousand intelligence officers in the nervous system of the dictatorship, ”said the special envoy.

      On the interference of Russia, Abrams pointed out that “it is cheap for (Vladimir) Putin and he does it to have a bishop in our hemisphere. They are also squeezing the economic relationship through Rosneft. They will not fight for Maduro or inject money. It's just for being in South America. ” Finally, regarding the relationship with the administration of Xi Jinping, Abrams said that “China has only purely economic interests. They are not as involved as the Russians. ” On the particular sanctions that the Trump administration has imposed on various officials under Maduro's orders, Abrams highlighted Tareck El Aissami. "The US froze assets worth 600 million dollars," the US spokesperson said. He also stressed that “there has to be amnesty to protect the members of the regime. But the US is not going to forgive narcos.

PRESIDENT DUQUE COMMENTS ON DICTATOR MADURO'S MILITARY EXERCISES: "DOG THAT BARKS, DOES NOT BITE"
 

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA   -- Colombian President Iván Duque spoke on Friday to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro and to military exercises he ordered in the border region, where "popular proverbs" teach things like biting "dog bark" Not. " " Popular proverbs teach you a few things, there are some who pray that barking dog does not bite. He (Maduro) loves to provoke and provoke every day to gain the support of the people who have lost everything because he has completely impoverished the
Venezuelan people, "Duque said in a statement to journalists in the city border of Cucuta.

      The Venezuelan government began on 24 July with military military practices and armed civilian militias linked to chavism to defend their borders with maneuvers. On Thursday, a second phase of these practices began in Táchira State, Colombia, with the head of the FAN (Strategic Einsatzkommando) (Ceofanb), Admiral Remigio Ceballos, a border town to the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, whose capital is Cúcuta. It is an "immediate strengthening exercise" () The moment this is required, we are immediately present with units that we bring from different parts of the country at the same time, but also strengthen our forces here, "he said.

      He added that he would not make it because Colombia is "a country that will not only defend its democratic principles, but will continue to respond to the needs of the Venezuelan people at this moment of crisis". The Colombian president again pitched to mature to "protect criminals in his territory". Therefore, he stressed that he granted to the leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN) Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo, aka "Pablito", and Eliécer Herlinto Chamorro, aka "Protection to Antonio García." He also expressed the view that his government the leaders of today's demobilized Guer protect illa FARC, Luciano Marín Arango, aka "Iván Márquez", Seuxis Pausias Hernández, alias "Jesús Santrich", and Hernán Darío Velásquez, alias "El Paisa", among others, for the currently no details exist.

INCORPORATING MILITIA INTO THE FANB IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  The incorporation of the Bolivarian Militia into the ranks of the Bolivarian National Guard and demoralizes the military component while representing another element to advance in the destruction of the National Armed Forces, according to Deputy Eliecer Sirit, president of the Commission of Defense and Security of the National Assembly. In the opinion of the parliamentarian, "the arbitrary decision of President Nicolás Maduro is perverse, irresponsible and in violation of article 328 of the Bolivarian Constitution of Venezuela because its objective is purely political and represents a huge economic burden for the State."

     He stressed that the Magna Carta in its article 328 clearly states that "The National Armed Forces constitutes an essentially professional institution, without political militancy, organized by the State to guarantee the independence and sovereignty of the Nation and ensure the integrity of the geographical space, through the military defense, cooperation in the maintenance of internal order and active participation in national development, in accordance with the Constitution and the law. " The parliamentarian believes that by incorporating the militiamen into the ranks of the National Guard, the only thing that is sought is the defense, as a place, of the revolutionary and socialist process that has ended Venezuela. " The president of the Security and Defense Commission of the Parliament also referred to the giant economic burden of incorporating the militia into the FANB. "The serious economic crisis facing the country will make it impossible for the State to respond to the military's commitments."

      The Defense and Security Commission rejects the presidential decision on the grounds that those who are part of the militia do not have military training and training. " Training in military arts is demoralized and mocks militia expectations . " Last week the president of the Republic Nicolás Maduro Moros ordered the Superior General Staff to open military districts so that militia and militiamen can join as active soldiers of the Bolivarian Army and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB). This decision announced by the Head of State in the framework of an anti-imperialist concentration held on Bolivar Avenue, in response to threats of foreign intervention in Venezuela, "the defense of the country is a national priority." "The opening of the military districts will allow militiamen, especially young people to register and be active soldiers of the Bolivarian Army."

AUGUST  12, 2019

JUAN GUAIDO WARNS OF POSSIBLE DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT AND ANNOUNCES A NEW POLITICAL OFFENSIVE

         CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, alerted Venezuelans on Sunday, August 11, about new actions of the Chavez regime that is intended to dissolve the Venezuelan Parliament, legitimately elected by the people, in order to call for early elections and continue the persecution against the deputies. He also said that he and his democratic team are preparing a political offensive that will be announced shortly to the country. “We have received information about a new madness of the regime. They intend to close the parliament, that's why the ANC's call to dissolve the Parliament, ”he said during a live broadcast on Periscope.

      "We must warn the international community and prepare for a political offensive," he said and added that on Monday, August 12, he will reveal the new steps that will be taken as soon as the appointment of new government positions. “We have communicated with our peers in the region. We must prepare for an offensive. It is not with jail and torture that they will stop us, ”said the president of the National Assembly. The president (e) stressed that "if tomorrow the regime does what it intends to do, they will fare worse, our response will come, for us it is central to maintain the union." He stressed that "obviously the dialogue with a regime in which no one believes is unfeasible."

     He also mentioned the affirmations of the leader of the Nicolás Maduro regime in which he assures that the political actors for the democratic transition have held meetings with members of the Venezuelan corrupt leadership since February. “The usurper in a fallacious way talks about how we have had some kind of conversation since February. We are going to talk to all the officials who side with the Constitution. Ask Cristopher Figuera, ”added Guaidó. He continued with part of his message saying that "we have been together in this fight, of course the pressure exerts results, of course the regime will try to defend itself as a dictatorship does.

EX-PANAMANIAN PRESIDENT RICARDO MARTINELLI EXONERATED IN WIRETAPPING CASE

  PANAMA CITY, PANAMA   -- Former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli was found not guilty on Friday in a case of political espionage involving his administration’s alleged illegal wiretapping of his rivals. The three-judge Panamanian court unanimously decided that the public prosecution had failed to prove its case against Martinelli, who was in office between 2009-2014, adding that the former chief executive’s due process rights had been violated during the trial. The prosecution had sought a sentence of 21 years in prison for the former head of State for corruption charges including his alleged use of public funds to record his rivals’ private conversations to gain political leverage. Those allegedly spied on by his government included some 150 opposition politicians, trade union leaders and journalists. The court acknowledged there were indications that Martinelli’s National Security Council – the body responsible for the wiretappings – had carried out activities that were “outside the law,” but ruled that the ex-president could not be found guilty of this due to a lack of evidence.

     “Questions arise that the evidence did not solve,” the magistrates said in their verdict. The judges also ordered Martinelli’s immediate release from house arrest, which he had been placed under last June after spending a year at a minimum-security prison following his extradition from the United States, where he had unsuccessfully applied for political asylum once the investigation against him was launched in 2015. The charismatic 67-year-old politician and supermarket tycoon was met with cheers from his supporters as he triumphantly left the courthouse before thanking his attorneys for having “achieved justice.” Martinelli claimed that the whole case was a set-up orchestrated by his former ally and also ex-President Juan Carlos Varela (in power between 2014-2019), whom he blamed for the “political persecution” he said he had been subjected to over the past five years.

     Varela’s brother, lawmaker Jose Luis Varela, was one of the alleged victims of the wiretaps. “We’re going to sue them all,” Martinelli told local television broadcaster NexTV, which he owns. After leaving the courthouse, Martinelli headed straight to NexTV’s studios in Panama City. “Panama has seen a historic day, but not because I’ve been exonerated of all charges,” he said while facing the camera. “It’s not for me, it’s for all of you.” The sentence is still subject to appeal from the plaintiffs. “We want justice,” said one of their lawyers, Carlos Herrera Moran. “We will keep on fighting for the hundreds of victims whose rights and privacy were violated.”

AMIDST NEW US SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA, DICTATOR MADURO LINKS NEW DEALS WITH CHINA
 

 CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  With the US sanctioning his regime harder than ever, embattled Venezuelan DICTATOR Nicolas Maduro really wants to get China involved. Thursday night, Maduro and representatives from China National Petroleum Corporation, signed an agreement to increase output from their joint venture Sinovensa to 165,000 bpd. Sinovensa, the upgrading and blending facility for Orinoco extra heavy crude oil owned jointly by state oil company PDVSA (51%) and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)(49%) in Eastern Venezuela currently pumps extra-heavy Orinoco crude and blends it with lighter oil to produce Venezuela's signature medium-grade blend Merey. “Thank you forever, China, for all of the effort and for all of the cooperation”, Maduro said to Chinese ambassador Li Baorong, during a signing ceremony broadcast live on state television network Venezolana de Television (VTV).

The new deal came only a few days after the White House announced new, sweeping sanctions against the Maduro Regime, freezing their remaining assets in the U.S. and banning all negotiations with them. “This is to ratify that China and Venezuela will keep on travelling a great road of prosperity and development”, Maduro added. China has loanded Venezuela some $65 billion, according to the “debt clock” of the Inter-American Dialogue, and is repaying the debt with oil. However, every time the price of Venezuelan oil declines, Venezuela needs to send more barrels to China -- and when the deals were originally signed oil was over $100 a barrel. As Venezuela's oil production has collapsed from 3.5 million barrels per day (bpd) when Chavez came to power in 1998 to under 750,000 bpd last month, Maduro has been unable to send more barrels.

      The collapse in Venezuela's oil production is the greatest decline of any oil producing country since the start of the millennium. The bulk of Chinese financing arrived under Chavez, starting in 2007, including a single mega-loan of more than $20 billion that is unlike anything his successor has gotten from the Asian giant. “The economic activity can’t stop, to the contrary, we need to increase economic activity,” said Maduro, who has presided over the most dramatic decline in Gross Domestic Product since records began, a loss of 52% over the last four years, and more acute than the loss of GDP during the Great Depression in the U.S. in the 1930s. Venezuela, with the help of China, was now entering “a phase of active resistance” to face “the coercive, unilateral measures of criminal blockade by the government of the US,” claimed Maduro.

AUGUST  9, 2019

IS THE TIME FOR DIALOGUE TO END? THE US IMPOSES AN ULTRA HARD LINE ON THE MADURO REGIME

         washington, d.c. --    The fuse that ignites the dialogue in Venezuela was further shortened with A new Executive Order of the United States, which seeks to impose its hard line to expel Nicolás Maduro rather than support a negotiation that oxygenates the dictator. Maduro suspended talks with the opposition on Wednesday in rejection of the measures that a day earlier froze the regime's assets in the United States and severely limited its commercial activity. John Bolton, security advisor to President Donald Trump, left no doubt about the goal: "The time for dialogue is over, now it's time to take action."

     Washington aims to "assume a leadership role and set the agenda on Venezuela," David Smilde, a professor of sociology and Latin American studies at the American University of Tulane, told AFP. The White House, which heads the pressure to get Maduro out, lost prominence after the failed April military uprising led by Juan Guaidó - who validates as president in charge along with fifty nations - and the beginning in May of a dialogue with the Norwegian mediation. Although US diplomacy claims to support the negotiations, the National Security Council (NSC) is committed to "maximum pressure" to crumble the Maduro regime, Smilde says. So with the blockade, Bolton and the NSC "affirmed their dominance in the policy on Venezuela," he added.

     Guaidó, for his part, insists that he will not trade for less than new elections and that he will continue playing on all the boards: that of dialogue, rejected by an opposition sector; that of international pressure, including United States military cooperation; and that of the citizen protest, cooled in recent months. For now, the Chavista leader is still clinging to the Armed Forces, to which he has conferred ample but fissured power, and to his allies Russia, China, Cuba and Iran, to whom Bolton issued a warning: "Do not duplicate a bad bet." But in a new boost to the dictatorship, Beijing asked Washington to stop "harassing" other countries, while Moscow announced a gas agreement with Venezuela.

DIOSDADO CABELLO: VENEZUELA WILL BECOME THOUSANDS OF VIETNAM

  CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  Diosdado Cabello said the embargo agreed by the United States has offended many people, including non-Chavez. The president of the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, said that the United States blockade actions have never served him, “because where they have tried to block they have met worthy peoples and governments that do not give up " This statement was made during the broadcast 264 of his program With the Deck Dando. According to Cabello, the blockade of the assets of the national government in the United States has offended millions of Venezuelans, including people who "without being a Chavista feel aggrieved."

     “You have not seen a village in the street. Venezuela will become not in Vietnam, but in thousands of Vietnam. And I repeat what we have said: The problem will not be entering but leaving. So they underestimated Bolivar, Sucre, Guaicaipuro, and from here we throw them out, ”said Cabello. He also referred to spy planes that according to the Government have been detected in recent weeks. In this regard, he assured that they may be useful for the moment, but once in the national territory they will not serve them at all. With respect to the support given by sectors opposed to the blockade agreed by the Government of Donald Trump, Diosdado Cabello warned that “they reserve any type of action from the National Constituent Assembly (…) The fight is fighting and war is war”.

     On the other hand, he said that the United States, a nation that he describes as "the empire", does not trust "the lackeys" he has in Venezuela, since they were not informed of the blocking measure they were going to adopt. However, he said that the Maduro government did have information about the “aggression” they were preparing. “The US believes that it will frighten the people of Venezuela, they don't know us. Trump is cheating on him (…) Whoever gets here in Venezuela knows that we will make his life impossible, ”continued the vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP DENOUNCES "WAR" ON COLOMBIAN-VENEZUELAN BORDER
 

  WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  Illegal armed groups have forced some 40,000 people to flee their homes, in a fight to control drug trafficking routes in the Colombian region of Catatumbo, which borders Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said Thursday . The international rights group published a 64-page report on abuses of armed groups committed against civilians in the mountainous area. The situation reflects the considerable security challenges Colombia faces after the government signed a peace agreement in 2016 with the FARC guerrillas, which left a void now occupied by smaller armed groups that have settled in Catatumbo and others. remote areas, unleashing a new wave of drug-driven violence.

     Three armed groups fight for drug routes and coca plantations abandoned by FARC rebels in the region, according to the report, entitled "The War on the Catatumbo." This is the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) and a small contingent of former FARC combatants. These groups have expelled thousands of people from rural areas from their homes, killed community leaders and forcedly recruited minors, the report added, which also includes interviews with children forced to harvest coca leaves, the raw material for making cocaine. . "The 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is a historic opportunity to curb the serious abuses and atrocities associated with decades of armed conflict," HRW said in the introduction to its report.

      "However, the lack of full and effective control by the government in some areas that dominated the FARC has contributed to continued violence and abuses against civilians." Catatumbo is about the size of Rhode Island. Linda with Venezuela and in 2017 produced around 15% of Colombian cocaine, according to United Nations figures. Drug traffickers use the region as a base to export cocaine. The Colombian government's response, said the NGO, "does not meet international obligations" to protect civilians in the area, including some 25,000 Venezuelan immigrants. Immigrants who fled economic hardships in Venezuela have been forced to engage in sex work in Catatumbo and harvest coca leaves in a desperate attempt to feed their families, according to the organization.

AUGUST  8, 2019

USA DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO IS "BEING SERIOUS IN NEGOTIATIONS" IN BARBADOS

         washington, d.c. --     The United States questioned the intentions of the president in dispute of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro in the dialogues he is carrying out in Barbados with the interim government of Juan Guaidó. "We do not believe that Maduro is being serious about the negotiations,"said the White House adviser, "it is gaining time." " The only thing to negotiate in Barbados is the date on which Maduro will leave [of power], " he said, assuring that the US It will not support elections in which the president in dispute is present.

      However, the US diplomat sent a message to the Venezuelan military who continue to be loyal to the Chavista government: " If they join and take Maduro out of power we would help them." Bolton, who traveled to Lima, along with the US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to attend the first International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, convened by the government of Peru, mentioned the amnesty law that He approved the National Assembly of Venezuela and said that it is not the "preference" of the US government, but that " if it is the way Maduro leaves " they will support it.

     Ross will talk about plans to revive the Venezuelan government once Maduro leaves power and a new leadership takes control. " We have thought a lot about what can be done, " Bolton said. More than 59 countries have confirmed their attendance at the meeting, the majority of them recognize Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela. Russia, one of Maduro's biggest supporters, rejected the invitation to the summit because representatives of the government in dispute will not be present. Cuba, Turkey and Bolivia also declined the invitation. Julio Borges, a member of the diplomatic corps of Guaidó and his designee in the Lima Group, attended the event that begins of Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

JOHN BOLTON:  EITHER YOU DO BUSINESS WITH VENEZUELA OR YOU DO BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --  White House security adviser John Bolton said the recent US measure covers everything that has to do with the Government of Nicolás Maduro. On Tuesday, the White House security advisor, John Bolton, addressed the businessmen who maintain business in the country and told them that "they either do business with Venezuela or do business with the United States (USA)," after expressing that it is in accordance with the new measure of the US government against the Government of Nicolás Maduro, in which Donald Trump signed a document where all his assets that are in the North American territory are frozen.

     After his participation in the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, which takes place in the city of Lima, Peru, the American adviser said that the announcement by the Trump administration is aimed at companies with businesses that are They find in the country. " One way to sum it up is, for a business: Do you want to do business in Venezuela or do you want to do it with the US? I think for any international company, whether in the US, or Europe, or wherever they are, their board of directors and their shareholders will be asking their managers if it is worth risking, for a drip of income from an illegitimate government, their business in the US, "he said.

     He also stressed that the new measure covers " everything that has to do with the Government of Maduro, in all its aspects " and added that " extends the authority to impose sanctions on all those who cooperate, or assist or assist in any element of the Government. And that covers any foreign entity, corporation or person that helps support Maduro . "Through his social network Twitter, Bolton said in the morning that " the action of President Trump freezes all Maduro's assets and prohibits transactions with his Government, authorizes sanctions to foreign people who provide support or goods or services to any designated person, and restricts entry to the US to those sanctioned persons . "

LUISA ORTEGA DIAZ, FORMER VENEZUELAN PROSECUTOR, REVEALS THE IMPORTANCE OF PADRINO LOPEZ DURING A TRANSITICION IN VENEZUELA
 

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA  --  -Luisa Ortega Díaz, former prosecutor of the Republic, affirmed that we must speak with the Minister of Defense of Nicolás Maduro, Vladimir Padrino López, because "he is a key man in the future solution of the tragedy that Venezuelans are experiencing." “A good negotiator is not Jorge Rodríguez, he will not give in anything. Who is in control is Padrino López, ”he told César Miguel Rondón in the Al Punto y Seguimos program.

      He argued that Padrino López “can do an action that is to apprehend Maduro as a human rights violator. I don't think you have to lose hope. ” “It is important the accompaniment of the leaders to the population in the just demonstrations. You have to tell the toxic factors that what they do is damage the union, ”he added. He argued that Nicolás Maduro “is a criminal, a criminal must be in prison and those measures are going in that direction. I know Jorge Rodríguez very well, they are not going to negotiate his exit from power unless they are against the wall. ”

     “We are facing criminals and the only way they negotiate is with that pressure from the USA. Jorge Rodríguez is a perverse man. Maduro is a sheep submitted by Cilia (Flores), the military, the collectives, the Russians and that does not happen to a dictator, ”he explained. He said he does not know Cilia well because “he was never close to her, but the information I have is that his nephews and Cilia Flores's family already want to get out of this situation. Cilia is also perverse. ”

AUGUST  7, 2019

PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPOSES TOTAL ECONOMIC EMBARGO ON VENEZUELA

         washington, d.c. --    United States President Donald Trump announced on Monday his administration would step up its pressure on Venezuela by imposing a total economic embargo against the South American country.Trump said in a letter to Congress that he would issue an executive order freezing all assets of the Venezuelan regime and linked entities and banning most economic transactions with them, allowing exemptions only for the provision of humanitarian aid and for official business conducted by the federal government.

     “I have determined that it is necessary to block the property of the Government of Venezuela in light of the continued usurpation of power by the illegitimate Nicolas Maduro regime, as well as the regime’s human rights abuses, arbitrary arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, curtailment of free press, and ongoing attempts to undermine Interim President Juan Guaido of Venezuela and the democratically-elected Venezuelan National Assembly,” Trump said in the document. The letter referenced both the executive headed by Maduro – who was re-elected to a second six-year term in March 2018 in what the opposition described as a fraudulent election – and the parallel government headed by Guaido, the speaker of the National Assembly who took oath as interim president on Jan. 23 of this year.

     Guaido has been recognized by more than 50 countries in this capacity, yet he lacks any control over the Venezuelan bureaucracy or – most importantly – the armed forces. The latest move by the US can be seen as an escalation of measures seeking to further debilitate the Maduro-led regime – as the oil-rich Caribbean nation continues to face a chaotic political and economic crisis – while attempting to bolster Guaido’s power, following in the footsteps of sanctions that Washington had already imposed on Caracas at the beginning of the year.
 

JOHN BOLTON IN THE LIMA GROUP: THE TIME FOR DIALOGUE IN VENEZUELA IS OVER

   LIMA, PERU   --  U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton reacts while attending a summit to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, in Lima, Peru, on August 6, 2019. The White House national security adviser, John Bolton, said Tuesday that the countries gathered in Lima at the international conference for democracy in Venezuela support the blockade against the Maduro regime announced by the Trump administration. Regarding the dialogue, the security adviser said that “We see Maduro using his same old practices, pretending to be interested in dialogue, when we all know that he is only buying time. We will not fall for those old tricks of an already exhausted dictator; the time for dialogue is over, ”says US National Security advisor.

      Bolton explained the Trump administration's recent sanctions against the Maduro regime “is a step taken with the intention of denying Maduro access to the global financial system and to isolate it even more internationally. The sanctions will be applied against any foreign individual who provides support, goods or services to the people included in the lists drawn up by Washington. ” It is the first time in 30 years that a measure similar to this is applied in America, which compared with the embargoes imposed on the Manuel Noriega regime in Panama (1988), Nicaragua (1985) or the integral freezing of goods and the commercial embargo of Cuba imposed in 1962.

     “The United States has used similar or even more aggressive tools than you are in Iran, North Korea and Syria. Now Venezuela is part of this very exclusive club of rogue states, ”said the security expert. Bolton also clarified that the Washington measure is "careful" to safeguard the access of the people of Venezuela to humanitarian goods and to cover their basic needs. "We have acted to protect the interim president Guaidó, the National Assembly and its allies by issuing 21 general licenses for some activities, such as providing humanitarian goods, mail, telecommunications, internet access and activities developed by international or non-governmental organizations," he said. Bolton reiterated that "the United States is prepared to assist the Venezuelan people the day after the dictator Maduro falls."

LIMA GROUP: WE HAVE ALL THE ELEMENTS PRESENT TO CONTINUE PRESSURING THE MADURO REGIME
 

   LIMA, PERU  --  -The Foreign Minister of Peru, Néstor Popolizio, said that the member countries of the Lima Group have all the elements present to continue pressuring the regime of Nicolás Maduro. He said they seek Maduro's exit through the continuous measures imposed by the international community. However, he said that the solutions in Venezuela have to be peaceful.

     Popolizio explained that the Group supports the decision to continue the ongoing dialogue processes. In that regard, he said that meetings will continue in September in Brazil from the city of Brasilia. "We support all the efforts of the president (E) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó in relation to the efforts to recover from democracy in Venezuela," he said. Popolizio, who was the speaker of the closing of the Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, informed that the participating countries considered that free and fair elections are part of the beginning for the restoration of the Venezuelan constitutionality.

     He said that not all countries have the same position on what is happening in Barbados, where representatives of Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro have started talks as part of an initiative of the Norwegian government to find a solution to the country's crisis. "We have expectations with skepticism ... the truth is that each country has its position in this regard," he said.

AUGUST  6, 2019

JOHN BOLTON SAID THE US WILL PRESENT "A NEW INITIATIVE THAT WILL APPLY MORE PRESSURE" ON THE MADURO REGIME

         washington, d.c. --    The National Security adviser stressed that the strategy, which will be detailed on Tuesday at the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, "shows the US determination to achieve a peaceful transfer of power." Also, he indicated that the distrust between the Chavista circles is almost total: "They are like scorpions in a bottle." John Bolton, White House National Security Advisor. From Lima The Donald Trump government announced that it will present a new initiative that will apply more pressure on the Nicolás Maduro regime, in the framework of the Conference for Democracy in Venezuela that will take place on Tuesday in Lima. John Bolton, National House Security Advisor, will give a speech on Tuesday at the beginning of the forum.

     The official announced this Monday, in a meeting in the Peruvian capital in which Infobae participated, which is a "big step, important, which shows the determination (of the US) to achieve a peaceful transfer of power", as well as a shows optimism regarding the effect of the sanctions previously deployed by Washington on Chavez officials and companies linked to the regime. His speech on Tuesday, focused on the pressure on Maduro, will be complemented by the message that will be given by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who will explain the economic plans for an eventual "postchavism."

      Although the adviser avoided delving into Trump's statements last week, when the president mentioned the possibility of a blockade against Venezuela, he reiterated that Chavismo must take seriously the warning that all options are on the table. Regarding the Conference, which will bring together more than 60 delegations to address the crisis in Venezuela, Bolton referred to the notorious absences of Russia and China, allied countries of Maduro: "They should pay attention. (Whatever happens) may affect the debt payment. The new government can review the way these loans were given. They are worried. " In addition, the official also highlighted the growing distrust between the Chavista spheres. "They are like scorpions in a bottle, they don't trust anyone, they don't know who is talking to the opposition," he said. In addition, he stressed that Maduro "lives in Fuerte Tiuna, surrounded by Cubans, is not seen in the street," so he considered that "a government under these conditions is not sustainable."

THE US IS READY TO HELP IN THE RECONSTRUCTION OF VENEZUELA IN THE LONG TERM

   WASHINGTON, D.C.   --  The United States "is ready" to help rebuild Venezuela after "the devastation" caused by the Nicolás Maduro regime, USAID said Monday, guaranteeing its ability to deploy humanitarian assistance as soon as an eventual transition government is installed. "The United States is ready to help Venezuelans rebuild their country after the devastation of the crisis caused by Maduro," the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) wrote in a statement. The power "is also prepared to assist in the long-term recovery of entire sectors of Venezuelan society, such as health, agriculture, energy and economic and democratic institutions," he added.

    He also said that when a “democratic transition” occurs that opens the way to international humanitarian assistance, the agency will be able to deploy “immediate” food and medical care. Two weeks ago, the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN, Parliament) of an opposition majority approved the return of Venezuela to a regional defense treaty, called TIAR, which would cover an eventual military intervention. Juan Guaidó, head of the AN and considered president in charge of the opposition and fifty countries, then warned that, although this treaty "is not magic", it will allow "international alliances". The Venezuelan armed forces maintain their support for Maduro, six months after Guaidó was sworn in as president, arguing a power vacuum.

     Guaidó and Parliament "have expressed the need for immediate international humanitarian assistance," USAID wrote. "In response, the United States remains ready to support independent and impartial humanitarian organizations to provide assistance in Venezuela, if conditions permit." USAID tried to enter humanitarian aid through Colombia in February, but Maduro rejected it accusing the United States of hiding an intervention in it. The ruler then accepted the Red Cross. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in July condemned human rights violations in Venezuela, including about 7,000 alleged extrajudicial executions in the last year.

VENEZUELA IS A TERRORIST SANCTUARY: IVAN DUQUE, COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT
 

   BOGOTA, COLOMBIA  --  -Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has turned his country into a terrorist sanctuary and committed the grave error of protecting guerrilla groups and drug traffickers, Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Monday, as tensions between the neighboring countries escalated once again. The comments came after Maduro said on Sunday that two missing former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) commanders sought by Colombian judicial authorities were “welcome in Venezuela.”

      Tensions have worsened since Duque joined the United States and most Latin American countries in recognizing Juan Guaido, president of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, as the country’s rightful leader, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate. “What we are seeing is that not only has (Maduro) harbored Colombian terrorists for many years, but he ratifies more and more that Venezuela is a sanctuary for terrorists and drug traffickers,” Duque said in Shanghai, China, where he is on an official visit.

        Maduro said over the weekend that Seuxis Paucias Hernandez and Luciano Marin, known respectively by their nom de guerres Jesus Santrich and Ivan Marquez, were “leaders of peace.” Santrich and Marquez both joined the FARC’s political party after the leftist rebel group demobilized under a 2016 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. They were set to serve in congressional seats reserved for the group. But Marquez went missing last year after his nephew was arrested and taken to the United States to cooperate with drug-trafficking investigators.

AUGUST  5, 2019

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO ASKS VENEZUELANS TO BRACE FOR POSSIBLE BLOCKATE BY THE UNITED STATES

         CARACAS, VENEZUELA --    Venezuela’s embattled incumbent Nicolas Maduro asked the citizens of his country on Friday to be prepared for a United States blockade of the South American nation, calling such a possible action as illegal. In a television and radio broadcast, Maduro urged his countrymen to be prepared “for a battle if they (the US) try to impose quarantine against Venezuela.”  Maduro said the country “in a civic-military union repudiates and rejects the statements of (US President) Donald Trump of a supposed blockade” and asked the army and the people of Venezuela to stay alert.

       Maduro made these remarks despite having regularly denounced the existence of an alleged blockade against the country since 2017, when the Trump administration began imposing sanctions on military and civilian personnel loyal to the president. He also said Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, had reported “Donald Trump’s illegal and criminal threat of a naval blockade and quarantine against Venezuela” to the UN Security Council. On Thursday, Trump had admitted that he was considering imposing a “blockade or quarantine” on Venezuela in the midst of tensions between the two governments.

      Asked by reporters whether he was considering such an action, Trump replied, “Yes, I am,” without giving any details.  The country’s incumbent said no one can impose blockade on Venezuela as the country’s seas will remain “free and independent.” According to Maduro, Trump’s threat shows the “desperation” and “irritation” of the current US administration, and is proof that Venezuela is on the “right path.” Guaido had earlier invoked the constitution to take oath as interim president.  Since then, Washington, which considers the Maduro regime illegitimate, has announced a series of sanctions against officials, family members and those close to Maduro.

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO PROPOSES THAT THE DIALOGUE IN BARBADOS  BE EXTENDED FOR YEARS

   CARACAS, VENEZUELa   --  The dictator Nicolás Maduro said Friday that the dialogue process promoted by the Kingdom of Norway, which had a fifth round in Barbados, with the participation of the government and the opposition, in days past, can take months or even years. He reiterated, in this regard, the proposal for a permanent political dialogue table, which extends for years, in order to solve the conflicts in Venezuela, without other governments interfering. "I have proposed a central idea: Establish a permanent political dialogue table, which is capable of spending months and years in order to pass any situation, without interference from imperialism, and to solve the country's conflicts. It is the central idea of ​​Barbados We started with 6 points and many more are going, but I can't reveal them, "he said.

      However, he said that among the topics that have been discussed are "political, economic and social, of all kinds, planning and ordering with great patience." He also thanked both the Venezuelan opposition and the government of Barbados and Norway for standing firm in mediation. Earlier Friday, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide had informed that both sides of the political conflict have advanced in the search for a solution and reiterated that they should be cautious when speaking publicly about it.

     Jorge Rodríguez, Maduro's main representative in the conversations that have been held, assured that the delegation he represents will not get up from the dialogue table until he seeks peaceful solutions and answers to Venezuelans, and revealed that together with the Guaidó representation he They have generated agreements. "We are not going to get up from that dialogue table, we are not going to fall into provocations, we are getting points in Barbados according to the oppositions," he said. In addition, the Minister of Communication also indicated that in the last round that took place in Barbados, which has already concluded, they were intense days of discussion and "very arduous".
 

JULIO BORGES WILL REPRESENT JUAN GUAIDO AL WORLD SUMMIT ON VENEZUELA
 

   WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  -The Venezuelan ambassador to the Lima Group, Julio Borges, will lead a world meeting of foreign ministers on August 6 in Peru to seek to create a definitive siege against Maduro and underpin Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly. The unprecedented meeting will be attended by more than 18 foreign ministers from the region and Europe, countries that have maintained their support for the Venezuelan regime such as China, Russia, Turkey and Cuba were also invited.

      "The objective of this meeting is that the countries that continue to support the Maduro regime join the Latin American agenda and understand that the only solution for Venezuela is the departure of the dictatorship of power," he said. Borges said the Venezuelan crisis cannot be seen with an ideological bias, but from a human perspective. “Countries must side with the Venezuelan people who suffer an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in our continent and leave ideological positions aside. The time has come for all those interested in a transition in Venezuela to articulate efforts, ”he said.

      The representative of the Guaidó government reiterated that international pressure against the dictatorship and its accomplices must be increased. He also welcomed the sanctions adopted by the United States against members of the regime involved in serious human rights violations. For his part, the Foreign Minister of Peru, Néstor Popolizio, said that the meeting will be very broad and will aim to find effective mechanisms to restore democracy in Venezuela. Finally, the Peruvian diplomat said that all countries must understand the great challenge of Venezuelan migration for the entire region.

AUGUST  2, 2019

ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE "TO BE AN ALLY OF THE CUBAN REGIME," SAYS SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO

         WAshington, d.c. --   The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, insisted on the need for a change in the Cuban political system so that the US can contribute to an improvement for the Cuban people. “We need a government that completely rethinks the way in which it treats its citizens and the foundations of its economy, as well as who its global allies are. What ally does the Cuban people really want to have? The United States of America would love to be, but with the current political regime, it is absolutely impossible, ”the head of US diplomacy told Pablo Díaz Espí, director of DDC.

     Pompeo said that at this time the US does not maintain formal contacts with the Cuban leadership: “We keep watching. When this administration came to power, it happened to a US government that had tried to appease relations, which had promised to foster the creation of the private sector in Cuba. But the truth is that the levels of corruption, the levels of influence and state control are of such magnitude that, for any progress, significant changes must first occur on the Island. ” The Secretary of State considered that the approach promoted by the Administration of Barack Obama fed the level of government control and brought greater oppression to the Cuban people.

     “For now, what we see is how the level of government control causes even more oppression, and American benevolence with that attitude did nothing but feed this situation. It is a problem that both Cubans and Venezuelans face. We hope that the regime will change its position, but as long as this does not happen, we are prepared to continue doing everything in our power to guarantee Cubans all the possible opportunities to define their country in the way I know that the people want "The official said he was confident that" the efforts of the United States and other countries in the world to pressure the regime will increase, restricting their ability to oppress the people and, more importantly, I believe that the people Cuban will redouble its own efforts so that their demands are heard and met. ”

US INCLUDES VENEZUELAN MINISTER TARECK EL AISSAMI IN A LIST OF MOST WANTED FUGITIVES
 

   WASHINGTON, D.C.  --According to the notice, which was announced Wednesday on the ICE Twitter account, El Aissami, 44, is wanted for his alleged links to international drug trafficking The United States included the Venezuelan Minister of Industry, Tareck El Aissami, in the list of the 10 most wanted fugitives by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), according to the agency's website. According to the statement, which was announced Wednesday on the ICE Twitter account, El Aissami, 44, is wanted for his alleged links to international drug trafficking.

     "He facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, including control of airplanes that left a Venezuelan airbase and drug routes through ports in Venezuela," says the statement, citing the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which already had sanctioned him in 2017. Aissami has had a long history under Chavez governments. He was Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace in 2008, then Governor of the Aragua state between 2012 and 2017.He was later Executive Vice President and is currently also Vice President of Economy.

     According to OFAC, El Aissami "supervised or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with Mexico and the United States as final destinations." Venezuelan businessman Samark José López Bello, 45, linked to El Aissami and sanctioned by the Treasury Department, is also on the ICE list (https://www.ice.gov/most-wanted). The US government announced in March criminal charges against El Aissami for violating the sanctions imposed by Washington two years ago, when he was accused of drug trafficking. The Venezuelan minister was singled out for evading the February 2017 sanctions by hiring U.S. companies to provide him with private flight services, including a flight to Venezuela from Russia on February 23.

NICOLAS MADURO'S REGIME TURNED ON ITS AIR ALARMS AS ANOTHER US AIRCRAFT FLEW OVER VENEZUELAN AIRSPACE
 

   CARACAS, VENEZUELA --Through his account on the Twitter social network, the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB), said that “imperial provocations continue over Venezuela. From this Homeland, free, impregnable and peaceful, the FANB again rejects the violation of FIR Venezuela, the interference efforts continue; respect Venezuela and the world. " "Those who today intend to deceive with their double moral message to the world, are the same traitors who seek to break with their claims, the morals of a noble people, who thanks to Chavez remain aware of the historical role in this Revolutionary process," he added.

     Likewise, the military institution concluded by ensuring that: “The US in its unbridled attempt to seize the world and what our liberators“ Independence ”left us by inheritance, have used innumerable criminal methods based on economic and financial blockades, as well as lies to dominate peoples. " The dictatorship denounced on July 22 that a US “spy plane” made another incursion into Venezuelan airspace, amid the accusations crossed between the two countries for a similar episode occurred on Friday in the Maiquetía flight region, in the center -North of Venezuela.

     “At this moment that I am talking with you, dear sisters and dear brothers, at this very moment, the same or a similar aircraft, the so-called EP-30, is once again venturing into the Maiquetía flight information region” said Jorge Rodriguez. Three days before, according to the version of the so-called "Bolivarian Revolution", a Russian-made Sukhoi SU-30 aircraft intercepted and expelled an American aircraft from the skies of Venezuela. The Southern Command of the United States then said that its EP-3 aircraft "was carrying out a recognized and approved mission in international airspace over the Caribbean Sea," and that the Venezuelan aircraft "followed it aggressively."

AUGUST  1st., 2019

LUIS ALMAGRO, OAS SECRETARY GENERAL, RECEIVED A REQUEST FROM THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO RE-ENTER VENEZUELA IN THE TIAR

         WAshington, d.c. --  The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, received this Wednesday July 31, from the representative of the AN before the agency Gustavo Tarre Briceño, the official communication about the re-entry of Venezuela in the TIAR. "I received from the Permanent Representative of #Venezuela to the OAS Gustavo Tarre Briceño communication regarding the re-entry of Venezuela to #TIAR," Almagro announced via Twitter.

    The tweet was accompanied by the communication from Tarre Briceño, informing him that on July 23, the Law of Reincorporation of Venezuela to the TIAR was approved in a second discussion and that in his duty, he remits the instrument of ratification of the Republic to re-enter. Likewise, he shared a letter sent directly from Juan Guaidó, the president in charge designated by the AN, where he expresses that it ratifies the approval of this law, in addition to requesting that it be published so that it is in compliance “as far as Venezuela is concerned”.

     On July 23, the reinstatement of Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) was approved, after Guaidó requested an urgent motion in a session held at the Plaza Alfredo Sadel in Las Mercedes. This vote was carried out the day after the fourth mega blackout that affected Venezuela and which, according to the government of Nicolás Maduro, was produced by a "new electromagnetic attack" on the SEN.

THE HUNT OF TARECK EL AISSAMI FOR INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING BEGINS
 

   WASHINGTON, D.C.  --The former governor of the state Aragua and now vice president of Economy of the regime, Tareck El Aissami, is among the most wanted fugitives by the United States for the crime of international drug trafficking, after the United States Customs Immigration and Control Service, agency of the Department of National Security of the United States (ICE) will publish a poster with detailed information.

     ICE indicates that “in February 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury designated Tareck Zaidan El Aissami, a Venezuelan citizen, as a specially designated narcotics trafficker (SDNT) in accordance with The Kingpin Act for playing an important role in international narcotics deals El Aissami was appointed Executive Vice President of Venezuela in January 2017.

      He previously served as Governor of the Venezuelan state of Aragua from 2012 to 2017, and as Minister of Interior and Justice of Venezuela from 2008. He facilitated narcotics shipments from Venezuela, to include control over aircraft that departed from a Venezuelan air base and drug routes through the ports in Venezuela. In his previous positions, he supervised or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States. ”

SAMARK LOPEZ ACCOMPANIES EL ALSSAMI AMONG THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER BY INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING
 

   WASHINGTON, D.C.  -The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), after cataloging the regime's official, Tareck El Aissami, as one of the most wanted by the United States for international drug trafficking, the office also included Samark López for The same crime. In the information they show that "For more than two years, López and others defrauded the United States", and also express that "if you have information about the whereabouts of these fugitives, immediately contact the local ICE office."

    The following information is complete: Samark José López, a 45-year-old Venezuelan citizen, has been subjected to several months of persecution after the demolition of a complex operation to evade international sanctions and money laundering. In February 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury appointed López and his co-conspirator, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah, as Specially Designated Drug Traffickers in accordance with the Kingpin Act for playing a role important in international drug trafficking.

     Samark López provided material assistance and financial support in support of Maddah's international drug trafficking activities and on behalf of her. For more than two years, Lopez and others let the US down. UU. Warning: Do not attempt to apprehend any subject. If you have information on the whereabouts of these fugitives, contact your local US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office immediately. UU. Or call the national hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE as soon as possible!


 




 


 



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