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NOVEMBER 18, 2019


Venezuelan Minister and Former Vice President Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah charged with violations of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

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.

OCTOBER 18, 2019



The Nicolás Maduro regime won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council LAST Thursday by imposing itself on Costa Rica in the elections held at the United Nations General Assembly. The Central American country, which had attended the elections at the last minute with the explicit objective of preventing Venezuela from seizing a seat, won the support of 96 member states, compared to the 105 that supported the Venezuelan dictatorship . Brazil, with 153 votes, took the other place available for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

At a time when Venezuela is experiencing a serious crisis and the Nicolás Maduro regime is rejected by more than 50 countries that recognize as the interim president the leader of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, the country's entry as a candidate generated resistance. Despite that, today he was elected by a majority.

In July, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, denounced that in the last year and a half in Venezuela there were about 7,000 extrajudicial executions and that the vast majority of those deaths were the responsibility of the security forces.

At the end of September, the HRC decided - through a resolution - to create “an independent international mission” charged with investigating the alleged violations of human rights in Venezuela, a measure rejected by officials in the South American country.

In this context, the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced in early October that his country would attend as a candidate and explained that the “serious violations” of human rights reported by the Bachelet report mean that Venezuela is not a nominee “ suitable". This candidacy immediately obtained the support of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, who said that it would be “inadmissible” for Venezuela to take up the position. However, today the pressure did not prosper.

Last week, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the United States, Roger Carstens, said it seemed "ironic" that Venezuela sought a seat on the Council and that this could undermine the "credibility" of the agency. The diplomat also expressed concern that this could give Venezuela a chance to "protect itself from research efforts at the UN." The United States withdrew in 2018 from the Counci denouncing the “continuous bias” against Israel and said the agency was a “sewer”.

On Wednesday, Chile called Venezuela’s postulation and Sebastian Piñera’s chancellor, Teodoro Ribera, a “mockery”, said his ministry has mobilized to make the international community aware of what is at stake.

The UN recognizes the government of Nicolás Maduro, who instead does not have the recognition of the OAS where a delegate from Guaidó occupies the Venezuelan seat.

This Thursday's vote affected almost a third of the 47 members of the organization. The composition of this council created in 2006 reflects geographical criteria with 13 seats for Africa, 13 for Asia Pacific, eight for Latin America and the Caribbean, seven for Western Europe and six for Eastern Europe. Its members were elected by majority by the United Nations General Assembly.

The members of the Human Rights Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms. Latin America is currently represented by Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.



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NOVEMBER 18, 2019


   -- “The time has come for the citizens, for the Venezuelans willing to do everything for Venezuela (…) Here the fight is until the usurpation ceases and there are free elections,” Guaidó told those present in Chacaíto and added that “the dictatorship through Fear pretended to underestimate us. They were wrong, today Venezuela sings victory in the street, we are not alone in this ”. “The dictatorship makes us panic, they didn't let us ride the sound, but we have the sound of people in the street. Maduro's dictatorship has pretended that they could stop us. Today in Venezuela sings victory in all the streets of Venezuela. The teachers, students, are not alone, we are together in this fight for the country. They have not been able to, nor can they with the brave people of Venezuela. Enough of intimidation of manipulation, of hunger, ”he said.

     “We have to return singing victory because we are going to remain in the streets until we achieve it. Here the fight is until the usurpation ceases, ”he said. “The Maduro regime has no people, they were left without people's support. We have always been giving face to our people. They can't face anyone. I am a public servant. I am a dedicated man until this changes. It is not enough with diplomatic victories, it is not enough to recognize us, the only thing that will be enough is when our families return to the country, ”he said. “The teachers have a replica of their 72-hour protests, this is not a single issue. Talk to the interim president of Bolivia, we send you a hug from Venezuela. She told me about the process that they have had to live these days. This is not a struggle for power, here there is no polarized country, here there is only one country struggling to regain its freedom, and that struggle is conquered in the streets. ”

     “If we stay in the house we will have lost. All Venezuela protesting in every corner of the country. It will not be enough to achieve it. It has been years of effort. The only option is to fight (…) Today I did not come to ask for confidence in me, but in yourself, every university, every church, every school, has a duty to raise the flag of the fight, demand their rights, ”he insisted. “We must stay in the protest, we have to continue until we achieve it. Today we are all united. Enough of suffering, of pain, it is time to achieve the love of our citizens. On Tuesday we go to the street with the teachers, on November 21 with the students. I do not know if it is several days, what I assure you is that we will continue until we achieve it, ”he concluded.


    WASHINGTON, D.C.    --    Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro’s cronies are looking for a “golden ticket” out of the regime, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I think we see leaders inside of Maduro's inner circle now trying to figure out what the golden ticket looks like,” Pompeo told the Hill’s Newsmaker Series Monday morning. “'What does it look like if I leave?' When they start asking those questions, surely some of them will decide that there are better times ahead not supporting that thug.”

      U.S. officials have struggled to fracture the regime since January, when President Trump recognized top opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó as the interim president of the country. Maduro refuses to relinquish power and the military remains resolute behind him, buttressed by Cuban security services and roving gangs of "colectivos" that have cracked down on protesters. “They will be in a far better place if they chose a different path,” Pompeo said of Maduro’s Cuban backers. “We are making the same case to all the parties that are supporting Maduro. Certainly the people inside his own military, his own army. The Cubans, the next ring out. The Russians.”

     Trump’s team has been intensifying sanctions on Cuba, partly because of the Communist regime’s key role in providing security assistance to Maduro. But as the regime’s top military commanders remain unified, U.S. officials are trying to undermine Maduro's remaining civilian support by assuring the PSUV political party that it has a future after Maduro. “We believe the Maduro regime must come to an end for Venezuela to recover democracy and prosperity, but like all of the country’s citizens, PSUV is entitled to a role in rebuilding Venezuela,” special representative Elliott Abrams, the top U.S. diplomat for the crisis, said last week. “You in the PSUV are entitled to run in free elections and try to convince your fellow citizens of the value of your policy.” “There are many efforts in the State Department to restore democracy to the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said. “It is an imperative. It’s in our space, it’s here in the Western Hemisphere.”


      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. ”



WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The Acting Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the US Department of State, Michael Kozak, said Thursday that the Cuban Army facilitates atrocities in Venezuela. “The Cuban Army controls 50% of the economy and the majority of tourism. The same army facilitates atrocities in Venezuela today. US sanctions prevent the regime from personally benefiting from this twisted economic model.

      The root of the problem: the Castro regime is corrupt, ”he posted on his Twitter account. In his consideration, the Castro regime exploits Cuban medical professionals to “fill their pockets,” renting their best and brightest medical staff out of Cuba, while leaving Cubans with poor service and empty pharmacies.

     “The Castro regime built an economy that is hopelessly dependent on sponsors (first the Soviets, now Maduro) and pays stolen oil from VZ with intelligence and repression tactics. Sanctions prevent US dollars from supporting the Castro dictatorship #Cubazuela, ”he continued.


    BRASILIA, BRAZIL    --    Ministers and representatives of the countries of the Lima Group will meet TODAY in Brasilia to re-analyze the situation in Venezuela and the stagnation of a crisis that has led millions of people to leave that country The meeting will be the first one held by the Lima Group since the election as the new president of Argentina of the Peronist Alberto Fernández, who has implied that once he takes office, on December 10, his country will leave this platform, created in 2017 to seek a democratic alternative in Venezuela.

     Even so, official sources told Efe that Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie will represent the Government of Mauricio Macri at the meeting, which may be the last of the Lima Group with the presence of that country.The president-elect of Argentina has already hinted that his future Government could join the Montevideo Mechanism, formed by Uruguay, Mexico, Bolivia and the Caribbean Community and that seeks to promote political dialogue in the country, but without ignoring the Government of Nicolás Maduro .

     The Lima Group, which maintains a much more critical position, is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. All are among the dozens of countries that recognize the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as "legitimate and interim" president of Venezuela, and demand the holding of "free and democratic" elections to seek an alternative to Maduro. On behalf of Guaidó, the presidential commissioner for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Julio Borges, and the former mayor of the Caracas municipality of El Hatillo David Smolansky, in his capacity as coordinator of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the crisis will be at the meeting of Venezuelan migrants and refugees.


      WASHINGTON, D.C.    --    In just nine months 554 victims of tORTURE were reported. The majority are young and poor men. These are the majority of the injuries inflicted: blows, butts, electric shocks, crucifixion, kicks and insults. In the first 9 months of the year, 34 cases of torture were reported that included 554 individualized victims of this human rights crime, the human rights organization Provea reported. These data are the result of a press monitoring and compilation of complaints received by Provea between the months of January and September 2019.

      This figure represents an increase of 508.25% in the number of victims counted compared to the 12 months of the year 2018, when 109 people tortured were reported. In addition, it is the highest record documented by Provea in 31 years of monitoring the right to personal integrity in the country, surpassing the 185 victims registered in 2014. The majority of tortured persons (98.55%) were men, young people and the poor. The ages of the victims vary between 18 and 50 years. Most of the injuries inflicted are blows, butts, electric shocks, crucifixion, kicks and insults.

      Of the total number of victims counted by Provea between the months of January and September, 408 (73.64%) were persons deprived of liberty linked by the commission of common crimes; 124 (22.38%) military detained when accused of being part of conspiratorial acts against Nicolás Maduro, and another 22 people (3.97%) were civilians detained for political reasons or in the exercise of the right to peaceful demonstration. 21 people died between the months of January and September 2019 as a result of torture received by law enforcement officials. 19 of the recorded deaths occurred in Preventive Detention Centers (CDP) under the control of the Bolivarian National Police, Corps of Scientific, Criminal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC) and regional police.



CARACAS, VENEZUELA   -- Venezuela’s internationally-recognized Juan Guaido government believes there is still reason to be hopeful when it comes to dislodging President Nicolas Maduro from power. “Things are advancing. There is a strategy that is advancing,” Vanessa Neumann, the chief diplomat in London for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, told CNBC in an exclusive interview. She did not go into specific details about the National Assembly leader’s plans over the coming months. The South American country is in the midst of one of the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian crises in recent memory, with some 4 million people having fled the country since 2015 amid an economic meltdown.

      A protracted political stand-off has thrust the oil-rich, but cash-poor, country into uncharted territory — whereby it now has an internationally-recognized government, with no control over state functions, running parallel to Maduro’s regime. Our country is dying, our people are dying, and the international community is increasingly alarmed with what they are seeing. Guaido assumed a rival interim presidency in January, citing Venezuela’s constitution, and denounced Maduro’s government as illegitimate after he secured re-election last year in a vote widely criticized as rigged. Guaido has since been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the U.S. and most Latin American and European countries.

     However, Maduro has refused to cede power. And, crucially, he still has the broad support of the military. “Maduro has not accepted the situation, but other countries have,” Neumann said, before adding that there was a growing sense that the “international community is coalescing at least around a diagnosis of the problem.” On April 30, Guaido appeared outside one of the most important military installations in the capital city of Caracas flanked by defecting soldiers and said “the time is now” for Venezuela’s armed forces to turn on their embattled commander-in-chief. The dramatic pre-dawn declaration appeared to symbolize an extraordinary watershed moment in the country’s political history. “I remember saying to my friend at the time … It’s happened, we are free,” Neumann said, as she tearfully recalled what many believed would come to mark Maduro’s downfall. As it turned out, most of the military top brass remained loyal to their socialist president and Guaido’s attempt to trigger a nationwide uprising failed.


    SAMTOAGO, CHILE   --    TWO Police officers in Chile’s capital were set on fire after demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails in their direction. Unrest in Chile began 19 days ago over a hike to subway fares and has grown into a massive movement demanding broad changes. Two female police officers trying to drive off protesters in Chile’s capital were set on fire after demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails in direction of the officers. A riot police officer on fire is assisted by colleagues during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 4, 2019.

     Chile has been facing weeks of unrest, triggered by an increase in subway fares. The protests have shaken a nation noted for economic stability over the past decades, which has seen steadily declining poverty despite persistent high rates of inequality. Jorge Silva, the Reuters chief photographer in South East Asia who is in Chile covering the protests, said he was standing close to the Baquedano metro station when he saw a flare out of the corner of his eye. “I realized a police officer had been set on fire by a Molotov and her team were trying to extinguish the fire,” he said.

     The incident sparked an immediate response from police, Henry Romero, another Reuters reporter, said. “From that moment things intensified, the police began to use a lot of gas and rubber bullets, the noise of the repeated fire was loud,” he said. The country’s interior minister visited the two police officers in the hospital and denounced the attack as “pure violence … nothing to do with the legitimate demands of citizens.” “It was a violent, cowardly aggression against two police officers who were working to protect the safety of our compatriots,” he said, according to Reuters.



      BOGOTA, COLOMBIA    --    Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero presented on Wednesday his resignation after the day before it became known that he hid from the public the military bombardment of a camp set up by dissidents from the now-demobilized FARC guerrillas in which at least eight children died. “Today, in a meeting with the president of the republic to analyze the current political situation, it was agreed that the most appropriate thing was to present my resignation from the post of national defense minister,” Botero said in an official statement issued by his office.

     Botero’s resignation comes a day after a Senate debate was held regarding a censure motion presented against him for failings in his security and defense policy. During the parliamentary debate, Sen. Roy Barreras, with the Party of the U, which provided key support for former President Juan Manuel Santos, revealed the military’s bombardment in early September of a camp of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in Caqueta province in which seven children died, including a 12-year-old girl. The Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday raised the death toll to eight minors killed in the operation, a figure that authorities had not divulged despite the fact that after the operation they had reported that deaths had occurred in the attack.

      After the firestorm sparked by the release of that information, Botero met with President Ivan Duque, to whom he presented his letter of resignation in consideration of the fact that it is his “duty as minister of defense to have an appropriate read on the political climate.” “More coca means less peace, more coca means less life, more coca means less forest, more coca means less youth, more coca means less work, more coca means less business, more coca means less democracy,” said the minister in his letter, which was made public and in which he makes no mention of the controversial bombardment. Just a few minutes after Botero made public his resignation, Duque announced on his Twitter account that he had named Gen. Luis Fernando Navarro, the current commander of Colombia’s military forces, to serve as defense minister on an interim basis.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- While from all parts of the country the members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) continue to demand the release of the Cubn oposition leader José Daniel Ferrer, his relatives and suportes in the United States have called for a demonstration in front of the Embassy of the Cuban regime in Washington, D.C. "We demand proof of life and the immediate release of Roilan Zárraga, Fernando González, José Pupo and José Daniel Ferrer," Rosa María Payá wrote on Twitter. "Anti-communist protest for the release of all Cuban political prisoners."

      On Monday, in turn, the US Embassy in Havana recalled that 34 days have passed since the opposition leader's arrest. "We strongly condemn that injustice," the US diplomatic headquarters wrote in its Twitter account. "We ask that he be treated with humanity, that his location be immediately known and that he be released without conditions." In Cuba, UNPACU activists continue to disseminate videos on social networks that demand Ferrer's release and condemn the regime for not complying with its own laws, as it does not attest to the life of the activist or the other three UNPACU members arrested with him : Fernando González Vaillant, José Pupo Chaveco and Roilán Zárraga Ferrer.

     “We are here in the Cuba Libre cell, in Centro Habana, demanding a proof of life from our UNPACU leader, disappeared by the Castro-Canel tyranny, and three other activists,” says a woman who wears a video on YouTube T-shirt with the word NO and appears next to five other people. Ferrer's family and activists in Texas and Miami summoned all the people who want to participate on Friday in the protest in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. In Miami, those interested must call two telephone numbers to register, and in Austin they must send an email to know where the buses will depart to the federal capital.


    HAVANA, CUBA   --    A figure has become familiar in the most recent trips of the Cuban ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel abroad: that of General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja. The enigmatic military was the third to greet President Vladimir Putin at a meeting last week, behind Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas, who renegotiated the Cuban debt to Russia, and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez. Díaz-Canel introduced López-Calleja as an "economic advisor." López-Calleja also sat near Díaz-Canel in a meeting with Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico in mid-October this year, and accompanied him to his debut at the United Nations in September 2018.

      Although the official Cuban press has been ambivalent, showing it in photos but without publicly naming it as part of the official delegations, its growing international profile could suggest that Raul Castro's former son-in-law could be among the favorites to occupy the position of prime minister. The new Cuban constitution approved in February established changes of nomenclature in the government and the creation of new positions, including that of the prime minister. Díaz-Canel went from presiding over the Council of State and Ministers to receiving the title of President of the Republic at the beginning of October. The ruler has three months to propose a prime minister, who will be in charge of administering the country.

      The general is the true czar of the Cuban economy, at the head of the Group of Administration Empresarial S.A. (GAESA), a conglomerate of military companies estimated to control at least half of the Cuban economy. GAESA manages key areas such as the remittance business, most of the tourism industry, the Special Development Zone of Puerto del Mariel, as well as the main stores and supermarkets, gas stations, import and export companies, shipping companies, companies of construction, warehouses and an airline.



      MEXICO CITY, MEXICO    --   Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering at least six children and three women — all of them U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico — in a grisly attack that left one of their vehicles a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk, authorities said Tuesday. The dead included 8-month-old twins. At least five other youngsters were wounded by gunfire. Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said the attackers may have mistaken the group's large SUVs for those of rival gangs.

      But all of the victims were believed to be members of the extended LeBaron family, who live in a decades-old settlement founded by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. A LeBaron was killed a decade ago after denouncing the cartels. Mexican authorities say drug cartel gunmen ambushed multiple vehicles, including this one, slaughtering several women and children.

     In a tweet, President Donald Trump immediately offered to help Mexico "wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth." "The United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively," Trump tweeted. "The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army! But Mexico's president said: "The worst thing you can have is war." It was the second failure in recent weeks for López Obrador's "hugs not bullets" anti-crime strategy. Two weeks ago, Mexican forces seized a son of the imprisoned drug lord known as El Chapo but had to release him after cartel henchmen launched a furious counterattack in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

NOVEMBER 5, 2019


- Witnesses declared that the aircraft hit a metal structure when it took off from an Andean village under heavy rain. The president was not injured. The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) said Monday that a helicopter that was transporting President Evo Morales from Colquiri to the city of Oruro suffered a mechanical failure and had to make an emergency landing. The president was unharmed from the incident.

      “The FAB, in accordance with the regulations, will proceed to activate the Accident Investigation Board. More details regarding the event will be given in accordance with the progress of the investigation, ”said the institution's statement, which states that the accident was due to problems recorded in the tail rotor during takeoff.

      Videos circulating in social networks show the aircraft with registration FAB-007 on the ground, cordoned off by a group of people. According to witness reports collected by the newspaper El Debe, the helicopter hit a metal structure when it took off and then fell at least 15 meters high. Evo Morales had shortly opened a road to link the Andean towns of Caracollo with Colquiri, south of La Paz, when heavy rain broke out in the region.


    SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR, --    The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, on Sunday asked the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to respect him after he was called “traitor and fighter of imperialism”, after the decision of the Central American president to expel the diplomatic corps from the nation South American The president added that "in El Salvador, without being on seas of oil, a roll of toilet paper does not cost us a month's salary." The dictator Maduro described this Sunday as "traitor and fighter of imperialism" Bukele, who on Saturday ordered the expulsion of Venezuelan diplomats accredited in his country.

       "It is shameful to see how a person who came to the Presidency with some hope for the Salvadoran people melts in front of imperialism," Maduro said at the closing of the "Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism" held in Havana. Maduro, whose presence in this forum had not been announced, said that "no mequetrefe will separate the peoples of El Salvador and Venezuela" and warned that "he who messes with us dries up, and Bukele will dry up." The Venezuelan regime applied this Sunday the principle of reciprocity and ordered the expulsion of diplomats from El Salvador accredited in Caracas, according to Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

     Maduro's foreign minister also attacked Bukele, who, he said, "officially assumes the sad pawn role of US foreign policy, by giving oxygen to its strategy of aggression against the Venezuelan people." According to a statement published by the Salvadoran ruler in his social networks, the expulsion of the Venezuelan diplomatic corps accredited in El Salvador responds to the ignorance of “the legitimacy of the government (of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás) Maduro”, and the recognition as president in charge of the country of the head of Parliament, Juan Guaidó. Repeatedly, Bukele, of the right-wing Grand Alliance for National Unity (WINS), has ruled against “the Maduro regime”, to the point that he decided not to invite him to take office, on June 1 .



      TEHRAN, IRAN     --   Iran said Monday that it has a production rate of five kilos of enriched uranium per day, multiplying by more than 10 times the production of two months ago, in advances that mark a greater distance with respect to the commitments assumed in the nuclear agreement of 2015. The announcement, which also included a mention of a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the agreement, coincided with the 40th anniversary of the US embassy taking in 1979 and the beginning of a hostage crisis.

      By using these advanced devices, Iran further reduces the one-year term that Tehran would need to have enough material to build a nuclear bomb, if it wanted to. The international agreement limited Iran to using only 5,060 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to enrich uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas at high speed.

Centrifuges used by Iran in uranium enrichment
In a theatrical staging at the Natanz nuclear facility, where the interview was shot, Ali Akbar Salehi, vice president of the Islamic Republic and head of the Iranian Organization of Atomic Energy, pressed a button to activate a set of 30 IR centrifuges -6, raising to 60 the number of machines running.Salehi said in statements to official television that in the last two months Iran has developed two new models of centrifuges, one of which has already begun the testing period. One of these prototypes, which he called IR-9, would be about 50 times faster than IR-1.

     The measures respond to Iran's decision to abandon the restrictions imposed by the agreement on its nuclear program signed in July 2015, from which the United States withdrew unilaterally. According to the agreement, signed in Vienna by the 5 + 1 group (China, the United States, France, Great Britain, Russia and Germany), Iran agreed to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for lifting part of the sanctions that suffocate its economy. But when in May 2018 the United States decided to unilaterally abandon the agreement and reinstate harsh economic sanctions, Iran began breaching some of its commitments.

NOVEMBER 4, 2019

usa confirms presence of eln and farc dissidents in venezuela

      WASHINTON, D.C.   
 The ties between the National Liberation Army (ELN), the dissidence of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Venezuela are strengthened by the lack of border control and corruption in the country, according to a report on terrorism by the Department of United States state. "The porous borders [of Venezuela] offered a permissive environment" for groups that the US called "terrorists," the report said, based on information collected by the US government last year.

     The financial ties between the FARC dissidents, the ELN and other paramilitary groups "facilitated public corruption and bribery schemes for Venezuelan government officials and members of the armed forces," the State Department wrote in the report published Friday. According to the US government, there have been reports of cooperation between FARC and ELN dissidents in "areas of roadblocks, distribution of subsidized food, recruitment of indigenous communities" and illegal narcotics and gold trafficking. The report also states that both people linked to guerrilla groups, as "supporters" and supporters of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, named as a terrorist by the US, have a presence in Venezuela.

     Regarding the latter, the report also specified that the group "continued its long history of activity" in the region, including its use of financiers operating in the border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. On Colombia, the report highlighted that the country experienced a "modest increase in terrorist activity", mainly due to security challenges in areas that were left by the FARC as part of the 2016 peace agreement. According to the report, between 1000 and 1700 individuals who "never demobilized or left the peace agreement" continue to carry out "criminal activities" or terrorists "particularly in border regions and areas previously controlled by the FARC."


    CARACAS, VENEZUELA, --    Hundreds of millions of dollars in cash has been shipped from Russia to Venezuela, providing a lifeline to the South American country as U.S. sanctions limit its access to the global financial system. A total of $315 million of U.S. dollar and euro notes were sent in six separate shipments from Moscow to Caracas from May 2018 to April 2019, according to data reviewed by Bloomberg from ImportGenius, which compiled Russian customs records it obtains through private sources. The cash came from lenders run by the countries’ governments and went to Venezuela’s development bank, the records show.

     While the money could be for any number of things -- like Venezuela repatriating cash held overseas or dividends from a stake in a Moscow-based bank or revenue from sales of crude or gold -- the complex logistical feat shows one of the ways President Nicolas Maduro’s administration has sought to skirt aggressive U.S. financial sanctions. As a consequence of the scrutiny, the central bank is conducting more transactions in cash, sometimes offering local clients access to euro bills. ImportGenius’s data goes through April this year. That month, about $97 million in notes were sent in two loads from Moscow-based bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank to Venezuela’s Banco de Desarrollo Economico y Social de Venezuela, or Bandes.

     Evrofinance is a joint venture between Bandes and Russia’s state property management agency, In January, $113 million worth of 100-euro bills were sent from state-controlled lender Gazprombank, which at the time had a stake in Evrofinance. The same entity shipped $50 million in U.S. dollar bills just two days earlier, and two separate shipments of unspecified currency totaling $55 million were made in May and July of last year. A Venezuelan government official, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters, confirmed the country had received cash shipments tied to Evrofinance but declined further comment.



      CARACAS, VENEZUELA     --   In a meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples from various countries, the Venezuelan dictator asked to promote "global solidarity" for the Bolivian ruler, Nicolás Maduro called on Thursday the indigenous and "popular" movements to support his counterpart and Bolivian ally, Evo Morales, who, he said, faces an "oligarchic coup d'etat" over the protests unleashed after the presidential elections in which he was re-elected. “I want to ratify and ask all indigenous movements and popular movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Africa, Asia, to raise our flag to support our brother Evo Morales Ayma who is facing a coup of Oligarchic, imperialist state, ”he said.

     In a meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples from various countries and broadcast on radio and television, Maduro asked to promote "global solidarity and support" to Morales. "Long live Evo Morales! Long live the people of Bolivia! Long live the original peoples!" He said the "oligarchies" want to destabilize Bolivia by the reelection of Morales. "They are applying a good part of the formula of violence that they applied against Venezuela several times," he said while saying he was sure that his counterpart will, like him, make "peace" triumph in Bolivia. "We demand that the electoral results of Bolivia be respected," he said.

     Bolivia is experiencing a scenario of demonstrations after the electoral results of last October 20 in which Morales was given the winner for a fourth term. The opposition and civic movements denounced a fraud in the counting of votes in favor of the president of that country. The protests were violent in recent days in several cities of the country, with clashes between supporters and detractors of Evo Morales, in addition to clashes with the police. So far, in the demonstrations there are two deaths due to bullet impacts, as reported by the State Attorney General, Juan Lanchipa.

NOVEMBER 1st., 2019


   LA PAZ, BOLIVIA    --   
The Organization of American States is sending a team to launch a "binding" audit of Bolivia's presidential election. The opposition accuses officials of manipulating the count to ensure the reelection of Evo Morales. The Organization of American States will audit Bolivia's election following fraud allegations. However, the opposition has already raised doubts about the US-based OAS's intervention. The "integrating and binding" audit — with compliance by all political parties obliged — will focus on the October 20 vote and the aftermath, Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary said.

     The tally gave incumbent Evo Morales a big enough margin to win in the first round without the need for a runoff against former President Carlos Mesa and a possibly united center-to-right opposition. Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, won a fourth term with 47% over Mesa's 36.5%, according to the official results. However, for a period of about 20 hours, officials stopped announcing results as they came in — raising alarms from the OAS, the European Union, the US and other international actors and fueling protests across Bolivia.

      OAS Chief of Staff Gonzalo Koncke said the 30-member team would begin work Thursday and release the results in 10-12 days, focusing on verifying calculations, certificates, ballots and the informatics process and examining statistical components and the safeguarding of ballot boxes. Mesa said officials fudged the count, giving Morales the 10-point lead needed to win outright, after it had been predicted that the election would go to a runoff. The opposition "does not accept the audit in the current terms, which were agreed on unilaterally," and wants an inquiry into the pre-election process, when critics said the federal tribunal favored Morales, who rose to prominence as the leader of the coca farmers union.


    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA--    ALBERTO Fernández has signalled that Argentina will return to its alignment with the left-wing governments of Latin America. That could see closer ties with Mexico and Venezuela, and greater tensions with Brazil, the region’s biggest economy.  Alberto Fernández has yet to take office in Argentina. But already diplomats in Buenos Aires are anxiously awaiting what’s set to be yet another pendulum swing in the country’s foreign policy, this time to the left. That may mean a less fulsome embrace of US President Donald Trump than incumbent Mauricio Macri, under whom Argentina aligned more with US goals in regional affairs, especially regarding Venezuela.

      Fernández has signalled that Argentina will return to its alignment with the left-wing governments of Latin America. That could see closer ties with Mexico and Venezuela, and greater tensions with Brazil, the region’s biggest economy. The Frente de Todos leader doesn’t take office until December 10, but the first signs of change were on show within hours of his election win. In an address to supporters at his campaign headquarters, he congratulated Evo Morales – the socialist who’s South America’s longest-serving leader – for securing a fourth term in Bolivia. That’s even as the results are still being verified and as Morales’s opponents allege fraud.

      He also called for the release from jail of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a hero for the Latin American left who is serving nearly nine years for graft and money-laundering. That drew immediate disapproval from current President Jair Bolsonaro, signalling a rift between the two largest members of the Mercosur regional trade bloc. Fernández is also poised to make Mexico the destination of his first international trip (as soon as next week), according to a person with knowledge of the matter. There he would meet with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, one of the most popular left-wing presidents in the world with an approval rating over 60 percent. The initial actions point to a shift from the US-focused, business-driven foreign policy of Macri toward the more ideological approach favoured by the radical left elements in Fernández’s coalition, who see international relations as an extension of domestic politics.



      SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA     --   North Korea has fired two short-range projectiles — likely ballistic missiles — toward the sea off its east coast, South Korea and Japan reported Thursday, the 12th such launch by the country this year. The launch comes as North Korea ramps up pressure ahead of its end-of-year deadline for the United States to change its approach to stalled nuclear talks. Earlier this week, North Korea warned the U.S. it would be “seriously mistaken” if it ignores the deadline. The projectiles, which were launched from the Suncheon region of South Pyongan province, flew about 370 kilometers and reached an altitude of about 90 kilometers, South Korea’s military said.

     “North Korea's actions do not help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, and we urge them to stop immediately,” read a statement by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. South Korea’s National Security Council expressed “strong concern” over the “short-range projectile” launch. A U.S. senior administration official said the U.S. is aware of reports of the launch. "We are continuing to monitor the situation and consulting closely with our allies in Japan and South Korea,” the official said. Japanese officials say the projectiles were probably ballistic missiles, and that the weapons landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, which extends 370 kilometers off its coast.

     North Korea has now launched 12 rounds of missiles since early May, after having refrained from such tests for a year and a half. The launches appear designed at least in part to boost Pyongyang’s negotiating leverage. North Korea earlier this month walked away from working-level negotiations with the United States in Stockholm, blaming the U.S. for failing to bring any new proposals. Pyongyang wants the U.S. to relax sanctions and other pressure. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump have met three times since June 2018, but have failed to make any progress on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

0CTOBER 31, 2019

FELIPE GONZALEZ: "VENEZUELA IS A TRUE Tyranny, a narcotirania"  

   miami, florida    --   
The former president of the Spanish government condemned the Chavez regime in the IV Presidential Dialogue, held in Miami, and said it would be "a dramatic mistake" to hold elections with Nicolás Maduro in power. “In Caracas there have been more deaths than in Damascus (Syria) in recent years. Venezuela is a true tyranny, a narcotirania, ”said Felipe González on Tuesday in an intervention at the IV Presidential Dialogue, an annual forum that is held in Miami and brings together former Latin American rulers.

     The former president also considered that it would be "a dramatic mistake" that Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by fifty countries, will call elections with Nicolás Maduro in Miraflores. "While Maduro is in power there will be no democratic elections again," he said. Gonzalez said the conditions for "elections with a legitimate result" in Venezuela are not given and he called Maduro "satrap."

     “He has been assuring for three years that he will not call elections that he will not win. And there is no census and there is no electoral board to hold elections with a legitimate result, ”he said. The referent of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party denied that the dictator is "leftist", called him "thief" and said he is the person who "has had the ability to destroy the country economically and socially." Andrés Pastrana called Nicolás Maduro's regime “narcodictadura” and called for greater cohesion in Latin America to “safeguard democracy”.


    miami, FLORIDA --    José María Aznar, former head of the Spanish Government, referred on Wednesday to the situation of Venezuela with the regime of Nicolás Maduro. Missed opportunities, the need to intervene, the role of Cuba and the challenges of liberal democracies were among the issues addressed during an interview with NTN24 during the IV presidential dialogue and the Mezerhane chair that takes place in Miami. In Venezuela, Cuba has intervened, Russia has intervened. China has intervened. But those who must intervene do not intervene.

     When I have the opportunity to talk about this issue of Venezuela or what is happening in the region, many analysts, former presidents, always put Cuba behind, as an engine. Not only behind what happens in Venezuela, but also behind what happens in Bolivia, behind what has happened in Ecuador ... Cuba always there. How to explain the opening, the support, the approach of Spain at this time with Cuba? - I have not changed position in relation to Cuba. In 1996, I raised a common position for the European Union that has lasted until very recently, and that unfortunately has been modified, and that was very clear: cooperation is not possible if there is no respect for human rights, and the Cuban dissent clearly a very manifest respect.

     That position has been abandoned, and even the opposite has been reached, that is, that the United States has re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba, without conditions. And other countries too. So doing what he does is consolidate the situation in Cuba. And Cuba has a great history, the Castro regime, of interventionism in other Latin American countries. He is responsible for many deaths, many wars, many violence in many Latin American countries. Maintain that situation, it is what is happening. The influence of Cuba in Venezuela is evident, everyone knows it, in the Armed Forces, in intelligence services, in information services. And that penetration in other countries is a reality that we also know.



      UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK      --   On Monday, the International Solidarity Conference started in Brussels, to call for “urgent and coordinated action in favor of Venezuelan refugees and migrants.” According to studies conducted by UNHCR, the number of Venezuelan migrants and refugees will go from 4.5 million to 6.5 million people next year. Eduardo Stein said that most of these people move in Latin America, which increases the challenges for governments receiving this diaspora, one of the world’s largest displaced crisis and the largest in the history of the region.

     The international community is simply not doing enough. And I’m under the impression that they are not aware of the severity and the urgency to do more,” said Federica Mogherini. “Every day, thousands of Venezuelans leave the country. At the moment, there’s no end in sight,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, adding that “we need more humanitarian aid, and fast.” Deputy Amelia Belisario condemned the humanitarian and hospital crises. She said there’s no access to information on the healthcare system, which makes the situation worse. Belisario said that 70% of hospitals don’t have running water or electricity and the shortage of supplies and medicine in the country can be as high as 90%.

      Diosdado Cabello said that electing a new National Electoral Council has to go through the opposition agreeing in the National Assembly. He said that in the negotiating table (of chavismo and itself) “the new Electoral Branch is being revised”. Remember: according to the Constitution, only the National Assembly can appoint these authorities. “Chile had 40 years of savage neoliberalism and that’s why the Chilean people have been in antineoliberal rebellion for ten days,” said Nicolás, back in the country and on his variety show. On Monday, he complimented the Misión Robinson, saying that for 14 years Venezuela has been illiteracy free, something that the very figures from INE contradict.

0CTOBER 30, 2019


The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the United Nations demanded that the Cuban regime "immediately clarify the fate and whereabouts" of the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), José Daniel Ferrer, who has been detained since the past 1 of October and of which 26 days ago there is no information about their status or whereabouts. The secretary general of the agency made a request for urgent action on the case to the Cuban Government through a communication addressed to the permanent representation of Havana before the United Nations Office in Geneva. The UN also reacted in identical terms on the detention of UNPACU activists Fernando González Vaillant and José Pupo Chaveco. A similar action petition is being pending on the also detained Roilán Zárraga. Everyone has been missing since they were arrested along with Ferrer.

      In the resolution, the United Nations asks to "immediately clarify the fate and whereabouts" of Ferrer, "to inform relatives, relatives and representatives (...) as well as the Committee" on Enforced Disappearances of the measures taken to protect it, " ensure that it is under the protection of the law "and allow" his relatives and representatives to have immediate contact with him ". The document also warns that, if Ferrer's whereabouts are unknown, the Cuban authorities must "take all necessary actions (...) for their search and for the investigation of their alleged disappearance." It also clarifies that, if it is confirmed that the UNPACU leader is being detained, the State must inform the place where he is and allow his relatives to visit him periodically, in addition to "presenting him immediately" before a judge informing him of the charges for which He is charged, giving him access to a lawyer. He also clarified that this is not a "courtesy letter", because Havana has to fulfill what is required "as it is said there."

     The Cuban government "has a diplomatic problem in progress of the first magnitude with the UN, as a result of the barbarity it has done in the abuse of rights of José Daniel and his companions," he warned. CPD recalled in its demand to the UN that all legal steps have already been taken in the case: "complaints before the Police, prison, Human Rights Commission, Habeas Corpus, right of petition, etc". The Habeas corpus procedure, presented on October 17, and which is internationally standardized, was rejected by the Popular Provincial Court of Santiago de Cuba. So far, about a month after the arrest, no official institution has issued a document that allows to know the causes of Ferrer's arrest, except for a file number in preparatory phase that refused to deliver and that is not the document mandatory for the precautionary prison when the seven days of retention are exceeded. "Since October 4, there is no news of José Daniel Ferrer who is formally and reliably corroborated by the authorities, nor proof of his life, being also held incommunicado," insisted CPD.


    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA   -- Alberto Fernandez has yet to take office in Argentina. But already diplomats in Buenos Aires are anxiously awaiting what’s set to be yet another pendulum swing in the country’s foreign policy, this time to the left. That may mean a less fulsome embrace of Donald Trump than incumbent Mauricio Macri, under whom Argentina aligned more with U.S. goals in regional affairs, especially regarding Venezuela. Fernandez has signaled that Argentina will return to its alignment with the left-wing governments of Latin America. That could see closer ties with Mexico and Venezuela, and greater tensions with Brazil, the region’s biggest economy.

      Fernandez doesn’t take office until Dec. 10, but the first signs of change were on show within hours of his election win. In an address to supporters at his campaign headquarters, he congratulated Evo Morales -- the socialist who’s South America’s longest-serving leader -- for securing a fourth term in Bolivia. That’s even as the results are still being verified and as Morales’s opponents allege fraud. He also called for the release from jail of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a hero for the Latin American left who is serving nearly nine years for graft and money laundering. That drew immediate disapproval from current President Jair Bolsonaro, signaling a rift between the two largest members of the regional trade bloc known as Mercosur.

      Fernandez is also poised to make Mexico the destination of his first international trip, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. There he would meet on Monday with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, one of the most popular left-wing presidents in the world with an approval rating over 60%. The initial actions point to a shift from the U.S.-focused, business-driven foreign policy of Macri toward the more ideological approach favored by the radical left elements in Fernandez’s coalition, who see international relations as an extension of domestic politics. His running mate adds to that perception. The incoming vice president is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who in her time as president favored alliances with leftist leaders and invited tension with western nations.



      BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA      --   Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, newly elected as vice president of Argentina, asked on Monday for a new authorization to travel to Cuba, where she has already gone on six other occasions to see her daughter Florencia Kirchner, who receives medical treatment at a hospital in the Island. According to the state agency Télam, Fernández requested permission the morning after his electoral coalition, the Frente de Todos, headed by Alberto Fernández, won the Argentine presidential elections before the current president, Mauricio Macri, of Together for Change.

      Fernández must request permission from the federal oral courts 2 and 7, who judge her for alleged corruption offenses, every time she wishes to travel to Cuba, where she allegedly accompanies her daughter, who since last February has been treated for a "stress disorder post-traumatic "and secondary ailments, such as a purpuric syndrome and a slight lymphedema in the legs, according to documents made public by Fernández herself. The ex-president, whose most recent trip to Cuba occurred between the end of September and the beginning of October, would be in Havana between November 1 and 11, so she would fly to the Island next Friday. Precisely, the governor Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated Cristina and Alberto Fernández on Monday for his "deserved victory" in the presidential elections held on Sunday in Argentina.

      "Deserved triumph that leads to a defeat of neoliberalism. Congratulations dear Cristina and also to Alberto from Cuba. The Patria Grande is celebrating," the president wrote on Twitter, who is in Russia on a work visit. Florencia Kirchner has been treated since February at the Center for Surgical Medical Research (CIMEQ). The young woman had traveled to the Island to take a course for film writers, but after the flight her health condition would have deteriorated significantly and at the time of evaluation she was forbidden to travel by plane. The daughter of the former president is prosecuted in her country, like her mother, for alleged money laundering and illicit association in the operations that Kirchner family companies carried out with public works adjudicators during Fernández's previous presidential term.

0CTOBER 29, 2019


     WASHINGTON, D.C.  --     
The political crisis in Venezuela has settled into a stasis. International pressure has weakened DICTATOR Nicolás Maduro’s regime, but it remains in control. The Venezuelan economy, however, is spiraling into the abyss. Hyperinflation and scarcity of basic staples and commodities have forced millions of Venezuelans to leave the country. Their departure has expedited the collapse of social services, which has created a vicious cycle, further accelerating the exodus, even as the Trump administration continues to push for more sanctions.

     Colombia is now home to the largest population of people displaced from Venezuela: a group made up of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, as well as Colombian returnees who had escaped the country’s various internal conflicts to settle in Venezuela. They are now joining the millions of internally displaced Colombians, who have been struggling on the margins of society and the economy. In 2020, the number of Venezuelan refugees is set to surpass the number who have fled Syria—although they have received only 1.5 percent as much international aid. According to some estimates, another 4 million Venezuelans could seek refuge in Colombia by 2021. The number of Venezuelans in the country could then total 6 million, equivalent to some 10 percent of Colombia’s population.

     Colombia is and has been a close ally of the United States. Over the past decade, it has made great strides in fighting narco-trafficking, ending internal conflicts, and creating a vibrant economy. Signs of progress are evident across Colombia. Washington lauded these achievements and contrasted them with the failings of socialist and populist experiments in Colombia’s neighboring countries. The refugee crisis is now threatening much of what Colombia has achieved. Columbia does not have the depth of social services to shoulder many more refugees. Without additional international assistance, the crisis will provoke social tensions and political reaction of the kind that has rocked Chile. The debacle in Venezuela is a testament to socialism’s bankruptcy and a cautionary tale against the promises of populism. But in its failure, Venezuela could succeed in defeating the Colombian model. The United States should not allow that to happen.


     SANTIAGO, CHILE   -- TheSE have been extremely convulsed weeks in the region. Weeks of much confrontation, blood, violence and a heyday of lies to stoke the flame of resentment in Latin America and try to bring down the legitimate governments of South America. First it was Lenín Moreno and then Sebastián Piñera, two leaders who were forced to fight dictator Maduro, but not with force, but with diplomacy.

      The tyrant of Miraflores answered them, but he did not go to dialogues or ask his spokesmen to issue warnings. Maduro sent delegations of terrorists to the capitals of their countries: Quito and Santiago, Chile, and began to destroy everything that would politically harm them. The result in Chile and Ecuador ended up being the same: unfortunately both Piñera and Moreno retracted reasonable economic decisions that they had established to improve the economies of their nations.

    Now they will have to continue  subsidies to please the whims of destabilizing groups financed by the Sao Paulo Forum. Maduro told them last Sunday: «The plan is perfect, you understand me. All the goals we have set for the Sao Paulo Forum have been met ». It is not the first time that Chavismo takes responsibility for the destabilizing currents of the region. Diosdado Cabello had already said on a couple of occasions that after Ecuador was going to come Colombia, that the Bolivarian breeze would attack the entire region, that they be prepared in the rest of the continent. His threats have been repeated.



      LA PAZ, BOLIVIA     --   There are also protests and opposition blockades in at least five cities, and both groups called for demonstrations LAST Monday over the dispute over the results of the presidential elections. Various blockades maintain the tension in Bolivia, where both opponents of Evo Morales and defenders of the Bolivian president are manifested by results of Sunday 20, which the leftist leader proclaims as a triumph. The sectors that report fraud in the elections are mobilized in urban areas of Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Tarija and Potosí. In addition, miners supporters of the president block from Sunday night the route that connects Cochabamba with Oruro and La Paz. Vehicles trying to move forward were threatened with dynamite to drive them back, according to El Dut, which reported at least six detonations.

     These groups related to Evo blocked two interdepartmental routes to try to affect the sectors that protest in urban areas. For this Monday, a new day of mobilizations and stoppages is planned to protest the possible fraud, while the followers of President Evo Morales will celebrate his questioned victory in the first round. The protests that lasted for seven days in important cities such as La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, among others, demanding a second round between Morales and the opponent Carlos Mesa will continue this week. The Paceñidad Assembly called for an indefinite strike in La Paz with blockade of streets from 00.00 on Monday in the form of a protest over the results of the elections and in "defense of democracy."

     The former president and main opponent Carlos Mesa spread a message through his social networks expressing his support, admiration and commitment “with the popular mobilization actions that have not stopped for a minute” and highlighted the “great challenge” that La Paz It has Monday. “Today, the city of La Paz, seat of Government, has a great challenge of a general strike that establishes our decision to carry out this democratic struggle incessantly, in a peaceful and democratic way, but blunt and clear. We will be firm, ahead, with all the conviction to win this democratic battle, for democracy itself and for the respect of the inalienable will of the Bolivian people, ”said the opponent, who was on the edge of the 10-point margin that would force a second round After the blockades in the streets and the protests summon the Bolivians to a concentration on Costanera Avenue in the southern part of La Paz.








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