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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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DECEMBER 10, 2019

NORTH KOREA CALLS PRESIDENT TRUMP "HEEDLESS AND ERRATIC OLD MAN"

       
Pyongyang, north Korea    
  --Pyongyang was responding to a Trump tweet saying that “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way." Trump added that Kim "does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November. Former North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol, said in a statement that his country has “nothing more to lose” even though “the U.S. may take away anything more from us, it can never remove the strong sense of self-respect, might and resentment against the U.S. from us.''

     Kim Yong Chol said Trump's tweets clearly show that he is “bereft of patience'' and the time may come “when we cannot but call him a ‘dotard’ again.” He leveled accusations that the Trump administration is attempting to buy time ahead of an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for Washington “to salvage the nuclear talks.” Trump on Sunday warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un against hostile military actions, even as Pyongyang announced it had conducted "a very important test" at a satellite launching site.

      "He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," the U.S. leader said. "He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November. North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!"

PRESIDENT TRUMP WARNS KIM JONG UN HE WILL LOSE EVERYTHING IF HE TAKES HOSTILE ACTION 

    WASHINGTON, D.C.   --   President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday that the latter will lose “everything” if he acts in a “hostile” manner, a statement that comes shortly after Pyongyang announced that it had carried out a test linked to its ballistic missile program. “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,” said Trump on Twitter.

      “He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore,” Trump continued, referring to the joint declaration in which Trump and Kim promised to work toward the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, adding that “He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere ... with the U.S. Presidential Election in November,” in which Trump is running for re-election. “North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!” the president concluded.

     On other occasions, in response to North Korea’s provocations, Trump has used the same strategy: praising Kim personally, calling him “smart” as he did in his Sunday tweet, and promoting the relationship between the two countries while at the same time downplaying the importance of Pyongyang’s missile tests. The test announced by North Korea on Sunday came at its satellite launch facility at Sohae, in northwestern North Korea, and was linked to the country’s missile program, according to a brief statement released by the “hermit kingdom’s” state-run KCNA news agency.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS ISRAEL NEVER HAD A BETTER FRIEND IN THE WHITE HOUSE
 

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  United States President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Israel never had a better friend in the White House as he boasted of an “incredible” partnership between the two countries “essential for a safer and fairer world.” Speaking during the Israeli-American Council National Summit, held at the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Trump stressed that his government would confront the “poison” of anti-Semitism with all the means at its disposal. “The Jewish state has never had a better friend in the White House than your president, Donald J. Trump,” he told the crowd that cheered him with loud chants of “four more years” in support of his re-election in 2020.

     He paid tributes to the three people who were killed in a shooting at the Pensacola Air Station (Florida) on Friday. The attacker, identified as a Saudi national, was later shot dead by police. The president reminded the audience how he had delivered on his promise and moved the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “You’ve got a beautiful embassy, it’s in Jerusalem and you have something you have always wanted,” he said. He lashed out at former US presidents and, in particular, tore into Barack Obama, for not keeping their promises made to Israel.

     He said he didn’t believe Obama when he said he “loved Israel very much,” because he “underestimated and abandoned” the alliance between the two countries. He mentioned how his administration recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, claimed by Syria, and put an end to America’s 1975 policy that considered settlements of Israeli civilians in the West Bank a violation of international law. Trump said withdrawing from the “catastrophic” nuclear pact signed by the Obama administration with a “terrible dictatorship” in Iran was also indicative of America’s great partnership with Israel.



DECEMBER 9,
 2019

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS CONSIDERING MORE INTENSE STRATEGIES AGAINST DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO

       
WASHINGTON, D.C.    
  --Donald Trump is losing confidence that the leader of the Venezuelan opposition that his government supported can overthrow the regime of Nicolás Maduro, and the main advisers to the president of the United States are now considering new and more aggressive strategies, according to people familiar with the affair. Vice President Mike Pence led a meeting Thursday with other senior officials to reexamine the White House's annual drive for a democratic transition in the South American nation, four of the people said. Juan Guaido, the leader of the National Assembly who declared himself interim president of Venezuela with the backing of the United States earlier this year, has so far failed to expel Maduro and US officials are now worried that he may soon lose his post official.

      No military option is being considered, but White House officials have discussed new approaches, including an attempt to partner with Russia, a Maduro ally, to relieve the Venezuelan leader or increase pressure on Cuba, Maduro's main sponsor. . During the Pence meeting in the White House Situation Room, officials also briefly discussed, but eventually discarded the idea of taking strong measures against Venezuelan oil imports from India, an important financial lifeline for the regime of Maduro.

       Elliott Abrams, the special representative of the State Department for Venezuela, said Guaidó "remains the most popular official in Venezuela and the United States fully supports him and the National Assembly in his effort to restore democracy in Venezuela." "If there is more that the United States can do to support that goal, we will undoubtedly try to do so, along with the other 60 countries that recognize Guaidó as the legitimate interim president," he added. An administration official said the US government continues to review the full range of options to advance what it calls a "maximum pressure" campaign against the Maduro regime, and that the United States stands firm with Guaidó.

THE ACTING UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS, MICHAEL KOZAC: WE HAVE NO DOUBTS THAT JUAN GUAIDO WILL BE REELECTED

    WASHINGTON, D.C.   --   The ACTING UNDER secretary of the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the US Department of State, Michael Kozak, said Friday, December 6 that Juan Guaidó will continue to be supported by the US nation while he holds the position of President in Charge of Venezuela, emanating from the Decisions of the legitimate National Assembly.

      "I have no reason to believe that President Guaidó will not be re-elected, because he is the most popular politician in the country, by far, and still has the support of non-Chavez parties," Kozak told the media. On the other hand, the US diplomat stressed that “we are what we support are democratic institutions, not a specific person, and Guaidó's support emanates that he is the democratically elected president of the National Assembly, within the channels that mark the Constitution of Venezuela, and its election is an effect of democratic processes. ”

       In addition, before the imminent elections of a new directive of the legislature, Kozak emphasized that “we will support anyone who has that position, but I have reason to believe that it will be Juan Guaidó”. Proud to stand with 13 regional leaders to take action against the corrupt Maduro regime. We call on all partner nations to support @jguaido and to press for free and fair presidential elections. In recent days, Elliott Abrams, special envoy from the US, also pointed out the support of the administration of Donald Trump towards Guaidó and the fight to withdraw the Chavez regime of Nicolás Maduro from the Miraflores Palace.

BLOOMBERG: ROSNEFT LEADS ADVANCE FOR GREATER INTERVENTION AND PRESENCE IN PEDVSA
 

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- A subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Co. has taken over some conversations about contracts with local service providers in Venezuela, intervening for Petróleos de Venezuela SA in joint projects with the state oil company, according to people familiar with the matter.

       The measure is an important change for PDVSA, which in the past typically operated all aspects of joint ventures, people said, who asked not to be identified because the talks with service providers are not public.

      It is based on small previous steps that have produced key activities for Rosneft, and underlines Russia's growing influence on Venezuela's oil industry. PDVSA has been forced to give up more control amid an exodus of experienced workers, corruption and lack of investment that has led to production at less than 800,000 barrels per day in October from more than 2.5 million in 2015.

DECEMBER 6, 2019

IRANIAN SECURITY FORCES BRUTALLY REPRESSED PROTESTS.  MORE THAN 1,000 IRANIANS KILLED

       
WASHINGTON, D.C.    
  -- A senior U.S. official said Thursday Iranian forces may have killed more than 1,000 people in response to protests that were sparked by the government’s sudden and dramatic increase in fuel prices. “It appears the regime could have murdered over a thousand Iranian citizens since the protests began,” said U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook. Protests erupted Nov. 15 after the government hiked fuel prices by as much as 300%. Protesters demonstrated in more than 100 Iranian cities and towns demanding that clerical leaders resign.

     The U.S. has urged people in Iran to send footage of the protests if they could sidestep internet restrictions in the country. U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said the State Department received 32,000 videos, including footage taken in southern Iran, where the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps allegedly pursued a group of protesters and opened fire, killing as many 100 people. Hook said Iranian forces also wounded “many thousands of Iranians” and detained at least 7,000 people. Hook said the unrest in Iran is “the worst political crisis the regime has faced” since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. U.S. President Donald Trump said at the White House in response to a question from VOA about his desired global response to the regime's crackdown, "We're already dealing with the U.N. ...they're very much involved with respect to Iran and other things."

      Trump also called on the media, which he frequently disparages for allegedly reporting false news accounts, to "go in and see what's happening" in Iran. "They're killing a lot of people and they're arresting thousands of their own citizens in a brutal crackdown in recent weeks," Trump said. The Iranian government has not disclosed an official death toll, but Amnesty International said on Monday it had proof of the deaths of at least 208 protesters, making the disturbances the most deadly since the revolution. The country’s clerical rulers have said the high death tolls reported by foreign sources are “utter lies.” The rulers also blamed the unrest on “thugs” who are associated with its exiled opponents and its main enemies, namely the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia.
 

VENEZUELAN PROSECUTOR CONFIRMS EIGHT DEATHS IN THE MASSACRE IN IKABARU

    CARACAS, VENEZUELA     --  DICTATOR Maduro prosecutor, Tarek William Saab, confirmed Thursday that on November 22 a criminal gang slaughtered 8 people in the state of Bolívar (south, bordering Brazil) to seize an area where illegal mining is practiced of gold. “A group of people allegedly belonging to a criminal gang (…) entered the town of Ikabarú and shot at a group of people who were in an establishment selling alcoholic beverages, resulting in the death of 8 people and one injured ”Said the prosecutor.

       "Those involved in the armed attack fled (...) in a vehicle that was stolen at that time," he continued and reported the arrest of eight people, including two men of Brazilian nationality. The Venezuelan NGO Venezuelan Program of Education Action in Human Rights (Provea) denounced that at least four of the deceased were indigenous of the Pemón ethnic group, a community based in that area. Both the prosecutor and the NGO say that the band responsible for the attack is led by a subject, known as aka El Ciego, who has an arrest warrant and remains a fugitive.

      In this Venezuelan area rich in gold and diamonds, at least five slaughter of miners with a balance of more than 20 deaths have been recorded in the last three years. In addition, in this region is the Orinoco Mining Arc, a special area declared by the Government of Nicolás Maduro in 2016 to exploit some 7,000 tons of wealth. This complex covers some 111,000 kilometers of the Bolívar, Amazonas and Delta Amacuro states, where the Executive expects to generate 33,000 million euros (36,000 million dollars) in the next six years through the exploitation of various minerals.

INTERMEDIARIES OF THE CLAP PROGRAM ARE LINKED TO COMPANIES IN LEBANON
 

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  A public records investigation with Sayari Search discovered six companies in Lebanon with names similar to known intermediaries of the subsidized food program (CLAP) of the Venezuelan regime. None of the known CLAP intermediaries have been linked to criminal activities. However, its role in the supply of the CLAP program in Venezuela, which in turn has been associated with widespread corruption and known for providing low quality food, generates warning signs regarding its commercial operations with Venezuelan regime officials and The quality of the food they are supplying.
 
       In addition, the fact that these CLAP intermediaries appear to have links with companies in Lebanon, which is not a traditional food supplier for Venezuela, raises questions regarding the overall transparency of their operations. These links also raise questions about the role, if any, that companies based in Lebanon could be playing in the food supply to Venezuela through the CLAP program. The Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP) program is a food program subsidized by the regime that began in April 2016 to combat food shortages in Venezuela. The program consists of committees scattered throughout the country that have the task of selling subsidized food boxes to registered people.

       According to media reports, the CLAP program has been partly provided by intermediaries operating on multiple continents. After winning a contract with the Venezuelan regime, intermediaries buy food supplies from vendors, many of whom are based in Mexico, and then send the food to Venezuela. However, the program has been marred by the corruption that reached the highest levels of the dictatorship. For example, in July and September 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned several CLAP affiliated companies and people related to Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran. Saab allegedly benefited from overvalued CLAP contracts. It also allowed Maduro to benefit from the government-subsidized food program.

DECEMBER 5, 2019

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO PROPOSES AN ONLINE HARASSMENT AGAINST MIChELLE BACHELET FOR HER POSITION ON THE CRISIS IN BOLIVIa

       
CARACAS, VENEZUELA   
  -- The Venezuelan dictator called his followers to make a "networking day" to ask the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights "what do you think of the massacre in Bolivia."Nicolás Maduro again pointed against Michelle Bachelet.  Nicolás Maduro again denounced on Wednesday a “coup d'etat” in Bolivia against Evo Morales. During the closing ceremony of the First International Communication Congress “Now People Speak,” the Chavista leader also criticized the position of the UN's high representative for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, in the face of the Bolivian crisis and proposed online harassment against the former Chilean president.

     "Look what happened in Bolivia, there was a campaign against Evo for more than a year to indicate that there was going to be a fraud and then with a coup d'etat the Cochabamba and El Alto massacre are silent," he told his followers. “Where is Michelle Bachelet before the massacre and dictatorship that has been imposed in Bolivia? Bachelet lies blatantly about Venezuela, offends the people with their lies. And shut up about Chile, Bolivia and Colombia, ”he added. Along these lines, Maduro called on his followers to “have a day in networks to ask Bachelet what he thinks of the massacre in Bolivia” . "Why do you keep quiet?" "I don't care what Bachelet says of Venezuela, because I know he lies," the Venezuelan dictator whined.

     Michelle Bachelet prepared a tough report on the Venezuelan crisis, in which she denounced serious human rights violations of the Maduro regime. Whenever he can, Maduro points against the former Chilean president, who last July, after a tour of Venezuela, in which he met Maduro and the interim president Juan Guaidó, produced a lapidary report on the Venezuelan crisis. In the 18-page document , the UN's high human rights representative detailed the serious situation facing the Caribbean country: torture, murder, health and migration crisis and inaction of the regime in the face of complaints.

RIO TREATY NATIONS MOVED TUESDAY TO FURTHER ISOLATE DICTATOR MADURO CAMP

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA     --  Representatives from over a dozen nations that are signatories to a Cold War-era defense treaty for the Americas moved TUESDAY to further isolate close allies of Venezuelan DICTATOR Nicolás Maduro with economic sanctions. The 1947 Rio Treaty signatories concluded a meeting in Bogota by vowing to cooperate in pursuing sanctions and travel restrictions for Maduro government associates accused of corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering or human rights violations. “The political, economic and social crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela represents a threat for the peace and security of the continent,” Colombian Foreign Minister Claudia Blum said in the meeting’s final remarks.
Specifically, they have urged “the competent authorities to apply, in accordance with national laws and corresponding international obligations, measures to restrict entry and transit of persons included in the list, in the territories of the states parties to the TIAR " The chavista officials sanctioned are the following: Nicolás Maduro, Cilia Flores, Diosdado Cabello, Marlene Contreras de Cabello, José David Cabello, Jorge Arreaza, Luis Damiani, Arcadio Delgado, Tarek El Aissami, Rafael Franco, Alexander Gramcko, Gladys Gutiérrez, Hannover Guerrero , Ivan Hernández Dala, Tibisay Lucena, Carlos Malpica, Juan José Mendoza, Maikel Moreno, Calixto Ortega, Vladimir Padrino, Manuel Quevedo, Delcy Rodríguez, Jorge Rodríguez, Tarek William Saab, Lourdes Suárez, Iris Varela, Carmen Zuleta de Merchán, Raul Gorrín , and Alex Saab.

     In addition, they commissioned the “operational network of the TIAR” to set “the parameters and conditions for future inclusions and possible withdrawals of persons and entities” from this “blacklist”. They have also asked him to explore “mechanisms for exchanging information, good practices in matters of cooperation and sanctioning procedures with technical authorities of states that are not part of the TIAR, and that have taken disciplinary measures against the Maduro regime and its surroundings”. Likewise, the countries of the defense agreement agreed that their ambassadors in the OAS “continue monitoring the situation in Venezuela and evaluate the formulation of additional recommendations to the Consultation Body of Foreign Ministers of the TIAR, which will meet again in the first quarter of 2020 ”.

DIOSDADO CABELLO ATTACKED THE TIAR COUNTRIES AND DEFENCED THE IDEA OF DISTRIBUTING 13,000 RIFLES TO VENEZUELAN CIVILIANS
 

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- Venezuelan official leader Diosdado Cabello said Tuesday that he is “ slipping ” the meeting held on Tuesday by the member countries of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) in Bogotá, although he supported the idea of preparing a defense -even armed- to face any scenario . " The decisions that these ruffians who are gathered today can make slips us , that is not binding, it has no connection with Venezuela, they are their wishes," said Cabello, first vice president of the government party and head of the Constituent Assembly, a plenipotentiary forum integrated only by chavistas.

     However, the official supported the plan of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to deliver 13,000 rifles to public workers and members of "the combatant bodies immediately." " We prepare ourselves ... They are horrified, they are talking about invading Venezuela today and they are horrified if the president says that he will deliver rifles to the companies ' defense units, " said Cabello. The meeting of foreign ministers of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) in Bogotá. He explained that the so-called Bolivarian revolution, in power since 1999, now has almost 4 million militiamen , a body made up of civilians militants of Chavez who receives military training and is part of the structure of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

       According to Cabello, Maduro is " doing a legitimate act of defense of the homeland ." The Colombian president, Iván Duque , asked Latin American countries on Tuesday to “ raise his voice ” and achieve greater articulation to apply sanctions to the Maduro regime, during the TIAR meeting. The governor affirmed that the TIAR is necessary because the Maduro Government represents “a threat to an entire region” and is “bleeding the Venezuelan people” , which has generated the exodus of more than 4 million citizens, of which 1, 5 million have arrived in Colombia, the largest recipient of migrants. “There are no unilateral actions or invitations to use force. Here there is a constant invitation to deepen the diplomatic siege and for the sanctions of all of us to be increasingly effective, more dissenting, ”he stressed.

DECEMBER 4, 2019
 

RIO TREATY NATIONS MOVE TO FURTHER ISOLATE VENEZUELAN DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO

       
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA  
  -- Representatives from over a dozen nations that are signatories to a Cold War-era defense treaty for the Americas moved Tuesday to further isolate close allies of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with economic sanctions. The 1947 Rio Treaty signatories concluded a meeting in Bogota by vowing to cooperate in pursuing sanctions and travel restrictions for Maduro government associates accused of corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering or human rights violations. “The political, economic and social crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela represents a threat for the peace and security of the continent,” Colombian Foreign Minister Claudia Blum said in the meeting’s final remarks.

While the United States and the European Union have targeted Maduro associates with economic sanctions, Latin American nations who are supporting opposition leader Juan Guaidó have largely resorted to diplomatic pressure – and it will be up to each individual nation to decide how to move forward. The promise of enhanced economic pressure against Maduro comes at a time when Venezuela’s opposition is faltering. Guaidó has struggled to mobilize supporters onto the streets and dipped in popularity. Meanwhile, fissures within the opposition are coming to light amidst recent controversies involving alleged abuses of power.

David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, said the Rio Treaty’s resolution Tuesday marks a “small victory” for the opposition but “not enough to really put them in a different place.” “Their strategy of maximum pressure seems to be stalling,” he said. The 19 Rio Treaty member nations have been treading cautiously in pursuing economic restrictions against Venezuela while vowing not to invoke a provision in the accord that authorizes them to pursue a military intervention. The accord instructs signatories to consider a threat against any one of them a danger to all.

AT LEAST 208 KILLED IN PROTESTS IN IRAN, ACCORDING TO AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

    ADUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES    --  At least 208 people have died in protests in Iran over the sharp increase in fuel prices and the strong security measures that followed, according to an Amnesty International report released Monday, while A government official acknowledged that he instructed the police to shoot the protesters. Iran still does not publish any national statistics on the turmoil that began on November 15 in the Islamic Republic by increasing the lowest prices of government-subsidized gasoline by 50%.

      The official press rejected Amnesty's report and Iran's mission at the UN did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Iran cut off internet access during the turmoil, preventing those inside the country from sharing their videos and information, and limiting the external world to learn about the scale of demonstrations and violence. Several videos have been published in recent days after the restoration of the internet service. "We have seen more than 200 people killed in a short period of time, in less than a week," said Mansoureh Mills, an Iranian researcher at Amnesty. "It is an event that has almost never been seen in the history of human rights violations in the Islamic Republic."

       Although the number of Iranians who took to the streets was lower than those who protested the disputed 2009 presidential election, demonstrations over the increase in the price of gasoline became violent faster than any previous protest. That demonstrates the widespread dissatisfaction around the economy that plagued the country since March 2018, when US President Donald Trump imposed devastating sanctions after his unilateral withdrawal from the Tehran nuclear pact with the world powers. Since the middle of the year, tensions throughout the Middle East have increased due to attacks that the United States attributes to Tehran. Meanwhile, Iran began violating the limits of centrifuges, enrichment and reserves in the hope of pressuring Europe to offer Iran a way to sell crude oil despite Washington's sanctions. According to AI's statement Monday, there were "dozens of deaths" in Shahriar, a suburb of, Tehran. He did not offer details of the deaths in other parts of the country.

U.S. BLACKLISTS SIX OIL TANKERS IN MEW VENEZUELAN-RELATED SANCTIONS
 

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- The Trump administration on Tuesday blacklisted six oil tankers involved in the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba, the latest in a series of sanctions aimed at pressuring Havana to abandon its support for socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Six vessels belonging to state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, were targeted, according to a statement from the U.S. Treasury Department.

      “Cuba and the former Maduro regime continue trying to circumvent sanctions by changing the names of vessels and facilitating the movement of oil from Venezuela to Cuba,” said Treasury Deputy Secretary Justin Muzinich. “The United States will continue to take necessary action to protect the people of Venezuela,” he added. The Treasury Department also identified a vessel named Esperanza as property of blacklisted Caroil Transport Marine Ltd and said it was previously designated under the name Nedas.

      The United States and more than 50 other countries have recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president. Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival presidency in January, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was fraudulent. EEUU sanciona a seis tanqueros de PDVSA por envíos de petróleo a Cuba. The six sanctioned vessels belong to PDVSA: Icaro (IMO 9038842), Luisa Caceres de Arismendi (IMO 9117578), Manuela Sáenz (IMO 9117492), Paramaconi (IMO 9543512), Terepaima (IMO 9552496) and Yare (IMO 9543500). Cuban authorities were aware of the departure of these vessels loaded with Venezuelan oil, the statement said. The Treasury said that Venezuela and Cuba facilitate PDVSA's oil movement "by changing the names of ships."

DECEMBER 3, 2019

THE US RECOGNIZES THAT USING MILITARY FORCE IN VENEZUELA WOULD HAVE "RISKS"

       
WASHINGTON, D.C.  
  --  The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, acknowledged on Monday that using military force in Venezuela would have significant "risks", which represents a substantial change in the position that the US government has upheld so far over a military option.  “We have seen people calling for a regime change through violent means and, since January, we have said that all options are on the table to help the Venezuelan people recover democracy and prosperity. That is certainly still true, but we have learned from history that the risks of using military force are significant, ”said Pompeo.

      In a speech at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, the head of US diplomacy stressed the importance of "realism" in Washington's actions toward Venezuela and spoke of a "policy for Venezuela mixed with moderation." His statements contrast with the line that the US Administration has defended so far, which for months insisted that "all options were on the table" in relation to the crisis in Venezuela and, at all times, said that included the military option .

      Now, Pompeo suggests that the US Executive is no longer considering the possibility of a military invasion, although he did not say so clearly. Instead of the military option, the US has "deprived Maduro and his cronies of oil that does not go to the pockets of the Venezuelan people, but to those of the regime," he defended. "We have been ruthless in attacking the regime's ability to traffic with drugs, a vital source of cash," said Pompeo, who said that thanks to the economic sanctions of the US and other countries, the exit of the power of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, " It is within reach. ” "And," he added, "it could be closer than we think." Pompeo made those statements a day before the foreign ministers of the countries of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) meet in Bogotá, a kind of American NATO that American countries have recovered after decades practically forgotten in order to pressure the Maduro Executive.

TIAR COUNTRIES WILL DISCUSS IN BOGOTA TODAY ACTIONS AGAINST THE MADURO REGIME

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA   --   The countries of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Tiar) will meet TODAY in Bogotá to evaluate the application of measures against people close to the Nicolás Maduro regime with the aim of restoring democracy in Venezuela. The Thirtieth Meeting of Consultation of Foreign Ministers will be chaired by Colombian Foreign Minister Claudia Blum, who took office last Wednesday to replace Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who went on to the Defense portfolio. "During the meeting, the foreign ministers of the States parties will advance in the discussion and decision-making so that the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro is terminated and democracy returns in Venezuela, applying non-military measures and sanctions," said the Foreign Ministry Colombian in a statement.

      That ministry considered "urgent and relevant" for Colombia and the region to use "all relevant international instruments, mechanisms and organizations" to denounce the Maduro regime. As an example, he mentioned UN Resolution 1373, approved by the Security Council after the attacks of September 11, 2001, which prohibits and sanctions the sponsorship of terrorist groups. In addition to Colombia, delegations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela will attend the meeting on Tuesday.

      The United States will be attended by the ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Trujillo, and the interim undersecretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak, who will also meet with Blum. The invocation of the Tiar in the Venezuelan crisis began last September during the UN General Assembly, when several nations pledged to identify and punish people and entities associated with Maduro and that are linked to illegal activities, corruption or human rights violations . To approve any measure, it is necessary to vote in favor of at least 13 of the 19 countries of the Tiar, a kind of American NATO that have recovered the countries of the region after decades practically forgotten in order to pressure the regime

SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO: "MADURO'S EXIT IS WITHIN REACH AND PERHAPS MUCH CLOSER THAN WE THINK"
 

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, criticized Cuba and Venezuela on Monday in a speech in which he said that at this moment there is more democratic cooperation in the Western Hemisphere than ever before in history and that the United States is part of that and supports it. "We know that Cuba and Venezuela have tried to hijack legitimate protests in countries of the region for their own ideological purposes, something that those nations have not tolerated," he said. Pompeo delivered a speech on “Diplomatic realism, restraint and respect in Latin America” at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. The secretary of state in his speech was optimistic to ensure that the departure of the president in dispute from Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, "is up to the point" and "closer."  The secretary of state made an outline of what he called "the great vision of the Trump administration for US foreign policy" and said the decisions are made "based on the same principles of the founding fathers."

      Latin America, he said, has seen something remarkable in recent years; many nations made a sharp turn towards democracy, capitalism and good governance, moving away from dictatorships, socialism and corruption. However, he said that in Venezuela, the "regime" of the president in dispute, Nicolás Maduro "has refused to honor the democratic desire of the Venezuelan people and their legitimate interim president, Juan Guaidó." "Thousands of Cuban intelligence agents are the vital support of Maduro's regime," Pompeo said.

     “So we have reversed some of the approaches with Cuba applying new sanctions. We recognize that the approach did not improve the human rights record of the Cuban regime or prevent it from illegally interfering in Venezuela, ”he added. Pompeo also applauded “the countries when they expel Cuban doctors from their borders, such as Bolivia, Brazil and Ecuador. These doctors are individuals with whom the Havana regime traffics abroad to generate money. ” "We clearly see that there are tyrants in our hemisphere and we draw up policies to confront them, not to calm them," he said.

DECEMBER 2, 2019

VENEZUELAN DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO CLAIMS OPPOSITION WILL ASSASSINATE HIM, PLACES ARMY ON HIGH ALERT

       
CARACAS, VENEZUELA  
  --  Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has placed his country's army on high alert, claiming that opposition forces are planning to assassinate him. "I know about their criminal plans, those who lead the opposition, their plans to kill me," Maduro said during a telephone interview with a Venezuelan TV channel. This is not the first time that Maduro and his government have accused the opposition, led by Juan Guaidó, of trying to carry out assassinations. Venezuela has been undergoing a leadership dispute over the past several months since Juan Guaidó, the former leader of the National Assembly, named himself interim president of the country.

      Guaidó based his rise to power on an obscure law in Venezuela's constitution that allows the National Assembly leader to be named interim president in the case of a leadership dispute. Venezuela's opposition and many international observers say that Maduro is not a legitimate leader because the previous presidential election, in May last year, was not free and fair. Governments around the world, including the U.S. and a number of Latin American countries, have recognized Guaidó as the country's official leader until a new election can be held.

     But Maduro has clung to power with the support of countries like Russia and Cuba. Much of Venezuela's military has so far remained loyal to him, but Moscow and Havana have both sent members of their militaries to help protect the Venezuelan president. Meanwhile, the country, which has long been plagued by an economic crisis, has experienced electricity blackouts and a worsening humanitarian crisis. Experts have noted that Maduro is also using inflammatory language and conspiracy theories to bolster his support and portray himself as a victim of Western interference.

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO'S REGIME DEPLOYED ANOTHER 7,000 MILITIAMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY

    CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --   After announcing the delivery of rifles to the collectives, the Chavismo shock group, the Venezuelan dictator announced the mobilization of thousands of civilians incorporated into the Armed Forces. The Nicolás Maduro regime announced on Saturday the deployment of almost 7,000 militiamen - a body made up of civilians attached to the Armed Forces - to "guarantee" the stability of the National Electric System (SEN) that this year has been the center of "attacks", According to the Executive.

     "We are activating within the stabilization plan of the National Electric System, 695 crews of the Bolivarian Militia, we are talking about 6,950 militia and militia that will be activated throughout the territory," said Interior Minister Néstor Reverol, through the state channel VTV. He also indicated that the militiamen will be given a team with more than 69,000 instruments to be responsible for cleaning the weeds in the electrical substations. They are "more than 69,000 instruments of different types: chainsaw (...) machetes, gloves, helmets, lenses and all the material," he added. He also announced that a plan will be activated to deal with possible forest fires in the areas of the electrical substations since the dry season is about to begin.

      Maduro, ordered to deliver 13,000 rifles to the combatant bodies of the basic companies of the region of Guayana (east) for "the defense of the homeland and of production in that vital area of the country." “Every factory, a barracks. That is why I order that the 13,000 rifles selected for the working class and the Combatant Bodies of Guayana be delivered immediately by military regulation, ”Maduro explained, according to the Venezuelan newspaper 'El Nacional' . "The more armed, the better we will be to defend the homeland of US imperialism and the Colombian oligarchy," he said. “It is a superspecial plan. The more prepared we are to defend the homeland of US imperialism and the Colombian oligarchy, we will guarantee peace, production and progress in Venezuela, ”he concluded.

ONLY 205 MEMBERS OF THE CUBAN 'MEDICAL MISSION' IN BOLIVIA WERE DOCTORS, SAYS THE NEW GOVERNMENT
 

     LA PAZ, BOLIVIA --  The interim Government of Bolivia denounced that the Evo Morales Administration paid the same sum to all members of the Cuban "medical mission" in that country, although only 205 were doctors. "We know that each one was not paid a salary. The 'Cuban mission' was paid for each one of them; that is, a driver, a technician, a doctor, the same salary," the minister of Cheers, Aníbal Cruz. "We have done a first investigation in this regard, and there are 702 items (salaries) this year. We have no records of the previous years; there were only 205 doctors and the rest were technicians and operators," the official reported to the local newspaper Los Tiempos.

      Cruz said that so far the investigation carried out by his ministry is preliminary, but that it showed that the payment for each Cuban official was $ 1,032 per month. Apart from the salary, the Government paid each member of the mission per diem of the order of 68 Bolivians per day, equivalent to almost ten dollars at the current exchange rate. Bolivia also financed internal transportation and covered bills for drugs purchased in pharmacies for delivery to patients. "Instead of an economic aid to the country, it is a damage to the country and an economic aid to Cuba," criticized Cruz.

       In 2019 alone, the budget for the agreement with Cuba was 78.7 million Bolivians ($ 11,390,426), of which 53.1 million Bolivians ($ 7,681,987) were dedicated to cover salaries. The minister announced that an audit will be done to establish what else the money was spent on. He also said that with the payment that each Cuban doctor received, the salaries of two professionals in the country could be paid. This week, the Medical College of Bolivia asked the interim government authorities for an investigation into the resources that the Evo Morales Administration allocated to the payment of Cuban doctors who were in the country. "We will have to do an investigation and the Medical College will ask why such money has been given to professionals who have never demonstrated their title in the country," said Luis Larrea, president of the Medical College of La Paz.




 


 



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