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MAY 31,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO AND NICOLAS MADURO ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE CONTACTS UNDER THE MEDIATION OF NORWAY

   CARACAS, VENEZUELA   -   The governing Nicolás Maduro and his rival Juan Guaidó were shown on Wednesday ready to continue trying to resolve their struggle for power in Venezuela under the mediation of Norway, after a first face to face between their teams that ended without agreement. "I believe in dialogue, our path is dialogue, respect for the Constitution, peace, democracy," Maduro said in a mandatory radio and television broadcast, referring to the meeting. Previously, the interim president Juan Guaidó said that the meeting started last Monday "ended without agreement", but expressed his willingness to continue hosting the Norwegian mediation.

     "We are ready to continue with them [(Norway) in this effort," the parliamentary leader, who proclaimed himself in January after the opposition legislature declared Maduro in "usurpation" of power, said in a statement. For its part, the Norwegian government said in a statement that "the parties have shown their willingness to move forward in the search for an agreed and constitutional solution for the country, which includes political, economic and electoral issues." On a first visit to Oslo in mid-May, when the mediation of the European country was announced, there was no direct contact between the teams.

     Guaidó reiterated that any mediation should be aimed at the departure of Maduro, something insisted by his envoys on this occasion. "We have ratified our route: cessation of usurpation, transitional government and free elections as a way to solve the tragedy that our Venezuela is suffering today," said Guaidó, referring to the serious socio-economic crisis that plagues the country with the largest oil reserve in the world. . According to figures released Tuesday by the Central Bank, Venezuela's GDP contracted 47.6% between 2013 -when Maduro replaced the late Hugo Chávez in power- and 2018. Likewise, inflation was 130,060% in 2018, a figure much lower than the estimates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which estimated it at 1,370,000% last year and 10,000,000% by 2019.

URUGUAY FEARS "VIOLENT" OUTCOME IN VENEZUELA AND "DANGEROUS" FOR LATIN AMERICA

      MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY .  --The Uruguayan foreign minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa warned Thursday that a failure of the mediation process of the International Contact Group driven by the European Union (EU) and the Group of Lima in the Venezuelan conflict may cause a "violent" end and "very dangerous "for Latin America. "If this process is broken and wears out, there can hardly be another, and then they will be released to the fate that each of the parties can generate," Nin Novoasaid in an interview in Prague. The head of Uruguayan diplomacy believes that bothNicolás Maduro and the opposition led by the president of the National Assembly (AN) Juan Guaidóshould "evaluate a lot" the conclusions that are expected to come out of the next International Contact Group meeting.

     The appointment scheduled for next Monday in New York is focused on the search for a peaceful solution to the serious situation in Venezuela , which without an agreement can "degenerate in a violent manner", which in turn would be "very dangerous" for Latin America , the minister stressed. In this context, he questioned the list of priorities demanded by the opposition, namely the cessation of what he considers the usurpation of power by Maduro, the formation of a transitional government and the holding of elections.

     Uruguay, which has explored intermediation in the past through the Montevideo Group, is still committed to dialogue between the parties "to see if there are possibilities to make a new election, I do not know when," he said. The Montevideo mechanism, on which Mexico had certain reservations after claiming that its Constitution prevents it from interfering in internal affairs of other countries, can nevertheless "become complementary at some point," Nin Novoa added. The problem, he said, is that these attempts have shown that there is much distrust among the parties and that it is very difficult under these conditions to generate an atmosphere of dialogue. "

WHAT THE US AMBASSADOR TO THE OAS, CARLOS TRUJILLO, SAID ABOUT A POSSIBLE CANDIDACY OF NICOLAS MADURO
 

   WASHINGTON, D.C.   --  The US government believes that Venezuela should hold free and democratic elections as soon as possible, but without the participation of President Nicolás Maduro, who he claims is usurping power, said a US diplomat. The US ambassador to the OAS, Carlos Trujillo, referred to the serious political crisis in the South American country when asked by journalists at the conference "Diaspora and development", organized by the Diaspora & Development Foundation and Follet on Tuesday night, at the headquarters of Miami Dade College. "He is an illegitimate president who is usurping power and we know all the demands he has in international courts for violations of human rights. We do not think he is a candidate who should participate in any election, "said the ambassador.

     Trujillo issued the comment when asked about the expectations that the US has regarding the meetings between representatives of the opposition and the Maduro regime in Oslo, Norway, to initiate a possible dialogue to help resolve the Venezuelan crisis. "The expectation that the White House and President [Donald Trump] have is that Maduro has to leave, stop using power, and democratic elections have to be called as soon as possible. That is the line that we are going to follow. Maduro is an illegitimate president, as has been recognized by almost 55 countries.

     The interim president is Juan Guaidó. They have to hold elections as soon as possible, "he reiterated. The diplomat said that the government of Guaidó is sovereign, therefore it can make the decision it considers necessary with respect to the national interest and that these meetings do not disqualify the other options that the interim president is exploring, which "are still on the table" . As to what kind of cooperation Guaidó could achieve through the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), Trujillo explained that the country that invokes it can decide the aid it wants, and recalled that in the past that agreement has been used for humanitarian issues and military.

MAY 30,  2019

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PRESIDENCY IN CHARGE OF VENEZUELA ON MEDIATION IN NORWAY

   CARACAS, VENEZUELA   -   The mediation meeting that we attended at the invitation of the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, in Oslo, has concluded. We have ratified our route: cessation of usurpation, transitional government and free elections as a way to solve the tragedy that Venezuela suffers today. This meeting ended without agreement. We have insisted that mediation will be useful for Venezuela as long as there are elements that allow progress towards a true solution. Therefore, we stay in the fight until we solve the crisis that Venezuelans suffer. The process therefore does not stop. efforts in all constitutional areas.

     We are sure that, in defense of this majority and sovereign will, we agree broadly with the democratic factors of the country, the National Armed Forces and the international community. We thank the Government of Norway for its willingness to contribute to a solution to the chaos that our country is suffering. We are ready to continue with them, as we have been doing with the Lima Group and the Contact Group in the search for the solution so many times exposed. To the National Armed Forces, we reiterate that our approach to solve the serious crisis and suffering of our country, is based on restoring the constitutional order and ensuring that Venezuelans can decide their fate in free, observable and verifiable elections, just as dictates the National Constitution.

    We call on all sectors of the country to contribute in the fulfillment of this objective and in the construction of the necessary guarantees. To the international community and our allies, we will continue united to achieve a solution in our Venezuela. We know that this initiative of Norway has been one of the multiple efforts that have been attempted to reach an urgent and effective solution to the Venezuelan crisis; I support that Venezuelans appreciate and respond. We will continue advancing until we achieve freedom and the solution to the serious crisis that our people are experiencing.

MIKE POMPEO SAYS "MILITARY ACTION IS POSSIBLE" IN VENEZUELA IF DICTATOR MADURO DOESN'T STEP DOWN

      WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just made the most explicit case yet that the Trump administration may use military force to dislodge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power. It’s perhaps the most aggressive stance so far by an American official during the months-long standoff between a US-backed challenger and the socialist dictator. In a Wednesday interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo, Pompeo answered questions about how far US support for Juan Guaidó — the Venezuelan politician who the US and over 50 countries recognize as the country’s legitimate leader — will go.

     Bartiromo: Is the US support going to include troops? Are the military troops in the US going to head there and support Guaidó? Pompeo: The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do. We’re trying to do everything we can to avoid violence. We’ve asked all the parties involved not to engage in that kind of activity. We’d prefer a peaceful transition of government there where Maduro leaves and a new election is held, but the President has made clear in the event that there comes a moment — and we’ll all have to make decisions about when that moment is and the -resident will ultimately have to make that decision — he is prepared to do that if that’s what’s required.

     Let’s be extremely precise about what Pompeo just said. Yes, the US prefers for Maduro to step aside of his own accord so Guaidó can take over without more bloodshed. But if Maduro won’t leave, then President Donald Trump may choose to send the US military to force him to. And if that happens, Trump will have launched the first major military invasion of his presidency — which would likely plunge Venezuela into considerable chaos. Pompeo’s statement isn’t entirely unexpected. Since last January when the US supported Guaidó’s claim to become interim president, the Trump administration’s consistent refrain has been that “all options are on the table.” So in a sense, military action was always a possibility. The difference now is that Pompeo, in a first for the Trump administration, explicitly said the US will consider military action.

COLOMBIA DEMANDS MORE ASSISTANCE FROM THE OAS TO ASSIST VENEZUELAN MIGRANTS

    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA   --  On Wednesday, the Government of Colombia demanded more assistance and greater regional coordination from the Organization of American States (OAS) to assist migrants and refugees fleeing from Venezuela. In a meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS, the alternate representative of Colombia, Álvaro Calderón, compared the magnitude of the Venezuelan migration with that caused by the Syrian civil war and explained that there is a great difference between the resources destined by the international community for both catastrophes.

     Specifically, he explained that the international community offered countries in Europe that Syrian migrants received about $ 5,000 a year to serve each person; while currently every Venezuelan who migrates to Colombia and other nations of Latin America has only 300 dollars.

    The number of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia this month reached 1,296,552, which represents the second largest migration in the world after the crisis caused by the war in Syria. To address this problem, Colombia received 228.1 million dollars from international cooperation since January 2018, according to figures from the Colombian Foreign Ministry. A total of 63,000 Venezuelans cross the border between Colombia and Venezuela daily, 2,500 of which remain in Colombian territory.

MAY 29,  2019

USA: NEGOTIATIONS ON VENEZUELA CRISIS IN OSLO SHOULD FOCUS ON DICtATOR MADURO'S DEPARTURE

   WASHINGTON, D.C.    -   The spokeswoman of the State Department, Morgan Ortagus, told reporters that the United States believes that the only thing that can be negotiated with Nicolás Maduro "are the conditions of his departure." Negotiations in Norway between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, supported by the United States (US), should focus exclusively on President Nicolás Maduro leaving power, Washington said on Tuesday.

     "We take note of the talks in Norway, as we have repeatedly said, the United States believes that the only thing that can be negotiated with Nicolás Maduro is the conditions of his departure," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters. "Given that previous efforts to negotiate have failed because the regime has used them to divide the opposition and buy time, we hope that the talks in Oslo will focus on the exit of Maduro as a precondition for moving forward," Ortagus said. The government of President Donald Trump has ruled on several occasions dialogue with Nicolás Maduro, whom he calls "dictator".

     But Norway managed to bring to the table representatives of the Government of Maduro and Juan Guaidó, recognized as president in charge of Venezuela by the US and fifty countries, after last month failed an attempt of military uprising led by the opposition leader. Meetings in Oslo began on Monday and lasted until late at night, and should end on Wednesday, a date that could change, AFP sources told the process. Representatives of the two parties had already met separately with Norwegian mediators in mid-May, but had not had any direct contact.

JUAN GUAIDO: WE WILL USE ALL THE MECHANISMS REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE DEPARTURE OF DICTATOR MDURO'S REGIME

      CARACAS, VENEZUELA  ---   Juan Guaidó reiterated - during the debate on the Law of Adhesion to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Tiar) - that he will continue using all the mechanisms until the exit of the regime to continue with the democratic route for Venezuela : cessation of usurpation, transitional government and free elections. "More than 7 million Venezuelans are in an emergency and Venezuela needs changes (...) Today we continue to look for mechanisms to overcome the crisis in Venezuela, the route to address the humanitarian emergency is clear, to overcome the tragedy: cessation of the usurpation, transitional government and free elections ", said Guaidó after the modification of the agenda, in which the debate on the complex humanitarian emergency aggravated by the national situation was foreseen.

     "The country has shown irrefutable signs that it needs change, we feel the urgency of every Venezuelan desperate for not being able to take care of their children, when we talk about Tiar, the Contact Group, Norway, the Lima Group, we talk about the possibility of a exit, we will use all mechanisms to achieve the goal, I understand the criticism of any of the initiatives, to Norway, "he added. "We are going to the catastrophe if the humanitarian crisis is not addressed. We go to the Group of Lima on June 6. Although we took steps in 2015 and 2017, but it was not enough: today we are recognized by 60 countries in the world, today we must take another step (...) There are no magic solutions, we show that Maduro is a thief, he is a corrupt man, stole the money of the nation, here the institutions are kidnapped by the dictatorship, "he said.

     "Yes tomorrow we can fulfill the agenda, welcome, today we understand all the steps we have taken, but we have to continue, we have built the capacities, we have developed the competences (...) We must stop the catastrophe, history will review us, In the darkest moments the Republic has suffered, history will ask us what we did, even if it was not enough, we can say that people did not get used to it, "he concluded.

VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN THE FIRST DISCUSSION OF THE LAW OF ADHESION TO THE INTER-AMERICAN TREATY OF RECIPROCAL ASSISTANCE

    CARACAS, VENEZUE;A--  After the modification of the agenda in the debate of the National Assembly, priority was given to the first discussion of the Law of Adhesion to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Tiar), at the request of Deputy Nora Bracho and that was approved to give I move to the second and last discussion. In this regard Deputy Williams Dávila said that "this is the first project that is implemented through the transition, which authorizes the Pdte (e) @jguaido to join the Inter-American System and international organizations." "In 1948 Betancourt spoke of the need to have a mechanism to defend the #DDHH, of integral security, Venezuela is today invaded by Cubans and Russians, the great truth is that the National Assembly fights for freedom, not for violence "He added.

      He insisted that "at the beginning it was established that we had the founding charter of the OAS; then Hugo Chávez denounced the Treaty, and today we are putting into practice what the Transition Statute says, everything that affects the human person becomes a concept of integral defense ". He reiterated that "here they want to justify the Russian invasion, the Cuban invasion, we have to understand that hemispheric security is in danger, what they want is to have control of the territory." For his part, Deputy Omar Barboza expressed his support for "the integration of Venezuela into the Tiar. We have always taken into account the relations with the European Union (EU), the United States and with all the countries that are supporting this process ".

     "The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) is an international pact, which allows the nations that comprise it to live in a system of peace, progress and democracy, which is why I consider Venezuela's reincorporation to this treaty valuable. We support it because we are convinced that with the reinstitutionalization and the re-democratization of the country, we can channel the population on the path it needs to emerge as a nation. " Márquez emphasized that the purpose of this treaty, created more than 70 years ago, is "to protect the countries that make up interventions, such as the one currently in Venezuela, against the incursion of paramilitary and guerrilla groups, such as the Army. of National Liberation of Colombia. (ELN), as well as the Cuban invasion in the bases of our National Armed Forces ".

 


 

MAY 28,  2019

VENEZUELAN  GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION HAVE GONE TO OSLO IN SEARCH OF MEDIATION

   CARACAS, VENEZUELA    -  The Executive seeks "peace" and the NATIONAL Assembly the "cessation of usurpation." The delegates of President Nicolás Maduro and the president of the National Assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, will have their first face to face in Oslo - Norway scheduled for this week, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the European nation. The National Executive appointed Jorge Rodríguez as president of the commission, who is communication minister and Héctor Rodríguez (governor of Miranda state and Jorge Arreaza (chancellor) as members of the delegation that in his opinion carries the "voice of Venezuela." who will go to the dialogue table to seek peace in this country.

      For his part the head of the AN indicated through a statement that they will talk both with the Norwegian government and with representatives of Maduro; However, he mentioned other tools: mobilization, diplomatic pressure, international cooperation, Contact Group, diplomacy, Norway and the Lima Group. They reported that the opposition delegation will consist of deputy Stalin González (second vice president of the National Assembly) and leaders Fernando Martínez Mottola and Gerardo Blyde. |

     In addition, he has been emphatic that "we will not enter into dilatory processes that delay the freedom and solution to the chaos that the country suffers." Despite accepting the mediation that could be given in Oslo, the president of the Legislative Power reiterated on Saturday that any negotiation is key to reach "the cessation of the usurpation" of the presidency by Maduro, and proceed with a "transitional government that leads to free elections." Meanwhile, the 16th of July fraction of the AN indicated that "a new attempt at dialogue would not have a different result" from those registered in 2014 and 2017.

MORE THAN 200 SPINAL TRANSPLANTS CAN BE FINANCED WITH THE MILLIONS OF EUROS APPROVED BY DICTATOR MADURO FOR THE MILITARY SECTOR

      CARACAS, VENEZUELA  ---   Venezuelan Dictator Nicolás Maduro approved more than 56.8 million euros for the production of military uniforms and machine guns in the country at the hands of the Compañía Anónima Venezolana de Industrias Militares (Cavim). The announcement was made on the night of Thursday, May 23. On the morning of that same day, Robert Redondo, one of 30 children who urgently needed a bone marrow transplant, died at JM de los Ríos.

     Top officials of the  Maduro administration  have reiterated on several occasions that the "economic blockade" imposed by the government of the United States does not allow them to cancel the debts they have with Italy, a country with which an agreement was held to perform core transplants until 2018 . Chancellor Jorge Arreaza was the last to reiterate this argument. Via social networks, said on Friday May 24 that "the criminal blockade" of the United States prevents transfer of funds to Italian institutions through PDVSA. However, what the Government of Maduro does not recognize is that the children of the JM de los Ríos are not expected to be present and that the program has been defective since 2015. It should be noted that the debts above mentioned by Arrazea occurred before any US sanction was imposed by the USA.

     In the Hematology department, there are patients who have been working for more than a year now, waiting for a spinal transplant to be able to heal. According to a source from the Venezuelan Foundation of Donations and Transplants of Organs, Tissues and Cells (Fundavene), an organ attached to the Ministry of Health, a spinal transplant in Europe can cost, on average, between 175,000 and 250,000 euros. The cost not only contemplates performing the procedure of marrow infusion, similar to a blood transfusion, but also other expenses, such as medications, technology and the care required to receive the patient during the period of recovery, approximately 40 days .

CUBA AND RUSSIA WERE UNITED THIS MONDAY AGAINST THE "UNILATERAL COERCIVE  MEASURES TAKEN BY THE UNITED STATES"

     MOSCOW, RUSSIA--  Cuba and Russia were united this Monday against WHAT THEY CALL IS the "unilateral coercive measures" of the United States against the two countries, especially the embargo against the island and Washington's attempts to revive the Monroe Doctrine in Venezuela. The heads of Russian and Cuban diplomacy,  signed on Monday a ministerial political consultation plan for the period 2020-2022 and addressed the deepening of ties in the economic, investment and cultural and humanitarian spheres, thus staging the union of two "strategic allies" against the United States.

     The Cuban foreign minister indicated that the recent activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act by the Government of President Donald Trump "is another step in the aggressive excessive application of North American laws against third countries and a gross violation of the sovereignty of all States and international law. " The law allows Americans including nationalized Cubans to sue in US courts for companies that benefit from land or buildings that were expropriated on the island after the 1959 Revolution.

     The Cuban foreign minister stressed that Havana's partners in trade, investment, tourism and other areas "have expressed that they will persist in their legitimate business" in Cuba. However, both Rodriguez and Lavrov support the initiative of dialogue between the opposing parties launched by the Norwegian Government in Oslo, although they stressed today that all processes should be directed exclusively by Venezuelans. "Cuba will support any initiative aimed at promoting respectful dialogue based on sovereign equality, with strict adherence to the principles of international law, in particular the non-use, or the threat of the use of force, non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of the States, "Rodríguez said. These two countries are notorious for their involvement in the internal affairs of other countries, even using force whenever they deemed it necessary to protect their national interests.

MAY 27,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO SPOKE ABOUT THE UPCOMING DIALOGUE IN NORWAY: IT IS A STUDIED AND PREMEDITATED STRATEGY

   CARACAS, VENEZUELA    -  On Sunday, the parliamentary president and recognized as president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, explained that by agreeing to dialogue in Norway with the representatives of the Government, they are not yielding to a "murderous dictator", but on the contrary, it is part of a studied and premeditated "strategy". "It is evident that we are not depending or believing in any faith of a murderous dictator, nor in an initiative, by the way, nor in a single element that will make the difference. (...)

     The strategy is clear: international community is with us, international cooperation, capacity building. The invitation from Norway is in addition to that of the Contact Group, the Group of Lima, the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea. "In this order of ideas, the industrial engineer also continued explaining that "When we say that we have all the cards on the table it is because we have spoken with all our allies; because I have communicated with the presidents, with the foreign ministers, with the Lima Group, with the Contact Group, with Norway, with Europe ...

     We are not here neither improvising nor inventing. "He also assured that" the regime will come out once and for all. "He also recalled that the street is the" tool that has brought us here, which we have to maintain ", since considers that it is the way to denounce the lack of water, electricity and basic resources. "Barquisimeto has a message: We are on the streets and we will continue to achieve the freedom of Venezuela," he emphasized. "All the steps we have taken for years (...) today they have built this moment, "said Guaidó, who later recalled that" our goal is to conquer our democracy, our freedom, to live with dignity, to fulfill our dreams in Venezuela, to return our families, (... ) be happy in our land. "
 

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM WANTS U.S. TO INVADE VENEZUELA TO COUNTER CUBA'S INFLUENCE

      WASHINGTON, D.C.  ---   A KEY U.S. senator and former presidential candidate said the U.S. military should invade Venezuela if Cuba does not immediately remove its security forces from the country, calling Cuba the Western Hemisphere’s version of Iran. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed posted online Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who leads the Senate Judiciary Committee, favorably compared potential military action in Venezuela to the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983, an operation that lasted about a week and led to the overthrow of the Caribbean nation’s military-run government. “I think the military option has to be real, I think the ultimate solution is getting Cuba out,” Graham said in an interview with McClatchy.

      “If Cuba goes, Maduro goes and we have a history of standing up to Cuban intervention in the past and this is a defining moment for the Trump presidency in terms of how they deal with Cuba.” Graham’s statements are the most specific call for military action in Venezuela from a sitting member of Congress. Florida Sen. Rick Scott has called for the U.S. military to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Venezuela and a naval blockade of Cuba to cut off the ongoing oil trade between Cuba and Venezuela. When asked about the scale of military force needed in Venezuela, Graham did not offer specifics but said the goal is “to restore order.”

     “We’re not occupying Venezuela, but if Maduro refuses to go and the Cubans keep using their military apparatus to prop him up, it is in our national serucity interest to do in Venezuela what Reagan did in Grenada,” Graham said. President Ronald Reagan sent about 6,000 troops to Grenada, an island nation about double the size of Washington, D.C., with a population of about 100,000 people. The weeklong operation in Grenada resulted in the deaths of 20 U.S. troops.Scott said he supports Graham’s position. “I think that the president can’t blink. He’s got to understand that he made a commitment to the people of Venezuela,” Scott said. “I think this country needs to make a commitment to the people of Venezuela. We have to understand that if we don’t get Maduro out and all these bad actors stay, we will have a Syria in our hemisphere and it will be close to our border.”

THE STRONG MESSAGE THAT JUAN GUAIDO SENT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE FANB: "YOU ARE GOING TO SINK WITH THE DICTATOR"

      CARACAS, VENEZUELA --  The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, indicated this Sunday in the middle of a political act in the Lara state, specifically in the Bracamonte avenue of Barquisimeto, to continue the fight for the cessation of the usurpation of the regime. At the same time, he sent a strong and precise message to the members of the Armed Forces who continue  to support Nicolás Maduro.

      "The international community is with us, the invitation of Norway to join the efforts of the Group of Lima, USA, Contact Group, to ask the Armed Forces if they want to pay for the broken dishes of a dictator," he said. At that time, the president of the National Assembly, explained that if they continue in the fight with Maduro, "they will sink with him".

      "The regime kidnaps the arms of the Republic, gentlemen of the Armed Forces, you are going to sink with the dictator, we have done everything: protection of assets, diplomatic pressure," he said. He also reiterated that there is the union of the international community, that Venezuela is not alone. "We have the union of all, we are not alone, look around, who the international community recognizes today, God is with us," he specified.

MAY 25,  2019

ADMIRAL GRAIG FALLER WARNS THAT THE "mafia" of maduro represents a threat beyond venezuela

   miami, florida   -   Navy Admiral Craig Faller, head of the Southern Command of the United States (Southcom), affirmed this week that he considers Nicolás Maduro's influence in the region a "significant threat" to democracy and stability. "I do not think I would even call them regime. It is a mafia. It is an illicit business that manages with its 2,000 corrupt generals. It's ruining the country, "Faller said in an interview on Tuesday. "And the effects of that are aggravating every other security problem in our neighborhood. Every security problem gets worse with Venezuela, "he added.

      As head of Southcom, Faller oversees the military forces of the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the exception of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The region has been plagued by instability. Political violence, often in the form of communist-inspired insurrections, dominated the mid-twentieth century before democratic governments gained a stronger position."When we look back at the number of democracies within a generation since I entered and submitted my application to the Navy in the late 1970s, there has been a significant change from dictatorships [to] democracies and coups and civil wars where we are. Today, "said Faller. "But it's fragile."

     Maduro, besieged by the economic sanctions of the United States, has been forced to look for other sources of income in recent months. In addition to the illicit sale of gold, the Venezuelan military also allegedly controls transatlantic cocaine smuggling routes. That cocaine trade, said Faller, is helping to finance the remnants of Colombia's communist guerrillas, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "The data and statistics show that their numbers have increased because of what they can gain in terms of freedom of maneuver and the economic opportunity they get from the illicit trafficking and association with the Maduro regime," Faller said. "Illicit drug trafficking in Venezuela has increased by 40 percent." That collapse has aggravated a problem of drug trafficking with a refugee crisis, as more than 3 million Venezuelans have fled desperation and economic repression.

RUSSIA ADMITS THAT IT PREPARES DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO'S ARMY "IN THE FACE OF THREATS" FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      MOSCOW, RUSSIA  ---   The Russian troops that arrived in Venezuela in March help the army of the Latin American country to prepare against the US threats "of use of force", declared the Russian ambassador in Venezuela, Vladimir Zaiomski, who nevertheless defended the "dialogue". "The Venezuelan government has been in alarm since the beginning of the year, as the United States continues with its threats of force against Venezuela. Under such conditions, they must be sure that the weapons they possess are in working order, "he said in an interview with the AFP in Moscow. "Our specialists are there to train our Venezuelan colleagues to keep their military equipment available and, at the same time, teach them the best way to use it."

     Russia, an ally of Nicolás Maduro, sent a hundred soldiers to the South American country in March, which is facing an important political crisis since the president of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself interim president of the country. At present, it is recognized by some fifty countries, including the United States. This crisis provoked a new confrontation between Moscow and Washington, which accuse each other of destabilizing Venezuela. The US president, Donald Trump, urged Russia to leave the country, while Moscow accused Washington of wanting to carry out a coup to the detriment of international law.

       "We are against any attempt to interfere," the Russian ambassador reiterated, in charge since 2009 in the South American country. "The exit from the crisis is in the path of dialogue and the search for commitment," he said. "At present, this dialogue, which should be systematic, does not exist," he added, blaming Juan Guaidó, "influenced by radicals and marginals." He also praised the mediation undertaken by Norway, where representatives of the regime of Nicolás Maduro and the administration of Guaidó began a timid approach last week. "It is very good that these dialogues take place," he said, and said he hoped "these meetings will continue."

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO EARMARKED 56 MILLION EUROS TO MANUFACTURE WEAPONS AND MILITARY UNIFORMS

      CARACAS, VENEZUELA  In the middle of the deep economic crisis that crosses Venezuela, the dictator Nicolás Maduro announced on Thursday a millionaire investment that will be destined to the manufacture of arms and uniforms for military. During the opening of the I Fair of Innovation, Science and Technology of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) 2019, Maduro announced the approval of a budget of 56 million euros, of which 50 will be allocated to the construction of a textile plant, where it is expected to produce 786 thousand annual units of military uniforms, and another six for the activation of the production line of the submachine gun "Caribe", caliber 9.19 mm.

     On the latter, Maduro said it could be used by different military agencies of the regime, and even by the popular militias themselves or groups of collectives. "It can be a support weapon for the Bolivarian National Militia, for the police. But I see the submachine gun in the hand of the militia in the neighborhood (...) They should know that in Venezuela we are living a liberation process and we are liberating ourselves from the yoke of Imperialism," said the dictator from the Military Circle in Caracas. "I will approve these resources to continue advancing in making our own weapons system," he added.

     Juan Guaidó, parliamentary leader recognized by more than fifty countries as president in charge of Venezuela, regreted that Nicolás Maduro has announced the approval of 50 million euros for military purposes. "Yesterday he affirmed that there was no money for food and that a baby had lost his life for not having access to an operation, in the same speech, he said that he approved fifty million euros for military uniform and six million machine guns (...) is evident his absolute disconnect with reality. "Guaidó added that 14 protests throughout the national territory took place this Friday, May 24, to denounce the lack of gasoline, water, gas, medical supplies and basic services.

MAY 24,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO AFFIRMS THAT DICTATOR MADURO MUST DECIDE IF HE HAS TO LEAVE vENEZUELA BY FORCE

   CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -   The opposition leader Juan Guaidó said on Thursday that Nicolás Maduro, with whom he is fighting for power in Venezuela, must decide whether to allow a transition or whether he will leave the presidency "by force". "It is they (the Maduro government) who are going to decide (...) if it is going to be forced or if they are going to open a door to the transition," said the parliamentary leader, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by fifty countries, to the digital VPI channel. His statements come after Norway last week sponsored discussions with representatives of the opposition and the Maduro government, in an "exploratory phase", to resolve the crisis.

     But also, after delegates of Guaidó met with military leaders of the United States, a country that does not rule out a military option to evict Maduro from power. Guaidó says that the opposition keeps open all the ways to achieve the "cessation of the usurpation" of the socialist leader, which leads to a transition and "free elections", in the context of the worst socio-economic crisis in the recent history of the past oil power. Representatives of Maduro and Guaidó visited Oslo last week as part of the European country's initiative to mediate the conflict.

     Guaidó, who has clarified that there has not yet been a face-to-face meeting between the delegates, reiterated on Thursday that the opposition will not lend itself to "false dialogues" that give Maduro oxygen. Meanwhile, his representative in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, met last Monday with officials from the State Department and the Pentagon to analyze "all aspects of the Venezuelan crisis." Norway "is within the framework of the strategy we have proposed (...) That does not stop the talks with the Pentagon," said the opposition. The administration of Donald Trump, Guaidó's main international support, promotes the exit of Maduro with financial sanctions and an oil embargo, without ruling out military actions.

"THE TRUTH," A MUCH NEEDED PROJECT TO KEEP IN CHECK DICTATOR MADURO REGIME

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- A bill considered to be the most comprehensive and severe legislation yet to face the crisis in Venezuela and restore democracy in that country was approved Wednesday by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States Senate. The Emergency Assistance, Assistance for Democracy and Development of Venezuela project (TRUTH) is led by Senators Bob Menéndez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who presented him and other congressmen last April. . "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is sending a bipartisan message of support to the people of Venezuela by approving the TRUTH Act.

     The path of Venezuela towards the restoration of the rule of law and democratic order will require a significant effort on the part of the United States, our regional allies and the international community, "Rubio said in a statement. The senator said that his country will continue to provide humanitarian assistance "that is so needed and will help coordinate efforts for a post-Maduro Venezuela." Menéndez, in turn, described the approval of the project as a momentous step by the United States to support Venezuelans "in this dark and difficult chapter of their struggle to recover their country from the Nicolás Maduro regime and restore a democratic process." "Through this bipartisan effort based on shared goals and vigorous diplomacy and principles, we are establishing the structure for the Trump administration to strengthen Venezuela's growing democratic movement," the senator said.

      Among the measures that include TRUTH include $ 400 million in humanitarian aid, revoke the visas of the relatives of sanctioned officials of the Chavez regime, sanction the undue indebtedness of the Nicolás Maduro regime and the gold trade and coordinate international sanctions, especially with governments of Latin American and European countries. The bill also expands current tools to address kleptocracy, formally recognizes and supports the efforts of interim president Juan Guaidó to restore democracy and accelerates planning with international financial institutions to advance the reconstruction of Venezuela after Maduro dictatorship.

BLOOMBERG: NEW NEGOTIATIONS IN NORWAY DEPEND ON DICTATOR MADURO ACCEPTING FREE ELECTIONS

      WASHINGTON, D.C.    -- Despite little progress in the initial meetings, Norwegian officials invited representatives of dictator Nicolas Maduro and the president in charge, Juan Guaido, to a second round of talks to defuse the Venezuelan crisis , according to lawmakers familiar with the talks. The sessions could happen in Oslo as early as next week. But Guaido's allies insist that any dialogue depends on Maduro accepting proposals to celebrate a new presidential vote . A multiple diplomatic push to break Venezuela's bitter stalemate began last week, with a European Union mission visiting Caracas and envoys from Guaido and Maduro to Oslo .

     But on both fronts, the regime rejected appeals for general elections, according to diplomats and lawmakers who spoke anonymously because of the sensitive nature of the talks. No party has accepted more talks so far, they said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Ministry of Information of the dictatorship declined to comment on the new opportunity to meet. Guaido, in a message on Wednesday, said that " another invitation has not yet been finalized ." For months, Maduro and Guaido have clashed , gathering followers in the streets and the support of their allies abroad, since uncontrolled inflation, rampant shortages and the collapse of infrastructure make daily life miserable for the masses .

     Guaido, recognized as head of state by the US and by more than 50 other nations , is trying to maintain the pressure and turn the cracks into canyons within the socialist regime. But despite the scant approval and international isolation, Maduro clung to the levers of power with the help of "still loyal" military forces and the help of countries like China and Russia. Skepticism abounds within the ranks of the opposition and among observers that the regime will make significant concessions as demonstrations diminish and many opponents hide in the midst of a new crackdown.

MAY 23,  2019

THE SOUTHERN COMMAND INDICATED THAT THE "TRANSITION" TO DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA WILL HAVE "POSITIVE RESULTS"

     WASHINGTON, D.C.   -    "There is "evidence" of an "invasion" of Cubans in Venezuela, in a wide range of positions, from doctors to spies, said the head of the Southern Command, Admiral Craig S. Faller. Admiral Craig S. Faller, head of the Southern Command of the United States (USA), defended Wednesday that the pressure that has been applied to achieve a transition to democracy in Venezuela is "the right idea" and predicted that it will have "positive results".

     Faller, who was the first speaker of the fourth Annual Conference on Hemispheric Security (HSC) organized by two academic institutions attached to the International University of Florida (FIU), responded to this question by being asked about the options that are considered crisis in Venezuela to propitiate a change, according to the news agency Efe.

     There is "evidence" of an "invasion" of Cubans in Venezuela, in a wide range of positions, from doctors to spies, said the head of the Southern Command. He added that "it is a significant number", without venturing figures and also highlighting the presence of Russians in the country and the scarce Chinese help in this situation. He indicated that the key to the plans "to be ready" to be able to support the democratic forces of Venezuela are the "allies" of the US in the region. "We have met with Brazil and Colombia and other major nations to discuss security challenges," he added.
 

ELLIOT ABRAMS SAYS IT WILL SANCTION VENEZUELAN OFFICIALS FOR CORRUPTION IN THE CLAP PROGRAM

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The special envoy of US President Donald Trump for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, speaks during the World Conference on the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela this Thursday at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington (United States). The representatives of the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized as president of Venezuela by fifty countries, have collected in the last three weeks 100 million dollars, an amount that includes 30 million multilateral financial institutions. The US envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams said in an interview with Efe on Wednesday that his government is preparing sanctions and criminal charges against Venezuelan officials for allegedly profiting from the subsidized food program known as Clap.

     "We do not have an announced date on the sanctions and (judicial) accusations that will come. But this is a real crime because it is what the poorest Venezuelans need to survive. They know that this program is corrupt, we know it and we are investigating the details. And much more will come, "Abrams said. Asked about future actions, Abrams said "definitely" the United States. will announce more sanctions "as time progresses" and explained that the US Treasury Department has been investigating "for a long time" the supposed corruption in the program known as Clap. Earlier this month, the Treasury issued a report in which it claimed that "high officials" of Venezuela used Clap to launder assets that they allegedly obtained through corruption and that they even pocketed the Venezuelan government's money directly. According to this document, officials use foreign entities located in Turkey, Panama, Hong Kong or Mexico, among other places, for these activities. The Clap program, linked to the Local Supply and Production Committees, delivers imported food at low cost every 15 days to more than six million people, according to the Maduro Government.

     The National Assembly (AN, Parliament), controlled by the opposition, has denounced that the Clap has caused millionaire patrimonial losses by extra costs and corruption. Venezuela is going through a peak of political tension since last January, when Maduro swore a new term of 6 years that is not recognized by the opposition or part of the international community and, in response, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, president of Parliament, proclaimed himself president interim of the country. USA It was the first nation to recognize Guaidó as interim head of state and, since then, has tried to pressure Maduro with the revocation of visas to Venezuelan officials and sanctions against the company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), the main source of currency for Caracas.

THE OAS SECRETARY GENERAL, LUIS ALMAGRO, AFFIRMS THAT THE UN AND THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM HAVE TO COORDINATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF R2P IN VENEZUELA 

      WASHINGTON, D.C.    -- The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, mentioned that from the system of the United Nations (UN) and the Inter-American System must coordinate as soon as possible for the activation of R2P in Venezuela, it consists on the responsibility of the international community to protect a population that is under various human rights crimes. The diplomat mentioned that the South American country is going from bad to worse, referring all the blame to the Nicolás Maduro regime that does not allow the advancement of its citizens towards a better future.

     "Just as some countries in our hemisphere have coiled upward spiraling, expanding rights, democracy, security and development, others have coiled in a downward spiral. #Venezuela is definitely wrapped in a spiral of chaos and total nonsense, "he said. Almagro makes these statements shortly after referring to Chavism as a danger in the hemisphere, which predicted his early disappearance so as not to aggravate the crisis in the region.

     Venezuela is plunged into the worst crisis in its history and therefore several diplomats have among their proposals a military aid that agglomerates various countries, theory that handles the consent of the United States and its vice president Mike Pence. We have to raise our voice above political tribes and in favor of principles. We must continue to conduct politics and international relations that are close to the people. The system of @ONU_es and the Inter-American System have to be coordinated in order to implement the # R2P in #Venezuela, in order to make coercive the international law that should be applied to the diversity of crimes against humanity suffered by the Venezuelan population.

MAY 22,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO: THE REGIMEN TRULY FEARS FREE ELECTIONS

     CARACAS, VENEZUELA   -    The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, stressed that the regime is afraid of truly free elections, noting that they are avoiding this alternative to stay in power. "I invite you to have a minimum of reason, you do not need to have two fingers to understand that a free election opens the change in Venezuela," said the president of the National Assembly during the ordinary session on Tuesday.

    Guaidó added that it is not true that the empire and the bachaqueros collapsed the country, so it is very cynical to tell the people of Venezuela that they are going to advance the parliamentary elections and that they will extend the period of the Cuban constituency. "Today those who usurp functions and specifically Maduro are more dissociated and far from reality, today the Armed Forces know who is responsible for the crisis," he said.

     He called on the Armed Forces to act correctly and to side with the Constitution. "I wonder if the Armed Forces are willing to accompany this madness and if they are going to drag Venezuela to catastrophe. The regime mocks the parliamentary elections, "he said. He declared that they will continue to advance with the proposed route, with the exercise of the majority.

LUIS ALMAGRO: IF MADURO CONTINUES IN POWER, ALL THE COUNTRIES OF THE REGION WILL suffer

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said Monday that if the Chavez government leader Nicolás Maduro continues in power in Venezuela after the instability of recent months, the rest of the countries of the continent will pay the cost. "If the situation does not change in Venezuela, if Maduro is still in power, that is a cost that all countries in the region will have to pay," Almagro insisted at a luncheon with businessmen organized in Buenos Aires by the Inter-American Council of Commerce and Production (CICyP).

     Almagro considered that, in fact, several Latin American countries are already affected by "the export of the crisis" of Venezuela. He referred to the millions of people who have emigrated from the Caribbean country in the past years due to the humanitarian crisis that has led to a struggle for power between Maduro and the head of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, who was proclaimed interim president last January and is recognized as such by about 50 nations.

     "It may be that by 2020 the number of Venezuelan migrants can reach seven million," said Almagro, who spoke of the migratory flow carries "pressure" on matters such as "safety and health" in recipient countries, although not He specified in what sense. The head of the OAS stressed that in Venezuela there is a "more decisive and coarser" form of exclusion among the region, followed by the situations of Cuba and Nicaragua, he said. As he already did in past interventions, the Uruguayan natural leader pointed to Cuba as a country that exercises a "sanction" against Venezuela and affirmed that the island extracts "40,000 barrels a day" from its political ally.

FORMER DICTATOR RAUL CASTRO AND MIGUEL DIAZ-CANEL REITERATED TO JORGE ARREAZA CUBAN SUPPORT FOR DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO

      HAVANA, CUBA   --Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the leader of the Communist Party of Cuba Raúl Castro met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in Havana, where they expressed their continued support for Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. This was disseminated by local official media. The meeting was held after Arreaza arrived in Havana on Monday night to participate in the 18th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA).

     Along with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, received yesterday night the Chancellor of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza Monserrat. We ratify the solid ¬ links that unite us. #We are Cuba. The state newspaper Granma detailed in a statement published in its daily edition that "Raúl and Díaz-Canel reiterated their support for the constitutional president Nicolás Maduro Moros and the civic-military union of the Venezuelan people." The position on the part of the representatives of Cuba was recognized by Arreaza, who "thanked the permanent solidarity" of his people and his Government, reports Efe.

      The meeting was also attended by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, and Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba, Adán Chávez -her brother of the late President Hugo Chávez-, who has held this position for a short time. Unlike many countries, Cuba has rejected the recognition of Juan Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela, which has reinforced the relationship between both governments of a socialist nature. Due to the position of Cuba in relation to Venezuela and other aspects unrelated to the issue, the United States has increased the sanctions on Cuban territory. The representatives of the North American country assure that Cuba provides intelligence support to Venezuela, putting at their disposal covert agents who pose as "professionals", mainly in areas of education and medicine.

MAY 21,  2019

PRESIDENT TRUMP: FIGHTING THE UNITED STATES WILL BE 'OFFICIAL END OF IRAN'

     WASHINGTON, D.C.   -   President Donald Trump has given a strong warning to Iran, threatening its destruction if it attacks the United States or U.S. interests. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran," Trump tweeted Sunday. "Never threaten the United States again!" Just three days earlier, Trump appeared to be backing away from his apparently hawkish stance against Iran, saying he would be willing to talk with Tehran. When asked by a reporter at the White House if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, Trump replied, "I hope not." But there has been no apparent let up in the tensions between the United States, its regional allies and Iran.

     The State Department says a "low-grade rocket" fell inside the green zone in Baghdad, close to the U.S. embassy, Sunday. No injuries or damage is reported. U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said the Pentagon was aware of an explosion outside the embassy, adding, "There were no U.S. or coalition casualties, and Iraqi Security Forces are investigating the incident." A spokesman says the U.S. will not tolerate such attacks and that it will hold Iran responsible "if any such attacks are conducted by its proxy militia forces." Saudi Arabia is blaming Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen for a drone attack on two Saudi oil-pumping stations last week. The U.S. also suspects Iran was behind the sabotage of four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last week. Two of the damaged tankers were Saudi.

     The Saudis also say they will not tolerate Iranian aggression. "The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want war in the region and does not strive for that," Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday. "But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will fight this will all force and determination and it will defend itself, its citizens and its interests." Saudi King Salman has called for emergency summits with Gulf and Arab leaders on May 30 to discuss what the kingdom’s official news agency describes as "aggressions and their consequences." An Iranian news agency quotes Iran's Revolutionary Guard head Hossein Salami as saying the country does not want war, but is "not afraid" of it.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: 'THE US WILL NOT SIT Idly BY WHILE CUBA CONTINUES TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY IN THE AMERICAS

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The American president sent a message to the island for Independence Day. He assured that he supports the people "in their search for freedom, democracy and prosperity" and demanded that the regime stop the repression of Venezuelans "On this Independence Day of Cuba, we support the people of Cuba in their search for freedom, democracy and The Cuban regime must put an end to its repression of Cubans and Venezuelans.

     The United States will not sit idly by while Cuba continues to subvert democracy in the Americas! "Donald Trump wrote in his Twitter account, in which he again condemned the influence of the Cuban regime on the Chavez dictatorship. Chávez and Fidel Castro began their strategic alliance in 1994, a union that survived them.Since then, the Cuban regime sent thousands of agents to administer the power structures of Caracas: intelligence services, armed forces, health system, economy.

     Thus, the Castro dictatorship was penetrating the structures of the Venezuelan state thanks to the open door offered by President Chávez and maintained by Nicolás Maduro. "Since then, Caracas pays the" Cuban task "with oil barrels Last December, Luis Almagro Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), denounced that Cuba exported its "terror mechanisms" to Venezuela and that its agents were leading the torture against political prisoners. mechanisms of terror and repression that Cuba uses against its own people and silently exports to the rest of the region.

WITH A VERY STRONG LETTER TO DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO, ISAIAS RODRIGUEZ SAYS GOODBYE TO THE EMBASSY IN ITALY

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- With a  strong letter Isaías Rodríguez presented his resignation as ambassador of Venezuela in Italy. In the letter addressed to Nicolás Maduro, he assures that he was born "for hammer" and the nails fall from the sky. "I have not learned to bargain for indulgences and that is terrible and exhausting in day-to-day politics. Fortunately, pain provides confidence and security (...) Know, President, that I follow straight paths like those of a spear, "said Rodriguez.

     It also states that "you do not have to accept or reject this letter. I will make it public because it is final. It is not irrevocable because nothing is irrevocable in life. It is simply final, Mr. President. Do not see me or feel vulnerable. That expression is "neo-Nazi" and does not sound good ". Likewise, he assured that he has seen a lot and has "seen a lot of marketing next to him and also next to Chávez. People are constantly baptized, but never freed
from their sins. "

     "I'm leaving (the position) without grudges and without money. My wife has just sold the clothes that her ex-husband gave her, in order to keep up with the US blockade. I am trying to transfer the vehicle that I bought when I arrived at the Embassy and, as you know, I do not have a bank account, because the gringos sanctioned me and the Italian bank threw me out of their market. They nailed me with honesty in a pike, but when I die they will know exactly what patrimony I leave to my children. I will keep the memories I have of you in a box with mothballs. Rodriguez also argued that although he is proud to have been Maduro's ambassador, "at this moment, I feel like I was taking off one of the many contractures that I have." "I resign, President, to my doses of insomnia, stress, affliction and the triangular-headed vipers that have accompanied him for a long time."

JUAN GUAIDO: THEY WANTED TO CHEAT US WITH A DIALOGUE IN OSLO, NORWAY

     CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -   The president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, led a rally on Saturday in the town of Guatire, Miranda state, from where he assured that the national government tries to "deceive" the Venezuelan opposition through the implementation of dialogue processes. The statements were offered when referring to the meetings held in Norway between representatives of the Executive and personalities not adept at the ruling party. In that regard, he said: "We went to the invitation of a country as we have done with the European Union and the Contact Group, we appreciate all the efforts but here we are clear and they will not confuse us". "Yes, we went there," he reiterated, however he stressed that "here there is nothing to engage, the whole country knows what it wants and needs, we do not confuse ourselves".

     "The time has come to do everything. To combine diplomatic pressure, protection of assets, international cooperation, the street and the exercise of the National Assembly. The time has come to move forward with Operation Freedom, "said the parliamentary leader. Guaidó was emphatic in stating that all the mechanisms to get out of the regime are being handled. "We are not in love with any mechanism, and do not confuse goals, goals, achievements, dreams with mechanisms to the cessation of the usurpation," he said. "Here the route has been clear and you know it," said the president in charge, recalling that the goal is to get Maduro out of power. He also highlighted the lack of support that Maduro currently has, pointing out that he is isolated and lacks popular support.

     "Other people shut themselves in there, not only now with the solitude in a palace, but they do not act as a government, they are called government in resistance, in resistance there is the people of Venezuela who do not have water, who do not have food", He added at the time that he expressed that Maduro is losing any kind of reasoning. "We will continue here until we achieve democracy in Venezuela," he said. He also reiterated his call to the Armed Forces to put themselves on the side of the Constitution. "We are not asking anything from the Armed Forces anymore, at this point we are demanding it." Guaidó questioned the position of the military. "What are you waiting for, to finish breaking everything?"

CARLOS VECCHIO WILL REFINE STRATEGIC PLANNING WITH THE US SOUTHERN COMMAND TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States Carlos Vecchio will meet on Monday May 20 with the head of the Southern Command of the United States, Admiral Craig Faller, to refine strategic and operational planning to alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people and restore the democracy. This meeting serves as an initiative by the president in charge Juan Guaidó that will allow to advance in the international cooperation required by Venezuela to achieve the objectives set on January 23 of cessation of usurpation, establish a transitional government, and finally, obtain free elections .

    Vecchio said in a letter to Faller in recent days that "conditions in Venezuela are worsening as a result of the corrupt, incompetent and illegitimate regime of the usurper Nicolás Maduro, which tragically has consequences for national security in Venezuela, as well as in the neighbor countries. Equally worrisome is the impact of the presence of uninvited foreign forces that put our country and others at risk. "

    A few days ago, the head of the command assigned to the Pentagon expressed his willingness to engage in a conversation with the government of Guaidó to address US support for the military of the Armed Forces who decide to side with the Venezuelan people to restore the constitutional order .

DESERTION OF GENERAL RAMON RANGEL IS THE KEY TO DESTROY THE CUBAN G-2 OPERATIONS  IN VENEZUELA

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- General Ramon Rangel haD deserted from Venezuela, and is prepared to offer key insights into the two decade long Cuban project to infiltrate and subvert Venezuela. The Military High Command of Venezuela is in turmoil after the unexpected pronouncement of the General Ramon Rangel, who decided to break with Nicolás Maduro, but, above all, with the Castro regime. The rise of this general is key to understanding the Cuban intelligence system that Chavismo has allowed to infiltrate the institutions of power in Venezuela. After the civilian-military uprising led by the interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, several soldiers bowed to the Constitution and decided to dissociate themselves from the dictatorship.

      However, Rangel’s pronouncement can be described as one of the most relevant because it comes from a body directly linked to the Cuban military corps that currently occupies the South American country. It is also a key with regarding to understanding how Cuban intelligence operates in Venezuela. In the video, published by the lawyer Rocío San Miguel, Rangel accuses Cuba of having killed Chávez to replace him with Maduro, and also called on the Venezuelan Armed Forces to adhere to Article 328, which states that the military should not be servile to a person or political bias. “The meaning of the pronouncement of the Division General Ramón Rangel is very important; he knows about the Caracas-Havana business plot, the secrets of the treatment of Chavez’s illness and death in Cuba, and the strategy that Chavismo is taking in its rupture with Maduro,” San Miguel said after publishing the video.

     “The intelligence system of Cuba must be in shock with the pronouncement of G/D Ramón Rangel,” he said through his Twitter account, Rocío San Miguel. In the video, Rangel blames the Castro dictatorship for what is happening in Venezuela: “I feel that, being in Cuba, I was not only subservient to a political bias, but also being subservient to Castroism, which has led us to what we have today as a result of this union between Cuba and Venezuela.” If the Cubans are dealt with, Maduro falls Rangel’s pronouncement could be key to unraveling the Cuban intelligence system in Venezuela if they are able to cooperate with international justice, since both he and retired General Hugo Carvajal know details of Cuban-Venezuelan maneuvers to perpetuate Maduro in power.

MAY 18,  2019

MESSAGE FROM MANUEL CHRISTOPHER FIGUERA AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF MG JESUS GUERRA

     MIAMI, FLORIDA -   The former director of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin), Manuel Cristopher Figuera, sent a statement to all the soldiers and commanders, after learning of the death of Major General Jesus Alberto Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio de Los Altos in Miranda state. You who represent the moral reservoir of the institutionality of our Homeland; I let them know the indignation that the news of the death of the MY gave me. Jesús Alberto García Hernández, because I am sure that this fact is due to a selective and commissioned murder and they will see it as an isolated event, creating macabre stories around them. Because they knew how it is that this boy had handled sensitive information about the most frightening and aberrant corruption cases that were investigated during my tenure at SEBIN.

     Generals and Admirals, have you not yet realized in the rag that you have turned our beloved Homeland? Perhaps, they do not have information of those who are in front and of after the sacking of our Country? Do not you see the practical execution of state terrorism that Maduro uses to remain in the powerful? Tarek William Saab (Kabul), brother ... to you; to the Minister of Defense, the Commander of the CEOFANB and the Commanders of Components, I ask you to watch over my family that is in Venezuela. And let it be clear that I hold Nicolás Maduro Moros himself responsible for what could happen to them; let him know because such cowardice, abuse and terror will not go unpunished.

     My MG Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio, the MY García Hernández left a wife, two children of preschool age and a mother, all of them today are victims of this abuse of power and excessive terrorism; for the mere fact of having worked with me. My General Commander asked him to watch over that family, they have nothing to do with the disaster in which Maduro has taken the Country. I ask the military high command: Did you lose human sensibility? Know that I am still the same, that you knew, with the same attitude, attitude and convictions that I manifested in the different meetings of ascension meetings, now with a higher level of consciousness. The murder of MY García Hernández, very well concealed by those who perpetrated it, will not go unpunished, because there is no perfect crime.

DEPUTY OMAR GONZALEZ; maduro runs out of gas to maintain the usurpation

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -- "Maduro runs out of gas to maintain the usurpation," said the deputy to the National Assembly (AN), Omar González Moreno, making a play on words between the crisis of fuel shortages and the little room for political maneuvering that the Venezuelan usurpers remain. The parliamentarian said that those who usurp power already have "bags ready" to escape when the day arrives, because they are aware that they have neither political nor economic oxygen to sustain themselves in power. He indicated that Maduro and his allies do not have the capacity to weather the storm they are going through, adding that in the corridors of power there is more panic than tranquility.

     "They can not sleep in peace, they know they sleep with the enemy. The freedom of Ivan Simonovis was due to the fact that within the security structures of the State there are officials who respect the Constitution and recognize Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela, "he said. The Assemblyman for Anzoategui said about the meetings between the Transitional Government in Venezuela and the usurpers in Oslo, Norway, that the Venezuelans will support any option that would facilitate the exit of Maduro from power and the cessation of the presidential usurpation.

     "What Venezuelans will not accept, nor those of us who live in Vente Venezuela, is that they negotiate solutions to the crisis that do not imply the end of the regime, or that allow an unnecessary and even shameful cohabitation for those who fight for freedom." González Moreno stated that agreeing on an initiative not based on the exit of Maduro from the Miraflores Palace, and the immediate end of the usurpation would be a betrayal of millions of Venezuelans, political prisoners, thousands of exiles and all those who they have fallen victim to the oppression and repression of socialism. The deputy for Vente Venezuela assured that the current gasoline crisis in the nation is the result of the total destruction of PDVSA.

U.S. RULES OUT NEGOTIATION WITH VENEZUELAN DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO AS OPPOSITION SEEKS MILITARY COOPERATION

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --The United States for now has ruled out holding any negotiations with Nicolás Maduro and instead is focused on how to orchestrate a “dignified exit” for the Venezuelan leader after an opposition uprising and a series of sanctions failed to oust him from power. “We have been very clear that negotiations with Maduro are not possible,” a senior State Department official told the Miami Herald. However, the official said the United States continues to discuss how to give the Venezuelan leader a way out that could lead to a political transition. The United States and more than 50 other countries do not consider Maduro the legitimate president of Venezuela, but recognize the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as Venezuelan interim president.

     “The word negotiation is not one that we really use,” the official said. “The best we can offer is what we call off-ramps, which are different ways in which we can facilitate a dignified exit to Maduro. We are having those conversations.” At the same time, the Venezuelan opposition has formally requested U.S. military support. After Guaidó’s call for a military and popular uprising against Maduro failed on April 30, the United States, the Lima Group — 12 Latin American countries and Canada — and the European Union have discussed how to continue supporting the Venezuelan opposition.

    However, the coalition is split on whether talks between Maduro and the opposition should take place to break the stalemate. The United States and many in the Venezuelan opposition are wary of Maduro using that process to buy time, as he has done in the past. At the same time, they have been portraying a more optimistic picture of the uprising effort’s outcome. “We want to make sure that our international coalition remains strong,” the State Department official said. “We look at the events of April 30th and what we see is all of Maduro´s top-tier military and intelligence service were willing to essentially throw him under the bus. Our European partners need to understand that Maduro has his back against the wall and trusts no one inside Venezuela.”

MAY 17,  2019

VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT  TALKING WITH DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION IN NORWAY

     OSLO, NORWAY--   Talks are underway in Norway between Venezuela’s government and “democratic” opponents, an envoy said on Thursday, in a possible search for a mediated solution after the opposition’s failure to spark a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. Norway’s Foreign Ministry said its norm was not to comment on possible roles in ongoing or potential peace talks. “We strongly encourage the parties to find a political and peaceful solution in order to avoid further escalation,” a ministry spokeswoman said. When asked about Venezuelan talks in Norway, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York: “We’re very much aware of what is going on and very much supportive of this process.”

Guaido, in a speech on Thursday, confirmed opposition envoys were in Norway, which was mediating between both sides, but said they would not get involved in a “false negotiation that does not lead to the end of the usurpation.” Many Venezuelan opposition supporters are skeptical about mediation talks, given that past rounds have failed, divided the opposition and, in their view, merely bought time for Maduro to consolidate power and quell street protests. Guaido said he would meet later on Thursday with participants in a diplomatic effort between European and Latin American countries, known as the International Contact Group on Venezuela (ICG), which aims to negotiate an end to the crisis.

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda state governor Hector Rodriguez of the ruling Socialist Party both traveled to Oslo, according to opposition sources. Opposition legislator Stalin Gonzalez, along with political advisers Gerardo Blyde and Fernando Martinez have also gone, they said. Norway has a tradition of conflict mediation, including assistance with Colombia’s 2016 peace deal between the government and FARC rebels.

JUAN GUAIDO CONFIRMED THAT HE SENT DELEGATES TO NORWAY

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -- The president of the National Assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, confirmed on Thursday that there were contacts in Norway, but he clarified that "we are not going to lend ourselves to any kind of false negotiation." The legislative chief reiterated that there are some sent to Norway and expressed that they are articulating all these initiatives with different nations and international organizations to which they have ratified the route proposed by the AN with three objectives to seek a "political change" in the country.

     "I thank the Contact group, the Lima Group, Canada, the United States, also the government of Norway that is trying to mediate, and we thank them (...) that's why there should be no doubt, I understand the doubts about the past frustrations that We have had some of the mechanisms, but here we are not in love with any mechanism, we are in love with Venezuela, "said Guaidó. He also confirmed that this Thursday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon he will meet with the International Contact Group and next Monday "we will have a meeting with the Southern Command in the United States Department of State".

      The United Nations (UN), supported the "mediation" in Norway between representatives of the government and the opposition, under the premise that this process leads to a solution to the crisis in the country. "We are very aware of what is happening and we support this process a lot," said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, reviewed by Efe. The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, reiterated that only a political dialogue can resolve the Venezuelan crisis.

AMBASSADOR CARLOS VECCHIO: CESATION OF THE USURPATION AT THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, reported on Thursday the departure of the four gringos communists who were staying at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, United States. "ALERT: Outside the invaders of our embassy. The usurpation ceased. It has taken time and effort but we comply with the wishes of the Venezuelans. Infinitely grateful to the Venezuelan diaspora for its sacrifice. Next release: Venezuela, "he wrote in his official Twitter account. He clarified that "the security bodies review the entire building to ensure all the security details before being able to take control of it."

     During the time of the illegal occupation the invaders had caused chaos in the area, anarchy and destruction of the diplomatic headquarters that will be quantified by the Venezuelan embassy, which reserves the corresponding legal actions. In recent days Vecchio had reported the cut of the electricity service to the building and announced that the next step would be the departure of the invaders, a statement that was fulfilled on Thursday. The Venezuelan embassy in Washington was occupied by activists who supported Maduro, who entered the building after the departure of the last diplomats and thus prevented the representatives appointed by the president-in-charge Juan Guaidó from settling in.

    Vecchio has repeatedly thanked the activism of the Venezuelan diaspora to recover the diplomatic headquarters, stressing that its work has been key to reduce the capacity of action of the invaders and achieve the cessation of the usurpation in the embassy. Vecchio even dedicated to them the Freedom Award received last week by the IRI, in recognition of the civic struggle that they have maintained in the adjacencies of the diplomatic headquarters. The liberation of our embassy was thanks to the struggle Diaspora Vzlna.Con sacrifice remained outside against all odds. Example of struggle. Thanks Matthew Burwick for becoming that fight symbol. See you at the embassy this afternoon. #todosalaembajada .

MAY 16,  2019

US SUSPENDS IMMEDIATELY PASSENGER AND CARGO FLIGHTS TO VENEZUELA

     WASHINGTON, d.c.  --   The US Department of Transportation ordered Wednesday the immediate suspension of all passenger and cargo flights between this country and Venezuela due to insecurity in the South American nation. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Department of Homeland Security (DSH) sent a letter detailing its findings on the security situation in Venezuela and concluded that the conditions "threaten the safety of passengers, planes and crew "traveling to or from that country.

     "With the approval of the Secretary of State and in close coordination with the acting secretary of National Security, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao issued an order today (Wednesday) to suspend air services between the United States and Venezuela," the Department reported. of Transport in a statement. The order issued by Chao indicates that the DSH has determined that "an immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela is required." Among the findings cited by DHS are reports of civil unrest, violence in and around airports and that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can not obtain access to Venezuelan airports to carry out the inspection required to assess whether the appropriate safety measures are applied.

     It also mentions the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the cancellation of flights to the country by the airline American Airlines, the largest airline that provides services, and two other carriers and the warnings issued by the State Department not to travel to that country. "Based on all those DHS findings about the current conditions in Venezuela, I agree that the public interest requires an immediate suspension of air transport," said Chao. He added that "I am suspending authorization to all US and foreign airlines to provide air transportation to and from Venezuelan airports."

JUAN GUAIDO ABOUT PERSECUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: OUR OPTION IS TO GET UP AND CONTINUE, THE REGIME IS DESPERATE

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, rejected the persecution against the deputies and assured that in spite of the harassment on the part of the dictatorship, they will continue to meet in any place, without renouncing the Federal Legislative Palace . "They are not going to solve the problem of water or light because they do not generate confidence in investors, the regime is over, we will continue to hold sessions, we will continue to meet in the Federal Legislative Palace," he said.

     He added that they try to make themselves look at military sources occupying legislative spaces, even reaching the ridiculous point of kidnapping Zambrano on a crane . "Here should also be Juan Requesens , Gilber Caro , this is a cruel vulgar dictatorship," he said. "Our option is to get up and continue, the regime is desperate," he added. In that sense, the interim president mentioned that there is a strategy, a Country Plan, to advance in the exit of the regime.

     Zambrano has been kidnapped by the Nicolás Maduro regime for more than 130 hours, since he was arrested on May 8 by officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) when he left the headquarters of the political party Acción Democrática (AD) in the urbanization La Florida, in Caracas. The political leader was detained in the Sebin headquarters of El Helicoide , then taken to a court that did not have an office where he was given a custodial sentence and the detention center in Fuerte Tiuna, among other charges. Apart from Zambrano , the Cuban constituency raided parliamentary immunity to 13 other deputies, thus violating the constitutional right of the deputies.

PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE: COLOMBIA WILL NOT ALLOW VENEZUELAN BORDER TO BE AN ELN SANCTUARY

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

     “We won’t allow the border to become a sanctuary for the ELN,” Duque told journalists, adding the military will be on high alert to prevent the ELN from receiving any weapons or aid from Venezuela. “It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the report. “The ELN’s top leadership are in Venezuelan territory. (Maduro) has given them arms, money and help for several years.” Maduro’s help is motivating the ELN to forcibly recruit children and commit crimes along the two countries’ border, Duque added.

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Twitter he spoke to Duque about the ELN and pledged lawmakers would collaborate with Colombia to stop attacks. “It is time for our armed forces to exercise the sovereignty of our nation and fight this irregular occupation of our territory,” said Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, denouncing Maduro’s re-election as illegitimate. The 2,000-strong ELN is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. It regularly bombs oil pipelines and claimed responsibility for a January attack on Bogota’s police academy that killed more than 20 people. The porous 2,200-km (1,370-mile) border is a hub for smuggling and the transit of Venezuelan migrants fleeing hyperinflation and their country’s political crisis.

MAY 15,  2019

SECRETARY  MIKE POMPEO TOLD SERGEY LAVROV THAT THE TIME HAS COME FOR NICOLAS MADURO  TO LEAVE OFFICE

     WASHINGTON, d.c.  --   US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on Tuesday after meeting with his Russian colleague, Sergey Lavrov, that the time has come for Nicolás Maduro to leave office. "The United States and more than 50 countries believe that the time has come for Maduro to leave power," Pompeo told a joint press conference with Lavrov at the Sochi spa on the Black Sea.

     Pompeo, whose country supports Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized as president of the country by more than 50 nations, believes that Maduro must resign to "end the suffering of the Venezuelan people." In addition, he assured that Washington is absolutely opposed to any country interfering in the affairs of Venezuela. "We hope that the Russian support to Maduro is over," he said, while mentioning the great Russian economic and energy interests in Venezuela.

    He said that the US position is that Venezuelans should choose their leaders, although he stressed that the Latin American country must be a democracy. For his part, Lavrov replied that "you can not establish a democracy by force." The Russian minister accused the US and Guaidó of continually resorting to threats of possible military intervention, which, in his opinion, "has nothing to do with democracy."

INTERIM PRESIDENT JUAN GUAIDO BELIEVES THAT NICOLAS MADURO WANTS TO KIDNAP THE PARLIAMENT WITH A POLICE OPERATION

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -THE INTERIM PRESIDENT AND head of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized by half a hundred countries, assured on Tuesday that President Nicolás Maduro wants to "kidnap the legislative power" by deploying a strong police operation on day of sessions for a supposed bomb threat . "They try to hijack the legislative power while the dictator entrenches himself, in a Palace where he should not be, suspecting everyone around him," Guaidó wrote on his Twitter account. In his opinion, Maduro "once again demonstrates his fear of the legitimacy of the National Assembly (AN)" with the strong deployment in which members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and the Bolivarian Service participate. of Intelligence (Sebin).

     All of them are present in the seat of Parliament and do not allow the entrance of deputies or workers to the seat of the Legislative and have not offered details about the alleged threat. The contingent of uniformed of the GNB closed the accesses to the Palace by the four cardinal points and later extended the perimeter more avoiding that the citizens have less possibility of approaching, according to Efe. For this Tuesday the Legislative is planning to debate the "persecution" against deputies who blame the Government of Maduro.

     Guaidó said in his Twitter messages that Maduro "makes his political persecution gang threaten, not only the deputies elected by the people, but also the workers of the AN." The opposition leader accompanied his denunciations with several photos in which he can see officials of the PNB and Sebin cutting off access to the seat of the Legislative, some of them heavily armed. Finally, Guaidó emphasized that Maduro "believes that the power is in the buildings, in the drawers, in a bunch of keys", when he says that "the power they once had lost when they lost the people."

DICTATOR MADURO'S SECURITY FORCES PREVENTED THE ENTRANCE OF OPPOSITION DEPUTIES IN THE LEGISLATIVE PALACE

  CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --   The security forces of the Maduro regime prevented the entrance of opposition deputies to the seat of Parliament on Tuesday before a session and after the tension that caused the highest court to accuse legislators of treason to the homeland last week. Officials of the intelligence police, Sebin with long arms and hoods, as well as national and military police groups surrounded several blocks near the Congress at the beginning of the session, without allowing the entrance of deputies, workers and journalists. The operation, which lasted for several hours, began with the search for a presumed explosive device in the seat of Congress, according to information received by the deputies. But officials did not block traffic in the area, nor the passage of bystanders.

     "He believes that the Power is in the buildings, in the drawers, in a bunch of keys. The power that they once had lost when they lost the People, "wrote the head of Congress, Juan Guaidó, on his Twitter account about the restriction on access to the headquarters. The ordinary session, which was scheduled for 10 am (1300 GMT), did not begin and the deputies remained gathered at the administrative headquarters of the Parliament, which is a few blocks from the Palace, to decide where the meeting would be held. "They have falsely denounced that there are supposedly bombs, that there are explosives in the Palace (...) That is a hoax to prevent Parliament from functioning today," said opposition deputy Jorge Millán. "We will insist on being able to enter the Palace, and if we do not meet today, we will do it tomorrow," he added.

     The Ministry of Communication and Information did not respond to requests for comment on what happened in Parliament. The Congress, under the control of the opposition, had in its agenda to discuss the situation of legislators accused by the Supreme Court of Justice and the arrest of one of them. "All this is part of the show to impede the functioning of the National Assembly," Congressman Juan Pablo Guanipa told Reuters. "This is a dictatorship that persecutes dissent and we fight for a political change to take place." At least 15 legislators had reported threats in their homes on Friday and three others, accused by the highest court, entered the embassies of Italy and Argentina on Thursday.

MAY 14,  2019

OAS REPRESENTATIVES CONDEMN NICOLAS MADURO'S REGIME ATTACKS ON NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DEPUTIES

  
      WASHINGTON, d.c.  --    YESTERDAY, in the Organization of American States (OAS), in an extraordinary session they presented and approved a resolution proposed by seven member countries of the organization to condemn the kidnapping of the first vice president of the National Assembly, Edgar Zambrano, and the withdrawal of the parliamentary immunity to others. The representative of Venezuela in the OAS, Gustavo Tarre, with his right to speak, was in charge of opening the event, stating "that parliamentarians can not be detained if the National Assembly does not authorize it," noting that the vice president of parliament Edgard Zambrano "was kidnapped and is missing," he said.

     For his part, the US ambassador to the agency, reiterated that "the detention of Edgar Zambrano is unacceptable, and a new action of an illegitimate regime, reiterating that Zambrano" should be released immediately. " He also emphasized that "we request protection measures for President Guiadó and for all deputies of the National Assembly." Likewise, the Uruguayan representative condemned the decision "adopted" by the Cuban Constituent to smooth the parliamentary immunity of the deputies of the AN. On the other hand Chile within the organism maintained that "the acquiescence to the parliamentary immunity is given by a spurious Constituent Assembly".

     Colombia, for its part, stressed that "The detention of Edgard Zambrano aims to generate fear. They seek to stay in power at any cost, that's why this organization and the Lima Group are not alien to that, "he said. The Brazilian ambassador said that in Venezuela "there is no peace, no stability in our brother country. Maduro does not represent the Venezuelan people (...) we note that representative democracy is attacked in Venezuela, "he said.

Carlos vecchio officially requests southern command meeting with a venezuelan technical delegation

       washington, d. C.  --  The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, reported that he formally requested a meeting between a technical delegation of the Interim Government of President Juan Guaidó and the Southern Command of the United States of America to advance cooperation and planning issues technical and strategic, with the objective of alleviating the suffering of the Venezuelan people and restoring democracy.

      "#Venezuela: following instructions from Pdte. (e) @jguaido formally requested the South Command @Southcom meeting with technical delegation to advance strategic and operational planning with the priority goal of alleviating suffering of our people and restoring democracy, "the Venezuelan diplomat reported on his account @carlosvecchio on the network social tuiter. In the letter that accompanies the tweet, Ambassador Vecchio clarifies to Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the Southern Command, that "the conditions in Venezuela worsen, as a consequence of the corrupt, incompetent and illegitimate regime of the usurper Nicolás Maduro, which tragically have consequences about national security in Venezuela, as well as in neighboring countries.

     Equally worrisome is the impact of the presence of uninvited foreign forces that put our country and others at risk. " On Saturday, President Guaidó instructed Ambassador Vecchio to begin the process of technical cooperation with the United States. In this sense, the letter sent by Vecchio to Admiral Faller confirms "we welcome the strategic and operational planning so that we can fulfill our constitutional obligation with the Venezuelan people, with the purpose of alleviating the suffering of our people and restoring our democracy" . The meeting is expected to take place within the next few days.

PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE: COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT BE PASSIVE IN THE FACE OF HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA --   The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, said on Monday that faced with the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is going through, Latin American governments can not be in a "passive place". "When you see a humanitarian tragedy it can not be in any passive place and that is why the invitation that all Latin Americans should make is not to ask when the dictatorship will fall (of Nicolás Maduro) but what we are going to do to make the dictatorship fall and the institutional order is restored, "Duque said at the inauguration of the Concord Summit of the Americas, in Bogotá.

     When taking stock of the advances and commitments of Colombia in the matter of politics, economy, anticorruption, education, tourism, fight against drugs and entrepreneurship, the president said that the course of the country "also has to do with foreign policy and what happens with the region. " For this reason, he indicated that it is clear that what is required for Venezuela to emerge from the political, social and economic crisis that has forced more than three million people to leave the country, 1.2 million of whom are in Colombia, is "to strengthen the diplomatic siege through the Lima Group and the OAS."

     But, he clarified, there must be "absolutely decisive" because the indolence in front of what is happening in Venezuela is "like the one who at night listens to the wife and children in the apartment on the side and the next day simply pretends to greet the neighbor in the elevator as if nothing. " In that sense, Duque asserted that the "moral duty" of all states that believe in democracy and freedoms is "to denounce the abuses and achieve as soon as possible that Venezuela has that step to freedom and true democracy." The Government of Colombia is since last August 7, when Duque came to power, the spearhead of Latin American diplomatic pressure that seeks to "restore democracy" in neighboring Venezuela.

MAY 13,  2019

MAJOR GENERAL RAMON RANGEL BROADCAST A STRONG STATEMENT AGAINST DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO AND URGES THE FAN TO ADHERE TO ARTICLE 328 OF THE CONSTITUTION

  
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --    On the afternoon of Sunday, May 12, Major General Ramón Rangel broadcast a video in which he made public his rejection of the government of Nicolás Maduro and points out that he serves the Castro-communism that exists on the island of Cuba. The soldier who belonged to the nearby circle of the late Hugo Chávez and who participated in the coup d'état carried out on November 27, 1992, said that the time had come for Venezuelans to take off their fear, "to go out into the streets, to protest and to seek military union, to change this political system and get rid of the yoke of Castro-communism. "

     Since 2012 he was at the forefront of the creation of a joint venture in Cuba, time that in his opinion allowed him to see the reality of a society subjected to a dictatorship that has lasted more than 60 years. "Cubans live in a poverty that is attributed to the blockade and that is false, there is a Castro-communist group that does not make the resources, which are a lot, reach the population," he explained. According to the division general, the same technique is used to try to apply it to the Venezuelan people, "sowing a psychoterror" in the population.

      He questioned that currently Venezuela is mired in the worst political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in history, "being a rich country is living worse than any poor country ... it is inconceivable that there are more than 4 million Venezuelans begging in others countries. " For Ramón Rangel, the death of Chávez may have been the product of a strategy by the Cuban government to seize Venezuelan riches, through the rulers who preceded him to Hugo Chávez. He called on the FAN to adhere to Article 328 of the Constitution and help the country to get out of this crisis, stopping saying the slogan "loyal always traitors never.

JUAN GUAIDO: AMBASSADOR VECCHIO AND THE SOUTHERN COMMAND WILL MEET TO COORDINATE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN VENEZUELA

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  Juan Guaidó , INTERIM president  of the Republic OF VENEZUELA, said he gave orders to Carlos Vecchio , Venezuela's ambassador to the US , to meet with the Southern Command of the US military and coordinate international humanitarian cooperation. " We have instructed our Ambassador Carlos Vecchio to immediately meet with the Southern Command and begin to coordinate cooperation (...) The TIAR is an alternative for Venezuela and we must move in that direction, because we must responsibly evaluate the best option," Guaidó said from the Plaza Alfredo Sadel, located in Las Mercedes , municipality of Baruta. . " We have the elements to throw the rest , to be able to reach a time when the regime does not have spray," he said.

     On the messages of threat in the residence of the deputies, he assured that: " Dog that barks, does not bite , so that to send to a people to marks some houses". "In parallel we have spoken with the Group of Lima , with the contact group of Europeand we welcome the communication from China that a solution is approaching through the Contact Group, " he added. "Around the corner," says the President in charge of Venezuela, is the cessation of the usurpation; so he insisted on his message not to fall into despair or doubt. "I ask you to trust in yourself and in what we have achieved. The cessation of the usurpation is around the equine. All the options are on the table. I am the President in charge of Venezuela to recover the powers of the Executive, achieve a transitional government and finally free elections. "

     Guaidó informed that he sent a letter to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to begin the process of reintegration of Venezuela into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR). On the systematic attacks suffered by several deputies of Parliament last Thursday in their homes and in those of their families, said that "it is not with paint, jail or cranes" how they will manage to stop the fight that the AN gives for freedom from the country. "Do you scratch the houses of the deputies to generate fear? Fear will not be what wins, we reach a point of no return. What is the fear? I lead Operation Libertad and I am in charge of the transition in Venezuela. " Finally, he said that more troops of the National Armed Forces (FAN) will side with the Constitution, and that the "clear division and rupture" that exists inside the military structure.

PERSECUTION AND IMPRISONMENT OF NA DEPUTIES ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --   The practice of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of persecuting political dissidence has increased since the election of the National Assembly (AN) in December 2015 to the point of becoming today a systematic and intentional policy of that body, what can constitute a violation of article 7 literal h of the Rome Statute, which establishes that persecution for political reasons, together with incarceration (literal e), is configured as a crime against humanity.

     As a result, to date a total of sixteen deputies, including Juan Guaidó, current president of the AN and president in charge of the country, have been persecuted politically, submitted to trial under the imputation of crimes whose proof does not exist, they have been their parliamentary immunity was violated without the necessary legal requirements to do so and, in some cases, they have been sentenced to prison. The most recent decisions in this sense are three, which were announced by the Full Chamber of the TSJ one after another almost days after Operation Libertad on April 30, in which the president in charge called the military to side with the Constitution, this based on an investigation of the prosecutor fraudulently appointed by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Tarek William Saab.

     The first sentence of the TSJ, which appears as press release on May 2 and four days later as number 17 with its full text, is against Deputy Edgar Zambrano, also first vice president of the AN. In this decision, the Plenary Chamber requests the ANC to grant parliamentary immunity for having participated in Operation Libertad and, as a consequence, allegedly committing in flagrante delicto of treason against the fatherland, conspiracy, instigation to the insurrection, civil rebellion , conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public incitement to the disobedience of the laws and continued hatred. The ruling in his device establishes that the trial will be carried out by the ordinary courts in criminal matters.

MAY 11,  2019

SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO DEMAND IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION LEADER EDGAR ZAMBRANO

  
      WASHINGTON, D.C.    --      United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Venezuelan authorities on Thursday to release the First Vice President of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Edgar Zambrano was arrested on Wednesday after the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which consists entirely of supporters of embattled incumbent Nicolas Maduro, had lifted his parliamentary immunity. “The arbitrary arrest (...) of Edgar Zambrano (...) is an unacceptable and illegal act that is yet another reflection of the repression of the former Maduro regime,” Pompeo said in a statement.

      “This is an attack on the independence of the nation’s democratically elected legislative branch and is part of the Maduro regime’s continued attempts to crush dissent and free debate in Venezuela,” he added. Zambrano took to Twitter on Wednesday to describe how Venezuela Intelligence Service (SEBIN) agents had surrounded the car he was traveling in before towing the vehicle to SEBIN’s headquarters.
Dozens of local residents of the neighborhood, which is home to the AD’s headquarters, shouted “freedom” and sang the party anthem as Zambrano was arrested.

      Pompeo said that Zambrano’s detention is an “assault on the National Assembly” that “should serve as a clarion call to the region and the world that the dictatorship is not interested in constitutional solutions to the Venezuelan people’s problems.” The USA’s “virtual embassy” in Venezuela on Wednesday also denounced the “inexcusable and illegal” detention by “Maduro’s oppressive security forces,” warning that there would be “consequences” if Zambrano is not immediately released. Venezuela has suffered high political tension since mid-January when Maduro began his new six-year term but was not recognized by the opposition and much of the international community. Guaido proclaimed an interim government on Jan. 23.

NA DEPUTY OMAR GONZALEZ: EXCUSES ARE NO LONGER VALID, WE MUST GO THROUGH 187 NUMERAL 11

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  The deputy to the National Assembly (AN), Omar González Moreno, said Friday that "excuses are no longer valid, we must go for Article 187 numeral 11", referring to the constitutional text that empowers the Legislative Power to authorize foreign peace forces to enter the country. "What are we going to expect?" Asked the parliamentarian, who rejected arbitrary arrests and harassment against the national parliament. The legislator indicated that the usurper of Miraflores seeks the elimination of the National Assembly and as he could not achieve it through political devices, now he applies an extermination of the assembly members.

      He was emphatic in urging all members of the National Parliament not to delay further the approval of Article 187, number 11, which, together with Venezuela's entry into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Tiar) and the approval of R2P in the Nations Together, it opens the door for international allies to "save the Venezuelans. Omar González said that "we just can not," as he explained that it is a struggle between an armed regime, violent and without morality, and a disarmed and defenseless majority before the police, military and clash groups of usurpation.

     The Assemblyman described as "parliamentary raid" the kidnapping of deputies Gilber Caro and the First Vice President of the National Assembly (AN), Edgar Zambrano. "While Caro is missing, Zambrano is a prisoner, and others like our partner in Fracción 16 de Julio, Richard Blanco, had to take shelter in the Embassy of Argentina as a guest," he complained. The deputy of Vente Venezuela echoed the call of President Juan Guaidó to mobilize this Saturday in defense of Parliament and against the oppressive regime. "Maria Corina already said it, the only way out of this crisis is the Route of Courage. We can not be afraid, we can not bend the knee before an oppressive and vile system, "he said.

"WE ARE READY:" THE US ARMY OFFERS SUPPORT TO VENEZUELAN INTERIM PRESIDENT JUAN GUAIDO TO "RESTORE ORDER''

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --   The Army of the United States is waiting for an invitation from Juan Guaidó to give his support so that "the constitutional order in Venezuela is restored." aDMIRAL Craig Faller, the head of the North American Southern Command, has publicly expressed this to the interim president of the Caribbean country in a message via Twitter. In both English and Spanish, Faller states: "When Juan Guaidó and the legitimate Government of Venezuela invite me, we will talk about our support to those leaders of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces who make the right decision, who respect the Venezuelans first, and the constitutional order is restored, we are ready! "

     And finish the message with the hashtag #EstamosUnidosVE. Faller himself had already advanced earlier that US troops are ready for an intervention if the president, Donald Trump, decided. As he insinuated in an interview at the end of April, Venezuela can rush down the slope of a country in a state of war, comparing it with Syria, before the end of the year. The words of the head of the Southern Command, the chief military officer of the US for Latin America, come after Guaidó said on Thursday that Venezuela has already overcome the "red line" to require foreign military cooperation, although it added that the mechanism depends on the countries who decide to help in this matter.

    On this possibility, he asked himself: "Will it be required or not?" Some would say, or I would say, that the red line was passed a long time ago, "he said at a press conference, in which he considered that the emergency in the country It's "obvious." The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly also clarified that he spoke of "military cooperation" because "the intervention already exists", with "Cuban militaries exercising intelligence and counterintelligence in Venezuela, Russian military". Guaidó also denounced that the arrest of the vice president of the Legislature, Edgar Zambrano, is "a new blow to Parliament" at the hands of Nicolás Maduro.

MAY 10,  2019

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO'S SECRET POLICE ARRESTED EDGAR ZAMBRANO, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

  
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --      Police still taking orders from the Nicolas Maduro regime kidnapped Edgar Zambrano, first Vice President of the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislative, Tuesday night off a busy Caracas street. The lawmaker was, literally, picked up by Maduro’s police: his car was towed with him still inside it. The Maduro-controlled Supreme Court had ordered an investigation against Zambrano and nine other lawmakers Tuesday night, for their alleged involvement in an ongoing uprising against the Maduro regime which began April 30th and is being led by Juan Guaido, the President of the National. According to the Venezuelan Constitution, only the National Assembly can revoke the immunity of a lawmaker.

     Agents from the SEBIN national intelligence service violated Zambrano’s immunity as a lawmaker and, when he refused to get out of his SUV, had the vehicle towed to jail with the lawmaker inside it, another first in repression in the Maduro era. Seven vehicles and more than a dozen hooded, assault-rifle wielding police were involved in the action. Chavismo’s perennial number two man, Diosdado Cabello mocked, Zambrano’s kidnapping, accusing the unlawfully imprisoned lawmaker of taking part in shady dealings, saying Tuesday after the event: “In one pocket he (Zambrano) carried over $1,000 in cash.” Cabello also said Zambrano will be billed for the tow truck used in his kidnapping.

     Zambrano tweeted the ordeal (which lasted some 47 minutes, from 6:30 to 7:17 pm) from inside his car. “We were surprised by the SEBIN, when refusing to exit our vehicle, they used a tow truck to transport us by force directly to the Helicoide (a SEBIN prison in Western Caracas). We democrats are still on war footing,” the lawmaker wrote in one of his final tweets. The lawmaker was leaving the headquarters of the Accion Democratica party when the kidnapping took place. Neighbors and sympathizers approached the vehicle and started singing the party’s anthem but police did not relent.

THE UNITED NATIONS DEMANDS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF EDGAR ZAMBRANO

       UNITED NATIONS , NEW YORK  --  The Office for Human Rights has DEMANDS the authorities "to stop the attacks on the National Assembly." The Inter-Parliamentary Union has also expressed concern over the arrest of Zambrano, whom the government accuses of conspiracy, rebellion and treason. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for the immediate release of Edgar Zambrano, the first vice president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, who was arrested on Wednesday. "We urge the authorities to stop the attacks on the National Assembly and its members," the office led by Michelle Bachelet said on her Twitter account.

      The opposition leader was stripped last week of his parliamentary immunity along with six other members of the National Assembly and it is likely that three others will suffer the same fate. The 10 parliamentarians are accused of conspiracy, rebellion and treason due to their alleged participation in the video that the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president by fifty countries, "asked the soldiers and the family military "to accompany him" within the framework of the Constitution and within the framework of non-violent struggle, "according to a communiqué issued by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The Government of Nicolás Maduro considers that it was an attempted coup d'état.

      The Inter-Parliamentary Union has shown its concern over the arrest. The Union "only recognizes the National Assembly as the elected Parliament in Venezuela." As stipulated by the Constitution, they say, "only the National Assembly has the authority to eliminate parliamentary immunity and not the Constituent Assembly." The IPU calls on all parties in Venezuela to "respect the rule of law and work to find solutions" to the current crisis. The IPU "strongly believes" that this also implies "full respect for the independence and integrity of the National Assembly and the protection of the rights of its members".

VENEZUELAN TROOPS TRAIN REBELS TO FIRE ROCKETS, COLOMBIA GOVERNMENT SAYS

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA   --   Venezuelan soldiers loyal to embattled President Nicolas Maduro have trained members of South America’s most dangerous guerrilla force to use heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, according to Colombian authorities. National Liberation Army fighters were instructed in how to use the Russian-manufactured IGLA surface-to-air missile system, according to General Luis Navarro, Colombia’s top-ranking soldier. The Marxist force known as the ELN has long used Venezuelan territory as a refuge and has a close ideological affinity with Maduro’s socialist government, which the U.S. is trying to topple.

      Colombia’s intelligence services don’t know whether the ELN actually has acquired its own missile launchers, nor do they know whether the training was organized by a faction within Venezuela’s military or sanctioned at the highest levels in Caracas. The ELN received training clandestinely rather than at Venezuelan army bases, Navarro said. “These are weapons used by the Venezuelan armed forces,” he said in an interview at a Bogota air base. “We have the clear evidence and the necessary intelligence to affirm that the ELN is considered as part of the defense of the revolution of the Maduro regime.”

      Maduro is mobilizing everything he can in his struggle to cling to power as the U.S. and its allies openly call for a military rebellion while simultaneously trying to cripple the government’s finances with sanctions. After the most recent uprising failed last week, violent protests erupted across the country, and at least four people died in the crackdown that followed. Washington backed the uprising, and President Donald Trump refuses to rule out armed intervention. After Maduro’s intelligence services broke up several previous plots, he took steps to reduce his dependence on the armed forces, increasingly turning to gangs of armed civilian supporters, as well as Cuban and Russian advisers. The ELN, which has spread beyond the Colombian border region deep into Venezuela, frequently defends the Maduro government in its statements.

MAY 9,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO CALLS FOR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO STOP THE SHIPMENT OF VENEZUELAN CRUDE TO CUBA

  
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --     The head of the Parliament of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, who last January proclaimed himself president in charge of the country, asked on Monday (11.03.2019) for help to the international community to stop the oil shipments made by the Government of Nicolás Maduro to Cuba.
"We have decreed no more oil shipments to Cuba, they are not going to continue chuleando the money of the people of Venezuela (...), not only we decree, but we request international cooperation to make this measure effective," said Guaidó in the middle of a legislative session of emergency before the blackout that suffers the country
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     Cuba is one of the main allies of Venezuela, country from which it receives about 100,000 barrels of oil every day, at preferential prices, through several cooperation agreements. The main one, Petrocaribe, also supplies crude to several Caribbean countries with the same low interest rates.
Cuba pays for oil with sports and cultural consultancies and with a contingent of doctors that swell the ranks of a social primary care program known as Barrio Adentro.

     But Guaidó said on Monday that he needs "urgently" the oil that he sends daily to Cuba to attend the emergency that went off last Thursday, when a massive power failure left almost the entire country without service. Guaidó also said that the measure to cut off the supply seeks to impede Cuba's "interference" in Venezuela's internal affairs, as well as the alleged control exercised by the island over the intelligence services and the armed forces. "Gentlemen of the Armed Forces, you know the interference of Cuba in intelligence and counterintelligence, we will not continue, then, to indirectly finance them to continue controling the FANB..

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT: TE US NEEDS TO CONSIDER A NAVAL BLOCKADE OF CUBA TO PREVENT IT FOR GETTING VENEZUELAN CRUDE (DESPITE THE SENATOR'S AND GUAIDO'S REQUEST, us, EU, AND THE LIMA GROUP, ALL, ASKED CUBA TO JOIN THEM IN A "DIALOGUE" OVER the VENEZUELAn crisis ...GUAU!)

       MIAMI, FLORIDA   --   Florida Governor Rick Scott: The US needs to consider a naval blockade of Cuba
Rick Scott, R-Fla., floated using a naval blockade to prevent Cuba from obtaining oil from Venezuela as he “wholeheartedly” backed President Trump’s suggestion of placing a full embargo on Cuba
. Scott, who argued Cuba is “the most powerful force propping up” Venezuela strongman Nicolás Maduro, said that sanctions imposed last month designed to bar the transfer of oil from Venezuela to Cuba have been unsuccessful and naval assets must be deployed to ensure the sanctions are enforced. “It’s clear that the United States needs to consider using naval assets to block the flow of oil between the two dictatorships,” Scott said in a statement Wednesday.

     “The President has floated the idea of a full embargo on Cuba. I agree with him wholeheartedly. We need to take action NOW to capitalize on Maduro’s weakness and end his brutal regime. Cut off Cuba, and you cut off the political forces supporting genocide in Venezuela.” The U.S. and other allies have backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, but his recent attempt to oust Maduro failed last week. The Treasury Department announced sanctions against two shipping companies and one vessel that carried oil from Venezuela and Cuba in April. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has accused Cuba of benefiting from supporting the Maduro regime through “oil-for-repression schemes.”

     According to Scott, the key to toppling the Maduro regime is halting the transfer of oil between the countries. “Cutting off the supply of oil to the Castro regime would be the most effective action we can take to end the brutal regime of Nicolás Maduro,” Scott said. Trump warned late last month that Cuba would face a “full and complete embargo” and high-level sanctions if it fails to stop military operations in Venezuela. But Cuba has rejected accusations that it is involved in Venezuela, and Cuba’s Director General of U.S. Affairs Carlos Fernández de Cossío has told the Associated Press there are no Cuban troops in Venezuela and “Cuba does not participate in military operations nor in security operations in Venezuela.”

COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT EVAN DUQUE DENOUNCES THE INCURSION OF VENEZUELAN MILITARY IN HIS COUNTRY TERRITORY

   washington, d.c.    --    The Colombian government condemned on Wednesday the alleged incursion of some thirty Venezuelan soldiers in the northeast of its territory, in a convulse border zone between the two countries. The Venezuelan uniformed entered 200 meters Tuesday afternoon in the Colombian corregimiento of San Faustino, in the department of Norte de Santander, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

      "The uniformed were identified by the residents as belonging to the Bolivarian Armed Forces, in the service of the regime of (Nicolás) Maduro, who remained for about 20 minutes" in Colombia, he added. The Venezuelan military left the area when they noticed the arrival of a helicopter with members of the Colombian Army, "who were sent to attend calls from the community denouncing acts of intimidation." "The Military Forces of Colombia are ready to defend territorial integrity, always maintaining due caution in the face of these clear and repeated incitements that only intend to generate an answer to make Colombia look like an aggressor country," said the bulletin.

      The protests in Bogota over incursions of Venezuelan troops into its territory are recurrent. Colombia is one of more than 50 countries that recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. Maduro, whom the government of Iván Duque considers a "dictator", broke relations with Colombia in February, although ties were frozen since mid-2017. Colombia and Venezuela share a porous border of 2,200 kilometers, along which armed groups and smugglers operate.

MAY 8,  2019

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES TO REINSERT  VENEZUELA INTO THE TIAR

      CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --     Venezuela had resigned from the TIAR on June 5, 2012. Now the Parliament will again discuss its integration in the search for the defense of "sovereignty, the Constitution and the people." The National Assembly initiated the official process to reinsert Venezuela into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) and the Inter-American DD System. H H. as a measure of international cooperation for humanitarian aid and defense of the Venezuelan people. National Guard troops prevented the access of the national and international press to the Federal Legislative Palace, where on Tuesday the project of agreement in support of the reincorporation of Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) was held, and in the rejection to the acquiescence of the immunity of deputies of the chamber.

     After 11:00 o'clock in the morning the deputies entered the chamber and started the debate despite the absence of the media in the room, minutes later the room was without electricity.Meanwhile, groups of motorbike groups stalked the vicinity of the National Assembly. Venezuela had resigned from the TIAR on June 5, 2012. Now the Parliament will again discuss its integration in the search for the defense of "sovereignty, the Constitution and the people". The ordinary session comes amid an escalation in political tensions since last Tuesday, April 30, in which the president of the AN, Juan Guaidó, led a military uprising. The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), also called the Rio Treaty, is an inter-American mutual defense pact signed on September 2, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro. ... It is the consultation mechanism, but only the signing countries of TIAR participate in the vote.

     List of signatory countries (ordered by year of signature): Argentina (1947), Bolivia (1947 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), Brazil (1947, Chile (1947), Colombia (1947), Costa Rica (1947) ), Cuba (1947 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), USA (1947), El Salvador (1947), Guatemala (1947), Haiti (1947), Honduras (1947), Mexico (1947 - It resigned from the TIAR on September 6, 2002), Panama (1947), Paraguay (1947), Peru (1947 - Renounced the treaty on January 22, 1990 and withdrew the resignation on December 16, 1991), Dominican Republic (1947) ), Uruguay (1947), Venezuela (1947 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), Nicaragua (1948 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), Ecuador (1949 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012 He ratified his departure on February 4, 2014), Trinidad and Tobago (1967), Bahamas (1982) and Canada (1990).

THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE  OF VENEZUELA DECIDED TO CHARGE SEVEN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DEPUTIES OF TREASON

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --   The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela (TSJ), meeting in plenary session, has snatches the immunity of seven deputies of the democratic Parliament, AND accused THEM of committing " flagrant crimes, " The accused are Henry Ramos Allup, leader of the Social Democrat AD; Mariela Magallanes and Américo de Grazia (La Causa R); Simón Calzadilla (Progressive Movement); Richard Blanco (Fracción 16 de Julio) and Luis Florido (independent). All of them joined last Tuesday to the appeal made by the president in charge, Juan Guaidó , who headed, along with former political prisoner Leopoldo López, the rebellion of a group of soldiers in the vicinity of La Carlota Air Base. The decision of the TSJ responds to an investigation of the Office of the Prosecutor.

     The judges said that the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), controlled by the government, should establish the next steps. The accusation includes crimes of usurpation of powers , instigation to the insurrection, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions and public instigation. The vote among the magistrates had a vote against, that of Danilo Mojica, "for violating antejunction of constitutional merit." The judge, dissident for months, reminded his peers that the Constitution only allows to judge a deputy if previously decided by Parliament itself , something that has not happened, again, in this case.

     At the head of the deliberations of the high court was its president, Maikel Moreno, whom the administration of Donald Trump accused of not having complied with the agreements prior to 30-A, which allowed Maduro to remain in power. "They will continue to persecute all the deputies we are facing, the only response the regime has is to persecute, because they no longer govern, because they no longer have command, because discontent grows more and more. face to the people, the radicalization of the regime what has done is isolate them.The unity has been strengthened every time they attack and try to persecute us , it will not be different this time, "answered Guaidó during the parliamentary session on Tuesday. Guaidó defended his vice president, Edgar Zambrano, previously accused of the same alleged crimes.

THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT LIFTS SANCTIONS AGAINST MANUEL CRISTOPHER FIGUERA

    washington, d.c.    --    The US Treasury Department lifted economic sanctions against the former director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), Manuel Cristopher Figuera, for detaching himself from the Nicolás Maduro regime. Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury eliminated the sanctions imposed on Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera (Cristopher), who last week broke ranks with the Maduro regime and joined the support of the Venezuelan constitution and the National Assembly. Cristopher is the former General Director of Venezuela's National Intelligence Service, better known as SEBIN.

     On February 15, 2019, OFAC appointed Cristopher pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13692 for being a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela. Today's action, taken in consultation with the US Department of State. UU., Shows that the sanctions of the USA. UU They do not have to be permanent and are meant to provoke a positive change in behavior.

      The exclusion of Christopher also shows the good faith of the United States that the elimination of sanctions may be available to designated persons who take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to participate in human rights abuses, denounce the abuses committed by the illegitimate Maduro regime, or combat corruption in Venezuela. As a result of today's action, all assets and interests on the property that were blocked solely as a result of Christopher's appointment are unblocked, and all legal transactions involving people from the United States and Christopher are no longer prohibited.

MAY 7,  2019

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEY LAVROC, CALLS ON THE US TO "ABANDON ITS "IRRESPONSIBLE PLANS" IN VENEZUELA

       MOSCOW, RUSSIA   --     Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday called on the United States to "abandon ITS irresponsible plans" in Venezuela, while Washington accentuated this week the pressure on Caracas and without ruling out a military solution. "We call on Americans, and all those who support them, to abandon their irresponsible plans and to act exclusively within the framework of international law," he said at the beginning of a meeting in Moscow with his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza.

     "We are witnessing an unprecedented campaign by the United States to overthrow the legitimate authorities of Venezuela," the Russian Foreign Minister said. For his part, Jorge Arreaza thanked Moscow for its support to the Chavez regime. "The relationship between Moscow and Caracas has become more significant, not only for our two countries but also for the world," he told his Russian counterpart. The situation became tense again in Venezuela after an attempted military uprising led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, backed by the United States and recognized interim president by more than 50 countries.

     The US authorities have launched an offensive to increase pressure on Nicolás Maduro, and members of his cabinet. The head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, on Saturday made a direct call to Venezuelan citizens to rise up against Maduro, declaring that "the moment of transition is now." "The moment of transition is now, no more hunger, no more children without medicines, no more repression. The United States remains firmly with you in your struggle, "Pompeo told Venezuelans after a failed military uprising last Tuesday.

THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT: MILITARY SOLUTION IN VENEZUELA WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC AN UNJUSTIFIED

       HELSINKI, FINLAND  --    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated in Finland on Monday that his country is totally opposed to a military intervention in Venezuela by the United States and warned that an operation of this nature would be "catastrophic and unjustified". "We are categorically against military intervention, the use of force can only be authorized by the UN Security Council, or used in response to an aggression against a sovereign state, and nothing similar to this is observed in Venezuela." , Lavrov told the press.

     The Russian foreign minister addressed the issue of Venezuela during a meeting with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, as part of a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council held in Rovaniemi (Finnish Lapland), according to information from the Efe agency. Lavrov called the meeting "good and constructive" and said he has not found any country that is in favor of resolving the Venezuelan crisis through armed intervention. "Based on my contacts with my American colleagues and others, Europeans, Latin Americans, I do not see supporters of a reckless military solution, I hope we all share this vision," he added. The chancellor expressed his hope that this understanding will be put into practice and "no military solution will be sought, because it would be catastrophic."

     The minister affirmed that his meeting with Pompeo has meant "a step forward" with respect to the telephone conversation that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump had two days ago. "Our presidents agreed to meet when they have the possibility, and I am convinced that the opportunity will be given," he said, but without giving a possible date for that meeting. Recently, the US warned that it does not rule out any option, including a military intervention to support the president of the National Assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, recognized as president in charge of Venezuela by more than 50 countries.

SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO ASKS RUSSIA NOT TO "GET INVOLVED" IN VENEZUELA.  MOSCOW ACCUSES THE US OF SEEKING TO OVERTHROW DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO

    washington, d.c.    --    The US secretary referred again to the Venezuelan situation this weekend and assured that in the meeting with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov, he will ask that his country stop being "getting involved with Venezuela". The statements were given in an interview program on Fox two days after it was confirmed that Pompeo and Lavrov will meet in Finland in the framework of the Arctic Ministerial Council to discuss the Venezuelan situation. In "Fox News Sunday", Pompeo said that "I am going to tell him the same thing the President told the world: that all countries must leave, including the Russians." On Friday, the US president Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation for more than an hour and one of the issues was precisely the South American nation.

    The White House spokeswoman explained that Trump reiterated the need for a peaceful transition in Venezuela during the telephone conversation with the Russian leader. Pompeo reiterated this during his speech on Fox saying: "We want (Venezuela) to be autonomous, independent, a sovereign state, with democratically elected officials. This is what we want for the people of Venezuela. " Secretary Pompeo assured that "several conversations are taking place", not only by the United States. if not also on the part of the Lima Group and the Organization of American States, OAS. Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister held a meeting with the foreign minister of the government in dispute in Venezuela , Jorge Arreaza.

   At the start of a meeting in Moscow, Lavrov condemned what he called a campaign organized by the United States. to overthrow Maduro. He urged Washington to cancel its "irresponsible" plans. According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, quoted by the Russian state agency TASS, the meeting expected the parties to exchange "views on the situation in and around Venezuela after the attempted coup in that country, as well as on the perspectives of political and diplomatic solution of the differences within the Venezuelan constitution and the options for the international mediation efforts to promote the dialogue between the government, and the opposition". The Fox interview was not the only occasion this weekend that Pompeo referred to the Venezuelan issue. In a short video posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, he sent a message to Venezuelans. "The US sees its brave actions, we see how they proudly claim the freedom and democracy that by right is theirs, we admire them, we are with you," said Pompeo.

MAY 6,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO SAYS THAT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COULD APPROVE A US MILITARY INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --     VENEZUELA'S INTERIM PRESIDENT Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, described as great news that the US Department of Defense does not rule out any scenario. Guaidó said in an interview to the newspaper The Washington Post that the National Assembly would "probably" study the option of a US military intervention in Venezuela and that, "if necessary," it would even approve it.

    "Dear friend, Ambassador John Bolton, thank you for all the help you have given to this just cause, thank you for the option, we will evaluate it and the Assembly will probably take it into account in order to resolve this crisis. The NA might approve it, "answered Guaidó when asked if he would accept an intervention by the US Armed Forces in Venezuela. The president of the National Assembly affirmed that this would be his answer if Bolton, National Security Adviser of the White House and one of the toughest voices with the Government of Nicolás Maduro in Washington, put at his disposal American troops.

     Although the US is in favor of giving space to a possible peaceful transition, the acting head of the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan, said last Friday, after meeting with Bolton, that "all options are on the table." In the course of the interview, Guaidó, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, described as "great news" the fact that the US Department of Defense does not discard any scenario. "It's great news for Venezuela because we are evaluating all the options, it's good to know that important allies, like the US, are also analyzing all the options, which gives us the possibility to know that, if we need military cooperation, we can have it," he stated.

u.s. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: NICOLAS MADURO IS ONLY "RULING FOR THE MOMENT"

       WASHINGTON, D.C.  --    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is only "ruling for the moment" despite last week's failed effort by opposition leader Juan Guaido to overthrow his regime. The top U.S. diplomat told "Fox News Sunday," "Maduro can't feel good about the security of his position." He said Maduro's days as the Venezuelan leader are numbered, but offered no timetable. Guaido, the interim president of Venezuela, led thousands of his countrymen into the streets of the capital, Caracas, for two days last week in protest of Maduro's socialist government, but top military commanders did not heed Guaido's call to join him in seeking Maduro's ouster. Five demonstrators were killed in clashes with police.

     Top U.S. officials throughout the week praised the efforts to overthrow Maduro government as its fall appeared possible. But Pompeo rejected the suggestion that the aborted takeover was a U.S. intelligence failure. "No, not at all," Pompeo said. He said the United States will continue to offer support for "restoring democracy for the Venezuelan people." Pompeo called on Russia, Cuba and Iran to end their support for the Maduro regime. "We want everyone out," he said. Pompeo, as he has in recent days, declined to rule out a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. But neither Pompeo nor President Donald Trump has said under what circumstances the U.S. might send troops to the South American country.

     "I'm very confident that any action we took in Venezuela would be lawful," Pompeo said, dismissing concerns that Congress would need to approve an incursion. Guaido is considered Venezuela’s legitimate leader by the U.S. and 50 other countries. "Without the Cubans, there would be no possibility he would still be in power. They are -- they are at the center of this," the secretary said, noting Cuban security forces are guarding Maduro. "Oh, the Russians -- the Russians need to get out, too," Pompeo said. "We want every country -- Iran is in there today. They need to leave as well. Every country that is interfering with the Venezuelan people's right to restore their own democracy needs to leave."

ANY ACTION IMPLEMENTED BY THE U.S. IN VENEZUELA, INCLUDING MILITARY ACTION, WOULD BE LEGAL, AFFIRMS SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO

    washington, d.c.    --     The president of the United States, Donald Trump, calls his US Secretary of State. UU., Mike Pompeo, to speak during a presidential memorandum that signs the initiative "World Development of Women and Prosperity" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo affirmed that any action required by the US on Venezuela, including the military one, would be "legal".

      According to what was published by the national press, Pompeo during a speech on ABC's 'This Week' program, assured again that Washington has "a wide range of options" in relation to Venezuela for which "we are preparing". Pompeo explained that these include "diplomatic options, political options, options with our allies and, finally, a set of options that involve the use of the US Army."
 

     When asked if US President Donald Trump believes he could intervene militarily in Venezuela without the approval of Congress, Pompeo argued for the legitimacy of such a scenario. "The president has a wide range of powers under Article 2 and I am confident that any action we take in Venezuela would be legal," he said. Pompeo expressed himself in these terms after this Wednesday did not rule out the possibility of a "military action" in Venezuela if the situation "requires it". "Military action is possible. If what is required is that, that will be what the US does, "said Pompeo.

MAY 4,  2019

VENEZUELAN INTERIM PRESIDENT JUAN GUAIDO CALLS TO MOBILIZE THE OPPOSITION AROUND DICTATOR MADURO'S MILITARY INSTALLATIONS

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    The opposition leader Juan Guaidó calls for a new mobilization, this time in AAROUND of the military installations in its attempt to win over the armed forces. The man recognized by the United States and half a hundred countries as the legitimate president of Venezuela calls his followers to carry his message to the soldiers on Saturday morning. Guaidó told a news conference on Friday that Venezuelans should try to talk to soldiers across the country and tell them to join the movement. The 35-year-old legislator tries to win the support of the military, but President Nicolás Maduro maintains control despite the alleged dissatisfaction among the troops. Few heard the call of Guaidó to an uprising on Tuesday.

     The armed forces are traditionally the arbiter of political disputes in the South American nation. Human rights groups say a 15-year-old boy is the latest victim of riots in Venezuela. The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflictivity reported Friday that Yonder Villasmil died during a protest in the state of Merida, in the northwest. Villasmil died Thursday night during a demonstration over power outages. It is the fifth death denounced in the protests that shake the nation since Tuesday, when the opposition leader Juan Guaidó tried to provoke a military uprising. The clashes have left more than 200 injured. Zzz

     According to the observatory, 58 people have died in the protests so far this year. The nation struggles in a struggle for power between Guaidó and President Nicolás Maduro, whose government is detested by a good part of the population, plunged into an economic and humanitarian crisis. The Venezuelan ambassador in Madrid criticizes the Spanish government for allowing a prominent opponent of President Nicolás Maduro to speak publicly from his refuge at the Spanish embassy in Caracas. Opposition activist Leopoldo López spoke to the press on Thursday at the door of the Spanish ambassador's home in the Venezuelan capital, days after violating his house arrest to join an attempted coup led by Juan Guaidó.

THE PENTAGON CONSIDERS MILITARY OPERATIONS FOR VENEZUELA ACCORDING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES

       WASHINGTON, D.C.  --    US interim defense secretary Patrick Shanahan said the United States is handling military options for Venezuela ACCORDING to the circumstances on the ground. "We have a full set of options adapted to certain circumstances," Shanahan told reporters after meeting with officials at the Pentagon to discuss the crisis in the South American country. "I do not think we have intelligence gaps. I think we have the relevant reports, "Shanahan told reporters after meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton.

     The secretary of defense, who canceled a trip to Europe at the last minute due to the situation in Venezuela, said that "as conditions change (in the field), we make modifications and adjustments," he said, refusing to specify operations. military planned. Shanahan recalled Trump's repeated warnings that "all options" are on the table. "Everything would include everything, I want to avoid entering into what we could do this or that. What people should have is confidence that our plans (...) have depth, "he said. Asked about the possibility of a naval deployment in Venezuela, he simply replied: "There is a lot of water nearby".

      "Cuba and Russia send troops to support Maduro in Venezuela ... while we speak / sanction. Where is our aircraft carrier? "He wrote on Twitter. The United States, the first country to recognize Guaidó as interim president on January 23, has adopted strict economic sanctions to force the exit of Maduro, who has in particular the support of Cuba, Russia and China. Pompeo on Wednesday reiterated the possibility of a military option to force a change of government in Caracas, labeled a "dictatorship" by Washington. "The president has been very clear and incredibly coherent. Military action is possible. If that is what is required, that is what the United States will do, "Pompeo told Fox Business Network.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKS VLADIMIR PUTIN FOR "COOPERATION" FOR A "PEACEFUL TRANSITION IN VENEZUELA...WOW!!...WOW!!

    washington, d.c.    --     Trump and Putin talk about Venezuela; The US calls for cooperation for a "peaceful transition". Donald Trump spoke on Friday for more than an hour with Vladimir Putin on the situation in Venezuela, as well as on Ukraine, North Korea and a possible new "nuclear agreement" that would potentially include China. "The president reiterated the need for a peaceful transition" in Venezuela, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, speaking to reporters. "The president will do what is required if necessary," stressed the spokeswoman for Trump.

     In his conversation with Putin, the US president made it "clear that the United States is on the side of the people of Venezuela," according to Sanders, who avoided criticizing Russia's actions in the South American country, as other White House figures have done. The United States holds Russia and Cuba responsible for the stay in power of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which neither Trump nor the leaders of 50 other countries recognize as legitimate.

     Maduro appoints a new director of the Bolivarian National Police. Nicolás Maduro appointed General Elio Estrada Paredes on Friday as director of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), replacing Carlos Pérez Ampueda. The information was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol. Estrada worked to date as commander of the 43rd National Guard Zone. 

MAY 3,  2019

LEOPOLDO LOPEZ FREE FROM HOUSE ARREST

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    Leopoldo López explained after his release that the soldiers in charge of overseeing his house arrest had decided to turn his back on Maduro and support Guaidó. The opposition leader got the benefit of "house by jail" in July of 2017 to purge his sentence to almost 14 years for inciting violence in the opposition revolts of 2014.

      Economist, a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, Leopoldo López Mendoza was born in Caracas on April 29, 1971. In 2000 he founded, together with Julio Borges, Henrique Capriles Radonski, Carlos Ocariz and other young leaders Primero Justicia, one of the symbols of the opposition to the Chávez government. Then he obtained a comfortable victory as mayor of the municipality of Chacao, one of the jurisdictions of the upper middle class in Caracas and one of the opposition strongholds of the country. López is the leader of Voluntad Popular, a party founded in 2009. Despite the conservative and accommodating origins of his family and the influences of his education, the politician insisted on giving his party a social democratic identity as an alternative to Chavez.

      The opposition leader was arrested in February 2014 and sentenced in September 2015 to serve a sentence of nearly 14 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, instigation and destruction of public property. He was confined in Ramo Verde until his house arrest. Spain has granted the nationality to López's parents - the PP has recently signed Leopoldo López, father of the opposition, to be on the lists for the European elections on May 26 - and other relatives of his and welcomes other opposition leaders, as the former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, who fled Venezuela, and the activist Lorent Saleh, who was released.

THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE OF VENEZUELA ISSUE ARREST WARRANT FOR LEOPOLDO LOPEZ

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela reported Thursday that a Caracas Court revoked the measure of home detention against Leopoldo López "for flagrantly violating it, in addition to violating the measure referring to the condition regarding political pronouncements by conventional and unconventional, national and international, demonstrating with it the non-subjection to the measures ". Leopoldo López, sentenced to almost 14 years in prison in 2015 and who had been serving house arrest since 2017, appeared on Tuesday with Juan Guaidó, who led a civic-military uprising in Venezuela.

     Lopez told CNN en Español that he left the home prison after receiving Guaidó's pardon, but also that he was released by a "military movement" that joined Guaidó. Lopez is currently in the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, confirmed the Secretary of State for Communication of Spain in a message to media this May 1. "In view of the above, the court in its decision issued arrest warrant directed to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) against the citizen Leopoldo López. The Fifth Court of Execution orders that the aforementioned citizen continue to serve his sentence of 13 years in prison -of which he has served five years, two months and twelve days- in the National Military Processing Center of Ramo Verde (Cenapromil), "he said. the communiqué of the Supreme Court of Justice.

     On Tuesday afternoon, Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero tweeted that Lilian Tintori, Lopez's wife, and daughter "entered as guests to our diplomatic mission in Caracas" and that the Venezuelan opposition leader was also with them. Later, in another tweet, Ampuero said that, considering that the Chilean embassy "already had guests," Lopez and Tintori had moved to the Spanish embassy in Caracas. Accused, imprisoned and now released: this was the course of Leopoldo López. López and his wife have Spanish ancestry.
 

LEOPOLDO LOPEZ TAKE  REFUGE IN THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN IN CARACAS

    CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --     The Spanish government has confirmed this Wednesday that the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, together with his wife, Lilian Tintori, and his daughter -the couple has another daughter and a son- are in the Spanish Embassy in Caracas. As reported by the Executive of Pedro Sanchez, the three are welcomed into the residence of the Spanish ambassador, Jesus Silva Fernandez. The ambassador's home constitutes inviolable territory, as do the embassies and consulates, so the Venezuelan politician can not be detained there. Lopez has not requested political asylum, as confirmed by Spanish government sources.

     The situation of Leopoldo López puts diplomatic difficulties in Spain, which has not broken relations with the regime of Nicolás Maduro, but has recognized Guaidó as president in charge of calling elections. After attending the Chilean embassy in Caracas at first, Lopez and his family have expressed their desire to stay in the Spanish legation and the Executive of Pedro Sanchez has given his approval to this transfer. Despite the crisis unleashed in Venezuela and its repercussions in Spain, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has maintained his work agenda, which on Wednesday included a trip to Jordan, whose capital has already landed.

     Lopez, one of the opposition leaders most noted by Chavez, who had been under house arrest since July 2017 for a conviction for incitement to violence, was released on Tuesday by a group of Venezuelan military officials close to the interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó. The clashes unleashed between forces of the Chavez government and opponents on Tuesday caused injuries to about a hundred people. Both Guaidó and the Government of Nicolás Maduro have called to go out again on Wednesday to the streets .

MAY 2,  2019

MIKE POMPEO: MADURO LOYALISTS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR 'A GOLDEN TICKET " OUT OF THE REGIME

       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.”

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP THREATENS A 'COMPLETE EMBARGO' ON CUBA IF IT DOES NOT LEAVE VENEZUELA

       WASHINGTON, D.C.      --      President Donald Trump threatened Cuba on Tuesday with a "total embargo" if his troops and militias do not leave Venezuela. Trump wrote the threat on Twitter amid tension in Venezuela, where the president in charge, Juan Guaidó, has called for a popular rebellion against the regime of Nicolás Maduro.

      "If the Cuban Troops and Militias do not immediately STOP the military and other operations with the purpose of causing the death and destruction of Venezuela, a full and complete embargo will be imposed, along with the highest level of sanctions," Trump wrote, adding that "I wish all Cuban soldiers returned to their island without delay and in peace!" Trump did not clarify exactly what would be the "total embargo" with which he has threatened the island.

     The United States, in an unprecedented decision, this month lifted the suspension of Title III of the controversial Helms-Burton Act, which allows Cuban-Americans and US citizens to sue companies that deal with assets seized by Fidel Castro's revolution. The measure, rejected by Havana, is a blow to the weak economy of the island, which urgently needs foreign investment. The White House has been very critical of Cuba's role in Venezuela, accusing the island of stealing the wealth of that country and supporting the Maduro regime with military and intelligence support. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez has denied the presence of Cuban troops in Venezuela, although he maintains the official line of unrestricted solidarity with the regime.

WHY RUSSIA STILL SUPPORTS THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP

    WASHINGTON, D.C.   --      Nicolás Maduro had everything ready to escape by air. The initial destination would be Cuba. Some believe it was just a stopover to cross the Atlantic. Others indicate that the chosen island was the Dominican Republic . The aircraft that would move it to allied land was ready to be boarded. But an order issued by the Kremlin forced him to change his plans and take refuge in the Miraflores Palace . The government of Vladimir Putin urged him to remain in Caracas.

     The revelation was made by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Tuesday afternoon. "He had a plane on the runway, he was ready to leave this morning (for yesterday) and the Russians told him he should stay." It happened a few hours after the interim president Juan Guaidó managed to free Leopoldo López with loyal soldiers. It took less than 24 hours for Moscow to try to tone down the statements of Donald Trump's chancellor by saying he was "misinforming." It will not be long before Caracas also tries a denial.

     The truth is that nothing was learned from Maduro during the critical day of this Tuesday when the Venezuelans took to the streets and were brutally repressed by para-police and the National Guard. The images that traveled the world recalled the events of Tiananmen, Beijing, in 1989. Parables of history: the tanks with which the Chavista dictatorship was attacking the demonstrators were of Chinese origin. The usurper, as Guaidó calls him, only showed up at night to say that the high commands stayed with him. Diosdado Cabello, patron of the National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, was the only one who showed signs of resistance in power. His direct chief only evaluated escape routes and the most rehearsed was an airplane bound for Havana. It was there when he heard the Russian order and changed his decision.

MAY FIRST,  2019

LEOPOLDO LOPEZ AND HIS FAMILY TOOK REFUGE IN THE CHILEAN EMBASSY

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA     --     Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, released Tuesday from house arrest by military supporters of Juan Guaidó, took refuge with his wife and one of his three children at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, the Chilean Foreign Ministry reported. In a Twitter message, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile stated that "Lilian Tintori and her daughter entered as guests of our diplomatic mission in Caracas." A few minutes ago his spouse, Leopoldo López, joined him and his family. said place, Chile reaffirms commitment with Venezuelan democrats ".

      Detained in 2014, López had been serving a prison sentence of almost 14 years in prison since 2017, accused of inciting violent protests against the Chavez government. At the start of Tuesday's military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaidó appeared in La Carlota, the country's main air base, along with a small group of uniformed and Leopoldo López, who said he was "freed" by military personnel. his house arrest.

     In the same Chilean diplomatic residence in Caracas, the opposition deputy Freddy Guevara has been a "guest" for one year and five months. Five other Venezuelan judges - elected by the Venezuelan Congress, with an opposition majority - were also received at the Chilean residence but managed to leave their country and are currently in Chile, under political asylum. Chile is part of the Lima Group, which on Tuesday announced an emergency meeting. Created in 2017 by a dozen American countries, including Canada, the Group seeks a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

MIKE POMPEO: DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO WAS READY TO LEAVE VENEZUELA, BUT RUSSIA DISSUADED HIM

       WASHINGTON, D.C.     --   "He had a plane on the runway, he was ready to leave this morning, for all we know, and the Russians told him he should stay," said the head of US diplomacy. The head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, said Tuesday that President Nicolás Maduro was ready to leave Venezuela but Russia dissuaded him. "He had a plane on the runway, he was ready to leave this morning, for all we know, and the Russians told him he should stay," Pompeo said in an interview with CNN in which he said the president planned to flee to Havana. When asked if he had a message for the president, Pompeo simply said "turn on the plane."

     The secretary of state, a former director of the CIA, refused to give the source of this information but said that the United States has interviewed "dozens and dozens of people in the field," in addition to other materials. The White House said earlier that three senior officials of the Venezuelan government, including the defense minister, had pledged to "support the overthrow" of Maduro. China, Cuba and Russia remain key allies of Maduro, who is in command of a country with an acute economic crisis, with an inflation projected by the IMF of 10,000,000% for this year, and a deep humanitarian crisis derived from the shortage that has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee the country. Many US officials accuse Cuba of being one of Maduro's mainstays. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called Bolton a "pathological liar who misinforms" Trump, and assured that there are no Cuban troops in Venezuela. "With regard to the Cubans, we had the opportunity to inform them that it seems unacceptable that they are protecting this bully," said the Secretary of State. US President Donald Trump threatened Cuba with a "total" embargo and sanctions if he does not cease supporting the Venezuelan president, at a time when the island is already under heavy penalties.

GRUPO DE LIMA URGES DICTATOR MADURO TO  CEASE THE USURPATION IN MIRAFLORES

     LIMA, PERU  --      The governments of the countries attached to the Lima Group summarize their opinion on the Venezuelan crisis through a press release in which the group’s reiterated their support for the president in charge Juan Guaidó. The Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group: 1) Express their full support for the constitutional and popular process undertaken by the Venezuelan people, under the leadership of the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, to recover democracy in Venezuela; and they reject to qualify this process as a coup d'état. 2) They demand full respect for the life, integrity and freedom of all Venezuelans, and in particular, of all the members of the National Assembly and of all the leaders of the Venezuelan democratic political forces, as well as the immediate liberation of the political prisoners.

     3) Renew their call to the Venezuelan National Armed Forces to show their loyalty to the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, in his constitutional function as Commander-in-Chief of the same; and so that, faithful to their constitutional mandate to be at the exclusive service of the Nation and not to a person, cease to serve as instruments of the illegitimate regime for the oppression of the Venezuelan people and the systematic violation of their human rights. 4) Nicolás Maduro is ordered to cease the usurpation, so that the democratic transition, the constitutional normalization and the economic and social reconstruction of Venezuela can begin.

    5) They warn of the direct responsibility of Nicolás Maduro and the armed and intelligence bodies at the service of his illegitimate regime for the indiscriminate use of violence to repress the process of democratic transition and the reestablishment of the rule of law in Venezuela. 6) Urge the international community to closely monitor the evolution of events and offer their political and diplomatic support to the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people to return to live in democracy and freedom, without the oppression of the illegitimate and dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro . 7) They declare themselves in permanent session, and decide to meet face-to-face next Friday, May 3, in the city of Lima, Peru.


 

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