Venezuela Warns Mike Pompeo to Avoid Tillerson’s Mistakes

Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez said attempts to overthrow the government by "puppets" of the United States will never succeed.

Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez said attempts to overthrow the government by “puppets” of the United States will never succeed. | Photo: EFE

March 17 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez is warning new U.S. Secretary State Mike Pompeo to avoid repeating his predecessor’s mistakes: there will be no coup in Venezuela.

“If Mike Pompeo comes with the same policy that Tillerson initiated, with the same line of attack – of aggression – against sovereignty, against a population and its armed forces, he will again be faced with a wall,” Padrino said.

The announcement of Pompeo’s ascension to secretary of state was made by President Donald Trump on Twitter. Earlier this year, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency hinted that his department had contributed significantly to Trump’s decision to impose sanctions against Venezuela.

A former senior staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Thomas Hill, broke down Trump’s decision to appoint the former CIA director: “Pompeo is a pleaser – a Trump pleaser. The reason why Trump likes him is because he’s kind of a sycophant. He’s not going to come in and immediately stand up to Trump. It would be antithetical to the relationship that Pompeo has with Trump, right? The relationship is based on Pompeo saying yes.”

Based on past interviews, Pompeo is unlikely to change his position. Earlier this year, he said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government posed a serious risk because of its links to Cuba, Russia and Iran.

Venezuela has repeatedly warned against plans for an invasion. Padrino said that despite attempts to overthrow the government by “puppets” of the United States, such plans will never succeed.

“There cannot be a military coup here: we are in the middle of the 21st century; I need to say this to whoever talks about a military coup that we are in 2018… a military coup? This is part of the past,” Padrino said.

Despite the sanctions imposed by Washington, Venezuela’s economy has been rebounding thanks to the the recovery of oil prices, and Caracas remains hopeful that recent incorporation of cryptocurrency in the form of Petros, backed by oil exports, will allow it to circumvent the U.S. measures.

During the XXIII Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called on the United States to cease hostilities against the Bolivarian nation: “Enough with the threats. We must avoid imposition and achieve multilateral forums in harmony,” he said.

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Nicaragua Reiterates Support to Cuba in Campaign against Blockade

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Managua mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The National Assembly of Nicaragua reiterated its support for Cuba in the international campaign to condemn the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States Government has maintained for more than half a century.

This pronouncement took place during a meeting between the president of the national parliament, Gusto Porras, and the Cuban ambassador here, Juan Carlos Hernández, who thanked the Central American nation for its constant support against Washington’s hostile policy.

Since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly voted, with more and more countries in favor, resolutions that demand the end of the siege, imposed under the presidency of the US citizen John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Last year a similar initiative received the support of 191 of the 193 member countries of the UN, while the United States and Israel voted against it.

The Cuban authorities keeps saying that the block has caused damages to the island for more than 822, 280 million dollars in almost six decades.

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Cuban Health Collaborators in Bolivia Hold Scientific Event

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Cuban doctors in one of the health missions in Bolivia, called Operation Miracle.

La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Health Collaborators’ Clinic in Bolivia held today its 10th Scientific Conference, at which 36 papers were presented by experts on the main pathologies treated last year.

All clinical specialties were represented in the event, including studies on possible affectations produced by heights over 4,000 meters in different departments of this country.

The investigative rigor by doctors and nurses characterized this event, at which a highly qualified jury assessed them to choose the best papers to be presented in the next national scientific event by the Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia.

This practice of combining healthcare work with scientific research is common among Cuban health workers in more than 60 countries where they provide services, Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez, of the Collaborators’ Clinic, told Prensa Latina.

The objective of the event is to increase scientific and technical work by our health professionals in order to find timely and effective solutions to problems that affect the Bolivian population, Gonzalez said.

The event takes place in three modalities. The first one is the presentation of free issues and lectures in the plenary session, the second one with digital papers and the third one with conventional posters explained by their authors.

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Cuba to Develop Six Projects with Chinese Assistance

Havana, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba received a Chinese fund worth 36 million dollars to carry out six projects to benefit key sectors such as livestock, renewable energies and hydraulic infrastructure, both governments confirmed.

Cuba’s first deputy minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (Mincex), Antonio Luis Carricarte, and Chinese Ambassador Chen Xi signed the agreements.

As they explained, cooperation includes supplies of equipment for the livestock recovery program and the technological modernization of the General Customs Office of the Republic.

It also includes raw materials to make photovoltaic solar panels, rice deliveries, as well as equipment and machinery for aqueducts and sanitation projects.

The funds will also allow supplying construction equipment in order to repair and maintain hydraulic works.

Speaking to the press, Xi highlighted his country’s willingness to continue working with Cuba in the political, diplomatic, economic, commercial and cultural spheres, as proof of the solid relations between the governments and peoples of the two countries.

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Cuba Hosts Rural Women’s Learning Fair

Havana, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The first fair on rural women’s learning and experiences in Cuba was held here with the aim of confirming the progress of women”s empowerment in rural areas.

Presidents of cooperatives, farms, successful producers, all members of a movement that seeks greater integration of women to strengthen food security in the country, participated in the fair.

Representatives of the United Nations System in Cuba, whose mandate deals with gender issues, and international organizations that cooperate in several programs also attended the event.

Among the projects linked to the empowerment of rural women is one promoted by the Local Development Fund to treat gender inequalities in the forestry sector in Villa Clara province, about 350 kilometers east of Havana.

Another program is related to the production of beans, aimed at developing gender capacities and economic empowerment, and the promotion of gardens managed by women and supported by cooperatives, in coordination with the Grain Research Institute.

Luis Placido Ortega, an assistant from the World Food Program, stated that great achievements in the gender issue that involve bigger challenges are confirmed.

The Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) has gone from the awareness phase of the problems to dealing with their causes.

At the closing session of the event, MINAG’s training director, Alcides Lopez, expressed the ministry’s commitment to further supporting the empowerment of women and young people in the sector.

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Cuba: National Award of Music to José Luis Cortés

Havana, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The flautist and professor José Luis Cortés, artistically known as El Tosco, will receive the 2017 National Music Award of Cuba today, as an acknowlegdment of his vast career and contributions to the country”s culture.

The awarding ceremony will take place at the theater of the National Museum of Fine Arts, where the Flute Orchestra, Peruchín Jazz and Tradition, Germán Velazco, Giraldo Piloto, Peruchín, Orlando Valle (Maraca) and NG (New Generation) La Banda, a group founded and directed by Cortés himself since the 1980s, will performe.

The award was granted by a jury made up of Digna Guerra, Adalberto Alvarez, César Pedroso, Beatriz Márquez and Juan Piñera. They noted how difficult the decision was, due to the high quality of the work of the candidates for such an important recognition.

For his part, Alvarez recently highlighted the important artistic career of El Tosco, not only as a musician but also in other facets such as pedagogy, in allusion to the flute and singing academies created by Cortés, whom he described as an integral artist.

When the director learned that he had won the award, he thanked the gesture and considered it an acknowledgment of Cuban popular music.

“This is one more grain to enhance that mountain that is popular dance music, that gesture makes me stronger and worthy to continue representing the genre, and as long as people love me, there will be El Tosco for quite a while,” he said.

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U.S. Prepares Operation Pliers to Attack Venezuela Militarily

Caracas, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The United States is preparing the so-called Operation Pliers to attack Venezuela using forces from the countries of the region ruled by right-wing governments, Adan Chavez, a member of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), said today.

The chairman of the ANC Foreign Relations Committee told reporters that the attack on the Venezuelan people and government might involve soldiers from Colombia and Peru.

He recalled that more than once, U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to launch an armed attack on Venezuela, and his administration has waged a non-conventional war from the political, economic and communicational viewpoints to try to demoralize the Venezuelan people.

‘They would like to imagine Venezuela in the center of pliers, they want to use military forces from the west and east on which they rely on to attack our territory and launch an invasion to create destabilization,’ he explained.

Chavez pointed out that Venezuelans are dealing with Washington’s current aggressiveness against the Bolivarian Revolution, which was established by Commander Hugo Chavez in 1999 and which Nicolas Maduro plans to continue and strengthen if he is reelected for a new presidential term in the May 20 elections.

In order to defend its democracy, Venezuela has implemented a communicational strategy to counter the media siege imposed by the United States as part of his interfering strategy against this South American nation and the progressive processes in Latin America, he noted.

With collaboration from other countries, as well as from social organizations and movements, an international information network, devised by President Nicolas Maduro and aimed at the main operation center of social networks, is being organized, said the director of the Center for High Studies on Commander Hugo Chavez.

He noted that the initiative aims to spread the truth about Venezuela, a country that will set another example of democratic consolidation in the upcoming elections, during which the state and municipal lawmakers will be elected as well.

‘Definitely, we are seeking to consolidate an international communication network to continue to tell the truth about our peoples, to continue to promote Venezuela’s truth and the truth of the peoples of our Americas through all possible means, the truths of the peoples from other continents,’ Adan Chavez pointed out.

He condemned Washington’s effort to denigrate the image of Hugo Chavez to eliminate his example of struggle, resistance and as a model of the possibility to build a fair society.

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Arreaza: Cooperation, Dialogue ‘Unite’ Venezuela with the Caribbean

Jorge Arreaza at the XXIII Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States.

Jorge Arreaza at the XXIII Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States. | Photo: @CancilleriaVE

“Enough with the threats. We must avoid imposition and achieve multilateral forums in harmony,” Arreaza said, referring to attempts by the United States to ban Venezuela from the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.

March 16 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza presided Friday over the installation of the XXIII Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in New Sparta State.

During the opening ceremony, Arreazatold delegates that cooperation and dialogue unite the peoples of the Caribbean with Venezuela. He also said it is vital they host discussions on the impacts of climate change in the region and plan the financing of projects that mitigate its impact.

“President @NicolasMaduro expresses Venezuela’s pride for hosting this great meeting for cooperation and dialogue that unites the peoples of the Caribbean,” Arreaza posted on Twitter.

Arreaza later announced that a cooperation agreement on the prevention of natural disasters will be signed, and he praised the ACS as “one of the most stable associations in all integration processes that exist in the world.”

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA) and Petrocaribe are mechanisms for Latin American integration, through which the region has reached a higher level of development and wellbeing, Arreaza said.

He also highlighted efforts by the Venezuelan government to “unite all the peoples of the Caribbean,” and called on the United States to cease hostilities.

“Enough with the threats. We must avoid imposition and achieve multilateral forums in harmony,” Arreaza said, referring to attempts by the United States to ban Venezuela from the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.

June Soomer, secretary general of the ACS, said the organization’s goal is to help member states deal with natural disasters and to continue working on a shared agenda for development.

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Exchange of journalists with agricultural producers in Camagüey, Cuba

Sierra de Cubitas, Camagüey, March 16 (Radio Cadena Agramonte) – A tour of the Cooperative of Credits and Services (CCS) Juramento de Baraguá was conducted by media professionals in this municipality, as part of the program of the delegation of the Union of Journalists of Cuba (UPEC)on the 126 anniversary of the newspaper Patria, created by the National Hero José Martí.

The initiative is part of the actions developed in this northern territory, in the context of the Day of the Cuban press, which became a tribute to the Apostle of the Independence and gave priority to the professional and the capture of middle-level students with skills for a career in journalism.

In the exchange with the farmers of the CCS of Sierra de Cubitas, journalists and the collective of the radio program Anochecer Guajiro learned about the work of recovery after the passage of hurricane Irma, to ensure the quality of the covered tobacco leaf, main line of the productive unit.

In addition, received information about diversification of food production, with crops such as beans, cassava and fruits.

Martin Diaz Peña, administrator of the agricultural entity, congratulated the members of the press to reflect the work of those who have the responsibility to boost the economy, and recognized the contribution of the Radio to the stimulus of the men and women who day by day contribute to development from the furrow. (Text and photos: Maria del C. Castaneda Varona/ Radio Cubitas.)

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Havana is home to the most African embassies in Latin America

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With the opening of the Kenyan Embassy in the Cuban capital, there are now 22 nations from Sub-Saharan Africa with diplomatic missions in the country.

March 16 (Granma) Despite the geographical distance and economic limitations, regionally Cuba is home to the most African embassies, a continent with which it shares many historic and cultural ties.

With the opening of the Kenyan Embassy in the Cuban capital, set to take place this Friday March 16, there will now be 22 nations from Sub-Saharan Africa with diplomatic missions in the country, according to information by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Although African countries have embassies located throughout the region, there are less than a dozen missions in bigger and economically stronger nations on our continent, like Mexico and Brazil.

Meanwhile, an important event occurred in April last year with the opening of the Embassy of the Republic of the Seychelles in Havana, the island’s first in Latin America and the Caribbean. Attending the inauguration was the country’s President Danny Faure, who studied Political Science in Cuba.

In addition to Africa’s roots in Cuban society, culture and history, the 1959 Revolution also inspired and supported anti-colonial struggles on the continent. Cuban soldiers for example, gave their lives to help several African countries secure their freedom, while tens of thousands of doctors, athletes, and teachers have contributed, and continue contributing, to the social and economic development of these nations.

In addition to the vast number of young Africans currently studying on the island, Cuba has also trained thousands of students from that continent who now hold important and even senior political positions in their countries of origin.

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