Southcom’s Faller Again – US Navy is Ready to be Deploy in Venezuela

August 22 (Orinoco Tribune) The head of the Southern Command said that the US Navy will implement the political decisions that are necessary to further encircle President Maduro.

Meanwhile the regular Chavista population in Venezuela made fun of this new threat from the US commander that only this year has made at least 3 other similar statements. “We are getting bored here, let’s have them come and we will receive them with roses”, was the saying among Chavistas in Caracas yesterday.

Admiral Craig Faller, head of the U.S. Southern Command, made these statements in Rio de Janeiro during the beginning of the Unitas maritime military exercise, in which nine Latin American countries participate annually, in addition to the United States, United Kingdom, Portugal and Japan.

Diosdado Cabello, the first vice president of the PSUV, has said also several times that the gringo marines might enter Venezuela, “the problem is how they are going to leave Venezuela”, referring to the solid decision of Chavismo and its leadership to give their lives to teach a lesson to the arrogant gringos if they dare step on the land of Bolivar.

“I will not detail what we are planning and what we are doing, but we remain ready to implement political decisions and are ready to act,” Faller told reporters.

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Cuban FM: US Conduct Threatens International Stability

Havana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter that the policy of the United States Government poses a growing threat to international stability, as reported on the Foreign Ministry website.

According to the source, the head of Cuban diplomacy tweeted that the White House has taken actions against peace and security, as well as creating economic imbalance.

Rodriguez said that among the destabilizing moves of the Trump administration are unilateral coercive measures, interference in the internal affairs of States, denial of climate change and the implementation of a racist and discriminatory migration policy.

In Cuba’s case, Washington’s foreign policy has been characterized by the enforcement of the economic, commercial and financial blockade for nearly six decades, thus hindering the country’s development.

That policy was tightened after the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which grants US citizens the possibility to file lawsuits in US courts against those who ‘traffic’ in ‘confiscated properties,’ while that authorization was extended to individuals who were not US citizens at the time of Cuba’s nationalizations in 1959.

Likewise, US President Donald Trump’s actions affect other States in the region, such as Nicaragua and Venezuela.

In Venezuela, for example, Washington supported an attempt at imposing a government at the service of the United States through a coup d’état.

In addition, the Trump administration decreed an economic and financial blockade to strangle the Bolivarian nation and overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

According to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, a law and several executive decrees are aimed at appropriating the assets of the Bolivarian State abroad, particularly in the United States.

Washington’s latest action against Caracas is Trump’s suggestion to national security officials to station Navy ships along the Venezuelan coast to prevent the entry and exit of goods.

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Cuba Reiterates Rejection of Sabotage of its Medical Collaboration

Havana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reiterated this Wednesday his rejection of US attempts to sabotage Cuban medical collaboration in over 60 countries.

According to Rodriguez, the Trump administration’s policy in this regard pursues the purpose of seeking further pretexts to increase its hostile policy against Cuba, including the blockade imposed for over six decades.

The Foreign Minister tweeted in defense of the efforts of some 30,000 Cuban health workers, deployed mostly in Third World countries, and highlighted the international prestige of such efforts, which he described as a byword for solidarity and humanism.

US governmental representatives have repeatedly attacked Cuban collaborators who work in other nations, such as Venezuela, while criticizing the quality of Cuban professionals and their participation in social programs in different countries.

Since the 1960s, Cuban physicians and nurses have provided humanitarian assistance in response to natural disasters and health emergencies, or medical collaboration through agreements between governments in several latitudes.

Cuba’s international cooperation efforts also extend to other areas such as education, culture and sports.

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Venezuela: About 4 Million Sign Petition Against US Blockade

The campaign was convened on Aug. 10 by President Maduro and will last until Sept. 10.
The campaign was convened on Aug. 10 by President Maduro and will last until Sept. 10. | Photo: Venezuelan Ministry of Communication

A total of 13 million people are expected to sign the petition, according to the government.

August 21 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s government announced that the petition to collect signatures calling on the United States to lift the unilateral blockade under the “#NoMoreTrump” campaign has reached four million rubrics with about three weeks still to go.

“We already reached four million signatures. Do not be left behind, go out to sign, in the Bolivar Squares of the country, for the defense of Venezuela, for the peace of the homeland, for the happiness of all,” President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday during the inauguration of a passenger terminal in the coastal city of Guaira.

A total of 13 million people are expected to sign the petition, according to the government, and it follows large #NoMoreTrump rallies that were held around the country and internationally, which are expected to end on Sept. 10. The signatures are being collected in different parts of the world as well.

The petition that will be sent to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.S. President Donald Trump. 

The campaign was convened on Aug. 10 by President Maduro, after Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 5 that officially seizes Venezuelan state assets in the United States, essentially imposing a complete economic and diplomatic blockade on the country. 

This includes the multibillion-dollar CITGO company, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. 

The ongoing attack on Venezuela has taken the lives of around 40,000 people, according to a recent economic study. It makes it difficult and often impossible for Venezuela to pay for vital supplies of food and medicine from abroad as foreign banks refuse to process payments. 

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Cuban Doctors Have Treated Millions of Patients Worldwide

Havana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) In 56 years of medical collaboration carried out by Cuba across the world, more than 1.855 billion patients have been treated by Cuban health professionals.

Cuban Vice President Dr. Roberto Morales, former Minister of Health, revealed this data on Twitter.

Morales added that in that period, more than 348 million surgeries were undertaken by his compatriots in dozens of countries where Cuba cooperates in this field.

Cuba initiated this type of international cooperation on May 21, 1963, when a medical mission arrived in Algeria.

Since then, more than 400,000 Cuban health specialists have offered care to needy populations in different parts of the world, as an expression of solidarity, love and altruism, according to the Cuban Vice President.

At present, Cuban medical assistance is present in 65 countries with almost 30,000 collaborators, according to the Ministry of Health’s Cubacoopera website.

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President Maduro Confirms Venezuela Talking With US Government

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro explained the talks between the two governments are intended to convey the truth about Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro explained the talks between the two governments are intended to convey the truth about Venezuela. | Photo: Prensa Presidencial

“Of course there are talks and will continue to have them,” the Venezuelan president said.

August 20 (teleSUR) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Tuesday that high ranking officials of the South American country have maintained talks for months with representatives of the United States government, with his authorization.

“Of course there are talks and will continue to have them,” the Venezuelan president said as he called to continue collecting signatures in rejection of the U.S.-imposed blockade, which will be sent with a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump next September.

The confirmation also came from Trump, who told the press Tuesday that his government is “talking to various representatives of Venezuela,” adding that he “won’t say who, but we are talking at a very high level.”

“If President Donald Trump someday wants to talk, we are always ready. Of course, if you attack us, we’ll answer back,” President Maduro added while referring to U.S. threats of a naval blockade in violation of Venezuela’s maritime sovereignty.

The Latin American head of state went on to say that the talks between the two governments are intended to convey the truth about the Bolivarian Revolution and the South American nation to Trump. 

“They sell him a Venezuela of lies and on that basis, they conspire to attack it,” Maduro commented in reference to the sanctions and the financial, economic and commercial blockade.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced to the Security Council and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the U.S.-imposed economic and commercial blockade.

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Vietnamese Parliamentary Leader Welcomes Cuban CDR Leader

Hanoi, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam and Cuba reaffirmed on Tuesday their bonds of friendship when the President of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, welcomed Carlos Rafael Miranda, national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR, Cuban non-governmental organization).

The Vietnamese parliamentary leader highlighted the Cuban economic and social advances despite the US blockade and expressed confidence that the recent Cuban Constitution and the updating of the Cuban economic model will bring new success to the Caribbean nation.

Kim Ngan expressed the high appreciation of the Vietnamese Communist Party, State, Parliament and people to Cuba, and said that in these times, as in the past, common friendship is an invaluable treasure that both sides must enrich.

Vietnam was, is and will always be a faithful companion, friend and brother of Cuba, she said.

Carlos Rafael Miranda told Kim Ngan about his conversations on Monday with Tran Thanh Man, president of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), which as in the case of the CDR in Cuba, it is the largest mass organization in Vietnam.

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Venezuela: Arreaza Denounces Blockade to UN Security Council

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza  2019
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza 2019 | Photo: Reuters

In front of the U.N. security council, Venezuela’s foreign minister rejects the U.S. blockade, Russia’s foreign ministry agrees.

August 20 (teleSUR) The Venezuelan government has denounced President Donald Trump’s threats to establish a naval blockade and the use of force against its population to the United Nations.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced to the Security Council and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the United States-imposed economic and commercial blockade.

Later over Twitter, the diplomat rejected Trump’s threats to establish a naval blockade on the South American nation to prohibit any sea vessels from entering or leaving Venezuelan harbor with goods, foods or medicine. Arreaza also denounced Trump’s threats of using military force against Venezuela. 

“We have denounced the US government to the Security Council and the UN General Secretary for the criminal blockade, and threats of establishing a naval blockade and use of force against the people of Venezuela,” tweeted the diplomat.¿

According to Axios media, Donald Trump proposed deploying U.S. Navy ships along the coast of Venezuela to several former and current aids. Trump’s naval blockades threats began Aug. 1 when Trump told a reporter that he was considering a quarantine or blockade of Venezuela. 

Russia’s own foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov backed the Venezuelan administration, cautioning Trump to back down from the potential blockade. ”We caution Washington against rash measures,” Ryabkov told Middle East Headlines News.

The foreign minister added: “We ask the U.S. to abandon its own imperialist aspirations, its own efforts to establish specific internal development plans (within Venezuela), … and to not meddle with the talks in progress that are advancing,” said Ryabkov.

The minister accused the U.S. government of intentionally undermining the dialogue between the Nicolas Maduro administration of Venezuela and the U.S.-backed opposition taking place since May under the guidance of Norway. 

“Washington, is intentionally trying to torpedo the discussions, between the Venezuelan government and the opposition,” stated the Russian foreign minister.

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted of the total financial blockade and potential blockade of trade:“Venezuela will assert its legitimate right to defend itself under international law. Criminal blockade and illegal actions of the U.S. government will face a united Venezuela! Anti-national cronies will be condemned by history #NoMoreTRUMP.

In a communique, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Rodriguez in Moscow, Aug. 21. “On August 21st in Moscow, discussions are going to take place between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.” The statement out of Moscow read that the two officials will “discuss trade and bilateral cooperation regarding scientific research, technology, and culture.” The statement ended by saying that Russia reaffirms its “support for the peaceful settlement of political disagreements in (Venezuela).” 

On August 5, Trump signed a new executive order to formalize the financial and commercial blockade against Venezuela, by banning all Venezuelan transactions and freezing all assets of the Venezuelan state within the U.S.

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Cuba Denounces US Migration Policy

Havana, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba”s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez, condemned Tuesday the Donald Trump administration”s migration policy, which he described as a violation of human rights.

The head of the Cuban diplomacy denounced in Twitter that US government criminalizes migration with its zero-tolerance policies and recalled that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds immigrants in inhumane conditions in its southern border facilities.

On Monday, those people arrested in the United States filed a lawsuit to demand appropriate medical care and special attention for people with disabilities, and denounced that they are being punished with isolation measures.

A recent report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security confirmed overcrowding in different facilities, and warned that the situation represents an immediate risk to the health and safety of border officials and detainees.

Despite repeated complaints from undocumented migrants, as well as from national and international organizations, the U.S. president keeps his policy of limiting asylum requests, mainly from Central American migrants fleeing their countries harassed by violence and poverty.

The Trump measures keep tens of thousands of people in detention awaiting a solution to their immigration status.

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Cuban Official’s Visit to China Strengthens Bilateral Ties

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Beijing, Aug 20 ( Prensa Latina ) China and Cuba reaffirmed this Tuesday the will to deepen their friendship and cooperation by closing a working visit of the Director General of Bilateral Affairs of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emilio Lozada.

In the last of his two days in Beijing, Lozada met with Zheng Zeguang, China’s deputy foreign minister in charge of Latin American and Caribbean affairs, according to a statement from the Cuban diplomatic mission.

Both sides ratified during the dialogue the excellent state of bilateral ties, as well as the commitment to strengthen communication in order to advance towards higher levels of agreement and cooperation between the two governments and foreign ministries, according to the statement.

Zheng assured that China and Cuba are good friends, comrades and brothers and reaffirmed the position of rejection of the Government and the people of his country to the unilateral sanctions and the blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

For his part, the Cuban official expressed his satisfaction for the good health of the political relations and the ties between both ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Lozada expressed the political will of the Communist Party and the Cuban government to continue strengthening ties with the Chinese authorities at the highest level, in order to comply with what was agreed between Presidents Miguel Diaz-Canel and Xi Jinping during their meeting in November last year.

As part of Lozada’s work agenda in China, described as successful in the Cuban embassy’s statement, the Foreign Affairs Consultations between the two countries were also held, in which topics of common interest were reviewed.

Lozada’s visit to China took place in the context of his tour of Asia, during which he participated last August 16 in the 50th Pacific Islands Forum.

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