President Maduro to Carry out Deep Government Restructuring

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his visit to the Hydroelectric Generation System on the Caroni River, near Ciudad Guayana, Bolivar State, Venezuela March 16, 2019. Picture taken March 16, 2019. | Photo: Reuters via Miraflores Palace

The Venezuelan leader will begin a restructuring of the ministerial cabinet to optimize the government’s management.

March 17 (TeleSUR) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will carry out a restructuring of the executive cabinet to protect the operation of the national government in the face of threats of external interference, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez reported Sunday.

In this regard, the head of state asked all cabinet members to place their positions at his disposal.

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“President @NicolasMaduro has asked the entire executive Cabinet to put their roles up for review in a deep restructuring of the methods and functions of the Bolivarian government, to protect the fatherland of Bolivar and Chavez from any threat,” Rodriguez wrote on Twitter, referring to independence leader Simon Bolivar and former President Hugo Chavez.​​​​​​​

Last Friday, the Venezuelan leader had announced his intention to produce changes in the executive body to optimize the government’s management and protect the country against new threats, after the cyber attack that affected the strategic services of the South American nation on March 7.

By swearing in the new government period 2019-2025 on January 10, President Nicolás Maduro assumed the commitment to deepen the efficiency of State benefits with the aim of guaranteeing stability and social peace.

“It is a moral, spiritual struggle of an entire country for honesty, for efficiency, for good services,” he said during his swearing in the seat of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ).

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Russia Calls US Intervention in Venezuela ‘Unacceptable’

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister discusses U.S. actions against Venezuela.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister discusses U.S. actions against Venezuela. | Photo: Reuters

Russian officials will meet with the U.S. special envoy to convey the unacceptability of the U.S. actions against both Venezuela and Russia. 

March 17 (TeleSUR) The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov announced a meeting with the United States special envoy to Venezuela Eliot Abrams, in which he will tell him face-to-face that a military intervention in the South American country is unacceptable.


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The central approach to the meeting, which will take place March 19 in Rome, Italy hopes to convey the messages that “a military intervention by the United States, as well as other forms of pressure on the legitimate government of Caracas, are unacceptable,” said the vice minister as reported by Sputnik.

Pressure by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Russian companies with economic ties to Venezuela will also be discussed.

The U.S. has said previously that the assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Russia-Venezuela states-owned financial organization would be frozen and U.S. citizens would be prohibited from doing business with the joint venture.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement that Evrofinance was violating a Trump decree because it is a “foreign financial institution that materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of (PdVSA).” 

The deputy foreign minister also reiterated that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin will continue to cooperate with Caracas in the energy industry, and military expertise, regardless of pressure from the United States.


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Cuba’s Importance in Ethiopia’s History Highlighted

Addis Ababa, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) What we are today we owe it to the courage and solidarity of the Cuban Revolution and leader Fidel Castro at a crucial time in our history, said Abebe Ayalew, a representative of the Cuba-Ethiopia Friendship Association.

The statement was made to Prensa Latina, at the conclusion of an event to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Triumph of Ogaden (Victory of Operation Baragua), held on Friday at the memorial in downtown Addis Ababa to honor those who fell in that battle.

We grew up as human beings and professionals when we were educated there on the Island and if our country can now take new paths to development, it is also because during all these years, Cuba has been alongside the Ethiopian people without expecting anything in return, he added.

Cuban Ambassador to Ethiopia Vilma Thomas and Ayalew were the speakers at the event and highlighted the strong friendship between the two countries and the willingness to always honor the legacy of the heroes and martyrs of that deed.

We are united by the blood shed in Ogaden, Ayalew said in perfect Spanish after he, members of the Association and veterans of the operation, among other guests, laid a wreath to the heroes.


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More Than 20 Countries Attend Fiagrop 2019 in Cuba

Havana, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) With attendance of delegations from 22 countries, the 22nd International Agribusiness and Food Fair, FIAGROP 2019, has opened on Monday at Rancho Boyeros fairground in Havana.

In addition to the exhibition and marketing of large and small cattle specimens, including poultry, technology, equipment, machinery and tools of the production process of the aforementioned sector will be on display. As the sector is in need of recovery in Cuba attracting foreign investment will be one of the objectives of the fair.

In line with the country’s policy to promote it, the portfolio of opportunities for this year will be presented, with more than 100 projects in the agricultural food sector.

Spain, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Poland, South Korea, Great Britain, Italy, Vietnam, Germany, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Nicaragua and Antiguas and Barbudas are among the nations attending the event.

Ignacio Caraballo, director of Promotion and Events of the fair, told the press that Fiagrop 2019 will have the participation of leading producers, from all territories, not only state-owned companies but also agricultural cooperatives, for which this is a challenge to ensure animal feed sustainably.

The event includes a scientific-technical program of keynote speeches and workshops, as well as clinics, business rounds, the grand final of the National Rodeo and Coleus Championship, as well as the International Meeting with cowboys from Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Cuba.

More than 2,150 specimens of dairy cattle, buffalo, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and birds will be displayed until Sunday, March 24, at Rancho Boyeros fairground, its traditional headquarters, by 85 exhibitors belonging to companies and cooperatives of all country.


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Supporters Around the World Rally, Crying ‘Hands Off Venezuela’

U.S. demonstrators stand outside Washington on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
U.S. demonstrators stand outside Washington on Saturday, March 16, 2019. | Photo: teleSUR

Demonstrations erupted from Vancouver to Malabo and Washington to Johannesburg in support of Venezuela’s soverienty.

March 17 (TeleSUR) From Argentina to South Africa, Malaysia to Peru, New Zealand to Canada and the U.S., supporters of the Bolivarian revolution marched together as part of the World in Solidarity with Venezuela Day this weekend.


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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) was concentrated in front of the US consulate in Johannesburg with the slogan “Hands off Venezuela,” “Hands out of Venezuela.”

From Vancouver, in Canada, the mobilization against war and occupation (MAWO) marched in defense of the peace of the South American country.

For their part, participants in the U.S. or the “Forum of the peoples” gathered outside the White House, in Washington, to denounce the interventionist efforts of the Donald Trump Administration against Venezuela and the Bolivarian Government.

Peoples from around the world called for peace and a policy of non-interference in Venezuela. In Africa, Equatorial Guinea joined this call from its capital, Malabo. Miles away in New Zealand, the district directors of Hands out of Venezuela orchestrated a demonstration in Aotea square.

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La manifestación, convocada por varias organizaciones de izquierda, exigió #HandsOffVenezuela!7510:43 AM – Mar 16, 201975 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy#LosPueblosConVenezuela| In #Johannesburg, #SouthAfrica Many stood outside the #US embassy, defending the sovereignty of #Venezuela. The demonstration, convened by several leftist organizations, demanding #HandsOffVenezuela! 

In Argentina a movement is planned at the Obelisco, historical monument of the city of Buenos Aires. While in Mexico, the regional branch Solidarity with Venezuela organization will meet outside the U.S. embassy.

The current U.S. government began a soft coup against Maduro shortly after entering office by placing a slew of sanctions against the Venezuelan government and individuals. As the list grew and intensified, the U.S. administration sent in Guaido in late January to take over the democratically elected Venezuelan government. Most recently the White House supported, if not masterminded, the cyber attack on the South American country that caused a nationwide blackout in an effort to overthrow Maduro.

The U.S. president and his cabinet have also sanctioned businesses and even other governments for doing business with Venezuela.

The Answer Coalition  and the other activists state that “the aggressive policy against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime change in the oil-rich countries of Iraq and Libya,” adding “Trump has always said that the ‘mistake’ of the Middle East wars was that the U.S. didn’t ‘take the oil,’ ” reads the joint communique.


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Diaz-Canel Ratifies Cuba’s Resolve to Resist U.S. Aggressiveness

Havana, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel has ratified on Sunday Cuba’s resolve to continue pushing ahead its development through the path of the Revolution, despite the escalating aggressiveness by the US Government.

On Twitter, the President referred to steps taken by the Trump administration to increase confrontation with Cuba such as the new measure that reduces visa options for Cuban citizens wishing to visit the US, which will become effective on Monday 18.

‘False incidents against diplomats, Helms-Burton Act, Monroe Doctrine, now the decision to hinder Cuban citizens’ travel, threatening language, a whole aggressive escalation against the Cuban Revolution. But #Cuba firme y decidida #VamosporMas#60YMas #SomosCuba,’ he wrote on his account @DiazCanelB. Last Friday, the US Embassy in Cuba announced that from Monday the B2 visa for family visits, medical consultations, tourist trips and purchases, which until now was granted for five years and allowed multiple entries, will be modified to three months and with only one entry.

As Washington says, the measure is in reciprocity, since US immigration law establishes that visa fees and periods of validity of these are similar to the treatment offered to their countrymen.

In a statement, the Cuban Foreign Ministry considered that the pretext used by Donald Trump’s administration for such a decision was not true, which, it pointed out, constitutes an additional obstacle to the exercise of the right of Cuban citizens to visit their relatives in the US.

Cuba indicated that this new action follows others such as the closure of the services of the US Consulate in Havana and the unjustified interruption of visa granting to Cubans, forcing them to travel to third countries without any guarantee of a favorable response in that regards.

Besides, there is also the failure to comply with the visa quota established by the Migratory Agreements between the two countries.

Nonetheless, the Cuban Government reiterates its willingness to continue working with the US Government to ensure the growing flow of travelers in both directions in a regular, orderly and safe manner.

According to analysts, since Donald Trump’s arrival at the White House, relations between the two nations have been seriously damaged.

US officials do not hide their deliberate strategy to subvert the constitutional order of the Caribbean nation, overthrow the Cuban Revolution, and place a Washington-related administration.


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Venezuela Launches Drills to Protect Public Services

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his visit to the Hydroelectric Generation System on the Caroni River, near Ciudad Guayana | Photo: Reuters

The exercises aimed “to perfect the people’s organization,” and “deploy all our forces” to prevent further attacks on the power grid or water distribution network, Maduro said.

March 17 (TeleSUR) Venezuela on Saturday launched civic-military exercises to protect the nation’s public services in the wake of a recently purported sabotage of the electricity system.

“The Comprehensive Action Exercises begin to protect the nation’s strategic public services,” President Nicolas Maduro tweeted.

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“We will not allow the enemies of the state to once again rob the heroic Venezuelan people of their tranquility,” he added.

The exercises aimed “to perfect the people’s organization,” and “deploy all our forces” to prevent further attacks on the power grid or water distribution network, Maduro said.

Among the tasks to be carried out was “maintenance,” such as bolstering communications between the different supply stations, the president said.

Electricity went off in many parts of the country on March 7 and schools and government offices were shut down in the aftermath. The worst blackout in modern Venezuelan history came amid heightened tensions between the ruling socialist party and the right-wing opposition.

Maduro on Tuesday declared victory after his government succeeded in restoring electricity following a prolonged blackout.


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Cuba Promotes 2019 FITCUBA Tourism Fair in France

Paris, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is promoting in France its International Tourism Fair, FITCUBA 2019, which will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Havana.

Janet Ayala, communication director at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, broke the news to Prensa Latina.

Ayala heads the Cuban delegation that is participating in the World Tourism Fair in Paris.

The specialist explained that this year, the Ministry of Tourism is commemorating the anniversary of Havana with many investments to restore and remodel buildings, as well as opening new facilities.

‘We are going to have 12 new hotels in Havana, important extra-hotel establishments are being restored, and the peak of the celebration will be FITCUBA, at which the renewed product of the capital of all Cubans will be presented,’ she explained.

The official said that the Paris Fair is an excellent opportunity to promote the Cuban event, and in general, the many attractions and new features of the tourism industry in Cuba.

Cuban authorties consider that the French tourist market has a high potential, and ‘it is one of those that can help us receive five million holidaymakers this year,’ she went on to say.

Cuba is one of the participants in the Paris World Tourism Fair, which began on Thursday and will run until Sunday.

About 400 national and international exhibitors are attending the fair, at which the new features of the sector are presented prior to the upcoming summer season.


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Cuba Rejects US Obstacles to Travels for Family Visits

Havana, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Saturday rejected the new obstacles set by the United States for Cuban citizens to travel to that country to visit their relatives.

In a message on his Twitter account, Rodriguez condemned Washington’s decision to reduce the valid period of the B2 visa from five years to three months and to a single entry for Cuban citizens.

That stance ‘constitutes an additional obstacle to the exercise of the Cuban citizens’ right to visit their relatives in that country’, he pointed out.

On Friday, the United States announced the modification in the visa procedures starting on Monday, March 18.

According to an official press release from the US Embassy in Havana, the measure will be applicable to the B2 visa for family visits, medical consults, tourism and shopping, which had been granted so far for five years and multiple entries.

No other visa categories for Cuban citizens will be subject to modifications, the US Embassy explained.

US authorities say that the decision is in reciprocity, because the US immigration law establishes that the visa tariffs and periods must be similar to the treatment given to US citizens.


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Venezuela Organizes Civic-Military Exercises in Defense of Electric Grid

The "Ana Karina Rote" Comprehensive Action exercises begin to protect the nation
The “Ana Karina Rote” Comprehensive Action exercises begin to protect the nation’s strategic services, Saturday, March 16, 2019. | Photo: Twitter / @NicolasMaduro

President Nicolas Maduro summoned the Civic-Military Exercises Ana Karina Rote 2019 to shield the country’s hydroelectric system against the possibility of new external attacks.

March 16 (TeleSUR) The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, headed a planning day Friday for the Civic-Military Exercises Ana Karina Rote 2019 to take place over the weekend throughout the national territory with the aim of shielding the country’s hydroelectric system amid possible new external attacks.

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“The military operation Ana Karina Rote this Saturday and Sunday throughout the country is to consolidate the electric victory free from fascist and imperialist attacks on the electrical system,” said the head of state from the Miraflores Palace in the company of the military high command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

The president’s message was addressed to all governors, mayors, and the military chiefs of the different regions of the country as well as movements of organized popular power that will participate in the deployment to ensure the operation of the strategic facilities of the National Electric System (SEN) and the systems of distribution of drinking water.

President Maduro explained that the exercises should serve to optimize the response capacity to possible aggression and put into practice national defense plans.

He instructed the creation of Commandos for the Defense of Basic Services, Special Peace Groups, which will integrate a new structure of the FANB together with the popular power from this weekend.

“We will deepen the civic-military union in all neighborhoods, towns, communities. I want to go deep… for territorial defense in the streets, neighborhoods and avenues of Venezuela,” he explained.

On Friday, the Venezuelan leader reiterated the involvement of the United States government in the cyber attack against the Ardas automated system of the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, which caused a five-day national blackout.


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