Venezuela & ALBA Weekly 1.1.2021: Venezuela Moves to Counter US-backed Rightwing Terrorism War

Nicaragua

Tortilla con Sal: “With what authority are they claiming in other countries that there must be democratic elections? With what authority? Let them first establish a true Democracy in the United States” Daniel  And the struggle continues not because we want to confront the yankees, not because we do not agree with the barbarities committed right there in the US; but because we do not agree with the barbarities committed by the US and the European powers against all the peoples of the World. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America they have committed crimes against humanity, but who calls them to account, who can punishes them, if they are a great power; then, the World becomes a World where the “law of the strongest” is imposed and not the Law that is established in the United Nations, where all the Countries sign it, all have signed it, but the great powers do not comply with it.

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Venezuela

Sputnik News: Venezuela Offers $500,000 Reward for Info on Three Colombian Terrorist Agents This was part of a Leopoldo Lopez- Guaido- Colombia plan to foment terrorist attacks prior to the swearing in of the new National Assembly. These have been escalating terrorist actions against Venezuela: Venezuela Frustrates Operation to Boycott New National Assembly

Redaction Politics: Stimulus Bill: $33 million for Venezuelan ‘Democracy Projects’, but just $600 for Americans  Plus $500 million for Israel and $300 million against China.

RT: Venezuela signs deal with Russia to purchase 10 million Sputnik V vaccines for FREE distribution President Maduro announced that Russia will deliver the Sputnik V jab to 10 million people, saying he hopes to finish the first round of vaccinations in the first three months of 2021. He said the vaccine would be “distributed free of charge to the entire population living in the country, be they Columbians, Portuguese, Italians, Venezuelans,” while taking aim at Colombia’s plan to exclude 900,000 Venezuelan migrants from its own vaccination drive.

Peoples Dispatch; Hernán Vargas of the Movimiento de Pobladores y Pobladoras discusses the legislative elections in Venezuela and what they mean for politics in the country Many people have asked about the level of participation in last Sunday’s elections which was around 31%. We have seen the political effectiveness of the blockade. The blockade has played a role in breaking the Venezuelan materiality. In 2016, billions of dollars entered the country and this year, not even half a billion dollars has entered. We just have to look at this simple fact: while several years ago, you may have lived with, say 1,000 units, and now, that has decreased to ten or one. 

A large part of the population feels that they have nothing to believe in, not only not in the government but in politics in general, in the political sectors because they feel that their vote will not change the material situation. But you also have another large section of the country –  in a heroic act in the middle of a situation of material breakdown that I was describing, 30% of the population comes out saying we are voting because we believe that the issues facing Venezuela must be resolved here. And it is telling the rest of the country, let’s all work together to address the problems that need to be solved.

CodePink (Michelle Ellner): What the New York Times left out of the Picture on Venezuela More on the fake news emanating from the NYT about Venezuela.

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Cuba

Speech by Cuban President Diaz-Canel: We are Cuba Viva, the country that resists and triumphs In addition: Between April 2019 and March 2020, the US blockade caused Cuba $5.7 billion in losses, an increase of about 1.226 billion dollars. The losses caused to Cuba by the blockade in health reached $160,260,880 during that period.

Music Video: Con Cuba no te Metas (with English subtitles)

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Ecuador

Rep. Grijalva Leads 12 House Colleagues in Letter to Secretary Pompeo Expressing Concern about Political Repression in Lenin Moreno’s Ecuador Rep. Grijalva led 12 Congresspeople in a letter calling for a strong denunciation of human rights abuses and political repression by the Lenín Moreno government. The lawmakers called on “Ecuadorian authorities to ensure free, fair and inclusive elections.” Ecuador’s elections are set to take place on February 7, 2021. The Moreno government’s unpopular austerity policies that have resulted in mass protests and expresses concern over the targeting of political opponents, such as Paola Pabón, and recent moves by electoral authorities attempting to bar the presidential candidacy of Andrés Arauz.

Ecuador on Q: Ecuador’s Democracy in Peril Video presentation summarizing the struggle in Ecuador since Lenin Moreno. 

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Bolivia

PeoplesDispatch: When Bolivians defeated US imperialism with democracy Includes a good review of the gains made since the victory: Return of democracy – Arce’s social and economic reforms – Legal actions against coup-government officials – Regional integration

Peoples Dispatch: First Meeting of Peoples and Organizations of Abya Yala concludes in Bolivia The meeting of Indigenous organizations, social movements and trade unions from 11 countries of the region concluded with a call for the creation of a new regional integration mechanism: the Union of South American Nations of the People (RUNASUR). RUNASUR is a newly proposed mechanism for the integration of the Indigenous people, peasants and workers of Abya Yala. Abya Yala is the term used by the Indigenous peoples in the region to refer to the American continent.

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Latin America 2020

Resumen: The Bolivian Process Towards Social Gains; Supported by some Governments and a Target for Others A summary of the present situation in Latin America.

Roger Harris: 2020 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide May Rise Again The balance between the US drive to dominate Latin America and the Caribbean and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, tipped portside by year end 2020 with major popular victories, including reversal of the coup in Bolivia and the constitutional referendum in Chile. Central has been the persistence of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution against the asphyxiating US blockade, along with the defiance by Cuba and Nicaragua of US regime-change measures.

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Past and Future Webinars, Delegations, Donation Support

Video: Webinar on Travel to Cuba in the Biden-Harris Administration Cuba/US People to People Partnership, Fund for Reconciliation and Development, The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) with Professor William LeoGrande, American University;Tom Popper, Founder, Insight Cuba; Rita McNiff, Founder, Like a Cuban; Collin Laverty, Founder, Cuba Educational Travel; Gregory Miller, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Travel; John McAuliff, Moderator, Cuba/US People to People Partnership

December 20: The Venezuelan Election, a blow to US Imperialism Hear from Margaret Flowers, Vijay Prashad, Bahman Azad, Zoe PC, who observed the elections as election observers and journalists.

Code Pink Radio: Teri Mattson interviews Vijay Prashad on Venezuela

January 12 Webinar: Bolivarian Venezuela’s Struggle for Food Sovereignty under the US Blockade

New $10,000 Matching Fund for “Support Cuba’s Contribution to World Fight Against COVID and Cuba’s Internationalist Medical Missions”

Delegation: Sanctions Kill/Friends of ATC  to Nicaragua February 13-23, 2020

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