Venezuela & ALBA Weekly 4.30.2021 #350: Venezuela-Colombia Border Battles; Why there are no George Floyds in Cuba; Brian Willson on Nicaragua

Orinoco Tribune: ‘Bloody Clashes’ in Apure Leave Several Casualties from Venezuelan Army & Colombian Narco-Terrorists  The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) confirmed this Wednesday, April 29, that eight soldiers lost their lives in the latest clashes in Apure during the weekend. the FANB “will not rest, we will expel all paramilitary Colombian drug trafficking terrorist groups. We will fight until we win and achieve justice, until we achieve peace.”

Orinoco Tribune: Recent Border Clashes Not a Coincidence: CIA’s Simonovis Reveals the Plan A former Venezuelan police officer linked for decades to the CIA and Israeli intelligence, and also a fugitive from Venezuelan justice, Iván Simonovis, recently confessed through a video that the terrorist events in Apure state—where Venezuelan soldiers died due to terrorist violence promoted by Colombian paramilitary—and the recent violence unleashed by the Coqui gang in Cota 905 in Caracas, “are not coincidence and are part of the same plan” to make Venezuela collapse.

The Grayzone: The US Plan to Imprison Businesspeople in other Countries for “Violating” Illegal US Sanctions: The Cases of Alex Saab, Meng Wanzhou, Mun Chol Myong In violation of international law, the US is seeking to extradite and imprison foreign businesspeople for circumventing its unilateral sanctions. Washington’s targets include Venezuelan national Alex Saab, North Korean Mun Chol Myong, and Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Orinoco Tribune: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Arreaza Unmasks Human Rights Watch Report on Colombian Paramilitary Violence in Apure In 2010 financier George Soros gave $100 million to HRW. Arreaza confronted the alleged activist: “You are nothing more than an agent,” said Arreaza, and invited him to read a recent report from the investigative journalism outlet Misión Verdad that broke down what he describes as “fallacies and interference in the case of Apure.”

Counter Currents:  US Sanctions Against Venezuela Violate the Human Rights They Claim to Protect, says UN Special Rapporteur on Sanctions

Ultima Noticias: poll data show Sanctions affect the entire population

News Click (Leonardo Flores): How Venezuela is Rebuilding its Industrial Base, One Volunteer at a Time The Productive Workers Army (EPO by its Spanish-language initials) is a group of 2,270 volunteers with a broad range of technical expertise. They go from factory to factory repairing broken machinery. Their mission is to recover Venezuela’s  industrial production by empowering workers to take matters into their own hands. “People have been touched by their experiences with us because they understand that society can be transformed.” 

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Cuba

Granma: President Díaz-Canel: “Among revolutionaries, we Communists go to the fore”

Speech to the 8th Communist Party Congress

Orinoco Tribune: Today, Defense of The Revolution Rests with the Media – Victor Dreke

Víctor Dreke, legendary commander of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, called for those defending the Revolution today to recognize that the battlefield of the 21st century is the media.

Speech by Cuba’s Ambassador to UN: Why There Are No George Floyds in Cuba

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Nicaragua

Tortilla con Sal (Brian Willson): Goebbels is alive in Nicaragua: Relentless US Conspiracy Against Nicaragua by Concocting Fake Narratives and Instituting Terror

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Bolivia 

Peoples Dispatch: RUNASUR, a new Latin American regional integration mechanism, created in Bolivia RUNASUR, a new regional integration mechanism aimed at uniting the Indigenous people, peasants, social movements and workers of Latin America with an anti-imperialist ideology. The organization will serve as the people’s alternative to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), an existing regional integration mechanism that has become paralyzed due to the withdrawal of the majority of members under right-wing governments.

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Webinars

Webinar video: Peoples Forum with Vijay Prashad, Carlos Ron on Viviremos

May 04:  From the Perspective of a Poet and Writer – Nancy Morejón

May 11: Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo A Series of Weekly Conversations – The Next Generation  Like the rest of the world, Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19. It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck. This week: Perspectives from Havana: Sociologist and Feminist Marta Nuñez. Following in the series: May 4, May 11

Webinar video: US and Canadian Foreign Policy with Venezuela with Carlos Ron, Maria Paez Victor, Dimitri Lascaris

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