Venezuela & ALBA News 10.21.2022: Biden Adm Keeps Cruel Policies even after Hurricanes Batter Cuba and Nicaragua

TeleSur: 26 Countries Call for Lifting of Unilateral Coercive Measures The statement addressed to the UN General Assembly was signed by Antigua & Barbuda, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, China, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Laos, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

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US Political Prisoner Venezuela diplomat Alex Saab

Cornel West Statement Demands the Immediate Release of Alex Saab

Code Pink petition to Free Alex Saab

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Venezuela

Orinoco Tribune: Venezuela Arrests US Citizen Linked to Colombian Paramilitary Terrorists The man of US nationality identified as Michell Travis Francois was detained in Puerto Páez, Pedro Camejo municipality, in the state of Apure; according to the report of the agents of the Bolivarian National Guard. 

Reuters: U.S. lawmakers skeptical of potential easing of Venezuela sanctions United States senators said on Wednesday they are skeptical of a potential easing of sanctions on Venezuela, amid meetings in Washington between the Biden administration and Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Roger Harris: US Foreign Policy Impasse Over Venezuela Mr. Guaidó is still the designated “interim president” of Venezuela for the US, although only a handful of other states still maintain that fantasy. He is no longer even a deputy in the National Assembly. When Biden hosted his “Democracy Summit” for the Organization of American States in June, Juan Guaidó was not on the guest list of hemispheric heads of state. US oil companies such as Chevron, whose profitable concessions in Venezuela were shuttered by the sanctions, have been pressuring the Biden administration to allow them to resume operations. A spokesperson for the US National Security Council stated “Our sanctions policy on Venezuela remains unchanged.”

Venezuelanalysis: New Landslides Raise Casualties in Venezuela, Gov’t Ramps Up Relief Efforts President Maduro announced a special economic fund for families affected by recent flooding and established safe areas to build houses and relocate people. Maduro visited the affected area immediately after the disaster to supervise the rescue operations and relief efforts. “We arrived with 300 officers from the Venezuelan Bolivarian Armed Forces and Civil Protection as well as heavy machinery to start the cleanup right away and help our people.” Maduro said that rescue teams would remain deployed in El Castaño and in neighboring areas for as long as necessary in case of more rainfall and flooding. Electricity has been restored to 60 percent to aid reconstruction works and first responders’ labor.

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Cuba

Granma: Cuba hails the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China the Cuban Head of State declared himself convinced “that its results will be a new stimulus for progressive forces worldwide.”

TeleSur: US Blockade Harms the Cuban People by $15 Million Per Day Since the blockade began in the 1960s, the United States has harmed Cuba for US$154.2 billion at current prices. Over the first seven months of 2022, the arbitrary sanctions maintained by President  Biden have caused losses of US$3.8 billion to the Cuban people.

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Nicaragua

Nica Notes: Help Nicaragua Recover from Hurricane Julia Almost four million people in 123 municipalities were affected to some degree. Government preparedness in evacuating 20,000 persons and placing 12,858 in 33 shelters was key to saving lives. Initial reports of damages and losses have been estimated at US$400 million, 2% of the GDP.

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Events and Delegations

Donate to help Cuba recover from Hurricane Ian

Donate to help Nicaragua recover from Hurricane Julia

Wednesdays: WTF is Going on in Latin America & The Caribbean with Teri Mattson

Ben Linder Solidarity School  August 27-October 1 and October 8-29

October 15-23 anti-war rallies, vigils in different cities

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Cuban Women of the African Diaspora (videos)

October 29: March and Rally to End the Blockade of Cuba, in New York and other cities, October 28-November 4

October 29, 30, November 1: Event with Venezuelan Chavista Dozthor Zurlent Chicago, Minneapolis, Appleton

October 30: Nicaragua webinar: This Is What Democracy Looks Like? A Cross-National Comparison

Travel to Cuba with Witness for Peace

Travel to Nicaragua with Casa Ben Linder Tours: Women in Nicaragua

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