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Posts Tagged ‘Nicolás Maduro’

Messaggio di Maduro al popolo USA

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 febbraio 2019

Sono Nicolás Maduro, Presidente costituzionale della Repubblica Bolivariana del Venezuela, voglio inviare un messaggio al popolo statunitense per allertarlo sulla campagna della guerra mediatica, comunicativa e psicologica che si sta sviluppando sui media internazionali e, soprattutto, sui media USA contro il Venezuela. È stata preparata una campagna per giustificare un colpo di Stato in Venezuela, preparato, finanziato e sostenuto attivamente dall’amministrazione Trump, proprio come già noto a tutta l’opinione pubblica.È stata avanzata una campagna brutale di immagini false, di immagini truccate e montate: non credete a tutto quello che affermano i media degli Stati Uniti, ve lo dico con il cuore. Poiché non possono inventare che possediamo armi di distruzione di massa per invaderci, ora s’inventano ogni giorno qualche immagine, qualche notizia per giustificare un intervento in Venezuela, come un branco contro il nostro paese. Mi appello alla tua coscienza, alla solidarietà, al risveglio della verità: evitiamo un nuovo Vietnam in America Latina. Se gli Stati Uniti intendono invaderci, troveranno un Vietnam peggiore di quanto abbiano mai immaginato.
Evitiamo la violenza, siamo un popolo di pace, orgogliosi della nostra storia e di Simón Bolívar e Hugo Chávez, siamo un popolo che ha una democrazia forte, un popolo che sta occupandosi dei problemi che sorgono ogni giorno come in qualsiasi società, un popolo che merita rispetto. Nel nostro paese ci sono le più grandi riserve certificate di petrolio al mondo e anche gli occhi di coloro che gestiscono l’Impero USA. Vogliono mettere le mani sul nostro petrolio come hanno fatto in Iraq e in Libia: il petrolio appartiene a noi. Stiamo certificando la prima riserva di oro al mondo, la quarta più grande riserva di gas al mondo: siamo un paese di grandi risorse energetiche, di grandi risorse naturali. È la pura verità sul perché dell’attacco incessante sul Venezuela.Faccio appello quindi al risveglio della coscienza, della solidarietà negli Stati Uniti, a non consentire al presidente Donald Trump e al gruppo di estremisti che lo circonda, a John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, CIA e Mike Pence, a non permettere a questo gruppo di estremisti di imporre le loro menzogne contro il Venezuela, a non permettere il colpo di Stato che sostengono e vi chiedo di appoggiare il popolo venezuelano nella sua lotta per la democrazia.Mi aspetto molto da te, cittadina e cittadino degli Stati Uniti: qui in Venezuela avete un fratello.Sono un ammiratore della storia degli USA e, inoltre, ne so molto. Ho guidato personalmente per le strade di Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimora, New York e Washington; conosco profondamente e dal basso gli Stati Uniti e voglio avere rapporti di rispetto, di vicinanza, di stretta cooperazione con gli Stati Uniti. Gli USA sono molto più grandi di Donald Trump, molto più grandi.Desidero avere buoni rapporti e risolvere i nostri problemi. Serviamoci della via della diplomazia, della pace: esigo rispetto per il Venezuela e chiedo il sostegno del popolo degli Stati Uniti affinché si eviti un nuovo Vietnam e soprattutto qui in America latina.Chiedo la pace e chiedo rispetto, sono sicuro che percorreremo questo storico cammino, perché siamo sulla strada giusta della Storia, perché ci troviamo sul lato corretto nella Storia. Grazie mille!

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How to deal with Venezuela

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 luglio 2017

venezuelaVENEZUELA claims to have more oil than Saudi Arabia, yet its citizens are hungry. An astonishing 93% of them say they cannot afford the food they need, and three-quarters have lost weight in the past year. The regime that caused this preventable tragedy professes great love for the poor. Yet its officials have embezzled billions, making Venezuela the most corrupt country in Latin America, as well as the most ineptly governed. It is a textbook example of why democracy matters: people with bad governments should be able to throw the bums out. That is perhaps why President Nicolás Maduro is so eager to smother what little is left of democracy in Venezuela.On July 30th, barring a last-minute change of mind, Mr Maduro will hold a rigged election to rubber-stamp the creation of a hand-picked constituent assembly whose aim is to perpetuate his unpopular state-socialist regime (see article). It will complete the destruction of the powers of parliament, now controlled by the opposition, and wreck the integrity of a presidential election due next year, which, if it were free and fair, Mr Maduro would surely lose. Opponents say the assembly will install Cuban-style communism. At the very least, its creation will provoke more violence in a country where the streets are already choked with tear gas and littered with buckshot from police shotguns. In almost four months of protests, more than 100 people have died; hundreds more have been locked up for political reasons. All this infuriates Venezuelans. It should alarm the outside world, too. By the end of this year Venezuela’s economic collapse since 2012 will be the steepest in modern Latin American history. Income per person is now back where it was in the 1950s. The main cause of this calamity is ideological. Following the lead of his late mentor, Hugo Chávez, Mr Maduro spends public money lavishly, especially on his supporters. Weak oil prices and inept management mean he cannot pay his bills. So he prints money and blames speculators for the resulting inflation, which is expected to exceed 1,000% this year. The black-market price for US dollars is now about 900 times the official rate. Price controls and the expropriation of private firms have led to shortages of food and medicine. With hospitals bare of supplies, the maternal mortality rate jumped by 66% last year. Officials flagrantly profiteer from their access to hard currency and basic goods. Venezuela has become a favoured route for drug-trafficking and is awash with arms.
Some left-wingers, such as Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, imagine that Venezuela’s “Bolivarian revolution” is a promising experiment in social justice. Tell that to the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have fled to neighbouring countries. As the crisis worsens, their number will rise. That makes Venezuela’s government a threat to the region as well as its own people.What can be done? The best solution would be a negotiated transition. Mr Maduro would finish his term but would respect the constitution and parliament, free political prisoners and guarantee that overdue regional elections, and the presidential contest next year, take place fairly. However, an attempt at such a negotiation failed last year, and there is no sign that Mr Maduro and his cronies will voluntarily surrender power.Those who want to save Venezuela have limited influence, but they are not helpless. The opposition, a variegated alliance long on personal ambition and short of cohesion, needs to do far more to become a credible alternative government. That includes agreeing on a single leader. Some in the opposition think all that is needed to trigger the regime’s collapse is to ramp up the protests. That looks fanciful. Mr Maduro can still count on the army, with which he co-governs. In Venezuela’s command economy he controls such money as there is, and retains the backing of a quarter of Venezuelans—enough to put his own people on the streets. And he has the advice of Cuba’s security officials, who are experts in selective repression.
Latin America has at last woken up to the threat. Venezuela is far more isolated than it was, having been suspended from the Mercosur trade group. But it was able to avoid a similar suspension from the Organisation of American States (OAS) last month with the backing of its ideological allies and some Caribbean island-states to which it offers cheap oil. The United States should have applied more diplomatic muscle to sway the vote at the OAS. President Donald Trump is now considering broad sanctions such as barring the import of Venezuelan oil, or banning American companies from working in Venezuela’s oil industry. That would be a mistake: Mr Maduro would find new buyers for his oil within months. In the meantime, ordinary people would suffer more than the regime’s loyalists. And venezuelabroad sanctions might strengthen the regime, because Mr Maduro’s empty claim that he faces “economic warfare” from “imperial” America would at last have some substance.
More promisingly, on July 26th the Trump administration announced individual sanctions on a further 13 Venezuelan officials involved in the constituent assembly, or suspected of corruption or abusing human rights. These officials have had visas withdrawn, and American banks and firms are barred from doing business with them. This effort could be intensified by pressing banks to disclose embarrassing information about officials who have stashed stolen public funds abroad. The European Union and Latin America should join this effort.
It will not, in itself, force the regime to change. But the stick of individual sanctions should be combined with the offer of negotiations, brokered by foreign governments. Any final deal may have to include legal immunity for senior Venezuelan officials. That is distasteful, but may be necessary to achieve a peaceful transition back to democracy.
The alternative could be a slide into generalised violence, for which Mr Maduro would be squarely responsible. Already there are signs of anarchy, with radicals on both sides slipping loose from their leaders’ control. Rather than a second Cuba or a tropical China, chavista Venezuela, with its corruption, gangs and ineptitude, risks becoming something much worse. (This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline “Venezuela’s agony” font:The Economist)

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Edward Snowden shocked security sdrvices

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2013

Edward Snowden, the intelligence analysis who was shocked to the core to discover that security services were spying on people, continues to keep the world guessing on his next move. So much so that Paddy Power have opened the betting on his location come Jan 1st – and it’s evens he’ll find himself in exactly the same place come the New Year.If that wasn’t terrifying enough for the Deep Throat fugitive, the bookmaker makes it 3/1 he’ll be back at home sweet home ready for turkey and crackers Guantanmo style.Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro said Snowden ‘deserves the world’s protection’ with his country currently third in the betting at 9/2, ahead of Hong Kong and Iceland both 12/1.Elsewhere Central and South American are well represented by Ecuador (16/1), Cuba 16/1, Nicaragua (16/1), Bolivia (16/1), Brazil (40/1) before the first European country, currently 50/1 France and 66/1 Italy.Should Snowden settle on the Emerald Isle for his place of residence, Paddy Power has pledged to offer Snowden a fulltime job working in the bookmaker’s mischief department and has even dispatched cabs to international airports to pick up the whistleblower du jour.A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “Should he make it to Ireland, we can’t promise he’d get the same level of close attention as he’d get from the US authorities, but our cabs are waiting and we’d certainly welcome him with open arms into our mischief department.”

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