Venezuela & ALBA News 1.14.2022: President Maduro full 2022 interview with Ignacio Ramonet; Honoring Alicia Jrapko

Venezuela
President Maduro full 2022 interview with Ignacio Ramonet

TeleSur: Venezuela Denounces Sabotage Against Oil Facilities The explosion occurred in the Eastern Pipeline, from which all fuel is distributed to the Eastern states of the country.”This criminal action is part of the permanent war directed by US-protected far right groups seeking to boycott the important advances that the Bolivarian Government has achieved within the new production system. This incident adds to the criminal record of sanctions and threats that the Venezuelan oil industry has been subjected over the last five years, by extremist opponents whose agenda of violence seeks to interrupt all operations associated with the State Petroleum Company of Venezuela (PDVSA).”

January 13 webinar video: Hands off Venezuela, Free Alex Saab
Daymar Martes -Venezuelan researcher with SURES, a Venezuelan civil society organization
Joe Emersberger- UNIFOR union member and co-author of Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media and Twenty Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela; international observer delegation to the November 2021 elections in Venezuela
William Camacaro – US-Venezuelan organizer in NYC, founder of the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle
Peter Seidman – activist with the US Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela South Florida Coalition
Alison Bodine – coordinator of the Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and author of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Venezuela.

 

US Political Prisoner Alex Saab
Orinoco Tribune: Colombia and Ecuador Join the Lawfare Campaign Against Alex Saab
Right-wing spokespersons from Ecuador presented to Colombia President Duque supposed evidence of links between Saab and some Colombian companies accused of having committed various felonies.The Colombian government’s participation in the lawfare campaign against Saab is a new fabrication of evidence against Saab, after several legal and political experts and organizations have pointed out that the US has no base on which to indict him.

Orinoco Tribune: Piedad Córdoba to Sue Ecuadorian Politician—DEA Offered Her $10 Million to Testify Against Alex Saab Former Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba announced that she will sue Ecuadorian politician Fernando Villavicencio, who accused Córdoba and Alex Saab of having links with criminal elements. Villavicencio made similar accusations against Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, as part of the media circus surrounding the ongoing lawfare case and Saab’s pending trial in the US. Córdoba warned the extreme-right Ecuadorean that she would bring him before legal authorities to answer for the unfounded statements against her. “Mr. Villavicencio, you’ve made me angry now,” Córdoba said. “If you were looking for me, you found me.”

 

Honoring Alicia Jrapko
Resumen: Gerardo Hernandez of Cuban 5: Alicia Jrapko Presente!

Cuban President Díaz-Canel praises Alicia Jrapko’s contribution to Cuba’s just causes

 

Cuba
Video: Cuba’s Life Task: Combating Climate Change
In this documentary, Helen Yaffe goes to Cuba to find out about ‘Tarea Vida’ (Life Task), a long-term state plan to protect the population, environment and the economy from climate change. The Cuban approach combines environmental science, natural solutions and community participation in strategies for adaptation and mitigation. There are lessons here for the world.

 

Nicaragua
Sputnik News: US Sanctions 116 Ortega Admin Figures for ‘Undermining’ Nicaragua’s Democracy on Inauguration Day
The Biden administration announced on Monday it had levied sanctions against scores of Nicaraguan officials, calling it a defense of democracy and human rights in the country. Washington rejected Nicaragua’s recent elections because incumbent President Daniel Ortega, a socialist, won.

Benjaminnorton.substack.com: It is not Nicaragua that is ‘Isolated’; It’s the US and EU 
Representatives from the following countries greeted the inauguration of President Ortega: China,India, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Malaysia, Malaysia, Angola, Laos, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, North Korea, Belarus, Saharawi, Cambodia, Libya, and many countries in Latin America, including Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, Mexico, and Argentina, as well as several nations in the Caribbean

NicaNotes:(Dan Kovalik) Legendary Sandinista Leader Inaugurated as President, Defies US and Monroe Doctrine 

 

Bolivia
Peoples Dispatch: Bolivia achieves record levels of economic and social growth in 2021

Between May 2020 and October 2021 more than 1.1 million Bolivians got jobs, and unemployment decreased from 11.6% to 5%. Based on the positive indexes registered in 2021, such as the 6% increase in the country’s GDP as compared to a -8.8% in 2020, Bolivian economic analysts have forecasted an economic growth of 5.1% for 2022.

 

Webinars and Delegations
January 20: End British Theft of Venezuela’s Gold!

January 23: The World Stands Up to Sanctions

January 23: Trudeau’s Failed Coup in Venezuela
Vijay Prashad, Carlos Ron, Maria Paez Victor
January 26: COVID-19 Response in Chicago and Havana

January 27: Maria Paez Victor: Venezuela’s Recent Progress and Political Advances

Friends of the ATC delegations to Nicaragua 2022
Latin American School of Medicine Scholarships

Pastors for Peace delegations to Cuba 2022

Pastors for Peace 32nd Friendship Caravan to Cuba July 16-30

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