Venezuela & ALBA News 8.20.2021: Venezuela PSUV Elections, Congressional Letter to Biden, Russia and Iran Defend Alex Saab

 

Abby Martin Empire Files: CIA Stories: The Cuban Who Conned the CIA He discusses US attempted coup in Cuba, where he was to to be made president, and similar CIA operations in Venezuela, Libya, Ukraine and Honduras

Fightback News: Huge election turnout for Maduro’s PSUV 75% of the candidates running are new candidates. All Venezuelans know they can participate in our democratic elections and lead the country. PSUV has thousands of people running in the primaries and often 20 for one seat; whereas, the opposition party only has one person running for each seat because they don’t have enough members. 50% of all candidates in the primaries must be women. More than 60% of the candidates are young. This is a way to build new leadership in the PSUV party. A lot of new young people run in city elections, do a couple of terms and then move up to national elections. We have 60,000 PSUV candidates running.

Fightback News: Revolutionary Venezuelan women collectives at forefront In Venezuela, the communes – community organizations – have the power to choose what projects need to be funded for their communities. Over 47,000 communal councils are registered with the Venezuelan government. They write proposals to the Maduro-led government, then the government provides resources and guidance to support them. The communes have been an effective way to build local leadership, promote collaboration among workers, and improve the economy. Every commune we visited tells us their commune is helping lead the revolution to improve the lives of the people and promote the people’s democracy.

Orinoco Tribune: Haiti Receives 30 Tons of Medicine & Food From Venezuela

Memorandum of Understanding Signed in Mexico Between Venezuelan Government and Part of the Opposition signed by the government with the Guaido and Capriles factions of the rightwing.

Grijalva, García, 17 Members of Congress call for Biden Administration to Change Failed Trump-Era Venezuela Policy  Congressmen Grijalva (AZ-03) and Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) led 17 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of State Blinken calling on the Biden to roll back harmful sanctions on Venezuela, end politicization of U.S. assistance, support internationally mediated negotiations, engage in dialogue with the Maduro government while maintaining strong pressure against human rights abuses, and involve moderate opposition actors in discussions — not just hardline opposition elements. Full letter here

 

Political Prisoner Alex Saab
Ultima Noticias: Iran labels Alex Saab a prisoner of war “Mr. Alex Saab, with a diplomatic passport and as an envoy of the Venezuelan government to provide medical and food items to the people of Venezuela, had the mission of preventing the United States government from enforcing its national and extraterritorial laws only for political purposes.”

Ambassador Alex Saab letter to the Venezuelan people: “No Retreat, No Surrender” I was traveling in the capacity of Special Envoy, a position I had the humility and honor to accept in 2018, precisely to ensure that I could travel freely and unhindered by those who engage in illegal unilateral sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As a nation we have been blessed with a President who wants only the best for the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the case of Alex Saab “This practice of seizing citizens of other countries, including the Russian Federation, in third countries on fabricated charges by US law enforcement agencies, has become the infamous ‘business card’ of the United States. Now Washington seems to have decided to go to a new level, setting a harmful precedent for the extradition of an authorized person with diplomatic status…”

National Lawyers Guild: Sign-on Letter in Support of Justice and Accountability for the November 2019 Coup d’etat in Bolivia and Crimes Committed by the De Facto Government of Jeanine Áñez

 

Delegations to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba

Nov. 17-27: Delegation to Venezuela – witness effects of sanctions and responses on the ground in the context of the 2021 Venezuela regional elections

2021-22 Nicaragua Delegation Information

Witness for Peace 2021 delegations to Cuba
IFCO Pastors for Peace Delegations to Cuba
Code Pink delegation to Cuba December 4-11

 

Webinars
Ben Linder Solidarity School every Saturday  A 10-week virtual course to study and strengthen solidarity with Nicaragua and its popular organizations like the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (Rural Workers’ Association), and international movements like La Via Campesina. This course is meant for anyone who is interested in strengthening internationalism and accompanying social movements.

Video of August 18 webinar: Latin America’s Struggle: Opposing US Intervention, Neoliberalism & the Far-Right Hosted by Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America

 

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