Venezuela & ALBA News 6.18.2021: US Blocks Venezuela from Buying Vaccines and Food

Venezuela

Orinoco Tribune: Cape Verde Ignores International Outcry in Alex Saab Case The president of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, decided to turn a blind eye to the international clamor and ignore the request made on June 8 by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations (UN) to suspend the extradition process that the United States that is carried out against the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who has been illegally detained in Cape Verde since June 12, 2020.

RT: The US persecution of Venezuelan envoy Saab, arrested in Cabo Verde, has nothing to do with alleged money laundering It appears to be Saab’s very adeptness in helping Venezuela get around these sanctions – sanctions that Douhan notes are illegal under international law – in order to obtain crucial humanitarian supplies that is the real reason for the US’ interest in having him detained and extradited. It is also clear that it is interested in him not because of any alleged crimes, but because he may hold the key to Venezuela’s ability to navigate the US’ deadly unilateral sanctions.

CEPR: Biden Should Agree to Request from Rep. Jim McGovern, of House Leadership, to End Deadly US Sanctions Against Venezuela (McGovern letter) McGovern stated that economic sanctions have killed tens of thousands of Venezuelans in just their first year (2017–18), and almost certainly tens of thousands more since then. McGovern’s letter cites estimates that more than 7 million people are “in need of humanitarian assistance,” and that poverty increased “from 48% in 2014 to 96% in 2019, with 80% in extreme poverty.”

Orinoco Tribune: At FAO, Venezuela Condemns Sanctions for causing a 83.7% Drop in Food Imports Venezuelan Food Minister Carlos Leal Telleria denounced the US at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for violating the Venezuelan people’s right to food. “There is a campaign, promoted by the government of the United States and its allies, to systematically assault the Venezuelan people’s right to food,” Leal told the 42nd session of the FAO Conference via teleconference. US sanctions “have led to an 83.7 percent drop in food imports, preventing the international procurement of raw materials, finished products and inputs for agricultural production.”

Peoples Dispatch: Global outcry after Venezuela financially blocked from COVAX initiative The Venezuelan government announced that the Union Bank of Switzerland blocked its latest payments of 10 million USD towards the COVAX initiative for acquiring COVID-19 vaccines.

Ultima Noticias: 82% of the food consumed by the country is of national production Maduro said that Venezuela was experiencing a tragedy of abandonment of the Venezuelan countryside, both arms were mutilated when capitalism arrived and suffered from oil rentier capitalism for more than 100 years. Maduro stressed that the national government has been recovering agriculture in the country. 

Orinoco Tribune: Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media, and Twenty Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela—Book Review Outlets such as New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, Reuters, and rights groups like Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have all done their utmost to either normalize the brutal sanctions against Venezuela as a “non-lethal” alternative to military invasion to bring “democracy” to the country, or invisibilize them altogether.

Nicaragua

Internationalist 360: Nicaragua 2021: A New Imperial Aggression So where does the furious hatred that successive U.S. governments have felt and feel for Nicaragua come from? Undoubtedly from its history. No country in Latin America and the Caribbean has dealt the United States as many defeats as the homeland of Ruben Dario and Augusto C. Sandino… This was more than the United States could bear, and it understood that a model was being developed that could be replicated in other latitudes: a small country with scarce resources was capable of building a sovereign experiment of mixed economy and social development within the framework of democracy and civic peace.

Internationalist 360: The Coup-Plotting OAS asks for Support to Overthrow the Nicaraguan Government

Global Research: The CIA Attempts Coups in Nicaragua with Tax Dollars Through US Agencies and Corporate Foundations: USAID Does Not Provide Aid – It Carries Out Coups The US helped grow the pro-US anti-Sandinista media in Nicaragua. US propaganda funds for 2018 coup channeled through Chamorro family media dynasty. USAID spent US$160 million on agents and agent organizations to try to topple the Sandinistas. the Yankee Propaganda Apparatus. RAIN(Responsive Action in Nicaragua): the CIA destabilization plan in progress now