Venezuela & ALBA Weekly 4.23.2021: More on the Colombia-Venezuela Border Conflict; Cuban Communist Party Congress

Internationalist 360: Colombia-Venezuela Border: The Truth about the Conflict The United States, through Colombia, its open ally, is trying to mount a large scale intervention, as well as to achieve the delivery of a good amount of money to the Colombians. They build the matrix of the violation of Human Rights by the FANB, which is totally false. What we observe in this plan against Venezuela is the attempt to apply a model of intervention similar to the one used in Syria.

Orinoco Tribune: President Maduro: US Prevents Vaccine Sales to Venezuela Under Biden, “They have gone so far as to threaten the companies that distribute vaccines with sanctions, if they sell vaccines to Venezuela… Washington has escalated its war against the country,” said Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan president denounced the hoarding of vaccines in the world, noting that 87% of COVID-19 vaccines are in the hands of a handful of powerful countries, while the poor only have access to 0.2%.

Venezuelanalysis: Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law

Venezuelanalysis: Venezuela Blasts Vaccine Inequality, IMF for Denying Covid-19 Funds

Venezuela has more than $1.6 billion frozen since 2019 in Portugal’s Novo Banco private bank. The US, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium have likewise blocked some $6 billion worth of assets. Washington alone has frozen $342 million held by the Central Bank and seized state oil company PDVSA’s US subsidiary, CITGO. Delcy Rodriguez stated, “stated that “in high-income countries, one in four citizens is vaccinated; in middle-income countries, it is one in 500 citizens.”

Venezuelanalysis: Venezuela Secures Deal with UN’s World Food Program to Supply Food to 1.5 Million Children by the end of 2023. The program is expected to serve 185,000 children this year. According to a 2019 report from the UN agency, 7.9 percent of the Venezuelan population face severe food insecurity, whereas 24.4 percent face moderate insecurity.

Ecuador
Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores: The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election

Cuba
Granma: Raul Castro speech to the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba Bay of Pigs and socialist nature of the revolution anniversary; shortcomings in the revolution; defeating COVID in Cuba; Cuba’s vaccines; state of the party; the Cuban economy;  US measures that have worsened the blockade; US campaign against Cuban doctors; War of the Entire People; passing the revolutionary leadership to another new generation of leaders.

Resumen: Raul Castro retires – Cuba and the Historic Generation that the U.S. Could Not Kill

Ministry of Foreign Relations: Bay of Pigs: First defeat of imperialism in Latin America

Bolivia
Kawsachun News: Bolivia’s Fight For Food Sovereignty

Kawsachun News: Bolivian Opposition Arrives in Washington on ‘Human Rights’ Trip

Webinar video: Bolivia – People Power, Hope & Solidarity Ollie Vargas, Jeremy Corbyn, Miriam Colque (Bolivian activist in London), Alex Main

Nicaragua
NSCAG and AFGJ  recent Nicaragua webinars here

Teri Mattson Interview with President Daniel Ortega North American activist Teri Mattson asks Daniel Ortega about his perspective on Central American immigration to the United States and why the Nicaraguan situation is different.

Webinars
April 27: Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo – A Series of Weekly Conversations Like the rest of the world, Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19. It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck. This week: Perspectives from Havana: Sociologist and Feminist Marta Nuñez. Following in the series: May 4, May 11

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