Venezuela & ALBA News 7.5.2024: More on Failed Bolivia coup; Venezuela Inflation a new Low; Upcoming Webinars

TeleSur: The Venezuelan People March Supporting the Patriotic Pole Campaign On Thursday, while the electoral campaigns began for the presidential elections on July 28, massive marches supporting the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro at the head of the Patriotic Pole, have flooded Venezuela.

UltimaNoticias: At least 500,000 Venezuelans have returned with support from the Government  President Maduro announced the expansion of the Great Mission Return to the Homeland, converted into a comprehensive plan to ensure the return of Venezuelans abroad and to address their problems faced in different nations. “We want to ensure that the vast majority of those who have not returned come here, with their family, with their friends,” said the president while reporting that according to the figures managed by the State between 2013 and 2023 “there are 2.500.000 came from Venezuela as economic migrants and from 2020 to 2023, 1.200.000 have returned, half of those who left, at least 500,000 returned with government support.”

María Páez Victor: Lies and Damned Lies About Venezuela’s Presidential Elections There are continuous lies being said about Venezuela by media and politicians. As the next Venezuelan presidential elections draws near in late July there has been a plethora of unsubstantiated accusations of fraud, with nary any evidence. Steve Ellner, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oriente, Venezuela, comments on the media barrage against Venezuela: “True to form, the corporate media has completely left key issues out of their reporting on Venezuela’s upcoming elections… The biggest violator of the very essence of democracy is not Maduro, but the US. Washington will penalize Venezuelans if they don’t elect the candidate it openly supports.”

The danger of election period violence in Venezuela is exacerbated by the refusal of two candidates, Edmundo González and Enrique Márquez, another far-right candidate, to sign a declaration requested by the Electoral Authority, promising they will respect the elections results and abjure any violence in its aftermath. The stage is set. This refusal to accept the result of the democratic process by which the president is selected, is a harbinger of social unrest typical of far-right extremists.

Venezuelanalysis: Venezuela to Restart Direct Talks with US, Maduro Announces “I have accepted the proposal of the US government to resume direct talk and we will debate and seek new agreements so that what was signed in Qatar is fulfilled. The Qatari mediation reportedly played a role in the prisoner swap between the US and Venezuela, which saw the release of government envoy Alex Saab in exchange for several US nationals detained in Venezuela, including two former Green Berets who took part in an attempted paramilitary invasion. Maduro stated that the US had failed to live up to the commitments it made with the help of Qatar, including the full removal of economic sanctions.

TeleSur: June 2024 had Venezuela’s Lowest Inflation in 39 Years “The month of June that closed yesterday was the month with the lowest inflation in 39 years in the Venezuelan economy, the economic miracle is taking place and is very important because it allows the family, the businessman, the entrepreneur plan with more certainty … I cannot say the data because I will not remove the scoop from the BCV [Central Bank of Venezuela],” said President Maduro. Venezuela accumulated an inflation of 7.8% between January and May this year, the lowest figure for that period in the last 12 years, according to data released last June 7 by the BCV.

Assange receives Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize in Venezuela for ‘brave and fearless’ journalism Australian journalist  and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received the special journalism award in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday, July 1. The annual award known as the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize is in its 82nd edition, is awarded by the Venezuelan government and has 10 categories. Assange was honored for producing “brave and fearless journalism in the age of truth as the essence of defending freedom of expression and people’s right to information.”

Venezuelanalysis: The complexities and uncertainties surrounding Venezuela’s July 28 presidential elections One of the key questions is how much of its electoral strength does Chavismo retain after 25 years in power, 11 of them under Maduro’s leadership. During his presidency, Maduro has faced all sorts of attacks from imperial power, from right-wing opposition machinations to betrayals from internal factors. The election results will test the hypothesis that Chavismo hit rock bottom between 2015 and 2019, but is beginning to rise from the ashes. This recovery is would be bolstered by a modest yet sustained economic recovery and the discredit of an opposition that showed its worst side during those years by encouraging and cheering the blockade and unilateral coercive measures. Opposition leaders even clamored for foreign military intervention and signed contracts hiring mercenary terrorists. The predicted redemption of Chavismo is marked by the general atmosphere of economic recovery that is felt in the streets of the main cities; this dramatically contrasts with the near-total prostration that we witnessed just a few years ago. The question, however, remains whether the majority of the electorate will give Maduro a vote of confidence based on the possible continuation of this reactivation.

TeleSur: ‘A Real Disgrace is Happening in Guyana’, Venezuelan FM Gil Warns Foreign Minister Yvan Gil criticized the actions that Guyana is undertaking in relation to oil exploitation in the Essequibo region. “A real disgrace is happening in Guyana: the surrender of its sovereignty to an insolent [US] ambassador who, instead of addressing the issues of her out-of-control government, aims to destabilize the Caribbean region to seize our resources and hand them over to Exxon Mobil,” he said, referring to U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Nicole Theriot.

“Recklessly and shamelessly, President Irfaan Ali insists on installing US military bases with the sole objectives of threatening Venezuela and trying to shirk the commitments and obligations established in the Geneva Agreement to peacefully resolve the controversy over the Essequibo region.”

Bolivia

Resumen Latinoamericano: Bolivia: Chronology of a Coup The attempted coup happened June 26. This is a chronology of what occurred June 24, 25, 26.

Pagina 12: Former VP of Bolivia: Infighting Makes Us Fail to See Bigger Enemies Former vice-president of Bolivia under Evo Morales (2006-2019), Álvaro García Linera, condemned the coup attempt against Luis Arce’s government, adding that the powers that be are always on the lookout and “stick their heads out” when progressive projects are weak. He ruled out the version of a possible “self-coup” suggested by a sector of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), the party of Arce and Evo Morales. García Linera, far from subscribing to the idea of a self-coup, emphasized that coups are “always latent dangers that never disappear, but become more immediate when progressive governments have difficulties, when they are weak. They remain more silent when governments are strong.” “There are always contradictions within progressive forces,” he added. “But when these contradictions become fundamental, we fail to see the real adversary [US] lurking.”

ALBA-TCP rejects statements of President Javier Milei questioning the attempted coup in Bolivia President Milei questions the word of a legitimate government, elected by the sovereign will of its people, calling the coup attempt of June 26th “not very credible”, while Bolivia lived hours of deep turmoil. This interfering, incendiary and unsupported position of the Argentine president demonstrates his imperialist and coup-plotting tendencies and his aversion to the self-determination of peoples and irresponsibly contravenes the principle shared in the region of keeping Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace…The Bolivarian Alliance reiterates its firm support for the Bolivian people and President Luis Arce, and hopes that the Argentine government will recover its sovereign voice and stop being an instrument under the tutelage of foreign interests that seek to undermine democracy and peace in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Events

  • July 6-7 No to NATO, Yes to Peace! NATO 2024 Counter-Summit
  • July 8: Nicaragua Solidarity Coalition monthly zoom meetings: second Monday of the month 2:30 PM ET. Email [email protected] in advance to access.
  • July 7 & 14 Webinars: ‘Venezuela Chooses: What is at Stake in the Coming Elections?’July 7: Joe Emersberger, Maria Paez Victor, Williams Camacaro, Francisco Dominguez. July 14: Diego Sequera, Steve Ellner, Ben Norton, Alan MacLeod
  • July 10: Forum on Nicaraguan co-ops and the success of a project that addresses the unrecognised work of rural women in co-ops. Nicaraguan co-ops form an important part of the social economy that generates 40% of the country’s wealth and employs 90% of the workforce. But, particularly in rural areas, the role of women in generating this wealth is often unrecognised and unremunerated. To register, email Helen on [email protected]
  • July 11, Baltimore: Nicaragua Against Empire
  • July 15 Protest at the Republican National Convention. Join contingents against the US blockades and economic warfare on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua
  • July 20: 9 am ET The Nicaraguan Revolution 45 years on: Global Solidarity in a Changing World Speakers: Carlos Arguello, Nicaraguan Ambassador to the Netherlands and Nicaragua’s representative to the International Court of Justice (ICJ); Ismara Mercedes Vargas Walter, Cuban Ambassador to the UK; Ruby Cox, Member of the NSCAG Executive Committee; Roger McKenzie, International Editor of the Morning Star
  • July 22, 1:30 pm ET: What’s Really Happening in Venezuela with Venezuelan Ambassador Felix Plasencia and  Francisco Dominguez
  • August 19-22 Protest at the Democratic National Convention. Join contingents against the US blockades and economic warfare on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua

Delegations to Cuba, Nicaragua

Cuba Delegations

Nicaragua Delegations Casa Ben Linder 2024

  • Email [email protected] to apply:
    • November 8-17 2024: Salud & Solidaridad: Hands-On Healthcare in Nicaragua
    • February 2025: The Bird Brigade: Birding in Solentiname Arquipelago
    • March 2025: Power & Protagonism: Women in Nicaragua

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