Friday, August 21, 2020

APOYA LA CAMPAÑA EUROPEA CONTRA LAS SANCIONES. Venezuela gana derecho de apelar fallo Británico en caso judicial sobre sus reservas de oro.



Observatorio de Trabajador@s en Lucha

24 de julio 2020.

Venezuela obtuvo el derecho de apelar el fallo del Tribunal Superior de Inglaterra en el caso de sus reservas de oro, instancia que negó el acceso al Gobierno Bolivariano sobre ese recurso custodiado por el Banco de Inglaterra, determinación que fue calificada por las autoridades del BCV como “absurda e insólita”, además que se pretende privar al pueblo venezolano de recursos necesarios para hacer frente a la Covid-19.

Así lo informaron este viernes a medios internacionales los abogados del Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV), quienes anunciaron que concurrieron a la apelación por considerar que el juez desconocía “la realidad sobre el terreno”.

Este viernes, el socio de Zaiwalla & Co, que representa al BCV, Sarosh Zaiwalla, dijo: “Es increíblemente raro que un juez de primera instancia dé permiso para apelar contra su propio juicio, y nos complace que nos otorgaran una apelación limitada”.

El oro custodiado pertenece al patrimonio de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela y tal como lo establece la Constitución son inembargables al formar parte de las Reservas Internacionales del país.

La República Bolivariana de Venezuela también demandó ante la Corte Penal Internacional (CPI), donde llevó las pruebas así como nombres de implicados en el complot promovido por el grupo de extrema derecha que encabeza Juan Guaidó, que pretende despojar del oro que pertenece al patrimonio de la República.

El presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, en esa oportunidad, exigió absoluto respeto al Derecho Internacional público “y a todas las garantías que tienen los Estados soberanos que formamos parte de la comunidad internacional”.

Denunció que el complot promovido por Juan Guaidó para regalar el oro venezolano busca repetir la historia aplicada por Estados Unidos (EE.UU.), en Libia en 2oo8, al realizar un pacto mercenario con la intención de despojar del patrimonio y los activos perteneciente al Estado venezolano.

Fuente: Venezolana de Television;https://www.vtv.gob.ve/


Pedimos encarecidamente firmar la petición de la Campaña de Solidaridad con Venezuela (Reino Unido) – Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (UK) – exigiendo que se devuelva el oro a sus legítimos dueños, el gobierno que ocupa el asiento de Venezuela en las Naciones Unidas, es decir del Presidente legítimo Nicolas Maduro, y el pueblo de ese país.

Por favor firmar la petición aquí:

 

Catholic protester was standing up for the values he believes in

Pax Christi USA has issued the following statement regarding the president’s attack on 75 year-old Catholic peace activist Martin Gugino who was injured by 2 police officers during a peaceful protest last week in Buffalo, New York.

martinLast week, Martin Gugino, a 75 year-old Catholic peace activist from Buffalo, New York was shoved by two police officers during a peaceful protest, resulting in a fall that left him bleeding from his head. The two officers have been suspended and charged with assault. Following the incident, the president tweeted about Mr. Gugino, insinuating that he was an “antifa provocateur”.

Pax Christi USA has long been involved in public protests and celebrates the right of people in our country to gather to air their opinions and stand up for the values which they believe in. The treatment of Mr. Gugino, who is motivated by his deep Catholic faith, is inexcusable and shines a further light on the importance of protecting the rights of people to peacefully protest. Furthermore, the president’s tweet is just another example of his determination to sow confusion and division, to attack the character of people with whom he disagrees, and to threaten people who exercise their rights as citizens of this country.

Pax Christi USA extends our appreciation to Mr. Gugino for his actions and prays for his quick recovery. We are also appreciative of the short comment he gave in response to reporters who informed him of the president’s tweet.

“No comment other than Black lives matter,” Gugino said. 

Amb. Moncada: US Keeps Plotting to Invade Venezuela

  


 

The Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, reiterated his denunciation of the United States’ orchestrating an invasion in Venezuela to destroy the military and political forces of the Bolivarian Revolution.

On his Twitter account, the Ambassador indicated that the White House’s war propaganda against Venezuela seeks to assassinate the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro and turn the country into a colony.

“War propaganda in the US affirms that its objective is democracy in Venezuela. The truth is more sinister and deadly: eliminating President Maduro continues the invasion to destroy Venezuelan police and military patriots. Venezuela will be turned into a colony,” Moncada tweeted.

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Given this, he explained that the contract signed between the far-right leader Juan Guaidó and the hitman Jordan Goudreau, which was intended to assassinate the leaders of the Venezuelan administration, remains in force and the US has not changed its plan. “The contract signed by the US agent Guaidó and the hitman Goudreau to assassinate thousands of Venezuelans, with the support of Duque and Trump, lasts 497 days. After assassinating the main leaders, the massacre of all patriot anti-invasion forces was agreed upon. The plan has not changed,” he wrote.

In his posts, the Venezuelan ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada, highlights the maneuvers of the White House, the government of Donald Trump and their accomplices to destroy the sovereignty of Venezuela, while condemning that Senator Robert Menéndez “already announces that Venezuela must be invaded by multinational force after the transition because it is a dangerous “space without government” for the US. The problem is not Maduro, the problem is Venezuela, which must be reduced by military force.

He also denounced US “virtual” Ambassador James Story, in complicity with Colombia, for supporting the multinational force and working with that objective.

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“Guaidó’s agents are working in Israel to request a military attack on Venezuela. With the excuse that “they cannot alone” invite the massacre of Venezuelans in the same way that they ask the United States. The objective is not democracy but the destruction of the Venezuelan nation,” denounced Moncada.

It revealed that the agent of the US intelligence services for the invasion, Iván Simonovis, publicly calls for a multinational attack on Venezuela using the excuse of Colombia and Washington’s propaganda organs.

“The US agent, Simonovis, predicts the imminence of a terrorist attack from Venezuela. Thus he prepares an excuse for the military invasion of the US and Colombia. It is a false flag operation in full swing. We must be ready to defend the peace against these genociders,” he posted.

Finally, Moncada, stressed that the aggressors in Venezuela are the same ones that destroyed Iraq, Libya, Syria, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. “They are the ones who want war with Iran before the US elections. Let it be very clear: our fight is for national independence or nothing!”

Featured image: File photo.

(Ultimas Noticias)

Translation: OT/JRE/EF

IMPERIALISM’S ECONOMIC WAR COSTS VENEZUELA NEARLY $200 BILLION

 

By Pasqualina Curcio

Quantifying each and every one of the effects of the war that imperialism has declared on the Venezuelan people is impossible. The attacks that Venezuelans have experienced since 1999 have not only been economic, they have also been psychological. There is no way to measure the consequences of the hatred that the undemocratic opposition has sown with its anti-socialist propaganda, to the point of burning people alive if they are suspected chavistas. The resentment that the Venezuelan people have towards those who claim to be Venezuelans, but who have sold out their homeland, is also unmeasurable.


That said, focusing on the economic dimension we have updated the calculations that we made in March 2019. At that point, losses caused by this war amounted to $125 billion; we have now calculated those for all of 2019, which total $68 billion (all amounts in US dollars).

Therefore, the total economic losses between 2016 and 2019 are $194 billion.

For Venezuelans, $194 billion is equivalent to approximately 16 months of national production. With that money, we could have paid the entire external debt of $110 billion. Or we would have enough resources to import food and medicine for 45 years.

These losses break down thus: $25 billion corresponds to money and assets that have been looted from us, while the other $169 billion represents what we have stopped producing from 2016 to 2019 as a result of the attack against state-owned oil and natural gas company PDVSA ($64 billion) and the attack on the bolivar ($105 billion).

Blockade, plunder and piracy

In January 2019 John Bolton confessed, “We froze all assets of the state-owned company PDVSA in US territory [CITGO]; we blocked US $7 billion in assets plus US $11 billion in estimated export earnings over the next year.”

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US government and its allies have looted $25 billion from Venezuela. They disguise it as “sanctions” – others elegantly call them unilateral coercive measures – but it is nothing but blatant robbery and an act of piracy. Approximately $5.4 billion are held by 50 banks, including 31 tons of gold that the Bank of England has withheld from us. The $18 billion in assets and dividends of the CITGO company are also included.

They not only robbed us – in January 2019 the US State Department announced that it gave Juan Guaidó [self-declared president, against democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro] control of the assets, assets and properties of the Venezuelan government in US bank accounts, meaning he is responsible for the administration of these resources. We would like to know how much of this money has been allocated to protecting the Venezuelan population during the quarantine. We know that $200 million was used to seal the contract with SilverCorp, whose objective was to hire mercenaries to assassinate Venezuelans.

As for the retained gold, the Bank of England is obliged to return it to its owner immediately upon request. However, according to the English, the owner of the gold is Guaidó who they say is the “interim president” of Venezuela. This is a theft so outrageous that nobody in their right mind could accept it. The whole world knows it is not Guaidó who sits in the United Nations General Assembly, in the UN Human Rights Council, in the UN Security Council or in OPEC meetings. Obviously, he does not occupy the president’s seat in Miraflores Palace either, much less command the National Bolivarian Armed Forces.

Is it Guaidó who is dealing with COVID-19 in Venezuela and coordinating with the World Health Organization about health aid and protocols? These are key questions.

Attack on PDVSA

Former US ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield acknowledged, “If we are going to sanction PDVSA, it will have an impact on the entire people, on the ordinary citizen. The counter argument is that the people suffer so much from lack of food, security, medicines, public health, that at this time perhaps the best resolution would be to accelerate the collapse even if it produces a period of suffering of months or perhaps years.”

The attack on PDVSA is not accidental; on the contrary, it is a deliberate and well-aimed action. Any disruption in the oil industry has repercussions on the company but also, and more fundamentally, throughout the national economy and on the Venezuelan people.

The oil industry generates 95 percent of Venezuela foreign currency revenue from exports. A decrease in these exports, either due to reduced oil production levels or a drop in price, affects the foreign currency revenue and, consequently, the imports of supplies, spare parts and machinery for national production. PDVSA is the catalyst for internal production.

For the first time ever, the price of oil fell for four consecutive years by a total of 65 percent. At the same time, due to the commercial and financial blockade against PDVSA, the difficulty of securing spare parts and supplies, financial restrictions and other reasons, oil production has decreased 64 percent, from 2.8 million barrels daily in 2013 to 1 million in 2019. Overall, this translates into a 78 percent drop in oil exports, which went from $85 billion annually in 2013 to $19 billion in 2019.

Between 2016 and 2019, Venezuela’s national production declined by $64 billion due to the decrease in oil exports.

Attack on the currency

US Republican senator Richard Black confessed about Venezuela, “We demonetized their currency and, through the international banking system, we made the Venezuelan currency worthless and then we go and say: ‘Look how bad this government is, your currency is worthless.’ Well, it wasn’t them, it was us who made their currency useless.”

The main weapon of the economic war is the attack on the bolivar [Venezuela’s currency], which not only produces hyperinflation and the consequent loss of purchasing power for the working class, but also contracts national production. Insofar as wage earners see their purchasing capacity deteriorate because of the rapid and disproportionate rise in prices, they decrease their demand for goods and production also decreases.

Since 2013 imperialism has criminally caused the depreciation of the bolivar by 241,657 million percent, which has led to a price increase of 11,500 million percent to date.

Between 2016 and 2019 Venezuela’s national production declined by $105 billion because of the attack on the bolivar.

Everyone can draw their own conclusions about what $194 billion in economic losses represent, in terms of anguish, outrage and quality of life for the Venezuelan people. But everyone should also draw conclusions about the immense level of consciousness and resistance of the Venezuelan people who, always with high morale, have confronted the enemies of their homeland with the best of strategies, the civic-military union.

Pasqualina Curcio is Professor of Economics at Universidad Simón Bolívar.

Article originally published at the author’s blog. Translated from Spanish by PV staff.

The cry of creation echoes the call for a nuclear weapon-free world

 by Joseph Nangle, OFM

Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace


It is providential that one of our first – and perhaps the most important – reflections on the cry of creation called for by Pope Francis comes on this week when we mark 75 years since that most dreadful of all events: the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States of America.

Appropriately and thankfully, these two dates are receiving enormous attention all over the world. Eloquent and effective words and actions are calling attention to the horror our country inflicted on Japan, and the world, on August 6th and again on August 9th, 1945. There is also clearly a general agreement that after those fateful days, the world has never been the same. We know this monstrous crime against humanity hangs over us and the possibility of another attack is absolutely unthinkable.

I have felt almost at a loss about trying to add something useful to the global outpouring of commentary during this “Hiroshima/Nagasaki Week”. However, these events 75 years ago, and the subsequent threats of similar catastrophes, produce a desperate cry from creation. In these lines, I hope to spell that out as a crucial part of Pope Francis’s Seven Year Laudato Si’ Plan.

The principle point to make in this regard is something which I am not sure has received sufficient attention over the past three-quarters of a century, or even now as we mark that anniversary. It is the fact that the very existence of planet Earth is being threatened by growing nuclear arsenals and their ever more potent power. 

In a short phrase in the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ 1983 Peace Pastoral, The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response, we find this fearful statement: “There exists the capacity to do something no other age could imagine: we can threaten the entire planet” (No. 123).

While speaking on his pilgrimage to Japan last year, Pope Francis said, “Today the destructive potential of the nuclear powers threatens the human person, the civilization we have slowly constructed, and even the created order itself.”

If these are not cries of creation, what are?

And yet, the countries which possess these diabolical nuclear weapons, particularly the United States, seem determined not only to keep them but to upgrade their potential. One estimate of the current power of a U.S. nuclear bomb puts it at eighty times that of the atomic bombs which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant. Incredibly, the United States is well into the process of a thirty-year program to upgrade our nuclear capabilities. The estimated cost of this program is $2.2 trillion.

Pope Francis has made the crucial point in these times that the very possession of nuclear weapons is immoral. This call for humanity to hear the cry of creation strikes one as a despairing and almost unheard voice in the desert of discussions and policies, which take for granted the need to protect ourselves by what is senselessly called “mutually assured destruction” (aptly called MAD in shorthand).

If there is any ray of hope in this dire scenario, it might be paradoxically in the global experience of a deadly virus from which no human being is exempt and which no military weaponry can destroy. Coronavirus just might turn humanity to an entirely new way of living on Earth. Could the virus demonstrate the madness of humans killing each other in large and small wars when all of us are being equally attacked? Could we act universally on the truth that science and cooperation with science, not guns, is the only hope against the horrors of Coronavirus? And in light of these reflections, could we face up to the fact that our world is headed inexorably toward that which Pope Francis calls “the end of the created order itself?”

Out of the depths we call to you, Lord; Lord hear our cry (Psalm 130).

____________

Joe Nangle OFM is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. As a member of the Assisi Community in Washington, D.C., he is dedicated to simple living and social change. Joe also serves as the Pastoral Associate for the Latino community at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington, Virginia.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

¡LIBERTAD PARA SUSANA PRIETO TERRAZAS!




El Partido de los Comunistas de los Estados Unidos de América (PCUSA) denuncia el arresto y detención arbitraria de la abogada laboral y activista Susan Prieto Terrazas por parte de las autoridades del estado mexicano de Tamaulipas. La PCUSA exige su liberación inmediata.

Susan Prieto Terrazas es una abogada mexicana, con oficinas en Chihuahua y Tamaulipas, que ha dedicado su carrera a defender los intereses de los trabajadores de las maquiladoras del norte de México. Las maquilas son fábricas, en su mayoría en el norte de México, que son controladas por capital extranjero para aprovechar la mano de obra barata, las regulaciones laxas y las exenciones fiscales.

Susana Prieto Terrazas, desde que obtuvo su título de abogado, ha trabajado en los tribunales y en el movimiento por los derechos de los trabajadores en los estados del norte de Tamaulipas y Chihuahua. En 2028 y 2019 Susana fue un importante líder en un movimiento de huelga que consiguió un aumento salarial del 20% para los trabajadores de 48 fábricas orientadas a la exportación en Matamoros, México. No es difícil imaginar que esta ganancia para los trabajadores engendró mucha enemistad hacia Susana por parte de la gente en el poder y de muchas salas de juntas corporativas.

El 8 de junio de 2020 Susana fue arrestada por las autoridades de Tamaulipas por presuntos disturbios y bloquear la entrada a un edificio. Todas fueron actividades relacionadas con una disputa laboral. Cualquier sindicalista, en cualquier rincón del mundo, reconocería su arresto como una represalia por sus actividades laborales. El motivo de su arresto es político y ella sigue siendo una prisionera política.

La PCUSA pide a las autoridades mexicanas, tanto estatales como federales, que garanticen la liberación de la Sra. Prieto Terrazas y permitan que las actividades sindicales en el norte de México continúen sin amenazas de persecución.

 

PCUSA

13 junio 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

PCV DEMANDA MEDIDAS INTEGRALES Y EFICIENTES CONTRA EL CONTAGIO POR COVID-19 DE LAS TRABAJADORAS Y TRABAJADORES DE LA SALUD

Caracas, 29 de mayo del 2020

El Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV) saluda los esfuerzos, entrega y compromiso con la vida, de trabajadoras y trabajadores del sector salud en nuestro país, quienes están a la vanguardia, en la primera línea del frente de batalla y que vienen asumiendo y ejecutando consecuentemente las políticas de prevención y de atención a casos de pacientes contagiados con el nuevo coronavirus del COVID-19 que asola al mundo. 

La pandemia mundial, sí bien ha sido abordada en Venezuela con reconocibles niveles de eficacia por parte del Ejecutivo Nacional, también ha agravado el cuadro previo a ésta. La crisis general del capitalismo dependiente venezolano, agudizada por el agotamiento del modelo rentista, improductivo y parasitario venezolano, aunado al injerencismo, las amenazas, agresiones y sanciones del imperialismo norteamericano y europeo, precarizan aún más las ya menguadas condiciones materiales de vida del pueblo trabajador de la ciudad y el campo. 

En éste contexto, y ante las difíciles condiciones de vida de miles de connacionales en el exterior, el gobierno nacional ha promovido justamente su retorno al país, surgiendo nuevas condiciones para renovados contagios, entre los cuales viene presentándose un alto número de trabajadoras y trabajadores de la salud. 

Ante esta nueva situación, altos personeros del Ejecutivo Nacional, antes que profundizar en las causas, hacen responsable a las y los trabajadores de la salud del uso indebido de los Equipos de Protección Personal (EPP) y de violación de los protocolos de bioseguridad. El PCV rechaza tales acusaciones contra los trabajadores de la salud y conoce de primera mano que en algunos centros de Salud no se les dota adecuada ni oportunamente de EPP, ni se les instruye debidamente, respecto a su uso y mantenimiento de normas y procedimientos de bioseguridad, mientras en otros sitios sólo se limitan al personal médico y de apoyo. 

El PCV demanda una investigación imparcial y transparente con la participación de voceros de los trabajadores y las comunidades organizadas que determinen si existen funcionarios de dirección que no cumplen los protocolos, que regatean o niegan los equipos o sí no entregan los equipos para comercializarlos en el mercado de la corrupción, la especulación, y en definitiva, el crimen al pueblo. Además que establezca si se cumple con un proceso continuo de formación del personal profesional, técnico, empleados y obreros que presten servicio en las unidades de atención a la salud.

APOYA LA CAMPAÑA EUROPEA CONTRA LAS SANCIONES. Venezuela gana derecho de apelar fallo Británico en caso judicial sobre sus reservas de oro.

Observatorio de Trabajador@s en Lucha 24 de julio 2020. Venezuela  obtuvo el derecho de apelar el fallo del  Tribunal Superior de Inglaterra...