Hush, Hush (Venezuela is Winning!)

Maria Paez Victor

COUNTERPUNCH | September 17, 2021

By now it is obvious that the mainstream media does not cover any good news whatsoever about Venezuela.  Even non-political issues are always accompanied by a poisoned cliché sentence or two about “dictator”, “authoritarian regime”, “collapsed economy” “humanitarian crisis”, etc. etc.

So, the game-changing news that there are peace talks being held in México City between the Venezuelan government and opposition parties is ignored.  México is acting as host and facilitator with the kingdoms of Norway and Netherlands, and the Russian Federation as mediators. This seminal event has been scarcely reported by the North American media or commented on by politicians. Not a peep. Perhaps it is because neither the USA nor Canada have been permitted to be part of these negotiations, although certainly the USA has tried, and failed, to worm itself in.

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Venezuela Proposes a General Secretariat for Celac

teleSUR | September 18, 2021

President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico, Sep. 18, 2021.
President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico, Sep. 18, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @NicolasMaduro

President Nicolas Maduro called for the reactivation of mechanisms for analyzing economic, social, political, and trade integration proposals. 

Addressing the VI Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reiterated the need to set up a “powerful” bloc’s General Secretariat to promote the region’s multilateralism, integration, and cooperation.

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China Firmly Rejects Illegal Detention of Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab

Orinoco Tribune | September 19, 2021

On Friday, September 17, the People’s Republic of China firmly rejected the illegal detention of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab and urged the United States to respect the norms that govern international law.

Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry, stated at a press conference that the US “has been playing a shameful role in regard to Venezuela. The US has constantly abused political and judicial maneuvers, including sanctions and extraditions; with the purpose of meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela.”

Lijian went on to point out that the US harassment policy “affects the regular international personnel exchange and endangers mutual trust and cooperation between countries,” and due to this reason “China firmly rejects this.”

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Venezuela incorporates Álex Saab into the Mexican dialogue

Blanco Narkys

Últimas Noticias | September 14, 2021

President of the AN / Jorge Rodríguez

The head of the government delegation for dialogue in Mexico, Jorge Rodríguez, reported on Tuesday that diplomat Alex Saab is joining the dialogue negotiations taking place in Mexico.

“We want to inform public opinion that we are incorporating the diplomat Alex Saab as a full member of this delegation and as a delegate before the social table approved in the partial agreement to assist the people of Venezuela,” he said.

He added that the diplomat is perfectly qualified to take part as a full member of the Delegation and the decision will be confirmed to the government of Norway, the government of Russia and all those involved.

Similarly, he stressed that Saab will be a plenipotentiary spokesperson and added that the diplomat is not detained in Cape Verde but has been kidnapped for 400 days.

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Colombia’s Iván Duque Launches Another False Flag Operation Against Venezuela

José Manuel Blanco Diaz

orinocotribune | September 13, 2021

Right wing Colombian president, Ivan Duque. File photo.

Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, issued a forceful response to new accusations from the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, who recently launched a new false positive against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Calling out Duque’s manipulation and conspiratorial plans, Padrino López denounced the Colombian president’s pronouncement as a “tormented attempt” to torpedo the Venezuelan government-opposition dialogue that is being held in the Mexico.

In recent days, violent attacks against military and police authorities have plagued Colombia. Without providing any evidence, Colombian authorities have pointed to Venezuela as being the place where these alleged FARC and ELN attacks were planned.

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US Chamber of Commerce Asks Biden to Modify Illegal Sanctions Policy Towards Venezuela

orinocotribune | September 13, 2021

US Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington D.C.. Photo by Greg Nash.

On Thursday, September 9, the US Chamber of Commerce released a statement asking the US government to modify the illegal sanctions policy against Venezuela. The statement called the implementation of coercive measures a “failure” that has deeply affected Venezuela’s energy sector.

However, the statement still relies on the same anti-Chavista US narrative that led to the application of these measures in the first place. “While well-intentioned in their aim to rid the longsuffering Venezuelan people of Maduro, the ultimate failure of sweeping cross-sectoral sanctions to spur quick democratic transition unleashed a cascade of negative unintended consequences,” reads the statement.

These illegal sanctions came after the end of US and European companies’ participation in the oil and gas market of Venezuela. Clearly, these coercive measures apply penalties as an obstacle to Venezuelan business both in the United States and in other parts of the world.

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Humanitarian measure granted to Alex Saab

Últimas Noticias | 2 September, 2021

In the order dated August 31, to which the Cape Verdean digital medium Notícias do Norte had access, the court considers that “being so, and because it seems to us that such a decision will not create great limitations, and even if it does, health it must come first, it is granted to the transfer of residence requested by Alex Saab to the city of Praia, Santiago ”.

This decision is the result of a request from the defense, to transfer from the city of Santa María, Sal, where the ambassador is under house arrest, to the Cape Verdean capital, alleging “the need for the ambassador to have assistance of specialists in the area of ​​oncology that do not exist on the Island of Sal ”, according to what was reported by the Saab defense team in a press release.

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Mexico Talks Second Round – Day 2: Optimism on Early Agreements, ‘Ambassador’ Vecchio Removed

Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza

Orinoco Tribune | September 05, 2021

Jorge Rodriguez answering questions from the press at the end of the second day of the second round in the Mexico Talks.  Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Caracas, September 4, 2021 ( —Jorge Rodríguez, leader of the Venezuelan government delegation in the ongoing dialogue in Mexico, reported this Saturday, September 4, that the second day of the talks was focused on reaching partial agreements related to lifting US and European illegal sanctions and the illegal seizure of assets affecting millions of Venezuelans.

“There is a willingness to put all our efforts to achieve partial agreements soon,” Rodríguez said, adding that “this is a great opportunity for Venezuelans to regain their right to economic freedom.”

“We are very attentive to the economic guarantees that have been cut off, blocked, stolen — stolen from the people of Venezuela,” he asserted.

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The art of sanctions?

Luis Britto Garcia

Últimas Noticias | August 14, 2021


There are titles whose absurdity infuses the subject with a chilling charm. Take Thomas de Quincey’s Murder Regarded as One of the Fine Arts, a daring essay in black humor that judges murder from an aesthetic point of view. The same inconsistency is attempted by Richard Nephew in his volume The art of sanctions: a view from the field (Columbia University Press, Columbia, 2018) as a gravely serious attempt to elevate America’s criminal practices against mankind to ornamental status.

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US Sanctions Against the Venezuelan Oil Industry: A Timeline

We detail US sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector in this infographic. | August 27, 2021

In recent years, Washington has ramped up its regime-change efforts against Caracas through a wide-reaching, devastating economic blockade. In particular, the US Treasury Department has levied a raft of measures targeting Venezuela’s oil sector in an attempt to starve the country of foreign income. The unilateral sanctions have crippled the country’s most important industry.

In the following infographic, designed by Utopix’s Kael Abello, we detail the US sanctions against the oil industry and the resulting fall in output.

A detailed timeline of the crushing measures levied by the US Treasury Department against Venezuela's most important industry. (Venezuelanalysis / Utopix)
A detailed timeline of the crushing measures levied by the US Treasury Department against Venezuela’s most important industry. (Venezuelanalysis / Utopix)
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