Venezuelan Foreign Minister rejects foreign interference at OAS Summit

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Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez made a powerful speech at the General Assembly of the OAS last week, rejecting attempts to intervene in Venezuela and calling on the US to lift sanctions. Below are some points from the speech: Achievements in figures of the Venezuelan government: • “When President Hugo Chavez began his presidential term…

UNHRC Head: Venezuela Solutions Mustn’t Be Imposed from Outside

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A high ranking United Nations spokesperson backed a nationally negotiated solution to Venezuela’s unfolding economic and political crisis on Monday, as the South American country was elected to the UN’s social and economic council. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urged both the Venezuelan government and opposition parties to persist with recent…

Special Declaration of ALBA-TCP In Support of Venezuela

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Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA – TCP) expressed on Wednesday full support for the dialogue proposed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resolve the disagreements with the opposition of the South American nation.   5th Special Meeting of ALBA-TCP Political…

Venezuelan Private Sector Siphoned Off $259B in Public Funds – TeleSUR

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Critics of the Venezuelan government have repeatedly accused it of failing to take measures to deal with shortages, but an investigation by teleSUR reveals that the private sector may have siphoned off up to US$259 billion from state coffers by taking advantage of different exchange rates and failing to produce the goods they claimed they…

Nicaragua Demands OAS Head Step Down over Abuse of Post

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The representative from Nicaragua said Luis Almagro’s behavior was “illegal, disrespectful and arrogant” and made him unfit for office. The recent actions by the secretary-general of the Organization of American States took center stage Wednesday when the representative from Nicaragua requested Luis Almagro step down for his repeated interference in the domestic affairs of Venezuela….

Opposition leader Capriles tours right-wing governments to promote regime change

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Henrique Capriles is working to drum up support for opposition efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelan opposition figure Henrique Capriles held a brief closed-door meeting with U.S.-backed Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Monday before departing for Brazil where he is due to meet with the coup government of interim President Michel Temer. Capriles…

US forced to U-turn on Venezuela suspension

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In what is being considered as a turn in U.S. policy, Secretary of State John Kerry said his country won’t pressure the OAS to suspend Venezuela. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he would support a dialogue to find a solution to Venezuela’s current situation, just hours after he backed calls for a recall…

OAS Backs Venezuela, Approves Review of Almagro’s Actions

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The Organization of American States wrapped up a three-day session focused on discussing the situation in Venezuela on Wednesday with a decision in favor of taking further action to assess whether OAS chief Luis Almagro’s move to invoke the Democratic Charter against the South American nation was legitimate. The meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,…

Pro-Government Venezuelans Rally to Defend Social Programs

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Tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas and other cities Thursday to show their support for the social programs implemented over the past 17 years of socialist government. The rally was called by the government as it warns that social gains are being threatened by the right-wing opposition, which is seeking…

ALBA countries say Luis Almagro’s move against Venezuela Is illegitimate

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Foreign ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) issued a joint statement Wednesday repeating their support for democratic institutions, dialogue and peace in Venezuela. As they were meeting in Caracas for the fifth extraordinary session of the political council of the organization, the state officials condemned the attempt by Luis…