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An Open Letter to the People of the United States

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"Disinformation by Omission": Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro's Open Letter to the People of the United States.


 


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If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality.


I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.


We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it's not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.


Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as one of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology, or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.


I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disturb noble dialogue initiatives promoted by Uruguay and Mexico with the support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favour of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk, because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate".


The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.


The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.


And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with a high human development index and low inequality in the Americas.


The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between Nations.


We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.


Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul.


Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela.


We appeal to the good soul of American society, victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all one people against warmongering and war.


Long live the peoples of America!


 


Nicolás Maduro


President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela


 


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Discussion 9 Comments

  • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

    U.S. in direct contact with Venezuelan military, urging defections – source
    The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela's military urging them to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said. [..]
    "We believe these to be those first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill," the official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We're still having conversations with members of the former Maduro regime, with military members, although those conversations are very, very limited."
    Source: Reuters

  • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

    Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
    [..] All of the above articles — and scores more like it — repeated the same script: Maduro was blocking aid from the US "out of refusal to relinquish power," preferring to starve "his own people" rather than feed them. It's a simple case of good and evil — of a tyrannical, paranoid dictator not letting in aid to feed a starving population.
    Except three pieces of key context are missing. Context that, when presented to a neutral observer, would severely undermine the cartoonish narrative being advanced by US media.
    Both the Red Cross and UN warned the US not to engage in this aid PR stunt.
    The bridge in question is a visual metaphor contrived by the Trump administration of little practical relevance.
    The person in charge of US operations in Venezuela has a history of using aid as a cover to deliver weapons to right-wing mercenaries.
    (1) Not only has the international aid community not asked for the "aid," earlier this week, both the International Red Cross and United Nations warned the US to explicitly not engage in these types of PR stunts. As Washington Post contributor Vincent Bevins pointed out, the transparent cynicism of these efforts was preemptively warned about by the groups actually charged with keeping starving people fed: [..]
    Source: Fair.org

  • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

    U.S. Aid to Venezuela Will Test Military Loyalties Amid the Spiraling Political Crisis
    A U.S. government decision to mobilize humanitarian aid to crisis-wracked Venezuela could risk escalating the political crisis there as President Nicolas Maduro views such shipments as a pretext for a U.S.-led military intervention, BBC reports.
    Over the weekend, National Security Adviser John Bolton said the U.S. will send "critical supplies" requested by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president. [..]
    The aid has become something of a litmus test for the military's backing of Maduro. Guaidó is pressing the military to allow the shipments in. But Maduro, who has retained support from the top brass, has rejected the idea of U.S. aid and accused his opposition rival of plotting a coup. Venezuela is not "a country of beggars," the embattled president told his supporters at a rally on Saturday, according to BBC.
    Source: Time

  • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

    Pox Americana: Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, India, Mexico, Congo, and U.S. Hegemony
    There is a brazen, bipartisan push by the U.S. government for regime change in Venezuela with the Trump administration officially declaring opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate" president. The economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. are aimed at starving the population into submission with notorious neoconservatives John Bolton and Elliott Abrams coordinating the campaign to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. What we are witnessing right now in Latin America is a modern iteration of the same dirty tactics that the U.S. has historically used against the nations south of the U.S. border. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. The U.S. has tried since the early 2000s to overthrow its socialist government beginning with Hugo Chávez. At the same time, it poured money into right-wing movements and backed open fascists like Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil. All of this is a modern version of the era of overthrowing leftists who won at the ballot box or by ousting U.S.-friendly dictators. And all of the mass murder, the sanctions, the regime changes, the election interference, the covert support for anti-democratic forces determined to be good for so-called free markets is, today, as it was in the 1950s, sold in the name of bringing freedom and democracy.
    Source: The Intercept 

  • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

    Venezuela's Collapse is a Window into How the Oil Age will Unravel
    For some, the crisis in Venezuela is all about the endemic corruption of Nicolás Maduro, continuing the broken legacy of Chavez's ideological experiment in socialism under the mounting insidious influence of Putin. For others, it's all about the ongoing counter-democratic meddling of the United States, which has for years wanted to bring Venezuela  —  with its huge oil reserves  —  back into the orbit of American power, and is now interfering again to undermine a democratically elected leader in Latin America.
    Neither side truly understands the real driving force behind the collapse of Venezuela: we have moved into the twilight of the Age of Oil.
    So how does a country like Venezuela with the largest reserves of crude oil in the world end up incapable of developing them? While various elements of socialism, corruption and neoliberal capitalism are all implicated in various ways, what no one's talking about  —  especially the global oil industry  —  is that over the last decade, we've shifted into a new era. The world has moved from largely extracting cheap, easy crude, to becoming increasingly dependent on unconventional forms of oil and gas that are much more difficult and expensive to produce.
    Source: Resilience 

  • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

    CHAINLINK: http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/more-concerns

    • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

      Вставайте за мир во всем мире!

    • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

      FYI
      Spoken: "Vstavayte za mir vo vsem mire!" - Russian for: "Stand up for world peace!"

    • Irie Zen 17th Feb 2019

      Defender la paz mundial!