VENEZUELA NEWSLETTER #4,
February 14, 2021
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology
UN to Assess US Sanctions (2-10-21)
Standing by a radical Chávez.
850 thousand Insulin kits from Russia arrived in Venezuela (9-9-20)
Alena Douhan will determine what rights have been violated by the U.S. sanctions [Obama and Trump admin.] implemented against the Bolivarian nation.
United Nations representative Alena Douhan visits Venezuela to assess the impact of U.S. economic sanctions imposed on the Bolivarian nation since 2015.
The visit announcement came shortly after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledged that its country's sanctions on Venezuela have killed tens of thousands of people.
The results of the analysis of the U.S. unilateral coercive measures imposed on this South American country will be released in September, according to the UN.
Douhan will remain in Venezuela until Friday. During her stay, she will determine what rights have been violated by the U.S. sanctions and what the Bolivarian government has done to ease this situation.
The UN will also inquire into how President Nicolas Maduro's government has complied with the recommendations of international organizations to address the crisis.
In 2014, Washington [Obama administration] signed an executive order deeming Venezuela a security threat. Since then, the Latin American country has faced limitations to trade its crude oil and other sanctions aimed at overthrowing Maduro from office.
The economic blockade intensified after former President Donald Trump took office in 2017. His measures targeted mainly government officials and key industries such as gas, gold, and finance.
UN Independent expert Alfred de Zayas: ‘This is how the human rights industry works’. mronline.org (1-30-21).
Italian journalist Geraldina Colotti asks de Zayas about corporate media manipulation of Venezuela’s human rights situation. | more…
Twelve of my fellow rapporteurs had previously requested to be invited to visit Venezuela on an official mission without success. That intrigued me. In addition, Venezuela has always interested me, since it is a country close to Cuba [where de Zayas was born before his family migrated to the U.S.] with a similar culture and music.
Of course, I had read a lot about the so-called “humanitarian crisis,” and I wanted to investigate. Much to my surprise, my request was approved [in 2017] by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. Of course, I was indoctrinated like everyone else, since before my trip to Venezuela I had read the information available–the studies of the Office of the High Commissioner (in 2017 the office was held by Mr. Zeid Raad el Hussein), of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) (1).
My visit opened my eyes, and I realized that the media narrative does not correspond to reality. I spoke to a dozen ministers, but also with the opposition, with the Chamber of Commerce (Fedecámaras), with the Churches, with the Jesuit Priest Numa Molina, with about 40 non-governmental organisations, Amnesty, HRW, Provea, Fundalatin, the Sures Group, the National Network of Human Rights, with teachers and students. My two meetings with [Economics] Professor Pasqualina Curcio of the University of Caracas were also important. Her four books on the crisis impressed me, especially The Visible Hand of the Market.
My main concern was to listen to all parties–audiatur et altera pars [listen to the other side]– and to quickly evaluate all the documents provided to me and which I myself got my hands on. I concluded that the “crisis” has two main causes: dependence on the oil sales and the  dizzying fall in prices on the one hand, and Washington’s economic war since 1999, the financial blockade, economic sanctions and all efforts to overthrow Nicolas Maduro through chaos and sabotage on the other. MORE https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/15103
U.S. Embassy caught scrubbing Tweets urging Venezuelans not to vote. Mronline.org (12-17-20).
It is not clear why the embassy decided to go back and delete its posting history, especially as undermining Venezuela’s elections continues to be the official line of the U.S. government. | more…
Embassy Protection Collective Members Mark End Of Federal Probation. PopularResistance.org (12-3-20).
By Embassy Protectors Defense Committee. Washington, DC – Today, three of the four members of the Embassy Protection Collective, Adrienne Pine, David Paul, and Margaret Flowers, who stayed in the Venezuelan Embassy last year to stop its illegal handover to coup leaders, are finished with their six-month probation and 30-day suspended sentence. The fourth member of the collective, Kevin Zeese, died unexpectedly in September. The three collective members are traveling to Venezuela to serve as official election observers for the National Assembly election to be held on December 6, 2020. -more-
Why imperialism is obsolete in Latin America. mronline.org (11-26-20).
An interview with Jorge Arreaza, foreign minister of Venezuela. | more…
following 2 from mronline.org (11-22-20)
A key figure from the newly-formed Popular Revolutionary Alternative talks about his expectations for the upcoming parliamentary elections. | more…
With heightened U.S. attacks in Venezuela, including a tightening economic blockade, the elections are of great consequence to the future of the country. | more…
Center-Left convergence in Venezuela: A blow to U.S. interventionism. Mronline.org (11-6-20).
Steve Ellner argues that average Venezuelans understand that U.S. sanctions hurt them—and should be resisted. | more…
Chavismo and the Left: A conversation with Reinaldo Iturriza (Part II). Mronline.org (10-20-20)
A Chavista author and former minister talks about the Bolivarian Revolution’s innovations and internal tensions. | more…
Revolutionary organization in Venezuela. Mronline.org (10-7-20).
Venezuelan grassroots organizations continue fighting for the socialist project despite very tough conditions. Here is a look at five examples. | more…
Hate: A key strategy of the Venezuelan opposition. Mronline.org (9-27-20).
Psychologist Fernando Giuliani analyses the retaliatory feelings of those who wish to annihilate the Bolivarian Revolution, which have been overheating during the pandemic. | more…
850 thousand Insulin kits from Russia arrived in Venezuela (bypassing U.S. sanctions). Mronline.org (9-9-20)
This Friday, a shipment of 850 thousand vials of 4 types of insulin from Russia arrived in Venezuela, being the 8th and 9th delivery within the framework of the Strategic Trade Alliance signed in 2019 between Russia and Venezuela in the International Economic Forum of St. Petersburg. | more…
END OF VENEZUELA NEWSLETTER #4 2-14-21
(#3, 9-9-20 ; #3 reaches back to 2018)