He reiterated that seeking reconciliation in Venezuela is an ANC task; hence, it will work to establish order in the country.’
Thousands of Sandinistas and state workers from all over Nicaragua have been celebrating the 38th anniversary of the popular revolution that overthrew the U.S. backed dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle on July 19, 1979.
The crowds filled the capital Managua’s Plaza La Fe square, to listen to speeches by the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega as well as his Bolivian and El Salvadorean counterparts, Evo Morales and Salvador Sanchez Cerren.
Ortega praised his country and said “Thank you Nicaragua! May Viva Nicaragua blessed, socialist, Christian and always free!….there is no alternative but the integration and unity of Latin America and the Caribbean”.
The former Sandinista guerilla then went on to lend his support to Venezuela.
Ortega backed the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ahead of the country’s National Constitutent Assembly vote at the end of the month and criticised external interference.
He said “On this day when threats that we have known throughout history continue to be repeated against those who are trying to build their own path, what can we say to the brothers of the Republic of Venezuela? We tell you that we are with you. It is a popular government, it was elected by the Venezuelan people, it was not elected in another country.”
The U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose economic sanctions if the Maduro government persists in holding on the July 30 election.
Ortega then slammed Washington’s threats, “How many wars have they launched in the world throughout history. What results have they had? Vietnam is the greatest expression of the failure of imperialist policy.”
Hundreds of participants from Latin America and the Caribbean’s left forces gathered at the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum in Managua, Nicaragua affirmed Tuesday their support for Venezuela and its National Constituent Assembly proposed by President Nicolas Maduro.
Forum participants pledged to send election observers to Venezuela on July 30, when elections for the National Constituent Assembly will take place.
“We will send an electoral observer mission to the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, because we support it,” Brazil’s Workers’ Party President Gleisi Hoffmann said.
During the Forum’s closing, Hoffman pressed that “calling the people to vote” is the best way to decide the future of a country.
The participants of the event have pledged to provide an electoral oberver mission during the National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela proposed by President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: EFE
The four-day convention also saw the representatives of 18 leftist political parties from 26 countries issue a number of resolutions in a 24-page document titled “Consensus of our America.”
The document expressed support for the defense of the peace negotiation process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, an end to the revived U.S. blockade on Cuba and support for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, who has been accused of corruption by Brazil’s right-wing, coup-imposed government.
Venezuela has signed an agreement between the state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, and a U.S. oil company, which is intended to improve oil production in the South American country.
The document was signed by the Minister of Popular Power for Petroleum, Nelson Martinez, and the chairman of Oklahoma-based Horizontal Well Drillers, Todd Swanson, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
The agreement proposes a joint venture for the development of oil in Venezuela. Martinez announced that the deal will include an initial investment of US$200 million for a three-year project, which will eventually be expanded to US$1.3 billion.
“We discussed the creation of two work teams to initiate in the next 90 days a joint plan identifying opportunities, defining levels of investment and creating at least one joint venture in that time,” Martinez said.
During the ceremony, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the strategic alliance will strengthen the technology of the PDVSA.
He added that Venezuela is a country whose Constitution and laws create conditions of security and legal stability for these agreements, citing deals signed with China, India, Russia and other nations as examples.
“I invite all U.S. capital in all areas of economy and energy to come to Venezuela. We are ready to broaden the horizons of all investments,” Maduro said.
Maduro also reiterated his willingness to establish respectful relations with U.S. President Donald Trump, despite political and ideological differences.
“I hope the gates will open for a relationship of respect and height between the United States and the Venezuelan government.”
The mission is part of a large social program that was first created by the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez.
The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the government is on track to build 3 million homes by 2019 through its social program, the Great Venezuela Housing Mission.
Before the end of July, Maduro said, 1.7 million homes will have been built through the program, which was created in 2011 by the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez.
1,663,897 families currently live in homes built under the initiative.
On the third day of meetings by the National Assembly of People’s Power work commissions, deputies reaffirmed their support and solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, and the Venezuelan people and government led by Nicolás Maduro
A Cuban internationalist doctor heading a medical center in Miranda talks about the achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution which, despite facing a non-conventional war, continues to resist
Venezuela.— The heat was stifling at the Manguito Siete High-Tech Medical Center (CAT), in Paz Castillo municipality, located in the western part of this state. But it was also very peaceful. At this facility designed by the Bolivarian Revolution to conduct important tests on patients who require a speedy diagnosis, Dr. Rogelio Enrique Suárez González, a 50-year-old general practitioner, welcomed us alongside his colleagues.
Rogelio, from the province of Camagüey, heads this group of Cuban collaborators, here to share their invaluable knowledge. He has many memories to share regarding his various internationalist missions. This is his second time in Venezuela, and between 2006 and 2008 he worked in a Miracle Mission clinic in Honduras, the first inaugurated by Cuba in that Central American country.
As Rogelio explained, in Honduras he was shocked by the difficulty in accessing health services, and the number of children living in extreme poverty, unable to attend school. “One thinks a great deal about what our Revolution has done for health and education. It is an aspect that further motivates us regarding our duty to preserve the beautiful things that we have.”
However, his time in the Central American country also proved to be a wonderful experience: many people with cataracts, whose vision was poor or severely impaired, recovered their sight. This miracle was provided free of charge for all those in need.
Up to 70 Honduran patients per day were served by this mission. In two years, more than 5,000 surgeries were performed. Rogelio noted that many of the patients whose vision was restored maintain contact with their doctors.
This is your second experience in Venezuela, what does this stage mean?
We have arrived here at a very important, intense time. The Bolivarian Revolution endures, experiencing many changes since the death of Comandante Hugo Chávez. We are here to maintain what he and Comandante en Jefe Fidel created through the Cuba-Venezuela Agreement in the field of health.
The centers in which we work are located where the population most needs them. We are called on, together with Venezuelans, to help residents recover their health. We have to care for children, the most vulnerable, follow pregnancies. Thus, with the passage of time, solidarity is strengthened, and the gratitude of all the people treated increases.
Have you always worked in the CAT?
I started in a doctor’s office. It was a magnificent stage because I was in direct contact with patients, day after day. It was like returning to the roots, to the beautiful role of the family doctor. It was very good to sense the appreciation of the patients who were thoroughly examined. We treated people in need even outside working hours.
Is there a particular story you recall from your time at the local doctor’s office?
I can’t forget a nephrotic syndrome patient, whom we diagnosed as such and began to follow. We helped him as much as possible, but he needed more specialized treatment in other health institutions in the country. At that point his condition began to worsen, but fortunately he is alive. He has been receiving hemodialysis for two years now. He is extremely grateful to us and to the Cuban Revolution. If he had not been diagnosed in time, he would not have survived. We also restored his vision.
You’ve made many friends here, right?
Many thank you constantly. Every time we need help they reach out to us, be it in everyday life or at work. That is the solidarity that inspires Cuban medicine, which has no borders and makes no distinction between human beings.
Each of our collaborators in the land of Bolivar does great work…
Definitely. In the end, when you are working in any of the health structures that Venezuela has, the work is as a team; we are all cogs in a machine, and for it to work perfectly, we must all make the maximum effort in the area we are responsible for, so that the patient, when he leaves, does so satisfied with the response, with the service we offer.
Honduras left its mark on you. What will you take way from your experience in Venezuela?
First, a greater commitment to Cuba and to Fidel’s ideas, which translates into a commitment to maintain all the achievements of our Revolution, including Public Health. This is no easy task because there will be increasing challenges for our Revolution.
The other thing that marks us is that we have helped to form new generations of revolutionaries. In all the places where we have been, we have also taught, which has helped many professionals grow, including us. Wherever we go, we must leave behind people to continue the work we started.
When Caribbean and Latin American leaders gather in Cancun, Mexico later this month for the next General Assembly of the Organization of American States and discuss the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, they will have been heavily lobbied by the anti-Venezuela lobby at the OAS.
Led by the U.S. and Canada, a powerful and influential minority of member-states has been trying to get an unwilling majority to back Washington’s plans for external intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela since March 2017, the oil-rich but economically poor South American nation that is also a Caribbean state.
To date, Washington thinks it has won over the main four member-states of the 14 English-speaking Caribbean Community nations that are also members of the OAS: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
Washington is strongly hoping that this can influence the other smaller 11 CARICOM nations — all of which, except Suriname and Belize, are small island nations — to change their minds and support the powerful minority’s plot to get OAS support for intervention in Venezuela.
Opposition leaders have encouraged “resistence” that has resulted in some 80 deaths and over 1000 injuries.
At least 900 workers and 45 children were evacuated after opposition protesters attacked the Ministry of Housing in the upper-class district of Chacao, in the state of Miranda, housing minister Manuel Quevedo said Monday on Twitter.