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Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza: ‘The peoples no longer give credit to media transnationals’

On Thursday, Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, granted an interview to journalists from domestic and international media in order to strengthen Venezuela’s Diplomacy of Peace in relation to domestic, regional and global media.

The joint interview was conducted by Pablo Kunich Cabrera, from Red Alba TV, and took place in the headquarters of Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry.

The interview was joined online by alternative media like Pressenza, Kawsachun Coca, ALER, Brasil de Fato, El Ciudadano, Red Wallkechi, Peoples Dispatch and Panafrica Post.

During the interview, they addressed issues such as regional integration, the return of democracy in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the challenges and scenarios for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the face of the forthcoming parliamentary elections on December 6, and the role of alternative media in fighting smear campaigns against progressive governments.

“It is our duty to communicate with the people’s media to break the media blackout against Venezuela. Only the truth can make it possible,” stressed the Venezuelan minister.

When offering an overview of the region’s political situation and Venezuela’s international relations, Arreaza said that thanks to the Venezuelan people’s resilience, things are happening in Latin American and the Caribbean.

“We’ve got good news. The pots and pans are being bashed against neoliberalism. We can see people mobilizing to stop the corrupt oligarchies (…) The peoples of Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina have undergone their processes and can no longer be deceived. They won’t give credit to mass media transnationals anymore. They have learnt how to discern information,” added Arreaza.

Likewise, the Venezuelan foreign minister said that the peoples that rose to power over a decade ago witnessed a new wave of integration that came to fruition with the establishment of mechanisms like ALBA-TCP, UNASUR and CELAC.

“Integration has always been a target of imperialism. The U.S. ruling elite harmed, undermined and sometimes recovered spaces; it tilted the pendulum towards the right, with a massive media operation, military and parliamentary coups. Now the pendulum is back to where it should be,” explained Arreaza.

Regarding Bolivia, he insisted that lessons and reflections must be drawn from the existing relation between the Bolivian State and the country’s military and police forces.

Arreaza also said they expect Bolivia’s full incorporation into ALBA-TCP, and to resume pending economic and commercial projects to help Venezuela face the siege.

“That is how Bolivia can help us right now,” he said.

Regarding the December 6 parliamentary elections, the Venezuelan foreign minister explained it is of the utmost importance to renew the National Assembly, which, after the right-wing took it over in 2015, has only focused on attacking the Executive Branch, legislating against the Venezuelan people, and eliminating social policies by supporting the imposition of a fictitious government and U.S. unilateral sanctions, causing thousands of deaths.

Venezuela, ASEAN assess post COVID-19 cooperation

The 3rd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Venezuela was held on Thursday via video conference. There, representatives of the Deputy Secretary-General’s Office of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, its members states accredited to Venezuela and the Bolivarian Government ratified their commitment to deepening cooperation between the Asian integration bloc and the South American nation.

Fundalatin, Nobel Laureate Pérez Esquivel discuss sanctions, Human Rights violation against Venezuela in video conference

 In a video conference themed “Venezuela: Sanctions, elections and human rights,” Argentinean activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Fundalatin President, María Eugenia Russián, shared their impressions about the U.S. systematic imposition of unilateral coercive measures against the Venezuelan people and their impact on human rights.

Pérez Esquivel, Nobel laureate in 1980, explained the United States is not willing to lose its hegemony over Latin America, which it has always considered its backyard and where it applies policies of appropriation of resources and continental recolonization.

Esquivel outlined the aggressions, blockades and coup d’états the U.S. administration has promoted in countries like Cuba, Honduras, Haiti, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela.

“The problems of Venezuela have to be solved by Venezuelans, without foreign meddling. On the contrary, with a lot of solidarity and support,” he said.

According to the human right activist, in the case of Venezuela and other countries suffering aggressions in the region, it is necessary to deepen unity and solidarity with the people of the continent, and a great effort within the United Nations, which urged to democratize its own structure, where only five countries have exercised control since 1945, despite it was originally formed by 57 states, and today it has 193 member states.

Esquivel affirmed that if there is a country violating human rights, it is the United States, which attempts against the peoples’ sovereignty and self-determination in an aggressive way, with no limits, and in the face of those countries that call themselves democratic, like the European ones.

Absolutely illegal measures

In her statement, María Eugenia Russián, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan institution that promotes and defends human rights, recognized that in the last 20 years, since the 1999 Constitution was adopted, the Venezuelan State has launched social programs to benefit the most vulnerable sectors, covering fundamental human rights such as education, health, food and housing.

In this regard, Russián illustrated the U.S. human rights violations with the suspension of benefits for patients suffering chronical diseases, mostly children and adolescents, who used to receive resources to cover their treatments through the Simón Bolívar Foundation of Citgo, a PDVSA subsidiary seized by the U.S. Government.

“These measures are absolutely illegal. They violate the human rights of the population,” said Russián.

The U.S. unilateral coercive measures mainly target Venezuela’s oil industry, whose revenues account for more than 80% of the country’s export earnings, as well as medicines and health supplies critical to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and food. Since Donald Trump took office in2016, the United States have applied more than 300 unilateral coercive measures against the Venezuelan people.

Venezuela, Egypt celebrate 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Arab Republic of Egypt celebrated on November 15 the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, ties that have been historically marked by friendship, cooperation, solidarity and mutual respect, serving as a precedent for relations in our country with Africa, being Egypt the continent’s second nation with which Venezuela established relations after Ethiopia.

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