Forum on Venezuela and the condemnation of the Obama executive order
declaring Venezuela a threat to the national security of the United States

 

UP Diliman Campus, April 15, 2015

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Ms. Yelitza Ventura Polanco, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of the Bolivarian Venezuela
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Elmer Bong Labog, chair of ILPS Philippines
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ILPS CONDEMNS US VILIFICATION OF VENEZUELA,

SUPPORTS VENEZUELAN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT

by Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Chairperson

International League of Peoples' Struggle

March 18, 2015

 

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, condemn as a brazen violation of the national sovereignty of the Venezuelan people the US vilification of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as a “national security threat” to the US and the US sanctions on seven officials of the Venezuelan government.
 

US imperialism is the one being hostile to and threatening Venezuela. It is  intervening and interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela.  US instrumentalities and the local reactionary forces  manipulate the economic and political situation in order to sow social disorder and seek the overthrow of the democratically elected officials of the Bolivarian and Chavista government of Venezuela headed by President Nicolas Maduro.


We demand that the US  revoke its unjust and malicious misrepresentation of Venezuela as a “national security threat” to the US, end the sanctions it has imposed on Venezuelan officials and stop directing and funding local reactionary forces to carry out provocations  and fabricate charges of  human rights violations.


The Venezuelan people and their government have the sovereign right to adopt all necessary and timely measures to defend themselves from the attempts of US imperialism and its reactionary agents to violate the national independence and socialist aspirations of Venezuela  and reverse all the advances made by the people towards national and social liberation.


We the ILPS support the  just cause of the Venezuelan people and government against US imperialism and the reactionary forces .  In this regard, we call on all our global regional committees, national chapters and member-organizations of the ILPS to undertake information campaigns and protest actions in preparation for bigger mass actions in concert with those to be held on a global scale on April 19.


We have a full month ahead to arouse, organize and mobilize the people within our reach in order to maximize our participation in the World Great Day of Solidarity with Venezuela and Condemnation of US Intervention on April 19, with the slogan “Peoples of the World United on Venezuela.###

 

Norma Biñas of ILPS-Philippines
           
     
     
     

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Filipinos support Venezuela against US threats
by Ram Talambong


 

HOPE NOT THREAT: Members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle raise their fists in support for Venezuela. Ram Talambong


QUEZON CITY— Filipinos joined the Venezuelan people in calling for US President Barack Obama to repeal an Executive Order (EO) imposing sanctions against Venezuela.

In a forum held at the UP College of Mass Communication yesterday, Embassy of Venezuela charge d’ affaires Yelitza Ventura Polanco decried recent US actions that threaten Venezuela’s national sovereignty.

The forum was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), an organization of anti-imperialist and democratic movements around the world, which supports the repeal of the recent presidential declaration by Obama.

Last month, Obama issued an EO declaring a national emergency against Venezuela. The US has since then called for the conviction of seven Venezuelan senior officials, and labelled the oil-rich country a “threat” to US national security and foreign policy.

“We are committed to advancing respect for human rights, safeguarding democratic institutions, and protecting the US financial system from the illicit financial flows from public corruption on Venezuela,” the White House.

But Polanco, the keynote speaker of the forum, said that the United States is only trying to isolate Venezuela from other South American countries. Nonetheless, she said that the US government is failing to doing so.

“They have brought the opposite,” said Polanco. “They didn’t only unite us, they also brought themselves against the whole world. A country can’t pose a threat to another’s sovereignty.”

On March 17, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) called for the US to revoke the sanctions imposed by the EO. According to UNASUR’s statement, the US must not interfere with national sovereignty and must hold dialogues with the Venezuelan government.

“Yes, we are a threat. Because we are never silent. We always fight for our country. We are first to unite the countries in the South America region,” Polanco said.

A public petition demanding the withdrawal of the EO has garnered 11 million signatures as of press time, more than 1,000 belonging to Filipino signatories.

“They have to revoke it… Venezuela is not alone,” Polanco insisted.
ILPS Philippines announced that it will hold a protest action in front of the US embassy in Manila on April 20, dubbed internationally as the “World Great Day of Solidarity with Venezuela and Condemnation of US Intervention.”

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Venezuela stands up to US bullying

 

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo
Streetwise | BusinessWorld


The failed coup in Venezuela last February and US President Obama’s declaration this March that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a “national security threat” to the United States have escaped most Filipinos’ notice. Understandably so, with the entire country preoccupied with the ongoing cover-up of another monumental blunder by the Aquino government, one that has cost not just scores of lives including 44 members of its own elite police forces but has also undermined the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

 

Yet Filipinos should sit up and take notice. These most recent events in Venezuela underscore hard lessons being learned by the Venezuelan people and its democratically elected government as they try to chart their nation’s destiny toward greater equity, social cohesion and national progress. In the process they find themselves continuously, systematically and violently opposed by the tiny but still powerful socioeconomic elite with the solid backing of the US government.

 

Fifteen years ago, under the leadership of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan society underwent sweeping reforms that aimed to redistribute the revenue from its oil wealth for the benefit of the greater majority. This entailed nationalizing the oil industry and using its earnings for government socioeconomic programs geared to ensure that basic goods and services such as food, housing and education were universally accessible and affordable. The Chavez leadership also pushed aggressively for genuine land reform. It capitalized on its huge popularity with the masses to build grassroots-based people’s organizations such as worker-managed cooperatives and community councils that galvanized the popular will behind its reforms.

 

The Chavez government prevailed over unrelenting destabilization moves by its opponents up to a successful coup d’état in 2002 that lasted for 48 hours, until the younger loyal officers of the armed forces restored Chavez to power. He ruled from then on, winning a series of democratic elections until his death from illness in 2013.

 

The Maduro government that took over and continues the sweeping reforms of Chavez (dubbed the Bolivarian Revolution) has been met from Day One by a new round of attacks from the US-backed right-wing forces code named “El Salida” or “The Exit.”


The elements of the plot are: (1) sabotage of the supply and distribution chain for food and other basic goods in order to induce artificial shortages and runaway inflation; (2) widespread, violent “protests” that would cause chaos in the streets; (3) systematic and sustained anti-government reportage by the elite-owned private mass media outlets beamed to global media; (4) vilification of President Maduro and his government coupled with the projection of unrepentant coup plotters as representing the legitimate political opposition deserving of support from the US and its allies; and (5) military actions such as assassinations of government officials, bombings of government centers and including false flag operations such as the assassination of some of the expendable leaders of the right wing and deaths in violent street protests to be attributed to state security forces.


For two years now the government has been exerting every effort to overcome the economic sabotage measures. According to reports, while scarcities and inexplicably inflated prices are being fought back through government police action such as forcing stores to lower their prices on pain of takeover and raiding warehouses to flush out hoarded goods, the economic warfare continues. But this situation has not resulted in the kind of mass unrest that is intended; Venezuela’s poor hold fast to their experience of much better times under the Chavez and Maduro governments.

 

The so-called mass protests have died down despite the efforts of opposition leaders holding the reins of local government in rich enclaves to sustain these with sporadic thrashing of public parks and government buildings by hoodlums. Thus the image the destabilizers have been trying to project, that the Maduro government is unable to enforce basic law and order, much more, is violating its citizens’ right to freely assemble and express their grievances, has been unable to stick despite willful media manipulation echoed by imperialist-controlled global corporate media.

 

What has become starkly clear is that the right-wing opposition is resorting to the more dangerous option of military actions up to a full-blown coup d’état to bring the government down. It would appear from the account of the latest attempt in February this year (nipped in the bud when a recidivist coup-plotting general was turned in by another officer he was trying to recruit) that the plan was to conduct aerial bombings of the Presidential Palace, the government media center Telesur, the Ministries of Defense, Interior and Foreign Relations, the Department of Military Intelligence, and the Attorney-General’s Office. The publication of a manifesto in a national newspaper calling for a transition government would be the plotters’ signal fire.

 

There would be a call for street protests once more with intentions of fomenting violence and confusion in order to portray the events as the result of government repression. A video of a detained general, a confessed coup leader in an earlier failed attempt, would be repeatedly shown to agitate members of the armed forces. Failing this, a video of men in the uniforms of the different services of the military would be shown to announce to the country and to the world that the armed forces had risen up against the Maduro government.

 

All of this fell apart when the government discovered the plot and acted quickly to preempt any of the plotters’ moves. According to Mark Weisbrot (Al Jazeera), “The Venezuelan government has produced some credible evidence of a coup in the making: the recording of a former deputy minister of the interior reading what is obviously a communiqué to be issued after the military deposes the elected government, the confessions of some accused military officers, and a recorded phone conversation between opposition leaders acknowledging that a coup is in the works.

 

The government also categorically accused the US embassy in Venezuela of direct involvement in this latest as well as previous attempts to topple it. It pointed to the “close relationship” of the political and military figures at the core of the February attempt at another putsch with US embassy officials.

 

After the standard US denial of any involvement, came in quick succession US President Obama’s declaration that the Venezuelan government is a “national security threat” to the US and that US sanctions would be imposed on seven Venezuelan officials. This is indeed ironic, given the long history of US political interference up to armed intervention not only in Venezuela but the entire breathe of Latin American countries to remove governments not to its liking or to prop up those that are its vassal states.

 

Obama’s declaration of Venezuela being a threat to US national interest is primarily due to Venezuela’s key role in building and strengthening alternative political and economic alliances among Latin American and Caribbean states such as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and Petrocaribe which further the interests of these states and their peoples more than the traditional US-initiated and dominated alliances such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the so-called Caribbean Initiative.

 

Rather than isolate Venezuela, Obama’s move to attack and isolate Venezuela is yet another futile attempt to stem the decline of US global supremacy in its own hemisphere.

 

Carol Pagaduan-Araullo is a medical doctor by training, social activist by choice, columnist by accident, happy partner to a liberated spouse and proud mother of two.

carol_araullo@yahoo.com

Published in Business World
March 22, 2015

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Letter from the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers to the Social Movements of the USA

By FREBIN, March 31st 2015

Comrades,

As you know, on March 9th, 2014 President Barack Obama issued an executive order which establish a state of “national emergency,” indicating that Venezuela’s current situation “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” (1). Well, we want to tell you why we believe Venezuela may be a “threat” in the eyes of the US government. We want to talk from people to people.

In the executive order, President Obama says that the “Venezuelan situation” is a threat because, supposedly, there are “curtailment of press freedoms, use of violence and human rights violations and abuses in response to antigovernment protests, and arbitrary arrest and detention of antigovernment protestors, as well as the exacerbating presence of significant public corruption.” Come on, do you really think that if this were true it would be enough reason to be considered a “threat” to the US national security? Do you? We do not. You know that during the eighties and the nineties, Venezuelan governmental repression left thousands of antigovernment protesters dead and also there was documented and exacerbated governmental corruption. Neither of those reasons was enough to constitute an emergency from a US government standpoint. On the contrary, many of the people who stole public money during that time migrated safely to the US and still live in those luxury neighborhoods that you see in Doral, Miami and other cities.

Perhaps, comrades, the answer to why Venezuelans is considered a "threat" are to be found in a document from 2007, leaked by Mr. Edward Snowden. The serial code of the document is "SECRET // // REL TO USA COMINT, AUS, CAN, GBR // 20291123" and is titled “United States SIGINT System. January 2007 Strategic Mission List”(2). It explains the NSA priorities for that moment. There are four points in which Venezuela appears as a focus of interest to boost maneuvers in the fields: political, energy, information operations and intelligence and counterintelligence. This document concludes with the proposal of “enabling policymakers in preventing Venezuela from achieving its regional leadership objectives and pursuing policies that negatively impact U.S. global interests” (p.9). Things make more sense now, don’t they? And Venezuela appears next to China, North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Russia... Please, give me a break!

The document leaked by Mr. Snowden reveals two issues that shed light on the negative impact of Venezuela on the global interests of the US government. The first, perhaps the obvious one, is that Venezuela appears in the list of strategic missions because the US government must ensure “a steady and reliable energy supply for the US” (p. 5). Hence, it is necessary for the US government to seek ways to secure energy supplies from Venezuela. However, the truth is that the revolutionary process which we live in Venezuela has never undermined the reliability of Venezuela as an US energy supplier. Actually, after 15 years of revolution the US continues being our principal customer. The only time that our reliability was affected was when in 2003 there was a sabotage against our oil company and the US government was one of its main promoters. So, let’s look at the next issue mentioned in the NSA document, which we believe is  key to understanding why Venezuela is a threat in the eyes of the US government.

In one of the strategic missions, the NSA proposes “providing warning of impending state instability” in countries such as North Korea, Cuba, Nigeria, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Bolivia, Sudan, Kosovo, Venezuela, the "Palestinian Authority "and -attention!- something they call "Latin American Bolivarian developments". The document does not provide more detail over the issue, but The New York Times provided a revealing side comment [in its coverage of the leaked document.] The NYT notes that "the influence of leftist leaders in Venezuela and its allies in Latin America are a surprising priority, here described as 'Bolivarian developments'" (p. 4). The matter is now clarified. Venezuela appears as an unusual and extraordinary threat because it presents an ideology -the Boliviarian one- which rivals and contrasts with the totalitarian influence exerted by the US status quo over the Latin American region in the recent decades.

How will the US government confront this threat? There are several ways, for example, the “H” item of the document deals with "information operations" and states that the government should “support U.S. military deception (MILDEC) and psychological operations (PSYOP)... to influence target behavior and activities” (p. 5). And among the countries which intends to apply these military operations appears, as expected, Venezuela.

If Venezuela appears as a “threat” is because it is an ideological rival which affects the interests of the US government. Obama's executive order is one of the military and psychological operations applied against us. Bolivarian Venezuela has succeeded in founding a leadership model that threatens US hegemony in Latin America and the world. From Quito to Greece, the liberating and anti-capitalist example of Venezuela and Hugo Chavez is reflected, especially in social movements and insurgent parties. What US government fears is the strengthening of the Venezuelan example being projected over a world of capitalism in crisis. That's it!

The intention of Obama's executive order is to influence public opinion. Its primary aim is to create a media campaign which calls into doubt the radical democratic vocation of the Bolivarian Revolution. It intends to tear down the solidarity of friends and allies and tries to open a road either for an internal crisis or foreign intervention. We call to the American progressive and democratic social movements (such as the "99%", the "Occupy" and the "Anti-Globalization"), as well as, the Labor Unions and the American people in general to not let themselves be manipulated by these military and psychological operations.

North American and South American peoples have fought together in the past and can fight together now again. Our precursor, Francisco de Miranda, fought with you in Pensacola in 1781. Years later he requested support for President John Adams, through his friend Alexander Hamilton, to liberate the Spanish Empire colonies. Miranda failed to secure government support. However, in 1806, US sailors escorted Miranda on his expedition to liberate our continent, attempting a landing on the Venezuelan coast of Ocumare. The landing was not successful and the Spanish armada managed to seize 57 sailors. Ten of them were hanged, decapitated and mutilated in Puerto Cabello. Their names were preserved by our history. They were commander Thomas Donahue; Captains James Gardner, GustavusBergud and Thomas Billopp; and Lieutenants Charles Johnson, Daniel Kemper, John Ferris, Francis Farquarsons, Paulo George and Miles L. Hall. The latter, Hall, was a printer who came to Venezuela with the intention of founding a free press.

The rest of the sailors suffered imprisonment. Twenty-eight were sentenced to ten years and the remaining nineteen to eight years in prison. Some of the survivor American sailors proudly wrote down their libertarian memories. Their names are: William Armstrong, James Biggs, John H. Sherman, Moses Smith, John Edsall and Henry Ingersoll (3).

A decade later, in 1817, the free army of Simon Bolivar's Colombia went to support the popular uprising of Floridian people on Amelia Island. On June 29th of that year, the Scottish General GregorMacGregor, the commander Luis Aury accompanied by Doctor Pedro Gual, Brigadier General Lino de Clemente, GermánRoscio and AgustínCodazzi landed in Fernandina with 150 patriots, most of them Venezuelans. With the Floridian people they declared the independence and founded the "Republic of Florida." Sixty-six days after the founding, the US Navy, supported also by the Spanish armada, suppressed the popular movement and invaded the Free Republic of Florida. The territory of Florida followed belonging to Spain until 1822 formally, but the truth is that, in fact, with the US invasion of 1817, Florida had been annexed.

The official history of the US government says that Florida was purchased from Spain. The truth is that Florida was a free and independent republic declared by a popular insurgency movement which was repressed, invaded and annexed by the Union (4). The Colombian army would go to give armed support when needed. President Monroe called them "smugglers, adventurers and looters," President Obama calls us "corrupt and human rights violators." Epithets change in time but not the same style of military deception and operation.

Neither Alexander Hamilton nor John Adams helped Miranda on his expedition to free the Spanish America. President James Monroe aborted the development of the Republic of Florida. However, our peoples did fight together. Together we have fought for freedom and together we can rescue it again.

From the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researches, Innovators and Workers (Frebin), Chapter Mérida, we want to pronounce our rejection of President Obama’s executive order, which presents the developments of the Bolivarian process as a “threat” to the US national security. We want to offer our hand of support to the social movements and the American people in the process of building a better world where everyone fits in freedom.

For the victory of 99%, let's fight together! as we already did in Pensacola, Ocumare and Amelia Island. Let America be Our America.

Comrades!, Venezuela is not a threat, it is hope!

Yours,

Bolivarian Front of Science Researches, Innovators and Workers (Frebin),
Chapter Mérida.
merida.frebin@gmail.com ; @FrebinMerida
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References

    (1)    “Executive Order – Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela”.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/executive-order-d...
    (2)    Available at:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/11/03/world/documents-show-nsa-e... Section “Jan. 2007 Strategic Mission List”.
    (3)    Some of these memories are available in the Library of Congress (
www.loc.gov). The collection can be searched by “Venezuela--History--Miranda's Expedition, 1806”. Some of the books are digitalized. For instance, the books of John Edsall (“Life of John Edsall”, https://archive.org/details/incidentsinlifeo00edsa) and James Biggs (“The history of don Francisco de Miranda's attempt to effect a revolution in South America, in a series of letters”, https://archive.org/details/historyofdonfran00bigg).
    (4)    SeePividal, Francisco (1977). "Bolívar, pensamiento precursor del antiimperialismo".Ediciones de la Presidencia de la República, Caracas-Venezuela. 2006 Edition.

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