(IRAN/VENEZUELA) Oil Price Report: According to these sources, the ‘oil swaps’ are set to begin this week and last for six months, although they could be extended #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: The imports of Iranian superlight crude will help Venezuela revive its falling oil exports amid U.S. sanctions that, among other problems, have cut off the country’s access to the light oil that is used to blend with its superheavy to make it exportable…….

#AceDailyNews says according to a report that Iran and Venezuela have struck a deal to swap heavy Venezuelan crude for Iranian condensate, Reuters has reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the deal……

By Irina Slav – Sep 27, 2021, 10:30 AM CDT

For Iran, the deal will bring in heavy crude it could sell in Asia, the Reuters sources also said. The diluted Venezuela crude will also likely go to Asian buyers.

Reuters also reported that, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, the deal could constitute a breach of sanctions, to which both Venezuela and Iran are subjects.

“Transactions with NIOC by non-U.S. persons are generally subject to secondary sanctions,” the Treasury Department said in response to a Reuters request for comments on the deal. It added that it “retains authority to impose sanctions on any person that is determined to operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy.”

Despite the sanction noose, Venezuela has been ramping up its oil exports, generating vital revenue. According to a recent Reuters report, the country, which is home to the world’s largest oil reserves, exported more than 700,000 bpd of crude in July—the highest daily export rate since February.

Most of the oil went to China and Malaysia, although the latter is usually only a stop along Venezuelan oil’s trip to China. The same report noted that three of the five crude oil blending facilities in the Orinoco Belt were operational, and another crude upgrader was preparing to restart operations after a year’s pause.

Iran, meanwhile, recently revealed plans to attract some $145 billion in oil and gas investments from both local and foreign sources.

“We plan to invest $145 billion in the development of the upstream and downstream oil industry over the next four to eight years, hence I welcome the presence of domestic and foreign investors in the industry,” Javad Owji, Iran’s new oil minister, said during a meeting with executives from China’s oil giant Sinopec.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com/

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.29: 2021:

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(VENEZUELA) JUST IN: Rescue workers are searching for more than a dozen people who are missing after landslides tore through towns in western Mérida state #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: Twenty people are confirmed to have died and emergency workers have still to reach some of the worst-hit areas…

#AceDailyNews says that Venezuela rescuers are searching for landslide survivors as more rains fall with 10 more days of rain forecast, rescuers are racing to reach those feared buried before new mudslides are triggered that killed at least 20-people ….

A view of an area covered in mud and rocks following flash flooding in Tovar, Merida State, Venezuela August 25, 2021
Parts of the town of Tovar were buried in mud after the local river burst its banks

President Nicolás Maduro said more than 8,000 homes had been destroyed. 

Reuters reports that many homes have become uninhabitable

While 11 states were affected by the heavy rains, most of the fatalities occurred in Mérida in the Andes, where streets in mountain villages were converted into raging torrents.

Footage taken by locals showed cars being swept away and boulders strewn over muddy roads. 

It is not the first time the Mocotíes valley has been hit by deadly mudslides. In 2005, more than 40 people died and dozens went missing in the area when several rivers overflowed.

You may also be interested in:Homes in the Bolivian city of La Paz were destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

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(WASHINGTON) DHS Press Statement Report: Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.09: This new designation of TPS for Venezuela enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements:

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months: ‘New Designation Allows Eligible Venezuelans to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents’

En español

Last Published Date: March 8, 2021

This designation is due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, a growing influence and presence of non-state armed groups, repression, and a crumbling infrastructure. TPS can be extended to a country with conditions that fall into one, or more, of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

“The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens,” said Secretary Mayorkas.  “It is in times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps forward to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here, while their home country seeks to right itself out of the current crises.”

Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 8, 2021 are eligible for TPS under Venezuela’s designation. For their own health and safety, individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open. Due to the pandemic, travel and admission restrictions at the border remain in place.

Individuals desiring TPS must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 180-day registration period. They may also apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for travel authorization. All individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of determining eligibility. More details about the eligibility criteria to submit an initial TPS application and apply for an EAD can be found in the Federal Register Notice (FRN).

The FRN also provides information about Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Venezuelan nationals and how individuals may apply for DED-related EADs, based on the January 19, 2021, presidential memorandum establishing DED for Venezuelan nationals for 18 months, through July 20, 2022. Individuals who apply for and receive TPS and who are also covered by DED do not need to apply for Employment Authorization Documentations under both programs. USCIS encourages individuals who believe they are eligible for TPS to apply during the initial registration period announced in the FRN, even if they are also covered by DED, in case they cannot qualify for TPS late initial filing after DED has expired.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.09: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) CIA REPORT: This week, from the disturbing operations file, comes the case of Matthew John Heath, an American and former Marine accused of sabotage, terrorism, trafficking illegal weapons and conspiracy.

#AceNewsReport – Mar.08: You could be forgiven for thinking that an ex-Marine going on trial for terrorism charges in Venezuela might meet with the sort of US media coverage that the Amanda Knox story attained, but the start of Heath’s trial has warranted barely a whisper:

‘The curious case of ‘Han Solo’, a CIA contractor accused of terrorism in Venezuela who claims he was on a simple boating holiday’ Heath was arrested last September alongside six Venezuelans, including some military personnel. The gang were apparently planning attacks on oil refineries, a major bridge and possibly military installations, and were caught at a roadblock with bricks of American currency, high explosives, a satellite phone and a grenade launcher’

7 Mar, 2021 12:22 

The curious case of ‘Han Solo’, a CIA contractor accused of terrorism in Venezuela who claims he was on a simple boating holiday

By Tom Secker, a British-based investigative journalist, author and podcaster. You can follow his work via his Spy Culture site and his podcast ClandesTime.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has accused Heath of being a spy and terrorist working for the US government, while his family maintains his innocence. One of several letters smuggled out of prison and sent to Heath’s relatives reads, “Don’t WORRY! Han Solo always wins!”  His family have opined that he was either simply an American in the wrong place at the wrong time, or that the evidence was planted in order to frame him. Also on rt.com American ‘spy’ charged with TERRORISM in Venezuela over alleged conspiracy to sabotage oil refineries, power plants

Seeking leverage or deafening silence?

So, what are we to make of this? Sean McFate of Georgetown Universitysuggested that “A soldier like Heath, whether or not he’s guilty, is very attractive to authoritarian leaders like Maduro seeking leverage with the US.” 

But the US government has had little or no contact with Heath, hasn’t moved to negotiate his release, and there is no sign of Maduro using ‘Han Solo’ as leverage, either with the Trump administration or with the new Biden White House. 

Instead, the deafening silence of US officials and major media in response to Heath going on trial suggests that they want to keep a lid on the situation. This is likely due to the implication that this self-styled pilot of the Millennium Falcon was working as part of an ongoing disruption campaign being waged against Venezuela by the CIA. 

Investigative journalist Alan Macleod pursued this angle in a recentexpose, noting Heath’s widely reported background working not just for Marine Corps intelligence but also for the CIA, before he joined MVM – an intelligence services firm who contract almost exclusively for the US government. 

Macleod’s article highlights, “Although MVM is technically a private company, it was founded by three former Secret Service agents and continues to work closely with Washington… The only clients listed on its website are American government agencies. “Need a secret agent?” begins its description of the company.”

New US admin stands for same grotesque & brutal policies against Venezuela, shows just how little they actually CARE for people

The Bay of Piglets: Recycling the Cuba playbook

In May 2020, two former Green Berets led an amphibious assault on Venezuela with the aim of storming the presidential palace and installingJuan Guaido – the US’s preferred puppet leader of the country – as the new president. As Macleod points out, this event was quickly dubbed the ‘Bay of Piglets’ – a reference to the CIA botched coup attempt against the Castro government in Cuba in 1961. 

In an interview with RT, he added, “That this could occur without at least the knowledge of the State Department seems unlikely, at best.”

Following the Bay of Pigs, the CIA embarked on an extensive program of black operations designed to destabilise the Castro government. Onememo, titled ‘Possible Actions to Provoke, Harass or Disrupt Cuba’, details a string of ideas including industrial and military sabotage, economic warfare, and spreading misinformation and disinformation. 

Operations were carried out to “create unrest and dissension among the Cuban people” and to encourage the view that Castro’s “value to the revolutionary cause has diminished to the point that plans are being made for his removal.” Plans were even made, under the codename Operation Dirty Trick, so that if the first manned spaceflight were to fail, they would manufacture evidence to “provide irrevocable proof… that the fault lies with the Communists.” 

Fast forward to today, and it appears that the CIA have simply recycled their 60s playbook and used it as a manual for targeting the Venezuelan government and people.  In between regular failed coup attempts, the US government is deploying regular economic warfare, sabotage and disinformation tactics to try to erode domestic support for Maduro and ‘soften’ the country’s resistance to the corporate empire. 

Macleod summarised, “For two decades now, there has not been a day that has gone by that the US government was not working in some way to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They have tried organizing coups and protest movements as well as longer term strategies like funding political and social organizations, as well as levying sanctions on the country. There have also been many mysterious incidents in Venezuela that the government alleges were the work of unknown saboteurs.” Caitlin Johnstone: America has no allies, only hostages

A blank space in a book

If Heath, a.k.a. ‘Han Solo’, was indeed working as part of a CIA black operation, which seems likely given the evidence compiled by MacLeod and the general pattern of events in Venezuela in recent years, then he is probably a NOC – a non-official cover operative. 

As outlined by Al Pacino’s character in the film ‘The Recruit’ – which was originally written by the CIA’s Hollywood liaison – most CIA officers working out of embassies around the world enjoy official cover and diplomatic immunity, but some become NOCs.

Pacino’s character says: “The NOC is the truest practitioner of espionage – always out there, always alone, unprotected. If you are caught, you will most likely be tortured, shot, and/or hanged. And here’s the best part – no one will ever hear about it. You will become a star on a wall, a blank space in a book.”

Macleod commented on the increased contracting out of NOC activities, saying, “Much of Washington’s actual dirty work has been outsourced to third parties, however, through organizations like USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the NED (National Endowment for Democracy).”

Back in the bad old days in Cuba, NOCs and other disposable assets came in the form of Cuban exiles and mafia lieutenants, but today, proxy war has been corporatised and NOCs work for three letter abbreviations like MVM, blowing up bridges and firing grenades at oil refiners. Or at least, trying to.

The world’s weirdest holiday?

The CIA has remained predictably silent about Heath, while the State Department’s only comment on the case came in the form of a tweet by a spokesman asking for a fair trial.

U.S. citizen Matthew Heath has been held in Venezuela since last year. We call on Venezuelan authorities to ensure that he receives a transparent, fair, and public hearing that respects all fair trial guarantees.— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) February 22, 2021

Neither the Trump nor Biden White Houses have had anything to say about Heath, suggesting that there is an official policy of not commenting on this politically controversial case. 

If Heath is, as he claims, an innocent civilian with a military record and a penchant for ‘Star Wars’, who went to Venezuela during a global pandemic to gain“more boating experience,” then the State Department would be advocating for him. If this were the travesty of justice that Heath will no doubt make out it is when the trial moves to the defence phase, then the US media should be screaming blue murder.

Instead, the American government and major media response to this innocent man on the world’s weirdest holiday has been to politely ignore him, as though getting caught with high explosives, surveillance photos and machine guns is regular behaviour for Americans on nautical vacations: Too good to be true? Biden’s pick as new CIA chief signals that it may do less overthrowing of regimes and a bit more diplomacy

Han Solo: A Matthew Heath story

As Joshua Goodman, an American journalist, observed“Heath’s reputation for discretion, background in signals intelligence for the Marines and past work as a US government contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan seemed straight out of a Tom Clancy novel.”  

The Clancy parallels are apt, especially given the latest adaptation of his work – Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ – focused its entire second season on glamourising an off-the-books CIA coup against the Venezuelan government, including storming the presidential palace. The show, which is supported by both the CIA and the Pentagon, went to great efforts to project Venezuela back into the public consciousness as a desperate threat to US national security and in need of extreme prejudice. 

Macleod commented, “Unfortunately, many of the plot lines of shows like Jack Ryan have a tendency to come true. This is because the writers are in close contact with government agents who help them craft realistic scenarios for their plots based on actual events or plans.”

Despite this, I wouldn’t expect ‘Han Solo: A Matthew Heath Story’ to be coming to a theatre near you anytime soon. 

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.08: 2021:

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(CARACAS, Venezuela.) LATEST: Venezuelan military keeps the Venezuela-Brazil border closed. People shout “You are killing us with hunger” We’re not beggars,” he said. “What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation Santa Elena de Uairen in Bolivar #Venezuela as Maduro rewards in $’s for wrecking humanitarian aid transport – #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: At least one civilian was killed and several were injured in the southern Venezuelan town of Kumarakapay near the border with Brazil after troops opened fire there, indigenous community leaders and victims’ relatives told Reuters: Venezuelan military keeps the Venezuela-Brazil border closed. People shout “You are killing us with hunger” “We’re not beggars,” he said. “What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation…………………..They wanted to generate a great national commotion, but they didn’t achieve it.”…………Santa Elena de Uairen in Bolivar #Venezuela The picture is said, Maduro rewards: grab the key, about the humanitarian aid transport vehicle, grab the key reward $1,000, puncture the tire reward 800 dollars

Several indigenous Venezuelans suffered gunshot wounds early on Friday after confronting government security forces in an area close to the Brazilian border, doctors and relatives told a Reuters witness at the medical center where they were being treated: Some members of the indigenous community in that area have previously expressed their support for the opposition’s plans to bring in foreign aid this weekend despite the objection of President Nicolas Maduro

The national guardsmen in anti-riot gear positioned a trailer truck in front of a tunnel, blocking the highway westward: A shouting match and scuffle ensured, with the guardsmen firing tear cag before the lawmakers eventually forced their way through and resumed their journey.

The truck is part of a cross-country caravan led by Guiado for the border with Colombia, where much of the U.S.-supplied aid is warehoused: Guaido has called for thousands of ordinary Venezuelans to assemble at the Colombian border on Saturday to help bring the aid across.

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day.

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day. (Reuters)

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day: Maduro said he was also weighing whether to shut the border with Colombia, where the bulk of aid is being stockpiled and exiled leaders have been gathering ahead of a fundraising concert Friday organised by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, in which several major Latin American pop artists will perform.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..https://t.me/liveuamap/5434 Published: February.22: 2019: US SAYS IT WILL DELIVER AID BLOCKED BY VENEZUELA, SETTING UP CONFRONTATION WITH MADURO REGIME

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(CARACAS, Venezuela.) JUST IN: Security forces have executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a campaign to punish people who protested against @NicolasMaduro, according to @amnesty Tension At Venezuelan Embassy In Costa Rica: pro-Maduro men trying to violently enter the Venezuelan Embassy #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.20: Venezuelan security forces under the command of Nicolás Maduro executed and used excessive force against people, and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others, including teenagers, in an escalation of their policy of repression as a means of controlling the people of Venezuela and particularly to punish residents of impoverished neighborhoods that decided to protest between 21 and 25 January 2019, said Amnesty International today: “The authorities under Nicolás Maduro are trying to use fear and punishment to impose a repulsive strategy of social control against those who demand change. His government is attacking the most impoverished people that it claims to defend, but instead it murders, detains and threatens them,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Venezuela has suffered a major crisis of massive human rights violations for years, with shortages of food, medicines, hyperinflation, violence and political repression forcing more than three million people to flee the country since 2015: Faced with this bleak reality, thousands have taken to the streets to demand a change in government. From 21 to 25 January, numerous demonstrations were registered, many of them in impoverished areas, where protests demanding this change had not previously been so visible. There is a strong presence of pro-Nicolás Maduro armed groups (commonly known as “colectivos”) in these areas, where residents depend to a large extent on the currently limited state programs to distribute staple foods.

The authorities under Nicolás Maduro are trying to use fear and punishment to impose a repulsive strategy of social control against those who demand change.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

In just five days, at least 41 people died during these protests, all of them from gunshot wounds. More than 900 were arbitrarily detained, and just on 23 January (the day that demonstrations were held across the country), 770 arbitrary arrests were reported: During a research mission in the states of Lara, Yaracuy, Vargas, and different locations in Caracas, from 31 January to 17 February, Amnesty International gathered more than 50 testimonies and documented 15 emblematic cases, including some of serious human rights violations and crimes under international law. The findings of this investigation will soon be fully expanded on in a public report.

The evidence gathered in these different locations shows typical patterns: These indicate that the state authorities carried out selective extrajudicial executions as a method of social control using the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), mainly through its Special Actions Force (FAES), against people who participated in some way in the protests. The more impoverished areas of Caracas and other parts of the country were particularly affected and stigmatized, registering the highest numbers of victims, who were later presented as “criminals” killed in clashes with the authorities.

Extrajudicial executions: Amnesty International documented six extrajudicial executions at the hands of the FAES in several locations across the country, all with a similar modus operandi. In each case, the victims were in some way linked to the protests that had been held in previous days and the criticism that several of them had made against Nicolás Maduro had gone viral on social networks: The six victims were all young men whom authorities publicly described as having been killed in clashes with the FAES. This public security force tampered with the crime scenes and portrayed the victims as delinquents, saying that several of them had a criminal record, in an attempt to justify their deaths……………..“As we have seen many times in Venezuela, the authorities want us to believe that those who died during the protests – mainly young people from low-income areas – were criminals. Their only crime was daring to ask for change and to demand a dignified existence,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

Luis Enrique Ramos Suárez was 29 years old when FAES officers executed him on 24 January in the city of Carora: The day before, a voice note announcing protests against Nicolás Maduro and Carora’s mayor’s office had gone viral. In this voice note, Luis Enrique was mentioned by his nickname as one of the organisers.

On 24 January, more than 20 heavily armed and mostly masked members of the FAES illegally raided the Ramos Suárez household and mistreated the 10 family members who were present, including six children: After identifying Luis Enrique by his nickname, they made him kneel in the middle of the room while one officer took photos and others beat him: They locked the other family members in different rooms of the house, threatened them and beat them in different parts of the body. They then forcibly removed them from their home and transferred them in a PNB convoy to a location two kilometers from the house. Minutes later, they shot Luis Enrique twice in the chest. He died immediately.

According to the testimonies obtained, after executing Luis Enrique, FAES officers fired inside the house to simulate a shootout: In addition to fabricating evidence, they tampered with the crime scene, dragging the corpse to a vehicle in which it was finally transferred to the morgue, thus violating the minimum protocols for criminal investigation.

Excessive use of force: Amnesty International also documented the cases of two young men killed and a young man wounded by firearms at the hands of state security forces while participating in protests……………….Both the PNB and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) participated in operations of this nature.

Alixon Pizani, a 19-year-old baker, died on 22 January from a bullet wound to the thorax while protesting with a group of friends in Catia, west of Caracas: According to witnesses, an officer wearing a PNB uniform mounted on a motorcycle fired a handgun at random into the crowd, seriously injuring two people.

Arbitrarily detaining more than a hundred adolescents and subjecting them to cruel treatment, which at times may have constituted torture, shows how far the authorities are willing to go in their desperate attempts to stop the protests and subdue the population.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

Without receiving any help from the authorities, Alixon was transferred to a health center, where he died: Alixon’s family says that FAES officials began firing rounds at his friends and relatives at the hospital entrance, who immediately took refuge inside. To date there is no evidence that the public prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation.

Arbitrary detentions: According to Venezuela’s Foro Penal, the authorities detained 137 children and adolescents throughout the country from January 21 to 31. Of those cases, Amnesty International documented the arbitrary detention of six people, including four teenagers who participated in a protest, or simply watched it from close by, in the city of San Felipe on January 23.

In an interview with Amnesty International, they said that upon being arrested, the authorities beat them, called them “guarimberos” (protestors who use violence) and “terrorists”, exposed them to irritant substances, deprived them of sleep, and threatened to kill them: According to their testimony, the officials who detained them belonged to several different state security forces and were accompanied by people dressed in civilian clothes……….“Arbitrarily detaining more than a hundred adolescents and subjecting them to cruel treatment, which at times may have constituted torture, shows how far the authorities are willing to go in their desperate attempts to stop the protests and subdue the population,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas………..The four teenagers were accused of crimes that, according to national law, they should not have been held in detention for, yet they were imprisoned for eight days by court order. They spent four of those days at the Rehabilitation Center for Minors, a military institution where they had their heads shaved and were forced to sing phrases like “We are Chávez’s children”…………….On 29 January, one of the judges in charge of three of these cases publicly stated that she had been ordered to keep the adolescents in custody, despite there being no legal justification. After making this complaint, she was removed from her position and left the country. The four adolescents are awaiting their trial and remain subject to restrictions on their freedom.

International justice is the only hope for victims of human rights violations in Venezuela. It is time to activate all available mechanisms to prevent further atrocities

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

The young men expressed how frustrating it was to live in an economic, social and political crisis at their age, where studying, eating or finding clothing is a daily challenge: Some expressed their desire to leave Venezuela in search of a better future.

Preliminary recommendations: The Venezuelan authorities must put an end to the policies of repression that they have developed in recent years and fulfill their obligation to guarantee justice, truth and reparation for victims of human rights violations or crimes under international law……………………..“The Venezuelan justice system seems to have a policy of abandoning the victims of human rights violations. The few people brave enough to file reports are left defenceless and in danger due to the lack of a response from the authorities,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas………………Due to the severe obstacles that obstruct the path justice in Venezuela, Amnesty International calls on the United Nations Human Rights Council to take action to address the total impunity that prevails in Venezuela, through the creation of an independent investigative body to monitor and report on the human rights situation in the country.

In addition, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court should consider these facts, and if it deems them well founded, incorporate them as part of the preliminary examination already underway on Venezuela: Finally, countries genuinely concerned about the human rights situation in Venezuela should explore the application of universal jurisdiction, which serves as an alternative path to justice for victims that cannot access it locally…………..“International justice is the only hope for victims of human rights violations in Venezuela. It is time to activate all available mechanisms to prevent further atrocities,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

Venezuela security forces have executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a campaign to punish people who protested against @NicolasMaduro, according to @amnesty. #Venezuela https://t.me/liveuamap/5409  Tension At Venezuelan Embassy In Costa Rica: pro-Maduro men trying to violently enter the Venezuelan Embassy #Venezuela https://t.me/liveuamap/5411

#AceNewsDesk report ………Amnesty International – Published: February.20: 2019:

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(CARACAS, Venezuela) LATEST: After Maduro calls the military to protect him the EU makes move following US and U.K. to recognise Juan Guaido as interim president from next week as country agrees to sell UAE gold in the coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in an effort by the troubled OPEC member to stay solvent as people planned demos to take place on Saturday

#AceNewsReport – Feb.02: European Union governments will move to recognise Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president from next week, but using cautious language for fear of setting a precedent for political crises, two EU diplomats said on Friday: https://t.me/reuters_news/71201……As Venezuela grapples with U.S. sanctions on its vital oil industry, socialist President Nicolas Maduro has made plans to lift some price and foreign exchange controls in a bid to revive the country’s battered economy, sources said #AceNewsDesk reports

Since 2014, Maduro’s government has directly imported and distributed raw material for industries like food processing and construction: But the government has now informed some companies in private meetings that they can buy their own foreign currency to import what they need, five industrial and financial industry sources said………..Until now they have had to go through the government’s complex system of exchange controls to obtain scarce foreign currency……………….But business leaders said the shift may have limited impact with Venezuela deep in hyperinflation after five years of recession.

Maduro blames the economic crisis on private companies, which he accuses of conspiring with the domestic opposition and the United States to wage an “economic war.” One of the people with knowledge of the policy changes said companies with export capacity would be the only ones that would be able to buy euros from banks………….The government would also make its system of price controls, which are intended to contain inflation but have instead contributed to shortages of basic goods, more “flexible” to allow prices to rise in line with the bolivar’s depreciation, the sources said: OPINION: The US cannot be allowed to get away with its aggressive interference in Venezuela

The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.

President Donald J. Trump (WHITEHOUSE PRESS STATEMENT)

RECOGNIZING THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA: The United States has officially recognized Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela.

Middle East Monitor reports ………..Venezuela sells UAE gold in exchange for cash

Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in the coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in an effort by the troubled OPEC member to stay solvent.

The sale this year of gold reserves began with a shipment on 26 January of three tonnes, Reuters reported the official saying, and follows the export last year of $900 million of mostly unrefined gold to Turkey.

In total, the plan is to sell 29 tonnes of gold held in Caracas by February, the source said, requesting anonymity in order to speak freely. Venezuela had reserves of 132 tonnes between the central bank’s vaults and the Bank of England at the end of November, according to central bank data.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro resorted to selling off gold after falling oil production, the country’s wider economic collapse and mounting US sanctions hit public income and made it hard for the country to access credit.

The United States, which is backing an attempt by the opposition to force Maduro to step down and call new elections, warned bankers and traders on Wednesday not to deal in Venezuelan gold.

Republican US Senator Marco Rubio sent a tweet to the United Arab Emirates embassy in Washington yesterday warning that anybody transporting Venezuelan gold would be subject to US sanctions.

Neither the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Colombia, which covers Venezuela, or the central bank responded immediately to requests for comment.

#Venezuela Alert: Demonstrations are scheduled to take place throughout Venezuela on Feb 2 and may continue in the following days. The movement of U.S. government personnel will be restricted to the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy. Avoid large gatherings.
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(CARACAS, Venezuela) JUST IN: U.S & Canada Recognise Opposition Leader Juan Guaido as he declared himself interim president in a defiant speech before masses of anti-government demonstrators who took to the streets W ednesday as violence erupts to demand President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.23: He immediately drew recognition from the Trump administration, which said it would use the “full weight” of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to push for the restoration of Venezuela’s democracy: Raising his right hand in unison with tens of thousands of supporters, the head of the opposition-controlled congress took a symbolic oath before God to assume executive powers he says are his right under Venezuela’s constitution and take over the presidency until new elections can be called #AceNewsDesk reports


Two dead and five injured are reported in San Cristobal. Pro-Maduro forces and paramilitary groups attack opposition demonstrators. #Venezuela https://t.me/liveuamap/5114

Guaido said he was taking the politically risky step just two weeks after Maduro took his own oath to a second, six-year term confident that it was the only way to rescue Venezuela from “dictatorship” and restore constitutional order“: We know that this will have consequences,” Guaido, 35, told the cheering crowd standing before a lectern emblazoned with Venezuela’s national coat of arms.“To be able to achieve this task and to re-establish the constitution we need the agreement of all Venezuelans,” he shouted.

The declaration came as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators poured into the streets Wednesday accusing embattled Maduro of usurping power and demand he step down as the country reels from a crushing economic crisis forcing millions to flee or go hungry: Large crowds of protesters gathered in Caracas waving flags and chanting “Get out Maduro!” in what was the largest demonstration since a wave of unrest that left more than 120 dead in 2017.

Pro-government demonstrators dressed in red in support of Maduro were also marching in the capital, at times crossing paths with opposition protesters and shouting “sell outs” and “traitors: “ National guardsmen launched tear gas at anti-government protesters in the middle-class neighborhood of El Paraiso but for the most part the marches continued without conflict.“Join us!” the protesters cried out to a line of officers wearing helmets and carrying shields. “You are also living this crisis!”The protest is considered a crucial test for the reinvigorated opposition as it seeks to send a forceful message that Maduro no longer has the people’s backing and appeals to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind the president. The protests were called to coincide with an historic date for Venezuelans — the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.“

The democratic forces are here advancing,” opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said as she marched: “Not so that Maduro changes but so that he leaves.”President Donald J. Trump in a statement called on other Western hemisphere governments to join him in recognizing Guaido.“The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law,” Trump said.

The demonstration comes after a whirlwind week that saw an uprising by a tiny military unit put down by government forces, fires set during protests in poor neighborhoods and the brief detention by security forces of Guaido, the newly installed head of the opposition-controlled congress: Over the last two nights, Venezuelans angry over their country’s spiraling hyperinflation, and food and medical shortages have gathered in the streets banging pots and pans and setting up barricades in protest: In the city of San Felix, residents set fire to a statue of Maduro’s mentor and predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

In the southern city of Ciudad Bolivar, a 30-year-old worker, Carlos Olivares, was killed when four unidentified men descended from a beige Jeep and fired upon a crowd that was looting a store: Two more unidentified people were also killed, according to a police report of the incident, while two were injured

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: January.23: 2019:

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‘ South American Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia Call IDF’s Incursion of Gaza Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an “extermination.”

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Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN’s Human Rights Council to address Israel’s ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation’s government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys.” 

“President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council,” said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” 

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.

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‘ Venezuelan Opposition Leader Ordered to Stand Trial ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA (Caracus) – June 05  – A Venezuelan opposition leader has been ordered to stand trial on charges of instigating violence at an anti-government demonstration, AFP reported.

A judge ruled that Leopoldo Lopez, who has been in custody for three months, should stand trial, the prosecutor’s office said Thursday.

Lopez is charged over violence that broke out during a rally against the government of Nicolas Maduro on February 12.

Leopoldo López (April 29, 1971) is a Venezuelan politician and democratic activist. He is currently the National Coordinator of  Popular Will , a social movement and political party, composed of thousands of activists and community, labor and youth leaders from all regions of Venezuela, which promotes a conciliatory message of peace, prosperity and progress and is committed to construction of an alternative country where all rights are for all Venezuelans. Will Leopoldo Popular with Venezuela has traveled end to end, discussing the national project “The ultimate Venezuela” . Leopoldo is currently a political prisoner of the dictatorship in Venezuela; is unjustly deprived of his liberty in Ramo Verde military prison.

Four students were also ordered to stand trial.

BIOGRAPHY 

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` Illegal Gold Mining has Become the ` New Cocaine of Latin America ‘ as Andean Countries Generate High Profits’

#AceNewsServices – COLUMBIA – May 01 – At least three people were killed and 25 others are still trapped after an illegal gold mine collapsed in Santander de Quilichao, a city in the south-western Colombian province of Cauca, Agencia EFE cited emergency services officials as saying.

The collapse occurred in a rural district off San Antonio Road, fire chief Victor Claros told reporters, adding that victims’ bodies have been removed from the site.

The media has dubbed illegal gold mining as the “new cocaine” of Latin America, as the Andean countries – including Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil – are generating higher profits from it than from drug trafficking.

Illegal mining has become the “new cocaine” of Latin America in terms of illicit trading, as countries such as Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, are said to be obtaining higher profits from the unlicensed activity than from drug trafficking. The ecological damage is even greater.

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio (in Spanish), the shady business in the Amazonian jungle of Peru is already generating 15% more profits than the country’s total estimated drug trafficking. The figure is shocking, as Peru is said to already be the world’s largest exporter of cocaine.

The latest study published by Peru’s government last month, revealed that illicit gold extraction has led to violence, pollution and the destruction of parts of the country’s precious rainforest— more than 50,000 hectares so far. The figure is significantly higher than the 18,000 ha authorities estimated last year.

What it’s worse, unlawful mining has spread to surrounding countries such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, which is intensifying the damage on the Amazon, as well in water sources, reports El Mercurio.

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#bolivia, #columbia, #ecuador, #gold-mine, #peru, #venezuela

` Violent Activist Protests Continue Against Nicholas Maduro in Clashes with National Guard ‘

#AceWorldNews – CARACAS – April 27 – Violent protests continue against the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, despite him having agreed to hold talks with the opposition.

Anti-government demonstrators clashed with the National Guard in the capital Caracas on Friday.

Maduro has agreed to hold talks with the opposition in the presence of an outside facilitator after weeks of unrest in the country.

The announcement was made on Thursday after two days of talks between foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), government officials, human rights groups, and student protesters.

Maduro said he would look forward to having UNASUR elect a “group of foreign ministers that could be witnesses and sit down” and talk with the opposition. He added that he was open to international observers.

The demonstrations erupted on February 4th in the western border city of San Cristobal and quickly spread to Caracas. At least 37 people have been killed in clashes with security forces since the start of the unrest.

Caracas says the protests are part of a US plot to topple the Venezuelan government.

Press TV – HN/HSN

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` Nicholas Maduro has Agreed to Meet with `Representatives of the Opposition ‘ to Help put an End to Protests ‘

#AceWorldNews – CARACUS – April 08 – (ALJ) – Venezuela’s president has agreed to meet representatives of the opposition to help put an end to the protests that have gripped the nation for more than two months.

Following a meeting with eight South American foreign ministers, Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that he had agreed to talk with opposition members on Tuesday.

“We had quite a long conversation,” Maduro said of the regional talks. “They proposed a meeting tomorrow with the opposition delegation, and I agreed.”

Thirty-nine people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters, who blame Maduro’s socialist government for soaring crime, high inflation and supply shortages.

However, only a small number of those opposing the government have agreed to participate in talks.

The more moderate Democratic Unity Round Table Coalition, which seeks change without unseating Muduro, said it would join the president for Tuesday’s discussions.

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#caracus, #democratic-unity-round-table-coalition, #nicholas-maduro, #president-nicholas-maduro, #venezuela, #venezuelan

` Russia in Talks with a Number of ` Latin American ‘ Countries over Creation of Logistics Facilities for Naval Ships ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 29 – A senior Russian military official has confirmed that Russia is in talks with a number of Latin American countries over creation of logistics facilities for its naval ships, but at the same time dismissed rumours of Russia’s plans for planting its naval bases in some countries of the region.

Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Friday media speculations of a looming “Russian military expansion” into Latin America were devoid of any foundation.

Antonov said oppositional media were particularly zealous in that respect. In Venezuela and Nicaragua, for instance, a real information war was well under-way, he added.

“The purpose is to discredit the political leadership of both countries and to call in question the mutual benefits of military and military-technical cooperation with Russia,” he said.

“Such media either distort the real facts or are reluctant to understand the purposes and tasks of our policy in the region.”

“In that connection we would like to confirm that Russia’s military and military-technical cooperation with countries in the region is first and foremost geared to maintaining stability and international security,” Antonov said.

“It is not aimed at harming anyone’s interests. We rely on our partners’ voluntary consent to develop long-term ties.”

Russian News and Media Sources

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` Venezuelan Protests have `Claimed ' the ` Lives ' of 37 in ` Violent Confrontations ' between Civilians and Security Forces '

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – March 28 – A total 37 people have been killed during violent protests that started in Venezuela on February, 12, country’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega said.

The majority of them – 29 people – are civilians, while another eight are security forces. Ortega said that as part of investigation 17 policemen have been arrested and three of them were put in jail.

Two cases of use of torture, two killings and two attempted murders are also being investigated, she stressed.

The demonstration movement protested against President Nicolas Maduro’s government over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar and oil.

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1. March 23 – 11.16 GMT – #AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – 23 March – Three more people have died in Venezuela amid clashes between protesters and police, bringing the death toll to 34. Saturday’s clashes erupted as protesters tried to block a highway in Caracas following a march, demanding the release of students detained during the unrest. Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests. http://wp.me/p165ui-4uw

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` Maduro said that three ` Air Force Generals ‘ had been Arrested for Plotting an Uprising against his Government ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA- March 25 – President Nicholas Maduro said Tuesday that three air force generals had been arrested for plotting an uprising against his left-wing government.

He told a meeting of South American foreign ministers that the three generals had been in contact with the opposition and “were trying to rise up against the legitimately constituted government.”

He added that the plot had been discovered because other officers had come forward.

The latest disclosure comes amid a broadening government crackdown against Maduro’s opponents after weeks of street protests have left 34 people dead.

AP – AFP – RT

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Venezuela: ` Witnesses the Worst Violence seen for Weeks as the Death Toll Rises to 36 and Many Innocents Die'

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – March 25 – The death toll in Venezuela’s anti-government unrest has climbed to 36.

A pregnant woman was lethally shot near Caracas and a older one was killed in the western state of Merida, officials announced.

The 28-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead on Sunday during a protest as she was getting off a bus stopped by a barricade set up by protesters. In a separate accident, a National Guard sergeant was shot shot in the neck during clashes in the western state of Merida.

Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests that have continued for almost a month, with people in the streets accusing the government of inflation and holding it responsible for the lack of basic products in the country.

President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused the White House of sponsoring members of the opposition with a view to destabilize Venezuela.

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#caracus, #merida, #president-nicholas-maduro, #venezuela

` Three more people have died in `Venezuelan ‘ clashes between Police and Protesters Increasing Death Toll ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – 23 March – Three more people have died in Venezuela amid clashes between protesters and police, bringing the death toll to 34. Saturday’s clashes erupted as protesters tried to block a highway in Caracas following a march, demanding the release of students detained during the unrest. Venezuela has been hit by a wave of violent protests.

The demonstration movement is angry at President Nicolas Maduro’s government over inflation and the lack of basic products in the country such as paper, sugar, and oil.

AP

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Venezuela; ` Intelligence Services `Sebin ‘ Arrest ` Daniel Ceballos ‘ in ` San Cristobel ‘ attending Opposition Summit ‘

#AceWorldNews – Daniel Ceballos, mayor of the western city of San Cristóbal, and one of the leading opposition figures throughout the protests against incumbent President Nicolas Maduro, has been arrested by the country’s intelligence service, Sebin.

“This is an act of justice for a mayor who not only failed to meet his obligations under the law, but also facilitated and supported all the irrational violence in this city,” said Sebin chief, Miguel Rodríguez Torres.

San Cristóbal has been one of the hotspots for clashes between pro and anti-government forces that have resulted in more than 30 deaths throughout the country.

Ceballos had been attending a summit for opposition-minded mayors in Caracas when he was detained.

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Venezuela ` Chilean Student shot dead whilst clearing away a barricade put up by Anti-Government Protester ‘s’

#AceWorldNews A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, Reuters reported.

Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, is the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said.

“She was ambushed by an extreme right-wing group,” Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, said, blaming the killing of Rubilar on unidentified demonstrators.

The deaths of Rubilar and of a protester shot in the border state of Tachira, brought to at least 22 the number of fatalities in five weeks of unrest.

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