Mustadafin World Front - Latest News Venezuela :: Full Edition Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:52:00 GMT News Studio(News Distribution System{CURRENT_THEME}/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Mustadafin World Front 100 70 en Mustadafin World Front Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:52:00 GMT Venezuela 60 Venezuelan Ex-Spy Chief Who Defected to Guaido Arrested on US Drug Trafficking Warrant in Spain MWFPRESS - Hugo Carvajal was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on Friday and faces extradition to the US, where he was indicted in 2014 for allegedly having "coordinated the transportation of approximately 5,600 kilograms of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico". He will testify in a Saturday court appearance as to whether he wishes to fight the extradition, an official with Spain's National Court told the AP. The Venezuelan ex-major general, whose nickname "el Pollo" means "the Chicken", is accused of protecting a Colombian drug kingpin from arrest, allowing him to move about 5,600kg of cocaine in and out of Venezuela, and tipping him off to law enforcement activities.Carvajal allegedly was not only paid off by the kingpin and other members of his organization, but also invested in some of the drug shipments. He is also accused of providing weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).While Carvajal served as chief of military intelligence and counterintelligence under former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, he reportedly began to distance himself from Chavez's successor President Nicolas Maduro after returning to Venezuela in 2014 from Aruba, where he had been briefly detained on the same US warrant, facing extradition until Maduro threatened retaliation against the island.Carvajal left Maduro's government in 2017, ostensibly in protest over the president's plans to form a constitutional assembly that would reduce the power of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, and declared his allegiance to opposition leader and self-appointed president Juan Guaido in February, blaming Maduro for the "disastrous reality" of Venezuela. Last month, the president expelled Carvajal from the armed forces, accusing him of "acts of treason against the fatherland".Since embracing the US-backed Guaido, Carvajal has called on other members of the Venezuelan military to join the opposition, warning them against becoming "collaborators" of a "dictatorial government that has plagued people with misery" and accusing military leaders of being pawns of Cuba.He also gave a juicy interview with The New York Times, denouncing current and former members of Maduro's government as drug traffickers, FARC and Hezbollah collaborators, and journalist blackmailers while denying his own guilt on the many of the same charges. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Sat, 13 Apr 2019 18:29:38 GMT Picture: Pro-Maduro Rally in Venezuela Draws Thousands,.html MWFPRESS- Thousands of people in Venezuela's capital march toward the Miraflores presidential palace in a demonstration called by President Nicolas Maduro. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Mon, 08 Apr 2019 10:23:40 GMT,.html US ‘Seriously Considering’ Military Option in Venezuela as Senator Seeks to Declare Maduro ‘Terrorist’ MWFPRESS- “It is time for the Executive Branch to take important and necessary steps to further isolate Maduro and make clear to the world his regime’s illegality, criminality, and depravity,” Rubio urged, in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, RT reported.To increase pressure on Venezuela, Rubio, who has long been one of the most outspoken advocates of regime change in Caracas, proposed designating as a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) and a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) both the Maduro government and millions of members of the country’s pro-government citizen militias, known as ‘Colectivos’.Despite the best efforts by the US and its allies to subjugate Venezuela, the army remains loyal to the Maduro government. The resolve of many Venezuelan citizens to support their elected leader, with arms if needed, also prevents the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido from easily taking power, Rubio believes.On Friday, the US once again tightened the noose around Venezuelan oil exports, sanctioning around three dozen tankers and two companies which the Treasury says are involved in transporting oil from Caracas to Cuba. At the same time, Washington has acknowledged that its diplomatic and economic pressure options are running dry.“There is also a military option, which President [Donald] Trump has said is on the table and remains on the table,” a senior administration official told reporters on Friday, adding that such a “very serious seriously considered as events continue to unfold.”On Friday, a high-ranking US administration official said during a phone briefing that the United States has been seriously considering the use of military force against Venezuela as diplomatic measures are becoming inefficient, according to TASS.The United States’ diplomatic tools "continue to diminish due to Maduro’s recent actions", the official stated, adding, "These tools are diminishing, which is leaving us with increased economic tools and increased economic pressure <...> and also a military option, which, as President Trump has said, is on the table."He noted that the military option was the result that "no one would like to see", but it remains "the one being seriously considered as events unfold"."The European community, the United States and the Lima group have made it clear that the consequences of any harm that comes, or an arrest of Juan Guaido would be devastating to Maduro, it would be the worst and last mistake he makes, and, therefore, we are watching very closely," the official stressed.He also called upon the armed forces of Venezeula "to uphold their constitutional duty to protect the Venezuelan people from the terrorist groups, known as the Collectivos", which he claimed had been called upon by Maduro with the purpose "to break the constitutionality of Venezuela, to violate the constitution and to repress Venezuelans".US President Donald Trump earlier said his country has almost run out of economic and political options on Venezuela and was now considering the military scenario.Vice President Mike Pence also wrote on twitter, "The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy, and freedom has the momentum. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolas Maduro must go." Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Sat, 06 Apr 2019 10:41:09 GMT Lavrov Tells Pompeo Attempts to Stage Coup in Venezuela Violate UN Charter MWFPRESS- "Lavrov emphasized that Washington’s attempts to stage a coup in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government were a violation of the UN Charter and blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state," the foreign ministry noted, TASS reported.Pompeo has called Lavrov to discuss the situation in Venezuela, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said on Monday in a readout of a phone conversation between the two leaders, Sputnik reported.During the conversation, Pompeo told Lavrov that the United State would not stand by with respect to Russia's actions in Venezuela."The Secretary told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela," Palladino said in the release, adding, "The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido."On Monday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton urged Russia to join the global community to support the people of Venezuela."The United States sends food and medicine to help the people of Venezuela. Rather than sending nuclear-capable bombers and special forces to prop up a corrupt dictator, Russia should work with the international community to support the Venezuelan people," he wrote on Twitter.Bolton added that "the United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law". "The Venezuelan military must stand with the people of Venezuela," he emphasized.The El Comercio newspaper reported earlier that an Antonov An-124 and an Ilyushin Il-62 aircraft carrying Russian troops and 35 tonnes of cargoes arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Saturday.The Associated Press (AP) news agency said citing a Venezuelan official that two Russian aircraft "arrived in Caracas this weekend as part of ongoing military cooperation between the two allies"."Russian military officials are visiting to discuss equipment maintenance and training, and strategy," AP added.Meanwhile, President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello have confirmed that two Russian jets arrived in the country, adding that the landing was approved by President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:30:23 GMT Peace activists to march against war on Venezuela MWFpress - Peace activists to march against US policies over Venezuela.Peace activists are to march against war policies of the US over Venezuela later in March.American anti-war activists are to protests against Trumps war policies against Venezuela on March 16.Activists believe that sanctions over Venezuela is not alternative to war, it is war.Thousands of Americans will march in Washington, D.C. against the Trump efforts to engineer a coup in Venezuela and flame a new war in the country. ]]> Venezuela Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:28:04 GMT ‘Venezuela releases US journalist after brief detention’ MWFPRESS- Venezuela’s National Press Workers Union, known by its Spanish acronym SNTP, announced in a Twitter message on Wednesday that Venezuelan military counterintelligence agents had earlier in the day detained American journalist Cody Weddle after raiding his apartment building in the capital, Caracas.The union said the 29-year-old journalist’s house was raided “by signed order of a military tribunal,” and that security forces “took him under custody, along with his work equipment.”Weddle’s assistant, Venezuelan citizen Carlos Camacho, “was also detained by Executive Order of the Counterintelligence Military.”The SNTP did not provide details on the reasons behind the detention of the two individuals.Florida’s WPLG Local 10, one of the news outlets for which Weddle worked, said later he “has been released after being detained by Venezuelan authorities” after 12 hours in custody and was at Caracas’ Simon Bolivar International Airport waiting to board a US-bound flight.The Miami-based TV station said Camacho had been released, too.Weddle worked in Venezuela for several years as a correspondent for a variety of US media, including ABC, CBS, and the Miami Herald, and British daily The Telegraph.Venezuela has been shaken by political unrest in the past several months. In January, tensions worsened after opposition figure Juan Guaido proclaimed himself “interim president” of Venezuela.US President Donald Trump immediately recognized that self-proclamation. Ever since, the US has been escalating tensions against oil-rich Venezuela, and has not ruled out the military option to take out Maduro’s government.Caracas has said Washington is considering an invasion of Venezuela. But on Wednesday, Russian news agency Sputnik cited US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams as saying that US threats of an invasion of Venezuela were empty and were merely meant to keep the Venezuelan military “nervous.”The Venezuelan military has reaffirmed its support for Maduro despite the US threats.The Venezuelan opposition blames Maduro for an ailing economy, hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of basic items, urging him to resign. Maduro accuses the opposition of seeking to stage a coup d’état with help from the US.Source: presstv ]]> Venezuela Thu, 07 Mar 2019 18:04:43 GMT Maduro: US, Opposition Want to Unleash An 'Oil War' to Invade Venezuela MWFPRESS- "No one should let themselves be fooled! The Venezuelan opposition and the US government do not want to help the country. On the contrary, they want to seize our natural resources. They want to unleash an ‘oil war’ to invade our homeland and rule here! But they will fail!" Maduro wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, Sputnik reported.Maduro's remark comes after earlier in the day Venezuelan Permanent Representative to the United Nations criticized Washington for being ready to use any kind of lies in order to justify its attacks on Venezuela.Prior to that, in one of his latest interviews, US National Security Advisor John Bolton's stated that Washington could apply the Monroe Doctrine to the country: this document was adopted in 1823 and declared that all countries in Latin America were within the US sphere of influence.Recently opposition leader Juan Guaido has returned to Venezuela after his trip to neighbouring Latin American states, violating a travel ban imposed on him by the Venezuelan Supreme Court as part of an ongoing investigation.Commenting on the issue, Maduro stated that the opposition leader must be put on trial upon returning. Guaido may now face up to 30 years in prison for violating the aforementioned travel ban.The political crisis in the Latin American country started in January, when Guaido declared himself the country's "interim president". Maduro, who was sworn in for his second presidential term after winning the May election, which part of the opposition boycotted, qualified Guaido's move as an attempt to stage a coup orchestrated by Washington.The United States immediately recognized Guaido, after which some 50 other countries followed suit. Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and a number of other states have, in the meantime, voiced their support for the legitimate government of Maduro. Mexico and Uruguay have refused to recognize Guaido, declaring themselves neutral and promoting crisis settlement via dialogue. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:35:30 GMT Moscow: Washington Prepares 'Global Strike' to Overthrow Undesired Govt's Like Venezuela MWFPRESS- Countries whose governments are left out in the cold by Washington should beware of a mix of military and soft power, Valery Gerasimov, Russian Staff Chief stated, RT reported.According to the Russian general, Washington is already using technologies of color revolutions and is working on several types of offensives which he called a “global strike” and “multi-sphere battle".“It was that way in Iraq, Libya, and Ukraine. Similar activities are now seen in Venezuela,” he added.The Pentagon’s new “Trojan Horse” warfare strategy, which is currently underway, would rely on “protest potential of the fifth column” to destabilize the situation in the countries with unwanted governments.Simultaneously, precision-guided munition would be deployed to launch strikes on key infrastructure, according to Gerasimov.On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Washington is considering buying mortars and portable air-defense systems in Eastern Europe and sending them via cargo plane to locations near Venezuela’s borders.The US publicly backs Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself interim president in January following skirmishes on the streets of Caracas.Guaido’s claim is supported by most Latin American countries, the UK, Germany, France, and Spain while Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and several other countries stick up for President Nicolas Maduro.In February, President Donald Trump stressed that he will not rule out a military intervention scenario, while Maduro urged the US to get its hands off the country.Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Sun, 03 Mar 2019 11:06:04 GMT video: Venezuelans Gather For Mass Pro-Maduro Rally,.html MWFPRESS- A sea of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro gather for a mass rally in the Venezuelan city of Trujillo. 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