Mustadafin World Front - Latest News Venezuela :: Full Edition Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:25:58 GMT News Studio(News Distribution System{CURRENT_THEME}/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Mustadafin World Front 100 70 en Mustadafin World Front Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:25:58 GMT Venezuela 60 Venezuela ‘ready for battle’ if Trump imposes blockade – Maduro MWFpress - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his country was “prepared for battle” if the US imposes a quarantine, and said his envoy to the UN would denounce the “illegal” threat before the Security Council. MoreVision Plus TV ( ]]> Venezuela Sat, 03 Aug 2019 05:32:59 GMT Venezuela's %35 negative economic growth MWFpress -The International Monetary Fund has estimated that Venezuela's Economic growth in 2019 will be negative by %35 which is the worst rate in the past 50 years.MoreVision Plus TV ( ]]> Venezuela Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:23:18 GMT Thousands of Venezuelans march in support of Maduro after UN report MWfpress -Thousands of people have flocked to the streets in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas to protest against a recent United Nations report on the country’s human rights situation.MoreVision Plus TV ( ]]> Venezuela Sun, 14 Jul 2019 07:31:41 GMT Activists call for help to protect Venezuela Embassy MWFpress - Members of Embassy Protection Collective (EPC) who have protected the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC for near 40 days, have asked activists to donate to support the members of the campaign for a longer time.MoreVision Plus TV ( ]]> Venezuela Wed, 12 Jun 2019 05:38:46 GMT Venezuela Army Awaiting US ‘with Weapons in Hands’ MWFpress - Venezuela’s military personnel issued the warning on Saturday as they took part in what was dubbed a “march of loyalty” to pledge their allegiance to Maduro, World News reported."Only the ones who fight have a right to be. You will never invade my country. Listen to us small gringo," the troops shouted during the parade in the central state of Aragua, using a derogatory term for Americans, adding, "We are ready. With weapons in our hands … we are waiting for you."Maduro marched more than a mile alongside the personnel and military equipment before delivering a speech to slam US imperialism.Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January, when Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition. The political situation rapidly destabilised after opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself an interim president of the country and called for ousting the democratically elected president.Around 50 countries globally, including the United States, have recognized Guaido's 'interim presidency'. Russia, Iran, China, Turkey and numerous more countries have condemned the move and supported Maduro.In response, the Venezuelan's government stripped Guaido of his parliamentary immunity and barred him from leaving the country. Maduro also stated that the National Armed Forces must be prepared to defend Venezuela, accusing the administration of President Donald Trump of orchestrating a coup in the Latin American country.Maduro has slammed Guaido as a US puppet, stating that he is a tool in Washington's efforts to forcibly change the government in Venezuela.The US officials repeatedly noted that Washington hasn't ruled out a "military option" in resolving the Venezuelan political crisis. Guaido also hasn't ruled out such an option and has even requested consultations with the US Southern Command. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Sun, 19 May 2019 10:59:39 GMT Venezuela Government, Opposition in Norway for Crucial Talks MWFpress - Members of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly said senior representatives from both sides will be involved in the discussions in Oslo, Al-Jazeera reported.One official said the delegations from the two opposing camps were travelling after receiving separate invitations from a group of Norwegians.The representatives include Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez on the government side and Stalin Gonzalez, a leading member of the National Assembly, the officials added.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not directly comment on the talks in televised remarks on Wednesday, but said Rodriguez was on a "very important" mission outside Venezuela.Although it has been claimed that the parties have met twice, there have been no statements from either side.Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January, when Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.Tensions escalated when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself acting president days later, a move supported by the United States and many European and Latin American countries.The opposition has insisted that Maduro was illegitimately elected last year and that he must step aside to make way for elections. Maduro, in turn, accuses the opposition of being US stooges intent on illegally seizing power.The Norway dialogue comes as a mostly European group of nations prepares to send a high-level delegation to Venezuela to propose solutions to the country's protracted crisis.The International Contact Group consists of eight European countries, the European Union and four Latin American countries.The opposition announced that Venezuela's dire economic situation is the result of years of corruption and mismanagement. Maduro blames the country's problems on US sanctions that were imposed more recently.The planned talks seemed likely to dampen speculation that the US, the main backer of the Venezuelan opposition, might be considering military action as a way to end the crisis.US officials have previously said they are focusing on diplomatic and economic measures to force Maduro out, though Guaido said his Washington envoy will meet the head of the US Southern Command on Monday.On April 30, Guaido issued a video message in which he appeared alongside a small contingent of uniformed military personnel and armoured vehicles. He called for an uprising to end the "usurpation" of Maduro and has continued to call for mass demonstrations against the Venezuelan president.The bitter power struggle has left Venezuela in a state of paralysis after years of hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine, forcing millions of Venezuelans to flee. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Fri, 17 May 2019 21:14:19 GMT US Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy to Evict Pro-Maduro Activists Defending It from ‘Illegal Seizure’ MWFpress - “We are expecting the police to come in and violate the Vienna convention with their fictional government, nongovernment claiming that we should leave,” the Embassy Civilian Protection Collective said in a video message shortly before the police arrived at the doors of the diplomatic premises to the cheers of the pro-Juan Guaido camp outside, RT reported."We’re going to be prepared to be arrested. We’re not going to leave voluntarily," it added.At least four embassy ‘protectors’ have remained inside the building and could be seen through the windows – even after police entered and left, apparently stopping short of forcefully evicting everyone - for now.Despite their resolve to defend the diplomatic mission from “illegal seizure” by Guaido-appointed US representative Carlos Vecchio, many of the activists have left the embassy – apparently tired of the siege and worried about the threat of arrest – after a notice, which was not signed by any US government agency, urged them to “depart immediately” from the building in which they have lived for the last 34 days.“The United States does not recognize the authority of the former Maduro regime or any of its former representatives to allow any individuals to lawfully enter, remain on this property, or take any action with respect to this property,” a notice taped to the door of the building earlier in the day read.Amid the standoff for control of the building, Venezuela’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America reminded Washington that an intrusion would be a breach of international law.“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has not authorized the entry of police officers into the former Embassy building in Washington, DC. This intrusion is yet another violation of international law by US authorities and aggression against Venezuela,” Carlos Ron said on Twitter.The crisis surrounding the Venezuelan embassy in Washington began after US authorities forced diplomats loyal to Maduro to leave the premises more than one month ago. Just before departing for Caracas, the diplomats appointed by Maduro allowed the peace activists to occupy the building.A failed US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela inflamed the situation at the embassy, with the pro-Guaido camp blocking any attempts by activists to sneak supplies inside. Several people were arrested as they attempted to throw food and hygiene products through the open windows, while authorities cut the power and water supply to the diplomatic compound. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Tue, 14 May 2019 11:46:39 GMT US policy on Iran, Venezuela: Economic war or military confrontation? MWFpress - “With the cancellation by the United States of exemptions granted to Iran’s largest oil customers, tensions have risen a notch between Iran and the United States. Eyes are focused on Hormuz’s strategic strait that Iran had previously threatened to close, in response to threats by the United States to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero,” writes the paper.Meanwhile, in Venezuela, with the escalation of agitations fomented by Juan Guaido, pawn of the Americans and former head of the National Assembly who proclaimed himself acting president, the United States did not exclude the recourse to the military option, in the event that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would not agree to give up power. Earlier, the White House announced a few months ago that it was considering serious sanctions against the company “Petróleos de Venezuela SA” (PDVSA), in the context of an economic war against Caracas.Should we then expect a US military intervention for a few weeks in Venezuela, much like what has already happened for other countries opposing Washington?The current US government is well aware that US military interventions in the various countries of the world have not delivered the desired results in the past two years. These adventurous spurs have inflicted immense financial losses and loss of human life in the United States, and many experts recognize this.As far as the Iran-US deal is concerned, the United States has never really sought and is not seeking today to engage in a military confrontation with Iran. They just want to keep Iran away from other countries in the world economically, in the hope that Iranian officials will move to the negotiating table.As a result, there will be no military confrontation unless Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz threaten American ships in the waters of the Persian Gulf. If so, an American response is not to be excluded either. But even if a confrontation bursts between Iran and the United States, the latter will most likely stop the clashes in order to return the sea traffic to the Strait of Hormuz.And as for Venezuela, it is not difficult to understand American concerns: a US military intervention against Venezuela, the fifth largest holder of oil and gas resources in the world and the largest exporter of natural gas in America, risk of provoking consequences ten times more devastating than American actions in the Persian Gulf.Although an economic war against Venezuela, a country dependent on 75% of its oil revenues, could seriously damage the Venezuelan economy, this will not guarantee any progress on the ground for the Americans. So, as long as they are not sure of being able, through the backing and connivance of the opponents, to overthrow the Venezuelan government or occupy part of its territory, the Americans will not go to war against Caracas.In short, the tensions between the United States and Iran, on the one hand and with Venezuela on the other, will not exceed the level of the economic war. But the tussle on this plane is a bit like walking on eggs! In the same way that the possibility of military operations in the Persian Gulf could not be totally excluded, a US military intervention in Venezuela is not entirely excluded either “. Source: iuvmpress ]]> Venezuela Sat, 11 May 2019 12:17:21 GMT 5 killed, 233 arrested during coup-related protests in Venezuela last week MWFpress - Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Monday that 233 people were arrested and that all of them were being investigated.Saab confirmed that 18 arrest warrants were also issued against “civilians and military plotters,” but he gave no names.Last Tuesday, a small group of Venezuelan armed troops accompanying opposition figure Juan Guaido clashed with soldiers at an anti-government rally in the capital, Caracas, in an attempted coup. Gunfire was heard, and more than 100 people were reported wounded.The putsch quickly petered out, though, and some 25 renegade soldiers sought refuge at the Brazilian Embassy in Caracas.Maduro vowed to bring justice to “traitors” and thanked the country’s armed forces for their continued loyalty to his government.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says a coup attempt by a small faction of the military has been defeated, thanking the armed forces for continued loyalty to him.Guaido, whose latest call for a coup failed, has blamed the armed forces for not rushing to his side.“We still need more soldiers, and maybe we need more officials of the regime to be willing to support it,” he told The Washington Post on Saturday.Later on Monday, he pointed the finger at Venezuelans in general, saying there were “people who failed to follow through.”The opposition figure, who has declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela, said in an interview with the BBC that he was considering asking Washington to intervene in the country.The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has recognized Guaido’s self-proclamation, has repeatedly threatened Maduro’s elected government with military action.The US national security team has met at the Pentagon to discuss military options in Venezuela, after a coup attempt failed in the country.As part of a pressure campaign to push Maduro out of power, the US has long resorted to harsh sanctions against his government.According to Reuters, US Vice President Mike Pence will announce more measures against the country on Tuesday.One US administration official has told Reuters that 25 more magistrates on Venezuela’s Supreme Court would be targeted with sanctions as a warning not to approve a potential arrest warrant against Guiado.The Venezuelan government has not yet moved to arrest Guaido. But on Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the re-arrest of another opposition figure, Leopoldo Lopez, who made an appearance alongside Guaido during last week’s coup attempt after allegedly escaping house arrest.​Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez speaks outside the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 2, 2019. (Photo by AFP)The 48-year-old Lopez has reportedly taken refuge at the Spanish Embassy in Caracas with his family.He was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2014 after being convicted of inciting violent protests against the government. At least 43 people were killed during those protests. He was transferred to house arrest in 2017.According to the US administration official, Pence will offer new “carrots” to the Venezuelan military personnel to entice them to defect and join the opposition. The official did not provide details. Source: presstv ]]> Venezuela Tue, 07 May 2019 12:29:36 GMT Maduro Instructs Military to Prepare to Repel US Attack on Venezuela MWFpress - Venezuelan troops should “be ready to defend the country with weapons in hand if one day the North American empire dares to touch this land, this sacred ground”, Maduro said, addressing thousands of young cadets at a training range in the state of Cojedes, RT reported.“We are not a weak or helpless country. We are a country with a powerful Bolivarian National Armed Force that should be more united and loyal than ever,” he added.But for now, the US is “waging a non-traditional war” against Venezuela as they “want to rule the whole of [the Americas]”, he stated.Washington is trying to put into effect “a conspiracy with a lot of money, in order to destroy and divide our armed forces from the inside, with the help of a group of traitors”, he noted, referring to the failed coup attempt on Tuesday.“They stole machineguns and rifles in order to aim them at their own military and people,” Maduro stressed.There were clashes in the Venezuelan capital Caracas mid-week as self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido and his supporters attempted to take control of the country, with the help of some military members.The coup attempt failed within hours as the armed forces overwhelmingly backed elected president Maduro and the public didn’t seem willing to support the opposition’s cause.Since the outbreak of the crisis in January, Washington has outright backed Guaido’s claim to power. It introduced harsh economic sanctions and even threatened a so-called “humanitarian intervention” to remove the socialist government from power in oil-rich Venezuela. Source: farsnews ]]> Venezuela Sun, 05 May 2019 10:40:40 GMT