Russian Foreign Ministry briefing: Venezuela; Syria; Silicon Valley is hacking the Foreign Ministry website

Briefing by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova
April 12, 2017


The situation in Venezuela

We’re receiving a lot of requests to explain Moscow’s position on this issue.

We’re watching with concern the situation in Venezuela, a country with which we maintain friendly relations, where opposition activists continue to clash with law-enforcers, even with the Easter holidays approaching. We feel sorry for the people who were killed or injured in street violence that is spiralling out of control. We cannot help mentioning a growing risk that the destructive scenarios which we have spoken about time and again and have warned against and which call to mind the grievous events in Chile in the 1970s might be implemented.

We believe that non-violence offers a way to end political confrontation – this is exactly our vision of how to resolve the political crisis and resume nationwide dialogue for the sake of searching jointly for answers and solutions to the socioeconomic challenges facing the country.

In this context, we’re concerned about the statements by the US Southern Command to the effect that further aggravation of the crisis in Venezuela might require a prompt response at a regional level. It should be understood that statements like these are adding to the instability, escalating the situation in that country. They cannot be treated otherwise than words to encourage Venezuelan radicals to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and instability and incite violent confrontation. We consider the fact that tensions are running high in Venezuela to be a very dangerous trend. Honestly, in our view, this would hardly be in the interests of the United States and the entire international community, including the countries in the region.

We would like to say again that all political processes unfolding in Venezuela should be strictly in line with the constitution, keep to both its letter and spirit in full, and comply with the governing laws. There is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of Venezuela’s internal problems reached at the negotiating table and in compliance with the constitution – and there cannot be any.

The situation in Syria

The military-political situation in Syria sharply deteriorated following the massive US strike on April 7 against the al-Shayrat airfield where Syrian Air Force planes are based. In this room, as well as for many other audiences, we have given an extended evaluation of that, issuing corresponding statements and explanations and making comments. As is known, Russia responded to that outright act of aggression against a sovereign UN member state by suspending the Russian-US memorandum on the prevention of air incidents in the course of operations in Syria. A corresponding explanation was provided via both the Defence Ministry and the Foreign Ministry. Washington’s use of force is a serious challenge not only to regional but also to international security.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Hugo Chávez is just a dead communist dictator

Global Research, March 07, 2016

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is a rarity in American politics: a self-described socialist running for the White House. And this September, Sanders sought to distance himself from one of the most well known socialists of the new millennium — Hugo Chávez.

Sanders accused Hillary Clinton supporters of attempting to smear him by linking him with the divisive figure. Clinton is Sanders’s biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the comments were allegedly made by pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC Correct the Record. But in trying to distance himself from Chávez, Sander is making many Venezuelans angry.

“Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I’d be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator,” Sanders wrote in a fundraising email.

The senator’s strong words are likewise stirring up trouble. One Venezuela news website dryly noted that Sanders dictator remark was “referring to Venezuela’s three time democratically-elected former president Hugo Chávez.” Maximilien Arvelaiz, Venezuela’s ambassador in the United States, also defended the the late leader in the American media.

“Venezuela has become…the bad guy. We’re the villain,” Arvelaiz said. “I could send a couple of good books to Bernie Sanders.”

Sanders’s email was one of his first statements dealing with foreign policy. So far, the politicians has instead focused on rising income inequality. According to the Pew Research Center, the wealthiest 10% of Americans own 80% of the country’s stocks and mutual funds.

Supporters of Chávez were quick to point out that the democratic socialist president addressed similar concerns in Venezuela. And if he wants to become president, then perhaps Sanders could take lessons from Chávez’s many supporters around the globe.

In the United Kingdom, fellow socialist Jeremy Corbyn recently won a decisive election to become the Leader of the Labour Party. Corbyn has publicly endorsed Chávez in the past.

The latest U.S. attempt to destabilize Venezuela

Global Research, June 04, 2015
By Ricardo Alarcón

As part of the response to the latest attempt by the U.S. to destabilize Venezuela, we are reproducing a CubaNews translation, edited by Walter Lippmann.

“We are all Diosdado” 

by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

Issued on March 9, President Obama’s Executive Order tagging Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the US national security” and declaring “a national emergency to deal with this threat” caused justified alarm and widespread rejection throughout the Continent and beyond. It was not the first time that Washington used a language as arrogant as it is irrational. History is brimming with examples of how the Empire has made use of such accusations to launch military attacks and break international law in various ways. They used similar words to justify their brutal armed invasions of Panama and the tiny island of Granada, among other outrageous acts which crushed defenseless populations and brought death and destruction to nations stripped of their independence as a result.

Despite worldwide disapproval, the number of media campaigns against Venezuela has increased since then through a US-led propaganda apparatus that is now especially concentrating its attacks on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello. They are accusing him of being linked to international drug trafficking, a slanderous and yet unproved charge rapidly echoed by hundreds of newspapers and other media from all over the world.

Who is Diosdado Cabello and why is he under attack?

Ever since he was a young officer, he joined Hugo Chavez in the struggle against the abuse and corruption that marked the Fourth Republic and after that, in the peaceful transformation conducted by the Bolivarian Revolution. He played a key role in the popular movement of resistance that thwarted the fascist coup in 2002 and returned Chavez back being head of State for which he had been democratically-elected by most Venezuelans.

In a clumsy maneuver to divide Chavismo, and following Chavez’s unfortunate death, the same hardcore right-wingers who are now vilifying him tried to make him President of the Republic, but he adamantly refused. Diosdado Cabello gave a remarkable example of revolutionary firmness and spirit of unity, proving that he is moved by flattery no more than he is by threats.

Neither the conservative right nor imperialism forgives his attitude, as it embodies the will of a people bent on remaining independent and sovereign.


Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello

Source Misión Verdad, May 28th 2015, Translated by Lucas Koerner for Venezuelanalysis

By Mision Verdad, May 28th 2015

Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello

Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello

May 28th 2015, by Mision Verdad

(Mision Verdad)

Yesterday (May 18) the Wall Street Journal published a news story at the same time that the State Department expressed its “concern” over freedom of speech in Venezuela. The report is based on supposed “investigations” conducted by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and Miami prosecutors trying to link Diosdado (Cabello) with drug trafficking. The information presented by the US media outlet is a mix of anonymous opinions, value judgements by US anti-drug officials, declarations lacking any kind of time sequence and unproven speculations about Diosdado Cabello.

All of this is even more telling when we take into account that the Wall Street Journal forms part of the constellation of properties belonging to that great misinformer on a global scale, Rupert Murdoch, the president of the conglomerate News Corporation (which owns Fox News and 20th Century Fox). If we move the magnifying glass closer, we find that sitting on its board of directors is (extreme rightwing Colombian ex-president) Alvaro Uribe Velez.

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Washington’s “Two Track policy” to Latin America: Marines to Central America and diplomats to Cuba

By Prof. James Petras
Global Research, May 20, 2015

Everyone, from political pundits in Washington to the Pope in Rome, including most journalists in the mass media and in the alternative press, have focused on the US moves toward ending the economic blockade of Cuba and gradually opening diplomatic relations.  Talk is rife of a ‘major shift’ in US policy toward Latin America with the emphasis on diplomacy and reconciliation.  Even most progressive writers and journals have ceased writing about US imperialism.

However, there is mounting evidence that Washington’s negotiations with Cuba are merely one part of a two-track policy.  There is clearly a major US build-up in Latin America, with increasing reliance on ‘military platforms’, designed to launch direct military interventions in strategic countries.  

Moreover, US policymakers are actively involved in promoting ‘client’ opposition parties, movements and personalities to destabilize independent governments and are intent on re-imposing US domination.

In this essay we will start our discussion with the origins and unfolding of this ‘two track’ policy, its current manifestations, and projections into the future.  We will conclude by evaluating the possibilities of re-establishing US imperial domination in the region.

Origins of the Two Track Policy

Washington’s pursuit of a ‘two-track policy’, based on combining ‘reformist policies’ toward some political formations, while working to overthrow other regimes and movements by force and military intervention, was practiced by the early Kennedy Administration following the Cuban revolution.  Kennedy announced a vast new economic program of aid, loans and investments – dubbed the ‘Alliance for Progress’ – to promote development and social reform in Latin American countries willing to align with the US.  At the same time the Kennedy regime escalated US military aid and joint exercises in the region. Kennedy sponsored a large contingent of Special Forces – ‘Green Berets’ – to engage in counter-insurgency warfare.  The ‘Alliance for Progress’ was designed to counter the mass appeal of the social-revolutionary changes underway in Cuba with its own program of ‘social reform’.  While Kennedy promoted watered-down reforms in Latin America, he launched the ‘secret’ CIA (‘Bay of Pigs’) invasion of Cuba in 1961and naval blockade in 1962 (the so-called ‘missile crises’).  The two-track policy ended up sacrificing social reforms and strengthening military repression.  By the mid-1970’s the ‘two-tracks’ became one – force.  The US invaded the Dominican Republic in 1965. It backed a series of military coups throughout the region, effectively isolating Cuba.  As a result, Latin America’s labor force experienced nearly a quarter century of declining living standards.

By the 1980’s US client-dictators had lost their usefulness and Washington once again took up a dual strategy: On one track, the White House wholeheartedly backed their military-client rulers’ neo-liberal agenda and sponsored them as junior partners in Washington’s regional hegemony.  On the other track, they promoted a shift to highly controlled electoral politics, which they described as a ‘democratic transition’, in order to ‘decompress’ mass social pressures against its military clients.  Washington secured the introduction of elections and promoted client politicians willing to continue the neo-liberal socio-economic framework established by the military regimes.

By the turn of the new century, the cumulative grievances of thirty years of repressive rule, regressive neo-liberal socio-economic policies and the denationalization and privatization of the national patrimony had caused an explosion of mass social discontent.  This led to the overthrow and electoral defeat of Washington’s neo-liberal client regimes.

Throughout most of Latin America, mass movements were demanding a break with US-centered ‘integration’ programs.  Overt anti-imperialism grew and intensified.  The period saw the emergence of numerous center-left governments in Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Beyond the regime changes , world economic forces had altered: growing Asian markets, their demand for Latin American raw materials and the global rise of commodity prices helped to stimulate the development of Latin American-centered regional organizations – outside of Washington’s control.

Washington was still embedded in  its 25 year ‘single-track’ policy of backing civil-military authoritarian and imposing neo-liberal policies and was unable to respond and present a reform alternative to the anti-imperialist, center-left challenge to its dominance.  Instead, Washington worked to reverse the new party- power configuration.  Its overseas agencies, the Agency for International Development (AID), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and embassies worked to destabilize the new governments in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and Honduras.  The US ‘single-track’ of intervention and destabilization failed throughout the first decade of the new century (with the exception of Honduras and Paraguay.

In the end Washington remained politically isolated.  Its integration schemes were rejected.  Its market shares in Latin America declined. Washington not only lost its automatic majority in the Organization of American States (OAS), but it became a distinct minority.

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A veia terrorista de Barack Obama

English translation:
por José Goulão

Depois de ter herdado, de início com algum pudor e sob outras designações, a guerra contra o terrorismo inventada pelo seu antecessor, Barack Obama não se limita a igualar George W. Bush no recurso a práticas terroristas como, em alguns casos – e não apenas o do record mundial de execuções extra judiciais cometidas com drones – consegue ultrapassá-lo.

A situação mais flagrante, e que contribuiu para demonstrar como os Estados Unidos são governados por um partido único, porque em matéria de violações dos direitos humanos não há quem consiga distinguir um democrata de um republicano, é a da proliferação de ameaças, tentativas e execuções de golpes de Estado.

No reinado de Obama a série faz corar de inveja alguns dos mais empedernidos falcões que passaram pela Casa Branca: Honduras, Paraguai, Ucrânia, Macedónia, Egipto, Qatar, Síria, Líbia, Iraque, Mali, República Centro Africana e, como não podia deixar de ser, Venezuela.

O assunto venezuelano poderá ter passado quase despercebido. Foi escondido para com isso se tentar abadar o fracasso da intentona, ou então explicado ao contrário através dos mecanismos censórios doutrinários que caricaturam o papel da comunicação social.

O golpe esteve marcado para 12 de Fevereiro, tentando reeditar a tragédia chilena de 1973, mas as autoridades venezuelanas anteciparam-se e puseram a nu um contexto através do qual se prova que em Washington não se olha a princípios nem a meios para alcançar os fins pretendidos, sempre apresentados, como é de bom-tom, como a instauração da democracia onde supostamente ela não existe.

Nesse dia 12 de Fevereiro, no quadro da chamada “Operação Jericó”, um bombardeiro Tucano ENB 312, já anteriormente envolvido num atentado contra dirigentes das FARC colombianas, deveria ter bombardeado o palácio presidencial de Caracas, a Assembleia Nacional, instalações da ALBA e a televisão TeleSur para instaurar um “governo de transição” a entregar a reconhecidos fascistas como António Ledezma, significativamente conhecido como “o vampiro”, Maria Corina Machado e Leopoldo Lopez. O avião, pintado com as cores da aviação venezuelana, pertence a um bando de mercenários integrado na máfia mundial dos exércitos privados e empresas de segurança que dá pelo nome de Academi e outrora se chamou Blackwater – de que todos já ouviram falar como um dos mais activos braços terroristas na invasão do Iraque. Empresa onde pontificam um ex-patrão da NSA (Agência Nacional de Segurança) e o ex-procurador geral da Administração Bush.

A trama da intentona conduz ao quartel-general de operações em Bogotá e ao comandante da operação, Ricardo Zuñiga, assessor de Barack Obama para a América Latina e também, porque quem sai aos seus não degenera, neto do presidente do Partido Nacional das Honduras que organizou os golpes fascistas de 1963 e 1972. Acresce que Washington recorreu a outsorcing para montar a operação, atribuindo ao Canadá a gestão dos aeroportos civis a utilizar, ao Reino Unido a propaganda e ao Mossad israelita as eliminações físicas consideradas necessárias. Ledezma, o “vampiro”, viajara recentemente a Israel, onde foi recebido afectuosamente por Netanyahu, Lieberman & Cia.

Como o golpe falhou e foi desmascarado, em 9 de Março Barack Obama accionou o estatuto que lhe permite declarar a Venezuela “uma ameaça contra a segurança nacional” dos Estados Unidos, previsto para os casos em que exista “uma extraordinária e invulgar ameaça à segurança nacional e à política externa, situação que deve ser tratada como uma emergência nacional”. Isto é, Barack Obama instaurou a estratégia terrorista de golpe de Estado permanente contra a Venezuela, alegando a corrupção dos dirigentes de Caracas e a violação dos preceitos democráticos.

Ironia do destino, um dos escolhidos para o tal “governo de transição”, o supracitado “vampiro” Ledezma, em tempos autor do “Caracazo”, massacre de centenas de estudantes que protestavam contra a austeridade, é o governador da região de Caracas, eleito através dos mecanismos de um regime que ele próprio e os seus tutores não consideram democrático.

Eis como Obama em nada se distingue dos mais tenebrosos falcões que passaram pela Casa Branca. Anote-se, por ser verdade, que na Venezuela, na Ucrânia, na Macedónia e onde quer que tal lhe convenha, o presidente dos Estados Unidos não tem qualquer pudor em recorrer a dirigentes e grupos de assalto nazi-fascistas desde que seja, ele o diz, para instaurar a democracia.

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The terrorist vein of Barack Obama

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By José Goulão
March 13, 2015
Rough translation of original article in Portuguese

Once you have inherited, at first with some modesty and under other names, the war against terrorism invented by his predecessor, Barack Obama is not limited to match George W. Bush in the use of practices of terrorism as in some cases – not just the world record of extrajudicial killings with drones – he can surpass it.

The most egregious situation, and contributing to demonstrate how the United States is governed by a single party, because in matters of human rights violations no one can distinguish a Democrat from a Republican, is the proliferation of threats, attempts and execution of coups d’etat.

In the reign of Obama the series makes blush with envy some of the most hardened hawks that passed in the White House: Honduras, Paraguay, Ukraine, Macedonia, Egypt, Qatar, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Mali, Central African Republic and, it could not be, Venezuela.

The subject Venezuelan may have passed almost unnoticed. It was hidden for with this if you try abadar the failure of the putsch, or explained to the contrary by the doctrinal censorial mechanisms that caricature the role of the media.

The coup was scheduled for February 12, trying to re-edit the Chilean tragedy of 1973 but the Venezuelan authorities anticipated up and laid bare a context through which it proves that Washington does not look at the beginning nor the means to achieve the purposes intended, always presented, as good manners, as the establishment of democracy which supposedly does not exist.

On this day February 12, as part of “Operation Jericho,” a Tucano ENB 312 bomber, already involved in an attack against the Colombian FARC leaders, should have bombed the presidential palace in Caracas, the National Assembly, ALBA facilities and the Telesur television to establish a “transitional government” to deliver the fascists recognized as Antonio Ledezma, significantly known as the “vampire”, Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo Lopez. The plane, painted with the colors of the Venezuelan aviation, belongs to an integrated band of mercenaries in the world mafia of private armies and security companies by the name of Academi and once was called Blackwater – that everyone has heard one of the most active terrorist arms in the invasion of Iraq. Company where pontificate a former boss of the NSA (National Security Agency) and the former attorney general of the Bush administration.

The plot of the putsch leads to the headquarters operations in Bogota and the operation commander, Ricardo Zuñiga, an adviser to Barack Obama for Latin America and also because those who leave with their non-degenerate, president of the grandson of the Honduras National Party that organized the fascist coups of 1963 and 1972. Moreover, Washington resorted to outsourcing to mount the operation, giving Canada the management of civil airports to use, the UK advertising and the Israeli Mossad physical deletions deemed necessary. Ledezma, “vampire”, recently traveled to Israel, where he was received warmly by Netanyahu, Lieberman & Cia.

As the coup failed and was exposed, on 9 March Barack Obama triggered the statute that allows you to declare Venezuela a “threat to national security” of the United States, provided for cases where there is “an extraordinary and unusual security threat national and foreign policy, a situation that should be treated as a national emergency.” That is, Barack Obama brought the terrorist strategy of permanent coup against Venezuela, claiming the corruption of leaders of Caracas and the violation of democratic principles.

Ironically, one of the chosen for such a “transitional government”, the aforementioned “vampire” Ledezma in time author of the “Caracazo” massacre of hundreds of students protesting against austerity, is the governor of the region of Caracas, elected through the mechanisms of a system that he and his tutors do not consider democratic.   Here’s how Obama is no different of the darkest hawks passed by the White House. Record yourself, to be true, that in Venezuela, Ukraine, Macedonia and wherever such suits him, the US president has no qualms about resorting to leaders and Nazi-fascist assault groups provided that, he says, it is to introduce democracy.


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“U.S. human rights abusers not welcome in Venezuela.” President Maduro calls for “global rebellion against US imperialism”

Posted on Global Research
From Venezuela, March 2, 2015
By Raphael Boothroyd

Caracas, March 2nd 2015 ( The Venezuelan government has responded to increased pressure from Washington by revoking visa rights for former US politicians such as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, described by President Nicolas Maduro as “terrorists against the peoples of the world” on Saturday.

“I have decided on a prohibition list for people who will not be permitted visas and who can never enter Venezuela, for a set of chief US politicians who have committed human rights violations. They have bombed the people of Iraq, the people of Syria, the people of Vietnam… It is an anti-terrorist list,” declared the head of state to an impassioned crowd.

The statements were part of a rousing speech delivered by the president on Saturday to thousands of marchers who had taken to the streets of Caracas to reject White House interference in the South American country. The march was a direct response to a string of further US sanctions enacted against the Venezuelan government in early February and to what Maduro characterised as a “moment of increased aggression” from the Obama administration. The head of state went on to call for a “global rebellion against US imperialism”.

“The US thinks it is the boss, the police of the world… Something happens somewhere, let’s say in Asia, and a spokesperson for the US comes out saying that the US government thinks that such and such a government shouldn’t do such and such a thing in Asia… Are we going to accept a global government? Enough of imperialism in the world!” stated an incensed Maduro.

During his speech, the head of state also announced a slew of new diplomatic measures against the US which include the implementation of visa requirements for all US citizens visiting Venezuela.

“They must pay what Venezuelans pay when they want to travel to the United States,” said the president.

Maduro explained that the changes were designed to “protect” Venezuelans, after a number of US citizens were discovered to be taking part in acts of espionage by Venezuelan authorities.

One of the most recent detections includes the pilot of a US airplane who was stopped and questioned by authorities on the border last week. A number of US citizens were also detained last year for their participation in the armed barricades or Guarimbas which sought to bring down the government and led to the deaths of at least 43 Venezuelans.

Despite the latest measures, Maduro emphasised that Venezuela continued to value its relationship with US citizens.

“You can count on the fact that the people of Bolivar respect the people of the US, and recognise in you a brother peoples, these decisions are against the imperialist elite,” he stated.

The new measures will see the number of staff at the US embassy in Caracas significantly reduced and US representatives obliged to inform Venezuelan authorities of any meetings that they intend to hold.

The diplomatic institution currently has over 100 employees, in comparison to just 17 who work at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, has explained that the US diplomatic mission will be obliged to reduce its staffing numbers to 17 over the next 2 weeks.

Tense Relations 

Recently the US embassy in Caracas has become embroiled in a diplomatic altercation with the Maduro administration which has intensified since the discovery of a planned coup against the government in February. The Venezuelan head of state has accused the White House of conspiring against his government and charged embassy personnel with having advanced knowledge of the coup plot, which was allegedly being funded in US dollars from Miami.

Prior to the discovery of the coup, the US embassy was reported to have attempted to bribe senior military and government officials to partake in insurrectionist actions against the government. US Vice-president Joe Biden also made a series of statements accusing the Venezuelan government of repression following a meeting with the wife of jailed opposition leader, Liliana Tintori.

Current opinion polls suggest significant support amongst the population for government actions against the US. According to a February poll conducted by opposition aligned think tank, Hinerlaces, 92% of Venezuelans oppose any kind of foreign intervention while 62% think that the US should not be allowed to pass judgement on the country’s internal affairs.

In 2014, the US government issued 103 statements against Venezuela and another 65 since the start of the year. Just a few weeks ago, the Obama administration also approved increased funding for Venezuelan opposition groups and Non-Governmental Organisations.