For Thursday, July 7, 2016. Translated by Javier Liendo.

This Tuesday, Delcy Rodríguez condemned “the insolent and immoral statements of [Brazil’s] Foreign Affairs minister,” accusing him of being part of a conspiracy advanced by the international right against Venezuela. This Wednesday’s been a busy day for her, far from the toasts to Independence, as if she had to pay for every tequeño she ate in the celebration. It’s a lot of public statements to talk about a conspiracy, eh?

Brazil

José Serra, Brazil’s Foreign Affairs minister, met with president Tabaré Vázquez and requested that Venezuela’s appointment as head of Mercosur be postponed until August. Brazil only requests this because the presidency’s election “should be the fruit of an unanimous decision.” The petition was also submitted to Rodolfo Nin Novoa, who said he was considering it.

Paraguay

This Wednesday, Paraguay’s Chamber of Deputies approved and issued a statement against Venezuela’s appointment as head of Mercosur: “Taking into account the difficult times the country’s going through regarding civilian liberties (…) a country that has trouble supplying its people with a full basic food basket; under those circumstances, it can’t preside over an economic alliance with an agenda of integration,” said deputy José María Ibáñez.

Colombia

María Ángela Holguín, Colombia’s Foreign Affairs minister, traveled to Cúcuta where she studied the situation in the area, almost a year after Nicolás’s order to close the border. She said that Colombia has expressed its desire for the border to be reopened with full security guarantees and added: “we won’t let our Venezuelan brothers suffer from hunger and lack of medicine. If we have to widen the humanitarian corridor, we will.” If there’s one thing of which the 2,200 km of shared border have plenty, it’s space.

Perú

Luis Iberico, Perú’s Congress Speaker, offered his support and cooperation for Venezuela to recover peace. After his meeting with the National Assembly’s second vice-president, Simón Calzadilla, he said: “We’ve seen the dramatic situation Venezuela’s currently facing (…) we’re certain that if all the countries in the world support the Venezuelan people, we’ll be able to fulfill the goals we’ve been fighting for.”

Guyana

During Caricom’s 37th regular meeting, President David Granger said that he trusts the UN’s secretary general Ban Ki-moon to formulate a plan to find a judicial solution to the border dispute his country has with Venezuela, adding that his counterparts in the region are working on a statement regarding the conflict, demanding for the Geneva convention to be ratified.

U.S.A.

Far from mediator Zapatero’s parsimony, The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, urged dialogue between the country’s public branches and promised to make efforts to improve bilateral relations. In his statement, Kerry said: “My government recognizes that the past year has been an extremely difficult one for the Venezuelan people. You face many economic challenges that have led to political divisions and severe hardships.”

Meanwhile, the lower chamber of Congress unanimously approved the Bill to extend the legislation that imposes sanctions on Venezuelan authorities accused of Human Rights violations until 2019. Since it was already approved by the Senate, the only requirement is for President Barack Obama to sign the order.

Parlasur

The delegation of representatives from Parlasur’s Human Rights Committee has arrived to the country to hold a Public Hearing to verify the situation of political prisoners and the humanitarian crisis of healthcare and food. They’ll visit political prisoners this Thursday and the schedule includes SEBIN headquarters in El Helicoide and Plaza Venezuela, Ramo Verde prison and the residences of Antonio Ledezma and Daniel Ceballos. They will also hear accounts from several NGOs, to issue a report that will be discussed in Parlasur’s next meeting to be held in mid August.

In gatehouse 3

Iris Varela, minister of Prisons, became news this Wednesday thanks to yet another homophobic message against governor Henrique Capriles. The people were expecting her statements regarding the escape of five prisoners from Yare III prison, which she ended up offering later on, saying that a National Guard officer was involved in the escape, that the National Guard itself is investigating [??] and that intelligence agencies are “cross-referencing phone call data” -much like Diosdado Cabello does for his TV show- to find the culprits.

The scam

This Wednesday, Nicolás convened the opposition “to rectify and sit at the negotiation table without conditions,” right after saying that the country has witnessed six months of their failure “in trying to approve unconstitutional laws”. He called them a scam, a setback for the country; that they want to oust him, that they want international intervention as they insult the Armed Forces and sully the patriots of the XXI century. After giving all of these incentives, he concluded: “I’m a man of my word and I believe in coming together to find a path to strengthen our country.” ¿No es cuchi?

Death of “undefeated”

Vice-President Aristóbulo Istúriz said before the PSUV’s legislators that cohesion is key to achieve more victories for the revolutionary forces: “We could lose even as the majority we are. That’s why we must band together. Many factors can damage us,” adding that their numbers aren’t enough, that they need resources to sustain the economy, create stability and rebuild the country, because “strength is not built with votes but with conscience.” This must sound weird for those who believed el invicto’s legend for so many years.

Nicolás’s Constitutional Chamber

The Assembly’s board of directors denounces that the TSJ violates Parliament’s autonomy by declaring in his decision N° 473 that Parliament’s Speaker can’t grant powers of legal representation: “The aforementioned decision issued by the Constitutional Chamber severely violates the constitutional and democratic order, and diminishes the Assembly’s right to defend itself in trial. The decision also threatens to penalize the Assembly’s Speaker for alleged non-compliance with precautionary measures that are absolutely invalid.”

Now that banking activities have restarted, we’re back with our everyday depreciation: this Wednesday, the Simadi exchange rate increased by Bs. 7.28, closing at Bs. 639.44 per dollar. Check the new fees published by the BCV for baking operations!

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7 COMMENTS

  1. “as they insult the Armed Forces and sully the patriots of the XXI century”

    What patriots, those pot bellied generals with their massive offshore bank accounts who order their troops to disperse the hungry masses via force when they rush for food!

  2. Exxon just announced that the Guyana project may yield 1.4 billion barrels of oil. A second well just wrap up there and Maduro was zipped, nada, not a word.

    It seems that success surrounds us: Colombia’s peace, Guyana new emerging energy power, even Nicaragua is doing better than us.

    Meanwhile Rick James takes her nude….(Cake)

    • They cannot say anything because they are powerless to do anything. Armada has no firepower. 3 frigates and 8 corvettes have no offensive firepower meaning anti-ship missiles and surface to air missiles. If you cannot patrol what you claim, they you might as well shut the F up.
      Guyana, Exxon, and others are fully aware of this. Armada, Maduro, Zapatero and others are doing everything they can to remedy this situation in say…..2-3 years. This situation will boil down to Russia vs USA. China actually has a piece of that oil field. Russia will force India to sell the missiles trumping U.S. objections because Russia is the partner and has more leverage. However, anything can happen and if Venezuela is outed as rogue nation (OAS expulsion for example or famine and worse repression), then a missile sale becomes difficult.

  3. The “Obvious Conspiracy” is the one happening in Delcy’s own camp. This just in from the Miami Herald:

    BY ANTONIO MARIA DELGADO
    adelgado@elnuevoherald.com

    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has asked Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to block the extradition to the United States of a Venezuelan armed forces captain alleged to be a key figure in Venezuela’s Cartel of the Suns.

    Capt. Yazenky Antonio Lamas Rondón, 36, who once worked as the pilot for First Lady Cilia Flores, was arrested last month in Colombia under a request by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which has started extradition procedures.

    Lamas Rondón is considered a key player in the cartel, and if he cooperates with U.S. authorities may provide extensive details about the operations of the drug trafficking organization and the participation of senior leaders from the chavista movement.

    The Venezuelan president is doing everything possible to keep that from happening, sources close to the case told el Nuevo Herald.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article87979462.html#storylink=cpy

    • This is very big right now. Would like to see Caracas Chronicles cover the Sun Cartel and narcotics a little more. Major developments are happening and CC is mum. Those in Bananazuela need not write about this subject for safety. Developments ongoing NYC, DC, Colombia, and Venezuela that impact and affect the future of the NarcoState and it’s bosses.

    • Wow, this basicly cements Cilia as a Drug Madam to the world, i mean first 2 of his nephews are caught moving Coke in Haiti, now his former personal Pilot in drug bussiness too, 1+1=

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