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Entretien avec Maria Victor par RCI (en espagnol): « Les Etats-Unis cherchent à reprendre le pétrole vénézuélien »

RCI - Radio Canada Internacional Rufo Valencia | amlat@rcinet.ca Miércoles 26 julio, 2017 Centre de Politiques Canadien, Amerique latine & Caraïbes a récemment publié un article intitulé « L'oppo...
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La crise du Venezuela avec Maria Paez Victor.

The Ossington Circle Episode 21 sur la crise du Venezuela avec Maria Paez Victor. Dans cet épisode, Justin Podur parle à Maria Paez Victor du Centre de Politiques Canadien, Amerique latine & Ca...

COMMUNIQUÉ – Dialogue in Venezuela

The Canadian, Latin American & Caribbean Policy Centre (CAL&C), together with the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN), Casa Salvador Allende, Bolivarian Circle Louis Riel, among other organizations representing Canadians, Latin-Americans and Caribbean communities in Canada, its provinces and territories, strongly demands the Government of Justin Trudeau to step aside from its Foreign Policy towards Latin American and The Caribbean based on the draconian Doctrine Monroe, and drastically change its approach towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, by rejecting the US failed policy of « regime change » and supporting the negotiation process between the Venezuelan Government and its opposition currently underway in the Dominican Republic with the mediation of President Danilo Medina and Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, as well as Mexico, Chile, Nicaragua and Bolivia.

For several months, the Venezuelan extreme right, with the support of the Trump Administration and the Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio, perpetrated violent and terrorist acts against all Venezuelan citizens. In deplorable actions never seen in contemporary Venezuela, dozens of poor and colored people were burned alive by opposition groups because they resemble “chavistas” supporters, in what it is considered in international law as “hate crimes”.

In these terrible circumstances, the Venezuelan people went to the ballots and elected the National Constitutional Assembly, with a record of more than 8 million votes, putting an end to the cycle of violence. At the same time, these results represented an opportunity for the moderate political parties of the opposition to assume control of its coalition in detriment of the extreme right, and reorient its policies towards democratic means to gain power, as it has always been in Venezuela for the last 20 years. Their first announcement was to confirm its participation in the upcoming regional elections of October 15th.

This week, the Government of President Nicolas Maduro and the moderate opposition gave a huge step towards peace in Venezuela, as they met for two days in Dominican Republic, with a second round of talks scheduled for September 27th. Several Latin American and Caribbean countries have supported this process, even the USA has made statements in support of this dialogue, but not, Canada.

Changing paths from violence and terror to democracy and institutional order is not part of the US regime change policy. After the application of unilateral economic sanctions against the Venezuelan people, violating international law, and with the support of Canada, the US government is using the OAS and its puppet Secretary General Luis Almagro, to initiate a process to condemn the Venezuelan Government of “crimes against humanity” at The Hague.

In a shameful demonstration of ignorance and submission to the US government, the Canadian Government not only ignored the negotiation process underway in Dominican Republic, but “applauded” this ludicrous US initiative.

During all the months of violence and terror in Venezuela, the Trudeau Government always took sides with the extreme-right opposition. Even when “chavistas” were burned alive and beheaded in the street of Caracas by terrorist mobs under the command of Voluntad Popular party of Leopoldo Lopez, the most radical in the country, it remained silence.

And now, when it has the opportunity to redeem itself and raised its voice in favour of peace, dialogue and reconciliation, as identified Canadian values, the Trudeau Government continues supporting the radical ideas from the Trump Administration, in disregard to the major roles Canada has played in the past to maintain international peace, through Lester B. Pearson (who laid the foundations of the UN), Pierre Trudeau (who did not bow to the US during the Cold War and always maintained relations with China and Cuba) and Jean Chretien (who refused to go to the invasion of Iraq because the Canadian Intelligence Agency told him that there was no evidence of massive weapons).

In times that call for greatness, it is not possible that the Canadian Government continues following the radical and undemocratic policies of Donald Trump, the most erratic president that country has had.

September 18th, 2017

 

Entretien avec Maria Victor par RCI (en espagnol): « Les Etats-Unis cherchent à reprendre le pétrole vénézuélien »

RCI – Radio Canada Internacional
Rufo Valencia | amlat@rcinet.ca
Miércoles 26 julio, 2017

Centre de Politiques Canadien, Amerique latine & Caraïbes a récemment publié un article intitulé « L’opposition vénézuélienne oppose le peuple. » L’auteur est le sociologue vénézuélien canadien Maria Paez Victor.

Entrevista a Maria Victor por RCI: “Estados Unidos busca apoderarse del petróleo venezolano”

RCI – Radio Canada Internacional
Por Rufo Valencia | amlat@rcinet.ca
Miércoles 26 julio, 2017

El Centro de políticas canadiense, latinoamericana y caribeña publicó recientemente un artículo titulado “La oposición venezolana ahora se opone al pueblo”. Su autora es la socióloga venezolana-canadiense María Páez Víctor.

En conversación con Radio Canadá Internacional, ella sostiene que la oposición en Venezuela ha recibido unos cinco millones de dólares de parte de Estados Unidos para llevar a cabo acciones contra el gobierno democráticamente electo del presidente Nicolás Maduro.

“Para que un barco cisterna transportando petróleo llegue del Medio Oriente a Texas, les toma 45 días, para que ese mismo barco petrolero llegue de Venezuela, esto toma cuatro días… lo que quiere Estados Unidos es dominar a Venezuela.”, explica la socióloga Páez Victor.

Venezuela es el país con las mayores reservas de petróleo de acuerdo con la OPEP.

Ella también destacó en su artículo que con Rex Tillerson, un ex ejecutivo de la petrolera Exxon Mobil a la cabeza del Departamento de Estado, lo que Estados Unidos busca es el control de las reservas petroleras de Venezuela.

El director de la CIA, Mike Pompeo, declaró el pasado 20 de julio que “Cada vez que tienes un país tan grande, y con la capacidad económica de un país como Venezuela, Estados Unidos tiene profundos intereses en garantizar que el país esté tan estable y democrático como sea posible. Así que estamos trabajando duro para lograr esto”.

Aunque el proceso democrático de llevar adelante una elección de los miembros de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente hace parte de los artículos de la constitución de ese país sudamericano, el gobierno de Donald Trump amenazó con imponer sanciones si Venezuela lleva adelante ese proceso democrático.

“En Venezuela no hay ley, el gobierno es una elite corrupta, es una Estado narco, es un Estado terrorista”, declaró con vehemencia Lilian Tintori, figura de la oposición al gobierno de Venezuela, en una visita a Canadá en mayo pasado, en la que se reunió con autoridades de gobierno.

En reacción a sus declaraciones en Ottawa, la canciller de Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, denunció a Tintori por promover una intervención contra ese país al presentar falsos argumentos que se sustentan en la mentira.
Miembros de la oposición incendian un autobús de transporte público en una manifestación contra el gobierno de Venezuela, 13 de mayo de 2017.

Para la socióloga venezolana-canadiense María Páez Víctor, la población canadiense tiene una información insuficiente y sesgada de lo que está ocurriendo en Venezuela y explicó que “lo que quiere la oposición no es dialogar, sino derrocar al presidente Maduro”… “no tiene el apoyo del pueblo entero, no tiene el apoyo del ejército y tampoco tiene el apoyo internacional porque Venezuela ha logrado establecer instituciones de integración regional”.

Interrogada sobre la posición de la diáspora venezolana en Canadá y su posición frente al gobierno de Venezuela, Páez Víctor destacó que quienes se oponen disfrutan por un lado del sistema de salud, de educación y las infraestructuras en Canadá, pero llaman “comunismo” cuando un gobierno venezolano quiere establecer estos mismos beneficios para su población.

Páez Victor criticó la posición de Canadá en la OEA de seguir a pie juntillas las posiciones de Estados Unidos contra el gobierno de Venezuela, destacando que con Jean Chrétien en el gobierno, Canadá le dijo “no” a Estados Unidos, rechazando así sumarse a la invasión de Irak, lanzada con argumentos falsos sobre la existencia de armas de destrucción masiva.

El Centro de políticas canadiense, latinoamericana y caribeña, que es un Instituto de investigaciones sobre las relaciones canadienses con América Latina y el caribe con sede en Ottawa, tiene como misión de promover el conocimiento y aumentar el entendimiento mutuo entre los pueblos de todos esos países.

http://www.rcinet.ca/es/2017/07/26/estados-unidos-busca-apoderarse-del-petroleo-venezolano/

Interview with Maria Victor by RCI (in Spanish): « United States seeks to seize Venezuelan oil »

RCI – Radio Canada Internacional
Por Rufo Valencia | amlat@rcinet.ca
Miércoles 26 julio, 2017

The Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Center recently published an article entitled « The Venezuelan opposition now opposes the people. » Its author is the Venezuelan-Canadian sociologist Maria Páez Victor.

Venezuelan Opposition Now Opposes the People

By Maria Paez Victor

The leaders of the violent protests -that for 3 months have violated the peace of Venezuelans- are the very same who in 2002 supported the coup d’etat against President Chávez. During those tense 48 hours, one of the very first things they did was to abolish the Constitution of 1999: the one they now purport to defend.

During 18 years, the opposition has denigrated the Constitution. So intense has been this revolt against it that even after winning the majority at the National Assembly they insisted the government was illegitimate, ignored the rule of law, disregarded sentences of the Supreme Court, refused to legislate, and declared the main purpose of the Assembly was to “get rid of Maduro”.

These paragons are now pretending to be arbiters of democracy and opposing any constitutional amendment by an elected Constitutional Assembly. They are now opposing, not the government, but the people themselves.

The day of reckoning has come.

The opposition orchestrated economic sabotage, corporate smuggling, black market currency manipulations, full scale hoarding of food and essential products. They closed highways, burned public buildings including a packed maternity hospital, from a helicopter dropped grenades on to the Supreme Court offices, have assaulted, lynched and even burned alive young men of dark skin “who looked Chavista”. This is a violent opposition steeped in racism and classism against their own people and in the service of foreign powers and Big Oil.

After demanding the government negotiate with them, a Peace and Dialogue Table was set up facilitated by 2 former presidents of Latin America and one of Spain. They then refused to negotiate demanding the presence of the Vatican. When the Nuncio arrived, they still refused to dialogue. Pope Francis himself stated the dialogue failed because the opposition would not participate. President Maduro then concluded that if the opposition would not negotiate with the government, they would have to negotiate directly with the people – and called for a Constitutional Assembly to amend the constitution.

They are now terrified to face the people.

Constitutional articles 347, 348, 349 and 350 clearly indicate that the president has the right to call a Constitutional Assembly to amend the constitution. It is undisputedly a legitimate process. President Chávez himself spoke of the need to see the constitution as a living work, to be able to be amended in order to face whatever new circumstances may come in future. President Maduro has called for an amendment now, at this time because it is the very last resort towards a peaceful solution to the violence in the streets that to this day the opposition continues to promote.

Amendments are needed because in 1999, Venezuela was not facing the series of dangers it is facing now with a seditionist National Assembly that refuses to legislate to counter these challenges. In 1999, paramilitary forces were not rampant on its western borders, there was no terrorism on the streets causing horrific killings of innocent people, there was no economic and financial war against the economy, a post-oil economy was not seriously contemplated, government employees were not being targeted and assassinated, opposition mayors and governors were not harboring street violence, the Attorney General was not actively supporting impunity of crimes, there was no blatant abuse of parliamentary immunity, with officials openly asking foreign powers for their intervention to overthrow the government, there was scant attention to the environmental and climate dangers of the country and the Planet. These have now become serious issues pertaining to the security of the State.

The representatives to the Constitutional Assembly will be elected on July 30 by a direct and secret vote that has electronic, paper and digital safeguards against fraud. Former US president and Nobel Prize winner, Jimmy Carter declared this electoral process as: “the best in the world.” The opposition propaganda machine is spreading absurd rumors that the amendments will “make Maduro president for life” and “eliminate elections forever”. These are blatant lies. It will deliberate nine specific areas:

* Mechanisms for peace: to counter those who carry out violence, reaffirm mechanisms for justice

* Promote a new post-petroleum economy that is productive, diversified, a safeguard against economic war

* Enshrine anti-poverty programs (“misiones”) securing the state’s social investment

* Revise the justice, security and protection system, promote a preventative and investigative police system and penitential system, a stronger penal code against rape, kidnapping and homicide, strengthen the fight against terrorism, paramilitaries, narco-traffic and impunity

* Promote further participatory democracy by strengthening communal councils and communes

* Promote a sovereign foreign policy to defend the integrity of Venezuela

* Promote the new Venezuelan identity and spirituality based on pluri-cultural and diversity of the people, art and culture

* Guarantee the future for youth, their social rights: cultural, educational, and labour

* Counter climate change and protect the environmental conditions of life in the Planet.

The biggest challenge to Venezuela is that powerful international forces could back the opposition with paramilitary groups to overthrow the government. Big Oil lobbys the USA and its allies because they want to solely control the largest oil reserve in the planet that lies in Venezuela. THAT IS THE CORE OF THE VICIOUS INTERNATIONAL ANTAGONISM AGAINST VENEZUELA: THEY WANT ITS OIL. With a former CEO of Exxon Mobil at the head of the US State Department, the danger to Venezuela became greatly magnified. The wealthy upper classes of Venezuela are playing the role they have always historically played since Independence: being the lackeys of whatever world power is dominant. Their country is money and they want to control the oil revenue that flows to the state. When they ruled Venezuela during 40 years, the equivalent of 15 Marshal Plans disappeared into their pockets.

The Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela has three key strengths:

* As long as the government is defending the people, their human rights, sovereignty, participation in democracy and promoting equality and social justice, it will have their support.

* President Chávez transformed the armed forces – no longer is their main function a repressive one but as defender of the people and Constitution with their identity set as heirs of Bolívar’s liberation army.

* Venezuela has amply proven to be a real Good Neighbour with ALBA, Petrocaribe, Telesur, UNASUR and CELAC. It is organically linked to its region and its fate has a powerful impact on Latin America and the Caribbean. It has developed close relations with Russia, China, India, Africa and parts of Europe: it is no longer a backwater country. The USA may have undisputable military might, but any direct attack on Venezuela would create significant international and internal domestic strife for the USA.

The opposition itself cannot overthrow the government without strong support of the majority, without backing of the Armed Forces and without international help. That is the sane, rational view. However, the USA Empire has a dangerously ignorant and erratic president at its helm who could take the insane path of arming the opposition to provoke a full scale civil war, possibly with Colombian troops. My prediction is that such an evil adventure, while painful, will ultimately fail. The Spanish Empire also consistently underestimated the resiliency and resolve of the Venezuelan people – not for nothing they are called “el bravo pueblo”.
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María Páez Victor, Ph.D. is a Venezuelan born sociologist living in Canada. She is the Chair CAL&C Board of Directors.

Venezuelan Opposition Now Opposes the People

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