Series: How countries adopt multipolarity – Venezuela.
The modern history of Venezuela is perhaps that of the country most disrespected and clobbered on various tracks by the US and collective west, either in keeping quiet, supporting draconian sanctions or generally not standing up for what is right. They are so disrespected that a new President was simply appointed for this country. It did not work, but the maximum pressure campaign continued and acts of destabilization continue to today.
“In 2018, the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded that the Venezuelan elections were fraudulent, and had been illegally influenced by Maduro in order to maintain his position as President. These elections were used as justification for The United States, Britain, German, France, and many other Western powers to support a 2019 coup attempting to install Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as President. The coup failed, however, and Maduro remains in power. Despite the failed attempt, the aforementioned Western countries, as well as some right wing Latin American Governments, such as Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, now recognize Guaido as the rightful President of Venezuela.” And this is while various independent electoral observers testify that elections in Venezuela are not only clean but also professional, competent, and well run and the Venezuelans themselves are content and happy with their elections.
The first part of the discussion in the following video deals with Nicholas Maduro’s trip to Eurasia in June, the OPEC and other countries that he visited, and the significance. The interview is with Diego Sequera, a columnist with Venezuela’s Misión Verdad and deals with the Bolivarian Republic’s economic recovery.
The manner in which Venezuela is rebuilding is remarkable. They were down and out, all of their gold stolen, their business in the US (Citgo) stolen and a strong anti-Maduro mad-dog-choir financially supported in and by the US taking over their embassy. Besides brutal sanctions which is war by other means, their electricity grid was brought down various times through hacking and similar means. Venezuelans that could not keep body and soul together, migrated to neighboring countries in thousands and regime change operations were openly talked about. Just very recently a Venezuelan aircraft was simply stolen.
The 747 entered Argentina on June 6 with a cargo of auto parts from Mexico. Unable to refuel in Buenos Aires, it departed June 8 for Montevideo, but it was denied entry into Uruguayan airspace and was forced back to Ezeiza.
“That is a judicial system on its knees!” to the United States, lashed Venezuelan Parliament Speaker Jorge Rodríguez. “What is happening in a vulgar hijacking of an airplane,” he stressed.
They marched, and the march also demanded the unblocking of more than US$ 1.9 billion in gold at the Bank of England, also entangled in a legal battle.
Rodríguez ruled out dialogue as the proper way to achieve the release of the four-engined aircraft.
“We are not going to move either in things of dialogue or in things of negotiation, or in any of those things. Very simple, just as we said with the kidnapped diplomat Alex Saab, we are going to tell them two things: give us back the plane and we want our kidnapped brothers back,” Rodríguez insisted “in repudiation of the malicious intention of the US government to illegally appropriate the aircraft hijacked in the Republic of Argentina and which belongs to the Venezuelan people”.
He also criticized the decision of the Argentine Judiciary to hold the plane and the crew members and hinted that both the system and Argentine Prosecutor Cecilia Incardona were not autonomous.
“The Judiciary of Argentina, this prosecutor is not autonomous. She depends on the US Embassy, she is an employee of the US Embassy. Do not come to me with ‘independence’ of the Argentine Judiciary, that is a lie,” he asserted.
It is not only airplanes that get stolen, but people too. Alex Saab is still jailed in North America, grabbed while traveling with a diplomatic passport, and on a task of negotiating food sources and imports for Venezuelans.
In the video, Diego describes the organic natural drive to productive energy, internal fortitude, power, and ability, and you will recognize this as a multi-polar trait. Venezuela and Cuba are probably the two countries that the US Americans love to hate the most and know very little about. Diego outlines which countries Venezuela kept friendship ties with, even in their darkest days. An interesting point that he highights, is the new connection with Africa.
After the most difficult times, Diego says: “We are back and we prevailed” and “The sanctions regime failed.”
The basic reason for the western resistance to Venezuela, is a totally flawed understanding of socialism, and that word is used to beat up this country. What is forgotten is that the Venezuelan Bolivarian system now depends on real value in the economy. Food, resources that turn into value added products, the real deal. As we see with other countries involved in the emerging multipolar world is that the supermarkets and food stores in Venezuela now feature Venezuelan-produced products and they have freed themselves of the need to import basic commodities.
Note that Venezuela formed part of the Russian Vostok 2022 exercise: Together with 12 other states, for the first time in history Venezuela hosted part of these games, the Sniper Frontier Competition, within the Americas. These games brought together over 270 teams from 37 countries, including from two new participating states- Niger and Rwanda.
The interview is about 30 minutes long and then Ollie takes over to talk about culture for another 30 minutes. Take in the last few comments from Diego on Nicolas Maduro, who is generally portrayed as an uneducated busdriver and an uneducated man. Take note that this is absolutely not so.
Venezuela is probably the country that we can learn most from, on standing ground in multipolar world configuration and Nicholas Maduro is part of that.
The socialism word, as well as the communism word makes western heads explode. What about Venezuela: This treatment will tell you what about Venezuela and this is one of the clearest essays presenting a younger voice.
To understand what is happening in Venezuela it is essential to consider the impacts of both the US sanctions as well as mistakes made by the Socialist Party. This essay will attempt to answer the seemingly simple question “What about Venezuela?”. Looking at all factors involved including sanctions, CIA intervention, and Venezuelan Government policies. This essay will also analyze the hegemonic Western media narrative about Venezuela and the financial motivations which exist for the media to encourage regime change in the country.
Even in its deepest days of despair, there was life in Venezuela with children’s music programs under the guidance of Simon Rattle. Search for some of El Sistema’s music, and you will soon discover life. Their instruments are old and sometimes decrepit and need local repair. They do not have the sponsorships of other orchestras, yet, they prevail.
This is what the orchestra and singers look like today. They prevailed. US imperialism’s war on multipolarity is a war on self-determination and sovereignty.
Previously in this series
Series: How do countries adopt multipolarity – The case of Nicaragua.
Series: How do countries adopt multipolarity – The case of Bolivia.
Vladimir Putin: Russia – Africa in a Multipolar WorldMarch 25, 2023
The vision of a multipolar worldFebruary 20, 2023
Radhika Desai & Michael Hudson: multipolarity (now + transcript)January 13, 2023
‘Samarkand Spirit’ to be driven by ‘responsible powers’ Russia and ChinaSeptember 16, 2022
What is multi-polarity? An epochal transition.August 17, 2022