Ex-DEA agent slams Salazar, CIA and DEA

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Celerino Castillo busted his ass in the 1980s trying to get to the bottom of the Nicaraguan cocaine trafficking networks in Central America. Imagine his horror when he found out that the very same US government he was working for was actually behind it all, and not in a small way. That the cocaine was being imported into the US, where it was converted into crack and laid waste to entire inner-city neighborhoods, primarily black ones. And that his own agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency, was being used as a false front by the CIA, who were in the illicit operations up to their eyeballs, along with a group of well-known “assets”: death-squad leaders and terrorists and goons who have the strangest habit of popping up all over Latin America like sinister Jacks-in-the-box, leaving trails of death and destruction wherever they go. Cele Castillo saw it all, and has been persecuted for telling the truth about it ever since.

So, when asked to comment about the DEA’s latest “star witness” to supposed cocaine trafficking in Latin America, and specifically in Venezuela, of course Castillo isn’t surprised to see a traitor with US ties in the mix. Nor would it surprise him at all to learn that the traitor, Leamsy Salazar, may well be an assassin himself:

“The CIA has always used the DEA as its bastard son to hide its crimes.” The speaker is none other than former DEA agent Celerino “Cele” Castillo, who denounced the criminal activities of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in El Salvador.

Asked about the Venezuelan Leamsy Salazar, former bodyguard of Hugo Chávez who is now seeking asylum in the US, Castillo did not hesitate an instant, and said: “I witnessed many murders by the CIA. I have archives of cases and passports from the individuals who were killed.”

Leamsy José Salazar Villafaña, the Venezuelan traitor officer who confessed to having informed to the DEA, raised the suspicions of his current boss, Venezuelan national assembly president Diosdado Cabello, and was removed from service, and later fled. He is now suspected of having been part of a possible plot to assassinate Chávez with induced cancer.

Corvette captain Salazar, 40 years of age, was collaborating with the DEA “from mid-2013″, according to sources close to the DEA and right-wing media. The date is hardly credible.

Castillo is the former DEA investigator who saw with his own eyes and denounced how Posada Carriles, under cover of the CIA and the DEA as well, led an operation trafficking weapons in exchange for cocaine at the Salvadoran airbase at Ilopango.

In the 1980s, Castillo denounced the Reagan/Bush administrations as accomplices in narcotrafficking and contraband weapons trafficking. Bipartisan investigations in the House and the Senate confirmed his allegations against the US government.

“While I was in Central America as a DEA agent, we were accustomed to CIA operatives like Randy Capister and Victor Rivera. They paid Rivera $5,000 a month to use his death squad (made up of Venezuelans) in El Salvador.

“The gang assassinated a major of the Salvadoran army. They captured him in Guatemala and later took him to El Salvador and tortured him in order to finally kill him. They told us he was trying to escape.”

Victor “Zacarias” Rivera Aguaje later became an advisor to the Guatemalan Ministry of the Government in the Colom administration.

In 2008, a Guatemalan reporter interviewed Celerino Castillo about the topic. “The President of Guatemala fired Rivera. A week later he was killed, along with his secretary. The FBI moved quickly to investigate the murder because Victor was a documented agent of the CIA.”

The murder of “Zacarias” took place on April 7, 2008, at about 11 p.m., when he got into his car on Vista Hermosa Boulevard in Guatemala City, along with his aide, María Melgar.

Celerino Castillo has directly tied “Zacarias” to the CIA operation directed by Posada Carilles at Ilopango, where they met with Félix Rodríguez Mindigutía, a known CIA terrorist agent said to be the killer of Che Guevara.

Castillo resides in Texas, and is constantly harassed by the federal authorities.

In 2009, the federal prosecutor, Johnny “House of Death” Sutton, managed to put him on trial in San Antonio, Texas, for an ordinary purchase of a weapon without a licence, something which is common in that state. In August 2009, Castillo was sentenced to 37 months in prison, thanks to the complicity of a corrupt judge, Royal Furgeson.

Celerino Castillo documents many of his investigations on his website, Powderburns.org.

Translation mine.

So, Cele Castillo wouldn’t be shocked if Leamsy Salazar turned out to be another Luis Posada Carriles? Well, neither would I. Let’s recall that Posada was, for a time and under a pseudonym, a chief of the infamous Venezuelan political police, the DISIP, at a time when leftists were kidnapped, tortured and “disappeared” in that country. How an ex-Cuban terrorist could make it to a top job in the secret police of a country not his own may seem a head-scratcher in itself, but the trail of dead bodies behind him is no mystery, and neither is his impunity. Luis Posada Carriles is a fanatical right-wing psychopath. Of course there will be deaths in his wake. The man’s a veritable Grim Reaper, and the fact that he’s the US’s Grim Reaper is clear from the way he’s been coddled by the justice system since he illegally showed up in Miami. Considering that the US normally hunts illegal immigrants down like vermin, that’s highly unusual. But it’s perfectly explicable when you remember that the CIA protects its loyal assets. And Posada is nothing if not loyal! So it’s no wonder that he got shoehorned into that plum job at the DISIP. He was a bastard, and he was Washington’s bastard.

And now Leamsy Salazar has shown where his own true loyalties lie. It should be fun to watch him dissolve under the harsh spotlight as revelations of his illegal activities in Venezuela come to light. I can hardly wait.

Leamsy Salazar: The DEA’s useful spy

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Leamsy Salazar, at right, back when Chavecito (on the left) trusted him.

Hey! Remember the spook I blogged about the other day? Leamsy Salazar, the presidential security officer who “defected” from the Venezuelan armed forces and is now a star witness for the DEA? Well, it looks like that won’t be the last we hear about him. Far from it. It looks like he’s turned into a very useful stool pigeon, at least as far as fascist media are concerned. And that’s not all there is to side-eye about him. So let’s scratch a bit and see what flakes off him, shall we?

There are two ways of looking at the press operation of the Spanish Franco-fascist newspaper, ABC, on the DEA’s new star: Corvette captain Leamsy Salazar, ex-member of the first ring of security around Comandante Chávez. One, consider that everything ABC says is “information”; the other, try to separate the facts from the operations. That [latter] is what we’re trying to do here.

Of what ABC has said, only one element can we give as proven: Leamsy Salazar deserted the ranks of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and will be in the United states, or at the disposal of that land. That is the only fact corroborated by diverse sources: the daily ABC, and on the other hand, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, the target of the Franco-fascist periodical’s attacks.

Diosdado Cabello told [journalist] Pedro Carvajalino, on VTV, in a video broadcast on Tuesday, January 27:

“This comrade was with Comandante Chávez. When the Comandante died, I decided, fine, in honor of the Comandante, I’ll take him to work with me. But suddenly I started talking to him, and he started to lower his eyes from mine…this was in the month of June. Month of June. He started to lower his eyes from mine, he wouldn’t meet my eyes, the deception began. I spoke with the Minister of Defence, and asked her for a replacement, and told her: Send him to study so he can be retrained, because he doesn’t look right to me. He went off to study, and never attended the course. On the contrary, he deserted. He deserted with his wife in December, which was decisive…but he deserted the course long before the course he was supposed to take, which all military officers do.”

The rest of what’s going around is biased constructions, driven by a rabidly anti-Chavista paper, which doesn’t hide its desire to see the government of Nicolás Maduro fall. It’s enough to read the editorial from January 28*, in response to the Venezuelan president’s denunciation. An editorial, unlike bylined articles, represents the paper’s position.

President Maduro had denounced ABC for promoting a “campaign of the international far right and factors of the US empire”. That’s the second proven fact. The international far right has one of its principal pillars in ABC at the moment of attacking Venezuela, and the plan is simple: ABC “broadcasts” its so-called “information” and the rest of a powerful media entente replicates it, using the first medium as source, without questioning the item and without looking for repercussions, points of view, contexts, etc.

The second part of President Maduro’s statement over the intervention of “factors of the US empire” is also proven. One day after the publication, the US Secretary of State for Narcotics and International Security, William Brownfield — long known in Venezuela — assured that what ABC published was “consistent” with his own analysis on the supposed penetration of drug cartels into Venezuela.

Later, the functionary said that he could “neither confirm nor deny” what ABC published. Really — a functionary of Brownfield’s rank could not confirm whether Salazar is in the United States, whether there exists an official investigation by the DEA in that respect, and whether there is any type of judicial denunciation rooted in any court in US territory? Of course he can. He won’t do it because it isn’t necessary right now.

Because from here on in, the second part of the operation unfolds, which consists of the press (could be ABC or some other opportune medium) “leaks” new information as to what Salazar “tells” the DEA. This will happen whenever the journalistic and political operators deem pertinent. Let’s illustrate with an example: The negotiations between the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations already appear more difficult than they initially seemed. If at any moment these should happen to stagnate, “revelations” from Salazar will appear concerning ties between Diosdado [Cabello] and the government of Cuba. In fact, this line is already laid out in the first ABC article.

The same could happen with any other conjuncture, which could have its “opportune” repercussions in new so-called statements by Salazar. Another example: This year, there will be presidential elections in Argentina; even though President [Cristina] Fernández is not up for re-election, they could easily smear the ruling party in some scandal linking to Diosdado [Cabello] or other Venezuelan officials to the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Why not? Salazar, let there be no doubt, will be good for everything.

Another element confirmed by official sources and documented proofs is that Leamsy Salazar was in fact part of the first ring of security around President Hugo Chávez, who in fact held him in high esteem as a young officer allied with the retaking of Miraflores Palace after the coup of April 11-13 in April 2002. Salazar remained in Chávez’s inner circle until the Bolivarian commander’s last days.

Much has been said about the possibility that the cancer that killed President Chávez in less than two years had been somehow inoculated. President Maduro as much as said that he concurred with this hypothesis. Political analysis as well as other other actions taken for a long time by the United States regarding the inoculation of illnesses into personages or entire communities lead us to conclude that, in effect, if the empire (beyond the US itself) had the opportunity to get close to Chávez, they would never have let it slip away.

Toby Valderrama has written several times of the political scenario he called the “biological assassination” of Chávez; the lawyer, Juan Martorano, write dozens of articles over the way in which the US have acted in different scenarios and moments by way of forced inoculations to twist history in their favor. All these writings can be found on the Aporrea website.

But all these efforts at reconstruction and analysis come up against a difficult obstacle: For the “biological assassination” of Hugo Chávez they would need to have him or the guilty parties get very close to the leader and for a long time. There, in the inner circle and for years, was Leamsy Salazar, today at the disposal of politico-journalistic operations by ABC and the United States.

We cannot confirm in any way (at least with the proven information we have to date) that Salazar had anything to do with the death of Comandante Chávez. We don’t know [that he did]. What we do know is that we must assume that the president’s inner circle had been compromised. That is a fact.

It is time that an official, rigorous and serious investigation begin as to the possible assassination of the Comandante. History demands it.

Translation mine. Linkage added.

So, we can see a lot of players from previous putsches against Chavecito there in the mix. William Brownfield, the former US ambassador to Venezuela, is the key one, and of course his “analysis” agrees with the statements of Leamsy Salazar. And why not? He probably coached Salazar very carefully on what lines to spout before the DEA. I take it for granted that any US diplomat in any foreign country is automatically a spy until proven otherwise, and so far, none has proven otherwise. So it stands to reason that Brownfield was probably feeding Leamsy Salazar the appropriate “information” (note the quotes, there for a reason — and that’s how they appear in the article I translated, too!) If his job was to meddle in Venezuelan interior politics — and it was — then this oh-so-strange coincidence between Brownfield’s account and Salazar’s becomes a whole lot less strange. And a lot less coincidental, too. After all, there’s Venezuelan oil (largest proven reserves in the world, remember?) to be stolen, and for that, a full-scale invasion must be mounted. Venezuela is no longer tame to US interests, after all…

And oh yeah, how funny too that Argentina should also be mentioned! You’ll note that for the past several days, I’ve been blogging about the strange death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who allegedly ordered the arrest of none other than the president of Argentina herself. Argentina, too, has been slandered in the efforts to drum up an invasion of Venezuela — remember the “briefcase affair” from a few years back? That was another smear directed at both Chavecito and Cristina Fernández, which proved to be a damp squib, and ended up embarrassing only those in whose faces it blew back. None of the shit ever stuck to either of the two presidents it was aimed at, and no wonder: Neither one had a thing to do with it. It was just one more false flag operation in a lengthy series of them.

Of course, Leamsy Salazar may well prove to be good for a lot more than just media smears and false-flag smoke and mirrors, at least in the eyes of his gringo masters. If indeed the suspicions of a great many Venezuelans, including Madurito himself, prove true, and it emerges that Chavecito was in fact injected with a cancer-causing virus (which has been possible since 1963, according to Judyth Vary Baker, the young US scientist who worked on a top-secret project to kill Fidel Castro with just such a virus), then suspicion will fall on Leamsy Salazar all over again…this time as a possible murderer, or accessory to murder, as well as a traitor.

Which he already is, any way you look at him.

*The original article says the 29th, but the only unsigned article I was able to find from that day was one from the wires about Diosdado Cabello, not Nicolás Maduro, accusing ABC of libel. The previous day’s editorial fits the statements of the paragraph better, so I linked to it instead. I suspect that the author of the piece may have gotten the dates mixed up.

Argentina: The myths and meanings of the Nisman case

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“Let the dogs bark, Sancho, my friend; it is a sign that we are advancing.” — Don Quixote

Right now, the US media is in full cry, blatting about how Alberto Nisman wanted to arrest the president of Argentina just before he died. As though that were somehow “proof” that she “had him killed”. Never mind that the arrest order in question was actually found in the trash, strongly suggesting that he had thought twice and decided against it, and that all physical indications at the scene (and on the body of Nisman himself) point to suicide. No, it’s obviously a murder, and it’s been done to cover Iran’s ass for the AMIA bombing, according to the crapagandarati!

At this point, it would be instructive to actually place the whole kerfuffle in its proper context. And to help us do so, here is Carlos Aznarez, sorting out the meaning from the myths:

A couple of questions to begin with: Reader, do you recall the bombing by Colombian airplanes, with tactical support by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad, against the encampment of FARC commander Rául Reyes, in Ecuador? It was during the first days of March 2008; Reyes was vilely assassinated on orders of the duo, Alvaro Uribe and Juan Manuel Santos. And from that moment a huge novel was spun around Reyes’ computer. There was much made of the topic, since from the moment the supposed data the Colombian intelligence services “had found”, homes were raided and numerous militants detained, under the excuse of having committed a thousand and one outrages “in the service of the FARC”. Time was passing and the great majority of the accused were absolved since, as often happens in these cases, everything designated as “criminal” was false suspicions, rampant lies, pure smoke.

With this guy, Alberto Nisman, something very similar happened. The man, it bears repeating, was only the pawn of an international strategy to condemn the Islamic Republic of Iran. And in turn, carrying out the orders of his Zionist bosses in the difficult and much-thumbed AMIA case, in order to pronounce in favor of the decreed “Iranian lead”, against various fighters of the Revolution that toppled the pro-Yankee Shah.

An agent of Mossad and the CIA, the said Nisman dedicated himself for all those years to accumulating malicious rumors disguised as “A-1 information”, with an eye to what his monitors in Tel Aviv and the US Embassy ordered, and his handlers from the SIDE whispered to him. In that compendium of gossip and distracting moves, Nisman could not connect in a decade and a half even one element which might have been taken seriously to tackle the difficulties which prevented them from finding those actually responsible for the attack. Or demonstrate, as many politically incorrect people think, that it they attacks were (including that on the Embassy) “false flags”.

With the spy, Jaime Stiusso, as his Deep Throat, and his intimate friend Lagomarsino as an extra, Nisman mixed water with oil and the result was a nonsensical summary. One day he took up against the Iranian cleric Moshen Rabani, whom he stigmatized without any proof (save the hatred and islamophobia which Zionism cultivates), another he took as true the wiretaps (330 disks) provided by the SIDE (pointing to Luis D’Elía, Fernando Esteche, Yusuf Khalil and…the list goes on) and on other occasions, he took up against various functionaries whom he connected to cover-ups. If there’s anything left to add, they also attacked Hugo Chávez, his former ambassador Roger Capella, and the Bolivarian Revolution, whom Nisman and his SIDE buddies accused, and Clarín and Infobae, among other media, took advantage to beat up on them.

In that great sea of judicial barbarities, worthy of the summaries which Baltasar Garzón was elaborating in Spain, Nisman thought he was skating on solid ice, and that nobody would pull it out from under him. The man did not foresee that his chiefs now considered him to be a played-out pawn, and promptly (and not by coincidence), a few days after the operation (also suspected of being a false flag) against Charlie Hebdo in Paris, they gave the order that he raise the bet. Now it was not enough for them with the wiretaps and the whispers in the ear by Stiusso or Lagomarsino; this time they had to involve the president herself, and her minister of exterior relations. Just them, and very ungratefully on the part of Nisman, whom they had protected so much from 2003 until the days of the Memorandum, when they fell into misfortune thanks to the decision of Netanyahu and his select group of killers. Neither the permanent “declaration of war” on Iran by the government, nor the presidential couple’s visits to the World Jewish Congress in New York, nor the persistence of Interpol red alerts to pursue any distraught Persian, would suffice. When the disciples of Theodor Herzl turn thumbs down, the least that comes out of their mouths is missiles.

The rest is known: As an obedient soldier of Mossad, Nisman left his daughter in the lurch in Madrid, and at the hands of Lanata, Magnetto, Morales Solá and all; the regiment of those loyal to the USA erupted like a tornado in the hot January of Buenos Aires. His friends in the press trumpeted: “The government is to blame” and “its days are numbered”, they bayed. However, the prosecutor realized that his 350-odd folios wouldn’t even do for confetti, and surely, at any second, he sensed that night was falling on him and that he was “more alone than one”, as the saying goes.

After that, things sped up, and the accusatory circus ended in a funeral.

In reality Nisman was already dead before taking the plane from Madrid. It doesn’t matter whether they killed him or he killed himself, the important thing is against whom his death was plotted. “Coup d’état,” wrote Alfredo Grande, with sure aim. “Power struggles and not those of those at the bottom,” he added, lucidly, the popular militant. But as well, a high-flying international operation, using a single shot (from a .22 pistol, on top of everything) to poke holes in Argentina’s sovereignty, put Iran back in the crosshairs, and strike a blow against the anti-Zionist, pro-Palestine and anti-racist movements. All for the same price.

From then on and up to now, the greater part of the population (spurred on by the terrorism of the media) believes that Agent Nisman was killed by the government, the rest doesn’t know or won’t answer, and a fringe, among whom lamentably there are a certain number of leftist militants, confused or opportunistic, not telling us that they defend Nisman, but coming very close to it. As proof there are their malignant utterances on social media or corporate TV, against the popular militants attacked by Alberto “Mossad” Nisman.

Meanwhile, no one is calling on Stiusso to testify, who continues at his job, as if he were not the reason why journalist Miguel Bonasso, in his latest book, warns of him and asks how it is possible that no one is touching him. Three or four days later, the government intervened in SIDE and threw the super-spy out in the street, unpunished. On the other hand, the victims of AMIA are sick of everyone lying to them and demand that the guilty parties appear at last (the real ones, and not those whom the genocidal Israelis want).

After many intrigues, the government dissolved the SIDE, and called for the creation of another structure, which they will obligatorily fill with the same people as before, for which reason nothing good can come of that measure. It won’t be Stiusso (as one can imagine), but others like him, accustomed to spying, sowing discord, accusing falsely, persecuting, creating projects X or Z, and even prefabricating attacks. They are already imagining “new” and dangerous scenarios.

Amid all this complicated panorama, one important fact: Strategic alliances between Latin America and China and Russia are still advancing. Two other details to bear in mind when imagining for what reason Washington — following co-ordinates set for the whole continent — supports, without any kind of subtlety, changes of government. Including in those which until yesterday it considered to be their own forces.

Translation mine.

“It doesn’t matter whether they killed him or he killed himself, the important thing is against whom his death was plotted.”

In fact, it doesn’t even matter if “they”, whoever they are, made him kill himself. Driven-to-it suicides, like false suicides and frame-up murders, are a common thing in the land of spooks. In the end, the exact identity of the killer might be a mystery, but not the killer’s ties, or their cause.

As in my previous article on who stands to benefit from the Nisman case, this bears repeating: Cui bono? Cristina Fernández doesn’t come off better for his death, so clearly it was done not to cover for her, but to spite her. After all, she is fighting off the US vulture funds who are trying to extract yet another pound of flesh in Argentina right now, and the US media therefore has it in for her, big-time. The same goes for the government of Iran, which has had to fend off the “terror sponsor” image ever since the Revolution kicked out the Shah. Iran is currently in the crosshairs for yet another US oil war, and more so since Iraq has become politically unstable since the last one.

For whose benefit was it, then? All signs point, as always, to Israel, to the Mossad and Shin Bet, and to the Likudniks, who never hesitate to profiteer on the back of terrorism. And who are not averse to staging a false-flag incident of their own, if it benefits them.

Or a dozen, come to that.

Venezuela putsch: Maduro denounces “interfering” US document

Further to my last post, here it is in no uncertain terms: There IS indeed another coup d’état underway in Venezuela. And here, to denounce it, is none other than the president himself:

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro denounced the contents of an “interfering, lying” document published by the National Security Agency of the US government, and denounced that they are trying to menace Venezuela with the Inter-American Charter with bald-faced lies about Bolivarian democracy in order to justify a direct intervention that will enable them to bring down the Venezuelan government.

“I denounce this new aggression, I reject the document of ‘national security strategy’ from the US government of interfering character, and hereby ratify my urgent call to the governments and people of South America and CELAC, to support the people and government of Venezuela in rejecting the conspiracy which is being directed against our democracy from the United States,” Maduro said, during a press conference in Miraflores Palace.

“I hereby denounce, maintain, and call upon our people for maximum awareness to continue defeating conspiracies,” said Maduro, as he displayed the contents of a document over the “risks” of democracy in Venezuela.

“I respect President Obama, and with respect for him and the US as a country, it’s because I have the morals and ethics to demand respect for Venezuela,” said Maduro, decrying the grotesque lies which the document, published on Friday in the US, contains.

“There is a coup d’état going on in Venezuela, which is being supported by all the agencies of the US. It’s up to you [to stop it]!” Maduro said, addressing his US counterpart.

He then read part of the document, on page 28, where it states that “we support the citizens of countries in which the full exercise of democracy is at risk, such as Venezuela.”

“When one of their documents says that, it’s a direct order for groups to go berserk and launch themselves into toppling the government,” Maduro warned, recalling that if a country is at supposed risk, the US always assumes the right to support mercenaries to bring down the government of that land. There are plenty of examples in the world where the US has supported them with money and even weapons.

“In the end, the Inter-American Charter will be the instrument for an attempt to intervene in Venezuela,” Maduro added.

“Big mistake, President Obama,” he said, recalling for his US counterpart that in Venezuela the only risk to democracy are the right-wing groups which permanently conspire, and who are allies of the transnational corporations of the US.

“In which country is there more democracy, Venezuela or the US? Where are there more people in power, where are there more political freedoms? Where do the people govern, and not the transnationals?” Maduro asked.

Maduro reminded Obama that in Venezuela, in 2002, there was a coup which was publicly supported by George Bush (Junior). “It’s up to you to distance yourself, to rectify in time the mistaken policies against the Bolivarian Revolution, or else stop making chaos with failed US policies against Venezuela! For that, I’ve called upon UNASUR and CELAC, and for that reason I’m denouncing all of this.”

Maduro publicly addressed Obama, warning him that nobody is fooled by manipulated reports.

“You, President Obama, don’t believe the lies that the war lobbies which you criticized so often, the imperial lobbies which lie so much about Venezuela.

“The lobbies who are preparing these reports are the same that said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction — which you criticized so much,” Maduro said, recalling the lies that were admitted by the US after it had invaded and occupied Iraq illegally in order to supposedly defend itself against those weapons.

“They justify everything in the world with lies,” denounced Maduro.

“Also, President Obama, you should know that we are in another world, and you should know that Latin America and the Caribbean are not the US’s backyard, and Venezuela is now no longer the oil colony that used to belong to the US.”

Maduro reminded Obama that he was obliged to recognize the failure of the illegal and criminal blockade against Cuba, and precisely now, 53 years after that illegal measure began, how much suffering the Cuban people went through as a result of that financial persecution, which still continues.

“I have told you, and I believe this: You can do one of two things. Go down in history as the president who changed relations between the US and all the countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, or as the president who committed the same errors as George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and company.”

Maduro stated that he would soon write a personal letter to Obama, restating the position of the dignified and independent people of Venezuela.

“Venezuela is a country with dignity, deserving respect. I demand respect for Venezuela, for our homeland,” Maduro emphasized.

Translation mine.

Of course, the jackals are circling already. And if you hear any yammering, yodeling and yawping about how the president of Venezuela is a crazy madman and a dangerous dictator who must be toppled immediately, because kooky conspiracy theories and tight tinfoil and yadda yadda, well, you know. Same shit, ‘nother day. They tried this with the last one too, and no one in Venezuela believed them…except of course the conspiracy kooks of the right, whose too-tight tinfoil hats had them blaming Chavecito for everything from toothaches to hangnails. It’s like a nasty feedback loop with them: Whatever the Washington Empire says, they repeat back, louder and crazier. And vice versa.

Diosdado Cabello warns of violent replays in Venezuela

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Diosdado Cabello, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, on his VTV weekly show. He’s in military uniform because, like Chavecito behind him, he’s a former officer of the Venezuelan army. And because this past February 4, the nation celebrated the anniversary of the failed uprising of 1992 against the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez, who betrayed Venezuela by going back on his campaign promises and obeying the dictates of the IMF to disastrous effect, resulting in the Caracazo of 1989. Pérez was elected, but did the opposite of what he was elected to do, so trying to topple him, however abortively, was a heroic act. What has happened since the last presidential election in Venezuela, on the other hand, could not be further removed from the courageous deeds of February 4, 1992. The violence of last February is being replayed this year, warns Cabello, by people with the same craven economic interests as the late, unlamented Pérez. Here’s the rundown on what’s been going on, and who is behind it all:

The president of the Venezuelan national assembly, Diosdado Cabello, alerted of new violent actions in San Cristóbal, Tachira, intended to re-enact the events of February 2014 as part of the plan called “La Salida” (The Exit), which left 43 persons killed and more than 800 injured.

On his weekly VTV show Con el Mazo Dando, Cabello indicated that the actions were initiated by a group which is composed of “persons coming from Caracas to take part in violent actions, and in complicity with vigilantes and administrative rectoral authorities of the National Experimental University of Táchira (UNET), to kick off the month of February with an escalation of violence and aggressive protests.”

Cabello added that they were found working in the chemical laboratories of that institution, trying to make explosive artifacts, in order to generate chaos and fear in the land.

In his address, the parliamentary president stated that these actions are led by director Jesús Gómez Trejo, who on Monday paid a “visit to the offices of the UCAT (Catholic University of Táchira) and UNET, inviting them to attend the gathering and march on February 12 in San Cristóbal.”

In the first semester of 2014, the state of Táchira was victim to violent attacks orchestrated by sectors of the Venezuelan right, seeking to destabilize the land and bring down the president of the republic, Nicolás Maduro, legitimately elected in April 2013.

Cabello also alerted of new right-wing actions to continue the economic war which began in 2013, to attempt to disrupt the production of sugar.

“Members of the Sugarcane Growers’ Association of Venezuela and the Federation of Sugarcane Growers of Venezuela (FESOCA) are exerting pressure to paralize the machinery and the work in the fields. Behing that there is a well known man, with the surname Zubillaga, a distant cousin of the Zubillagas who own Farmatodo, who is going around telling the peasants that they won’t be paid next payday, so they will stop harvesting sugarcane,” said Cabello.

As part of the strategy of these right-wing sectors, FESOCA has called for a demonstration in Guanare, in the state of Portuguesa, on Thursday, starting from the Espiga monument and ending at the offices of the Ministry for Agriculture and Lands.

Cabello reminded that with these actions, the Venezuelan right is trying to create scarcities of this staple, “even though they are receiving financial aid from the Bolivarian government!”

Cabello denounced the representatives of the Venezuelan right who are holding meetings in the exterior, seeking to bring down the government of Nicolás Maduro.

He stated that on January 19, the mayor of El Hatillo, David Smolansky, and the co-ordinator of the party Voluntad Popular, Freddy Guevara, flew to Miami to meet with Carlos Vecchio, a fugitive from Venezuelan justice for violent crimes committed in the first trimester of 2014, to seek international support and call for the liberation of Leopoldo López, who is currently incarcerated at Ramo Verde for his role in the violent acts of last year.

Between these meetings they also met with banker Eligio Cedeño, who is also a fugitive from justice for obtaining US dollars through fraud, as well as retired general Antonio Rivero.

Cabello added that this month Lilian Tintori, López’s wife, is slated to go before the UN and the OAS “as part of the actions to exert pressure from outside” on Venezuelan justice.

Cabello also informed of the meetings of Miguel Henrique Otero, director of the newspaper El Nacional, in Cartagena, Colombia, with former Colombian president Andrés Pastrana, as well as trips made by Jesús “Chuo” Torrealba, the secretary-general of the so-called Democratic Unity Table (MUD), in which he met with MUD representatives in Europe, and some other Venezuelans.

Cabello also pointed out that Otero will be travelling to Spain to meet with representatives of the Socialist Workers’ Party of Spain (PSOE) and Popular Party (PP) as “part of the program of attack against the Bolivarian government, in order to keep talking about ‘human rights’ and ‘freedom of expression’.”

Translation mine.

So you can see a lot of familiar names there in the mix. Yes, the Usual Suspects are at it again, and gosh, it’s just like last year. Only this year, there’s a difference: One of the principals, Prettyboy Leo, is in jail; meanwhile, Maricori is also awaiting trial for her part in last February’s violent putsch. But of course, a great many criminals and banksters abroad are still supporting this failed right-wing activity materially and vocally. One would think they’d get tired of that, but they’re fools. And we all know what fools never do, don’t, we boys?

No indeed.

Leamsy Salazar: Unmasking a Venezuelan traitor

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Chavecito and his then vice-president, Diosdado Cabello (first row, side by side), in happier times. He’s surrounded by the usual circle of bodyguards. But there is an infiltrator. That man in the circle is now the subject of intense scrutiny. Who is he, and what are his connections to the late president’s death? Was it murder? Cabello has his suspicions, and since that man in the circle is now a “defector”, they are coming to light:

Last Tuesday, Diosdado Cabello made declarations with respect to the real identity of Leamsy Salazar and his connection to the executive cabinet of the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez.

The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly affirmed that the accusations made by Salazar are false, at the same time emphasizing the bad behavior of the Venezuelan opposition in support of the North American empire in order to exercise pressure on the policies of Venezuela.

At the same time, Cabello hinted that Salazar could be linked to the death of Comandante Chávez, since there have been suspicions about the induction of the cancer that the president suffered, and which cost him his life in 2013.

“I have no doubt that this person was infiltrated on the Comandante’s side for many years,” Cabello emphasized. He also pointed out that in the middle of last year, Salazar offered his services as a “disinterested” notary.

For that reason, Cabello explained, he asked the minister of Defence, Carmen Meléndez, to remove Captain Salazar from his team and reassign him. She sent him to a training course from which he never returned, for which reason he is now considered a deserter by the Venezuelan armed forces.

Cabello also stated that he included Salazar on his team at first out of commitment to Comandante Chávez, since he had been on his security team for many years.

Now, as a deserter and aligned with the interests of the North American empire and the national and international right-wing, it is suspected that the captain betrayed the confidence of the Venezuelan national government, having possible ties to attacks against Comandante Chávez.

“He (Salazar) will have problems when they (his US overlords) ask him for proofs and he won’t have even one, our conscience is clear,” said the Venezuelan parliamentarian, referring to the lack of proof on the part of the opposition and the empire to bring about an attack against him.

Translation mine.

Oh yeah. Now would be a good time, I guess, to note that there is yet another coup attempt underway in Venezuela. Saudi Arabia has driven the price of oil down worldwide, and thus economists are preaching gloom and doom for Venezuela, whose social programs hinge on the profits of PDVSA’s oil. There have been violent guarimbas in various cities (the university city of Mérida in particular), and the usual tiresome media squawkings from Gringolandia and its press gangs. So Cabello isn’t making accusations in a vacuum, nor are they baseless. There are parties standing to benefit from destabilization in whatever form it takes. And all of them have ties to Washington.

Chavecito’s death, in particular, has long been suspected as no ordinary cancer case, but as one of a cancer deliberately induced. The purpose? To create conditions of political instability, conducive to a coup. With Venezuela unstable and devoid of the strong leadership of Chávez, what “better” time for a US-backed coup d’état, as in, say, Argentina following the death of Juan Perón?

Only — too bad for the US and its Venezuelan right-wing toadies — so far, it hasn’t worked out that way.

Even with Chavecito suddenly gone, far too young and at the height of his popularity, the country is far from ungovernable. The people are onto the opposition and sick of its dirty economic tricks. Hoarding of basic goods and necessities in “independent” grocery stores, followed by “protests” by rich kids from the private schools, with military traitors furnishing snipers and the US supplying the training and the guns? Hardly news in Venezuela. It’s now just the usual, dreary, everyday shit.

What was supposed to be an economic war of attrition is being lost by those attempting to lay siege to the country; its social programs, even with funding allegedly in danger from lowered oil prices, are still bearing fruit, and the bottom sectors of the economy are still as militantly Chavista as ever. More so, in fact, since now they are defending their hard-won common good from its old, old enemy…the oligarchs and their oil-hungry gringo buddies. The education and health missions are now in advanced phases, and the government-run supermarket chains, PDVAL and Mercal, are still doing brisk business despite repeated opposition sabotage attempts, while the private sector keeps shooting itself in the foot with hoarding and price-jacking.

So it’s little wonder the government hasn’t fallen, or even wobbled just a wee bit. With a fully literate, media-savvy, increasingly educated common populace, Venezuela has been repeatedly vaccinated against putschism. The ordinary folk can see with their own eyes what the opposition is up to, and government-installed anti-speculation hotlines are constantly buzzing with denunciations, while the police regularly swoop in to arrest hoarders, price gougers, and speculators.

And with members of the government taking to the airwaves on a regular basis, as Diosdado Cabello does (he has his own TV show on the national public channel VTV), it adds even more to the general atmosphere of media literacy and public awareness. Traitors and suspects can be exposed before they do the damage they intend. Leamsy Salazar appears to be just the latest in a long line of such betrayers.

And I can hardly wait to hear (and translate) more about his involvement with the possibly induced cancer that killed the late, very much lamented president.

Venezuela isn’t Charlie, either.

And that’s a good thing, too:

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“No to murder, no to violence, no to terrorism, no to xenophobia, no to extremism, no to fascism…Look, I’m not Charlie.”

And that’s how you do freedom of speech right…by NOT going along with the blind herd. ¿Entiende?

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OMG I WANT THIS SO MUCH WHERE DO I GET ONE…

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Ahem. Sorry for the ALL FUCKING CAPS header, but really, can you blame me for wanting one of these?

Hair parted down the middle, big smile, merry eyes, and the index finger pointing forward are some characteristics of “Evo Presidente”, the first of the dolls from the collection by Suri Electronics, which took advantage of the popularity of the Bolivian presidento to export the product to the US and Spain.

“Analyzing all the international selection of bobblehead dolls, we saw that almost all the important personages of the world had their dolls…Our country is at the stage of making things that there already are all over the world. What better than to start with a personage whom everyone on the planet knows?” said the proprietor of Suri Electronics, Gyula Pareja, one of the designers of the satirical figure of Morales, which went on the market in Bolivia a month ago.

The 24-year-old from La Paz started the project with three other partners in June of last year, when they began a series of tests to make the “Evo Presidentes” out of potter’s clay. Now, the products are made from a polyglycine base (a mixture of porcelain and plastic).

“Because we wanted it to come out perfect and with all the details, we worked on the figure for three months. Later we looked for some artisans who could do the job; however, we couldn’t find anyone in Bolivia who could make the quantities we were asking for. That’s why we ordered the doll to be made in China,” where its fabrication took two more months, said the businessman.

The dolls are made by hand thanks to the moldable polyglycine. “Each one of them has small variations which are imperceptible to the naked eye, and they’re painted by hand,” Pareja said.

10,000 exemplars were made, of which 70% are for exportation and 30% for domestic sale. The US and Spain are there is the most demand for these products. Already 1,100 have been sold in Bolivia. “We are patenting the doll, and we are the only producers,” said Pareja, Who added that Suri is now negotiating the exportation of “Evo Presidente” to Argentina.

“We found more acceptance in the international market. Here,” in Bolivia, their sales “are still seen as a political action…we want to emphasize that we are not playing politics, we only want to give the people a bit of humor, and what better way to do it than with a personage so well known in the land?”

Each one is about 20 centimetres (8 inches) high, weighs roughly 250 grams (half a pound) and costs 140 bolivianos locally (a little over $20 US). “75% of that price covers the investment in each doll, and the rest is our profit.” With current sales, the company is “just one step away from recovering what was invested in the entire project.”

Suri Electronics is looking into the possibility of creating a new figure of the president, but in another facet of his life. “We are looking through his childhood photos to copy them and create his caricature,” Pareja added.

Soccer players, artists and this or that other politician, all on the national level, will be sources of inspiration for the next designs. “The international market has gigures of many artists, but none from here. We’re looking at ways of making dolls of artists, but we won’t make them on a large scale, because it would be more difficult to sell them,” said Pareja. He added that the local music group, Awatiñas, is interested in being immortalized. Their interest is still under consideration.

Russian president Vladimir Putin might be interested in Suri Electronics designing a doll after him, said Pareja. “Language is a problem for us. Communicating is complicated, but we are making contact amid our possibilities, and we will do it,” he said.

Translation mine.

Srsly, this thing is right up there with the Chavecito doll on the list of Things I Will NEVER Get Too Old For. And it’s a great likeness, too. Right down to the dimples.

Now, where the hell do I go to buy one? I’m Canadian, I’m good for it! Just take my damn money, already.

Economics for Dummies: The truth about those “dropping” oil prices

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“Dude…and to think there are people who call this a ‘drop’ in the price of oil!”

On the upside, though, this is terrible news for anyone who wants to despoil the Arctic, contribute to the mess that is Mordor (in Alberta), and frack up the US countryside. Because with oil prices down the way they are, it’s going to be highly unprofitable to do any of those things. Ha, ha.

Who is Charles Bentley? A short investigation

Hey! Remember when I wrote about Maricori’s little friend from the US Embassy, the one who appeared in this video, taken the day she was charged with conspiring against the Venezuelan government?

Well, guess what. Maricori’s little friend has a lot of big friends. Some of them with names you might recognize…

Charles Bentley, the US diplomat who “accompanied” María Corina Machado on December 3 when she was indicted for conspiracy by a Venezuelan prosecutor, is an “expert” in social media networks and is closely linked to Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.

The functionary, who uses a photo of Caracas on his Twitter profile, is a regular collaborator on Bill and Melinda Gates’s official blog, www.impatientoptimists.org, where he has published more than a dozen entries promoting the use of the Web and social networks to mobilize users in so-called “global causes” and the common good.

Bentley, who was caught on video during Machado’s appearance before the Public Ministry, is the founder and editor of Armchair Advocates, dedicated to sharing, connecting and analyzing the tendencies of the “social good” in an ever more digitized age.

Before coming to Venezuela, Bentley worked for USAID, according to his LinkedIn profile. USAID is known for financing plans against legitimately elected governments, especially in regions such as Latin America. He has worked there from May 2009 to October of this year. He was also a member of the political section of the US State Department.

This is not the first time that Bentley has appeared in public openly supporting opposition groups in Venezuela. On September 30, he turned up alongside Lilian Tintori Parra in a judicial hearing against her spouse, Leopoldo López, director of the “Voluntad Popular” opposition party, who was accused of promoting street violence in February.

Translation mine. Links added.

Just like so many other US State Dept. and USAID functionaries, Charles Bentley really gets around…at least where the disloyal opposition is concerned. Remember Bolivia? Yup, that happened. Nice to see the State Dept. and USAID up to their same old tricks, and nicer still to see those same old tricks exposed and failing in the predictable epic way.

Here’s a picture of Bentley with Leo’s wife, Lilian:

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Bentley’s the suit, Lilian Tintori is the gloomy-looking blonde.

And in case you’re wondering just how much our charming young Charlie actually gets around, here’s a rather amusing look at how he tried to winkle his way into the confidences of one ardent Chavista, who writes for a well-known Venezuelan socialist website:

Diario VEA informed of Bentley’s interest in this year’s PSUV party congress:

“Cordial greetings. My name is Charles Bentley, functionary of the political section of the US Embassy. I just read your article today (“Venezuela: Aristóbulo smoked crack* at the PSUV Congress”) — super interesting! I don’t know if you’re interested, but I would love to meet for a chat and talk more about your perspectives and point of view…especially your opinions over 2014, the political panorama in Venezuela, and the PSUV Congress”, he wrote in an e-mail to Arturo Ramos, who writes articles for the website Aporrea.

The message was forwarded to this newspaper by Ramos, with the following message: “Dear friends of VEA: The attached e-mails were sent to me by Charles Bentley, a functionary of the US Embassy. They are a clear interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela. You are the first ones to see them in a public manner. Please explain, if you decide to publish them, that I did not give any information to the Embassy.”

Arturo Ramos responded to Bentley with the following message: “Thank you for your interest in my article. For reasons of time and work, it would be very complicated for me to take up your kind invitation at this moment. However, if you wish, we could exchange impressions this way.”

Days later, the US functionary replied: “I understand completely that it is a very busy/complicated time of the year. Nothing will happen.” He added: “I would like to know your perspectives on the United Socialist Party of Venezuela during this year. What do you think are the objectives of the party for 2014? What are your impressions of the PSUV Congress and the Great Patriotic Pole, which are to take place this year? I imagine it will be super interesting and important for the party and the Bolivarian Revolution.”

Translation mine; linkage added.

Isn’t it funny (peculiar AND ha-ha) how a US embassy functionary’s presence could be catnip to the opposition, but poison to a loyal PSUV member, even when the latter wrote a critical article about a long-time government minister and the bad footing on which the last PSUV party congress got off? Guess young Master Bentley was hoping to exert a little behind-the-scenes influence on a local opinion shaper. Unfortunately for him, Arturo Ramos is a loyal Venezuelan, and a loyal PSUV member. Be it here noted that the PSUV, far from being monolithic (as it is often portrayed in the commie-mad US media), is quite tolerant of dissenting opinions from within the ranks; in fact, it’s rife with them. And what’s more, within Venezuela (and the PSUV in particular, at least), there is a strong climate of informational and journalistic openness. So that means that when one opinion columnist gets wise to a US diplomat’s attempts to poke his nose in, the entire country will hear the sniffing.

And in this case, it’s chuckling once more at the transparent ineptitude of the gringo rube.

*The Venezuelan expression fumarse una lumpia was used. It figuratively means that someone is delusional or out of their mind. To me, it suggests drug-induced hallucinations, so I used “smoked crack”, in the colloquial sense, in my translation. As far as I know, however, Aristóbulo Istúriz is not a drug abuser, and there is no intent on my part or that of Arturo Ramos to imply that he actually smoked anything during the PSUV congress. But I’ll bet that Charles Bentley doesn’t realize that, which may be why he found Ramos’s article so “super interesting”!