The IMF Abandons Venezuelans to the Threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic on a Political Decision – Global Research

22-03-20 04:19:00,

No government that had to bow to the power of a financial institution like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knows the harsh consequences to which it will have to submit. That includes the Venezuelan government. And yet last March 15 president Nicolas Maduro filed a formal request to the IMF for a financing facility of US$5 billion from the emergency fund of the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) with the following words in a letter sent to the IMF director Kristalina Georgieva and that Arreaza published on his Twitter account:

“Only under the spirit of solidarity, brotherhood, and social discipline, we will be able to overcome the situation that comes our way, and we will know how to protect the life and wellbeing of our peoples.”

To no avail. The IMF took the decision to reject the requested loan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela. Although predictable, it is shocking. (We make the side note that while we trust the source of the information, we have not been able to confirm it officially from Venezuela nor have we been able to find the information on the IMF website.)

What makes the IMF decision particularly disgraceful is the fact that the special RFI fund was set up precisely to respond to the current pandemic. Instead the IMF made a politicised decision totally contrary to its purported intentions and Venezuela’s legitimate request.

The Washington-based institution rejected the request with the unprincipled excuse:

“Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request,” claiming that there is “no clarity” on international recognition of the country’s government. “As we have mentioned before, IMF engagement with member countries is predicated on official government recognition by the international community, as reflected in the IMF’s membership. There is no clarity on recognition at this time”.

The IMF has a membership of 189 countries. Venezuela has been a member since 1946 despite its intentions to withdraw in 2007. Only about 50 countries are reported to recognise self-appointed unelected “interim president” Juan Guaidó. The majority of IMF countries have recognised elected president Maduro. This leaves no doubt that the IMF decision responds to political pressure from dominant powers like the US,

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Israël against the Venezuelans, by Thierry Meyssan

02-07-19 08:46:00,

A new coup d’etat was attempted on 24 June in Venezuela. Thierry Meyssan reveals that it was directed both against the administration of Nicolás Maduro and his pro-US opponent Juan Guaidó. Furthermore, according to the recordings of the conversations between the conspirators, it was supervised by the Israëlis.

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On 24 June 2019, Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó were to be eliminated for the benefit of Raúl Baduel.

Yet another attempted coup d’etat took place the 24 June 2019 in Venezuela. All the protagonists were arrested, and the Minister for Information, Jorge Rodríguez, delivered a lengthy explanation on television about the ins and outs of the affair.

Indeed, unlike the previous attempts, this conspiracy had been observed for 14 months by a unit of Military Intelligence which had been trained by Cuban Intelligence. During this whole period, the Venezuelans had penetrated the group and monitored their audio and video communications. As a result, they now have 56 hours of recordings which compose a wealth of irrefutable proof.

Several of the individuals arrested had already been involved in the previous conspiracies, and so it is difficult to imagine that this operation is distinct and separate from those commanded earlier by the CIA.

No better future for the opposition than for the government

Two remarks must be made. First of all, this conspiracy was directed both at Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro and also the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó, in order to bring a third man to power, General Raúl Isaías Baduel.

The latter, ex-head of the Chiefs of Staff, then Minister for Defense, had been relieved of his functions by President Hugo Chávez. Baduel then turned against Chavez and took the head of the opposition in 2009. However, it became known that he had misappropriated money from his Ministry. He was tried and condemned to 7 years of imprisonment, a sentence which he served. He was once again incarcerated during the mandate of President Nicolás Maduro, and is still in prison. A commando was supposed to free him and take him to the national television studios, from where he would announce the change of régime.

The fact of the promotion of a third president confirms our analysis, published two years ago [1],

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86% of Venezuelans Oppose U.S. Military Intervention, 81% Against Are Against Sanctions, Local Polling Shows

31-01-19 02:53:00,

86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military
Intervention, 81% Are Against  U.S.
Sanctions, Local Polling Shows

The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose
military intervention and US sanctions to
try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from
power, according to polling by the local
firm Hinterlaces.

By Ben Norton

January 29, 2019 “Information
Clearing House

–    More than
eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose
international intervention, both military
and non-military, in their country, as well
as the crippling sanctions imposed by the
United States to force leftist President
Nicolás Maduro out of power.

According to a study conducted in early
January 2019 by the local polling firm
Hinterlaces, 86 percent of Venezuelans would
disagree with international military
intervention. And 81 percent oppose the US
sanctions that have gravely

hurt the South American nation’s economy

This poll was conducted before the Donald
Trump administration launched a political

coup in Venezuela
on January 23,
attempting to replace its government with a
right-wing opposition that has made it clear
that it seeks to impose

neoliberal capitalist economic policies

Hinterlaces is led by the independent
pollster Oscar Schemel, who has experience
studying numerous elections in Venezuela and
has a pro-business perspective. Most polling
firms in the country, such as the competitor
Datanálisis, tend to be pro-opposition.
Hinterlaces is more neutral, and often leans
toward the government, although Schemel has
criticized some of Maduro’s economic

English-language media outlets frequently
ignore local polls done inside Venezuela,
and if they do report on them, they tend to
publish the results of polling firms run by
pro-opposition figures.

The Grayzone has translated the findings
of a Hinterlaces study conducted between
January 7 and 20. The following data is
based on direct interviews with 1,580
Venezuelans from all across the country,

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Some 9,900 Venezuelans Return Home With Help of Government

26-11-18 12:35:00,

So far a total of 9,900 Venezuelans have returned to their home country with the Vuelta a la Patria (Return to the Homeland Plan) sponsored by the Nicolas Maduro administration.

Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from the Dominican Republic

That number was tallied after some 80 Venezuelans flew into the International Airport of Maiquetia Simon Bolivar in Caracas from Bogota, Colombia on Saturday.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza welcomed them back by Twitter saying the citizens “who had left the country looking for new opportunities and only found unemployment, xenophobia, discrimination and labor exploitation. #VueltaALaPatria.”

According to government estimates, 6,663 Venezuelans have come back from Brazil, 1,102 from Peru, 1,014 from Ecuador, 395 returned from Colombia, and 186 from the Dominican Republic. Another 171 have returned to Venezuela from Argentina via the Return to the Homeland Plan. Over 90 came from Chile.

“I have ordered the activation of an airlift based on the Return to the Homeland Plan to bring back all the Venezuelans who have registered and who want to come back to their beloved land. There is a campaign of hatred, persecution, and xenophobic contempt against the people of Venezuela. A global campaign headed by spokespeople of the United States making declarations against the people of Venezuela accusing us of migrating, and creating a scandal,” Maduro said in early September.

The plan, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro introduced on Aug. 4, envisions that returning Venezuelans can be reinserted into the life they left with the help of various national social programs. Their return home is paid for by the Maduro administration.

Upon returning home, participants are asked to share their reasons for returning. According to a survey, 60 percent returned home due to economic difficulties, 47 percent were greeted with xenophobia while abroad, and health concerns or unaffordable medical care brought at least 12 percent back to Venezuelan soil.

When another 80 came back home with the help of the Venezuelan government from Colombia in mid-November, Arreaza tweeted then:  “Many testimonies of exploitation and deceptive offers in Colombia.”

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