Venezuela & ALBA News #450, 4.28.2023: Forbes Mag Defends Alex Saab; Harry Belafonte; Colombia conference on Venezuela; Maduro a Neoliberal?

Venezuela & ALBA News #450, 4.28.2023: Forbes Mag Defends Alex Saab; Harry Belafonte; Colombia conference on Venezuela; Maduro a Neoliberal?

Political Prisoner Alex Saab What Leaders Need To Know About The Alex Saab Case And International Diplomatic Law “The fact that the U.S. does not recognize the Maduro government in Caracas is irrelevant. What matters is that both the sending state – Venezuela – and the receiving state – Iran – have recognized Saab as a special envoy. The U.S. is not entitled to interfere with the diplomatic activities of Iran and Venezuela. For the U.S. to interfere, as it is doing now by seeking to prosecute Alex Saab, violates international diplomatic law.”       

Harry Belafonte
NBC News (2006): Belafonte: Bush ‘greatest terrorist in the world’ Harry Belafonte in Venezuela. “No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people … support your revolution,” Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast. He accused US news media of falsely painting Chavez as a “dictator,” when in fact, he said, there is democracy and citizens are “optimistic about their future.” Dolores Huerta, a pioneer of the United Farm Workers labor union also in the delegation, called the visit a “very deep experience.”

Granma: Our friend Belafonte, on his 95th birthday Article in Cuba’s newspaper on Belafonte’s 95th birthday.

Nicolas Maduro, Has He Become a Neoliberal? If Maduro were a neoliberal, not only the state-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), but also the many state-owned enterprises such as the Caracas subway, electricity, telecommunications and water supply companies, to name a few, would already be in private hands. The current policies against corruption in the strategic spheres of the economy, the slow recovery of the productive apparatus – which is leading to better financing of the state through taxes on large companies, the reconstruction of public services deteriorated under the blockade, the transfer of non-US technology to circumvent the blockade, policies reinforced by the rebound in the price of oil and multipolar alliances, show the absurdity of the claim.

Just as the recent handing over by the Maduro government of 4,500,000 public houses to the popular sectors, the 13 million hectares handed over to small and medium-sized farmers as part of the agrarian reform (a program initiated by Hugo Chávez), the transfer of state powers, and economic and technical aid, to the popular self-governments (municipalities, communal councils, etc.), the maintenance of the state budget, and the creation of a new government, the maintenance of free higher education, the reconstruction of free public health care, and the massive anti-blockade food program carried out by the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP). 

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