two Americans arrested for attempted “invasion”

Fifteen people, including two Americans, were arrested for an attempt “Invasive” by the sea of ​​Venezuela, said Monday May 4 the socialist president of the country Nicolas Maduro.

On the public channel VTV, Nicolas Maduro presented the two arrested Americans as being “Members of security” of President of the United States Donald Trump.

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Caracas said on Sunday that it had foiled an attempt in La Guaira (northern) state to” Sea invasion ” of “Mercenaries” coming from Colombia in order to foment a “Putsch” against Nicolas Maduro, with help from the United States. The operation resulted in the deaths of eight “Terrorists”.

The Attorney General’s Charges

The Venezuelan prosecution accused the opposition leader Juan Guaido of having recruited “Mercenaries” with funds blocked by American sanctions, to foment this attempted“Invasion

Of “Mercenaries” have signed “Contracts” for 212 million dollars with the money “Stolen from (state oil company) PDVSA” and “Accounts belonging (to Caracas) which have been blocked abroad”Attorney General Tarek William Saab said to the press, implicating a former United States soldier named Jordan Goudreau, founder of a private security company called Silvercorp USA.

Juan Guaido rejected the accusations on Monday, denying any link with this security company. The prosecution, however, opened several investigations against him.

Nicolas Maduro still supported by the army

This attempt to” Invasion ” allegedly comes just over a year after Juan Guaido’s call for an army uprising. On April 30, 2019, he tried, in vain, to incite the barracks to rebel against Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelan government regularly accuses Juan Guaido of being involved in “Conspiracies” against the socialist president.

Nicolas Maduro continues to enjoy the support of the military staff, the centerpiece of the Venezuelan political system, but also of China, Russia and Cuba.

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In Venezuela detained the leader of the invading mercenaries in the country

On Sunday, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the sea invasion of Colombian militants by the state of La Guaira in the north of the country was prevented. According to him, the militants tried to invade the country on speedboats. Cabello specified that eight attackers were killed, two were detained. He also said that one of the detainees was an agent of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Maduro announced an attempted assassination attempt during the invasion of mercenaries :: Society :: RBC

According to the President of Venezuela, a group of militants trying to land off the coast of the country planned to kill him. These are trained mercenaries, their training was funded by the United States and Colombia. Attempted Maritime Invasion May 3

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the militants from Colombia planned to land in the sea zone in the north of the country to kill him, reports El Universal.

Maduro said a group of mercenaries attempted a naval invasion. He added that they studied in Colombia, as evidenced by evidence, including video. The militants were funded, according to Maduro, by the Colombian authorities with the support of the US government.

The mercenaries, according to Maduro, were about to kill him, which was the main goal of their operation. “A terrorist act in the midst of a pandemic … a terrorist attack against the tranquility and peace of Venezuela,” Maduro described the attempt to land militants in the country’s marine zone. The president added that more details about the preparation of the attack and evidence will be presented on May 5.


Venezuelan Interior Ministry Reported Colombian Militant Invasion Prevention

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Venezuelan Interior Ministry announced the prevention of the invasion of militants from Colombia :: Politics :: RBC

Venezuelan law enforcement agencies prevented an attempt to land militants from Colombia in the northern zone of the country. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Nestor Reverol. His appeal posted on the department’s Twitter page.

“On the morning of May 3, an attempt was made to prevent a sea invasion by a group of Colombian terrorist mercenaries who were planning to carry out terrorist acts in the country, kill the government leaders, and bring chaos among the people and organize a coup,” Reverol said.

According to him, speedboat militants planned to launch an attack on the coast of La Guaira. The attack was averted thanks to the operational response of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and Special Forces. As a result, several mercenaries were killed during the clashes, several more people were captured.

In connection with the incident, the country’s armed forces were put on alert, the Ministry of Defense of the Bolivarian Republic reported. The ministry confirmed the military’s readiness to immediately respond to any threats, as well as guarantee the sovereignty and independence of the state.

Maduro called the president of Colombia an enemy of Venezuela

In turn, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected Venezuela’s allegations of involvement in an attempted naval invasion of the country. Diplomats called the charges “unfounded” and noted that they were aimed at involving the Colombian government in a “speculative conspiracy.” According to them, in this way the Venezuelan authorities want to divert attention from the real problems in the country. By them, diplomats understand the internal crisis.

“We urge the international community to reject such allegations,” the ministry said.

In early April, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the mobilization of artillery to defend the country. Then he declared that armed groups financed by the USA and Colombia want to take advantage of the situation with the coronavirus epidemic and “carry out terrorist acts and a coup d’etat.”

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In Venezuela, an interfaith council to face the social crisis

The idea was launched at a meeting in November 2019 bringing together representatives of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV), the Evangelical Council, the Adventist Church, the Jewish Community, the Confederation of the Union of Christian churches, the Anglican Church and the Council of Historical Churches of Caracas.

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It was a question, as the press release published on Wednesday April 22, explained, of looking together ” solutions which contribute to the common good and to peace, which make possible trust where there is precariousness, hope where there is only fatality, life instead of death and the destruction

This project materialized on April 22 with the creation of an Interfaith Social Council, intended to reconcile the country. ” This structure of reflection and action based on plurality, we read in this press release, wants to generate consensus and alleviate the serious problems of our society which undermine the essential value of the family and the sense of community, and which weaken democratic institutions

Rebuild the country

This interreligious social council wants to be ” a space of communion for all religious, political and social actors without exclusion, continues the document, who wish to work together for the good of Venezuelans, practicing social justice, equity, mutual respect, tolerance and respect for freedoms ” So many virtues which are ” the basis of good political action

→ READ. In Venezuela, the “urgent” call of the bishops

In fact, the country’s very serious difficulties, which have already caused the mass emigration of more than four million Venezuelans, have worsened in the past two months with the global Covid-19 crisis and the humanitarian emergency.

In this sense, Christian and Jewish leaders set out in seven points their commitment to this Council, with the aim of helping Venezuelan society to cope with the emergency, to find peace and to begin the reconstruction of the country.

Faced with the enormous challenges facing the country, this Interfaith Council also wants to help ” strengthen collective efforts and cohesion between the different sectors of the country

Such joint work should bring, according to the document, ” signs of peace and reconciliation and encouragement for a reconstruction of Venezuela in a spirit of participation and solidarity

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nearly half of Americans breathe unhealthy air

A report by the American Lung Association released Tuesday states that about half of Americans breathe unhealthy air and there is environmental pollution in nine cities in the west of the country.

The annual “State of the Air” report describes that climate change continues to worsen air pollution and notes that amid the coronavirus pandemic, which strikes the lungs, the state of air quality is “of great concern.” .

The document, which analyzes data collected in 2016, 2017 and 2018, says that these three years are among the five hottest on record in history, and climate change patterns promote forest fires whose dangerous fumes contribute to increased pollution.

“The report found that air quality in some communities has improved, but … there are still too many people breathing in unhealthy air,” said the president and CEO of the American Lung Association, Harold Wimmer.

This degraded air quality threatens everyone, particularly children, older adults, and people living with lung disease.

“Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of lung infections,” added Wimmer. “Protecting everyone from COVID-19 and other lung infections is an urgent reminder of the importance of clean air.”

The annual reports of the American Lung Association focus on the two most common outdoor air pollutants: ozone and particulate. Both are dangerous to public health and can be deadly.

The unhealthy particles in the air come from forest fires, wood stoves, coal-fired power plants, diesel engines, and other sources. These microscopic particles lodge deep in the lungs and can even enter the bloodstream.

Contamination with particulate can cause asthma attacks, cardiac arrests and heart attacks, and cause lung cancer. New research also links air pollution to the development of serious diseases like asthma and dementia.

Ozone pollution, often referred to as smog, is a powerful respiratory irritant whose effects have been described as heat stroke of the lung.

Breathing ozone can cause shortness of breath and cause coughs and asthma attacks that could shorten life. The warmer temperatures caused by climate change make ozone formation easier and more difficult to clean.

The report has two lines for particulate contamination: one for “short-term” particulate contamination – or one-day increases – and another for the “annual” level that represents the concentration of particles day after day at each location.

The report notes that the 10 cities in the United States with the highest long-term particulate contamination are: Fresno-Madera-Hanford, California; Bakersfield, California; San José-San Francisco-Oakland, California; Fairbanks, Alaska; Yakima, Washington; Los Angeles-Long Beach, California; Missoula, Montana; Redding-Red Bluff, California; Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, Utah, and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona

The 10 cities with the highest annual particulate pollution are: Bakersfield, California; Fresno-Madera-Hanford, California; Visalia, California; Los Angeles-Long Beach, California; San José-San Francisco-Oakland, California; Fairbanks, Alaska; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona; El Centro, California; Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Pennsylvania-Ohio-West Virginia, and Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The 10 cities with the highest ozone pollution are: Los Angeles-Long Beach, California; Visalia, California; Bakersfield, California; Fresno-Madera-Hanford, California; Sacramento-Roseville, California; San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, California; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona; San José-San Francisco-Oakland, California; Las Vegas-Henderson, Nevada, and Denver-Aurora, Colorado.

The report also mentions the four cities with the cleanest air in the United States: Bangor, Maine; Burlington-South Burlington-Barre, Vermont; Honolulu, Hawaii, and Wilmington, North Carolina.

“The science is clear,” said Wimmer. “The nation needs greater limits on ozone and particulate pollution to safeguard the health, especially of children and people with lung diseases.”

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Andrés Pastrana: ‘Venezuela is experiencing the worst tragedy of humanity’ – Venezuela – International

Andrés Pastrana is concerned about Venezuela. In his frequent interventions there is priority space to alert about the humanitarian crisis and advocate for actions that allow a democratic solution.

“Venezuela is experiencing today the worst tragedy of humanity”, he warned.

“To the pandemic of the coronavirus, Nicolás Maduro has added energy, water and gasoline rationing. What else do you want? Who can believe that there is a country without water, without light, without gasoline and also contaminated with covid-19? ”, He highlighted.

“Venezuelans do not have water, which is essential to avoid contamination. What is Maduro going to do if, for example, food arrives? How are they going to be distributed, if they don’t even have gasoline? “ added.

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Pastrana, a 65-year-old lawyer, was president of Colombia between 1998 and 2002. On the outskirts of Bogotá, where he is undergoing quarantine for the new coronavirus, he attended El Nacional. The communication, via telephone, had startles. Connectivity does not escape the crisis.

Pastrana: “This is an unusual thing”

“We human beings never imagined that we would experience something like this. Who would have thought a month and a half ago that the world was going to close in this way, that it was going to freeze. This is an unusual thing ”, he assured.

Rich countries have all the resources, we are seeing it in the United States and in Europe, the way to face the economic crisis, to help entrepreneurs, small, medium and large

He believes that the pandemic shows more clearly the gap that exists between rich and poor nations. “Rich countries have all the resources, we are seeing it in the United States and in Europe, the way to face the economic crisis, to help entrepreneurs, small, medium and large. We poor countries are seeking to activate all mechanisms to see how and in what way we protect our economy. There is a very clear differentiation between strong and weak economies, “he said.

He noted that the same situation is reflected within each society. “With isolation, a good part of employment is being lost, this is the case in Colombia and the same in Venezuela. The informal sector, which is very important, is experiencing a drama. What does the hairdresser, the manicurist, the street vendor, the shoe shine live on? ”, Indian.
“Here you see that differentiation between sectors and classes,” he stressed.

Leadership will change

Pastrana stresses that things will not be the same after the pandemic: “I believe that a good part of the leadership in Colombia and Venezuela will change.”

He stated that in the world people are going to measure their leaders by results. “Maduro will be evaluated for how he faced the pandemic: how many died, how he supported small and medium-sized entrepreneurs with subsidies, the efficiency or inefficiency with which he moved. But also Juan Guaidó, because he has resources and has to move, “he said.

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He pointed out that getting out of this situation well is not easy for a ruler, and he detailed what happened in the United States, China, Spain or Italy. “We do not have weeks or days to make decisions, possibly they are minutes. This is where you will see who was thinking about their people or their interests ”, express.

Save lifes

Pastrana prioritizes the lives of Venezuelans and Colombians. For the former president, the situation created by the new coronavirus may aggravate the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and lead Colombia forward. In his opinion, minimum agreements must be reached so that this does not happen.

“I know that many friends of the opposition did not agree with me when a journalist colleague asked me: Would you be willing to speak to Maduro? What I said is that if we do not control the pandemic that may come from Venezuela, then there will be nothing left of what we Colombians are doing, ”he said.

“I proposed to create three transnational hospitals: one in the north, in La Guajira, in Paraguachón; another in Cúcuta and another in Arauca. Wuhan-type health centers, with 1,000 beds, which can be built in 15 days. We were going to ask the Americans for resources, that when I raised this, about a month ago, there was 5 billion dollars. This is not if Maduro stayed, it is how we saved the lives of Venezuelans and Colombians. He was going to work with the Maduro and Guaidó teams, and with the Colombian team, ”he added.

Talk to whomever it takes

The fact that Colombian President Iván Duque establishes bridges with the Maduro regime does not mean that he recognizes him as president, Pastrana assured: “They want to save lives, which is what is important. When you seek to free the kidnapped speak to the kidnapper. In this case, the kidnapper is Maduro and his regime, which has kidnapped Venezuela. ”

He indicated that the times to leave Maduro from power are decided by Venezuelans. “I think that the first thing is to save lives, that’s why I asked the Pan American Health Organization to give the real figures of the pandemic in Venezuela,” he said.

“For me the most important thing is the humanitarian issue,” he reiterated.
“People are starving. In Venezuela we already had a humanitarian tragedy. And that tragedy can also come to Colombia “, alerted.

“The important thing is to be able to save lives in Venezuela and Colombia. If we can save lives, why don’t we? Let’s leave the policy until later ”, he stressed.

Transition in Venezuela

He said he was not clear about the United States’ proposal for an emergency government in Venezuela, if General Vladimir Padrino López can be kept in charge of his position.

“You don’t understand what that transition is like,” he said.
He indicated that the Council of State, proposed by the Americans, can be integrated very quickly. “The advantage is that if that transitional government is done soon, without Maduro and without Guaidó as has been proposed, Much would be the humanitarian aid that could reach Venezuela, “he said.

Drug trafficking

Pastrana insisted on the possibility of spraying Colombia’s coca fields with glyphosate, since the population is protected in their homes due to quarantine. Rich countries have all the resources, we are seeing it in the United States and in Europe, the way to face the economic crisis, to help entrepreneurs, small, medium and large indicated.

“It is time to end drugs in Colombia. And if we end the drug here, the problem in Venezuela and the world ends, “he added.

The former president recommended the Duque government to be aggressive in the decisions to be made, since the economic crisis that may ensue is very serious. He made remarks to financial entities.

“The bank is not giving adequate answers to the people, I do not know if the same is lived in the rest of Latin America. It is important that banks reach out to Colombians “, he pointed.

“The world changed us: to politicians, to businessmen; for everyone, the world changed ”, concluded.

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Guaidó insists a national emergency government to overcome the coronavirus in Venezuela

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The Acting President, Juan Guaidó, insisted this Thursday that Venezuela It needs the national emergency government to comply to immediately respond to the coronavirus pandemic in which, according to figures from the Chavista regime, more than 300 people have been infected and ten have lost their lives, since the first reports in March. “The main functions of the national emergency government are: to attend to the complex humanitarian emergency, to re-institutionalize the country so that it leads us to truly free presidential elections, and to build confidence again in Venezuela,” he said.

Last month, The United States proposed the creation of an emergency Government in the South American country that includes the participation of all the political and social sectors of the country. But the condition for the formation of that Council of State is that it would not count with the participation of Guaidó or Nicolás Maduro. “Both Maduro and Guaidó must step aside, so that members elected in the National Assembly on both sides can create a Council of State to serve as a transitional government, which organizes free and fair presidential elections,” he said at the time, Elliott Abrams, in charge of the State Department for Venezuela. However, Maduro was the first to reject it.

At the “Covid-19, a pandemic in a crisis” Forum, organized by the Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council, Guaidó also expressed his concern about the decision that many Venezuelans have taken to break the quarantine in search of food and stock up. “It cannot be that today Venezuelans decide between pandemic and famine. Today (Thursday) there were hunger protests in three states of the nation. People came out, despite the quarantine, because they are starving.

Insufficient test

In the telematic interview with the Atlantic Council, the opposition leader once again addressed the Maduro government on the real numbers of positives in the country. “We dismissed those numbers (311 cases confirmed yesterday). Unfortunately we have to prepare for a probable rebound in the country. In this sense, he assured that according to the information he manages, “the number of tests carried out in Venezuela is the lowest in Latin America.”

Likewise, Guaidó, who is recognized by more than fifty countries as interim president of Venezuela, assured that one of the challenges regarding humanitarian aid that he organizes is being “blocked by the regime’s dictatorship and achieving a real space for humanitarian assistance needed not only because of the pandemic. ”

Since his Government, the also head of Parliament has received nine million dollars donation from the United States addressed to the United Nations system and $ 20 million of protected funds for multilaterals. “We are insisting very intensely with multilateral organizations to allow this aid to enter, which has already begun, not at the necessary level, to enter Venezuela.”

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Medical school official says new doctors are not serving in needy places

Gustavo Quintero, president of the Colombian Association of Medical Schools says that they offered to graduate nearly 2,700 doctors early to incorporate them into the workforce in the midst of the pandemic, but that some are being sent to other areas where the need is not high.

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Venezuela receives a second shipment with 22 tons of aid against the coronavirus

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The health crisis in Venezuela remains a harsh reality. 22 tons of humanitarian aid from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has arrived in the country on Monday, which will serve to fight the Covid-19 that has been claimed the lives of 10 people, and 285 people have tested positive, according to government data since the first cases were reported in mid-March. This would be the second shipment arriving in the South American country, as the first one arrived last week with 45 tons of aid, under the agreement signed last year by the organization and the government of Nicolás Maduro to alleviate the health crisis.

The shipment with humanitarian aid has been received positively by both Chavez and the opposition. Miguel Pizarro, deputy and also in charge of administering humanitarian aid on behalf of the interim government of Juan Guaidó, applauded, through Twitter, the gesture of the IFRC and assured that the organization “continues to support Venezuelans in the fight against the pandemic and the serious health situation we are experiencing. We make a call for non-politicization and respect for humanitarian principles ”.

The reception of the second shipment was in charge of the Chavista Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado, in the port of La Guaira, about 30 minutes from Caracas. Alvarado told state television VTV and explained that the country received medical supplies and cleaning and disinfection kits, including water treatment tablets, as well as first aid and electric generators. “This humanitarian technical assistance is divided into one half for the Venezuelan Red Cross and the other half for the establishments of the National Public Health System.”

Last week, the Red Cross reported that it would begin in the next 15 days an aid operation in Venezuela that, due to its magnitude, said that is comparable to the one developed in Syria, a country devastated by war, and its objective is to help 650,000 Venezuelans. However, the IFRC president, Francesco Rocca, clarified that this will not solve the crisis that the country’s health sector is going through, but will only be “a start”.

Russia, Maduro’s allied country, sent a shipment in February with medicines and surgical supplies. While China last month shipped a 65-ton shipment, similar to Russia’s, with medicines and medical supplies. And a week ago, Venezuela received 90 tons of humanitarian aid with pediatric beds, rapid tests for the Covid-19, hygiene kits, protective equipment and oxygen concentrators, by the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) .

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