Sanctions against PDVSA are outside of international law
Venezuela rejects U.S. sanctions against PDVSA
United States measures: right-wing shortcuts to impose its hegemony
Caracas, 25 May. AVN .- The Energy and Oil minister Rafael Ramirez emphasized that the imperialism will fail in its attempt to impose conditions to the country and to the state-run oil company PDVSA, after the sanctions announced on Tuesday due to Venezuela"s ties with Iran.
“The imperialism will not decide who our friends are. That is a decision of the Government of Venezuela,” stressed Ramirez before thousand of PDVSA workers gathered in the refinery complex Jose, Anzoategui state (Venezuela"s northeast), in support to their company and country"s sovereignty.
Ramirez ratified that Venezuela will continue promoting the union among oil countries and with every sister nation in the world.
“Imperialists can go to the Hell, we do not care about your sanctions. Nobody will come here an impose us how to act. We are the sons of the Liberator Simon Bolivar; our country is the heir of the glory of our liberators of America. You are wrong again, imperialist lords, the Government of the United States is once again wrong about our Government.”
With respect to the reaction of some opposition sectors in the country, he said that “they are betraying their country and allying with a foreign power.”
“Our people must know that they rely on oil workers as a single fist to defend the Revolution,” he pointed out.
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19 Abril 2011, 02:02 PM
"The worst violation of human rights, which is precisely poverty, has been shattered in the last 10 years, in over a 50 percent in extreme poverty and poverty in general (...) This is a preview of a democracy with all the letters, not a democracy on papers or speeches. In this context we can have many more achievements in the field of Human Rights, "said Ramirez.
Moreover, the Ombudswoman, during the unveiling ceremony of a plaza in honor of a 14 year old who died in 1961 at the hands of the repressive bodies of the government of the day, repudiated the fact that sectors of the national right wing, authors of brutal repressions against the people during the Fourth Republic, today pretend to accuse the National Government of violating human rights.
In this regard, she called the community to raise historical memory to recall what was the situation in the Fourth Republic and all the achievements in recent years, based on respect for human rights.
Caracas, 18 May. AVN .- The Bank of the South would begin working this year, even before its constitution, informed last Tuesday the head of Ecuador"s presidential commission to design the new regional financial architecture, Pedro Paez, reported Ecuadorean news agency Andes.
The proposal was raised by Ecuador and it envisages to carry out projects by means of a trust. “It would consist of a trust for each project,” said Paez, who detailed that there are plans to construct a system of Latin American laboratories which guarantee health for people.”
This project in particular aims at producing generic medicines with the possibility of financing researches about cures for diseases such as leishmaniasis, tuberculosis and malaria, which have not been treated by transnational companies because “they are not profitable.”
There are other initiatives such as constructing micro-regional silos controlled by sectional producers and governments, connected by internet.
That plan aims at establishing a strategic reserve of staple foods to attend the population during eventualities such as drought, earthquakes or floods.
Currently, the creation of the Bank of the South has been confirmed by the parliaments of Ecuador and Venezuela, it is still pending the approval of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Chairman of the board of directors of Ecuador"s Central Bank, Diego Borjas, expressed the regional entity should be officially created before the end of this year, one the remaining parliaments approved their incorporation.
“We hope that Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina will solve this situation very soon,” Paez said.
Government destines $3.57 billion to favor Venezuelan workers
Caracas, 29 Abr. AVN .- Deputies of the opposing coalition in the National Assembly voted on Thursday night against the three decrees of wage increase approved by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this week.
The parliament debated and voted an accord to ratify the measure announced by the President, including a minimum wage increase of 26.5%.
The issue gave rise to a broad debate between the two political forces confronted in the Venezuelan parliament, in favor of capitalism and in favor of socialism. Here, comparisons came out between the measures taken by the current Administration in labor matters and those which mark the background of the 40 years preceding it (1958-1998).
The increase on the number of pensioners from 400,000 in 1998 up to 2 million nowadays was particularly brought up, as well as the standardization of this benefit with the current minimum wage. Besides, it was eliminated the backdated increase of social benefits in 1997.
Second vice president of the parliament, Deputy Aristobulo Isturiz, said the stance assumed by the opposing party owes to the interests they represent.
“This is the evidence of what I have been saying. Here are defended two models of country. Here you can see who defends whom,” Isturiz said.
Furthermore, the Deputy informed that in the actions scheduled for next May 1st, Workers Day, will be more announces on behalf of President Chavez.
“There is more, it was not everything. The thing is that I cannot give the first report before the President. Just wait until May 1st.”
25 Abril 2011
According to the report by the International Institute for Peace Studies, Venezuela reduced by 25 percent its military spending.
According to this document, our country is in fifth place behind Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Mexico, on fewer resources allocated for purchases of weapons last year.
In this sense it is stressed that Venezuela is the nation that made the less investment in weapons acquisition, and the proof of it is that in 2008, the U.S. spent $ 4.329 million and 3.254 millions were allocated in 2009.
Also remarks that the United States spent 698 billion dollars, or a 43 percent of the global total.