Iran-Venezuela solidarity breaks U.S. blockade

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this In an act of solidarity, Iran is sending a fleet of five tankers carrying 1.53 million barrels of needed gasoline and related fuel products to Venezuela. On May 23 and 25, the first two ships traveled through the Caribbean Sea and entered Venezuelan territorial waters with a Venezuelan naval and air escort. That delivery broke Washington’s criminal blockade against the Venezuelan people. The first Iranian ship docks in Venezuela May 25, at port serving El Palito oil refinery.Venezuelans in Caracas, the capital, are cheering the victory over the U.S., which had threatened to stop the ships by force. Of Iran’s determination and solidarity, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said, “Iran and Venezuela have always supported each other in times of difficulty.” (Guardian, May 23)Socialist Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel proclaimed on Twitter: “Long live solidarity among peoples!” (May 24)Both sovereign nations — Iran and Venezuela — challenged severe U.S. economic sanctions and bellicose threats of military action. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. had Venezuela surrounded. So far Washington has not attempted retaliation following the delivery. It remains to be seen whether the U.S. will act against either or both countries.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strongly warned the U.S. against interfering: “If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, [the U..S.] will be in trouble. We have the legitimate right to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity and to serve our national interests.” (Guardian)The danger of U.S. military intervention is ever-present, given the history of U.S. attacks against Iran and its attempts to subvert Venezuela’s Bolivarian government led by President Nicolás Maduro. In April, Washington ordered additional Navy warships, surveillance aircraft and special operative teams to the Caribbean, sending more destroyers close to Venezuela.Washington lashed out verbally at Russia, China, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela about Iran’s bold action, and U.S. military brass warned that their warships are patrolling the Caribbean.Russia, China condemn coup attemptIn another show of support for Venezuela, Dmitri Polyanskiy, Russia’s U.N. representative, introduced a resolution in the U.N. Security Council on May 22, calling for no interference in Venezuela. In effect he denounced the May 3-4  coup attempt against the Bolivarian government. Russia’s resolution appealed to member-states to condemn the use of force, mercenaries and all forms of terrorism.Venezuela’s military stopped the incursion carried out by a 60-person paramilitary force in speedboats, led by U.S. Army Special Forces veterans, whose goal was to overthrow Maduro. Funding for their training camps in Colombia came from Venezuelan counter-revolutionary politician Yon Goicoechea.China supported Russia’s Security Council resolution, expressed support for Venezuelan sovereignty and criticized U.S. sanctions. Indonesia, South Africa and Vietnam agreed.Why Venezuela needs fuelVenezuela has 300 million barrels of oil reserves, the largest of any one country. Oil revenue accounts for 95 percent of Venezuela´s export earnings. Why does Venezuela need to import fuel?  Venezuela needs diluents to refine its heavy crude oil so it can flow through pipelines. U.S. sanctions have stymied domestic production of gasoline, as they prohibit importing diluents.In August 2017, the Trump administration leveled brutal economic sanctions on Venezuela. In January 2019, Washington imposed a crushing oil embargo against PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, banning its sales on the U.S. market and fuel exports from the U.S. to Venezuela. It froze Venezuela’s assets in the U.S. and barred U.S. private or corporate trade or business dealings with  Venezuela’s state-owned entities. Washington expanded that ban to non-U.S. companies. Washington imposed the sanctions to force out President Maduro and his administration. As Marco Teruggi explained, “The United States government wants to strike at the heart of the Venezuelan economy: oil. The objective is to ensure that a collapse of the state-owned company PDVSA brings down the whole economy.” (, March 13)Sanctions have harmed the Venezuelan people, as funds from oil exports are used to buy essential food and medications.Venezuela’s oil output dropped precipitously in 2017 and 2018, but rose in 2019 and was stabilizing. This winter, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on subsidiaries of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer, in an attempt to force the company to stop transporting Venezuelan oil. Rosneft carried 60 percent of PDVSA’s oil. Rosneft closed its Venezuela operation in March.The coronavirus pandemic then triggered an economic slowdown that reduced the global market for oil, so the already existing glut grew.  Major producers agreed to decrease output.  But prices remain low, which is hurting PDVSA’s operations and joint ventures. Venezuela’s fuel shortages are recurring now due to falling oil output and the deepening impact of U.S. sanctions.Also, the infamous 2019 electrical outages damaged Venezuelan refineries. President Maduro blamed them on sabotage instigated by forces tied to U.S.-backed opposition leader and self-proclaimed “president” Juan Guaidó. The two remaining refineries were closed in January due to lack of crude oil to process and the need for repairs and spare parts.Venezuela has alliesIran volunteered to bring fuel and technical support to repair the Paraguana Refining Complex, Venezuela’s largest oil facility. Aided by technicians from Iran and China, repairs have begun. Recently, 20 Iranian flights have transported 700 tons of refinery parts and other materials from Iran and China.But Washington is threatening Iran over its air corridor with Venezuela and ordering other countries to stop Iran’s overhead flights and end trade and business deals with and fuel shipments to Venezuela.Yet calls are growing for the U.S. to end the brutal sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, especially now during the pandemic, so both countries can better combat the deadly disease.Material for this article also came from the Orinoco Tribune, TeleSUR and Venezuela Analysis.last_img read more

Journalists get renewed accreditation in exchange for retraction

first_imgNews February 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists get renewed accreditation in exchange for retraction Follow the news on Zimbabwe ZimbabweAfrica November 12, 2020 Find out more News The Media and Information Commission yesterday finally renewed the accreditation of the 15 journalists working for the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent weekly, after forcing it to publish a retraction of an article about the commission that appeared last year.Under Zimbabwe’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a draconian law governing the country’s news media, it had been illegal for the 15 journalists to work since 27 January because the law stipulates that all journalists must be accredited with the commission.___________________________________________30.01.2006 Accreditation blackmail and arrest threats used against independent journalistsReporters Without Borders today condemned an attempt by Tafataona Mahoso, the head of the Media and Information Commission (MIC), to blackmail journalists working for the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent weekly by refusing to issue them with work permits until their newspaper retracts an article questioning the MIC’s independence.The organisation said it was also appalled by the state security minister’s threat to arrest journalists working for foreign news media, and accused the government of adopting an increasingly aggressive stance.“Mahoso was personally criticised by one of the MIC board members and now he is determined to use blackmail to silence everyone who reports this,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The commission he heads, which was well known for being under the government’s thumb, is now functioning as his personal weapon.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This episode should serve to dispel any remaining doubts in the international community that the MIC is a purely political tool in the hands of an aggressive government.”The Zimbabwe Independent’s 15 journalists were turned away when they went to MIC headquarters yesterday in response to a summons to collect their accreditation. Under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), the draconian law governing the Zimbabwean press, journalists need MIC accreditation to be able to work, and their permits are reviewed every year.By way of explanation, Mahoso told the Zimbabwe Independent journalists they should “just ask Raphael Khumalo,” referring to the newspaper’s chief executive. MIC officials said that, at a meeting in his office with acting editor Joram Nyathi, Mahoso had demanded that Khumalo should publish a retraction of an article that appeared late last year.Like most of the independent press, the Zimbabwe Independent reported in late November that the MIC originally agreed to issue a licence to the owner of the Daily News and then changed its mind under pressure from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). The reports were based on a written statement by Jonathan Maphenduka, an MIC member who resigned in August in protest.Two weeks ago, Mahoso threatened the management of the independent weekly Financial Gazette (FinGaz) with non-renewal of its licence if it did not publish a retraction. After initially refusing, FinGaz finally complied in its issue for the week of 23-29 January.The 27 January issue of the governmental Manica Post weekly (which is based in the eastern city of Mutare) meanwhile published comments by state security minister Didymus Mutasa, who is in charge of the CIO, in which he warned journalists that “the net will soon close.” He said the government had identified the “closets” used by journalists who use pseudonyms to work for foreign media. He accused them of being “driven by the love of the United States dollar and British pound which they are paid by the foreign media houses to peddle lies.” Organisation September 1, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell to go furthercenter_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information Reports ZimbabweAfrica Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied baillast_img read more

The Cloud Consultant Spares No One

first_imgA hypothetical discussion between a cloud consultant and his client that is just too good not to post. Just be forewarned – this is NSFW. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair “And what is this about Microsoft. They are considered to be one of the four big cloud providers and they are about as cloudy as Steve Ballmer is cool.”It goes on. it does strike a chord. The hype about cloud computing is so ripe for satire. Almost as much as social media – which apparently was the inspiration for this sketch.The cloud consultant makes his point pretty well about the state of the cloud computing market. Hardly anyone is making any money. Have we not seen this before in our world of over charged tech enthusiasm?In the meantime, according to the consultant, the only ones making a dime (barely) on cloud computing are a bookseller and a search engine.“And maybe Salesforce,” the consultant says. “And they were cloud before cloud was cloud.” 😉 Tags:#enterprise#saas Related Posts alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now “CloudCamp is just a bunch of vendors getting pissed, eating pizza and comparing the size of their case studies.” Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!No one is spared by “the consultant”:“No one knows what is going on. Not even Gartner. Especially Gartner.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

After Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give

first_img“We know that they will come back strong, we know how they work,” said Delos Santos, whose squad scored a 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 win on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena to move just a win away from a perfect conference.But even in the cusp of a historic repeat, the Petron mentor said they could still do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We don’t think of the sweep. Right now, we rest and try to recover and then give it our all on Game 2 [on Tuesday],” added Delos Santos. “But for tonight (Game 1), I’m very proud of the way my players performed.”Sisi Rondina scored 12 points for Petron’s 13th victory in as many games this conference. The high-leaping Rondina was a big factor off the bench to halt Rhea Dimaculangan’s combination plays. Bernadeth Pons added 10, while middle hitter Remy Palma had nine. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Game 2 is slated Tuesday at 7 p.m., also at MOA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In contrast, F2 Logistics didn’t have anyone scoring in double figures, stymied by Petron’s well-placed floor defense that yielded 79 excellent digs compare to 54 by the Cargo Movers.Delos Santos may have learned his lessons during last year’s Grand Prix final when F2 coach Ramil de Jesus tweaked his lineup which threw off the Blaze Spikers’ game plan.“We go back and study Game 1 and see how much we can still improve,” added Delos Santos, the national team mentor.The Cargo Movers leaned heavily on Ara Galang who banged in nine points but could not get the usual numbers from Kim Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron, who were limited to a combined seven points.F2 team leaders Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz were also silent, scoring a total of six points, aside from making 27 errors against Petron’s 16.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue San Beda trounces Cebu five; CKSC stuns mapua MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? There is no way Petron is taking any chances.After whipping F2 Logistics in the opener of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals, Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said they are going back to the drawing board and think of ways to answer their opponent’s expected counterattacks.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more