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Vatican Backs Venezuelan Catholic Church’s Resistance to Maduro Regime

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jan 4, 2017, 8:13 pm
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Venezuela’s Catholic Church has taken a strong stance against Maduro’s administration. (Efecto Cocuyo)

EspañolThe Vatican reportedly supports the Venezuelan Catholic Church in its request to parishioners to “rebel in a peaceful and democratic way against the Chavez dictatorship” led by President Nicolas Maduro.

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, also Archbishop of Caracas, urged priests to share Sunday Mass messages that encourage Venezuelans to “not be intimidated” as well as “to eradicate the dictatorship the peaceful and democratic way.”

The priests have been instructed to refute “economic war” propaganda the Chavista regime uses to explain the serious scarcity crisis that the country is experiencing.

The Venezuelan Catholic Church said that during the 2015 legislative elections, Venezuelans “voted not to agree with the current government.” For this reason, the archbishop encouraged people “not to be intimidated” as well as “to put all their efforts together, stop the dictatorship and eradicate it the democratic way, in healthy peace, the peaceful way.”

 

The priests also discussed the “millions of suffering Venezuelans” who demanded that Maduro’s dictatorship “need to solve the very serious food and drug crisis,” the cause of which is the “application of a misguided economic system and socialist totalitarianism that ascribes the State total control over the economy.”

“Never before have so many Venezuelans had to find food in the garbage!” the Venezuelan Catholic Church’s message read on Sunday, in which it also questioned the dialogue between the government and the opposition “which was a source of hope for large sectors of the country” and that “regardless of the future of this dialogue, should have provided solutions to the current crisis. We must keep in mind that the people demand peace, personal security and social coexistence, and conditions that allow us to work and live in peace.”

The issue of political prisoners was also mentioned, as they recalled the 126 political prisoners, including the founder of the People’s Voluntary Party, Leopoldo López, and Antonio Ledezma, founder of the opposition group Bravo Pueblo Alliance.

Source: ABC

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Argentina President Macri Could Be Investigated for Fraud in Bond Sales

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Jan 4, 2017, 3:30 pm
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EspañolIn February, Argentina's federal court will have to decide whether to investigate President Mauricio Macri for allegedly fixing the price of the dollar through the issuance of external debt and Lebacs (short-term debt securities), which some say harmed the country's economy. On December 7, federal prosecutor Paloma Ochoa asked Judge Daniel Refecas to file a complaint against Macri and two officials in his administration for the issuance of more than AR $685 billion (over US $40 billion) in short-term debt securities. The deputies accused Head of the Central Bank Federico Sturzenegger and former Minister of Finance Alfonso Prat-Gay of manipulating the "true value" of the dollar by offering 40 percent annual rates. They are allegedly connected to "unfaithful administration to the detriment of the national State." At the end of December, Judge Refecas reportedly dismissed Ochoa's request, saying that any investigation would lead to an unenforceable policy decision. The prosecutor appealed the decision and Rafecas accepted it, and in February a federal court is set to intervene. "It is not up to the judiciary to evaluate financial economic policies carried out by the other powers of the National State," Rafecas said in his ruling. But Ochoa argued that in this case, what should be investigated is "an alleged abusive monetary policy decided by public officials, who, exaggerating in their functions, manipulated the real value in order to damage the coffers of the national state for the benefit of certain economic groups." "It should be remembered that in this case, the purpose of this investigation was to assess whether the actions criticized by public officials exceeded the framework established by specific regulations governing the exchange rate and, if applicable, if such abuses, which determined that the currency's value, eventually caused a loss to public assets," Ochoa said. Ochoa reproached Judge Refecas for dismissing the complaint "without carrying out any of measures of evidence" she had requested. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The prosecutor asked the Central Bank to report the amount of Lebacs and bonds in the national treasury and how they grew to their values, as well as all other Lebacs operations between 2005 and 2015 and a list of banks and companies that purchased Lebacs. Kirncher lawmakers reportedly sought to put together a mirror case directed at the ex-President Cristina Kirchner, who allgegedly ordered the sale of dollars in the futures market at a lower price, which harmed the Macri administration when it had to pay for those contracts. Prosecutor Paloma Ochoa also made negative comments about President Macri, Vice President Gabriela Michetti, Chancellor Susana Malcorra and other members of the government for the signing of the memorandum between Argentina and Qatar that cost US $1.3 billion. Source: Infobae.

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