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Peru Backs OAS Democratic Charter Effort to Sanction Venezuelan Regime

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 2:59 pm
Peru has called for diplomatic pressure to be applied to Venezuela over Nicolas Maduro's increasing authoritarianism (
Peru has called for diplomatic pressure to be applied to Venezuela over Nicolas Maduro’s increasing authoritarianism (Wikipedia).

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The Peruvian government has stated that it believes that the Inter-American Democratic Charter should be invoked so that the Organization of American States (OAS) can address the crisis affecting Venezuela, Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said Thursday.

Luna indicated that his country considers that in Venezuela there has been an alteration of the democratic order due to the non-existent separation of powers. He also said that this situation allows the executive branch to block the functioning of the National Assembly, thereby breaking the rule of law.

“Invoking this letter does not mean suspending and isolating a country, but using the various options it offers to engage in solving the problem,” said the official.

The diplomat believes that it is necessary to contribute to overcoming the political crisis in Venezuela and thus prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, and believes that “effective steps” must be taken in accordance with the provisions of the Democratic Charter.

Parallel to the process of papal dialogue and mediation that takes place, the countries that make up the OAS should play a role that is effective in activating the Democratic Charter and not falling into initiatives that are inappropriate, said the Peruvian foreign minister.

Last Wednesday, Luna said during a visit to Chile, that they should not “advance positions such as those suggested by the Secretary General of the OAS” Luis Almagro regarding the situation in Venezuela.

Almagro’s request was for Venezuela’s suspension from the Inter-American body as a means of putting pressure on Nicolás Maduro to call for regional elections. Thus far, all attempts at dialogue between Maduro and the opposition have been failures.

“To reach a situation that represents the will of OAS member countries requires consultations, and we can not anticipate a position such as that which was called for by the secretary general until such consultations are conducted,” said the Peruvian official.

Relations between Peru and Venezuela are currently at a critical point as the Peruvian government has announced that it will send a note of protest and will recall its ambassador in Caracas due to some “insolent expressions” made by Maduro against Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski (PPK).

Nicolás Maduro and his Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, criticized the statements of the Peruvian leader who stated that the United States does not worry about Latin America since it is like a sleeping dog that doesn’t bother anyone, with the exception of Venezuela.

“It’s like a nice dog that is sleeping on the carpet and does not generate any problems but in the case of Venezuela, it represents a big problem,” said Kuczynski.

To which Rodríguez later responded by saying that the Peruvian president “is the only nice dog that wags his tail to the whims of the empire. Just like another puppy that supported the empire and now is in the OAS,” said the Venezuelan foreign minister, referencing PPK and Almagro.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

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

Cuban Dissident Praises Trump, Calls to Reinstate “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 2:12 pm
Cuban dissident Antunez is pleased with Trump's Cuba policy (

Español Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as "Antúnez", a Cuban dissident who was jailed for 17 years for political reasons, asked US President Donald Trump Thursday to reestablish the "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy that was eliminated in January by former president Barack Obama. The Cuban dissident who is in Miami receiving a tribute from the island's exile community said that "there are many things to improve" in the short term regarding the policy that has been implemented towards Cuba and that will be the responsibility of President Trump. Read More: Cuba Offers Former FARC Guerrilla 500 Medical School Scholarships Read More: Mexico Deports 49 Cubans with "Irregular" Immigration Status en Route to U.S. "Antunez" said that with respect to the recent US election that he was not originally a Donald Trump supporter, but that he wanted to see Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated in order to bring about a change in US policy toward Cuba. "By consensus, most Cubans" wanted that change, he alleged, and he called Trump a "firm and clear anti-Communist," so he concluded: "I'm glad of Clinton's defeat." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The dissident said they are waiting for Trump to make several changes, among which is to put back into effect the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that provided preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, who were allowed to stay in the United States. Obama repealed that policy, in Antunez's opinion, "to ingratiate himself with the Cuban dictatorship and punish those who have opposed against its policy towards the island." Antunez also noted "the need to change the Radio Martí system, so that it can put itself at the service of the struggle for freedom in Cuba, since at the moment, it is lacking in journalistic quality," which is why Antunez "thinks it is necessary to return to its original mission." This radio station is funded by the US government for the purpose of promoting freedom and democracy in Cuba, but "gives priority to the opinions that coincide with Obama's policies," said the dissident. As for the policies established by former President Obama, "Antunez" said he is in favor of reversing them all. As for the US government's relationship with Cuban opponents, the dissident believes that a review should be made of the programs to help the opposition aid individuals who are protesting against the Cuban regime and not "only focus on social programs." Source: Cubanet

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