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Bolivian President Claims Trump’s Foreign Policy on Syria and Venezuela Motivated by Oil

By: Karina Martín - Apr 10, 2017, 1:02 pm
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The Bolivian president’s accusations come in response to the US government’s launching of missiles that hit a Syrian air base after reported chemical attacks by the Al Asad regime left dozens dead. (Twitter)

EspañolBolivian President Evo Morales says aggressions against Venezuela and Syria are fueled by oil interests.

According to the president’s Twitter, the United States’ aggression toward Syria and Venezuela has nothing to do with responding to human rights violations; the country is only after oil.

Tweet: “Military aggression in Syria and threats toward Venezuela are solely about oil, with the pretext of chemical weapons and democracy at risk.”

The Bolivian president’s accusations come in response to the US government’s launching of missiles that hit a Syrian air base after reported chemical attacks by the Al Asad regime left dozens dead.

Morales also made mention of a memorandum issued by the US Military Southern Command, which warned the Venezuelan government that “it could end up demanding a response at the regional level” if the critical situation in Venezuela continues.

 

“Venezuela is facing a state of instability due to the lack of food and medicine. Political uncertainty continues and there is a deterioration of the economic situation,” the memorandum stated. “This growing crisis in Venezuela could lead to an immediate regional response.”

Tweet: The Southern Command’s threats are unacceptable. In the 21st century sovereignty belongs to the people, not the empire.

The Bolivian Foreign Ministry issued a statement rejecting statements made by Head of the Southern Command Admiral Kurt W. Tidd:

“Bolivia calls on the international community to condemn these statements that seek to justify actions to politically and socially destabilize our region, which is a violation of the principles of respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, contemplated in international law.”

Sources: El Deber; Globovisión.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Colombian Government Condemns FARC Dissidents for First Attack since Peace Deal

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Apr 10, 2017, 12:44 pm
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EspañolAn attack was carried out in Colombia by FARC dissidents April 8, the first officially recorded in the country following the government's peace deal with the guerrilla group. A grenade was reportedly thrown at a vehicle transporting several soldiers in the southern department of Guaviare, leaving one dead and three wounded. They were transferred to El Retorno hospital nearby. Authorities said they think a FARC dissident group led by Miguel Botache Santanilla, also known as Gentil Duarte, is responsible. Read More: Ecuador’s Lasso Assures He Will Accept Results of a Presidential Recount Though a peace agreement was signed between the government and FARC at the end of November following four years of discussion in Havana, Cuba, some did not accept its parameters, and were expelled from the group's ranks. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the attack on Twitter, expressing solidarity to the families of victims. The president has been strongly criticized by the opposition due to a lack of any plan that would prevent new groups from rising up in territories abandoned by FARC. https://twitter.com/JuanManSantos/status/851077326746116096 Another soldier who went missing was found alive hours after the attack. International Crisis Group estimates that there are around 400 dissident members from FARC. Source: RCN Radio, El Heraldo

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