August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Latin America File: Cuba-Venezuela “economic union,” Salvadoran pres. heads for Havana, Nicaragua busts Gulf Cartel cell; gunmen kidnap Mexican mayor 

 

- Moscow Praises Resumption of Colombian-Venezuelan Diplomatic Relations, Second Restoration since March 2008 Andean Crisis

- Silent Invasion: Fourth Sino-Mexican Summit in Mexico City Advances Strategic Partnership Established in 2003


- Argentine Foreign Minister Welcomes Narco-Communist-Terrorist Sao Paulo Forum to Buenos Aires

Pictured above: On July 26, 2010 Cuban President Raul Castro (center) salutes during a ceremony at Che Guevara Revolution Square in Santa Clara, during the 57th anniversary of the Moncada Barracks attacks, which marked the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. From left to right: Cuba's Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Venezuela's Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez, Castro, Venezuela's Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, and Cuba's Revolution Commander Ramiro Valdez.

Valdez is also Havana's pointman in allied communist states like Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Earlier this year he was appointed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to head a government commission to fix that country's energy crisis.

During the last week of July Cuban and Venezuelan officials met in Cayo Santa Maria, a city in northeastern Cuba, where they signed 139 bilateral cooperation agreements designed to advance “economic union” between the two communist states. In 2007 then Cuban President Fidel Castro and his disciple, Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, spoke of uniting their countries in a federation. At the time Fidel’s younger brother Raul, who is now president, referred ominously to “Venecuba.”

Raul hosted last month’s Cuban-Venezuelan summit. Leading the Venezuelan delegation were vice presidents Ricardo Cabrisas and Rafael Ramirez, who is also boss of the state-run PDVSA oil company. Chavez did not attend the summit, claiming that he feared an impending Colombian military raid on his country. He pointed to the imposing presence of 46 US warships with 7,000 Marines off the coast of Costa Rica, ostensibly to help San Jose interdict drug shipments, as proof of Washington’s ill intent and collaboration with Bogota.

Cuba’s communist-controlled media assessed the Cuban-Venezuelan summit in the following fashion: “The Cuba-Venezuela Economic Union represents an important contribution to the increasing process of integration and further strengthening of the bilateral links, based on the principles of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America [ALBA].” Some sources estimate that there are as many as 60,000 Cuban agents in Venezuela, many holding important posts in the military and intelligence structures. At least 30,000 Cuban medical doctors and teachers are known to plying their trade in the South American country.

El Salvador’s president, Mauricio Funes, is slated to visit Cuba during the first week of September. This is the first time in nearly 50 years that a Salvadoran head of state has made an official visit to the communist island. El Salvador, under the government of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), restored diplomatic relations with Cuba shortly after the ex-guerrillas came peacefully to power in 2009. At that time, the Salvadoran vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the FMLN’s former battlefield commander and a “doctrinaire Leninist” who praised the 911 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC, dutifully put in an appearance in Havana. Although touted as a “moderate,” former CNN Espanol correspondent Funes will now make his own pilgrimage to worship at the feet of Raul and Fidel Castro.

The FMLN has been slow to communize El Salvador and integrate the drug war-wracked country into the ALBA bloc of socialist states. Many Salvadorans believe that Sanchez is the real ruler of El Salvador and expect this past ally of the Soviet Union and Communist Cuba to “ease” Funes, who was not a combatant in the 1980s Salvadoran Civil War, out of office with a bullet to the head. The FMLN is closely allied with the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front in Nicaragua. During the 1980s the first Sandinista regime supplied arms to the FMLN, which was then seeking to topple a series of US-backed rightist governments. More recently, since 2006 FMLNistas have been accused of infiltrating operatives into Nicaragua to help the Sandinistas intimidate the opposition during street confrontations.

Both the FMLN and FSLN are opposed to re-admitting Honduras into the Organization of American States after a military-backed parliamentary coup ousted President Manuel Zelaya, a slavish pawn of Venezuela’s communist dictator, Hugo Chavez, in June 2009. His ouster was the first coup d’etat in Latin America since the end of the Cold War. Last January 2010 the FMLN went so far as to brand Honduras’ post-coup president Roberto Micheletti, then visiting business leaders in San Salvador, persona non grata.

During Zelaya’s four-year presidency, Honduras became a new hub in the international narcotics trade. Drug planes from Venezuela, the region’s biggest transshipment point, landed on a regular basis on Honduran highways and remote jungle landing strips. High-ranking officers in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Intelligence Service and the National Guard are accused of facilitating the flow of Colombian cocaine northward to the USA and eastward, across the Atlantic Ocean, to West Africa, where Al Qaeda operatives allegedly smuggle the stuff into the European Union.

During the 1980s Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his Maoist interior minister, Tomas Borge, now ambassador to Peru, provided safe haven to the Medellin Cartel’s Pablo Escobar, thereby facilitating Moscow’s “red cocaine” plot against the USA. Ortega’s current involvement in the narcotics trade extends to the provision of safe haven for suspected agents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which supplies 90 percent of the cocaine sold on US streets.

At the same time, the Sandinistas endeavor to obscure their complicity by carrying out high-profile drug busts, such as the arrest of three suspected members of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel in Nicaragua. According to National Police spokesperson Vilma Reyes, Carlos Alberto Gonzalez Pena was in charge of the cartel’s Nicaraguan cell. Along with Gonzalez, brothers Rony and Carlos Olivas Zavala were arrested. According to Nicaraguan authorities, the Gulf Cartel cell received orders from Juan Cordoba, Manuel Lopez, and Danilo Lopez, all three of whom are based in Guatemala and who are, in turn, supervised by an unidentified Honduran.

According to Nicaraguan Police legal affairs director Glenda Zavala, “The Gulf cartel cell was trying to organize a logistics network for smuggling drugs in Nicaragua. The suspects modified trucks and other vehicles, adding secret compartments used to smuggle drugs across international borders.” Another Gulf Cartel cell leader busted by Nicaraguan authorities in recent weeks was Gerardo Lazo Serrano.

Meanwhile, Colombia’ right-wing government, recently re-elected under the leadership of a new president, Juan Manuel Santos, outgoing president Alvaro Uribe’s former defense minister, remains a pariah among the region’s predominantly left-wing regimes.

In late June, for example, Ecuador’s socialist president, Rafael Correa, accused Colombia’s DAS spy agency of using a “mobile platform” in Quito to tap his telephone and those of his highest officials. Although Quito and Bogota recently patched up relations, severed in 2008 after Colombian security forces raided a FARC jungle camp in Ecuador, Correa complained to Sonorama radio: “We would have to again break off diplomatic relations with Colombia if they have been spying on the president of Ecuador [himself] and the Ecuadorian government, on our high officials . . . as the report states.” He also alleged: “Officials of the Ecuadorean consulate in Colombia have been bought and paid for with the full knowledge of Uribe and Santos.” Correa cited an article published in the Quito daily El Universo for substantiation.

In late July Nicaragua’s Sandinista president threatened to attack Colombia militarily if Bogota grants oil concessions to private companies in disputed waters around the islands of San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. In 2001 the International Court of Justice recognized Colombia’s claim to these islands, which are a popular resort destination, but made no decision regarding ownership of the surrounding waters. Ortega first pressed Nicaragua’s claims on this island group during his first dictatorship.

The Soviet strategists are not only supplying arms to FARC via Russian Mafia cells in Ecuador, but also are anxious to woo the Colombians into the Communist Bloc by peaceful deception, if possible. Last week, Moscow indicated that it was pleased with the resumption of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela, whose President Chavez is a slavish ally of Russia, for the second time since the March 2008 Andean Crisis. A press release from the Russian Foreign Ministry stated:

Russia has received with satisfaction the news about reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Colombia. We are convinced that this will help build relations between Caracas and Bogota in the spirit of good neighborhood and taking into account mutual concerns, as well as reinforcing peace and stability in Latin America, with which Russia actively increases its engagement.

In August 2009 Chavez “froze” relations with Bogota over the planned deployment of US counter-narcotics troops in Colombia, rumbling that Washington was preparing to invade Venezuela, and over the Colombian government’s accusations that Chavez was providing FARC with safe haven on Venezuelan soil.

The bloody trail of drug violence in the Western Hemisphere extends from the 45-year-old civil war raging in Colombia to the piles of decapitated, butchered bodies of rival narcistas, soldiers, police, and civilians in northern Mexico. On August 16 BBC News reported that the mayor of Santiago, a city in the border state of Nuevo Laredo and close to the prosperous metropolis of Monterrey, was kidnapped. On Sunday night, 15 gunmen stormed the residence of Edelmiro Cavazos after the mayor returned from a public function in the city’s main square. State governor Rodrigo Medina believes that Cavazos may have been targeted because of his determination to eradicate police corruption.

This past weekend, Monterrey itself was the scene of several violence incidents, including the blockading of 13 major streets by drug gangs on Saturday and the detonation of an explosive device outside the studios of Mexico’s largest television network, Televisa, on Sunday. This past March narcistas set up road blocks throughout Monterrey in an effort to thwart the counter-insurgency operations of the Mexican Army. The trail of “red cocaine” does not stop at the US-Mexican border, as we have blogged before, but actually ends in the streets of Los Angeles, where Los Zetas recruits former California inmates for assassination training in Mexico.

Into the mess which is the Mexican narco-state steps the ruling Communist Party of China, which first used opium addiction as a means to destroy the enemies of proletarian revolution. On July 29 and 30 the foreign ministers of both countries, Patricia Espinosa and Yang Jiechi, met in Mexico City for the Fourth Meeting of the Permanent Binational Commission. The Sino-Mexican strategic partnership was formed in 2003. Since then three bilateral meetings have already taken place: two in Beijing, in August 2004 and July 2008, and one in Mexico, in May 2006. More than 150 Mexican and Red Chinese officials will attend the current summit, where they will discuss bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, commercial, scientific, technological, cultural, and education fields. The Permanent Binational Commission will adopt a Joint Action Program for the 2011-2015 timeframe, establishing concrete goals to advance Sino-Mexican cooperation.

In 2003 investigative reporter Scott Gulbransen published a book called Silent Invasion, in which he endeavored to document the presence in Mexico of military reconnaissance units from Red China, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea. It is a known fact that the Russian Mafia, which is little more than a front for the GRU/SVR, is supplying arms to the drug cartels. It is also a known fact that Hutchison-Whamphoa, which is owned by Hong Kong shipping magnate Li Ka-shing, a close ally of the communist hierarchy in Beijing, operates container port facilities at four locations in Mexico: Ensenada, Manzanillo, and Lazaro Cardenas on the Pacific Coast, and Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico. Gulbransen contends that the PRC has been pumping arms and military equipment into Mexico via the port of Ensenada, as well as across the border into the USA, with the complicity of corrupt US Border Patrol officials.

Both Jeff Nyquist and Ryan Mauro have interviewed Gulbransen. Nyquist cautiously assesses Gulbransen’s evidence and concludes that Red China may be establishing ammunition dumps in the Continental USA ahead of an invasion, ala the 2010 remake of Red Dawn. The Communist Chinese, as the linked website reveals, are not happy about the re-tooled version of John Milnius’ Cold War-era film, which originally depicted a Soviet-Cuban invasion of the USA.

The ruling and non-ruling leftist parties and insurgent armies of Latin America and the Caribbean coordinate hemispheric revolution through the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP), founded in 1990 by the Brazilian Workers’ Party, the party of Brazilian President Lula da Silva. The FSP holds a plenary summit nearly every year, while committees sometimes meet several times yearly.

On August 17, 200 delegates converged in Buenos Aires to hold the FSP’s 16th summit. In the Argentine capital this collection of communists, socialists, and past and current terrorists was welcomed by President Cristina Kirchner’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, at the Palace of San Martin. There the FSP, which includes the Communist Party of Cuba, praised “Commander Fidel Castro” for his role in establishing a communist beachhead 90 miles from the shores of the USA. “The triumph of the Cuban Revolution through a genuine popular struggle led by Commander Fidel Castro was a decisive landmark in the history of Latin America,” read the text of an FSP communiqué.

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