Hoy es el día más hermoso de nuestra vida, querido Sancho; los obstáculos más grandes, nuestras propias indecisiones; nuestro enemigo más fuerte, el miedo al poderoso y a nosotros mismos; la cosa más fácil, equivocarnos; la más destructiva, la mentira y el egoísmo; la peor derrota, el desaliento; los defectos más peligrosos, la soberbia y el rencor; las sensaciones más gratas, la buena conciencia, el esfuerzo para ser mejores sin ser perfectos, y sobretodo, la disposición para hacer el bien y combatir la injusticia dondequiera que esté.

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22 de marzo de 2019

Gold Fever? US Treasury Sanctions Venezuela Gold Mining Company

The new sanctions aim to block state mining assets and prohibit U.S citizens from dealing with the company.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on Tuesday against Venezuela’s state-run gold mining company Minerven, which is part of the Venezuelan Guayana Corporation (CVG) holding.
As part of the ongoing sanctions and attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government, the U.S. government announced the new measure that aims to block state mining assets and prohibit U.S citizens from dealing with the company. The decision comes after Uganda said it was investigating its biggest gold refinery for importing Venezuelan gold.
The state-run ferrous metals mining company, and its president, Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata, were included in the list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons (SDN), adding to more than half a dozen rounds of sanctions against the Venezuelan people and assets.
“We have a fierce battle against international sanctions that have caused Venezuela to lose at least 20 billion dollars in 2018,” said President Nicolas Maduro back in January 2019 as sanctions intensified.
While the interventionist choke-hold progresses, gold has become a possible lifeline for the Venezuelan economy. President Maduro declared that Venezuela is currently certifying 32 gold fields, adding that “everything suggests the country will be the second biggest gold reserve on the planet.”
However, U.S. officials keep asserting pressure on their British counterparts, as the Bank of England refused in February to return 14 tons of gold owned by the Venezuelan central bank, worth US$550 million. According to RT, Venezuela holds more than US$8 billion in foreign reserves. The amount of Venezuelan gold kept in the Bank of England doubled in recent months, growing from 14 to 31 tons.
Trump: “We can be much tougher if we need to do it”
As the new sanctions rolled out, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was meeting with Donald Trump, part his first U.S. visit. Most of the discussion in the White House revolved around Venezuela, to which Trump said his administration has yet to impose the “toughest” sanctions.
“We can be much tougher if we need to do it,” said the U.S. president reiterating that all options are on the table regarding possible aggression against the Latin American nation.
In an official response issued by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, the government declared it was “grotesque to see two heads of state with such important international responsibilities justify war without any distension, in a flagrant violation of the U.N. Charter.”
Arreaza added that the Venezuelan government is concerned about the “U.S. warmongering influence over Brazil and the supremacist thesis of Donald Trump over Jair Bolsonaro.” The statement emphasized that Venezuela denounces once again the threats of military intervention before the international community. “No neofascist alliance will succeed in overcoming the independent and sovereign will of the Venezuelan people,” it concludes.
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Verdict in Roundup Trial Latest Blow to Bayer-Monsanto’s Claims Glyphosate Doesn’t Cause Cancer


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Today’s verdict in favor of a California man who said his cancer was caused by exposure to Bayer AG’s Roundup weedkiller is further evidence that glyphosate, the herbicide’s active ingredient, is carcinogenic to humans, said Environmental Working Group PresidentKen Cook.
In the first phase of Edward Hardeman v. Monsanto Company, the jury sided with arguments and scientific evidence presented by the attorneys for Edward Hardeman that glyphosate was the cause of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
“Today’s verdict reinforces what another jury found last year, and what scientists with the state of California and the World Health Organization have concluded: Glyphosate causes cancer in people,” said Cook. “As similar lawsuits mount, the evidence will grow that Roundup is not safe, and that the company has tried to cover it up.”
Bayer AG bought Monsanto last year for $63 billion and is now liable for claims against it. Bayer faces more than 11,000 U.S. lawsuits alleging that glyphosate causes cancer.
Now the case before the federal district court in San Francisco will enter the second phase of the trial. Hardeman’s lawyers will present evidence to the jury, including internal Monsanto documents, that could show the company knew the dangers of Roundup and glyphosate and attempted to cover them up.
Judge Vincent Chhabria, who is presiding over this case, unsealed some of those documents in March 2017. The New York Times reported that they show how Monsanto systematically attempted to discredit scientists and independent scientific research, swayed scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency over its review of glyphosate, and even ghostwrote stories that appeared to be authored by scientists not affiliated with Monsanto.
“The decision by Bayer to purchase Monsanto, a company with a long history of environmental malfeasance, could go down as one of the worst business decisions ever made,” added Cook. “The day of reckoning for Bayer and its cancer-causing weedkiller is getting closer.”
In August, another California jury awarded Dewayne Lee Johnson, a former groundskeeper who regularly handled Roundup, $289 million in his case against Monsanto. The verdict was later reduced by the court to $78 million.
Glyphosate is the most heavily used herbicide in the world. People who are not farm workers or groundskeepers are being exposed to the cancer-causing chemical through food.
Two separate rounds of laboratory tests commissioned last year by EWG found glyphosate in nearly every sample of popular oat-based cereals and other oat-based food marketed to children. The brands in which glyphosate was detected included several cereals and breakfast bars made by General Mills and Quaker.
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Venezuela: Detuvieron a compinche de Guaidó, Roberto Marrero /Le habrían encontrado fusiles y una granada

Resumen Latinoamericano, 21 marzo 2019

foto: Guaidó y Roberto Marrero: Se acabó la risa.
En la madrugada de este jueves 21 de marzo se llevó a cabo un allanamiento por parte del Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional (Sebin) en las residencias de Roberto Marrero, quien se desempeña como jefe del despacho de la Asamblea Nacional y del títere Juan Guaidó. En el procedimiento también fue retenido el diputado Sergio Vergara pero liberado inmediatamente.
Videos difundidos en Twitter muestran a más de ocho funcionarios en la entrada de la vivienda.
A Marrero, los funcionarios actuantes le habrían secuestrado dos fusiles y una granada.

Bolton amenaza: El arresto del asesor de Guaidó “no quedará sin respuesta”

21 mar 2019
Roberto Marrero es también abogado de Leopoldo López, dirigente de la oposición venezolana.
Bolton: El arresto del asesor de Guaidó "no quedará sin respuesta"
John Bolton, como siempre, el primero en amenazar.
El asesor de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, John Bolton, ha condenado la detención de Roberto Marrero, jefe de despacho del líder opositor venezolano Juan Guaidó.
“[El presidente Nicolás] Maduro ha cometido otro gran error. El arresto ilegítimo de Roberto Marrero, asesor del presidente interino Juan Guaidó, no quedará sin respuesta. Debe ser liberado inmediatamente con garantías de su seguridad”, escribió Bolton en su cuenta de Twitter.
El diputado opositor y autoproclamado presidente de Venezuela, Guaidó, aseguró en su cuenta de Twitter que Marrero fue detenido durante la madrugada del jueves. “Él denunció a viva voz que le sembraron dos fusiles y una granada”, escribió. A su vez sostuvo que desconocen su paradero pero que “debe ser liberado de inmediato”.
Marrero es también abogado de Leopoldo López, dirigente de la oposición venezolana, que fue juzgado y condenado en 2015 por diversos crímenes cometidos durante manifestaciones violentas y actualmente cumple arresto domiciliario.
De momento, no se han ofrecido más detalles sobre su detención.
En la misma sintonía, el secretario de Estado de EE.UU., Mike Pompeo, manifestó que “condena los allanamientos hechos por los servicios de seguridad de Maduro y la detención de Roberto Marrero”.

Consejo de DDHH de la ONU aprobó resolución contra medidas coercitivas sobre Venezuela

Resumen Latinoamericano / 21 de marzo de 2019
El organismo lo aprobó con amplia mayoría
Por amplia mayoría,  el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó este jueves la resolución presentada por el Movimiento de países  No Alineados (Mnoal) sobre los efectos negativos que las sanciones aplicadas por Estados Unidos (EEUU) contra Venezuela han generado en el disfrute de los derechos humanos en la nación.
Así lo reveló este jueves el ministro para Relaciones Exteriores, Jorge Arreaza, en un mensaje publicado en su cuenta de la red social twitter @jaarreaza.
El proyecto de resolución expuesto por Mnoal sobre las sanciones contra Venezuela consiguió 27 votos a favor, 15 en contra y 5 abstenciones.

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