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Guyana has responded to Venezuela’s recent military exercises along the Guyana border with exercises of their own.  The Guyanese Defense Force released a statement yesterday announcing the nation-wide military exercises, some of which will include troops in the disputed Essequibo region.

Brigadier General Mark Phillips also said yesterday that Guyana was ready to mobilize troops to the Venezuela border if it ever felt the need to respond to aggression from Venezuela.

Maduro Impressed By Pope’s Speech

Maduro was present during Pope Francis’ speech before the United Nations General Assembly today. He addressed the United Nation’s goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030. Below, a video of some of his reaction to the speech, along with my translation:

Maduro: It was extraordinary. I took some notes in this notebook here about everything the Pope said. There’s at least 18 key points on what is without a doubt a new set of policies, a new diplomacy for the world. A diplomacy of action, outside of protocols, paperwork and speeches. A profoundly humanist diplomacy. 2015 is the goal we’ve set. By 2030, there has to be a new humanity, where nuclear weapons are outlawed and more rules for the United Nations to stop destructive wars. The Pope showed us a movie – right? – and we remembered the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Look at the disaster in Africa, the Middle East, Asia — no one stopped those wars. They were all unjust, launched allegedly against terrorism, but there’s more terrorism today. Let’s put an end to war, and let’s build humanity.

The New York Times Published Leopoldo Lopez Piece

The New York Times published an opinion piece by Leopoldo Lopez today titled “Even in Jail, I Will Fight for a Free Venezuela”.

In the piece, Lopez explains the road that led him to his cell in the Ramo Verde military prison, and how he plans to spend the rest of his time there: working on social and economic models for a better Venezuela.

With the December 6 parliamentary election in the horizon, Lopez points out in the piece that 10 opposition politicians have already been disqualified or otherwise removed from political races, meaning that the elections by definition “cannot be free or fair”.

The full article, in English, can be found here.


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