>– Deposed Honduran President Sets Up Bases in Nicaragua to Receive More than 3,000 Partisans from Homeland via Covert Cross-Border Routes
– Sandinista Cadres Prevent Opposition Deputies from Delivering Letter of Protest to Zelaya in Ocotal
– Sweden Accuses Venezuela of Transferring SAMs to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
– Venezuelan President Chavez Withdraws Ambassador from Bogota, Second Time Since 2008 Andean Crisis (source)
– Ecuadorean President Correa Joins Venezuelan Counterparts in Condemning Colombia’s Opposition to the FARC, Alliance with USA; Threatens Military Action if Andean Crisis Repeated
Pictured above: Nicaragua’s president and veteran KGB asset Daniel Ortega receives Russia’s deputy prime minister, GRU agent Igor Sechin, at the headquarters of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front in Managua, on July 28, 2009.
Honduras’ deposed president Manuel Zelaya and his government in exile have temporarily holed up in the sleepy Nicaraguan mountain town of Ocotal, near the border with his homeland. The cowboy hat-wearing, cell phone-toting wealthy rancher-turned-socialist races about town in a convoy of white Jeeps and SUVs, trailed by television reporters. Zelaya is closely allied with the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis and other leftist regimes in Latin America, like Bolivia and Ecuador.
In a late-breaking story, Bloomberg reports that Zelaya has set up bases in Nicaragua to receive some 3,000 partisans from his homeland via 300 “hidden routes through the mountains.” In response, Nicaragua’s opposition rightly warns that Zelaya is provoking war between the two countries. Yesterday, deputies from the Nicaraguan Democratic Bloc endeavored to deliver a letter of protest to Zelaya, but they were blocked by cadres of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front along the highway to Ocotal. On Tuesday Nicaraguan opposition leader Eduard Montealegre traveled to Honduras to meet the country’s lawful president, Roberto Micheletti.
Zelaya’s most vocal backer is Venezuela’s USA-bashing communist dictator Hugo Chavez, but his host is Nicaragua’s USA-bashing communist dictator Daniel Ortega, who recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution that deposed the Somoza dynasty. Many of the original Sandinistas, like Ernesto Cardenal, have jumped ship since then, accusing Ortega of abandoning the ideals of the revolution in pursuit of personal power. However, the former Jesuit priest and Sandinista culture minister has not abandoned his leftism. Cardenal now sits on Telesur’s board of directors, which is partly financed by the neo-Sandinista regime. By contrast, Nicaragua’s feared but aging former interior minister, Tomas Borge, remained loyal to Ortega and, thus, was appointed the country’s ambassador to Peru, from where in June 2009 he urged Ortega to grant asylum to Peruvian indigenous rebel leader Alberto Pizango. Peru is one of the few countries in Latin America allied with the USA, even though President Alan Garcia is a social democrat.
Lately, Cuba’s USA-bashing communist dictator Raul Castro has not been preoccupied with the political crisis in Honduras but, rather, with re-cementing ties with long-time USA-bashing African allies like Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front, Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party/Arab Socialist Union, Namibia’s ruling South-West African People’s Organization, and the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola. No doubt, too, Comrade Raul is rubbing his hands with delight over the US$150 million loan that neo-Soviet Russia has graciously extended to the fellow red regime 90 miles south of the Florida Keys. The loan will permit Havana to finance the acquisition of Russian-built construction and agricultural machinery. With respect to regional issues Castro also endorses Zelaya’s reinstatement and, with a nod to the Cold War that supposedly ended in 1991, has condemned the interim government leaders in Tegucigalpa as “fascistas” and “golpistas” (coupists).
Relations between Tegucigalpa and Caracas are also tense. Venezuela’s diplomatic corps in Honduras are refusing to comply with a July 21 deportation order issued by the Micheletti government. “We are still in Honduras, and will stay here,” charge d’affairs Ariel Arias protested on July 26 in a phone call to state-owned Venezolana de Television. Arias related that Honduran soldiers arrived at the Venezuelan embassy on the previous day to dislodge the occupants.
Meanwhile, Russia’s deputy prime minister Igor Sechin is reprising last year’s visits to the capitals of Latin America’s Red Axis. In the 1980s GRU agent Sechin was the Kremlin’s middleman for supplying arms to Marxist insurgents in the region. Now the Western Hemisphere’s machine gun-toting guerrillas, like Salvadoran Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, have donned dress jackets and ties, seized the reins of power by way of the ballot box, and signaled Moscow that they are ready to do business with the Soviet strategists. That “business” frequently entails joint energy projects, military acquisitions and upgrades, and a relaxation of travel restrictions between Russia and her Latin American allies.
On Monday Sechin arrived in Caracas to discuss plans for a high-level bilateral commission and what will probably be Chavez’s ninth or 10th pilgrimage to Moscow since becoming president of Venezuela in 1999. No date has been officially announced for Comrade Hugo’s visit. Sechin explained that he would also discuss joint gas and oil and electricity-generating projects with Rafael Ramirez, Chavez’s Energy and Oil Minister and communist boss of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the showpiece of Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” Sechin will also visit the world’s largest field of heavy and super-heavy crude oil near the Orinoco River. There he will review in situ the prospects of creating a Soviet-Venezuelan oil consortium to include Gazprom at the helm, as well as Rosneft, LUKOil, TNK-BP, Surgutneftegaz and, of course, PDVSA. The Orinoco oilfield under consideration is estimated to contain some 235 billion barrels of crude.
Specifically, the Kremlin has agreed to form a venture between OAO Gazprom’s Latin American division and PDVSA-Servicios, the state oil company’s oilfield services subsidiary, to recover drilling rigs and gas compression equipment. Incidentally, the chairman of Gazprom is Viktor Zubkov, an “ex”-CPSU cadre whose son in law is Russia’s defense minister. Between 2007 and 2008 Zubkov also held the post of prime minister. “Russia plans to become one of the biggest foreign investors in Venezuela, using a joint bank to fund Venezuelan infrastructure and development projects,” reports Bloomberg, “Venezuela has reached out to Russia in an attempt to obtain financing and reduce dependence on the U.S., the country’s main trading partner.” “Thank you for believing in us, for believing in Venezuela, like we believe in Russia,” gushed Chavez to Sechin on state television.
Sechin and Chavez also signed an agreement expanding military cooperation between the two communist states, which is already extensive, although the previous link provides no details on the nature of the military cooperation. Last week, however, South America’s red tyrant announced that he intended to “double” the Venezuelan army’s firepower by purchasing at least 100 Russian T-90 main battle tanks.
Afterwards, Chavez praised the deals as a fitting culmination to the “dialogue” started with Russia during President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Caracas last November: “These deals contribute to the establishment of a multipolar world order with reduced U.S. global dominance. Our positions on the issue coincide with the Russian president’s. Cooperation with Russia will bolster the process of integration underway in Latin America.” As we have stated for months here at this blog: the Soviet strategists are eagerly guiding the process of political, economic, and military integration in Latin America to further communism’s conquest of the Western Hemisphere. Expect no resistance to this plan from alleged Soviet mole Barack Hussein Obama, the president of the USA.
On Tuesday Sechin touched down in Managua for the third time in 12 months. He is expected to meet President Ortega, with whom he will discuss joint projects in electricity generation, increasing bilateral trade, and oil exploration off Nicaragua’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts. “We are currently holding discussions on a whole range of areas of energy cooperation,” enthused Igor Kondrashev, Russia’s ambassador to the Central American country, adding, “In Nicaragua there are very good prospects for prospecting and extracting oil on the Atlantic and Pacific shelves.” Last year, KGB asset Ortega became the only world leader to join Moscow in recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia’s breakaway regions. It appears that his fidelity to the Soviet strategists has reaped dividends. Last December when Comandante Ortega flew to Moscow for the first time since the Cold War President Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, addressed the former guerrilla leader as “comrade.”
Significantly, Sechin’s arrival in Nicaragua coincides with the establishment of Honduras’ pro-communist government in exile just south of the Honduran-Nicaraguan border. We have no reason to believe Sechin will chum around with Zelaya, but we are still waiting for Russian military engineers to show up and renovate the never-used Soviet-built runway at Punta Huete, north of Lake Managua. This particular project was publicized last year during one of Sechin’s previous materializations in the Nicaraguan capital. In 1987 US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, now retired and on the speaking circuit, warned policymakers about Punta Huete, which can accommodate Russia’s strategic bombers, like the two Tu-160s that were deployed to Venezuela last September. Perhaps Russia’s military engineers and covert operatives, playing up the role of “touristas,” will once again flock to Nicaragua on a new visa-free regime implemented earlier this year.
After stopping by Caracas and Managua, on July 29 Sechin flew to Havana, where he formalized bilateral protocols drafted earlier this year in Moscow. Back in January Sechin and Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice President of the Cuban Council of Ministers who was then visiting the Russian capital, inked an agreement by which the same consortium of Russian energy companies mentioned above will establish a joint oil exploration project with state-run Cubapetroleo. Last October Cubapetroleo announced that Cuba may have more than 20 billion barrels of oil in offshore fields. The communist island currently produces 60,000 barrels of oil per day. Oil to be produced by the Soviet-Cuban consortium will be exported to the USA, which is already partly dependent on Russian petroleum via LUKOil, the People’s Republic of China, and the European Union. Somehow, I rather suspect that the US government, which has since November 2008 been dominated in all branches by the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party, will not be displeased about Russian oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico even as it forbids US companies from drilling off its own shores.
Meanwhile, even as the Kremlin’s old/new weapons supplier for Latin America’s insurgents makes business calls in the region, Chavez’s serpentine attempt to export red revolution to neighboring Colombia, by aiding the Marxist guerrillas there, has once again reared its ugly head. On Monday the Swedish government demanded that Venezuela explain how AT4 rocket launchers, produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics and sold to Caracas, ended up in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
“We have asked the officials of the government of Venezuela to give us information on how they believe this material was found in Colombia,” related Jens Eriksson, a political advisor to the Swedish ministry of commerce. Eriksson added: “We have it confirmed that a small amount of [defence] material made in Sweden has been found in a FARC camp. No Swedish company had ever been granted a permit to sell to Colombia.” Tomas Samuelsson, chief executive of Saab Bofors Dynamics, confirmed that the weapons found by Colombian authorities were indeed made by his company.
Yesterday Colombian President Alvaro Uribe warned that “The FARC are now are seeking to buy some surface-to-air devices to try and shoot down our planes. We are asking for help from the international community to thwart such attempts.” Uribe’s vice president, Francisco Santos, elaborated: “In several operations in which we have recovered weapons from the FARC, we’ve found powerful ammunition (and) powerful equipment, including anti-tank weapons which a European country sold to Venezuela and which turned up in the hands of the FARC.”
Venezuela’s Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami denounced Sweden’s statements as a “new attack” against his country, while Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro described them as a way for neighboring Colombia to “justify” its recent “military pact” with the USA. Earlier this month, Bogota agreed to the presence of US troops at three military bases for counter-narcotics operations. The Latin American Red Axis has likewise denounced the presence of US counter-narcotics troops in Honduras. Incidentally, this past week, in another series of developments that exposes the animosity between Venezuela and Colombia, Maduro accompanied Zelaya to the Honduran-Nicaraguan border, while Uribe informally but sympathetically received a delegation from the Micheletti government. Both Tegucigalpa and Bogota consider themselves to be victims of aggressive communist designs emanating from Caracas.
The FARC, the Western Hemisphere’s chief source of “red cocaine,” liaises with the ruling and non-ruling communist and leftist parties of Latin America via the low-profile narco-terrorist Sao Paulo Forum, brainchild of retired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Last Sunday Ecuador’s socialist president Rafael Correa, a sort of Chavez “mini me” and Castro “mini mini me,” joined his Venezuelan comrades in blasting the Colombian government for its opposition to the FARC and alliance with the USA. “If Colombia attacks Ecuador again, as it did in Angostura in March 2008, our country will give a military response,” he threatened, conceding that the FARC was indeed based on Ecuadorean soil:
I will not allow foreign soldiers to invade my homeland, as happened on March 1, 2008, when Colombian troops bombed and entered a secret guerrilla camp in the northern part of Ecuador. At the time we resorted to diplomatic means and Bogota was condemned by the Organization of American States.
However, they have maintained Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos’ stance, insisting on the preventive war doctrine. It will be dangerous if Colombia’s ex-defense minister assumes power [as the next president], but it will be a decision by the Colombian people.
Correa, who has been accused of drug trafficking and accepting bribes from the FARC in exchange for hosting the Colombian guerrillas in his country, sarcastically urged Uribe to submit to a lie detector test “to see who has relations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or drug trafficking.”
The bellicose rhetoric emanating from Quito, Havana, Caracas, Managua, and La Paz confirms MSM reports that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders are determined to transform their bloc of socialist nations, called the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, into an “anti-imperialist” military coalition with Soviet teeth. Errant ALBA member Honduras may be the Red Axis’ first target, while anti-communist hold out Colombia may be its second target.