Venezuelan President Maduro called out the US for its campaign to remove him from power, which has included massive sanctions against his country and his closest allies, and funding to prop up his opposition…
Maduro held nothing back when he called for out the US for its campaign to remove him from power. In his first appearance on the world stage since the US declared its support for his opposition, Maduro argued Washington’s sanctions are illegal under the United Nations Charter.
“The United States is far from taking any positive stance, and is conducted by an intransigent government, unfriendly towards diplomacy and high politics as it openly despises all pre-existing global rules,” Maduro said during his speech.
Both Venezuela and Iran were the subject of new sanctions from the US this week. The two countries have worked together this year—with Iran sending tankers with the necessary supplies for Venezuela to refine its crude oil—and then exporting that oil when the tankers were sent back home.
While it may seem like the perfect solution for two countries hit hard by US sanctions – it was also the justification used by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he announced the new sanctions, adding even more measures because the countries found a way to undermine the old ones.
But the US wasn’t done with sanctions yet – and on Wednesday, President Trump announced new measures against two more of Venezuela’s allies—Cuba and Nicaragua.
“Today as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit U.S. travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government. We’re also further restricting the importation of Cuban alcohol and Cuban tobacco,” Trump said. “We’re also imposing strict sanctions on the dictatorships of Nicaragua and Venezuela.”
Despite Maduro’s call for the UN General Assembly to stand up to the US for targeting Venezuela and its allies during a global pandemic – it’s still not clear if any action will be taken.
Meanwhile, a Florida-based asphalt company has agreed to pay $16.6 million dollars after it earned an estimated $38 million for its corrupt deals between 2010 and 2018. According to reports, “[Sargeant Marine Inc.] was alleged to have paid millions of dollars in bribes to government officials in Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador to win contracts from state-controlled oil companies in those countries.” According to the Department of Justice, the company “paid millions of dollars in bribes to government officials in Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador to win contracts from state-controlled oil companies in those countries.”
The one thing the three countries had in common, was that at the time, they were all run by governments the US opposed. Yet this firm is believed to have fueled the exact kind of corruption the US is always criticizing in South America.