Sunday, July 18, 2010

Venezuela: Syria Strengthens an Alliance Against Israel in Latin America

"The Syrian community in the country is deeply committed to the revolutionary struggle and is the protagonist of the Bolivarian Revolution" ... "We need to unite with the Arab people. Bashar has contributed to this. We have common enemies: the genocidal state of Israel and the U.S. empire. We have the same goals: to lead a socialist revolution," the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez Frias, said on Sunday (27/06/2010) at the Palace of Miraflores.

Chavez is "an Arab leader" and is "in the heart of the Arab world”, President Assad said among applauses during his speech in front of hundreds of enthusiastic guests. "We are not flattering; it's the truth. We see his position on Gaza, we see the historical position of Venezuela," the Syrian president added.


The Syrian President, Bashar Assad, visited Caracas last weekend, before heading to Brazil and Argentina, on a tour of political and economic character that also included Cuba. This tour was essentially of political content, aimed at building an anti-Israeli alliance with the so-called “Bolivarian axis” and two of the most solid supporters of Syria in Latin America: the intermediary President Hugo Chavez and his colleagues Lula da Silva and Cristina Fernandez. It is interesting how, in all of these countries, except Cuba, there is a large colony of Syrian origin (in Argentina they even put Menem as a tenant of the Casa Rosada).

The Syrian leader has also received the full backing of the Venezuelan president to regain the Golan Heights from Israel, suggesting that Venezuela would provide every means at its disposal to achieve this goal. Assad and Chavez are committed to supporting all of Iran’s initiatives, both those designed to circumvent the sanctions adopted by the UN over its nuclear program (and later compounded by those adopted by the United States and the European Union), and those designed to harass Israel before the international public opinion; for example, by sending successive so-called "humanitarian fleet" to the Gaza Strip.

In their proclamations to forge this new alliance, the two presidents have self-identified as “the axis of the brave", as opposed to the "axis of evil" coined by former U.S. President George W. Bush. Indeed, although President Obama does not use that term – which originally referred to Iran, Syria, Cuba, and North Korea, and subsequently amended, – this has not eased the pressure on whom the United States considers sources of terrorist activities or necessary cooperators, under which Tehran and Damascus are still classified.

In the same political line, Bashar Assad has also reaffirmed with Raul Castro Syrian their support for Syrian claims, coupled with those of the Palestinian people. Although the statements condemning Israel have not been as raucous in Havana as they have been in Caracas, the international attempt to marginalize Israel is the same. Moreover, the political identification of the three leaders – Chavez, Castro, and Assad – albeit through different procedures, practically agree.

To complete the agenda, the tour also has an economic and commercial component, although of much smaller scale than that of the political section. There are several agreements being signed to promote bilateral trade, on top of investments in strategic sectors. It is particularly important to build a refinery in Syria, in which 33% of the capital would be Venezuelan, and the remaining 67% would be Syrian, Iranian and Malaysian. The technology will be provided entirely by Caracas. This enhanced relationship will also require expanding the regular air links. The Caracas-Tehran mysterious flight that connects the two capitals every week, with a load that has aroused many suspicions according to the secret services of several countries, could include a stopover in Damascus. However, encouraging tourism may not be the main objective of this action.

Bilateral Agreements:

The Ministers of Agriculture from Venezuela and Syria will produce and distribute olive oil and cotton together. The agreement between the two countries was announced on Saturday night (6/26/2010) in a ceremony held in the Miraflores presidential palace, after a long working meeting between the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, and Syria, Bashar Al Assad, on his visit to Caracas.

All in all, the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, offered to the member countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), to include Syria as an observer country of the forthcoming summit of the group. "Although it is something I first consult with the other dignitaries of the member states, I do not think there any objection to achieve it," Chavez said.

Other Declarations:

"Long live Syria! We had a wonderful family time with the Syrian community. I feel like a son of Syria, and you should all feel like children of Venezuela. Jose Marti, the Cuban national hero, said: Homeland is Humanity ", emphasized President Chávez.

The president saw this visit and the signing of agreements as highly strategic, "in order to strengthen the integration of our peoples."

"Capitalism is the greatest enemy of the people. Only with socialism we will be free. We must work hard to consolidate the new pluriplural world, and rid the world from the clutches of imperialism ", he confirmed.

Translated from Bnai Brith Venezuela

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The writer Abel Basti says the Nazi Fuhrer died in Argentina

”The suicide in the bunker in Berlin and with the Russians at the door, was a farce staged by the Nazis”.

This is the contention of the Argentinen historian Abel Basti, in his book "Hitler's Exile".

Basti says he started working on this issue when the case of SS captain Erich Priebke, who was arrested while he was interviewing him at home, broke out.
The Nazi remained under arrest at his home for months and was finally extradited to Italy.

In 'The exile of Hitler' Basti claims that the German dictator did not die along with Eva Braun in the bunker in Berlin, but that the Fuehrer fled to Argentina stopping in Barcelona, where he remained hidden, and in Vigo, where he boarded the submarine that took him to Patagonia.

Basti provides a secret document where Hitler supposedly appears as one of the passengers who were evacuated on an Austrian plane to Barcelona on April 26, 1945. He claims that Hitler’s suicide, with his lover, Eva Braun, on April 30th, 1945 in a bunker in the building of the Chancellery in Berlin was "a farce staged by the Nazis."

"The big secret of the dictator’s flight was the arrival of a double at Hitler´s bunker on April 22, 1945, when the real dictator flew to the Austrian airport of Hörsching together with eight other people, including Eva Braun "

This version coincides with that given to the CIA by Heinrich Müller, head of the Gestapo. Basti insists that his work also includes a paper from the British Secret Services revealing that a Nazi submarine convoy departed days later from Spain, and after a stopover in the Canary Islands, continued its journey to the south of Argentina.

"In one of these submarines Adolf Hitler travelled with Eva Braun, under the protection of the de-facto president of Argentina, Edelmiro Farrell, and his Minister of War, Juan Domingo Peron."

- Are there any witnesses who saw those Nazis in Spain?, Asks Antonio Astorga on ABC.
And Basti replies:
"Yes, an officer of the Blue Division reported his presence, but many, because of fear, did not want their names to appear. A material witness is a Jesuit nonagenarian, who retreated to a monastery, and has ample information of their presence in Spain.

"You show a German secret document where Hitler appears as one of the passengers evacuated by plane from Austria to Barcelona on the 26th or on the early hours of April 27th, 1945.
"It was a secret official communication with copies to the pilot Werner Baumbach, who emigrated to Argentina and brought his copy. Baumbach, together with others known Nazi pilots, worked for Peron’s aeronautical project.

- What did Hitler do to avoid being recognized?
"Hitler cut his hair and shaved off his moustache. This was enough to go unnoticed, as well, of course, that he did not move overtly in public. The removal of his moustache exposed a scar on his upper lip, which was not known by the common people.

- Is then the version that the dictator together with his mistress Eva Braun, had committed suicide on April 30th 1945 in a bunker in Berlin, false?
"There was never any evidence of that death. No criminological proofs showing suicide. The German government gave Hitler up for dead eleven years later, in 1956, by presumption of death. That is, legally for Germany, Hitler was alive after 1945. Not only alive, but also was not a man convicted by law, there was no warrant, no judicial process against him. While Hitler was in Spain, a great farce was played in the bunker, whose lead actor was one of Hitler's doubles. During the last hours, his lookalike was drugged and prepared to represent the final act.

- Do you think that suicide was a "safeconduct", a mere excuse, so that Hitler could get away?
Hitler´s escape was provisioned in a large plan of escape by the Nazis: of men, capital and technology. That plan, in 1945, received the green light from the Americans, through a secret military pact. The thousands of Nazis that leaked into the West, of which about 300,000 came to the U.S., were "recycled" to fight communism. Hitler became a living dinosaur, protected and sheltered.

- In "Hitler's Exile,” you include the document of the British secret services revealing that Hitler fled to Argentina on a submarine, stopping to refuel in the Canary Islands.
"And you say that before the convoy of submarines left Spain, the U.S. Navy removed all units sailing the South Atlantic. You also indicate that Nazi submarines “exchanged messages" with the American fleet. The messages were intercepted by the English.

- How did the nazi worm crawl into Argentina?
"Hitler was 56 years old when he came to Argentina, where he lived as a fugitive, with a false identity and trying to pass as unnoticed as possible. In the early years he lived in a ranch near Bariloche, then in other parts of the country, and he changed residence in more than one occasion. Always accompanied by two bodyguards, sometimes three. His political activity was limited to a few meetings with old comrades and some Argentinian military. Hitler died in Argentina in the sixties. Eva Braun, younger than him, survived.

Thanks to Ellen Popper for providing the information and the translation.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Venezuela's Chavez meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad, vows to fight US 'imperialism'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday and called on Latin America and the Arab world to fight what he called America's imperialist and capitalist interests abroad.

During a meeting at Venezuela's presidential palace, Chavez told Assad it was an honor to host the Syrian leader on his first visit to Latin America. Chavez presented Assad with a gold-plated replica of a sword that once belonged to South American independence hero Simon Bolivar — the inspiration for his "Bolivarian Revolution."

The two leaders signed an agreement to create a $100 million trade and development fund.

"Arab civilization and our civilization, the Latin American one, are being summoned in this new century to play the fundamental role of liberating the world, saving the world from the imperialism and capitalist hegemony that threaten the human species," Chavez said. "Syria and Venezuela are at the vanguard of this struggle."

Assad praised Chavez for standing up to the United States and supporting the Palestinian struggle.

"There are few politicians who are courageous to speak out when it's necessary," he said through an interpreter. "Chavez has projected the image of a resistant Venezuela."

Assad strongly criticized Israel, calling the Jewish state's government "extremist" and condemning its blockade of Gaza.

"The resistance must be supported," he said.

Chavez is perhaps Latin's America's most outspoken critic of the United States, lashing out at the U.S. government for purportedly conspiring against him and meddling in the region's affairs. U.S. officials, in turn, have raised concerns that Chavez is becoming increasingly authoritarian.

Chavez also took a dig at the U.S. soccer team, celebrating Ghana's 2-0 victory of the Americans in a decisive World Cup match earlier on Saturday. "What a blast! Ghana won, Ghana defeated the United States," he said.

Chavez also condemned the U.N. Security Council for tightening sanctions against Iran as a means of curbing development of the Islamic state's nuclear program.

Assad said all nations, including Iran, "have the right to develop nuclear energy."

Chavez has built close diplomatic relations with Syria, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries while severing Venezuela's ties to Israel. Last year, the socialist leader visited Syria, where he called Israel an imperialist nation that annihilates its neighbors and accused its government of doing Washington's bidding by trying to divide the Middle East.

Following his meeting with Chavez, Assad is slated to travel to Cuba, Brazil and Argentina.

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