Two recent presentations by US government officials have yet again put the spotlight on the illicit business promoted by the Maduro regime.
The first was a presentation by Department of the Treasury, Marshall Billingsley, at AEI (see video of event here) at which he stated that Venezuela is a threat to the stability and security of the region and that the US government now regards Turkey as the new protagonist and partner of Nicolas Maduro’s narcostate. He suggested that Turkey is processing what could be termed as “conflict” minerals that have been massively stolen in Venezuela by the regime and is causing horrific environmental damage due to the mercury being dumped into rivers and human rights abuses of the indigenous populations in the region.
- October 30 2018 Reuters Venezuela es una amenaza a la estabilidad y seguridad regional: funcionario EEUU
Según Marshall Billingsley de @USTreasury #30Oct en @AEI: Turquía es nuevo protagonista y socio de #narcoestado de @nicolasmaduro q procesa el oro “masivamente robado en Venezuela” cuya minería está echando grandes cantidades de mercurio a los ríos y abusando a pueblos indígenas pic.twitter.com/E9bRA6NGBU
— SOS Orinoco (@SOSOrinoco) October 30, 2018
The second was a presentation by National Security Advisor John Bolton in Miami at which he focused on the “Troika of Tyranny” (Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela) and President Trump’s newly announced Executive order, providing the legal framework for new sanctions, this time targeting Venezuela’s mining and export of gold and other minerals. Several articles of interest have since been published on the topic:
- November 12 2018 International Crisis Group Interview with Bram Ebus A Rising Tide of Murder in Venezuela’s Mineral-rich South
- November 1 2018 BBC Sanciones a Venezuela: Trump impone medidas contra las exportaciones de oro de Venezuela
- October 31 2018 Wall Street Journal U.S. Plans Sanctions to Target Venezuela’s Gold Exports
MAS SANCIONES DESDE WASHINGTON | Sancionados serán los narco-ecocidas de @CAMIMPEG @CEO_FANB @GNBoficial q devastan el Sur del Orinoco = 60% del territorio y su patrimonio natural, incluyendo Canaima #PatrimonioDeLaHumanidad ATENTOS TURQUIA Y CHINA! https://t.co/WyZbRH2Lnc @WSJ
— SOS Orinoco (@SOSOrinoco) October 31, 2018