U.S. Congressman Threatens Embargo Against Venezuela

Dear Friends,

The first article below gives evidence that the United States is continuing their plan of aggression and disruption against sovereign Venezuela. The second article shows what the U.S. lawmakers are worried about: It describes the Mission Milagros eye improvement program in which the people of Venezuela, in conjunction with Cuba, extends its solidarity with other Latin American countries through this social program.
(1) U.S. Congressman Threatens Embargo Against Venezuela
by Ana Luisa Brown
Feb, 18, 2011

Caracas, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan people will respond to U.S. threats with more unity, the First Vice President of the National Assembly, Aristobulo Isturiz, affirmed Friday.In declarations to Prensa Latina, the socialist deputy said no one should be surprised at the call of Republican congressman Connie Mack for an embargo against Venezuela and its inclusion in the U.S. budget of 2012 in paragraph devoting resources to internal destabilization.

Washington's aggression is not a surprise, because of the example and prestige of the Bolivarian Revolution and the international leadership of Hugo Chavez, Isturiz said.

The imperialist threat is nothing new, and will surely intensify, but the Venezuelan response will be mass mobilization with growing political awareness, unity and patriotism, he revealed.

That is why the most important thing now is to have the people in the streets dismantling every maneuver and lie, he added.
(2) More People to Benefit from Cuba-Venezuela Free-Eye Care Program
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 15 (acn) The Mision Milagro Foundation in Venezuela --which provides free eye care to low-income people-- hopes to increase the number of weekly surgeries in 800 in order to improve ophthalmological services in public hospitals.

Manuel Pacheco, coordinator of this organization, said that, as part of this program promoted by Cuba and Venezuela, a total of 3,900 weekly surgeries were performed last year at the biggest hospital of Caracas, the Miguel Perez Carreno.He added that, in order to increase this figure, several infrastructure improvements were made and more specialists will join the public services to offer free health care, Prensa Latina news agency reports.

The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, wrote on his December 29, 2010, reflection that the Mision Milagro program began with ophthalmologists treating very poor Venezuelan people suffering from cataracts. "This initiative," he wrote, "has helped nearly 1.8 million people from 35 countries recover or improve their sight, including that of Mario Teran, the Bolivian sergeant that assassinated Ernesto Che Guevara in 1967 in Bolivia."

Mision Milagro was born on August 21, 2005, in Villa Bolivar, in the municipality of Sandino, in the Cuban westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, with the signing of an agreement between Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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