Hi Folks, The first thing Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro did was call his Venezuelan friend Nicolás Maduro to talk about the reopening of the binational border, closed by the government of Iván Duque due to bilateral tensions between the two countries and for the Covid. The reopening of the border between the two South American countries, which share 2,341 kilometers, also means the resumption of diplomatic relations. In Argentina, the investigation into the Venezuelan-Iranian plane continues to offer worrying details: photos of missiles, tanks and flags against Israel have been found on the cell phone of Iranian pilot Gholamreza Ghasemi, who is still being held in the country. There are also images from his youth that link him to Al Quds (a division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps specializing in asymmetric warfare and military intelligence operations). A week and a half into the national strike in Ecuador, the organizers of the strike, the indigenous people organized under the Conaie organization, seek to create chaos and overthrow the government or for it to agree to all their requests. In Europe they are preparing for the cut of Russian gas and especially Germany, which is the country that depends on it the most, has risen to the second level (of three) in the gas emergency plan. Economy Minister Robert Habeck warned that “the situation is serious and winter will come.” And on the invasion of Ukraine, Russia advances in the east and threatens to invade Lugansk, part of the Donbass region.
Petro contacts Maduro to reopen the border between Colombia and Venezuela. The Colombian president-elect, Gustavo Petro, before taking office on August 7, the first thing he did was call his Venezuelan friend Nicolás Maduro to talk about the reopening of the binational border, closed by the government of Iván Duque due to the bilateral tensions between the two countries and due to the Covid. The reopening of the border between the two South American countries, which share 2,341 kilometers and also implies the resumption of diplomatic relations, was one of Petro’s electoral promises before winning the presidency. What caught our attention yesterday is that the president-elect revealed his communication with the Chavista president through his Twitter account, which shows his close ties with the Bolivarian regime.
They found photos of missiles, tanks and flags against Israel on the cell phone of the pilot of the Venezuelan-Iranian plane. The material compromises the Iranian Gholamreza Ghasemi, who is still being held in the country. There are also images of his youth that link him to Al Quds: the cell phone expertise of the pilot of the Venezuelan-Iranian plane held in Ezeiza, Gholamreza Ghasemi, yielded information that may be key to the investigation. Among the photos that the Iranian had saved on his phone were images of missiles, tanks, flags with legends against Israel and others that link him to the Al Quds Revolutionary Guard. The order to examine the cell phones of the crew of the aircraft was given by the judge in the case, Federico Villena, and the technical work was done by the City Police. As confirmed by the sources, the information collected on the cell phones has already been sent to the judge, but they still need to translate part of the content of the material, which is in Farsi.
Indigenous take the conflict to the city of Quito. The indigenous mobilization that has besieged the capital of the Republic is not improvised and could last for some time. Although the strategy of the indigenous groups, according to the former head of Army Intelligence, Mario Pazmiño, would be to force the government to give in to all its demands, if this goes on too long “it could affect both sides.” Pazmiño indicates that what they want to impose on the indigenous marches is the mariateguist concept applied by Sendero Luminoso in Peru. It is transferring the “conflict and war from the countryside to the city, paralyzing the cities to impose, from inside the cities once they are in chaos, a new system.” Thus, there is an increase in violence in the cities, there is a shortage of supplies, attacks on property, says Pazmiño, former head of Intelligence. On the other hand, it was announced that President Guillermo Lasso has tested positive for covid-19 but that he is still working from his office without presenting symptoms.
The German Economy Minister raised the level to “alert” in the gas emergency plan. Robert Habeck has announced the second of the three levels of escalation of the gas emergency plan due to the tense situation in the gas markets. This is the so-called “alert level”: with Russian gas supplies almost at a standstill, Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) has announced the next stage in the gas emergency plan. The alert level is the second of three escalation levels in the gas contingency plan put forward after the Russian attack on Ukraine. [In fact, the International Energy Agency says that Europe must be ready for a complete cut off of Russian gas in winter]. Habeck warned even if quantities of gas can still be obtained on the market and stored: “The situation is serious and winter will come.” The gas supply strangulation is an “economic attack by Putin”. The Russian president’s strategy is to fuel uncertainty, raise prices and divide. “We are in a gas crisis. Gas is now a scarce commodity. Prices are already high and we have to be prepared for further increases,” said Habeck.
Russia wins in the east and threatens to invade Lugansk. The seizure of three strategic villages confronts Ukrainian commanders with a grim choice: fight on and risk being encircled, or retreat and lose the last major centers in the region: Ukrainian forces dug in in a last-minute defense against the Russian advances Wednesday in Lugansk province, where the invaders now threaten to overrun two major cities that had resisted their faltering advance. The prospect of a Russian takeover of the warring cities Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk left Ukrainian commanders with the stark choice of staying and fighting, risking cutting off supply lines and encircling thousands of defenders, or withdrawing and losing the last major urban centers in Luhansk, part of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.
Brexit remains an “open wound” for EU citizens living in the UK. A study of EU citizens living in the UK has revealed the “open wound” left by Brexit, with respondents saying the decision to leave the bloc had left them feeling betrayed, insecure and distrustful of the country they, however, most still call it home. The survey of EU citizens from 22 countries, most of whom had been in Britain for more than five years and stayed since Brexit, showed “a deep and lasting impact on the lives and sense of identity and belonging of the EU citizens in the UK,” the authors said. Respondents said that Brexit had significantly affected their view of Britain. While 72% still felt some emotional attachment to the UK, 89% said their opinion of the country had changed (68.6% “a lot” or “a lot”) since the 2016 referendum. The German chancellor has appeared in the plenary session of the Bundestag to denounce the Kremlin for its “imperialist and aggressive” policy and thus mark the total break with Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.