Former UN Security Council Chief: Venezuela Using ‘Torture, Sex Crimes, Murder’ to Silence Dissidents

Diego Arria

Diego Arria, once Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations and a former UN Security Council president, returned to the global organization Monday to condemn the “unprecedented” situation his nation is experiencing, under a tyranny he defined as run by “drug traffickers and criminals.”

Arria addressed the UN’s Human Rights Council, which recently published a report finding extreme human rights violations against anti-socialist protesters in the country, most executed by the state’s Bolivarian National Guard. In his remarks, he urged the UN to follow the lead of the Organization of American States (OEA), which has repeatedly condemned Venezuela’s socialist regime, and take its leaders before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“It is fundamental to have a democratic Venezuela that respects human rights,” he told the council. “The use of torture, sex crimes, and systematic murder of unarmed civilians who protest in the streets amount to crimes against humanity as defined by the Rome Statute.”

The UN Human Rights Council published a report this month confirming these accusations, detailing “credible and consistent accounts of victims and witnesses” that show “security forces systematically used excessive force to deter demonstrations, crush dissent and instill fear.” Among the crimes listed are “the use of electric shocks, severe beatings, stress positions, suffocation, and threats of sexual violence and death, and intended to punish, humiliate and terrorize the detainees, as well as to extract confessions and information about alleged anti-government activities.”

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In his full comments, Arria targeted the highest levels of Venezuelan government, arguing that those running the country were not merely political criminals but drug traffickers and hatemongers on par with the propagandists urging genocide against Tutsis in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

“More than 15 members of the armed forces who were once Venezuela—and today serve the regime, under the tutelage of Havana—are on the United States Treasury Department list of drug kingpins for drug and arms trafficking and money laundering,” he told the council. He noted that dictator Nicolás Maduro himself is personally sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury and singled out Diosdado Cabello, the head of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and member of Maduro’s alternative socialist legislature, as especially capable of harm.

In addition to running Maduro’s party and helping draft a new, Maduro-friendly constitution, Maduro hosts a television program on the state network, Con el mazo dando (“Hitting with the Mallet”). “Cabello,” Arria argued, “is the most dangerous hatemonger and promoter of violence using state television and intelligence services, just as the Hutus did in Rwanda with Radio Milles Collines.”

Maduro, like many in the regime, stands accused of running a major international cocaine trafficking operation.

Arria noted that men like Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord Cabello has been compared to, and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel never amassed political power in their countries. “El Chapo … was never president or vice president of Mexico, or head of the Supreme Court of Justice, or minister of defense, but his Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro, [vice president] Tarek El Aissami, [Supreme Court Chief Justice] Maikel Moreno, Diosdado Cabello and generals Vladimir Padrino y Néstor Reverol do occupy those positions in my country,” he lamented.

“It is an unprecedented situation,” he continued. “Narcos and criminals with full control of a country, with the complacency of corrupt generals and traitors to the nation who, sitting on the world’s most important oil reserves, represent a serious threat to regional peace and stability.”

While the Human Rights Council has taken interest in the dire situation in Venezuela—despite Maduro’s government holding a seat on the council—the UN body that has the most power to act, the Security Council, has dismissed the argument that Venezuela has destabilized the region. “Until now I think of course there is some concern, but at the end of the day we see [the Venezuelan crisis] as internal affairs,” Egyptian Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, who chaired the Security Council in August, said at the time. “It does not harm peace and security right now from my point of view.”

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“Stop Mass Hysteria”  Michael Savage On Current Media Frenzy: It’s Like A Virus, An Epidemic… It Will Die Of Its Own Oxygen Deprivation 

The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft interviewed Dr. Michael Savage on his latest book “Stop Mass Hysteria” this weekend.

“Stop Mass Hysteria” COULD NOT come at a better time. And our discussion with Dr. Savage on this subject was timely to say the least.

Dr. Savage discussed the history of mass hysteria in America from the Salem witch trials to the Trump-Russial collusion witch hunt.

Michael Savage also shared his thoughts on the mass hysteria surrounding the Brett Kavananaugh confirmation hearings.

Dr. Michael Savage: Let me just say starting from the beginning that there is a huge difference between mass hysteria and justified concern. And this is something we have to understand. There are imagined threats and then there is real danger as we all know. And this is an imagined threat – That Kavanaugh poses a threat to all women on the planet that he’s a mad rapist. That he will be on the Supreme Court running around and making the climate of rape more acceptable. This is the greatest example of mass hysteria since the Trump derangement syndrome. And it is a continuation of course, of the hatred of Trump and their hatred for those of us who supported Donald Trump, and Donald Trump’s agenda more than Donald Trump. It’s really not about Donald Trump it’s about the agenda which is largely based on modern nationalism that I offered for many, many years.

Dr. Savage is truly brilliant. He publishes a book on mass hyteria and the the Kavanaugh confirmation comes along.

Dr. Savage goes on to say the number one greatest threat facing America today is radical Islam. “For the last 1,400 years radical Islam has been at war with the world. This is not Islamophobia as the mainstream media would have you believe. It is history.”

Michael Savage took some time to bash CNN in his chapter titled “From Salem to CNN” where he compares the two asking, “They’re not too different are they?”

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Michael went on to describe the real “war on women” is the radical feminists who are actually debasing feminists and debasing women across America with false accusations, or exaggerated accusations.

Dr. Savage talked about the danger of mass hysteria, “It’s like a virus. As a trained epidemiologist it’s really like an epidemic. It’s almost a medical situation, this madness is very similar to an epidemic that continues to spread though a population without discriminating who it attacks. That’s the point. And so in stopping mass hysteria I try to bring real history to the discussion rather than straight polemics.”

Near the end of the interview I asked Michael about what will eventually the end of mass hysteria. Michael offered this, “We have to believe at the end reason will trump hysteria. We have to believe. I believe this mania we are living through will die of its own oxygen deprivation.”

Let’s hope Dr. Savage is right. He usually is. God help us.

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