On Friday, Iranian president Sheikh Hassan Rouhani handed over the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) rotating presidency to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro for the next four years at NAM’s 17th summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela.
It was a slap on the face of Jewish Congresswoman Debbie Wassersman Schultz who sponsored two resolutions Friday seeking to sanction Venezuela and Nicaragua, urging Caracas to release political prisoners, and urging international financial institutions to end loans to Managua until it holds fair presidential elections.
Rouhani is scheduled to make a stop-over Cuba to meet his counterpart and Fidel Castro before addressing the UN General Assembly in New York.
At the NAM summit Cuba foreshadowed a motion to denounce unconventional warfare. This is aimed at the proxy armies used throughout Latin America for decades and, in recent years, the Middle East. Since 2001 the United States, through invasions and proxy armies, has waged war on the more independent countries of that region: Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. Those countries are all represented at the NAM summit.
In 2012 NAM held its summit in Tehran which was addressed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei and then president Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (watch video below).
After the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 Venezuela became an important voice for Latin American unity and the independence of small nations and former colonies. That voice remains important. On the NAM agenda are strategies against terrorism (mostly instigated by Washington), destabilization, unilateral sanctions and sabotage, issues Latin Americans have lived with for many decades.
By assuming the second largest international group’s chairmanship, Venezuela strengthens its diplomatic hand as the socialist government will have the sympathetic ears of the 120 member nations when faced with the Zionist occupied and local pro-West traitors’ attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government – an ongoing threat to the country since shortly after the election of former President Hugo Chavez in 1998.
Sadly, not all NAM member states have followed the organization’s original charter: preserve national independence, do not join any imperial power bloc, reject the establishment of foreign military bases, defend the right of peoples to self-determination, and fight for general and complete disarmament. India, a founding member, joined Soviet imperialism, violated the self-determination rights of Muslim-majority in the Jammu and Kashmir Valley, established military partnership with the apartheid Israel, and became a nuclear power with the help from Russia.