And that could end up breaking Western unity on a rare front where Europe and much of Latin America is standing with America: Venezuela. Imported repression: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissent. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Fifty years ago, a deal between the United States and Cuba changed some families’ lives forever.

“We are grateful to Cuba’s revolutionary armed forces. When Venezuela had functioning public hospitals and schools, the socialist regime preferred to import Cuban doctors, nurses and teachers rather than train Venezuelans. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. It expanded surveillance, wiretapping senior officers.

The cell was lit all hours, causing Daniel to lose track of time. Eleven years after they were forged, the military agreements have proven crucial for Maduro’s survival as president, according to security experts, people familiar with the administration and opposition politicians. The DGCIM also began tapping the phones of officers, including senior military commanders, to listen for conspiracies.

Juan Guaidó, head of the National Assembly, early this year denounced Maduro’s 2018 re-election as a sham and declared, with the support of most Western democracies, that he was Venezuela’s rightful leader. Letting Americans sue foreign companies doing business in Cuba could become a new source of tension between America, Europe and China.

Democratic allies, including Argentina, Peru and Colombia, would welcome a consistent human rights policy from Canada as they deal with millions of refugees. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.

At least 200 military officials are currently detained, according to the opposition-led National Assembly.

Upon reporting to the commander’s office, Daniel said, three uniformed counterintelligence agents confiscated his phone and said he was needed for an “interview” at DGCIM headquarters.

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In an email to Reuters, Carvajal said Venezuela’s central bank provided millions of U.S. dollars in cash to the DIM for new technology, including surveillance equipment and a database to centralize intelligence. A recent United Nations report accused the DGCIM of torture – including electric shocks, suffocation, waterboarding, sexual violence, and water and food deprivation.

Citizen Control, a Venezuelan organization that studies the armed forces, says the number is over 300.

John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco is a professor of American studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The next issue of Ottawa Citizen Headline News will soon be in your inbox. After 20 days, a military court charged him with treason, rebellion and violating military decorum.

The agreements, specifics of which are reported here for the first time, led to the imposing of strict surveillance of Venezuelan troops through a Venezuelan intelligence service now known as the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence, or DGCIM. There are no more free elections.

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