2018-11-13: News Headlines

Labor Video Project (2018-11-13). Protest At Paris UNESCO HQ Over Exclusion At Colombian Pres Iván Duque Márquez Speech. indybay.org Colombian students and human rights activists protested their exclusion from the IGF at a conference at UNESC where Colombian president Iván Duque Márquez was speaking. He has allowed murders to continue and is pushing privatization of education.

Abby Martin (2018-11-13). How the Bush Administration Used the 2001 Anthrax Attacks to Manufacture Consent for the Iraq War. mintpressnews.com In a deep investigative piece, Abby and Robbie Martin explore the 2001 Anthrax Attacks——what led to them, why they happened, and how the Bush administration used them to manufacture consent for the illegal invasion of Iraq.

Lauren Smith (2018-11-13). Amnesia and Impunity Reign: Wall Street Celebrates Halliburton's 100th Anniversary. counterpunch.org When it comes to the ruling elite's corporate plunder and crimes against humanity, the U.S. national memory's short and no one, not even its political henchmen, assume blame or suffer real consequences: take Halliburton and former chief executive and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for example. Not only did Cheney plan and justify the invasion, More

Jason Ditz (2018-11-11). US Ends Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Conflict. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — One of the most visible aspects of direct US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing the country, has come to an end over the weekend. US and Saudi officials both confirmed this program has halted. US officials offered few specifics on the decision, but Saudi state media claimed that they …

Fight Back (2018-11-10). Venezuela and the fight for working-class power. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 1, John Bolton gave perhaps the sharpest anti-communist speech by a U.S. National Security Advisor since the end of the Cold War. While celebrating the election of far-right thug Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil as a "positive sign" for South America, he condemned Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as "the Troika of Tyranny… the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere." He declared that all peoples of Latin America should "look to the north, look to our flag" and that soon "the Troika will crumble, the people will triumph, and the righteous flame of freedom will burn brigh…

Fight Back (2018-11-09). Philippines: NDFP condemns arrests of Vicente Ladlad and other peace consultants. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Fidel Agcaoilli, Chairperson, Negotiating Panel, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). | The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the arrest of NDFP consultant Vicente Ladlad. According to initial reports, Ladlad was arrested with a couple, Alberto and Virginia Villamor, around midnight of November 8 at a house in Dona Tomasa, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. | Just two weeks ago, Ladlad's wife Fides Lim reported being tailed by suspected state agents riding a…

Fred_F (2018-11-09). Western Sahara: 43 years of Moroccan occupation. greenleft.org.au November 6 marked 43 years of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara, which has forced the Saharawis to continue living in precarious conditions in the desert. | On that day in 1975, a mass demonstration was held by the Moroccan regime to force Spain to hand over the disputed province of Spanish Sahara to Morocco. During the infamous "Green March", 350,000 Moroccans crossed into the West Sahara. The civilian invasion was reinforced with an escort of 20,000 Moroccan soldiers. | But a year earlier, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected Morocco's claim over sovereign Sahara. Ignoring the ICJ's r…

Paul Dobson (2018-11-09). Venezuelan Communists say Maduro government not responding to workers' demands. peoplesworld.org In late October, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) called for an "urgent" meeting with President Nicolás Maduro to discuss a series of government shortcomings in the area of workers' and campesinos', or peasant farmers, rights. The proposed meeting, according to the general secretary of the PCV, àìscar Figuera, should be held "with the gloves …

Sandra Cuffe (2018-11-09). U.S. Gave Military Jeeps to Guatemala to Fight Drug Trafficking. Instead, They Were Used to Intimidate an Anti-Corruption Commission. theintercept.com The armored jeeps were lined up single file along a Guatemala City street on August 31 in an ominous queue. By mid-morning, images began circulating of the jeeps outside the offices of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission that has played a key role in bringing down corrupt officials. More jeeps were spotted in the vicinity of the National Palace, along with military personnel. In a country with a not-so-distant past of military coups and massacres, the photographs and videos spread like wildfire, raising alarm as people scrambled to find out what was going on. | To Feliciana Macario, the show of force evoked…

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-08). Caracas Metro Workers Protest Labor Conditions amid Private Transport Fare Hikes. venezuelanalysis.com Transportation has been one of the main issues in Caracas, with poor service and price hikes, as well as worker protests for better conditions.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-07). Venezuela Looks to Dodge Sanctions & Repatriate Gold from Bank of England. venezuelanalysis.com The reported measure will bring US $550m worth of national reserves back to Caracas only days after Washington announced new gold-targeting sanctions.

Paul Dobson (2018-11-07). Venezuela: Constituent Assembly Claims 90% of Grassroots Proposals for New Constitution Processed. venezuelanalysis.com Few details have been offered on the possible content of the new Magna Carta as pressure groups continue to campaign for same-sex marriage, legal abortion, and a prominent role for communes.

TeleSUR English (2018-11-06). Venezuela to Ramp-up Security After Three Soldiers Killed. venezuelanalysis.com After three soldiers were killed in an armed attack, Venezuela is deploying troops to its border with Colombia.

TeleSUR English (2018-11-05). Venezuela: Region Shifts Right, Maduro Calls for Stronger ALBA. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan president warned "U.S. imperialism is emboldened" and urged more unity for a peaceful Latin America.

TeleSur English (2018-11-05). Maduro: Venezuela Sitting on 2nd Biggest Gold Reserve on Earth. venezuelanalysis.com President Nicolas Maduro described the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela as "crazy" and "criminal."

Paul Dobson (2018-11-05). Gasoline Shortages Hit Western Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Whilst the government hinted at import problems due to US sanctions, others have cited additional factors, including cross-border smuggling, poor maintenance and increased demand due to the upcoming price hike.

Sputnik International (2018-11-04). Trump's Latin American Sanctions: Clear 'Political Tactic' For Midterms. venezuelanalysis.com VA's Paul Dobson analyzes the latest US sanctions in this Sputnik News report.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-01). Venezuela: Communist Campesino Leaders Assassinated as Land Struggles Continue. venezuelanalysis.com Luis Fajardo and Javier Aldana, from the Communist Party of Venezuela, had been actively involved in land struggles in the western Venezuelan region of Sur del Lago.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-11-01). Venezuela: Former Guerrilla and Chavez Opponent Teodoro Petkoff Dies at 86. venezuelanalysis.com Petkoff was an "iconoclastic and anachronistic figure" who "shifted steadily to the right," according to George Ciccariello-Maher.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-31). Venezuela Launches Media Response Plan to Fake News Attacks. venezuelanalysis.com The 'Zero Tolerance Media Plan' is to be run by the Foreign Office and will look to offer responses to misleading and false international coverage of Venezuela.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-31). Washington Classes Venezuela as 'Threat to Regional Stability' as Colombia Sends 5,000 Troops to Border Region. venezuelanalysis.com The US government also reiterated its intention to work with recently elected ultra rightist Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro on the issue of Venezuela.

TEV (2018-10-31). Venezuelan Vice President Cements Economic Ties During Asian Tour. venezuelanalysis.com Rodriguez met with Chinese and Russian economic specialists during the final day of a regional Asiatic tour.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-29). Venezuelan Opposition Celebrates Far-Right Bolsonaro Victory in Brazil, Calls for Intervention. venezuelanalysis.com The result sparked deep concern among Chavista sectors fearing a possible military escalation from the ex-military man, whom they describe as a "neo-fascist."

Ricardo Vaz (2018-10-25). Venezuela Holds Third Decolonial School in Caracas. venezuelanalysis.com Renowned philosopher Enrique Dussel proposed that the Venezuelan government create an institute to transversally decolonize the state.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-24). US VP Pence's Accusations of Venezuelan Financing of Migrant Caravan Disproved. venezuelanalysis.com On-the-ground journalists have classed the accusations as "completely ridiculous" and a lie, showing that the migrants "don't have a dollar to even pay for a bottle of water."

TeleSur English (2018-10-24). El Salvador Welcomes Venezuelan Miracle Mission Medics. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan medical professionals travel across the continent to offer their ophthalmological expertise to Latin Americans.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-22). Venezuela's Maduro Meets Commune Leaders, Calls for Devolution of State Power. venezuelanalysis.com The president asked for forgiveness for his government's "halfhearted" progress in advancing towards the communal state, pledging to go beyond mere "speeches and applause" to empower the communes.

TeleSur English (2018-10-22). Venezuela Opens Country's First-Ever Coltan Concentration Plant. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan government has agreed on a deal to mine coltan in the state of Bolivar — in the largest ore concentration plant in Latin America.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-18). International Economic Forecasts Point Towards Easing Venezuelan Recession in 2019. venezuelanalysis.com The IMF and the CEPAL predict a diminution of Venezuela's crisis next year, with Torino Capital even forecasting modest economic growth.

TeleSur English (2018-10-17). Spain Pushes Dialogue Instead of Sanctions Against Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The policy represents a radical change from the sanctions wanted by previous Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, imposed by Brussels last January, and reinforced last June.

Paul Dobson (2018-10-17). Venezuelan Communists: 'Government Not Responding to Workers' & Campesinos' Demands'. venezuelanalysis.com They called for an urgent 'gloves off' meeting with Maduro to discuss problems such as new wage scales and rural landlord violence.

TEV (2018-10-17). Venezuela Ditches Dollar as US Sanctions Hit Private Sector. venezuelanalysis.com International financial transactions using foreign currency were reportedly blocked, agroindustrial and pharmaceutical sectors said.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-10-15). Venezuela Releases Ultra-Right Activist Lorent Saleh. venezuelanalysis.com Saleh's release coincided with a visit from influential US Senator Bob Corker.

Ricardo Vaz (2018-10-15). Venezuela: Maduro Meets with Workers' Congress, Approves Micro-Missions. venezuelanalysis.com The micro-missions will be led by worker brigades to address immediate problems, particularly in the country's ailing oil industry.

2018-11-13: Social Media Postees

Protest At Paris UNESCO HQ Over Exclusion At Colombian Pres Iván Duque Márquez Speech
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-11-13
Colombian students and human rights activists protested their exclusion from the IGF at a conference at UNESC where Colombian president Iván Duque Márquez was speaking. He has allowed murders to continue and is pushing privatization of education.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/13/1881908…

How the Bush Administration Used the 2001 Anthrax Attacks to Manufacture Consent for the Iraq War
Abby Martin | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-13
In a deep investigative piece, Abby and Robbie Martin explore the 2001 Anthrax Attacks—-what led to them, why they happened, and how the Bush administration used them to manufacture consent for the illegal invasion of Iraq. | The post How the Bush Administration Used the 2001 Anthrax Attacks to Manufacture Consent for the Iraq War appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/how-the-bush-administr…

Amnesia and Impunity Reign: Wall Street Celebrates Halliburton's 100th Anniversary
Lauren Smith | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-13
When it comes to the ruling elite's corporate plunder and crimes against humanity, the U.S. national memory's short and no one, not even its political henchmen, assume blame or suffer real consequences: take Halliburton and former chief executive and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for example. Not only did Cheney plan and justify the invasion,…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/13/amnesia-and-…

US Ends Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Conflict
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2018-11-11
(ANTIWAR.COM) — One of the most visible aspects of direct US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing the country, has come to an end over the weekend. US and Saudi officials both confirmed this program has halted. US officials offered few specifics on the decision, but Saudi state media claimed that they …

US Ends Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Conflict

Venezuela and the fight for working-class power
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-10
Chicago, IL – On November 1, John Bolton gave perhaps the sharpest anti-communist speech by a U.S. National Security Advisor since the end of the Cold War. While celebrating the election of far-right thug Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil as a "positive sign" for South America, he condemned Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as "the Troika of Tyranny… the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere." He declared that all peoples of Latin America should "look to the north, look to our flag" and that soon "the Troika will crumble, the people will triumph, and the righteous flame of freedom will burn brigh…
www.fightbacknews.org/2018/11/10/venezue…

Philippines: NDFP condemns arrests of Vicente Ladlad and other peace consultants
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-09
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Fidel Agcaoilli, Chairperson, Negotiating Panel, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). | The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the arrest of NDFP consultant Vicente Ladlad. According to initial reports, Ladlad was arrested with a couple, Alberto and Virginia Villamor, around midnight of November 8 at a house in Dona Tomasa, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. | Just two weeks ago, Ladlad's wife Fides Lim reported being tailed by suspected state agents riding a…
www.fightbacknews.org/2018/11/9/philippi…

Western Sahara: 43 years of Moroccan occupation
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-09
November 6 marked 43 years of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara, which has forced the Saharawis to continue living in precarious conditions in the desert. | On that day in 1975, a mass demonstration was held by the Moroccan regime to force Spain to hand over the disputed province of Spanish Sahara to Morocco. During the infamous "Green March", 350,000 Moroccans crossed into the West Sahara. The civilian invasion was reinforced with an escort of 20,000 Moroccan soldiers. | But a year earlier, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected Morocco's claim over sovereign Sahara. Ignoring the ICJ's r…
greenleft.org.au/content/western-sahara-43-years-moroccan-occupation

Venezuelan Communists say Maduro government not responding to workers' demands
Paul Dobson | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-09
In late October, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) called for an "urgent" meeting with President Nicolás Maduro to discuss a series of government shortcomings in the area of workers' and campesinos', or peasant farmers, rights. The proposed meeting, according to the general secretary of the PCV, àìscar Figuera, should be held "with the gloves …
peoplesworld.org/article/venezuelan-comm…

U.S. Gave Military Jeeps to Guatemala to Fight Drug Trafficking. Instead, They Were Used to Intimidate an Anti-Corruption Commission
Sandra Cuffe | theintercept.com | 2018-11-09
The armored jeeps were lined up single file along a Guatemala City street on August 31 in an ominous queue. By mid-morning, images began circulating of the jeeps outside the offices of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission that has played a key role in bringing down corrupt officials. More jeeps were spotted in the vicinity of the National Palace, along with military personnel. In a country with a not-so-distant past of military coups and massacres, the photographs and videos spread like wildfire, raising alarm as people scrambled to find out what was going on. | To Feliciana Macario, the show of force evoked…
theintercept.com/2018/11/09/guatemala-cr…

Caracas Metro Workers Protest Labor Conditions amid Private Transport Fare Hikes
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-08
Transportation has been one of the main issues in Caracas, with poor service and price hikes, as well as worker protests for better conditions.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14141

Venezuela Looks to Dodge Sanctions & Repatriate Gold from Bank of England
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-07
The reported measure will bring US $550m worth of national reserves back to Caracas only days after Washington announced new gold-targeting sanctions.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14139

Venezuela: Constituent Assembly Claims 90% of Grassroots Proposals for New Constitution Processed
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-07
Few details have been offered on the possible content of the new Magna Carta as pressure groups continue to campaign for same-sex marriage, legal abortion, and a prominent role for communes.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14138

Venezuela to Ramp-up Security After Three Soldiers Killed
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-06
After three soldiers were killed in an armed attack, Venezuela is deploying troops to its border with Colombia.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14136

Venezuela: Region Shifts Right, Maduro Calls for Stronger ALBA
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-05
The Venezuelan president warned "U.S. imperialism is emboldened" and urged more unity for a peaceful Latin America.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14132

Gasoline Shortages Hit Western Venezuela
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-05
Whilst the government hinted at import problems due to US sanctions, others have cited additional factors, including cross-border smuggling, poor maintenance and increased demand due to the upcoming price hike.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14135

Maduro: Venezuela Sitting on 2nd Biggest Gold Reserve on Earth
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-05
President Nicolas Maduro described the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela as "crazy" and "criminal."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14133

Trump's Latin American Sanctions: Clear 'Political Tactic' For Midterms
Sputnik International | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-04
VA's Paul Dobson analyzes the latest US sanctions in this Sputnik News report.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14131

Venezuela: Communist Campesino Leaders Assassinated as Land Struggles Continue
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-01
Luis Fajardo and Javier Aldana, from the Communist Party of Venezuela, had been actively involved in land struggles in the western Venezuelan region of Sur del Lago.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14128

Venezuela: Former Guerrilla and Chavez Opponent Teodoro Petkoff Dies at 86
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-11-01
Petkoff was an "iconoclastic and anachronistic figure" who "shifted steadily to the right," according to George Ciccariello-Maher.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14129

Venezuelan Vice President Cements Economic Ties During Asian Tour
TEV | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-31
Rodriguez met with Chinese and Russian economic specialists during the final day of a regional Asiatic tour.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14123

Venezuela Launches Media Response Plan to Fake News Attacks
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-31
The 'Zero Tolerance Media Plan' is to be run by the Foreign Office and will look to offer responses to misleading and false international coverage of Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14126

Washington Classes Venezuela as 'Threat to Regional Stability' as Colombia Sends 5,000 Troops to Border Region
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-31
The US government also reiterated its intention to work with recently elected ultra rightist Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro on the issue of Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14124

Venezuelan Opposition Celebrates Far-Right Bolsonaro Victory in Brazil, Calls for Intervention
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-29
The result sparked deep concern among Chavista sectors fearing a possible military escalation from the ex-military man, whom they describe as a "neo-fascist."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14121

Venezuela Holds Third Decolonial School in Caracas
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-25
Renowned philosopher Enrique Dussel proposed that the Venezuelan government create an institute to transversally decolonize the state.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14116

US VP Pence's Accusations of Venezuelan Financing of Migrant Caravan Disproved
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-24
On-the-ground journalists have classed the accusations as "completely ridiculous" and a lie, showing that the migrants "don't have a dollar to even pay for a bottle of water."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14114

El Salvador Welcomes Venezuelan Miracle Mission Medics
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-24
The Venezuelan medical professionals travel across the continent to offer their ophthalmological expertise to Latin Americans.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14112

Venezuela's Maduro Meets Commune Leaders, Calls for Devolution of State Power
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-22
The president asked for forgiveness for his government's "halfhearted" progress in advancing towards the communal state, pledging to go beyond mere "speeches and applause" to empower the communes.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14110

Venezuela Opens Country's First-Ever Coltan Concentration Plant
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-22
The Venezuelan government has agreed on a deal to mine coltan in the state of Bolivar — in the largest ore concentration plant in Latin America.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14108

International Economic Forecasts Point Towards Easing Venezuelan Recession in 2019
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-18
The IMF and the CEPAL predict a diminution of Venezuela's crisis next year, with Torino Capital even forecasting modest economic growth.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14107

Venezuelan Communists: 'Government Not Responding to Workers' & Campesinos' Demands'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-17
They called for an urgent 'gloves off' meeting with Maduro to discuss problems such as new wage scales and rural landlord violence.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14104

Spain Pushes Dialogue Instead of Sanctions Against Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-17
The policy represents a radical change from the sanctions wanted by previous Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, imposed by Brussels last January, and reinforced last June.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14100

Venezuela Ditches Dollar as US Sanctions Hit Private Sector
TEV | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-17
International financial transactions using foreign currency were reportedly blocked, agroindustrial and pharmaceutical sectors said.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14102

Venezuela Releases Ultra-Right Activist Lorent Saleh
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-15
Saleh's release coincided with a visit from influential US Senator Bob Corker.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14097

Venezuela: Maduro Meets with Workers' Congress, Approves Micro-Missions
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-10-15
The micro-missions will be led by worker brigades to address immediate problems, particularly in the country's ailing oil industry.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14098