2019-02-06: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-06). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. counterpunch.org In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, "Far and away More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Haitian Opposition Plan to Mobilize One Million Demonstrators. telesurenglish.net Opposition sectors in Haiti announced plans to mobilize more than one million people Thursday in anti-government protests. | RELATED: | Bahama Police Rescue 17 Haitian Migrants, Declare 28 Dead | Organizers said demonstrators will demand the judicial system take action against embezzlement of Petrocaribe funds, which, rose to US$2,258,796 between 2008 and 2018, according to a partial report of the National Audit Office. | Opposition leader, Andre Michel, said that clear and immediat…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-06). Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer on US Venezuela Coup. globalresearch.ca If Guaidó comes to power and privatizes PDVSA, U.S. oil companies — with Chevron and Halliburton leading the pack — stand to make record profits in the world's most oil-rich nation, as they did in Iraq following the privatization of …

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-06). Venezuela: US Pursuing Humanitarian Aid Path to War. globalresearch.ca The United States has been working with oligarchs in Venezuela to remove President Maduro since he came to office in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez and was re-elected that year. After he won re-election to another six-year term …

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra told the press on Monday that his government is against any military intervention in Venezuela since it's up to its citizens to resolve the political situation in Venezuela. | RELATED: | UN Rejects Guaido, Favors Discourse With President Maduro | While Vizcarra said he does not support the current Venezuelan administration he stressed: "We believe that Venezuela's problems must be solved by Venezuelans themselves. … We are against any military int…

Ewan Robertson (2019-02-06). Maduro Denounces Twitter Attack. zcomm.org Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has denounced a "massive" Twitter attack against the Venezuelan government after thousands of accounts belonging to ministers and pro-government media and supporters were suspended…

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-06). 'Stop Trump's Insane Actions!' Interview with Venezuela's Maduro, How to Avoid War. globalresearch.ca At a time when the eyes of the world are closely watching his country, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has given an exclusive interview to RT Spanish, speaking about the threats of war and of foul play in politics. | Several EU …

Bruce Lesnick (2019-02-06). Corporate Titans Target Venezuela. counterpunch.org What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy. More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents. globalresearch.ca Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela. | *** | As the U.S.-backed coup attempt in Venezuela continues to take shape, …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid US's Slow-Rolling Coup. mintpressnews.com Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-06). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way. commondreams.org Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research News (2019-02-06). Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World" globalresearch.ca First published in prior to the 2012 elections | by Ewan Robertson: | Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela's electoral system is "the best in the world" (agencies). | Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has …

Christopher Black (2019-02-06). The Lima Group: International Outlaws and Regime Change Conspirators. globalresearch.ca The covert and overt interventions taking place against Venezuela by the United States and its allies are a form of aggression and a violation of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter making the nations involved international outlaws. | The …

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message.

CARICOM (2019-02-06). CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.

Various Contributors (2019-02-06). Venezuelan News Site Latest Victim in Facebook Censorship. zcomm.org Facebook has removed the page of yet another media outlet. This time, it's not a far right fringe network like Infowars, but "Venezuela's only independent, grassroots leftwing English media platform," the outlet, Venezuela Analysis, noted on Twitter…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Labour Party Rejects EU's Meddling in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Britain's opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs policy chief Emily Thornberry said Wednesday, that her party is against the move by EU states to recognize Venezuela opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela saying that diplomacy and dialogue should be the way forward instead of taking sides. | RELATED: | Red Cross Refuses to Send Venezuela Aid Without State Approval | "You begin the dialogue and that offer has been made internally and externall…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-06). Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have? venezuelanalysis.com VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.

Maria Paez Victor (2019-02-06). Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited More

Salim Lamrani (2019-02-06). 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. globalresearch.ca Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012.

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

Roger D. Harris (2019-02-06). Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference. mintpressnews.com Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US.

Eva Golinger (2019-02-06). The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? globalresearch.ca Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a …

Mark Taliano (2019-02-06). The Lima Group: Conspiracy to Destroy Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The "Lima group", which convened in Canada on Feb. 4, 2019, represents a group of governments opposed to Venezuela's elected government. | More accurately, the group consists of plotters, conspirators, who are criminals under International Law. | . | Ken Stone of the …

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. commondreams.org Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Luis Britto García (2019-02-06). Savage Capitalism or Socialism. zcomm.org Interview on the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty…

William Blum (2019-02-06). The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from …

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-02-06). The New Cold War and Venezuela. zcomm.org Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>

TeleSur English (2019-02-06). UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

stuart_m (2019-02-06). Venezuelan social movements denounce coup. greenleft.org.au Two competing marches took over the streets of Caracas on February 2 — in support and against elected President Nicolas Maduro. The foreign media focused on the opposition march exclusive, despite accounts that the pro-government march was clearly larger. | Below is a statement signed by about two dozen social movements, denounced the US-backed coup against the Maduro government. It has been translated by Translated by Pedro Alvarez. | *** | Various movements and communities marched together o…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-06). Venezuela Intercepts Covert US Weapons Shipment From Miami. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Venezuelan officials have announced the seizure of a large shipment of American weapons which they say were bound for anti-Maduro "terrorist groups". This comes following US national security advisor John Bolton's pledge to deliver "humanitarian aid" into the country, covertly if need be, despite embattled President Nicolas Maduro's vow to prevent such unauthorized shipments from entering. …

WSWS (2019-02-06). Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela. wsws.org Amid growing repression of "yellow vest" protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

Dan Bacher (2019-02-06). PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018. indybay.org Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."

stuart_m (2019-02-06). London says 'hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds have mobilised to attend pickets and mass meetings in defence of Venezuela's sovereignty and to demand an end to the British and US governments interference during a time of difficulty in Venezuela. Starting with a picket at the Prime Minister's Office and continuing with two mass meetings of the progressive left, anti-war, student and labour movement, a week of protests ended with a picket of the BBC headquarters and a further action planned against the Bank of England who have illegally seized US$1.2 billion of Venezuela's gold. The events highlighted that the attacks on Venezuela are of global importa…

stuart_m (2019-02-06). How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people. greenleft.org.au Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…

Vijay Prashad, The Tricontinental (2019-02-05). Twelve Step Method to Conduct Regime Change. venezuelanalysis.com Vijay Prashad looks at the parallels between current day Venezuela and Chile and 1973 and outlines the different steps in regime change operations.

Ben Norton (2019-02-05). Internal U.S. Gov't document outlines program of 'economic warfare' on Venezuela. mronline.org An internal government document reveals tactics of "economic warfare" and "financial weapons" the U.S. is using against Venezuela in the name of "furthering capitalism." | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). What's Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully? democracynow.org Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela's interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23 after speaking to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó's claim to the presidency, including Austria, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany…

unitedEditor (2019-02-05). " God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!" uwidata.com US President Donald Trump, who has left multiple countries in a state nervous suspense from the first day of his presidency, continues to threaten the world community like some kind of petty Mafioso, this time setting the crosshair on Venezuela. Like president, like press secretary While Trump continues to tweet scattered threats to people across […]

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-05). Venezuela: Lima Group Urges Armed Forces to Support Guaido as Maduro Calls for International Solidarity. venezuelanalysis.com The Lima Group reiterated its support for Guaido, while an event calling for international solidarity was held in Caracas.

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-05). Canada Labour Congress with 3M members, denounces Trudeau's support for intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org The CLC vehemently rejects a militarized solution to this crisis; the people of Latin America have not forgotten the brutal history of military rule in the region. | Source

Alex Anfruns (2019-02-05). Venezuela: The Ultimatum of Shame. globalresearch.ca "To wrongly name things is to add to the world's ills". | Let us adapt this quote attributed to Albert Camus to the Venezuelan contest. It would be something like "to recognise a parallel president is to serve the interests of …

Alexander Campbell, CEPR (2019-02-05). What's the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why's It So Hard for Media to Understand? venezuelanalysis.com CEPR's Alexander Campbell looks at US sanctions against Venezuela and how the media ignore their effects.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-05). Either Washington or Venezuela, Savage Capitalism or Socialism: A Conversation with Luis Britto Garcia. venezuelanalysis.com In this exclusive interview with Venezuelanalysis, an acclaimed writer and committed Bolivarian talks about the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-05). PATRICK LAWRENCE: In Venezuela, US Forgets What Century It Is. consortiumnews.com Destabilizing other nations in gross violation of international law will no longer go unopposed, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The Venezuela crisis worsens by the day. Early last week the U.S. sanctioned PdVSA, the state-owned… Read more →

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-05). Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents. mintpressnews.com Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela.

RT (2019-02-05). 'Nothing to see here'? Black helicopters swarm Los Angeles in surprise urban warfare drill (VIDEOS). rt.com Dozens of Black Hawk helicopters descended on downtown Los Angeles Monday night while residents reported explosions and scrambled to find out if they were looking at a military invasion or a film shoot.

RT (2019-02-05). Drunken US sailor found naked in Japanese couple's home. rt.com A US Navy officer stationed in Japan has been arrested after he was found naked inside a Japanese couple's house. The nude dude apparently slipped into the house after a night of drinking and made himself at home. |

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