2019-02-09: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-09). US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973? globalresearch.ca At this stage, "all options are on the table". | A self-proclaimed "interim president" endorsed by the "international community", | infiltration and co-optation of the Venezuelan armed forces, military intervention, Coup d'Etat, | Assassination of president Maduro, | Relentless sabotage and financial warfare, …

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-09). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. globalresearch.ca The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World

Glenn Greenwald (2019-02-09). Bezos Protests Invasion of Privacy While Building Surveillance State. zcomm.org Perhaps being a victim of privacy invasion will help Jeff Bezos realize the evils of what his company is enabling…

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-09). An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro. globalresearch.ca We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam.

teleSUR (2019-02-09). China Says Only Venezuelans Can Solve Venezuela's Issues. telesurenglish.net Venezuela should resolve its own matters itself via peaceful talks and China supports the international community's efforts in this regard, the Chinese foreign ministry said. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | The ministry said while it supports the recent international efforts by some EU countries and others in Latin America, China still supports an internal resolution to the conflict away from interference and intervention. | "Venezuela's affairs should be…

Fight Back (2019-02-09). Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-09). Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca There's a very high likelihood that the US will commence a limited multilateral invasion of Venezuela if Maduro continues to block the Trojan Horse of a "humanitarian convoy" into his country and the military doesn't turn against him in the …

Prof. Ociel Alí López (2019-02-09). A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support. globalresearch.ca A military coup d'état in Venezuela doesn't seem likely so long as the Armed Forces support Maduro. Meanwhile, U.S. action will likely backfire, and serve only to strengthen those in power | *** | Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan …

Steve Ellner (2019-02-09). Regime Change: "Made In The U.S.A." zcomm.org Trump's unwavering backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government in Venezuela attaches a "made in the U.S.A." label to all those positioned to govern should Maduro fall…

STAFF (2019-02-09). Report: Trump Administration Holding Talks With Venezuelan Military. truthdig.com In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change. | According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official,…

Eduardo Correa Senior (2019-02-09). No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the …

Eds. (2019-02-09). Similarities and aggressions. mronline.org War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-09). 'Venezuela': Media's One-Word Rebuttal to Threat of Socialism. zcomm.org The simplistic narrative of a socialist dictatorship starving its own people provides great utility as a weapon for the establishment to beat back the domestic "threat" of socialism…

teleSUR (2019-02-09). 2,000-year Old 'Child' Returns to Peru. telesurenglish.net The mummy of a boy of Aymara origin, with an approximate age of 2,000 years, was returned to Peru by the Museum of Science and History of Corpus Christi in Texas, United States, official sources reported Friday. | RELATED: | Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela | Peru's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that the repatriation of the mummy was possible thanks to its coordinated work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | He added that the technical reports…

Telesur (2019-02-09). Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan embassy officials in Argentina condemned Thursday's cyber attack after hackers commandeered the ministry's website and published a statement in support of the self-declared "interim president," Juan Guaido. | "We denounce the criminal policy of hacking and intervention of the …

Michael Hudson (2019-02-09). The price of the U.S. economic attack on Venezuela. zcomm.org The Saker: Could you summarize the state of Venezuela's economy when Chavez came to power? Michael Hudson: Venezuela was an oil monoculture. Its export revenue was spent largely on importing food and other necessities that it could have produced at home. Its trade was largely with the United States. So despite its oil wealth, it Read more…

STAFF (2019-02-09). How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders. truthdig.com It's a cheap shot at politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Shane Quinn (2019-02-09). US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan. globalresearch.ca Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran …

WSWS (2019-02-09). Brazil's Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation. wsws.org As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-09). Urging Defections, Trump Administration Reportedly Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military. commondreams.org Reports of direct communications between the White House and Venezuelan military officials come as Trump cabinet members continue to warn that military intervention is "on the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

Communist Workers League (2019-02-09). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally. indybay.org Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…

IAC (2019-02-09). Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Reese Erlich (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup? progressive.org Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy. mintpressnews.com Venezuelan authorities have warned that the attempt to bring aid across the border without government consent represented a provocation, pointing out that the amount of aid being sent pales in comparison to the Venezuelan assets and accounts frozen outside the country.

Eds. (2019-02-08). President Nicolás Maduro's message to the American people. mronline.org I am Nicolás Maduro, constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and I want to send a message to the American people to alert them to the media, communication and psychological warfare campaign that is developing in the international media and, above all, in the U.S. media against Venezuela. | Source

ZeroHedge (2019-02-08). Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People. mintpressnews.com "They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it's not like that." – Nicholas Maduro

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

Michael Hudson (2019-02-08). An Interview the Saker on Venezuela. counterpunch.org Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this. More

unitedEditor (2019-02-08). Seeking to oust Maduro, Washington may find itself in a new Vietnam. uwidata.com In one of Hugo Chavez' most celebrated speeches, he proclaimed proudly and to loud applause that "Venezuela will never again be a Yankee colony," and stated that the country had entered the most definitive period of its independence. Regardless of whether or not Chavez correctly assessed his historical moment, it is critical that we see […]

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Headlines for February 8, 2019. democracynow.org Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Green New Deal: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Sen. Markey Introduce Landmark Resolution, U.S. Spy Agencies: Saudi Crown Prince Said He Would Go After Khashoggi "With a Bullet", Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of "Extortion and Blackmail", Report: U.S.-Based Plane Caught Bringing Arms into Venezuela, U.S. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams Rules Out Negotiations with Maduro, Senate Judiciary Committee Narrowly Backs William Barr to Become Attorney General, Acting AG Matthew Whitaker to Testify on Capitol Hill, Arizona Prisoner Dies Weeks After Warning "I Am…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-08). Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering. counterpunch.org Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old More

Roger Harris (2019-02-08). Juan Guaidó: The man who would be president of Venezuela doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on. mronline.org Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on for this open attempt at a coup. | Source

teleSUR (2019-02-08). International Book Fair Honors Algeria, Cuban Revolution. telesurenglish.net Thursday Cuba inaugurated the 28th edition of its International Book Fair (FIL 2019), which has Algeria as the guest of honor, more than 4,000 titles on sale and 400 authors and publishers from 44 countries. | RELATED: | Cuban Music Icon Silvio Rodriguez Backs Venezuela Against Coup | "The attendance of so many national and foreign guests confirms that this fair is one of the region's most important cultural events," Juan Rodriguez, the president of the Cuban Book Institute, sa…

Joe Emersberger (2019-02-08). Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela. zcomm.org Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty's position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela's government, including open encouragement of Venezuela's military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took "no position" on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more…

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-02-08). Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…

Robert Fantina (2019-02-08). Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference. counterpunch.org In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series More

Tim Gill, Rebecca Hanson (2019-02-08). How Washington Funded the Counterrevolution in Venezuela. thenation.com How Washington Funded the Counterrevolution in Venezuela…

Eds. (2019-02-08). U.S. media ignore—and applaud—economic war on Venezuela. mronline.org The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. 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 U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source

Roger Harris, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-08). Juan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn't Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On. venezuelanalysis.com Roger Harris looks at the "impecable illegitimacy" of Juan Guaido's claim to the presidency of Venezuela.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-08). Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism. mronline.org Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source

Darrall Cozens, Socialist Appeal (2019-02-08). The BBC and Venezuela: Bias and Lies. venezuelanalysis.com Darrall Cozens looks at the BBC's efforts at preparing public opinion for imperialist intervention.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-02-08). Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else. theintercept.com The National Enquirer has engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world's richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim. | On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer's parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between t…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-08). Venezuelan Officials Say They Intercepted Arms and Ammo Delivered by US-Based Plane. commondreams.org The country's vice minister of citizen security said weapons shipment was "financed by the fascist extreme right and the government of the United States." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-08). Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro. therealnews.com Trump's efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'. greenleft.org.au British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). European parliamentarians condemn EU support for US coup. greenleft.org.au Below is a February 4 letter signed by 39 members of the European Parliament. It comes from three different political groups in the European Parliament and condemns EU support for the attempted coup in Venezuela. | *** | Letter in defence of a political dialogue in Venezuela, guaranteeing that Latin America and the Caribbean remains a zone of peace. | We, the undersigned MEPs, condemn any expression of support provided to the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, as portrayed by the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as "Interim President" of the country. This self-proclamation finds no background in the Constitution…

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…

WSWS (2019-02-08). US commander says Pentagon prepared to intervene to defend Venezuela embassy. wsws.org Testifying before the Senate Thursday, SOUTHCOM chief Admiral Faller linked the Venezuelan coup to the "great power" conflict with China and Russia.

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