2019-03-01: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-01). "Killer Diplomacy": The Kim-Trump Summit in Hanoi, Sabotaged by Mike Pompeo? globalresearch.ca "If Kim Jong-un suddenly dies, don't ask me about it"… Given the history of the CIA, I'm just not going to talk about it," (Mike Pompeo, October 2017). And you expect the DPRK Leadership to Trust Washington's "Chief Negotiator"

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-01). Protesters meet with brutal police repression in Cauca, Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters are demanding that the national government guarantee basic rights such as health, education and housing as well as the protection of social and peasant leaders…

Carla Stea (2019-03-01). Venezuela's Foreign Minister Arreaza Holds UN Marathon for Peace: Usurper Guaido Urges Military Intervention and War. globalresearch.ca In a herculean effort to prevent war, and protect the integrity of his country, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a breathtaking schedule of events at the UN, including a meeting with the Secretary-General, consultations with envoys of 60 UN member states…

Eds. (2019-03-01). Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela. mronline.org Let us call things by their proper names: this is not humanitarian aid. If the U.S. had really wanted to help the people of Venezuela, they would have acted via UN agencies accredited in the country, as other states successfully do. | Source

Ken Silverstein (2019-03-01). Caracas Chronicles, Part I of an Ongoing Series. counterpunch.org I just got back from Venezuela and I'll be writing a lot about the country next week. Virtually everything you read or see about the country in the U.S. media is a lie. And to be clear, I don't mean skewed or misleading or incomplete, I mean a lie. For example, people in Venezuela are not starving — at least very few are, if any — nor is the country a dictatorship. More

David Rosen (2019-03-01). Remember the Maine? CIA Intervention in Venezuela. counterpunch.org In January 1897, Frederic Remington, a 19th-century painter famous for his depictions of the Old West, was on assignment in Havana for William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal to illustrate Spanish atrocities against Cubans. He sent a telegram to Hearst, noting: "Everything is quiet. There is no trouble. There will be no war. I wish to return." Hearst replied: "Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war." More

Kenny Coyle (2019-03-01). U.S. uses humanitarian assistance to hide regime change efforts in Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The choreographed provocations on Venezuela's borders this past week highlight an often overlooked component of the U.S.-orchestrated regime change machine—USAid (United States Agency for International Development). Its motto, "From the American People," usually stamped on containers bound for conflict zones, might more accurately be read as "From the U.S. State Department" as USAid functions as …

CounterSpin (2019-03-01). Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit, Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams. fair.org Media…

Celina della Croce (2019-03-01). Who is the real culprit behind Venezuela's political turmoil? peoplesdispatch.org The US-led intervention in Venezuela—hiding behind a pretext of humanitarianism—follows a long pattern of economic policies and covert operations in the country and in the region that seek to protect the economic interests of the United States and Europe…

Mark Weisbrot — The Nation (2019-03-01). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. venezuelanalysis.com The humanitarian crisis will get rapidly worse if the most recent sanctions continue, Mark Weisbrot argues.

Colin Todhunter (2019-03-01). From Late Victorian Holocausts to 21st Century Imperialism: "Crocodile Tears" for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On 26 February, Stephen Hickey, UK political coordinator at the United Nations, delivered a statement at the Security Council briefing on Venezuela that put the blame for the situation in that country on its government. He said that years …

Alan MacLeod — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-01). The US Tried to Isolate Venezuela. It has Only Isolated Itself. venezuelanalysis.com Alan MacLeod examines how Trump team's increasingly hare-brained schemes at trying to overthrow the government are backfiring.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-01). US Attempts to Force New Elections in Venezuela Fails as Guaido Vows to Re-enter Country. mintpressnews.com The US resolution called for the start of a process leading to "free, fair and credible elections," as well as for "unhindered access and delivery of assistance" in Venezuela…

Fred_F (2019-03-01). Australians say 'Hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au More than 30 activists, supporters and members of the Latin American community rallied outside the United States Embassy in Canberra on February 23 as part of a global day of action against US-led aggression towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | With chants of "Hands Off Venezuela!" and "No More Pinochets!", the crowd expressed its solidarity with Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution, led by President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. | In recent months, the US has intensified its long-running campaign of diplomatic pressure, economic attacks and threats of military interv…

RT (2019-03-01). No military intervention in Venezuela, just 'appropriate actions' — Abrams. rt.com US envoy to Venezuela and regime change enthusiast Elliott Abrams offered no specifics on the US's further plans to oust President Nicolas Maduro, but warned that "dictatorships come to an end." |

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). Venezuela and American Manifest Destiny — Gerald Horne. therealnews.com A core concept of "Americanism" is the belief that the United States has a God given right to control all of the Americas in the name of democracy and freedom—but in reality, for plunder and commercial interest — historian Gerald Horne joins Paul Jay…

RT (2019-03-01). Genocide survivors demand violent coup master Elliott Abrams' removal from Holocaust museum board. rt.com A dozen survivors of genocides from the Holocaust to the 1980s' US-backed slaughter in Central America have demanded US diplomat Elliott Abrams be removed from the US Holocaust museum's "Conscience Committee."

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-01). Despite Collapse of Trump-Kim Summit, Diplomacy Is Still the Only Path. truthout.org The second summit meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, inspired hope for real progress in negotiations with North Korea, and an agreement on concrete steps toward denuclearization that has thus far proven elusive. While the talks ended with no agreement, diplomacy is still the only way forward. | There are troubling reports that U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton may have played a negative role in scuttling a potential deal by inserting an eleventh-hour demand to address North Korea's biological and chemical weapons. However, U.S. positions on sanctions relief, hu…

Antonio Carty (2019-02-28). Waking up to War Against Venezuela. zcomm.org We the people should stop trusting the same 'journalists' that cajoled us into the invasion of Iraq, Libya, ect. Large numbers of us protested then, perhaps we now sulk that if our protests didn't stop it then, why should we try again? But we have got to wake up, instead of waiting for another huge Read more…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org 500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). "The Korean People Want Peace": Christine Ahn on Trump Walking Away from N. Korea Nuclear Talks. democracynow.org A historic summit to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula ended without an agreement Thursday, after talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fell apart. Their second summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, failed after Kim Jong-un demanded that the U.S. lift all sanctions on North Korea in exchange for dismantling the Yongbyon enrichment facility—an important North Korean nuclear site. We speak with Christine Ahn, founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

Gareth Porter (2019-02-28). The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran. commondreams.org National security adviser John Bolton. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-28). Debunking the Lies About the Venezuela Humanitarian Aid Showdown. mintpressnews.com By provoking a series of violent confrontations along the Colombian and Brazilian borders, the Trump-backed opposition has managed to manufacture a false narrative designed to delegitimize the Maduro government and justify further foreign military intervention.

TruePublica (2019-02-28). Britain's Unreported Bombing of Iraq and Syria. mintpressnews.com Back in 2016, The Guardian published a piece about The Chilcott Report and how Britain should be more careful over civilian deaths in the battlegrounds of the Mid-East. "Future British governments must make a greater effort to assess the number of civilians being killed and injured during their military operations, the Chilcot report says, after the Iraq war inquiry's series of damning conclusions about the loss of life following the 2003 invasion." Clearly, the government didn't listen and the mainstream media do not thin…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-28). Venezuela: US Resolution Fails at UNSC as Guaido Vows to Re-enter Country. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Guaido may face arrest if he tries to get back into Venezuela.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Away from Summit as North Korea Demands End to Sanctions, Michael Cohen Tells Congress Trump Committed Multiple Criminal Acts, Pakistan to Return Downed Fighter Pilot Amid Tensions with India, Russia Developing New Missiles as U.S. Withdraws from INF Treaty, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Meets Brazil's Bolsonaro, No Mention of Yemen or Khashoggi Murder as Jared Kushner Meets Saudi Prince, State Department Will Not Intervene in Saudi Hit-and-Run Murder Case, House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers, House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation, North Carolina: GOP…

Jack Rasmus (2019-02-28). Financial Imperialism—The Case of Venezuela. zcomm.org US Neocons are once again back in charge of US foreign policy, driving the US toward yet another war and attempt at regime change of a foreign government…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-28). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. thenation.com Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). "Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela" peoplesdispatch.org Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-28). Venezuelans Who Oppose Nicolas Maduro Say Trump Wants To Control Venezuela's Resources. therealnews.com In an affluent part of Caracas, TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris discusses Venezuela's crisis with ordinary Venezuelans…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-02-28). 4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. theantimedia.com (VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

susan_p (2019-02-28). John Pilger: The war on Venezuela is built on lies. greenleft.org.au Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming cooperative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang with a husky contralto. | "What did her words say?" I asked. | "That we are proud," was the reply. | The applause for her merged with the arrival of Chavez. Under one arm he carried a satchel bursting with books. He wore his big red shirt and greeted people by name, stopping to listen. What struck me was his capacity to listen. | But now he re…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-27). Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention. peoplesdispatch.org 30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.

Eds. (2019-02-27). Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America. mronline.org A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source

Eds. (2019-02-27). Letter from the Hampton Institute. mronline.org In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-27). In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe. mronline.org Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

Ariel Dorfman (2019-02-27). Salvador Allende le ofrece una salida a Maduro. thenation.com Salvador Allende le ofrece una salida a Maduro…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). What Does Venezuela Tell Us About Socialism in the USA? — with Paul Jay. therealnews.com According to Trump, the crisis in a small country with an oil based economy, facing onerous sanctions, discredits the progressive socialist movement in the United States — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). New Yorkers march on Wall Street to oppose U.S war on Venezuela. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On February 23, approximately 300 New Yorkers took Wall Street in the Financial District to protest attempts at a U.S.-led coup against the popular and democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. | The event was part of a global day of action where over 150 cities hosted events to demand "No U.S. War in Venezuela!" | The protesters gathered in front of one of President Trump's multiple towers under a banner that demanded "No war in Venezuela" in English and Spanish. The lively crowd chanted, "Hands off Venezuela" and "Chavez presente! Maduro Presidente!" | Several of the groups inv…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). De la ayuda "humanitaria" a la intervención militar. fightbacknews.org °Lucha y Resiste! está circulando el siguiente artículo de Julián Sobogal, que apareció en Semanario Voz, el periódico del Partido Comunista Colombiano. | Estados Unidos, como país imperialista, tiene un libreto que aplica, con pocas variaciones, para derrocar los gobiernos de países ricos que le son adversos. El libreto contiene los siguientes pasos: primero, provocar escasez de productos de primera necesidad; segundo, financiar protestas masivas de la población y el desplazamiento de esta a los países vecinos; tercero, ofrecer ayuda "humanitaria", ante la cual el gobierno del país tiene la disyuntiva de ac…

Eds. (2019-02-26). U.S. spy plane reportedly spotted over Venezuela as Maduro warns of risk of war. mronline.org The developments come after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed in an interview with ABC News on Monday that the United States is trying to "fabricate a crisis" to start a war in South America. | Source

Eds. (2019-02-26). Russian Security Council warns of immanent U.S. Military intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org The Americans have offered to hold separate consultations on Venezuelan issues. We agreed. However, they have since abandoned them under false pretexts. — Nikolai Patrushev | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-02-26). US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action. venezuelanalysis.com Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2019. democracynow.org India Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan Amid Mounting Tension, U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention, Univision Reporter Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained in Venezuela, Trump and Kim to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd North Korean Summit, Reports: Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct in Congressional Hearing, Climate Change May Cause Cloud Die-Off, Increase Rate of Warming, U.K.: Corbyn Could Back 2nd Referendum as Brexit Deadline Looms, U.N. Court: U.K. Should Give Up Control of Chagos, U.N.: Sec.-General Warns Against Collapse of Arms Control Treaties, Iran Foreign…

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