2019-03-06: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-03-06). On the 88th Anniversary of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV). fightbacknews.org The following statement was published today, March 5, by the Communist Party of Venezuela and was written by Freddy Subdiaga, a Party leader in the state of Anzoátegui. The statement was written in Spanish and translated by Fight Back! staff. | This March 5, 2019, when our Venezuelan nation faces the most criminal U.S.-European imperialism stalking humanity, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) will be completing 88 years of combat for the emancipation of the working class from capitalism, the system of the exploiter; guided by the scientific methods of Marxism-Leninism and the integral thinking of the Liberato…

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-06). The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Not since the US pronounced the Monroe Doctrine proclaiming its imperial supremacy over Latin America, nearly 200 years ago, has a White House regime so openly affirmed its mission to recolonize Latin America. | The second decade of the 21st …

STAFF (2019-03-06). Colorado, Baker End Legal Spat Over Transgender Woman's Cake. truthdig.com A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds and state officials say they will end a separate legal fight.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-03-06). Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night in the Aftermath of the Coup. indybay.org St. John's Presbyterian Church | 2727 College Avenue | Berkeley, CA 94705…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Venezuela Update: Guaidó Returns, US Continues Threats. therealnews.com Self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela without incident, despite having violated a travel ban. NSC chair John Bolton continued his threats against Maduro, warning him not to arrest Guaidó and reaffirming the US's right to intervene in Latin America…

Eds. (2019-03-05). Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela. mronline.org As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress—Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source

Eds. (2019-03-05). Russia on Venezuela: U.S. mercenaries and direct military intervention. mronline.org We are certainly worried about the U.S. plans to arm militants in order to destabilise the situation in Venezuela and, frankly speaking, invade this sovereign country. | Source

Alan MacLeod (2019-03-05). Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check. fair.org by Alan MacLeod | Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org, 6/1/02, 11/1/05, 4/1/13, 2/22/19). But with President Donald Trump's lat…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-03-05). Stage set long ago for encounter at Colombia-Venezuela border. peoplesworld.org On February 23, the U.S. and Colombian governments joined in trying to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. They were using humanitarian aid as a Trojan Horse to confront Venezuelan security forces. These were supposed to have stepped aside, Venezuela's military forces would, in theory, have disintegrated, and a take-down …

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-05). Financial Imperialism: the Case of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Invasion of Venezuela by US and its proxies is just around the corner! This past week vice-president Pence flew to Colombia once again—for the fifth time in recent weeks—to provide final instructions to US local forces and proxy allies there for the next step in the US regime change plan. Evidence that the 'green light' More

commondreams (2019-03-05). An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. commondreams.org Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Sujatha Fernandes, Daniel Hellinger, et al. | U.S. Vice President of United States Mike Pence and Venezuelan opposition leader and declared acting president by the National Assembly Juan Guaid√≥ meet during the Lima Group Summit on February 25, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting occurs after Nicol√°s Maduro blocked humanitarian aid in the border with Colombia in C√∫cuta. (Photo: Luis Ramirez/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal (2019-03-05). Venezuela — Interview with Union Leader Stalin Pérez Borges: It Will Be Very Difficult to Defeat Us. venezuelanalysis.com In this conversation with the union leader, he examines the current conjuncture and the working class struggle in the Caribbean nation.

Alan MacLeod (2019-03-05). Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check. commondreams.org The political right is uniting with establishment Democrats in denouncing presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for his supposedly pro-dictatorship stance on Venezuela. And the media are piling on.(Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-05). VIDEO: The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. grayzoneproject.com Washington's claim that Venezuela's government has refused humanitarian aid is a gigantic lie. Kei Pritsker explains how the US deployed…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). "Political racism is why West has not given a chance to Venezuelan process" peoplesdispatch.org Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador, Carol Delgado Arria, talked to Peoples Dispatch about how political racism has affected the treatment of Venezuela and Bolivarian leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening? uwidata.com On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). Durban shack dwellers' movement wins two key legal battles against municipality, ANC. peoplesdispatch.org The Abahlali baseKhenana won an order, halting the activities of the anti-land invasion unit of the municipality. Following the order, an attempt by ANC members to occupy the land was foiled by another court direction…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-05). Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido touched down in Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport Monday afternoon following visits to several neighboring countries in previous days. Despite official warnings that he would be arrested for violating a Supreme Court-ordered travel ban, the self-proclaimed "interim president" successfully went through airport customs before proceeding to attend an anti-government rally in eastern Caracas. A number …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). Why Has Haiti Risen Up Once Again? truthout.org The Haitian masses have mobilized a new wave of protest against the corrupt government of President Jovenel Moïse. | It began with demonstrations last summer in July and August, re-emerged in November and December, and exploded again in the first two weeks of February when hundreds of thousands marched in all the major cities of the country, from the capital of Port-au-Prince to the northern city of Cap-Haïtien. | The demonstrators demanded an investigation into what happened to billions of dollars of funds from Venezuela, an end to austerity measures and price increases for basic goods, and the resi…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-05). Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Max Blumenthal (2019-03-04). VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Searches for Communist Dictatorship at Venezuelan Luxury Mall. grayzoneproject.com The Grayzone investigated Venezuela's "humanitarian crisis" in a luxury mall in a rich pro-opposition neighborhood in Caracas, where he looked…

SouthFront (2019-03-04). John Bolton Defends Monroe Doctrine as Juan Guaido Lobs New Threats at Venezuela Gov't. mintpressnews.com Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido is to return to the country on March, 4 to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In returning he is risking arrest, as he was prohibited from leaving the country by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

The Jamaica Peace Council (2019-03-04). No to the Invasion of Venezuela! venezuelanalysis.com The Jamaica Peace Council (JPC) denounces the US President Donald Trump's Administration's recent sanctions — freezing of assets, acts of provocation and military aggression — against the people of Venezuela. These actions are in alarming violation of international law and the fundamental principles of human rights and national sovereignty.

Eds. (2019-03-04). Elliott Abrams, Washington's 'new' Cold Warrior, plots regime change in Caracas. mronline.org The Trump administration set a 23 February deadline for Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro to bow to U.S. demands and cede power to self-appointed "president" Juan Guaidó. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). February 2019 — crisis in Venezuela, Kim and Trump, India and Pakistan. uwidata.com Europe Munich Security Conference On February 15-16, an international security conference was held in Munich. Many world leaders did not attend: the most senior and influential figure was German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The conference organizers noted the collapse of the unipolar system and the transition of the world to an era of competition between great …

Lucas Koerner & Paul Dobson (2019-03-04). Guaido Returns to Venezuela amid US Threats Against Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com Despite entering Venezuela without obstruction, Guaido made no announcements of concrete next steps in his effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-04). Watch | The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. mintpressnews.com As you watch this video, nearly 40 million Americans are experiencing poverty. Every single penny spent on meddling in Latin American affairs instead of American healthcare, education, jobs, and infrastructure is an attack on the poor and working class of this country.

International Peoples Assembly (2019-03-04). International Peoples Assembly: A Manifesto in Solidarity with Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com This is this final manifesto from the gathering held in Caracas late February this year.

Aaron Bastani (2019-03-04). The Coup in Venezuela, Explained. zcomm.org Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-04). Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough? therealnews.com At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-03). The Worldwide Struggle Against Fascism: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). venezuelanalysis.com An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries.

RT (2019-03-03). US wants 'broad' regime-change coalition on Venezuela — Bolton. rt.com National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the United States will form "as broad a coalition" as possible to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bolton went on to call for a "completely democratic hemisphere." |

Alfred de Zayas (2019-03-02). The Venezuela crisis and realpolitik. mronline.org As heads of government, democratically entrusted with safeguarding the welfare of all Venezuelans, Chavez and Maduro bear overall responsibility for the economic crisis, but they are not alone. | Source

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-02). Canada's Hypocritical Double-Standard on Haiti and Venezuela. therealnews.com Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is supporting Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, who has lost all legitimacy, if he ever had any, and at the same time it is in the forefront in opposing Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who had a more legitimate election and has more supporters, says Yves Engler…

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

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.

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.

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…

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…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). U.S. Rep. Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela and Recognition of Guaidó. therealnews.com U.S. Congressmember Andriano Espaillat (D-NY 13th) calls for free and fair elections in Venezuela and critiques the double standard of U.S. policy, which calls for democracy in Venezuela yet is in bed with anti-democratic right wing governments in Central America — with Paul Jay…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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."

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