2019-03-08: News Headlines

CounterSpin (2019-03-08). Venezuela in the US Press – Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez. fair.org Media…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Attacks on Venezuela Lead to 'Law of the Jungle,' China Warns. telesurenglish.net At his annual news conference Friday, China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stressed that his country favors the rules of international law, respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela and negotiations without foreign interference to peacefully resolve the situation of the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage

Washington Office on Latin America (2019-03-08). A Peaceful, Democratic Solution to Venezuela's Crisis Requires Fact-based Analysis and Advocacy. commondreams.org With the backing of the Trump administration, opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ declared himself "interim president" earlier this year. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeff Mackler (2019-03-08). U.S. Gears Up for War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org The relentless U.S. imperial beast has embarked on a full-scale, openly declared, bipartisan regime-change war aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's democratically elected government headed by President Nicolás Maduro. Top U.S. officials—from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and special envoy Elliot Abrams of Iran/Contra infamy, to Democratic House Speaker Nancy More

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). Regime change is urgently needed…in Washington. mronline.org It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the United States of America, it is the entire European Union; in fact, the entire West. | Source

Nicolas J S Davies (2019-03-08). The Conflict of Our Time: U.S. Imperialism vs the Rule of Law. counterpunch.org The world faces many overlapping crises: regional political crises from Kashmir to Venezuela; brutal wars that rage on in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; and the existential dangers of nuclear weapons, climate change, and mass extinction. But beneath the surface of all these crises, human society faces an underlying, unresolved conflict about who or what More

STAFF (2019-03-08). Progressives Condemn U.S.-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela. truthdig.com Over a dozen progressive House Democrats on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's "unacceptable" push for regime change in Venezuela. | The comments came in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and signed by Reps. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and 13 other House Democrats. | "President Donald Trump and other senior United States (U.S.) officials have generated alarm in Venezuela and throughout the region with actions and statements—such as the recent threat that 'all op…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Venezuelans Go About Their Day as Power Gradually Restored. telesurenglish.net People in the Venezuelan capital Caracas reported Friday that electricity is being restored gradually in different zones of the city after a sabotage attack against the electric system of the country that took place Thursday evening. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage | As the government implements actions to restore the service in the remaining areas of the country, people have chosen to go about their daily activities as usual, either…

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-03-08). Venezuela Wins Round One Against the Empire. counterpunch.org Havana. The clash between Venezuela and the Empire last weekend ended with a humiliating defeat for Elliott Abrams, the alleged designer of the operation. What the neocons initially planned may never be known, but what is known is that they could not culminate in an invasion or another false flag operation. The most notable facet More

Various Contributors (2019-03-08). An Open Letter on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. zcomm.org We believe that the Trump administration's regime change effort in Venezuela is wrong in every way: morally, legally, and politically…

Lee Camp (2019-03-08). We Are Being Lied Into War Again. commondreams.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" to give host Jake Tapper the Trump administration's take on Venezuela. (Photo: CNN screen shot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-03-08). Washington's Escalation for Venezuela's Oil. counterpunch.org If we listen to Washington's threats to Venezuela there is always a military component to everything they do to undermine the legitimate Maduro government. "All options are on the table", is the repeated slogan that is now also heard from the self-appointed "president", Juan Guaidó, as if he were referring to another country and not More

Zero Hedge (2019-03-08). Rubio Demands US Initiate "Widespread Unrest" in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Predictably during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the US." To be expected the hearing was filled with …

ZeroHedge (2019-03-08). Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the U.S." As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping "military elites" and enforcing tougher sanctions. | But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio's own admissions of how far he's willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas…

Telesur (2019-03-08). Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack on Electric System. globalresearch.ca The Electric Energy Minister Dominguez denounced that this loss of power is due to sabotage in the area of electric generation and transmission in Guri, in the eastern Bolivar state. | *** | The Minister of Popular Power For Electric Energy, Luis …

George Ciccariello-Maher (2019-03-08). Another Failed Coup in Venezuela? zcomm.org The Venezuelan opposition and its backers in Washington may have underestimated the Chavista grassroots…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced late Thursday that President Nicolas Maduro ordered schools and offices be shut on Friday in order to speed up the repairs of the Venezuelan electric system, which was attacked by far-right groups Thursday afternoon. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack On Electric System | "President Nicolas Maduro has suspended work and school activities on Friday so as to facilitate the necessary repair works on the country…

Katrina Kozarek, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-08). Nationwide Blackout In Venezuela -Venezuelanalysis On the Ground Coverage Affected. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela suffered a nationwide blackout in the afternoon on Thursday, March 7. Government officials denounce sabotage and promise to restore the country to 100 percent electrical service over the coming hours. | On the ground reporters for Venezuelanalysis.com currently without means of presenting updates until electricity is restored.

Craig Murray (2019-03-08). Ten Points I Just Can't Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative. globalresearch.ca I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and Petrov, because if those were their real identities, those identities …

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Brazil: Bolsonaro Says Democracy, Liberty Depend on Military. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday the country's armed forces, which led the country under a military dictatorship for over two decades, are the ultimate arbiters of democracy. | RELATED: | 'Sambistas' Harshly Rebuke Bolsonaro's Attack on Carnival | Speaking at a naval event in Rio de Janeiro alongside some of the form…

Lee Camp (2019-03-08). We Are Being Lied Into War Again. truthdig.com I was 23 when we invaded Iraq, and I wasn't sure it was based on lies, but something deep down in me—just behind the spleen—told me it was based on lies. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a 2004 flip phone. It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation he can haltingly supply will put you at ease. Plus, anyone else who acts like it's normal also becomes suspect. | The invasion of Iraq just felt like it was a lie to me. And it turned out that I was right, that it was a lie, and that the entirety of the mainstream media and our government were either wrong or lying and, most…

Julie Lévesque (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA. globalresearch.ca Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: Women's Rights in Afghanistan, "A Justification for War" globalresearch.ca Remember the deluge of political concern over the subjugation of Afghan women at the time of the October 2001 invasion? The tsunami of documentaries, articles, books on their plight, contributing to the justification of another invasion…

susan_p (2019-03-08). 'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). 'NSW not for sale!'. greenleft.org.au "NSW not for sale!" was one of the chants at a Fix NSW rally on March 3, 20 days out from the state election. It expressed a common element in NSW government projects that have sparked resistance from numerous communities and trade unions. | Giant banners featuring the face of Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the words "$elling NSW" were the backdrop to speeches from Raymond Weatherall from Fighting In Resistance Equally, the coalition that organised the huge Invasion Day march on January 26; Jean Hinchliffe and Daisy Jeffrey from the Student Strike 4 Climate; Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester; Deput…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats. therealnews.com 16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-03-08). 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…

Ben Norton (2019-03-07). Why a Wall Street Banker Joined Venezuela's Revolution. thegrayzone.com Venezuelan financial analyst Juan Carlos Peraza explains why he gave up a lucrative job as a Wall Street banker and…

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-03-07). The worldwide struggle against fascism: a conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). mronline.org An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries. | Source

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-03-07). Who benefits from American "aid" to the Middle East? peoplesworld.org There is a lot more to American "aid" to Middle East countries, paid for by the taxpayers of the U.S., than at first meets the eye. Of course, this can be said of U.S. aid to a lot of places. Most recently we see convoys of trucks carrying "aid" to Venezuela being used, in effect, …

Eds. (2019-03-07). 'Useful to keep them nervous': LISTEN as top Trump aide blabs U.S. Venezuela plans. mronline.org Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, have struck again, targeting U.S. special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to find out more about the U.S.-backed effort to unseat that country's legitimate government. Sputnik got ahold of the full audio from the talks. | Source

Steve Ellner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-07). Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common. venezuelanalysis.com Political analyst Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition.

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Venezuelan Gov't Denounces Latest Attack on Electric System. telesurenglish.net The Minister of Popular Power For Electric Energy, Luis Motta Dominguez stated on Thursday that the electric system of Venezuela was attacked again on Thursday afternoon. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against Military Officers | Several states of the South American country were left without electricity, Minister Motta stated that auth…

Steve Ellner (2019-03-07). Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common. mintpressnews.com Michael Cohen's statement last Wednesday that he fears Trump would not concede defeat in the 2020 elections has sparked concern about the breakdown of basic rules of democratic electoral politics. Indeed, as far back as the 2016 presidential elections, Trump refused to vow that he would recognize the official results if Hillary Clinton were to be declared the winner. Obama responded by saying " that is dangerous.

George Ciccariello-Maher, In These Times (2019-03-07). Another Failed Coup in Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com George Ciccariello-Maher dissects the failing US-backed coup in Venezuela.

Collective (2019-03-06). An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. venezuelanalysis.com Noam Chomsky, Greg Grandin, Sujatha Fernandes and others express "serious concerns" over WOLA's stance regarding the ongoing US-led regime-change efforts in Venezuela.

Carlos Aznárez (2019-03-06). Joao Pedro Stédile: "Venezuela is extremely important because it is the battle of this century" mronline.org It is a fundamental task for the class struggle that we succeed in liberating Lula so that he becomes the principal spokesman, he is the one who has the capacity to help mobilize the masses against the system and the project of the extreme right. | Source

Janine Jackson (2019-03-06). 'It's as if Korea as a Country Just Doesn't Exist to Them' – CounterSpin interview with Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Tim Shorrock about the Korea Summit for the March 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Janine Jackson (2019-03-06). 'The Violence Elliott Abrams Supported Is Unspeakable' – CounterSpin interview with Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Jonathan Schwarz about Elliott Abrams for the March 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-06). Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela, situation remains calm. peoplesdispatch.org Juan Guaidó, member of Venezuela's National Assembly who on January 23, 2019 self-proclaimed himself president of a "transition government" in Venezuela, returned to his home country on Monday March 4 after leaving illegally on February 23 to Colombia. Despite having violated a court order with his exit from Venezuela, authorities did not arrest Guaidó upon his arrival to the "Simón Bolívar" International Airport in Maiquetía. He was received in the airport by representatives of the governments of Germany, Spain, United States, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Romania. | Upon arrival on Monday, Guaidó spoke to a…

Paul Dobson (2019-03-06). Trump Renews Venezuela Emergency Decree as Maduro Dismisses Guaido Threat. venezuelanalysis.com Guaido has also called for a public sector strike to pressure Maduro, but details on the timing and who will take part remain unclear.

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…

Robert Mackey (2019-03-06). Anger in Turkey as Melania Trump Visits Oklahoma School Linked to Turkish Dissident. theintercept.com In what sounds like an example of life imitating "Veep," first lady Melania Trump's visit to a school in Oklahoma this week might have accidentally triggered an international incident after reporters in Turkey revealed that the school was founded by followers of a dissident Turkish cleric who Turkey's government blames for an attempted coup in 2016.. @FLOTUS is taking "Be Best" on the road! Her three-state tour began at Dove School of Discovery to…

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…

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…

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 …

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

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.

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

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.

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