2019-03-11: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad. consortiumnews.com Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how little voters know about his actual record, writes Norman Solomon. Biden is No Friend of the Working Class; Solidly Backed Invasion of Iraq in 2003 By… Read more →

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Landmine in Colombia Kills 5, Peace Talks Remain Elusive. telesurenglish.net Three members of the military and two civilians have died after a group stepped on a landmine Saturday morning in the town of Tibu in the north of the department of Santander Colombia. | RELATED | Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court | Sources in the military say that the group belonging to the Corps of Engineers was doing initial assessments of the area in preparation for upcoming road work when they stepped on a landmine. | Initial reports indicated that two milit…

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court. telesurenglish.net Colombian President Ivan Duque wants to reform a key statutory law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), an integral part of country's 2016 Peace Accord to bring justice to the country's 50 year internal conflict. | RELATED: | Colombia: Social, Human Rights Groups March Against State Crime | On Sunday the president announced that he and his right-wing Democratic Center party want to amend six articles of the Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). NY Times Acknowledges Venezuela Opposition as Cause of Aid Fire, Echoing Initial Reports by Alternative Press. mintpressnews.com While independent outlets have made headway in challenging government narratives, such outlets are often maligned by influential mainstream outlets for reports that question the official story — at least until the MSM decides to get on board and question that story themselves.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). "Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid? mintpressnews.com Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led "sabotage," the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations.

John Wojcik (2019-03-11). New York Times video shows U.S. peddles lies about Venezuela's Maduro. peoplesworld.org None other than the New York Times Sunday released a video disproving U.S. claims that Venezuelan President Maduro ordered the bombing of U.S Aid trucks attempting to cross into his country from Colombia. The Times, no supporter of that country's Bolivarian Revolution, nevertheless said its video totally contradicts U.S. claims about the recent incident. For …

teleSUR Desk (2019-03-11). 'Stay true to Chavismo,' Maduro says as blackout continues. mronline.org "We have overcome so many challenges, we'll overcome this one," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the crowd Sunday. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-11). Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious than First Believed. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, Venezuela's Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5: 00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption. | Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or …

STAFF (2019-03-11). Trump's Venezuela Allies Have Credibility Issues of Their Own. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research Mark Weisbrot and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Is War With Iran on the Horizon? consortiumnews.com Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more →

Global Research News (2019-03-11). Selected Articles: Venezuela. Hands Off! globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

David Schwartzman — Quincy Saul (2019-03-11). The Path to Climate Justice Passes Through Caracas. counterpunch.org It is critical to understand how blocking the regime change agenda with respect to Venezuela is integrally connected to confronting the challenge of climate change. Fighting the Media War Today we are all witness to the subversion and slander of one of our best hopes. Venezuelans call it "the media war." Karl Marx called it More

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-11). The Grooming of Juan Guaido, Pawn for US Economic Interests in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Kei Pritsker explains how Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido came to have the backing of US corporations, political interests and ultimately, the Trump administration.

Prensa Latina (2019-03-11). NYT Denies that Venezuela Burned Aid Convoy. globalresearch.ca An exclusive video quoted by The New York Times contradicts the US statement that the Venezuelan government set fire to an aid convoy last month on the border with Colombia. | An article signed by journalists of the newspaper in Colombia …

Misión Verdad (2019-03-11). Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (special report). peoplesdispatch.org Between the afternoon of March 8 and the early morning of March 10, Venezuela was the victim of a new sabotage attack, the biggest in its republican history, this time on the Guri hydroelectric plant, which left at least 80% of the population without electricity, with the aim of undermining any attempt by the Venezuelan government to stabilize the economy and curb the insurrectionary context the United States and its minions, like Juan Guaidó, are trying to bring to fruition in the country. | 1. Preparing for shock. Prior to the sabotage that shook the entire National Electric System, leaving much of the count…

teleSUR, trp-ML (2019-03-11). Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor on its border with Colombia to allow passage for students who live one side but go to school in the other one, and for citizens that need medical attention. Beyond this, the rest of the border remains closed. | RELATED | Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border | The instruction to open the corridor was given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and came into effect Monday at 5:…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-11). US Is Pushing Venezuela to the Brink by Attacking Its Power Grid. globalresearch.ca The Hybrid War on Venezuela just took a dark turn — literally — after the US used cyber weapons and insider sabotage to attack the country's power grid last week, cutting off most of its electricity and creating a chain …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-11). Micoahumado community in Colombia denounces violation of International Humanitarian Law by Army. peoplesdispatch.org The inhabitants and social and peasant organizations of Micoahumado town in the Bolivar department of Colombia, denounce that the confrontations between the ELN and the National Army have been constant since March 2…

Lee Camp (2019-03-11). We Are Being Lied into War Again. globalresearch.ca This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country—or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results | *** | I was 23 when we invaded …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Caracas Hotel Manager: Attacked Flight Crew Is Fake News. telesurenglish.net The General Director of the Hotel Eurobuilding Caracas and a spokesperson for the Spanish airline Air Europa say the categorically deny that members of Air Europa were shot at by armed gunmen, countering false information being reported by EFE and other Spanish news outlets. | RELATED: | The New York Times Sees the Light: Opposition Burned "Aid" | Hotel Eurobuilding Caracas General Director Tachy Molina said in a Monday morning statement that as hotel director she was "obliged to tell…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Claims that Venezuelan military burned aid truck exposed as imperialist propaganda. wsws.org Accusations by Marco Rubio, John Bolton and other US officials that Maduro ordered the burning of the aid shipment have been revealed as lies, aimed at promoting US government efforts to foment a right-wing coup.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-11). Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack. theantimedia.com Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid. (VA Op-ed) — An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. Starting around 5 PM …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-11). Rubio's 'Explosion at Germ√°n Dam' Error Exposes Deeper Dishonesty of US Venezuela Policy. commondreams.org A U.S. Senator's claim about Venezuela Sunday made him the subject of ridicule, but the underlying message of destabilizing the Latin American country remains official American policy—even as the role of sanctions is ignored. "U.S. sanctions on Venezuela are killing people, and have been killing people for some time." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Caracas Mayor: Electricity Being Gradually Restored. telesurenglish.net The mayor of the Venezuelan capital, Erika Farias, said on Sunday that, in the face of continued electrical sabotage, the "people have responded with peace and will remain in peace." After 96 hours of a national power blackout, no acts of violence have been recorded as a result of the prolonged cut. | RELATED: | Venezuela Blackouts: 'Straight From the Cyberwar Playbook' | In dialogue with TeleSUR, Farías assured the population that the resumption of energy will be progressive. "The Go…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-10). Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid.

teleSUR (2019-03-10). US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States government "persuades and urges" India to stop buying oil from Venezuela, Washington's special envoy for the Latin American country, Elliot Abrams stated Sunday. | RELATED: | India Vows to Keep Buying Venezuelan Oil Despite US Bullying | "We say you should not be helping this regime," Abrams added as President Donald Trump's administration continues to increase sanctions and interventionist tactics to financially pressure the Venezuelan government. | Actions…

Common Dreams (2019-03-10). US Blamed Venezuelan President for Burning Humanitarian Aid Trucks. Wrong. theantimedia.com (CD) — On February 23, a caravan of large cargo trucks was crossing a bridge from Colombia into Venezuela delivering food and other aid when they dramatically went up in flames. US officials seized upon the event as evidence of a "sick tyrant" stopping food from getting to hungry people: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-10). Trump's "Coalition of the Willing" Against Venezuela Has Legitimacy Issues of Their Own. therealnews.com Many right-wing South American governments that are supporting Trump's effort to oust Venezuela's President Maduro have their own legitimacy issues, such as Brazil and Honduras. Others are deeply dependent on the US, such as Argentina and Colombia. CEPR's Mark Weisbrot analyzes the coalition…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-10). NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda. theintercept.com Independent journalists skeptical of government claims proved these lies weeks ago, but the propagandistic U.S. media ignored them.

stuart_m (2019-03-09). FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't. greenleft.org.au When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…

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…

Faiz Ahmed (2019-03-08). Canadian support for intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org The Liberal Party of Canada is ensnared in a scandal alleging high-level government intervention to shield a major engineering firm from criminal prosecution over its practices abroad. The timing of the scandal is note worthy. It has emerged after a high profile role taken by the governing Liberals in destabilizing Venezuela. Looking at the firms […] | 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

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

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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