2019-04-04: News Headlines

Lucas Koerner (2019-04-04). Venezuela's Maduro announces electricity rationing plan as protests break out. mronline.org Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages. | Source

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-04-04). NATO-Exit: Dismantle NATO, Close Down 800 US Military Bases, Prosecute the War Criminals. globalresearch.ca Washington's unspoken hegemonic objective is Worldwide militarization and economic conquest. This imperial design is carried out through acts of war, military intervention, coups d'Etat, regime change, US sponsored insurgencies, cyber-warfare, economic sabotage and destabilization. "All options are on the table".

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-04). Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…

STAFF (2019-04-04). Fossil Fuel Trade Associations Spent $1.4 Billion on Ads in Past Decade. therealnews.com The American Petroleum Institute spent over half of that total on contracts with the PR giant Edelman, says Kert Davies of Climate Investigations Center…

Kei Pritsker (2019-04-04). Watch | Brazil, Colombia, Now Venezuela: US Pursues Right-Wing Hegemony in South America. mintpressnews.com Watch: From Colombia and Brazil, Kei Pritsker on the decades of US meddling in South America that preceded the ongoing coup in Venezuela.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-04). US VERDAD Act: Senate Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Seeking dominance over all other nations is imperialism's defining feature — by brute force if other tactics fail. | With no end of it in prospect, they continue on the phony pretexts of humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building …

teleSUR (2019-04-04). Brazil to Revise Textbooks Denying 1964 Coup. telesurenglish.net Brazil's education Minister Ricardo Velez said Wednesday that school textbooks will be revised to deny the 1964 coup. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement' | According to Velez, Brazil will teach the children "a wider version of history." Velez said that the 1964 military ousting of the democratically elected President Joao Goulart was not a coup and the following 21 years of military rule was "a democratic regime by force." | Velez told local media that t…

Paul Dobson (2019-04-04). Marco Rubio: Arrest of Juan Guaido Would Amount to Coup D'etat. mintpressnews.com Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted the parliamentary immunity of the self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | Tuesday's unanimous decision came following a request from the Supreme Court, and included the "authorisation" of the continuation of investigations into the also deputy and president of the National Assembly. | "The investigation [against Guaido] is formally authorised to continue in accordance with our Constitution and laws" said ANC President Diosdado Cabello during the session. Cabello added that justice w…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-04). Mike Pompeo's "Version of Jesus Christ": Endless Wars, Open-Ended Surveillance at Home. globalresearch.ca Where does Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo get his inspiration? From Jesus Christ. | Mike's version of Jesus Christ may not be the same one millions of others know. The Pompeo version of Christ is a psychopath and a full-throated …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). VIPS Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela. consortiumnews.com VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia… Read more →

Telesur (2019-04-04). More than 40 US Organizations Pressure US Congress: End Trump's Crusade for War in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca More than 40 organizations from around the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-04-04). China's PLA Troops in Venezuela Is Game Changer. globalresearch.ca The reported arrival of Chinese military personnel in Venezuela last weekend is undoubtedly a major event in world politics. | Unlike Russia, which has a history of force projection abroad, this is an extremely rare Chinese move. Although vital Chinese interests …

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-04-04). Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote. thenation.com Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote…

plenglish (2019-04-04). Media Operation Against Venezuela Underway, Says Deputy Minister. plenglish.com Caracas, April 4 (Prensa Latina) An international media operation Thursday to create the sensation of a crisis in Venezuela and bring with it the overthrow of the government is full underway, denounced Deputy Foreign Minister William Castillo on Thursday.

plenglish (2019-04-04). Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.

plenglish (2019-04-04). Venue of Indigenous Movement in Colombia Attacked. plenglish.com Bogota, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) denounced attacks on its venue in the city of Popayan, in a context of hatred against the Minga in southwestern Colombia, which started 25 days ago.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-04). Rejecting Demand to Leave Venezuela, Russia's Lavrov Says 'Whole World Dotted' With US Soldiers. commondreams.org "Take a look at the map," says country's foreign minister | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-04). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action. greenleft.org.au Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…

Jason Ditz (2019-04-04). White House Aide: US to Pump Money Into Venezuela After Regime Change. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a special briefing for the Christian Science Monitor, President Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow revealed that the administration is already working with banks internationally in plans to greatly increase US investment in Venezuela if there is a regime change. President Trump has demanded immediate regime change, with Venezuela's president to be replaced by their opposition …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-04-04). Former US Intelligence Agents Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela. theantimedia.com VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia over Venezuela Mr. President: Your Administration's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope …

plenglish (2019-04-04). Syria, Venezuela Denounce US Conspiracy. plenglish.com 04 de abril de 2019, 14: 06Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Syrian and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers Walid Al Moallem and Jorge Arreaza, respectively, denounced the U.S. conspiracy against the two nations, at a press conference in Damascus.

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Explosion in Colombian University, Wounded and Dead Reported. telesurenglish.net Colombian students from the University of the Valley in Cali reported that on Wednesday afternoon during support protests for the National Minga, an explosion was felt in the Melendez campus causing at least six wounded and one reported death. | RELATED: | Colombian Police Kill Indigenous Protester at Cauca Valley | "During a demonstration in support of the National Minga between students against the Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron (Esmad) an explosive blast shook the university,…

Alison Bodine (2019-04-03). The U.S.' Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists. counterpunch.org On March 16, 2019, more than 1000 activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC for the "U.S Hands Off Venezuela!" demonstration. However, Canadian journalist Arnold August was not one of them — earlier in the day he was unjustly denied entry into the United States at U.S. Customs and Immigration in the Montreal More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela. democracynow.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice—it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Steven F. Forleo (2019-04-03). Wagging the Dog in Rhode Island. counterpunch.org Another Raimondo Tale Ever since Gina Raimondo, (a republican in any other state), became governor of Rhode Island, she has unabashedly launched a political coup on our lone community college. She continues to exclude faculty from her pie-in-the-sky Rhode Island Promise free tuition escapade while simultaneously allowing hand-picked business types on her "higher education" board More

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil". dissidentvoice.org Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" globalresearch.ca Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" mintpressnews.com What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Venezuela National Plan 2019 – 2025: Highlights. telesurenglish.net The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, presented on Monday his government National Plan 2019-2025, before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). The program was created with the help of popular assemblies held throughout the country. | RELATED: | Maduro: Venezuela Living the First Cyber War in the World | "We Bolivarians, revolutionaries, patriots, Chavistas, we have a plan and a method, a detailed system that gives continuity to what has been achieved to this day but also all…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Maduro: Venezuela Is Surviving the World's First Cyber War. telesurenglish.net President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that Venezuela is experiencing the first cyberwar in the world, directed against the electrical system to destabilize the country and impose a regime change from the United States. | RELATED: | Lavrov: Venezuela Won't Become 2nd Syria | "Venezuela is living the first war of unconventional dimensions with attacks on public services to impose a regime change from the U.S.," he said, referring to cyber sabotage at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, in…

Paul Dobson (2019-04-03). Guaido's Parliamentary Immunity Revoked as Maduro Sacks Electricity Minister. venezuelanalysis.com The measure paves the way for criminal proceedings to be brought against the opposition leader.

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Venezuela Defies Sanctions – Oil Exports Stable in March. telesurenglish.net PDVSA, Venezuela's state-run energy company, managed to keep oil exports at around 1 million barrels per day, defying U.S. sanctions and attacks on its electrical grid system which crippled its main export terminal. This is according to documents released by PDVSA and Refinitiv Eikon data. | RELATED: | Maduro: Venezuela Living the First Cyber War in the World | Exports in March stabilized after sales fell by around 40 percent in February following economic sanctions by the United Sta…

Global Research News (2019-04-03). Selected Articles: US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

The Real News Network (2019-04-03). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account.

Ben Norton (2019-04-02). VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…

Glen Ford (2019-04-02). Russiagate implodes, pleasing Trump but leaving the left in the cold. mronline.org With Mueller's "no collusion" verdict, Donald Trump can claim to have been vindicated in the Russiagate saga, but there will be no respite for the real left—not to be confused with the phony "resistance" that has run on Kremlin-hate (and Syria hate and Venezuela hate) for the past two years. | Source

Alfred de Zayas (2019-04-02). Venezuela in the Crisis. mronline.org The solution of the Venezuelan "crisis" lies in good faith negotiations between the government and the opposition, an end to the economic war, and the lifting of sanctions. | Source

Eds. (2019-04-02). The south, the blackout and beyond: As chavismo mobilizes in Venezuela, the U.S. increases pressure. mronline.org After two months, the images are clear: Chavismo has maintained its capacity for mobilization, while the right wing is in the process of losing what it had managed to regain on January 23. | Source

Steve Striffler — Common Dreams (2019-04-02). Venezuela, US Solidarity, and the Future of Socialism. venezuelanalysis.com The US left's failure to build solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution has opened the way for right-wing efforts to delegitimize Maduro and justify US intervention.

STAFF (2019-04-02). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. therealnews.com Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-02). Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network's audience that the US president has "been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue" and asks "will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?" The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria's Washington Post column from a couple of …

Fight Back (2019-04-01). Hundreds march against NATO. fightbacknews.org Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-01). Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out. venezuelanalysis.com Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages.

STAFF (2019-04-01). How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis. therealnews.com Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have triumphantly announced themselves as petroleum production partners, Gizmodo reporter Brian Merchant has documented in a recent report…

Lucas Koerner (2019-04-01). Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."

John McEvoy (2019-04-01). The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare. thecanary.co The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Like in 2002, Washington's attempted coup has failed to topple … | Read more The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare. | By John McEvoy

Mision Verdad (2019-04-01). Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Reconstructing the History of the Blackouts Tormenting Venezuela. thegrayzone.com While Venezuela's government and the Chavista movement proclaimed victory over the worst blackouts to plague the country, Washington's coup masters…

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-04-01). Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power? venezuelanalysis.com Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes analyses why Maduro remains in power after recently visiting Venezuela.