2019-04-12: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Sudan Coup Leader Steps Down After One Day. telesurenglish.net Sudanase Defense Minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf was supposed to lead the Military Transitional Council (MTC) that is supposed to run the country for up to two years until new presidential elections are had. | Just a day after overthrowing former autocratic president Omar al-Bashir who was in power since 1989, Ibn Auf stepped down as the council leader. Protesters say Ibn Auf is too close to the now former regime. | At least 38 people have been killed so far in the protests to oust Bashir that began last December. | More news to follow. | former autocratic president Omar al-Bashir…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Colombia: Human Rights Groups Condemn Campesino Leader Murder. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Human Rights Network of the Colombian Southwest denounced the murder of social leader Policarpo Guzman in a rural area of the municipality of Argelia, in the department of Cauca, Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombia: Indigenous Minga Scores Initial Deal with Duque Gov't | The Coordinator of Guarantees and Human Rights of the Patriotic March…

Eds. (2019-04-12). Venezuela confronts fabricated chaos. mronline.org Against all imperialist logic, the Venezuelan people refuse to be subjugated. | Source

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-12). Russia Warns Bolton: 'Monroe Doctrine' Remarks Insulting to Latin America. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration is re-deploying old and fatal Cold War warriors, elevating them to high positions. The same people who were murdering, plotting and cheering assassins. The list reads like a "Wanted for Genocide" catalog: Elliott Abrams, Michael Pompeo and yes: John Bolton.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-12). Venezuela Walks from OAS as Body Violates Charter in Support of US-Backed Coup. globalresearch.ca "You have converted the OAS into an empty shell that has violated its own principles and you're now proving that our decision to resign was the correct one. We are leaving the OAS and we will never come back. — …

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Colombia: ONIC Denounces Attack on Indigenous Leader in Bogota. telesurenglish.net The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, ONIC, condemned the attack of an indigenous leader, who was stabbed and robbed Thursday night in the center of Bogota. | RELATED: | Colombia: Human Rights Groups Condemn Campesino Leader Murder | Dario Mejia of the Zenu community was intercepted by two people as he was on his way to meet an ONIC colleagu…

ROAR Collective (2019-04-12). Can the Bolivarian Revolution Survive the Venezuelan Crisis? venezuelanalysis.com Creating the space for and allowing the Bolivarian Revolution to flourish is perhaps the most important achievement of Venezuela's Chavista government — but can it survive the current crisis? Dario Azzellini, George Ciccarello-Maher and VA's Cira Pascual Marquina opine in this abridged ROAR compendium.

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). While 'all options are on the table' for the US, Venezuela's civil militias are preparing for battle. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. US president Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that "all options … | Read more While 'all options are on the table' for the US, Venezuela's civil militias are preparing for battle | By John McEvoy

Krystal Ball (2019-04-12). The Case for Stacey Abrams. commondreams.org Abrams is the living embodiment of the idealized notion of the American Dream. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-12). Which way forward for the struggle against Algeria's military dictatorship? wsws.org After the 2011 uprising and the 2013 military coup in Egypt, there is a broad sense that mass militant protests by themselves cannot overthrow an entrenched ruling class.

plenglish (2019-04-12). Argentina Denies Repatriation of 90 Venezuelans. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced the stance by the Argentinean Government, which denied flight permits to repatriate 90 Venezuelans, as part of the Return to Homeland program.

plenglish (2019-04-12). U.N. Calls for Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Colombia. plenglish.com 12 de abril de 2019, 15: 32United Nations, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz, said today that it is essential to implement the Peace Agreement in a comprehensive manner and overcome the current divisions.

plenglish (2019-04-12). Mike Pompeo to Open Latin American Visit in Chile. plenglish.com Santiago de Chile, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has welcomed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to La Moneda Palace on Friday at the beginning of a surreptitious Latin American tour which also includes visits to Paraguay, Colombia and Peru.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? greenleft.org.au The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement came through Cucaracho's walkie talkie: "We are in a war and the main target of this offensive is the popular movements, the colectivos. This is no coincidence: they know the colectivos are their main obstacle and 23 de Enero is the tip of the iceberg." | Cucaracho — "that's what they call me" — is a member of the…

WSWS (2019-04-12). Pre-emptive military coup ousts Bashir to protect Sudan's elite. wsws.org Awad Ibn Auf, the minister of defence and deputy president, declared a three-month state of emergency, putting the country under military rule, and said that the army would oversee a two-year transitional period leading up to elections.

plenglish (2019-04-12). Indigenous Leader Attacked and Wounded Downtown in Bogota. plenglish.com Bogota, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian National Indigenous Organization (ONIC) denounced Friday the indigenous leader Dario Mejia, advisor of the Indigenous Peoples"s march, was attacked and wounded last night in the center of Bogota.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-12). US Threatens Venezuela at UN Security Council as IMF Freezes Funds. theantimedia.com (VA) — The United States pressured the United Nations to recognize self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido during a Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday. US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's "legitimate president" and accept the latter's representative to the world body. He …

plenglish (2019-04-12). Mike Pompeo to Open Latin American Visit in Chile. plenglish.com 12 de abril de 2019, 10: 32Santiago de Chile, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has welcomed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to La Moneda Palace on Friday at the beginning of a surreptitious Latin American tour which also includes visits to Paraguay, Colombia and Peru.

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-11). Dictator: Media Code for 'Government We Don't Like'. fair.org by Alan MacLeod Most dictatorships in the world are supported by the United States (Truthout, 9/23/17)—but this isn't true of most governments described by US media as "dictatorships." | Let's start with a quiz: Quick! Name some dictators! | I'm willing to bet most of you responded with just a few of the same names: Assad, Putin, Castro, Kim Jong-un, Gaddafi, Maduro. This is not because they are the only dictators in the world (far from it), or that all of them even necessarily qualify for the…

Eds. (2019-04-11). The U.S. Government has been monitoring Venezuela's electricity system for over a decade. mronline.org The North American intelligence agencies and their government's attention and monitoring of the electricity situation in Venezuela is long-standing. This was confirmed by more than 1,000 documents released by Wikileaks which mention the status of the National Electric System in Venezuela and the Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant located in Guri. | Source

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-11). US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds. venezuelanalysis.com Diplomatic battles rage on at international bodies such as the UNSC, the OAS and the IMF.

Anya Parampil (2019-04-10). OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid. thegrayzone.com In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated…

STAFF (2019-04-10). More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

Eds. (2019-04-10). U.S. is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention. mronline.org America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state's ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. | Source

United Nations (2019-04-10). Venezuela's needs 'significant and growing' UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as 'unparalleled' exodus continues. un.org Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to seven million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-10). Venezuela: New Power Outage as Oil Output Plummets. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's oil output fell significantly in March as a result of electricity problems and US sanctions.

John McEvoy (2019-04-10). The tussle for Venezuela's oil shows the West isn't taking climate chaos seriously. thecanary.co There should be no doubt that Venezuela's current crisis revolves around oil. With the world's largest proven oil reserves, Venezuela's natural wealth has long … | Read more The tussle for Venezuela's oil shows the West isn't taking climate chaos seriously | By John McEvoy

RT (2019-04-10). Those who started Russia probe were attempting a 'coup', AG must start investigation — Trump. rt.com President Donald Trump has called the FBI's investigation into alleged 'Russian collusion' a "coup" attempt, and said he wants Attorney General William Barr to investigate the probe's origins. |

Anya Parampil (2019-04-09). Did NY Times Violate Its Own Ethics Code to Feature Child of Venezuelan Coup Plotter? thegrayzone.com After the New York Times was slammed for obscuring comedian Joanna Hausmann's family ties to the Guaido shadow regime, her…

Eds. (2019-04-09). An open letter to the Congressional Black Caucus on the U.S.'s attacks on Venezuela and Cuba. mronline.org Greetings. We write to urge you to support the international and domestic efforts to thwart the Unites States' unlawful attempts to change the existing governments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba. | Source

RT (2019-04-09). Venezuela sabotage, evil Russians: 5 times video games were just blatant US war propaganda. rt.com It's long been known that Hollywood works hand-in-glove with the CIA to produce entertainment imbued with unsubtle pro-US messaging — but the use of video games as propaganda, while as common, is less talked about.

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-08). Socialism Has to Be Feminist or It Won't Be Emancipatory: A Conversation with Indhira Libertad Rodriguez. venezuelanalysis.com In this interview, a young feminist intellectual looks at how feminism intersects with the anti-imperialist and anticapitalist struggles.

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-08). Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held. venezuelanalysis.com Washington further tightened the screws on Venezuela's oil industry Friday.

Various (2019-04-08). Over 40 Groups Call on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Military Intervention. venezuelanalysis.com Several US groups are pressuring Congress to oppose sanctions and military intervention against Venezuela.

unitedEditor (2019-04-07). Why is the US preparing for war against Venezuela's electric grid? uwidata.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced that the US is conducting an "electric war" against the country. According to him, this represents a broader attack of "US imperialism against our people". The electric war announced and led by the US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Neither anyone nor anything may overcome the people …

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…

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.

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,…

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.

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.

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."

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.

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…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-31). All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. 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…

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Indianapolis rally held to support Venezuela. liberationnews.org "No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"

Alan Macleod — FAIR (2019-03-31). Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist. venezuelanalysis.com Alan Macleod looks at how US backed figures get portrayed by the mainstream media, regardless of their true colors.

Dan Beeton, CEPR (2019-03-29). Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.

Paul Dobson (2019-03-28). Venezuela: Guaido Barred from Public Office as Maduro Announces Temporary Electricity Rationing. venezuelanalysis.com Workers from other industries have flocked to the Guri Dam to help repair the fire damage.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-28). The U.S.-Sponsored Right-Wing Venezuelan Counterrevolution: A Podcast with Dr. Tim Gill. millennialpolitics.co Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.