2019-01-30: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-01-30). 86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows. globalresearch.ca The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose military intervention and US sanctions to try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power, according to polling by the local firm Hinterlaces. | *** | More than eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose international intervention, both …

Consortiumnews (2019-01-30). The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader. consortiumnews.com The Washington favorite has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization, write Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal of Grayzone. By Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal Grayzone Before the fateful date of Jan. 22, fewer than 1-in-5 Venezuelans had… Read more →

Eric Draitser (2019-01-30). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story. counterpunch.org The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write this, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum — including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment — must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire. More

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-30). Latin American anti-imperialists weigh in on Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Argentina: Macri Signs Decree to 'Privatize' Recreation Centers. telesurenglish.net Argentine President Mauricio Macri signed a Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) Wednesday dissolving the Secretariat of Sports replacing it with a public-private agency, allowing for privatization, tariffs, and the selling of the country's cultural legacy in the form of state assets. | RELATED: | Argentines Protest 'Imperialist Interference' in Venezuela | DNU 92/2019 establishes the creation of the National Sports Agency, which replaces the former Sports Secretariat. It is widely…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Chile: Mapuches Fight For Right to Consultation in Araucania. telesurenglish.net Chile's Mapuche community from Araucania made public on Sunday a communique defending their stance against Plan to Promote Auracania and the National Accord for Peace in Araucania. | RELATED: | Supreme Court Finds in Favor of Mapuche Leader Facundo Jones | The Mapuches also criticized the Chilean government's double standards of conducting two different policies related to human rights. They argued that while the State condemns the Venezuelan government's "alleged" human rights…

Paul Jay (2019-01-30). Video: Trudeau Pushes Trump's Regime Change in Venezuela. Canada Violates the UN Charter. globalresearch.ca Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries. | *** | SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore….

Dan Cohen (2019-01-30). The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington's elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.

STAFF (2019-01-30). Why Is Justin Trudeau Backing Trump's Coup in Venezuela? truthdig.com The U.S. is prepared to violate the U.N. charter to overthrow the Maduro government, and it has found a willing partner in Canada.

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-30). Trump Cranks up the Miseries of the People of Venezuela. commondreams.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces he is breaking relations with the U.S., to supporters from a balcony at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ariana Cubillo) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump's Attempted Coup. democracynow.org The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan government in an attempt to topple President Nicolás Maduro. On Tuesday, the State Department announced it is giving control of Venezuela's U.S. bank accounts to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself to be president last week. Meanwhile, the U.S. has also refused to rule out a military invasion of Venezuela. We spend the hour with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn.

Ian Goodrum (2019-01-30). There is only one president in Venezuela—Nicolás Maduro. peoplesworld.org The way some in the media tell it, there are two presidents currently serving in Venezuela. An awkward situation, if appearances are to be believed—but if we know anything by now, it's that little is as it seems. This period of confusion started after relative unknown legislator Juan Guaidó declared himself "interim president" last week …

Kenn Orphan (2019-01-30). The Propagandists for Empire. zcomm.org With most media attention in the US on the government shutdown and border wall stand-off spectacle, the Trump administration has been quietly ramping up US militarism around the world. And it has set its sights on Venezuela, once again, by supporting a coup. Whether or not one supports the policies of Maduro or any other Read more…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela's Oil as U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure on Maduro. democracynow.org As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela's state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several U.S. firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela's oil.

aljazeera (2019-01-30). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Latest updates as Venezuela plunges into a major crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

teleSUR (2019-01-30). African Socialists Show Solidarity With Venezuela, Maduro. telesurenglish.net Socialist organizations from two African countries Tanzania and Mali came out in support of Venezuelan government and strongly opposed the intervention of the United States in the South American country. | RELATED: | John Bolton Admits US-backed Coup in Venezuela Is About Oil, Not Democracy | "We adopt this stance due to our deep concern of…

Adam Johnson (2019-01-30). Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times' Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America. commondreams.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Photo: Ariana Cubillos / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR Desk (2019-01-30). Maduro denounces Citgo takeover as 'robbery'. mronline.org Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says he plans to take legal action against the United States to defy the sanctions. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Venezuela Says Pay For Oil Before Leaving Port. telesurenglish.net President of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Manuel Quevedo, said Tuesday that the Venezuelan state-owned company will modify its operations to combat new U.S. sanctions, which will affect its previous international contracts. | RELATED: | US Threatens to Funnel Venezuelan Oil Revenues to Guaido | "Any ship leaving a Venezuelan port, carrying our people's oil, must pay fo…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. democracynow.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Venezuela: Lima Group Refuses to Back US Military Intervention. telesurenglish.net The predominantly right-wing Lima Group which supports the coup attempt by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido backed by the United States said they would not condone a military intervention to depose President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Venezuela's Maduro Says Oil, Resources Behind US Intervention. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro assured Wednesday that the main reason for the growing pressure exerted by the United States against his government is the desire to seize its oil and mineral resources. | In an exclusive interview with the Russian outlet Sputnik, the president made reference to the mineral and natural wealth of his country as the reason behind Washington supporting coup efforts against his country. | "The direct reason is seizing the oil of Venezuela, because we have the largest oil reserves certified, we certify what will be the largest reserves of gold in the world, we have the fourth re…

Joe Emersberger (2019-01-30). Democracy in the Americas: the U.S. Pot and the Venezuelan Kettle. counterpunch.org Venezuela has as much right to call itself a democracy as does the United States. Until that is understood by enough people, the Trump administration will continue to devastate Venezuela's economy with illegal sanctions and push it towards civil war. People can oppose President Donald Trump's economic sanctions and incitement of a military coup without acknowledging More

Marco Teruggi (2019-01-30). Coup in Venezuela: What Next? zcomm.org The axis of the current situation originates and rests in the US…

Garikai Chengu (2019-01-30). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca From the first moment Hugo Chavez took office, the US has been trying to overthrow Venezuela's socialist movement by using sanctions, coup attempts, and funding the opposition parties. After all, there is nothing more undemocratic than a coup d'état.

Fight Back (2019-01-30). SDS says "Hands Off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Students for a Democratic Society (National). | Trump has recognized the self-appointed presidency of the Venezuelan right-wing opposition leader, Juan Guaido. SDS denounces this move of aggression and says, "Hands Off Venezuela!" | This is a clear violation of the democratic process and sovereignty of Venezuela. The US has a long history of backing right-wing coups, dictators and dirty wars in Latin America, in order to keep the region subjugated by US multinational businesses. Recently Venezuela has been a major target, facing debilitating sanc…

Shamus Cooke (2019-01-30). Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump's Test on Venezuela's Coup. globalresearch.ca Bernie Sanders remained silent for 24 hours. This matters because coups are made or broken in the first moments or hours; a day during a coup can feel like …

Stansfield Smith (2019-01-30). The U.S. coup in Venezuela: new attempt to eradicate the Chavista Revolution. mronline.org For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. We now find the U.S. government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela and recognize a person of its choosing as president. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-30). John Bolton Admits US-backed Coup in Venezuela Is About Oil. telesurenglish.net Smashing the claims of "protecting democracy" in Venezuela, the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton said in an interview that they are backing the illegal coup in the South American country because of oil. | RELATED: | China Affirms Support for Venezuela, Condemns Sanctions | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could ha…

Paul Dobson (2019-01-30). Guaido Continues Diplomatic Efforts as Venezuelan Courts Open Proceedings against Him. venezuelanalysis.com Local and international authorities have also reacted fiercely to the recently announced oil embargo, describing it as "illegal."

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). 'US Trying to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela,' Warns Veteran Journalist Allan Nairn. commondreams.org Ousting Madura, privatizing Venezuela's oil, and war criminals | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Benjamin Dangl (2019-01-30). "The Worst Option is War": US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country's Crisis. commondreams.org Elliott Abrams, left, listens to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk about Venezuela at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Venezuela Crisis: US Has Painted Itself into Corner. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Venezuela has the dubious fortune of being located on the continent of South America, which the United States has treated under the so-called "Monroe Doctrine" as its exclusive zone of political, economic, and military influence. In practical terms it …

Ro Khanna (2019-01-30). Why I Strongly Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. commondreams.org Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaid√≥, speaks during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela on Jan. 26. (Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joe Emersberger, MintPress News (2019-01-30). When Is a Democracy not a Democracy? When It's Venezuela and the US is Pushing Regime Change. venezuelanalysis.com Joe Emersberger looks at the US-led intervention efforts in Venezuela and the rationale behind them.

Mel Gurtov (2019-01-30). Trump's Crusade in Latin America. counterpunch.org What we are witnessing in Venezuela is a Latin America policy that draws from the Cold War and the era of US interventions, when regard for democracy and international law mattered little and anticommunism was the dominant motif. With John Bolton and Mike Pompeo leading the way, the targeting of Venezuela, along with Cuba and More

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Colombia Witnesses Murder of 17th Social Leader in 2019. telesurenglish.net A Colombian Campesino leader Dilio Corpus Guetio, 44, who was a member of Asocordillera (Mountain Area Association of Campesino Workers) and also a member of the local Campesino Guard militia was shot to death Tuesday. | RELATED: | Violence Displaces 700+ Indigenous, Afro-Colombians in Tumaco | Corpus Guetio left his home in the municipality of Suarez in the department of Cauca, in southwest Colombia, at around six in the morning for work. On the way armed men from a car shot him…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-01-30). CNN Goes 'Undercover' to Manufacture Consent for Coup Attempt in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (SP) — A CNN "exclusive" report from inside Venezuela aired multiple times on the network on January 28. It is a prime example of how influential media outlets in the U.S. effectively create propaganda for the opposition, which now is receiving funds from President Donald Trump's administration. For the four-minute report, CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh went "undercover" amidst what …

Peter Certo (2019-01-30). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. theantimedia.com Do we think people who armed death squads and started wars really want to "bring democracy" to Venezuela? (OW Op-ed) — For some months now, Venezuela's socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. It isn't pretty — …

Know History (2019-01-30). Trump's, Pompeo's, Bolton's, The CIA's and Pentagon's Heinous Violence Toward Venezuela. indybay.org Trump continues the illegal violence directed by the CIA and White House against Venezuela as the CIA has violated Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua etc since 1947, as our government has violated S and Central America since they achieved independence from Spain.

Revolution Books (2019-01-30). U.S. hands off Venezuela! indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Tyler Durden (2019-01-30). In First Phone Call, Trump Congratulates Guaido on Becoming President of Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ZH) — President Trump started a Tuesday morning twitter storm with a tweet warning that Maduro will be "willing to negotiate" after the US starves his teetering regime of badly needed funding via the sanctions that were levied earlier this week. Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of …

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela's Oil as US Ratchets Up Pressure. truthout.org As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the US has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela's state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several US firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela's oil. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: So, let's go to John Bolton, the national security adviser, on Fox Business. | JOHN BOLTON: We're in conversation with major American compani…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). Many Countries at UN Oppose Trump Interference in Venezuela. therealnews.com Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay as they discuss the special meeting of the Security Council that took place on January 26, where many small countries stood up against American pressure and refused to recognize Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela, and defended the UN principle of non-interference

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-30). Just Like Iraq, Warns Venezuela's Maduro, US Wants to 'Get Hands on Our Oil'. commondreams.org Warning that U.S. military intervention could lead to a Vietnam War-style conflict, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that while he's willing to open talks with opposition leaders he will not bow to the demands of foreign "imperialists" and accused the U.S. government and other right-wing forces—like was done in Iraq and elsewhere—of trying to get their "hands on our oil." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy" therealnews.com National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

WSWS (2019-01-30). Germany and EU support US-engineered coup in Venezuela. wsws.org Berlin and Brussels are backing the Venezuelan coup because they are pursuing their own imperialist interests in Latin America.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Trump's Venezuela Envoy Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. truthout.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of Indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later…

Ben Norton (2019-01-29). 86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows. grayzoneproject.com The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose military intervention and US sanctions to try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power,…

Ben Norton (2019-01-29). US Coup in Venezuela Motivated by Oil and Corporate Interests — Militarist John Bolton Spills the Beans. grayzoneproject.com In an interview on Fox Business, Trump's hyper-militaristic National Security Adviser John Bolton admitted the US-led coup in Venezuela is…