Monthly Archives: February 2019

2019-02-28: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org 500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…

CP Editor (2019-02-28). Trump Threatens Venezuela, Revives Red Scare. counterpunch.org

William Walter Kay (2019-02-28). The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP. globalresearch.ca Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-02-28). U.S. Condemns Venezuela's Government Yet Commits Human Rights Abuses Across the Middle East. globalresearch.ca "Americans have no idea of the extent of their government's mischief… the number of military strikes we have made unprovoked, against other countries, since 1947 is more than 250." Gore Vidal | Last Saturday U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who is …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-28). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. thenation.com Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…

Eric London (2019-02-28). Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: "There Is No Turning Back" globalresearch.ca US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a bellicose speech before representatives of 14 Latin American countries at a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The remarks were timed to coincide with the US-orchestrated provocations at the Venezuelan …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). "Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela" peoplesdispatch.org Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Telesur (2019-02-28). Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board. globalresearch.ca A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …

Mark Taliano (2019-02-28). Who are the "Brutal Dictators"? globalresearch.ca Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are. | We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-02-28). 4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. theantimedia.com (VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-27). Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention. peoplesdispatch.org 30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…

teleSUR (2019-02-27). CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana. telesurenglish.net Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to give a press conference Wednesday afternoon on their collective stance regarding Venezuela and Haiti after two days of closed doors meetings in St. Kitts. The CARICOM heads of state are also expected to comment on issues of climate change and migration in the Caribbean. | RELATED: | CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela | TeleSUR correspondent Laura Prada, reporting from the 30th CARICOM sum…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-27). Countries from across the world reject threats of military intervention in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org At a special meeting of the UN security council on February 26, many countries, including those opposed to Nicolas Maduro, called for a peaceful resolution in Venezuela and rejected any attempt at military intervention…

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Panama: Protests Against Hydropower Projects Ensue. telesurenglish.net Protests resumed against hydroelectric projects in the Panamanian districts of Santa Fe and San Francisco Sunday. | RELATED: | Former Panamanian President Denied Bail For 4th Time | Leopoldo Mojica, of the ecological network of Veraguas (RESAVE), said they are defending the environment and the most important water resource in the country, such as the Santa Mar…

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-27). Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border. peoplesdispatch.org "It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-27). In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe. mronline.org Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source

Eds. (2019-02-27). Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America. mronline.org A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source

Eds. (2019-02-27). Letter from the Hampton Institute. mronline.org In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source

Emile Schepers (2019-02-27). As Trojan Horse "humanitarian aid" ploy fizzles, Venezuela faces new attacks. peoplesworld.org Saturday, February 23 was supposed to be the big day when a so-called "humanitarian aid" caravan would cross into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia. The left-wing government of President Nicolás Maduro would be further destabilized and the stage set for his removal. As it turned out, the "big day" was something of an embarrassment for the …

Gareth Porter (2019-02-27). The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran. truthdig.com Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.

TeleSur English (2019-02-27). Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Venezuelan Governor: Fire at Food Storage May Be Terror Attack. telesurenglish.net The governor of the state Vargas Garcia Carneiro said a terrorist attack is not discarded in the fire that took place Wednesday morning in one of the state-funded food storages located at the port of the Guaira. | Firemen were dispatched to the sight of the fire shortly after the incident occurred and they continue work to completely extinguish the fire, Carneiro added. | Transport Minister Hipólito Abreu suggested that what happened was part of the agenda of "counterrevolutionary sectors" in the country who seek by all possible means to overthrow the constitutional President Nicolas Maduro. | He said a larg…

H. Patricia Hynes (2019-02-27). The Trojan Horse of US "Aid" to Venezuela. zcomm.org The title of a recent New York Times video deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class…

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-27). The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro. mintpressnews.com Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.

Ariel Dorfman (2019-02-27). Salvador Allende le ofrece una salida a Maduro. thenation.com Salvador Allende le ofrece una salida a Maduro…

Patrick Bond (2019-02-27). Budgeting for Black-Out in South Africa. counterpunch.org Upon taking power in a palace coup a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) government was supposedly going to sweep out the prolific corruption associated with the 2009-18 Jacob Zuma ANC regime. But although excruciatingly-slow progress is being made in evicting the most obvious villains, durable Zumite influences remain, and whistleblowing continues to More

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Another Colombian Social Leader Dead, Trade Union Mourns. telesurenglish.net The Union of Construction Material Industry Workers (Sutimac) denounced the murder of trade union leader Jose Fernel Manrique Valencia who was assassinated Monday in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia. | RELATED: | Three Hundred Social Leaders Band Together to Create Caucus | Around 9: 30 p.m., two assassins on a motorcycle shot Manrique Valencia twice, killing him in front of his house in the Cafe Madrid neighborhood. | He was an operator of the multinational cement company Cemex…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). What Does Venezuela Tell Us About Socialism in the USA? — with Paul Jay. therealnews.com According to Trump, the crisis in a small country with an oil based economy, facing onerous sanctions, discredits the progressive socialist movement in the United States — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). New Yorkers march on Wall Street to oppose U.S war on Venezuela. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On February 23, approximately 300 New Yorkers took Wall Street in the Financial District to protest attempts at a U.S.-led coup against the popular and democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. | The event was part of a global day of action where over 150 cities hosted events to demand "No U.S. War in Venezuela!" | The protesters gathered in front of one of President Trump's multiple towers under a banner that demanded "No war in Venezuela" in English and Spanish. The lively crowd chanted, "Hands off Venezuela" and "Chavez presente! Maduro Presidente!" | Several of the groups inv…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). De la ayuda "humanitaria" a la intervención militar. fightbacknews.org °Lucha y Resiste! está circulando el siguiente artículo de Julián Sobogal, que apareció en Semanario Voz, el periódico del Partido Comunista Colombiano. | Estados Unidos, como país imperialista, tiene un libreto que aplica, con pocas variaciones, para derrocar los gobiernos de países ricos que le son adversos. El libreto contiene los siguientes pasos: primero, provocar escasez de productos de primera necesidad; segundo, financiar protestas masivas de la población y el desplazamiento de esta a los países vecinos; tercero, ofrecer ayuda "humanitaria", ante la cual el gobierno del país tiene la disyuntiva de ac…

CP Editor (2019-02-26). The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out. counterpunch.org

Eds. (2019-02-26). Russian Security Council warns of immanent U.S. Military intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org The Americans have offered to hold separate consultations on Venezuelan issues. We agreed. However, they have since abandoned them under false pretexts. — Nikolai Patrushev | Source

Eds. (2019-02-26). U.S. spy plane reportedly spotted over Venezuela as Maduro warns of risk of war. mronline.org The developments come after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed in an interview with ABC News on Monday that the United States is trying to "fabricate a crisis" to start a war in South America. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-02-26). US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action. venezuelanalysis.com Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-26). The "Permanent War State" Aims to Plunder Venezuela — Wilkerson and Jay. therealnews.com Trump promises "democracy and freedom" to Venezuela, delivered by Elliott Abrams who brought you illegal wars, coups, and support for dictatorships; and Mike Pompeo and VP Pence, both with deep ties to the Koch brothers who need Venezuelan heavy crude to feed their Texas refinery — Col. Larry Wilkerson joins TRNN's Paul Jay…

RT (2019-02-26). Sanders says DNC bias in favor of Clinton open secret now, hopes to be treated fairly in 2020. rt.com Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2019. democracynow.org India Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan Amid Mounting Tension, U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention, Univision Reporter Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained in Venezuela, Trump and Kim to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd North Korean Summit, Reports: Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct in Congressional Hearing, Climate Change May Cause Cloud Die-Off, Increase Rate of Warming, U.K.: Corbyn Could Back 2nd Referendum as Brexit Deadline Looms, U.N. Court: U.K. Should Give Up Control of Chagos, U.N.: Sec.-General Warns Against Collapse of Arms Control Treaties, Iran Foreign…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-26). Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored. therealnews.com While the world's attention was focused on the Venezuelan opposition, as it tried to transport US aid into Venezuela against the government's will, a major protest took place in Caracas that was opposed to US intervention in Venezuela.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-25). Burning Aid: Apparent Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge. consortiumnews.com Marco Rubio and coup leaders are accusing the Venezuelan National Guard, but Max Blumenthal lines up opposing evidence. By Max Blumenthal in Caracas Grayzone The Trump administration's coup against Venezuela culminated on Feb. 23 with U.S.-backed opposition attempting to ram several… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). Headlines for February 25, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: 4 Dead as Violence Spikes Over "Aid" Standoff, U.S. Ratchets Up Threats Against Venezuelan Government, New Yorkers Protest Against U.S. Intervention in Venezuela, Trump Moves to Withdraw Funds, Impose Gag Order on Abortion Providers, Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd Summit, Michael Cohen to Testify Before Congress, Congress Expected to Subpoena Trump Admin over Family Separation, House Dems to Vote on Bill Blocking Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Sudan: President Declares State of Emergency Amid Ongoing Protests, Nigeria: Scores Killed in Election Violence, U.N.: Record Number of Civilians…

Fight Back (2019-02-25). From "humanitarian" intervention to military intervention. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following article by Julian Sobogal, that appeared in Semanario Voz, the newspaper of the Colombian Communist Party. It was translated by Fight Back! staff. | The United States, as an imperialist country, has a script that it applies, with few variations, to overthrow the governments of rich countries that are adverse to it. The script contains the following steps: first, provoke a shortage of basic necessities; second, finance massive protests of the population and the displacement of the population to neighboring countries; third, offer "humanitarian" aid, which leaves…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out. democracynow.org Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…

Lucas Koerner — Mint Press News (2019-02-25). The Global Left and the Danger of a Dirty War in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Lucas Koerner warns that the Global North "left" critique of "authoritarianism" in Venezuela serves as ideological cover for the current coup and impending dirty war pushed by Washington.

Chris Gilbert, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-25). Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future. venezuelanalysis.com As the opposition's latest attempt to oust Maduro seems to be failing, Chris Gilbert asks: What makes it so hard to replace Chávez and now Maduro?

unitedEditor (2019-02-25). Trump-Erdogan talks, Venezuelan crisis and elections in Moldova. uwidata.com Trump-Erdogan talks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks over the phone with US President Donald Trump this week. According to sources from the Turkish presidential administration, the recent events in Syria, the importance of supporting the political settlement process and the need for joint action against terrorism were all on the agenda. Erdogan reaffirmed …

2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

International Peoples' Assembly gives clarion call for solidarity with Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
500 participants from 87 countries and 181 people's movements and organizations participated in the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and Against Imperialism from February 24-27 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. On the final day, the Assembly gave a call for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade to be observed on March 16. | The four days of activities included panel discussions on the current imperialist offensive and the attacks on Venezuela, regional working group discussions which sought to propose an age…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/internati…

Trump Threatens Venezuela, Revives Red Scare
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/trump-threat…

"Socialism gave power to the working class in Venezuela"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
Carlos Ron, Venezuelan vice-minister for North America also explains the social character of the Venezuelan opposition that is currently attempting to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/socialism…

Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: "There Is No Turning Back"
Eric London | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a bellicose speech before representatives of 14 Latin American countries at a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The remarks were timed to coincide with the US-orchestrated provocations at the Venezuelan …
globalresearch.ca/pence-war-venezuela-co…

U.S. Condemns Venezuela's Government Yet Commits Human Rights Abuses Across the Middle East
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
globalresearch.ca/united-states-human-ri…

The Venezuelan War Council: Pence, Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams and Green LLP
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Do personalities matter; or do they dissolve in the sea of circumstance? | The Atlantic alliance set sail on a collision course with Venezuela before Trump's improbable election; then Trump's dilettantish, dreadful selection of subordinates generated an additional, autonomous impetus to …
globalresearch.ca/pence-pompeo-bolton-ab…

Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans
Mark Weisbrot | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…
thenation.com/article/venezuela-sanction…

Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …
globalresearch.ca/genocide-survivors-dem…

Who are the "Brutal Dictators"?
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are. | We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of …
globalresearch.ca/who-are-the-brutal-dic…

4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

4 Mistruths About Venezuela’s Humanitarian Aid Showdown

Notes from the streets of Venezuela — the people are resilient in the face of foreign intervention
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
30 years after the Caracazo, when the poor of Venezuela took to the streets to wage a struggle against the government of the oligarchy, the toiling masses of the country remain firm in their commitment to the Bolivarian Revolution, which offered them right and a life of dignity…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/notes-fro…

CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to give a press conference Wednesday afternoon on their collective stance regarding Venezuela and Haiti after two days of closed doors meetings in St. Kitts. The CARICOM heads of state are also expected to comment on issues of climate change and migration in the Caribbean. | RELATED: | CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela | TeleSUR correspondent Laura Prada, reporting from the 30th CARICOM sum…
telesurenglish.net/news/CARICOM-To-Prese…

CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14353

Countries from across the world reject threats of military intervention in Venezuela
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
At a special meeting of the UN security council on February 26, many countries, including those opposed to Nicolas Maduro, called for a peaceful resolution in Venezuela and rejected any attempt at military intervention…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/countries…

Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
"It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/chavistas…

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
Like Dick Cheney before them, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton seek to manufacture a Middle East crisis that could lead to armed conflict.
truthdig.com/articles/the-right-may-fina…

Venezuela coverage takes us back to Golden Age of lying about Latin America
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
A few days after the Time story, CNBC (6/22/16) carried a claim that there was no acetaminophen to be found anywhere, either: "Basic things like Tylenol aren't even available." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/26/venezuela-covera…

As Trojan Horse "humanitarian aid" ploy fizzles, Venezuela faces new attacks
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-27
Saturday, February 23 was supposed to be the big day when a so-called "humanitarian aid" caravan would cross into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia. The left-wing government of President Nicolás Maduro would be further destabilized and the stage set for his removal. As it turned out, the "big day" was something of an embarrassment for the …
peoplesworld.org/article/as-trojan-horse…

Venezuelan Governor: Fire at Food Storage May Be Terror Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
The governor of the state Vargas Garcia Carneiro said a terrorist attack is not discarded in the fire that took place Wednesday morning in one of the state-funded food storages located at the port of the Guaira. | Firemen were dispatched to the sight of the fire shortly after the incident occurred and they continue work to completely extinguish the fire, Carneiro added. | Transport Minister Hipólito Abreu suggested that what happened was part of the agenda of "counterrevolutionary sectors" in the country who seek by all possible means to overthrow the constitutional President Nicolas Maduro. | He said a larg…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Gover…

The Trojan Horse of US "Aid" to Venezuela
H. Patricia Hynes | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
The title of a recent New York Times video deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-trojan-horse-o…

Letter from the Hampton Institute
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
In all of the talk about Venezuela, many are missing the real conversation that should be had. Naturally, after being subjected to sensationalist and heavily-biased media reports, most Americans frame the situation in terms of "dictatorship," "humanitarian crisis," and "U.S. intervention." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/26/103638/

In countries destroyed by the West, people should stop admiring the U.S and Europe
Andre Vltchek | mronline.org | 2019-02-27
Everything is connected to this, including the fear and hate that the West feels and spreads about countries like Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, South Africa, Syria or Cuba. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/26/in-countries-des…

Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14352

February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14354

Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14355

The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-27
Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.
mintpressnews.com/the-holes-in-jorge-ram…

Salvador Allende le ofrece una salida a Maduro
Ariel Dorfman | thenation.com | 2019-02-27
Salvador Allende le ofrece una salida a Maduro…
thenation.com/article/salvador-allende-l…

Budgeting for Black-Out in South Africa
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Upon taking power in a palace coup a year ago, Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress (ANC) government was supposedly going to sweep out the prolific corruption associated with the 2009-18 Jacob Zuma ANC regime. But although excruciatingly-slow progress is being made in evicting the most obvious villains, durable Zumite influences remain, and whistleblowing continues to…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/budgeting-fo…

Another Colombian Social Leader Dead, Trade Union Mourns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
The Union of Construction Material Industry Workers (Sutimac) denounced the murder of trade union leader Jose Fernel Manrique Valencia who was assassinated Monday in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia. | RELATED: | Three Hundred Social Leaders Band Together to Create Caucus | Around 9: 30 p.m., two assassins on a motorcycle shot Manrique Valencia twice, killing him in front of his house in the Cafe Madrid neighborhood. | He was an operator of the multinational cement company Cemex…
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What Does Venezuela Tell Us About Socialism in the USA? — with Paul Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
According to Trump, the crisis in a small country with an oil based economy, facing onerous sanctions, discredits the progressive socialist movement in the United States — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…
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Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…
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Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…
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New Yorkers march on Wall Street to oppose U.S war on Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
New York, NY – On February 23, approximately 300 New Yorkers took Wall Street in the Financial District to protest attempts at a U.S.-led coup against the popular and democratically-elected Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. | The event was part of a global day of action where over 150 cities hosted events to demand "No U.S. War in Venezuela!" | The protesters gathered in front of one of President Trump's multiple towers under a banner that demanded "No war in Venezuela" in English and Spanish. The lively crowd chanted, "Hands off Venezuela" and "Chavez presente! Maduro Presidente!" | Several of the groups inv…
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De la ayuda "humanitaria" a la intervención militar
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
°Lucha y Resiste! está circulando el siguiente artículo de Julián Sobogal, que apareció en Semanario Voz, el periódico del Partido Comunista Colombiano. | Estados Unidos, como país imperialista, tiene un libreto que aplica, con pocas variaciones, para derrocar los gobiernos de países ricos que le son adversos. El libreto contiene los siguientes pasos: primero, provocar escasez de productos de primera necesidad; segundo, financiar protestas masivas de la población y el desplazamiento de esta a los países vecinos; tercero, ofrecer ayuda "humanitaria", ante la cual el gobierno del país tiene la disyuntiva de ac…
www.fightbacknews.org/node/7291

Russian Security Council warns of immanent U.S. Military intervention in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-26
The Americans have offered to hold separate consultations on Venezuelan issues. We agreed. However, they have since abandoned them under false pretexts. — Nikolai Patrushev | Source…
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US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-26
Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14351

The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
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U.S. spy plane reportedly spotted over Venezuela as Maduro warns of risk of war
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-26
The developments come after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed in an interview with ABC News on Monday that the United States is trying to "fabricate a crisis" to start a war in South America. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/26/u-s-spy-plane-re…

The "Permanent War State" Aims to Plunder Venezuela — Wilkerson and Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
Trump promises "democracy and freedom" to Venezuela, delivered by Elliott Abrams who brought you illegal wars, coups, and support for dictatorships; and Mike Pompeo and VP Pence, both with deep ties to the Koch brothers who need Venezuelan heavy crude to feed their Texas refinery — Col. Larry Wilkerson joins TRNN's Paul Jay…
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Sanders says DNC bias in favor of Clinton open secret now, hopes to be treated fairly in 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the Democratic National Committee for betting heavily on Hillary Clinton early on in 2016. Sanders, who is taking another shot at the presidency, hopes there will not be a repeat this time around. | …
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Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
While the world's attention was focused on the Venezuelan opposition, as it tried to transport US aid into Venezuela against the government's will, a major protest took place in Caracas that was opposed to US intervention in Venezuela.
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Burning Aid: Apparent Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-25
Marco Rubio and coup leaders are accusing the Venezuelan National Guard, but Max Blumenthal lines up opposing evidence. By Max Blumenthal in Caracas Grayzone The Trump administration's coup against Venezuela culminated on Feb. 23 with U.S.-backed opposition attempting to ram several… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/25/burning-ai…

From "humanitarian" intervention to military intervention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-25
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following article by Julian Sobogal, that appeared in Semanario Voz, the newspaper of the Colombian Communist Party. It was translated by Fight Back! staff. | The United States, as an imperialist country, has a script that it applies, with few variations, to overthrow the governments of rich countries that are adverse to it. The script contains the following steps: first, provoke a shortage of basic necessities; second, finance massive protests of the population and the displacement of the population to neighboring countries; third, offer "humanitarian" aid, which leaves…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/humanita…

Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future
Chris Gilbert, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-25
As the opposition's latest attempt to oust Maduro seems to be failing, Chris Gilbert asks: What makes it so hard to replace Chávez and now Maduro?
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14349

The Global Left and the Danger of a Dirty War in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner — Mint Press News | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-25
Lucas Koerner warns that the Global North "left" critique of "authoritarianism" in Venezuela serves as ideological cover for the current coup and impending dirty war pushed by Washington.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14350

The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-25
Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/25/the_coup_…

Is Participatory Democracy the Solution to Venezuela's Crisis?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-25
Atenea Jimenez, speaker of a Network of Communes in Venezuela, says that grassroots, collective decision-making is the key to solving Venezuela's crisis…
therealnews.com/stories/is-participatory…

Trump-Erdogan talks, Venezuelan crisis and elections in Moldova
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-25
Trump-Erdogan talks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks over the phone with US President Donald Trump this week. According to sources from the Turkish presidential administration, the recent events in Syria, the importance of supporting the political settlement process and the need for joint action against terrorism were all on the agenda. Erdogan reaffirmed …
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"Hands Off Venezuela" Rallies Held in Cities Around the World
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-25
TRNN correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports on a protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office in Ottawa, Canada…
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Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge?
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-24
Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia….
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/24/burning-a…