Daily Archives: February 7, 2019

2019-02-07: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-02-07). Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela. mronline.org It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source

Fight Back (2019-02-07). Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela" fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…

Fernando Arce (2019-02-07). Canada: The Empire's Shadowy Cousin. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaido's declaration on Jan. 23, the CBC reports. A mere two weeks after the inauguration of democratically-elected Nicolas …

No War on Venezuela (2019-02-07). Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of …

Franklin Spinney (2019-02-07). The Man Who "Committed Truth": Remembering Ernie Fitzgerald. counterpunch.org My long time friend and colleague, the legendary A. Ernest Fitzgerald (AF bio), passed away a few days ago at the age of 93 after a long illness. Being around people like Ernie Fitzgerald was one of the main reasons I loved working in the Pentagon. Most people working in the Department of Defense go More | In late November, President Donald Trump announced that Washington had withdrawn its recognition of Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela, and has now given it to the Head of the National Assembl…

William Walter Kay (2019-02-07). Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Many see Trump conspiring with oilmen to capture Venezuelan petroleum reserves. Trump's earlier blunt talk about seizing oilfields buttresses this thesis. As well, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron appreciate better than anyone the astronomic value of Venezuela's heavy oil. There are, …

RT News (2019-02-07). Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-02-07). Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup. globalresearch.ca The pervasive claim of 'fraudulent elections' is refuted by the international evidence of nearly 100 professional journalists from around the world whose June 26 report on the 2018 May election was unanimous in declaring the Venezuela's electoral system as "fraud proof"

Eds. (2019-02-07). Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela. mronline.org On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source

Bill Van Auken (2019-02-07). Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy. globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver "humanitarian aid." Washington's aim is either to provoke …

Peter Kornbluh (2019-02-07). For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step. thenation.com For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step…

Rev. William Alberts (2019-02-07). Instead of His Wall, Let's Show Trump the Door. counterpunch.org President Trump has manufactured a "national emergency" to justify creating a wall across the Mexican border. A caravan of some 7,000 desperate, vulnerable Central American mothers and fathers and children, fleeing violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the United States, were portrayed as a threatening "invasion force," with "many gang members and some very More

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-07). "No-Knock Raid" is Just Another Term for "Violent Home Invasion" counterpunch.org On January 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain. That's not how the news accounts put it, of course. Typical headline (from the Houston Chronicle): "4 HPD officers shot in southeast Houston narcotics operation, a More

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…

WSWS (2019-02-07). Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy. wsws.org Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela's social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country's border.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders. greenleft.org.au In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life of the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majority…

Dan Bacher (2019-02-07). PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018. indybay.org Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-06). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. counterpunch.org In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, "Far and away More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations. telesurenglish.net The National Liberation Army (ELN) is willing to continue peace negotiations with the Colombia government, the ELN head of the Cuban delegation talks, Pablo Beltran, said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners | Colombia's second largest insurgent group is willing to concede to select demands in order to reach an agreement with President Ivan Duque on the condition that the state guarantees safety for ELN militia. | "If he does not like the current protocols, we can re…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Haitian Opposition Plan to Mobilize One Million Demonstrators. telesurenglish.net Opposition sectors in Haiti announced plans to mobilize more than one million people Thursday in anti-government protests. | RELATED: | Bahama Police Rescue 17 Haitian Migrants, Declare 28 Dead | Organizers said demonstrators will demand the judicial system take action against embezzlement of Petrocaribe funds, which, rose to US$2,258,796 between 2008 and 2018, according to a partial report of the National Audit Office. | Opposition leader, Andre Michel, said that clear and immediat…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-06). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way. commondreams.org Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

William Blum (2019-02-06). The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-06). Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have? venezuelanalysis.com VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

Global Research News (2019-02-06). Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World" globalresearch.ca First published in prior to the 2012 elections | by Ewan Robertson: | Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela's electoral system is "the best in the world" (agencies). | Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has …

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

CARICOM (2019-02-06). CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. commondreams.org Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lucas Koerner — VA Editorial Board (2019-02-06). Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition? venezuelanalysis.com Writing for the Venezuelanalysis team, Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido's claim to power.

Salim Lamrani (2019-02-06). 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. globalresearch.ca Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012.

TeleSur English (2019-02-06). UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. fair.org The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…

Eva Golinger (2019-02-06). The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? globalresearch.ca Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup. mintpressnews.com Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-02-06). The New Cold War and Venezuela. zcomm.org Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>

Maria Paez Victor (2019-02-06). Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited More

Bruce Lesnick (2019-02-06). Corporate Titans Target Venezuela. counterpunch.org What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy. More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers. | RELATED: | Pope: Vatican Open to Mediating in Venezuela if Both Sides Ask | U.S. officials claimed trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who decl…

Roger D. Harris (2019-02-06). Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference. mintpressnews.com Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US.

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Labour Party Rejects EU's Meddling in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Britain's opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs policy chief Emily Thornberry said Wednesday, that her party is against the move by EU states to recognize Venezuela opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela saying that diplomacy and dialogue should be the way forward instead of taking sides. | RELATED: | Red Cross Refuses to Send Venezuela Aid Without State Approval | "You begin the dialogue and that offer has been made internally and externall…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-06). Venezuela Says It Intercepted Covert US Weapons Shipment From Miami. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Venezuelan officials have announced the seizure of a large shipment of American weapons which they say were bound for anti-Maduro "terrorist groups." This comes following US national security advisor John Bolton's pledge to deliver "humanitarian aid" into the country, covertly if need be, despite embattled President Nicolas Maduro's vow to prevent such unauthorized shipments from entering. …

stuart_m (2019-02-06). How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people. greenleft.org.au Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…

stuart_m (2019-02-06). Venezuelan social movements denounce coup. greenleft.org.au Two competing marches took over the streets of Caracas on February 2 — in support and against elected President Nicolas Maduro. The foreign media focused on the opposition march exclusive, despite accounts that the pro-government march was clearly larger. | Below is a statement signed by about two dozen social movements, denounced the US-backed coup against the Maduro government. It has been translated by Translated by Pedro Alvarez. | *** | Various movements and communities marched together o…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-06). Trump's State of Union Stokes Fear With Nationalist Rhetoric. therealnews.com The President's State of the Union speech demanded an end to investigations, while demonizing immigrants and Venezuela, and attacking abortion rights. Our panelists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, and Helena Olea discuss the speech

WSWS (2019-02-06). Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela. wsws.org Amid growing repression of "yellow vest" protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

stuart_m (2019-02-06). London says 'hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds have mobilised to attend pickets and mass meetings in defence of Venezuela's sovereignty and to demand an end to the British and US governments interference during a time of difficulty in Venezuela. Starting with a picket at the Prime Minister's Office and continuing with two mass meetings of the progressive left, anti-war, student and labour movement, a week of protests ended with a picket of the BBC headquarters and a further action planned against the Bank of England who have illegally seized US$1.2 billion of Venezuela's gold. The events highlighted that the attacks on Venezuela are of global importa…

Ben Norton (2019-02-05). Internal U.S. Gov't document outlines program of 'economic warfare' on Venezuela. mronline.org An internal government document reveals tactics of "economic warfare" and "financial weapons" the U.S. is using against Venezuela in the name of "furthering capitalism." | Source

Vijay Prashad, The Tricontinental (2019-02-05). Twelve Step Method to Conduct Regime Change. venezuelanalysis.com Vijay Prashad looks at the parallels between current day Venezuela and Chile and 1973 and outlines the different steps in regime change operations.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). What's Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully? democracynow.org Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela's interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23 after speaking to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó's claim to the presidency, including Austria, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-05). Venezuela: Lima Group Urges Armed Forces to Support Guaido as Maduro Calls for International Solidarity. venezuelanalysis.com The Lima Group reiterated its support for Guaido, while an event calling for international solidarity was held in Caracas.

2019-02-07: Social Media Postees

Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-07
St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/6/twin-citi…

Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-07
It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/07/donald-trumps-wa…

Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
The pervasive claim of 'fraudulent elections' is refuted by the international evidence of nearly 100 professional journalists from around the world whose June 26 report on the 2018 May election was unanimous in declaring the Venezuela's electoral system as "fraud proof" | The post Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/canadas-role-in-the-ve…

Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/07/signatures-again…

For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step
Peter Kornbluh | thenation.com | 2019-02-07
For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step…
thenation.com/article/venezuela-cuba-tru…

Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at | … | The post Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom' appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-seizes-us-we…

Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver "humanitarian aid." Washington's aim is either to provoke … | The post Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/washington-issues-ulti…

The Man Who "Committed Truth": Remembering Ernie Fitzgerald
Franklin Spinney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
My long time friend and colleague, the legendary A. Ernest Fitzgerald (AF bio), passed away a few days ago at the age of 93 after a long illness. Being around people like Ernie Fitzgerald was one of the main reasons I loved working in the Pentagon. Most people working in the Department of Defense go
In late November, President Donald Trump announced that Washington had withdrawn its recognition of Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela, and has now given it to the Head of the National Assembl…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/the-man-who-…

Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela?
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
Many see Trump conspiring with oilmen to capture Venezuelan petroleum reserves. Trump's earlier blunt talk about seizing oilfields buttresses this thesis. As well, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron appreciate better than anyone the astronomic value of Venezuela's heavy oil. There are, … | The post Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/democrats-driving-regi…

Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela!
No War on Venezuela | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of … | The post Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/global-day-of-action-u…

"No-Knock Raid" is Just Another Term for "Violent Home Invasion"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
On January 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain. That's not how the news accounts put it, of course. Typical headline (from the Houston Chronicle):…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/no-knock-rai…

Instead of His Wall, Let's Show Trump the Door
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
President Trump has manufactured a "national emergency" to justify creating a wall across the Mexican border. A caravan of some 7,000 desperate, vulnerable Central American mothers and fathers and children, fleeing violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the United States, were portrayed as a threatening "invasion force," with…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/instead-of-h…

Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor-must-oppose-trump-coup-venezuela

PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
Two days before the filing of lobbying expenses by PG&E, Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision to extend a $6 billion credit line to Pacific Gas & Electric in what the group called "an unneeded emergency process that allowed no time for scrutiny."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/05/1882099…

Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life of the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majority…
greenleft.org.au/content/lets-let-venezuela-pick-its-own-leaders

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela's social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country's border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/07/vene…

Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/venezuela-th…

Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
The National Liberation Army (ELN) is willing to continue peace negotiations with the Colombia government, the ELN head of the Cuban delegation talks, Pablo Beltran, said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners | Colombia's second largest insurgent group is willing to concede to select demands in order to reach an agreement with President Ivan Duque on the condition that the state guarantees safety for ELN militia. | "If he does not like the current protocols, we can re…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-ELN-Urg…

Haitian Opposition Plan to Mobilize One Million Demonstrators
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Opposition sectors in Haiti announced plans to mobilize more than one million people Thursday in anti-government protests. | RELATED: | Bahama Police Rescue 17 Haitian Migrants, Declare 28 Dead | Organizers said demonstrators will demand the judicial system take action against embezzlement of Petrocaribe funds, which, rose to US$2,258,796 between 2008 and 2018, according to a partial report of the National Audit Office. | Opposition leader, Andre Michel, said that clear and immediat…
telesurenglish.net/news/Haitian-Oppositi…

The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way
Mark Weisbrot | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Seizes…

US Media Ignore–and Applaud–Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-06
The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)–but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…
fair.org/home/us-media-ignore-and-applau…

The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated?
Eva Golinger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a … | The post The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-strange-death-of-h…

Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/bloody-canad…

Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade. | The post Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/venezuela-authorities-…

The New Cold War and Venezuela
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | zcomm.org | 2019-02-06
Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-new-cold-war-a…

Corporate Titans Target Venezuela
Bruce Lesnick | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/corporate-ti…

Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition?
Lucas Koerner — VA Editorial Board | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
Writing for the Venezuelanalysis team, Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido's claim to power.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14304

Labour Party Rejects EU's Meddling in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
Britain's opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs policy chief Emily Thornberry said Wednesday, that her party is against the move by EU states to recognize Venezuela opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela saying that diplomacy and dialogue should be the way forward instead of taking sides. | RELATED: | Red Cross Refuses to Send Venezuela Aid Without State Approval | "You begin the dialogue and that offer has been made internally and externall…
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US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US. | The post Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/support-for-venezuela-…

Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-02-06
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/06/twitter-erupts-a…

UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14301

UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers. | RELATED: | Pope: Vatican Open to Mediating in Venezuela if Both Sides Ask | U.S. officials claimed trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who decl…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Warns-Against…

Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
First published in prior to the 2012 elections | by Ewan Robertson: | Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela's electoral system is "the best in the world" (agencies). | Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has | … | The post Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World" appeared first on Global Research.
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50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution
Salim Lamrani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012. | The post 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/50-truths-about-hugo-c…

CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions
CARICOM | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14302

The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from … | The post The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-has-attempted-…

Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have?
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-06
VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14303

Trump's State of Union Stokes Fear With Nationalist Rhetoric
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-06
The President's State of the Union speech demanded an end to investigations, while demonizing immigrants and Venezuela, and attacking abortion rights. Our panelists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, and Helena Olea discuss the speech | The post Trump's State of Union Stokes Fear With Nationalist Rhetoric appeared first on The Real News Network.
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London says 'hands off Venezuela'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-06
Hundreds have mobilised to attend pickets and mass meetings in defence of Venezuela's sovereignty and to demand an end to the British and US governments interference during a time of difficulty in Venezuela. Starting with a picket at the Prime Minister's Office and continuing with two mass meetings of the progressive left, anti-war, student and labour movement, a week of protests ended with a picket of the BBC headquarters and a further action planned against the Bank of England who have illegally seized US$1.2 billion of Venezuela's gold. The events highlighted that the attacks on Venezuela are of global importa…
greenleft.org.au/content/london-says-hands-venezuela

Venezuelan social movements denounce coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-06
Two competing marches took over the streets of Caracas on February 2 — in support and against elected President Nicolas Maduro. The foreign media focused on the opposition march exclusive, despite accounts that the pro-government march was clearly larger. | Below is a statement signed by about two dozen social movements, denounced the US-backed coup against the Maduro government. It has been translated by Translated by Pedro Alvarez. | *** | Various movements and communities marched together o…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuelan-social-movements-denounce-coup

Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-06
Amid growing repression of "yellow vest" protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/06/frve…

How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-06
Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-us-sanctions-hurt-venezuelas-people

Venezuela Says It Intercepted Covert US Weapons Shipment From Miami
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-06
(ZH) — Venezuelan officials have announced the seizure of a large shipment of American weapons which they say were bound for anti-Maduro "terrorist groups." This comes following US national security advisor John Bolton's pledge to deliver "humanitarian aid" into the country, covertly if need be, despite embattled President Nicolas Maduro's vow to prevent such unauthorized shipments from entering. …

Venezuela Says It Intercepted Covert US Weapons Shipment From Miami

Internal U.S. Gov't document outlines program of 'economic warfare' on Venezuela
Ben Norton | mronline.org | 2019-02-05
An internal government document reveals tactics of "economic warfare" and "financial weapons" the U.S. is using against Venezuela in the name of "furthering capitalism." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/05/internal-u-s-gov…

Twelve Step Method to Conduct Regime Change
Vijay Prashad, The Tricontinental | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-05
Vijay Prashad looks at the parallels between current day Venezuela and Chile and 1973 and outlines the different steps in regime change operations.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14298

What's Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-05
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela's interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23 after speaking to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó's claim to the presidency, including Austria, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/5/whats_next…

Venezuela: Lima Group Urges Armed Forces to Support Guaido as Maduro Calls for International Solidarity
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-05
The Lima Group reiterated its support for Guaido, while an event calling for international solidarity was held in Caracas.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14299

What's the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why's It So Hard for Media to Understand?
Alexander Campbell, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-05
CEPR's Alexander Campbell looks at US sanctions against Venezuela and how the media ignore their effects.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14297