2019-02-08: Social Media Postees

Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Michel Chossudovsky talks to Bonnie Faulkner on Guns and Butter. | We discuss the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, its history as an oil proxy nation since the discovery of oil in 1918, through successive dictatorships, coups d'etats, a … | The post Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage appeared first on Global Research.

President Nicolás Maduro's message to the American people
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
I am Nicolás Maduro, constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and I want to send a message to the American people to alert them to the media, communication and psychological warfare campaign that is developing in the international media and, above all, in the U.S. media against Venezuela. | Source…

The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise.

U.S. media ignore–and applaud–economic war on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
The U.S. media chorus supporting a U.S. 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 U.S. has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was […] | Source…

An Interview the Saker on Venezuela
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this.

Ricardo Hausmann Is Taking Milton Friedman's Lessons to Venezuela
Tanya Rawal-Jindia | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
Ricardo Hausmann is both an economic and academic hitman, one who is willing to sell off his own birth country. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

A "Twelve Step Method" to Conduct Regime Change: From Chile (1973) to Venezuela (2019)
tricontinental | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Flashback, Chile (1970-73) | On 15 September 1970, US President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger authorised the US government to do everything possible to undermine the incoming government of the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Nixon … | The post A "Twelve Step Method" to Conduct Regime Change: From Chile (1973) to Venezuela (2019) appeared first on Global Research.

Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…

Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Washington has been trying to topple Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old…

Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-02-08
Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source…

Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-08
Venezuela in the limelight, on practically all the written, audio and visual mainstream media, as well as alternative media. A purposeful constant drip of outright lies and half-truths, "fake news", as well as misleading information of all shades and hues | … | The post Venezuela — The Straw that Breaks the Empire's Back? appeared first on Global Research.

Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series…

European parliamentarians condemn EU support for US coup
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Below is a February 4 letter signed by 39 members of the European Parliament. It comes from three different political groups in the European Parliament and condemns EU support for the attempted coup in Venezuela. | *** | Letter in defence of a political dialogue in Venezuela, guaranteeing that Latin America and the Caribbean remains a zone of peace. | We, the undersigned MEPs, condemn any expression of support provided to the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, as portrayed by the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as "Interim President" of the country. This self-proclamation finds no background in the Constitution…

Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

PG&E Topples Western States Petroleum Association in California Lobbying Spending in 2018
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-02-08
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."

Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-08
Trump's efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot | The post Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro appeared first on The Real News Network.

Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-08
Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…

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…

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…

Venezuela: International Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Humanitarian Aid
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-07
US officials maintain hardline stance while fears of armed conflict over humanitarian aid delivery grow.

Did Venezuela's President Really 'Steal' the 2018 Election from an Unknown Who Didn't Run?
Joe Emersberger, The Canary | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-07
Joe Emersberger examines the mainstream media claims that Maduro "stole" the 2018 presidential election.

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…

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.

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.

Venezuela: International Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Humanitarian Aid
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-07
US officials maintain hardline stance while fears of armed conflict over humanitarian aid delivery grow.

The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy
Ellen Brown | truthdig.com | 2019-02-07
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the "Green New Deal." According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders adviser professor Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The re…

Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition?
Lucas Koerner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-07
There's been a lot of misinformation in the international media about whether what is happening in Venezuela is a brazen US-led power grab or a constitutional transfer of power aided by the international community. | On January 23, National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who was virtually unknown in Venezuela before being selected for the legislative post on January 5, swore himself in as "interim president" of the South American country and was immediately…

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 for 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 majorit…

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…

Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-07
(CD) — As a U.S.-backed effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro continues,U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Wednesday that Hezbollah "has active cells" in Venezuela–a claim that was immediately scrutinized and compared with the second Bush administration's lies to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hezbollah, a political and militant Shi'ite Muslim group based …

Pompeo: US Military Obligated to "Take Down" the Iranians in Venezuela

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

" God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-05
US President Donald Trump, who has left multiple countries in a state nervous suspense from the first day of his presidency, continues to threaten the world community like some kind of petty Mafioso, this time setting the crosshair on Venezuela. Like president, like press secretary While Trump continues to tweet scattered threats to people across […] | The post " God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!" appeared first on United World International.

PATRICK LAWRENCE: In Venezuela, US Forgets What Century It Is
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-05
Destabilizing other nations in gross violation of international law will no longer go unopposed, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The Venezuela crisis worsens by the day. Early last week the U.S. sanctioned PdVSA, the state-owned… Read more ?…

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.

Either Washington or Venezuela, Savage Capitalism or Socialism: A Conversation with Luis Britto Garcia
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-05
In this exclusive interview with Venezuelanalysis, an acclaimed writer and committed Bolivarian talks about the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty.

Headlines for February 5, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-05
Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

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.

Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power
Jim Carey | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-05
(GPA) — Making the empires ambitions clear, US stooge Juan Guaidó has promised Venezuelan oil to US corporations. The US-backed Venezuelan "government" of Juan Guaidó has said there will be plenty of money to be made for Wall Street under a government without the current President, Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, this offer was made during a …

Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power

Chicago: Emergency demonstration to demand, "Hands off Venezuela! Not another U.S. coup!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-04
Chicago, IL — A Chicago protest to demand an end to U.S war moves against Venezuela is set for Tuesday, February 5, 5: 30 p.m., at the Federal Plaza, (219 S. Dearborn Street.) | "The people of Venezuela are in urgent need of solidarity. Join us to stand against the blatant attempt by Trump to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela," say protest organizers. | The demonstration is being organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is endorsed by: U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, Party for Social…