2019-02-12: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-12). Why Does the United States of America Want to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela? commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steve Ellner (2019-02-12). Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA'. globalresearch.ca Since its outset, the Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalized its positions. In the process, the Venezuelan opposition has become more and more associated with—and dependent on—Washington and its allies. An example is the opposition protests …

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Study: 80% of Venezuelans Oppose Foreign Intervention. telesurenglish.net In an interview for teleSUR, Venezuela's Vice President for Planning Ricardo Menendez said that about 80 percent of Venezuelans reject any interventionist action against the South American nation. | RELATED | Venezuela: Long Lineups to Sign for Peace | Menendez indicated that the figure is derived from the recent study conducted by the Venezuelan Planning Institute over a period of two years. | The official said that the results of the analysis contrasts with the story the opposition has tried to w…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-12). There's Something Eerily Familiar About the West's Approach to Venezuela. counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | The closest I ever came to Venezuela, many years ago, was a transit connection at Caracas airport. I noticed a lot of soldiers in red berets and a clutch of goons, and it reminded me, vaguely, of the Middle East. | Now, sitting in the rain squalls of the wintry Levant, I flick through my newspaper clippings of our recent local autocrats — Saddam, Assad, al-Sisi, Erdogan, Mohammed bin Salman (you can fill in the rest for yourself) — and I thi…

Claudio Katz (2019-02-12). Venezuela defines the future of the region. mronline.org The struggle for Venezuela will decide the destiny of Latin America, argues Claudio Katz. We must recognise global Right's hypocrisy in its attempts to topple Maduro. But it doesn't act alone: similar forces are alive inside a government that has failed to counteract economic collapse. | Source

U.S. Labor against the War (2019-02-12). Anti-war labor group opposes Trump attacks on Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The U.S. has no legitimate claim to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, to take sides in internal political disputes, or to undermine governments elected by the people. We have seen the disastrous consequences of recent U.S. interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and, through its alliance with Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. U.S. intervention …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-12). Red Cross, UN Slam Denounce Use of 'Politicized' Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela. mintpressnews.com USAID is an arm of the US State Department and has been involved in a number of scandals in recent years which have led to its expulsion from Russia for political meddling and Bolivia for conspiracy.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-12). Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup? zcomm.org Why Guaido's attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela…

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Mexican Migrants Kept as 'Slaves' in Canada, Released. telesurenglish.net Canadian police have located and freed more than 40 Mexican nationals who were living under conditions of "modern slavery" and who were presumably forced to do jobs consisting of cleaning rich-owned vacation homes in Ontario. | RELATED: | Canada: Social Movements Reject 'U.S.-Backed Coup In Venezuela ' | "Last night I went to bed a slave. This morning…

STAFF (2019-02-12). The Real Reason the U.S. Wants to Overthrow Venezuela. truthdig.com Since 1998, the United States of America has tried to overthrow the government of Venezuela. What threatened the government of the United States since then was the Bolivarian dynamic set in motion by the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela that year. Chávez won the elections with a mandate from Venezuela's workers and poor to overhaul the country to tend to their long-neglected needs. | Venezuela, with the world's largest proven oil reserves, had enriched the U.S.-based oil companies and its own oligarchy. Venezuela's key oil minister in the early 1960s (and architect of OPEC—the Organization…

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in US Threatening Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the United States is trying to create a humanitarian crisis in the Bolivarian Republic and now using humanitarian aid as a mean of justification for military intervention. | RELATED: | Study: 80% of Venezuelans Oppose Foreign Intervention | "Venezuela is a country that has dignity, and the United States has intended to create a humanitarian crisis in order to justify military intervention, "humanitarian". And this is part of that show," President N…

Eds. (2019-02-12). How the media manufactures consent for regime change in Venezuela. mronline.org Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in fomenting popular support for the regime change operation in Venezuela. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-02-12). Regime Change Made in the USA. consortiumnews.com Trump's backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government could weaken the opposition's longstanding support among the majority of Venezuelans, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner NACLA Since its outset, the Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalized its positions…. Read more →

ICSS (2019-02-12). What's Happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609…

repost (2019-02-12). An Open Letter to the People of the U.S.from President Nicolas Maduro. indybay.org "Disinformation by Omission": Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro's Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search). Please forward this text far and wide.

ANSWER Coalition (2019-02-12). Study Group: The Truth Behind the U.S. Attacks on Venezuela. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

ANSWER Coalition (2019-02-12). March & Rally: Hands Off Venezuela! NO coup – NO war – NO sanctions! indybay.org UN Plaza, 7th and Market Sts.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-12). Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela. therealnews.com Actor and activist Danny Glover places the conflict over Venezuela in the context of a long history of US-led coups in Latin America

IAC (2019-02-12). Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State. democracynow.org Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is publicly accusing the owner of the National Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail," weeks after the paper revealed details about his extramarital affair. Bezos had recently hired a private investigator to determine how the tabloid newspaper obtained private text messages between him and his lover, and whether the paper's actions were politically motivated. The National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, Inc., responded to Bezos's investigation by threatening to publish revealing photos of Bezos if he did not agree to publicly state that the Enquirer's coverage was not politically m…

teleSUR (2019-02-11). UN Secretary General Meets with Venezuelan Foreign Minister. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met Monday the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in order to strengthen programs of cooperation with health, food and education, among others. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Long Lineups to Sign for Peace | Arreaza thanked the UN official from his Twitter account, saying that "multilaterism needed to be strengthened in order to defend the principles of the UN Chart: Peace, Development and H…

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Bolivia Calls for Global Support of Venezuelan Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net In a continued call for peaceful dialogue, Bolivia says it will not be responsible for a war in Venezuela, President Evo Morales via a Twitter post-Monday. | RELATED: | Evo: History Shows That US Interventions Never Solve Problems | "We call on the presiding brothers of Latin America and the world to continue looking for a peaceful solution to the situation in Venezuela. We can not be responsible for a war between brothers which would also violate the norms of international law,"

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil? democracynow.org The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Shane Quinn (2019-02-11). U.S. influence in Venezuela stretches back decades. peoplesworld.org Root causes of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are becoming increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one-fifth of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran and Iraq, leaving Saudi Arabia trailing in second place. The United States' fixation on Venezuela is directly …

Eds. (2019-02-11). Lawfare: Using "Transition" status to justify intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org On February 4, twelve days after Juan Guaidó's self-juramentation, the National Assembly held an ordinary session to discuss and approve an instrument called "Statute Governing the Transition to Democracy to Restore the Validity of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-02-11). Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup? venezuelanalysis.com VA's on-the-ground journalist Paul Dobson explains why Guaido's attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela.

Peter Kornbluh (2019-02-11). Chile and the U.S: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | I lived through the September 11, 1973 military coup in Chile. I was a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago. | Project FUBELT" was the codename for CIA covert operations to promote a military …

Daniel McAdams (2019-02-11). The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! globalresearch.ca There is a sad disregard for human life among the neocon regime-changers. The devastation of Iraq, with its million dead, was a mere stepping stone to a "re-making" of the Middle East. A Libya turned into a modern day slave …

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Venezuela Seeks to Double Oil Exports to India. telesurenglish.net Venezuela wants to double its oil sales to India and is open to barter payment arrangements with the world's third biggest crude consumer, Venezuelan Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said on Monday. | RELATED: | Cuba Rips US Security Council Resolution on Venezuela in UN | "India also wants to increase the intake," Quevedo said after a meeting with Indian re…

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2019-02-11). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. venezuelanalysis.com FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.

Ariel Dorfman (2019-02-11). Salvador Allende Offers a Way Out for Venezuela's Maduro. thenation.com Salvador Allende Offers a Way Out for Venezuela's Maduro…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-11). Red Cross, UN Slam 'Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro has denounced the aid as a political ploy aimed at toppling his government.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-11). Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela. therealnews.com The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world

Alan Macleod (2019-02-11). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (VA) — The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of …

RT (2019-02-11). 'Real irony': Bezos complains about nude pics privacy invasion while building surveillance state. rt.com Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who led the tech giant as it cozied up with US authorities to develop surveillance tools, is now complaining that his privacy has been violated.

Steve Ellner, NACLA (2019-02-10). Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA'. venezuelanalysis.com Steve Ellner looks at the ongoing US-orchestrated coup attempt and its implications.

Fight Back (2019-02-10). WFTU condemns intervention against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers of the five continents as well as the world class-oriented labor movement, strongly rejects the attempted coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | This interference, orchestrated by the US government, NATO and the EU and executed by the representatives of the transnationals and monopolies in the country, constitutes a flagrant violation of the most elementary rules of internati…

Alan MacLeod — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-10). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

RT (2019-02-10). Joe Biden reminded of past 'humanitarian' actions after he blasts Maduro over aid block. rt.com A former US Vice President has urged Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to step aside for a "democratic transition." Twitter, however, doubted Joe Biden's 'humanitarian' motivation, pointing out his warmongering past.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-10). Blood for Oil in Venezuela? therealnews.com Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump's policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad

Fight Back (2019-02-09). Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…

Eds. (2019-02-09). Similarities and aggressions. mronline.org War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source

Jorge Martín, In Defence of Marxism (2019-02-09). Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump's Coup? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.

Yves Engler (2019-02-09). The Planned Plunder Behind Canada's Support of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Yves Engler looks at the resource-hungry MNC's pushing the Canadian government's aggressive attempts to oust Maduro.

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

Roger Harris (2019-02-08). Juan Guaidó: The man who would be president of Venezuela doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on. mronline.org Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on for this open attempt at a coup. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-02-08). Seeking to oust Maduro, Washington may find itself in a new Vietnam. uwidata.com In one of Hugo Chavez' most celebrated speeches, he proclaimed proudly and to loud applause that "Venezuela will never again be a Yankee colony," and stated that the country had entered the most definitive period of its independence. Regardless of whether or not Chavez correctly assessed his historical moment, it is critical that we see […]

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo

Reese Erlich (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup? progressive.org Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.

Joe Emersberger (2019-02-08). Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela. zcomm.org Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty's position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela's government, including open encouragement of Venezuela's military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took "no position" on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more…