Monthly Archives: February 2019

2019-02-27: News Headlines

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

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). 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

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…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-27). Mike Pence: Orchestrator of the Venezuelan Coup. The Invasion Option Is On The Table. globalresearch.ca According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the US is preparing to covertly arm the opposition in Venezuela. | From Sputnik: | We have evidence that US companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring …

Shane Quinn (2019-02-27). Venezuela Must Draw Inspiration from Survival of Cuban Revolution. globalresearch.ca As the Soviet Union crumbled in December 1991, a Special Period unfolded in Cuba as she reeled from the disappearance of her principal commercial partner. In the late 1980s, over 85% of Cuba's trade was tied to the USSR. | During …

Andre Vltchek (2019-02-27). In Washington, Regime Change Is Truly and Urgently Needed! globalresearch.ca I am surprised that no one else is saying it, writing it, shouting it at each and every corner: | It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the …

Anya Parampil (2019-02-27). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. globalresearch.ca Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government. | *** | While tweeting that she had …

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

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-02-27). Oakland Protests Trump's Regime Change Attack on Venezuela. indybay.org Though a US and Venezuelan Right Wing attempted regime change in Venezuela failed in 2002, Trump is now trying again, with his signature measures of cruelty and hypocrisy.

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…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-26). Notes From the Streets of Venezuela—The People Are Resilient in the Face of Foreign Intervention. commondreams.org The word "Chavista" has a resonance. It refers to those women and men who are loyal to Chavez and to the Bolivarian Revolution. (Photo: Vijay Prashad) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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). 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…

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

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

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

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-26). Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Illustrating that the exception only proves the rule, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood virtually alone, tweeting: "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs."

Chris Gilbert (2019-02-26). Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future. counterpunch.org It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And it's what imperialism continually does with Venezuela. I recall an Aló Presidente program in which Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt. He said that the US thought it could easily replace him. "As simply as this," he said and demonstrated by moving More

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."

William Walter Kay (2019-02-26). "Humanitarian Aid" for Nefarious Purposes. USAID and Guaido's February 23, 2019 — The Second Battle of Cucuta. globalresearch.ca On Sunday morn, February 28 1813, General Ramon Correa, commander of 800 Spanish Royalist troops, sat upon his favourite Cucuta pew. While Correa communed with the Almighty, Simon Bolivar marched 400 men to hilltops overlooking Cucuta. Futile attempts to …

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 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…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-26). Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d'état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by "the resistance" is when he acts "presidential" — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria. As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time: "The number of …

WSWS (2019-02-26). Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: "There is no turning back" wsws.org "All options are on the table," Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.

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.

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.

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 →

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-25). Roger Waters, Socialists Say No to Bernie and AOC's Positions on Venezuela. mintpressnews.com While Senator Sanders seems to support a supposedly "democratic" kind of regime change in Venezuela, journalist Ben Norton, who has spent the past two weeks in Venezuela amid the flailing coup attempt, says it is the opposition that is un-democratic. On Twitter, Norton accused the Venezuelan opposition of dropping "all pretense of wanting democracy and demand[ing] a coup and war."

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…

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-25). So-called humanitarian intervention a sham in Haiti and Venezuela. peoplesworld.org Source: The Communist Party of Venezuela posted this article on its website at prensapcv.wordpress.com. It appeared earlier on a Cuban website at: http: //www.juventudrebelde.cu/internacionales/2019-02-19/la-lamentable-hipocresia-de-lo-humanitario. Following is a translation from the original Spanish by William T. Whitney, Jr. After protests in Haiti over several days, the risk is great there of a humanitarian crisis. This is according …

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…

Gibson Maina (2019-02-25). Kenyan activists slam US-Guaido coup in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org On February 18, progressive organizations in Kenya held a forum at the Kenya National Theater in downtown Nairobi to mark "Dedan Kimathi Day". Kimathi was the leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as "the Mau Mau", who led the fight for the country's liberation against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was killed in 1957 after leading the heroic armed struggle, which was widely supported by the people, for years. | The forum was attended by around 200 people. The main speaker was Professor Maina wa Kinyatti, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the Daniel arap Moi dictatorship, a histor…

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…

Chris Gilbert (2019-02-25). U.S. imperialism is still "misunderestimating" Venezuela. peoplesworld.org It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And that's what imperialism continually does with Venezuela. I recall an Aló Presidente program in which former President Hugo Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt against his government. He said that the U.S. thought it could easily replace him. "As simply as this," …

Whitney Webb (2019-02-25). Pence, Guaidó Fail to Secure Lima Group Approval for US Military Intervention in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Given recent statements from Guaidó and top U.S. officials — as well as the recent death threat against Maduro voiced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) via Twitter — it seems that if the U.S. is determined to use military means to topple Maduro, it will likely have to do so unilaterally or clandestinely.

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?

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-25). Vice-president of Venezuela: "If they attack us, the people of the world will rise up" peoplesdispatch.org The vice-president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, participated on February 24 at the official opening of the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and against imperialism, held in the capital Caracas. Her address was a historical analysis of the relationship between the United States and Venezuela since Hugo Chávez assumed power in the 90s. | : : What's happening in Venezuela : : | "After Hugo Chávez came to power in 1998, US imperialism outlined a strategy of…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-25). Internationalist Youth Brigade witnesses Venezuelans' will to resist imperialism. peoplesdispatch.org Members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade worked on different community projects in Venezuela. They witnessed the current situation in the country, which they reported as being contradictory to what is being shown in mainstream media. They also saw how Venezuelans are coming up with ingenious solutions to the problems imposed by economic sanctions for indigenous production of goods.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-25). [VIDEO] We commit to the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution: International Peoples' Assembly. peoplesdispatch.org Speaking at the closing event of the first day of the assembly, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said that the country will never surrender to the US diktat and with the support of the people it will overcome the attack.

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.

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 …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-25). "Hands Off Venezuela" Rallies Held in Cities Around the World. therealnews.com TRNN correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports on a protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office in Ottawa, Canada…

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

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-24). VIDEO: The Real Humanitarian Aid: Inside Venezuela's State-Subsidized Communal Markets. grayzoneproject.com The Grayzone toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk…

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-24). Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge? grayzoneproject.com Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia….

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Labor, anti-war movements unite to protest U.S. aggression against Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — The streets were full of working-class solidarity on Saturday, February 23, when well over 100 people, including trade unionists, Latin America solidarity groups and anti-war activists gathered under the banner "U.S. hands off Venezuela!" | The event was part of a global day of action to protest the ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. Protesters occupied multiple intersections in the high-density Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, distributing fliers and speaking with pedestrians about the situation in Venezuela. | The demonstratio…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Miami march against war with Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – Over 50 protesters gathered in front of the Trump National Doral Golf Course to boldly demonstrate against U.S. war plans targeting Venezuela. Protesters displayed banners and signs demanding the U.S. government end its sanctions against the Venezuelan people, calling for peace, and denouncing the attempted coup against Venezuela's democratically-elected government. | After an hour of spirited chanting, the crowd took to the streets of Doral and marched over a mile down to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) — where the U.S. government plots its interventions, coups and invasions agains…

2019-02-27: Social Media Postees

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…

Mike Pence: Orchestrator of the Venezuelan Coup. The Invasion Option Is On The Table
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the US is preparing to covertly arm the opposition in Venezuela. | From Sputnik: | We have evidence that US companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring | …
globalresearch.ca/mike-pence-orchestrato…

Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government. | *** | While tweeting that she had …
globalresearch.ca/fake-twitter-diplomat-…

In Washington, Regime Change Is Truly and Urgently Needed!
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
I am surprised that no one else is saying it, writing it, shouting it at each and every corner: | It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the | …
globalresearch.ca/in-washington-regime-c…

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…

Venezuela Must Draw Inspiration from Survival of Cuban Revolution
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
As the Soviet Union crumbled in December 1991, a Special Period unfolded in Cuba as she reeled from the disappearance of her principal commercial partner. In the late 1980s, over 85% of Cuba's trade was tied to the USSR. | During …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-draw-inspira…

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/

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…

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…

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…
therealnews.com/stories/what-does-venezu…

Oakland Protests Trump's Regime Change Attack on Venezuela
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-02-27
Though a US and Venezuelan Right Wing attempted regime change in Venezuela failed in 2002, Trump is now trying again, with his signature measures of cruelty and hypocrisy.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/24/1882141…

Notes From the Streets of Venezuela—The People Are Resilient in the Face of Foreign Intervention
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-02-26
The word "Chavista" has a resonance. It refers to those women and men who are loyal to Chavez and to the Bolivarian Revolution. (Photo: Vijay Prashad) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/26/notes-…

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/new-york…

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

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/denver-p…

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/dallas-p…

Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Illustrating that the exception only proves the rule, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood virtually alone, tweeting: "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs."
mintpressnews.com/trumps-democratic-oppo…

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…

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…
mronline.org/2019/02/26/russian-security…

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
counterpunch.org/2019/02/26/the-coup-has…

Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future
Chris Gilbert | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-26
It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And it's what imperialism continually does with Venezuela. I recall an Aló Presidente program in which Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt. He said that the US thought it could easily replace him. "As simply as this," he said and demonstrated by moving…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/26/venezuelas-2…

"Humanitarian Aid" for Nefarious Purposes. USAID and Guaido's February 23, 2019 — The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-26
On Sunday morn, February 28 1813, General Ramon Correa, commander of 800 Spanish Royalist troops, sat upon his favourite Cucuta pew. While Correa communed with the Almighty, Simon Bolivar marched 400 men to hilltops overlooking Cucuta. Futile attempts to …
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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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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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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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Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: "There is no turning back"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-26
"All options are on the table," Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/26/vene…

Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-26
(MPN) — Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d'état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by "the resistance" is when he acts "presidential" — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria. As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time: "The number of …

Trump’s Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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 ?…
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Roger Waters, Socialists Say No to Bernie and AOC's Positions on Venezuela
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
While Senator Sanders seems to support a supposedly "democratic" kind of regime change in Venezuela, journalist Ben Norton, who has spent the past two weeks in Venezuela amid the flailing coup attempt, says it is the opposition that is un-democratic. On Twitter, Norton accused the Venezuelan opposition of dropping "all pretense of wanting democracy and demand[ing] a coup and war."
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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…
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So-called humanitarian intervention a sham in Haiti and Venezuela
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-25
Source: The Communist Party of Venezuela posted this article on its website at prensapcv.wordpress.com. It appeared earlier on a Cuban website at: http: //www.juventudrebelde.cu/internacionales/2019-02-19/la-lamentable-hipocresia-de-lo-humanitario. Following is a translation from the original Spanish by William T. Whitney, Jr. After protests in Haiti over several days, the risk is great there of a humanitarian crisis. This is according …
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Kenyan activists slam US-Guaido coup in Venezuela
Gibson Maina | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
On February 18, progressive organizations in Kenya held a forum at the Kenya National Theater in downtown Nairobi to mark "Dedan Kimathi Day". Kimathi was the leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as "the Mau Mau", who led the fight for the country's liberation against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was killed in 1957 after leading the heroic armed struggle, which was widely supported by the people, for years. | The forum was attended by around 200 people. The main speaker was Professor Maina wa Kinyatti, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the Daniel arap Moi dictatorship, a histor…
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Pence, Guaidó Fail to Secure Lima Group Approval for US Military Intervention in Venezuela
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-25
Given recent statements from Guaidó and top U.S. officials — as well as the recent death threat against Maduro voiced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) via Twitter — it seems that if the U.S. is determined to use military means to topple Maduro, it will likely have to do so unilaterally or clandestinely.
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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_…

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

Vice-president of Venezuela: "If they attack us, the people of the world will rise up"
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
The vice-president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, participated on February 24 at the official opening of the International Peoples' Assembly in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and against imperialism, held in the capital Caracas. Her address was a historical analysis of the relationship between the United States and Venezuela since Hugo Chávez assumed power in the 90s. | : : What's happening in Venezuela : : | "After Hugo Chávez came to power in 1998, US imperialism outlined a strategy of…
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Internationalist Youth Brigade witnesses Venezuelans' will to resist imperialism
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
Members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade worked on different community projects in Venezuela. They witnessed the current situation in the country, which they reported as being contradictory to what is being shown in mainstream media. They also saw how Venezuelans are coming up with ingenious solutions to the problems imposed by economic sanctions for indigenous production of goods.
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U.S. imperialism is still "misunderestimating" Venezuela
Chris Gilbert | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-25
It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And that's what imperialism continually does with Venezuela. I recall an Aló Presidente program in which former President Hugo Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt against his government. He said that the U.S. thought it could easily replace him. "As simply as this," …
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[VIDEO] We commit to the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution: International Peoples' Assembly
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-25
Speaking at the closing event of the first day of the assembly, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said that the country will never surrender to the US diktat and with the support of the people it will overcome the attack.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/25/video-we-…

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

"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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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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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…

VIDEO: The Real Humanitarian Aid: Inside Venezuela's State-Subsidized Communal Markets
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-24
The Grayzone toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/24/humanitar…

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…

Labor, anti-war movements unite to protest U.S. aggression against Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Minneapolis, MN — The streets were full of working-class solidarity on Saturday, February 23, when well over 100 people, including trade unionists, Latin America solidarity groups and anti-war activists gathered under the banner "U.S. hands off Venezuela!" | The event was part of a global day of action to protest the ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. Protesters occupied multiple intersections in the high-density Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, distributing fliers and speaking with pedestrians about the situation in Venezuela. | The demonstratio…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/labor-an…

Miami march against war with Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-24
Miami, FL – Over 50 protesters gathered in front of the Trump National Doral Golf Course to boldly demonstrate against U.S. war plans targeting Venezuela. Protesters displayed banners and signs demanding the U.S. government end its sanctions against the Venezuelan people, calling for peace, and denouncing the attempted coup against Venezuela's democratically-elected government. | After an hour of spirited chanting, the crowd took to the streets of Doral and marched over a mile down to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) — where the U.S. government plots its interventions, coups and invasions agains…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/24/miami-ma…

The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
John Pilger — Counterpunch | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-24
"A war has been declared on Venezuela, of which the truth is 'too difficult' to report" – John Pilger has his take on Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14348

"When we say Hands off Venezuela', we are saying Viva Socialism"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-24
People from across the world have come to Caracas to join together as left, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist forces to affirm their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and denounce the fierce attacks it currently faces by the US empire and its allies. The meeting is taking place at a key moment in Venezuela as it is currently a most brutal attacks on all fronts from the US empire and its allies. | The event was launched with a vibrant mística ceremony celebrating traditional Venezuelan dance and music, as well as a show of the diversity of the encounter itself.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/24/when-we-s…