Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

2019-03-12: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-12). "Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid? globalresearch.ca Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led "sabotage," the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations. | *** | For nearly four days, much of Venezuela …

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-12). Diplomacy, not a military coup, is the way to help Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a "dictator," dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy or a policy of non-intervention, the Trump administration has set out intentionally to overthrow the regime. Long before …

teleSUR Desk (2019-03-12). Venezuela blackouts: 'straight from the cyberwar playbook'. mronline.org A columnist at Forbes discusses the possibility of the blackout in Venezuela having been caused by cyberwarfare. | Source

Eduardo Gudynas (2019-03-12). Military Moves into Environmental Management in South America. counterpunch.org Environmental and land management in South America is being slowly but persistently militarized, with the aim of controlling extractive industries, especially gold mining. In Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, as well as other countries, both conservative and progressive governments participate in this militarization. The basic dispute is not so much in avoiding negative environmental and social impacts, as in controlling economic surpluses. More

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-12). Greater Trump Regime Intervention in Venezuela Coming? Sabotage as a Prelude to All Out War? globalresearch.ca On Monday, Pompeo hinted at the Trump regime upping the stakes in Venezuela, saying "(t)he United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid (the Bolivarian Republic) and those" supporting US aims in the country. | He falsely blamed …

Noam Chomsky (2019-03-12). Chomsky & Nader. zcomm.org Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…

Eds. (2019-03-12). Venezuela in the dark: a chronicle of sabotage. mronline.org Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, was one of the first to announce the blackout, for which he blamed the "Maduro regime," and stated something that only those involved in the sabotage operation could know. | Source

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Pompeo: US To Withdraw All Personnel From Venezuela This Week. telesurenglish.net United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. "will withdraw all remaining personnel from the (Venezuelan) embassy this week," effectively breaking diplomatic ties with the country on part of the U.S. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Claims Of Hospital Deaths During Outage: 'False' | In a tweet late Monday night Pompeo wrote: "The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week," adding that "the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Lavrov: US Sanction Against Russian Company Violates Int'l Law. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is criminalizing Russian companies for doing business with the Venezuelan state, saying they are violated U.S. imposed sanctions by making transactions with Venezuela's sanctioned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | In a Monday press conference Pompeo said that the assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Russia-Venezuel…

Tom Gallagher (2019-03-12). San Francisco Democrats Adopt Venezuela Stance Diametrically Opposed to Pelosi's. commondreams.org Far from the first time that the Committee—the Democratic Party's official voice in San Francisco—has been at odds with Pelosi. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Venezuela's Prosecutor Probes Guaido over Electric Grid Attack. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Attorney General Tareck William Saab said that his Venezuelan Public Ministry has started an investigation against Juan Guaido, the lawmaker of the country's National Assembly, which has been in contempt since 2016, over his alleged participation in the recent sabotage to the electric grid system in Venezuela. | The measure, which was reported to the Supreme Court of Justice, is meant to investigate whether the opposition lawmaker has acted as the mastermind behind the electric outage in the country that began last Thursday. | "We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 2…

South Front (2019-03-12). Video: Venezuela Blackout: Cyber Attacks, Sabotage and Political Horror Movies. globalresearch.ca During the past few days, Venezuela was suffering a major blackout that left the country in darkness. The crisis started on March 7 with a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country's power. Additionally, …

Joseph Lombardo (2019-03-12). Live From Venezuela. counterpunch.org Well, we made it to Venezuela, but it wasn't easy. The US has closed the Venezuelan embassy because they do not recognize the government. Therefore, it is not possible to get a visa. This might be one reason that the US closed the embassy. If you can't get a visa and go Venezuela, you can More

Lee Camp (2019-03-12). Lee Camp: We Are Being Lied Into War Again. mintpressnews.com This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country—or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results.

teleSUR (2019-03-12). US Whites Produce More, Suffer Less Pollution Than Minorities. telesurenglish.net A new study showed that minority populations in the United States experience the effects of pollution more than the amount they cause, as opposed to white people, who experience less pollution than what they cause, based on consumption numbers. | RELATED | Colombia: Air Pollution Triggers Red Alert Warning in Aburra | The study, coming out of the University of Washington (UW) and conducted by University of Minnesota (UM) professor Jason Hill and UW professor Christopher Tessum, ma…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-12). Escalation Fears Grow in Venezeula as Guaid√≥ Signals Support for Foreign Intervention and US Withdraws Diplomats. commondreams.org Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. embassy in Caracas will be vacated came as Juan Guaid√≥ said he may support foreign intervention in Venezuela | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-12). As US officials repeatedly caught out over Venezuela lies, Pompeo accuses RT of 'disinformation'. rt.com The US has been calling for regime change in Venezuela for months. In that time, US officials have been caught skewing the facts on the ground and pushing disinformation to the media — but the real bad guy? RT, of course.

Julia Conley (2019-03-12). Guaidó Signals Foreign Intervention in Venezuela as US Withdraws Diplomats. theantimedia.com (CD) — Concerns over the Trump administration's increasingly hostile policy in Venezuela grew Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. was withdrawing all diplomatic personnel from the country. Pompeo cited the "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela that escalated in January after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "interim president," rebuking President Nicolas Maduro and coordinating …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad. consortiumnews.com Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how little voters know about his actual record, writes Norman Solomon. Biden is No Friend of the Working Class; Solidly Backed Invasion of Iraq in 2003 By… Read more →

Max Blumenthal (2019-03-11). US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event' for 'Galvanizing Public Unrest'. thegrayzone.com The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and…

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Landmine in Colombia Kills 5, Peace Talks Remain Elusive. telesurenglish.net Three members of the military and two civilians have died after a group stepped on a landmine Saturday morning in the town of Tibu in the north of the department of Santander Colombia. | RELATED | Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court | Sources in the military say that the group belonging to the Corps of Engineers was doing initial assessments of the area in preparation for upcoming road work when they stepped on a landmine. | Initial reports indicated that two milit…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). "Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid? mintpressnews.com Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led "sabotage," the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). NY Times Acknowledges Venezuela Opposition as Cause of Aid Fire, Echoing Initial Reports by Alternative Press. mintpressnews.com While independent outlets have made headway in challenging government narratives, such outlets are often maligned by influential mainstream outlets for reports that question the official story — at least until the MSM decides to get on board and question that story themselves.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

teleSUR Desk (2019-03-11). 'Stay true to Chavismo,' Maduro says as blackout continues. mronline.org "We have overcome so many challenges, we'll overcome this one," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the crowd Sunday. | Source

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Venezuelan Gov't: Work, School Suspended Until Wednesday. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, stated that the national government has decided to extend the suspension of work activities and school classes for all levels of education until Wednesday, in the context of the attack on the electricity system. | He expressed admiration for the courage the people have shown in the face of the situation and their capacity to understand the current situation. | Related: | Light And Electricity Gradually Returning To Venezuela | Earlier in the da…

teleSUR, trp-ML (2019-03-11). Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor on its border with Colombia to allow passage for students who live one side but go to school in the other one, and for citizens that need medical attention. Beyond this, the rest of the border remains closed. | RELATED | Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border | The instruction to open the corridor was given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and came into effect Monday at 5:…

David Schwartzman — Quincy Saul (2019-03-11). The Path to Climate Justice Passes Through Caracas. counterpunch.org It is critical to understand how blocking the regime change agenda with respect to Venezuela is integrally connected to confronting the challenge of climate change. Fighting the Media War Today we are all witness to the subversion and slander of one of our best hopes. Venezuelans call it "the media war." Karl Marx called it More

Misión Verdad (2019-03-11). Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (special report). peoplesdispatch.org Between the afternoon of March 8 and the early morning of March 10, Venezuela was the victim of a new sabotage attack, the biggest in its republican history, this time on the Guri hydroelectric plant, which left at least 80% of the population without electricity, with the aim of undermining any attempt by the Venezuelan government to stabilize the economy and curb the insurrectionary context the United States and its minions, like Juan Guaidó, are trying to bring to fruition in the country. | 1. Preparing for shock. Prior to the sabotage that shook the entire National Electric System, leaving much of the count…

Gregory Shupak — FAIR (2019-03-11). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains. venezuelanalysis.com In ignoring the social gains achieved under the Bolivarian government, the corporate media justifies the US coup and right-wing opposition's to eliminate Chavismo as a social force, argues Greg Shupak.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Is War With Iran on the Horizon? consortiumnews.com Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more →

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-11). The Grooming of Juan Guaido, Pawn for US Economic Interests in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Kei Pritsker explains how Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido came to have the backing of US corporations, political interests and ultimately, the Trump administration.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-11). Micoahumado community in Colombia denounces violation of International Humanitarian Law by Army. peoplesdispatch.org The inhabitants and social and peasant organizations of Micoahumado town in the Bolivar department of Colombia, denounce that the confrontations between the ELN and the National Army have been constant since March 2…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-11). Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack. theantimedia.com Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid. (VA Op-ed) — An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. Starting around 5 PM …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Cuba: Electric Sabotage Against Venezuela is Terrorism. telesurenglish.net The government of Cuba has rejected and described as a terrorist act the attack on Venezuela's electricity system which occurred last Thursday. | In a statement, the government of the Cuban Revolution argues that the attack has been "aimed at damaging the defenseless population to use as a hostage in the unconventional war unleashed by the United States against the Venezuelan government." | Related: | Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia | In this context, it argues that it is an esca…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Claims that Venezuelan military burned aid truck exposed as imperialist propaganda. wsws.org Accusations by Marco Rubio, John Bolton and other US officials that Maduro ordered the burning of the aid shipment have been revealed as lies, aimed at promoting US government efforts to foment a right-wing coup.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-10). Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-10). NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda. theintercept.com Independent journalists skeptical of government claims proved these lies weeks ago, but the propagandistic U.S. media ignored them.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-10). Trump's "Coalition of the Willing" Against Venezuela Has Legitimacy Issues of Their Own. therealnews.com Many right-wing South American governments that are supporting Trump's effort to oust Venezuela's President Maduro have their own legitimacy issues, such as Brazil and Honduras. Others are deeply dependent on the US, such as Argentina and Colombia. CEPR's Mark Weisbrot analyzes the coalition…

stuart_m (2019-03-09). FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't. greenleft.org.au When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…

CounterSpin (2019-03-08). Venezuela in the US Press – Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez. fair.org Media…

Faiz Ahmed (2019-03-08). Canadian support for intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org The Liberal Party of Canada is ensnared in a scandal alleging high-level government intervention to shield a major engineering firm from criminal prosecution over its practices abroad. The timing of the scandal is note worthy. It has emerged after a high profile role taken by the governing Liberals in destabilizing Venezuela. Looking at the firms […] | Source

Katrina Kozarek, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-08). Nationwide Blackout In Venezuela -Venezuelanalysis On the Ground Coverage Affected. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela suffered a nationwide blackout in the afternoon on Thursday, March 7. Government officials denounce sabotage and promise to restore the country to 100 percent electrical service over the coming hours. | On the ground reporters for Venezuelanalysis.com currently without means of presenting updates until electricity is restored.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats. therealnews.com 16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). 'NSW not for sale!'. greenleft.org.au "NSW not for sale!" was one of the chants at a Fix NSW rally on March 3, 20 days out from the state election. It expressed a common element in NSW government projects that have sparked resistance from numerous communities and trade unions. | Giant banners featuring the face of Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the words "$elling NSW" were the backdrop to speeches from Raymond Weatherall from Fighting In Resistance Equally, the coalition that organised the huge Invasion Day march on January 26; Jean Hinchliffe and Daisy Jeffrey from the Student Strike 4 Climate; Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester; Deput…

susan_p (2019-03-08). 'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…

Ben Norton (2019-03-07). Why a Wall Street Banker Joined Venezuela's Revolution. thegrayzone.com Venezuelan financial analyst Juan Carlos Peraza explains why he gave up a lucrative job as a Wall Street banker and…

George Ciccariello-Maher, In These Times (2019-03-07). Another Failed Coup in Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com George Ciccariello-Maher dissects the failing US-backed coup in Venezuela.

2019-03-12: Social Media Postees

"Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid?
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led "sabotage," the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations. | *** | For nearly four days, much of Venezuela …
globalresearch.ca/trump-neocons-recycle-…

Greater Trump Regime Intervention in Venezuela Coming? Sabotage as a Prelude to All Out War?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
On Monday, Pompeo hinted at the Trump regime upping the stakes in Venezuela, saying "(t)he United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid (the Bolivarian Republic) and those" supporting US aims in the country. | He falsely blamed | …
globalresearch.ca/greater-trump-regime-i…

Chomsky & Nader
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/1018198/

Venezuela in the dark: a chronicle of sabotage
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-12
Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, was one of the first to announce the blackout, for which he blamed the "Maduro regime," and stated something that only those involved in the sabotage operation could know. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/12/venezuela-in-the…

Diplomacy, not a military coup, is the way to help Venezuela
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a "dictator," dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy or a policy of non-intervention, the Trump administration has set out intentionally to overthrow the regime. Long before …
peoplesworld.org/article/diplomacy-not-a…

Pompeo: US To Withdraw All Personnel From Venezuela This Week
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. "will withdraw all remaining personnel from the (Venezuelan) embassy this week," effectively breaking diplomatic ties with the country on part of the U.S. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Claims Of Hospital Deaths During Outage: 'False' | In a tweet late Monday night Pompeo wrote: "The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week," adding that "the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Pompeo-US-To-Wit…

Lavrov: US Sanction Against Russian Company Violates Int'l Law
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is criminalizing Russian companies for doing business with the Venezuelan state, saying they are violated U.S. imposed sanctions by making transactions with Venezuela's sanctioned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | In a Monday press conference Pompeo said that the assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Russia-Venezuel…
telesurenglish.net/news/Lavrov-US-Sancti…

Venezuela's Prosecutor Probes Guaido over Electric Grid Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Venezuela's Attorney General Tareck William Saab said that his Venezuelan Public Ministry has started an investigation against Juan Guaido, the lawmaker of the country's National Assembly, which has been in contempt since 2016, over his alleged participation in the recent sabotage to the electric grid system in Venezuela. | The measure, which was reported to the Supreme Court of Justice, is meant to investigate whether the opposition lawmaker has acted as the mastermind behind the electric outage in the country that began last Thursday. | "We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 2…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelas-Top-P…

Video: Venezuela Blackout: Cyber Attacks, Sabotage and Political Horror Movies
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
During the past few days, Venezuela was suffering a major blackout that left the country in darkness. The crisis started on March 7 with a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country's power. Additionally, …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-blackout-cyb…

Live From Venezuela
Joseph Lombardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Well, we made it to Venezuela, but it wasn't easy. The US has closed the Venezuelan embassy because they do not recognize the government. Therefore, it is not possible to get a visa. This might be one reason that the US closed the embassy. If you can't get a visa and go Venezuela, you can…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/12/live-from-ve…

Venezuela blackouts: 'straight from the cyberwar playbook'
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-03-12
A columnist at Forbes discusses the possibility of the blackout in Venezuela having been caused by cyberwarfare. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/12/venezuela-blacko…

San Francisco Democrats Adopt Venezuela Stance Diametrically Opposed to Pelosi's
Tom Gallagher | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Far from the first time that the Committee—the Democratic Party's official voice in San Francisco—has been at odds with Pelosi. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/12/san-fr…

Military Moves into Environmental Management in South America
Eduardo Gudynas | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Environmental and land management in South America is being slowly but persistently militarized, with the aim of controlling extractive industries, especially gold mining. In Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, as well as other countries, both conservative and progressive governments participate in this militarization. The basic dispute is not so much in avoiding negative environmental and social impacts, as in controlling economic surpluses.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/12/military-mov…

Lee Camp: We Are Being Lied Into War Again
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country–or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results.
mintpressnews.com/lee-camp-we-are-being-…

US Whites Produce More, Suffer Less Pollution Than Minorities
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
A new study showed that minority populations in the United States experience the effects of pollution more than the amount they cause, as opposed to white people, who experience less pollution than what they cause, based on consumption numbers. | RELATED | Colombia: Air Pollution Triggers Red Alert Warning in Aburra | The study, coming out of the University of Washington (UW) and conducted by University of Minnesota (UM) professor Jason Hill and UW professor Christopher Tessum, ma…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Whites-Produc…

Escalation Fears Grow in Venezeula as Guaidó Signals Support for Foreign Intervention and US Withdraws Diplomats
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. embassy in Caracas will be vacated came as Juan Guaid√≥ said he may support foreign intervention in Venezuela | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/12/escalat…

As US officials repeatedly caught out over Venezuela lies, Pompeo accuses RT of 'disinformation'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
The US has been calling for regime change in Venezuela for months. In that time, US officials have been caught skewing the facts on the ground and pushing disinformation to the media — but the real bad guy? RT, of course. | …
rt.com/usa/453650-pompeo-venezuela-rt-di…

Guaidó Signals Foreign Intervention in Venezuela as US Withdraws Diplomats
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-12
(CD) — Concerns over the Trump administration's increasingly hostile policy in Venezuela grew Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. was withdrawing all diplomatic personnel from the country. Pompeo cited the "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela that escalated in January after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "interim president," rebuking President Nicolas Maduro and coordinating …

Guaidó Signals Foreign Intervention in Venezuela as US Withdraws Diplomats

Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-11
Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how little voters know about his actual record, writes Norman Solomon. Biden is No Friend of the Working Class; Solidly Backed Invasion of Iraq in 2003 By… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/11/joe-biden-…

US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event' for 'Galvanizing Public Unrest'
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-11
The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/11/us-regime-cha…

Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-11
Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …
uwidata.com/2626-crisis-in-venezuela-ind…

Landmine in Colombia Kills 5, Peace Talks Remain Elusive
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-11
Three members of the military and two civilians have died after a group stepped on a landmine Saturday morning in the town of Tibu in the north of the department of Santander Colombia. | RELATED | Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court | Sources in the military say that the group belonging to the Corps of Engineers was doing initial assessments of the area in preparation for upcoming road work when they stepped on a landmine. | Initial reports indicated that two milit…
telesurenglish.net/news/Landmine-in-Colo…

"Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-11
Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led "sabotage," the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations.
mintpressnews.com/did-the-us-recycle-a-b…

NY Times Acknowledges Venezuela Opposition as Cause of Aid Fire, Echoing Initial Reports by Alternative Press
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-11
While independent outlets have made headway in challenging government narratives, such outlets are often maligned by influential mainstream outlets for reports that question the official story — at least until the MSM decides to get on board and question that story themselves.
mintpressnews.com/ny-times-acknowledges-…

Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia
teleSUR, trp-ML | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-11
The Venezuelan government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor on its border with Colombia to allow passage for students who live one side but go to school in the other one, and for citizens that need medical attention. Beyond this, the rest of the border remains closed. | RELATED | Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border | The instruction to open the corridor was given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and came into effect Monday at 5:…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Opens-…

Venezuelan Gov't: Work, School Suspended Until Wednesday
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-11
The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, stated that the national government has decided to extend the suspension of work activities and school classes for all levels of education until Wednesday, in the context of the attack on the electricity system. | He expressed admiration for the courage the people have shown in the face of the situation and their capacity to understand the current situation. | Related: | Light And Electricity Gradually Returning To Venezuela | Earlier in the da…
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'Stay true to Chavismo,' Maduro says as blackout continues
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-03-11
"We have overcome so many challenges, we'll overcome this one," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the crowd Sunday. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/11/stay-true-to-cha…

Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/greenwald…

The Path to Climate Justice Passes Through Caracas
David Schwartzman — Quincy Saul | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-11
It is critical to understand how blocking the regime change agenda with respect to Venezuela is integrally connected to confronting the challenge of climate change. Fighting the Media War Today we are all witness to the subversion and slander of one of our best hopes. Venezuelans call it "the media war." Karl Marx called it…
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Is War With Iran on the Horizon?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-11
Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/11/is-war-wit…

US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains
Gregory Shupak — FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-11
In ignoring the social gains achieved under the Bolivarian government, the corporate media justifies the US coup and right-wing opposition's to eliminate Chavismo as a social force, argues Greg Shupak.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14376

Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (special report)
Misión Verdad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-11
Between the afternoon of March 8 and the early morning of March 10, Venezuela was the victim of a new sabotage attack, the biggest in its republican history, this time on the Guri hydroelectric plant, which left at least 80% of the population without electricity, with the aim of undermining any attempt by the Venezuelan government to stabilize the economy and curb the insurrectionary context the United States and its minions, like Juan Guaidó, are trying to bring to fruition in the country. | 1. Preparing for shock. Prior to the sabotage that shook the entire National Electric System, leaving much of the count…
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The Grooming of Juan Guaido, Pawn for US Economic Interests in Venezuela
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-11
Kei Pritsker explains how Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido came to have the backing of US corporations, political interests and ultimately, the Trump administration.
mintpressnews.com/the-grooming-of-juan-g…

Micoahumado community in Colombia denounces violation of International Humanitarian Law by Army
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-11
The inhabitants and social and peasant organizations of Micoahumado town in the Bolivar department of Colombia, denounce that the confrontations between the ELN and the National Army have been constant since March 2…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/11/micoahuma…

Claims that Venezuelan military burned aid truck exposed as imperialist propaganda
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-11
Accusations by Marco Rubio, John Bolton and other US officials that Maduro ordered the burning of the aid shipment have been revealed as lies, aimed at promoting US government efforts to foment a right-wing coup.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/11/vene…

Cuba: Electric Sabotage Against Venezuela is Terrorism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-11
The government of Cuba has rejected and described as a terrorist act the attack on Venezuela's electricity system which occurred last Thursday. | In a statement, the government of the Cuban Revolution argues that the attack has been "aimed at damaging the defenseless population to use as a hostage in the unconventional war unleashed by the United States against the Venezuelan government." | Related: | Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia | In this context, it argues that it is an esca…
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Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-11
Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid. (VA Op-ed) — An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. Starting around 5 PM …

Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack

Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-10
Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14374

NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-10
Independent journalists skeptical of government claims proved these lies weeks ago, but the propagandistic U.S. media ignored them.
theintercept.com/2019/03/10/nyts-expose-…

Trump's "Coalition of the Willing" Against Venezuela Has Legitimacy Issues of Their Own
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-10
Many right-wing South American governments that are supporting Trump's effort to oust Venezuela's President Maduro have their own legitimacy issues, such as Brazil and Honduras. Others are deeply dependent on the US, such as Argentina and Colombia. CEPR's Mark Weisbrot analyzes the coalition…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-coalition…

FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-09
When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…
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Venezuela in the US Press – Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-03-08
Media…
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Nationwide Blackout In Venezuela -Venezuelanalysis On the Ground Coverage Affected
Katrina Kozarek, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-08
Venezuela suffered a nationwide blackout in the afternoon on Thursday, March 7. Government officials denounce sabotage and promise to restore the country to 100 percent electrical service over the coming hours. | On the ground reporters for Venezuelanalysis.com currently without means of presenting updates until electricity is restored.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14373

Canadian support for intervention in Venezuela
Faiz Ahmed | mronline.org | 2019-03-08
The Liberal Party of Canada is ensnared in a scandal alleging high-level government intervention to shield a major engineering firm from criminal prosecution over its practices abroad. The timing of the scandal is note worthy. It has emerged after a high profile role taken by the governing Liberals in destabilizing Venezuela. Looking at the firms […] | Source…
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'NSW not for sale!'
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
"NSW not for sale!" was one of the chants at a Fix NSW rally on March 3, 20 days out from the state election. It expressed a common element in NSW government projects that have sparked resistance from numerous communities and trade unions. | Giant banners featuring the face of Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the words "$elling NSW" were the backdrop to speeches from Raymond Weatherall from Fighting In Resistance Equally, the coalition that organised the huge Invasion Day march on January 26; Jean Hinchliffe and Daisy Jeffrey from the Student Strike 4 Climate; Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester; Deput…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-not-sale

'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98grand-alliance%E2%80%99-threatens-venezuela

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-08
16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…
therealnews.com/stories/end-venezuela-sa…

Why a Wall Street Banker Joined Venezuela's Revolution
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-07
Venezuelan financial analyst Juan Carlos Peraza explains why he gave up a lucrative job as a Wall Street banker and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/07/wall-street-b…

Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common
Steve Ellner, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-07
Political analyst Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14371

Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?
George Ciccariello-Maher, In These Times | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-07
George Ciccariello-Maher dissects the failing US-backed coup in Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14372