Daily Archives: March 13, 2019

2019-03-13: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-03-13). Venezuelan social movements appeal to the World to condemn U.S. crimes against humanity. mronline.org Social Movements Call for Denunciation of U.S. War Action Against Venezuela The Venezuelan people appeal for support from all the social organizations across the five continents, to denounce the U.S. government for launching cybernetic weapons and electromagnetic pulse weapons against our nation, causing a blackout throughout the country on March 7. This ruthless act of […] | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-03-13). US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event'. consortiumnews.com The group that trained Juan Guaidó and his allies laid out plans for galvanizing public unrest in a 2010 memo, Max Blumenthal reports for Grayzone. By Max Blumenthal Grayzone A September 2010 memo by a U.S.-funded soft power organization that helped train… Read more →

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-13). Trump Wants Half a Billion Dollars to Finance Regime Change in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca At his Monday press conference, Mike Pompeo said "we've asked (Congress to appropriate) up to $500 million…to restore the economy of the Venezuelan nation (sic) (and) help Juan Guaido." | He failed to explain the ongoing Trump regime coup plot, nor …

Anya Parampil (2019-03-13). Ricardo Hausmann's "Morning After" for Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda. mintpressnews.com While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-13). Venezuela suffers major power outages after alleged cyber attack. mronline.org Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-03-13). President Rouhani Visits Iraq in broad daylight. uwidata.com A couple of months ago, President Trump visited Iraq by the cover of darkness, and, as he claimed in one of his interviews, the Americans actually had to shut off all the lights so that no one could recognize him, fearing for his safety. Trump declared Iraq safe, landed unannounced in the middle of the …

Gabriel Hetland (2019-03-13). Venezuela's Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis. thenation.com Venezuela's Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis…

Joà£o Pedro Stedile (2019-03-13). Latin America: Searching for New Forms of Struggle. Leader of Brazil's Landless Movement. globalresearch.ca From February 24 to 27th, the International People's Assembly (AIP) was held in Caracas, in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela represented by Nicolás Maduro. Almost 500 delegates from 90 countries of the world attended the event, and …

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2019-03-13). The Day American Activism Died, or… the First Rule of Democracy! globalresearch.ca "Democracy Has Just Been A Word…Never Been An Act!" -Wall Graffiti / 2016 Thailand Military Coup. | 5: 05 AM. February 4, 2012. It's almost pitch dark. No one has slept this night. The only morning illumination comes from scores of dimly …

Joao Pedro Stedile (2019-03-13). Venezuela is paramount because it is the battle of this century. zcomm.org Interview on the recently concluded International Peoples' Assembly, the assault on Venezuela, and the battles against imperialism and the right wing in Brazil and across the world…

Gregory Shupak (2019-03-13). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Social Gains. Poverty Was Curtailed. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the …

teleSUR (2019-03-13). Trump Budget Hikes Defense Budget to $750B, Cuts Health Funding. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) delves deeper into his political priorities: more spending on defense and sharp social cuts. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Wants $500M to Fund Its Intervention in Venezuela | The so-called "Budget for a Better America" cuts 5% from general federal expenses, which add up to US$2.7 trillion in the next 10 years. This cut, however, does not affect military spending. | On the contrary, defense is the only budget ca…

Resumen Latinamericano (2019-03-13). Venezuela is paramount because it is the battle of this century: Joà£o Pedro Stedile. peoplesdispatch.org Joà£o Pedro Stedile of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) talks about the recently concluded International Peoples' Assembly, the assault on Venezuela, and the battles against imperialism and the right wing in Brazil and across the world…

Eric Toussaint (2019-03-13). Venezuela: Suspend Debt Repayments and Create an Emergency Humanitarian Fund. globalresearch.ca There is no doubt that Donald Trump's policies, those of the Lima group [1] and the European powers who seek to impose the usurper Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela and do not hesitate to interfere in order to …

teleSUR (2019-03-13). Colombia Sign Contracts with Shell for Offshore Exploration. telesurenglish.net Colombia's government announced Monday that it has signed two exploration and production contracts with the energy and petrochemical company Shell. Contracts are aimed at enabling the group to explore offshore areas of the Caribbean Sea and will require the company to make initial investments of $100 million. | RELATED: | Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court | The government of Colombia recently modified contractual terms for offshore exploration and…

WSWS (2019-03-13). US withdraws embassy personnel, calling presence a "constraint" on US actions in Venezuela. wsws.org With the regime change operation centered on the right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó stalling, the threat of US military intervention mounts.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-13). US Presents Socialism as the Real Enemy in Venezuela, Not Just Maduro. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has committed to seeing a regime change in Venezuela, aiming to oust President Maduro and replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaido, seen as more friendly to US interests. But previous talk of Maduro as a "gangster" in and of himself is starting to fall by the wayside. Instead, officials, particularly Secretary …

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-12). Iván Duque objections to the JEP put Colombia's peace process in jeopardy. peoplesdispatch.org Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) is one of the essential entities created through peace agreements between the Colombian government and the FARC in 2016, putting an end to a five-decade long armed conflict…

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

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

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…

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-12). To Help Venezuela, the U.S. Must Use Diplomacy, not a Military Coup. commondreams.org Residents obtain water from a natural source from the hill El Avila after the water supply was suspended in a nationwide blackout on March 10, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. More than 70 percent of the country was in darkness amid an ongoing political dispute between President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images/TNS) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-03-12). Trump orders terrorist attack against Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – "The most vile, criminal, cruel and dirty attack that has ever been committed against the people of Venezuela," – this is how President Nicolás Maduro described the attack on the country's electrical grid, which cut electricity to 90% of its population on March 7. Five days later, power has been restored to most major cities, but much work needs to be done to fully restore the national grid. | Unlike Trump's shameful response to the power outage of Puerto Rico, Maduro has directed all of the state's resources to help the population. Buses have been running for free in the main cities…

Fight Back (2019-03-12). Joint Statement: We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Joint Statement in Solidarity with the Venezuelan People. Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is one of the many signers. | We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country's wealth-producing resources. | After the fail…

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). Venezuela: Attack to Electricity System to Be Investigated. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a special commission to investigate the cyber attack against the electricity system and the incorporation of international specialists. | He reported that he will ask for the support of the United Nations (UN) and countries with experience in cyber attacks such as China, Russia, Iran and Cuba. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety | The special commission will be led by the vice presi…

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…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety. telesurenglish.net Vice-president of Communication and Tourism of Venezuela Jorge Rodríguez informed that the electric service in the country has been restored almost in its entirety Tuesday and that throughout the day the water supply will return to the capital city, Caracas. | RELATED: | What's Behind US-Backed Electricity Blackout in Venezuela | "Almost all of the electric power has been restored, the people of Venezuela are safe, but the electric war continues," Rodriguez said at a news conferen…

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). Restoration of Drinking Water in Venezuela Done Progressively. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Minister for Water Care, Evelyn Vásquez, has informed that the national government is working on the progressive restoration of water, with priority in the sectors that have not been in service for a long time. | In an interview for teleSUR, Vásquez explained that the attack to the electrical system damaged the potable water service, because it depends on the pumping. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety | The water, the minister…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-12). Venezuela: Electricity Recovery Continues as US Withdraws Diplomatic Staff. venezuelanalysis.com US officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid.

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…

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 …

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

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 →

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.

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…

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.

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…

2019-03-13: Social Media Postees

US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-13
The group that trained Juan Guaidó and his allies laid out plans for galvanizing public unrest in a 2010 memo, Max Blumenthal reports for Grayzone. By Max Blumenthal Grayzone A September 2010 memo by a U.S.-funded soft power organization that helped train… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/12/us-regime-…

Trump Wants Half a Billion Dollars to Finance Regime Change in Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
At his Monday press conference, Mike Pompeo said "we've asked (Congress to appropriate) up to $500 million…to restore the economy of the Venezuelan nation (sic) (and) help Juan Guaido." | He failed to explain the ongoing Trump regime coup plot, nor …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-wants-500…

Ricardo Hausmann's "Morning After" for Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda
Anya Parampil | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-13
While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela.
mintpressnews.com/ricardo-hausmann-morni…

Latin America: Searching for New Forms of Struggle. Leader of Brazil's Landless Movement
Joà£o Pedro Stedile | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
From February 24 to 27th, the International People's Assembly (AIP) was held in Caracas, in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela represented by Nicolás Maduro. Almost 500 delegates from 90 countries of the world attended the event, and …
globalresearch.ca/searching-new-forms-st…

Venezuela's Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis
Gabriel Hetland | thenation.com | 2019-03-13
Venezuela's Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis…
thenation.com/article/venezuela-blackout…

The Day American Activism Died, or… the First Rule of Democracy!
Brett Redmayne-Titley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
"Democracy Has Just Been A Word…Never Been An Act!" -Wall Graffiti / 2016 Thailand Military Coup. | 5: 05 AM. February 4, 2012. It's almost pitch dark. No one has slept this night. The only morning illumination comes from scores of dimly …
globalresearch.ca/american-activism-died…

President Rouhani Visits Iraq in broad daylight
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-13
A couple of months ago, President Trump visited Iraq by the cover of darkness, and, as he claimed in one of his interviews, the Americans actually had to shut off all the lights so that no one could recognize him, fearing for his safety. Trump declared Iraq safe, landed unannounced in the middle of the …
uwidata.com/2644-president-rouhani-visit…

Venezuela: Suspend Debt Repayments and Create an Emergency Humanitarian Fund
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
There is no doubt that Donald Trump's policies, those of the Lima group [1] and the European powers who seek to impose the usurper Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela and do not hesitate to interfere in order to …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-suspend-debt…

Venezuelan social movements appeal to the World to condemn U.S. crimes against humanity
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-13
Social Movements Call for Denunciation of U.S. War Action Against Venezuela The Venezuelan people appeal for support from all the social organizations across the five continents, to denounce the U.S. government for launching cybernetic weapons and electromagnetic pulse weapons against our nation, causing a blackout throughout the country on March 7. This ruthless act of […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/13/venezuelan-socia…

Venezuela is paramount because it is the battle of this century
Joao Pedro Stedile | zcomm.org | 2019-03-13
Interview on the recently concluded International Peoples' Assembly, the assault on Venezuela, and the battles against imperialism and the right wing in Brazil and across the world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuela-is-param…

Trump Budget Hikes Defense Budget to $750B, Cuts Health Funding
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-13
U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) delves deeper into his political priorities: more spending on defense and sharp social cuts. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Wants $500M to Fund Its Intervention in Venezuela | The so-called "Budget for a Better America" cuts 5% from general federal expenses, which add up to US$2.7 trillion in the next 10 years. This cut, however, does not affect military spending. | On the contrary, defense is the only budget ca…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Budget-Hik…

US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Social Gains. Poverty Was Curtailed
Gregory Shupak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the …
globalresearch.ca/us-media-erase-years-c…

Venezuela is paramount because it is the battle of this century: Joà£o Pedro Stedile
Resumen Latinamericano | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-13
Joà£o Pedro Stedile of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) talks about the recently concluded International Peoples' Assembly, the assault on Venezuela, and the battles against imperialism and the right wing in Brazil and across the world…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/13/venezuela…

Venezuela suffers major power outages after alleged cyber attack
Ricardo Vaz | mronline.org | 2019-03-13
Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/13/venezuela-suffer…

Colombia Sign Contracts with Shell for Offshore Exploration
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-13
Colombia's government announced Monday that it has signed two exploration and production contracts with the energy and petrochemical company Shell. Contracts are aimed at enabling the group to explore offshore areas of the Caribbean Sea and will require the company to make initial investments of $100 million. | RELATED: | Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court | The government of Colombia recently modified contractual terms for offshore exploration and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Sign-Co…

US Presents Socialism as the Real Enemy in Venezuela, Not Just Maduro
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-13
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has committed to seeing a regime change in Venezuela, aiming to oust President Maduro and replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaido, seen as more friendly to US interests. But previous talk of Maduro as a "gangster" in and of himself is starting to fall by the wayside. Instead, officials, particularly Secretary …

US Presents Socialism as the Real Enemy in Venezuela, Not Just Maduro

US withdraws embassy personnel, calling presence a "constraint" on US actions in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-13
With the regime change operation centered on the right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó stalling, the threat of US military intervention mounts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/13/vene…

Iván Duque objections to the JEP put Colombia's peace process in jeopardy
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-12
Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) is one of the essential entities created through peace agreements between the Colombian government and the FARC in 2016, putting an end to a five-decade long armed conflict…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/12/ivan-duqu…

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/

To Help Venezuela, the U.S. Must Use Diplomacy, not a Military Coup
Jesse Jackson | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Residents obtain water from a natural source from the hill El Avila after the water supply was suspended in a nationwide blackout on March 10, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. More than 70 percent of the country was in darkness amid an ongoing political dispute between President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images/TNS) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/12/help-v…

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…

Joint Statement: We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-12
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Joint Statement in Solidarity with the Venezuelan People. Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is one of the many signers. | We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country's wealth-producing resources. | After the fail…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/12/joint-st…

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…

Trump orders terrorist attack against Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-12
Chicago, IL – "The most vile, criminal, cruel and dirty attack that has ever been committed against the people of Venezuela," – this is how President Nicolás Maduro described the attack on the country's electrical grid, which cut electricity to 90% of its population on March 7. Five days later, power has been restored to most major cities, but much work needs to be done to fully restore the national grid. | Unlike Trump's shameful response to the power outage of Puerto Rico, Maduro has directed all of the state's resources to help the population. Buses have been running for free in the main cities…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/12/trump-or…

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…

Venezuela: Attack to Electricity System to Be Investigated
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a special commission to investigate the cyber attack against the electricity system and the incorporation of international specialists. | He reported that he will ask for the support of the United Nations (UN) and countries with experience in cyber attacks such as China, Russia, Iran and Cuba. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety | The special commission will be led by the vice presi…
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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…
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Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Vice-president of Communication and Tourism of Venezuela Jorge Rodríguez informed that the electric service in the country has been restored almost in its entirety Tuesday and that throughout the day the water supply will return to the capital city, Caracas. | RELATED: | What's Behind US-Backed Electricity Blackout in Venezuela | "Almost all of the electric power has been restored, the people of Venezuela are safe, but the electric war continues," Rodriguez said at a news conferen…
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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-…

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…

Restoration of Drinking Water in Venezuela Done Progressively
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
The Venezuelan Minister for Water Care, Evelyn Vásquez, has informed that the national government is working on the progressive restoration of water, with priority in the sectors that have not been in service for a long time. | In an interview for teleSUR, Vásquez explained that the attack to the electrical system damaged the potable water service, because it depends on the pumping. | RELATED: | Venezuela's Electric Service Restored Almost In Its Entirety | The water, the minister…
telesurenglish.net/news/Restoration-of-D…

Venezuela: Electricity Recovery Continues as US Withdraws Diplomatic Staff
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-12
US officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14377

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…

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…
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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

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…

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…

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-…

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…

'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…

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

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…

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/fifa-can-afford-close-pay-gap-%E2%80%93-won%E2%80%99t

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