2019-03-15: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-15). North Korea Warns That Bolton and Pompeo Are Derailing Nuclear Talks. truthdig.com At least one DPRK official has blamed the failed negotiations in Hanoi on the "gangster-like" behavior of Donald Trump's cabinet members.

David Rosen (2019-03-15). America's Puppet: Meet Juan Guaidó. counterpunch.org Juan Guaidó is a useful pawn for U.S. interests in Venezuela, but is he expendable? On January 15th, the White House reported that VP Mike Pence spoke by phone "today" with Guaidó, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly. It claimed the call was made "to recognize his courageous leadership following his arrest and intimidation this weekend, and More

Jason Hirthler (2019-03-15). Annexing the Stars: Walcott, Rhodes, and Venezuela. counterpunch.org Poet Derek Walcott's "A Far Cry from Africa" provides a stirring glimpse into the perspectives and policies of British colonialists in the 20th century. Of course, the perspectives it reveals are temporally confined to British colonialism in Walcott's poem: he was a native of Saint Lucia, a British colony or "possession" in the Caribbean; and More

Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-15). Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-15). The Reality Behind Trump's Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela. zcomm.org In the early 1970s, a handful of Sandinistas were in the mountains of Nicaragua fighting to overthrow the 40-year U.S.-backed, brutal dictatorship of the Somoza family. When a powerful volcanic eruption struck Nicaragua in 1971, Sandinista Omar Cabezas later recounted, they told the peasants whom they encountered that God was punishing them for not getting Read more…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-15). Regime Change Via Sanctions? zcomm.org U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy…

Dr. David Halpin (2019-03-15). The BBC: The Most Potent State Propagandist. globalresearch.ca Blatant disinformation spews from the western media. And law is never mentioned. Sen.Mark Rubio can threaten a most cruel assassination of Nicolas Maduro, whilst Trump, Bolton (1) and Pence promise that 'everything is on the table'. Psychopaths join together …

Barry Cannon, NACLA (2019-03-15). Juan Guaidó's Policy Proposals: 'The Venezuela to Come' or the Venezuela That Has Already Been? venezuelanalysis.com Juan Guaidó has a plan to end the emergency in Venezuela—but his vision looks a lot like the elite-led, violently unequal Venezuela of the 1990's.

Barry Kissin (2019-03-15). Venezuela — More Might Makes Right. globalresearch.ca How much more brazen could it be — our attempted coup in Venezuela? Are our leaders expecting that mainstream media will succeed once again in selling us the maniacal march of the American Empire? | But we have been through enough, …

Yves Engler (2019-03-15). Trudeau's Position on Honduras Reveals Hypocrisy About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The hypocrisy is head spinning. As Justin Trudeau lectures audiences on the need to uphold Venezuela's constitution the Liberals have recognized a completely illegitimate president in Honduras. What's more, they've formally allied with that government in demanding Venezuela's president follow …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-15). Fox News Doubles Down on the Big Lie and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca It doesn't matter what corporate alphabet propaganda network you watch, you're going to get the same line on Venezuela. | Here we have Trish Regan, a fixture at Fox News, telling numerous lies about Venezuela, lies put out by neocons …

teleSUR (2019-03-15). US Imposes Visa Ban on ICC Staff Probing Afghanistan War Crimes. telesurenglish.net The United States will impose visa restrictions on people responsible for any International Criminal Court (ICC) probe, a move aimed at preventing the court from pursuing the United States and its allies regarding their actions during and after the invasion in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. | RELATED: | ICC Gets over 1 Million Testimonies from Afghans Suing US, CIA, Gov't over War Crimes | In September, the Trump administration said that if the court lau…

WorkWeek Radio (2019-03-15). SFLC Supports Julian Assange, Rovics Music & Mike Elk On CWA NG Election & SEIU. indybay.org KPFA WorkWeek radio on the action by the San Francisco Labor Council to support Julian Assange, music on Venezuela and the US by singer David Rovics and labor journalist Mike Elk on the CWA Newspaper Guild election dispute on voting rights. Elk also talks about the effort of the SEIU to subpoena Google to find out who the whistleblowers are that have exposed sexual harrassment and misconduct by SEIU officials.

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack. greenleft.org.au 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 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). 'Blatant Effort to Intimidate and Retaliate': Pompeo Imposes Visa Ban on ICC Staff Probing US War Crimes. commondreams.org Human rights defenders expressed outrage on Friday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the Trump administration is revoking or denying visas for any International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel who try to investigate or prosecute U.S. officials or key allies for potential war crimes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-03-15). Pompeo enlists US energy conglomerates for global oil war. wsws.org The US secretary of state's speech laid out in stark terms Washington's turn to global "great power" conflict in which control of the world's oil remains a key component.

RT (2019-03-15). 'Interim president' of Venezuela not violating rules because they were changed for him — Abrams. rt.com The US-backed 'interim president' of Venezuela Juan Guaido isn't violating the 30-day constitutional limit because the legislature backing him voted to make it not apply, 'explained' the US special envoy Elliott Abrams.

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela: Behind the US aid convoy. greenleft.org.au One month after declaring himself the "legitimate president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó attempted to provoke a crisis on February 23 by forcing United States' humanitarian aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border. | One of the aid trucks was burned and the Venezuelan government was condemned around the world. | On March 9, the New York Times published a story that questioned this claim. The headline read "Footage contradicts US claim that Maduro burned aid convoy". The footage confirmed that the truck was lit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by an anti-government supporter. | What really did happen on the Venezue…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). North Korea Warns 'Gangster-Like' Tactics of Bolton and Pompeo Undermining Nuclear Talks. commondreams.org Two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short their second summit with no agreement or clear path forward, a top North Korean official said on Friday the "gangster-like" behavior of Trump's hawkish top officials helped derail the denuclearization negotiations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ANSWER (2019-03-15). National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war! indybay.org White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Ave | Washington DC 20500…

Ben Norton (2019-03-14). Venezuela Coup Leader's Oil Plans Revealed: Guaidó Hopes to Privatize State-Controlled Industry. thegrayzone.com US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted plans to privatize Venezuela's oil industry and open up…

Fight Back (2019-03-14). U.S. anti-war delegation arrives in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – A U.S. Peace Council Delegation of 13 people representing anti-war organizations from the United States and Canada arrived in Venezuela this week on a solidarity mission with the Venezuelan people and the Maduro government at a time of unprecedented attacks by the U.S. The latest is a cyber-attack and sabotage of the entire electrical system, which resulted in a total blackout of the country with the aim of provoking the people to rise up against their government. Despite the hardships of no electricity and water, this attack failed as people rallied around their government and the gains of t…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy. democracynow.org Venezuelan officials say power will be largely restored in the country today after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a "cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems." The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro's government. On Monday, the United States announced it was withdrawing remainin…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-14). Venezuela: Electricity recovery continues as U.S. withdraws diplomatic staff. mronline.org U.S. officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid. | Source

Grete Mautner (2019-03-14). From Coup D'etats to Soft Power: Dissecting Washington's Color Revolution Techniques. mintpressnews.com Over the last hundred years Washington has interfered in the internal affairs of at least 50 countries for a total of 130 individual cases. As for the last three decades, there have been more than 40 instances of such interference, including cases of elections meddling and fraud, coup d'etats and attempts to trigger armed conflicts.

Anya Parampil, MintPress News (2019-03-14). Ricardo Hausmann's 'Morning After' for Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda. venezuelanalysis.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.

Anya Parampil (2019-03-14). Ricardo Hausmann's "Morning After" for Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda. thegrayzone.com While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father…

Mark Weisbrot — The New Republic (2019-03-14). The Reality Behind Trump's Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com As the cast of regime change actors from Abrams to Bolsonaro reveals, the US attempt to oust Maduro has nothing to do with democracy or human rights.

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Amid Surge in Neoliberalism, Oil Giants Prey on Latin America. telesurenglish.net Oil companies see Latin America as a major investment destination. The British Petroleum Company (BP) and the Norwegian multinational energy company, Equinor, announced this week that Latin America was going to be a significant source of the new hydrocarbon production over the coming decade. | RELATED: | Colombia Sign Contracts with Shell for Offshore Exploration | Equinor expects that 30 percent of its oil output will come from the region by 2030. The two companies are seeking to…

John Nichols (2019-03-14). Why I'm Glad Beto O'Rourke Is Running. thenation.com Why I'm Glad Beto O'Rourke Is Running…

TeleSUR English (2019-03-14). Caracas Metro, Other Services Up and Running After Alleged Attack. venezuelanalysis.com After an alleged cyber attack left most of Venezuela without power, electricity and other services are slowly being restored in Caracas and the rest of the country.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Headlines for March 14, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes, Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture, Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison, U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050, Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy, Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre, Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren, British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Br…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-14). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: What You're Not Being Told. theantimedia.com (VA Op-ed) — The failure of the February 23 "humanitarian aid" provocation on the Venezuelan border was a serious blow for Trump's ongoing coup attempt. There were mutual recriminations between self-appointed Guaidó, Colombian President Duque and US Vice-President Pence. The US could not get a consensus from its own Lima Cartel allies in favour of military intervention. The coup was …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-14). Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela. therealnews.com Temir Porras, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under Hugo Chavez, says Guaidó's assertion on Fox News is a violation of the Venezuelan constitution; Porras says the only way to avoid a blood bath is a negotiated political solution…

Sasha Abramsky (2019-03-14). The Price of Austerity in England. thenation.com The Price of Austerity in England…

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 →

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 …

Fight Back (2019-03-13). Eyewitness Venezuela: Katrina Kozarek speaks in Minneapolis about Bolivarian Revolution. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 10, 30 people gathered at Mayday Books for a program presented by Katrina Kozarek, a longtime Venezuela resident and an audiovisual reporter for Venezuelanalysis.com. In the presentation entitled "Eyewitness in Venezuela," Kozarek detailed the grassroots people's movements that created the current political infrastructure in Venezuela, as well as the current threat to Venezuelan sovereignty posed by the United States. | On January 23, President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim 'president' of Venezuela. Since then, the U.S. has be…

JMIDM (2019-03-13). From 'Humanitarian Aid' to a Nationwide Blackout: What Next for Trump's Coup in Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com Washington is growing increasingly desperate as its coup efforts go further south in Venezuela, argues Jorge Martin.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-13). Venezuela Update: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare? therealnews.com While Venezuela struggled with the most massive blackout in its history, president Maduro said there is evidence that a US cyber-attack caused the blackout. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials continue the offensive against Venezuela and the NYT uncovers false reporting…

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…

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

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…

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.

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 …

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."

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.