2019-03-17: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-03-17). Venezuela coup leader's oil plans revealed: Guaidó hopes to privatize state-controlled industry. mronline.org U.S.-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted plans to privatize Venezuela's oil industry and open up the oil-rich country to foreign corporations, Reuters reported. | Source

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-17). Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process. zcomm.org Interview on how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela…

plenglish (2019-03-17). UN Expresses Concern on Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. plenglish.com United Nations, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Objections by Colombian President Ivan Duque to the statute law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) are causing concern at UN on Thursday, due to the uncertainty surrounding that legislation.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Russia Reiterates Need for Political Solution to Venezuela Situation. plenglish.com Moscow, March 14 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov reiterated on Thursday Moscow"s position on the importance of finding peaceful political solutions to disagreements in that country, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-17). VIDEO: Pro and Anti-Venezuela Coup Protestors Face Off in Front of White House. consortiumnews.com Demonstrators for and against regime change in Venezuela converged on the White House on Saturday and there were some angry scenes as D.C. mounted police took their positions in Lafayette Park. By Joe Lauria in Washington Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Eds. (2019-03-17). Map (and objectives) of the irregular war on energy in Venezuela. mronline.org The cyber-attack against Corpoelec's computerized centre in the Guri Complex hydroelectric plant and against the nervous centre in Caracas was followed by electromagnetic attacks and, simultaneously, sabotage of other backup infrastructure that reversed the recovery processes so as to ensure the general and irreversible collapse of the electricity supply. | Source

plenglish (2019-03-17). Chavez Remains Inspiration for Revolutionaries, Maduro Says. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, as a latent inspiration for all revolutionaries.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Gov't Extends Suspension of Work and Classes. plenglish.com Caracas, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Labor and teaching activities were suspended from today for an additional 48 hours while the recovery and stabilization of the National Electric Service (SEN) are achieved, informed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Over 500 Arrests due to Looting in Zulia, Venezuela, after Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have arrested more than 500 people, including Colombian paramilitaries, who were accused of looting after the sabotage on the power system.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Justice Opens New Investigation Against Guaido. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened Tuesday an investigation against the opposition MP Juan Guaido for his alleged complicity and participation in the continued sabotage of the national electricity system, reported Attorney General Tarek William Saab.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela's FM Rejects Pompeo's Statements as Interventionist. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has dismissed as interventionist Mike Pompeo's statements issued by the White House on its official Twitter account.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Armed Force Starts Ana Karina Rote Military Drills. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) on Saturday began in a civic-military union the Ana Karina Rote drills to protect the energy system and water supplies in Venezuela.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela's Working on Creating Its Own Tech Platform. plenglish.com Caracas, (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan economist Jose Rodriguez warned Wednesday that cyber sabotage to the National Electric System (SEN) could be applied to payment platforms, whose operations are supported in US headquarters' offices.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela's Recovery of Electrical Grid Advances after Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's recovery of electrical grid gradually advances Monday with redoubled efforts to prioritize services such as medical care and water distribution in vulnerable areas.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Three Venezuelan Prosecutors Appointed to Probe Electrical Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Ministry has appointed three national prosecutors to investigate the sabotage perpetrated to the country"s electric power system in which 18 states were left without electricity on March 7, local media reported on Tuesday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Civic-Military Union, Targets of Aggression against Venezuela. plenglish.com By Wiliam Urquijo Pascual | Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) All the letters included in the punch of the aggressions against Venezuela, instigated by the United States in complicity with the opposition, have among their goals to undermine military unity and loyalty.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela Appreciates Bolivian President's Support. plenglish.com Vienna, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza thanked Bolivia"s President Evo Morales Thursday for his support to the Venezuelan people sovereignty after repeated attacks by the United States against the country"s institutions.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Foreign Minister to Visit Serbia. plenglish.com Belgrade, Mar 15 ( Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will arrive in Belgrade Friday for a two-day visit to Serbia. According to official sources, the Foreign Minister will complete a broad agenda of talks, interviews and meetings starting Saturday with Serbia"s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Russia for Trial on Foreign Perpetrators of Venezuela's Sabotage. plenglish.com Moscow, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia on Friday demanded to try those responsible for the sabotage against Venezuela"s electric power system, offered cooperation to investigate these events and described the methods used against the South American country as savage.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Haitian Organizations Condemn Venezuelan Electric Sabotage. plenglish.com Port-au-Prince, March 14 (Prensa Latina) A score of political, trade union and social organizations in Haiti condemned Thursday the sabotage against the Venezuelan power system, which caused failures in the provision of the service throughout the national territory.

Julia Conley (2019-03-17). #HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts. theantimedia.com (CD) — Denouncing the "strangling" of the Venezuelan economy via sanctions and demanding the Trump administration allow the South American country to determine its own fate, pro-democracy protesters marched through Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand, "Hands Off Venezuela!" The demonstration came seven weeks after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, rebuking President Nicolas …

United National Antiwar Coalition (2019-03-17). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! indybay.org Oakland Federal Building, 13th St. and Clay, Oakland…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-16). Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process: A Conversation with Vijay Prashad. venezuelanalysis.com In this exclusive interview, a prominent Indian intellectual examines how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela.

Fight Back (2019-03-16). U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuela meets with President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuelan met with President Maduro for several hours at the Presidential Palace, March 15. President Maduro told the anti-war organizers that the U.S. attack on the electrical system was delivered three ways: a cyber-attack to the main brain of the system which was made in Houston, electromagnetically, and with explosions at two other stations. The system is now almost fully up again. | Maduro described the history of resistance to foreign domination beginning with Bolívar and the anti-colonial fight for independence against Spain and the U.S. Monroe Doc…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Colombia's Duque Paves Way for Ex-Guerrillas Extradition to US. telesurenglish.net The United States Department of State (DOS) Friday backed Colombian far-right President Ivan Duque's desire to implement extradition to the U.S. as part of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the court which was created under the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Army Forces of Colombia (FARC) and is expected…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Supporters Around the World Rally, Crying 'Hands Off Venezuela'. telesurenglish.net From Argentina to South Africa, Malaysia to Peru, New Zealand to Canada and the U.S., supporters of the Bolivarian revolution marched together as part of the World in Solidarity with Venezuela Day this weekend. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Wants $500M to Fund Its Intervention in Venezuela | The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) was co…

Eds. (2019-03-16). Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (Special Edition). mronline.org A manoeuvre that lowers the curtains for Guaidó, who is trapped in an ill-conceived plan and dependent on the chain of command of the war cabinet against Venezuela in Washington, must be sacrificed in order to give way to war. | Source

Eds. (2019-03-16). Ricardo Hausmann's "morning after" for Venezuela: the neoliberal brain behind Juan Guaido's economic agenda. mronline.org 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. | Source

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-16). Preventing Civil War and US Intervention in Venezuela. truthout.org For almost two months now, Venezuela has been caught in a tense stand-off between the incumbent government of Nicolás Maduro and the US-backed right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president in January and who has since been trying to force Maduro from office with the active support of the Trump administration and various right-wing regional leaders. Over the next weeks, ROAR will be publishing a series of interviews with Venezuelan activists and intellectuals to help share local perspectives on the origins of the current crisis, the risks of an escalation in the confli…

RT (2019-03-16). Hands off Venezuela! Protesters rally against regime change outside White House. rt.com Hundreds of protesters are gathering in Washington DC to demand "No coup! No war! No sanctions!" on Venezuela, and show support for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against regime change efforts.

RT (2019-03-16). Pompeo shames Senate by invoking Iranian bogeyman after Yemen war powers vote. rt.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Senate for passing a resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, suggesting US military aid to the Saudis is the only thing standing in the way of a new Persian Empire.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-16). Demands That Trump End Economic War and Attempts at Regime Change at #HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill. commondreams.org "There is nobody in that White House or in this administration that cares at all for the Venezuelan people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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

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 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, …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-15). Venezuela: US Threatens New Sanctions as Hyperinflation Slows Down. venezuelanalysis.com The US government has increased pressure against Caracas mainly by targeting the oil industry.

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.