Daily Archives: March 23, 2019

2019-03-23: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-03-23). Trump Official Boasts Crippling US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Like Darth Vader's Death Grip. thegrayzone.com A Trump administration official bragged that US sanctions on Venezuela are "like in Star Wars when Darth Vader constricts somebody's…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-23). Thirty Years after Venezuela's 'Caracazo': A Conversation with Livia Vargas. venezuelanalysis.com During three days in late February 1989, the Venezuelan people rose up to protest the newly-elected government's neoliberal policies. The repression that followed left thousands dead, but the rebellion spelled the end of an epoch and the beginning of another…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-23). Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers. globalresearch.ca We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. "We all want this conflict to end," he never tires of saying. "We all want to improve the dire …

teleSUR (2019-03-23). 6.0 Earthquake Shakes Cauca in Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Geological Service has reported of a "seismic event" at 2: 21 pm, with a magnitude of 6.0 in the Richter scale. | RELATED: | Magnitude 7.0 Quake Hits Southern Peru | The major earthquake struck in the Andean region with its epicenter in the municipality of Versalles in the Valle del Cauca department. Experts registered the epicenter at 124 kilometers of depth, around 77 miles, and roughly 3760 km from Bogota, the Colombian capital. | The quake was felt around the country. People in diff…

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Argentina: Military Dictatorship Victims Will Not Be Forgotten. telesurenglish.net The Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo launched a massive march on March 24 on the 43 anniversary of the 1976 U.S.-backed military coup, known as the Dirty War, during which time, about 30,000 persons were arrested and disappeared. | RELATED: | Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive | "Forty-three years after the milita…

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Venezuelan Gov't Slams New Trump Tactics to Cripple Economy. telesurenglish.net The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the unilateral, coercive, arbitrary and illegal measures announced by the United States President Donald Trump's administration to immobilize the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory' | These measures, the Nicolas Maduro-led government s…

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Italy First G7 Country to Join China's 'New Silk Road'. telesurenglish.net China's President Xi Jinping and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Saturday to collaborate on the development of a "New Silk Road," a huge infrastructure project through which Beijing hopes to boost its trade with European countries, with the United States and the European Union (EU), so far, expressing re…

Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-23). No Revolution Without Feminism: Weaving Together Venezuela's Feminist Movements. venezuelanalysis.com Amidst a complex reality, feminist movements in Venezuela look to advance their struggle and build unity.

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Venezuela Presents Evidence of Anti-Bolivarian Terrorism. telesurenglish.net The government of Venezuela announced the dismantling of a series of violent operations that were intended to be carried out in the country by mercenaries and assassins who entered the Venezuelan territory within the last few weeks. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Slams New Trump Sanctions Imposed to Cripple Economy | The Minister of…

plenglish (2019-03-23). Venezuelan Gazette to Release Conclusions of Peace Dialogue. plenglish.com 23 de marzo de 2019, 11: 58Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The Official Gazette of Venezuela will publish the proposals and conclusions of the Congress of Social Dialogue for Peace and Life at the proposal of President Nicolas Maduro.

RT (2019-03-23). Fox show guest mangles Venezuelan history, claims Chavez was president in 1980s (VIDEO). rt.com A guest who appeared on right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren's Fox News show appears to be very confused about Venezuela's history, chiefly the years of Hugo Chavez's term, despite it apparently directly affecting her own family.

CounterSpin (2019-03-22). Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media's Role in Iraq War. fair.org

Marco Terrugi (2019-03-22). U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela. workers.org With Jair Bolsonaro standing at his side in Washington [on March 19], Donald Trump repeated the now standard line — all options are on the table — referring to Venezuela. Bolsonaro, who had said it was necessary to "liberate Venezuela," also confirmed what was already known — his refusal to . . . | Continue reading U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela at Workers.org

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-22). Venezuelan Authorities Detain Guaido Henchman for "Terrorist Cell" Involvement. globalresearch.ca Overnight Thursday, Venezuelan police arrested and detained three Guaido henchmen, two now released, the third still held. | Interior Minister Nestor Reverol accused Roberto Marrero of planning armed terrorist attacks in the country, saying the following: | An "investigation carried out by …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-22). UPDATED: US Sanctions Venezuelan Bank After Guaido Aide Accused of Leading 'Terrorist Cell'. venezuelanalysis.com After vowing "consequences" over Marrero's arrest, the US Treasury sanctioned Venezuela's development bank BANDES.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-22). Intl Trade Unions Condemn Recognition of Guaidó. consortiumnews.com Even a labor group currently at odds with Caracas opposes foreign interference in the matter of the presidency, reports Ivar Andersen. By Ivar Andersen in Stockholm Inter Press Service More than 60 countries have recognized Juan Guaidó as legitimate interim president…. Read more →

Fight Back (2019-03-22). Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…

Paul Dobson (2019-03-22). Venezuela President: US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in 'Criminal' Measure. mintpressnews.com The move comes as the UN warned this week that US economic measures against Venezuela will have an "impact on human rights and wellbeing of the people."

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-22). Venezuela Claims US Withholding $5 Billion of Medical Supplies. theantimedia.com Maduro's accusations came at a government re-launch of the pharmaceutical sector. (VA) — The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday. Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities "have 'kidnapped' US $5 billion [in] one …

susan_p (2019-03-22). Venezuela: Despite the crisis, Chavez's legacy endures. greenleft.org.au Given the media barrage surrounding Venezuela's "humanitarian crisis", recent tensions on the Venezuela-Colombia border, and talks of "military options" and coup attempts, it was hard to know what to expect on returning to the country for the first time in five years. | I envisaged a country on a knife's edge, particularly as I arrived in Caracas on March 5. This was the day after opposition leader and self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó re-entered the country and the anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez, predecessor to elected President Nicolás Maduro. | Yet, the capital was remarkably quiet. It w…

susan_p (2019-03-22). Venezuelans: 'We want to resolve our problems by ourselves'. greenleft.org.au "Why don't you go to Venezuela and speak to people living there to find out what is really going on?" | Invariably, any article or post on social media presenting a different view to that pushed by the corporate media would prompt numerous comments such as this — almost always from people not in Venezuela and who, mostly, have never been there. | So Green Left Weekly decided to take up the challenge. | In early March, together with freelance journalist Joe Montero and solidarity activist Lucho Riquelme, I went to Venezuela as part of a fact-finding mission coordinated by the Melbourne-based Latin American S…

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-22). Venezuela's future depends on China, Russia. zcomm.org If China and Russia are able to withstand the US pressure — and build alternative financial mechanisms — then a multipolar order can come into being. If they fail, then the world will remain under unipolar dominance…

RT (2019-03-22). Meteor or alien invasion? Los Angeles skies set ablaze — nothing to panic about, police say (VIDEOS). rt.com After detecting odd, unidentified streaks of light disturbing the evening sky, thousands of Los Angeles residents confused the breathtaking wingsuit flying skills of Red Bull Air Force with a meteor flyby, even an alien invasion.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-21). After Pressure on Twitter, Christine Assange's Account is Restored; Venezuela's Telesur Now Hit. consortiumnews.com UPDATED: The Twitter account of Julian Assange's mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Telesur English Hit By Same Restrictions Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange,… Read more →

STAFF (2019-03-21). Venezuela and Socialism — Mailbag with Paul Jay. therealnews.com Trump says socialism has proven a failure — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to discuss viewer comments and questions…

Reese Erlich (2019-03-21). Foreign Correspondent: How the Media Distort News from Venezuela. progressive.org Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream U.S. media outlets are there to give a helping hand.

Paul Dobson (2019-03-21). Maduro: US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in 'Criminal' Measure. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro's accusations came at a government re-launch of the pharmaceutical sector.

RT (2019-03-21). Pouring $6 bn into tank factory, Trump says the M1 Abrams is 'best in the world.' Is it really? rt.com US President Donald Trump pledged a hefty sum of $6 billion to upgrade America's M1 Abrams tanks, lauding them as the best tanks ever built. The statement has more PR value than truth to it, military experts have told RT.

Ben Norton (2019-03-20). Ex-UN Human Rights Expert Blasts 'Manipulation' on Venezuela: 'We Are Swimming in an Ocean of Lies'. thegrayzone.com Former UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas criticized the human rights commissioner's past reports on Venezuela, calling them "unprofessional" and…

Eds. (2019-03-20). Giving a voice to the Venezuelan people. mronline.org Venezuelan sociologist and former government minister Reinaldo Iturriza calls on the international left to place itself firmly on the side of Venezuela's popular struggles. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-20). Trump & Bolsonaro Join Forces to Back Regime Change in Venezuela & to Attack Media as "Fake News" democracynow.org Brazil's far-right president and former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro visited President Trump at the White House for the first time on Tuesday. During the visit, Trump announced he would designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally, opening the door for Brazil to receive more U.S. military aid. Trump also suggested Brazil could even become a member of NATO. Both leaders criticized what they called the "fake news" and discussed increasing efforts to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. We speak with Maria Luísa Mendonàßa, director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil. She i…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-20). US Imposes New Sanctions as Venezuelan Government Denounces Takeover of Diplomatic Offices. venezuelanalysis.com Trump warned that the "toughest sanctions" have yet to be imposed.

United Nations (2019-03-20). Venezuela: 'A worrying destabilizing factor in the region', Bachelet tells Human Rights Council. un.org Expressing deep concern at the "magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact" of Venezuela's current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become "a worrying destabilizing factor in the region."

Max Blumenthal (2019-03-19). VIDEO: The Grayzone testifies at the UN — 'Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: Propaganda vs. reality'. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Anya Parampil spoke about Venezuela at a side event at a United Nations Human Rights…

Fight Back (2019-03-19). Venezuela coup supporters break into NYC Consulate. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – An emergency action was held at the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City, March 18, after news broke that supporters of the Venezuelan coup were let into Consulate by the State Department. One of the participants was live-tweeting the takeover, claiming that they "assumed control" of the Consulate. | A crowd of 30 people gathered in front of the Consulate, waving a Venezuelan flag and leading chants against the coup. Attendees attempted to go into the Consulate six times, and some hecklers trolled the action, but were quickly shouted down by the protesters. | The call was spread by No War on Venez…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-19). Iraq War Anniversary Reminds Us That Regime Change Has a Disastrous Track Record. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2019 — On the eve of the 16-year anniversary of the Iraq War, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 remains one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Thousands of …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-19). ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes. democracynow.org The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, national security adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report…

Jorge Martín (2019-03-19). Who's to blame for the crisis in Venezuela? A response to Gabriel Hetland. mronline.org Jorge Martin takes recent Gabriel Hetland articles to task, questioning the liberal left's assessment of the current situation and the solutions proposed. | Source

STAFF (2019-03-19). Venezuela Tops CIA's Agenda for Brazil's President. therealnews.com On his first visit to the U.S., President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro eagerly receives his instructions from the CIA and Trump's foreign policy team. Alex Main of CEPR analyzes the visit…

Reinaldo Iturriza — ROAR (2019-03-19). Giving a Voice to the Venezuelan People: An Interview with Reinaldo Iturriza. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan sociologist and former government minister Reinaldo Iturriza calls on the international left to place itself firmly on the side of Venezuela's popular struggles.

Fight Back (2019-03-18). FRSO event on Marxist perspective of the U.S.-orchestrated coup attempt in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 17, 50 people filled Mayday Books to hear Sean Orr, a Latin America solidarity activist, trade unionist, and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), speak about the current crisis facing Venezuela. In a presentation entitled, "The U.S. Orchestrated Coup in Venezuela: A Marxist Perspective," Orr highlighted the leading role of the United States in the destabilization of Venezuela as well as its efforts to foment regime change. | The United States has attempted to interfere in the political and economic development of Venezuela in a major way since oil was discovered in the…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-18). Former Neo-Nazi: President Trump May Be Complicit in Growing Threat of White Supremacy. democracynow.org President Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the hate-fueled New Zealand massacre that left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Before the attacks, Tarrant published a manifesto in which he praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and described immigrants as "invaders." On the same day, Trump claimed there was an "invasion" occurring on the southern border, signing his first presidential veto rejecting a resolution reversing his…

unitedEditor (2019-03-18). Venezuela: The Next Syria? uwidata.com Doomsday In Venezuela We're being led to believe it's all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government …

Jorge Martin, In Defence of Marxism (2019-03-17). Who's to Blame for the Crisis in Venezuela? A Response to Gabriel Hetland. venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin takes recent Gabriel Hetland articles to task, questioning the liberal left's assessment of the current situation and the solutions proposed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

2019-03-23: Social Media Postees

Trump Official Boasts Crippling US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Like Darth Vader's Death Grip
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-23
A Trump administration official bragged that US sanctions on Venezuela are "like in Star Wars when Darth Vader constricts somebody's…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/23/trump-officia…

Thirty Years after Venezuela's 'Caracazo': A Conversation with Livia Vargas
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-23
During three days in late February 1989, the Venezuelan people rose up to protest the newly-elected government's neoliberal policies. The repression that followed left thousands dead, but the rebellion spelled the end of an epoch and the beginning of another…
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14400

6.0 Earthquake Shakes Cauca in Colombia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The Colombian Geological Service has reported of a "seismic event" at 2: 21 pm, with a magnitude of 6.0 in the Richter scale. | RELATED: | Magnitude 7.0 Quake Hits Southern Peru | The major earthquake struck in the Andean region with its epicenter in the municipality of Versalles in the Valle del Cauca department. Experts registered the epicenter at 124 kilometers of depth, around 77 miles, and roughly 3760 km from Bogota, the Colombian capital. | The quake was felt around the country. People in diff…
telesurenglish.net/news/6.0-Earthquake-S…

Argentina: Military Dictatorship Victims Will Not Be Forgotten
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo launched a massive march on March 24 on the 43 anniversary of the 1976 U.S.-backed military coup, known as the Dirty War, during which time, about 30,000 persons were arrested and disappeared. | RELATED: | Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive | "Forty-three years after the milita…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Milita…

Venezuelan Gov't Slams New Trump Tactics to Cripple Economy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the unilateral, coercive, arbitrary and illegal measures announced by the United States President Donald Trump's administration to immobilize the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory' | These measures, the Nicolas Maduro-led government s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Gover…

No Revolution Without Feminism: Weaving Together Venezuela's Feminist Movements
Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-23
Amidst a complex reality, feminist movements in Venezuela look to advance their struggle and build unity.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14399

Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. "We all want this conflict to end," he never tires of saying. "We all want to improve the dire …
globalresearch.ca/yemen-conflict-us-cong…

Venezuelan Gazette to Release Conclusions of Peace Dialogue
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-23
23 de marzo de 2019, 11: 58Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The Official Gazette of Venezuela will publish the proposals and conclusions of the Congress of Social Dialogue for Peace and Life at the proposal of President Nicolas Maduro.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela Presents Evidence of Anti-Bolivarian Terrorism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The government of Venezuela announced the dismantling of a series of violent operations that were intended to be carried out in the country by mercenaries and assassins who entered the Venezuelan territory within the last few weeks. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Slams New Trump Sanctions Imposed to Cripple Economy | The Minister of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Presen…

Fox show guest mangles Venezuelan history, claims Chavez was president in 1980s (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-23
A guest who appeared on right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren's Fox News show appears to be very confused about Venezuela's history, chiefly the years of Hugo Chavez's term, despite it apparently directly affecting her own family. | …
rt.com/usa/454575-tomi-lahren-hugo-chave…

Venezuelan Authorities Detain Guaido Henchman for "Terrorist Cell" Involvement
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
Overnight Thursday, Venezuelan police arrested and detained three Guaido henchmen, two now released, the third still held. | Interior Minister Nestor Reverol accused Roberto Marrero of planning armed terrorist attacks in the country, saying the following: | An "investigation carried out by | …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelan-authorities…

Intl Trade Unions Condemn Recognition of Guaidó
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-22
Even a labor group currently at odds with Caracas opposes foreign interference in the matter of the presidency, reports Ivar Andersen. By Ivar Andersen in Stockholm Inter Press Service More than 60 countries have recognized Juan Guaidó as legitimate interim president…. Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/22/intl-trade…

UPDATED: US Sanctions Venezuelan Bank After Guaido Aide Accused of Leading 'Terrorist Cell'
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-22
After vowing "consequences" over Marrero's arrest, the US Treasury sanctioned Venezuela's development bank BANDES.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14398

Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-22
Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/22/venezuela-bu…

U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela
Marco Terrugi | workers.org | 2019-03-22
With Jair Bolsonaro standing at his side in Washington [on March 19], Donald Trump repeated the now standard line — all options are on the table — referring to Venezuela. Bolsonaro, who had said it was necessary to "liberate Venezuela," also confirmed what was already known — his refusal to . . . | Continue reading U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/03/21/u-s-steps-up-dipl…

Venezuela President: US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in 'Criminal' Measure
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
The move comes as the UN warned this week that US economic measures against Venezuela will have an "impact on human rights and wellbeing of the people."
mintpressnews.com/venezuela-claims-us-wi…

Venezuela Claims US Withholding $5 Billion of Medical Supplies
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-22
Maduro's accusations came at a government re-launch of the pharmaceutical sector. (VA) — The US government is withholding US $5 billion which was meant for the purchase of medicines and raw materials used in medical production, President Nicolas Maduro claimed Wednesday. Speaking from Miranda State, Maduro denounced that US authorities "have 'kidnapped' US $5 billion [in] one …

Venezuela Claims US Withholding $5 Billion of Medical Supplies

Venezuela's future depends on China, Russia
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-03-22
If China and Russia are able to withstand the US pressure — and build alternative financial mechanisms — then a multipolar order can come into being. If they fail, then the world will remain under unipolar dominance…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuelas-future-…

Venezuelans: 'We want to resolve our problems by ourselves'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-22
"Why don't you go to Venezuela and speak to people living there to find out what is really going on?" | Invariably, any article or post on social media presenting a different view to that pushed by the corporate media would prompt numerous comments such as this — almost always from people not in Venezuela and who, mostly, have never been there. | So Green Left Weekly decided to take up the challenge. | In early March, together with freelance journalist Joe Montero and solidarity activist Lucho Riquelme, I went to Venezuela as part of a fact-finding mission coordinated by the Melbourne-based Latin American S…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuelans-we-want-resolve-our-problems-ourselves

Venezuela: Despite the crisis, Chavez's legacy endures
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-22
Given the media barrage surrounding Venezuela's "humanitarian crisis", recent tensions on the Venezuela-Colombia border, and talks of "military options" and coup attempts, it was hard to know what to expect on returning to the country for the first time in five years. | I envisaged a country on a knife's edge, particularly as I arrived in Caracas on March 5. This was the day after opposition leader and self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó re-entered the country and the anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez, predecessor to elected President Nicolás Maduro. | Yet, the capital was remarkably quiet. It w…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-despite-crisis-chavez-legacy-endures

Meteor or alien invasion? Los Angeles skies set ablaze — nothing to panic about, police say (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-22
After detecting odd, unidentified streaks of light disturbing the evening sky, thousands of Los Angeles residents confused the breathtaking wingsuit flying skills of Red Bull Air Force with a meteor flyby, even an alien invasion. | …
rt.com/usa/454452-meteor-aliens-wingsuit…

After Pressure on Twitter, Christine Assange's Account is Restored; Venezuela's Telesur Now Hit
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-21
UPDATED: The Twitter account of Julian Assange's mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Telesur English Hit By Same Restrictions Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/21/after-pres…

Venezuela and Socialism — Mailbag with Paul Jay
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-21
Trump says socialism has proven a failure — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to discuss viewer comments and questions…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuela-and-so…

Foreign Correspondent: How the Media Distort News from Venezuela
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-03-21
Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream U.S. media outlets are there to give a helping hand.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-the-media…

Maduro: US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in 'Criminal' Measure
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-21
Maduro's accusations came at a government re-launch of the pharmaceutical sector.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14397

Pouring $6 bn into tank factory, Trump says the M1 Abrams is 'best in the world.' Is it really?
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-21
US President Donald Trump pledged a hefty sum of $6 billion to upgrade America's M1 Abrams tanks, lauding them as the best tanks ever built. The statement has more PR value than truth to it, military experts have told RT. | …
rt.com/usa/454442-trump-abrams-best-tank…

Ex-UN Human Rights Expert Blasts 'Manipulation' on Venezuela: 'We Are Swimming in an Ocean of Lies'
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-20
Former UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas criticized the human rights commissioner's past reports on Venezuela, calling them "unprofessional" and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/20/un-human-righ…

Trump & Bolsonaro Join Forces to Back Regime Change in Venezuela & to Attack Media as "Fake News"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-20
Brazil's far-right president and former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro visited President Trump at the White House for the first time on Tuesday. During the visit, Trump announced he would designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally, opening the door for Brazil to receive more U.S. military aid. Trump also suggested Brazil could even become a member of NATO. Both leaders criticized what they called the "fake news" and discussed increasing efforts to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. We speak with Maria Luísa Mendonàßa, director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil. She i…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/20/trump_bol…

US Imposes New Sanctions as Venezuelan Government Denounces Takeover of Diplomatic Offices
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-20
Trump warned that the "toughest sanctions" have yet to be imposed.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14396

Giving a voice to the Venezuelan people
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-20
Venezuelan sociologist and former government minister Reinaldo Iturriza calls on the international left to place itself firmly on the side of Venezuela's popular struggles. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/20/giving-a-voice-t…

Venezuela: 'A worrying destabilizing factor in the region', Bachelet tells Human Rights Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-20
Expressing deep concern at the "magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact" of Venezuela's current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become "a worrying destabilizing factor in the region."
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VIDEO: The Grayzone testifies at the UN — 'Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: Propaganda vs. reality'
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-19
The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Anya Parampil spoke about Venezuela at a side event at a United Nations Human Rights…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/19/the-grayzone-…

Venezuela coup supporters break into NYC Consulate
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-19
New York, NY – An emergency action was held at the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City, March 18, after news broke that supporters of the Venezuelan coup were let into Consulate by the State Department. One of the participants was live-tweeting the takeover, claiming that they "assumed control" of the Consulate. | A crowd of 30 people gathered in front of the Consulate, waving a Venezuelan flag and leading chants against the coup. Attendees attempted to go into the Consulate six times, and some hecklers trolled the action, but were quickly shouted down by the protesters. | The call was spread by No War on Venez…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/19/venezuela-co…

Iraq War Anniversary Reminds Us That Regime Change Has a Disastrous Track Record
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-03-19
Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2019 — On the eve of the 16-year anniversary of the Iraq War, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 remains one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Thousands of …
peaceaction.org/2019/03/19/iraq-war-anni…

ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-19
The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, national security adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/19/aclu_the_…

Giving a Voice to the Venezuelan People: An Interview with Reinaldo Iturriza
Reinaldo Iturriza — ROAR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-19
Venezuelan sociologist and former government minister Reinaldo Iturriza calls on the international left to place itself firmly on the side of Venezuela's popular struggles.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14394

Venezuela Tops CIA's Agenda for Brazil's President
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-19
On his first visit to the U.S., President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro eagerly receives his instructions from the CIA and Trump's foreign policy team. Alex Main of CEPR analyzes the visit…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuela-tops-c…

Who's to blame for the crisis in Venezuela? A response to Gabriel Hetland
Jorge Martín | mronline.org | 2019-03-19
Jorge Martin takes recent Gabriel Hetland articles to task, questioning the liberal left's assessment of the current situation and the solutions proposed. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/19/whos-to-blame-fo…

FRSO event on Marxist perspective of the U.S.-orchestrated coup attempt in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-18
Minneapolis, MN – On March 17, 50 people filled Mayday Books to hear Sean Orr, a Latin America solidarity activist, trade unionist, and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), speak about the current crisis facing Venezuela. In a presentation entitled, "The U.S. Orchestrated Coup in Venezuela: A Marxist Perspective," Orr highlighted the leading role of the United States in the destabilization of Venezuela as well as its efforts to foment regime change. | The United States has attempted to interfere in the political and economic development of Venezuela in a major way since oil was discovered in the…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/18/frso-event-m…

Former Neo-Nazi: President Trump May Be Complicit in Growing Threat of White Supremacy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-18
President Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the hate-fueled New Zealand massacre that left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Before the attacks, Tarrant published a manifesto in which he praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and described immigrants as "invaders." On the same day, Trump claimed there was an "invasion" occurring on the southern border, signing his first presidential veto rejecting a resolution reversing his…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/18/former_ne…

Venezuela: The Next Syria?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-18
Doomsday In Venezuela We're being led to believe it's all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government …
uwidata.com/2733-venezuela-the-next-syri…

"No War for Oil" as Thousands March Against US Intervention in Venezuela
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-17
As part of an international day against US intervention in Venezuela, a mobilization in Washington, DC with speakers Daniel Ellsberg and Jill Stein emphasized that Trump is only interested in Venezuela's resources, not in its human rights…
therealnews.com/stories/no-war-for-oil-a…

Who's to Blame for the Crisis in Venezuela? A Response to Gabriel Hetland
Jorge Martin, In Defence of Marxism | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-17
Jorge Martin takes recent Gabriel Hetland articles to task, questioning the liberal left's assessment of the current situation and the solutions proposed.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14392

Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process: A Conversation with Vijay Prashad
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-16
In this exclusive interview, a prominent Indian intellectual examines how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14385

Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14390

Venezuela: US Threatens New Sanctions as Hyperinflation Slows Down
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
The US government has increased pressure against Caracas mainly by targeting the oil industry.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14391

Juan Guaidó's Policy Proposals: 'The Venezuela to Come' or the Venezuela That Has Already Been?
Barry Cannon, NACLA | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
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.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14386

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

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

Ricardo Hausmann's 'Morning After' for Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda
Anya Parampil, MintPress News | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-14
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.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14382