Daily Archives: March 25, 2019

2019-03-25: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2019-03-25). The Grayzone testifies at the UN: 'Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: propaganda vs. reality'. mronline.org The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Anya Parampil spoke about Venezuela at a side event at a United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva on March 19. They joined former special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas on a panel titled "Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: Propaganda vs. reality." | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-25). Russia Sends "Peacekeeping" Troops to Venezuela. Joint Military Exercises. globalresearch.ca According to Reuters on Sunday, Russia sent around 100 troops to Caracas, saying the following: | "A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one …

Gloria La Riva (2019-03-25). Terrorist plot in Venezuela thwarted. liberationnews.org Venezuelan authorities arrest Roberto Marrero, "chief of staff" of U.S.-backed imposter Juan Guaidó.

Eds. (2019-03-25). Traces of the CIA in Venezuela's nationwide power outage. mronline.org A CIA has had its eyes on the country's vulnerability for years, looking to use an electrical failure to promote destabilization and put an end to the Bolivarian Revolution. | Source

Joe Emersberger, The Canary (2019-03-25). Trump's Sanctions Kill Venezuelan People. Why Can't UN Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet 'Fully Acknowledge' That? venezuelanalysis.com Joe Emersberger takes apart Bachelet's recent comments on Venezuela and US-led sanctions.

Scott Ritter (2019-03-25). US Invasion of Iraq (2003) and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Ari Fleischer Lied, and People Died. globalresearch.ca Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, ignited a firestorm of controversy Wednesday when, while commenting on the 16th anniversary of the U.S invasion of Iraq, he sought to defend the reputation of …

STAFF (2019-03-25). Beware the Mainstream Media's 'Moderates' and 'Centrists'. truthdig.com The Trump administration seems to have found their man in National Assembly leader and self-appointed president of Venezuela Juan Guaidó. Guaidó has been extremely attentive to US interests, promising to allow US oil companies to increase their activity in Venezuela. He has also pledged mass privatizations and harsh rounds of austerity, as FAIR contr…

STAFF (2019-03-25). Bolsonaro's Brazen Meeting With the CIA. truthdig.com On March 18, Brazil's extreme-right President Jair Bolsonaro made history. Outside the official agenda of his first official trip to the United States he paid a visit to CIA Headquarters, becoming the first ever Brazilian President to do so. In contrast, Bolsonaro has never visited ABIN, Brazil's moribund equivalent of the CIA. | On the agenda, it is assumed, were the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, in which the United States wants further Brazilian assistance, unrest in Nicaragua, Cuba, and Bolivia's co…

plenglish (2019-03-25). It is an Honor to Welcome a British Royal Couple, Diaz-Canel Says. plenglish.com Havana, Mar 25 ( Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel considered an honor to welcome the British royal couple, Prince Charles of Wales and Duchess Camila of Cornwall, with whom he will meet in Havana Monday.

Tyler Durden (2019-03-25). Venezuela Military Deploys S-300 Missiles Following Arrival of Russian Troops. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Following the major weekend development of Moscow unambiguously asserting its 'red line' concerning potential US military intervention in Venezuela, for which Russia sent a military transport plane filled with Russian troops which landed in Caracas Saturday, new satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key airbase south of Caracas. Crucially the Russian …

Kevin Zeese (2019-03-25). US and Puppet Guaido Implicated in Terrorism Plot Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The US coup with the self-proclaimed Venezuelan puppet president Juan Guaidó has been failing. Right-wing Latin American countries and the European Union, while willing to go along with the charade farce president have not been willing to take military action …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-25). 'Akin to a Tripwire': Russian Troops in Venezuela Complicate U.S. Regime Change Plans. commondreams.org A Russian move inserting itself into the Venezuelan crisis has American officials crying foul. "Russia's deployment of a small number of troops to Venezuela is akin to tripwire." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-03-25). Economic Blockade of Venezuela: Direct Intervention in Sovereignty. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) After four decrees since President Donald Trump took office, the US economic blockade of Venezuela is aimed at interfering in the South American country"s sovereignty.

STAFF (2019-03-24). Venezuela Update: UN Human Rights Report, More Sanctions. therealnews.com UN Human Rights Commissioner presented a critical report on Venezuela, which the government denounced for ignoring opposition violence. Meanwhile, the Trump administration introduced even more sanctions on the economically reeling country…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-24). Russian Troops, Aid Arrive in Venezuela After Delivering Red Line Warning to Trump. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just days after a high-level meeting in Rome this week, during which Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US — Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied — it appears Russia is taking no chances with its South American ally. After the Rome meeting, Ryabkov said bluntly: …

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…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-03-23). PSL statement: Solidarity with La Minga. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation supports the Minga's call "for defense of life, territory, democracy, justice, and peace."

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…

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.

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

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-22). UPDATED: US Sanctions Venezuelan Banks 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 and two major public banks.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

Liberation Staff (2019-03-20). VIDEO: Anti-war activists protest seizure of Venezuelan diplomatic buildings by coup supporters. liberationnews.org The illegitimate, Venezuelan "ambassador" to the United States appointed by coup leader Juan Guaidó attempted to hold a press conference March 19 announcing that he had seized control of diplomatic compounds…

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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.

Morgan Artyukhina (2019-03-18). In Washington, biggest protest to date demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela'. liberationnews.org Eyewitness reporting from the Hands Off Venezuela march on the White House.

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 …

ANSWER Coalition (2019-03-17). Large crowd gathers for the national march on the White House: U.S. Hands off Venezuela! liberationnews.org The largest demonstration to date inside the United States in opposition to Donald Trump's planned coup in Venezuela took place in Washington D.C. on March 16.

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.

2019-03-25: Social Media Postees

The Grayzone testifies at the UN: 'Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: propaganda vs. reality'
Max Blumenthal | mronline.org | 2019-03-25
The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Anya Parampil spoke about Venezuela at a side event at a United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva on March 19. They joined former special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas on a panel titled "Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: Propaganda vs. reality." | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/25/the-grayzone-tes…

Russia Sends "Peacekeeping" Troops to Venezuela. Joint Military Exercises
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-25
According to Reuters on Sunday, Russia sent around 100 troops to Caracas, saying the following: | "A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one | …
globalresearch.ca/russia-sends-troops-ve…

Trump's Sanctions Kill Venezuelan People. Why Can't UN Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet 'Fully Acknowledge' That?
Joe Emersberger, The Canary | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-25
Joe Emersberger takes apart Bachelet's recent comments on Venezuela and US-led sanctions.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14401

US Invasion of Iraq (2003) and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Ari Fleischer Lied, and People Died
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-25
Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, ignited a firestorm of controversy Wednesday when, while commenting on the 16th anniversary of the U.S invasion of Iraq, he sought to defend the reputation of …
globalresearch.ca/us-invasion-of-iraq-20…

Bolsonaro's Brazen Meeting With the CIA
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-25
On March 18, Brazil's extreme-right President Jair Bolsonaro made history. Outside the official agenda of his first official trip to the United States he paid a visit to CIA Headquarters, becoming the first ever Brazilian President to do so. In contrast, Bolsonaro has never visited ABIN, Brazil's moribund equivalent of the CIA. | On the agenda, it is assumed, were the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, in which the United States wants further Brazilian assistance, unrest in Nicaragua, Cuba, and Bolivia's co…
truthdig.com/articles/bolsonaros-brazen-…

Terrorist plot in Venezuela thwarted
Gloria La Riva | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-25
Venezuelan authorities arrest Roberto Marrero, "chief of staff" of U.S.-backed imposter Juan Guaidó.
liberationnews.org/terrorist-plot-in-ven…

Beware the Mainstream Media's 'Moderates' and 'Centrists'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-25
The Trump administration seems to have found their man in National Assembly leader and self-appointed president of Venezuela Juan Guaidó. Guaidó has been extremely attentive to US interests, promising to allow US oil companies to increase their activity in Venezuela. He has also pledged mass privatizations and harsh rounds of austerity, as FAIR contr…
truthdig.com/articles/beware-the-mainstr…

Traces of the CIA in Venezuela's nationwide power outage
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-25
A CIA has had its eyes on the country's vulnerability for years, looking to use an electrical failure to promote destabilization and put an end to the Bolivarian Revolution. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/25/traces-of-the-ci…

Economic Blockade of Venezuela: Direct Intervention in Sovereignty
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-25
Caracas, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) After four decrees since President Donald Trump took office, the US economic blockade of Venezuela is aimed at interfering in the South American country"s sovereignty.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela Military Deploys S-300 Missiles Following Arrival of Russian Troops
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-25
(ZH) — Following the major weekend development of Moscow unambiguously asserting its 'red line' concerning potential US military intervention in Venezuela, for which Russia sent a military transport plane filled with Russian troops which landed in Caracas Saturday, new satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key airbase south of Caracas. Crucially the Russian …

Venezuela Military Deploys S-300 Missiles Following Arrival of Russian Troops

It is an Honor to Welcome a British Royal Couple, Diaz-Canel Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-25
Havana, Mar 25 ( Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel considered an honor to welcome the British royal couple, Prince Charles of Wales and Duchess Camila of Cornwall, with whom he will meet in Havana Monday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

US and Puppet Guaido Implicated in Terrorism Plot Against Venezuela
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-25
The US coup with the self-proclaimed Venezuelan puppet president Juan Guaidó has been failing. Right-wing Latin American countries and the European Union, while willing to go along with the charade farce president have not been willing to take military action …
globalresearch.ca/us-guaido-implicated-t…

'Akin to a Tripwire': Russian Troops in Venezuela Complicate U.S. Regime Change Plans
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-25
A Russian move inserting itself into the Venezuelan crisis has American officials crying foul. "Russia's deployment of a small number of troops to Venezuela is akin to tripwire." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/25/akin-tr…

Venezuela Update: UN Human Rights Report, More Sanctions
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-24
UN Human Rights Commissioner presented a critical report on Venezuela, which the government denounced for ignoring opposition violence. Meanwhile, the Trump administration introduced even more sanctions on the economically reeling country…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuela-update…

Russian Troops, Aid Arrive in Venezuela After Delivering Red Line Warning to Trump
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-24
(ZH) — Just days after a high-level meeting in Rome this week, during which Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US — Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied — it appears Russia is taking no chances with its South American ally. After the Rome meeting, Ryabkov said bluntly: …

Russian Troops, Aid Arrive in Venezuela After Delivering Red Line Warning to Trump

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

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

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…

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 Banks 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 and two major public banks.
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/22/venezuel…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

VIDEO: Anti-war activists protest seizure of Venezuelan diplomatic buildings by coup supporters
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-20
The illegitimate, Venezuelan "ambassador" to the United States appointed by coup leader Juan Guaidó attempted to hold a press conference March 19 announcing that he had seized control of diplomatic compounds…
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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…

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

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…

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-…

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…

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/19/venezuel…

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…

In Washington, biggest protest to date demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela'
Morgan Artyukhina | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-18
Eyewitness reporting from the Hands Off Venezuela march on the White House.
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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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/18/frso-eve…

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 …
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Large crowd gathers for the national march on the White House: U.S. Hands off Venezuela!
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-17
The largest demonstration to date inside the United States in opposition to Donald Trump's planned coup in Venezuela took place in Washington D.C. on March 16.
liberationnews.org/large-crowd-gathers-f…

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