Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

2019-04-02: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-04-03). Comedian Volodomyr Zelenskiy leads first round of Ukraine Presidential Elections. wsws.org Zelenskiy's vote is an overwhelming rebuke to the right-wing nationalist regime of Poroshenko brought to power in the 2014 imperialist-backed coup.

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power. telesurenglish.net Maduro's stay in power has Washington as well as various regional neighbor countries worried about the situation. It seems that Venezuela's neighbors followed a false promise to get rid off the Venezuelan President rather quickly. According to the report, allies of the U.S. are disappointed with the result and are now questioning their decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim President. | RELATED: | Nicolas Maduro: Electric Coup D'éTat Is in Full Swing | A military invasion seems to b…

Zero Hedge (2019-04-02). Russia Establishes Attack Helicopter School in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca A military helicopter training facility, constructed by Russia's Rosoboronexport, was revealed in Venezuela Friday, several days after Moscow deployed troops and equipment to the crisis-stricken South American country, reported TASS News. | "A modern helicopter training center was built under …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-02). 'Weak Journalism': NYT Fails to Disclose Op-Ed Writer's Close Family Ties to Venezuelan Opposition Leader. commondreams.org A recent video opinion piece published by The New York Times intended to drum up support for U.S. involvement in Venezuela failed to disclose the author's ties to the opposition government, leading to criticism from progressives of the paper's coverage. "She's not an independent voice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-02). Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network's audience that the US president has "been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue" and asks "will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?" The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria's Washington Post column from a couple of …

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-02). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

plenglish (2019-04-02). Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela. plenglish.com Lima, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.

plenglish (2019-04-02). Caracas Metro Services Running after Electric Power Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Transport Minister Hipolito Abreu informed the Caracas Metro service was restored on Tuesday, afterf the sabotage perpetrated against the National Electric System (SEN) on March 25.

RT (2019-04-02). Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls. rt.com Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. |

plenglish (2019-04-02). Afro-Colombian Communities Join National Indigenous Protest. plenglish.com 02 de abril de 2019, 18: 25Bogota, April 2 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 50 Afro-Colombian communities have announced that they will join the National Indigenous Minga, which is now three weeks old for social demands.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-02). Venezuelan Government Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuela's Maduro government has reached an agreement with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to scale up the humanitarian organization's activities in the Caribbean country. On Friday, IFRC President Francesco Rocca announced that in two weeks the body will start distributing vital food and medicine to 650,000 people in coordination with Venezuelan authorities. …

STAFF (2019-04-02). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. therealnews.com Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-01). Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out. venezuelanalysis.com Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages.

Fight Back (2019-04-01). Hundreds march against NATO. fightbacknews.org Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-04-01). Egypt's ruler fears the words "Don't worry, you're not alone" peoplesworld.org A national protest campaign is underway against the Egyptian dictatorship. Called "Don't Worry, You're Not Alone," it is a protest against General Abdelfattah Al-Sisi and his military coup government. It was launched by Moutazz Matar on the Egyptian Turkey-based Al-Sharq TV channel who selected February 27 as the day to activate the campaign. That campaign …

Lucas Koerner (2019-04-01). Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."

STAFF (2019-04-01). How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis. therealnews.com Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have triumphantly announced themselves as petroleum production partners, Gizmodo reporter Brian Merchant has documented in a recent report…

John McEvoy (2019-04-01). The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare. thecanary.co The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Like in 2002, Washington's attempted coup has failed to topple … | Read more The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare. | By John McEvoy

Mision Verdad (2019-04-01). Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Reconstructing the History of the Blackouts Tormenting Venezuela. thegrayzone.com While Venezuela's government and the Chavista movement proclaimed victory over the worst blackouts to plague the country, Washington's coup masters…

Paul Haeder (2019-04-01). Call of Duty: Resisting War in Venezuela. dissidentvoice.org Every war is a war against children. — Egalntyne Jebb, founder Save the Children a century ago. Responding to the British post-war blockade of Germany and Eastern Europe, Jebb participated in a group attempting to deliver food and medical supplies to children who were starving. In London's Trafalgar Square, she distributed a leaflet showing the emaciated …

Fight Back (2019-04-01). First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On March 30, the Legalization For All Network completed the first day of an immigrant rights delegation to Arizona and the U.S.-México border. | Members of immigrant rights organizations and a Palestinian liberation movement organization from the Midwest are participating in the delegation. | The first day of the trip was in Tucson, Arizona, where the delegation learned about the history of the U.S.-México border and the struggles of the Chicano people in the Southwest, which was the top half of México until the U.S. invasion of México in 1848. | In the morning, the delegation participated in the 19…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-01). Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the implementation of a national electricity rationing plan as rolling blackouts enter their sixth day in the South American country. "I've approved a 30-day plan for [electrical] charge administration [and] equilibrium in the process of generation, secure transmission of service, and usage throughout the country," Maduro declared in a …

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Indianapolis rally held to support Venezuela. liberationnews.org "No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-31). All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…

Eric Walberg (2019-03-30). US-Canada and Venezuela's Bay of Pigs. dissidentvoice.org The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is undermining not just Canada's (ok, undeserved) reputation as an honest, fair mediator, but he has chosen 2019 to make Canada the enabler of the worst of US imperial policies. Yes, the Huawei debacle is an embarrassment that will be remembered more as a joke, though possibly as the …

John McEvoy (2019-03-30). Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos'. thecanary.co The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Most journalists who come to Caracas stay in the affluent … | Read more Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos' | By John McEvoy

Democracy Now! (2019-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2019. democracynow.org NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…

Eds. (2019-03-29). Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup. mronline.org Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source

Eds. (2019-03-29). Reconstructing the history of the electricity sabotage in Venezuela. mronline.org Fictitious narratives spun by the opposition failed to go viral in social media—such as those showing images of people apparently collecting water from the Guaire River, which is not suitable for consumption. A report made by the Catia TV team, debunked this false story. | Source

Eds. (2019-03-29). What a U.S. military intervention against Venezuela would look like, according to Foreign Affairs. mronline.org Foreign Affairs concludes that this type of operation would necessitate the military occupation of Venezuela for some 20 years, taking as examples the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, but also Panama in 1989, where military operations dragged on over for eight and a half years. | Source

Dan Beeton, CEPR (2019-03-29). Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.

susan_p (2019-03-29). Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power? greenleft.org.au For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-03-28). Interview With Journalist Ben Norton: Media Myths Versus Reality In Venezuela. shadowproof.com Journalist Ben Norton, who helps run The Grayzone, was in Venezuela for nearly 4 weeks from early February to early March. He talks with us about what he saw on the ground and how what he witnessed compares to what is reported in Western establishment news media. Ben describes some…

STAFF (2019-03-28). Venezuela Is in Economic Crisis, Not Humanitarian Crisis. therealnews.com Max Blumenthal describes his experience on the ground in Venezuela to host Paul Jay, and talks about how the depiction of the country in broad humanitarian crisis is being used as a rationale for intervention in its domestic politics…

Paul Dobson (2019-03-28). Venezuela: Guaido Barred from Public Office as Maduro Announces Temporary Electricity Rationing. venezuelanalysis.com Workers from other industries have flocked to the Guri Dam to help repair the fire damage.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-03-28). Scott Walker to Head 'Slow Moving Coup' to Repeal-and-Replace U.S. Constitution. progressive.org Hiding behind the goal of a "balanced budget," is a movement about using constitutional change to destroy the power of the federal government.

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-03-28). Venezuela: Despite the Crisis, Chavez's Legacy Endures. venezuelanalysis.com Federico Fuentes reports on his recent visit to Venezuela where he encountered an entirely different reality to that depicted by the mainstream media.

Fight Back (2019-03-28). FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism. fightbacknews.org Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-28). The U.S.-Sponsored Right-Wing Venezuelan Counterrevolution: A Podcast with Dr. Tim Gill. millennialpolitics.co Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation. greenleft.org.au Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…

Gloria La Riva (2019-03-27). Venezuela ha frustrado otro violento complot estadounidense. liberationnews.org Pero este último complot demuestra la necesidad urgente de las fuerzas dentro de los Estados Unidos contra la guerra de intensificar el movimiento en las calles para exigir " °Manos fuera de Venezuela!"

Eds. (2019-03-27). New attack on electricity system seeks to halt Chavista counteroffensive. mronline.org This time the attack was physical: an operation against the bank of high voltage transformers that convert electricity to be transmitted. | Source

Liberation Staff (2019-03-27). Eyewitness Venezuela: 20+ City Speaking Tour with Gloria La Riva. liberationnews.org Gloria La Riva will speak in numerous cities on the current situation in Venezuela, with a progressive perspective on the crucial issues facing the Venezuelan people…

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-27). US Foists 'Humanitarian Aid' on Venezuela, Helps Create a Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. thegrayzone.com If the US really wants to save people from a dire humanitarian crisis, why aren't we talking about sending aid…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). Headlines for March 27, 2019. democracynow.org OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-27). Trump: 'Russia Has to Get Out' of Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Trump told reporters he would "fix" Venezuela.

stuart_m (2019-03-27). When Australian soldiers went on strike. greenleft.org.au Mutiny on The Western Front: 1918
| Greg Raffin
| Big Sky Publishing, 2018
| 216 pages | For those who may have been living in a cave without electricity for a while, it may need pointing out that the Australian establishment likes to conduct extravagant khaki-and-slouch-hat festivals to annually celebrate the gore-filled Australian invasion of Gallipoli on April 25in 1915. | Anzac Day thus receives high-rotation airplay, but we hear nothing, however, of a day – September 21 in 1918 — that, of all the days of Australians at war, is actually worth acclaiming, It was the day when Australian soldie…

2019-04-02: Social Media Postees

Comedian Volodomyr Zelenskiy leads first round of Ukraine Presidential Elections
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
Zelenskiy's vote is an overwhelming rebuke to the right-wing nationalist regime of Poroshenko brought to power in the 2014 imperialist-backed coup.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/02/ukra…

Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/2/minnesota…

Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/2/sarah-mar…

Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelas-chief-supre…

Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Maduro's stay in power has Washington as well as various regional neighbor countries worried about the situation. It seems that Venezuela's neighbors followed a false promise to get rid off the Venezuelan President rather quickly. According to the report, allies of the U.S. are disappointed with the result and are now questioning their decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim President. | RELATED: | Nicolas Maduro: Electric Coup D'éTat Is in Full Swing | A military invasion seems to b…
telesurenglish.net/news/Washington-Conce…

Russia Establishes Attack Helicopter School in Venezuela
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
A military helicopter training facility, constructed by Russia's Rosoboronexport, was revealed in Venezuela Friday, several days after Moscow deployed troops and equipment to the crisis-stricken South American country, reported TASS News. | "A modern helicopter training center was built under | …
globalresearch.ca/russia-establishes-att…

'Weak Journalism': NYT Fails to Disclose Op-Ed Writer's Close Family Ties to Venezuelan Opposition Leader
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
A recent video opinion piece published by The New York Times intended to drum up support for U.S. involvement in Venezuela failed to disclose the author's ties to the opposition government, leading to criticism from progressives of the paper's coverage. "She's not an independent voice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/02/weak-jo…

Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CJ Opinion) — CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network's audience that the US president has "been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue" and asks "will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?" The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria's Washington Post column from a couple of …

Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia

Venezuelan Government Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(VA) — Venezuela's Maduro government has reached an agreement with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to scale up the humanitarian organization's activities in the Caribbean country. On Friday, IFRC President Francesco Rocca announced that in two weeks the body will start distributing vital food and medicine to 650,000 people in coordination with Venezuelan authorities. …

Venezuelan Government Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…
therealnews.com/stories/the-origins-of-v…

The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/01/1882241…

Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. | …
rt.com/usa/455353-marco-rubio-bible-twee…

Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Lima, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Afro-Colombian Communities Join National Indigenous Protest
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
02 de abril de 2019, 18: 25Bogota, April 2 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 50 Afro-Colombian communities have announced that they will join the National Indigenous Minga, which is now three weeks old for social demands.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Caracas Metro Services Running after Electric Power Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Caracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Transport Minister Hipolito Abreu informed the Caracas Metro service was restored on Tuesday, afterf the sabotage perpetrated against the National Electric System (SEN) on March 25.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-01
Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14415

Hundreds march against NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/1/hundreds-…

Egypt's ruler fears the words "Don't worry, you're not alone"
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-01
A national protest campaign is underway against the Egyptian dictatorship. Called "Don't Worry, You're Not Alone," it is a protest against General Abdelfattah Al-Sisi and his military coup government. It was launched by Moutazz Matar on the Egyptian Turkey-based Al-Sharq TV channel who selected February 27 as the day to activate the campaign. That campaign …
peoplesworld.org/article/egypts-ruler-fe…

Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-01
Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14416

The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-01
The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Like in 2002, Washington's attempted coup has failed to topple … | Read more The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare. | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/04/01/the-coup-failed-venezuelans-now-brace-themselves-for-slow-punishing-economic-warfare/

Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Reconstructing the History of the Blackouts Tormenting Venezuela
Mision Verdad | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-01
While Venezuela's government and the Chavista movement proclaimed victory over the worst blackouts to plague the country, Washington's coup masters…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/01/solidarity-su…

Call of Duty: Resisting War in Venezuela
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-01
Every war is a war against children. — Egalntyne Jebb, founder Save the Children a century ago. Responding to the British post-war blockade of Germany and Eastern Europe, Jebb participated in a group attempting to deliver food and medical supplies to children who were starving. In London's Trafalgar Square, she distributed a leaflet showing the emaciated …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/call-of-duty-…

How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-01
Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have triumphantly announced themselves as petroleum production partners, Gizmodo reporter Brian Merchant has documented in a recent report…
therealnews.com/stories/how-big-tech-has…

First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
Tucson, AZ – On March 30, the Legalization For All Network completed the first day of an immigrant rights delegation to Arizona and the U.S.-México border. | Members of immigrant rights organizations and a Palestinian liberation movement organization from the Midwest are participating in the delegation. | The first day of the trip was in Tucson, Arizona, where the delegation learned about the history of the U.S.-México border and the struggles of the Chicano people in the Southwest, which was the top half of México until the U.S. invasion of México in 1848. | In the morning, the delegation participated in the 19…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/1/first-day…

Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-01
(VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the implementation of a national electricity rationing plan as rolling blackouts enter their sixth day in the South American country. "I've approved a 30-day plan for [electrical] charge administration [and] equilibrium in the process of generation, secure transmission of service, and usage throughout the country," Maduro declared in a …

Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out

All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…
millennialpolitics.co/daniel-kovalik-venezuela/

Indianapolis rally held to support Venezuela
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-31
"No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"
liberationnews.org/indianapolis-rally-to…

Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos'
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-03-30
The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Most journalists who come to Caracas stay in the affluent … | Read more Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos' | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/03/30/two-weeks-inside-one-of-venezuelas-notorious-colectivos/

US-Canada and Venezuela's Bay of Pigs
Eric Walberg | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-03-30
The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is undermining not just Canada's (ok, undeserved) reputation as an honest, fair mediator, but he has chosen 2019 to make Canada the enabler of the worst of US imperial policies. Yes, the Huawei debacle is an embarrassment that will be remembered more as a joke, though possibly as the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/03/us-canada-and…

Russia Defies US Threats Over Venezuela
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Trump insists Russia 'get out' of Venezuela; Vijay Prashad says Russia is protecting its own economic interests, billions in outstanding loans…
therealnews.com/stories/russia-defies-us…

Headlines for March 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/29/headlines

Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/brazilian-presid…

Reconstructing the history of the electricity sabotage in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Fictitious narratives spun by the opposition failed to go viral in social media–such as those showing images of people apparently collecting water from the Guaire River, which is not suitable for consumption. A report made by the Catia TV team, debunked this false story. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/reconstructing-t…

Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions
Dan Beeton, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-29
The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14411

What a U.S. military intervention against Venezuela would look like, according to Foreign Affairs
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Foreign Affairs concludes that this type of operation would necessitate the military occupation of Venezuela for some 20 years, taking as examples the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, but also Panama in 1989, where military operations dragged on over for eight and a half years. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/29/what-a-u-s-milit…

Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-why-us-coup-failing

Interview With Journalist Ben Norton: Media Myths Versus Reality In Venezuela
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-03-28
Journalist Ben Norton, who helps run The Grayzone, was in Venezuela for nearly 4 weeks from early February to early March. He talks with us about what he saw on the ground and how what he witnessed compares to what is reported in Western establishment news media. Ben describes some…
shadowproof.com/2019/03/28/interview-wit…

Venezuela Is in Economic Crisis, Not Humanitarian Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
Max Blumenthal describes his experience on the ground in Venezuela to host Paul Jay, and talks about how the depiction of the country in broad humanitarian crisis is being used as a rationale for intervention in its domestic politics…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuela-is-in-…

Venezuela: Guaido Barred from Public Office as Maduro Announces Temporary Electricity Rationing
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-28
Workers from other industries have flocked to the Guri Dam to help repair the fire damage.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14409

Scott Walker to Head 'Slow Moving Coup' to Repeal-and-Replace U.S. Constitution
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-03-28
Hiding behind the goal of a "balanced budget," is a movement about using constitutional change to destroy the power of the federal government.
progressive.org/dispatches/scott-walker-…

Venezuela: Despite the Crisis, Chavez's Legacy Endures
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-28
Federico Fuentes reports on his recent visit to Venezuela where he encountered an entirely different reality to that depicted by the mainstream media.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14408

FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/28/frso-mob…

The U.S.-Sponsored Right-Wing Venezuelan Counterrevolution: A Podcast with Dr. Tim Gill
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-28
Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.
millennialpolitics.co/tim-gill-venezuela/

Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-fact-finding-mission-reports-complex-situation

US Foists 'Humanitarian Aid' on Venezuela, Helps Create a Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Kei Pritsker | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-27
If the US really wants to save people from a dire humanitarian crisis, why aren't we talking about sending aid…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/26/us-foists-hum…

Headlines for March 27, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-27
OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/27/headlines

Eyewitness Venezuela: 20+ City Speaking Tour with Gloria La Riva
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-27
Gloria La Riva will speak in numerous cities on the current situation in Venezuela, with a progressive perspective on the crucial issues facing the Venezuelan people…
liberationnews.org/eyewitness-venezuela-…

Venezuela ha frustrado otro violento complot estadounidense
Gloria La Riva | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-27
Pero este último complot demuestra la necesidad urgente de las fuerzas dentro de los Estados Unidos contra la guerra de intensificar el movimiento en las calles para exigir " °Manos fuera de Venezuela!"
liberationnews.org/venezuela-ha-frustrad…

Trump: 'Russia Has to Get Out' of Venezuela
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-27
Trump told reporters he would "fix" Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14407

When Australian soldiers went on strike
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-27
Mutiny on The Western Front: 1918 | Greg Raffin | Big Sky Publishing, 2018 | 216 pages | For those who may have been living in a cave without electricity for a while, it may need pointing out that the Australian establishment likes to conduct extravagant khaki-and-slouch-hat festivals to annually celebrate the gore-filled Australian invasion of Gallipoli on April 25in 1915. | Anzac Day thus receives high-rotation airplay, but we hear nothing, however, of a day – September 21 in 1918 — that, of all the days of Australians at war, is actually worth acclaiming, It was the day when Australian soldie…
greenleft.org.au/content/when-australian-soldiers-went-strike