Daily Archives: April 7, 2019

2019-04-07: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-04-07). Why is the US preparing for war against Venezuela's electric grid? uwidata.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced that the US is conducting an "electric war" against the country. According to him, this represents a broader attack of "US imperialism against our people". The electric war announced and led by the US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Neither anyone nor anything may overcome the people …

STAFF (2019-04-07). What is a "Guaidó"? A Cowboy in Caracas (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Former Catholic Priest and Wyoming native Charlie Hardy talks about his recent experiences in Venezuela and looks back on 25 years living among the poorest of Venezuela's poor…

STAFF (2019-04-07). What is a "Guaidó"? A Cowboy in Caracas (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Former Catholic Priest and Wyoming native Charlie Hardy talks about his recent experiences in Venezuela and looks back on 25 years living among the poorest of Venezuela's poor…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Syria: 5 Civilians Killed in Rockets Bombings against Masyaf. telesurenglish.net Local sources reported that rebel groups, located in the northern areas of Hama and the southern region of Idleb, launched several missiles towards the outskirts of Masyaf on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Students coming out of school and employees from their workplace were subjected to many indiscriminate missiles fired by the rebels on Masyaf. The attacks also caused material damage to ci…

Christopher Brauchli (2019-04-07). The Trump and the Pope. commondreams.org If God is addressing the worldwide problem of immigration, who is his spokesperson? Mr. Pompeo's Trump or Pope Francis?

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-06). Trump Regime Considering Aggression against Venezuela? globalresearch.ca International law is clear and unequivocal. It's automatically US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) — pertaining to treaties, conventions, and other international agreements to which the US is a signatory. | According to the UN Charter …

Joaquin Flores (2019-04-06). U.S. Admits It Cannot Attack Venezuela — Confirmed S-300 Anti-Air Systems. globalresearch.ca The U.S State Department special operator for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, has revealed that Venezuela is already in possession numerous highly effective S-300 (Antey 2500 version) systems . This makes a military campaign against Venezuela highly unlikely, given the high-importance …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-04-06). Veteran Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) Urge Trump to Avoid War Russia Over Venezuela. globalresearch.ca VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. | *** | MEMORANDUM FOR: The President | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) | SUBJECT: …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-06). Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba. commondreams.org Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett (2019-04-06). Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba. theantimedia.com (CD) — Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Recognizing that "oil is the lifeblood" of the Venezuelan government, Pence said in …

Peter Crowley (2019-04-05). Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work. counterpunch.org Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible More

Sara Flounders (2019-04-05). Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats. workers.org The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual. mronline.org With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions—such as those described in the RED Team document—are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70. mintpressnews.com "Vladimir Putin harbors dark dreams of imperialism," Mike Pompeo told his NATO audience with his usual lack of self-reflection. Pompeo went on to bemoan Russia's military presence in Venezuela, where 100 military personnel have been stationed in defense of the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Marco Teruggi (2019-04-05). Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency. workers.org This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on April 2. Translation by Michael Otto. On Sunday, March 31, Nicolás Maduro announced a special 30-day electricity plan to create "a special department of power management that will be able to balance the national electricity system." He declared it Sunday night, after a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency at Workers.org

Jonathan Power (2019-04-05). The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish. counterpunch.org The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged John Bolton, his National Security Advisor, to publically More

United Nations (2019-04-05). Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection. un.org Noting that the Venezuela refugee crisis will leave some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2019, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) called on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.

Jon Wiener (2019-04-05). Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'. thenation.com Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'

Zero Hedge (2019-04-05). Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill. globalresearch.ca Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-05). Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson. globalresearch.ca And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …

susan_p (2019-04-05). Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts. greenleft.org.au Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won. greenleft.org.au After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-05). Refuting Right-Wing Narrative, James Foley Foundation Says It Rescinded Pompeo Award Over Handling of Khashoggi Murder. commondreams.org "The protection of free speech and promotion of journalists' safety is a key pillar of our foundation and this award would have been in conflict with that key principle." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-04-04). Venezuela suffers without electricity, yet perseveres. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The Venezuelan people continue to suffer terrorist attacks of a style previously unseen in the world. | They are not plagued by car bombings, although opposition activists were planning such acts when they were apprehended by police last year – nor lynching in the streets, although that is exactly what happened to Maduro supporters on the barricades of the Guaidó-led opposition in the spring of 2017. Instead, Venezuela is the first country in history to suffer terrorist attacks on its very nervous system: the national electric grid, known in Venezuela as the SEN (National Electric System). | U.S.-ba…

STAFF (2019-04-04). Fossil Fuel Trade Associations Spent $1.4 Billion on Ads in Past Decade. therealnews.com The American Petroleum Institute spent over half of that total on contracts with the PR giant Edelman, says Kert Davies of Climate Investigations Center…

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-04). Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja. 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…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). VIPS Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela. consortiumnews.com VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia… Read more →

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-04-04). Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote. thenation.com Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty. greenleft.org.au How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists. greenleft.org.au Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action. greenleft.org.au Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela. democracynow.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice—it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Paul Dobson (2019-04-03). Guaido's Parliamentary Immunity Revoked as Maduro Sacks Electricity Minister. venezuelanalysis.com The measure paves the way for criminal proceedings to be brought against the opposition leader.

Peter Bolton (2019-04-03). In the US, a Guaido-like figure would have been locked up long ago. thecanary.co The Venezuelan government has just barred the leader of the US-backed coup from holding public office. As would be expected, Western governments have been … | Read more In the US, a Guaido-like figure would have been locked up long ago | By Peter Bolton

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil". dissidentvoice.org Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

The Real News Network (2019-04-03). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. dissidentvoice.org 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.

Ben Norton (2019-04-02). VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…

Steve Striffler — Common Dreams (2019-04-02). Venezuela, US Solidarity, and the Future of Socialism. venezuelanalysis.com The US left's failure to build solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution has opened the way for right-wing efforts to delegitimize Maduro and justify US intervention.

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.

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."

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-04-01). Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power? venezuelanalysis.com Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes analyses why Maduro remains in power after recently visiting Venezuela.

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…

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…

Alan Macleod — FAIR (2019-03-31). Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist. venezuelanalysis.com Alan Macleod looks at how US backed figures get portrayed by the mainstream media, regardless of their true colors.

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…

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.

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.

2019-04-07: Social Media Postees

Why is the US preparing for war against Venezuela's electric grid?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-07
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced that the US is conducting an "electric war" against the country. According to him, this represents a broader attack of "US imperialism against our people". The electric war announced and led by the US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Neither anyone nor anything may overcome the people …
uwidata.com/2988-why-is-the-us-preparing…

Syria: 5 Civilians Killed in Rockets Bombings against Masyaf
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-07
Local sources reported that rebel groups, located in the northern areas of Hama and the southern region of Idleb, launched several missiles towards the outskirts of Masyaf on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Students coming out of school and employees from their workplace were subjected to many indiscriminate missiles fired by the rebels on Masyaf. The attacks also caused material damage to ci…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syria-5-Civilian…

What is a "Guaidó"? A Cowboy in Caracas (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-07
Former Catholic Priest and Wyoming native Charlie Hardy talks about his recent experiences in Venezuela and looks back on 25 years living among the poorest of Venezuela's poor…
therealnews.com/stories/what-is-a-guaido…

What is a "Guaidó"? A Cowboy in Caracas (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-07
Former Catholic Priest and Wyoming native Charlie Hardy talks about his recent experiences in Venezuela and looks back on 25 years living among the poorest of Venezuela's poor…
therealnews.com/stories/what-is-a-guaido…

The Trump and the Pope
Christopher Brauchli | commondreams.org | 2019-04-07
If God is addressing the worldwide problem of immigration, who is his spokesperson? Mr. Pompeo's Trump or Pope Francis?
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/07/trump-…

Trump Regime Considering Aggression against Venezuela?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
International law is clear and unequivocal. It's automatically US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) — pertaining to treaties, conventions, and other international agreements to which the US is a signatory. | According to the UN Charter …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-consideri…

Trump Regime Considering Aggression against Venezuela?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
International law is clear and unequivocal. It's automatically US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) — pertaining to treaties, conventions, and other international agreements to which the US is a signatory. | According to the UN Charter …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-consideri…

U.S. Admits It Cannot Attack Venezuela — Confirmed S-300 Anti-Air Systems
Joaquin Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
The U.S State Department special operator for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, has revealed that Venezuela is already in possession numerous highly effective S-300 (Antey 2500 version) systems . This makes a military campaign against Venezuela highly unlikely, given the high-importance …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-admits-cannot-atta…

Veteran Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) Urge Trump to Avoid War Russia Over Venezuela
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. | *** | MEMORANDUM FOR: The President | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) | SUBJECT: …
globalresearch.ca/vips-urge-trump-avoid-…

Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-06
(CD) — Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Recognizing that "oil is the lifeblood" of the Venezuelan government, Pence said in …

Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba

Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-06
Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/06/amid-bl…

Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/thinking-abo…

Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-04-05
The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/04/04/venezuela-today-p…

Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-04-05
With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions–such as those described in the RED Team document–are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/05/guaido-set-to-en…

NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
"Vladimir Putin harbors dark dreams of imperialism," Mike Pompeo told his NATO audience with his usual lack of self-reflection. Pompeo went on to bemoan Russia's military presence in Venezuela, where 100 military personnel have been stationed in defense of the government of Nicolas Maduro.
mintpressnews.com/nato-mission-creeps-in…

Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency
Marco Teruggi | workers.org | 2019-04-05
This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on April 2. Translation by Michael Otto. On Sunday, March 31, Nicolás Maduro announced a special 30-day electricity plan to create "a special department of power management that will be able to balance the national electricity system." He declared it Sunday night, after a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/04/04/venezuela-seeks-a…

Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
Noting that the Venezuela refugee crisis will leave some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2019, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) called on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'
Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'…
thenation.com/article/stacey-abrams-open…

The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish
Jonathan Power | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged John Bolton, his National Security Advisor, to publically…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-cia-surp…

Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …
globalresearch.ca/saudis-threaten-ditch-…

Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …
globalresearch.ca/saudis-threaten-ditch-…

Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-appoints-fox-ne…

Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-guaido-stripped-immunity-protest-erupt-over-blackouts

Refuting Right-Wing Narrative, James Foley Foundation Says It Rescinded Pompeo Award Over Handling of Khashoggi Murder
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
"The protection of free speech and promotion of journalists' safety is a key pillar of our foundation and this award would have been in conflict with that key principle." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/05/refutin…

Venezuela's Maduro announces electricity rationing plan as protests break out
Lucas Koerner | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/04/venezuelas-madur…

Venezuela suffers without electricity, yet perseveres
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-04
Chicago, IL – The Venezuelan people continue to suffer terrorist attacks of a style previously unseen in the world. | They are not plagued by car bombings, although opposition activists were planning such acts when they were apprehended by police last year – nor lynching in the streets, although that is exactly what happened to Maduro supporters on the barricades of the Guaidó-led opposition in the spring of 2017. Instead, Venezuela is the first country in history to suffer terrorist attacks on its very nervous system: the national electric grid, known in Venezuela as the SEN (National Electric System). | U.S.-ba…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/4/venezuela-suf…

Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-04-04
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/akinyele-umoja-afro-venezuelan/

VIPS Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/04/vips-urge-…

Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote…
thenation.com/article/stacey-abrams-beto…

Fossil Fuel Trade Associations Spent $1.4 Billion on Ads in Past Decade
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
The American Petroleum Institute spent over half of that total on contracts with the PR giant Edelman, says Kert Davies of Climate Investigations Center…
therealnews.com/stories/fossil-fuel-trad…

Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…
greenleft.org.au/content/federal-elections-why-you-should-support-socialists

Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…
greenleft.org.au/content/mandatory-detention-history-bipartisan-cruelty

Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-delegation-urges-concrete-solidarity-action

Guaido's Parliamentary Immunity Revoked as Maduro Sacks Electricity Minister
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-03
The measure paves the way for criminal proceedings to be brought against the opposition leader.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14418

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil"
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/like-libya-an…

In the US, a Guaido-like figure would have been locked up long ago
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2019-04-03
The Venezuelan government has just barred the leader of the US-backed coup from holding public office. As would be expected, Western governments have been … | Read more In the US, a Guaido-like figure would have been locked up long ago | By Peter Bolton…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/04/03/in-the-us-a-guaido-like-figure-would-have-been-locked-up-long-ago/

Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice–it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/3/rep_ro_kha…

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
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.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/the-origins-o…

VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-02
While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/02/honduras-dict…

Venezuela, US Solidarity, and the Future of Socialism
Steve Striffler — Common Dreams | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-02
The US left's failure to build solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution has opened the way for right-wing efforts to delegitimize Maduro and justify US intervention.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14417

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

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

Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power?
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-01
Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes analyses why Maduro remains in power after recently visiting Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14414

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…

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/

Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist
Alan Macleod — FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-31
Alan Macleod looks at how US backed figures get portrayed by the mainstream media, regardless of their true colors.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14413

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…

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

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

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