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2019-04-26: Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs | Center for Economic and Policy Research

Excerpts::

  • Research found that American sanctions on Venezuela resulted in more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018.
  • The economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the US government since 2017 reveals significant harm to the civilian population.
  • The sanctions severely affected the health, well-being, and mortality of large numbers of Venezuelans, especially among the poorest citizens, including infants and children.
  • The recognition of an unelected parallel administration created broad financial and economic issues far beyond the stated language of Trump's executive orders.
Weisbrot, M. & Sachs, J. (2019). Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela. Center for Economic and Policy Research. Retrieved online on April 25, 2019 from bit.ly/sanctions-venezuela

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2019-04-25: News Headlines

RT (2019-04-25). Activists in Venezuela's DC embassy brace for US-assisted Guaido takeover. rt.com Activists occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro's government are bracing for confrontation as authorities prepare to try to seize the building on behalf of the opposition.

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-25). Solidarity with Venezuela now! Protect the embassy. mronline.org We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a U.S. coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here with the permission of the Venezuelan government to show our solidarity with the Venezuelan […] | Source

Staff (2019-04-25). Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy. therealnews.com The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela's self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela's embassy in DC, which activists are defending…

teleSUR (2019-04-25). Colombia: Nationwide Strike Against Duque's Neoliberal Policies. telesurenglish.net Workers, farmers, teachers, students, and pensioners are staging a nationwide "Peace and Justice" strike to reject President Ivan Duque's neoliberal policies, supporting Indigenous rights and defending the peace process in Colombia being left behind by the head of state. | RELATED: | Colombians Protest After Infant of FARC Ex-Militant Murdered | The Central Union of Workers (CUT) president Diogenes Orjuela informed that demonstrators in Bogota will march towards the Bolivar Squar…

Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (2019-04-25). Talking To Ordinary Venezuelans, Pro and Anti-Government Demonstrations: Eva Bartlett. globalresearch.ca Fearless independent Canadian journalist, Eva Bartlett, has just returned from a month in the streets and barrios of Caracas, Venezuela, covering pro- and anti-government demonstrations, experiencing electrical blackouts, and talking to ordinary Venezuelans. | My objective in filming is not …

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-25). What Everyone Needs to Know About Venezuela: A Podcast with Miguel Tinker Salas. millennialpolitics.co Professor Miguel Tinker Salas, author of "Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know," joins us for the joint Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuelan politics.

Diana Ferreira (2019-04-25). The Values of April: 45 years since Portugal overthrew fascism. peoplesworld.org April 25, 2019, marks the 45th anniversary since the April Revolution in Portugal when a mass democratic uprising overthrew the fascist dictatorship that had ruled the country for nearly five decades. What started as a coup by anti-fascist army officers quickly morphed into a revolt of the whole Portuguese people. As she walked the streets …

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-25). Arresting Members Of The Embassy Protection Collective Would Be Unlawful. dissidentvoice.org We have told the State Department that if they enter the Venezuelan Embassy they are violating international law and if they arrest members of the Collective for trespass or unlawful entry these will be unlawful arrests. Members of the Collective are in the embassy with the permission of the elected government of Venezuela. In two …

Anya Parampil (2019-04-25). Venezuelan opposition reps throw temper tantrums when confronted about lack of legitimacy, interventionist plans at OAS. thegrayzone.com At the OAS, two top representatives of Juan Guaido's US-backed shadow government — Gustavo Tarre and David Smolansky — lost…

teleSUR (2019-04-25). US Sanctions Killed Over 40,000 Venezuelans Since 2017. telesurenglish.net The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released Thursday a study revealing that President Donald Trump's actions against Venezuela are mostly affecting not President Nicolas Maduro's administration but the civilian population, as more than 40,000 deaths have been brought about by U.S. economic sanctions. | RELATED: | Russian Intel: West 'Tearing Apart' Venezuela Like Syria, Libya | "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving me…

teleSUR (2019-04-25). Portugal Celebrates Carnation Revolution's 45th Anniversary. telesurenglish.net Thousands marched in Portugal Thursday to celebrate an almost bloodless revolution 45 years ago that ended the longest authoritarian regime in Europe's history. However, politicians warn that economic and social developments have not lived up to the idealism of the uprising. | RELATED: | Portugal: 'Energy Crisis' as Nation-Wide Strike Affect Supply | On April 25, 1974, the Estado Novo, the corporatist authoritarian government that ruled Portugal at the time, crumbled from the Carn…

teleSUR (2019-04-25). Cuban Top Diplomat: John Bolton Is a Pathological Liar. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denied Thursday the accusations by the United States about the alleged presence of Cuban military forces in Venezuela, expressed in the document of the Department of State of North America. | RELATED: | Cuba Bashes Trump Speech as 'Pretext for War' in Venezuela | "Cuba does not have troops or military personnel in the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," said Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez and rejected the memorandum that implicates the…

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-25). Arresting Members of the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Would be Unlawful. globalresearch.ca We told the State Department that if they enter the Venezuelan Embassy, they are violating international law, and if they arrest members of the Collective for trespass or unlawful entry, these will be unlawful arrests. Members of the Collective are …

commondreams (2019-04-25). Report Finds US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Responsible for Tens of Thousands of Deaths. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Charles Kennedy (2019-04-25). Is this a "Game Changer" for Lithium? Strategic Battery Metal Known as "White Petroleum" globalresearch.ca 2018 was a terrible year for commodities, but few sectors fared as badly as lithium. | The crucial battery metal, also known as "White petroleum", struggled through a 50 percent price correction as supply soared and demand fears spread like …

plenglish (2019-04-25). Venezuelan Foreign Minister Denounces at UN US Hostility. plenglish.com 25 de abril de 2019, 08: 29United Nations, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza complies again on Thursday with an agenda at the UN headquarters in New York, a place he has used since early 2019 to denounce growing US hostility against his country.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-25). Economists Warn Trump's Sanctions Targeting Venezuela 'A Death Sentence for Tens of Thousands of People'. commondreams.org Two American economists warn that U.S. sanctions targeting Venezuela "are a death sentence for tens of thousands of people" and that the nation's humanitarian crisis will worsen as long as the sanctions continue. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-25). The election of Zelensky in Ukraine and the way forward for the working class. wsws.org Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyi won the Ukrainian presidential elections Sunday in a massive repudiation of the incumbent president and the imperialist-orchestrated coup that brought him to power.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-25). After 'Wink' From Trump When a Journalist Butchered, Says Iran's Foreign Minister, 'Not a Whisper' When Saudis Behead 37. commondreams.org "Membership in the #B_team —Bolton, Bin Salman, Bin Zayed, and 'Bibi'— gives immunity for any crime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-25). Emperor Penguin Breeding Colony Vanish Due to 'Fast Ice'. telesurenglish.net A new study indicates that Antarctica's second-largest breeding ground for the Emperor Penguin species have been virtually unproductive since 2016 and looks to continue on that trend in 2019. | RELATED: | Aussie Same-sex Penguin 'Couple' Tickled Pink by Foster Egg | An Antarctic Science study discloses that the favored Halley Bay site normally hosts between 15,000 to 24,000 breeding pairs of penguins annually and is now virtually empty. | The scientists have blamed the disappearanc…

plenglish (2019-04-25). Venezuela Asks for Efforts to Guarantee Global Peace. plenglish.com 25 de abril de 2019, 12: 09Moscow, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela asked on Thursday in the 8th International Security Conference in Moscow for efforts to globalize liberation and peace in the world and create a block of reasonable States.

plenglish (2019-04-25). Venezuelan Foreign Minister Denounces at UN US Hostility. plenglish.com United Nations, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza complies again on Thursday with an agenda at the UN headquarters in New York, a place he has used since early 2019 to denounce growing US hostility against his country.

RT (2019-04-25). Civilians are the real victims (and targets) of Trump's Venezuela sanctions. rt.com The Trump administration claims that its increasingly punitive sanctions on Venezuela "do not target the innocent people" but the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A new report on the effects of sanctions debunks that myth.

Anya Parampil (2019-04-25). Venezuelan Opposition Reps Throw Temper Tantrums When Confronted About Lack of Legitimacy, Interventionist Plans at OAS. mintpressnews.com At the OAS, two top representatives of Juan Guaido's US-backed shadow government — Gustavo Tarre and David Smolansky — lost their cool when confronted with critical questions. Both recently attended a closed-door DC meeting on a US military assault.

John McEvoy (2019-04-24). Co-founder of peace group CODEPINK asks us all to 'stand up to US bullies' over Venezuela coup attempt. thecanary.co Medea Benjamin is a central figure in the US peace movement. In 2002, she co-founded women-led peace group CODEPINK in an effort to prevent … | Read more Co-founder of peace group CODEPINK asks us all to 'stand up to US bullies' over Venezuela coup attempt | By John McEvoy

Deirdre Griswold (2019-04-24). Koreans say no to Mike Pompeo. workers.org The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has told the U.S. government there will be no more summit meetings this year if Mike Pompeo, Trump's Secretary of State, is part of them. The DPRK has also reaffirmed its policy of self-reliance and independence in building a strong socialist society. DPRK leader . . . | Continue reading Koreans say no to Mike Pompeo at Workers.org

Eds. (2019-04-24). China in Latin America: the U.S. loses its "backyard" mronline.org China formally invited Latin America to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative in January 2018, during its meeting with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, Chile, where the Chinese and Venezuelan chancellors shook hands. Since then, 16 countries in the region have expressed their intention to be part of […] | Source

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-24). Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective "The Next Two Days Are Crucial" dissidentvoice.org Embassy Protection Collective Will Refuse To Turn Over Embassy To US Puppet Government: Arrests Expected The next two days will be crucial for the protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy Protection Collective is prepared to stay at the embassy for the foreseeable future, for as long as it takes to protect the …

Stansfield Smith (2019-04-24). Dissecting ROAR's article "can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis? mronline.org ROAR published an article Can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis? containing the views of different professors, but with only two worth reading: Dario Azzellini's and George Ciccariello-Maher's. Of the others, Raul Zibechi appears to be the chosen faux left commentator committed to repeating U.S. ruling class propaganda against Venezuela. | Source

Bryan Wall (2019-04-24). Former CIA director makes an admission that perfectly exposes Washington's international hypocrisy. thecanary.co Former CIA director Mike Pompeo has publicly admitted to the illegal actions carried out by the organisation on Washington's behalf. His comments perfectly underline … | Read more Former CIA director makes an admission that perfectly exposes Washington's international hypocrisy | By Bryan Wall

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-04-24). The Commune is the Supreme Expression of Participatory Democracy: a Conversation with Anacaona Marin of El Panal Commune. counterpunch.org The Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, which has deep roots in Caracas' 23 de Enero barrio, began planning a commune years before Chavez even proposed the communal path toward socialism. Yet when Chavez announced the plan to join communal councils into a higher form of organization, Alexis Vive wholeheartedly embraced the initiative and has since then More

Peter Kornbluh (2019-04-24). The Trump Administration Is Launching a New Round of Aggression Against Cuba. thenation.com The Trump Administration Is Launching a New Round of Aggression Against Cuba…

RT (2019-04-24). 'We lied, we cheated, we stole': Pompeo offers honest, if disturbing admission about CIA activity. rt.com In a rare moment of honesty, Mike Pompeo admitted to an audience that the CIA trains employees to "lie, cheat and steal." While he seemed to find the whole thing funny, not everyone is amused, as RT found out.

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-23). The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup. mintpressnews.com A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.

Staff (2019-04-23). Comedian Zelenskiy Wins Ukrainian Presidency in Landslide. therealnews.com In a contest against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won an overwhelming majority of 73%, signaling a hunger for real change in Ukraine…

Staff (2019-04-23). Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…

Pablo Vivanco (2019-04-23). Former U.N. Official: U.S. Goal Is to "Asphyxiate" Venezuela. progressive.org Alfred de Zayas argues that Caracas has grounds to reject offers of "aid" coming from Donald Trump's White House, given the precedent of U.S. humanitarian aid being used as a trojan horse.

Eds. (2019-04-23). Intervention in Venezuela: a tour of U.S. military bases in Curaàßao and Aruba. mronline.org Aruba and Curaàßao are two Caribbean territories under the dominance (in terms of security and foreign policy) of the Netherlands. Since 1999, the United States has agreed to establish "counter-narcotics" operations centres on both islands. | Source

RT (2019-04-23). Kushner says 'a couple of Facebook ads' didn't swing the election, Democrats go crazy. rt.com After White House adviser Jared Kushner suggested the Russiagate probe did more damage to the US than "a couple of Facebook ads," Democrats went into meltdown with accusations of "propaganda" spreading and lack of "patriotism." |

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). From Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a Talk on Assange. consortiumnews.com Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria on Sunday delivered this talk about the Assange case to a group of activists who are living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to stop the illegitimate government of Venezuela from taking it over. Video… Read more →

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-22). Protect the Venezuelan Embassy from Illegal Seizure! liberationnews.org We are calling all people from around the country to come to the Venezuelan Embassy on Wednesday, April 24 and stay there in protection of it.

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-22). Ukraine: Why "OU" Lost By A Landslide. dissidentvoice.org Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) speaks with presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky (R) during a presidential election debate at Olimpiyski stadium in Kiev on April 19, 2019 (Photo by Sergei CHUZAVKOV AFP, Getty Images) With the landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelensky, who won 73 percent of the vote, the comedian will become the president of Ukraine. Understanding …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-21). Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy. dissidentvoice.org Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …

Staff (2019-04-21). Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry. therealnews.com The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-20). Russia warns Bolton: "Monroe Doctrine" Remarks are Insulting to Latin America. dissidentvoice.org What is the 'Monroe Doctrine'? In brief, it is a document which defines the entire Western Hemisphere as a 'backyard' of the United States. It 'philosophically' justifies Washington's neo-colonialism, and the most barbaric coups it has been triggering, as well as covered and open interventions in the Caribbean, and in Central and South America. And …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report, John Bolton Praises Monroe Doctrine as U.S. Sanctions Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, New U.S. Sanctions to Target Remittances & Companies Doing Business in Cuba, North Korea Tests New Weapon, Rejects Role of U.S. Secretary of State, Trump Administration to End Reporting on Size of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Former Peruvian President Alan García Dies by Suicide as Police Move In, Teen Who Threatened Colorado Schools Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot, Philadelphia DA Clears Path for Mumia Abu-Jamal to Appeal Murder Conviction, New York Grants Parole to Brink's Heist Ge…

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-16). Asesores de Trump se reúnen en Washington para evaluar ataque militar contra Venezuela. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVA: Alejado de la mirada pública, el CSIS presidió reunión de alto nivel, y off the record, para explorar opciones…

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-15). VIDEO: How the Pentagon and CIA Push Venezuela Regime-Change Propaganda in Video Games. thegrayzone.com The US military and CIA launder coup propaganda through popular first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty, simulating assassinations…

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-14). US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record…

Claudia Andrade (2019-04-13). Por qué las mujeres defienden la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela. liberationnews.org "Los dolores del mundo son más grandes para las mujeres … y aún más grandes para las mujeres de la clase popular, de la clase más pobre" dijo Hugo Chávez en un discurso en 2012.