2019-02-15: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Lopez Rivera, Puerto Ricans Reject US Plan to Invade Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Puerto Ricans, joined by formerly incarcerated revolutionary activist Oscar Lopez Rivera, demonstrated Thursday in front of the Federal Court, in Old San Juan, to voice opposition to a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, EFE said. | RELATED: | Colombian Social Leaders Express Solidarity with Venezuela | The vice president of the Puerto Rican Independ…

Ron Jacobs (2019-02-15). Maduro, Guaidó and American Exceptionalism. counterpunch.org In the weeks since Jose Guaidó declared to a crowd of supporters in Venezuela that he was the new president of Venezuela a lot has happened and very little has happened. Washington, Brazil and Colombia—three of the most right-wing governments in the Americas—unsurprisingly declared their support of Guaidó. Others followed. Indeed, it is more than More

Nicolás Maduro Moros (2019-02-15). An open letter to the people of the United States. mronline.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on U.S. society to denounce its government ¥s threats of war. | Source

Eds. (2019-02-15). Rep. Ilhan Omar grills Elliott Abrams over his shady past. mronline.org Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke truth to power on Wednesday when she grilled Elliott Abrams over his support for violent regime change policies and history of lying to Congress. | Source

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-15). How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (1/2). therealnews.com Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté unravels how the new Haitian revolt entangles Duvalier style corruption of money stolen from Venezuela's PetroCaribe program and subtle US intervention

Greg Palast (2019-02-15). In Venezuela, white supremacy is a key driver of the Coup. mronline.org The coup is, at it heart, a furious backlash of whiter and wealthier Venezuelans against the mixed race and Black majority. | Source

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-15). How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (2/2). therealnews.com Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté unravels how the new Haitian revolt entangles Duvalier style corruption of money stolen from Venezuela's PetroCaribe program and subtle US intervention

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-15). Canciller de Venezuela: "Los EEUU está adelante del intento golpista, no detrás" therealnews.com Entrevista — en español con subtítulos en inglés — con canciller venezolano Jorge Arreaza, quien habla de las posibilidades de guerra con los EEUU, los impactos de los sanciones, y la salida al conflicto entre los EEUU y sus aliados en la oposición y en la región

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-15). Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "The US is in Front of the Coup Attempt, not Behind it" therealnews.com Interview — in Spanish with English subtitles — with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who speaks about the likelihood of war with the US, the impact of the sanctions, and the way out of the conflict between Venezuela and the US and its allies in the opposition and in the region

Jim Kavanagh (2019-02-15). The Siege of Venezuela and the Travails of Empire. counterpunch.org Here's the bullet-point version: + It's imperialism. + It's American imperialism, a bipartisan national project. + American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power. + It's a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force. + It's trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism. More

Roberto Lovato (2019-02-15). Abrams Bringing Violence of 1980s Latin America Policy to Venezuela. zcomm.org Interview on the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-15). Enough Western Meddling and Interventions: Let the Venezuelan People Decide. counterpunch.org American politicians from the two main parties have finally found something to agree upon: more intervention in Venezuela. "Now, despite (President Nicolas) Maduro, there is hope (in Venezuela)", wrote Democratic Senator, Dick Durbin, in USA Today. "These events (meaning the current political instability in the country) are a welcome development of Latin American nations defending More

STAFF (2019-02-15). Maduro Reveals Aide's Secret Meetings With U.S. Envoy Abrams. truthdig.com CARACAS, Venezuela—President Nicolas Maduro has invited a U.S. special envoy to Venezuela after revealing in an AP interview that his foreign minister recently held secret meetings with the U.S. official in New York. | A senior Venezuelan official said the second of two meetings took place Feb. 11 — four days after the envoy, Elliott Abrams, said the "time for dialogue with Maduro had long passed," and as the Trump administration publicly backed an effort to unseat the embattled Venezuelan president. | Even while harshly criticizing Donald Trump's confrontational stance toward his socialist government…

Brian Cloughley (2019-02-15). In Libya, "We Came, We Saw, He Died." Now, Maduro? counterpunch.org "Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem." — US Secretary of State Pompeo addresses the UN Security Council on January 26, 2019. Libya is in a state of anarchic More

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Maduro Confirms Venezuela's Arreaza Met with Elliott Abrams. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday that his Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met with the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, whom the president invited to visit the South American nation. | RELATED: | US Congress Rejects Trump's Warmongering, Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela | During an interview with The Associated Press (AP) aired Thursday, President Maduro criticized the belligerent position of his U.S.

Joyce Nelson (2019-02-15). Venezuela & The Mighty Wurlitzer. counterpunch.org On February 11, Bloomberg News published an astonishing piece about the unfolding Venezuelan turmoil. It was apparently the result of a major investigative effort involving three reporters and five others providing "assistance". You'll notice I haven't called it a piece of news (although that's what it looks like), but I'm not sure what to call More

teleSUR (2019-02-15). India Vows to Keep Buying Venezuelan Oil Despite US Bullying. telesurenglish.net India's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said Thursday that the country will keep on doing business with Venezuela on the basis of purely economic considerations, a statement which does not submit to the United States strategy to isolate the Bolivarian country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Seeks to Double Oil Exports to India | "Venezuela is the chair of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and GECF (Gas Exporting Countries Forum). We don't have any barter sy…

Adam Johnson (2019-02-15). MSNBC's 'Resistance' to Trump's Venezuela Coup. zcomm.org From Silence to Support…

Granma (2019-02-15). U.S. Military Adventure Against Venezuela Must be Stopped. globalresearch.ca Cuba condemns the U.S. government's escalating preparations for a military adventure in Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize to prevent its consummation | *** | The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns the escalation of pressures and …

Justin Podur (2019-02-15). Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy. peoplesdispatch.org Among the academics pushing hard for regime change in Venezuela is Ricardo Hausmann, now an adviser to Juan Guaido, who has "already drafted a plan to rebuild the nation, from economy to energy."

amnesty (2019-02-15). Suspension of Voice TV Highlights Why Thailand must Lift Over-broad Powers to Curtail Press Freedom. amnesty.org Amnesty International calls on Thailand's military authorities, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to guarantee media freedom in the country, including by taking the long overdue step of amending or repealing vaguely worded and overly restrictive decrees promulgated in the name of protecting security following the 2015 military coup. | Amnesty International remains concerned that the Thai authorities have, since taking power in a military coup in 2014, consistently targeted individuals and broadcasters expressing political opposition or views deemed critical of authorities with sanctions and crimina…

amnesty (2019-02-15). Equatorial Guinea: Rights lawyer faces bogus charges. amnesty.org Grave Concern Detainees Have Been Tortured, Killed | Equatorial Guinea named a French anti-corruption lawyer in an arrest warrant against 16 people, in apparent retaliation for his involvement in a money laundering trial against the president's eldest son, nine human rights and anti-corruption groups said today. | The warrant accuses the 16 targets of laundering money and helping to finance "terrorism and the proliferation of arms trafficking in Central Africa." | Named in the warrant are also people already in police custody accused of participating in a December 2017 coup attempt. They have been unable to commu…

susan_p (2019-02-15). Venezuela: Regime change is 'made in the USA'. greenleft.org.au Since its outset, the Donald Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalised its positions, writes Steve Ellner. | In the process, the Venezuelan opposition has become more associated with — and dependent on — Washington and its allies. An example is the opposition protests on February 4. The actions were timed to coincide with the European Union's " ultimatum" stating that they would recognise the shadow government of…

Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams (2019-02-14). Why Does the United States Want to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com A look at what drives the US to persist in its interventions—diplomatic, economic and military—against the Venezuelan government…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-14). Why does the United States of America want to overthrow the government of Venezuela? peoplesdispatch.org Since 1998, the United States of America has tried to overthrow the government of Venezuela. What threatened the government of the United States since then was the Bolivarian dynamic set in motion by the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela that year. Chávez won the elections with a mandate from Venezuela's workers and poor to overhaul the country to tend to their long-neglected needs. | Venezuela, with the world's largest proven oil reserves, had enriched the U.S.-based oil companies and its own oligarchy. Venezuela's key oil minister in the early 1960s (and architect of OPEC—the Organizati…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela. democracynow.org President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s. democracynow.org The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-14). Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "Washington Hijacked Guaidó" therealnews.com In an exclusive interview with TRNN, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says Guaido has not accepted the Pope's offer to negotiate since he is being directed by Washington

Eds. (2019-02-14). Venezuela and disaster capitalism. mronline.org Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise. | Source

Eds. (2019-02-14). U.S. military adventure against Venezuela must be stopped. mronline.org Cuba condemns the U.S. government's escalating preparations for a military adventure in Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize to prevent its consummation. | Source

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-14). Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams on Support for Central American Genocide. therealnews.com Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) of Minnesota presented Elliott Abrams with uncomfortable facts about his past illegal activities and asked him whether he would pursue similar human rights violating policies against Venezuela as he did against Latin America in the 1980's

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-14). In Caracas, Ordinary Venezuelans Speak to The Real News About Venezuela's Crisis. therealnews.com Citizens of Venezuela wait in line to sign a petition denouncing U.S. imperialism. Dimitri Lascaris reports from Caracas

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-14). Let the Venezuelan People Decide. zcomm.org Enough Western Meddling and Interventions…

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Venezuela Receives 933 Tons of Medical Aid From Allies Abroad. telesurenglish.net Sixty-four containers holding 933 tons of medical supplies, from gastrointestinal medication to prenatal vitamins, arrived from Venezuelan allies Thursday, the Health Ministry reported. | RELATED: | Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela | Twenty-five million euros-worth of humanitarian aid was delivered to Puerto de la Guaira, Venezuela from international partners in Cuba, China, Russia, Palestine, Turkey, among others. | Over 22,570 units of spare parts f…

Joe Emersberger, FAIR (2019-02-14). Facts Don't Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President. venezuelanalysis.com Joe Emersberger examines the propaganda surrounding humanitarian aid in Venezuela.

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Venezuelan Foreign Minister Announces Group to Protect UN Charter's Principles. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced Thursday that a group of countries have decided to form a diplomatic team at the United Nations (U.N.) to defend human rights and the fundamental charter of the international organization. | RELATED | Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela | "We are beginning a collective work in all instances and agencies of the United Nations. We are going to organize a strategy not only for the defense of Venezuela, but a…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-14). Venezuela: Guaido 'Appoints' New Oil Executives as Trump Vows 'All Options on Table'. venezuelanalysis.com Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a military option.

Fred_F (2019-02-14). How Trump's attacks on Venezuela triggered a revolution in Haiti. greenleft.org.au Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. | But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. | Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and unstoppable as the one that took place 33 years ago against dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and triggered five years of popular tumult. | Despite fierce repression, massacres, a bogus election and three coups d'état, the uprising culminated in the…

Ben Norton (2019-02-13). Will you support genocide in Venezuela?: Congress member Ilhan Omar challenges notorious coup-monger Elliott Abrams. grayzoneproject.com US Congress member Ilhan Omar asked Trump's new Venezuela special envoy Elliott Abrams if he would oversee genocide and war…

Fight Back (2019-02-13). La Crosse, WI says 'Hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org La Crosse, WI – The streets may have been cold, but hearts were warm with international solidarity on February 9 as activists in La Crosse voiced their opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | Chants heard at the rally included, "Hey hey, ho ho, who the heck is Juan Guaido? Hey hey, ho ho, you won't get rid of Maduro!" Signs read "Hands off Venezuela!" and "No blood for oil!" | "I think that being out here, especially in this weather, helps cement just how important of an issue this is," said attendee Elias Wall. "My hope is that at least a few people driving by will see our signs and perhaps rethink what…

Eds. (2019-02-13). Executive summary: The economic consequences of the boycott of Venezuela. mronline.org The international financial blockade imposed by the United States against Venezuela has caused the South American country to lose 350,000 million dollars in production of goods and services between 2013 and 2017, according to the research carried out by the Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitics Strategic Center (CELAG). | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-13). Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties. democracynow.org A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuelan…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-13). Guaido Sets Date for Attempted Aid Entry as UN Reiterates Call for Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com Both the government and opposition forces plan to mobilise supporters in the border region.

RT (2019-02-13). WATCH Ilhan Omar grill US Venezuela envoy on war crimes of previous US-backed coups. rt.com Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar was the subject of cheers and jeers as she raked special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams over the coals with questions about his role in Central American war crimes during the 80s.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-12). Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela. therealnews.com Actor and activist Danny Glover places the conflict over Venezuela in the context of a long history of US-led coups in Latin America

Greg Palast — Truthout (2019-02-12). In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Greg Palast examines the relationship between racism and right-wing politics in the Latin American nation.

Anya Parampil (2019-02-12). Venezuelans' message to the US: Hands off our country. grayzoneproject.com The Grayzone breaks the media blockade inside Venezuela, amplifying the voices of people ignored by the corporate media. By Anya…

Reinaldo Iturriza — Verso Blog (2019-02-12). Venezuela and Disaster Capitalism. venezuelanalysis.com Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State. democracynow.org Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is publicly accusing the owner of the National Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail," weeks after the paper revealed details about his extramarital affair. Bezos had recently hired a private investigator to determine how the tabloid newspaper obtained private text messages between him and his lover, and whether the paper's actions were politically motivated. The National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, Inc., responded to Bezos's investigation by threatening to publish revealing photos of Bezos if he did not agree to publicly state that the Enquirer's coverage was not politically m…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil? democracynow.org The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

2019-02-15: Social Media Postees

Lopez Rivera, Puerto Ricans Reject US Plan to Invade Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
Puerto Ricans, joined by formerly incarcerated revolutionary activist Oscar Lopez Rivera, demonstrated Thursday in front of the Federal Court, in Old San Juan, to voice opposition to a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, EFE said. | RELATED: | Colombian Social Leaders Express Solidarity with Venezuela | The vice president of the Puerto Rican Independ…
telesurenglish.net/news/Lopez-Rivera-Pue…

In Venezuela, white supremacy is a key driver of the Coup
Greg Palast | mronline.org | 2019-02-15
The coup is, at it heart, a furious backlash of whiter and wealthier Venezuelans against the mixed race and Black majority. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/15/in-venezuela-whi…

Abrams Bringing Violence of 1980s Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Roberto Lovato | zcomm.org | 2019-02-15
Interview on the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/abrams-bringing-vi…

Enough Western Meddling and Interventions: Let the Venezuelan People Decide
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
American politicians from the two main parties have finally found something to agree upon: more intervention in Venezuela. "Now, despite (President Nicolas) Maduro, there is hope (in Venezuela)", wrote Democratic Senator, Dick Durbin, in USA Today.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/enough-weste…

Maduro Confirms Venezuela's Arreaza Met with Elliott Abrams
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday that his Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met with the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, whom the president invited to visit the South American nation. | RELATED: | US Congress Rejects Trump's Warmongering, Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela | During an interview with The Associated Press (AP) aired Thursday, President Maduro criticized the belligerent position of his U.S.
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Confirms-…

An open letter to the people of the United States
Nicolás Maduro Moros | mronline.org | 2019-02-15
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on U.S. society to denounce its government ¥s threats of war. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/15/an-open-letter-t…

In Libya, "We Came, We Saw, He Died." Now, Maduro?
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
"Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem." — US Secretary of State Pompeo addresses the UN Security Council on January 26, 2019. Libya is in a state of anarchic…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/in-libya-we-…

Maduro, Guaidó and American Exceptionalism
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
In the weeks since Jose Guaidó declared to a crowd of supporters in Venezuela that he was the new president of Venezuela a lot has happened and very little has happened. Washington, Brazil and Colombia–three of the most right-wing governments in the Americas–unsurprisingly declared their support of Guaidó. Others followed. Indeed, it is more than…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/maduro-guaid…

Maduro Reveals Aide's Secret Meetings With U.S. Envoy Abrams
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-15
CARACAS, Venezuela–President Nicolas Maduro has invited a U.S. special envoy to Venezuela after revealing in an AP interview that his foreign minister recently held secret meetings with the U.S. official in New York. | A senior Venezuelan official said the second of two meetings took place Feb. 11 — four days after the envoy, Elliott Abrams, said the "time for dialogue with Maduro had long passed," and as the Trump administration publicly backed an effort to unseat the embattled Venezuelan president. | Even while harshly criticizing Donald Trump's confrontational stance toward his socialist government…
truthdig.com/articles/maduro-reveals-aid…

U.S. Military Adventure Against Venezuela Must be Stopped
Granma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
Cuba condemns the U.S. government's escalating preparations for a military adventure in Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize to prevent its consummation | *** | The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns the escalation of pressures and … | The post U.S. Military Adventure Against Venezuela Must be Stopped appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/u-s-military-adventure…

How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (1/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-15
Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté unravels how the new Haitian revolt entangles Duvalier style corruption of money stolen from Venezuela's PetroCaribe program and subtle US intervention | The post How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (1/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/how-haitis-spont…

The Siege of Venezuela and the Travails of Empire
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
Here's the bullet-point version: + It's imperialism. + It's American imperialism, a bipartisan national project. + American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power. + It's a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force. + It's trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/the-siege-of…

Venezuela & The Mighty Wurlitzer
Joyce Nelson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
On February 11, Bloomberg News published an astonishing piece about the unfolding Venezuelan turmoil. It was apparently the result of a major investigative effort involving three reporters and five others providing "assistance". You'll notice I haven't called it a piece of news (although that's what it looks like), but I'm not sure what to call…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/venezuela-th…

India Vows to Keep Buying Venezuelan Oil Despite US Bullying
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
India's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said Thursday that the country will keep on doing business with Venezuela on the basis of purely economic considerations, a statement which does not submit to the United States strategy to isolate the Bolivarian country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Seeks to Double Oil Exports to India | "Venezuela is the chair of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and GECF (Gas Exporting Countries Forum). We don't have any barter sy…
telesurenglish.net/news/India-Vows-to-Ke…

Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "The US is in Front of the Coup Attempt, not Behind it"
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-15
Interview — in Spanish with English subtitles — with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who speaks about the likelihood of war with the US, the impact of the sanctions, and the way out of the conflict between Venezuela and the US and its allies in the opposition and in the region | The post Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "The US is in Front of the Coup Attempt, not Behind it" appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-forei…

Canciller de Venezuela: "Los EEUU está adelante del intento golpista, no detrás"
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-15
Entrevista — en español con subtítulos en inglés — con canciller venezolano Jorge Arreaza, quien habla de las posibilidades de guerra con los EEUU, los impactos de los sanciones, y la salida al conflicto entre los EEUU y sus aliados en la oposición y en la región | The post Canciller de Venezuela: "Los EEUU está adelante del intento golpista, no detrás" appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/canciller-de-ven…

MSNBC's 'Resistance' to Trump's Venezuela Coup
Adam Johnson | zcomm.org | 2019-02-15
From Silence to Support…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/msnbcs-resistance-…

Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy
Justin Podur | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-15
Among the academics pushing hard for regime change in Venezuela is Ricardo Hausmann, now an adviser to Juan Guaido, who has "already drafted a plan to rebuild the nation, from economy to energy." | The post Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy appeared first on Peoples Dispatch.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/15/inside-th…

How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (2/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-15
Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté unravels how the new Haitian revolt entangles Duvalier style corruption of money stolen from Venezuela's PetroCaribe program and subtle US intervention | The post How Haiti's Spontaneous Uprising is Connected to Venezuelan Solidarity (2/2) appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/how-haitis-spont…

Equatorial Guinea: Rights lawyer faces bogus charges
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-15
Grave Concern Detainees Have Been Tortured, Killed | Equatorial Guinea named a French anti-corruption lawyer in an arrest warrant against 16 people, in apparent retaliation for his involvement in a money laundering trial against the president's eldest son, nine human rights and anti-corruption groups said today. | The warrant accuses the 16 targets of laundering money and helping to finance "terrorism and the proliferation of arms trafficking in Central Africa." | Named in the warrant are also people already in police custody accused of participating in a December 2017 coup attempt. They have been unable to commu…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/equat…

Venezuela: Regime change is 'made in the USA'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-15
Since its outset, the Donald Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalised its positions, writes Steve Ellner. | In the process, the Venezuelan opposition has become more associated with — and dependent on — Washington and its allies. An example is the opposition protests on February 4. The actions were timed to coincide with the European Union's " ultimatum" stating that they would recognise the shadow government of…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-regime-change-%E2%80%98made-usa%E2%80%99

Suspension of Voice TV Highlights Why Thailand must Lift Over-broad Powers to Curtail Press Freedom
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-15
Amnesty International calls on Thailand's military authorities, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to guarantee media freedom in the country, including by taking the long overdue step of amending or repealing vaguely worded and overly restrictive decrees promulgated in the name of protecting security following the 2015 military coup. | Amnesty International remains concerned that the Thai authorities have, since taking power in a military coup in 2014, consistently targeted individuals and broadcasters expressing political opposition or views deemed critical of authorities with sanctions and crimina…
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa39/9869/2019…

Why does the United States of America want to overthrow the government of Venezuela?
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-14
Since 1998, the United States of America has tried to overthrow the government of Venezuela. What threatened the government of the United States since then was the Bolivarian dynamic set in motion by the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela that year. Chávez won the elections with a mandate from Venezuela's workers and poor to overhaul the country to tend to their long-neglected needs. | Venezuela, with the world's largest proven oil reserves, had enriched the U.S.-based oil companies and its own oligarchy. Venezuela's key oil minister in the early 1960s (and architect of OPEC–the Organizati…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/14/why-does-…

Why Does the United States Want to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela?
Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-14
A look at what drives the US to persist in its interventions–diplomatic, economic and military–against the Venezuelan government…
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14326

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
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Let the Venezuelan People Decide
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-02-14
Enough Western Meddling and Interventions…
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Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem…
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Venezuela Receives 933 Tons of Medical Aid From Allies Abroad
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-14
Sixty-four containers holding 933 tons of medical supplies, from gastrointestinal medication to prenatal vitamins, arrived from Venezuelan allies Thursday, the Health Ministry reported. | RELATED: | Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela | Twenty-five million euros-worth of humanitarian aid was delivered to Puerto de la Guaira, Venezuela from international partners in Cuba, China, Russia, Palestine, Turkey, among others. | Over 22,570 units of spare parts f…
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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Announces Group to Protect UN Charter's Principles
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-14
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced Thursday that a group of countries have decided to form a diplomatic team at the United Nations (U.N.) to defend human rights and the fundamental charter of the international organization. | RELATED | Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela | "We are beginning a collective work in all instances and agencies of the United Nations. We are going to organize a strategy not only for the defense of Venezuela, but a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Forei…

Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "Washington Hijacked Guaidó"
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-14
In an exclusive interview with TRNN, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says Guaido has not accepted the Pope's offer to negotiate since he is being directed by Washington | The post Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "Washington Hijacked Guaidó" appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-forei…

Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams on Support for Central American Genocide
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-14
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) of Minnesota presented Elliott Abrams with uncomfortable facts about his past illegal activities and asked him whether he would pursue similar human rights violating policies against Venezuela as he did against Latin America in the 1980's | The post Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams on Support for Central American Genocide appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/rep-ilhan-omar-g…

U.S. military adventure against Venezuela must be stopped
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-14
Cuba condemns the U.S. government's escalating preparations for a military adventure in Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize to prevent its consummation. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/14/u-s-military-adv…

Venezuela: Guaido 'Appoints' New Oil Executives as Trump Vows 'All Options on Table'
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-14
Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out a military option.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14325

In Caracas, Ordinary Venezuelans Speak to The Real News About Venezuela's Crisis
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-14
Citizens of Venezuela wait in line to sign a petition denouncing U.S. imperialism. Dimitri Lascaris reports from Caracas | The post In Caracas, Ordinary Venezuelans Speak to The Real News About Venezuela's Crisis appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/in-caracas-ordin…

Facts Don't Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President
Joe Emersberger, FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-14
Joe Emersberger examines the propaganda surrounding humanitarian aid in Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14324

Venezuela and disaster capitalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-14
Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/14/103353/

How Trump's attacks on Venezuela triggered a revolution in Haiti
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
Chaos reigned in Haiti for a seventh straight day on February 13, as people continue to rise up against President Jovenel MoàØse over his corruption, arrogance, false promises and straight-faced lies. | But the crisis will not be solved by MoàØse's departure, which appears imminent. | Today's revolution shows all the signs of being as profound and unstoppable as the one that took place 33 years ago against dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and triggered five years of popular tumult. | Despite fierce repression, massacres, a bogus election and three coups d'état, the uprising culminated in the…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-trump-attacks-venezuela-triggered-revolution-haiti

Will you support genocide in Venezuela?: Congress member Ilhan Omar challenges notorious coup-monger Elliott Abrams
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-13
US Congress member Ilhan Omar asked Trump's new Venezuela special envoy Elliott Abrams if he would oversee genocide and war… | The post Will you support genocide in Venezuela?: Congress member Ilhan Omar challenges notorious coup-monger Elliott Abrams appeared first on The Grayzone.
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/13/genocide-…

La Crosse, WI says 'Hands off Venezuela!'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-13
La Crosse, WI – The streets may have been cold, but hearts were warm with international solidarity on February 9 as activists in La Crosse voiced their opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | Chants heard at the rally included, "Hey hey, ho ho, who the heck is Juan Guaido? Hey hey, ho ho, you won't get rid of Maduro!" Signs read "Hands off Venezuela!" and "No blood for oil!" | "I think that being out here, especially in this weather, helps cement just how important of an issue this is," said attendee Elias Wall. "My hope is that at least a few people driving by will see our signs and perhaps rethink what…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/13/la-cross…

Executive summary: The economic consequences of the boycott of Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-13
The international financial blockade imposed by the United States against Venezuela has caused the South American country to lose 350,000 million dollars in production of goods and services between 2013 and 2017, according to the research carried out by the Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitics Strategic Center (CELAG). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/13/executive-summar…

Guaido Sets Date for Attempted Aid Entry as UN Reiterates Call for Dialogue
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-13
Both the government and opposition forces plan to mobilise supporters in the border region.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14323

Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-13
A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuelan…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/13/venezuela…

WATCH Ilhan Omar grill US Venezuela envoy on war crimes of previous US-backed coups
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar was the subject of cheers and jeers as she raked special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams over the coals with questions about his role in Central American war crimes during the 80s. | …
rt.com/usa/451414-ilhan-omar-elliott-abr…

Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-12
Actor and activist Danny Glover places the conflict over Venezuela in the context of a long history of US-led coups in Latin America | The post Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/danny-glover-on-…

In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup
Greg Palast — Truthout | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-12
Greg Palast examines the relationship between racism and right-wing politics in the Latin American nation.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14318

Venezuelans' message to the US: Hands off our country
Anya Parampil | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-12
The Grayzone breaks the media blockade inside Venezuela, amplifying the voices of people ignored by the corporate media. By Anya… | The post Venezuelans' message to the US: Hands off our country appeared first on The Grayzone.
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/11/venezuela…

Venezuela and Disaster Capitalism
Reinaldo Iturriza — Verso Blog | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-12
Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14319

Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is publicly accusing the owner of the National Enquirer of "extortion and blackmail," weeks after the paper revealed details about his extramarital affair. Bezos had recently hired a private investigator to determine how the tabloid newspaper obtained private text messages between him and his lover, and whether the paper's actions were politically motivated. The National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, Inc., responded to Bezos's investigation by threatening to publish revealing photos of Bezos if he did not agree to publicly state that the Enquirer's coverage was not politically m…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/glenn_gre…

Red Cross, UN Slam 'Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
Maduro has denounced the aid as a political ploy aimed at toppling his government.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14316

Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/greenwald…