2019-02-17: News Headlines

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-17). What It Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. truthout.org Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves had broken into his family home in Kabul. When they were discovered, one of the robbers stabbed Hossein. | An APV coordinator, Zekerullah, was robbed and beaten by assailants in broad daylight. Ata Khan lost his camera and mobile phone to a gang of young thieves who accosted him and eight other people in a public park during the daytime. Habib, a recent young graduate of the APV Street Kids School program, suffered blows from several att…

Repost (2019-02-17). U.S. Military Invasion of Venezuela is Escalating. indybay.org With the support of Democrats and Republicans, e.g. Pelosi & Trump, the pending invasion of oil-rich Venezuela is escalating, all at taxpayer expense. There are forces opposing it. See www.globalresearch.ca/hands-off-venezuel…. Cuba has provided a detailed description below.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2019-02-17). Venezuela: la "ayuda humanitaria" prepara la invasión militar. indybay.org Venezuela: la ayuda humanitaria prepara la invasión militar | Marcelo Colussi…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). Does Recognition of Parallel Gov't in Venezuela Violate International Law? therealnews.com A recent study conducted by the German parliament's independent scientific research service found that international recognition of the self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó probably constitutes a violation of international law. We discuss the study's implications with Andrej Hunko, who commissioned the study

Gustavo Petro (2019-02-16). Why We in Colombia and Elsewhere Reject US Intervention in Venezuela. commondreams.org A supporter of the government of Nicol√°s Maduro holds a sign against the U.S.-backed intervention in Venezuela during the summit to discuss diplomatic actions to address the Venezuelan crisis on February 7, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, UK and Sweden will be joining Bolivia, Costa Rica and Ecuador on the summit proposed by Mexico and Uruguay. (Photo: Santiago Mazzarovich/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Real News Network (2019-02-16). Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "Washington hijacked Guaidó" peoplesdispatch.org In an exclusive interview with The Real News Network, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says Guaido has not accepted the Pope's offer to negotiate since he is being directed by Washington

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-16). Venezuela's Missile Crisis: A Conversation with Juan Contreras. venezuelanalysis.com A grassroots leader from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas looks at the historical forces operating behind the showdown unfolding right now in the Bolivarian Republic.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-16). Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver 'Aid' to Venezuela's Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has announced Friday, along with a new round of sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government, that they are dispatching US military aircraft carrying aid to the Venezuelan border. The aid can't get into Venezuela directly, as it is being sent to opposition leader Juan Guaido and with an eye specifically toward endorsing …

Kathy Kelly (2019-02-15). What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach. Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ariel Fornari (2019-02-15). Hispaniola Rising: How the US Coup in Venezuela Is Taking Root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. mintpressnews.com For more than a decade Venezuela has aided the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through a preferential system known as Petrocaribe, and the people of those nations are not taking their governments' support for the US coup in Venezuela lightly.

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."

Consortiumnews (2019-02-15). How Much of Venezuela's Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault? consortiumnews.com There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi… Read more →

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

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…

RT (2019-02-15). US Venezuela envoy confronted by RT America correspondent over past war crimes (VIDEO). rt.com Intercepted by RT America correspondent Dan Cohen while leaving a conference in DC, US envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams did not seem in the mood to discuss his criminal convictions or Iran-Contra weapons shipments.

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

Bilal Sarwary (2019-02-15). After 18 Years of War, the Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks. theintercept.com For many observers, the negotiations register as a defeat — recognition that the Taliban has not only survived, but will be central to Afghanistan's future.

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

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…

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…

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). 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

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

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.

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.

Kei Pritsker (2019-02-14). Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran. mintpressnews.com At its root, a currency has power because people believe it does. As belief in and fealty to the dollar continue to erode, we can expect the U.S. to fight, brutally when deemed necessary, to maintain the status quo that made it an empire.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-14). Global Sports Groups New Human Rights Ally in Bahrain? hrw.org | | Hakeem al-Araibi | © 2019 | Today marks the eighth anniversary of the mass protests in Bahrain during the 2011 Arab Uprisings, when thousands demonstrated against the ruling al-Khalifa family's tight grip on power. The government's ensuing crackdown left about 30 people dead and hundreds injured. | For the last eight years, the Bahraini authorities…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2019. democracynow.org Congress to Vote on Spending Bill with $1.4 Billion for Border Wall, Mexico: Migrant Asylum Seekers Imprisoned in Abandoned Factory, House Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, EU Adds Saudi Arabia, U.S. Territories to "Dirty Money" Blacklist, Afghan Taliban to Meet U.S. Envoys in Pakistan for Peace Talks, U.S. Bombings in Afghanistan Approached Record Levels in 2018, Iran: Suicide Bomber Kills 27 Revolutionary Guard Members, Trump Administration Convenes Anti-Iran Summit in Warsaw, Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran at Rally Hosted by Terrorist-Linked Group, NYT: Trump Admin Expanded Progra…

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…

Philip M. Giraldi (2019-02-14). Is Tulsi Gabbard for Real? America Is Ready for a Genuine Peace Candidate. mintpressnews.com The lineup of Democrats who have already declared themselves as candidates for their party's presidential nomination in 2020 is remarkable, if only for the fact that so many wannabes have thrown their hats in the ring so early in the process. In terms of electability, however, one might well call the seekers after the highest office in the land the nine dwarfs. Four of the would-be candidates — Marianne Williamson a writer, Andrew Yang an entrepreneur, Julian Castro a former Obama official, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman John Delaney — have no national profiles at all and few among the Democrat…

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.

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…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Remains Evasive on Funding Deal as Shutdown Deadline Approaches, Venezuelans Take to the Streets as Guaidó Sets Deadline for Aid to Enter Country, Venezuela's Guaidó Says He's in Talks to Restore Ties with Israel, Venezuelan President Maduro Says Trump Admin Run by KKK, Philippines: Journalist and Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested, Spain: Catalan Leaders Stand Trial for 2017 Independence Bid, Turkey Issues 1,100 Arrest Warrants in Opposition Crackdown, Acting Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq, Senate Passes Bill Protecting 1 Million Acres of Public Lands, NYC Jury Finds El Chapo Guilty on All…

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…

amnesty (2019-02-13). Nigeria: Authorities must uphold human rights during and after elections. amnesty.org The Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association before, during and after the country's upcoming general election, Amnesty International said ahead of the votes scheduled for 16 February and 2 March 2019. | There have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months, including the deaths of four people in Kano state in clashes between rival political supporters in December 2018. | "The election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa…

Kathy Kelly (2019-02-12). What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. progressive.org Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach.

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.

2019-02-17: Social Media Postees

What It Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-17
Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves had broken into his family home in Kabul. When they were discovered, one of the robbers stabbed Hossein. | An APV coordinator, Zekerullah, was robbed and beaten by assailants in broad daylight. Ata Khan lost his camera and mobile phone to a gang of young thieves who accosted him and eight other people in a public park during the daytime. Habib, a recent young graduate of the APV Street Kids School program, suffered blows from several att…
truthout.org/articles/what-it-really-tak…

Venezuela: la "ayuda humanitaria" prepara la invasión militar
reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras | indybay.org | 2019-02-17
Venezuela: la ayuda humanitaria prepara la invasión militar | Marcelo Colussi…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/17/1882121…

U.S. Military Invasion of Venezuela is Escalating
Repost | indybay.org | 2019-02-17
With the support of Democrats and Republicans, e.g. Pelosi & Trump, the pending invasion of oil-rich Venezuela is escalating, all at taxpayer expense. There are forces opposing it. See www.globalresearch.ca/hands-off-venezuel…. Cuba has provided a detailed description below.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/16/1882120…

Why We in Colombia and Elsewhere Reject US Intervention in Venezuela
Gustavo Petro | commondreams.org | 2019-02-16
A supporter of the government of Nicol√°s Maduro holds a sign against the U.S.-backed intervention in Venezuela during the summit to discuss diplomatic actions to address the Venezuelan crisis on February 7, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, UK and Sweden will be joining Bolivia, Costa Rica and Ecuador on the summit proposed by Mexico and Uruguay. (Photo: Santiago Mazzarovich/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/16/why-we…

Venezuela's Missile Crisis: A Conversation with Juan Contreras
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-16
A grassroots leader from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas looks at the historical forces operating behind the showdown unfolding right now in the Bolivarian Republic.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14328

Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "Washington hijacked Guaidó"
The Real News Network | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-16
In an exclusive interview with The Real News Network, 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 Peoples Dispatch.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/16/venezuela…

Does Recognition of Parallel Gov't in Venezuela Violate International Law?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-16
A recent study conducted by the German parliament's independent scientific research service found that international recognition of the self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó probably constitutes a violation of international law. We discuss the study's implications with Andrej Hunko, who commissioned the study | The post Does Recognition of Parallel Gov't in Venezuela Violate International Law? appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/does-recognition…

Defying U.S.-led pressure, people across the world stand up for Venezuela's sovereignty
Zoe Pepper-Cunningham | mronline.org | 2019-02-16
While international media creates a spectacle around "humanitarian aid", strong mobilizations in support of Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution continue within Venezuela and across the world. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/16/defying-u-s-led-…

Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver 'Aid' to Venezuela's Border
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-16
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has announced Friday, along with a new round of sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government, that they are dispatching US military aircraft carrying aid to the Venezuelan border. The aid can't get into Venezuela directly, as it is being sent to opposition leader Juan Guaido and with an eye specifically toward endorsing …

Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver 'Aid' to Venezuela's Border

What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach. Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/what-it-real…

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…

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…

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 (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…

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…

Hispaniola Rising: How the US Coup in Venezuela Is Taking Root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Ariel Fornari | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-15
For more than a decade Venezuela has aided the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through a preferential system known as Petrocaribe, and the people of those nations are not taking their governments' support for the US coup in Venezuela lightly. | The post Hispaniola Rising: How the US Coup in Venezuela Is Taking Root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/how-us-coup-in-venezue…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How Much of Venezuela's Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-15
There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/15/how-much-o…

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…

US Venezuela envoy confronted by RT America correspondent over past war crimes (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
Intercepted by RT America correspondent Dan Cohen while leaving a conference in DC, US envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams did not seem in the mood to discuss his criminal convictions or Iran-Contra weapons shipments. | …
rt.com/usa/451591-abrams-cohen-video-cri…

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…

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.
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After 18 Years of War, the Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks
Bilal Sarwary | theintercept.com | 2019-02-15
For many observers, the negotiations register as a defeat — recognition that the Taliban has not only survived, but will be central to Afghanistan's future. | The post After 18 Years of War, the Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks appeared first on The Intercept.
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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…
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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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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'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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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 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/

Is Tulsi Gabbard for Real? America Is Ready for a Genuine Peace Candidate
Philip M. Giraldi | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-14
The lineup of Democrats who have already declared themselves as candidates for their party's presidential nomination in 2020 is remarkable, if only for the fact that so many wannabes have thrown their hats in the ring so early in the process. In terms of electability, however, one might well call the seekers after the highest office in the land the nine dwarfs. Four of the would-be candidates — Marianne Williamson a writer, Andrew Yang an entrepreneur, Julian Castro a former Obama official, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman John Delaney — have no national profiles at all and few among the Democrat…
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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

Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-14
At its root, a currency has power because people believe it does. As belief in and fealty to the dollar continue to erode, we can expect the U.S. to fight, brutally when deemed necessary, to maintain the status quo that made it an empire. | The post Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran appeared first on MintPress News.
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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…

Nigeria: Authorities must uphold human rights during and after elections
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-13
The Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association before, during and after the country's upcoming general election, Amnesty International said ahead of the votes scheduled for 16 February and 2 March 2019. | There have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months, including the deaths of four people in Kano state in clashes between rival political supporters in December 2018. | "The election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa…
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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…

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-…

What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-02-12
Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach.
progressive.org/dispatches/securing-peac…

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

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.
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