2019-01-31: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Guatemala: Ombudsman Says Government Sabotaging Security, Peace. telesurenglish.net Wednesday Guatemala's Ombudsman Jordan Rojas denounced the Guatemalan Government executing actions that counter the advances in democratic security and peace. | RELATED: | Guatemalan Dictator's Daughter Banned From Presidential Race | In a presentation of a 2018 Report on Human Rights before Congress, Rojas mentioned that the weakening of the National Civ…

Hans Stehling (2019-01-31). Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran? globalresearch.ca U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. | This report from the US intelligence …

Vanessa Beeley (2019-01-31). Civilians in Police Crosshairs as France Adopts Totalitarian Tactics to Squash Yellow Vests. mintpressnews.com The insanity of Macron supporting the "uprising" in Venezuela while sanctioning vicious reprisals against his own people at home is glaringly obvious to all but Macron and his backers.

Allan Nairn (2019-01-31). As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? zcomm.org The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan government in an attempt to topple President Nicolás Maduro…

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Venezuela detains foreign journalists amid crackdown on protests. aljazeera.com Five journalists, three working for Spanish news agency EFE and two French reporters, detained in Venezuela this week.

James Petras (2019-01-31). Peculiarities of U.S. imperialism in Latin America. mronline.org Venezuela, the current target of U.S., President Donald Trump, is a case illustrating the 'peculiarities' of imperialist politics. We will proceed to outline the background, techniques and impact of the imperial power grab. | Source

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Russia Might be Planning an Astana-Like Conference for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Russia just dropped a huge hint suggesting that it might be trying to assemble an Astana-like conference for resolving the Venezuelan Crisis in the same spirit as what it's been trying to do with Syria over the past two years, …

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-31). A Note on the Crime Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca To clarify the importance of the January 23rd coup attempt in Venezuela we remember that ever since WWII the customary motivation for violations of the Convention on Genocide has been to gain a region's natural resources. For example Iraq, Libya, …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). An Invasion of Venezuela Isn't A "Far-Fetched Scenario" globalresearch.ca While Guaido and his self-declared "government"(-in-waiting) are downplaying the prospects of a military invasion to topple Maduro, the reality is that such a scenario really isn't all that far-fetched and could even succeed in the event that only a limited …

Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, CRBZ (2019-01-31). Opposing Imperial Aggression: A Democratic Front in Defense of National Sovereignty. venezuelanalysis.com The Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current examines the US-led coup attempts and what is to be done.

John Feffer (2019-01-31). Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro. zcomm.org The left has a proud tradition of both democracy and anti-imperialism. It's critical to keep both traditions in mind when addressing the current crisis in Venezuela…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Canada Labour Congress Rejects Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net As Canada joins efforts by the Venezuelan right-wing opposition, the United States, and right-wing governments in Latin America to oust democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro, Canada's Labour Congress, representing over three million Canadian workers, issued a statement Wednesday calling on the Justin Trudeau government to promote dialogue instead of intervention and a military coup. | IN DEPTH: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | "Venezuelans need to resolve the…

Peter Certo (2019-01-31). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. counterpunch.org For some months now, Venezuela's socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. It isn't pretty — and to hear the right wing tell it, it's the future the U.S. left wants for our own country. As if to prevent that, the Trump administration is now fomenting a coup in Venezuela. More

Eds. (2019-01-31). Russia denounces U.S. cynicism sanctioning Venezuelan PDVSA. mronline.org Russia denounced Tuesday the U.S. cynicism by announcing sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and excluding from that sanction U.S. companies operating in the South American nation. | Source

aljazeera (2019-01-31). EU parliament recognises Venezuela's Guaido as interim president. aljazeera.com EU politicians voted 429 in favour to 104 against recognising the opposition leader as the interim leader.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Latest updates as Venezuela plunges into a major crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

Joe Emersberger (2019-01-31). Democracy in the Americas. zcomm.org The U.S. Pot and the Venezuelan Kettle…

Peter Certo (2019-01-31). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. commondreams.org National security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence before the start of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, The Guardian (2019-01-31). What Has Happened in Venezuela Is a Coup. Trump's Denial Is Dangerous. venezuelanalysis.com Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support.

amnesty (2019-01-31). Venezuela: Authorities must release journalists detained while covering crisis. amnesty.org In response to reports of the detention of at least 11 journalists in Venezuela this week, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: | "The detention of journalists is a flagrant and deeply concerning attack on freedom of expression and the right to truth, in a vain attempt to prevent the world from seeing the massive human rights violations that the Venezuelan authorities are committing." |

Kathy Kelly (2019-01-31). Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org On January 27, 2019, the Taliban and the U.S. government each publicly stated acceptance, in principle, of a draft framework for ongoing negotiations that could culminate in a peace deal to end a two-decade war in Afghanistan. As we learn more about the negotiations, it's important to remember others working toward dialogue and negotiation in More

Ben Norton (2019-01-31). Internal US Gov't Document Outlines Program of 'Economic Warfare' on Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com An internal government document reveals tactics of "economic warfare" and "financial weapons" the US is using against Venezuela in the…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net After an attempted coup in Venezuela, countries led by right-wing governments like the United States, France, Brazil, etc. came forward in support of Juan Guaido who illegally declared himself as "interim president" of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | teleSUR takes a look at the hypocrisy of five governments which have unfairly accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of various wrongdoings while turning a blind eye…

Revolution Books (2019-01-31). U.S. hands off Venezuela! indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-31). Brazil Dam Collapse: Consequences Will Be More Devastating Under Bolsonaro. therealnews.com Existing mining and environmental regulations, if they had been implemented, could have prevented this disaster, which caused at least 84 dead and 256 missing. We discuss the Vale dam collapse in Brazil with Greenpeace organizer Fabiana Alves

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-31). Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London. hrw.org | | Students in front of Wits great hall protesting against the militarized securities in Wits, from the film Everything Must Fall | | © Daylin Paul | The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13-22, 2019, featuring 15 award-winning documentary and feature films. The international line-up of films from Venezuela, South Africa, Palestine, Thailand, and more offer critical insight into local and global human rights concerns impacting people aroun…

WSWS (2019-01-31). Venezuela's oil and the geopolitics of the US-backed coup. wsws.org Venezuela's massive reserves are seen by the United States and its allies as a vital chess piece in the war drive against China.

Know History (2019-01-31). Trump's, Pompeo's, Bolton's, The CIA's and Pentagon's Heinous Violence Toward Venezuela. indybay.org Trump continues the illegal violence directed by the CIA and White House against Venezuela as the CIA has violated Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua etc since 1947, as our government has violated S and Central America since they achieved independence from Spain.

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Opposition Protests Flop As Chavista Marches Surge. telesurenglish.net Protests called by self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido for Jan. 30 were much smaller and calmer than anticipated, and limited to the upper-class neighborhoods in the east of the capital of Caracas. Meanwhile, supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro came out to protest intervention by foreign actors. | RELATED | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | Guaido made an appearance at Central University Hospital where he was surrounded by just hundr…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-31). Continuing Long History of Supporting US-Backed Regime Change, NYT Hands Venezuela Opposition Leader Op-Ed Megaphone. commondreams.org "Absolutely disgusting that the New York Times is giving Juan Guaid√≥ space to appeal to governments around the world to support his efforts at a coup." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2019-01-31). Mexico's AMLO Rejects Venezuela Coup and Becomes a Bulwark Against US Imperialism. mintpressnews.com "AMLO is trying to carve out an autonomous space for foreign policy that signals to the United States especially that Mexico will not be subserviently going along with the United States but also tries to make claims as to what democratic legitimacy looks like in Latin America." — Christy Thornton, Johns Hopkins University

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

Eric Draitser (2019-01-30). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story. counterpunch.org The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write this, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum — including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment — must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire. More

Consortiumnews (2019-01-30). The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader. consortiumnews.com The Washington favorite has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization, write Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal of Grayzone. By Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal Grayzone Before the fateful date of Jan. 22, fewer than 1-in-5 Venezuelans had… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump's Attempted Coup. democracynow.org The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan government in an attempt to topple President Nicolás Maduro. On Tuesday, the State Department announced it is giving control of Venezuela's U.S. bank accounts to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself to be president last week. Meanwhile, the U.S. has also refused to rule out a military invasion of Venezuela. We spend the hour with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn.

Paul Jay (2019-01-30). Video: Trudeau Pushes Trump's Regime Change in Venezuela. Canada Violates the UN Charter. globalresearch.ca Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries. | *** | SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore….

teleSUR Desk (2019-01-30). Maduro denounces Citgo takeover as 'robbery'. mronline.org Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says he plans to take legal action against the United States to defy the sanctions. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-01-30). Guaido Continues Diplomatic Efforts as Venezuelan Courts Open Proceedings against Him. venezuelanalysis.com Local and international authorities have also reacted fiercely to the recently announced oil embargo, describing it as "illegal."

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Venezuela Crisis: US Has Painted Itself into Corner. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Venezuela has the dubious fortune of being located on the continent of South America, which the United States has treated under the so-called "Monroe Doctrine" as its exclusive zone of political, economic, and military influence. In practical terms it …

Stansfield Smith (2019-01-30). The U.S. coup in Venezuela: new attempt to eradicate the Chavista Revolution. mronline.org For over two years we have been told Putin's Russia has interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. We now find the U.S. government has decided it can unilaterally invalidate the actual presidential elections in Venezuela and recognize a person of its choosing as president. | Source

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-30). Latin American anti-imperialists weigh in on Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org

Nino Pagliccia, Venezuelanalysis (2019-01-30). Who Needs Elections? Ask the US About the Government Your Country Should Have. venezuelanalysis.com Analyst Nino Pagliccia weighs in on Guaido's self-proclamation and the ongoing coup attempt.

Joe Emersberger, MintPress News (2019-01-30). When Is a Democracy Not a Democracy? When It's Venezuela and the US is Pushing Regime Change. venezuelanalysis.com Joe Emersberger looks at the US-led intervention efforts in Venezuela and the rationale behind them.

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind'. telesurenglish.net Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has said no one "would be left behind" and guaranteed the government has the resources and the political will to help people affected by the tornado that hit Havana on Sunday night. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | "Against a devastating tornado, a human tsunami for reconstruction. Cuba knows and practices solidarity. An organized society, a planified economy, a socialist government, will always have reserves so no one…

Shamus Cooke (2019-01-30). Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump's Test on Venezuela's Coup. globalresearch.ca Bernie Sanders remained silent for 24 hours. This matters because coups are made or broken in the first moments or hours; a day during a coup can feel like …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy" therealnews.com National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

Antony Loewenstein (2019-01-30). Peace in Afghanistan? Maybe—but a Minerals Rush Is Already Underway. thenation.com Peace in Afghanistan? Maybe—but a Minerals Rush Is Already Underway…

Ian Goodrum (2019-01-30). There is only one president in Venezuela—Nicolás Maduro. peoplesworld.org The way some in the media tell it, there are two presidents currently serving in Venezuela. An awkward situation, if appearances are to be believed—but if we know anything by now, it's that little is as it seems. This period of confusion started after relative unknown legislator Juan Guaidó declared himself "interim president" last week …

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-30). Will There be Peace for Women in Afghanistan? hrw.org | | United States lead negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad briefs Afghan government officials including President Ashraf Ghani, January 28, 2019. | © 2019 Office of the President of Afghanistan | A peace deal in Afghanistan — for years seeming hopelessly elusive — may now be on the horizon. After 17 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States is bringing new urgency to negotiating with the Taliban and is proclaiming progress. But Afghan women are right to fear that a peace agreement may not mean peace for…

Peter Certo (2019-01-30). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. theantimedia.com Do we think people who armed death squads and started wars really want to "bring democracy" to Venezuela? (OW Op-ed) — For some months now, Venezuela's socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. It isn't pretty — …

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