2019-02-02: News Headlines

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-02). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos. zcomm.org — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Colombia Bans Entry to Singer for Closeness to Venezuelan Gov't. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Government has banned Venezuelan singer Omar Enrique, who was due to give a concert at the Barranquilla Carnival, from entering the country reportedly due to engagements with President Nicolas Maduro administration, official sources said Friday. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty' | "This is a discretionary and sover…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-02). Ousting Maduro Is Illegal and Will Kill More Venezuelans. zcomm.org Isn't it time we stopped trying to choose other people's governments and focused on trying to clean up our own mess at home?>

Yves Engler (2019-02-02). Canada's NDP Should Oppose Venezuela Coup. zcomm.org NDP leadership has barely mustered any criticism of Canadian policy…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). US Treasury to Foreigners: No More Venezuelan Oil Transactions. telesurenglish.net The United States Treasury Department announced Friday that non-U.S. companies that buy Venezuelan oil through the U.S. financial system or U.S. commodity brokers, will not be allowed to carry out any purchase after April 28. | For Trump, Venezuela Intervention Serves 2020 Re-election Bid | "Transactions to purchase petroleum and petroleum products from PDVSA or any entity in which PDVSA owns, directly or indirectly… and that involve U.S. persons or any other U.S. nexus… must…

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Argentina: 'Green Scarf' Demonstrates Against Femicides. telesurenglish.net Feminist organizations gathered Friday in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina for a massive Green Scarf demonstration (pañuelazo) to reject the 27 femicides that were registered in the last month. | RELATED: | Argentines Protest 'Imperialist Interference' in Venezuela | Armed with "Not One Less" banners and green scarfs – which represents legal, safe and fre…

DLI (2019-02-02). Corporate Media Abets U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. indybay.org After more than a year of hyping the so-called Russian meddling in U.S. politics(including dozens of articles screaming with sensational headlines followed by little more than mere allegations by US spy agencies), the mainstream corporate media has hypocritically switched to cheerleading the brazenly Imperialist bullying of Venezuela by Washington and its coalition of sycophantic Latin American regimes.

Revolution Books (2019-02-02). U.S. hands off Venezuela! indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Fight Back (2019-02-02). High stakes for the Venezuelan working class. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The contradictions at the heart of Venezuelan society have burst asunder. A fierce struggle is now underway to determine the foundations of the country's future. The Venezuelan bourgeoisie have wholeheartedly decided that they are willing to endure civil war and foreign invasion so long as it leads to the repression of the upright masses. The working class and other popular sectors, meanwhile, can no longer tolerate the economic suffering inflicted upon them from the business owners, and are ready to do battle against any invaders that seek to return their class enemies to power. | From this st…

WSWS (2019-02-02). European Parliament backs US-led coup in Venezuela. wsws.org The European powers' support for a brazen US coup in Latin America underscores that they are no less ruthless in their assertion of their predatory imperialist interests.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-02). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way. theintercept.com Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaidó speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. | Venezuela's government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan Pres…

Know History (2019-02-02). 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 (2019-02-02). Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein. telesurenglish.net U.S. Green Party President and former candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, Jill Stein, joins a growing number of individuals, countries and organizations across the globe that have spoken out against the United States-endorsed coup on Venezuela. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty' | "Chickenhawks like John Bolton are…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-01). The U.S. 12-Step Method to Conduct Regime Change. commondreams.org Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center after meeting with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders on February 01, 2019 in Doral, Florida. Vice President Pence met with families, political prisoners and former elected officials who were forced to flee their country due to political persecution. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-01). VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Asks Members of Congress if the US is Meddling in Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com The responses from members of Congress painted a shocking picture of ignorance, hypocrisy, and bipartisan consent for the Trump administration's…

Dan Cohen (2019-02-01). La creación de Juan Guaidó: cómo los laboratorios de cambio de régimen estadounidenses crearon al líder del golpe de estado en Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com Por Dan Cohen y Max Blumenthal Juan Guaidó es el producto de un proyecto de una década supervisado por los…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Italy Rejects Guaido, Says Venezuela is a Sovereign State. telesurenglish.net On Thursday the Italian Government withdrew from the position assumed by the European Parliament and informed that it does not recognize Juan Guaido as "president in charge" of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela | "Italy does not recognize the self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido," Italy's Undersecretary of Fo…

Global Research News (2019-02-01). Selected Articles: Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace? globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated. | Click to donate or click here

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism. democracynow.org As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we look at "Always in Season," a disturbing new documentary that examines lynching in the United States both past and present. It interviews Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which built the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery to remember the more than 4,000 African Americans lynched in the United States. It also looks closely at the case of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school student who, on August 29, 2014, was found hanging from two belts attached to a wooden swing set in a largely white trailer park…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Jailed Journalists Appeal to Myanmar's Top Court For Release. telesurenglish.net Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws against peaceful critics. | RELATED: | Myanmar Court Denies Reporter's Appeal, Defense Outraged | The appeal, citing evidence of a polic…

John Wojcik (2019-02-01). Trump endangers peace by cancelling nuclear arms deal with Russia. peoplesworld.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to the Trump administration from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, announced today that the president is suspending U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and is beginning the process of total U.S. withdrawal in six months. Trump himself accused Russia today of covertly developing and …

Robert Fantina (2019-02-01). Venezuela, the United States and Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org United States hypocrisy, thy name is legion. The number of examples of this are truly stunning, and this writer has commented on them more than once. He will take this opportunity to shine his spotlight on yet another one that is currently prominent in the news. In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was elected president, in an More

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-01). New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy" zcomm.org 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…

Peter Certo (2019-02-01). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Joyce Nelson (2019-02-01). Canada vs. Venezuela: The Background Gets Even Murkier. globalresearch.ca On January 26, Canadians learned the extent to which Canada's "quiet diplomacy" had helped Venezuela's Juan Guaido emerge to declare himself interim president on Jan. 23, in defiance of the elected president Nicolas Maduro. In a lengthy piece for …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2019-02-01). The US Government's Love of Foreign Dictatorships. globalresearch.ca Lest anyone be tempted to believe that President Trump and other U.S. interventionists are intervening in Venezuela because of some purported concern for the Venezuelan people, let's start examining just a few examples that will bring a dose of reality …

Alvaro Verzi Rangel (2019-02-01). The Chain of Command is Clear. Must Guaidó Go From Hero to Martyr? counterpunch.org The chain of command is clear: the Washington hawks rule, while Juan Guaidó and accomplices of the Lima Group go along, ready to share in the Venezuelan spoils. A deadly attack by social networks and hegemonic media is in progress aimed at creating a collective fantasy all about liberating a subjugated people. It calls for More

Jón Karl Stefánsson (2019-02-01). Dishonesty, Omissions and Lies in Reporting on the Venezuelan Economic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Since 2015 Venezuela has endured gruesome economic hardships. Inflation rates have spiraled out of control, and the public is facing a recession that is tearing the country apart. Now, Venezuelans not only face economic turmoil, but also direct military aggression. …

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (2019-02-01). What Has Happened in Venezuela Is a Coup. zcomm.org Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support…

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-01). What Bernie Sanders Could Learn From Venezuela. counterpunch.org Bernie Sanders, we hear, is interested in running for President in 2020. Bernie has once again shot himself in the foot before the starter's gun goes off. Sanders best known Trump-like statement was calling Venezuelan revolutionary President Hugo Chavez "a dead communist dictator." Now Sanders, while bucking the establishment on regime change in Venezuela, remains More

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net U.K.'s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that intervention in Venezuela and calling for all sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro were "wrong" and that only Venezuelans have the right to decide their own destiny. | RELATED: | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | "The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. U.K.'s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong," Corbyn said in a tweet he pos…

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-01). Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts. counterpunch.org Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during More

Paul Dobson (2019-02-01). "5,000 troops to Colombia": U.S. threats against Venezuela increase. peoplesworld.org MÉRIDA, Venezuela—Self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó named a number of "diplomatic representatives" to those countries which have recognized him during the past week. The government of Nicolás Maduro, the actual president of Venezuela, along with its international allies are responding to new U.S. oil sanctions and preparing for possible military intervention. Guaidó designated fellow high-profile opposition members …

teleSUR (2019-02-01). For Trump, Venezuela Intervention Serves 2020 Re-election Bid. telesurenglish.net United States Vice President, Mike Pence and top Florida Republicans are scheduled to hold a rally in Miami, Florida, Friday afternoon to highlight the Trump administration's aggressive approach to the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, seemingly in a bid to win over more Hispanic voters in the 2020 presidential election. | RELATED: | UN Rights Expert Against Sanctions on Venezuela | P…

John Grant (2019-02-01). Trump Venezuela Coup will End Badly for US. counterpunch.org Rick Sanchez, an anchor for Russia's RT-America, reported last week of "Signs that the US attempt to change-out presidents in Venezuela may be falling flat." He was speaking about the in-plain-sight US coup attempt unfolding on the northern coast of South America against the elected president of Venezuela. Lucas Koerner, a reporter with Venezuela Analysis, told RT there was More

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-01). The 'Venezuelan People' Are Whoever Agrees with Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out in Venezuela. Just weeks after President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration, Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly—a man who has never even …

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-01). The 'Venezuelan People' Are Whoever Agrees With Donald Trump. commondreams.org A recent local poll shows that 86 percent of Venezuelans oppose military intervention, while 81 percent already disagree with the current US sanctions. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-01). UPDATED Venezuela: US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches. venezuelanalysis.com Draconian US sanctions and calls for dialogue set the stage for pro- and anti-government marches this weekend.

Michael Hudson (2019-02-01). Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony. counterpunch.org The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its violent regime change warfare against Venezuela and Syria — and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade — is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions. | This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Evo Morales: 'Indigenous Languages Are Part of Our Identities'. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke at the U.N. General Assembly for the opening ceremony of the International Year of Indigenous Languages on Friday, warning about the accelerated destructionsuch languages are suffering. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Evo Morales Backs Peace Dialogue for Venezuela | "The loss of a language means the loss of a worldview; a decline and belittling of human intelligence," said Morales in New York. | The Bolivian president opened his discourse in Aymara, his mo…

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

stuart_m (2019-02-01). How Spain's 'socialist' government backs the US coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au On February 15, 2003, in the face of the looming US-led war against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, the Spanish state saw the biggest demonstrations in its history. Part of an immense worldwide anti-war outpouring, about 4 million people turned out. | Leaders of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) were among those at the head of these oceanic demonstrations, which directly targeted the conservative Spanish People's Party (PP) government of then-prime minister José María Aznar. | Aznar had previously backed the failed December 2002 US-backed coup against then-Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. He was an enthusiastic…

Pete Dolack (2019-02-01). Sorting Through the Lies about Venezuela. counterpunch.org Challenging United States hegemony is never an easy course. A county need not be socialist — it is enough to either voice aspirations toward socialism, or merely demonstrate a pattern of not doing as Washington dictates. So here we go again, this time with Venezuela. Ironically for a country that the corporate media insistently claims More

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Maduro: 'I Stand Firm Defending Venezuela's Sovereignty'. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed his commitment to defending the people's sovereignty of the country when visiting members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) carrying out military drills on Friday. | RELATED: | Donald Trump's War of Recolonization Against Venezuela | "As commander in chief of the FANB, I stand firm in defense of the people's sovereignty, of the constitution and the rights of Venezuela," said Maduro while supervising the drills. | Así fue el…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). Headlines for February 1, 2019. democracynow.org WSJ: After Venezuela, U.S. to Target Cuba in Effort to Reshape Latin America, Venezuela: Guaidó Seeks Support from Russia, China as Maduro Gov't Remains Defiant, U.S. Announces Withdrawal from INF, Sen. Sanders Proposes Expanding Estate Tax for Wealthiest Americans, Senate Bill Opposes U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan, Trump Dismisses Funding Talks 2 Weeks Ahead of Gov't Shutdown Deadline, Progressive Dems: "Not Another Dollar" for DHS, Court: Syrian Gov't Responsible for Killing War Reporter Marie Colvin, Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Kills 24 al-Shabab Militants, Reports: EPA Won't Set Limits on Harmful Chemi…

Ben Dangl (2019-02-01). "The Worst Option is War": US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country's Crisis. counterpunch.org The Trump administrating is currently working to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet Washington's efforts will only lead to bloodshed and a worsening of the country's crisis and polarization. Just take a look at who is leading the coup efforts from Washington. US national security advisor John Bolton has More

RT News (2019-02-01). Maduro to Americans: You Are Bigger than Trump, Don't Let Him Start A 'Vietnam' War Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people in the US to deter the Trump administration from putting boots on the ground in Venezuela, warning that any intervention would backfire leading to new Vietnam-like disaster. | In his first direct message …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-02-01). Video: Venezuela, a Golpe by the US Deep State. globalresearch.ca The announcement by President Trump, which recognises Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate President" of Venezuela, was prepared in an underground control room within the Congress and the White House. | This was described in detail by the New York Times. …

Gunar Olsen (2019-02-01). Media Rally Around 'Forever War' in Afghanistan. fair.org Just hours after news of an Afghan peace deal broke, corporate media jumped to sound the alarm, urging the US to maintain its occupation. The primary concern was over the Trump administration's perceived "quick exit" or "speedy withdrawal," a boogeyman notion that the New York Times has hyped up for years.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil. greenleft.org.au In an interview with Fox News, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted the US government was backing an illegal coup in Venezuela in order to control the South American nation's sizeable oil reserves. | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," Bolton told Fox News on January 28. | In response, Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted: "Confession … @ AmbJohnBolton confirms that the COUP is about OIL.

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