2019-02-04: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-04). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. commondreams.org Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-04). On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions. globalresearch.ca As internationalists, we don't shy away from defending a people's right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you …

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-04). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? zcomm.org It's a good time for Americans to start thinking about how we can instead cooperate with all our neighbors in a smooth, peaceful transition to a sustainable, multipolar world…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US. telesurenglish.net President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro continued collecting signatures from citizens from across the country for a petition calling for peace and non-intervention on behalf of United States President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis | During a speech Monday at the Day of National Dignity commemoration a…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-04). Regime Change for Profit: Chevron, Halliburton Cheer On US Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com If Guaidó comes to power and privatizes PDVSA, U.S. oil companies — with Chevron and Halliburton leading the pack — stand to make record profits in the world's most oil-rich nation, as they did in Iraq following the privatization of its national oil industry after U.S. intervention.

Gary Olson (2019-02-04). Venezuela and Noam Chomsky's "We Own the World.". commondreams.org The assumption that the U.S. has the transcendent right to use any means necessary to decide the legitimacy of representation in another country seems breathtakingly arrogant. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-04). The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org As Venezuela's second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to "plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty." From engineering coups in Chile and Guatemala, to choreographing a troop landing at the Bay of Pigs intended to establish an exile government in Cuba, to training Latin American Read more…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-02-04). The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics in a Multipolar World Order. globalresearch.ca The protests seen in France and the interference in the domestic politics of Venezuela highlight Western double standards, which stand in contrast to the respect for international law maintained by China, India and Russia. | In France on November 17, 2018, …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-04). Trump's Illegal Regime Change Operation Will Kill More Venezuelans. counterpunch.org If Russia, China, and North Korea decided to recognize Nancy Pelosi as the president of the United States, would Americans go along with that? I mean, the ones who don't like Trump, think he is a real threat to the country, or even not a legitimately elected president? I don't think so. But Trump, his More

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-04). US-led Coup in Venezuela: The Plot Thickens. globalresearch.ca A lot has happened and we have learned more since last week when we wrote, Venezuela: What Activists Need To Know About The US-Led Coup. This article updates activists so we remain well-informed and can educate others in the …

Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos (2019-02-04). Informe sobre la situación en Venezuela y acciones de solidaridad. peoplesworld.org SàÉO PAULO, Brasil — Nos dirigimos a ustedes para compartirles algunos aspectos de la situación que se vive en Venezuela actualmente. La autoproclamación de Juan Guaidó, un sujeto desconocido hasta hace unas semanas, se basa en el no reconocimiento de las elecciones en las que el pueblo eligió democráticamente a Nicolás Maduro como el Presidente …

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-04). Everyday life in besieged Venezuela. mronline.org A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly U.S. sanctions and coup efforts. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Alfred de Zayas (2019-02-04). Report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. mronline.org The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, on his mission to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Ecuador, pursuant to Council resolution 36/4. | Source

Patrick Hiller (2019-02-04). Make Venezuela Great Again? counterpunch.org Have we not learned a thing? As the crisis in Venezuela continues to unfold, we are witnessing yet another blatant US regime-change operation "for the Venezuelan people." Of course, it would make sense to dissuade the main operators—Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Senator Marco Rubio, or the recently appointed Special More

Yves Engler (2019-02-04). Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca What should the leader of Canada's left wing party say about what's happening in Venezuela? Here are a few suggestions: "Canada should respect international law in its dealings with Venezuela." Or, "Canada shouldn't select the president of Venezuela." How about, …

John Bachtell (2019-02-04). Save democracy at home and abroad: Oppose Trump's Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration's open coup in Venezuela continues U.S. efforts, in alliance with Venezuelan oligarchs and extreme right-wing elements among the opposition, to overthrow the United Socialist Party governing coalition that came to power with the election of Hugo Chávez as president in 1998. These include the failed coup attempt against Chávez in 2002. The …

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-04). New Yorkers rally against Trump's Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—Two actions were held here last weekend in opposition to Trump's efforts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Several groups came together Saturday, January 26 in Union Square and on 38th Street and Lexington, opposite the Cuban mission to the United Nations. "My family is from Peru—Andean people, of …

RT News (2019-02-04). Italy Vetoed EU Recognition of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido. globalresearch.ca Rome has effectively derailed an EU statement meant to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader if President Nicolas Maduro fails to set up snap elections, a Five Star Movement source confirmed to RT. | Italy announced the veto at an …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-04). John Bolton's Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission. globalresearch.ca It is true that some of Venezuela's economic problems are due to the ineptitudes of the Bolivarian government's "socialist command" economy, but this overlooks the role played by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union. | Over the …

STAFF (2019-02-04). The U.S. Is Orchestrating a Venezuelan Coup in Plain Sight. truthdig.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and more appear bent on appeasing American oil interests, even if it means violating international law.

Jorge Martin, Marxist (2019-02-04). US Tightens the Noose on Venezuela: Will the Coup Succeed? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at the prospects that Guaido's coup d'état has at achieving its goals.

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

Various (2019-02-04). Venezuela Speaks Out Against the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you a collation of local voices opposing US-efforts to topple the government.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-04). Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez? therealnews.com Over and over again US media outlets make the claim that Venezuela was the "jewel of Latin America" before Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and that his election marked the country's downfall. In part 1 of this Venezuela primer, on the 20th anniversary of Chavez first taking office on February 2, 1999, we look…

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2019-02-04). Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela. commondreams.org The Gaza rallies, however, were more than a display of gratitude towards a country that had enough courage to break off ties with Israel following the latter's 2008-9 war on Gaza – a bloody campaign known as "Operation Cast Lead."(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by candice (2019-02-04). As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?" truthout.org This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, "How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse."Although the wind | blows terribly here, | the moonlight also leaks | between the roof planks | of this ruined house. | —Izumi ShikibuThis commentary is the first of our series, "How, Then, Shall We Live?: Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse." It is about the moonlight leaking between the roof planks of this ruined house. | It is not written to convince anyone of anything, or to get things back on track. I…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE'. telesurenglish.net Musician/activist Roger Waters is calling on people to act against the ongoing United States coup d'etat of the elected Venezuelan government by taking part in an 'emergency demonstration' in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City Monday. | RELATED: | Anti-War US Politicians Must Reject Venezuelan Coup: Stein | Waters sent out a tweet early Monday morning encouraging participation in a planned march in front of the U.N. building in order to s…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-04). Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela. therealnews.com TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday's pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size

teleSUR (2019-02-04). US: Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Taser death is a form of police violence that is claiming lives in the United States despite being called non-lethal, a recent Reuters report revealed. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | Warren Ragudo died after two Taser shocks by police intervening in a family altercation. Ramzi Saad died after a Taser shock by police during a dispute…

WSWS (2019-02-04). US issues new threats of war for oil against Venezuela. wsws.org A military intervention in Venezuela—population 30 million—could kill hundreds of thousands or even millions of people and transform Latin America into an imperialist slaughterhouse.

WSWS (2019-02-04). Spanish Socialist Party government backs US-led coup in Venezuela. wsws.org The Venezuelan coup is exposing the PSOE government and its pro-imperialist ally, the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Fight Back (2019-02-04). Chicago: Emergency demonstration to demand, "Hands off Venezuela! Not another U.S. coup!" fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL — A Chicago protest to demand an end to U.S war moves against Venezuela is set for Tuesday, February 5, 5: 30 p.m., at the Federal Plaza, (219 S. Dearborn Street.) | "The people of Venezuela are in urgent need of solidarity. Join us to stand against the blatant attempt by Trump to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela," say protest organizers. | The demonstration is being organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is endorsed by: U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, Black Lives Matter – Chicago, Party for Social…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-02-04). Peace advocates say leaving INF Treaty increases risk of nuclear war. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration's decision to suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and start a six-month process to withdraw from the landmark arms-control pact with Russia — formally announced Feb. 1 but previewed by President Trump during an election campaign rally last October — has drawn quick responses from nuclear disarmament advocates, and …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Saturday he considers it important to keep some military forces in Iraq to watch Iran closely. | RELATED: | Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela | Trump expressed his regret for the "endless wars" held in Afghanistan and Syria. He also commented on his intention to reduce costly U.S. military presence in those countries, during a CBS interview. | However, the bellicose attitude adopted by his administration toward…

Vijay Prashad (2019-02-03). Twelve step method to conduct regime change. mronline.org What happened to Chile in 1973 is precisely what the United States has attempted to do in many other countries of the Global South. The most recent target for the US government—and Western big business—is Venezuela. | Source

Ben Norton (2019-02-03). WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy. grayzoneproject.com Venezuela's US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Pope Urges Global Powers to Support Yemen Ceasefire, Peace. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis is urging the international community to support the Yemen ceasefire accord for the welfare of the children and those in need of resources, the pontiff said Sunday from Abu Dhabi. | RELATED: | Yemeni Mothers Protest Detentions of Sons in Infamous UAE-run Prisons | "The people are exhausted by the long conflict and many children are hungry, but humanitarian aid isn't accessible. The cry of these children and their parents rises before God," the pope said dur…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners. telesurenglish.net Colombia's ELN fighters have freed three civilian helicopter crew members captured more than three weeks ago, the country's high peace commissioner said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Violence Displaces 700+ Indigenous, Afro-Colombians in Tumaco | The men — Maxwell Joya, Carlos Quiceno and Julio Diaz — were captured by the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Jan. 11, in the Hacari area of northeastern Norte de Santander province. | The rebels said last month they had burned th…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). UK Schedules Deportation of 50 Windrush Victims to Jamaica. telesurenglish.net The first charter flight to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal will be taking off with 50 Commonwealth-born Britains on board, the U.K. Home Office confirmed Saturday. | RELATED: | Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov'ts Intervention in Venezuela | Despite criticism from campaign groups, officials say the first round of Windrush victims will be deported on Feb. 6 followed by several others later this month. Last April, thousands of migrants responsible for the reconstruction of the U…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Uruguay Prepares to Host EU Meeting on Venezuelan Crisis. telesurenglish.net European Union representatives will meet in Montevideo on February 7 to discuss the political situation in Venezuela, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez confirmed Sunday. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Pressured Spain Gov't to Support US-Backed Coup in Venezuela: Report | On January 31, Federica Mogherini, head of the international delegation, gave eight undecided EU member countries and its South American partners a deadline of 90 days to "reach a positive decision"

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Nicolas Maduro Visits Navy, Gives Message of Unity And Strength. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Sunday that the Bolivarian Republic is the cradle of Latin American freedom and dignity," while addressing troops at the Naval Apostadero de Turiamo, in the state of Aragua. | RELATED: | Venezuela Human Rights NGO Reports No Repression During Marches | "Today the future of Venezuela is decided: if it becomes one more star of the United States flag or if it will continue to fly its eight tricolor stars," said the president. | "You…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting. telesurenglish.net The Canadian government denied media outlets, like teleSUR, whose mission it is to provide news from the Global South, from covering the latest self-styled Lima Group meeting that will take place in Ottawa, Canada's capital. | RELATED | 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela | The government did not provide any reasoning for the denial of Lima Group meeting access, but has recently been called out for limiting press freedom within the country based on the pr…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. telesurenglish.net Nearly 2,000 pro-Venezuelan Twitter accounts have been removed for "engaging in a state-backed influence campaign," the social media company said in a blog post on Thursday. | RELATED: | Canada Denies teleSUR Press Credentials for Lima Group Meeting | A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela suspected of attempting to "influence domestic audiences" w…

RT (2019-02-03). Trump confirms use of US military in Venezuela among 'options' on table. rt.com The option of sending the US military to Venezuela is on the table, while talking to President Nicolas Maduro is not, President Donald Trump said in an interview on Sunday.

Yves Engler — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-02). Canada's Left Party Blinks at US-led Coup in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Canada's New Democratic Party has failed to take a principled stand against the Trudeau government's pro-US regime change agenda in Venezuela, argues Yves Engler.

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.

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…

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