2019-02-07: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-02-07). Twin Cities protesters say "U.S. hands off Venezuela" fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On February 6 the Lake Street/Marshall bridge vigil focused on speaking out against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign hold a weekly peace vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Ave bridge over the Mississippi River. | A statement issued by organizers says in part, "On January 23, 2019 President Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration is orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected government and we are concerned that U.S. intervent…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-07). Reading Between the Lines: India Has Sour Grapes over America's Afghan Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca The clearest indication of how the Indian military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state") truly feel about America's Afghan peace talks with the Taliban can be seen in retired Major-General Harsha Kakar's recent article on the topic for "The …

Fernando Arce (2019-02-07). Canada: The Empire's Shadowy Cousin. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaido's declaration on Jan. 23, the CBC reports. A mere two weeks after the inauguration of democratically-elected Nicolas …

Eds. (2019-02-07). Signatures against Intervention Threats Collected in Venezuela. mronline.org On Wednesday, Venezuelans will demand the end of the interventionist pretentions of the government of the United States at the beginning of a nationwide signature-collecting campaign called by President Nicolas Maduro. | Source

Franklin Spinney (2019-02-07). The Man Who "Committed Truth": Remembering Ernie Fitzgerald. counterpunch.org My long time friend and colleague, the legendary A. Ernest Fitzgerald (AF bio), passed away a few days ago at the age of 93 after a long illness. Being around people like Ernie Fitzgerald was one of the main reasons I loved working in the Pentagon. Most people working in the Department of Defense go More | In late November, President Donald Trump announced that Washington had withdrawn its recognition of Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela, and has now given it to the Head of the National Assembl…

Peter Kornbluh (2019-02-07). For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step. thenation.com For Trump's Regime Changers, Venezuela Is Just the First Step…

Bill Van Auken (2019-02-07). Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy. globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver "humanitarian aid." Washington's aim is either to provoke …

RT News (2019-02-07). Venezuela Seizes 'US Weapons Shipment' as Trump Vows to Support 'Noble Quest for Freedom'. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the country's authorities announced they'd seized a cache of weapons, allegedly delivered from the US. | The US-made weapons were discovered at …

William Walter Kay (2019-02-07). Why Are Democrats Driving Regime Change in Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Many see Trump conspiring with oilmen to capture Venezuelan petroleum reserves. Trump's earlier blunt talk about seizing oilfields buttresses this thesis. As well, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron appreciate better than anyone the astronomic value of Venezuela's heavy oil. There are, …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-02-07). Canada's Role in the Venezuela Coup. globalresearch.ca The pervasive claim of 'fraudulent elections' is refuted by the international evidence of nearly 100 professional journalists from around the world whose June 26 report on the 2018 May election was unanimous in declaring the Venezuela's electoral system as "fraud proof"

Alex Darocy (2019-02-07). Rest in Peace Sherry Conable. indybay.org In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders. greenleft.org.au In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life of the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majority…

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-02-07). Creating a Peaceful School – Conference Supporting Youth. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at OSLC | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

WSWS (2019-02-07). Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy. wsws.org Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela's social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country's border.

No War on Venezuela (2019-02-07). Global Day of Action: US Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca No U.S. War on Venezuela! | We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of …

Eds. (2019-02-07). Donald Trump's war of recolonization against Venezuela. mronline.org It is our duty to stop this war of recolonization, writes Samuel Moncada. Venezuela remains firm and in peace; nobody can isolate and divide us. — Trump | Source

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-07). Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time. indybay.org As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations. telesurenglish.net The National Liberation Army (ELN) is willing to continue peace negotiations with the Colombia government, the ELN head of the Cuban delegation talks, Pablo Beltran, said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Colombia's ELN Free 3 Helicopter Prisoners | Colombia's second largest insurgent group is willing to concede to select demands in order to reach an agreement with President Ivan Duque on the condition that the state guarantees safety for ELN militia. | "If he does not like the current protocols, we can re…

Bruce Lesnick (2019-02-06). Corporate Titans Target Venezuela. counterpunch.org What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy. More

Paul Dobson (2019-02-06). Infograms: How Much International Support Does Guaido Really Have? venezuelanalysis.com VA looks at Guaido's claim that he has the support of the world.

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Uruguay, Mexico Present Outline for Montevideo Conference. telesurenglish.net The agenda for the " Montevideo Mechanism" being held in Uruguay on Thursday will be a four part process, foreign ministers said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Bolivia, Mexico to Join International Contact Group in Uruguay | International delegates were directed to a press conference lead by Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa and Mexican Foreign Minis…

Global Research News (2019-02-06). Former US President Carter: Venezuela's Electoral System "Best in the World" globalresearch.ca First published in prior to the 2012 elections | by Ewan Robertson: | Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela's electoral system is "the best in the world" (agencies). | Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has …

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

Lucas Koerner — VA Editorial Board (2019-02-06). Venezuela: Coup d'Etat or Constitutional Transition? venezuelanalysis.com Writing for the Venezuelanalysis team, Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido's claim to power.

Roger D. Harris (2019-02-06). Support for Venezuela Takes Center Stage at UNESCO-Sponsored Cuba Conference. mintpressnews.com Nearly 700 conferees from 65 countries convened in Havana, Cuba to honor the ideals anti-colonialist hero José Martí, but the theme of the conference quickly became international solidarity with the Venezuelan people against the modern-day colonialism of the US.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Venezuela Authorities Discover Cache of US-Made Weapons Amid Slow-Rolling US Coup. mintpressnews.com Authorities believe the cache was sent from Miami, Florida, a city notorious as a nexus of Pink Wave emigres and a major throughway in the international black-market arms trade.

CARICOM (2019-02-06). CARICOM Countries Express 'Disapproval and Grave Concern' Over Almagro Actions. venezuelanalysis.com In a letter penned on January 31, Caribbean Community countries chastised OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro for his endorsement of Juan Guaido.

TeleSur English (2019-02-06). UN to Support Montevideo Dialogue Meeting on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The UN spokesman said they "support the efforts of the international community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

Maria Paez Victor (2019-02-06). Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group's Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Unable to get the OAS votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this is a group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

Salim Lamrani (2019-02-06). 50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. globalresearch.ca Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader acquired unchallenged democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-06). The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump's Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way. commondreams.org Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaid√≥ speaks before a crowd of opposition supporters during an open meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. fair.org The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…

William Blum (2019-02-06). The CIA has Attempted to Assassinate 50 Foreign Leaders Including Hugo Chavez. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in March 2013 | The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from …

stuart_m (2019-02-06). Venezuelan social movements denounce coup. greenleft.org.au Two competing marches took over the streets of Caracas on February 2 — in support and against elected President Nicolas Maduro. The foreign media focused on the opposition march exclusive, despite accounts that the pro-government march was clearly larger. | Below is a statement signed by about two dozen social movements, denounced the US-backed coup against the Maduro government. It has been translated by Translated by Pedro Alvarez. | *** | Various movements and communities marched together o…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Labour Party Rejects EU's Meddling in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Britain's opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs policy chief Emily Thornberry said Wednesday, that her party is against the move by EU states to recognize Venezuela opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela saying that diplomacy and dialogue should be the way forward instead of taking sides. | RELATED: | Red Cross Refuses to Send Venezuela Aid Without State Approval | "You begin the dialogue and that offer has been made internally and externall…

Eva Golinger (2019-02-06). The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated? globalresearch.ca Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington's relentless threats directed against Venezuela. Please forward this article. | Firt published in October 2016 | Hugo Chavez defied the most powerful interests, and he refused to bow down… I believe there is a …

stuart_m (2019-02-06). London says 'hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds have mobilised to attend pickets and mass meetings in defence of Venezuela's sovereignty and to demand an end to the British and US governments interference during a time of difficulty in Venezuela. Starting with a picket at the Prime Minister's Office and continuing with two mass meetings of the progressive left, anti-war, student and labour movement, a week of protests ended with a picket of the BBC headquarters and a further action planned against the Bank of England who have illegally seized US$1.2 billion of Venezuela's gold. The events highlighted that the attacks on Venezuela are of global importa…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers. | RELATED: | Pope: Vatican Open to Mediating in Venezuela if Both Sides Ask | U.S. officials claimed trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who decl…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-06). Trump's State of Union Stokes Fear With Nationalist Rhetoric. therealnews.com The President's State of the Union speech demanded an end to investigations, while demonizing immigrants and Venezuela, and attacking abortion rights. Our panelists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, and Helena Olea discuss the speech

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. commondreams.org Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-06). Venezuela Says It Intercepted Covert US Weapons Shipment From Miami. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Venezuelan officials have announced the seizure of a large shipment of American weapons which they say were bound for anti-Maduro "terrorist groups." This comes following US national security advisor John Bolton's pledge to deliver "humanitarian aid" into the country, covertly if need be, despite embattled President Nicolas Maduro's vow to prevent such unauthorized shipments from entering. …

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-02-06). The New Cold War and Venezuela. zcomm.org Why are the US and its European acolytes embarking on an aggressive and maximalist stance that makes any negotiated solution outright impossible?>

stuart_m (2019-02-06). How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people. greenleft.org.au Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-06). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. counterpunch.org In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, "Far and away More

WSWS (2019-02-06). Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela. wsws.org Amid growing repression of "yellow vest" protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel. truthout.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall — with no mention of the longest government shutdown in US history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. We're joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the House of Representatives and…

Vijay Prashad, The Tricontinental (2019-02-05). Twelve Step Method to Conduct Regime Change. venezuelanalysis.com Vijay Prashad looks at the parallels between current day Venezuela and Chile and 1973 and outlines the different steps in regime change operations.

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