2019-02-10: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-10). Venezuela: From Oil Proxy to the Bolivarian Movement and Sabotage. Abysmal Poverty under US Proxy Rule (1918-1998). globalresearch.ca More than 70 percent of the population did not meet minimum calorie and protein requirements. Child malnutrition and infant mortality was exceedingly high. 23 percent of the population was illiterate. One child in four was marginalized from the educational system.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Russia Proposes Venezuelan 'Peaceful Measures' Initiative to UN. telesurenglish.net On Friday afternoon, Russia proposed a call to the United Nations Security Council, to end outside interference from the U.S. and it's allied nations. | RELATED: | US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hasn't shied-away from calling-on opposition forces to come to the negotiating table in a bid to engage in peaceful dialogue regarding the U.S.' attempted coup on the South American nation, and now Russia has suggested a new resolu…

William Walter Kay (2019-02-10). The Method in Venezuela's Oil Strategy Madness. globalresearch.ca A 2014 Petroleum Economist report on Venezuela's Orinoco Belt concluded where it might have begun: | "A crucial question that the (Venezuelan) government has skirted is how its Orinoco Belt plans would fit within OPEC's production quotas. Venezuela has …

Adam Johnson (2019-02-10). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. commondreams.org "The same actors, the same tricks, the same patently disingenuous concern for the starving poor. And the US media is stripping it of all this essential context, presenting these radical regime-change operators as bleeding heart humanitarians," Johnson writes. (Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ellen Brown (2019-02-10). Killing the Public Banking Revolution in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. | According to MMT, …

Fight Back (2019-02-10). WFTU condemns intervention against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers of the five continents as well as the world class-oriented labor movement, strongly rejects the attempted coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | This interference, orchestrated by the US government, NATO and the EU and executed by the representatives of the transnationals and monopolies in the country, constitutes a flagrant violation of the most elementary rules of internati…

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-10). An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro. globalresearch.ca We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam.

IAC (2019-02-10). Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Communist Workers League (2019-02-10). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally. indybay.org Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-10). Blood for Oil in Venezuela? therealnews.com Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump's policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad

ICSS (2019-02-10). What's Happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-10). 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.

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-09). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. globalresearch.ca The only things that will force such a radical change in U.S. policy are public outrage, education and organizing, and international solidarity with the people of Venezuela | *** | In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World

teleSUR (2019-02-09). China Says Only Venezuelans Can Solve Venezuela's Issues. telesurenglish.net Venezuela should resolve its own matters itself via peaceful talks and China supports the international community's efforts in this regard, the Chinese foreign ministry said. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | The ministry said while it supports the recent international efforts by some EU countries and others in Latin America, China still supports an internal resolution to the conflict away from interference and intervention. | "Venezuela's affairs should be…

Kevin Martin (2019-02-09). Building on Progress in 2018, Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Timely. commondreams.org "The new Congress has plenty on its plate, but legislation to support U.S.-Korea peace efforts should be advanced as soon as possible," Martin writes. (Photo: OhMyNews) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-09). US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report. telesurenglish.net The Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Center (CELAG) released a report on "the economic consequences of the boycott against Venezuela," on Friday, in which it is proved that the "international financial blockade to Venezuela since 2013 is the main responsible for the economic crisis." | RELATED: | Why Is Venezuela a Key Geopolitical Target for The US? | According to CELAG's report, the financial and economic blockade that was mainly promoted by the U…

STAFF (2019-02-09). Report: Trump Administration Holding Talks With Venezuelan Military. truthdig.com In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change. | According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official,…

STAFF (2019-02-09). How the Media Uses Venezuela's Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders. truthdig.com It's a cheap shot at politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Telesur (2019-02-09). Hackers Take Over Venezuelan Embassy Sites in Several Countries. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan embassy officials in Argentina condemned Thursday's cyber attack after hackers commandeered the ministry's website and published a statement in support of the self-declared "interim president," Juan Guaido. | "We denounce the criminal policy of hacking and intervention of the …

Yves Engler (2019-02-09). The Planned Plunder Behind Canada's Support of the Coup. venezuelanalysis.com Yves Engler looks at the resource-hungry MNC's pushing the Canadian government's aggressive attempts to oust Maduro.

Prof. Ociel Alí López (2019-02-09). A Military Coup in Venezuela? Not Without the Military's Support. globalresearch.ca A military coup d'état in Venezuela doesn't seem likely so long as the Armed Forces support Maduro. Meanwhile, U.S. action will likely backfire, and serve only to strengthen those in power | *** | Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan …

Steve Ellner (2019-02-09). Regime Change: "Made In The U.S.A." zcomm.org Trump's unwavering backing of Juan Guaidó's shadow government in Venezuela attaches a "made in the U.S.A." label to all those positioned to govern should Maduro fall…

Jorge Martín, In Defence of Marxism (2019-02-09). Chavistas March Against Imperialism: What Is the Next Step in Trump's Coup? venezuelanalysis.com Jorge Martin looks at how the coup has been unfolding and what comes next.

teleSUR (2019-02-09). 2,000-year Old 'Child' Returns to Peru. telesurenglish.net The mummy of a boy of Aymara origin, with an approximate age of 2,000 years, was returned to Peru by the Museum of Science and History of Corpus Christi in Texas, United States, official sources reported Friday. | RELATED: | Peru President Rejects Military Intervention in Venezuela | Peru's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that the repatriation of the mummy was possible thanks to its coordinated work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. | He added that the technical reports…

Shane Quinn (2019-02-09). US Influence in Venezuela Is Part of a Two Centuries-old Imperial Plan. globalresearch.ca Root causes of the ongoing crises in Venezuela may be increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one fifth (20%) of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-09). Venezuela: Is War on the Horizon? Here's How Trump's Poised to Manipulate the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca There's a very high likelihood that the US will commence a limited multilateral invasion of Venezuela if Maduro continues to block the Trojan Horse of a "humanitarian convoy" into his country and the military doesn't turn against him in the …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-09). Urging Defections, Trump Administration Reportedly Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military. commondreams.org Reports of direct communications between the White House and Venezuelan military officials come as Trump cabinet members continue to warn that military intervention is "on the table." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eds. (2019-02-09). Similarities and aggressions. mronline.org War laboratories in the United States have succeeded in applying pre-designed aggression formats against countries that do not align with their imperial policies. These obviously adapt to cultural, religious, social, historical and even geographical features. | Source

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-09). US-led Military Coup in Venezuela Modelled on Chile, 1973? globalresearch.ca At this stage, "all options are on the table". | A self-proclaimed "interim president" endorsed by the "international community", | infiltration and co-optation of the Venezuelan armed forces, military intervention, Coup d'Etat, | Assassination of president Maduro, | Relentless sabotage and financial warfare, …

WSWS (2019-02-09). Brazil's Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation. wsws.org As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

Fight Back (2019-02-09). Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…

Eduardo Correa Senior (2019-02-09). No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela! globalresearch.ca The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the …

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

teleSUR (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Maduro Open to ICG Delegation But Rejects Resolution. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that while he rejects the final declaration of the EU-backed International Contact Group, he would be open to a delegation sent by the group in order to promote peace talks between the government and the right-wing opposition. | IN-DEPTH: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | Maduro, delivering a press conference Friday, hailed the efforts by the Montevideo Mechanism initiative which is supported by Bolivia, Mexico and Caricom…

Halyna Mokrushyna (2019-02-08). The 'Peacekeeper' Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine. counterpunch.org The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the 'Euromaidan' is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the 'corrupt autocratic regime' (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better More

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo

Reese Erlich (2019-02-08). Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or U.S. Coup? progressive.org Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren't going for it.

Joe Emersberger (2019-02-08). Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela. zcomm.org Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty's position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela's government, including open encouragement of Venezuela's military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took "no position" on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more…

Robert Fantina (2019-02-08). Afghanistan, Venezuela and U.S. Interference. counterpunch.org In this troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that's nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on today. First, he saw an editorial saying that the U.S. must not abandon Afghanistan. He attempted to make some sense of this series More

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-08). Trump Sanctions, Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela Can Only Cause More Violence and Suffering. counterpunch.org Washington has been trying to topple 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 President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d'etat. The 35-year-old More

Darrall Cozens, Socialist Appeal (2019-02-08). The BBC and Venezuela: Bias and Lies. venezuelanalysis.com Darrall Cozens looks at the BBC's efforts at preparing public opinion for imperialist intervention.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-08). Either Washington or Venezuela, savage capitalism or socialism. mronline.org Luis Britto Garcia is perhaps Venezuela's most highly regarded public intellectual. A firm supporter of the Bolivarian Process, he has written numerous plays, novels, historical investigations and film scripts and is also an incisive commentator on politics in the region. | Source

Tim Gill, Rebecca Hanson (2019-02-08). How Washington Funded the Counterrevolution in Venezuela. thenation.com How Washington Funded the Counterrevolution in Venezuela…

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-02-08). Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada's Support for Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada's government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the "Voluntad Popular" Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó's violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. | Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summi…

Paul Bentley (2019-02-08). The Scream: the Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. counterpunch.org Trump has said that his government is "too far along in the process" of regime change in Venezuela for him to meet with Maduro. This stands in contrast to his readiness to meet again with Kim Jung-un, who is already "too far along" in the process of developing nuclear weapons for Trump to do otherwise. More

Michael Hudson (2019-02-08). An Interview the Saker on Venezuela. counterpunch.org Introduction: There is a great deal of controversy about the true shape of the Venezuelan economy and whether Hugo Chavez' and Nicholas Maduro's reform and policies were crucial for the people of Venezuela or whether they were completely misguided and precipitated the current crises. Anybody and everybody seems to have very strong held views about this. More

Roger Harris (2019-02-08). Juan Guaidó: The man who would be president of Venezuela doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on. mronline.org Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on for this open attempt at a coup. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-02-08). Seeking to oust Maduro, Washington may find itself in a new Vietnam. uwidata.com In one of Hugo Chavez' most celebrated speeches, he proclaimed proudly and to loud applause that "Venezuela will never again be a Yankee colony," and stated that the country had entered the most definitive period of its independence. Regardless of whether or not Chavez correctly assessed his historical moment, it is critical that we see […]

Roger Harris, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-08). Juan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn't Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On. venezuelanalysis.com Roger Harris looks at the "impecable illegitimacy" of Juan Guaido's claim to the presidency of Venezuela.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-08). The Green New Deal Must Take on the Fossil Fuel Industry. therealnews.com Greenpeace's Janet Redman says the Green New Deal proposal from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey is a step towards unprecedented climate action, but that it must mandate a phase-out of oil, gas, and coal

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