2019-02-11: News Headlines

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-02-11). Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela! globalresearch.ca "The struggles of the Black working-class, united around a national program must have international solidarity and must be understood within the context of an anti-imperialist struggle against global capitalism and the US-led imperialist global economic, military and political infrastructure. For …

teleSUR (2019-02-11). 18th Social Leader Murdered in 2019 in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Jose Arquimedes Moreno, 34, a social leader of Colombia was shot dead in the rural area of the town of Tibu. | RELATED: | Colombia: ELN Urges a Return to Peace Agreement Negotiations | According to local media, he was shot by two men on a bike while he was going back to his house. | George Quintero, commander of the Police Department of Norte de Santander assured that special attention was being given to the case and for the vulnerable people and communities. | Commenting on the…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-11). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca "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 …

Phil Miller (2019-02-11). British Military Presence Near Venezuela 'Extremely Concerning'. globalresearch.ca Britain's navy and marines are conducting military exercises close to Venezuela, the Morning Star has discovered. | The Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship, spent New Year in Miami embarking a US coastguard helicopter for the first time….

Tony Wood (2019-02-11). The Battle for Venezuela. zcomm.org In Latin America alone, the long and disastrous record of US-led interventions is enough to cause alarm about the possible outcomes of this crisis…

teleSUR (2019-02-11). Cuba Rips US Security Council Resolution on Venezuela in UN. telesurenglish.net Foreign Affairs Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez came out on Twitter to admonish the United States for its cynical use of a resolution in the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council pushing for "humanitarian aid" in Venezuela in order to get access to the country and continue its policy of "anty means necessary" intervention in the country. | RELATED | SADC Condemns Intervention, Interference in Venezuela | Security Council representatives met behind closed doors Friday afternoon to discu…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2019. democracynow.org Shutdown Talks Stall as Friday Deadline Looms, Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis, Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape, Venezuela: U.S. and Russia Dig In at U.N. with Rival Resolutions, Venezuela: Standoff over Aid Pits Military Against Guaidó Supporters, Rio: At Least 13 Dead in Shootout, Haiti: At Least 2 Killed in Anti-Government Protests, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 2 Teenage Protesters, Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat'l Enquirer of Blackmail, Denver Public School Teacher…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela's Oil? democracynow.org The U.S. and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the U.N. Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The U.S. is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Eds. (2019-02-11). Lawfare: Using "Transition" status to justify intervention in Venezuela. mronline.org On February 4, twelve days after Juan Guaidó's self-juramentation, the National Assembly held an ordinary session to discuss and approve an instrument called "Statute Governing the Transition to Democracy to Restore the Validity of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | Source

Daniel McAdams (2019-02-11). The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! globalresearch.ca There is a sad disregard for human life among the neocon regime-changers. The devastation of Iraq, with its million dead, was a mere stepping stone to a "re-making" of the Middle East. A Libya turned into a modern day slave …

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2019-02-11). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. venezuelanalysis.com FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-11). How Can Democrats Support Trump's Push for Regime Change in Venezuela? truthout.org The US and Russia have proposed opposing draft resolutions at the UN Security Council as the leadership crisis in Venezuela deepens. The US is calling for elections in Venezuela and for international aid deliveries to be allowed to enter the country. The Russians called out international intervention in the affairs of Venezuela and the threat of foreign military action. The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is accusing the United States of attempting to stage a coup. We speak to The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald about the actions of Washington and of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | Transcr…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-11). Mexico's Lopez Obrador's Position on Venezuela Marks Return to Foreign Policy Tradition. therealnews.com Mexico is making a large contribution towards the prevention of civil war in Venezuela, by returning to long-established foreign policy tradition of neutrality, which the previous president had completely abandoned, says John Ackerman

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-11). Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela. therealnews.com The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world

Ron Ridenour (2019-02-11). While State Leaders Make War, Spanish Children March for Peace. counterpunch.org Benalmádena. Seven hundred and seventy primary and elementary school children, aged three to 12, walked and skipped three kilometers to the main square (Plaza de España) here in this town located n in Spain's Andalusia province, and back to their municipal school, Jacaranda. On this 30th march for international peace in commemoration of the day that More

IAC (2019-02-11). Rally for U.S. Hands Off Venezuela. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.

Communist Workers League (2019-02-11). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally. indybay.org Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergula or Pillars) | 599 El Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94610…

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-11). Grand Theft Venezuela, Stealing a Nation: Financial Warfare Precipitates Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca Michael Hudson explained that Washington "treat(s) Venezuela as an extension of the US economy, running a trade surplus in oil to spend in the United States or transfer its savings to US banks." | Sanctions prevent Maduro's government "from gaining access …

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-11). A Preference for Peace: Not the Same Thing as Support for the Bogeyman of the Week. counterpunch.org I'm not ashamed to admit it: I'm a peacenik. I think war is a bad thing. I've seen it up close and personal as an infantryman, and I'd like to see less of it, preferably none at all, either up close or from a distance. In part, this desire also makes me a "non-interventionist." That More

ICSS (2019-02-11). What's Happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609…

Alan Macleod (2019-02-11). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (VA) — The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of …

Jake Johnson (2019-02-11). US Holding Secret Talks With Venezuelan Military, Urging Them to Abandon Maduro. theantimedia.com 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." (CD) — 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 …

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…

Alan MacLeod — Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-10). How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). Venezuelan President Leads Celebration of Angostura Bicentenary. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro led Sunday the celebrations of the bicentenary anniversary Angostura 2019 with a military parade in the Fort Guaicaipuro in Charallave, central state of Miranda. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP Calls on Guaido to Join "Right Side of History" | Along with Defense Minister Vl…

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…

Steve Ellner, NACLA (2019-02-10). Venezuela Regime Change 'Made in the USA'. venezuelanalysis.com Steve Ellner looks at the ongoing US-orchestrated coup attempt and its implications.

Adam Johnson (2019-02-10). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — The Trump administration's now completely overt effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid: Tensions Rise as Venezuela Blocks Border Bridge in Standoff Over Aid (CNN, 2/7/19) Maduro Blocks …

Jeremy Scahill (2019-02-10). Pox Americana: Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, India, Mexico, Congo, and U.S. Hegemony. theintercept.com There is a brazen, bipartisan push by the U.S. government for regime change in Venezuela with the Trump administration officially declaring opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate" president. The economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. are aimed at starving the population into submission with notorious neoconservatives John Bolton and Elliott Abrams coordinating the campaign to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. What we are witnessing right now in Latin America is a modern iteration of the same dirty tactics that the U.S. has historically used against the nations south of the U.S. bo…

RT (2019-02-10). Joe Biden reminded of past 'humanitarian' actions after he blasts Maduro over aid block. rt.com A former US Vice President has urged Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to step aside for a "democratic transition." Twitter, however, doubted Joe Biden's 'humanitarian' motivation, pointing out his warmongering past.

teleSUR (2019-02-10). SADC Condemns Intervention, Interference in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The South African Development Community (SADC), a group consisting of 15 African nations, issued a statement condemning the violation of international law in U.S. backed coup actions against Venezuela. | RELATED | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | In a letter dated Feb. 10, President of the Republic of Namibia and chairperson of SADC Hage Geingob noted the community's concern with "attempts by the leaders of some countries to interfere in the affairs and so…

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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…

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.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-08). Trump Admin Determined to Overthrow Venezuela's Maduro. therealnews.com Trump's efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

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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