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    Thursday, January 31
    · Trump’s Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story
    Monday, January 28
    · The History - and Hypocrisy - of US Meddling in Venezuela
    · Canada Is Complicit in Venezuela's US-Backed Coup D'état
    Friday, September 21
    · US Disregard for International Law Is a Menace to Latin America
    Wednesday, August 08
    · Venezuela Assassination Attempt: Maduro Survives but Journalism Doesn't
    Tuesday, May 02
    · Venezuelan Opposition Comes Under Fire from Mujica and Pope
    Friday, June 03
    · There Has Been A Coup In Brazil
    Wednesday, May 25
    · Get Real: Petrodollars, not corruption is the reason for Brazilian coup
    · Russia Denounces External Forces for Crisis in Venezuela
    Tuesday, May 24
    · Call It a 'Coup': How Elite Orchestrated Overthrow in Brazil
    Thursday, November 19
    · Snowden Leak Reveals Obama Gov't Ordered NSA, CIA to Spy on Venezuela Oil
    Thursday, June 12
    · Venezuelan Opposition's Plot to "Annihilate" Nicolas Maduro
    Saturday, April 26
    · The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Venezuela
    Wednesday, March 12
    · Venezuela Is Not Occupy: U.S. Congress Got It Wrong
    Sunday, March 09
    · Venezuela’s Opposition Is United Against Maduro, But Internally Divided
    Wednesday, February 26
    · Venezuelan Government Allege Uribe and U.S. Role in Disturbances
    Sunday, February 23
    · Obama's Arrogant Interference in Venezuela
    Monday, February 17
    · What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela
    Tuesday, December 03
    · Venezuela’s Maduro Announces More Moves against “Parasitic Bourgeoisie”
    Thursday, November 21
    · On the Warpath in Venezuela: Against the Bolivarian Revolution

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    Latin America: Who’s to Blame for the Crisis in Venezuela? A Response to Gabriel Hetland
    Tuesday, March 19 @ 07:46:45 UTC
    VenezuelaJorge Martin takes recent Gabriel Hetland articles to task, questioning the liberal left's assessment of the current situation and the solutions proposed.

    By Jorge Martin
    March 17, 2019 - In Defence of Marxism


    There is a certain trend of opinion amongst the liberal left, particularly in the US, which never felt very comfortable with the Bolivarian revolution. Now, in the midst of a serious and well-organised attempt by Washington to remove Maduro’s government, they insist on equally blaming both sides for the crisis, one which in their view can be resolved through “negotiations between the government and the opposition”. A chief representative of this point of view is Gabriel Hetland, who has written several articles on Venezuela for The Nation, Jacobin and other left-wing publications.

    His latest article, “Venezuela’s Deadly Blackout Highlights the Need for a Negotiated Resolution of the Crisis”, sums up this argument neatly, so it is useful to analyse it in some detail. The article is full of inaccuracies and half-truths, but its main flaw is a mistaken analysis of the situation in Venezuela, one that avoids a class approach to the different forces involved, from which Hetland derives a completely utopian solution.

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    Latin America: U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy
    Friday, March 15 @ 07:27:02 UTC
    VenezuelaRegime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy

    March 14, 2019 - democracynow.org

    Venezuelan officials say power will be largely restored in the country today after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a “cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems.” The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro’s government. On Monday, the United States announced it was withdrawing remaining diplomatic staff from its embassy in Caracas. We speak with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy. His latest piece for The New Republic is headlined “The Reality Behind Trump’s Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela.

    Transcript

    This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: Venezuelan officials are saying power will largely be restored by today, after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a, quote, “cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems.” The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro’s government. It’s been nearly two months since opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be president with the backing of the United States.

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    Latin America: US Media Erase Years of Chavismo’s Gains
    Tuesday, March 12 @ 13:10:48 UTC
    Venezuela and Chavez By Gregory Shupak
    February 20, 2019 - fair.org


    Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the country’s story has been almost entirely written out of media coverage of the effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government by the US, Canada and their right-wing partners in Venezuela and the region.

    Malnutrition in children under five was one of several social indicators that improved dramatically in Venezuela following the election of Hugo Chávez in 1999. (Source: Instituto Nacional de Nutrición/CEPR)

    Under Chávez, poverty in Venezuela was cut by more than a third, and extreme poverty by 57 percent (CEPR, 3/7/13). (These declines were even steeper if measured from the depths of the opposition-led oil strike, designed to force Chávez out by wrecking the economy.)

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    Latin America: An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance...
    Thursday, March 07 @ 01:26:16 UTC
    US vs Latin AmericaAn Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government

    We believe that the Trump administration's regime change effort in Venezuela is wrong in every way: morally, legally, and politically.

    By Collective
    March 05, 2019 - commondreams.org


    The following open letter, signed by 124 academics from around the globe, is addressed to the Washington Office on Latin America and voices serious concerns over WOLA's support for various components of the Trump administration's policy towards Venezuela.

    We write out of concern for the direction that WOLA has taken with regard to a matter of life and death, and possibly war and peace, in Latin America. This letter is an attempt to engage with WOLA about your support for various components of the Trump administration's efforts to topple the government of Venezuela.

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    Latin America: The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies
    Sunday, February 24 @ 22:29:19 UTC
    Venezuela"A war has been declared on Venezuela, of which the truth is 'too difficult' to report" - John Pilger has his take on Venezuela.

    By John Pilger
    February 24, 2019 – johnpilger.com


    Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela.  At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang with a husky contralto.

    "What did her words say?" I asked.

    "That we are proud," was the reply.

    The applause for her merged with the arrival of Chavez. Under one arm he carried a satchel bursting with books.  He wore his big red shirt and greeted people by name, stopping to listen. What struck me was his capacity to listen.

    But now he read. For almost two hours he read into the microphone from the stack of books beside him: Orwell, Dickens, Tolstoy, Zola, Hemingway, Chomsky, Neruda: a page here, a line or two there. People clapped and whistled as he moved from author to author.

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    Latin America: How the U.S. Is Strangling Haiti as It Attempts Regime Change in Venezuela
    Thursday, February 21 @ 01:49:53 UTC
    HaitiTheir message is simple: if you won't let us breathe, we won't let you breathe, and if you suffocate Venezuela, you suffocate us

    By Vijay Prashad
    February 19, 2019 - commondreams.org


    Last year, in October, Haitians followed two Twitter hashtags that went viral–#PetrocaribeChallenge and #KotKobPetwoKaribea. If you are not Haitian and do not follow Haitian politics carefully, you can be forgiven for not noticing this development. The complaint on Twitter–and soon on the streets–was simple: what has happened to the billions of U.S. dollars that was in the Venezuelan-financed Petrocaribe program?

    In 2005, when oil prices began to creep upwards and when the Bolivarian socialists led by Hugo Chávez were at their peak, 14 countries from the Caribbean met in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, to launch the Petrocaribe scheme. The idea was elegant. Venezuela, with one of the world's largest oil reserves, would sell oil to the struggling Caribbean islands through a very lucrative deal. Part of the oil price was paid up front, and the rest was to be paid back over the years at a ridiculously low interest rate (1 percent).

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    Latin America: Venezuela’s Missile Crisis: A Conversation with Juan Contreras
    Saturday, February 16 @ 10:52:53 UTC
    VenezuelaA grassroots leader from the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas looks at the historical forces operating behind the showdown unfolding right now in the Bolivarian Republic.

    By Cira Pascual Marquina
    February 16, 2019 - venezuelanalysis.com


    Juan Contreras was born and raised in Caracas’s 23 de Enero barrio, famous for its revolutionary political activism and internationalism. A graduate of Venezuela’s Central University, Contreras was active in Bandera Roja, under the direction of Comandante Geronimo (Carlos Betancourt) in the late 1970s. Today he heads up the community organization, Coordinadora Simon Bolivar, in the heart of working class Caracas. In this exclusive interview with Venezuelanalysis, Contreras looks at the historical echoes of the current coup attempt and reminds us of all that is a stake.

    The claim that politics inevitably involves a struggle over historical meanings received spectacular confirmation in recent weeks. That’s because the political crisis that we are in the midst of right now – following Juan Guaido’s declaring himself president – saw the opposition to trying evoke the memory of pro-democracy rebellion that began on January 23, 1958. How do you understand this effort of Juan Guaido and his imperialist masters to appropriate that historical event, which was essentially a leftist victory, in the name of a coup d’etat?

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    Latin America: Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup?
    Monday, February 11 @ 23:06:49 UTC
    VenezuelaBy Paul Dobson
    February 11, 2019 - venezuelanalysis.com


    Many living outside of Venezuela have been following the ongoing attempted coup d’etat with fully deserved attention.

    Not only does it set a worrying precedent of blunt-edged US meddling in the region, but it also runs against the Venezuelan Constitution and local laws. The recognition of an unelected leader by a host of governments also clearly violates the cornerstone of international law, including the United Nations and Organisation of American States charters, as well as foundational principles safeguarding countries’ right to sovereignty and self-determination.

    The revelations of how Juan Guaido has achieved recognition from 25 percent of the world’s governments have made plenty of headlines, as mainstream media shines once again with its manipulation and distortion, describing the unelected coup-mongers as “democratic” and the elected president as a “dictator”.

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    Latin America: The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy
    Monday, February 11 @ 14:14:39 UTC
    US vs Latin AmericaBy Ellen Brown
    February 09, 2019 - ellenbrown.com


    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, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders advisor Prof. Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The real limit on spending is not an artificially imposed debt ceiling but a lack of labor and materials to do the work, leading to generalized price inflation. Only when that real ceiling is hit does the money need to be taxed back, and then not to fund government spending but to shrink the money supply in an economy that has run out of resources to put the extra money to work.

    Predictably, critics have been quick to rebut, calling the trend to endorse MMT “disturbing” and “a joke that’s not funny.” In a February 1st post on The Daily Reckoning, Brian Maher darkly envisioned Bernie Sanders getting elected in 2020 and implementing “Quantitative Easing for the People” based on MMT theories. To debunk the notion that governments can just “print the money” to solve their economic problems, he raise the specter of Venezuela, where “money” is everywhere but bare essentials are out of reach for many, the storefronts are empty, unemployment is at 33%, and inflation is predicted to hit 1,000,000% by the end of the year.

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    Latin America: How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela
    Sunday, February 10 @ 23:15:10 UTC
    VenezuelaAlan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

    By Alan MacLeod
    February 10, 2019 – Venezuelanalysis.com


    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 -- to declare himself President.

    Guaidó was immediately backed by the governments of the U.S. and U.K., with Vice President Mike Pence stating, "Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power. He has never won the presidency in a free and fair election, and has maintained his grip of power by imprisoning anyone who dares to oppose him."

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    Latin America: Juan Guaidó Doesn’t Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On
    Friday, February 08 @ 16:08:44 UTC
    VenezuelaJuan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn’t Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On

    By Roger Harris
    February 08, 2019 - Venezuelanalysis.com


    Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, was exposed by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal as “a product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers.” Argentinian sociologist Marco Teruggi described Guaidó in the same article as “a character that has been created for this circumstance” of regime change. Here, his constitutional credentials to be interim president of Venezuela are deconstructed.

    Educated at George Washington University in DC, Guaidó was virtually unknown in his native Venezuela before being thrust on to the world stage in a rapidly unfolding series of events. In a poll conducted a little more than a week before Guaidó appointed himself president of the country, 81% of Venezuelans had never even heard of the 35-year-old.

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    Latin America: Venezuela: Coup d’Etat or Constitutional Transition?
    Friday, February 08 @ 08:16:31 UTC
    VenezuelaWriting for the Venezuelanalysis team, Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido’s claim to power.

    By Lucas Koerner – VA Editorial Board
    February 06, 2019 - venezuelanalysis.com


    There’s been a lot misinformation in the international media about whether what is happening in Venezuela is a brazen US-led power grab or a constitutional transfer of power aided by the international community.

    On January 23, National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who was virtually unknown in Venezuela before being selected for the legislative post on January 5, swore himself in as “interim president” of the South American country and was immediately recognized by Washington and its allies.

    Guaido claims that his new self-ascribed job title is fully in keeping with Article 233 of Venezuela’s 1999 constitution. But is this the case?

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    Latin America: Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America’s War on Venezuela
    Wednesday, February 06 @ 11:34:22 UTC
    VenezuelaBy Garikai Chengu
    January 30, 2019 - Global Research


    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 who watch the news and ignore history. Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves on the planet.

    America seeks control of Venezuela because it sits atop the strategic intersection of the Caribbean, South and Central American worlds. Control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.

    From the first moment Hugo Chavez took office, the United States has been trying to overthrow Venezuela’s socialist movement by using sanctions, coup attempts, and funding the opposition parties. After all, there is nothing more undemocratic than a coup d’état.

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    Latin America: Savage Capitalism or Socialism: A Conversation with Luis Britto Garcia
    Tuesday, February 05 @ 19:26:20 UTC
    VenezuelaEither Washington or Venezuela, Savage Capitalism or Socialism: A Conversation with Luis Britto Garcia

    In this exclusive interview with Venezuelanalysis, an acclaimed writer and committed Bolivarian talks about the short and long term defense of Venezuela's sovereignty.

    By Cira Pascual Marquina
    February 05, 2019 – Venezuelanalysis.com


    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.

    Many people on the left are critical of President Nicolás Maduro’s government, but that criticism has nothing to do with a desire to join the ranks of the right-wing opposition or its foreign allies. In the face of the current imperialist attack on Venezuela, we need to defend the country and stand up against interference. Do you agree?

    I have repeatedly claimed that, when both internal and external forces of reaction make a double attack on our country – and use all legal and even illegal resources they have at hand – we must all come together in Venezuela’s defense and in the defense its authorities and the political coalition that maintains them legally in power.

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    Latin America: Canada vs. Venezuela: The Background Gets Even Murkier
    Sunday, February 03 @ 16:14:12 UTC
    Trudeau vs. MaduroBy Joyce Nelson
    February 01, 2019 - Global Research


    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 The Canadian Press, reporter Mike Blanchfield noted that “emboldening Venezuela’s opposition has been a labour of months” for Canadian diplomats, given that the opposition parties had been in complete disarray. [1] But by January 9, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was able to phone Guaido and “congratulate him … on uniting the opposition.” [2]

    Freeland, working with the ad hoc Lima Group, had long been calling for unity among the Venezuelan opposition parties. After foreign affairs ministers from the Lima Group met in Toronto on October 26, 2017, Freeland appeared at a Munk School of Global Affairs panel and said the message of the Lima Group to the Venezuelan opposition is “Get your act together, guys!” [3]

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