|Tuesday, April 30|
|·|| Venezuela’s Electoral Council Says Capriles Lacks Proof of Fraud |
|Tuesday, April 23|
|·|| The United States shows its contempt for Venezuelan democracy |
|Friday, April 19|
|·|| Nicolás Maduro is Venezuela's vote for Chávismo |
|Saturday, March 16|
|·|| Chavez's Enemies Hand Him His Greatest Tribute: Defamation |
|Wednesday, March 06|
|·|| Chavismo Lives! |
|Tuesday, March 05|
|·|| Chávez Haters Not “Limited by Truth, Reality or Common Sense” |
|·|| President Hugo Chavez has Died |
|Sunday, December 09|
|·|| Venezuela’s Chavez’s Cancer Returns, Leaves Vice-President in Charge |
|Wednesday, October 10|
|·|| Chavez and the New South America |
|Tuesday, October 09|
|·|| Venezuelan and International Reactions to Chavez’s Reelection |
|Monday, October 08|
|·|| Venezuela’s Presidential Elections: An Imperfect-Victory |
|·|| Chavez Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election with 54% of the Vote |
|Friday, August 17|
|·|| Ecuador Will Face US Wrath for Asylum Decision |
|·|| Ecuador President Rafael "We Are Not A Colony" |
|Tuesday, July 17|
|·|| Venezuelan Opposition Falsifies Document as Part of Strategy |
|Thursday, February 23|
|·|| Venezuela's Chavez News of Second Operation Provokes Opposition |
|Friday, January 20|
|·|| Beating Up on Chavez |
|Tuesday, January 10|
|·|| Exxon 'Loses' Venezuela Nationalisation Case |
|Friday, October 28|
|·|| Chavez: "UNASUR is our Armour against Barbarism" |
|Monday, October 17|
|·|| US Out to Topple Chavez |
|Latin America: There Has Been A Coup In Brazil|
Friday, June 03 @ 09:31:21 UTC
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
June 03, 2016 - paulcraigroberts.org
In Brazil the country’s largest newspaper has published a transcript of a secret recording leaked to the newspaper. The words recorded are the plot by the rich Brazilian elite, involving both the US-corrupted Brazilian military and Supreme Court, to remove the democratically elected president of Brazil under false charges in order to stop the investigations of the corrupt elites who inhabit Brazil’s senate and bring to an end Brazil’s membership in BRICS. The Russian-Chinese attempt to organize an economic bloc independent of Washington has now lost 20% of its membership.
Democracy has been overthrown in Brazil as in Ukraine, Honduras—indeed, everywhere the dirty evil hand of Washington falls, including the US itself.
Glenn Greenwald reports on the extraordinary leak of the 75-minute recording of the conversations between Brazilian elites laying out the plot to frame the President of Brazil in order to protect themselves.
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|Latin America: Get Real: Petrodollars, not corruption is the reason for Brazilian coup|
Wednesday, May 25 @ 05:31:27 UTC
|By Haneul Na’avi|
May 25, 2016 - rt.com
Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment was motivated by her efforts to circumvent US dollar dominance through trade with Iran, rather than the ongoing allegations of corruption, hypothesizes independent analyst Haneul Na’avi.
In ancient times, communities would place their sins on the body of an al-Azazel, or scapegoat, and cast it into the desert to die. This was done every year in order to garner favoritism in the eyes of God and ensure a bountiful harvest. In the same ritualistic fashion, Brazil’s acting government has chosen to honor this tradition at the expense of the consent of the governed.
Ousted President and Worker’s Party (PT) leader Dilma Rousseff awaits a fabricated impeachment trial despite the chagrin of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Waldir Maranhao who ordered an annulment. A defiant Congress has hurled its entire weight at the gates of Brasilia’s Superior Courts with burnt offerings of her political career; with the hope her sacrifice will birth a neocolonial Dark Age. Hands clasped, they await the blessings of Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and the US State Department to affirm their convictions.
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|Latin America: Russia Denounces External Forces for Crisis in Venezuela|
Wednesday, May 25 @ 04:45:41 UTC
|By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas|
May 24th 2016 - venezuelanalysis.com
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has spoken out against “outside” efforts to destabilise Venezuela, warning against the consequences of imposing “colour scenarios” on the South American nation.
On Monday, Russian news agency Tass and Sputnik International reported that Russia’s Foreign Ministry had released an official statement addressing the current situation in Venezuela.
“The upsurge of tensions in Venezuela is being fed from outside,” asserted the Foreign Ministry statement.
"We are confident that a political solution to Venezuelan problems is to be found by the Venezuelan people who have elected its legitimate authorities… Destructive interference from outside is inadmissible,” it continued.
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|Latin America: Call It a 'Coup': How Elite Orchestrated Overthrow in Brazil|
Tuesday, May 24 @ 04:12:52 UTC
|Leaked Transcripts: Revelations detail 'national pact' between government, military, and oil executives|
By Lauren McCauley
May 24, 2016 - commondreams.org
Confirming suspicions that the ouster of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is, in fact, a coup designed to eradicate a wide corruption probe, Brazil's largest newspaper on Monday published damning evidence of a "national pact" between a top government official and oil executive.
It is unclear how Folha de São Paulo obtained the transcripts of the 75-minute phone conversation between the newly-installed Planning Minister Romero Jucá, a senator at the time, and former oil executive Sergio Machado. But the discussion reportedly took place in March, just weeks before Brazil's lower House voted to impeach the democratically-elected Rousseff.
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|Latin America: Snowden Leak Reveals Obama Gov't Ordered NSA, CIA to Spy on Venezuela Oil|
Thursday, November 19 @ 13:01:55 UTC
|U.S. intelligence agents posing as diplomats in Caracas helped an NSA analyst try to crack open PDVSA’s computer network.|
By Charles Davis and Andrew Fishman, TeleSUR
November 19, 2015 - commondreams.org
The U.S. National Security Agency accessed the internal communications of Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela and acquired sensitive data it planned to exploit in order to spy on the company’s top officials, according to a highly classified NSA document that reveals the operation was carried out in concert with the U.S. embassy in Caracas.
The March 2011 document, labeled, “top secret,” and provided by former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, is being reported on in an exclusive partnership between teleSUR and The Intercept.
Drafted by an NSA signals development analyst, the document explains that PDVSA’s network, already compromised by U.S. intelligence, was further infiltrated after an NSA review in late 2010 – during President Barack Obama’s first term, which would suggest he ordered or at least authorized the operation – “showed telltale signs that things were getting stagnant on the Venezuelan Energy target set.” Most intelligence “was coming from warranted collection,” which likely refers to communications that were intercepted as they passed across U.S. soil. According to the analyst, “what little was coming from other collectors,” or warrantless surveillance, “was pretty sparse.”
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|Latin America: Venezuelan Opposition's Plot to "Annihilate" Nicolas Maduro|
Thursday, June 12 @ 08:09:42 UTC
Read the Venezuelan Opposition’s Messages Revealed as a Plot to “Annihilate” Nicolas Maduro|
By MINCI, June 7th 2014
The full document with the right-wing opposition’s messages, released by the Venezuelan Ministry of Communication, can be read in a pdf here.
The conspiracy plot in Venezuela against the constitutional government of Nicolás Maduro has been underway since February 12th despite the obvious failure of the street violence actions in the form of guarimbas used to encourage a popular uprising against the legitimate government.
The high political command of the Bolivarian Revolution presented evidence showing that the Venezuelan and international right wing is perpetrating a continuous coup d’etat that would lead to the assassination of President Maduro. This would unleash a bloodbath in the country and create the conditions for a foreign intervention in Venezuela according to the script prepared by the national and international extreme right wing to finish the Venezuelan revolutionary process.
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|Latin America: The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Venezuela|
Saturday, April 26 @ 01:20:45 UTC
|By Eva Golinger|
April 25th 2014 - Postcards from the Revolution
Author and journalist Eva Golinger details recent U.S. funding of the Venezuelan opposition, concluding that, “What is clear is that the US government continues to feed efforts to destabilize Venezuela”.
Anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change have been led by several individuals and organizations with close ties to the US government. Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado- two of the public leaders behind the violent protests that started in February – have long histories as collaborators, grantees and agents of Washington. The National Endowment for Democracy “NED” and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have channeled multi-million dollar funding to Lopez’s political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machado’s NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.
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|Latin America: Venezuela Is Not Occupy: U.S. Congress Got It Wrong|
Wednesday, March 12 @ 14:18:30 UTC
By Roger D. Harris|
March 11, 2014 - venezuelanalysis.com
With demonstrating students in the streets confronting state security forces, the recent unrest and violence in Venezuela superficially bears a resemblance to the Occupy Movement that began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on September 2011. But there the similarity ends.
The overwhelming character of Occupy was its spontaneity, unpredictability, and certainly its independence from corporate or government influence. Occupy appealed to and was supported by the disposed and marginalized. The Venezuelan unrest has been the opposite. Building on genuine popular discontent in an already highly polarized context, the recent violence in Venezuela has all the elements of a manufactured crisis.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Opposition Is United Against Maduro, But Internally Divided|
Sunday, March 09 @ 11:22:18 UTC
|By Roberto Lovato|
March 7th 2014 – Al Jazeera
CARACAS — His face and muscular arms sweating, hands dirtied from the sand-filled sugar bags he dragged toward the makeshift rampart blocking half of his street, Emilio Palacios’ immediate political struggle was with his mother. “No, Mama, no!” he yelled toward his mother, Maria Bravo, a longtime resident of the Chacaito district of Venezuela’s capital. "No!" he repeated, after hearing her tell Al Jazeera that the purpose of the barricade under construction in front of their apartment was “getting rid of this government.”
Measuring his words, he offered a different explanation. "We’re here as students to protest against the insecurity in the country and scarcity and the killing of students by the National Guard,” said Palacios, an engineering student at Central University. “This is not a protest against the government. We’re sending a message to the government.”
“OK. We have differences,” responded Bravo, a 48-year-old publicity and marketing executive, while sitting in a plastic lounge chair alongside her dog, Bruno, who almost knocked over a makeshift sign saying “Resistencia SOS Venezuela.”
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|Latin America: Venezuelan Government Allege Uribe and U.S. Role in Disturbances|
Wednesday, February 26 @ 08:34:00 UTC
|By Tamara Pearson|
February 26, 2014 - Venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuelan governmental authorities have provided what they allege is evidence of former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe’s involvement in the current disturbances and violence. They also claim that the US has provided some advice, and that mercenaries are involved.
Communications minister Delcy Rodriguez last night accused Uribe, the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce (Fedecamaras), and the American-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Venamcham) of being “implicated” in the current “destabilising” actions.
“We have been showing the proof [of this] for years, at the moment we’re investigating other facts so that soon we can show to what extent Fedecamaras is involved in this coup [attempt],” she said.
Further, last night National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello revealed a series of alleged emails between political advisor Juan Jose Rendon, and Ricardo Koesling of the opposition Piedra party.
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|Latin America: Obama's Arrogant Interference in Venezuela|
Sunday, February 23 @ 11:50:12 UTC
|Obama's Arrogant Interference in Venezuela and Resistance by A Participatory Democracy|
By Arnold August
February 23, 2014 - democracycuba.com
On February 19, 2014, at a Press Conference by President Obama, President Peña Nieto (Mexico), and Prime Minister Harper (Canada), in Toluca, Mexico, Obama stated:
“In Venezuela, rather than trying to distract from its own failings by making up false accusations against diplomats from the United States, the government ought to focus on addressing the legitimate grievances of the Venezuelan people. So, along with the Organization of American States, we call on the Venezuelan government to release protestors that it’s detained and engage in real dialogue. And all parties have an obligation to work together to restrain violence and restore calm.” www.whitehouse.gov
How can Obama say that the accusations against U.S. diplomats for interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela are false? The above three-sentence statement exclusively on Venezuela uttered by the U.S. president consists in itself as an arrogant attempt to interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs. The “legitimate grievances” of the Venezuelan people were addressed by the Bolivarian Revolution in numerous ballot box contests since December, 1998. These electoral gains precisely target the U.S.-dominated economic and political system existing from 1958 to 1998. The voting includes the April 14, 2013 presidential election won by Nicolás Maduro and which the U.S. refuses to recognize; by negating the results recognized by the whole continent, Obama had planted the seeds of the current violence carried out by the pro-U.S. elements in the country. The candidates of the Bolivarian Revolution’s Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela. (PSUV) also won the majority of municipalities, mayoralties and the popular vote in the December 8, 2013 municipal elections.
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|Latin America: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela|
Monday, February 17 @ 17:08:05 UTC
|Coups, Media and Stalemates: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela
Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have been occurring in the country: the opposition’s strategy, how the media have reacted, and the implications of the protests for the Bolivarian Revolution.
#1: An Opposition Coup Against The Opposition
The Venezuelan opposition has launched a coup against itself, not against the government. Two strains of the opposition movement are vying for dominance over each other, though they both share the same overarching strategy.
The current opposition strategy is to pressure Nicolas Maduro into resigning from office, and prompt another presidential election. They intend to win the next election by terrorising swing voters into capitulating to the opposition.
For now, this is the only real option available to the opposition. The military is firmly aligned with Chavismo, ruling out a repeat of the April 2002 coup attempt. However, a possible recall referendum is still two years away, plus the far right is short sighted and generally apathetic towards democracy anyway.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Maduro Announces More Moves against “Parasitic Bourgeoisie”|
Tuesday, December 03 @ 08:06:37 UTC
|By Ewan Robertson|
December 03, 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced a raft of new regulatory measures over the weekend as part of his ongoing “offensive” to deal with the country’s economic problems.
In a television interview on Sunday evening, Maduro explained that the government’s economic policies were aimed at “stabilising” the economy in order to be able to develop a “productive” economic model.
This year Venezuela has experienced shortages in several basic food and household goods, a black market dollar worth ten times the government-set exchange rate, and annual inflation of 54%.
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|Latin America: On the Warpath in Venezuela: Against the Bolivarian Revolution|
Thursday, November 21 @ 22:26:46 UTC
|By W.T. WHITNEY JR.|
November 21, 2013 - counterpunch.org
Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government. Opposition demonstrations quickly spread, killing 13 people. Now his government faces municipal elections on December 8, and engineered social turmoil has returned. Although polls have been favorable, the confidence marking election campaigns under predecessor Hugo Chavez, now dead, is gone.
Opposition forces have used destabilization to cast both the Chavez and Maduro governments as dysfunctional. Powerful forces inside and outside Venezuela targeted the Chavez – led Bolivarian movement because of its decisive role in promoting continent-wide unity and social justice. The U.S. government is widely believed to have encouraged the unsuccessful right wing coup of 2002 and subsequent disruption of Venezuela’s oil industry.
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|Latin America: U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America|
Thursday, May 02 @ 07:39:07 UTC
|By Mark Weisbrot|
May 1st 2013 - CEPR
Recent events indicate that the Obama administration has stepped up its strategy of “regime change” against the left-of-center governments in Latin America, promoting conflict in ways not seen since the military coup that Washington supported in Venezuela in 2002. The most high-profile example is in Venezuela itself, during the past week. As this goes to press, Washington has grown increasingly isolated in its efforts to destabilize the newly elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
But Venezuela is not the only country to fall prey to Washington’s efforts to reverse the electoral results of the past 15 years in Latin America. It is now clear that last year’s ouster of President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was also aided and abetted by the United States government. In a brilliant investigative work for Agência Pública, journalist Natalia Viana shows that the Obama administration funded the principal actors involved in the “parliamentary coup” against Lugo. Washington then helped organize international support for coup.
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