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Russia Warns Bolton: ‘Monroe Doctrine’ Remarks Are Insulting to Latin America
By Andre Vltchek - New Eastern Outlook - April 12, 2019
What is the ‘Monroe Doctrine’? In brief, it is a document which defines the entire Western Hemisphere as a ‘backyard’ of the United States. It ‘philosophically’ justifies Washington’s neo-colonialism, and the most barbaric coups it has been triggering, as well as covered and open interventions in the Caribbean, and in Central and South America.
And now, National Security Advisor John Bolton, is using this term in connection with Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, outraging those who are opposing the US foreign policy in the region. What he means is clear, although it is never pronounced as bluntly as that: Countries in the Western Hemisphere should never be allowed to go socialist, and they should be prevented from disobeying Western dictates.

Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela?
By Marco Teruggi - Pagina 12 - Venezuelanalysis - April 12, 2019
The attack should have been short since the Maduro administration was not strong enough to resist. This was the conviction of the United States as they carried out a strategy to overthrow him: they built a President 2.0 Juan Guaido; they gave him a fictionalized government, international recognition, a collective narrative among mass media companies, accelerated economic sanctions at different levels. Overlapping these variables, different results were expected to be achieved on their path of getting a forced negotiation or the toppling of the government.

Can the Bolivarian Revolution Survive the Venezuelan Crisis?
By ROAR Collective - Venezuelanalysis - April 12, 2019
Creating the space for and allowing the Bolivarian Revolution to flourish is perhaps the most important achievement of Venezuela's Chavista government – but can it survive the current crisis? Dario Azzellini, George Ciccarello-Maher and VA's Cira Pascual Marquina opine in this abridged ROAR compendium.

Venezuela Rejects Asylum Removal and Arrest of Julian Assange
By TeleSur - April 12, 2019
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza published a statement on Twitter stating that President Maduro, on behalf of the government and the people, "expresses his most categorical rejection of the atrocious decision that deprived Australian-Ecuadorean Julian Assange of the right to diplomatic asylum."

US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - April 11, 2019
US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's "legitimate president" and accept the latter's representative to the world body. He added that the US would circulate a resolution to this effect, but offered no details on its timetable. A previous US resolution at the UNSC was vetoed by Russia and China on February. Pence went on to reiterate the warning that "all options are on the table" to oust the Maduro government. "This is our neighborhood," he told reporters afterward, calling on Russia to cease its support to the Maduro government.

OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid
By Anya Parampil - The Grayzone - April 10, 2019
In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated in an alleged Maduro assassination plot as Venezuela's Organization of American States ambassador.

Venezuela: New Power Outage as Oil Output Plummets
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - April 10, 2019
The blackout started at 11:20 PM, with Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez explaining that a power overload failure occurred as a result of the damage caused by what the Venezuelan government has denounced as attacks against the electric grid.
April 08, 2019
U.S. Military Wary of China’s Foothold in Venezuela
By Lara Seligman - Foreign Policy - April 08, 2019
The head of U.S. Southern Command says Beijing is using disinformation and debt diplomacy to dig in as Maduro clings to power.

Mexico: Guaido's Envoy Appointment to OAS Against Own Charter
By TeleSur - April 08, 2019
Mexico's Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Jorge Lomonaco criticized Tuesday the decision taken by 18 out of 35 member states to recognize lawmaker Juan Guaido's envoy as the Permanent Representative of Venezuela.

Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - April 08, 2019
The US Treasury Department imposed a new round of sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil industry on Friday. The measures identified 34 vessels owned by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA as "blocked property" in a bid to further tighten the screws on Venezuela's oil sector.

Mexico is Ready to Serve as Mediator for Peace in Venezuela
By TeleSur - April 08, 2019
Mexican President Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said during a press conference at the Mexican National Palace on April 8th that his administration is willing to serve as a mediator for a peaceful solution to the conflict that is ongoing in Venezuela. AMLO also emphasized that this provision is directly related to the tradition of foreign policy used by Mexico throughout its history.
April 07, 2019
Venezuelan Lawmakers Denounce the National Assembly Before the Inter-Parliamentary Union
By TeleSur - April 07, 2019
The parliamentarians categorized the actions of Henri Ramos Allup (2016), Julio Borges (2017) and Juan Guaido (2019) as serious infringements on the sovereignty and welfare of Venezuela, understood as violations of the country's institutions, the constitutional order, human rights and peace for all Venezuelans.

Delegates from 40 Nations Rally in Support of Venezuela, Cuba
By TeleSur - April 07, 2019
Intellectuals from 40 nations attended a seminar in Mexico to show their solidarity with Venezuela and Cuba.
April 06, 2019
President Nicolas Maduro Addresses Anti-Imperialist March
By TeleSur - April 06, 2019
Venezuela's Bolivarian people took the streets Saturday to carry out the sixth consecutive anti-imperialist march, an event aimed at backing President Nicolas Maduro administration and rejecting the interventionist policies by the United States and its regional allies.

Venezuela: No Act of Imperialism Will Deter Cooperation Between Free Countries
By TeleSur - April 06, 2019
The sanctions, according to Washington, will be placed on 34 ships operated by Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.
The Government of Venezuela sternly rejects the new sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic, announced by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which targets the transportation of oil shipment between Venezuela and Cuba.
April 04, 2019
Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death'
By TeleSur - April 04, 2019
Since its defeat at the National Constituent Assembly election, the Venezuelan right has been organizing violent street acts as a substitute for its lack of popular support, the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister said from Damascus.

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
By The Real News Network - YouTube - April 04, 2019
Greg Wilpert discusses Venezuela's economic crisis and its underlying factors.

Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account.

Rejecting Demand to Leave Venezuela, Russia's Lavrov Says 'Whole World Dotted' With US Soldiers
By Eoin Higgins - Common Dreams - April 04, 2019
Pointing to "the map of the U.S. military bases" around the world as evidence of American imperialism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday his country has no plans to remove the small number of troops it has stationed in Venezuela despite Trump administration demands to withdraw.

Venezuela and Russia Work on Schemes to Break US Blockade
By TeleSur - April 04, 2019
During the XIV High Level Business Commission Forum in Moscow, Russia, representatives of the Venezuelan and Russian government are working on new ways to circumvent a U.S. imposed blockade which is seeking to isolate Venezuela both, financially and economically.
April 03, 2019
Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
By Andre Vltchek - Mint Press News - April 03, 2019
'All three countries stood at the vanguard of promoting and fighting with determination for such concepts as "pan-Africanism", "pan-Arabism" and Patria Grande - essentially Latin American independence and unity.'

Guaido's Parliamentary Immunity Revoked as Maduro Sacks Electricity Minister
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - April 03, 2019
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted the parliamentary immunity of the self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him.

China Slams Reports of Sending Troops to Venezuela as Fiction
By TeleSur - April 03, 2019
The Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that all reports claiming Beijing sent troops to Venezuela are untrue.

Venezuela Leaves OAS April 27, Trump 'Runs Over' Member States
By TeleSur - April 03, 2019
Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations and alternative representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada, says that his nation will leave the OAS April 27 in defiance of the "racist 'Monroe Doctrine'" and United States President Donald Trump's continued attempts to "run over the countries of the continent" with the help of OAS leadership.
April 02, 2019
Beijing Denies Sending Troops To Venezuela
By Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - April 02, 2019
It doesn't appear last Friday's strong warning from national security adviser John Bolton for countries "external to the Western Hemisphere" to keep their militaries out of Venezuela had the intended effect. Bolton's and other White House statements saying "Russia has to get out" came following Russian Air Force planes landing in Caracas with about 100 troops, which the Kremlin said were there as "specialists" servicing existing defense equipment contracts.

US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela
By TeleSur - April 02, 2019
More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country.

Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis - Thanks to a US-backed coup
By The Grayzone - YouTube - April 02, 2019

While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis, after a 2009 US-backed right-wing coup destabilized the country. Lucy Pagoada speaks about the resistance to imperialism.

Why Moscow Sent Its Military Personnel to Venezuela
By Vladimir Frolov - The Moscow Times - April 02, 2019
While Russia is under no obligation to defend Venezuela (although state-owned Rosneft has about $9 billion invested there), the country is important to the Kremlin's narrative of Russia's return to the global stage as a great power that shapes a new multi-polar world order and has the capability to check destabilizing American unilateralism.

Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power
By TeleSur - April 02, 2019
Maduro's stay in power has Washington as well as various regional neighbor countries worried about the situation. It seems that Venezuela's neighbors followed a false promise to get rid off the Venezuelan President rather quickly. According to the report, allies of the U.S. are disappointed with the result and are now questioning their decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim president.

Russia Opens Military Center in Venezuela, Defying U.S. Threats
By Tom O'Connor - Newsweek - April 02, 2019
Russia continues to defy the U.S. in Venezuela as one of Russia's largest state-run holding conglomerates opens a helicopter training center in an undisclosed location within the country. The U.S., meanwhile, continues to threaten Moscow, calling for it to leave the socialist-led Latin American country while Washington and its allies seek regime change.

Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Removes Guaido's Immunity
By TeleSur - April 02, 2019
The ANC-ratified decision was made following a request issued by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on Monday.
The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela approved on Tuesday a decree to lift parliamentary immunity and the continuation of the prosecution of self-proclaimed opposition deputy, Juan Guaido.
April 01, 2019
'What kind of a dictatorship is this?' Max Blumenthal on Venezuela cops protecting coup leader
By RT - April 01, 2019
US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, came to Caracas seeking to be arrested, but the provocation failed and he ended up being guarded by police from an angry mob, investigative journalist Max Blumenthal told RT.

In 1999, it was Yugoslavia in the crosshairs of the imperialists, now it's Venezuela
By Neil Clark - RT - April 01, 2019
Momir Bulatovic, the prime minister of Yugoslavia in March 1999, called the bombing "a crime which only grows in significance". He pointed out that it was the first step in a still ongoing war against other countries. He and subsequent speakers, (myself included), noted that since 1999 we've had US-led attacks on a series of independently-minded, strategically important and resource-rich sovereign states, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, while others, such as Iran and Venezuela have been subject to intense economic warfare. Each time we're encouraged to see these conflicts as 'stand-alones' with the leader of the target state demonized, usually as the 'New Hitler,' and someone who 'must be stopped', but actually they are all part of the same war. A war for empire and the global hegemony of the US and rapacious international finance capital.

Nicolas Maduro: Electric Coup D'éTat Is in Full Swing
By TeleSur - April 01, 2019
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced on Monday that "an electrical power coup is in full swing", which purpose is to plunge the country into destabilization by taking the electricity and water services from the population.

Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid
By Lucas Koerner - Venezuelanalysis - April 01, 2019
Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."

Official Statement of the Caribbean Studies Association on the Venezuela Situation
By Caribbean Studies Association - April 01, 2019
"Therefore, we defend the respect for territorial integrity, the recognition of political pluralism in its diversity, and the democratic coexistence of the Venezuelan people. Encouraging a confrontation will only negatively impact the life and well-being of the people. In that context, we express concern for the continued sanctions and suffering of the people of Venezuela. The practices of encounter, dialogue, negotiation and agreement have never been so relevant as today. Now it is of the outmost importance to respect the democratic rights of all the people."

Venezuelan Justice Ratifies Precautionary Measures For Guaido
By TeleSur - April 01, 2019
The actions include the prohibition to leave the country, prohibition to sell property goods, freezing of bank accounts or any other financial instruments in Venezuelan territory and a fine of 200 tax units for contempt, regarding the Jan. 29, 2019 judgment.

Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Reconstructing the History of the Blackouts Tormenting Venezuela
By Misión Verdad - The Grayzone - April 01, 2019
While Venezuela's government and the Chavista movement proclaimed victory over the worst blackouts to plague the country, Washington's coup masters have promised more darkness until their goals are complete.

Turkey to continue its support of Venezuela's Maduro
By Ahval News - April 01, 2019
Turkey will continue to lend its support to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and intends to deepen cooperation with Venezuela despite U.S. pressure, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said on Monday.

Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out
By Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - April 01, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the implementation of a national electricity rationing plan as rolling blackouts enter their sixth day in the South American country.

Maradona Dedicates Soccer Win to Venezuelan President Maduro
By TeleSur - April 01, 2019
As technical director of the Sinaloa Dorados soccer team in Mexico, famed former player Diego Maradona dedicates Dorado victory to Maduro, jabs at Trump.
March 31, 2019
Stop interfering in Venezuela, Russia warns US
By Eyewitness News - March 31, 2019
MOSCOW - Russia on Saturday warned Washington to stop interfering in the stand-off between Venezuela's government and the opposition movement, and once again defended its decision to send personnel to the country.

Venezuela's Govt Extends Suspension of School Activities
By TeleSur - March 31, 2019
The Venezuelan government announced Sunday that school activities will be suspended for a longer period of time across the country as a result of the recent attacks against the electric system that have caused another blackout.

Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela's Electric System
By Gustavo Villapol and VTV - Global Research - March 30, 2019
"A confession from [America's] puppet pointing to evidence," said journalist Gustavo Villapol Wednesday, noting that the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt Juan Guaidó confessed to be behind the attacks perpetrated against the National Electric Service (SEN) that have affected the Venezuelan people since last March 7.

Vietnam to Venezuela: US Interventionism and the Failure of the Left
By Adolph Reed Jr. - Common Dreams - March 30, 2019
The modern U.S. empire has run roughshod over the interests and desires of foreign nations and their people for more than a century, but that history should call for pause as the bipartisan interventionist consensus gears up once again, this time in an effort to topple the legitimately elected government of Venezuela

Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos'
By John McEvoy - The Canary - March 30, 2019
Most journalists who come to Caracas stay in the affluent east of the city, shielded from Venezuelan reality behind the walls of their expensive hotels; behind their imperialist analysis of the country. The Canary, meanwhile, has spent two weeks in Venezuela with one of the country's notorious colectivos.

'Are You a Monster Too?' Melania Trump Slammed Over Photo Op With Guaido's Wife
By Sputnik News - March 30, 2019
US First Lady Melania Trump has found herself on the receiving end of Twitter users' wrath over a photo op with Juan Guaido's spouse Fabiana Rosales following their private meeting at the Mar-a-Lago retreat in South Florida last week.

US Surveillance on Venezuela Up by 800%: Defense Minister
By TeleSur - March 30, 2019
Venezuelan Defense Minister Padrino questioned mainstream media silence while the U.S. seeks to violate the country's sovereignty.
The United States intelligence activities have increased by 800% at Venezuela's borders while international media has focused on the "scandal" of Venezuelan and Russian military cooperation, Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Friday.

Venezuelans Marches in Defense of Freedom and Peace
By TeleSur - March 30, 2019
The Venezuelan government has said that the country's electric grid faced multiple attacks by right-wing groups aiming to cause chaos in the country in support of the U.S.-backed opposition.
Venezuela was holding a large mobilization Saturday, called "The Popular Operation in Defense of Freedom" in rejection of the neoliberal attacks led by the United States against the country and its elected government which have deepened in recent weeks.

How War Criminal Elliott Abrams Orchestrated the 2007 Hamas-Fateh Palestinian Civil War
By TeleSur - March 30, 2019
Elliott Abrams, the convicted war criminal behind many U.S. interventionist policies, was also behind the coup against a democratically elected Hamas in Palestine in 2007.
March 29, 2019
US is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention
By Eva Bartlett - RT - March 29, 2019
America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state's ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. Alongside the economic war there has been a steady propaganda war, but in recent months, the propaganda has escalated dramatically, from corporate media to US political figures.

Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years?
By TeleSur - March 29, 2019
Besides acting against the Venezuela's Constitution, the U.S.-backed politician received funds from irregular sources and lied about it.
Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office for 15 years over irregularities in his financial activities.

Guaido Set to Enact Uprising Rooted in US Regime-Change Operations Manual
By Whitney Webb - Mintpress News - March 29, 2019
Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed "interim president of Venezuela" who is supported by the United States government, recently announced coming "tactical actions" that will be taken by his supporters starting April 6 as part of "Operation Freedom," an alleged grassroots effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

A Great Project for South American Sovereignty is Destroyed, But the Fight for a Multipolar World Continues
By Tom Stanford - Counterpunch - March 29, 2019
In 2008, Venezuela was one of the main instigators of a new structure, the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, aimed at uniting and integrating South America as an independent bloc of truly sovereign countries. Today, the organisation is in ruins.

Chinese Aid Arrives in Venezuela
By TeleSur - March 29, 2019
China delivered 65 tons of medicine and supplies to Venezuela Thursday as a result of a strategic cooperation between the two countries. The delivery of aid is one of many, according to government officials.

Trump adviser warns Russia on military presence in Venezuela
By Reuters - Trust - March 29, 2019

US To Respond Shortly To Russia Over Venezuela, 'Russians Will Pay Price' - Abrams
By Muhammad Irfan - Urdu Point - March 29, 2019
US Special Representative Elliott Abrams said in an interview on Friday that Russia will "pay a price" for its military presence in Venezuela, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is already looking at possible options.

The Other Venezuela
By Alborada/Redfish - March 29, 2019
A 15 minute documentary, produced by Alborada for Redfish, shows a reality of Venezuela that is absent from the mainstream coverage.

The mainstream media has been obsessed with Venezuela for weeks, and not in a good way. Its infatuation with the "humanitarian crisis" and opposition has left Venezuelans who defend their country's sovereignty and elected government being ignored.

Venezuela Denounces Attacks to Electrical System Before UN Security Council
By TeleSur - March 29, 2019
"Terrorist activities against Venezuela are planned, instigated, executed and financed, with resources that have been stolen from the nation as part of a campaign of aggression that supported by foreign powers, whose policies and practices represent a threat to world peace and security," said Moncada in an open debate of the Security Council on preventing and combating the financing of terrorism.
March 28, 2019
No TYT, There is no Progressive Case For US Imperialism II
By Patreon - March 28, 2019
If you haven't already read part 1 where I debunk the first 8 minutes, here is part 1: While I was recently critiquing Pilar Marrero's appearance on TYT, I tried to do a twitter thread debunking most of her other claims on Twitter. But, this claim requires a little bit more than 280 characters to explain the timeline. First of all, if you haven't already listened to it, listen to my chat with Mike Prysner. We cover how the Venezuelan constitution was formed and how it was a real people's constitution.

U.S. orders foreign firms to further cut down on oil trades with Venezuela
By Julia Payne, Dmitry Zhdannikov - Reuters - March 28, 2019

Venezuela: Guaido Barred from Public Office as Maduro Announces Temporary Electricity Rationing
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - March 28, 2019
Self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office for fifteen years following a ruling by Venezuela's Ombudsman Elvis Amoroso. Amoroso based his ruling on alleged financial irregularities from the National Assembly President, claiming that he has held 91 unauthorised foreign trips worth US $160,000 which "no public servant salary can justify." He also ordered the tax agency to investigate all of Guaido's expenses.

South African Alliance Gathers to Show Solidarity to Venezuela
By TeleSur - March 28, 2019
The Gauteng Province Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Khawe, welcomed Wednesday Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to "the Solidarity Assembly with Venezuela" and condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's sanctions against the Latin American country.

Russia to keep forces in Venezuela 'as long as needed' despite US call for removal
By - March 28, 2019
Russia says it will keep the roughly 100 servicemen it sent to Venezuela over the weekend, despite the US call for their removal. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that the forces would remain in the Latin American country "for as long as needed."

US lecturing Russia to 'keep out of Western Hemisphere' is hubris & hypocrisy on steroids
By Robert Bridge - RT - March 28, 2019
With US military assets scattered to the four corners of the planet, and entrenched on Russia's border, Washington believes the world is a playground that no other nation may enter. This is arrogance at its finest. Imagine how less complicated life would be if American statesmen only took the time to consult a world map before speaking publicly on global events.

Tensions rise between US, Russia and China over Venezuelan coup
By Bill Van Auken - - March 28, 2019
US imperialism is determined to wrest control of Venezuela's vast oil resources for the US-based energy monopolies and deny them to its global rivals, particularly China and Russia. To that end, it is prepared to starve the Venezuelan people and turn Latin America into a battlefield in a third world war.

Regime change ramp-up? Guaido announces Venezuela-wide 'tactical action' against Maduro
By Ivan Alvarado - Reuters/RT - March 28, 2019
US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has announced "tactical actions" by his supporters will begin next week after a nationwide protest, part of his "Operation Freedom" designed to topple President Nicolas Maduro.

US fuel prices rise amid Venezuela sanctions, higher oil prices
By John Siciliano - Washington Examiner - March 28, 2019
March 27, 2019
Russia throws down the gauntlet to US on Venezuela
By M. K. Bhadrakumar - Indian Punchline - March 27, 2019
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova acknowledged in Moscow on Tuesday that Russian "specialists" are indeed in Venezuela within the ambit of a 2001 military-technical cooperation agreement with Caracas. Zakharova underscored that Russia's bilateral military cooperation with Venezuela is in accordance with the latter's constitution and has legal underpinning, which "doesn't require any additional approval from the (opposition-controlled) National Assembly of Venezuela."

Trump: 'Russia Has to Get Out' of Venezuela
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - March 27, 2019
US President Donald Trump addressed the Venezuelan political crisis on Wednesday, issuing warnings against Russia and vowing once more that "all options are open."

Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela
By Steve Holland, Lesley Wroughton - Reuters - March 27, 2019

Fake Photos of Venezuelan Health Situation on Social Media: AFP
By TeleSur - March 27, 2019
A publication with ten photos that supposedly shows the health situation in Venezuela has been shared on Facebook but not all of the photos were taken in Venezuela and none of them are recent.

Sniper Rifle Took Out Venezuela's Hydroelectric Plant: Maduro
By TeleSur - March 27, 2019
The recent attack on Venezuela's Simon BolIvar Hydroelectric Plant was likely triggered by a sniper rifle, said Bolivarian President Nicolas Maduro during a televised notice on Wednesday.

Germany Won't Recognize Guaido's Envoy as Ambassador
By TeleSur - March 27, 2019
A German government's written response leaked Wednesday states that the European country will not recognize the opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido's envoy to Berlin as Venezuela's ambassador despite having recognized Guaido as "interim president" of the country after his self-declaration.
March 26, 2019
Press TV's exclusive interview with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza
By PressTV - YouTube - March 26, 2019

Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power?
By Federico Fuentes - Green Left - March 26, 2019
For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own.

Venezuela, US Solidarity, and the Future of Socialism
By Steve Striffler – Common Dreams - March 26, 2019
The US left's failure to build solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution has opened the way for right-wing efforts to delegitimize Maduro and justify US intervention.

Pathological Deceit: The NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors
By Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz - FAIR - March 26, 2019
After debunking Washington's lies about the burning of "humanitarian aid" trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined "'It is Unspeakable': How Maduro Used Cuban Doctors to Coerce Voters" (3/17/19).

China Takes on U.S. Over Venezuela After Russia Sends Troops: It's Not Your 'Backyard'
By Tom O'Connor - Newsweek - March 26, 2019
Asked about these developments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a press briefing Tuesday that "countries in the Western Hemisphere, including Latin American countries, are all sovereign states," so "they have the right to determine their own foreign policy and their way to engage in mutually beneficial cooperation with countries of their own choosing."

The Time for Peace Is Now: An Interview with José Alejandro Delgado
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - March 26, 2019
Young Venezuelan singer José Alejandro Delgado talks to VA about the current struggle for peace and the role artists should play.

Venezuela, US Solidarity, and the Future of Socialism
By Steve Striffler - Common Dreams - March 26, 2019
Despite committed work by relatively isolated intellectuals and activists, too many social democrats in the US—willing to attack Trump on almost anything else–have either remained relatively quiet or (worse) largely accepted the premises of his imperialist foreign policy

Venezuela: New Widespread Power Outage as Gov't Denounces Alleged Attacks
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - March 26, 2019
Venezuela suffered another widespread power outage on Monday, with authorities claiming a "double attack" against the country's main hydroelectric dam took place. Both alleged attacks against the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant, known as the Guri Dam, affected as many as 16 of Venezuela's 23 states.

Hypocrites Much? US Government to Assess Russian 'Influence' in Venezuela
By TeleSur - March 26, 2019
The "Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act" is a bi-partisan legislation introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), which would require for the U.S. State Department to provide a threat assessment and strategic approach for dealing with Russia's military cooperation in Venezuela. The bill now must be passed by the Senate and then be signed by Donald Trump to become law. Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza criticized the U.S. position asserting that "such cynicism that a country with more than 800 military bases around the world, much of them in Latin America, and a growing military budget of more than US$700 billion, intends to interfere with the military-technical cooperation program between Russia and Venezuela."

Russia's Lavrov to US: Your Venezuelan Coup Violates UN Charter
By TeleSur - March 26, 2019
According to Russia's foreign ministry website Lavrov told Pompeo: "Washington's attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and (U.S.) threats against the legitimate government are in violation of the UN Charter." The foreign minister went on to say that the U.S. is conducting "undisguised interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state."

Venezuela Gov't Reports Gradual Restoration of Electric Service
By TeleSur - March 26, 2019
Venezuelan Minister of Communication Jorge Rodríguez said the fire brigades came to the country's main electric plant Guri to put out the fire attack that took place the night before.

None so blind...
By Raffique Shah - March 26, 2019
I find it incomprehensible that supposedly-intelligent persons, many of whom have been around for as long as I have, and who ought to know the bloody history of American interventions in the politics of Latin American countries, routinely regurgitate the propaganda emanating from Washington by referring to Venezuela's besieged president Nicholas Maduro as an "evil dictator".

Russia's Lavrov to US: Your Venezuelan Coup Violates UN Charter
By TeleSur - March 26, 2019
According to Russia's foreign ministry website Lavrov told Pompeo: "Washington's attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and (U.S.) threats against the legitimate government are in violation of the UN Charter." The foreign minister went on to say that the U.S. is conducting "undisguised interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state."

Venezuela Suspends Work, Schools Amid New Blackout
By TeleSur - March 26, 2019
Vice President Rodriguez also explained that the national electric system "suffered [on Monday] two terrorist attacks carried out by violent people who sow anxiety in the population as a way of achieving their destabilizing ends."
March 25, 2019
'Akin to a Tripwire': Russian Troops in Venezuela Complicate U.S. Regime Change Plans
By Eoin Higgins - Common Dreeams - March 25, 2019
The Russian move may stymie, or at least slow, U.S. efforts to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

Venezuela Denounces New Attack On Its National Electric System
By TeleSur - March 25, 2019
This time, as Venezuela's officials stated, all the countermeasure mechanisms implemented by President Nicolas Maduro performed flawlessly.

R. Gonsalves Criticizes Trump's Failed Bid to Isolate Venezuela
By TeleSur - March 25, 2019
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the meetings between the United States President Donald Trump and some Caribbean leaders are "troubling." Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet; President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness; Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse and Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Minnis met with the U.S. President.

Over $30 billion of Venezuela's assets stolen on 'Trump's orders' - official
By RT - March 25, 2019
More than US$30 billion were illegally diverted from Venezuela in two months, the country's communications and information minister has revealed, accusing the US of orchestrating the operation.

Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops: reports
By Reuters - March 24, 2019

Gonsalves calls Caribbean leaders' meeting with Trump 'troubling'
By Katrina King - Barbados Today - March 24, 2019
While referring to the actions of the US as "a creeping coup d'etat" against a legitimate government, Gonsalves said that CARICOM will not fall victim to the entrapping of others. "We in CARICOM have to be very alive to the mischief that some persons may be up to, to seek to divide us in a manner which we ought not to be divided and therefore reduce the extent of our work," he contended.
March 23, 2019
Venezuela Presents Evidence of Anti-Bolivarian Terrorism
By TeleSur - March 23, 2019
The government of Venezuela announced the dismantling of a series of violent operations that were intended to be carried out in the country by mercenaries and assassins who entered the Venezuelan territory within the last few weeks.

Trump Official Boasts Crippling US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Like Darth Vader's Death Grip
By Ben Norton - The Grayzone - March 23, 2019
Trump administration officials are now publicly boasting about how their sanctions are suffocating Venezuela, comparing them to the iron grip of the diabolical villain of Star Wars. The menacing language comes at the same time when the United States is overseeing a coup attempt in the oil-rich country, which the Trump White House claims is aimed at protecting "human rights."

Trump's sanctions kill Venezuelan people. Why can't UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet 'fully acknowledge' that?
By Joe Emersberger - The Canary - March 23, 2019
On 20 March, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made a statement about Venezuela. Unfortunately, her statement contained factual inaccuracies and failed to take into full account the deadly impact sanctions are having on the country.
Firstly, economic sanctions were first imposed in March 2015 by the Obama administration, not in 2017. Obama declared a fraudulent "national emergency" that claimed Venezuela was an "extraordinary threat" to the United States. Obama sold the sanctions as being "targeted" by making it illegal to deal with high ranking Venezuelan government officials. As US economist Mark Weisbrot pointed out, there is no way to "target" such officials without making investors afraid to deal with the entire government.
Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist
By Alan MacLeod - FAIR - March 23, 2019
The Trump administration seems to have found their man in National Assembly leader and self-appointed president of Venezuela Juan Guaidó. Guaidó has been extremely attentive to US interests, promising to allow US oil companies to increase their activity in Venezuela. He has also pledged mass privatizations and harsh rounds of austerity, as FAIR contributor Ben Norton reported (Mint Press News, 1/24/19). Having met with and secured the support of the Trump administration before he acted, the previously unknown 35-year-old emerged as a prominent opponent of the leftist government, championed by right-wing nations in the region keen to see the end of President Nicolás Maduro's administration.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne comments on Caribbean Leaders meeting with Trump: "Money Diplomacy or Bribery?"
By Gaston Browne - Facebook - March 23, 2019
Money diplomacy or bribery? Caricom must continue its sustaining position, by standing on principle without inducements, or fear of reprisals. I feel embarrassed for those weak-minded leaders, who allowed themselves to be used, by carrying out the agenda of others. To quote the late, Sir Eric Williams, "Caricom must not become the plaything of others." Evidently, there are some who are determined to undermine Caricom solidarity and to relegate the region to an object of history. The irony about all this, OPIC is already operating in these countries and China offers better credit terms: real developmental loans over 20 years, at 2% interest, with a five year. Might is right and ignorance is bliss!

'Promising talks' Jamaica's PM describes meeting with President Trump
By Jamaica Observer - March 23, 2019
FLORIDA, USA (CMC) – President Donald Trump yesterday held talks with leaders of four Caribbean countries, with Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness describing the meeting as "promising".

No Revolution Without Feminism: Weaving Together Venezuela's Feminist Movements
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - March 23, 2019
International Working Women's Day, March 8, landed this year in the midst of a complex scenario in Venezuela, with an ongoing coup attempt and a simmering threat of foreign intervention. Juan Guaidó, the latest opposition leader, swore himself in as "interim president" on January 23, a move that was followed by an escalated international aggression against Venezuela.

Inter-American Development Bank leaves China in Venezuela row
By Washington (AFP) - France 24 - March 23, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank said Friday its annual meeting would exit China after the United States led objections to Beijing's refusal to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative backed by Washington.
March 22, 2019
Venezuelans: 'We want to resolve our problems by ourselves'
By Federico Fuentes - The Green Left - March 22, 2019
In early March, together with freelance journalist Joe Montero and solidarity activist Lucho Riquelme, I went to Venezuela as part of a fact-finding mission coordinated by the Melbourne-based Latin American Solidarity Network. Unlike most journalists who cover Venezuela from the wealthy suburbs of eastern Caracas or Miami, United States, we ventured to Caracas's poorer neighbourhoods, the barrios. We also travelled to rural states such as Barinas and Apure, on the border with Colombia.

Russia Gives US Red Line on Venezuela
By Finian Cunningham - Strategic Culture - March 22, 2019
At a high-level meeting in Rome this week, it seems that Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US – Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied.

PM dismisses Trump meeting snub talk - We've never stood taller
By Gail Alexander - - March 22, 2019
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley refuted allegations that Trinidad and Tobago was blanked from a meeting with US president Donald Trump. Speaking at "But we've never stood taller or stood prouder. If it is we're being 'blanked' or 'snubbed' for steadfastly standing for the principles of the United Nations Charter, history will absolve us," he said, detailing the Charter's principles to which T&T has been a signatory since 1962.

Venezuela Crude Exports Hurt By U.S. Sanctions, But No Imminent Collapse
By HFIR - Seeking Alpha - March 22, 2019
While the data shows that Venezuela's crude exports will move to sub ~1 mb/d for March, and exports to the US will gravitate towards zero. The volume is simply being shifted from the US to China and India.

US Sanctions Venezuelan Bank After Guaido Aide Accused of Leading 'Terrorist Cell'
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - March 22, 2019
The US Treasury imposed sanctions against the Venezuelan Economic and Social Development Bank (BANDES) on Friday. The move came as a response to the arrest of Roberto Marrero, self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido's chief of staff, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory'
By TeleSur - March 22, 2019
The United States received a blow as it seeks to, yet again, increase sanctions on Venezuela and justify a forced departure of the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced, on Twitter, a democratic victory for the Bolivarian Republic after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal) resolution.

Venezuela national soccer coach offers to resign after meeting Guaido envoy
By Reuters - March 22, 2019
March 21, 2019
Barbados reiterates call for non-interference in Venezuela – calls for Caribbean to be zone of peace
By - March 21, 2019
Barbados has reiterated the need for the Caribbean to remain a zone of peace and insisted that only the Venezuelans could decide on the future of the South American country even as President Donald Trump was gearing for a meeting with selective Caribbean leaders on Friday on the economic and political developments in Venezuela.

PM: Trump's meeting is about Venezuelan regime change
By Loop News - March 21, 2019
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley refuted allegations that Trinidad and Tobago was blanked from a meeting with US president Donald Trump. Speaking at Thursday's post-Cabinet briefing, Dr Rowley said Trinidad and Tobago 'has never stood taller and prouder', adding that Trump can invite whoever he wants. Trump invited The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia - the countries who voted for a resolution by the Organisation of American States (OAS) denying Maduro's presidency - to discuss China and Venezuela, among other issues at a meeting at Mar-a-Lago on March 22, 2019. Dr Rowley said the meeting, which will be attended by members of the Lima Group, surrounds regime change.

Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt
By TeleSur - March 21, 2019
Intelligence services have dismantled a "terrorist cell" that planned to attack and destabilize Venezuela, Minister of Interior Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol announced Thursday. Roberto Marrero Borgas, alleged "chief of staff" for self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido, was arrested in the police operation, the official said.

Reliance sends fuel from India, Europe to Venezuela to sidestep U.S. sanctions
By Nidhi Verma and Marianna Parraga - Reuters - March 21, 2019
India's Reliance Industries is selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to sidestep sanctions that bar U.S.-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA, according to trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data.

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela are affecting Caribbean nations' ability to pay for oil
By Jacqueline Charles - - March 21, 2019
Caribbean leaders say the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S., including those in January on financial transfers linked to the sale of Venezuelan oil in the United States, are having an adverse impact on everything from fuel supply to debt payments to stability in the region.

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold after Caracas misses buyback deadline due to US asset grab
By Lesley Wroughton, Roberta Rampton - Reuters - March 21, 2019
The United States on Thursday threatened to pull out of the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in China next week if Beijing refuses to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend.

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold after Caracas misses buyback deadline due to US asset grab
By Marco Bello - Reuters - RT - March 21, 2019
Citigroup is reportedly preparing to sell gold bullion – which the Venezuelan Central Bank swapped for cash back in 2015 to keep the economy afloat and has now missed the deadline to buy back – and it wants to keep the change.

Caribbean Countries Reject Canada's Proposal To Undermine Petrocaribe
By Mision Verdad - - March 21, 2019
Canada tries to position Juan Guaidó in the Caribbean to the detriment of the constitutional government of Nicolás Maduro.
March 20, 2019
Caricom source thinks Trump out to split OAS vote
By - March 20, 2019
While Rowley wasn't on that invitation list, as word of Trump's meeting was announced by the White House yesterday, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello held discussions with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at her Port-of-Spain office.

US Imposes New Sanctions as Venezuelan Government Denounces Takeover of Diplomatic Offices
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - March 20, 2019
The US Treasury Department sanctioned the Venezuela General Mining Company, known as Minerven, and its president, Adrian Perdomo, on Tuesday. The move blocks all eventual assets in the US in which Minerven and Perdomo hold more than 50 percent of shares, and also blocks all US persons and companies from dealing with them.

Ex-UN Human Rights Expert Blasts 'Manipulation' on Venezuela: 'We Are Swimming in an Ocean of Lies'
By Ben Norton - The Grayzone - March 20, 2019
A former United Nations human rights expert and top legal scholar has harshly criticized the international body's reporting on Venezuela, calling it "unprofessional," politicized, and unfairly slanted in favor of the country's right-wing opposition. "We are swimming in an ocean of lies," explained Alfred de Zayas.

Venezuela: US Withholds $5 Billion for Medicines
By TeleSur - March 20, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced on Wednesday that the U.S. Government is withholding US$5 billion dollars from Venezuela, which are meant to purchase supplies to manufacture medicines.

T&T blanked as Trump invites Caribbean leaders to meeting
By Trinidad Express - March 20, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump has invited the leaders of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia to his Florida resort on Friday to discuss Chinese "predatory economic practices" and the crisis in Venezuela. Also to be discussed is security cooperation and potential opportunities for energy investment, the White House said in a statement issued on Tuesday. No invitation was extended to Trinidad and Tobago.

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