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Venezuela's Coup 2019 - Feb 10-28

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February 28, 2019
Venezuela: US Resolution Fails at UNSC as Guaido Vows to Re-enter Country
By Ricardo Vaz - February 28, 2019
The US resolution called for the start of a process leading to "free, fair and credible elections," as well as for "unhindered access and delivery of assistance" in Venezuela. The resolution had 9 votes in favor, 3 abstentions and 3 votes against, with China and Russia exercising their veto powers.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Denounces US Intervention in Venezuela
By TeleSur - February 28, 2019
"We're sending humanitarian aid in the guise of eventually invading this country and the people of the country don't want us there," she said.

The CIA's View of Venezuela: What We Learn from Archives
By T.J. Coles, TeleSur - February 27, 2019
CIA public archives show the objective of U.S. policymakers, regardless of the political party, is to monitor the activities of foreign nations, particularly resource-rich ones.

Lula: Brazil 'Cannot Submit to US Imperialism' in Venezuela
By TeleSur English - February 27, 2019
In a letter penned from prison, former president Lula Da Silva says that the U.S. and Brazil shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. He also criticized the U.S. blockade as a 'dirty trick'.

Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
By Venezuelanalysis.com - February 27, 2019
February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid."

The Holes in Jorge Ramos' Story About His Clash with Nicolas Maduro
By Alexander Rubinstein - February 27, 2019
Univision's Ramos claims that his belongings were confiscated and his phone was wiped. Miraculously enough, and conveniently for Ramos' story, the footage that allegedly enraged Maduro survived.

Italy Fears For Gold Reserves As UK Seizes Venezuelan Gold
By TeleSar - February 26, 2019
Following the law of unintended consquences, Italian lawmakers are taking action in response to the Bank of England's unjustified refusal to return Venezuela's gold. Reacting to the Bank of England's withholding around US$1.56 billion in gold reserves from Venezuela, the Italian Chamber of Deputies member Claudio Borghi suggested that the Italian state's ownership of its own gold reserves be more clearly defined in a new law.

US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action
By Paul Dobson - February 26, 2019
Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."

Brazil will not allow US to use its territory to invade Venezuela: Vice president
By Reuters - February 26, 2019
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Monday (Feb 25) that under no circumstances would his country allow the United States to intervene militarily in Venezuela from Brazilian territory.

UN Senior Official Seeks Dialogue in Venezuela Ahead of UNSC Meeting
By TeleSar - February 26, 2019
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed insisted Tuesday on the need for the Venezuelan government and the opposition to negotiate, avoid politicizing humanitarian aid and to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. The United States has also called for a special Security Council meeting.
February 25, 2019
The Banality of Empire
By Kenn Orphan - February 25, 2019
This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump's nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American imperialism (she said "no one disputes" that the US goal has always been to support democracy and defend human rights), she did bring up the role of the US in the massacres in El Salvador in the 1980s. Massacres in which Abrams is implicated. It was also instructive in that it provided a visual to how deeply debased the American political landscape actually is.

Venezuela: EU Spurns Violent Intervention for Peaceful Solution
By TeleSur - February 25, 2019
The European Union is urging the world to abandon a "militarized intervention" into Venezuela, calling for dialogue to develop a "peaceful, political, and democratic" solution to the nation's domestic political differences.

The Global Left and the Danger of a Dirty War in Venezuela
By Lucas Koerner – Mint Press News - February 25, 2019
Lucas Koerner warns that the Global North "left" critique of "authoritarianism" in Venezuela serves as ideological cover for the current coup and impending dirty war pushed by Washington.

China Wants 'Constructive' Help For Venezuela
By TeleSur - February 25, 2019
China "hopes the international community can provide constructive help to Venezuela under the precondition of respecting Venezuela's sovereignty," said Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Chile Senators Call Piñera's Trip to Colombia for Venezuela Aid 'Foolish'
By TeleSur - February 25, 2019
"In 20 years, when the CIA declassifies this coup operation (in Venezuela) will we know what Trump offered Piñera to make a fool of himself for this trip, leaving Chile and the southern forest fires abandoned," said Navarro Monday during an interview.

Venezuela's 23F: A Collective Victory for a Collective Future
By Chris Gilbert - February 25, 2019
As the opposition's latest attempt to oust Maduro seems to be failing, Chris Gilbert asks: What makes it so hard to replace Chávez and now Maduro?

The real humanitarian aid: Inside Venezuela's state-subsidized communal markets
By The Grayzone, YouTube - February 24, 2019

The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk the "humanitarian crisis" lie spread by corporate media.

Burning Aid: An Interventionist Deception on Colombia-Venezuela Bridge?
By Max Blumenthal - February 24, 2019
Sen. Marco Rubio and coup leaders claim the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. But all available evidence points in the opposite direction.

Twitter Rejects Rubio's 'Not-So-Subtle' Death Threat to Maduro
By TeleSur - February 24, 2019
A morbid and scantily veiled death threat directed at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by U.S. Congressman Marco Rubio has triggered harsh criticism from across the web Sunday.

Venezuela: Communication Minister Shows Truth of Border Violence
By TeleSur - February 24, 2019
On Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez revealed the truth of the violence on the Simon Bolivar-Venezuela border bridge. His revelations show the falsification of reports by mainstream media related to Saturday's violence.

Peoples' Assembly in Caracas to Begin Sunday
By TeleSur - February 24, 2019
More than 400 members of different political and social organizations are in Caracas, Venezuela to gather for the International Peoples' Assembly. The event will take place in the Venezuelan capital on Sunday, Feb. 24, in order to debate, articulate and deepen international solidarity and the fight against U.S. interference in Venezuela.

Staged chaos at Venezuelan border
By TeleSur, YouTube - February 24, 2019

Snapshot | Trucks with USAID boxes were set on fire on Venezuela's border to create fake news and justify U.S. military intervention.
February 23, 2019
Canadian 'aid' to Venezuela part of plan to overthrow government
By Yves Engler - February 23, 2019
If more people understood that "aid" often goes hand in hand with military intervention there would be less uncritical support for it.

Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border
By TeleSur - February 23, 2019
According to witnesses, violent right-wing opposition members torched the trucks on the Colombian side with Molotov cocktails trying to incriminate Venezuelan security forces.

Colombian Red Cross Condemns Unauthorized Use of Its Symbol
By TeleSur - February 23, 2019
The international organization has urged these people "to stop doing this. They might mean well but they risk jeopardizing our neutrality, impartiality & independence."

Confront Imperialism and Don't Make Concessions: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 1)
By Cira Pascual Marquina - February 23, 2019
An important Latin American political theorist suggests that Marxism and Bolivarianism together represent the solution to the continental crisis.

Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia as Guaido Tries to Force Aid In
By Paul Dobson - February 23, 2019
Skirmishes broke out on the Colombian and Brazilian borders but efforts to bring in aid have so far been unsuccessful.

Venezuela Cuts Ties with Colombia As Maduro Declares 'Coup Has Failed'
By TeleSur - February 23, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke all "all diplomatic and politic relations" with Colombia Saturday, after stating that President Ivan Duque has supported a "foreign military invasion" against Venezuela.
February 22, 2019
An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup
By Empire Files - YouTube - February 22, 2019

On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN Investigator and Human Rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.

Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies?
By Timothy M. Gill - February 22, 2019
Yet, although the U.S. – through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – has flown food and medicinal provisions such as high-energy biscuits to the Colombian border with Venezuela, the Venezuelan government is refusing to allow these supplies into the country. Amid the crisis, this might appear to onlookers as gravely inconsiderate and deliberately cruel, at best.

Juan Guaido: A traitor to his people
By Jorge Ruiz Miyares - February 22, 2019
The self-proclaimed "Provisional President of Venezuela," Juan Guaidó, is an expert in dangerous actions, who -- in pursuit of his unending ambition -- will go down in history as a person that broke all the rules of decency and democracy.

US 'will arm Venezuela opposition': Russia
By Tom Balmforth, Reuters - February 22, 2019
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused the United States and its NATO allies of discussing how to arm the opposition in Venezuela and alleged Washington was deploying special forces and equipment near the South American nation.

US imports of 'sanctioned' Venezuelan oil surge fivefold
By RT - February 22, 2019
According to the Paris-based agency, imports of crude from Venezuela to the US amounted to 558,000 barrels per day during the week through February 15, compared to 117,000 barrels per day in the previous week. As of January 25, just days before US sanctions came into effect, American firms reportedly imported 587,000 barrels per day.
February 21, 2019
THE WAR ON VENEZUELA IS BUILT ON LIES
By John Pilger - February 21, 2019
In this analysis, John Pilger looks back over the Chavez years in Venezuela, including his own travels with Hugo Chavez, and the current US and European campaign to overthrow Nicolas Maduro in a 'coup by media' and to return Latin America to the 19th and 20th centuries.

'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'
By Ben Norton - February 21, 2019
Anti-war activists disrupted an event in Washington, DC featuring Carlos Vecchio, the illegitimate "US ambassador" appointed by Venezuela's right-wing coup regime and its Trump-selected leader Juan Guaidó. CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin walked on stage at the February 21 event and grabbed the mic: "These people are a fraud. They don't represent the Venezuelan people. They are representing the US-orchestrated coup," she said.

Investigating Venezuela's 'humanitarian crisis': Max Blumenthal tours a supermarket in Caracas
By The Grayzone, YouTube - February 21, 2019

The corporate media claimed Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal investigated—at a giant supermarket in Caracas.

Venezuela Announces Arrival of 7.5 Tons of Medicine
By TeleSur - February 21, 2019
The Venezuelan president met with representatives of the health sector, from Russia, Cuba and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), at the Miraflores Palace, to discuss how to strengthen Venezuela's health system. "Today, 7.5 tons of medicines are coming to Venezuela from Russia to continue equipping our country," Maduro stated, before adding that Venezuela has previously received 108,428 units of medicines, surgical equipment and other types of equipment.

Violence Erupts at Venezuelan-Brazilian Border Ahead of 'Aid' Deadline
By Ricardo Vaz - February 21, 2019
At least one person died and several were wounded in the Venezuelan town of Kumarakapay, on the border with Brazil.

Venezuela: Trade Unions Ratify Anti-Imperialist Stance
By Ricardo Vaz - February 21, 2019
Trade unions and political organizations reaffirmed their opposition to what they term an imperialist coup attempt while stressing the urgent demands of the Venezuelan people and working class.

San Agustín: Popular Power Striking Back Against the Coup and the Crisis
By Ricardo Vaz - February 21, 2019
VA's Ricardo Vaz visited the San Agustin barrio of Caracas and reports on the community's efforts to organise to fight back against the economic crisis.

Venezuela in Crisis: As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine
By Democracy Now! - February 21, 2019
DN! speaks to Vijay Prashad and Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodriguez about Donald Trump's doubling down on regime change in Venezuela and the disastrous humanitarian consequences of the US' siege.

February 20, 2019
US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains
By Gregory Shupak - February 20, 2019
Durán, who currently lives in Venezuela, is not one the Venezuelans who were loudly cheering 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.

The Wrong Kind of Venezuelan: Florida, Trump and the Racist, Classist Politics of Immigration and Empire
By Roberto Lovato - February 20, 2019
Durán, who currently lives in Venezuela, is not one the Venezuelans who were loudly cheering Donald Trump at his recent rally in Florida, one of the states where the overwhelming majority of Venezuelans identify as "white" in the most recent U.S. Census. Neither is Durán the kind of Venezuelan Republicans and even some Democrats have in mind as they push for ways to support the South Americans with legal instruments like political asylum or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty
By TeleSur - February 20, 2019
Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) headed a new episode of the massive March for Peace that filled the streets of Ciudad Bolivar, in the Bolivar state that borders with Brasil and Guyana.

Venezuela Suspends Flights, Closes Several Borders Amid Intervention Threats
By TeleSur - February 20, 2019
Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodríguez announced Wednesday the suspension of flights and closure of Venezuelan borders with the island of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire in response to the interventionist threats that the South American country is experiencing.

Inside the Neoliberal Laboratory Preparing for the Theft of Venezuela's Economy
By Justin Podur - February 20, 2019
As we watch a U.S.-backed coup unfold in a distant country, as in Venezuela today, our eyes are drawn to the diplomatic, military, and economic elements of the U.S. campaign. The picture of a scowling John Bolton with a big yellow notepad with the message "5,000 troops to Colombia" reveals the diplomatic and military elements. The New York Times headline "U.S. Sanctions Are Aimed at Venezuela's Oil. Its Citizens May Suffer First" reveals the economic element.

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel:
'Over Our Dead Bodies'

By Paul Dobson - February 20, 2019
Speaking at a press conference held in Caracas and flanked by commanders from all of the branches of the military, Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."

Venezuelan oil chief blames fire on opposition
The Associated Press - February 20, 2019

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela
By Lee Camp - February 19, 2019
So who is feeding the average American the idea that our involvement in Venezuela is about helping people? Only EVERY mainstream media channel in America—from MSNBC to Fox News to NPR to Bill fuckin' Maher. It's truly mind-numbing to watch so-called "liberals" march in lockstep with the likes of John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Donald Trump and every neocon not currently in a coma.

Regime Change We Can Believe In: The U.S. Agenda in Venezuela, Haiti, and Egypt (Audio)
By Intercepted - February 20 2019
The Trump administration has set a deadline of February 23 for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to bow down to the U.S. This week on Intercepted: U.S. military aircraft have landed in Colombia under the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid, as Trump vows to overthrow the government in Caracas. Venezuela scholar George Ciccariello-Maher and journalist Kim Ives discuss recent developments and examine the massive protests rocking Haiti's U.S.-backed president. The Intercept's Jon Schwarz details the bloody and murderous career of Elliott Abrams, the man now in charge of U.S.-Venezuela operations. And journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous explains the failed revolution in Egypt and outlines U.S.-backed dictator Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's plot to make himself president for life.

Financial blockade: Chronology of a strategy to destroy Venezuela
February 19, 2019
Sanctions against Venezuela are real and palpable mechanisms of destruction of the State, identity and, with it, of Venezuelan society. They form part of a war strategy based on the application of diverse resources and sophisticated tools of financial hegemony against fundamental nodes of national life. Although in Venezuela there are no bombs falling and no U.S. Marines are seen disembarking along the coasts, there is plenty of evidence of ongoing national and international aggression by corporate and political sectors.

February 18, 2019
Trump: Venezuelan Military Members Must Abandon Maduro or 'Lose Everything'
By Jason Ditz - February 18, 2019
Delivering another speech in support of Venezuela regime change during his visit to Miami on Monday, President Trump warned Venezuelan military members will "lose everything," and find "no safe harbor" anywhere in the world if they continue to defy US expectations.

US Media Ignore – and Applaud – Economic War on Venezuela
By Gregory Shupak - February 18, 2019

Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies amid Reports of Talks with Washington
By Paul Dobson - February 18, 2019
Amongst other planned activities, they were to meet with self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido while in Caracas. The EP and a number of European countries have followed the US in recognising Guaido as the legitimate president of the country.

Trump's Miami Speech High on Hyperbole Against Venezuela, Cuba
By TeleSur - February 18, 2019
Trump told the large Venezuelan congregation gathered at Miami's Florida International University, "A new day is coming to Latin America". "The end of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and in all parts of the world, not only in Venezuela but also in Nicaragua and Cuba," said Trump, who stressed his attack on socialism by defining it as an ideology "based on ignorance".

Trump Hits Venezuela with More Sanctions as US Military Planes Bring 'Aid'
US military airlifts 'humanitarian aid' to heated border
By Paul Dobson - February 18, 2019
The Trump administration announced new sanctions Friday targeting five high-profile figures in the Venezuelan government and security services. Likewise, US National Security Advisor John Bolton took to Twitter to threaten foreign firms dealing with PDVSA.

The Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan 'Lima Group' Policy and Its Nemesis
By Arnold August - February 18, 2019
The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in the U.S., Canada and other countries in the West. It is calm. There are no people starving to death, nor "civil war" violence as the media repeat. That is not to say that there is not an economic crisis, but this is largely caused by the crippling economic sanctions and threats that the U.S. has imposed on Venezuela over the last few years. The sanctions and threats began under Obama in March 2015 and were continued by Trump, the Justin Trudeau Liberal government and others.

Is Venezuela Canada's Modern Day El Dorado?
By Nino Pagliccia - February 18, 2019
Nino Pagliccia looks at the potential prize for Canada if they manage to oust Maduro

Venezuelan Opposition's Servitude to Foreign Interests Attacked
By TeleSur - February 17, 2019
Political analyst Jose Vicente Rangel hit out at the lack of self profile of the Venezuelan right, for carrying out its actions following foreign factors based on a strategy of aggression against the country.
February 15, 2019
How Much of Venezuela's Crisis is Really Maduro's Fault?
There are several factors for Venezuela's economic crisis, but you wouldn't know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner.

OAS Ambassador Slams US 'Pillage' of Venezuela
By TeleSur - February 15, 2019
"If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen," Moncada said in reference to the Venezuelan resources blocked by the U.S. government.

US military to ship Venezuela aid to Colombia
By AFP - February 15, 2019
The US military will transport some 200 tons of humanitarian aid to Colombia to help relieve the crisis in neighboring Venezuela, a US defense official said Friday.

When Considering Venezuela's Guaidó, Remember Victoria Nuland
By 21st Century Wire - February 15, 2019
As Washington's Secret Team continues to line-up its guns against the elected government led by Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela, it's worth reminding viewers of another recently executed regime change operation - a portion of which was caught on tape - where US State Department officials could be heard discussing their new hand-picked, post-coup government in the Ukraine.
February 14, 2019
Why Does the United States Want to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela?
By Vijay Prashad - February 14, 2019
A look at what drives the US to persist in its interventions–diplomatic, economic and military–against the Venezuelan government

Venezuela - Media Find Trump's Coup Plan Does Not Work
By Moon Of Alabama - February 14, 2019
On January 25, two days after Random Guyidó declared himself President of Venezuela, the lack of planing in the U.S. coup attempt was already obvious:

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now, Roberto Lovato - February 14, 2019
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela.

Statement by The Revolutionary Government. It is imperative to halt the imperialist military adventure against Venezuela
Havana - February 14, 2019
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns the escalation of pressures and actions of the US government in preparation for a military adventure under the guise of a ?humanitarian intervention? in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize in order to prevent its consummation.

Guaido 'Appoints' New Oil Executives as Trump Vows 'All Options on Table'
By Ricardo Vaz - February 14, 2019
Self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido announced he is naming new board members for state oil company PDVSA and its US subsidiary Citgo during a National Assembly session on Wednesday.

Facts Don't Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela's Elected President
By Joe Emersberger - February 14, 2019
The Miami Herald (2/8/19) reported, "Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro continues to reject international aid—going so far as to blockade a road that might have been used for its delivery." The "Venezuelan leader" reporter Jim Wyss referred to is Venezuela's elected president. In contrast, Wyss referred to Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's "interim president."
February 13, 2019
Yemen Nails US' Venezuela Lies
By Finian Cunningham - February 13, 2019
This week, the United Nations again reiterated desperate appeals for humanitarian intervention in the Arab country. Some 14 million people are on the brink of starvation, according to the UN. That is about half the country's population.
That truly enormous human disaster compares with the alleged number of 300,000 Venezuelans said to be at risk of malnutrition. That figure is unverified and is bandied about by the US-backed opposition. But let's take it as authentic for sake of argument. That equates to less than one per cent of the Venezuelan population.
The infernal, pandemic suffering in Yemen is barely reported by Western news media, save for the occasional report which is usually shorn of any meaningful context. Yet the situation is incomparably more urgent than what is occurring in Venezuela.

U.S. military intervention in Venezuela 'not an option': lawmaker
By Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu - February 13, 2019

Neoliberalism or Death: The U.S. Economic War Against Venezuela
The Intercept (Audio) - February 13, 2019
The U.S. is weaponizing humanitarian aid in an effort to sell its regime change campaign against Venezuela. This week on Intercepted: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially endorses the attempted coup in Venezuela, joining forces with Donald Trump and his posse of neoconservatives. Venezuela's Vice Foreign Minister Carlos Ron responds to the threats of military action and the reports about covert U.S. activity in the country. He also discusses the impact of the sanctions on Venezuela. Former United Nations rapporteur Alfred de Zayas is accusing the U.S. of attempting to "asphyxiate" Venezuela with economic warfare and says the U.S. should be investigated by the International Criminal Court. Zayas wrote a U.N. report on Venezuela in late 2018 that was scathing in its assessment of U.S. policy toward Venezuela under both Obama and Trump. He talks about what he found during his investigation. And we go inside the mind of journalist Sam Husseini, who tried to ask convicted criminal Elliott Abrams about his past and the present U.S. lies about Venezuela.

Rep. Omar and Trump's Venezuela Envoy Throw Down in Explosive Clash: Will You 'Look the Other Way' on Genocide?
By Julio Rosas - February 13, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams got into a heated exchange on Wednesday during a hearing on America's military role for Venezuela.
February 12, 2019
Venezuela and Disaster Capitalism
By Reinaldo Iturriza - February 12, 2019
Reinaldo Iturriza examines the current situation in Venezuela, as the Bolivarian Revolution comes under attack from the same neoliberal forces that fuelled its rise.

Controlling The Message, Controlling The World: From Vietnam to Venezuela
By Scott Patrick - February 12, 2019
In 1973, the Chilean Armed Forces–with support from the U.S. government, overthrew the democratically elected left-wing Unidad Popular (Popular Unity) administration of President Salvador Allende. Now, in 2019, another U.S.-backed coup is taking place in Latin America, this time against President Nicolas Maduro and the Chavismo movement.

There's Something Eerily Familiar About the West's Approach to Venezuela
By Robert Fisk - February 12, 2019
The closest I ever came to Venezuela, many years ago, was a transit connection at Caracas airport. I noticed a lot of soldiers in red berets and a clutch of goons, and it reminded me, vaguely, of the Middle East.
February 11, 2019
Red Cross, UN Slam 'Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela
By Paul Dobson - February 11, 2019
The International Red Cross has declined to participate in the Washington's controversial humanitarian aid plan to Venezuela, it was announced this weekend.

Venezuela: A Diplomatic Coup?
By Paul Dobson - February 11, 2019
VA's on-the-ground journalist Paul Dobson explains why Guaido's attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela.
February 10, 2019
SADC Condemns Intervention, Interference in Venezuela
telesur - February 10, 2019
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.

Russia Proposes Venezuelan 'Peaceful Measures' Initiative to UN
telesur - February 10, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hasn't shied-away from calling-on opposition forces to come to the negotiating table in a bid to engage in peaceful dialogue regarding the U.S.' attempted coup on the South American nation, and now Russia has suggested a new resolution to help Maduro protect the country's sovereignty against any possible foreign military intervention.

An open letter to the people of the U.S. from President Nicolás Maduro
By Nicolás Maduro - February 10, 2019
If I know anything, it is about the people, because just like you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I was forged in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am no tycoon; I am a worker of mind and heart. Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which Comandante Hugo Chávez forged starting in 1998, inspired by the legacy of Simón Bolivar.

Why I Hope Maduro Wins And North Korea Keeps Its Nukes
By Caitlin Johnstone - February 10, 2019
A second summit meeting for the US and North Korea is reportedly scheduled to take place in Vietnam at the end of the month. Expert opinions on where these negotiations are headed range from the insightful to the incredibly naive, with mainstream media consumers consistently finding themselves in the latter category. Trump supporters believe their president is going to pull off some Art of the Deal wizardry and convince Pyongyang to completely denuclearize, and mainstream Democrats believe Trump is being foolish, facilitating the nefarious agendas of an evil dictator. As happens with pretty much all US foreign policy issues these days, the picture is completely obscured by the mass media's obsessive fixation on Trump.

Pox Americana: Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, India, Mexico, Congo, and U.S. Hegemony
By Jeremy Scahill - February 10, 2019
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.

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