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Venezuela's Coup 2019 – May 30–Apr 13

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May 30, 2019
Venezuela Is a Case Study in the Brutality of U.S. Sanctions
By Gabe Levine-Drizin - In These Times - May 30, 2019
Sanctions are a violent tool of U.S. control. And now this tool is in Trump's hands.

Venezuela: Norway Talks End as Pence Telephones Guaido
By Lucas Koerner - Venezuelanalysis - May 30, 2019
The second round of dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition concluded in Oslo on Wednesday.

Oslo To Host New Round of Talks Between Venezuela, Opposition
By TeleSur - May 25, 2019
The Venezuelan government and the opposition will soon be reuniting for a second round of negotiations in Norway, said the Norwegian Foreign Ministry Saturday.

U.S. readies sanctions, charges over Venezuela food program: sources
By Reuters - May 21, 2019

Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade
By TeleSur - May 21, 2019
The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development.
May 17, 2019
There's Far More Diversity in Venezuela's 'Muzzled' Media Than in US Corporate Press
By Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz - FAIR - May 17, 2019
The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation's crisis has become perhaps the world's most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent's recent piece for Time (4/16/19), headlined "'Venezuelans Are Starving for Information': The Battle to Get News in a Country in Chaos," distinguished itself as a veritable masterpiece of this literary fad.

Maduro Confirms Dialogue with Venezuelan Opposition in Norway
By TeleSur English - May 17, 2019
The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that a new process has begun to initiate a dialogue with the country's opposition, aided by mediation efforts from Norwegian representatives.

UN Sec-Gen 'Very Much Supportive' of Venezuela Talks in Norway
By TeleSur English - May 17, 2019
Friday United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres showed support for a peaceful solution for Venezuela, expressing that he is "very much supportive" of the talks between the Latin American nation's government and opposition representatives, which took place in Norway.

Venezuelan Government Denounces US Seizure of Embassy, Arrest of Peace Activists as Violation of Vienna Convention
By Jessica Corbett - Common Dreams - May 16, 2019
"We do not authorize any of the coup leaders to enter our embassy in Washington D.C.," said deputy foreign minister on behalf of Maduro government

US Raid on Venezuela Embassy 'A Brutal Act Against Int'l Law': Maduro
By TeleSur English - May 16, 2019
"The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington ... a brutal act against international law and lack of respect for embassies in the world," said the president.

US Police BREAK INTO Venezuelan DC Embassy, Arrest Activists at Guaido's Request
By Sputnik News - May 16, 2019
US police have broken into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC and arrested four protesters from the Embassy Protection Collective at the request of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's representative in the US — Carlos Vecchio, the State Department said. The four anti-war activists who were arrested during the raid, Margaret Flowers, Adrienne Pine, David Paul and Kevin Zeese, were removed from the embassy soon after and taken away in a police car.

US Police Arrests 4 Remaining Members of Venezuelan Embassy Protectors
By TeleSur English - May 16, 2019
Code Pink organization said such action is in violation of international law and conventions.

This is what foreign policy looks like when you have no strategy
By Doyle McManus - La Times - May 15, 2019
"So as president he named himself negotiator-in-chief and tried to cajole North Korea's Kim Jong Un to abandon nuclear weapons. He reimposed tough economic sanctions on Iran, betting he could force the ayatollahs to change their ways. He vowed to force China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union to give up what he called unfair trade practices. He backed an uprising in Venezuela at toppling its leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. He declared victory against Islamic State and ordered U.S. troops home from Syria. In his spare time, he asked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to arrange peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He has achieved none of those outcomes."
May 14, 2019
Panama's President-elect Criticizes Lima Group as Fruitless
By TeleSur English - May 14, 2019
Panama's President-elect Laurentino Cortizo criticized Monday the Lima Group for its inability to build bridges among the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and domestic opposition. The incoming leader said he supports a diplomatic mechanism of dialogue similar to the Contadora Group in the early 80s.

Seizure of $1.7B in Portugal Affects All Venezuelans: Arreaza
By TeleSur English - May 14, 2019
Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza reiterated Tuesday that the illegal halt of a transfer of US$1.7 billion from Portugal's Novo Banco on May 10 "affects all Venezuelans," and clearly shows that Portugal is following orders from the United States (U.S.) government.

Venezuelan Communes Protect the State
By Robert Hunziker - CounterPunch - May 14, 2019
Venezuela's ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country.

Revealed: How 'cigar and Fiji water plot' to oust Maduro fell apart at the last minute after Venezuela's chief justice 'got spooked when he got a 1am text saying they'd been rumbled'
By Chris Pleasance - Daily Mail - May 14, 2019
Fresh details were revealed by the Washington Post, which claimed to have spoken with a source who attended the meeting at Moreno's mansion. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said three people attended the talks beside them - Spy Chief Christopher Figuera, Miami-based businessman Cesar Omaña, and Moreno.

Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela
By TeleSur English - May 14, 2019
Juan Guaido called on the European Union via Twitter Sunday to impose new sanctions against Venezuela in order to weaken the country after his failed coup.

US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC
By TeleSur English - May 13, 2019
Metropolitan Police of Washington D.C arrived at the Venezuelan embassy on Monday afternoon to break the locks and carry out the illegal eviction of international NGO Code Pink who have barricaded themselves in the embassy. Protesters inside and outside the building reject the aggression as a violation of the Vienna Convention.

Guaido Requests US Military 'Cooperation' to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - May 13, 2019
Self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido has ordered the setting up of a meeting with the US Armed Forces to discuss "cooperation" in his efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Eviction of Embassy Activists 'Will Violate International Law'
By Embassy Protection Collective - Venezuelanalysis - May 13, 2019
This memo is being sent to the US and Venezuela as well as members of our Collective and allies. We are encouraging people to publish this memo as a transparent process is needed to prevent the US from making a unilateral decision that could impact the security of embassies around the world and lead to military conflict.

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage
By Daniel Kovalik - Counter Punch - May 13, 2019
As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see that this statement is demonstrably true. And yet, now that the US is poised for another intervention, this time in Venezuela, the press is right there again to cheer it along.
May 12, 2019
The Bolivarian Revolution Metes Out Poetic Justice
By Arnold August - TeleSur English - May 12, 2019
On April 30, 2019, the Bolivarian Revolution defeated the latest in a series of attempted U.S.-orchestrated coups d'états since the inaugural one on January 23, when Guaidó was recognized as President by Washington. One of the main pretexts being used for the U.S. intervention is that the May 2018 presidential elections were supposedly steeped in electoral irregularities and therefore deficient. Thus, Maduro was, according to this false narrative, not elected democratically.

Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from Dominican Republic
By TeleSur English - May 11, 2019
The Bolivarian government has announced that they will increase the number of flights that bring home Venezuelan migrants from abroad. The 'Return To The Homeland' scheme provides free flights to Venezuelans looking to return to their country.

Silicon Valley Giants Collaborate With The US Government On Venezuela
By Caitlin Johnstone - May 11, 2019
Whenever you speak out on a public forum against internet censorship, like the recent Instagram/Facebook banning of Louis Farrakhan, Infowars, and several right-wing pundits, you always offend two major political groups. The first group are the power-serving authoritarians who identify with the left side of the political spectrum; they argue that it's good and right to trust Silicon Valley plutocrats to regulate political speech on giant monopolistic platforms. The second group are the capitalism cheerleaders who believe there's a free market solution to every problem; they argue that these Silicon Valley giants are private companies which are completely separate from the government, so it's not accurate to refer to what they do with their own property as censorship.

Venezuela – A Risk to Dollar Hegemony – Key Purpose Behind "Regime Change"
By Peter Koenig - Information Clearing House - May 11, 2019
However, the key reason for Washington forcing 'regime change' is that Venezuela has stopped selling her hydrocarbon in US dollars, and, may therefore become a risk for the US-dollar hegemony around the globe. That is a punishable violation for the empire. At least two heads of state were assassinated because they dared abandoning the unwritten and unlawful, but nevertheless US-imposed rule to sell their oil and gas in US-dollars, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi. Both had started trading their oil in other than US-dollar currencies – and were strong advocates for others to do likewise.
May 10, 2019
Venezuela Announces Re-opening Borders With Brazil, Aruba
By TeleSur English - May 10, 2019
The Venezuelan government said Friday morning it will reopen its maritime and air borders with Aruba and land borders with Brazil as part of the new relations of respect with the neighboring countries in order to advance peaceful frontiers.

Portugal Bank Kidnaps Over US$1.7 Billion in Venezuelan Cash
By TeleSur English - May 10, 2019
President Nicolas Maduro has denounced the fact that several foreign countries are blocking funds from being transferred to Venezuelan government bank accounts. One of them is Portugal whose Novo Banco has blocked US$1.726 billion from making its way to Venezuela where the Maduro administration intended to use the funds to purchase basic goods for the Venezuelan people.

'Dangerous and Appalling': US Defenders of Venezuelan Embassy Demand Secret Service End Illegal Water and Power Shutoff
By Eoin Higgins - Common Dreams - May 09, 2019
What is happening at the embassy, said one activist, is "a microcosm of the what is taking place in Venezuela as the U.S. continues to try and orchestrate a coup."

National Assembly VP Detained and 55 Armed Forces Officers Expelled in Attempted Putsch Fallout in Venezuela
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - May 09, 2019
Venezuelan authorities have arrested National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano, accusing him of conspiracy and treason for his role in the April 30 attempted military putsch.

Special Report on U.S. Economic Sanctions on Venezuela
By TeleSUR English - May 09, 2019

An in-depth look at the cost of U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela, which have left the Bolivarian government without access to billions of dollars it needs to provide food and medicine to everyday citizens.
May 08, 2019
Venezuelan Embassy in DC Under Siege by Guaido's Racist Mob
By Lauren Smith - Black Agenda Report - May 08, 2019
Emboldened by Trump's aggressions against Venezuela, fascist followers of the treasonous Juan Guaido have threatened and assaulted US activists safeguarding the property in Washington.

Power Cut at Venezuela Embassy in US as Anti-War Activists Clash with Opposition Supporters
By TeleSUR English - May 08, 2019
Opposition supporters intercepted a backpack meant to be filled with food for those barricaded inside the embassy preventing Guaido's personnel from entering.

Failed Venezuela coup was fake news – designed to fool people in two nations
By Dave Lindorff - Salon - May 08, 2019
After days of breathless reporting in the U.S. media about public and military support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro collapsing, and about an April 30 coup by presidential poseur Juan Guaidó, we now know the truth: The whole thing was a fraud, staged at the instigation of Washington in hopes that the Venezuelan people and rank-and-file troops would fall for the trick and think an actual coup was underway.

Venezuela's Top Court Rejects US VP Pence's Threat of Sanctions
By TeleSUR English - May 08, 2019
On Wednesday, Maikel Moreno, the President of Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) denounced threats of sanctions by United States Vice President Mike Pence. Moreno read a statement by the TSJ rejecting the interventionist threats made by the U.S. vice president. "The judges and magistrates of the TSJ categorically and forcefully reject the threat made by Mr. Pence, who, in a disrespectful and interfering manner seeks to subjugate the highest Venezuelan judicial authorities through threats that violate the principles of independence of self-determination and sovereignty," he said.

Top economists & UN experts condemn US sanctions on Venezuela. Not newsworthy enough for the media?
By Danielle Ryan - RT - May 08, 2019
As the Trump administration continues to wage economic warfare against Venezuela, experts and economists continue to slam the illegal and deadly measures – and the media continues to completely ignore their warnings.

US cuts off power to Venezuelan Embassy with activists besieged inside
By RT - May 08, 2019
After weeks of tense standoff between the 'Embassy Civilian Protection Collective' and supporters of US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido outside the Venezuelan diplomatic compound, the US authorities attempted to drive the temporary occupants out by depriving them of electricity.

Spain Foreign Minister Says US Behaves as 'Cowboy' in Venezuela
By TeleSUR English - May 08, 2019
Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell Wednesday accused the United States of behaving like a "cowboy" in Venezuela and stressed that a solution to its current political impasse should be "peaceful, negotiated and democratic."

Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker for Attempted Coup
By TeleSUR English - May 08, 2019
The Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) arrested opposition lawmaker Edgar Zambrano Wednesday for his participation in the attempted coup on April 30.

US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert
By TeleSUR English - May 07, 2019
The United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, expressed deep concern on Monday at the recent measures against Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran by the United States (U.S), arguing the use of economic sanctions for political purposes violates human rights and international law.

Foreign Minister Arreaza: 'The People of Venezuela Are Prepared to Defend Their Sovereignty'
By TeleSUR English - Venezuelanalysis - May 07, 2019
The "U.S. criminal blockade against Venezuela seeks a leadership change in the Venezuelan government through the suffering of the people," the Venezuelan Foreign Minister said during his press conference after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
May 06, 2019
US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin
By Anya Parampil - The Grayzone - May 06, 2019
On April 24, six days before self-proclaimed Venezuelan "interim president" Juan Guaido's attempt to violently overthrow Venezuela's democratically elected government alongside a handful of military defectors, the U.S. State Department published a fact sheet that boasted of Washington's central role in the ongoing coup attempt. After realizing the incriminating nature of its error, the State Department quickly acted to remove the page. The Grayzone has obtained a full copy of the expunged report.

In Venezuela, Trump Administration Content to Support a Military Coup But Not Nation's Refugees
By Jon Queally - Cmmon Dreams - May 05, 2019
For all its bluster about "standing with the Venezuelan people," the Trump administration is under fire for refusing to give protected status to asylum-seekers from that nation even as the State Department and White House have worked overtime to support a coup and impose sanctions – both of which have served to further destabilize a country in the midst of a political and economic crisis.

Where Is Guaido? Coup Leader Doesn't Show Up To Own Protest
By TeleSur - May 05, 2019
Following the failed coup attempt against the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, several supporters of the opposition held a peaceful demonstration in which Juan Guaido was absent from. The Venezuelan people have rejected the recent call promoted this Saturday by the leaders of the far-right to demonstrate in front of the main military barracks of the Bolivarian Republic.

Ambush on Venezuelan Military Commission Leaves 3 Dead
By TeleSur - May 04, 2019
An ambush against a mixed military commission in the early hours of Saturday left three troops dead on the Magdaleno Highway in the city of Palo Negro in the state of Aragua, Venezuela. The Venezuelan Minister of Defense condemned these as coup actions.

Cuba Stands Up For Venezuela During Talks With Canada
By TeleSur - May 04, 2019
The Cuban government held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bid to improve relations, however, Cuba also used the opportunity to speak up for Venezuela, asking Canada not to follow Trump in sponsoring the ongoing coup. However, Canada is unlikely to shift its position.
May 03, 2019
Pence Tries to Dismiss Ilhan Omar on Venezuela, Fails Miserably
By TeleSur - May 03, 2019
Women of color have heard this before. Instead of "we disagree," it's "she doesn't know what she's talking about." Progressive United States lawmaker Ilhan Omar has called out U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's implict racism and sexism for seeking to dismiss her comments in support of the legitimate government of Venezuela without engaging her on the merits of the argument.

Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at VP Pence for saying she 'doesn't know what she's talking about' amid Venezuela remarks
By Elizabeth Zwirz - Fox News - May 03, 2019
Earlier in the day, Pence accused Omar of not knowing "what she's talking about" after she appeared to lay some responsibility for the ongoing situation in Venezuela on the Trump administration over its "bullying" tactics and sanctions.

Marco Rubio: Ilhan Omar's Venezuela comments are 'embarrassing'
By Jayme Cohen - Fox News - May 03, 2019
Florida Senator Marco Rubio slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Thursday over her recent comments blaming the U.S. for the crisis in Venezuela.

Venezuela – Another Failed Coup Attempt – What's Next?
By Peter Koenig - Information Clearing House - May 03, 2019
They mobilized a few hundred – again not thousands as pers SMS – right-wing middle to upper class protestors and marched towards the Presidential Palace. On the way, they were confronted by the Venezuelan Civil Guard with tear gas – not even the military had to intervene – and only few protestors reached the Palacio Miraflores which was protectively surrounded by thousands of Chavistas. And that was basically the end of yet another failed coup.

Brazil vice president says coup in Venezuela not a good idea
By Press TV - May 03, 2019
Brazil's vice president says a US-backed attempt to oust Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is not a good idea, contradicting his far-right boss President Jair Bolsonaro who supports a coup. Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Thursday Venezuela's opposition figure Juan Guaido was wrong in hoping to see high ranking commanders of the military would join his coup attempt.
May 02, 2019
New details emerge of failed plot to oust Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro
By Ben Riley-Smith - The Telegraph - May 02, 2019
Elliott Abrams, the US envoy for Venezuela, gave more details to the Venezuelan channel, VPITV. He said: "There is a document. The US was not involved in the negotiations, but they tell me it is a long document – there are 15 points I think – it mentions guarantees for the military, a dignified exit for Maduro, Guaido as interim president, the Supreme Court and the high command stay in position, free elections within 12 months."

Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - May 02, 2019
Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning.

Guaidó's Botched Coup - What Does it Mean and What's Next?
By Jorge Martin - - May 02, 2019
Just before dawn on 30 April, the Venezuelan opposition launched yet another attempt at a military coup. By the end of the day, the botched coup attempt seemed to have failed, with one of its leaders seeking refuge in the Spanish embassy, 25 of the soldiers involved requesting asylum at the Brazilian embassy and Juan Guaidó in hiding or on the run.

Violent, Bigoted Supporters of Juan Guaidó Attempt to Invade Venezuela's D.C. Embassy
By Alexander Rubinstein - Mint Press News - May 02, 2019
Emboldened by the attempted military coup – and amidst the ongoing tenancy of the Embassy Protection Collective at Venezuela's Washington embassy at the invitation of the legitimate government of Venezuela – opposition activists rallied on Tuesday, hurling racist and homophobic slurs at members of the Collective. On several occasions, they attempted to unlawfully break into the embassy and injure its protectors.
May 01, 2019
It's Only a Coup if the US Government Says So
By Alan MacLeod - FAIR - May 01, 2019
It's Groundhog Day again in Venezuela, as the local conservative opposition has launched another attempt to oust President Nicolás Maduro from power. Surrounded by a few hardcore supporters, Washington-backed self-appointed president Juan Guaidó on April 30 called on the military to rise up and overthrow the democratically elected Maduro. Guaidó, a man who has never even stood for president, attempted the same thing in January, and the opposition has attempted to remove Maduro, and his predecessor Hugo Chávez, on many occasions, including in 2017, 2014, 2013, 2002 and 2001.

Washington's hybrid war on Venezuela – a very 21st-century attempt at regime change
By Jeb Sprague - The Canary - May 01, 2019
Rather than carry out conventional war, over recent months US officials have sought to promote internal divisions, sabotage, and economic collapse within Venezuela. Here's the full story of Washington's hybrid war on the country.

Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela
By Democracy Now - May 01, 2019
Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and "the kind of mass migration that we're noticing right now from Central America and South America to the U.S."

It Looks Like Another Failed US Coup in Venezuela
By Dave Lindorff - CounterPunch - May 01, 2019
The imperialist neocons infesting the Trump administration, and the orange-faced joke of a president himself, may think they can invent their own reality through propaganda, as Bush's "brain" Karl Rove used to claim about the Bush/Cheney administration, but when it comes to Latin America, they fail to realize how deeply the people of that continent loath and resent the US and its colonial-era Monroe Doctrine.

Twitter users expose Jake Tapper's misleading Maduro message
By RT - May 01, 2019
CNN's Jake Tapper has come under fire for claiming Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is firing at his own citizens after he shared a misleading tweet showing army defectors on the opposition side wielding guns.

Venezuelans Hold Rival Marches for Workers' Day as Pompeo Threatens 'Military Action'
By Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - May 01, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets Wednesday in nationwide pro- and anti-government marches in commemoration of International Workers' Day.

War with Venezuela Is Unnecessary, Illegal, and Wrong
By Daniel Larison - The American Conservative - May 01, 2019
The Trump administration is once again floating the possibility of attacking Venezuela: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says "Military action is possible. If thats whats required, thats what the United States will do" in #Venezuela. There are absolutely no vital U.S. interests at stake in Venezuela, and the Venezuelan government poses no threat to the United States. There is no way under these circumstances that military action could be "required," so when Pompeo suggests that it could happen we are clearly talking about a war of choice divorced from any U.S. security interests. It would be a war fought solely for the purpose of achieving regime change, and the only reason why the U.S. would do that is to vindicate the Trump administrations reckless blunder of taking sides in an internal political dispute. No Americans should die for the sake of Trumps ego or for the ambitions of hawkish senators.

Venezuela - Guaidó Got Snookered - White House Starts Beating War Drums
By Moon of Alabama - May 01, 2019
Yesterday's failed coup attempt in Venezuela significantly hurt the Trump administration's international standing. It delegitimized its Venezuelan clients Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López. After recognizing that their original 'regime change' plan failed (again) the White House starts to beat the war drums.

US Economic Bullying Devastates Venezuela: Illhan Omar Denounces
By TeleSur - May 01, 2019
"A lot of the policies we have put in place have helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we've set the stage for where we're arriving today," she said and added that "this particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States."

Caribbean Nations Call For and Recommit to Peaceful Solution in Venezuela
By TeleSur - May 01, 2019
On the last day of April 2019, as the first clear signs of a final, all-out, externally-backed attempt to topple the Venezuelan Government by force became clear, Caribbean Governments reiterated their determination to work with regional and international governments and entities to press for a peaceful solution.

As Venezuela Coup Fizzles, Pompeo Threatens US Attack
By Ron Paul Liberty Report - YouTube - May 01, 2019

Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido's coup yesterday failed to get off the ground. The military did not join him and protests were barely seen outside a few of Caracas's wealthy neighborhoods. Frustrated and furious, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by threatening direct US military action to overthrow President Maduro. An urgent call with Russian foreign minister is scheduled today. Are neocons about to ignite the earth?

Maduro congratulates military on 'defeating' coup attempt as Guaido calls for more protests
By RT - May 01, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has congratulated the country's military for "defeating" the plotters of a coup following a day of violence on Tuesday. Addressing the nation following a sustained attempt by Juan Guaido and the opposition to oust him from power, the country's elected leader has thanked the armed forces for defeating a "small group that tried to fill the country with violence".

April 30 Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Venezuela's Guaido calls for uprising but military loyal to Maduro for now
By Vivian Sequera, Angus Berwick, Luc Cohen - Reuters - April 30, 2019

US Envoy Says Deal Was Reached With Top Venezuelan Officials on Regime Change
By Jason Ditz - AntiWar - April 30, 2019
US Special Envoy Elliott Abrams revealed that the US had tried to negotiate the deals with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maikel Moreno, and the commander of the presidential guard. Abrams gave the impression that the US believed these to be done deals.

Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - April 30, 2019
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on Tuesday..

President Maduro Speaks to the Nation
By TeleSur - April 30, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stated that the La Carlota Military Base was never taken, but that a group of rebellious soldiers concentrated in the Altamira highway. In this regard, he highlighted the loyalty of the Bolivarian National Armed Force in neutralizing the attempted coup.

Guaido's coup is a 'farce' - Daniel McAdams
By RT America - YouTube - April 30, 2019

Venezuela's opposition leader and US-back presidential aspirant Juan Guaido has called for a military uprising in his latest effort to topple President Nicolas Maduro. Clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Caracas. Meanwhile police in Washington, DC have set up barricades between the pro-Maduro activists occupying Venezuela's embassy and more recent arrivals protesting in favor of Guaido. Rachel Blevins reports. Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute joins News.Views.Hughes to weigh in.

Coup fizzles? Guaido's mentor takes refuge in Chilean embassy as 25 military seek asylum in Brazil's
By RT - April 30, 2019
Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez has sought refuge in Chile's embassy in Caracas, while at least 25 pro-Juan Guaido troops asked Brazil for refuge. The news all but points to the failure of the US-backed coup attempt.

Joe Biden and Democratic Establishment Support Trump's Coup Attempt in Venezuela
By TeleSur - April 30, 2019
The thin line between the Democratic establishment and the Republicans was once again crossed today, as many highly influential Demoracts showed their public support for the illegal Trump-backed coup attempt in Venezuela, following close to their political rivals remarks.

Venezuela's Guaidó Falsely Claims Military Uprising in Progress: Mainstream Media Falls in Line
By The Real News - April 30, 2019

Tuesday morning self-declared president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on the military and the population to oppose the Maduro government. Only a few thousand civilians and very few soldiers heeded the call. Mike Fox reports from Caracas

Random Guyaidó's New Coup Attempt Turns Out to Be A Dangerous Joke
By Moon of Alabama - April 30, 2019
The Random Guyaidó who the Trump administration tries to make president of Venezuela just launched another coup attempt against the government.

Exclusive - Blackwater founder's latest sales pitch: mercenaries for Venezuela
By Aram Roston, Matt Spetalnick - Reuters - April 30, 2019

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Is in Chile Embassy
By TeleSur - April 30, 2019
Leopoldo Lopez broke his house arrest Tuesday morning as part of the attempted coup by his ally Juan Guaido.

Live Updates: Guaido Allies Tricked Soldiers into Supporting Coup, Says Venezuelan Defense Minister
By TeleSur - April 30, 2019
Juan Guaido, the opposition lawmaker who illegally self-proclaimed "interim president" of Venezuela, Tuesday morning made a call on social media asking the military and people to begin an uprising against the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Live Updates: Venezuelans Gather at Presidential Palace to Reject Coup Attempt
By TeleSur - April 30, 2019
The Venezuelan opposition lawmaker has once again called on the military to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela: Military Uprising in Caracas (in Development)
By Venezuelanalysis - April 30, 2019
A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas.

Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela
By Teddy Ostrow - FAIR - April 30, 2019
A FAIR survey of US opinion journalism on Venezuela found no voices in elite corporate media that opposed regime change in that country. Over a three-month period (1/15/19–4/15/19), zero opinion pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post took an anti–regime change or pro-Maduro/Chavista position. Not a single commentator on the big three Sunday morning talkshows or PBS NewsHour came out against President Nicolás Maduro stepping down from the Venezuelan government.
April 29, 2019
OAS: Venezuela Withdraws from US 'Ministry of Colonies'
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - April 29, 2019
Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets Saturday to celebrate the country's withdrawal from the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Venezuelans Celebrate The Country's Official Exit From OAS
By TeleSur - April 27, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of people are gather throughout Venezuela to celebrate the country's official departure from the Organization of American States (OAS), which occurs two years after President Nicolas Maduro sent a letter saying that this institution promotes attacks and aggressions against the South American country.

Russia 'Outraged' Over US Sanctions Against Venezuelan Minister
By TeleSur - April 27, 2019
The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed outrage over what they says is another "crude" attempt by the United States against Venezuela regarding fresh sanctions aimed directly at the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.
April 25, 2019
Abrams calls to 'imagine' Venezuela with billions of dollars from US and without Maduro
By RT - April 25, 2019
US Special Representative to Venezuela Elliott Abrams called for the removal of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, and said tens of billions in foreign investment could pour into the country as a result of his ouster.

Activists Remain In Venezuelan Embassy With Gratitude From Foreign Ministry
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese – Popular Resistance - April 25, 2019
Washington, DC — Thursday, April 25, the day activists anticipated the Secret Service might evict them from the Venezuelan embassy, turned into a day of growing support for and attention to the embassy protection efforts. Activists are making it clear that they are in the embassy with the permission of the foreign ministry. In fact, on Wednesday night, Carlos Ron, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for Venezuela, sent a video message to the protectors:

Report Finds US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Responsible for Tens of Thousands of Deaths
By The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) - April 25, 2019
A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), by economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, finds that economic sanctions implemented by the Trump administration since August 2017 have caused tens of thousands of deaths and are rapidly worsening the humanitarian crisis. "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports," said Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR and co-author of the report. "This is illegal under US and international law, and treaties that the US has signed. Congress should move to stop it."

Economists Warn Trump's Sanctions Targeting Venezuela 'A Death Sentence for Tens of Thousands of People'
By Jessica Corbett – Common Dreams - April 25, 2019
Two American economists warn that U.S. sanctions targeting Venezuela "are a death sentence for tens of thousands of people" and that the nation's humanitarian crisis will worsen as long as the sanctions continue.

Arresting Members of the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Would Be Unlawful
By Kevin Zeese – Popular Resistance - Venezuelanalysis - April 25, 2019
Washington, DC — We told the State Department that if they enter the Venezuelan Embassy, they are violating international law, and if they arrest members of the Collective for trespass or unlawful entry, these will be unlawful arrests. Members of the Collective are in the embassy with the permission of the elected government of Venezuela. In two messages to the State Department today, the Collective explained that we are not violating the law and if there are unlawful arrests we will pursue legal action to hold people responsible for ordering arrests or making arrests.

Venezuelan opposition reps throw temper tantrums when confronted about lack of legitimacy, interventionist plans at OAS
By Anya Parampil – The Grayzone - April 24, 2019
At the OAS, two top representatives of Juan Guaido's US-backed shadow government – Gustavo Tarre and David Smolansky – lost their cool when confronted with critical questions. Both recently attended a closed-door DC meeting on a US military assault.

Venezuelan Government Announces Arrests over Electrical Blackouts
By Paul Dobson - Venezuelanalysis - April 24, 2019
Venezuelan authorities have arrested five people in connection with the recent electrical outages in the country, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez told press Tuesday. Among those arrested is Otoniel Ramos Sanchez, ex-director of automatization, technology, information and telecommunications at one of the subsidiaries of state-run electrical corporation CORPOELEC in Bolivar State, where the electrical problems of March 7-12 and March 25-29 originated. Ramos Sanchez had allegedly been suspended by CORPOELEC two years ago.
April 23, 2019
Former U.N. Official: U.S. Goal Is to "Asphyxiate" Venezuela
By Pablo Vivanco - The Progressive - April 23, 2019
Alfred de Zayas, an expert in international law who visited Venezuela as a U.N. representative in 2017, argues that Caracas has grounds to reject offers of "aid" coming from Donald Trump's White House, given the precedent of aid being wielded as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy. "We know from experience in Haiti, in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, that U.S. humanitarian aid has been used as a trojan horse," de Zayas says in an interview. "They have brought in weapons for the Contras in Nicaragua which is something that was documented."

Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective 'The Next Two Days Are Crucial'
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers - Popular Resistance - April 23, 2019
The next two days will be crucial for the protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy Protection Collective is prepared to stay at the embassy for the foreseeable future, for as long as it takes to protect the sovereignty of Venezuela from a coup led by the United States with its fraudulent puppet government that the entire world knows is a farce — unelected and illegal under Venezuelan and international law. We stand with the Venezuelan government and their legitimately-elected president, Nicolas Maduro.

Russia issues stern warning to US over intent to invade Venezuela
By Almasdar News - April 23, 2019
The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a stern warning to the U.S. administration over their intent to militarily intervene in Venezuela. Russian Vice Minister of Defense, Colonel General Alexander Femin, said on the sidelines of the VIII International Security Conference that U.S. military aggression against Venezuela will have negative consequences for Washington.

Venezuelan Authorities Identify 5 Electrical System Saboteurs
By TeleSur - April 23, 2019
"There are requests to Interpol for people related to the attack on the electricity system who live in the United States, Colombia and Spain," said Jorge Rodríguez.

Russian Deputy Minister Of Defense: US To Blame For Situation In Venezuela
By TeleSur - YouTube - April 22, 2019

Russian Deputy Minister Of Defense, Alexander Fomin, comments on the current situation in Venezuela

Venezuelanalysis Website Back Online Following Attacks
By Venezuelanalysis - April 22, 2019
Our website is back online after more than 48 hours, having been taken down after massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. The attacks started during the week and then significantly escalated on Saturday morning. There is no information on the identity or location of the assailants. The website is back up and running with an added layer of protection that hopefully will keep episodes like this from happening again.

Targeted Cyber Attack on
By Venezuelanalysis - Twitter - April 22, 2019

Venezuela Blackouts Part of Planned US Operation: Russia Defense Ministry
By TeleSur - April 22, 2019
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said the recent series of blackouts in Venezuela was due to a planned operation led by the United States.
April 18, 2019
US Sanctions Venezuela's Central Bank
By Ricardo Vaz – Venezuelanalysis - April 18, 2019
The US Treasury Department has levied sanctions against the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) in a bid to further isolate the Caribbean country financially.

Secret IDB Proposal Would Give $48 Billion Infusion to Boost Venezuela's Economy — But Only After Regime Change
By Rafael Moro Martins, Ryan Grim – The Intercept - April 18, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank is quietly circulating an analysis that foresees an up to $48 billion infusion of capital into the Venezuelan economy should President Nicolás Maduro be removed from office. A pair of confidential documents, both called "Venezuela: Challenges and Opportunities," outlines a four-year plan to open the country's beleaguered economy to foreign corporations through privatization, structural reforms, and public-private partnerships.

Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight
By Philip M. Giraldi - Strategic Culture - April 18, 2019
It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider's viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.

Jimmy Carter Lectures Trump: US Is 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World'
By TeleSur - April 18, 2019
During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China's growing economy and expressed concern that "China is getting ahead of us." Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979, said he told Trump that much of China's success was due to its peaceful foreign policy.

Venezuela and the setbacks of the Latin American Left: What does it all mean?
By Alan Freeman – Canadian Dimension - April 16, 2019
The progressive Latin American governments of the twenty-first century, the so-called Pink Tide governments, have over the recent past received heavy blows and have been replaced by conservative and right-wing governments in Brazil, Argentina and evidently Ecuador. What are people on the right saying about these setbacks for the left?

Defending Venezuela: Two Approaches
By Chris Gilbert - Monthly Review Online - April 16, 2019
Chris Gilbert argues that solidarity movements defending Venezuela's sovereignty should also engage with the revolutionary proposals of the Bolivarian process.
April 15, 2019
Russia To Help Venezuela Probe Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid
By TeleSur - April 15, 2019
Russia will provide strategic cooperation to the Venezuelan government to investigate several attacks against the National Energy Service (SEN) said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromoloto Monday.

Supporting Venezuela 'comes with a cost', US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Cuba and Russia at Colombia refugee camp
By Agencies – SCMP - April 15, 2019
The United States will use all economic and political tools at its disposal to hold Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accountable for his country's crisis and will make clear to Cuba and Russia they will pay a price for supporting him, UN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

China says US treats Latin American like its 'backyard'
By The Associated Press - ABC News - April 15, 2019
Beijing fires back at the U.S. after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China's role in Venezuela as prolonging the crisis there

Venezuela: Canada Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Pompeo Vows to 'Tighten Noose'
By Ricardo Vaz - Venezuelanalysis - April 15, 2019
Ottawa imposed sanctions on 43 Venezuelan officials Wednesday, according to a statement by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Pentagon/CIA push Venezuela regime-change propaganda in video games
By The Grayzone - YouTube - April 15, 2019

The US military and CIA launder propaganda through popular first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty, simulating invasions and sabotage of Venezuela's socialist government.
April 13, 2019
US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting
By Max Blumenthal - The Grayzone - April 13, 2019
The Washington, DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a private roundtable on April 10 called "Assessing the Use of Military Force in Venezuela." A list of attendees was provided to The Grayzone and two participants confirmed the meeting took place. They refused to offer any further detail, however.

United States Forces Ready to Attack Venezuela
By TeleSur - April 13, 2019
The U.S. is particularly concerned over growing Chinese, Russian and Cuban influence in its hemisphere. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton stated in an interview that "President Trump is determined not to see Venezuela fall under the sway of foreign powers." He has a custom of refering to the racist Monroe Doctrine, which considers Latin America to be the U.S. own backyard where it can do as it pleases.

'It Is Not Enough to Simply Oppose US Military Intervention': A Response to WOLA on Venezuela
By Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Laura Carlsen, Sujatha Fernandes
- Common Dreams - April 13, 2019

The Washington Office on Latin America has yet to offer any explanation for why they do not oppose the Trump administration's illegal regime change effort in Venezuela, nor do they recognize the enormous damage that the president and his allies have done and continue to do

President Maduro Rejects Bolsonaro's Military Invasion Threats
By TeleSur - April 13, 2019
"The Venezuelan people reject, united and absolutely, Jair Bolsonaro's threats of war and military invasion," Maduro said Friday speaking from Caracas. He asked: "What is the reason for war? Why are you going to invade us? Did Venezuela steal anything from Brazil? Did Venezuela attack Brazil? With whom does Bolsonaro count on for a war? With the Brazilian people? With the Brazilian army? Where will they enter from?"

US: Paraguay is Partner in Strategy Against Venezuela
By TeleSur - April 13, 2019
The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Saturday in Asuncion, Paraguay from Chile to continue with his diplomatic tour to consolidate support to the administration's strategy to take down the Venezuelan government under Nicolas Maduro.

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