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January 31, 2019
Is the US Meddling in Venezuela?
Max Blumenthal Asks US Congress Members

The Grayzone - January 31, 2019

Amidst Russiagate fever, the Grayzone's Max Blumenthal heads to Capitol Hill to ask members of Congress if they think the US is meddling in Venezuela's political system. The Trump administration had recently recognized the president of the country's National Assembly as interim president of the nation and intensified sanctions on the country.

Trump's efforts to oust Maduro are illegal and will kill more Venezuelans
If Russia, China and North Korea decided to recognize Nancy Pelosi as the president of the United States, would Americans go along with that?

EU parliament recognises Venezuela's Guaido as interim president
EU politicians voted 429 in favour to 104 against recognising the opposition leader as the interim leader.

EU parliament urges member states to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's interim president
The European Parliament voted to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela and urged EU leaders to do the same. The document was adopted with 439 votes to 104, with 88 MEPs abstaining.

No Coup! No War! Hands off Venezuela!
Eduardo Correa Senior and James Patrick Jordan examine the threat and military options that are on the table, and propose popular organization to defeat US interventionism in the Latin American nation.

How US trained Juan Guaido for Regime Change

Journalist and author Max Blumenthal joins Rick Sanchez to offer his analysis of Venezuela's political crisis. He says Juan Guaido's "real constituency is in Washington" and that he's at the forefront of a years-long destabilization campaign orchestrated by the US.

Trump's Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story
This point is, or at least should be, indisputable irrespective of one's opinions of Venezuelan President Maduro, the Socialist Party (PSUV), or the progress of the Bolivarian Revolution. Imperialism, and its neocolonial manifestation in the 21st Century, is there to pick clean the bones of the Bolivarian dream and return Venezuela to the role of subservient asset, an oil-soaked proxy state ruled by a right-wing satrap eager to please the colonial lords of capital.

US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches
The US has rejected recent initiatives by Uruguay and Mexico to restart dialogue in a bid to de-escalate the political standoff in Venezuela.

Guaido Continues Diplomatic Efforts as Venezuelan Courts Open Proceedings against Him
Local and international authorities have also reacted fiercely to the recently announced oil embargo, describing it as "illegal."

Venezuela's Russian Bank Grows Assets as U.S. Sanctions Hit Home
A small state-run bank in Moscow which is half-owned by Venezuela's government was one of Russia's fastest growing lenders last year at a time when President Nicolas Maduro tries to work around U.S. sanctions and asset freezes that are crippling his country's finances.

U.S. will act if Turkish trade violates Venezuela sanctions, official says
January 30, 2019
Venezuela: Another US Manufactured Attempted Coup
Lindsey German: The US and Trump have no right to interfere in the government of a sovereign state

What Has Happened in Venezuela Is a Coup. Trump's Denial Is Dangerous
Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support.

'US pawn that can be discarded any time' – Max Blumenthal on 'president' Guaido
The US-backed group "trained" Guaido and a group of selected Venezuelan students between 2005 and 2007, Blumenthal said, arguing that it paved way for his future political career. The journalist described the Popular Will party, which Guaido helped his mentor and former Caracas mayor Leopoldo Lopez to establish, as "the most violent, radical right-wing party in Venezuela functioning as shock troops of oligarchy" and as "an asset of Washington" that has been "largely discredited in Venezuela."

As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump's Attempted Coup

The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan government in an attempt to topple President Nicolás Maduro. On Tuesday, the State Department announced it is giving control of Venezuela's U.S. bank accounts to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself to be president last week. Meanwhile, the U.S. has also refused to rule out a military invasion of Venezuela. We spend the hour with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn.

When Is a Democracy not a Democracy? When It's Venezuela and the US is Pushing Regime Change
Joe Emersberger looks at the US-led intervention efforts in Venezuela and the rationale behind them.

Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind.

86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows
According to a study conducted in early January 2019 by the local polling firm Hinterlaces, 86 percent of Venezuelans would disagree with international military intervention. And 81 percent oppose the US sanctions that have gravely hurt the South American nation's economy.

Just Like Iraq, Warns Venezuela's Maduro, US Wants to 'Get Hands on Our Oil'
"We will not allow a Vietnam in Latin America," says nation's president ahead of opposition demonstrations on Wednesday

Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide

In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams was also linked to the 2002 coup in Venezuela that attempted to topple Hugo Chávez. We look at Abrams's track record with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who has closely tracked Abrams for over three decades. Nairn is two-time winner of the George Polk Award and a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award.

U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela's Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America
January 29, 2019
Venezuela's Slow Coup Continues
By George Ciccariello-Maher - January 29, 2019
George Ciccariello-Maher argues that the support for opposition leader Juan Guaido's is not the Venezuelan people but foreign right-wing governments.

The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader
Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington's elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.

Why must Venezuela be destroyed?
Club Orlov - January 29, 2019
Last week Trump, his VP Mike Pence, US State Dept. director Mike Pompeo and Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, plus a bunch of Central American countries that are pretty much US colonies and don't have foreign policies of their own, synchronously announced that Venezuela has a new president: a virtual non-entity named Juan Guaidó, who was never even a candidate for that office, but who was sorta-kinda trained for this job in the US. Guaidó appeared at a rally in Caracas, flanked by a tiny claque of highly compensated sycophants. He looked very frightened as he self-appointed himself president of Venezuela and set about discharging his presidential duties by immediately going into hiding.

US Prepares for Battle Over Venezuelan Oil Refiner Citgo
PDVSA demands prepayment for all US-bound oil

Cotton Suggests Bolton Was Sending Message to Venezuela About 5,000 Troops

The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader
Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington's elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.

US warns of consequences of Venezuelan move against Guaido

Russia's Lavrov says U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela oil Company Illegal
U.S. sanctions imposed on Venezuela's state oil company are illegal and Russia will take all necessary steps to support the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Are Against U.S. Sanctions, Local Polling Shows
The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose military intervention and US sanctions to try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power, according to polling by the local firm Hinterlaces.

Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump's Test On Venezuela's Coup
When Trump announced his support for the unfolding coup in Venezuela, Bernie Sanders remained silent for 24 hours. This matters because coups are made or broken in the first moments or hours; a day during a coup can feel like a month or more.

Venezuela Attorney General Begins Probe into Juan Guaido, Looks to Ban Travel
The Attorney General of Venezuela, Tareck William Saab, says that Guaido's actions have caused detrimental harm to the nation qualifying him for certain measures including a ban from traveling outside the country.

Coup in Venezuela: What Next?
Marco Teruggi, a Caracas-based political commentator, examines the situation of the Bolivarian Government in the international chessboard.

Venezuela plot thickens… UN should be probing Washington and allies for regime-change crimes
Identical condemnations from the US and allies and the synchronicity show that Venezuela is being targeted for regime change in a concerted plot led by Washington.
January 28 2019
US Hits PDVSA with More Sanctions as UNSC Fails to Pass Resolution on Venezuela
US Treasury imposed a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela as the diplomatic standoff over Guaido's self-proclamation continues.

Venezuela crisis: Former UN rapporteur says US sanctions are killing citizens
'Modern-day economic sanctions and blockades are comparable with medieval sieges of towns'

Venezuela - Trump's Coup Plan Has Big Flaws
While U.S. coup plotting against Venezuela goes back to at least 1998 when the deceased President Chavez won his first election, the actual planning for this coup attempt was only done during the last two month. There are many holes in the plan and it involves a lot of wishful thinking. That might give the Maduro government openings to deflect the attack.
January 27, 2019
The History Boys 16: Venezuela, Maduro and Latin America

To get a broader understanding of what's going on with the coup in Venezuela, George Galloway and Adam Garrie discuss the historical background to the country and its Bolivarian Revolution.

Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump's Venezuela Interventionism
...sure there are Venezuelans who don't like their government, but their existence doesn't justify US interventionism. Secondly, it's a known fact that online trolls will be employed to help manufacture support for all sorts of geopolitical agendas, from Israel's shill army to the MEK terror cult's anti-Iran troll farm to the Bana Alabed psyop for Syria. And here's this example, just for your information, of a Twitter account talking about how much fun she's having in Paris and then a few days later claiming she's in Venezuela waiting in "5+ hour queues to buy a loaf of bread." Be skeptical of what strangers on social media tell you about what's happening inside a nation that's been targeted by the empire, please.

The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela
The CEPR's Alex Main and TRNN's Greg Wilpert discuss the trajectory of US regime change policy in Venezuela through to the present coup in progress backed by the Trump administration.

From economic sanctions to international pressure, how has the US strategy for regime change in Venezuela worked until now? An analysis with CEPR's Alex Main and TRNN's Greg Wilpert

Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal
Guaido repeated calls for the military to depose the government, while Maduro urged Washington to stay out of Venezuelan affairs.

Why Is Canada So Hot Under the Collar About Venezuela?
Columnist Thomas Walkom examines Canada's increasingly aggressive foreign policy towards Venezuela.

In Images: Venezuelan People Mobilize In Support of Maduro
During a hectic day in Venezuela, the mainstream media coverage focused on the mobilization of the opposition and the opinions of a select group of international figures, ignoring the thousands who took to the streets in defense of democracy, national sovereignty, peace and the Bolivarian Revolution.

Venezuela Propaganda Debunked - People Are Against Coup

January 25, 2019
Explaining the US-led right-wing coup in Venezuela
By Moderate Rebels - YouTube - January 25, 2019

Moderate Rebels' Ben Norton joined Status Coup with Jordan Chariton to discuss the US-led coup in Venezuela. Trump and right-wing allies are trying to depose President Nicolás Maduro by knighting the unelected opposition, which seeks neoliberal capitalist policies, mass privatization, and a total reversal of the progressive gains of the Bolivarian Revolution.

Chavista 'thugs' vs. opposition 'civil society': western media on Venezuela
Since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998, Venezuela has undergone a period of intense racial and class conflict, as a multiethnic subaltern coalition has begun to assert itself politically against a previously hegemonic and inordinately dominant white elite. Scholars have highlighted the local media's racial and class snobbery when covering social movements and civil society, attempting to split the country into two groups: 'underclass mobs' and 'respectable' civil society.

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence
The US doesn't necessarily need this oil in terms of energy – but in terms of maintaining a US-led unipolar international order – controlling or crippling nations with large amounts of hydrocarbons prevents the emergence of a multipolar world nations across the developing world seek, led by reemerging global power – Russia – and newly emerging global power – China.

In Images: Venezuelan People Mobilize In Support of Maduro
During a hectic day in Venezuela, the mainstream media coverage focused on the mobilization of the opposition and the opinions of a select group of international figures, ignoring the thousands who took to the streets in defense of democracy, national sovereignty, peace and the Bolivarian Revolution.

Washington Has Appointed A President For Venezuela
After listening since 2016 to the American presstitutes complain, without providing a mere scrap of evidence, of Russia meddling in US elections, a person would think that the last thing Washington would do would be to meddle in other countries' elections.

Repeated History, US Backs Another Coup in Venezuela {AUDIO}
Eugene Puryear interviews VA's Lucas Koerner about the US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela and the illegitimacy of Juan Guaidó's claim to the presidency of the Caribbean nation.

Washington orchestrates coup in Venezuela, incites civil war, in name of 'democracy'
The dramatic events in Venezuela have "US-orchestrated coup d'état" written all over them. Washington is also giving itself license for military intervention which could spark a proxy war involving Russia.

Dangerous consequences in Venezuela regime change plan

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran's Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the deepening and dangerous crisis evolving in Venezuela.

Why Is Canada So Hot Under the Collar About Venezuela?
The article below, published in one of Canada's main daily newspapers, makes a few points that we find questionable. For example, we think it's disingenuous to compare the May 20 Venezuelan election with Brazil's presidential vote. Whereas in Brazil, the leftist frontrunner Lula da Silva was barred from running on dubious legal grounds with no protest from Washington, the Trump administration reportedly threatened to sanction Venezuela's opposition candidate Henri Falcón if he proceeded with his presidential bid in violation of a US-backed boycott. Nevertheless, it makes a very important point, namely that Ottawa's foreign policy towards Venezuela is, at best, incredibly hypocritical.

US Initiates Coup Against President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Declares Himself President, Recognized by US and Allies
The move marks a significant escalation of the political crisis in Venezuela, as Maduro called on the people to defeat this "coup attempt."

Venezuelan Armed Forces Recognize Maduro as President
Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said the armed forces won't recognize Juan Guaido, an imposed interim president.

Venezuelan Top Court Calls for Probe into Illegal Actions of Suspended National Assembly
The opposition president of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guaido has unconstitutionally sworn himself in as President to push a "transitional council."

New Coup Attempt In Venezuela Led by Juan Guaido

Venezuela Cuts Relations with United States Over Coup Support

US VP Pence Urges Venezuelans to Oust Maduro, Caracas Says 'Yankee Go Home'
The comments from Trump's number two come as Venezuelans of both political bands are set to stage demonstrations on Wednesday, January 23.

Fox Business Live January 24, 2019

Trish Regan Primetime features Regan as she expands upon the leading headlines of the day and their economic impact on the country.
Are we all punished? An analysis of the sanctions against Venezuela
October 21, 2018
It is important to bear in mind that this analysis comes after former U.S. ambassador in Venezuela, William Brownfield, declared that "the United States must make Venezuelans suffer and die to bring about a change of government." It is precisely this line of action that we intend to denounce.

The Politics of Food in Venezuela
By Ana Felicien, Christina Schiavoni and Liccia Romero - June 01, 2018
Few countries and political processes have been subject to such scrutiny, yet so generally misunderstood, as Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution.1 This is particularly true today, as the international media paints an image of absolute devastation in the country, wrought by failed policies and government mismanagement.

The real Venezuela is not what you think
By Daniel Kovalik - May 25, 2018
I just returned from observing my fourth election in Venezuela in less than a year. Jimmy Carter has called Venezuela's electoral system "the best in the world," and what I witnessed was an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote, and includes multiple auditing procedures to ensure a free and fair election.

The most unforgivable Western lie about Venezuela: that it has a 'caged' media
The idea that Venezuela has a "caged" media has to be one of the most unforgivable pieces of Western propaganda about the country. And a simple analysis shows just how ignorant that allegation is.

Venezuela Economy Minister—Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem

Today in the corporate media, Venezuela's economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change. To get the Bolivarian government's side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela's Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more. The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.

The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro's Second Term
The presidential elections of May 20, 2018, were carried out under the strict audition and preparation of a non-partisan National Electoral Council (CNE). The elections called by the CNE, were ratified by all the presidential elections candidates, including opposition candidate Henri Falcon, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the opposition parties Avanzada Progresista (AP), Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) and Political Organization of Electoral Independence (Copei). All signed the "Guarantees Agreement," for said elections.

Venezuela Holds Presidential Election But Main Opposition Is Boycotting It
"There are many [vested] interests right now in our country [aiming] to keep the status quo," she said. "Some people believe it will be possible for Maduro to go, but leave all the mafias in place. That is not going to happen."

Why Venezuela's opposition has been unable to effectively challenge Maduro
The coalition is fragile precisely because it is not much more than an election-winning machine. There is little underlying comity, ideological affinity, or shared policy consensus to hold the member parties together. It exists because Venezuela's electoral rules create an incentive for regime opponents to collectively field one candidate per office to have any chance of winning an election. Otherwise, the government's single candidate will defeat a divided opposition. To form a single nationwide ticket, the leaders of the opposition have had to check their ambitions and paper over their widely varying political platforms that run the gamut from neoliberal to socialist. International advisers and supporters from the United States, the European Union, and democracy promotion NGOs have also consistently supported this strategy. So the decision by the MUD to focus principally on winning votes is understandable. And the MUD succeeded, nearly winning the 2013 presidential elections and achieving a landslide in 2015 legislative elections.

Abstention looms over Venezuela opposition in upcoming election
Yet voter motivation is diminishing due to concerns about fraud, mistrust of the electoral authority and weak opposition candidates, which may help Maduro clinch a second six-year term.

Explained: How Voting Works in Venezuela
Find out here how the Venezuelan electoral process works and why -despite US-led political criticism- it is considered one of the most reliable in the world.

John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack
John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has threatened the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions and made an excoriating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.
Bolton pushed for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Chavez, The 2002 Coup

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" directed and photographed by Kim Bartley and Dnnacha O'Briain Ireland, 2003 74 minutes in spanish with english subtitles Hugo Chavez elected president of Venezuela in 1998, is a colorful, unpredictable folk hero, beloved by his nation's working class and a tough-as-nails, quixotic opponent to the power structure that would see him deposed. Two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace on April 11, 2002, when he was forcibly removed from office. They were also present 48 hours later when, remarkably, he returned to power amid cheering aides. Their film records what was probably history's shortest-lived coup d'état. It's a unique document about political muscle and an extraordinary portrait of the man The Wall Street Journal credits with making Venezuela "Washington‚s biggest Latin American headache after the old standby, Cuba."

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