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Apr 07 15:23

Faithful dog lies down with companions as they’re arrested

A drug raid in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina turned up some drugs, guns and one faithful dog. The photo, which has since gone viral in Brazil, shows the suspects – and apparently their companion as well – surrendering to authorities during the raid.

Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 06 16:54

Socialism at Its Finest: Venezuela Facing Toilet Paper Shortage

It appears that the shortages are being caused by price controls, which is arguably one of the dumbest economic rules any nation can impose on their people.

Apr 06 14:07

Where the Argentine Debt Case Stands Now, and Why it Still Matters

Allowing a U.S. court ruling to determine the process for international debt repayments sets a dangerous precedent, and exposes gray areas in international legal jurisdiction.

Apr 06 13:38

Colombian President Rejects Sanctions against Venezuela

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos rejected the U.S.-imposed sanctions on Venezuela, calling on all political parties in the South American country to engage in dialogue.

Apr 06 06:46

Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn

Nearly 800 plaintiffs have launched a billion-dollar lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University over its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhoea, during a medical experiment programme in the 1940s and 1950s.

Apr 06 02:24

The CIA Is on the Attack in Argentina. Who Will Be its Next Victim?

By all indications, the investigation into the reasons and circumstances surrounding the death of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman is far from complete. His body was discovered on the night of 18 and 19 January on the tiled floor of his bathroom. A Bersa Thunder 22 handgun lay under the prosecutor’s right hand, and an entrance wound from a bullet to the temple indicated possible suicide.

Apr 05 09:04

British firms discover oil and gas off Falklands, Argentina threatens legal action

A group of British exploration companies have found oil and gas in an area north of the Falkland Islands. The Argentine government has threatened to challenge all exploration and drilling efforts in court.

Apr 05 07:16

The Plane With A Ton Of Cocaine Crashed In Venezuela

A small plane crashed in the State of Cojedes State. Who arrive by accident, the National Guard found 863 cabin package of cocaine weighing a total of more than 999 kilograms.

http://whatisusa.info/the-plane-with-a-ton-of-cocaine-crashed-in-venez...

Apr 04 10:08

British firms discover oil and gas off Falklands, Argentina threatens legal action

A group of British exploration companies have found oil and gas in an area north of the Falkland Islands. The Argentine government has threatened to challenge all exploration and drilling efforts in court.

The discoveries by the Zebedee exploration well were described by companies involved as “better than expected”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well get militarily ugly between Argentina and the UK very quickly.

Apr 04 04:15

Argentina threatens legal action against Britain over drilling for oil on coast of Falkland Islands

"We want the owners of the companies to be tried according to Argentine laws and international statutes.”
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Argentina is seeking to renew a 2013 reform of a hydrocarbons law that states penalty fines and lengthy prison sentences can be levied on company executives who orchestrate the search and harvest of natural resources without permission from the government.

It was announced last month that Britain will spend £280m over the next 10 years on renewing and strengthening Falkland forces, by the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon.

This declaration was fiercely slapped down by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who said on Thursday that Britain should focus on fighting poverty instead of increasing the amount spent on defence.

(*especially when it appears that the defense of the oil drilling operation is where Britain is going with this .)

Apr 03 02:52

Democracy Behind Bars in Venezuela? A Reply to the UK Guardian

One wonders how many mistakes, glaring omissions and biased statements can one fit in just two paragraphs of just 88 words. When it comes to Venezuela, the answer is, a lot.

Apr 02 11:37

And the Plot Thickens: Oil and Gas Discovered in Disputed Falkland Islands

British companies Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd have found oil and gas at a well off the disputed Falkland Islands. The discovery could aggravate further tensions between Buenos Aires and London over the sovereignty of the archipelago.

Apr 02 07:34

Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

“The Amnesty International report documents events of February 2014 when thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets, resulting in the death of 43 people, including eight law enforcement officials,” Amnesty said in a press release accompanying the release of the report's executive summary.

While the full report was unavailable online at the time of writing, the executive summary unequivocally laid the blame for 2014's violence at the feet of state security forces, but ironically chose to shy away from actually admitting how those 43 people died.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shades of Ukraine!

Apr 01 13:31

Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

Amnesty International's latest report on Venezuela calls for justice for the dozens of people killed during the unrest that shook the country a year ago, while using sleight of hand to deflect attention away from those responsible.

Apr 01 12:51

Venezuelan Coup Plotter Gustavo Cisneros Donated $1M to Clinton Foundation

A recent report has emerged revealing that Venezuelan billionaire and media tycoon, Gustavo Cisneros, donated up to US$ 1 million dollars to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation between 2009-2013, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State for the Obama administration.

Mar 31 11:49

5mn Venezuelans sign petition against US aggression & interference

Rejecting what they see as interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs, over five million people across the country have signed a petition demanding that the US president repeals his executive order that declared Caracas an extraordinary security threat.

“We have collected more than 5 million signatures and we want to call on the Venezuelan people to keep on going to reach 10 million,” Jorge Rodriguez, mayor of Caracas and coordinator of the initiative told Venezolana de Television.

For the past week plazas, government offices and buildings opened their doors seeking to collect some 10 million signatures against Washington’s policy towards the Latin American country.

“Our intention is to deliver the collected signatures to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, as clear evidence that the people of Venezuela reject the crude interference in our internal affairs,” Rodriguez added.

Mar 30 12:58

Latin America, China and USA

The US-unleashed propaganda war against China has reached unprecedented level in Latin America. Americans use all means at their disposal for that purpose, including hundreds of TV channels, thousands of radio stations and films telling about “Chinese threat”. Puppet journalists are regularly used now to make skillfully prepared fakes go around. Ballyhoo is raised by “ecologists” concerned over the China’s plans to build the Nicaraguan Canal or the joint China-Venezuela gold mining project in the Venezuelan national park. Even a furtive look is enough to pinpoint the source of this stories circulating around the Western Hemisphere from Mexico to Chile.

Mar 28 15:57

Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self Destruction

Several explanations for these political betrayals come to mind. First, despite their popular or ‘workerist’ claims, these parties were run by middle class lawyers, professionals and trade union bureaucrats, who were organically disconnected from their mass base. During election campaigns, seeking votes, they briefly embraced workers and the poor, and then spent the rest of their time in pricey restaurants working out “deals” with bankers, business bribe granters and overseas investors to finance their next election, their children’s private school and their mistresses luxury apartments…

Mar 28 08:00

El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

The perils of ingesting food that has any contact with a Monsanto-produced product are in the news on nearly a weekly basis.

As Dr. Jeff Ritterman has documented, Monstanto's herbicide, Roundup, has been linked to a fatal kidney disease epidemic, and has also been repeatedly linked to cancer.

Recently, a senior research scientist at MIT predicted that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, will cause half of all children to have autism by 2025.

Farmers in El Salvador are acutely aware of the importance of producing their own seeds, and avoiding those from the bioengineering giant. The farmers, who have already been consistently outperforming Monsanto with their seed, as the local seed is far healthier and more productive, have just managed to bring about a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing it from supplying El Salvador with its seeds. Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture released a new round of contracts to provide seed to subsistence farmers across the country.

Mar 27 11:28

U.S. Soldiers Sexually Abused 54 Children in Colombia - Then Filmed And Sold It As Pornography

A new report commissioned by the Colombian government and FARC rebels has concluded U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007. The investigator cites one case where 53 girls in the town of Melgar were targeted by contractors who filmed the abuse and sold the films as pornography. In another case, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and raped by a U.S. Army sergeant and a contractor. Under immunity agreements, none of the alleged abusers were ever punished. The media group FAIR notes the story has received no coverage in the U.S. corporate media. A number of U.S. outlets have reported on a new Justice Department probe which concludes U.S. drug enforcement agents in Colombia participated in "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by Colombian drug cartels.

Mar 26 09:20

US MILITARY SEXUALLY ABUSED AT LEAST 54 COLOMBIAN CHILDREN

U.S. soldiers and contractors have not been prosecuted for sexually abusing Colombian girls because of diplomatic immunity. U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children between 2003 and 2007, according to a report commissioned by the Colombian government and the FARC. ?

Mar 25 09:54

Brazilian cities battling dengue fever epidemic

The potentially-deadly dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions in one in 10 cities across Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health, with São Paulo state the worst affected.Over 500 municipalities have registered a high number of cases, some of them significantly above levels defined as epidemic by the World Health Organization.

Mar 25 09:54

Britain to spend £280mn on renewing Malvinas defenses

Britain has unveiled plans to bolster defenses on the Malvinas Island to counter what it calls possible threats from Argentina.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the parliament that London will spend £280mn over the next decade on renewing its military arrangements on the Malvinas Island.

“The principle threat to the islands remains…I am confident that, following this review, we have the right deployment,” he was quoted as saying by the British media.

Mar 25 09:17

Russia questions Britain's claim to the Falklands as garrison reinforced

Britain will send two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and new surface-to-air missile system to the Falkland Islands, amid fears Russia could be arming the Argentine government.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the Islands will be ready to repel “any potential threat” following reports that the Kremlin is preparing to lease 12 Su-24 long range bombers to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat.

It came as Russia questioned the legitimacy of Britain’s claim on the Islands.

Mar 25 08:11

Colombia invites Russian companies to energy, infrastructure cooperation

Colombia seeks to develop energy cooperation with Russia, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said after talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

"Colombia opens a lot of prospects for Russian companies," she said, inviting them to cooperate in the energy sector as well as on infrastructure.

Mar 24 07:26

Children Suffer Genetic Damage from Pesticides in Argentina GM Soy Region

Children exposed to pesticides sprayed in a GM soy-producing region of Argentina have genetic damage, a team of researchers from the National University of Río Cuarto, Cordoba (UNRC), found in a new study.

The study compared 50 children living in the town of Marcos Juárez (Córdoba) at different distances from pesticide-sprayed areas with 25 children from the city of Río Cuarto (Córdoba), who were considered not to be exposed to pesticides...

Mar 24 06:57

Venezuela collecting millions of signatures on anti-U.S. petition for Obama

The Venezuelan government on Sunday announced that so far it has collected well over a million signatures on a petition demanding that President Barack Obama put an end to U.S. aggression against that socialist South American country, according to media reports.

Mar 23 10:02

Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen

The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.

The ruling on Thursday is likely to send shockwaves around the globe, where the glyphosate-containing herbicide Roundup is a mainstay of industrial agriculture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Not only will we eradicate the cocoa plants;we'll also eradicate the people living in the general vicinity of those plants!!" - official White House souse.

Mar 23 07:09

Ecuador’s President Accuses CIA of Involvement in Opposition Protests

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has accused the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of being involved in opposition protests in the country with the aim of dragging it into chaos.

"There is a CIA presence there [in Ecuador's opposition] which has a goal of weakening the government," Correa said on Saturday, as quoted by the TeleSUR television network.

Mar 20 22:31

Cuba – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On 17 December 2014, President Obama declared that 55 years of embargo didn’t work in bringing ‘freedom’ to Cuba. He proposed reestablishing diplomatic relations with the southern neighbor. An emotion of joy shook the world, especially Latin America. Raul Castro received wires and calls of congratulations. Cubans cheered “we won, we won!” – The US Congress right wing was not quite ready for this initiative and, indeed, there was no concrete mention of how and when the ‘blockade’ would be lifted.

Two days after Obama’s bold initiative, on 19 December 2015, he went to the Washington Press Club to tell a horde of puppet journalists, conservative politicians and onlookers that soft measures, like reestablishing diplomatic relations with Havana might be more successful in bringing the desired regime change to Cuba than more years of isolation. He couldn’t have been more direct and more honest about his intention. The Cuban Government and whoever else listened didn’t miss the point.

Mar 20 02:41

Protests Test Resilience of Brazil's Democracy

This wave of “anti-Dilma” demonstrations which was planned weeks ago made Brazil’s first female president a magnet for all the misdeeds of Brazil's intransigent political class.
The New York Times, now controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, ran a headline claiming 1.5 million demonstrators took to the streets calling for the impeachment of Workers Party president Dilma Rousseff.
Somewhat more circumspect was The Guardian, controlled by a private non-profit libertarian foundation, which estimated that hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanded the impeachment of president Dilma.
The "vox populi" seems to have forgotten to tell the readers in social media that there is no legal basis for the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff.

Mar 19 07:11

Morales: "Bolivia Ready for War with US"

In the event of a US invasion of Venezuela, Bolivia would side with Venezuela.
So said Bolvia's president Morales during an emergency session of ALBA, and
called on other Latin American heads of state to draw closer together.
Bolivia's president Evo Morales warned that the USA would pay a high price for
any act of aggression against Venezuela. He also called on US President Barack
Obama to apologize for the recent announcement that Venezuela presented a
threat to the national security of the USA. Sputnik reported him as saying
further that his country was ready to fight against the USA.

Mar 19 07:10

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

Mar 18 15:00

Letter to the People of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat

The histories of our people have been connected since the beginning of our struggles for freedom. Francisco de Miranda, a Venezuelan hero, fought with the American people during their independence fight. We share the idea that freedom and independence are fundamental elements for the development of our nations.

Mar 18 08:37

BEX ALERT - New photos reveal expanding reach of Iran in Venezuela and other parts of Latin America

As the Obama administration seeks a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, new congressional testimony, documents and photos show Tehran is expanding its reach into South America by advising rogue regimes on suppressing anti-government protests and financing secretive military facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the pitch for an invasion of Venezuela, justified as "containing" Iran.

Mar 18 06:34

Cuba's Fidel Castro Pens Letter of Support to Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro

uba’s former leader Fidel Castro offered another show of support to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro this week, writing him an open letter that was published in Cuba’s state newspaper Granma. Castro assured Maduro that Venezuela would “never accept threats” from abroad, in reference to escalating tensions between Caracas and Washington.

Mar 17 14:33

Maduro Sends Letter to Putin: 'Venezuela is Your Home'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed confidence that Caracas and Moscow can achieve more than they have over the past 61 years of diplomatic relations.

Mar 17 09:16

Reader photos from protests in Brazil

Mar 16 14:27

Obama’s War in the Western Hemisphere and Venezuela’s National Liberation Struggle

Why did Obama declare a ‘national emergency’, claim that Venezuela represents a threat to US national security and foreign policy, assume executive prerogatives and decree sanctions against top Venezuelan officials in charge of national security, at this time?

Mar 16 06:55

WATCH STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN SQUIRM WHEN ASKED ABOUT U.S. POLICY AGAINST SUPPORTING COUPS

In case you weren’t aware, Venezuelan authorities recently accused the U.S. of attempts to overthrow its government. In a press conference, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, vehemently denied such claims and then went ahead and spouted talking points so ridiculous, only a complete ignoramus could believe them. She said:

As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.
Interesting, because it seems to me that the primary role of U.S. foreign policy throughout my lifetime has been specifically to initiate political transitions by non-constitutional means.

The line was simply too much to bear for some members of the press. One guy in particular, incredulously asked her to elaborate on her definition of “long-standing” in light of the historical reality that the U.S. government has been constantly involving itself in coups all over the world, particularly in Latin America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government encourages and funds coups and putsches, as it did in Ukraine; therefore, no US government spokesperson has any right to state, with a relatively straight face, that " As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means." because she is lying through her teeth.

Ms. Psaki's statements are yet another unsettling demonstration of the reality that the words "truth" and "The US Government" can never, ever be used in the same sentence anymore.

Mar 16 06:24

Thousands Crowd Brazil's Streets: Demand Military Intervention & Rousseff Resignation, Impeachment

It appears the 'people' are growing more and more dissatisfied with their corrupt and greedy leaders across the world. As we noted recently, Brazil's economy is imploding, consumer sentiment is at record lows, and with the Petrobras scandal providing a glimpse at just how deep the corruption might go, Brazilians are revolting. Hundreds of thousands are crowding the streets in several regional Brazilian capitals, dominated ironically by the middle and upper classes. Demands for "Dilma Out" and "Impeach Dilma" are also interspersed with calls for a quasi-coup and "military intervention."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting emails from Brazil saying the protests are nationwide and number in the millions.

Mar 15 17:32

Thousands Crowd Brazil's Streets: Demand Military Intervention & Rousseff Resignation, Impeachment

It appears the 'people' are growing more and more dissatisfied with their corrupt and greedy leaders across the world. As we noted recently, Brazil's economy is imploding, consumer sentiment is at record lows, and with the Petrobras scandal providing a glimpse at just how deep the corruption might go, Brazilians are revolting. Hundreds of thousands are crowding the streets in several regional Brazilian capitals, dominated ironically by the middle and upper classes. Demands for "Dilma Out" and "Impeach Dilma" are also interspersed with calls for a quasi-coup and "military intervention."

Mar 14 22:34

Venezuelan, Russian Troops Stage Large-Scale Military Exercises

The Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said that the nation's military is conducting massive air defense and artillery drills involving visiting Russian troops and hardware.

Mar 13 14:19

Venezuela Next on Neocon Hit List for Regime Change

Venezuela seems to be following Ukraine on the neocon hit list for “regime change” as Washington punishes Caracas for acting against a perceived coup threat. But a broader problem is how the U.S. conflates “free markets” with “democracy,” giving “democracy” a bad name, writes Robert Parry.

Mar 13 12:46

Chilean accused of murder, torture taught 13 years for Pentagon

A member of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s brutal secret police who’s been accused of murder taught for more than a decade at the Pentagon’s premier university, despite repeated complaints by his colleagues about his past.

Jaime Garcia Covarrubias is charged in criminal court in Santiago with being the mastermind in the execution-style slayings of seven people in 1973, according to court documents. McClatchy also interviewed an accuser who identified Garcia Covarrubias as the person who sexually tortured him.

Despite knowing of the allegations, State and Defense department officials allowed Garcia Covarrubias to retain his visa and continue working at a school affiliated with the National Defense University until last year .

Mar 13 10:50

US Sanctions on Venezuela Not Really About Human Rights

But what’s not too obvious to point out is what the U.S is actually doing in Venezuela. It’s truly remarkable how the very same people who demand U.S. actions against the democratically elected government in Caracas are the ones who most aggressively mock Venezuelan leaders when they point out that the U.S. is working to undermine their government.

The worst media offender in this regard is The New York Times, which explicitly celebrated the 2002 U.S.-supported coup of Hugo Chavez as a victory for democracy, but which now regularly derides the notion that the U.S. would ever do something as untoward as undermine the Venezuelan government. Watch this short video from Monday where the always-excellent Matt Lee of Associated Press questions a State Department spokesperson this week after she said it was “ludicrous” to think that the U.S. would ever do such a thing:

Mar 13 06:53

WAPO, OWNED BY CIA'S WEBMASTER, BLASTS VENEZUELA'S 'STATE-FINANCED' NEWS

Venezuelans are worried because US President Barack Obama declared a “national emergency” that called Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” But there’s no need for them to get upset, the Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and Karen DeYoung (3/11/15) reassure. The Obama administration explained that it just wanted to impose sanctions on some of Venezuela’s top officials because “it wanted to send a strong message in defense of human rights and democracy”

Mar 13 06:51

VENEZUELA LIQUIDATING GOLD TO COUNTER U.S. SANCTIONS

It was only a matter of time before Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took steps to offset the decision that the U.S. government made against his country. On March 9th, President Obama issued an executive order declaring Venezuela a national threat after seven of the country’s officials were involved in a diplomatic dispute with the U.S.

Mar 13 02:34

The Mental Ideology of Revolution - The Venezuelan “Threat”

We are being told by President Obama that Venezuela is a national security threat to the United States of America. Some say it is necessary for this to be claimed so that Obama can legally take punitive actions against Venezuelan officials. Pause for a moment and let the phrase sink in. “National security threat”.

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Mar 12 14:30

Russia Warns US Action on Venezuela Threatens Latin America

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of stepping up destabilization efforts against Venezuela.

Mar 12 13:27

State Department Announces New "Long-standing" Policy Against Backing Coups

After Venezuela accused the United States of plotting another coup, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki rejected the claim as "ludicrous." She said, "As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means." The response from reporters may surprise you.

Mar 11 13:05

Looking for Enemies - Venezuela, the Latest ‘National Security Threat’

Seriously? Venezuela is a “national security threat”?

That is what President Obama has reportedly declared today in a new executive order.

Mar 11 12:03

U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Denounced by Latin American Leaders

President Obama has issued an executive order placing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials for alleged human rights violations and political prosecution of opposition protesters since February 2014. The statement, which opens by describing, quote, "the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela." Obama will order the freezing of the officials' assets and block their entry to the U.S.

It has been denounced by several Latin American leaders. Bolivian President Evo Morales said, "We condemn, we repudiate, in the 21st century we won't accept this kind of intervention by the United States". Well, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said, "It must be a bad joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism."

Mar 11 10:27

US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela

Barack Obama, an ornamental figure in the White House, who was not able to impede a lunatic like Benjamin Netanyahu from addressing both houses of Congress to sabotage the talks with Iran on the country’s nuclear program, has received a strict order from the “military-industrial-financial” complex: he must create the conditions to justify a military aggression against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The presidential order issued hours ago, and broadcast by the White House press office, establishes that the country of Bolivar and Chavez is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” and declares a “national emergency” to deal with that threat.

Mar 11 08:16

Venezuela Begins Liquidating Its Gold

Yesterday we reported that in retaliation to the latest Obama executive order which declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials, Maduro promptly took advantage of this "outside threat" to rally his toilet paper-starved population "around the flag", and while pointing at the "evil imperialist" Obama, granted himself even greater authoritarian powers: "I have put together a special law that gives me special powers to preserve the peace, the integrity and the sovereignty of the country before any situation that presents itself due to this imperialist aggression."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the big stink when Venezuela demanded their gold back? Now, courtesy of the oil price war, the bankers are simply buying it all back!

Mar 11 06:46

US Labels Venezuela a Threat While Backing Human Rights Abusers

Barack Obama has upped the ante in his aggressions against Venezuela. The U.S. president claimed Monday that the democratically-elected Venezuelan government poses a “threat to national security,” due to a full compliment of alleged human-rights abuses.

Yet this preoccupation with human rights becomes perplexing when one considers that many of the chief recipients of U.S. aid — a combination of military and economic assistance — or support employ highly-questionable practices to prop up their regimes.

Mar 11 06:01

Correa calls US sanctions on Venezuela a 'bad joke'

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa blasted the U.S. government’s listing of Venezuela as a national security threat while slapping sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama.

“An executive order by Obama declaring Venezuela a national security threat and declaring a national emergency to face this threat... It must be a bad joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism... Will they understand that Latin America has changed?” said the Ecuadorean leader Tuesday through his Facebook account.

Mar 11 06:00

UNASUR supports Venezuela against outside interference

The head of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) said Monday that the regional bloc is in total support of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro following the U.S. government’s declaration of Venezuela as a national security threat.

Mar 10 15:40

Ecuador Alerts Public to CIA Actions Across the Continent

The Foreign Ministry is backing a new book outlining CIA actions in Ecuador to raise public awareness of interventions committed by the organization.

Mar 10 14:48

U.S. President Barack Obama Brands Venezuela a “Security Threat,” Implements New Sanctions

U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order this Monday slapping Venezuela with new sanctions and declaring the Bolivarian nation an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security”.

Mar 10 12:37

President Obama Declares Venezuela “A Threat to National Security”, Seeks Regime-Change

The Obama Administration, which in 2009 provided the crucial assistance that enabled the progressive democratic President of Honduras to be overthrown and a junta of oligarchs to replace him; and which in 2014 perpetrated a bloody coup that replaced the corrupt but democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, replaced by a rabidly anti-Russian equally corrupt Government, and thus sparked Ukraine’s civil war against the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for Yanukovych; is now again trying to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected President, Nicolas Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article doesn't mention the US' previous attempts to regime change Venezuela under Hugo Chavez.

Mar 10 05:28

Venezuela's Maduro Mocks Obama

Venezuela's Maduro Mocks Obama, Grants Himself "Special Powers" To Defend Against "Imperialist Aggression

"I have put together a special law that gives me special powers to preserve the peace, the integrity and the sovereignty of the country before any situation that presents itself due to this imperialist aggression,” Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says on state television.

Mar 09 11:13

US issues sanctions on Venezuelan officials

The White House on Monday slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, freezing their U.S. assets and banning them from entering the United States.

The measures were announced as President Barack Obama issued an executive order declaring a national emergency related to threats posed by Venezuela's political turmoil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... just one week after Venezuela exposes a US-backed coup plot!

Mar 09 11:01

U.S. declares Venezuela a threat, sanctions top officials

The United States on Monday declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials in the worst diplomatic dispute with the oil-rich country since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.

President Barack Obama issued and signed the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target the energy sector or Venezuela's broader economy. The move raises tensions between Washington and the OPEC member just as U.S. relations with Cuba, another longtime U.S. foe in Latin America, are set to be normalized.

Declaring a country a national security threat is the first step in starting a sanctions regime. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, you are aware that April Fool's Day is at least three weeks away, are you not?!?

And would you mind, please, explaining, rationally to the American people as to WHY you woke up this morning, and declared "Venezuela a national security threat." ?!?!?

Is it because, sir they happen to be selling their oil for other currencies than the US dollar, is this not the real reason?!?

And as has happened, and is about to happen, to countries dealing with US sanctions; sanctions are most generally a prelude to war.

Mar 09 08:45

Ecuador Alerts Public to CIA Actions Across the Continent

The Foreign Ministry is backing a new book outlining CIA actions in Ecuador to raise public awareness of interventions committed by the organization.

Mar 08 15:20

Israel Shamir: Who Killed Nemtsov

The Russians are worried that pro-Western neoliberal party will regain the positions they lost after 2000, and dead Nemtsov will indeed be more useful for his cause than alive one.

Anyway, while the mourning and the funeral did not cause any breach of peace, the march did not turn into a Maidan or Tahrir, and Bernard Henri Levi did not land on the Red Square, the Putin’s government got cold feet. For a long eight days Russian police looked for the murderers, and meanwhile the Yeltsin’s cadres, people of nineties assaulted Putin from within and the Western media and officials from without. President Putin is not a Genghis Khan, he is a non-confrontational bloke whose great ambition is to live in peace and harmony with the West while defending Russia’s vital interests, and observing interests of Russia’s wealthies and worthies. He also wants to be accepted as an equal among the world’s great, East and West.

Mar 08 03:37

A Sea of People Fighting for Water in Sao Paulo

Activists demand transparency and increasing access to information about the real situation of the reservoirs, and oppose to the state proposal of increasing water supply charges (scheduled to come into effect in April), that is considered a perverse measure that privileges the biggest and wealthier water consumers, while leaving the poor unassisted.

Mar 07 14:09

Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

Most of what Americans knew about the country other than that it had abundant oil reserves was the fact that it once won a Miss Universe contest and was home to a few good baseball players. That ignorance has been a perfect blank slate on which the U.S. government, mainstream media and right-wing opposition parties have been able to carve their warped perspectives about Venezuela’s left-wing government.

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