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Mar 28 06:48

Ex-Venezuelan General Indicted in Narco-Terrorism Case Surrenders to DEA Agents - Reports

A former Venezuelan general has surrendered to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just a day after being indicted by US federal prosecutors and having a $10 million reward posted for his capture.

On Friday, Clíver Antonio Alcalá Cordones, a former major general of the Venezuelan Army, surrendered to Colombia's National Intelligence Directorate in Bogota and is now in the custody of the US DEA, El Tiempo reported, citing unnamed sources.

Alcalá left his position in Venezuela's armed forces in 2013. US federal prosecutors alleged he had been "a leader and manager of the Cartel of the Suns," a supposed drug smuggling ring inside the Venezuelan government the US government has claimed makes leading Venezuelan officials "narco-terrorists." Alongside 13 other Venezuelans, Alcalá was indicted in the Southern District Court of New York on Thursday on narco-terrorism charges and the State Department placed a $10 million bounty on his head.

Mar 27 13:38

Venezuela Dismisses US Justice Department ‘Narco-terrorism’ Accusations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected US drug trafficking accusations against his person and senior members of his government.

In a televised address Thursday evening, Maduro blasted the State Department’s “racist cowboy methods” of offering money for information leading to his and other Venezuelan leaders’ arrest. The president likewise touted Venezuela’s role in fighting the drug trade and in the Colombian peace process.

Mar 27 13:35

Venezuela Dismisses US Justice Department ‘Narco-terrorism’ Accusations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected US drug trafficking accusations against his person and senior members of his government.

In a televised address Thursday evening, Maduro blasted the State Department’s “racist cowboy methods” of offering money for information leading to his and other Venezuelan leaders’ arrest. The president likewise touted Venezuela’s role in fighting the drug trade and in the Colombian peace process.

Mar 25 04:07

Venezuela’s Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You

Within a few hours of being launched, over 800 Venezuelans in the U.S. registered for an emergency flight from Miami to Caracas through a website run by the Venezuelan government. This flight, offered at no cost, was proposed by President Nicolás Maduro when he learned that 200 Venezuelans were stuck in the United States following his government’s decision to stop commercial flights as a preventative coronavirus measure. The promise of one flight expanded to two or more flights, as it became clear that many Venezuelans in the U.S. wanted to go back to Venezuela, yet the situation remains unresolved due to the U.S. ban on flights to and from the country.

Mar 23 04:49

The IMF Abandons Venezuelans to the Threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic on a Political Decision

No government that had to bow to the power of a financial institution like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knows the harsh consequences to which it will have to submit. That includes the Venezuelan government. And yet last March 15 president Nicolas Maduro filed a formal request to the IMF for a financing facility of US$5 billion from the emergency fund of the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) with the following words in a letter sent to the IMF director Kristalina Georgieva and that Arreaza published on his Twitter account:

“Only under the spirit of solidarity, brotherhood, and social discipline, we will be able to overcome the situation that comes our way, and we will know how to protect the life and wellbeing of our peoples.”

Mar 19 04:27

US House Rams Through Nicaragua Regime-Change Bill with Zero Opposition

Ben Norton reports on the passage of a bipartisan bill that further intensifies the U.S. attack on the Ortega government and received no coverage in the English-language corporate media.

As the Trump administration’s year-long coup attempt against Venezuela spirals out in failure, the U.S. government has taken aim at Nicaragua with increasing ferocity, in a bid to topple its democratically elected, leftist Sandinista government.

Washington’s pressure escalated further on March 9 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution in a voice vote without any opposition that demanded more sanctions and aggressive actions against the Nicaraguan government of President Daniel Ortega.

This bill — which received no coverage in the English-language corporate media — refers to Nicaragua’s elected government as the “Ortega regime,” echoing the bellicose rhetoric of the right-wing opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent to any thinking American with more than 2 brain cells to rub together, that the criminal proclivities of this country know no boundaries, and unfortunately, the current actions against Nicaragua, are only the tip of a very dirty geopolitical iceberg.

Mar 11 05:52

Fire Destroys Most Voting Machines in Venezuela’s Capital

Venezuela’s elections council said on Sunday that a fire over the weekend destroyed most of the voting machines stored in its main warehouse in the capital, Caracas, potentially complicating parliamentary elections scheduled for this year.

Nearly 50,000 voting machines and almost 600 computers went up in flames as a result of the fire that broke out on Saturday, said elections council chief Tibisay Lucena.

“There was little that could be rescued,” Lucena said in a statement broadcast on state television.

“If there are small groups (of people) who think that this will end our constitutionally established electoral processes, they are very wrong.”

Mar 06 08:00

Coca-Cola Accused of Funding Colombian Death Squad

U.S.-based Coca-Cola company along with more than 50 other companies were accused by Colombian courts of financing terrorism for their ties to the now-disbanded paramilitary organization, United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a fact trade union leaders have been denouncing for decades.

Mar 05 06:17

Venezuela Responds with Principled Conviction to the US’ Desperate Attempts at Regime Change

The continued effort to overthrow President Maduro does not seem to produce the intended results for the perpetrators, but rather sends signals of desperation. The regime change plotters may be wishing to achieve what they did in Bolivia. But that is not likely to happen anytime soon. That must cause some political frustration in Washington and of course more resistance in Caracas.

Mar 02 08:17

TRUMP SETS NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS OVER CORONAVIRUS, CONSIDERING SOUTHERN BORDER SHUTDOWN

SOURCE: FOX NEWS
President Trump authorized new travel restrictions and warnings Saturday – and said he’s even looking at closing the southern border – in response to the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the first American life, while assuring the nation at an all-hands-on-deck press conference there’s “no reason to panic.”

Trump announced new strict travel "edicts" affecting Iran, Italy and South Korea and Trump confirmed he's looking to potentially tighten the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Yes, we are thinking about [the] southern border, we have received a lot of power on the southern border over the last couple of years from the courts but we are looking at that very strongly," Trump said at a press conference.

The rare appearance in the White House press briefing room came shortly after news of the first death in the United States from the new virus and a terrible week on the stock market over fears of the outbreak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What he is talking about doing is absolutely reasonable, given where clusters of the disease are cropping up; and yes, including the Southern Border closure makes sense; but my question is, until there is a viable vaccine, will it be enough?!?

For me, the jury is out on that one; please observe the standard protocols, like frequent hand washing.

But for people living in a "hot zone", where a number of these cases have been diagnosed, you may want to research, and get, some colloidal silver; some probiotics (because much of human immunity comes from our gut 8 health benefits of probiotics); and some Vitamin C, to assist your immune system in protecting you from getting ill, as much as might be possible.

Feb 26 07:54

Brazil Confirms South America's First Case Of Coronavirus: Live Updates

It's official: The Coronavirus has spread to South America.

Feb 24 09:12

The Lima Group Is More than Just About Venezuela. Scheduling More Coups and Color Revolutions in Latin America?

At the behest of Donald Trump and Chrystia Freeland, the Lima Group met in Ottawa on February 20th, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne dutifully mouthed their set lines and good Samaritan posturing in the pretense of democracy, humanitarianism and the rule of law. Ostensibly, the purpose of this meeting was to devise and orchestrate ways to oust the vile, murderous dictator, as Washington has sought to cast the duly elected President Nicolás Maduro.

Progressive chroniclers and activists have almost exclusively been concerned with the notion that a dismembered Venezuela is the main, or even the only, labor of love of this nefarious little band of economic fundamentalists, death-incanting, democratically-challenged member regimes of the Lima Group. I fear that we may not fully appreciate what this cartel is up to.

Feb 23 01:53

FLASHBACK: Election Fraud Suspected After Vladimir Putin Wins North Carolina Congressional Race

NORTH CAROLINA—Election fraud has been suspected in North Carolina's 9th congressional district as Russian president Vladimir Putin emerged victorious in the contest Friday.

Feb 21 07:48

Why Is Maduro Still Pushing The Petro?

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes that Venezuela’s “National Superintendency for the Defense of Socio-Economic Rights is reportedly pressuring stores to accept the government’s new digital fiat currency, the petro.” The Venezuelan government claims its digital currency, which launched in early 2018, is backed one-for-one by a barrel of oil. The petro is also intended to circulate at a fixed exchange rate with the bolívar soberano, the latest iteration of Venezuela’s fledgling currency.

Ms. O’Grady quotes me summarizing some of the work I have done with Josh Hendrickson and Thomas Hogan, which shows that a government can get its citizens to use its preferred money so long as it is sufficiently big or is willing to levy sufficiently large punishments. But she leaves another question unanswered: why would the Venezuelan government prefer the petro?

Feb 21 07:35

BLOOMBERG SURROGATE WAS PR GURU FOR BRAZIL’S EXTREME-RIGHT LEADER BOLSONARO

SOURCE: THE GRAYZONE
Former Michael Bloomberg aide Arick Wierson, who is pushing the billionaire’s 2020 presidential campaign and attacking Bernie Sanders, helped elect far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.

BY BEN NORTON

A Michael Bloomberg surrogate pumping up the billionaire’s 2020 campaign for president also helped to elect Brazil’s extreme-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro, an open supporter of military dictatorship who frequently threatens violence against his political opponents.

Arick Wierson is a public relations strategist who served as a political aide and the top communications adviser to Bloomberg when the Republican media mogul was mayor of New York City.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Bloomberg is so comfortable, tasking surrogates to support dictatorships in other countries with their PR, to the detriment of the people living in those countries, makes me wonder just what kind of allegiances he has to the Original Contract with America, the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

And a at this moment in time, I find myself singularly uncomfortable with this question, relative to Bloomberg's Presidential candidacy and aspirations.

Feb 18 15:37

Trump Sanctions Rosneft, Russia's Largest Oil Company, For Helping Maduro In Venezuela

The Trump administration announced significant new sanctions on Tuesday targeting Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, for helping Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro circumvent U.S. sanctions. Specifically, the sanction targets Rosneft Trading SA, a unit of Russia's state-owned oil giant Rosneft, as well as company’s executive Didier Casimiro, over the company’s actions in Venezuela, senior administration official said in call with reporters.

The US accused Rosneft of propping up Venezuela’s oil sector, the admin official said, characterizing the company as the “primary culprit” of a campaign to evade Washington’s pressure campaign on the Maduro regime.

Feb 18 08:01

Mistrial Is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela

Last week, we along with Adrienne Pine and David Paul were unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Trump administration for our protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC from April 10 to May 16, 2019. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision and so we remain innocent of the charge of interfering with the protective functions of the US Department of State. The judge declared a mistrial. It was a partial victory and we greatly appreciate the jurors who were able to see through the cloud of misinformation in the courtroom and vote to acquit us.

Feb 16 12:26

Mistrial in Trump admin’s biased case against Venezuelan embassy protectors is win for sovereignty

A hung jury in the Donald Trump administration’s case against activists who were arrested protecting Venezuela’s internationally recognized embassy in Washington, DC is being heralded as a major win for sovereignty, amid the US government’s floundering coup attempt against the Chavista government in Caracas.

On February 14, a jury of 12 DC residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial — in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that had stacked the odds against them.

Feb 13 07:05

China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela

The Russian government rejected on Monday the U.S. threats to impose new sanctions against several Russian companies for their cooperation with Venezuela in the oil sector.

Last week, the United States special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, warned Russia that its support for Venezuela will cost them econmically as Washington is looking to sanction them.

“We classify this practice as harmful, we believe that many countries suffer because of this practice, we consider it contrary to international law,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters Monday in regards to Washington’s plans.

“The United States, especially, and several other countries, unfortunately use these trade and other restrictions very frequently against third world countries, which are illegal under international law.”

Feb 13 07:03

US Sanctions Venezuelan State Airline, Threatens Russian Oil Giant

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the sanctions regime as “outrageous.”

Feb 11 12:38

THE LAWYER WHO FOUGHT CHEVRON FOR ‘CHERNOBYL OF THE AMAZON’ IS NOW A ‘CORPORATE POLITICAL PRISONER’

Last year the world was shocked by the devastating fires which tore through the Amazon rainforest. People from all corners of the globe voiced their sadness and support on social media, celebrities came forth with pledges of support, and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro become the public face of the ruin of the rainforest.

With all the concern over the situation, however, those who truly care about the rainforests of South America missed an important development in the multi-generational fight against the corporations most responsible for deforestation and oil drilling in the earth’s most biologically diverse natural ecosystems.

Steven Donziger has been fighting for indigenous land rights and social justice in South America for over 25 years, and is celebrated as the lawyer who stood up to and won a $9.5 billion dollar settlement against Chevron in 2011 for polluting Lago Agrio, Ecuador with cancer-causing chemicals, poisoning many indigenous groups in the region.

Feb 08 11:45

Embassy Protectors Will Not Be Able to Tell Jury Guaido Is Not President, or Mention International Law

By Ajamu Baraka and Bahman Azad
Co-Chairs of the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee

On February 4, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a ruling on what the jurors will be allowed to be told in the trial of the Embassy Protectors scheduled to begin on February 11. She granted most of the government’s requests to prevent the jury from hearing important facts about the case, leaving the protectors with little in the way of a defense.

The courtroom will not be an oasis of truth in Washington, DC. The fact that Nicolas Maduro is the lawful president of Venezuela, not the coup leader Juan Guaido, cannot be uttered in that courtroom. Even though everyone, including the judge and prosecutors, knows that Guaido has not served one nanosecond as president since his self-declared presidency one year ago, the jurors will not be allowed to be told that critical fact. They will be led to believe that Guaido’s fake ambassador Carlos Vecchio is real.

Feb 07 10:09

Brazil: judge dismisses cybercrimes accusations against Glenn Greenwald

Prosecutors had accused the journalist of helping a group hack into the phones of local authorities.

A Brazilian judge has rejected charges against the US journalist Glenn Greenwald stemming from his role in producing a series of damaging political exposés involving the celebrity justice minister of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

Federal prosecutors last month accused Greenwald – a staunch Bolsonaro critic – of being part of a “criminal” group of hackers which had allegedly pilfered messages from the mobile phones of Brazilian prosecutors and judges.

The extracted material served as the basis for a succession of politically explosive reports published by Greenwald’s media organisation the Intercept.

Brazilian prosecutors charge journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finally, some sanity and common sense on the part of the Brazilian judiciary; bravo!!

Feb 07 09:55

Pragmatic agenda: Lavrov tours Latin America to foster cooperation, not to spite Washington

The Russian foreign minister’s three-day trip to Latin America has provoked nervous reactions in the US, where it is assumed to be part of an anti-American agenda even though Moscow has legitimate economic interests in the region.
During the trip that started on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to pay one-day visits to Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela – setting the tongues wagging in Washington.

The Hill branded the whole trip a “show of support” for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom US President Donald Trump had just declared a “dictator” while offering support to self-proclaimed “interim leader” Juan Guaido.

Even Reuters has insinuated that Lavrov was “sent” by the Kremlin to Caracas to somehow “counteract” American sanctions. The standard line of mainstream media outlets seems to be that Moscow seeks to “strengthen influence in the region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, please; this alleged "Russian menace" went out with the dribble glass and the whoopie cushion.

Russian business people are just that; business people, period, end of discussion. This is why Lavrov is traveling to these countries, to encourage more business ties and deals.

I would really appreciate it, if DC wouldn't insinuate "evil" in to everything the Russian government does; the Russian government is doing this to protect the people who hired them, by voting, to run their government.

Feb 06 06:49

DOJ Buried Allegations That Cheney’s Halliburton Subsidiary Paid Bribes for Venezuela Contracts

Part of the ongoing U.S. demonization of the Nicolas Maduro government of Venezuela is to accuse it of corruption. In 2017, for example, U.S. prosecutors charged five former Venezuelan officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with soliciting bribes in exchange for helping vendors win favorable treatment from state oil company PdVSA from 2011 to 2015. (Hugo Chávez was president 2006 to 2013, and Maduro became president in 2013.)

However, there’s another example of PdVSA bribery that the U.S. never felt compelled to pursue. It is the alleged and never investigated Halliburton bribery of Venezuelan oil company officials in the late 1990s when Halliburton was run by Dick Cheney, who would leave it to become vice-president under George W. Bush.

Feb 05 06:41

WONDERFUL! President Trump Honors Brave Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó as Special Guest at SOTU Address (VIDEO)

President honored and welcomed President Guaidó to the State of the Union Address tonight.

This was quite an honor for Juan Guaidó who has the support to the Trump administration in his quest for freedom in Venezuela.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Must ... not ... puke ... cannot ... afford ... new ... laptop ...

Jan 31 08:47

Coronavirus Halts Flow Of Latin American Oil To China

The flow of oil traveling from Latin America to China has stopped in the wake of the deadly outbreak of the coronavirus that has sunk oil prices to three-month lows, with no oil making its way from Brazil or Colombia to China since last week, according to Bloomberg.

Jan 11 13:02

The reality we must face: Our Country, the United States, is a Rogue Nation and Our Leaders are Criminals

For as long as I’ve been alive, my country has been a rogue state.

Actually, the US became a rogue state four years before my birth in 1949 when, in 1945, Washington decided to bomb two militarily insignificant cities in Japan with its new super weapon, the atomic bomb, instantly incinerating several hundred thousand Japanese civilians, including many, many children, and condemning at least that many more to slow agonizing deaths from resulting cancers and birth defects.

Jan 09 16:42

Venezuela's Guaido sworn in as parliament speaker after stand-off

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido was sworn in for another term as speaker of parliament on Tuesday after a tense stand-off with the armed forces who initially prevented him from entering Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One sees not a word about this in the presstitute media; I have to wonder why, in light of the fact that this guy was President Trump's choice to lead Venezuela.

Dec 25 12:12

Morales claims US orchestrated 'coup' to tap Bolivia's lithium

Former Bolivia president Evo Morales told AFP on Tuesday that he was forced from office by a United States-backed coup d'etat aimed at gaining access to the South American country's vast lithium resources.

Demand for lithium is expected to grow globally as it is one of the key components in batteries used in high-tech equipment such as laptops and electric cars.

Morales resigned as president on November 10 after almost three weeks of protests against his controversial re-election to an unconstitutional fourth term in a poll widely denounced as rigged.

His resignation came after then-chief of the armed forces General Williams Kaliman publicly stated the former trade union leader should step down.

But since then, Morales -- Bolivia's first indigenous president -- has claimed to have been the victim of a coup d'etat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy, who was known for really trying to lift the Bolivian people out of poverty, is entirely correct in his assessment.

Dec 20 12:29

Bolivia: A coup for Israel too

Shortly after left-wing Bolivian President Evo Morales was ousted in a US-supported coup in November - disguised as a noble reaction to alleged electoral fraud - the self-appointed, fanatically right-wing Bolivian “interim” government announced the renewal of diplomatic relations with Israel.

These had been severed by Morales in 2009 during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, which killed some 1,400 Palestinians, including more than 300 children. Though Israel naturally cast itself as the singular victim of the affair, the ratio of Palestinian civilian to Israeli civilian deaths was 400:1.

During a subsequent Israeli-inflicted bloodbath in Gaza in 2014, this one by the name of Operation Protective Edge and entailing the slaughter of 2,251 Palestinians (including 299 women and 551 children), Morales denounced Israel as a “terrorist state” - a perfectly accurate assessment, given the circumstances and Israel’s track record.

Dec 18 16:45

Bolivian Attorney General Orders Ex-President Morales' Arrest

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who, after resigning, received asylum in Mexico, arrived on 12 December in the capital of Argentina, where he was granted refugee status.

Bolivia’s new Interior Minister Arturo Murillo has on Twitter published an arrest order for the country’s former President Evo Morales.

According to the text of the document, the decision to issue a warrant was taken as part of a criminal investigation into incitement to rebellion, terrorism, and financing terrorism.

The interior minister has already vowed to detain the former president, accusing Morales of inciting anti-government protests that, as Murillo claimed, amounted to terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is primarily a very public exercise in futility, as Mora has already been given permanent asylum in Argentina; and I sincerely doubt that Argentina will return him back to Bolivia for what is certain to be, a show trial.

Dec 18 15:24

Ousted President Evo Morales Says Transnational Corporations, US Gov’t Were Behind Bolivia Coup

Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales did not hold back on his criticism of U.S. empire in an interview with Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in Mexico. Morales was overthrown last month in a U.S.-backed coup that has left dozens dead and a country in upheaval. While faces in the White House may change, the same imperialist policies remain in place, Morales explained. Between Obama, Bush and Trump, he said:

I doubt that there are differences between them. Maybe in their form, but at the end of the day, there are no differences between them. They all speak of peace, but none speak of social justice or the independence of states, the dignity or identity of the people…so, as far as I see, democracy in America deceives its people into voting but neither the people nor the government rule, it is the transnational corporations who govern, whether it’s the Democrats or Republicans.”

Dec 17 08:42

WHILE EVO’S MAS PARTY REGROUPS, BOLIVIA’S COUP LEADERS ARE EATING EACH OTHER ALIVE

SOURCE: THEGRAYZONE.COM
Humiliating scandals are destroying right-wing leader Luis Fernando Camacho and the right is fracturing as a more militant MAS party readies for an uphill election battle

BY WYATT REED
La Paz, Bolivia – Just one month after ruling elites and right-wing politicians seized power in Bolivia with a military coup, the fragile unity they briefly enjoyed has erupted into a bitter public feud.

Local analysts had predicted that coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho and Pumari could unite the right from the country’s east and west, both indigenous and white or mestizo. They were seen as an insurmountable dream team. That alliance now lies smoldering, with the two presidential frontrunners openly airing their dirty laundry amid a vicious power struggle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; if the right continues tearing itself apart, courtesy of its own hubris and stupidity, what, then, is waiting in the wings to take over, with those huge lithium deposits at stake?!?

One of the last things that happened, before Morales was forced to flee the country, was to look at signing a deal with China about lithium mining, and insuring that the of people of Bolivia got some of the money from this process.

The US Pentagon; State Department; and Congress are going to have to think, long and hard, about who it wants to replace the fracturing right-wing, just as China is most probably looking at who it might bring a new deal to Bolivia, who has the potential for staying power.

OR, under the circumstances, is the US going to invade?!?

Right now, with a "Foreign Policy by Dartboard" approach in South and Central America (where, unfortunately, none of the deciders on Team Trump, are actually looking at same dartboard), I would not bet against this, as hysterical a notion it might seem right now.

These lithium deposits may ultimately be worth billions; that ... has been enough for the US government to invade and attempt to "pacify" the indigenous populations, both in Central and South America, and in the Middle East.

Dec 13 10:04

MÉXICO HAS DISCOVERED THE LARGEST LITHIUM RESERVE IN THE WORLD

TRANSLATED FROM FORBES MÉXICO
Mexico tops the list of the largest lithium deposit in the world , according to the report ranking made by Mining Technology.

The report indicates that the mine of this element located in Sonora is the largest element deposit with proven and probable reserves of 243.8 million tons.

In recent days, members of the Sonora government have met with the Chinese capital mining company Ganfeng Lithium, who are looking to settle and invest in the region.

"They have more than seven thousand employees and are very interested in coming in January, they will come on a commercial mission to Sonora, because they are interested in being here, seeing the possibility of installing and setting up a battery factory," said Jorge Vidal, secretary Sonoran economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would completely dismayed, if the scientific elements in this government didn't know about this huge deposit in Sonora, and that the Mexican government is now negotiating with China.

But what if the American government knew full well that this was about to happen, and had a plan to make such a Mexican/Chinese deal....a moot point?!?

Let's look at a map, in terms of the border of Mexico (Sonora, to be exact)
Border; Arizona, United States; Sonora, Mexico

Notice the flurry of headlines we have seen in the past couple of months, about cartel gang violence in Mexico, "spilling over" into the the US?!?
The Sinaloa
Cartel

Mexico: Organized Crime and Drug
Trafficking Organizations

Mexico ambush: How a US Mormon family ended up deadThe article goes on to state that "In time, the Mormon community south of the border grew in number and wealth.

They purchased land in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua and set up ranches and other colonias. They thrived as pecan farmers, grew wheat, planted apple and pomegranate orchards and produced honey to sell at farmers' markets. Although many returned to the southern United States after the Mexican Revolution, by the 1950s the Mormon enclaves had populations in the high hundreds or low thousands."

And notice, right after that, how President Trump was attempting to get Mexican drug cartels designated as "terrorists" ?!?

President Trump wants to label Mexican cartesl as "terrorist organizations"

Even though the Mexican government is bitterly opposed to such a measure, what happens if the US military goes in and "Controls" Sinaloa?!? Would this not mean that the US government also controlled the flow of lithium, in terms of practical production, and insuring that this mineral, would only be sold in the US dollar?!?

The previous moves by the US government remind us of the reality, that President Trump has US soldiers "guarding Syria's oil, and is at least considering having the refining by a US-trusted company"?!?!?

Trump OKs wider Syria oil mission, raising legal questions.

So what about Bolivia's "coup coup ka CHOO!" last month, when President Evo was overthrown, and found sanctuary in Mexico, for at least a while?!? What was his "crime" leading up to the ultra-right Putsch which took power here?

Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm's Lithium Deal

And another salient comment on bolivia's coup:

After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in BoliviaThe story goes on to state:

"Last year, Germany’s ACI Systems agreed to a deal with Bolivia. After protests from residents in the Salar de Uyuni region, Morales canceled that deal on November 4, 2019.

Chinese firms—such as TBEA Group and China Machinery Engineering—made a deal with YLB. It was being said that China’s Tianqi Lithium Group, which operates in Argentina, was going to make a deal with YLB. Both Chinese investment and the Bolivian lithium company were experimenting with new ways to both mine the lithium and to share the profits of the lithium. The idea that there might be a new social compact for the lithium was unacceptable to the main transnational mining companies.

Tesla (United States) and Pure Energy Minerals (Canada) both showed great interest in having a direct stake in Bolivian lithium. But they could not make a deal that would take into consideration the parameters set by the Morales government. Morales himself was a direct impediment to the takeover of the lithium fields by the non-Chinese transnational firms. He had to go.

After the coup, Tesla’s stock rose astronomically.

I do not know when President Trump is likely to characterize Mexican cartels (particularly in Sinaloa) in Sinaloa and beyond, as "terrorists; that gives President Trump gets a great more leeway in terms of how he uses our military; but I would suggest that an executive order, putting the wheels in motion for such an action, will not be long in coming.

And in terms of Mexico's "sovereignty"?!?

President Trump will give Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, precisely the same consideration as he did with Syria's President, Bashar Al Assad, when he both trained, funded, and provided weapons to Jihadis, whose task it was, to regime-change Syria, and take a great deal of their oil.

Oh, and if this isn't disturbing enough, we find this little "crumpet" of news in blacklistednews.com: US Army will fund rare earths-processing

So I have to wonder; will the first "funding" go soon-to-be US-controlled lithium mines in Mexico?!?

I will nearly bet you one thing; the "timing" of this announcement, is not accidental.

Dec 05 10:10

Cartel Violence Explodes - Has Mexico Finally Lost All Control?

Authored by Sarah Cowgill via LibertyNation.com,

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s attempts to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), an attack uncomfortably close to U.S. soil has the Mexican government scrambling and the president fuming. At least 22 died over the weekend as rival cartels struggling for Northern Mexico turf dominance clashed with local law enforcement in Villa Union, Coahuila, an hour’s drive from Eagle’s Pass, TX. The brazen attack seemingly was directed at the Mexican government to send a warning as to who is in charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the real question which should be asked is, was Mexico's government ever, really, in control of cartel violence in the first place, and the short answer is, "HELL no!".

My late maternal grandmother, Thelma, lived in Eagle's Pass Texas as a kid, and when I was a teenager, she took me there to meet an old family friend; the place looked like a broken stepchild of two countries which had no real compunction to fix anything which, to my eyes, meant everything.
The grinding, unrelenting urban poverty I remember seeing, broke my heart, and I wondered how this town was supposed to survive, in such a condition.

Fast-forward to 2019, and it is very obvious to me, that the drug cartels have taken over on both sides of the US/Mexico border.

But if President Trump wants to put an end to this alleged "war on drugs", which is utterly doomed to failure, in its current configuration, all he has to do, is to declassify, and decriminalize small amounts of drugs for personal use, then have those using referred to counseling, rather than jail.

And guess what European country has already made this work, at least to some degree: Portugal's radical drugs policy is working, so why hasn't the world copied it?

Now I will be the first to admit that this policy had areas where it didn't work; however, that being said, it is one hell of a lot more practical, and more compassionate, than nearly anything being done in the US.

Dec 05 09:38

Is Trump’s New Drug Cartel Terrorism Designation Masking a More Sinister Agenda?

President Donald Trump announced that he will designate Mexican drug cartels as “terrorists”, paving the way for a potentially massive increase in American military involvement directly south of its border. “They will be designated,” Trump told ex-Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly during an interview, revealing that he asked the Mexican government for permission to put soldiers on the ground: “let us go in and clean it out,” Trump said, revealing that they have “so far has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.”

Mexico’s left-wing president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly referred to by his initials, AMLO, hit back Friday, insisting that his country had not been invaded for more than a century and that he would not permit an invasion under his watch, revealing exactly how he understood Trump’s offer.

Dec 01 09:33

Trump Claims that Nicaragua Is a “National Security Threat” to Legitimize U.S. Economic Aggression

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended a national emergency declaration for Nicaragua for a year due to the “dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions” by the Government of the Central American country and the alleged repression of activists.

The notice extends for one year the emergency declared on November 27, 2018. The national emergency is intended to broaden the presidential powers to invoke a dozen relevant U.S. laws, however, it is not clear how the declaration would apply to Nicaragua. Trump used a similar emergency statement regarding the U.S.-Mexico border to invoke existing laws that, according to the administration, allow the diversion of money from government programs to build a border wall.

But why has Trump decided to do this?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nicaragua, a "national security threat"?!? Mr. President, are you flipping kidding us?!?

So let's talk reality here, by looking at the following article:

World's Largest lithium resources op for grabs, due to political upheaval in Bolivia

The article goes on to state: "One of the most prominent conspiracy theories surrounding the recent overthrow of Bolivian President Evo Morales is that the military’s intervention was a coup to ensure US control of lithium.

Considered a critical resource, lithium is a key component of new technologies including car batteries, phones, electronic devices and sophisticated weapons systems – and recent reports suggest Bolivia could host around 30% of the world’s total of the raw material.

In media interviews, Morales has claimed his ousting is the result of a US-backed movement to establish a right-wing leader who will expose the South American nation’s lithium reserves to exploitation by industry."

US companies want to get their hands on Nicaraguan lithium, so a coup was instituted by American interests, and Morales got overthrown: this is not a "conspiracy theory", but is premised on hard, logical fact.

Also, we have documentation from commondreams.org of the following:

After Morales Ousted in Coup, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia

The article goes on to state: "Tesla (United States) and Pure Energy Minerals (Canada) both showed great interest in having a direct stake in Bolivian lithium. But they could not make a deal that would take into consideration the parameters set by the Morales government. Morales himself was a direct impediment to the takeover of the lithium fields by the non-Chinese transnational firms. He had to go.

After the coup, Tesla’s stock rose astronomically."

Regime change coupled with a color revolution of dubious origins; this has become the US government's "recipe" for the expropriation of natural resources to which the US government, or corporations, have utterly no moral right; but the US government, had to beat out China's potential claim to the stuff, no matter the cost in Nicaraguan blood or money, right?!?

Dec 01 09:04

US Vows to ‘Reinforce’ Sanctions, Accuses Venezuela and Cuba of Stirring Regional ‘Strife’Elliott Abrams reiterated support for Guaido and denied that sanctions are damaging the Venezuelan economy.

Guaido proclaimed himself head of state in January and has gone on to lead several unsuccessful efforts to topple Maduro, including a failed military putsch in April.

Trump immediately backed Guaido’s “interim presidency,” handing the Venezuela file to Abrams, a veteran cold warrior infamous for his role in the Iran/Contra scandal, the Reagan administration’s Central America policy, and the Iraq War.

Asked about the efficacy of US sanctions, Abrams assured reporters that the measures are cutting off vital funds for the Venezuelan government. However, he acknowledged that he “would like to see, obviously, the sanctions work better,” adding that “there are plans to reinforce the effort.” He did not offer further details.

What’s the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why’s It So Hard for Media to Understand?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, our bovine excrement detector just re-kitted, on Abram's last statement here.

Dec 01 08:03

Mexico Won’t Allow US Military Operations Against Cartels: Foreign Minister warns drone strikes would violate sovereignty

President Trump’s move to declare Mexican cartels as terrorist groups is potentially going to be complicated, and Mexican President Obrador sought to establish a red-line, that Mexico will not allow the US to conduct cross-border military operations into Mexico looking for the cartels.

Trump hasn’t said he will send troops, saying that didn’t “want to say what I’m going to do” after the designation of the cartels. He refused to rule out the use of drone strikes in a recent interview, however.

Mexico’s foreign ministry was quick to reject that idea, saying that drone strikes would be a “violation of national sovereignty,” and have contacted the US to seek clarification about what they actually intend to do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump will treat Mexico's sovereignty... in just the same way as he has treated the sovereignty of Syria; the Mexican government is helpless to put a stop to it, unless another nation with heavy "fire-power" intervenes, as Russia did in Syria.

What President Trump should do, is to declare that personal amounts of all drugs become unscheduled, to pull the profit motive out from under the cartels' bottom line; of course, this will happen only when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, because there is so much money to be made from the illicit drug trade, by banks, corporations, and even, perhaps...political candidates.

And I am NOT throwing down the "j'accuse" against President Trump on this issue; I just wish he saw drug addiction more as an illness, rather than something against which to declare war.

Nov 30 10:40

Maduro Says US, Colombia Prepare Provocation, Mobilises Venezuelan Army

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had information that Colombia and the United States were planning a provocation on the Bolivarian Republic's western border and called on all staff of the country's armed forces to be prepared for battle.

"I have information that Colombia, together with the US Southern Command are planning to launch another provocation at the Venezuelan border with Colombia. All staff of Venezuela's armed forces must be combat ready", Maduro said on Friday during his meeting with the country's transportation employees broadcast via Twitter.

The president added that the provocations served to incite a military conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia border in order to draw attention away from the protests taking place in Colombia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope like hell Maduro is wrong in his assessment here; that being said, however, given the probable attempted assassination attempt on his life last year Potential assassination attempt made on Venezuela's President Maduro, August 2018, I don't blame the guy for getting more than a little bit concerned here.

Nov 28 19:26

Top 10 Fastest Trains in the World 2019

Of course, trains can’t fly over oceans like airplanes. But that doesn’t mean trains can’t run as fast as planes. Fortunately, some trains in this modern world are as fast as planes.

Followings is the list of ten fastest trains in the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzv_wQBkSvM

Nov 28 07:37

THE NEW YORK TIMES' LONG HISTORY OF ENDORSING US-BACKED COUPS

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
BY ALAN MACLEOD
Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup d’état earlier this month after Bolivian army generals appeared on television demanding his resignation. As Morales fled to Mexico, the army appointed right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez as his successor. Añez, a Christian conservative who has described Bolivia’s indigenous majority as “satanic”, arrived at the presidential palace holding an oversized Bible, declaring that Christianity was re-entering the government. She immediately announced she would “take all measures necessary” to “pacify” the indigenous resistance to her takeover.
This included pre-exonerating the country’s notorious security services of all future crimes in their “re-establishment of order,” leading to massacres of dozens of mostly indigenous people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The NY Slimes, is no longer an independent media voice; it has become the eco-chamber of the US government, and vomits up the codswallop the US government wants it to vomit.

For intelligent, independent media, look at the blogs, and look at their track record.

We have a companion piece for this, also from blacklistednews.com,
with the following title: WITH THE RIGHT-WING COUP IN BOLIVIA NEARLY COMPLETE, THE JUNTA IS HUNTING DOWN THE LAST REMAINING DISSIDENTS

And please remember that so far, everything Julian Assange has presented, has never been proven wrong; this is why the US government hates him with such a passion, and hopes to insure that the British government has him "eliminated with extreme prejudice" at Belmarsh, before he ever stands trial here for his alleged "crimes in the US."

Nov 28 07:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 27 13:46

Mexico Pushes Back Against Trump Plan To Label Cartels Terror Groups

Trump is weighing a terrorist designation for the cartels, which could open the door for American cross-border attacks on cartel infrastructure and cartel personnel.

According to the Washington Post, under US law, any violent foreign group or individual who "threatens American security" can be designated a terror group and be subjected to sanctions that, in this case, could seriously disrupt commerce between American and Mexican companies.

Nov 25 12:14

Riot police are engulfed in flames in Chile as demonstrators hurl petrol bombs during another outbreak of violence in protests that have so far left 24 dead and thousands hurt

Riot police were engulfed in flames as demonstrators hurled petrol bombs during continued protests against the Chilean President.

Thousands of people gathered again yesterday in Plaza Italia, the center of the demonstrations in Santiago, Chile, as part of the ongoing protests that have so far left 24 people dead and an estimated 3,000 people injured.

The demonstrators hurled stones and petrol bombs as they clashed with riot police on the streets who in turn responded with equal force by using tear gas and water cannons.

Nov 24 09:23

   23 DEAD AS VIOLENT UNREST IN CHILE ENTERS FIFTH WEEK

Looting and demonstrations took place in cities across the South American nation, and an agreement on a political roadmap that will see Chile draft a new constitution has halted neither the anger, nor the bloodshed. Furious Chileans have since October 18 been protesting social and economic inequality, and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the wealthiest families in the country, among other issues.

The crisis is the worst in three decades of Chilean democracy and has led to around 2,000 injuries, including some 280 people who suffered eye damage from shotgun pellets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will all come down, to where the police and military sympathies lie; if they lie with the rulers, we can expect a great deal more bloodshed, before the government claims the people "pacified"; if not, it may well be a new, and democratic day, for Chile.

Nov 23 09:37

Authorities impose curfew in capital of Colombia, deploy 20k police against protesters

Colombian President Iván Duque instructed the authorities in Bogota to impose an overnight curfew on the entire Colombian capital, as 20,000 uniformed police were deployed to “establish order” amid anti-government protests.
“What we are facing is not a march,” said Bogota Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, announcing the measure on Friday evening, describing the protesters as a small number of “criminals, vandals, looting, stealing and wanting to practically end our city.”

Initially, the curfew was to apply only to Bosa, Kennedy and Ciudad Bolivar – three districts on the south side of the capital, whose residents are primarily poor and working-class Bogotans. The decision to lock them down was made after violence erupted on the sidelines of mass protests against the government’s austerity policies.

Over 200,000 people rallied in Bogota on Thursday. Another 20,000 rallied in Cali, prompting local authorities to impose a curfew there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these protestors were"... a small number of “criminals, vandals, looting, stealing and wanting to practically end our city.”, why did Colombian President Iván Duque greenlight the presence of 20,000 police?!?

Sorry, but the numbers and description of those protesting, just doesn't jibe with a call for 20,000 police on the street.

Nov 22 12:18

THE CIA HELPED SHAPE ‘TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN’ SERIES INTO A BIGOTED VENEZUELA REGIME CHANGE FANTASY

“The CIA is something that we should all not only cherish, but be saying thank you every single day,” Krasinski declared.

“The coolest thing ever for me, I mean I totally nerded out when we got to the CIA,” Krasinski effused. “They were the most unbelievably generous, kind, smart people.”

Krasinski’s comments flowed directly from his experience as the star of the second series of the Amazon series, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”

In a new video analysis of the show (embedded at the end of this article), researcher Tom Secker exposed the show as straightforward US imperial propaganda which was produced in direct collaboration with the CIA and Pentagon.

Nov 22 10:09

MADURO PLEDGES 30 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL TO BACK PETRO CRYTOCURRENCY

Venezuela will use some 30 million barrels of oil it has in storage as backing for its national cryptocurrency, the petro, Reuters reports, citing a speech by President Nicolas Maduro.

“I will deliver these 30 million of barrels as a liquid, physical, material backing for the petro,” Maduro said on Venezuelan television. “The inventories of crude and products in storage tanks are available for immediate commercialization ... to sustain and back the operations of the sovereign Venezuelan crypto-asset, the petro.”

Earlier this month, Maduro said the petro had more than 27,000 “affiliated businesses” already and the number was expected to increase twofold in the next few months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, President Trump; your policy toward Venezuela, have pushed it into an even more "tight" economic alliance with China and Russia than ever before, well done, sir!!

(Sigh) Mr. President, a word, please: your, and your Administration's policies toward Venezuela, have been damned near insane.

I would suggest to you, as bluntly as I can politely, that Venezuela is not most probably going to fall further than it already has, because China and Russia will support Maduros in any way they can, stepping in with food, medicine, etc., to keep the situation here for working people no worse than it already is.

And if the petro does succeed, perhaps way beyond Maduros' wildest expectations, you will find another, very solid currency with which the US dollar most probably cannot compete.

So now, what, sir?!?

To any casual observer of American foreign policy, its execution appears to be foreign policy by dart-board; and not all of the players are using the same dart-board, Mr. President; and THAT is where this country can get into one hell of a lot of problems, sir.

Nov 20 21:04

China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium

For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come intofocus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own geopolitics not unlike that for the control of oil.......

Nov 20 07:18

Chile Protesters Take Down Surveillance Drone Using Hundreds of Laser Pointers

As the people of Chile enter the second month of massive protests against the neoliberal government of President Sebastian Piñera, clashes have continued unabated between demonstrators and the militarized security forces of the South American state.

Nov 19 10:37

Bolivia – A Color Revolution – or a New Surge for Latin American Independence?

Like Túpac Katari, indigenous Aymara leader more than 200 years ago, confronting the Spaniards, Evo Morales was betrayed and ‘dismembered’ by his own people, recruited and paid by the agents of the most destructive, nefarious and murderous dark elite that governs and has governed for over two hundred years our planet, the United States of America. With their worthless fiat-Ponzi-pyramid money, the made-out-of-thin-air US dollar, they create poverty throughout the globe, then buy off the weak and poor to plot against the very leaders that have worked for years to improve their social conditions.

Nov 19 10:35

Bolivia’s U.S.-backed Coup Government Has Given the Military a License to Kill Protestors

The de facto and unelected president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, signed a decree that exempts all military personnel from being criminally responsible, even in the cases of murder, in the midst of demonstrations against the coup d’etat that ousted democratically elected first Indigenous President of Bolivia, Evo Morales. Effectively, Bolivian security forces have a license to kill now.

Nov 19 08:46

Trump Has Murdered Over 40,000 Venezuelans With Sanctions

A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found that tens of thousands of Venezuelans have died as a direct result of Trump administration sanctions put into effect in August 2017, and that tens of thousands more are expected to die as a result of additional sanctions put into place in January of this year.

Nov 18 15:33

THE US-SPONSORED COUP THAT OUSTED EVO MORALES. BOLIVIA'S PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA IN LITHIUM PRODUCTION

Will Bolivia’s partnership with China in lithium mining come to an end with Morales’s overthrow? It is very likely. But the larger trend towards change in Latin America and the Caribbean in which Morales’s contribution was pivotal will continue. Opposition to the military backed coup in Bolivia is strong and sustained.

Nov 18 13:00

THE US-SPONSORED COUP THAT OUSTED EVO MORALES. BOLIVIA'S PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA IN LITHIUM PRODUCTION

Will Bolivia’s partnership with China in lithium mining come to an end with Morales’s overthrow? It is very likely. But the larger trend towards change in Latin America and the Caribbean in which Morales’s contribution was pivotal will continue. Opposition to the military backed coup in Bolivia is strong and sustained.

Nov 18 08:47

Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists

Independent journalists who are covering protests in Bolivia were accused of carrying out "sedition" by Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga, who was paradoxically appointed by a US-backed government that emerged from a coup d'etat against the socialist President Evo Morales.

Nov 17 16:53

Bolivia’s coup: Morales toppled not due to his failures, but due to his success

Questions remain about the circumstances that led to Morales’ ouster, and whether foreign governments played a role in it. But recent history provides reason to suspect that Bolivia’s rich natural resources are part of the answer.
In a near empty room, a Bolivian military official placed the presidential sash over Jeanine Anez Chavez, a senator from the Beni region who didn’t run the country’s recent election. The ardently Christian politician carried a Bible with her into the ceremony, which consolidated the coup d’etat in the Andean country.

Nov 16 09:56

Human rights abuse accusations proliferate in Chile unrest

Father-of-three Alex Nunez was returning from work in October during a military curfew imposed to curb violent protests in Chile’s capital Santiago when, his family say, he was chased by three police officers who beat him badly.

Nunez, a 39-year-old repairman, made it home that night but was rushed to hospital, where he died from his injuries shortly afterwards.

“Only 5% of his brain was working. They couldn’t operate,” his widow Natalia Perez told Reuters at her home in the low-income Santiago area of Maipu.

“He had a brain injury, cerebral edema and fractured skull.”

Police did not respond to a request for comment on the case and Reuters could not independently verify the family’s account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When innocently walking home becomes an "offence against civil government", something is very, seriously screwed up with that country's moral compass.

Nov 15 14:02

“Crime Against Democracy”: U.S. Backed Fascist Coup in Bolivia

When Morales was declared the winner in the October 20th elections, violent right-wing protests soon followed. The leaders of the opposition led by mostly fascist elements of Bolivian society including Luis Fernando Camacho who Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton of The Grayzone described him as “a powerful multi-millionaire named in the Panama Papers, and an ultra-conservative Christian fundamentalist groomed by a fascist paramilitary notorious for its racist violence, with a base in Bolivia’s wealthy separatist region of Santa Cruz.”

Nov 15 13:00

Bolivia’s Senate Agrees to Work Toward Early Elections

A late night vote in Bolivia’s Senate, which finally had a quorum after the police stopped blocking the ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) party from the chamber, has agreed that all parties will work together toward having new elections as soon as possible.

New elections were promised by former President Evo Morales, and are still the goal despite his ouster and exile to Mexico. A lot of details are disputed between Morales’ MAS and self-proclaimed interim president Jeanine Anez, who was endorsed by the US and Bolivia’s military.

Early, free elections are likely to be a matter of dispute, as Anez insisted that, while she will allow the MAS to run a candidate in the vote, they’d better come up with one soon, and that she would absolutely forbid Morales from running again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless she has the guns and military behind her, and in massive numbers, I have to think that this coup might well be short-lived; Morales had the interests, and the concerns, of all of the Bolivian people close to his heart; that made him utter Kryptonite in Washington.

There is also a companion piece, again from antiwar.com, which is worth reading here, and that is: Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup.

Nov 14 14:12

"No, No, You Guys; This US-Backed Military Coup Is Perfectly Legitimate!"

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

I just keep tripping on how dumb this latest US-backed military coup is. It’s in Bolivia in case you’ve lost track, which would be perfectly understandable since US-backed coups have become kind of like US mass shootings — there’s so many of them they’re starting to blend into each other.

I mean, for starters the justifications for this one are so cartoonishly reachy and desperate it boggles the mind a bit. The main argument you’ll see in favor of the coup is that Evo Morales was elected after Bolivia’s high court ruled that he could run for a fourth term, but the (democratically elected) court ruled against a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

That’s it. That weird, pedantic appeal to a particular interpretation of bureaucratic technicalities is the whole entire argument in support of a literal military coup backed by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) So what does this little country have, for which international (and US) businesses hunger for so mightily, that put it in the calendar for regime change in November of 2019?!?

Here, in a word, is what happened; and that word is "lithium."

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

I just keep tripping on how dumb this latest US-backed military coup is. It’s in Bolivia in case you’ve lost track, which would be perfectly understandable since US-backed coups have become kind of like US mass shootings — there’s so many of them they’re starting to blend into each other.

I mean, for starters the justifications for this one are so cartoonishly reachy and desperate it boggles the mind a bit. The main argument you’ll see in favor of the coup is that Evo Morales was elected after Bolivia’s high court ruled that he could run for a fourth term, but the (democratically elected) court ruled against a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

The Grayzone has published an article documenting this coup’s many ties to Washington. Put it all together, and you’ve got a US-backed military coup

The story goes on to state: "The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation's massive reserves of this crucial mineral."

by Vijay Prashad

"Bolivia’s key reserves are in lithium, which is essential for the electric car. Bolivia claims to have 70 percent of the world’s lithium reserves, mostly in the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. The complexity of the mining and processing has meant that Bolivia has not been able to develop the lithium industry on its own. It requires capital, and it requires expertise."

Tesla (United States) and Pure Energy Minerals (Canada) both showed great interest in having a direct stake in Bolivian lithium. But they could not make a deal that would take into consideration the parameters set by the Morales government. Morales himself was a direct impediment to the takeover of the lithium fields by the non-Chinese transnational firms. He had to go.

After the coup, Tesla’s stock rose astronomically."

Nov 14 14:07

Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by US military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs

Commanders of Bolivia’s military and police helped plot the coup and guaranteed its success. Before they were educated for insurrection through the US military’s notorious School of the Americas and FBI training programs.

Nov 13 10:05

USAID funds salaries of Venezuelan coup leaders to lobby US politicians for regime change

American taxpayers are now paying the salaries and expenses of dozens of Venezuelan opposition figures who have created a “shadow government” inside Venezuela and abroad. On October 8, USAID signed a bilateral agreement with the faction of the Venezuelan opposition led by National Assembly president Juan Guaidó (whom the Trump administration recognizes as the “interim president” of Venezuela) that includes $98 million in assistance for Venezuelans.

Nov 13 10:04

Trump Threatens Venezuela And Nicaragua After Coup in Bolivia

United States President Donald Trump has issued threats Monday against the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua after Sunday’s coup against President Evo Morales in Bolivia.

"The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere,” Trump said in a statement published on the Withe House’s website, adding that “these events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail."

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military's role in the coup Monday saying that “the United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution.”

Nov 13 09:37

Unidentified People Attempt to Take Over Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil - Foreign Ministry

Earlier, several media outlets reported that the embassy had been invaded by people linked to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. The latter proclaimed himself interim president of the country in January 2019 and unsuccessfully tried to oust the elected president, Nicolas Maduro.

Vice Minister for the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Yvan Gil, has stated that the country's embassy in Brazil suffered an attempted attack by groups supporting Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president, at 4 a.m. local time (7:00 GMT).

Nov 13 09:36

Venezuelans Who Return From Emigration and Stories Nobody Tells

Over the past year, more than fifteen thousand Venezuelans who tried to start a new life in another country have chosen to come back home, taking advantage of a programme that allows them to return.

Venezuelans who fled the country are starting to return home. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, last year more than 15,000 citizens returned to Venezuela. The government has created the “Homecoming Plan” (Vuelta a la Patria Plan), which offers free flights to Caracas from several Latin American countries, however the authorities don’t have time to consider the applications of everyone who wants to use the programme, and the waiting list is growing.

Nov 13 09:35

Events in Bolivia follow script of ‘color revolution’ – the antithesis of democracy

From the claim of a ‘stolen’ election to the opposition burning ballots and the forced resignation of President Evo Morales, the events in Bolivia have followed the script of the original “color revolution” in Serbia.

A politician critical of Washington seeks re-election, and wins the vote in the first round under the existing rules. Opposition parties cry foul and demand a runoff, only to attack the polling stations and burn the ballots, making an accurate count impossible. Then their demands escalate: the “dictator” must resign without a new vote, the “people power” in the streets demands it.

Nov 13 09:04

Bolivia Is the Latest Successful US-Backed Coup in Latin America

Bolivian President Evo Morales “resigned” at gunpoint Sunday, after army generals publicly demanded his resignation, despite convincingly winning re-election just three weeks ago.

Nov 13 09:03

Bolivia coup led by Christian fascist paramilitary leader and millionaire – with foreign support

Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.

Nov 13 09:00

Bolivia walks away from lithium project with German company

Bolivia’s government has cancelled a joint venture project with Germany’s privately owned ACI Systems Alemania (ACISA), which was seeking to develop a massive lithium project in the country’s southern highlands.

Residents of Potosí, where the partners had planned to build a factory for electric vehicles (EVs) batteries and a lithium hydroxide plant, have been protesting since early October against the project. They claimed the region was not getting enough benefits from the deal and demanded authorities to raise the agreed 3% royalty to 11%, Spanish news agency EFE reported.

Nov 12 12:23

Bolivia: audios leaked from opposition leaders calling for a coup against Evo Morales

A series of 16 audios in which opposition leaders call for a coup against the newly re-elected president Evo Morales were leaked through various social platforms.

Local media point out that the destabilizing plan would have been coordinated by the United States Embassy in Bolivia prior to the elections and cites US senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are said to have direct contact with the Bolivian opposition in the strategy to overthrow Morales.

The plan focuses on the fact that if Evo Morales won the elections on October 20, a civil-military transition government would be established. The new government would allege fraud in the electoral process and would not recognize Morales' electoral victory.

Nov 12 09:15

WILL THE PEOPLE OF BOLIVIA REVERSE THE US-SUPPORTED COUP AGAINST EVO MORALES?

On November 11, following victory in the October 20 presidential election and a vicious right-wing coup attempt, President Evo Morales resigned. Signs that a coup would occur if Morales won re-election surfaced before the election took place. Violent groups burnt buildings of Morales’ MAS (Movement Toward Socialism) Party and tried to cause chaos in the streets.

Immediately after the election, coup-supporters claimed there was election fraud without evidence to support the claim. The Organization of American States (OAS) demanded a recount, which Morales agreed to conduct. Then they called for a new election, which Morales consented to. And finally, as right-wing violence escalated to an extreme level, the head of the military turned against the President.

The resignation of Evo Morales is sending shockwaves across Bolivia, Latin America and around the world. People rallied immediately to reverse this US-supported coup using the hashtag, #EvoElMundoEstaContigo.

Nov 12 07:08

Let’s Invade Mexico! Another Entry in the Tourney of Damn Fool Ideas

I suppose that by now everyone has heard of Trump’s offer to send the American military to “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” which he asserts can be done “quickly and effectively.”

If AMLO were to invite the Americans into Mexico, he would be lynched. Few Americans are aware of how much the United States is hated in Latin America, and for that matter in most of the world. They don’t know of the long series of military interventions, brutal dictators imposed and supported, and economic rapine. Somoza, Pinochet, the Mexican-American War, detachment of Panama from Colombia, bombardment of Veracruz, Patton’s incursion – the list could go on for pages. The Mexican public would look upon American troops not as saviors but as invaders. Which they would be.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, bull-headedly stupid thing for this government to do, is no guarantee that they will not do it.

What President Trump should actually accomplish here, is to encourage a re-write the drug laws in this country, and make them legal; this would completely throw the profit motive out the door for the cartels.

Of course, with so many other people are prospering so mightily by allowing drug laws in this country to stay just as they are right now, this will never happen.

This, of course, includes the banks which launder drug money; the politicians who may well get "contributions" from those "concerned that drug laws in this country stay precisely a they are"; and of course, we cannot forget the stockholders, investing in those private prisons, where the people who get caught using, can wind up.

Nov 11 14:11

US-BACKED COUP DEPOSES EVO MORALES IN BOLIVIA

The resignation of Evo Morales is going to send shockwaves through Bolivia and Latin America. Morales has done amazing work at building democracy in Bolivia and creating a more fair economy. He won the most recent election but a violent coup that began before the election escalated with physical attacks on his political allies and their homes, even his sister’s home was burned. The military urged Morales to resign to restore order. Hopefully, there will be some quick stability and another election.

Emergency protests are being called in Washington, DC and New York City against the coup:

Nov 08 11:37

Bolivian mayor is dragged through the streets, covered in red paint and has her hair hacked off by furious mob who blamed her for the deaths of two opposition protesters

A Bolivian mayor has been doused in red paint and had her hair hacked off by protesters who blamed her for the deaths of two opposition protesters.

Patricia Arce, of the governing Mas party, was dragged out of Vinto town hall on Wednesday and subjected to four hours of degradation in which she was made to kneel and sign her resignation.

Young men carrying batons and wearing masks chanted, 'Murderess, murderess,' as they marched Arce to a platform where they cut her hair before the baying mob.

Bolivia has been gripped by deadly protests following President Evo Morales' election victory on October 20 over claims it was rigged.

Nov 07 09:07

Media Backs Billionaire President as Chileans Protest Privatization

Chile’s right-wing President Sebastian Piñera recently declared war. He wasn’t referring to a foreign government, but to his own people. He even ordered tanks and the military to the streets.

An estimated 20 protesters have been killed and over 500 injured.

Nov 06 10:52

Bolivia: Audios Linking Civic, Ex-Military and US in Coup Plans

Opposition politicians held talks with U.S. senators to destabilize Bolivia and organize a general strike after Evo Morales' victory.

The Radio Education Network of Bolivia (Erbol) leaked 16 audios involving opposition leaders who are calling for a coup d'etat against the government of President Evo Morales, a political action which would have been coordinated from the U.S. embassy in the Andean country .
Among those mentioned in the audios are the U.S. senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Ted Cruz, who have would maintained contact with the Bolivian opposition in order to achieve a possible regime change in the South American country.??????????????

The audios also reveal participation in the political conspiracy of the former prefect of Cochabamba, Manfred Reyes Villa, who was accused of corruption in 2009 and fled Bolivia to seek asylum in the U.S., where he is currently living.??????????????

Nov 05 11:11

China Breaks the Western Debt Stranglehold on the World

The west has colonized, exploited, ravaged and assassinated the people of the Global South for hundreds of years.
Up to the mid-20th Century Europe has occupied Africa, and large parts of Asia.

Latin America is waking up – and so is Africa.

In Latin America, street protests against the US / IMF imposed debt trap and the consequential austerity programs, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, are raging in Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and even in Brazil. In Argentina,In Latin America, though much of the sub-Continent was “freed” from Spain and Portugal in the 19th Century – a new kind of colonization followed by the new Empire of the United States – under the so-called Monroe Doctrine, named after President James Monroe (1817 -1825), forbidding Europeans to interfere in any “American territory”. Latin America was then and is again today considered Washington’s Backyard.

Nov 02 12:02

Largest Child-Sacrifice Graveyard Strikes Huge Blow to Native American Innocence Myth

Every Columbus Day, liberals insist that the story of European colonization is a simple narrative of good versus evil: horrible Europeans came upon innocent Native Americans, introducing slavery, exploitation, and oppression. A massive archaeological discovery blows one of many gaping holes in this narrative. While Europeans did indeed do horrible things, the natives weren't exactly innocent.

Two hundred and fifty skeletons of children between the ages of 4 and 14 have been unearthed at Huanchaco, Peru, in what experts say is likely the world's largest child-sacrifice site. Huanchaco is a site of the Chimú culture (1200-1400), a predecessor to the mighty Inca Empire, which also carried out child sacrifices.

Nov 01 10:43

Brazilian farmers lose battle to Monsanto but pledge to fight its ‘abusive’ royalty system

Brazil’s appeals court has ruled the country’s farmers cannot save seeds for replanting if the seeds are harvested from agribusiness giant Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready soybeans.

The seeds are genetically engineered to withstand direct application of the company’s herbicide, Roundup .

The Bayer-owned company said the decision will strengthen “agricultural innovation in Brazil.”

The court’s decision reverses its past ruling in favor of the farmers, saying Monsanto owes them at least $2 billion since 2004.

Oct 30 08:19

‘THIS CHARGE IS 100% FALSE’: GRAYZONE EDITOR MAX BLUMENTHAL ARRESTED MONTHS AFTER REPORTING ON VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION VIOLENCE

BY BEN NORTON
Max Blumenthal, the editor of the news site The Grayzone, was arrested on the morning of October 25 on a fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC that took place between April and May.

A team of DC police officers appeared at Blumenthal’s door at just after 9 AM, demanding entry and threatening to break his door down. A number of officers had taken positions on the side of his home as though they were prepared for a SWAT-style raid.

Blumenthal was hauled into a police van and ultimately taken to DC central jail, where he was held for two days in various cells and cages. He was shackled by his hands and ankles for over five hours in one such cage along with other inmates. His request for a phone call was denied by DC police and corrections officers, effectively denying him access to the outside world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, reporting on facts has become passe in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and truth which is not appreciated by the people in power, don't want anyone to know who and what the US government is supporting to ultimately supplant Maduro in Venezuela.

And there is a very disturbing companion piece, also in blacklistednews.com, which gives me cause for concern about the state, and future, of free speech in this country, IF, in fact, it is true;

"Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

More than half of Americans want the government to censor

The Article goes on to state:

The results of a new survey are truly disturbing. It was discovered that more than half of Americans want themselves, others, and the media censored by the government. Unfortunately, instead of learning from history, people are actually asking for a repeat of Nazi Germany or the gulags of the Soviet Union.

The First Amendment, which guarantees Americans freedom of speech, should be overhauled to reflect current cultural norms, according to 51 percent of the respondents to a survey published on Wednesday by the Campaign for Free Speech. The campaign is hoping to call attention to the dire state of Americans’ preeminent civil rights with the poll, which breaks down opposition along gender, race, class, and educational lines."

Sometimes, the truth is just butt-ugly, and there are moments when my heart breaks, to see the evil of which humankind is incredibly capable, particularly when it involves in war crimes, as is happening in Yemen right now.

But as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I do not have the luxury of either blinking,and turning away or, crying; I have to be disciplined enough to understand that the American people need to have a peaceful, and rational conversation about how the ongoing genocide in Yemen, is actually "making Amerika more safe", or "Protecting the American way of life.

That's just part of my job.

So I will continue to post those pictures some in this country despise, because ... they represent the truth of military might gone mad, and what the consequences of that continue to be.

Images: Yemeni children killed, or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi airstrikes

Sorry; but in my world, there is no such thing as "collateral damage"; particularly when it comes to non-combatants.

Oct 28 10:36

Chile protests: More than one million bring Santiago to a halt

Protesters, angry over inequality, demand President Pinera's resignation in biggest protests to hit capital in years.

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