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Jan 31 11:55

CNN Goes 'Undercover' To Manufacture Consent For Coup Attempt In Venezuela

A CNN “exclusive” report from inside Venezuela aired multiple times on the network on January 28. It is a prime example of how influential media outlets in the U.S. effectively create propaganda for the opposition, which now is receiving funds from President Donald Trump’s administration.

For the four-minute report, CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh went “undercover” amidst what the network described as the “deepening crisis in Venezuela” in order “to capture the desperation gripping the nation.”

The segment highlighted hyperinflation at grocery chains, Venezuelans lined up in queues for fuel and food, particularly in Caracas, and opposition demonstrations on January 23, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president of the country.

Jan 31 11:47

Guaido Had 'Clandestine Meetings' With Venezuela's Military, Security - Reports

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido in an opinion article published by The New York Times on Wednesday said that the country's opposition has held secret talks with members of Venezuela’s security forces and offered them amnesty in exchange for abandoning President Nicolas Maduro.

"The transition will require support from key military contingents. We have had clandestine meetings with members of the armed forces and the security forces. We have offered amnesty to all those who are found not guilty of crimes against humanity", Guaido said. "The military’s withdrawal of support from Mr. Maduro is crucial to enabling a change in government, and the majority of those in service agree that the country’s recent travails are untenable".

Jan 31 11:47

EU Popular Parties Using Pressure Against Maduro as Own Political Tool - Prof

Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK have demanded to recognize Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as the head of the crisis-torn country if the new elections are not announced in Venezuela until the end of this week.

The EU's ultimatum was vehemently rejected by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who slammed the European calls as an infringement on Venezuela’s sovereignty.

In general, the European Union has expressed its support for dialogue between the Venezuelan parties and has suggested an International Contact Group be set up in order to settle the crisis in the Latin American country. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Hugo Perez Hernaiz, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Jan 31 11:40

Lima Group opposes military intervention in Venezuela

A group of Latin American countries that includes Canada and that is largely opposed to the Venezuelan government has nevertheless expressed opposition to any military intervention in Venezuela, amid speculation that the United States is preparing to invade the country to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Peru’s Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said on Tuesday that the members of the Lima Group — a 14-country bloc that includes Canada — “do not support any military intervention in Venezuela.”

He said, however, that the group had no information about any military plan for the country.

The Lima group, which was set up in 2017 to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela, is opposed to Maduro, and recently took sides with the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela last week, triggering a crisis.

Jan 31 11:39

Maduro to Americans: You are bigger than Trump, don’t let him start ‘Vietnam’ war against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people in the US to deter the Trump administration from putting boots on the ground in Venezuela, warning that any intervention would backfire leading to new Vietnam-like disaster.

In his first direct message to the American people, the Venezuelan leader urged them to stop the US government from entangling the nation in a pointless and inherently doomed military adventure.

“If the government of the United States intends to intervene us, they will have a much worse Vietnam than you could imagine.”

Jan 31 11:38

Moscow Will Do "Whatever It Takes" To Defend Its Interests In Venezuela

After decrying US sanctions against Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA as "illegal" and enforcing "unfair competition", a Kremlin spokesman has reiterated that Russia is prepared to use "all mechanisms available to us" to defend its economic interests in Venezuela - interests that are closely tied to the Maduro regime.

According to RT, Russia has extended billions of dollars of loans to PDVSA, mostly via oil firm Rosneft. The company has extended $6 billion of loans which must be repaid in crude by the end of the year. Data from S&P Global Platts shows that as of November 2018, Venezuela had a $3.1 billion outstanding loan to repay to Rosneft.

Rosneft also has five joint upstream projects with PDVSA in Venezuela. Peskov said that Russia is still assessing the potential impact of the PDVSA sanctions for Moscow.

Jan 31 11:31

Venezuela crisis: Maduro accuses Trump of hiring Colombian mafia to assassinate him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused President Donald Trump of hiring the local mafia to assassinate him in an interview with a Russia state-run news agency.

“Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has told the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to kill me,” Mr Maduro told RIA news agency on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Critics argue that the 56-year-old’s claim is a red-herring tactic to rally up support in Venezuela amid mass protests against his socialist government, and the debilitating inflation and food and medicine shortages in the Latin American country.

Later in the day, Mr Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Juan Guaido, who the US recognised as Venezuela's interim president last week, pitching the situation in the South American country as one of a fight for freedom against Mr Maduro.

Jan 31 11:22

Venezuela studying partial force majeure after US sanctions: oil minister

Venezuela is studying several measures to react to new U.S sanctions against state-run oil firm PDVSA including partial force majeure, Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said on Tuesday.

Quevedo told a news conference that oil tankers leaving Venezuelan ports must pay for crude before departing. The Trump administration announced sweeping sanctions on PDVSA on Monday aimed at driving President Nicolas Maduro from power by curbing crude exports to the United States

Jan 31 11:20

The United States are preparing a war between Latin-American states

Little by little, the partisans of the Cebrowski doctrine are advancing their pawns. If they must cease creating wars in the Greater Middle East, they’ll just turn around and inflame the Caribbean Basin. Above all, the Pentagon is planning to assassinate an elected head of state, ruin his country, and undermine the unity of Latin-America.

Jan 31 10:56

PENSIAMENTO FIGURED IT OUT! HERE’S HOW IT WILL GO DOWN IN VENEZUELA!

Maduro is under attack by the U.S. government which is a billy club for the Federal Reserve, the International banksters, the Military Industrial Complex, the oil industry and the mining companies. They want to steal the natural resources of Venezuela, because having taxpayer funded government agents and paid subversives (Hezbollah, ISIS, etc.) do the dirty work, they can accomplish this quite successfully.

Here’s the gist of the trick. Firstly, you must make all foreign governments dependent upon the dollar. How do you do that? It’s two fold; one you have the petro-dollar so nobody can buy oil without the dollar – that allows for massive inflation without overwhelming the American people with inflation. Secondly, you give the corrupt leaders – the ones that will play ball with you – billions of dollars in foreign aid.

Jan 31 10:44

The Making Of Juan Guaidó: How The US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader

Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.

Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

Jan 31 10:30

Russia's Lavrov says U.S. sanctions on Venezuela oil company illegal

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

Lavrov said the sanctions amounted to an attempt by the United States to confiscate Venezuelan state assets, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying.

Jan 31 10:30

EU parliament urges member states to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

The European Parliament voted to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela and urged EU leaders to do the same.

The resolution, voted on Thursday, called on the EU leadership to adopt “a strong, unified stance,” and recognize Guaido as the “only legitimate” interim president of the South American nation until new elections are held to “restore democracy.”

The MEPs also pledged “full support” for Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament, the National Assembly, urging the EU states to “accredit” the envoys appointed by the opposition.

The document was adopted with 439 votes to 104, with 88 MEPs abstaining.

Jan 31 10:29

Britain Calls for EU Sanctions on Venezuelan President Maduro - Reports

Earlier in the day, the European Parliament announced it is planning to consider a draft resolution on recognising self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido as head of the Latin American country.

"Targeted sanctions against the kleptocrats who have enriched themselves on the back of the rest of the population who are very poor, that is something I think can be effective", UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt stated Thursday during an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Romania, according to Guardian.

Jan 31 09:53

Colombia Witnesses Murder of 17th Social Leader in 2019

A Colombian Campesino leader Dilio Corpus Guetio, 44, who was a member of Asocordillera (Mountain Area Association of Campesino Workers) and also a member of the local Campesino Guard militia was shot to death Tuesday.

Corpus Guetio left his home in the municipality of Suarez in the department of Cauca, in southwest Colombia, at around six in the morning for work. On the way armed men from a car shot him several times.

“The murderers were in a van which hit him and made him lose control of his bike. At that point, they got out of the car to get close to Dilio, who was already injured and he was shot repeatedly, killing him,” said a representative from the United National Federation of Agricultural Unions (FENSUAGRO).

Studies for Development and Peace, Indepaz, say that within the 29 days of 2019, 16 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, excluding Corpus Guetio.

Jan 31 09:38

US sanctions Nicaragua oil company over Venezuela ties

Washington has imposed sanctions on Albanisa, a private Nicaraguan company that trades in Venezuelan oil. National security advisor John Bolton announced the sanctions on Wednesday, calling Albanisa a joint venture with Venezuela’s PdVSA and a “slush fund of the corrupt regime of Daniel Ortega,” Nicaragua’s president.

Jan 31 09:20

FLASHBACK - Venezuelan Opposition Protests Proposed UN Electoral Observer Mission

Supporters of Venezuela’s Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition marched on the headquarters of the United Nations in Caracas Monday to protest the possibility of the international body sending an observer mission to monitor the country’s upcoming May 20 elections.

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the opposition alleged that an observer mission would “give a veneer of legality to an [electoral] process that lacks it.”

Last month, the Venezuelan electoral authorities formally invited the UN to send an observer mission to monitor the upcoming elections as part of an agreement negotiated between the government and the MUD, which the latter ultimately refused to sign. The UN is yet to confirm whether it will send a delegation in May.

Jan 30 19:38

Harbinger of a New Age

Jan 30 14:54

The Failure of Guaido’s Constitutional Claim to the Presidency of Venezuela

The three constitutional articles invoked by Juan Guaido to legitimise his presidency are: 233, 333, and 350. The latter two are broad affirmations of democracy and constitutionality, silent on Presidential lines of succession. Guaido’s claim rests entirely on 233; presented here in full:

The President of the Republic shall become permanently unavailable to serve by reason of any of the following events: death; resignation; removal from office by decision of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice; permanent physical or mental disability certified by a medical board designated by Supreme Tribunal of Justice with the approval of the National Assembly; abandonment of his position, duly declared by the National Assembly; and recall by popular vote.

Jan 30 14:21

CNN SHOWS INTERVIEW WITH ‘VENEZUELAN ARMY DEFECTORS’ APPEALING TO US FOR WEAPONS. THERE IS PROBLEM WITH THEIR UNIFORM

The ‘appeal’ came as the US is increasing pressure on the legitimate Venezuelan government in an attempt to change the political regime in the country. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton was even spotted with a mysterious note about the deployment of 5,000 US troops to Colombia, the US ally which borders Venezuela.

In this light, the military uprising or at least a partial defection will become a useful tool to overthrow the Maduro government and to push forward with the regime change agenda.

However, there is something strange with the defectors shown by CNN.

Jan 30 13:57

Juan Guaidó The Result of Prolonged Scheme to Kill Bolivarian Revolution

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is the result of a years-long project that has been working under the guidance of the US government, journalist and documentary filmmaker Dan Cohen told Sputnik.

Guaidó recently declared himself Venezuela's interim president, and has since been backed by the US along with a trove of allies, including Canada, Panama, Argentina, Peru and Brazil, among others.

Juan Guaido, President of Venezuela's National Assembly, reacts during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government and to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2019

Additionally, the La Guaira-born politician, who serves as a member of the country's Popular Will party, has been granted control over Venezuelan assets at the direction of the US government, which claims the funds will be used for the "benefit of the Venezuelan people."

Jan 30 12:50

UN Security Council Face-Off on Venezuela

The Trump regime launched an old-fashioned coup d’etat attempt to gain another imperial trophy – what it’s done scores of times before since the 19th century.

Key for the US is controlling what it’s coveted since Hugo Chavez’s election 20 years ago – control of Venezuela’s vast oil reserves, the world’s largest.

They represent what the State Department said about Saudi oil in the 1940s, calling its reserves a “stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.”

The Trump regime wants Venezuelan reserves controlled by Big Oil, likely willing to do whatever it takes to achieve its aim, military intervention an option if other tactics in play fail.

New millennium resource wars are raging in the Middle East, as well as other oil and other commodity-rich parts of the world – a modern-day super-high stakes great game.

Henry Kissinger once said that

“control(ing) oil (is how to) control nations.”

He also said

Jan 30 12:50

Trump Floated “Military Option” in Venezuela with Sen. Graham

Military option on the table — that’s what Axios reporter Jonathan Swan was told when discussing the Venezuela crisis with Sen. Lindsey Graham. In a breaking exclusive Sunday evening, Axios has revealed key explosive contents of a recent meeting between President Trump and Sen. Graham wherein the president “mused to him about the possibility of using military force in Venezuela, where the U.S. government is currently pushing for regime change using diplomatic and economic pressures.” According to Axios:

Graham, recalling his conversation with Trump a couple weeks ago, said: “He [Trump] said, ‘What do you think about using military force?’ and I said, ‘Well, you need to go slow on that, that could be problematic.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m surprised, you want to invade everybody.’”

Graham laughed. “And I said, ‘I don’t want to invade everybody, I only want to use the military when our national security interests are threatened.'”

Jan 30 12:49

If the Army Stands With Maduro, What Is Plan B?

"Pay the soldiers. The rest do not matter."

This was the deathbed counsel given to his sons by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in A.D. 211.

Nicolas Maduro must today appreciate the emperor’s insight.

For the political survival of this former bus driver and union boss hangs now upon whether Venezuela’s armed forces choose to stand by him or to desert him and support National Assembly leader Juan Guaido.

Wednesday, Guaido declared Maduro’s election last May to a second six-year term to be a sham, and had himself inaugurated as acting president.

Thursday, the defense minister and army chief General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, with his top brass, dismissed the 35-year-old Guaido as a U.S. puppet, and pledged allegiance to Maduro.

Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council: "Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. … Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem."

Jan 30 12:47

Amid mass arrests, Maduro won't touch rival Guaido

More than 700 opponents of President Nicolas Maduro have been arrested during the latest push by Venezuela's opposition to oust the socialist leader.

But there's one anti-government activist security forces notably haven't touched: Juan Guaido, the lawmaker who declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to Maduro's rule.

Maduro's refusal, at least so far, to order Guaido's arrest reflects mistrust in his own security forces as well as the Trump administration's warning that any harm to the man the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela's legitimate leader would be crossing a dangerous red line.

Jan 30 12:45

Venezuelan envoy to UN says US preparing for ‘military invasion’ of Venezuela

Venezuela’s envoy to the United Nations says the United States is preparing for a “military invasion” of his country, amid Washington’s recent move to impose sanctions on the state-owned oil firm PDVSA in its harshest financial challenge yet to President Nicolas Maduro.

Jorge Valero, Venezuela’s permanent ambassador to the UN, made the comment at a the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in New York on Tuesday, questioning whether US President Donald Trump’s administration had the moral authority to “impose a diktat” on Caracas.

Valero’s remarks were in direct response to the US deputy ambassador to the UN, Cynthia Plath, who said minutes earlier that Washington was “committed to holding accountable those responsible for Venezuela’s tragic decline.”

Jan 30 12:41

Elliot Abrams LeadsRegime Change In Venezuela

Elliot Abrams is back, this time doing regime change in Venezuela, ‘Jewish-style.’
He’s come out of the shadows, officially doing what he’s already been doing under cover with Pompeo at State, that is, fast-forwarding in 2019 his former scheming of the failed, attempted Venezuelan coup in 2002 under Bush in the hopes of toppling Hugo Chavez.

Now he’s lending his sullied hands to yet another ‘Dirty War’ in Latin America. He’s experienced!

Trump snubbed him when making up his cabinet due to Abrams’ OpEd in May 2016 titled When You Can’t Stand Your Candidate after Trump clinched the GOP’s nomination.

How is it that Abrams wormed his way into the Trump camp? Like all Jews who wait in the back alleys of the Beltway they slither their way out of their holes and worm their way up to the top of the ant hill.

Jan 30 12:39

Exiled Venezuelan Colonel Arrested In Daring Cross-border Mission

In what appears a wild and bizarre attempt to kick start an "arm the moderate rebels" campaign or establish a "Free Venezuelan Army" of sorts, a rogue Venezuelan colonel who'd been living in exile was arrested after he slipped back into the country as part of a clandestine operation to organize and arm the opposition. The arrest and detention of 54-year old retired Colonel Oswaldo Garcia Palomo was confirmed by his associates on Tuesday, and came after the former National Guard officer tipped off Bloomberg that some kind of secret mission was in the works last week with the cryptic words, “Pay attention to me in the coming days.”

Jan 30 12:38

Texas: Venezuela Powder Keg & World War III !

With the recognition of the puppet usurper Juan Guaidó as “interim president” of the Venezuelan Bolivarian Republic (VBR) after the open and transparent election of Nicolas Maduro as the real President in May 2018, the words and actions of the Western fascist bloc, led by the USA, amount to a declaration of war against Venezuela, its government and its people. Venezuela has a right to defend itself, and all decent people and governments in the world should support this defense.

Jan 30 12:33

BEX ALERT - With roots in Latin America, Hezbollah is the real terror threat in our hemisphere

As the world focuses on the potential nuclear menace looming from Iran, a different threat goes largely unnoticed: the terrorist group Hezbollah, the Islamic Republic’s terror proxy, which not only shadows Israel’s north from its Lebanon base but established a foothold in Syria by propping up the murderous Assad regime, and is aiding other terrorist groups including Hamas in Gaza.

Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Bahrain, recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. In 2013, the European Union declared the military wing of Hezbollah, the Jihad Council, as a terrorist entity, and in February members of the European parliament urged the EU Foreign Affairs Council to designate Hezbollah entirely as a terrorist organization.

These nations recognize that the Hezbollah threat has taken root around the world and poses a widespread danger we all face. But the Latin American nations, where Hezbollah took root, must also act.

Jan 30 12:27

Crystallex Gains Right to Seize Venezuela's CITGO in US Court Reversal

A US judge has reversed a January ruling Thursday, opening the door to the potential seizure of Venezuela’s US-based oil assets by Canadian mining giant Crystallex and other transnational firms.

The Canadian multinational is looking to claim US $1.4 billion worth of compensation awarded in 2014 for the 2008 expropriation of the Las Cristales mining installations by the government of Hugo Chavez.

Delaware Judge Leonard Stark held off issuing a writ to attach a seizure order for now stating only that “Crystallex and PDVSA shall meet and confer and, no later than August 16, 2018, submit a joint status report providing their position(s) as to how this case should now proceed.”

Following the announcement, Venezuela’s state-run oil firm, PDVSA, to whom such oil assets belong, declared that it will appeal the ruling in what may prove to be a protracted legal battle.

Jan 30 12:17

New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: “Would Destroy What’s Left of its Economy”

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Jan 30 12:05

Venezuelan Army Defectors Coordinate Over WhatsApp; Ask Trump For "Freedom" Weapons

Defectors from Venezuela's army who are now loyal to self-declared president Juan Guaidó have called on the Trump administration to arm them in what they refer to as their quest for "freedom," and are strongly opposed to the United States conducting a broad military intervention.

Two former soldiers, Carlos Guillen Martinez and Josue Hidalgo Azuaje, who live outside the country, told CNN they are in contact with hundreds of willing defectors who want US military assistance in their revolt against the Maduro regime.

As Venezuelan soldiers, we are making a request to the US to support us, in logistical terms, with communication, with weapons, so we can realize Venezuelan freedom," Guillen Martinez told CNN.

Hidalgo Azuaje said: "We're not saying that we need only US support, but also Brazil, Colombia, Peru, all brother countries, that are against this dictatorship."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has the stale stench of "deja vu" all over again, and to be just a bit Seinfeldian about it, "Who are these people?!?"

They are defining themselves as Venezuelan Ex-Pats, but how do we know?!?

Are they legitimate?!? Or have their stories been invented, and are just fabrications, to justify and support the US's agenda here, which may (or may not)include some kind of outside attempt at regime change?!? And while we are at it, let's consider the yarn "spun" to get the US angry enough to support a war against Iraq?


How the War Party Sold the 1991 Bombing of Iraq to US

The article continues:

In October, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only as Nayirah, appeared in Washington before the House of Representatives' Human Rights Caucus. She testified that Iraqi soldiers who had invaded Kuwait on August 2nd tore hundreds of babies from hospital incubators and killed them.

Television flashed her testimony around the world. It electrified opposition to Iraq's president, Saddam Hussein, who was now portrayed by U.S. president George Bush not only as "the Butcher of Baghdad" but – so much for old friends – "a tyrant worse than Hitler."

Nayirah, though, was no impartial eyewitness, a fact carefully concealed by her handlers. She was the daughter of one Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, Kuwait's ambassador to the United States. A few key Congressional leaders and reporters knew who Nayirah was, but none of them thought of sharing that minor detail with Congress, let alone the American people.

Everything Nayirah said, as it turned out, was a lie."

I would bet that the US already has forces (maybe a combination of US military and mercs) on the ground, with logistics folks in Columbia, to insure that whatever weaponry gets to the US military people in Venezuela.

Jan 30 11:56

Venezuela, the Deep State, and Subversion of the Trump Presidency

There he was, right there on the stage to the right side of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who was briefing the press on America’s position concerning the recent coup in Venezuela. I rubbed my eyes—was I seeing what I thought I was seeing?

It was Elliot Abrams. What was HE doing there? After all, back in February 2017, after then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had pushed for his nomination as Deputy Secretary of State, it was President Trump himself who had vetoed his appointment.

Jan 30 11:56

UP AGAINST THE WALL

Americans announced they were invading Venezuela to ‘take’ their oil. Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canadians were ready to join the attack of Venezuela.

The following message came from Venezuela on January 30, 2019: “Juan Guaido is a piece of U.S. imperialism to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. Our constitution does not mention an interim in any article. Please, my friend, take the truth to your country. Let the truth be known. The USA, what they want is the oil of my country. They want to take us to a war, but here we will continue our fight. Viviremos y venceremos!” [We are still in the fight and we will have the victory!]

They are responding to this message: “I am with you and la gente de Venezuelan. I remember Hugo Chavez as a great man. I also met the ambassador to Canada in Ottawa. He visited our territory here in Tyendinaga. He and the Venezuelan staff danced in our longhouse.

Jan 30 11:36

WILL ELLIOTT ABRAMS, “ABETTOR OF GENOCIDE,” DO TO VENEZUELA WHAT HE DID TO GUATEMALA?

On Friday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Elliott Abrams to “lead our efforts on Venezuela” as that country is threatened by civil war. On Saturday, after making remarks to the UN Security Council about Venezuela, Pompeo vacated his chair and Elliott Abrams took over as representing the U.S. government, sparring with the Russian representative and others. (Partial text; full video).

Among the highlights of Abrams’ career: He was found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal, and then got what prosecutor Lawrence Walsh called a “cover-up” pardon from George H.W. Bush. The pardon was approved by Bush’s attorney general, William Barr (who is also Trump’s current nominee for attorney general).

Abrams was a leading U.S. backer of right-wing forces during the 1980s in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, resulting in tens of thousands killed in 1982 in Guatemala alone. See from the Guardian last year: “Guatemala: ex-military officers convicted of crimes against humanity.”

Jan 30 11:35

US SEIZES $7 BILLION IN VENEZUELAN OIL ASSETS

Washington has imposed sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, seizing $7 billion in assets, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The US is trying to force recognition of Juan Guaido as president in Caracas.
Mnuchin said that the move is to “to help prevent the further diversion” of assets by “former president Maduro.”

Sanctions will be lifted upon the “expeditious transfer of control to the interim president, or the subsequently democratically elected interim government,” he added.

“We know what the legitimate government of Venezuela is, and it is our mission to make reality what the people of Venezuela want,” National Security Adviser John Bolton chimed in, standing next to Mnuchin during the briefing at the White House on Monday.

Jan 30 11:35

THE MAKING OF JUAN GUAIDÓ: HOW THE US REGIME CHANGE LABORATORY CREATED VENEZUELA’S COUP LEADER

Juan Guaidó Is The Product Of A Decade-Long Project Overseen By Washington’s Elite Regime Change Trainers. While Posing As A Champion Of Democracy, He Has Spent Years At The Forefront Of A Violent Campaign Of Destabilization.

Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

Jan 30 11:34

Report: Russia sent plane to take 20 tonnes of gold out of Venezuela?

The Bloomberg news agency has cited Venezuelan lawmaker Jose Guerra as tweeting on Tuesday that a Russian Boeing 777 plane had landed in Caracas the day before to spirit away 20 tonnes of gold from the vaults of the country’s central bank.

The claim sparked outrage and social media speculation even though Guerra provided no evidence when asked how he knew this, Bloomberg reported.

According to the Ukrainian Pravda website, a Russian Boeing 777 plane was this week reported as flying out of Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport to the Venezuelan capital with two crew, but without passengers.

Jan 30 11:33

Bolton: We're Taking Venezuela's Oil

Jan 30 11:11

US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

The political and economic crisis facing Venezuela is being endlessly pointed to as proof of the superiority of the free market.

Images and portrayals of Venezuelans rioting in the streets over high food costs, empty grocery stores, medicine shortages, and overflowing garbage bins are the headlines, and the reporting points to socialism as the cause.

The Chicago Tribune published a Commentary piece titled: “A socialist revolution can ruin almost any country.” A headline on Reason’s Hit and Run blog proclaims: “Venezuelan socialism still a complete disaster.” The Week’s U.S. edition says: “Authoritarian socialism caused Venezuela’s collapse.”

Jan 30 11:07

Maduro blasts White House for trying to turn Venezuela into Latin American Vietnam

Washington is taking steps, which could result in transforming Venezuela into a South American Vietnam, the country’s incumbent President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday.

"The people of the United States, I ask for your support in rejecting the Trump administration’s attempts to turn my homeland into Vietnam in Latin America. We will not let this happen!" Maduro tweeted.

Jan 30 11:05

Trump administration gives Venezuelan alternative president access to country's frozen U.S. bank accounts in bid to ratchet up pressure on Nicolas Maduro - after ordering Americans NOT to travel there

The Trump administration took another step to ratchet up pressure on the Maduro regime in Venezuela, granting opposition leader Juan Guaido the ability to access the regime's frozen U.S. bank accounts.

The State Department announced the move a day after the U.S. Treasury slapped sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil companies and set in place a system to freeze accounts that also could be placed under Guaido's control.

Venezuela immediately hit back, with the nation's attorney general warning Guaido was not free to leave the country.

Jan 30 10:29

Russia vows to defend its Venezuelan oil assets

Russia will defend its interests in Venezuela within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, told Russian media on Tuesday.

Russia has kept close ties with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and has extended loans to Venezuela, including oil firm Rosneft lending money to Venezuela’s state-held firm PDVSA. Rosneft has extended $6 billion of loans to PDVSA, which needs to be fully redeemed in crude oil supplies by the end of this year.

Jan 30 10:27

Moderate rebels? Defecting Venezuelan soldiers beg Trump for weapons on CNN

Two Venezuelan soldiers loyal to self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó have pleaded with the Trump administration for arms, in a bid to “realize Venezuelan freedom.” What could go wrong?

The former soldiers, living outside Venezuela, told CNN that hundreds of willing defectors inside the country had been in contact with them, asking the US for weapons and support for a planned revolt.

Jan 30 10:20

Lavrov: US policy aimed at toppling Venezuela’s government

Exempting US companies from the Venezuela sanctions is proof that the US is gunning for regime change while seeking to maximize profits, Lavrov said. Washington and its closest allies are openly pursuing a policy aimed at overthrowing the legitimate authorities in Caracas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Energy Ministry slams 'illegal' US sanctions against Venezuelan oil producer
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"We are concerned about what the US and its closest allies are doing with respect to Venezuela, brazenly violating all imaginable norms of international law and actually openly pursuing the policy aimed at overthrowing the legitimate government in that Latin American country," the minister said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov, unfortunately, is absolutely correct in his assessment.

And I hope (and pray) that the US Government will now back down, out of sheer embarrassment, for the utter stupidity of this brazen attempt to regime change Venezuela.

Of course, just because something would be the most idiotic, ham-fistedly, pig-headedly the US government could do, is no guarantee that they will not do it.

If we start to see riots in the streets of Caracas, I think we will most likely have to figure that failing regime change with Plan A, the US and its minions are going to try to create a civil war in Venezuela, which is Plan B, and already may have the mercs standing by to make that happen, perhaps massing at US bases in Columbia (of which we know there are several.)

Jan 30 10:15

It's all about the money: US defense of democracy is a pretext for seizing control of resources

US claims of defending democracy worldwide are nothing but an attempt to control and make profit from natural resources, and – as Venezuela has the largest oil reserves – Trump wants those to be taken over by American companies.

The US has been ramping up its regime-change strategy towards Venezuela, both directly and through its right-wing proxies in the country and region, to coincide with the recent inauguration of Nicolas Maduro as its president. The thrust of the US strategy is to delegitimize the presidency of Nicolas Maduro and secure what it calls an "orderly transition" to a new government.

Maduro won last year's presidential election with 68 percent of the vote, with some opposition parties taking part and others choosing to boycott the poll of their own accord. International observers, including representative from the Council of Electoral Experts from Latin America (CEELA), confirmed the reliability of Venezuela's election system.

Jan 30 10:05

Refusal to hand over Venezuelan gold means end of Britain as a financial center – Prof. Wolff

The freezing of Venezuelan gold by the Bank of England is a signal to all countries out of step with US interests to withdraw their money, according to economist and co-founder of Democracy at Work, Professor Richard Wolff.
He told RT America that Britain and its central bank have shown themselves to be “under the thumb of the United States.”

“That is a signal to every country that has or may have difficulties with the US, [that they had] better get their money out of England and out of London because it’s not the safe place as it once was,” he said.

Jan 30 10:04

Coup in Venezuela: What Next?

The dice have been thrown and the game is on in Venezuela. This week has seen the country enter into new uncertain and dangerous terrain, although with some predictable elements. We have witnessed different variables develop, and now wait for new elements that may catalyse or justify an outcome.

Jan 30 09:52

Maduro "Open To Talks" As 20 Tons Of Gold Mysteriously Disappear From Venezeula's Vaults

A spokesman for the Kremlin has denied rumors that the private Boeing 777 registered to Russia's Nordwind airline which landed in Caracas this week was there to spirit away a chunk of the country's gold reserves - or escort the country's embattled leader, Nicolas Maduro, into exile, according to the Telegraph.

"Russia is prepared to help resolve the political situation [in Venezuela] in any way possible, without interfering into the country’s internal affairs," Mr Peskov was quoted as saying by the RBC news outlet.

On Monday, a Russian newspaper reported that the empty plane had departed from Moscow to Caracas with enough space for some 400 passengers. According to photos taken by Reuters, it was parked by a private corner of the Caracas airport. It marked the first time the plane had flown on that route. Reports said the plane carried two crew teams and that there was "no obvious reason for it to fly there."

Jan 30 09:01

POLITICAL POWERHOUSE CELSO AMORIM ON THE IRAN DEAL, VENEZUELA AND A MUTLIPOLAR WORLD

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR, ASIA TIMES
Brazil is once again in the eye of a political hurricane, after President Jair Bolsonaro’s appearance at Davos and explosive revelations directly linking his clan to a criminal organization in Rio de Janeiro.
With his administration barely a month old, Bolsonaro is already being seen as expendable to the elites that propelled him to power – from the powerful agribusiness lobby to the financial system and the military.

The new game among the elites of a major actor in the Global South, BRICS member and eighth biggest economy in the world consists of shaping a scenario capable of rescuing one the great frontiers where global capitalism is expanding from total irrelevancy.

That includes the possibility of a “soft coup”, with the Bolsonaro clan sidelined by the Brazilian military rallying around the vice-president, General Hamilton Mourao.

Jan 30 08:57

THE MAKING OF JUAN GUAIDÓ: HOW THE US REGIME CHANGE LABORATORY CREATED VENEZUELA'S COUP LEADER | THE GRAYZONE

Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

But after a single phone call from from US Vice President Mike Pence, Guaidó proclaimed himself as president of Venezuela. Anointed as the leader of his country by Washington, a previously unknown political bottom dweller was vaulted onto the international stage as the US-selected leader of the nation with the world’s largest oil reserves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having been banned from leaving the country, Juan Guaidó may well be tried by the Maduro regime for treason, and either shot, or executed in an other manner, before he has time to fully account for how this US-centric imposter came to power.

Jan 30 08:30

RUSSIA VOWS TO DEFEND ITS VENEZUELAN OIL ASSETS | OILPRICE.COM

Russia, which stands by Nicolas Maduro in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, will use “all available legal mechanisms” to defend its interests in the Latin American country, in which Russian oil giant Rosneft has invested and extended loans to Venezuela’s state oil firm in exchange for crude oil deliveries.

Russia will defend its interests in Venezuela within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, told Russian media on Tuesday.

Russia has kept close ties with Maduro and has extended loans to Venezuela, including oil firm Rosneft lending money to Venezuela’s state-held firm PDVSA. Rosneft has extended US$6 billion of loans to PDVSA, which needs to be fully redeemed in crude oil supplies by the end of this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless President Trump is willing to go head to head with Russia in Venezuela to create a "Trumpian Spring" here, I think he has blinked and lost this one.

President Trump, how, please, do you think you are going to make sanctions stick against PDVSA?!? A military blockade?!? An invasion of mercs, courtesy of Erik Prince's current outfit, Academi?!?

I have to confess, this is one of the most painfully, blatantly idiotic attempts at "regime change" I have ever seen this lifetime, and trust me, that would be a lot of attempts in almost 70 years.

If the US government is unable to "turn" the Venezuelan military to its objectives, this was over far before it started.

That someone in the bowels of power in DC could ever think that this coup attempt would be a "slam-dunk", with the Venezuelan people throwing roses at our Mercs' feet, should be fired, immediately, and shown the door.

Mr. President, you are in dire need of someone you can trust to give you the real info, because to date, your attempt to regime change in Venezuela has been an epic, abominable fail.

Unless the US can manufacture a civil war here, any legitimacy left to Juan Guaidó's attempted power grab will most likely start to fail like a house of cards, blown over by a light gust of wind, and we may well see him locked up indefinitely, courtesy of this stupidity, or tried as a traitor to his country.

Oh, and Mr. President, in case you haven't been apprised of this little development:

All travel banned for Venezuelan Opposition

You're welcome, sir.

Jan 29 23:53

The Making of Juan Guaido

Jan 29 16:15

US COUP IN VENEZUELA MOTIVATED BY OIL AND CORPORATE INTERESTS - MILITARIST JOHN BOLTON SPILLS THE BEANS

In an interview on Fox Business, Trump’s hyper-militaristic National Security Adviser John Bolton admitted the US-led coup in Venezuela is motivated by oil and corporate interests.

Jan 29 14:45

Venezuelan Prosecutor General Says Eager to Open Investigation Against Guaido

US State Department announced earlier in the day that Washington had certified the authority of Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido to control some assets held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or any other US-insured banks.

Venezuela's Prosecutor General Tarek Saab stated on Tuesday that the court should start an investigation against Guaido following the recent violent clashes in the country and the blocking of Venezuelan assets abroad.

"We are asking the Supreme Court to introduce preventive measures, including a ban on leaving the country, a ban on alienation or pledge of movable and immovable assets and the blocking of [Guaido's] bank accounts," Saab said in a speech broadcast on Twitter.

Jan 29 14:11

Ron Paul on Trump’s Venezuela Fiasco

Just four months ago President Trump said at the UN: “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” Sadly it seems that these were merely empty words. We know from Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. that this will not end well for President Trump. Or for the United States. We must leave Venezuela alone!

Jan 28 14:52

US announces sanctions against Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA

Washington has imposed sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, seizing $7 billion in assets, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The US is trying to force recognition of Juan Guaido as president in Caracas.
Munchin said that the move is to “to help prevent the further diversion” of assets by “former president Maduro.”

Sanctions will be lifted upon the “expeditious transfer of control to the interim president, or the subsequently democratically elected interim government,” he added.

Jan 28 13:45

‘It’s Our Backyard!’: Pro-War Liberal Bill Maher Cheers US Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade

Pro-war liberal pundit Bill Maher proudly endorsed the US-led right-wing coup in Venezuela using shockingly blatant neocolonial rhetoric: “This was the Monroe Doctrine! This is our backyard!”

Maher made these comments in a January 25 interview with his self-declared “frenemy,” ultra-conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who strongly supports Donald Trump, advances the far-right “white genocide” conspiracy, and pals around with white nationalists.

In the interview, Maher advanced the Russiagate conspiracy that Trump “is working with a foreign adversary.” Maher insisted that the United States is effectively at war with Russia, claiming “we didn’t win” the Cold War; “it’s still Russia.” And the liberal pundit claimed that “the president is a traitor who is in their camp.”

Jan 28 13:25

Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump’s Venezuela Interventionism

The US government doesn’t give a shit about the Venezuelan people; if it did it wouldn’t be crushing them with starvation sanctions. It isn’t about freedom, and it isn’t about democracy. The US backs 73 percent of the world’s dictatorships because those dictators facilitate the interests of the US power establishment, and a leaked State Department memo in 2017 spelled out the way the US government coddles US allies who violate human rights while attacking nonconforming governments for those same violations as a matter of policy.

Jan 28 11:47

As West turns on him, Venezuela's Maduro flexes military muscle

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an international ultimatum for new elections.

Jan 28 11:41

Bank Of England Refuses To Release Venezuela's Gold After US Lobbying

With Maduro desperately clinging to power in Venezuela - albeit protected by Russian "security contractors" - The Bank of England just 'virtue-signaled' another jab in the socialist utopia's back by confirming its refusal to hand over Venezuela's gold from its vaults.

Bloomberg reports that Maduro's embattled regime, desperate to hold onto the dwindling cash pile it has abroad, was stymied in its bid to pull $1.2 billion worth of gold out of the Bank of England, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Bank of England’s (BoE) decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.

Jan 28 11:26

The Exceptional Nation Asserts Its Exceptionalism: PCR

Washington has chosen a president for Venezuela. I wonder if Trump saw the black humor in doing to Maduro what the Democrats and presstitutes are doing to him.

Few Latin American governments have ever had a government that represents the majority indigenous people or a president who was not of Spanish descent. Chavez in Venezuela perhaps was the longest lasting indigenous leader. His successor Maduro is also indigenous.

Indigenous Latin American leaders are unacceptable to Washington, because they tend to be reformers who represent their country’s people instead of American business and financial interests. Consequently, when a Latin electorate elects a leader who will put them first, Washington overthrows the leader. This is the history of US/Latin American relations.

Jan 28 11:22

Johnstone: Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump's Venezuela Interventionism

Ever since the Trump administration announced that it was no longer recognizing the legitimacy of the elected government of Venezuela I’ve been arguing with people on social media about this president’s brazen coup attempt in that country. The people arguing with me in favor of Trump’s interventionism are almost exclusively Trump supporters, with leftists and antiwar libertarians more or less on my side with this issue and rank-and-file centrists mostly preferring to sit this one out except to periodically mumble something about it being a distraction from the Mueller investigation.

Jan 28 11:18

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence

The Latin American nation of Venezuela faces dangerous destabilization with the United States and its allies having recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as “president” and declaring actual Venezuelan president – Nicolas Maduro – no longer recognized.

In response, President Maduro has demanded US diplomatic personnel to leave the country.

Protests and counter-protests have reportedly taken to the streets as both sides attempt to seize the psychological and political initiative.

Why Venezuela?

According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – the impetus for Washington’s sudden interest in Venezuela is the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Reuters in their article titled, “Pompeo calls on Venezuela’s Maduro to step down, urges support from military,” would claim:

In a statement, Pompeo said Washington would support opposition leader Juan Guaido as he establishes a transitional government and prepares the country for elections.

Jan 28 11:14

US Accepts Guaido's Designation of Vecchio as Venezuelan Charge D'Affaires to US

The United States has accepted Venezuelan presidential usurper Juan Guaido's designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Caracas charge d'affaires to the US, according to the office of the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

The United States has accepted self-proclaimed Venezuelan President Juan Guaido's designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the charge d'affaires for the Venezuelan government to the United States, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.

"The United States accepted interim President Juan Guaido's designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Charge d’Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States on January 25. Mr. Vecchio will have authority over diplomatic affairs in the United States on behalf of Venezuela," the statement read.

Jan 28 11:12

Big Blast Hits Venezuela's La Guaira Port - Reports

An explosion has occurred at Venezuela's port of La Guaira on Sunday, local media reported citing users of social media.

The Nacional media outlet reported that fire brigades had arrived on the scene without revealing additional details or the cause of the explosion.

La Guaira, the capital city of Venezuela's northern Vargas state and the nation's primary port, was founded in 1577 and has been the scene of several key naval battles during the late-20th-century forming of the oil-rich South American country.

Jan 28 11:12

VENEZUELA’S US-BACKED JUAN GUAIDÓ IMMEDIATELY TARGETS STATE OIL, REQUESTS IMF MONEY

The right-wing opposition leader that the United States is trying to undemocratically install as Venezuela’s president immediately set his sights on the country’s state-owned oil company, which he is hoping to restructure and move toward privatization. He is also seeking money from the notorious International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fund his unelected government.

On January 23, US President Donald Trump recognized the little-known, US-educated opposition politician Juan Guaidó as the supposed “interim president” of Venezuela. Within 48 hours, Guaidó quickly tried to seize control of Venezuela’s major US-based oil refiner and use its revenue to help bankroll his US-backed coup regime.

Guaidó is attempting to fire the directors of Citgo Petroleum, which is owned by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, and seeks to appoint his own new board.

Reuters described Citgo as “Venezuela’s most important foreign asset”; Bloomberg calls it “the crown jewel of PDVSA’s assets.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; if you don't believe for one second, that this is an attempt at a US-generated regime change in Venezuela, you need to think again!!

Jan 28 11:04

‘Good for business’: Trump adviser Bolton admits US interest in Venezuela’s ‘oil capabilities’

With the Venezuela crisis escalating after the US’ provocative intervention against elected leader Nicolas Maduro last week, an honest admission by National Security Advisor John Bolton was overlooked by the media: It’s about oil.

Trump’s top adviser, who has been branded the most fervent hawk in the administration, has admitted that Washington is heavily invested in political outcomes in Caracas particularly because of Venezuela’s vast untapped oil reserves.

Indeed, it just so happens that Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves.

Jan 28 10:59

The Vultures of Caracas

We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes of economic dislocation are far more complex than the media would have us believe.

But I ask you to look at this photo of supporters of CIA poster-boy, the West’s puppet unelected “President” Juan Guaido, taken at a Guaido rally in Caracas two days ago and published yesterday in security services house journal The Guardian. Please take a really close look at the photo. Blow it up as big as you can. Scan individual people in the crowd, one by one.

Jan 28 10:55

‘No to new elections ultimatum’: Venezuela’s Maduro slams Trump, EU for arrogance and disrespect

Donald Trump despises Venezuela, Latin America and the whole world, while EU leaders, who demanded the country to hold a swift election, bow down to him, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said.

The American attacks on Venezuela became “worse” since Trump, whom he described as a “man with extreme ideas,” became the US president, Maduro told CNN Turk.

“And now they planned a coup attempt,” he said, blaming Washington for the ongoing crisis in the oil-rich Latin American country.

Washington immediately supported Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader who declared himself interim president last week. The US was supported by its allies in the region while several European countries simultaneously issued an ultimatum that new elections should be called for within eight days.

“They should withdraw this ultimatum. No one can give us an ultimatum,” Maduro said. “Venezuela is not tied to Europe. This is complete insolence.”

Jan 28 10:54

Congresswoman who fixed Democratic primary for Clinton now ‘fixing’ democracy in Venezuela

Regime change and foreign interventions are things that the two US ruling parties agree on regardless of how much they exchange blows at home. Venezuela is the latest place where Republicans and Democrats have found common ground.
If you watch the US media, you know what is happening in Venezuela: Dictator Nicolas Maduro is brutally suppressing the people he has been robbing for years, and now they have revolted and elected a true representative of their interest, the one true legitimate acting president Juan Guaido. And now it’s up to America to ‘fix’ democracy by whatever means necessary.

Jan 28 10:47

'Brother, We Are With You': NATO Turkey Emerges as Staunches Defender of Maduro Against Trump

Turkey, Russia, and China came to the aid of Venezuela's leader on Thursday after the United States declared Nicolas Maduro was no longer its president.

The pledges of support came after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela in an address to tens of thousands of people on the streets of the capital, Caracas.

Jan 28 10:46

Australia backs Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president

Australia has sided with nations in Europe and Latin America in recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.

Jan 28 10:44

BUSTED(!)PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGES FROM VENEZUELA USED TO MANIPULATE US PUBLIC SENTIMENT(!)

Jan 28 10:16

How the Organization of American States Became an Agent of Regime Change

With a Venezuelan opposition leader declaring himself the country’s president and the Trump administration appearing to back a coup, Venezuela is lurching toward a new phase of crisis. And that crisis could be worsened by hardline leadership at the Organization of American States (OAS), the world’s oldest and most influential regional organization. Luis Almagro, the OAS Secretary General, recently announced his bid for another 5-year term at the helm of the organization. That would be a major setback for good governance in the region.

Throughout his tenure, Almagro has acted against many of the basic principles and mandates of the organization and consistently represented U.S. interests above those of its neighbors, generally supporting allies and punishing adversaries of the U.S. government. In particular, he’s actively sought regime change in Venezuela.

Jan 28 10:15

Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay

Jan 28 09:59

Netanyahu ‘recognises’ Venezuela opposition leader as ‘president’

The Israeli government announced its recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela on Sunday, Arab48 has reported. This is apparently following pressure by the United States for the Zionist state to speed up its declaration of support for the coup d’état aimed at toppling elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of Latin America and Europe in recognising the new leadership in Venezuela,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video posted on his official website.

“We will be happy to renew relations with Israel, and we expect to work in partnership with the Israeli government,” an anonymous opposition official from Venezuela responded. “We will not act like [late Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez, who has cursed Israel and described Israeli officials as murderers. On the contrary, we will embrace Israel.”

Jan 28 09:50

Venezuela’s US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money

The right-wing opposition leader that the United States is trying to undemocratically install as Venezuela’s president immediately set his sights on the country’s state-owned oil company, which he is hoping to restructure and move toward privatization. He is also seeking money from the notorious International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fund his unelected government.

On January 23, US President Donald Trump recognized the little-known, US-educated opposition politician Juan Guaidó as the supposed “interim president” of Venezuela. Within 48 hours, Guaidó quickly tried to seize control of Venezuela’s major US-based oil refiner and use its revenue to help bankroll his US-backed coup regime.

Guaidó is attempting to fire the directors of Citgo Petroleum, which is owned by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, and seeks to appoint his own new board.

Jan 28 09:06

Russian Ambassador Lays Into United States At Emergency U.N. Security Council Meeting On Venezuela

Jan 28 09:02

'Election-Meddler' Wasserman Schultz Now "Fixing Democracy" In Venezuela

Regime change and foreign interventions are things that the two US ruling parties agree on regardless of how much they exchange blows at home. Venezuela is the latest place where Republicans and Democrats have found common ground.

If you watch the US media, you know what is happening in Venezuela: Dictator Nicolas Maduro is brutally suppressing the people he has been robbing for years, and now they have revolted and elected a true representative of their interest, the one true legitimate acting president Juan Guaido.

And now, as RT's Alexandre Antonov reports below, it’s up to America to ‘fix’ democracy by whatever means necessary.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has even offered a simple explanation on how a ‘dream team’ of Democrats have prepared a package of laws, which will ensure Venezuela’s transition into a better future.

Jan 27 15:33

Venezuela crisis: Will the US target oil exports?

Despite the rhetoric between Nicolás Maduro and President Donald Trump, refineries in the US are still buying Venezuelan petroleum. Venezuela's state company PDVSA even owns refineries in Texas through a subsidiary called CITGO.

But with the crisis escalating after Washington backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó's claim to the presidency last week, a new round of sanctions is expected in the coming days.

Jan 27 09:49

They Met His Price! Venezuela Defence Attaché to Washington Recognizes Guaido as President

The Venezuelan defence attaché to Washington DC said that he recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó Márquez (Guaido) as interim president, having broken with Maduro's government.

Col. Jose Luis Silva, a military attaché at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, told the US Spanish-language daily newspaper El Nuevo Herald on Saturday that he did not recognize Nicolas Maduro as the Venezuelan president.

"As the Venezuelan defense attache in the United States, I do not recognize Mr. Nicolas Maduro as president of Venezuela… My message to all armed forces members, to everyone who carries a gun, is to please let’s not attack the people. We are also part of the people, and we’ve had enough of supporting a government that has betrayed the most basic principles and sold itself to other countries," Silva said.

Jan 27 09:42

It’s time for Trump to recognize Le Pen as the Interim President of France

Jan 27 09:07

Israel Recognises Guaido as Venezuela's President - Netanyahu

On Saturday, Venezuelan military attache in Washington Col. Jose Luis Silva called on the international community to recognise Juan Guaido, who declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, as the country's new head of state.

Israel recognises the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the new leader of the Latin American country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday in a video statement.

"Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognising the new leadership in Venezuela," Netanyahu said in a statement published on his Facebook page.

Jan 27 08:49

Venezuela - Trump's Coup Plan Has Big Flaws

While U.S. coup plotting against Venezuela goes back to at least 1998 when the deceased President Chavez won his first election, the actual planning for this coup attempt was only done during the last two month. There are many holes in the plan and it involves a lot of wishful thinking. That might give the Maduro government openings to deflect the attack.

More likely though the insufficient planning, based on false perceptions of the situation on the ground, will lead to demands for escalation and mission creep. Venezuela must thus immediately prepare for the worst.

Today U.S. media give some insight into the decision making before the coup attempt. The Wall Street Journal headline makes it clear that the U.S. is 100% responsible for it:

Jan 27 08:48

VAST MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS REMAIN SILENT OR SUPPORT COUP IN VENEZUELA

As President Donald Trump’s administration backed the overthrow of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Democratic senators and representatives in Congress were largely silent.

Some influential Democrats sided with Trump and expressed support for Juan Guaido, the right-wing opposition figure who declared himself interim president of Venezuela on January 23. But only three Democrats—Representative Ro Khanna, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and Senator Bernie Sanders—spoke out against the decision by the U.S. government to give a green light to Guaido and the opposition to oust Maduro.

Representative Julian Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, all Democrats who have announced they will run for president in 2020, apparently had nothing to say about the right-wing coup attempt supported by the Trump administration.

Potential 2020 presidential candidates, like Vice President Joseph Biden, made no statements either.

Jan 27 08:45

Pompeo taps Elliott Abrams as State Department Venezuela point person

“Today, I am incredibly excited to announce that a seasoned, principled and tough-minded foreign policy veteran is joining our State Department team,” Pompeo said at a press conference. “Elliott’s passion for the rights and liberties for all peoples makes him a perfect fit and a valuable and timely addition.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Principled?!? This is the guy who had to be pardoned for lying to Congress in the Iran-Contra affair, not to mention being the cheerleader for Bush's war in Iraq!

Jan 27 08:41

The Former US President Carter: The Venezuelan Electoral System “The Best in the World”

Former US President Jimmy Carter has declared that Venezuela’s electoral system is the best in the world.

Speaking at an annual event last week in Atlanta for his Carter Centre foundation, the politician-turned philanthropist stated, “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

Venezuela has developed a fully automated touch-screen voting system, which now uses thumbprint recognition technology and prints off a receipt to confirm voters’ choices.

Jan 27 08:40

Zakharova Mocks ‘8 Day Snap Election Deadline’ For Venezuela – But There’s More

Statements by the authorities of Germany, France and Spain on the conditions of recognizing the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president of the country are the same – (that Maduro has eight days to conduct a snap election) – said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“Statements are made not only identical, but even at the same time,” the diplomat wrote on her Facebook.

She also joked that Germany, France and Spain “look like a choir.”

Jan 27 08:39

Here Are The Top 5 Reasons The Coup-Attempt In Venezuela Will Fall Flat

On Wednesday, the events in Venezuela shook the world. Many wondered if January 23rd marked the beginning of the end of the presidency of Nicolas Maduro and the beginning of a new chapter of American interventionism.

Here are 5 reasons why it is unlikely that this drama will come to the denouement that the mainstream media so much shouted about.

Jan 27 08:39

MAJOR: Maduro Successfully Evicts CIA Infected U.S Embassy

Employees of the US Embassy in Venezuela left the diplomatic mission. This is stated on the website of the Foreign Ministry of Venezuela.

“We inform you that on January 25, the staff of the US diplomatic mission in Caracas was recalled in accordance with the deadlines set,” the statement reads.

Maduro issued an order to the U.S Embassy in Venezuela, that it must ‘evict’ and that U.S citizens must leave. Pretender to the presidency, Guaido, stated to the contrary that the U.S can and should stay. He issued the formal letter on National Assembly letterhead, and signed it ‘President of the Republic’. U.S officials initially recognized this letter as legitimate, and stated their intention to remain in the Bolivarian republic.

Jan 26 20:02

US calls on countries to 'pick a side' on Venezuela

Russia accuses US of orchestrating a 'coup' attempt, as US secretary of state urges support for opposition leader.

Pompeo called for free and fair elections as soon as possible in a speech at the UNSC [Johannes Eisele/AFP]
Pompeo called for free and fair elections as soon as possible in a speech at the UNSC [Johannes Eisele/AFP]
The US secretary of state has called on countries to "pick a side" on Venezuela, urging them to back opposition leader Juan Guaido and calling for free and fair elections as soon as possible in a speech at the UN Security Council.

"Now, it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with [Nicolas] Maduro and his mayhem," Mike Pompeo told the 15-member UNSC on Saturday.
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Russia unsuccessfully tried to stop the meeting requested by the United States. Moscow has accused Washington of plotting a coup attempt, placing Venezuela at the heart of a growing geopolitical duel.

"Venezuela does not represent a threat to peace and security," Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the Security Council.

"If anything does represent a threat to peace, it is the shameless and aggressive action of the United States and their allies aimed at the ouster of the legitimately elected president of Venezuela," he said.

Russia, China block US push for UN to back Guaido
Russia, China, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea blocked a US push for a UN Security Council statement expressing full support for Venezuela's National Assembly as the country's "only democratically elected institution".

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