Venezuela Newslinks 21 February 2019

21 February 2019 19:30 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting.

ALERT: Seems like the Empire is planning a false flag on Venezuelan border
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/02/21/alert-seems-like-the-empire-is-planning-a-false-flag-on-venezuelan-border/

‘Investigate US for War Crimes’ in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM
https://williambowles.info/2019/02/21/investigate-us-for-war-crimes-in-venezuela-saint-vincent-pm/

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‘Investigate US for War Crimes’ in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM

21 February 2019 — Telesur

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro received Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and Grenedines Ralph Gonsalves, Sep. 17, 2016

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro received Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and Grenedines Ralph Gonsalves, Sep. 17, 2016 | Photo: EFE

Dr. Hon. Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines spoke out against the U.S. sanctions and the interventionist efforts in Venezuela.

Dr. The Honorable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, called a local radio station after a journalist from the country reported on-the-ground realities from Venezuela’s capital Caracas.

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old Aleppo shop owner: Just leave us in peace and we will re-build

21 February 2019 — In Gaza and beyond

More from my January 2019 re-visit to Aleppo, Syria.

Again in the old city of Aleppo, and around the Citadel, I speak with civilians about life, take footage from a city ravaged by terrorism but rebuilding, and add a bit of footage from November 2016 where the person I was with told me terrorists burned the old souq before leaving.

Shop owner:

“This is not my work. My work, I have a factory for bottling olive oil, in Idlib.” [When was the last time you saw it?] “Before 8 years.”

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Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump’s Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy By Paul Dobson

21 February 2019 — Mint Press

“When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (…) It is incredulous,” — Venezuela’s Defense Minister

Venezuela’s armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President Donald Trump and calls to break the chain of command.

Speaking at a press conference held in Caracas and flanked by commanders from all of the branches of the military, Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told the press that Washington “Will not be able to install a “puppet” and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first.”

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Facebook gives nod to secret pro-Israel campaign By Ali Abunimah

21 February 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Facebook gives nod of approval to secretive and deceptive pages set up by a lobby group that collaborates with the Israeli government.

Facebook has banned several pages belonging to such viral media outlets as In the Now because they are affiliates of the Russian-funded network RT – even though these media outlets violated none of the social network’s rules.

Yet The Electronic Intifada can exclusively reveal that Facebook has given a nod of approval to a network of secretive and deceptive pages set up by The Israel Project, a lobby group that collaborates with the Israeli government and with Israel’s military establishment to influence public opinion against Palestinians.

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The Fake News about Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela By Alan McCloud

19 February 2019 — American Herald Tribune

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In recent times the international media, including many who promised to “resist” the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US “humanitarian aid” reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked a bridge in his desperation to starve his own people (see, for example, CNN, CBC, Associated Press, BBC, NPR, ABC, Bloomberg, The Guardian). A constant flow of stories such as this have served to establish a narrative of a dictator blocking a benevolent US government from helping its desperate people. Something must be done!

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Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 13

21 February 2019 — 

  • Massive Bolivarian March for Peace and Sovereignty
  • Venezuelan military reject Trump’s incitement to rebel: “Over Our Dead Bodies”
  • Maduro controls situation in Venezuela, Russian ambassador
  • Venezuela suspends flights, closes several borders amid intervention threats
  • Venezuela protests violation of diplomatic accords after assault on embassy in Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica slams Guaido representatives for taking control of Venezuelan embassy
  • PDVSA pumping station attacked
  • Advances made in investigation against Guaido
  • Amnesty goes for humaid
  • A couple of dozen buses and pick-up trucks in Guaido’s support
  • Hundreds of bus drivers in red shirt rally for Maduro
  • Swiss deny call with Guaido over bank accounts

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Danger of U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Grows

21 February 2019 — No War on Venezuela

The stakes could not be higher as people across the globe prepare to mobilize in solidarity with the Venezuelan people on February 23 and to oppose the growing imperialist threats of intervention and war. More than 100 cities plan to hold actions this weekend – find and join one near you.February 23 will be a decisive juncture and a day marked by struggle to defend Venezuela both inside the country and around the world.

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Anti-semitism is cover for a much deeper divide in Britain’s Labour party By Jonathan Cook

21 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Breakaway MPs hope that smearing Corbyn will obscure the fact that they are remnants of an old political order bankrupt of ideas

Middle East Eye – 20 February 2019

The announcement by seven MPs from the UK Labour Party on Monday that they were breaking away and creating a new parliamentary faction marked the biggest internal upheaval in a British political party in nearly 40 years, when the SDP split from Labour.

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‘We must live like people’: Chronicle of a red-hot Haiti

20 February 2019 — Peoples Dispatch

Lautaro Rivara, a sociologist and member of the Dessalines Brigade of Solidarity with Haiti, writes a reflection on the socio-political and economic crisis in Haiti and peoples resentment against the government of Jovenel Moïse

By Lautaro Rivara

Haiti protests

A wave of anti-government protests has been taking place in Haiti since February 7 (Photo: Alba Movimientos)

The social climate is heating up in Haiti, as social frustrations accumulate in a minefield that never ends up being deactivated. After last year’s intense mobilizations, with massive and radical epicenters in the months of July, October and November, the strategic truce at the end of the year gave rise to a materially precarious, but calm, Christmas. But the festivities were nothing more than a brief interval. Soon the battles would resume against the high cost-of-living, persistent corruption, social and economic crisis and the absence of a national model for the first independent republic emerging from the history of this side of Rio Bravo. The protests have been occurring for the last twelve intense days, and nothing seems to indicate that they are going to stop.

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