Venezuela Newslinks 28-29 January 2019

29 January 2019 20:39 — The New Dark Age

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

Chris Williamson outmanoeuvres five regime-change hawks, live on the BBC

Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump’s Test On Venezuela’s Coup

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Sanctions Are Wars Against Peoples

28 January 2019 — Moon of Alabama

A former UN rapporteur says that the numerous US sanctions (pdf) against Venezuela are devastating and illegal:

Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September. He said that since its presentation the report has been ignored by the UN and has not sparked the public debate he believes it deserves.

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Leaks expose UK and EU government plans for military deployment in Brexit crisis By Chris Marsden

29 January 2019 — WSWS

The Sunday Times has reported that the Conservative government is planning for the possible imposition of martial law as a result of the deepening crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union (EU). The Daily Mirror reported that the EU is anticipating violence on the streets and decades of political instability.

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The History – and Hypocrisy – of US Meddling in Venezuela

29 January 2019 — Venezuela Analysis

Author and activist Brett Wilkins looks at the history of US meddling in Venezuela.

There isn’t a nation in the Western Hemisphere that hasn’t at one time or another found itself caught in the far-reaching tentacles of US imperialism. Venezuela is certainly no exception. Washington has been meddling in its internal affairs since the 19th century and it continues to do so to this very day, when the specter of yet another US-backed coup, or even a direct American military intervention, looms larger by the day.
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In broadside against China, White House levels criminal charges against Huawei By Andre Damon

29 January 2019 — WSWS

US officials announced Monday a series of trumped-up criminal charges against Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications company and second-largest smartphone maker, and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is currently under house arrest in Canada.

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Peculiarities of US Imperialism in Latin America By James Petras

28 January 2019 — James Petras

Understanding imperialism as a general phenomenon loses sight of its modus operandi in any specific and meaningful context. While the exercise of imperialist power is a common strategy, its motives, instruments, objectives and engagement vary, depending on the nature of the imperial ruler and targeted country. Venezuela, the current target of US, President Donald Trump, is a case illustrating the ‘peculiarities’ of imperialist politics. We will proceed to outline the background, techniques and impact of the imperial power grab.

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