Venezuela Newslinks 1-2 February 2019

2 February 2019 21:05– The New Dark Age

Note: There may be some duplication due to cross-posting.

Venezuela crisis: Rival protests held in Caracas
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-47101291

Jeremy Corbyn Rejects US, UK Gov’ts Intervention in Venezuela
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/02/02/jeremy-corbyn-rejects-us-uk-govts-intervention-in-venezuela/

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Police fine man £90 after he covers his head to avoid facial recognition technology

2 February 2019 — The Canary

FRT
The police have fined a man £90 after he covered his head with his jumper to avoid a police trial of facial recognition technology (FRT). Other people were stopped by police during the trial for trying to hide their faces to avoid the cameras.
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MUST READ! Trump’s Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony By Michael Hudson

1 February 2019 — Michael Hudson

The end of America’s unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars against Venezuela and Syria – and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade – is now driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions.

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BREAKING NEWS: Vladimir Putin Held a Meeting On INF Treaty With Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu

2 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

BREAKING NEWS: Vladimir Putin Held a Meeting On INF Treaty With Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, please provide an update on the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, and the disarmament dossier in general. What is going on in terms of limitation of offensive arms?

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Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate by Tyler Durden

1 February 2019 — ZeroHedge

On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that “all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table” regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts that it said were engaged in a “state-backed influence campaign”, according to RT.

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Twitter takes down hundreds of accounts linked to Venezuela amid US calls for regime change

1 February 2019 — RT

Twitter has announced that it took down about 2,000 accounts in Venezuela, most of which it claimed were “engaged in a state-backed influence campaign.” This comes amid accusations of a US-led coup attempt.

The San Francisco-based social media giant released a blog post on Thursday saying that it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to “appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences.” It also removed another 764 accounts, however, noted: “We are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country.”

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The U.S. 12-Step Method to Conduct Regime Change By Vijay Prashad

2 February 2019 — CommonDreams

On September 15, 1970, U.S. President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger authorized the U.S. government to do everything possible to undermine the incoming government of the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende. Nixon and Kissinger, according to the notes kept by CIA Director Richard Helms, wanted to “make the economy scream” in Chile; they were “not concerned [about the] risks involved.” War was acceptable to them as long as Allende’s government was removed from power. The CIA started Project FUBELT, with $10 million as a first installment to begin the covert destabilization of the country.

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The failed profit model that manages misery

1 February 2019 — True Publica
The failed profit model for managing misery

By TruePublica: Welfare Weekly has another story to warm the heart of soulless neoliberals. “Civil servants working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been handed over £40 million in performance-related bonuses, despite serious problems with the rollout of universal credit and a startling increase in the number of successful disability benefit appeals.”

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GDPR and Big Tech: The Cookie Monster Versus Joe Public by Julian Vigo

1 February 2019 — Dissident Voice

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation which was implemented last summer has far-reaching privacy rules. Commonly referred as the , this is now the standard which has forced most tech companies to rethink not only data collection practices but also how data is collected or they risk high fines. Where the US lacks a similar regulation to protect privacy of Internet users, many characterize Europe’s GDPR as hurting privacy instead of protecting it while others accuse the EU of policing across its own borders.

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