Imperialist intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 5

8 February 2019 — Counter Currents

  • 10 million-signature petition: “Hands off Venezuela”
  • Bolivia, Mexico, Caricom reject EU-sponsored resolution on Venezuela
  • UN warns against politicizing humanitarian aid and using it as “a pawn”
  • Peru President rejects military intervention in Venezuela
  • 500 luminaries for peace
  • Labour Party in UK rejects EU’s recognition of Guaido
  • Venezuela reveals evidence of plotters behind US-backed coup attempt
  • Venezuela seizes US weapons destined for coup plotters

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William Hague Attacks Corbyn on Venezuela, Exposes Barbarism of Regime Change Policy By Nina Cross

8 February 2019 — 21st Century Wire

The rhetoric of the  establishment media and political class in their attempt to vilify the mildest dissent from Jeremy Corbyn is shocking, not because it is unexpected, but because it is now apparently normal to break international law and plot to overthrow a government.  In fact it’s the done thing if Corbyn just hints disapproval.  An article written by William Hague, former British Foreign Secretary,  attacking Corbyn for his non-intervention stance on Venezuela shows our foreign policymakers are out of control.

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Venezuela Newslinks 8 February 2019

8 February 2019 17:56 — The New Dark Age

Due to cross-posting there may be some duplication

Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

The quiet coup that could devastate human rights in Guatemala

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Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

8 February 2019 — TRNN

On the heels of the hard-line anti-Maduro Lima Group meeting in Ottawa, countries favoring a negotiated solution, including Uruguay, Mexico, and Bolivia, met in Montevideo on Thursday. The final declaration, however, compromises Venezuela’s sovereignty, according to Bolivia. We discuss the outcome with Miguel Tinker Salas and Greg Wilpert (inc. transcript)
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Resolutely Promised Prosecutions of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action By Gideon Polya

8 February 2019 — Global Research

Eminent climate scientist Professor James Hansen has published a must-read, 55-page summary of the worsening climate emergency.

In short, to correct the Earth’s presently disastrous energy imbalance we must urgently reduce the atmospheric CO2 to 342-373 ppm CO2 from the present disastrous 407 ppm CO2.

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Oil, Agriculture and Imperialism: Averting the Fast-Track to Armageddon? By Colin Todhunter

8 February 2019 — Global Research

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has more or less admitted that the ongoing destabilisation of Venezuela is about grabbing its oil. He recently stated:

“We’re looking at the oil assets… We’re in conversation with major American companies now… It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

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Venezuela – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

8 February 2019 — The Greanville Post

Widely disseminated anti-Venezuela photo showing defiant “patriotic” girl challenging the supposed Maduro government “goons”. The Neocons’ regime change assault on Venezuela has followed the US classical script for such sordid projects, and these images are often part of the “information war” component that “softens” the target for possibly more violent measures later, including war, should those be judged necessary.

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‘America First’ Means Nuclear Superiority By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

8 February 2019 — The Indian Punchline – Oriental Review

The US president’s annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on foreign policy received scant attention, restricted to his “agenda to protect America’s National Security.” Trump’s re-election bid for a second term in 2020 provided the backdrop.

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Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons By Whitney Webb

8 February 2019 — Mint Press

This “U.S. coup manual,” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called “independence” of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will.

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Corporate tax cuts in UK save big business billions of pounds By Barry Mason

8 February 2019 — WSWS
Tax cuts being implemented by Theresa May’s Conservative government will save big business billions of pounds, as austerity measures continue to pauperise millions of workers. Corporation tax will be slashed from its current figure of 19 percent to a 17 percent rate effective from April 2020.

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Canada mobilizes support for US coup in Venezuela By Keith Jones

8 February 2019 — WSWS

Canada’s Liberal government is front and center in Washington’s drive to overthrow Venezuela’s elected president, Nicolas Maduro, and install a virulent right-wing regime that will throw open the country—site of the world’s largest oil reserves—to unbridled imperialist exploitation.

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How Chrystia Freeland Organized Donald Trump’s Coup in Venezuela By Eric Zuesse

7 February 2019 — Off Guardian

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

On Monday, February 5th, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that the 14 countries of the Lima Group — who had actually formed themselves under her direction into this new group on 8 August 2017 in order to overthrow and replace Venezuela’s current President Nicholas Maduro — have now been joined (though she didn’t say to what extent) by the EU, and by 8 other individual countries. She stated:
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Venezuela – U.S. Aid Gambit Fails – War Plans Lack Support

7 February 2019 — Moon of Alabama

A day after the U.S. coup attempt in Venezuela the U.S. game plan was already quite obvious:

The opposition in Venezuela will probably use access to that ‘frozen’ money to buy weapons and to create an army of mercenaries to fight a ‘civil’ war against the government and its followers. Like in Syria U.S. special forces or some CIA ‘contractors’ will be eager to help. The supply line for such a war would most likely run through Colombia. If, like 2011 in Syria, a war on the ground is planned it will likely begin in the cities near that border.

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