Venezuela Newslinks 18-19 February 2019

19 February 2019 18:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting.

COLDTYPE Issue 178 Mid-February 2019 – is now on line

The Saker interviews Jorge Valero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

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Hands Off Venezuela: Historic Stance at the United Nations against US Imperialism By Carla Stea

19 February 2019 — Global Research

In a spectacular display of solidarity and strength, envoys from such distant capitals as Beijing and Havana, Moscow and Tehran, Pyongyang and Caracas, Damascus and Managua and numerous other states stood together, side by side, in front of the United Nations Security Council, declaring their determination to protect the UN Charter and International Law, and holding sacrosanct the sovereignty and inviolability of each member state.

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Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 12

19 February 2019 —  

  • “They want to enslave us!” Maduro slams Trump’s “Nazi-style” attack on socialism
  • “You’ll lose everything!” Trump’s ultimatum to Venezuelan military, says all options are open
  • Interventionist European MPs coming to meet Guaido kicked out
  • Venezuela losses $38 bln from U.S. sanctions
  • U. S. Senator Rubio pushes interventionist agenda

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‘K’ Metamorphoses into ‘G’ By William Bowles

19 February 2019 — Investigating Imperialism

[I think it’s time to republish a piece I wrote 15 years ago, in 2004, though clearly very few took notice of it then, will it be any different this time? I doubt it, it’s probably already too late to do anything about it. What the Labour government initiated in 2004 has now reached, not only fruition but is now sweeping the ‘democratic’ West as the crisis of capital intensifies and opposition to neoliberalism intensifies. I call it what it is, Fascism. Maybe not the Fascism of Hitler or Mussolini, there are no jackboots, they don’t need them this time, they have built the corporate-security state, a state that has us all on file, a state that records our movements, a state that knows what we read, who we see,  a state that now works in tandem with its corporate masters just as Mussolini’s Fascism did, a state that makes Orwell’s 1984 amateurish by comparison.  Reading through it, I don’t think I need to alter one word. WB.]

24 April 2004

“Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” – 

Franz Kafka, ‘The Trial’

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A Stock Market Detached From Reality

18 February 2019 — theplanningmotivedotcom

Are Passive Funds to blame?

The capitalists always like to boast about their prowess. The fact is that only 10% of their winning decisions are based on ability. The biggest factor is economic conditions (75%). Most investors make profits when the going is good. If further proof of this was needed, look no further than indexed based funds which have now outstripped active funds (stock picking funds where ability predominates). However, these ETF’s and passive funds which appear riskless when the going is good, become ticking time bombs when stock market indexes start falling.
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Trump threatens Alec Baldwin, calls for “retribution” against NBC By Barry Grey

19 February 2019 — WSWS

President Donald Trump posted two thuggish tweets Sunday morning attacking actor Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of the press conference at which he announced an unconstitutional declaration of national emergency to circumvent Congress and appropriate funds for the military to build his border wall.

Baldwin, who has frequently mimicked Trump on NBC’s satirical “Saturday Night Live” program, mocked the president in a skit broadcast on Saturday night’s episode.

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Seven Blairite MPs resign from UK Labour Party By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan

19 February 2019 — WSWS

On Monday, seven right-wing MPs resigned from the Labour Party at a press conference held in London’s County Hall at Westminster.

Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith and Gavin Shuker announced they would sit as independents in Parliament and be known as The Independent Group (IG). Their website was already up and running.

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The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

19 February 2019 — WSWS

There have now been two attacks on the grave of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery in the space of just two weeks. The first and most damaging was an attempt to obliterate with a hammer Marx’s name from the original headstone marking the burial place of Karl and his wife Jenny, which was incorporated into the monument erected in his memory in 1956. The second was this weekend’s daubing of anti-communist slogans on the plinth supporting the monument’s bronze bust of Marx.

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