Venezuela Newslinks 22 February 2019

22 February 2019 19:09 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting

Venezuela crisis: Border clashes as aid row intensifies

Abby Martin: US Sanctions are Crimes Against Humanity + The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies by John Pilger

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Trump’s Contra War Redux in Latin America By Wayne Madsen

22 February 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump’s Contra War Redux in Latin America

A largely ignored story reported by the Lebanese magazine “Ash Shiraa” on November 3, 1986, soon blossomed into a major scandal involving the covert sale of US weapons to the government of Iran and the illegal supply of weapons to right-wing Nicaraguan rebels. The Lebanese magazine was the first to reveal that the Ronald Reagan administration was covertly selling arms to Iran in exchange for the release of seven American hostages by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.

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Mercenaries flown back to US after their arrest in Haitian capital By John Marion

22 February 2019 — WSWS

The threat of a military intervention in Haiti was demonstrated last Sunday afternoon, when five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian were arrested under circumstances that have no innocent explanation. Armed with pistols, assault rifles, drones, a telescope and three satellite phones, they were trying to gain access to the roof of the Banque de la Republique d’Haiti (BRH).

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US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of “Might Makes Right” By Tony Cartalucci

22 February 2019 — New Eastern Outlook


With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future – the war having been decided on the ground rather than “politically” as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers – the US proxy war against Syria has all but failed.

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US psychological warfare techniques being used to overthrow British democracy

22 February 2019 — True Publica 
US psychological warfare techniques being used to overthrow British democracy
There have always been lobbyists and PR people involved in politics. We have always had think tanks that have leaned in a certain direction and provided research and speakers partial to their side of the debate. So what are the special concerns that cause us to claim that our system is developing in such a way that we no longer have free and fair elections?

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San Agustín: Popular Power Striking Back Against the Coup and the Crisis

22 February 2019 — Venezuela Analysis

VA’s Ricardo Vaz visited the San Agustin barrio of Caracas and reports on the community’s efforts to organise to fight back against the economic crisis.

In recent weeks, the mainstream media has bombarded us with selective images of Venezuela, with Venezuelans portrayed either as passively suffering from the devastating crisis or desperately wanting to be rid of the elected government of Nicolas Maduro. When Chavistas are depicted they are presented as fanatical red-clad drones mindlessly following a “socialist dictator.”

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UK parliament committee demands sweeping social media censorship By Robert Stevens

22 February 2019 — WSWS

Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) has called for the sweeping censorship of Facebook and other social media.

Reporting its 18-month investigation into “Disinformation and ‘fake news’,” the select committee’s explicitly anti-Russian agenda was clear from the outset, with a remit to tackle accusations of foreign interference in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the 2016 referendum on the UK’s European Union membership and the 2017 general election.

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Black Agenda Report 21 February 2019: Bernie Tries To Steal the Rich Man’s Party; Kamala Harris: The Fix is In; Socialism is the Answer to Trumpism:

21 February 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Bernie Tries to Steal the Rich Man’s Party 

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
The plutocrats did not invest billions of dollars every election cycle in the Democratic Party to see it used as a tool of their disempowerment.

Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris: The Fix is In 

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist

Harris’ own father called her out for identity politics and stereotyping Jamaicans, but the corporate Democrats are betting she can derail Bernie Sanders with Black voters.
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