Venezuela — Interview with Stalin Pérez Borges: “It will be very difficult to defeat us.”

3 March 2019 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Stalin Pérez Borges is a union leader and veteran socialist militant. He is currently a member of LUCHAS (acronym for Unitarian UnionistChavista League, and also ‘Struggles’ in Spanish) and of the Bolivarian Socialist Workers’ Central (CBST) Advisory Council. Intersecciones spoke to Pérez Borges about the current crisis in Venezuela. The original Spanish version was published on February 7. Translated by Pedro Alvarez from Aporrea

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The Venezuela crisis and realpolitik By Alfred de Zayas

2 March 2019 — MROnline

1. Realpolitik

As heads of government, democratically entrusted with safeguarding the welfare of all Venezuelans, Chavez and Maduro bear overall responsibility for the economic crisis, but they are not alone. Surely it was a mistake to follow the risky politics of all previous governments by maintaining the dangerous dependence on the export of petroleum and failing to take timely and effective measures to diversify the economy, ensure food security, achieve a prudent self-sufficiency in the production and supply of generic medicines, etc. They made the naive and perhaps understandable mistake of relying on customary international law and relevant treaties on freedom of trade. They naively relied on the benefits of globalization, without sufficiently taking into account their vulnerability in case of an economic war, financial blockade and sanctions as had already caused chaos and suffering in Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua and Iraq.

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Venezuela Newslinks 3 March 2019

3 March 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting

Shocker: “Humanitarian Aid” Stunt Used To Escalate Against Venezuela

Venezuela — Interview with Stalin Pérez Borges: “It will be very difficult to defeat us.”

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How (And How Not) To Beat A Smear Campaign by Caitlin Johnstone

3 March 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

Anyone who opposes western interventionism or thinks the poor are human beings is a Russian antisemite. If you disagree, it’s because you are a Russian antisemite, too.

Narrative is a funny thing. You can do everything right, cross all your ‘T’s and dot all your ‘I’s and color within all the official lines, but if you offend the powerful they can still rearrange the dominant narrative underneath you to kill your public influence.

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We’re Killing Off Our Vital Insects Too By F. William Engdahl

2 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook


Recent independent scientific studies indicate that we are threatening our vital global insect population, including of bees, with widespread extinction through massive deployment of agriculture pesticides. For most of us, insects such as flies or mosquitoes or wasps are nuisances to be avoided. Yet if the latest studies are any indication, we may be in danger of massive elimination of vital insects that maintain nature’s balance. The consequences to life on this planet are only now beginning to be seriously considered.

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