Executive summary: The economic consequences of the boycott of Venezuela

13 February 2019 — MROnline –  Internationalist 360 (February 9, 2019)

The international financial blockade imposed by the United States against Venezuela has caused the South American country to lose 350,000 million dollars in production of goods and services between 2013 and 2017, according to the research carried out by the Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitics Strategic Center (CELAG).

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Imperialist Intervention in Venezuela: UPDATE 8

13 February 2019 — Counter Currents

  • Russia warns the US not to intervene in Venezuela
  • The aim of the US coup in Venezuela is to dominate the country’s oil resources
  • Arreaza slams indifference of UN members to US coup
  • 80% of Venezuelans oppose intervention
  • Maduro continues call for peace, dialogue, respect
  • Canada Labour Congress with 3M members denounces Trudeau’s support for intervention

The imperialist intervention is Venezuela is increasingly facing resistance. Now, it is from Russia.

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Lawfare: Using “Transition” Status to Justify Intervention in Venezuela

9 February 2019 —

Internationalist 360° Editorial Comment:

The fact that the opposition can conspire and operate  openly is proof that the government has not suppressed them in any way. While it is dangerous that they continue to collaborate to overthrow the government, they are emboldened by the freedoms granted and upheld by the same Constitution they seek to obliterate. Their continued freedom is evidence that Venezuela is  not only a democracy, but a tolerant, peaceful society.

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An open letter to the people of the U.S.A. from President Nicolás Maduro

11 February 2019 — The New Dark Age

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela delivered this Feb. 7 message to the people of the U.S. through social media.

If I know anything, it is about the people, because just like you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I was forged in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am no tycoon; I am a worker of mind and heart.  Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which Comandante Hugo Chávez forged starting in 1998, inspired by the legacy of Simón Bolivar.

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Why I Hope Maduro Wins And North Korea Keeps Its Nukes by Caitlin Johnstone

8 February 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

A second summit meeting for the US and North Korea is reportedly scheduled to take place in Vietnam at the end of the month. Expert opinions on where these negotiations are headed range from the insightful to the incredibly naive, with mainstream media consumers consistently finding themselves in the latter category. Trump supporters believe their president is going to pull off some Art of the Deal wizardry and convince Pyongyang to completely denuclearize, and mainstream Democrats believe Trump is being foolish, facilitating the nefarious agendas of an evil dictator. As happens with pretty much all US foreign policy issues these days, the picture is completely obscured by the mass media’s obsessive fixation on Trump.

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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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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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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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Leftist Debunks John Oliver’s Venezuela Episode

7 June 2018 — Youtube

Empire Files

The week of Venezuela’s presidential election, John Oliver dedicated an ENTIRE episode of his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” to the country—full of distortions and highly misleading to progressive-minded people. Responding to Oliver’s major points, Empire Files producer Mike Prysner walks us through the most glaring omissions and misrepresentations. This video response is an essential guide for progressives to understand the reality in Venezuela, the most common myths used to discredit the Chavez movement, and the role of the US government. [[ Prysner is an Iraq war veteran and journalist. He spent a month in Venezuela during the height of the protest movement in 2017, covering the riots and economic crisis. He has been a Venezuela solidarity activist since 2006. Watch the many documentaries and interviews he produced from Venezuela at TheEmpireFiles.tv

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