The Day Venezuela Went Dark: Unknown Story Behind the “Blackout”

8 June 2019 — Internationalist 360°


At 4:42 on the afternoon of March 7, the Metro lines of Caracas, in the Venezuelan capital, went out. The passengers walked out of the tunnels and, out in the street, saw that the traffic lights were off, that communications did not work, that the bus stops were beginning to be crowded. They thought that the service would be restored in hours. But in the control center of Guayana, 576 kilometers south of Caracas, where the generation and distribution of 70% of the energy consumed by the nation is controlled, they knew something was wrong: “That day I was on duty, I went in on Thursday and I left on Sunday,” says room supervisor César Salazar.

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The Origins of Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

2 April 2019 — TRNN

Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account (inc. transcript)
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The south, the blackout and beyond: As chavismo mobilizes in Venezuela, the U.S. increases pressure

2 April 2019 — Internationalist 360°

Without electricity again. Sitting on the terrace, we saw some lights coming on in buildings, candles, lanterns, a few cooking pots for a few minutes, then silence, the great silence of Caracas, its valley, its hills and neighborhoods. It was 19.10, the third blackout of the week, although it is diffuse, the light sometimes goes out, comes back, leaves again. It doesn’t matter about the numbers, but what so many people feel: tiredness, weariness, the fettered effect of lack of metro, water, communications, uncertainty.

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US is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and ‘needed’ intervention

29 March 2019 — RT

US is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention

A massive pro-government rally on March 16, Caracas. © Eva Bartlett

Venezuela is America’s current target for mass destabilization in the hope of installing a puppet government.

America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state’s ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. Alongside the economic war there has been a steady propaganda war, but in recent months, the propaganda has escalated dramatically, from corporate media to US political figures.

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Third Trump Regime Sabotage of Venezuela’s Electrical Grid Foiled By Stephen Lendman

26 March 2019 — Stephen Lendman

Unbowed after over two months of failed efforts to topple Maduro, failure to win over its military or gain popular support, its paramilitary attack scheme and other tactics foiled so far – the Trump regime cyberattacked Venezuela’s electrical power grid for the third time since March 7.

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Traces of the CIA in Venezuela’s nationwide power outage

25 March 2019 — MROnline

Originally published: Granma (March 20, 2019)
A memo leaked by WikiLeaks in September of 2010 points to the actions of the CIA in the recent nationwide power failure in Venezuela. The author is Srdja Popovic, founding member of the well-known subversive organization, Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), based in Belgrade that declares the promotion of “democracy” among its purposes, and trains activists and politicians in “nonviolent struggle” in the search for regime change.

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Venezuela Organizes Civic-Military Exercises in Defense of Electric Grid

16 March 2019 — Internationalist 360°

https://www.telesurenglish.net/__export/1552746256662/sites/telesur/img/2019/03/16/venezuela_civic-military_exercises_in_defense_of_electric_grid.jpg_1718483346.jpgThe president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, headed a planning day Friday for the Civic-Military Exercises Ana Karina Rote 2019 to take place over the weekend throughout the national territory with the aim of shielding the country’s hydroelectric system amid possible new external attacks.

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Venezuela’s Electric Grid Was Attacked From Abroad: Russia

15 March 2019 — Telesur

Russia said it was ready to cooperate to investigate the blackout and help bring the sabotage plotters to justice.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday her country considers that Venezuela’s blackout was due to a cyber attack from abroad, the same version provided by the Venezuelan government for the massive loss of electric services across most of the country for five days.
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