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 6

10 February 2019 — Counter Currents

Russia, US present rival UNSC resolutions on Venezuela

  • Only Venezuelans can solve Venezuela’s issues, reiterates China
  • US blockade on Venezuela has cost US$350 billion
  • Oil reserves would be opened to foreign investors, says Guaido’s envoy
  • US humanitarian aid is a ‘big lie’: Venezuela’s VP
  • Independence, sovereignty non-negotiable: Venezuelan VP
  • Guaido isn’t ruling out ‘authorizing’ US intervention
  • ‘You don’t get to authorize US military interventions’: US Congressman to Guaido

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Dishonesty, omissions and lies in reporting on the Venezuelan economic crisis by Jón Karl Stefánsson

1 February 2019 — Counter Currents

Since 2015 Venezuela has endured gruesome economic hardships. Inflation rates have spiraled out of control, and the public is facing a recession that is tearing the country apart. Now, Venezuelans not only face economic turmoil, but also direct military aggression. A sane response of anyone who wishes to help Venezuelans through these troubles is to try to understand why this is happening.

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New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: “Would Destroy What’s Left of its Economy”

31 January 2019 — TRNN

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot (Inc. transcript)
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Sanctions Are Wars Against Peoples

28 January 2019 — Moon of Alabama

A former UN rapporteur says that the numerous US sanctions (pdf) against Venezuela are devastating and illegal:

Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September. He said that since its presentation the report has been ignored by the UN and has not sparked the public debate he believes it deserves.

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The History – and Hypocrisy – of US Meddling in Venezuela

29 January 2019 — Venezuela Analysis

Author and activist Brett Wilkins looks at the history of US meddling in Venezuela.

There isn’t a nation in the Western Hemisphere that hasn’t at one time or another found itself caught in the far-reaching tentacles of US imperialism. Venezuela is certainly no exception. Washington has been meddling in its internal affairs since the 19th century and it continues to do so to this very day, when the specter of yet another US-backed coup, or even a direct American military intervention, looms larger by the day.
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Sanctions and blockade: AGGRESSION TO THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

26 January 2019 — The New Dark Age

The following report drafted by the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, includes arguments and facts that demonstrate the existence – since 2014 – of a hostile and aggressive policy undertaken by the United States of North America (USA) towards Venezuela. This policy is expressed with particular intensity in the adoption of unilateral and coercive measures (sanctions) aiming at affecting the economic and political stability of the Venezuelan democracy, within a framework that intends the overthrowing of the constitutional government, taking the control of economic resources and Venezuela’s sovereignty, and it is part of the re-colonization strategy of Latin America and the Caribbean carried forward by Trump’s administration, through the re- imposition of the Monroe Doctrine in the continent.

Download the PDF Locally: Coercives_Measures.pdf

Origin: http://mppre.gob.ve/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Coercives_Measures.pdf

President Issias Aferwerki Vs. Al Jazeera; February 2010 By Thomas C Mountain

5 December 2018 — Counter Currents

This transcript is from an interview done by Eritrean President Issias Aferwerki and Al Jazeera “journalist” Jane Dutton in February 2010, shortly after the UNSC passed punitive sanctions against Eritrea based on what has now been proven to be fabrications. The sanctions are now history and this interview stands as an example for aspiring journalists of just how low their seniors will stoop. Every one of the charges levelled by Ms. Dutton against Issias were fake, yet this racist white South African woman continued to insult Africa’s leading statesman for the entire interview. Would she even have considered treating a white European leader the same way, to rudely insult and sling falsehoods and fantasy at such a prominent and respected African leader as Issias Aferwerki? See for yourself…

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When you want to sanction States, you call them “terrorists” By Thierry Meyssan

27 November 2018 — Voltaire Net

The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organised is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations – these are weapons of war, designed for killing.

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