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  2. Despite what Trump and his allies claim, evidence shows it was the Venezuelan opposition, not Mr. Maduro’s supporters, who set the aid cargo on fire. Footage Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Burned Aid Convoy - The New York Times WWW.NYTIMES.COM A reconstruction of the moment when a truck bearing humanitarian supplies was set on fire shows the likely cause was a Molotov cocktail thrown by a protester. So when will the mainstream media correct their coverage of this particular story to reflect this? Probably never.
  3. Do you remember the Tienditas bridge "blockade" story that several mainstream media (MSM) outlets - such as BBC, NBC News, NPR, ABC and CNN among others - reported on? It had apparently been blocked by the evil Maduro regime in an effort to stop humanitarian aid from reaching Venezuela, or so we were told anyway. Figures from the Trump administration and other neocons first spread the "blockade" story and it was picked up by and reported on by MSM from around the world without any basic fact-checking or investigation. And would ya know, it was fake news. The bridge has never been used because it hasn't been opened since its construction. The Tienditas Bridge “blockade” – Justin Emery – Medium MEDIUM.COM Or how to turn an unopened bridge into an international news story to build support for your coup These news organisations are supposed to be gate-keepers against fake news, not amplifiers of fake news and misleading propaganda. This fake news story about the crisis in Venezuela clearly shows the inability, and lack of independence, our MSM has when faced with propaganda and cheap PR stunts from the US government. They all uniformly eat it up without any critical thinking on their own part, it is shameful and it is at best lazy journalism. Here are other things the MSM might not be telling you about when it comes to Venezuela: Venezuela is actually already getting aid from the UN, Red Cross and other countries. Venezuela only refuses aid from countries imposing sanctions on them. The US and Trump administration has offered Venezuela $20 million in aid, but the sanctions cost Venezuela $30 million every single day. Elliott Abrams, the Trump administrations special envoy on Venezuela, has used "aid" in the past to smuggle weapons to death squads and rebels/terrorists. US "aid" has already arrived in Venezuela: like these assault weapons smuggled in from Miami to arm the US-funded right-wing opposition now led by Guaido. It is understandable why Venezuela is hesitant to receive "aid" from the US and its allies when you consider US history on this. During the 1980s, CIA arranged to deliver military equipment to Contra rebels in Nicaragua on planes designated for "humanitarian aid." And as mentioned before, it was Trump's special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, who was involved in ordering planes to shuttle weapons to Contras in Central America.
  4. Let's be real here, sanctions kill children, women, innocent people. Their purpose is to make the civilian population struggle immensely and its a form of warfare. Be sure to also check out the other Intercepted episodes on Venezuela, they are great: Donald Trump and the Yankee Plot to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Trump Headlines a Benefit Concert for Imperialism
  5. This op-ed on Venezuela by Robert Fisk is worth reading: We’ve seen the West's approach to Venezuela before – in Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, need I go on? Here are some excerpts: And don't forget about our cosy relationship with Saudi Arabia: The West is truly the best when it comes to double standards!
  6. Cuba has accused the US of engaging in a secret military build-up to prepare for a military intervention against Venezuela, which Reuters reports: Cuba says U.S. moving special forces, preparing Venezuelan intervention It's just downright shameful to use international aid as a cover for military intervention.
  7. Alfred de Zayas, a former U.N. independent expert, says the US is violating international law by attempting a coup in Venezuela and that "the mainstream media has been complicit in this attempted coup" that, according to him, resembles the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 2003. Here is a video where Aaron Bastani explains that Venezuela's economy is in free fall because of falling oil prices and US sanctions, not socialism. Meanwhile, the US has rejected international peace talks with Maduro and Venezuela, which AFP reports: US revokes Venezuela visas, rejects dialogue with Maduro It seems the US is determined to "solve" this crisis in a more direct and violent approach, that's especially telling considering that they've appointed the war criminal Elliott Abrams as special envoy for Venezuela.
  8. Recent US coups/invasions in Latin America: Guatemala, 1954 Cuba 59’ Bolivia, 63’ Brazil, 64’ Dominican Republic, 65’ Chile, 73’ Uruguay, 73’ Argentina, 76’ El Salvador, 80s Nicaragua, 80s Grenada, 83’ Panama, 89’ Haiti, 91’ Venezuela, 2002 Haiti, 04’ Honduras, 09’ Venezuela, 19
  9. Venezuela has about 31 tons of gold worth about $1.3 billion in the Bank of England, but now the bank is refusing to give the gold back to help the struggling nation. A UK foreign office minister is even trying to give that money to the US-backed Juan Guaidó - who has already written to Theresa May asking for the funds to be sent to him and his political opposition party instead of the elected and rightful government of Venezuela. Obviously, this has been met with protests, which France24 has reported on: UK protesters demand central bank return of Maduro gold
  10. Even Juan Guaidó has now said that he will open up oil deals to foreign private companies and sell state assets in the energy industry in Venezuela. There is no mistake, the Trump administration is openly engaging in a blatant effort to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela in an effort to steal Venezuelan oil for the benefit of US corporations. They’re not even pretending its about freedom or democracy.
  11. American neocons are not even bothering to hide the real reasons behind the coup in Venezuela. With Trump in office, they don't need to follow the old freedom and democracy script... For example, here is US Senator Marco Rubio tweeting that a coup in Venezuela would result in economic gains for the oil industry in the US: And White House national security adviser John Bolton has said that Venezuela regime change is a big business opportunity for the US and other Western business interests. In this video below, John Bolton states that regime change in Venezuela is about the country’s oil. "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela." John Bolton - regime change in Venezuela is about the oil.mp4 Remember, John Bolton was a key architect behind the Iraq invasion, which also saw Iraq’s oil moved from an entirely state-run enterprise to US companies.
  12. Here is an excellent op-ed by George Ciccariello-Maher, academic and author, that explains why this is an attempted coup and regime change by right-wingers from both inside and outside Venezuela. Be sure to read it! There is also this article, The US Should Stay out of Venezuela, and interview with Guillaume Long, former foreign minister and United Nations representative of Ecuador, from Jacobin that warns that Trump's attempts to stoke regime change in Venezuela risk plunging the country into civil war (similar to Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc). Another longer articles that try to explain what is happening in Venezuela is this one by Aaron Bastani from Novara Media that takes a closer look at the economy in Venezuela and how the falling price on oil and US sanctions have affected it.
  13. Here's some background information on the sanctions enforced by the US on Venezuela that I guess many are unaware of. Trump's sanctions cost Venezuela’s economy more than $6 billion since August 2017 with the sole goal to make the economy and people suffer. In fact, even critics to the Maduro government says the US sanctions are "misguided" and have a damaging effect on the Venezuelan people in general (source: Trump’s Economic Sanctions Have Cost Venezuela About $6bn Since August 2017). The US politicians who are now calling for an intervention in Venezuela knew full well that they would make people suffer by depriving them of food and medicine when they voted for crippling sanctions on Venezuela. If they were honest and really wanted to help the people of Venezuela, they'd start by lifting sanctions.
  14. Mike Pompeo has appointed Elliott Abrams as special envoy on Venezuela, Abrams will help lead the Trump administration's response to the crisis currently unfolding in Venezuela. So who is this Elliott Abrams guy then you might ask? Abrams is a prominent neocon and goes way back in Washington, for example, he helped right-wing dictatorships commit and cover up genocide in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador during the Reagan administration. Abrams is also linked to the US-sponsored and failed coup against Chávez back in 2002. And during the George W. Bush administration, Abrams helped lead the US efforts to stage a violent coup to overturn the results of the 2006 Palestinian elections. Read more about Elliott Abrams here: Elliott Abrams, prominent D.C. neocon, named special envoy for Venezuela US diplomat convicted over Iran-Contra appointed special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela, Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy So that's a bit of a signal on how the Trump administration wants to handle this crisis...
  15. Agreed @Sanjo. It is also irritating seeing so many neocons and liberals that blame Venezuela's economic problems on socialism while they intentionally obscure and diminish the heavy and sustained economic warfare/sanctions against Venezuela from primarily the US. Those same people also completely ignore the protest activities of Venezuela's US-sponsored opposition which involves systematic attacks on state-run social programs, brutal attacks and murders of those Venezuelans that they see as typical Chavistas (which are generally poor and brown-skinned people). See this quote (from this article The Politics of Food in Venezuela) Trump and his friends are literally calling the guy who won the election a dictator and they are calling the guy who simply declared himself president in front of his political companions and militia the democratically elected... And people just accept this, it's mindbogglingly stupid!
  16. Im amazed there isnt more alarm around the world to the fact that Donald Trump is teaming up with far-right leaders to dictate who the real president of Venezuela is.
  17. Here's a reminder for those of you who think this is a new threat from the Trump and the US: Trump has previously expressed a desire to "invade" Venezuela but he was, according to reports, dissuaded by Tillerson and McMaster, neither of whom are still with Trump’s administration. See this story from last year: Trump Pressed Aides on Venezuela Invasion, U.S. Official Says But again, the US actively backing right-wing coups in Latin America is nothing new, the US has been doing that for 100+ years now. And they have all been to enrich US corporations and the global elite, not one of them was about safeguarding democracy. But somehow we are supposed to believe that this time in Venezuela - which just happens to have the world's largest oil reserves - is different? Ha ha, allow me to be sceptical! 🤔
  18. Following Trump's statement, Nicolas Maduro, the elected president of Venezuela, demanded that US diplomats were to leave Venezuela within 72 hours, which Business Insider reports. In response to this, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a statement in which he labelled Nicolas Maduro as a "former president" saying Maduro doesn't have the legal authority to break diplomatic ties with the US or declare US diplomats "persona non grata." Pompeo also called on the Venezuelan military to protect US citizens in Venezuela. Pompeo warns Venezuela's Maduro against use of force NEWS.YAHOO.COM US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro not to use force against mass demonstrations and urged further international support for the self-declared acting president. A day after the United States and major Latin American nations recognized... The US literally threatened Maduro and Venezuela that they would use military force if the country expelled any US diplomats or harmed any US citizens. Obviously, Maduro shortly backed down on his demand that US diplomats were to leave the country, which the Financial Times reports.
  19. I'm sure there will be a lot of news in regards to the crisis, specifically, US President Donald Trump endorsing regime change in Venezuela, so let's try and keep these discussions in this thread. Share and post news, articles, and op-eds that you find interesting and relevant to this subject, and please do post your comments on the crisis in Venezuela here as well. Thank you! Here's what started the latest crisis in Venezuela: Trump recognizes Venezuela's opposition leader as its legitimate president WWW.CBSNEWS.COM Large anti-government protests erupted across the South American nation on Wednesday And here is the full statement from the White House where Trump recognizes Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela: Statement from President Donald J. Trump Recognizing Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela | The White House WWW.WHITEHOUSE.GOV Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the...
  20. Number of journalists killed on the job in 2018 rises WWW.ALJAZEERA.COM IFJ says 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents this year. This is a sad development. For the first time in three years, the number of journalists killed while doing their job actually rose again in 2018. According to numbers released by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks, and crossfire incidents this year. This number includes 84 journalists, camera people and technicians as well as 10 media staff members. The most dangerous places to be a journalist in 2018 was Afghanistan, where 16 media workers lost their lives, and Mexico, where 11 media workers were killed.
  21. Check this out, a group of cops in Germany are being investigated for making racist death threats against a Turkish-German lawyer and her family. Apparently, they even signed their threat with "NSU 2.0", which is a reference to a German neo-nazi terror group which killed 10 people. Alleged German neo-Nazi police officers may have used law enforcement database to threaten people – ThinkProgress THINKPROGRESS.ORG The officers allegedly referenced an infamous terrorist group and threatened to "slaughter" a Turkish-German lawyer's child. I'm not really surprised by this, because just as the article notes, there are probably many, many more racist and even neo-nazi cops in Germany and elsewhere.
  22. Jerlene

    North Korean Cheerleaders

    I watched a clip of them at the Olympics. One of them cheered for someone they weren't supposed to, South Korea I believe, and another cheerleader told her to stop so she stopped and sat down. The whole thing was so mind boggling.
  23. Martin Shkreli jailed: 'Pharma Bro' sentenced to seven years for fraud Shkreli, convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy, sought leniency from the court after calling the trial a ‘witch-hunt. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/09/martin-shkreli-jail-sentence-how-long-pharma-bro-court-trial
  24. 'Attacks and killings': human rights activists at growing risk, study claims Research shows 34% rise in attacks against campaigners defending land, environment and labour rights in the face of corporate activity. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/09/human-rights-activists-growing-risk-attacks-and-killings-study-claims
  25. The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment, BBC News reports. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43320121
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