Nicolás Maduro: Corruption and Chaos in Venezuela


10-08-19 06:26:00,

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U.S. Department of State
Fact Sheet

The former regime of Nicolás Maduro has consistently violated and abused the human rights and dignity of the country’s citizens, plundered its natural resources, and driven a once-prosperous nation into economic ruin with Maduro’s authoritarian rule and ruinous economic policies. Maduro’s thugs have reportedly engaged in killings and physical abuse, detained political opponents, and severely interfered with the exercise of freedom of expression, all in a brutal effort to retain power.


- On July 25, 2019, the United States sanctioned Maduro’s three stepsons (Walter, Yosser, and Yoswal Flores), and seven other individuals, as well as 13 entities, involved in a complex network of bribery and money laundering that has been stealing from the people of Venezuela through a for-fee food distribution program known as the CLAP.
- Maduro and his associates have been responsible for the theft and embezzlement of billions of dollars from the Venezuelan people over many years. Regime insiders have also been involved in drug smuggling, and the illicit removal of gold from the Venezuelan Central bank.
- Maduro has financed himself by “cranking up the central bank printing presses. That has ballooned the supply of the national currency, the bolivar, which has lost more than 99 percent of its value since 2013 and is virtually worthless.” (Bloomberg Businessweek, March 9, 2019)
- The bolivar’s accumulated inflation 2014-2018 was more than twenty-two million, according to the Central Bank of Venezuela. As a result of Maduro’s actions, the people of Venezuela can no longer afford to live in their own country.
- Similarly, Venezuela’s infrastructure has begun to collapse under Maduro. For example, the electrical system has rapidly deteriorated since March, resulting in nation-wide blackouts and the increasing rationing of electricity in many states. In 2016, Maduro declared approximately 12 percent of the country to be a part of an “Orinoco Mining Arc” and awarded himself broad authorities to oversee the exploitation of resources for personal gain. Maduro ejected foreign companies from Venezuela and replaced employees with untrained workers who operate under the leadership of senior Venezuelan military officers.


- Economic Decline: The International Monetary Fund estimated that the cumulative decline of the Venezuelan economy since 2013 will surpass 60 percent and is among the deepest five-year contractions the world has seen over the last half century.

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If The Agenda To Oust Maduro Was Honest Instead Of Dishonest


01-05-19 08:18:00,

Juan Guaido: I would like to be regarded as the interim president of Venezuela because the current president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, stands opposed to the interests of the political bodies with which I have aligned myself. Also, he stands opposed to my own personal ambitions of becoming powerful.

Washington, DC: We too would like for Juan Guaido to be regarded as the interim president of Venezuela, because the current President of Venezuela is too cozy in policy and practice with our geopolitical opponents. We would not mind this so much if Venezuela didn’t sit atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves. If we can’t control what happens to those oil reserves, we won’t be as dominant on the world stage as we otherwise would be.

US allies: We too would like it if Juan Guaido were president instead of Nicolas Maduro, because that’s what the United States wants and it is in our interests to go along with whatever they say. If we go along with Washington’s dictates we are treated favorably, whereas if we don’t we’ll end up getting treated the way the Venezuelan government is being treated currently.

Donald Trump: I’ve been told by the neoconservatives who I have appointed to guide my foreign policy that it would be good for America’s resource control agendas if I apply more sanctions to Venezuela’s economy at this time. This will force the Venezuelan civilians, and more importantly their military, to overthrow Maduro or else see their loved ones die of malnutrition and lack of healthcare.

John Bolton: I too encourage Venezuela’s citizens and military to turn against their government and begin inflicting violence upon it until Nicolas Maduro is either dead or removed from power. If you do this, you won’t have to starve and die because of our steadily increasing sanctions, and we’ll get to control the oil that your country happens to sit on top of. As an added benefit, hurting large numbers of human beings gives me sexual gratification.

CIA [via bullhorn]: Umm, excuse me, Venezuelans? This is the CIA. Will you all please start having a civil war now to overthrow your government? That would make us very happy, thank you.

Mainstream media: The US government, and of course the powerful unelected individuals who run it from behind the scenes without any accountability or oversight from the public,

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Maduro places troops on high alert, accuses US of rehearsing new form of warfare in Venezuela


04-04-19 07:45:00,

Venezuela’s military has been placed on alert to pre-empt potential ‘unconventional’ warfare tactics by the US, which aims to overthrow the government with attacks on public services, President Nicolas Maduro has announced.

“Venezuela is demonstrating to the world that it is a testing ground for new cybernetic, electromagnetic war weapons and a new war strategy, which is not the direct invasion or bombing by missiles, but the bombing of vital public services,” Maduro said, admitting that, with rolling blackouts, the situation in the country remains “serious.”

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The objective of this alleged tactic is to destabilize the situation in Venezuela just about enough to provoke internal clashes, the president said. He accused the opposition of engaging in “criminal plans” to take advantage of such a scenario of chaos to assassinate him and other loyal supporters. Maduro also said there are plans by dissidents to “attack military units.”

He ordenado la conformación de 50 mil Unidades Populares de Defensa en todos los barrios, ciudades y en cada rincón del País para que respalden y fortalezcan la Defensa Integral de la Patria. ¡Unidad Cívico-Militar!

— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) January 30, 2019

To confront these dangers, Maduro said he had placed the intelligence and counterintelligence bodies on highest alert. Similarly, the president called on the mobilized 51,000 popular defense units, comprising some 2.1 million volunteers, to help the military deal with potential threats.

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ADL Says Maduro Is Promoting Anti-Semitic ‘Conspiracy Theories’


16-03-19 12:46:00,

This article appeared on the ADL website recently. According to the site, the ADL’s stated mission is: “To stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”

As the political crisis continues in Venezuela, the hardline regime of Nicolas Maduro, whose power is currently being challenged, is promoting hateful anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and allegations of Jewish or “Zionist” plots to take over the government.

As declared interim President Juan Guaidó – whose bid to take over the government is supported by more than 50 countries – challenges Maduro’s power, the resulting political, social and economic instability has created a ripe climate for conspiracy theories about Jews to flourish.

The fact that these conspiracy theories are emerging now is not surprising, given the country’s long history of leaders, including late President Hugo Chavez and his followers, scapegoating Israel and using Jews as a political tool. ADL has closely monitored the anti-Semitic rhetoric emanating from the government since 2006.

In the current crisis, Maduro and members of his government have invoked anti-Semitic tropes, including conspiracies of U.S. and “Zionist” control of Guaidó. Most recently, in a February 13 interview in al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese media outlet affiliated with Hezbollah, Maduro charged that Guaidó’s inner circle was full of CIA agents serving “American and Zionist” interests. He further indicated that Venezuela and his government remain closely aligned with the Palestinian cause.

Allegations and conspiracy theories of Jewish/Zionist intervention in the Venezuelan crisis are widely propagated by Maduro supporters. Here’s a sampling of such rhetoric from the first two months of 2019:

  • On February 16, the Iranian Spanish-language TV channel, Hispan TV, published an article reinforcing the alleged conspiracy that Guaidó is a CIA agent and is serving the interests of the U.S. and Israel.

  • On February 11, the Venezuelan Communist Party, which is aligned with Maduro, tweeted: “The Venezuelan people do not need a #Humanitarian Assistance that has an interventionist face, which is accompanied by military exercises on the #Venezuela border by the Zionist army of #Israel.”

  • On January 28, the Bolivarian Circles, a collection of radical pro-Maduro committees,

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Maduro Failure to Nab Guaido Will Sap Venezuela Army’s Morale: Ex-US Official – World news – Tasnim News Agency


14-03-19 09:22:00,

“What the United States is banking on in Venezuela is that stress and strain will break the Venezuelan military. So far it has stood with the elected government in Venezuela and I think most likely members of the Venezuelan military understand that if the American coup succeeds, then the whole country will be back into poverty and will be plundered again as it has been in the past. So they have an incentive to stand with the elected government. Whatever Maduro’s failures, they are very small compared to what will happen to Venezuela once it is back in America’s clutches,” the former US assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and current chairman of the Institute for Political Economy, told Tasnim.

He added, “…Maduro’s failure to arrest this man and all of his supporters and put them on trial will contribute to the military losing confidence in Maduro’s government.”

From early 1981 to January 1982, Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. After his time in government, he turned to journalism, holding positions of editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week, the Scripps Howard News Service as well as contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine. Roberts was a professor of business administration and professor of economics at George Mason University and was the inaugural William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at Georgetown University, serving for 12 years.

Following is the full text of the interview.

Tasnim: Recently, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Washington is working to build a coalition seeking to replace Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro and his government. The US has also threatened Venezuela with military action. What is your take on this?

Dr. Roberts: The United States government is unable to tolerate any country that has an independent policy. This is the reason the United States government tried to overthrow (Bashar) Assad in Syria and the reason it wants to overthrow the Iranian government. Those governments that do not follow Washington’s rule are unacceptable and so in the case of Venezuela and in many other examples, the situation is magnified by the fact that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world (and) that these oil reserves,

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Venezuela: Maduro lässt Guaidó ins Leere laufen


05-03-19 11:38:00,

Der selbsternannte Präsident durfte einreisen und konnte bei der Rückkehr keine großen Massen mobilisieren, nebenan wurde von der Regierung gefördert Karneval gefeiert – Ein Kommentar

Heute Mittag Ortszeit war der selbst ernannte Präsident Venzuelas Juan Guaidó am Internationalen Flughafen Simón Bolívar gelandet, wo ihn einige Botschafter, darunter der deutsche, offenbar zum Schutz, viele Journalisten und eine jubelnde Menge empfingen. Obgleich die venezolanische Regierung gedroht hatte, ihn zu verhaften, nachdem er das vom Obersten Gericht verhängte Ausreiseverbot verletzt und zum Sturz der Regierung aufgerufen hatte, konnte er problemlos und unbehindert einreisen und nach Caracas weiterfahren, wo er seine Anhänger auf dem Platz Alfredo Sadel in Las Mercedes zu seinem Empfang zusammengetrommelt hatte. Das sollten sie im ganzen Land machen, hatte er versucht, Massen zu mobilisieren. Auch in anderen Städten versammelten sich Guaidó-Anhänger zu Hunderten und zu Tausenden, aber eine Massenbewegung müsste anders aussehen.

Guaidó hatte durchaus damit gerechnet, verhaftet zu werden. Das war vermutlich auch Teil der Strategie auch von Washington, wo man in diesem Fall ernsthafte Konsequenzen angedroht hatte. Eine Verhaftung hätte die Proteste verstärkt und auf jeden Fall den Druck auf die Maduro-Regierung erhöht, schließlich war dies der zweite Versuch nach der Inszenierung mit der humanitären Hilfe, die über die Grenzen ins Land geschafft werden sollten, um Unruhen und Gewalt als Vorbereitung zum von den USA angestrebten Regime Change zu evozieren.

Vielleicht wollten die Maduro-Regierung dieses Mal schon vermeiden, in die Falle zu treten, vielleicht hofft man darauf, dass der zum Messias aufgebaute Politiker, hinter den sich die USA mit ihrer Koalition der Willigen stellten, ebenso wie die Protestbewegung an Schwung verliert, während man dem Ausland keine Möglichkeit anbietet zu intervenieren. Lässt man Guaidó und seine Anhänger protestieren, demonstriert man auch, keine Diktatur zu sein, wie die Maduro-Regierung von Kritikern gerne bezeichnet wird. Damit könnte man auch richtig liegen.

Guaidó sagte in seiner Rede, die Welt stehe hinter der Protestbewegung, man suche nach neuen Strategien, die humanitäre Hilfe ins Land zu bringen, aber er kündigte nur an, mit den Gewerkschaften des öffentlichen Dienstes sprechen zu wollen, dazu soll es nächsten Samstag neue Demonstrationen geben. Das könnte von Ratlosigkeit und der Abwesenheit eines Plan B zeugen, wenn der erwartete Clash ausbleibt. Dass er problemlos einreisen konnte, will er als Schwäche der Maduto-Regierung sehen,

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Maduro 1: Abrams 0: Venezuela wins the first round:


03-03-19 05:10:00,

Maduro wins the first round

The Saker

March 01, 2019 “Information
Clearing House


The standoff between Venezuela and
the AngloZionist Empire last week-end
has clearly ended in what can only be
called a total defeat for Elliott
Abrams.  While we will never know what
was initially planned by the demented
minds of the Neocons, what we do know is
that nothing critical happened: no
invasion, not even any major false flag
operation.  The most remarkable facet of
the standoff is how little effect all
the AngloZionist propaganda has had
inside Venezuela. There were clashes,
including some rather violent ones,
across the border, but nothing much
happened in the rest of the country. 
Furthermore, while a few senior officers
and a few soldiers did commit treason
and joined forces with the enemy, the
overwhelming majority of the Venezuelan
military remained faithful to the
Constitution.  Finally, it appears that
Maduro and his ministers were successful
in devising a strategy combining
roadblocks, a concert on the Venezuelan
side, and the minimal but effective use
of riot police to keep the border
closed.  Most remarkably, “unidentified
snipers” did not appear to shoot at both
sides (a favorite tactic of the Empire
to justify its interventions).  I give
the credit for this to whatever
Venezuelan (or allied) units were in
charge of counter-sniper operations
along the border.

Outside Venezuela this first
confrontation has also been a defeat for
the Empire.  Not only did most countries
worldwide not recognize the AngloZionist
puppet, but the level of protest and
opposition to what appeared to be the
preparations for a possible invasion
(or, at least, a military operation of
some kind) was remarkably high, while
the legacy corporate Ziomedia did what
it always does (that is whatever the
Empire wants it to do), the Internet and
the blogosphere were overwhelmingly
opposed to a direct US intervention. 
This situation also created a great deal
of internal political tensions in
various Latin American countries whose
public opinion remains strongly opposed
to any form of US imperial control over
Latin America.

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From Madero to Maduro: Lessons of the Mexican Revolution for 21st Century Venezuela


21-02-19 11:14:00,

From Madero to Maduro: Lessons of the Mexican Revolution for 21st Century Venezuela

Just over 100 years ago, Mexico had a popular, much beloved democratically elected President determined to reduce foreign influence and obscene profits flowing out of the country and raise the standard of living for his people. The US financial interests on Wall Street orchestrated a military coup and made sure he was brutally murdered.

The president obviously was not Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, who has been set up to receive the same treatment this year, but his name was remarkably close – Madero not Maduro. The parallels and contrasts between the two men are thought-provoking.

Unfortunately poor Francisco Madero, an idealistic reformer who ruled as President of Mexico from 1911 to 1913 did not have the tough political street smarts and plain common sense that Venezuela’s Maduro has exhibited throughout his long, controversial but undeniably successful career.

Madero naively trusted in the army commander-in-chief he had inherited from his predecessor President Porfirio Diaz, General Victoriano Huerta. Huerta had prospered throughout the long 35-year rule of Diaz from 1876 to 1911 by carrying out genocidal campaigns for him against the Yaqui Indians and the Mayans.

In 1913, Wall Street interests enthusiastically supported Huerta when he carried out a coup against the innocent Madero. Woodrow Wilson, the US president of the day was an exceptionally ugly racist who despised the Mexican people and at first went along with Huerta’s coup.

The huge financial and mining interests in New York were eager to continue plundering Mexico’s resources while more than 90 percent of its people lived virtually as slaves in appalling poverty under Diaz. 

In the last decade of Diaz’s rule – securely supported by the Wall Street financial robber barons, as historian Matthew Josephson called them and by the complacent administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft – at least 600,000 people were worked to death as real slaves on the estates of Diaz’s supporters. Not a whisper of disapproval was heard from Washington. 

Huerta ruled with his usual mindless thuggish brutality for less than a year and a half before provoking such national revulsion that he was ousted in a brief and bloody civil war. He fled of course to the United States but then made the mistake of alienating US business and military leaders alike by openly embracing Imperial Germany to plot his militaristic comeback.

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Bolton: I’ll Send Maduro to Guantanamo – Global Research


03-02-19 12:53:00,

On Friday, the neocon running Trump’s foreign policy, John Bolton, threatened to send the elected president of Venezuela to the indefinite torture camp at Guantanamo. 

Maduro should be relieved. The previous neoliberal regime in DC had the disfavored leader of Libya assassinated, but not before NATO-backed Islamists sadistically raped him with a bayonet. The longer Maduro resists, the more likely a variation of the above scenario will play out in Venezuela. Indefinite detention without charge is no doubt the preferable option. 

Bolton is a well-seasoned neocon. He knows instinctively how to play the game. It was of course not a mistake his notepad said troops may be sent to neighboring Columbia. 

His hint about sending the president of Venezuela to Camp Gitmo is also not a mistake. These are the guys who set-up Saddam Hussein and arranged to have him sent to the gallows. 

On Hugh Hewitt’s show, John Bolton suggested that Venezuelan president Maduro could be sent to Guantanamo

— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) February 1, 2019

In all cases—with the exception of Afghanistan—the primary objective is to control the vast oil reserves in Iraq, Iran, Libya, and now Venezuela, the country with the largest known oil reserve in the world. 

It is well-known that a Unocal pipeline and its rejection by the Taliban served as the pretext for an invasion of Afghanistan—and before the events of 9/11. 

In the former, the objective is to make Israel the undisputed hegemon of the Middle East and a forward base in the effort to contain the vassals, as former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski called the victims of neocolonialism. 

Considering Israel’s long-standing barbaric treatment of the Palestinians—and the establishment of an apartheid state—its multiple invasions and occupations of Lebanon, and its history of border provocations and false flag schemes (the Lavon Affair most prominent), it’s quite natural Israel’s Arab and Muslim neighbors are skeptical peace will ever be realized. This is exacerbated by the fact the peacemaker—the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner—is a confirmed Zionist and Likudnik. 

The neocon plan was designed for creative destruction in the name of neoliberal-corporate domination and secondarily in service of the geopolitical goals of the Zionist state. 

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Time is Running Out to Oust Maduro


02-02-19 01:39:00,

Time is Running Out to Oust Maduro

The most welcome news for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the past month came from Russian President Vladimir Putin in December. Maduro and Putin reaffirmed the relationship between the two countries with more than just words.

More than $5 billion in new oil exploration and production deals were signed when the two met in December which will assist Venezuela in establishing its ambitious (or foolhardy) plan to only sell its oil in its oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro.

Maduro has insisted that the Venezuelan state oil company PVDSA will only accept Petro for its oil starting this year. By all accounts the Petro looks like a scam and until he can make good on promises to his benefactors, Russia and China, there is no way they will use it.

But, in theory, the Petro is a fine idea. Is it one that Maduro can pull off? It’s a good question. I doubt it.

But if it, or something like it were to succeed, it represents a tectonic shift for the world economy. Not today or tomorrow, mind you, but over time. Why? Because it provides a blueprint for countries which are not on The Davos Crowd’s Christmas card list to extricate themselves from the IMF/World Bank/SWIFT hamster wheel of currency collapse, debt slavery, economic privation and regime change.

Because cryptocurrencies exist outside of the traditional banking system it allows them to skirt sanctions (which are acts of war) and continue engaging in peaceful commerce on their terms, not those set on Wall St. or K Street.

But that said, there’s no real need for the Petro per se. Maduro could simply take Bitcoin.

The other day I wrote an article tying US policy towards Venezuela to Iran, saying Trump’s plans for Energy Dominance are what is driving his foreign policy. Venezuela looks like a dry run for what’s on tap for Iran later this year or early 2020.

And its John Bolton who is the architect of this horrific policy.

This is the John Bolton blueprint for regime change. Demonize the leader of a country that opposes our imperial rule, cut them off from the rest of the world through sanctions and political/military pressure and wait for the society to collapse.

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Berlin geißelt Maduro – Willy Wimmer: „Keine eigenständige Politik“ – EXKLUSIV


26-01-19 10:01:00,

Der venezolanische Staatschef Nicolás Maduro wird von westlichen Mächten weiterhin unter Druck gesetzt. Auch die Bundesregierung schließt sich diesen an und erwägt die Anerkennung des selbsternanntem Präsidenten Juan Guaidó. Empört darüber zeigt sich Staatssekretär a.D. Willy Wimmer (CDU). Maduro kennt er höchstpersönlich.

Venezuelas Regierungschef Nicolás Maduro beanspruche für sich die Macht auf Grundlage von Wahlen, „die internationalen, demokratischen Standards nicht ansatzweise entsprechen“,  sagte Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert am Freitag in Berlin. Er könne daher nicht der legitime Führer Venezuelas sein. Die Bundesregierung spreche sich somit für die Anerkennung von Juan Guaidó als Interimspräsidenten aus, „sofern es nicht umgehend zu freien und fairen Wahlen kommt“.

Herr Wimmer, die Lage in Caracas ist weiterhin angespannt. Der Abgeordnete Juan Guaidó hatte sich gestern selbst zum Übergangsstaatschef erklärt und Maduro die Legitimation abgesprochen. Wie schätzen Sie die Lage in Venezuela ein?

Wir haben es mit einem Machtkampf der Luxusklasse zu tun. Und zwar mit einem Machtkampf um den ganzen Kontinent. Als Brasilien Mitglied der BRICS-Staaten wurde, war absehbar, dass es zu einer globalpolitischen Auseinandersetzung kommen würde zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten und den sogenannten BRICS-Staaten. Das hat sich auch in Brasilien ausgetobt. Wir brauchen uns den Präsidenten anzusehen, dann wissen wir, wie dieser Machtkampf ausgegangen ist. Das ist in Venezuela nicht anders.

REUTERS / Miraflores Palace / Handout

Der zweite Punkt: Man muss mit aller Nüchternheit sehen, dass es sich um einen innerstaatlichen Machtkampf handelt, zwischen den ehemaligen spanischen Eliten, die auch den wohlhabenden Teil der Bevölkerung stellen, und der Masse der Bevölkerung — den sogenannten indigenen Leuten. Wenn man die Uhr um zehn Jahre zurückdreht und auf den legendären venezolanischen Präsidenten Hugo Chavez blickt, dann muss man sehen, dass es ihm gelungen ist, die indigene Bevölkerung an die Wahlurnen zu bringen und am Schicksal ihres Landes beteiligen zu lassen. Und das ist etwas, was die anderen Staaten um Venezuela herum derzeit als bedrohlich ansehen, denn da regieren die spanischen Eliten weiter. Und das sehen wir auch bei denen weiter, die sofort erklärt haben, dass der neue Mann ihr Mann sei.

Das Dritte, was man da sehen muss: Wir haben es mit einer Auseinandersetzung mit den Republikanern und den Demokraten aus Amerika in Venezuela zu tun. Traditionell ist Venezuela der Hinterhof der Demokraten. Das sehen wir im Agieren von Jimmy Carter über mehr als zehn Jahre.

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Maduro in the Cross-hairs: What You are not Being Told about the Crisis in Venezuela – Global Research


14-11-18 11:40:00,

“When I was there, even the protestors we talked to on the ground… they just want to be filmed by the international press so then they can show it (to) the international media to create an international scandal. So they’re quite aware of what the strategy is and they’ve been at it for some time.” – Mike Prysner, from this week’s interview.



Click to download the audio (MP3 format)

While the Trump Administration is mobilizing U.S, troops to greet the arrival to the U.S. border of 7000 Central American migrants, Colombia takes in over 4000 Venezuelan migrants daily as a result of the economic crisis plaguing the country.

The economic noose has been tightening around the population of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela over the last year. The economic sanctions directed at the Maduro government have taken their toll contributing to the plight of ordinary Venezuelans.

Those sanctions were triggered in September 2017, following a call by the Association formed between Canada and the United States to “take economic measures against Venezuela and persons responsible for the current situation in Venezuela.” [1]

The Canadian and American governments cite what they considered to be anti-democratic behaviour, including the use of a National Constituent Assembly (NCA) to subvert the will of the democratically elected National Assembly. These and other countries around the globe rejected an NCA electoral process which was boycotted by the (anti-Maduro) opposition, and that they determined to be “fraught with gerrymandering and allegations of vote rigging.”[2]

Efforts to challenge these government narratives have been frustrated. National broadcasts in Canada and the U.S. have been ratcheting up the perception of President Maduro and his ‘dictatorial’ ways as a contributor to the human rights situation now plaguing the Venezuelan citizenry. Most recently, solidarity activists in Canada have been lamenting their failure, as of this date, to bring a Venezuelan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Ron Martinez, to Canada. The claim has been made, though not yet verified, that Ottawa is deliberately blocking the Minister’s passage to Canada.

On this week’s Global Research News Hour radio program, we make an effort to counter the conventional talking points about Venezuela,

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Drohnen-Anschlag auf Maduro: Hinweise auf Verantwortung von Kolumbien und USA

Drohnen-Anschlag auf Maduro: Hinweise auf Verantwortung von Kolumbien und USA

10-08-18 12:48:00,

Screenshot aus der Live-Übertragung.

Ein ehemaliger regionaler Polizeichef und Regierungsgegner hat eingestanden, bei der Aktion mit sprengstoffbeladenen Drohnen geholfen zu haben

Nach einem Anschlag auf den venezolanischen Präsidenten Nicolás Maduro am vergangenen Samstag (Venezuela: Anschlag mit einer Drohne auf Maduro?) hat ein ehemaliger regionaler Polizeichef und Regierungsgegner eingestanden, der verantwortlichen Gruppe bei der Aktion mit sprengstoffbeladenen Drohnen geholfen zu haben. Gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters sagte Salvatore Lucchese, der wegen seiner führenden Beteiligung an Antiregierungsprotesten bereits inhaftiert gewesen ist, er habe einer Gruppe Oppositioneller dabei geholfen, die Drohnenattacke mit militärischem C-4-Sprengstoff auszuführen.

Präsident Maduro selbst gab indes weitere Details zu dem Zwischenfall bekannt und erhob neue Vorwürfe gegen das benachbarte Kolumbien sowie die USA. Nach Auskunft der Generalstaatsanwaltschaft sollen in Zusammenhang mit dem Angriff inzwischen 19 Personen festgenommen worden sein.

Der jüngste Angriff ereignete sich während einer großangelegten Militärparade aus Anlass des 81. Jahrestages der Bolivarischen Nationalgarde. Auf Fernsehbildern ist zu sehen, wie sich plötzlich mindestens eine Explosion ereignet. Nach Angaben von Informationsminister Jorge Rodriguez explodierten mit C-4-Sprengstoff beladene Drohnen in der Nähe der Veranstaltung. Die Live-Übertragung im Fernsehen wurde unterbrochen, der Präsident blieb unverletzt. Später beschuldigte Maduro die kolumbianische Staatsführung, für den Attentatsversuch mitverantwortlich zu sein.

Lucchese sieht den Anschlag vom vergangenen Samstag als Teil des bewaffneten Kampfes gegen die Regierung von Präsident Maduro. Gegenüber Reuters lehnte er es ab, weitere Details zu der Aktion zu nennen, um andere Beteiligte nicht zu gefährden. “Wir hatten ein Ziel, das wir in diesem Moment nicht vollständig erreichen konnten”, zitiert die Nachrichtenagentur den Regierungsgegner, den sie in der kolumbianischen Hauptstadt Bogotá interviewte: “Dieser bewaffnete Kampf wird fortgeführt werden.”

In einer Radio- und TV-Ansprache gab Maduro indes die Namen einer Reihe mutmaßlicher Hintermänner des Anschlags bekannt. Er wiederholte dabei mit neueren Informationen die Vorwürfe gegen Kolumbien und die USA, wo sich einige der Täter aufgehalten haben oder wohin sie geflohen sein sollen. Maduro spielte unter anderem Audioaufnahmen von Gesprächen der mutmaßlichen Täter ab, die sie während des Attentats führten.

Indes wurde der Parlamentsangeordnete Juan Requenses von der rechtspopulistischen Partei Zuerst Gerechtigkeit (Primero Justicia, PJ) festgenommen, nachdem einer der Inhaftierten, Juan Carlos Monasterios, angab, Requenses habe Mitgliedern der Zelle bei Reisen nach Kolumbien geholfen,

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Maduro’s Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times

Maduro’s Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times

23-05-18 09:43:00,

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The U.S. backing of Israel’s massacre of Palestinians and Donald Trump’s death threats to Kim Jong-Un prove that the United States’ imperialism is alive and well. The government has been taken over by sadistic Republicans and useless Democrats. Corruption abounds when it comes to the United States foreign policy, as oil giants have their hands all over the Trump administration. Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil ran the whole state department. Trump is obvious, we will give him that.

Of particular interest to the United States is Venezuela, who is full of oil. They want the oil and anyone who doesn’t give it to them is illegitimate. But there are people in Venezuela too. And they have been wonderfully resilient in response to U.S. power.

This was why it was such good news that Nicolás Maduro won reelection in Venezuela. The name Nicolas by the way means “victory for the people.” But when one listens to the U.S. government and media, you would think that Mr. Maduro is just the opposite. Across the country the press tells us that Venezuela is failing because of socialism. The U.S. left has not been much better, often painting the situation as a complicated two way fight to the bottom between the Venezuelan government and U.S. sanctions. While it certainly is fine to be critical of any government, it seems odd that journalists such as Abby Martin who have actually been to Venezuela are so often ignored.

The problem that is shared across the political spectrum is that it is consistently the Venezuelan government, not the U.S. sanctions upon it, that result in the so-called failed state. If one is a socialist, Venezuela is failing because Maduro is a capitalist. If one is a capitalist, Venezuela is failing because Maduro is a socialist. The reality is that under the crippling sanctions of the United States the Venezuelan government has a tremendously uphill battle, no matter who is in charge. And hey, look at the poll results. Venezuelens actually think Maduro is doing a pretty good job.

Maduro rightly called his victory a win against imperialism. The U.S. failed to get him out of office. Now further sanctions from the Trump administration will come.

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Maduro wins another term as Venezuela’s president

Maduro wins another term as Venezuela’s president

21-05-18 09:17:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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