Opposition senator declares herself ‘interim president’ of Bolivia without quorum or vote

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13-11-19 09:27:00,

Opposition politician Jeanine Añez has declared herself “interim president” of Bolivia without a vote, but the party of ousted President Evo Morales said that the Senate had no quorum and the legislature’s session was not legal.

Añez’s actions echo those of Juan Guaido in Venezuela, who declared himself “interim president” in January with the backing of Washington and the Organization of American States (OAS). While Guaido has repeatedly failed to oust President Nicolas Maduro, however, the opposition in Bolivia – also backed by the US and OAS – has been able to force the resignation of Morales after the military defected to their side.

While opposition activists claimed that Añez’s declaration was in line with the Bolivian constitution, lawmakers from the ousted president’s Movement for Socialism called the assembly session illegal. They have refused to attend the proceedings, saying that armed groups loyal to the opposition controlled the roads and could not guarantee their safety.

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Morales’s party has had the majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, and its boycott leaves both bodies without a quorum. Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera also “resigned” along with Morales on November 10, leaving the country in legal limbo. Their supporters have called the forced resignations a “coup” and vowed to resist by force if necessary.

Washington hastened to hail Morales’s ouster as a “significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere” and accused the socialist president of seeking to subvert the will of the people by running for a fourth term, even though the Bolivian courts had allowed it.

Morales was one of the few Latin American leaders bucking the US line on Venezuela and supporting Maduro. Landing in Mexico, where he was granted asylum, on Tuesday he vowed to continue to fight “as long as I live.”

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Opposition parties score big wins in closely-watched Moscow elections

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09-09-19 01:39:00,

The ruling United Russia party suffered a blow from three opposition parties whose candidates claimed nearly half of Moscow City Council’s seats during a contentious vote in the metropolis of 12 million people.

With all the votes counted, United Russia managed to retain a slim majority in the 45-member city council, but its share dropped to 25. The Communists, their longtime competitors, came second and won a remarkable 13 seats, up from just five in 2014.

Yabloko, Russia’s oldest liberal party, took four seats while the center-left Fair Russia won three. United Russia, whose candidates were formally running as independents, lost nearly a third of districts to their opposition rivals. The voter turnout was slightly above 21 percent.

The Moscow vote follows opposition rallies which sprang up after election officials disqualified numerous liberal candidates, citing failure to collect enough signatures of genuine voters.Almost every weekend, since late July, tens of thousands joined authorized and unauthorized protests, some of which ended up in scuffles with police.

In the run-up to the vote, Alexey Navalny, a vocal Kremlin critic and anti-corruption activist, urged Muscovites to cast their ballots for United Russia’s strongest opponents. He claimed that this strategy, called “smart voting,” would help outplay the ruling party in their constituencies.

Consequently, an array of high-ranked figures lost their seats in the council, among them Andrey Metelsky, the head of United Russia’s branch in Moscow. His popularity shrank on the back of allegations of running a large business and owning properties overseas.

Moscow’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin welcomed the results, calling the race “the most emotional and genuinely competitive one in recent history,” and pointing out that “political diversity” will benefit the city council.

The voting day ran smoothly even though Moscow police had been put on alert. No significant complaints were reported throughout Sunday, according to election authorities. There were reports on social media about violations by various activists which can’t be independently verified.

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“Opposition” or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? – Global Research

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12-08-19 01:56:00,

Scott Lucas – a professor at the University of Birmingham UK – would decry with the rest of the Western media – resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib.

Reuters in their article, “Syrian army resumes military operations against rebels in northwest Syria,” would claim:

The Syrian army said on Monday it was resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands and killed hundreds, blaming Turkey for not abiding by its commitments under a truce deal.

Both Lucas and Reuters – like many other Western media fronts and personalities – are careful never to fully characterize who the “opposition” actually consists of – instead attempting to imply Syria and Russia are waging war on civilians and “moderate rebels.” 

When asked by journalist Peter Hitchens to give a run down on who the Syrian opposition actually was, Lucas in a post on social media would respond:

Hi, Peter! #Syria situation, across not only northwest but northeast, is web of local councils, local military groups, and local activist organizations to provide services. You’ll need to specify a particular area, such as a town or city in #Idlib or #Hama Province.

Yet the accompanying picture Lucas used to illustrate his point was of a meeting organized by the IHH (Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief). IHH is based in Turkey and is by no means “local.”

IHH is also linked directly to Al Qaeda, serving as a logistical support network for the terrorist organization, merely couching itself behind its humanitarian mission statement.

IHH’s ties to terrorism are not recent. A 2012 article by Israeli media outlet Ynet titled, “Report: IHH financially linked to al-Qaeda,” would report:

IHH director Bulent Yildirim is reportedly being investigated by Turkish authorities for allegedly creating a financial partnership with the infamous terror group. 

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily reported Friday that Yildirim has allegedly been transferring funds to al-Qaeda through his organization.

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Opposition or Terrorists: Who is Syria and Russia Bombing in Idlib? | New Eastern Outlook

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10-08-19 01:43:00,

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Scott Lucas – a professor at the University of Birmingham UK – would decry with the rest of the Western media – resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib.

Reuters in their article, “Syrian army resumes military operations against rebels in northwest Syria,” would claim:

The Syrian army said on Monday it was resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands and killed hundreds, blaming Turkey for not abiding by its commitments under a truce deal.

Both Lucas and Reuters – like many other Western media fronts and personalities – are careful never to fully characterize who the “opposition” actually consists of – instead attempting to imply Syria and Russia are waging war on civilians and “moderate rebels.” 

When asked by journalist Peter Hitchens to give a run down on who the Syrian opposition actually was, Lucas in a post on social media would respond:

Hi, Peter! #Syria situation, across not only northwest but northeast, is web of local councils, local military groups, and local activist organizations to provide services. You’ll need to specify a particular area, such as a town or city in #Idlib or #Hama Province.

Yet the accompanying picture Lucas used to illustrate his point was of a meeting organized by the IHH (Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief). IHH is based in Turkey and is by no means “local.”

IHH is also linked directly to Al Qaeda, serving as a logistical support network for the terrorist organization, merely couching itself behind its humanitarian mission statement.

IHH’s ties to terrorism are not recent. A 2012 article by Israeli media outlet Ynet titled, “Report: IHH financially linked to al-Qaeda,” would report:

IHH director Bulent Yildirim is reportedly being investigated by Turkish authorities for allegedly creating a financial partnership with the infamous terror group. 

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily reported Friday that Yildirim has allegedly been transferring funds to al-Qaeda through his organization.

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US-backed Opposition Prime Suspects in Thai Bombings | New Eastern Outlook

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03-08-19 08:10:00,

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Several small bombs detonated across Bangkok on Friday, August 2, amid a meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) the US, China, and Russia.

There were several injuries reported, but no deaths.

Despite a Western media deliberately feigning confusion over motives and possible suspects while attempting to depict the capital as “in chaos” and the current Thai government “humiliated” – its image “tarnished” – US-backed opposition groups are the prime suspects, their motives including growing desperation.

Also absent from Western media coverage was any genuine context surrounding Thailand’s ongoing political crisis as foreign-backed opposition groups attempt to  reverse the nation’s growing ties with China, Russia, and developing nations across Eurasia.

US-Backed Opposition Growing Desperate 

The US-backed opposition consists of former prime minister, billionaire fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, his Pheu Thai Party (PTP), his violent street front – the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) better known as “red shirts,” and a number of new parties Thaksin created to hedge his bets in elections earlier this year.

The most prominent among these parties is Future Forward headed by billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

Thanathorn faces multiple criminal charges including election law violations. His political future is nonexistent – a miniature Thaksin Shinawatra minus the initial success and popularity Thaksin once enjoyed when first coming to power in 2001.

Thaksin’s various proxies parties faired poorly in the last election, with Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) winning the popular vote and forming a larger coalition. PPRP is headed by military figures responsible for ousting Thaksin  in 2006 – and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra from power in 2014.

Having lost elections and lacking public support – with expensive and violent protests a now exhausted option – few options are left besides violence. Many hardcore Thaksin supporters are fond of repeating the quote, “those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

While they are by no means interested in any sort of principled revolution, they are most certainly fond of pursing violence.

US-Backed Opposition’s Verified History of Violence and Terrorism 

Thaksin – since his ouster in 2006 – has resorted to large scale violence in a bid to seize back power.

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5G Opposition Increases in the Pacific Northwest. Telecom Industry Has Still Provided NO Evidence that 5G is Safe.

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05-06-19 04:35:00,

By B.N. Frank

In February, Telecom Industry executives gave congressional testimony that they cannot provide any scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

What they didn’t say is that there is research that has already proven that 5G is harmful.  That’s why opposition to 5G continues to increase in the U.S. and around the world.  Here are excerpts from a recent news story from KNKX:

Activists are asking city or county governments of at least seven Pacific Northwest communities to defy the federal government. They want to stop the deployment of next-generation 5G cellular service.

But the Federal Communications Commission and Trump administration have made the speedy rollout of  faster wireless networks a national priority. City officials find themselves pulled in multiple directions with their options becoming more limited by federal preemption with each passing season.

The cross-currents were on display at the most recent public forum — open mic night, basically — of the Eugene City Council. The public comments there could have just as well been heard at council or commission chambers from Bellingham, Port Angeles and Gig Harbor in Washington, to Portland, Corvallis and Ashland in Oregon.

I want to say first the 5G situation is a nightmare and an emergency,” said Eugene resident Sabrina Siegel when her name was called Tuesday. “You are really dragging your feet on it.”

“It is foolish and irresponsible to allow the rollout of 5G with no definite evidence of the safety of this technology,” Philip Anderson, another Eugene resident, told the council members.

“The members of the City Council would have complete authority to pass a moratorium halting the further placement of 5G small cells throughout Eugene,” resident Becky Bruckner asserted, citing “anti-commandeering doctrine.”

Siegel, Anderson, Bruckner and others objected to the antennas going in atop power poles and street lights about every six blocks in Eugene. Wireless company contractors are hard at work in other Northwest cities too, in preparation for 5G service to become operational next year.

Council members said federal law doesn’t allow for the permitting moratorium requested by the 5G opponents.

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Venezuelas Opposition verhindert friedliche Lösung

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04-06-19 08:32:00,

Juan Guaidó ruft seine Anhänger auf einer Veranstaltung am Wochenende weiter zur Präsenz auf den Straßen auf. Bild: Twitter-Account von Guaidó

Kritik aus Norwegen an Beharren auf Rücktritt von Präsident Maduro: “Position muss realistischer werden”

Die Forderung des venezolanischen Oppositionspolitikers Juan Guaidó nach einem Rücktritt des amtierenden Präsidenten Nicolás Maduro droht laufende Verhandlungen in Norwegen zum Scheitern zu bringen. Nun äußerten sich nach US-Berichten erstmals auch Unterhändler in Oslo kritisch zu der Haltung des Guaidó-Lagers.

Der selbsternannte Gegenpräsident des südamerikanischen Landes, der sich auf die Unterstützung von gut 50 meist westlichen Staaten um die USA berufen kann, hatte am Wochenende seine Forderung nach einem Rücktritt von Maduro bekräftigt. Der amtierende Präsident werde sein Amt noch in diesem Jahr aufgeben müssen, sagte er am Samstag vor hunderten Anhängern. Der Kampf gegen Maduro laufe schon eine Weile, “aber mit Gottes Hilfe wird er 2019 enden”, so Guaidó, der auch dem oppositionell dominierten Parlament vorsteht.

Nicht sehr gut kamen diese Äußerungen in Oslo an. Norwegen hat seit Februar mit Garantenstaaten wie Kuba, Kolumbien und den USA einen politischen Dialog zwischen den Konfliktparteien vorbereitet. Nach dem norwegischen Fahrplan zur Beendigung der Krise sollen beide Lager Wahlen für das Präsidentenamt und das Parlament zustimmen. Einen ähnlichen Vorschlag hatte die Europäische Union über ihre sogenannte Internationale Kontaktgruppe unterbreitet. Die Wahlen sollen unter internationale Kontrolle gestellt werden.

Für die Stagnation der Gespräche machen norwegische Unterhändler nun offen die Opposition um Guaidó verantwortlich. Die Pattsituation komme nicht überraschend, heißt es aus Oslo, “da das Verhandlungsmandat der Opposition sehr begrenzt ist: Maduro muss zurücktreten oder man bricht die Gespräche ab”, zitiert die Venezuela-kritische US-Tageszeitung Miami Herald einen namentlich nicht genannten norwegischen Vertreter: “Wenn sie nur die Bedingungen für Maduros Kapitulation verhandeln wollen, dann wird es natürlich keine Vereinbarung geben. Ihre Position muss realistischer werden.”

Menschenrechtsorganisationen haben indes an Vertreter der rechtsgerichteten Lima-Gruppe appelliert, eine politische Lösung zu unterstützen. In ihrer Gründungserklärung vom August 2017 habe sich dieser Verband meist rechtsgerichteter lateinamerikanischer Staaten verpflichtet, “Wege zu sondieren, wie mit friedlichen und diplomatischen Mitteln zur Wiederherstellung der Demokratie (in Venezuela) beigetragen werden kann”, erinnern die Unterzeichner einer gemeinsamen Erklärung. Seitdem habe der Staatenbund eine bedeutende Rolle gespielt.

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Controlled Opposition – The Hidden Hand of Misdirection | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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27-04-19 09:50:00,

By Zen Gardner

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ~ Vladimir Lenin

This concept eludes public awareness to a scary degree. It’s similar to the reality of false flag operations, the epitome of carefully planned societal manipulation by unseen forces who have no regard for the human condition other than to control it at any cost.

This is so very similar to the slogan of the nefarious Mossad: “By way of deception, thou shalt do war.”

And the war is on us; for the subjugation, exploitation and control of…. us. The human race.

Nothing is as it seems. Nothing. Not the least of which is anything and everything in our  engineered society. It’s all misdirection, controlled opposition for the mind. This game of ruthless deception is endemic to the fabric of the entire matrix.

Useful Idiots and the Puppeteers

We’ve all been useful idiots at one time or other. No one’s been fully conscious or completely independent of these influences all of their lives. We all have had to compromise in some manner just to survive in the matrix and unwittingly played into their hand.

This entire social landscape is an engineered one, and we help build and maintain it at varying degrees of conscious awareness until we disengage. Some aspects become more obvious than others to different people. The banking system for example has been getting hammered by the awakening. The full extent of its control is known by very few, but people are getting the idea. And it leads to more questions.

That’s how it works.

Many people come to the awakening via the health crisis we’re facing, with contaminated and mutated foods being forced into the market without the slightest compunction from our ever-so-caring slightly disguised crypto fascist central State. Just going to natural food or natural or alternative medicine sites is another way to go into the Wardrobe and land in a Narnia of Truth people had no idea existed.

For those looking to help others, this is a great way to approach someone still under the spell to get them started looking around. GMO awareness has jacked and is a great entry point.

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The Growing Opposition To Factual Knowledge – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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05-04-19 06:27:00,

The Growing Opposition To Factual Knowledge

News From Information Clearing House

I just heard from Tom Feeley:

“I have been unable to determine why the website has been  suspended, I have sent lots of, emails, telephone calls and faxes and have not received any response.

“The really frustrating thing is that I am locked out of the C panel and am unable to access files I need in order to migrate to another company’s servers.

“It’s frustrating and infuriating that a company would treat a customer of 18 year  in such away, without warning.

“Thankfully, ICH supporters with tech abilities are assisting me and I hope that by Monday everything will be back to normal.”

It is curious that the host of Information Clearing House has not responded to Tom Feeley. Legally it would seem that the host of the website could tell the owner of the website that the host company had decided to cease hosting the website. But the host should not be able to effectively steal the ICH content by preventing Tom Feeley’s access to his website’s material.

Moreover, ethically, the host company should provide time for ICH to transfer to a new host.

If this is an action by the host, Tom should tell us who is the host so that everyone can protest and boycott that company. Indeed, the host might be subject to legal action.

It is possible that the host is not responsible and does not know the explanation. ICH’s disappearance could be the work of an immature and narcissist hacker amusing himself by causing trouble for others. It could be the work of the CIA, NSA, or Israel Lobby, or some Identity Politics freak. It could be a glitch of the digital world—just wait until there are self-driving cars. You can’t trust the digital world any more than you can trust CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington or London.

We can take for granted that there will be determined attacks on all truth-tellers as they challenge the controlled explanations that those who rule use to hide their real agendas. Not long ago all of the interviews on my site disappeared.

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Controlled Opposition – The Hidden Hand of Misdirection – Dutch Anarchy

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22-03-19 10:16:00,

By Zen Gardner

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ~ Vladimir Lenin

This concept eludes public awareness to a scary degree. It’s similar to the reality of false flag operations, the epitome of carefully planned societal manipulation by unseen forces who have no regard for the human condition other than to control it at any cost.

This is so very similar to the slogan of the nefarious Mossad: “By way of deception, thou shalt do war.”

And the war is on us; for the subjugation, exploitation and control of…. us. The human race.

Nothing is as it seems. Nothing. Not the least of which is anything and everything in our  engineered society. It’s all misdirection, controlled opposition for the mind. This game of ruthless deception is endemic to the fabric of the entire matrix.

Useful Idiots and the Puppeteers

We’ve all been useful idiots at one time or other. No one’s been fully conscious or completely independent of these influences all of their lives. We all have had to compromise in some manner just to survive in the matrix and unwittingly played into their hand.

This entire social landscape is an engineered one, and we help build and maintain it at varying degrees of conscious awareness until we disengage. Some aspects become more obvious than others to different people. The banking system for example has been getting hammered by the awakening. The full extent of its control is known by very few, but people are getting the idea. And it leads to more questions.

That’s how it works.

Many people come to the awakening via the health crisis we’re facing, with contaminated and mutated foods being forced into the market without the slightest compunction from our ever-so-caring slightly disguised crypto fascist central State. Just going to natural food or natural or alternative medicine sites is another way to go into the Wardrobe and land in a Narnia of Truth people had no idea existed.

For those looking to help others, this is a great way to approach someone still under the spell to get them started looking around. GMO awareness has jacked and is a great entry point.

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Criminalizing the Opposition: A “Conspiracy Theorist” Confesses to His Petty Crimes – Global Research

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20-03-19 03:04:00,

“Our research has shown for the first time the role that conspiracy theories can play in determining an individual’s attitude to everyday crime.  It demonstrates that people subscribing to the view that others have conspired might be more inclined toward unethical actions.” – Professor Karen Douglas, University of Kent press release for the research, entitled “Belief in Conspiracy Theories and Intentions to Engage in Everyday Crime,” in the British Journal of Social Psychology

Let me be perfectly clear from the outset.

I am not referring to the conspiracy theories of George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump and other such luminaries concerning events such as the attack of September 11, 2011, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the ongoing war on terror, Julian Assange’s alleged ties to Russia, etc.  These people’s conspiracy theories have nothing to do with petty crime, for their handiwork is grand indeed. They are “big people”. In any case, I don’t know what small stuff they might be up to when not killing so many people all around the world.

I got to thinking about my petty crimes after reading a profound article in The New York Post how the aforementioned Professor Douglas and her comrades at two English research universities have proven – “backed up by science” as the Post’s Rob Bailey-Milado says – that “little people” like me who have concluded that the U.S. national security state conspired to kill President Kennedy, to take one example, are inclined to take to the dark side and pilfer M&Ms from the candy counter and stuff like that.

“Sure,” Bailey-Milado writes in his elegant style, “we’ve been saying this about our wack-job uncle for years.”  Such a nut case might be a “9/11 denier” or believe “the ancient pyramids were built by aliens” or “myths surrounding the Mueller report to the chilling ‘secret’ behind Disney’s ‘Frozen’.”

As we all know, all these nutty beliefs are of equal value and validity, and to even harbor the thought that Bailey-Milado might have the CIA’s 1967 secret Dispatch – Doc 1035-960, showing how to counter and discredit the claims of conspiracy theorists – pinned over his desk or in his mind is to risk further accusations of being wacked-out and in need of examining one’s proclivity toward everyday crimes. 

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Both Venezuela’s Opposition and US Reject Peaceful Negotiations

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05-02-19 06:07:00,

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela’s interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23 after speaking to US Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó’s claim to the presidency, including Austria, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Italy has blocked a European Union statement recognizing Guaidó, and Ireland and Greece have called for new elections but have not recognized Guaidó’s claim to the presidency. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan opposition and the United States have rejected an offer by Mexico and Uruguay to host talks between the two sides. We speak to David Smilde, senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America and professor of sociology at Tulane University. And in California, we speak to Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College and author of The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela and Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know.

TRANSCRIPT

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office, two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela’s interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23rd after speaking to US Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó’s claim to the presidency.

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Die gelähmte Opposition

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05-02-19 09:30:00,

Indem Trump den Putsch vorantreibt, riskiert er nicht nur das Wohlergehen der amerikanischen und venezolanischen Bevölkerung, sondern auch seine Glaubwürdigkeit auf dem internationalen Parkett. Denn während der bereits in die Iran-Contra-Affäre involvierte Elliot Abrams als neuer „Sonderbeauftragter“ an der Vollendung des Putsches arbeitet, formiert sich unter der venezolanischen Arbeiterschicht ein vom Geist der Revolution getragener und militärisch geschulter Widerstand. Es droht ein blutiger Bürgerkrieg, der die Demokratie gefährdet — in Venezuela und den USA gleichermaßen.

von Shamus Cooke

Als Trump seine Unterstützung für den sich entfaltenden Putsch in Venezuela verkündete, hüllte sich Bernie Sanders 24 Stunden lang in Schweigen. Dies ist von Bedeutung, denn ein Putsch wird in den ersten Momenten oder Stunden gewonnen oder verhindert; während eines Putsches kann sich ein Tag wie ein Monat oder länger anfühlen.

Mit jeder Stunde dröhnte Bernies Schweigen lauter. So viel hing mit Trump im In- und Ausland in der Schwebe, so sehr, dass die Berührung eines einzigen Fingers den Ausschlag hätte geben können — doch Bernie weigerte sich, den seinen zu heben.

Von den zahlreichen Präsidentschaftskandidaten der Demokratischen Partei gab nur Tulsi Gabbard ein eindeutiges Statement ab, in dem sie den Putsch verurteilte, während der Liebling der Linken, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ihre Kritik auf einen Re-Tweet beschränkte.

Während sich die US-Politik heftige Auseinandersetzungen über den Regierungsstillstand lieferte, beschenkte Trumps Putsch die Demokraten mit einem Dolch und einer offenen Flanke, doch sie weigerten sich, zuzustechen; stattdessen gaben sie die Waffe zurück, sodass sie gegen die demokratisch gewählte Regierung von Venezuela eingesetzt werden konnte.

Nancy Pelosi und andere führende Demokraten gingen noch einen Schritt weiter und feuerten ihren Oberbefehlshaber an, indem sie ihre Plattform nutzten, um Präsident Maduro zu attackieren. Trumps Position wurde entsprechend gestärkt. Anstatt ihn für die Verletzung internationalen Rechts zu verurteilen, ließ man ihn aussehen wie einen verantwortungsvollen Staatsmann, der eine „Koalition“ von Ländern anführt, die sich einem „autoritären Diktator“ entgegenstellt. Der vehement gegen Trump gerichtete Teil der US-Medien schloss seine Reihen zu seinen Gunsten — da es schwer war, eine abweichende Meinung zu finden.

In diesem Zusammenhang wurde Trump in eine exzellente Position versetzt, um den Krieg über den Shutdown der Regierung zu gewinnen — jedenfalls bis das mutige Handeln von Flughafenangestellten das Drama rasch beendete.

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US gives opposition leader Guaido control over some Venezuelan assets

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29-01-19 03:21:00,

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido, to take control of US-held assets belonging to the country’s government.

The certification, issued on Tuesday, applies to certain Venezuelan government and Central Bank property held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or any other US insured banks.

“This certification will help Venezuela’s legitimate government safeguard those assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.

#BREAKING : #US gives opposition leader @jguaido control over some #Venezuelan/n assets. Now this is a huge development in the domain of world politics, esp its “interference” aspect: strip assets from official gov using your influence to empower whoever else you like.

— Maxim A. Suchkov (@MSuchkov_ALM) January 29, 2019

Opposition leader Juan Guaido swore himself in as Venezuela’s interim president last Wednesday and was recognized as the country’s legitimate leader by the United States shortly afterwards. President Nicolas Maduro denounced Guaido’s claim as a “vile,” Washington-sponsored coup attempt, and severed diplomatic relations with the US in response.

Much of the Western world followed suit in recognizing Guaido and isolating Maduro. The Bank of England reportedly blocked Maduro from withdrawing $1.2 billion worth of gold stored in the UK late last week, and Secretary Pompeo announced that $20 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuela will be distributed through Guaido.

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US sanctions have effectively barred Maduro’s government from borrowing on international markets and targeted anyone involved in gold sales from Venezuela. Venezuela’s gold reserves are estimated at more than $8 billion, while the value of its assets in American banks is unclear.

The Trump administration further ratcheted up its pressure campaign on Maduro by announcing sanctions against Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA on Monday. The US Treasury Department seized $7 billion in PDVSA assets, and the sanctions will affect $11 billion worth of oil exports over the coming year.

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Venezuelan petroleum company Citgo will continue operating in the US,

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“Iranische Opposition” oder Terrorsekte in Europa?

“Iranische Opposition” oder Terrorsekte in Europa?

03-10-18 07:48:00,

Maryam Rajavi, Präsidentin des Nationalen Widerstandsrates im Iran (NWRI) – nach Einschätzung des BNDs eine “Vorfeldorganisation” der Volksmodschahedin (MEK). Foto (2017): Rondolinda / CC BY-SA 4.0

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Über die Volksmudschahedin (MEK/MKO), ihre Umsturzpläne und Unterstützer

Am 30. Juni 2018 fand im Pariser Umland die jährliche Großveranstaltung des sogenannten “Nationalen Widerstandsrates (NWRI)” Irans statt. Maryam Rajavi, die Präsidentin der Organisation, die schon zum Nourouz (Neujahrsfest) zu “einem Jahr voller Aufstände bis zum Sieg” in Iran aufgerufen hatte bekräftigte die Pläne zum Umsturz in Iran und ihren Anspruch auf die Gründung einer “provisorischen” Regierung.

Der “Nationale Widerstandsrat” ist das selbsternannte, ohne demokratische Legitimierung gegründete, “Exilparlament” Irans und nach Aussage des deutschen Verfassungsschutzes die “Frontorganisation” der militantesten iranischen Widerstandsgruppe, der Volksmodjahedin Iran (auch Volksmudschahedin geschrieben).

Die sogenannten Volksmodjahedin (sinngemäß übersetzt: “Religionskrieger des Volkes”, persisch: “Modjahedin e Khalqh”, kurz MEK – auch als MKO, NLA – “Nationale Befreiungsarmee” – und unter einer Reihe anderer Abkürzungen bekannt) waren zu Schah-Zeiten eine der Widerstandsgruppen in Iran. Im Gegensatz zur Mehrheit des Widerstandes setzten sie auch auf Gewalt.

Sie verübten Anschläge gegen Iraner und US-Staatsbürger. Ihre blutigen Terrorakte setzten sie fort, als sie nach der Revolution nicht an der Macht beteiligt wurden. Schließlich gingen sie ins Exil und kämpften für den irakischen Diktator Saddam Hussein gegen Iran und gegen die irakische kurdische Bevölkerung. Sie verübten weltweit Terroranschläge auf iranische Einrichtungen.

Nach Saddam Husseins Sturz wurde ein Großteil von ihnen in den letzten Jahren nach Albanien umgesiedelt. Was sich in ihren abgeschotteten Lagern abspielt, dringt kaum nach außen. Da sie sich von Gewalt als politischem Mittel niemals distanziert haben, muss man befürchten, dass neben den Aktivitäten ihrer kürzlich bekannt gewordenen “Troll-Fabrik” auch terroristische Aktionen vorbereitet werden.

Gäste der Pariser Veranstaltung mit ca. 4.000 Teilnehmern waren unter anderem auch amerikanische Politiker und Militärs wie schon in den vergangenen Jahren.

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