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Feb 27 11:15

‘Aid trucks’ carry nails & wire for barricades, Venezuelan FM says, showing photos

Denouncing the botched delivery as a “well-orchestrated operation to violate the territory of Venezuela,” Arreaza presented what he called evidence of the US-led effort being a Trojan horse aimed at inciting a coup.

“And let me tell you, when the trucks were inspected, it turned out that there was not just food and medicine in the trucks, but there was equipment for barricades. There were nails, wire and so on and so forth. And this is what is used by the opposition in Venezuela," Arreaza said, showing the photos of what looked like piles of heavy wire lying on the ground.

Feb 27 11:14

US threatening to unleash the dogs of war in Venezuela: Scholar

The United States is threatening to unleash the dogs of war in Venezuela using the old imperialistic charade of defending human rights, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

The US on Monday imposed sanctions on four state governors in Venezuela as Washington tries to increase pressure on President Nicholas Maduro for blocking aid convoys.

The US Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on Omar Jose Prieto, governor of the northwestern state of Zulia that borders Colombia; Ramon Alonso Carrizalez, governor of the state of Apure and a former defense minister; Jorge Luis Garcia, governor of Vargas state and former head of the army; and Rafael Alejandro Lacava, governor of Carabobo state and ally of Maduro.

The additional sanctions coincide with US Vice President Mike Pence attending a meeting of the regional Lima Group of nations in Bogota, Columbia.

Feb 27 10:45

The real humanitarian aid: Inside Venezuela’s state-subsidized communal markets

Feb 27 10:09

Is the Pompeo-Bolton-Abrams Gang Charging Into Venezuela on the Russian Payroll?

Are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and (farcically titled) Special Envoy for Restoring Democracy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams agents of influence for Russia and China? The idea has a lot more going for it than most of the ridiculous paranoia sweeping Washington over the past years.

If Russia and China really wanted to subvert the national security of the United States, they would seek to plunge Washington into a completely new, open-ended war with no practical resolution in sight on another continent far away from either of them where the United States itself had absolutely no major strategic interests at all, apart from fantasies of domination and greed.

Such a war would also serve the purpose of burning up an increasing share of the defense budget that otherwise could be spent on modernizing the US armed forces.

Feb 27 09:21

Handpicked Coward: Guaido, Now In Hiding In Colombia, Wants To Return To Venezuela ‘Next Week’

Parliamentary Speaker Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim President of Venezuela, wants to return from Colombia where he has been in hiding, this week.

According to TASS , on February 22nd the US handpicked leader of the so-called Venezuelan opposition, despite a ban from the Supreme Court, arrived in the border town of Colombia to visit the distribution center for humanitarian aid for Venezuelan citizens. He also attended the meeting of the Lima Group in Bogota.

His return to Venezuela, given that he is facing a criminal investigation and may be wanted by the authorities for questioning, would in itself represent some kind of provocation.

Feb 27 09:18

Charging into Venezuela – Disastrous Overstretch for US

Are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and (farcically titled) Special Envoy for Restoring Democracy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams agents of influence for Russia and China? The idea has a lot more going for it than most of the ridiculous paranoia sweeping Washington over the past years.

If Russia and China really wanted to subvert the national security of the United States, they would seek to plunge Washington into a completely new, open-ended war with no practical resolution in sight on another continent far away from either of them where the United States itself had absolutely no major strategic interests at all, apart from fantasies of domination and greed.

Such a war would also serve the purpose of burning up an increasing share of the defense budget that otherwise could be spent on modernizing the US armed forces.

Feb 27 08:54

Venezuela, Hezbollah and Iran: The latest hysteria from the US ‘backyard’

Speaking on 6 February to Fox Business about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a grave warning about outside interference in the South American nation: “People don’t recognise that Hezbollah has active cells. The Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America."

The next day, the US Southern Command’s Admiral Craig S Faller informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iran “has deepened its anti-US influence campaign in Spanish-language media, and its proxy Lebanese Hezbollah maintains facilitation networks throughout the region that cache weapons and raise funds, often via drug trafficking and money laundering”.

As usual, concerned media took the ball and ran with it.

Sensationalist drivel

Feb 27 08:05

Maria Zakharova: US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border

In a series of tweets posted in her twitter account a few hours ago Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the US government is moving special forces to the borders of Venezuela along with military equipment.

She also alerted that the same US government (and US companies) with the help of some NATO allies is seeking to buy arms and ammunition in east European countries to arm the Venezuelan opposition.

Feb 27 05:44

The real humanitarian aid: Inside Venezuela’s state-subsidized communal markets.

The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government, which debunk the “humanitarian crisis” lie spread by corporate media.

Feb 26 18:40

US-backed Venezuela ‘president’ Guaido could face 30 years in prison – judge

Opposition politician Juan Guaido, who declared himself president of Venezuela with US backing, may face up to 30 years in prison, a judge said. Meanwhile, US is threatening new sanctions against Caracas to compel regime change.

Guaido’s visit to Colombia on February 22 violated the travel ban imposed by Venezuela’s supreme court, deputy judge of the Supreme Tribunal for Justice Juan Carlos Valdez told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"He is a person hiding from justice. What happens with runaways who are re-entering the country and are found by the authorities? They must be caught and sent to prison,” Valdez said, adding, “He may face up to 30 years in jail.”

Feb 26 16:00

America is openly appointing a war criminal, as its "fixer" for Venezuela.

“Abrams is "kind of one step down from Henry Kissinger in the U.S. foreign policy elite." In January, the Trump administration appointed him to be special envoy for Venezuela. Abrams accepted, saying, "This crisis in Venezuela is deep and difficult and dangerous, and I can't wait to get to work on it."……

Abrams has been tasked with restoring democracy in the country, according to a statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

In 1991, Abrams pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of illegally withholding information from Congress about secret, unlawful government efforts to aid right-wing Nicaraguan rebels in their fight against the left-wing Sandinista government. Abrams was later pardoned by President George Bush for his role in that scandal, which became known as the Iran-Contra affair.”

Feb 26 13:51

UNSC Hold Meeting on Venezuelan Political Crisis

The UN Security Council is holding a meeting on the political crisis in Venezuela. The United States is expected to urge the Security Council to call for new presidential elections in Venezuela.

US Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams said Tuesday ahead of the UNSC meeting that Washington would announce more sanctions on Caracas and reintroduce a UN resolution on humanitarian aid.

The scheduling of the Security Council session comes after the United States imposed new sanctions on the Venezuelan government while US and opposition leaders vowed to intensify efforts to deliver controversial "humanitarian aid."

Venezuela is gripped by political crisis. On 5 January, lawmaker Juan Guaido was elected as the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which all other government branches have been refusing to recognize since 2016.

Feb 26 13:51

Guaido Could Face 30-Year Jail Term for Violating Travel Ban - Venezuelan Court

Self-Proclaimed Venezuela's president Juan Guaido could face up a real term in prison after his return to Venezuela from Colombia, where he traveled in defiance of the travel ban imposed earlier by the Venezuelan Supreme Court, deputy judge of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice Juan Carlos Valdez told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"He is a person hiding from justice. What is happening with runaways, who are reentering the country and found by the authorities? They must be caught and sent to a prison […] He may face up to 30 years in jail", the deputy judge said.

He added that the prosecution was currently analyzing the possible crimes committed by Guaido.

Feb 26 13:49

US Spy Plane Reportedly Spotted Over Venezuela as Maduro Warns of Risk of War

The developments come after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed in an interview with ABC News on Monday that the United States is trying to "fabricate a crisis" to start a war in South America.

In the past few days, US reconnaissance aircraft have made an increased number of flights in international airspace off the coast of Venezuela in a bid to obtain classified information, the unnamed defence sources told CNN on Tuesday.

The sources did not detail which US spy planes were being used for the mission, but unconfirmed social media reports identified one of the aircraft as a USAF Boeing RC-135V.

Feb 26 13:34

Venezuela set for more false flags… US puppet Guaido better watch his back

The much-hyped “aid weekend” involving a US Trojan Horse fell at the first hurdle. Venezuelan government forces averted the provocation intended by US aid convoys from Colombia and Brazil.

However, increasing frustration in Washington beckons more false flags.

Something shocking is “needed” in order to jolt world opinion into acquiescing to Washington’s criminal agenda of “all options.” In the fiendish mind of American imperialism, it is also prudent to consider “all options” as meaning more than military aggression. The foulest moves.

The torching of trucks purportedly ferrying US food and medicines across the border from Colombia was patently a planned provocation. Credible video footage and witnesses attested to the arson being carried out by supporters of the US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido.

Feb 26 12:42

US Announces New Venezuela Sanctions, Reiterates Threats

US attempts to impose regime change in Venezuela continued apace Monday, with Vice President Mike Pence’s promise of new “concrete action” coming in the form of a new round of sanctions against the Maduro government.

Pence reiterated that “all options are on the table,” and that the US would not rule out removing Maduro militarily from power. They may have less support for doing this than they initially figured, however.

Brazilian officials are saying they only want a “non-military solution” to Venezuela and are absolutely opposed to the US invading. On top of this, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao says Brazil will not allow the US to use their territory in any such invasion.

Past indications are that US invasion of Venezuela was to come through deploying large numbers of troops to Colombia and invading that way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever told President Trump that such a regime change operation would offer no counter resistance to that happening, was either deliberately giving the President really bad information, or they need to have their heads examined.

Feb 26 11:36

There Are No Coincidences in Socialism

As I often say, “An armed individual is a citizen, an unarmed individual is a subject.” How would you classify the people of Venezuela? The more important question is how do you want to live in America? -- Never forget, there are no coincidences with socialism . . . it always starts — and ends — the same.

Feb 26 10:41

Beware Of Gringos Bearing Gifts

It was George W. Bush who invented the term: misunderestimating. And it’s what imperialism continually does with Venezuela.

I recall an Aló Presidente program in which Chávez was talking about the 2002 coup attempt. He said that the US thought it could easily replace him. “As simply as this,” he said and demonstrated by moving a glass of water across the table where he was seated.

Replacing Chávez wasn’t easy at all, as everybody knows. Pedro Carmona, the usurper, was quickly forgotten, whereas Chávez lasted another decade, and his movement is still in power today.

Something very similar may have happened on Saturday, as Maduro resisted a concerted international effort to bring him down.

Feb 26 10:40

Psychopathic US Senator Openly Calls For Maduro To Suffer Gaddafi’s Fate

Influential US Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio has tweeted a blatant death threat and incitement of violence against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. As of this writing the post has 13 thousand shares and counting.

The tweet consists of a “before” and “after” photo of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who in 2011 was mutilated to death in the streets following a US-led NATO intervention in Libya which was launched on false humanitarian pretexts. The first photo depicts Gaddafi alive and confident with a smile on his face, the second depicts him covered in blood following his capture by a militia group minutes before his death.

Feb 26 10:37

Maduro Accuses US of Attempt to Fabricate Crisis Justifying War in South America

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the United States of trying to "fabricate a crisis" to start a war in South America in his first interview with an American broadcaster in years.

"Everything that the United States government has done has been doomed to failure […] They are trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America", Maduro told ABC News in an interview made in Caracas.

Maduro also slammed the recent Lima Group meeting in Bogota as "part of that politics to attempt to establish a parallel government in Venezuela", stressing that the US "wants Venezuela's oil" and is "willing to go to war for that oil".

Feb 26 10:28

Pence, Guaidó Fail to Secure Lima Group Approval for US Military Intervention in Venezuela

Some members of the Lima Group, however, have already announced that they are unwilling to endorse a military response to the Venezuelan crisis. On Monday, Peru’s Vice Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela Martínez stated at the beginning of the Lima Group conference that “the use of force, in any of its forms, is unacceptable” and that “the use of force is not a solution for what’s happening in Venezuela.”

Martínez further asserted that Peru and other members of the bloc were still pushing for a negotiated solution to the crisis and would consider only further diplomatic or economic actions to increase pressure on the Maduro-led government. Ultimately, the resolution of the crisis – according to Martínez – will come only if Maduro steps down and “free, fair and just elections” follow. The European Union also echoed Martínez’s comments on Monday, stating that military intervention in Venezuela “must be avoided.”

Feb 26 10:13

Mike Pence in Colombia: ‘Nicolas Maduro Must Go’

Vice President Mike Pence joined several South American presidents in Colombia Monday, renewing President Donald Trump’s declaration that “all options are on the table” to remove Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela.
“Nicolas Maduro is a usurper with no legitimate claim to power,” Pence said alongside the presidents of Colombia, Panama, and Bolivia, as well as Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó, and the vice president of Brazil. Pence declared, “Nicolas Maduro must go.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Feb 26 10:07

TRUMP’S DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION ENDORSES HIS COUP ATTEMPT IN VENEZUELA

Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d’état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by “the resistance” is when he acts “presidential” — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria.

As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time:

The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as ‘presidential’ is concerning. War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown and its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When half of the Gruesome Twosome defends the War Criminal Elliott Abrams with such lofty (and painfully inappropriate) rhetoric, you know that things are about to go "mammary glands up" for the Venezuelan people, and their duly elected government.

War Criminal Elliott Abrams

Feb 26 09:56

Juan Guaido: A traitor to his people

The self-proclaimed “Provisional President of Venezuela,” Juan Guaidó, is an expert in dangerous actions, who -- in pursuit of his unending ambition -- will go down in history as a person that broke all the rules of decency and democracy.

Colombian journalist Rafael Croda recalls that Guaidó was elected Chairman of the Venezuelan National Assembly, a body that has proclaimed its unwillingness to accept the mandate of the duly-elected president of the country, Nicolas Maduro.

Since the President of Venezuela was elected by a sizable majority of the population in free, democratic elections, the step taken by Guaidó is unconstitutional.

The other two politicians that shared the leadership of his political formation are two criminals sanctioned by the courts. One is Leopoldo López, who is serving a term of house arrest, and the other is Freddy Guevara, a fugitive of justice who is enjoying temporary asylum in the Chilean Embassy in Caracas.

Feb 26 09:24

US amasses special ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia to oust Maduro – Russian Security Council

By deploying troops and special ops forces to Puerto Rico and Colombia, Washington is getting ready to intervene in Venezuela and topple its leader, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said.

The US is “preparing for a military invasion” in Venezuela, Nikolai Patrushev told Russian media on Tuesday.

The relocation of American special forces’ units to Puerto Rico, the deployment of the US Army units to Colombia and other facts evidently show that Pentagon is enhancing its military in the region in order to use it in ousting… President [Nicolas] Maduro.

Feb 26 09:21

NC Based Airline Implicated In Shipping Arms To “Rebels” In Venezuela

By Brandon Turbeville

While the United States has done everything in its power to turn Syria into Libya 2.0, it appears the U.S. is now attempting to turn Venezuela into Libya 3.0. Using many of the same tactics utilized in Syria and Libya, the US is utilizing political pressure, sanctions, and the establishment of a parallel government to weaken and overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela. Now, however, there is evidence that the U.S. is going further and adding the arming of “rebels” to its toolkit in South America.

According to a report by McClatchy, a North Carolina-based freight company has been implicated in an arms smuggling operation to Venezuela. After McClatchy’s report was published, the company halted flights to the country...

Feb 26 08:38

Trump’s Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Illustrating that the exception only proves the rule, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood virtually alone, tweeting: “The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.”

Feb 26 08:23

Investigating Venezuela's 'humanitarian crisis': Max Blumenthal tours a supermarket in Caracas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I reposted this because of that one caller into yesterday's radio show who claimed that the supermarkets may be full, but nobody can afford to buy anything. However, it is clear there are plenty of customers in the background.

Feb 26 08:02

WATCH Situation on Venezuela-Colombia Border After Lima Group Talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced that Caracas had severed ties with Colombia after clashes on the border between opposition protesters and Venezuelan police.

The situation in Venezuela remains explosive, with the Washington-backed opposition led by Juan Guaido seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The country's political and economic crisis has been exacerbated by constant financial pressure from the US.

In one of his latest statements, Maduro stressed that the Venezuelan government will independently deal with the problems that the country is currently facing.

The day before, representatives of Lima Group countries gathered in Bogota to discuss the current situation in Venezuela. Most of the organisation's member countries are backing opposition leader Guaido. US Vice President Mike Pence has also arrived in Bogota to attend the talks.

Feb 25 14:10

Blocked Venezuela Bridge Was Never Opened in First Place

Several days ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo retweeted a photograph that purported to show how Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro had blocked a bridge with Colombia to prevent relief supplies from entering his country.

In fact, the bridge, which was completed in 2016, has never been open to traffic because of disputes between the two nations. It was Colombia that erected the fence and concrete blocks to seal off access, not Venezuela. And the barriers have been in place since 2016. You can even see the barrier in photos on Google Maps.

Feb 25 11:57

Maduro's Days "Numbered" Pompeo Warns; Guaido To "Formally" Request US "Liberation"

It appears this weekend's provocations and border showdown over US aid entering Venezuela were just the beginning. US State Secretary Mike Pompeo discussed the prospect of military action against Caracas on Fox News Sunday, saying the Maduro regime's days are "numbered" and that "every option" is on the table toward making that happen.

Pompeo said the US is “going to do the things that need to be done” and this will not stop until “makes sure” that “there is a brighter future for the people of Venezuela," which includes continued support for self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido. Denouncing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a “sick tyrant,” Pompeo said in his Sunday morning remarks:

We’re very hopeful in the days and weeks and months ahead the Maduro regime will understand that the Venezuelan people have made its days numbered.

Feb 25 11:55

LIVE UPDATES: Venezuela Tensions Rise Over US Humanitarian Aid Move

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has strictly opposed the US aid delivery, blasting it as a Washington plot to disguise an intervention in the Latin American country.

Feb 25 11:53

#NoBloodForOil in Venezuela

Aggression against Venezuela is mounting from right-wing governments across the globe. This weekend Jair Bolsonaro's government in Brazil remarkably called for the 'international community' "to join in the liberation effort of Venezuela", while Colombia's President was more explicit in his language regarding today's Lima Group of nations summit which he said aims “to tighten the diplomatic siege" on Venezuela.

That is exactly what we are witnessing in Venezuela - a diplomatic siege with the aim of regime change. The possibility that it may escalate into the use of military force remains and the appointment of Elliot Abrams is a worrying sign for anyone who stands against intervention.

Feb 25 11:52

INTEL LEAK: US to depose Maduro in March 2019

Feb 25 11:44

US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border

In a series of tweets posted in her twitter account a few hours ago Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the US government is moving special forces to the borders of Venezuela along with military equipment.

She also alerted that the same US government (and US companies) with the help of some NATO allies is seeking to buy arms and ammunition in east European countries to arm the Venezuelan opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is very rarely wrong, and if these accounts are correct, I see this as the prelude for a full-on US invasion of Venezuela.

Feb 25 11:40

Mainstream media ignoring illegality of US aid to Venezuela: Commentator

The mainstream media is ignoring the fact that the so-called US aid is entering Venezuela illegally, says a political commentator, adding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro has made it clear that the aid is not welcome.

The comments came after trucks of aid returned to warehouses in Colombia on Saturday after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's supporters failed to break through the lines of troops who dispersed them with tear gas and rubber rounds.

“There is no doubt that force was used against the aid coming into the country from the United States. However, what’s been left out of this is the fact that Venezuela has repeatedly said that their aid was not welcome … and in fact we’ve got the media misrepresenting the situation on the ground,” Jason Unruhe told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

Feb 25 11:37

The War on Venezuela Is Built on Lies

The former United Nations Rapporteur, Alfred de Zayas, has likened this to a “medieval siege” designed “to bring countries to their knees”. It is a criminal assault, he says. It is similar to that faced by Salvador Allende in 1970 when President Richard Nixon and his equivalent of John Bolton, Henry Kissinger, set out to “make the economy [of Chile] scream”. The long dark night of Pinochet followed.

The Guardian correspondent, Tom Phillips, has tweeted a picture of himself in a cap on which the words in Spanish mean in local slang: “Make Venezuela fucking cool again.” The reporter as clown may be the final stage of much of mainstream journalism’s degeneration.

Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela’s utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country’s oil, as outlined by John Bolton.

Feb 25 11:36

Trump threatens to deport Venezuelan military officials’ families that have fled to Miami

The Trump administration is threatening to deport the family members of Venezuelan military officials — including some who live in the Miami area — who don’t disobey the Maduro government and allow aid from the United States to enter Venezuela.

A senior administration official told a small group of reporters Friday that the administration has collected data on military leaders who have family that have left Venezuela. They are living in Miami, the Caribbean and across the hemisphere. According to the administration, they’re living lives of luxury while their countrymen suffer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoa, there, Mr. President: there is a 6 letter word with which you need to become re-acquainted, and that word, sir is:

OPTICS!!

It is not the fault of these ex-Pat Venezuelans that their country is on the ropes economically; it is rather the effects of the downward spiral of oil prices, coupled with US sanctions, and poor governmental management.

Sir, on this issue you sound as nastily hubristic as does Israel's Prime Minister, Netanyahu discussing his "final solution" for Gazan Palestinians.

Can you possibly manage, please, to not go there?!? But as indicated in a companion piece, it appears that President Trump is already in the process of making this happen:

Several of the top Venezuelan generals who the Trump administration says can allow aid into Venezuela have family living in the United States that could be expelled from the country, McClatchy and the Miami Herald has learned.

They are among a group of six generals who U.S. officials have indicated could receive amnesty from U.S. sanctions if they disobeyed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and allowed aid to be distributed by non-governmental organizations inside the country. But President Donald Trump has warned they could “lose everything” if they don’t."

Feb 25 11:33

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump’s Incitement to Rebel: ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’

Venezuela’s armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President Donald Trump and calls to break the chain of command.

Speaking at a press conference held in Caracas and flanked by commanders from all of the branches of the military, Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington “Will not be able to install a “puppet” and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first.”

Trump had warned Venezuelan soldiers that they risked “losing everything” should they continue loyal to Maduro at a press conference in Miami Monday. He once more urged them to recognise National Assembly President Juan Guaido as “interim president” and yet again refused to rule out direct military action against Venezuela, stressing that “all options are on the table.”

Feb 25 11:32

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

One clip appears to have caught the moment a man on the Colombian side of the border pelted a Molotov cocktail at the truck, while another video from the scene showed the opposition activists openly preparing the incendiary devices. Border security guards can be seen patiently holding their line at a distance, casting further doubts on claims that the truck was seized and torched after it had crossed into Venezuela.

Feb 25 11:29

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

Though the conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine were limited to Russia’s traditional sphere of influence, its intervention in the Syrian Civil War struck in the heart of the Middle East. A deteriorating sociopolitical crisis in Venezuela now threatens to open another front in the United States’ own backyard. For both economic and military reasons, US and Russian interests increasingly intersect in the country.

Oil has shaped Venezuela’s politics and dominated its economy ever since vast reserves were discovered in the early 20th century. The country became a reliable US supplier, but as oil prices collapsed and remained volatile throughout the 1980s and 1990s, economic turmoil hit an oil-rich country previously known for agricultural exports.

Feb 25 11:26

After Venezuelan troops block aid, Maduro faces 'diplomatic siege'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faced growing regional pressure on Sunday after his troops repelled foreign aid convoys, with the United States threatening new sanctions and Brazil urging allies to join a “liberation effort”.

Violent clashes with security forces over the opposition’s U.S.-backed attempt on Saturday to bring aid into the economically devastated country left almost 300 wounded and at least three protesters dead near the Brazilian border.

Juan Guaido, recognised by most Western nations as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, urged foreign powers to consider “all options” in ousting Maduro, ahead of a meeting of the regional Lima Group of nations in Bogota on Monday that will be attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is sheer ugly, in-your-face regime change, and thinking people around the world, understand this.

IF it were not that Venezuela has huge reserves of oil, particularly at the new find in the Orinoco Delta Huge oil reserves found in the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela, there probably not be such a hew and cry from those in the Bowels of Power in DC.

But hey, they have the oil, the US Government wants it, so ... get out your helmets and celebrate another (if successful) US-generated regime change mambo.

Feb 25 11:22

The Planning of a Coup against Venezuela: Chile, September 11, 1973: The Ingredients of a Military Coup. The Imposition of a Neoliberal Agenda

The main objective of the US-supported military coup in Chile was to impose the neoliberal economic agenda. “Regime change” was enforced through a covert military intelligence operation. Sweeping macro-economic reforms (including privatization, price liberalization and the freeze of wages) were implemented in early October 1973.

Barely a few weeks after the military takeover, the military Junta headed by General Augusto Pinochet ordered a hike in the price of bread from 11 to 40 escudos, a hefty overnight increase of 264%. This “economic shock treatment” had been designed by a group of economists called the “Chicago Boys.” “While food prices had skyrocketed, wages had been frozen. From one day to the next, an entire country had been precipitated into abysmal poverty.

Feb 25 11:21

Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America

I was sitting in my apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, reading the online edition of Time magazine (5/19/16), which carried a report that there was not even something as basic as aspirin to be found anywhere in Venezuela: “Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found.”

I walked out of the apartment to the nearest pharmacy, four blocks away, where I found plenty of aspirin, as well as acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) and ibuprofen (generic Advil), in a well-stocked pharmacy with a knowledgeable professional staff that would be the envy of any US drugstore.

Feb 25 11:16

‘Embrace democracy, Venezuela!’ Bolton threatens new sanctions, Pompeo vows ‘action’

Failure of the attempted forcing of US “humanitarian aid” into Venezuela has not deterred the Trump administration hawks from seeking regime change in Caracas. They now threaten new sanctions unless Venezuela "embraces democracy.”

Convoys of USAID supplies intended for supporters of US-backed “interim president” Juan Guaido were supposed to cross into Venezuela from Brazil and Colombia on Saturday, but were turned back amid sporadic clashes between the opposition and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro.

Feb 25 11:12

Pence To Announce "Concrete Steps" For Venezuela Crisis After Sit-Down With Guaido On Monday

After the tumultuous events along the border between Venezuela and Colombia this weekend, resulting in humanitarian aid trucks being set on fire as they attempted to cross the Tachira River separating the two countries (with Juan Guaido supporters blaming pro-Maduro forces and vice versa), it appears Washington is prepared to set greater action in motion.

Reuters reports on Sunday that US Vice President Mike Pence will announce “concrete steps” and “clear actions” regarding the Venezuela crisis during a meeting of Latin American heads of state in Bogota, Colombia on Monday, according to a senior administration official.

Feb 25 11:10

Venezuela FM Claims "CIA Expert" Pompeo Torched Aid Trucks In False Flag Attack

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza suggested that the United States was behind the burning of a truck carrying US Aid which made international headlines, blaming Secretary of State and former CIA boss Mike Pompeo for staging a false flag.

"The CIA expert in false flag operations, Pompeo, thinks he can fool the world with a truck set ablaze by his own agents in Colombia," said Arreaza over Twitter on Saturday.

"@SecPompeo and their assassins are desperate to fabricate a pretext for war," Arreaza later tweeted, adding "If you want to find those who burnt the truck with fake humanitarian aid, look among your own employees."

Feb 25 10:44

China Lending Billions to Venezuela So Sanctioned Gov't Keeps Running - Scholar

Reports of talks between China and the Venezuelan opposition are fake news, according to Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Earlier, reports emerged that the Venezuelan opposition representatives had held meetings with Chinese government officials.

Sputnik discussed the conflicting reports with Dr. Ei Sun Oh, Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Feb 25 10:44

Russia Suspects Venezuela Coup by Military Means Becoming US Priority

The Russian Foreign Ministry's statements come after reports suggesting that the United States has been engaged in direct contact with members of Venezuela's army, urging them to pledge allegiance to opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned of an increasing number of signs that a military coup in Venezuela is becoming the "West's priority".

Feb 25 10:43

FLASHBACK - Maduro Says Visits by Foreign Military Aircraft to Continue Amid Tu-160 Arrival

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said foreign military aircraft will continue arriving in the South American country over the coming months amid a visit by Russian planes to Venezuela.

On Monday, two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 military transport aircraft, and an Il-62 plane landed in Venezuela. The Russian planes conducted interoperability drills with the Venezuelan Air Force this week.

"The planes arrive and they will arrive in the coming months", Maduro told a press conference that was broadcast on his Twitter page.

Feb 25 10:42

Bolivian President Slams US Aid Supplies to Venezuela as Double Standards

The United States is demonstrating double standards toward Venezuela, by first "strangling" the country’s economy with the help of sanctions, and then allocating humanitarian aid to it at the request of opposition, Bolivian President Evo Morales has stated.

"In a display of double moral standards, the United States announces ‘humanitarian aid’ to the people of Venezuela after having strangled it by economic means in the form of sanctions and illegal confiscations. The United States is destroying the principle of international law by providing ‘humanitarian aid’ to the coup d'etat," Morales wrote on Twitter.

Feb 25 10:39

Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: Author Explains Origins of Trump's Venezuela Plan

The US has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in Caracas is doomed to failure.

Donald Trump's rush to support the self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido has a clear rationale that includes both the republic's rich hydrocarbon reserves and Washington's strategic considerations, says Gilbert Mercier, a French journalist serving as the editor-in-chief of the News Junkie Post and the author of "The Orwellian Empire".

Feb 25 10:29

After Venezuela violence, Pence to meet with Guaido in Colombia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to have his first meeting with Venezuela's Juan Guaido in Colombia on Monday, Pence aides said, in a signal of support for the opposition leader after a weekend of violence.

On Saturday, troops loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blocked convoys of U.S. humanitarian aid from crossing from Colombia to Venezuela, using teargas and rubber bullets and killing two protesters.

The violence could lead the United States to impose new sanctions as early as Monday to cut off the Maduro's government access to revenues.

Feb 25 10:29

Guaido Hints at More Radical Steps to Topple Maduro as Aid Burns

Just hours after attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela failed, the country’s opposition and U.S. allies suggested a more forceful multilateral move against Nicolas Maduro’s autocratic regime.

Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, said that he’ll meet Monday with officials from countries in the region backing his push to topple Maduro and announce the next steps afterward. While he didn’t specify what those steps could be, he did say in a series of tweets that “all options” are being considered.

Feb 25 10:27

"Hands Off Venezuela" Rallies Held in Cities Around the World

Feb 25 10:26

Will No One Stop American Gangsterism?

An accurate description of the US orchestrated event today at Venezuela’s border with Colombia was posted on The Saker’s website 3 days ago. http://thesaker.is/alert-this-would-be-the-plan-for-next-february-23-2...

Most of the world sees this as “US gangsterism.” But no one does anything about it.

John Wight asks: “Does anybody really think that Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams care one bit about the welfare of the Venezuelan people? These are thugs in tailored suits whose views are far closer to Al Capone than to Thomas Jefferson.” https://www.rt.com/news/452274-venezuela-us-intervention-gangsterism/

President Maduro’s failure to arrest Juan Guaido, the puppet chosen by Washington to be the Empire’s front man in Venezuela, might spell the end of Venezuelan democracy. The Venezuelan military will wonder why they are at risk when all Maduro has to do is to arrest Guaido, try the traitor, and execute him.

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That is why Guaido is in Bogota.

Feb 25 08:46

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

As Washington and Caracas blame each other for torching a truck carrying what the US called vital ‘humanitarian supplies’ from Colombia to Venezuela, a video has emerged, finally shedding some light on the incident.

The truck caught fire and burned down during a failed attempt on Saturday by US-backed opposition activists to breach the closed Colombia-Venezuela border crossing at the Francisco de Paula Santander Bridge, near the Venezuelan city of Urena. The Venezuelan government refuses to let the American cargo in, calling these ‘humanitarian’ convoys a propaganda stunt and a precursor to a military invasion.

Photos of the incident were immediately used by US officials to double down on their outrage and calls for regime change in Caracas. But footage that has surfaced on social media tells a strikingly different story, pinning the blame on ‘activists’ in the crowd.

Feb 25 08:43

WTF? Ukraine’s Coup-Installed FM Klimkin Just Called Maduro A ‘Usurper’

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavel Klimkin, speaks on the subject of Venezuela (translated from Spanish):

“We strongly condemn the unprecedented violence at the Venezuelan border that has resulted in dead and wounded. We demand that the regime of usurper Marudo would stop those indecent actions and allow the humanitarian aid to pass in an urgent manner”

Well, first of all, the incident at the Venezuelan border with an aid truck being set on fire is shady, to say the least, and looks more like a classic false flag provocation served to create a casus belli for US military intervention. No investigation has been done, we don’t know what really happened there, but it’s already all crystal clear to Klimikin, and he’s ready to bark at Maduro on behalf of his masters in Washington DC.

Feb 25 08:43

Use Of Force Soon? Guaidó Suggests ‘All Options’ To Take Maduro Out

Venezuelan National Assembly chief Juan Guaidó said late on Saturday that “all options” should be on the table after the incidents of violence recorded hours before on the borders of the Caribbean country that it has with Brazil and Colombia. “Today’s events force me to make a decision: to formally present to the international community that we must have all the options open to achieve the liberation of this country that is fighting and will continue to fight. Hope was born not to die, Venezuela!” wrote Guaidó on Twitter, apparently from his hideout in Bogota.

Feb 25 07:56

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

Feb 25 07:46

‘Sick & twisted’: US Senator Rubio tweets picture of Gaddafi’s murder as a threat to Maduro

US Senator Marco Rubio has posted a picture of the brutal murder of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a less-than-subtle threat to Venezuela’s Maduro. Twitter blasted Rubio as a manic warmonger… who has extremely poor taste.

The two pictures –one showing Gaddafi while still in power, the other showing the Libyan leader being tortured minutes before his brutal murder– were posted by Sen. Rubio (R-FL) on Twitter without any caption. Yet, given his open calls for an armed insurrection in the Latin American country to depose President Nicolas Maduro, the message was clear.

Feb 25 07:44

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

Photos of the incident were immediately used by US officials to double down on their outrage and calls for regime change in Caracas. But footage that has surfaced on social media tells a strikingly different story, pinning the blame on ‘activists’ in the crowd.

One clip appears to have caught the moment a man on the Colombian side of the border pelted a Molotov cocktail at the truck, while another video from the scene showed the opposition activists openly preparing the incendiary devices. Border security guards can be seen patiently holding their line at a distance, casting further doubts on claims that the truck was seized and torched after it had crossed into Venezuela.

So, the whole incident was staged to make Maduro look bad. That explains the use of the Red Cross symbols without permission!

Feb 24 12:13

‘They attacked civilians, they are not heroes’: Journalist recounts trampling by Venezuela defectors

In one of the most violent incidents in a day full of them, camerawoman Nicole Kramm was inches away from two hijacked army vehicles as they sped through a crowded border crossing between Venezuela and Colombia.

The three men inside were among the multiple military personnel who defected from the government side on Saturday.

In the Western media they were treated as courageous augurs of the imminent collapse of the Nicolas Maduro regime. To Kramm, who is Chilean, they are anything but.

"This was an attack on civilians. I can’t believe they are being treated as heroes. If I didn’t run, and was 15 centimetres closer, I would not be here to tell you this"

Feb 24 09:23

US plans to buy weapons for Venezuelan opposition in Eastern Europe, warns diplomat

The US is considering the possibility of buying weapons for the Venezuelan opposition in one of Eastern European countries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"We have information that companies from the US and its NATO allies are considering the possibility of buying a large batch of weapons in one of Eastern European countries in order to provide them to the Venezuelan opposition. The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid," she said.

Zakharova also said that the US and its allies intended to use cargo aircraft belonging to an international freight forwarder to deliver several shipments of weapons to Venezuela in early March "through a neighboring country".

Feb 24 09:19

Russia's Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that a group of countries came together at the UN to support Venezuela's legitimate authorities and to defend international law

Moscow is ready to address the UN Security Council in case of an aggression against Venezuela by the United States during humanitarian aid delivery on February 23, Russia's Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told TASS on Friday.

"I hope that we will have no reason to do this. But if there is a reason, we will do it," Nebenzya said.

He added that a group of countries supporting Venezuela at the UN came together not only to support Venezuela's legitimate authorities, but also to defend international law. "It's not only about Venezuela. It is also about the approach to resolving international problems and different crises," he added.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told TASS that Caracas is coordinating actions with Moscow. "Russia plans to call an emergency session of the Security Council in case of an aggression," Arreaza said.

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"VETO!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 24 08:48

LATIN AMERICACOLOMBIACOLOR REVOLUTIONBEYOND BELIEF: Guaido’s U.S Backed Supporters Torched Own Aid Caravan In False Flag

This is becoming hilarious now. Unelected Venezuelan wannabe president Guaidó was suppose to triumphantly lead a Trojan horse aid convoy into Venezuela from Colombia but he completely failed, and achieved nothing. He is now in exile in Colombia while legitimate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has cut all diplomatic ties with their neighbor.

Things got so so so desperate yesterday that the Venezuelan opposition in Colombia decided to set the aid convoy on fire and blame Maduro. However, if you’re going to make a HOAX, you should probably make sure that people are not filming you when you are making these plans ????????????????

In the first video you can hear the Venezuelan opposition talking about using gasoline and making Molotov cocktails literally just minutes before the aid convoy was set on fire.

“Gas has arrived!” can be heard in this video moments before some aid trucks were burned. Of course the media blamed Maduro.

Feb 24 08:47

Red Cross denounces unsanctioned use of its emblems to smuggle US aid to Venezuela

The largest international aid organization has demanded that activists at the Venezuela-Colombia border not use the insignia of the Red Cross, which isn’t participating in what Caracas has dismissed as a US “propaganda show.”

The Red Cross learned that some “people not affiliated” with the agency are trying to disguise themselves as aid workers to smuggle cargo for Venezuela’s opposition across the closed frontiers.

Feb 24 08:42

Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

Last Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a disturbing interview to Fox Business Network in which he divulged his plans to form a NATO-type alliance against Iran. The U.S. has long accused Iran of supporting terrorism, accusations that have ramped up under the Trump administration. Pompeo said, without a hint of irony, that Iran’s government was leading the country into wars in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, against the will of the Iranian people. Furthermore, the absurd accusation that Hezbollah is in Venezuela seemed a crude attempt to link the two countries in order to delegitimize both of their governments at the same time. The announcement foreshadows the potential for an abrupt and extreme escalation of U.S. attacks on Iran, similar to the recent escalation of U.S.-Venezuela relations.

Feb 24 08:18

Venezuela: An Open Letter to the UN Secretary General

The most noble task of the United Nations is to create the conditions conducive to local, regional and international peace, to work preventively and tirelessly to avoid armed conflicts, to mediate and negotiate to reach peaceful solutions, so that all human beings can live in human dignity and in the enjoyment of the human right to peace and all other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. I am particularly worried by the Orwellian corruption of language, the instrumentalization and weaponization of human rights and now even of humanitarian assistance.

I look back at my UN mission to Venezuela in November/December 2017 as a modest contribution to facilitate the cooperation between the United Nations and the Venezuelan government and to open the door to the visits of other rapporteurs. See my report to the UN Human Rights Council and the relevant recommendations.

Feb 24 08:17

UN Security Council Debates the Future of Venezuela

Feb 24 08:16

Maduro's 'days are numbered' in Venezuela, Pompeo warns

Washington will continue to pressure the Venezuelan government until it understands that its days are “numbered,” the US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said, adding that “every option” is still on the table.

The US is “going to do the things that need to be done,” Pompeo told Fox News Sunday, speaking about the potential use of military force against Caracas. The state secretary also denounced Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a “tyrant” and said he believes that the Venezuelan people see it too.

Feb 24 08:10

Venezuela. Failed coup of 23F, remains alive military aggression option. Tomorrow Meeting Guaidó-US Vice President, Pence

Yesterday, February 23, a day marked by false positives at the border, like the fire of trucks with "humanitarian aid", was probably the incident that would have an excuse to implement a military intervention against Venezuela. Failed this attempt, the danger has not escaped at all, tomorrow the self-proclaimed "Guaido" will see the US vice president, Pence.
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The interventionist operation orchestrated by the governments of Colombia and the United States and by the Venezuelan opposition leaders on 23 February has failed.

Yesterday, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced the breaking of political and diplomatic relations with Colombia and gave the diplomatic staff of this country 24 hours to leave Caracas.

The measure was made known during a mobilization of revolutionary forces towards the Miraflores palace, in the Venezuelan capital, in defense of peace.

Feb 24 08:09

Venezuela, Arreaza: "Pompey and his assassins are desperately looking for a pretext for war"

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza challenged US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about US border aid clashes and attacked him by reiterating that his "killers" said they were looking for a pretext for war.

"The CIA expert in false flag operations, Pompey, thinks he can deceive the world with a truck burned by his own agents in Colombia," wrote on Twitter Arreaza in response to recent clashes along the border between Venezuela and Colombia.

The attempt, led by the opposition, to drive trucks from Colombia to Venezuela carrying what they say to be humanitarian supplies provided by USAID has triggered tensions and clashes with the police. The Venezuelan government refused to let the trucks pass, denouncing the operation as an advertising stunt and warning that vehicles could be loaded with weapons.

Feb 23 09:53

Cuba Accuses US Of Preparing For Military Action In Venezuela 

At a Havana press conference Tuesday, the Cuban government accused the Trump administration of preparing a military operation against Venezuela, suggesting that humanitarian aid is a pretext for intervention.

"You're starting to see American military transports that originate in U.S. military installations, where marine infantry and special forces operate and plan covert action," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said in Havana.

Rodriguez told journalists that the US military is quickly building up assets unbeknownst to Caribbean governments where their bases are located.

Journalists questioned what evidence Cuba has the US is preparing to stage a military operation to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Rodriguez told Local 10's Cuba correspondent Hatzel Vela to examine the airports where he would uncover evidence of the buildup.

Feb 23 09:51

Venezuela Crisis Reaching ‘Flashpoint’ After Attempted Aid Delivery

On Friday, a number of border incidents in Venezuela were reported as the US and its right-wing allies in Colombia and Brazil set the stage for intervention. February 23 is the deadline for Caracas to accept foreign aid, but a journalist in the country told Sputnik that as the coup attempt fails, invasion becomes more likely.

Feb 23 09:47

What is at Stake in Venezuela: National Sovereignty

NYU history professor Greg Grandin discusses the history of the concept of national sovereignty as it originated in Latin America, but was repeatedly challenged by the US. The latest US threats against Venezuela once again threatens to make the concept irrelevant and would serve as justification for more unilateral interventions

Feb 23 09:45

Venezuela, Hezbollah and Iran: The latest hysteria from the US ‘backyard’

The US ‘obligation’ to respond to manufactured threats constitutes preemptive justification for yet more pernicious activity

Feb 23 09:24

White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia

The White House warned Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Friday that any "egregious" human rights violations by troops under his government's command would not "go unpunished" as Maduro's forces seek to keep foreign aid out of the country.

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Madura has allowed aid to come into Venezuela from places like Russia and China. It is only the US "aid" he is blocking, out of concern it is intended to support paramilitary groups working for the US to oust him.

Once again the US forces its way into places they are not wanted.

Feb 23 09:01

Everyone has fallen for the lies about Venezuela (by Lee Camp)

Socialism, ditching the dollar, and having natural resources are the three crimes that usually provoke the US into overthrowing a foreign government. And these are the reasons it’s backing the coup in Venezuela.
There are three things I know for sure in this fanciful, sometimes inglorious experience we call life:

You will never have a safety pin when you need one, and you will have thousands when you don’t need one.

Wild animals are breathtakingly majestic until they’re crawling up your pant leg.

A US presidential administration will never admit that it invaded another country or backed a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of said country.

This is why it was so very shocking last week when members of the Trump administration admitted they were backing a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of another country.

Feb 23 08:59

The Yankee Plot to Overthrow Nicolás Maduro and Steal Venezuela’s Oil

Feb 23 08:50

Domino effect: Pompeo vows US will help uproot ‘authoritarianism’ in Nicaragua & Cuba

The United States will help the people of Nicaragua and Cuba to resist “non-democratic regimes” in their countries, Mike Pompeo has said. His comments come as Washington steps up calls for a new government in Venezuela.

The secretary of state responded in the affirmative when asked during an interview with Telemundo if the US would “help” people living in “non-democratic regimes” in South America.

“Yes, President Trump’s administration has done so and will continue to do so. Not just in Venezuela but certainly in Nicaragua and Cuba,” Pompeo said, adding that the Washington is “working diligently to achieve good outcomes for those people.”

Feb 23 08:45

Even With Sanctions, US Imports 5 Times More Oil From Venezuela In 2019

Venezuelan oil purchases by US energy companies saw a five-fold increase on a weekly basis from mid-February, almost reaching the level of pre-sanctions, according to the latest data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

According to the Paris-based agency, imports of crude oil from Venezuela to the US totaled 558,000 barrels per day during the week up to February 15, compared to 117,000 barrels per day the previous week.

Starting January 25, a few days before US sanctions went into effect, US companies imported 587,000 barrels a day.

Feb 23 08:45

BREAKING: As Russia SLAMS US Military Movements Against Maduro, Indigenous People Are Reportedly Killed On Venezuela-Brazil Border

Two ambulances, with five Venezuelans injured in each vehicle, are on their way to the city of Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, on Friday afternoon.

The two vehicles went first to the Hospital Délio Tupinambá, the only one in Pacaraima, but then left for the Roraima General Hospital in Boa Vista, 215 km from the border.

According to Ivani de Moraes, a nursing technician at the Boa Vista hospital, the two vehicles carry 10 injured Venezuelan natives, 5 in each vehicle.

Feb 23 08:40

Situation on Venezuelan-Colombian Border Amid US Humanitarian Aid Delivery

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the day before that Venezuela would close its border with Brazil and was considering closing the border with Colombia.

The US humanitarian aid is expected to attempt to cross the border into Venezuela after the country's opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, authorised the delivery to the country.

The decision was made amid news that a humanitarian aid convoy had arrived from the US in the Colombian border town of Cucuta last week. According to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the US and its allies were using "the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid" to try to "destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country".

Feb 23 08:28

REPORT: Trump Admitted Venezuela Intervention Is To Jack Oil

Feb 23 08:26

A battle over aid in Venezuela - and a border zone primed to explode

Both sides in the confrontation between Venezuela's socialist government, led by Nicolas Maduro, and the opposition led by Juan Guaido know that today — Saturday, February 23 — could be the day that decides who rules Venezuela.

And while the country's opposition has called repeatedly on soldiers to forswear the use of violence against their own people, all the elements are in place for a serious escalation today if a shot is fired at either end of the bridges that cross the Tachira river that divides Venezuela from Colombia.

There was bloodshed at another border crossing just yesterday, when indigenous Pemones — who have pledged to bring aid from Brazil into their territory on Venezuela's Grand Savannah — tried to block a convoy of Venezuelan soldiers. Witnesses said the soldiers opened fire, killing two Pemones and wounding 14 others.

Feb 23 08:26

3 Venezuelan troops defect at the border with Colombia

Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela's border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said.

The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colombia-Venezuela border and requested help from Colombia's immigration officials.

Also Saturday, soldiers with Venezuela's National Guard fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were demanding to cross the border at Ureña into Colombia to work, according to a CNN crew that witnessed the scene at the Tienditas Bridge.

Feb 22 14:51

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

Feb 22 10:44

US Special Envoy for Venezuela to Travel to Colombia to Support Aid Delivery

Previously, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned that the US and its allies were using "the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid" to try to "destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country."

The United States special envoy for Venezuela will travel to Cucuta, Colombia on 21-22nd February to support humanitarian aid delivery, US State Department announced.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Caracas would not allow such aid into the country, noting the country was coping with its difficulties and that US 'concerns' over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis were "fabricated by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country."

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