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Mar 13 11:14

Is Bolivia's Lithium-mining Industry Expanding Beyond Its Control?

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"ISIS is in Bolivia! ISIS is in Bolivia!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 13 11:00

Venezuela Update: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare?

While Venezuela struggled with the most massive blackout in its history, president Maduro said there is evidence that a US cyber-attack caused the blackout. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials continue the offensive against Venezuela and the NYT uncovers false reporting

Mar 13 10:52

US Media Erase Years of Chavismo’s Social Gains. Poverty Was Curtailed

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the country’s story has been almost entirely written out of media coverage of the effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government by the US, Canada and their right-wing partners in Venezuela and the region.

Under Chávez, poverty in Venezuela was cut by more than a third, and extreme poverty by 57 percent (CEPR, 3/7/13). (These declines were even steeper if measured from the depths of the opposition-led oil strike, designed to force Chávez out by wrecking the economy.)

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Would that most Americans knew, and understood, their history as well as the citizens of Venezuela understand their own history and heritage.

Mar 13 10:51

‘Credibility of US Imperial Blackmail’ Hangs on Success of Venezuela Policy

Washington has withdrawn its diplomats from Venezuela and Caracas has begun a new probe into self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido for the power outages that, among other things, cut the capital’s water supply. A journalist told Sputnik that US moves, while backed by “disturbing language,” are a tacit admission of the coup’s defeat.

In a letter address to Congress Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked for $500 million of "appropriate resources" in next year's budget for the Department of State to "respond to the crisis" or "support a democratic transition" in Venezuela.

Mar 13 10:26

Ex-UN Rapporteur to Venezuela Fears That 'Maduro Might Be Assassinated'

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has hailed the nation’s armed forces for its loyalty and defeat of a US-led coup. Sputnik has discussed this with Alfred de Zayas, a former UN rapporteur to Venezuela and professor of law.

Mar 13 10:25

'The Only Feasible Path Forward in Venezuela is Through Dialogue' - Prof

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a stern warning against interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs and imposing more sanctions. Speaking in Beijing, Wang Yi said that external interference and sanctions will only exacerbate the tense situation and allow the law of the jungle to once again run amok.

This comes after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that an electric energy war, declared by the United States, will not succeed. Earlier the same day, local media reported that a blackout had hit 21 out of 23 of Venezuela's states, affecting millions of Venezuelans in what the national electricity supplier described as "sabotage" at a major hydroelectric power plant.

Mar 13 09:57

Bolton Threatens Companies Shipping Venezuelan Oil To Cuba

Shipping companies and insurers that take part in sending crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba have been “put on notice,” U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said in a tweet, following a declaration by the Venezuelan opposition-dominated National Assembly that all oil exports to Cuba must be suspended in the wake of the five-day blackout that wreaked havoc on the already struggling South American country.

“The Venezuelan National Assembly has decreed the suspension of crude exports to Cuba following the collapse of the national electrical grid. Insurance companies and flag carriers that facilitate these give-away shipments to Cuba are now on notice,” Bolton tweeted.

Mar 13 09:57

The Dark Secret Behind a British Billionaire’s “Parallel State” In Argentina’s Patagonia

EL BOLSÓN, ARGENTINA – At the “end of the world,” spanning the southernmost regions of Argentina and Chile, lies the land of Patagonia, much of which remains a pristine wilderness that has inspired countless naturalists and would-be adventurers with its dramatic landscapes and natural beauty. For many, it is a place that still feels remarkably untouched and removed from the chaos of the modern world.

Yet, it is these very qualities, as well as the region’s great oil and gas potential and its abundance of glacier-fed freshwater reserves, that have placed it in the crosshairs of predators — predators armed with billions of dollars, powerful influence over Argentine politics and the country’s press, as well as alliances with controversial international financial organizations and key elements of the global Zionist lobby.

Mar 13 09:56

Pompeo: All Constraint on Action in Venezuela Is Lifted - Abrams: Option of attacking Venezuela is always on the table

With Venezuela’s government ordering the withdrawal of the last of US embassy personnel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to spin it as a positive for the continued efforts to impose regime change there.

Pompeo said that “time is drawing short” for Venezuela, while saying the presence of a US embassy had been a “constraint on US policy,” and one that no longer exists now that the staff is being recalled.

Exactly what this will mean from a policy standpoint is unclear, though clearly the administration wants to keep reminding everybody that military intervention is possible Elliot Abrams confirmed this in his own comments, saying that the option to attack Venezuela will always remain on the table.

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Translation from Pompeoese into English: "The clock is already running, with an attack plan well formulated for at least the last month."

But the question I hope (and pray) is getting everyone in the Bowels of Power a little nervous in DC is, what is Putin prepared to do to protect Russian investments in Venezuela, which are numerous, and worth a lot of money?!?

Is the US civilian and military leadership seriously ready to take on the Russian militarily in an actual fight to control Venezuela's oil resources?!?

Because if the US State Department, the Pentagon, and Congressional officials haven't considered a scenario where the Russians are ready to wade into the fray, to protect Maduro and their investments, they have not thought this through all the way, at all.

They also need to remember that although the American military is quite good at fighting in desert environments, it is not (yet) that great with fighting in jungle environments; and Venezuela has a ton of jungle.

And here isa companion piece to which I think we need to be paying attention:

the US government presents the enemy iin Venezuela as socialism itself, not just Maduro

Mar 13 09:34

Maduro's Video Appeal to the American People Not to Start ANOTHER War - Full Transcript

Very moving, well worth a listen.

He correctly points out that the mainstream media are shameless liars, and that Americans should not believe the lies being told about Venezuela, which is being targeted with a disinformation campaign. We couldn't agree more.

Mar 13 09:14

'Hands Off Venezuela' Protesters March on White House Saturday

Demonstrators are gearing up for major demonstrations in front of the White House in Washington March 16 to protest President Donald Trump's violent attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.

“U.S. hands off Venezuela! NO to the coup — NO to sanctions — NO to a new U.S. war,” reads a statement by the Act Now to Stop War and Racism (Answer) coalition and some 150 other organizations and individuals behind the Saturday protest.

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And you won't see that on ABCNNBBCBSFOX!

Mar 13 09:10

FLASHBACK - John Bolton Admits US Wants To Take Venezuela’s Oil

During an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said that it would be great if the United States could get their hands on that Venezuelan oil, and that statement alone tells you everything that you need to know about why the US is trying so hard to interfere in Venezuelan affairs. They’ve been playing a long game with this one, and it looks like they might just win. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.

Mar 13 09:04

Live From Venezuela

Well, we made it to Venezuela, but it wasn’t easy. The US has closed the Venezuelan embassy because they do not recognize the government. Therefore, it is not possible to get a visa. This might be one reason that the US closed the embassy. If you can’t get a visa and go Venezuela, you can not see for yourself what is going on and challenge their narrative. But six of us did make it and others are delayed but are getting in too. American airlines was the worst. If you were on American airlines for the first leg of you journey, they just would not let you on the flight.

Mar 13 08:57

China offers help to Venezuela to restore power amid nationwide blackout

China says it is ready to help Venezuela to restore its power grid. The South American country suffered a five-day blackout, with Caracas accusing Washington of cyber “sabotage.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing had noted reports that the power grid had gone down due to a hacking attack.

“China is deeply concerned about this,” Lu said, adding that Beijing “hopes that the Venezuelan side can discover the reason for this issue as soon as possible and resume normal power supply and social order.

Mar 13 08:04

At least 8 dead, 17 injured in school shooting in Brazil’s Sao Paulo

At least eight people were killed in a school shooting in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, local media report, citing police. The suspects are believed to be two teenagers, who shot themselves after the rampage.

The deadly incident occurred on in the city of Suzano located in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo on Wednesday. The attack was carried out by two “armed and hooded” teenagers, according to police. Local media reported that they turned their weapons on themselves after killing at least five students and an adult. 17 other people were injured.

Mar 13 08:01

BREAKING: Venezuelan Prosecutors May Indict Guaido On Electric-Grid Terrorism Charges

Along with reports about the resumption of electricity supply “across the country” from Venezuela today, March 13, there are reports that the authorities of the Bolivarian Republic have plans to stop the potentially illegal and anti-state activities of the self-declared opposition leader, the U.S-proclaimed President Juan Guaido.

Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab has revealed this morning that Guaido is under investigation on charges of sabotaging the national grid.

The statement of the head of the law enforcement agency aggravated the confrontation between the current government headed by President Nicolas Maduro and the U.S backed pretender “interim head of state” Juan Guaido, who was recognized as such by the United States and about 50 countries in Latin America and Europe. Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, doubts remain as to how decisively the Venezuelan authorities will act against the “instigator” of electrical sabotage.

Mar 12 14:39

Maduro: Two suspected of sabotage on Venezuela's power system detained

Maduro: Two suspected of sabotage on Venezuela's power system detained. Caracas, Mar 12 (UNI) The Venezuelan authorities have detained two people on ... on the country's power system, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. ... They are being questioned," Maduro said

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Jim Stone says they were caught with a computer virus.

Mar 12 10:37

Russia to defend its Venezuela oil assets in ‘toughest way possible’

Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally—Russia—reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.

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The big question here, is what Russia is really ready to do, militarily here.

They need to protect their assets, which is reasonable; but will that "protection" mean the deploying actual Russian forces in Venezuela, at the behest of Maduro?

The jury is still out, but I would not bet against it.

Mar 12 10:23

US REGIME CHANGE BLUEPRINT PROPOSED VENEZUELAN ELECTRICITY BLACKOUTS AS ‘WATERSHED EVENT’ FOR ‘GALVANIZING PUBLIC UNREST’

SOURCE: THE GRAYZONE
THE US-FUNDED CANVAS ORGANIZATION THAT TRAINED JUAN GUAIDO AND HIS ALLIES PRODUCED A 2010 MEMO ON EXPLOITING ELECTRICITY OUTAGES AND URGED THE OPPOSITION “TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION…TOWARDS THEIR NEEDS”
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL
A September 2010 memo by a US-funded soft power organization that helped train Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido and his allies identifies the potential collapse of the country’s electrical sector as “a watershed event” that “would likely have the impact of galvanizing public unrest in a way that no opposition group could ever hope to generate.”

The memo has special relevance today as Guaido moves to exploit nationwide blackouts caused by a major failure at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant at Guri dam – a crisis that Venezuela’s government blames on US sabotage.

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So, now Americans know; this is textbook, and with US diplomats out on their collective ear by the weekend, expect the next chapter of this brutality to unfold close to that point in time.

There is a video from the daily mail which will haunt me for all my days; it is that of a mother, carrying the body of her dead daughter, because no hospital had the electricity to treat her, and were all shut down.

And DAMMIT, NO, Mike Pompeo, President Trump, or John Bolton, do not EVER let me hear you describe this situation as one of collateral damage; the blood on your hands, from this manufactured crisis, is and ultimately will be enough to drown oceans.

Mar 12 10:14

European Parliament Holds Plenary Session on Venezuela Crisis

The political turmoil has been ongoing in Venezuela since late January, when opposition figure Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president, leading to recognition by the United States and its allies. Russia, China, Mexico, and Turkey have said that they recognise Nicolas Maduro as the only legitimate president.

On Tuesday, the European Parliament is holding a plenary session in Strasbourg to discuss the developments in the Venezuelan political crisis.

Mar 12 10:05

'What Marco Rubio does not know is... everything': Senator is ridiculed after blaming Venezuela power outages on 'German Dam' blast, unaware that is the name of the reporter who broke story

Marco Rubio is being criticized for a number of tweets he has posted over the past few days about the increasingly fraught situation in Venezuela.

The most glaring of these came on Sunday, when he confused a reporter on the ground in the South American country with an actual dam.

'Today another transformer explosion at the German Dam in Bolivar State caused another massive blackout,' wrote Rubio.

'The result? Critically ill patients have died, the #Caracas metro remains out of service & few if any flights have arrived at or departed from Caracas in over 20 hours.'

Mar 12 09:53

Max Blumenthal: Report From the Real Venezuela

Mar 12 09:40

Venezuela Suffers major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack

An blackout has covered most of Venezuela over the past several days after the country’s main electricity generator, the Guri Dam, failed. The Maduro administration alleges that the failure was due to cyber attacks and pointed the finger at the US government that has called for Maduro’s ouster. Venezuela’s Communications Minister reported that a cyberattack had taken place against the dam’s computerized system forcing its turbines to stop. Venezuela intends to present evidence of the attack to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to other international bodies. Meanwhile, US-backed “Interim President” Juan Guaido is using the crisis to call for the armed forces to back his efforts in ousting the Maduro government and tweeted, “electricity will return once the usurpation ends.”

Mar 12 09:38

ESCALATION FEARS GROW IN VENEZEULA AS GUAIDÓ SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN INTERVENTION AND US WITHDRAWS DIPLOMATS

Concerns over the Trump administration's increasingly hostile policy in Venezuela grew Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. was withdrawing all diplomatic personnel from the country.

Pompeo cited the "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela that escalated in January after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "interim president," rebuking President Nicolas Maduro and coordinating efforts to overthrow the elected government.

Pompeo announces US pulling out all diplomats from #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/LAev9qtyqR

— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) March 12, 2019
The presence of embassy staff in Venezuela is a "constraint" on US policy? That sounds very regime changey to me. Buckle up just in case. pic.twitter.com/y1ckutYKG2

— Hawaii Delilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) March 12, 2019

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This is going to get uglier as things devolve in this country, and be completely assured that the US government is FAR from finished here; they want those oll reserves in the Orinoco Basin enough to steal this country away from its rightful owners, the Venezuelans.

I weep at what this country has become.

Mar 12 09:20

“Lights Out!” Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela’s Power Grid?

For nearly four days, much of Venezuela has been without power, bringing the country’s embattled economy to a near standstill. Though power is now returning, the outage saw U.S. officials and politicians blame the Venezuelan government for the crisis while officials in Caracas accused the U.S. of conducting “sabotage” and launching cyberattacks that targeted its civilian power grid as well as of employing saboteurs within Venezuela.

Although many mainstream media outlets have echoed the official U.S. government response, some journalists have strayed from the pack. One notable example is Kalev Leetaru, who wrote at Forbes that “the United States remotely interfering with its [Venezuela’s] power grid is actually quite realistic.”

Mar 12 08:42

Final countdown: US diplomats given 72 hours to pull out of Venezuela

US diplomats are undermining Venezuelan peace and stability, the nation’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said, setting a deadline for them to vacate the embassy in Caracas. Washington vowed to hurry the evacuation of its mission.

American diplomats must “abandon Venezuelan territory in the next 72 hours,” with the countdown starting at the “zero hour” on Tuesday, Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

Mar 12 08:34

VENEZUELA BLACKOUT: CYBER ATTACKS, SABOTAGE AND MIGHTY CUBAN INTELLIGENCE

During the past few days, Venezuela was suffering a major blackout that left the country in darkness. The crisis started on March 7 with a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country’s power. Additionally, an explosion was reported at Sidor Substation in Bolivar state.

Since then, the government has been struggling to solve the crisis with varying success.

President Nicholas Maduro says that the blackout is the reason of “the electric war announced and directed by American imperialism.” According to Maduro, electrical systems were targeted by cyberattacks and “infiltrators”. He added that authorities managed to restore power to “many parts” of the country on March 8, but the restored systems were knocked down after the country’s grid was once again attacked. He noted that “one of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” had been sabotaged and accused “infiltrators of attacking the electric company from the inside.”

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Oh? And just who do massive economic sanctions hurt, Mike?

Mar 12 06:16

Blackout Chaos in Venezuela: Looting, Rotting Food, Scarcity of News, and Death

Things have devolved into chaos after days without power in Venezuela. Jose reports that there's a terrifying scarcity of news, looting, rotting food, and death.

Mar 11 12:55

Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious than First Believed

On Thursday, Venezuela’s Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5:00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption.

Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or months of planning likely preceded what happened – US behind it? considerable expertise needed to pull it off.

On Friday, another cyberattack occurred, followed by a third one on Saturday, affecting parts of the country where power was restored, further complicating resolution of the problem, Maduro saying:

After power was restored to about 70% of the country, “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday…that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon,” adding:

“(O)ne of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” was sabotaged again…infiltrators…attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Mar 11 12:54

US Is Pushing Venezuela to the Brink by Attacking Its Power Grid

The Hybrid War on Venezuela just took a dark turn – literally – after the US used cyber weapons and insider sabotage to attack the country’s power grid last week, cutting off most of its electricity and creating a chain reaction of negative consequences all throughout the Bolivarian Republic. According to unverified reports cited in one of RT’s recent articles on the topic, the Guri hydroelectric power plant – which provides 80% of the country’s power – failed (possibly due to a cyberattack), which was followed by an explosion at the Sidor Substation that was sustaining most of the country’s power in the aftermath of the aforementioned.

Mar 11 11:13

Venezuela's Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called on citizens nationwide to travel to the capital Caracas for a protest against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, as the country's worst blackout in decades dragged on for a third day.

Addressing supporters in southwestern Caracas, Guaido - the leader of the opposition-run congress who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January - said Maduro's government "has no way to solve the electricity crisis that they themselves created."

"All of Venezuela, to Caracas!" Guaido yelled while standing atop a bridge, without saying when the planned protest would be held. "The days ahead will be difficult, thanks to the regime."

Mar 11 11:09

Venezuela Aided Poor Americans With Free Heating Oil

Mar 11 10:54

Black Alliance for Peace Heads to Venezuela

If you’re reading this blast, you’re aware of some of the ways the U.S. empire has manipulated in its latest attempt at a coup in Venezuela. In an act of brazen illegality, the Trump administration has barred the Bolivarian republic from being able to access its own money in foreign banks and has transported “humanitarian aid” that was embedded with materials that could have been used by the largely white supremacist opposition to ferment violence against the Venezuelan government.

Mar 11 10:49

Journo: Reason for Aggression Against Venezuela Is to Knock It Out of Oil Market

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has said that Venezuela’s expulsion of the German ambassador constitutes a threat to Germany. Sputnik spoke about the latest developments in Venezuela with Patrick Henningsen - Journalist and Founder of 21stCenturyWire.com.

Mar 11 10:47

Russia to defend its Venezuela oil assets in ‘toughest way possible’

Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally—Russia—reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.

Mar 11 10:43

Internet Collapses in Venezuela with 80% Offline; Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud Blocked

In the midst of a second nationwide power outage in Venezuela, the vast majority of the country is engulfed in a massive internet outage. The first electrical blackout, which swept across the nation on Thursday, left Venezuela with only two percent connectivity amid the ongoing presidential crisis. Most of the country has been offline since Thursday with limited or no connectivity being reported across large swaths of the South American nation. The NetBlocks Group, a private internet watchdog organization based in the UK, reported on Saturday that 96 percent of the country was offline:

Mar 11 10:36

Dozens Reported Dead In Venezuela After Mass Blackout Reaches Four Days

Much of Venezuela is still in the dark — now four days running — after the worst blackout on modern record in Latin America enveloped the country last Thursday evening. And as of Saturday, Reuters reported at least 17 deaths at hospitals across the country attributable to the power outage, given many hospitals are now for days completely reliant on back-up generators to keep life saving ventilators and other medical devices going. Other reports have claimed multiple dozens of deaths across the country, especially in hospital neonatal units.

Embattled socialist president Nicolas Maduro has continued to blame the crisis on an act of "sabotage" by the United States at the Guri hydroelectric dam, for which he's mobilized troops to protect the national electricity system for the duration of the power outage.

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The timing of this mass blackout is just too cute. I tend to agree with those that this was an act of sabotage.

Mar 11 10:25

US Wants India to Stop Oil Trade With Venezuela - Special Envoy Abrams

Previously, Bloomberg suggested that Caracas shipped 620,000 barrels a day to India in the first half of February, which is 66% more than the average daily shipments a month earlier

US Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams confirmed that Washington is pressing India to stop buying Venezuelan oil.

"We say you should not be helping this regime, you should be on the side of the Venezuelan people", Abrams told Reuter, adding that the White House had given the same message to other governments.

Mar 11 09:45

Venezuela crisis: Rich and poor both suffer as Venezuela struggles without power

The longest nationwide power outage in world history is threatening to plunge Venezuela into even further chaos.

Shops, businesses, schools and hotels are closed because of the lack of power.

Communication and telephone systems have collapsed.

There are no flights from any of the country's airports.

There is no water in taps. People are queuing with bottles at mountain wells.

Mar 11 09:06

Greenwald: Coordinated Lie Over Maduro Burning Aid Trucks Reveals How Fake News Spreads

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Humanitarian Trucks in Venezuela Shows How US Govt and Media Spread Fake News

EVERY MAJOR U.S. WAR of the last several decades has begun the same way: the U.S. Government fabricates an inflammatory, emotionally provocative lie which large U.S. media outlets uncritically treat as truth while refusing at air questioning or dissent, thus inflaming primal anger against the country the U.S. wants to attack. That’s how we got the Vietnam War (North Vietnam attacks U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin); the Gulf War (Saddam ripped babies from incubators); and, of course, the war in Iraq (Saddam had WMDs and formed an alliance with Al Qaeda).

Mar 11 08:55

Guaido, Maduro rallies set as Venezuela emerges from blackout

Thousands of Venezuelans prepared to protest once again Saturday as opposition leader Juan Guaido cranks up the pressure on beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro and the lights came back on following an electricity blackout that caused chaos in the crisis-wracked country.

Both Guaido and Maduro, who are locked in a bitter power struggle for the right to lead the oil-rich South American nation, have asked their supporters to fill the streets of Caracas and other cities.

“I call on the Venezuelan people to make a huge statement in the streets against the usurper, corrupt and incapable regime that has plunged our country into darkness,” Guaido wrote on Twitter.

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Raising on a busted flush. The people of Venezuela believe the massive blackouts are caused by the US!

Mar 11 08:28

The Psychosis of the Neocons: Senator Marco Rubio “Makes Fun” of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People

Marco Rubio, the neocon senator from Florida, considers a suspicious power outage across Venezuela to be funny. He would no doubt feel different if his mother was on a ventilator in a Caracas hospital—then again.

Mar 11 07:55

Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela

Don’t you think something is fishy when the presstitutes orchestrate a fake news “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela, but totally ignore the real humanitarian crises in Yemen and Gaza?

Don’t you think something is really very rotten when the expert, Alfred Maurice de Zayas, sent by the UN to Venezuela to evaluate the situation finds no interest by any Western media or any Western government in his report?

Don’t you think it is a bit much for Washington to steal $21 billion of Venezuela’s money, impose sanctions in an effort to destabilize the country and to drive the Venezuelan government to its knees, blame Venezuelan socialism (essentially nationalization of the oil company) for bringing “starvation to the people,” and offer a measly $21 million in “humanitarian aid.”

Mar 10 09:44

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Humanitarian Trucks in Venezuela Shows How US Govt and Media Spread Fake News

EVERY MAJOR U.S. WAR of the last several decades has begun the same way: the U.S. Government fabricates an inflammatory, emotionally provocative lie which large U.S. media outlets uncritically treat as truth while refusing at air questioning or dissent, thus inflaming primal anger against the country the U.S. wants to attack. That’s how we got the Vietnam War (North Vietnam attacks U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin); the Gulf War (Saddam ripped babies from incubators); and, of course, the war in Iraq (Saddam had WMDs and formed an alliance with Al Qaeda).

Mar 10 08:31

FOOTAGE CONTRADICTS U.S. CLAIM THAT MADURO BURNED AID CONVOY

The narrative seemed to fit Venezuela’s authoritarian rule: Security forces, on the order of President Nicolás Maduro, had torched a convoy of humanitarian aid as millions in his country were suffering from illness and hunger.

Mar 10 03:17

Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?

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Underestimating the People
We’ve seen this all before: On April 11 of 2002, the Venezuelan opposition—according to the most credible accounts—unleashed snipers on its own supporters and used the ensuing deaths to justify a coup against Hugo Chávez. But the opposition dramatically overplayed its hand and underestimated the Chavista grassroots, who it routinely smeared as the blind followers of a populist strongman.>>>

Mar 09 11:40

Venezuela Deploys Troops "To Protect National Power Grid" From US "Aggression"

update: Though some parts of Venezuela's power grid have reportedly begun to come back online after the country was plunged into nation-wide darkness beginning Thursday evening, the mass blackout crisis continues, which Caracas has blamed on US-orchestrated saboteurs.

To prevent further "sabotage" Venezuela's Defense Ministry has vowed in an official statement via state TV social media channels to deploy armed forces to protect the national electricity system for the duration of the power outage.

“All the security agencies, civil protection and the nation’s integral defense system are deployed to protect and help the people across the country,” a statement said, via Bloomberg. This as official accusations against Washington for conducting what Maduro previously called a US "electricity war" have become even more strident.

Mar 09 11:40

US Attack on Venezuelan Power Grid ‘First Act in the Next Play’ of Regime Change

A massive power outage at the Guri Dam in Venezuela caused 18 of the country’s 23 states to go dark on Thursday, bringing life to a halt. Caracas has alleged it’s the work of Washington, where key politicos seemed to know about the attack almost as it happened. An activist told Sputnik it’s the “first act in a new play” of regime change.

While electricity is slowly being restored across Venezuela on Friday, the government of President Nicolas Maduro distributed portable electric generators to keep hospitals, clinics and other essential facilities operating, as well as public places like markets.

Internet observatory page NetBlocks.org reported Friday afternoon: "Power is returning to parts of #Venezuela after 23 hours but new outages are slowing the recovery; data shows internet connectivity now at 20 percent up from 2 percent earlier today."

Mar 09 11:26

Back to square one? Washington now says ‘no timeline’ for regime change in Venezuela (VIDEO)

After weeks of insinuating that Nicolas Maduro’s ouster was imminent, Washington now insists that there’s “no timeline” for regime change in Venezuela. RT looks at how the US’ best laid plans haven’t panned out.
When Vice President Mike Pence released a video statement in January pledging full US support for Juan Guaido’s claim to the Venezuelan presidency, many assumed that an operation to install the opposition leader in Caracas was just around the corner. But more than a month later, and with Maduro still firmly in power, Washington seems to be out of ideas: Not only has the US failed to deliver its “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela, but Washington’s allies have unanimously ruled out military action.

Mar 08 11:00

German Minister REVEALS Why Guaido Wasn't Arrested Upon His Return to Venezuela

Earlier, Caracas declared the German ambassador to Venezuela persona non-grata, citing his alleged attempts to interfere in the country's internal affairs.

The presence of foreign diplomats, including German Ambassador Daniel Kriener, at Caracas Airport on Monday probably "contributed" to Guaido's not being arrested by Venezuelan authorities, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said.

"There was information that [Guaido] was meant to be arrested there, and I think the presence of various ambassadors contributed to helping prevent this arrest," Maas said, speaking to reporters in Berlin on Thursday, according to AP.

Mar 08 10:56

Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro as a “clear danger” and a “threat to the national security of the U.S.” As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping “military elites” and enforcing tougher sanctions.

But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio’s own admissions of how far he’s willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas. In public testimony, he called on the U.S. to promote “widespread unrest” in order to eventually bring down the Maduro government.

Mar 08 10:55

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats

Mar 08 09:01

Elliott Abrams’ Bloody Lies

Elliott Abrams, President Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela, first became notorious in 1982 after he was named assistant secretary of state for human rights in the Reagan administration. As a junior point man for the Reagan administration’s wars in Central America, Abrams was an aggressive defender of pro-U.S. forces that committed human rights atrocities and fierce critics of those who reported accurately on their war crimes.

With Abrams set to testify this week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his early days as a U.S. policymaker can serve as a guide to what we can expect from the Trump administration’s policy of “regime change” in Venezuela.

In an exchange that made national news at a House Foreign Affairs Committee last month, Rep. Ilhan Omar confronted Abrams about his conviction for lying to Congress and false statements he made about the infamous El Mozote massacre.

Mar 08 08:49

Most of Venezuela Hit By Power Outage - Reports

Power outage was registered in 21 out of 23 states of Venezuela, local media have reported amid "sabotage" at the major hydroelectric power plant Guri, reported by the National Electric Power Corporation.

The corporation made its statement on Thursday, saying it was working to restore power supply.

"Guri has faced sabotage … It is a part of an electric war against the state. We will not allow this! We are working to restore power supply," the corporation wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Mar 08 08:43

Political Scientist: Guaido's Gov't Exists Only in Social Networks and Media

The government of the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, can be called elusive: everyone talks about it, but no one can prove that it really exists, that's what political scientist and Latin American relations expert Arantxa Tirado told Sputnik.

Tirado lived in Venezuela in 2011 and since returning to her native Spain, she has been back to Venezuela four times and has had strong ties to the country for the last 15 years.

During her last trip in February of this year, Tirado admitted that she felt how the economic blockade and crisis had hit the people of Venezuela, so the atmosphere was different from what she was used to.

Mar 08 08:28

The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War

There are ongoing military threats against Venezuela. Is a US sponsored war contemplated for March 2019?

Various scenarios are envisaged by Washington. Sofar there is no firm evidence regarding the nature or timeline of a US sponsored military operation directed against Venezuela.

National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have confirmed their intent to wage war on Iran.

Mar 08 08:19

Venezuela blames sabotage & ‘US electricity war’ after major power outage

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of waging an “electricity war” against the country, as Caracas and other cities were plunged into darkness Thursday night. The government says the incident is likely sabotage.

Thousands of commuters in Caracas had to walk home as a power outage shut down the capital’s subway, resulting in massive traffic jams.The lights also went out in the largest airport of Caracas.

Mar 08 08:19

Venezuela hit by major blackout, government blames ‘sabotage’

A major power outage hit crisis-stricken Venezuela on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses, a problem the government of President Nicolas Maduro quickly blamed on “sabotage” at a hydroelectric dam that provides much of the country’s power.

Electricity outages are frequent in Venezuela, where the economy is collapsing under hyperinflation, with chronic shortages of food and medicine and a mass emigration of more than 3 million citizens.

Critics say corruption and under investment have left the country’s power grid unable to function, while Maduro says the problems are intentionally created by political adversaries.

Crowds flooded a main avenue of Caracas. Many people said they expected they would have to walk several hours to their homes because the few buses on the streets were full and the city’s metro system was shut down.

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Stuxnet?

Mar 08 08:10

US Extends Wind-Down Period for Doing Business With Venezuela's PDVSA - Treasury

On January 28, the United States blocked $7 billion in PDVSA assets in its jurisdiction and imposed a ban on deals with the entity as part of efforts to facilitate a power transfer in Venezuela.

The United States has extended the deadline for investors to cut ties with Venezuela's Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) until May 10, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a notice on its website on Friday.

"OFAC is extending the expiration date of provisions relating to the wind down of certain financial contracts or other agreements involving, or linked to, the bonds listed on the Annex to General License 3D or to certain Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. securities," the notice said. "This authorization is valid through 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time, May 10, 2019."

Mar 07 15:46

VENEZUELA'S ALLIES *WILL RESPOND IN DEFENSE(!)

Mar 07 15:00

Exclusive: Pence crossed blames with Guaidó at the summit of Bogotá

The vice of the United States reproached the Venezuelan that the expected military desertion did not take place. They fear that opposition to the Maduro regime will lose its momentum.

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This article from Argentina is pretty hot. It reveals:

1. Guaidó managed to convince VP Mike Pence half the military would join him

2. Pence somehow believed him

3. 0.1% of the Venezuelan army has joined Guaidó

4. Pence is furious at Guaidó

Mar 07 12:22

US military threats empty, Venezuela army kept nervous, Russian pranksters find out

US threats of military intervention in Venezuela are empty, suggests special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams in prank calls.

Abrams, however, asserted that the US wants to keep the Venezuela military “nervous about a US invasion.”

The revelations came in two prank calls by Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, posing as Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Sputnik reported Wednesday.

The pranksters reportedly spoke with Abrams for over 23 minutes in mid-February and early March, elaborating on Swiss policy towards the situation in Venezuela.

Mar 07 11:13

Guaido Claims Venezuelan Gov't Threatening Germany After Envoy's Expulsion

His comments come after the Venezuelan government expelled the German ambassador, who welcomed the opposition leader at the Caracas airport on Monday. Germany has earlier supported sanctions on Venezuela, which were initially imposed by the United States in a bid to force out President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido has described the expulsion of the German ambassador by Caracas as a threat against Germany, which threw its weight behind the opposition leader.

"Venezuela lives under a dictatorship, and this [action] represents a threat against Germany," Guaido said in an interview with Der Spieger, adding that he'd asked the German envoy to stay in the country.

Mar 07 10:47

PDVSA DECLARES EMERGENCY ON TANKER FLEET

Venezuela’s struggling oil company PDVSA declared a maritime emergency after a German company operating a portion of its tanker fleet said it planned to return ten vessels because of unpaid fees, Reuters reports, citing a PDVSA document and anonymous sources.

The news is the latest in a string of bad tidings for PDVSA, which has found itself juggling falling crude oil production due to mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, and an outflow of qualified personnel, including in the tanker department.

According to Reuters, the company needs as many as 160 people, including tanker captains, machinists, and operators, to bring back the ships that Germany Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (BSM) is returning because of unpaid fees. However, PDVSA does not have these crews.

The pile of unpaid PDVSA bills is getting higher: last month, the German company said it would abandon two of the Venezuelan company’s vessels in Portugal because of unpaid bills to a number of third-party companies.

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This is precisely the kind of outcome the Trump Administration wanted to see here.

Mar 06 18:58

8 Venezuela Lies the US Government & Mainstream Media Want You to Believe

Venezuela lies abound. Both the USG (United States Government) and its lapdog MSM (Mainstream Media) have been going into overdrive, exaggerating or just plain lying about the state of affairs in Venezuela. Truth is always a casualty of war, and it’s also a casualty of pre-war, as the NWO prepares the ground for military intervention by demonization and propaganda. Here are 8 lies about Venezuela which are being used to justify yet another coup in a long, long history of US coups in foreign lands.

Mar 06 12:21

Washington Considering Imposing Secondary Sanctions Over Venezuelan Crisis

The United States is considering imposing sanctions on third country actors in response to the Venezuelan crisis, US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said during a press conference.

Trump Extends Sanctions, National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela
"We haven't done that yet, secondary sanctions, it's clearly a possibility," Abrams said on Tuesday. "It would depend on the conduct of the regime over time."

Mar 06 11:15

REPORT: U.S. journalist Cody Weddle ‘has been detained by Venezuelan military intelligence’

Breaking news out of Venezuela where we’re seeing reports that U.S. journalist Cody Weddle and his Venezuelan colleague have been detained by the Venezuelan military after an early-morning raid on his home in Caracas:

Weddle is down in Venezuela reporting for WPLG Local 10 in Miami:.

'Care to share'? 'Right-wing mailing list' subscriber Paul Krugman is very disturbed by what he's seen about AOC

'Never tweet from the can': Sky Harbor tells David Corn what they found in the airport bathroom;

Mar 06 09:07

Venezuela names German ambassador ‘persona non grata’ for ‘interference in its internal affairs’

The Venezuelan authorities have declared the German ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata over what it called “interference into its internal affairs."

Germany’s envoy has become the first European diplomat to be expelled from the Latin American state amid the ongoing escalation of tensions between Caracas and Washington and its allies, supporting a self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who challenges the rule of elected leader Nicolas Maduro.

“Venezuela considers its unacceptable that a foreign diplomat … plays a public role on its territory, which is more typical for a political leader, who clearly supports the conspiracy agenda of the extremist parts of the Venezuelan opposition,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement explaining its decision.

Kriener was granted a period of 48 hours to leave the territory of Venezuela, the statement said.

Mar 06 08:41

'Useful to Keep Them Nervous': LISTEN as Top Trump Aide Blabs US Venezuela Plans

Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, have struck again, targeting US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to find out more about the US-backed effort to unseat that country's legitimate government. Sputnik got ahold of the full audio from the talks.

Posing as Swiss President Ueli Maurer, who also serves as the country's finance minister, the pranksters contacted Abrams on two occasions – in mid-February and early March, speaking to him for over 23 minutes about Swiss policy on the ongoing effort to freeze the Venezuelan government's assets as part of broader plans to replace President Nicolas Maduro with US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Mar 06 08:29

US threatens ‘secondary sanctions’ against those who refuse to back its Venezuela coup

With the vast majority of the world still seeing Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, America’s hawkish special envoy has hinted that Washington might sanction third parties that defy the US regime-change efforts.

The international community must choose sides wisely in the Venezuelan conflict, the curator of US intervention in the Latin American country, special envoy Elliott Abrams, suggested on Tuesday, noting that Washington would not limit itself to economic sanctions just against the Maduro government, but against all who chose to support him.

Mar 06 08:27

BREAKING: Venezuela names German ambassador ‘persona non grata’ for ‘interference in its internal affairs’

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 4 to aid the transition of active-duty service members and military veterans into the United States Merchant Marine.

Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told reporters in a conference call before the signing that one of the broad themes behind the order relates to the national security strategy of 2017—where economic security is national security.

Mar 06 08:22

US military is “already active” near Venezuela as America prepares sanctions on Cuba: Major Gen. Bob Scales

Retired U.S. Army General Robert Scales told FOX Business’ Trish Regan Opens a New Window. that the United States military is indeed operating in the region of Venezuela Opens a New Window. . He says U.S. forces have been active for some time in Colombia attempting to thwart the drug trade.

“Let's be very clear. The military is involved. We have had a Special Forces group in Colombia for almost 60 years fighting against the terrorist groups in Colombia” Major Gen. Scales said on “Trish Primetime Opens a New Window. ” Monday. “But they are purely on the periphery. They are helping facilitate the delivery of aid. They are training the Colombian army. They are keeping watch electronically over the border with Venezuela.”

Mar 06 08:20

Russian oil imports surge in US as Venezuela’s slow to a trickle

Only two ships carrying 766,000 barrels of crude oil from Venezuela arrived in the United States last week in the wake of debilitating oil sanctions lodged against the state-run oil company, PDVSA, according to investment bank Caracas Capital Markets, which tracks Venezuelan oil shipments.

Russian companies, meanwhile, sent nine ships carrying more 3 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products, according to a review of the U.S. Bill of Ladings database by Caracas Capital.

That import data is clear evidence that Russia is profiting off the geopolitical battle, selling into the U.S. market while helping to prop up the Caracas leadership that Washington is aiming to replace, said Russ Dallen, a managing partner at the investment bank who advises U.S. officials on Venezuelan matters.

Mar 05 12:23

Trump Extends Sanctions, National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela

The crisis has been brewing in Venezuela for over a month, as Washington has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who unilaterally declared himself Venezuela's "interim president."

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday extended the sanctions against Venezuela for another year, which were imposed on the country's officials under former President Barack Obama in 2015, according to POTUS' declaration sent to Congress.

The document reads that the situation in Venezuela continues to "unusual and extraordinary" threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

"For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 with respect to the situation in Venezuela."

Mar 05 12:14

The Pentagon's "Ides Of March": Best Month To Go To War

There are ongoing military threats against Venezuela. Is a US sponsored war contemplated for March 2019?

Various scenarios are envisaged by Washington. Sofar there is no firm evidence regarding the nature or timeline of a US sponsored military operation directed against Venezuela.

National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have confirmed their intent to wage war on Iran.

Mar 05 12:08

Bolton Assumes Strategy on Maduro-Guaido Spat Leading to Regime Change – Scholar

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Sunday that any attempt at preventing the safe return of Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido would meet a strong and significant response from Washington.

Radio Sputnik has discussed the statement with Temir Porras Ponceleón, a visiting professor at Sciences Po, the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, and who has served as deputy foreign minister of Venezuela, a foreign policy adviser to President Hugo Chávez, and as chief of staff to President Nicolás Maduro.

Mar 05 12:05

Guaido returns to Venezuela to the welcome of foreign ‘bodyguard’ envoys

Self-declared “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, returned from his South American tour on Monday, arriving into the loving (and protective) arms of ambassadors from the foreign governments backing him.

Despite Venezuelan authorities making it clear he could face 30 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the government and violating a travel ban, Guaido chose to arrive directly to an airport in Caracas.

The risk of arrest was notably mitigated by the presence of ambassadors from Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and several other countries which gathered at the arrival gate to huddle around him like a high-profile human shield. While Guaido was all smiles, his Western-world entourage seemed a bit on edge.

Mar 05 10:41

Mystery Flight: Venezuelan Aircraft Lands in Athens in Absolute Secrecy

A government plane from the South American nation of Venezuela landed in Athens on Saturday, March 2 at 14:00 local time (12:00 GMT) and reportedly stayed there for approximately four hours.

This odd occurrence was revealed by Greece’s SKAI TV station on Monday evening. According to the report, the entire procedure was kept in a veil of absolute secrecy.

The mysterious event began to unfold way back on February 24, when the Falcon-type airplane with a registry number of YV2486, belonging to Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA, left Caracas and reached Portugal.

The plane didn’t have permission to land there, but after the pilot threatened that the plane would crash due to lack of fuel, the Portuguese authorities allowed it to land.

Mar 05 10:02

MAJOR: Venezuela Accuses UNHCR Of Covering For PARAMILITARY INVASION PLAN

The Protector of the state Táchira, Freddy Bernal, announced that irregular groups of mercenaries and paramilitaries are now being organized today in the Colombian region of Norte de Santander with the aim of venturing into Venezuela.

Bernal said that in three hotels in the town of Cúcuta remain about 435 Venezuelan individuals, among which there are some deserters and paramilitary mercenaries, who are in fact funded by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mar 05 10:00

The US Tried To Isolate Venezuela. It Has Only Isolated Itself

It is no secret that the United States has long been plotting regime change in Venezuela. For over 18 months President Trump has been publicly floating a military invasion of the country. At a speech in Florida President Trump recently announced “the days of socialism and communism are numbered in Venezuela” ominously stating “one day soon we are going to see what the people will do in Caracas.” Vice President Mike Pence declared President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” and reiterated that self-declared president Juan Guaidó had the “unwavering support” of the American people. In an attempt to destroy the economy and force Maduro out of power, the US has leveled multiple rounds of punishing (and illegal) sanctions on the country, and encouraged and intimidated others to do the same in an effort to isolate Venezuela politically and economically.

Mar 05 09:49

Maduro’s Support from China, Russia Collapsing

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro sent his vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, to Moscow last week to see if she could arrange some more financing for Maduro’s failing and cash-starved Marxist regime. She came away with warm words but no cash. Russian president Putin was just too busy to see her and handed her off to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who told her: “We think the best way to help the Venezuelans is to expand practical, pragmatic, and mutual advantageous cooperation.”

Translation: Since you have nothing to bargain with, and since we’re greatly concerned about the return of the $17 billion that we spent propping up your regime, we’re not going to throw good Russian roubles after bad. Have a nice day.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We hope our Venezuelan partners sort out as soon as possible the difficulties, both domestic political and, of course, economic, difficulties, that are currently taking place in the country.”

Mar 04 20:04

US ‘didn’t expect resilience from Maduro’: Spain’s FM warns against ‘military-imposed democracy’

Those who organized the chaos in Venezuela likely underestimated President Nicolas Maduro, Spanish FM Josep Borrell said, apparently referring to the US as he lambasted military interventions, saying they have “never worked.”

“Perhaps, when this process began, someone behind it did not think that Maduro would be able to show resistance,” Borrell said in an interview on Spanish TV network LaSexta.

Mar 04 16:49

Tapper to Bolton: Doesn't U.S. Support For 'Dictators Around The World' Undermine Your Case For Ousting 'Dictator' Maduro?

CNN host Jake Tapper went rogue on Sunday and asked an actual good question to John Bolton which demonstrated how ridiculous it is that neocons simply pick and choose which "dictator" we're supposed to be outraged about to suit their foreign policy agenda.

Mar 04 15:55

Sorry Mr. Pence, The Venezuelan Military Aren't Rubes

We all know that this coup attempt by the US and Guaidó failed because we all saw the anti-Maduro thugs on the Colombia-Venezuela border throw a tantrum when they realized their error. Once these CIA stooges realized the trucks of aid weren’t crossing the border they just decided to burn them and blame it on Maduro (which has also failed).

But why did it fail?

In the weeks leading up to the latest coup, multiple US officials spoke publicly (and privately) to members of the Venezuelan military urging them to turn on the Bolivarian Revolution. For the sake of simplifying this argument, let’s focus in particular on the promises made by the Vice President of the US, Mike Pence.

Mar 04 14:27

Guaido returns to Venezuela to the welcome of foreign ‘bodyguard’ envoys

Self-declared “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, returned from his South American tour on Monday, arriving into the loving (and protective) arms of ambassadors from the foreign governments backing him.

Despite Venezuelan authorities making it clear he could face 30 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the government and violating a travel ban, Guaido chose to arrive directly to an airport in Caracas.

Mar 04 13:01

US Seeks to Form Coalition For Gov't Change in Venezuela - Bolton

Earlier, in February, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has described Guaido as a "US puppet" and accused Washington of trying to stage a coup in Venezuela, said that the opposition leader must be tried if he returns. Guaido may now face up to 30 years in prison for violation of the travel ban.

The United States is seeking to form a coalition for a change of government in Venezuela, US National Security Adviser John Bolton has stated.

"We are trying to rally support for the peaceful transition of power from [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro to [self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela] Juan Guaido, whom we recognise as president… I'd like to see as broad a coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole corrupt regime. That's what we are trying to do", Bolton said in an interview with CNN.

Mar 04 13:01

Russia will prevent US intervention in Venezuela: Official

A Russian official says Moscow will do all it can to prevent potential intervention in Venezuela by the United States, which has not ruled out the military option to overthrow the elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Valentina Matviyenko, the chairperson of Russia’s Federation Council — the upper house of the Russian legislature — made the comment at a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on Sunday.

“We are very much concerned that the US could carry out any provocations to shed blood, to find a cause and reasons for an intervention in Venezuela,” Matviyenko said, stressing that Moscow “will do all in order not to allow this.”

Venezuela has been in political turmoil over the past weeks. The opposition has been holding widespread anti-government protests, blaming Maduro for an ailing economy, hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of basic items, and urging him to resign.

Mar 04 13:00

Bolton dodges question on US support for Saudi, UAE dictators while discussing Venezuela

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has refused to answer a question about Washington’s long-running support for dictatorships around the world amid its push for regime change in Venezuela.

During an interview with CNN on Sunday, Jake Tapper, the host, confronted Bolton over his repeated calls to ouster Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom he calls a “dictator,” and questioned Washington's support for allied dictators in countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“I’d like to see as broad a coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole corrupt regime, that’s what we are trying to do,” Bolton said.

When pressed, he invoked the Monroe Doctrine to claim that the administration of President Donald Trump would rather have a democratic Western hemisphere than worry about other parts of the world.

Mar 04 12:55

Moscow Monitoring Talks of US Military Intervention in Venezuela - Russian PM

Russia wants peace in Venezuela and supports efforts to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition amid the political crisis in the Latin American country, since this is the only way to stabilize the situation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"Russia opposes any and all interference in the internal affairs of other countries. In Venezuela, we support efforts – including those by representatives of the region – to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition. We continue to do so now… The result that Russia wants to achieve is peace in Venezuela. It can be achieved only through a respectful, inclusive, intra-national dialogue", Medvedev said in an interview with the Bulgarian newspaper Trud.

Mar 04 12:53

US wants ‘broad’ regime-change coalition on Venezuela – Bolton

National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the United States will form “as broad a coalition” as possible to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bolton went on to call for a “completely democratic hemisphere.”

“I’d like to see as broad a coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole corrupt regime,” Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Mar 04 12:36

Thousands of Venezuelans defy blockade to flood across the border into Colombia as self-declared President Juan Guaido calls for nationwide protests

Thousands of Venezuelans were snapped on Sunday ignoring the country's border blockade and crossing illegally into Colombia.

Among them were Venezuelan mothers forced to carry young children on their backs as they crossed into La Prada, Colombia, which is near the city of Cucuta.

The crowds crossed the border into the neighbouring country, despite a blockade imposed by the Army on orders from President Nicolas Maduro.

Mar 04 11:57

Maduro orders European HQ of Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA to be moved to Moscow

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the European headquarters of state oil company PDVSA be relocated to Russia, Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has said.

“President Maduro ordered to close the Lisbon office of PDVSA and move it to Moscow,” Rodriguez said on Friday at the joint news conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during her visit to the Russian capital.

The decision comes as Venezuela expands energy cooperation with Russia’s oil and gas giants Gazprom and Rosneft, according to the official.

“It’s the perfect time, as we are reshaping our relations,” said Rodriguez.

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