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Mar 01 12:38

Trump to expel dozens of Maduro loyalists from the US

The Trump administration is expelling dozens of officials loyal to Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro from the United States, a top administration official announced Friday.

“Maduro supporters that abuse or violate human rights, steal from the Venezuelan people or undermine Venezuela’s democracy are not welcome in the United States,” Special Envoy Elliott Abrams told reporters at the State Department. “Neither are their family members, who enjoy a privileged lifestyle at the expense of liberty and prosperity of millions of Venezuelans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The optics on this appear churlish and infantile, all at the same time.

First of all, if these people who supported Maduro, going home, if they can make it, most probably means a hail of bullets for them and their families, by either US soldiers, special ops, or mercs.

And then, you have the following companion piece, also from freerepublic.com:

Trump Sanctions Top Maduros Military./ This article goes on to state:

"“We are sanctioning members of Maduro’s security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

The move came the same day Trump's State Department announced it was expelling dozens of Maduro loyalists from the United States.

The new Treasury blacklist includes a major general with the Venezuelan National Guard, three senior officials responsible for Venezuela’s internal defense, and a colonel in the state national police force. The United States also sanctioned a commander of the FAES, a special police squad “known for their violent role in suppressing dissent from Maduro’s political opponents,” according to the Treasury Department bulletin."

I frankly think that these two measures, taken so quickly, are the prelude to an attempt at military intervention very soon.

Mar 01 12:31

Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: “There Is No Turning Back”

Simultaneous with this weekend’s planned confrontation, the US military escalated its war plans. CNN reported that

“the US military has flown an increased number of reconnaissance flights in international airspace off the coast of Venezuela during the last several days to gather classified intelligence” in possible preparation for a military intervention.

On Saturday, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló reported that the Venezuelan military threatened to “open fire” on an American ship that entered Venezuelan territorial waters without permission. Though the ship was registered in Vanuatu, it was flying under a US flag in violation of international maritime law. US officials claim the ship was carrying 200 tons of “humanitarian aid.”

Venezuelan officials allege that US “humanitarian aid” includes weapons shipments to Colombia. Last Wednesday, Colombian armed forces leader Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jiménez traveled to Florida, where he met with leaders of US Southern Command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, it is on; needing to distance himself from the problems of the Kim Jun Un summit in Hanoi, and the horrific accusations Cohen made against Trump in his testimony to Congress, President Trump may well feel compelled to redirect focus on Venezuela, and very quickly.

I truly think that this will be his next ploy, and we need to be conscious and aware this weekend, because my sense is, that this will be the time when he will want to move forward.

Mar 01 12:05

Venezuela's Guaido vows to return to Caracas despite threat of prison

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, visiting Brazil to drum up support for his bid to push for a change of government in his country, said on Thursday he will return to Caracas by Monday despite threats of imprisonment.

Mar 01 12:03

Yemen Nails US' Venezuela Lies

Juan Guaido, the 35-year-old US-educated opposition figure whom most Venezuelans had never heard of until recently, is breathlessly described in Western media reports as the "internationally recognized president".

That's a lie for a start. Guaido is recognized by the US and some other states, but the vast majority of nations continue to recognize the government of President Maduro as the legitimate authority. Maduro was inaugurated on January 10 for the second time as elected president. That's when Washington began to crank up its regime-change campaign in this country, which happens to possess the world's biggest-known oil reserves.

In an audacious subterfuge, Guaido proclaimed himself "acting president" of Venezuela on January 23. It was a move fully orchestrated by the Trump White House as a step towards regime change.

Mar 01 11:29

Who are the “Brutal Dictators”?

Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are.

We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of thousands with our weapons, our command and control, our mercenaries, our air support and our terror bombings.

We are dictating our will by destroying these and other countries, by changing “regimes”, by setting up non-democracies throughout the world.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really irks me, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen, is the US government's willingness to be involved with war crimes, in order to get what they want accomplished, no matter the bloodshed, no matter the pain.

I remember, as a kid, swallowing whole the notion of how the US was always "the good guy" in international politics; but growing up, with the hideousness of the Vietnam War, and other endless military interventions after that, in Chile; Central America; Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; and Somalia, how in the name of all that is decent, can one talk about the US government as "the good guy internationally, with a straight face?!?

I sure as heck can't.

The pattern is painfully obvious; regime change; pacify the citizens of the regime changed government (most generally at the point of a gun or knife); have US-centric countries expropriating the resources of the conquered country; and only selling those resources in US dollars.

Wring, wash, repeat.....

But I predict that there will ultimately a point.... where the US will find itself in a position where they can no longer mow across whole continents with its military machines with which to do this.

Unfortunately, the only two ways of stopping this are... a complete economic collapse of this country, or a world war in which the US government loses its shirt. And by the way, I hope that neither of these two outcomes come to pass; but unless the US government changes its behaviour, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, had better get their bunkers in order; this could be one terrible mess!!

Mar 01 11:13

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Arreaza Holds UN Marathon for Peace: Usurper Guaido Urges Military Intervention and War

In a herculean effort to prevent war, and protect the integrity of his country, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a breathtaking schedule of events at the United Nations, including a meeting with the Secretary-General, consultations with the envoys of 60 member states supporting Venezuela’s sovereignty, a press conference the evening of February 22, speaking at a Security Council meeting February 26, and presenting an address at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on February 27.

Mar 01 11:05

Mexicans protest in large numbers against US war on Venezuela, and the violation of Latin American independence that it would represent.

Mar 01 10:47

Video: US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse Than Iraq Sanctions before War

News about humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela almost never compare how tiny a fraction this aid is relative to the devastating damage that US sanctions against Venezuela have caused, which is now as draconian as the pre-Iraq war sanctions were, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot.

Mar 01 10:46

U.S. Condemns Venezuela’s Government Yet Commits Human Rights Abuses Across the Middle East

Last Saturday U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who is seen by many as being in charge of Trump’s policy towards Latin America, threatened Veneuela’s government with a military invasion for its numerous violations of human rights. The U.S. political elite is trying to exploit ordinary people’s disgust at alleged human right’s abuses to justify the potential invasion of another county.

Ordinary people taken in by humanitarian bombers such as Rubio need to be reminded that American loftiness over events in Venezuela stands in stark contrast to the indifference and complicity of the U.S. and its allies regarding human rights abuses in the Middle East.

Amnesty International has issued a new report, ”Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: A review of 2018’’. It reveals a grim picture of ruthless repression against civilian protestors, torture, and war crimes on a grand scale.

Mar 01 10:45

Pence Threatens War in Venezuela at Colombia Summit: “There Is No Turning Back”

US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a bellicose speech before representatives of 14 Latin American countries at a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The remarks were timed to coincide with the US-orchestrated provocations at the Venezuelan border over the weekend, resulting in clashes that left several people dead.

Pence rehashed phrases plagiarized from speeches given by George W. Bush in the run-up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, combining them with denunciations of socialism.

“There is no turning back,” Pence said. “All options are on the table.”

“A new day is coming in Latin America,” he continued. “In Venezuela and across the Western hemisphere, socialism is dying and liberty, prosperity and democracy are being reborn before our eyes.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle ...

Mar 01 10:04

Vesti Exclusive: Bolivian President Shares His Insight on Venezuelan CIA Coup Situation

Bolivian President Evo Morales says the hayday of empire is over--a daring statement, as the US angles to overthrow the government of neighboring Venezuela.

Mar 01 10:03

Russian Envoy to UN Humiliates Neocon Henchman Elliot Abrams, Says He's a Scheming Liar

Elliott Abrams has had a difficult month. Two weeks ago, the Reagan-Administration crony had to sit through a public interrogation at the hands of newly elected Somali Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who, referring to Abrams' involvement in the the Iran-Contra scandal, asked "Why should we trust you?"

He fumbled his way through that one, and was only saved by the media, who predictably accused Rep. Omar an anti-semitism. Clearly she was on to something.

And now a further humiliation. Earlier this week, Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia called out Abrams in front of the UN General Assembly, noting that in the 1980s Abrams had schemed to smuggle arms to Nicaraguan death-squads disguised as 'humanitarian aid,' and that this was exactly what he was doing again with the current humanitarian aid.

Mar 01 09:20

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.

Mar 01 09:16

VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION ACCUSED OF TORCHING WAREHOUSE STORING HUMANITARIAN AID FROM MEXICO

Venezuelan authorities have accused the country’s opposition of starting a fire at a warehouse in the port city of La Guaira in the state of Vargas, which was storing vital aid from Mexico that had arrived just days earlier.

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Government officials described the incident as a result of “terrorism” by opposition members. The blaze ripped through facilities belonging to the Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP), the program responsible for distributing subsidized food in Venezuela.

Se incendia galpón en el puerto de La Guaira, almacén de los CLAP. VÍDEO: @laverdadvargas pic.twitter.com/5VArn2a7Eg

— Sergio Novelli (@SergioNovelli) February 27, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One really has to wonder, if in fact the opposition actually did this (I mean, who in their right mind would want brother and sister citizens, and their kids, starving to death, if food was available?!?

I think a true investigation of the crime would find a far different reason for it, than that given by the Maduro government at this time.

Mar 01 07:15

In Venezuela, Inmates Are Being Released and Sent to Kill Protesters

Here is a horrifying example of what a desperate government will do when people begin to rebel.

In Venezuela, inmates from the worst prisons are being given uniforms, armed with guns, and released to kill those protesting against the government.

Possible BEX?

Feb 28 15:20

Genocide Survivors Call on US Holocaust Museum to Dump Abrams from Committee

A group of genocide survivors and their relatives have begun circulating a petition calling for Elliot Abrams, currently the US special envoy to Venezuela, to be removed from his committee position at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, citing his support for genocidal regimes.

Feb 28 13:53

Russia, China veto US resolution on Venezuela as attempt to overthrow legitimate government

Russia and China vetoed a U.S. resolution at the the United Nations Security Council expressing concerns over interference in affairs of a sovereign state.
The resolutions called for new presidential elections in the country shaken by political turmoil for more than a month and unhindered access of aid sent by the US.

The draft resolution garnered the minimum nine votes, while Russia, China and South Africf voted against the text and Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.

Feb 28 12:18

Trade War "Chess" Leaves U.S. And Global Economy With "Catastrophic" Uncertainty

The U.S.-China trade war started reaching the boiling point last year, with “tit for tat” exchanges between the two countries adding tension to an already uncertain economic outlook in both countries.

But now it appears the trade war is reaching a fever pitch, and it’s expanding to include areas with much smaller economies like Venezuela and Africa. According to Forbes (emphasis ours):

The next US-China trade war won’t be fought in Washington or Beijing over trade frictions. It will be fought in Venezuela and Africa, where China has been an active investor, antagonizing the US.

The short version: A “contagion” could be created as a result of new trade sanctions placed on Venezuela, a country already teetering on collapse.

Feb 27 11:19

US Aim in Venezuela is Regime Change, Including Military Option - Russian Envoy

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said Tuesday at the UNSC meeting that the United States has aimed to change the regime in the crisis-torn Venezuela.

Russian Envoy to the UN also called Tuesday on all countries at the UN Security Council to oppose military intervention in Venezuela, stressing that country's sovereignty should be respected.

"We beseech all states in the region regardless of political affiliations to firmly voice… a rejection of threat and use of force", Nebenzia said Tuesday.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

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