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Feb 06 09:55

EU states’ recognition of Guaido is ‘direct interference’ in Venezuela’s affairs – Kremlin

Moscow slammed EU states for trying to legitimize “an attempt to usurp power” in Venezuela after a number of key European countries recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as interim president.

“Imposing some decisions or trying to legitimize an attempt to usurp power, in our view, is both direct and indirect interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told the media on Monday, while commenting on the recognition of Guaido.

Feb 05 14:20

Maduro Asks International Community to End US’s Threats of War

Venezuela will not allow foreign soldiers to invade, President Nicolas Maduro said calling for dialogue with opposition forces during a televised speech Monday.

“Che, Fidel, Chavez, they are our heritage, they give us strength,” the Bolivarian head of state said, reminding the crowd of supporters of the country’s past struggle for independence dating back to the colonial era to present day.

Since the attempted coup on Jan. 23 led by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, the United States has aligned its forces with the self-proclaimed “interim president,” declaring his unconstitutional claim legitimate, triggering similar calls from its allies around the world and in South America.

Maduro said,

“When our Comandante Chavez passed away, I became president, but my first act was to hold elections. I wasn’t going to govern without elections…why has Sanchez Castejon governed for so long in Spain without convening elections?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As of late last month, Russia has already sent 400 of their elite Special Forces, the Spetsnaz, now embedded with Venezuela's military elite.

IF the US government goes for a decap strike against Caracas, they will not be greeted "with roses at their feet." The Venezuelans are a very proud people, with an incredible sense of both their history and their heritage.

Any invasion of this country by outside entities, will most likely result in a massive guerilla war by the Venezuelans against those forces, and they will most likely win, through time, and attrition.

But the really frustrating part of this, which apparently our troops and civilian leadership never got, from VietNam forward, is that you need to be on the moral, right side of history to win; that has not been the case in US military misadventures in Iraq; Somalia; Yemen; Syria; or Afghanistan.

We will NOT be on the right and moral side of history if the US invades Venezuela.

Here are a couple of related stories, also from globalresearch.ca:

Evaluating Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt

US issues new threats of war for oil Against Venezuela

Interview with Paul Craig Roberts: Maduro would have to arrest Juan Guaido

Feb 05 13:38

Lima Group Agrees to Ban Venezuelan Officials from Entering Members' Territory

The Lima Group has agreed to prevent high-level Venezuelan officials from entering territory of group members.

The group will also suspend military cooperation with the Venezuelan government and said in a declaration that it will evaluate restricting loans to the Venezuelan government at organizations of which Lima Group countries are members.

"We agree on the following measures…in accordance with respective national legislations, prevent high-level Venezuelan officials from entering the territory of Lima Group members," the declaration said on Monday.

"Suspend military cooperation with the Maduro regime, including the transfer of armaments in light of articles 6 and 7 of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, and assess the granting of over-flight permits for Venezuelan military aircraft in cases of humanitarian assistance," the declaration said listing measures the group agreed on.

Feb 05 13:30

The Economic Hitmen

Feb 05 13:28

Putin taunts Trump: 400 Russian military contractors sent to Venezuela in support of Maduro

Russia has repeatedly opposed U.S. suggestions of foreign intervention to install opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, and supported Mr. Maduro’s calls for mediation on the crisis.

The arrival of 400 Russian military contractors after Mr. Trump’s Jan. 23 recognition of Mr. Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, triggered speculation that Moscow was reinforcing Mr. Maduro’s personal security or even preparing his evacuation.

But with Mr. Maduro defying calls to step down, the Russian mission may be more extensive than reported, said John Marulanda, a U.S.-trained intelligence officer and adviser to conservative Colombian President Ivan Duque, an opponent of Mr. Maduro. Mr. Marulanda said the recent Russian arrivals are special forces — Spetsnaz — who are being embedded among Venezuela’s elite military units to better resist any U.S. intervention or internal coup against Mr. Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These Spetsnaz are the best of the best soldiers Russia has to offer; think of them as Russia's Special Forces on steroids, both physically, and intellectually.

I would like to hope (and pray) that the US government's response here will not be an attempted military solution to cause Maduro's downfall; if so, the US may well be looking at another Viet Nam with which to deal.

I want to see the people of Venezuela create their own destiny, and not have that imposed upon them, by an outside National entity which wants to replace Maduro with a US-centric government; expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; and insure that those resources are sold to US-centric countries only in US dollars.

Feb 05 13:16

Venezuela CRISIS: Jeremy Corbyn accused of ‘MORAL BANKRUPTCY’ as pressure mounts

JEREMY Corbyn has been accused of “moral bankruptcy” over his response to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the socialist leadership of which key Labour Party figures previously praised.

The criticism was made by former Foreign Secretary and Tory leader William Hague. Last month Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself President, challenging the regime of Nicolas Maduro. Mr Corbyn has refused to back calls for Mr Maduro to stand down claiming: “The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans.”

Feb 05 13:12

Maduro on Possible Intervention: Venezuela to Make US Suffer Irreparable Losses

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump stated that the use of the US military in the Venezuelan crisis was among the possible variants.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has warned that he was going to make the US intervention irreparable for the enemy in case Washington decides to take military action in Venezuela.

"We are planning to respond to a US intervention in such a way as to make [the United States] suffer irreparable military and human losses," Maduro told the RT broadcaster in an interview on Tuesday.

Feb 05 13:11

Paul Craig Roberts: “Maduro Would Have to Arrest Juan Guaido”

American Herald Tribune: Why did the US suspend the INF treaty with Russia? Is it a matter of Trump breaking treaties or is it the will of the establishment?

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington withdrew from the INF treaty as part of the attempt, ongoing since the Clinton regime, to achieve military hegemony over Russia. Clinton broke Washington’s word and moved NATO to Russia’s borders. George W. Bush withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty in order to create a shield that would give Washington a first-strike advantage over Russia. Russia responded with hypersonic missiles that cannot be intercepted. Trump withdrew from the INF treaty in order to place missiles on Russia’s borders that permit Russia no reaction time.

A second reason for Washington’s withdrawal is that Washington wants to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles against China.

Feb 05 12:55

Regime Change Canadian Style for Venezuela

The Lima Group met in Ottawa and signed the Ottawa Declaration to oust President Maduro from power in Venezuela. 13 conservative Latin American governments, plus Canada, officially recognized Juan Guaido as the transitional President of Venezuela and accepted Venezuela’s membership to the Lima Group. Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, and Greg Wilpert discuss the outcome

Feb 05 11:53

John Bolton’s Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission

Let’s get real. Bolton doesn’t care about the people of Venezuela. If he did the US would not be imposing harsh sanctions that are resulting in malnutrition and starvation. Bolton is using the age-old technique of starving and depriving people so they will overthrow the government (this tactic rarely works—leading me to believe it is inflicted out of pure sadism—leading to the exact opposite reaction).

Feb 05 11:11

Uh Oh – Please Tell Me That The U.S. Is Not About To Go To War With Venezuela…

Because going to war with Venezuela is one of the stupidest ideas that I have heard in a very long time, and President Trump must not do it.

Feb 05 10:36

US Media Pulls Out All Stops; Fake Army Defectors, Russian Mercs, Plane-Loads of Gold

Over the past few days, the intensity of anti-government protests in Venezuela has declined despite attempts of the US-led bloc to warm them up through both public and clandestine measures. However, the conflict continues to develop amid the acute standoff in the media sphere between the Maduro government and its opponents backed by the US-led bloc.

On January 29, CNN released an interview with two “Venezuelan army defectors” who appealed to US President Donald Trump to arm them to defend “freedom” in Venezuela. They claimed to be in contact with hundreds of willing defectors via WhatsApp groups and called on Venezuelan soldiers to revolt against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Feb 05 10:36

Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted

Nearly 2,000 pro-Venezuelan Twitter accounts have been removed for “engaging in a state-backed influence campaign,” the social media company said in a blog post on Thursday.

A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela suspected of attempting to “influence domestic audiences” were purged last week.

Another 764 accounts were deleted, although the San Francisco-based company told users, “We are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country.”

Allegations of censorship soon filled the site’s timeline.

Feb 05 10:30

THE DIRECT LINE FROM THE NAZIS TO THE NEO-CONS

Why does US foreign – and even domestic policy – so often echo the behavior of the Nazi regime?

A little history answers the question…

There’s a direct line from the Nazis to the Neo-Cons – and the Neo-Cons are clearly who the powers-that-be want in control of US foreign policy.

Timely information, especially now that the US is sending war criminal Elliott Abrams to “manage” the situation in Venezuela.

Feb 05 10:10

Privatisation Bonanza: US Has its Eye on Range of Assets in Venezuela – Scholar

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that US President Donald Trump's recent statement on a possible US military intervention in Venezuela proves that Washington is behind an attempt to stage a coup in the country, thus also proving that the opposition in Venezuela is controlled by Trump.

Radio Sputnik spoke about the possibility of a US military intervention in Venezuela with Australian analyst Tim Anderson, a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney and author of 'The Dirty War on Syria'.

Feb 05 09:58

DA?I? CONFIRMED: Serbia does not change its policy towards official Venezuela!

Serbia will not change its attitude towards Venezuela, nor will it consider a change of policy towards that friendly country that did not recognize Kosovo's independence

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told Sputnik that Belgrade will strive to solve all problems in Venezuela exclusively through dialogue:

- Serbia is committed to resolving the crisis on the basis of the Constitution and the laws of that country. Venezuela is a friendly country that has always supported us. We did not consider changing our position towards that country.

Recall, after the United States and the leading European Union countries, openly against the elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, the countries of the region of Croatia and Macedonia also stood behind, and the self-proclaimed President Gvaida recognized the self-proclaimed and unrecognized Kosovo already in the first days of the crisis.

Feb 04 18:53

This Russian Oil Giant Is Driving Putin Toward Showdown With Trump In Venezuela

in 2017 Caracas awarded licenses to Russian oil giant Rosneft for the development of two offshore gas fields, via Reuters.

In total Caracas owes Rosneft $3 billion, according to Gabuev, which could lead to "a new sort of proxy conflict in America’s backyard," which is at once economic, political, and could increasingly turn to proxy military intervention. Indeed the Kremlin has already accused the US of "meddling" in the affairs of a sovereign country in order to foster a "slow motion coup".

"Any solution to the internal political crisis in Venezuela is possible only by Venezuelans themselves," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. "Imposing any solutions or efforts aimed at legitimizing the attempt of usurping power is, in our view, just direct and indirect meddling in Venezuela’s internal affairs," Peskov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is beginning to look more ominous by the moment; Putin and Rosneft are going do everything within their power - short of a proxy war, if possible - to protect their interests, and the return of the money loaned.

But looking at this huge number, my sense is that if "soft diplomacy" will not work against Trump, the Russians may well believe that a war may well be their only option.

Feb 04 13:10

Venezuela Confirms Coltan Deposits, $100 Billion in Gold Reserves

The Venezuelan government has confirmed the existence of “significant” coltan deposits south of the Orinoco River, as well as proven gold reserves valued at $100 billion.

Basic Industries and Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz told a press conference that only seven countries in the world have reserves of coltan – a valuable black mineral that combines niobite and tantalite and is used in cell phones and computer chips – in sufficient quantities for export.

Sanz said that “strategic mineral,” also known as “blue gold,” is an irreplaceable material in products such as cellular phones and electromagnetic instruments for aviation and other hi-tech industries.

“Without coltan, there are no cell phones,” the minister said in illustrating the importance of that mineral.

Feb 04 13:02

Evenly Matched Pro- and Anti-Government Marches in Venezuela

TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday’s pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size

Feb 04 11:43

Venezuela Central Bank Begins Shipping 18 Tons Of Gold To UAE

The shipment constitutes 11% of Venezuela's current gold reserves, and follows the export last year of $900 million of unrefined gold to the UAE and Turkey.

Feb 04 11:42

Venezuela's Citgo, Which Refines 5% Of US Gasoline, Is Weighing Bankruptcy

In the latest salvo to emerge from the escalating fight between the Trump administration and Venezuela’s ruling Maduro regime over control of the South American country’s state-owned energy assets, the WSJ reports that in order to protect its operations, Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum is considering various options, including filing for bankruptcy.

Citgo, which is among the largest refiners in the U.S., is weighing its options while the White House attempts to shift control of Venezuela’s assets from President Nicolás Maduro to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom the U.S. has recognized as the legitimate head of state prompting accusations by the Maduro regime that the US is fomenting a presidential coup.

Feb 04 11:42

The Single Stupidest Argument In The Entire Stupid Salad Of Russiagate

The other day Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out with what remains the strongest rejection of the Trump administration’s regime change interventionism in Venezuela out of anyone likely to run for the presidency in 2020.

“The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela,” Gabbard tweeted.

“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.”

Boom. Unambiguous, unequivocal, and without any of the “Yeah Maduro is an evil monster, but” modifiers that other officials (including Bernie Sanders) have been prefacing their feeble objections to Trump’s campaign to topple the Venezuelan government with. Which of course outraged all the usual war pundits, including the Washington Post’s most reliable military-industrial complex fluffer Josh Rogin.

Feb 04 11:40

US Rejects Mexico, Uruguay, Vatican Mediation Efforts to Keep Maduro in Power

A senior US official told Reuters on Thursday that Washington believes other countries will ultimately see that it is in their interests to recognize Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido and his government.

Moreover, the US government on Thursday warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro there would be consequences for what it called "egregious" acts of intimidation against Guaido, the senior US official said, according to Reuters.

According to Reuters, the US wants Venezuela's oil company PDVSA and its subsidiary Citgo to remain viable in wake of new sanctions that were imposed earlier this week.

Feb 04 11:38

US revisits Vietnam Syndrome in Afghanistan after 17 years of war and destruction

It is America’s longest war, costing huge amounts of “blood and treasure” as US leaders claim. Yet, the signs are that Washington is finally accepting a historic defeat in Afghanistan comparable to the ignominious Vietnam War.

Intensive negotiations between American officials and Taliban insurgents have produced the “biggest tangible step” towards ending the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan, according to the New York Times.

More talks are scheduled in the coming weeks to firm up details, but already it is reported that the US is to withdraw its remaining 14,000 troops from the Central Asian country over the next year without any guarantees of reciprocation by the enemy.

That unilateral pullout is not yet officially admitted by Washington, but analysts believe the US has tacitly accepted the long-held demand by the Taliban for foreign troops to get out.

Feb 04 11:18

Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate

On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that "all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table" regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts that it said were engaged in a "state-backed influence campaign", according to RT.

In a blog post, Twitter said it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to "appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences." The company also removed another 764 accounts, but said "we are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country."

Feb 04 11:16

I Declare Myself President of the United States of America

I, Garry Leech, declare myself president of the United States of America. There I did it. I am now the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. “By what right?” you ask. By the right of the new democratic political process recently implemented in Venezuela and endorsed by the US government. This is how I am restoring democracy in the United States. In the same manner that the new self-declared president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, with the backing of the US government, is restoring democracy in Venezuela: through the ouster of a democratically elected leader.

Feb 04 11:02

Maduro proposes early parliamentary elections in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Ni?olas Maduro has called for early elections to the National Assembly – a legislative body dominated by the opposition and led by Juan Guaido who declared himself interim leader last week.
Maduro's statement comes as thousands are rallying in the streets of Caracas both in support of and against his government.

Guaido's coup received immediate support from the US and its allies in Latin America and Europe while Russia, Mexico, China and other countries urged not to interfere into the domestic situation in the country. The political turmoil comes as Venezuela's economy has been plummeting due to low oil prices, sanctions and mismanagement leaving most of its population in poverty.

Feb 04 10:44

IS OIL BEHIND WASHINGTON’S VENEZUELA COUP MADNESS?

On January 23 US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the “legitimate” President of the troubled country, and not elected President Maduro. The fact that it was first Pence and not the US President, who seemed forced to play catch-up, says much about the intervention. The question is whether oil was the reason as neo-con Security Council adviser John Bolton claimed or something else. The evidence suggests something else, but what something? .

Feb 04 10:36

Mutiny Breaks Out At Venezuela's Central Bank

While the world obsesses how much longer Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro can remain in power before he loses the support of the local military or the US deploys yet another "humanitarian mission" to depose him, forcing the embattled dictator to place several tons of the country's dwindling gold on a cargo plane to a non-extradition destination as he takes one final trip abroad, the ongoing "soft coup" is also playing out within the halls of the central bank, where in addition to a lot of currency printing in recent years, Bloomberg reports that staffers are waging a small mutiny and refusing to sign-off on key bank transactions.

Feb 04 10:36

Time Is Running Out To Oust Maduro

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

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

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

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

Feb 04 10:34

Top Venezuela General Defects, Calls Guaido Head-of-State And Urges Military To Follow

For the first time since the recent crisis triggered by embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term began which a dozen countries led by the United States condemned as "illegitimate", a high ranking general in the country's armed forces has defected while declaring loyalty to opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim head-of-state.

Air Force General Francisco Yanez, identified by Reuters as part of the air force's high command, published a short video via Twitter on Saturday wherein he called on Venezuela's armed forces to follow his lead in recognizing Guaido. Notably Gen. Yanez is identified on public state military information web pages as the air force's head of strategic planning, making him the highest military official to break from the Maduro regime in months.

Feb 04 10:14

The Coming US-China Proxy War In Venezuela

China won't give up on embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro anytime soon even as the US-led international noose of "delegitimizing" hangs around the socialist strongman, according to government statements released on Friday. Beijing reaffirmed it maintains “normal state-to-state relations” and cooperation between the two sides “shouldn’t be undermined no matter how the situation evolves,” according to press briefing by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Or rather, we could more simply translate: with billions of dollars in credit on the line, "non-interference" is simply not an option for China.

“China has maintained close communication with all parties through different ways,” a ministry spokesperson said in response to question about whether China has had contact with National Assembly leader Juan Guaido. “We are ready to work with all parties to promote peace talks, and create favorable conditions for the proper settlement of the Venezuelan issue,” the ministry added.

Feb 04 10:12

"I Oppose Intervention, But..." - But Nothing! Don't Be A Pro Bono CIA Propagandist

In a recent interview with The Corbett Report, the Ron Paul Institute’s Daniel McAdams spoke disdainfully of those ostensibly anti-interventionist libertarians who picked this moment of all times to loudly and aggressively condemn Venezuela’s president Maduro, just as the US power establishment is ramping up its campaign to topple the Venezuelan government.

“All of a sudden now there are millions of Venezuela experts in America, and many of them could not point Venezuela out on a map five days ago,” McAdams said.

“And everyone has to have this disclaimer, ‘Well, I know it’s probably worse than North Korea, but the US government shouldn’t get involved.’ It’s cowardice, because once the war starts, they can say ‘Hey I never called for US intervention!’ No, but you’re a conveyor belt for propaganda. You’re a conveyor belt to get the machine ginned up for war. And so you’ve got to stand up and take responsibility.”

Feb 04 10:10

Massive, Dueling Rallies Engulf Venezuela As Maduro Attempts Election Concessions

Massive dueling rallies filled the streets of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Saturday reflecting a deep divide over embattled President Nicolas Maduro's rule as the country plunges further into unrest. But it appears Maduro has shown signs of bowing to the pressure as in a speech before supporters he floated the idea of holding early elections for the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Pro-Guaido protest in Caracas on Feb.2. Image source: Elyangelica News
Maduro said in a speech before thousands of supporters that he "agreed" and was "committed to holding parliamentary elections this year," as demanded by the National Assembly. "They (the opposition) want to bring forward elections, let's have elections," he said defiantly just ahead of the Sunday deadline set by European nations to hold fresh presidential elections, though he stopped short of any reference to fresh presidential elections.

Feb 04 10:05

UNSC: Russia Compares the Situation in Venezuela to the ‘Yellow Vests’ Crisis

Russian Representative at the United Nations Security Council, devoted to ‘The situation in Venezuela’, January 26, 2019.

Feb 04 09:45

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.

Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.

Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Jan. 27 night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.

Feb 04 09:30

How Would Bolton's '5,000 Troops to Colombia' Fare in Invasion of Venezuela?

It's impossible for the US to truly take over Venezuela but it could easily destroy it, and, unlike in Syria, Russia could do nothing about it

Feb 04 09:28

‘Sovereignty is not discussed, it’s defended’: Venezuela slams Trump over military option

Venezuelans stay ready to repel a military assault whenever it comes, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has said. She was firing back at US President Donald Trump’s remark that a military invasion is “an option” in Venezuela.

Speaking to the Russian media on Sunday, Rodriguez said Venezuela considers Trump’s remark “unacceptable”. If an attack is mounted on the country’s sovereignty, its army and people are fully prepared to retaliate, she stressed, calling the matter of the nation’s independence non-negotiable.

“The sovereignty is not discussed, it is defended,” she stressed.

Rodriquez added that the people of Venezuela “will be on standby” to defend the country’s borders and won’t allow any foreign interference, “regardless of where it comes from.”

Feb 04 09:26

Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts

Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump’s special envoy to help “fully restore democracy and prosperity” to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during the Ronald Reagan administration, as well as for his ardent support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and for green-lighting a failed coup in Venezuela while serving in the George W. Bush administration. He is as reviled by countless Latin Americans as he is revered among neocons who pine for a more muscular US role in the hemisphere and beyond. What follows is an overview of the human rights horror show that has been Abrams’ government career, which now spans three presidential administrations over four decades.

Feb 04 09:26

Venezuela's Ambassador to Iraq Supports Opposition Leader Juan Guaido

Venezuela's ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Velasco Ramirez, announced he is backing his country's opposition leader Juan Guaido in a video posted on social media on Saturday, making him the first high-ranking diplomat to defect.

Ramirez declared his support for National Assembly head Guaido and renounced the sitting president Nicolas Maduro.

"The National Assembly is the only power of the Republic which has ethics, legitimacy and legality," Ramirez said, as he read his statement in the video.

Feb 04 09:07

Maduro Rejects Election "Ultimatums", Warns Trump Will Leave White House "Stained With Blood" If Venezuela Invaded

...embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has flip-flopped rather aggressively, warning Donald Trump he will leave the White House “stained with blood” if he insists on pursuing what he called a “dirty” imperialist conspiracy to overthrow him.

Perhaps Maduro's newfound resistance was sparked by support he witnessed yesterday (as John Bolton continued his interventionist threats)...

Feb 04 09:00

US Media Pulls Out All Stops; Fake Army Defectors, Russian Mercs, Plane-Loads of Gold

Over the past few days, the intensity of anti-government protests in Venezuela has declined despite attempts of the US-led bloc to warm them up through both public and clandestine measures. However, the conflict continues to develop amid the acute standoff in the media sphere between the Maduro government and its opponents backed by the US-led bloc.

Feb 04 08:38

What the Media Won’t Tell You About the Venezuelan Coup

The coup that is unfolding in Venezuela is not an American backed coup: it is an American coup. Mainstream media coverage paints the events only as American recognition of a legitimate constitutional correction of government. Even in the left wing and alternative media, where writers condemn the American intervention, many of them feel the need to establish their credibility by conceding that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is an authoritarian leader, or even a dictator, who won a second term in office in elections that were illegitimate.

The typical media account of the story holds that Juan Guaidó, who was elected president of the National Assembly in December, has been declared interim president on the grounds that Maduro is a dictator whose election was illegitimate. Each component of that sentence is false.

Feb 04 08:33

The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

The U.S. and its allies have decided to throw their weight behind yet another coup attempt in Venezuela. As usual, they claim that their objectives are democracy and freedom. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The following presentation will expose the real motives and human consequences of this gambit. We'll start with a quick rundown of recent events. To fully understand those events however, will require a history lesson; a background check on the key players. Supporting links, documentation, and updates can be found at StormCloudsGathering.com/venezuela

Feb 04 08:26

“WINNING THE COLD WAR” BY SLAUGHTERING CIVILIANS

Unreal, but not a surprise.

Trump just made US-El Salvador death squad coordinator Elliott Abrams envoy to Venezuela.

He has blood on his hands in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Panama too.

A liar for hire.

Feb 04 08:25

Italy vetoed EU recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido

Rome has effectively derailed an EU statement meant to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader if President Nicolas Maduro fails to set up snap elections, a Five Star Movement source confirmed to RT.
Italy announced the veto at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers that started on January 31 in Romania, the source said. The statement, which was supposed to be delivered by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini recognized Guaido as interim president if snap elections were not held.

Feb 04 08:13

Ottawa Bars Sputnik From Lima Group Meeting on Venezuela

Canada’s foreign ministry has denied accreditation to Sputnik and RIA Novosti for a meeting of the Lima Group foreign ministers on Venezuela in Ottawa.

Richard Walker, a spokesman for Canada's foreign ministry, explained to Sputnik's correspondent that the agency was denied accreditation because it "hasn't been cordial" with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland in the past.

"Thank you for your interest in the 10th ministerial meeting of Lima Group in Ottawa. This email is to let you know you have NOT been accredited as media," the Canadian Foreign Ministry said in its original letter, notifying journalists about the refusal.

Feb 04 08:08

Venezuela: Eurasia Teams Up Against American Hegemony

Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang – pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.

Feb 04 08:06

EU states’ recognition of Guaido is ‘direct interference’ in Venezuela’s affairs – Kremlin

Moscow slammed EU states for trying to legitimize “an attempt to usurp power” in Venezuela after a number of key European countries recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as interim president.

“Imposing some decisions or trying to legitimize an attempt to usurp power, in our view, is both direct and indirect interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told the media on Monday, while commenting on the recognition of Guaido.

Feb 04 06:36

Venezuelan oil or Florida politics: Why is Trump after Maduro?

The White House seeks to overthrow the governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

The United States has been quite transparent in its intentions regarding Venezuela - it is determined to get rid of the current government and install the unelected, self-declared president Juan Guaido.

The White House is very clear - it wants to overthrow the governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua; and the US control over the world's largest oil reserves.

However, there are concerns in Washington that the Trump administration has mistaken opposition to President Nicolas Maduro for support for US intervention, or for a candidate asking for military intervention.

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Feb 03 20:59

U.S. Southern Command In Colombia Along The Border, Venezuela Military Moves, U.S. Pulls Out Of INF Treaty; Russia Threatens U.S; China Calls For Calm.

By Aaron Kesel

According to a State Department source, corroborated by a video news report, U.S. troops are already along Colombia’s border. This comes as Venezuela has reportedly moved military armaments and ammunition to Colombia’s border as well. Meanwhile, Russia has threatened the U.S. amid announcing its withdrawal from the Cold War Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, following suit by suspending the agreement.

Although it’s not 5,000 troops along the border, a State Department source has stated to this reporter that U.S. troops are already in Colombia, specifically the U.S. Southern Command, along the border. The source further added that the U.S., specifically the Pentagon, was propagandizing the 5,000 troops on National Security Advisor John Bolton’s notepad to hide a bigger troop count of sending a whopping 30,000 troops to Colombia if a military invasion is deemed necessary...

Feb 03 12:22

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

Feb 03 10:24

The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader

Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.
By Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal

Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

Feb 02 11:04

Are We Meddling?’ – Max Blumenthal confronts lawmakers on what America’s doing in Venezuela

US members of Congress freeze, fumble and deliver bewildering answers to award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal as he asks Capitol Hill politicians what they think of the US’ open support for Venezuela’s opposition.

Feb 02 10:39

Two Rallies, One Place: Pro-Maduro and Pro-Guaido Protests Hit Caracas (VIDEO)

Nationwide anti-government protests are taking place in Venezuela on Saturday, as Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition, urged demonstrators to back him to step up international pressure in a bid to force Nicolas Maduro to leave his presidential post. At the same time, Venezuela is also witnessing pro-Maduro rallies.

Pro-government rallies are taking place in several districts of Caracas on Saturday, with the majority of demonstrators gathering in Plaza Bolivar. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in several states of Venezuela to support opposition leader Juan Guaido, local media reported on Saturday.

Feb 02 10:38

‘Moral disgrace’: EU Parliament lectures world on rule of law, then destroys legality in Venezuela

It’s a moral disgrace when the EU Parliament, which lectures the world on the need to respect the rule of law, uses legal language to tell lies about the legality of the situation in Venezuela, and to destroy that legality.
Exciting news from France: Marine le Pen is the country’s new president. After the Macron regime plunged the country into political crisis, Mrs Le Pen took the oath of office on Place de la Concorde on Friday before a small crowd of gilets jaunes (yellow vests) specially assembled – with the TV cameras – for the occasion.

Feb 02 09:57

Allan Nairn: Trump’s Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide

Feb 02 09:33

Venezuela Gets 'Ukrained'

US national security advisor John Bolton tweeted cynically this week that he “wishes” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to take “retirement on a nice beach somewhere far away”.

Meanwhile, in nastier tone, Washington and its Western allies have denigrated the Venezuelan government as a “mafia regime” and a “kleptocracy”.

These are all attempts to blackmail, intimidate and vandalize Venezuela into submitting to a criminal regime-change plan for the South American country.

There is no doubt that what’s going on here is another criminal interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation by the United States and its European lackeys. And yet these arrogant actors have the cheek to accuse Russia of “interfering in Western democracies”.

Feb 02 09:29

 JOHN BOLTON THREATENS TO SEND VENEZUELA'S MADURO TO OFFSHORE US PRISON AT GUANTÁNAMO

National Security Adviser John Bolton—the neoconservative who's played a key role in the Trump administration's effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government—suggested on Friday that President Nicolás Maduro could find himself locked away in the U.S. military prison at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba if he does not soon step aside.

Bolton—who has repeatedly threatened U.S. military action to force out Maduro—made the threat in a "crazy" radio interview (mp3) with right-wing commentator Hugh Hewitt about President Donald Trump's broader policy toward Venezuela, including the administration's endorsement of self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaidó, and sanctions imposed via executive order against the state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One wonders just how Bolton & Company will attempt to do this, in light of the fact that for the most part, Venezuela's military are still supporting Maduro.

Does President Trump plan to go into Caracas with a decap team?!?!?

This... should be very interesting.

Feb 02 09:27

Your Complete Guide To The NYTimes' Support Of US-Backed Coups In Latin America

Last week, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Feb 02 08:20

Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate

On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that "all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table" regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts that it said were engaged in a "state-backed influence campaign", according to RT.

In a blog post, Twitter said it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to "appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences." The company also removed another 764 accounts, but said "we are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you haven't decided that electronic media is now the "4th Estate", attempting to control both outcomes, and a free flow of information, you just might want to explore that issue just a little more!

Feb 01 14:22

Local sources report about US marines arriving by boat to Colombia

Feb 01 13:25

Appeal of Nicholas Maduro to the people of the USA (subtitled)

Feb 01 13:24

Thousands of Central American migrants resume northern trek to the border as Trump announces plans to send 2,350 troops to stop the caravan

Thousands of U.S.-bound Central American migrants resumed their northern journey on Thursday, Mexico City officials said, part of a growing group of would-be asylum seekers who say they are fleeing violence and poverty back home.

Around 2,400 migrants left a city shelter to begin the journey from the Mexican capital early Thursday morning, the latest caravan to embark upon the risky path to the U.S.-Mexican border despite U.S. President Donald Trump's determination to prevent them from entering.

Since last October, thousands of mostly Central American migrants have sought to cross into the United States, many traveling in caravans in order to minimize the risks of kidnapping and attacks by members of criminal gangs while in Mexican territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With US troop commitments so completely intense right now, I have to ask; from where are these troops leaving, to protect the US from illegal immigration at the border?!?

And what have they been told about "the rules of engagement"

Feb 01 13:15

Max Blumenthal: How US trained Juan Guaido for Regime Change

Feb 01 13:01

ELLIOTT ABRAMS, TRUMP’S PICK TO BRING “DEMOCRACY” TO VENEZUELA, HAS SPENT HIS LIFE CRUSHING DEMOCRACY

ON DECEMBER 11, 1981 in El Salvador, a Salvadoran military unit created and trained by the U.S. Army began slaughtering everyone they could find in a remote village called El Mozote. Before murdering the women and girls, the soldiers raped them repeatedly, including some as young as 10 years old, and joked that their favorites were the 12-year-olds. One witness described a soldier tossing a 3-year-old child into the air and impaling him with his bayonet. The final death toll was over 800 people.

The next day, December 12, was the first day on the job for Elliott Abrams as assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs in the Reagan administration. Abrams snapped into action, helping to lead a cover-up of the massacre. News reports of what had happened, Abrams told the Senate, were “not credible,” and the whole thing was being “significantly misused” as propaganda by anti-government guerillas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment demonstrates to the world (as though the world needed any convincing) that the US government will do anything to obtain and expropriate those foreign resources they deem necessary to the financial health of its empire, and that having US-trained mercs killing and raping children is just "the cost of doing business", to get what it wants.

Right now, unfortunately, the Unhinged, surveilled state of America, really qualifies as the greatest war crimes perpetrator on the planet; and as an American, I am having to do everything I can to keep from reeling in numbed shock, to hear how horrific these actions have been, and continue to be.

Feb 01 12:58

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Feb 01 12:57

CNN’s ‘Venezuelan army defectors’ not in army, not defectors & don't live in Venezuela

Closer inspection of the uniforms worn by two self-proclaimed Venezuelan army defectors interviewed on CNN earlier this week has revealed that they are not who they say they are, and probably should not be given guns.
“As Venezuelan soldiers, we are making a request to the US to support us, in logistical terms, with communication, with weapons, so we can realize Venezuelan freedom,” one of the alleged defectors told CNN.

Their conveniently timed appeal came alongside ramped up efforts by the US to institute regime change in the oil rich South American nation, installing pro-American opposition leader Juan Guaidó into power. The two claimed to be in contact with a network of disgruntled army units and defectors ready to “rise up in arms” against recently re-elected President Nicolas Maduro.

Feb 01 12:42

U.S. Mulls Sanctions Against Turkey over Trade with Venezuela

The United States is currently investigating if Turkey’s deepening relations with Venezuela constitute a violation of its sanctions against the Maduro regime, Reuters reported Thursday.

U.S. officials are reportedly examining whether Turkey’s trade in Venezuelan gold represent a violation of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Venezuela in November.

The White House has stepped up its efforts to remove Maduro’s illegal hold on power and replace him with 35-year-old opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó until free and fair elections are held.

Feb 01 12:40

U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America

The Trump administration’s attempt to force out the president of Venezuela marked the opening of a new strategy to exert greater U.S. influence over Latin America, according to administration officials.

In sight isn’t just Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, but also Cuba, an antagonist that has dominated American attention in the region for more than 50 years, as well as recent inroads made by Russia, China and Iran.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday greeted Carlos Alfredo Vecchio, right, who was named a diplomatic representative to the U.S. by Juan Guaidó, who has claimed Venezuela’s presidency.Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg News

While Mr. Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, have long drawn Washington’s condemnation, the Trump administration is stocked with officials who have long believed Cuba to be the more serious national-security threat. They cite Cuba’s intelligence operations in the U.S., and its efforts to spread anti-American views in other Latin American countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that those people surrounding President Trump, who see no problems "regime changing" both Cuba and Venezuela, have their heads collectively so far up another, very dark orifice, that they are seeing the world, not with a 21st century vision which has learned the hard lessons of history, but through a very myopic, antique dystopian, 20th century vision, which utterly refuses to learn the hard lessons from world history.

So what we have here, is not a case of "shrunken heads", which are terrifying, but shrunken brains, which are even more terrifying to me.

These "shrunken brains" as we can see very clearly, create the kind of blind jingoistic rage we hear emanating from their "The US does no harm, and has every right to rule the world." message.

This has been coupled with both extreme SMD (selective memory disorder), on the part of these people, and intense demonization of both Venezuela and Cuba.

But what is missing, in these plans, is any true grasp of the situation at hand.

Would such a series of actions, sort of eating up Central and South America, much like Pacman, and turning these country's leadership to the US government's liking, have possibly worked in the 20th century, say in 1919?!?

The answer is, an unqualified "perhaps"; but can this be made to work in the 21st century?!? I fear, absoflippinglutely NOT.

This is absolute, utter desperation on the cusp of madness, and may well result in Russia and China coming to the aid of both countries, and beyond, perhaps even militarily.

It may well cause all the governments of South and Central America to become a very unified force against the United States, and create robust, economic and defense ties with larger countries when it is to their benefit.

Mr. President, a word, please: those answers and actions which might have been brought into play a century ago, cannot work at this moment, in the
21st century. As our President and Commander in Chief, you need to understand that.

I am very politely suggesting that you change tack here, before what these people are plotting results in yet another unmitigated disaster in Central and South America; Think about what we can do as a nation to "engage rather than enrage."

You may be close to "bearing fruit" with North Korea; I know that only time will tell here,

But those people who supported you in your 2016 campaign, absolutely did not intend for your foreign policy to bring us nearer to the abyss of a world war.

Feb 01 10:35

CHALLENGING THE LIBERAL CASE FOR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S COUP IN VENEZUELA

In an analysis published by POLITICO Magazine, Frida Ghitis, a contributing columnist for CNN.com and the Washington Post, defended Democrats who support President Donald Trump’s policy of intervention in Venezuela.To the extent that Ghitis’ arguments represent the best case that Democrats and the wider liberal establishment can make for backing a coup attempt in Venezuela, the case she put forward is worth challenging thoroughly.

Feb 01 10:25

 YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE NY TIMES’ SUPPORT OF US-BACKED COUPS IN LATIN AMERICA

On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how many of the op-ed writers for the NY Times are invested in the military/industrial complex.

This pathetic attempt to overthrow the legitimately elected President of Venezuela, to date, has proven itself to be an epic fail, to date, with Venezuela's military still standing strong behind Maduro.

Unless and until that changes, Venezuela's "regime change" will just be another pipe-dream for the American Deep State, which will respond by sulking off into a corner, and nursing its geopolitical wounds; that is, of course, until it thinks it has the strength to fight another day, with another coup somewhere on the planet.

Feb 01 10:11

‘Not Trump’: British Deep State Of Canada Caught Steering Venezuelan Coup

Since Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president on January 23, it has become obvious to all intelligent onlookers that this “people-power color revolution” is not directed by Trump at all but rather by what has been exposed as the trans-national “Deep State”. When we look behind the layers of false narratives obscuring the true motives behind this operation, we should not be surprised to find the ugly picture of an insecure empire trying desperately to break apart the new coalition of Russia-

Feb 01 09:58

‘This is like Syria redux’: US goal in Venezuela is to ‘overthrow government, destroy country'

As developments in Venezuela continue to spiral out of control, it’s starting to look like history repeating – the US and its European allies are acting in exactly the same way as they did in Syria and Libya.

Sanctions, the legitimacy card, and backing the opposition – US tactics used in Syria are now in action in Caracas.

Feb 01 09:58

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE NY TIMES’ SUPPORT OF US-BACKED COUPS IN LATIN AMERICA

On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

Feb 01 09:58

We must avoid mistake of Libya: Italian deputy FM speaks out against Venezuela regime change

Italy “does not recognise” Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as its interim president, the European country’s deputy foreign minister said, warning that a Libya-style regime change must be avoided.
“Today, the greatest interest we have is to avoid a new war in Venezuela,” Manlio Di Stefano told Italy’s TV2000 network on Thursday. He added that the kind of regime change that failed in Libya must not be attempted, as it turned out to be a “mistake” that everyone recognized today.

“We must prevent this from happening in Venezuela,” he warned.

Feb 01 09:53

Store Your Gold At The Bank Of England And You Might Never See It Again

In early November 2018, it first came to light that the Bank of England in London was delaying and blocking the withdrawal of 14 tonnes of gold owned by the Venezuelan central bank, Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV). At the time, Reuters and The Times of London both reported that according to unnamed British ‘public officials’, the delays were being caused by the difficulty and cost of obtaining insurance for the gold shipment back to Venezuela, and also due to “standard measures to prevent money-laundering“.

As I explained in a BullionStar article on 15 November titled ‘Bank of England refuses to return 14 tonnes of gold to Venezuela’, the explanations given to Reuters and the Times for the withdrawal delays were completely bogus, and that the real reason for blocking the BCV gold withdrawal was undoubtedly US and UK joint government interventions to stall the withdrawal. As I wrote at the time:

Jan 31 19:00

Globalists Want Venezuela (As the next jewel in their ugly crown)

The attempted coup taking place in Venezuela right now is very instructive for those seeking to better understand the current geopolitical power struggle, as it is one of the most transparent illustrations of the well-worn tactics employed by the forces behind Western hegemony. -- Ideologies such as ‘socialism,’ ‘economic growth’ and ‘democracy’ continue to be bandied about in mainstream discourse with the highest degree of distortion. This is often intentional in order to justify political and military action that simply enriches the global elite at the expense of humanity at large. The problem is that much of the general public in the West continue to support these tactics by failing to see the thinly-veiled hypocrisy inherent in them.

Jan 31 16:25

Venezuela - Coup Attempt Part Of A Larger Project - Military Intervention Likely To Fail

The Trump administration has launched a large political project to remake several states in Latin America. The Wall Street Journal headlines:

U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America

The Trump administration’s broader aim is to gain leverage over Cuba and curb recent inroads in the region by Russia, Iran and China

The plan includes regime change in Venezuela, Nicaragua and eventually Cuba. The removal of any Russian or Chinese interest is another point. It is a multiyear project that has bipartisan support. It will likely require military force.

Jan 31 15:47

Watching Venezuela? US spy plane spotted above Colombia as Washington fuels anti-Maduro coup

A US spy plane has been spotted flying secret missions in Colombia, fueling suspicions that it might be eavesdropping on the neighboring Venezuela, which has been targeted for regime change and attempted coup by Washington.

A US Army EO-5C reconnaissance aircraft has been spotted by flight-tracking groups on Thursday. The plane, designated as N177RA, appears to be busy flying missions over Colombia.

Jan 31 14:56

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN VENEZUELA?

On January 23rd, following massive protests of President Nicolás Maduro in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, national assembly speaker Juan Guaidó swore himself in as interim president. Shortly afterwards, the US recognized Guaidó, followed by all other nations in the world with the exception of Russia, Iran, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay and Cuba. China said it would remain neutral.

Jan 31 13:43

THE WAR IN VENECUELA WILL NOT BE ONLY LOCAL: The Russian army has come! Here's what's happening

Venezuela is not a tyrannical autocracy and its crisis is not organic; It is a deeply divided and polarized society - used by the United States for special interests.

Socialism itself did not create the horrific situation that the Venezuelan people are currently facing. Decades of sanctions and interference proved to be incredibly effective in pushing the economy into a whirlpool of chaos, collapsing the currency and detaching themselves from the rest of the world - literally starving them to death.

This was probably a long plan. Just as George Galway, who was a member of the British Parliament for 30 years, noticed, "before they let go bombs, they, of course, let the story. And bombing disinformation in Venezuela is one of the longest bombing in history. The huge amounts of American money are spent on media hacking, subversion, sabotage, military strikes and threats to the invasion throughout Chavez-Maduro. "

Jan 31 12:41

Supporters of Venezuelan President Maduro March on Streets of Caracas (VIDEO)

A rally, called by Venezuelan oil workers is marching in the capital in order to support legitimate president of the country amid a political standoff between the government and opposition.

The situation in Venezuela deteriorated after Juan Guaido, the leader of the Venezuelan National Assembly, proclaimed himself the interim president. The United States and a number of other countries immediately recognised him as head of state, while Washington also froze some of the Venezuelan state's assets abroad and imposed sanctions on the country's oil industry.

Meanwhile, Russia, China, Turkey and other countries have supported the government of legitimate President Nicolas Maduro.

Jan 31 11:55

CNN Goes 'Undercover' To Manufacture Consent For Coup Attempt In Venezuela

A CNN “exclusive” report from inside Venezuela aired multiple times on the network on January 28. It is a prime example of how influential media outlets in the U.S. effectively create propaganda for the opposition, which now is receiving funds from President Donald Trump’s administration.

For the four-minute report, CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh went “undercover” amidst what the network described as the “deepening crisis in Venezuela” in order “to capture the desperation gripping the nation.”

The segment highlighted hyperinflation at grocery chains, Venezuelans lined up in queues for fuel and food, particularly in Caracas, and opposition demonstrations on January 23, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president of the country.

Jan 31 11:47

Guaido Had 'Clandestine Meetings' With Venezuela's Military, Security - Reports

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido in an opinion article published by The New York Times on Wednesday said that the country's opposition has held secret talks with members of Venezuela’s security forces and offered them amnesty in exchange for abandoning President Nicolas Maduro.

"The transition will require support from key military contingents. We have had clandestine meetings with members of the armed forces and the security forces. We have offered amnesty to all those who are found not guilty of crimes against humanity", Guaido said. "The military’s withdrawal of support from Mr. Maduro is crucial to enabling a change in government, and the majority of those in service agree that the country’s recent travails are untenable".

Jan 31 11:47

EU Popular Parties Using Pressure Against Maduro as Own Political Tool - Prof

Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK have demanded to recognize Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as the head of the crisis-torn country if the new elections are not announced in Venezuela until the end of this week.

The EU's ultimatum was vehemently rejected by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who slammed the European calls as an infringement on Venezuela’s sovereignty.

In general, the European Union has expressed its support for dialogue between the Venezuelan parties and has suggested an International Contact Group be set up in order to settle the crisis in the Latin American country. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Hugo Perez Hernaiz, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Jan 31 11:40

Lima Group opposes military intervention in Venezuela

A group of Latin American countries that includes Canada and that is largely opposed to the Venezuelan government has nevertheless expressed opposition to any military intervention in Venezuela, amid speculation that the United States is preparing to invade the country to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Peru’s Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said on Tuesday that the members of the Lima Group — a 14-country bloc that includes Canada — “do not support any military intervention in Venezuela.”

He said, however, that the group had no information about any military plan for the country.

The Lima group, which was set up in 2017 to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela, is opposed to Maduro, and recently took sides with the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela last week, triggering a crisis.

Jan 31 11:39

Maduro to Americans: You are bigger than Trump, don’t let him start ‘Vietnam’ war against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the people in the US to deter the Trump administration from putting boots on the ground in Venezuela, warning that any intervention would backfire leading to new Vietnam-like disaster.

In his first direct message to the American people, the Venezuelan leader urged them to stop the US government from entangling the nation in a pointless and inherently doomed military adventure.

“If the government of the United States intends to intervene us, they will have a much worse Vietnam than you could imagine.”

Jan 31 11:38

Moscow Will Do "Whatever It Takes" To Defend Its Interests In Venezuela

After decrying US sanctions against Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA as "illegal" and enforcing "unfair competition", a Kremlin spokesman has reiterated that Russia is prepared to use "all mechanisms available to us" to defend its economic interests in Venezuela - interests that are closely tied to the Maduro regime.

According to RT, Russia has extended billions of dollars of loans to PDVSA, mostly via oil firm Rosneft. The company has extended $6 billion of loans which must be repaid in crude by the end of the year. Data from S&P Global Platts shows that as of November 2018, Venezuela had a $3.1 billion outstanding loan to repay to Rosneft.

Rosneft also has five joint upstream projects with PDVSA in Venezuela. Peskov said that Russia is still assessing the potential impact of the PDVSA sanctions for Moscow.

Jan 31 11:31

Venezuela crisis: Maduro accuses Trump of hiring Colombian mafia to assassinate him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused President Donald Trump of hiring the local mafia to assassinate him in an interview with a Russia state-run news agency.

“Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has told the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to kill me,” Mr Maduro told RIA news agency on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Critics argue that the 56-year-old’s claim is a red-herring tactic to rally up support in Venezuela amid mass protests against his socialist government, and the debilitating inflation and food and medicine shortages in the Latin American country.

Later in the day, Mr Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Juan Guaido, who the US recognised as Venezuela's interim president last week, pitching the situation in the South American country as one of a fight for freedom against Mr Maduro.

Jan 31 11:22

Venezuela studying partial force majeure after US sanctions: oil minister

Venezuela is studying several measures to react to new U.S sanctions against state-run oil firm PDVSA including partial force majeure, Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said on Tuesday.

Quevedo told a news conference that oil tankers leaving Venezuelan ports must pay for crude before departing. The Trump administration announced sweeping sanctions on PDVSA on Monday aimed at driving President Nicolas Maduro from power by curbing crude exports to the United States

Jan 31 11:20

The United States are preparing a war between Latin-American states

Little by little, the partisans of the Cebrowski doctrine are advancing their pawns. If they must cease creating wars in the Greater Middle East, they’ll just turn around and inflame the Caribbean Basin. Above all, the Pentagon is planning to assassinate an elected head of state, ruin his country, and undermine the unity of Latin-America.

Jan 31 10:56

PENSIAMENTO FIGURED IT OUT! HERE’S HOW IT WILL GO DOWN IN VENEZUELA!

Maduro is under attack by the U.S. government which is a billy club for the Federal Reserve, the International banksters, the Military Industrial Complex, the oil industry and the mining companies. They want to steal the natural resources of Venezuela, because having taxpayer funded government agents and paid subversives (Hezbollah, ISIS, etc.) do the dirty work, they can accomplish this quite successfully.

Here’s the gist of the trick. Firstly, you must make all foreign governments dependent upon the dollar. How do you do that? It’s two fold; one you have the petro-dollar so nobody can buy oil without the dollar – that allows for massive inflation without overwhelming the American people with inflation. Secondly, you give the corrupt leaders – the ones that will play ball with you – billions of dollars in foreign aid.

Jan 31 10:44

The Making Of Juan Guaidó: How The US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader

Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.

Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution.

Jan 31 10:30

Russia's Lavrov says U.S. sanctions on Venezuela oil company illegal

U.S. sanctions imposed on Venezuela’s state oil company are illegal and Russia will take all necessary steps to support the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Lavrov said the sanctions amounted to an attempt by the United States to confiscate Venezuelan state assets, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying.

Jan 31 10:30

EU parliament urges member states to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

The European Parliament voted to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela and urged EU leaders to do the same.

The resolution, voted on Thursday, called on the EU leadership to adopt “a strong, unified stance,” and recognize Guaido as the “only legitimate” interim president of the South American nation until new elections are held to “restore democracy.”

The MEPs also pledged “full support” for Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament, the National Assembly, urging the EU states to “accredit” the envoys appointed by the opposition.

The document was adopted with 439 votes to 104, with 88 MEPs abstaining.

Jan 31 10:29

Britain Calls for EU Sanctions on Venezuelan President Maduro - Reports

Earlier in the day, the European Parliament announced it is planning to consider a draft resolution on recognising self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido as head of the Latin American country.

"Targeted sanctions against the kleptocrats who have enriched themselves on the back of the rest of the population who are very poor, that is something I think can be effective", UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt stated Thursday during an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Romania, according to Guardian.

Jan 31 09:53

Colombia Witnesses Murder of 17th Social Leader in 2019

A Colombian Campesino leader Dilio Corpus Guetio, 44, who was a member of Asocordillera (Mountain Area Association of Campesino Workers) and also a member of the local Campesino Guard militia was shot to death Tuesday.

Corpus Guetio left his home in the municipality of Suarez in the department of Cauca, in southwest Colombia, at around six in the morning for work. On the way armed men from a car shot him several times.

“The murderers were in a van which hit him and made him lose control of his bike. At that point, they got out of the car to get close to Dilio, who was already injured and he was shot repeatedly, killing him,” said a representative from the United National Federation of Agricultural Unions (FENSUAGRO).

Studies for Development and Peace, Indepaz, say that within the 29 days of 2019, 16 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, excluding Corpus Guetio.

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