British military presence near Venezuela ‘extremely concerning’

by Phil Miller

Morning Star | February 05, 2019

BRITAIN’S navy and marines are conducting military exercises close to Venezuela, the Morning Star has discovered.

The Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship, spent New Year in Miami embarking a US coastguard helicopter for the first time.Read More »

Venezuela: Lima Group Urges Armed Forces to Support Guaido as Maduro Calls for International Solidarity

by Ricardo Vaz | February 05, 2019

A group of protesters took to the stage during the Lima Group press conference in Ottawa with a banner rejecting intervention in Venezuela (Lars Hagberg / AFP)
A group of protesters took to the stage during the Lima Group press conference in Ottawa with a banner rejecting intervention in Venezuela (Lars Hagberg / AFP)

Caracas, February 5, 2019 ( – The Lima Group issued a declaration calling on the armed forces to back self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido, following a meeting in Ottawa on Monday.

The declaration reaffirming “support and recognition” for Guaido was signed by 11 of the 14 members of the Lima Group, and called for the international community to support Guaido’s efforts at establishing a “government of democratic transition” in Venezuela. Guyana, Saint Lucia, and Mexico, for their part, abstained from the resolution.

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What’s the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why’s It So Hard for Media to Understand?

by Alexander Campbell – CEPR | February 05, 2019

Protest against sanctions in Canada, August 9, 2018 (@compartycanada)
Protest against sanctions in Canada, August 9, 2018 (@compartycanada)

Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, “These new sanctions do not target the innocent people of Venezuela…”

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U.S. Coup Attempt In Venezuela Lacks International Support


There is little doubt where ‘western’ media stand with regards to the U.S. led coup-attempt (vid) in Venezuela. But their view does not reflect the overwhelming international recognition the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro continues to have.

[Vid.: The pathetic VP, Mike Pence, greeting the hapless Venezuelans: “Hola!”]Read More »

The Long Goodbye of Antiwar Protest

by Howard Lisnoff

It’s been a case of the long goodbye for what’s left of the peace movement in the U.S. On Saturday (January 26, 2019), a small group, very small by historic peace actions go, protested in front of the White House.

Watching the protest and interviews with protest participants on The Real News Network was almost painful. Medea Benjamin’s insightful observations, and a few other people’s, about the ongoing coup against Venezuela were just about the only sane and adult comments in the “room.” Across the globe, the vast majority of governments lined up behind the U.S. administration in its attacks against the people of Venezuela and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.  The fallen zeitgeist of peace was as clear as it was after September 11, 2001.Read More »

Marx’s tomb vandalised in suspected ‘hammer attack’

by Ceren Sagir

Morning Star | February 05, 2019

KARL MARX’S tomb was vandalised in a suspected “hammer attack” over the weekend and “will never be the same again.”

Marks appeared on the marble plaque situated under the bronze bust of the communist philosopher’s tomb, in Highgate Cemetery in north London, with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust charity condemning the “deliberate attack on the memory of Karl Marx.”Read More »