US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns

teleSUR | Februay 22, 2019

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Mar. 15, 2018.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Mar. 15, 2018. | Photo: EFE

The Russian government warned Friday that the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of planning to deliver arms to the Venezuelan opposition.

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Attack on Venezuela 1st step in US Attempt to Recolonize Latin America: Maduro

teleSUR | February 22, 2019

President Nicolas Maduro during an interview with HispanTV in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 21, 2018.

President Nicolas Maduro during an interview with HispanTV in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 21, 2018. | Photo: Twitter / @PresidencialVen

The United States has relaunched its colonialist aspirations against Latin America, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro warned Thursday during an interview with the Iranian media HispanTV, adding that the Venezuelan military was ready to defend the independence and sovereignty of the Latin American nation.

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The Empire: Now or Never

by Fred Reed

Many people I talk to seem to think American foreign policy has something to do with democracy, human rights, national security, or maybe terrorism or freedom, or niceness, or something. It is a curious belief, Washington being interested in all of them. Other people are simply puzzled, seeing no pattern in America’s international behavior. Really, the explanation is simple.

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Venezuela: Counter-Revolution or Coup?

by Richard Lachmann

Venezuela has two presidents, or at least two men, both with committed supporters who accept their claims to be president. Nicolas Maduro was appointed Vice President by then Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2012. Maduro became president the following year when Chavez died of cancer, and was narrowly elected to a full term a month later. Juan Guaido has claimed that Maduro is not the legitimate president because he stole his last election and therefore Guaido as president of the National Assembly is, in fact, the acting president. Read More »

Venezuela and Trump’s Plunder Doctrine

by Daniel Larison

The American Conservative | February 20, 2019

It seems that the idea of attacking Venezuela is never very far from Trump’s mind:

In a July 2017 private briefing with intelligence officials, President Donald Trump apparently asked why the US wasn’t at war with Venezuela, noting that “they have all that oil and they’re right on our back door.”

The latest claim is found in Andrew McCabe’s book, but it shouldn’t be dismissed. It is consistent with Trump’s many public and private statements floating the idea of invading Venezuela. Trump first publicly threatened military intervention as an option in August 2017. This latest report indicates that he was already thinking along these lines at least a month earlier. Trump returned to this idea again and again in private meetings with advisers and regional leaders, and it didn’t seem to matter that everyone he talked to about it told him why it would be a disaster. Just a few weeks ago, Trump was once again musing about an invasion to Lindsey Graham, who described the president as being “really hawkish” on Venezuela.Read More »

US Media Erase Years of Chavismo’s Gains

by Gregory Shupak

FAIR | February 20, 2019

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

Malnutrition in children under five was one of several social indicators that improved dramatically in Venezuela following the election of Hugo Chávez in 1999. (Source: Instituto Nacional de Nutrición/CEPR)Read More »

Ann Coulter on Trump: Trying ‘to scam the stupidest people’”

A Journal of People report

“President Donald Trump’s former hardline supporter Ann Coulter is continuing to turn on him, slamming his national emergency declaration as a way to ‘scam the stupidest people in his base.’” Amy Russo wrote this in Huff post on February 16, 2019.

In the article “Ann Coulter: Trump Trying ‘To Scam the Stupidest People in His Base’” Amy Russo writes:Read More »

With trains like Schwebebahn, no wonder Germans love public transit

by Benjamin Schneider

Infrastructure like this makes it clear why Germany continues to produce enthusiasm for public transit, generation after generation.

My first view of the Schwebebahn was from my living room as a 10-year-old watching the Travel Channel on TV. I remember being amazed by the dinky rail cars, precariously suspended above a river by wrought iron trusses. The centenarian transit system in Wuppertal, Germany, looked like a cross between Disneyland’s monorail and the Eiffel Tower.Read More »