Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power?

by Federico Fuentes – Green Left Weekly | April 01, 2019

A community meeting in Santa Teresa, San Fernando de Apure. (Katherine Delgado)
A community meeting in Santa Teresa, San Fernando de Apure. (Katherine Delgado)

For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country’s worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace.

The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own.

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“Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling: Venezuela Roundup – 12 | April 01, 2019

  • Maduro announces power rationing, blames opposition for violence and chaos
  • Guaido awaits army support, informs BBC
  • Guaido dismisses report of Russian troops in Venezuela
  • No one is showing up for pro-Guaido protests
  • Very happy, says U.S. envoy on India cutting Venezuela oil import
  • “Who are these Yankees?” Maradona blasts U.S. meddling in Venezuela
  • Lavrov dismisses U.S. threat
  • Caracas mayor calls for popular demo

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UK: Prison officers declare ‘major victory’ after government announces Birmingham prison will return to public ownership

by Marcus Barnett

Morning Star | April 02, 2019

PRISON officers declared a “major” victory today after the government announced that Birmingham prison will be returned to public ownership permanently.

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has said that the West Midlands jail will be returned to state control after security giant G4S was given a 15-year contract in 2011.Read More »

Zakharova Fires Back at Trump! US Is Arrogant and in COMPLETE Violation of Intl Law in Venezuela! (MUST SEE)

Vesti News | March 29, 2019

Subscribe to Vesti News… Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for the MFA: “On March 27th, during a meeting with the spouse of the Venezuelan opposition member Guaido, US president Donald Trump stated that the US will consider all possible options to force Russian servicemen to leave Venezuela. First of all, I’d like to ask all of the aforementioned people a question: on what legal grounds were those statements made?”

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Taunting Trump: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wants more blood spilled in Venezuela (and elsewhere).

by Patrice Greanville

Since the empire seemingly feels a shortage of native born warmongers and bloodsuckers, they also warmly embrace (and richly reward) foreigners like Fareed Zakaria, an ambitious interloper happy to join the crowded ranks of the nation’s imperial verminocracy. Zakaria, a longstanding disinformation asset at CNN and the WaPo, both equally notorious for their Olympian disregard for truth, has been one of the network’s battering rams against Trump, who, let’s say it here for the umpteenth time, amply deserves to be attacked, but not in the utterly dishonest way the Democrats and their media shills, like Zakaria, do, for motives that only resonate within the narrow folds of the US ruling class. Zakaria, who also, channeling the CIA, earnestly but deviously recommended in 2014 that Snowden simply give himself up, and entrust his fate to the tender mercies of American justice (Why Snowden should stand trial in U.S),has been a fierce competitor for the “Never-Trumper” Obsession Award (chief rival being MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, of course) and one of the WaPo’s leading resident russophobes, another crowded field, a role he also fills at CNN, naturally. Here’s Zakaria delivering his poisoned screed. We tried people at Nuremberg for promoting “wars of choice”, properly calling them a capital crime.  This guy—whose Ivy League credentials confirm both his and these institutions’ moral and educational bankruptcy, as they obviously crank out far more sociopathic Machiavellis than honest interpreters of world affairs (he holds diplomas from Yale and Harvard), should keep that in mind as he continues to pollute the public mind with lies and innuendo that only benefit the Deep State, even if that fattens his bank account. The malignant effects of the continued pressure toward war—a cataclysmic one—exercised by these forces on the collective mind, including their own, cannot be overstated. About two years ago, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report’s founding editor, and easily one of this nation’s most lucid public intellectuals, had this to say on this topic:Read More »

Agent provocateurs and the manipulation of the radical left

by Emile Schepers

Peoples’ World | September 18, 2017

Agents provocateurs and the manipulation of the radical left

An activist runs past a burning police car in Toronto’s financial district during the G20 Summit, June 26, 2010. Black bloc provocations played a major role in demonstrations at the summit. | Darren Calabrese / AP via The Canadian Press

The far-right surge arising in the wake of the election of Donald Trump includes various shades of fascism. This is being abetted by the president and other major political leaders. It has led to a many-fronted crisis to which we need to prioritize effective resistance.

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