Right-wing hypocrisy on display as Venezuela elections approach

by Emile Schepers

People’s World | May 17, 2018

On Sunday, May 20, Venezuela will hold a general election, with or without the permission of the United States and its allies.

The U.S. has formed an alliance, the “Lima Group,” whose purpose is regime change in Venezuela. On Monday, May 14, the countries that constitute this group met in Mexico City and issued a statement denouncing the Venezuelan government as “undemocratic” and demanding that Sunday’s election date be cancelled.Read More »

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That Time John Bolton Promised Regime Change In Iran Before 2019

by Addison dePitt

The Greanville Post | May 13, 2018

In July of last year neoconservative death cultist John Bolton, now the National Security Advisor of the United States, gave a speech at the Grand Gathering of Iranians for Free Iran in which he openly called for regime change in Tehran.Read More »

Iran sanctions, imperial problems

Iran Sanctions Imperial problems (Photo: eaworldview.com)

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MR Online | 14 May, 2018

Originally publishedEconomics of Imperialism (May 9, 2018)

Trump’s anti-Iran move on Tuesday was deeply worrying for allies of the US. It is a blow for those countries, especially in Europe, that were hoping to build on the big expansion of trade with and investment in Iran after the July 2015 nuclear deal was signed. But it is more than just an economic opportunity under threat. As Germany’s Zeit Online commented ‘with nationalism and protectionism, Donald Trump is gradually eliminating the world order shaped by the USA’. Here I look at some implications of the latest U.S. policy and the reasons for its timing.Read More »

Exclusive emails show how the White Helmets tried to recruit Roger Waters with Saudi money

by Max Blumenthal

Gray Zone | April 19, 2018

Roger Waters on stage in Barcelona, April 13, 2018

During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as “a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists.” Warning that the groups’ unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience, “If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.”Read More »

‘New imperialism’ debate suffers from the omission of subimperialism: An exceptionally interesting debate about how imperialism is now behaving

The BRICS, global governance, accumulation, class struggle and resource extractivism

by Patrick Bond

Pambazuka News | April 20, 2018

Two leading critics of imperialism – John Smith and David Harvey – have recently fought bitterly at the Review of African Political Economy website (http://roape.net) over how to interpret geographically-shifting processes of super-exploitation.

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Nicaragua: Next in Line for Regime Change?

by Tortilla Con Sal

teleSUR  | April 21, 2018

Since April 18, when the government proposed social security reforms, violent protests have taken place across Nicaragua.

Since April 18, when the government proposed social security reforms, violent protests have taken place across Nicaragua. | Photo: Reuters
The pattern is similar to events in Libya, Syria and Venezuela, where extreme right-wing political minorities conspired with foreign elites to overthrow the national status quo.

Events in Nicaragua over the past week are clearly modeled on the kind of U.S.-led, NATO-driven regime change that succeeded in Libya, Ivory Coast and Ukraine, but has so far failed in Thailand, Syria and Venezuela. At a national level, the protests have been led by the private sector business classes defending their rate of profit against socialist policies in defense of low-income workers and people on pensions.

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