The White House has decided it has the power to take over a sovereign country and steal all of their resources, which include the largest oil reserves in the world. They have ripened this moment, as they did in Iraq by starving the people and sanctioning (stealing) the money that belongs to the people of Venezuela. But you don’t have to go to Venezuela to see this for yourself. You can come to the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. They are starving us out. Continue reading
If there is a U.S. invasion of Venezuela, it will not go any better than other recent U.S. invasions. First of all, they will have to attack the poor barrios and kill thousands of poor, working class people of color who are the base of the “Bolivarian Revolution,” and whose lot has actually been improved by the socialist government’s programs.
A “successful” coup would be a huge disaster. First of all for Venezuelans, who would have an extreme right repressive U.S.-backed government imposed upon them. Secondly for all the people of Latin America, for whom the threat of ongoing U.S. domination would be renewed. Thirdly, for the peace-loving people of the U.S. and Canada, whose governments are creating economic pain, political chaos and a violent overthrown of the progressive government in Venezuela. Continue reading
A 75-page regime change manual prepared by the U.S. Global Development Lab, a branch of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advocates the creation of rapid expeditionary development teams to partner with the CIA and U.S. Special Forces to conduct “a mix of offensive, defensive, and stability operations [in] in extremis conditions.” Some of these actions will, in all likelihood, involve combat operations.
On April 4, for the first time since its enactment, Congress used the War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. It is now imperative that Congress invoke the War Powers Resolution to prevent the president from escalating the dangerous U.S. economic and military aggression against Venezuela. Continue reading
Why stir up a new conflict in South America? If we want to give aid, give it through the Red Cross, already in Venezuela. Second, what menace is Venezuela to us? None at all, but as with Cuba, the US government is struck apoplectic by socialism, as if it is a threat to our national security. And why has our government compounded its crushing economic sanctions on Venezuela, while offering crumbs in humanitarian aid. Finally, it’s not possible to dissociate our intrusion into Venezuelan politics from oil, given that country has the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Continue reading
The Venezuelan people deserve self-determination, no matter how you feel about the current government. The absolute last thing they need is to be turned into a neocon / neoliberal parking lot in which America rips all their resources out from under them while calling it “freedom.” Continue reading
In the 1980s, the United States used aid shipments to shuttle weapons into the hands of Contras, who were trying to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. The man responsible for those shipments was Elliott Abrams, Trump’s new special representative for Venezuela. Continue reading
You’ve seen the saber-rattling headlines. But when it comes to US meddling in Latin America, headlines not only fail to tell the story, they obscure the truth. For this special edition of Other Voices TV Forum, we take a hard look behind those headlines. Continue reading
The Trump administration’s dangerous moves against the government of Venezuela must be halted immediately. U.S. attempts to force regime change have a long history of failure: violent, bloody failure. No more! Continue reading
The moderates in the Venezuelan opposition, including two former presidential candidates of the two main traditional parties, Claudio Fermín and Eduardo Fernández, have favored electoral participation and recognition of the legitimacy of the Maduro government. Washington’s actions pull the rug … Continue reading