Protest and Destabilization in Venezuela: Following Scripts that Suggest a Degree of Premeditated Coordination

Source:  venezuelanalysis.com

Schemes designed to demonstrate that governments considered hostile to U.S. interests are ruthless and undemocratic span many decades and continents. There is one highly effective type of manipulation that is frequently employed: Peaceful protests are combined with violent ones as the media and opposition conflate the tactics used by security forces against the former and the justified use of force against the latter. The key actors in this display of deception know exactly what their role is and how to act in order to ensure success. Often, support for regime change opens opportunities for blatantly anti-democratic political movements, some of which employ terrorist tactics.

In Chile under Salvador Allende

salvador allende 2Consider the following examples. In Chile under Salvador Allende, upper-class women gathered to bang on pots and pans while in their shadows members of the right-wing paramilitary group Patria y Libertad used violence to provoke security forces. The message was clear: The Marxist government of Allende did not tolerate free expression of opinion and, in addition, Communists beat up on decent, respectable women.

In Libya, Syria and Ukraine

More recently, uprisings in Libya, Syria, and Ukraine were all preceded by a first phase of mass protests, which in some cases put forward legitimate grievances. The media, Washington spokespeople, and human rights NGOs uniformly condemned the government’s violation of basic democratic rights and soon expressed sympathy for those who engaged in violence and called for regime change.

In the case of Ukraine, the second phase of mass protest consisted of armed revolt that included a large contingent of neo-fascists. In Syria, the second phase involved a diversity of terrorist groups including Ahrar al-Sham tied to Al Qaeda, but the U.S. narrative singled out the government as the true “bad guy.” Indeed, Washington has put forward the implausible argument that material support for the “good” rebels committed to democracy will allow them to gain the upper hand against the “bad” ones, that is, terrorists.

Sanctions against Venezuela – fitting a decades-old pattern that ignore the evidence

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Fidel and Raul Castro Send Messages to Nicaragua

Source:  Presna Latina

Managua, July 20

fidel-ortega-raulThe leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Cuban President, Raul Castro, yesterday sent greeting messages to Nicaragua on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Sandinista victory in that country.

In his message, Fidel Castro saluted the Sandinista victory on July 19, 1979 and considered Nicaragua as an irreversible stronghold of the anti-imperialist fight.

Likewise, he highlighted Daniel Ortega as a key figure in the struggle of the peoples of the continent.

In his message, Raul Castro sent fraternal greetings on the occasion of this anniversary, which was extended to the Nicaraguan people.

After both messages were read at Plaza La Fe in the capital, which was crammed with hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans, Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdes reminded that the victory was the beginning of a long road of transformations in this nation.

The celebration, led by Daniel Ortega, was also attended by Presidents Nicolas Maduro (Venezuela), Salvador Sanchez Ceren (El Salvador), Juan Orlando Hernandez (Honduras), and the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu, and the President of Ecuadorian Parliament, Gabriela Rivadeneira, among other figures.

Golding: The US Lacks the Moral Authority to Cite Human-Rights Abuses against Jamaica

Source:  The Gleaner
Kingston, Jamaica

bruce golding 1Former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding has declared that the USA lacks the moral authority to cite human-rights abuses as reasons to withdraw support to the Jamaican security forces.

Golding said there was no evidence that outgoing Police Commissioner Owen Ellington was involved in such abuses or failed to take action against those who carried out extrajudicial activities.

Speaking yesterday on Power 106 FM radio talk show, ‘Cliff Hughes On-line’, the former prime minister said the US has a long history of carrying out heinous actions against other countries which are tantamount to human rights abuses.

The US has no basis

Referring to the US as a country that has reserved on to itself “the right to dispatch drones to go and extrajudicially kill persons who it alleges to be terrorists and in the process kill civilians including children”, Golding said the US has no basis to lambaste other countries for alleged human-rights violations.

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US Art Collector Dedicates Exhibit to the Cuban Five

July 18. 2014

Source:  Cuban News Agency

Brownstone support the FiveA visual arts collection entitled “My Love for Arts, My Love for Cuba,” was inaugurated on Thursday in Havana as a donation by US collector Gilbert Brownstone in tribute to the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, who were arrested in 1998 in the United States.

The Five represent social justice for Cuba and the world; they have been deprived of their freedom because they fought terrorism in the entrails of the monster,” said Brownstone as he recalled a statement by Cuban National Hero Jose Marti about his exile in the United States which said “I have lived in the monster and I have known its entrails.”

In the presence of Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez, the only two of the five men who have returned to Cuba after they served their unfair sentences in US jails, the collector said that he was privileged to have met the relatives of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters.

The remaining three: Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero are still held in US prisons despite a  huge international campaign for their release.

During the inauguration of the exhibit at the Jose Marti Memorial, the president of the National Council of Visual Arts, Ruben del Valle, said that the collection of so many works of art will be displayed until August 17.

The collection includes works by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Andre Masson and other outstanding artists, which Gilbert donated to Cuba.

In September 2011 Brownstone visited Gerardo in the Victorville maximum security prison in California, to offer his support and solidarity.  Below is a report of this visit.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: Who is David in the Modern War Between David and Goliath?

Source:  Prison Radio
Photo:  Mumia Abu Jamal

mumia abu jamal 2The biblical tale of David vs. Goliath is the quintessential story of how the weak can prevail over the mighty.  It gives people hope that perhaps they can prevail over terrible adversity.

In the Middle East that tale continues to be told, but from the somewhat peculiar perspective that Israel, the Zionist State, is David.  This is how most Americans receive – and seem to want – their Mid-East news. Perhaps it’s more comforting.  But it’s not so.  Israel has the most powerful military in the region, and it is the most aggressive.

Back before the 1970s, Egypt could’ve made such a claim, but today, billions of U.S. dollars later; they’re only a threat to their own population.  Today, Israel is Goliath; and Palestine is David. They throw stones while Israel fields F-16 fighters, attack aircraft that can destroy whole football fields in a blink.  They have nuclear weapons.

They (the Palestinians), have no standing army, no air force, and no real standing in international affairs.  They are an occupied people. They are a captive people.

When President Barack Obama issues statements about ‘restraint by both sides’, it is political hogwash.  For Obama, who spent his time as a state politician in the company of Palestinian intellectuals like Ali Abunimah, knows well who is the best armed party in the conflict; and who isn’t.  He knows well who is Goliath, and who is David.  And David has little more than a stone – and a prayer.
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Fidel Castro: An unheard of provocation

Source:  Granma International

July 18 2014

Fidel en el Palacio de Convenciones. Foto: Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate.THIS morning the cables were full of reports about the unheard of news that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane had been hit at an altitude of 10,100 meters as it flew over Ukrainian territory, along a route controlled by the war-hungry government of chocolate king, Petro Poroshenko.

Cuba, which has always stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in the difficult days of the Chernobyl tragedy provided medical care to the many children affected by the accident’s harmful radiation, and is always willing to continue doing so, cannot refrain from expressing our repudiation of the action of the anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government.

At the same time, coinciding with the Malaysian aircraft crime, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the nuclear state, ordered his army to invade the Gaza Strip, where, over the last several days, hundreds of Palestinians have died, many of them children. The President of the United States supported the action, describing the repugnant act as legitimate defense.

Obama does not support David against Goliath, but rather Goliath against David. As is known, young men and women from the Israeli people, well prepared for productive work, are being exposed to a death without honor, without glory. I am not aware of the Palestinian’s military strategy, but I know that a combatant prepared to die can defend even the ruins of a building, as long as he has his rifle, as the heroic defenders of Stalingrad demonstrated.

I only wish to express my solidarity with the heroic people who defend the last sliver remaining of what was their homeland for thousands of years.

Fidel Castro Ruz

July 17, 2014

11:14 p.m.

Cuba: Promoting Equality as a Right and Not an Opportunity

July 11 2014
Jorge MattarcCuba is an example and guide to promote equality in Latin America as a right and not as an opportunity, said Jorge Mattar, director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC).

In an exclusive interview with the Cuban News Agency (ACN), Mattar, director of the Latin American and Caribbean Institute of Economic and Social Planning of CELAC noted that despite the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States, Cuba has a revolutionary process allowing equivalence and sovereignty of its people.

He explained that Cuban economic model has conceived a society with high level of education and low inequality, and for CELAC those are two key features of development.

Cuba has gone a long way in building a wide and influential educational system

In this regard he considered that Cuba has gone a long way in building a wide and influential educational system, and that’s part of the essential ingredient in the progress of nations, he said.

Máttar noted that next year CELAC will hold a regional workshop-course in Cuba, in order to promote equality and combat the differences between Latin American and Caribbean nations.

The manager stated that the island was chosen for being a country where everyone has equal access and rights to the benefits of the Revolution.

He added that CELAC´s main objective is to considerably mitigate extreme poverty, achieve full and productive employment, make healthcare  accessible  to everyone and reduce hunger in the region.

The training workshop intends to ensure that the realities of the different countries are represented in CELAC so that the organization can be familiar with the different territorial dynamics of member countries, said Máttar.

Today Latin America is facing an international scenario of slow economic-trade growth and in a globalized world this strongly impacts on the development of countries, he said.