The Coup in Venezuela Explained

The Coup in Venezuela, Explained

As crisis engulfs Venezuela, Aaron Bastani looks at the political and economic history of the country since Hugo Chavez won power in 1998. His conclusion? That sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country’s economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realise let alone dare to admit.

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OAS Ambassador Slams US ‘Pillage’ of Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
February 15 2019

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“If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen,” Moncada said in reference to the Venezuelan resources blocked by the U.S. government.

The Venezuelan Ambassador at the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada, stated on Friday that there are procedures to remove Venezuela from the organization, and it can’t be done without the necessary 24 votes of members of the OAS general assembly.

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“As the representative of the Venezuelan State and of constitutional president Nicolas Maduro Moros (…), the only way for me to stand up from this chair without violating international laws is that there is a resolution approved by the Extraordinary General Assembly of the OAS, where 24 member states voted for the suspension,” Moncada stated during his address at the OAS.

The Venezuelan representative reiterated that the only way of suspending a country from the OAS is by an extraordinary session of the organization’s General Assembly and that the resolution needs to have 24 votes to be approved. “The lie collapses, the fraud collapses, do not keep lying, get the 24 votes in the Assembly and I’ll leave here legitimately.”

Samuel Moncada also denounced that the United States government stole over USD$30 billion from the Venezuelan people. “Mr. Trump proclaimed himself the owner and lord of the natural resources, territories and inhabitants of that colony that he now calls Venezuela, and we have a real epidemic of autoprocalmations,” he said.

He then explained that the U.S.-backed coup d’etat against the Bolivarian Government is only effective in Washington, “where everyone celebrates the sacking of our nation, but it is a failure in Venezuela.” He argued that the illegally self-proclaimed “interim president,” Juan Guaido, is the one in Venezuela defending “the measures of economic suffocation against our people because they produce the necessary suffering so that the necessary military decide to support him.”

“If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen,” the diplomat said in reference to the resources blocked by the U.S. government, as part of the unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed against the South American country.

This Coup Is Openly Led By The U.S.: Arreaza

Source:  Internationalist 360
February 12 2019

 

United Nations – Press Conference by H.E. Mr. Jorge Arreaza, Minister of the People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the situation in the country. (In English).

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza gave a press conference from the headquarters of the United Nations, where he reaffirmed the condemnation of the coup d’état carried out by the U.S. government against his country.

Arreaza warned about the direct and open participation of the United States in the organization, promotion and financing of aggression, giving orders to the opposition and attempting to force an internal military reaction. He stressed, nonetheless, that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) has remained ” unbroken in accordance with the Constitution.

The Chancellor regretted that the European Union and its institutions have made the mistake of recognizing “the falsehood of something that does not exist”, in reference to its position of support for the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó.

He also thanked some nations that have not joined the interference. “The government of Italy has been very conscientious, and has tried to get the parties to achieve a Venezuelan solution and not be imposing what the U.S. government says,” he said.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister highlighted the cynicism of the U.S. government for sending supposed “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela. “We will be consistent, the government that blocks and attacks and threatens is the one that offers you humanitarian aid? There is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, there is a blockaded and besieged economy,” he said.

An Open Letter to the American People from President Nicolás Maduro

Source:  Tony Seed’s Weblog
February 7 2019

maduro's open letter to the american people

If I know anything, it is about peoples, such as you. I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart. Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as one of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology, or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.

I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disturb noble dialogue initiatives promoted by Uruguay and Mexico with the support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favour of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk, because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”. Are those who do not want to dialogue afraid of the truth?

The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.

The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.

And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with high human development index and lower inequality in the Americas.

The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between the Nations.

We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.

Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul. Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela. We appeal to the good soul of the American society, victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all one people against warmongering and war.

Long live the peoples of America!

Nicolás Maduro

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Caricom to Almagro: ‘You Don’t Speak For The Entire OAS’

Source:  TeleSUR
February 2 2019

timothy harrisTimothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, at a heads of state
summit in Brussels, Belgium. June 10, 2015. | Photo: EFE

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has rejected Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro’s unilateral decision to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

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In a letter to Almagro dated Jan. 31, Caricom expressed its “disapproval and grave concern with regard to the position that you [Almagro], in your capacity as Secretary-General, have adopted, by recognizing President of the Venezuelan National Assembly Juan Guaido as interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” in the words of Timothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, chairman of the conference.

Caricom held an emergency meeting on Jan. 24 attended by heads of state from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the foreign ministers of Grenada and Suriname.

The Caribbean states deemed Almagro’s decision “inappropriate” because he didn’t have the full support of OAS member states, and they demanded he publicly confirm he doesn’t speak on their behalf.

“We are aware that this is not the only occasion on which you have made public utterances in the name of the organisation without authority,” the letter reads.

“This type of unilateral action by a head of an international organisation, whose membership comprises sovereign states, is a clear departure from normal practice and causes great concern.”

Jamaicans Should Understand What’s Happening in Venezuela

Source:  JSC
January 28 2019

by Al Grey, greyal2@yahoo.com

Probably the easiest way for young Jamaicans to understand what’s happening in Venezuela is for them to speak with an honest, objective and informed person who lived in Jamaica in the 1970s and who was old enough then to be aware of the real situation in the country.

If that is not possible, then there is a lot of information on the internet about this period in Jamaica’s life which can allow the honest, non-partisan mind to know the truth of the time. In addition, several informative books and articles, fiction and non-fiction, have been written about the CIA’s role in Jamaica in this period.  All one needs to do is google “the CIA involvement in Jamaica”.

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The script used then in Jamaica, which was basically the same one used in Chile leading up to assassination of the democratically elected President Dr. Salvador Allende in 1973, had three main components; paramilitary activity; propaganda in the mainstream media; and economic warfare.

This, in essence, is what we now see happening in Venezuela.  But of course, the stakes are much higher there, not only because of the huge oil, gas and gold reserves which the country boasts but also because of the leading role that the Bolivarian Revolution has played since Hugo Chavez’ electoral victory in 1998 in transforming the region into an integrated, anti-imperialist bloc.  Since Chavez’ victory there have been 15 progressive democratically elected governments in the region.

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Michael Manley’s image shown with a death mask in the leading Jamaican daily newspaper, the Daily Gleaner

The violence unleashed in Jamaica in that period had never been experienced on the small, relatively peaceful island before. Socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley was demonized in the media and blamed for all the ills of the country including those manufactured by individuals and organizations trying to destabilize the young nation.  Shortages of basic items like soap and toothpaste resulting from hoarding by the suppliers formed part of a broader economic and financial sabotage of the economy which led to the devaluation of the national currency – all occurring under the dictates of the model guided by the words of then US President Nixon for the destabilizing of Chile: “make the economy scream”.

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Fortunately for the people of Venezuela, the experiences of Iraq, Afghanistan, and especially Syria and Libya, are too fresh in the minds of the peoples of the world for them to be fooled again. In addition, we are moving towards a multipolar world as the savage warmongering US empire is imploding, being isolated and recognized for what it is, and for its historical role as the purveyor of incessant destruction of other peoples and their lands under the guise of spreading ‘democracy’.

“You can fool some people sometimes
but you can’t fool all the people all the time,

so now we see the light,
we gonna stand up for our rights”

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