Daily Archives: January 27, 2019

2019-01-27: News Headlines

Michael Welch (2019-01-27). Power Play: The U.S. and Canada back a Coup in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca "Never before has a high-level official said that the opposition should overthrow the government… this has no historic comparison in the 200 years of US-Venezuela relations." | — President Nicolás Maduro, January 23, 2019 [1] | . | . | LISTEN TO THE …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-27). CIA Was Aiding "Jihadists" before Soviets Invaded Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Originally, there were four parties involved in the Afghan conflict which are mainly responsible for the debacle in the Af-Pak region. Firstly, the former Soviet Union which invaded Afghanistan in December 1979. Secondly, Pakistan's security agencies which nurtured the Afghan …

Consortiumnews (2019-01-27). ROBERT PARRY: With the US Meddling Again in Latin America, a Look Back at How Washington Promoted Genocide in Guatemala. consortiumnews.com As the U.S. declares a new government in Venezuela, we look back at how the Reagan administration promoted human rights violations in Guatemala, including genocide inflicted on Indian villages, as the late Robert Parry reported on Feb. 21, 2013. By… Read more →

Medea Benjamin (2019-01-27). Denouncing U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela. zcomm.org On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was Read more…

Craig Murray (2019-01-27). The Vultures of Caracas. globalresearch.ca We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes …

Lucas Koerner (2019-01-27). Coup in Progress in Venezuela? zcomm.org Interview on a "coup attempt"

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-27). Juan Guaido: Designated US Puppet in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Nicolas Marduro is Venezuela's legitimate democratically elected and reelected president. | The country's process is scrupulously open, free, and fair, the world's best, a model for other nations. Polar opposite to America's fantasy democracy, the best money can buy. | Coup d'etats …

RT (2019-01-27). 'I supported your coup, answer me': Marco Rubio mocked for #GuaidoChallenge selfie. rt.com The US' open endorsement of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó has touched on the farcical, with Florida politicians tweeting #GuaidoChallenge selfies to jump on a Venezuelan viral campaign. |

RT (2019-01-27). Venezuelan military envoy to US denounced as 'traitor' by Caracas after breaking with Maduro govt. rt.com Venezuela's military attaché to Washington has been labeled a traitor by Caracas after he refused an order to return home and announced his support for the US-backed, self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido.

STAFF (2019-01-27). The U.S. Is Paying for What It Did to Russia in Afghanistan. truthdig.com Trump is right: Russia's Afghan misadventure is a remarkably logical place to start when considering the present U.S. debacle there.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-27). Everybody Else's Business: Coup Fever in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca This could have been seen as audacious. Instead, it had the smell of a not so well concealed sponsorship, the backing of a meaty foreign hand. Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó decided to take …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-01-27). Netanyahu's Election Bombing Campaign May Lead to Battle: Syria and Hezbollah Have Their Fingers on the Trigger. globalresearch.ca Israel has attacked Syria many times during the last seven years of war imposed on Syria. It has run red-lights and broken taboos in order to provoke the "Axis of the Resistance" inside Syria, but has refrained from infuriating Hezbollah …

Richard Gale (2019-01-27). Modern Medicine and Big Pharma. Healthcare Crisis in America. globalresearch.ca This new year will likely mark another milestone in science and medicine. Again, Americans will spend more money on diagnostic tests, surgeries and other medical procedures, and patients will consume more drugs and receive more treatments than any other time …

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-27). "Naya Pakistan": Come One, Come All, and See "New Pakistan" with Your Own Eyes! globalresearch.ca Prime Minister Imran Khan's "Naya Pakistan" ("New Pakistan") just passed legislation loosening the country's previously difficult visa procedure to allow for most of the world's nationalities to either receive one on arrival or electronically, which will not only boost …

Matthew Caruana Galizia (2019-01-27). How Globalisation Killed Our Mother. globalresearch.ca The worldwide network that facilitates transnational organised crime and corruption is, tragically, one of globalisation's most enduring success stories. It is also, therefore, one of its deadliest flaws. While the produce and proceeds of crime flow seamlessly across borders, justice …

STAFF (2019-01-27). Fears That 2nd Dam Could Breach in Brazil Prompt Evacuations. truthdig.com BRUMADINHO, Brazil — Brazilian officials on Sunday suspended the search for potential survivors of a dam collapse that has killed at least 40 people amid fears that another nearby dam owned by the same company was also at risk of breaching. | Authorities were evacuating several neighborhoods in the southeastern city of Brumadinho that were within range of the B6 dam owned by the Brazilian mining company Vale. There was no immediate word on how many people were evacuated. | "Leave here, this is at risk!" police officials told firefighters in a lower-lying area. "Within a little while, more mud will fall."

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-01-27). American History for Truthdiggers: Just How Good Was the 'Good War'? truthdig.com Many in the U.S. put a sentimental gloss on World War II, turning a blind eye to its complexity, savagery and dubious legacies.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-27). Politics Behind the Sunni-Shia Conflict in Middle East. globalresearch.ca Lately, it has become a habit of Orientalist apologists of Western imperialism to offer reductive historical and theological explanations of Sunni-Shi'a conflict in the Middle East region in order to cover up the blowback of ill-conceived Western military interventions and …

STAFF (2019-01-27). Russia and Putin Mark 75 Years Since WWII Siege of Leningrad. truthdig.com The siege of the city, now called St. Petersburg, lasted nearly 2 Ω years until the Soviet Army drove the Nazis away on Jan. 27, 1944.

Eds. (2019-01-27). A new abnormal. mronline.org Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this past year by the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from these and other threats and putting the future of […] | Source

Ellen Brown (2019-01-27). Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank. globalresearch.ca The Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more than 40 other US Representatives has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich …

Stephen Lendman (2019-01-27). Deal to End US Government Shutdown. "Fake National Emergency" on Mexican Border. globalresearch.ca Did Trump blink? Did undemocratic Dems win the 35-day standoff? | On Friday, DLT announced a deal to reopen government for three weeks without having gotten congressional border wall funding. | He vowed to build a "wall or steel barrier (in) predetermined …

Peter Koenig (2019-01-27). Argentina — Is the IMF Intervention Helped by HAARP? globalresearch.ca HAARP — the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program — was initiated as an ionospheric research program, established in 1993 in Gakona, Alaska and operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. It was and is funded by the U.S. Air …

unitedEditor (2019-01-27). Turkey's Current Policy in Syria Taking Account of US Threat. uwidata.com The city of Manbij is currently the focal point of the Turkish government's policy towards Syria. The topicality of the issue increased after Donald Trump had announced the pullout of US troops from the war-torn Arab country. Acquiring special significance in this light are the Turkish-American agreements that the two countries attained on the eve […]

STAFF (2019-01-27). Auschwitz Survivors Pay Homage as World Remembers Holocaust. truthdig.com WARSAW, Poland — The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others during World War II. | In Poland, which was under Nazi German occupation during the war, a far-right activist who has been imprisoned for burning the effigy of a Jew gathered with other nationalists Sunday outside the former death camp of Auschwitz ahead of official ceremonies remembering the 1.1 million people murdered there. | Since last year's observances, an 85-year-old French Holocau…

Arthur Firstenberg (2019-01-27). International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space. globalresearch.ca To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe and governments of all nations | We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, …

Stuart Smallwood (2019-01-27). Towards Another US-North Korea Summit? globalresearch.ca News of another summit between the US and North Korean heads of state is surely encouraging for advocates of Korean peace. Hopes are high that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has an inkling the Trump administration will budge from …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-01-27). Michelle Alexander Is Right About Israel-Palestine. globalresearch.ca As a progressive Jew, I find that many of my family members and friends are still what we call "PEP" — progressive except Palestine. Amid ever-worsening injustices created by the Israeli system of apartheid and Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian …

Michael S. Rozeff (2019-01-27). Building the Information Control Highway. globalresearch.ca With the rise of internet social media, patronized by multi-millions of receptive people and supplied by a small number of companies that have achieved dominance, a path way to information control was cleared. | To complete the highway, all that was …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-01-27). Video: Israel, "Licensed to Kill" globalresearch.ca "With its totally unexpected action, Israel has officialised attacks against military targets in Syria, and has warned Syrian authorities not to exact vengeance on Israel" — this was how the Italian medias reported yesterday's Israeli attack in Syria with cruise …

RT (2019-01-27). Russiagate 'conspiracy derangement': Even Bernie Sanders is a Russian agent, argues MSM journalist. rt.com Progressive godfather Bernie Sanders is rumored to be ready to announce a run for the presidency in 2020. He's the most popular senator in the US, but according to one columnist, he's also an agent of Putin. Yes, really. |

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Latest updates as Venezuela plunges into a major crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Venezuela's Maduro rejects EU ultimatum on fresh elections. aljazeera.com The embattled president dubs opposition leader's declaration unconstitutional, but says he is open to talks with the US.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Concern grow over fate of protesters held in Sudan. aljazeera.com Why concern is growing among families of protesters held in Sudan.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Bashir says Sudan protesters trying to emulate Arab Spring. aljazeera.com Sudan's president says protesters are trying to imitate the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, which shook the region.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Russia: Deal with Turkey on Syria's Idlib not fully implemented. aljazeera.com Moscow and Ankara tried to create a de-escalation zone in Idlib to allow displaced Syrians to return to their homes.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Can there be peace in the southern Philippines?>. aljazeera.com Two bomb blasts on Sunday are a reminder that the security situation in the southern Philippines remains fragile.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). How bread has emerged as the main symbol of Sudan unrest. aljazeera.com More protests are planned against President Omar al-Bashir's 30-year rule after many killed in brutal crackdown.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi released from detention. aljazeera.com The tycoon, who had a net worth estimated to be $10.9bn, was detained as part of 'anti-corruption purge' in 2017.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Russia marks 75 years since World War II siege of Leningrad. aljazeera.com President Vladimir Putin praised Saint Petersburg's 'unbroken' spirit as Russia marks 75 years since lifting of siege.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Russia's St Petersburg marks 75 years since Nazi siege. aljazeera.com By the time the siege on the Russian capital was broken, hunger, disease, bombs and shells had killed more than half a million civilians.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Yemeni mothers protest over sons held in secret UAE-run prisons. aljazeera.com Rights group demands the Yemeni government 'reveal the fate' of the missing, as 86 prisoners go on hunger strike.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Syria conflict: Uncertainty remains over future of safe zones. aljazeera.com Turkey's government wants the whole area east of the Euphrates River to be cleared of ISIL as well as Kurdish fighters.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Alert raised over imminent risk to another Brazil mining dam. aljazeera.com Firefighters are evacuating communities near a mine tailings dam after its owner reports dangerously high water levels.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). South Korea: Thaw in ties with North boosts ice fishing festival. aljazeera.com Nearly two million South Koreans take part in the festival near North Korea border as Seoul-Pyongyang ties warm up.

aljazeera (2019-01-27). Search for survivors resumes after Brazil dam collapse. aljazeera.com Firefighters returned to mud-covered areas after searches were suspended over fears a second dam could burst.

Common Dreams (2019-01-27). Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and Elliott Abrams. theantimedia.com (CD) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries to "pick a side" on Venezuela, urging them to back opposition leader Juan Guaido in a Saturday speech at the UN Security Council in New York. "Now, it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either …

Whitney Webb (2019-01-27). US Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap for Venezuelan Regime Change. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Since the decision of the Trump administration on Wednesday to recognize a member of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, as an unelected "interim president," the situation in the South American country has become increasingly tense, with efforts to force the current government of Venezuela — led by Nicolás Maduro — out of power having …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-27). Israel Wants US to Keep Troops at Military Base in Syria to Counter Iran. theantimedia.com (ZH) — As the Pentagon appears to be moving forward on President Trump's ordered troop draw down from Syria, administration hawks as well as foreign allies like Israel have one final card to play to hinder a total withdrawal. They argue that some 200 US troops in Syria's southeast desert along the Iraqi border and its 55-kilometer "deconfliction zone" at al-Tanf …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-01-27). Defense of Gov't of Venezuela: Litmus Test for Pres Candidates. indybay.org Oil-rich Venezuela is now preparing to defend itself against an American imperialist coup, supported by the Democratic and Republican Parties together. One of these twin parties of war and fascism, the Democrats, now has a thundering herd announcing their candidacy for president, 2 years before the November 2020 election, obviously in an attempt to make sure Americans do not vote socialist (Peace & Freedom) or Green. The biggest star of them all is 77 year old Bernie Sanders, the Democrats' sheepdog in 2016, who has no intention of actually being president. He has always supported US imperialism against Venezuela…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-01-27). Forum "Resisting the US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St…

Lydia Sherwood (2019-01-27). Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Makana/NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth. indybay.org Described as "dazzling" by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. | Recently he toured Russia and recorded "Mourning Armageddon" in a newly decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow. He is performing at Yoshi's on February 21.

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2019-01-27). Skills for Activists: How to Use Sound Systems. indybay.org San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Exp, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2019-01-27). Skills for Activists: How to Use Sound Systems – Level 2. indybay.org San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Exp, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…

Dave Id (2019-01-27). Sights and Sounds from Oakland's 5th Annual Reclaim King's Radical Legacy Events. indybay.org On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland on January 21, 2019, the Anti Police-Terror Project hosted a powerful and moving day of civil rights speakers, marches, children's activities, drums, music, song, and dance. In tribute to families who have lost loved ones to police violence, guns were melted and cast into into stars, displayed in a pattern recreating the constellations visible in the night sky when Oscar Grant was murdered ten years ago. These video clips capture some of the sights and sounds from morning and evening events.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-27). Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders. therealnews.com Shir Hever says Netanyahu is abusing his image as a protector of the Jewish people, and cuts deals with far-right and anti-Semitic heads of state, absolving them of their racism towards Jews in exchange for their superficial support for the State of Israel. All this, to win the upcoming Israeli elections

Ben Norton (2019-01-26). Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money. grayzoneproject.com Unelected US-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-26). Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change. mintpressnews.com What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II.

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-26). Why Would the US Want Venezuela's Oil When It Already Buys 41% of Its Total Exports? globalresearch.ca The prevailing Alt-Media narrative that Washington wants to impose a pro-US puppet regime on Venezuela in order to control all of the country's oil doesn't make much sense when considering that it already buys 41% of the Bolivarian Republic's total …

Ben Norton (2019-01-26). 'It's Our Backyard!': Bill Maher Cheers US-Led Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade. grayzoneproject.com Pro-war liberal pundit Bill Maher endorsed the US-led coup in Venezuela with blatant neocolonial language: "This was the Monroe Doctrine!…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-26). The Radicalization of US Policy on Venezuela. consortiumnews.com Not since the Cuban revolution, has the U.S. government played such an overtly activist role in Latin America, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News Washington's recognition of the shadow government headed by Venezuelan National Assembly president Juan… Read more →

Eric Margolis (2019-01-26). Afghanistan: America's Shameful War. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

SURGENTES (2019-01-26). The Invisibility of Protester Deaths in Poor Areas. venezuelanalysis.com Twenty-eight people were killed in Venezuela between January 21 and 24. Venezuelan human rights organization SURGENTES examines who has been most affected by the spiral of violence.

Steve Ellner — Consortium News (2019-01-26). The Radicalization of U.S. Policy on Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Steve Ellner examines the Trump Administration's recognition of a shadow government and, in so doing, the U.S.'s violation of international law.

Fred_F (2019-01-26). Coup in Venezuela: What next? greenleft.org.au The dice have been thrown and the game is on in Venezuela. This week has seen the country enter into new uncertain and dangerous terrain, although with some predictable elements. We have witnessed different variables develop, and now wait for new elements that may catalyse or justify an outcome. | The current chain of events seems to have been planned out step-by-step: the attempted theft of weapons by a group of members of the Bolivarian National Guard on the morning of January 21, followed by incidents of violence concentrated in the west of Caracas; US Vice-President Mike Pence's video supporting Juan Guaidó a…

Common Dreams staff (2019-01-26). Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Pompeo, Bolton & Abrams. commondreams.org 'This is truly an ominous development for the poor people of Venezuela.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-26). Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company and Requests IMF Money. consortiumnews.com Unelected U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from the neoliberal IMF, reports Ben Norton of The Gray Zone. US Anointed 'President' Moves to Seize National Petroleum Company By… Read more →

Gregory Wilpert (2019-01-26). The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela. zcomm.org From economic sanctions to international pressure, how has the US strategy for regime change in Venezuela worked until now?

WSWS (2019-01-26). US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war. wsws.org Washington is keeping its embassy in Caracas open in defiance of the Venezuelan government, using diplomatic personnel as bait for a potential military confrontation.

Marc Vandepitte (2019-01-26). The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced 'Parliamentary Coup'. globalresearch.ca For a few days now, tension has been rising high in Venezuela. On 23 January, the President of Parliament proclaimed himself president. He was immediately recognized by the US, Brazil and a number of other countries. There are fears that …

Various (2019-01-26). In Defense of Venezuela's Sovereignty: Statements of Solidarity from the International Community. venezuelanalysis.com The Trump Administration's decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as "Interim President" is a dangerous escalation and a threat to Venezuela's sovereignty. Some countries have followed suit while many organizations around the world call for respect to the Caribbean nation's self‚Äêdetermination. Here we bring you some solidarity statements.

RT (2019-01-26). Trump-bashing Iraq war architect Elliott Abrams to lead US regime change in Venezuela. rt.com Washington seems so dead-set on regime change in Venezuela, the State Department has just appointed a former diplomat with a sordid track record in Latin America and Middle East to spearhead "restoring democracy" in Caracas.

Lawrence Wittner (2019-01-26). As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety. commondreams.org Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946, which was part of Operation Crossroads. (image/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Karl Grossman (2019-01-26). Darth Trump: Pushing to Turn Space Into a War Zone. commondreams.org Ronald Reagan's March 23, 1983 Oval Office Speech on the "Strategic Defense Initiative" aka Star Wars. (Photo/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

amnesty (2019-01-26). Philippines: Reject attempts to lower minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12. amnesty.org Amnesty International is deeply concerned at renewed efforts by the Philippine government to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old. The proposed change is contrary to authoritative guidance on international standards relating to juvenile justice, which urges States not to lower their minimum age of criminal responsibility to the age of 12. This move is all the more disturbing when seen in the context of the Philippines' 'war on drugs', which has left thousands dead and continues to claim children's lives.

James Risen (2019-01-26). Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down. theintercept.com The latest special counsel indictment highlights Stone's alleged efforts to alert the Trump campaign about hacked Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks.

David Dayen (2019-01-26). Trump's CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again. theintercept.com The CFPB warned that if the man didn't pay his $1 fine, he could be referred to a collection agency.

RT (2019-01-26). 'It's off to the races': Trump vows to move forward with the wall in 21 days, deal or no deal. rt.com President Donald Trump's administration has promised to "move forward building the wall" in 21 days "with or without the Democrats," countering the #TrumpCaved narrative dominating Twitter after the president ended the shutdown.

WSWS (2019-01-26). Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International. wsws.org Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

WSWS (2019-01-26). Imposition of right-wing candidate intensifies turmoil in Australia's ruling party. wsws.org Prime Minister Morrison's imposition of indigenous businessman Warren Mundine as a Liberal Party election candidate is particularly provocative within the context of the factional war raging inside the party.

Jake Johnson (2019-01-26). Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Confirms US Orchestration. theantimedia.com Vice President Mike Pence called Guaido the night before his announcement and "pledged" that the Trump administration would support him. (CD) — As U.S. lawmakers, civil society leaders, and Latin America experts continue to warn against American intervention in Venezuela's internal political affairs, the Wall Street Journal on Friday confirmed suspicions that opposition leader Juan Guaido's move to declare himself "interim president" of Venezuela …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-26). Russian Military Contractors Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Urges Supporters to Hit Streets. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Maduro, now backed by Russian military contractors, has urged his supporters to take to the streets to defend the legitimacy of his government. The Venezuelan leader has vowed that his country won't turn into a "Syria or Libya" situation, and that the Venezuelan military must prepare for an invasion. According to Reuters, Maduro says he's willing …

Jason Ditz (2019-01-26). "All Options Are on the Table": Trump Intensifies Anti-Maduro Push. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be heading to the UN Security Council Saturday with a very clear agenda: trying to sell the 15 members on recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, instead of Nicolas Maduro. This is unlikely to happen uniformly, as Russia and China have already expressed support for Maduro. This is part of an …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-26). Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump's Venezuela Interventionism. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Ever since the Trump administration announced that it was no longer recognizing the legitimacy of the elected government of Venezuela I've been arguing with people on social media about this president's brazen coup attempt in that country. The people arguing with me in favor of Trump's interventionism are almost exclusively Trump supporters, with leftists and …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-26). Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela. therealnews.com Venezuelan Sociologist Edgardo Lander and TRNN's Greg Wilpert discuss how Venezuela got into its current international, economic, and political crisis and what it might take to get out of it

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-26). Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay. therealnews.com Sharmini Peries hosts a wide ranging conversation about the US backed attempted coup in Venezuela

Many Signatories (2019-01-25). Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Writers, academics and political activists wrote the following letter to Amnesty International encouraging the group to publically oppose US sanctions and incitement of a military coup in Venezuela.

WSWS (2019-01-25). Washington escalates coup provocations in Venezuela. wsws.org Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-25). These Four US Politicians Became Establishment Targets for Denouncing the Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com "The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs." — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Greg Grandin (2019-01-25). How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics. thenation.com How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics…

Brian Cloughley (2019-01-25). Pompeo, Hypocrisy and War. counterpunch.org On January 2 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Brazil, and his Department noted that in discussions with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo they "highlighted the importance of working together to address regional and global challenges, including supporting the people of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in restoring their democratic governance and their human rights." Pompeo More

Fight Back (2019-01-25). ILPS supports Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against usurper backed by U.S. and ultra-reactionaries. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following January 24 statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, vigorously support the democratically elected and newly inaugurated President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and vehemently condemn Juan Guaido who has proclaimed himself the "interim president" of Venezuela in a brazen coup attempt. | Guaido is merely the stooge of US imperialism and the representative of the ultra-reactionaries of Venezuela. We therefore hold the US the most respon…

Farooque Chowdhury — Venezuelanalysis (2019-01-25). Imperialism's Direct Intervention in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The US imperialist power, it seems, is determining issues like legitimacy and people's representation in another country while it is passing through a government shutdown, observes Farooque Chowdhury.

Prensa Latina (2019-01-25). Poderes del Estado venezolano respaldan mandato legítimo de Maduro. peoplesworld.org CARACAS — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, cuenta hoy con el respaldo de los poderes del Estado a su mandato constitucional, ante los intentos de golpe de Estado patrocinados por el gobierno de Estados Unidos. Durante el acto de inicio del año judicial 2019, el titular del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, …

Fight Back (2019-01-25). Tucson tells Trump: Hands off Venezuela! fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Just one day after President Trump announced official recognition for the illegally self-inaugurated interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, a dozen activists rallied outside the downtown federal building, January 24. The rally took a stand in solidarity with the democratically-elected president, and former union bus driver, Nicolas Maduro. | Organizers from the Tucson Anti War Committee expressed their solidarity with the masses of workers, campesinos and indigenous peoples fighting for their right to self-determination and their Bolivarian Revolution.

splcenter (2019-01-25). SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org The Trump administration's war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that — beginning today — will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Pompeo Speech to Denounce U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela. democracynow.org On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was interrupted by CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who held a sign reading, "OAS: Don't Support a Coup in Venezuela."

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-25). Before Venezuela: The long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America. peoplesworld.org Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a long history of interventions—military and otherwise. Ever since the early 19th century, the United States has involved itself in the daily affairs of nations across …

RT (2019-01-25). New Congress Democrats denounce Venezuela coup, get bashed for quoting RT-linked people. rt.com A handful of Democratic lawmakers are opposed to the US-backed coup in Venezuela. But besides going against most of the establishment, they are being bashed for committing a worse sin in MSM's eyes — citing RT-related people.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-25). Confirming US Orchestration, Report Details Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Leader. commondreams.org "The U.S. had been planning this coup in Venezuela. It was the Trump administration that told the little-known opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ to declare himself (unelected) 'president.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

2019-01-27: Social Media Postees

Denouncing U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2019-01-27
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to send $20 million to the Venezuelan opposition in the form of humanitarian aid to address the shortages of food and medicine caused in part by harsh U.S. sanctions. Pompeo made the announcement while speaking at the OAS, the Organization of American States. Pompeo's speech was Read…
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Juan Guaido: Designated US Puppet in Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
Nicolas Marduro is Venezuela's legitimate democratically elected and reelected president. | The country's process is scrupulously open, free, and fair, the world's best, a model for other nations. Polar opposite to America's fantasy democracy, the best money can buy. | Coup d'etats … | The post Juan Guaido: Designated US Puppet in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Venezuelan military envoy to US denounced as 'traitor' by Caracas after breaking with Maduro govt
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-27
Venezuela's military attaché to Washington has been labeled a traitor by Caracas after he refused an order to return home and announced his support for the US-backed, self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido. | …
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ROBERT PARRY: With the US Meddling Again in Latin America, a Look Back at How Washington Promoted Genocide in Guatemala
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-27
As the U.S. declares a new government in Venezuela, we look back at how the Reagan administration promoted human rights violations in Guatemala, including genocide inflicted on Indian villages, as the late Robert Parry reported on Feb. 21, 2013. By… Read more ?…
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The U.S. Is Paying for What It Did to Russia in Afghanistan
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-27
Trump is right: Russia's Afghan misadventure is a remarkably logical place to start when considering the present U.S. debacle there. | The post The U.S. Is Paying for What It Did to Russia in Afghanistan appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Power Play: The U.S. and Canada back a Coup in Venezuela
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
"Never before has a high-level official said that the opposition should overthrow the government… this has no historic comparison in the 200 years of US-Venezuela relations." | — President Nicolás Maduro, January 23, 2019 [1] | . | . | LISTEN TO THE … | The post Power Play: The U.S. and Canada back a Coup in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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'I supported your coup, answer me': Marco Rubio mocked for #GuaidoChallenge selfie
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-27
The US' open endorsement of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó has touched on the farcical, with Florida politicians tweeting #GuaidoChallenge selfies to jump on a Venezuelan viral campaign. | …
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The Vultures of Caracas
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes … | The post The Vultures of Caracas appeared first on Global Research.
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Everybody Else's Business: Coup Fever in Venezuela
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
This could have been seen as audacious. Instead, it had the smell of a not so well concealed sponsorship, the backing of a meaty foreign hand. Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó decided to take … | The post Everybody Else's Business: Coup Fever in Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Coup in Progress in Venezuela?
Lucas Koerner | zcomm.org | 2019-01-27
Interview on a "coup attempt"
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CIA Was Aiding "Jihadists" before Soviets Invaded Afghanistan
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
Originally, there were four parties involved in the Afghan conflict which are mainly responsible for the debacle in the Af-Pak region. Firstly, the former Soviet Union which invaded Afghanistan in December 1979. Secondly, Pakistan's security agencies which nurtured the Afghan … | The post CIA Was Aiding "Jihadists" before Soviets Invaded Afghanistan appeared first on Global Research.
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Turkey's Current Policy in Syria Taking Account of US Threat
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-01-27
The city of Manbij is currently the focal point of the Turkish government's policy towards Syria. The topicality of the issue increased after Donald Trump had announced the pullout of US troops from the war-torn Arab country. Acquiring special significance in this light are the Turkish-American agreements that the two countries attained on the eve […] | The post Turkey's Current Policy in Syria Taking Account of US Threat appeared first on United World International.
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A new abnormal
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-27
Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats–nuclear weapons and climate change–were exacerbated this past year by the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from these and other threats and putting the future of […] | Source…
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Auschwitz Survivors Pay Homage as World Remembers Holocaust
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-27
WARSAW, Poland — The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others during World War II. | In Poland, which was under Nazi German occupation during the war, a far-right activist who has been imprisoned for burning the effigy of a Jew gathered with other nationalists Sunday outside the former death camp of Auschwitz ahead of official ceremonies remembering the 1.1 million people murdered there. | Since last year's observances, an 85-year-old French Holocau…
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American History for Truthdiggers: Just How Good Was the 'Good War'?
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-01-27
Many in the U.S. put a sentimental gloss on World War II, turning a blind eye to its complexity, savagery and dubious legacies. | The post American History for Truthdiggers: Just How Good Was the 'Good War'? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Netanyahu's Election Bombing Campaign May Lead to Battle: Syria and Hezbollah Have Their Fingers on the Trigger
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
Israel has attacked Syria many times during the last seven years of war imposed on Syria. It has run red-lights and broken taboos in order to provoke the "Axis of the Resistance" inside Syria, but has refrained from infuriating Hezbollah … | The post Netanyahu's Election Bombing Campaign May Lead to Battle: Syria and Hezbollah Have Their Fingers on the Trigger appeared first on Global Research.
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International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space
Arthur Firstenberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe and governments of all nations | We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, | … | The post International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space appeared first on Global Research.
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"Naya Pakistan": Come One, Come All, and See "New Pakistan" with Your Own Eyes!
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
Prime Minister Imran Khan's "Naya Pakistan" ("New Pakistan") just passed legislation loosening the country's previously difficult visa procedure to allow for most of the world's nationalities to either receive one on arrival or electronically, which will not only boost … | The post "Naya Pakistan": Come One, Come All, and See "New Pakistan" with Your Own Eyes! appeared first on Global Research.
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Towards Another US-North Korea Summit?
Stuart Smallwood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
News of another summit between the US and North Korean heads of state is surely encouraging for advocates of Korean peace. Hopes are high that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has an inkling the Trump administration will budge from … | The post Towards Another US-North Korea Summit? appeared first on Global Research.
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Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
The Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more than 40 other US Representatives has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich … | The post Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank appeared first on Global Research.
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Building the Information Control Highway
Michael S. Rozeff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
With the rise of internet social media, patronized by multi-millions of receptive people and supplied by a small number of companies that have achieved dominance, a path way to information control was cleared. | To complete the highway, all that was … | The post Building the Information Control Highway appeared first on Global Research.
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Fears That 2nd Dam Could Breach in Brazil Prompt Evacuations
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-27
BRUMADINHO, Brazil — Brazilian officials on Sunday suspended the search for potential survivors of a dam collapse that has killed at least 40 people amid fears that another nearby dam owned by the same company was also at risk of breaching. | Authorities were evacuating several neighborhoods in the southeastern city of Brumadinho that were within range of the B6 dam owned by the Brazilian mining company Vale. There was no immediate word on how many people were evacuated. | "Leave here, this is at risk!" police officials told firefighters in a lower-lying area.
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Russia and Putin Mark 75 Years Since WWII Siege of Leningrad
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-27
The siege of the city, now called St. Petersburg, lasted nearly 2 Ω years until the Soviet Army drove the Nazis away on Jan. 27, 1944. | The post Russia and Putin Mark 75 Years Since WWII Siege of Leningrad appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Argentina — Is the IMF Intervention Helped by HAARP?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
HAARP — the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program — was initiated as an ionospheric research program, established in 1993 in Gakona, Alaska and operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. It was and is funded by the U.S. Air … | The post Argentina — Is the IMF Intervention Helped by HAARP? appeared first on Global Research.
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Politics Behind the Sunni-Shia Conflict in Middle East
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
Lately, it has become a habit of Orientalist apologists of Western imperialism to offer reductive historical and theological explanations of Sunni-Shi'a conflict in the Middle East region in order to cover up the blowback of ill-conceived Western military interventions and … | The post Politics Behind the Sunni-Shia Conflict in Middle East appeared first on Global Research.
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Deal to End US Government Shutdown. "Fake National Emergency" on Mexican Border
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
Did Trump blink? Did undemocratic Dems win the 35-day standoff? | On Friday, DLT announced a deal to reopen government for three weeks without having gotten congressional border wall funding. | He vowed to build a "wall or steel barrier (in) predetermined … | The post Deal to End US Government Shutdown. "Fake National Emergency" on Mexican Border appeared first on Global Research.
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Modern Medicine and Big Pharma. Healthcare Crisis in America
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
This new year will likely mark another milestone in science and medicine. Again, Americans will spend more money on diagnostic tests, surgeries and other medical procedures, and patients will consume more drugs and receive more treatments than any other time … | The post Modern Medicine and Big Pharma. Healthcare Crisis in America appeared first on Global Research.
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How Globalisation Killed Our Mother
Matthew Caruana Galizia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
The worldwide network that facilitates transnational organised crime and corruption is, tragically, one of globalisation's most enduring success stories. It is also, therefore, one of its deadliest flaws. While the produce and proceeds of crime flow seamlessly across borders, justice … | The post How Globalisation Killed Our Mother appeared first on Global Research.
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Michelle Alexander Is Right About Israel-Palestine
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
As a progressive Jew, I find that many of my family members and friends are still what we call "PEP" — progressive except Palestine. Amid ever-worsening injustices created by the Israeli system of apartheid and Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian … | The post Michelle Alexander Is Right About Israel-Palestine appeared first on Global Research.
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Video: Israel, "Licensed to Kill"
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-27
"With its totally unexpected action, Israel has officialised attacks against military targets in Syria, and has warned Syrian authorities not to exact vengeance on Israel" — this was how the Italian medias reported yesterday's Israeli attack in Syria with cruise … | The post Video: Israel, "Licensed to Kill" appeared first on Global Research.
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Russiagate 'conspiracy derangement': Even Bernie Sanders is a Russian agent, argues MSM journalist
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-27
Progressive godfather Bernie Sanders is rumored to be ready to announce a run for the presidency in 2020. He's the most popular senator in the US, but according to one columnist, he's also an agent of Putin. Yes, really. | …
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Venezuela's Maduro rejects EU ultimatum on fresh elections
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
The embattled president dubs opposition leader's declaration unconstitutional, but says he is open to talks with the US.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/venez…

Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Latest updates as Venezuela plunges into a major crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/venez…

Alert raised over imminent risk to another Brazil mining dam
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Firefighters are evacuating communities near a mine tailings dam after its owner reports dangerously high water levels.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/alert…

How bread has emerged as the main symbol of Sudan unrest
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
More protests are planned against President Omar al-Bashir's 30-year rule after many killed in brutal crackdown.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/sudan…

Concern grow over fate of protesters held in Sudan
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Why concern is growing among families of protesters held in Sudan.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/conce…

Search for survivors resumes after Brazil dam collapse
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Firefighters returned to mud-covered areas after searches were suspended over fears a second dam could burst.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/searc…

Bashir says Sudan protesters trying to emulate Arab Spring
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Sudan's president says protesters are trying to imitate the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, which shook the region.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/bashi…

Yemeni mothers protest over sons held in secret UAE-run prisons
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Rights group demands the Yemeni government 'reveal the fate' of the missing, as 86 prisoners go on hunger strike.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/yemen…

Syria conflict: Uncertainty remains over future of safe zones
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Turkey's government wants the whole area east of the Euphrates River to be cleared of ISIL as well as Kurdish fighters.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/syria…

Can there be peace in the southern Philippines?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Two bomb blasts on Sunday are a reminder that the security situation in the southern Philippines remains fragile.
aljazeera.com/programmes/insides…

Russia: Deal with Turkey on Syria's Idlib not fully implemented
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Moscow and Ankara tried to create a de-escalation zone in Idlib to allow displaced Syrians to return to their homes.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/russi…

Russia's St Petersburg marks 75 years since Nazi siege
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
By the time the siege on the Russian capital was broken, hunger, disease, bombs and shells had killed more than half a million civilians.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/russi…

Russia marks 75 years since World War II siege of Leningrad
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
President Vladimir Putin praised Saint Petersburg's 'unbroken' spirit as Russia marks 75 years since lifting of siege.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/russi…

South Korea: Thaw in ties with North boosts ice fishing festival
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
Nearly two million South Koreans take part in the festival near North Korea border as Seoul-Pyongyang ties warm up.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/south…

Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi released from detention
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-27
The tycoon, who had a net worth estimated to be $10.9bn, was detained as part of 'anti-corruption purge' in 2017.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/saudi…

US Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap for Venezuelan Regime Change
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-27
(MPN) — Since the decision of the Trump administration on Wednesday to recognize a member of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, as an unelected "interim president," the situation in the South American country has become increasingly tense, with efforts to force the current government of Venezuela — led by Nicolás Maduro — out of power having …

US Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap for Venezuelan Regime Change

Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and Elliott Abrams
Common Dreams | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-27
(CD) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries to "pick a side" on Venezuela, urging them to back opposition leader Juan Guaido in a Saturday speech at the UN Security Council in New York.

Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and Elliott Abrams

Israel Wants US to Keep Troops at Military Base in Syria to Counter Iran
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-27
(ZH) — As the Pentagon appears to be moving forward on President Trump's ordered troop draw down from Syria, administration hawks as well as foreign allies like Israel have one final card to play to hinder a total withdrawal. They argue that some 200 US troops in Syria's southeast desert along the Iraqi border and its 55-kilometer "deconfliction zone" at al-Tanf …

Israel Wants US to Keep Troops at Military Base in Syria to Counter Iran

Forum "Resisting the US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela"
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-01-27
2969 Mission St., near 26th St…
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Defense of Gov't of Venezuela: Litmus Test for Pres Candidates
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-01-27
Oil-rich Venezuela is now preparing to defend itself against an American imperialist coup, supported by the Democratic and Republican Parties together. One of these twin parties of war and fascism, the Democrats, now has a thundering herd announcing their candidacy for president, 2 years before the November 2020 election, obviously in an attempt to make sure Americans do not vote socialist (Peace & Freedom) or Green. The biggest star of them all is 77 year old Bernie Sanders, the Democrats' sheepdog in 2016, who has no intention of actually being president. He has always supported US imperialism against Venezuela…
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Skills for Activists: How to Use Sound Systems
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-01-27
San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Exp, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…
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Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Makana/NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth
Lydia Sherwood | indybay.org | 2019-01-27
Described as "dazzling" by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. | Recently he toured Russia and recorded "Mourning Armageddon" in a newly decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow. He is performing at Yoshi's on February 21.
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Skills for Activists: How to Use Sound Systems – Level 2
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-01-27
San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Exp, MST 55, Dash, LRT, 181…
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Sights and Sounds from Oakland's 5th Annual Reclaim King's Radical Legacy Events
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-01-27
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland on January 21, 2019, the Anti Police-Terror Project hosted a powerful and moving day of civil rights speakers, marches, children's activities, drums, music, song, and dance. In tribute to families who have lost loved ones to police violence, guns were melted and cast into into stars, displayed in a pattern recreating the constellations visible in the night sky when Oscar Grant was murdered ten years ago. These video clips capture some of the sights and sounds from morning and evening events.
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Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-27
Shir Hever says Netanyahu is abusing his image as a protector of the Jewish people, and cuts deals with far-right and anti-Semitic heads of state, absolving them of their racism towards Jews in exchange for their superficial support for the State of Israel. All this, to win the upcoming Israeli elections | The post Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-26
Unelected US-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from… | The post Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company, Requests IMF Money appeared first on The Grayzone.
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'It's Our Backyard!': Bill Maher Cheers US-Led Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-26
Pro-war liberal pundit Bill Maher endorsed the US-led coup in Venezuela with blatant neocolonial language: "This was the Monroe Doctrine!… | The post 'It's Our Backyard!': Bill Maher Cheers US-Led Coup in Venezuela in Unhinged Colonial Tirade appeared first on The Grayzone.
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Trump-bashing Iraq war architect Elliott Abrams to lead US regime change in Venezuela
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-26
Washington seems so dead-set on regime change in Venezuela, the State Department has just appointed a former diplomat with a sordid track record in Latin America and Middle East to spearhead "restoring democracy" in Caracas. | …
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Coup in Venezuela: What next?
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-26
The dice have been thrown and the game is on in Venezuela. This week has seen the country enter into new uncertain and dangerous terrain, although with some predictable elements. We have witnessed different variables develop, and now wait for new elements that may catalyse or justify an outcome. | The current chain of events seems to have been planned out step-by-step: the attempted theft of weapons by a group of members of the Bolivarian National Guard on the morning of January 21, followed by incidents of violence concentrated in the west of Caracas; US Vice-President Mike Pence's video supporting Juan Guaidó a…
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US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-26
Washington is keeping its embassy in Caracas open in defiance of the Venezuelan government, using diplomatic personnel as bait for a potential military confrontation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Venezuela's US-Backed Coup Leader Immediately Targets State Oil Company and Requests IMF Money
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-26
Unelected U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela's state-owned oil company and seek financing from the neoliberal IMF, reports Ben Norton of The Gray Zone. US Anointed 'President' Moves to Seize National Petroleum Company By… Read more ?…
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Afghanistan: America's Shameful War
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
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Trump's 'Axis of Evil': Pompeo, Bolton & Abrams
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
'This is truly an ominous development for the poor people of Venezuela.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-26
What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW II. | The post Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change appeared first on MintPress News.
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In Defense of Venezuela's Sovereignty: Statements of Solidarity from the International Community
Various | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-26
The Trump Administration's decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as "Interim President" is a dangerous escalation and a threat to Venezuela's sovereignty. Some countries have followed suit while many organizations around the world call for respect to the Caribbean nation's self‚Äêdetermination. Here we bring you some solidarity statements.
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Why Would the US Want Venezuela's Oil When It Already Buys 41% of Its Total Exports?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
The prevailing Alt-Media narrative that Washington wants to impose a pro-US puppet regime on Venezuela in order to control all of the country's oil doesn't make much sense when considering that it already buys 41% of the Bolivarian Republic's total … | The post Why Would the US Want Venezuela's Oil When It Already Buys 41% of Its Total Exports? appeared first on Global Research.
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The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced 'Parliamentary Coup'
Marc Vandepitte | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-26
For a few days now, tension has been rising high in Venezuela. On 23 January, the President of Parliament proclaimed himself president. He was immediately recognized by the US, Brazil and a number of other countries. There are fears that … | The post The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced 'Parliamentary Coup' appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-us-puts-ve…

The Radicalization of US Policy on Venezuela
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-26
Not since the Cuban revolution, has the U.S. government played such an overtly activist role in Latin America, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News Washington's recognition of the shadow government headed by Venezuelan National Assembly president Juan… Read more ?…
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The US Strategy for Regime Change in Venezuela
Gregory Wilpert | zcomm.org | 2019-01-26
From economic sanctions to international pressure, how has the US strategy for regime change in Venezuela worked until now?
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The Radicalization of U.S. Policy on Venezuela
Steve Ellner — Consortium News | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-26
Steve Ellner examines the Trump Administration's recognition of a shadow government and, in so doing, the U.S.'s violation of international law.
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The Invisibility of Protester Deaths in Poor Areas
SURGENTES | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-26
Twenty-eight people were killed in Venezuela between January 21 and 24. Venezuelan human rights organization SURGENTES examines who has been most affected by the spiral of violence.
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Darth Trump: Pushing to Turn Space Into a War Zone
Karl Grossman | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
Ronald Reagan's March 23, 1983 Oval Office Speech on the "Strategic Defense Initiative" aka Star Wars. (Photo/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Lawrence Wittner | commondreams.org | 2019-01-26
Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946, which was part of Operation Crossroads. (image/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Philippines: Reject attempts to lower minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-26
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at renewed efforts by the Philippine government to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old. The proposed change is contrary to authoritative guidance on international standards relating to juvenile justice, which urges States not to lower their minimum age of criminal responsibility to the age of 12. This move is all the more disturbing when seen in the context of the Philippines' 'war on drugs', which has left thousands dead and continues to claim children's lives.
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Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-26
The latest special counsel indictment highlights Stone's alleged efforts to alert the Trump campaign about hacked Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks. | The post Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump's CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-01-26
The CFPB warned that if the man didn't pay his $1 fine, he could be referred to a collection agency. | The post Trump's CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again appeared first on The Intercept.
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'It's off to the races': Trump vows to move forward with the wall in 21 days, deal or no deal
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-26
President Donald Trump's administration has promised to "move forward building the wall" in 21 days "with or without the Democrats," countering the #TrumpCaved narrative dominating Twitter after the president ended the shutdown. | …
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Imposition of right-wing candidate intensifies turmoil in Australia's ruling party
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-26
Prime Minister Morrison's imposition of indigenous businessman Warren Mundine as a Liberal Party election candidate is particularly provocative within the context of the factional war raging inside the party.
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Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-26
Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01…

Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump's Venezuela Interventionism
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
(CJ Opinion) — Ever since the Trump administration announced that it was no longer recognizing the legitimacy of the elected government of Venezuela I've been arguing with people on social media about this president's brazen coup attempt in that country. The people arguing with me in favor of Trump's interventionism are almost exclusively Trump supporters, with leftists and …

Top 5 Dumbest Arguments Defending Trump’s Venezuela Interventionism

Russian Military Contractors Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Urges Supporters to Hit Streets
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
(ZH) — Maduro, now backed by Russian military contractors, has urged his supporters to take to the streets to defend the legitimacy of his government. The Venezuelan leader has vowed that his country won't turn into a "Syria or Libya" situation, and that the Venezuelan military must prepare for an invasion. According to Reuters, Maduro says he's willing …

Russian Military Contractors Arrive in Venezuela as Maduro Urges Supporters to Hit Streets

"All Options Are on the Table": Trump Intensifies Anti-Maduro Push
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be heading to the UN Security Council Saturday with a very clear agenda: trying to sell the 15 members on recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, instead of Nicolas Maduro. This is unlikely to happen uniformly, as Russia and China have already expressed support for Maduro. This is part of an …

"All Options Are on the Table": Trump Intensifies Anti-Maduro Push

Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Confirms US Orchestration
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-26
Vice President Mike Pence called Guaido the night before his announcement and "pledged" that the Trump administration would support him. (CD) — As U.S. lawmakers, civil society leaders, and Latin America experts continue to warn against American intervention in Venezuela's internal political affairs, the Wall Street Journal on Friday confirmed suspicions that opposition leader Juan Guaido's move to declare himself "interim president" of Venezuela …

Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Confirms US Orchestration

Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-26
Venezuelan Sociologist Edgardo Lander and TRNN's Greg Wilpert discuss how Venezuela got into its current international, economic, and political crisis and what it might take to get out of it | The post Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-26
Sharmini Peries hosts a wide ranging conversation about the US backed attempted coup in Venezuela | The post Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Imperialism's Direct Intervention in Venezuela
Farooque Chowdhury — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-25
The US imperialist power, it seems, is determining issues like legitimacy and people's representation in another country while it is passing through a government shutdown, observes Farooque Chowdhury.
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Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela
Many Signatories | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-25
Writers, academics and political activists wrote the following letter to Amnesty International encouraging the group to publically oppose US sanctions and incitement of a military coup in Venezuela. | The post Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump recognition of rival Venezuela government will set off a diplomatic avalanche
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-25
The Trump administration's January 23 recognition of Venezuela's National Assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, as the president of Venezuela, in opposition to the "de facto" and "de jure" president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, threatens an avalanche of nations recognizing leaders of various political factions in countries around the world as legitimate governments. | Source…
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FRSO Condemns U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-25
Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Trump administration and its allies as violations of the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. By declaring that he will no longer recognize Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president, and instead claiming right-wing politician Juan Guaidó is head of state, Donald Trump opens the door to a brutal Syria-style intervention in the heart of South America. It became even clearer that the United States seeks war in Venezuela when, after Maduro severed relations with the United States and demanded all of…
fightbacknews.org/2019/1/24/frso…

Venezuela: Call It What It Is–a Coup
George Ciccariello-Maher | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
Venezuela: Call It What It Is–a Coup…
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Venezuela's Maduro and Guaido Give Dueling Speeches as US Begins Diplomatic Withdrawal
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-25
Guaido repeated calls for the military to depose the government, while Maduro urged Washington to stay out of Venezuelan affairs.
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Venezuela: Is President Maduro 'illegitimate'? 10 facts to counter the lies
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-25
Have those who state that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, a usurper, and that the 2019-2025 presidential period lacks legitimacy, asked themselves why he is illegitimate? Or do they just repeat what they hear? | This opinion was first advanced by the 12 Latin American countries that make up the Lima Group. Their statement reads: "The electoral process carried out in Venezuela on 20th May 2018 lacks legitimacy in that it didn't have the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the international guarantees and standards needed for it to be a free,…
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Historian: Venezuela Is "Staging Ground" for U.S. to Reassert Control Over Latin America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-25
While Mexico and Uruguay are calling for dialogue to address the crisis in Venezuela, much of Latin America has sided with the Trump administration by recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new leader. We look at what this mean for the broader region with professors Alejandro Velasco and Steve Ellner.
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Poderes del Estado venezolano respaldan mandato legítimo de Maduro
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
CARACAS — El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, cuenta hoy con el respaldo de los poderes del Estado a su mandato constitucional, ante los intentos de golpe de Estado patrocinados por el gobierno de Estados Unidos. Durante el acto de inicio del año judicial 2019, el titular del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, …
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Before Venezuela: The long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-25
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a long history of interventions–military and otherwise. Ever since the early 19th century, the United States has involved itself in the daily affairs of nations across …
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Confirming US Orchestration, Report Details Pence's Key Phone Call to Venezuelan Opposition Leader
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-25
"The U.S. had been planning this coup in Venezuela. It was the Trump administration that told the little-known opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ to declare himself (unelected) 'president.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Is a Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela Imminent?
JJAFGJ | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-01-25
James Jordan examines the US's interventionist move towards Venezuela alongside Colombia's recent history.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

'Resistance' Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-01-25
We like to think we have an adversarial media–one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn. This struck a chord with the public; in the wake of Trump's …
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How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-01-25
How the Right Is Using Venezuela to Reorder Politics…
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