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Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

Chavista effigies hung in 2014. (TeleSUR)

Amnesty International's latest report on Venezuela calls for justice for the dozens of people killed during the unrest that shook the country a year ago, while using sleight of hand to deflect attention away from those responsible.

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Democracy Behind Bars in Venezuela? A Reply to the UK Guardian

The article published by the Guardian (HandsOffVenezuela)

On Friday, 27 of March, the Guardian published a piece called Democracy behind bars: 11 opposition leaders facing jail or death”, which was “sponsored by Crown Agents”. First in the list of 11 “democratic opposition leaders” facing jail or death around the world is Venezuela’s Leopoldo Lopez.

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Rumour as a Weapon: The Case of the “Stolen Children”

Venezuela has in recent weeks been swept by a wave of false rumors concerning the kidnapping of children, which some claim is pa

The author contends that the recent wave of false rumors concerning the kidnapping of Venezuelan children is part of a campaign of psychological warfare aimed at destabilizing the Bolivarian government. 

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Spain's Podemos Just Latest Victim of Toxic Venezuela Monster!

"Chavzilla", copyright Asa Cusack 2015, based on public domain 1954 Japanese movie poster, with elements of other CC l

Asa Cusack reflects on how Venezuela has unjustifiably become such a toxic brand that the right wing can use it to tar political opponents.

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How Not to Win Friends in Latin America

US President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo: Official White House photographer Pete Souza)

Even as the normalization of relations with Cuba proceeds, the White House plans to continue funding “democracy promotion” programs within the country – as well as numerous others in the region.

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But What About the Oil? US Senators Get to the Heart of the Matter in Wake of Venezuela Sanctions

US Senator Marco Rubio (redstate.com)

Last week, lawyer and journalist Glen Greenwald acerbically asked if there was “anyone, anywhere, that wants to defend the reasonability” of Obama’s claim that Venezuela is an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. security. On Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Venezuela, a band of rightwing “human rights” specialists including US senator Marco Rubio decided to make a Herculean attempt.

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What You Need to Know about Venezuela

(Counterpunch)

Venezuela is a "national security threat" only because it refuses to be controlled by the US

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Letter to the People of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat

(Photo - archives)

An open letter from Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the people of the U.S., published today in the New York Times.

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Obama’s War in the Western Hemisphere and Venezuela’s National Liberation Struggle

U.S. President, Barack Obama (Photo - Aporrea)

Why did Obama declare a ‘national emergency’, claim that Venezuela represents a threat to US national security and foreign policy, assume executive prerogatives and decree sanctions against top Venezuelan officials in charge of national security, at this time?

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Venezuela: A Threat to US National Security?

President Obama issued an executive order last week labeling Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" and sanct

The Hands Off Venezuela Campaign highlights the double standards implicit in the recent U.S. decision to brand Venezuela "an extraodinary threat" in light of  recent U.S.-backed coup efforts against progressive regional governments as well as support for repressive regimes. The only threat that Venezuela poses, the authors continue, is the "threat of being a good example", namely the the immense social gains achieved by the Bolivarian Revolution being viewed as a model by  other countries in the region and throughout the world. 

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Maybe Obama's Sanctions on Venezuela Are Not Really About His "Deep Concern" Over Suppression of Political Rights

President Obama issued an executive order on Monday labeling Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary national security thre

Journalist and attorney Glen Greenwald exposes the hypocrisy of the Obama administration's denunciation of alleged human rights violations in Venezuela while remaining silent concerning the brutal repression perpetrated by its client regimes in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 

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Sea-Change in Venezuela

Anti-imperialist graffiti in Caracas. (Reuters)

 When President Maduro responded to the recent White House executive order declaring Venezuela to be a national security threat, saying first that it was a “Frankenstein” and later that it was “schizophrenic,” he may have made small errors regarding both literature and psychiatry, but his point was clear enough: Obama’s decree is a bit like Frankenstein’s monster (a hodgepodge) and it indeed comes from a government with a split-personality.

 

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Obama Absurdly Declares Venezuela a Security Threat

Opposition students next to the National Guards during a march against president Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venez

It remains to be seen whether anyone in the White House press corps will have the courage to ask what in the world the nation’s chief executive could mean by declaring a "national emergency." Is Venezuela financing a coming terrorist attack on U.S. territory? Planning an invasion? Building a nuclear weapon?

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Is Venezuela Really an ‘Extraordinary Threat' to the United States?

US President Barack Obama (Evan Vucci/AP)

Yesterday, Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress announcing that he was applying the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to Venezuela, declaring the "situation" there to be an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States." Washington named seven Venezuelan politicians as targeted by the act, their property in the US liable to seizure.

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US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela

A U.S. Army M113 armored personnel carrier during the second day of Operation Just Cause, 1989.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Argentine sociologist Atilio Boron argues that when the U.S. denounces a country, it is often a pretext for intervention and regime change.

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