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

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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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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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What Is Happening in Venezuela?

Opposition supporters protest against the Venezuelan government and in support of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and A

Coups and countercoups. Crackdowns. Economic crackups. Seven cents for a tube of toothpaste and $755 for a box of condoms. Falling oil prices. The arrest of an opposition leader. Washington plots. Human Rights Watch tweets. South America rallies.... Greg Grandin talks to a panel of experts to find out what really is going on in Venezuela.

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Ernesto Samper: "UNASUR Will Keep Looking for Peaceful Solutions in Venezuela"

Ernesto Samper, Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) speaks to El Tiempo (ElTiempo)

Rightwing Colombian newspaper El Tiempo conducts an interview with Secretary General of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations). In the interview, the Colombian diplomat gives his take on the current challenges facing the Venezuelan government, including his view on the economy and the threat of foreign intervention.

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“What is Inexcusable is Venezuela's Political Independence”

John Pilger (agencies/TeleSUR English)

An interview with John Pilger, conducted by Michael Albert.

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Social Media Coup? The Vile Virality of Venezuela’s Opposition

Venezuela's opposition took to social media to manipulate the international media into portraying right-wing protesters as

On the anniversary of the outbreak of violent right-wing protests, teleSUR examines the role of social media in fomenting violence and misinformation.

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Latin America Unites Against U.S. Attack on Venezuelan Democracy

The special commission met in Montevideo on Monday. (Photo: Twitter/UNASUR)

By insisting on U.S. “exceptionalism” in the 2015 National Security Strategy, it appears that the U.S. will tolerate only one economic and political model in its “backyard,” the one that conforms to the global neoliberal order, even as that order is being called into question by those who have the most to lose from its perpetuation.

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