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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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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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“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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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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China, the CELAC, and Venezuela

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Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia discusses the massive impact Chinese investment has had on recent Latin American development, while calling for strict outlines to be drawn to protect Venezuelan sovereighnty in the midst of heightened negotiation.

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Rapprochement Between the United States and Cuba and Sanctions Against Venezuela

United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (archives)

William and Frederick lay out a comprehensive analysis of the "consistent imperial strategy" demonstrated by US president Obama in recent policy shifts toward Cuba and Venezuela.

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Against Judicial Attacks, International Support for Venezuela’s Communes

Protestors call for commune activist David Diaz's release in Caracas earlier this month. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana

VA.com publishes this open letter by a number of scholars and activists who warn about recent judicial attacks on commune activists in Venezuela, and encourage support for the country’s commune movement.

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Venezuela Sanctions Highlight US Hypocrisy on Human Rights

 Cuban President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Havana, Dec. 14, 2014. (Prens

Obama should follow his example on Cuba and engage with, not punish, Venezuela.

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Hectoring Venezuela on Human Rights

Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela. (EFE)

Diosdado Cabello expresses his opinion in the NY Times; "It seemed an unfortunate coincidence that just as scores of people demonstrating against police brutality were being arrested on the streets of New York and other cities, the United States Congress passed a bill to bring sanctions against members of my country’s government for alleged human rights abuses during protests earlier this year."

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Detained Colonel Says Maria Corina Machado Was at the Forefront of the Opposition Violence

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014. 
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The following is a report that appeared in the privately-owned Caracas newspaper Ultimas Noticias this morning, detailing the sworn confession made by the retired Venezuelan colonel Jose Gustavo Arocha Perez, who admitted to colluding with the former opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado in a plot to create unrest and oust the Venezuelan government.

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Venezuela's Transition to Democracy: Latin America's Best Kept Secret

Umberto Vargas Medina, imprisoned for 4 years during the Fourth Republic. (courtesy)

Telesur’s Rachael Boothroyd interviews vanguard activists who dedicated their lives to the struggle for democracy during the era that preceded Hugo Chavez. Their testimonies recall aerial bombardments and routine disappearances of students and activists, while their actions today highlight the importance of preserving collective memory.

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