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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
By Mark Weisbrot- Al Jazeera America, Mar 10th 2015
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?
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.
British historian and journalist Richard Gott situates Hugo Chávez within the long tradition of progressive and leftist Latin American military leaders from Bolívar to Perón who worked to transform their socities.
Task Force on the Americas President discusses how Hugo Chávez's revolutionary synthesis of popular Christianity, Bolivarianism, and socialism became the basis for an emancipatory that transformed the lives of the poor and excluded majority of Venezuela.
On the second anniversary of the brutal assassination of Yukpa leader and revolutionary Sabino Romero, political analyst Chris Gilbert reviews the 2014 film that illustrated Romero’s fierce story of struggle.
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.