On Wednesday at a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider Anthony Blinken's nomination as deputy secretary of state, the Obama administration's frontrunner indicated a willingness to support further sanctions against Venezuela.
A Human Rights bill proposed by Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, which includes sanctions on the Venezuelan government, cleared its first legislative hurdle this morning after passing the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Venezuela’s oil minister, Rafael Ramirez, has confirmed that Venezuela will continue to supply Syria with oil, despite international pressure against the Assad government and other nations that maintain relations with the Arab country.
With due respect to the United States Department of State and Secretary Clinton, in regards to economic sanctions leveled under CISADA on Venezuela and six other foreign entities. Among the affected countries, only Venezuela is a nation in abject poverty. Oil is its primary export and the exceptionally devastating impact upon its people should be of specific consideration.
I am in Caracas, Vz today (May 29th)—a country I love and a people that I support with all my heart in their struggle against US imperialism and corporate interests so they can make their own lives better. Nine of us came from the US to support the people of Venezuela in rejecting the US economic sanctions that were imposed by the State Departments because, apparently, Venezuela sent two shipments of oil product to Iran.
People in the US paying $4 a gallon for gasoline and US trade deficits with other nations in the hundreds of billions dollars every year for the last few decades is cause for real debate for every person that is affected by the economy. When it comes to oil, the action taken by the Obama administration declaring economic sanctions against Venezuela is a dangerous game.