Obama opened the door to Cuba, admitting Washington’s half century of failed foreign policy towards the island, but then shut it on Venezuela implementing policies that are set to end in a similar way.
Over 5 million Venezuelans have voiced their opposition to the Executive Order issued by the White House on March 9, which brands Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" and imposes new sanctions. The Bolivarian government has also handed over an official request for the Obama administration to revoke the Order to the U.S. embassy in Caracas.
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 Head of State’s request to make use of the country’s Constitutional Enabling Law was officially approved by the Venezuelan National Assembly in second discussion on Sunday. Maduro will use the law to pass legislation aimed at protecting the country from the growing threat from the United States.
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.
In response to US president Obama’s use of an executive order to sanction Venezuelan authorities, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro requested decree powers to pass an “anti-imperialist law to prepare for all scenarios.” The National Assembly voted by majority their approval this on Wednesday morning.
U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order this Monday slapping Venezuela with new sanctions and declaring the Bolivarian nation an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security".