The President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), Gladys Gutiérrez, announced today that the highest judicial body in the country will issue a sentence rejecting the latest round of sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on Venezuela. UNASUR General Secretary, Ernesto Samper, also dencounced the sanctions as part of a "destabilization" effort against the Venezuelan government.
By W.T. Whitney Jr. - Counterpunch , Jan 19th 2015
Who in the world stands with a country when it is under the looming threat of a major U.S. government intervention? When Guatemala (1954), the Dominican Republic (1965), Chile (1973), and Haiti (2004) were in trouble, there was no one.
On Monday, the White House released this year’s list of problem countries in the area of drug trafficking and production, based on information tracked by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In the memo, US president Barack Obama accused the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Myanmar of having “failed demonstrably” to cooperate with international anti-drug efforts.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Friday he will not tolerate any more violence from the opposition, after government buildings were vandalized on Friday in response to the postponement of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's trial.
In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced."