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The Greencast – March 11, 2019 – Peace Delegation to Venezuela

Show Notes:

On the show this week, several items covering the drumbeat to war in Venezuela, and some historical context – the coup in Chile against Allende, during the Nixon administration, where we see several key aspects of the Venezuelan coup originated. Greenpeace has a call for comment to stop drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, Flint still has contaminated water, and I take a look at what might be behind Dianne Feinstein’s opposition to a real Green New Deal (as always, follow the money).

If you can, please send Chelsea Manning a letter of support:
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

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Venezuela

Four members of the 15 person peace delegation spoke at the UN press conference including
https://www.gp.org/peace_movement_goes_to_venezuela
http://no2nato2019.org
https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

US threatens ‘secondary sanctions’ against those who refuse to back its Venezuela coup
https://www.rt.com/news/453114-us-threatens-secondary-sanctions-venezuela/

Empire Files: The “International Community” Support for US Coup Leader Juan Guaido
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=625353071236890
https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Empire Files: The reality of US military attack on Venezuela is very real
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpireFiles/status/1102392324879876096

Venezuela power outages
https://apnews.com/6ba2f69b77e2457da64593a7b8eced16

You would have to be crazy to rule out US as behind any major event in Venezuela, considering it’s in the middle of an active regime change op & will stop at nothing to see it through
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104090409527984128

Venezuela’s blackout is being used as new pretext for coup. Shortly before US overthrew Allende, there were also major blackouts coupled with widespread CIA sabotage to “make the economy scream”
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104100191861260288
https://www.nytimes.com/1973/08/14/archives/blackout-interrupts-address-by-allende.html
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_intervention_in_Chile

How bad does Guaido have to be to have his death squads stopped by Colombia, the paramilitary state…?
https://twitter.com/JSCCounterPunch/status/1103716265338626048
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/heavily-armed-soldiers-aborted-plan-to-enter-venezuela-by-force

“The ruling class comes up with a lie to manufacture American consent for its all-American war crimes, and that lie is then sprayed like laminate all over average American citizens.”
https://twitter.com/commondreams/status/1104074384996745217
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/08/we-are-being-lied-war-again

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to march against interventionism in the country, as part of the celebrations of the national Bolivarian Anti-Imperialist Day.
https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/1104517218212110337

Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition let by self-declared president, Juan Venezuela’s self-declared President Juan Guaido.
https://twitter.com/mintpressnews/status/1104750001958330368
https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-venezuela-opposition-have-much-common/255992/

The imperialist sadists leading US policy on Venezuela are bragging about collectively punishing civilians with sanctions & economic warfare. Sociopath Rubio boasted, “Venezuela is going to enter a period of suffering no nation in our hemisphere has confronted in modern history”
https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1104860942800695302

DNC & Election

NY Times: A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn’t the Driver of Clinton’s Defeat
Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/upshot/a-2016-review-turnout-wasnt-the-driver-of-clintons-defeat.html

I called this last November. The DNC is going to load up the field with candidates so that no one will be able to secure the majority required in the first round and then in comes the super delegates in the 2nd round and they pick the establishment candidate.
https://twitter.com/barbaralnewsome/status/1100909482635333632

That office was led by newly elected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was serving as California’s Attorney General at the time. Criticisms of Mnuchin as a nominee provoked inquiries toward Harris as to why she refused to take any action given the evidence of violations her office uncovered.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/25/dem-senator-received-donations-before-and-after-failing-to-prosecute-trump-nominees-bank/

Green New Deal & Environment

Of all the consequential actions our government can take without our consent, namely wars and expanding oil drilling, Axelrod blames inaction on the voters. What a prick. Our government has horrible leadership.
https://twitter.com/happierer/status/1102974425740337152

Public comment period to stop drilling in ANWR: Greenpeace campaign.
https://engage.us.greenpeace.org/onlineactions/88s5g1q1i0mODgX-Gi9mMw2

Stratocumulus clouds could disappear in as little as a century, adding 8° globally:
https://twitter.com/OsitaNwanevu/status/1100076538811371520

Flint is still living with toxic water:
https://www.facebook.com/MS4GreenParty/posts/2234872936725661

Are fossil fuel investments and political contributions behind @SenFeinstein opposition to a Green New Deal?
https://twitter.com/gpny/status/1104081596649480198
http://inthesetimes.com/article/21784/dianne-feinstein-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-climate-change-sunrise

Chelsea Manning Arrest

There’s a grim irony, particularly in Manning’s case, that the purported purpose of a federal grand jury is to act as a safeguard from the improper motivations of government. We need not support Assange personally to understand that his prosecution for publishing Manning’s leaks would expose news organs who also published the documents — like the Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times — to the same liability. The precedent that could be set for state repression of journalism is beyond troubling.
https://theintercept.com/2019/03/02/chelsea-manning-subpoena-grand-jury/

Please send a letter of support to Chelsea Manning, if you’re able.

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

 

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The Greencast – March 4, 2019 – Khalida Jarrar

Show Notes:

On the show this week, I’m covering the release of Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, held for nearly two years by the Israeli government without charge or trial. Also, the UN Commission on Human Rights released a report last week on Israeli snipers knowingly targeting emergency medical workers, disabled people and children at the 2018 Palestinian Right of Return protest. Finally, several items covering the continued lead up to war in Venezuela.

March 16, 2019 March on Washington: make your voice heard, #HandsOffVenezuela.

https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

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@UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in #Palestine finds that “Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such.

https://twitter.com/ungeneva/status/1101135170143436800

Full Report, UN Human Rights Council: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx

Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar was released today from an Israeli prison where she was held for almost 2 years without charge or trial. Her case isn’t unique, it’s crucial to remember it is the norm for Israel to detain Palestinians for indefinite periods without being charged.

https://twitter.com/jvplive/status/1101162390396305411

Khalida Jarrar leaves Israeli jail with “messages of freedom”

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/khalida-jarrar-leaves-israeli-jail-messages-freedom

Counterpunch: Military and CIA interventions since World War II

https://www.facebook.com/CounterPunchOrg/photos/a.302818749776471/2231156793609314/

It is no longer speculation that war criminal Elliot Abrams would again sneak military gear in “aid shipments”—that’s exactly what was found

https://twitter.com/MikePrysner/status/1100822668121501696

Trojan horse: ‘Aid trucks’ carry nails & wire for barricades – Venezuelan Foreign Minister

https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1100596126896533510

Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

https://www.rt.com/news/452326-venezuela-us-aid-truck-protesters/

U.S. hits Venezuela with sanctions for blocking humanitarian aid

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-hits-venezuela-with-sanctions-for-blocking-humanitarian-aid

The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qlX3yfXNX_g

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1101506920647745537

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela (Empire Files)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Mar 16 March on Washington: Hands Off Venezuela

https://twitter.com/empirefiles/status/1102392324879876096

https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

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The Greencast – February 26, 2019 – Hands Off Venezuela


Show Notes: I’m back! Relaunching the show as a proper podcast with actual commentary from me, this time. Comments are open!

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Jill Stein at Hands Off Venezuela https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/424065811667237/

Jorge Arreaza on Democracy Now https://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/25/the_coup_has_failed_now_the

Trump: We’re Too Far Along
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Petition for Marco Rubio’s Resignation
https://www.change.org/p/us-congress-marco-rubio-demand-for-resignation-due-to-promotion-of-violence

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Trump is a symptom

Liberals: yeah, I’ve heard your critique that “socialism will not rid us of Trump.” (Since you seem to need to remind me of it constantly, I’ve heard it a bunch.)
 
Here’s the problem with your criticism: Trump is a symptom.
 
If you don’t address the underlying problem – which modern American liberalism never does, and apparently never will – more Trumps (spread across the paper-thin US political divide) are inevitable.

Socialism has “never” worked…

But… but… buuuuut… socialism has never worked aaaaanywhere… evaaaaaar…. whine whine whiiiiiiiiine….

Amazing news from Sweden! The Swedish Greens Miljöpartiet de gröna have just formed a government with the Social Democrats, blocking right-wing extremists from power! ?

Via Facebook

It’s class warfare!

When I want a primer on what constitutes “class warfare,” I’ll be sure and turn to Chaffetz, who advised that instead of spending “a few hundred dollars” on an iPhone, that all I needed to do to ensure that I had health coverage was to spend my iPhone budget on healthcare instead.

(Says the dude with a net worth in excess of $300,000 who hasn’t had a single solitary clue what things cost in decades.)

For the original quote, see: Jason Chaffetz: Poor People Shouldn’t Buy iPhones If They Need Money For Health Care

As a reminder, Jason Chaffetz is the guy who thought your healthcare costs the same as a T Mobile bill, so I wouldn’t exactly call him the foremost expert on the financial stressors of everyday Americans.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087741467274235910

There must be a better distribution of wealth…

In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands included a guaranteed job, [redistribution] of land and capital, and more inclusion of the poor in state decision-making.

Yes, taking land and money from rich people and giving it to poor people was part of King’s dream.

King’s own views of capitalism are often sanitized in textbooks and mainstream media stories, but he could not have been for explicit:

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then,” King declared. “You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.