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There are legitimate problems in Venezuela

There are legitimate issues in Venezuela. They need to be debated and addressed by Venezuelans. It is not our role to send our military and tell Venezuelans how their problems should be solved.

Jill Stein's Fireside Chat – Hands Off Venezuela!

Welcome to the Fireside Chat, where we rise up as empire doubles down! Tonight we say no to regime change in Venezuela. US hands off! No invasion. No sanctions. No sabotage! This is not about taking sides in Venezuela. It's about taking the "side" of international law. Either we live by the rule of law, or the law of the jungle. Let's make it the former! Join me to support dialogue as proposed by the UN, the Vatican, Mexico and Uruguay. Let's grow the movement for a peaceful, just future for all! Join the conversation – share your thoughts, questions and stories!

Posted by Jill Stein on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Like WMD in Iraq…

Like weapons of mass destruction with Iraq and & now the dictatorship of Maduro, what should be lesson of Russiagate? Understand that the capitalist state & corporate media have interests different than from the people. Don’t let them manipulate you & never believe them.

Good for Tulsi Gabbard, but…

Investigation reveals Pence and Bolton lied to promote US regime change in Venezuela. Nothing new there. I wonder why CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc. haven’t shared this information with the American people. Kudos to New York Times

The Times piece is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/10/world/americas/venezuela-aid-fire-video.html

It wasn’t just Pence and Bolton. Good for Gabbard for highlighting this, but this blame game included Marco Rubio, State Dept officials Mike Pompeo, Kimberly Breier (https://twitter.com/WHAAsstSecty), the State Dept’s propaganda account https://twitter.com/USAenEspanol and more, including corporate media. This wasn’t just a couple of administration officials talking out of their asses. This was a specifically crafted narrative, which US and allied media was knowingly complicit in.

Glenn Greenwald, writing at The Intercept:

Those last two tweets – using video footage to debunk the lies spread by Marco Rubio, CNN and the U.S. Government – happen to be from a correspondent with RT America. Please tell me: who was acting here as lying propagandists and agents of State TV and who was acting like a journalist trying to understand and report the truth?

So everything the New York Times so proudly reported last night has been known for weeks, and was already reported in great detail, using extensive evidence, by a large number of people.

https://theintercept.com/2019/03/10/nyts-expose-on-the-lies-about-burning-humanitarian-trucks-in-venezuela-shows-how-us-govt-and-media-spread-fake-news/

No one can actually believe this is another “accident”

No one can actually believe this is another “accident”—that Venezuelan oil equipment just keeps “mysteriously” exploding. This is obviously intentional sabotage from the rightwing opposition

The journalists pretending otherwise are spineless stenographers

PDVSA President Manuel Quevedo on Wednesday night tweeted that the company had been victim of “terrorist incursions” by political adversaries of President Nicolas Maduro.

The OPEC member’s oil industry is struggling under the weight of sanctions the United States slapped on PDVSA in a bid to force Maduro from power, and from a blackout that began last week that hit the main Jose oil shipment terminal as well as refineries and upgraders.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil/oil-storage-tanks-explode-in-venezuela-while-main-terminal-resumes-shipments-idUSKCN1QU300

US media have spent two years warning about foreign enemies

US media have spent 2 years warning about how foreign enemies could sabotage our electric grid with cyberattacks. Yet when #Venezuela‘s gov’t, targeted for regime change, claimed its grid was sabotaged, US media immediately dismissed it as a conspiracy theory. See how that works?

After weeks of spreading Trump admin’s lies

After weeks of spreading Trump admin’s lies & propaganda, @nytimes finally says opposition, not Maduro, set trucks w/ “humanitarian aid” aid on fire. @maxbumenthal who was actually in Venezuela,1st reported this 2/24

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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This morning in Miranda state

Ben Norton has been doing some amazing reporting on the ground in Venezuela, and he’s really worth following on Twitter.

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.

And this is in a mostly pro-opposition neighborhood. Government-subsidized markets are even cheaper and more popular

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

 

When we say that the Democrats wouldn’t be any better…

When we point out that the Democrats really wouldn’t be any better on progressive issues than Republicans, this is what we’re talking about. 

While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks.

From Venezuelanalysis: Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104