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  1. #81
    ‘Snipers’ Take to the Streets of Venezuela as Death Toll Surges Past 2014 Record

    By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM

    Puebla, Mexico, May 11, 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Two more Venezuelans died Wednesday amid ongoing unrest, with officials in Caracas calling for an official investigation into the role of right-wing snipers in the violence.

    Late Wednesday the public prosecutor’s office confirmed the death of Miguel Castillo, 27, during an opposition protest in Miranda state. The prosecutor is investigating the case, while a separate commission has also been established by the ombudsperson's office to look into the death.

    According to interior minister Nestor Reverol, Castillo was killed by a gunshot at close range, though it’s unclear whether the shot was fired by security forces or protesters. He emphasised that the autopsy is yet to be completed, but said there were signs Castillo was shot at close range.

    “All the necessary investigations are being done to clarify the case,” Reverol said.

    Opposition politicians quickly blamed government forces for the killing. One legislator from the main opposition coalition, the MUD, Jose Manuel Olivares, said Reverol will “be remembered as a killer”.

    “Today the minister again ordered that Venezuelans be killed,” he said during a press conference.

    The legislator continued by claiming there was evidence Castillo was killed with a marble used as a bullet, before arguing this proved security forces were responsible.

    “The young Castillo had entry and exit wounds in the left arm, [with the projectile] lodging in his chest,” he said, according to El Nacional.

    Marbles and ball bearings are often used by anti-government protesters as improvised ammunition, while state security forces usually use standard crowd control ammunition, such as rubber buckshot. Nonetheless, the opposition has accused security forces of secretly using marbles instead of crowd control ammunition.

    At least five protester deaths have been attributed to the actions of security forces over the past two months, according to data compiled by Venezuelanalysis. However, some deaths initially blamed on police and the National Guard have later been attributed to protesters, who often carry firearms and improvised weapons.

    Another Death in Merida

    The day before Castillo’s death, three people were injured in the Andean city of Merida by a suspected sniper. The injured included a police officer, student and a motorbike taxi worker, Anderson Dugarte. On Wednesday, Dugarte died of his wounds, while the two other injured remain in critical conditions.

    Referred to locally as mototaxistas, motorbike taxi workers are often stereotyped as government supporters, though Dugarte’s political affiliation is unknown.

    Nonetheless, Merida’s socialist state governor Alexis Ramirez blamed the opposition for Dugarte’s death, labelling the sniper a “terrorist”.

    “This is part of the fascist plan of the right-wing terrorists, directed by [National Assembly head and MUD legislator] Julio Borges – you are responsible!” Ramirez said.

    The sniper incident prompted Ombudsman Tarek William Saab to call for an official investigation into allegations opposition protests have been infiltrated by snipers. On April 24th, two local government workers were also murdered by sharp-shooters in Merida.

    Taking to social media, Saab accused far right groups of the “systematic use of gunmen and snipers” to create chaos on the streets.

    Saab urged the public prosecutor’s office and the country's forensic police, the CICPC, to head the investigation.

    Overall, 15 deaths related to political unrest since early April have been attributed to the actions of anti-government groups. The latest two casualties bring the total death toll to 44, making the current wave of unrest deadlier than the violence of 2014.

    Forty-three people died during the protests of 2014, when the opposition sought to force President Nicolas Maduro from office with a campaign of street violence and attacks on infrastructure. Until now, the 2014 unrest was Venezuela’s worst wave of violence in more than two decades. With the latest deaths, the current violence is now the deadliest chapter of political unrest in Venezuela since the 1989 Caracazo, when potentially thousands of Venezuelans died at the hands of state security personnel during a week of protests and riots against a neoliberal structural adjustment plan.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13117

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    same as they were doing in 2002

    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  2. #82
    DEFEAT THE COUP AGAINST THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC
    PV STAFF FEATURES, INTERNATIONAL, TOPICS MAY 12, 2017
    An open letter to the people, from the Communist Party of Venezuela

    To our compatriot Nicolas Maduro, President of the Republic; to the working class and working people of the city and countryside; to the patriotic officers, classes, and soldiers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces; to the national leadership and militancy of the political parties and popular organisations of the Great Patriotic Pole, including the United Socialist Party.

    The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela finds itself threatened yet again by acts of political violence from sectors of the extreme right as part of the execution of a destabilising plan elaborated by North American imperialism.

    This plan has as its objective the imposition through force and blackmail of a government which would work to maintain US hegemony throughout the continent, taking apart the processes of national liberation which begun across Latin America at the start of this century, and turning back progressive advances which have allowed the working class and the people in general to establish rights and social advances which were historically denied them by governments which responded absolutely to the interests of the bourgeoisie, which in itself acted as a subordinate to North American imperialism.

    On this occasion the aggressive escalation against our people by those actors of the oligarchy and extreme right is much greater.

    Apart from the anti-popular violent acts resulting in the creation of shortages and the high cost of living, terrorist acts have been seen in various cities across the country in recent weeks.

    These acts have been accompanied by a national and international propaganda war which looks to sew confusion and instigate confrontation between nations, creating a state of chaos and violence which only favours a bloody resolution of the political crisis, be it through a coup or a direct intervention by North American imperialism and the international institutions at its beck and call.

    The Venezuelan extreme right, following instructions from US imperialism and with its direct financing, does not control itself in its crimes of violence and provocation.

    With such objectives in mind, the pro-US right are pressuring military officers with diverse forces of blackmail and manipulation.

    We call on the patriotic soldiers and officers to not cede to these unpatriotic terrorists and to take up the cause of the defence of our national sovereignty and our independence and the security of our people without hesitation and with complete commitment.

    For us, the Venezuelan communists, it is clear that what is happening is the sharpening of the class struggle in its political form — the heightening of the struggle for power. The forces which represent the interests of European and North American great monopoly capital are attempting to take over control of Venezuela and all Latin America by defeating and vanquishing the social and political sectors which offer resistance to such objectives.

    In light of the dangerous terrorist escalation, which is putting our national sovereignty, independence, and the gains of the working people at risk, we call for a unified, forceful, and coherent response. It is necessary to mobilise without delay the widest possible anti-imperialist alliance to defeat the anti-democratic terrorist plans.

    We urgently need the central government, the parties of the Great Patriotic Pole, the forces of the popular and working-class movement, and the patriotic command of the armed forces to work together.

    It is necessary to develop a popular and patriotic plan to defeat the pro-imperialist and terrorist extreme right. To not do so would be to act with irresponsibility and, in reality, to hand oneself over without a fight.

    The true revolutionaries do not hand ourselves over, we fight united until we succeed.

    The Venezuelan working class needs that the sectors of the petit-bourgeoisie which currently hold hegemonic power in the national executive, the other powers of state and parties of government, immediately abandon all sectarian and selfish conduct which has only weakened the Bolivarian process and effectively works in favour of the enemies’ plans.

    The Communist Party of Venezuela has insisted for many years for the need for a collective and unified national leadership of this Bolivarian process of changes, but the petit-bourgeoisie groupings which have exercised hegemonic control over the government have not paid attention to these calls and proposals.

    Hence, in the current context we insist on unity of action of all the political and social forces willing to defend the nation against the imperialist enemy and their puppets.

    However also, in the context of a wavering and inconsequent petit-bourgeoisie in power, we call upon the most conscientious and combative sectors of the popular and workers’ movements, the peasantry, the middle strata, the revolutionary intellectuals and the patriotic officers to forge a block of forces which will lead the wide patriotic and anti-imperialist alliance so as to halt the seditious plans of the pro-US right and also so as to displace the reformist-appeasement sectors which, from positions of government, tend to favour the sectors of the big bourgeoisie and form pacts with social democratic elements of the right wing.

    Only an ample, popular unity, led by the organised and conscientious working class can guarantee the defence of the Bolivarian nation and the deepening of the revolutionary changes towards the real construction of socialism on scientific and committed foundations.

    Peace is won by defeating fascism.

    http://peoplesvoice.ca/2017/05/12/de...rian-republic/
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  3. #83
    Real Revolution in the Barrios of Venezuela

    Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° on MAY 11, 2017

    The only ones who have both the number and fury to set fire to this country are working, organizing, discussing the call to a Constituent Assembly.
    Closing streets, paralyzing the subway system, burning urban transport units, attacking public institutions, even some private ones, the looting of shops, schools and hospitals, terrorizing popular neighborhoods with hired gangs, mercenary style.
    In eastern areas of Caracas, a minority sector goes to the opposition demonstrations where all of this takes place and daily life is a chaos in the middle of battles where this privileged little world rebelled against the poor. Wearing all sort of gas masks, journalists, photographers, camera people with helmets and bullet-proof vests, opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, mayors and governors of the counterrevolution stand there giving orders, Molotov cocktails keep coming and going, sometimes they collide with tear gas canisters in the air, youths wearing balaclavas and with shields that look like they are from the crusaders, using gloves to throw tear gas canisters back, barricades, cut down trees, fires, a constant battle against Bolivarian police and the national guards who are forbidden from using firearms and violence.
    The cameras try to capture a picture showing that the country is at war.
    This same scenario is repeated in specific places in different states of the country.
    But despite this theatrical set, something is not working for the terrorist agenda of the opposition. Thousands of neighborhoods, hills and low income areas throughout the entire country continue about their daily lives attentive to what happens in that upper-middle class, Hollywood type world and their declassed playing at absolute war that has already taken some 40 lives and wounded hundreds of other in the entire country. Here the murdered and wounded are not extras. They are real.
    In the neighborhood of 23 de Enero, west of Caracas, about 200,000 inhabitants wake up everyday in the middle of that fascinating entanglement of popular sectors. There are no incendiary bombs or tear gas bombs here. Children go to school, kindergartens, youngsters in blue flannels and beige (school uniforms) take the streets to get to their high schools. Subway cars travel at full capacity as far as violence from the other side of the city allows them to get to. Small and medium size businesses start to open their doors. Queues begin to form in the hundreds of popular medical practices where people get free basic health care attention. A group of women from the communal councils fix on the walls handwritten posters announcing the nightly meeting to organize the community food delivery, which also posts the amount to be paid and an account number to deposit the payment.
    Motorcycle riders go to work. Fruit and vegetable trucks offer their fresh merchandise through their speakers. Empanadas, arepas and juices, garages, hairdressers and local mom-and-pop stores, taxi cooperatives and trucks filled with workers, teachers, civil servants, students and others lead their way to the differents demonstrations of today, mothers with their children, or simply workers of all kind. Most are commenting on the drama of the day: in the east where the rich live, they are playing with shit.



    The neighborhood is active

    The same situation repeats in other working class communities nearby: La Pastora, Catia, Lídice. And beyond downtown in San Agustín, Mamera, Petare, El Cementerio and in the other hundred and something boroughs and densely populated municipalities. About 6 million people in Caracas alone. This is what is not giving working in the opposition plans and their focused terrorist escalation. Millions of inhabitants of these neighborhoods are not singing along with their tune.
    The same happens throughout the country. Instead of this in various sectors, people go out onto the streets to protect and defend their places as in this story of what happened in a neighborhood in the state of Barinas:
    “Here they will not come to loot, no way, here they will not come to make the disasters they did to the bakeries and hardware stores and pharmacies of La Cardenera.”
    The woman from Barinas, with a machete in hand, led a few hundred neighbors who were armed with sticks, tubes, machetes, bats, went out to confront the opposition ‘guarimberos’ (rioters) who had wiped out most of the neighborhood business in the past few weeks. The alarms had been going at night all around the neighborhood through pot-banging, text messages and calls of “here come the guarimberos.” Now they came for all the equipment of the public sports court, built by the Revolution to the Francisco de Miranda neighborhood and inaugurated by Chavez himself. Things get tense. The ‘guarimberos’, mostly upper-middle-class kids mixed with some from poorer areas and some thugs came in groups of 30 to lock streets and to loot and to set fire to the neighborhood’s sports court, begin to retreat. It is not easy for them because the people are in the streets, ready to fight to defend this sport facility that Chavez gave them. “You better get the fuck out, you’ll ’cause no trouble here,” “out, out, out, out.” Machetes, bats, sticks, pipes, spikes, move menacingly as my people scream at them – what a beatiful scene. The guarimberos retreat: “We are going to look for reinforcements to the Corozitos, no joke, we are gonna burn all this shit, you damn chavistas.” “Come, you squalid jerks, terrorists, here we wait, out, out, out, out with you.”
    “That night no one slept. But they never came back,” says the old lady.
    The only ones who have both the number and fury, balls and ovaries to set fire to this country are working, organizing, discussing the call to a Constituent Assembly. And defending in the street when necessary. A show of strength that goes unnoticed by the minds of those who want a great civilian confrontation, a war: to stay calm, not to come to interfere even knowing that the counterrevolution that is in the streets on the other side of the city but could not withstand the irruption of these neighborhoods at their most violent. This is a titanic display of strength.
    While the country’s wealthy opposition sectors are running their “I Want Freedom” drama, those with the true power are active. The barrio is active.

    https://libya360.wordpress.com/2017/...-of-venezuela/

    The more important story that Americans never hear. Is it any wonder that our people are so bewildered, that our task is so seemingly difficult?

    Imagine the Freudians could have a field day with those shit bombs.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  4. #84
    Why Are There No Riots in the Barrios of Venezuela?
    By: Gustavo Borges


    Commuters in Caracas' popular neighborhoods. | Photo: Mision Verdad

    Published 11 May 2017

    The only ones who have both the number and fury to set fire to this country are working, organizing, discussing the call to a Constituent Assembly.

    Closing streets, paralyzing the subway system, burning urban transport units, attacking public institutions, even some private ones, the looting of shops, schools and hospitals, terrorizing popular neighborhoods with hired gangs, mercenary style.

    In eastern areas of Caracas, a minority sector goes to the opposition demonstrations where all of this takes place and daily life is a chaos in the middle of battles where this privileged little world rebelled against the poor. Wearing all sort of gas masks, journalists, photographers, camera people with helmets and bullet-proof vests, opposition leaders, members of the national assembly, mayors and governors of the counterrevolution stand there giving orders, Molotov cocktails keep coming and going, sometimes they collide with tear gas canisters in the air, youths wearing balaclavas and with shields that look like they are from the crusaders, using gloves to throw tear gas canisters back, barricades, cut down trees, fires, a constant battle against Bolivarian police and the national guards who are forbidden from using firearms and violence.

    The cameras try to capture a picture showing that the country is at war.

    This same scenario is repeated in specific places in different states of the country. But despite this theatrical set, something is not working for the terrorist agenda of the opposition. Thousands of neighborhoods, hills and low income areas throughout the entire country continue about their daily lives attentive to what happens in that upper-middle class, Hollywood type world and their declassed playing at absolute war that has already taken some 40 lives and wounded hundreds of other in the entire country. Here the murdered and wounded are not extras. They are real.

    In the neighborhood of 23 de Enero, west of Caracas, about 200,000 inhabitants wake up everyday in the middle of that fascinating entanglement of popular sectors. There are no incendiary bombs or tear gas bombs here. Children go to school, kindergartens, youngsters in blue flannels and beige (school uniforms) take the streets to get to their high schools. Subway cars travel at full capacity as far as violence from the other side of the city allows them to get to. Small and medium size businesses start to open their doors. Queues begin to form in the hundreds of popular medical practices where people get free basic health care attention. A group of women from the communal councils fix on the walls handwritten posters announcing the nightly meeting to organize the community food delivery, which also posts the amount to be paid and an account number to deposit the payment.

    Motorcycle riders go to work. Fruit and vegetable trucks offer their fresh merchandise through their speakers. Empanadas, arepas and juices, garages, hairdressers and local mom-and-pop stores, taxi cooperatives and trucks filled with workers, teachers, civil servants, students and others lead their way to the differents demonstrations of today, mothers with their children, or simply workers of all kind. Most are commenting on the drama of the day: in the east where the rich live, they are playing with shit.

    The neighborhood is active

    The same situation repeats in other working class communities nearby: La Pastora, Catia, Lídice. And beyond downtown in San Agustín, Mamera, Petare, El Cementerio and in the other hundred and something boroughs and densely populated municipalities. About 6 million people in Caracas alone. This is what is not working in the opposition plans and their focused terrorist escalation. Millions of inhabitants of these neighborhoods are not singing along with their tune.

    The same happens throughout the country. Instead of this in various sectors, people go out onto the streets to protect and defend their places as in this story of what happened in a neighborhood in the state of Barinas: "Here they will not come to loot, no way, here they will not come to make the disasters they did to the bakeries and hardware stores and pharmacies of La Cardenera." The woman from Barinas, with a machete in hand, led a few hundred neighbors who were armed with sticks, tubes, machetes, bats, went out to confront the opposition 'guarimberos' (rioters) who had wiped out most of the neighborhood business in the past few weeks. The alarms had been going at night all around the neighborhood through pot-banging, text messages and calls of "here come the guarimberos." Now they came for all the equipment of the public sports court, built by the Revolution to the Francisco de Miranda neighborhood and inaugurated by Chavez himself. Things get tense. The 'guarimberos', mostly upper-middle-class kids mixed with some from poorer areas and some thugs came in groups of 30 to lock streets and to loot and to set fire to the neighborhood's sports court, begin to retreat. It is not easy for them because the people are in the streets, ready to fight to defend this sport facility that Chavez gave them. "You better get the fuck out, you'll 'cause no trouble here," "out, out, out, out." Machetes, bats, sticks, pipes, spikes, move menacingly as my people scream at them - what a beatiful scene. The guarimberos retreat: "We are going to look for reinforcements to the Corozitos, no joke, we are gonna burn all this shit, you damn chavistas." "Come, you squalid jerks, terrorists, here we wait, out, out, out, out with you."

    "That night no one slept. But they never came back," says the old lady.

    The only ones who have both the number and fury, balls and ovaries to set fire to this country are working, organizing, discussing the call to a Constituent Assembly. And defending in the street when necessary. A show of strength that goes unnoticed by the minds of those who want a great civilian confrontation, a war: to stay calm, not to come to interfere even knowing that the counterrevolution that is in the streets on the other side of the city but could not withstand the irruption of these neighborhoods at ther most violent. This is a titanic display of strength.

    While the country's wealthy opposition sectors are running their "I Want Freedom" drama, those with the true power are active. The barrio is active.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opi...ampaign=buffer
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  5. #85
    Venezuela Communists Back Maduro Against ‘Pro-US Right’


    The Communist Party of Venezuela marches in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution. | Photo: Communist Party of Venezuela

    Published 13 May 2017

    Opposition protests in Venezuela, according to the country's Communist Party, support "North American imperialism."
    The Communist Party of Venezuela, PCV, on Friday expressed full support for President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution against right-wing opposition protests.

    The protests, according to the PCV, form part of “a destabilising plan elaborated by North American imperialism.”

    “This plan has as its objective the imposition through force and blackmail of a government which would work to maintain US hegemony throughout the continent,” the PCV said in a statement.

    “Hence, in the current context we insist on unity of action of all the political and social forces willing to defend the nation against the imperialist enemy and their puppets.”

    Founded in 1931, the PCV is the oldest continuously-existing leftist party in Venezuela. For decades, the Marxist-Leninist grouping fought against right-wing and neoliberal administrations that privatized the country’s vast oil resources.


    Once former President Hugo Chavez rose to political prominence, however, the PCV began backing his democratic socialist movement. In fact, the party supported his 1998 presidential campaign and has since worked in coalition with the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV.

    In 2011, the PCV joined the Great Patriotic Pole, an electoral alliance of leftist political parties dedicated to protecting and advancing the Bolivarian Revolution.

    Today, the PCV is calling on all Venezuelans — especially workers — to preserve that alliance.

    “We call on the patriotic soldiers and officers to not cede to these unpatriotic terrorists and to take up the cause of the defence of our national sovereignty,” the PCV added in its statement.

    “True revolutionaries do not hand themselves over. They fight united until they succeed.”

    Since early April, Venezuela’s U.S.-backed right-wing opposition has led almost daily protests, claiming that the incumbent government is “corrupt” and “violates human rights.” The opposition has worked hand-in-hand with U.S. lawmakers and regional right-wing politicians who have expressed support for regime change in Venezuela.

    Over three dozen people have died amid protests.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0513-0011.html

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    Marx Ideas 'Deeply Rooted' in Venezuela Revolution: Ambassador


    Man sits by a graffiti denouncing U.S. imperialism in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 20 March 2017

    The Venezuelan envoy to the U.K. commemorated the legacy of Karl Marx by stressing her government’s commitment to his ideas.
    The radical ideas of Karl Marx are deeply rooted in Latin American revolutionary ideas and especially in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and the policies of the governments of the late President Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.K. Rocio Maneiro said in a speech Sunday commemorating the legacy of the communist founder.

    “Marxism has been present in the revolutionary ideas of Latin America throughout the 20th century when Communist parties emerged all over the region and were forced to go underground by the repressive governments of the time,” Maneiro told the crowd at the Marx Memorial Library in London.

    “In Venezuela especially, Marxist ideas were rooted deep in the soil of our revolutionary tradition, which goes back to the struggles against slavery and oppression, and the War for Independence which in Venezuela became a civil war.”

    Maneiro went on to explain how the socialist government in Venezuela has, over the past 16 years, instituted social programs that were inspired by Marxist ideas, “giving priority to the inclusion of poor people in health, education, and housing systems.”


    The government in Caracas has also been involved in promoting those ideas in other parts of the continent and supporting political parties and movements that share Marx’s ideas.

    “In the last decade we have played a key role and we have also been deeply involved in the formation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America, ALBA,” the Venezuelan envoy said.

    She went on to say that the efforts by late leader Chavez and his government are at risk because capitalism is trying to crack down on the socialist surge in Latin America. Maneiro recalled that in a speech in 2006 the late president “warned us that there was not much time left to implement the socialism envisaged by Karl Marx.”

    “Socialism or death, but real death — of the entire human species and of life on planet earth, because capitalism is destroying the planet, capitalism is destroying life on earth, capitalism is destroying the ecological equilibrium of the planet; the destructive development of the capitalist model is putting an end to life on earth. I believe it’s now or never,” Chavez had said using the words of Marx himself.

    The government of Maduro, she added, is now facing ruthless attacks by the right-wing opposition in control of the National Assembly, while struggling with successive hostile administrations in Washington that see Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the U.S. national security and foreign policy,” the ambassador added.

    Meanwhile, “the economic war organized by the right-wing opposition has dramatically intensified, affecting the distribution of food and medicines, while the international media has begun to promote the possibility of a humanitarian intervention in Venezuela,” she warned.

    However, the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is far from giving up and will not bow to “this multi-pronged aggression,” Maneiro said, as her government continues to be inspired by the call made by Karl Marx in the 19th century: “The workers of the world have nothing to lose but their chains, workers of the world unite.”

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0320-0028.html

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    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  6. #86
    The truth about Venezuela: a revolt of the well-off, not a 'terror campaign'
    Mark Weisbrot

    John Kerry’s rhetoric is divorced from the reality on the ground, where life goes on – even at the barricades


    A Venezuelan protester poses for a portrait at Altamira square in Caracas. Photograph: Jorge Silva / Reuters

    Thursday 20 March 2014 10.35 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 31 January 2017 11.27 EST

    Images forge reality, granting a power to television and video and even still photographs that can burrow deep into people’s consciousness without them even knowing it. I thought that I, too, was immune to the repetitious portrayals of Venezuela as a failed state in the throes of a popular rebellion. But I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in Caracas this month: how little of daily life appeared to be affected by the protests, the normality that prevailed in the vast majority of the city. I, too, had been taken in by media imagery.

    Major media outlets have already reported that Venezuela’s poor have not joined the right-wing opposition protests, but that is an understatement: it’s not just the poor who are abstaining – in Caracas, it’s almost everyone outside of a few rich areas like Altamira, where small groups of protesters engage in nightly battles with security forces, throwing rocks and firebombs and running from tear gas.

    Walking from the working-class neighborhood of Sabana Grande to the city center, there was no sign that Venezuela is in the grip of a “crisis” that requires intervention from the Organization of American States (OAS), no matter what John Kerry tells you. The metro also ran very well, although I couldn’t get off at Alta Mira station, where the rebels had set up their base of operations until their eviction this week.

    I got my first glimpse of the barricades in Los Palos Grandes, an upper-income area where the protesters do have popular support, and neighbors will yell at anyone trying to remove the barricades – which is a risky thing to attempt (at least four people have apparently been shot dead for doing so). But even here at the barricades, life was pretty much normal, save for some snarled traffic. On the weekend, the Parque del Este was full of families and runners sweating in the 90-degree heat – before Chávez, you had to pay to get in, and the residents here, I was told, were disappointed when the less well-to-do were allowed to enter for free. The restaurants are still crowded at night.


    Members of the Bolivarian National Guard guard the streets of Altamira, in the Chacao municipality of Caracas. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez / EPA

    Travel provides little more than a reality check, of course, and I visited Caracas mainly to gather data on the economy. But I came away skeptical of the narrative, reported daily in the media, that increasing shortages of basic foods and consumer goods are a serious motivation for the protests. The people who are most inconvenienced by those shortages are, of course, the poor and working classes. But the residents of Los Palos Grandes and Altamira, where I saw real protests happening – they have servants to stand in line for what they need, and they have the income and storage space to accumulate some inventory.

    These people are not hurting – they’re doing very well. Their income has grown at a healthy pace since the Chávez government got control of the oil industry a decade ago. They even get an expensive handout from the government: anyone with a credit card (which excludes the poor and millions of working people) is entitled to $3,000 per year at a subsidized exchange rate. They can then sell the dollars for 6 times what they paid in what amounts to a multi-billion dollar annual subsidy for the privileged – yet it is they who are supplying the base and the troops of the rebellion.

    The class nature of this fight has always been stark and inescapable, now more than ever. Walking past the crowd that showed up for the March 5 ceremonies to mark the anniversary of Chávez’s death, it was a sea of working-class Venezuelans, tens of thousands of them. There were no expensive clothing or $300 shoes. What a contrast to the disgruntled masses of Los Palos Grandes, with $40,000 Grand Cherokee Jeeps bearing the slogan of the moment: SOS VENEZUELA.

    When it comes to Venezuela, John Kerry knows which side of the class war he is on. Last week, just as I was leaving town, the US Secretary of State doubled down in his fusillade of rhetoric against the government, accusing President Nicolás Maduro of waging a “terror campaign against his own people”. Kerry also threatened to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS against Venezuela, as well as implementing sanctions.

    Brandishing the Democratic Charter against Venezuela is a bit like threatening Vladimir Putin with a UN-sponsored vote on secession in Crimea. Perhaps Kerry didn’t notice, but just a few days before his threats, the OAS took a resolution that Washington brought against Venezuela and turned it inside-out, declaring the regional body’s “solidarity” with the Maduro government. Twenty-nine countries approved it, with only the right-wing governments of Panama and Canada siding with the US against it.

    Article 21 of the OAS’s Democratic Charter applies to the “unconstitutional interruption of the democratic order of a member state” (like the 2009 military coup in Honduras that Washington helped to legitimize, or the 2002 military coup in Venezuela, aided even more by the US government). Given its recent vote, the OAS would be more likely to invoke the Democratic Charter against the US government for its drone killings of US citizens without trial, than it would be to do so against Venezuela.


    Demonstrators hold cardboard posters showing images of those killed during anti-government protests inside Plaza Altamira in Caracas. Photograph: Marco Antonio Bello / Demotix / Corbis

    Kerry’s “terror campaign” rhetoric is equally divorced from reality, and predictably provoked an equivalent response from Venezuela’s foreign minister, who called Kerry a “murderer”. Here’s the truth about those charges from Kerry: since the protests in Venezuela began, it appears that more people have died at the hands of protesters than security forces. According to deaths reported by CEPR in the last month, in addition to those killed for trying to remove protesters’ barricades, about seven have apparently been killed by protesters’ obstructions – including a motorcyclist beheaded by a wire stretched across the road – and five National Guard officers have been killed.

    As for violence from law enforcement, at least three people appear to have been killed by the National Guard or other security forces – including two protesters and a pro-government activist. Some people blame the government for an additional three killings by armed civilians; in a country with an average of more than 65 homicides per day, it is entirely possible these people acted on their own.

    A full 21 members of the security forces are under arrest for alleged abuses, including some of the killings. This is no “terror campaign”.

    At the same time, it is difficult to find any serious denunciation of opposition violence from major opposition leaders. Polling data finds the protests to be deeply unpopular in Venezuela, although they do much better abroad when they are promoted as “peaceful protests” by people like Kerry. The data also suggest that a majority of Venezuelans see these disturbances for what they are: an attempt to remove the elected government from power.

    The domestic politics of Kerry’s posturing are pretty simple. On the one hand, you have the right-wing Florida Cuban-American lobby and their neo-conservative allies screaming for overthrow. To the left of the far right there is, well, nothing. This White House cares very little about Latin America, and there are no electoral consequences for making most of the governments in the hemisphere more disgusted with Washington.

    Perhaps Kerry thinks the Venezuelan economy is going to collapse and that will bring some of the non-rich Venezuelans into the streets against the government. But the economic situation is actually stabilizing – monthly inflation fell in February, and the black-market dollar has fallen sharply on the news that the government is introducing a new, market-based exchange rate. Venezuela’s sovereign bonds returned 11.5% from 11 February (the day before the protests began) to 13 March, the highest returns in the Bloomberg dollar emerging market bond index. Shortages will most likely ease in the coming weeks and months.

    Of course, that is exactly the opposition’s main problem: the next election is a year-and-a-half away, and by that time, it’s likely that the economic shortages and inflation that have so increased over the past 15 months will have abated. The opposition will then probably lose the parliamentary elections, as they have lost every election over the past 15 years. But their current insurrectionary strategy isn’t helping their own cause: it seems to have divided the opposition and united the Chavistas.

    The only place where the opposition seems to be garnering broad support is Washington.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...P=share_btn_tw

    Is the Guardian off it's meds? An actual, factual account of Venezuela? Gotta be a mistake, I don't see no worm turning....
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

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    In Detail: The Deaths So Far
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    By VENEZUELANALYSIS, May 8th 2017(Updated May 16)

    (This article is much more readable at link, I just wanted the data in case link went south. bp)

    opposition violence 2017
    Since April 4, 2017, violent anti-government protests have rocked Venezuela. Characterised by deadly clashes between state security forces and opposition demonstrators, vandalism and destruction of public institutions, and the assassination of Chavista supporters, the unrest has left 49 people dead to date. Hundreds more have been injured.

    Despite the heavy press coverage, there is significant confusion over how these deaths occurred and at the hands of whom. In a bid for clarity, Venezuelanalysis provides readers with an in-depth and a complete account of the deaths so far below.

    This table will be updated on a daily basis in accordance with the results of ongoing investigations as well as new incidents.

    Readers will note that a number of deaths have still not been accounted for given that substantive criminal allegations have yet to surface regarding the circumstances and alleged party responsible for the killings.

    Total death count: 49
    Date last updated: May 16



    Deaths caused by authorities Direct victims of opposition political violence Indirect victims opposition political violence Deaths still unaccounted for Accidental deaths Deaths attributed to pro-gov’t civilians
    6
    (Gruseny Antonio Canelon, Daniel Queliz, Jairo Ortiz, Christian Ocha, Albert Rodriguez, Diego Hernandez) 12
    (Bryan Principal, Oliver Villa Camargo, Neumar Jose Sanclemente, Ramon Martinez, Almelina Carrillo, Paola Ramirez, Jesus Leonardo Sulbaran, Luis Alberto Marquez, Efrain Sierra, Rexol Navas, Gerardo Barrera, Anderson Dugarte) 5
    (Ricarda Gonzalez, Ana Rodriguez, Unidentified individual, Angel Enrique Moreira Gonzalez, Carlos Enrique Hernández) 17
    (Miguel Ángel Colmenares, Carlos Moreno, Kevin León, Francisco González, Mervins Guitian Díaz, Orlando Johan Jhosep Medina, Renzo Rodriguez Roda, Juan Pablo Pernalete Lovera, Eyker Daniel Rojas Gil, Armando Cañizales, Gerardo Barrera, Juan Lopez, César Armando Guzman Jiménez, Hecder Lugo, Miguel Castillo, Luis José Alviarez Chacón, Yeison Mora) 8
    (Jairo Ramírez, William Marrero, Robert Centeno, Jonathan Meneses, Elio Pacheco, Kenyer Aranguren, Stivenson Zamora, Yorgeiber Rafael Barrena Bolivar) 0


    Name of Victim Political affiliation Alleged party responsible Circumstances Location and date Status of litigation
    Jairo Ortiz, 19 None National Bolivarian Police Force (PNB) Bystander in protest. Carrizal, Miranda/April 6 Officer arrested and charged.
    Daniel Alejandro Queliz Araca, 20 Opposition protester Carabobo State Police Queliz was reportedly shot in the neck by police during a protest in front of the Los Parques apartment complex. Valencia, Carabobo /April 10 Two police officers arrested on April 12 and indicted.
    Ricarda de Lourdes Gonzalez, 87 None Indirectly anti-government protesters The opposition initially claimed that she had died due to tear gas used by authorities. Her family (daughter) later revealed that she had suffered a CVA and they had been unable to get her to a hospital in time due to opposition roadblocks. Bello Monte, Caracas/April 10 None to date.
    Miguel Ángel Colmenares, 36 Opposition, but neighbors and family members claim he was not involved in the protests. Unclear National Ombudsman initially reported Colmenares died of gunshot wounds following a robbery by unidentified subjects in vicinity of opposition protests, though the MP has confirmed that he died of wounds inflicted by explosive devices. Barquisimeto, Lara/ April 12 Public Prosecution (MP) has dispatched state attorneys to investigate. The body has yet to identify those responsible.
    Brayan Principal, 14 None, from Chavista family Armed protesters from the private Hacienda Yucatán residential community. Armed protesters opened fire on the adjacent Ali Primera government public housing (GMVV) complex after residents from the latter attempted to remove burning roadblocks.Principal was a resident of Alí Primera and was shot twice in the company of his mother when trying to relocate from the scene of confrontation. Barquisimeto, Lara/ April 12 No arrests at this time. MP has designated state prosecutors.
    Gruseny Antonio Canelón, 32 Opposition protester Bolivarian National Guard Died of organ failure after being shot during protest. Cabudare, Lara/ April 11 Arrest warrant issued for 15 GNB officers.
    Oliver Villa Camargo, 29 None Opposition protesters Crossed a barricade in el Paraiso, Caracas, while driving with a friend. Two assailants on a motorcycle shot him in the face. He kept driving but died minutes later. El Paraíso, Caracas/ April 13 None as of yet.
    Carlos Moreno, 17 None Unclear, though opposition has blamed pro-government “collectives”. Moreno was heading to a soccer game at the time of death. He was not involved in protests, according to his brother, although he was close to opposition protests when he was shot - allegedly by men on motorbikes. Media reports suggest Moreno was caught in some kind of confrontation between pro and anti-government protesters. Witnesses blamed pro-government civilians for the death. Moreno died shortly after he was admitted to hospital. Caracas/April 19. MP confirms an investigation is taking place.
    Paola Ramirez, 23 Opposition, but not involved in protests Iván Alexis Pernía Dávila (31) has confessed to the murder. The Minister of Justice, Nestor Reverol, stated that Davila is a supporter of hard rightwing parte Vente Venezuela. The party has denied the link. Video shows Ramirez crossing the road as a group of men on motorbikes drive past. She then falls to the ground. It is presumed that Davila was attempting to shoot at the motorbikers.

    San Cristobal, Tachira/April 19 Davila has been charged with premeditated murder and illegally carrying a firearm.
    Neomar Jose Sanclemente Sergeant with Bolivarian National Guard Opposition protesters Came under gunfire during an opposition protest. One other GNB officer was also injured. Los Castores, San Antonio de los Altos, municipality of Los Salias, Miranda state/April 19 Investigation ongoing.
    Ramón Martínez, 29 Unknown Opposition protesters Shop-owner trying to defend store during looting/vandalism in El Valle. San Andres, El Valle, Caracas/April 20 MP dispatched district attorney.
    Kevin León, 30 Unknown. Possibly a bystander, possibly protester. Unknown Unclear: died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to press and Public Prosecution. San Andres, El Valle, Caracas/April 20 MP dispatched district attorney.
    8 people electrocuted Names: Jairo Ramírez (45), William Marrero, (33), Robert Centeno (29), Jonathan Meneses (27), Elio Pacheco (20), Kenyer Aranguren (20), Stivenson Zamora (29), Yorgeiber Rafael Barrena Bolivar (15) Presumably opposition Accidental The victims received an electric shock – possibly from a security mechanism – as they attempted to loot a bakery. San Andres, El Valle, Caracas/April 20 MP dispatched district attorney.


    Francisco González, 34 Unknown, presumably opposition Unknown Gonzalez died from gunshot wounds in El Valle during looting on April 20. El Valle, Caracas/April 20 MP is investigating his death.
    Albert Alejandro Rodriguez Aponte, 16 Presumably opposition State security forces The Public Prosecution has confirmed that Rodriguez was asphyxiated by tear gas used to control unrest in El Valle. San Andres, El Valle, Caracas/April 20 Under investigation by the MP. The body has yet to identify the individual responsible.
    Mervins Guitian Díaz, 26 Unknown. Believed to be bystander Unknown Unclear: Opposition Mayor Carlos Oscariz reports that Diaz was shot in the vicinity of a protest. MP confirms he died after being shot in abdomen. 5 de Julio, Petare, Miranda/April 21

    MP dispatched district attorney to investigate.
    Almelina Carrillo, 47 Unknown Presumably opposition sympathiser Was struck in the head by a frozen bottle close to the April 19 Chavista march, thrown presumably by an opposition sympathiser from a building above. She was hospitalized in critical condition but died on April 23. She was a nurse on her way to work when she encountered the march and was struck. Caracas/April 19, later died on April 23. Jesus Juan Albi Zambito (42) was arrested on May 2 in connection with the murder. He will be indicted in the coming hours.
    Jesus Leonardo Sulbaran, 42 Merida state gov’t worker, Chavista Opposition sniper(s) Shot in the neck during pro-government rally by alleged sniper(s) firing from nearby apartment. Merida/April 24 National and state attorneys dispatched to investigate.
    Luis Alberto Marquez, 52 Merida state gov’t worker, Chavista Opposition sniper(s) Shot in the head during pro-government rally by alleged sniper(s) firing from nearby apartment. Merida/April 24, died 1.30am April 25 MP has yet to issue a public statement regarding the status of his individual case.
    Orlando Johan Jhosep Medina, 23 Opposition protester. Mother is local Chavista leader and employee of Municipal Council. Unclear Shot in the head by shotgun round during violent anti-government demonstration near town hall in Tocuyo in early hours of April 24. Tocuyo, Lara/ April 24 State district attorney commissioned to investigate.
    Renzo Rodriguez Roda, 54 Unknown, presumed opposition supporter Unclear Shot in the chest near the Bolivar municipality’s town hall in Barinas state. He was in the vicinity of an opposition demonstration at the time. Public Prosecution suggests that a lone subject “fired several shots” nearby, and Rodriguez was shot in the chest. Bolivar, Barinas/April 24 National and state attorneys dispatched to investigate.
    Christian Humberto Ochoa Soriano, 22 Opposition protester Carabobo State Police Shot while protesting in Miguel Pena, Carabobo. Died later in hospital. Carabobo, Valencia/April 24, died April 25 Police officer Gerson Alberto Quintero, 36, to be indicted for homicide by MP.
    Juan Pablo Pernalete Lovera, 20 Opposition protester Unknown. Injured while protesting in Altamira. Admitted to hospital without vital signs. Public Prosecution confirmed that victim died from haematoma in left hand side of chest. Opposition blamed tear gas used by state security forces for his death, but initially autopsy results released by public prosecution show that Pernalete was shot in the chest at point blank range, most probably by a bolt pistol used for killing cattle. Altamira, Caracas/April 27 MP is investigating.
    Efraín Sierra, 34 Passerby, Chavista Opposition protesters Tachira Governor José Gregorio Vielma Mora told press that Sierra was killed after opposition protesters attempted to steal his motorbike at a roadblock. Tachira/April 26 MP has yet to release an official statement on this case.
    Eyker Daniel Rojas Gil, 20 Bystander near to protest. Unknown Rojas was injured during a protest in Barquisimeto and admitted to hospital without vital signs. The press reports that he was shot. His family say that he was not involved in the protests. The opposition has blamed the Bolivarian National Guard for his death. Barquisimeto, Lara/April 26 The MP is investigating the death.
    Ana Victoria Colmenarez de Hernandez, 43 Bystander, unkown Indirectly opposition protesters Passenger on a bus that flipped over while attempting avoid a barricade, presumably set up by anti-government demonstrators as part of the opposition-organized "National Barricade".
    Naguanagua, Carabobo/ May 2

    None as of yet.
    Unidentified Bystander, unkown Indirectly opposition protesters Passenger on a bus that flipped over while attempting avoid a barricade, presumably set up by anti-government demonstrators as part of the opposition-organized "National Barricade". Individual has yet to be identified. Naguanagua, Carabobo/ May 2 None as of yet.
    Angel Enrique Moreira Gonzalez, 28 Bystander, unkown Indirectly opposition protesters
    The olympic swimmer was killed when another vehicle collided with his motorcycle on the Prados del Este highway and subsequently fled the scene. Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol has indicated that the other vehicle was going the wrong direction on the highway due to a barricade near the Santa Fe exit, leading to the fatal accident.

    La Trinidad, Caracas/ May 2 None as of yet.
    Eduardo Jonathan Quintero, 21 Looter, presumably opposition Store owner He was allegedly shot and killed by the shop owner who opened fire on Quintero and other looters. Valencia, Carabobo/ May 2
    Authorities are actively looking for the shop owner, who has been identified as Xen Ye Chon (41).

    Armando Cañizales, 18 Protester Unclear, though opposition has blamed the GNB. However, a autopsy found he was killed by a ball bearing not a tear gas grenade.
    Killed by an inury to the neck during clashes between the GNB and armed protesters. According to the autopsy, the injury was caused by a ball bearing likely fired from an unconventional weapon. Six more ball bearings were discovered at the scene of the protest near to where the GNB was positioned. A nitrate ion test reveals the projectiles contained gunpowder, suggesting that they were presumably fired towards the GNB by demonstrators.

    Las Mercedes, Caracas/ May 3
    MP has dispatched a district attorney to investigate.

    Gerardo Barrera, 38 Carabobo state police Unclear, though possibly protesters. Injured during protest on May 3. Died in hospital morning of May 4. San Joaquin, Carabobo/ May 4
    State prosecutor has arrested a man in connection with the murder.

    Juan Lopez, 28 Chavista Unclear, presumably a political assassination. The Jose Antonio Anzoategui student federation leader was shot at the end of a student assembly by an unidentified subject who fled on motorbike. He had been publicly supporting the Venezuelan President's call for a Constituent Assembly. The attacker was present in the assembly and opened fire from the crowd before fleeing. Anzoategui/ May 4
    State prosecutor is investigating.

    César Armando Guzman Jiménez, 22 Unknown Unknown Guzman was injured in the same incident as Lopez (above), alongside two other students. Local press reports say that Guzman was sat on steps nearby to the student assembly and was hit by a stray bullet. He was admitted to hospital but died three days later. Anzoategui/ May 4
    None to date

    Rexol Alexander Acevedo Navas, 32 Chavista. Navas was a widely respected workers' leader at worker controlled factory Industrias Diana. Alleged opposition protesters. Family members report that Navas was driving to visit family members on May 2nd when he came across an opposition roadblock. Protesters ordered Navas to hand over his vehicle. He was shot dead when he put up resistance. His body was found on May 3rd on a nearby freeway alongside his burnt vehicle. Valencia/May 2 None to date
    Hecder Lugo, 22 Opposition protester Unknown. Opposition has blamed National Guard. Lugo died on May 5th from a gunshot wound to the head after being injured at an opposition protest the previous day. San Diego, Carabobo/May 4th
    The Public Prosecution is investigating.

    Miguel Castillo, 27 Opposition protester Unclear. Opposition has blamed security forces. Died May 10, after being shot in the chest by a marble. According to preliminary reports, the marble was fired from a gun at close range. The opposition has claimed security forces are using marbles instead of crowd crontrol ammunition, though there's no reliable evidence to support this claim. Opposition protesters themselves, however, do use improvised weapons regularly. Las Mercedes, Baruta municipality, Miranda state/May 10
    The Public Prosectution is investigating, while a commission into the death has also been established by the ombudsperson.

    Anderson Dugarte, 31 Mototaxi driver Unidentified sniper, may have been targeting police and government supporters. Government has blamed the opposition. Died May 10 of a gunshot sustained on May 8. Authorities say Dugarte was one of three people who came under sniper fire. Merida City, Merida State/May 8
    Investigation ongoing

    Carlos Enrique Hernández, 30

    Mototaxi driver Indirectly opposition protesters Died May 12 after motorbike collided with debris left from opposition barricade and hit lamppost. Cabudare, Lara/May 12
    None to date

    Luis José Alviarez Chacón, 18

    Alleged opposition protester Unclear, opposition has blamed GNB. Died May 15 after being shot in the chest during an unofficial anti-government protest Palmira/ Tachira/May 15 MP investigations underway with help of CICPC.
    Diego Hernandez, 33

    Opposition protester Police officer from Tachira regional police force Died May 15 after being shot during anti-government demonstration. Tachira/May 15 Officer Luis Oviedo detained May 16 & to be indicted.
    Yeison Mora, 17

    Unknow, poddibly opposition demonstrator, possibly bystander Unknown Died May 15 after being shot in head near to a demonstration. MP statements says that he died after "a group of people arrived who fired several shots, wounding the victim in the cranium” Barinas/May 15 MP investigations underway
    Diego Arrellano, 31

    Opposition protester Unclear, opposition has blamed GNB. Shot in the neck during a protest in San Antonio de Los Altos at approximately 11:30am. Subsequently died in the emergency room. Miranda/May 16 MP has dispatched state district attorney.
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    https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/13081
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  8. #88
    USA Sends 5.5 million dollars to Venezuela to finance "democracy"


    Between 2013 and 2014, more than US $ 14 million came from the United States. For organizations adverse to the Bolivarian Government. | Photo: Reuters
    Published 17 May 2017 (16 hours 9 minutes ago)

    The US fiscal report of 2017 reveals that the United States continues to fund organizations in Venezuela, has been denounced by the Bolivarian Government as an interventionist act.

    The United States' fiscal activities reveal that this nation allocated $ 5.5 million in 2017 to organizations in Venezuela to defend "democratic practices, institutions and values ​​that support human rights," an action that has been denounced by Venezuela as a form Of financing destabilizing groups against the Government of Nicolás Maduro.

    The figure comes from the budget justification report of Congress, Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. ( Page 96 ).

    According to socialist leader and minister for the Communes and Social Protection of Venezuela, Aristóbulo Istúriz, funding is evident in last month's violent opposition protests using shock equipment such as antique masks, bullet-proof vests and others Objects with which they face security officials.

    In the US fiscal report of 2017, they assert that the resources seek to involve "groups in the democratic process" in Venezuela.

    The data: In opposition protests in Venezuela in the last month have killed 42 people and 900 have been injured. The demonstrations called "peaceful" have resulted in vandalism denounced by the Bolivarian Government as a way to generate victims and justify a foreign intervention.
    Background

    Between 2013 and 2014, more than US $ 14 million came from the United States. To finance organizations linked to the opposition, just when the violent demonstrations of the right that claimed the lives of 43 Venezuelans recaptured and left 800 wounded.

    But this funding has antecedents to the government of President Maduro.

    In 2009, based on declassified documents from the State Department, US attorney Eva Golinger estimated $ 6.4 million in contributions from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to political groups opposed to Bolivarian Revolution.

    On the other hand, among the documents leaked by WikiLeaks, a report by the political advisor of the US Embassy highlighted. In Caracas, Robert Downes, denominated "Five strategic points of the equipment in the country for the programmatic support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)."

    The strategic points covered the period 2004-2006 and included "strengthening democratic institutions", penetrating the political base of Chavismo, dividing this political force, protecting vital US businesses. And to isolate internationally the then President Hugo Chávez.

    Reaction from Venezuela

    The Bolivarian Government insists on denouncing the American interventionist activity in its internal affairs.

    Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez recently denounced President Donald Trump as "backing the head of bloody and unconstitutional actions in 2014 against the peace and stability of Venezuela."

    http://www.telesurtv.net/news/EE.UU....0517-0061.html

    ********************

    Venezuelan Minister: US Finances opposition protests


    "We see how they kill their own people to blame the government. They do not want elections," Istúriz said. | Photo: AVN

    Published May 15, 2017

    Socialist leader Aristóbulo Istúriz said that US imperialism and the great financial centers are seeking to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

    The minister for the Communes and Social Protection, Aristóbulo Istúriz, said that the street activities carried out by the Venezuelan opposition "are financed by US imperialism and the great financial centers that seek to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro."

    He alleged that part of the funding is evidenced in the equipment to groups of shock with old masks, bullet-proof vests and other objects to face the security officials.

    "We see how they kill their own people to blame the government. They do not want elections, they put up elections and when the calendar came out they backed down," Istúriz emphasized in a debate on the Constituent Assembly in the south-central zone of Anzoátegui state .

    He accused the Venezuelan right to mortgage the company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and the nation's gold. He put as an example the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and his "surrender actions".

    Istúriz said that the opposition does not agree with an electoral exit because it is committed to violence as a method to reach power.

    "They put aside the elections and then the recall referendum. They did not fulfill themselves, as the initiative that took Henrique Capriles (opposition leader), conspired to make the recall referendum not take place," said Istúriz.

    >> "The Constituent Assembly is the only way out of Venezuela"

    He clarified that it is impracticable to hold general elections in 2017, as required by the opposition, because that mechanism is not contemplated in the Constitution. "There are presidential elections here when the period expires."

    http://www.telesurtv.net/news/Ex-vpd...0515-0034.html
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  9. #89
    Imperialism in the raw. Real time, in action. This is repeated on a regular basis and with predictable outcome.
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  10. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    Imperialism in the raw. Real time, in action. This is repeated on a regular basis and with predictable outcome.
    An ongoing project, but don't think a foregone conclusion...

    THE DIRTY HAND OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (NED) IN VENEZUELA

    admin Apr 30, 2014

    Postcards from the Revolution

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    By Eva Golinger

    Anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change have been led by several individuals and organizations with close ties to the US government. Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado- two of the public leaders behind the violent protests that started in February – have long histories as collaborators, grantees and agents of Washington. The National Endowment for Democracy “NED” and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have channeled multi-million dollar funding to Lopez’s political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machado’s NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.

    These Washington agencies have also filtered more than $14 million to opposition groups in Venezuela between 2013 and 2014, including funding for their political campaigns in 2013 and for the current anti-government protests in 2014. This continues the pattern of financing from the US government to anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela since 2001, when millions of dollars were given to organizations from so-called “civil society” to execute a coup d’etat against President Chavez in April 2002. After their failure days later, USAID opened an Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Caracas to, together with the NED, inject more than $100 million in efforts to undermine the Chavez government and reinforce the opposition during the following 8 years.

    At the beginning of 2011, after being publically exposed for its grave violations of Venezuelan law and sovereignty, the OTI closed its doors inVenezuela and USAID operations were transferred to its offices in the US. The flow of money to anti-government groups didn’t stop, despite the enactment by Venezuela’s National Assembly of the Law of Political Sovereignty and NationalSelf-Determination at the end of 2010, which outright prohibits foreign funding of political groups in the country. US agencies and the Venezuelan groups that receive their money continue to violate the law with impunity. In the Obama Administration’s Foreign Operations Budgets, between $5-6 million have been included to fund opposition groups in Venezuela through USAID since 2012.

    The NED, a “foundation” created by Congress in 1983 to essentially do the CIA’s work overtly, has been one of the principal financiers of destabilization in Venezuela throughout the Chavez administration and now against President Maduro. According to NED’s 2013 annual report, the agency channeled more than $2.3 million to Venezuelan opposition groups and projects. Within that figure, $1,787,300 went directly to anti-government groups within Venezuela, while another $590,000 was distributed to regional organizations that work with and fund the Venezuelan opposition. More than $300,000 was directed towards efforts to develop a new generation of youth leaders to oppose Maduro’s government politically.

    One of the groups funded by NED to specifically work with youth is FORMA (http://www.forma.org.ve), an organization led by Cesar Briceño and tied to Venezuelan banker Oscar Garcia Mendoza. Garcia Mendoza runs the Banco Venezolano de Credito, a Venezuelan bank that has served as the filter for the flow of dollars from NED and USAID to opposition groups in Venezuela, including Sumate, CEDICE, Sin Mordaza, Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones and FORMA, amongst others.

    Another significant part of NED funds in Venezuela from 2013-2014 was given to groups and initiatives that work in media and run the campaign to discredit the government of President Maduro. Some of the more active media organizations outwardly opposed to Maduro and receiving NED funds include Espacio Publico, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), Sin Mordaza and GALI. Throughout the past year, an unprecedented media war has been waged against the Venezuelan government and President Maduro directly, which has intensified during the past few months of protests.

    In direct violation of Venezuelan law, NED also funded the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), via the US International Republican Institute (IRI), with $100,000 to “share lessons learned with [anti-government groups] in Nicaragua, Argentina and Bolivia…and allow for the adaption of the Venezuelan experience in these countries”. Regarding this initiative, the NED 2013 annual report specifically states its aim: “To develop the ability of political and civil society actors from Nicaragua, Argentina and Bolivia to work on national, issue-based agendas for their respective countries using lessons learned and best practices from successful Venezuelan counterparts. The Institute will facilitate an exchange of experiences between the Venezuelan Democratic Unity Roundtable and counterparts in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Argentina. IRI will bring these actors together through a series of tailored activities that will allow for the adaptation of the Venezuelan experience in these countries.”

    IRI has helped to build right-wing opposition parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and has worked with the anti-government coaltion in Venezuela since before the 2002 coup d’etat against Chavez. In fact, IRI’s president at that time, George Folsom, outwardly applauded the coup and celebrated IRI’s role in a pressrelease claiming, “The Institute has served as a bridge between the nation’s political parties and all civil society groups to help Venezuelans forge a new democratic future…”

    Detailed in a report published by the Spanish institute FRIDE in 2010, international agencies that fund the Venezuelan opposition violate currency control laws in order to get their dollars to the recipients. Also confirmed in the FRIDE report was the fact that the majority of international agencies, with the exception of the European Commission, are bringing in foreign money and changing it on the black market, in clear violation of Venezuelan law. In some cases, as the FRIDE analysis reports, the agencies open bank accounts abroad for the Venezuelan groups or they bring them the money in hard cash. The US Embassy in Caracas could also use the diplomatic pouch to bring large quantities of unaccounted dollars and euros into the country that are later handed over illegally to anti-government groups in Venezuela.

    What is clear is that the US government continues to feed efforts to destabilize Venezuela in clear violation of law. Stronger legal measures and enforcement may be necessary to ensure the sovereignty and defense of Venezuela’s democracy.

    (aquí en español)



    [Eva Golinger, winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico (2009), named “La Novia de Venezuela” by President Hugo Chávez, is an Attorney and Writer from New York, living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 and author of the best-selling books, “The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela” (2006 Olive Branch Press), “Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela” (2007, Monthly Review Press), “The Empire’s Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion”, “La Mirada del Imperio sobre el 4F: Los Documentos Desclasificados de Washington sobre la rebelión militar del 4 de febrero de 1992” and “La Agresión Permanente: USAID, NED y CIA”.]

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    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  11. #91
    An ongoing project, but don't think a foregone conclusion...
    The conclusions will be foregone until the US is forcibly stopped. And it isn't just the US, it is NATO, EU, OAS, and sometimes even Russia. It reminds me of that paint company logo, where paint is covering the globe. The dominance is near complete. I guess I am a little blue this morning, I am working on a stronger Red...
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  12. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    The conclusions will be foregone until the US is forcibly stopped. And it isn't just the US, it is NATO, EU, OAS, and sometimes even Russia. It reminds me of that paint company logo, where paint is covering the globe. The dominance is near complete. I guess I am a little blue this morning, I am working on a stronger Red...
    These are tough times, Lavrov's latest kowtow in the face of US war crimes in Syria another case in point. Yet I'm starting to think that Maduro might survive, and the key has got to be arming the populace and getting them a semblance of training. Sure hope that's what's going on now, ain't the sort of thing you advertise. And not the sort of thing you can hide very well either, which might have something to do with the bastards turning up the heat.

    All power to the Soviets!
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  13. #93
    Maternity Hospital Attacked in Venezuela, Death Toll Rises to 53

    By LUCAS KOERNER

    Caracas, May 18, 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – A maternity hospital was attacked in Venezuela's Miranda state Wednesday as the death count in ongoing violent anti-government protests ascends to 53.

    Three newborns and one pregnant woman in labor were evacuated from the Carrizal Maternity Hospital after the facility was besieged for two consecutive days by opposition demonstrators.

    According to hospital’s director, Doctor Natalia Martinho, smoke was entering the hospital from the barricades of burning rubble erected just 50 meters from the building by protesters, endangering the health of patients on the fourth floor.

    The barricades reportedly prevented doctors, specialists, and all but two of the hospital’s twelve nurses from arriving for their shifts, leaving Martinho on duty for 36 hours alongside two residents.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has confirmed that a 27-year-old pregnant woman from Aragua currently in labor was evacuated along with three newborns “who could not receive their treatment for 36 hours due to the terrorist groups of the opposition”.

    The attack comes as violent opposition protests demanding early presidential elections enter their seventh week.

    Over the past couple days, two more people have been reported dead in the unrest, which has seen opposition supporters clash with authorities, attack public institutions and state security personnel, and blockade roads nationwide.

    On Wednesday, Manuel Castellanos was shot and killed in the vicinity of an opposition protest in Tachira state. The 46-year-old was reportedly making a purchase when he was shot in the neck and subsequently rushed to the hospital without vital signs.

    Following an investigation, the Public Prosecutor’s office ordered the arrest of three National Guard sergeants to be charged with the murder. The arrests follow the indictment of two National Bolivarian Police officers and a state police functionary for the killing of protesters Luis Jose Alviarez Chacon (18) and Diego Hernandez (33) also in Tachira.

    Located along the southwestern border with Colombia, Tachira has long been a hotspot of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and authorities.

    On Tuesday night, two multimedia centers were ransacked in the Tachira municipality of Cardenas, including one containing highly expensive specialized equipment serving visually impaired people.

    The following evening, an army barracks in La Grita, Tachira, was besieged for six hours by masked militants wielding Molotov bombs.

    Six alleged paramilitaries have also been arrested by authorities elsewhere in the state in a separate incident.

    Venezuela’s Defense Ministry has ordered the deployment of 2000 National Guard personnel to the border state in order to reestablish law and order.

    Elsewhere in Lara state, the local newspaper Ciudad Barquisimeto reported the kidnapping and murder of local socialist activist Pedro Josue Carrillo, whose body appeared on Thursday. According to alleged eyewitnesses, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) member and community organizer was kidnapped Tuesday by masked men in a blue Meru truck who were overheard saying, “pick him up, this one is a Chavista.”

    “[Carrillo’s] remains were found in Quibor with burn marks and signs of torture, common practices of Colombian paramilitarism,” said local PSUV leader Juan Campos.

    Venezuela’s Public Prosecution has yet to issue a statement confirming the death.

    The violent unrest continued into Thursday when a protester was fatally injured during a demonstration in Zulia state.

    According to a communiqué by Venezuela’s Public Prosecution, Paul Moreno (25) was run over by a truck while at a street protest in Maracaibo. He was subsequently rushed to the hospital where he died shortly thereafter of a brain injury.

    The fourth Zulia state prosecutor, Israel Vargas, has been commissioned to investigate the killing.

    Meanwhile, new details have emerged surrounding the deaths of Diego Arellano and Yeison Mora.

    On Wednesday, Justice Minister Nestor Reverol revealed that according to autopsy results, Arellano – a 31-year-old student protester in San Antonio – was killed by an 11.03-milimeter metallic sphere fired from close range, indicating that the killer was “among the demonstrators”.

    Twelve similar metal spheres and a makeshift pipe bomb were likewise discovered at the crime scene near to where the National Guard was positioned, suggesting that they were being fired by the demonstrators.

    Reverol also noted that the steel ball bearings are similar to those that caused the deaths of Miguel Castillo and Armando Cañizales earlier this month. Despite the forensic evidence implicating protesters in the killings, the opposition has continued to blame the deaths on state security forces.

    In Barinas, uncle of 17-year-old Yeison Mora has accused opposition protesters of causing the death of his nephew. The family member, Alexis Mendoza, indicated that Mora was on his way to the hardware store with his brother when he crossed paths with the demonstration and was shot in the head.

    According to preliminary autopsy results announced by Barinas Governor Zenaida Gallardo, the impact to the youth’s right infraorbital nerve “was not caused by a firearm but by a marble”, which was presumably fired from a makeshift weapon used by protesters.

    In response to the findings, Mendoza condemned the opposition for allegedly using his nephew’s death as “propaganda” to fuel further anti-government protests.

    “We, the family, are refuting all that the opposition is doing with the death of my nephew, making propaganda with the death of Yeison, and we are going to clarify that effectively, it’s almost proven that it was a protester who shot him,” he told Venezuelan National Radio.

    According to data compiled by Venezuelanalysis, 12 people have been killed directly by opposition supporters since April 4, while 8 deaths have occurred at the hands of authorities. A further five deaths have resulted from accidents caused by anti-government barricades, while eight people were electrocuted during an attempted looting. Twenty deaths have still yet to be accounted for.

    https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13135
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  14. #94
    Venezuela. Here's how the US prepare the invasion through ColombiaVenezuela. Here's how the US prepare the invasion through Colombia



    of Geraldina Colotti * - Manifesto

    Evidence of coup in Venezuela: not what, for the mainstream media, apparently trying Maduro with the proposed Constituent Assembly, but the real one, orchestrated by the right. The attack is strong in Tachira state and that of Carabobo. Patients and hospital workers, maternal and children were kept under siege for hours, many public facilities were destroyed by the fury of "guarimberos" which, at the border with Colombia, are framed by paramilitaries and duly foraggiati from their old godfather, Alvaro Uribe .


    His party Democratic Center, the day before yesterday had the support of 60 senators to the complaint lodged against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that would bring him to trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for "international crimes" such as murder, torture and genocide . Crimes that Uribe knows, to have practiced for decades in his country.

    During the session of the Senate, also it took part the Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin to reiterate that the Colombian ambassador will not return to Caracas, and to ask the Unasur (body responsible for dialogue between Maduro and opposition along with papa Bergoglio) to "take a position on Venezuela. " The position of Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, spokesman of the Venezuelan right and little dog from the dashboard of the US. For Almagro, which set a new body meeting on 31 May, Maduro and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, are guilty of "crimes against humanity."

    For soldiers have died under fire from "guarimberos" for workers killed by strained traps the street, for political femicides, targeted assassinations and attacks on basic rights of people who can not get to work, school or in hospitals , not even a word. Whether a failed state like Mexico or an inveterate warmonger like Uribe to give lessons in democracy and human rights, should give pause.

    The UN, however, has not passed the US attempt to impeach Venezuela, which rose from just "examination" on human rights. "The US wants to destabilize Venezuela by funding the opposition," said the ambassador in Caracas at the UN, Rafael Ramirez. The fiscal budget of the United States reveals that to "defend democratic practices, institutions and values ​​that support human rights" groups and NGO opposition (and journalists) received $ 5.5 million in 2017.

    Figures that are on page 96 of the report on the budget degl Congress, Department of State, Foreign Operations and associated programs of the United States. essential funding to purchase and distribute weapons and equipment of the expensive "guarimberos". To equip a "peaceful protester" serves a figure equal to more than 20 workers wages.

    The report indicates that the US will mobilize resources "groups in the democratic process" in Venezuela. Where for "democracy" means, of course, the Mexican and Colombian model and that of the International Monetary Fund. In the last month of events - starting in a peaceful way and turn into armed attacks, in the form of "color revolutions" - 42 people died and 900 were injured. As the alternative media as well as Reuters have documented, the goal is to cause death, chaos and destruction to accuse Maduro government of being a "dictatorship". Many dollars are spent on foreign travel of the deputies of the right, who shout from the rooftops that their country is "humanitarian crisis", but spend in luxury and fake news the money they receive.

    Much money is also used to violent campaigns against diplomats abroad and against those who dissent from the dominant story. Even the poster is routinely attacked with personal insults and threats. Between 2013 and 2014 they entered in Venezuela more than 14 million dollars from the US to finance subversive organizations, NGOs 'humanitarian' and Western journalists. In 2014, in more than three months of "guarimbas" 43 people have died and over 800 were injured. Neither the victims nor their relatives, however, have been heard by Western humanitarian organizations.

    Already in 2009, according to declassified documents from the State Department, the US lawyer Eva Golinger calculated that the funding of Nacionale Endowment for Democracy (Ned) to subversive groups in Venezuela amounted to $ 6.4 million. The Wikileaks documents have revealed a report by the embassy's political counselor at the US Caraca, Robert Downes, called "Five strategic areas of programmatic support team of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)".

    strategic points related to the period 2004-2006 related to "strengthen democratic institutions": through infiltration of the base of Chavismo to split this political force, protect the vital interests of the United States and internationally isolate the then President Chavez. A renewed respect now by Trump.

    The last opposition call to demonstrate - and Planton - Monday night targeted warehouses and means for the supply of food and fuel distribution. Only quick reflexes of the tanker driver, assaulted by molotov of guarimberos prevented the explosion would end in tragedy.

    The Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol provided a budget of recent protests. In the municipality Chacao (Miranda state, ruled by the opposition - one of the wealthier neighborhoods in which they develop the violence -) four individuals were arrested, one of them a minor: they were extorting passersby to one of the roadblocks with nails barricades, debris and wire to passers-fall.

    In Carabobo state, in the center of the country (another outbreak of violence) two local policemen were attacked by snipers during vandalism and have been seriously injured by a gunshot in the head and legs. In the island Margarita (Nueva Esparta state), 300 protesters have resulted in a violent protest, led by the deputy opposition Yanet Fermín. They tried to set fire to a truck of the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (Gnb), designed to transport and supply.
    Among those arrested, several minors.

    A few days ago, some organizations from civil society and community media had shown how the right contrattino underage youngsters by offering them much money. In Tachira state, in an attack on a police station, a protester died in still unclear circumstances. He also killed a militant of the PSUV, in charge of the supply and manufacture Committees (Clap), killed by a blow to the head.

    In Merida, the extremists have taken the life of a sixty craftsmen, and for that two people were arrested. Reverol addressed "infinite gratitude" to the Bolivarian Police, who daily deals with "the terrorist actions of the right."

    And the general Godfather Lopez, Minister of Defense and Chief of the Armed Forces, reiterated the loyalty of the military to President Maduro and the Bolivarian Constitution, renewing the commitment of garantista ' "civic-military union" in force in Venezuela.

    Meanwhile, Maduro has extended the economic state of emergency for another two months. A constitutional provision that, in extraordinary circumstances, allows the president to predict measures "of social, economic, political and legal compliance."

    But the main emergency is the coup. Godfather Lopez has activated an emergency plan and sent a large contingent of troops at the border. The fulcrum of subversion is now in Tachira.

    Last night, at a press conference after meeting with Colombian President Manuel Santos at the White House, Trump said he will work with Colombia and other countries in the region to bring "stability and democracy" in Venezuela, because "the crisis political and economic Venezuela is a disgrace to humanity "not seen" for decades ".

    Maduro instead had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss oil issues. Moscow - did then know the Russian Foreign Ministry - is "willing to participate in the standardization of internal processes of Venezuela and to provide the required cooperation."

    http://www.lantidiplomatico.it/dettn...ne/5871_20179/

    Google Translator
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  15. #95
    Venezuela: The Covert War Against the People and Their Armed Forces

    Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° on MAY 16, 2017

    By Rubén Castillo, Misión Verdad
    Edited, Translated by Alexandra Valiente, Internationalist 360°

    To talk about guarimbas in Venezuela is to go back to what happened between February 27 and March 4, 2004 (yes, my friend, guarimbas have been around for 13 years). At that time the plan was to delegitimize the government of Commandante Hugo Chavez to justify a foreign military intervention, based on the thesis of ungovernability and violation of human rights by state security agencies. This insurrectional strategic operation left 50 dead and 193 wounded.
    What is currently underway does not differ in objective or methodology, but the strategies have mutated into a more specialized, violent, organized, synchronized, focused expression.
    This causes us to question whether government agencies should continue to identify these agents as guarimbas or as Coordinated Military Operations, carried out by irregular forces disguised as civil groups. The former designation only permits them to expand their range of operations in the escalations of violence and anarchy throughout the country, especially in strategic points of the capital of the Republic.
    Analyzing the current context, we perceive the uncertainty that these operations generate, since in this new phase their pace is not as dizzying as in 2004 and 2014.
    We must be clear that this new phase of destabilization implemented by the enemy proves there is a high degree of internal organization revealed at the moment of execution. This was evident a few days ago in the localities of San Martín and El Valle , where “hooded guarimberos of a building” and “armed people of the neighborhood” were synchronized to besiege security forces whose mission was both to protect the inhabitants of the area and avoid damage and looting of public and private property. It is worrying to see such high levels of organization combined with specialized training and a well-studied plan, so completely distinct from the spontaneous manifestations witnessed in 2004.
    At that time, the ultra-right-wing declared enemy of the Bolivarian Revolution and Internet propeller of this method of irregular warfare, Robert Alonso, defined it as follows:
    “The guarimba is a totally anarchic act and everyone does what comes in earnest depending on the degree of frustration and guaranty he possesses.”
    We ask:
    How is it that a “totally anarchic, spontaneous and sovereign act” shows such a high degree of synchronization, targeting and selectivity at the moment of execution by individual actors, where the majority does not have any military training?
    We are faced with an enemy army highly prepared in the application of irregular force, which at the moment has a single mission: the precise and incisive attack on our security forces, where military and police officers are wounded.
    Such was the case of Sergeant Neomar Barrios, killed in Miranda state on April 19 and the director of Policaracas wounded in San Martín on April 25, to name a few.
    On 26 April, in the Sucre urbanization of Barquisimeto, the communication apparatus of the internal enemy (private media and social networks) developed the same matrix of opinion (propaganda) of recent days: repression by the security agencies towards the ” inhabitants “who were exercising their” free right “to protest.
    There are no spontaneous acts by’ guarimbas’
    They conceal, in a treacherous way, that the fire started on the roof of one of the towers of this residential complex sought to isolate the five officials of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), driving them into a bottleneck, where they would be injured or killed.
    Tactics such as these show the level of preparation and combat intelligence that must be had, with the minimum use of resources and firepower, to attack an enemy that thwarts their interests. In military slang it is known as “nullification of an enemy force through the knowledge of the terrain“, a tactic that allows one to take a strategic position giving advantage in hand-to-hand combat, something that a common civilian population, without prior military preparation, would be unable to apply, much less when protests are described as “spontaneous and unplanned.”
    Balances like the two military of the FANB, ten GNB, 24 officials of the National Police and 21 police of the Táchira in San Cristóbal, or like the two GNB wounded in Caracas, or that La Carlota, a military base , has been attacked twice in less than a month, do not comply with the stereotyped profile of the guarimba.
    This new phase of siege seeks to launch direct, coordinated attacks against the security forces in different parts of the country to physically and psychologically wear them down , to disquiet and demoralize them in the exercise of their duties, until they neutralize them through the progressive and relentless use of force.
    Under the protection of a maxim known by the population: “Our security apparatus has strictly prohibited the use of lethal force in demonstrations,” translates into advantage for the enemy who understands that his physical integrity will never be compromised. This allows the enemy, disguised as “civil groups exercising their right to protest”, to attack in an effective and efficient way, beyond the tactics allowed for demonstrations, established in the Constitution and international agreements signed by the Republic.
    The Government has no way of justifying a frontal attack against these insurgent groups without being condemned by the international community.
    The laws imposed by the powerful serve, as always, to control power at their convenience and when they need it. Reduced in their options in the field of combat, the state falls into a kind of dictatorial coercion, all to play under the rules that the global enemy imposes through the establishment itself.
    Another feature that dismantles the matrix that such military operations are simple spontaneous acts of civil society lies in the previous tests, made to measure the state’s responsiveness, is the media impact of destabilizing actions. On 10 April in Las Mercedes, where the GNB seized a large load of Molotov bombs, a PNB official was wounded and the attack on a smaller private health center in a manner similar to what was practiced in El Valle days later. There was a pattern in the location and execution times, always leaving a day in between (a day in El Valle, rest, San Martin, rest, Merida, rest, Barquisimeto …), which shows that “spontaneity” is just a deceptive smokescreen.
    It is notorious the way tactics are deployed against the security agencies, as happened in the Valley and San Martin, attacking in perfect flank formation in concerted waves.
    The most worrying thing is the dangerous territorial progress towards Miraflores. They are currently 11 blocks from the palace. Taking into account that an assault rifle has an effective range of 2.5 kilometers, it is relevant to consider that a more sophisticated military weapon can easily surpass that distance. We can not rule out that they are preparing a rush against the Palace of Miraflores.
    Ungovernability is your true interest
    We can not rule out that they are preparing a rush against the Palace of Miraflores, the symbolic value it has for Venezuelans is such that a failed or successful attack would be a trigger of extremely dangerous reactionary response.
    Let’s not forget that in 2016 the enemy was only a few hundred meters away from that structure , positioned in improvised paramilitary camps, with the clear objective of a direct attack against the Presidential Palace, or a plan of assassination. The type of weaponry and ammunition intended for snipers was found on the site. The guarimbas can be the perfect curtain for these armed groups to gradually gain the ground they need to reach Miraflores without raising suspicions to their original plan.
    The libretto designed by the interested parties indicates that, in view of the free and sovereign decision to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS), and the masterly move to convene a National Constituent Assembly, the plan of opposing actors (internal and external ) could enter a new and even more aggressive and systematic phase, as it did in Kiev between November 2013 and February 2014.
    The so-called Euromaidan was triggered by the Ukrainian government’s refusal to sign an economic partnership agreement with the European Union, which was a mere excuse for the powers that be to propitiate a coup that was already underway with the implementation of the color revolution. The enemy would take advantage of this opportunity to exploit this display of sovereignty, dignity and self-determination shown by the government of Nicolás Maduro and attack from all possible sides (international community, internal enemies, etc.).
    It is therefore no accident that the recent terrorist acts in Cabudare, Lara State, where a pvvsa gandola loaded with fuel was hijacked and after several hours of retention ended up being burned, or, for example, vandalism and looting. They tried to perpetrate (and still insist on carrying out, only organized people have not allowed them) in Naguanagua, Carabobo state, where they also caught a gandola full of food, are the direct responses of these groups, showing that their agenda is not peace, dialogue or national reconciliation as they preach, but on the contrary: they know that their agenda is to propitiate a failed state, a lawless state that allows an eventual “reconstruction of the country” in the hands of transnational and corporate powers. Ungovernability is their real interest. Of that that does not leave the slightest doubt.
    The facts are clear: they know the strategic importance that Venezuela has in the global geopolitical arena, at a time when international tensions preclude an imminent global conflagration, controlling our resources is imperative.
    Venezuela served as a logistical contingent in the First and Second World War, and before this imminent armed conflict, the panorama is no different. It is crucial that we, as a people, monitor and dismantle these Coordinated Military Operations in a timely manner, in addition to continuing to rely on our security apparatus, the Political High Command and fellow President Nicolás Maduro, who has been trying to defeat the violence and continue to bet on Peace, giving us the most revolutionary tool to defeat the enemy, out of combat through the constituent power, that original power that only resides in the hands of the people.
    The covert operations under the illusion of peaceful protests seeks to shatter the civic-military union that exists between the revolutionary people and its armed forces.
    We are determined to be a sovereign people and as such, we must be prepared for the extremely complicated and violent time ahead.

    https://libya360.wordpress.com/2017/...-armed-forces/
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  16. #96
    Majority Killed in Venezuela Opposition Protests Not Protesters


    Ernesto Villegas reviews deaths during violent right-wing protests at a press conference in Caracas on May 22, 2017. | Photo: AVN

    Published 22 May 2017 (13 hours 11 minutes ago)

    Countering the narrative spread by the opposition and the international media, Villegas insisted that the state was not responsible for most of the deaths.
    The majority of the people killed in violent opposition protests in Venezuela that have sought to oust President Nicolas Maduro over the past two months were not demonstrating, found a Public Ministry's report presented by the Bolivarian government Monday.

    The report — monitoring the 51 days of opposition protests, was presented by Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and the head of the Human Rights National Council, Larry Devoe at a press conference, citing a death toll nearing 60 victims.

    Countering the narrative spread by the opposition and the international media, Villegas insisted that the state was not responsible for the great majority of the victims, taking into account that every life was important and that the government's priority is to ensure no more people die in the protests.

    The report listed 15 people who were killed while protesting, including eight who died after being electrocuted in a community-run bakery while people were looting the El Valle district in Caracas.


    Six people were killed by barricades erected at violent opposition protests, while a total of 13 people died outside of the areas of protests, including a child shot by criminals whose mother testified in a video presented at the press conference, where she also blamed opposition leaders for trying to use her son's death for political ends.

    In total, seven Chavistas have been killed, four of which are believed to have been targeted assassinations, while four police officers have been killed, according to the report.

    Family members of another seven victims have declared that their loved ones were not demonstrating when they were killed in an effort to clarify contradictory reports, while another four victims were killed by unconventional weapons such as metal objects not used by police forces.

    Nevertheless, the minister did not deny the existence of deaths during demonstrations; he emphasized that investigations were ongoing, and no impunity will be tolerated. However, the great majority of police officers have fulfilled their duty in an “admirable” way, he added, considering the conditions, including opposition protesters throwing their excrement in dangerous glass bottles at them constantly.

    He urged the extreme right-wing sectors of the opposition to end their violence, “Political factions that have given up on politics must stop calling for violence that attempts to violently impose their agenda on the country, which is outside of the constitution,” he told reporters.

    He recalled that Maduro has prohibited the use of plastic bullets by all security forces, to avoid “a potentially even greater tragedy. If any police officer is caught using any type of weapon, he or she will be prosecuted," he warned.

    The situation is dangerously reminiscent of the 2002 failed coup against late President Hugo Chavez when opposition sectors deliberately tried to blame several murders on the government, he warned.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0522-0032.html
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  17. #97
    What Marxism Teaches Us About Protests in Venezuela

    Since early April, right-wing opposition protests in Venezuela have claimed over 50 lives.

    These are the demands that mainstream media will have you believe are behind ongoing anti-government opposition protests in Venezuela, which have since claimed over 50 lives.

    Borrowing plot lines from “David and Goliath,” the alphabet soup of corporate news outlets perpetuate the same ill-conceived dichotomy. On one side are powerless, peace-loving democrats protesting for political freedom. On the other side is a powerful, violent authoritarian government fighting against those demands.

    This narrative, indisputably dominant in mainstream media, is intentionally designed to engender support for regime change in Venezuela. Outlets like CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox News and The New York Times, for example, are owned by wealthy global elites who are top investors within the military-industrial complex and profit handsomely from endless war.

    Publications like the Miami Herald exemplify mainstream media’s drive for war by publishing pieces suggesting “What Trump should do about Venezuela’s drift toward a full-blown dictatorship.” This falls entirely in line with their wealthy corporate backers, who salivate over the idea of recolonizing and privatizing Venezuela’s vast oil resources.

    Their rallying cries for U.S. action against Venezuela resemble those made against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya before their respective invasions in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2011. Anyone who has closely followed these invasions, however, can attest to the central role inaccurate mainstream media reports have played in facilitating their disastrous outcomes.


    Let’s not forget that in 2003, for example, establishment news propagated a disastrous lie: the claim that the Iraqi government was then in possession of “weapons of mass destruction.”

    But as the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group was forced to admit in 2003, there was zero evidence that the Iraqi government had produced or stockpiled any weapons of mass destruction since 1991. That was the year United Nations sanctions were imposed against the administration of former President Saddam Hussein.

    The results of this lie, as history has shown, were catastrophic. Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and combatants died, thousands more were violated and injured and entire cities were left in ruin.

    Moreover, the same media outlets that served as cheerleaders for this illegal invasion, justified with unsubstantiated claims, are the same ones that beat the drums of war against Yugoslavia in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001 and Libya in 2011. And in present times, they’re beating the drums of war against Venezuela.

    That’s why those who truly want to understand what’s going on in Venezuela can’t rely on publications that have the economic interests of their wealthy corporate backers at heart. Those seeking the truth about protests in Venezuela must ground their investigation in the interests of the working class masses who would be most affected by any attack or invasion against the socialist country.

    Marxism, a method of studying and responding to world events, is best suited for this since it is fundamentally based on advancing the best interests of workers, the majority, and not wealthy elites, the minority. And as will later be shown, it demonstrates that the worker-led government is truly promoting freedom, democracy and stability, not the Wall Street-backed opposition.

    Here’s what Marxism, the revolutionary science of the working class, teaches us about protests in Venezuela.

    We need a new method of analysis


    “In studying a problem, we must shun subjectivity, one-sidedness and superficiality … this may be called seeing the part but not the whole, seeing the trees but not the forest.” - Mao Tse-tung | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    One of the biggest problems inherent in mainstream media coverage of protests in Venezuela is their method of analyzing them.

    If you take a close look at most articles or videos produced by establishment publications, you’ll notice an underlying trend. They discuss present-day turmoil in Venezuela without providing adequate historical context.

    Not only do they intentionally leave out the incessant economic and political attacks waged against the Bolivarian Revolution since taking power in 1999, which have hampered the government’s ability to advance peace and stability. They also fail to mention what the country was like before 1999 when late President Hugo Chavez took office and began radically improving conditions for Venezuela’s working-class majority.

    Since the early 2000s, for example, supermarket owners affiliated with Venezuela’s opposition have hoarded food products so they can resell them at higher prices and make large profits. Food importing companies owned by the country’s wealthy right-wing elite are also manipulating import figures in order to raise prices on goods.

    In 2013, former Venezuelan Central Bank chief Edmee Betancourt reported that the country lost between US$15 and US$20 billion dollars the previous year because of hoarding and price manipulation. Right-wing sabotage of Venezuela’s socialist economy, which has been waged on numerous fronts since 1999, serves to bolster political attacks against the government. This tactic of destabilization, expounded upon by U.S. political scientist Gene Sharp, has been used against governments opposed to Wall Street from time immemorial.

    Mainstream media also fail to mention that prior to the 1999 Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela had much higher rates of inflation, unemployment and poverty.



    This method, which presents facts and figures about disarray in Venezuela without providing historical context, is known as empiricism.

    Empiricism, a method of natural and social sciences, posits that all knowledge about the world derives from sensory experience. This means that the five senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch — shed insight on reality that can be tested, revised and verified by all.

    Thus, one is able to make judgments about Venezuela based on what they see people doing, hear people saying and even smell, taste or touch in the country. Moreover, one can create quantitative measurements for these qualitative judgments, establishing universally-accepted figures like gross domestic product, Gini coefficients and even levels of happiness.

    Marxism does not outright reject empiricism — at times, it even borrows from it. What Marxism maintains, however, is that this liberal method of analysis is severely deficient in its ability to grasp the complexities of a particular phenomenon in its entirety.

    That’s because it analyzes phenomena, such as unrest in Venezuela, as static, disconnected moments of time instead of understanding them as interconnected moments that form a constantly changing and evolving process. It separates the “relevant” present from the “irrelevant” past, decontextualizing phenomena in their entirety.

    This is the equivalent of criticizing a teacher for not having her students pass year-end exams, not taking into account that for most of the year she was overloaded with students and worked with a meager budget.

    Marxism, then, does not reject that there are rising inflation and shortages in Venezuela. What it does reject is presenting these figures without proper context and limiting the investigation to narrow appearances, allowing reality to be distorted.

    Marxism proposes expanding the scope of analysis beyond present-day facts, investigating the root economic causes of phenomena like inflation and putting forth practical solutions for their resolution.

    Thus, empirical analyses made by corporate news outlets about protests in Venezuela prove to be ideologically bankrupt. They intentionally present facts about turmoil in Venezuela in a way that incriminates the government and exonerates the opposition.

    Not all protests are revolutionary. Not all governments are reactionary.


    “The state is an organ of class rule, an organ for the oppression of one class by another.” - Vladimir Lenin | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
    Another problem plaguing mainstream media coverage of protests in Venezuela is their false characterization of protesters and the government.

    As mentioned earlier, corporate news outlets paint protesters as powerless, peace-loving democrats while portraying government officials as powerful, violent authoritarians.

    When covering anti-government demonstrations, they often show images of opposition protesters holding seemingly progressive signs with slogans like “No More Dictatorship” and “Justice for Political Prisoners.” They have also shown them handing flowers to police officers, crying and pleading with them to “stop the violence.”

    Conversely, when presenting police officers and the Bolivarian National Guard on television, they only show them firing water cannons and pushing off protesters with their shields. Moreover, they almost never show images of the thousands of leftist, pro-government supporters who peacefully march in support of the Bolivarian Revolution almost daily.

    This superficial portrayal of turmoil in Venezuela by mainstream media misleads viewers into believing that the right-wing protesters are revolutionary and that the left-wing government is reactionary. Consequently, these viewers falsely associate the former with movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter and the latter with regimes like apartheid South Africa.

    Marxism, however, contends that this dichotomy is a perverse inversion of reality.

    It maintains that the Bolivarian government is, in fact, revolutionary and that the opposition is reactionary. This conclusion is grounded in the Marxist theory of the state, elaborated by Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

    The Marxist theory of the state argues that governments are instruments of domination by one economic class over another.

    In capitalist societies, like the U.S., where the rich represent the ruling class, wealthy elites use the state to rule over the poor. This is exemplified by the way in which corporations are able to use police to suppress workers and oppressed communities protesting for better standards of living.


    In socialist societies, like Venezuela, where the poor represent the ruling class, workers and oppressed people use the state to rule over wealthy elites. In March, for example, President Nicolas Maduro ordered the seizure of bakeries owned by right-wing elites who were intentionally hoarding flour, later handing over control of the businesses to workers’ collectives.

    Marxism also denies the claim that all states are of a bourgeois character, an argument many anarchists hold fast to. Rather, the state is a reflection of the economic class that wields power over it.

    And while Marxists assert that governments will cease to exist under advanced stages of communism, they maintain that they are necessary in the early stages of the transition from capitalism to socialism. This is referred to as the withering away of the state.

    In line with this understanding of the state, Marxists argue that not all anti-government protests are revolutionary, which many liberals and anarchists fail to realize.

    Immediately after 1917, for example, when the Bolsheviks carried out Russia’s socialist revolution, the U.S. and the U.K. began supporting groups like the White Army and the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine. The first was composed of far-right nationalists and the second was made up of ultra-left anarchists — both groups, though ideologically opposed, fought tooth and nail to try to overthrow the Bolshevik government in an unholy alliance.

    Following the rise of socialist revolutions across Eastern Europe throughout the 20th Century, the U.S. and U.K. began supporting “pro-democracy” protests in countries like the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Backed by wealthy multinational elites, these “pro-democracy” protesters claimed the Soviet Union-backed government was committing “human rights abuses” and that it was mismanaging the economy, just like the Venezuelan opposition alleges.

    Toward the turn of the 20th Century, these Western-backed “democrats” began leading color revolutions, which led to the dismantling of socialist governments and the implementation of neoliberal austerity. Today, the countries run by the leaders of color revolutions — like Georgia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — have some of the highest rates of unemployment, crime, prostitution and food insecurity.

    Marxism, which takes economics, and not aesthetics, as its basis of analysis, demonstrates that not all protests are revolutionary and that not all governments are reactionary.

    Capitalism is at a dead end. So is the opposition.


    “They talk about the failure of socialism. But where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?” - Fidel Castro | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
    Venezuela’s right-wing opposition leaders frequently claim that the Bolivarian Revolution’s socialist economic model is to blame for most of the country’s problems.

    Uncritically regurgitating economic views spoon-fed to them by Wall Street think tanks, they claim that free-market capitalism will solve all of Venezuela’s troubles.

    “Socialism creates bureaucracy,” they claim, suggesting that private companies should take over the country’s healthcare, education, food and housing systems. Opposition leaders like Leopoldo Lopez, who has questionable connections to multinational oil giants like ExxonMobil, have even proposed privatizing the state-run Petroleum of Venezuela company, one of the country’s main sources of wealth.

    RELATED:
    Venezuela's Opposition Openly Calls for Economic War

    They have also suggested eliminating important government institutions like the ministries of Indigenous Peoples, Women and Gender Affairs in a bid to “restore economic stability.”

    While it remains undeniable that Venezuela is undergoing serious economic problems, the opposition falsely attributes the root cause of these problems to socialism. They fail to take into account that attempts to fortify a stable command economy have been sabotaged since 1999. They consistently run their mouths about the “failures of socialism” while simultaneously attacking it to ensure it doesn’t succeed.

    Their rhetoric is comparable to blaming an architect for not building a house fast enough without taking into account that the construction site has been looted and vandalized on a daily basis since its inception. The Bolivarian Revolution, however, has accomplished tremendous social advancements, despite not having one day of respite from right-wing economic sabotage throughout its 18-year tenure.

    Still, the opposition, mainstream media and Wall Street claim that Venezuela will be better off if it adopts capitalism as its economic system.

    But if one wants to know what Venezuela would become if the opposition was successful in removing the Bolivarian government and imposing capitalism, they only have to take a look at the neoliberal disasters that are Brazil and Argentina.


    Since Argentine President Mauricio Macri took office in 2015, he has reversed all of the progressive gains made by leftist former President Cristina Fernandez. The right-wing leader, an outspoken critic of the Venezuelan government, has implemented austerity programs across numerous sectors of the country's economy.

    Gas and electricity prices are rising. Jobs are being cut. Government institutions are downsizing while private companies linked to the ruling administration are getting tax cuts. All of these policies have resulted in growing poverty, instability and unrest in Argentina.

    The same holds true for Brazil.

    Since de facto Brazilian President Michel Temer took office in 2016, he also reversed all of the social gains made by former progressive President Dilma Rousseff. Consequently, millions of Brazilians have been plunged into poverty, police repression against Afro-Indigenous groups has intensified and labor rights in the countryside have essentially ended, effectively allowing practices that are considered by the country’s penal code as being equal to slavery.

    Temer, another staunch critic of the Bolivarian Revolution, also faces growing opposition from Brazilians who are suffering under neoliberal austerity.

    Even if the Venezuelan opposition was successful in taking state power, like Macri and Temer, the country’s problems would be far from being solved. This is because their beloved capitalism, a system entirely driven by profits, is inherently unstable — and as Karl Marx put it himself, capitalism is self-cannibalistic.

    Marx posited that capitalism creates constant crises within society because of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall. Profit is defined as financial gain accumulated from the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating or producing something.

    As workers around the world make less money because of neoliberal austerity, they are unable to purchase the same products they produce as consumers. This creates a situation where private companies are unable to sell their products because no one has enough money to buy them, hindering the companies from making profits.

    This situation is being played out on a global scale, facilitating the deterioration of markets and paving the way for a looming international financial crisis. And as capitalism continues to reach a decline that it can not overcome, as it reaches a dead end, its credibility becomes more questionable as time progresses.

    The Venezuelan opposition, like capitalism, have nothing to offer the South American country. Both have reached a dead end.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/ana...0522-0004.html

    Videos at link

    Pretty good, coming from Telesur, which can be iffy, but somehow weak , can't put my finger on it.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  18. #98
    Pretty good, coming from Telesur, which can be iffy, but somehow weak , can't put my finger on it.
    Maybe they finally get it that total, complete opposition to capitalism is the only proven method for success? Any kind of conciliation with the bourgeoisie is a win for the latter.
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  19. #99
    Venezuela Seizes Explosive Weapons from Armed Right-Wing Groups


    Opposition protesters use home-made mortars while clashing with Venezuelan security forces. | Photo: Reuters

    Published 25 May 2017 (2 hours 18 minutes ago)

    The government seized Molotov cocktails and other explosive materials from armed right-wing groups causing violent protests, detaining many leaders.
    The Venezuelan government announced Wednesday that it had dismantled armed opposition groups, detaining a number of right-wing leaders and seizing various explosive materials.

    "During the last 48 hours, we have managed to dismantle new armed terrorist cells that have been unleashing violence, trying to eradicate the rights to life, peace, free transit and the daily development of society," announced Venezuela's Interior and Justice Minister General Nestor Reverol on the state-run VTV channel.

    The minister announced that two members of the jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's Popular Will or VP party, David Sosa Escalante and Maria Andreina Montilla, had been arrested on charges of organizing violent vandalism. The party’s spokesperson, Jorge Machado Jimenez, had already been arrested Monday on allegations of organizing and funding violent groups in the capital.

    "Dismantled terrorist gangs that supported violent acts in San Antonio de los Altos and Santa Barbara del Zulia."

    Another couple of suspects, Victor Lizandro and Marelys Hernandez Bello, were also detained for instigating violence in the state of Miranda, especially in the city of San Antonio de los Altos.

    Other detainees, who were in charge of organizing opposition clashes in the northwestern state of Zulia, included Hector Gonzalez Machado, a member of the A New Time or UNT party, and Ergio Paz and Daniel Albornoz, members of the rightist party Justice First, led by National Assembly chief Julio Borges.

    "In all of these events, a large amount of unconventional explosive material, Molotov bombs, used for terrorist actions, and other elements of criminal interest were seized," Reverol stated.

    "The public prosecutor's office with its inaction has not ensured the correct application of justice, generating anxiety in the population."

    "There is no doubt that the Venezuelan extreme right is persisting in its quest for a coup d'etat, orchestrated by armed paramilitary groups associated with criminal gangs, completely outside the Constitution, to the point of besieging military installations with the implicit risk of causing deaths," he added.

    The Venezuelan government also accused prosecutors of generating a "climate of impunity," with Reverol stating that the "inaction" of the Public Prosecutor's office "has not guaranteed the correct application of justice."

    Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned of a Nazi-fascist current within the opposition, saying the racist faction, rooted in “hatred and contempt,” involved leaders from the Democratic Unity Table, known by its Spanish acronym MUD, including the right-wing president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges.

    As the Constituent Assembly process moves forward, the right-wing MUD opposition remains opposed, calling instead for violent protests, laying bare that their only demand is the ouster of Maduro’s government.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...ampaign=buffer

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    Venezuela Arrests Financier of Violent Opposition Protests


    The situation is reminiscent of the 2002 failed coup against late President Hugo Chavez when opposition sectors tried to blame several murders on the government. | Photo: AVN

    Published 22 May 2017

    Violent opposition protests in the country have taken the life of almost 60 people since they started moe than 51 days ago.
    The spokesperson of far-right party Voluntad Popular was arrested Monday on allegations of organizing and funding violent groups in the capital, reported Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami.

    Jorge Machado Jimenez was accused of leading the hot spots, in charge of recruiting people and organizing actions, said El Aissami. Jimenez is also suspected of being responsible for money laundering in order to fund the actions in Caracas.

    Earlier Monday morning, the police arrested 16 people in Los Altos Mirandinos at a site that authorities identified as an “armed cell” that was “besieging the communities living in the area.”

    In another site that is suspected of providing logistical support, three people were arrested, while material estimated at about US$250,000, including detonators and chemicals for arson, a shotgun, and 20,000 notes of different currencies, were seized.

    Two other suspects were arrested and accused of setting fire to 53 buses belonging to the TransBolivar company in the state of Bolivar.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/new...0522-0035.html

    Damn straight, these fuckers are playing for keeps, ain't no time to be shy.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  20. #100
    The Plans to Destroy the Bolivarian Revolution Were Drafted in Washington
    Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° on MAY 25, 2017

    The U.S. doctrine of non-conventional war is based on manipulating citizens to encourage confrontations with authorities, to achieve the strategic objectives of a foreign power without having troops on the ground.

    Sergio Alejandro Gómez | internet@granma.cu


    Protests in Venezuela have become more violent and better organized as projected in non-conventional warfare strategy.Photo: AVN

    BREAKING the law, creating a parallel government, organizing alternative economic institutions, harassing public officials, destroying property, hoarding of goods, marching, obstructing social events, boycotting elections, disrupting schools, using false identities, seeking arrests, launching hunger strikes, and overwhelming the state administrative systems – are only a few of the 198 methods to overthrow governments proposed by CIA coup expert Gene Sharp, more than 40 years ago.
    Finding just one of these techniques that has not been used against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution is difficult.
    These last several years, President Nicolás Maduro’s administration has faced particularly intense attacks and the implementation of so-called Non-Conventional War, based on psychological manipulation, social protest, coups, and irregular armed struggle.
    Unlike traditional conflicts, non-conventional wars are based on promoting confrontations between authorities and the population, to undermine the government’s ability to function, leading to its demise without the use of a foreign military intervention.
    Perhaps the clearest example of this kind of warfare is the operation carried out by U.S. and Western powers against the government of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Bands of opponents, armed and advised from abroad, carried out the dirty work on the ground, while NATO provided air support, and the transnational corporate media manipulated the facts presented to the public.

    VENEZUELA, A CASE STUDY

    As soon as the possibility of an independent leader like Hugo Chávez winning the Presidency came onto the horizon – in the country with the world’s greatest proven oil reserves – a strategy to overthrow him was activated.
    Given the fact that the corrupt 4th Republic was entirely discredited, the first steps were taken to organize a new opposition and recruit younger leaders. It was the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that channeled funds to create political parties and train many of the leaders of the current Democratic Unity Coalition (MUD).


    The same day that three million people marched in Caracas to show support for Nicolás Maduro, few attended opposition protests that dominated headlines. Photo: teleSUR

    U.S. Special Forces manuals, like Training Circular 18-01, define seven different stages of non-conventional war. The first few are devoted to “psychological preparation,” to unify the population in opposition to the government, and “initial contact” by special services agents on the ground. Subsequent stages include the extension of anti-government actions, moving toward a “transition,” during which the national government’s control of the country is challenged.
    Despite the defeat of the 2002 coup attempt – by a massive mobilization of the Venezuelan people – the idea of taking the streets was never abandoned. Chávez was confronted by protests and sabotage, of different proportions, until his very last days.
    When the Bolivarian leader died in March of 2013, and his successor Nicolás Maduro took the reins, the right wing and their foreign advisers activated the most aggressive tactics of their non-conventional war strategy, in hopes of dealing the revolution a final blow.

    MORE THAN STREET BARRICADES

    The mounting violence of protests taking place recently in Venezuela is reminiscent of the street barricades and fighting (guarimbas) which occurred in February of 2014, leaving 43 dead and more than 800 injured.
    At that time, extremists, who emerged in protests allegedly composed of students, went so far as to string cables across streets to decapitate motor cycle riders, and caused millions of dollars in damage to public property, with the objective of sowing panic and paralyzing the country.
    But this last wave of violence appears to be better organized and more extensive. Some of the scenes reported are totally senseless, defying all logic.
    The attack by armed opposition gangs on the Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías Maternal-Infant Hospital, with 54 children inside, would qualify as a war crime before any international court.
    It is not difficult to identify the organized groups in marches – holding shields, wearing gas masks, and waving blunt objects. If the protests are supposed to be peaceful, why do these youth come prepared for a fight?
    A video recently released by Venezuelan authorities shows a dozen youth wearing hoods and making Molotov cocktails, during a march in the comfortable East Caracas neighborhood of Altamira.
    After the arrest of Nixon Leal, a violent subject linked to several MUD leaders,
    Vice President Tareck El Aissami presented evidence about how the armed bands are organized to carry out open confrontations with the government in Caracas and other important cities, clearly following the steps outlined in non-conventional war strategy.
    Threats to authorities are not only physical, but are also meant to humiliate, as seen in the recent practice of using human excrement to fabricate homemade
    bombs called “Puputovs”.

    THE SYMBOLIC WAR & FAKE NEWS

    One aspect of non-conventional war, which is key to its success, is the symbolic dimension, especially in the construction of realities via the mass media, even more so in hyper-connected societies where many use social networks to find out what is happening just a few meters away from their own homes.
    Sometimes with greater intensity than in the streets, Venezuelan cyberspace functions as a battle field, in which it is difficult to differentiate accurate information and what authorities have identified as fake news, or “false positives.”
    Making its way across the planet this month was an image of two Venezuelan youth, naked and tied to a tree in the state of Táchira, showing signs of a physical attack. Several international media, including Latin American ones, reported the act as the responsibility of Chavista “bands.” It was in fact linked to common criminal activity and residents of the area had decided to serve justice themselves.
    The selectivity of the international corporate press, in terms of choosing what to report, is also used as a weapon. The same day that three million people marched in Caracas to show support for Nicolás Maduro, what dominated headlines on mainstream websites and newspapers were the much less attended opposition protests.
    Also among non-conventional war tactics, is the creation of symbols with which any group could identify. The image of a woman dressed in a Venezuelan flag, standing in front of a Bolivarian National Guard armored vehicle, was publicized relentlessly, and went on to become the demonstrators’ icon.
    Likewise, the number of photographers surrounding a young violin player, during an opposition protest, makes it hard to believe that this was a spontaneous act,
    and not a carefully staged one.
    THE SOLUTION

    The Venezuelan right, traditionally divided given its personal rifts, with various individuals competing for power, is, on the contrary, united in following the non-conventional script written in Washington. Violence is the only common ground.
    Repeated calls for street demonstrations, despite the fact that more than 40 lives have already been lost in this round of guarimbas, along with the opposition’s refusal to participate in the Constituent Assembly, make clear, once again, that the only solution the opposition offers is an end to the revolution, by any means and regardless of consequences.
    The continuity of the social project begun by Hugo Chávez – which has forever changed the reality of this country to benefit the poor – is not all that is at stake.
    The success of the opposition strategy would become a nefarious reference point for the use of non-conventional warfare, one that would be added to the list of coups, military interventions, and secret operations which bear the trademark signs of Washington at work in Latin America.

    https://libya360.wordpress.com/2017/...in-washington/
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

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