Venezuela – What you are not being told
The usual mainstream media suspects have their printing presses and news presenters set to max propaganda mode over Venezuela. The Guardian, Times, Washington Post, BBC are having a field day.
In the meantime, sensible thinking and calm words emanate from both Russia and China. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said “Venezuela was not a threat to international peace and security” and, along with China, called for “non-interference in the embattled Latin American country’s affairs.”
Earlier this week, the US declared support for the president in waiting – the right-wing Mr Guaido. Some Latin American nations and Canada have all said they back the 35-year-old opposition leader. Then on Saturday, they were joined by four European Union countries, with Britain, Germany, France and Spain saying they would recognise Mr Guaido unless fresh elections were announced.
British ex-ambassador Craig Murray has a few words on the matter. His experience in such matters is important. Here is his analysis.
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The Vultures of Caracas
We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes of economic dislocation are far more complex than the media would have us believe.
But I ask you to look at this photo of supporters of CIA poster-boy, the West’s puppet unelected “President” Juan Guaido, taken at a Guaido rally in Caracas two days ago and published yesterday in security services house journal The Guardian. Please take a really close look at the photo. Blow it up as big as you can. Scan individual people in the crowd, one by one.
These are not the poor and most certainly not the starving. As it chances I have a great deal of life experience working amongst seriously deprived, hungry and despairing people. I know the gaunt face of want and the desperate glance of need. Look at these Guaido supporters, one by one by one. This designer spectacled, well-coiffed, elegantly dressed, sleekly jowled group does not know hunger. This group does not know want. This is a proper right wing gathering, a gathering of the nicely off section of society. This is a group of those who have corruptly been siphoning Venezuela’s great wealth for decades and who want to make sure the gravy train flows properly in their direction again. It is, in short, a group of exactly the kind of people you would expect to support a CIA coup.
Those manicured hands raised in the air will never throw rocks, or get involved in violence unless against a peasant strapped to a chair for them. It is not this crowd which will suffer as public disorder is manipulated and directed by the CIA. These wealthy ones are immune, just as Davos serves as nothing but an annual reminder of how very poorly God aims avalanches.
There is real suffering in Venezuela. The CIA is working hard to stoke violence, and the genuine poor will soon start to die, both in those egged on to riot and in the security services. But do not get taken in by the complete nonsense that this is a popular, democratic revolution. It is not. It is yet another barefaced CIA regime change coup.
UPDATE Such wisdom as this blog finds is often crowd-source, and with thanks to a commenter below here is some useful information from Jill Stein.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky from Global Research has his view about the U.S. backed coup in Venezuela – “Trump’s decision –coupled with threats of military intervention and the freeze of Venezuelan assets in the US — confirms the criminal nature of US foreign policy not to mention the complicity of the Western media, which has upheld the legitimacy of Trump’s decision.”
Lastly, we should not forget an article published in The Observer/Guardian back in 2002 when the last coup was raging in Venezuela.
“The failed coup in Venezuela was closely tied to senior officials in the US government, The Observer has established. They have long histories in the ‘dirty wars’ of the 1980s, and links to death squads working in Central America at that time.
Washington’s involvement in the turbulent events that briefly removed left-wing leader Hugo Chavez from power last weekend resurrects fears about US ambitions in the hemisphere.
It also deepens doubts about policy in the region being made by appointees to the Bush administration, all of whom owe their careers to serving in the dirty wars under President Reagan.
One of them, Elliot Abrams, who gave a nod to the attempted Venezuelan coup, has a conviction for misleading Congress over the infamous Iran-Contra affair. The Bush administration has tried to distance itself from the coup. It immediately endorsed the new government under businessman Pedro Carmona. But the coup was sent dramatically into reverse after 48 hours.”
So, the political situation in Venezuela is quite easy to read – it’s a coup – an American coup. And Britain, like the lap-dog it was when it came to Iraq, Libya and Syria is also supporting this illegal coup for no other reason than it is being told to do so.
For some light-hearted reading HERE is a list of those countries America has overthrown through regime change. Interestingly, Wikipedia even lists the current crisis in Venezuela as a country being overthrown by an American coup.