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Sources: Trump Administration on Verge of Military Overthrow of Venezuelan Government

by JBB — last modified Mar 15, 2019 12:39 PM
By Ken Silverstein | WashingtonBabylon | A few days ago, I wrote an article for The New Republic saying that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro would likely not be toppled by a U.S.-sponsored and initiated coup. Unfortunately, I now believe, based on new information, that the Trump administration could be in the final stages of launching a military operation to overthrow Maduro, with help from the right-wing Colombian government of Iván Duque.

Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy | Democracy Now

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2019 11:37 AM
"You have, on one side, these democratic—so-called democratic governments in Latin America and Europe, and then, on the other side, they always bring up China or Russia or Turkey, saying, you know, authoritarian governments are supporting the government of Venezuela. But when you look at this, you see that it really is just like the coalition of the willing that George W. Bush had, 48 countries. In this case, there’s about 50."

Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War | Democracy Now

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2019 11:31 AM
"Every time the U.S. wants to start a new war, it does it the same way, which is, it invents some really inflammatory, emotionally wrenching lie that gets people to hate the government they want to topple so much that they set their rationality aside and support the war. So, they claimed North Korea—or, North Vietnam attacked U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin, which was a lie to start the Vietnam War. They claimed that Saddam had been ripping babies out of incubators in Kuwait, to start the Gulf War, which was a lie. They claimed weapons of mass destruction, which was a lie, to start the Iraq War."

U.S. Runs Low on Options to Oust Venezuelan Ruler | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2019 08:25 AM
"The United States has imposed sanctions to cut off Venezuela’s oil revenues and against banks, including one in Russia. It has canceled the visas of officials in the Maduro government and talked to nations about taking in others who might seek asylum or a safe haven. ... The move to vacate the United States Embassy in Caracas was a significant setback for the Trump administration. American officials had previously vowed to keep diplomats in Venezuela to legitimize Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader who declared himself the interim president in January."

Far-right ideology detailed in Christchurch shooting manifesto | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2019 07:29 AM
"The document introduces its author as having grown up in a working-class, low-income family. “I am just a regular white man, from a regular family, who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people,” it says. “My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues.” In a question-and-answer section of the manifesto, the author claims he was not seeking fame and was actually a “private and mostly introverted person”. He describes himself as an “ethno-nationalist” and a “fascist”. The author says the attack had been planned for two years and that though New Zealand was not the original choice for the attack, the Christchurch location was scoped out three months in advance."

China offers help to Venezuela to restore power | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 14, 2019 07:45 AM
"Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said China had noted reports that the power grid had gone down due to a hacking attack. ... “China hopes that the Venezuelan side can discover the reason for this issue as soon as possible and resume normal power supply and social order. China is willing to provide help and technical support to restore Venezuela’s power grid.”"

US pulls last diplomats from Venezuela | Jamaica Observer

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 14, 2019 07:44 AM
"Maduro had ordered all US diplomats to leave Venezuela in late January because of its support for Guaido, but he later retreated and allowed them to stay. The US still withdrew the bulk of embassy personnel, leaving a skeletal staff led by career foreign service officer James Story. Pompeo said the remaining diplomats would be out of Venezuela by the end of the week but gave no indication of future policy steps despite past warnings that “all options” — including the use of military force — are on the table for removing Maduro."
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