Posts Tagged ‘Venezuela’

Venezuela, now, like Puerto Rico, US colony?


Operation Condor, this time Condor 2.0 and in full flight?

Those continuing, mob-instigated violent confrontations in a Venezuela beset by a severe economic crisis have made a bad situation worse. Not only that, to confirm any lingering doubts comes an official US statement of intention to depose a democratically-elected sovereign government; and for impeccable timing that statement comes just a month or so after release of a report on the affair in Iran in 1953, and with a sundered and tragic Libya (strong language alert) still fresh in mind. (more…)

At the guarimbas, democracy blazes


Or where responsible journalism is again abandoned to promote an agenda, and where it becomes no more than full-throated propaganda to support ‘régime change’ – the overthrow of yet another ‘insubordinate’ sovereign nation-state, one with massive reserves of hydrocarbons. (more…)

Saint Domingue ou Haïti – L’enfer?


Haiti, a cursed country? Une nation des damnés? Les damnés de la Terre? It surely seems so. But, its people, truly ‘resilient’?

As if liberating itself from France (to which it was compelled to pay ‘reparations’ until 1947 for its victory and freedom from slavery) were not costly enough, it would be victim to the forces of nature, hurricanes and earthquakes – and recently the United Nations (and its Nepalese soldiers), not to mention home-grown remarkably corrupt despots, courtesy its northern neighbour, who would do their ‘fair bit’ of pillaging, repression and murder. Haiti is a country with a poverty rate of some 60% and with its one percent as rich as the poorest 45% of the population. (more…)

Hugo Chávez, hasta siempre


A refreshing read against the backdrop of the US President proclaiming, on 04Mar. and for a second consecutive year, Venezuela a threat to the US.

With that and the US President’s accomplishment in mind, we have TeleSur which pays homage to the late President of Venezuela who died on 05Mar2013. (more…)

Caracas, 27Feb1989


TeleSur takes us on an unpleasant but necessary journey back to the horrific events that began on 27Feb1989 in Caracas, Venezuela. And the overarching question should remain, “Why?”

A video captures in graphic detail some of the unfolding tragedy, wanton death and destruction, Remembering the Caracazo

One analyst’s perspective, Venezuela’s Caracazo: State Repression and Neoliberal Misrule

From the perspective of the survivors, Caracazo Victims: In Their Own Words

Or better expressed, ¿Por qué el Caracazo?

Then comes the obvious question, “Since that time, how far have the dispossessed, the socially excluded, reached in their quest for respect, social justice and economic opportunity in so rich country as Venezuela?”

Clearly not jaded is that aphorism of Santayana’s on the consequences of failing to to remember and understand history.



Today in Venezuela there is national recognition and celebration of an indigenous patriot. TeleSUR does what very few media would do – show respect and relate history from the perspective of the ‘locals’.

Venezuela Celebrates Indigenous Resistance Leader Guaicaipuro

Venezuela helps absorb west-created refugees


As some countries of Europe continue to cope with a crisis also experienced in other overwhelmed countries closer to the deliberately inflicted disaster, the US offers to welcome, in true Statue of Liberty fashion, the downtrodden, US to accept extra 30,000 refugees over two years, says John Kerry As The Guardian reports,

The US will accept an extra 30,000 refugees from around the world over the next two years, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, as the Obama administration came under further pressure to take in more victims of the Syrian civil war.

And no longer startling in the cynical game of commitment to responsibility (for disasters of its own creation), (more…)

A US policy publication recognises Venezuela’s real threats?


TeleSUR as one of the new media continues to show its worth. Here its Joe Emersberger has scanned the ‘conventional’ news media and has found a report that conforms to truth, reality. Here he examines an article from Foreign Affairs, where one of its writers, Robert Lovato, hews to the facts, facts long known to very many sceptical of US media, The Unmaking of Leopoldo Lopez. One observation from Emersberger,

That is why I was shocked that Foreign Policy published Roberto Lovato’s lengthy and devastating exposé of Leopoldo Lopez. When Desmond Tutu, a decent person who is not on the far right, compares Leopoldo Lopez to Martin Luther King, that tells you how comically one-sided and dishonest the international media’s portrayal of Lopez has been. A recent, and vastly more typical Foreign Policy piece about Lopez ran with the title “Venezuela’s Last Hope”. The title summarizes that piece perfectly but it also shows how the international press has depicted the Venezuelan opposition since at least 2001.

As has been long recognised, the ruse, amateurish or barely disguised, has been to lionise the culprits in the attempts to destabilise (and ‘change’) the Venezuelan government, and thereby distract from the facts of US complicity in the process. Clearly, increasing trust in alternative media and increasing distrust of conventional media may have sparked some concern here for a return, even if fleeting, to serious journalism.

Of course, where Lovato falls short, Emersberger fills in the facts. Yes, media as RT, CCTV, TeleSUR complement well US blogs such as Common Dreams, Counter Punch, and the few somewhat reliable online newspapers such as The Guardian – adding to the self-inflicted irrelevance of the MSM.

VII Summit of the Americas – Symbolism vs Substance


Irony of history – today is 13 April. The day in 2002 when the late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez was restored to the Presidency to which he was democratically and unanimously elected, after a failed coup attempt on 11 March, 2002…

So now. How was the VII Summit of the Americas? Let’s see. No official declaration, yet again – though there would be a consensus declaration from the Summit of the Peoples. So, then, what resulted from this confabulation of leaders at the Summit of the Americas?

For the US, the raison d’être of attending achieved: Symbolism, a handshake between Raul Castro and Barack Obama – cameras clicking and US talking heads clucking. And that would be followed by now predictable and tiresome rhetoric, with unfulfilled promises – the US President had come yet again, empty handed but laden with platitudes, to the surprise of very few.


Summit of Americas, RIP? Welcome, Summit of the Peoples?


That V Summit of the Americas of 2009 is where a priceless opportunity was squandered. Whereas obvious inexperience could have been an excuse for his subsequent repudiation of the handshake of friendship by the late President Hugo Chávez on behalf of Venezuela and most countries of the region, the US President again would have had more than ample time since then to replace rhetoric with substance and action.

Shortly after that Summit would follow the overthrow of Manuel Zelaya, the duly elected President of Honduras. This was a coup condemned by most countries of the region with the US a signal exception. Naturally, from the US would then come a former adviser to a former Presidential candidate to lobby for the illegitimate regime. (more…)