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April 4, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
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Love it!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov branded as arrogant the US statements that nations external to the Western Hemisphere should not have any interests there.

"What do they mean by insolent remarks that the countries external the Western Hemisphere are not allowed to have any interests there? But what is the United States doing? Take a look at the map of the US military bases: the entire world is dotted with red spots and each of them poses rather serious risks,"

http://tass.com/world/1051990

April 30, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_JRY0m_F8I

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/01/message-from-caracas/

“.....with a malevolent fascist swine atop its titular apex, the pitiful wounded beast of a rotten, spiritually dead American Superpower is careening towards epic barbarism while pushing the species dangerously to the tipping points of extinction.”


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May 1, 2019, 11:01 p.m.
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As with Cuba, long a target of American economic warfare, the people of Venezuela know who is making their lives miserable, and that it is the same imperial power across the Caribbean that just attempted to steal their elected government and impose one subservient to its own interests.

And it looks like they have once again foiled Washington’s attempt to accomplish this. 

If any foreign powers come out looking good in this farce of a coup it is Russia and Cuba, both of which stood by Venezuela despite threats from the US. 

Those two countries (are) certainly a lot better than the 50 governments — puppets all — that bowed to US pressure and recognized the pathetic unelected Guaidó as the “legitimate president” of Venezuela and that now look like fools and stooges.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/01/it-looks-like-another-failed-us-coup-in-venezuela/

Canada? Hellooooooooo, Canada?

May 1, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

As with Cuba, long a target of American economic warfare, the people of Venezuela know who is making their lives miserable, and that it is the same imperial power across the Caribbean that just attempted to steal their elected government and impose one subservient to its own interests.

And it looks like they have once again foiled Washington’s attempt to accomplish this. 

If any foreign powers come out looking good in this farce of a coup it is Russia and Cuba, both of which stood by Venezuela despite threats from the US. 

Those two countries (are) certainly a lot better than the 50 governments — puppets all — that bowed to US pressure and recognized the pathetic unelected Guaidó as the “legitimate president” of Venezuela and that now look like fools and stooges.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/01/it-looks-like-another-failed-us-coup-in-venezuela/

Canada? Hellooooooooo, Canada?

Do you still think Putin is awesome?

May 2, 2019, 12:12 p.m.
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Oh look.  A pro-Russia CP article.  Quelle surprise!!!

Regardless of foreign intervention, Venezuela's shitty existence can be blamed on Venezuela.

May 2, 2019, 1:26 p.m.
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Posted by: ReductiMat

Posted by: tungsten

As with Cuba, long a target of American economic warfare, the people of Venezuela know who is making their lives miserable, and that it is the same imperial power across the Caribbean that just attempted to steal their elected government and impose one subservient to its own interests.

And it looks like they have once again foiled Washington’s attempt to accomplish this.

If any foreign powers come out looking good in this farce of a coup it is Russia and Cuba, both of which stood by Venezuela despite threats from the US.

Those two countries (are) certainly a lot better than the 50 governments — puppets all — that bowed to US pressure and recognized the pathetic unelected Guaidó as the “legitimate president” of Venezuela and that now look like fools and stooges.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/01/it-looks-like-another-failed-us-coup-in-venezuela/

Canada? Hellooooooooo, Canada?

Do you still think Putin is awesome?

It wasn't Putin that queered the INF was it.

https://qz.com/1610133/the-us-has-started-a-new-nuclear-arms-race/

I think Canada is craven.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/02/notes-from-venezuela/


 Last edited by: tungsten on May 2, 2019, 1:28 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
May 3, 2019, 10:03 a.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

It wasn't Putin that queered the INF was it.

https://qz.com/1610133/the-us-has-started-a-new-nuclear-arms-race/

PUTIN: It would be of great value to us, if other countries followed Russia and the United States. Here’s what we have: the naive former Russian leadership went ahead and eliminated intermediate-range land-based missiles. The Americans eliminated their Pershing missiles, while we scrapped the SS-20 missiles. There was a tragic event associated with this when the chief designer of these systems committed suicide believing that it was a betrayal of national interests and unilateral disarmament.

Why unilateral? Because under that treaty we eliminated our ground complex, but the treaty did not include medium-range sea- and air-based missiles. Air- and sea-based missiles were not affected by it. The Soviet Union simply did not have them, while the United States kept them in service.

What we ultimately got was a clear imbalance: the United States has kept its medium-range missiles. It does not matter whether they are based at sea, in the air, or on land; however, the Soviet Union was simply left without this type of weapons. Almost all of our neighbours make such weapons, including the countries to the east of our borders, and Middle Eastern countries as well, whereas none of the countries sharing borders with the United States, neither Canada nor Mexico, manufacture such weapons. So, for us it is a special test, but nevertheless we believe it is necessary to honour this treaty. All the more so since, as you may be aware, we now also have medium-range sea- and air-based missiles.

May 3, 2019, 9:40 p.m.
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Pre-dates you... https://www.counterpunch.org/2007/02/24/missile-defense-redux/

May 13, 2019, 1:50 p.m.
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Would it surprise you to learn that Canada’s minister of defence is an arms pusher?....As he did the last three years, Sajjan is set to speak at the CANSEC arms bazar in Ottawa later this month. For more than two decades the annual Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) conference has brought together representatives of arms companies, DND, Canadian Forces (CF), various other arms of the federal governmentand dozens of foreign governments. In 2018 more than 11,000 people attended the two-day conference, including 16 MPs and senators and many generals and admirals.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/13/canadas-minister-of-defence-is-an-arms-pusher/print/

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/13/us-press-reaches-all-time-low-on-venezuela-coverage/print/


 Last edited by: tungsten on May 13, 2019, 1:56 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
May 15, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
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Your coverage of Venezuela has also gone down considerably.  Maybe not much has happened since Guaido tried to get the military to defect.  

One thing that I find interesting is that we know the Russians are there as well as the Chinese, but no Imperial Stormtroopers of Amerika.  What gives?  Shouldn't Guaido have had air support or a fleet of unmarked Humvees?  If that was a Western-orchestrated coup, America has lost her touch.

May 24, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/canadas-meddling-in-venezuela/print/

June 3, 2019, 11:22 a.m.
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The truth behind Venezuela's blackouts - BBC News

June 3, 2019, 1:10 p.m.
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After the 1959 Cuban revolution Ottawa never broke off diplomatic relations, even though most other countries in the hemisphere did. Three Nights in Havana explains part of why Ottawa maintained diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba: “Recently declassified State Department documents have revealed that, far from encouraging Canada to support the embargo, the United States secretly urged Diefenbaker to maintain normal relations because it was thought that Canada would be well positioned to gather intelligence on the island.” Washington was okay with Canada’s continued relations with the island. It simply wanted assurances, which were promptly given, that Canada wouldn’t take over the trade the US lost. For their part, Canadian business interests in the country, which were sizable, were generally less hostile to the revolution since they were mostly compensated when their operations were nationalized. Still, the more ideological elements of corporate Canada have always preferred the Cuban model didn’t exist.

If a Canadian company is sued in the US for operating in Cuba, Ottawa will face greater pressure to push back on Washington. If simultaneously the Venezuelan government remains, Ottawa’s ability to sustain its position against Cuba and Venezuela is likely to become even more difficult.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/03/canada-against-cuba-and-venezuela/print/

July 3, 2019, 7:21 p.m.
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The US and its allies in the hemisphere, and beyond from Old Europe, organized two more coup attempts and three electrical power grid failures in March, on top of the successive economic and diplomatic sanctions that had already caused 40,000 deaths by January 23. Despite the hardships and the tense situation, overtures to the armed forces to desert the government fell on deaf ears.

This new face of imperialism had at its disposal a ready-made dream team coalition in the form of the Lima Cartel. The main original feature of this entity was that it did not include the universally detested Trump, who was replaced by his supposed political antithesis from Canada, Justin Trudeau, so as to give credibility to the Trump administration.

To take another of many examples, the Venezuelan diplomatic missions in Canada did not hesitate to recognize the statements issued by Canadian unions in January and February, on behalf of their five million members, in support of Venezuela’s right to self-determination in the face of the Canadian government’s pro-Trump policy of interference.

This outreach is reciprocal, as the left in the capitalist countries – the US, Canada and the UK, in particular – have been flocking to Caracas since January to witness and report back in response to the massive disinformation campaign against Venezuela. This trend has become, in a manner of speaking, the 2019 digital version of the international brigades that went to support the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/03/from-the-destruction-of-chavismo-to-the-epicentre-to-the-anti-imperialist-left/


 Last edited by: tungsten on July 3, 2019, 7:22 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
July 8, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
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The UNHCHR had the “courtesy” to publish simultaneously on its website what the government of Venezuela titled “Comentarios Sobre Errores de Hecho del Informe de la Alta Comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos sobre la Situación de Derechos Humanos de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.” (Comments on Errors in Facts of the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Situation of Human Rights of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.) [3]

The document contains 70 paragraphs. It begins with the statement “The [UNHCHR] report presents a selective and openly biased view of the true human rights situation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” Eight paragraphs question the methodology used in the collection of the “evidence” on human rights violations in Venezuela, and 59 paragraphs state “Errors in facts of the [UNHCHR] report.” 

The Venezuelan report details the omissions by the UNHCHR one by one. We refer to the document in Spanish for details [3]. What makes the omissions problematic is the fact that most of the information omitted was apparently provided by the Venezuelan government to the UNHCHR in a written form as requested, or was available in official public documents. One such example is the UNHCHR report allusion to the violation of the right to food in Venezuela. 

The Venezuelan report questions the gross omission of seven different public programs – aside from the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP) – destined to responsibly guarantee food to the population, from school meals for 4 million children, to special meals for 750,000 vulnerable individuals. It further says “As evidence of the above, it is necessary to emphasize that the Venezuelan Government invests 3,906 million dollars annually in the purchase of food to be distributed to the population. This amount includes 2,826 million dollars for the acquisition of CLAP products and 1,080 million dollars for the importation of various food items not produced in the country. All these data were delivered to the UNHCHR mission during their stay in Venezuela.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/08/faulty-by-design-the-un-report-on-human-rights-in-venezuela/

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