Venezuela right-wing opposition wins control of National Assembly by a landslide

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NDPP

'Venezuela is a different place to the one you read about in international press'

https://t.co/ORfSXMhQqv

Read this international observer's account of the Constituent Assembly elections held last Sunday...

 

"Venezuelan fash oppo unable to create popular insurrection but, with aid of Western media, it can simulate one as cover for coup attempt."

https://twitter.com/cordeliers/status/894203332956442624

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If the Venezuealan opposition leaders were Canadian they would be in jail awaiting trial on charges of treason, sedition and various charges under the anti-terrorism law.

If they were Canadian they'd have been allowed to show their displeasure at the polling station.

But it's still an interesting thought experiment!  What if Justin Trudeau indefinitely "postponed" elections at all levels of government, imprisoned Andrew Scheer on trumped up charges, ordered Tom Mulcair to leave politics for the next 15 years, and stacked the Supreme Court with appointees who would try to replace opposition MPs in the HoC, I wonder whether most babblers would be supporting Trudeau, or the protesters in the streets?

NDPP

Here's one of the Opposition's 'freedom fighters' and 'political prisoners'  whose 'detention is further proof of the regime's dictatorial intentions' according to Canada's FM Chrystia Freeland:

Opposition Candidate Leopoldo Lopez: A Corrupt 'Pretty Boy' with Extremist Credentials (2012)

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/6750

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What if the charges aren't tumped up. What if the oppostion has no interest in democracy and after cheating to win a super majority tried to meet illegally using the contested MP's votes with the stated intention of removing the elected President and amending the constitution unilaterally without the benefit of any citizen imput? 

That is the other side of the story from Magoo's side of the barricades. 

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What if the charges aren't tumped up. What if the oppostion has no interest in democracy and after cheating to win a super majority tried to meet illegally using the contested MP's votes with the stated intention of removing the elected President and amending the constitution unilaterally without the benefit of any citizen imput?

How many months have Maduro and his loyal Supreme Court had to demonstrate this?  I think it's one year, eight months exactly (or 20 months)... is my math right? 

"What if....?".  Ya, let's NEVER actually have a transparent investigation, then we can say "What if....?" forever.

NDPP

Venezuela Regime Change Project Revealed

https://off-guardian.org/2017/08/06/venezuela-regime-change-project-reve...

"The 2017 Venezuela regime change project has gone public..."

 

10 Things You Need To Know About The Terrorist Attack in Venezuela

https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/894541530786091008

"The investigative team Mision Verdad has released a brief analysis on the terrorist attack against the Bolivarian National Guard in Venezuela."

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NDPP

US Labels Venezuelan Leader 'Dictator'

https://youtu.be/u0_-zCtGlUc

josh

As the democratic opposition is marginalized, radical elements come the fore.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-unrest-analysis-idU...

NDPP

Going Underground (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/398833-venezuela-nina-simone-...

"Visual chronicler of barbarism Carlos Latuff on regime change and Venezuela."

 

Understanding What the Opposition Opposes in Venezuela (and podcast)

https://thisishell.com/interviews/964-lucas-koerner

NDPP

The Empire Strikes Back: With Destructive and Dishonest Neocolonialism  -   by Neil Clark

https://on.rt.com/8jvg

"The hypocrisy of today's imperialists who lambaste Venezuela's Maduro for being a 'dictator', but who hail the unelected hereditary rulers of Saudi Arabia as they sell them deadly weapons is truly breathtaking. Now the neocolonialist neocon regime changers have moved on to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As in the case of Milosevic, it's self-styled 'progressives' who are at the forefront of the elites' campaign to demonize Venezuela..."

josh

The international left should do everything in its power to prevent civil war. This means supporting a negotiated solution to the conflict. To be effective, such a solution must offer something to both sides: a credible electoral calendar that provides the opposition with a peaceful path to office, lessening the chance of a military coup (and forcing the opposition to articulate concrete solutions to the crisis); and guarantees for those on the losing side of elections, decreasing the incentive for the government to avoid them at all costs. “Negotiated solution” is hardly a stirring rallying cry. Increasingly, however, it appears that it may be the only way to prevent a tragedy of untold proportions from unfolding in Venezuela.

https://www.thenation.com/article/venezuela-agony/

 

NDPP

Going Crackers Over Caracas

https://t.co/zMoJ5DYr0T

"The warparty demands we fall in line on Venezuela. Repeat after me: (by orders of the NeoCon Thought Police): 'I condemn the evil dictator Nicolas Maduro and support a US-led humanitarian intervention to save the people of oil rich Venezuela! I condemn the evil dictator Nicolas Maduro..."

 

The Venezuelan Crisis - With Greg Wilpert/Justin Podur (podcast)

https://podur.org/node/1176

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Fifth Venezuela opposition mayor sentenced over protests

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The court found Mayor David Smolansky, of the opposition Popular Will party, guilty of failing to prevent anti-government protests.

I guess the government wanted him to make sure nobody protested the government.  Pretty tough job, these days.

NDPP
josh

Trump says he's considering military action against Venezuela.

https://apnews.com/8a1182659c4940cbaf717cc110d60dfa?utm_campaign=SocialF...

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CIA chief hints agency is working to change Venezuelan government

The head of the CIA has suggested the agency is working to change the elected government of Venezuela and is collaborating with two countries in the region to do so.

In one of the clearest clues yet about Washington’s latest meddling in the politics of Latin America, CIA director Mike Pompeo said he was “hopeful that there can be a transition in Venezuela and we the CIA is doing its best to understand the dynamic there”.

He added: “I was just down in Mexico City and in Bogota a week before last talking about this very issue, trying to help them understand the things they might do so that they can get a better outcome for their part of the world and our part of the world.”....

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At this point, if the CIA wants a change-up in Venezuela, they're only agreeing with most Venezuelans.

That said, I certainly hope and pray that Trump doesn't do anything stupider than he's already done.  And no, TBH, I just can't believe that every Venezuelan who's sick and tired of the current government is really just a CIA plant/stooge/employee.  To hear the wooly-headed fringe media tell it, erryone in Venezuela supports Maduro except for millions of fascist millionaires and billionaires, and some American actors in cheap wigs and moustaches.  Venezuela must be the only country on earth where half of the population is a 1%er.

NDPP

CIA Head Say 'Iran, Hezbollah & Russians' Involved in Venezuela, Pose 'Risk' to US

https://on.rt.com/8k99

"CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed Venezuela is overrun wiht Iranians, Hezbollah, Cubans and Russians in response to questions about Donald Trump's statements about US military intervention."

 

Venezuela Seeks Dialogue With US But Ready To Defend Itself

http://bit.ly/2w3hKSH

"Venezuela's FM Jorge Arreaza told McClenny that come dialogue or aggression, Venezuela will 'defend our country'."

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Trump's Threats of Military Action in Venezuela Rejected Across Latin America

The Venezuelan opposition and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have both joined the growing chorus of voices in Latin America warning the Trump administration against any possibility of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to four countries in Latin America this week began with an unequivocal message for the Trump administration from Santos on Sunday.

"I've told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn't even be considered," Santos said in a joint press conference in Cartagena, Colombia. "A transition in the Venezuelan regime toward democracy must be a peaceful transition. It must be hopefully a democratic transition. And it must be done quickly.".....

NDPP

Venezuela: Target of Economic Warfare   -   by Joyce Nelson

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/11/venezuela-target-of-economic-war...

"As one of the last regional holdouts against a return to neoliberalism, Venezuela has been especially vulnerable to isolation and targeting, and not just by the US. Raul Burbano says that Canada wants to 'marginalize' Venezuela because it does not follow the neoliberal 'free trade' agenda that Trudeau is pushing...."

josh

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela had become a pariah among fellow Latin American leaders as his beleaguered country staggered toward dictatorship. But a threat by President Trump to use the American military against Mr. Maduro’s government has united those leaders in a different direction: demanding that the United States keep out of the region’s affairs.

“The possibility of a military intervention shouldn’t even be considered,” Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, said on Sunday during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to the region. “America is a continent of peace. It is the land of peace.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/world/americas/trump-venezuela-maduro-latin-america.html?emc=edit_nn_20170815&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=77748371&te=1

pookie

josh wrote:

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela had become a pariah among fellow Latin American leaders as his beleaguered country staggered toward dictatorship. But a threat by President Trump to use the American military against Mr. Maduro’s government has united those leaders in a different direction: demanding that the United States keep out of the region’s affairs.

“The possibility of a military intervention shouldn’t even be considered,” Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, said on Sunday during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to the region. “America is a continent of peace. It is the land of peace.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/world/americas/trump-venezuela-maduro-latin-america.html?emc=edit_nn_20170815&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=77748371&te=1

Yep.  Trump could scarcely have said anything more helpful to Maduro.

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He could have said it while wearing a mask that looked like this:

Public Enemy Number One, baby!

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Speaking of "1984" references:

Venezuela's Socialist-run 'truth commission' to investigate opposition

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Opposition candidates running in Venezuela's October gubernatorial elections will be investigated to make sure none were involved in violent political protests this year, the head of a new pro-government truth commission said on Wednesday.

The panel was set up earlier in the day by the constituent assembly elected last month at the behest of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Government critics say the commission is designed to sideline the opposition and bolster the ruling party's flagging support ahead of the October vote.

Also before the assembly is a bill that would punish those who express "hate or intolerance" with up 25 years in jail. The opposition fears such a law would be used to silence criticism of a government that, according to local rights group Penal Forum is, is already holding 676 political prisoners.

NDPP

'US Hegemony Has Come To An End': Bolivian FM Rejects Idea of Intervention in Venezuela

https://on.rt.com/8kj2

"The Bolivian foreign minister has firmly rejected Washington's hegemonic ambitions as manifested in Donald Trump's latest threat of a military intervention in Venezuela, while underlying Caracas' right to self-determination without outside meddling.

'The hegemony of the Western world and the US empire has come to an end', Mamani told RT."

josh

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Speaking of "1984" references:

Venezuela's Socialist-run 'truth commission' to investigate opposition

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Opposition candidates running in Venezuela's October gubernatorial elections will be investigated to make sure none were involved in violent political protests this year, the head of a new pro-government truth commission said on Wednesday.

The panel was set up earlier in the day by the constituent assembly elected last month at the behest of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Government critics say the commission is designed to sideline the opposition and bolster the ruling party's flagging support ahead of the October vote.

Also before the assembly is a bill that would punish those who express "hate or intolerance" with up 25 years in jail. The opposition fears such a law would be used to silence criticism of a government that, according to local rights group Penal Forum is, is already holding 676 political prisoners.

"The question is whether this is the peace he's looking for: creating a law that gives him and his obedient supreme court judiciary powers to lock up dissidents for 25 years," Tamara Taraciuk, head Venezuela researcher for Human Rights Watch, said in a Wednesday telephone interview.

"The proposal includes incredibly vague language that would allow them to jail anyone for almost anything," she added.

Latin American dictatorships of the past are smiling.

 

NDPP

Venezuela's AG Reveals Extortion Plot

https://t.co/1lKzfYGxui

 

Thinking  About Venezuela

https://off-guardian.org/2017/08/16/thinking-about-venezuela/

"...There's a myopia altogether more elementary at play here..."

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Venezuela's pro-government assembly takes power over congress

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Venezuela's constituent assembly on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fuelling criticism that the new all-powerful legislative superbody is undermining democracy in the crisis-stricken country.

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But the decision suggests the constituent assembly, elected in July in a vote boycotted by the opposition, is more interested in limiting the opposition's political influence than rewriting the constitution, which is its official task.

The dramatic move follows a refusal by the congressional leadership to swear an oath of loyalty to the assembly, whose election the opposition considers illegitimate.

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