For a list of U.S. direct or supported coups, check out the late William Blum’s “Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List” which is missing the last few years interventions. I also stumbled across the following from a news outlet in New Jersey of all things: Before Venezuela, US intervened in Latin America. I remember learning about this while I was doing my graduate studies in Australia and having the opportunity to teach for the first time. I ended up teaching many times a course called: “Peace and Conflict Studies”. My fellow co-instructors taught me a lot about what the U.S. had been up to in the previous 100 years or so, building their empire and acting like tyrannical regimes always do, e.g. divide and conquer, train and fund paramilitary units often death squads, etc.. The shit the U.S. did in Australia was outrageous and that was a developed country; and to boot this was sanctioned by the Aussie governments at the time.
It is staggering to consider how many U.S. military bases exist in the world, in every single corner. Check out The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases. And in case you still haven’t figured this out: THE U.S. IS NOT DOING THIS TO SPREAD DEMOCRACY – IT IS TO SPREAD CAPITALISM and give them control over the natural resources, namely oil but also other precious metals. They don’t give a shit about the humans in these places – you mean nothing to them. You are simply an obstacle in the way that has to be removed. Sorry to be blunt but bluntness is needed in these fake news times.
The lies being promulgated by the U.S. and other anti-Maduro extreme right wingers is truly astounding. Here is a list of articles that provide the truth about the history and current situation in the country, a made in the U.S. situation:
Something from Mark Weisbrot of The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), an excellent think tank targeting wide viewership conducting both professional research and public education: Trump’s Illegal Regime Change Operation Will Kill More Venezuelans . Also check out their The America’s Blog.
Here’s a video to watch for those who don’t want/like reading that much:
Some of the articles below are from the amazing U.S. Democracy Now & Amy Goodman:
Check out: https://venezuelanalysis.com. In particular: CIA in Venezuela: 7 Rules for Regime Change.
This is from an amazing independent news outlet started by a group of young folks many years ago now and still continuing to provide us with important news and perspectives, speaking truth to power: Canada: The Empire’s Shadowy Cousin,
Unpacking Canada’s role in the Venezuelan regime change attempt
Sometimes thanksfully, Canada’s mainstream (almost all now center and right of centre) news outlets can be progressive and on the side of social justice: Ottawa wrong to support military solution in Venezuela & Canada helps tee-up U.S. invasion of Venezuela
Something from Yves Engler, an investigative journalist and author, someone I learned about through his work to expose Canada’s own tyrannical efforts in Haiti, helping to dispose of another popularly elected leader and friend of the people, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, installing a friend to capitalism instead (check out
Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority) : Corporate Canada behind slow motion coup attempt in Venezuela
A note from one of Canada’s unions (one I was a member of many years ago now): CUPE Statement on the situation in Venezuela
I have included here a letter from El Presidente de Venezuerla: Nicolás Maduro to the U.S. people:
OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES FROM NICOLAS MADURO:
If I know anything, it is about peoples, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.
We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.
Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as one of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology, or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.
I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disturb noble dialogue initiatives promoted by Uruguay and Mexico with the support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favour of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk, because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”. Are those who do not want to dialogue afraid of the truth?
The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.
The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.
And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with high human development index and lower inequality in the Americas.
The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between the Nations.
We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.
Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul. Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela. We appeal to the good soul of the American society, victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all one people against warmongering and war.
Long live the peoples of America!
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
The following is a very different take on what to do thanks to an old mentor of mine in nonviolence: A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat a US Military Invasion of Venezuela
And more food for thought tying this situation into the climate, economic & related collapse that is taking place around the world but picking up steam these past many months: Venezuela’s collapse is a window into how the Oil Age will unravel
I have been racking my brain trying to understand why Canada supports this clearly illegal move. Then an idea came to mind. I read in one of the articles that Venezuela has a similar heavy crude oil that we have in the Alberta tar sands, both being difficult to mine and transport, unlike light crude. Perhaps Canada has agreed to support the coup because the U.S. and Canada have some arrangement about VZ’s oil which will not inhibit Alberta’s ability to mine & process their oil. I mean VZ is technically a competitor then no? Just a thought.
You can of course make up your own mind but at least do your research so you need to read & listen. I hope I can in some way enlighten folks to what I sincerely believe is happening in one of the last strongholds of left governments on the South American continent.
HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!