An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 13 Feb 2019, 22:35

Machuki is on form today! And thoroughly enjoyable it is too!
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Postby Jimbo » 13 Feb 2019, 22:37

Count Machuki wrote:Grayzone project sure seems awful keen on Russia, by the way.

Your other stuff is pretty weak tea, man. Project Condor (ostensibly) ended decades ago, granddad.


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Last week, a judge in Brazil sentenced former Workers Party President Lula da Silva to another 12 years and 11 months of prison in a new corruption case.

BRIAN MIER: It’s very similar to the previous conviction, with weaker evidence. Essentially, the U.S. Department of Justice and Curitiba Public Prosecutor’s Office joint investigation known as Lava Jato, Car Wash, spent years investigating Lula, and they made three accusations against him.

BRIAN MIER: First of all, Moro is a right wing political operative who’s working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, and has been for several years.


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Postby Goat Boy » 13 Feb 2019, 22:38

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A toxic combination of Cuban influence, runaway corruption, the dismantling of democratic checks and balances, and sheer incompetence has kept Venezuela locked into catastrophic economic policies.


Or, you know, blame the USA.


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Re: An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

Postby Jimbo » 13 Feb 2019, 22:42

IMF is Back in Business in Latin America – Just as Neoliberal as Always
November 16, 2018

Following a prolonged loss of influence in Latin America in the first decade of the 2000’s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is back again, flexing its muscle in Argentina and Mexico, pushing the neoliberal Washington Consensus, says Vijay Prashad


ICE Holds Record Number of Immigrants, Including 14,000 Children
November 19, 2018

Over 44,000 immigrants are being held by a system that is increasingly privatized, while a humanitarian crisis is looming at the border
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Postby Jimbo » 13 Feb 2019, 22:48

Clearly you are going to vote Republican next time because that's how you sound now. Harumph, we've cowed the Latins into line and we'll keep cowing them until they do business our way.
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Postby Count Machuki » 13 Feb 2019, 22:56

Jimbo wrote:Clearly you are going to vote Republican next time because that's how you sound now. Harumph, we've cowed the Latins into line and we'll keep cowing them until they do business our way.


I'm glad you don't vote, even if it undermines every single thing you say about US policy.

And yes, of course, those ICE detentions are a fucking crime against humanity. Despite having nothing to do with what's going on in Venezuela. Not that I know of anyway.
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Re: An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

Postby Jimbo » 23 Feb 2019, 14:28

I'm an American citizen and I approve of this article.

Anyone Buying This Venezuela Bullshit Is A Complete Fucking Moron
Caitlin Johnstone
Feb, 23

... I have less than zero respect for those who join with Donald Trump, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Fox News and MSNBC in manufacturing consent for this agenda, and I don’t care who gets their feelings hurt by my saying so. If you’ve been a longtime reader of mine and you still support Trump’s starvation sanctions, CIA ops, grooming and attempted installation of US vassal Juan Guaidó, and brazen propaganda war upon the minds of the unsuspecting US populace with the goal of toppling a sovereign nation’s government, then my writing hasn’t gotten through to you and you have gotten nothing out of it...
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Re: An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

Postby Jimbo » 24 Feb 2019, 04:54

Don't believe the hype.

The War on Venezuela is Built on Lies
February 22, 2019
By John Pilger

... In eight years, Chavez won eight elections and referendums: a world record. He was electorally the most popular head of state in the Western Hemisphere, probably in the world.

... For all the chavistas’ faults — such as allowing the Venezuelan economy to become hostage to the fortunes of oil and never seriously challenging big capital and corruption — they brought social justice and pride to millions of people and they did it with unprecedented democracy.

... Under the constitution, women have the right to be paid as caregivers, and can borrow from a special women’s bank. Now the poorest housewives get the equivalent of $200 a month.

... journalist and film-maker Pablo Navarrete reported this week, Venezuela is not the catastrophe it has been painted. “There is food everywhere,” he wrote. “I have filmed lots of videos of food in markets [all over Caracas] … it’s Friday night and the restaurants are full.”

... Researchers at the University of the West of England studied the BBC‘s reporting of Venezuela over a 10-year period. They looked at 304 reports and found that only three of these referred to any of the positive policies of the government.

... Should the CIA stooge Guaidó and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela’s utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country’s oil, as outlined by John Bolton.


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Postby Jimbo » 24 Feb 2019, 11:04

The Washington Post writes:

The attention on Saturday remained immediately focused on the single largest staging ground for aid in Cucuta, Colombia — where a massive benefit concert hosted by British billionaire Richard Branson drew a crowd of more than 200,000 people Friday.


200,000! That's nearly Woodstock numbers of music lovers who want regime change in Venezuela. And the WAPO wouldn't lie about crowd size like Trump lied about his inauguration crowd size. That would be fake news. Does that look like 200,000? The alternative news sez "No."

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And look where the stage is in the photo upper right corner, the show hidden from the crowd on the opposite side of a raised highway.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 24 Feb 2019, 13:40

Of course, that photo could have been taken 6 hours before....but you'll no doubt have considered that possibility.

Or maybe not.
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Re: An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

Postby Jimbo » 24 Feb 2019, 20:40

Diamond Dog wrote:Of course, that photo could have been taken 6 hours before....but you'll no doubt have considered that possibility.

Or maybe not.


WaPo Quietly Deletes Branson's Venezuela Concert From Article After 'Fake' Attendance Figures Exposed

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02- ... attendance


Maybe an actual correction notice will come later.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 25 Feb 2019, 06:13

Who knows? The fact is - that photo, by itself, proves zip.
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Re: An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

Postby Jimbo » 26 Feb 2019, 02:29

Everyone knows on some level that the US government has a consistent and indisputable track record of lying about the leaders of nations in geopolitically crucial strategic locations when they refuse to bow to the demands of US interests. No matter how many Venezuelans you tell me you’ve talked to, how evil you tell me Maduro is, how awesome you tell me Trump is, or how bad you tell me socialism is, this will still be true. And you know that it is true. Stop compartmentalizing away from facts you know to be true and turn and face the reality of what’s going on here.


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Postby Hightea » 26 Feb 2019, 17:22

Jimbo wrote:Don't believe the hype.

The War on Venezuela is Built on Lies
February 22, 2019
By John Pilger

... journalist and film-maker Pablo Navarrete reported this week, Venezuela is not the catastrophe it has been painted. “There is food everywhere,” he wrote. “I have filmed lots of videos of food in markets [all over Caracas] … it’s Friday night and the restaurants are full.”



This is an interesting comment to me. I've got two people who I know who both live in Caracas (they don't know each other). One is a Venezuelan retired senior hospital administrator. She lives in a gated community in Caracas and she would agree for the most part with Pablo's report above. Although the food is week to week thing. Over the past several years she has walked into the supermarket/food markets and usually has to decide what she is going to make based on the supplies that are available and how they look. Her daughter who is my friend lives in Holland and wishes her mom would leave the country (mostly because its not safe) as they have a house in Aruba also. However, her mom doesn't want to leave. I always worry about her mom who is such a sweet lady.

The other person I know in Caracas is not as fortunate, she will tell you that food comes and goes. Yes restaurants are an option but they are expensive for her and also can be dangerous esp. at night. So she relies on the food markets and mostly she goes very early in the morning but many days there is no basic food items. She also will state that it's not as bad as the press makes it out but crime and food are both problems. She would leave Venezuela in a heart beat but inflation has broken her and her family.

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Postby bobzilla77 » 26 Feb 2019, 22:09

Some of our family ended up in Venezuela after WW2. I am by no means the expert in how this should be solved but I am very concerned about food shortages. How can the president be blocking aid to hungry people?

At the same time, I don't trust the US to have the people's interests at front of mind when backing the right wing coup.
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bobzilla77 wrote:Some of our family ended up in Venezuela after WW2. I am by no means the expert in how this should be solved but I am very concerned about food shortages. How can the president be blocking aid to hungry people?

At the same time, I don't trust the US to have the people's interests at front of mind when backing the right wing coup.


You are right not to trust the US but you are wrong about Maduro blocking aid. CNN or whichever other lying MSM outlet you are getting your info from has been proven wrong. There is food in Venezuela - I won't say there's plenty but no one is starving. There's toothpaste and toilet paper, too. The big problem for the people is inflation and the US is making it even worse with its sanctions. And how ridiculous is it the US has sanctions on V but at the same time is giving aid - or trying to?



I think what they have too much of is socialism. If I were a rich white person in V, a FOX News kind of person, and saw how there is a govt program giving $200 a month to ordinary housewives in recognition of their contribution to society I'd probably leave the country. And what a huff I'd leave in!

Know which country could use a regime change? The USA.
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Postby Jimbo » 01 Mar 2019, 14:18

Russia shmussia. :roll:

This Tweet from the "Head of Site Integrity at @Twitter."

Yoel Roth

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Replying to @yoyoel

Attribution is one of the most challenging aspects of research into information operations, and we rely on partnerships with governments, law enforcement, and researchers to inform our efforts here.

Yoel Roth

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In this case, we initially misidentified 228 accounts as connected to Russia. As our investigations into their activity continued, we uncovered additional information allowing us to more confidently associate them with Venezuela.


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Postby Jimbo » 03 Mar 2019, 00:29

OAS
Roque Dalton

The president of my country
for the time being is Colonel Fidel Sanchez Hernandez
but General Somoza, president of Nicaragua
is also the president of my country.
And General Stroessner, president of Paraguay,
is also kind of the president of my country, though not as
much as the president of Honduras,
General Lopez Arellano, but more so than the president of Haiti,
Monsieur Duvalier.
And the president of the United States is more the president of my country
Than is the president of my country,
The one whose name, as I said,
is Colonel Fidel Sanchez Hernandez, for the time being.

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Re: An Open Letter To The People Of The U.S. From President Nicolás Maduro

Postby Jimbo » 09 Mar 2019, 12:51

Everyone knows that Maduro rigged the elction, right? Below is an excerpt from the report of the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the presidential and regional elections in Venezuela.

Major obstacles to the participation of opposition political parties and their leaders, an unbalanced composition of the National Electoral Council, biased electoral conditions, numerous reported irregularities during the Election Day, including vote buying, stood in the way of fair and equitable elections.
EU Declaration on Venezuelan elections

https://off-guardian.org/2019/03/08/int ... to-the-eu/

But this international team of election observers say something different. Which version do you think is true?

Dear Ms Mogherini, (High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy)

I was a member of a roughly hundred-strong core of observers of the May 20 Venezuelan election. We met senior representatives of all the candidates, and questioned them closely. We met with the president and two vice-presidents of the Supreme Judicial Tribunal. We examined the electoral system in detail and, on election day, observed voting procedures across the country.

We noted, in particular, not only the sophistication of the voting system which, in our collective view, is fraud-proof, but also that every stage, from the vote itself to the collation of returns, their verification and electronic submission, was conducted in the presence of representatives of the contending parties. As for “reporting irregularities”, we would be interested to hear of examples, since the reporting system is exceptionally rigorous and tamper-free. We doubt you have any evidence to back up the EU’s claim of “numerous reporting irregularities”.

We were unanimous in concluding that the elections were conducted fairly, that the election conditions were not biased, that genuine irregularities were exceptionally few and of a very minor nature. There was no vote buying because there is no way that a vote CAN be bought. The procedure itself precludes any possibility of anyone knowing how a voter cast her or his vote; and it is impossible – as we verified – for an individual to vote more than once or for anyone to vote on behalf of someone else.

In short, the claims in your press release are fabrications of the most disgraceful kind, based on hearsay and not on evidence and unworthy of the EU. It has not escaped notice that the EU was invited to send observers to the election and declined to do so. NONE of the criticism in your EU press release is, therefore, based on direct EU observation in the field.

I would be happy to discuss this further with you and to put you or your colleagues in touch with other observers – among whom were senior politicians, academics, election officials, journalists and civil servants from many different nations including: Spain, UK, Northern Ireland, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Honduras, Italy, several Caribbean countries, South Africa, Tunisia, China, Russia,and the United States (sic).

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Fox, journalist / writer
Jospeh Farrell, Board of the Centre for Investigative Journalism
Calvin Tucker, journalist MS
Dr Francisco Dominguez, Latin American Studies, Middlesex University
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