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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches human rights and philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.  The following are excerpts from his 28 January 2019 article headlined "What has happened in Venezuela is a coup. Trump’s denial is dangerous" with the subheading "Juan Guaidó has declared himself president.  Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support".

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....Enter Donald Trump: megalomaniac, erratic, liar. Calling out the interventionism of previous US administrations, which had been constant in their hatred for Chavez and their attempts to regain influence in the region, Trump promised to put an end to all such shenanigans. But on Wednesday, vice-president Mike Pence saluted Guaidó’s self-appointment, observing that although Trump disliked intervening elsewhere, he “has always had a very different view of our hemisphere”. That’s an explicit invocation of the Monroe doctrine under which the US has held it as its responsibility to intervene in the Americas, which it sees as its backyard.

Trump swiftly recognised Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela, and was followed by a cohort of Latin American presidents, all-white, upper-class leaders now spearheading the new reactionary wave in the region: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Colombia’s Iván Duque and Chile’s Sebastián Piñera. They’ll proclaim themselves saviours of democracy and humanitarianism, the liars. Draping themselves in the robes of the liberators of yesteryear, just as Guaidó draped himself in the image of Chavez and Bolívar while holding a constitution with the latter’s image on its cover, they’ll happily support further US sanctions, paramilitary forces training Venezuela’s opposition in the torture tactics that displaced 7 million people in Colombia, or using “lawfare” in pan-American institutions just as happened to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, Manuel Zelaya in Honduras and Fernando Lugo in Paraguay.

Expect such measures to have limited purchase. Washington knows it. Then, Trump and the others will be ready to go for the more muscular approach. Not by accident, this could also benefit Trump as elections approach or if he is cornered by investigations and impeachment. War distracts and makes money. Only this won’t be a regional plunder: China and Russia, both with key interests in Venezuela and elsewhere in the region, have followed Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay and Cuba to call Guaidó’s stunt by its real name: a coup. Russia has indicated it would come to the defence of its ally. In Venezuela, many who may be critical of Maduro but fear most the return of the rightwing opposition to power are unlikely to cheer the newly converted humanitarians. Unlike the supporters of Chile’s Salvador Allende in 1973, they’re armed. Washington awaits developments on the ground while keeping “all options on the table”. That’s doublespeak for hoping the heavy-handed response by Maduro’s government would provide moral justification for an intervention that would surely be approved by the Organization of American States.

There is plenty to criticise Maduro for: late or misguided economic measures, corruption, power-hoarding. But these criticisms cannot disguise a coup or justify an intervention that, if and when it comes, would engulf us all. Trump counts on Colombia’s Iván Duque, Alvaro Uribe’s appointee, and Brazil’s neo-fascists to support this, contributing troops of their own if needed. A neo-fascist runs one of the Americas’ powerhouses in Brazil; a narcissistic liar afraid of being painted into a corner runs the other. That combination is toxic. War in the name of humanity may tempt them, as it did the more liberal leaders of the past. But this time the stakes are higher. Venezuela’s coup is a threat to the entire world.  (End excerpts)

Source:  theguardiandotcom

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Post time 2019-2-1 17:04:51 |Display all floors
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I understand the evil neocon Bolton has had a major role to play in this sordid episode. Talmudic Trumpf is disgusting. I understand the world's first central bank the Bank of England has frozen Venezuelan assets.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2019-2-2 01:52:23 |Display all floors
petera Post time: 2019-2-1 17:04
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I understand the evil neocon Bolton has had a major role to play in this sordid episode. Talmu ...

I just don't understand why counties like Venezuela entrust the Bank of England to holding their gold bars? I hope the Chinese have not made this same daft mistake.


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Post time 2019-2-2 02:02:27 |Display all floors
The little island of Britain must have made tens of billions by freezing, then confiscating foreign assets invested or deposited in the UK.
Noting many of the "criminal elements" from the Middle East and Africa must have been invited,' enticed and welcomed to entrusted to put their loot in the British territory.
What a scam!

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Post time 2019-2-3 14:47:48 |Display all floors
Juan Guaido is a traitor!
Declaring himself the President of Venezuela, he is openly inviting foreign military intervention to his country's political infighting.
Guaido is ofcause positioning himself the shoeshine boy of Donald Trump.
President Maduro has no choice but to arrest Guaido.

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Post time 2019-2-3 18:26:09 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2019-2-3 14:47
Juan Guaido is a traitor!
Declaring himself the President of Venezuela, he is openly inviting foreig ...

re: "resident Maduro has no choice but to arrest Guaido."

The West is just begging Venezuela to do so;  " to arrest Guaido".

  Guaido is one of the most simplistic examples uncle Sam is dishing out in S/America...

      Then again, even the POPE would be tempted to be part of such immeasurable wealth below Venezuelan ground...


                  Venezuelan oil helped lead the country to its present devastation, the same resource is essential to getting it out...
But the western world should NOT ignore that Venezuela is awash with natural resources such as blue and natural diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore, natural gas and petroleum...

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Post time 2019-2-3 18:39:40 |Display all floors
Saddam was a dictator, a monster. Maduro was freely elected by his citizens.
Maduro has the full support of Russia and China; Iraq fought the NATO invaders alone.

Arrest the traitor Guaido, a quick trial, and a swift execution.

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