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The US Must Be Stopped in Venezuela

Andre Vltchek

Enough is enough! There have been plenty of empty talk and peace conferences, more than enough of begging: “Please, West, stop murdering people, stop your genocides, stop robbing all continents of their resources, stop enslaving billions!”

Look where it has ended up! Nowhere. Absolutely nowhere. The more people begged, the more they protested, the harder the West hit.

Rulers in Washington, London and Paris have no mercy. They have no sense of justice. They only know greed and power.

On February 13, 2019, RT reported [emphasis added]:

The US staked a claim on half the world, as Senate Armed Services Committee chair Jim Inhofe said Washington might have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia dares set up a military base not just there, but “in our hemisphere.”

“Our hemisphere”

Finally, it is all out in the open. The good old ‘Monroe Doctrine’. In the Western Hemisphere (which is obviously owned by the US), there is not one single ‘Latin’ country where the West has not overthrown the government, where it has not raped the will of the people, where it did not stop socialism. From the Dominican Republic to Chile!

Do you know why we have fascism in Brazil, Colombia and elsewhere? Because our left wing leaders have either been murdered, or imprisoned.

The record of human rights violations is monstrous. The cynicism of what has been going on is equally repulsive.

And now, Washington basically warns Russia and others: Do not dare to come close and help your friends and allies in the region! Just stay back and watch from a safe distance, how we rape one country after another. And if you dare to intervene, we will hit even harder at the victims. We will not only violate Venezuela: we will kick her with our military boots, we will put bullets through her arms and legs, chain her as we did the African slaves who built our country! We can do it, because Europeans, those colonialists whose blood circulates in our veins, and those South American elites, who are of the same stock as we are, would again sit in their cafes and on their couches, enjoying the show, applauding us from distance!

This should be the last drop. No, no more words, please. Action! This banditry, this terrorism has to be stopped.

Mr Trump, Mr Inhofe, damn you! People are not cattle and they are not slaves. You wish they were, but they are not! You treated them like animals, you fooled them, robbed them of everything; you and your kind, for decades and centuries. But even you yourself must be aware of this, or at least suspect: all this atrocity has to end; one day, very soon!

RT commented:

Inhofe said that a flow of Russian troops or weapons into the Western hemisphere “would be a threat to the United States of America.” The United States, meanwhile, reads from a different rulebook.

The US maintains nearly 800 military bases in over 70 countries worldwide, with a foothold on every continent. And, while Inhofe wants to keep an entire hemisphere free from Russian influence, the US is currently in talks to establish a permanent military base in Poland, right on Russia’s doorstep. Given the long history of animosity between Poland and Russia, the Polish government has offered to cough up $2 billion towards setting up the base.

Further afield, no hemisphere is beyond the reach of the United States. The US military divides the globe up into six Combatant Command ‘Areas of Responsibility,’ which it maintains in times of peace and war. Russia, meanwhile, divides its territory into four military districts, all within its own borders.

Who agreed on this sick double standard? Who gave green light for this terror? France, Germany, U.K. and few other Western countries/beneficiaries? Is this what China wants, India accepts?

Venezuela is our sister. It is the sister of Russia and Cuba, of Iran, Bolivia and even China.

This is truly a decisive moment.

Compromises and weakness of the past broke the neck of the anti-imperialist struggle; compromises during the Gorbachev and Yeltsin eras led to the destruction of Afghanistan, of Yugoslavia, Iraq and several other countries. History should never repeat itself!

Reason is not what can be expected from the West. It controlled the entire world through colonialism, and it now tries to do the same by imperialist thuggery.

If it is not stopped, it will again subjugate our entire planet.

Russia, Cuba, China, Iran and others have to defend Venezuela! If necessary, they should fight for it! Decent people and decent countries should not negotiate with brutal and merciless bandits. They should not be told by brigands what to do and how to behave; what actions to take!

There should be no double standards, anymore, if we want our humanity to survive.

For years and centuries, the West has been pushing; it is trying to see, how far it can go and what it can get away with. If it is not stopped, it will take it all. If non-Western countries do not fight for their rights in unison, protecting each other, they will go back to where they used to be – to slavery. It is not a fantasy – just look at the world map of the very beginning of the 20th century! We have already had this situation on our Earth, before.

In Venezuela, if we have to fight, we will be fighting for Johannesburg and Moscow, Beijing and Havana, for Teheran, Damascus and Mexico City. We will be fighting against oppression, slavery and colonialism.

Thank you for your honesty, Mr. Inhofe! Your words sound very familiar: we heard them before, in London, Paris, Berlin and Pretoria.

And this is our reply to you: you are not a global policeman, you are simply a thug who has to be stopped! And sooner than later, humanity will curse you, and your bloody imperialist degeneracy will be put to an end!

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

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Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

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Branson is laying on some kind of pop concert against Maduro to support Trump’s regime change plans. These billionaires like to stick together.

Maggie
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Maggie

Yes Mark I’ve just read about this, what a dick! I despise that man.
A concert allegedly to raise money for aid? What aid? Money to pay for food for the mercenaries to ”aid” Guaido!
All Branson has to do is buy a plane full of aid and fly it directly to Venezuela on one of his planes? This is just a publicity stunt for his ailing businesses.

Roger Waters says what I feel here:
https://www.davidicke.com/article/523007/nothing-aid-democracy-roger-waters-slams-humanitarian-concert-venezuela

Michael McNulty
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Michael McNulty

Russia and China invested money in Venezuela to help the country grow. The US wants to steal Venezuela. And they’re the good guys? The world won’t be safe until America’s a ruin.

vexarb
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On a Lighter Note, the British Foreign Minister has opened his mouth. Anon BTL Saker Vineyard, just about the kindest comment there: “Anonymous on February 16, 2019 · at 1:55 pm EST/EDT It is interesting the state of the political systems that promote men such as him and Bolton to high, responsible positions in charge of military and foreign policy of nations. It is a symptom of the collapse and breakdown of nations like the UK and the USA that they are now incapable of putting well-trained, qualified and intelligent people into positions of power. It used to be that… Read more »

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bevin

The Foreign Minister is bad-the entire government is rotten to the core-but the Defence minister is worse. The very worst. I believe that he got his current job by proving his worth as Party Whip, blackmailing and bullying Tory MPs into not following their instincts and voting against May. Having proved that he could do that he has now been elevated to a position in which he can attempt to bully China and blackmail Russia- the results are predictably abysmal. But the good thing is that Mr Williamson- who looks uncannily like Tony Blair- is proving that he lacks any… Read more »

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Stephen Morrell

There’s no doubting that Venezuela right now is on the verge of a pre-revolutionary situation, and right now is the time to act decisively. Venezuelan workers, with oil industry workers in the lead, can suppress the rightwing opposition by stopping the economy dead with a general strike, run by elected strike committees, to immediately end the sabotage by the Venezuelan bourgeoisie. A general strike really is the only way to begin an adequate response to this coup. The extant grass roots organisations must be mobilised quickly in solidarity with the strike and other actions, and, importantly, seize the warehouses hoarding… Read more »

Bernard R J
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Bernard R J

I’d much prefer the imperialsm of the West to the dictatorships of Russia and China, which is what we’ll inherit if the West falls. It’s in the nature of Man to seek to conquer and rule. The question is, “Which system of tyranny is the more preferable?” I think I’ll take my chances with Western tyranny for now thanks.

K Oncreat
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K Oncreat

Moron!

Maggie
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Maggie

OMG Bernard RG, which stone have you crawled out from under. The world has changed so much since you fought in the first world war. Russia is now THE NO 1 place on earth that actually CARES about ALL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. Unllike the hegemony and Imperialism of the US. I’m guessing you have never ever watched Putin’s open debates with the world’s press? I don’t mean the ones produced by CNN or VOX…. This is a True Leader. Who speaks honestly from a place of knowledge, without a tele prompter….Makes Chris Wallace the interviewer look a proper dick.… Read more »

vexarb
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vexarb

Thanks, Maggie, for the facts, only the facts. Pardon me this interpolation (in UPPER CASE), it may seem trivial but I think it is important for the coming eco-minded generation:

“Russia started exporting grain in 2002, selling a little over seven million tons. In 2017, Russia wanted to sell 45 million tons – an increase of more than 600 %.” NONE OF THIS RUSSIAN WHEAT HAS BEEN GENETICALLY MODIFIED BY AN INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL COMPANY. ALL RUSSIAN AGRICULTURE IS NON-GM.

Maggie
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Maggie

True Vexarb, GMO is banned in all of Russia, as is ‘promoting’ immorality. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t exist or that it isn’t tolerated. But it cannot be promoted to children who instead are taught to respect themselves, their parents and their country.. That way they are free to engage in sports, arts and hobbies that improve them, and are encouraged to be the very best they can. Rather from being over-exposed to carnal pursuits. That isn’t to say that everyone is perfect, far from it, as is evident by their prison population. and the people living on the… Read more »

Bernard RJ
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Bernard RJ

While you were doing your research did you by any chance read Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn, Gulag by Anne Applebaum, Alexander Dolgun’s Story, Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman just to name a few. In addition you may which to research the body count under Chairman Mao or speak to the Dalai Lama about the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Just for a bit of balance.

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mark

Did you by any chance research the body count of western imperialism, the genocide of 100 million Americans, the 30 million victims of African slavery, the 10 million butchered by tiny Bejgium in Congo. I’ll leave out the 500 other genocides and massacres for the sake of brevity.

Maggie
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Maggie

Bernard RJ The Gulag was the government agency in charge of the Soviet forced labour camp system, for criminals and war prisoners, that was created under Vladimir LENIN and reached its peak during Joseph Stalin’s rule from the 1930s to the 1950s. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, The Gulag Archipelago has been officially published, and since 2009, is mandatory reading as part of the Russian school curriculum. The Gulags were a part of Russian history that they are ashamed of and do not want a repeat of, hence the subject is taught in depth in their schools? The… Read more »

Robert Laine
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Thanks, Maggie, for this extensive history. Always good to start with the facts. The demonisation of Russia, China etc. can only be bad for world peace. Sadly, the majority of USAmerica MSM is pushing us toward Cold War 2.0 and maybe WWIII via Russiagate.

Steve Abbott
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Steve Abbott

Thanks Maggie. Much appreciated, and perfectly packaged for a dyslectic such as I. Again thanks.

Maggie
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Maggie

Thank you Robert for bothering to read what took me hours to research. As you say, the ‘demonization of Russia and China’ will end in tears for all of us. And doesn’t need to happen… all we have to de is be willing to seek the truth for ourselves. It is ignorance that is our ENEMY. I don’t know where you live, but there was a programme on TV this week called The Real Marigold Hotel on Tour, where a group of ‘celebrities’ this week visited Russia. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0c3h57d/the-real-marigold-on-tour-series-3-1-russia Miriam Margolyes,( an actress who delights in being vulgar) Shiela Furguson (American… Read more »

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JudyJ

Maggie I agree entirely with all your comments. Your ‘dissertation’ higher above is a work of epic proportions …well done. Margolyes was such a puerile, ignorant embarrassment I had trouble watching her in action. I am convinced she has Aspergers Syndrome. When she asked the middle aged respectable lady waiting at the bus stop with them what her name was and the lady replied “Olga”, MM immediately retorted “Oh you’re not Olga the spy are you!” The poor lady was clearly most upset by her remark. But we are all supposed to sit at home laughing at how entertaining Margolyes’… Read more »

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JudyJ

Having re-read my comments above and at the risk of digging myself a deeper hole (!), could I just add that I am not suggesting that people with Aspergers are puerile and ignorant embarrassments. My brother has the condition and I know how challenged sufferers are at social interaction and that it can lead to confrontational situations. What I was trying to suggest, but clumsily, was that because MM doesn’t (as far as I know) claim to have Aspergers, then her behaviour could only be described as puerile and ignorant. Apologies if I have caused any offence to anyone.

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mark

This is a false choice, entirely bogus. Russia and China have always been status quo powers. They are largely content with what they have. Huge nations which do not subjugate other countries or seek to grab territory because there are oil wells or gold mines or agricultural land there. Rulers of those countries, going back hundreds of years, whether they are kings, emperors, Bolsheviks, communists, have been preoccupied with holding on to power from challengers, and developing and modernising their vast territories. They have enough on their plate doing this without following the pattern of western countries of slaughter, massacre,… Read more »

Yarkob
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Yarkob

Western tyranny has been tried and found hideously wanting, i’m afraid. Time for change whether or not suckers like you are ready for it or not. Clearly you drank deeply from the kool-aid urn and are not ready at all..

you’ll need to go and live in the USSA if you want to continue to get ass-fucked whilst your tormentors are smiling at you from their private jets, whilst counting the money they’ve stolen from your grandchildren

Bernard RJ
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Bernard RJ

Unfortunately key board warriors like yourself typically revert to insults and aggression rather than facts and reasoned arguments when someone disagrees with your particular point of view. This modus operandi is exactly the alternative you propose in place of Western tyranny. I’m not so naïve to believe the western powers are motivated by anything other than self interest. Nonetheless, what are you proposing as an alternative which would be better. May I suggest you study, from credible sources, the history of 20th century Europe. You may also wish to study 20th Latin American history, especially that of Cuba and similar… Read more »

jag37777
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Where are your facts and reasoned arguments? You’ve merely presented standard capitalist talking points then insulted and made demands of others.

You’re a drone by the looks.

milosevic
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milosevic

You might take your own advice, and compare social conditions in Cuba with any other country in Latin America or the Caribbean, particularly those which have been subjected to repeated Humanitarian Interventions, such as Haiti.

United Nations Human Development Index

bevin
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bevin

Cuba compares well in such matters as health, life expectancy and infant mortality with the United States, never mind Haiti.

lundiel
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No one’s offering you that choice. You’ve swallowed the American NATO narrative. Russia has an economy roughly the size of Italy and spends roughly a tenth as much as America on “defence”. Certainly, it is a nuclear power and has as yet untapped resources but it’s no more a “dictatorship” than America is. China meanwhile, is as ever, going its own way and has not threatened “the western hemisphere”. It (China) will conquer the world economically at some point, aided and abetted by America, who has gambled on a military based economy. It can’t change direction without crashing the economy,… Read more »

Martyn Wood-Bevan
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Martyn Wood-Bevan

If you use GDP that us true. PPP is a more accurate term for measuring economic strength and by that measure Russia is 5th equals with Germany, with UK 9th (Purchasing Power Parity).

mark
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mark

Very good point. Bismarck said, “Russia is never as strong as it seems. But it is never as weak as it seems either.” People swallow whole deceptive dollar comparisons, US $20 trillion GNP v. Russia $1.6 trillion. US military budget $1,134 billion v. Russia $61 billion, with a planned reduction to $46 billion. But firstly, that money buys about 3x as much in Russia as in the US. So the discrepancy isn’t quite so large. Then there is the issue of these figures being expressed in $. After Maidan in 2014, the US organised a speculative attack on the ruble,… Read more »

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Hope

Thank you for this, and for the whole site, giving access to news blocked by the bought-and-sold media – about events in Haiti for example. Today’s funny story: Katherine Murphy in the Guardian, of all people, declaring “facts matter”, while her paper has recently published (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/06/venezuelan-troops-blockade-bridge-to-stop-aid-from-colombia) utterly misleading guff about closure of the Tiendatas bridge “which connects the two countries and has become a staging ground for the planned relief effort”. Her writers, and she as well, I expect, must know perfectly well that the bridge, completed in 2016, has never yet been opened to traffic, as plainly stated on… Read more »

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wardropper

Quite right. But who is going to stop it? “If the West is not stopped, it will take it all”… But it already has taken it all. The survivors are merely what the West needs to man its workhouses. To take a historic example: Our history books make it quite clear what an appalling time the Jews have had at the hands of other countries. But compare that to the 6 Billion gentiles who are about to have an equally appalling time during the next hundred years… That’s what appears to be currently on offer. I am not always optimistic… Read more »

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“For years and centuries, the West has been pushing; it is trying to see, how far it can go and what it can get away with. If it is not stopped, it will take it all. ” Fortunately it has been stopped. It took a while. From the failure in Korea, to the failure in Vietnam to the failure in Syria. I’m a glass half full kinda guy. I believe the high water mark of the march of anglo imperialism has been reached! The panicked full spectrum propaganda war to keep the ‘centre’ intact is evidence enough. But as we… Read more »

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Maggie

From the comments I read on off Guardian I am optimistic that our collective consciousness can and will conquer the evil that is walking the earth, just as we did with Vietnam. We didn’t physically rise and fight, we protested in our hearts and minds… and won. I read the article I am posting 8 years ago, by someone calling themselves ‘Chewey Bees’… while researching ‘Assasinations by induced heart attacks and cancer’… and it resonated with me, I have changed some bits but the truth of the original remains: https://www.sott.net/article/232912-Assassinations-by-induced-heart-attack-and-cancer >>> Raising the Bar. My comments, could be construed as… Read more »

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bevin

” ‘Assassinations by induced heart attacks and cancer’…”
There’s a picture of the gun, with senator Frank Church-died of cancer at 57- here
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/02/16/the-sanders-trump-smokescreen-an-update-%E2%80%A2-why-voting-in-the-us-may-be-an-exercise-in-self-delusion/

Maggie
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Maggie

Thanks for this link Bevan, To steal a quote from one of the commenters.. >>This article packs so much truth in it, that it might be the equivalent of Chemotherapy for one’s psyche. Not sure how many readers could survive it, but it will be liberating, if not depressing. Choose liberation as the first step from the socially induced depression we face. << I shall revisit it tomorrow and open all the links there in. I may be gone for some time. :-)) It has made my mind up on one thing, and that is that I will not be… Read more »

Gary Weglarz
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Gary Weglarz

I’m posting below a rather interesting article by a young American woman who talks about her awakening from the dream world of our “American exceptionalism” through her travels. Keep in mind only 12% of Americans even have a passport. She is truly one in a million in her journey to some enlightenment, but she makes some very perceptive observations about the American system of indoctrination and what it took to free her from it. She also has some wonderful quotes from the great African American writer James Baldwin. It’s from, of all places, the Guardian, I know, I know: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

A fantastic revealing article, thanks Gary.
Hopefully this information will eventually permeate the naivety of the American psyche.

bevin
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bevin

To put this article into perspective we have to recognise that the US position in the world today is-though on a global scale- what Germany’s in eurasia was in May 1940. And once again the temptation, irresistible to those with much to lose in the material sense, is to appease the aggressor. The world is already on notice, it would seem, from China and Russia, that US aggression in Asia will not be tolerated. It is a matter of enormous regret that Vlad Putin was not President in 2011 when Medvedev made the fatal error of allowing the US to… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Bevin

Excellent comment. But it leaves me scratching my head. As clearly as you see the EU: which is politically aligning with Guaido and regime change via the International Contact Group – how does this square with urging everyone to join the Labour Party? A Labour Party that is clearly aligned with the EU – with a leader who is set to have his own talks with Verhofstadt? Supporting the Labour Party which is voluntarily subservient to the EU, which is subservient to regime change? Did I miss something about sovereignty? So how will this set us free?

https://www.voltairenet.org/article205180.html

bevin
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bevin

BigB Currently, and for the first time in its existence, the Labour Party is organised denocratically. that means that it is possible for people to join their local party, put forward resolutions and persuade people to vote for them. To put forward a resolution calling on the party and the local MP/ppc to work to facilitate the return of sovereignty and withdrawal from the EU is as easy as writing pieces here. What the Labour Party needs is people who can think for themselves to join in the battle to win power for the people. It needs news media and… Read more »

crank
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crank

Currently, and for the first time in its existence, the Labour Party is organised denocratically. that means that it is possible for people to join their local party, put forward resolutions and persuade people to vote for them. To put forward a resolution calling on the party and the local MP/ppc to work to facilitate the return of sovereignty and withdrawal from the EU is as easy as writing pieces here. What the Labour Party needs is people who can think for themselves to join in the battle to win power for the people. I can only conclude that either:… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Bevin As I have mentioned over the last year or so, I was a member of the local PLP. And as I mentioned as recently as last week, I was ostracised. So my experience does nor match how you think the PLP/Momentum grassroots ‘democracy’ is organised. But that is not my point. My point is about sovereignty and radical responsibility. The finest minds that have ever lived have told us that this world is fully intentional (karmic). The world is not determined by invisible forces, but by personal choice. Choices count: and the total summation of all choices is the… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

I totally AGREE with ‘everything’ you have said. My family have been long time Labour supporters, but lost the will when Bliar came to prominence with his smarm and lies. I knew instinctively that he was a bad apple. Especially when Thatcher said ”Tony Blair and New Labour were her greatest legacies”. As Bevan says WHY IS HE STILL A MEMBER OF THE LABOUR PARTY? Why wasn’t he ex communicated and tried for war crimes along with the ‘full of his own shit’ Alistair Campbell. We all joined the Labour Party when Corbyn came to the fore, and really believed… Read more »

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Maggie You might be interested to read the linked article: “Understanding Russia, undemonizing Putin” by American Sharon Tennison who in 1983 founded the Center [sic] for Citizen Initiatives whose primary purpose is to encourage and promote positive relations between the US and Russia. When I originally read the article on the Consortium News website I emailed Sharon to express my gratitude for her very reasoned profile of President Putin and, in spite of her no doubt hectic schedule, she took time to email me a very warm and appreciative reply. She also added me to the Center’s email list and… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

Thanks for that Judy, I will do that.
Mx

Gary Weglarz
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Gary Weglarz

bevin – I just had 20 minutes of writing disappear with a message that I was “posting too fast.” Damn! So I’ll make this brief. Thank you for your excellent post. From the belly of the beast I thank you. The only hope I see on the horizon is if at least some of the European nations peal away from their subservience to the U.S. empire and join Russia, China, and others in openly opposing our insane immoral military interventions, coups, color revolutions, and regime change by jihadist proxy adventures. Our U.S. economy is a house of cards and would… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

>>I just had 20 minutes of writing disappear with a message that I was “posting too fast.” Damn! So I’ll make this brief.<<
I've had this experience before Gary, so if I write a 'long' post I now cut and paste it to a document first, to ensure that it isn't lost.

Jo
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Jo

Sometimes that notice appears if you press the submit button too long by milliseconds….sometimes going back revives your post again.

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

But behind the USA is Israel and their Sayanim.

dhfabian
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So is the answer to attack the US?

mark
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mark

No.
Let it collapse under its own weight.
Like the GDR in 1989.

James Lawrie
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James Lawrie

‘Resist the US’

Yarkob
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Yarkob

undermine the US at every available turn

BigB
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BigB

We are all Venezuela now: the fate of the Bolivarian Revolution is in our hands. Syria and Venezuela can be the inflection point in a re-orientation to a universal humanism and resocialisation. So I am in total agreement with Andre: no pasaran! But I am left wondering: by what mechanism? What is the praxis by which the Bolivarian socialist revolution shall become the internationalle of a humanist eco-communalisation? We are all the victims of the dynamics of the system we were born into. There is no blame attached: and let me assume that everyone who might read this is anti… Read more »

crank
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crank

What if the true and only real solution to the oppression of Venezuela – and all tomorrows Venezuelas – is a massive drop in living standards …even supposing that could be done egalitarianly? I wonder: who really wants it?

Exactly this.

dhfabian
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AOC’s “Green New Deal” has nothing to do with FDR’s New Deal, and certainly nothing to do with socialism. On socialism, think: Liberals spent the past quarter-century calling on us to protect the advantages of the better-off, the middle/working class, within our capitalist system. Americans are hard-wired to believe that people are deserving only of what they, personally, can afford to purchase, and this includes the most basic human rights (food and shelter). Because this ideology dominates, there is no chance of the US leaning toward socialism.

Joerg
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Joerg

WHERE IS THE PEACE-MOVEMENT?
A hundred years ago people where much farther: Read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertha_von_Suttner .
On German wikipedia (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertha_von_Suttner) you can even read that in 1904 they had “peace-education in American schools” (“Friedensunterricht an amerikanischen Schulen”)!

bevin
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bevin
balkydj
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Another surface scratched 😉

in the backyard ,

of greener grazing ,

patterns of behaviour ,

disposable human resources ,

intent on resources ,

brutal chain gang ,

Connect the dots ,

^^^ Venezuelan Vortex Guaido ^^^

Weaponised Geopolitical Engineering

Geo-engineering weather whiplash ,

Floating climate change ,

Out of control ,

Intent on controlling ,

any collateral damage ,

Get big picture ?

Not the Guardian !

bevin
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bevin

Sorry that was meant to be a reply-by way of amplification-to Gary Weglarz.

vierotchka
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Excellent, so true.

Schlüter
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The most important step would be if Europeans stop their governments of being supportive vassals of the US Empire!
“Europe: There Will be no Peace and no Social Progress Without a Revolution Against US Dominance!”: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/europe-there-will-be-no-peace-and-no-social-progress-without-a-revolution-against-us-dominace-deutschland-europa-es-wird-keinen-frieden-und-keinen-sozialen-fortschritt-ohne-eine-revolution-gegen/

Gary Weglarz
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Gary Weglarz

Thank you Mr. Vltchek. And who does the empire bring in to oversee it’s criminal intervention program in Venezuela? Elliot freaking Abrams – the spawn of satan. Few beings are walking the planet today that can claim more blood, more torture, more terrorizing of innocent people and more mass murder than Abrams. Abrams was the architect of the “death squad democracies” of Central America in the 1980’s. The death-squad slaughter of tens of thousands in El Salvador and Guatemala in order to insure the continued rule of the small local pro-U.S. oligarchy has become known as the “Salvador Option” among… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

@ Gary,

Ilhan Omar has really owned Abrams, showing him up for the lying scum he is.
https://www.libertybugle.com/backlash-grows-over-ilham-omars-viciously-offensive-question-at-congressional-hearing/

So the ‘big guns’ are really after her now, branding her an anti-semite.…..

THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LACKING IN OUR PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM!
Someone who has the guts to research and speak the truth, regardless of their own safety, or monetary gain.

Who the hell do AIPEC and the Jewish Lobby think they are?

Robert Laine
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Stopping a US military invasion is paramount to avoiding another Iraq, etc. This means stopping the neo-con axis of evil (Bolton-Pompeo-Abrams) from triggering the military option. Trump is the wild card. Apparently he got interested in Venezuela when the wife of political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez visited the White House and decided to help. I can see him telling Bolton to deal with it as he headed for the first tee. Thrilled, Bolton probably hatched an overkill (no pun intended) strategy. As head of the National Security apparatus (CIA) etc. it is his job to ensure world hegemony for the US… Read more »

Purple Library Guy
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Purple Library Guy

Leopoldo Lopez isn’t a political prisoner. He’s an old fashioned “in jail for committing crimes” prisoner. Sure, he committed the crimes for political reasons, but it wasn’t the politics he got put in jail for, it was the incitement to violence and conspiring terrorism. You can tell because there’s all those other people with the same politics doing and saying things that would totally get them jailed in the UK or Canada, let alone the US, walking around free getting interviewed on Venezuelan national TV.

Robert Laine
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@Purple Library Guy (great name btw). Thanks for the reply. I used the term “political” prisoner rather than “common criminal” prisoner because at the time (2014) Lopez was involved in a peaceful protest march, a political act, and was the leading presidential candidate for the opposition. The violence and resulting deaths were mainly caused by armed motorized “collectives”. This was a group struggle, not an individual act and was a challenge to the existing power structure.