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Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Liberals use ‘human rights’ to push coup in Venezuela

    As part of their effort to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s government, Ottawa has funded and promoted a slew of groups and individuals critical of human rights in Venezuela. And a recent report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights gave a boost to Canada’s faltering coup bid in that South American country. Overseen by former social democratic Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, the report paints Venezuelan security forces as extremely violent and the government as politically repressive.

  • Venezuela’s Guaido Investigated for Aid Embezzlement

    Venezuelan authorities have opened a new criminal investigation against self-declared “Interim President” Juan Guaido for his role in the “humanitarian aid” corruption scandal unveiled over the weekend. Attorney General Tarek William Saab named Guaido as the accused “mastermind” behind the crimes, arguing that the opposition leader “personally directed the corruption mafia.” The investigation will focus on accusations of money laundering, corruption, and criminal association, and will be led by two public prosecutors.

  • Who Is Reporting That Trump Sanctions Have Killed Thousands of Venezuelans?

    I wrote on June 14 about Reuters burying a study by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot that links US-imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela in August 2017 to an estimated 40,000 deaths by the end of 2018. The study is the clearest evidence of the devastating impact US policy is having on the people of Venezuela. Below is a list of English-language outlets that, according to the Nexis news database, mentioned the study as of June 17. They are overwhelmingly non-US outlets.

  • Ottawa supports status quo in original banana republic

    Ten years ago, Ottawa tacitly supported the Honduran military’s removal of elected president Manuel Zelaya. During the past decade Canada has strongly allied itself to those backing the coup who continue to rule the Central American country. It was not until almost every country in the hemisphere denounced the June 28, 2009, coup that Ottawa finally did so but Canada did not explicitly call for Zelaya’s return to power.

  • Meet the hired gun Ottawa is using to overthrow the Venezuelan government

    Recently Global Affairs Canada tendered a contract for an individual to coordinate its bid to oust President Nicolás Maduro. Canadian taxpayers are paying a hardline pro-corporate, pro-Washington, former diplomat hundreds of thousands of dollars to coordinate the Liberal government’s bid to oust Venezuela’s government. Surely, there is someone in the House of Commons willing to inquire about Canada’s Elliot Abrams?

  • The Bolivarian Revolution and the Warmongering ‘Pacifists’

    After the 2013 election of President Nicolás Maduro following the death of Hugo Chávez, the United States supported the all too often violent opposition protests against the legal election, resulting in a pretext for President Obama’s Venezuela legislation in 2014, designed to sanction individuals in the Bolivarian Republic as a lever of economic punishment with the goal of creating hurdles for Chavista political officials and a section of the state.

  • Trudeau government squeezes Cuba

    Recently, the Canadian Embassy in Havana closed its Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship section. Now, most Cubans wanting to visit Canada or get work or study permits will have to travel to a Canadian embassy in another country to submit their documents. In some cases Cubans will have to travel to another country at least twice to submit information to enter Canada. The draconian measure has already undercut cultural exchange and family visits.

  • Why is Ottawa aligning itself with Venezuela’s most anti-democratic elements?

    Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular’s bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Venezuelans require a vibrant opposition that challenges the government. They don’t need Canada to boost an electorally marginal party that drives the country into increasing conflict.

  • U.S. dollar hegemony forcing regime change in Venezuela

    Despite threats after pompous threats and false accusations and failed coup attempts, President Maduro holds on to a solid backing of six million voters who supported him, more than two thirds of those who went to the ballots, on 20 May 2018. He also has the solid support of the military, who have a revolutionary integrity and conscience unknown to the west. And not least, he has the support of Russia and China. Nevertheless, the United States will not let go. Why do they risk everything – even a devastating war?

  • We can’t confront climate change without stopping imperialism

    Western imperialist forces are attempting to overthrow the Venezuelan government to attain more profitable and stable sites for long-term investment. We can’t come anywhere close to combating climate change without preventing the violent privatization of oil assets in the few remaining countries that adhere to a set of anti-neoliberal politics.

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