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Long Sought US Regime Change in Venezuela - Sun, 21/05/2017 - 21:39
Long Sought US Regime Change in Venezuela
by Stephen Lendman
Venezuela’s sovereign independence, Bolivarian fairness, and world’s largest oil reserves make it a prime US target for regime change - wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing democratic governance.
In mid-February, before taking office as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson said “(i)f confirmed, I would urge close cooperation with our friends in the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela’s neighbors Brazil and Colombia, as well as multilateral bodies such as the OAS, to seek a negotiated transition to democratic rule in Venezuela” - code language for lawless regime change.
He ignored raging US political and economic war, bashing President Nicolas Maduro, calling current made-in-the-USA conditions “largely a product of its incompetent and dysfunctional government, first under Hugo Chavez, and now under his designated successor…”
He outrageously urged imposition of tougher sanctions for what he called human rights abuses and “anti-democratic practices.”
In early May, National Security Advisor HR McMaster met with opposition National Assembly president Julio Borges, agreeing on restoring stability as quickly as possible - by regime change they failed to explain.
According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, they discussed “the need for the government to adhere to the Venezuelan Constitution, release political prisoners, respect the National Assembly, and hold free and democratic elections” - code language for Washington’s regime change intention.
Despite government calls for dialogue and negotiations to resolve things, manipulated violent protests continue - at least 52 deaths since early April, hundreds more injured, many arrested. 
Telesur explained only six victims were killed by police, another six by security forces, others during looting, at barricades, by criminals, a bystander and “other cases.”
Deaths occurred in three of Venezuela’s 23 states along with the Caracas Capital District. Most parts of the country are violence-free. Internal and foreign dark forces manipulated what’s ongoing, destabilizing the country, wanting Maduro ousted.
Opposition elements called for “shak(ing) up the country.” On Thursday, Maduro announced a major deal with Russia. In exchange for monthly wheat imports, Moscow will establish five new industrial vehicle manufacturing companies.
“We are ready. All trade agreements have already been signed, and very soon Russia will supply Venezuela with 60,000 tons of wheat per month on a stable basis starting from this year,” Maduro explained.
A Kremlin statement said Putin “wished the Venezuelan government success in their efforts to return the situation in the country to normal, and stressed the importance of resolving the current problems by acting within the law and in accordance with Venezuela’s legislation.”
Both leaders discussed “current matters regarding the strategic partnership between the two countries and implementation of mutually advantageous projects in various areas.”
Russia is a valued Venezuelan ally, another reason for imperial economic war and weeks of street violence.
Before leaving for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Trump issued a veiled threat, saying “we will do whatever is necessary, and we’ll work together to do whatever is necessary - to” fix Venezuela.
Claiming he means “on a humanitarian level” belies longstanding US regime change plans, previous coup attempts foiled, more intervention to replace Maduro with US-controlled puppet rule virtually certain.
Calling what’s happening “a disgrace to humanity” ignores dirty US hands all over stoked violence and years of economic war.
Maduro, like Hugo Chavez before him, accused Washington numerous times of destabilizing Venezuela. 
In response to new illegal US sanctions, outrageously imposed on eight Supreme Court justices, Maduro responded saying “(e)nough meddling…Go home Donald Trump. Get out of Venezuela. Get your dirty hands out of here.” US viciousness “surpassed all limits.”
What’s ongoing looks like prelude for another coup attempt. The fate of Venezuelan sovereignty, its model democracy, and Bolivarian fairness are at stake.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Phony US Plan to Smash ISIS - Sun, 21/05/2017 - 21:32
Phony US Plan to Smash ISIS
by Stephen Lendman
Washington intends escalated Middle East aggression on the phony pretext of annihilating ISIS, supporting the scourge it claims to oppose, including al-Nusra and likeminded terrorist groups.
On Friday, Defense Secretary Mattis’ announced “accelerated operation” to defeat ISIS was willful deception, saying:
Trump “delegated authority to the right level to aggressively and in a timely manner move against enemy vulnerabilities.”
“(H)e directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS. The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters.”
Fact: America uses ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.
Fact: It’s backing them, not combating them.
Fact: The way to defeat them is by halting support. Without foreign-supplied weapons, training, funding and direction, these groups can’t exist.
Fact: Mattis’ announced shift in tactics means escalated war in Syria for regime change, not cooperation with Russia to responsibly end it.
Mattis: “(T)here has been no change to our rules of engagement, and there has been no change to our continued extraordinary efforts to avoid innocent civilian casualties…(W)e continue all possible efforts to protect the innocent.”
Fact: Unstated US rules of engagement permit anything goes.
Fact: In all its wars, Washington massacres civilians indiscriminately, responsible for countless numbers killed and injured. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies.
Fact: US drone warfare alone mostly kills noncombatant men, women, children, the elderly and infirm, few so-called “high value” individuals eliminated.
Mattis: “We have fought ISIS elements from Southeast Asia to Africa. Collaboration among many nations’ intelligence services continues to complicate and blunt ISIS operations even as ISIS continues to pursue and conduct attacks against the United States and our allies through centralize directed plots, but also through inspired attacks.”
Fact: So-called high-profile ISIS and other alleged terrorist attacks in America and Europe were state-sponsored false flags - incidents used for fear-mongering to justify police state harshness, a pretext for increased military spending and wars of aggression against invented enemies.
Fact: The so-called global war on terrorism and Israeli/Palestinian peace process are the two greatest hoaxes in modern times - letting America, Israel and their rogue allies get away with mass murder.
Fact: So-called Syrian Democratic Forces America supports are cold-blooded killers, terrorists committing gruesome atrocities, mostly harming civilians - with weapons supplied by Washington, NATO, Israel and their rogue allies.
Mattis’ announced “comprehensive international campaign to crush” ISIS is cover for escalated US aggression.
Likely it means increased numbers of US combat troops illegally deployed to Syria, others in regional states to be used as needed.
Russia, government and its allied forces, along with Iranian advisors alone are combating ISIS and other terrorist groups effectively in Syria.
America and its rogue partners in high crimes oppose all sovereign independent states, waging wars of aggression to eliminate them.
Russia is the world’s leading advocate of world peace and stability among major powers - America, NATO, Israel and allied rogue states their mortal enemies.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

Trump's Israel Visit: Bad News for Palestinians - Sun, 21/05/2017 - 21:16
Trump’s Israel Visit: Bad News for Palestinians
by Stephen Lendman
He’s scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion airport around midday Monday - from there to Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence.
He’ll meet with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem during his stay. His agenda is entirely one-sided, serving Israeli interests, scorning Palestinian rights, the way it’s always been by America throughout Israel’s sordid history.
Palestinians called for a Tuesday day of rage during his West Bank visit, demonstrations unlikely to be close to where he’ll be - so he won’t see firsthand how they feel, America their enemy, not ally.
In a Saturday “call for unity and assimilation with our brave (political) prisoners,” West Bank Palestinian groups called for public rallies to reject resumption of dead-on-arrival peace talks.
They’re orchestrated and controlled by Israel and Washington, a worthless exercise each time initiated, always ending the same way, Palestinians offered nothing but continued subjugation under occupation harshness.
A Palestinian statement called for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday strike action, coinciding with Trump’s visit.
Higher Follow-Up Committee Citizens of Israel members expressed support - including for hundreds of courageous hunger strikers, Sunday their 35th day of grueling abstinance.
Activists in West Bank towns and villages were urged to block roads in solidarity with strikers. They expressed outrage over longstanding one-sided US support for Israel, Palestinian rights ignored.
Trump earlier saying concluding a peace agreement isn’t “as difficult as people have thought over the years” shows profound ignorance and contempt for long-suffering Palestinians.
During his visit, media reports suggest he won’t announce moving Washington’s embassy to Jerusalem. 
If authorized, America would be the only country recognizing Israel with its embassy in the UN-designated international city  - a relocation fiercely opposed by Palestinians and Arab countries.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.



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