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A Bad Couple Weeks for Venezuelan Coup-Plotter, by Chris Ernesto

The US attempt to overthrow Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela is no going well. From Chris Ernesto at antiwar.org:

The past couple weeks have not gone as planned for the U.S. and Juan Guaido in their attempt to overthrow Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

The manufactured clash on Feb. 23 for ‘humanitarian aid’ on the border of Venezuela and Colombia was designed to be a victory for the coup-leading opposition leader Guaido and his American handlers. But it flopped and did not turn out as promised.

There were not mass desertions by Venezuela’s military that the US and Guaido heavily relied upon. Reports are that only about 350-500 Venezuelan military personnel defected to Colombia (Venezuela’s military has about 300,000 soldiers, meaning that more than 99% of the soldiers remained loyal to Maduro). Of the few defectors, some of them used a tank to bulldoze their way through barricades and civilians to get into Colombia. All in all, the day did not result in a victory for the US and Guaido, as evidenced by the sour response of Mike Pence as he announced more sanctions targeting Venezuelans.

A few days later, the US faced another setback as Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Germany and Spain reportedly said that deployment of troops in Venezuela is a line that should not be crossed.

In another blow, on February 28, a US resolution at the UN regarding Venezuela was rejected after Russia and China vetoed it (South Africa also voted against it). Without any irony, the US resolution called for the ‘restoration of democracy’ in Venezuela (as they are openly attempting to overthrow the democratically-elected president). US Envoy Elliott Abrams did not pull off a Colin Powell-like performance at the UN, in fact, Abrams gave a sophomoric, clichéd speech. Russia’s envoy, on the other hand, gave a much more reasoned, well-spoken, impassioned and convincing case than did Abrams.

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Making Globalism Great Again, by C.J. Hopkins

The media have compared Trump to Hitler since he won the election, but the comparisons stop when Trump acts like a Hitler and threatens Venezuela with regime change. From C.J. Hopkins at unz.com:

Maybe Donald Trump isn’t as stupid as I thought. I’d hate to have to admit that publicly, but it does kind of seem like he has put one over on the liberal corporate media this time. Scanning the recent Trump-related news, I couldn’t help but notice a significant decline in the number of references to Weimar, Germany, Adolf Hitler, and “the brink of fascism” that America has supposedly been teetering on since Hillary Clinton lost the election. I googled around pretty well, I think, but I couldn’t find a single editorial warning that Trump is about to summarily cancel the U.S. Constitution, dissolve Congress, and proclaim himself Führer. Nor did I see any mention of Auschwitz, or any other Nazi stuff … which is weird, considering that the Hitler hysteria has been a standard feature of the official narrative we’ve been subjected to for the last two years.

So how did Trump finally get the liberal corporate media to stop calling him a fascist? He did that by acting like a fascist (i.e., like a “normal” president). Which is to say he did the bidding of the deep state goons and corporate mandarins that manage the global capitalist empire … the smiley, happy, democracy-spreading, post-fascist version of fascism we live under.

I’m referring, of course, to Venezuela, which is one of a handful of uncooperative countries that are not playing ball with global capitalism and which haven’t been “regime changed” yet. Trump green-lit the attempted coup purportedly being staged by the Venezuelan “opposition,” but which is obviously a U.S. operation, or, rather, a global capitalist operation. As soon as he did, the corporate media immediately suspended calling him a fascist, and comparing him to Adolf Hitler, and so on, and started spewing out blatant propaganda supporting his effort to overthrow the elected government of a sovereign country.

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Juan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn’t Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On, by Roger Harris

The claim of legitimacy with which the US government is cloaking its regime change effort in Venezuela is nothing but a fig leaf. From Roger Harris at counterpunch.org:

Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, was exposed by Cohen and Blumenthal as “a product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers.” Argentinian sociologist Marco Teruggi described Guaidó in the same article as “a character that has been created for this circumstance” of regime change. Here, his constitutional credentials to be interim president of Venezuela are deconstructed.

Educated at George Washington University in DC, Guaidó was virtually unknown in his native Venezuela before being thrust on to the world stage in a rapidly unfolding series of events. In a poll conducted a little more than a week before Guaidó appointed himself president of the country, 81% of Venezuelans had never even heard of the 35-year-old.

To make a short story shorter, US Vice President Pence phoned Guaidó on the evening of January 22rd and presumably asked him how’d he like to be made president of Venezuela. The next day, Guaidó announced that he considered himself president of Venezuela, followed within minutes by US President Trump confirming the self-appointment.

A few weeks before on January 5, Guaidó had been installed as president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, their unicameral legislature. He had been elected to the assembly from a coastal district with 26% of the vote. It was his party’s turn for the presidency of the body, and he was hand-picked for the position. Guaidó, even within his own party, was not in the top leadership.

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Five Reasons Why the US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela Will Probably Fail, by Elias Marat

Maduro will probably remain in power. From Elias Marat at themindunleashed.com:

Events in Venezuela shook the world on Wednesday, with many left wondering if January 23 was the beginning of the end for the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the beginning of a new chapter of U.S. interventionism.

Here are five reasons why it’s unlikely that this latest drama in the South American nation is the “endgame” that the mainstream media is hyping up.

1. “Interim president” … who, what?

On Wednesday, amid massive anti-government mobilizations, the U.S. and a number of Latin American states – along with Canada and some regional organizations such as the Organization of American States – all recognized National Assembly leader Juan Guaido’s self-proclamation that he would thereby be the “interim president” of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

A relatively unknown 35-year-old member of the opposition-held National Assembly can’t simply snap his fingers and assume the presidency, even if he has the diplomatic nods of some powerful countries in the region or across the globe.

To illustrate the absurdity of the move, a comparison would be like Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responding to “not my president” chants at a Women’s March by declaring herself “interim President of the United States of America Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces” – with the consecration of Russia, Turkey, Iran and El Salvador. Such a move to recognize an unelected president as the legitimate leader of the country would fly in the face of the Constitution as well as international law – and such is the case in Venezuela as much as it would be in the U.S.

Guaido only entered the fractured world of opposition lawmakers – who’ve seen a carousel of leaders come and go – in 2015, and was only pulled from relative obscurity into the national and international limelight in the past couple months.

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