Showdown At The Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening To Evict Peace Activists Inside By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers + Activists Arrested! (updated)

Showdown At The Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening To Evict Peace Activists Inside By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, From Inside the Venezuelan Embassy

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Updated: May 15-17, 2019

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, from inside the Venezuelan embassy
Popular Resistance
May 15, 2019

Writing on Day 36 of the campaign to prevent a US-sponsored coup by protecting the Venezuelan Embassy from illegal takeover.

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Embassy Protection Collective Activists Face Eviction From Venezuela Embassy (updated)

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Face Eviction From Venezuela Embassy

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Updated: May 13-14, 2019

RT America on May 13, 2019

Rick Sanchez breaks the news of the departure of the pro-Maduro Embassy Protection Collective from Venezuela’s embassy in Washington, DC following a trespassing notice from authorities stating that opposition leader Guaido’s “ambassadors” have legal right to the building and ordering its occupants to evacuate. Pro-Guaido protestors chant and cheer as the US Secret Service seems poised to evict the handful of activists who remain inside.

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Humanitarian Aid Blocked from Entering Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. by David Swanson + Medea Benjamin: Venezuelan Embassy’s Power Cut

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2019

Two months ago, I heard a story. You heard it too, if you went anywhere near a television or a newspaper in the United States. The government of Venezuela needed to be overthrown because it wouldn’t allow in humanitarian aid.

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A Military Psy-Ops Campaign in the Heart of Washington is Directed at U.S. Citizens by Pat Elder + Abby Martin on Failed April 30th Coup in Venezuela (Updated)

A Military Psy-Ops Campaign in the Heart of Washington is Directed at U.S. Citizens by Pat Elder + Abby Martin on Failed April 30th Coup in Venezuela

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Updated: May 9, 2019

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War
May 7, 2019

I’ve been studying the Pentagon’s use of psychological tactics in the way it recruits youth into the armed forces for 20 years, so I have a sense of the lack of boundaries practiced by the US government through its military. Now I can report on the psychological tactics employed by the State Department through the Secret Service Police. I spent a week in the besieged Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, and I was exposed to a relentless psychological operations campaign (psy-ops) orchestrated by my government to drive peace activists like myself from the embassy.

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Chris Hedges: From the Bolivarian Revolution and Hugo Chavez to US sanctions and the Overt Attempt to Overthrow Venezuela

Will Griffin: The History of U.S. Imperialism in Venezuela + Max Blumenthal: How US trained Juan Guaido for Regime Change

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 27, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses Venezuela with reporter Ben Norton, from the history of the Bolivarian Revolution and legacy of Hugo Chavez to US sanctions and the overt attempt to overthrow the leadership in Caracas.

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Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

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Venezuela’s Embassy: Activists vs. US Government

TheRealNews on Apr 25, 2019

Activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are ready for a long battle, laying the groundwork for legal challenges as the Trump administration’s Elliot Abrams issues warnings against them.

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Greg Palast: Koch Brothers Behind US Coup In Venezuela

US Hands Off Venezuela Protest Gather58.LafayettePark.WDC.16March2019

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with Greg Palast
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Greg Palast’s website
March 27, 2019

RT America on Mar 26, 2019

For more on the role oil plays as well as the racial dynamic of the US attempt at a coup in Venezuela, we turn to investigative journalist Greg Palast. He discusses the latest developments with RT America’s Manila Chan.

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Jim Kavanagh, et al: US Hands Off Venezuela DC Protest 03.16.19

US Hands Off Venezuela DC Protest and Rally at Lafayette Park, Washington DC on 16 March 2019

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with Jim Kavanagh and Eugene Puryear
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
March 18, 2019

US Hands Off Venezuela Speakers

alchymediatv on Mar 16, 2019

Full HD 60p version of speakers at the March 16 protest opposing US aggression and interference against Venezuela.

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US Stealth War on Venezuela by Finian Cunningham + Maduro calls the massive blackouts a ‘macabre strategy’ to create a level of despair in Venezuela

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Mar. 9, 2019
March 11, 2019

As Venezuela’s nationwide crippling power outage goes into days, rather than hours, the suspicion grows that the South American country has been hit with a mass attack by the United States.

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Abby Martin: US Sanctions are Crimes Against Humanity + The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies by John Pilger

Hands Off Venezuela - NYC Feb 4 2019

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Feb 22, 2019

On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.

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Jim Kavanagh: The Trump Administration’s Attacks On Pres. Maduro Are Nothing More Than Overt Imperialism

Oppose the imperialist coup in Venezuela!

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with Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 20, 2019

RT America on Feb 19, 2019

As US politicians are putting rhetoric against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into high gear, US President Donald Trump gave a speech in Miami calling for Maduro to step down and for an end to socialism in Latin America. RT America’s Manila Chan interviews political analyst Jim Kavanagh to discuss why he considers the Trump administration’s attacks on Maduro as nothing more than “overt imperialism.”

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Kevin Zeese on Venezuela’s Economy: It’s Not Socialism, It’s Abusive Capitalism and US Imperialism

The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

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RT America on Feb 18, 2019

Attorney and author Kevin Zeese joins News.Views.Hughes to argue that calls for regime-change in Venezuela constitute a US push to seize Venezuelans’ natural resources and that President Nicolas Maduro has the support of the Venezuelan people, that economic sanctions and a global drop in oil prices are behind the country’s economic problems and that “the people of Venezuela oppose US domination.”

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David Swanson: The Dirty Truth About NATO

NATO Summit Protest

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 17, 2019

Redacted Tonight on Feb 14, 2019

David Swanson visits VIP this week to discuss the upcoming ‘No to NATO, Yes to Peace Festival‘ in Washington DC this April 3-4. They discuss peace activism and the current state of international affairs.

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The Siege of Venezuela and The Travails of Empire by Jim Kavanagh (must-read)

Eva Golinger: Venezuela is in the Center of a Geopolitical Battlefield

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 14, 2019

Here’s the bullet-point version:

  • It’s imperialism.
  • It’s American imperialism, a bipartisan national project.
  • American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power.
  • It’s a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force.
  • It’s trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism.
  • There’s no such thing as Progressive Except Imperialism.

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The Venezuelan Myth by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
February 10, 2019

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders advisor Prof. Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The real limit on spending is not an artificially imposed debt ceiling but a lack of labor and materials to do the work, leading to generalized price inflation. Only when that real ceiling is hit does the money need to be taxed back, and then not to fund government spending but to shrink the money supply in an economy that has run out of resources to put the extra money to work.

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