The Latest Threats To Life As We Know It by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 9, 2013

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The Anti-Empire Report

Would you believe that the United States tried to do something that was not nice against Hugo Chávez?

Wikileaks has done it again. I guess the US will really have to get tough now with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

In a secret US cable to the State Department, dated November 9, 2006, and recently published online by WikiLeaks, former US ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to destabilize the government of the late President Hugo Chávez. The cable begins with a Summary:
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Covering the Somali famine- of news By William Bowles

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on Strategic Culture Foundation
4 August, 2011

Somalia - Boho refugee camp - water distributi...

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Over the past days BBC news coverage of the famine in Somalia has been saturating the airwaves and it’s always like this whenever ‘natural disasters’ strike. Fundamentally it’s little more than a fund-raising promo paid for with our taxes as endlessly repeated shots of emaciated babies and dying people serves no informative purpose except to tug covetously at our purse strings. And of course it has the added benefit of distracting us from our own condition – until the next crisis comes our way.

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Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti (2007)

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 31, 2011

There is a “mystery” we must explain: How is it that as corporate investments and foreign aid and international loans to poor countries have increased dramatically throughout the world over the last half century, so has poverty? The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. What do we make of this?

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Billion Dollar Bill Shows How Foreign Aid Works

Dandelion Salad

 on Jul 29, 2011

"Hungry Drink Shell"

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Let him show you how aid deals really work…

In short poverty is manmade by amoral people like Bill.

It is not conspiracy — it’s structural economic behaviour locked into Western Foreign Policy and therefore the global economy. It’s branded aid but really its neo-colonialism.
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Obama Requests Funding For Venezuelan Opposition in 2012 Budget by Eva Golinger

by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
February 17, 2011

The US government is setting the terrain for the 2012 presidential elections in Venezuela, soliciting funding to back anti-Chavez groups and help prepare a “candidate” to oppose Chavez. Republicans call for an “embargo” against the oil-producing nation.

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Setting the Record Straight on Venezuela and Hugo Chavez by Eva Golinger

Chávez holds a miniature copy of the 1999 Vene...

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by Eva Golinger
Global Research, January 9, 2011

With so much misinformation circulating in different media outlets around the world about Venezuela and President Hugo Chavez, it’s time to set the record straight. Venezuela is not a dictatorship and President Chavez is no dictator. Just last evening the Venezuelan head of state participated in a meeting with a group of housing activists, who not only criticized – live on television – government policies and inaction on tenant and housing issues, but also proposed laws, regulations and projects that were received with open arms by Chavez himself. And last week, the Venezuelan President vetoed a law on higher education that had been approved by the prior year’s majority pro-Chavez legislature, calling for more “open and wide” debate on the subject, to include critics and those who had protested the bill. That is not the behavior of a brutal dictator.

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Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans to Destabilize Venezuela by Eva Golinger

by Eva Golinger
Global Research, December 16, 2010

State Department documents published by Wikileaks evidence Washington’s plans to “contain” Venezuela’s influence in the region and increase efforts to provoke regime change

A substantial portion of the more than 1600 State Department documents Wikileaks has published during the past two weeks refer to the ongoing efforts of US diplomacy to isolate and counter the Venezuelan government.

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Eva Golinger: US using democracy promotion as disguise for regime change

RTAmerica | November 18, 2010

The United States used to send military aid to opposing political regimes in countries it wanted to see overthrown. These days the United States sends a different type of aid, US taxpayer money is paying for “democracy promotion”, a way for the US to influence elections in other countries that will help the US agenda abroad. Lawyer and Author Eva Golinger points out there are many organizations in other countries that are open to this funding, when it comes under the disguise of democracy promotion.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2002)

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Note: replaced video July 4, 2017

Halomaster7 on Nov 5, 2009

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is a 2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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Behind the Coup in Ecuador – The Attack on ALBA By Eva Golinger

By Eva Golinger
Translation: Machetera
Oct. 1, 2010

The latest coup attempt against one of the countries in the Bolivarian Alliance For The People of Our America (ALBA) is attempt to impede Latin American integration and the advance of revolutionary democratic processes.  The rightwing is on the attack in Latin America.  Its success in 2009 in Honduras against the government of Manuel Zelaya energized it and gave it the strength and confidence to strike again against the people and revolutionary governments in Latin America.
The elections of Sunday, September 26th in Venezuela, while victorious for the Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV), also ceded space to the most reactionary and dangerous destabilizing forces at the service of imperial interests. The United States managed to situate key elements in the Venezuelan National Assembly, giving them a platform to move forward with their conspiratorial schemes to undermine Venezuelan democracy.

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Coup In Ecuador + President Rafael Correa Rescued/Coup Thwarted by Eva Golinger


by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
4 PM
Sept. 30, 2010


Follow @Evagolinger on Twitter for up to the minute updates on the Ecuador situation.

A third coup d’etat is underway against a nation member of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA), a Latin American bloc of nations that opposes US hegemony in the region and has created new mechanisms for trade and integration based on principles of solidarity and independence from imperial powers.

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Is the US trying to “fix” Venezuela? Eva Golinger explains

RTAmerica | September 14, 2010

In 2002, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) arrived in Venezuela with a mission: Remove Hugo Chavez from power. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez then stood up at the UN in 2006 calling former US President George W. Bush “the devil” for meddling in foreign affairs. Eva Golinger has reported that USAID has been operating in Venezuela for over eight years attempting to remove Hugo Chavez from office in Venezuela.

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US Interference In Venezuelan Elections by Eva Golinger

by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
Sept. 9, 2010

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[Ver este artículo en español aquí]

In 2002, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) arrived in Venezuela with a mission: Remove Hugo Chavez from power

A report commissioned by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and published in May 2010 by the Spanish Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) revealed that this year alone, international agencies are investing between $40-50 million in anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela. A large part of those funds have been channeled to the opposition coalition, Democratic Unity (MUD), and its campaign for the upcoming legislative elections on September 26.

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Newly declassified documents reveal More than $97 million from USAID to separatist projects in Bolivia

Dandelion Salad

by Eva Golinger
Bolivia Rising
May 22, 2009

Recently declassified documents obtained by investigators Jeremy Bigwood and Eva Golinger reveal that the US Agency for International Development USAID has invested more than $97 million in “decentralization” and “regional autonomy” projects and opposition political parties in Bolivia since 2002. The documents, requested under the Freedom of Information Act FOIA, evidence that USAID in Bolivia was the “first donor to support departmental governments” and “decentralization programs” in the country, proving that the US agency has been one of the principal funders and fomenters of the separatist projects promoted by regional governments in Eastern Bolivia.

Decentralization and separatism

The documents confirm that USAID has been managing approximately $85 million annually in Bolivia during the past few years, divided amongst programs related to security, democracy, economic growth and human investment. The Democracy Program is focused on a series of priorities, the first outlined as “Decentralized democratic governments: departmental governments and municipalities”. One document, classified as “sensitive”, explains that this particular program began when USAID=2 0established an Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI) en Bolivia during 2004. The OTIs are a division of USAID that function as rapid response teams to political crises in countries strategically important to US interests. The OTI only address political issues, despite USAID’s principal mission dedicated to humanitarian aid and development assistance, and they generally have access to large amounts of liquid funds in order to quickly and efficiently achieve their objectives. The OTI operate as intelligence agencies due to their relative secrecy and filtering mechanism that involves large contracts given to US companies to operate temporary offices in nations where OTI requires channeling millions of dollars to political parties and NGOs that work in favor of Washington’s agenda. After the failed coup d’etat against President Chávez in April 2002, USAID set up an OTI in Venezuela two months later, in June 2002, with a budget over $10 million for its first two years. Since then, the OTI has filtered more than $50 million through five US entities that set up shop in Caracas subsequently, reaching more than 450 NGOs, political parties and programs that support the opposition to President Chávez.


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