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maandag 14 augustus 2017

Venezolaanse regering treedt terecht op tegen de uiterst gewelddadige oppositie!!

Anti-Media bracht afgelopen zaterdag een artikel van Geopolitics Alert over de chaos in Venezuela. De schrijver, Jim Carey stelt dat men in de VS maanden aaneen iedereen aan het woord laat, als deze maar spuugt op de regering Maduro....... Als een religieus voorschrift herhalen de reguliere (massa-) media deze verhalen, die echter maar één kant van het verhaal laten horen, een leugenachtig verhaal, of ronduit leugens wel te verstaan......

Economische isolatie van Venezuela door vooral de VS en onder druk van de VS, hebben velen in diepe ellende gestort, echter de oppositieleiders die beweren in dezelfde ellende te leven, zijn voor het overgrote deel welgestelde figuren, die het aan niets ontbreekt. Opvallend overigens, dat de oligarchen nooit hebben hoeven vluchten, ook niet onder Chavez, deze figuren gooien overdag met stenen en begeven zich 's nachts in het nachtleven, waar ze horeca gelegenheden bezoeken, waar het grootste deel van de Venezolanen alleen maar van kan dromen......

De VS heeft haar winkelketens, die supermarkten in Venezuela hebben, al een paar jaar geleden opgedragen de winkels niet langer te bevoorraden, waarmee voor de gewone burgers de ellende begon. Dit is overigens maar één van de maatregelen uit de smerige VS koker...... Vergeleken met Oekraïne en Syrië is er één groot verschil, de VS doet zelfs geen moeite haar steun aan 'de gematigde oppositie' (uiterst gewelddadig) te verbergen......

Vanaf 2009 zou de VS 49 miljoen euro in de oppositie van Venezuela hebben gestoken, reken maar dat dit bedrag in de praktijk een stuk hoger ligt..........

Overigens geldt wat betreft het verslaan van de demonstraties en rellen hetzelfde voor de reguliere (massa-) media in de EU landen en dus ook in ons land. Maduro is de kwaaie pier en de oppositie is geweldloos en zo heilig als Maria....... Terwijl het grootste geweld wordt gebruikt door deze oppositie........

An anti-government protester wields a shotgun taken from security forces during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, May 8, 2017. The protest movement has drawn masses of people into the streets nearly every day since March, has left some three dozen dead. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

Lees dit prima artikel en geeft het door, onder het volgende artikel vindt u nog een aantal links over Venezuela en wat daar echt aan de gang is:

Why the Venezuelan Government Is Right to Resist the Venezuelan Opposition

August 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Written by Jim Carey

(GPA) — The US corporate media has spent months championing the cause of everyone they know in Venezuela, even the slightest of publicly known figures, as long as they are willing to go on record and slander the government of Nicolas Maduro. These quotes are religiously parroted by every major US media outlet that only wants readers, viewers and listeners to hear one side of the ongoing fight in Venezuela.

This article is meant to help clear up a lot of the questions that are left unanswered by US media, and to do that, we have to dissect a few key aspects of the current situation. In order to understand the Venezuelan opposition better, we should look closely at three key pieces of this puzzle:
  1. Who the opposition is and the methods they use.
  2. US backing of the opposition and what happens in other countries where US backed opposition is allowed to operate.
  3. And finally, what exactly the alleged “brutal crackdowns” by Maduro have actually entailed.

The Venezuelan Opposition: Peaceful Resistance or the ‘Moderate Rebels’ of Caracas?

If your primary source for news on the crisis in Venezuela is the US corporate media, it’s likely you have a certain image that comes to mind when you hear about the Venezuelan opposition. If you believe outlets like CNN or The New York Times it’s likely you conjure up an image of the opposition as a faceless mass of hungry and poor people risking it all to stand against tyranny in a massive fight for some subjective concepts like “freedom.”

Now this idea of brave everyday people protesting on the ground level probably has some truth behind it, but like most “uprisings” of this nature, the civilians in the street aren’t the ones responsible for the planning and logistics behind the scenes. The truth however, is that the forces that are actually behind this AstroTurf movement* are much more sinister than the average protester and promote methods that are well beyond anything that would be considered ‘peaceful and democratic’ opposition.

The opposition leaders may claim they share in the suffering endured by regular Venezuelans, and feel the same pain as those hurt the most by the economic isolation of the country but this is hardly the reality of their lives. In truth, many of the people who are seen as the leaders of the anti-Maduro movement (and who provide organizers essential financial support) live lives of extreme comfort and luxury while their pawns go hungry.

Many of the opposition leaders and financiers actually come from the wealthiest strata of Venezuelan society. While almost everyone is aware that the main driver of the Venezuelan economy is the nationalized oil industry, many people overlook or are unaware of the fact that most other sectors of the Venezuelan economy are still in the hands of private businesses.

Despite what many people may assume, both Chavez and Maduro had no problem with this arrangement. The most obvious example of this acceptance is the fact that even people like the pre-Chavez corrupt former oil tycoons still remain in Caracas with their stockpiles of ill-gotten wealth. These are the people who, in their own words, admit that “by day we throw stones,” and by night enjoy the exclusive night life that regular Venezuelans couldn’t even dream of. These oligarchs and crooks have opposed the government since Hugo Chavez won his first election and began distributing the nation’s wealth to the most poor Venezuelans as well as subsidizing and placing price controls on consumer goods.

And throwing stones isn’t all the opposition does.

Contrary to the rosy image of the opposition painted by US media the truth is that violence is one of their primary tools. The opposition has done everything from hiring poor local teens and providing them crude weapons like molotov cocktails and explosives, calling on international banks to cut off capital and further harm average Venezuelans to encouraging a military coup against the elected government. We know this is true, in part, thanks to independent US journalists who have been brave enough to expose the truth, such as Abby Martin, who opposition protesters promptly threatened to hang.

Now, you may be asking yourself, how does the opposition have the nerve to claim legitimacy and moral superiority while using such despicable methods? The answer to this question should be obvious based on earlier statements about US media’s representation of the opposition. The opposition’s claim of legitimacy is supported by the same people who support violent uprisings from Ukraine to Syria, the US government.

The Open Secret of US Subversion in Venezuela

Much like the recent history of Ukraine or Syria, the opposition in Venezuela persists thanks to political and financial support from Washington. Unlike Ukraine and Syria however, the US doesn’t even attempt to hide their connections to the oligarchs opposing Maduro.

The US shoves this support into the spotlight as an obvious insult to Maduro with the traditional arrogance that is expected when the US exercises what they consider to be their right to interfere in Latin America. There is such an absence of shame in the case of Venezuela that the Trump regime has no problem broadcasting events like when Trump met with the wife of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who himself has taken calls from prominent US figures like Vice-President Mike Pence.

Opposition leaders don’t just enjoy the political lip service that the US gives to anyone who opposes leaders Washington hates. As mentioned above, one major factor that allows the opposition to carry on this way is the millions of dollars sent from the US over the past few years.

Money for the Venezuelan opposition is a crucial piece of Washington’s long-game strategy to topple the Bolivarian government. This cash has been flowing to Caracas since at least 2009, adding up to at least $49 million to date. Congress’ stated purpose behind this “aid” for Venezuela is the same as it is for any country hostile to the US: “promoting democracy, civil society, independent media, and democratic political parties.”

In the 2011 budget, $1 million was specifically designated for “political competition,” showing that similar to US strategies in places like the Middle East, Washington was supporting a mediocre and artificial opposition and waiting for an opportunity to unleash their manufactured leaders. In Venezuela this chance finally presented itself when the price of oil drastically dropped, in part due to market manipulation by the US.

When you lay out all the above factors, it should be obvious why Nicolas Maduro is so committed to fending off his opponents’ attacks. If you look at other countries where the US has used tactics like those employed in Venezuela, Maduro is relatively lucky that it took this long for the opposition to become violent.

Syria, Ukraine and the End Result of US Failures

Two countries where these US policies failed due to either the unexpected resilience of the state (Syria), or the failure to predict organic resistance to intervention (Ukraine), most likely serve as examples of what’s at stake to Maduro.

Syria is a case study in what happens when a “revolution” backed by the US ends, in what is essentially, a failure. Just like Venezuela, the US was so ecstatic that they finally saw an opportunity to topple President Bashar Al Assad that Washington was practically falling all over themselves to find groups to arm and fund.

This ambition for Syria of course ended with the US placing their trust in a variety of Sunni extremists who – predictably – had no intention of taking orders from the CIA or Pentagon. Washington even allowed their future foes in the Islamic State to operate freely with the hope they would get to Damascus. Venezuela’s opposition looks similar to these groups just in a different context. In fact, the Venezuelan opposition even held a fake referendum similar to ridiculous votes organized by the US’s precious Kurds.

Ukraine should also serve as an example; not just to Maduro but to the US and the opposition as well. If the US has their way in Venezuela and basically forces an unpopular oligarch into power they should expect resistance from the millions of people who benefited from and still support the current government. They should also prepare for new dissenters once the new government is installed and actually lays out their presumably neoliberal policies, which aren’t popular anywhere in Central of South America.

These reasons show why the only option available to Maduro is to resist. At the government level Maduro has worked completely within the confines of the law, while still enjoying massive support as evidenced by Venezuela’s voters support for the new Constituent Assembly in a country known for it’s election integrity. As far as what is happening at the street level, we must make sure we take the opposition’s actions into account and understand the damage they could eventually do.

By Jim Carey / Republished with permission / Geopolitics Alert / Report a typo

* Astro Turf movement: een beweging die wordt betaald om protesten te organiseren (zoals in dit geval ook met het terroriseren van een stad, of wijken in een stad), maar de schijn ophoudt dat protesten en acties spontaan uit de bevolking komen.

Zie ook: 'Venezuela: Target of Economic Warfare'

       en: 'Venezuela’s US-Backed Opposition Turns Up The Violence Following Assembly Vote'

       en: '10 Things You Need to Know About the Terrorist Attack in Venezuela'

       en: 'Venezuelans in the Streets to Support Constituent Assembly'

       en: 'What Mainstream Media Got Wrong About Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Vote' (met mogelijkheid tot directe vertaling)

       en: 'The Left and Venezuela' (met mogelijkheid tot directe vertaling)

       en: 'Rondje Venezuela schoppen op Radio1.........'

       en: 'Venezuela moet en zal 'verlost' worden van Maduro, met 'oh wonder' een dikke rol van de VS en de reguliere westerse media'

       en: 'Venezuela ontwricht, wat de reguliere media u niet vertellen........'

       en: 'Venezuela: 'studentenprotest' wordt uitgevoerd door ingehuurde troepen.........'

      en: 'Venezolaanse regionale verkiezingen gehekeld door westen, terwijl internationale waarnemers deze als eerlijk beoordeelden..........'

Na plaatsing toegevoegd: realiseerde me vanavond dat ik nog vergeten ben in te gaan op de uitspraak van Trump, dat hij desnoods Venezuela militair zal aanpakken (als Maduro niet opstapt en zich suïcideert, stel ik me zo voor)....... Militair ingrijpen is inderdaad de laatste stap die de VS in deze gevallen neemt, nadat het de economie van een land voor een groot deel heeft vernietigd en een opstand op poten heeft gezet die niet leidt tot het juiste doel, een 'correcte' VS belangenbehartiging, door het liefst een VS vriendelijke dictator (die op zijn beurt schijt heeft aan het arme deel van de bevolking in zijn land...)........

Zoals gewoonlijk zijn de westerse ministers van Buitenlandse Zaken, zoals PvdA doedelzak Koenders, weer doodstil over deze grove opmerking, uh beter: openlijke bedreiging met oorlog....... Met andere woorden: men vindt het wel best als er alweer door toedoen van de VS duizenden, of zelfs tienduizenden doden vallen.... De NAVO schijnt intussen al aanwezig te zijn in Columbia, een buurland van Venezuela, dus............

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