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  •  I don't like Chavez but I agree that... (10+ / 0-)

    ...the current situation in Venezuela started when the US was the only country not to recognize the election of Maduro.

    Venezuela's Maduro still waiting on Washington's recognition

    While the US has pledged not to interfere with Venezuelan politics, the refusal to recognize Maduro's presidency has left many to question what message the US is trying to send, and how – if at all – it will impact Venezuela post-Chávez.

    “[The US isn’t] recognizing or failing to recognize,” says David Smilde, professor of sociology at the University of Georgia. “They’re just waiting. But here in Venezuela that’s seen as an act of belligerence.”

    It was the green light for the opposition to start demonstrations that escalated.

    US imperialism in Venezuela goes back over a century.  More recently in 2002 it became blatant;

    Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act ( show that in
    late 2001 and early 2002, the U.S. substantially increased in funding of Venezuelan opposition groups,
    in an effort to create a viable opposition to President Chávez, strengthen that opposition by creating and
    nurturing political parties, and unify that opposition.
    Declassified CIA documents show that State Department and White House officials knew that the
    Venezuelan opposition was planning a coup. A CIA Senior Intelligence Brief from April 6, 2002, reads:
    “Dissident military factions, including some disgruntled senior officers and a group of radical junior
    officers, are stepping up efforts to organize a coup against President Chávez, possibly as early as this
    month… To provoke military action, plotters may try to exploit unrest stemming from opposition
    demonstrations slated for later this month or ongoing strikes at the state-owned oil company PDVSA.”8
    This document was prepared for senior administration officials.

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    by Shockwave on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 04:12:55 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for Your Important Comment. (11+ / 0-)

      The U.S. seems to be giving the green light -- and our taxpaying green dollars -- to fascists all over the world and innocent folks are being killed and maimed thereby.y

      We have to take control over our increasingly fascist government.  If we don't all hang together, we will hang separately, as one of our wise founding fathers pointed out while in the midst of fomenting our own revolution against Britain.  Time for a new one.

      Convict the War Criminals, Surveilers and Fraudsters. Support universal health care, unions, WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden. On Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

      by Justina on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 05:16:51 PM PDT

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    •  Great point. I actually greatly admire and (1+ / 0-)
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      like Chavez. The world misses him, whether it realizes it or not. He to me was a truly positive transformational leader, not only for Venezuela but also for all of the Caribbean and Latin America.

      I did not initially make this clear enough when he died in something I wrote which raised the human rights issue. On balance he is a great hero of the worker. If he'd been around as long as the Castros, he too would have been able to make course corrections which are still ongoing in Cuba. The dominant theme of Justina's diary, which I completely endorse, is that the U.S. should stop fomenting anti-democratic forces in Venezuela and that the elected government has the right to govern and implement socialism. It is amazing that Chavez died without a rightwing assassin's bullet.

      I know the rightwing in the U.S. was trying to do just that. May Maduro also have the time and room to make course corrections. One thing for sure is that the powerful capitalists do not want to see socialism succeed in Venezuela or anywhere else. Dirty tricks abound. They want to create a crisis. Socialists want to help the previously helpless and not accept bs neoliberal solutions and excuses, and for that reason they are opposed endlessly.

      garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

      by Galtisalie on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:17:17 PM PDT

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