Venezuela Coverage and Analysis

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Venezuela Update: UN Human Rights Report, More Sanctions

Venezuela Update: UN Human Rights Report, More Sanctions

March 24, 2019

UN Human Rights Commissioner presented a critical report on Venezuela, which the government denounced for ignoring opposition violence. Meanwhile, the Trump administration introduced even more sanctions on the economically reeling country

Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela

Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela

March 14, 2019

Temir Porras, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under Hugo Chavez, says Guaidó’s assertion on Fox News is a violation of the Venezuelan constitution; Porras says the only way to avoid a blood bath is a negotiated political solution

Venezuela Update: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare?

Venezuela Update: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare?

March 13, 2019

While Venezuela struggled with the most massive blackout in its history, president Maduro said there is evidence that a US cyber-attack caused the blackout. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials continue the offensive against Venezuela and the NYT uncovers false reporting

Paul Jay interviews Adriano Espaillat

U.S. Rep. Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela and Recognition of Guaidó

March 1, 2019

U.S. Congressmember Andriano Espaillat (D-NY 13th) calls for free and fair elections in Venezuela and critiques the double standard of U.S. policy, which calls for democracy in Venezuela yet is in bed with anti-democratic right wing governments in Central America – with Paul Jay

The “Permanent War State” Aims to Plunder Venezuela - Wilkerson and Jay

The “Permanent War State” Aims to Plunder Venezuela – Wilkerson and Jay

February 26, 2019

Trump promises “democracy and freedom” to Venezuela, delivered by Elliott Abrams who brought you illegal wars, coups, and support for dictatorships; and Mike Pompeo and VP Pence, both with deep ties to the Koch brothers who need Venezuelan heavy crude to feed their Texas refinery – Col. Larry Wilkerson joins TRNN’s Paul Jay

Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored

Massive Protest in Support of the Bolivarian Revolution Largely Ignored

February 25, 2019

While the world’s attention was focused on the Venezuelan opposition, as it tried to transport US aid into Venezuela against the government’s will, a major protest took place in Caracas that was opposed to US intervention in Venezuela.

"Hands Off Venezuela" Rallies Held in Cities Around the World

“Hands Off Venezuela” Rallies Held in Cities Around the World

February 25, 2019

TRNN correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports on a protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office in Ottawa, Canada

Canada's "Humanitarian Aid" for Venezuela: Provocation or Genuine Concern?

Canada’s “Humanitarian Aid” for Venezuela: Provocation or Genuine Concern?

February 24, 2019

Canadian analyst Yves Engler discusses the history of Canadian humanitarian aid, which all too often works to support US foreign policy interests and have nothing to do with genuine concern for people’s suffering

What is at Stake in Venezuela: National Sovereignty

What is at Stake in Venezuela: National Sovereignty

February 22, 2019

NYU history professor Greg Grandin discusses the history of the concept of national sovereignty as it originated in Latin America, but was repeatedly challenged by the US. The latest US threats against Venezuela once again threatens to make the concept irrelevant and would serve as justification for more unilateral interventions

US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse than Iraq Sanctions Before War

US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse than Iraq Sanctions Before War

February 22, 2019

News about humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela almost never compare how tiny a fraction this aid is relative to the devastating damage that US sanctions against Venezuela have caused, which is now as draconian as the pre-Iraq war sanctions were, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy - Paul Jay (Pt1/2)

Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy – Paul Jay

February 21, 2019

Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy – Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman

Venezuela: The Epicenter of the "Pink Tide" and Now of the Right-Wing Rollback

Venezuela: The Epicenter of the “Pink Tide” and Now of the Right-Wing Rollback

February 20, 2019

The effort to rollback Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution must be seen as part of a determined effort to pry open all economies to transnational capital – it’s about access, says sociologist of globalization William I. Robinson

Does Recognition of Parallel Gov't in Venezuela Violate International Law?

Does Recognition of Parallel Gov’t in Venezuela Violate International Law?

February 15, 2019

A recent study conducted by the German parliament’s independent scientific research service found that international recognition of the self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó probably constitutes a violation of international law. We discuss the study’s implications with Andrej Hunko, who commissioned the study

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister: “Washington Hijacked Guaidó”

February 13, 2019

In an exclusive interview with TRNN, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says Guaido has not accepted the Pope’s offer to negotiate since he is being directed by Washington

Danny Glover on the Conflict Over Venezuela

February 12, 2019

Actor and activist Danny Glover places the conflict over Venezuela in the context of a long history of US-led coups in Latin America

Mexico's Lopez Obrador's Position on Venezuela Marks Return to Foreign Policy Tradition

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador’s Position on Venezuela Marks Return to Foreign Policy Tradition

February 10, 2019

Mexico is making a large contribution towards the prevention of civil war in Venezuela, by returning to long-established foreign policy tradition of neutrality, which the previous president had completely abandoned, says John Ackerman

Blood for Oil in Venezuela?

Blood for Oil in Venezuela?

February 10, 2019

Vijay Prashad discusses the extent to which US interest in Venezuelan oil and other natural resources is driving Trump’s policy of seeking regime change. The link is not that straight-forward, but it is there, says Prashad

Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

Geo-Political Realignments Over Venezuela

February 7, 2019

On the heels of the hard-line anti-Maduro Lima Group meeting in Ottawa, countries favoring a negotiated solution, including Uruguay, Mexico, and Bolivia, met in Montevideo on Thursday. The final declaration, however, compromises Venezuela’s sovereignty, according to Bolivia. We discuss the outcome with Miguel Tinker Salas and Greg Wilpert

Trump Administration’s Rejection of Pope’s Mediation Offer Sends Ugly Signal

February 7, 2019

Trump’s efforts to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela reached new heights when it halted a Senate resolution supporting self-proclaimed president Guaidó because it also included a line against the use of US military force in Venezuela. We discuss the ramifications with CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

Conservative Governments of Latin America Plus Canada Endorse Regime Change Efforts in Venezuela

Regime Change Canadian Style for Venezuela

February 5, 2019

The Lima Group met in Ottawa and signed the Ottawa Declaration to oust President Maduro from power in Venezuela. 13 conservative Latin American governments, plus Canada, officially recognized Juan Guaido as the transitional President of Venezuela and accepted Venezuela’s membership to the Lima Group. Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, and Greg Wilpert discuss the outcome