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Ingeniería Una Revolución

by Oui Thu Feb 7th, 2019 at 07:52:03 PM EST

From Cuban exiles in Florida and Marco Rubio to the leading elites from Venezuala lobbying U.S. Congress and the White House. Undoubtedly a plot engineered in CIA HQ and the Pentagon's Southern Command. Many countries have succumbed under the onslaught of right-wing politicians and the deep pockets with money from oligarchs. The announcement in January took me by surtrise, I was aghast as a dozen or so nations immediately recognized Juan Guaidó as new interim president. EU countries followed suit after a ridiculous condition placed on Maduro to immediately hold new presidential elections, or else.

Leopoldo López led the opposition's challenge to Maduro from house arrest but could his protege thwart his own ambitions?

Under cover of the "shutdown" and bickering between Republicans and Democrats about building the Trump Grand Wall on the border with Mexico ...

More below the fold ...

This man plotted Guaido's rise -- and still dreams of leading Venezuela | The Guardian |

Published:  February 07, 2019 16:23 By Joe Parkin Daniels, Tom Phillips and Sabrina Siddiqui

When Juan Guaidó declared himself Venezuela's interim president last month, he appeared to leapfrog a generation of rival opposition leaders and offer a dramatic way past the infighting and tactical differences that had hobbled previous efforts to unseat Nicolás Maduro.

But the rise of the fresh-faced opposition leader was orchestrated by a Harvard-educated economist with a checkered history in Venezuelan politics, who continues to direct opposition strategy and coordinate with US and regional officials from under house arrest in Venezuela.

Interviews with Venezuelan opposition figures and officials in Washington have confirmed that Leopoldo López, a divisive former mayor of a Caracas borough, helped engineer Guaidó's meteoric rise - and still harbours ambitions to become Venezuela's next president.

López has long been a polarising figure, advocating a more confrontational approach than some other opposition leaders. "He is often described as arrogant, vindictive, and power-hungry - but party officials also concede his enduring popularity, charisma, and talent as an organiser," a Caracas-based US diplomat wrote in a 2009 cable published by WikiLeaks.

After anti-government protests in 2014, López was given a 14-year prison sentence for inciting violence, following a trial activists denounced as politically motivated and flawed.

Winning over Trump

Convinced that support from the White House would be crucial to toppling Maduro, López and his allies have made a concerted effort to win over the Trump administration.

Sources confirmed scores of meetings between US officials and López surrogates - including Tintori - in Washington and around the globe.


The campaign was further boosted last year when Brazil and Colombia elected rightwing leaders, Jair Bolsonaro and Iván Duque, both of whom had campaigned promising a harder line towards Maduro.

The multi-pronged diplomatic assault yielded the results López had been waiting years for when Juan Guaidó received a call from Pence on 22 January.

A US official with knowledge of the call said Pence promised Guaidó that the Trump government would back him if he took the presidential oath amid mass demonstrations planned for the next day.

Venezuela: who is Juan Guaidó, the man who declared himself president? | The Guardian |
Trump packs foreign policy team with Cuba hardliners from Florida | Politico – Aug. 31, 2018 |

Florida's Worst Politicians Are Crafting Trump's Plan for Venezuelan Regime Change

Where does Donald Trump get his ideas for the crackdown on Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro?

From this group of unfeeling toad-people hell-bent on nothing except abusing the political process to accumulate power, money, and prestige: Iran-Contra veteran and war hawk John Bolton, death-squad backer Elliott Abrams, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — and a massive coven of Florida's top lawmakers including Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former Miami State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS).

Trump stumps to Bay of Pigs vets in Little Havana | Miami Herald – Oct. 25, 2016 |

See all the starving Venezuelans on Juan's timeline. Looks a little bit like a UNICEF advertisement: Feed the hungry. With USAID.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 05:19:02 PM EST
AP | US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid
"Two of three scheduled Air Force C-17 cargo planes that took off from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida had landed in Cucuta", Columbia.

Expected humanitarian aid

  • food kits: 5,000 Venezuelans for 10 days
  • hygiene kits: 7,500 Venezuelans for 10 days
  • ready-to-use supplementary foods (RUSF): 6,700 children for 2 months
  • High-energy biscuits: 10,000 children for 1 month
  • Emergency medical kits: 10,000 for 3 months
  • miscellany: blankets, water containers, kitchen sets, water bladders

Red Cross, UN Slam `Politicised' USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela
The Red Cross [ICRC] currently provides medical assistance to a number of Venezuelan hospitals under pre-existing and recently expanded international agreements with Maduro's government.
"Humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York last Wednesday.
2019 US trade sanctions against Venezuela
Trump administration hits ["alleged currency scheme"] with new sanctions, 8 Jan
US hits Venezuela with oil sanctions to pressure Maduro, 28 Jan

archived sanctions since 2006

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 17th, 2019 at 12:27:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
There are many strange critiques of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's appearance with news presenters MADDOW and MATTHEWS after the SOTU. (Address and response transcripts @ eurotrib.com "News and Views" section). So I finally transcribed remarks about "socialism".

I have given this 00:6:35 segment, embedded at RealClearPolitics.com, a new, absolutely politic title, "MSNBC hosts interview Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ana-Maria Archila" (5 Feb 2019). I will skip the first three-minute invocation of the power of Assoc. Justice Kavanaugh to destroy the lives of every body living in the USA --as including this might easily be construed by some readers as "ad hominem attack" on the specific question posed.


MATTHEWS:What did you make of the president's, I thought, pretty aggressive statement of Venezuela tonight? And he talked about [it] beeing a socialist country and how we're never going to be a socialist country. It was pretty truculent, but it tied the notion of socialism to that particular regime. How, what do you think about the president and why he did that?
AOC: Well, I think, I think that he needs to do it because  he feels like, he feels himself losing on the issues. Every single policy proposal that we have adopted and presented to the American public has been overwhelmingly popular, even some with a majority of republican voters supporting what we're talking about. We talked about a 70% marginal tax rate on incomes over $10M. 60% of Americans approve it. 70% of Americans believe in improved and expanded Medicare for all. A very large amount of Americans believe that we need to do something about climate change and that's an existential threat to ourselves and to our children. And so I think he sees himself losing on the issues . He sees himself losing on the wall, on the wall on the southern border. And he needs to grasp at ad hominem attack, and this is his way of doing it. But what we really need to realize is that what is happening is, this is an issue about authoritarian regime versus democracy. And in order for him to try to dissuade or throw people of the scent of the trail, he has to really make and confuse the public. And I think that is exactly what he's trying to do.

[emphasis added - ed.]

My understanding is: Authoritarian regime is the true argument (AOC); socialist regime is the false argument (DJT). This rhetorical distinction places Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in the general-purpose "meddling" group for removing the dictator in order to establish democracy in Venezuela.

archived capitalists
VIDEO:Max Blumenthal asks members of Congress if the US is meddling in Venezuela, 31 Jan 2019
"We're working on our response but thank you."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 06:03:05 PM EST
Tommy Sheridan
Whose Side Are You On - Trump or Maduro? Darkness or Democracy?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 09:39:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 05:57:49 AM EST
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An Interview The Saker on Venezuela
Provocative historical analysis, several plausible, realistic forward-looking statements in re: commodity pricing and market structure (not only because Hudson draw Yergin into consideration). Note with amusement that Chris Hedges has started prophesying collapse of petrodollar, too, imminent invasion of Venezuela notwithstanding.

My one "quibble" is this bromide.

Over the longer run, Maduro also must develop Venezuelan agriculture, along much the same lines that the United States protected and developed its agriculture under the New Deal legislation of the 1930s...
Not really --and don't get me started on consolidation, displaced tenant farmers, and fed "price supports"; Maduro will never get that opportunity. The income and credit are gone. stop. Chavez did attempt during his term to diversify domestic product (land distribution, re-settlements, coops, etc.), then Venezuela's revenue stream dried up again. stop. The co-oops are still there, more or less, on the frontier without a life-line to government subsidies and protection. stop. Hudson is struggling to fit a 100-year-old paradigm: Lately, Maduro admin has been seen shopping precious and rare earth metals for credit, as if that would not end in more rope.

The salient point here is that US and its allies are the problem, and Hudson doesn't know how to fix that. NTTAWWT. Irving Fisher didn't know either, and Krugmand doesn't give a shit.

spare prose journals by Venezuelans
Fleeing home in time of peace, 4-day road trip into the frontier
the crypto currency Petro
the threat perceived by people of moderate or higher wealth in Chile at the  time was perfectly rational
US Foreign Policy from Crisis to Crisis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 08:23:25 PM EST

Pelosi's daughter: My mom will 'cut your head off and you won't even know you're bleeding'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 01:25:58 AM EST
How Chrystia Freeland Organized Donald Trump's Coup in Venezuela
On Monday, February 5th, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that the 14 countries of the Lima Group have now been joined (though she didn't say to what extent) by the EU, and by 8 other individual countries. The Lima Group had actually formed themselves under her direction into this new group on 8 August 2017 in order to overthrow and replace Venezuela's current President Nicolás Maduro.
Playing a key role behind the scenes was Lima Group member Canada, whose Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to Guaido [9 January 2019] the night before Maduro's swearing-in ceremony [on 10 January 2019] to offer her government's support should he confront the socialist leader [Maduro], the Canadian official said. Also active was Colombia, which shares a border with Venezuela and has received more than two million migrants fleeing economic chaos, along with Peru and Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
This gang was going to make Maduro an offer that he couldn't refuse. So, the Lima Group, which was founded by Luna and by Freeland, was taking the initiative as much and as boldly as Trump was, regardless of what NATO might think about it. The topic of that news-report, and its headline, was "Peru proposes Grupo de Lima to involve the UN to face the Venezuelan crisis." Four days later, Freeland and Luna met privately at the U.N., in New York, with the Secretary General, Antonio Guterres....
Maybe she will get NAFTA signed for Trudeau and badass bonus.

archived believe
Trump totally punked Canada.
my mistake
Women are quite capable of lying as persuasively as any man.
it is not always in a female's reproductive interests to ally with other females against males.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 at 08:44:15 PM EST

transcript (EN)

incidentally, Did Justin Trudeau's Office Obstruct Justice in Canada's Worst Corporate Corruption Scandal?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 02:25:42 AM EST
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universal basic income (UBI) or wtf?
Reporter's Diary from Venezuela.
"In short, I get a feeling that neither the President, nor the opposition, know anything about the economy in Venezuela."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 09:12:33 PM EST
no way!

not a "living wage": 5¢/l petrol, free or subsidized housing, free or subsidized staple foods; income testing and employment constraints unknown

Finland's basic income findings: More happiness, but no effect on employment
not a "living wage": € 560/mo

Kamala?! Campaign2020 demo
Kamala Harris's new basic income-style bill is so frustratingly close to being great
(formerly titled, "Kamala Harris tax cut plan: the LIFT Act, explained - Vox" )

[not a "living wage":]Single people would get $250 per month or $3,000 a year, married couples would get $500 per month or $6,000 a year, and it would phase out for singles without kids making $50,000 or more, and for married couples or single people with kids making $100,000 or more.
compared to "anti-poverty programs"
recipients must be working and earning at least $3,000 (or $6,000 for couples) a year to get the full benefit. If you make $0, you get $0 in benefits.
< wipes tears > S.3712 - LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle Class Act

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 09:16:33 PM EST
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Whose side are you on?
Now, now what's all this about?

It is the revolution señor - everywhere there is an armed rising.

Are you in it?

Right in it - you see, you see señor, the united anti-socialist neo-democratic pro-fascist communist party is fighting to overthrow the unilateral democratic united partisan bellicose pacifist cobelligerant tory labour liberal party!

Whose side are you on?

There are no sides - we are all in this together.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 10:57:00 AM EST
Deutscher Bunestag | Zur Anerkennung ausländischer Staatsoberhäupter

Eichmann in Jerusalem
Epilogue--discourse of jurisdiction, Raison d'état, international tribunal

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 12th, 2019 at 07:15:12 PM EST
Your automatic translator has failed you. "Engineering" translates as "ingenierìa" when it is a noun referring to an activity. But in this case you want the verb. "Engineering" as the gerund form of "to engineer" should translate as an infinitive form such as "diseñar" or something. There is the added complication that "to engineer" doesn't translate directly into Spanish, as Spanish is not as flexible as English when it comes to noun in verbs and verbing nouns.

Thanks for playing anyway.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 10:11:20 AM EST
w/e 23 Jan

ser y estar
What did Bill Clinton mean when he said, "it depends on what the meaning of 'is' is"?
close but no cigar

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 02:43:31 PM EST
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Clashes at border ... no not Trump's wall and U.S. military threat shoot to kill ... border Venezuela with Trump's copy in Brazil:

by Oui on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 11:33:41 PM EST
Murican foreign policy in a nutshell: If our oil is under your country, it won't be your country for long.
by rifek on Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 at 04:09:16 PM EST

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