Monthly Archives: February 2019

100th Anniversary of the Battle of George Square

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Battle of George Square, Glasgow

The “Battle of George Square” was a confrontation in Glasgow, in which the Glasgow City Police sought to violently suppress striking Glasgow workers, centred around George Square. The confrontation, also known as “Bloody Friday”, took place on Friday, January 31, 1919, 82 days after the end of the First World War. Continue reading

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Developments on the Korean Peninsula: Second DPRK-US summit being held in Vietnam 

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  • Summit Preparations and Agenda
  • Developments Since DPRK-U.S. Singapore Summit
  • Deepening of Inter-Korean Relations
  • Attempt to Sabotage Peace Efforts 

Developments on the Korean Peninsula: Second DPRK-U.S. Summit to be held in Vietnam

TML Daily (February 25) – The second summit between Chairman Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and U.S. President Donald Trump will take place February 27-28, in Hanoi, Vietnam. A second summit has been in the offing since last fall, and the dates were confirmed by President Trump in his February 5 State of the Union Speech.[1] Continue reading

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Syria denounces double standards in humanitarian aid at UN

United Nations, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar Al Jaafari, denounced this Tuesday that while some states claim to be concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Levantine nation, on the other hand they promote political and economic terrorism.

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Majority of countries of the world uphold Venezuela’s sovereignty

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, February 22, 2019.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a press conference at the United Nations in New York City on February 22. He informed that Venezuela is holding discussions with all those seeking a peaceful resolution to the situation, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, with whom Venezuela held a third bilateral meeting earlier in the day. Continue reading

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All out to defend Venezuela’s sovereignty and peace on the American continent! Speak out now!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

– Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) –

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) denounces with all its might the U.S. imperialist preparations to invade Venezuela and the actions of all its appeasers in the neighbouring states which have opened their territories to the would-be invaders. It also denounces the policy of the Government of Canada which is playing a nefarious role claiming the cause is humanitarian and in defence of freedom and democracy. Continue reading

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Cuba reiterates its invariable solidarity with Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution

We hope that the United Nations Security Council’s vocation and its responsibility as the main guarantor of international peace and security will prevail, and it will not lend itself to military adventures, Bruno Rodríguez stated. Photo: MINREX Continue reading

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‘Investigate US for war crimes’ in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM

Dr. Hon. Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines spoke out against the U.S. sanctions and the interventionist efforts in Venezuela.
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The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro received Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and Grenedines Ralph Gonsalves, Sep. 17, 2016 | EFE

(February 21) – Dr. The Honorable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, called a local radio station after a journalist from the country reported on-the-ground realities from Venezuela’s capital Caracas. Continue reading

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Mexican president says constitution defines his country’s stand

Mexican flagMexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained his government’s position on the situation in Venezuela earlier this week in response to a call by members of the Venezuelan opposition that Mexico abandon its position of recognizing President Nicolás Maduro’s government. López Obrador reiterated what he has said before, that it is not a question of his opinion, but what Mexico’s constitution calls for. Continue reading

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Reality check. Canada’s role in Haiti

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As surely as night follows day, the Canadian government is planning its involvement in US military aggression against Venezuela. Military engagement will justify humanitarian engagement and “democracy promotion.” It will violate the rule of law and appease the U.S. imperialists in their striving for domination, as it did in Haiti in 2004 and Libya in 2011. Continue reading

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Americans and other mercenaries charged with conspiracy in wake of Haitian protests

Arrested men told Haitian police “they were on a mission, and they didn’t have to speak to [the police]… They said they were on a government mission” | “US officials deny any active covert operation on the ground in Haiti.” [1]

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Cache of weapons seized in central Port-au-Prince, Haiti on February 17, 2019.

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Word. Report [to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations] of the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order [Alfred de Zayas] on His Mission to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Ecuador [Some Extracts]

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One of many “Gringo, Respect” murals in Caracas.

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The Report of the Independent Expert says:

Introduction

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After his mission, he continued to follow developments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, including the refusal of the opposition to sign the negotiated agreement of 7 February 2018, the Declaration of the Summit of the Americas and that of the People’s Summit, both held in Lima in April 2018. Continue reading

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Europe’s ‘geopolitical identity’

Nord StreamMUNICH Feb. 18 (german-foreign-policy.com) – At the Munich Security Conference last weekend, the power struggle between Berlin and Washington openly escalated to an unprecedented level. US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his ultimatum that Berlin and the EU immediately renounce their political and economic projects, which are not fully in accord with US policy, pertaining particularly to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Continue reading

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Hispaniola Rising: How the US coup in Venezuela is taking root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

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Editor’s Note: The Haitian opposition is calling for the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse over wrecking of the economy and corruption centred around embezzlement by Haitian oligarchs and their patrons from Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil-discount program. This was a program that benefited the poor and provided funds for development of a self-sufficient economy.

Since last year, Haitians have been demanding an accounting of the PetroCaribe money, which was supposed to be invested in social programs for the poor after the country’s 2010 earthquake, as shown in the above photo from October 17, 2018.

The United States threatened various OAS members like Haiti, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, members of CARICOM, with diplomatic and financial action if they voted in favour of non-interference and respect for Venezuela’s sovereignty. The Haitian government capitulated to the U.S. dictate and voted against Venezuela at an OAS meeting in Jannuary, arousing the fury of Haitians still further.

By ARIEL FORNANI in Haitian Times*

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Syria to build 100,000 homes

Damascus, February 18 – The Syrian Government approved a comprehensive housing plan submitted by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing that includes the construction of 100,000 apartments in all provinces of the country. Continue reading

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Venezuelan revolutionary forces summoned for February 23

Caracas, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan revolutionary forces will mobilize in defense of their country and their commitment to peace on February 23, assured the vice president of the United Socialist Party of the country (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello.

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US plans military invasion in the name of providing humanitarian aid

By MARGARET VILLAMIZAR

HANDS OFF VENEZUELAThis week has seen a ramping up by U.S. imperialism and the Colombian government of what Venezuela has called a cheap “humanitarian aid” show. It kicked off with a photo flashed around the world of an empty six-lane bridge linking Colombia and Venezuela with the trailers of three transport trucks placed across it, blocking all six lanes. The photo was used by CNN and other monopoly media to accuse President Nicolás Maduro of preventing humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela from the Colombian border city of Cúcuta where, all week long, truckloads of goods – auspices of USAID – were shown arriving. A little investigation revealed that the bridge, a joint project of the Venezuelan and Colombian governments, has never been open since it was completed in 2016 and that there are two other functioning bridges nearby. Continue reading

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Word. President Nicolás Maduro’s interview with BBC

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The BBC’s Orla Guerin interviewed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on February 12 in Caracas.

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The legitimacy of Venezuela’s President

The right-wing opposition in Venezuela, openly directed by the United States, is attempting a coup to impose an interim president, a figure not recognized in the country’s Constitution, disregarding the will of 6,248,864 citizens who voted for Nicolás Maduro | OSCAR SÁNCHEZ SIERRA

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(February 15) – The truth will come out, because its force is overwhelming. In Venezuela on January 23, sectors of the right-wing opposition, openly and publicly directed by a foreign government, the United States, with its president, vice president and secretary of state at the head, orchestrated an utter fallacy to mislead the world. Continue reading

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Actions across Canada. Stand with the Venezuelan people and their democratically elected president and government!

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U.S./Canada — Hands Off Venezuela! No Sanctions, No Foreign-inspired “Regime Change” Continue reading

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Warship Watch. Royal Navy, Southcom commander land in Curaçao and Brazil

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The Royal Navy’s Mounts Bay docked in Curaçao, a small island just 50 miles away from Venezuela | Morning Star

By TONY SEED

(February 15, updated February 18, 22) – The Trump administration has stepped up threats of military aggression against Venezuela as part of its blackmail against the Venezuelan people and world opinion. The threat of military aggression is real, not merely an “option on the table.” In parallel, the U.S. is increasing its hostile military activities in the region, directed specifically against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its resistance to U.S. dictate. The newly-appointed commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig Faller visited the Caribbean island of Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles, February 13-14, within 50 miles of the Venezuelan coast, following discussions with the Joint Military Staff of Brazil on February 11-12. Continue reading

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Word. Statement of Cuba – It is important to halt the imperialist military adventure against Venezuela.

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The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns the escalation of pressures and actions of the US government in preparation for a military adventure under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention” in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize in order to prevent its consummation.

Between February 6 and 10 of 2019, several military transport aircraft have been flying to the Rafael Miranda Airport in Puerto Rico; the San Isidro Air Base in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean Islands that have a strategic location, most certainly without the knowledge of the governments of those nations. These flights took off from US military facilities from where Special Operation Troops and US Marine Corps units operate. These units have been used for covert operations, even against leaders of other countries. Continue reading

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Red Cross says humanitarian aid must go through official channels and not be ‘politicized’

On February 1, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted that the U.S. would proceed with plans to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

“Pursuant to the request of Interim President Juan Guaidó, and in consultation with his officials the U.S. will mobilize and transport humanitarian aid – medicine, surgical supplies, and nutritional supplements for the people of Venezuela. It’s time for Maduro to get out of the way,” Bolton tweeted. Continue reading

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Word. Our democracy is about protecting our people

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The social gains made under the Bolivarian Revolution in its first 17 years continue today, despite the hardships imposed by U.S. sanctions and wrecking of the economy by the wealthy elites.

Nicolás Maduro authored the following op-ed for the Spanish newspaper El Pais while he was the incumbent candidate in the May 20, 2018 presidential election for the Broad Front for the Homeland (Frente Amplio de la Patria). Members of the Broad Front included the Unified Socialist Party, the Communist Party, the Homeland for All Party, Tupamaro Party, We are Venezuela and several other political parties.
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Four-phase Montevideo mechanism for  peace and dialogue in Venezuela

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Delegations of Mexico, Uruguay and CARICOM in Montevideo, February 6, 2019.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on February 6 gave “absolute support” to a four-phase plan designed by the countries of the Caribbean organized in CARICOM, along with Mexico and Uruguay, for Peace and Dialogue in Venezuela titled the Montevideo Mechanism. On February 7 a meeting was held in Montevideo co-hosted by Uruguay and the European Union and attended by representatives of eight European Union member states (France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) as well as Costa Rica, Bolivia and Ecuador, reported to be members of an EU-initiated International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela. The aim of the meeting was said to be to explore ways and means of fostering a negotiated, political settlement to the crisis in Venezuela without the use of force. Continue reading

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The Trudeau government’s ‘uniquely Canadian approach to democracy promotion’

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By MARGARET VILLAMIZAR

On February 4, Canada hosted an emergency ministerial meeting of the Lima Group, a gang of countries it is working with to try to force regime change in Venezuela. Held in Ottawa, it was the group’s first face-to-face meeting since the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó swore himself in. The U.S., to whom he owes his new position, is not ostensibly a member of the Lima Group, but recognized their puppet immediately with Canada and other members of the Lima Group following soon after. The meeting was attended as well by the U.S., several European Union countries and, notably, Julio Borges, introduced as Guaidó’s appointee to the Lima Group, “representing Venezuela,” and his designated representative in Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco.[1] Continue reading

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Warship Watch. ‘Fun in the sun’? Snowbirds? HMCS Charlottetown sails to Florida

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By TONY SEED

(February 11, updated February 13) – About a week ago, the Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown departed from Halifax with none of the fanfare accorded two other warships, the HMCS Kingston and HMCS Shawnigan, which were ceremoniously deployed from Halifax to the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa on January 22nd. Continue reading

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Air America: Venezuelan officials find large cache of weapons at airport delivered from Miami

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Venezuela’s Deputy Minister of Public Security, Endes Palencia (first from left), reveals the shocking discovery of a cache of weapons that was delivered on by a commercial cargo plane from Miami on Sunday. February 3rd | CUENTA DE TWITTER DEL GENERAL ENDES PALENCIA ORTIZ

 

By TONY SEED

(February 10, updated February 14) – It was inevitable. On Sunday, February 3, the day before the Lima Group countries met in Ottawa to fraudulently call for a “peaceful transition of power” in Venezuela and  demand it allow a puppet parallel government to accept its “humanitarian aid”, a Boeing 767 took off from Miami International Airport loaded with warfare equipment. It landed at the Arturo Michelena International Airport in the northern city of Valencia, Venezuela’s third-largest city, and some 170 kilometres directly west of the capital, Caracas. Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address to Congress: Calls for unity gloss over state of civil war and dysfunctional government

Unity, Unity, Unity was the theme of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address delivered to the joint Houses of Congress on the evening of February 4. Trump declared that the state of the union is strong. Even as he said this, he pleaded for the vying factions within the ruling class to rally behind him for the sake of the union. He did so by emphasizing the U.S. military might which comes under his prerogative powers. This was accompanied with chauvinist statements applauded by the large majority in the hall, accompanied by chants of USA! USA! Continue reading

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How Syria won the revolution – the Jihadi factor

By GHASSAN and INTIBAH KADI*

The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious.

However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in preparation for the final showdown, a recapitulation of the events of the last eight years reveals that Syria did in fact end up having a revolution, but the group that embarked on the initial alleged revolution, the Free Syria Army (FSA) is nowhere to be seen. Continue reading

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‘America First’ means nuclear superiority

By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR*

Indian Punchline (February 6) – The US president’s annual State of the Union address traditionally focuses on domestic issues but it also throws some light on the foreign policy priorities. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday February 5 adhered to the pattern and if anything, the portions on foreign policy received scant attention, restricted to his “agenda to protect America’s National Security.” Trump’s re-election bid for a second term in 2020 provided the backdrop. Continue reading

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