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This Day. Remembering the earthquake in Haiti ten years on

Objective reality of the people of Haiti illustrates the pathetic fraud of “humanitarian aid.” “Canada disbursed $657 million from the quake to September 2012 ‘for Haiti,’ but only about 2 per cent went to the Haitian government.” Thirty-three per cent of U.S. aid went to the U.S. military | YVES ENGLER

The Haitian national palace shows heavy damage after an earthquake measuring 7 plus on the Richter scale rocked Port au Prince Haiti, January 12, 2009. This was originally a two-story structure; the second story completely collapsed.

Ten years ago Sunday an earthquake devastated Haiti. In a few minutes of violent shaking hundreds of thousands perished in Port-au-Prince and surrounding regions and many more were permanently scarred.

It’s important to commemorate this horrifying tragedy. But this solemn occasion is also a good moment to reflect on Canada’s role in undermining the beleaguered nation’s capacity to prepare/respond/overcome natural disasters. Continue reading

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The US government allocates millions of dollars to obstruct Cuban medical cooperation

Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces and strongly condemns the United States government’s recent aggression against Cuba through a USAID program to finance projects and seek information to discredit and sabotage Cuba’s international health care cooperation in dozens of countries, benefitting millions of people. This plan joins the disgraceful pressure exerted on several governments to hamper Cuban cooperation, and previous attempts with the same purpose such as the special “parole” program meant to rob human resources trained in Cuba. 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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Nicaragua, unraveling a plot

(June 29) – AS early as 2016, talk of war against Nicaragua could again be heard in Miami, at a time when the streets of this nation were a regional example of security, peace, and prosperity, where a hardworking, tranquil people proudly enjoyed the social and economic advances achieved by the Sandinista government, that had established a national consensus, in the wake of one of the worst interventions carried out by the United States in Central America.  Continue reading

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US subversion against Cuba continues

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‘Panama Papers’: Diversion and disinformation in the information war

mediaculpaheader.stretched“The Panama Papers.” A banner headline in 72 point type screams in today’s Toronto Star, a two-article spread covering the entire front page.

Massive hype! Bullets prominently advertise: 376 journalists working for more than 100 media organizations in 25 languages! 11.5 million leaked documents! 2.6 terabytes of data! “Reveals details on rich, famous and powerful people who use offshore tax havens.” What is it all about? Continue reading

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Graphic details. In case you thought most US aid went to poor people, let me depress you with one great map

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Chris Blattman, Associate Professor of Political Science & International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, has posted this graphic by Raul Amoros. on his blog.

How was the U.S. “aid” distributed? Continue reading

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Why Russia shut down US NGOs – fronts of the US state

NEDThe neocon-flagship Washington Post has fired a propaganda broadside at President Putin for shutting down the Russian activities of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), but left out key facts like NED’s US government funding, its quasi-CIA role, and its plans for regime change in Moscow, writes ROBERT PERRY in Consortium News. The Harper government’s Dept. of Foreign Affairs has been covertly awarding millions of Canadian taxdollars to NED, and its subsidiaries, the National Democratic Institute (e.g., $374,206 on June 18, 2015; $426,054 on March 5, 2015; $698,227 on October 24, 2014) and the International Republican Institute (e.g., $6,000,000 on April 28, 2014 for “Strengthening Multiparty Democracy” in Ukraine and $1,000,620 and $1,125,390 on December 8, 2015). – TS

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US aggression against Venezuela: fact, not fiction

BY EVA GOLINGER*

2014.02.22.VancouverVenezuelaSolidarityDemo-FrenteparalaDefensaHugoChavez-01crop(Feb. 25) – The U.S. has a substantial history of aggression toward Venezuela.

Recently, several different spokespersons for the Obama administration have firmly claimed the United States government is not intervening in Venezuelan affairs. Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki went so far as to declare, “The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false.” Psaki then reiterated a bizarrely erroneous statement she had made during a daily press briefing just a day before [February 19]: “The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.” Continue reading

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Venezuela: A coup in real time

Venezuelea-TeleSur-IconThere is a coup underway in Venezuela. The pieces are all falling into place like a bad CIA movie. At every turn a new traitor is revealed, a betrayal is born, full of promises to reveal the smoking gun that will justify the unjustifiable. EVA GOLINGER’s article in Counterpunch, appearing before the exposé of an actual coup, the “bad CIA movie” in real time, illustrates how the monopoly media prepare the terrain and attempt to manipulate opinion in support of the subversion of U.S. imperialism and its agents.  Continue reading

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Another USAID covert plan exposed

usaid-12According to an investigation by the Associated Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, attempted to infiltrate the Cuban hip-hop movement as part of a covert project to destabilize the country. Continue reading

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USAID: A wolf in humanitarian clothing

Propaganda and false premises mark the U.S. response to a “prisoner swap” with Cuba. In such a “deal,” Cuba would release a “wrongly imprisoned” USAID subcontractor in exchange for the freedom of three Cuban intelligence agents jailed as “terrorists” in the U.S. Continue reading

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Investigation into USAID subversion actions demanded in Peru

usaidLIMA — The Peru United Patriotic Alliance (APPU) – made up of various political groups, organizations, associations, civic fronts and social activists – demanded an extensive investigation be carried out into the subversive actions which took place in the country and were financed by USAID and other U.S. organizations. Continue reading

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Sighting. Graffiti in Ramallah, Palestine

Graffiti in Ramalla, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

Graffiti in Ramallah, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

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Yet another US covert program against Cuba

On the heels of the ZunZuneo fake Twitter program

HAVANA TIMES — A covert US government program to send young Latin Americans to Cuba for purposes of political subversion was made public by Associated Press (see below) on Sunday.

According to the news agency, the project by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent youth from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru starting in 2009 to Cuba “in the hope of encouraging a rebellion.” Continue reading

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Machado ‘visit’: Harperites’ continuing subversion of Venezuela

By TONY SEED

ON MAY 8, peaceful protestors were assaulted by supporters of Maria Corina Machado, a former opposition member of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, inside and outside of a scheduled talk at the University of Ottawa.

About 30 concerned Canadians had gathered to protest Machado’s visit to Ottawa to meet with representatives of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian big capital.

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Venezuela beyond the protests: The revolution is here to stay

By EVA GOLINGER, Postcards from the Revolution

(Feb. 20) – FOR THOSE of you unfamiliar with Venezuelan issues, don’t let the title of this article fool you. The revolution referred to is not what most media outlets are showing taking place today in Caracas, with protestors calling for the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The revolution that is here to stay is the Bolivarian Revolution, which began in 1998 when Hugo Chávez was first elected president and has subsequently transformed the mega oil producing nation into a socially-focused, progressive country with a grassroots government. Demonstrations taking place over the past few days in Venezuela are attempts to undermine and destroy that transformation in order to return power to the hands of the elite who ruled the nation previously for over 40 years. Continue reading

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Feverish expansion of the special forces of Obama’s outlaw state

An investigation by American journalist-author NICK TURSE* reveals that the secret military of the United States now operates in over half the nations on the planet, including the United States and Canada. It is expanding rapidly, despite claims aiming to minimize and downplay the extent of its global reach; simultaneously, the promotion of the Obama doctrine of drone warfare is unfettered. This is the reliance of U.S. imperialism on drones to conduct targeted assassinations, coupled with use of black ops (including so-called Information Warfare) to foment civil wars, mayhem and chaos. Politically, this is a desperate hope born out of anarchy that the U.S. can prevail over its rivals, including both competitors amongst the imperialist powers and against developing nations’ intent on making a way for themselves and against the peoples of the world fighting for their right to be. The drone war doctrine gives Obama a new false narrative – that the U.S. is no longer engaged in any wars, and hence its special forces are allegedly being cut back. – TS

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US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013 (key below). Click here to see a larger image.

Key to the Map of US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013

  • Red: Special Ops Forces deployed in 2013
  • Blue: Special Ops Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2013.
  • Purple: Special Ops Forces deployed in 2012
  • Yellow: Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2012.

Tomdispatch (Jan. 7) – “DUDE, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.” With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.

More than a month before, I had called US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how many countries were US Special Operations Forces deployed in 2013? Are manpower levels set to expand to 72,000 in 2014? Is SOCOM still aiming for growth rates of 3%-5% per year? How many training exercises did the command carry out in 2013? Basic stuff. Continue reading

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USAID, Uribe and Venezuelan opposition plotting violence, sabotage and scarcity, according to leaked document

By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM

Mass rally on March 11, 2013 at the nomination for Nicolás Maduro as the presidential candidate for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Mass rally on March 11, 2013 at the nomination for Nicolás Maduro as the presidential candidate
for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

MERIDA, Venezuelanalysis.com (Nov. 6) – US and Colombian organisations are working with the Venezuela’s political opposition to sabotage Venezuelan infrastructure, create deadly street violence, exacerbate food scarcity and provoke an international intervention, according to documents obtained by attorney and journalist Eva Golinger. Continue reading

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US-Colombian document reveals destabilization plan of Venezuela

By EVA GOLINGER*

State flag of Venezuela.

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Postcards from the Revolution, RT (Nov. 6) – DURING the past few months, the Venezuelan government led by President Nicolás Maduro has denounced multiple incidents of sabotage against the country’s electrical infrastructure along with an ongoing campaign to undermine the nation’s economy. A majority of international media, together with private media in Venezuela, have ridiculed the Venezuelan President’s accusations, and have instead attempted to pin responsibility on the government for the instability and harm caused to the country by these actions. Nevertheless, an internal document authored by three organizations from Colombia and the United States, evidences a sinister plan against the Venezuelan state to provoke violence – even death – with the intention of justifying an international intervention in anticipation of municipal elections scheduled for next December 8. Continue reading

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Anti-Cuba program revealed by mistake

usaid.2RHC (Nov. 18) – THE U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mistakenly released a six-million-dollar subversive program against Cuba after using an uncoded communication line used to send diplomatic documents to Havana. Continue reading

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Philippines: People need food, meds, not U.S. war arsenal

Demonstration against the Philippine government's slow and militarized relief efforts, outside the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, November 13, 2013. (KMU)

Demonstration against the Philippine government’s slow and militarized relief efforts, outside the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, November 13, 2013. (KMU)

– Kilusang Mayo Uno*, November 17, 2013 –

“How could the US help us rebuild, if it sent destroyers?”

This was the question of national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) as it accused the US government of exploiting the humanitarian crisis caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) and the Philippine government’s snail-paced relief efforts in order to increase US military presence in the country. Continue reading

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Canada’s role in organizing electoral coups in Middle East and North Africa

By ENVER VILLAMIZAR

usaid-cashTML Daily – ON JULY 18, Canada’s new Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich announced two Canadian projects to train women in electoral campaigning in the Middle East and North Africa, namely in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. The announcement comes as the U.S. imperialists are scheming to invade Syria in various ways. Jordan and Lebanon border Syria and the U.S. and Israel are active in Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen. In North Africa, the U.S. carries out drone strikes in Tunisia and NATO forces, including Canada, invaded Libya in 2011 and overthrew its government. Meanwhile, foreign interference continues in Egypt. Continue reading

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USAID contractor work in Cuba detailed by Associated Press

[AP, February 13, 2012) – PIECE BY PIECE, in backpacks and carry-on bags, American aid contractor Alan Gross made sure laptops, smartphones, hard drives and networking equipment were secreted into Cuba.

The most sensitive item, according to official trip reports, was the last one: a specialized mobile phone chip that experts say is often used by the Pentagon and the CIA to make satellite signals virtually impossible to track. Continue reading

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The cases of Alan Gross and the Cuban Five

By SALIM LAMRANI with contributions from WAYNE SMITH, Center for International Policy, Cuba Report, January 17, 2012

THE WAY may be opening for increased U.S.-Cuban ties. The United States has removed all restrictions on Cuban-American travel from the U.S. to Cuba and all limitations on Cuban-American remittances to families on the island. Coming at a time when the Cuban government is encouraging the establishment of small private enterprises, this opens the way for importantly increased ties between the two communities – as one observer put it: “for an inflow of capital from the U.S. to Cuba.”

There is, however, the proverbial “fly in the ointment” and that is the case of Alan Gross, arrested on December 3 of 2009 and since then representing a major obstacle to improved relations – along with the case of the Cuban Five on the other side (but more on that later). Continue reading

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Venezuela: $US 20 million for subversion in 2012

BY EVA GOLINGER*

WASHINGTON is preparing funds to support the opposition’s campaign against President Hugo Chavez during the coming presidential elections in 2012Since Hugo Chavez won his first presidential elections in 1998, the US government has been trying to remove him from power. With multimillion-dollar investments, every year Washington’s agencies advise and aid anti-Chavez groups with their campaigns and strategies against the government.  Continue reading

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Reporters Without Borders unmasked: Its well-financed private arrangement with Otto Reich to destroy Cuba’s economy

By DIANA BARAHONA*, Council on Hemispheric Affairs

  • Media-CulpaRobert Ménard, founder of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is out to bring down Castro rather than protect journalists.
  • Tens of thousands of U.S. taxpayer dollars go to finance an organization that critically misuses its calculated similarity to the name of a highly regarded group, Doctors without Borders (MSF).
  • Rather than a bona fide NGO, RSF is an extremist anti-Castro shock brigade.
  • Ménard is a propagandist extraordinaire and committed zealot on taxpayer funds.
  • Saatchi and Saatchi teams up with Bacardi in an attempt to trash the Cuba tourist industry.
  • Vivendi Universal provides hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of in-kind resources to Ménard.
  • Concern about journalists is an afterthought.

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