AMERICA'S MEDDLING IN VENEZUELA HAS NO BOUNDARIES. AFTER A FAILED COUP ATTEMPT, TRYING TO INSTALL A BOGUS PRESIDENT AND IMPOSING CRIPPLING SANCTIONS, WILL IT EVER BE HELD TO ACCOUNT?
America's meddling in Venezuela has no boundaries. After a failed coup attempt, trying to install a bogus president, and imposing crippling sanctions, will it ever be held to account?
Venezuela is back in the news again, just weeks after yet another failed coup attempt that was almost certainly backed by the US. This time, it's the American sanctions against the country that are making the headlines - measures that caused US company AT&T to shut down satellite TV provider, DirecTV, thereby depriving Venezuelans of a number of foreign channels.
The irony, of course, is that while it's US sanctions that are the cause of this shutdown, had it been President Nicola's Maduro who closed DirecTV, you can bet Western media headlines would be screaming about censorship of the media (although most were rather quiet when Estonia shut down Sputnik.).
The impact of this latest development will be a major inconvenience for most of Venezuela's poorest - another example of how the sanctions are not merely targeting the administration but the people themselves. US sanctions against Syria, Venezuela, Iran and a long list of other targeted nations have deprived them of access to vital medicines, medical equipment, income and more.
As I noted in a prior article, the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that a staggering 40,000 Venezuelans died in 2017 and 2018 due to sanctions. This shameful statistic lends weight to former UN expert Alfred de Zayas naming sanctions as a form of terrorism, "because they invariably impact, directly or indirectly, the poor and vulnerable."
So well done, America, for adding another layer of misery to the heap you've already created.
The plan to abduct Maduro
Just a couple of weeks beforehand, on May 3 and 4, Venezuelan forces had prevented 60 paramilitaries on two speedboats - including Americans - from carrying out their plan to kidnap Venezuela's president and replace him with Juan Guaido, who the US and Canada have been attempting to install as president since early 2019.
Guaido, the self-appointed 'interim president', was aware of the plot, which involved a contract of $213million according to documents that have entered the public domain. The US and Canadian authorities were most likely in the loop, too.
Guaido first announced himself as 'interim president' in January 2019, to the surprise of most Venezuelans and with no election. Most countries rejected this breach of Venezuela's sovereignty, with only a smattering of Western terrorist supporting countries that advocate regime change - and some nations that they bully - endorsing him.
A month later, there were failed Western-backed attempts to ram 'aid trucks' (loaded with wires and nails) through Colombia's border with Venezuela, the goal being to vilify the government for failing to accept what was clearly not aid (and was not coming via a proper channel either).
In March, the unpopular Guaido was booed and fled from a pro-government area in Caracas, ironically with Venezuelan security protecting him from an angry crowd. In the same month, I tried to see the supposedly massive pro-opposition rallies I had heard of in the capital, but instead came across huge pro-government demonstrations.
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