Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 41 Share on Twitter 3 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H1'ed 6/19/19

US and Canada are Backing an Elite White Minority in Venezuela

By       (Page 1 of 11 pages)     (# of views)   30 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message David William Pear
Become a Fan
  (48 fans)
Simon Bolivar, El Libertador
Simon Bolivar, El Libertador
(Image by Wikipedia)
  Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

[Simon Bolivar, El Libertador, Early 19th century South American who, along with Jose de San Martin, lead Latin America in the war of independence from The Spanish Empire. Bolivar is the symbol of Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution of the 21st century. Photo Wikipedia .]

"Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial of many that racism persists."Quote from Venezuelanalysis.com, "Racism Without Shame in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution"

The US and Canada are not supporting "the return of democracy" in Venezuela as they claim. Instead, they are following in their shameful histories of colonialism, imperialism, exploitation, illegal wars of aggression, and overthrowing governments. They are crushing democracy in Venezuela by exploiting class and race warfare, being carried out by an elite white-supremist minority against the poor, Afro-Indigenous, and other Venezuelans of color.

A white-minority has dominated commerce and politics in Venezuela since the days of slavery in the 19th century. Venezuela had slavery, just as did the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America. Slavery went back to the early 16th century Spanish conquistadors. More abducted Africans were trafficked to the Caribbean and Latin America, than to the USA.

South African History online
South African History online
(Image by South African History online)
  Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Slavery was officially abolished in all of the Americas in the 19thcentury. The history of slavery in the Caribbean and Latin America has left a legacy of prejudice, discrimination and class conflict, which has largely gone unresolved.

Different skin complexions of Latin Americans are due mostly to various mixtures of European, Spanish and Indigenous bloodlines. The darker the skin color, along with other ethnic features, the more there is of discrimination in education, employment, and opportunity. Discrimination against blacks and people of color perpetuates poverty and class conflict. In Venezuela, as elsewhere in the Caribbean and Latin America, political power, commerce and wealth is largely in the hands of a minority of upper-class elites, whom are mostly whiter and lighter than those with darker skin complexion.

- Advertisement -

One can get a sense of how much class and race affect Latin American society by watching Spanish language movies and soap operas. Below are just two examples: the setting for the TV series "The White Slave" is 19th century Columbia; and the setting for "Teresa" is contemporary Mexico.

The White Slave (TV series)
The White Slave (TV series)
(Image by Wikipedia)
  Details   DMCA
Teresa (2010 TV series)
Teresa (2010 TV series)
(Image by Wikipedia)
  Details   DMCA

Hugo Chavez and his successor Maduro are exuberantly despised by the elite white-supremacist minority. They still call Chavez negro, savage, monkey and ape. Maduro gets the same; and the media never fails to remind the public that he was a former bus driver, which is code for "low-class". Maduro is proud of his humble beginning as a bus driver and his Afro-Indigenous ethnicity. Chavez was proud of his poor Afro-Indigenous background too, and his final resting place is in the barrio where he and Maduro came from.

In 1998 the elite white minority was voted out of the presidential residence Miraflores Palace. Instead of being purged by Chavez, as an authoritarian dictator would have done, the elites maintained their political power base, dominance in commerce, and control of the media. They have been trying to get back the Miraflores Palace, and indignantly consider it their birthright. They have used every means at their command, and even invited the US to invade the country, which would result in thousands of deaths.

- Advertisement -

In April 2002 the elite white minority tried a coup against Chavez, backed and financed by the US, which failed. In December 2002 they tried a strike by the management at the Venezuelan oil company Petr├│leos de Venezuela. They tried a recall referendum against Chavez in 2004, and lost at the polls. They tried to unify the opposition political parties with the sole purpose of defeating Maduro in 2013, and failed. They tried to delegitimize the 2018 presidential election by organizing a boycott. They tried to assassinate Maduro with a drone in 2018. Their attempts have failed.

The white elites have sabotaged the economy, used mass demonstrations, and organize violence. The self-appointed Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president, and called for a military coup d'etat, that failed miserably. Even with their control of the media and commerce they have failed to oust Maduro.

The elite upper class has millions of dollars of financial support from the US and Canada. Some of the EU countries, following pressure from the US, have thrown their support behind the Guaido coup plotters. The UK froze $1.2 billion of Venezuela's much needed reserves for life-saving food and medicine. Spain turned its back on the people of Venezuela, too.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 6   Supported 5   Valuable 4  
Rate It | View Ratings

David Pear Social Media Pages: Facebook Page       Twitter Page       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

David William Pear is a Senior Editor for OpEdNews.com, and a Senior Contributing Editor for The Greanville Post. David is a journalist, columnist, and commentator for TV and radio. His articles, essays and interviews have an emphasis on U.S. (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

US War with Russia Authorized by House Resolution 758.

Trump is Not America's Real Problem

Syria: Has Putin Called Obama's Bluff?

Venezuela Under Siege by U.S. Empire

Putin Is Not Hitler

UKRAINE: The Propaganda War

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

8 people are discussing this page, with 30 comments


Mohammad Ala

Become a Fan
Author 8028

(Member since Oct 1, 2007), 9 fans, 19 articles, 27 quicklinks, 811 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

David, thanks for your time and contributions.

Great to see you being active again. You are a valuable member of OpEdNews.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:23:29 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (6+)
Help
 
Indent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Mohammad Ala:   New Content

Thank you Mohammad for all your support.

Yes it has been 4 months since I published my last article which was also on Venezuela. I have been thinking and researching this article during some of that time, but was interrupted by travel, researching (i.e. learning) it, and is called "writers block", which is really a combination of things: distraction, frustration, depression, and discouragement that my efforts will have any effect in changing things.

My wife is Russian, and we spent 6 weeks there at the end of winter. Like all countries, Russia has some wonderful people. I know that it is also a country that has committed crimes against your home country and others, although I did not know much about that history. Maybe we can collaborate on writing about that? It also pains me to see it under attack unjustly by the West, instigated by the US, as well as the UK which has a long history of rivalry, to put it mildly. As well as invasions from Germany and France.

I also took a side trip to Georgia. Again a wonderful people, with centuries of history. Now that Georgia is part of the West's empire I did not need a Visa. Lot of Iranian tourists and vacationers go there as a destination. I would have loved to take the short flight to Tehran. Actually, I will do that soon, inshallah.

I read your bio recently. It is quite impressive and shows a person with a good soul, that is suffering from the injustice on being attacked and denigrated for political reasons. Another case of absurd hypocrisy. I know well the history of the 20th century about that and have written about it. Any country that does not bow to Western capitalism is demonized, harassed endlessly and attacked.

The US is attacking so many places in the world that it is difficult to know where to put my priority. Certainly Venezuela and Iran are the two of the priorities for trying to stop an escalation of the wars into an all out armed attack. I feel guilty that I have not written about Palestine in a long time, but they are in my heart constantly too. Palestine is the epicenter of injustice, but there are many destructive storms all over the global south. We seldom hear about Africa, but much is going on there too.

Empires use divide an conquer to expand and hold on to their booty. Race, religion and class are the pressure points for achieving that. What I have written about Venezuela in this article is redundant for elsewhere. It is the same story.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 4:32:42 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (6+)
Help
 

Brenda Schouten-Beckett

Become a Fan
Author 506668
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Sep 11, 2016), 7 fans, 837 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Beautifully written and lavishly researched. Thank you so much for providing us with this important information about Venezuela. David, you have consistently brought the truth to us about so many issues. This latest offering was worth waiting for.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 9:31:32 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (7+)
Help
 
Indent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Brenda Schouten-Beckett:   New Content

Thank you Brenda, you are a beautiful soul with a good heart.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 4:34:20 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 

nelswight

Become a Fan
Author 2581

(Member since Sep 3, 2006), 230 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content




SUPERB, BILLY - WONDERFUL



THANKS

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 11:18:49 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 
Indent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to nelswight:   New Content

Nels, when are you coming to St Pete like you promised?

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 4:34:52 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Here is a comment that I posted elsewhere that this article was published. Why reinvent the wheel?

"Discussions about racism are like the chicken and egg paradox. Which is more prevalent, racism or classism today? It is a complicated and interrelated question. Especially when the history of capitalism, colonialism, and cultural imperialism are thrown into this witch's brew. Many North Americans are surprised to learn that racism is rampant in Latin America. And many Latin Americans are in denial that racism exists in their society, just as many North Americans are too. I find the whole history of slavery to be interesting. It is like peeling an evil onion because the roots of slavery go so far back. As far back as the "curse of Ham", if you believe that sort of thing (Genesis 9)."

In other quarters my article of raising the issue of racism would spark a lot of controversy. Here I am singing mostly to the choir.

Best regards everybody.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 4:44:34 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 
Indent

Brenda Schouten-Beckett

Become a Fan
Author 506668
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Sep 11, 2016), 7 fans, 837 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

You have recommended many books to me and have helped me understand some pretty complicated questions. One of those books that helped me to understand just how deeply our "western" culture is steeped in white supremacy is the book by James Bradley entitled "The Imperial Cruise".


This, your most recent article, exposes the disease and catalogs the role white supremacy has played in the conquest of peace loving civilizations by predatory ideologies including but not limited to toxic Christianity, Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine.


Nobody raised and "educated" in the USA (or probably Canada) is free of the effects of these ideologies and we have had to make a conscious adult decision to re-educate ourselves.


Thank you for helping us to re-educate ourselves.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 5:34:12 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Brenda Schouten-Beckett:   New Content

The Imperial Cruise is a classic. Too bad they did not make a movie out of it (a real documentary) as they did one of his other book "The fly boys". War sells. Real US history doesn't.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:33:03 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 

Aleksandar Sarovic

Become a Fan
Author 513600
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since May 24, 2019), 5 articles, 47 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linked In Page Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

A very good and resourceful article but there are some shortfalls. First, it tells that I as Canadian have something to do with Venezuela. Not me neither 99.99% of Canadians have anythng to do with the problems in Venezuela. The same goes to Americans. OK it is a formal complaint but a significant one. America and Canada responsible for problems in Venezuela is sentence created or at least approved by those you call elite and deep state. Why? These terms tells people they can do nothing against the rich, against their crimes. Yes, they are members of a criminal organization and that would be the best way to call them. We need to find who these people are. I know it is very difficult to achieve but not trying to find who they are is useless because they will continue doing evil until someone call them responsible. Another way to escape from today's problems lies in trying to find how a good society is supposed to look like and fighting for it. A representative democracy cannot be a final stage in development of society. We need to work on it.


Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:05:23 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (4+)
Help
 
Indent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Aleksandar Sarovic:   New Content

Sorry, with all due respect, I am not buying the argument that the US (and Canadian) public do not share a collective guilt. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal." "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."

Maybe you are not silent but the vast majority of the public is, while war crimes and crimes against humanity are taking place even worse than the Nazi's. The collective judgement was that the German people shared in the guilt of Hitler because they remained silent.

That is my opinion and I am sticking with it. Especially since the US and Canada call themselves democracy, and still have enough free speech and right of protest.

As for what comes after is a welfare state of some sort that does all the things that are wrong with society, from healthcare to prison reform.

But first we the people must end these criminal wars, because if we don't, then nobody will.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:24:30 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

Aleksandar Sarovic

Become a Fan
Author 513600
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since May 24, 2019), 5 articles, 47 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linked In Page Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

David Pear and Devil's Advocate You both got me there because my laptop I use in my vacation has selected my first response and when I typed first letter it deleted everything. My second response was written under frustration so I did not pay enough attention what I wrote. Of course, we are responsible for what our governments do and I wanted to say it is not a will of 99.99% of people in Canada and America to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Neither it is in the interest of the governments. I also said that if we do not name the elite which controls the governments we would not be able to do much. Yes, the deep state cannot be stopped if we do not know who they are. Why would they stop earning money from wars if nobody accuses them for doing it? I also mention there must be an escape from the evil in developing social policy. Representative democracy cannot be the final stage of policy because it is not even close to be good enough. We need to work on new ideas that may improve society.


Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 12:50:50 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Aleksandar Sarovic:   New Content

The second time I read your comment I suspected that that was what you were getting at, because the comment was contradictory:

"those you call elite and deep state. Why? These terms tells people they can do nothing against the rich, against their crimes....."

I think I see what you are saying and it is something that I realize is a problem. And I have had objections such as what I thought you were saying (i.e. don't blame me I didn't vote for X, and I am opposed to what the US or Canada is doing, etc.). That is what triggered my reply. Are we on the same wave length now?

But how are we to name names? I did take several paragraphs to try and describe what the deep state is and what the power elite are. But how to name names is a problem. I would start with Bush and have him tried for war crimes, then Obama, Trump, the Clintons, and all their underlings, including journalists that spread war propaganda. How did the Nuremberg hearings decide who to charge for Nazi war crimes?

As for what to replace this rotten system with, well as I said a welfare state, democratic socialism, a mixed economy, whatever one calls it. I am not dogmatic on an "ism".

What keeps me going is that while I know that I cannot change the world, all I can do is keep putting a straw, one at a time on the camel. The camel's back will not likely break in my lifetime, but while I am often tempted to give up, I feel that it is my calling now to speakout with my writing.

Any suggestions you have will be much appreciated.

By the way I have looked at your website some. It would make good material for OpEdNews. You might consider submitting it in a series of a few thousand words at a time.

You have a story to tell, and there has been a lack of public discussion on the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Stefen Karganovic of the Srebrenica Historical Project has just started publishing on OEN, as I know you noticed. The Srebrenica massacre anniversary would be good timing. Not many people know the story, certainly not the true story.

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 1:52:24 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndent

Brenda Schouten-Beckett

Become a Fan
Author 506668
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Sep 11, 2016), 7 fans, 837 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

I am so happy that you and Aleksander are in contact with each other.

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 6:08:27 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndentIndent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Brenda Schouten-Beckett:   New Content

Yeah, he is a nice guy, with a story.

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 12:52:55 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 
Indent

Devil's Advocate

Become a Fan
Author 500650

(Member since Nov 9, 2014), 9 fans, 2818 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Aleksandar Sarovic:   New Content

"First, it tells that I as Canadian have something to do with Venezuela. Not me neither 99.99% of Canadians have anythng to do with the problems in Venezuela. The same goes to Americans."

A government that is not confronted by its people on that which it does in the name of its people is effectively VINDICATED OF ITS CRIMES by its people. Our silence, or unwillingness to challenge government on clearly questionable actions gives them permission to erode everyone's quality of life.

I'm Canadian. I do express my outrage at the shills occupying our Parliament Building from time to time. Yet, I still feel a sense of guilt, knowing that what I have done is nowhere near enough.

The People, most of whom are absorbed by a life of distraction and day-to-day "needs", living vicariously through their smartphones, and pursuing social media recognition, are still living this way through a conscious choice. They know some things are definitely wrong, but just don't want to upset that protective bubble of ignorance they currently enjoy by acknowledging how serious things are getting, and how much their voices are needed to correct this.

These same people, who you say have nothing to do with their own government's agenda, still go to the polls and vote. They openly discuss their "responsibility" to do so, yet don't allow themselves to attach any further responsibility to that thinking.

So, what's the point in voting, when the people don't also assume the responsibility of knowing what their governments are doing in their name, or have any interest in what happens after they cast those ballots?? That, in itself, is an irresponsible act.

The People are the only ones who CAN hold power accountable. The People ARE part of the blame for what happens. They choose not to confront power, and assume the role of "the powerless", whether because of fear, selfishness, or whatever.

Every citizenry that fails to confront its government invites global tyranny. We are ALL responsible.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 7:03:47 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (7+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Devil's Advocate:   New Content

Thanks DA. You got that right. I feel the guilt too. As they say in court; ignorance of the law is no excuse. Nor is it an excuse for not knowing what your government are committing all over the world. Too many people just don't give a crapola, as long as they have a couch, tv and pizza. I like em too much too. My brother lives in Canada. He is intelligent, an intellectual, anti-American, but has no clue about what Canada is doing and still defends them when I tell him. He used to be more liberal than I was as teens and young adults. What happened?

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 7:34:39 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndent

Devil's Advocate

Become a Fan
Author 500650

(Member since Nov 9, 2014), 9 fans, 2818 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

He's probably still a "liberal", in the "modern" sense.

Just like in the States, the "Liberals" in Canada have also been commandeered by the identity politics wave. Gone are the peace marches and that opposing voice in Parliament that kept things in check 20-30 years ago. In came the "social justice warriors" and the local distraction issues of "crimes against minorities".

Everyone's busy passing bills in the background with little public discussion about any of it, while Chrystia Freeland and others keep the Public occupied on Twitter and CBC with tales of evil dictatorships that need to be cleansed of their sadistic regimes.

The only time the Public hears anything about foreign policy matters is when one of these psychopaths decides to launch some social media storm. (Of course, the MSM never goes into any detail about these things, or just frames the stories in a bizarre, "uneventful" way.)

Trudeau's been talking about "reconciliation" with Canada's First Nations people since his initial election campaign, and yet, that really isn't happening. Seems the pipelines are more important to him. As is Canada's role in the Great American War Machine.

Stuff like this won't just go away with a "favourable" election. It takes the direct confrontation of the country's people, if enough of them could only forget about creating the next viral video of how their hamster fortells next week's coming of Jesus.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 8:50:54 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (6+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Devil's Advocate:   New Content

Absolutely liberal, hates Trump, watches Rachel Maddow, thinks Trump colluded and Russia meddled. Doesn't know anything about Venezuela except that some "dictator rigged his election". Loves the CA medicare program, [I wonder how long it will take to destroy that?] Concerned about climate change, blames the Chinese, a little embarrassed about Alberta tar sands---now there is a case of corruption! If Canada shats in their own yard, you know what they must be doing in their "backyard".

Eventually the oil companies in Alberta will declare bankruptcy and leave that mess for the taxpayers to clean up, if it is even possible to clean up. Meanwhile the oil companies, CEO's and stockholders have pocketed $billions of fictitious profits.

As for Mr. Sarovic's comment I did not quite understand if he contradicted himself or what he meant when he said:

"We need to find who these people are [the deep state]. I know it is very difficult to achieve but not trying to find who they are is useless because they will continue doing evil until someone call them responsible."

If you look at his bio and web site, he is an interesting person.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 9:47:00 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

Leslie Johnson

Become a Fan
Author 500983
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Dec 9, 2014), 18 fans, 14 articles, 1 quicklinks, 1304 comments, 1 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Devil's Advocate:   New Content

I hear all of you! And I remain disheartened....I call my Reps and Senators, go to protests in town, sign petitions, donate, post on twitter and FB and on a few occasions have gotten an email saying "we won!" I even call the White House. Sigh. I believe our government knows what we want, they just don't do it.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 8:55:10 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndent

Devil's Advocate

Become a Fan
Author 500650

(Member since Nov 9, 2014), 9 fans, 2818 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Leslie Johnson:   New Content

"...our government knows what we want, they just don't do it."

And we also know the reason why this is completely true, in my country as well as yours. I keep going back to what John Rachel has been saying for a while.

There are really only 2 approaches to correcting the problem:
1) Give them reason to want what the People want.
2) Find a way to get people into office that will want what the People want.

Obviously, the first idea can gain no traction, in a world where corporate money is acting as the indestructible motivator. The only way is to bind the candidates to a legal construct as a condition of their being elected.

This makes John's CFAR proposal the only sane, workable idea I've really heard on getting some of the money out of politics. Selling people on it seems to be the hard part, for some reason. Personally, I don't see what everyone's got to lose in promoting it. (What else do they have?)

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 9:13:16 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndent

nelswight

Become a Fan
Author 2581

(Member since Sep 3, 2006), 230 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Devil's Advocate:   New Content

And there is John way over in Japan; he escaped Detroit and is attempting more

corrective actions than I at home in Maine. Keep wirh him, Leslie. He means business. I'm no longer as quick on the stick.

Submitted on Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 at 11:10:58 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Leslie Johnson:   New Content

You're a real trooper too in this war on war. I've gotten out of the habit of attending stpete4peace meetings. It is a long hike for me, but maybe I'll get back soon.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 9:22:28 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndent

Leslie Johnson

Become a Fan
Author 500983
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Dec 9, 2014), 18 fans, 14 articles, 1 quicklinks, 1304 comments, 1 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

Thanks, David. I actually haven't attended much for quite a while now. I did participate in feeding the homeless on Monday nights, but, by in large, the group wasn't active enough for me.I printed off a lot of John Rachel's Peace Dividend but they weren't very fired up about it. If you do decide to attend, give me a head's up and I'll be there!

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 10:23:53 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Here is another example of Venezuela's white minority dominance: The Miss Venezuela beauty contest.

Even though most Venezuelans have some "non-whiteness" the middle and upper class aspire to whiten their image. Whiteness is considered beautiful and black as "bad". African and Indigenous features are considered ugly. This discrimination rubs off on their politics, culture, commerce, education, employment, and class.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 10:14:03 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 

Lois Gagnon

Become a Fan
Author 61784

(Member since Mar 21, 2011), 38 fans, 1 articles, 13 quicklinks, 5196 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Thanks so much for all your work on this valuable article David. I will share it with my Western Mass Venezuela Solidarity Coalition. We have been working tirelessly on our pathetic excuse for Democratic representatives to reverse this imperialist policy.

Unfortunately, this economic imperialism goes way back to the European banking elites. It will not be easy to dislodge them from power. In the mean time, we must continue to expose their lies and criminal policies against humanity. Educating the public remains one of our best tools.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 11:32:46 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 
Indent

David Pear

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 29, 2014), 47 fans, 75 articles, 329 quicklinks, 3423 comments
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Lois Gagnon:   New Content

Thank you Lois for being a tireless and persistent dissident of this corrupt system. Does the Western Mass Venezuela Solidarity Coalition have a website, facebook?

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 2:05:52 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

Devil's Advocate

Become a Fan
Author 500650

(Member since Nov 9, 2014), 9 fans, 2818 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

"Western Mass Venezuela Solidarity Coalition"

Now there's a mouthful, eh! :)

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 3:55:12 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

Lois Gagnon

Become a Fan
Author 61784

(Member since Mar 21, 2011), 38 fans, 1 articles, 13 quicklinks, 5196 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

David, here is the Facebook page which includes my post of this article. There is supposed to be a web page hosted by The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice which acts as a clearing house of sorts for all the activist groups in the Pioneer Valley, but I can't seem to locate it at the moment. When I find it, I'll link it here. If you visit the Resistance Center site, you will find some of our past events listed there.

.facebook.com/groups/2132298837025516/

At some point, I expect our group will be changing its moniker to include a more general peace group agenda. We are already including Iran in our standouts. It's a fairly large group so it is encouraging to see all these activists coming together.

Submitted on Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 1:29:49 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

Lois Gagnon

Become a Fan
Author 61784

(Member since Mar 21, 2011), 38 fans, 1 articles, 13 quicklinks, 5196 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Pear:   New Content

Found it!

click here

Submitted on Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 at 12:43:29 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment