The US-backed coup in Venezuela has definitely stalled. More than 3 weeks have passed since little-known Juan Guaido swore himself in as “interim president”, and there seems to be no clear sign of what happens next. But don’t take it from us! VA interviewed opposition supporters during an anti-government march on Youth Day (Feb. 12) to get their thoughts on the next steps, foreign intervention, sanctions and more. Feb. 12 also saw a large Chavista march on the other side of town, with youth and popular movements coming out in defense of national sovereignty.
With no clear road map to Miraflores Palace, tensions are now building up around “humanitarian aid” being stockpiled across the border in Colombia. Guaido has set Feb. 23 as the date when aid will enter the country “no matter what.” Venezuelan authorities have vowed not to let it happen, seeing it as a trigger for foreign intervention. And, like clockwork, Trump again refused to rule out military action against Venezuela. (It’s worth pointing out that the US has pledged $20M in aid, whereas the latest sanctions alone (an oil embargo) cost Venezuela $30M… per day!)
On the analysis front we continue challenging the mainstream narrative, so be sure to check out Lucas Koerner’s dissection of the “constitutional” arguments behind the opposition coup, while Paul Dobson contrasts the furious diplomatic battles with the ongoing normalcy on the streets. Plus, have you heard how “the world” supports Guaido? We have a few maps and pie charts that tell a different story.
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Ricardo for the VA team
Battle for control of Venezuelan assets continues as Trump reiterates military option
Feb. 23 is now the next possible flash point in the current crisis
Red Cross and UN criticized the use of humanitarian aid for political goals
A summit in Montevideo did not result in a unified mediation initiative
The UN has repeatedly called on both sides to negotiate
Lucas Koerner examines the (un)constitutionality of Juan Guaido’s claim to power
Paul Dobson explains why Guaido’s attempted coup has had next to no impact within Venezuela
VA looks at Guaido’s claim that he has the support of the world.
Vijay Prashad looks at what drives the US to persist in its interventions against the Venezuelan government
Joe Emersberger on the propaganda surrounding humanitarian aid
Reinaldo Iturriza examines the neoliberal plans of the opposition
Greg Palast examines the relationship between racism and right-wing politics in the Latin American nation
MSM made a big fuss about Maduro supposedly closing a bridge that (it turns out) was already closed
Alan MacLeod on the role of the media in the current coup
Steve Ellner looks at the ongoing US-orchestrated coup attempt and its implications
Jorge Martin takes stock of the coup
Yves Engler explains the Canadian government’s aggressive attempts to oust Maduro
Darrall Cozens looks at the BBC’s efforts at preparing public opinion for imperialist intervention.
Roger Harris looks at Guaido’s “impeccable illegitimacy”
Joe Emersberger examines the claim that Maduro “stole” the 2018 presidential election
Caribbean countries chided OAS Secretary General Almagro for his actions on Venezuela
The VA team went to the anti-government march on February 12 to ask opposition supporters about the current attempts to unseat the Maduro government.
VA’s Lucas Koerner and writer Joe Emersberger David Smolansky and Fernando Cutz on CGTN’s The Heat.
Chavistas marched in Caracas to commemorate Youth Day and reject foreign intervention.
VA teams up with Groundings in this two part series on the Bolivarian Revolution’s current fight against US imperialism.
Members of Venezuela’s art and culture scene rallied in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution
VA’s Lucas Koerner speaks to Sky News Australia about growing divisions within the Venezuelan opposition