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Make the economy scream ... in Venezuela

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For one more year, the blog had the opportunity to watch new, interesting documentaries at the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, held on 1-10 March.
Among them, the new documentary Make the Economy Scream by Aris Chatzistefanou, creator of impressively revealing documentaries such as Catastroika, Debtocracy, FASCISM INC and This is not a coup.
From the description:
A Greek journalist travels to Venezuela trying to figure out why the politicians of his crisis-plagued country debate on whether there is enough toilet paper in Caracas or not. Through several trips, which bring him from the shanty towns to the borders of Colombia and back to Europe, he discovers a reality that differs from the mainstream media narrative.

The creator travels not only in Venezuela, but also in other places, seeking answers about the real causes behind the problems that this Latin America country currently faces. The answers he gets re…

Joe Biden is Hillary Clinton 2.0 — Democrats would be mad to nominate him

The definition of insanity,” Einstein didn’t say, “is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
Have the Democrats gone mad? Are they really planning on putting up the same type of candidate against Donald Trump in 2020 that they put up against him in 2016? Is the party bent on nominating Hillary 2.0?
How else to describe Joe Biden, the former vice president and ex-senator from Delaware, who is leading in the polls and has hinted that he’d reveal whether he’s running for president in “a few weeks” and might select a running mate early in the process?
Forget, for a moment, his “blue-collar-uncle-at-the-end-of-the-bar persona.” Ignore also his recent, and ridiculous, claim to have the “most progressive record of anybody” running for president. Consider, instead, the sheer number of similarities he seems to have with the vanquished Democratic presidential candidate of 2016.
Iraq War supporter? Check. Clinton was pilloried by the left and the right alike as …

‘Armed terrorist cell’: Venezuela’s Interior Minister confirms arrest of Guaido’s aide

Venezuela’s Interior Minister has confirmed the arrest of self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido’s chief of staff. The opposition claims he was ‘kidnapped’ while authorities say he was the leader of a ‘terrorist cell.’
Roberto Marrero was taken into custody on Thursday as part of the government raid against a “terrorist cell” that plotted to carry out attacks against top Venezuelan politicians, the Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol, said in a statement.
Together with the Public Prosecutor's Office, the investigations led to the detention of the citizen, Roberto Eugenio Marrero Borgas, who is directly responsible for the organization of criminal groups,” he said.
The government also released images of two rifles allegedly seized by the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) during the raid on Marrero’s house.
Full report:

Bernie Sanders posts video citing Israel’s ‘apartheid-like’ policies

Bernie Sanders, who has announced his intention to run in the Democratic primaries ahead of the 2020 presidential election, posted a campaign video featuring a supporter praising him for his condemnation of the “apartheid-like” conditions imposed on Palestinians by Israel.
He spoke out against apartheid in South Africa when crazily that was an unpopular thing to do and even today he speaks out against apartheid-like conditions in Palestine even though it’s not popular,” Shaun King said in the clip posted on Monday on the presidential campaign’s Facebook page.
King, “a columnist and activist”, was speaking at the formal launch of Sanders’ campaign on 2 March.
The video then breaks away from King’s speech to a highlighted online CNN headline, “Bernie Sanders smashes the Israel status quo”.
Sanders was “the first Jewish candidate to win major nominating contests when he ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016”, and has also “been among the Senate’s most trenchant Israel critics, releasing…

Ricardo Hausmann’s “Morning After” for Venezuela: The neoliberal brain behind Juan Guaido’s economic agenda

While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela.
by Anya Parampil
Part 4 - “Neoliberalism is the path to hell”
Back in Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution ushered in by Chávez provided an antidote to the IESA method that had produced so much social damage to Venezuela’s majority.
The Bolivarian Revolution was an indirect response to neoliberalism, born of mass resistance in the streets,” claims Ciccariello-Maher, observing that while “in power, it remained largely faithful to that mission.
Ciccariello-Maher added that “it would be difficult to exaggerate the impact Chavismo has had on Venezuelan society,” because for the first time in its history “oil was put at the service of the people. …Most important, however, the poor – so long excluded – became ‘protagonists’ in the political life of Venezuela, a…

Brexit: What's the f**k is going on?

Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

by Jonathan Cook
Part 5 - No screening for documentary
Second, Williamson compounded his crime by publicly helping just such a readymade witch: a black Jewish woman named Jackie Walker.
He had booked a room in the British parliament building – the seat of our supposed democracy – so that audiences could see a new documentary on an earlier Labour witch hunt. More than two years ago the party suspended Walker over anti-semitism claims.
The screening was to inform Labour party members of the facts of her case in the run-up to a hearing in which, given the current atmosphere, it is likely she will be expelled. The screening was sponsored by Jewish Voice for Labour, which has also warned repeatedly that anti-semitism is being used malevolently to silence criticism of Israel and weaken Corbyn.
Walker was seen as a pivotal figure by those opposed to Corbyn. She was a co-founder of Momentum, the grassroots organisation established to support Corbyn after his election to the leadership and deal wit…

US lawmakers slam government on anniversary of Iraq war

'16 years ago, the US illegally invaded Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction and lives lost,' said Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
U.S. lawmakers criticized the government Wednesday for its decision to invade Iraq 16 years ago, questioning the conflict’s legitimacy.
Politicians called the invasion disastrous, saying it led to the country’s destruction and affected America’s global standing.
"Sixteen years ago, the U.S. illegally invaded Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction and lives lost," Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said on Twitter.
Omar outlined the consequences of the invasion, saying 4,500 U.S. troops lost their lives, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians were killed and the decision had done "incalculable damage” to America’s reputation in the world.
Senator Bernie Sanders also slammed the invasion, saying he had opposed it when the idea was proposed in Congress.
"Sixteen years ago, the United States invaded Iraq. I opposed it at the time, warning of unintended consequen…

A second Brexit referendum will boost the extreme right and the fascists further

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Costas Lapavitsas spoke with Paul Jay of The Real News and explained why a second Brexit referendum will fuel the far right nightmare:
The working class people, the poor and others who voted for Brexit in 2016, take their vote very seriously. Another referendum - before the first one will have been implemented - will look, and it will be, a direct negation of democracy. It will be a direct subverting of democracy. They will have been told ‘your vote counts for nothing’.
In that context, the only political current that can benefit is the extreme right. And they're there. They're already active. They speak the language of the working people.
There are actually now out and out fascists who are organizing actively. They call for a defense of democracy. They call for a rejection of politicians and politics in the sense that these politicians and official politics, democratic politics, are maneuvers used by the rich, and they’ve got nothing to do with the poor, and…

The Grayzone testifies at the UN, exposes the Western propaganda on Venezuela

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The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Anya Parampil spoke about Venezuela at a United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva on March 19. They joined former special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas on a panel titled "Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: Propaganda vs. Reality."

Rubio’s gloating betrays US sabotage in Venezuela power blitz

by Finian Cunningham
US imperialists are so desperate in their regime-change predations over Venezuela, they seem to have a problem controlling their drooling mouths.
The latest orgy of American gloating was triggered by the massive power outages to have hit Venezuela. No sooner had the South American country been blacked out from its power grid collapsing, senior US officials were crowing with perverse relish.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio – who has become a point man for the Trump administration in its regime-change campaign in Venezuela – was a little too celebratory. Within minutes of the nationwide power outage last Thursday, Rubio was having verbal orgasms about the “long-term economic damage”… “in the blink of an eye”. But it was his disclosure concerning the precise damage in the power grid that has led the Venezuelan government to accuse the US of carrying out a sabotage.
Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez noted how Rubio, in his tweeted comments “three minutes” after the powe…

Βενεζουέλα: εκεί όπου οι θεωρίες συνωμοσίας βγαίνουν αληθινές

Οι καταγγελίες που εξαπολύει τις τελευταίες εβδομάδες ο πρόεδρος της Βενεζουέλας, Νικολάς Μαδούρο, εναντίον των ΗΠΑ θυμίζουν θεωρίες συνωμοσίας της πιο νοσηρής φαντασίας. Το πρόβλημα είναι ότι η μία μετά την άλλη επιβεβαιώνονται από αμερικανικά μέσα ενημέρωσης.
του Άρη Χατζηστεφάνου
Κάθε φορά που οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες θέλουν να αρχίσουν έναν νέο πόλεμο», έλεγε πρόσφατα ο δημοσιογράφος Γκλεν Γκρίνγουολντ, «επινοούν ένα πραγματικά εμπρηστικό και συναισθηματικά φορτισμένο ψέμα. Στόχος είναι να κάνουν τον κόσμο να μισεί τόσο πολύ την κυβέρνηση που θέλουν να ανατρέψουν, ώστε να αφήνουν στην άκρη τη λογική και να στηρίζουν τις πολεμικές επιχειρήσεις».
Τα σχετικά παραδείγματα στη σύγχρονη Ιστορία των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών είναι αναρίθμητα και συχνά εξαιρετικά χοντροκομμένα.
Ο πόλεμος του Βιετνάμ κλιμακώθηκε ύστερα από την υποτιθέμενη επίθεση που πραγματοποίησε το Βόρειο Βιετνάμ εναντίον αμερικανικών πλοίων στον κόλπο του Τόνκιν -μια επίθεση που κατά τα φαινόμενα δεν συνέβη ποτέ.
Πριν από τον πρώτο π…

Ricardo Hausmann’s “Morning After” for Venezuela: The neoliberal brain behind Juan Guaido’s economic agenda

While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela.
by Anya Parampil
Part 3 - Revolt against the austerity agenda
During the late 1980s, as Lt. Col. Chávez watched the wholesale ravaging of his country’s economy by foreign capital, he formed a cadre of populist officers called the Bolivarian Revolutionary Movement 200. In 1992, Chávez led the officers in an attempted military coup against the government of Pérez, hoping to ride the wave of popular resentment for the neoliberal policies enforced by Hausmann and his fellow IESA boys. Though he initially failed, Chávez captured the mood of the Venezuelan public, including sectors of the middle class, and emerged as a national folk hero.
Even mainstream U.S. media conceded that Chávez had a point. At the time, the Washington Post identified him as the leader of…

US regime change blueprint proposed Venezuelan electricity blackouts as ‘watershed event’ for ‘galvanizing public unrest’

The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and urged the opposition “to take advantage of the situation…towards their needs”
by Max Blumenthal
Part 3 - Exploiting crisis to “get back into a position of power”
As Dan Cohen and I reported here at the Grayzone, Guaido’s rise to prominence – and the coup plot that he has been appointed to oversee – is the product of a decade-long project overseen by the Belgrade-based CANVAS outfit.
CANVAS is a spinoff of Otpor, a Serbian protest group founded by Srdja Popovic in 1998 at the University of Belgrade. Otpor, which means “resistance” in Serbian, was the student group that worked alongside US soft power organizations to mobilize the protests that eventually toppled the late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
CANVAS has been funded largely through the National Endowment for Democracy, a CIA cut-out that functions as the US government’s main arm of promoting regi…

Hollywood’s ‘Captain Marvel’ blockbuster is blatant US military propaganda

The Pentagon was deeply involved in the production of the hit Hollywood film Captain Marvel, and is using the movie to spread recruitment propaganda.
by Ben Norton
Part 3 - Captain Marvel, brought to you by the US military
On its official government website, the US Department of Defense boasted of its direct involvement in the production of Captain Marvel:
About 50 airmen from the Fresno-based 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard and the 412th Test Wing from Edwards Air Force Base, California, had roles as extras for the film. B-1 and B-2 bombers; F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets; and a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, as well as housing, runways, the flighline and a hangar at Edwards were used in the [film]. About 490 cast and crew members with 37 trucks spent about 21 days on the base for setup, filming and tear-down.
Brie Larson, who portrays Danvers, also went to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and met female fighter pilots, including Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, th…