Image: Simon Bolivar Statue in Washington DC
Scary thoughts about Venezuela
Bolivarian freedom from Spain to domination by America with help from Canada. And quite possibly a stepping stone to war with Russia and China.
Washington doesn't mind a reminder in its backyard that Venezuela is Bolivarian (see image above). Freedom from Spain is great, but freedom from US interference will not be tolerated.
Canada, in the person of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is doing its part to see that democracy rules the roost in Venezuela, even though being ruled by democracy is a logical fallacy.
Globe&Mail: Freeland spoke to Venezuelan opposition leader two weeks before he declared himself interim president, source says
At least one notable Canadian workers' union thinks that having "a self-declared leader" is undemocratic:
CUPE Statement on the situation in Venezuela
Put that whole bunch out on the street in support of Maduro and Chavez's Bolivarian dream for Venezuela, and see how free and democratic Canada really is.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers - CUPW - has so far not taken a position on the Venezuelan coup. But, to its credit, it did support one of its employees who took part in the 2018 Freedom Flotilla on behalf of Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Canada's government is officially "deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights".
One might think that an election might be a good way to protect human rights, but our government favours a coup instead. That should tell us something about the future of our own "democracy".
Canada's foreign minister will be hosting "The Lima Group" on Feb. 4 who will discuss (be instructed on?) supporting "the restoration of democracy in Venezuela".
That in no way would include the possibility of reinstating the duly-elected Maduro, so it's pretty much an outright misrepresentation of the group's stated intentions to restore democracy.
The Lima Group consists of:
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru
Notice that The Lima Group does not include the ALBA states which are, in order of joining: Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Ecuador, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Grenada and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
(Barbuda is in deep trouble at the moment as a result of a hurricane last year and the vultures that instantly swooped in: ‘Land grab’ on hurricane-hit Barbuda could leave the island almost entirely owned by banks.)
The underlining of certain states above indicates which consider themselves Bolivarian, although it's sad that the three in The Lima Group appear to have traded the domination of Spain for that of the US (and, in this case, its proxy, Canada). There has been immense pressure on Bolivia and everyone knows how long America has itched to get its hands on Cuba.
There is a rather long, but educational, article here about the history and trials of the Chavez years that includes a worrisome paragraph on one way that the US could control Venezuela:
Right now Colombia is taking the brunt of the sanctions that were placed on the Maduro government, making it impossible for him to continue to meet the needs of the people. Nobody in power in the so-called "free world" actually cares about the poor; they are pawns in the power game.
As early as last August, the Venezuelan poor were pouring into Colombia, hoping to use it as a pathway to places like Ecuador where they might find jobs.
It's the wealthy Venezuelans who want American intervention. Chavez prevented them from ruling the roost and becoming even richer at the expense of their fellow humans in the barrios. Maduro certainly couldn't do anything right as long as he could be accused of seeking assistance from entities that the US and Israel have characterized as wicked and won't tolerate.
Sympathy for the poor is vocalized all over the place, but the greater their plight the more the advantage for the US in its cynical game called Democracy.
Note that Colombia has joined The Lima Group and the fact that Canada is the only non-South American entity in that group suggests a Chrystia Freeland-Soros endeavour on behalf of the US to accompany the rumours of war with China and Russia.
All that an outright war ever takes is a focal point of some sort, a little spot on the map where "democracy" is deemed not to be served, and therefore menaces "democracy" everywhere.
Some say the US can't win against Russia and China. But top members of the military are making the case that it can. Apparently, all that's needed is yet another increase in military spending. Well, that's always the aim of the military/industrial complex that Eisenhower warned against, isn't it?
Already there are media rumblings of a direct Russian response:
GlobalNews: Mysterious Nordwind Airlines plane returns to Russia from Venezuela
A video on Al Jazeera has Pompeo saying, "Pick a side".
AlJazeera has also weighed in with a video on the Russian/Venezuelan theme:
What Russia stands to lose in Venezuela
Chrystia Freeland, disguised as a Liberal, is the official Canadian rabble-rouser on behalf of the US (forget that Trump says he doesn't like her). Unlike forerunner Michael Ignatieff, who was too obvious as some sort of exotic, imported plant and consequently left us saddled with the Harper years and the glory of fighting for one's country, Freeland has taken over the job for which Ignatieff failed to achieve a mandate.
Ignatieff is just too obvious everywhere, it seems.
Iggy didn't have a Trudeau out in front to make Canadians think they were voting Liberal -- unlike Freeland, who was appointed as Foreign Minister (some say "Minister of Everything") to work behind the window dressing.
TheStar: How Chrystia Freeland became the (unofficial) deputy prime minister
There's a Canadian Society for the New Humanist Paradigm (SNHP) located in B.C. one of whose representatives has characterized Freeland as a "a neo-con war-mongerer".
So what do you think will be the ultimate upshot of the Lima Group's meeting?
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2/2/2019 04:31:38 pm
Penny, thanks for added info. With all the talk about ensuring democracy, you'd think Turkey would be able to make its own decision on whether or not to deal with Venezuela. It's more like gang leader mentality!
re :"A longstanding interest in radical movements led Town to the Kurds. "
3/2/2019 11:13:25 am
Thank you, Penny. I bow to your superior knowledge of the region. Please feel free to critique the following observations:
Kurds are sunni muslims, overwhelmingly.
4/2/2019 04:34:54 pm
Thanks, Penny. I know you have a lot on your plate, and you've gone to a lot of trouble to clarify. Sorry if I didn't make it clear it's the Kurds living in Armenia that are Christian, and that both sides have put the past behind them and now live in relative peace - , except that now there are protests against the government -- which don't seem much different from the French ones.
And then there is the rarely covered massacres of Assyrians- along with the theft of their history and antiquities
one more- lots of history in that entire situation... that's for sure
4/2/2019 04:49:56 pm
This is all good stuff to have here for future reference. But I don't envy your job of sorting out that grizzly mess over there. And you've stuck at it for so many years! Which is why I respect your opinion where I wouldn't with so many others. Thanks again, Penny. Sincerely.
5/2/2019 01:51:59 pm
"But then when is the reality anything like the presentation?"
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