Category Archives: War and conflict

Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela? – By Marco Teruggi

Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela?

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By Marco Teruggi – Pagina 12 – April 12, 2019

The attack should have been short since the Maduro administration was not strong enough to resist. This was the conviction of the United States as they carried out a strategy to overthrow him: they built a President 2.0 Juan Guaido; they gave him a fictionalized government, international recognition, a collective narrative among mass media companies, accelerated economic sanctions at different levels. Overlapping these variables, different results were expected to be achieved on their path of getting a forced negotiation or the toppling of the government.

Events did not take the planned course. First and most important, the breaking of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB): a crucial element that should have happened but did not. A series of tactics were implemented for it, from internal conspiracy with the support of a lot of dollars, visas and guarantees, or the strategy of a latent threat of a possible U.S. intervention. A combination of bluff – an unloaded weapon pointed at your head – with built up dates to try to achieve a rupture, such as on February 23rd.      Continue reading

Venezuela reports collapse in oil supply, tightening global market – OPEC

Venezuela’s output now less than 1M barrels/day due to US sanctions and blackouts

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LONDON,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s oil output sank to a new long-term low last month due to U.S. sanctions and blackouts, the country told OPEC, deepening the impact of a global production curb and further tightening supplies.

Supply cuts by OPEC and partners led by Russia, plus involuntary reductions in Venezuela and Iran, have helped drive a 32 percent rally in crude prices this year, prompting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump for the group to ease its market-supporting efforts.

In a monthly report released on Wednesday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said Venezuela told the group that it pumped 960,000 barrels per day (bpd) in March, a drop of almost 500,000 bpd from February.    Continue reading

History: Churchill, the Greatest Briton, Hated Gandhi, the Greatest Indian

Churchill, the Greatest Briton, Hated Gandhi, the Greatest Indian

Mahatma Gandhi – 1931

Within his homeland, Winston Churchill’s colossal contribution to saving his people from Hitler eclipses all else, and he is widely regarded as the greatest Briton of all time. So it came as something of a surprise when a senior Labour Party politician recently described him as a “villain” for having ordered troops to fire on striking workers in the Welsh town of Tonypandy in 1910. The claim provoked vigorous denunciations from prominent politicians, as well as more sober reflections in op-ed pages. When the dust settles, as it soon must, Churchill will revert to being the figure of sanctity that he has always been.

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USA: Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

The arrival of two Russian air force planes carrying nearly 100 Russian troops outside Caracas on Saturday has escalated the political crisis in Venezuela.

Russia and China have backed President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most Western countries support opposition leader Juan Guaido. In January, he invoked the constitution to assume the country’s interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.  Continue reading

US President Meeting with Caribbean delegation is “troubling” – PM Gonsalves

PM Gonsalves of St.Vincent and the Grenadines comments on Trump’s meeting

Gonsalves describes meeting between US President and Caribbean delegation as “troubling”

24 March 2019 – CMC
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has described the recent meeting between United States President Donald Trump and some Caribbean leaders as “troubling”.

Speaking to reporters here late Saturday, Gonsalves noted that there was no true representation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as the current chairman of the regional body, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris was not invited to the meeting.

He also pointed out that also absent were members of the CARICOM advisory committee including himself, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.        Continue reading

U.S. — Solitary confinement – arbitrary and racist punishment -By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S. — Solitary confinement – arbitrary, racist punishment that breaks the body and the mind

 -By Mohamed Hamaludin – Commentary

Few survival stories can equal that of three African American men who spent a total of 114 years confined in small concrete boxes, subjected to mental and physical torture, and emerged with their spirit unbroken.

Alfred Woodfox spent 43 years and 10 months in solitary confinement and Henry Wallace, 41 years, both convicted in 1972 of killing a police officer. Robert King, convicted of killing a corrections officer, spent 29 years in isolation. The courts eventually overturned their convictions. King was set free in 2001 and Woodfox in 2016. Wallace was freed in 2013 but by then he was dying of liver cancer.  All three were members of the Black Panther movement.        Continue reading

U.S – Trump, the wall and a yearning for blond, blue-eyed Nordic men – By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S – Trump, the wall and blond, blue-eyed Nordic men

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

During a January 2018 meeting in the Oval Office with members of Congress focusing on a possible bipartisan immigration policy, Haiti, El Salvador and African countries came up and President Donald J. Trump asked, according to The Washington Post, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He wanted, instead, more immigration from countries such as Norway.

Trump had just recently met Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg so his reference to her country could have been a throw-away line. Or perhaps not.

The Nordic people have been featured prominently in the views of so-called nativists, including those who have advocated eugenics for more than a century as the ideal breed of the human race.            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: A brief history of instabilities in Guyana: 1953-2019 – By Freddie Kissoon

A brief history of instabilities in Guyana, 1953-2019

Freddie Kissoon

Robotics: Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon

Robotics: Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon

Comments:

  • AI aside, what are these stupid military robots for? It’s not like we are fighting aliens or anything. Are we really so determined to make weapons so powerful and unstoppable just to kill or control other human beings? The fact that we seem so driven to murder each other seems to be the real issue.
  • The next great war will be the ultra wealthy cleansing the earth of working class peasants with the help of machines they have built for that sole purpose …. lol
  • We have humans that think like AI. We call them sociopaths.

Venezuela and PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage – By David Jessop

Commentary: The View from Europe: PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage

David Jessop

February 24, 2019 – By David Jessop

As this is being written an uneasy calm prevails in Haiti following nearly two weeks of widespread demonstrations against the government of President Jovenal Moïse. Protesters had been demanding his resignation, blocking roads, burning vehicles and attacking government buildings and businesses in many parts of the country including the capital Port-au-Prince.

More protests are planned in the coming days following what many Haitians see as the continuing failure to address their concerns about the disappearance of US$1.7 billion in PetroCaribe funds between 2008 and 2016 intended for social programmes in Haiti. Among those implicated by a Senate report were former ministers, officials, and senior political figures.    Continue reading

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