Friday, January 25, 2019

Virtual regime change

"The Coup in Venezuela Must Be Resisted" (Murray):
"But I can think of no precedent at all for recognising a President who does not have and has never had control of the country – and has never been a candidate for President. This idea of the West simply trying to impose a suitably corrupt and biddable leader is really a very startling development. It is astonishing the MSM commentariat and political class appear to see no problem with it. It is a quite extraordinary precedent, and doubtless will lead to many new imperialist adventures."
Tweet (David Mizner):
"Always, always the same. Cartoon vilification of government leader, white-washing of reactionary opposition, elevation of wealthy ex-pats who support US imperialism, erasure of indigenous voices who support government, both sides-ism or silence from American leftists "
"US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence " (Cartalucci).

"5 Reasons Why The US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela May Fail" (Marat).  Extremely atypical to see in Zero Hedge, and the some of the commenters aren't amused, but the points made are strong.

"Trump Recognition of Rival Venezuelan Government Will Set Off a Diplomatic Avalanche" (Madsen).  Trump's madness will lead to total international instability, with the legitimacy of governments now dependent on the whim of a President and the lackey governments he has supporting him.

We've now reached the point of 'virtual regime change', with Trump, not a fan of wasting money on wars, skipping that step by simply announcing that the change has occurred.

Tweet (Tulsi Gabbard):
"The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders--so we have to stop trying to choose theirs."
Tweet (Niki Ashton, who lost the last leadership contest to the so-called current leader of the Canadian NDP, who, for all we see of him, is apparently in some kind of protective custody):
"PM Trudeau sides with Trump's regime change agenda and Brazil's fascist President in support of someone calling for a military coup in Venezuela. No! We cannot support an agenda of economic or military coups. #HandsOffVenezuela"
Note the responses are largely from the very loud white rich types who are in exile in places like Canada (an exact parallel to the anti-Castro Cubans, and hopefully will be whining for at least as long).

Blah, ambiguous Singh tweet.  Godawful Bernie tweets.

"Arrest of Marzieh Hashemi Reveals Bipartisan Nature of Police State" (Baraka).  "Silence of the Lambs: The Case of Marzieh Hashemi" (Amiri).  The 'official' self-styled protectors of journalism had nothing, or almost nothing, to say about this, as you would expect.  As is so often the case, the 'right' isn't necessarily worse than usual, it is just that the 'left' completely turtles, or worse.
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