Since the death of Hugo Chavez, think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) have been frothing at the mouth, just waiting for Venezuela to fall apart at the seams. Just a few days ago, President Nicolas Maduro kicked 3 U.S. officials out of his country and detained the opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez.
This is all happening in the midst of rumors that the U.S. is colluding with the anti-government protesters and infiltrating college campuses with agents provocateurs in order to topple Maduro’s presidency and instill their own puppet into a nation whose natural resources are abundant and highly-sought-after by the mega-corporations currently running the planet.
“The allegation that the United States is helping to organise protesters in Venezuela is baseless and false. We support human rights and fundamental freedoms – including freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly – in Venezuela as we do in countries around the world,” spokeswoman Jan Psaki said.
Tuesday’s demonstration was called by the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is wanted by the authorities on charges of inciting violence.
While officials say no opposition march will be permitted, a large “concert for the youth” is scheduled in Caracas’ central square on Tuesday afternoon, he said.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua had named the three US diplomats whose expulsion had been announced by President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday.
Consular officials Breann Marie McCusker, Jeffrey Gordon Elsen and Kristopher Lee Clark were accused of meeting students in private universities in the last two months.
According to Breitbart, the protest that’s garnering so much attention and outcry against the government didn’t play out exactly like the mainstream media described:
As the protests were taking place, “witnesses said vigilantes arrived on motorcycles to harass the marchers, and… some fired indiscriminately into the crowds.” Of the 61 persons reported injured, 17 were police.
In fact, the reason for the expulsion of the U.S. officials was because of false-flag attacks on Venezuelan infrastructure carried out by Obama’s underlings!
Maduro says the three ‘diplomats’ are directly involved with trying to bribe Venezuelan power companies to stage an “electrical coup” by shutting off electricity to much of the country.
For at least a month Venezuela has been hit with seemingly unexplained electricity blackouts. Maduro says they now have damning evidence that it was a false flag conspiracy by the Obama regime.
The blackouts hit dozens of cities and shut down electrically run public transportation, among other things. Maduro named top U.S. diplomat Kelly Keiderling, as well as Elizabeth Hunderland and David Mutt, as the lead false flag saboteurs.
The main problems that so-called anti-government protesters are upset about are high inflation, crime, and the shortage of some staples ; However, the government has blamed these problems on “saboteurs” and “profit-hungry corrupt businessmen” ; Seeing what’s happened around the world lately, I’m inclined to agree.
The opposition say they were killed by pro-government militias known as “colectivos”.
I truly believe that if we were to follow the money trail, the “colectivos” that are gunning these protesters down are being paid by someone other than the Venezuelan government to do so.
Lopez, a 42-year-old US-educated economist, has been heading last weeks protest marches demanding Maduro’s resignation and voicing their discontent over a long list of problems including from record-breaking inflation and high crime-rate to corruption and product shortages. Analysts believe that the bulk of the oppositions support is centered in the struggling middle class, unhappy with government policies that have generally been more favorable to Venezuelas poor.
The peaceful gathering in Caracas ended with violent clashes between a group of students and security forces; three people got killed in the unrest. Lopez’s supporters claim that the victims were shot by pro-government forces.
Maduros government blamed the violence on Lopez, whom the president accuses of leading a US-backed “fascist” plot to oust the socialist government. Lopez was sought by authorities on an arrest order stemming murder and ‘terrorism’ to vandalism of public property. The opposition politician, former Mayor of Chacao Municipality of Caracas, claims though that he is being made a scapegoat by a dictatorial government.
Tony Cartalucci wrote shortly after Chavez’s death:
West Has Positioned Proxies to Strip Venezuela to the Bones After Chavez’ PassingPrimero Justicia (Justice First) was co-founded by Leopoldo Lopez and Julio Borges, who like Radonski, have been backed for nearly a decade by the US State Department. Primero Justicia and the network of foreign-funded NGOs that support it have been recipients of both direct and indirect foreign support for at least just as long.
Image: US State Department document (archived) illustrating the role National Endowment for Democracy (NED)-funded NGOs play in supporting US-backed opposition figures in Venezuela. The US regularly fails to transparently list who is included in extensive funding NED provides opposition groups in Venezeula, so documents like this give a rare glimpse into the names and dynamics actually involved. As was suspected, NED money is going into networks providing support for current presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski. In this particular document, NED-funded Sumate’s legal trouble is described in relation to its attempted defense of Radonski. At the time this document was written, Radonski was in jail pending trial for his role in facilitating the 2002 US-backed failed coup against President Hugo Chavez. The document may still be online at the US State Department’s official website here.
All three co-founders are US educated – Radonski having attended New York’s Columbia University (Spanish), Julio Borges attending Boston College and Oxford (Spanish), and Leopoldo Lopez who attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (KSG), of which he is considered an alumni of (and here)….
To understand fully the implications of Lopez’ education it helps to understand the leadership and principles guiding Harvard’s mission statements, best exemplified by KSG’ Belfer Center, which to this day, lends its public support to Lopez and his Primero Justicia opposition party.
Named after Robert Belfer of the Belco Petroleum Corporation and later, director of the failed Enron Corporation, the Belfer Center describes itself as being “the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy.” Robert Belfer still sits in as an International Council Member.
Belfer’s director, Graham Allison provides an example of self-serving corporatism steering US policy. He was a founder of the Trilateral Commission, a director of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a consultant to the RAND Corporation, Director of the Getty Oil Company, Natixis, Loomis Sayles, Hansberger, Taubman Centers, Inc., and Belco Oil and Gas, as well as a member of the advisory boards of Chase Bank, Chemical Bank, Hydro-Quebec, and the shady International Energy Corporation, all according to his official Belfer Center bio.
Other questionable personalities involved as a Belfer alumnus are Goldman Sachs, CFR member, and former-World Bank president Robert Zoellick. Sitting on the board of directors is CFR member and former Goldman Sachs consultant, Ashton Carter. There is also former director of Citigroup and Raytheon, former Director of Central Intelligence and CFR member John Deutch, who required a pardon by Clinton to avoid prosecution over a breach of security while fumbling his duties at the CIA. Meanwhile, Nathaniel Rothschild of Atticus Capital and RIT Capital Partners, Paul Volcker of the Federal Reserve, and former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff all serve as Belfer Center’s “advisers.”
Last but not least, there is John P. Holdren, also a Council on Foreign Relations member, science adviser to both President Clinton and President Obama, and co-author with Paul Ehrilich, of the now notorious book Ecoscience. When Holdren isn’t brand-building for “Climate Disruption,” he is dreaming of a Malthusian-fueled totalitarian global government that forcibly sterilizes the world’s population. He feared, erroneously, that overpopulation would be the end of humanity. He claimed in his hubris filled, fact deficient book, The No Growth Society, that by the year 2040, the United States would have a dangerously unsustainable population of 280 million he called “much too many.” The current US population is over 300 million, and despite reckless leadership and policies, it is still sustainable.
One could argue that Lopez’ education is in his past, independent of his current political activities, however, the interests driving the agenda of the Belfer Center are demonstrably still backing his Primero Justicia party’s bid for seizing power in Venezuela. Lopez, Radonski, and Borges are to this day still receiving substantial funding and support through NGO networks funded directly by the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy, and is clearly favored by the Western press. Furthermore, the CFR, Heritage Foundation, and other corporate-financier driven think-tanks have all come out in support of Radonski and Primero Justicia, in their bid to “restore democracy” American-style in Venezuela.
Whatever one may have thought about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his policies, he nationalized his nation’s oil, forcing out foreign multinational corporations, diversified his exports to reduce dependency on Western markets (with US exports at a 9 year low), and had openly opposed corporate-financier neo-imperialism across the globe. He was an obstruction to Western hegemony – an obstruction that has provoked overt, depraved jubilation from his opponents upon his death.
And while many critics are quick to claim President Chavez’ policies are a “failure,” it would be helpful to remember that the US, on record, has arrayed its vast resources both overtly and covertly against the Venezuelan people over the years to ensure that any system outside the West’s sphere of influence inevitably fails.
Dark Days Ahead.
Dark days indeed lay ahead for Venezuela, with the AEI “checklist” foreshadowing an “uprising,” stating:
As Venezuelan democrats wage that struggle against chavismo, regional leaders must make clear that Syria-style repression will never be tolerated in the Americas. We should defend the right of Venezuelans to struggle democratically to reclaim control of their country and its future. Only Washington can make clear to Chinese, Russian, Iranian, and Cuban leaders that, yes, the United States does mind if they try to sustain an undemocratic and hostile regime in Venezuela. Any attempt to suppress their self-determination with Chinese cash, Russian arms, Iranian terrorists, or Cuban thuggery will be met with a coordinated regional response.
US military contractors and special forces had been caught operating in and around Venezuela. Just as there were warning signs in Syria years before the 2011 conflict began, the US’ intentions of provoking bloodshed and regime change in Venezuela stretch back as far as 2002. Just as Syria is now facing a Western-engineered proxy war, Venezuela will too, with the AEI already declaring US plans to wage a Syria-style proxy war in South America.
If anyone would be opposed to governments abusing their people, it would be me ; And although I don’t particularly like the idea of a country that “bans protests”, I am no longer swayed to promote Western interference in foreign nations by pictures and video of people getting killed, because the mainstream media has gotten VERY GOOD at manipulating photo and video to make it look like these governments are horrible and must be stopped. We’ve been exposing the media’s blatant lies and manipulation in Libya and Syria, and it’s only a matter of time until we find evidence of the same thing happening in Venezuela. I’m sorry, I’m just not convinced that the U.S. cares deeply about the Venezuelan people and that this anti-government protest is legitimate.
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