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By Bill Van Auken, Senior Analyst, wsws.org

Venezuela's protests are really an upper/middle class revolt against what they perceive as "communism." It's  the old calumny and class hatred inculcated in countless people.

Venezuela’s protests are really an upper/middle class revolt against what they perceive as “communism.” It’s the old calumny and class hatred inculcated in countless people.

As the government of President Nicolás Maduro entered a second round of talks with Venezuela’s right-wing opposition, a leading national daily reported that the number of military officers under arrest for involvement in an alleged coup plot has risen to over 30. Continue reading »

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Apr 162014
 
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Excellent reportage. By a British expert, and notice the terms she uses, a refreshing departure that dissolves much of the US-inculcated propaganda about this and other issues.

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Can Maduro Avoid the Trap?
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by CHRIS GILBERT

It was shortly after Moses’s encounter with the Burning Bush that God promised to take the people of Israel to the land of milk and honey. God, who could be extremely cryptic in his explanations (“I am that I am”), did not beat around the bush – of the either burning or extinguished variety – when it came to capturing his audience. For that reason, he did not offer houris (which might lose their charm in a few weeks) or freedom and democracy (which can ring hollow on an empty stomach) but two simple use-values: milk and honey. Continue reading »

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Apr 092014
 
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SPECIAL—FROM GLOBAL RESEARCH
“This disruption is something we have seen in numerous other countries—at this very time from Venezuela to Thailand. The goal of these western-financed attacks has been to make the world safe for the 1%, the global super rich…”

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More than 83 percent of the qualified voters of Crimea recently participated in a referendum to rejoin Russia. And of that number well over 93 percent voted to separate themselves from Ukraine and once more become a part of Russia, in what was a massively one-sided victory . Continue reading »

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Apr 072014
 
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Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

The London Review of Books

Obama: Who hasn't this man betrayed?

Warmonger Obama: Who and what hasn’t this man betrayed?

In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s offer to relinquish his chemical arsenal in a deal brokered by Russia. Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya? The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and military leaders who thought that going to war was both unjustified and potentially disastrous. Continue reading »

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