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US historic and continuous involvement in Venezuela before and after Hugo Chavez.

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CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chavez

Article originally published by Global Research in 2005, which points to previous attempts to assassinate President Hugo Chavez
This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation. “How do we know that the CIA was behind the coup that overthrew Hugo Chávez?” asked historian William Blum in 2002.
“Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. That’s what it’s always done and there’s no reason to think that tomorrow morning will be any different.”
Now we have a bit more evidence the CIA and the FBI connived with reactionary elements to not only briefly overthrow Chávez, abolish the constitution and the National Assembly, but later assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor, Danilo Anderson. He was killed by a car bomb in Caracas on November 18, 2004, while investigating those who were behind the coup. Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, a member of Colombia’s right wing paramilitary group called the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, claims he was in charge of logistics for the plot to kill Danilo Anderson. Vasquez De Armas told the Attorney General’s office that those planning the killing, “all discussed the plan with the help of the FBI and CIA.”
And the sun will rise tomorrow.
“According to the Attorney General, Vasquez De Armas said that during a meeting in Darien, Panama, on September 4 and 6, 2003, an FBI Officer called ‘Pesquera’ and a CIA agent called ‘Morrinson,’ attended a meeting along with two of the plot’s alleged organizers, Patricia Poleo and Salvador Romani, as well as two of those who actually did the killing, Rolando and Otoniel Guevera,” writes Alessandro Parma. “An official from the Attorney General’s office, speaking on behalf of Vasquez De Armas, said that in Panama the FBI and the plotting Venezuelans agreed, ‘to take out Chavez and the Government.’ He said, ‘the meeting’s final objective was to kill President Chavez and the Attorney General.’”
None of this is new or particularly revelatory. Steve Kangas writes:
“CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment. So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: “We’ll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us.” The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination. These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator’s security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be “communists,” but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.”
Examples include the coup to overthrow the democratically elected leader Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran, the ouster of democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in Guatemala, one coup per year (between 1957-1973) in Laos, the installation of the murderous “Papa Doc” Duvalier in Haiti, the assassination of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, the overthrow of Jose Velasco in Ecuador, the assassination of the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba in the Congo (later Zaire), the overthrow of the democratically elected Juan Bosch in the Dominican Republic, the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart in Brazil, the overthrow of the democratically elected Sukarno government in Indonesia, a military coup in Greece designed to install the “reign of the colonels” (when the Greek ambassador complained about CIA plans for Cypress, Johnson told him: “F— your parliament and your constitution”), the overthrow of the popular Prince Sahounek in Cambodia, the overthrow of Juan Torres in Bolivia, the overthrow and assassination of Salvador Allende in Chile, the assassination of archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador, and dozens of other incidents rarely if ever taught in American school history lessons.
John Perkins (author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man), as a former respected member of the international banking community and National Security Agency economist, told Amy Goodman: “Basically what we were trained to do and what our job is to do is to build up the American empire. To bring—to create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government…. This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people into our way of life, through the economic hit men.” Perkins’ job was “deal-making”:
It was giving loans to other countries, huge loans, much bigger than they could possibly repay. One of the conditions of the loan—let’s say a $1 billion to a country like Indonesia or Ecuador—and this country would then have to give ninety percent of that loan back to a U.S. company, or U.S. companies, to build the infrastructure—a Halliburton or a Bechtel. These were big ones. Those companies would then go in and build an electrical system or ports or highways, and these would basically serve just a few of the very wealthiest families in those countries. The poor people in those countries would be stuck ultimately with this amazing debt that they couldn’t possibly repay. A country today like Ecuador owes over fifty percent of its national budget just to pay down its debt. And it really can’t do it. So, we literally have them over a barrel. So, when we want more oil, we go to Ecuador and say, “Look, you’re not able to repay your debts, therefore give our oil companies your Amazon rain forest, which are filled with oil.” And today we’re going in and destroying Amazonian rain forests, forcing Ecuador to give them to us because they’ve accumulated all this debt. So we make this big loan, most of it comes back to the United States, the country is left with the debt plus lots of interest, and they basically become our servants, our slaves. It’s an empire. There’s no two ways about it. It’s a huge empire. It’s been extremely successful.
Most of the money for these loans, according to Perkins, is provided by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the two premier neolib loan sharking operations (it is important to note that the Straussian neocon, Paul Wolfowitz, is now president of the World Bank, thus demonstrating how closely related the neocons and traditional neolibs are).
If the loan sharks are unable to steal natural resources (oil, minerals, rainforests, water) as a condition of repaying this immense debt, “the next step is what we call the jackals.”
Jackals are CIA-sanctioned people that come in and try to foment a coup or revolution. If that doesn’t work, they perform assassinations—or try to. In the case of Iraq, they weren’t able to get through to Saddam Hussein… His bodyguards were too good. He had doubles. They couldn’t get through to him. So the third line of defense, if the economic hit men and the jackals fail, the next line of defense is our young men and women, who are sent in to die and kill, which is what we’ve obviously done in Iraq.
Hugo Chávez is now between the assassination point of this neolib plan and invasion, when “our young men and women” will be “sent in to die and kill” Venezuelan peasants the same way they are now killing poor Iraqis. Of course, it remains to be seen if Bush can actually invade Venezuela—the neocon roster is teeming with targets, from Syria to Iran—and so we can expect the Bushcons and their jackals to continue efforts to assassinate Chávez, as Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas reveals the CIA and the FBI are attempting to do, with little success. One notable failure by the jackals is Fidel Castro in Cuba, who experienced numerous assassination attempts and CIA counterinsurgency specialist Edward Lansdale’s Operation Mongoose (consisting of sabotage and political warfare), also known as the ‘’Cuba Project.’‘
As Blum notes, we know all of this is happening, same as we know the sun will come up tomorrow.
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    16 February 2014
    Venezuela president expels three US consular officials

    President Maduro: "It's a group of US functionaries who work in universities"

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is expelling three US consular officials, accusing them of meeting students involved in anti-government protests.
    The country has seen growing political tension and rallies, with three protesters dying in clashes last week.
    An arrest warrant has been issued for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has pledged to lead a march in the capital Caracas on Tuesday.
    The US has expressed concern about arrests of opposition protesters.
    Mr Maduro did not name the US officials being expelled, when he made the announcement in a national TV broadcast, but said the foreign ministry would give details later.
    "It's a group of US functionaries who are in the universities. We've been watching them having meetings in the private universities for two months. They work in visas," the president said.
    "Venezuela doesn't take orders from anyone!" he added.
    On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement expressing concern about the rising tensions in Venezuela.
    "We are particularly alarmed by reports that the Venezuelan government has arrested or detained scores of anti-government protestors and issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez," read the statement.
    The main opposition grievances are high inflation, crime and the shortage of some staples.
    The government has blamed the shortages on "saboteurs" and "profit-hungry corrupt businessmen".
    'Dress white' Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was last seen on Wednesday, when three men were shot dead at the end of opposition protests in the capital.

    Leopoldo Lopez is a former mayor of Chacao, in eastern Caracas

    President Nicolas Maduro says an arrest warrant was issued against Mr Lopez shortly after the incidents.
    Mr Maduro has accused Mr Lopez of inciting violence as part of a coup plot against his left-wing government.
    The opposition say they were killed by pro-government militias known as "colectivos".
    Mr Lopez, 42, is a former mayor of Chacao district, in eastern Caracas. He organised the recent protests against the government.
    On Sunday morning, Venezuelan police searched the houses of Mr Lopez and his parents.
    Hours later, he posted a new message on Twitter and a three-minute long video. He said he had not committed any crime and challenged the authorities to arrest him at the next protest.
    "I want to invite all of you to join me on a march on Tuesday from Venezuela Square [in central Caracas] towards the Justice Ministry building, which has become a symbol of repression, torture and lies," Mr Lopez said on the video.
    He called on his supporters to dress white, "to reaffirm our commitment to peace".
    "I will be there to show my face. I have nothing to fear. I have not committed any crime. If there is any order to illegally arrest me, well, I will be there," added Mr Lopez.
    For his part, President Maduro called on oil workers from the state company PDVSA to march to the presidential palace on Tuesday.


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    President Maduro Holds Mass Rally to Reject Efforts to Start Violence in Venezuela

    Thousands of government supporters gathered yesterday in Caracas to call for “peace” after violent clashes left three dead on Wednesday. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles today called supporters to gather for a national march “against paramilitaries and violence”.

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro held the mass rally to reject the violent incidents at some opposition protests in recent weeks. The worst of the violence occurred in Caracas on Wednesday, when clashes left three dead and several dozen wounded. There are conflicting accounts as to exactly what happened.

    Maduro used yesterday’s gathering to attack what he called a “coup plot” by the far right opposition, and to promote his “national pacification plan” to reduce crime and tackle political violence. He told supporters that to construct peace in Venezuela, political differences should be settled through a battle of ideas, not arms.

    “We call on all Venezuela to combat in the streets with ideas, with values, in high quality debate, with respect for people’s rights, without violence,” Maduro declared.

    The Venezuelan president also warned extremist groups within Chavismo that violent acts would not be tolerated. The opposition has accused such groups of involvement in Wednesday’s deadly clashes.

    “I want to say clearly: someone puts on a red t-shirt with Chavez’s face and takes out a pistol to attack, isn’t a Chavista or a revolutionary. I don’t accept violent groups within the camp of Chavismo and the Bolivarian revolution,” Maduro stated.

    “If you want to have arms to fight…get out of Chavismo,” the president warned, stating that security forces are the only organisations that should possess guns in Venezuela.

    Maduro also said that violent opposition members had perpetrated attacks on the Attorney General’s office on Wednesday, and said those responsible for the day’s violent acts would be brought to justice.

    “The people want justice, justice against fascism and violence. There’s going to be justice…fascism is fought with the law, justice and severe punishment,” he said.

    Venezuela’s Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, has said that investigations into Wednesday’s violence and murders are underway, and that “no one can be accused until the results of the investigation are obtained”.

    Authorities are still searching for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who they want to charge for his alleged involvement in Wednesday’s violence. Lopez had been leading a campaign called “the exit” to force President Maduro’s resignation, and is reportedly still in the country.

    Protests continue

    Student-led opposition protests continue in Venezuela, although with reduced numbers and intensity compared to Wednesday. Opposition supporters complain about issues such as crime, inflation and shortages, and many have demanded the president’s resignation.

    Violent sectors of the opposition have also committed a variety of violent acts at some protests in recent weeks. In the city of Mérida, a focal point of recent protests, Venezuelanalysis.com observed them setting up burning barricades, throwing stones, and threatening civilians at gunpoint.

    Peaceful opposition protests took place in several Venezuelan cities yesterday, including Mérida, San Cristobal, Maturin and Puerto Ordaz. However, a protest in the Chacao area of Caracas last night turned violent, with some 500 stone-throwing rioters causing damages to a state-owned bank, a government bus and a Supreme Court office. The opposition leader of the municipality, Ramon Muchacho, condemned the “violence and vandalism” of those involved.

    According to local press reports the National Guard used tear gas and pellets to contain the rioters, leaving a toll of 17 wounded and 2 arrested.

    Venezuela’s internal affairs minister, Miguel Rodriguez, said in a statement today that of 120 people arrested during recent protests, only 14 remain in custody, to be charged with specific acts of vandalism and violence.

    “We have always acted in respect of human rights…when protests have been peaceful and within the law, the PNB (National Bolivarian Police) have protected the safety of these youths,” the minister’s statement read.

    Rodriguez also accused Henrique Capriles, the opposition governor of Miranda state, of “passing the buck” and not acting to control violent street actions in his jurisdiction, leaving the task to the national government instead.

    Capriles calls national march

    In a press conference today, Henrique Capriles distanced himself from the actions of violent opposition groups, referring to them as “infiltrators”. “Let’s isolate the infiltrators…we reject violence wherever it comes from,” he said.

    “Legitimate peaceful protest must be orientated. It must be given a focus,” the former presidential candidate added. Capriles then called for a national opposition march “against paramilitaries and violence”, saying he would announce the time and location soon. He added that he was in “solidarity” with Leopoldo Lopez, despite the differences they had about opposition strategy.

    Finally, Capriles attacked what he called government “censorship” of recent protests, referring to the blocking of Colombian channel NTN24 from transmitting on Venezuelan cable services. Maduro said NTN24 was trying to promote “anxiety” in the population to promote a state coup “like April 2002”.

    The Venezuelan opposition has also accused the government of blocking twitter users from seeing online images following Wednesday’s violence. Bloomberg reported yesterday that a twitter spokesperson had confirmed the claim.

    However the government’s telecommunications company CANTV “emphatically and categorically” denied the accusation. It said the servers responsible for twitter are located outside of Venezuela, and a similar problem with loading online images on Wednesday had occurred in several countries.

    A check by Venezuelanalysis.com of twitter within Venezuela encountered a problem loading accounts on Thursday evening, however it was not clear if this was an isolated incident or not. Checks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday have found twitter working as normal, with the accounts of far-right opposition figures active and images posted to those accounts loading without a problem.

    Today information minister Delcy Rodriguez hit out at opposition social media activists for misusing and manipulating images which are then picked up by foreign media to mislead the public on events within Venezuela.

    Examples given in her presentation included ABC’s use of a photo showing police attacking a protestor in Egypt, and claiming it was example of a protest in Venezuela. In another case, opposition social media activists used a photo of police dragging a student away during a protest in Chile, and claimed it was from Venezuela’s current protests.

    Rodriguez also presented footage which showed attacks against the headquarters of state channel VTV by radical opposition activists for the previous four nights. The video showed people setting up burning barricades outside the station and throwing Molotov cocktails at the building.

    source globalresearch
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    From Syria to Venezuela: The relentless US pursuit for democracy around the globe…

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    The Syrian experiment re applied in Venezuela:
    Peaceful Protesters…. So they say…

    Pro and anti Maduro marches gather thousands in Venezuela
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    Saturday night, less than a 100 guys closed the street burning tires around the corner of my building, a friend of mine took a pic ( she is opposition), it was night and zoomed in , she published that pic on her Facebook, Tweeter and Instgram, with this comment "a huge spontaneous protest walking toward the city of Pampatar", she really believed that, I couldn't even convince her to use her eyes not her wishes, all night I was reading comments of her pic and status, with people from around Venezuela dreaming that Margarita is already government free zone, lol... it really was unbelievable, next day was business as usual...
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    Saturday night, less than a 100 guys closed the street burning tires around the corner of my building, a friend of mine took a pic ( she is opposition), it was night and zoomed in , she published that pic on her Facebook, Tweeter and Instgram, with this comment "a huge spontaneous protest walking toward the city of Pampatar", she really believed that, I couldn't even convince her to use her eyes not her wishes, all night I was reading comments of her pic and status, with people from around Venezuela dreaming that Margarita is already government free zone, lol... it really was unbelievable, next day was business as usual...
    Thank you for your input.
    Being a resident of Venezuela and an eye witness, your contribution to this thread is highly appreciated.
    Please keep us informed.


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    u welcome, is deja vu april 2002, plus social media, and we don't have Chavez. the extreme right and behind them usa ,have never and will never accept to lose power in Venezuela, unfortunately the middle class is being used and this government has committed many errors for the last 2 years, so is not helping either.
    I like this eye witness thing, metl shahid 3ayan, :)
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    u welcome, is deja vu april 2002, plus social media, and we don't have Chavez. the extreme right and behind them usa ,have never and will never accept to lose power in Venezuela, unfortunately the middle class is being used and this government has committed many errors for the last 2 years, so is not helping either.
    I like this eye witness thing, metl shahid 3ayan, :)
    There are many parallels between Syria and Venezuela.
    Whether it’s Assad or Chavez, and contrary to the innocent masses’ believes, the US problem is/was never with those individuals but with their independent policies refusing to take orders from the West. Chavez is gone but his policy remained so did the US policy against the Venezuelan people.
    Chavez was a good humble man. He subsidized gas prices for the poor Americans in America when their government was using their tax dollars to destroy poor and innocent Iraqi lives in their own homes so the US military industrial complex can get richer and every poor on earth gets poorer.
    Needless to say, Venezuela does not have Radica Islamists for the US to justify it's interference there and their best option is to use covert operations using the up rise as in Syria...
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    Venezuela opposition leader surrenders, protesters flood streets

    Tue, Feb 18 2014
    By Eyanir Chinea and Jorge Silva

    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Tuesday on charges of fomenting unrest that has killed at least four people, bringing tens of thousands of his angry supporters onto the streets of Caracas.
    Crowds of white-clad protesters tried to block the vehicle carrying the 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist after he made a defiant speech, said an emotional farewell to his family, and gave himself up to soldiers.
    Opposition leaders hope Lopez's arrest will galvanize street demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro, though there is no immediate sign the protests will topple the socialist leader.
    "I am handing myself over to an unfair justice system," the protest leader told supporters, standing on a platform next to a statue of Cuban poet and independence hero Jose Marti.
    "May my imprisonment serve to wake the people up."
    The crowd lifted his wife up to give him a final embrace and hang a crucifix around his neck.
    Minutes later, he surrendered to military officers, pumping his fist and then stepping into the military vehicle with a Venezuelan flag in one hand and a white flower in the other.
    In a speech to a rival rally of his own supporters, Maduro said he had sent the Vice President of the Socialist Party, Congress Chief Diosdado Cabello, to help transport Lopez.
    Lopez later addressed the country via a pre-recorded video posted to his Twitter account in which he urged supporters to continue protesting.
    "If you're seeing this video, I may already be detained by Venezuelan security forces for dreaming of a better Venezuela," he said, accompanied by his wife. "Venezuela more than ever needs you to make a commitment to change. But that commitment can't be passive."
    Supporters will rally on Wednesday outside the court where Lopez is scheduled to have his initial hearing on murder and terrorism charges. He will spend the night in a military jail.
    Anti-riot troops maintained a heavy presence on Caracas streets on Thursday as demonstrators burned trash and tires in scenes that have become familiar over the last week.
    All over Caracas, citizens banged pots and pans from their homes in a traditional manifestation of discontent that the opposition invoked frequently during the Chavez era.
    Earlier, in the coastal town of Carupano in eastern Venezuela, residents said a 17-year-old student died after being struck by a car during an anti-government demonstration. That added to three fatal shootings in Caracas last Wednesday.
    Student-led protests across the nation of 29 million people have become the biggest challenge to Maduro since his election last year following socialist leader Hugo Chavez's death.
    They demand Maduro's resignation over issues ranging from inflation and violent crime to corruption and product shortages.
    "The country's situation is unsustainable," said filmmaker Jose Sahagun, 47. "The government's mask has fallen off. This man (Maduro) has held power for 10 months and the deterioration has been fast."
    The protesters appear unlikely to have the influence of Arab Spring demonstrations that toppled governments across the Middle East, in part because Venezuelans unsuccessfully tried similar strategies against Chavez a decade ago.
    There has been no evidence Venezuela's military might turn against Maduro, the 51-year-old successor to Chavez.
    Thousands of oil workers and Maduro supporters, clad in the red of the ruling Socialist Party, held their own demonstration in Caracas on Tuesday, music blaring in a party atmosphere.
    The unrest has not affected the country's oil industry, which is struggling from under-investment and operational problems that have left output stagnant for nearly a decade.
    Chavez purged state oil company PDVSA of its dissident leadership in 2003 after a two-month industry shutdown meant to force him to resign, making it unlikely workers could attempt something similar against Maduro.
    In a nation split largely down the middle on political lines, 'Chavistas' have stayed loyal to Maduro despite unflattering comparisons with his famously charismatic predecessor. Many Venezuelans fear the loss of popular, oil-funded welfare programs should the socialist lose power.
    An opposition legislator and anti-government activists alleged that a government supporter had hit the dead student in Carupano, Jose Ernesto Mendez, but there was no independent confirmation or response from authorities to the allegation.
    Residents said three other demonstrators were injured in the melee in Carupano, in Sucre state. One was badly hurt.
    A government statement said a man had been arrested for running over a 17-year-old and injuring three others.
    Maduro's government accuses opponents backed by Washington of seeking to promote a coup against him, similar to a botched attempt against Chavez in 2002 when he was ousted for 36 hours.
    The burly former bus driver and union activist this week expelled three U.S. diplomats accused of recruiting students for the protests. Washington said that was "baseless and false."
    Venezuelan global bonds, which fluctuate sharply on political unrest, dropped as much as 3.2 percent on Tuesday. Yields on the benchmark bond maturing in 2027 rose to nearly 16 percent.
    Yields are on average 15 percentage points higher than comparable U.S. Treasury bills, by far the highest borrowing cost of any emerging market nation.
    Complaints about acts of violence by both sides have piled up over six consecutive days of confrontations between police and demonstrators. Only 13 students were reported still being held after nearly 100 arrests in the past week.
    Opposition activists say some of those detained have been tortured. Maduro says police have been restrained in the face of provocation and attacks.


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    SO GREEDY AND SO HUNGRY FOR POWER AMERICA IS CROSSING ALL BORDERS OF SANETY AND MORALITY . IN THE NAME OF "HUMANITY , FREEDOM ,DEMOCRACY , WAR ON TERROR .... " they inflict the most immoral actIons and crimes on other less fortunate populations/nations . less fortunate yes maybe but free minds , politicaly and economically independent form the american domination . as if people are cockroaches they step over them and kill , whatever as long as they get what they want .
    this is another psychological media war game they use to start a new bloody distructive revolution.


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    Simon Bolivar the liberator of six Latin-American countries, two hundreds years ago said:" the united state of America seems destined by the providence to overwhelm the Americas with misery in the name of liberty" ."Estados Unidos parece destinado por la providencia a plagar la América de miseria en nombre de la libertad".
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    Simon Bolivar the liberator of six Latin-American countries, two hundreds years ago said:" the united state of America seems destined by the providence to overwhelm the Americas with misery in the name of liberty" ."Estados Unidos parece destinado por la providencia a plagar la América de miseria en nombre de la libertad".
    This was said 200 years ago and it’s been happening continuously ever since. The sad irony is that those who understood it and tried to educate the ignorant masses about what’s awaiting them were attacked and prosecuted by the very same society they’re trying to save.
    Moral of the story: Let those born losers dwell in their agony. I finally understood the meaning of la taschtari'l 3abda illa wall 3assa ma3ahou…
    You can’t liberate slaves that don’t want to be liberated and if they really wanted to be free they’d be by now without your help or mine. All they need to do is not betray each other especially when they become leaders in positions they can help…


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    This was said 200 years ago and it’s been happening continuously ever since. The sad irony is that those who understood it and tried to educate the ignorant masses about what’s awaiting them were attacked and prosecuted by the very same society they’re trying to save.
    Moral of the story: Let those born losers dwell in their agony. I finally understood the meaning of la taschtari'l 3abda illa wall 3assa ma3ahou…
    You can’t liberate slaves that don’t want to be liberated and if they really wanted to be free they’d be by now without your help or mine. All they need to do is not betray each other especially when they become leaders in positions they can help…
    Yes 200 years after it applies to the whole world not just the America, but you are right ,freedom is the self conscience of being free within yourself even if you are not physically free.
    I was planning to post some historical facts and daily news about what is happening in Venezuela, but I really didn't have anytime, hopefully at the weekend I would, let me just tell you that I have being here since I was 14 years old and I graduated from college in Venezuela, I live in margarita island (google it, is a paradise), I really love this country, Lebanese have being coming here for more than 100 years now, the minister of exterior relation and vice-president is a Lebanese decedent, beside other Lebanese and Syrian occupy very high positions in this government, no other country respect Arab and Lebanese or Muslim as this one, specially since Chavez came to power.


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    These Photos Being Shared From Venezuela Are Fake

    By Cameron Combs February 20, 2014

    These Photos Being Shared From Venezuela Are Fake There have been some powerful images coming out of Venezuela over the past week. Massive anti-government demonstrations have clogged the streets of major cities, and clashes between law enforcement and protesters have resulted in injury and even death. Shocking photos of the violence and unrest have quickly disseminated under hashtags like #SOSVenezuela and #PrayforVenezuela.
    But all is not what it seems. A slew of phony images has emerged since the protests began, some of which have been shared thousands of times. Though it is impossible to know the extent to which these hoaxes have fueled the conflict in Venezuela, they demonstrate that social media are fertile ground for spreading rumors and hysteria.
    Of the fake photos in circulation, many are of police oppression in places like Brazil, Spain and Chile that are being passed off as images of Venezuela. Even a picture from a porn site has reportedly been used as an example of sexual violence by the police.

    In other cases, images of Venezuela's past demonstrations are being recycled.

    Many of these false images are spread, presumably, by unsuspecting parties. But there are also examples of people intentionally posting photos for political gain, or simply for attention.

    So while the protests in Venezuela have served as yet another potent reminder of the watchdog function of social media – especially in countries with stifled press freedom – they have also exhibited the susceptibility of these online tools to misinformation.
    This phenomenon is hardly limited to Venezuela. RT reports that in the Ukraine, doctored photos of the Statue of Liberty and the Christ the Redeemer basked in blue and yellow light were circulated as proof of foreign solidarity with the country’s protesters. The outlet also asserts that rumors of imminent Russian invasions have repeatedly spread through protestors' social media, stoking already high tensions. Two years ago in India, fake pictures and messages of looming attacks in one area caused mass panic among migrants fearful of sectarian violence. The resulting chaos led to deaths and injuries.

    Photo credit: Twitter user @SergeiVesnovei
    In the United States, social media hoaxes are common, though typically benign. A tweet erroneously attributed to Paris Hilton that confused Nelson Mandela with Martin Luther King Jr. made the rounds last year, as did a fabricated battle between two disgruntled plane passengers flying home on Thanksgiving.

    But even in our own country, we have already seen how destabilizing false information has become. When the AP’s Twitter account was hacked last year, a tweet was sent saying the White House had been bombed and the president injured. The news sent the stock market into freefall. While the error was corrected only minutes later, the episode was a sobering reminder that just 140 characters, when sent from the right person, can instantly erase billions of dollars from the U.S. economy. Americans have also been particularly gullible when it comes to photos of natural disasters.
    The past few years have powerfully demonstrated how new forms of communication are reshaping global governance. But in times of protest, where emotions run high and herd mentality prevails, it is not difficult to imagine a situation in which fake photos or misinformation are used as a justification for violence. Let us work to ensure that social media continue to be a force for democracy and accountability, not chaos.



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    اعتبرت روسيا أن محاولات التدخل الخارجي في الشؤون الداخلية لفنزويلا أمر غير مقبول، وطالبت بوقف حملات التحريض والعنف.

    وقال الناطق باسم الخارجية الروسية ألكسندر لوكاشيفتش إن “موسكو تتلقى بقلق الانباء المضطربة القادمة من فنزويلا الصديقة”، مضيفا “نحن واثقون من عدم جواز تسريع عجلة العنف وزعزعة استقرار الوضع”.

    وأكد لوكاشيفتش على أن “الأهم هو احترام دستور البلاد، والقيادة الفنزويلية برئاسة الرئيس نيكولاس مادورو التي انتخب ديمقراطيا”، داعيا الى ايجاد حل على أساس الحوار السلمي.

    وشدد البيان على انه “من غير المقبول محاولات التدخل الخارجي في الشؤون الداخلية لدولة ذات سيادة، ومن الضروري وقف حملات التحريض على العنف ضد الحكومة”.
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    J. Abizeid

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    Pope calls for calm and dialogue amid Venezuela unrest

    By Daniel Wallis and Tomas Sarmiento

    CARACAS (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Wednesday for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation's worst unrest for a decade.
    Both political camps were demonstrating in cities around the country. In the capital Caracas, female opposition supporters rallied while agricultural workers marched to the presidential palace in support of the socialist government.
    Students and other opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are demanding he quit over grievances including high inflation, shocking levels of violent crime, shortages of basic food, and what they say is his repression of political rivals.
    The protests are the biggest challenge to Maduro's 10-month-old administration, although there is no sign they could topple him or affect the OPEC nation's oil shipments.
    Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square he was "particularly concerned" by recent events.
    "I sincerely hope the violence and hostility ends as soon as possible, and that the Venezuelan people, beginning with the responsible politicians and institutions, act to foster national reconciliation through mutual forgiveness and sincere dialogue," Francis said during his weekly address.
    Discussions must be based on "truth and justice," he added, and able to tackle "concrete issues for the common good."
    Maduro, a 51-year-old former bus driver and union boss, has invited church, business and opposition leaders to a "national peace conference" at the presidential palace on Wednesday.
    However, key opposition figures are not expected to attend.
    "This cannot just be a photo op," two-time opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles told Reuters, saying Maduro was not ready to discuss Venezuela's real problems.
    "Who does dialogue suit more? Nicolas, I think ... This is a government that is becoming extinct, eating itself up."
    Female opposition supporters donned white clothes to march in silence from a western Caracas neighborhood to a nearby National Guard military base, carrying photographs of victims of alleged brutality by the security forces.
    "You can disobey illegal orders," they said in an open letter to the troops. "You can refuse a superior if they force you to commit a crime ... don't stain your family's honor."
    Meanwhile, pro-Maduro farm workers clad mostly in the bright red of the ruling Socialist Party marched in the center of the capital under the slogan "Sowing peace and harvesting life!"
    "Today we have dignified farmers, thanks to the vision of Commander Chavez," said Agricultural Minister Yvan Gil, referring to Maduro's late predecessor Hugo Chavez. "Here are the farmers who are defending the revolution en masse!"
    Opposition demonstrations began at the start of the month, but mushroomed when three people were shot dead after a February 12 opposition march in downtown Caracas.
    Video and photographs taken on the day showed men widely believed to be state security agents apparently firing pistols at stone-throwing student protesters clashing with police.
    On Wednesday, Venezuela's state prosecutor said five members of the national intelligence agency Sebin had been detained over two of the deaths. The statement did not name the men, but said they are suspected of crimes including homicide.
    Maduro, who narrowly won a presidential vote last April to replace his mentor Chavez, accuses foreign media of working with "imperialists" abroad to project an image of chaos.
    About 150 people have been injured during the two-week crisis, and more than 500 people arrested. The government says the vast majority of them have since been freed pending trial.
    The worst of the trouble is centered on the western state of Tachira, bordering Colombia, where officials in several municipalities reported the looting of a supermarket, clothes shops, discos and other businesses overnight. Several people were hurt by plastic buckshot fired by security forces.
    Ricardo Hernandez, mayor of Cardenas municipality, close to the state capital San Cristobal, blamed the looting on hooded motorcyclists, and said he had needed to call on reinforcements from the national police and National Guard troops.
    "We won't be intimidated by these delinquents," Hernandez said in a statement. "Take the necessary precautions, such as having telephones close to hand, doors tightly closed ... keep bells or whistles nearby in order to alert the neighbors."
    Farmers in Jauregui municipality, a major supplier of vegetables to the rest of the country, said they have 15,000 tonnes of produce that they have not been able to dispatch, because of the insecurity and barricaded highways.
    Shortages are particularly acute in many areas of Tachira, where blocked roads and the threat of violence mean delivery trucks have not reached stores for days, residents say.
    Moderate opposition figures have called for peaceful protests only and voiced despair at the tactics of barricading streets and burning trash in mostly middle-class neighborhoods that are already overwhelmingly pro-opposition.
    Venezuelans are approaching a long weekend for Carnival, when families typically head to the beach. Possibly with an eye to taking the heat out of the protests, Maduro extended the break by also declaring Thursday and Friday national holidays.