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February 24 2014

08:00

How Washington Is Playing Venezuela Like a Fiddle

readersupportednews.org - By Carl Gibson - Feb. 24 (News Analysis) - United States foreign policy can be summed up as hard power vs. soft power. An example of hard power is the US backing the unsuccessful 2002 military coup d’état against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, when businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga briefly took power. An example of the US’s soft power is the current situation in Venezuela. A leaked document from November of 2013 shows that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) collaborated with the Colombian government and Venezuelan opposition leaders to destabilize Venezuela and stoke massive protests.

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February 20 2014

08:00

Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt By U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups To Oust Elected Government?

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - In Venezuela, at least six people have died in recent days during a series of anti-government protests. The latest casualty was a local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound. The protests come less than a year after the death of Hugo Chávez and present the biggest challenge to Venezuela's new president Nicolás Maduro. Earlier this week, right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest last week, accusing him of inciting deadly clashes. On Monday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials while claiming the United States has sided with the opposition. Our guest, George Ciccariello-Maher, looks at the recent history of the U.S. role in Venezuela opposing both the Chávez and Maduro governments. He is author of “We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution” and teaches political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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February 17 2014

08:00

Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats | TIME.com

Time - By Per Liljas - Feb. 17 (News) - Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has accused three U.S. consular officials of conspiring with opposition forces engaged in violent protests across the country, and vowed to expel them.

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July 09 2013

07:00

Snowden's Ticket Out of Moscow: A Private Jet?

Mother Jones - By Dana Liebelson - Jul. 09 (News Analysis) - Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have offered asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is marooned in the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, trying to avoid extradition to the United States where he faces indictment under the Espionage Act . But if Snowden wants to go to one of those countries, will he be able to get there?

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August 19 2012

07:00

Assange 'to emerge from embassy'

BBC News - Aug. 19 (News) - Julian Assange is expected to appear outside London's Ecuadorean embassy to speak about the diplomatic row over him being granted asylum.

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July 03 2011

07:00

Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for 'assault' on democracy

The Guardian - By Rory Carroll - Jul. 03 (Opinion) - Renowned American intellectual accuses the Venezuelan leader of concentrating too much power in his own hands Hugo Chávez has long considered Noam Chomsky one of his best friends in the west. He has basked in the renowned scholar's praise for Venezuela's socialist revolution and echoed his denunciations of US imperialism. Venezuela's president, who hasrevealed that he has had surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumour, turned one of Chomsky's books into an overnight bestseller after brandishing it during a UN speech. He hosted Chomsky in Caracas with smiles and pomp. Earlier this year Chávez even suggested Washington make Chomsky the US ambassador to Venezuela. The president may be about to have second thoughts about that, because his favourite intellectual has now turned his guns on Chávez. Speaking to the Observer last week, Chomsky has accused the socialist leader of amassing too much power and of making an "assault" on Venezuela's democracy. "Concentration of executive power, ...

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September 25 2010

06:16

Into the fray

BBC News - Sep. 24 - In the last general election, pro-Chavez parties gained almost all of the parliament's 165 seats Whatever happens in Sunday's legislative elections in Venezuela, the opposition parties are sure to increase their share of the National Assembly. That

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August 26 2010

17:21

50,000 Soldiers, 1 Million Pieces of Equipment, and $3 Trillion

Mother Jones - Aug. 26 - A photographic tally of what America is really leaving behind in Iraq. While Iraqi oil money hasn't helped Iraqis (or American taxpayers), other oil-exporting nations have profited from the situation, which has caused spikes in oil prices. Those nations

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August 11 2010

07:00

Russia puts missiles in Abkhazia

bbc.co.uk - Aug. 11 (News Report) - Russia has pledged financial and military support to the breakaway region Russia says it has deployed S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in Georgia. The Georgian government - which refuses to acknowledge Abkhazia's

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August 10 2010

07:00

Venezuela: Promoting Folk Art Through Blogs

Global Voices - By Eduardo Avila - Aug. 10 (Opinion) - The visibility of folk art in Venezuela has been given a boost due to efforts of artists who have been using blogs to promote their work and the work of their colleagues.

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August 09 2010

07:31

Chavez rejects new US ambassador

Reuters - Aug. 09 - Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said he will not allow the newly-nominated US envoy to take up his post in Caracas, following comments over Venezuela's alleged links with Colombian rebels. He said Barack Obama, the US president, should "look

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July 17 2010

10:39

Remains of revolutionary hero exumed

Associated Press - Jul. 17 - Hugo Chavez opened the coffin of his idol Simon Bolivar as Venezuela investigates the president's suspicions of foul play in the South American independence hero's death nearly two centuries ago. Ms Chavez announced the exhumation of Bolivar's remains

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July 16 2010

07:00

Brazil: Call for the First Progressive Bloggers Meeting

Global Voices - Jul. 16 (Opinion) - By Diego Casaes Conceição Lemes in Viomundo calls on bloggers for the 1st Progressive Bloggers Meeting, to take place in São Paulo in 21-22 August [pt]. The meeting will gather bloggers from all over the country in order to share experiences on freedom of speech, politics, and democracy in the...

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June 25 2010

07:00

Robert Greenwald: Oliver Stone: The US Has Intervened Fifty-Five Times in Latin America

Huffington Post - By Robert Greenwald http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-greenwald/ - Jun. 25 - Critically acclaimed Hollywood Director Oliver Stone dropped by our studio for a Brave New Conversation, where I spoke with him about his latest documentary South...

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May 15 2010

07:00

How Hugo Chávez broke my heart | Sami Kent

The Guardian - By Sami Kent - May. 15 (Opinion) - My youthful idealism and faith in the Venezuelan president has waned – but I will always respect his principles, if not his politics I have always been attracted by the romance of Latin America. I was about 13 when I saw the documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and I was utterly taken in. Venezuela?s charismatic indigenous leader had been overthrown by powerful vested interests, but came back to power improbably on the strength of his popular support. For someone who had grown up in Britain during the Blair years, where there was an overwhelming centrist consensus among the parties, the strength of Hugo Chávez?s socialist conviction was appealing. As British politicians sought ever-closer ties with the US, Chávez condemned the ...

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May 12 2010

12:34

Chávez's aversion to criticism | Nash Colundalur

The Guardian - May. 12 (Opinion) - Hugo Chávez's Twitter following has reached nearly 255,000. To cope with the onslaught of messages, the Venezuelan president has appointed 200 aides to help him scrutinise and answer messages. But while most politicians have found it useful to reach

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April 07 2010

09:40

Chavez claims arrested Colombians are spies

Associated Press - Apr. 07 - President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela arrested eight Colombians as suspected spies and charged that several carried identification indicating they are members of neighbouring Colombia's military. There was no immediate comment on the allegations from

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