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      US-Venezuela Crisis Escalating 

      Secretary of State John Kerry offered support for US sanctions against Venezuela in Congressional testimony yesterday, playing into the hands of right wing Cuban Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who introduced sanctions legislation on the same day. Just last week the House of Representatives gave near unanimous support for a resolution condemning Venezuela offered by the right-wing Cuban representative from Miami, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

      Frustrated with its declining power, the Cuban Right is seeking to destabilize and topple the Venezuelan government, which would threaten Havana with the loss of its vital supply of subsidized oil from Venezuela. A coup in Venezuela would additionally impact Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and the bloc of nationalist countries seeking independent economic development. It would also complicate the improving rapprochement between the US and Cuba, a staunch ally of the Caracas government.

      Kerry told a House hearing on March 13, "On the sanctions issue and the challenge of Venezuela, let me just say this. We have been in touch with surrounding, neighboring countries. We're talking with them about trying to get some kind of initiative with them. They're (Venezuela) not listening to us, particularly, obviously. And -- and we're hopeful that peer pressure, the -- the hemisphere, and -- and the near neighbors are going to be the people who be able to have the greatest impact on them. But we are prepared, if we need to, to invoke the inter-American democratic charter in the OAS, and engage, you know, in serious ways with, as you said, sanctions."

      On the same day Menendez introduced his "Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act," which includes $15 million for support of civil society activists and independent media - meaning, anti-government forces. The bill imposes "targeted sanctions" and visa restrictions on Venezuelans charged with human rights abuses, including arrests of persons exercising their freedom of expression.

      Kerry's words combined with the Menendez legislation will be seen, at least outside the Beltway, and especially in Latin America, as steps towards regime change. And if Latin America rebuffs the undefined American diplomatic initiative, Kerry's words commit the US to, "engage, you know, in serious ways with, as you said, sanctions."

      That would set off a spiral of escalation with dangerous and unpredictable consequences.

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      The "War against Venezuela" has much wider and permanent implications: The nations of most governments in Latin America and the Caribbean have become "too damn uppity independent". Thus both John Kerry and Marco Rubio have warned that they will not tolerate any independence in "OUR backyard"! Just image - the 32 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean even have formed CELAC, the "community of nations of Latin America and the Caribbean" - excluding the USA and Canada. Worse yet - the South Americans - all 12 of their independent nations, have formed UNASUL "Union of South American Nations". The Brazilians have even jointed BRICS, an issues alliance between Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa: The issue is a "multipolar world" opposed to the USA and its NATO "partners" who maintain thousands of operations against each BRICS member nations. Example: India's Prime Minister Singh openly accused the USA of sabotaging India's development! He stated 2012 in India's 'Science': "The United States does not appreciate India's need for energy! (The U.S. and NATO try to sabotage all energy projects in "independent" nations - example Brazil). 2013 India's "Home Ministry" prohibited financial transfers "from outside India" for 4,141 NGOs in India which are agencies of "NGOS" in USA, Britain, Germany, France, Scandiniavia: "Due to diversion of funds against the national interests of India". Most of those U.S.&NATO "NGOs" are also subverting in Latin America. Lesson: The "War against Venezuela" is just now the most visible of the operations against many "too damn uppity independent nations"!

      April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterItaia Muxaic de Ricart
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