The expectation is that tomorrow’s action in Venezuela will either spark a civil war, or a type of maidan, or a complete war to attempt to take-over and topple the Venezuelan elected government to institute Guaidó, or, in the best case, will fizzle into nothing and life will go on.
This morning Maria Zakarova in her briefing warned that provocation is planned for tomorrow, the 23rd. There are 2 actions planned, a Pro-Maduro or Pro-Free-Venezuela march on the Venezuelan side of the border. On the Colombian side of the border, an erstwhile type of live-aid (refer the Roger Waters video) organized by the unelected opposition and those that recognize Guaidó as president. The objective of the opposition is to force the USAid into Venezuela. These opposing groups will be only 300 meters apart.
Previously Maria Zakarova (on the 15th February) warned: “We have evidence that U.S. companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces,” the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said. “The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid.”
Russia has already delivered tons of medical supplies which Venezuela will pay for and other welcome aid is expected.
This is an open thread for Sakerites to continually report the facts for all of us, what they find while this tension is ongoing and much information is being generated. Let us kindly not make it a drive-by link shooting, but explain your link and why you think the information is valid, as we have seen much misinformation in the past week to either manufacture further consent, or to pretend that the Maduro military is wavering in their support to their constitution and their Commander in Chief. Please stick to facts and please do NOT use this thread to post off-topic comments, please do NOT use it just to post your opinion and please do NOT use this thread to argue against what others have posted. Thank you!
So please post any info you have. This thread will remain open until Sunday evening.
PS: you can post your comments in any language including Spanish and Portuguese!
Great, good stuff.
Abby Martin did a wonderful interview with the UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.
Sorry-Alfred de Zayas does not exist. He was consigned to the Memory Hole by sewers like the Guardian and its purulent presstitude propaganda poltroons.
The text of his report>
The Quisling Guano-Gusano has appointed an ‘Ambassador’ to Argentina, a Jew, and a Zionist, who looks forward to the restoration of relations between Venezuela and the Heavenly Kingdom. Guano-Gusano has pledged, like a loyal cur, to move the Venezuelan Embassy to Jerusalem, like that other Zionazi favourite, Bolsonaro, the sub-fascist fan of torture, just like his US and Zionazi Masters. Argentina, of course, is suffering vicious austerity imposed on the populace by Macri, whose election was financed by the Zionazi hedge-fund hyper-parasite, Paul Singer, who was rewarded by being given the full value of his Argentine bonds, billions extracted directly from the flesh and blood of Argentines. The Zionazi take-over of Latin America marches on, as the mere populations of these unhappy lands are bled dry, to sate the insatiable thirst for loot.
Here are just a few links I recently came across with rather worrisome news:
is Nicaragua next: https://www.rt.com/news/452023-john-bolton-nicaragua-ortega-regime-change/
One thing we know as a fact about the bonehead neocons, they always get too ambitious in planning a long series of victorious wars before they’ve lost even the first one.
The neo-nazi neo-conservatives win when their victims are destroyed and thousands killed, by sanctions, subversion of direct military aggression. The blood sacrifices to their psychopathic God are central to their motivation.
True but let’s not forget their ambitious planning does not lead to defeat in and of itself. It was the dedicated planning and resistance of actors such as Hezbollah, Iran and Russia that lead to their (partial) defeat in Ukraine, Lebanon and Syria.
To show what Brazil has become there are some local facts that are not widespread. The present president of Brazil has plans to move the embassy to Jerusalem, even after complaints by Arab Countries, these countries are huge importers of Brazilian meat. Most curious, in fact, is what happened earlier this month. A mud/water dam that stored rejects from ore extraction failed and a huge wave of mud rolled down through the city of Brumadinho, you can check the videos for it, about 700 people died. About two days after this happened, the brazilian government allowed a Israeli plane with 136 personnel and 16 tons of equipment to enter brazilian territory to help with the rescue efforts. There was no congress approval for that and no audit or control about who was on the plane and what equipment that was. Three days later the Israeli plane left.
A great opportunity for human organ harvest prior to trafficking.
Or snipers waiting to be smuggled to Venezuela.
The unfortunate impression is that we are nearing a climax as far as US imperial policies go. The attitude of Washington seems to be “all or nothing”. The other unfortunate impression is that the Washington political establishment, backed by Wall Street, does not seem to care about the consequences of of it’s imperial policies, still living in the past. A dangerous political and psychological situation for Washington. Any more of this, and the US will find it self all alone on the world stage.
Here is an active you tube link to “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised ”
Turn on subtitles.
At a Havana press conference Tuesday, the Cuban government accused the Trump administration of preparing a military operation against Venezuela, suggesting that humanitarian aid is a pretext for intervention.
“You’re starting to see American military transports that originate in U.S. military installations, where marine infantry and special forces operate and plan covert action,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said in Havana.
Rodriguez told journalists that the US military is quickly building up assets unbeknownst to Caribbean governments where their bases are located.
Russia accuses U.S. of planning to arm the opposition in Venezuela
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday accused the United States and its NATO allies of discussing how to arm the opposition in Venezuela and alleged Washington was deploying special forces and equipment near the South American nation.
Moscow cited unspecified information to back its assertion about the plans to arm the opposition, but did not say what that information was or present it.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said a U.S. humanitarian aid convoy for Venezuela could provoke clashes and create a pretext for removing President Nicolas Maduro, a staunch Russian ally, from power by force.
Washington Post reported
2 Dead, 14 Injured As Venezuelan Soldiers Open Fire On Civilians Near Brazil Border: WaPo
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Just hours after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said a U.S. humanitarian aid convoy for Venezuela could provoke clashes and create a pretext for removing President Nicolas Maduro, a staunch Russian ally, from power by force, The Washington Post reports, according to an eye-witnesses and community leaders, that Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, leading to multiple injuries and the first fatality.
President Nicolas Maduro had warned that the aid is a pretext for a U.S. intervention and had locked down his nation.
At 6:30 a.m. on Friday, a military convoy approached a checkpoint set up by an indigenous community in the southern village of Kumarakapay, on the main artery linking Venezuela to Brazil. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday ordered the closure of Venezuela’s border with Brazil.
When the opposition supporters sought to block the military vehicles by standing in front of them, soldiers began firing assault rifles. At least two people were killed and a dozen wounded, at least three of them seriously. The dead were named as a woman, Zorayda Rodriguez, 42, and a man, Rolando Garcia.
The Trump administration, which opposes Maduro, promptly denounced the shooting. “The United States condemns the killings, attacks, and the hundreds of arbitrary detentions that have taken place in Venezuela,” a State Department spokesman said. “We stand with the victims’ families in demanding justice and accountability.” (Vice President Pence, who is one of the administration’s most forceful Maduro critics, is scheduled to be in Colombia on Monday for a scheduled meeting of the Lima Group — a consortium of Latin American countries, plus Canada, that have called for Maduro’s ouster.)
If only the USSR had invaded the Jewish State (The USA) after the Kent State shootings, the world would have been spared the ‘humanitarian aid’ delivered to it since that date and untold millions would not have had to die.
The USA and Israel must be quarantined now.
Venezuela Analysis comments on it as well:
“Local Mayor Emilio Gonzalez told Associated Press that security forces had fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. There were reports of a second casualty, and 12 to 14 wounded, which have yet to be confirmed.”
‘Mysterious sniper killings’ are a traditional feature of Colour Revolutions as they near their violent climaxes. The were seen in Kiev, as the fascist putsch unfolded, and in Caracas in 2002, when the USA organised a fascist coup that the Western fakestream media presstitute poltroons have consigned to the Memory Hole with typically despicable hypocrisy and dishonesty.
..and Daraa, Syria 2011 and the Green Revolution in Tehran 2009, and Moscow during Yeltsin’s attack on Parliament October 1993, and Tiananmen Square 1989, and…
…and in Bucharest, Romania, when “revolution” topples Causesku… and in Sarajevo, Bosnia when “democracy” came in town…
Hoping for the best.
A local anti-war group that I am a part of will be hosting a protest against regime change in Venezuela tomorrow in Denver, Colorado.
If any similar actions are happening in your city, I would highly recommend that you attend one and demonstrate.
Here is something that I am not sure of, and I hope there is a military person here that can make sense of it and help with decoding it.
I found this video from Florida Maquis very interesting. He has been making youtubes consistently over the past while on the Venezuela crisis. I do not have the knowledge of military matters to be able to verify the information or gain a good perspective. What it seems to me, is that there may be a US forces deployment order out already, or expected, and he is warning US servicemen to consider clearly where they would stand in terms of Geneva Convention and other issues. Perhaps a knowledgeable military person could decode this for us.
I would not call this factual, but I am hoping for someone that understands the military lingo to tell me its nonsense, or it has a point.
I qualify these remarks under the following assumptions:
*US military has full authorisation to station forces in Columbia
*All US military forces, including drones & submarines, strictly remain within Columbia’s territory
*Venezuelan forces attack first
Defensive actions permitted under international law would include:
*Airstrikes against any Venezuelan artillery attacking US military in Columbia
*Any flanking attack/counter-attack by US armour and/or infantry against invading Venezuelan forces
*US marines temporarily landing in Venezuelan territory to flank Venezuelan invasion forces, and then immediately withdrawing to Colombian territory
*US launching SAMs or fighters against invading Venezuelan aircraft
*US navy ships in Colombian waters sinking any invading Venezuelan ships
These are examples of lawful defensive actions, and any US commanding officer would have the right to shoot any US soldier that disobeys such orders under desertion crimes.
Regarding the Geneva conventions, the Trump regime is trying to abuse international law. By declaring Juan Guaido as “legitimate” president of Venezuela, the Trump regime is trying to rationalise killing any Venezuelan military loyal to Nicolas Maduro’s government as members of an “alien & terrorist occupation” under the Geneva conventions, therefore “immunising” any US military of war crimes.
Thank-you! for the clarification.
That all may be but the US does not recognize international law other than as a pretense–the evidence for this is obvious. US forces will do whatever they want to do. For public relations purpose they will create all kind of lies on the ground so to speak and start with local forces, use extensive bribery, and all the usual regime change techniques honed from the CIA bag of tricks going back to the late forties.
‘Venezuelan forces attack first’ – as with Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
The question is, why isn’t Juan Guaido in prison for treason and attempted grand larceny for the oil and gold that the Trump administration said that they would award to Juan Guaido, and for orchestrating a foreign military coup on the elected Maduro presidency?
This seems very difficult to comprehend. Juan Guaido is not merely organizing a protest for a redress of grievances against Maduro’s policies.
Me, too, I don’t understand why Maduro hasn’t ordered the arrest of Gweedo for armed rebellion.
But I guess that kind of question is out of place on this thread.
The video posted above by amarynth sounds to me like a nothing burger.
Do serving soldiers need to be reminded to follow orders?
You don’t want him to pose as a martyr: you want him to be mocked for calling foreigners to invade his own country.
And if Trump does invade, that’ll be a good opportunity to arrest him for treasonous intelligence with the enemy, t- if it works.
If no invasion, dismiss him for the little foolish stooge he is, ignored by the people and left to slowly sink into irrelevance.
Best way to defeat the Yanks.
Thanatopolis DC would use the excuse of Guano’s arrest as a casus belli, and millions of Venezuelans would die in the carnage.
The US has specifically threatened “severe consequences” that if Guaido is touched by the authorities.
I think that they are trying not give a pretext to the Empire…
So either way, it’s lose / lose for both Venezuela and the U.S. then, because Americans didn’t elect Trump to end south west Asian wars, so that he could start them in Latin America. It really doesn’t get any dumber than this! Venezuela has been a great neighbor, and has never harmed the U.S. The U.S. wants Venezuelan oil and Venezuela is willing to sell it, and the U.S. insists on entirely controlling Venezuelan oil, resources, banking, and government.
Trump hasn’t ended any wars, and the Zionazi neo-cons won’t let him do so. Murder is their business, and business is good.
Randomguy-cia stooge Mr G has lost even the flimsy position he claimed … Time’s up, “pal”.
Moon of Alabama quote>
“Guaido also lost his original legal position. He claimed the presidency on January 23 under this paragraph of article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution:
When an elected President becomes permanently unavailable to serve prior to his inauguration, a new election by universal suffrage and direct ballot shall be held within 30 consecutive days. Pending election and inauguration of the new President, the President of the National Assembly shall take charge of the Presidency of the Republic.
That the “elected President becomes permanently unavailable” was never the case to begin with. But if article 233 would apply Guaido would have had 30 days to hold new elections. The 30 days are over and Guaido did not even call for elections to be held. He thereby defied the exact same paragraph of the constitution that his (false) claim to the presidency is based on.”
It has always been a matter of desperate force, never law, but even so…
Thank you….tricky getting news…..any tv radio in Venezuela sakerites can listen to????????,?
Yes, here is Spanish:
here in English:
– slow but reliable.
Cuba says that the pindos are transporting military equipment to Venezuela’s borders and preparing to attack:
HAVANA – The Cuban government is accusing the Trump administration of preparing military aggression against Venezuela.
“You’re starting to see American military transports that originate in U.S. military installations, where marine infantry and special forces operate and plan covert action,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said today in Havana.
When asked what evidence Cuba has the U.S. is already planning military action to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Rodriguez urged Local 10’s Cuba correspondent Hatzel Vela to check the airports where he would likely find proof.
Granma is the official paper of Cuban Communist Party. Thus a good source for official pronouncements. It is, IIRC, named after the boat that brought Fidel and Che and a small group of freedom fighters to Cuba to begin the liberation of the Cuban people from the Batista regime that was allied with American organized crime.
U.S. military adventure against Venezuela must be stopped
“Between February 6 and 10 of 2019, several military transport aircraft have flown to the Rafael Miranda Airport in Puerto Rico, the San Isidro Air Base in the Dominican Republic, and other strategically located Caribbean Islands, most certainly without the knowledge of the governments of those nations. These flights took off from U.S. military facilities where Special Operation Troops and U.S. Marine Corps units operate. These units have been used for covert operations, even against leaders of other countries.”
Thus the advice to journalists that if they want to go and report instead of just reading Yankee press releases they will find the evidence at these airports. Of course, it may be difficult to get past security to see what’s going on. For example, the airport in Puerto Rico is probably guarded against any groups of angry Puerto Ricans that haven’t forgotten that Trump willingly neglected and killed thousands after the hurricane.
A few years ago under Obama, it was revealed that the Navy’s Seal Team Six, a part of the Special Operations Command, was really a 1500 person assassination team. Trump recently flew to Baghdad to have his picture taken with Seal Team Five. While there was some discussion about whether Trump broke secrecy rules in having these pictures taken, there was zero discussion about whether Seal Team Five has the same mission as what we now know is Seal Team Six’s mission. The Cuban statement about Special Operations forces being used against opposition leaders would appear to be accurate.
This will be the moment when Latin America stands up to the USA or, face another couple of centuries of Yankee rule. I pray for Latin America.
Neither Latin America nor the rest of humanity has ‘..a couple of centuries’ left. The ecological Holocaust gives us a couple of decades, and thermo-nuclear war caused by Thanatopian ‘religious’ fanaticism and megalomania gives us, in the end, a couple of minutes.
China says that forced humanitarian is intervention.
Using unasked-for humanitarian aid as a pretext for starting hostilities that will result in at best local skirmishes and deaths, at worst a full-fledged civil war seems to me to be worse than a “war of aggression.” It is “aid of aggression” and it is fooling some people here in the USA, such as my Well Educated Friend who keeps sending me NYT and Economist stories to show that Maduro should be toppled. She points to the aid situation as proof that Maduro is trying to hurt his people. No mention from her of the sanctions and seizure of Ven funds.
This “humanitarian” aid scam reminds me of the line in the Godfather: An offer you cannot refuse. Heh heh.
Humanitarian aid used literally as a battering ram (trucks breaking through border controls) and a PR battering ram. I wish the International Red Cross and the UN etc. would speak up again, and more forcefully, condemning this stunt.
The deficits in Venezuela are directly caused by US economic sanctions (and Venezuelan parasite class blackmarketeering) and for the Western fakestream media presstitute vermin to ignore that fact, and the filthy hypocrisy of this fraudulent ‘humanitarianism’, or even, in some cases, to deny it and lie that sanctions have only now been inflicted on Venezuela, is Evil, even by their debased standards.
Two people killed on the Brazilian border apparently trying to stop a convoy
This story seems to originate from the “opposition” – still waiting for the legitimate authorities to state their view. Interestingly the Brazilians have now stated they will stop aid delivery to Venezuela:
Richard (as I would call him, “Bonehead”) Branson supposedly organized a “Venezuela Live Aid” concert for today. Did it even happen?
Its tomorrow as far as I know. When the two ‘dueling groups’ position on both sides of the border.
Branson’s is taking place today – MSM is covering it.
Yes, you’re right. I’m watching Venezuelan side and apparently all news of this is being just blocked inside.
Thanks guys… I’m watching it here:
I don’t think there are “150,000 people” there.
Interesting what the camera shows and doesn’t show.
I wonder if Richard Bonehead Branson realizes this will be his “legacy”.
(To paraphrase Arthur Kleps, “the music that day was terrible”)
Anyone else noticing the very careful camerawork? (maybe I’m wrong)
an RT reporter sais about 3000 people max
It looks like that. Maybe 15K max… Notice how when they show the crowd, they keep showing a row of latrines in the background… I’ve been in crowds of 100K on an occasion, and there’s no way they wouldn’t hype the fact with a drone shot. Notice how close in to the stage the crowd is in front.
Kind of surprised Bono and J. Lydon aren’t there to lend support. Indeed, no major old school rock names, in an industry that jumps when Branson snaps fingers!
Now Branson is onstage, and they’re about to sing “Imagine”…
Tavistock Brits, eat your hearts out! How weird can the world get?
Oh, God! The insult to John Lennon, murdered by Thanatopia, the ruling elites of which hated him with a fury. May Branson freeze in the lowest depths of Hades.
Absolutely correct. The only live people in that group are in a rectangular area directly in front of the stage. And the amount of people doesn’t even equal the amount of roadies and stage hands that would be required for all those acts. It’s obvious.
*Note : I’ve worked with Richard Branson. He answers phones and personally handled some cargo charters we did. (The first Motorola Iridium Sattelites.) IMHO FWIW : So, I have a hard time seeing him willingly working for the empire. (Usually, they use bribes. LOL.) His other two concerts are in Venezuela so we will see if the Venezuelans feel the same way.
If you take it out, you may ask: Is he working for the empire?
To most it should matter not if he is doing it willingly, unknowingly or even coerced…
If it kicks off tomorrow i hope Branson is the first to stop a bullet,i am expecting those mysterious snipers to turn up like they did in Ukraine,Libya,and Syria,if Maduro has any sense he won’t make the same mistake others have made,crush the bastards from the start. the Reich has got away with mass murder for far too long,they should have been stopped a long time ago,if there is any sort of invasion of venezuela other Countries MUST get involved with their military,i remember when Cuba sent a task force to teach those South African Nazis a lesson in Angola,thats what it could take.
“i am expecting those mysterious snipers to show up”..
They just did, except it looks like they got on the wrong plane. I’m sure they’ll be pointed in the right direction shortly.
‘Mysterious snipers’ are a sure sign that the violent end-stage putsch that always crowns a Colour Revolution, is about to kick off. The snipers were used by Thanatopia during the 2002 coup in Caracas.
Yup, all tears over there:
On RT news now – Gweedo is in Colombia – even though the court banned him from leaving Venezuela. No doubt to avoid the violence he is about to unleash on the Venezuelan people with the help of the US and their oinking allies.
****Breaking on RT live news****
To quote RT reporter Mr Maupin “…….Russian Ambassador to UN has stated that there are a group of countries in the UN that are prepared to take action in response to any US provocation in the aftermath of the deadline (23rd) set by Mr Juan Guaido….”
Also RT reporter @ concert, Mr Cohen, reckons 5,000 at the Branson concert not 300,000.
So watching and waiting to see what happens next.
As of this writing I can not find any links or material that supports that statement
Caleb Maupin the RT correspondent who is based in New York stated all of the points in a live interview on RT’s international hourly news programme – based on the time I typed the comment. Also their correspondent Mr Cohen was also live from Colombia at the concert – I am sure you can find the news on RT’s you tube channel.
Tass had this too:
Venezuela has now closed all borders with Colombia:
(check the comments below this article – an interesting point made about the “indigenous” people from altercation on Brazil border yesterday – apparently illegal gold miners – and US troops/mercenaries came with “aid”).
great comment from Maduro
jsb posting at Moon of Alabama says BigLie Media’s up to its usual tricks of showing footage from a previous event to distort the actual attendance at Branson’s gig: “Finally figured out where the fake concert photos are from. They are from the ‘Peace Without Borders concert of March 16 2008′” Pics and vids linked at link above.
jsb also provided this description:
“Notice in the real images the stage is located on the curved portion of the bridge and is positioned in a -45 degree angle (to face the crowd) relative to the flow of traffic, whereas the fake images the stage is in the middle of the bridge on a straight portion of the bridge and is faced at 180 degrees relative to the flow of traffic. Two completely different scenes!”
He links to pics at the above link. Lots of other discussion on that MoA thread.
wonderful video showing the cultural richness of Venezuela and the joyful character of our people. Venezuela standing for culture against war. Worth watching and enjoying
thanks Vercia – it is a great video- I’ll send it on –
At times like this, I look for clues from Canada’s John Manley. He was interviewed today on BNN about a (non-Venezuela related) Canadian pipeline project. In his introduction, they mentioned that Manley is Honorary Chair of the Canadian Council for Private-Public Partnerships. Did a couple quick searches on PPP’s and Venezuela and arrived at this story about UK law firm, Dentons, opening a new office in Caracas, just last month. Dentons also has an office in Bogota, and last year opened offices in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Am following the situation on Twitter: “Venezuela
Apparently there were skirmishes on the Venezuela -Brazil border and supposedly Venezuelan guards opened fire on the indigenous Brazilians, the Pemones. The Pemones then burned down the border post. Marco Rubio tweeted about this escalation and under his tweet are several messages begging the US to intervene and help the Pemones against this Venezuelen aggression.
On the twitter feed some are saying this is a fake news- a false flag specifically choreographed… In any case a Venezuela- Brazil border crossing is now on fire as there are several pictures of it on twitter.
Here is Marco Rubio’s tweet that I mentioned above: https://www.twitter.com/marcorubio/status/1099041832141508608
It is worth noting too that the Pemones have long taken a hostile attitude towards the Caracas government, based on disputed mining claims. The current incident likely has nothing to do with these disputes but the background of distrust and hostility is likely part of the context. Also, the President of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly says that armed groups from the Voluntad Popular, a right-wing opposition party, were present during today’s incident.
Reminiscent of the use of the Miskitos in Nicaragua during the ’80s. I mean, Canada and the USA’s centuries of tender loving concern for their own Indigenous peoples shows just how much they care for their ‘little brown brothers’, and particularly, the sisters, too. And the little kiddies.
There are those who turn a blind eye to Yemen but weep bitter tears about “starvation” in Venezuela:
I have been away for a couple of days, and am trying to catch up. Personally, I think nothing much will happen, but I saw a reference to Roger Water’s Video – and it is wonderful. Maybe it has been posted here already, but I have ony just seen it.
Like Roger Waters, I am completely ashamed of Richard Branson.
I used to think he was a good man.
Hi Tony, there is a dedicated post on the Saker site with/about Roger Waters video – please take a look. Mod.
Government spokesman statement on the incident at the Brazilian border–says the cartridges used show that those shot were not shot by the Venezuela border guards.
Reminiscent of the Polish invasion of Germany which got WW2 rolling.
This article from Feb. 11 says the British military is training near Venezuela.
So this is the explanation for the NYT spin :
The British Navy is claiming they are training with SOUTHCOM in the Caribbean to combat narcotics trafficking. FWIW, the Canadian Navy has a similar mission, Operation Caribbe, except they work with the US Coast Guard. Details here:
No doubt Gavin ‘Private Pike’ Williamson will lead the Royal Marines in storming the beaches.
on going press conference: with translation
For the Sacramento, CA area:
Monday, Feb 25, 3pm, We are all Venezuela Vigil at Beale Air Force Base Wheatland Gate, South Beale and Ostrom Rd, Near Wheatland. Followed by 5:30pm potluck & Encampment at Main Gate, East End of N. Beale Rd. Marysville. FMI: [email protected]
Tuesday, Feb 26, 4:30 – 6pm, Stop U.S. militarism and wars now! Weekly Vigil. 16th & J, Sacramento. FMI: 916-448-7157.
Tuesday, Feb 26, 6 – 8am, We are all Venezuela Vigil at Beale Air Force Base Wheatland Gate, South Beale and Ostrom Rd, Near Wheatland. FMI: [email protected]
Reporter do site Brasil de Fato faz uma live ao vivo direto da Ponte Hugo Chaves na fronteira da Venezuela com a Colombia. A reporter fala que apenas 200 metros separam os dois palcos o que foi recebido como uma provocação que o palco na Colombia esteja tão perto da linha de fronteira.
A situação é de normalidade, por enquanto.
A página do facebook do site Brasil de Fato está com reporteres transmitindo ao vivo nesses dias
Translation for George’s comment:
A reporter from the site Brasil de Fato makes a livestream directly from the Hugo Chaves bridge, located on the Venezuela/Colombia border. The reporter states that only 200 meters separates both stages (the music concert) and that the proximity to the Venezuelan border was received as a provocation.
The situation is of normality for now.
This article gives and idea of the structure for the gross assault ( the commando units will have specialized targets like underwater cables, port facilities, infrastructure and perhaps loyal regional governors)
The Brazilian government suspended the so called humanitarian aid:
Governador de Roraima: entrega de ajuda do Brasil à Venezuela está suspensa https://www.brasil247.com/pt/247/brasil/384806/Governador-de-Roraima-entrega-de-ajuda-do-Brasil-%C3%A0-Venezuela-est%C3%A1-suspensa.htm
The governor of the Brazilian state of Roraima is concerned about the closed border with Venezuela, since that would impact the local economy. It’s relevant to notice that the governor is from Bolsonaro’s party.
Also, rumours here in Brazil point that the military are against any intervention, even from the USA. I cannot say for sure, but it seems that the top military personnel have put Bolsonaro under their control to avoid any crazy stunt by him.
Venezuela crisis could spark surge in infectious diseases: study
could spread beyond Venezuela’s borders
Time for the “International Community” to step up and do something, I guess.
Ted 99 Thanks for posting this but ……..
The reuters article is pure exaggerated scare mongering. I have lived for a very long time in nations where the above cited ” diseases” occur. The “diseases” require quite a bit of medical activity to identify them and over a long period of time…… Suddenly unidentified experts emerge …. jumping on the emotional bandwaggon yet citing no specific scientific study : tittle date and authors … Thus it is difficult to refute / challenge
Clean up the swampy environment s – the breeding grounds – …. and most will reduce and/or disappear.
Thus definitely not a humanitarian crisis occuring. It has always been there in varying degrees ….
Such journalistic spin from reuters ….
….. It was good nonetheless that you found that article Ted to demonstrate western spin …….
But back to the real news if it can be found
Maybe this has already been stated on this thread, but Juan Guaido is at the Richard Branson live aid concert in Colombia and was seen boarding a Colombian helicopter. Must be rough.
Colombian live aid Concert wrapping up now.
It appears that Guaido signed his first “Presidential” decree authorizing the US and other foreign forces to cross into Venezuela. See here:
In the meantime, the Ukronazis are threatening to cross under the Kertch bridge without asking for a Russian authorization.
So we might well have 2 crisis blowing up in the next 24-48 hours.
A two-fer? I have a sinking feeling, too.
But diplomats are Rus-ready. Russia puts Security Council on notice to be ready to meet at the drop of a hat !
US Transferring Special Troops, Weapons Close to Venezuela – Moscow
“The development of events in Venezuela has come to a critical point, everyone understands this. On 23 February, a dangerous large-scale provocation is set to take place, instigated by the Washington-led crossing of the Venezuelan border with a so-called humanitarian convoy, which may lead to clashes between supporters and opponents, forming a convenient pretext for military action to remove the current legitimate president from government”, Zakharova said in the briefing.
The US is planning to transfer weapons and special troops close to Venezuela, according to the spokeswoman.
“We have evidence that US companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces”, she said during the briefing.”
US-run border ‘provocation’ to topple Maduro set for February 23, Moscow warns
“Crisis-plagued Venezuela is now on the brink of sliding into all-out turmoil, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday, warning that Saturday would be crucial for President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
“A dangerous large-scale provocation is scheduled for February 23″
The US-run “provocation” may take shape of an aid convoy crossing the Venezuelan border and provoking clashes between “supporters and opponents of the current government,” Zakharova explained.
Such an incident could provide an opening for “a coercive action” to oust Maduro from power. The remark comes just days after the Venezuelan president closed the border with Brazil amid a row over humanitarian aid.
He indicated that he could also close the key border with Colombia to stop the opposition from using relief as an advantage to gain popular support. An aid convoy that tried to penetrate the border earlier on Friday was led by the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido.
Separately, the US is preparing a sizeable weapons shipment for the Venezuelan opposition, according to Zakharova. The armaments, likely to be purchased “in an eastern European country,” are large-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers, assault rifles and man-portable anti-aircraft rocket systems.
“The cargo is set to arrive in Venezuela in early March through a neighboring country on aircraft flown by an international shipping company,” she said.”
Where are the ‘empty shelves’? Max Blumenthal tours Caracas supermarket (VIDEO)
“Grocery shelves lie empty as food becomes increasingly scarce” in Venezuela, the UK Independent weeps. The country’s shops remain open but “sparsely stocked,” The Guardian laments. Even “basic commodities” such as toothbrushes aren’t available for purchase, CNN bemoans. “Hungry” Venezuelans must choose between “torture or starvation,” Bloomberg grimly concludes. Mainstream media coverage of Venezuela gives the impression that President Nicolas Maduro is slowly starving his own people – a narrative which, as journalist Max Blumenthal found after surveying a massive supermarket in Caracas, is wildly deceptive.
The store offered a wide selection of meat, produce, and dairy (although no low-fat Greek yogurt, an indignity which is likely the result of Maduro’s tyrannical ways, Blumenthal jokingly hypothesizes). Most importantly, craft beer – a hallmark of heroic consumerism – could be found in the supermarket’s alcohol aisle.
Blumenthal also marveled at the store’s huge variety of scented toilet paper, shampoo and toiletries – the “basic commodities” which, according to CNN, are nowhere to be found in Venezuela.
“There isn’t an issue here with food distribution or food scarcity,” Blumenthal concludes. “The issue is the buying power of Venezuelans has been completely destroyed because their currency has been so badly weakened by hyperinflation, speculation and the flood of dollars that the government can’t control here, as well as hoarding by private capitalist elements that support the opposition.”
I saw that one. I would love to see some of the markets in the other neighbourhoods. Go to a different one every day.
Gweedo Gusano promised his humanitarian forced feeding of Venezuela to come from Curacao tomorrow but
the government there says otherwise– that they will not send aid without the approval of the Venezuelan government. This, along with the reluctance of the Brazilian army to intervene may just save the day for now. This still leaves Colombia as the big ???
Venezuela Crisis Reaching ‘Flashpoint’ After Attempted Aid Delivery
“Tons of supplies have been assembled near the border, and Maduro has been given until February 23 to accept them. It’s unclear exactly what comes after that deadline, but US forces have landed alongside the aid packages, and US politicians seem unlikely to cease fanning the flames for regime change.
Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear spoke with Paul Dobson, a writer for VenezuelAnalysis.com, about recent events and events anticipated this weekend.”
Some useful material, especially about positive developments in Venezuela and also including an update on the vanguard zionazi-gay attack on the brazilian border today.
Just thinking -how easily do those tons of supplies burn?
Bolton’s biscuits should be flammable, even more so if there is any ammo squirreled away in those packages.
Translation from brazilian article:
http://www.defesanet.com.br/ven/noticia/32142/Exclusivo-%E2%80%93-Venezuela-Posiciona-Misseis-S-300-na-Fronteira-com-o-Brasil/ for maps and pictures
Exclusive – Venezuela Positions S-300 Missiles on the Border with Brazil.
During this thursday (21/01/2019) the radars from the anti aviation system, S-300, began to emit signals close to the border with Brazil.
The Maduro government positioned the S-300VM system close to the border with Brazil. This is the second action taken after closing the border with Brazil wich ocurred at 20:00 this thursday.
This is a cenario described by the analyst Canis Latrans on september 2018 here on this site.(A WEB LINK – Venezuela, the new Syria?)
According to the plottings received by this website, the position of deployment is the region of the Santa Elena de Uairén Airport, that has a distance of 11km to the border city of Pacairama located on the brazilian Roraima estate.
Venezuela posses 3 S-300 systems that includes launchers and radars.Bringing a valuable strategic system to a border location has a provocative character.
What is the S-300VM system
The anti aviation system S-300VM is produced by the russian company Antey-Almaz. It has been a great success on the international military market after the Cold War. Its is a bigger success than the famous Sukhoi figher jets.
Venezuela acquired the S-300 during the Hugo Chávez government. At the same time he incorporated the anti aviation concept that the russians developed since the Cold War. Its an escalated system that starts with smaller cannons and goes up to high altitude missiles:
1- 20-40mm cannons
2- MANPADS IGLA S
3- S-125 Pechora 2M
Venezuela acquired not only missile systems and the Command and Control (C2), but the operational and deployment concept from the russians. Three years ago the “Integral Aerospace Defense Command” was created. It’s subordinated to the “Operational Strategic Command”, another concept imported from Russia.
These centers have been receiving training about the advances made in the Syrian war directly from russians missions that visit the country.
The ideological affinity control of its members. (?)
The S-300VM is the big umbrella of the venezuelan air defenses. It can be said that it is what has been keeping the Chavista Regime and the Maduro Government alive.
The objective of positioning a valuable strategic system as the S-300VM so close to the border is a clear provocation and aims to impact all the air movement on the north of Brazil.
That way they create an aerial exclusion zone that reaches Manaus. It renders ineffective the Boa Vista airport. With it’s potents radars working at full power, with no needs for discrete action to avoid anti radiation missiles or electronic jamming, the reach is 300km.
Venezuela expedited the NOTAM Ao 160/19 (Notice to Airmen) with an exclusion zone between the continent and the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire, considerated to be one of the three points of distribution for the humanitarian aid.
The others two points are Cúcuta (Colombia) and Pacaraima (Brazil).
However, intelligence analysts considers that Venezuela is actually placing its WHOLE aerial space as exclusion zone by utilizing the missile system’s radar.
Inside the red circle the estimated area covered by the S-300VM radar, about 300km in radius. This reach depends on the terrain and the potency it is being used. Observe the height that can reach 10km.
The international air lines path that make the connection Brazil-United States goes through Venezuelan airspace to cross the Caribbean.
To make use of a sinister similarity, but to show the risks, there is the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 that was shot down by a BUK missile when it crossed the Crimea Region in july 17, 2014.
The decree Nº 6.592, from october 2, 2008, regulates what is found on the law 11.631, from 27 december, 2008, in wich it disposes about the National Mobilization and creates the National Mobilization System.
On the general disposition
Article 2º The National Mobilization conceptualized on the article 2 of the law 11.631 from 2007 is the measure decreted by the Republic’s President in case of foreign agression, aiming the imediate way to obtain resources and means to the implementation of the action that the National Logistics can not supply, according to the habitual proceedings, as of other needs.
Paragraph 1º The parameters to the qualification of the expression of a foreign agression, among others, are threats or harmfull actions to the national sovereignty, to the territorial integrity, to the brazilian people or the national institutions, even that it does not mean the invasion of national territory.
So, if the actions from Venezuela continues, it is classified as foreign agression, and as of the paragraph 1º even that it does not mean the invasion of national territoty.
Both the Boa Vista airport and the ALA7 Air Base now have restrict operations and with risk .
Or This gives the Brazilian military a reason to “stand down”.
Dangerous games of brinkmanship are being played behind closed doors. No one wants South America to become like the Middle East. Let’s see if Colombia wants to play a marrano-Israel to Tio Yanqui. It does not seem to be working out very well for the Kurds these days.
Brazilians are calling it an aggression. They should shut out their mouth and explain what kind of weapons Israel brought to them last month. Venezuela have every right to use the S 300 to defend against demented fascists
There is no evidence of S300 missiles in Brazil/Venezuela border.
Likely, it is the preparation for a false flag incident.
The defesanet site is linked to a group of brazilian generals pro-USA (mainly Sérgio Etchegoyen). They are part of the hybrid war strategy moved by the USA against Brazil.
Watch out for these guys, they play “good cop” to trump’s “bad cop”.
Democrats howl after Bernie Sanders refuses to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s leader
“In an interview with Univision, the senator – an independent who identifies as a democratic socialist – was asked if he considers self-declared interim president Juan Guaido to be the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
“No. I think what has to happen right now – I think there are serious questions about the recent election. There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election, and I think the United States has got to work with the international community to make sure that there is a free and fair election in Venezuela,” Sanders responded.”
This is the soft sell routine of zionazi-gay policy sanders has specialized in for a long time. He plays like he is opposition and “left wing”, but when one filters out the chaff, the grain of what he is selling is that of the zpc/nwo. It’s the standard zionazi strategy. Venezuela does not need sander’s large israeli snozz in their affairs and sanders, like trump, and all the rest of the zionazis and nazis in the west, need to sod off. Sanders is nothing but a zionazi co-opter designed to not promote the left and independence from the zpc/nwo, but instead, hoodwink people into thinking they are pursuing that decent course, when in fact, they are being played for suckers.
Bernie, I understood that the last Venezuelan election was legitimate, as these things go.
“There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election, and I think the United States has got to work with the international community”
agree this is BS.
Who has “serious questions”?
Who has these “feelings”?
Why doesn’t Sanders ask Jimmy Carter about the so-called fraudulent election.
Sanders is bloviating and grandstanding for a few in teh USA who are a bit nervous about the coup in process. But he doesn’t dare state the obvious: An illegal coup is in process before our eyes.
And, it is obvious that the USA cannot “work with the international community,” whatever that may mean. Over 50 % of the international community hates the USA for the lawless hegemon it is.
It doesn’t matter that “there are many who *feel*.”
Their “feelings” have no basis in anything and are not a justification for armed intervention in another sovereign nation. It is akin to saying “There are some who are gazing into their own navels and see there that we must regime-change Venezuela.”
This is the most infuriating nonsense I have heard out of Sanders yet.
Bernie should know a fraudulent election when he sees one since the Democratic National Committee, along with Hillary Clinton, conspired to steal the nomination from him. Of course, he didn’t have the integrity to stand up for his supporters and call them on it. Instead he endorsed Hillary. What a dick….
He was always a Trojan Horse, who knew exactly what was going on. His support surprised the DNC grandees like Debbie Washerwoman Schlitz, so they simply stole the nomination, that he won, from him, and he rolled over like a good puppy, on cue, without a whimper.
Exactly. Sanders is the ‘limited hang-out’ wing of the DNC mystification machine. Sanders corrals the ‘radical’ young and Left, then sells these ‘Bernouts’ down the river to the Establishment candidate, the blood-soaked Harpy Clinton in 2016, and Satan knows who in 2020.
From Global Research (sorry if link already posted):
The author is a French analyst/Journalist.
Mercier finds it unlikely that American troops will be deployed to Ven, but the greater danger is a proxy war using Colombian and Brazilian right-wing militias and Eric Prince mercenaries. But he states that if the Ven. military holds firmly to Maduro, the coup will be defeated.
Katherine, correct. Same as when the Syrian Army held firmly to President Dr.Assad, the proxy war against Syria was defeated.
Moon of Alabama:
“Venezuela – Abrams To Make Sure Humanitarian Aid Flights Are “Strictly By The Book”
U.S. Department of State, February 21, 2019″
New York Times, August 17, 1987
“Abrams Denies Wrongdoing In Shipping Arms to Contras
Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams has defended his role in authorizing the shipment of weapons on a humanitarian aid flight to Nicaraguan rebels, saying the operation was “strictly by the book.” ”
I am unsure what book Abrams is reading from but I supect he is reading from precisely the same page again.
Venezuela Temporarily Closes Three Crossings at Colombian Border
“The Bolivarian government is informing the population that, due to the grave and illegal threats from the government of Colombia to Venezuela’s peace and sovereignty, it was decided to fully temporarily close the bridges of Simon Bolivar, Santander and Union,” Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro previously said that Venezuela would close the border with Brazil and was considering closing the border with Colombia. He has warned that the US and its allies were using “the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid” to try to “destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country.”
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said earlier in the day that Venezuela had updated UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Washington’s plan to “force” aid into the country, adding that the UN chief was watching the situation closely. He has also noted that blaming deaths at the Venezuelan border on Maduro is a part of Washington’s “script”. He also disputed reports about indigenous fatalities at the border and said President Nicolas Maduro’s government would never order troops to fire on civilians.”
A couple of articles from FAIR, a relatively “objective” news source compared to the babble we find in the normal MSM sources; as expected, the lying continues in the press about true conditions in Venezuela. This is well known here but does add detail and provides info on the gains under Chavez that have been severely under reported and erased in part under the sanctions. Have not found too much about the Maduro era other than he did continue with Chavez programs but has been hampered obviously by the santions and corruption.
‘People who hate Maduro often need humanitarian aid the least’ – Max Blumenthal
“The problem here is with speculation,” Blumenthal told RT from Caracas, explaining that, while many food products indeed suffered from the massive hyperinflation triggered by the falling oil price and US sanctions, local supply to the population sometimes costs them nothing at all.
“The owners of the largest food companies are making a killing off of this economy. And US sanctions are actually allowing them to hoard goods and to make maximum profit,” the independent journalist said. “That is the irony here – is that many of the supporters of the opposition and the big business forces behind the opposition are actually cashing in on the economic crisis.”
“At open-air food markets around the city food is being distributed basically for free to the poor and working-class communities. And all kinds of food is available throughout the city,” the American noted. “This is actual humanitarian aid with Venezuelan-produced goods delivered by local communities and the reason why they are doing this is to demonstrate that they do not need this USAID.”
Many poor Venezuelans, Blumenthal said, believe that their crisis stems from the US sanctions noose and the absence of the billions of dollars that Washington seized or prevented from entering the economy. Meanwhile those who hate Maduro and the whole idea of Chavismo are usually much wealthier people “who need humanitarian aid the least.”
“This society is completely polarized,” Blumenthal concluded. “And I think what the US and outside underestimate is the resiliency of Venezuelans and the will to resist among the very large base of this population that supports not just Nicolas Maduro but the idea of Venezuela as a sovereign state that can decide its own economic future.”
By signing this decree:
Guaido officially committed an act of treason and an act of insurrection.
Also from Southfront
@EVERYBODY: I will be gone all of Saturday so you all please keep this open thread going and let’s make it a meeting point where all of you can keep the info coming in and discuss the developing situation. I will try to drop by, at least to read the posts, as best I can. God willing, I will be back on Sunday afternoon.
Whatever happens tomorrow, always keep in mind NOT TO TRUST A SINGLE WORD from the AngloZionist propaganda machine. If they loudly proclaim something, assume it is a lie and wait for the facts of the matter to come out. Don’t rush to judgement and remember that every US military disaster always begins with a triumphal declaration of victory à la “mission accomplished”.
God willing, tomorrow the Empire will suffer yet another defeat.
George Galloway on Venezuela (subtitulos en Español)
Published on Feb 11, 2019
George Galloway live-streamed this address on 31 January 2019. Hereby the subtitled version. Contact George Galloway on Twitter @georgegalloway or by email: [email protected]
George Galloway transmitió en vivo esta dirección el 31 de enero de 2019. Por la presente, la versión subtitulada. Póngase en contacto con George Galloway en Twitter @georgegalloway o por correo electrónico: [email protected]
Those who are proficient in the Spanish language can try to pick up news from the various radio stations from Caracas and a few places around the capital which are available at:
At Radio.garden you can actually explore live radio by rotating around the entire globe, but this link is about Venezuela. See:
I just posted a link to a number of radio streams from Caracas at radio.garden. Assuming that the provocations will take place around the bordercrossing between Cucuta (Colombia)and San Cristobal (Venezuela) one can try to pick up news from 3 radio stations at San Cristobal (Tachira, Romantico and Tama) at:
or from Cucuta on the Colombian side where you find 6 radio stations at:
Previozsly was reported that FANB had shooted the two people at the Brazilian Border. New investigations show the involvement of paramilitary troops
This is classic color revolution tactics. The main goal is to get as much casualties as possible – who then will be used both for foreign propaganda and to antagonize the Venezuelan population against Maduro. If any “result” – like getting aid in the country – is achieved that is a nice bonus.
In that context is worrying to read about the incident at the Brazilian border. Obviously Maduro isn’t prepared for this kind of tactics: “The protesters killed on Friday, members of the Pemón indigenous group, opposed Mr. Maduro’s decision, saying the population needs the food and medication. They were shot after closing a road to prevent security forces from passing. Outraged fellow protesters were reported to have seized a Venezuela National Guard commander and his deputies in retaliation.”
I question the validity of this source. Although the story may be half true I doubt the violence came from the government at least initially.
I agree with your view, this is another maidan. They may have embedded some of their mercenaries in identified areas of possible protest so that protesters would be killed as justification for intervention.
What the empire is attempting in Venezuela is not a sign of strength but desperation, they are seriously loosing ground against their antagonists and have now resort to such harebrained strategy like stealing other nations wealth in order to stay afloat and keep a check on their opponents especially by manipulation of oil price which is what will happen if Venezuela falls.
Yes. And these clever demons have weoponized food in a hideous scheme to rob the Venezuelan treasury then send food to the class enemy of the Venezuelan people—-food to be used for further milking of the poor via speculation and black market manipulations and as a propaganda tool against the legitimate government.
First you rob them and then you further rob them under the guise of humanitarianism. Oh sure there will be a few self serving “Kodak moments” with rag tag kids and appropriately grateful moms. But few of these supplies will go to the poorest especially those in Chavista areas.
This is why the legitimate relief agencies will not touch this operation “Force Freed”.
I am saying this because I am having to explain this to my well fed, naive compatriots here in Looneylandia, USA . They just look baffled and unbelieving like how could this be???
It is heartbreaking if indigenous people are drawn into this mess.
Of course, I may be wrong about the state of political understanding of indigenous groups.
But the whole situation is so hard for everyone to parse that it would hardly be surprising if indigenous people are as confused as the rest , yet they find themselves on or near the frontlines at the Ve-Brazilian border
Basically, however, it seems to me, the current situation is one of “de facto” martial law: *All* Ven. citizens must obey orders from Maduro and understand that the order to defend the country at this moment in time means defending the country’s borders.
Against any incursion, including weaponized “humanitarian aid”—humanitarian aid as Trojan Horse, as some journalist has coined it.
This is no longer a case of “peaceful opposition” as in an election situation. The opposition, led by Gweedo, is now in an active state of rebellion, trying to take control of the military. I this situation there will certainly be some civilian deaths. The blame for this falls squarely on the rebel leaders, namely Gweedo and his foreign handlers, who have incited and supported the rebellion.
I cannot read your link, for my Raspberry pi is too slow, but I presume this is about the incident with the pumones.
However the bullets used in the incident are not the type in use by the National Guarda
and as the post above this one pointed out
Paramilataries were probably involved.
Venezuela has closed the border to Colombia.
Excellent decision under the circumstances.
Hopefully it will help descalation of tensions.
Hoping and praying that everything just calms down. I have to praise at this time the strong and quiet character of President Maduro who has kept a cool head and has reacted extremely well.
Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
Hola mundo (hi to the world). I still cannot believe that the zios didn’t do anything against the naive people that went to the concert located very close to the frontier post. My brother told me that unfortunately, people were invited to spend the night at the place, supposedly to accompany a caravan this Saturday, trying to force the fake aid into “Venezuela”. So the zioplan is very clear:
Colonia (“Colombia”) is fully controlled by a zioagent, nicknamed “Varito”, who is a drug dealer (expartner of Pablo Escobar!), a murderer, a freemason, a member of the Committee of 300 (a group that works for the reptoqueen), who established death squads together with the Moss.ad (who also kill lots of people in “Venezuela” to destabilize all even more), a traitor who has been also collaborating with the CIA and with the Strat.for (a civil CIA) with aggression plans against Venezuela (revealed by RT and by Voltairenet). This monster has no problem sending people as cannon fodder to the frontier, so persons will die just by the chaos of this volatile situation. Thousands of clueless people pushing through a bridge where they must be repelled is a formula for a massacre. Obviously, the zios will have agitators in the public, and probably there will be CIA and Moss.ad snipers ready to shoot at the clueless multitude and ALSO to shoot at the guards of “Venezuela”. The AngloZionist empire needs to fabricate an excuse to bomb “Venezuela”. For the ziobanksters, only profits matter. And the people assassinated will please the demonic entities that they are serving.
A peculiar thought hit my mind this morning.
I was surprised at how ‘easily’ mr. Guaidó was able to travel to Colombia, to meet his ‘friends’ at the Branson concert. Every time I look at him, I get the impression of a hard-line cartel boss in a nice suit. Maybe this was the trap that he stepped upon?
Because Venezuela now has the opportunity to not let him in again. Matters of national security. That’s even applicable to German cars nowadays, so why not to him?
He may try to enter Venezuela within a crowd, storming that closed highway, but could it be that already some explosives are attached under that bridge?
slightly oftopic, forgive me, but blowing a bridge is not necessarily simple and much depends on the design and construction. see example @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludendorff_Bridge
The bridge in question today seems like a strategic bridge, and I have no idea if it has cavities for sequestering demolition charges. (it would have if I had built it)
Since the fascist Duque came to power in Colombia last year, the death-squad murders of indigenous leaders has risen to the highest level in over ten years. Cocaine production has boomed, with a 31% increase in estimated production in 2017, from 2016. The United Nations Drug Control Program has declared the Colombian military to be one of the ‘..biggest heroin and cocaine trading institutions’ in the region. And since 2011 the Colombian regime has executed a genocide against the Wayuu indigenous people, by diverting their water supply from the Rancheria river to a gigantic coal mine, resulting in the deaths of 14,000 Wayuu children. The Cerrejon coal-mine is controlled by Western interests such as BHP-Billiton and AngloAmerican, who have utilised rightwing death-squads to intimidate and terrorise the victims. In fact many Wayuu have fled TO Venezuela to escape the reign of terror and genocide. Yet the Western fakestream media presstitute scum would NEVER dare mention these facts-not if they want a long and happy career as well-paid Evil, lying, hypocrites
Claim Southcom requesting logistical support contracts, see>
“ALERT: The predictions about the “humanitarian aid” being a cover for escalating to possible US military incursion getting closer to reality: US @Southcom putting out bids for logistics that wld be needed for an invasion out of its base in La Guajira, Col.”
This provocation against Venezuela is initiated by the US deep state. If it succeeds in toppling Maduro, they win. If the operation fails, they can blame Trump and topple him instead. The only question is which outcome do they prefer?
The entire USG is ” Deep State”. Corrupt from the top down.
Thank you for this open thread! I came over here because I was getting so discouraged at the other alternative media. I get the feeling a disinformation blitz is underway in empireville. In Japan, where I sit, nothing, nada, zilch, nichevo nyetu. For about a week, total silence over here on Venezuela. A few days ago I read somewhere that Japan’s government had gone ahead and recognized Gweedo. I was not surprised. We all know what happens when you disobey the hegemon, but a good portion of the punditry here recognizes a pattern in what is going on. I suspect the silence is reflective of those two facts.
The average Japanese is about as concerned and knowledgeable about Venezuela as the average American was in the 1990s about Yugoslavia–it’s not their back yard. If anything does show up on the news in Japan over the next 24 hours, I expect it to be translated verbatim from CNN and the NYT, and will head over here again to get an idea of what is really going on.
It seems to begin for today:
but no news about U.S. intervention so far.
The four most used twitter hastags
https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpHandsOffVenezuela?src=hash&lang=en (This is the one that Nicolas Maduro uses most frequently)
https://twitter.com/hashtag/Venezuela?src=hash (This one is used by the likes of Marco Rubio and talks about defections of Venezuelan National Guard and Venezuelans removing the border barriers . looks as if civilians are being used as patsies, in other words an ideal opportunity to shoot at both sides of a civilian crowd, and of course, blame Maduro’s forces).
We have to be very careful to believe nothing at this stage and wait for the dust to settle.
Nicolás Maduro’s twitter
Jorge Arreaza’s twitter
Here is a good quote from Chancellor Jorge Arreaza: “Tomorrow is the last recoil of an extinct prehistoric animal” Bravo, Venezuela. He is NOT referring to Venezuela here.
Venezuela is under siege. It is the old old story – Maduro must go! Where have we heard this before?
Assad must go. Gaddafi must go. Saddam must go. And look at those countries now.
Pompeo is still out there bleating early this morning: Pompeo vows US will help uproot ‘authoritarianism’ in Nicaragua & Cuba
It is clear they want to steal Venezuela, and then move on to steal Cuba and Nicaragua. From an economic standpoint, this is the greatest asset grab that I can even think of. The empire must be must closer to the financial brink than what we know if this is the size of the stealing and looting.
And Russia is standing ready at the UN – Russia’s Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that a group of countries came together at the UN to support Venezuela’s legitimate authorities and to defend international law
They are talking of a coalition of 50 states.
According to Thierry Meyssan, who wrote about this on 8 January, it’s even worse than that – he says the entire Caribbean Basin is in the crosshairs. He identifies this as “the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski plan” and says:
” … without consideration for friends or political enemies.” Wow. Harsh!
But then, the Anglo Empire was built upon piracy and privateering, not trade. ( Trade!?!? Are you kidding me? You mean, like: Here, I’ll trade you my scratchy wool and a sheep’s stomach for some of them spices, silks, and gold…whadda ya say, Mate? That kind of trade?? No, piracy and privateering is how they “do business.” It’s how they’ve always done business. It’s all they know. )
Time’s up for that way of doing business. They’re not going to pull this off. The whole world understands that a different way (the original way) of doing business is within grasp, now that ancient trade routes are being reopened. This last-ditch attempt to implement their Rumsfeld-Cebrowski plan is just going to result in what’s called: EPIC FAIL. (G°d willing.)
near real-time disposition of shipping, logistic https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-61.6/centery:16.5/zoom:6 click on a ship and get type
logistics decide things, and are difficult to hide.
Columbia border disturbance
There is a livestream on RT Ruptly at the border crossing of Urena between Colombia and Venezuela: https://www.rt.com/news/452247-venezuela-colombia-border-violence/ .
Until now a lot of talking.
I’m careful with short fragments on Twitter. At the time of the staged ‘uprising’ in Iran last year, I saw a lot of old material pass by, from demonstrations in Bahrain beaten down by Saudi forces, to shootings at Arab springs in Tunesia. Say hello to the trolls of Hasbara ;-)
Really good idea with the this thread. Lot of information came together very quickly.
The Venezuelan concert is postponed until tomorrow and will be held in Caracas 23 feb 2019
Gobierno venezolano traslada a Caracas el concierto previsto para este sábado en la frontera con Colombia, luego de anunciar el cierre total de los puentes fronterizos con ese país.
El concierto “por la Paz, la Solidaridad y contra el Imperialismo” será este domingo en la Plaza de los Museos de la capital venezolana.
Machine Translation: The Venezuelan government moves to Caracas the concert scheduled for this Saturday on the border with Colombia, after announcing the complete closure of the border bridges with that country.
The concert “for Peace, Solidarity and against imperialism” will be held this Sunday in the Museum Square of the Venezuelan capital.
#24feb#Caracas Gran Concierto por la Paz, la Solidaridad y contra el Imperialismo! | Salsa, música urbana, trova, Plaza de los Museos 2 PM. #HandsOffVenezuela#TrumpHandsOffVenezuela#ConciertoPorLaPazYLaVidapic.twitter.com/2VJaztR2w5— ALBA TV (@alba_tv) 23 de febrero de 2019
Machine Translation # 24feb # Caracas Gran Concierto por la Paz, la Solidaridad y contra el Imperialismo! / Salsa, urban music, trova, Museum Square 2 PM. #HandsOffVenezuela#TrumpHandsOffVenezuela#ConciertoPorLaPazYLaVidapic.twitter.com/2VJaztR2w5— ALBA TV (@alba_tv) February 23, 2019
Looks like a wise decision to move the concert – get the people away from the borders. There are major chavisto marches in Caracas. RT has a ‘minute by minute’ piece.
Here is a quick machine translation and a little edited to make the sentences clear, of the last piece:
From Cúcuta, a Colombian municipality bordering Venezuela, the trucks that carry the “humanitarian aid” for the Venezuelans, announced by Guaidó, departed.
The trucks left, heading for the Tienditas bridge, in the state of Táchira, closed and never opened, after a press conference offered by Guaidó, who was accompanied by the presidents of Colombia and Chile, Iván Duque and Sebastián Piñera, respectively; and of the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro.
I’ll see if I can keep up quick translations from this minute by minute piece as it unfolds.
There is a good photo of the trucks or convoy on the RT link.
I echo the sentiments of everyone saying to be cautious – yes, what teranam13 calls the ‘forces of deception’ are certainly alive and well and spewing disinformation.
Be careful of all rumors of desertions and other news concerning the army—the forces of deception are trying to confuse and undermine the army especially.
John Bolton has cancelled his scheduled visit to North Korea to rid the world of more nuclear weapons, deciding to focus on Venezuela. Colombia states that 4 Venezuelan military guards have defected. An armored vehicle containing food, hygiene and medical supplies broke through barricades, driving into Venezuela, after which the drivers jumped out of the vehicle and ran across tge border into Colombia.
Democracy Now broadcast an interview with a Venezeulan sociologist yesterday:
I don’t know anything about this interviewee and so would qualify him as a “maybe”.
Are there any lessons from Ukraine and Syria that can be applied here? It seems “aid” and incredibly “democracy” have replaced accusations about chemical weapons and barrel bombs. At least with the chemical weapons false flag incidents experts could visit the scene of the alleged “crime” to look for forensic evidence. “Aid” false flag ops may not be as easy to investigate. In Syria there were a few journalists like Vanessa Beasley who could debunk western propaganda. Who will be the White Helmets?
A Nobel Peace Prize for Donald Trump makes as much sense as anything else in this crazy situation.
Check out Max Blumenthal’s twitter account @MaxBlumenthal. He and several journalist have videos showing what supermarkets and outdoor markets look like in Venezuela today.
Dan Cohen @dancohen3000 is providing border updates on his twitter account.
Ruptly reporting live from the Columbia border on RT
From RT Spanish – minute by minute thread
Venezuelans move on the Tienditas bridge to prevent intervention
A group of Venezuelans walk towards the Tienditas bridge, in the Táchira state, which connects Venezuela with Colombia, to prevent the passage of the “humanitarian aid” of Guaidó, which intends to enter by force, and the intervention to the South American country.
Details on the staged incident where 3 Venezuelan military people defected to colombia.
Venezuela Foils Staged Attack at Border with Colombia
Yes, the three were National Guards and it was all organised by the opposition. Apparently earlier reports say they took their guns with them – all could potentially be used for a FF me thinks.
In answer to comments above about the incident on the border with Brazil:
“The Venezuelan Government stated that yesterday’s attacks at the Venezuela-Brazil border on mainly indigenous people were a “false flag” perpetrated by members of Voluntad Popular (the fake President’s group). The bullets used did not correspond with those used by Venezuelan armed forces and some people were injured by arrows. One woman was killed. (From Telesur).
Posted by: Lochearn | Feb 23, 2019 9:00:27 AM | 102 ” [from moonofalabama.org]
“Live scenes from Cucuta, Colombia, where a US-backed aid shipment is expected to be delivered through the border into Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed the aid delivery is a US plot to provoke intervention in Caracas.”
Watched for a few minutes around noon u.s. east coast time. Some men harrassed a line of cops blocking the road at what looked like one of the border crossings.
From what I was able to find elsewhere on the web, it doesn’t look like much has happened yet. Hopefully, this provocation will fizzle of its on its own without any serious violence.
Lunch over, back to work…
Live video from Global News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swy7Tu7fkbU
Around 3 hours and 45 minutes into this live video, I already hear the first gunshots. I don’t know whether this is rubber bullets, but it’s likely to be real gunshots. No doubt a false flag is likely to happen soon.
Another talking point I have when discussing with my fellow Looneytunians
Here in the land of double talk/no-think is that there is no starvation in Venezuela and that 100 tons of food is being shipped to the government of Venezuela by Russia China and the EU.
So….. then why the fuss? Oh remember Elliot Abrams and the contras in Nicaragua and remember how the Russian aid shipments to the East Ukraine had to be stopped at the border and combed through for hours by UN inspectors? no? (Sigh) well see there was also this Turkish journalist who was jailed for his article and photos showing munitions packed underneath humanitarian boxes of aid to rebel held areas of Syria. Oh so you haven’t heard of that either? Sigh.
A nice wrap-up of the situation: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/everyone-has-fallen-for-the-lies-about-venezuela/
(By an American stand-up comedian, Lee Camp. Until now I had never heard of him, but his juicy sarcasm is really refreshing.)
I’ve been watching the live stream from Ruptly and from Sputnik for a while, trying to pick up what the demonstrators are shouting. This is just a demonstration with the cops/military or national guards holding their line on the Venezuelan side of the border and a good bunch of civilians behind them, and a bunch of rock throwers from the Colombian side, breaking down their own border post to try and fashion some kind of barrier but not succeeding. They grab their rocks, storm, throw their rocks and run away again. If you watch awhile, you see the same ones appearing over and over again.
Looks to me like a specific bunch of perhaps paid rabble rousers and nothing serious. Now and again one of them shouts – Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela, but I don’t hear much of ‘down with Maduro’ or things like that. Its looks like they have just a few slogans. One is – Maduro, the people are hungry, and another – Down with the police and a few shouting The War is starting.
In one shot and at one time only, I saw a few organizers with vests on, and on the back of the vests were Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela (If I remember correctly now – something like that but a formal ‘uniform’ that an organizer might wear).
I hear some sounds that sound like shooting sounds to me – not sure whether they are warning shots, I saw some teargas, or it may even be rocks hitting the barriers of the line of cops/military or national guards. Not sure what the bangs are.
If this is all that happens on this bridge today, it is a nothing burger, but the day is young.
” Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela ”
Actually the slogan on the organizers vests says ” Coalition Aid for Venezuela ” , which is even more suspect and ominous as its even written in English.
“Coalition aid and Freedom” – in English, as you point out. I managed to snag a screenshot.
In the bit I watched at noon a few of the provocateurs came right up the line of Venezuelan police/soldiers (?) saying things. The RT filmer was right there also. Then a tear gas cannister was deployed at the foot of the Venezuelans, not clear by who. The wind carried the smoke towards the provocateurs and they pulled back a 100′ or so back to what appeared to be border crossing posts. The RU guys also pulled back and continued filming from there. During that time heard a lot of “pops”, gun fire, firecrackers, something else (?). Nobody ran for cover, though, so doubtful any one was firing a gun. The provocateurs started throwing rocks, but still keeping their distance and one guy kept yelling puta at the Venezuelans. There appeared to be only a few provocateurs, maybe a couple of dozen, and only about half a dozen approached the Venezuelans. All the provocateurs were able bodied men, no women, no old men, no kids in sight in the segment I watched.
What has happened with Branson’s so called Live Aid concert? Nothing on MSM that I can find. Has this turned into one big DUD?
As expected, staged attacks-following the script:
Gweedo Gusano’s supporters surround an airbase in Caracas for some reason. Diversion? or crowd action of some sort being set up soon?
Simpatizantes de Guaidó rodean base militar aérea La Carlota de Caracas
Simpatizantes del diputado opositor venezolano Juan Guaidó, quien se autoproclamó “presidente encargado” del país, se concentraron en los alrededores de la Base Aérea Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda, mejor conocida como La Carlota, en Caracas.
Venezuela: Russia delivers 7 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Venezuela
youtube has this blocked but it is a prize winning documentary by Irish film makers who happened to be in Caracas when the coup against Chavez was attempted in 2002.
I’m checking the Ruptly live coverage of the events unfolding at the border between Venezuela and Columbia right now. Around 300 rioters on the columbian side of the border are throwing rocks at a venezuelan anti-riot formation on the other side of the border. Venezuelan anti-riot formation is responding with tear gas. I’m not an expert, but I don’t think this kind of small provocation, violent but useless at the same time, is what the US needs to justify a war. When the rioters get tired of throwing rocks at a shield formation and sniffing tear gas, the situation should calm down.
The more obvious question at the moment is why the columbian border police is just allowing this violent riot to happen on their side of the border, but I think we all know the answer to that.