Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

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    • #11190
      Ohio Barbarian
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      This is a nice in-depth piece on Venezuela from the WSWS.

      President Nicolas Maduro took the oath of office Thursday morning for a second six-year term under conditions of mounting social unrest within Venezuela and a concerted drive by the US, the European Union and the right-wing governments of Latin America to force him from power.

      Maduro was sworn in before the Venezuelan Supreme Court and not, as is customary, before the Congress, which is controlled by his right-wing political opposition and, with foreign backing, is promoting itself as the foundation for an alternative government.

      Thursday’s ceremony was boycotted by the US and EU as well as most Latin American governments. Present were presidents Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega. Also attending were representatives of Russia, China and Turkey, as well as an embassy-level official from Mexico.

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a tweet denouncing Maduro’s inauguration, while making a thinly veiled appeal for a military coup in Venezuela:

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      Joe Shlabotnik
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      Good read, but what do we really know, and who do we really trust about whats going on in Venezuela? I like WSWS and read it often, I expect and don’t mind their Trotskyist take on things. At the same time I typically expect nothing but garbage from neo-liberal corporate media. And again, who’s to say that RT is being honest; although I did find Abby Martin’s take on Venezuela enlightening (from 1.5 years ago, no doubt things are worse now)

      I think the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Maduro, and his elderly statesman Chavistas probably are fairly corrupt (not unlike every political institution). At the same time, the US and neoliberal world order is likely “making their economy scream”: Chile 1973 Redux.

      As a Canadian I’m both embarrassed, ashamed and not at all surprised that Canada is staunch member of the ‘Lima group’. Pierre Trudeau said not a word about Allende’s overthrow, murder, and nationwide bloodbath that followed. In fact he instantly and officially recognized the Pinochet government.  A new opportunity for Canadian business interests at the dawn of the neo-liberal age.

      Many people don’t know (and its never reported) that Canadian corporations are at the global forefront of the mineral extraction industry, and have been for decades.  Its also rarely reported how much Canada’s mining industry is deeply involved with massive suffering and human rights abuses, and environmental exploitation abroad. In ’73 Trudeau was all about exploiting Chile’s copper. Now Trudeau Jr. is probably eying Venezuela’s gold reserves for his corporate masters.

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      • #11496
        Ohio Barbarian
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        I have a coworker who is an immigrant from Venezuela, but he’s been living here for close to 40 years now and has his American citizenship. He is conservative politically, but has come to the conclusion that Trump is insane and must be stopped.

        He thinks Maduro is an uneducated fool. Said he was a bus driver before he began his rise to power under Chavez by being extremely loyal to the departed Hugo. Said he doesn’t understand economics any better than Trump does. For all I know, he has a point.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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