Web Research Links for the Week of 1/28/19

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From the Yes-This-is-HAPPENING Desk: Huawei, 5G and the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Shooting Two Feet With One Bullet – by Godfree Roberts – http://www.unz.com/article/huawei-5g-and-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/ – “Remarkably, only one company owns significant 5G intellectual property, controls its own silicon from end to end, produces all the elements of 5G networks–including proprietary chips–assembles and installs them affordably on a national scale: Huawei… Non-Huawei customers must integrate more costly, less functional, less compatible and less upgradeable elements, pay twice as much, take twice as long to implement 5G and experience inferior service because Huawei produces every element of 5G systems and assembles turnkey networks–from antennas to the power stations needed to operate them to chips, servers and handsets–at scale and cost. It is literally unrivalled in enhanced mobile broadband… Huawei employs 700 mathematicians, 800 physicists, 120 chemists and 6,000 fundamental researchers. Among its 87,805 patents, 11,152 core patents were granted in the US and the company has cross-licensing agreements for patents with many Western companies. Your Huawei phone is assembled with just 28.5 seconds of human labor in a high-end automated plant spread over 1.4 square km. Automation and technology upgrades have reduced the staff to 17 yet its more than 30 production lines produce 2 million smartphones every month… Xiongan New Area, a brand new city of six million located sixty miles from Beijing, which will welcome its first residents in 2020, is being wired for 5G. Residents will find no traffic lights, many autonomous vehicles, face recognition providing seamless access and be able to reach the capital via a driverless maglev train costing the same to build and operate as regular subways but traveling silently at 120 mph, with no moving parts. A literal city of the future, courtesy of 5G, Xiongan is designed to deliver the same relative productivity gains for its residents that the Industrial Revolution gave England’s in the 19th century. ” (emphasis added) – Comment: This may be the most important article you read this month if you want to fully understand where the world is now going.

NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/newsguard-and-microsoft-team-up-to-destroy-independent-media-ahead-of-2020-elections-linked-to-several-think-tanks-government-officials.html – “If you aren’t worried about a company with a former CIA director (Michael Hayden, who lied under oath to Congress misleading officials, according to the Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program) and a former secretary of Homeland Security official as its advisors, you may need a reality check. Please go see Ben Swann for a checkup stat!.. Then there is Richard Stengel, a member of the Atlantic Council (neo-liberal think tank) and former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy under President Barack Obama who deserves a short blurb for his own involvement. Why? Because Stengel admitted his role in life at a previous discussion hosted last May by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At the event Stengel described his past position at the State Department as a “chief propagandist” and further stated that he is “not against propaganda” and it was needed. H/T Disobedient Media… ‘Every country does it and they have to do it to their own population and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful,’ Stengel said.”

From the Tit-For-Tat Desk: Purtin (sic) Orders To Suspend Participation In INF Treaty, Develop Mid-Range Hypersonic Missilehttps://southfront.org/purtin-orders-to-suspend-participation-in-inf-treaty-develop-mid-range-hypersonic-missile/ – “Now, Russia will develop missiles previously forbidden under the agreement… ‘Ours will be a mirror response. Our US partners say that they are ceasing their participation in the treaty, and we are doing the same,’ Putin said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. ‘They say that they are doing research and testing [on new weapons] and we will do the same thing.’.. Putin added that no more talks should be initiated by the Russian side with the US to try and save the INF Treaty… ‘Let’s wait until our partners mature sufficiently to hold a level, meaningful conversation on this topic, which is extremely important for us, them, and the entire world,’ he said.”

Breaking: US-led Coalition Warplanes Struck Syrian Army Position In Deir Ezzorhttps://southfront.org/breaking-us-led-coalition-warplanes-struck-syrian-army-position-in-deir-ezzor/ – ” ‘At around 23:30 pm on Saturday 2-2-2019 the aviation of the international coalition conducted an airstrike on an artillery position of our forces operating in al-Sukkariya region to the west of Abu Kamal. As a result, an artillery piece was destroyed and two soldiers were injured,’ the Syrian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in an official statement… The new strike is a dangerous escalation because the SAA’s positions in al-Bukamal are preventing the besieged ISIS fighters in the middle Euphrates River Valley from reaching the terrorist group pocket in the Homs desert. ” – Comment: It seems likely that the U.S. is trying to help their Pet Terrorists break through the SAA lines and escape to the desert where the Coalition keeps them supplied and it’s very difficult for the Syrian Army to round them up.

Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/twitter-bans-2000-pro-maduro-accounts-demands-regime-change-escalate – “The purge was part of a crackdown on “foreign information operations”, which also serves as a resource for researchers hoping to investigate these operations. In the post, Twitter announced that it was adding five new sets of account sets to its archive of foreign influence campaigns… Twitter user Ben Norton tweeted: Twitter is now removing thousands of accounts supposedly linked to Venezuela’s sovereign government… This comes after Twitter suspended Venezuelan government accounts 1.5 years ago… Social media corporations act as an extension of US government interests https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/1091089955642884097(emphasis added)

From the Skripal Case Upanishad: Summing up the Official Claims in the Salisbury Poisonings: Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting – by Rob Slane – https://www.theblogmire.com/summing-up-the-official-claims-in-the-salisbury-poisonings-weighed-in-the-balances-and-found-wanting/Comment: A fairly amusing compendium of some of the most glaring improbabilities (and impossibilities) in the Official State Legend of the Skripal Novichok Poisoning Affair.

Monsanto’s “Malicious Conduct” & “Complete Manipulation of Science” Regarding Roundup® Finally Exposed By Attorney Brent Wisner – by Catherine J. Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/monsantos-malicious-conduct-complete-manipulation-of-science-regarding-roundup-finally-exposed-by-attorney-brent-wisner.html – “One of the most intrepid GMO science researchers for over twenty years, Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), interviewed Attorney Brent Wisner, the genius lead lawyer who apparently overwhelmed the legal system by finally getting Monsanto’s Papers, which documented “malicious conduct by a corporation” and “complete manipulation of science,” according to him during his representation of Mr. Dewayne Johnson in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto lawsuit… At the link below, you can access these riveting interviews: ● Monsanto’s Genotoxicity Cover-up: The Dr. Parry Story, ● The Rookie off the Bench Saves the Day, ● Monsanto’s HUGE Mistake: How we got the secret Monsanto Papers, ● Monsanto’s Shocking Disregard for Science and Truth, ● The Most Dramatic (and Pivotal) Day of the Trial, ● Guilty! Monsanto Acted with Malice – Interviews video link: https://responsibletechnology.org/drparry/watch-the-dr-parry-story/

Production of W76-2 warhead in US increases risk of nuclear conflict, warns Lavrovhttp://tass.com/politics/1042436 – ” ‘This issue was already included in last year’s review of Washington’s policies in the nuclear sphere. Already then we expressed serious concern the development of such low-yield warheads lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons and increases the risk of a nuclear conflict,’ he said… ‘As far as we can see, that provision has now been translated into the language of practical action. Certainly, this by no means promotes security in the modern world,’ Lavrov said.”

Las Vegas Shooting – FBI Case Closed: Aaron Rouse – True to His Word? (20 min) – FBI 3 page report (!) doesn’t BEGIN to address the many, many anomalies already discovered around this bizarre “historic” incident.

Welcome to the Literal Nanny State (19 min) – from Truthstream Media – “The World Health Organization has now gone on record to say that among the greatest threats to global health are anti-vaxxers… Oregon and Washington are making an unprecedented move that could go to yet another level of overreach  – home inspections for new parents. Using the language of a “state emergency,” they are going all-in on the literal nanny state.”

Bolton Threatens to Send Venezuela’s Maduro to Guantánamo Bay Prison – by Jessica Corbett – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/bolton-threatens-to-send-venezuelas-maduro-to-guantanamo-bay-prison.html – “JB: Well, I tweeted yesterday, you know, I wish him a long, quiet retirement on a pretty beach far from Venezuela. And the sooner he takes advantage of that, the sooner he’s likely to have a nice, quiet retirement on a pretty beach rather than being in some other beach area like Guantanamo.” – Comment: Of course, Bolton has no impact on U.S. Foreign Policy, and will soon be tossed away by Trump like a used kleenex.

Watch the 1st Amendment Die as Journalist Arrested at Press Conference for Not Being Mainstream (w/video 12min) – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/watch-the-1st-amendment-die-as-journalist-arrested-at-press-conference-for-not-being-mainstream.html – “As the Public Information Officer approaches Lankowski, he begins degrading him and telling Lankowski that he is not a part of the media. To be clear, Lankowski is a journalist for Nevada Cop Block and also hosts a weekly podcast for the group. By all standards, what he is doing is being the media… What’s more, the fact that the officer didn’t recognize this fact is irrelevant as his rule book, the Constitution, guarantees this right (OK, don’t get me started on that one)… Nevertheless, as other media outlets continue to fill the room, the officer tells Lankowski that he needs a “credentialed” media pass to be in this public space to report on a public press conference… Eventually, because Lankowski refused to be denied his First Amendment right, he was physically taken down, handcuffed, arrested, and cited for trespassing—on public property, in a press conference, doing his job as a journalist.”

Production of W76-2 warhead in US increases risk of nuclear conflict, warns Lavrovhttp://tass.com/politics/1042436 – ” ‘This issue was already included in last year’s review of Washington’s policies in the nuclear sphere. Already then we expressed serious concern the development of such low-yield warheads lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons and increases the risk of a nuclear conflict,’ he said… ‘As far as we can see, that provision has now been translated into the language of practical action. Certainly, this by no means promotes security in the modern world,’ Lavrov said.”

Monsanto’s “Malicious Conduct” & “Complete Manipulation of Science” Regarding Roundup® Finally Exposed By Attorney Brent Wisner – by Catherine J. Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/monsantos-malicious-conduct-complete-manipulation-of-science-regarding-roundup-finally-exposed-by-attorney-brent-wisner.html – “One of the most intrepid GMO science researchers for over twenty years, Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), interviewed Attorney Brent Wisner, the genius lead lawyer who apparently overwhelmed the legal system by finally getting Monsanto’s Papers, which documented “malicious conduct by a corporation” and “complete manipulation of science,” according to him during his representation of Mr. Dewayne Johnson in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto lawsuit… At the link below, you can access these riveting interviews: ● Monsanto’s Genotoxicity Cover-up: The Dr. Parry Story, ● The Rookie off the Bench Saves the Day, ● Monsanto’s HUGE Mistake: How we got the secret Monsanto Papers, ● Monsanto’s Shocking Disregard for Science and Truth, ● The Most Dramatic (and Pivotal) Day of the Trial, ● Guilty! Monsanto Acted with Malice – Interviews video link: https://responsibletechnology.org/drparry/watch-the-dr-parry-story/

Dave Hodges and Shauna Cox Threatened Over Revelations Regarding the Murder at Mulheur – by Dave Hodges – https://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/dave-hodges-and-shauna-cox-threatened-over-revelations-regarding-the-murder-at-mulheur/An important article IMO by Hodges, who generally “must be taken with a grain of salt” – This relates to the LaVoy Finicum murder and Deep State preparations (for possible martial law – not the kind Trump might want).

The Most Interesting Man in the World: Two Faces on the Same Coin – by Doug “Uncola” Lynn – https://thetollonline.com/2019/02/01/the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world-two-faces-on-the-same-coin/ – “In so many ways, Trump is the perfect foil to usher in a new epoch; as the perceived darkness before the age of rainbows and unicorns. Or, at least a forerunner of sorts before another ringleader takes center stage… To be sure, President Trump is like a flip-sided Obama the way he’s branded upon America’s psyche. And, like Obama, he’s a walking, talking, Rorschach test… For good? Or bad?.. Either way:  We all have our suspicions and are becoming more certain with each passing day… In the below video clip from the 1999 film “The Matrix”, the story’s protagonist, Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is distracted by a computer simulation of a woman in a red dress as these words are spoken by Laurence Fishburne’s character, Morpheus: ‘The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it… Are you listening to me, Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?.’.. In our version of the Matrix, however, what if the diversion was the man with orange hair?.. Certainly, United States President, Donald J. Trump, is either: 1) Real; 2) Real clueless; Or 3) the Matrix’s woman in the red dress”… In point of fact, if anyone were 100% honest, they would admit they couldn’t realize any of those options with 100% certainty at this time.  Because it’s difficult to see the Matrix when you’re in the Matrix.  Yet, like Neo in the movie, and as stated heretofore:  We all have our suspicions and are becoming more certain with each passing day… Of course many reading this, if not a majority, will NOT appreciate President Trump’s motives being questioned in the least; and perhaps they are right to still trust the man.  Nevertheless, there does remain the possibility the reach and power of the Matrix has been vastly underestimated… Or, it could be the obtuseness of the American Body Politic is what’s been greatly underrated and Trump is heroically fighting his best against great odds.” (emphasis added)

Continuing: “Around the world, most recently in the nation Venezuela, Trump’s inner imperialist emerges at exactly the right, or wrong, times; depending upon the perspective of the viewers… The United States President has refused to authorize the release of the Russia Investigation’s FISA applications, FBI 302 forms, and 1023 counterintelligence documentation; even when doing so prior to the 2018 Midterm elections might have helped him with independent voters enough to retain his party’s control of the U.S. House… And why did Trump correctly identify stock market bubbles before he was elected, only to later take credit for stock market highs after his election? Won’t that now make him culpable in the eyes of the American public when the bankers crash the economy?.. Why would he do that? As a former reality TV star, surely he knows optics are everything, right?

All of which raises legitimate questions as to whether these mistakes and missteps were scripted after all and, quite possibly, preordained by a secret playbook; because, honestly, over the past two years, all of the snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory now seems too perfect for reality. It is, in fact, exactly how it looks when one throws a game… So close. But was it real? Or reality TV?” (emphasis added)

Continuing:Perhaps we were all played like suckers who never stood a chance and will soon hear:  “You’re fired!”.. Nonetheless, the clues are there for those who carefully watch the replays.  For example, during the government shutdown fracas, the following was revealed in an article dated January 8, 2019: ‘Ahead of the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday re-introduced the ‘Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act,’ commonly referred to as “red flag laws.” ‘… The red flag laws, even supported by the NRA in the wake of the Parkland shooting, would grant Trump’s prior expressed desire to “take the guns first and go through due process second”. All that’s required is for anyone to claim to see something in order to say something so law-abiding Americans can have their due process erased faster than Trump’s attorney client privilege… Think it couldn’t happen?  Think again.  Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, during his senate confirmation hearings in mid-January 2019, stated his own desire regarding the red flag laws as “the single most important thing we could do in the gun control area”.  Barr’s statement actually made Democrat Dianne Feinstein very excited. In response, she said quite flirtatiously: ‘Well, thank you, I would like to work with you in that regard.’.. What an amazing act of reaching across the aisle. Rarely have we seen such cooperation occurring in Washington DC… Who knew?.. But our screens only show extended replays of the antagonistic political clashes. Over and over; again and again… This, coincidently, allows precious time for the Matrix’s Agent Smiths, the neighborhood Stasi, and willing associates, to huddle together on the sidelines and finalize their next plays.” (emphasis added)

“CONCLUSION: Fair Play or One Coin to Rule Them All – At the end of everything, it really does distill down to fair play against rigged rules of the game: to natural rights versus tyranny; the individual’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enforced by means of an equitable and just legal code – or mandated utopia by way of corporate collectivists and their piecemealed totalitarianism… Although President Trump provides the appearance of advocating for the former options, there remains the possibility he was hired as a means to deliver the latter alternatives… Trump’s “Make America Great Again” only appears antithetical to Obama’s “Hope and Change” when, in fact, they were slogans for different products sold by the same company. They are two faces on the same coin and both spokesmen fundamentally changed America by the luck of the toss. Obama was the gift to Snowflakes and Trump a bestowal unto Deplorables. And everyone loves a good tagline, don’t they?(emphasis added)

 

U.S. Suspends Participation In INF Treaty, Will Leave It In 180 Dayshttps://southfront.org/u-s-suspends-participation-in-inf-treaty-will-leave-it-in-180-days/  –  “The White House website releasedStatement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty“:’For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.  Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations… ‘The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions.  We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.  We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct… ‘My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.  For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.  We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels.  This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.(underlining added)

Trump’s Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story – by Eric Draitser – https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/trumps-coup-in-venezuela-the-full-story/ – “The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum – including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment – must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire… This point is, or at least should be, indisputable irrespective of one’s opinions of Venezuelan President Maduro, the Socialist Party (PSUV), or the progress of the Bolivarian Revolution. Imperialism, and its neocolonial manifestation in the 21st Century, is there to pick clean the bones of the Bolivarian dream and return Venezuela to the role of subservient asset, an oil-soaked proxy state ruled by a right-wing satrap eager to please the colonial lords of capital… But, leaving aside the unbearable blitheness of being MAGA-adjacent, the reality is that Trump has warmongered against Venezuela since well before the recent escalation, including in an infamous 2017 meeting at which ExxonMobil’s State Department CEO Rex Tillerson and former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster both were “stunned” at the stupidity of Trump’s expressed desire to invade Venezuela. According to the Associated Press: ‘Trump alarmed friends and foes alike with talk of a ‘military option’ to remove Maduro from power. The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles …But shortly afterward, he raised the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, according to [a] U.S. official …(who spoke to)… Two high-ranking Colombian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid antagonizing Trump confirmed the report.’ ” – Comment: Full Disclosure: The information in this article is a surface-level interpretation, and may be ignored as it does not take into account the Real Truth revealed by secret insider communications. Please see https://www.youtube.com/user/X22Report for the vetted truth (apologies for sarcasm). However, this article does contain detailed information about global oil politics, and the international implications of controlling Venezuelan oil interests.

US Revisits Vietnam Syndrome in Afghanistan After 17 Years of War and Destruction – by Finian Cunningham – https://russia-insider.com/en/us-revisits-vietnam-syndrome-afghanistan-after-17-years-war-and-destruction/ri26108 – “US President Donald Trump last month ordered about half of the American troops in Afghanistan – some 7,000 – to withdraw. Trump is said to be growing impatient with the huge financial drain of the never-ending war. His order to pull out forces before the latest round of negotiations in Qatar will have been taken by the Taliban as further proof the Americans know they are beaten… Astoundingly, prominent voices in Washington are arguing that, in spite of the human calamity and cost of Afghanistan, US troops should remain there indefinitely. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell wants to pass legislation forbidding a withdrawal. The Washington Post’s editorial board – which reflects the foreign policy establishment view –admonished: ‘The Trump administration’s tentative deal with the Taliban could return Afghanistan to chaos.’.. “Return to chaos”?.. Afghanistan – known as the Graveyard of Empires – from centuries of defeating great powers is showing that the Americans are up their necks in chaos.”

US Air Dominance Falters As Pilots Contend With Advanced Russian Anti-Aircraft Systems – by Free West Media – https://russia-insider.com/en/us-air-dominance-falters-pilots-contend-advanced-russian-anti-aircraft-systems/ri26111 – “According to the Wall Street Journal, over the last two years the Kremlin has used Washington’s total obsession with alleged Russian ‘destabilization and disinformation campaigns’ to ‘establish air superiority in regions where US planes could have operated with impunity’… From the north of Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe to the Arctic Circle and further into the Far East, Russia has built an anti-aircraft ring that ‘threatens the US military’s reach’ and forces Washington to ‘reconsider its position as the world’s undisputed air force’… Russia’s wide-ranging air defense system S-400 also detects stealth (stealth) aircraft, and is ‘an irritating and potentially deadly defense shield that has changed the calculus of the US and its allies in potential hotspots,’ starting with its deployment in Syria… The WSJ quoted Sergei Karaganov, Putin’s foreign policy advisor, as saying: ‘Russia does not want military superiority, but it has ended the superiority of the West or the US. Now the West can no longer use force indiscriminately.’ ”

U.S. Suspends Participation In INF Treaty, Will Leave It In 180 Dayshttps://southfront.org/u-s-suspends-participation-in-inf-treaty-will-leave-it-in-180-days/  –  “The White House website releasedStatement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty“:’For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.  Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations… ‘The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions.  We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.  We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct… ‘My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.  For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.  We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels.  This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.(underlining added)

ISIS Could Reclaim Large Territory In Syria Within Few Months Without US Military Pressure: MSMhttps://southfront.org/isis-could-reclaim-large-territory-in-syria-within-few-months-without-us-military-pressure-msm/ – “ISIS could reclaim large territory in Syria in just months without military pressure, according to a draft report from the US Department of Defense, unnamed US officials cited by NBC claim.  The Defense Department Inspector General’s report is to be released in the week between February 4th and 10th… Without military pressure from the US, ISIS could regain a significant amount of territory within 6 to 12 months. Allegedly, the report covers the three months from October 1st to December 31st, 2018… President Donald Trump announced on December 19th that the U.S. military would be leaving Syria.” – Comment: Hmmm. I wonder who would be funding and supplying such a resurgence of the presently marginalized Terror Franchise?

U.S. Wants Its Western Allies To Establish Safe-Zone In Northeastern Syria – Reporthttps://southfront.org/u-s-wants-its-western-allies-to-establish-safe-zone-in-northeastern-syria-report/ – “The U.S. is working to form a new coalition that could establish a safe-zone along the Syrian-Turkish border east of the Euphrates River, the Wall Street Journal reported on January 31 citing U.S. officials… According to the officials, the U.S. wants some of its Western allies, including the UK, France and Australia, to lead the new coalition. However, the negotiations are still ongoing as they are yet to agree… The safe zone would include a 32km deep pocket along the Turkish border inside Syria from the Euphrates River to the border with Iraq. The Wall Street Journal said that Washington is willing to support the zone by providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using drones and other equipment, along with rapid reaction forces if needed. It could also provide logistical support including evacuating casualties.” (emphasis added) – Comment: I wonder if this “Safe Zone” is to include the long-wished-for “No Fly Zone” for the Russian and Syrian air forces? So glad to see that Trump and The Patriots® are finally disentangling the U.S. from these nasty foreign adventures!

New Wikileaks Exposes Vatican, Knights of Malta, Jesuits (35 min)

Vatican Insider: Palace Coup, Pope Frances to Be Stripped of Power w/ Kevin Annett (44 min)

WikiLeaks: Pope’s Lettershttps://wikileaks.org/popeorders/

Germany Rules Out Purchase Of F-35 Jets: Reportshttps://southfront.org/germany-rules-out-purchase-of-f-35-jets-reports/ – “Germany’s Ministry of Defense officially ruled out the F-35 joint strike fighter as a choice to replace its Tornado fighter jet fleet, according to anonymous sources cited by Defense News. The story was initially reported by German outlet Augen Geradeaus… The Tornado fighter jet fleet will be replaced either by a Eurofighter or a F/A-18.” – Comment: I’m relieved to see that, whatever the Germans may be, they’re not Brain Dead.

From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Desk: What Would You Do If Putin Cut Your Heat Amid Extreme Temperatures? – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/what-would-you-do-if-putin-cut-your-heat-amid-extreme-temperatures – “Extreme weather, merciless cold in the Midwest United States, snow squalls bringing near-whiteout conditions to the Northeast, nine dead, schools and postal service in many states canceled, and airports closed — an “act of God” as they say, yet MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow still found a way to make it all about Putin… She breathlessly reported Wednesday evening that life-threatening cold weather in the US could be weaponized by Russia. Maddow invoked a recent intelligence assessment which speculated over Russia and China’s abilities to launch cyber-attacks on critical US infrastructure, including natural gas pipelines. Running with this “what if” scenario, she launched into her now well-known conspiracy theorizing and fear-mongering, saying ‘It is life-threatening! And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now.’.. Maddow told her MSNBC audience: ‘We’re relying on their [Russia and China’s] good graces that they’re not [attacking us]. It is life-threatening. And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now. What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo?(underlining added)

Commander of US division that ousted Noriega visits Colombia – by Stephen Gill – https://colombiareports.com/commander-of-us-division-that-ousted-noriega-visits-colombia/ – “Defense Minister Guillermo Botero described the visit of Stammer as “routine” but failed to be drawn on the Venezuelan crisis when speaking to local media… ‘I’m not going to speak on the subject of Venezuela, that is up to Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes,’ he said… A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense also moved to allay concerns about the arrival of Stammer, claiming the that the visit is merely fulfilling protocol… ‘He is the commander of the Southern Army who pays a protocol visit to the administration. They will talk about support issues against organized crime, drug trafficking and illicit extraction,’ he told journalists… Colombia’s ambassador to Washington DC,  Francisco Santos, spurred major controversy last year implying Colombia could team up with Trump and Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to topple Venezuela’s Maduro, whose legitimacy is challenged by the majority of countries in the hemisphere… The Andean nation shares a 2,219 kilometer border with Venezuela and its geographical position makes it a major player in any possible military intervention against Venezuela’s current regime.”

From the Reports-Of-The-Warm-Winter-Have-Been-Greatly-Exaggerated Desk: (from October) Winter Outlook favors warmer temperatures for much of U.S. – Wet southern states to contrast drought in West (underlining added) https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/winter-outlook-favors-warmer-temperatures-for-much-of-us


(The post below is cherry-picked (edited) text from the linked article) – From the History-Reveals-The-Hidden-Hand Desk: The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader –  Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization. – by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal – https://grayzoneproject.com/2019/01/29/the-making-of-juan-guaido-how-the-us-regime-change-laboratory-created-venezuelas-coup-leader/ – ” ‘Juan Guaidó is a character that has been created for this circumstance,’  Marco Teruggi, an Argentinian sociologist and leading chronicler of Venezuelan politics, told The Grayzone. ‘It’s the logic of a laboratory – Guaidó is like a mixture of several elements that create a character who, in all honesty, oscillates between laughable and worrying.’.. Diego Sequera, a Venezuelan journalist and writer for the investigative outlet Misión Verdad, agreed: ‘Guaidó is more popular outside Venezuela than inside, especially in the elite Ivy League and Washington circles,’ Sequera remarked to The Grayzone, ‘He’s a known character there, is predictably right-wing, and is considered loyal to the program.’..

According to the Venezuelan government, the US was also involved in a plot, codenamed Operation Constitution, to capture Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace; and another, called Operation Armageddon, to assassinate him at a military parade in July 2017. Just over a year later, exiled opposition leaders tried and failed to kill Maduro with drone bombs during a military parade in Caracas… More than a decade before these intrigues, a group of right-wing opposition students were hand-selected and groomed by an elite US-funded regime change training academy to topple Venezuela’s government and restore the neoliberal order… The “real work” began two years later, in 2007, when Guaidó graduated from Andrés Bello Catholic University of Caracas. He moved to Washington, DC to enroll in the Governance and Political Management Program at George Washington University, under the tutelage of Venezuelan economist Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia, one of the top Latin American neoliberal economists. Berrizbeitia is a former executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) who spent more than a decade working in the Venezuelan energy sector, under the old oligarchic regime that was ousted by Chávez…

That year, Guaidó helped lead anti-government rallies after the Venezuelan government declined to to renew the license of Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV). This privately owned station played a leading role in the 2002 coup against Hugo Chávez. RCTV helped mobilize anti-government demonstrators, falsified information blaming government supporters for acts of violence carried out by opposition members, and banned pro-government reporting amid the coup… (In 2009) Guaidó exposed himself to the public in another way, founding a political party to capture the anti-Chavez energy his Generation 2007 had cultivated. Called Popular Will, it was led by Leopoldo López, a Princeton-educated right-wing firebrand heavily involved in National Endowment for Democracy programs and elected as the mayor of a district in Caracas that was one of the wealthiest in the country…

By 2010, Popular Will and its foreign backers moved to exploit the worst drought to hit Venezuela in decades (speculation: driven by geoengineering?). Massive electricity shortages had struck the country due the dearth of water, which was needed to power hydroelectric plants. A global economic recession and declining oil prices compounded the crisis, driving public discontentment. Stratfor and CANVAS – key advisors of Guaidó and his anti-government cadre – devised a shockingly cynical plan to drive a dagger through the heart of the Bolivarian revolution. The scheme hinged on a 70% collapse of the country’s electrical system by as early as April 2010… ‘This could be the watershed event, as there is little that Chavez can do to protect the poor from the failure of that system,’ the Stratfor internal memo declared…

By this point, the Venezuelan opposition was receiving a staggering $40-50 million a year from US government organizations like USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy, according to a report by the Spanish think tank, the FRIDE Institute. It also had massive wealth to draw on from its own accounts, which were mostly outside the country…  In November, 2010, according to emails obtained by Venezuelan security services and presented by former Justice Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres, Guaidó, Goicoechea, and several other student activists attended a secret five-day training at a hotel dubbed “Fiesta Mexicana” hotel in Mexico. The sessions were run by Otpor, the Belgrade-based regime change trainers backed by the US government… Inside the meetings, the emails stated, Guaidó and his fellow activists hatched a plan to overthrow President Hugo Chavez by generating chaos through protracted spasms of street violence… The alleged Fiesta Mexicana plot flowed into another destabilization plan revealed in a series of documents produced by the Venezuelan government. In May 2014, Caracas released documents detailing an assassination plot against President Nicolás Maduro. The leaks identified the anti-Chavez hardliner Maria Corina Machado – today the main asset of Sen. Marco Rubio – as a leader of the scheme

That February, student demonstrators acting as shock troops for the exiled oligarchy erected violent barricades across the country, turning opposition-controlled quarters into violent fortresses known as guarimbas. While international media portrayed the upheaval as a spontaneous protest against Maduro’s iron-fisted rule, there was ample evidence that Popular Will was orchestrating the show… Asked who the ringleaders were, (a) guarimba participant said, “Well if I am totally honest, those guys are legislators now.’..  Around 43 were killed during the 2014 guarimbas. Three years later, they erupted again, causing mass destruction of public infrastructure, the murder of government supporters, and the deaths of 126 people, many of whom were Chavistas. In several cases, supporters of the government were burned alive by armed gangs… Guaidó was directly involved in the 2014 guarimbas. In fact, he tweeted video showing himself clad in a helmet and gas mask, surrounded by masked and armed elements that had shut down a highway that were engaging in a violent clash with the police. Alluding to his participation in Generation 2007, he proclaimed, ‘I remember in 2007, we proclaimed, ‘Students!’ Now, we shout, ‘Resistance! Resistance!’ ‘… Guaidó has deleted the tweet, demonstrating apparent concern for his image as a champion of democracy… On February 12, 2014, during the height of that year’s guarimbas, Guaidó joined Lopez on stage at a rally of Popular Will and Justice First. During a lengthy diatribe against the government, Lopez urged the crowd to march to the office of Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz. Soon after, Diaz’s office came under attack by armed gangs who attempted to burn it to the ground. She denounced what she called ‘planned and premeditated violence.’.. In an televised appearance in 2016, Guaidó dismissed deaths resulting from guayas – a guarimba tactic involving stretching steel wire across a roadway in order to injure or kill motorcyclists – as a “myth.” His comments whitewashed a deadly tactic that had killed unarmed civilians like Santiago Pedroza and decapitated a man named Elvis Durán, among many others… This callous disregard for human life would define his Popular Will party in the eyes of much of the public, including many opponents of Maduro… As violence and political polarization escalated across the country, the government began to act against the Popular Will leaders who helped stoke it (Several of the Popular Will leaders went to prison or into exile)… David Smolansky, also a member of the original Otpor-trained Generation 2007, became Venezuela’s youngest-ever mayor when he was elected in 2013 in the affluent suburb of El Hatillo. But he was stripped of his position and sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Supreme Court after it found him culpable of stirring the violent guarimbas… Facing arrest, Smolansky shaved his beard, donned sunglasses and slipped into Brazil disguised as a priest with a bible in hand and rosary around his neck. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he was hand picked by Secretary of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro to lead the working group on the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisisThis July 26, Smolansky held what he called a “cordial reunion” with Elliot Abrams, the convicted Iran-Contra felon installed by Trump as special US envoy to Venezuela. Abrams is notorious for overseeing the US covert policy of arming right-wing death squads during the 1980’s in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. His lead role in the Venezuelan coup has stoked fears that another blood-drenched proxy war might be on the way…

Guaidó is known as the president of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, but he was never elected to the position. The four opposition parties that comprised the Assembly’s Democratic Unity Table had decided to establish a rotating presidency. Popular Will’s turn was on the way, but its founder, Lopez, was under house arrest. Meanwhile, his second-in-charge, Guevara, had taken refuge in the Chilean embassy. A figure named Juan Andrés Mejía would have been next in line but reasons that are only now clear, Juan Guaido was selected… In December 2018, Guaidó sneaked across the border and junketed to Washington, Colombia and Brazil to coordinate the plan to hold mass demonstrations during the inauguration of President Maduro. The night before Maduro’s swearing-in ceremony, both Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called Guaidó to affirm their support…

By January 11, Guaidó’s Wikipedia page had been edited 37 times, highlighting the struggle to shape the image of a previously anonymous figure who was now a tableau for Washington’s regime change ambitions. In the end, editorial oversight of his page was handed over to Wikipedia’s elite council of “librarians,” who pronounced him the “contested” president of Venezuela… Guaidó might have been an obscure figure, but his combination of radicalism and opportunism satisfied Washington’s needs. ‘That internal piece was missing,’ a Trump administration said of Guaidó. ‘He was the piece we needed for our strategy to be coherent and complete.’.. ‘For the first time,’ Brownfield, the former American ambassador to Venezuela, gushed to the New York Times, ‘you have an opposition leader who is clearly signaling to the armed forces and to law enforcement that he wants to keep them on the side of the angels and with the good guys.’.. But Guaidó’s Popular Will party formed the shock troops of the guarimbas that caused the deaths of police officers and common citizens alike. He had even boasted of his own participation in street riots. And now, to win the hearts and minds of the military and police, Guaido had to erase this blood-soaked history.” (end edited article – emphases added)


With risks ahead, Trump administration pins hopes on Venezuela’s opposition – by Anne Gearan and Karen DeYoung – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/without-a-road-map-trump-administration-pins-hopes-on-venezuelas-opposition/2019/01/24/e132b3c8-1ff6-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html – “President Trump’s bold decision to throw U.S. support behind a self-declared opposition government in Venezuela carries risks for a president whose foreign policy is staked on prizing American interests over others and keeping the country out of foreign quagmires… In Guaidó, the Trump administration found a figure on which to hang hopes for a peaceful ouster of Maduro from within, or by Maduro’s own choice, current and former U.S. officials said… ‘By standing with the people of Venezuela, President Trump stands for freedom,’ Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted after the U.S. announcement Wednesday.”

Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America’s War on Venezuela – by Garikai Chengu – https://www.globalresearch.ca/sanctions-mass-destruction-americas-war-venezuela/5666969 – “The term “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) was first defined by the United Nations in 1948 as: “…atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above”… Sanctions are clearly the 21st century’s deadliest weapon of mass destruction… Over the last five years, sanctions have caused Venezuelan per capita incomes to drop by 40 percent, which is a decline similar to that of war torn Iraq and Syria at the height of their armed conflicts. Millions of Venezuelans have had to flee the country. If America is so concerned about refugees, Trump should stop furthering disastrous foreign policies that actually create them. Under Chavez, Venezuela had a policy of welcoming refugees. President Chavez turned Venezuela into the wealthiest society in Latin America with the best income equality… On Monday, U.S. National Security adviser John Bolton announced new sanctions that essentially steal $7 billion from Venezuela’s state owned oil company.”

From the Old-And-Outmoded-Perceptions Desk: (from Monday 1/ 28) Venezuela plot thickens… UN should be probing Washington and allies for regime-change crimes – by Finnian Cunningham – https://www.rt.com/op-ed/449986-venezuela-coup-un-probe/ – “The European Union has demanded that President Maduro calls new elections within eight days, or face reprisals from the bloc, presumably involving economic and diplomatic sanctions. The arbitrary and unreasonable nature of the EU ultimatum suggests it is designed to be impossible for Maduro to fulfill, thereby giving a pretext for sanctioning Caracas… The president has offered dialogue with the opposition (Note: this article was posted 4 days ago). But Guaido rebuffed the initiative as “fake talks.” That suggests Guaido is being advised by his foreign supporters to adopt a maximalist position. Not talking with Maduro is aimed at intensifying the pressure on the government to use force against the opposition, as well as trying to undermine the president’s legitimacy.” (emphasis added)

Trump backs big ‘protests against ex-dictator Maduro’ as he talks with Venezuela opposition’s Guaidohttps://www.rt.com/news/450186-trump-guado-phonecall-venezuela/ – “Trump, meanwhile, congratulated Guaidó on his “historic assumption of the presidency.” Neither President Maduro or predecessor Hugo Chavez ever received a phone call from a US president after election… Guaidó said that Trump offered his ‘full support for our democratic work, commitment to humanitarian aid and recognition of…our presidency.’ ”

From the American-Newspaper-Of-Record Desk: Opinion – Juan Guaidó: Venezuelans, Strength Is in Unity – To end the Maduro regime with the minimum of bloodshed, we need the support of pro-democratic governments, institutions and individuals the world over. – by Juan Guaidó – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/opinion/juan-guaido-venezuela.html/Comment: I’m gonna need more popcorn…

Venezuelan army defectors appeal to Trump for weapons (3 min) – To view this report, based on CNN coverage, you will need to turn on closed captioning and pause the video when each block of text comes up to read it. Other reporting states that the uniforms the “dozen” or so defectors, speaking from Columbia where there are possibly 20,000 Colombian soldiers stationed near the border, are out of date. This indicates that they’ve been in Columbia for a long time, and are possibly part of the regime change planning that statements by Pompeo, when he was still CIA director indicated were fully underway in 2017.

[HD] CNN : These Venezuelan defectors want US arms 1/29/2019 (3 min)  – This is the CNN report on the Venezuelan defectors mentioned above. It may be taken down on youtube soon.

Maduro Announces 50,000-strong Paramilitary Force To Protect Nation, Says Trump Wants Him Deadhttps://southfront.org/maduro-announces-50000-strong-paramilitary-force-to-protect-nation-says-trump-wants-him-dead/ – “On January 29th, Venezuela’s Supreme Court banned Self-Proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido from leaving the country and froze all of his assets… The Supreme Court, which according to media is loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, quickly approved the measures after Attorney General Tarek William Saab asked it to take “precautionary measures” against Guaido… The decision came shortly after Washington said it handed control of the country’s bank accounts in the US to Guaido, whom it recognizes as legitimate president… Following the Supreme Court’s ruling US National Security Adviser John Bolton responded with a tweet of warning: ‘We denounce the illegitimate former Venezuelan Attorney General’s threats against President Juan Guaido. Let me reiterate – there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido.’,,   The decision to seize Venezuelan assets and provide them under Guaido’s control was announced by the US State Department on January 29th. The decision was made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 25th… Furthermore, Juan Guaido himself gave an interview to CNN Espanol. He said that he is willing to consider amnesty for Maduro and the military top brass as part of a transition to democracy… ‘Our people have suffered,’ Guaido said. ‘We are waking up from a nightmare to the dream of rebuilding Venezuela.’.. However, he warned that he would not start a “false dialogue” with a regime that jails and tortures political opponents, something Maduro’s regime has been consistently accused of.” (emphasis added) – Comment: I hope it’s clear to anyone who is paying attention to this critical display of U.S. Corporate hegemony that the Trump administration, regardless of what The Donald may personally believe about what’s happening, is fully committed to doing everything in its considerable might to succeed with the ouster of the Maduro administration and the installation of a puppet regime in Caracas. Failure to do this will result in a major diminishment of the general perceived strength and “authority” of U.S. Corp over world affairs.

Nasrallah to Israeli PM: ‘Any more Syria strikes could trigger major war‘ – English Subtitles (13 min) – This is a very important brief interview with the extremely articulate Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. At the end the interviewer underscores the take away message that Bibi Netanyahu has been put on notice that he had better take care in deciding Israel’s further course of action against Syria.

Toxic Masculinity Strikes In Europe – German Man Sues Over “Woman-Only” Parking Spots – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-29/toxic-masculinity-strikes-europe-german-man-sues-over-woman-only-parking-spots – “In a shocking display of toxic masculinity – daring to call out ‘unequal’ treatment of sexes (however many of them there are today) – a German town’s effort to prevent sexual violence has seen it hauled to court by a man who claims its ‘woman-only’ parking spaces are discriminatory.”

Venezuela’s Gold Reserves To Be Evacuated To Russia: Media Rumors Go Wildhttps://southfront.org/msm-rumors-go-wild-venezuelas-gold-reserves-to-be-evacuated-to-russia/ – “Another source of the rumors is Venezuelan pro-opposition lawmaker Jose Guerra, who directly claimed that the government is moving gold to Russia. When asked how he knew this, Guerra provided no evidence… Following this multiple mainstream media outlets and pro-coup “media activists’ started spreading rumors about a possible purpose of the flight. The most popular are: ● Officials or families of officials from the government of President Nicolas Maduro is evacuating from the country; ● The Maduro government is moving its gold reserves to Moscow… Both rumors have not been confirmed by any evidence. However, they became widely spread among the international audience thanks to help of such media outlets as Fox News, The Telegraph, Reuters and others… Meanwhile, mainstream media outlets continue to fuel the political crisis in the country. On January 30, CNN released an interview with “Venezuelan army defectors”, who asked the US to help them to defend “freedom” by weapons supplies and other actions. The video interview presented the story like these persons just defected from the Venezuelan’s army, but a closer look shows that they are former soldiers living outside the country and wear old-pattern uniforms. ” (underlining aded)

Bolton’s Mysterious ‘5,000 Troops to Colombia’: Preparations For US Invasion In Venezuela?https://southfront.org/boltons-mysterious-5000-troops-to-colombia-us-invasion-in-venezuela/ – “On the previous day, Trump signed an executive order aimed at “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela.” : ‘The Executive Order I have issued accounts for the swearing in of a legitimate Interim President of Venezuela, and addresses actions by persons affiliated with the illegitimate Maduro regime, including human rights violations and abuses in response to anti-Maduro protests, arbitrary arrest and detention of anti‑Maduro protestors, curtailment of press freedom, harassment of political opponents, and continued attempts to undermine the Interim President of Venezuela and undermine the Venezuelan National Assembly,’ the Presidential Message accompanying the order stated… Shortly thereafter, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on  Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), pursuing the abovementioned executive order… In a surprising turn of events, however, on January 29th, New Zealand expressed its opposition to the regime change in Venezuela.” (emphasis added)

‘Urgent’ Lima Group Meeting Called to Discuss Venezuelahttps://www.voanews.com/a/urgent-lima-group-meeting-called-to-discuss-venezuela/4762447.html – “The group, which includes Canada and 13 Latin American countries, will convene on February 4 in Ottawa to discuss how to support opposition leader Juan Guiado, who declared himself interim leader of Venezuela despite disputed President Nicolas Maduro’s victory in 2018 elections that were widely boycotted and believed to have been rigged.” (emphasis added) Comments: 1) Boycotting elections does not make them invalid; 2) “believed to have been rigged”: Pure propaganda with, obviously, no evidence to support such an assertion, particularly in the face of a major effort by International observers who said the election was very fairly held.

Treasury Sanctions Venezuela’s State-Owned Oil Company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm594 – “Action Intensifies Pressure on Maduro and Regime Insiders, Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Leverage Economic Pressure to Support the Venezuelan People’s Transition to Democracy – Washington – Today the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850 for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy.  PdVSA is a Venezuelan state-owned oil company and a primary source of Venezuela’s income and foreign currency, to include U.S. dollars and Euros.”

Israel recognizes opposition leader’s new government in Venezuela – Jerusalem backs self-declared interim president Guaido, acceding to US request after earlier concerns Maduro regime could retaliate against local Jewish community – by Raphael Ahren –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-recognizes-opposition-leaders-new-government-in-venezuela/ – ” ‘Israel joins the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America and countries in Europe in recognizing the new leadership in Venezuela,’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a short statement… Last week, the administration of US President Donald Trump reportedly asked Israel to publicly back Washington’s attempt to force the resignation of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and throw support behind Guaido…  ‘They can cut a flower, but they will never keep spring from coming,’ Guaido told supporters Friday, alluding to a phrase from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.” (emphasis added)Comment: The cognitive dissonance from hearing this proto-Fascist mouthing the words of Neruda is staggering.

US-backed Forces (the Kurdish SDF) Detained Local Tribesman For Public Calls To Reconcile With Damascus, End Foreign Occupation (w/video of his statement and mistreatment in detention) – https://southfront.org/us-backed-forces-detained-local-tribesman-for-public-calls-to-reconcile-with-damascus-end-foreign-occupation/Comment: This tribal leader was detained for making a statement at a tribal meeting called by the SDF.

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Offers Amnesty to Soldiers –  https://www.voanews.com/a/venezuelan-opposition-leader-offers-amnesty-to-soldiers/4761414.html – “Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido is offering amnesty to soldiers who back democracy and reject the current Maduro government… ‘We are waiting for you, the soldiers of Venezuela. We are waiting for you and the commitment you have to our constitution,’ Guaido said at a Sunday news conference… Opposition followers – some shouting “Soldier friend, you’re the only one missing” – handed out leaflets describing the amnesty plans at military and police posts… Some of the soldiers threw away the paper or tore it up. But many Venezuelan military members have said they and their families are tired of the severe shortages of food and other basics plaguing (sic)… Maduro has blamed his country’s woes on the United States, which he accuses of working with the opposition to topple the government.” (emphasis added) – Comment: This VOA propaganda piece throws in that last bolded line as if it is ridulous beyond responding to it. The previous line about the soldiers being tired abour the shortages, largely caused by the U.S. economic war against Venezuela, is just propaganda 101.

Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-follows-ukraine-syria-roadmap-in-venezuela-regime-change-push/254265/ – “In pursuit of regime-change agendas abroad and as part of a larger strategy of containment aimed at Russia and China, the U.S. has followed a roadmap in recent cases that includes some or all of the following elements: the manufacture of a “humanitarian” justification for regime change; funneling of arms and weapons into the country via its foreign borders; mass funding of the political opposition; and covert involvement of U.S. government agencies, particularly the CIA… Unsurprisingly, many of these elements are currently at play in Venezuela. Since the late Hugo Chávez came to power in the 1998 election, the U.S. has funded the Venezuelan opposition to the tune of over $100 million. The humanitarian justification has long been played up by the international media, which has placed sole responsibility for Venezuela’s economic and political crisis on the Maduro-led government, despite the role of U.S. sanctions and economic warfare, as well as the U.S. government and the Venezuelan opposition groups it funds colluding to create the conditions for the current political crisis in order to facilitate their regime-change plan… Though this last point is less known, it was confirmed following a leaked 2013 phone conversation of   Maria Corina Machado, another key figure in the U.S.-funded Venezuelan opposition and another top political ally of Guaidó and his associate Leopoldo López. In the leaked conversation, Corina Machado describes what Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the chairman of the opposition umbrella group Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, told Undersecretary for Latin American Affairs Roberta Jacobsen, whom he had recently met in Washington. During the call, Corina Machado stated: ‘I found out that Ramon Guillermo Aveledo told the State Department that the only way to resolve this is by provoking and accentuating a crisis, a coup or a self-coup. Or a process of tightening the screws and domesticating to generate a system of total social control.’ “ Comment: This article contains specific info on ongoing U.S. and Colombian efforts to destabilize Venezuela, particularly along the border with Colombia.

1984: YouTube Will Demote Conspiracy Videos In Its Recommendation Algorithm — A Scary Prospect For Freedom Of Thought – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/1984-youtube-will-demote-conspiracy-videos-in-its-recommendation-algorithm-a-scary-prospect-for-freedom-of-thought.html – “We’ll continue that work this year, including taking a closer look at how we can reduce the spread of content that comes close to—but doesn’t quite cross the line of—violating our Community Guidelines. To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”

Canada’s Ambassador to China Fired by Technocrats for Defending Reason – The sin of telling the truth involves not only exposing the true agenda behind the arrest of Meng Wanzhou but also showcases who is truly behind it. – by Matthew Ehret – http://theduran.com/canadas-ambassador-to-china-fired-by-technocrats-for-defending-reason/

British Newspaper Publishes Massive Apology to Melania Trump; Will Pay First Lady ‘Substantial Damages’ and Legal Costs – by Kristinn Taylor – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/british-newspaper-publishes-massive-apology-to-melania-trump-will-pay-first-lady-substantial-damages-and-legal-costs/ – “The Daily Mail has apologized to Melania Trump and agreed to pay damages to settle a lawsuit filed by the first lady after the publisher made false claims about her work as a professional model… The settlement was announced in a joint statement from the Daily Mail and Trump’s lawyers… ‘We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her,’ the Daily Mail and Mail Online said in the statement… Trump will be paid about $2.9 million in damages and costs, according to a source familiar with the settlement.”

Senior Kurdish Official: We Will Choose Assad Over Turkish Attackhttps://southfront.org/senior-kurdish-official-we-will-choose-assad-over-turkish-attack/ – “Kurdish forces are negotiating with the Damascus government in order to protect northeastern Syria from any attack that Turkey may launch after the nearing withdrawal of U.S. forces, Ilham Ahmed, a co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), told Bloomberg on January 26… “It isn’t comfortable for us but what is the other option?’ said Ilham, who is currently visiting Washington. ‘If we were cornered into choosing between a Turkish militia attacking our areas,’ and reaching an accord with President Bashar al-Assad, she said in an interview in Washington, ‘we would go with the regime.’ ”

Venezuela Opposition Head Declared Himself President After Pence’s Call – Reporthttps://sputniknews.com/latam/201901261071838339-venezuela-guaido-us-support/ – “Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the country’s Interim President after he received a call on Tuesday from US Vice President Mike Pence, who pledged Washington’s support for Guaido, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports… The WSJ cited an unnamed senior US administration official as saying that Pence promised that the White House would back Guaido if “he seized the reins of government” from President Nicolas Maduro by invoking a clause in Venezuela’s constitution… The source claimed that Pence’s late-night call was part of Washington’s secret plan it had developed over several weeks to try to oust Maduro and recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President… The source referred to previous talks between ‘US officials, allies, lawmakers and key representatives of the Venezuelan opposition, including with Guaido himself”.”

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