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Shocker: “Humanitarian Aid” Stunt Used To Escalate Against Venezuela

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So, you might want to sit down for this, but believe it or not it appears that the US government is using the fallout from its “humanitarian aid” performanceto justify further sanctions against the Venezuelan government.

I know, I know. I’m just as shocked as you are.

“This action, taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, targets six security officials who control many of the groups that prevented humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela, thereby exacerbating the humanitarian crisis that has left millions of Venezuelans starving and without access to medical care under the Maduro regime,” reads a statement from the US Treasury, if you can imagine such a thing.

“Those who continue to support a dictator that violates human rights and steals from the starving should not be allowed to walk around with impunity,” tweeted US National Security Advisor John Bolton of this latest escalation, to everyone’s breathless astonishment. “The United States will continue to take appropriate action against Maduro and those aligned with him.”

“The United States urges all nations to step up economic pressure on Maduro and his corrupt associates, as well as restrict visas for his inner circle,” US special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a room full of stunned, slack-jawed reporters, adding, get this, “Now is the time to act in support of democracy and in response to the needs of the Venezuelan people.”

Let’s all take a moment to collect ourselves after receiving this shocking, shocking, astonishing news. If you are hyperventilating, I recommend breathing into a paper bag and envisioning yourself strolling on a tropical beach arm in arm with a Berlin-era David Bowie.

As it turns out (and who could have predicted this?), all that posturing by the United States government about “humanitarian aid” seems to have been a cynical ploy to further escalate against the Venezuelan government, which has been a longtime CIA target for regime change ever since President Hugo Chávez took office in 1999. It may be time to face the cold, stark possibility that, as hard as it is to fathom, the government of the United States of America is interested in Venezuela not for humanitarian reasons at all, but because it has the single largest proven oil reserves of any nation on the entire planet.

After all, if the US were so keen on getting its $20 million of humanitarian aid to the people of Venezuela, it could simply have given that shipment to one of the many nations that Venezuela is currently accepting aid from like Russia, China, India, Turkey or Cuba to deliver instead of instigating a hostile stand-off on Colombian and Brazilian border towns. Or, rather than demanding that a literally besieged government passively allow large, unexamined shipping containers to be delivered by the government orchestrating that siege into the hands of the Venezuelan faction that is collaborating with it, they could simply have given that shipment to the UN or the Red Cross for delivery. But rather than taking those extremely easy and diplomatically simple measures to deliver its relatively small amount of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people, the most difficult and provocative path was deliberately taken instead, with some extremely suspicious activity leading to the delivery being set fire to by anti-Maduro protesters.

Could it be (and just bear with me here while I spitball) that the Trump administration officials who engineered this media-friendly humanitarian aid performance like Elliott Abrams, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo knew all along that the Venezuelan government would necessarily turn away the delivery under the spotlight of international news media? Could they have known that Abrams’ already established history of using humanitarian aid as a pretext to ship weapons to oppositional militia groups would make it impossible for Maduro to permit such a delivery? Is it possible that they knew that the official US State Department narrative about this rejection would be uncritically regurgitated verbatim as absolute fact by the news media outlets of the US-centralized empire, as such events consistently are?

I know it sounds crazy, but might it just possible that all this Venezuela business is actually about resource control and regional dominance in a strategically crucial location which might otherwise favor US geopolitical opponents like Russia, China and Cuba? What if the US government and its tight empire-like international alliance uses its massive power advantage to bide its time slowly squeezing noncompliant nations into submission using economic sieges and covert disruption operations by intelligence agencies, while manipulating the public narrative to ensure the complicity of the international community, until those noncompliant governments collapse under the pressure and either join the empire-like alliance or plunge into chaos which can be easily capitalized upon? Could it be that this is all just a ploy to shore up control of world affairs by a dominant group of extremely powerful corporate and financial manipulators who exert immense control over political and financial systems, markets, non-government organizations, opaque government agencies, and media around the world?

Nahhh. Perish the thought.

Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,



69 Comments on "Shocker: “Humanitarian Aid” Stunt Used To Escalate Against Venezuela"

  1. Shortend on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 7:24 pm 

    Just like your idol Trump

  2. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 7:43 pm 

    Fly with caution

    Varathaman’s heroics should not be a thumbs-up for the IAF to keep flying ancient warhorses. A critical factor in the MiG-21’s F-16 kill over Jammu & Kashmir was the combat air patrol provided by the Sukhoi Su-30s, MiG-29s and Mirage-2000s. The extremely long range capabilities of the Su-30s and its legendary super-manoeuvrability give it a huge edge in a dogfight that the much smaller F-16 cannot match. The Sukhoi has a loiter and combat persistence ability that has no Western equivalent.

    The knowledge that both these air superiority fighters – plus the powerful Mirage-2000s – could enter the dogfight any time and blow them out of the sky was no doubt weighing on the minds of the PAF pilots.

    While appreciating the good word done by the IAF, it is important to keep in mind that the MiG-21 is a 65-year-old design and has an unprecedented crash rate that has taken the lives of at least 177 Indian pilots. And let’s not forget that Varthaman’s MiG-21 was unable to shake off the powerful AMRAAM air-to-air missile fired at it. The MiG-21 belongs in a boneyard, not in Srinagar where by default it becomes India’s frontline aircraft – a role it was given when it first entered the IAF fleet in 1964.

  3. I AM THE MOB on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 9:12 pm 

    Antifa protesters burning flags outside the Sacramento police department after no charges were filed against the two police officers who shot an unarmed Stephon clark about a year ago

    https://i.redd.it/f3hkjz9nzyj21.jpg

  4. Cloggie on Sun, 3rd Mar 2019 10:17 pm 

    “Antifa protesters burning flags outside the Sacramento police department after no charges were filed against the two police officers who shot an unarmed Stephon clark about a year ago

    https://i.redd.it/f3hkjz9nzyj21.jpg”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Stephon_Clark

    The f* had been breaking windows and resisted arrest. And it looked as if he was armed. Shit happens. The world is a better place without “Stephon”. Good riddance to him.

  5. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 3:40 am 

    The second US civil war..Might be brief!

    https://imgur.com/a/isLt4Sk

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 4:32 am 

    The second US civil war..Might be brief!

    https://imgur.com/a/isLt4Sk

    Let’s hope so. There is indeed a possibility that the US will go down like the USSR: simply falling apart without a single drop of blood spilled. Red states and blue states separating in an “amicable divorce”.

    This scenario is however unlikely, because the Anglo-Zionist oligarch owners of the US, that is George Carlin’s “Big Club of which you ain’t in it”…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKUaqFzZLxU

    …probably won’t let go of their tax farm that easy, unless of course the break-up of the US will happen on DJTs watch, with him controlling (?) the US army.

    Perhaps Dough Casey is right and are (white) Americans too fat and too apathetic to seize the opportunity of the Trump presidency and escape from ZOG while they still can.

    No worries though. Just like the American independence of “1776” would not have happened without foreign (read: European) intervention…

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/the-second-american-revolution/

    (at the time Americans were not too fat, but yes, too apathetic to pull the independence stunt off all by themselves)

    …this will probably be the case again and a continental European intervention (PBM) will be required again, to separate European-Americans from their overlords, this time not the British but the “Anglo-Zionist oligarchs”.

    This second scenario will come at the cost of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives.

    This second scenario will have the advantage of continental Europeans being able to dictate the terms of the future relationship Europe-North-America (euro currency, Europeans rewriting the history of the 20th century, military alliance, quietly directed against China).

  7. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 5:29 am 

    clogged your problem is all you know about the US is what you read on extremist sites. There is more to the place. You are in such a little country you have that little country POV. The US is a large place with many different conditions. Your daily US briefings on the US is collapsing meme makes you look intellectually immature especially when you combine it with your Europe is looking at a golden decade. Wow, that was a fuck up wasn’t it. Europe is descending into recession and rioting and soon may balkanize. You are a fraud living a delusional digital life

  8. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 5:39 am 

    So much for the dedollarization the extremist anti-Americans howl about. Looks like the little guys is still plenty satisfied with the $100 bill.

    “Global De-Banking On The Rise? $100 Bills See Mysterious Surge In Circulation”
    http://tinyurl.com/yymfk8ql Authored by Kate Rooney via CNBC.com

    “The number of outstanding U.S. $100 bills has doubled since the financial crisis, with more than 12 billion of them across the world, according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve. C-notes have passed $1 bills in circulation, Deutsche Bank chief international economist Torsten Slok said in a note to clients this week. Generally, economists believe the surge is related to people around the world wanting to hoard cash, a similar force that’s driven the interest in cryptocurrencies. High denomination, high value currency notes have historically been a preferred form of payment for criminals, given the anonymity, lack of transaction record and relative ease with which they can be brought across borders. Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, has been down the “rabbit hole of a topic” for more than a decade. He said the growth in $100 bills in circulation is a signal the world is relying on them as a store of value — and still using them for international crime. “It has nothing to do with the U.S. economy and nothing to do with interest rates,” said Colas. “There’s certainly enough evidence to say it is an enabler of corruption, but it is also a way for people to keep assets outside of the financial system albeit in a kind of bulky way.”

    “80% overseas A 2018 research paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago estimates that 60 percent of all U.S. bills and almost 80 percent of all $100 bills are now overseas. That’s up from 15 to 30 percent around 1980, according to research from Federal Reserve Board economist Ruth Judson. She found that economic and political instability contribute to this demand.”

    “The Federal Reserve and Treasury make 99 dollars for every $100 dollar bill they print and sell offshore,” Colas said. “There’s a natural desire to keep printing these things — the U.S. government makes a lot of money selling them.”

  9. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 5:51 am 

    “The Fourth Turning & The Case Against Cities”
    http://tinyurl.com/y22ryl8k Via HardScrabbleFarmer.com

    “Rural areas of the United States of America enjoy a much higher quality of life than urbanized area by a large margin. Crime rates are three times higher in cities, while tax rates are doubled. The income necessary to maintain a standard of living in a city is 35% higher than someone living in a rural area. In terms of pure economics whatever advantage higher salaries provide to urban dwellers, it is offset by a factor of almost 3 to 1 and this is based only on six raw data points; energy, housing, food, medical care, taxes, and public services. It fails to take into account the radical differences in what urban people must spend on additional factors associated with urban dwelling, like additional security, fees, and medications (urbanites have a 40% higher incidence of anxiety and psychological issues than their rural counterparts as well as an STD rate over five times higher. Overall the quality of life for rural inhabitants scores fifty percent higher than those who live in the city. While none of these are definitive proof that rural life is objectively better — there are people who thrive in high anxiety, isolation and close proximity to strangers at a higher cost, most human beings seem inclined to live in a peaceful setting with higher ratio of income to expenditures. Proponents of urban living will often point to areas that rural environments do not possess, such as public transportation, diversity (higher percentage of non-natives), and cultural institutions, they do not factor in the costs as opposed to their uses.”

  10. Cloggie on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 5:52 am 

    clogged your problem is all you know about the US is what you read on extremist sites.

    Extremist sites? Most of the links below are US MSM:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/cw2-brewing/

    I challenge you to come up with a similar collection of links for Europe from European MSM. You can’t. Reason: our demographics are far better than yours.

    You go first, killing multicult in Europe in the process, just like communism going belly up in the USSR, killed communism in Eastern Europe.

  11. Cloggie on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 5:54 am 

    Rural areas of the United States of America enjoy a much higher quality of life than urbanized area by a large margin. Crime rates are three times higher in cities, while tax rates are doubled.

    True, but not a peep about the real reasons (hint: race).

  12. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 6:06 am 

    “Voters Would Overwhelmingly Reject “Socialists” And Candidates “Over 75”, Poll Shows”
    http://tinyurl.com/yyqce5bc Zero Hedge

    “But in the latest indication that the odds in the general election would be heavily stacked against Bernie, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that only 25% of respondents ranked “socialist” as a desirable trait for a candidate. And only 37% said “someone over 75” would be a desirable candidate, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, more voters said they would accept a candidate who was gay or a lesbian, or an Independent under the age of 40. Critically, the survey showed that 41% of voters would definitely or likely vote for Trump in 2020, while 48% said they would probably vote for the Democratic candidate.”

    “In a sign that the prospective candidacy of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has actually soured Americans on third-party candidates, only 38% of respondents said they would support a third-party candidate in 2020. Meanwhile, Trump’s approval rating ticked higher in January from 43% to 46%.”

  13. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 6:09 am 

    “True, but not a peep about the real reasons (hint: race).”

    Intellectually immature answer clogged. The country is pocketed by rural areas of all races. Get out of your racism tunnel vision.

  14. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 6:14 am 

    “China’s Employed Population Shrinks For The First Time Ever”
    http://tinyurl.com/y5dncerj Zero Hedge

    “China’s imminent, and historic conversion from a current account surplus to deficit nation is not the only “tectonic shift” taking place in the world’s most populous nation. According to the latest census data from its National Bureau of Services, China’s employed population has shrunk for the first time ever on record, and at the end of 2018, the number of people employed fell to 776 million, a drop of 540,000 from 2017. Meanwhile, in yet another sign that China’s population is aging rapidly, the broader working-age population, or people between the ages of 16 and 59, also shrank for the seventh consecutive year, down a total of 2.8% from 2011 to 2018 according to Caixing. Last year’s China’s total working-age population stood at 897 million, down 5 million from 902 million in 2017, according to the NBS.”

    “While China is already beset with a myriad of economic and asset price bubbles, most notably a massive corporate debt load and a still gargantuan shadow banking system both of which it has to balance against an unprecedented housing bubble to avoid a collapse in the financial system sparking a “working class insurrection”, the country’s shrinking work force creates even more headaches for officials as it pushes up labor costs, sparking inflationary pressures and placing more strains on an economy already struggling against external headwinds.”

    “A further decline of 10% would equate to a net loss of 90 million Chinese workers, a number greater than the population of Germany, and is consistent with demographic pressures across East Asia. The working populations of South Korea, Thailand and Japan are also expected to fall by 10 per cent or more over the next 25 years. “East Asia has undergone the most dramatic demographic transition we have ever seen,” said Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank regional vice-president. “All developing countries in the region risk getting old before getting rich.”

  15. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 6:34 am 

    Russophile anti-Americans. It’s bad in Russia too:

    “For Russians, growing worries over ‘eternal poverty”
    http://tinyurl.com/y2u677q3 Digital Journal

    “According to a January survey by the independent Levada centre, 61 percent of Russians “feel shame for the eternal poverty and insecurity” of their country, compared to 56 percent in 2015. Putin’s personal approval rating has taken a hit, too. In January, Levada found his approval rating at 64 percent — the lowest since 2014. – Inflation, VAT up – Levada’s director Lev Gudkov told AFP that different surveys show support for Putin, who has been in power since 1999, falling by a third. “Discontent has spread from urban centres to smaller, industrial towns where the working population is most affected by falling incomes,” Gudkov said. “This is linked to the refusal of the state to provide social guarantees, and funds being used for geopolitical projects rather than going on the people,” he said. Gudkov said real incomes in Russia have fallen by “around 13 percent” since 2014. “It is painful for people who live on the average salary,” he told AFP. The average monthly wage is 42,600 rubles ($650/570 euros). In his state of the nation address last month, Putin announced social aid exceeding 1.3 billion euros, promising an improvement in people’s lives “within this year”. “Poverty can crush a person,” he said. But in the short term, Russians are seeing food prices rise fast — partly caused by the VAT increase from 18 to 20 percent that came into effect on January 1.”

  16. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 6:41 am 

    “Berlin blackout raises questions over Germany’s power grid”
    http://tinyurl.com/y3yajvwh DW Dot Com

    “In the wake of a blackout in Berlin last week , German authorities are being asked to re-examine the resilience of the country’s critical infrastructure. The outage in the Köpenick district of the German capital was unusually long, at over 30 hours, and unusually wide, leaving over 30,000 households and 2,000 businesses without electricity. Initial investigations suggest that its origins were not nefarious: a Swiss construction firm working on a road bridge had apparently failed to check certain underground plans and cut through a 110,000 volt cable.”

    “But Borries also says the probability of smaller outages, of less than 3 minutes, has risen in the last few years. This, he believes, is partly down to an increase in Germany’s reliance on renewable energy. And given that Germany is currently in the midst of an “energy transition” to renewables, the need for a contingency plan is much more urgent. “We need safe supply, an expansion of the networks and more storage capacity,” he said. “The daily electricity demand, around midday, is somewhere between 60-70 gigawatts in Germany,” he said. “Now if 5 gigawatts are suddenly missing, for whatever reason — too expensive prices on the international market, a hacker attack on a power station, or an extreme weather situation — that has an effect on the whole grid.”

  17. Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 7:37 am 

    Sorry for the usual off topic copy and pastes without commentary everyone.

  18. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 7:48 am 

    Clogg

    Europe is going to collapse when the oil shortage hits..That is what happened to the Soviet Union..And its going to happen to Europe and Asia too..And remember it only took two years to happen..Europe and Asia are the worlds largest two oil importers..If I was you I would be running for the hills right about now..

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2018/03/23/is-the-world-sleepwalking-into-an-oil-crisis/#4355e04c44cf
    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/22/peak-oil-drastic-oil-shortages-imminent-says-iea/

    The US will pick up the scraps of whats left..

  19. JuanPee is a Prick on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 7:54 am 

    Not Davy

    Davy on Mon, 4th Mar 2019 7:37 am

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