Imperialist coup plotters rail against a coup – what is really happening in Venezuela?, by Jorge Martin

Source: In Defence of Marxism

“There’s been a coup in Venezuela! Maduro has carried out a power-grab!” Just a few days before the 15th anniversary of the short lived coup against the democratically elected president Chavez (11-13 April, 2002), those who carried out that coup (the Venezuelan oligarchy, their masters in Washington and its lapdogs in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago de Chile and Lima, cheered on by the media wolf pack in Madrid and the US) are now shouting and screaming like hyenas against an alleged “self coup” by president Maduro.

What are the facts? The immediate cause of this hypocritical outcry is the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on March 29 which said that since the National Assembly is in contempt of court, the TSJ will henceforth take over its powers for itself or another power it determines. Immediately, the president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges, declared this as a “coup d’Etat” and Organisation of American States general secretary Luis Almagro described it as a “self coup” and called for the urgent convening of the OAS Permanent Council in order to activate its Democratic Charter against Venezuela. The Peruvian government decided to withdraw its ambassador from Venezuela.

What are the roots of this ruling? Since the victory of the right wing opposition in the National Assembly elections in December 2015, there has been a sharp conflict between the different powers of the state. Already at the end of December 2015, the TSJ ruled that there had been irregularities in the election of deputies in the Amazonas state and declared the election null and void and ordered it to be re-run. Proof was presented that opposition politicians had been involved in vote-buying. This affected four deputies, two from the opposition, one from the PSUV and another one elected in the indigenous list (also a supporter of the opposition). However, these three opposition deputies were key as they would have given the opposition a two thirds majority and therefore much wider powers. The National Assembly refuse to obey the order of the TSJ and swore in the three opposition deputies for Amazonas in January 2016. Again the TSJ declared the act as null and void and in contravention of its earlier ruling. The National Assembly retreated. Then, in July, the National Assembly swore in the three deputies again. In August 2016, the TSJ declared that the National Assembly Presiding Council and the opposition deputies were in contempt of court for having broken two of its rulings.

In a further escalation of the institutional conflict, in October 2016, the National Assembly voted to initiate proceedings for a “political trial” of president Maduro and also proceedings to declare that Maduro had “abandoned his office”. Amongst the reasons given for these actions was the allegation that Maduro is not a Venezuelan citizen and therefore unable to be president (!!). Finally in January 2017, the National Assembly declared that president Maduro had indeed “abandoned his office”. How can he be accused of “abandoning his office” and of “carrying out a power grabbing coup” at the same time is anybody’s guess. The National Assembly furthermore called on the Organisation of American States to invoke its Democratic Charter against Venezuela, in effect calling on foreign powers to violate Venezuelan sovereignty, something which reveals clearly the character of the Venezuelan oligarchy. The attempt to use the Democratic Charter was defeated at the OAS, despite direct threats from Washington against a number of member countries.

Finally, the government enquired from the TSJ whether it needed to send its decision to create joint venture companies in the oil sector to be ratified by the National Assembly. The TSJ replied with its ruling on March 29, that, since the National Assembly was in contempt of court and had not taken any actions to rectify that, the government did not have to send its decisions to it and that the TSJ was taking over National Assembly legislative powers to exercise them directly or through any other organ of power it would determine. That ruling had been preceded by one a day earlier in which the TSJ ruled that since the National Assembly was in contempt of court, its members could not enjoy parliamentary immunity.

If the opposition National Assembly wanted to actually use its powers, it would be easy to abide by the TSJ ruling on the three Amazonas deputies and then start legislating. However, the opposition is not really interested in that, but rather wants to create an incident as big as possible, to justify the removal of Maduro from the presidency.

We must oppose the hypocritical campaign of those who actually did carry out a coup in Venezuela in 2002, who now want to remove Maduro from power and to invoke foreign intervention against Venezuela. If they were to achieve their aims, we know clearly what would be the consequences: all of the gains of the Bolivarian revolution would be destroyed, the social missions abolished, nationalised companies and landed estates returned to their former owners, the labour law would be abolished allowing for mass layoffs in state and private enterprises, old age pensions massively cut, health care and education slashed and a regime of assault on basic democratic rights instituted. If anyone doubts this, you just need to see the initial measures taken by right wing governments as they have come to power in Argentina and Brazil. In Venezuela it would be ten times worse.

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Even a worm will turn → to become a geopolitical boomerang → more testimony from Orly to Palmyra, Paul Matthews

“To whom do lions cast their gentle looks ? Not to the beast that would usurp their den. The smallest worm will turn being trodden on, And doves will peck in safeguard of their offspring” – Lord Clifford speaking in William Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, Part III, Act ii Scene ii.

The gears mesh closer than ever before to keep unpleasant events unfolding and people from thinking. Yet the can of worms doth burst open. Verily, something is rotten in the state of Denmark, when a slip of the tongue by a Mossad operative reveals Israel’s involvement in the 7/7 London bombings. Meantime the French authorities strive to preserve the State of Emergency at all costs. So nobody is surprised to learn that Zied Ben Belgacem, aged 39, was a vulnerable, marked man, with a criminal record, ‘radicalised’ in prison and easily manipulated.

Cynical and unmoved by what passes for information among friends and neighbours, glutted with fake news items, one raises an eyebrow when a reliable, independent source reveals that the first photo of the Orly attacker lying dead last weekend was released by a pro-Israeli website, that the Jewish state controls video surveillance at the airport – among other strategic ‘business acquisitions’ surrendered to Zionism by an erstwhile ‘free world’ and that a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the attack occurred 11 days prior to the act of a man doped with cannabis, cocaine and alcohol. No amount of smoke and mirrors or doctored reports, melded with images of stars with perfectly airbrushed bodies, can disguise the ugly, unvarnished truth. Psyops and false flags are now weapons of mass indoctrination to provoke chaos and popular distrust, whether in Europe, North America or the Middle East.

While mass media coverage signifies the skilful retouching of texts and photos, editing and falsification to dissuade the inquiring mind, nothing can hide the identity of those telling one barefaced lie after another.

Moreover there are physical and psychological limits to what propaganda, disinformation and brainwashing can achieve. Social engineering and censorship – vital assets in a police state – have become double edged swords.

For Hassan Nasrallah, denouncing the billions squandered by the Arabian peninsula in the service of Israel – to the detriment of Arab nations – a pivotal moment has arrived. To paraphrase comments by the Secretary General of Hezbollah in the video (Cf. infra), the evil spell has backfired well and truly to blast the sorcerer. As never before, the true nature of the Empire of Terror is revealed in graphic detail. Whether exemplified by the Orly airport attacker’s corpse or the gore and debris strewn in Palmyra and the Golan, the Emperor wears no clothes.

Paul Matthews
Poet & Writer

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

Notes

Orly : la photo de l’assaillant mort fut dévoilée par un site pro-israélien 18.03.2017 

Orly : la videosurveillance est contrôlée par Israël 19.03.2017

Orly : un attentat simulé onze jours avant 20.03.2017 

Attaque d’Orly : l’assaillant était sous l’emprise d’alcool, de cannabis et de cocaïne . Avec AFP et Reuters | 18.03.2017

Hassan Nasrallah : the Resistance Axis Triumphs, Israel panics Sayed Hasan 19 March 2017

Israeli Mossad busted for London Bombing by Freudian slip Aug 25, 2014 Juval Aviv, a representative for the Israeli mossad was busted when he slipped up and mentioned the London bombing in a context that pegged it as a Mossad action.

PsyOps : le Pentagone teste les nouvelles capacités de son homologue russe
Valentin Vasilescu 20 mars 2017

Syria: 2 Israeli aircraft downed in Golan Heights March 13 2013 

Syrian army: Israeli jet shot down, another hit March 17, 2017

Une confrontation militaire israélo-russe n’est pas à écarter L’ambassadeur de Syrie à l’ONU, Bachar Jafari, n’écarte pas la possibilité d’une confrontation militaire entre Israël et la Russie. 20 mars 2017 

London spied on Trump on behalf of Obama 15 March 2015

PROVOKING WAR: Israel Attacks Syria Again, as Syria Fires Back at Israeli Warplanes March 17, 2017

Breaking: Syrian S300 Downs Israeli Fighter, Damages Second (updating) By GPD on March 17, 2017

Israeli attack on Palmyra, from Jordanian base, intercepted…S300 Missile Debris Lands in Jordan

Post Scriptum : apartheid Israel report has been removed from UN website here is your copy

The enclosed report (Cf. attached document and URL infra) was commissioned by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) from authors Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. It has been erased from the UN website. A copy is sent you in the public interest to ensure that those seeking to blacklist documents of this ilk (a) do not have the last word and (b) will be brought in time to book to answer for their heinous crimes.

17 March 2017 UN chief orders report accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’ pulled from web AFP/Times of Israel

The Secretary General has forced the author to resign – please forward this URL so that all can read, print and circulate copies of the actual report by Falk and Tilley et al.

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