Venezuela Unrest: Is the US Involved?

by backing right-wing groups to oust an elected government?

Democracy Now

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

HAVANA TIMES – In Venezuela, at least six people have died in recent days during a series of anti-government protests. The latest casualty was a local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound. The protests come less than a year after the death of Hugo Chávez and present the biggest challenge to Venezuela’s new president Nicolás Maduro.

Earlier this week, right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest last week, accusing him of inciting deadly clashes.

On Monday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials while claiming the United States has sided with the opposition.

Our guest, George Ciccariello-Maher, looks at the recent history of the U.S. role in Venezuela opposing both the Chávez and Maduro governments. He is author of “We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution” and teaches political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

32 thoughts on “Venezuela Unrest: Is the US Involved?

  • February 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

    The evidence is growing that Cuban security forces are directly involved in Venezuela.
    Why are members of Cuba’s elite rangers, the Avispa Negra, working in Venezuela as members of the DGCIM?

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Careful labeling any opposition ‘fanatical’. Depends on who’s judging. Barring the “fanatical” extremes, however, the factions that US invention efforts have been accused of supporting are seldom “fanatical” or “tiny minorities”. In the case of Venezuela, this faction represents at least half of the population and quite mainstream.

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oh, I see.Like Arturo Martinez, brother of PSUV parlimentary deputy, Fransico Martinez, shot dead in Barquisimeto while trying to clear away the burning remains of an opposition road barricade. Are you reporting from Caracas Griffin, or just regurgitating CNN and FOX ?

  • February 24, 2014 at 2:58 am

    “we helped create” is the part of the quote you are ignoring. It’s not hard to find a fanatical opposition to anything in any country even if they are a tiny minority.

  • February 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    You’re so right. Venezuela has been doing so well under socialism: with a soaring crime rate, massive corruption, inflation rate over 50%, growing shortages in the shops, censored media, and so on. If it weren’t for all those wreckers, hoarders, speculators, saboteurs and counterrevolutionaries, it would be a perfect society by now.

  • February 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    You might well as say that given the incompetence of Raul , why not leave him to muck it up in Cuba as well .
    Smarter people than you at the White House have long decided that any move towards socialism in the hemisphere is a danger because they know it will work and are afraid of the good example that a successful socialist society would represent to capitalism.
    It’s right at the heart of a 100-year old U.S. foreign policy .
    The U.S. HAS to intervene in Venezuela as it is now doing somewhat secretly to make the economy and/or the society unmanageable .
    Just as it is doing to Cuba.
    This is something you should have learned long ago.

  • February 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

    You cannot possibly get the truth about what is going on in Venezuela from either the government spokespeople for the U.S. or the corporate media (Fox, NBC, PBS, NPR etc) since the U.S. government is actively supporting the right wing opposition in the country as U.S. foreign policy has always dictated.
    The wisest course of action is to get what you will from the corporate media sources of your preference on things Venezuelan and then go to venezuelanalysis and/or ZNet for the quite different perspective on Venezuela .
    Today (2/22) there are three lead stories on Venezuela at ZNet .
    As someone who has been a student of both U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. corporate media for well over 40 years, I can say that doing this exercise will open your eyes as to where the truth lies and will provide you with a ready source for info on other matters that are “controversial”.

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