How Many Coups (And Lives) Will It Take Before The US Surrenders In Venezuela?

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Venezuela used to be an “oil republic,” which made oil executives from the United States and the wealthy class in Venezuela very rich. That lasted until the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 when the Bolivarian Process began and oil profits were used to provide for basic needs of all the people. Ever since then, the US and its allies have used everything they have to overthrow the revolution, but like Cuba, the people have resisted, despite great suffering being inflicted on them, and the US has failed. We speak with Dan Kovalik about his newest book, “The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela” and the tremendous resistance of the Venezuelan people. We also cover some recent news and have a tribute to Bruce Dixon, co-founder and editor of Black Agenda Report, who died last week of cancer.

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Dan Kovalik is a retired Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). He worked for the USW since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. While with the USW, he has served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care. He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists under threat of assassination, recently described Mr. Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.

  • Neville

    To me it looks like Venezuela needs a change in leadership to overcome US sanctions so I would suggest that the United Nations becomes that and puts the country under their administration like they did in East Timor after it gained independence , until Venezuelans are returns to a normal way of life

  • D Turgeon

    Please read the sign in the photo at the top of this article. Why should Venezuela, a free, sovereign country, agree to be governed by the United Nations? To “overcome U.S. sanctions”, which themselves are illegal under international law and the U.N. Charter? Venezuela does not wish to be a U.S. colony, thank you very much.

    If any country needs to be governed by the U.N., it’s the U.S. Maybe then some sanity and peace would prevail.

  • Neville

    The US would have to accept the UN administration which would then reopen the country

  • D Turgeon

    Neville, you are not getting the point. The U.S. has NO BUSINESS whatsoever interfering in Venezuela’s politics! A U.N. administration would be a legitimization of that U.S. interference. The role of the U.N. is not to be a substitute for U.S. interference; its role is to enforce its own Charter and international law, for goodness sakes! The vast majority of Venezuelans do not want U.N. interference any more than they want U.S. interference.

  • George Richard Furtado

    what is there to say. a country that does not let their citizen have gun. That county Govt rule and the people have no choice or voice. They are slave to the ruling class. All the govt need to do is feed the populas cake

  • kevinzeese

    What country are you talking about? In Venezuela there is a civilian militia of more than 2 million out of a population of 30 million, that is armed and trained. They have guns and are ready to defend themselves against an invasion or an unelected coup government.

    Venezuela is a democracy. They voted for their president.

  • davediesel

    Human Farming is very profitable, In the middle of any difficulty is opportunity.
    It is all about proper Product utilization for the most money.
    Lile pumping cesspools, you get used to the smell of them.

  • Jafar Karim

    Just replace Guido with Beto. No one will notice.