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Trump doubles down on sanctions and regime change for Venezuela

Trump doubles down on sanctions and regime change for Venezuela

Early in November, President Maduro of Venezuela proposed a meeting with creditors to discuss a restructuring of Venezuelan public debt. The Trump administration reacted by warning U.S. bondholders that attending this meeting could put them in violation of U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela — a violation of the charter of the Organization of American States.

Gutiérrez to Trump: We stay in Puerto Rico ‘As long as it takes’ (Video)

Gutiérrez to Trump: We stay in Puerto Rico ‘As long as it takes’ (Video)

In response to a series of Thursday tweets from President Trump about Puerto Rico, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to respond rather quickly about Trump’s tweets.

Vulture capitalists circle above Puerto Rico prey

Vulture capitalists circle above Puerto Rico prey

Puerto Rico is devastated. Two hurricanes plunged the island into darkness and despair. Crops perish in the fields. The landscape of ruined buildings and towns resemble Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped on it. Over three million people are desperate for food, water, electricity and shelter.

Venezuela: between negotiations and harassment

Venezuela: between negotiations and harassment

Clearly, Chavism is not a perfect form of governance; it has been unable to shed the corruption and inefficacy that are endemic in Venezuelan politics and has been powerless to transform a rentier government that has suffered the collapse of the oil market. And yet, it has done more for the Venezuelan people than any other previous government.

The DREAMers, Trump’s blackmail card

The DREAMers, Trump’s blackmail card

Last Wednesday (Sept. 13), Donald Trump met with Democratic leaders of Congress to reach a legislative accord that might protect the DREAMers, undocumented youths who came to the United States in infancy and are studying or engaged in professional activities.

Foreign policy as will and whim

Foreign policy as will and whim

Last week, President Donald Trump added Venezuela to the list of countries upon which the United States might unleash its military might. The threat came out of nowhere and even the Pentagon was more surprised by the announcement than the Venezuelan government.

Brazil’s future always hinges on Lula

Brazil’s future always hinges on Lula

The Brazilian right spawned the coup against the regional governments of the Workers’ Party but now doesn’t know what to do with its own government. The left produced Lula and the right doesn’t know what to do with Lula.

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

Brazil’s enormously high interest rates cause serious, unnecessary damage to the economy

The Right in Brazil likes to complain about taxes, but they don’t seem to have any problem with the biggest and most economically destructive tax of all: the exorbitant interest rates that Brazilians pay on their public debt.

Venezuela needs honest mediation, not OAS intervention

Venezuela needs honest mediation, not OAS intervention

The OAS has no positive role to play in resolving the political crisis in Venezuela. By now it should be clear that the organization is currently an instrument of those who simply want to use the current crisis to topple the Venezuelan government.

Oscar Lopez Rivera: The freedom fighter U.S. colonial violence produced

Oscar Lopez Rivera: The freedom fighter U.S. colonial violence produced

The opposition to Oscar Lopez Rivera is focused either on those who are terribly misinformed, characterizing him as an “ultranationalist,” “terrorist,” “murderer,” “communist,” or all four. Many naively ask, “Why would you Puerto Ricans support a “terrorist?” They are misinformed Puerto Ricans and many right wing demagogues.

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