Cristina’s pet gloat

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Hey! Remember how Argentina defaulted on its debt in 2001? And how it kicked out the IMF a short time later? Well, looks like that was a smart decision. And the significance of yet another IMFer being in deep shit was not lost on the president of that South American land:

Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner spoke out on Thursday over the detention of Rodrigo Rato, formerly of the International Monetary Fund, who in 2005 proposed to Argentina reform plans and protection of public accounts, and those of the bank, even at the cost of job losses.

“Today I learned that the former IMF official, Rodrigo Rato, ex-minister to José María Aznar, is in jail for money laundering. Those who came to us to tell us how to conduct our politics…in jail for money laundering. Moreover, those who came accusing us of corruption,” said the Argentine president during a public speech in Buenos Aires.

The economic vice-president of Spain during the terms of José María Aznar, ex-president of Bankia and former director of the IMF, Rato was detained on Thursday by Spanish police. The detention followed a search of his home in Madrid by the Revenue Agency of the Madrid Public Prosecutor’s Office. Rato is accused of fraud, money laundering and concealment of assets.

Rato’s office was searched again on Friday while the former vice-president was at home, according to investigative sources.

Translation mine.

Oh Cristina, you sly minx. Well might you gloat, since it was your own husband who basically kicked the IMF out, with a little help from Chavecito and Venezuela. I can’t really blame you for being just a wee bit smug at seeing this odious fucker — a former government minister for the fascist ex-PM of Spain, no less! — getting his comeuppance at last. Granted, his scandal isn’t as salacious as Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s chambermaid-rape and sex-trafficking ring, but coming at a time when most Spaniards are chafing under imposed austerity measures as a result of odious debts racked up by the fascist turdling & company themselves, I’m sure there will be all kinds of hell to pay.

Meanwhile, this song bears replaying, does it not?

Summit of the Americas: Venezuelan fascists and Che’s murderer get precedence over their own victims’ families

Lt. Yendry Velázquez, 36, widow of a Venezuelan soldier murdered during last year’s guarimbas, confronts Lilian Tintori outside the Americas Summit in Panama City. “Your husband is still living, mine is dead thanks to yours,” she says.

And that’s not the only outrage going down at the forum right now. Here’s a backgrounder, via Aporrea:

Members of the Committee of Victims of the Guarimbas clashed on Thursday in Panama with Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo López, leader of the ultra-right party, Voluntad Popular (“Popular Will”) and intellectual author of the fascist activities which took place in Venezuela between February and May 2014.

According to Telesur, while Tintori was outside the forum parallel to the Summit of the Americas, agitating for the freeing of her husband, victims’ families were not allowed to participate in this activity, even though their accreditation had been previously confirmed.

February 12, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of the demonstration known as “La Salida” (The Exit), a putschist plan activated by the Venezuelan far-right and supported by the US government, whose objective was to undermine peace and institutional order in Venezuela. During the violence that followed, 43 persons died and 878 were injured.

Translation mine.

And speaking of fascists and outrage, get a load of who else was roaming free in Panama City, much to the disgust of HIS victims:

The children of Argentine-Cuban guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara rejected the presence of Félix Rodríguez Mentigutía in Panama City on Thursday, at the summit of the Americas. Rodríguez, 73, a former Cuban agent of the CIA, was a key participant in the capture and killing of their father in Bolivia in October 1967.

“One might forget the past and present of one who has not stopped boasting of having lent his services toward imprisoning and later killing Che Guevara in Bolivia. Perhaps those who invited them or organized the symposium didn’t know that he was and is a servile slave of the Yankee powers,” reads a note published in Havana. The note was signed by Aleida, Celia, Camilo and Ernesto Guevara March.

In the late 1980s, Rodríguez wrote a memoir, Shadow Warrior, in which he tells of the CIA’s operations in Latin America and of the final hours of Che. Rodríguez has publicly acknowledged that he ordered the Bolivian soldiers to kill Guevara and appears in a photo alongside him after he was captured.

An official delegation of Cuban civil society members travelled to Panama to participate in parallel forums, and to denounce the presence of Rodríguez and “dissidents”, whom they accused of being Washington’s mercenaries. On Thursday, Cuban television transmitted images of a violent clash between Cubans of both delegations, who were separated by Panamanian police.

Translation, again, mine.

This is going to prove extremely awkward for His Barackness, in light of the much-vaunted defrosting of Cuban-US relations. Not only because old CIA assassins are apparently roaming free in Panama, but also because so are the putschists who are trying to destabilize Cuba’s greatest ally (and architect of all the improved inter-American relations), Venezuela.

And just to add to the awkwardness, those putschists are the forces in Venezuela with which Obama’s government has stupidly decided to align itself. Yes, that’s right…they’re favoring blatant lawbreakers, fascists and violent assassins, over democratically elected, popular socialist leaders. In other words, business as usual for the US government.

If I were Raúl Castro, I’d have an awful lot of trouble keeping a civil tongue in my head. After all, Che was his and Fidel’s dear friend, way back in the day. And Nicolás Maduro, whom Washington’s toadies keep trying to topple, IS their friend, here and now.

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Canadians reject Harper government interference in Venezuela

This past Sunday, there was a demonstration in Ottawa against our own government and its role in the ongoing imperialist/fascist/putschist attacks on the democratically elected government of Venezuela. Here are some of the highlights:

Informed opinions: This guy has ’em.

So does she.

She’s asking some pertinent questions about why our “human rights”-loving government isn’t pressuring the US to send the Cubanabomber back to face trial in Venezuela or Cuba.

Solidarity without borders, even in the icy dead of a capital winter. This is what REAL human rights look like.

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Venezuelan TV host fired for racist slurs against Michelle Obama

If you ever wondered just how disgusting and inane Spanish-language talk shows can get, watch the clip above. An alert blogger captured this video of a Venezuelan talking head (on the left-hand side of the screen) shooting his mouth off just a bit too high. And if you can’t understand Spanish, don’t worry — Aporrea has the lowdown:

Venezuelan TV host Rodner Figueroa, 42, was fired by Univisión for a racist comment about US first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday.

The presenter of the show “Salt and Pepper”, and known as the network’s fashionista, Figueroa made vulgar comments about the appearance of the first lady, and said that she looked like she had come from the film Planet of the Apes.

“There is no space for racist commentaries on Univisión,” said a high-level executive of the network in an exclusive interview with People en Español.

Translation mine.

The only thing truly surprising about this is that finally, a Venezuelan TV host got fired by a major media corporation for being an overt racist. These are the same goose-stepping idiots who launched racist attacks against Chavecito, Evo and other non-white progressive Latino leaders for years with total impunity. Chavecito, in particular, had to put up with this species of right-wing jackasses in overpriced suits calling him a monkey from the moment he began campaigning for office in the late 1990s. Pretty much every Spanish-language media corporation let such slurs pass unedited and unremarked.

But then again, Chavecito was not the president of the United States of Amnesia. Michelle Obama, by contrast, is first lady there. And it’s against corporate policy to criticize the gringo leadership, because all these so-called Latino channels actually have pledged allegiance to Washington and Miami. So, of course, this particular bit of racism wasn’t allowed to slide.

Rodner Figueroa is out on his ass, and he’s the rare exception. The fact that he felt comfortable saying shit like that clearly shows that a climate of overt racism is the norm at Univisión and other Latin American corporate broadcasters. Had there actually been a corporate policy against any kind of racism, I doubt very much that he would have spouted that unoriginal simian comparison as blithely as he did.

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Remembering Chavecito’s passing

A little over two years ago, Venezuela had its saddest moment since the death of Simón Bolívar: namely, that of its modern Bolívar, Hugo Chávez, president and leader of the Bolivarian Revolution. His successor was one of his closest friends, and here he recounts what it was like to receive the worst possible news on that sad day:

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has revealed some details of how the death of former president Hugo Chávez occurred, and how he dealt with it, on March 5, 2013.

In a conversation with the first lady, Cilia Flores, and Elías Jaua, Minister for Communes and Social Movements, Maduro recalled how he arrived at the military hospital where Chávez was, from a meeting in Miraflores Palace.

“The emergency doctor came back in 15 or 20 minutes and told us that there was a difficult situation, that Chávez had had a [heart] stoppage, and that they would do everything to revive him, and then he left,” Maduro recalled during the televised conversation.

They were coversing and making phone calls, Maduro says, “when Dr. Castellanos entered. He opened the door, and I saw on his face that something very grave had happened.”

Maduro says that he entered the room and said to the first persons he saw — Cilia and Elías — “Dr. Castellanos told me the Comandante is gone.”

“Elías cried out, Cilia cried out, we hugged and cried, and, well, we bore that heavy blow,” Maduro added.

The president described how the first thing he did was call his comrades, later going out to inform the people, which “was the hardest part”.

“The people went out in the streets, I felt it. Later a shower fell, a rain that refreshed everyone. The videographers almost all cried together, leaving their cameras. And, well, we had to confront the greatest pain, but with the commitment all the vicissitudes of this battle, and today we’re all still crying for Chávez,” the president commented.

Translation mine.

You can see in their eyes how much they love and miss him. And at the same time you can also see the firm conviction that Chávez has become an immortal part of the land. As the events of the past two years have shown, the Revolution isn’t over yet, by a long shot. The people are still fighting for their freedom from an empire and its local oligarchs, who have tried repeatedly — and failed — to reverse the Comandante’s good work. Repeated efforts at a coup have failed, and one by one, the perpetrators are finally landing in prison. Even dead, he’s still overcoming them.

If that’s not immortality, I don’t know what is.

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Ex-DEA agent slams Salazar, CIA and DEA

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Celerino Castillo busted his ass in the 1980s trying to get to the bottom of the Nicaraguan cocaine trafficking networks in Central America. Imagine his horror when he found out that the very same US government he was working for was actually behind it all, and not in a small way. That the cocaine was being imported into the US, where it was converted into crack and laid waste to entire inner-city neighborhoods, primarily black ones. And that his own agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency, was being used as a false front by the CIA, who were in the illicit operations up to their eyeballs, along with a group of well-known “assets”: death-squad leaders and terrorists and goons who have the strangest habit of popping up all over Latin America like sinister Jacks-in-the-box, leaving trails of death and destruction wherever they go. Cele Castillo saw it all, and has been persecuted for telling the truth about it ever since.

So, when asked to comment about the DEA’s latest “star witness” to supposed cocaine trafficking in Latin America, and specifically in Venezuela, of course Castillo isn’t surprised to see a traitor with US ties in the mix. Nor would it surprise him at all to learn that the traitor, Leamsy Salazar, may well be an assassin himself:

“The CIA has always used the DEA as its bastard son to hide its crimes.” The speaker is none other than former DEA agent Celerino “Cele” Castillo, who denounced the criminal activities of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in El Salvador.

Asked about the Venezuelan Leamsy Salazar, former bodyguard of Hugo Chávez who is now seeking asylum in the US, Castillo did not hesitate an instant, and said: “I witnessed many murders by the CIA. I have archives of cases and passports from the individuals who were killed.”

Leamsy José Salazar Villafaña, the Venezuelan traitor officer who confessed to having informed to the DEA, raised the suspicions of his current boss, Venezuelan national assembly president Diosdado Cabello, and was removed from service, and later fled. He is now suspected of having been part of a possible plot to assassinate Chávez with induced cancer.

Corvette captain Salazar, 40 years of age, was collaborating with the DEA “from mid-2013″, according to sources close to the DEA and right-wing media. The date is hardly credible.

Castillo is the former DEA investigator who saw with his own eyes and denounced how Posada Carriles, under cover of the CIA and the DEA as well, led an operation trafficking weapons in exchange for cocaine at the Salvadoran airbase at Ilopango.

In the 1980s, Castillo denounced the Reagan/Bush administrations as accomplices in narcotrafficking and contraband weapons trafficking. Bipartisan investigations in the House and the Senate confirmed his allegations against the US government.

“While I was in Central America as a DEA agent, we were accustomed to CIA operatives like Randy Capister and Victor Rivera. They paid Rivera $5,000 a month to use his death squad (made up of Venezuelans) in El Salvador.

“The gang assassinated a major of the Salvadoran army. They captured him in Guatemala and later took him to El Salvador and tortured him in order to finally kill him. They told us he was trying to escape.”

Victor “Zacarias” Rivera Aguaje later became an advisor to the Guatemalan Ministry of the Government in the Colom administration.

In 2008, a Guatemalan reporter interviewed Celerino Castillo about the topic. “The President of Guatemala fired Rivera. A week later he was killed, along with his secretary. The FBI moved quickly to investigate the murder because Victor was a documented agent of the CIA.”

The murder of “Zacarias” took place on April 7, 2008, at about 11 p.m., when he got into his car on Vista Hermosa Boulevard in Guatemala City, along with his aide, María Melgar.

Celerino Castillo has directly tied “Zacarias” to the CIA operation directed by Posada Carilles at Ilopango, where they met with Félix Rodríguez Mindigutía, a known CIA terrorist agent said to be the killer of Che Guevara.

Castillo resides in Texas, and is constantly harassed by the federal authorities.

In 2009, the federal prosecutor, Johnny “House of Death” Sutton, managed to put him on trial in San Antonio, Texas, for an ordinary purchase of a weapon without a licence, something which is common in that state. In August 2009, Castillo was sentenced to 37 months in prison, thanks to the complicity of a corrupt judge, Royal Furgeson.

Celerino Castillo documents many of his investigations on his website, Powderburns.org.

Translation mine.

So, Cele Castillo wouldn’t be shocked if Leamsy Salazar turned out to be another Luis Posada Carriles? Well, neither would I. Let’s recall that Posada was, for a time and under a pseudonym, a chief of the infamous Venezuelan political police, the DISIP, at a time when leftists were kidnapped, tortured and “disappeared” in that country. How an ex-Cuban terrorist could make it to a top job in the secret police of a country not his own may seem a head-scratcher in itself, but the trail of dead bodies behind him is no mystery, and neither is his impunity. Luis Posada Carriles is a fanatical right-wing psychopath. Of course there will be deaths in his wake. The man’s a veritable Grim Reaper, and the fact that he’s the US’s Grim Reaper is clear from the way he’s been coddled by the justice system since he illegally showed up in Miami. Considering that the US normally hunts illegal immigrants down like vermin, that’s highly unusual. But it’s perfectly explicable when you remember that the CIA protects its loyal assets. And Posada is nothing if not loyal! So it’s no wonder that he got shoehorned into that plum job at the DISIP. He was a bastard, and he was Washington’s bastard.

And now Leamsy Salazar has shown where his own true loyalties lie. It should be fun to watch him dissolve under the harsh spotlight as revelations of his illegal activities in Venezuela come to light. I can hardly wait.

Leamsy Salazar: The DEA’s useful spy

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Leamsy Salazar, at right, back when Chavecito (on the left) trusted him.

Hey! Remember the spook I blogged about the other day? Leamsy Salazar, the presidential security officer who “defected” from the Venezuelan armed forces and is now a star witness for the DEA? Well, it looks like that won’t be the last we hear about him. Far from it. It looks like he’s turned into a very useful stool pigeon, at least as far as fascist media are concerned. And that’s not all there is to side-eye about him. So let’s scratch a bit and see what flakes off him, shall we?

There are two ways of looking at the press operation of the Spanish Franco-fascist newspaper, ABC, on the DEA’s new star: Corvette captain Leamsy Salazar, ex-member of the first ring of security around Comandante Chávez. One, consider that everything ABC says is “information”; the other, try to separate the facts from the operations. That [latter] is what we’re trying to do here.

Of what ABC has said, only one element can we give as proven: Leamsy Salazar deserted the ranks of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and will be in the United states, or at the disposal of that land. That is the only fact corroborated by diverse sources: the daily ABC, and on the other hand, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, the target of the Franco-fascist periodical’s attacks.

Diosdado Cabello told [journalist] Pedro Carvajalino, on VTV, in a video broadcast on Tuesday, January 27:

“This comrade was with Comandante Chávez. When the Comandante died, I decided, fine, in honor of the Comandante, I’ll take him to work with me. But suddenly I started talking to him, and he started to lower his eyes from mine…this was in the month of June. Month of June. He started to lower his eyes from mine, he wouldn’t meet my eyes, the deception began. I spoke with the Minister of Defence, and asked her for a replacement, and told her: Send him to study so he can be retrained, because he doesn’t look right to me. He went off to study, and never attended the course. On the contrary, he deserted. He deserted with his wife in December, which was decisive…but he deserted the course long before the course he was supposed to take, which all military officers do.”

The rest of what’s going around is biased constructions, driven by a rabidly anti-Chavista paper, which doesn’t hide its desire to see the government of Nicolás Maduro fall. It’s enough to read the editorial from January 28*, in response to the Venezuelan president’s denunciation. An editorial, unlike bylined articles, represents the paper’s position.

President Maduro had denounced ABC for promoting a “campaign of the international far right and factors of the US empire”. That’s the second proven fact. The international far right has one of its principal pillars in ABC at the moment of attacking Venezuela, and the plan is simple: ABC “broadcasts” its so-called “information” and the rest of a powerful media entente replicates it, using the first medium as source, without questioning the item and without looking for repercussions, points of view, contexts, etc.

The second part of President Maduro’s statement over the intervention of “factors of the US empire” is also proven. One day after the publication, the US Secretary of State for Narcotics and International Security, William Brownfield — long known in Venezuela — assured that what ABC published was “consistent” with his own analysis on the supposed penetration of drug cartels into Venezuela.

Later, the functionary said that he could “neither confirm nor deny” what ABC published. Really — a functionary of Brownfield’s rank could not confirm whether Salazar is in the United States, whether there exists an official investigation by the DEA in that respect, and whether there is any type of judicial denunciation rooted in any court in US territory? Of course he can. He won’t do it because it isn’t necessary right now.

Because from here on in, the second part of the operation unfolds, which consists of the press (could be ABC or some other opportune medium) “leaks” new information as to what Salazar “tells” the DEA. This will happen whenever the journalistic and political operators deem pertinent. Let’s illustrate with an example: The negotiations between the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations already appear more difficult than they initially seemed. If at any moment these should happen to stagnate, “revelations” from Salazar will appear concerning ties between Diosdado [Cabello] and the government of Cuba. In fact, this line is already laid out in the first ABC article.

The same could happen with any other conjuncture, which could have its “opportune” repercussions in new so-called statements by Salazar. Another example: This year, there will be presidential elections in Argentina; even though President [Cristina] Fernández is not up for re-election, they could easily smear the ruling party in some scandal linking to Diosdado [Cabello] or other Venezuelan officials to the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Why not? Salazar, let there be no doubt, will be good for everything.

Another element confirmed by official sources and documented proofs is that Leamsy Salazar was in fact part of the first ring of security around President Hugo Chávez, who in fact held him in high esteem as a young officer allied with the retaking of Miraflores Palace after the coup of April 11-13 in April 2002. Salazar remained in Chávez’s inner circle until the Bolivarian commander’s last days.

Much has been said about the possibility that the cancer that killed President Chávez in less than two years had been somehow inoculated. President Maduro as much as said that he concurred with this hypothesis. Political analysis as well as other other actions taken for a long time by the United States regarding the inoculation of illnesses into personages or entire communities lead us to conclude that, in effect, if the empire (beyond the US itself) had the opportunity to get close to Chávez, they would never have let it slip away.

Toby Valderrama has written several times of the political scenario he called the “biological assassination” of Chávez; the lawyer, Juan Martorano, write dozens of articles over the way in which the US have acted in different scenarios and moments by way of forced inoculations to twist history in their favor. All these writings can be found on the Aporrea website.

But all these efforts at reconstruction and analysis come up against a difficult obstacle: For the “biological assassination” of Hugo Chávez they would need to have him or the guilty parties get very close to the leader and for a long time. There, in the inner circle and for years, was Leamsy Salazar, today at the disposal of politico-journalistic operations by ABC and the United States.

We cannot confirm in any way (at least with the proven information we have to date) that Salazar had anything to do with the death of Comandante Chávez. We don’t know [that he did]. What we do know is that we must assume that the president’s inner circle had been compromised. That is a fact.

It is time that an official, rigorous and serious investigation begin as to the possible assassination of the Comandante. History demands it.

Translation mine. Linkage added.

So, we can see a lot of players from previous putsches against Chavecito there in the mix. William Brownfield, the former US ambassador to Venezuela, is the key one, and of course his “analysis” agrees with the statements of Leamsy Salazar. And why not? He probably coached Salazar very carefully on what lines to spout before the DEA. I take it for granted that any US diplomat in any foreign country is automatically a spy until proven otherwise, and so far, none has proven otherwise. So it stands to reason that Brownfield was probably feeding Leamsy Salazar the appropriate “information” (note the quotes, there for a reason — and that’s how they appear in the article I translated, too!) If his job was to meddle in Venezuelan interior politics — and it was — then this oh-so-strange coincidence between Brownfield’s account and Salazar’s becomes a whole lot less strange. And a lot less coincidental, too. After all, there’s Venezuelan oil (largest proven reserves in the world, remember?) to be stolen, and for that, a full-scale invasion must be mounted. Venezuela is no longer tame to US interests, after all…

And oh yeah, how funny too that Argentina should also be mentioned! You’ll note that for the past several days, I’ve been blogging about the strange death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who allegedly ordered the arrest of none other than the president of Argentina herself. Argentina, too, has been slandered in the efforts to drum up an invasion of Venezuela — remember the “briefcase affair” from a few years back? That was another smear directed at both Chavecito and Cristina Fernández, which proved to be a damp squib, and ended up embarrassing only those in whose faces it blew back. None of the shit ever stuck to either of the two presidents it was aimed at, and no wonder: Neither one had a thing to do with it. It was just one more false flag operation in a lengthy series of them.

Of course, Leamsy Salazar may well prove to be good for a lot more than just media smears and false-flag smoke and mirrors, at least in the eyes of his gringo masters. If indeed the suspicions of a great many Venezuelans, including Madurito himself, prove true, and it emerges that Chavecito was in fact injected with a cancer-causing virus (which has been possible since 1963, according to Judyth Vary Baker, the young US scientist who worked on a top-secret project to kill Fidel Castro with just such a virus), then suspicion will fall on Leamsy Salazar all over again…this time as a possible murderer, or accessory to murder, as well as a traitor.

Which he already is, any way you look at him.

*The original article says the 29th, but the only unsigned article I was able to find from that day was one from the wires about Diosdado Cabello, not Nicolás Maduro, accusing ABC of libel. The previous day’s editorial fits the statements of the paragraph better, so I linked to it instead. I suspect that the author of the piece may have gotten the dates mixed up.

Argentina: The myths and meanings of the Nisman case

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“Let the dogs bark, Sancho, my friend; it is a sign that we are advancing.” — Don Quixote

Right now, the US media is in full cry, blatting about how Alberto Nisman wanted to arrest the president of Argentina just before he died. As though that were somehow “proof” that she “had him killed”. Never mind that the arrest order in question was actually found in the trash, strongly suggesting that he had thought twice and decided against it, and that all physical indications at the scene (and on the body of Nisman himself) point to suicide. No, it’s obviously a murder, and it’s been done to cover Iran’s ass for the AMIA bombing, according to the crapagandarati!

At this point, it would be instructive to actually place the whole kerfuffle in its proper context. And to help us do so, here is Carlos Aznarez, sorting out the meaning from the myths:

A couple of questions to begin with: Reader, do you recall the bombing by Colombian airplanes, with tactical support by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad, against the encampment of FARC commander Rául Reyes, in Ecuador? It was during the first days of March 2008; Reyes was vilely assassinated on orders of the duo, Alvaro Uribe and Juan Manuel Santos. And from that moment a huge novel was spun around Reyes’ computer. There was much made of the topic, since from the moment the supposed data the Colombian intelligence services “had found”, homes were raided and numerous militants detained, under the excuse of having committed a thousand and one outrages “in the service of the FARC”. Time was passing and the great majority of the accused were absolved since, as often happens in these cases, everything designated as “criminal” was false suspicions, rampant lies, pure smoke.

With this guy, Alberto Nisman, something very similar happened. The man, it bears repeating, was only the pawn of an international strategy to condemn the Islamic Republic of Iran. And in turn, carrying out the orders of his Zionist bosses in the difficult and much-thumbed AMIA case, in order to pronounce in favor of the decreed “Iranian lead”, against various fighters of the Revolution that toppled the pro-Yankee Shah.

An agent of Mossad and the CIA, the said Nisman dedicated himself for all those years to accumulating malicious rumors disguised as “A-1 information”, with an eye to what his monitors in Tel Aviv and the US Embassy ordered, and his handlers from the SIDE whispered to him. In that compendium of gossip and distracting moves, Nisman could not connect in a decade and a half even one element which might have been taken seriously to tackle the difficulties which prevented them from finding those actually responsible for the attack. Or demonstrate, as many politically incorrect people think, that it they attacks were (including that on the Embassy) “false flags”.

With the spy, Jaime Stiusso, as his Deep Throat, and his intimate friend Lagomarsino as an extra, Nisman mixed water with oil and the result was a nonsensical summary. One day he took up against the Iranian cleric Moshen Rabani, whom he stigmatized without any proof (save the hatred and islamophobia which Zionism cultivates), another he took as true the wiretaps (330 disks) provided by the SIDE (pointing to Luis D’Elía, Fernando Esteche, Yusuf Khalil and…the list goes on) and on other occasions, he took up against various functionaries whom he connected to cover-ups. If there’s anything left to add, they also attacked Hugo Chávez, his former ambassador Roger Capella, and the Bolivarian Revolution, whom Nisman and his SIDE buddies accused, and Clarín and Infobae, among other media, took advantage to beat up on them.

In that great sea of judicial barbarities, worthy of the summaries which Baltasar Garzón was elaborating in Spain, Nisman thought he was skating on solid ice, and that nobody would pull it out from under him. The man did not foresee that his chiefs now considered him to be a played-out pawn, and promptly (and not by coincidence), a few days after the operation (also suspected of being a false flag) against Charlie Hebdo in Paris, they gave the order that he raise the bet. Now it was not enough for them with the wiretaps and the whispers in the ear by Stiusso or Lagomarsino; this time they had to involve the president herself, and her minister of exterior relations. Just them, and very ungratefully on the part of Nisman, whom they had protected so much from 2003 until the days of the Memorandum, when they fell into misfortune thanks to the decision of Netanyahu and his select group of killers. Neither the permanent “declaration of war” on Iran by the government, nor the presidential couple’s visits to the World Jewish Congress in New York, nor the persistence of Interpol red alerts to pursue any distraught Persian, would suffice. When the disciples of Theodor Herzl turn thumbs down, the least that comes out of their mouths is missiles.

The rest is known: As an obedient soldier of Mossad, Nisman left his daughter in the lurch in Madrid, and at the hands of Lanata, Magnetto, Morales Solá and all; the regiment of those loyal to the USA erupted like a tornado in the hot January of Buenos Aires. His friends in the press trumpeted: “The government is to blame” and “its days are numbered”, they bayed. However, the prosecutor realized that his 350-odd folios wouldn’t even do for confetti, and surely, at any second, he sensed that night was falling on him and that he was “more alone than one”, as the saying goes.

After that, things sped up, and the accusatory circus ended in a funeral.

In reality Nisman was already dead before taking the plane from Madrid. It doesn’t matter whether they killed him or he killed himself, the important thing is against whom his death was plotted. “Coup d’état,” wrote Alfredo Grande, with sure aim. “Power struggles and not those of those at the bottom,” he added, lucidly, the popular militant. But as well, a high-flying international operation, using a single shot (from a .22 pistol, on top of everything) to poke holes in Argentina’s sovereignty, put Iran back in the crosshairs, and strike a blow against the anti-Zionist, pro-Palestine and anti-racist movements. All for the same price.

From then on and up to now, the greater part of the population (spurred on by the terrorism of the media) believes that Agent Nisman was killed by the government, the rest doesn’t know or won’t answer, and a fringe, among whom lamentably there are a certain number of leftist militants, confused or opportunistic, not telling us that they defend Nisman, but coming very close to it. As proof there are their malignant utterances on social media or corporate TV, against the popular militants attacked by Alberto “Mossad” Nisman.

Meanwhile, no one is calling on Stiusso to testify, who continues at his job, as if he were not the reason why journalist Miguel Bonasso, in his latest book, warns of him and asks how it is possible that no one is touching him. Three or four days later, the government intervened in SIDE and threw the super-spy out in the street, unpunished. On the other hand, the victims of AMIA are sick of everyone lying to them and demand that the guilty parties appear at last (the real ones, and not those whom the genocidal Israelis want).

After many intrigues, the government dissolved the SIDE, and called for the creation of another structure, which they will obligatorily fill with the same people as before, for which reason nothing good can come of that measure. It won’t be Stiusso (as one can imagine), but others like him, accustomed to spying, sowing discord, accusing falsely, persecuting, creating projects X or Z, and even prefabricating attacks. They are already imagining “new” and dangerous scenarios.

Amid all this complicated panorama, one important fact: Strategic alliances between Latin America and China and Russia are still advancing. Two other details to bear in mind when imagining for what reason Washington — following co-ordinates set for the whole continent — supports, without any kind of subtlety, changes of government. Including in those which until yesterday it considered to be their own forces.

Translation mine.

“It doesn’t matter whether they killed him or he killed himself, the important thing is against whom his death was plotted.”

In fact, it doesn’t even matter if “they”, whoever they are, made him kill himself. Driven-to-it suicides, like false suicides and frame-up murders, are a common thing in the land of spooks. In the end, the exact identity of the killer might be a mystery, but not the killer’s ties, or their cause.

As in my previous article on who stands to benefit from the Nisman case, this bears repeating: Cui bono? Cristina Fernández doesn’t come off better for his death, so clearly it was done not to cover for her, but to spite her. After all, she is fighting off the US vulture funds who are trying to extract yet another pound of flesh in Argentina right now, and the US media therefore has it in for her, big-time. The same goes for the government of Iran, which has had to fend off the “terror sponsor” image ever since the Revolution kicked out the Shah. Iran is currently in the crosshairs for yet another US oil war, and more so since Iraq has become politically unstable since the last one.

For whose benefit was it, then? All signs point, as always, to Israel, to the Mossad and Shin Bet, and to the Likudniks, who never hesitate to profiteer on the back of terrorism. And who are not averse to staging a false-flag incident of their own, if it benefits them.

Or a dozen, come to that.

Venezuela putsch: Maduro denounces “interfering” US document

Further to my last post, here it is in no uncertain terms: There IS indeed another coup d’état underway in Venezuela. And here, to denounce it, is none other than the president himself:

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro denounced the contents of an “interfering, lying” document published by the National Security Agency of the US government, and denounced that they are trying to menace Venezuela with the Inter-American Charter with bald-faced lies about Bolivarian democracy in order to justify a direct intervention that will enable them to bring down the Venezuelan government.

“I denounce this new aggression, I reject the document of ‘national security strategy’ from the US government of interfering character, and hereby ratify my urgent call to the governments and people of South America and CELAC, to support the people and government of Venezuela in rejecting the conspiracy which is being directed against our democracy from the United States,” Maduro said, during a press conference in Miraflores Palace.

“I hereby denounce, maintain, and call upon our people for maximum awareness to continue defeating conspiracies,” said Maduro, as he displayed the contents of a document over the “risks” of democracy in Venezuela.

“I respect President Obama, and with respect for him and the US as a country, it’s because I have the morals and ethics to demand respect for Venezuela,” said Maduro, decrying the grotesque lies which the document, published on Friday in the US, contains.

“There is a coup d’état going on in Venezuela, which is being supported by all the agencies of the US. It’s up to you [to stop it]!” Maduro said, addressing his US counterpart.

He then read part of the document, on page 28, where it states that “we support the citizens of countries in which the full exercise of democracy is at risk, such as Venezuela.”

“When one of their documents says that, it’s a direct order for groups to go berserk and launch themselves into toppling the government,” Maduro warned, recalling that if a country is at supposed risk, the US always assumes the right to support mercenaries to bring down the government of that land. There are plenty of examples in the world where the US has supported them with money and even weapons.

“In the end, the Inter-American Charter will be the instrument for an attempt to intervene in Venezuela,” Maduro added.

“Big mistake, President Obama,” he said, recalling for his US counterpart that in Venezuela the only risk to democracy are the right-wing groups which permanently conspire, and who are allies of the transnational corporations of the US.

“In which country is there more democracy, Venezuela or the US? Where are there more people in power, where are there more political freedoms? Where do the people govern, and not the transnationals?” Maduro asked.

Maduro reminded Obama that in Venezuela, in 2002, there was a coup which was publicly supported by George Bush (Junior). “It’s up to you to distance yourself, to rectify in time the mistaken policies against the Bolivarian Revolution, or else stop making chaos with failed US policies against Venezuela! For that, I’ve called upon UNASUR and CELAC, and for that reason I’m denouncing all of this.”

Maduro publicly addressed Obama, warning him that nobody is fooled by manipulated reports.

“You, President Obama, don’t believe the lies that the war lobbies which you criticized so often, the imperial lobbies which lie so much about Venezuela.

“The lobbies who are preparing these reports are the same that said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction — which you criticized so much,” Maduro said, recalling the lies that were admitted by the US after it had invaded and occupied Iraq illegally in order to supposedly defend itself against those weapons.

“They justify everything in the world with lies,” denounced Maduro.

“Also, President Obama, you should know that we are in another world, and you should know that Latin America and the Caribbean are not the US’s backyard, and Venezuela is now no longer the oil colony that used to belong to the US.”

Maduro reminded Obama that he was obliged to recognize the failure of the illegal and criminal blockade against Cuba, and precisely now, 53 years after that illegal measure began, how much suffering the Cuban people went through as a result of that financial persecution, which still continues.

“I have told you, and I believe this: You can do one of two things. Go down in history as the president who changed relations between the US and all the countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, or as the president who committed the same errors as George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and company.”

Maduro stated that he would soon write a personal letter to Obama, restating the position of the dignified and independent people of Venezuela.

“Venezuela is a country with dignity, deserving respect. I demand respect for Venezuela, for our homeland,” Maduro emphasized.

Translation mine.

Of course, the jackals are circling already. And if you hear any yammering, yodeling and yawping about how the president of Venezuela is a crazy madman and a dangerous dictator who must be toppled immediately, because kooky conspiracy theories and tight tinfoil and yadda yadda, well, you know. Same shit, ‘nother day. They tried this with the last one too, and no one in Venezuela believed them…except of course the conspiracy kooks of the right, whose too-tight tinfoil hats had them blaming Chavecito for everything from toothaches to hangnails. It’s like a nasty feedback loop with them: Whatever the Washington Empire says, they repeat back, louder and crazier. And vice versa.

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Diosdado Cabello warns of violent replays in Venezuela

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Diosdado Cabello, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, on his VTV weekly show. He’s in military uniform because, like Chavecito behind him, he’s a former officer of the Venezuelan army. And because this past February 4, the nation celebrated the anniversary of the failed uprising of 1992 against the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez, who betrayed Venezuela by going back on his campaign promises and obeying the dictates of the IMF to disastrous effect, resulting in the Caracazo of 1989. Pérez was elected, but did the opposite of what he was elected to do, so trying to topple him, however abortively, was a heroic act. What has happened since the last presidential election in Venezuela, on the other hand, could not be further removed from the courageous deeds of February 4, 1992. The violence of last February is being replayed this year, warns Cabello, by people with the same craven economic interests as the late, unlamented Pérez. Here’s the rundown on what’s been going on, and who is behind it all:

The president of the Venezuelan national assembly, Diosdado Cabello, alerted of new violent actions in San Cristóbal, Tachira, intended to re-enact the events of February 2014 as part of the plan called “La Salida” (The Exit), which left 43 persons killed and more than 800 injured.

On his weekly VTV show Con el Mazo Dando, Cabello indicated that the actions were initiated by a group which is composed of “persons coming from Caracas to take part in violent actions, and in complicity with vigilantes and administrative rectoral authorities of the National Experimental University of Táchira (UNET), to kick off the month of February with an escalation of violence and aggressive protests.”

Cabello added that they were found working in the chemical laboratories of that institution, trying to make explosive artifacts, in order to generate chaos and fear in the land.

In his address, the parliamentary president stated that these actions are led by director Jesús Gómez Trejo, who on Monday paid a “visit to the offices of the UCAT (Catholic University of Táchira) and UNET, inviting them to attend the gathering and march on February 12 in San Cristóbal.”

In the first semester of 2014, the state of Táchira was victim to violent attacks orchestrated by sectors of the Venezuelan right, seeking to destabilize the land and bring down the president of the republic, Nicolás Maduro, legitimately elected in April 2013.

Cabello also alerted of new right-wing actions to continue the economic war which began in 2013, to attempt to disrupt the production of sugar.

“Members of the Sugarcane Growers’ Association of Venezuela and the Federation of Sugarcane Growers of Venezuela (FESOCA) are exerting pressure to paralize the machinery and the work in the fields. Behing that there is a well known man, with the surname Zubillaga, a distant cousin of the Zubillagas who own Farmatodo, who is going around telling the peasants that they won’t be paid next payday, so they will stop harvesting sugarcane,” said Cabello.

As part of the strategy of these right-wing sectors, FESOCA has called for a demonstration in Guanare, in the state of Portuguesa, on Thursday, starting from the Espiga monument and ending at the offices of the Ministry for Agriculture and Lands.

Cabello reminded that with these actions, the Venezuelan right is trying to create scarcities of this staple, “even though they are receiving financial aid from the Bolivarian government!”

Cabello denounced the representatives of the Venezuelan right who are holding meetings in the exterior, seeking to bring down the government of Nicolás Maduro.

He stated that on January 19, the mayor of El Hatillo, David Smolansky, and the co-ordinator of the party Voluntad Popular, Freddy Guevara, flew to Miami to meet with Carlos Vecchio, a fugitive from Venezuelan justice for violent crimes committed in the first trimester of 2014, to seek international support and call for the liberation of Leopoldo López, who is currently incarcerated at Ramo Verde for his role in the violent acts of last year.

Between these meetings they also met with banker Eligio Cedeño, who is also a fugitive from justice for obtaining US dollars through fraud, as well as retired general Antonio Rivero.

Cabello added that this month Lilian Tintori, López’s wife, is slated to go before the UN and the OAS “as part of the actions to exert pressure from outside” on Venezuelan justice.

Cabello also informed of the meetings of Miguel Henrique Otero, director of the newspaper El Nacional, in Cartagena, Colombia, with former Colombian president Andrés Pastrana, as well as trips made by Jesús “Chuo” Torrealba, the secretary-general of the so-called Democratic Unity Table (MUD), in which he met with MUD representatives in Europe, and some other Venezuelans.

Cabello also pointed out that Otero will be travelling to Spain to meet with representatives of the Socialist Workers’ Party of Spain (PSOE) and Popular Party (PP) as “part of the program of attack against the Bolivarian government, in order to keep talking about ‘human rights’ and ‘freedom of expression’.”

Translation mine.

So you can see a lot of familiar names there in the mix. Yes, the Usual Suspects are at it again, and gosh, it’s just like last year. Only this year, there’s a difference: One of the principals, Prettyboy Leo, is in jail; meanwhile, Maricori is also awaiting trial for her part in last February’s violent putsch. But of course, a great many criminals and banksters abroad are still supporting this failed right-wing activity materially and vocally. One would think they’d get tired of that, but they’re fools. And we all know what fools never do, don’t, we boys?

No indeed.