Lima Group Members Invoke Human Rights While Trampling On Them

As Lima Group members Columbia and Brazil foment unrest on Venezuela’s borders, their right-wing regimes routinely violate human rights in their own countries.

For The Real News Network, I met in Caracas with Venezuelan human rights activist Antonio Gonzalez Plessman to discuss the human rights situation in the region.

According to Mr. Gonzalez Plessman, Western governments and media are magnifying human rights violations in Venezuela while minimizing or ignoring altogether human rights violations by the governments of Lima Group members, including Colombia and Brazil.

My discussion with Mr. Gonzalez Plessman can be watched and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/lima-group-members-invoke-human-rights-while-trampling-on-them?fbclid=IwAR2BkXikT4lkKFhzy8u1ET8uCW6yR-19h4vUAA4Vii5zeMxq7wD0tejI5QY

TRNN Visits a Working Class Neighbourhood in Caracas, Venezuela

During my recent trip to Caracas, Venezuela, I visited the working class district of Valle.

There, I discussed Venezuela’s crisis with Gustavo Robledo, an ambulance driver who has spent his entire life in Valle. As we spoke, Gustavo and I stood beside the small home in which he has spent over 50 years of his life.

As Gustavo explains, although he categorically rejects Juan Guaido’s claim to Venezuela’s Presidency, and although Gustavo is strongly committed to Chavismo, he believes that President Maduro has made mistakes.

My discussion with Gustavo can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/trnn-visits-a-working-class-neighbourhood-in-caracas

In Caracas, Ordinary Venezuelans Speak to The Real News About Venezuela’s Crisis

Last week, as hundreds of Venezuelans lined up in Bolivar Square in Caracas to sign a petition denouncing U.S. imperialism, I spoke to ordinary citizens about the crisis in Venezuela and U.S.-led efforts to replace President Nicolas Maduro with Juan Guaido. 

This is what they had to say:

https://therealnews.com/stories/in-caracas-ordinary-venezuelans-speak-to-the-real-news-about-venezuelas-crisis

Regime Change Canadian Style for Venezuela

Along with Sharmini Peries, Gregory Wilpert and Yves Engler, I discuss yesterday’s meeting in Ottawa of the “Lima Group”, an ad hoc collection of right-leaning governments having the singular purpose of overthrowing the legitimate government of Venezuela.

As I explain in this roundtable discussion, the article of the Venezuelan Constitution which Juan Guaido, Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have invoked as the legal basis of Guaido’s actions does not in fact authorize Guaido to replace Nicolas Maduro as President. Their legal argument is, in fact, a sham.

Our discussion can be seen and listened to here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/conservative-governments-of-latin-america-plus-canada-endorse-regime-change-efforts-in-venezuela?fbclid=IwAR2cR5QV28EVAuyQgI33IpWeiZZZ__3EcA2sh0FiMdAXgOkFC7nHR7vYJNM.

Outrage In Canada After Militarized RCMP Arrest 14 Wet’Suwet’en Land Defenders on Sovereign Indigenous Land

After militarized RCMP officers arrested 14 land defenders on the sovereign territory of the Wet’Suwet’en people, solidarity protests erupted across Canada.

For The Real News, I attended one of those protests, which took place on January 8, 2019 in front of the riding office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal.

This is my report on the Montreal protest and the public’s reaction to the arrests:

https://therealnews.com/stories/outrage-in-canada-after-militarized-rcmp-arrest-14-wetsuweten-land-defenders-on-sovereign-indigenous-land?fbclid=IwAR0Kx4UDOQxoaxF0WstoNyJDSrOcTF6lr-syxT0oBa4O7z5fjWI1NxnhrtY.

What Can Humanity Learn From The Great Law Of Peace (Part 2)

This is the second part of my discussion about the Great Law of Peace with Stuart Myiow, Wolf Clan Representative of the Mohawk Traditional Council.

In this part, Stuart explain that Western ‘democracies’ wrongly prioritize individual rights over the rights of the collective, and that, if humanity is to avoid a climate catastrophe, it will be essential that we learn from the Great Law of Peace and that we begin to prioritize the collective interests over individual interests.

My discussion with Stuart can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/what-can-humanity-learn-from-the-great-law-of-peace-2-2.

Roger Waters: Neoliberalism is Fuelling the Flames of Fascism

I spoke recently to legendary musician and human rights activist Roger Waters about his recent tour of South America.

In the first part of our discussion, Roger discussed his visit to Brazil where Roger paid tribute to murdered human rights activist Marielle Franco, met with journalist Glenn Greenwald and warned against the rise of the fascist Jair Bolsonaro.

In the second part, Roger discussed the appalling treatment of Julian Assange by the Ecuadorian government of Lenin Moreno. Roger also talked about the obstacles he had to overcome in order to visit the site of massive oil contamination in the Ecuadorian jungle. That contamination was caused by the corporate predecessor of Chevron and resulted in an historic, $9 billion judgment being rendered against Chevron by the courts of Ecuador. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in that case have been fighting for years, including in Canada, to collect on that judgment.

The two parts of our talk can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/roger-waters-neoliberalism-is-fueling-the-flames-of-fascism-pt-1-2

https://therealnews.com/stories/roger-waters-neoliberalism-is-fueling-the-flames-of-fascism-pt-2-2