Venezuelans Who Oppose Nicolas Maduro Say Trump Wants To Control Venezuela’s Resources

During my recent trip to Venezuela, I sought out and spoke to both supporters and critics of President Nicolas Maduro.

On February 14, 2019, the Real News published a report of my interviews of ordinary Venezuelans who support President Maduro (that report can be watched and listened to here).

This just-published report concerns my conversations with Venezuelans who are critical of the Maduro government.

Interestingly, even among those who oppose President Maduro, I was hard-pressed to find anyone who believes that Donald Trump is genuinely interested in the well-being of the Venezuelan people. On the contrary, there appears to be a widespread belief among both supporters and opponents of the Maduro government that Trump’s singular objective is to secure control of Venezuela’s resources, and particularly its massive oil reserves.

Equally interesting was the attitude of Maduro’s opponents toward the legacy of Hugo Chavez. While many supporters of Juan Guaido are hostile to the Chavez legacy, there appears to be considerable respect for the achievements of Hugo Chavez even among those are critical of President Maduro.

My report on my conversations with opponents of the Maduro government can be watched and listened to here.

Is Participatory Democracy the Solution to Venezuela’s Crisis?

During my recent trip to Caracas, Venezuela, I spoke with Atenea Jimenez, the speaker of a Network of Communes.

Atenea argued that collective, grassroots decision-making is the key to solving Venezuela’s crisis.

She also stated that “the biggest fear of all is that a self-proclamation of a president nobody voted for is legitimized.”

My conversation with Atenea can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/is-participatory-democracy-the-solution-to-venezuelas-crisis?fbclid=IwAR07USf-mBuCho7f1piN0lYIqkvedU227PS4P_ua4INiR8KoeCXAHrSJ4-4

 

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

Venezuela’s Former Minister of Communes and Culture Talks to TRNN About the Crisis

For The Real News Network, I recently spoke in Caracas, Venezuela with Venezuela’s former Minister of Communes and Culture, Reinaldo Iturriza.

Mr. Iturriza argues that U.S. sanctions “were conceived to make it difficult for the Venezuelan government to recover from an already critical economic situation due to the drastic fall of oil prices.” Those sanctions, he says, have had “terrible effects” on Venezuela’s people.

Our discussion can be watched and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-former-minister-of-communes-and-culture-talks-to-trnn-about-the-crisis

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