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posted 14 Mar 2015, 11:23 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 14 Mar 2015, 11:46 ]


In a fit of apparent absurdity, US President Barack Obama has declared a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela,”

This is just the latest step in a fifteen year campaign by the United States to derail the course of the Bolivarian revolution by instigating, financing and collaborating with right wing elements in Venezuela to overthrow the democratically elected government of our closest neighbour.

On March 6th 2013, in the aftermath of the death of President Hugo Chávez Frías, the National Workers Union stated:

“With the death of Chávez, we can expect stepped up intervention and destabilisation from the United States…The US will step up its attempts to derail the Bolivarian revolution and the Bolivarian regime is going to be subjected to renewed bouts of subversion, political interference and economic sabotage...The US was deeply involved in the 2002 coup against the Chávez regime and will fancy its chances in this time of Venezuelan vulnerability.”

Since Chávez’s death, the subversion and destabilisation efforts have intensified. The guarimba street violence of 2014 is fresh in our memories and the ongoing economic sabotage, which follows the pattern crafted to oust the Allende government in 1973, is taking its toll on the Venezuelan economy.

The U.S. Senate passed the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 in December; a “bill to impose targeted sanctions on persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes.” It imposed a visa ban, freezing U.S. assets, and increased funding for anti-government media.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a known CIA front organisation, has been heavily involved in funding and training Venezuelan counter-revolutionary forces as has been the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

According to Venezuelan journalist Eva Golinger: “These Washington agencies… filtered more than $14 million to opposition groups in Venezuela between 2013 and 2014, including funding for their political campaigns in 2013 and for the current anti-government protests in 20i4.”

In January 2015 at the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative in Washington, US Vice President Joseph Biden, with typical Yankee arrogance, lectured Caribbean Prime Ministers about what positions they should adopt with reference to energy security matters. Of course the sub-text was that they should abandon the Petrocaribe initiative which held most of their economies together during the economic hurricane that has buffeted the world capitalist economy since 2008.

Biden disingenuously claimed in his address that low oil prices: “gives governments a little space to breathe…The best time to fix a roof is when the sun is shining. The time is now.” He went on to tout US renewable energy initiatives, the costs of which he claimed were falling and exhorted Caribbean countries to strike deals with US oil and gas producers.

He claimed that North America was now the “new epicenter of energy in the 21st century” and stated: “the single-biggest burden that could be lifted from you right now, economically, is the cost of energy and the dependence that you still have on single suppliers.” This is a not so thinly-disguised exhortation to abandon the Petrocaribe initiative. What he failed to reference was that when the post-2008 economic storms were raging and the roofs of the Caribbean countries were leaking torrents of water, it was the Venezuelan government which provided them with a tarpaulin while his government showed no interest in whether they could weather the storm.

The inevitable conclusion to be drawn is that this sudden interest in Caribbean affairs has nothing to do with concern about the survival of Caribbean economies, but has everything to do with attempting to isolate Venezuela as the US intensifies its effort to undermine and subvert the Bolivarian revolution, including the use of low intensity warfare and /or outright military aggression.

The National Workers Union reminds the people of Trinidad and Tobago that T&T and the US have signed several trade and security deals and we must keep our eyes open for increased US intelligence activity in T&T. T&T is in the mouth of the Orinoco River and has a long and intimate shared history with Venezuela especially at the people to people level. Our country is in the perfect position to be utilised by the US as a forward base for aggression against our closest neighbour

The National Workers Union calls upon the people of Trinidad and Tobago to be alert and vigilant in the face of an increasingly dangerous military situation in the Caribbean.

The National Workers Union calls upon the people of Trinidad and Tobago to insist that the government does not allow our country to be used by the US to engage in imperialist destabilisation of Venezuela. Failure to do so may drag our country into a war of aggression which may well see our people become collateral damage as the US pursues its goal of derailing the Bolivarian Revolution

Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer. Cell: 785-7637)