Give Venezuela back its gold

KEN LIVINGSTONE writes on new revelations about previously denied collusion between the Bank of England and the Tory government to steal Venezuela’s gold in support of US-backed regime change

SHOCKING new evidence has emerged that the British government conspired with the Bank of England to deny Venezuela access to 31 tonnes of gold worth more than $1bn (over £800m) it had deposited with the bank.

The British government has always maintained that the Bank of England makes its own independent decisions about Venezuela’s gold deposits.
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When Hugo Chavez and the people of Venezuela beat the US empire

April 11 marks the anniversary of 2002 coup in Venezuela, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

NINETEEN years ago in Venezuela a right-wing military coup briefly unseated its elected President Hugo Chavez before loyal armed forces units and a popular mobilisation of Caracas’s barrios turned the tables and restored Chavez to the presidency.

The coup was mounted by a combination of industrialists, businessmen, media owners, the principal trade union movement’s leaders, Catholic bishops and conservative military officers, working closely with the US government.
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Turmoil in Honduras: solidarity with the resistance

As we approach 11 years since the US-backed right-wing coup in Honduras, resistance to neoliberalism continues, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

IN 2009, I was one of the co-founders of the Emergency Committee Against the Coup in Honduras and have tried to keep up to speed with developments and with the resistance movements there ever since. Despite the repression — including killings — the resistance has faced, it has continued.

Many of those opposing the coup regime may have felt vindicated when it was recently reported that US prosecutors have alleged in a major court case that the Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was a co-conspirator in his brother’s cocaine trafficking ring.
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Venezuela: UN special rapporteur’s report slams sanctions – but Biden retains them

We need to step up our campaign against the illegal US sanctions on Venezuela, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

AN overwhelmingly damning report by UN special rapporteur on human rights Alena Douhan has catalogued the massive harm inflicted on the Venezuelan people by the illegal sanctions imposed primarily by the US but also by Britain, the EU and Canada.

Yet less than a month after its publication in February, President Joe Biden has chosen to renew by executive order what the Obama administration in 2015 termed “a national emergency with respect to the situation in Venezuela,” on the absurd grounds that the country continues “to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

The special rapporteur’s interim report, based on first-hand observations and extensive discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, makes a number of critical points about the sanctions.
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Tory housing policies are a moral dereliction

This week the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) released the figure that 976 homeless people across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland died last year. KEN LIVINGSTONE reports on a government-made housing crisis

I HAVE written in my Morning Star column before how the homelessness levels in our country are a national scandal, and news this week confirmed the human costs of the Tories’ inaction in this area, as well as being a devastating indictment of 10 years of austerity cutting so many essential public services to the bone.
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Trump has gone – time to end US sanctions on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

Now is the time to step up international campaigning against illegal US sanctions in Latin America, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

THE United States has an extensive sanctions programme affecting two dozen countries across the globe, and three of those states singled out for coercive measures are in Latin America: Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. 

The cost to those three nations of US sanctions imposed allegedly “to counter threats to national security” are breathtakingly severe and must be stopped.
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Tory failures are throwing millions out of work

The left must respond by fighting for every job and arguing for massive investment in the economy, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

RECENT figures showing unemployment rising to 5 per cent in the three months to November 2020 were further evidence of the growing jobs crisis facing Britain.

Not a week passes by without more announcements of job cuts from household name companies, and many job losses of course do not even reach the headlines.
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Biden must end the US’s illegal sanctions on Venezuela

If he is to prove he is different from Trump, the new US president will have to change approach in Latin America, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

DESPITE enormous costs to its economy and its people imposed by illegal US sanctions, Venezuela has seen off President Donald Trump’s term in office and his clear goal of toppling the elected government of Nicolas Maduro.

From his earliest days in office, Trump had drastically ratcheted up the sanctions first levied against Venezuela by the Obama administration, increasingly meaning there is a full-on Cuba-style US blockade of the country.
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Time for a Zero Covid Policy and a People’s Plan

Other countries have enforced and completed successful lockdowns, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE — it’s time we followed these proven steps

NOW is the winter of our discontent — and the Tory government is entirely to blame.

More than nine months into Britain’s Covid-19 crisis, Boris Johnson and his ministers have failed utterly to protect public health and to drive down infections.

This is not just incompetence — although that has been in evidence — it is fundamentally a failure of policy.
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Victory for socialists in Bolivia – but the struggle continues

KEN LIVINGSTONE writes on the restoration of democracy in Bolivia

THE Movement Towards Socialism’s (MAS) victory in Bolivia’s presidential election, the first held since a military-led coup ousted legitimate President Evo Morales last November, offers a new way forward for the country out of the nightmare of the last year.

Under the coup regime led by Jeanine Anez, a wave of human-rights abuses took place, targeting trade unionists, indigenous activists and MAS supporters, with large-scale violation of people’s rights and the loss of lives.
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