Exposing Trump’s deadly sanctions on Venezuela

KEN LIVINGSTONE looks in-depth at the story of US sanctions on Venezuela

THE imposition of sanctions is just one of many weapons used by the United States in its war on Venezuela, but a particularly deadly one.

The ultimate goal is “regime change” — to bring down the country’s government and gain access to the wealth to be made from the largest oil deposits in the world.

Two legal mechanisms laid the groundwork for these long-running sanctions, which have been extended again and again during the Trump presidency.
Read the full article

Transport should be run for people not private profit

The recent fare rises announced are yet more proof of the failure of railway privatisation, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

MUCH of the “mainstream” media has been woefully negligent in holding Boris Johnson and co to account for their disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic and deepening economic crisis. One element of this is that there has not been much attention drawn to the different aspects of a deepening cost-of-living crisis facing many people.
Read the full article

Bolivia: repression is intensifying nine months on from the lithium coup

KEN LIVINGSTONE looks at the motivations behind the illegal ‘regime change’ in Bolivia last year

IN NOVEMBER 2019 President Trump welcomed the coup in Bolivia that toppled its democratically elected president, Evo Morales, as “one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.”

But, in fact, like the 1953 coup in Iran or the slew of other coups that the US has supported, funded or organised in the last seven decades, at stake was the control and exploitation of scarce natural resources — in this case Bolivia’s reserves of lithium.
Read the full article

Why is Trump now ramping up his attacks on Nicaragua?

Sanctions and even interventions against the small Latin American nation are part of a pattern of desperation from an ailing US empire, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

A LEAKED document revealed by Nicaragua’s independent “Radio La Primerisima” has shown that the Trump administration is accelerating its plans — illegal under international law — to enforce “regime change” in Nicaragua.

The 14-page plan produced by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sets out how it expects a contractor to achieve or support a change in government that will be favourable to US interests.
Read the full article

Washington threatens countries for receiving medical aid from Cuba

Cuban humanitarianism deserves admiration and respect, not sanctions and smears, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

ONE of the most astonishing expressions of reactionary “Trumpite” politics during the global coronavirus crisis took place recently when three hard-right Republican senators — Ted Cruz, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio — introduced a Bill which calls for sanctions against countries which work with Cuban medical brigades.

Amazingly, it also seeks to classify Cuban medical brigades as victims of human trafficking.
Read the full article

Spend it on the people, not war

It is time to invest in our future not nukes and weapons of war, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

AT the end of March, the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire, saying the war on the coronavirus was the only war we should be fighting at this time of the global pandemic.

Part of his reasoning was that this would help countries focus resources towards fighting Covid-19 rather than on extravagant military spending.
Read the full article

The Tories are complicit in Trump’s illegal ‘regime change’ agenda in Venezuela

The activities of the secret Venezuela Reconstruction Unit show the British government is entirely subservient to Washington’s priorities in Latin America, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

THE Westminster government’s “special relationship” with the US was again demonstrated last week as that of a lapdog obeying its master while hoping for a few crumbs from the table.

Specifically, on June 9 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) revealed that the secret Venezuela Reconstruction Unit had not only had contact with Juan Guaido, the self-declared “interim president” of Venezuela and failed coup leader, and his representative in London but had also visited Venezuela and met other Venezuelans.
Read the full article

The UK is trying to meddle in Latin America once more

KEN LIVINGSTONE writes on British complicity in Trump’s regime change agenda

RECENT revelations of a “Venezuela Reconstruction Unit” in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office show that once again Britain’s Conservative government is falling into line with US foreign policy and acting as Trump’s poodles on the world stage.

The unit’s stated aims are to “co-ordinate a British approach to international efforts to respond to the dire economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela.” News in January 2020 that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido had been welcomed in London by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, along with representatives of the unit, suggested that whatever reconstruction they had in mind, it was not going to involve the elected government.
Read the full article

Coup regime represses dissent and endangers Bolivian lives

Six months on from the anti-socialist coup against Evo Morales, we need to keep up our solidarity with the people of Bolivia, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

WE recently marked six months since the military coup that removed Bolivia’s elected President, Evo Morales, from office. With the coronavirus crisis reaching the country, Bolivians continue to suffer violent repression and savage austerity measures under an illegitimate regime, which is now putting lives in danger through its response to the pandemic.
Read the full article

Don’t forget to drop the debt

Now is the perfect time to highlight and confront the systems of neocolonial exploitation of developing countries by unjust loans — and we can fight the fight here in Britain, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

THE international coronavirus pandemic has shown more than ever how both in society here in Britain and in terms of different countries and continents all over the globe, we are more intertwined that ever.

In this situation, there are two possible responses.
Read the full article