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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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The risk of climate catastrophe must not be forgotten

With Trump seeking to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, we need to keep up the pressure for real action on global warming, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

JUST weeks before Boris Johnson failed to take the strong lead and measures necessary in responding to the coronavirus crisis, he went missing as floods devastated communities across Britain.

The fact that many on the hard right deny the need for real action to tackle climate change does not alter the fact that the increasingly regular and severe floods here — alongside extreme events across the globe such as the Amazon and Australian fires — are clear examples of a deepening climate emergency that needs to be addressed urgently in the period ahead.
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US ramps up pressure on Venezuela amid coronavirus pandemic

Instead of offering help, Trump has threatened to increase sanctions on the country unless Maduro resigns, reports KEN LIVINGSTONE

AS STATES around the world struggle to tackle to coronavirus pandemic, Venezuela’s efforts to protect its population are being severely jeopardised by Trump’s aggressive tactics which have been ramped up over the past few weeks.

Trump’s strengthening of illegal US sanctions against Venezuela since 2017 — creating an economic blockade of the type employed against Cuba since the 1960s — have undoubtedly weakened its health infrastructure by cutting deeply into its oil revenues and its capacity to import key medical supplies and equipment.
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To no avail, Trump ramps up pressure for ‘regime change’ in Nicaragua

Despite ‘the Donald’ and the CIA being on quite a roll in Latin and Central America, they have failed to squash Sandinista leader President Daniel Ortega, whose left-wing party are overcoming US sanctions to achieve significant poll leads, reports KEN LIVINGSTONE

THE US is renewing its attack on the elected government of Nicaragua by imposing yet more sanctions, coupled with new draft congressional legislation aiming to secure “regime change.”

This drive of sanctions against Nicaragua dates back to December 2018 when Trump signed into law the “Nica Act” (Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act), over two years after the draft legislation was first approved by the US House of Representatives in September 2016.
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Buy more nukes? People and health should come first

The government should wash its hands of Trident and put resources into our health and security, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

WITH the ongoing coronavirus crisis, these are frightening times for millions of people here in Britain and around the world.

It is important to note that pandemics have been designated as tier-one threats to our security for many years.

Successive national-security risk assessments have rightly identified such human-health crises as worthy of the highest level of concern and planning, so why has Britain seemingly found itself unprepared for this crisis?
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Bolivia: the people still stand by Morales and socialism

The right-wing coup government is repressing and criminalising the country’s progressive and popular movements — but their resistance endures, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

CAMPAIGNING for the “elections” to be held in Bolivia on May 3 is already under way, amid growing evidence that the current coup government is set on “winning” them through manipulation and repression.

Last October’s elections, which Evo Morales and his Movement for Socialism party (MAS) won convincingly, were annulled following the right-wing coup supported by the military and the Catholic Church that deposed Morales and installed Jeanine Anez as self-proclaimed president of Bolivia.
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We need to tackle the climate emergency right now

It’s climate chaos with the Tories or a green new deal with Labour, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

This week saw new calls from the United Nations for countries to take urgent action to cut emissions to tackle the growing global climate emergency.

The UN is calling for global emission cuts of over 7 per cent a year, but last year the Britain’s carbon emissions fell by a lowly 2 per cent.

Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said we need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 to have a chance of keeping global heating within safe limits — that means acting now and acting in an ambitious and decisive manner.
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