Maduro Should Be Overthrown, But Not By Trump

Tim Black, writing in Spiked Online, thinks Maduro should go but Trump should stay …. away.

The internationalisation of the Venezuelan crisis is bad for democracy.

The potential fall of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro ought to be a reason for cheer.

Handpicked by Hugo Chavez to succeed him as leader of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela in 2013, Maduro has continued the autocratic, state-capitalist trajectory of El Comandante, but with none of the chutzpah or, more importantly, the petroleum income that Venezuela remains entirely dependent on.

The result has been a prolonged economic crisis, and an ever larger, more repressive authoritarian state.

The facts make for grim reading.... Continue reading @: Spiked Online



    Spiked (also written as sp!ked) is a British Internet magazine focusing on politics, culture and society. It is funded by the Koch brothers through the Charles Koch Foundation.

    Spiked is edited by Brendan O'Neill,[3] following Mick Hume's departure in January 2007, and features regular contributions from James Heartfield, Michael Fitzpatrick, Patrick West, Rob Lyons, Nathalie Rothschild, Tim Black, Duleep Allirajah, Tom Slater, Joanna Williams and Frank Furedi.

    The Charles Koch Foundation

    With in the UK, between 2016-2018 the Foundation gave $300,000 to the online magazine Spiked, which has written articles against those in opposition to Koch brothers' interests.

    Koch Industries

    The Charles Koch Foundation

    With in the UK, between 2016-2018 the Foundation gave $300,000 to the online magazine Spiked, which has written articles against those in opposition to Koch brothers' interests.

    Political activities of the oil & gas billionaire Koch brothers from Kansas

    They are the sons of oil & gas multi-millionaire Fred C. Koch (who they echo)

    In 1958, Koch became a founding member of the John Birch Society, an American political advocacy group that opposes communist infiltration

    Koch, Fred C. (1960). A Business Man Looks at Communism. Wichita, Kansas: self-published. Koch wrote that one of the "Potential Methods of Communist Take-over in U.S.A. by Internal Subversion" was "Infiltration of high offices of government and political parties until the President of the U.S. is a Communist...Even the Vice Presidency would do as it could be easily arranged for the President to commit suicide." Diamond, Sara (1995). Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States. NY: Guilford Press. p. 324. ISBN 0-89862-862-8.

    The John Birch Society

    Koch Industries, Inc. /koʊk/ is an American multinational corporation based in Wichita, Kansas. Its subsidiaries are involved in the manufacturing, refining, and distribution of petroleum, chemicals, energy, fiber, intermediates and polymers, minerals, fertilizers, pulp and paper, chemical technology equipment, ranching, finance, commodities trading, and investing. Koch owns Invista, Georgia-Pacific, Molex, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals, Matador Cattle Company, and Guardian Industries. The firm employs 120,000 people in 60 countries, with about half of its business in the United States.[1][2] The company is the largest landowner in the Athabasca oil sands.


    “…an opportunity for the US, its Latin American allies and EU member states to express themselves, to showcase their political virtue, their honest-to-goodness love for democracy.” ---Ted Black, paid hack.

    U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said that their coup in Venezuela is about exploiting the country’s oil and natural resources.

    “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela,” Bolton told Fox News in an interview this week.

    John Bolton: We’re Taking Venezuela’s Oil

    Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams Posted on January 29, 2019

    President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton made US policy toward Venezuela very clear in an interview on Fox News yesterday: We’re going to overthrow the government and take the country’s oil.

    A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela’s Oil - As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela’s state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several U.S. firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela’s oil.

    Trump Administration Hits Venezuela's State Oil Company With $7 Billion in Sanctions
    The Trump administration on Monday sanctioned Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, ratcheting up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the U.S.-backed opposition in the oil-rich nation in South America.