Watching the recent events unfold in Venezuela I was surprised to see that after all this time a lot of people still don’t realize and still aren’t able to see the hidden forces that are involved and are orchestrating all of the chaos in the country. You would think that after the CIA-backed coup d’état attempt against Chávez in 2002 — where there can be no doubt about USA and CIA involvement 1 — most people would have become a lot wiser and would be able to notice all the manipulation and deception going on. But it seems that the West is still able to deceive a good amount of the global population with the same imperialist tactics they’ve been using now for almost a century in many different countries around the world.
When you study the events in Venezuela, eventually you’ll be able to recognize the blueprint of the standard CIA operating procedure of first destabilizing and then taking over a country and installing a puppet government that looks after the interests of the neo-colonialists. They’ve been using the same blueprint for decades now in many countries around the world, including Suriname where I live. One of the reasons why I could easily recognize the blueprint they use is because I spent a lot of time researching the CIA’s involvement in Suriname in the early 1980s. From there I eventually saw that they used the same tactics in many countries in the region and around the world.
The USA and its CIA and other agencies are merely some of the working arms used by the global banking and corporate elite to forward their agendas (the World Bank and the IMF are other examples of such working arms). Whenever they identify resources that they covet in a specific country, which has a leader that looks after the interests of the local population and refuses to sell out, they switch to other covert and deceptive means to try and get what they want — which is always the economic plundering and exploitation of the country and its population. It’s really a modern form of colonialism through economic exploitation and taxation as I mentioned in a previous post about Income Taxation. This process is described in details by John Perkins — a former insider and now whistleblower — in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man“. 2
Because both President Chávez, and now President Maduro, were more concerned with the interests of the people in Venezuela (especially the poor), they refused to sell out to the international banking and corporate elite. As a result the USA and its CIA have been supporting and financing local oppositional groups in the country for years in order to destabilize the country. It’s no coincidence that the local oppositional groups in Venezuela are the rich families who stand to gain from selling their country out to the international financial elite; Perkins also mentions this. 2 You have to realize that the CIA always — ALWAYS — needs some of the local people in the country that will provide support and will eventually form a puppet government sympathetic with their imperialist agenda. If they don’t work with local people, it will be very obvious to everyone that they’re essentially annexing another country to add to their global empire. By working through local oppositional groups, they maintain the illusion that it’s the local people who are replacing their government and that the country remains independent. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth; once the puppet government is installed and the IMF and World Bank step in, it’s really the financial elite who call the shots while the vast majority of the population is exploited and the country’s resources are plundered.
In order to destabilize a country the elite use various tactics, which can include creating and funding insurgents, or crippling the economy through boycotts. If we look at the situation in Venezuela at the moment, then it’s obvious that they’re crippling the economy in order to destabilize the country. Very often a good amount of the local population don’t realize that it’s not their leaders that are to blame for the bad economy and scarcity, but that it’s actually the local elite backed by the global financial elite that are the cause of all the issues. The elite are the ones in control of local production and the money supply and can easily engineer an economic crises by lowering imports and production (and thus creating artificial scarcity) and contracting the money supply (creating a financial depression where there’s less money in circulation and people can’t buy what they need to survive). And right now this is also the case in Venezuela, as The Guardian observes: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’. Well, I’ve just explained it. 3 In addition, if the local population also allow themselves to be easily deceived by the media (also owned or funded by the local elite and frequently abused for propaganda) 4 or aren’t educated enough to understand the covert root causes of all the problems, then the only people they will blame for all the issues will be the current leaders/government of the country.
In this way the elite get the local population to wrongly blame and rise up against their own leaders and the country is further destabilized. The destabilization process is then led to a climax, where they organize massive strikes, get people to go on the streets, cause riots and instigate violence. The elite go so far as to even hire snipers and supply weapons to all the sides involved in order to get the situation to escalate so that the military can intervene and the government can be overthrown. We’ve seen that in Venezuela in 2002, but recently also in Ukraine where snipers were hired to shoot at both pro- and anti-government protesters. 5 As has been historically proven, the banking elite don’t pick sides and really don’t care about who dies; they will finance all sides that are involved in a conflict as long as it forwards their own agendas and helps them to profit.
Finally, as political pressure builds up against the local government while the situation continues to escalate, the leaders are then forced to step down in what is in essence a coup d’état. The local elite then seize control of the country and form the puppet government that’s really controlled by the global banking and corporate elite. The economic plundering, exploitation and enslavement of the country and its people can then begin. This process could clearly be seen during the failed coup d’état attempt against Chávez in 2002; watch the documentary “The Revolution will not be Televised” for details. Right now the same thing is also happening in Ukraine.
So the recent attempts in 2014 to destabilize Venezuela and to escalate the situation so that President Maduro is forced to step down must be seen in the above explained context. After Chávez’s death it seems that the financial elite wanted to try another attempt at taking control of the country, probably thinking Maduro would not be as strong as Chávez and would not be able to stay in power. But so far their attempts haven’t had the results they were hoping for. And although they still managed to deceive a lot of people locally and globally with their lies — including brainwashed university students who fail to see how they’re being manipulated and used by the elite — people are slowly waking up and are starting to understand the tactics of the elite and realize what exactly is going on.
Take this recent article on Global Research for example, which clearly points out what’s going on in Venezuela right now:
While the Obama Administration and capitalist news media want everyone to believe a repressive Venezuelan government is attacking peaceful protests, there are videos of protestors using fire and rocks against the police. The Merida state governor, Alexis Ramirez released aphoto on twitter showing one of the armed protestors. “The governor also alleged that one student who had been arrested claimed that he had been paid 150 bolivars by far right opposition leader, Villca Fernandez to protest. Almost all students protesting wore balaclavas.”
This is the general blueprint used for essentially the same brand of regime change in Libya adapted for Venezuela. Particulars between the two countries may be different but this general strategy of U.S. imperialism is the same. Imperialism uses hidden hands to instigate incidents in countries that take anti-imperialist stands. Then it uses its media and official spokespersons to make things look to the rest of the world as if they are other than they are, demonizing the actual victims.
A recording of a telephone conversation surfaced that appears to show two former right wing officials discussing or planning the implementation of the violence Wednesday, a day before it began. The two former officials – Fernando Gerbasi and Mario Carratu Molina – compared what was to come to April 11, a reference to the beginning of the 2002 coup attempt against former President Hugo Chavez, that was ultimately defeated by a massive popular uprising in defense of the socialist government.
The day things kicked off I was asked by a couple people, “What’s going on in Venezuela?” One added “Twitter ablaze with reports of protests, military crackdown, deaths, etc in Venezuela…anyone know what’s going on?” It is important to know and understand the machinations of imperialism so we are never caught off guard or fooled by its modus operandi or its propaganda.
It has perfected this regime change strategy of causing unrest in places to get the target government in question to react with violent repression. Then fanning social media and news media reports that accuse and depict said government of being the aggressor in the hope it can maneuver things toward their ultimate goal. Over the last decade or so we have seen this strategy attempted in Zimbabwe, Libya, Iran, and Syria.
So, “what is going on in Venezuela” is the typical attempts by neo-colonial, imperialist backed forces inside a country to seize power by destabilizing the country away from its revolutionary path and if possible create a pretext for more direct imperialist intervention. We see it over and over again in countries taking an anti-imperialist stand and asserting their sovereign right to national self-determination. Countries like Zimbabwe have so far been able to fend off such assaults. Others like Libya were not successful.
That’s the same process as described by former economic hit man John Perkins. 2
And then there’s this story on Democracy Now featuring an interview by Amy Goodman, with the following quotes from George Ciccariello-Maher:
Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt by U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups to Oust Elected Government?
“Well, the Obama government continues to fund this opposition even more openly than did the Bush—than did the Bush regime. If you look at the budget there, you know, Obama specifically requested funding for these Venezuelan opposition groups despite—you know, despite anti-democratic activity in the past, despite the fact that López and others were involved in signatories of the coup in 2002 and engaged in violent actions that they were brought up on charges for in 2002. And so, for López to come now and to claim that he’s an actor for democracy in the streets is really quite—you know, quite laughable. But what he is trying to do is to really seize control of this opposition away from the more moderate elements.”
“The U.S. continues to fund this opposition. I think we’ll probably find out afterward, as we usually do, to what degree the U.S.’s hand has been actually involved in these processes. But the reality is this is a—this is a miscalculation by the opposition. I think it’s doubtful that the United States has told the opposition to take this tack, because it’s not a very strategic tack. But, you know, we know that this is an opposition that’s been in direct contact with the embassy, that it receives funding from the United States government. And so, this is—against the broad backdrop of U.S. intervention and the funding of the Venezuelan opposition, this is the action of an autonomous Venezuelan opposition that is going to, once again, it looks like, tear itself apart.”
Even the local middle-class population in Venezuela appears to have learned from the past and can now see what exactly is going on. The following quotes from an article on The Guardian illustrate this:
“Reality is distorted”
“Us Chavistas who support Maduro do not go out and protest because we are aware that the current problems arise from our internal contradictions, that is, we know that the dominant class remains the owner of the means of production and, as a result, is directly responsible for the current shortages. They are making sure that the scarcity of basic food basket goods becomes a source of anxiety and discontent among the population, in order to bring about the objective conditions for a coup d’état and thus restore their dominance on power.
During conversations with the different people who hop in my taxi, from your everyday workers to frequent international travelers, I listen to their points of view and each puts them forward according to their personal, especially economic, interests. Your more down-to-earth workers say they have been included through the social policies of today’s Venezuelan state, whether through free education, health, housing, sports and culture, without any distinction, as well as social security pensions, where I also find myself included, despite being an informal worker. Among the latter group, I sense a great deal of influence of the media’s negative portrayals: reality is distorted, overlooking information of events actually taking place in the country.” – Juan Contreras, taxi driver and grassroots organizer, Caricuao, Caracas
“We are not in opposition, as before, but are constituent power”
“[…] You think from your own reality without realizing that today, the popular (poor) sectors have direct access to the government. We are not in opposition, as before, but are constituent power. Probably when you read my answer you are going to say that I have been ‘co-opted’, but for the first time in my long life my opinion is heard by those in government. When we have something to protest against, individually or collectively, we look for a popular channel to express a policy change but, additionally, we are making proposals. The political framework of Venezuela is a participatory democracy, not only representative.
Unless we change the way we think we are destined and doomed to repeat the reality and we cannot transform our country. Venezuela needs to go through an educational process that allows the entire country to have the cognitive tools to carry out the cultural revolution that we need to exit the contemporary framework of global capitalism and build a socialism linking humans with their own power. I want an eco-socialist, feminist revolution that informs answers from our history and desires to depatriarchalise and decolonise us.” – Sandra Angeleri, ethnic studies professor, Central University of Venezuela
That people are starting to wake up and realize what’s going on exactly isn’t by chance. And it’s not just the people in Venezuela, but worldwide. With more and more people getting access to the Internet (The Global Brain) it will become increasingly more difficult for the financial elite to continue to deceive and exploit the global population. We’ve recently seen how their plans to invade Syria — which were based on lies about the use of chemical weapons — failed to succeed due to the fact that it has become “increasingly difficult to suppress” and control the “persistent and highly motivated populist resistance of politically awakened and historically resentful peoples” — as admitted by neo-colonialist Zbigniew Brzezinski. In other words, people all over the world are waking up to the truth, and that’s a big problem for the banking and corporate elite who want to control and economically enslave the global population. Due to the Global Brain their lies and mechanisms for enslavement are now being exposed faster than ever. 6
And so it appears that the smart thing to do for leaders all over the world is to see to it that every individual in their country has high quality access to the Internet so that they can inform and educate themselves on these and other topics, in order for them to become smarter and politically awakened. This should really be the top priority of every smart and capable government. A smart and politically awakened population can’t easily be deceived, manipulated and exploited by foreign powers. In addition, a smart and politically awakened population can also not easily be deceived, manipulated and exploited by their own government.
However, as we’ve recently seen with Venezuela, even if you have access to the Internet you still have to be very careful with where you get your information from because the elite will spread a lot of misinformation and disinformation as well. For example, when the recent protests started in Venezuela, a video purportedly made by a Venezuelan student living in the USA was released online putting the Maduro government in a bad light. That video went viral and got over a million views in just 3 days and fooled a lot of people into believing that all the problems in the country were to be blamed on the Maduro government. It won’t surprise me if the video got “helped” to reach that amount of exposure so quickly. Like I wrote in the past, be careful with where you get your information from, take the time do your own research, and most importantly, be critical and think for yourself.
The Venezuelan coup d’état attempt of 2002 was a failed coup d’état on 11 April 2002, that saw President Hugo Chávez ousted from office for 47 hours, before being restored by a combination of military loyalists and massive public support for his government.
On 5 March the US Embassy cabled Washington to report that Fedecámaras, the CTV, and the Catholic Church had reached an agreement named “Bases for a Democratic Accord”, which the cable described as “ten principles on which to guide a transitional government”. An Embassy official, commenting in the cable, said of the accord “another piece falls into place… This accord… may well form the frame of reference and code of conduct for a transitional government.” By March the CIA was briefing US officials that a coup might be planned, and on 6 April it issued another brief saying efforts to mount a coup were being stepped up. The 6 April brief noted that “To provoke military action, the plotters may try to exploit unrest stemming from opposition demonstrations slated for later this month or ongoing strikes at the state-owned oil company PDVSA.”
Chávez has asserted numerous times that US government officials knew about plans for a coup, approved of them, and assumed they would be successful. Chávez also further alleged that “two military officers from the United States” were present in the headquarters of coup plotters. Rear Admiral Carlos Molina, a central leader of the coup, later said that “We felt we were acting with US support… we agree that we can’t permit a communist government here. The US has not let us down yet.”
Eva Golinger published an article and her interpretation of several official documents claiming that a number of US agencies, including the CIA, had previous knowledge of the coup. She maintains that the USAID was being used by the CIA in the coup.
The OIG report found no “wrongdoing” by US officials either in the State Department or in the Embassy, but it also concluded that “It is clear that NED [the National Endowment for Democracy], Department of Defense (DOD), and other US assistance programs provided training, institution building, and other support to individuals and organizations understood to be actively involved in the brief ouster of the Chávez government.”
From an article on the New York Times by Juan Ferrero on 3/12/2004:
However, the Venezuelan ambassador to Washington, Bernardo Alvarez, said that the declassified documents show that the United States was not operating in an information vacuum. “What comes to my attention is that the opposition would take advantage after generating violence, as the C.I.A. documents show,” he said. “And that after that the White House would accuse the Venezuelan government of what the opposition is actually responsible for.“
Using the freedom of information act, Eva Golinger, a Long Island attorney who maintains www.venezuelafoia.info/ and contracted Mr. Bigwood to secure the CIA documents, has obtained reams of documents from the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit agency financed by the United States government, that show that $2.2 million was spent from 2000 to 2003 to train or finance anti-Chávez parties and organizations.
Interestingly, the same USAID mentioned by Eva Golinger is now also being used to create the crisis in Ukraine in order for the banking elite to take over. From Russia Today:
Diverting from the typical Western line against “Russia’s invasion of Crimea,” former Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said it was driven by covert action by the United States.
Kucinich made the comments Tuesday evening while speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, arguing American meddling in Ukraine’s affairs is what sparked the current situation in the first place and that Ukrainians were being exploited by Western powers.
Asked how he’d handle the tense standoff if he were president, Kucinich said the following:
“What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interest or into a deal with the European Union, which is against their economic interest.”
“So, it’s the USA’s fault that Putin rolled in? We made them do it?” O’Reilly asked.
“Bill O’Reilly, if you don’t believe in cause and effect, I don’t know what I can do for you,” Kucinich said.
“From what I’m hearing, you’re blaming the USA for subverting Ukraine in the first place, thereby giving Putin a pass to go in and invade,” O’Reilly said.
“That’s close,” Kucinich responded. “We should be concerned about the Ukrainian people, because they’re being used right now. They would be used by the IMF in a new austerity program, by NATO to go on the doorstep of Russia.”
We economic hit men have created the world’s first truly global empire and it’s the first empire in history that’s been created primarily without the military, through economics. And we work many different ways but perhaps the most common is that we will identify a third world country which has resources our corporations covet — like oil — and then arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of its sister organizations. But the money never actually goes to the country; instead it goes to our own corporations to build big infrastructure projects in that country — things like power plants and industrial parks and highways — that benefit a few wealthy families in that country as well as our corporations, but don’t help the majority of the people. The whole country is left holding this huge debt, and it’s such a big debt that they can’t repay it.
So at some point we economic hit men go back to them and say “you can’t pay your debts so give us a pound of flesh, sell your oil real cheap to our oil companies or vote with us on the next critical United Nations vote or send troops in support of ours to some place in the world like Iraq”. When we fail then what we call “the jackals” step in and these are people who overthrow governments or assassinate their leaders.
And on the very few occasions when both the economic hit men and the jackals fail — as we both did in Iraq — then and only then does the military step in. And it’s pretty secret because most people in the United States don’t realize that they’re reaping the benefits from this empire; they don’t realize about the exploitation of resources, environments and people, and sweatshops and so on all over the world that are the result of this.
Perkins also mentions Venezuela and the coup against Chávez. Watch the whole interview:
Venezuela food shortages: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’
Toilet paper, rice and coffee have long been missing from stores, as Venezuelan president blames CIA plot for chronic shortages
According to President Nicolás Maduro, the food shortages are being artificially induced by the opposition. He claims they form part of wider plan concocted by the CIA to destabilise his government, sabotage the oil industry and trigger power cuts.
In response, Maduro announced the creation of a state council that would inspect private companies to ensure they were not deliberately slowing distribution or decreasing production. The oil-rich country will also import almost £600m-worth of food from neighbouring Colombia to ensure stores are well-stocked.
From Global Research by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya on 20/2/2014:
The same oligarchs that control most the mainstream media in Venezuela have been waging an economic war to cripple their own government and country with the aim of getting enough ordinary citizens to support their takeover of the state. Even though they are trying to portray Lopez as a maverick leader acting on his own, the oligarchs view President Nicolas Maduro as a weak leader and are seeking to use the crisis to both get concessions, either secret or public, and to amplify the internal tensions in the United Socialist Party with the aim of breaking it.
In “The Revolution will not be Televised” you’ll see how the privately owned media, funded by the rich minority, can put out wrong information and blatantly lie to influence public opinion and forward the agenda of their financial backers. Read my short review of the documentary for more details. I’ve previously also discussed the media in Venezuela in another post on Chávez shutting down RCTV.
And in the documentary “South of the Border” directed by Oliver Stone, you’ll see the same tactics used by the mainstream media in the USA to deceive the public about Venezuela.
The coup had been planned for at least six to nine months. On the evening of 11 April, with the coup in full swing, one coup plotter told television viewers that the coup had been long planned: “Nine months ago a movement started to organise itself more firmly, a serious movement, and fortunately it has come to fruition today.” Chávez ally Jorge García Carneiro, taken prisoner at Fuerte Tiuna, was told by a number of rebels – including General Enrique Medina Gómez, Venezuela’s military attaché in Washington, D.C., who had flown to Caracas earlier in the day – that the plot had been planned for months. They also told him that the plan to kill a few people with snipers dated back years, as a way to ensure fewer deaths in the event of a coup. […] CNN correspondent Otto Neustald has said that on the morning of 11 April he recorded a video message from a number of high-ranking military officers, led by Vice Admiral Héctor Ramírez, which was broadcast later in the day. The message, recorded at least two hours before the killings started, accused Chávez of massacring innocent people using snipers, referring to at least six dead and dozens wounded.
And here’s a recent example from Ukraine, where the elite hired snipers to kill protesters from both sides in order to trigger an escalation of events and arrest the president. From Global Research by Michel Chossudovsky on 5/3/2014:
Leaked EU’s Ashton Phone Tape: Kiev Snipers Were Hired by US Supported Opposition Leaders
On the 20th of February, according to reports, more than twenty protesters were killed by professional snipers. This was not a spontaneous event resulting from clashes between protesters and riot police, nor was it marked by an exchange of gunfire between the police and the Neo-Nazi militia.
The sniper killings had the hallmarks of a carefully planned operation. They happened within ‘the space of a few hours”. Moreover, the killings coincided with the meetings of President Viktor Yanukovych with a high level EU delegation. In a bitter irony, these targeted killings were used as a pretext to topple the government and issue an arrest warrant directed against president Yanukovych
The following RT report confirms what is already known. The US Sponsored opposition militia was behind the shooting of civilians on February 20th.
The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online.
“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” Paet said during the conversation.
Similar tactics were used during the recent events in Venezuela. From Global Research by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya on 20/2/2014:
2014 has arrived and now Leopoldo Lopez is up to his old tricks of instigation. Again it has to be mentioned that to justify the 2002 coup the leadership of the Venezuelan mainstream opposition made sure that there would be bloodshed and a loss of life. Lopez and his cohorts made sure that people would die by planting armed gunmen among the protesters that would start firing at the security forces. Once nineteen people died, the opposition-controlled mainstream media constructed a false narrative to sell the military coup to the Venezuelan people and the international community as a noble reaction against a government that had lost all legitimacy by killing its own people.
Once you understand the general blueprint, you’ll be able to recognize it everywhere.
The central banks create money out of thin air; they give it to the government to bail out the banks, and we, the people, have to work longer and harder to pay them back – not with ‘thin air’ but with our sweat and blood. This is the immaculate deception of humanity. We are the slaves that keep the banksters in power. Let me not mince my words and repeat what I have already stated. The banking industry is the biggest organized crime syndicate that has ever been exposed. But somehow they have managed to make themselves appear to be legitimate and their activities legalized and accepted by the very people they are extorting from. I will expand on the laws that were maliciously created to enslave us in later chapters. Laws that we believe are there to protect us, are actually created to protect the interests of multinational corporations.
You may also want to follow World Bank whistleblower Karen Hudes, who has been exposing the corruption going on inside the World Bank including how the global banking elite rule the world. According to Hudes, “the elite use a very tight core of financial institutions and mega-corporations to dominate the planet. The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns. Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.” Tellinger also explains in his book what’s wrong with the system.