To be clear, this unforgivable atrocity rests predominantly on the shoulders of the Trump administration. It is true that Venezuela has had deep economic troubles for years due to declining oil prices and other issues, and it is true that the sanctions in question follow a longstanding agenda of previous administrations and were built on the foundation of an Obama policy declaring the Venezuelan government an “extraordinary threat to national security”. But the report is clear in its assessment that what took the nation’s economy from a state of high inflation to hyperinflation was the August 2017 sanctions, and that’s what’s been causing these high numbers of deaths which will get even worse due to the January 2019 sanctions.
To put this in perspective for Trump supporters, 40,000 is also the number of people said to have died as a result of the disastrous Obama/Clinton interventionism in Libya. And, again, that number only covers 2017 and 2018, and death tolls are predicted to accelerate this year.
This would be the same President Trump, by the way, who recently vetoed a congressional bill to end the role of the United States in facilitating Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen. Research from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project indicates that up to 80,000 people had been killed in this war as of the end of last year. This number applies to deaths by military violence only, not to the other untold tens of thousands who have died of starvation and cholera as a result of Saudi Arabia’s inhuman blockades on imports and its deliberate targeting of farms, fishing boats, marketplaces, food storage sites and cholera treatment centers with airstrikes. Just for children under the age of five, the death toll due to starvation alone is believed to be over 85,000.
Is America great yet?
When will the rest of the world finally hold this dying empire accountable for its multitude of heinous crimes against humanity, which have been ongoing since two nuclear weapons were dropped on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
‘Vulgar maneuver’: Maduro slams Abrams for trying to co-opt legacy of Hugo Chavez
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has lashed out at comments made by US special envoy Elliot Abrams, who boldly suggested regime change in Caracas would help to preserve the socialist, left-wing politics of Hugo Chavez.
In a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Abrams claimed that supporters of the late Venezuelan leader were “watching the Maduro regime destroy [Chavez’s] legacy,” and called on Chavistas to embrace US-backed efforts to install opposition leader Juan Guaido as the head of government.
The remarks didn’t sit well with Maduro, who mocked Abrams for lecturing Venezuelans about how to best honor Chavez’s political vision.
“Elliott Abrams now pretends to be the defender of Chavez’s legacy. Is it credible? Why do you now pretend to say that Chavez was very good and Maduro is very bad? Where’s that message going? What’s the point? It’s a vulgar maneuver,” he said in an address.
In a tweet posted on his official Twitter account, Maduro expressed amazement at how the “US empire” was now attempting to “assume itself as defender of Chavez’s legacy.”
Chavez, Maduro noted, was an “anti-imperialist.” The charismatic but polarizing Venezuelan leader died in 2013. He famously survived a coup attempt in 2002 which many claim was orchestrated at least in part by the United States – although Washington has denied any involvement.
Abrams has unusual credentials for someone theorizing about how to preserve Chavez’s legacy. The long-time neo-conservative spearheaded the Reagan administration’s covert war against the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua. His activities included shipping weapons to US-backed, right-wing Contra militants under the guise of “humanitarian aid.”
Washington has been openly pushing for regime change in Venezuela since Guaido declared himself interim president in January.’