It seems to be there is a choice between pushing for new elections and pushing for Maduro to be overthrown. No elections are going to be possible under the circumstances of a violent push to remove Maduro....the European Union and other countries that have recognised Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader warned against the use of military force.
...A spokesperson for the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: “We need a peaceful, political and democratic and Venezuelan-owned resolution of this crisis. This obviously excludes the use of force. What we want to see are free, transparent and credible presidential elections.”
...Colombian opposition senators co-signed a letter calling on the government to not allow their country to “serve as platform for the invention of American forces in Venezuela”.
Spain – whose prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, was among the European leaders who recognised Guaidó at the beginning of February – also spoke out pointedly against any use of foreign force.
“Not every option is on the table,” the country’s foreign minister, Josep Borrell, told the Spanish news agency Efe on Sunday. “We have clearly warned that we would not support – and would roundly condemn – any foreign military intervention, which is something we hope won’t happen.”
Borrell repeated calls for fresh elections in the South American country, adding: “The solution in Venezuela can only be reached through a democratic solution agreed by Venezuelans and the calling of presidential elections.”
One added that, on the day Mr. Maduro was elected to his first term, she witnessed officials opening ballot boxes and tampering with votes, including destroying ballots that chose the opposition. Another said she and others were asked to vote with false identification.
I have read articles from Alfred de Zayas over the two months that are truly sad.A senior US government official bragged at a briefing on March 22, “The effect of the sanctions is continuing and cumulative. It’s sort of like in Star Wars when Darth Vader constricts somebody’s throat, that’s what we are doing to the regime economically,” according to a report by Univision.
US sanctions have bled Venezuela of many billions of dollars. Venezuelan civilians have suffered gravely, as Washington’s explicit campaign of economic warfare has prevented Caracas from importing medicine and medical equipment.
Economist Mark Weisbrot, a co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and leading expert on Venezuela’s economy, told The Grayzone in a recent interview that the Trump administration’s 2017 sanctions on Caracas established a de facto “financial embargo.”
Weisbrot added that the sanctions on Venezuela that were expanded in early 2019 “are very definitely among the worst sanctions ever imposed by the US on any country, if not the worst.”
Today interim President Juan Guaido announced start of Operación Libertad. The U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy. Democracy cannot be defeated.
“The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent—military action is possible—if that’s what’s required—that’s what the United States will do,” he told Fox Business Network on Wednesday. “We are trying to do everything we can to avoid violence… We’d prefer a peaceful transition of government there where Maduro leaves and a new election is held.”
Why do Maduro's apologists keep defending him and his regime?The dossier, provided to The New York Times by a former top Venezuelan intelligence official and confirmed independently by a second one, recounts testimony from informants accusing Mr. El Aissami and his father of recruiting Hezbollah members to help expand spying and drug trafficking networks in the region....
Mr. El Aissami and his father, Carlos Zaidan El Aissami, a Syrian immigrant who had worked with Hezbollah on return visits to his country, ... pushed to bring Hezbollah into Venezuela, according to the dossier.
Informants told intelligence agents that Mr. El Aissami’s father was involved in a plan to train Hezbollah members in Venezuela, “with the aim of expanding intelligence networks throughout Latin America and at the same time working in drug trafficking,” the documents say.
This presumably will be hailed by the totalitarian left.CARACAS, Venezuela — The government of President Nicolás Maduro staged a de facto takeover of Venezuela's legislature on Sunday, swearing in its own candidate as head of the National Assembly in a move apparently orchestrated to rob international credibility from Juan Guaidó, who had led the body and has staked a rival claim as head of state.
...security forces loyal to Maduro formed a cordon around the assembly building in central Caracas, blocking opposition lawmakers — who control the chamber — from entering. Lawmakers who back Maduro — including several allegedly involved in a government plot to buy votes — were allowed to pass. At one point, Guaidó sought to scale the spiked wrought-iron fence surrounding the assembly, trying to force his way in.
...At the same time, Luis Parra — a former opposition politician who was one of several lawmakers accused last month of accepting government bribes — announced his surprise candidacy against Guaidó on Twitter on Sunday morning. Hours later, his swearing-in was suddenly shown on state television.
Nah. As usual, they first go through their 'Honeymoon' period, lauding the new regime. Then, the 'Defensive' period, where the new ruler's despotism is in plain view, and the left engages in all source of 'Whataboutism-ry', or implies all sorts of ill motives to critics. Now they will keep saying what they've been saying for decades: "But That Wasn't Real Socialism" , putting their erstwhile support into a memory hole. There was a saying I heard decades ago that still applies: "A good Soviet historian is one who can predict the past". This has always been the case: https://imgur.com/a/DlThHaIWhile the US is occupied with Iraq/Iran...
Venezuela’s last democratic institution falls as Maduro stages de facto takeover of National Assembly (Washington Post)
This presumably will be hailed by the totalitarian left.
A 'New Economic Policy', like what Lenin implemented in 1922 following three years of 'War Communism'. But the Bolsheviks were still in power, and would not reform for another 63 years.