Citizen Action Monitor

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland aggressively backs Washington-led coup in Venezuela

She ignores inconvenient facts, including – Juan Guaidó is US-groomed, far-right thug; Lima Group plots regime change.

No 2426 Posted by fw, February 3, 2019

How does Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland “make lies sound truthful?” Consider the following two video clips of the minister during a recent scrum with journalists. In the first, she links how “our hemisphere” has been “a real haven of democracy” with the “heart-wrenching stories of Venezuelan refugees coming across the border,” comparing events in Venezuela with those in Syria. In the second clip, she speaks with pride about Canada’s role with the Lima Group, ignoring the inconvenient truth that this right-wing group has been plotting regime change in Venezuela.

Although Freeland does not reference US-groomed Juan Guaidó in either clip, an article by Joyce Nelson (see below) notes that “Minister Chrystia Freeland was able to phone Guaidó and ‘congratulate him … on uniting the opposition.’

In researching this story, I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and scope of support for the Venezuelan cause, and the level of scorn heaped on the scoundrels in Ottawa and Washington. Below are selected excerpts from 12 articles drawn from a rich body of knowledge. As well, 3 embedded videos are included. I encourage visitors to read the full accounts of the articles. In addition, I highly recommend the website Venezuela Analysis, far and away the best one-stop source for independent news and analysis.

Given the depth of documented support for Venezuela, one may be excused for speculating that Trudeau’s government wilfully ignored any disconfirming evidence that came their way.

 

TWO VIDEO CLIPS — CHRYSTIA FREELAND MAKING LIES SOUND TRUTHFUL

VIDEO: Immediate and pressing’ refugee crisis in Venezuela: Freeland posted by Global News, January 28, 2019 (0.56 seconds) – Transcript below video

TRANSCRIPT — “You know, our hemisphere, when you look at our hemisphere compared to the rest of the world, we have been a real haven of democracy. Our hemisphere has been going in the right direction. And it is really important to stand up for it, to speak up for democracy and human rights in our hemisphere. You’re absolutely right that in addition to that, there is a really immediate and pressing humanitarian crisis and refugee crisis. And we are already seeing countries like Colombia, countries like Brazil hosting very large populations of Venezuelan refugees. Some of the stories of people coming across the border — unaccompanied children for example, in terrible conditions — are really heart-wrenching. We’ve seen with Syria, the way in which a refugee crisis can have much broader destabilizing impact. And so it is important for us to focus on that as well. And we will be … crosstalk (End of video clip)

VIDEO:  Chrystia Freeland calls on Maduro to ‘cede power’ posted by Global News, January 28, 2019 (1:30 minutes) – Transcript below video

TRANSCRIPT —  “Since August 2017, Canada has been working closely as a member of the Lima Group, which is comprised of over a dozen countries from Latin America and the Caribbean to address the Venezuela crisis. In that time there have been nine official meetings of the Lima Group, including a ministerial meeting hosted by Canada in Toronto in October of 2017. The Maduro regime relinquished any remaining legitimacy when it seized power through fraudulent and anti-democratic elections on May 20, 2018. Following this election, the Lima group rejected the Maduro regime’s claim to power. We now call upon Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the National Assembly, the only remaining democratically elected institution in Venezuela in line with that country’s constitution.

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VENEZUELA — THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Juan Guaidó

Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization. Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence. Even in his own party, Guaidó had been a mid-level figure in the opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is now held under contempt according to Venezuela’s constitution. But after a single phone call from US Vice President Mike Pence, Guaidó proclaimed himself president of Venezuela. Anointed as the leader of his country by Washington, a previously unknown political bottom-dweller was vaulted onto the international stage as the US-selected leader of the nation with the world’s largest oil reserves. (READ MORE: The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal, Grayzone Project, January 29, 2019)

VIDEO: Max Blumenthal: How US trained Juan Guaidó for Regime Change, posted by RT America, January 29, 2019 (5:47 min) — Journalist and author Max Blumenthal joins Rick Sanchez to offer his analysis of Venezuela’s political crisis. He says Juan Guido’s “real constituency is in Washington” and that he’s at the forefront of a years-long destabilization campaign orchestrated by the US.

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Canada’s largest union rejects Ottawa’s support of Juan Guaidó

Canada’s largest union is lining up behind Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro even as Canada, the United States and other allies recognize his rival, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s president. “The Canadian government was one of the first governments in the world to declare support for Juan Guaidó. In doing so, they have chosen to side with a self-declared leader over President Nicolas Maduro, who was duly elected by the people of Venezuela,” the Canadian Union of Public Employees said in a recent statement. “They have also chosen to side with Donald Trump and U.S. foreign policy.” CUPE, which represents nearly 700,000 workers in transport, health and other sectors, “rejects any attempt by the Canadian government to interfere with the democratic processes and sovereignty of the Venezuelan people,” the statement says, accusing Guaidó of conducting a U.S.-supported “coup d’état.” (READ MORE: Canada’s largest union sides with maligned Venezuela president over Canadian government by Marie-Danielle Smith, National Post, February 1, 2019)

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Freeland’s far-right Lima Group plots regime change in Venezuela 

Analyst Nino Pagliccia examines the Lima Group’s efforts to promote regime change in Venezuela. The OAS has repeatedly refused to condemn Venezuela even under the strongest pressure from Washington. The organization has seen fit to abide by the OAS Charter of 1948, that in Article 19, Chapter IV states: “No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the State or against its political, economic, and cultural elements.” … Breaking that explicit mandate and contrary to its independent position with respect to Cuba sixty years ago, Ottawa has been instrumental in the creation of the so-called Lima Group with the sole mission of regime change in Venezuela. For the record it has to be emphasized that the “Lima Group” is not an international organization. It’s just an ad hoc group of governments with no other purpose than to promote the overthrow of the legitimate Maduro government. (READ MORE: The ‘Lima Group’ Pretense to Be an International Body Is Irresponsible and Dangerous by Nino Pagliccia, Venezuelanalysis.com, January 10, 2019)

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Freeland’s concerted efforts to isolate Venezuela

Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has led efforts to isolate Venezuela. In a bid to elicit regime change, Ottawa has worked to isolate Caracas, imposed sanctions and supported the country’s opposition. Recently, foreign minister Chrystia Freeland endorsed Peru’s decision to block Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from attending the mid-April Summit of the Americas in Lima. “As Venezuela slides deeper into dictatorship, and as Venezuelans continue to suffer, Maduro’s participation at a hemispheric leaders’ summit would have been farcical,” Freeland noted. But, Freeland has no problem with the presence of Brazilian President Michel Temer, who doesn’t have any pretence of electoral legitimacy. Nor has she opposed the participation of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez who defied that country’s constitution in running for a second term and then ‘won’ a highly questionable election. (READ MORE: Canada Continues to Meddle in Venezuela’s Elections by Yves Engler, Venezuelanalysis.com, April 3, 2018)

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Venezuela Analysis — best independent source for news and analysis

VIDEOHistory of US imperialism in Venezuela, Will Griffin interviews Paul Dobson, January 29, 2019 (30 min) — Will Griffin discusses the history of U.S. imperialism in Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution that is ongoing, and the current situation in the country with journalist Paul Dobson from Venezuela Analysis. Paul Dobson is a journalist with Venezuela Analysis, an independent multimedia outlet for current news and analysis in Venezuela, far and away the best one-stop news and information source available.  

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Ottawa – willing partner in US imperialism

Most Canadians think of their country as a force for good in the world, but recent efforts by Justin Trudeau’s government to overthrow Venezuela’s elected government have once again revealed the ugly truth about the Great White North. We are an important partner in imperialism, willing to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, up to and including the use of military force, to benefit the perceived self-interest of our elites. (READ MORE: Canada Is Complicit in Venezuela’s US-Backed Coup D’état by Yves Engler, Venezuelanalysis.com, January 28, 2019).

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Ottawa’s anti-Venezuela policy designed to win favour in Washington

Ottawa’s foreign policy towards Venezuela is, at best, incredibly hypocritical. So why is Ottawa so exercised about Venezuela? I suspect it’s not. I suspect it doesn’t much care what happens in that country. But at a time when Canada is increasingly offside from Trump’s Washington, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is looking for areas in which it can demonstrate to the U.S. that it is still a staunch ally. And Maduro is a convenient target. (READ MORE: Why Is Canada So Hot Under the Collar About Venezuela? by Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star/ Venezuelanalysis.com, January 17, 2019)

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Ottawa seeks to oust Maduro

Alongside Washington and Venezuela’s elite, the Trudeau government is seeking to oust President Nicolás Maduro. While Ottawa’s campaign has recently grown, official Canada has long opposed the pro-poor, pro-working class Bolivarian Revolution, which has won 19 of 21 elections since 1998. Following a similar move by the Trump Administration, Global Affairs Canada sanctioned 40 Venezuelans on Friday. In a move that probably violates the UN charter, the elected president, vice president and 38 other officials had their assets in Canada frozen and Canadians are barred from having financial relations with these individuals. (READ MORE: Canada’s Trudeau In League with Washington to Oust Maduro by Yves Engler, Venezuelanalysis.com, September 26, 2017)

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CBC News — Ottawa’s anti-Venezuelan mouthpiece

While in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly during the last week of September the Prime Minister of Canada spoke about Venezuela. As he defended the government of Canada’s outrageous decision to lead the right-wing attempt to bring the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro to the International Criminal Court Trudeau said, “The message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic. There is a humanitarian crisis going on in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries in South America.” Interestingly, with this one rhetorical and inflated lie, meant to justify Canada’s intervention in the internal affairs of the sovereign and independent country of Venezuela, Trudeau has nicely summed up a recent report on Venezuela on the CBC Radio’s “The Current.” … This is the go-to rhetoric of the government of Canada, and now also, of the CBC and Tremonti, which is nothing but a mouthpiece of the government when it comes to their so-called reporting about the country of Venezuela. (READ MORE: Why is the CBC Lying About Venezuela? Anna Maria Tremonti Manufactures Dissent  by Alison Bodine, Venezuelanalysis.com, October 17, 2018)

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Why Ottawa is trying to destabilize Maduro and promote opposition in Venezuela

Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries. Yves Engler — So the Liberal government in Canada is viewed by many as a sort of a progressive government. But the Trudeau government in Canada has been right at the forefront of this campaign to try to undermine the Maduro government. And you know, this is certainly what they’re looking for. My estimation is their preference would be a military coup. But there is some indication that Canada even would be fine with a foreign invasion. … Paul Jay — Canada has been trying to destabilize and nurture and promote the opposition in Venezuela at least from 2004. … So this Canadian role in Venezuela, it’s been going on for a long time, and been very, very active in trying to destabilize the situation, promote and nurture the opposition. … So to keep our ability to selling goods into the United States, we needed to pay with some blood. We needed to send troops to Afghanistan and have some Canadian soldiers killed to show we’re willing to share the burden. … So the role of Canada assisting in very nefarious American policy, and giving it this Canadian, oh, we’re for the UN, we’re humanitarians, giving it that veneer, it’s an important role that Canada plays. (READ MORE: Trudeau Pushes Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela by The Real News Network, January 28, 2019)

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Freeland congratulates Guaidó

On January 26, Canadians learned the extent to which Canada’s “quiet diplomacy” had helped Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó emerge to declare himself interim president on Jan. 23, in defiance of the elected president Nicolas Maduro. In a lengthy piece for The Canadian Press – [Quiet Canadian diplomacy helped Guaidó’s anti-Maduro movement in Venezuela ] reporter Mike Blanchfield noted that “emboldening Venezuela’s opposition has been a labour of months” for Canadian diplomats, given that the opposition parties had been in complete disarray. But by January 9, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was able to phone Guaidó and “congratulate him … on uniting the opposition.” (READ MORE: Canada vs. Venezuela: The Background Gets Even Murkier by Joyce Nelson, Global Research, February 1, 2019)

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Washington’s meddling in Latin America dates to 19th century

As Venezuela’s second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to “plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty.” From engineering coups in Chile and Guatemala, to choreographing a troop landing at the Bay of Pigs intended to establish an exile government in Cuba, to training Latin American strongmen at the School of the Americas in torture techniques to control their people, the United States has meddled, interfered, intervened and undermined the democracies it claims to protect. Now, Vice President Mike Pence, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and the infamous Elliott Abrams are working with opposition groups in Venezuela to carry out a coup d’état. (READ MORE: The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, February 2, 2019)

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Guaidó’s Vultures of Caracas

We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes of economic dislocation are far more complex than the media would have us believe. But I ask you to look at this photo of supporters of CIA poster-boy, the West’s puppet unelected “President” Juan Guaidó, taken at a Guaidó rally in Caracas two days ago and published yesterday in security services’ house journal, The Guardian. …

Vultures of Caracas

Please take a really close look at the photo. Blow it up as big as you can. Scan individual people in the crowd, one by one. These are not the poor and most certainly not the starving. Look at these Guaidó supporters, one by one by one. This designer-spectacled, well-coiffed, elegantly dressed, jowled group does not know hunger. This group does not know want. This is a proper right wing gathering, a gathering of the nicely-off section of society. This is a group of those who have corruptly been siphoning Venezuela’s great wealth for decades and who want to make sure the gravy train flows properly in their direction again. It is, in short, a group of exactly the kind of people you would expect to support a CIA coup. (READ MORE: Venezuela – What you are not being told by True Publica, January 28, 2019)

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Mr. Blumenthal goes to Washington

VIDEOIs the US Meddling in Venezuela? Max Blumenthal Asks US Congress Members Posted by Information Clearing House, February 1, 2019 — Max Blumenthal heads to Capitol Hill to ask members of Congress if they think the US is meddling in Venezuela’s political system: “Haven’t thought about that,” a baffled lawmaker was heard saying when asked how he would react if Russia recognized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as president of the US.

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