Citizen Action Monitor

Canadian prof slams Canada for its role in fomenting right-wing led uprising against Venezuela

Most shocking is Ottawa’s official lies and corporate media’s suppression of cause of Venezuela’s economic and civil collapse.

No 2431 Posted by fw, February 10, 2019

Prof. John McMurtry

“… it is not only or primarily “the Trudeau government” that is “shaping its interventionist stance toward Venezuela”. It is, more specifically, Foreign Minister Freeland, who also leads Canada and NATO towards massive militaristic operations on Russia’s borders, as well as warlike policies of the violent-coup established government of Ukraine with, as the right-wing states of Latin America, a chilling fondness for fascist military rule of the past. … What is most shocking about Canada’s fomenting of a right-wing led uprising against Venezuela’s elected government is the long line of official lies of its government and the corporate media at collective and individual levels.”Prof. John McMurtry, Global Research

The line that really grabbed my attention in the above passage was Prof. McMurtry’s characterization of Foreign Minister Freeland as having “a chilling fondness for fascist military rule of the past.”

To put McMurty’s article in context, he opens with a reference to a statement by Science for Peace condemning Ottawa’s “ongoing campaign to overturn the elected government of Venezuela.” I reposted that statement yesterday in my piece titled Damning indictment of Ottawa’s recent steps to overturn Venezuela’s elected government.

John McMurtry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. Most recently, he has focused his research on the value structure of economic theory and its consequences for global civil and environmental life. His most recent book is The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Below is my repost of his article, including my added subheadings and highlighted text, but excluding the four images from the original story. As well, at the end of this post I have added links to two related articles also published by Global Research.

To read McMurtry’s original piece, click on the following linked title.

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Canada’s Role in the Venezuela Coup by Prof. John McMurtry, Global Research, February 7, 2019

What is most welcome in the Science for Peace statement is its expeditious issue and wide-lensed comprehension of the hypocritically self-serving role of Canada’s state, major mining corporations and banks in the plundering of Latin American societies and interference in their internal affairs to ensure that it can continue on and grow against elected governments seeking self-determination.  (Now, for the first time, our foreign minister mendaciously publicly leading the alliance of the externally orchestrated oppression, exploitation and coup in Venezuela).

This exact passage deserves verbatim support:

“Canada has, in recent years, supported the replacement of elected governments in Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti and now in Venezuela. … Canada’s relations with Latin America are problematical in broader terms. Canada provides a financial and legal haven for businesses that exploit labour and decimate the forests, agriculture, and watersheds in these countries. Canadian banks mire these countries in debt and buy up public utilities. Protests against Canadian mining companies in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala are met with police and military brutality. In addition, Canada needs to maintain a distance from the far-right government of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Bolsonaro, [through his] policies, threatens our common future by opening up the Amazon, the lungs of the planet, to deforestation for profit.”

Foreign Minister Freeland appears to have “a chilling fondness for fascist military rule of the past”

I would like to add, however, that it is not only or primarily “the Trudeau government” that is “shaping its interventionist stance toward Venezuela”. It is, more specifically, Foreign Minister Freeland, who also leads Canada and NATO towards massive militaristic operations on Russia’s borders, as well as warlike policies of the violent-coup established government of Ukraine with, as the right-wing states of Latin America, a chilling fondness for fascist military rule of the past.

Let us not overlook the Conservative’s opposition, which supports Liberals illegal interference in Venezuela

But to be fair, this is just as much the policy of the now Conservative opposition whose leader stands full-square for this illegal interference in Venezuela, and whose admired Harper predecessor was the most militaristic regime in Canada’s history with its bombers leading NATO’s near eco-genocide of Libya. The Conservatives not the Liberals signed the still fulfilled contract to sell military hardware to Saudi Arabia that helps to starve and destroy Yemen society today.

And the corporate media deserve censure for its criticism of the NDP for advising against Canada’s interference in Venezuela

Only the NDP has advised against Canada’s US-like interference in Venezuela’s government, but the media have bayed against its leader for saying so.

Science for Peace Statement also points out hypocrisy of Canada still selling armoured vehicles to Saudis

The excellent Sandbrook/Science for Peace statement also points out the hypocrisy of Canada still selling armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia (as it murders its critic and bombs poverty-stricken neighbour Yemen into mass starvation), while at the same time “condemning the Maduro regime for lesser crimes”.

Despite claims of corruption and rigged elections, where’s the documented evidence of Maduro’s crimes under law?

But the question arises even here, what are “Maduro’s crimes under law?  Everywhere in the mass media and government statements Maduro is accused of them – from ‘massive corruption’ to ‘fraudulent elections’. But an internet search cannot find any evidence of abuse of public power for private gain – the definition of corruption.

Independent reports on Venezuela’s 2018 election declared its electoral system as “fraud-proof”

Moreover, the pervasive claim of ‘fraudulent elections’ is plainly refuted by the international evidence of nearly 100 professional journalists and others from around the world whose June 26 report on the 2018 May election was unanimous in declaring the Venezuela’s electoral system as “fraud proof”, and by President Jimmy Carter’s earlier report on Venezuela’s electoral system as “the most excellent I have known.

And why is it that the nations supporting the US-led coup had no observers at the 2018 election?

There is no testimony from any direct observer to the contrary. But then none of Minster Freeland’s foreign allies now ganging up on Venezuela had any known observers at the election which some of then-fractured opposition boycotted (the sole irregularity).

Canada’s biased corporate media has backed Ottawa’s “long line of official lies about Venezuela’s elected government”

What is most shocking about Canada’s fomenting of a right-wing led uprising against Venezuela’s elected government is the long line of official lies of its government and the corporate media at collective and individual levels.

Completely suppressed is news of the cause of Venezuela’s economic and civil collapse by financial embargoes

They completely suppress the cause of Venezuela’s economic and civil collapse by ever more US-led financial embargoes on all its lifeline of support – from its international credit to food and medical imports to recent seizure of banked assets in the US to externally orchestrated mobs in the street over 20 years.

In a shocking perversion of the truth, Freeland claims the illegal coup attempt is within “the rule of law” 

Led by Canada’s Foreign Minister embracing all fellow conspirators to Bolsonaro’s man most warmly, she claims and all echo in variations that this externally-wrought coup — in violation of international law — is the rule of law” and “according to the Constitution” for “free and fair electionsto end the “illegitimate Maduro dictatorship”.  

SEE RELATED

Ottawa’s Attitude Towards Venezuela: “The Venezuelan Ambassador is No longer Welcome in Canada” by Nino Pagliccia, Global Research, December 27, 2017 — On Christmas day of 2017 the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, released a statement “announcing that the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada … is no longer welcome in Canada.” She continued, “I am also declaring the Venezuelan chargé d’affaires persona non grata.” The mean-spirited attitude of the Canadian government against Venezuela has taken no Christmas break.

Citizens’ Petition to Lift All Sanctions Against Venezuela Is Rejected by Canadian Parliament by Nino Pagliccia, Global Research, November 9, 2018 — Last November 27 of 2017 Alan Freeman who is a Canadian economist co-director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group based at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, initiated an E-Petition to the Government of Canada. The petition was about lifting all sanctions against Venezuela.

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