News Release

“Attempted Coup” in Venezuela


Thursday morning, former U.N. independent expert Alfred de Zayas called what is happening in Venezuela an “attempted coup.” (On the program “Democracy Now!”)

See IPA Twitter list on Venezuela for updates.

JOE EMERSBERGER, jemersberger at, @rosendo_joe
Emersberger has written extensively on Venezuela for the media watch group FAIR — see his pieces including “WaPo: Trump Needs to Destroy Venezuela to Save It.” He has also written for Venezuela Analysis, including the piece “Trump’s Economic Sanctions Have Cost Venezuela About $6bn Since August 2017.” He has also written for Z magazine: “Amnesty International Replied to Questions about Venezuela.”

Among his recent tweets: “Maduro is democratically elected but it does very little to defend a country against a U.S.-backed coup or economic assault. If you aren’t a dictator the Empire’s propaganda apparatus will simply declare you one or otherwise smear you to facilitate U.S. aggression.”

“We are coming up on the 15 year anniversary of the US-perpetrated coup in Haiti that took place on February 29 of 2004. U.S. troops kidnapped the democratically elected president Aristide. Canada and France helped out to provide cover for the widely loathed ‘W’ Bush in 2004.”

“In her book, Hilary Clinton boasted of her role in rendering ‘moot’ the return to office of the democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya who was ousted in a military coup in 2009.”

“And of course the only time Venezuela really did a have a dictatorship in the last 20 years (for two days under Pedro Carmona in 2002) the Bush administration, New York Times editorial board, and IMF all made it crystal clear that they were delighted with it.”

Background: See Bill Blum, author of The CIA: A Forgotten History and other books, piece: “Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List.”