Geneva International Peace Research Institute GIPRI: Interview with Dr. Alfred de Zayas on the crisis in Venezuela

Alfred Maurice de Zayas {born 31 May 1947 in Havana, Cuba), also known as Alfred de Zayas, is an American lawyer, writer, historian, a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law. From 2012 until April 2018, he was the United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (also known as Special Rapporteur), appointed by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.

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Why is Venezuela in Dire Straits? | Scott T. Patrick

Reproduced from: https://twitter.com/PompeiiDog/status/1091747927016513537

Scott T. Patrick

PhD in political science. Aspiring academic. Interested in Marxism, global political economy, social revolutions, and Western imperialism.

Washington, DC

I’m going to do thread on Venezuela’s economic history to try and dispel some of the myths going around that the present crisis is due to socialism. Actually, colonialism, US imperialism, and neoliberalism are far more important factors for why Venezuela is in dire straits.

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US Enemies and the Lawless ‘Rule of Law’ by Prof John McMurtry

For weeks of front-end news, a China-Canada rift has gripped Canada. The story-line is endlessly repeated and runs like this: “Experts from both sides of the border agree that imprisonment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is strictly abiding by the rule of law, and China cannot or does not want to understand how the rule of law works”.

The unifying plot is that Canada must continue to hold the CFO of China’s world-leading telecommunications giant in detention on behalf of a US extradition warrant to uphold the rule of law as sacred.

That it is an extra-territorial demand for no offense committed under Canada or international law is not reported. That the offense alleged is against a unilateral US embargo of Iran by its export controls to which Canada is not a party is deleted across the media and all official statements. Anyone who does not join into this ruling story or connects the covered-up facts of its story-line is drowned out and removed from the public eye, including Canada’s own senior statesman and well-liked ambassador to China.

In general, any revealing questions are silenced. All the legal parameters of the case dissolve instead into the empty slogan ‘rule of law’. Background editors of what can be spoken on the public stage ensure at every level that no diversion is allowed.

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