Saturday, March 14, 2015

South America Condemns Obama Administration Interference In Venezuela

UNASUR, the Union of South American Nations, condemned today the Obama Administration's latest attempts to destabilize its Socialist neighbor, calling it an illegal interference in Venezuelan sovereignty. The US has been actively trying to destabilize and bring about regime change in Venezuela since it backed an unsuccessful 2002 coup against former president Hugo Chavez. The US spends millions every year organizing and supporting Venezuelan opposition groups representing the country's oligarchy.

UNASUR, along with CELAC, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, have replaced the US dominated OAS (Organization of American States) as the vehicles for international cooperation in Latin America. Both were initiated by Chavez.

Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald has an article explaining that the most recent US intervention in Venezuela -- the president's formal declaration this week that Venezuela poses a threat to the US, which is a legal precondition for more sanctions -- is not about human rights at all, as the US government pretends, but is about (a) Venezuela being an oil rich country that doesn't submit to US dictates and (b) Venezuela with its redistributive (socialist, to be clear) policies setting an example that "petrifies" ruling elites in countries like the US who are pushing Neoliberalism, aka Reaganomics, down the throats of their citizens.

Greenwald also compares US policy toward Venezuela with its policy toward Saudi Arabia, where women aren't allowed to drive and there are daily public beheadings that are simply ignored by the same US media that daily misreports conditions in Venezuela.

Here's the "unofficial" English translation of today's UNASEUR statement provided by the quasi-independant Venezuelan state news agency Telesur:

UNASUR Statement (Unofficial translation)

The member States of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) manifest their rejection of the Executive Order issued on March 9, 2015 by the government of the United States of America, for it constitutes a threat of interference against sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention in other States' affairs.

The UNASUR Member States ratify their commitment with the application of International Law, Peaceful Resolution of Disputes and the principle of Non-Intervention, and calls upon governments to withhold the use of coercive unilateral measures that violate international law.
UNASUR reiterates its request to the United States' government to evaluate and implement dialogue with Venezuela as an alternative, under the basis of respecting sovereignty and self-determination of the people. Consequently, we request the derogation of the Executive Order.

Quito, March 14, 2015.

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