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The Venezuelan Coup and Gilets Jaunes: Great-Power Politics In a Multipolar World Order

The protests seen in France and the interference in the domestic politics of Venezuela highlight Western double standards, which stand in contrast to the respect for international law maintained by China, India and Russia.
In France on November 17, 2018, hundreds of thousands of citizens, angered by the diminishing quality of their lives, the social iniquity in the country, and the widening gap between rich and poor, took to the streets in protest. The protests can easily be encapsulated in the following slogan: “We the people against you the elite.”
This slogan has been a recurring theme throughout the West over the last three years, shaking up the British establishment with the pro-Brexit vote, discombobulating the United States with Trump’s victory, overturning Italy with the Lega/Five-Star government, and bringing Merkel’s star crashing down in Germany. Now it is the turn of Macron and France, one of the least popular leaders in the world, leading his country into chaos, with peaceful protests drawing a bloody response from the authorities following ten weeks of unceasing demonstrations …


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  1. Geoff Holloway

    February 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    The Strategic Culture Foundation is based in Moscow. I am very disappointed in the Tasmanian Times for promoting such Russian propaganda.


    That’s absolute nonsense, Geoff!

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  2. Simon Warriner

    February 7, 2019 at 5:08 am

    This demolishes the lies Tom Nilsson is propagating …


  3. Simon Warriner

    February 6, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    It’s good to see you dropping the Green veil of democracy in favor of corporate fascism.

    All those voting Green should take very careful note of Tom’s position.

    • Tom Nilsson

      February 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Actually I support democracy. The Maduro regime is not democratic.

      I am actually able to look at different situations and judge them on their merits rather than looking through a left/right lens. There are plenty of right-wing regimes that are bad. In this case Venezuela has a nominally left-wing regime that is bad.

      Why don’t some of you ideologues find out a bit more about the plight of the millions of people who are fleeing Venezuela because they can’t eat? You need to get some perspective.

      • Simon Warriner

        February 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

        After all the tripe written about Russian “meddling in US affairs” they turn around and pull this nonsense?

        Guaido did not even contest the election for president. What is “democratic” about that? Or don’t the poor people who elected Maduro count in your deluded little universe? Claiming to support democracy by supporting what is being attempted is a complete mockery of the English language.

        I have plenty of perspective, Tom. It comes from not falling into the trap of believing the brought and paid for organs of the CIA/neocon/MIC alliance like the Washington Post, the Guardian, New York Times, the Murdoch muckeries et al, and the bimbettes that front the MSM on the idiot box, who are all parroting their pre-prepared lines, courtesy of Operation Mockingbird and its various iterations. Pre-prepared lines that sow seed in fertile little minds like yours so you can rock up in arenas like this one and defend their actions. If you have not cottoned on to the game by now you truly are a member of the sheeple. We have the Internet. It is a big wide world. Get out and explore it, and expand your horizons. The game plan being run is not original as it has been used several times before in Central America.

        Of course Venezuelans are having trouble getting food. Their country has been beggared by US sanctions regimes applied systematically and ruthlessly. Just like all the other rotten little countries, America likes to periodically smash against the wall juts to assert its authority.

        If you think for one single second that the good folk of Venezuela will be better off under the dictatorship about to be imposed upon them than they were under their current elected president, you need to talk to Libyans. Chavez and Maduro lifted millions out of abject poverty and educated them using the proceeds of the nation’s oil sales. Shame on them for trying to do the right thing .. instead of allowing transnational oil conglomerates to rape the nation of its wealth. And shame on Guaido and his mates for being content to float their comfortable middle class lives on the poverty of their fellow countrymen.

        This has nothing to do with American concern for the welfare of Venezuelans.
        Not one single thing.

        It is an old fashioned shake down of a smaller nation by an empire on its last legs, and it’s done for the gold and the oil.

        But thanks for letting us know what you really think. We will revisit this in a few months and count the dead, the disappeared, and the missing wealth, and see who was closer to the mark.

        • Simon Warriner

          February 7, 2019 at 5:35 pm

          Meanwhile, for readers who value a range of perspectives beyond the msm myopia Tom suffers from, try this


        • Tom Nilsson

          February 8, 2019 at 9:58 am

          So Simon, by your logic Australia must be a terrible place because we are are in a corporate fascist state being controlled by the US, etc. And Venezuela must be some kind of paradise. So why aren’t you rushing to escape from this terrible place and fleeing to Cuba or Vietnam or Venezuela or China? Maybe it’s because you’re talking a load of old cobblers.

  4. Tom Nilsson

    February 6, 2019 at 9:43 am

    This article is absolute rubbish. Venezuela is in a terrible state. 3 million people have fled the country and the government is a bunch of undemocratic crooks.

    So if the US interferes .. then good, regardless of its motivation. And to compare Venezuela with France is absolutely ridiculous!

    • max

      February 6, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      Tom … Venezuela has made the same mistake as Libya and Iraq, which thought that they were sovereign countries and could trade their own oil.

      America and the CIA have other ideas .. trade through us or we will destabilise your country.

      In a statement published on Monday, 11 of the 14 members of the Lima Group called for world powers to “take measures to prevent the Maduro regime … from doing business in oil, gold and other assets.”

      It’s a bit hard to run your country when foreign powers can put sanctions on your main exports and assets.

      Australia would be in the same situation if Morrison upset America, and it put sanctions on our coal, iron ore and assets.

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