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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Venezuela: Let’s Cut to the Chase

Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang – pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.

It’s the oil, stupid. But there’s way more than meets the (oily) eye.

Caracas has committed the ultimate cardinal sin in the eyes of Exceptionalistan; oil trading bypassing the US dollar or US-controlled exchanges.

Remember Iraq. Remember Libya. Yet Iran is also doing it. Turkey is doing it. Russia is – partially – on the way. And China will eventually trade all its energy in petroyuan.

With Venezuela adopting the petro crypto-currency and the sovereign bolivar, already last year the Trump administration had sanctioned Caracas off the international financial system …


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  1. Philip Lowe

    February 5, 2019 at 7:44 am

    It pains me to see free thinking Australians being pushed and pulled and prodded into the paddock.

  2. Simon Warriner

    February 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Jo, our government’s support for this neocon madness is far from extraordinary. It is in fact entirely in character, and is explained by their slavish whoring of Australian integrity to the whims of US American dictates and our own imperial masters.

    Still, it pays to read the articles I linked to because they offer several perspectives of the matter, and they are not describing identical objects. That being the case, it should give us some idea of the complexity of global relationships and the complete inadequacy of Australia’s party hacks and their politically aware public servants for the task of managing our way through the mire without stepping in a hole too big to get out of.

  3. max

    February 3, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Has America bitten off more than it can chew?

    Venezuela could be the start of the 3rd world war. Will America be willing to carry out a first strike nuclear attack on China and Russia .. because they have no hope of winning a convention war.

    North Korea nearly beat America and its allies in the Korean War, and now North Korea and China are nuclear powers. America is trying to win with sanctions, but oppressive sanctions may trigger a retaliation that America would not survive.

    It is beyond belief that Scott Morrison is stupid enough to buy into a possible 3rd world war by siding with America on Venezuela.

    Australia may be an ally of America, but we should be prudent on the conflicts we are willing to sign up for. America didn’t come to our aid, or England’s, against Germany until Japan came into the war.

    Would America have used us as a base to defeat Japan if Pearl Harbour never happened?

    • Russell

      February 4, 2019 at 8:28 am

      North Korea did beat the USA, and so did the North Vietnamese, and practically all they had was a determined people and small arms while the Yanks had bombers, fighter jets and artillery.

      The Yanks are losing all their Middle East conflicts as well. Why? Because their own peoples’ hearts aren’t in it, and they couldn’t fight their way hand-to-hand out of a wet paper bag.

      Australia should be like New Zealand and remain completely independent of the USA’s criminal greed, aggression and stupidity.

  4. Simon Warriner

    February 3, 2019 at 9:08 am

    it is not just the oil, it is also the gold, and things are nowhere near as simple as they look. Some further reading might give a few more perspectives and help reveal reality from amidst the propaganda, or not. It cannot hurt, unless one is very comfortable in one’s woolly skin.






    The last two are probably best to get a sense of how complicated the whole thing really is. Hudson’s analysis does have an obvious flaw though. Let’s see who spots it first.

  5. Jo Zananiri

    February 3, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for the your article telling the truth about oil and the international war on Venezuela’s elected government. It’s extraordinary that blimp governments like our own are playing into this game by supporting the Opposition.

    Using this argument, perhaps it is time we argued for the US and the EU etc to recognise our Labor Opposition as the legitimate Government in Canberra!

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