The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Retrospection, Clarification, And Forecast

The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Retrospection, Clarification, And Forecast

10 NOVEMBER 2020

The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Retrospection, Clarification, And Forecast

The end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War that was brought about by Armenia’s sudden Russian-facilitated surrender following its total defeat on the battlefield is the perfect time for reviewing why so many folks in the Alt-Media Community got it all wrong, clarifying the state of affairs as they exist after this conflict’s conclusion, and forecasting what might come next for the South Caucasus.

Azerbaijan’s Glorious Victory

The Nagorno-Karbakh War finally ended as a result of Armenia’s sudden Russian-facilitated surrender following its total defeat on the battlefield. The agreement that was reached between the Azerbaijani, Russian, and Armenian leaders can be read here on the official website of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It provides for the deployment of Russian peacekeepers along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor in parallel with the Armenian forces‘ withdrawal from the universally recognized Azerbaijani territory that it had illegally occupied for nearly three decades. The Russian peacekeepers will remain there for five years but could have their mission extended for more five-year intervals pending the approval of both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Either one of them, however, can declare their intent to terminate the agreement six months prior to the expiration of its term (as is likely to happen). Although not mentioned in the actual deal itself, Azerbaijani President Aliyev also said that Turkish peacekeepers will jointly carry out activities with Russia.

Additionally, the agreement allows for the return of all refugees and internally displaced people to the formerly occupied territories, as well as an exchange of prisoners, bodies, and other such humanitarian procedures. It can therefore be said that the deal will inevitably result in the full implementation of the four UNSC Resolutions on the matter (822, 853, 874, 884), but it interestingly goes a bit further than just that. The last of the nine terms concerns the creation of a corridor between the western regions of Azerbaijan and its Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic via southern Armenia. Control over transport communication will be carried out by the Russian Border Guard Service, which highlights the crucial role that the Eurasian Great Power is playing in this visionary arrangement. All told, the deal represents an amazing victory for Azerbaijan, one which wouldn’t have happened without perfect unity between its President, Armed Forces, and people. They stood strong for nearly 30 years, concentrated on liberating their occupied territories, and finally fulfilled this legendary task.

A Clear Track Record Of Analytical Accuracy

The author took a very keen interest in their ultimately victorious counteroffensive since it began in late September, publishing 36 analytical articles about everything from the conflict’s history to the latest military dynamics and even the grand strategic factors at play. With humbleness and thanking God for the insight that He inspired, the author produced stunningly accurate analyses which even predicted the joint Russian-Turkish peacekeeping mission in mid-October at a time when most of the world was convinced that those two countries were destined to clash with one another. For the purpose of enlightening his readers, he’s sharing the chronological sequence of his work so that they can follow the evolution of his thoughts during this time and hopefully learn how to improve their own analyses in the event that they’re so inclined. His clear track record of analytical accuracy should also be contrasted with the commentary published by his peers in the Alt-Media Community, many of whom not only got everything totally wrong, but even in some cases completely discredited themselves after pushing propaganda that has since been conclusively debunked by the facts:

27 September: Azerbaijan’s Counteroffensive Is Legal But Might Inadvertently Spiral Out Of Control

28 September: Debunking The Top Five Fake News Narratives About Nagorno-Karabakh

29 September: Azerbaijan Has The Legal Right To Request Turkish Military Assistance In Nagorno-Karabakh

29 September: Why Armenia & Azerbaijan Could Be At The Center Of The Next Global Crisis

30 September: Armenia & Its Supporters‘ Insincere Infowar Narrative Stance Spoils A Unique Opportunity

30 September: What’s The Difference Between Nagorno-Karabakh & Kashmir?

1 October: Iranian Geostrategic Calculations In The Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis

4 October: Five Ways That An Azerbaijani Victory Over Armenia Would Advance Russian Interests

4 October: Armenia’s Going For Broke By Attacking Azerbaijan’s Ganja

5 October: Exposing Armenia’s Five-Phase Infowar Strategy Against Azerbaijan

5 October: Iran’s Official Support Of Azerbaijan Proves That Mutual Suspicions Can Be Overcome

6 October: Russia Can Benefit From Azerbaijan’s Strengthened Relations With Iran & Pakistan

8 October: Explaining The Incongruence Between The Iranian & Syrian Stances Towards Nagorno-Karabakh

8 October: India’s Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis Conundrum

8 October: Does Damascus Regard The Syrian Armenians Reportedly Fighting In Azerbaijan As Traitors?

11 October: Several Observations About The Russian-Brokered Armenian-Azerbaijani Ceasefire

11 October: It’s Armenia, Not Azerbaijan, That’s Waging A Genocidal War

14 October: Scenario Forecasting: What Could A Russian Military Intervention In Nagorno-Karabakh Look Like?

17 October: Armenia vs. Azerbaijan: Who Crossed The Escalation Threshold First?

17 October: The International Community Must Urgently Unite To Stop Armenia’s War Crime Spree

19 October: “Neo-Ottomanism” vs. “Greater Armenia”: What Caused The War In Nagorno-Karabakh?

20 October: An Interview With Andrew Korybko

20 October: Are Afghan “Terrorist Mercenaries” Really Going To Azerbaijan To Fight Armenia?

22 October: Armenia’s Attacks On Azerbaijan Prove That Terrorism Can Be Committed By Anyone

23 October: Armenia’s Anti-Russian Duplicity Was On Full Display In Brussels

24 October: What’s Nagorno-Karabakh’s Importance (If Any) In The Realm Of Energy Geopolitics?

26 October: Azerbaijan Teaches The World A Lesson To Be Learned

27 October: Was Russia’s Airstrike In Syria A Message To Turkey In Azerbaijan?

28 October: Is Armenia’s Pashinyan To Blame For The Suffering In Nagorno-Karabakh?

28 October: Armenia’s Three-Phase Terrorist Strategy Is Worthwhile Studying

29 October: Who Is Behind Claims Of Pakistani Fighters In Azerbaijan?

30 October: Russia Should Publicly React To Its “Military Diplomacy” Backfiring In The South Caucasus

2 November: The Long Arm Of The Armenian Lobby Extends To Biden

5 November: Russia’s Red Lines On Nagorno-Karabakh Work Out In Azerbaijan’s Favor

9 November: Scenarios For Nagorno-Karabakh After Shusha’s Liberation

10 November: Hold Alt-Media To Account For Getting It Wrong About Armenia & Azerbaijan!

What Went Wrong?

Having proven his credibility and credentials to authoritatively speak on this topic, the author will now engage in some retrospection in order to educate everyone about the reasons why so many others got almost everything about this conflict so terribly wrong. It’s important to understand that media literacy played a huge role in why many people were deceived. They lacked the ability to differentiate between the various information products freely available to them such as journalism, investigations, analyses, op-eds, activism, propaganda, and even fake news, which he elaborated upon earlier in a piece about how “Media Literacy, Not Intimidation & Censorship, Is The Best Way To Fight So-Called Propaganda”. Better media literacy could have resulted in folks realizing that they were being deceived by certain supposedly “credible” sources, which in turn wouldn’t have led to so many false expectations about the course of this conflict. Equally important, however, was the effect of “wishful thinking”, “groupthink”, and “political correctness” in misleading the masses.

Pro-Armenian supporters “wishfully thought” that they’d continue to indefinitely perpetuate their illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territory, which led to them believing now-debunked reports which fed into their “confirmation bias”. Many analysts, however, were wrongly caught up in the dynamics of “groupthink” after convincing themselves that Russia and Turkey were “competing” in the South Caucasus, which blinded them to the reality of their tacit coordination during this conflict that ultimately resulted in their planned joint peacekeeping mission as announced by President Aliyev. Still others were aware of the truth but felt uncomfortable publicly sharing their views about it due to the heavy pressure put upon them by their peers to abide by the totalitarian concept of so-called “political correctness”. Taken together, these three factors led to ridiculously inaccurate claims being made about the most recent phase of the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Most of these mistakes were “innocent”, but some might have been deliberately committed in order to deceive others.

The Immediate Consequences

The world is quickly waking up to the new reality that the Russian-Turkish Strategic Partnership is one of the most important forces in the so-called “Greater Middle East”, from Azerbaijan down through Syria and even as far afield as Libya. It used to be that those such as the author who analyzed this emerging geopolitical fact were regarded as “conspiracy theorists” or worse by their peers, but now the only “conspiracy theorists” are those who deny the transregional significance of their bilateral relations. The Alt-Media Community is mostly discredited now and will have to work extremely hard to rebuild the trust that it lost among its audience after unintentionally or deliberately deceiving them regarding this conflict. The same holds true for the Mainstream Media and think tanks, some of which might have in hindsight been functioning as undeclared lobbyists of the once-powerful Armenian diaspora that has actually been defanged as a result of these developments after proving itself unable to manipulate others into intervening in the conflict to save their colonial project.

Their emotional fearmongering that Azerbaijan was preparing to commit an imminent “genocide” against the Armenians was revealed to have been nothing more than a manipulative infoar narrative intended to provoke a larger war. It’ll arguably go down in history as being just as infamous as Bush Jr’s‘ equally false “Weapons of Mass Destruction” claim which was made for the same reason but regrettably actually ended up resulting in the desired military outcome. Armenians are furious at being deceived by their “intellectuals” (both at home and abroad), as well as Pashinyan who suddenly capitulated despite reassuring everyone on an almost daily basis that there hadn’t been any losses whatsoever and that “total victory is within reach”. So enraged were they that they even stormed the national parliament the night that their country’s de-facto surrender was announced, which was incredibly ironic since it hints that a patriotic protest movement might eventually overthrow the same man who came to power on the back of a Soros-driven pro-Western Color Revolution.

What Comes Next?

It’s unclear whether Pashinyan will resign (and possibly flee abroad), be overthrown (and consequently risk suffering a fate as dark as Ceausescu’s), or somehow manage to retain power (albeit as a figurehead leader), but it’s obvious that his political capital isn’t anything like what it used to be. He’s personally responsible for sending potentially thousands of Armenian men into the Azerbaijani meat grinder over the past seven weeks for what ended up being no reason at all, hence why his people are so furious with him. Furthermore, his government is responsible for committing war crimes against the Azerbaijani people so he might even face justice as The Hague, especially if his people and/or military overthrow him (the latter possibly with an intent to receive reduced sentences and/or immunity for their own crimes by handing him over). Azerbaijan will also likely see to it that Armenia pays restitution for its years of illegal occupation. As for Russia, it might stop discussing reports of “mercenaries” in Nagorno-Karabakh since it seems that it was all just an Armenian lie.

Armenia’s Russian-facilitated surrender might soon lead to a rapprochement with neighboring Turkey too, which when paired with the Western Azerbaijan-Nakhchivan Corridor, could unlock the South Caucasus‘ potential to serve as one of the most geostrategically crucial connectivity crossroads in the world. Azerbaijan already benefits from both the “Middle Corridor” connecting East-West trade between China and Europe via Central Asia, the Caspian Sea, the South Caucasus, and Turkey as well as the North-South Transport Corridor connecting Russia with India via Azerbaijan and Iran, but now Armenia could excitedly be integrated into the mix in order to take advantage of the landlocked country’s “land-linked” capability (to borrow the term that similarly positioned Laos uses). For that promising future to happen, though, Armenians must denounce their fascist ideology of “Greater Armenia” just like Nazi Germany denounced its own genocidal expansionism after its war, make meaningful amends for their crimes, and earnestly embrace reconciliation with their neighbors.

Concluding Thoughts

The sudden end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War is a moment of reckoning for all. Azerbaijan single-handedly showed the international community that a united nation can indeed succeed in unilaterally implementing UNSC Resolutions which had hitherto been ignored out of “political convenience”. This powerfully proves that international law is still alive and well across the world despite what critics claim. Moreover, Russia’s mature response to the rapidly unfolding developments in remaining neutral despite intense pressure by the Armenian diaspora lobby and their surrogates to intervene in Yerevan’s support and Moscow’s pivotal role in facilitating Armenia’s de-facto surrender speak to the success of its (sometimes imperfectly executed) “balancing” act, which confirms its status both a peacemaker and also one of the world’s most important Great Powers. Nevertheless, it can be expected that some ultra-nationalist forces might wrongly try to blame Russia for Armenia’s seemingly “unexpected” loss in order to unconvincingly deflect blame from their own leaders.

It’s not just ultra-nationalist Armenians who might cling to this literal “conspiracy theory”, but perhaps even those non-Armenians in the Alt-Media and analytical communities whose work has been almost completely discredited by none other than their own hand after they submitted to “wishful thinking”, “groupthink”, “political correctness”, and/or willingly functioned as undeclared lobbyists of the previously powerful Armenian diaspora. Those supposedly Russian-friendly voices might now resort to political Russophobia out of desperation to save their own reputations instead of publicly accounting for their analytical errors and/or even apologizing for deceiving those who trusted them. In any case, their likely infowar meddling won’t have any meaningful impact on derailing the bright future that awaits the South Caucasus. This geostrategic region can now fulfill its destiny in serving as the crucial node for connecting North-South and East-West trade across Eurasia, which will bring immense benefits to its many people and greatly accelerate the reconstruction of Nagorno-Karabakh as well.

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Azerbaijan’s Counteroffensive Is Legal But Might Inadvertently Spiral Out Of Control

Andrew Korybko – one world press

Armenia’s unprovoked aggression against Azerbaijan on Sunday prompted the latter to launch a counteroffensive all across the frontlines of Occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, though Yerevan will now more than likely seek to internationalize the very same crisis th

Quelle: Azerbaijan’s Counteroffensive Is Legal But Might Inadvertently Spiral Out Of Control

Debunking The Top Five Fake News Narratives About Nagorno-Karabakh

Andrew Korybko
28 September 2020

This weekend’s resumption of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh has led to an explosion of fake news narratives about the conflict, hence the reason for writing this piece in order to debunk the top five ones that have since proliferated across the Alt-Media

Quelle: Debunking The Top Five Fake News Narratives About Nagorno-Karabakh

Asia Times | Trump wants out, is bound to de-escalate | Article

Pepe Escobar:

‘Iran’s offensive missiles cannot be defended against; it hugs the ground going underneath the radar screens’

Quelle: Asia Times | Trump wants out, is bound to de-escalate | Article

January 8, 2020

Asia Times | US starts the Raging Twenties declaring war on Iran | Article by Pepe Escobar

There cannot be a more startling provocation against Iran than what happened in Baghdad

— Weiterlesen

Trump Ordered the Assassination of Soleimani, and the Middle East Prepares for Possible War – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Qasem Soleimani was assassinated last night in Baghdad by a drone strike ordered by President Trump. The Iranian Commander of the ‘Quds Force’
— Weiterlesen

The Russian-Turkish Deal on Syria: Who Won and Who Lost? – Global Research

Andrew KORYBKO 23.10.2019

Presidents Putin and Erdogan reached a deal on Syria that represents a decisive victory for Turkey while being a drastic climbdown for Damascus after President Assad vowed earlier that day that the Syrian Arab Army was “prepared to support any group carrying out popular resistance against the Turkish aggression” only to later “fully support” the […]

Quelle: The Russian-Turkish Deal on Syria: Who Won and Who Lost? – Global Research

VIPS: Memo to the President: Is Pompeo’s Iran Agenda the Same as Yours?

Memo to the President: Is Pompeo’s Iran Agenda the Same as Yours? – Global Research

UPDATED: VIPS says its direct experience with Mike Pompeo leaves them with strong doubt regarding his trustworthiness on issues of consequence to the President and the nation.

DATE: June 21, 2019

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President.

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Is Pompeo’s Iran Agenda the Same As Yours?

After the close call yesterday when you called off the planned military strike on Iran, we remain concerned that you are about to be mousetrapped into war with Iran. You have said you do not want such a war (no sane person would), and our comments below are based on that premise. There are troubling signs that Secretary Pompeo is not likely to jettison his more warlike approach, More importantly, we know from personal experience with Pompeo’s dismissive attitude to instructions from you that his agenda can deviate from yours on issues of major consequence.

Pompeo’s behavior betrays a strong desire to resort to  military action — perhaps even without your approval — to Iranian provocations (real or imagined), with no discernible strategic goal other than to advance the interests of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He is a neophyte compared to his anti-Iran partner John Bolton, whose dilettante approach to interpreting intelligence, strong advocacy of the misbegotten war on Iraq (and continued pride in his role in promoting it), and fierce pursuit of his own aggressive agenda are a matter of a decades-long record. You may not be fully aware of our experience with Pompeo, who has now taken the lead on Iran.

That experience leaves us with strong doubt regarding his trustworthiness on issues of consequence to you and the country, including the contentious issue of alleged Russian hacking into the DNC. The sketchy “evidence” behind that story has now crumbled, thanks to some unusual candor from the Department of Justice. We refer to the extraordinary revelation in a recent Department of Justice court filing that former FBI Director James Comey never required a final forensic report from the DNC-hired cybersecurity company, CrowdStrike.

Comey, of course, has admitted to the fact that, amid accusations from the late Sen. John McCain and others that the Russians had committed “an act of war,” the FBI did not follow best practices and insist on direct access to the DNC computers, preferring to rely on CrowdStrike reporting. What was not known until the DOJ revelation is that CrowdStrike never gave Comey a final report on its forensic findings regarding alleged “Russian hacking.” Mainstream media have suppressed this story so far; we reported it several days ago.

The point here is that Pompeo could have exposed the lies about Russian hacking of the DNC, had he done what you asked him to do almost two years ago when he was director of the CIA.

In our Memorandum to you of July 24, 2017 entitled “Was the ‘Russian Hack’ an Inside Job?,” we suggested:

“You may wish to ask CIA Director Mike Pompeo what he knows about this.[“This” being the evidence-deprived allegation that “a shadowy entity with the moniker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ hacked the DNC on behalf of Russian intelligence and gave DNC emails to WikiLeaks.”] Our own lengthy intelligence community experience suggests that it is possible that neither former CIA Director John Brennan, nor the cyber-warriors who worked for him, have been completely candid with their new director regarding how this all went down.”

Three months later, Director Pompeo invited William Binney, one of VIPS’ two former NSA technical directors (and a co-author of our July 24, 2017 Memorandum), to CIA headquarters to discuss our findings. Pompeo began an hour-long meeting with Binney on October 24, 2017 by explaining the genesis of the unusual invitation: “You are here because the President told me that if I really wanted to know about Russian hacking I needed to talk to you.”

But Did Pompeo ‘Really Want to Know’?

Apparently not. Binney, a widely respected, plain-spoken scientist with more than three decades of experience at NSA, began by telling Pompeo that his (CIA) people were lying to him about Russian hacking and that he (Binney) could prove it. As we explained in our most recent Memorandum to you, Pompeo reacted with disbelief and — now get this — tried to put the burden on Binney to pursue the matter with the FBI and NSA.

As for Pompeo himself, there is no sign he followed up by pursuing Binney’s stark observation with anyone, including his own CIA cyber sleuths. Pompeo had been around intelligence long enough to realize the risks entailed in asking intrusive questions of intelligence officers—in this case, subordinates in the Directorate of Digital Innovation, which was created by CIA Director John Brennan in 2015. CIA malware and hacking tools are built by the Engineering Development Group, part of that relatively new Directorate. (It is a safe guess that offensive cybertool specialists from that Directorate were among those involved in the reported placing of “implants” or software code into the Russian grid, about which The New York Times claims you were not informed.)

If Pompeo failed to report back to you on the conversation you instructed him to have with Binney, you might ask him about it now (even though the flimsy evidence of Russia hacking the DNC has now evaporated, with Binney vindicated). There were two note-takers present at the October 24, 2017 meeting at CIA headquarters. There is also a good chance the session was also recorded. You might ask Pompeo about that.

Whose Agenda?

The question is whose agenda Pompeo was pursuing — yours or his own. Binney had the impression Pompeo was simply going through the motions — and disingenuously, at that. If he “really wanted to know about Russian hacking,” he would have acquainted himself with the conclusions that VIPS, with Binney in the lead, had reached in mid-2017, and which apparently caught your eye.

Had he pursued the matter seriously with Binney, we might not have had to wait until the Justice Department itself put nails in the coffin of Russiagate, CrowdStrike, and Comey. In sum, Pompeo could have prevented two additional years of “everyone knows that the Russians hacked into the DNC.” Why did he not?

Pompeo is said to be a bright fellow — Bolton, too–with impeccable academic  credentials. The history of the past six decades, though, shows that an Ivy League pedigree can spell disaster in affairs of state. Think, for example, of President Lyndon Johnson’s national security adviser, former Harvard Dean McGeorge Bundy, for example, who sold the Tonkin Gulf Resolution to Congress to authorize the Vietnam war based on what he knew was a lie. Millions dead.

Bundy was to LBJ as John Bolton is to you, and it is a bit tiresome watching Bolton brandish his Yale senior ring at every podium. Think, too, of Princeton’s own Donald Rumsfeld concocting and pushing the fraud about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to “justify” war on Iraq, assuring us all the while that “the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Millions dead.

Rumsfeld’s dictum is anathema to William Binney, who has shown uncommon patience answering a thousand evidence-free “What if’s” over the past three years. Binney’s shtick? The principles of physics, applied mathematics, and the scientific method. He is widely recognized for his uncanny ability to use these to excellent advantage in separating the chaff from wheat. No Ivy pedigree wanted or needed.

Binney describes himself as a “country boy” from western Pennsylvania. He studied at Penn State and became a world renowned mathematician/cryptologist as well as a technical director at NSA. Binney’s accomplishments are featured in a documentary on YouTube, “A Good American.” You may wish to talk to him person-to-person.

Cooked Intelligence

Some of us served as long ago as the Vietnam War. We are painfully aware of how Gen. William Westmoreland and other top military officers lied about the “progress” the Army was making, and succeeded in forcing their superiors in Washington to suppress our conclusions as all-source analysts that the war was a fool’s errand and one we would inevitably lose. Millions dead.

Four decades later, on February 5, 2003, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, we warned President Bush that there was no reliable intelligence to justify war on Iraq.

Five years later, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, releasing the bipartisan conclusions of the committee’s investigation, said this:

“In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent.  As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.”

Intelligence on the Middle East has still been spotty — and sometimes “fixed” for political purposes. Four years ago, a U.S. congressional report said Central Command painted too rosy a picture of the fight against Islamic State in 2014 and 2015 compared with the reality on the ground and grimmer assessments by other analysts.

Intelligence analysts at CENTCOM claimed their commanders imposed a “false narrative” on analysts, intentionally rewrote and suppressed intelligence products, and engaged in “delay tactics” to undermine intelligence provided by the Defense Intelligence Agency. In July 2015, fifty CENTCOM analysts signed a complaint to the Pentagon’s Inspector General that their intelligence reports were being manipulated by their superiors. The CENTCOM analysts were joined by intelligence analysts working for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

We offer this as a caution. As difficult as this is for us to say, the intelligence you get from CENTCOM should not be accepted reflexively as gospel truth, especially in periods of high tension. The experience of the Tonkin Gulf alone should give us caution. Unclear and misinterpreted intelligence can be as much a problem as politicization in key conflict areas.

Frequent problems with intelligence and Cheney-style hyperbole help explain why CENTCOM commander Admiral William Fallon in early 2007 blurted out that “an attack on Iran “ will not happen on my watch,” as Bush kept sending additional carrier groups into the Persian Gulf. Hillary Mann, the administration’s former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs, warned at the time that some Bush advisers secretly wanted an excuse to attack Iran. “They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for,” she told Newsweek. Deja vu. A National Intelligence Estimate issued in November 2007 concluded unanimously that Iran had stopped working on a nuclear weapon in 2003 and had not resumed such work.

We believe your final decision yesterday was the right one — given the so-called “fog of war” and against the background of a long list of intelligence mistakes, not to mention “cooking” shenanigans. We seldom quote media commentators, but we think Tucker Carlson had it right yesterday evening: “The very people — in some cases, literally the same people who lured us into the Iraq quagmire 16 years ago — are demanding a new war — this one with Iran. Carlson described you as “skeptical.” We believe ample skepticism is warranted.

We are at your disposal, should you wish to discuss any of this with us.

For the Steering Groups of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity:

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)

Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer & former Division Director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (ret.)

Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPS)

Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)

Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator

James George Jatras, former U.S. diplomat and former foreign policy adviser to Senate leadership (Associate VIPS)

Michael S. Kearns, Captain, USAF (ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)

John Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003

Clement J. Laniewski, LTC, U.S. Army (ret.) (associate VIPS)

Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.) (associate VIPS)

Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)

Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)

Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)

Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)

Sarah Wilton, Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve (ret.) and Defense Intelligence Agency (ret.)

Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War


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This Saturday, February 23, the world will see two mobilizations. One – an attempted invasion of Venezuela — disguised as a humanitarian mission.

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To counter war propaganda, our grassroots mobilization of solidarity will take place across the globe – in support of the Venezuelan people and against imperialist intervention.

The corporate media has been viciously promoting propaganda to build the case for war. Don’t allow them to censor our global solidarity with Venezuela. It is critical that we make every effort to get our message to the people of Venezuela and the world – through social media, sharing photos and videos from demonstrations, and circulating reports on the weekend’s mobilization as widely as possible.

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U.S. war plans are escalating. U.S. military planes, supposedly carrying ‘humanitarian aid’, are landing in Colombia and the U.S. military is being positioned throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The right-wing governments of Colombia and Brazil are moving forces closer to the border with Venezuela. Death squad boss Elliot Abrams himself is arriving with the U.S. military into Colombia. The Pentagon and Wall Street are doing everything they can to stage a provocation to justify another war.

The coordinated solidarity actions reflect the overwhelming support within Venezuela and across the world for the Bolivarian Revolution. The thousands who have signed onto the call, translated the call into 16 languages, the organizations that have pledged their support, and the many actions taking place across the globe all represent oppressed and working people who identify with the resistance and determination of the Venezuelan people.

Millions have learned from the bitter experience of past US imperialist wars that US intervention is never for humanitarian concern. US wars are wars waged for Wall Street and to plunder the world for profit.

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International Actions On the Weekend of February 23

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Albany, NY
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Saturday, February 23 | Noon
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Amman, Jordan
No War on Venezuela
Friday, February 23 | 4pm
Embassy of Venezuela
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Ann Arbor, MI
Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12 noon
Rally at the Federal Building | Liberty Street and Fifth Avenue
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Atlanta, GA
Monday, Feb. 18, 6-8pm: Special WRFG 89.3FM program :US Hands off Venezuela! Local and national anti-war and social justice activists provide facts and analysis exposing the 20 year campaign by the US to overturn the Bolivarian Revolution with its radical program to end poverty and empower the mass of people. Also streamed at and on mobile apps.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 4-5pm: Join Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition’s weekly vigil at Moreland and Ponce de Leon to oppose all US actions to bring about a coup against the elected president, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela..

Friday, Feb. 22, noon-1pm: Colony Square Peace vigil at Peachtree and 15th St. No War on Venezuela!

Saturday, Feb. 23, 1-3:30pm: Stand with Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution! Town Hall Meeting, The Arts Exchange, 2148 Newnan St., East Point 30344. Videos, speakers, discussion. For more information, or

Saturday, Feb. 23, 5-7pm: Tune in to WRFG’s “Beyond Borders program for reports of No War on Venezuela actions around the US and the world. 89.3FM,

Austin, TX
Hands off Venezuela Rally
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Texas State Capitol
Organized by: Austin Anti-War Coalition

Baku, Azerbaijan
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA

Baltimore, MD
No Coup, No Sanctions, No War on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 4pm
33rd and N Charles Street
Sponsored by a host of groups and open to any and all who support our demands of no coup, no sanctions, no war on Venezuela. Initial sponsors include: Baltimore Peace Action; Baltimore Non-Violence Center; Baltimore Solidarity with Venezuela; Communist Party of Maryland; Peoples Power Assembly; Struggle for Socialism/La Lucha por Socialismo; Ujima Peoples Progress Party; Youth Against War & Racism (partial list)

Belfast, ME
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Resistance Corner | Corner of High and Main St

Bengaluru, India
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Socialist Unity Center of India (C)

Berlin, Germany
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
Berlin, Pariser Platz Brandenburger Tor US-Embassy
Organized by: Coop Antikriegscafe Berlin / Anti-NATO-Gruppe Berlin Brandenburg

Birmingham, England
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Erdington High Street

Join the Birmingham Revolutionary Communist Group at midday on Saturday 23rd February as we protest on Erdington High Street, demanding an end to British support for the imperialist-backed coup. Hands off Venezuela! We’ll also work to show that, despite the lies in the British press, Venezuela shows us that there is an alternative to austerity, plunder and war.

Boston, MA
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Gather at MBTA Park Street Stop

Boulder, CO
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Canyon and Broadway
Organized by: Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Brainerd, MN
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 16 | 1pm
Sixth and Washington Streets (near Sawmill Inn)
Organized by: Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace

Bridgetown, Barbados
Solidarity with the Government and People of Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 11am – 1pm
Organized by: Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados), Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration (Barbados) and the Cuban Barbadian Friendship Association

Brisbane, Australia
Rally in support of the Bolivarian Revolution
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm

Brunswick, ME
Solidarity Protest with Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Town Green by the Gazebo

Brussels, Belgium
Not Another War for Oil!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Haachtsesteenweg 53, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
Organized by: Intal América Latina Action for Liberation

No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 4pm
Ambasse des Etats-Unis, 27 Boulevard du Regent, B-10000 Bruxelles Belgium

Buffalo, NY
No U.S. War on Venezuela – No Coup, No Intervention, No Sanctions
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Federal Building, Elmwood Ave and West Huron
Sponsored by Buffalo Anti-War |

Calgary, Canada
No War on Venezuela from Calgary
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
615 MacLead Trl SE

Charlotte, NC
US & NATO: Hands Off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
Eastway Square | 3211 Eastway Dr.

Chennai, India
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Socialist Unity Center of India (C)

Chicago, IL
No War No Coup Against Venezuela
Friday, February 22 | 4:30pm
ABC News Studio | 190 N State
Sponsored by Evanston Neighbors for Peace, Chicago ALBA Solidarity, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, Vets for Peace- Chicago, others

Chico, CA
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12:30pm
3rd & Main St.

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland says: No War On Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12:30pm
2168 W 25th Street

Collingswood, NJ
No Sanctions! No Coup! No War! Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
RTE-130 @ Cooper River Park
Organized by: Green Party of Camden County NJ

Colorado Springs, CO
Hands off Venezuela! International Day of Actions
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Colorado Springs City Hall | 107 N Nevada Ave.

Córdoba, Argentina
Ceremony in solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela
Sunday, February 24 | 10am
At the door of the Museum of Che Guevara in Alta Gracia, Córdoba | Nicolás Avellaneda 501, Alta Gracia
Organised by MASCUBA, Che Guevara Regional Centre, Córdoba and Rosario.

Long live the Cuban people and government that that day votes massively for its new Constitution. Long live the Bolivarian people and government that rejects the interference, sanctions and threat of invasion by Trump and the Lima Cartel.

Cork City, Ireland
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
St. Patrick’s Street (junction Academy Street)

Corvallis, OR
No War On Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 5pm
Benton County Courthouse, 120 NW 4th Street
Organized by: Corvallis Latin America Solidarity Committee and the Corvallis chapter of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism

Courtenay, Canada
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Courtenay Public Library | 300 6th Street
Organized by Comox Valley Peace Group | 250-338-4067

Dallas, TX
Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12:30pm
The Grassy Knoll | 413 Elm St.

On Saturday, Feb. 23 – the one month anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup attempt in Venezuela – North Texas Veterans For Peace and peace-loving allies will join with internationally coordinated actions to show solidarity with the people of Venezuela and oppose the Trump administration’s campaign to impose an imperialist coup on the people of Venezuela. Join us to express our strong opposition to any form of US intervention into the internal affairs of the sovereign nation of Venezuela. No Coup! No Regime Change! No More Imperialist Intervention and War!

Delhi, India
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Socialist Unity Center of India (C)

Denver, CO
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Corner of 16th Street and California St
Organized by: Denver Peace Council

Detroit, MI
Viva Venezuela: Protest WDET’s Misinformation and Propaganda
Friday, February 22 | 5:30pm
4600 Cass Avenue between Forest and Canfield
Organized by: Moratorium Now and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI)

Stop Intervention Rally
Saturday, March 2 | 1:30pm
Cass Commons

Dhaka, Bangladesh
USA Hands off Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Socialist Party of Bangladesh

Dublin, Ireland
Venezuela Global Day of Action
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
U.S. Embassy | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Organized by: Venezuela Ireland Network, Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)

Duluth, MN
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
People’s Power Plaza | Lake Avenue and Superior Street

Durham, NC
No War on Venezuela! Triangle 2 Charlotte
Saturday, February 23 | 11:30am
Lakewood Shopping Center

East Setauket, Long Island, NY
Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Rt. 25A and Bennetts Rd., East Setauket, Long Island, NY 11733
Solidarity action to take place during the regular anti-war Saturday vigil organized by the North Country Peace Group at the corner of Rt. 25A & Bennetts Road, E. Setauket, NY (south side of street). Vigil will take place 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Bring signs. Please avoid parking in CVS lot and use other nearby parking on Rt. 25A and across the street on North Country Road.
Organized by: North Country Peace Group, contact:

Eastham, MA
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Sidewalk in front of Eastham Windmill

Edmonton, Canada
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market | 10310 83 Avenue Northwest
Organized by Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism

El Paso, TX
Border Peace Presence
Friday, February 22 | 12pm
E. San Antonio St at S. Campbell St
The Border Peace Presence has stood weekly for peace and against US imperialism around the world since 2005.

Frankfurt, Germany
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 4:30pm
Frankfurt/M Hauptwache
Organized by: Venezuela Solidarity Frankfurt/M + Latinoamericanos in Frankfurt/M

Fresno, CA
Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Gather at the corner of Blackstone and Shaw Sts.
DSA Fresno with DSA Venezuela Solidarity group are hosting a public rally to stand against a US led coup in Venezuela!

Geneva, Switzerland
Demonstration for Peace and Sovereignty
Saturday, February 23 | 3pm
Organized by: ALBA (Latin America Working Group Basel)

Glasgow, Scotland
No War on Venezuela! International Day of Action, Glasgow
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall | Sauciehall Street Glasgow G2 3NY Scotland
Hosted by Revolutionary Communist Group – Glasgow, Fight Racism!Fight Imperialism!, Hands off Venezuela, and Glasgow Marxists

Greensboro, NC
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 3pm
McGee and Elm St.

Halifax, Canada
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Peace and Freedom Park (formerly Cornwallis Park) | Hollis St
Organized by Alliance for Venezuela Halifax and is co-sponsored by the Halifax Peace Council

Hanover, NH
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
Gather at busy corner by Dartmouth College Green

Hartford, CT
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Federal Building | Main St
Organized by: CT Peace and Solidarity Coalition

Houston, TX
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
Mecom Fountain Traffic Circle (Main St and Montrose)

Hyderabad, India
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Socialist Unity Center of India (C)

Indianapolis, IN
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 4pm
Indiana State Capitol | 200 W Washington St

Jersey City, NJ
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am – 2pm
Manhattan Ave. & Central Ave. (across from the Stop&Shop supermarket)
Organizations currently sponsoring: NJ Action 21, Jersey City Peace Movement, Veterans For Peace, NJ Peace Council

Kolkata, India
US Imperialism Hands Off Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Socialist Unity Center of India (C)

Lawrence, KS
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
9th and Massachusetts | Lawrence, KS

Lisbon, Portugal
No war on Venezuela!
Friday, February 22 | 6pm
A Voz do Operario, Rua da Voz do Operario, 3 | Lisbon, Portugal

Political and Cultural Act of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, sponsored and organized by Conselho Portugues Para a Paz e Cooperacao (Portuguese Counsel for Peace and Cooperation) and promoted by the Portuguese chapter of the Hands Off Venezuela international campaign, amongst other organizations, will have several speakers and live music with El Sur, Freddy Locks, Jorge Rivotti, Sebastiao Antunes, Tiago Santos and Sofia Lisboa. Among the confirmed speakers there are Ilda Figueiredo, former MEP, current president of the Portuguese Counsel for Peace and Cooperation; Augusto Praca, member of the executive commission of the CGTP-IN labour union; Her Excellency Mercedes Martinez, ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in Portugal and His Excellency Gral. Lucas Rincon, former minister of Interior and Justice under Hugo Chavez and ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Portugal.

Tirem As Mãos Da Venezuela! – Hands Off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 5:30pm
Estatua de Simon Bolivar | Avenida da Liberdade, 110A, Lisbon, Portugal

Gathering of sympathizers of the Bolivarian Revolution sponsored by the Portuguese chapter of the international Hands Off Venezuela campaign, the activists will gather in front of the Simon Bolivar statue and distribute leaflets on downtown Lisbon.

Little Rock, AR
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Broadway St & W Markham St

Liverpool, England
Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Derby Square | Liverpool L2, 9 England
Co-hosted by Revolutionary Communist Group – Liverpool Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Hands Off Venezuela, and Liverpool Marxist Society

London, England
No war on Venezuela – Stop Trump’s Gold and Oil Grab!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Bank of England
Organized by: Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

London, ON, Canada
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
NW corner of Victoria Park

Louisville, KY
Hands off Venezuela!
Sunday, February 24 | 4pm
Foot of Big 4 Bridge on the Waterfront

Madison, WI
U.S. Hands off Venezuela Rally
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Wisconsin State Capitol Building | State Street side

Manila, Philippines
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 10am
EDSA, main highway in Metro-Manila
Organized by: BAYAN

Massapequa Park, NY
U.S. Hands off Venezuela! Reject US militarism and war!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
1003 Park Blvd | Massapequa Park

Melbourne, Australia
Hands off Venezuela
Saturday, February 23
Victorian Trades Hall Council | Corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets Carlton South
Organized by: LASNET

Miami, FL
Stop Trump’s War on Venezuela! International Day of Action
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
U.S. Southern Command | 9301 NW 33rd St, Doral, FL 33172

Join the South Florida anti-war community as we demand: No U.S War on Venezuela! Stop the Coup! End the Sanctions! Self Determination for the Venezuelan people!

In South Florida, we have a particular obligation to stand against US interference in Venezuela. Miami is home to US Southern Command in Doral, FL– the base for all US military operations in Latin America, particularly Venezuela at the moment. US SOUTHCOM is a nefarious entity whose track-record includes toppling governments throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean, propping up right-wing governments and dictators, arming death-squads throughout the hemisphere, and committing troops to countries within the region.

For more info, contact POWIR

Milan, Italy
Giu’ Le Mani Dal Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 3:30pm
Largo dei Bersaglieri

Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm

U.S. Hands off Venezuela
No coup
No sanctions
No new U.S. war!

1:00 pm – Gather at Hennepin & Lagoon Aves, Minneapolis
Be part of a visible anti-war presence, say no to U.S.

1:30 pm – Anti-war visibility at nearby busy corners

2:00 pm Closing rally

Initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition
Contact: | 612 827-5364 or 612 275-2720 or find on Facebook

Monterey, CA
Saturday, February 23 | 4 – 6pm
Window on the Bay | Across from El Estero Park
Raise Awareness on the Situation in Venezuela and Join Veterans For Peace Chapter 46 on February 23
Contact: Justin Loza, VFP 46 President |

Montreal, Canada
Non à l’intervention Trump – Trudeau
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
Carré Philipps | Montréal, Québec

Montrose, CA
No war on Venezuela
Friday, February 22 | 5:30pm
3803 Ocean View Boulevard

Moscow, Russia
No War on Venezuela!
Details TBA

Nashville, TN
No war on Venezuela
Sunday, February 24 | 1pm
West End Ave | outside main gate of Centennial Park
Organized by: Nashville Peace and Justice Center

New Brunswick, NJ
Hands off Venezuela!
Tuesday, February 26 | 11:30a
Rutgers University | Brower Commons

New Haven, CT
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
On the Green
Organized by: CT Peace and Solidarity Coalition

New Orleans, LA
Hands off Venezuela Forum
Sunday, February 24 | 5pm
Cafe Istanbul NOLA | 2372 St. Claude Ave
Organized by: New Orleans Workers Group

New York, NY
March on Wall Street to Defend Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Rally at Trump building on Wall St (40 Wall St)
2/3 train to Wall Street stop – After rally, short march to Zuccotti Park

Organized by: International Action Center; Call To Action on Puerto Rico; Casa de las Americas NY; Committee to Stop FBI Repression; December 12th Movement; FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere); Freedom Road Socialist Organization; Frente Independista Boricua; Brooklyn Green Party; NYC Jericho; New Abolitionist Movement; New York-New Jersey July 26 Coalition; People’s Power Assemblies NYC; People’s MTA; Samidoun Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network; Students for Justice in Palestine NYU; Veterans for peace Chapter 21; Workers World Party


Hands off Venezuela Special on WBAI
Saturday, February 23 | 12 – 4pm
Tune in: 99.5FM in NY, streaming at

Newark, NJ
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 10:30am
1 Gateway Center
For more info: 973-801-0001

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Hands off Venezuela! No Sanctions! No Coup!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Grey’s Monument | Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Hosted by Revolutionary Communist Group – Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! North East, Hands Off Venezuela, and Newcastle Marxist Society

Nottingham, England
Hands off Venezuela! International Day of Action
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Old Market Square
Organized by: Nottingham Revolutionary Communist Group

Novi Sad, Serbia
Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23
Night graffiti painting

Oakland, CA
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Oscar Grant Plaza | 14th and Broadway
Sponsored by: Spring Action Antiwar Coalition (Bay Area)

Ottawa, Canada
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Gather at the Prime Minister’s office for a march to the U.S. Embassy!

Oxford, England
Oxford Against the Coup in Venezuela
Sunday, February 24 | 2pm
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Pensacola, FL
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday February 23 | 1pm
201 E Gregory Street
Organized by: Strive

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23
Signature Gathering
Organized by: International Movement for a JUST World

Peterborough, Canada
No U.S. war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 10am
Confederation Station | 501 George St N

Philadelphia, PA
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Gather at City Hall, 15th St Side

Pittsburgh, PA
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Schenley Plaza | 4100 Forbes Ave
Organized by Pittsburgh Anti-Imperialist League (PAIL)

Pocatello, ID
Pocatello: Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Oak Street and Yellowstone Highway

Portland, OR
Saturday, February 23 | 3pm
Sunnyside Community Center | 3520 SE Yamhill St

Quito, Ecuador
No war on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23
U.S Embassy

Racine, WI
No war on Venezuela – Presentation on the history of US intervention in Latin America, and on Venezuela from 1998 to the present
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
John Bryant Community Center | 601 Racine St

No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, March 16 | 11am – 1pm
Monument Square

Both events organized by: Central America Solidarity Coalition of Racine & Kenosha, of the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
No War on Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
City Hall, Peace Fountain

Richmond, CA
No War on Venezuela! Banner Display over I-80 freeway in Richmond, CA.
Saturday, February 23 | 10am
Gather at San Luis St. and Sacramento Ave., Richmond, CA 94804
Wear red!
Organized by Hands off Venezuela Richmond, CA

Richmond, VA
No to War, NATO & Racism! U.S. Hands off Venezuela!
Friday, February 22 | 6:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church – 1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond, VA 23221

Rochester, NY
No war on Venezuela – Leafletting
Friday, February 22 | 11:30am
100 State Street

Rome, Italy
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Fronte Popolare, La Città Futura, Collettivo Militant, Casa del Popolo Giuseppe Tanas (Roma), Patria Socialista, PCI, Italia-Venezuela Bolivariana

Salt Lake City, UT
No War on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Sugarhouse Bridge | 1300 E 2100 S

San Antonio, TX
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Film Screening + Discussion
Friday, February 22 | 6:30pm
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center | 922 San Pedro Ave

San Diego, CA
Resist US War on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
San Diego County Administration | 1600 Pacific Highway
Organized by: San Diego IWW

San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!
Thursday, February 21 | 5pm
Roundabout of the Park Duarte

The political coordination of the left and of progressive and socialist organizations or SFM. Invite the whole town to a political-cultural act in solidarity with the Venezuelan people; Thursday the 21st at 5pm at Duarte Park, say no to the invasion of the US in the country of Simon Bolivar



San Mateo, CA
Rally against the U.S.-backed coup in Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 3pm
Corner of Third and El Camino Real
Organized by: Peace Action of San Mateo County

Santa Clara, CA
Hands Off Venezuela! No Coup In Venezuela! Venezuelan Oil For Venezuela! US Out of Venezuela! Maduro Democratically Elected!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Gather at The Peace Corner | Stevens Creek Blvd and Winchester Blvd

Santa Cruz, CA
Hands off Venezeula!
Friday, February 22 | 4pm
Downtown Clock Tower

Santa Monica, CA
Hands off Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 3pm
Santa Monica Pier | Meet at Colorado and Ocean Ave

São Paulo, Brazil
Wednesday, February 27 | Details TBA

Spokane, WA
Peace and Justice Action Conference
Saturday, February 23 | 9am
Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane | 4340 W. Ft Wright Dr

St. Cloud, MN
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Great River Regional Library

Sydney, Australia
No US Coup/War in Venezuela! Lift the Sanctions Now!
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
U.S. Consulate General Sydney | Martin Place (outside MLC Bldg), Sydney Centre
Organized by: Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network

Syracuse, NY
No War on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Perseverance Park | Salina St.

Tehran, Iran
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23
House of Latin America – HOLA will display recent and continuing Venezuela Solidarity actions

Tijuana, Mexico
February 22 | Workshop by U.S. Deported Veterans on Migrant Impact and U.S. Wars. No War On Venezuela with Gerry Condon – Pres VFP and Hector Lopez – Unified Deported Veterans

Saturday, February 23 | Solidarity of Peoples – Border March
Pedestrian West Border Crossing – Also raising No War on Venezuela

Organized by: Veterans For Peace Chapter 182, Unified Deported Veterans
For more info: | unifeddeportedveterans@gmail. com

Toronto, Canada
Hands off Venezuela: No Sanctions, No Lima Group, No Coup
Wednesday, February 20 | 3pm
Office of MP Chrystia Freeland | 344 Bloor St W

1-hour rally outside the office of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland to object to her/the federal government’s stance on and sanctions against Venezuela, and participation in the Lima Group. Canada should join the UN, the Vatican, Uruguay and Mexico in calling for a peaceful, diplomatic solution with all parties to end the political crisis and lift the sanctions on Venezuela


No to U.S.-Led Intervention: A Community Forum
Wednesday, February 20 | 6:30pm
University of Toronto | 252 Bloor Street West
An Emergency Community Forum: Join us for a public forum with representatives from the Caribbean, African and Latin American community organizations, discussing the deeply inconsistent, hypocritical and dangerous ways the Canadian government has historically approached matters of humanitarian intervention – and why this matters today when it comes to Venezuela.

Sponsoring groups: Global Afrikan Congress, Group for Research & Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA), Common Frontiers, Caribbean Solidarity Network, Students Against Israeli Apartheid, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network – LACSN, Hugo Chavez Front, Justice 4 Migrant Workers, Jamhoor, Venezuela Solidarity Committee


No War On Venezuela! Hands Off Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 11am
Rally Outside CBC Office – 250 Front Street West | March to Bay Street/ Financial District

The participants and endorsing organizations of the February 23rd “No War On Venezuela” rally in Toronto demand that the federal government immediately recognize the democratically elected president of Venezuela, lift the sanctions, and stop laying the groundwork for military intervention. CBC: stop the lies! Bay street: not your gold, not your oil, hands off Venezuelan soil!

Tucson, AZ
Saturday, February 23 | 10a – 2p
Armory Park, during the Peace Fair
Organized by:Tucson Anti-War Committee

Turin, Italy
Saturday, February 23 | Details TBA
Organized by: Fronte Popolare, Rete dei Comunisti and Potere al Popolo

Valencia, Spain
Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, February 23 | 6pm
Plaça Ajuntament, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Valleta, Malta
Saturday, February 23 | 4pm
28 Strait Street
Organized by: ALBA MNAC and PKM

Vancouver, BC, Canada
No Sanctions! Hands off Venezuela! No military intervention!
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
Gather in front of the CBC at Georgia and Hamilton Streets
Rally organized by the Venezuela Peace and Solidarity Committee of Vancouver


Saturday February 23 | 2pm

No War on Venezuela! – International Day of Action
Vancouver, Canada Rally & Petition Campaign

No Coup in Venezuela!
U.S./Canada Hands Off Venezuela!
No more U.S./Canada Sanctions & Threats!

Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson St. at Howe St.
Downtown Vancouver

Organized by: Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice (FTT) – Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Endorsed by: Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO), Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), Iranian Community Against War

Vieques, Puerto Rico
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, Feb. 23 | 11am
Plaza Publica beside the bust of Simón Bolivar

Washington, DC
National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela!
Saturday, March 16 | 12pm
Gather at Lafayette Park

Mass National Mobilization to Oppose NATO, War & Racism and Oppose US War on Venezuela at 2019 NATO Summit in Washington DC
Saturday, March 30 | 1pm
Lafayette Park (across from the White House)
Additional actions will take place at the opening of the NATO meeting on April 4.

Wellfleet, MA
No war on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 10am
Town Hall Lawn

Wheeling, WV
Vigil to Oppose War on Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 2pm
Market Plaza | Market Street between 10th and 11th Streets
Organized by: Ohio Vally P.E.A.C.E.

Wilmington, DE
No Borders, No Walls – Immigration Built US! #HandsOffVenezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 12pm
1000 N Market Street

Winnipeg, Canada
Solidarity with Venezuela
Saturday, February 23 | 1pm
Gerald James Lynch Park | south side Osborne Street Bridge by Osborne & Roslyn
Organized by: Venezuela Peace Committee

Partial List of Signers on No War on Venezuela Statement

For a full list of over 2,500 individuals and 200+ organizations, see here


  • International Action Center
  • Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle New York
  • Alliance for Global Justice
  • Black Alliance for Peace
  • Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE)
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO)
  • Haïti Liberté
  • IFCO/Pastors for Peace
  • International League of Peoples‘ Struggle (ILPS)
  • La Peña del Bronx
  • Mobilization Against War and Occupation – MAWO (Canada)
  • MOVE Organization
  • People’s Organization for Progress (POP)
  • Popular Resistance
  • The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
  • Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  • USW Local 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers Union
  • U.S. Peace Council
  • Veterans For Peace


  • Susan Abulhawa, author
  • Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Alexey Albu, BOROTBA, Lugansk, Lugansk People’s Republic
  • Bahman Azad, U.S. Peace Council
  • Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer – Black Alliance for Peace
  • Fr. Luis Barrios, Holyrood Church/Iglesia Santa Cruz, NYC
  • Mike Bento, NYC Shut It Down
  • Alison Bodine, Mobilization Against War and Occupation-MAWO (Canada)
  • William Camacaro, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle New York
  • Joe Catron, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • Edward Childs, UNITE-HERE Local 26
  • George Ciccariello-Maher, The Hemispheric Institute
  • Dan Cohen, Journalist
  • Gerry Condon, President, Board of Directors, Veterans For Peace
  • Jodi Dean, Professor
  • Miguel Figueroa, Canadian Peace Congress, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Taryn Fivek, International Action Center
  • Sara Flounders, International Action Center
  • Margaret Flowers, Coordinator of Popular Resistance
  • Ramiro Funez, ANTICONQUISTA, Los Angeles CA
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An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup (Empire Files )


On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.

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