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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro

By: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

A NOTE TO ALL WRB READERS:

“Disinformation by Omission”: Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented on President Nicolas Maduro’s Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search).
This letter is addressed to the People of America. Please forward this text far and wide, across the land.

Americans can then make up their mind. “Am I in favor or against the Trump administration’s resolve to intervene militarily against Venezuela?”

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If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality.

I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela – they say, as they said then – in the name of democracy and freedom. But it’s not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

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“The Portuguese Lift”: Why Politics And Media Are Deliberately Useless

By: Michael Brenner

On the San Francisco docks back in the old days, the longshoremen’s vocabulary included the term “Portuguese lift.” This was at a time when the stevedore’s work was only partly mechanized, so much of the hauling and pulling – and lifting was done manually. The slanderous phrase referred to workers who didn’t quite shoulder their fair share of the load while seemingly doing so. It was supposedly a way to lighten what one had to do while leaving to others the larger share of responsibility to get the job done.

Colloquial ethnic insults like that were common through the forties and fifties.

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A Simple Mind At Work!!!

A Simple Mind At Work!!!

As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril

As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril
By: Miko Peled

It takes an enormous effort for any country to oppose Israel, but particularly a small country that has to rely on bigger powers. It is even harder to impose effective pragmatic measures against Israel, as in the case of Ireland and Malaysia.

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In a move consistent with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, BDS, against Israel, the Malaysian government has refused entry visas to athletes representing Israel in the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships

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Tracing Islamic State’s Weapons Back to Western Capitals

Tracing Islamic State’s Weapons Back to Western Capitals
By: Nauman Sadiq

On the subject of the Islamic State’s weaponry, it is generally claimed by the mainstream media the Islamic State came into possession of state-of-the-art weapons when it overran Mosul in June 2014 and seized large caches of weapons that were provided to Iraq’s armed forces by Washington during the occupation years from 2003 to 2011.

Is this argument not a bit paradoxical, however, that Islamic State conquered large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq before it overran Mosul and Anbar in early 2014 when it supposedly did not have those sophisticated weapons, and after allegedly coming into possession of those sophisticated weapons, it lost ground?

The only conclusion that can be drawn from this fact is the Islamic State had those weapons, or equally deadly weapons,

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Southeast Asia Terribly Damaged but Lauded by the West

Southeast Asia Terribly Damaged but Lauded by the West
By: Andre Vltchek

Come to Southeast Asia.Hang around this part of the world in whichever way you like; wearing flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts. You were told that ‘everything is easy here, that things are cheap and people are friendly and happy’. Do what you want, as almost everything is allowed, especially if you are from the West, and have plenty of cash and some credit cards in your pockets.

That’s what your simplified perception of Southeast Asia is supposed to be. This stereotype has been created, refined and fine-tuned, then finally hammered into the subconscious of the people in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. It has been done consistently, for many years and decades, until these lies, repeated a thousand times, have replaced reality.

As a result, tens of millions of holiday-makers, sexual tourists, adventurers and single men on power trips, descend on Southeast Asia, annually. Most of them do not see anything, and they do not hear. Most of them leave for home after getting suntanned, a bit fatter, and much more confident. They come with clearly formed ideas, and they leave without learning much.

Most of the ‘visitors’ do not want to be disturbed by reality, because the reality could be extremely unsavory, even horrifying.

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Erdogan’s Turkey: When Knives Cut Both Ways.

Erdogan’s Turkey: When Knives Cut Both Ways.
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“A Leader should be like a father… he helps the country grow, teaches it, provides for its future. Erdogan? He is no father to Turkey.” – Turkish citizen on the streets of Istanbul.

Author’s Note: This is Part One of an on-scene investigative series direct from the streets of Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria.

On the streets, cafes, and carpet shops of Istanbul a very different story than the one presented by western media is developing about the true allegiance of Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While he continues to play a dangerous international game between Russia and the NATO/ Israeli/ US alliance his biggest future enemy walks the streets of his realm… the Turkish people. And he knows it.

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Deflating the American Bully- The World Raises It’s Fists.

Deflating the American Bully- The World Raises It’s Fists.
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

-“Once you strip away that feeling of invincibility, he can be had.” – Rocky Marciano.

Bullies historically, nationally, and American have all suffered from an arrogance born from remaining unchallenged after vanquishing weaker foes. Flush with the illusion of invincibility the world-wide bully, America, has reaped its terror on scores of the world’s countries and their citizens. What all bullies fear most is a challenger. One that can expose his weaknesses, thereby giving renewed strength to his victims.

Since the people of south-east Asia threw them out in 53,000 body bags, post cold war USA has so far only picked on countries having little ability to defend themselves.

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The Lima Group: International Outlaws and Regime Change Conspirators

By: Christopher Black

“A group of international war crime conspirators, known as The Lima Group, a group of Latin American and Caribbean lackeys of the United States, including Mexico and Canada which was set up by the United States at a meeting in Lima, Peru on August 8, 2017”

The covert and overt interventions taking place against Venezuela by the United States

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The Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader

By: External Access

BY: Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal

Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.

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Before the fateful day of January 22, fewer than one in five Venezuelans had heard of Juan Guaidó. Only a few months ago, the 35-year-old was an obscure character in a politically marginal far-right group closely associated with gruesome acts of street violence.

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How Monetary Union is Sacrificed on the Altar of Competitiveness

By: Norbert Haering

European Economic & Monetary Union (EMU) is in permanent crisis. The economic strengths of the participating nations are drifting apart instead of converging. This creates great frustration among the governments of countries being left behind and fierce disputes between them and Brussels and governments of core countries.

The currency union was based on the premise that the economic structures and levels of prosperity among the members of the union would converge. The poorer countries would catch up. That didn’t happen. On the contrary. Philipp Heimberger from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW) warned in his analysis of October 2018:

“The most significant long-term risk of disintegration

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Brexit Update: The First Rule of Holes.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“Doesn’t the Prime Minister realize that she has handed over power…The power that they want, is to be able to demonstrate [EU power] to every other country that might be thinking of leaving the EU.”

-Dennis Skinner (MP-Labour/1970-present)

What a difference a day makes, or in the case of UK parliamentary political theatre applied to the ever-changing definition of Brexit; just a couple of hours will do.

Despite her Cabinet having been found inContempt of Parliament for the first time in UK history due to the cover-up of portions of the very damning Attorney General’s

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Brexit: Theresa May Goes Greek!

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Regularly presidents, prime ministers, congresspersons and parliamentarians worldwide negate the democratic will of their nation’s voters by refusing to support legitimate election results. Strangely, their treasonous actions continue without serious reprisal or punishment by the voter. This emboldens them. The reality of votes cast and “democracy” past does not does bode well for the people of the United Kingdom, their future as a nation or their hopeful return to sovereignty once called, “Brexit.”

While the name has not changed; the definition certainly has.

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Correctly Defining Modern Zionism.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

There is much that the civilized world does not understand about modern Zionism. Today, the definitions of being Jewish, Israeli or Zionist are, to most people, analogous. They are not.

Indoctrinated into submitting to this incorrect, singular and collective definition, solely due to Zionism’s false claim of a direct religious link to Judaism, hence the objective, critical world cowers at the similarly incorrect, but inevitable charge of“Anti-Semitism.” This false charge has too often caused the political and journalistic demise of too many. Thus the world is scared away from exercising one’s full mental faculties, such faculties of conscience that would normally rise-up in collective reaction and outrage.

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The Irony of Election Fraud:Staggering Election Loss for the West; Huge Win for Lebanon!!

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

In what can only be considered a staggering loss for Western influence in Lebanon, Hizbullah doubled its seats in the new Lebanese parliament as a result of the first election in nine years…and its own, far too obvious, attempt to influence the result.

The desperation of Saad Hariri’s Western backers had been shown by his image shadowing the many candidate’s campaign poster images whom he hoped would be part of his own new coalition, one that would have resulted in additional influence for him and the Western backers he met with two weeks ago in Paris. This was exemplified by the vote-buying scandal – ignored by Western media – designed to negate Hizbullah’s continued rise in influence.

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Who Is Buying Votes At the Lebanon Election?

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Beirut, Lebanon: Sat, May 5, 2018- On this lovely morning here on the coast of the Mediterranean there is not a cloud in the sky. In less than twenty-four hours voting will begin. However, on this day before the election, a howling wind is blowing from the south making the thousands of posters, banners and building-sized placards that feature the faces of the scores of potential Lebanese parliamentarians dance and sway wildly above the throngs of tomorrows voters.

But this wind, one that just yesterday seemed to bring the promise of a new future for Lebanon, will it be an ill wind that instead dashes this attempt at populist democratic reform, one cast from nine years of progress, onto the rocks of US-backed history?

Judging from the past twelve hours on the streets of Beirut, there is suddenly strong pause for concern. Someone is buying votes!

And just about everyone knows it.

Prior to arriving in the wee hours of this morning, this reporter had checked the newspaper offerings in the three airports transited for features on this very important election. In the New York Times, London Times, UK Independent, Financial Times, their Friday-before-the-election editions included not so much as a mention. In the English language papers of Turkey to the north, neither the Daily News or the Daily Sabah had a similar omission.

Why?

These same papers had news about Armenian, Moldovan and/ or the Maldivian elections where the western powers were already far along in bringing their unelected candidates back to power despite contrary election results past. The many Lebanese spoken with this day did not know of this glaring omission but were not surprised. As one local commented, “Well, they always ignore us…until war breaks out, again.”

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Peace Might Be Breaking Out in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and N. Korea

Peace Might Be Breaking Out in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and N. Korea
By: Rich Scheck

At the same time the US is escalating tumult in Venezuela, President Trump claims to be doing the opposite in Syria, Afghanistan and N. Korea. And with Congress appearing to go on record against our role in supporting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, maybe we don’t need a new party dedicated to stopping our foreign wars.

I recently expressed a fantasy

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Will Howard Schultz Create A Viable Third Party In 2020?

New to WRB!

Will Howard Schultz Create A Viable Third Party In 2020?
By: Rich Scheck

It is long past time for our country to have a new political party that challenges the Bipartisan Washington consensus and duopoly which has dominated American politics for decades.

Donald Trump actually achieved the goal of disrupting the two main parties in 2016 but then quickly morphed into just another establishment candidate willing to implement US globalist foreign policy as we are seeing so crudely in Venezuela today.

Now comes another billionaire posturing to convert his business acumen into political success, this time as an Independent.

Schultz is obviously going to disrupt the Democratic party in the same way Trump ruffled the Republicans because he is
a long-time member. But his disgust with their failings and poor leadership is similar to what Trump expressed when he ran
as an outsider to the chagrin of the Bush Dynasty, William Kristol and other never-Trumpsters.

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The Most Important Presidential Election Question…(That no one EVER asks).

The Most Important Presidential Election Question…(That no one EVER asks).
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

For far too long voters, political pundits and presidential opponents have never asked the most important question of any recent presidential campaign. The results are shown today. After repeated four year cycles of a full set of only the wrong questions, the voter is now faced with a Hobson’s choice between arguably the two worst qualified presidential candidates – ethically, socially and politically –  in US history.

It was exactly eight years ago today. Bartending at a beer joint in Knoxville, TN – the sparse, late night crowd leaning, beers in hand, on the bar from their nearby barstools. They were rabid with presidential banter. Quickly emptying beer mugs and soggy tongues combining with their passion for a reprieve after Bush II, made for spirited argument. Just days before, the supposed oracles of “Hope” and “Change” had allowed Barack... Read More

San Diego Police Help Trump Rabble Attack Peaceful Protesters

San Diego Police Help Trump Rabble Attack Peaceful Protesters
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

-This is Part One of an Exclusive on-scene report for Intellihub from The Trump Campaign rally in San Diego yesterday, Friday May 27, 2016. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so here to start with is a photo chronology of the day in question. Please look for Part Two and Part Three of this exclusive, a full text story of the harsh realities of the Trump campaign.

 

It’s 9:30 AM. The rally doesn’t start until 11:30 and Trump is not scheduled until 2:00 PM, but already a line stretches beyond the far end of the San Diego Convention Center. The crowd is already over 2000. They all have tickets for the sold-out show, but are here early to get a good seat. Scalpers were getting as much as $100.00 for the free tickets.

There would not be much free speech... Read More

Trump in San Diego – A Love Fest of Ignorance and Hate.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

It’s 9:30 AM. The Trump rally doesn’t start until 11:30 and Trump are not scheduled for 2:00 PM, but already a line stretches beyond the far end of the San Diego Convention Center. It is a very long building that houses three separate huge halls end-to-end one of which will be used today. The crowd outside is already over 2,000. Some arrived as early as 4:30 AM. They all have tickets already for the sold-out show but are here early to get a good seat. Scalpers were advertising as much as $100.00 for the free tickets.

Walking west in a cold, for San Diego, May-gray morning towards the Convention Center and cutting through the well-marked “Free Speech Zone,” the tone for the day was set, for also coming into view were cops. Hundreds of cops. There would be more.

The threat posed by any of the three US presidential offerings is easily shown... Read More