Remember Allan Nairn’s recommendations for a fair settlement in Venezuela (see yesterday’s post)? Well, right in line with them, as Amy Goodman reports this morning, “Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reached out to Pope Francis, asking for his help to bring about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela. Maduro is facing increasing international pressure to resign from office two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself to be Venezuela’s interim president. Guaidó made the announcement on January 23rd after speaking to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who offered support from the Trump administration. Since then, a growing number of countries have openly recognized Guaidó’s claim to the presidency, including Austria, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Italy has blocked a European Union statement recognizing Guaidó, and Ireland and Greece have called for new elections but have not recognized Guaidó’s claim to the presidency. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan opposition and the United States have rejected an offer by Mexico and Uruguay to host talks between the two sides.” This last was the second of Nairn’s recommendations.
Looks like things are going according to plan for the Trump administration – and long-term U.S. policy (domination of the Southern Hemisphere). Not fair, not right, and not in the interests of ordinary Venezuelans.