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

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Written by Federico Pieraccini; Originally appeared at strategic-culture.org

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.

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

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.

In Venezuela, Western elites would like us to believe that the situation is worse than in France in terms of public order, but that is simply a lie. It is a media creation based on misinformation and censorship. In Europe, the mainstream media has stopped showing images of the protests in France, as if to smother information about it, preferring to portray an image of France that belies the chaos in which it has been immersed for every weekend over the last few months.

In Caracas, the right-wing, pro-American and anti-Communist opposition continues the same campaign based on lies and violence as it has customarily conducted following its electoral defeats at the hands of the Bolivarian revolution. The Western mainstream media beams images and videos of massive pro-government Bolivarian rallies and falsely portrays them as anti-Maduro protests. We are dealing here with acts of journalistic terrorism, and the journalists who push this narrative, instigating clashes, should be prosecuted by a criminal court of the Bolivarian people in Caracas. Instead, the West continues to tell us that Assange is a criminal for doing his job, that Wikileaks is a terrorist organization for publishing true information, and that Russia interfered in the US elections. All of these deceptions are carried out by the same Western journalists, media publications and US government that are currently plying their mendacious trade in Venezuela. What double standards!

In Venezuela, the people are with Maduro, and before him they were with Chavez. The reason is simple and easy to understand, having everything to do with the economic policies adopted by the government of Caracas, which during just over a decade in power, reduced the level of poverty, illiteracy and corruption in the country, lengthening life expectancy and increasing access to education. The leftist model followed by dozens of South American countries during the 2000s favored the poorest layer of society by redistributing the wealth of the top 1%.

The contrast between events in France and Venezuela perfectly encapsulate the state of the world today. In France, the people are fighting against Macron, austerity policies and globalist superstructure. In Venezuela, the the opposition (synonymous with the rich population) is leveraging external interference from the governments of Colombia, Brazil and the United States to try and overthrow a government that enjoys the full support of the people thanks to its domestic policies. Even as many in France are not conscious of it, they are actually protesting against an unjust, ultra-capitalist system imposed by the globalist elite of which Macron is a major cheerleader. In Venezuela, the ultra-capitalist class, backed by the transnational globalists, seek to overthrow a socialist system that places the interests of the 99% before those of the 1%.

Maduro has an approval rating of around 65%, higher than any European or American leader. In France, Macron’s approval ratings hover around the single digits, with only Ukraine’s Poroshenko scoring lower. Poroshenko, quite naturally, dutifully joined the chorus of those egging on a coup against the Bolivarian government of Maduro, even as he leads a country besieged by out-of-control neo-Nazis.

The protests in France are driven by two decades of impoverishment as a result of European diktats that prescribe austerity and the need to strip the middle class of its wealth to favor the influx of cheap labor. This strategy of reducing labor costs has already been employed in other countries, the aim being to increase profits for multinational companies without the need to relocate production to low-wage countries. The large-scale importation of exploited people from Africa has continued unabated for years, and now the average French citizen not only finds himself in an increasingly multi-ethnic society (with the government giving little incentive for newcomers to integrate) but also sees his lifestyle suffering due to a combination of lower wages and increasing taxes, making it increasingly difficult for him to make ends meet every month.

In Venezuela, the crisis stems entirely from external interference coming from the United States, which has economically strangled Venezuela for over a decade. The methodology is that of sanctions and economic destabilization, the same as has been applied against Cuba over more than 50 years, albeit in that case unsuccessfully. Chavez and Maduro have drawn the ire of the global elites by blocking their international oil corporations from access to Venezuela’s oil reserves, the largest in the world. It must be noted that Venezuela is one of the most important members of OPEC, with Riyadh and Moscow advancing the creation of an oil conglomerate known as OPEC +, with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela as influential members. The West is of course deploying the “democracy promotion” canard to justify its shenanigans in Venezuela, one of its go-to tactics drawn from its well-used PSYOP toolkit.

The French and Venezuelan situations also serve as a barometer for the general state of international relations in a multipolar context. While the US has little trouble interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs, Russia, China and India employ a completely different approach, maintaining a uniform foreign-policy line on Paris and Caracas. They express total support for their Bolivarian ally, which is an important source of trade for New Delhi, a strategic military-oil partner for Moscow, and a major seller of crude oil for Beijing. Each of the three Eurasian powers has every interest in actively opposing Washington’s attempts to subvert the Maduro government, given that Venezuela performs important regional-stability functions, as well as, above all, offering these Eurasian powers an opportunity to respond asymmetrically to Washington’s destabilization efforts in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. There has been talk of creating particular synergies between Venezuela and other countries similarly struggling to free themselves from under Washington’s boot. China and Russia’s sending of naval ships and military aircraft to the Americas, violating the Monroe doctrine, represents a riposte to the continued pressure placed on the borders of Russia and China by the US and NATO as part of their containment strategy.

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Luke Hemmming

This article points out a very important point that some commentators on here have seemed to have missed or just ignore. The current economic crisis in Venezuela was caused by a decade of economic sanctions NOT mismanagement or corruption. I hope Maduro crushes this coup attempt and stops the US and the Zionist banking cartel from destroying this country.

Eskandar Black

thats ridiculous. the horrible state of Venezuelan economy is an obvious and predictably result of socialist policies applied to market economics. People of venezuela know this, and if they were not held hostage by the baffoon maduro and his criminals in uniform, they would pick a more capitalist system. NO amount of propaganda will change what the entire world knows about venezuela, socialism is an evil, and countries who stand by maduro will lose venezuela as an ally in the near future.

Luke Hemmming

The USA hegemonic masterplan is not the answer either. The USA is slowly becoming isolated in it’s continual interference in other sovereign nations. Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan etc etc and the list goes on. We, that is the ones that aren’t influenced by MSM propaganda, are well aware of the agenda of the elitists and how they control the world. He who controls the money controls the world. Nathan Rothschild was quoted as saying “give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws”. The Zionist controlled banking systems a re e humankind enemy not Maduro.

Eskandar Black

USA has nothing to do with this. Venezuelan idiot government has starved its people, created a zombie like Apocalypse within the richest nation in Latin America. What exactly is your handler telling you to do? blame America? Its the Venezuelans who will kills Maduro, hopefully violently, and publicly. His corpse will be dragged around the streets of Caracas like Qaddafi.

RichardD

“USA has nothing to do with this.”

Any rational right thinking person can see that this is a bald face lie as the article describes in depth and anyone watching the current events can easily see.

Luke Hemmming

The USA has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THIS! Are you blind and stupid? Helloooooo. Back in 2017 Guaido’s wife hads her picture taken with Trump at the white house. Guaido visited the US late last year. Who has been the loudest voice calling for regime change? The USA FFS! your an absolute tool! He is a sock puppet that the USA is trying to instill as the leader. All the fucking article’s everywhere talk about US is trying to get other countries to support their coup d’etat. Fucking knob head. Your just another troll. Douche bag. 10 + years of economic sanctions and the Zionist controlled banking cartel have fucked up Venezuela’s economy. Who let the trolls out?

Eskandar Black

Total conspiracy nonsense designed to take the blame from where it belong, the maduro narco cartel running and ruining Venezuela. Just another example of socialism in action. Dance puppet dance, i wonder how many boliveras you get per post.

Concrete Mike

Also your not the real alex black go fuck yourself impostor

Eskandar Black

Hahaha, wow. I am the only alex black that matters

Concrete Mike

Becaus Qaddafi was so bad.

Your right though, Libya is better of now with democracy, and Europe is way better off than in 2010.

I have no handler, I’m an honest guy that beleive liberal intervensionnism has to stop.

Eskandar Black

My point was not that Qaddafi is bad, nor do i support the invasion of libya. My point is that he died graphically, as will maduro.

RichardD

Your comment is ridiculous. The US and it’s Jew world order cronies are obviously involved in YET ANOTHER completely fabricated regime change project. Using problems that they created as justification for their criminal behavior.

Concrete Mike

How can you promote intervensio nnism? You know damn well why usa is after venezuela?

Why regurgitate ideological crap when its not what is at stake. It appears like capitalism versus socialism…but really its just capitalism stealing from another country, that has been cripple by decades plus sanctions. Im not even going to get into how sanctions poison all logic.

Venezuela isnfucked by the sanctions…they were fine before the sanctions. Saying the governement wasted all the money after the sanctions is just helping whiever issues these sanctions, because its a filthy lie.

More wars is not the answer!

Dont you remember Libya???

You know better!

Eskandar Black

I am not suggesting we invade the place, but killing maduro would be good for everyone. Venezuelans want the thug gone. Russia should work on strategies to work with the new venezulans government rather than trying to bring this corpse back to life.

Winnie Eldrup

off your med?

Eskandar Black

No, not at all. I am interested in Venezuela and its people getting a chance at normalcy without a bloody civil war

Winnie Eldrup

Exactly like Libya-Iraq-Syria etc., – Venezuela need some american democracy and capitalisme. You are a very clever person Eskandar- NOT

Eskandar Black

I see no similarities between the places you mention and vz, one missile would fix this mess.

Tommy Jensen

Well, so far Maduro has mismanaged the situation so far the inflation is >1000% and Guiado is still not arrested for high treason.
Learn from Khamenei and Sun Ting Tzu Bang, know yourself and your weakness´s, and know your enemy.

Luke Hemmming

Tommy it is a symptom of over a decade of economic sanctions. Did you not read the article or do you lack the ability to comprehend the effect of sanctions on a country? I have seen many of your comments on here and either you are truly a very dim witted individual with a limited scope of understanding or as many of us suspect just a troll. Your not convincing anyone with your opinions. The vast majority of commentators here are in complete contrast to your comments which makes you a very small minority which suggests your nothing but a shill.

RichardD

This is an excellent article as far as it goes, Which isn’t far enough. The author should be aware that the media machine that he’s criticizing is largely Jew owned and operated. And that they have vastly disproportionate positions in the think tanks, financial institutions and US Government pushing the policies.

Giraldi addresses these issues in depth. More authors like the one of this article should as well.

Luke Hemmming

Exactly Richard. Would you like to point that out to the other commenters that commented on my comment as I think they are totally clueless as to how the world really works.

RichardD

It would be a waste of time. They’re lying hasbara trolls who are well aware that they’re peddling nonsense and disinfo.

Luke Hemmming

Yup too right but I like to let em know that they aren’t fooling me with their falsehoods. Some days I just pray for the day that the Zionist pigs to get slaughtered for their bacon which I would fry up and put on a sandwhich with some lettuce tomato and some cheese and mayo. BLT! nom nom nom

Concrete Mike

Yep, as time passes, the trolls are targeting us more and more.

There easy to spot, there just annoying.

RichardD

They’ve been leaving me alone. Because I go after them and expose their lies and stupidity.

jerel

Excellent article with profound insight.

Marko

” Maduro has an approval rating of around 65%….”

Good article , and I’m virulently pro-Maduro in this fight , but I think that figure was pulled from somewhere the sun don’t shine.

Jens Holm

Much like a voice from a grave. Only corners are correct for Venezuala as well as France.

antoun

excellente analyse! and conclusion glory yellow vest revolution! frexit soon! and goes UPR! and asselineau !!!will be encerclement the usa and blockus!

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