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Harsher Sanctions on Venezuela Will Only Worsen the Nation's Crisis

Mark Weisbrot The Hill
On Friday, a group of members of Congress published a letter opposing the threatened sanctions. It began, “We write to express our deep alarm regarding the escalating political, economic and social crisis in Venezuela and urge you to work with our regional partners to help prevent a civil war. We strongly recommend that you support negotiations mediated by respected external actors such as Pope Francis, who enjoys credibility with broad segments of Venezuela’s people.

Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot Venezuelananalysis.com
What the sanctions made clear is that President Obama’s opening to Cuba represented exactly zero change in Washington’s overall strategy toward the region: The intention of expanding commercial and diplomatic relations with Cuba was mainly to pursue a more effective strategy of undermining the Cuban government--and all of the left governments in the region.

Behind the White House’s Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot counterpunch
The latest sanctions, like the ones approved in December . . . represent a victory for a political faction that wants to prevent the normalization of diplomatic relations with Venezuela. It was not a result of pressure from the right in Congress, but came from deep within the Obama administration.

The Amazing Things BDS Movement Achieved in 2014

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Comm BDS Movement - Freedom, Justice, Equality
2014 was the year of the vicious Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza strip. It was also a year of unprecedented international solidarity with Palestine, and huge steps forward for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The Israeli paper, Haaretz says BDS is now the top issue for American Jews.
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