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The US Coup in Venezuela and American Imperialism: What You Need to Know

January 31, 2019

The Trump administration is calling for a coup in Venezuela. US policy towards Venezuela has going supporting both a hard and soft coup in that country since Hugo Chavez became president in 1999.

In 2002, there was a coup attempt that was supported by the US, an attempt that failed. The 2002 coup is well documented in the film, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. With the current coup attempt, the US is calling for the overthrow of President Maduro to be replaced by opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

US foreign policy towards Venezuela has been to undermine the Bolivarian Revolution that began with Chavez, but continues to be embodied by civil society in Venezuela. This US effort to thwart and independent and autonomous Venezuela began with President Clinton and continued with Bush, Obama and now President Trump.

We thought it was important to provide some solid analysis/links for what is happening right now in Venezuela, some online resources that have provide excellent information on US/Venezuelan relations in recent decades and a few book titles that provide important historical information specific to US foreign policy and Venezuela.

There has been some really good independent reporting on the US coup in Venezuela. First, The Intercept provides a great podcast on the coup, with several long-time observers of US foreign policy in the region.

The Real News Network also has two good video news analysis pieces on the US coup in Venezuela, one with the editor of the online resource Venezuela Analysis and a second video featuring a historian on US/Venezuelan relations. 

The Washington Office on Latin America has an excellent FAQ on the current situation in Venezuela and CounterPunch has a solid analysis piece that was posted yesterday, entitled, Trump’s Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story

Democracy Now also did interviews yesterday with long-time journalist and Latin America affairs expert Allan Nairn.  Two weeks ago, the media watchdog group, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting did an interview with Alexander Main, who is the director of international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Then there is an excellent article in The Nation by Greg Grandin, who has written several books on US foreign policy in Latin America. Grandin responds to a propaganda piece that recently appeared in the New York Times.

Another piece we want to mention is also from CounterPunch and provides an interesting piece on how some of the Democratic Presidential hopefuls have responded to the US coup in Venezuela.

For an excellent online resource on Venezuela, we recommend the site, which has been tracking US efforts to undermine that country since 2003.

Lastly, here are a few book titles that we recommend if you want to big picture on US foreign policy in Venezuela and Venezuelan politics.

The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela, by Eva Golinger

Bush Versus Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela, by Eva Golinger

Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Miguel Tinker Salas

We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, by George Ciccariello-Maher

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