Neoliberals Back Henrique Capriles Radonski Again in Venezuela’s Presidential Election – Why Have They Elected to Punt on First Down?

by Scott Creighton

Question: Have the neoliberal zealots in D.C. and New York decided to punt on First Down in their efforts to remake Venezuela in their globalist model?

This is an interesting development. The neoliberal media is abuzz about Henrique Capriles Radonski throwing his hat in the ring in the upcoming April 14th special election to replace President Chavez in Venezuela. He will be running against Chavez’ handpicked interim replacement, former Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Capriles is an interesting choice for the globalists for many reasons. He just lost an election to Chavez in Oct. of 2012 and it wasn’t even close. The people of Venezuela came to understand Capriles for what he was, a representative of the old oligarchical system and Washington’s and Israel’s man in their country.

He’s even linked to the 2002 fascist coup the CIA ran down there. In the wake of Chavez’ death which some believe may have been caused by the CIA, there’s no way he can win. No…. way….

So why back him? That’s the question.

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Mass protests over Spain austerity

Adelaide Now

ANGRY workers have staged mass demonstrations in Spanish cities, protesting the country’s high unemployment rate and demanding political reform.

Thousands of demonstrators including health, transport and administrative workers marched in central Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday, to the din of horns, drums and yells of “Government resign!”

Similar demos were called in 60 cities in a nationwide movement led by the two main trade unions and a wide collective of other groups.

They were the latest in months of strikes and protests against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s austere economic reforms in a recession that has driven the unemployment rate over 26 per cent.

Rajoy says the cuts are necessary to meet the targets for cutting Spain’s budget deficit that he has agreed with European authorities. He insists the painful measures will strengthen Spain’s finances and economy in the long run.

Protestors complained that through this austere economic drive the government and European Union leaders were imposing unfair suffering on citizens.

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Protesters demonstrate against austerity measures across Spain

from DW

Spaniards spurred on by social spending cuts and soaring unemployment have taken to the streets to demand political change. Protesters held demonstrations more than 60 cities across the country.

The nation’s trade union confederations, CCOO and UGT, called for the demonstrations, alongside another 150 organizations and civil groups to protest against a series of government austerity measures.

In a statement, the UGT said Sunday’s protests were called “against unemployment and for the renewal of democracy,” according to the AFP news agency.

“Poverty in this country is rising at an alarming rate, we must say enough, right now,” said Purificacion Garcia, secretary for equality for the Socialist Worker’s Party PSOE, the DPA agency reported.

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AntiWar Protest in South Korea Against Provocative Joint Military Drill “Key Resolve”

Yahoo News

Anti-war activists protest against a joint military exercise between South Korea and the US, called Key Resolve, near the US embassy in Seoul on March 11, 2013. South Korean and US troops launched a joint military exercise on March 11, as an infuriated North Korea severed its hotline with Seoul and confirmed its decision to scrap the armistice ending the Korean War.