“What is Inexcusable is Venezuela's Political Independence”

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An interview with John Pilger, conducted by Michael Albert.

Why would the U.S. want Venezuela's government overthrown?

There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of U.S. designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives. Venezuela remains a source of inspiration for social reform in a continent ravaged by an historically rapacious U.S. An Oxfam report once famously described the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua as 'the threat of a good example'. That has been true in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez won his first election. The 'threat' of Venezuela is greater, of course, because it is not tiny and weak; it is rich and influential and regarded as such by China.

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EU Commission: Time to End US Domination of Internet

Commissioner Neelie Kroes heads the EU's commission for digital affairs which has called for an end to US domination of the internet. (Photograph: ©The Guardian)

Commissioner Neelie Kroes heads the EU's commission for digital affairs which has called for an end to US domination of the internet. (Photograph: ©The Guardian)

Governance of the 'world wide web' should live up to its name and be stripped of US-centric biases and control

- Jon Queally, CommonDreams.org staff writer

Given recent revelations about the National Security Agency's global digital surveillance apparatus, the European commission on digital affairs said on Wednesday that the United States can no longer be trusted to maintain its strong hold on internet governance and that this authority should be made less U.S.-centric and more open to international control and democratic transparency.

"Recent revelations of large-scale surveillance have called into question the stewardship of the U.S. when it comes to internet governance," said the commission in a statement which also offered recommendations for reforms.

"Given the U.S.-centric model of internet governance currently in place, it is necessary to broker a smooth transition to a more global model while at the same time protecting the underlying values of open multi-stakeholder governance," the declaration continued. "Large-scale surveillance and intelligence activities have led to a loss of confidence in the internet and its present governance arrangements."

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