Author Archives: Whitney Webb

US air freight company that smuggled weapons into Venezuela linked to CIA ‘black site’ renditions

The parallels between aspects of the Contra scandal and the current situation in Venezuela are striking, particularly given the recent ‘outrage’ voiced by mainstream media and prominent U.S. politicians over Maduro’s refusal to allow U.S. ‘humanitarian aid’ into the country.

GREENSBORO, North Carolina—Two executives at the company that chartered the U.S. plane that was caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela last week have been tied to an air cargo company that aided the CIA in the rendition of alleged terrorists to “black site” centers for interrogation. The troubling revelation comes as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has rejected a U.S. “humanitarian aid” convoy over concerns that it could contain weapons meant to arm the country’s U.S.-backed opposition. Continue reading

As US laments human rights in Venezuela, US-allied Colombia descends into drug-fueled humanitarian crisis

The dichotomy between Washington’s relationship with Venezuela and Colombia is yet another clear example that the public justifications for the U.S.’s Latin America policy are little more than window dressing for the U.S.-backed expansion of neo-fascist governments throughout Latin America.

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Several troubling situations are currently playing out across Colombia, yet the country’s continuing downward spiral into drug-fueled and politically-motivated violence has caused little concern in Washington, offering yet another clear indication that the U.S.’ current posturing on Venezuela is hardly motivated by concerns about “democracy,” “human rights,” or the welfare of the Venezuelan people. Continue reading

‘Largest land grab since 1948′—Israel to expel 36,000 Palestinians from Negev

Given the Israeli state’s rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers 'violators' and 'squatters'—accusing them of illegally occupying “state lands.”

TEL AVIV, Israel — According to an Israeli media report, the Israeli government has completed work on a massive, far-reaching plan that would expel an estimated 36,000 Palestinians from “unrecognized” villages in the Negev Desert. If the plan is approved by the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, its implementation could begin as soon as this year and would take four years to complete. News of the plan was first published by Israel Hayom—Israel’s largest Hebrew-language newspaper, funded by Sheldon Adelson, the top donor to both U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue reading

The US Senate just quietly advanced a free speech busting anti-BDS bill

WASHINGTON—In an evening vote that garnered essentially no national media coverage, the U.S. Senate voted last night to advance the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019” – sometimes called the “anti-BDS bill” for its component that would allow state and local governments to punish companies or individuals who support the non-violent Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement aimed at promoting Palestinian rights and ending Israeli apartheid and military occupation of the West Bank. The bill was, notably, numbered S.1 — the Senate’s first legislative act of its 2019-20 session. Continue reading