US Prepares to List Venezuela as Sponsor of Terrorism

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The Trump government is preparing to add Venezuela to the US list of sponsors of terrorism, the Washington Post reported, citing US officials and internal government emails.

The newspaper said the US authorities and the State Department had refused to comment on the pending ruling. However, the Washington Post noted that the State Department had recently requested comments on the proposed decision by agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Agency for International Development.

The list is supposed to be reserved for authorities accused of repeatedly providing “support for acts of international terrorism” and includes only Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

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Washington has long opposed Maduro’s policy and has introduced numerous sanctions against Caracas.

On November 1, Trump informed US lawmakers that he had signed an executive order to impose new sanctions on Venezuela’s gold exports. Trump said the move came in response to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to plunder his country’s wealth for its own “corrupt purposes.”

This is a standard criticism made in capitalist countries – under capitalism it is actually how capitalism functions, to work on a for-profit system. But pro-capitalist pundits hold socialism to the standard of socialism, and so any evidence – real or imagined – of corruption at all is used to promote the view that socialism cannot work. We are then left to think that a country should simply be capitalist, so that its upwards redistribution of wealth is properly codified both in law and in the ideological superstructure. This is akin to legalizing a heinous crime, because at times there are problems with enforcement.

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