by Stephen Lendman
It's not new. It's longstanding. Washington targets Bolivarian principles. They shame American injustice.
Both countries are constitutional worlds apart. They're polar opposites. Venezuela reflects government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly. America serves wealth, power and privilege alone.
Venezuela's proudly independent. Chavez deserves full credit. Nicolas Maduro carries his torch. He's well qualified to do so.
Chavez called him Venezuela's most capable administrator and politician. His leadership experience prepared him well. His credentials are impeccable.
On July 5, Venezuela's independence day, he granted Edward Snowden asylum, saying:
"As head of state and of government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden."
"To be independent, we must feel it. We must exercise our independence and sovereignty. Our discourses are meaningless if they aren't exercised with force at the national level."
"I announce to the friendly governments of the world that we have decided to offer this statute of international humanitarian law to protect the young Snowden from the persecution that has been unleashed from the most powerful empire in the world."