Trump Has Murdered Over 40,000 Venezuelans With Sanctions

By Caitlin Johnstone

A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found that tens of thousands of Venezuelans have died as a direct result of Trump administration sanctions put into effect in August 2017, and that tens of thousands more are expected to die as a result of additional sanctions put into place in January of this year.

Some noteworthy points:

  • The sanctions are “depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports.”
  • The sanctions “reduced the public’s caloric intake, increased disease and mortality (for both adults and infants), and displaced millions of Venezuelans who fled the country as a result of the worsening economic depression and hyperinflation.”
  • The sanctions “have inflicted, and continue to inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018.”
  • That means 2019 deaths haven’t been added to this estimate. The year’s nearly half over, and more aggressive sanctions went into effect this past January.
  • Because of the sanctions, “some 22,000 doctors — about one third of the total — have left the country.”
  • “The loss of so many billions of dollars of foreign exchange and government revenues was very likely the main shock that pushed the economy from its high inflation, when the August 2017 sanctions were implemented, into the hyperinflation that followed.”
  • The massive number of already highly at-risk Venezuelans hurting from the 2017 sanctions “virtually guarantee that the current sanctions, which are much more severe than those implemented before this year, are a death sentence for tens of thousands of Venezuelans. This is especially true if the projected 67 percent drop in oil revenue materializes in 2019.”
  • “The United Nations finds that the groups most vulnerable to the accelerating crisis include children and adolescents (including many who can no longer attend school); people who are in poverty or extreme poverty; pregnant and nursing women; older persons; indigenous people; people in need of protection; women and adolescent girls at risk; people with disabilities; and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.”
  • The sanctions “would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory.”

Important new @ceprdc study: US sanctions killed 40,000 Venezuelans between 2017-2018 and the sanctions announced in January will kill tens of thousands more if they are not reversed. http://cepr.net/press-center/press-releases/report-finds-us-sanctions-on-venezuela-are-responsible-for-tens-of-thousands-of-deaths …

To be clear, this unforgivable atrocity rests predominantly on the shoulders of the Trump administration. It is true that Venezuela has had deep economic troubles for years due to declining oil prices and other issues, and it is true that the sanctions in question follow a long standing agenda of previous administrations and were built on the foundation of an Obama policy declaring the Venezuelan government an “extraordinary threat to national security”. But the report is clear in its assessment that what took the nation’s economy from a state of high inflation to hyperinflation was the August 2017 sanctions, and that’s what’s been causing these high numbers of deaths which will get even worse due to the January 2019 sanctions.

To put this in perspective for Trump supporters, 40,000 is also the number of people said to have died as a result of the disastrous Obama/Clinton interventionism in Libya. And, again, that number only covers 2017 and 2018, and death tolls are predicted to accelerate this year.

This would be the same President Trump, by the way, who recently vetoed a congressional bill to end the role of the United States in facilitating Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen. Research from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project indicates that up to 80,000 people had been killed in this war as of the end of last year. This number applies to deaths by military violence only, not to the other untold tens of thousands who have died of starvation and cholera as a result of Saudi Arabia’s inhuman blockades on imports and its deliberate targeting of farms, fishing boats, marketplaces, food storage sites and cholera treatment centers with airstrikes. Just for children under the age of five, the death toll due to starvation alone is believed to be over 85,000.

Is America great yet?

“These sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions.” @ceprdc

Sanctions are a form of warfare! #HandsOffVenezuela https://t.co/QhWPE0chgV

— CODEPINK (@codepink) April 25, 2019

Sanctions are the only form of warfare where it’s considered perfectly acceptable and legitimate to deliberately target a nation’s civilian population with lethal force. The human corpses it creates are just as dead as the human corpses created by overt military violence, but because this form of violence happens in slow motion it’s not treated like the same kind of horrific assault as if Trump had ordered the carpet bombing of Caracas. The distinction makes no difference to the dead and no difference to their loved ones, but it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to manufacturing public consent for murderous acts of interventionism.

The way sanctions are discussed by the western political/media class, they can even get away with blaming the deaths on the government being targeted. They’ll say things like, “Maduro is starving his people by not stepping down.” That tactic would never work with other forms of lethal force. Imagine if Trump deployed a barrage of Tomahawk missiles onto the most impoverished parts of a densely populated city in Venezuela, then hearing anyone say “Well Maduro actually exploded those people, because he wouldn’t do what we told him to do.” It doesn’t work. Sanctions are a slower and more gruelling weapon of war than bombs and missiles, but they’re vastly superior when it comes to the matter of keeping the public asleep through depraved acts of mass slaughter. Which is why everyone’s yammering about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announcement right now instead of talking about this new CEPR report.

To this day I still run into defenders of Trump’s Venezuela interventionism (easily the most obnoxious and intellectually dishonest political group I’ve ever encountered, for the record) who insist that the sanctions are laser-targeted only at Venezuela’s elites, having no impact on the suffering of the Venezuelan people. This is exactly as stupid as believing that American bombs only kill bad guys. Attacking an economy hurts the people who depend on that economy to feed themselves and their children. Sanctions are an act of war which kill civilians just as dead as any other, and this latest report helps make that a stark and undeniable reality for us all.

Caitlin’s articles are entirely reader-supported, so if you enjoyed this piece please consider sharing it around, liking her on Facebook, following her antics on Twitter, checking out her podcast, throwing some money into her hat on Patreon or Paypal, or buying her bookWoke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppershttps://caitlinjohnstone.com

MORE NEWS

MIDDLE EAST

Iraqi police say killed 16 Islamic State members after raids in Kirkuk

Iraqi police officer killed by U.S. ‘friendly fire’ near Kirkuk

10 civilians killed by Russian airstrikes on Syria’s Idlib

Syria: West practicing economic ‘terrorism’ against Damascus

China’s invitation to Syria to participate in Belt and Road Forum defies US sanctions

10 killed in clashes between rival pro-gov’t factions in Yemen

6 anti-bomb experts die in explosion in Yemen

3 pro-gov’t soldiers killed in landmine blast in Yemen

Bought and paid for: Trump Does Whatever the Saudis and Emiratis Want

Russia, Turkey, and Iran jointly condemn US Golan move

Israeli occupation forces wound 60 Palestinians in Gaza protest

Israeli soldiers shot bound Palestinian teen because live fire is their only language

AFRICA

Over 260 people killed during clashes in Libya’s capital

Amid clashes, UN evacuates 350 more refugees detained in Tripoli

Libya’s Haftar accumulates $25bn of debt funding military

Cameroon Civilians Continue to Be Slaughtered in Midst of Clash Between Government Soldiers, Separatist Forces

ASIA

8 militants killed in southern Afghanistan

Afghanistan- 6 Taliban killed, explosives recovered in Logar raid

Nato-led forces have killed more civilians in Afghanistan than Taliban so far in 2019

Afghan parliament sworn in months after fraud-tainted vote

Afghanistan: U.S. accelerates plan to drastically downsize Kabul embassy

Sri Lankan authorities in gun battle with suspected bombing terrorists

Sri Lanka’s ISIS bomb factory: Jihadists ‘blow themselves up’ as soldiers raid suicide vest factory

Trump sees progress with North Korea, welcomes Putin’s support

Trump denies he paid North Korea $2 million for Otto Warmbier

EUROPE

Ukraine passes language law, irritating president-elect and Russia

Ukraine’s president-elect says being blocked from calling snap poll

Macron pursuing journalists who exposed French complicity in possible Saudi war crimes in Yemen

GLOBE

China, Russia… ‘we all have to get rid’ of nukes, Trump says amid reports he eyes arms control deal

DOJ could build Assange case on Espionage Act, carries possible death sentence

WikiLeaks: The US is indeed investigating Assange for publishing secret information, DOJ letter suggests

UN Special Rapporteur meets Assange in ‘British Gitmo’ jail to discuss breach of privacy claims

Fact and propaganda: Watch: Julian Assange’s Father Makes a Plea for Wikileaks Founder to Return Home

Paul Craig Roberts: The VetoHere is real journalism, a profession that is no longer practiced by the print and TV media in the Western world. Indeed, the Western media are now known as presstitutes, because they are devoid of all integrity and all humanity.

AMERICAS

US Sanctions ‘Have Taken Thousands of Venezuelan Lives’ Says Arreaza to UN

Watch Americans defend Venezuela’s embassy in DC from takeover by coup forces

Colombia: Police Gun Down Ex-FARC Guerrilla, Community Enraged

Chilean Police Repress Thousands of Protesting Students

Cuban Top Diplomat: John Bolton Is a Pathological Liar

I will Never Negotiate Freedom with Dignity: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Morena’s Mayor Murdered in Mixtla de Altamirano, Mexico

Human – Must Watch: Please take a moment to watch this Video. It will enhance your life and that of those who you will meet on life’s journey.

US economy grows by 3.2% in the first quarter

Nearly 102 Million Americans Do Not Have A Job Right Now – Worse Than At Any Point During The Last Recession

McDonald’s Partners With AARP To Recruit Broke Seniors As Labor Shortage Worsens-

Raytheon reports $6.7 billion in net sales for first quarter 2019

The US Government Debt Crisis: This article explains why the US Government is ensnared in a debt trap from which there is no escape.

FBI Texts Show Agents Discussed Recruiting White House Sources To Spy For Bureau

Trump Makes Post-Mueller Vow To Release “Devastating” FISA Docs: President Trump on Thursday renewed his vow to declassify a wide swath of “devastating” documents related to the Russia probe “and much more”

Tulsi Gabbard to Democrats: It’s Time to Move On From Mueller Report (VIDEO)

Joe Biden tops Democratic field with $6.3 million haul on first day of 2020 bid

US court sentences Russian gun activist Maria Butina to 18 months in jail

The Profitable Prospects of Snitching for the IRSRatting out tax cheats can bring in big awards, though you have to be patient (and may need to wear a wire)

We found 85,000 U.S. cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info

SHARE THIS POST