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Session 2: Saturday June 29th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Blocking U.S. imperialism’s regime change agenda focused on Venezuela and Iran should be a priority for the left. Our panel will discuss both the historical context for this threat and the critical relevancy to the global anti-imperialist/climate and energy justice movements. The debate in the left regarding Maduro and the course of the Bolivarian Revolution is secondary, on one side is Trump/Pompeo/Bolton/Elliot Abrams (the war criminal from the Reagan era) and their appointed "president" Guaido, on the other side is the right of self-determination of Venezuela free of criminal imperial aggression/economic warfare/sanctions and the continuing threat of armed intervention. We should note U.S. involvement in the 2002 failed coup. Considering Iran, the sordid history of U.S. intervention goes back to the 1953 CIA-instigated coup removing Mossadegh. Now Iran is once again a target of regime change, with the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and imposing new sanctions raising the danger of a reprise of the catastrophic Iraq war. Militarized fossil capital wants control of the world’s biggest oil reserve found in Venezuela’s Orinoco deposit and likewise the fourth largest reserve in Iran. Extracting this oil will drive us to catastrophic climate change (C3). Only by blocking the imperial agenda will the ecosocialist-inspired Bolivarian Revolution have the chance to use a small fraction of its conventional oil reserve as an energy supply for solarization of Latin America, as well as a revenue source for its social transformation, thereby creating a model for a cooperative global regime for preventing C3.


Professor Emeritus, Howard University (biogeochemist, environmental scientist); DC Statehood Green Party (affiliate of the national GP, member of its International Committee), websites — Author of Life, Temperature and the Earth (2002...

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Dr. Zandi is a co-chair of the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States  and a member of the Coordinating Body of  Maryland United for Peace and Justice.

Scientist, lawyer, activist, Washington, DC. Ph.D. in biochemistry/molecular biology. Employed as a patent examiner. Activism in: civil rights of homeless in DC; past Board member, WPFW-89.3 FM. Research: licensing of pharmaceuticals; legal and political history of oral contraceptives; the...

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