AROUND THE WORLD: Venezuelan President Maduro Claims the KKK Rule The White House, Here’s Why He’s Right

In a BBC interview held this week, president Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela claimed that Donald Trump is an open white supremacist and that the Ku Klux Klan run the White House. When he made this claim, he seemed rather bemused that he had to explain this to interviewer Orla Guerin. Indeed, when you look at the bloody history of ingrained white supremacy of the United States, Maduro’s claims are not as controversial as they first appear.

An exploration of American fascism has already been touched upon in an earlier TPN article, but with Yankee chauvinism at yet another staggering high under Trump, the need to analyse the violent white supremacist nature of American exceptionalism has become vital.

Klanist thought has remained dominant in domestic American affairs. Proof of this can be found in the continued discrimination of black people in the United States. Old Jim Crow habits reared their heads in last years mid terms where, in Georgia, 50,000 mostly black votes became invalidated. Before the November election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp was sued for having found to be suppressing minority votes. The events are a reminder of America’s draconian voting laws that have, seemingly in certain areas, not moved on since the literacy tests of Jim Crow.

Whilst the KKK have died off as America’s dominant white supremacist paramilitary, their practices can still be found today in America’s heavily militarised policed force. The past few years have seen multiple controversial shootings of African Americans in the US, which has been followed by a lack of accountability or conviction of offending officers. Recent shootings and lack of prosecution are reminiscent of the era of Jim Crow where alleged murderers of black people would regularly be found not guilty by all-white juries. This issue is deep seated in the American justice system. Even today, all white juries and their allegedly racially biased decision making have remained prevalent. An earlier TPN article has outlined how US police assassinated Black Panthers and collaborated with Neo-Nazis to commit appalling acts of mass murder with impunity. Clearly domestically, Maduro’s claims of an America dominated by Ku Kluxism rings true.

Trumps own white supremacy has been examined in another TPN article, but whilst his far right flirtations (enabling of fascist violence of Charlottesville and sharing of Britain First Islamophobic posts) need to be showcased, they are hardly anything new. The United States was built on the idea of Manifest Destiny, an imperialist notion that holds that the US was destined by God to expand its dominion and spread capitalism. It is the very foundation of American fascist exceptionalism and its widespread propagation that directly led to the genocide of America’s indigenous populations.

Maduro’s claims are most evident in the blood-soaked history of American foreign policy. This is where it becomes obvious where Maduro’s thinking, with regards to the current coup in Venezuela, comes from. In Chile, the CIA (whilst “making the economy scream”) backed the neo-fascist Fatherland and Liberty Nationalist Front paramilitary group in an attempting to sabotage the democratically elected socialist Allende government. In Bolivia, the US forces used the “Butcher of Lyon” and Gestapo functionary Klaus Barbie to track down and execute Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. In Indonesia, the US embassy handed out lists of suspected communists to far right death squads who embarked on the genocide of over half a million people. And in perhaps the most staggering and shady example, the US heavily participated in NATO stay behind operations in Italy and Turkey. Operation Gladio, as it was known, led to the Strategy of Tension model where US backed neo-fascist terrorists who would commit disgusting acts of terror and blame them on radical left groups.

The list of examples of American support for foreign fascists is endless. Even recently, as detailed in a TPN article, it was discovered that American Nazi riot participants had been trained by Ukrainian Nazis whom have previously found themselves in possession of Pentagon weapons and used them to commit pogroms against Ukraine’s Roma population. The history of homicidal white supremacy is astounding and supports Maduro’s claims to the utmost extent.

With all this in mind it should hardly be surprising that there is truth to Maduro’s claims, which no doubt seem outlandish to the naive supporters of American “democracy”. The useful idiots and stooges of US imperialism should note America’s viscous white supremacy when it comes to the coup in Venezuela. The coup is being partly directed by Elliot Abrams who is currently being questioned by Congress over the role he played in propagating and covering up the El Mozoto massacre which featured the mass rape and murder of children as young as two, as outlined in a previous TPN piece.

Whilst it first may seem spurious to claim that the United States (which is allegedly the bastion of democracy around the globe) is run by the Klan, the practices and thought processes of American elites from the foreign policy propagators to the CIA, police, and justice system all point to a narrative that the US is gripped by an ideology of Klan-like white supremacy. As of today, this very grip seems all the more vice-like and unshakeable.

Sam Glasper is TPN’s foreign affairs correspondent and studies Politics at Manchester Metropolitain University.

AROUND THE WORLD: 7 years after Gaddafi’s death, Libya remains a prime example of the failure of western interventionism

Last week saw the 7th anniversary of the death of Muhammar Gaddafi. Attempting to flee from rebel forces, his convoy was attacked by NATO bombers leading to his capture, torture and execution by rebel militants. Stripped naked, beaten then placed into an ambulance, his corpse was later put on public display for all to see.

Now 7 years on Libya remains in a state of perpetual warfare. Factions, including large swaths of Salafists, fight each other for control of oil fields. The slave trade has returned, with migrants now facing capture by corrupt officials turned slavers. The so-called Islamic State since the fall of Gaddafi has gained a strong foothold in the region.

This same time last year, whilst all these events were occurring, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary stated that the Libyan city Sirte could be the new Dubai, adding, “all they have to do is clear the dead bodies away”.

This callous remark shows not only the former foreign secretary’s contempt for events in the region, but it can also sum up the general western attitude toward Libya as well. Libya remains, along with Iraq, one of the most glaring examples of the failure of western foreign policy in modern times. Instead of creating vibrant democracies, the west ended up creating sectarian hotbeds in what were both formerly secular nations.

The intervention by NATO forces in Libya remains a damning critique of the Responsibility to Protect commitment by the United Nations. At first a commitment to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, it has instead been used as an excuse by the west for their interventions into the global south. These invasions have created larger humanitarian disasters than Gaddafi or Saddam could ever have been capable of committing.

Gaddafi’s legacy is mixed with those on the left. He is seen by anti-imperialists as a strong supporter of African and Arab unity and as a new theorist on the development of socialism in the third world. However, others see him as a dictator with little regard for human rights. Whatever one’s personal feelings are about Gaddafi, it cannot be denied that his economic and social reforms did improve the lives of many Libyans. Libya, once the subject of colonial rule, was transformed into the richest state in Africa all the while religious sectarianism was staved off.

Now any example of Gaddafi’s tyranny has been multiplied tenfold. The Islamic socialist values outlined in Gaddafi’s Green Book have been banned and warlords now control splintered regions with an iron fist. Elections have been abject failures with low turnouts and high violence resulting in splits and a lack of credibility to the current Libyan government. Human rights activists have been persecuted and even killed.

All the while events in Libya have been treat like little more than a footnote in the western political scene. Politicians such as Barack Obama and David Cameron who once wholeheartedly supported Gaddafi’s overthrow now have little time for the nation they so enthusiastically intervened in. Any mention of Libya is simply said by those who see it as a ripe opportunity for western capitalist development as shown by Boris Johnson’s comments last year.

In the end Libya today, 7 years after Gaddafi’s lynching, is a prime example of a failed state helped created by western intervention. Events in Libya show an illustration of neo-colonialism in its most naked form. A catastrophic failure that offers little but way of bloodshed to citizens.