Archiv: Elliott Abrams

07.05.2021 - 19:28 [ ]

Das Massaker von El Mozote in El Salvador: US-Militärberater war dabei

Das Massaker von El Mozote, bei dem salvadorianische Streitkräfte zwischen dem 10. und 12. Dezember 1981 etwa 1.000 Frauen, Kinder und Betagte bestialisch ermordeten, ist bis heute nicht vollständig aufgeklärt. Es ist eine der schlimmsten Menschenrechtsverletzungen in der Zeit des bewaffneten Konfliktes (1980-1992) und steht stellvertretend für die Straflosigkeit, die noch heute für die Menschenrechtsverbrechen in dieser Zeit gilt. Erst ein Urteil des Interamerikanischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte im Jahr 2012 und die Abschaffung des Amnestiegesetzes 2016 ebneten den Weg für erste gerichtliche Schritte, um die Täter zu ermitteln. Seither läuft ein Verfahren zur Beweisaufnahme, geleitet von Richter Jorge Guzmán. Angeklagt sind 16 Mitglieder des Batallions Atlacatl, ein salvadorianisches Elitebataillon, das in der US-Militärbasis von Fort Benning, Georgia, in Aufstandsbekämpfungstaktiken ausgebildet wurde.

21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

07.08.2020 - 23:51 [ Jason Ditz / ]

Superfalke Elliott Abrams zum Sondergesandten für den Iran bestellt

Abrams, bekannt durch Iran-Contra, ist derzeit Sondergesandter für den Regimewechsel in Venezuela, und obwohl dieser Regimewechsel noch nicht stattgefunden hat, wird er seinen Posten behalten und an der Spitze des Iran-Plans stehen.

06.08.2020 - 21:35 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Circulates Its Latest Iran Weapons Resolution at the UN

The new resolution is almost identical to one the U.S. circulated in June, signaling the Trump administration is unwilling to make changes suggested by allies and opponents on the Security Council.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft acknowledged Tuesday that Russia and China are likely to veto any resolution

06.08.2020 - 21:31 [ ]

Trump’s Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal two years ago but his administration argues it retains the right to invoke the “snapback” of U.N. sanctions because it is a council member. Others disagree.

Hook did not give a reason for leaving, although he has young children and was frequently away from home on travel. He had just returned to the U.S. from an extended trip to the Middle East and Europe during which he tried to drum up support for the Iran arms embargo extension.

06.08.2020 - 21:24 [ ]

US-Sondergesandter für den Iran tritt zurück

Nach einer kurzen Übergangszeit soll der Sondergesandte für Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, Hooks Aufgaben zusätzlich übernehmen, hieß es weiter.

11.02.2020 - 19:39 [ ]

China und Russland stellen sich gegen US-Sanktionen wegen Unterstützung für Venezuela

Seit 2019 haben insbesondere die Vereinigten Staaten und einige andere Länder auf Druck Washingtons damit begonnen, neue Sanktionen gegen Caracas zu verhängen, die die Wirtschaft, das Leben der Menschen und die Beziehungen Venezuelas zu anderen Nationen ernsthaft beeinträchtigten, erinnerte Geng Shuang.

11.02.2020 - 19:36 [ Information Clearing House ]

China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela

By teleSUR

Since 2019, the United States in particular, and some other countries due to pressure from Washington, began applying new sanctions to Caracas, which seriously affected its economy, people’s lives and Venezuela’s relations with other nations, Geng Shuang recalled.

07.01.2020 - 23:18 [ Portal ]

Warum Venezuela jetzt auch noch zwei Parlamentspräsidenten hat

Die US-Regierung drohte nach der Doppelwahl von Sonntag mit weiteren Sanktionen gegen die Regierung von Präsident Maduro. Washington werde die wirtschaftliche und diplomatische Hilfe für das Guaidó-Lager verstärken, hieß es von dieser Seite. „Die USA werden mehr unternehmen, um der Nationalversammlung und ihrer legitimen Führung durch verstärkten Druck gegen die Diktatur, ihre Führer und Verbündeten innerhalb und außerhalb Venezuelas zu helfen“, sagte der US-Sondergesandte für Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

05.10.2019 - 13:09 [ New York Times ]


(25. Dezember 1992)

Mr. Weinberger was scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 5 on charges that he lied to Congress about his knowledge of the arms sales to Iran and efforts by other countries to help underwrite the Nicaraguan rebels, a case that was expected to focus on Mr. Weinberger’s private notes that contain references to Mr. Bush’s endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran.

05.10.2019 - 13:01 [ ]

William Barr Supported Pardons In An Earlier D.C. ‚Witch Hunt‘: Iran-Contra


Barr, who is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearings, ran the Justice Department once before, under President George H.W. Bush.

Back then, the all-consuming, years-long scandal was called Iran-Contra. On Dec. 24, 1992, it ended when Bush pardoned six people who had been caught up in it.

„The Constitution is quite clear on the powers of the president and sometimes the president has to make a very difficult call,“ Bush said then. „That’s what I’ve done.“

20.05.2019 - 05:40 [ CNN ]

Trump’s hardline advisers are weakening his position

Nearly 17 years later, and the Trump administration is still dealing with the fallout of George W. Bush’s charge to depose Saddam Hussein. And they are still dealing with it, and most other ongoing crises, with a familiar cast of people. The key difference: President Donald Trump has not made his position „eminently clear“ and instead has left foreign policy to be loosely squabbled over by a handful of career Republican hawks.

03.05.2019 - 17:14 [ ]

Venezuela coup linked to Bush team

(21. April 2002)

The Bush administration has tried to distance itself from the coup. It immediately endorsed the new government under businessman Pedro Carmona. But the coup was sent dramatically into reverse after 48 hours.

Now officials at the Organisation of American States and other diplomatic sources, talking to The Observer, assert that the US administration was not only aware the coup was about to take place, but had sanctioned it, presuming it to be destined for success.

03.05.2019 - 17:12 [ Wikipedia ]

2002 Venezuelan coup d’état attempt

The Venezuelan coup d’état attempt of 2002 was a failed coup d’état on 11 April 2002 that saw President Hugo Chávez ousted from office for 47 hours before being restored to power. Chávez, who had been elected in 2000, was aided in his return to power by overwhelming popular support and mobilization against the coup and assistance of loyalists in the military.[8][unreliable source?]

The situation began on 9 April, when a general strike was called by the trade union organization „National Federation of Trade Unions“, Confederación de Trabajadores de Venezuela (CTV). The proposed strike was in response to Chávez’s appointments to prominent posts in Venezuela’s national oil company, PDVSA.[9] Two days later in Caracas, up to one million Venezuelans marched in opposition to Chávez.[10][11] At one point during the march, opposition leaders redirected the protestors to the presidential palace, Miraflores, where government supporters and Bolivarian Circles were holding their own rally. Upon the opposition’s arrival, the two sides confronted each other. Gunshots rang out, and by that evening 19 people were dead, including both supporters and opponents of the government.[6] Then, the military high command started the coup at Miraflores and demanded that Chávez resign. President Chávez refused to resign, and he subsequently was arrested by the military.[12][13][14] Chávez’s request for asylum in Cuba was denied, and he was ordered to be tried in a Venezuelan court.[9]

03.05.2019 - 01:40 [ ]

Die Tragödie Venezuelas ist die Tragödie der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika

In Kenntnis dessen, was ich über den Versuch meiner eigenen Regierung weiß, den venezolanischen Präsidenten Hugo Chavez im Jahr 2002 aus dem Amt zu werfen, war ich nicht überrascht, als die Trump-Administration die Bemühungen kürzlich erneuerte, insbesondere als solche Erzverteidiger lateinamerikanischer Rechte wie Elliott Abrams, Marco Rubio und Rick Scott – ganz zu schweigen von John Bolton – begannen, auf der Gehaltsliste des Weißen Hauses aufzutauchen.

01.05.2019 - 11:30 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

As a soldier who knows the horrible cost of war, I call on both sides in Venezuela to resolve their differences peacefully. We should always be ready to sit & speak with adversaries. Civil war in Venezuela will result in unimaginable suffering & undermine US national security.

01.05.2019 - 11:20 [ Joe Biden, Senator, Vice President, 2020 candidate for President of the United States / Twitter ]

The violence in Venezuela today against peaceful protesters is criminal. Maduro’s regime is responsible for incredible suffering. The U.S. must stand with the National Assembly & Guaidó in their efforts to restore democracy through legitimate, internationally monitored elections.

01.05.2019 - 11:08 [ telesur ]

Joe Biden and Democratic Establishment Support Trump’s Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Early in the morning as the situation unfolded in the capital city of Caracas, Trump, Rubio, Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo in blatant violation of law gloated in support of the attempted coup. But the Democratic establishment didn’t stay behind expressing the same sort of comments and sentiments against the democratically and legitimate government of Venezuela.

13.03.2019 - 23:57 [ Jason Ditz / ]

Pompeo: Alle Handlungseinschränkungen in Venezuela werden aufgehoben

Nachdem die venezolanische Regierung den Abzug des letzten Personals der US-Botschaft angeordnet hatte, versuchte Außenminister Mike Pompeo, es als positiv für die anhaltenden Bemühungen um einen Regimewechsel zu interpretieren.

13.03.2019 - 23:00 [ Raúl Antonio Capote / Granma ]

Rezept für Trump: eine Dosis vietnamesischen Sirups

Wie in den letzten Jahren der 80er und den frühen 90er Jahren glauben sie wieder an den Dominoeffekt: Wenn Venezuela fällt, fällt Nicaragua, und natürlich wird am Ende auch Kuba an der Reihe sein.

13.03.2019 - 14:46 [ Portal ]

Diplomatische Beziehungen zwischen Venezuela und den USA auf Null

Der bis April 2018 als unabhängiger Experte des UN-Menschenrechtsrats für die Förderung einer demokratischen und gerechten internationalen Ordnung eingesetzte Alfred de Zayas unterstützt die Position Jazairys und empfiehlt Venezuela gar, den Internationalen Gerichtshof in Den Haag aufzufordern, eine Untersuchung gegen die USA wegen Verbrechen gegen die Menschheit einzuleiten.

10.03.2019 - 17:27 [ The Canary / Youtube ]

CanaryPod: #ToppleUncaged meets… Max Blumenthal talking Venezuela and antisemitism

#Venezuela and #antisemitism are both currently in the headlines. But the mainstream media narrative isn’t always as it seems. So, Canary journalist and broadcaster Steve Topple spoke to groundbreaking journalist and trailblazer Max Blumenthal. He has been on the ground in Venezuela, and is also of Jewish heritage – so has unique insights into both subjects. It’s an overarching, must-listen interview.

22.02.2019 - 11:04 [ US Department of State ]

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travel to Miami and Cucuta, Colombia

(21.2.2019) Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida and Cucuta, Colombia February 21-22 to support the delivery of humanitarian aid to some of the most vulnerable people in Venezuela in response to Interim President Guaido’s request.

Special Representative Abrams will lead a U.S. government delegation to accompany humanitarian supplies to be transported from Florida to Colombia by military aircraft. While in Colombia Special Representative Abrams will meet Colombian President Duque and visiting delegations from Central and South America.

19.02.2019 - 15:59 [ ‏ ]

In ‘80s, CIA & State Dept under Elliott Abrams used front companies to illegally send arms to Nicaraguan contras on humanitarian planes. Today Abrams is back & US is using military aircraft to deliver “aid” 8km from Vzla border. Do they think we’re idiots?

13.02.2019 - 23:44 [ C-SPAN / Youtube ]

Word for Word: Excange between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Elliott Abrams (C-SPAN)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has a heated exchange with Elliot Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, highlighting his role in the Iran-Contra affair. She says, „I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.“ The exchange came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

13.02.2019 - 23:43 [ ]

Indictments and Pleas: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ELLIOTT ABRAMS, Defendant.

(7. Oktober 1991) From July 1985 through 1988, ELLIOTT ABRAMS was Assistant Secretary of State and headed the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

As Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, MR. ABRAMS chaired a Restricted Interagency Group („RIG“) comprised of, among others, representatives of the United States Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency („CIA“), the National Security Council („NSC* 1 ), and the Department of State. During 1985 and 1986, the RIG met regularly to coordinate the activities of these agencies in Central America.

13.02.2019 - 23:33 [ New York Times ]

Elliott Abrams Admits His Guilt On 2 Counts in Contra Cover-Up

(8. Oktober 1991) As the State Department’s point man on Latin America, Mr. Abrams headed the Restricted Interagency Group, a panel that coordinated the Administration’s Central America policy among officials at the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.

Other members included Mr. North, the Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and White House aide who managed the day-to-day operations of secretly aiding the Nicaraguan rebels, and Alan D. Fiers Jr., who supervised Central Intelligence Agency activities in Central America.

In this capacity, Mr. Abrams operated as a high-visibility figure who seemed to relish his combative public role in defending Administration policy in Central America, while at the same time working closely with officials who were engaged in secret efforts to supply the rebels with arms after Congress barred direct military assistance in late 1984.

13.02.2019 - 23:16 [ Omar Moore ‏/ Twitter ]

U.S. congresswoman @IlhanMN and convicted (then pardoned) Iran-Contra felon Elliott Abrams in an exchange marked by Abrams’ disrespectful interruption of Rep. Omar’s statement. Reclaiming her time!

13.02.2019 - 23:15 [ ]

Omar, Trump envoy Elliott Abrams clash in fiery exchange

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) engaged in a testy back and forth on Wednesday with special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, accusing the diplomat of being a liar and pressing him on his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair and killings in Central America during the Reagan administration.

30.01.2019 - 02:28 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Trump’s Venezuela Fiasco

It is tragically comical that President Trump has named convicted criminal Elliot Abrams as his point person to “restore democracy” in Venezuela. Abrams played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair and went on to be one of the chief architects of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. His role in helping promote the horrible violence in Latin America in the 1980s should disqualify him from ever holding public office again.

30.01.2019 - 02:22 [ Ron Paul / ]

Trumps Fiasco Venezuela

Erst vor vier Monaten sagte Präsident Trump vor der Generalversammlung der UNO: „Ich respektiere das Recht jeder Nation in diesem Raum, ihre eigenen Bräuche, Überzeugungen und Traditionen zu verfolgen. Die Vereinigten Staaten werden Ihnen nicht sagen, wie Sie leben oder arbeiten oder beten sollen. Wir bitten Sie nur, im Gegenzug unsere Souveränität zu respektieren.“ Leider scheint es, dass das nur leere Worte waren. Wir wissen aus dem Irak, Libyen, Syrien usw., dass dies für Präsident Trump nicht gut enden wird. Oder für die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Wir müssen Venezuela in Ruhe lassen!

28.01.2019 - 05:34 [ Radio Utopie ]

Venezuela: Krisentreffen der Karibischen Gemeinschaft (CARICOM) mit Generalsekretär der Vereinten Nationen

Am heutigen Montag, dem 28.1.2019, kommt es zu einer Notfallsitzung mit fünf Vertretern von Mitgliedsländern der Karibischen Gemeinschaft wegen der aktuellen Situation um Venezuela im U.N.O.-Hauptquartier in New York in den U.S.A. mit U.N.O.-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres.

27.01.2019 - 02:09 [ Neue Züricher Zeitung ]

Pompeo ernennt umstrittenen Diplomaten zum Venezuela-Sondergesandten

Nicht nur seine Rolle in der Iran-Contra-Affäre macht Elliott Abrams in Lateinamerika zu einer umstrittenen Figur. Er soll vorab vom Putschversuch im Jahr 2002 gegen Venezuelas damaligen Staatschef Hugo Chávez gewusst und diesen abgenickt haben, wie damals der britische «Observer» recherchiert hatte.

27.01.2019 - 02:01 [ Information Clearing House ]

Former Bush Mideast Adviser named U.S. special envoy for Venezuela

During the 2016 Republican primary, he opposed the nomination of Donald Trump, and stated that Trump wasn’t worthy of leading the party of Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. These statements led Trump to veto an attempt by the previous Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to appoint Abrams to a senior State Department position in 2017.

27.01.2019 - 01:57 [ The New York Times ]

Trump Overrules Tillerson, Rejecting Elliott Abrams for Deputy Secretary of State

(10.2.2017) Mr. Tillerson had argued strongly for Mr. Abrams. So had Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser. Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas who is closely aligned with friends of Mr. Abrams’, and some members of the pro-Israel lobbying group Aipac, had been reaching out to Democratic senators to impress upon them the importance of Mr. Abrams receiving Senate confirmation.