Editor's Note: As I write, we are witnessing a "color revolution" coup attempt in Venezuela. The US MSM portrays the violent protests with the implication that it's the government's fault that the CIA and US corporatocracy - particularly Exxon Mobile/Tillerson - are attempting to overthrow Maduro. Right. The old "I threw a punch but it's your fault your face was in the way" bovine excrement.
This particular coup attempt has been ongoing since 2007 when former President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez began nationalizing Venezuela's oil and gas, raising taxes on corporate petroleum developers and using profits from Venezuela's fossil fuels to fund housing and education projects for ... wait for it ... Venezuelans. Exxon and Conoco Phillips left Venezuela in a huff and sued. Tillerson has never forgiven Venezuela. In 2002 a coup against Chavez failed. In 2013, he died of cancer and Maduro was elected. The attempts continued through corporate food hoarding and economic attacks. But, Venezuelans have stood by their government and their Bolivarian socialist revolution-in-progress. So, the empire strikes again.