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by Stephen Lendman
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, himself threatened by Washington wanting him ousted, denounced what he called a “made in the USA” coup, part of Obama’s deplorable legacy. He withdrew his ambassador in protest.
In Havana on Cuban state television, a newscaster read the following statement:
“The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba has denounced the judicial-parliamentary coup d’etat, disguised with legality that has been underway for months in Brazil.” 
“Today a fundamental step was taken for the objectives of a coup. The majority of Brazilian senators decided to continue with the process of the political trial against the legitimately elected president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.”
In late December, Raul Castro said “(h)istory demonstrates that when the right takes government power, it does not hesitate to dismantle social policies, provide the rich benefits, reestablish neoliberalism, and apply shock therapies against workers, women and youths.”
El Salvador President Sanchez Ceren denounced what he called “political manipulation…We respect democracy and the people’s will,” he said. “In Brazil an act was done that was once done through military coups.” Ceren withdrew his ambassador in protest.
Ecuador, Bolivia, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and Organization of American States (OAS) criticized Rousseff’s removal.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called for mobilizing a “broad (anti-coup) front.
Obama and John Kerry remained conspicuously silent. Their fingerprints were all over what happened.
It was a repeat of previous administration coups in Honduras and Paraguay, along with installing puppet rule in Haiti and aiding fascist Mauricio Marci take over from reformer/imperial critic Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina.
Deplorable US Voice of America propaganda lied, claiming Rousseff’s impeachment was over “alleged corruption.” It has nothing to do with any wrongdoing, everything to do with power-grabbing.
Rousseff vowed to contest what happened using all legal means against what she called a “fraudulent” impeachment process. “What’s at stake is respect for the ballot box, the sovereign will of the Brazilian people and the constitution,” she explained.
Chances for reinstating her are slim. Dominant right-wing politicians intend holding on to power they lawlessly seized. 
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.